Archive for September 2011




Nipa Hut Restaurant

Nipa Hut Restaurant is located at Capt. Henry P. Javier St., Oranbo Pasig City, Metro Manila Philippines. It is a native restaurant that offers the typical Filipino foods like sisig, sinigang, crispy pata, alcoholic drinks like beer and other foods that basically can be bought in a carinderia. But what is different in this place is that they present their food like in a first class restaurant.

Aside from great foods and menus, because their concept is the native style, the waitresses and waiters are dressed in native attire looking like those folk dancers in school. But the most special thing about this place is its location. The place is situated in an elevated part of Pasig City which will give the customers a beautiful Tgaytay-like view of  the City of Pasig, the lights, the street even the factories and buildings.

Moreover, the place has ample space for its regular customers and people who loves to enjoy their night. There is also a live band that performs every now and then.The simplicity of the place fits in a simple get together of families and friends.

Add a comment September 28, 2011

Ima’s Gulay Bar

Ima’s Gulay Bar is a restaurant which vegetarians and vegetable lovers will surely love. It is located at Fernandes Street, Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan Philippines. It is run by a couple named Aling Ima and Mang Sami.

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They feature the best vegetable cuisine and delicacies that some aren’t easy to find.  From Mexican to Chinese, from pizza to enchilada, they all serve that. White polished rice is not on their menu, they serve mostly organic brown rice. Aside from that they also offer pasta, rice dishes, desserts and appetizers, sandwiches and of course fresh fruit shakes and juices at a very affordable price.

Theirs is a place small and simple yet very cozy decorated by wooden displays and decorations, not as famous and as expensive like first class restaurants but amazing nonetheless.

Add a comment September 28, 2011

The Library

The library is located at Adriatico Street in Malate Manila. In its 21 years of existence,The Library has become one of the most entertaining place to visit in Manila. It has been considered as the second home of  stand up comedians and  to their regular clienteles.

The bar is decorated by mahogany panels, bookshelves-which explains the name of the bar i think-and antique decors which complimented its modern furnishings and style. The ambiance is cozy and has that distinct elegance from the other bars. The bar offers from non alcoholic to alcoholic drinks and snacks.

The bar has the best stand up comedians and singers that performs not only the latest but also Broadway hits that people loved. In fact its former hosts and entertainers has become very successful in show business like Allan K., Arnel Ignacio, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Rey Kilay, Anton diva, Teri Onor and Wally Bayola. Sometimes the audience also performs to showcase their talents.

Because of the Bar’s uniqueness they have attracted not only students but also artists and yuppies, journalists, celebrities and politicians. It was even featured by Time Magazine Asia in 2002.

Add a comment September 28, 2011

Encore Club

 

Encore, formerly known as Embassy   is situated at The Fort Entertainment Complex Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Metro Manila and  is considered to be the most famous and of course expensive clubs in Manila. Entrance fee is 800 pesos free of two drinks. It is also where the socialites, models and artists hang out. It is also popular not only in in the locals but also with foreigners and tourists that are looking for something to check out while they are in the Philippines. The club is very strict and getting in is so hard because of requirements like dress code or age.

The former club was notorious for brawls and rumbles but after the club was ordered to be closed, the management decided to change its concept in attracting more matured clienteles from younger crowd. Moreover, the club has also installed several closed-circuit television cameras within and without, a monitoring station and has also several security officers and security guards for the safety of the customers.

Encore features Jazz nights, ballroom dancing, and stand up comedy film screening unlike the former wild disco parties. They have two rooms which plays different music genre. the first one plays hip hop and the other is for techno lovers. There are a lot of awesome drinks to choose from. Ladies drink, beer, champagne and even non alcoholic drinks like tea and water, they all have that. Music is nice and DJ’s are the best. The architecture is great and suited for the concept.  Interior is not boring and very classy. This is indeed a place to spend with friends, business partners or even family.  Party goers  will surely have a great time and remarkable experience.

 

Add a comment September 27, 2011

Gordion Hotel

 

Gordion Hotel is located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.  It is said to be one ogf the best place to stay while in Vigan. It is near the famous Calle Crisologo where anyone can enjoy the Cafe’s and antique shops.  The Hotel is not much of a luxurious type but it will give you a homey feeling because of  its classic architecture and old yet elegant ambiance. Those hotel has this style as if  the time has turned back to those days where the only transportation of the people is Calesa, houses are furnished with expensive, shiny woods .

The hotel rate is very much affordable and worth the stay. Moreover, the hotel offers cool facilities such as spacious car park which gives a no hassle parking space, cable TV, wireless internet access to share experiences with friends and family, a garden to enjoy the nature,souvenir and antique shop as well as mini fitness center, non smoking rooms, and meeting facilities to enjoy anytime of the day. Also, baby sitting, facsimile service, room service, laundry and pressing, massage services, car, van and bicycle rental and of course airport pick up and shuttle service to tour the place around are included in the services they provide.

The place around the hotel is awesome too. Dining at nearby Cafes and restaurant like Las Majitos Resto and Cafe Uno or visit the landmark places like Vigan Cathedral, Town Plaza and Plaza Maestro.  Taking pictures will be also exciting because of the old but preserved surroundings and houses. It surely a nice place to stay with accommodating and friendly staff to assist. Though there are really small problems like breaking down of lights or air condition sand stuffs like that.

Add a comment September 27, 2011

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel

Marco Polo Plaza Hotel formerly known as Cebu Plaza Hotel is located at Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City, Philippines which offers awesome view of  Cebu City and the neighboring islands. The hotel offers a different types of rooms. The best one is the Continental Club Room with Sea View which has amenities like internet access, flat screen cable TV, IDD phone, safety deposit box, mini bar, access to continental club lounge, complimentary buffet breakfast,all day refreshments and evening cocktails, private check in and check out, pressing and laundry privilege and king or twin beds.

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Marco Polo Plaza Hotel offers amazing amenities like business center, children’s playroom, hair salon/barber shop, health and fitness center, spa, swimming pool, restaurant, cafe and tennis. Aside from that, hotel offers free shuttle trips to and from the major shopping centres. There is also a gift shop where souvenirs are sold.

Marco Polo Plaza Hotel is one of the best hotels in Cebu, the view is exceptional and relaxing, facilities and amenities is great and of course customer service is very satisfactory although there are some complaints about it being far from downtown. Here are some testimonials from other people who have visited the place.

“our family had a great time. The Hotel offers free shuttle trips to and from the major shopping centres. The breakfast buffet was awesome — very filling and great selection.”

“The level of service and all the little details definitely makes it worth your while. They bring you a basket of fruit on arrival, VIP access to the penthouse buffet breakfast, all day drinks and snacks and free cocktails from 5:30pm.”

“Everyone treated so nice……great holiday buffets….quiet rooms….very comfortable beds… “

Add a comment September 26, 2011

Henann Resort

Henann Resort is located at Alona Beach in Panglao Bohol Philippines. It is a luxurious resort which became a favorite resort by local tourists as well as foreign tourists. The place is often described like a paradise.  It has a private beach where you can see the amazing beauty of the sea and the white sand as well as outside pools to enjoy with family or friends.

Henann Resort’s villa are made of wood. Its simple but large and very comfortable. Each villa has a private terrace and sun beds where they can enjoy the sun and see the amazing view of the sea and the garden. In addition, all their rooms are air-conditioned and inside you will find a flat screen cable TV, ceiling fan and safety deposit box and some personal things like bathrobes.

As for the recreational activities, Henann Resort has a golf course, tennis and badminton courts as well as bicycle rentals. Also, they offer services like laundry and dry cleaning, room service, massage and airport transfer. Henann Resort has a famous fine dining restaurant–Cristina’s– which serves 24 hours a day. They serve both Filipino delicacies and international cuisines. There is also a pool bar where  different drinks are available.

Henann Resort is really amazing. They have relaxing atmosphere, simple yet elegant rooms, exceptional taste of foods, friendly and nice staffs, and enjoyable facilities and services. Here are some pictures which proves them.

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Hof Gorei Beach Resort

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Hof  Gorei Beach Resort is located in Island Garden City of  Samal in Davao Philippines. The resort features a traditional bungalow accommodations. It is very popular and was accredited by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism.

The resort has all the facilities and services a customer would love.  Facilities includes:

  • bar/pub
  • restaurant
  • coffee  shop
  • WI-Fi
  • business center
  • meeting facilities
  • poolside bar
  • safety deposit box
  • smoking room
  •  concierge
  • outdoor pool
  • private beach
  • jacuzzi
  • garden

Services includes:

  • 24 hour room service
  • tours
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • airport transfer
  • pets allowed
  • baby sitting
  • massage
  • water sports (motorized and non motorized)

Aside from those amazing facilities and services, Gorei is perfect for relaxation and getaways of family or friends.  The place is beautifully landscaped with birds churning around. The accommodation has different types, there is a Round Hut that  is made traditionally, small but has a very relaxing ambiance and comfortable too. There is also what they call  Pinzgau Chalet located on the top of the resort with large rooms where you can see the Davao Gulf and Mount Apo National Park and also a guesthouse. They also have cool tropical animals. The garden is so lovely and very relaxing. The beach is so great too. The staffs are also very good in their job. They will assign you a personal butler to attend to your needs. The people are very nice and friendly. Even the owner makes sure that everything is doing well. Amazing facilities and services, relaxing view and surroundings, exceptional beach, and friendly people, simply perfect.

Add a comment September 26, 2011

TATAK PINOY

Filipinos loves to eat that’s why they are also known for cooking unique and delicious dishes. Here are some Philippines’ very own delicacies.

1. Lechon.

Lechon is a Spanish word meaning “suckling pig”. In the Philippines, there are different kinds of Lechon, there is what we call Lechon Manok , Lechon Baka and of course Lechon Baboy which is very popular and  has become a part of the lives of the Filipino’s. It is usually prepared when celebrating special occasions like birthdays, baptisms, graduation and weddings even during holidays. Some call this the STAR of the occasion. In addition, it is  usually served during festivals in several parts of the country like Dingyang, Kadayawan or Moriones.  There is even a festival that celebrates the Lechon in Balayan Batangas. This is usually served with a sweet gravy made out of liver.

2. Bibingka

It is also known as rice cake. It is a made out of  a mixture of flour ground Glutinous rice sugar and egg cooked in a pot like container wrapped with banana leaves placed between a pan with a live charcoal. It is usually topped with coconut when served. It is popular especially during holiday season. People would buy one whenever they attend Misa De Gallo.

3. Taho

Taho is a popular street food in the Philippines and can be found all over the country. It is made out of  soft tofu, syrup and pearl sago. It is famous especially with kids. This is sold by someone called Magtataho. The Magtataho carries two aluminum bucks which hangs from each end of a large stick of wood. While carrying it, he shouts “Tahooo!” to attract prospect buyers. Because of the increasing demand, entrepreneurs made it even more delicious by adding up flavors like strawberry.

4. Halo-halo

Halo halo is a popular Filipino dessert made of mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk topped with boiled kidney beans, coconut sport, sugar palm, jack fruit, gulaman, sago, sweet potato, ube , leche flan, sugar and nata de coco and sometimes topped with ice cream placed in a bowl or a tall glass. When eating it, the ingredients should be mixed until the ube color has appeared. It is mostly available during summer season and is sold usually in a neighborhood, but because of high demands, restaurants and other food chains offer it with a more attractive presentation.

5. Ihaw-ihaw

Ihaw ihaw is a popular  street food in the Philippines which includes chicken feet, head, intestines, blood  boiled with a flavor and of course barbecue. It is then grilled while customers are waiting for their orders. It is dipped in a vinegar with onions when eaten. It is usually seen in the market, in the streets or even in the neighborhood. It is one of the most popular merienda of the Filipinos.

Add a comment September 25, 2011

THE EXOTICS OF PHILIPPINES

When it comes to food, Philippines’ cuisine is known for its combination of  sweet, sour and salty flavors which gives a pleasing taste and satisfaction.  Truly, Philippines has that uniqueness that even other nationalities loves.

Filipinos loves to eat, that’s one trait that a Filipino like me is sure to have. And because of that, Filipino’s likes to try and cook different foods that is EXOTIC AND YET, DELICIOUS. here are a short list of the famous exotic delicacies of the Filipinos:

1.   Kamaro (Mole Crickets) 

Is a mole cricket that burrows in the moist soil of growing rice fields of Pampanga. These mole crickets are the most delicious pulutan in Pampanga. They catch this by stomping next to it causing them to move that causes an easy catch. When cooking, the wings and legs should be removed first,and then the body which had been boiled in vinegar and garlic is then sauteed with oil, onion and tomatoes till they become chocolate brown in color. It is crunchy outside and juicy inside.

                   

2. Kilawing bunog (raw young of a mudfish)

Bunog is a young mud fish. Kilawing bunog are eaten raw which flavored with vinegar, citrus juice, salt and papper.

3. Tamilok

Tamilok or Mangrove Worm is a worm like mangrove-boring mollusk. This can be found in large areas of Palawan . Most people there sell this for their living. These are eaten raw with a flavor of vinegar, onion and chili.

                                  

4. Fried beetle or Pritong Salagubang

This is common especialy in Provinces of the Philippines. This is usuually can be found in mango trees. It is crunchy and tasty. Some says it tastes like fried chicken.

5. Balut

Balut is a Duck’s egg fertilized for about 17 to 28 days. It is rich in protein and also known as an aphrodisiac. It is hard boiled  and usually eaten with vinegar, chili and salt. It is usually available in the afternoon or evening. The largest producer is found in Pateros Metro Manila


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