@iyassantos @jemanorange @G5

There was a time that I couldn’t stand him. I am amused and amazed that he has now become one of my dearest friends.

Cheers to friendship, Jeman!

after covering a Christmas Ham event in Greenbelt

late dinner at Luk Yuen, Glorietta 5 (loved their seafood soup!)

after attending a bloggers’ event at Seattle’s Best and Reyes Barbecue

after dinner coffee/choco and cake at Bo’s, Glorietta 5 (they have really good, super creamy, delightfully chewy sans rival!)

BTW, Jeman is the Editor-in-Chief of www.orangemagazinetv.com .

This is just in case you are wondering why I’ve been attending so many events as of late. =)


listening to: Apollo 440 – Stop The Rock

Celebrating Arteries of Steel

I tried to kill myself by clogging my arteries…


I conquered the KFC Double Down and Pizza Hut Lechon Pizza in one day! Yeaaaaaahhhhh! I know this is just an exaggeration, so you should know this, too. Anyway, it’s still time to…


After the Pizza Hut Bloggers’ Event, Enzo and I went to Lime 88. It’s his first time to my favorite hole in the wall and I suggested all the delish dishes and he opted to get something I did not suggest. LOL.

He had the Tinapa and Sundried Tomato Pasta

and I got the Asian Nachos (wanton wraps with Thai salsa).

I don’t like tinapa with rice but tinapa with pasta is fantastic! The nachos was crisp, the salsa was tangy and wooohoo for the generous beefy toppings! Hey hey hey I wasn’t hungry but I don’t like drinking alcohol without something I can munch on.

My 1st poison of choice– Brown Sugar Daddy. Eyes on the foreground, please. Hahaha!

My 2nd– Tiramisu Martini! Both of the cocktails were great, but the Chocnut Martini is still my favorite!

Cheers to good food, good health, and good life!



The title is in reference to @JCPerlas’ tweet to me after I said Yay me! I’m still alive after eating the Double Down and Lechon Pizza. 😀

Diet starts tomorrow.



Lime 88
160 San Rafael St,
Mandaluyong City
02 4002268


listening to: Yelawolf – Just Wanna Party

May TURKEY ka? May LECHON Pizza ako!

aka The Day I Tried to Kill Myself (by Clogging My Arteries) Part 2

Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all my relatives and friends in the US of A! It was hard for me to undergo the yearly Turkey dinner-envy, because thanks to Pizza Hut, my craving for holiday fowl was topped by the newest gourmet creation of Pizza Hut– the Lechon Pizza.

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of pizza and lechon. I think I heard a couple of appalled gasps out there. LOL. A pinoy foodie who doesn’t like lechon and pizza??? Shame! Shaaaaame! To be clear, I like both, I just don’t break into tears of joy when there’s pizza or lechon in front of me. So, last night, as I was staring at the Lechon Pizza I thought, “Ok, let’s do this. I have no high expectations anyway.”

I don’t know if it’s the psyching myself part or the incredibly extravagant classic crust with gooey mozzarella, tender lechon meat and oh-so-crispy lechon skin that made me say, “SHET ANG SARAP NITO HA!” (In English: Shit, this is delicious! …. Hahaha, sorry it wouldn’t be right without the crass expletive! :p)

I usually only appreciate lechon without the brown gunk– este– liver sauce (think the stand alone lechon Cebu yuuuum). So I was surprised last night that I liked the pizza with the lechon sauce. I liked it more when I followed Joko‘s suggestion to put some hot sauce, too.

Just like when I ate the Double Down, I had coleslaw for good measure. With the Lechon Pizza, I had some Tuscan Salad for the same purpose. I didn’t find a reason to shove a forkful of leaves in my mouth after every bite of the pizza though, but I still did because the salad was delicious. 😀

Joko thought the pizza crust tasted very garlicky, she even described the Lechon Pizza as garlic bread on crack. 🙂 I thought it tasted more oniony (what the hell is this adjective). I guess my slice just had more onions than garlic. My next slice had obviously more lechon skin than my 1st. Sadly, I am prone to headaches when I eat too much fat. So even if it was tempting to get a 3rd serving, I took it easy and slowly devoured my 2nd and final slice of Lechon Pizza.

Good thing I have the entire holiday season to go to the nearest Pizza Hut (or for all you lazybones, call 911-1111) and dine on this festive treat again!

Wait wait wait! I have a tagline for Pizza Hut’s Lechon Pizza: Kung pwede lang araw-arawin ang sarap! :p

Belated Happy Thanksgiving again! Lechon just kicked Turkey’s ass.


Salamat to Pizza Hut and Perlas & Luna *hugs Jayce and Jig* for the fabulous dinner!

And for giving me the chance to hang out at Pizza Hut Bistro with my friends….

@iyassantos @jokoness @runaholikassy

@trickoy and @runaholickassy aka Pip and Guy

And for letting me meet my fellow bloggers — especially Aaron aka @pinoygossipboy, Jonel of NomNom Club and Let’s Go Sago, Azrael and Vicky!

Ze bloggers

with Aaron and Jayce


listening to: Paul Anka – (Rock Swings) It’s A Sin

Date with The Double Down

aka The Day I Tried to Kill Myself (by Clogging My Arteries) Part 1

After days of trying to resist the tempting wicked visions of two perfectly fried chicken breasts hugging a thick piece of bacon and a big slice of mozzarella cheese, I gave into Colonel Sanders’  latest offering- the KFC Double Down Sandwich.

I was not about to be let down by a SOLD OUT sign on the DD poster, like what I read on Twitter from dozens of frustrated, DD-deprived seekers. So I called KFC Jupiter, yesterday at 8am.

“Hi! Is the Double Down available?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Great! I’m coming over. I’m getting one.”

“Ahmmm, ma’am, 9am pa po kami magbubukas.”

“Ah ganon ba? Sabi ko nga, excited ako masyado eh.”

I arrived at 9:15 am. O di’ba, late pa. I had to remind the staff to remove the Sold Out sign. Itaas ang kamay ng mga pakialamera! *raises both hands* Only when she removed the sign was I ready to order the monster sandwich with mad components.

This is me waiting, contemplating if I am strong enough to handle the lethal DD.

After 15 minutes, it arrived along with Pepsi, rice and my fixin’ of choice- coleslaw.

Hello, Double Down. I’ve been wanting to meet you since I saw you in the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Are you also gonna knock me out?

Your size is a disappointment…

But I bet you are big on taste.

After talking (in my head) to the DD, I cut it in half. I intended to eat the 1st half as it’s supposed to be eaten. You know, as a sandwich. I ordered the coleslaw for good measure. Ayoko kasing ma-uta. What the hell is “uta” in English? To my foreign readers, the closest translation to it is “do be fed up out of disgust”.  I took a bite and it was delicious. I might be saying differently had I not asked them to lessen the mayo and if I didn’t have coleslaw to eat in between bites. The combination of the chicken, bacon and cheese made it a bit salty as expected and overwhelmingly rich. Anyhoodles, I enjoyed the 1st half of my DD, bite after bite.

The 2nd half, I intended to go with rice and gravy. As my friend, Chef Pancho puts it, the Double Down looks ulam-y. (ulam = viand) As a Filipino, I also expected that I would enjoy it with the essential carbs, but I didn’t. It was good, but it was too heavy. Or maybe I didn’t want to fall into a food coma and ruin the pleasant experience. Also, I had a Lechon Pizza dinner the same day to think of. I finished the last quarter of my DD and my coleslaw, praises racing in my head.

Congratulations to KFC for their newest baby. This is definitely the best reparation for the bland disappointment called Chewy Cheese.

If you haven’t tried the Double Down yet, this long weekend is the perfect chance as you would have enough time to nurse yourself back into wellness should you fall into a food coma.


104 Jupiter St, Bel-air
Makati City
(02) 8878888


listening to: T.I. feat Chris Brown – Get Back Up

Annual Stress Fest

What is? My birthday blues.

Every year (yes, without fail) I worry about December 20 at least a month before.

I barely have a month to come up with a plan on how to celebrate my 29th birthday. Yes, 29th! I am not at all ashamed to share what my real age is! Mwahahaha! Perhaps, it will be different when I’m already in my 30’s. It sucks that my birthday falls on a Monday this year, so if I decide to have a salubong on the 19th, my guests might kill me for the horrid traffic they are bound to encounter on the last weekend of Christmas shopping. If I celebrate it on the day itself, hello? Monday. Crickets. Crickets.

So, there goes the WHEN.

WHERE? Hmmm… should I spend my birthday here in Makati or in Paranaque? Most of my closest friends are from the south, so it’s practical to stage the shiz in BF Homes. But BF is capable of making me remember so many things about my past birthdays. I might burst into tears if I spend it there. Tears of Joy Explanation. Tears of Torment Explanation. New year, new age, (possible) new turn out. I guess the option is something I should entertain. Anyone ever been to Le Souk, Aguirre Ave? Thoughts please.

If I spend it in Makati, possible venues are Dillingers, Bugsy’s and Casa Nami. Thing is, it’s gonna take major effort for my guests to smoke their ciggies in these restos. Boo, friends. Yay, ozone layer.

WHAT I really want is to attend the misa de gallo and I can probably do that as a salubong to my 29th. I also want to have a quiet (weh as if that’s gonna happen) dinner with my bestfriends in Conti’s. Why Conti’s? Because it’s a birthday tradition I used to have with my parents when we still lived in BF. Now that they are in Bataan, thus will not be spending December 20 with me, my friends would have to fill their shoes. Also, sayang naman ang Conti’s gift certificates ko, so I will use them on my special day. And nothing is more special to me than my birthday. In fact, I call it a secret national holiday. LOL. After the quiet (bwahahahaha quiet daw o) dinner, a birthday celebration will not be complete without bingeing on alcohol. Again, this might change when I hit 30’s, but friends, if you want me to continue the wasakang inuman tradition, I’m very easy to convince. Hahaha.

Gah. Ang sakit sa ulo. I hope before November ends, I’ll have the enlightenment every birthday girl should get. For now, I’ll be working on my wishlist. Wheee!


listening to: details about the company Christmas party

Makati Sunday Markets

I’d like to pat myself myself on the back for at long last setting foot at the Legazpi Sunday Market. More pats for Kevin’s and Reggie’s backs for pointing out the stuff I ought to try.

Gorbachev’s Goulash of Kalinka Home Cooked Delicacies

It’s beef cooked to perfection in tomatoes and paprika and some dill. It’s served on mashed potatoes.

Again, my camera phone did not give it justice. Just trust me. It’s really, really good. For 200php you can enjoy the Russian version of the classic Hungarian dish.

The friendly owners of Kalinka. 🙂 Guys, do you recommend any good vodka concoction to go with goulash? :p

Steak Burrito of Chili-Billy Tex-Mex Cuisine 

This was the boys’ choice for lunch.

I don’t know, the rice was so thick one could barely see the slices of steak. But well, Reggie and Kevin seemed to enjoy their steak burritos, so it must have been delish.

Will probably try their food this Sunday.

Albeit he liked the steak burrito, Reggie was still hungry and bought nasi goreng (?).

And I got some Long Island Deli Strawberry Yogurt that I didn’t quite like. Bland.

I wish I bought some baklava instead.

Anyway, I was still a happy girl!

I thought I’d be happier in the White Space Market, but I was dead wrong because I’m not from the alta sociedad. LOL. Spotted: Armida Siguion Reyna and (maybe a look alike of) Baby Arenas.

White Space is in Pasong Tamo Ext. I wouldn’t go back unless I badly need to get something. But what could it be? Errr… jewelry? Artisan cheese? Clothes that I will never figure out where to wear? Maybe for Margarita Fores’ brunch! 😀

There were items that I liked and considered buying, like Fruit Garden’s jams and Leyende’s oraganic skin and body care products. I guess just not in WS, but from my next weekened market destination…



Legazpi Sunday Market
Rufino St. corner Legazpi St.
Legazpi Village, Makati City
Sundays 7am – 2pm

White Space Market
2314 Chino Roces Extension,
Makati City
Sundays noon – 6pm


listening to: people coughing 😦

Chicken, Waitress, Boobies

I was desperately craving for grilled chicken a few days ago, that even if Enzo cancelled at the last minute, I went to Aida’s Chicken alone. Rain, blistered toe and all.

Why Aida’s? They say Aida’s has the best chicken inasal in town and that it can murder Mang Inasal on any given day. Pweh, I don’t even like Mang Inasal, not one bit. I only eat there when the competing option is to starve myself to death.

Aida’s is located in Makati Cinema Square. I walked along pirated dvd stalls and divi-looking clothes and found it right beside Emer’s where I heard good there is excellent Pata Tim. I took a table near a large painting of a naked female body. Hmmmm… I looked around and 80% of the paintings have boobies as the subject.

There o. Boobs.

My curiosity on why the owner decorated the place with mammary glands was beaten by pressing hunger. The waitress handed me the menu and I quickly chose the chicken-rice-eggplant salad-salted egg -soup set meal. She said they ran out of eggplants. I asked if there’s an available vegetable dish. She answered sinigang. Sabi ko, vegetable dish eh- not a dish with vegetables. Anyway, I settled for Sinigang na Bangus sa Miso, rice and chicken inasal.

After 10 minutes, my sinigang was served. It was piping hot– tipong maka-paso ng ngala-ngala sa init– just the way I like my soup. Perfect sourness, I tasted the miso quite well. The mustard greens and radish were not overcooked, not hard to chew at all. The fish was good, but it was fried too long I think. I would have wanted the meat to be (uhhh?) tender.

Masarap na sinigang, but my mom’s is still better! 🙂

As I waited for the chicken to arrive, my friend Kevin walked in and joined me. He also ordered chicken and rice. He told me that I’d probably like Aida’s inasal as it tastes really close to the ones served in Bacolod. Didn’t doubt him at all because he IS from Bacolod. :p While we were waiting for the inasal, he told me stories of how perfect Bacolod is for rest and relaxation. Food and spa heaven for the matakaw and (sort of) kuripot.

Kevin talking to @TinaTonio 😀

Kevin’s inasal arrived and I was already half way done with my sinigang. I made a follow up and the waitress told me that she thought I cancelled my order of inasal. Grrrr. Buti na lang mabagal ako kumain. After another 10 minutes, my inasal arrived. Chicken was cut into bite-size pieces as I requested. I was too hungry and too excited to cut it myself. I even forgot to take a picture of Kevin’s inasal so you could see the unchopped glorious inasal.

Hands down, Aida’s Chicken is the best inasal I’ve ever had. Succulent, flavorful, aromatic… I didn’t even have to dip it in the chili-toyomansi-sinamak sauce. I also didn’t even have to drown my rice in chicken oil to appreciate the Chicken (yes, I do this in Mang Inasal) . Their chicken is perfect and I must have it again!!!

However, I don’t want to see that waitress again. That  cretin who to the very last minute of my stay at Aida’s was inefficient and (bordering on) rude. Imagine, she insisted that I should pay more for my sinigang because I got the large bowl when I specifically pointed out that I wanted to have the regular bowl. Malay ko ba kung ano ang actual sizes ng bowls nila?!?!?!?! In cases like this, I usually pay for everything even if I’m sure that I am 100% faultless. Since I firmly believe that the  mix-up was because she did not pay attention and she sucked in customer service, I refused to pay for the large bowl.

I felt good that I left Aida’s victorious for finally eating the best inasal in Manila.

I felt bad that I left a waitress to pay for her stupidity, funds coming from her minimum wage.

Worse that I did not get to ask her why there are paintings of boobies all around the restaurant.


Aida’s Chicken
Makati Cinema Square
Lower Ground Floor, Makati Cinema Square,
Pasong Tamo St. Makati City
Tel. No. (02)811-1537
Store hours: 10:00am – 7:30pm


listening to: RJ’s CORE Christmas Production Number Remix

HP7 on EP

Our company, ePerformax is having a special screening of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part1 tonight in Glorietta. Team Recruitment just finished distributing the invites and it’s obvious in every employee’s face that they are excited to see HP7.

I can’t wait to see it!!!!!!!! I expect it’s going to make me cry like a baby ‘coz this is the book where Dobby dies. Waaaaaahhhh!

I don’t know if Dobby’s death is in Part 1, but I do know for sure that I’d want our company to hold another screening when Part 2 comes out!

I love you, TDH! Thanks for this magical treat for us Muggles! We’re glad the CC and BPO Sorting Hat placed us in the House of Emax! :p


listening to: a song Boss Vincci is playing… sorta sounds like Savage Garden

I wanna be a (half) billionaire…

so freaking baaaaadddd! 

Sa saliw ng tugtugin nito ni Bruno Mars, tumaya ako sa 6/55 Lotto kagabi. Napilit lang ako ni Eunice. Hindi niya kasi ako tinantanan hanggang hindi ako sumabay sa pagtaya niya. Hindi naman talaga ako mahilig sa sugal. Hindi ko sinasabing hindi ako nagsusugal. Hindi lang talaga ako mahilig. Sa pustahang kape sa pusoy dos, piso-piso sa  tong-its, at pitikan ng tenga sa unggoy-ungguyan lang ako nasanay. Well, ‘nung bata ako, nanalo ako ng P2,000 yata sa jueteng. ‘Yun na ‘yon. ‘Ni hindi ko pa nga nasubukang mag-slot machine sa casino. Pero shempre, pinatos ko na ang pagtaya sa Lotto kagabi. Para naman sa 20 pesos na taya para magka-chance na mapanalunan ang tumataginting na 495 million, go na, di’ba?

Dati, ‘pag nanonood ako ng Duck Tales, tuwang-tuwa ako pag nagsuswimming sa pera si Scrooge McDuck. Pinangarap ko ring gawin ‘yon. ‘Wag naman sana sa barya. Hindi ko naman pinangarap magkapasa. ‘Pag ako ang nanalo ng 495 million pesosesoses, automatic bibigyan ko si Eunice ng 10M dahil siya ang pumilit sa akin mag-join in the fun. Malaki-laki rin ang ibibigay ko sa charity, preferably ‘yung something to do sa pagpapa-aral ng mga matatalinong bata na walang pangtuition. Ibibili ko ng MGA bahay sila Mama and Daddy sa lahat ng lugar na tinirhan namin na hindi naman kami pinalad na magkabahay. Ibibili ko si Mama ng sandamakmak na bling-blings at ipangtatapat ko siya kay Annabelle Rama. Si Daddy, ibibili ko ng vroom-vroom na gusto niya– whatever that may be. Hindi naman namin nakaugalian na pag-usapan ang mga kotse. Lahat ng mga kaibigan ko bibigyan ko ng pera with one rule: ‘wag nilang ipapang-drugs. ipanglalake, okay lang. ‘Wag lang drugs! Bibili ako ng kung anu-anong bagay na hindi ko nagagawang bilhin considering my current state of finances. Unang-una na diyan ay bibili ako ng doll na kamukha nung doll na ninakaw sa akin– si twinkle. Walang pakialaman ng trip. Basta, ‘yun ang gusto ko.

Speaking of pakialamanan ng trip, nairita ako kay Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz (of the jueteng chorva fame… or infamy) dahil narinig ko sa radyo noong isang raw na hindi daw dapat tumaya ang mga politiko (same logic, pati ng iba pang mayayaman) sa Lotto. Pagiging GANID daw iyon. Dapat daw, ipaubaya na sa mga mahihirap ang pagtaya dito. Hello?????!?!?!?!?!?!? Hindi naman ako mayaman at hindi naman ako dukha, pero kung mayaman ako, ano naman ngayon ang masama kung gusto ko pang magpayaman? Lalo na kung sa legal naman na kaparaanan! At kung kung mahirap naman ako, maisip ko pa ba na ipambili ng Lotto ticket ang pera na pwede namang mapunta na lang na pambayad sa bigas o instant pansit canton?

Naman, father, ang old school mo! Blessed are the poor my ass. Para sa akin (at malamang para sa mga tao rin na hindi naman iniisip na mapangmata ng mayaman si God), patas lang ang laban ng lahat para sa ambisyon na yumaman at mapaganda ang buhay. And coooome onnnn, ang dami namang mayaman na nagbabanat ng buto para ma-maintain ang ginhawa ng buhay nila. Marami ring mahirap na saksakan ng tamad kaya hindi umuusad ang kabuhayan. Kaya father, don’t be judging. We are not books.

Simple lang naman ‘yan. Lahat tayo may karapatan na tumaya at magdasal na manalo. Sana lang, AKO ANG MANALO. At kung hindi ako ang manalo, sana yung manalo ay BALATUAN AKO.


listening to: Bruno Mars – Billionaire

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