Sunday, August 5, 2018

Be Happy BICOL: A Road Trip to Naga City (Part 1 of 5)

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Never in my life have I thought of going to Naga City for a vacation. Whenever the province of Bicol is mentioned, the only place in my mind is in Legaspi City where Mayon Volcano is. Unlike Legaspi City which carries the picturesque volcano, Naga City has its own charm waiting to be discovered.

Naga City was established in 1575 under Spanish Governor-General Francisco de Sande (it was then named Ciudad de Nueva Cáceres) and was the third Spanish Royal City next to Iloilo and Manila. It is Bicol region's busiest city being a center of trade, culture, religion (Our Lady of Peñafrancia can be found there), education and more.

To go to Naga City, just head over to Bicol Isarog Bus Station located in Cubao, EDSA (South Bound) which is in front of Farmer's Market.

This is the bus we took. Leaving Cubao at 9pm and reaching Bicol Central Station in Naga City at 6-6:30am. It's a 9 hour ride including traffic and the 2 stop overs.


There is a powder room inside this bus but I wasn't able to use it. I just dozed off the whole trip to Naga City since it was dark outside.
This is the interior.
Inside the bus are leather Lazy Boy seats. Since the bus driver closed all the lights (the only source of light was from the TV) during the whole trip, I wasn't able to get a photo of the seats but you get the picture here. Look at those huge seats!

Reaching Naga, it was 6am! The sun is up and if you're sleeping in the whole trip, you'll be waking up fresh! Since it was my first time in Naga City, I had this touristy, #iwokeuplikethis shot by my mom.
Bicol Central Station - Naga City
When in Naga City, home of our VP Leni Robredo, it's a MUST to go to Bigg's Diner in Magsaysay Avenue. It's the place where she used to date with her husband the late Jesse Robredo.
You'll see this big sign in Magsaysay Avenue.
Which leads to this store! Have a date here with your special someone for a long & lasting love.😉
Group photo with the other media from Manila and the COO of Bigg's Diner Adolf Aran, Jr. with his wife Alu.
(L-R) Bigg's Diner COO Adolf Aran, Jr., Joyfully Yours, Hefty Foodie Eugene Constantino, The Hungry Chef Nathaniel Uy, Malaya Newspaper's Edison Gonzales, Adobo Magazine's Troy Barrios, Cook Magazine's Marlon Aldenese and Roel Manipon.
Inside this branch of Bigg's Diner, give you a feel of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe (in Riverdale) where you can have your milkshake with burger, spaghetti and fried chicken! However, this place actually has more. Will write about it in my next blog so watch out for it! 😀
Look at all these vintage items on display!
This spot looks perfect for an OOTD. However, since this lady was there, I figured to take her photo instead and realized, it's also a good place for emo moments.☺️
The original Instagram!😃
As this entry being my first of out five entries on Naga, will just end it with my road trip back to Manila. You'll know how much I love Bigg's Diner because I just had to have a snack box on the road going back to Manila! It actually contains a tuna sandwich and fries.

Wasn't able to take a photo of the sandwich and fries because of my road trip buddy, my little dumpling.
She ate it! Hahaha! :D
You can see how comfy the seat of the Lazy Boy. Just remember to bring your favorite pillow/s and enjoy the sceneries!
I actually recommend travelling day time because of the scenic view. You won't feel the 9 hour ride just looking in amazement how beautiful the Philippines is!

Watch out for my next four entries about my road trip to Naga City! ☺️

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Choice: Year IV

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For the love of food and restaurants, "The Choice" is back again this 2018!
The Choice 2017 Hall of Fame: Ramen Nagi
In the first six months of this year alone, over 500 new restaurants opened … and that’s only all over Metro Manila!

Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there’s a new restaurant opening its doors. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with.
As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we’re always very curious about the crowd favorites. The popular vote, if you will.  What are the beloved favorites? Let the voice of the people be heard!
Vote for your CHOICE here: https://awesm.pl/TheChoice2018



About The Awards
Together, Our Awesome Planet, the country’s #1 food blog and one of the Top 50 travel blogs in the world;  the Blogger and Influencer Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang); and the prestigious World Food Expo (WOFEX), have partnered to conduct the People’s Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Hotels, and Chefs …. or simply, “The Choice”.
The Choice Godfathers: Anton Diaz (of Our Awesome Planet), Randy Manaloto (of WOFEX) and Spanky Enriquez (Let's Eat Magazine EIC & one of KTG's founders)
We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Finalist Lists have made us very pleased: we feel it’s a very diverse and fair representation of all our favorites from many diverse categories.
However, we’d like to emphasize that this is NOT a “Best of…” list. Taste, after all, is subjective. This is a vote for YOUR FAVORITES. 

You can vote right nowhttps://awesm.pl/TheChoice2018

The Choice 2018 voting is for two weeks only which started last July 15, Sunday and will end on July 30, Monday. Awarding Ceremonies will be at the SMX Mall of Asia on Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 2pm to 5pm. 

The Survey Parameters
1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. 
2. There are 40 questions in this survey and answering this survey should take only around 10-15 minutes. It is best to give a definitive answer to each question and feel free to skip if you can’t decide.
3. All answers are treated as confidential and final once you click on the submit button.
4. One survey response for one person only.
5. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.
Here’s the link to the survey:  https://awesm.pl/TheChoice2018

The Hall of Fame Awardees
Consecutive Winners in their respective categories in 2015, 2016, and 2017, the following establishments have now been elevated to The Choice Hall of Fame, and thus, will not be eligible for further awards this year and in the years ahead. Congratulations to the Hall of Famers!!! 

Food Favorites
Fast Food Burger: Burger King
Gourmet Burger : 8 Cuts
Fried Chicken : KFC
Sisig : Gerry’s Gril
BBQ : Aristocrat
Hotdog/Sausage : S&R
Ramen : Ramen Nagi
Donut : Krispy Kreme
Ensaymada : Mary Grace
Frozen Dessert : Dairy Queen
Pastries/Cakes: Conti’s
Coffee :  Starbucks

Restaurant Favorites
Chinese: Gloria Maris
Thai : People’s Palace
Korean : Bulgogi Brothers
Mexican : El Chupacabra
Fine Dining : Antonio’s
24/7 Dining : North Park
Family Dining : Chili’s
Hotel Buffet: Spiral
Fast Food : Jollibee

Friday, June 29, 2018

Filipino Kitchen Superstars Chef Sau del Rosario and Chef Miko Aspiras takes over Corniche

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Filipino food is taking centerstage all over the world with Filipinos going everywhere in the world. Sometimes we, Filipinos, take for granted what we have being here in the Philippines. However Diamond Hotel's Corniche took a bold step in creating this limited edition Filipino Food Festival called Filipino Culinary Pride 2018 by bringing in two of the country's most respected chefs, Chef Sau del Rosario and Chef Miko Aspiras to impress you with our country's gastronomic treasures until July 1, 2018 (Sunday) only!


Begin your food journey with familiar flavors that are sure to bring many memories. Like these difficult to find goodies while you look at the buffet spread.

Chef Sau del Rosario, not only a renowned chef but also is like a kitchen magician, creating innovative dishes rooted in Filipino food culture.

Maya Maya Mayonesa, a delicate classic favorite made from snapper with aioli, capers, black olives, eggs and spices.


A must-try is the Crispy Pork Kare-Kare Macadamia which is Chef Sau's signature dish cooked with macadamia nuts and truffle oil.

The Sisig Paella is his trophy dish featured at his recent Napa stint that became a blockbuster to many foreigners.

And of course, skip the diet for a day and get yourself some Lechon, an attention-drawer and crowd-pleaser in any celebration. Look at these Three Types of Lechon that represent the flavors of different island groups of the Philippines namely, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Luzon Buru
Visayas Chili Mango
Mindanao Malagos Chevre and Cocoa
Since Chef Sau is from Pampanga, he also brings into Corniche his take on Tamales Pampanguena.

Other crazy innovations which I've never thought possible but are super tasty which must be tried are the Sinigang Flan and Duck Adobo with Garlic Confits.


Young, award-winning Chef Miko Aspiras conquers the dessert buffet spread to a new level of experience. Very Filipino delicacies are transformed into glossy toys that will make you want them all as it brings you to childhood going into a toy store!

Strike your fancy with Cherry, it's my favorite from the spread! It is created from layers of fluffy chocolate sponge, cherry mousse and cherry chantilly like an evil Black Forest whispering you to eat more and more! Yes, I love it that much! <3 p="">


Luscious yet citrusy Mandarin Cheesecake in Graham crust base garnished with fresh orange segments is a treat you would like to try and explore.

At the live station, the famous Diamond Hotel Ensaymada comes in a gigantic size and a portion will be sliced and served with Flambéed Morada and Rosella making it more delicious than it already is.


Another irresistible confection is Dayap in coconut mousse with dayap curd dipped in praline cocos.

Must not missed on the dessert station are the Keso de Bola Macaron and Grape Choux.


All these magical Filipino food spread can be devoured for only Php2,780 nett per person (lunch and dinner).

And that's not all! You can still get these fresh and delicious seafood from the seafood station.

Plus, you still get to enjoy your other favorite station at Corniche! Mine is the Japanese spread! ;)

Guests with a minimum spend of Php5,000 at the Corniche lunch or dinner buffet will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2-night stay in Baguio. Plus, spend a minimum of Php20,000 and get a complimentary overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two.

For reservations, call 528-3000 at loc. 1121. 
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