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October 31, 2018

New World Makati Hotel Classic Tinghun Package- SO-HONG Chinese Engagement #SOHONGryforLove

Planning our tinghun was both exciting and challenging. We already have an auspicious date, but what's next? It was time to look for a reception venue. We inquired with a lot of restaurants and hotels, and compared all their packages and offers. Being the frugal person that I am, I considered booking suppliers separately on my own thinking that it would save us more than getting a complete package. Good thing we learned about New World Makati's Classic Tinghun Package that basically covers almost all our requirements at a very reasonable price. Add the fact that the food will be prepared by the hotel's in-house Chinese restaurant Jasmine- one of D's family's favorite Chinese restaurants.


And if you are familiar with most Chinese families, you'll know that they prioritize food above anything else when hosting an event or reception. 

With Jasmine's Executive Chef Wong Kam On helming the kitchen for our tinghun, we were confident that we will be in good hands, and that our guests not only will be satisfied with the taste of the dishes, but will also be satisfied with the serving size of the food.

July 19, 2018

Shake Shack Coming to Philippine Shores Soon- To Open Q1 of 2019 in Manila!

The famous SHAKE SHACK of New York City is shakin' up Manila as it finally hits the Philippine shores. The critically-acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand is coming to Manila and set to open its first store in the first quarter of 2019

Shake Shack Chick n' Shack

Shake Shack has partnered with SSI Group, Inc. in bringing Filipinos their first ShackBurger®, made with 100% angus beef, plus other best-selling menu items like Shack-cago Dog®, classic crinkle cut fries, wine, frozen custard ice cream and more.


July 12, 2018

Hop Inn Hotel Opens Third Branch in Aseana, Entertainment City Manila

Hop Inn Hotel, under Thai hospitality firm, The Erawan Group PLC, recently opened its third branch in Aseana City. The Hop Inn Hotel chain, now with 30 hotels in Thailand and three in the Philippines, continues to provide excellent value for money for its guests, whether they be staying for a month-long business assignment in the metro or simply needing a secure and comfortable room for a night or two.


At Hop Inn Aseana City, guests enjoy the very best of their money’s worth and more with rates as low as PHP1,600 net per room night. A very small cost for such big hospitality.

Hop Inn Hotel Aseana, is located just 10-minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and right in the center of Metro Manila’s fast- rising entertainment and commercial capital, Aseana City- one of the landmark developments to rise in the envisioned grandest gaming and entertainment complex in Asia, Entertainment City Manila.


The Great Barrier Reef and Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide to Queensland’s Coast

Queensland is absolutely massive, something most people don't realize until they actually step foot into Australia. It spans from Coolangatta in the south to Cape York in the north and, in all, is about twice the size of Texas. It's also full of adventure and hearty personalities. The main attraction, however, is the incomparable Great Barrier Reef that stretches for 2300 kilometers. 

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Book a boat trip to get a beautiful look at what lies beneath the water's foamy white caps. There are plenty of chances to explore this world wonder, whether you chose to strap on a snorkel or just get your toes wet. Port Douglas is a particularly great getaway for those trying to see the reef in all its glory. They have both ritzy accommodations and dining to boot. Plus, they have a whole marina of boats ready and waiting for you to see the world and float out to the highlights of the reef. 

June 29, 2018

Eatigo 1K Food Challenge- Eat All You Can Hotpot at Shabu-Shabu Ichiban Banawe

Last week, we took the Eatigo 1K Food Challenge and dined in one of their partner restaurants. The goal was to book a table via Eatigo app and enjoy a meal with only Php1000 budget to spend. It will be easy to do when you are going for a light snack at a nearby cafe or fast food. But when you plan to have lunch or dinner at casual dining restaurant, an eat-all-you-can restaurant even, now that is a challenge.


And when a food challenge gets thrown at us, we foodies never back down. Would you believe that a Php1,000 budget can get two diners a filling meal with drinks and even dessert?

Yes, and we did! With the right app, at the right place at the right time, we enjoyed a sumptuous lunch, an eat all you can meal for that matter, at Shabu-Shabu Ichiban in Banawe.


Booking via Eatigo was easy. I just looked for a restaurant nearby, and chose a time slot with its corresponding discount. Now, we just have to show up at the restaurant on the specified time, and enjoy the discount on our total food bill.


I made a reservation at Shabu-Shabu Ichiban in Banawe for our office lunch out last Friday. It was a bed weather day and so we opted for something to warm our bellies.


I booked the 11:00am timeslot with 30% discount for their Eat & Drink All You Can menu.


May 29, 2018

Samgyupsalamat Unlimited Korean BBQ Restaurant Opens in San Juan

Samgyupsalamat, one of the original purveyors of unlimited Korean bbq in the country, has finally opened another branch in San Juan. Samgyupsalamat has been operating since 2012, but it was only until last weekend that I get to dine in one of its branches. Finally, another option for Korean bbq around San Juan. 

The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of Metro Pointe Center along P.Guevarra. (same building as Rustan's Supermarket and Nathaniel's Bakeshop)


We used to frequent Sodam for unlimited korean bbq, but it's always hard to get a table especially during weekends. Plus, even though they have a wide array of cooked dishes, they only have plain pork and beef choices for grilling. Finally, here comes a new player offering more meat selections. 

There are 2 options for unlimited bbq at Samgyupsalamat:

Unlimited 1- 5 kinds of pork  (P399 for 11am-3pm, P449 for 3pm-2am)
Unlimited 2- 9 kinds of pork + beef (P449 for 11am-2pm, P499 for 3pm-2am)


May 17, 2018

Kam's Roast Philippines Opens in Manila- A Taste of Hong Kong in SM Megamall

The wait is finally over as Kam's Roast opens its doors today May 15, at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall. Kam's Roast is a Michelin-starred roast goose purveyor in Hong Kong that gained a massive following from both locals and tourists since it opened in 2014. It immediately earned it first Michelin star, and continues to retain it every succeeding year.



Thanks to Foodee Global Concepts, (the same group behind other international franchise like Tim Ho Wan, Foo'd by Davide Oldani, Todd English Food Hall, Tsuta Ramen, LlaoLlao), Kam's Roast is now in the Philippines! You can now have a taste of Hong Kong's best roasts, without actually leaving the country.

May 16, 2018

Real California Milk Recipe: Three Cheese Pesto Chicken Meltwich #LookForTheSeal

I was never the milk drinking type of kid back in the days. In fact, I'd always choose a glass of water instead of milk during my preschool years. My mom would always sneak milk to my diet from chocolate cereal breakfasts and chocolate milk drinks, to yogurt drinks, ice candies and milkshakes. It was basically a struggle to have me drink a pure glass of fresh milk. 

Growing up, I slowly learned to appreciate milk and other dairy products. Cream-based dishes became one of my favorite food, ice cream and milkshakes became my go-to desserts, and cheese became my best friend. While other people say everything tastes better with butter, I say everything tastes better with cheese..and butter.


May 2, 2018

My Wishlist and Summer Must-Haves from Shopee- Online Shopee-ing Craze

Online shopping has never been more fun and convenient with just a touch of your fingertips. Shopee, the Philippine's leading online shopping platform in Southeast Asia, offers a smooth and hassle-free shopping experience anytime, anywhere. 

Shopee is an online platform where people can buy and sell all kinds of products from clothes, shoes, gadgets, food, novelty items, accessories, and basically everything you can find in a mall or grocery. In fact, the e-commerce site also offers unique finds from international sellers and merchants which you can rarely find in stores.

April 8, 2018

ItsBeryllicious Travels: Bridal Shower in Guam, USA (June 10-13, 2017) #HereGuamTheBrides

Last December two of my high school friends finally tied the knot with their significant others. This post has long been overdue, but finally I was able to write about it now and dedicate this post to them.

June last year, I went to Guam with my high school barkada for an exciting getaway and surprise for our bride-to-be friends. After Korea, Hong Kong, and Cambodia, finally, JabbsnMills goes to the US! (even though it was just 4 hours away)

Took advantage of a seat sale from Cebu Pac, and were able to score round trip tickets for only P4200!

We arrived at A.B. Won Pat International Airport around 10am, picked up the car from the rental, and went for early check-in at Bayview Hotel in Tumon.

First order of business: Lunch at Meskla Dos for some chamorro fusion burgers and bbq.


March 26, 2018

Ampalaya Plus Herbal Food Supplement: Diabetes Awareness Campaign March-April

If you ask me what my least favorite vegetable is, I would say ampalaya. The bitter aftertaste just never grew on me. But putting its taste aside, I know for a fact that ampalaya is one of the healthiest and most nutritious vegetables there is. Ampalaya is most popular for treating diabetes, as it can help normalize blood sugar levels. 

Good thing there is Ampalaya Plus, an herbal dietary supplement in capsule form, that contains Bitter Gourd (ampalaya), Lagerstroemia Speciosa (banaba), and Turmeric (luyang dilaw). These three superfood herbs are essential in lowering bad cholesterol, boosting immune system, and fighting diseases and complications.

March 9, 2018

La Mère Poulard Manila- The Fluffiest French Omelette Souffle Now in SM Aura

La Mère Poulard opened its Manila branch early this year, to finally bring the famous and fluffy puff omelette souffle of Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France to the Philippines.


Founded in 1888 by couple Annette and Victor Poulard on the island of Mont Saint-Michel, La Mère Poulard is known for its signature puff omelette dish, as well as its copper cocotte and copper pan dishes.

Located at the ground level of SM Aura in BGC, the restaurant boasts of an open-kitchen which gives diners the opportunity to watch the chefs continuously whisk the eggs in traditional copper bowls- a practice that has always been part of La Mère Poulard's identity.

During its grand opening, guests were treated to an array of La Mère Poulard's best-selling dishes, made from the best locally sourced ingredients, and served in signature copper cocotte and pans.

February 14, 2018

The Proposal at Paseo Rizal: We Are Finally Getting Married!

Yes, it is official- we are finally getting married! After more than 10 years of knowing each other, and more than 7 years of being together, D finally popped the question last January 13, 2018.


What was supposed to be a post-Christmas and New Year celebration with college friends turned out to be one of the special highlights of our year. 

The proposal happened in Paseo Rizal, a serene and beautiful place in Tanay,  just 1.5hr drive from Manila.


February 12, 2018

Usage of Modafinil Provigil in the Workplace

Modafinil has become very popular over the course of the years. Interestingly, the credit for its popularity cannot be attributed to the prescription usage but to the off label one. It is important to establish the fact that Modafinil is a safe and effective smart drug that has received a wide recognition over the years. This prescription drug usually prescribed for individuals suffering from such sleep disorders as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and work shift related sleep illnesses. In other words, you cannot just walk into a pharmacy to order Modafinil without a duly signed prescription from your doctor. 

January 27, 2018

Color Manila Paradise Run 2018- Starting the Year With A Colorful Bang!

This 2018, we decided to start our year with a colorful bang, by joining the Color Manila Paradise Run last Jan 7. We've joined a few fun runs before, but I can confidently say that this one is the best and most enjoyable fun run we've been to. In fact, the whole 5km didn't feel like a workout for us.


January 11, 2018

6 Fun and Interesting Place To Visit and Experience In Singapore

Singapore has become one of the most sought after destinations in Southeast Asia over the course of the last decade or two. This is probably thanks to a number of factors, not least of which are Singapore’s increasing prominence as an international business hub and the fact that several incredible resorts have sprung up there. At any rate, it’s a place people from all over the world want to visit- and with good reason!


Traveling to a place like this, the best thing to do is often just to explore. You can see and do all kinds of fun things just talking to locals, getting recommendations from your hotel, and even setting off aimlessly. To assist you a little bit in getting to know the area however, here are some of the fun things you can do.

Gardens By The Bay