Pan de Manila - WHAT??

Monday, January 31, 2011

 I was looking for the number of Pan de Manila Araneta Avenue branch.  I could't find it anywhere!  The reason for this search was that I was going to ask our messenger to buy me some - and I wanted to call and reserve in advance.  I searched online for the number - I found none.  All I got was numbers from other branches - and when I dialed them, they ALL seemed to not work at the same time.  Strange but what do you expect right?

Then I found the number of Pan de Manila's head office.  I thought to myself - perfect, now I can get the real number and call in to reserve!  But man, was I wrong.

I dialed the number (02) 631-7364 and a woman answered me, I then asked her for the number of their Araneta Avenue branch to which she answered she didn't know and asked me to call another number (02) 631-7362 and to look for Weng - because she had the list of the numbers of their branches.  She asked why I was asking for the branch's number - I told her that I wanted to reserve pandesal in advance and she giddily said for me to call the number she gave.

When I called that number, I immediately asked for Weng.  The person who took my call was Ms. Malou Dimaculangan, she said that Weng was in the other office and asked what she could do for me.  I told her that I wanted to get the number of their Araneta Avenue branch because I wanted to call ahead to reserve freshly cooked pandesal.  She then told me that the branch's telephone was not working - I then asked her if she knew a mobile number (because I believe THAT everyone has a cellphone nowadays) she then said she didn't know.  She told me to wait again and when she came back on the phone said that the number she has is a landline - so I asked she give it to me.  She then said 'but its not working' - WHAT THE HELL?? Wasn't that resolved already?  I thought she was giving me ANOTHER number!  Gosh - I then told her that Weng might know of another number of the branch, to which she replied that Weng was in the other office - I got irritated and asked if the other office meant it was next door or if it was in another building.  She then replied that Weng was in the office next door - I then asked VERY nicely, if maybe she can ask for the number from Weng.  She then said 'Ma'am, we're really not supposed to give out the numbers of our branches, its our SOP'  this reply I found to be the silliest and oddest reply EVER!!  I mean, why shouldn't you give numbers to your branches?  Isn't that supposed to be a good marketing tool - because people might want to order in advance or place bulk orders?  She then said - it has being their SOP not to give out the numbers...

My gosh - Is it just me who finds it silly and odd?

Sorry, but I got turned off - I mean, all I wanted was the number - plain and simple, so I can order in advance, but man - was I SHUT DOWN.

Tsk.. Tsk... Tsk...

Bacolod Finds: Victoria's Ham & Vita's Butterscotch: YUMMEH!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two Christmases ago, my dad was gifted with a round Victoria's Ham.  My mom and my twin brother were raving about it saying that it was the best ham they've ever tasted.  They let me taste a slice, and I must say - it was really good!  My mom even saved the box, so she can order it - but there was no number on the box.  We searched online - got a Manila number, but when we called - no one knew what we were talking about!  Our efforts with the searches ran futile because we couldn't find anyone who knew the brand nor the product!

So three months ago, when my twin brother went on a trip to Bacolod, my mom specifically told him to look for the ham and buy some.  When he got home - he brought with him the ham, but instead of a round ham - it was sliced ham.  My mom and I were skeptical, but when we tasted it... IT WAS THE SAME HAM!!  It was love at first taste!  Too bad my twin only bought 2 packs - he thought it wasn't the right kind, so to be safe - he just bought two.

Can you guess how long the 2 packs lasted us?

Two freaking days!  And to think that we were saving it!

We were so happy to learn that a friend of my twin was coming to Manila from Bacolod - he then asked his friend Neil - to buy us some.   Yehey!!

Last November, my twin announced that the hams were arriving that day.  We were all excited but my mom was the most excited!  Hahaha...  She immediately asked the driver to pick up the hams in Greenhills.

Thank you Neil!  You sure made my mom giddy with delight!

He also bought us some packs of Vita's Butterscotch - they're the yummiest too!  The trick was  - to heat it slightly in the oven.  Heating makes the butterscotch taste like magic!!  Yummeh!!!!! :)

Happy Birthday Raffle! Raffle! WINNERS!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


After sorting through 2,600+ comments (my gosh, it wasn't as easy as I thought!  THANK YOU everyone for joining!!)  Here are the official winners for my Birthday Raffle! Raffle!


The Footies - Do Re Mi

The Hand-ies - Kany

The Body-ies - Lourdes (suki ka na ha!!)

The Face-ies - Ana Marie

I will be sending you guys an email shortly!  Kindly reply as soon as you can!!

Again, THANK YOU to everyone who joined!!

Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Buy 1 Take 1 Swirls Frozen Kefir!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Here's a Kefir treat for my readers!! :)

What is Kefir? And How is it better than Yogurt (

Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that balance your "inner-ecosystem." More nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, it supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins.

Both Kefir and Yogurt are cultured milk products

..but they contain different types of beneficial bacteria. Yogurt contains transient beneficial bacteria that keep the digestive system clean and provide food for the friendly bacteria that reside there. But kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract, a feat that yogurt cannot match.

Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt, Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species.

It also contains beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir, which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. They do so by penetrating the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria reside, forming a virtual SWAT team that housecleans and strengthens the intestines. Hence, the body becomes more efficient in resisting such pathogens as E. coli and intestinal parasites.

Kefir's active yeast and bacteria provide more nutritive value than yogurt by helping digest the foods that you eat and by keeping the colon environment clean and healthy.
Because the curd size of kefir is smaller than yogurt, it is also easier to digest, which makes it a particularly excellent, nutritious food for babies, the elderly and people experiencing chronic fatigue and digestive disorders.

DIDI'scoveries: Kewpie Roasted Sesame Dressing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I went to my friend Selene's house one night because my Panget had a basketball game.  I caught her having a very light dinner - a salad dinner.  Selene is very thin, that's why I don't understand why she still has salads for dinner!  She said that she's too lazy to cook, and that she found a salad dressing that she really likes.  She showed me the bottle - it was a Japanese brand - she called it the naked Japanese baby.  I found out later on that it was the Kewpie brand.

She offered me some fresh greens - I was honestly skeptical.  I thought it was one of those salad dressing that didn't taste good.  But when I tried the dressing, I couldn't stop eating the greens!  The dressing was so flavorful - it really did taste like roasted sesame!  When I asked her where she got it she said that she bought the big bottle from DEC along Wilson Street. 

Last Sunday, I went to DEC just to buy that salad dressing.  I was looking around the store and I couldn't find it - so I finally asked the owners and they told me the bad news, that they ran out of it.  Darnit!  I was raving about the dressing to my mom, too bad she couldn't taste it.  Grrr...

This morning, my mom was craving for a Kani salad.  We then went to a Korean grocery store nearby to buy some ingredients.  Of course, I thought that the Korean store would have the salad dressing right?  I then remembered, Korean, Japanese - different!  Hahahaha...

I then asked my mom if there were any Japanese grocery store in our area - and she said that there was, along Timog Avenue.  So when we were a bit free in the office, my mom decided to take me to the Japanese Grocery store.

When I entered the store - the salad dressing was the first thing I searched and voila - SUCCESS!!  They had it in stock! :)  I immediately grabbed one!!  Good thing that the store had it!  I was so excited to go home to have my mom and brother try it!! :)

Its so yummy!! :)

Fuji Mart
Timog Avenue,
Quezon City
Tel 410-0083

The Cape

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Last night, my Panget told me that we're watching a new show on his Popcorn Hour.  I was skeptical, and asked him what rating it had on IMDB (as he bases some of his TV downloads from the ratings there).  He said that he didn't check the ratings - what he checked was those in the cast, and since Summer Glau was one of them - he immediately downloaded it.  Tsk.. Tsk..

I found the show really entertaining, I don't know - but I think it's the geek inside me (thanks to my Panget!) that liked the show.  I enjoyed watching the first two episodes, I thought it had promise!  But my Panget said this show won't get passed 6 episodes.  Hahaha!!  I'm hoping he's wrong.

The lead star looks soooo familiar, I know I've seen him somewhere, but I just can't pinpoint which show!  His son however - was Dylan in Flash Forward.  Hahahaha!! :)

Weekend TV Watching..

Monday, January 10, 2011

I have been watching TV a lot since last Friday.

Harry Potter Marathon

I don't know why, but somehow - my Panget and I saw the first three installments of Harry Potter.  And I must say - they're nice!  I never expected to like watching Harry Potter!  We actually saw two installments in one go!  Hahaha..  Can you believe it?

Found it quite cute that we saw the kids grow up!  The first two episodes they looked like kiddoes, but come the third installment, gwapo na si Harry!  Hahaha..

Burn Notice

My Panget has been raving about the show Burn Notice - and honestly, I didn't like it at first, but it somehow grew on me.  Now, I'm liking the show!  We're currently on the third season - and there are a lot more episodes to go!! Yipeeeee!!

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Last Saturday afternoon before going to the doctor, I caught an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO.  My friend's husband has been telling me to watch the show - he said that it was so funny!  I saw the first three episodes of the first season about two years ago and it was funny, but not enough for me to follow the show.  But that afternoon, I found myself enjoying the show very much!  Larry David is really really funny!  He doesn't make me laugh outloud while watching the show, but he makes me laugh when I share the happenings of the show to my Panget!  The guy has a lot of issues - but man, is he funny!  I hope to catch the newer episodes on HBO!  I can't believe its on its 7th season!! Wow!

So, what did you watch?


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!! :)

Since January is also my birthday month - I am holding a raffle to celebrate my birthday!! Yey!!

I am giving away body washes, lotions, hand washes, lip balms and face masks!

This is my way of thanking YOU for eavesdropping on my whatever thingies!! :)

Foot Scrub & Foot Cream

Body Wash/Shower Gel

Hand Wash / Hand Soap

Lip Balm, Face Mask & Body Wash

Joining is really simple:
1)  Leave the following details on the comment section of this post:
     a)  Which loot you want to win!  (The Footies!  The Body-ies!  The Hand-ies!  The Face-ies)
     b)  Happy Birthday Didi!!
     c)  Your email address ( a valid email address please!)
     d)  Share this message to your social networking site:  Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Friendster, Etc. 
My Birthday RAFFLE!  RAFFLE!
2)  Kindly complete the details above - remember, incomplete entries are automatically disqualified!
3)  You can post as many comments as you want!  THE MOST NUMBER OF COMMENTS will win the loot!! *In case you submit multiple entries for all the loots - you will win the loot of your FIRST entry!
4)  Contest will run from today - January 4, 2011 to January 24, 2011 11:59pm (all entries submitted on January 25, 2011 at 12:00midnight will NOT be included)

Contest is open to Metro Manila residents, but if you're outside of Metro Manila and still want to join, you'd need to shoulder the shipping charges!

Happy Lemon & Paradis Ice Cream Shop

Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy Lemon
Promenade, Greenhills

Last Saturday after sumptuous dinner at Choi Garden with my Panget's maternal side, I convinced him to drive me to Happy Lemon at Promenade!  I wanted to try Happy Lemon's drink with the cheese and rock salt.  You see, I've been reading about this drink from The Club and I got really curious.

Happy Lemon is located where the Fully Booked's graphic novel section was before - on the ground floor of Promenade, right beside Starbucks.  The place was packed when I got there - the tables inside and outside were all filled, this made me think that the waiting time is long.  That's why when I entered, I immediately asked the cashier if my order will take long - she smiled and replied that it'll take less than three (3) minutes.  I think - that waiting time is good enough!  I got their rock salt and cheese bestseller - the green tea!

And so I waited, and indeed in less than 3 minutes - my order was done!  The person who took my order asked if I knew how to drink the tea - I said no so she instructed me how to drink, she said for me to make short sips and not stir as much as possible.  And that's what I did.  The taste was actually weird - but yummy weird, as my friend Kathrina described it - it was savory!  It wasn't the normal milk tea drink that I am used to, but it was a good change.  I wonder tuloy how their milk teas are..  Maybe on my next visit!

Paradis Ice Cream Shop
Tomas Morato, QC

My BIL discovered a new ice cream shop along Tomas Morato, he didn’t even know the name of the store, he just mentioned that it was on the same side as UCC and it was a building or two right after. So after a pedi session, my Panget and I headed to that direction – not knowing where exactly the ice cream shop was located nor the name of the store.

My Panget and I then saw a signage that said Paradis Ice Cream Shop, we had a feeling this was it because it fit the description my BIL was saying. The shop was fairly new – it had the sign soft opening on their front door. And when we entered, the place was fairly new – it seemed like the interior was hastily done.

We were greeted by smiley staff members – I then asked what their products were and was told that they serve gelato – a healthy kind of gelato because the ingredients were fresh and all natural. They had gelato flavors such ash Beet Carrot, Green Mango, Chocolate with Saffron, and etc. What intrigued me the most was their Yolive – this was the healthy yogurt with a twist. Yogurt that has – olive oil. Can you believe it? Yes, it has an olive oil flavor to it. And since I love the taste of olive oil, I indulged the free sample they gave me. The yogurt tasted fantastic – it really had a hint of olive oil. My Panget didn’t like it – so did my BIL and MIL! They found the taste weird, but I LOVED it! Call me weird but I enjoy tasting olive oil in the yogurt. I do not know how they combined it BUT for me, it tasted great – the combination was wonderful. As for the gelatos my FIL found them too sweet, I didn’t get to taste the gelatos because I was enjoying my Yolive too much!!

Here’s my neice enjoying her Yolive!