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15 posts from July 2010

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July 26, 2010

CATS Fever Finally in Manila :)

Photo from CATS Manila souvenir program.

Listening to the songs of CATS during my childhood introduced me to the world of Broadway Musicals. So when we learned last November that CATS would run in Manila, we immediately bought tickets for the opening night show.

What CATS is all about?

CATS is about the annual tradition of the Jellicle cat tribe whose members meet in a modern junkyard setting with the midnight moon in the background. Before sunrise, the leader of the tribe will select the jellicle cat that deserves to be reincarnated.

Throughout the show, the cats invite the audience to the Jellicle ball as they are introduced one by one. The cats are very particular about their identity and use three different names: one that is used by the family that owns them, then a more dignified name and a secret name.


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July 21, 2010

4 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Join Maven Secrets 4.0

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Maven Secrets Batch 3.0 Graduation Dinner

We just completed Maven Secrets 3.0, and due to insistent demand, I'm launching Maven Secrets 4.0 from August to November 2010.

I would like to invite you to join this 90-day program. Here are 4 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Join Maven Secrets 4.0:

1. Be part of the Last Maven Secrets. This will be the LAST coaching/mastermind face-to-face group that I will be conducting for the year. If you want to capitalize on the Internet Marketing Boom in 2011, now is the time to set up your internet marketing business.

2. Attend IM-BC 2010 for FREE. You can attend the two-day Internet Marketing Boot Camp 2010 for FREE (worth P12,294) as an early registration bonus for the Maven Secrets 4.0 Program.

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July 20, 2010

The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 2 of 2)

The Magic of Batanes Isles
La Isla Magazine, July 2010 Cover Story
Written by Anton Diaz
Photos by George Tapan

Read First: The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 1 of 2)

Sabtang Island

Chamantad Viewpoint, Sabtang Island
Chamantad Viewpoint, Sabtang Island
.  Photo by George Tapan.

Sabtang Island is 30-45 minutes away from Batan Island via a falowa ride. The falowa is a U-haul boat designed with no balancing beam called katig, so that it can freely dance with the waves. Between Batan and Sabtang is the channel where the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea meet. In this channel, you can see the waves flowing in different directions, and this is where most people get seasick with the falowa's rocking motion.

Once you arrive in Sabtang and see the heritage towns of Savidug and Chavayan, you will realize that bearing with the rocky falowa trip was worth it. These two areas are the remaining coastal towns composed predominantly of the stone houses Batanes is known for. The houses have walls that are made from stones bonded with lime and their roofs are made from cogon. These towns are next in line for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the Philippines.

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July 19, 2010

The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 1 of 2)

The Magic of Batanes Isles
La Isla Magazine, July 2010 Cover Story
Written by Anton Diaz
Photos by George Tapan

 Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge
A country-style charm in a lush garden setting at Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. Photo by George Tapan.

I’ve been to Batanes a number of times. I’ve witnessed how people magically fall in love with these northernmost islands of the Philippines. They fall in love not only with its beauty, but also with its cultural heritage, yummy food and the islands' proud Ivatans.  The love that is developed is very authentic (not induced by any marketing ploy) and very organic (not forced), to the point that some people want to live in this place. Even my wife who joined me in my recent trip could not stop raving about it to our friends and family.

But what makes the experience magical?

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July 16, 2010

Pepita's Binagoongan... Ooh La La Lechon!

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Pepita's Lechon!
 Binagoongan and Garlic, Potato & Herb Lechon

 Total Number of Foodies who rated: 391
 "The binagoongan lechon with rice was delicious!"

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"Lechon has the herbs I like. Yummy even without the sauce. I want gravy to go with the gourmet meat taste of the lechon. love the roasted garlic."
- Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie

Pepita's Lechon debuted in the Ultimate Taste Test 4.0, and foodies raved about Pepita's Filipino Binagoongan Lechon. The concept was simple -- Lechon de Leche with Binagoongan Rice inside. It was awesome! But there were a few comments about the liver sauce being too "hardcore-liver" in taste.

Dedet loves lechon, and we were privy to her taste test sessions at home when she was experimenting on different flavors since last Christmas. Aside from the Binagoongan, our personal favorites were the lechon with pineapple (which tasted like ham) and the lechon with chorizo and cashew. Innovative and masarap!

The secret of Pepita's Lechon is that they use native Lechon de leche. Plus, they are pugon-baked, which makes it really yummy because the meat is juicy and absorbs the flavor well. The crispness of the skin needs to be consistent, though, and she needs to work on the right sauces for the lechon.

Congratulations, Pepita's Lechon! Try ordering her lechon for your next special event. :)

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July 12, 2010

EQUUS, A Naked Review

Photo by Jojit Lorenzo

EQUUS is a very intense, disturbing and a bit shocking straight play.

It is intense because of the involving drama between child psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart and the young man he is treating, Alan Strang, who blinded horses and has a sexual fascination with them. It is based on a true crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near London.

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July 11, 2010

Strawberry Ginger & Orange Whisky -- The Fruit Garden Jam Love!

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The Fruit Garden Luxury Jams!
Orange Whisky, Dalandan, Strawberry Ginger, Peppered Pineapple, Mango Coriander, Mango Banana, Pineapple Banana.

 Total Number of Foodies who rated: 194

"Interesting flavor combos! and they work!"

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weet but with a kick at the end-

- Jams are unique and very good"

 - Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie

The Fruit Garden debuted in UTT3, and most of the foodies there raved about it (Read: The Fruit Garden as the Best Fruit Jams in Manila). We received Fruit Garden Jam as gifts last Christmas, and we loved it.

In UTT4, they introduced an innovative line of Jam flavors. Most foodies raved about the Strawberry Ginger, Mango Coriander, and their premium jam -- Orange Whisky, made with the Scottish Glenlivet whisky, which is 12 years old!

To make jams, fruits and sugar are cooked together, so adding an exotic ingredient like ginger, coriander or whisky is quite tricky. But when balanced perfectly, it enhances the overall taste so that you won't get tired of it and, as the UTT 4.0 foodie commented, it does give the jam a nice kick in the end.

Congratulations to The Fruit Garden for their consistent product innovation -- proudly made in the Philippines!

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Denim Kitchen's Smoked Mackerel!

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Denim Kitchen
Bangus Sardines in Canola Oil, Smoked Mackerel in Olive Oil, Crunchy Garlic, Mango Chutney

Total Number of Foodies who rated: 274
 "Subtle, delicate...flavor, just right saltiness"

Bangus Sardines
"Love the smoked mackerel. May konting spice." - Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie

This is one of the surprising discoveries in Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 because it is quite rare for foodies to rave about this kind of food. During the event, you could see a lot of the foodies were delighted with the homemade bangus sardines and the smoked mackerel.

I find the branding strategy counter-intuitive, using a type of fabric as branding for food. They do have very unique packaging, though -- a 750g microwaveable tub placed in a pine crate.

The taste is way better than the bottled ones you can buy commercially. It has the right amount of flavor and salt that goes very well with rice (although some foodies did find it a bit too salty). The love and dedication the owners put in their product are quite evident in every bite.

Homemade-Tasting Food + Awesome Packaging = Winning Foodie Product!

Congratulations, Denim Kitchen!

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