The Apps I Use in My IPhone 6S Plus

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Hello, everyone!  I got my new Iphone 6s plus last week because I have renewed my postpaid plan with Globe for another 24 months.  I would have preferred the Iphone X but since I am cutting down our expenses, I settled for the unit with no cash out.

My Postpaid Plan

I chose the Plan P1799 because it has almost everything that I want to have except for the unli Smart calls.

  • I have unlimited calls to Globe and TM and this is what I use to contact my family members.  They have postpaid Globe plans too under my account.
  • Another thing that I like is that I won’t worry anymore about texting Smart/TNT mobile numbers because I have unlimited text to all networks (awesome!)
  • I have 11 GB of data (which I really enjoy) because I check emails and messenger once in a while.

So far, I am happy with my phone and I downloaded the apps that I will be needing for work and play 🙂

  1.  GMAIL

gmail

This app is a must for me because I receive email messages daily.  I have three Gmail accounts:

  1.  For work – I have a Deped email account that I use in school
  2. For my business which I use to send invoices and proposals to clients and where tutor applicants send their resumes.
  3. For personal use (my blogger/vlogger account)

2.  FACEBOOK

fb

This is where I post my daily status, share pictures to my friends, get announcements for work-related posts, etc. so I really need this.

 

3.  MESSENGER

messenger

This is not just for personal use, I use it to communicate with my students and co-teachers.

4. FACEBOOK PAGE MANAGER

fb page manager

It’s easier for me to check my inbox for my business page account and share photos in my blogger fan page account.  I get important chats from our clients and messages from tutor applicants here.

5.  GOOGLE

google

Though I have Safari for searching, I still prefer Google.  I just use this for emergency– if I have to do some research.

6.  YOUTUBE

youtube

Ever since I decided to vlog, I have this app in my phone.  This is where I post the video and then share it to my personal FB page and fan page.

7.  SPLICE

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I use my phone in taking photos and videos for my blog posts and vlogs so it’s very convenient to have this app in my phone.  It’s easy to use — in editing and adding audio and text to my videos.  After that, the video can easily be shared in YouTube and Facebook.

8.  WORDPRESS

wordpress

I just added this so I can easily check my stats and edit or post easily if I want to.

 

9.  INSTAGRAM

instagram

This is a must in my phone because photos are automatically shared to my Facebook page.

10.  MERRIAM WEBSTER

merriam

I use this to check the meaning and pronunciation of the words if I am not sure before I teach in front of my students.

11.  WAZE

waze

We use this if we are not familiar with the place

12. GRAB

grab

We use this if our car is under coding and we have to go to an important meeting.  We also use this if we do not have somebody to drive for us.

13.BOOKING.COM

booking,com

I use this to reserve a hotel room without paying in full using my credit card.

14.  DISNEY LIFE

disney life

My Globe Postpaid plan comes with a free 6- month subscription so we have to take advantage of this,  I downloaded this in my phone and gave access to my 3 kids.

15.  LAZADA and ZALORA

If I don’t go out, I just choose items here and they deliver in in our doorstep.  There were times though that the quality was in bad taste.  Zalora is better in terms of quality of products, but I just have these apps for convenience.

So far, these are the useful apps that I am using.  That’s it for now.  Next time. I will post about the preparation for our summer trip.

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My Boracay 2019 Packing List

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OMG!  It’s only a week away and we are all set to our 6-day family vacay in BORACAY.  I am soooo excited already and because of that, I really need to make sure that I have planned everything well– and that starts with packing the stuff that we will be needing.

countdown to summer

Oh, yeah!  my pink luggage is ready again!  I’ve been using this for all my trips and I’m glad it’s still in good condition.   I have mentioned in my previous post that I am saving money and getting practical now, and because of that, I didn’t shop for new outfits that much– even the planned Divisoria shopping challenge did not push through and I only have a week to prepare.  Well, actually, I a;ready have packed my things this morning and if ever (probability is about 30%) , there is still a chance to add stuff, I will just add another bag or ask one of my companions to have my additional stuff in their bag.  So, I will be using some outfits and swimwear that I have worn in my previous summer trips to be more practical.  I will show my daily outfits in my vlogs (I will be covering the 6 days summer escapade with my family).

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My PINK luggage

Because we will stay longer than the usual, this luggage is not enough, so I have to bring a travel bag plus the big VS bag that I usually bring with me.  Aside from the 7kg baggage allowance, I had to book an add-on for the extra 20kg for my stuff.  Ok, now you’re all getting curious, let’s find out what I packed in my bags.

SKIN CARE

  • Moisturizing cream (Pond’s Day & Night cream)

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It’s a BIG no-no for dry skin (especially for my event which will take place @ the boat under the heat of the sun). As part of my beauty routine,  I wash my face when I wake up in the morning using Pond’s Age Miracle Facial Foam and when I go out, I use the Pond’s Age Miracle day cream before I apply makeup.  After I have cleaned my face with Micellar Water, I apply the Pond’s Age Miracle night cream.  I think this is one of my secrets why I look younger (hi hi!)

  • LOTION and SUNSCREEN

sunscreen and lotion

To protect my skin, from getting dry, I prepared different sunscreens (from Belo & Beach Hut)  but they are already in the suitcase so I wasn’t able to take the photos.  I have something for the body, hair & scalp, for the face and one for the kids.  Of course, we don’t want to damage our skin with the sun exposure, that’s why it’s really a MUST to have this in our Boracay trip.

  • BABY WIPES and COLLAGEN makeup remover

I always have baby wipes in my bag so no dirty or messy moments.  I would love to bring my Micellar water but I am not sure if it will be permitted in the airport, so I just put the Collagen makeup remover instead.

BEAUTY SUPPLIES

I cancelled the make up artist for my event so I will have to do everything on my own.  You will see my summer look in my vlogs.

  • HAIR STRAIGHTENER & CURLER

I decided to bring this to style my hair for my very important event since I do not have a makeup artist with me on that day.  I don’t know yet if I will just have my hair straightened ot have few curls.

hiar straightener and curler

  • MAKE UP

I do not have expensive brands of make up but I think these will be enough for me to achieve the summer glow  in my event.  (L’oreal primer, foundation, face powder, BYS blush on, bronzer, highlighter, and lipstick)  I just want something light to look natural, but I want to make sure that I will have a different glow.  (On April 30, I will have my very first make up video that will be posted in YouTube)Oh my!  hahaha!  I think the challenge for me is how to cover my dark circles.  I have a Maybelline concealer but I don’t know if it will cover the dark circles that I have.  Let us all find out!  We will have an honest to goodness beauty product reviews here and in my Youtube channel.  I want you guys to watch out for that- it will also be shared in my Facebook page and personal FB account.

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CLOTHES

  • gym outfits

I have not worked out since I had my D&C operation last September and cancelled my club membership @ Fitness First.   I was afraid that if I do, I might bleed again. The last bleeding I had was last month.  Now, I’m doing a 5 minute biking @ home because I need to have a summer-ready body in one week.  I brought these outfits just in case it will be possible for me to hit the gym for few minutes.  We need to make the most out of our 6-day vacay in Boracay and it would be bad if we couldn’t take advantage of using the gym in Ambassador in Paradise and Alta Vista de Boracay.

gym

  • swimwear

I packed my fave swimwears (one piece, tankinis and bikinis that I ordered in Zalora before.  I ordered a new one from Bench but I don’t know if  i will get it before the 29th.

clothes

swimwear

  • cover ups

These are very useful to cover unwanted fats especially now that I don’t get to work out, I really need these 🙂

  • maxi/summer dressesdress

I usually wear maxis in our morning walk.  I bought most of my beach dresses at the SM Store.

  • shorts (I have only few pieces —  I will see if I can still add more).
  • summer tops (I also have the old tops I used before)
  • dresses for the occasion

I ordered dresses that i will use for the special dinner with my family using Lazada app. 

BEACH SANDALS/ SLIPPERS

slippers and sandals

I bought few pairs of beach slippers that would be perfect to use while walking in the seashore and strolling.

BOOK

book

Sweet Valley pocketbook

I decided to bring a book just in case I get bored, I have something to read.  This is my fave pocketbook series way back in High School 🙂  I ordered this in 2017 via Amazon but I never get the chance to read this – hopefully in Boracay i will be able to read this.

PLANNER, BLOGGING JOURNAL & VLOGGING CHECKLIST NOTEBOOK

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For me to be organized, I need to have my planner with me  (for the schedules and to do list ) , my blogging journal (this is where I jot down important information that I have to include here in my blog) and lastly, the vlogging checklist (it includes all the necessary things that I have to include in the vlog in proper sequence).

DOCUMENTS

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I bought a  BARBIE plastic envelope @ National Book Store for all our boarding passes and hotel vouchers.  This will keep the papers safe from getting wet.

 

 

 

 

BAGS

sling bags

I ordered a pink beach bag that I ordered from Zalora for our island hopping on the 30th.  I also included a pink sling bag and another one I bought in SM Masinag.

GADGETS

  • Mobile phone, charger and powerbank

I do not have a professional camera yet, I am just using my smartphone powered by Globe to take pictures and videos.  I also use this for business so I really need to have the phone with me everywhere I go.  I also have the monopod and tripod in my bag.

  • Laptop

I bring my lappy with me for posting entries in my blog and this is also used by Shane for her reading app.

MEDICINE

I am now beginning to be health conscious so I will bring my vitamins with me (Vitamin C and ferrous sulfate) and also Strepsils for my voice.

CASH/ATM

Of course, we will be needing cash to buy groceries and pay for the accommodations @ the Ambassador in Paradise Hotel and Alta Vista de Boracay.    

Thanks to Eastwest Dolce Vita Titanium card — I used this to book some flights and purchase from Zalora.

NOTE:  For the complete packing list ,I will be posting my vlog on YouTube and it will be shared on Facebook as well.  I will do the shoot after resting or getting a power nap after checking in.  I will show you what’s inside my pink luggage while I unpack.  Til next post 🙂

HELP! I need 1,000 YouTube Subscribers!

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Hi!  I’ve mentioned in my previous post that I will be launching my YouTube channel on April 30, 2019 in Boracay.  I definitely need YOUR help with this.  Actually, I created my YouTube channel a year ago but I only uploaded one video and that was intended for the Boracay event.  It’s just recently that I’ve decided that I would like to vlog too, but I was a bit disappointed with myself that I didn’t upload videos.

Now that I am into vlogging, I have discovered that in order for me to monetize my channel thru Adsense, I need to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours!  As of this writing, I am managing to squeeze some time to gain subscribers while working.  Yes, I still have a week to finish paperworks and I’m kinda pressured already because I only have 59 subscribers as of the moment.

My vlog launch will be on April 30 already and most of my content will be from my Boracay trip.  I also plan to upload something about beauty tips/routine and home and living tips prior to that event.   I am doing my very best to offer fresh and quality content in my vlog, but I need to have more subscribers to maintain my channel.

I’m currently learning how to do things since I am a newbie here and I’m not much of a techie.  I tried some editing apps and software but I am more comfy in using Splice and only using my phone for vlogging.  In the next few months, I think there’s a need for me to have my own PINK studio/vlogging corner where I share some tips/ideas with you when I am just staying at home.

So, the question is —  how to gain more subscribers?  I do not give up.  I have 5k friends in Facebook and what I do everyday is to message them with a link to my channel and get them to subscribe.  I also have 4k plus fans in my FB page, so probably I would do the same process when I’m not busy anymore.  Another thing I thought is to ask you guys for your help.  Please do subscribe to my channel and if you want, I will subscribe back.  Please comment down if you already have subscribed together with the link to your YouTube channel.

Thank you in advance and I’m looking forward to share more vlog posts to you 🙂

Sudden Lifestyle Shift for 2019

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THE SUDDEN BIG LIFESTYLE SHIFT!

Last year and until this year, I have experienced a LOT of STRESS and two of the major roots are: (1) health issues and (2) financial crisis.  Because of this, I have to make an important decision — and that is to make a sudden lifestyle shift.

Fitness day 2

1. Before, I was very conscious with my figure- to the point that I have registered myself for a fitness club even if there were times that I don’t feel well.  A week before my heavy bleeding last year, I still went to the fitness club and probably that was one of the reasons why I felt weak.

DECISION:  I cancelled my membership to that fitness club.  Not only would it help me in keeping my body healthy (because I bleed for strenuous physical activities); it would also help me in saving money.  P2,200 can be allotted to other expenses like food or other bills.

Health

2. Before, I don’t take vitamins, but since I had my heavy bleeding for months, I felt that I should give importance to my health.

DECISION:  I bought Vitamin C and Ferrous Sulfate for  to keep me healthy.

 

CREDIT CARD STRESS

3.   Before, I book staycations often and shop til I drop using my credit cards and as a result, I am now in deep trouble.  I paid two credit cards already in full and as of this writing, I still have two cards to settle.  It’s easily for you to get tempted at first and yes, you will be able to manage your cards for about 2 or 3 years but after that, you will be completely stressed if you were not able to pay the full amount.  I have about 8 credit cards – I got rid of RCBC, and my Metrobank On.  I still have my PNB credit card but I couldn’t use it for emergency , that’s why I do not recommend PNB.  Now I only have Metrobank Mastecard and Visa, 3 Citibank credit cards and My Eastwest Dolce Vita Titanium.  I’ll get rid of the cards I’ve mentioned as I get a lot of harassing calls and messages already– the only one that I will keep is my Eastwest credit card .

DECISION:  After I have settled Metrobank and Citibank, I will already close my accounts to have peace of mind.

POSTPAID to PREPAID_

4.  From having a postpaid account in Globe Telecoms, I am now considering to shift to prepaid.  I got my Iphone 6 two years ago by availing the postpaid plan.  I usually pay P1,200 or more for my monthly mobile phone bill.  When I forget to pay on time-( in most cases we cannot avoid that because as a working mom, I am really super busy) , they would have service interruption and they will restore the service once you have settled the payment.

I am currently using Smart  prepaid for the tablet I am using for business. I  just spend P850 per month (P350 for unlimited calls to Smart and Talk & Text and unlimited text to all networks.  For the data plan, I register for P99 per week for free Facebook and messenger and 1 gb of video everyday– not bad anymore!

DECISION:  My postpaid plan contract will end this April and I might consider not to renew anymore with Globe.

UPDATE:  Because I’m already having problems with my Iphone 6 (I got that two years ago through my postpaid plan with Globe).  The problem I have is the battery gets drained very fast– I need to have a powerbank with me and I have to charge it after an hour or less.  Unfortunately, I do not have a budget right now to buy a new phone so I just applied an additional line and I will just say goodbye to the phone I’m using right now together with my contact number. 

So, the ending is that I am still with Globe for 24 months  (just for the sake of getting a new phone). 

 

I am now vlogging!

5.  The best shift is that I added vlogging to what I can do.  I am now in the process of having quality content while I am waiting for my adsense application to be approved.  I am asking your help to please help me in this new interest.  I need to have 1,000 subscribers in my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5hUvmIEKB-DDl1g2zbI4WQ so please subscribe!

I know there are still lots of things to improve, but I can start from here.  By 2020, I should be debt-free and healthy.  Til next post, my dear readers 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

My Six-Day Boracay 2019 Travel Itinerary

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My 6-Day BORACAY itinerary

I can already feel the heat and YES, summer is here!  This month, I have scheduled our family getaway in my favorite summer destination– in Boracay island!  You are probably thinking why I have decided to stay longer– I could have booked for the usual 4/d 2/n trip, but I would like to make the most out of this vacation with my family.  So, in order for us to have a hassle-free vacay, I have designed this itinerary for us to enjoy in paradise.

DAY 1 (April 29, 2019)   

-arrival in Boracay and transfers via BPHT Booking Services

-check in @ Ambassador in Paradise

-vlog about our arrival, Day 2 and room tour @ Ambassador in Paradise 

-dip in the pool and have afternoon swim

– go to the grocery shop and buy food and supplies

– special dinner

 

DAY 2 (April 30, 2019) 

 – breakfast (watch out for my vlog in my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5hUvmIEKB-DDl1g2zbI4WQ

– do my own makeup for my first make up vlog for my event

-photoshoot

-island hopping surprise 

-lunch

-vlog about the special event and DAY 2

-back to the hotel and get some rest

-dinner

-beauty rest

 

DAY 3 (May 1, 2019

 – breakfast

-morning walk and swim

-vlog

-lunch

-check out @ambassador and head to Alta Vista de Boracaylta Vista de Boracay to check in

vlog about Day 3 and Alta Vista de Boracay room tour

-afternoon walk and dinner @ Lemon Cafe

beauty rest and have a relaxing massage

DAY 4 (May 2, 2019)

– breakfast

– morning walk and swim

-lunch

vlog about Day 4

shopping @ D’Mall

night swimming

dinner

beauty rest

DAY 5 (May 3, 2019)   

– breakfast

– morning walk and swim

-check in @ Estacio Uno

-vlog about Day 5 and Estacio Uno room tour

-night swimming

dinner

nightlife vlog

DAY 6 (May 4, 2019) 

– breakfast

-pack things and get ready

-check out @ Estacio Uno

-back to Manila

 

NOTE:  This might be changed but this will serve as my guide 🙂  I promise to post quality content here and in my vlogs.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5hUvmIEKB-DDl1g2zbI4WQ

From Blogging to Vlogging

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Hello, dear readers!  It’s been a while since my last post.  I tried to squeeze some time to write blog articles but because of my very hectic schedule, I wasn’t able to do that.  There were times that I wanted to write, but it would require more time– time to edit and polish everything before I post it, and so, the result is to just wait for the proper timing.

Probably you are wondering why the hell did I shift to vlogging.  Well, I didn’t really shift– I just added vlogging to what I can do.  In my travels, I think my followers would appreciate the hotels, places and establishments that I visit if they will see videos rather than photos.  On the other hand, in terms of explanation or if you would like to dig into details, it would be an advantage if I will create a blog article so the readers can’t miss any information.  The only thing that challenges me right now is that I am a newbie in vlogging and I’m still in the process of familiarizing myself with everything.  I do not have the professional equipments but I can start with a my phone, tripod and green screen for now.  I am also still learning about the apps used in editing videos.

Also, I’m still having health issues– a  week after my monthly period that lasted for one week. I had my bleeding again so I had to rest for days, but because I still need to report to school, I had no choice. Everyday, I post my #countdowntosummer on FB and I really can’t hide how excited am I to go to vacation.

Now that it’s finally over, I can get some beauty rest and a good night sleep.So, what do I have exactly in mind when I mean that it’s vacation time?

1. Celebrate my daughter’s graduation with my family.

2. Prepare the easter eggs for Easter Sunday.

3. Celebrate my daughter’s 12th birthday here at home.

4. Pack for our Boracay 2019 getaway.

5. Schedule my hair and body spa treatment and get a manicure and pedicure.

Next month, I’m planning to launch my vlog in Boracay for my Summer Diaries 2019 Special.  My 6-day family vacay/press trip is the perfect time for me to practice vlogging by means of recording and going live on Youtube/Facebook.  Watch out for this– I promise to give you quality blog/vlog posts.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5hUvmIEKB-DDl1g2zbI4WQ

 

Vietnamese Food Experience at Ban Be Ca Phe’

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Dining @ Ban Be Ca Phe is definitely one of my memorable press trips I had in 2018. Aside from this was the last restaurant that I had to review for the year because I’ve been very busy also with work and and there were lots of activities everywhere, , this family dinner was special because that night, we also celebrated my son’s birthday.

Ban Be Ca Phe is located in upper Antipolo, (near the Pasalubong stores if you will be coming from Masinag Market). The cafe is in the left side contrary to the Waze’s directions that it is located on the right side. I was so excited because it was my first time to visit a Vietnamese Restaurant and taste Vietnamese food. As expected, I was not disappointed with the food; however, the challenge is for you to get a nice spot to park your car.

In this post, you will be able to tell why you should vsisit Ban Be Ca Phe if you haven’t visited the restaurant yet and try their food 🙂
THE AMBIANCE

The cafe can can accommodate 50-60 people. It has 3 areas where you can hang out.

  1. The Veranda (Outdoor/Smoking area)

This is perfect for barkadas or groups who like privacy (if there are many people inside) and you would like to breathe fresh air.

2. INSIDE DINING AREA

Upon.entering, there are usual tables and chairs that you can.use.

3. VIETNAMESE SEATING AREA

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As much as we would like to experience dining in the traditonal Vietnamese seating area, we opted to stay in the traditional dining area because there were people who were sipping coffee and playing board games at that time.

The place inside is not too spacious, but there is a homey feeling that will make you feel comfortable and I think it’s one of the reasons why customers keep on coming back aside from the food.
THE FOOD

Now, let’s talk about the main reason why you should try BAN BE C PHE. It is my pleasure to present to you their bestsellers.

Because I’m a coffee lover/addict, just as what I previously confessed in my past blog posts, I wouldn’t let it pass without trying their Vietnamese coffee.

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CA PHE SUA (HOT COFFEE) P75

iced coffee

CA PHE SUA DA (Cold Coffee) P85

DRY NOODLES

BUN TTHAP CAM

BUN THAP CAM P160

This is one of their dry noodles made of white noodles, pork, Shanghai and beef rolls.
SOUP NOODLES

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PHO BO P110

Lau

LAU (Hot Pot)

Because December was super cold, I prefer to have hot soup. It’s a good thing they have different soups that will suit the preferences of each individual. I liked the simplicity of the Pho Bo which is made of white noodles and beef while my hubby liked the sweet and spicy taste of the Lau. For the Lau, you can choose whether you will be having the egg noodles (P250 medium) and white noodles (P290 medium). Additional ingredients are available at additional cost like squid balls, veggies, shrimps and beef.

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Goi Cuom

GOI CUON P110

This is one of my favorites and I was amazed because it was my first time to eat Vietnamese spring rolls made of veggies, shrimp and fresh noodles, served with peanut sauce. I am a very picky eater and this dish has passed my standards. Well, it’s not just delicious, but healthy as well. THUMBS UP!

Vietnamese Shanghai

SHANG HAI (Ban Be Shanghai) P130

If I was impressed by the Goi Cuon, how would I describe what I felt when I have tried the Vietnamese Shanghai? I was super impressed! Actually, it’s hard to find an adjective to describe that feeling. I am not much into seafood and meat though I eat Shanghai rolls (but very seldom)– so when I discovered that this is not made of pork, but actually noodles and veggies, I was indeed very pleased because I could eat as many as I can. And if I haven’t known what it’s made of, I would have thought that it’s made of pork because there is no difference with the taste and the good thing is that this meal is healthy for the body.

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COM CHIEN P160

Another thing that I liked is their Vietnamese Fried Rice– it is so flavorful that even without viand, I would be pleased already, but that would be very impossible for us to resist such tasty and healthy dishes. If you will be coming as a group, 1 order won’t be enough cos I’m sure you will be requesting for more.

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VIET GRILLED PORK

And because we had 2 kids with us at that time, there was no question why the dish vanished in a matter of seconds, hehehe. My faher and I wasn’t able to try the Grilled Pork and he wasn’t even aware that we had tha on our table. Obviously, the kids enjoyed that 🙂 So, if you will be coming with your family and you have kids with you, you know what to order.
FAMILY BONDING

After we have enjoyed the Vietnamese food at Ban Be Ca Phe, it’s hard to leave without having photo session in their traditional Vietnamese seating area. After the pictorial, the kids played boardgames and bonded with each other.

vietnamese seating

shane with guitar
OVERALL EXPERIENCE

I was very pleased with their food. Their dishes were done with a twist– suitable for the Filipino customers. I highly recommend this place to those who haven’t been here. This is a kid-friendly place as well as I didn’t expect the kids to enjoy the food, but they did. Aside from serving Vietnamese food, they also have Chicken sisig in their menu for those who are craving for Filipino dishes. Kudos to Ms. Redd and to the staff who made the restaurant a big click to those who would like to try Vietnamese food but in very affordable prices.

What are you waiting for? Ban Be Ca Phe is worth a visit!

BAN BE CA PHE

Banker’s Village 2, Sumulong Highway, Dela Paz, Antipolo City

0966 814 4492

A Taste of Italy inthe Heart of Mandaluyong City

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I always love Italian food since I was a child.  I  always have spaghetti in every birthday celebration and in my shopping and mall sessions, I always go for pizza.  The explanation to this is–probably in my past life, I was born Italian 🙂  I know that there are already many restaurants that offer Italian cuisine, but I am already sick and tired of the same brand and taste.  I thought of trying something different and I was lucky to have an opportunity to taste an authentic Italian food @ BURP RESTAURANT.   The restaurant is located in Uptown Pioneer (near Legend Villas) in Mandaluyong City.

The place looks small but it can accommodate up to 40 people inside and 12 more pax outside.  It is very cozy when you enter– you will feel at home.  In fact, while waiting for your food, you can read their books in their mini reading nook, watch TV or simply have a casual chitchat with your relatives/friends.  The staff are also very polite and friendly.

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Upon entering, you will be greeted by one of their staff and will be given a menu for your orders.  The glasses and refreshments will be prepared as well while waiting for the meals.

They have ala carte food in the menu but they also have exciting promos ideal for those who will come in groups.

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The group meals (good for 3 people) can be availed for only P410 with a choice of fish or chicken and 1 pasta in the list.  For this, we have tried both fish and chicken and two of their pasta meals.

THEIR FOOD:

Fried Mozarella Sticks

Fried Mozarella Sticks

This is one of my favorites @ Burp because I loved the cheesy taste.   I knew that it’s not yet the main course so I controlled myself in eating all of the mozarella sticks, hehehe!  Oh, well, it was served with the Pomodoro sauce that made it even more yummy!

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Rice

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Fried Chicken Strips

Chicken is a must in all my press trips that’s why I am very particular with it.  It’s not a shame because their chicken is crispy and I liked their honey mustard dip as well.   I was kinda guilty because I ate the last piece that was supposed to be eaten by our youngest child.  I didn’t know that he only liked chicken that time.

 

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Fish Fingers

I’m not much into seafood but my family especially my father and hubby loved the breaded fish served with pesto mayo.

Of course, our visit at BURP won’t be complete without tasting their pasta.  I prefer the Creamy Mushroom Pasta but I also liked Spaghetti  Pomodoro.

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Spaghetti Pomodoro

The kids didn’t like the Spaghetti because they’re used the usual sweet Filipino style spaghetti that we cook at home.  What they have at BURP Restaurant is an authentic Italian spaghetti.  Spaghetti Pomodoro is  actually one of their bestsellers.   Its main ingredients are:  spaghetti, onion, garlic, butter, tomato, basil and pomodoro.

Cremy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

This is my favorite!  Even the kids love the creamy taste of the pasta.  The main ingredients are: penne, shitake, button mushrooms, garlic, bechamel and cream.  One plate (to share) isn’t enough for a family of 6 members because I’m sure they would be requesting for another plate.

DESSERTS:

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Mango Creme’

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Coffee Jelly

Burp Restaurant has been in the food business since 2013 and for 5 years, they have served customers who craved for authentic Italian food.   The restaurant is managed by Ms. Ara, who worked as a manager for Italliani’s for 5 years.  She is currently helped by her siblings, Dan and Ms. Sofia, who accommodated us during our visit.

Too bad, I wasn’t able to taste the pizza and their coffee– probably next time 🙂

For Italian food lovers, BURP Restaurant is open from Sundays to Saturdays from 7:30am to 10:30pm.

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BURP Staff

 

Wait, do you think that their food is only available at the restaurant?  It’s good news because they also have catering services for different occasions or events.  For catering, the food isn’t limited to Italian cuisine as you can customize your own list.  You can avail their catering services for as little as P15k for 20 to 30 pax.

 

BURP RESTAURANT

G/F Uptown Pioneer Center 56-58 Madison St., Mandaluyong City

Phone:  (02) 531 8384 /0917 5066 168

An Exceptional Coffee Experience @ Cafe Esse

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“Life Begins With Coffee”

“Life begins with coffee,” that’s what coffee addicts like me believe in.  No matter how complicated life is, one cup of coffee will definitely ease your burden and would make you feel better.  I’ve been in several cafes and there were times that I was disappointed with what I expected from the quality and taste of the food and drinks. I must say that my visit in Cafe Esse is one of the best experience I had.

 

 

Cafe Esse is located at the 2nd floor of CEO Building, L. Sumulong Circle, San Roque, Antipolo City.  My colleagues hang out here once in a while and now I know the reason why they keep coming back– it’s because of the superior quality of coffee and delectable food that they serve.

 

The word esse came from the word EXISTENCE or essence.

Cafe Esse was established in May 15, 2014.  For four years now, they continue to satisfy their customers.  It caters not only to barkadas who would like to chill, but to families who would like to spend quality time together and even for colleagues or business partners who would like to have their meeting.  When we arrived at past 4pm, there were different groups outside in the smoking area (barkadas).  Inside, there were few tables which can accommodate 20 pax.  Near our table, there was a college student who was doing her assignment or research work while sipping her coffee.  (There is FREE WIFI that customers can use).

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It’s very obvious that I enjoyed their coffee 🙂

 

Cafe Esse has a function room for special events which can be rented for P5,000 (P1,500 for 3 hours use and P3,500 for consumables).  Extension per hour is P500.

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Here are their bestsellers:

HOT DRINKS

Hazelnut Latte

Hazelnut Latte  (  16 oz  P130 /20 oz P140.)

vanilla machiatto

Vanilla Macchiato   16 oz P130 / 20 oz P140

matcha latte

Matcha Latte  (16 oz. P145/ 20 oz P155)

Of the hot drinks, I like the Vanilla Macchiato next to the Hazelnut Latte.

FRAPPES

 

I remember the famous choco-banana fruit shake in Boracay (Jonah’s fruitshake) when I tasted the banana choco-nut frappe.  I prefer the choco mint frappe though because it was very refreshing.

MILKSHAKE

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Strawberry Milkshake   P155

Because we brought a 4 year old kid with us, this one is the perfect drink for him.

THE FOOD

I super loved their pasta!  I loved both the Spicy Seafarer and the Creamy Carbonara.  The kids are not pasta lovers like me but they loved both also.

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Spicy Seafarer  P195

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Creamy Carbonara   P195

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Choco ala Mode Waffle P115

I felt like a kid again–I loved the combination of chocolate syrup and the waffles topped with cream.

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Cheesy Meat Fries P110

We love french fries, but we love it even more when it is topped with cheese.  In a span of less than 3 minutes, the plate was emptied.  I was about to get another round but the food just vanished instantly.  I didn’t scold the kids for that– actually, it was already a big achievement if you let them finish eating in a matter of minutes.  Usually, it took a long time for them to eat.

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3 Little Pigs   P190

This is one of the most popular bestsellers, this sandwich comes with potato chips.

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Classic BLT P190

Classic BLT is short for sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.It is also served with potato chips.

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All Day Breakfast  P195

Since the cafe opens at 10am, the All Day Breakfast can be your brunch.  For breakfast, I’m already solved with one sunny side up egg and one regular sized hotdog, but in Cafe Esse, they have 3 small pancakes with a sunny side-up egg, jumbo hotdog, and bacon strips.  This is perfect to be paired with a cup of hot coffee.

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Hahaha!  It’s evident in the photo that I really love the food.  One sandwich can already fill your tummy so it’s worth every penny that you will spend in the cafe.

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Cakes and pastries

Unfortunately, we were nnot able to taste the sweets but definitely we will when we come back.

CR/Washroom Inspection

In my feature about Comida China de Manila, I have mentioned that I was impressed with their washroom.  Well, in Cafe Esse they have a small but very clean washroom.  They have quotes and note written on the wall creatively.

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The staff were very friendly and polite.

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The Cafe Esse Staff

Recommendations Button                             HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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You will definitely love their drinks and food and I assure you that you will come back.  For reservations, you may call the contact numbers below.

CAFE ESSE

2/F CEO Building, L. Sumulong Circle, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City

Tel. no.: (02) 507-3956 ; 0927 8610571