Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beer Pong at Wingman

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I've always considered Wingman as one of the best buffalo wings place in the Metro. When I was invited to a game of beer pong here, I just agreed right away even if I had no idea on how to play the game!
Garlic Parmesan Wings, Curly Fries and Black Bean Burrito
Garlic Parmesan Curly Fries for a touch of flavor.
Dip it in their sauce and eat it in one go!
After having some of my regular favorites (above), it was time to play beer pong! Yes, I did not forget I was there for the game even though I was enjoying the delicious fares. Haha! :D

The staff of Wingman started setting up the beer pong table and taught us how to play. I was actually part of the first team who played. During the game, the staff gave tips, explained the rules further and of course, helped with the scoring.

Basically, here's what happened: Beer was poured on 6 plastic cups and lined into a triangle. Each player has two ping pong balls then whoever's it (through a short game of rock-paper-scissors) will throw the ball to the other side of the table and shoot it in the opponent's cup for the opponent to drink.
Like a ping pong game, the ball can only bounce once on the table. More than one bounce on the table is invalid and the next player gets to throw the ball. With one bounce and if it shoots in your opponent's cup, your opponent must drink 2 cups of beer. Without a bounce but if the ball shoots in your opponent's cup, your opponent will only drink 1 cup.

So the goal is to have the ball bounce once on the table and shoot in your opponent's cup for your opponent to drink 2 cups at the same time.
Just take turns in throwing the ball to the other side of the table until you finish your opponent's cup or your cups get finished. In my case, I lost the game. Haha! :D But it was all good.

On this visit, I got the chance to try their newest addition to their menu called "Hell Fire" which is literally buffalo wings on fire! This fiery hot chicken wings spiced up with Carolina Reaper Chili will surely challenge your taste buds.
Hell Fire
This burning dish comes with a serving of vanilla ice cream to cool down the palate in case you're brave enough to try it and need a back up.
A closer look without the fire
Aside from being spiced with Carolina Reaper, as you can see, these chopped "labuyo" (native Filipino chili) will already start the heat when you take a bite into this dish. As I've said above, I was courageous enough to try it! One bite and I had to keep on biting the meat to the bones to avoid making my tongue feel numb. Oh yes, it was extremely spicy! However, what's surprising is that the wings had a sweet and salty note despite having a high level of spicyness. Also, yes, I ate the vanilla ice cream! It was quite difficult to handle the heat so I needed the ice cream to help me out.

After that hot chicken wings, I had the Honey Dijon Wings. I needed a sweet dish aside from ice cream to cool down my taste buds.
Honey Dijon Wings
While watching the other teams play against each other, our group enjoyed more yummy treats.
Onion Rings
Perfectly crisp outside, soft and flavorful inside. <3 td="">
Deep Fried Coke
Yes, you read it right! It's a weird dessert but fun to eat. It's a cup of crunchy coke flavored batter topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Wingman is open daily from 11am - 1am and is located at The Collective, Malugay St., Makati.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ang Larawan gets a unanimous “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board

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"Ang Larawan,” the lone musical entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, has gotten a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

The team of Ang Larawan. First row (seated), L-R: cast members Aicelle Santos, Rachel Alejandro, Paulo Avelino and Cris Villonco. Second row (seated), L-R: executive producer Girlie Rodis, executive producer Celeste Legaspi, and cast members Nanette Inventor, Dulce, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Cara Manglapus. Third row (standing): producer Alemberg Ang, composer Ryan Cayabyab, actor Bernardo Bernardo, director Loy Arcenas and actor Rayver Cruz.

The musical written by National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio and composed by Ryan Cayabyab is the only film this year wherein all CEB eleven members who previewed gave the highest grade. The CEB summation stated, “It is seldom and rare that the members of the Board give a unanimous A to a film.“

Based on the play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, “Ang Larawan” tells of how financially troubled Marasigan sisters Candida and Paula hold on to their father’s masterpiece in spite of great interest and attractive offers from potential buyers.

West End star Joanna Ampil plays Candida while multi-awarded pop singer/host and entrepreneur Rachel Alejandro portrays Paula. Urian Best Actor Paulo Avelino takes the role of Tony Javier, the boarder who is persuading the sisters to sell the painting to an American buyer.

The rest of the cast features a stellar ensemble composed of OPM stalwarts Celeste Legaspi, Dulce, and Nanette Inventor; stage and film luminaries Robert Arevalo, Nonie Buencamino, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Trinidad, Jaime Fabregas, Leo Rialp and Bernardo Bernardo; and young stars Aicelle Santos, Cris Villonco, Cara Manglapus, Jojit Lorenzo and Rayver Cruz. OPM icons Ogie Alcasid and Zsa Zsa Padilla have very special roles.

Culturtain Musicat Productions is the production outfit behind this film directed by Loy Arcenas.

The CEB praised the various aspects of production with one member citing that the movie is “enthralling, captivating and beautifully helmed!” The board described the performances by the leads and supports as “excellent.” Another member reiterated that, “’Larawan’ is a brilliant, fabulous production with great acting and excellent technical elements.”

As soon as CEB grade was released, the filmmakers took to social media to express their gratitude and joy. “Wow! What a blessing!” said Rachel Alejandro; while Celeste Legaspi declared, “Very proud!”  Joanna, who is touring as part of the international production of “Cats,” wrote on Facebook, “All the hard work is paying off.”
“Ang Larawan” is Joanna’s first starring role in a film and she began preparing for it way back in 2014.

The CEB recognition is the latest of a string of accolades that “Ang Larawan” has been receiving ever since its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival last October. Variety’s Richard Kuipers said, “This musical adaptation of a beloved Filipino play is a class act.” Local press and writers who have watched the film at an advanced preview are predicting “Ang Larawan” will be embraced by music-loving moviegoers and will be a strong contender for MMFF awards.

The film has also gotten endorsements from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Senator Bam Aquino, Congresswoman Pia Cayetano, and Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas.

Noting that “Ang Larawan” is a period movie, not a formula film, and that the musical genre remains untested, the CEB commended Culturtain Musicat Productions for taking a risk. “So, kudos, congrats, and thanks to the brave, intrepid band of producers and their fearless funders for this film. May their tribe increase and may this movie reach as wide an audience as possible.” Furthermore, the CEB made a clear call to the moviegoers “to see this film and spread the good word: go out and see Filipino films!”

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Slow Down in the Heart of the City at The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

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Nothing beats a nice relaxing weekend after a tiring week of the usual home – office – home routine!
Ready to slow down for the weekend! :D
With the very busy streets and people in office attire walking around in Ortigas Center, enter The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel, which stands silently besides its busy office building neighbors. It was quite a pleasant surprise that in the middle of the central business district, one can actually slow down and relax.
The view from our room.

The view from our floor (daytime)
The view from our floor (night time) - Photo by The Hubby
The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel houses different types of accommodation that suits your needs. There’s Deluxe Classic (25-27sqm), Deluxe Premium (25-27sqm), Premier Room (29-35sqm) where there’s a choice of 1 queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds and the Suite (64.5-68.5sqm) with a Master’s Bedroom (1 queen-sized bed) and Guest Room (1 double bed).
Deluxe Classic Room
Deluxe Twin Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite (Dining Area) - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Guest Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Master's Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Receiving Area - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
For our weekend stay, my family had the Premier Room, which is spacious, cozy and stylish. It has all the basics of a good hotel: complimentary bottled water, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, intercom, refrigerator, hair dryer, bathroom slippers, iron, ironing board and more to discover!
Our bed - Photo by The Hubby
I love this bookshelf! - Photo by The Hubby
Upon entering our room for the weekend, The Little Dumpling (TLD) got a little too excited and quickly laid down on the bed. Since the sheets smell so good like therapeutic in a way and the beddings are soft, it's time to relax! The pillows were plump enough to hold our heads up and seduce us to sleep.  Even if it was lunchtime and TLD was definitely hungry, she said that she wanted to stay and sleep.

Usually the Premier Room has only 1 queen-sized bed but since we’re 3 in the family, we had an extra bed for TLD to enjoy. Actually, the 3 of us can fit in a queen-sized bed but we just wanted additional comfort which the hotel provided.
Our beds - Photo by The Hubby
Inside the room is a kitchenette, which adds convenience for families with babies, or toddlers who can get hungry easily. So there’s a place to prepare something light and yummy for the little ones. There are also pots, pans, plates, bowls and other utensils that are already cleaned.
The kitchenette, cabinets and bathroom - Photo by The Hubby
Another angle of the kitchenette with utensils. There's even an exhaust! - Photo by The Hubby
There’s a rice cooker and also a table for 2 in case you’d like to cook up and enjoy a full meal inside the room.

Muffins from The Exchange Regency Residences Hotel. Thank you for the warm welcome!
Even if I was invited to stay at The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel, it was really sweet of them to give me these delightful pastries from Tully’s (which was located in the Ground Level of the hotel). TLD quickly got the chocolate muffin (she loves chocolate!) that she was able to finish on her own. Yes, she really didn’t want to leave the room so she said she’s eating the muffin instead of going out for a meal. Haha!☺
The yummy muffins!
TLD enjoying her muffin.
The bathroom is clean and roomy with all the toiletries you need: shampoo, soap, toothbrush, shaver, lotion and even a small hand soap which is a big plus!

The position of the TV is exceptional! You can move it to face the kitchenette, dining area or the bed depending on where you are. So be ready to wear your bathrobe, enjoy a meal on the heavenly bed and watch your favorite TV show!
Photo by The Hubby
Eating with TLD on our heavenly bed. - Photo by The Hubby 
Photo by The Hubby

You can also enjoy the “lazy” feeling where you’ll just lie down on bed and snooze, go online (there’s free wifi internet inside the room) or just sipping tea (or coffee which are part of the complimentary in-room amenities).

I love how the colors of green and blue hues on the 3rd level where the hotel facilities are located give a feeling of relaxation and make you forget about all the stress of the week. It’s like the environment was talking to me that this is the quality time for me, my hubby and TLD. There’s an adult and kiddie pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, children’s play area, mini golf and a game room where you can hang out and enjoy. All we have to do is take off our shoes, choose which activities to do or just putting our feet up to enjoy being idle.
The jacuzzi
By the pool side relaxing 

Doesn't this look relaxing?
Won't you like to take a dip too?
The view when you're relaxing by the pool and looking up. Love the shapes and patterns.
Children's Play Area

Game Room


In the swimming pool, my hubby had the chance to meet a French girl who was here on vacation to see her boyfriend. Since I find her really beautiful and I’m not confident enough to have my photos by the pool taken (I’m quite chunky). I asked my hubby to take her photos to share on my blog and showcase how nice the pool is. I’m really glad that she was nice enough to let us have her photos taken. 
Photo by The Hubby
On the 2nd level of the hotel, there’s a fitness and development center for kids called The Little Gym where TLD had so much fun.
TLD doing the monkey bar - Photo by The Hubby
Part of the stay was a buffet breakfast at one of the restaurants located at the Ground Level of the hotel called “Cuisine by Chef & Brewer” which offers a sumptuous breakfast to jumpstart your day. During my stay, the buffet spread includes white & garlic rice, scrambled eggs, roast pork, salad station, bread station with butter and jam, cereal station, fish fingers, assemble-your-own arroz caldo and pancakes. The drinks, like milk, juices and coffee, were also included.
Breakfast essentials - Bread ✔Coffee ✔Eggs

I actually had salad!

Arroz Caldo
The servers were really nice and attentive to what we need even if it’s a buffet set up. According to the server, the restaurant just opened in August and serves buffet breakfast everyday from 6am-10am. For non-hotel guests, it’s just P350 per person to enjoy this glorious spread! It’s actually quite a good deal for those who work in the Ortigas area.

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel also offers a Serviced Apartment Package (with a minimum of 3-month stay) for expats or those coming over from the provinces for long term stay which I believe is a lot better and cheaper too than renting a condo. Imagine no monthly dues (residents can use the amenities at the 3rd level), no electricity and water dues (until 400kwh and 5 cu.m. monthly), free wifi, telephone, cable TV and housekeeping (once a week change of linens and twice a week scheduled cleaning). According to their flyer, monthly rent starts at P47,250 as compared to condos with total dues starting at P55,300 which monthly rent is just a part of.
Al fresco area for chit chat at the 3rd level.

Take advantage of slowing down and spoiling your family this upcoming Halloween or ASEAN holidays! Visit The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel at Exchange Road cor. Meralco Ave. Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 1605 Philippines. For reservations, you may email or call (632)312-9999 / (632)312-9998. 

For more details of the hotel, visit their website The hotel is managed by Hospitality Innovators Inc., which manages Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, Y2 Residence Hotel and more. You can find out more about them at
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