Monday, July 17, 2017

Blugre Coffee: Davao's Best Coffee Shop Now in Manila!

When you consider yourself as a coffee lover, there is a tendency for you to explore other drinks and pastries that has coffee in it.  Your taste buds become sensitive to different kinds of coffee and you can already immediately tell what is a good coffee and not.  

When you consider yourself as a coffee lover, you aim to have a coffee brewer in your home and try different coffee beans.  While drinking instant coffee is still an option, you tend to try all kinds of instant coffee available in the market and choose your favorite.

When you consider yourself as a coffee lover, you make coffee shops as one of your places to relax and meet friends.  You enjoy having a bonding moment with the people close to you and coffee shops become your bane for work ocassionally.

I have heard about Blugre Coffee from a friend who had an opportunity to stay in Davao for several years and she has been telling a lot of good things about Blugre.  While I also had been to Davao in the past, I never had a chance to visit one of their coffee shops there.  I got excited when I learned that there is Blugre Coffee near our home!  


Blugre Coffee Metro East beside Taytay Municipal Hall

Blugre Metro East can be found near the municipal hall of Taytay, Rizal.  It opened in February this year, just in time for the town fiesta.  Originally, Blugre Coffee is a local coffee shop in Davao City established in June 1998.  It has three company owned branches in Davao (Landco Corporat Center, Matina Town Square, Gaisano Mall).  Blugre Coffee is known for their signature drink, Durian Coffeecino, a hot coffeeccino concoction that blends espresso and durian fruit wonderfully.  

You may find it a weird combination: durian + coffee, but I can attest that it tastes good!






Apart from coffee and pastries, they also serve meals at an affordable price!




Blugre's red velvet cake, so creamy and delicious!

Blugre Coffee also sells coffee beans and other merchandise such as mugs, souvenir shirts, durian dip, chips and jam, cacao nibs, and coffee wine.


Blugre coffee beans and cacao nibs

Blugre's display of merchandise for sale

Am curious about the taste of coffee wine...will try this some time

Blugre's ceramic mug which has an antique design


Blugre Coffee is also open for franchise!  Presently there 9 branches  all over the country, and one of the franchisees is Manny Pacquiao, he owns the General Santos branch of Blugre.


Blugre's current branches


Check out the pictures of Blugre Metro East branch:


Counter

I love the lighting!  Looks industrial

This wall will soon feature the history of Taytay, Rizal



Can't wait to have a coffee date with my son and friends here at Blugre Metro East!


My forever coffee date :)



Blugre Metro East is located at Unit 101 Club Manila East Arcade 2 Building, Don Hilario Cruz Avenue, Barangay San Jan, Taytay, Rizal.  You may also check Blugre's website at www.blugre.ph.  Follow Blugre on Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter.  




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Attend the First-Ever Restaurant Engagement Conference this August!

All of us dream of having our own business.

As a starter, one must equip himself/herself with the knowledge he/she needs to put up one.  One must create a good business model so that the business will be profitable.  One must have a mentor who will guide him/her through the process of establishing a business.  One must create a team who will be his/her arm in the business.  One must think of a good business strategy to make the business model work.

There are lots of things in the to-do list in putting up a business!  Most of the time it may overwhelm us, but with patience and determination, your business will be a success.

Mplify is a marketing company established with a good purpose and powered by great passion to help businesses reach its full potential, amplify their businesses, and to provide business solutions through various marketing strategies and PR campaigns.

The first-ever Restaurant Engagement Conference (REC) to be held on August 12, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, will be spearheaded by Mplify.  It is an event dedicated to F&B industry and is expected to be attended by SMEs, new brands, aspiring restaurateurs, F&B professionals, and restaurant owners.  REC aims to recreate one's brand in today's new trend, empower local crafts and businesses, and capture the right market.  All concerns and current trends in the F&B industry will be discussed during the event by the respected speakers in the field.  The speakers will discuss matters that will help people to utilize strategic marketing tools that will optimize restaurant business performance.  

It is said that Customer Engagement is the NEW RULE of the GAME, so attend this conference and don't miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the finest people in the F&B industry and to mingle with co- and aspiring restaurateurs to build your network.






This event is supported by: Maybank, Globe MyBusiness, 7,107 Culture + Cuisine, Agape Pastries and Tartines, Mrs. Fields, Kitchenails, Mode Devi, Leapreneur, Ink-All-You-Can, Karuva Travel and Tours, Where To Eat Philippines, Nail It!, Color Ads and Digital Services Inc., MAPI, YanYan International, and DermCare.  

Media sponsors: Manila Standard, manilastandard.net, Global News Network (GNN), Asenso Pinoy, Chinoy TV, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Business World, Inquirer Mobile, Experience Travel and Living, Business Insight, Pilipino Mirror, SMNI, HUE Channel, Entrep TV, Remate Express, The Village Connect, Psst!, Pinas, People's Journal, and Women's Journal.

This event is dedicated to support Children's Hour.

To register for REC, visit www.mplify-ph.com.  Follow Mplify's social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram) for updates on REC.  You may also contact Mplify through mobile (09988876063, 09773597602) and email (mktg.mplify@gmail.com).







Friday, July 7, 2017

LEGO Friends for Girls Who Love Imaginative Play!

LEGO is considered a must toy for every children.  It develops creativity and imaginative play.  With lots of possibilities when you combine different LEGO bricks and pieces, a child can create multiple figures and images.  We just need to remind our children to pack away each LEGO pieces or else, we might step on it and it'll hurt us big time, waaah!

Before, LEGO was considered as a toy for boys.  

I remember a time when my siblings and I were still young, I would play with my Barbie and my brother with his LEGO.  We would play together, pretending that the LEGO structure that my brother built will be my Barbie's home.

Presently, my son is now hooked on LEGO.  He combined ALL of his LEGO playsets so he can create more structures and play with his friends.  Sometimes my son and his friends would 'trade' LEGO pieces.  I just to remind him every now and then that he should put all of his LEGO bricks in one place, it's scattered all over the house, arrrgggghhh!!!

As the company evolved in their years of experience, LEGO started to develop different playsets to cater to different children of different ages.  It has a playset for toddlers, for school-aged kids, for teens, and even for adults!  

What's good is that LEGO can now already be played by little girls!




Last June 30th, LEGO has invited several mommy bloggers together with their kids to have a wonderful time playing and creating structures and images using LEGO bricks.  The event also served as a preview to what will happen for the two weekends of July.  This event primarily introduces LEGO Friends to the public.




Here are other photos of the event:







LEGO Friends is a product range of the LEGO construction toy designed primarily for girls.  Introduced in 2012, the theme introduced the "mini-doll" figures, which are about the same size as the traditional minifigures but are more detailed and realistic.  The sets include pieces in pink and purple color schemes and depict scenes from suburban life set in the fictional town of Heartlake City.  In the initial wave of sets, the larger sets include bricks that can build a veterinary clinic, a malt-style cafe, a beauty salon and a suburban house; smaller sets included a "cool convertible", a design studio, an inventor's workshop and a swimming pool.  LEGO Friends theme center around five best friends, each with their own unique personality, who live in the beautiful Heartlake City, where there are lots of cute animals to take care of, shops to visit, and houses to live in.






Here are the five core characters of LEGO Friends.  Each and every character has their own personality!  Choose the character your little girl can relate most:

Stephanie is a confident natural leader.  She is very social, creative, and organized.  She loves planning events, parties, and soccer.  She also enjoys talking to people, writing stories and dancing ballet as well.  Her signature colors are white, magenta, and light pink.  Her favorite food is cupcakes.

Olivia is an environmentalist who enjoys science, nature, and history.  She also enjoys inventing, hiking, taking pictures, going to school, and drawing.  She is also a caretaker of a newborn foal (a baby horse).  Her signature colors are pink, purple, and white.  She is very intelligent and focused, yet at times clumsy.

Emma is the fashionista of the group.  She is a very stylish and trendy girl who loves style.  As shown in the sets she appears in, it is very obvious that she loves fashion design, jewelry-making, interior design, makeovers, English horseback jumping and karate.  Her signature colors are purple and pink.  She is very fashionable, yet sometimes forgetful and unable to speak up for herself.

Mia is the animal lover of the group.  She is also a vegetarian.  She enjoys taking care and spending time with animals.  She also excels at playing sports, training animals, and playing drums.  In addition, she also enjoys riding horses, camping, and doing magic tricks.  Her signature colors are light blue, green, and purple.  She is very caring and athletic, yet somewhat stubborn.

Andrea is the musician of the group.  She is a talented singer and great at composing her own songs.  She loves anything about music--singing, playing the piano, dancing, acting.  She is also a great cook; she currently works at a cafe.  She loves bunnies too!  She is a practical person, yet at times she can also be overly dramatic.  She is sometimes a little full of herself, being impulsive and careless at times, but whenever she commits mistakes, she learns from it.






Are you excited to buy your little girl their own LEGO Friends playset? You can purchase LEGO Friends at LEGO Stores and leading toy stores nationwide, and by buying any LEGO merchandise, you are entitled to apply for a VIP card for free!  Every time you purchase at LEGO stores, present the VIP card and once you accumulate Php50,000, you are entitled for an upgrade to a Gold card!  Plus, you will have a special invite to LEGO events!




Have fun playing Lego Friends with your little girls!


About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark.  Its main offices can be found in Enfield, USA; London, UK; Shanghai, China; and Singapore.  Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, LEGO is known for its iconic connecting bricks and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided but the company spirit, "Only the best is good enough", the company is committed to the development of kids' toys and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning.  LEGO products are sold worldwide and can also be virtually explored at their official website, www.LEGO.com.

For more news from The LEGO Group and other information about financial performance and responsibility engagement, you may check www.LEGO.com/aboutus.






Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Demo Class Experience with Chef Nikko Buendia at The Maya Kitchen

I already mentioned before that I'm not that passionate in cooking; therefore,  I do not want to explore baking as well, hihi.  I love eating cakes, but for me to make one and enjoy eating it afterwards....I am not sure if I can do it.  Baking requires patience, consistency, accuracy, and precision.  Once you make a mistake in baking, you cannot do something about it, you cannot correct your mistake; not unlike in cooking, you can adjust the taste as you prepare the dish.

Last Saturday, June 24th, my son and I were invited to attend a live baking demo of Chef Nikko Buendia at The Maya Kitchen.  The Maya Kitchen is a culinary school teaching short baking and cooking courses to everybody, even to kids and teens.  They have been in the industry since 1964.  Apart from being a culinary school, they are also known for supplying baking supplies (flour, cornstarch, baking powder, instant mix) in the market.


Wide array of Maya baking products available at leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide


Watching a live baking demo is something new to me.  The demo area of The Maya Kitchen is equipped with two overhead cameras and wall-mounted TVs so we can see the top view of the tabletop.  


The demo class area of The Maya Kitchen.  There are two TVs on the side on which the audience can see the top view of the counter


Chef Nikko Buendia demonstrated on how to bake a Japanese cheesecake and caramel cake.  She also gave us some baking tips so that we would be able to bake these two delectable cakes perfectly.  Here are some pictures of live baking demo:


The recipe



Chef Nikko Buendia

Chef Nikko demonstrating us some good kitchen practices

Chef Nikko preparing the chiffon cake for the caramel cake

Chef Nikko putting the two chiffon cakes together with butter icing in-between

Pouring the hot caramel icing

Chef Nikko using the remaining butter icing as cake decor


After the cakes were done, we were given an opportunity to taste it, so yummy!


Japanese cake and caramel cake

Delicious caramel cake!

Yummy Japanese cake!


Cooking and baking classes in The Maya Kitchen can range from Php1500 and up, depending on the course that you will take.  You will see on their website their available classes for the month of July.

If you want to attend Chef Nikko Buendia's baking classes, she also holds it on her baking studio in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.  You may see the July schedule on her Facebook page (Nikko's Baking Studio).

If you want the recipes of Japanese cheesecake and caramel cake, send me an email and I'll be glad to give you a copy:)

Let me know how your cakes taste like, okay?!

Baking is an art, so do it wholeheartedly.



For more information about The Maya Kitchen, you may visit their website at www.themayakitchen.com.  You may also visit their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).  You may also inquire at contactus@themayakitchen.com for class schedules and fees.

Nikko's Baking Studio is at 59-A Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.  For baking demos and classes, you may email nikkosbakingstudio@gmail.com or call (02) 8871711 or 0920-9544960.








Monday, July 3, 2017

Unlimited Sushi at Php499 at Misono Restaurant

I love Japanese food.

Recently, I had this intense craving over sushi and sashimi.  So happy that I was able to satisfy myself on eating a bunch of it at a Japanese buffet restaurant.  Too late for me to learn that there is a restaurant in Makati City that offers unlimited sushi!



Just last June 20, 2017, Misono Japanese Restaurant, which is located along Jupiter St., Bel-air, Makati City, launched "Zooshi", and all-you-can-eat sushi from 11AM to 10PM.  Misono Japanese Restaurant is the latest addition to the chain of restaurants owned by businessman Robert Laurel Yupangco.  Other restaurants he owns are: Nanten Restaurant which is located inside the Manila Polo Club grounds, Midori at Alabang Country Club, Yakitori Daitokyo at Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City, and Jinsei Restaurant located at the ground floor of Vivere Hotel in Alabang.

Misono Japanese Restaurant is open to those people who love anything but sushi.  They are inviting people to try this unique offer, with lots of sushi, sashimi, and maki varieties to choose from.  What's good about this offer is that it's very affordable!  It's only Php399 for kids and Php499 for adults.  

Apart from their unlimited sushi, Misono Restaurant is also open for private events as it has a function room for conferences, forums, and parties.

For sure, I'll visit Misono Japanese Restaurant one of these days!


For more information about Misono Japanese Restrarant, you may contact 09166299381 or send an email to grace@tagmedia.asia.  You may also check Misono Japanese Restaurant's Facebook page.











Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Usanimals--Parents' Choice for Children's Multivitamins

Healthy living is first taught at home.

Children always look up to their parents as their role model.  They would admire their parents on the way the dress up, their profession, their preferences, and even the way they take care of their health.  There is a strong likelihood that whatever a child sees as their role model as they grow up, they will also be like that when they become adults.  

I really wanted Kib to practice good health, and I'm so happy that at his young age, he knows the importance of being healthy.  He would eat vegetables and engage in physical activities.  Never in his childhood years that he was a picky eater.  He would eat whatever is on the table and he would eat it with delight.

I must admit that there are times that we would eat not-so healthy food.  While I'm thankful that my son is not sickly, I still worry if he gets the right amount of nutrients daily.  Now that he is getting older and older, his nutritional needs also change.

I was introduced to Usana years ago, but I didn't pay much attention on the nutritional benefits of their products.  I thought that I'm a healthy person and I don't need any supplementation.  Now that I'm almost in my middle adulthood and my son is a tweener, I now become to realize that I already need to put value on my health.  Our health is the most important asset that we have, and if we are not healthy, we won't be able to also make a living for our family, right?!

Usana is the no. 1 adult supplement in the world, and it is the only food supplement available in the Philippines that has no 'No Therapeutic Claims' on the label and it can be used as a home remedy for minor illnesses.  Usana continues to grow since it was launched in 1992.  




Aside from Usana Essentials (which is their flagship product), Usanimals is also one of their best-selling product.




Usanimals is a daily multivitamin for children 2 to 12 years old with a balanced formula that contains 23 essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support healthy growth and development for healthy immune functions and energy levels, and bone support.  


  • Vitamins A, C, E, and zinc to boost immunity
  • B6, B12, folate, and choline for healthy brain function
  • calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth
  • iron, thiamin, and B12 for energy
  • calcium panthothenate
  • biotin
  • inositol
  • antioxidant phytonutrient complex (blackberry, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry fruit powder)
  • selenium
  • copper
  • manganese
  • chromium
  • molybdenum
Usanimals has also hydrolized rice protein which helps improve bone growth and muscle growth of children.  

Everything that a child needs is all in one chewable tablet.  It is free of artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Usanimals is also okay to be taken by children with G6PD.

Ever since Kib has started taking Usanimals, I observed that his sleep patterns become normalized.  He used to always sleep late because he waits for me to finish my work.  Kib enjoys taking Usanimals because of its taste (he said that it tastes like brown rice at first and it becomes sour in the middle) and because of the animal imprints on each tablet.

For now, Usanimals can only be bought from certified agents.  You cannot buy any Usana products in the market, so if you want to try Usanimals and its other products, I can hook you up to any Usana agents.

Usana will be coming up with new products later this year, so let's watch out for it!




For more information about Usanimals and other updates about USANA Philippines, visit and follow USANA's social media accounts (FacebookTwitterInstagram).  You may also visit USANA's official website at www.usana.com and its official blog whatsupusana.com.


Friday, June 23, 2017

How Do You Prepare Meals for Your Loved Ones? Marian Rivera-Dantes Tells Her Secret

One of the responsibilities of a parent is to provide healthy meals for their children.  

I have written on my previous blog that I do not like cooking; my mom would teach me how to cook when I was younger but it didn't ignite my interest in cooking.  During college, my friends would be the one to check what's inside our refrigerator and cook for all of us.  I was only  'forced' to cook when my mom went in the United States for a vacation in 2002.  It was only me and my dad who were left in the house, and since my father is working in the office, I have no choice but to cook meals for the two of us.

When I got married, I stayed at my parent's house so my mom still cooks for us.  When my son's dad is in the country (he used to be an OFW), he is the one who cooks especially when there are dishes that I request him to cook for us.  I would just buy the ingredients and accompany him in the kitchen until the dish is done.  He won't even ask me to help in preparing the ingredients.

Now that it's only me and my son at home, I do not have a choice but to cook for the two of us.  To be honest, there are days that I'm too lazy to cook and just have ready-to-eat meals or would ask my son to buy viands at an eatery near our home.  Sometimes I would also call for food delivery.  One day, my son scolded me, "Magluto ka nga!" He said that because he just misses me preparing food for us.

My son is my number 1 fan.  He would always show his delight whenever he eats the meals I cook for the two of us and would give me the best remarks about it.  Now that he already knows how to cook too, he would sometimes help me in preparing the dishes and would even ask me if he could to stir the pot or wok while I'm cooking.  He regards to my dishes as something that is prepared with love.

Marian Rivera-Dantes, the sought-after brand ambassador in the Philippines, is now the latest face of AJI-GINISA Flavor Seasoning Mix.  Aside from being an actress, host, style icon, and philanthropist,  Marian Rivera-Dantes' favorite role is being a wife to Dingdong and a mom to Zia.  When she is not busy, she would find time to cook for her family.  She would even post on social media the dishes that she prepares for her family, like the food she prepares for Zia, stews, soups, vegetable dishes, among others.  When she is short on time, easy stir-fry dishes are the ones that she prepares for the family.  She really makes dishes for her family with love because she knows that a happy family has a happy tummy too :)




Marian's top stir-fry dishes are Chopsuey and Fried Rice made with AJI-GINISA Flavor Seasoning Mix, as seen in the seasoning's two new TV commercials which started airing last June 4, 2017.  In both versions, you can see Marian dancing and sining to the tune of her hit song, 'Sabay-sabay Tayo', while adding AJI-GINISA to each dish to make them more delicious and 'Garantisadong Ginisarap'.  

Adding AJI-GINISA is one way of adding love to the dishes you prepare for your family!

Tell me about the dishes you prepare for your family using AJI-GINISA Flavor Seasoning Mix, okay?!



Visit http://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/recipes for meal ideas.  You can also visit AJI-GINISA and Cook Community by Ajinomoto PH Facebook pages for more dishes to try.