Labor Day Sale

The sale started last April 28 and May 1 will the last day that we get to once again enjoy SM San Lazaro’s gift to us. On this days, we get t enjoy up to 50% off on great selections at storewide at SM Department Store San Lazaro.

We would like to invite you and take advantage of the great discounts. Its payday today and a good time also to reward yourself a little for a working hard for the past weeks. 😀

See you there! 🙂

Express Yourself With UNIQLO’s UT

April 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines –Why wear a T-shirt, when you can wear UT?

UNIQLO is a global apparel brand that does not dictate trends but allows individuals to express themselves by what they wear. With that desire of self-expression, UNIQLO offers a UT that is a UNIQLO T-shirt brand of PERSONAL EXPRESSION. As UNIQLO prepares to open its first store at the SM Mall of Asia this June, Filipinos will now have access to hundreds of ways to speak what they truly feel – that is through the wide range of unique concepts and designs of UT!

UT is unlike any other T-shirt. It is a tool to “make a statement.” As embodied in the UT Philosophy — “A T-shirt is more than just a T-shirt. It’s an expression of who you are. Where you’ve been. What you love. That’s the UT philosophy.”

UNIQLO collaborates with highly recognized names in the global pop culture in order to create a wide range of designs that captures people’s imagination and desire for self-expression. Yet despite the international stature of the design partners, UT products are priced affordably so that every Filipino can enjoy them. L. Ashley, Barbie, Hello Kitty, CONCORD MUSIC GROUP, Metal Gear, and Gundam, are just some of the designs to choose from. Kids, teens, yuppies and young at heart—there is definitely one UT for everyone.

“For UNIQLO, T-shirts are not just T-shirts. UT is a brand that helps people express who they are, their character and personality. We offer many T-shirt designs every year so we are sure that whoever you are and what you feel, there will always be a UT just for you,” explains Katsumi Kubota, Managing Director, Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc.

 “UT VOTE AND WIN” Campaign launches at the end of this April

          

          

Win UT merchandise—or even a trip to Japan—as UNIQLO opens the “UT Vote And Win” promo at the end of this April. Simply “LIKE” the UNIQLO Philippines Facebook Fan Page (www.Facebook.com/uniqlo.ph) and visit the page regularly for more exciting announcements.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under five brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, g.u., Princesse Tam Tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of 820 billion yen for the 2011 fiscal year ending August 31, 2011, FR is the world’s fourth largest apparel retail company and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

Today UNIQLO has more than 1,000 stores worldwide, namely in the U.S., U.K. France, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea, as well as Japan. UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel in line with its ‘Made for All’ philosophy.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, FR is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.

For more information about UNIQLO, please visit UNIQLO Philippines Facebook page www.Facebook.com/uniqlo.ph and homepage www.uniqlo.com/ph/.

Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night

Photo by Dessert Strip. Poster by Gian Pisuena.

Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night: The Il Mercanti Experience is to be held at Il Mercanti Food Bazaar (Metrowalk) on May 5, 2012 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

This event is strictly for food bloggers only who are committed to submit a post-event article about the event on or before May 12, 2012.

To sign up, please visit this link.

…Because a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Give Mom a Caricature from Marriott Manila

If there’s one person that has a penchant for delicious, gourmet meal, that’s mom. For someone who cooks up a meticulous meal for the family, it’s no wonder why she has discerning taste buds. With this, there’s surely no other venue where she can indulge and celebrate her love for good food other than Marriott Café. Bring the whole family for Sunday Brunch, where it offers an upscale but a cozy venue to enjoy a promise of bigger, better, and heavier selections for brunch. And not to mention, everything gourmet!

With 17 stations including Cru Steakhouse and chocolate room for only P2, 500 net per head, Marriott Café got everything what a family would crave for from the healthiest greens, house-made pasta, savory steaks, to well-crafted cocktails.

To pay tribute to the woman that matters most, for every minimum of P12, 000 net worth of receipt is entitled to an instant free caricature for mom! Since we believe that whatever hat she wears, mom is always at her most beautiful. On Mother’s Day, we’re adding a dose of cuteness with an exclusive souvenir caricature of her on Sunday Brunch.

And if the whole gang is in the mood to celebrate the day for dinner, Marriott Café offers Ocean Surf exclusively for this Sunday of mother’s day for only P1850 net per head. We know how most moms enjoy getting their hands dirty on rock lobster, crabs, oysters, clams, and shrimps. That’s why our spread is stocked up only with the freshest and tastiest selections, whether it’s enjoyed as is or have our chefs make an exciting twist from it.

What’s lovely about this buffet is that, it’s not only about shells and seafood. The spread is pumped up with big slabs of beef and lamb slices from the carving station and other delicious options from the rotisserie. Swing by at the Chinese Station for authentic dim sums, pork barbeque, marinated chicken, and Beijing style duck. The dessert station decks out as well large array of choices both for sweet toothed and weight watchers.

While for some who plans to go in an intimate, classy venue serving decadent dishes, Cru Steakhouse is the first in mind when making dining decisions. It’s also a venue of choice if you want to be settled in fine dining style of ambience with hands on service and pleasant staffs, who are very much adept on wine pairing too. For mother’s day, sous chef Rej Casanova whips up a surefire hit four course menu: Baby rocket salad with pan fried scallops, mushroom consome, grilled grain fed Australian ribeye with sautéed baby carrots & potato dauphinoise and creamy mushroom sauce or duo of baked mahi mahi and grilled jumbo tiger prawns, capped off with poached cranberries fresh apples vanilla bean ice cream—all these at P4, 000 net per head.

Sitting between your loved one while enjoying a perfectly composed and polished meal is always a great thing; but if it’s added with a weekend break in a snazzy hotel, whose mom wouldn’t love the idea? With this in mind, on offer is the special Mother’s Day room package. Spend a leisurely overnight stay in the deluxe room for only P9, 888++ single/double, inclusive of Marriott Café breakfast buffet for two with P1,000 worth of credits at Quan Spa and Jessie Mendez salon.

Discover Marriott Manila’s exciting take in celebrating Mother’s Day. From the world-renowned service, dining, and accommodation, it’s no wonder why it’s a favorite spot of every fun-loving family.

For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.

ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

kALyE juAn

I love pork sisig. And everytime I am craving for this, I always have Kalye Juan in my mind. This restaurant serves Filipino favorite dishes. ’twas established last 2005 and been filling our tummies eversince.

One weekend, I was craving for sisig. My Grumpy is game enough to give it to me. So we headed to Kalye Juan branch in SM Mall of Asia. The place was full of customers since it was already lunch time, so we have to wait for a couple of minutes to be seated. I am not new to Kalye Juan. I love this place. Even without looking at their menu, I knew which to order. Haha! 😀

This is just one of their wall decorations which shows us the old style houses and living.

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Garlic Rice | Php 40 each

Grilled Sisig sa Kalye – Grilled pork with fresh onions, chicken liver and fresh chili pepper. Vinegar for dipping sauce! | Php 175.00

Gambas | Php 250.00

Chicken Pastel | Php 175.00

In Kalye Juan, you will never go wrong. I must say, all that’s in their menu is worth every of your penny and worth a try. I have never been disappointed with Kalye Juan. All 4 thumbs up! 😀

Summary of expenses:

2 Cups of Garlic Rice : Php 80.00
1 Pork Sisig : Php 175.00
1 Gambas : Php 250.00
1 Chicken Pastel : Php 175.00
1 Refillable Iced Tea : Php 50.00
1 Buko Juice : Php 60.00
VAT : Php 84.64

TOTAL: Php 790.00

Date of visit: April 13, 2012

My own ratings:

Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Environment: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Service: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Clean: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles

kALyE jUAn

BRANCHES
SM Mall Of Asia : 556.0612
L2, Robinsons Place Manila: 525.8052*
Tomas Morato : 376.2508*
L2, East Wing Robinsons Galleria : 881.7281

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/kALyE-jUAn/280070443229

TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas

Breakout and breakthroughs at SM City Batangas the last on-ground audition

The last streak may just be it. TV5’s newest and biggest singing reality search Kanta Pilipinas held its last on-ground auditions April 20-21 at SM City Batangas. The last opportunity to get approval from Inspirational Diva Ms. Jamie Rivera, award-winning musical arranger/composer Mr. Jimmy Antiporda and Talent Manager Ms. Maristel Sempedro was quite tough with more than 247 aspirants. Ms. Nini Matilac, Head for TV and Film of Futuretainment Inc., joined in selecting the best talents for the show. Like what they have done in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Iloilo and SM North auditions, hopefuls were given tips and suggestions on how to improve their performances and what best to do next time they try to audition in other contests and programs. Since looks are not enough to get in any singing reality shows, those who failed auditions in previous on-ground auditions determined to try their luck on the last on-ground auditions at SM City Batangas. Some aspirants who followed the judges’ suggestions and criticisms made it and some did not despite the long travel from other regions. With four audition judges arguing on points to consider for each contestants who tried luck on stage, the decisions were sometimes unanimous and magnanimously split. A blind choir singer traveled all the way from Quezon City and wowed the judges while a girl from Zamboanga made the judges awe at her performance. There were also groups and performances who were so great on the first day and failed to get in the final list on the call-back auditions. Wrong choice of songs and missing soul in performances made some aspirants cry on stage but grateful for the experience after. Just when the crowd was set to leave the audition came a beautiful lady from Quezon City who wowed the judges with her appearance and voice quality. The last on-ground auditions drama continued with the call-backs from where 48 in the list cut down to 29. The judges found it difficult to eliminate some contestants whose voice quality was compared to those seen in international singing reality searches. Audition Judge Mr. Jimmy Antiporda provided some contestants piano musical arrangement to those with wrong choices for the last chance to get the approval of the judges. Some made it and some did not. What will happen next? The excitement continues as the next firsts of Kanta Pilipinas will unveil next week! Don’t miss your last chance to get in TV5’s biggest and newest singing reality search. Online auditions deadline is until April 26, 2012 so keep submitting your entries. Kanta mo, Kwento mo Kapatid! Soon on TV5! For more updates, like the Facebook Page of Kanta Pilipinas at https://www.facebook.com/KantaPilipinas and follow us also on Twitter @Kanta_Pilipinas.

Hair-raising songs and stories loom TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas auditions in CDO, CEBU and DAVAO

Set to conquer the Summer Capital of the Philippines tomorrow and the following weeks (IloIlo, Manila and Batangas), TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas continues to scour the country in search of the next big star able to make the nation sing.

The Dream from Cagayan De Oro

With 180 registrants last Feb. 24, 2012 in SM City Cagayan De Oro reaching the cities of Iligan, Misamis and Cagayan, 76 hopefuls were called back and only 37 passed the judges’. Filipino pop songs became the favorite rendered on the stage with many who rendered the Grammy Award winning songs of Adele and Whitney Houston, hopefuls came from different communities and barangays. Inspirational Diva and audition judge Ms. Jamie Rivera was excited to listen to the stories of the Cagay-anons. Award winning Cross Genre Composer, Arranger, Producer Mr. Jimmy Antiporda raised eyebrows asking a couple who sang on the stage. “May conflict ba yan?” relating to the girl singer and pianist boyfriend as he was alluded in the same shoe with Ms. Jamie Rivera in the past. Ms. Maristel Sampedro became the comic relief throwing funny comments at gays impersonating Whitney Houston on the stage. What astounded the judges and onlookers was the ex-convict contestant who vented denouncing his past as a former member of the Akyat-Bahay gang. There was also one with 11 siblings living in different parts of Mindanao hoping to be reunited with dreams through Kanta Pilipinas.

Cebuanos wow TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas judges

Fun and more fun of TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas’ call for the nation continued in Cebu last March 2, 2012. Hosted by Jhai’Ho, the event center of SM CITY CEBU filled the mall with 424 registrants and more than a thousand onlookers and mall-goers when TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas began the auditions. Audition Judges Ms. Jamie Rivera, Erickson Raymundo and Mr. Vehnee Saturno entertained the crowd with their comments and reactions. Interesting songs and stories unveiled like a girl from Surigao who won a local contest in her province was sponsored by the Mayor to go to Cebu to audition so she can fly to Manila to look for her Dad whom she never met. The humble dream to be reunited with the father was referred as “Taong-Grasa”. Ms. Jamie Rivera tried to enliven the spirit of the sobbing participant, “Kung ang tatay mo taong grasa, alam ko kung ano ka (Baby Oil”? which the mob appreciated. Cornerstone Talent Management Center Head Mr. Erickson Raymundo pushed the inspiration more with his comments, “Bigay mo na lahat ng Kaya mo, Buwis Buhay na ito”. Another pupil-dilating story was a girl who has Retinitis Pigmentosa (a rare disease suffering from loss of sight at night), a girl born with hairlip but can now sing and a girl who want to give honor to her island (referring to Siargao). From the 424 registrants, 51 hopefuls were called back the next day and only 16 passed to get to Manila.

Judges awe at Davaoeños

Adele and Whitney were still the national anthem among contestants along with other standards and OPM pop songs like Angeline Quinto’s Patuloy ang Pangarap in SM CITY DAVAO last March 10, 2012. Hosted by the perky and lively Jhai Ho, TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas in SM CITY DAVAO became the talk of the town especially after the last calamity struck in the province. Giving hope to all Davaoeños, Ms. Jamie Rivera, Mr. Jimmy Antiporda and Mr. Erickson Raymundo enjoyed the performances of Davao hopefuls. From the roster of 378 registrants coming from the cities of GenSan, Cotabato, Sarangani and other outskirts, 46 contestants were given another chance to get the judges’ attention the next day. There was one welder who stood out despite his looks rendering an unforgettable performance and a farmer who dreamt of having his own land. Stories of broken families and living with stepfather were cognizant to the other contestants’ sorrows except for an interesting unemployed young man who makes a living out of singing earning his talent from his disabled grandfather. Ms. Jamie Rivera had a hard time choosing who will go to the next level after consecutive outstanding performances of the hopefuls. At the end of the second day call-back auditions, 22 hopefuls from Davao made it in the list of eliminations.

The call for the nation to sing continues in SM CITY BAGUIO tomorrow and SM North EDSA on March 30. TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas on-ground auditions will commence on April 20, 2012 in SM City Batangas. Don’t miss your chance to shine with #Kanta_Pilipinas

The looks and the talent soar in Baguio

TV5’s newest singing reality search, Kanta Pilipinas held auditions at the Summer Capital of the country, Baguio City. The nationwide search for the country’s biggest talent brought more crowd witnessing the Ilocanos take the stage with formidable and truly exceptional celebrity judges, award winning Cross Genre Composer, Arranger, Producer Mr. Jimmy Antiporda, Power belter Ms. Bituin Escalante and Cornerstone Talent Management Head, Mr. Erickson Raymundo. Powerful songs sung and interesting stories unfolded with more than 193 registrants who tried and participated. Perky and crowd-attraction Jhai’Ho opened the program with dynamic song and dance boosting more confidence of the contestants. Compared to the former auditions, the hopefuls in Baguio did not choose Adele’s songs and stuck to standards and classics. Onlookers and mall-goers were drawn to the stage as many hopefuls look truly exceptional and pleasing. Was the looks enough to get the vote of the judges? Ms. Bituin Escalante was teased in the middle of the auditions to sample what would be “giving all you’ve got” performance. Singing while sitting, more audience were thrilled and captivated at our country’s power belter’s rendition of Alicia Key’s “If I Ain’t Got You”. Distinct and unforgettable stories that inspired the songs of the hopefuls include a battered teenager who would hide in different places of the house all the time. An interesting twin was astounding with the song and the story sharing how their father had always taken their income in singing. Battery stories continued with one who is always hand-cuffed by the father getting inspiration and passion to sing from the struggles. The stories behind the songs brought the others to the next level. From a batch of 193 registrants, 43 were called back and only 16 was given the recognition to compete with the nation when Kanta Pilipinas begins airing on July. Was the looks or the drama enough to take them to the next step? Will they be fortunate to compete for the final list? These and more we have all to look forward with Kanta Pilipinas which will be airing on TV5 soon!

The discerning exceptional performances from Iloilo


TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas brought the Filipino pride, musical tourism set to promote the country’s local talents in the City of Love, Iloilo last March 23-24, 2012. If it was so easy for the contestants in other regional audition venues to come to the stage and bring the house down with their confidence, the Ilonggos were so nitpicky and conservative supporting the hopefuls who had more talent than stories. This time, the country’s considered RnB Siren Ms. Arnee Hidalgo joined our panel of judges, Cornerstone Talent Management Head, Mr. Erickson Raymundo and award-winning cross genre composer, arranger and producer Mr. Jimmy Antiporda selecting the country’s top local performers in SM City Iloilo. The songs took over the stories with more outstanding performances of Ilonggos on the stage. One of the most unforgettable hopeful was a young teenager who sang a Jovit Baldivino’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You’ dedicating the song to his girlfriend who died of leukemia. Another hopeful from Boracay composed his own songs and a product of broken family who longs for his father’s love with his songs. The inspiring stories that created more color and passion to the song wowed the judges in Iloilo. From among the few registrants, almost half were called back the following day and the final list from Ilonggo were 16 lucky hopefuls who will vie their chances in Manila soon. Were the stories more powerful than the songs? We have too much to look forward with TV5’s Kanta Pilipinas as more performances will unfold in the upcoming auditions set on March 30 at SM City North EDSA and April 20 in SM City Batangas. The excitement continues with the country’s biggest and newest singing talent search that’s truly Filipino, Kanta Pilipinas, soon to be airing on TV5! Let the song uplift the nation with Kanta Pilipinas! We all believe that Filipinos are the best singers in the world! Tara na! Kanta mo, Kwento mo, Kapatid #Kanta_Pilipinas!

The Sandwich Guy

It was my usual weekends  date with my Grumpy. We decided to see Titanic 3D movie. Yeah, I know, its Titanic and I have seen it for like 10 times when I was still in school. But its still Titanic, for crying out loud. Haha! 😛 But before that we decided to get some snacks instead of a complete lunch. Since we planned to have a very heavy dinner after the movie. 🙂

While roaming around in the mall, we saw The Sandwich Guy. We checked their menu and we were so glad that their sandwiches doesn’t have any veggies with them. Sorry, I just don’t like the taste of raw veggies while my Grumpy doesn’t eat veggies at all.

The service crew was also friendly enough to explain to us and answer each questions that we had for each of their sandwiches until we ordered.

            

Grilled Cheese – Three cheese slices with garlic | Php 95.00

Mushy Bacon – Bacon, beef and mushroom melt | Php 95.00

We love our sandwiches. Its actually amazing that the cheese were not too much. And it goes very well with their wheat bread. 🙂 10mins and our sandwiches were gone. ’twas short and sweet. We will definitely come back. 😀

Summary of expenses:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich = Php 95.00
Mushy Bacon Sandwich = Php 95.00
2 Bottled Water = Php 60.00

Total: Php 250.00

My own ratings:

Taste 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Environment 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂      out of 5 smiles
Service 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Clean 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles
Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5 smiles

Date of visit: April 07, 2012

The Sandwich Guy
SM The Block, SM City North EDSA, North Ave. cor. Edsa
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(0922) 839-6090
Website: www.thesandwichguy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thesandwichguy