My weekend that was Part 2: Ceejay Apple Service

Monday, September 28, 2015

Two weekends ago - I wrote that the screen of my iPhone was shattered.  Honestly, it was a stressful thing simply because it was an added expense.  In my mind, I was thinking - I needed to spend for a replacement!  On one side, I wanted a new phone - but I wasn't ready to shell out a big amount for a new one.  Yes, I'm kuripot that way - as long as my phone is still functioning, I can make do with it.  But in all seriousness, I think my phone needs to be replaced.  It has been dropped, thrown, bitten by the kids - it seriously needs to rest.  But I am too cheap to buy a new one.  I have been waiting for a year already for my Panget's 5s hand me down, but it hasn't happened yet.  I actually now doubting if it will really happen.  Hahaha!!

So two Sundays ago, I went ahead to Greenhills with two things in mind
1.  Replace the glass screen
2.  Consider getting a new phone

You see, in considering a new phone - there is ONLY one brand that I will go for.  And that is Apple.  But I didn't want a 16gb iPhone 6, the memory is too small!  My current one is just 16gb and I need to delete pictures whenever I go out and travel!  Argh.. So the higher the memory, the higher the price!  Argh.  I was given another option - installment via CC.  BUT then again, I was thinking - do I really need it?  As in really really really need it?  The kuripot voice inside me said - just wait for Panget's 5s.  PATIENCE.  It is indeed a virtue.

So I just decided to have the screen or LCD replaced.

The Saturday before, while having dinner at Gino's.  Tin, mentioned to me the place where she had her glass screen replaced.  She was saying that there are other stores that are cheap BUT when you leave your phone with them, they'll replace your LCD with a replacement screen and get your original (so they can sell it off at a higher price).  This made me realize that I needed to wait and watch my phone like a hawk!

The following day, I was so indecisive.  My Panget was asking me that I wanted to do and it took me an hour or so to finally decide to head on to Greenhills.  When we got to Greenhills - it was only then that I called Tin's recommendation - CeeJay Apple Services.  I spoke to Ceejay himself and what he asked me was *Ma'am gumagana pa po ba yung touch screen kahit basag?*  I said yes, and with a jolly tone, he told me *Glass replacement lang po iyan, mga P1,200.00*.  When I heard the P1,200.00 - BINGO!  I didn't think anymore - I just told my Panget that I will be having the glass screen replaced.  So, I went straight to their store at the 2nd Floor of Theatre Mall.  I didn't canvass anymore, I wanted my screen replaced - FAST.

I went to the store, spoke to Ceejay and he told me that his assistant Josh will be the one helping me out.  I swear - I watched my phone like a hawk.  I was too paranoid.  When I got there - I was the 3rd customer with a shattered glass screen and that was just at 11am.  After a few minutes of me handing my phone to Josh - 3 more customers came up and handed their phones too.  That was a total of 7 broken glass screens in a span of 2.5hours.  Good business right?

So I waited.  I waited for a total of 3 hours.  Why was that?  Well, those ahead of me - well, their screens were not very easy to replace.  Hahaha!  When it was my phone's turn - it was done in less than an hour.

I was impressed with the kinds of equipment that Ceejay has.  He has this vacuum LCD machine, and another that was a heated plate to separate the LCD from the glass screen.  It was impressive really.  I was talking to this guy Christian (he was the designated FB manager) and he was saying that these machines help them do their work more efficiently.  It cuts their work time in a half plus there are not much *errors*.  I never thought that these machines would be of help - I guess, technology has caught up right?  Good for them!

So after 3 hours - my phone looked spankingly NEW!

Thank you to Josh and Ceejay of Ceejay Apple Service!

I personally recommend you try their services for ANY smartphone related issue.  They're very nice and friendly plus they don't charge you an arm and a leg.  I watched them like a hawk and I assure you they didn't change my LCD with slight of hand.  Hahaha!!  Serious yan.  Message them on FB and you'll get a reply.  They can even go to you to service your unit.

Thank you Tin for recommending them!

Ceejay Apple Service
2/Floor Greenhills Theatre Mall

Rita's Frozen Custard Cakes

Friday, September 25, 2015

When I was younger, I remembered going to the Magnolia plant (where Robinson's Magnolia is) and waiting for our box of Ice Cream Cake to be pushed towards us to take home.   When the plant closed down - no one ever saw a Magnolia Ice Cream Cake ever again.

I wish I can share with my kids the joy of having a HUGE ice cream cake as a birthday cake.  I miss those time.

Last weekend, when we were about to go home - we stopped by Rita's Ice in Greenhills.  I was asking for samples then when I looked up, I was surprised to see my Panget's cousin manning the counter.  He made me try the Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly flavor, it was good!  Hahaha..  I love peanut butter so it was a no brainer!  Hahaha..  I ordered a Gelati and so I topped this Italian Ice with Chocolate Custard.

A few minutes later - my Panget came in with the kids in tow.  My kids love Rita's Frozen Custard.  Connor's favorite was the Orange custard, unfortunately - it was not offered that day.  Apparently, of a few patrons liked it.  I loved it!  Hahaha..  So I just got the kids Strawberry and Vanilla custard.  Can you guess who the Strawberry was for between Connor and Kailee?  Hihi..

When we got our orders, my Panget's cousin offered to make us try their newest product - an ice cream cake of sort but they call it a Frozen Custard Cake.

This is what it looks like cross section:

Rita's Ice Frozen Custard Cake

Frozen Custard Cake is made of Italian ice in the middle with the frozen custard as the crust and icing.  You can choose your own flavor - yes, create your OWN frozen custard cake!

Wonderful right?

Here's a chance to share to the next generation what we used to love as kids - Ice Cream Cake!

Each #FrozenCustardCake cost P1,200.00 - you will need to order 1 day in advance.

Have fun customizing your own flavor of custard cake!

Enjoy cleaning with Swiffer!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I first saw this product in Tita K's IG post.  It got me curious, cause she said that it picks up dog hairs and it sticks to the fiber of her Swiffer.  I searched and searched until I saw Swiffer in True Value.

I didn't buy it.

Because I found it expensive.  In my head - why does a mop costs close to P1,000.00?  What is so special with this mop that it costs so much?!  I hesitated.

That was about 2 years ago.

The other day, I was with Cai and Kaye in S&R when I saw it again.


Ask Cai and Kaye what my reaction was.  I was excited and undecided.  I then took one piece of this Swiffer *pack* and held on to it like a trophy.  I couldn't put it down.  I was like a child in a toy store, only what I am is a grown adult clutching an expensive mop.  I held on to it and kept looking at it.  I felt silly really - but hey, I'm old enough to enjoy and get kilig with cleaning materials.  Haha!

That same night, I tried it.  I was so amazed on it's ease of use.  I was mopping my bedroom floor like crazy.  I was like a possessed person who mopped and mopped!  Even Kailee and Connor joined in the fun.  I was so impressed with the product that I started to look for cheap refills on Amazon.

Last night, to prove a point and to show my helpers the wonders for this map.  I put on the wet refill, and started to mop the living room.  Yes, my helpers were watching me mop.  They complimented the scent of the wet refill.  They said it smelled nice, in my mind - I hope it disinfects too!  After just a few minutes they were amazed that I was done.  They saw how easy it was to maneuver the mop and how light it was.  So after mopping,  I flipped over the Swiffer - it was almost black.  Yes, my living room floor was that dirty!  This is considering that no one goes there, I don't have a dog anymore and that area gets mopped EVERY single day.

Since I'm Chinese and refills are hard to find, I turned the fabric over to Side B, you know - just to make the most out of the refill.  Hahaha!!  I mopped the entire surface again to prove my point that this mop is a miracle worker.  True enough - the fabric was CLEAN!  Now, I can rest - assured that my living floor is clean - ako na mismo naglinis eh!

I couldn't believe it too.

This Swiffer is really an ingenious product.  Yun lang, magastos sa refills.  But in all seriousness, the product is AMAZING.  It really held on to the smallest of hair, dust dirt and the leftover fibers of the traditional walis tambo!  I swear to you, this product is life changing.  Now, I plan to mop the floors everyday!  It's that convenient to use.  Even the kids can enjoy mopping the floors!  (One less task for the helpers)

My Yayas tell me that since it's quite expensive, why not use it on the walls nalang daw.  Good idea!  But I wish we can use it on all surfaces.  Hahaha!!  Better find myself a re-usable refill.  I need to turn on my McGyver mode and start experimenting on some stuff.

I do hope that I find a substitute for the Swiffer refills!

Now, I know the reason why this product is such a hit - it works and it's amazingly easy to use!  This will definitely make cleaning the house more efficient!  Perfect for those of us who don't have helpers.  No more going back and forth to the balde to dip the mop in the water and wringing the water out.  Wala ng ganon!!

I bought this Swiffer pack in S&R.  It costs P999.00.  Pack comes with the mop head, the handles, 6 dry refills and 4 wet refills.  Oh!  And also a Swiffer duster!

I promise you, sweeping and mopping with NEVER be the same, EVER.

ALQUERIA at the Mega Fashion Hall

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I have to be honest.  This restaurant is one of those that I usually pass on.  Maybe because the company I am with are not typically ones who enjoy the Spanish cuisine that Alqueria offers.  I personally love paella, but I can't finish one whole order - well, I can but it's quite embarrassing to finish one just by myself.  Hahaha!!

So when I got invited by Yen of The Tummy Traveler, I was delighted.  I said to myself - Finally! I will get the chance to try their food!  I was very excited.  So that night, I braved the traffic and I think the traffic gods were cooperative because for the first time EVER - it took only 30 minutes from my house to get to Megamall.  It was a miracle.  It must be meant to be.  I know.  I think?  Hahaha..

That same day in Megamall, was the premier of The Love Affair.  Yaya Belen and I were wondering why there were so many people waiting near the escalators - apparently, the stars would be going up that direction.  Hmmm, it's been ages since I've witnessed a movie premier.

There I met Yen and Chuckie - I even kidded with Chuckie that he was the *star* that the crowd was waiting.  I just need to share that I used to be a fan of the Isabel Granada-Chuckie Dreyfus love team back then.  Hahaha!  Then one time while I was channel surfing, I stopped on Cinema One - because it was showing the movie Tiyanak.  Chuckie was there and I found it hilarious that a teener (back then) was holding a gun and was, you know freely holding it and totting it.  It was such a hilarious scene now that I'm an adult.  Hahaha!  It was just unforgettable.

I joined the table where Jackie, Gabbie (Jackie's little girl) and Marge was seated.  It was also so nice that I finally met Jaz (and husband Eric) in person, we've been IG friends for a while and she seems really really jolly - my kind of a happy person.  Hihi.  Abet was there too!

When we were all settled in, dinner was served.

Since I love Cinnamon, it was a no brainer for me in picking this drink a Cinnamon Iced Tea!  I was very excited to taste it when it arrived and it was love at first sip!  I had to control myself from finishing this drink before the rest of the dishes arrived!  Yes, it was that good!  I wish I can take home a pitcher of this wonderfully refreshing drink!

Next we were served appetizers:

Salpicao - P445.00
Who doesn't appreciate a good plate of salpicao?  I remember when I was young, I would order this and just this (and garlic rice) whenever in a Spanish restaurant.  Alqueria's Salpicao is made of cubes of sauteed imported tenderloin and is marinated with garlic, spanish paprika (I didn't know this!) and olive oil.  This is my go to dish to serve to the kids too.  

Pulpo a la Gallega - P288.00
Who would have thought that octopus can be eaten?  I've honestly just seen these little squirmy creatures being served in Korea and I was squeamish on that!  But this time, Alqueria served them cooked AND with potatoes and Manchego cheese!  This was the surprise of the night for me.  I never thought I'd like it, but I do!  A few days after this dinner, I told my MIL (Mother In Law) to buy this dish to bring home because it was really good, and it was such a hit for her and for my FIL (Father In Law)  It was tender, it was flavorful and it was something different!  

Gambas Al Ajillo - P375.00
Gambas is also one of those staples that you order in the Tapas menu.  I liked how they butterflied the shrimps and served it with its tail intact.  Most restaurants don't even bother to butterfly and just serve them without presentation.  Alqueria's gambas is beautiful to look at and tasted wonderful too!  I especially loved the sauce - I think I scooped most of the sauce on my place and ate with it bread!  You know, the saw saw kind - hahaha!

Now, for the main course.  Are you as exited as me?

Caldereta Cabrito - P698.00
I have to be honest, I don't fancy lamb or goat (I still can't help but think they're very gentle animals)  But my tablemates all sampled this and they gave it a thumbs up.  I heard oohs and aahs that the meat was very tender and the taste wasn't *malansa*, and that the sauce was wonderful (bring in the rice please!!).  I'm guessing that had I brought my Panget with me, he would have loved this caldereta!

Vientre Extra - P905.00
Do you see what I see?  The perfect pork belly portion?  The meat and fat layers alternating? THIS is what I look for in EVERY pork belly - the wonderful layering of fat and meat.  For me, it makes ALL the difference.  This dish was a standout for me because the meat was very tender and juicy PLUS the skin is very crispy!  I also loved the gremolata which I think is the spanish version of the chimichurri sauce!  It worked well together.  I can't stop raving about this dish!  It was really really very good, that even Connor liked it and asked for more!

Bisteca Prime Rib Solo - P1,499.00
Who doesn't like steak?  EVERYONE loves a good piece of steak.  We are after all meat eaters!
This piece of steak was good and cooked to perfection.  I'm sure my Panget would love this AND he would eat it all by himself!  Waaah!  The portion is good enough for the price.  I would most definitely order this again next time.  I forgot to mention that you can have this steak cooked to your preference - rare, medium rare or medium.  I personally prefer well done, but hey - that's me!  I've seen so many episodes of Master Chef and I've learned that steak should be cooke medium rare.  Hihi..

Here comes my FAVORITE Spanish dish - the Paella!  Do you know that it's pronounced as Pa-Eya?  Yes, I learned this while watching the Food Network, but hey - we're in the Philippines and I think pronunciation doesn't matter much - as long as it's the same dish we're talking about.  Hahaha!

Paella del Carne S-P480.00 M-P715.00 L-1,150.00
I love that it comes in a variety of sizes.  Most restaurants will just serve it in a single size!
Anyway, who doesn't love a symphony of meats in their paellas?  There's chorizo, chicken, smoked bacon and pork spareribs!  It's an all meat paella.  I loved to combination of the tastes and the toppings!  I've long put in my head that paellas are *the* complete dish - why?  Well, there's rice and meat toppings!  No need to order separate dishes!  That's they way I think, and I think that's why I love Paellas so much.  Hahaha!  It's all there!

Paella Valencia S-560.00 M-P910.00 L-P1,480.00
I am partial to seafood and that's why my favorite of all Paellas is the Paella Valencia.
I didn't get to take a picture of the gorgeous and yummy paella so I just grabbed this beautiful picture from Jackie of GoJackieGo, of course with permission - see the watermark?  Yes!  Thanks Jackie!  Look at that beauty, look at the generous portions of seafood!  This picture will make you hungry and let me tell, you - it's worth ordering and all the calories that comes with it.  Hahaha!  It's satisfying and delicious.  

Last but not the least - Churros.

Served with Valor chocolate dip
3pcs (Classic: Php138/Chocolate: Php158)
5pcs (Classic: Php158/Chocolate: Php198)
10pcs (Classic: Php228/Chocolate: Php298)

Who doesn't like them?  Dip them in chocolate or eat them alone - they're wonderful!  I remember a scene from the TV show Arrow - when Nyssa was telling Laurel Lance how she find it odd that in America, people fried all of their food and Laurel replied with *Everything tastes better fried*  I so agree!  Hahahaha!!

Thank you Yen and Chuckie for sharing with me Alqueria's delicious dishes!  I still can't believe I ate an octopus!  Hahaha..  Thank you!   I really enjoyed dinner, as I said - good food + wonderful company of friends - that will always be a perfect combination.  Next time ulit! 

So, if you happen to be in Mega Fashion Hall - head on straight to the 3rd floor and on to Alqueria - I promise you, you won't regret it.  The food is good, price point is reasonable, the ambiance is nice - and you will be filled full!  Staff is friendly and attentive too.  What more can you ask for?!

3/Floor Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall

My weekend that was Part 1: KidZania, Gino's Brick Oven Pizza & La Lola

Monday, September 21, 2015

Last week, was a bit hectic.  Kailee celebrated her first ever Grandparent's Day, my day job was a bit consuming but rewarding - to sum up the week that was, it was tiring.  A good kind of tired and hectic, you know what I mean.  I didn't expect that my weekend would be *eventful* as well.

So last Saturday - after my Panget's annual mooncake dice game, Kailee and I headed straight to KidZania for our second time.  I am very thankful to Cai of Apples and Dumplings for thinking of dear Kailee to bring to the McDonald's event.  Thank you Cai, very very much!  We were late because our dice game ended late - plus, I was stuck along EDSA not because of traffic, but because Waze failed me.  But it was all good.  Two weeks ago, the PNP's Highway Patrol Group handled the traffic along EDSA and made a few very good and beneficial changes.  It just so happened that the shortcut that I was used to (and Waze was used to) was closed - well, the barriers were stretched a bit father - it helped ease the traffic, but for a Waze follower like me, well - we were stuck in the bus lane - and you know how they are right?  But it was all good, now I know where NOT to pass.

During our first time in KidZania, Kailee already wanted to be a model in Penshoppe but we were in line at the Fire Station - so we missed this activity.  So this time, I made it a point to let her do that activity.  While waiting for Kailee at the Penshoppe store in KidZania, I dropped my phone face down.  This wasn't the first time it happened.  I've dropped it a couple of times already so, I told myself *Matibay ang 4s, gasgas lang yan*  Then I picked up my phone and turned it over.

I couldn't believe what I saw

I was staring at it for a while, I couldn't believe that the glass screen cracked.  It eff-ing cracked!  The first thing I did was to check if the touch screen function was still working - so I swiped it and tested it.  Thank goodness, it was still working.  I was still able to send text messages, dial numbers and open apps.  My Panget's friend Marshall was within reach and when he saw my phone, he immediately asked me if I had a screen protector - I said no,  to which he suggested that I *tape* it up.  I had a game plan, go ask for help from a KidZania staff.  But I couldn't leave Kailee alone, she was still queueing up, so I waited until she entered the Penshoppe store, told her to wait for me to come back.  I hurriedly ran to the KidZania Immigration Center, there I was welcomed with smiles.  The staff was very smiley and asked what they could do for me.  I simply showed them my phone and I got disappointed sad faces - they were very sympathetic.  So I told them I dropped my phone face down and that I needed packaging tape to hold the screen together.  They scrummaged through their drawers and came up with scotch tape - the 3/4inch ones.  At first, I thought - why not!  Then suddenly, I remembered that LBC had a shop inside, I then told the female staff that was assisting me if she can ask LBC for some packing tape.  Within seconds, she jumped out of her seat and ran out to LBC - she was very fast because in a few seconds time - she was holding out a packaging tape for me to use.  I was so relieved to be honest - because the KidZania staff was efficient, helpful and sympathetic.  Kudos to all of you guys in the Immigration center of KidZania, may God bless all of you and your loved ones for the help and reassurance that you gave me.  In less than a minute, I was out of the Immigration department and headed to where Cai, Tin, Jackie and Kaye were - at the Metro Publishing shop.  I showed them my phone - they all felt my pain.  Apparently Cai, Tin and Kaye suffered similar fates with their apples products.  They made me feel better because they assured me that it can still be fixed.  The question was - where to have it fixed and how much I needed to shell out.  These friends of mine were very reassuring, I really love and appreciate them for that.  Hahaha!

I wasn't able to take picture of the kids anymore.  But what Kailee did were the following:
a)  Penshoppe Modeling - this activity took the longest!  30 minutes.  That meant we also had to queue for 30 minutes!  But I guess, it was all worth it since Kailee enjoyed every bit of it.

b)  KidZania Department Store - I honestly did not know what she did there.  But Kailee was mighty happy because she was with Yukie, Berry and Jasmine (aka Gabbie).  They enjoyed it so much and Kailee was overly happy when she handed me her KidZos.

c)  Hospital Nursery - Yes, we did this again because the girls wanted to take care of babies!  Even if Kailee did that before, she still wanted to do it again.

One of the things that Kailee wanted to do again was to become a fire fighter.  I was told by Cai that not every batch will be putting out the fire.  I asked the fire marshals and they said that in order to speed up the activity, they've decided to do other *Fire man related activities* such as doing checks on establishments and other fire station responses.

After our KidZania activity - we headed over to Gino's Brick Oven in Serendra, YES - they just opened a few days ago.  I think it's a consensus that we really love Gino's.  I was telling Tin, that even if we had dinner at Gino's just last weekend - I was still game to have dinner there again!  We were four moms having dinner with our daughters.  It was a really nice and filling dinner - the moms were really hungry - it was fun sharing a meal with Tin, Jackie and Cai.  I'm sooo happy that they're an eating bunch!  Hahaha!! :)

Forgive the mess on our table - we were so hungry!  Hahaha..  
And yes, our lives won't be complete without Huggies Wipes!  

Two weekends ago, I learned from friends that La Lola was opening in Serendra, the great thing was that - it was just nearby Gino's.  I asked Tin, if it was open - she guessed that it wasn't - but lo and behold, as we turned to the driveway of Serendra - I saw the signage all lit up!  Yes, my dearies - La Lola is open for business!  Wonderful - I've been intrigued on the *hottest* churro sensation.  We walked there for some take home.  One thing though, it was a bit smokey - but it wasn't overpowering.  I had to ask Cai buy some for me as Kailee needed to use the bathroom.  When I got back, the kids were immediately given La Lola balloons!  Hihi and in a few minutes - our orders were given out.  One thing I noticed is that the churros were still very hot - freshly fried at that - and the aroma, well - it was a really nice smell.  Cai said to leave the paper bag open while it was still hot.  When I got home - I tried it and it was very good.  I was half expecting the taste of bad overused cooking oil but it didn't.  I hope they continue on that quality of frying because it really made a difference.  I gave my Panget some - and he finished all of them, he was hungry daw - I think I only ate 1-1/2 pieces.  Hahaha!  I didn't get to take a picture anymore but - here is a very amateur attempt at taking a photo of the kids with balloons against the La Lola sign.

This post might be too long, so I'm breaking it in two.

Stay tuned for the second part of my weekend..

EduPlay School Manila

Monday, September 14, 2015

Last week, I got Kailee's entrance test results from ICA.  She got in!  Yehey!  I knew she would be accepted BUT I still felt nervous.  I never expected to feel that way.  Hahaha!  First time parent, I guess.  I give credit to her teachers in EduPlay School Manila.  Since Kailee started in June, she has learned so much already and she had matured and developed in so many ways.  Everyday, I am in awe of what new thing she has learned.  I feel pride and joy whenever she tells me what new thing she learned that day.  You can see it in her eyes how much she enjoys going to school everyday.  Take note, she wakes up by herself!  We've only have two incidents of her refusing to wake up to go to school and that was just in the first month!  She really enjoys her school, I mean really enjoys school.

I've written about out trial class in EduPlay last year.  Being there, seeing the teachers in action solidified my choice to enrolling Kailee there.  Call me biased, but I liked what I saw and I liked the atmosphere and the feel of the school.  I have set a certain standard for choosing a preschool.  I've written about it as well here in this blog.  The only thing that I wasn't able to follow was the location.  You see,  I realized - I didn't mind the distance that much - as long as it's within acceptable range or the traffic isn't that heavy.  For EduPlay - on a good day, it's just 20 minutes away, but on a really bad day - it can take as much as 45 minutes.  But traffic has become bearable when I have Kailee with me.  We talk - and I feel that this becomes one of our bonding moments.

I'm happy that I made the right choice.

Kailee has never been in school.  This school year was her first ever time to go to a *formal* school.  And I think I put her in the right age.  She wakes up by herself, only twice did she have a hard time waking up.  Everyday she's vey cheery and smiley.  She's always excited to actually to go to school.  She even tells her Dada when they're running late.  I am amazed on how she can wake herself up and be cheery at that!  I remember when I was little, it was the hardest part ever, I think I wished there were no classes most days of the week.  But I'm glad that she's adjusting very well.

In the span of three (3) months - I am very impressed that Kailee has learned to write her name, both in the lower and upper cases.  She tries to read three to four letter words.  She can count up to thrity and can spell number up to nine!  She knows Chinese words, colors and some science facts!  I can't tell you how proud she is of herself when she tells me what new things she has learned in school everyday.  She has become more friendly and chatty.  Her development is really impressive.  I don't think she will progress with just me teaching her.  Well, before June, I tried teaching her to write her name, but all my efforts were futile.  She refuses and I gave up.  I think she doesn't see me as a *teacher* figure and it helps that she has a REAL teacher figure in school.

So, whatever it is that EduPlay is doing - well, they're doing an excellent job!

I know I will be bold when I say this - but I remember worrying about the health of my kids (when they enter preschool).  I remember hearing from friends that their kids are constantly sick - every 2 weeks at the very least because of *hawaan*.  I was prepared actually, so I made sure that Kailee was loaded with vitamins.  She has allergic rhinitis and asthma so we have pre-warned the teachers and classmates.  But you know what, my co-parents in her class are really nice, they let their kids stay home when they're sick.  I like that they do that - I remember hearing a friend who said that there are some parents who still bring their kids to school even if they're sick because *sayang tuition*.  And I'm glad that my co-parents in EduPlay are not like that.  So far, so good, diba?

I'm really happy with EduPlay.  I really am.  I will be enrolling Connor next school year.  So wish us luck!  I know that boys and girls are different, so I'm crossing my fingers with Connor!  Hahaha..

Thank you Teacher Jo and Teacher Sheena for guiding Kailee!  I appreciate you both very very much!  Thank you!

And also to Teacher Tricia and the rest of the teachers and staff - from the yayas to the guards.  Everyone has been instrumental to the growth of the school and the students.  Good job guys!

If you live in the area - please do consider EduPlay School Manila.  I promise you, you won't regret it.

Please visit their Facebook Page - EduPlay School Manila to get a feel of the school grounds, activities, students and teachers.

EduPlay School Manila
#2 Ledesma Street,
(Along M.Paterno Street)
San Juan City
Telephone 584-6356

Burger King: Grill & Chill Cookout

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Press Release


What makes a great burger? What elements do one look for to determine the best on their radar? By spending an afternoon with Burger King, we’ll find out why their burgers are definitely #MARKSBETTER.

Sam YG and Tom Rodriguez interview the winner of the International Whopper Challenge Edward Vergara
(Record time of 12 seconds assembly of a Whopper).

On September 1, 2015, Burger King pays ode to the Whopper with their very own Grill and Chill Cookout. On this day, The Choice 2015 winner for Favorite Fast Food Burger, reintroduces the Whopper by celebrating the importance of grill marks in searing and sealing the flavor of Burger King’s signature burger. By locking in that delicious, authentic beef flavor, they come to a characteristic that sets them apart from other burger chains.
Just as Tom looks for marks that distinguish real first-rate quality from the rest, be it with friends, good art, love, he also looks for marks when it comes to his burger. This is because these marks are assurance that he gets the best: true beef taste in every bite. As the only chain that makes flame-grilled burgers—burgers with the marks of superb quality, Burger King assures its guests that they only taste top-notch.

Through this intimate backyard barbeque transformation of Burger King’s Tiendesitas Branch, invitees enjoyed an afternoon of grillin’ and chillin’ to get to know the secrets behind the flame-grilled burger. It was also a great way to catch up with Tom, his latest projects, and why he took on this newest venture. “I like authenticity—staying true to yourself, being honest,” he says. And that is what the Whopper is all about: an honest-to-goodness flame-grilled burger that is made of 100% beef, is juicy, satisfying and will leave you wanting more!

There’s definitely no other burger like the Whopper with its savory flame-grilled beef patty topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun. Enjoy a #MARKSBETTER burger at Burger King, grab a Whopper, savor that true beef taste and scream, “#MARKSBETTER and  #MARKSMASARAP nga!”

(L to R: Luis Velasco – Marketing Head, Jo Anne Ingalla – Senior Brand Manager, Leila Acosta – Network and Business Development Head, Sam YG, Joan Aquino – General Manager, Tom Rodriguez, Tony Wenceslao – HR Head, Mark San Joaquin – Operations Manager, and Chris Punsalan – Brand Manager)