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November 2009


Cosmic Kidz, The Biggest Playground in Manila

Kids Universe is the “Fun Ranch” innovation of SM Malls. It is the latest kiddie place that opened in time for the Christmas season in SM Mall of Asia. With the World Pyro Olympics being postponed to early next year, there is really no other “new” place to go with your kids. There’s no new Carnival or visiting exhibits like the Dinosaurs last year (except for the traveling Big Blue Whale Exhibit in Ayala Malls).

One of the reasons you might want to consider visiting Kids Universe is that it houses Cosmic Kidz, the biggest Kiddie Play Area in Manila — about 4 stories high. I’ll give you a photo tour of the place so that you can use it to share stories with your kids. Also, I’ll share with you potential dining options around the area.

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Awesome Festivals

The Wisdom of Chef Martin Yan

(Part 1) “Must-Try” Dishes in China Every Foodie Should Experience in His/Her Lifetime

I highly admire people who pursue their passion and become very successful (and happy). I was privileged to have met the Master Chef Martin Yan, who is here on a promotional tour for GE Monogram’s luxurious kitchen line. Watch this three-part mentoring session with Master Chef Martin Yan!

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Upper East Power Lunch

One of the coolest restaurants in Salcedo Village is a restaurant training lab of AHA Philippines, inspired by Upper East New York Restaurants. In NYC, you would see rich ladies having power lunches on a weekday. They are marketing the restaurant with that Big Apple “snootiness” in mind:

“A word to the wise: UPPER EAST is not for those sans chutzpah and those unwilling to pay for the price for a taste of New York style.” (Source: Welcome to Upper East)

(Update 12/4/09 – A lot of people are offended by the marketing copy and I do hope they change it)

The ambiance is heimish chic, the food is not something to rave about, but the people there are down-to-earth friendly. It was a perfect restaurant setting for meeting one of the most influential couples in the broadcast industry today.

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Events, Manila Life

World Pyro Olympics ‘09 postponed

The Executive Committee of the World Pyro Olympics (WPO) '09 announces the postponement of the WPO originally set on November 28, December 5, 12 and 19, at the Bonifacio Global City to a later date early next year.

The incessant rains and flooding during the past months have rendered the firing area almost unfit for pyrotechnics launchings, which have certain international standards to observe. The participating countries have thus agreed to postpone the event.

Ticket holders are requested to contact WPO hotline 568-6908 / 384-0239 or log on to for more details.


The Goose Station’s Degustation

The Goose Station (pronounced as De-Gus-Tation)

1. A Degustation Restaurant by Celebrity Chef Couple, Rob and Sunshine Pengson
2. Named after Rob, whose College Monicker was “The Goose”
3. Named after Sunshine’s love for Foie Gras (Duck Liver)
4. Last Featured in OAP: Sunshine Puey, Goddess of Degustation and Roberto Pengson, Culinary Kung Fu Master

It was a clever play of words from Rob, who wanted the name of their restaurant to be more down-to-earth rather than snobbish. Finally, the couple’s dream restaurant came true after doing monthly degustation dinners at Rob’s Global Academy Culinary School in Pasig. It is located on the ground floor of W Tower residences, in a secret part of Bonifacio Global City, near St. Michael the Archangel Church.

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Events, Manila Life

World Pyro Olympics Photoblog Contest (China versus Germany)


World Pyro Olympics Photo Blog Contest (China vs. Germany)
(Contest Duration: 12.00am November 23, Monday to 11.59pm November 27, Thursday)

Join OAP’s World Pyro Olympics Photoblog Contest! Your photo blog entry should be about last Saturday’s Germany vs. China event. Get a chance to win Two (2) VIP Tickets worth P3,000 to this Saturday’s World Pyro Olympics Event (Australia versus Japan Canada).

Here is a sample photoblog entry about last Saturday’s World Pyro Olympics: 
The Night China Won Over Germany

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Our Family Posts

Why Filipino Christmas is the Best in the World

DiscOVIries Photo Contest WEEK 8
(Contest Duration: 12.00am November 23, Monday to 11.59pm November 29, Sunday)

Finally, for the last DiscOVIry contest week 8, please share your best photo that describes
Why Filipino Christmas is the Best in the World“.


I’m a firm believer that the Filipino Christmas celebration is the best in the world because of the Family Reunions and the Awesome Food during this season. To start the Christmas Advent Season, please share your Filipino Christmas photo that describes why Christmas in the Philippines is the best in the world!


The best photo describing Why Filipino Christmas is the Best in the World wins P2,000 worth of Ayala eGC’s! (And a chance to win a brand new Nokia Phone, too!)

And the winner of the Best Shopping Secret for 2009 for Week 7 is…

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Events, Manila Life

The Night China Won Over Germany

There was perfect weather throughout the day until evening came, when the World Pyro Olympics was about to start. Nevertheless, rain or shine, the Greatest Show on Earth had to go on. The first firing by Germany was pushed back to 8pm and China immediately followed at 8.30pm.

Although China was the better pyro-musical performance with a medley of romantic Chinese love songs ala Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, there was a lot of smoke that covered parts of the fireworks show (probably leftover smoke from Germany’s performance). The haze stood still as if big, dark clouds hovered over the VIP section. There was no wind like in MOA (maybe due to the heavy rain), so the smoke remained and covered a big part of the fireworks area.

The world-class fireworks show was a sight to behold — it made us feel like kids again, just watching in silence, with mesmerized smiles on our faces. Thanks to the organizers for making the World Pyro Olympics more accessible by setting it up in Bonifacio Global City!

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Events, Manila Life

All set for World Pyro Olympics 2009

Today is a new era for the World Pyro Olympics as it moves from Mall of Asia to Bonifacio Global City. The entire area that you see above is part of the viewing area. I am excited to watch the opening night of World Pyro Olympics with China and Germany. (I heard China will have a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” musical score.)

I’m also running a WPO Twitter Contest — get a chance to win a VIP Ticket (worth P1,500) for tonight’s show!

Relate PostTop 5 Things You Must Know Before Watching World Pyro Olympics 2009

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Toki Japanese Fusion and Fine Dining

Have you ever wondered how good Toki Japanese Fusion and Fine Dining is? This is the Japanese restaurant in front of Aubergine in 32nd and 5th building. I would recommend their lunch set meals, especially the Wagyu Beef Curry Rice! The wagyu beef is soft and the curry adds a wonderful flavor to it — parang bistek tagalog but with creamy curry sauce. My Japanese foodie friend liked his Sushi Set meal, but I think Seryna’s version is still better.

This is a short post since I only tried this during lunchtime. Let me know what you think of this place.

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