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Thursday, October 25, 2018

PASIG FOOD TRIP: Kuya J Restaurant's Summer Sizzlers

Kuya J Filipino Restaurant has a newly opened branch just across Banco de Oro (BDO) at the ground level of SM Center Pasig which is near Tiendesitas.  Upon the invitation of a friend, my Kuya (brother) and I decided to check out this branch. It is good thing that the invitation came at a perfect time when I was craving for some Filipino food and cool dessert because of the scorching summer heat. 

A cool dessert always served as a sweet ending to hearty meal. This is a twist of the original Buco (Young coconut) Pandan recipe. Kuya J's refreshing twist of the infamous buco pandan dessert is called Creamy Mango Pandan which has an intense mango flavor. An order would only cost you Php80. This well-rounded dessert is good for 2 to 3 persons. Mango-Pandan #goodforhealth #foodporn #flavor #dessert #pastry 


Well, that belief changed late last year when my brother and I encountered the delicious combination of coffee and cocoa-infused chocolate dessert at Kuya J Restaurant here in the Metro.

You could not deny the fact that coffee and chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven. In an ode to the classic combo, Kuya J food development team created a unique dessert called Tablea Coffee Flan (Php85). 

This Batangas tablea-flavored flan with coffee caramel is topped with dried coconut meat and pieces of barquillos (crispy egg wafer sticks), which happened to be my childhood favorite snack!  Wonderfully delicious!  I'll definitely come back for more.  It comes across as eating something sinful but I super duper love it!  


The traditional cooler Halo-halo (a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits) comes with a unique twist - the Fried Halo-halo (Php135) a la mode

Kuya J's version has ube (purple yam), white beans, young corn, nata de coco (a chewy, translucent, jelly-like foodstuff produced by the fermentation of coconut water)lanka (jackfruit) and butter beans stuffed in pastry wrapper and deep fried to give the halo-halo a warm take. Then it is topped with whipped cream and Vanilla Ice Cream.

A must try! 


When it comes to Pinoy food, my barometer is the restaurant's version of Crispy Pata (deep fried pig trotters or knuckes). Crispy pata is one of the all-time favorite Filipino dishes served on special occasions 
in some Filipino households or even everyday in authentic Filipino restaurants.

Kuya J's Crispy Pata is crispy outside and very tender inside. The attendant sliced our crispy order in front of our very eyes. I think that is a cool idea because it gives somewhat a sense of assurance that your order is really one whole crispy pata, not less. When you hear it crack while being cut, you'll feel more confident that it is really freshly cooked. Its mouth-watering Crispy Pata is a must try! Outstanding in every sense of the word.  #PerfectPata #TheBestPataInMetroManilaToDate


There's the bone marrow smiling up at me.

Sick and tired of the usual plain rice served in most restaurants? 

Don't worry! Kuya J has a lot of variations to the usual plain rice. 

I was so happy when they served us the very delectable Humba Binagoongan Fried Rice (P175), topped with bell peppers, red onions,  green mangoes and chopped binagoongang pork. Humba is a Visayan stewed pork dish similar to adobo while bagoong is a fish or shrimp paste condiment 

Bagoong rice is what I always ordered whenever I am in Thai restaurants. I love how the acidity from the strips of green mango cut through the saltiness of the shrimp paste. Filipino cuisine not being too far off from Thai, Kuya J's version is sneaky, the humba touches home base as the pork fat melts in my mouth.



I am a picky eater when it comes to stews and braises. After eating a piece I am sure this is sure to appear on most if not all the tables of diners in Kuya J.

Beef Pochero Tagalog is a Filipino Stew similar to that of “Nilagang Baka“ (Beef Stew). This dish is complimented by the sweetness of saba banana. The unique sour blend and color is brought-in by the yummy tomato sauce. Aside from the tomato sauce and banana, the chorizo de Bilbao and chick peas are also part of the ingredients. Beef Pochero Tagalog brings out the delightful taste of our Spanish influence.

Kuya J's Beef Pochero is 
very enticing dish. I enjoyed eating its pochero because of its yummy taste. It is best eaten warm along with white rice. 

Try Kuya J's version of Beef Pochero Tagalog and let me know what you think.

For appetizers, the Chorizo Dinamitas (stuffed chili pepper with chorizo), Lumpia Presko (fresh lumpia), Tokwa't Baboy (tofu and pork), Baked Scallops were laid out on our table. Whew! And that's just the appetizers.

Dalandan Beer

I also had a sample of their Dalandan Beer. I honestly don't like beer but this was a unique conconction that I don't want to pass up.  The dalandan provided a refreshing, zesty sensation with a hint of sweetness and apparent taste of beer. It's actually a nice match to the Sinuglaw and fried dishes.

Kuya J Restaurant serves delicious traditional Filipino dishes, so you're a complete disgrace to your own culture if you don't try its food offerings. Kuya J, just like my reliable Kuya, adapted regional local cuisine and added a different take on each dish. Cool, eh! 

The food is delicious and presented well at Kuya J's. Every item on the menu are well thought off by its Food Development Team (FDT) and approved by its stockholders. 

The orders are very large and very much worth the price. They also provide huge servings of rice and trust me it's more than enough to fill you up!  Service is always super friendly! All of their employees are quick, polite, and professional. The restaurant is well lighted and has a modern Filipino design plus comfortable seats.  I salute Kuya J restaurant for considering all the important details in the industry. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

FPJ'S ANG PROBINSYANO : The Escape Room Experience

ANG PROBINSYANO: The Escape Room Experience

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

There is a new business sweeping the Philippines called “Escape Room” that’s all the rage. I’ve been hearing about for a couple of years now. And finally I was able to try Left Behind Escape room earlier this afternoon. Thanks to Abs-Cbn Corp Communication for the invitation and for giving me a chance to experience the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano"escape room.

As the name itself suggest, you have to escape from a room. There is a series of consecutive clues that will eventually lead you out of the room by entering a code or finding a key.

Intense. That's the word that best describes our "FPJ'S Ang Probinsyano" escape room experience earlier this afternoon, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the third floor of Vertis North Ayala Mall.

Byx, Jude, Richard, FPJ, Kate and I tried the latest escape room theme of "Ang Probinsyano". The first ever local theme escape room in the Philippines.

A total of 30 minutes were given to our team to escape and solve every obstacle inside the facility.   We had to act fast and act smart to solve and encode the correct password in order to escape from each room inside the facility.

Teamwork is the key to achieve the most coveted success. It is crucial to understand the instructions. We had to read and understand 
the clues as quick as possible. Each team member must cooperate and help one another. So every team members must follow instructions to the letter.  We had to race against a thirty minute clock. There is literally just too much information, numbers, and visual stimuli there to sort through it all in the time. They do that on purpose to lead you off track.

Sometimes, the answers are just simple and out in the open but people tend to complicate things. So what I can say is keep it simple. 
It’s a human tendency for us to overfocus entirely in one area of the room where all the ostentatious stuff is happening and miss the other parts.

Time flies when you're having fun.  The "Ang Probinsyano" Escape room experience is really fun that you would be wanting to come back for more.  

Guys and gals and all of you in between, you ought to try the "Ang Probinsyano" escape room theme with your family or friends real soon so your picture could be displayed on the wall as one of the 30% who succeeded in this game. And who knows, Cardo Dalisay might surprise you and cast you as one of his crews. Lol.

Do you want your whole gang's (barkada) picture hanging on that wall of the groups who succeeded? Go for it, try the new theme offering of "Left Behind."

Birthday celebrants get to enter for free as long as you're accompanied by 3 to 5 full paying guests.

Weekdays Php350/head
Weekends Php450/head

Left Behind the great escape
3rd Floor
Vertis North Ayala Mall

There are a ton of fun stuff about the "ang Probinsyano"Escape Room that I’d love to tell you but I would spoil parts of it if I do. Should I write another article with Spoilers? What are your thoughts on this whole thing? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Create Memories: Win a free trip to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo!

Create Memories: Win a free trip to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo!

Join the BIC Amazing Asia Getaway!

Much can be said about Asia. Prosperous and diverse culture, sprawling fields and oceans, glorious feasts of sumptuous food…but let’s talk about three of the most popular destinations this continent has to offer.

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Our neighbor and a top-of-the-mind choice for quick weekend getaways, Hong Kong is a small but adventure-packed country that attracts travelers all over the world. Of course, there are the favorites—Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, and the breathtaking view at The Peak—but there is also something to be said about the richness of their culture. Temples are copious in this country, so go on a mesmerizing trip to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, home to hundreds of life-size, gilded and unique Buddha statues. Then, visit the locals’ go-to place for bargain hunts, Mong Kok Ladies’ Market, a haven for cheap clothes, gadgets and souvenirs. Come nightfall, take a stroll down Temple Street Night Market where you’ll find a lively street bazaar with hundreds of pop up stalls selling all sorts of things and a dizzying array of local street food. And if you’re up for it, party hard at Lan Kwai Fong, which boasts of over a hundred bars, restaurants, and nightlife joints. Whether you’re up for stylish wine pairings of ludicrous jelly shots, the steep street will ensure you a good time.

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They may be known for traffic jams, but the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, is an opulent and incredibly fascinating destination. Explore the Bangkok via the city’s iconic 3-wheel ride, Tuk Tuk. They say the best place to find the best food in Thailand like Pad Thai and Tangy Som Tam is on the streets where all locals eat. The most popular attraction here is the Grand Palace which was once the king’s home. Travelers must also not miss a visit to Wat Pho where the world-famous Reclining Buddha can be found. Experience the renowned Bangkok Puppet Show that tells a classic folk tale backed by live orchestra music, made more magnificent by the skilled craftsmanship that went into the making of the props. Bangkok is also known as a shopping haven- with Chatuchak Market leading the roster. It houses over 8,000 stalls and 27 acres of space, making it one of the largest markets in the world. Every item imaginable can be found here at bargain and local prices. And where else can you experience a traditional Thai massage as done well as the country that it originated from? There are many parlors and local spas that could renew your energy and relax your body after a day well-spent traveling.

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Last but definitely not the least, a place that is probably on top of everyone’s bucket list, the vibrant city of Tokyo, Japan. Others would prefer to walk Tokyo’s streets and feel as though they’re in a video game, always buzzing with activity and running into animated characters. Others prefer the calmer side of Tokyo—its temples, museums, and serene gardens. Either way, the city has a place for every type of traveler. Revel in the madness of Shibuya crossing; eat at the best and first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant in the world, Tsuta Tokyo; catch the latest trends and indulge in style at Harajuku; snap a photo with the beautiful cherry blossoms; stand upon the city’s tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, and see through its glass floors; take a trip down history to the Imperial Palace, home to the Emperor of Japan; and, if you have time, make your way to Osaka and get lost in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Already dreaming? Don’t fret! All of these wonderful destinations can be within your reach with the BIC Amazing Asia Getaway Promo! From now until November 20, 2018, all you need to do is buy BIC lighters at any 7-11 convenience stores and you’re already on your way to scoring round trip tickets for two to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo! Also up for grabs to make your trip more memorable are four heavy-duty Samsonite luggage and ten Grab vouchers worth Php 5,000 each.
This promo is available in 7-11 stores nationwide so don’t let time pass you by! Grab BIC Lighters’ once-in-a-lifetime promo, now!

To join, just purchase any two (2) BIC Lighters at any 7-Eleven store and have your CLiQQ Card or App Barcode scanned before payment. For every 2 pieces bought of the same items, you will earn on (1) or two (2) e-raffle entries. Winners will receive round trip tickets for 2 to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Bali, Taipei, and Seoul, plus more exciting prizes! For inquiries and full promo mechanics, you may contact or visit

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

KIDZANIA MANILA: Back to KidZ: Once Upon A Halloween

"Fun NEVER asks how old you are!"

Attention Kidults! It's another opportunity for you Kids-at-heart to experience KidZania Manila on Friday, October 17, 2018. Yehey!

For only Php880 per person, Php600 for students, Php700 for BGC residents ( All you have to do is show your employee ID or any proof of residence at the counter) You can experience how to be a kid once again from 6 pm to 11 pm. It is a one night only affair so please make sure to visit KidZania Manila.

Halloween is upon the land, and KidZania Manila brings an adventure for grown-ups to enjoy. Reminisce and come in your favorite story book or comic book character costumes in "Back to KidZ: Once Upon A Halloween" event at KidZania Manila where Kidults-- guests ages 18 and above- may enjoy specially themed attractions on October 19 ( Friday).

Play football at the Milo Stadium, Do treasure Hunt, Wall climbing and other fun experiences at Kidzania Manila.

You can come dress up as one of your favorite storybook characters in Kidzania Manila and win cool prizes.  I heard it is an overnight stay at Aruga hotel! Cool eh?

Whether you're a Potterhead, a glader, or a tribute--there will surely be something special for you at KidZania. Here are the eight ways to embrace your fandom in this year's "Back to KidZ":

Do it for the gram!

1. Drop by Pop's Diner with the Gang. Share a milkshake with bae and enjoy that retro diner feels with friends at the revamped RK Clubhouse. KidZania is also giving out an Adobe Lightroom Preset Pack for FREE, specially made for this Instagram-worthy spot.

2. Rise up to be a dauntless in the climbing building.  Get up and get ready to join your new faction. Prove yourself as a brave initiate as you find strength to go up the Climbing Building and "let go" as you go down.

3. Beat other tributes. And that means you have to beat them via a dodgeball at the Milo Stadium, Fight or flight--it's your strategy for your life! No literal bloodshed in the stadium please. Lol.

4. Join the quest for treasure island. Take on challenges mapped around the city to enter Treasure Island and hunt for unlimited treats.

5. Break out of Kidzkaban Prison. Whether you've been naughty or just been wrongly accused - find a way out of there before the Dementor's Kiss is sentenced upon you.

6. Attend the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Find your way to the whimsical Urban Garden and sit for a colorful time. No worries, no shrinking potions here!

7. Deliver Lara Jean's Letters. The letters are out - and you're the one to deliver them. But if you are also a daring soul like LJ, you can write your own letters and have them delivered with the help of LBC. Send sweet nothings to your love ones, and Letters may also be published on KidZania's Facebook page, so if you're brave enough -- #TagMoNaSiCrush. 

P.S. If you're looking for Peter Kavinsky, he might be at the Stadium, being the jock he is.

8. Find your happily ever after. Participate in "Fantasy Date" at the ABS-CBN Theater, where you vie for the heart of special celebrity storybook character Searchers. Find your happily ever after and kool prizes, including a fantasy date at the ABS-CBN Studio Experience.

What? You want a discount? Don't worry! You and your friends could get a discount by securing your tickets one day ahead! You get to pay only Php750 as an early bird bonus ( that is so cool indeed).

Tickets are available through or at the KidZania counters.

#BacktoKidZHalloween #KidultinginKZ #Kidulting #KidultingInKZ #storiesofourlives

Friday, October 12, 2018

ENCHANTED KINGDOM: To Celebrate Its 23rd Year with Sarah Geronimo and James Reid

ENCHANTED KINGDOM: To Celebrate Its 23rd Year with Sarah Geronimo and James Reid

Come one come all to the happiest place on earth (at least) in Laguna, Enchanted Kingdom (EK).  Remember the magic. Be enchanted once again at the Kingdom. EK management and staff has prepare a very special magical event for everyone on the 27th day of October with no less than Pop princess Sarah G and idol James Reid together with The Juans, and Janine Tenoso. 

Theme parks has an all time appeal to both children and their parents. And a visit to EK together with the whole family can assure a thoroughly enjoyable day out with some of the most fun things to do in Laguna.

To celebrate its 23rd year, Enchanted Kingdom will take you back to the enthralment of the '90s.  Whether you agree or not, the 1990s is one of the best decades ever.  Some people still cannot define this decade because it has everything. The entertainment was great, the economy was prospering and good and society was so much more simpler back then. Not to mention the price of oil was very cheap.

I admit, I am a bit nostalgic. Enchanted Kingdom blast from the past dance and song numbers during the press conference brings back a lot of memories of the '90s.  Some of the attendees were even teary eyed (lol)

can still vividly recall the first time I set foot in Enchanted Kingdom.  Way back then,  I was with my elder brother Bernie, Bff since grade 4 Pia ( now Dubai based) and our Kumare Maris ( now an Australian citizen).

We really had a good time at Enchanted Kingdom.  I was really happy because EK even back then is comparable to the Hong Kong Ocean Park which is the only other amusement park I've visited at that time.

This time around, I am with my fellow bloggers Jay L and Arvic. We had so much fun. We're already planning to go back to EK real soon!

Remember the magic as you dance and sing along to the best throwback hits!

What are you waiting for? Secure your tickets now at the following establishments:

  • SM Cinema branches nationwide 
  • Asiatravel
  • Klook
  • Ticketnet Online
  • Ticket World
  • EK Makati Office

#EKoBERload #EKRememberTheMagic23

Enchanted Kingdom
Address: Santa Rosa, Laguna
Telephone Number: (02) 584 3535
Opening Hours:
Friday 12–7PM
Saturday 11AM–12AM
Sunday 11AM–9PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12–7PM
Thursday 12–7PM



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