An overnight escapade at Golden Phoenix Manila

It’s very rare that I get the chance to go to Manila for pleasure. Most of the time, it’s work related and i would always wanted to go back home to see my kids. Here’s my review about my stay at Golden Phoenix Manila.

But last May was different, I got a chance to enjoy a few days off from my busy life and meet my long online friends.  Yes, after years of online communication, we finally got the chance to meet each other and that would be a very rare occasion that we can get together since one of them is from the US and the other is from Palawan.

Since, our meeting place would be at SM MOA, it gave me an idea to find a  place near MOA but since it’s a commercial area, I know the hotels nearby would be so expensive. Good thing, i got a discounted gc from a fellow blogger.

I’m such in a hurry when i checked in at the Golden Phoenix Hotel but it was smooth, all you need to do is to present one identification card and make a deposit. (the deposit can be cash or card but it’s refundable upon checking out)

I could not get a decent picture of the lobby because there are so many guests at that time. I have overheard that they have more than 500 guests coming, I guess they came from Iloilo since they are wearing a local government shirt.

The place looks cozy but for some security purpose as they say, you have to ride an elevator and walk for a while to ride another elevator to get to your room. It is perhaps of the fact that the building was built as a condominium style but the bellboys are polite and very accommodating.

                                                                       although the room rates is a little bit high but it does exceed my expectation

Since, i am a hurry that day to meet another friend, I was not able to inspect the room more properly but when I get back at around midnight, it was my chance to take pictures and scrutinize the place more longer.

The room is spacious and good for a couple. (I am supposed to get a deluxe twin room, like the one I saw in some bloggers review) but I guess it was fully occupied, so the staff asked me if I would just want a deluxe king room) which of course I readily agreed since it would be too lonely to sleep on a room with two beds.

The first thing I notice about the room is the simple yet very elegant set up.  The bed is made with chiropractor -approved mattresses and upon researching about this bed, i found out that chiropractic beds  is a sleep system which is created to put your body in correct postural alignment to give you a better and healthier night’s sleep and indeed, I really have a very good sleep, I get the chance to even dream of my kids.

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The buffet set up comes with different breakfast choices but I opted to eat the vegetables salad since I am preparing my stomach for a full meal lunch ahead since just I have mentioned, I am meeting my friends.

diet (hehehe)

The swimming pool is located at 7th floor but I could not get a nice pic of it because it was occupied by many males at that time, it was too awkward to take pictures of the pool with them on their swimming trunks, they may even get the impression that I’m after them.

I’m posting this map for you to know the exact location.  I went there with a taxi and ooh boy, we have to asked twice for direction.

(grabbed from Golden Phoenix Hotel)

I have read that it’s 5 to 10 minutes away from SM Moa.  Because of that, I thought of walking but OMG, my feet got really tired walking on the SM’s very long sky walk. I was laughing inside and at by the time I arrive at Starbucks where I would meet my friend, I am already dying of hunger. Yes it’s around 5 to 10 minutes but that is if your in vehicle.  So, never try to walk in going to SM MOA.  (LOL with evil grin)  

don’t ever venture to walk, unless you want to burn fats. Ha ha ha.

So, I know you are eager to learn about the price, for an overnight stay with buffet breakfast and amenities. (good for 2 persons)

my view at night

Deluxe King & Deluxe Twin is priced at Php. 9,250

Suite – 15,850

but I will suggest that you booked via some online booking since they offer discounts and of course book in advance.

Will I come back?

I guess, it’s a good and decent hotel for a relaxing overnight stay for you and your family.  I would come back for sure since it has a very strategic location and the bed is so relaxing.

Disclosure:  This is not a paid review.  I paid for my own stay 🙂 

5 Things Any New Coffee House Needs for Success

Coffee houses can offer a great deal of satisfaction for those that enjoy relaxing with an espresso or just a regular cup of joe. Although the taste and aroma of these shops plays a dominant role in success, the ambience of the location is what keeps people coming back. From the machines themselves to the surrounding atmosphere of the location, there are many attributes you need to consider.

Sticking to Themes

Nearly every coffee house should have a basic theme that it sticks with. For example, a science-fiction motif probably wouldn’t have a wagon wheel unless that wheel came off of a robotic wagon. Stick to a specific styling motif as you don’t want to appear hectic and unorganized.

Matching Espresso Parts

You may not think that things such as espresso tampers can take away from the look of a coffee shop. However, any contrasting element in the facility could make the experience seem more thrown-together rather than planned out. While this may not affect the opinions of some, it could give a sense of an unprofessional atmosphere and affect future business from select clientele.

Customized Cups

Although plain white or black cups can be effective in your coffee shop, don’t underestimate how customized drink-ware can affect business. You could also sell these cups and other objects with the company logo to make a few extra dollars.

Outdoor Elegance

Although the inside of the establishment is important, how the facility looks on the outside can deter potential customers. Give it an inviting look and feel with a clean display. The more elegant the outside appears, the more likely people will want to visit.

Analyze Customer Data

Your target audience can help you determine what products to stock and which blends to keep on hand. The number of sales for particular products during specific times of the day can help you keep from running out during those rush-hours. Keep an eye on the data and build strategies to meet the demands of your consumers.

People can make coffee at home, but they’ll pay for the convenience and the atmosphere of the coffee house. Give these customers a reason to forgo there own machines while spending time at your location. It may not be enough to supply good coffee if your establishment doesn’t allow a person to feel at home. Give your coffee shop the perfect look and buy parts and supplies that focus on your motif.

Kitchen Organizers

They say that whatever your house look like , it would definitely reflect your personality as a person.  If it’s full of clutter and unorganized it is more likely that it’s your usual habit.  That’s why, it’s very important to have a well organized house, after all it’s quite nice to go home after a tiring day to a clean and organized place.

Just take your kitchen for example.  Kitchens are one place that always gets messy and unorganized but with the help of kitchen organizers and cabinets, you can able to sort out things and help your life become more easier.

Kitchen organizers doesn’t need to be grand or luxurious, you can find affordable yet durable stuff in the mall or around the house.  Learn to re purpose and recycle things and you will find that what you thought are already trash can be created into a beautiful kitchen organizers. Take bottle and cans for example,  clean , paint them and they can be turn into a beautiful holder.

pic source : shelterness.com

You can also check out garage sales, it’s a good source of high quality materials that you can use or perhaps, this is the perfect time for you to visit home depot and find a nice pieces of nice organizers that you can use to beautify your kitchen as well organized your kitchen.

Care for a Sili Ice Cream or Pili Ice Cream?

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Bicol is known for hot tasty foods because of their love for sili (chili pepper).  So, perhaps if you love ice cream and want to try something new,  this Sili Ice cream from Colonial Grill is worth trying.

One of their delicious offering is their different ice cream flavored with treats like Pili, Malunggay, coffee, melon and of course the famous sili.

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The feeling of hot and a little bit spicy will be felt once the ice cream melts in your mouth.

IMG_6026The pili ice cream on the other hand is true to it’s name.  If it is your first time to try this ice cream, i should warn you since it’s somehow addicting and you may find yourself buying for more.

This ice cream can be bought at Colonial Grill (branches can be found at Naga City Proper and SM Mall, Naga City and at Legazpi City, Albay) Although, it is a little bit pricey with your usual average ice cream cup but it’s an experience worth trying.

Naga City Food Experience : Best Food & Reggae Music at Bob Marlin Grill & Restaurant

IMG_4425If you happen to visit Naga City, the heart of Camarines Sur, one restaurant you should not missed to come and try is Bob Marlin.

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They are known for their crispylicious crispy pata and their filipino dishes like dinuguan is simply the best.

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What more, you will enjoy their music and good costumer service too. Some of their well known costumers are celebrated actress and actors like Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, Aiko Melendez and the famous Sir Chief (Richard Yap) . IMG_4403

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Although the place is not as big as any other restaurant, they have function rooms and  music room wherein you can sing with your friends and family.

The prices are also reasonable so it’s a value for money.

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Bento Box : Healthy School Meal Ideas for Picky Eaters with Pork Savor

 I believe that as a mom, we don’t need to please our fussy eaters instead we need to correct this attitude before it get worse.  I used to brag that my daughter Peachy was very adventurous in terms of eating but yet as she grows older, she tends to stay longer on the table. 

Remember that picky eater is not a disease or a big problem, it’s a mindset that our children grows within themselves since we give what they wanted and give in to their whining. Remember that kids should eat what we serve in our dining table and avoid any snacks before meal time.

School is the perfect time to introduce a new meal to your kids.  We need to provide our kids healthy options during their school meals, it doesn’t need to be complete in nutritional requirements since they can get them at home during breakfast and dinner but also we can go without the usual sandwiches, cookies and hamburgers.  Another good thing about home made lunch is you will be assured that your kids is eating healthy foods and it’s more practical and affordable too but of course you need a little extra effort and time preparing them.

Learn how to help your picky eater by finding recipes and  ideas for kids that you know they will like. Start with their favorite and incorporate other foods that you think will spark their interest. Keep the servings or portion sizes very small only as to avoid additional pressure for them to finish especially if snack or lunch time is very short.

  • The bento box lunch  is now making a phenomenal hit among parents and kids alike. Because of their different designs  and the cute , interesting presentation of the food, kids would most likely eat what you prepare.
  • Here’s another rule that would surely guide every mom, allow your child’s taste be your guide on food preparation.  Get them involved in doing their meals and give her the opportunity to make her own choices but not forgetting that it needs to be healthy and within means or your budget. 
  • Make your kids school lunches healthy and fun with  the new  PORKSAVOR™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix which  is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes that will help your picky eater. 

Here are two healthy school meal recipes that you can try on your kids. My daughter loves it and i believe your kids will also do.healthy vegetable lunch

 Healthy and Hearty  Bento (Pork Savor Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry)

Prep time :  8 mins

Cook time 10 mins

Total time : 18 mins.

Healthy Benefits: Good sources of vitamins C , vitamin A, and can help fight  cancer.

Ingredients:

1 small pc. of Cauli flower
1/2 cup fresh broccoli
1 small yellow pepper/ or green pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup sliced canned mushrooms
1 pack (Ajinomoto Pork Savor all in one seasoning mix)
8 pcs of chicharo (snow peas)
1 small carrots – chopped in to small pieces
3 tablespoon – butter

Directions: 

Prepare and cut your vegetables into small pieces.
Cut your broccoli and cauliflower into  florets.

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Heat your skillet , pan or wok in a medium warm.
Add the butter and let it melt. ( i used butter instead of cooking oil for additional taste)

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Once the butter melted, add the garlic, onions and mushroom on the pan.
Add the broccoli and cauliflower and carrots, stir it to avoid sticking.
Stir in the sweat peas and yellow bell pepper.
Add the New Pork Savor all in one seasoning to achieve the taste of pork and complete spices in your dish.

(I purposely didn’t add pork in this dish like I usually does because I believe that the Pork Savor would do the work)

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Stir more until the vegetables are cooked.  (I don’t use any salt or additional pepper for this dish and let the pork savor do it’s work. )

Dish out and prepare them on your kids bento box.

quick and healthy bento box

(from top left, you can see my Pork Savor Vegetable meal inside the yellow bell pepper. I added some sliced carrots.  The colored rings are colorful cereals and raisins for her snacks.  Rice is designed with seasoned seaweeds and the mushrooms from the vegetable recipe was added on the side. Fruits are always a delight to her and this complete her lunch and snacks for the day) 

Here is another packed lunched recipe that your kids would love. This time, it’s a combination of pork and vegetable meal.  This takes more time to prepare since we have three different recipe but it’s actually very easy.

Pork Savor Veggie and Pork Delight 

Crispy Fried Kangkong 

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Healthy Benefits : Good source of vitamins B & C, iron

Ingredients :

5 big pieces of kangkong or water spinach

Pork Savor All In One Seasoning Mix

1 small egg

1 small cup of  bread crumbs

Directions:

Prepare the kangkong or water spinach.

Beat the egg and add the new Pork Savor All in one Seasoning (to achieve the taste of a complete seasonings and add the real pork flavor in your dish)

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Now, dip each of your kangkong (water spinach) in the egg and rolled it on your bread crumbs.  (this way the bread crumbs would stay on your kangkong)

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Fried them until medium brown.  Set aside.

Now, let’s cook  dried pork adobo in Pork Savor All in One Seasoning.   This was cooked as your usual adobo with water but instead of using soy sauce, i only add a little bit of vinegar and of course the new Ajinomoto Pork Savor  bring out the taste of the pork .

DRIED PORK  ADOBO 

Ingredients :

1 cup of pork

Pork Savor All in one Seasoning

Small amount of vinegar

1/4 cup of water

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

pork adobo with pork savor

 

Direction:

Marinate the pork with Pork Savor and a little bit of vinegar.

Cook the pork with vegetable oil in a  medium fire .

Simmer the pork into a low fire and add the remaining mixture of vinegar and pork used during marination.

Cook the pork until it’s slightly dark brown.  Set aside.

Now, it’s time to prepare the dishes into your kids meal box.

healthy veggie bento box

Here, you can find the Fried Crispy Kangkong  and on top of it, I placed the Dried Pork Adobo and add a portion of Ginisang ampalaya with egg and small pieces of apple on the side. 

Now, here’s a full  picture of my daughter’s meal box.

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Bento meals aims to create colorful and healthy meals and and it is surely a lot of fun  to make. Eating a packed lunch takes time to adjust for your picky eaters but just like in anything, when it becomes a habit, I know in time, they will definitely like the idea especially when my daughter told me that her classmates would ask some of her baon which she would gladly offer to them.

Now, bringing out the best on your pork dishes is very easy since Pork Savor all in one seasoning mix is made from natural pork meat and bone extract complete with spices and seasonings. So, you don’t need to add additional pork broth or salt and pepper and the best part, it’s very affordable for only Php. 2.00 .  This is indeed a lot of savings, don’t you think?

So, what about you, do you have some ideas of healthy school meals for your children?  Share them with me here in my comment section and I would gladly take it into consideration and try it one of this days.

Disclosure :  This post is created for Ajinomoto Pork Savor Blogger Challenge.  I did not receive a compensation on this post but some products for me to try.  All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

9 Classic Candy Favorites That Sell Like Crazy

There are multiple generations of people that have fond memories of snacking on their favorite candy as a child. Many of these candies have withstood the test of time and changing tastes. It seems that some things never go out of style and that includes nostalgic candy favorites. Selecting these candies to sell at events or to raise funds is a great way to make easy money. Kids, teens and adults all buy this these classics because they are lots of fun and taste delicious.

Bubble Gum

Bubble gum remains an all time favorite no matter what form it takes. The traditional bubble gum is pink in color and is either round or square shaped. Alternative versions are gumballs with their hard candy shell and soft centers, and small nuggets that come in a pouch package. Many kids practice chewing and blowing bubbles for hours.

Sweet and Sour Chewy 

Gumdrops are probably the original soft and chewy candy. The concept has expanded over the years to include a wide array soft chewy treats that have a sweet or tangy sour flavor. The popularity of gummy candies shaped like bears spawned another candy craze. Now days gummy candies come in all sorts of flavors and shapes.



Lollipops

Lollipops have come to represent the innocence of childhood. No one can argue that putting flavored hard candy on a stick was a genius idea. It is the ultimate portable candy that can be savored for as long as you like.

Licorice

Licorice is both old-fashioned and modern. In years past, kids only had black or red licorice to eat. Now there are flavors like apple and grape. Shoestring licorice is long, thin and extremely appealing to kids.

Hard Candy With Soft Centers

Hard candy with a surprise soft center is a favorite of many. Two types of candy are paired together beautifully. Eating these creates a sense of anticipation that is only satisfied when reaching the chewy center.

Jaw Breakers

You would think that a candy that alludes to breaking one’s jaw would cause trepidation. Instead, people love them because they are big, colorful and a little challenging to eat.

Powdered Straw Candy

There is something extra fun about pouring a bunch of flavored candy powder in your mouth and letting it dissolve.

Classic concession stand candy is always a hit with any type of crowd that is young or young at heart.

Whose the best? Traders Joe Speculoos vs Lotus Biscoff

It’s been a while since the popularity of Traders Joe and Biscoff Cookie spread and yes this post is way too behind but I guess, it’s okay to be late than never post it at all.

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Traders Joe and Lotus has been spreading sweetness not just in the United States but all over the world but reading the labels, i actually found out that it was not originally made in the United States but in Europe.   This popular cookie spread originated in Belgium and Netherlands and i guess just like the famous words, the rest is history.

Peanut butter has been a part of many breakfast in thousands of homes but this cookie butter is indeed far more yummy than the usual peanut butter.

But whose better?  Trader’s Joe Speculoos or Lotus Biscoff?

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Traders Joe Speculoos Cookie Butter

Made with crushed biscuits, you can actually feel the cookies when you eat them.  I chose the crunchy cookie rather than the sweet one since we are not really into very sweet taste.

The first time you dig inside the bottle, you will not yet notice the bits of cookies but upon eating it, you will certainly feel the cookies melting and crunching in your mouth. 

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trader’s joe

 You can see that the color of the two cookie spreads are different.  Both has the same calorie content, but of course you have to think about your health and not indulge too much.  But don’t worry because both of them claims to have “no artificial flavors and preservatives”.

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Lotus Biscoff Cookie butter

I have read that Lotus Biscoff is a combination of coffee and butter which seems the perfect reason why my taste but prefers it.  Another thing is , Biscoff cookie spread is more tastier and creamier, you can look at the picture above and below.

traders joeAlthough it’s not as affordable as the peanut butter, you can find distributor or even supermarkets selling this two spread now, so i guess the price are already getting competitive and the masses can able to afford it.

Both are delicious and tempting and great to spread on pancakes, waffles, sandwiches and even if you want a speculoos or Biscoff cake perhaps.  Or you can also add this to your favorite viand just like what I have recently cooked.

Kare Kare with Trader's Joe cookie butter

Kare Kare with Trader’s Joe cookie spread

So, what do you think is the best among the two?  Be the judge or better yet, let me repeat this phrase from Trader’s Joe,  “all you have to do is taste it to understand” .

Journey of a Food Porn and Passionate Working Mom

I love to eat, maybe the same reason why I become as big as today. Although, I could not boast that I’m a great cook, i know that my cooking is far good than others I know , must be because I always believe that cooking is a passion. When you put your heart into something, it will turn out good. Not my creation is perfect but with constant practice they can become better and what matters most is that my family believes in me.

For a busy mom like me, it would be a precious chance to create a good food for my family after all it’s a mother’s desire to give the best for her family, to keep them healthy and happy all the time.

Morning would be perfect with my fave breakfast and a happy smile from my family. Although I have never tried to create a delicious breakfast such as this, i am always fascinated on learning especially because it’s our fave.

 

This is my first time to try to cook “fresh spring rolls” lumpiang sariwa. It turns good and the kids so love it. I am a passionate woman, i do believe that cooking is not just a mother’s job but if you put your heart on it, each meal even it’s simple will bring happiness.


Bicol is well known for it’s sili and hot and spicy foods. This one is my version of hot cheezy fingers which is really hot but very tempting.

A family that eats together, stays together.  Each province has something to be proud of. Ours is this delicious laing.

 

Who says hot and cold could not be paired together? I so love coffee, I could not live each day without drinking one.

Miracle Fruit from Calabash Tree

Have you got the chance to encounter a fruit as big as these?  They called it miracle fruit or Milagrosang bunga in tagalog which came from Calabash tree, because of it’s miracle powers to cure diseases.  I have read and heard so much about it but never tried it for myself.

With what i have read, miracle tree or simply the fruit of the calabash tree can cure certain illnesses like cancer but particularly well known remedy for indigestion or those suffering in constipation.

Checking out the net, articles regarding this miracle fruit dated back since 2009  but only few were able to confirm that this fruit did work for them.

Disclaimer: Remember that i’m not selling nor encouraging my readers to try this product.  I’m also a curious consumer and if you think that this post encouraged you or you find it interesting, it is still best to seek your doctor’s advice so they can properly guide you regarding this matter. 

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