Disappointing Restaurants..

Friday, October 31, 2008

This is actually a first in my blog.

I am ranting.. On restaurants I've tried last night and just this noon time.

TGI Friday's Trinoma

Last night, my Panget and I decided to eat at Friday's Trinoma. We wanted to use the mobile GC that we got through this site. Seeing that my favorite Mushroom Chicken Mushroom was back in the menu - I ordered it immediately! But when it was served - the look of it was, well - it wasn't the Mushroom Chicken Mushroom I remembered. The presentation was so off! The chicken looked like it just came ouyt of the microwave, the fries were kinda cold, and the mushrooms - well, they were about 6-7 pieces only. It actually turned me off. I mean, why bring back a pretty popular dish and not make it the same? I was so diappointed that I sent an SMS to . The format was this:


So I sent the message following the exact format. I got two replies, asking me to use the correct format. I learned that the correct format was SHARE_Name/FRIDAYS/FEEDBACK

I mean, come on! How can people send you their feedbacks if the format given us is wrong! I just tried leaving a feedback on their site - I keep getting error messages! WTF?! (sorry!)

La Nuovo, San Antonio Arcade

Mom and my brother said that this place served good Italian food. So we tried it just this noon time coming from Manila Memorial Park in Sucat. When we entered, my mom asked the server what the set menu for the day was. He said it was 'Bill', my mom asked again, he replied 'Bill'. Thinking that I was becoming a little deaf, I asked him again - he said 'Bill'. So I asked again in Tagalog 'Anong bill? Ano yun'. To my shock he siad 'Bill, a small cow' it then registered in my head that he was referring to veal! Hahaha... I was kind of excited to order since my mom and twin said the resto was good, but when I saw the prices on the menu - I was shocked! I've never seen a pasta dish priced at Php470.00 and above! I honestly did not know what to order, so my twin took charge and just ordered 1 pizza and a pasta platter for us to share. Our orders arrived quite late, good thing we were given 2 baskets of bread with pate and tomatoes. When I asked the server for another helping - well, the server forgot! Because it never came.. I was excited to see the Pizza, but by the look of my twin's face - he was sort of bewildered - he thought the pizza would look like something else. When the pasta arrived, it looked really really yummy! There were 3 kinds on the platter - olive oil based vongole, red seafood, and creamy carbonara (I think!). When I sampled the vongole, it was great - the noodles were tasty, but the clams were so tiny! Hahaha.. The seafood with tomato was the worst for me, it tasted like medicine! But my brother loved it. The carbonarra was too creamy, but hey - my mom liked it!

All in all, the experience was quite alright - until I saw the bill! For the 2 dishes we ordered we were billed a freaking Php1,395.00!! Oh my gosh! I mean, it would be okay it the food tasted fabulous! But it wasn't. I was so disappointed, I mean - really. Really really really disappointed. I mean, to price your dishes high - I expect that somehow, the flavor of the dish will justify the price - but it didn't. Huhu..

I was so disappointed.

That's 2 misses in 2 attempts this week. Bad statistic..

Late reactions....

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just recently - I have been enjoying updating my Multiply and Plurk accounts!

I never thought doing so was so much fun!!

I know, late reaction (since they've been around for quite a while)

But seriously - I love updating (and commenting)!!

Follow me on Multiply and Plurk

See you there!!

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm so happy to hear that there is a vaccine against Cervical Cancer!!

At long last! A vaccine to prevent a certain type of cancer!

That's such a breakthrough for me. My grandfather died of Cancer - and I was witness to the pain and suffering he went through. I have a very good friend who was diagnosed with Cancer last year - thankfully, she's in remission already!

I was shocked to learn that women and men can die of this! I always assumed that Cervical cancer was a cancer that hit only women. Most Pinays would steer away from visiting an OB-Gyne for fear that they will be branded negatively. I personally have never visited one - I never thought I needed to, I always assumed that going to the OB-Gyne meant that you were expecting or trying to conceive. But after hearing talk about Cervical cancer - I realized, I thought wrong. We women have to take time out to visit our doctors, get a regular check-up and update ourselves on the vaccine that prevents Cervical Cancer.

Dr. Manalastas gave a very informative talk - I found it upsetting though - that the vaccine has been in the country for quite a while, but how come I've never heard of it? Spreading the information was quite slow, I mean a LOT of women (and men) can benefit from this vaccine, why not do a full blown campaign? I mean, this vaccine prevents a certain type of cancer - that should be a phenomenon, but why is it not?

Through my blog, I hope to help spread the word that indeed Cervical Cancer can be prevented. I have been encouraging friends who have daughters in their teens to get this vaccine - I mean shelling out a certain amount, will prevent their daughters to contract HPV that develops into Cervical Cancer.

To my female readers, visit your OB-Gyne (I know it's taboo in our culture, but it'll help you, believe me!!), get a Pap-Smear and if possible, get the vaccine.

As they say, health is wealth - prevention is key guys!!

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Hong Kong secret spots (as printed in Manila Bulletin)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My first EVER published article! I'm giddy with excitement! Grab a copy of Manila Bulletin today - Travel and Tourism section C-3

Hong Kong secret spots

This Hong Kong trip has to be by far my best travel for this year. Maybe because it was:

Photo grabbed from Manila Bulletin's site
1) Unplanned

2) I won the trip (thanks to Joey and Andi’s segment on Magic 89.9 and the HKTB)

3) The company was superb

4) The food was great

5) The hotel was new and very modern

6) I found new secret addresses!

The trip was totally unplanned – who would have thought that I’d be one of the three winners! Not me in a million years! When they asked who I would be bringing – without batting an eyelash – I answered, ‘my mom’.

My mom loves Hong Kong; it’s the vacation spot for her. She says that despite the fact that she’s been to HK many times before, it’s still her favorite city. To be honest, it’s mine too! Whenever I am asked where I want to go for a short trip, I always say Hong Kong, mainly because of the good food, the good bargains, and the great city.

The purpose of the trip was to find your own secret Hong Kong address in the two short days we had on our own.

Here are the addresses (some secret and some not so secret) that I found on this trip:

Secret Dining Place #1 Din Tai Fung – This resto just opened January of this year. It’s not a secret to many, but I think it’s a secret to most Hong Kong residents. My dad was the first one who introduced me to this restaurant years ago in Taiwan. I’m so happy that they finally opened a shop in Hong Kong!

I was so proud to introduce this to our tour coordinator Fred. He first was skeptical about its existence since he hadn’t heard of it yet. He was actually convincing me and my mom to try another restaurant that served great Xiao Long Bao, but we insisted.

When we got there, the place was packed. Luckily, the hostess found us a table immediately. Since it was Fred’s first time, my mom and I ordered for us. We got the famous Xiao Long Bao and some other dishes. When the orders arrived, I was so excited to have Fred taste the uber-famous dish. And so when he took his first bite of the famous Xiao Long Bao, he declared to us that it was indeed the best Xiao Long Bao he’s tasted! Even the famous Yu Yuan Garden Xiao Long Bao in Shang-Hai did not compare, he said! I was so happy for him! He now has a newly discovered restaurant to which he can bring tourists. Yipee!

Secret Dining Place #2 Golden Bull – My mom’s friend has been raving about this resto for years. I always thought that this resto closed down years ago, but I was wrong. Apparently, they just underwent a full renovation.

Hong Kong is known to have the best Chinese restaurants around, but for a change, we decided to dine here for dinner since it’s a Vietnamese restaurant. The food was fabulous, the location was so perfect! It was by the harbor, and during dinner time, one will be able to see the world-famous Symphony of Lights show.

We ordered a lot, but we downed them all and were so pleased. The roasted chicken we ordered was so good! It tasted even better when dipped in the special sauce. We also ordered prawns and frog legs. The pineapple fried rice is the best dish to sample. Although quite pricey, it was worth it because each person was given one piece each of abalone and prawn on top of the fried rice.

Secret Dining Place #3 Sweet Dynasty – I had honestly not heard of nor seen this place before, so when my mom and I passed by the resto, we knew we had to try this place out after dinner, as it served desserts Chinese style. The restaurant may seem small when you look at the entrance, but as they say, don’t judge the book by its cover because when you enter the restaurant, there is a second floor.

They do not only serve desserts but also hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was after our lovely dinner at Golden Bull that we decided to sample some desserts. Because we were in Hong Kong, we opted for the Sweet Beancurd, locally known as Tau-Hwe (to us, it’s Taho). It arrived in a bamboo container with a special ladle. It also came with a siding of tapioca (sago to us) and syrup for added flavor. As I scooped the beancurd to the bowls, it was so light and smooth. I was impressed. But it didn’t end there. When I tasted it, it was so light, smooth, and fine. The syrup wasn’t heavy, and the tapioca was just perfect! It’s such a good way to end the night.

The next day, we were treated to a tour to two of Hong Kong’s tourist areas, The Peak and Hong Kong Disneyland! I’ve been to the Peak before it was renovated, and this was my first time after the renovation. I have to say, it has improved so much!

It was my first time to see Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hong Kong. There were so many figures of Asian and American personalities that were on display. I was so happy to see my favorite couple, Brangelina, together that I had to ask my mom to take my picture with them! We were also treated to experience the new exhibition of the museum called ‘Scream.’ As you enter, you’ll see a sign that says ‘Please do not harm our actors,’ which made me wonder what actors were they talking about?

So, as we reluctantly entered (because we knew it was going to be a sort of scary experience), we heard a lot of screaming from Mojo and Grace Lee of the Good Times radio and TV show (they went ahead of us). It was so funny because they were screaming like crazy, and there was camera capturing every moment. As we lined up to enter, I realized that it was a ‘walk-through scare the guest’ kind of experience. And being third in the line, the scare-fest wasn’t as bad (as I thought) because we saw the actors waiting to scare us before they did. The experience was funny and scary. It was really fun and different.

We next went on to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. It was our first time to visit the newest Disneyland franchise. To be very honest, we were not too keen on going. We surmised that since we’ve been to the other Disneylands, they were pretty much the same. But as we entered, we noticed that it was different. I for one totally forgot what a Disneyland looked like. What I had in my head, well, it wasn’t Disneyland after all. We went with Sandro and Sheng (one of the other winning pairs) who were sweet enough show us around (as they had been here earlier this year).

A funny story: we went on the Buzz Lightyear ride and the newly built "it’s a small world" ride. We were falling in line to go on the small world ride when Sheng realized that we had to see the Parade of Disney characters on Main Street. Since we were already in line, there was a little problem of getting out – it was my brilliant idea to go out through the emergency exit doors. I thought that these doors were for those who opted not to go on the ride. I didn’t realize that it was really for emergency cases, so as we exited using the emergency exit doors, one of the doors sounded. Sheng was alarmed, but I still went ahead and pushed the door, which led to a hallway. We pushed another door open. Lo and behold, we were lost; gone were the Disney-themed fa├žades. What we saw was an empty space, and when we tried to go back, the doors wouldn’t open. I then remembered that emergency exit doors open only one way. It was then that I realized it was really an emergency evacuation place. Good thing there was a guard who called a staff. The staff led us back to Disneyland. It was such a comedy of errors, but as they say, it’s one for the books!

We saw the Lion King show, and I was very impressed. I was surprised that I enjoyed every bit of the show as I always had the impression that Disneyland was only for kids but it was for adults too! Too bad we weren’t able to catch the Golden Mickey show as there was so little time.

After dinner, my co-winners and I (my mom decided to retire for the night) decided to visit a night market, which brings me to share my Secret Shopping Place – the night market at Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei. For those who want a less crowded Mong Kok-style night market, this is the place to go. The selection is not as voracious, but it’s almost the same, sans the crowd. There are also restaurants on every corner serving fresh seafood.

On our last day, we decided to have Fred take us to a really secret dining area where they served duck that is as good as Yung Kee’s but cheaper. He brought us to Causeway Bay to try Wai Kee restaurant. I first had to take a picture of my ultimate secret dining place in Hong Kong!

Afterwards, we proceeded to a market -- actually, a wet market. We walked through a crowd of buyers and vendors, then we went up a building, a dry market selling veggies and fruits. There were some seamstress stalls too, sort of like our own Kamuning – just cleaner and more organized. We then breezed through a walkway that led us to a fastfood type of area with tables everywhere. We looked for the restaurant he was talking about and took a table. When he got there, he then let us try the roast duck and goose. I can’t believe that such good food could exist in a place like that. It wasn’t the cleanest nor will one see tourists around. It was very authentic – it was Hong Kong I’d never experienced before. This has to be my ultimate secret address.

I just have to say that I had the most wonderful time in Hong Kong with my co-winners. Even if we spent only one full day together, they’re all so much fun to be with. I had such a wonderful time talking to them and sharing stories. I’m so lucky to have met great companions – simple, down-to-earth, friendly, and very warm. Their company made all the difference.

I have this belief that when one travels, it’s the company that can make or break a good vacation. And I am indeed lucky to have won the trip and won new friends too!

Hong Kong still has a lot of secret addresses to be found. Exploring Hong Kong in three days is too short to discover them all. I am glad that every trip I make to this magnificent city, I discover something and some place new. The secret addresses are endless!

So, do you have a secret address in Hong Kong?

The author is one of the three winners of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and 89.9 Magic’s Hong Kong Secret Addresses contest. Manila Bulletin Lifestyle is the official media partner. For more pictures on this trip, visit the author`s blog at http://candishhh.blogspot.com


Here are the articles of my co-winners:
Sandro Paredes - So soon, Second Honeymoon in Hong Kong
Reena Francisco - HongKong surprises

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Friday, October 10, 2008

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Wedding Essentials: Dream Weddings 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Even if I had a bad case of food poisoning yesterday - I still managed to attend the launch party of Wedding Essentials' Dream Weddings 2008. I made sure to attend even if I was felling a bit queasy, after all - I owe a lot to Marbee for my WE feature! :)

The party was hosted by Issa Litton - the cover girl of the latest issue. I just have to say that she did a great job hosting! She was a natural!

The highlight of the night was the cover - can you believe they produced 30 different covers?! Wow!! That's for the 30 couples that shared their love/wedding stories to Wedding Essentials!! It was fantastic! Imagine if you were one of the 30?! Your wedding pic is actually ON A MAGAZINE!! That is something you will forever treasure!! :)

To my HS classmate Shaps - congrats on the feature and the cover!! :) (Loved your picture!!)

Another highlight was - well, again (for the Nth time) my Panget won something (lucky charm - ME!!) - a full board overnight stay at Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay! Hahahaha... What luck! His card was picked out from a bowl! :) Cool right?! Love it!!

I have to say - Wedding Essentials has always been on top of their game. Being the best among the rest - they've just up-ped the notch again!!

Congrats Marbee and Cynthia! :)

P.S. Pictures to follow :)

a case of Food Poisoning..

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Yes, I was food poisoned (is there such a term?)

Well, last night - after munching on Big Mama's fried chicken with curry sauce, I felt a little queasy. I dismissed it and thought it might just be a case of overeating! But after a few minutes - I began to feel nauseated and there was the strong urge to vomit.

And I did.

Again and again. Afterwhich - got a case of mild LBM - which turned worse as the night deepened.

I was not able to sleep well!! I felt I was half asleep, my head was so heavy!!

I hate this feeling!!

So, what was the culprit? It was the curry sauce!! How did I discover?! Well, I asked my friend Kath and she told me that indeed she and her sister sampled the sauce, her sister was the one who consumed most of the sauce. My mom who ate the chicken, was normal. Kath's dad who ate the chicken was normal too!! So - it has to be the curry sauce!!

Any tips on how to treat food poisoning??

I'm still a little sick now - I hate this feeling!! Argh...

Definitely, Maybe

Monday, October 06, 2008

I don't remember where I saw the trailer of this movie, but when I saw it was a Ryan Reynolds - romantic comedy-ish flick - I knew I had to watch it.

So when I visited our suki Wheng in Metrowalk - I was surprised to see that the title was already available!

Of course, you know what I did. I bought it but watched it just last weekend.

I loved the movie - call me cheesy - but I loved it! :) It was sweet and lovely! Isla Fisher is so cute and was perfect for the role!! :) Ryan Reynolds - well, whatever he does - I like, yes, I'm biased! Loved him from his 2 Guys a Girl and a Pizza place stint!

I can't believe that Rachel Weisz accepted such a small role! But she was cute in it! I could feel the love she had for Kevin Kline's character! Found it funny he was in the movie - I always have this image of Dave in my head when I see him. Hahaha!

If you want a feel good movie - then this is it!! :)

Apology from Fr. Nebres

Got this email from Spanx regarding the DLSU players and coaches names being burned during the Ateneo bonfire last September 30, 2008


From: <alumni@admu.edu.ph>

Three days ago, photos of wooden planks bearing the names of the DLSU Green Archers stuffed together with those to be used for the Victory bonfire last Tuesday, 30 September were circulated on the Internet. To set the record straight, Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ sent a letter of apology to Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC of De La Salle University last Thursday, 2 October 2008. The second letter is from Mr. Jessie Paredes, HS'54, AB'58.

-- The Office of University Development & Alumni Relations

Letter of Fr. Nebres, SJ to Bro. Luistro, FSC

2 October 2008

De la Salle University System
2401 Taft Avenue

Re: Ateneo Bonfire

Dear Bro. Armin,

I would like to extend my deepest apology to you and to the La Sallian community for what some alumnus or student did at the Ateneo Bonfire, namely, write the names of the La Salle players on the wood. Unfortunately, none of us saw it ahead of time, because the wood pile was covered by a tarp against the rain until the time came to light it.

Despite our rivalries in sports, we are both committed to Christian values and what was done is certainly a violation of values we share.

Once again, my deepest apologies to you and to the La Sallian community. We are trying to find out who is responsible for the act.

Sincerely yours,


Letter of Mr. Paredes to Fr. Nebres

3 October 2008

Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ
Ateneo de Manila University

Dear Fr. Nebres,

I write this letter for two reasons. The first one is to own up to producing the materials with the names of the Green Archers and placing them prominently in the woodpile before the bonfire for all to see.

Secondly, I sincerely apologize to you for the queasy situation you are in as a result of the backlash it created.

While the nature of this letter is a personal apology to you, please feel free to extend it to parties you may deem fit to receive it.


Jesse Paredes
HS'54, AB'58

What the HELL??!!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Grabbed from THIS photobucket account

I mean, COME ON!!

My gosh! I expected more from the Ateneans..

Tsk.. Tsk.. Tsk...

P.S. These were sent to me..

Wizard Magazine

Thursday, October 02, 2008

My twin brother used to be a fan of comics, my cousin too! But my Panget - well, he still buys them to date. He's such a big fan of the comic, graphic novel genre that we go to the Philippine Toy Convention - every single year!

Since we've been together for quite a while now, I've come to tolerate appreciate his comic book slash toy collecting vice. I've become sort of excited to see a new toy or a new Wizard magazine!

For every issue that he has - I've read it from cover to cover. Sometimes asking him questions on certain character I'm unfamiliar with.

Yesterday - while he was getting a haircut - he gave me his newest copy - it's still sealed in a plastic, for me to read. I was so excited to open it. It's funny - because I opted to read this magazine over a Cosmo and Marie Claire Philippines!! It's geeky, I know - but I loved reading through it! I can't explain why I like reading through it, as I am not a comic book enthusiast, but I like reading through the articles and looking at the drawings!

Photo grabbed from Wizard Universe

It's so out of my character - seriously, but hell - I liked it! I even laughed at the articles and interviews printed!!

Tsk.. Tsk..

I guess for the time we've been together - what he likes, I already like.

I hate to admit it but - I'm a closet Wizard fan.

Camp Rock!

Photo grabbed from THIS site

I never thought I'd like this movie, but I did! I got curious because HK tourmate Reena said it was really nice.

I loved it!! I've been hearing a song by the Jonas brothers and some girl on the radio - I was shocked to learned that it was from this movie!

Joe Jonas is such a cutie!! :)

Another great one from Disney! :)