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October 2009

Events, Manila Life

Nuffnang Blog Awards…

Last Friday, I attended the first ever Nuffnang Blog Awards in Singapore. It aims to recognize the best bloggers across Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia who are part of the Nuffnang Blog Network. I tagged along to check out the Singapore blogging scene and to meet awesome people during the trip.

Here’s a photo blog of my short Singapore trip. Thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation!

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Awesome Festivals

Please Vote for Michael & Jenny

Michael Paul and Jenny Caspe-Cocuaco only need 328+ votes to become one of the finalists in the worldwide competition called Ultimate Thailand Explorers, which promotes Koh Samui. They are the only Filipinos in the 25 semi-finalists shortlisted from 192 teams. They need our votes! Let’s give them the power of the Pinoy voting block. 🙂

Please vote for them here: Michael Paul & Jennifer of Zamboanga for Koh Samui

(You need to register first, then click the confirmation email to log in and vote in the website. As an encouragement, the Thai government will give 2 lucky voters $2,500 in prizes! You might just win for being generous with your vote.)

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#Restaurants, Food

Romulo Cafe – “Cafe Juanita” by Day, “Establishment” by Night.

Finally, Romulo Cafe is THE Filipino restaurant to rave about in the T.Morato / Quezon City area.  The Carlos P. Romulo heritage restaurant concept is unique and refreshing. It is set in a rented house off the T. Morato area where you have to find your way by either passing through Scout Tuason or Scout Dr. Lazcano streets. This restaurant is a brainchild of one of Carlos P. Romulo’s grand daughter — Sandie Squillantini.

It serves Filipino food like Tito Greg’s Kare Kare that could rival Cafe Juanita. There are a lot of name dropping in the menu to acknowledge the source of the recipes and most of the Filipino dishes are familiar but served with a pleasant twist. The food is Filipino taken to the next level — it is not fusion which is a bit baduy concept already in the Foodie circles. It is homey during the day time, but it transforms to “The Establishment” at night where you have to dress-up, drink cocktails first before eating dinner.

The Homey Cafe Restos of QC:

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Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes…

(Contest Duration: 12.00am October 26, Monday to 11.59pm November 15, Sunday)

Seasons of Love
is my uber-favorite RENT Song
! This actually inspired me to quit my day job because I wanted to have a life of meaning by touching Filipinos with our food and travel discoveries in the Philippines.

Do you measure life in terms of the number of pay days and salary increases every year?
Do you measure life in terms of years, months, days, hours or minutes? OR
Do you measure life in terms of the number of people you love and touch?

It really is a beautiful song. In honor of this favorite tune of mine, I’d like to invite you to join a contest.

To enter, you just have to answer this: “What’s your favorite Rent Song and Why?” in the comments section of this blog post. 

The best answer will win Two (2) Balcony Tickets worth P1,600 for the February 6, 2010, 8pm show!

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Awesome Festivals

Are you the #1 Fan of Hi-5 in Manila?

Our Awesome Planet Exclusive Blog Contest!
Contest Duration: 12.00am October 26, Monday to 11.59pm November 15, Sunday
(Note: This is not part of the OVI DiscOVIry Contest. I’m just using the OVI Share for this contest.)

Are you the #1 Fan of Hi-5 in Manila?

Show me why you are the #1 Hi-5 fan in Manila by uploading a Hi-5 Fan photo. Be creative! The most creative and interesting fan photo gets 2 VIP Tickets* worth P4,800 for the Wednesday show on November 25, 6pm.

Related Post: Let’s Support Fely in the Hi-5 Surprise Concert in Manila!

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Awesome Festivals

The Cutest and Most Unique Halloween Costume

DiscOVIries Photo Contest WEEK 4 
(Contest Duration: 12.00am October 26, Monday to 11.59pm November 1, Sunday)

For DiscOVIry contest week 4, please share your Cutest and Most Unique Halloween Costume!

Every year, we are on the lookout for unique costumes for our kids. Aidan’s costume this year was Optimus Prime (paired with Bumblebee shoes). Joshua came as an astronaut (it never fails to wow the crowd, plus it really is authentic — my kuya bought it from NASA.) The Michael Jackson costume was also popular. So, what’s your Cutest and Most Unique Halloween Costume discovery this year?

The Cutest and Most Unique Halloween Costume photo wins P2,000 Worth of Ayala eGC’s!
(And a chance to win a brand new Nokia Phone, too!)

As for the winner of the Best Jump Shot for Week 3, it’s…

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Callos Aussie Pies by Tina Raines

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0

“callos pie was very good”
“This is the best! Love the cheese and flaky crust!”

This is my favorite foodie discovery in the Ultimate Taste Test 2.0. I can relate with Tina’s story of going after what you love — no day but today, as they say. The Callos Pie was a certified hit and most of the foodies I talked to raved about it. Her product is unique, which is only a bit similar to Bag of Beans’ pies. 

Manila deserves better Aussie meat pies, and it’s good that Tina is filling that void. You’ve got to try this if you are craving for one. We are honored that she chose the Ultimate Taste Test as her debut into the foodie scene in Manila and let us be the messenger in announcing her savoury pies to the foodie community.

Go for it, Tina! You definitely have a winning product!

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Gourmet Stuffers Yummy Spreads…

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.4 out of 5.0

“I love the Pesto Sundried Tomatoes, that was just awesome!”

There are numerous dips, spreads, and sauces out there, but Tin Gonzalez’ Gourmet Spreads is ahead with 7 variants already, namely, Boursin (creamy garlic cheese), Three-Cheese Pesto, Pesto with
Sundried Tomatoes, Creamy Spinach, Chicken Liver Pate, Spicy Sardine
Pate, and Spicy Gourmet Tuyo Flakes. My favorite is the Three-Cheese Pesto, while other foodies liked the Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes. Some people argued that we already have a lot of these kinds of dips in the market with almost the same variants.

The Gourmet Spreads are good, though. You should try them if you are looking for one…

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Gigi’s Chocolate Custaroon Poppers

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0

Foodies rave about Gigi’s Custaroons:
“I love the custaroons! the one with the cocoa!”
“I like the custard’s taste in the macaroons”
“truffle custaroons was yummy! different & unique!”

I’ve blogged about Gigi’s Custaroons before, but I can’t believe that she was able to create a product that is better than her original custaroons. You’ve got to try the bite-sized custaroon balls coated with a premium chocolate powder concoction. They look like truffle balls that are as soft as marshmallows and filled with custard. The poppers work especially for people who don’t appreciate the taste of coconut in the macaroons. Sinful and yummy — guaranteed!

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