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ZUMBA: Ayala Fairview Terraces Free Zumba!

Clockwise: The zumba regulars; my sister; me; my cousin and niece!

Its such a delight when malls give out to their community. Like Ayala Malls, specifically Fairview Terraces, they organized zumba classes every weekday morning (good thing we have flexible schedules) this month.

After a weekend of family food galore and vegging-out in front of the telly, its just right to make an effort to exercise. And exercise or any healthy activity is more fun with the family so we made it a regular date!

In my opinion, Zumba is a whole body cardio work out ‘masked’ in a fun way thru music and of course the enthusiastic mood of the participants. I mean really, you’ll just realize you’re sweating from head to foot at the end of each level but with a smile on your face.

So for an effective, fun and memorable work out, do it with your family!

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BIDA FILIPINO KITCHEN: Bagnet Chips is bida sa sarap!

Bida’s Bagnet Chips, plain rice, Sampaloc Iced Tea and Guava Lime Shake
I’ve been meaning to try out Bida Filipino Kitchen since it opened at Ayala Fairview Terraces last December 2014. My sister and I dropped by the mall for errands and finally squeezed in the chance to try out a few from their menu.
The first, unanimous choice is their Bagnet Chips of course! Its thinly sliced (how do they do it?), crispy but not oily goodness served with a refreshing salsa that you’ll ask for a cup or two of rice! If they sell these in bags – here, take my money!
Bida Filipino Kitchen’s Bagnet Chips up close!
We also had their Sampaloc Iced Tea which is has the right balance of sourness and their Guava Lime Shake, which is a new one for me.
I highly recommend to try it out but don’t blame me if you get hooked and crave for Bagnet Chips in the middle of the night!
BIDA FILIPINO KITCHEN 02 7209593
Central Garden, Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road Corner Quirino Highway, Fairview, Quezon City
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Ayala Fairview Terraces: The Gastronomy Festival at Mercado

Selfie at The Gastronomy Festival at Ayala Fairview Terraces!
My Ate Mabelle and fellow foodie taking a selfie with our favorite reggae band, Sabor Latino!
With Sabor Latino’s music in the background, we went around and had awesome food finds: Chef Florabel’s produts, organic produce, Bida Filipino Kitchen’s fare, etc.
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KANZHU Hand-pulled Noodles: Cold Appetizers!

Kanzhu’s 5-in-1 Appetizer Sampler

Ever had one of those days when you’re just craving for a certain taste? Like you want to have a bite of something? Well, while my sister and I were at Ayala Fairview Terraces, we spotted Kanzhu!

We visit their branch along Timog avenue for their noodles, while watching how the noodles are made by their skilled food staff. But this certain day, aside from noodles, a particular set has the flavors that I have been craving for – their Cold 5-in-1 Appetizer!

Its the usual appetizer at Asian (mostly Chinese) restaurants consisting of sliced Century egg, seaweeds, etc. Their customary fish skin appetizer in my opinion, they should sell them out as chips!

Sipped a teapot of tea and cravings satisfied without eating too much, we left with big smiles!

Kanzhu’s Fish Skin Appetizer

KANZHU HAND-PULLED NOODLES

02 9508272

Third Floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road Corner Quirino Highway, Fairview, Quezon City

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EASTWOOD CITY: Savor the Flavors Day 2

After Sunday lunch at Tita Sally’s white house (and after telling her about my Savor the Flavors experience yesterday), she decided to go to Eastwood! Well, we are more than willing to go!

Its humid because its summer but everyone seems to enjoy going around Eastwood City Park and the Savor the Flavors exhibit.

We enjoyed going around the different kiosks despite the hot and humid weather. Tita bought chicharon, snacks and even an eco-oven!

My top picks (clockwise) at Savor the Flavors Eastwood City Park: Cebu Chicharon, Mulberry Tea, Amarich products, Toasted Pastillas, Jacob’s Peanut Praline Butter and Ilocos Empanada. Catch the food cornucopia at until today!

My top picks (clockwise) at Savor the Flavors Eastwood City Park: Cebu Chicharon, Mulberry Tea, Amarich products, Toasted Pastillas, Jacob’s Peanut Praline Butter and Ilocos Empanada. Catch the food cornucopia at until today!

Delicious original recipes made from organic and local ingredients! These are what we had at GREEN PASTURES – Food review soon!

It was almost dinner time so I suggested we try out GREEN PASTURES because of their original recipes made of locala nd organic ingredients. Everyone enjoyed it – a fun chillax Sunday indeed!

GREEN PASTURES:

Level 4 East Wing Shangri-la Mall, Tel. 654-3219/0922 633-4687

Level 3 Eastwood Mall Tel. 661-3612 facebook.com/greenpasturesresto

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Eastwood City : Savor The Flavors Food Festival at Eastwood mall Park

Savor the Flavors Food Festival at Eastwood Mall Park

Savor the Flavors is part of the Department of Tourism’s Flavors of the Philippines festivals, which complements the Madrid Fusion Manila event.

An array of traditional Filipino dishes at the food festival!

Opening at 11AM, a summer food fiesta welcomed guests, foodies and mall-goers. They had their pick of food while watching traditional fiesta games and native dances.

Ilocos Emapanada prepared and cooked right before your eyes!
Longganisa of all kinds were also presented, cooked and served.
Cebu Chicharon! Hoarded bags of these!
Filipino export products like these from Amarich were also showcased. I like their Mango jam, Pancit Lucban and coffee!
Organic eggs, organic salted eggs and of course, Balut were in abound.
FOOD TRENDS: Toasted Pastillas by Taste n See
FOOD TRENDS: Jacob’s Peanut Praline Butter of different variants
FOOD TRENDS: Mulberry Tea drink, high in anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting properties
Filipino street food is now a staple at any food festival
Hand-painted Jeepneys that were entries from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were on display.
Selfie with my preferred Jeepney entry!

At 5PM, cultural performances from Banda Kawayan, UP Singing Ambassadors plus, live folk dance and music by cultural dancers from Angono Rizal.

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SARAP DIVA: Throws surprise birthday party for Cooking Diva Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

The staff and crew of SARAP DIVA with Asia's Songbird and Cooking Diva Regine Velasquez-alcasid
The staff and crew of SARAP DIVA with Asia’s Songbird and Cooking Diva Regine Velasquez-alcasid
The beautiful set up at Cooking Diva's surprise birthday party.
The beautiful set up at Cooking Diva’s surprise birthday party.
Another shot of the beautiful  set up at Cooking Diva's surprise birthday party.
Another shot of the beautiful set up at Cooking Diva’s surprise birthday party.

The Sarap Diva staff showed that their love for the Asia’s Songbird goes way outside the studio as they threw her an advanced surprise birthday party last night.

SARAP DIVA Staff setting up the venue for Cooking Diva's surprise birthday party.
SARAP DIVA Staff setting up the venue for Cooking Diva’s surprise birthday party.
Surprise! Regine's siter Cacai Mitra, Dianne Roque, husband Ogie Alcasid and even son Nate was in on the surprise birthday party!
Surprise! Regine’s siter Cacai Mitra, Dianne Roque, husband Ogie Alcasid and even son Nate was in on the surprise birthday party!

Attendees of the event included Regine’s husband Ogie Alcasid and son Nate, her sisters Cacai and Diane, her Sarap Diva side kick Terry Gian aka Inday, Direk Joyce Bernal, Sarap Diva staff, other executives and employees of GMA Network.

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Visit at Loyola: Lola Beda’s 28th Anniversary

At Loyola Memorial Park visiting Lola Beda.

Went to Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina with Tita Sally, Mama Lily and cousin Ate Jing. Its Lola Beda’s 28th death anniversary.

We offered flowers, lit candles and prayers. Tita Sally talked with the caretaker for awhile also.

After visiting Lola at Loyola, I suggested to have early lunch at Pedro n’ Coi.

It was just past 9:00AM and they wanted to have either a snack or early lunch so I suggested we try Pedro ‘n Coi.

Tita Sally and Mama Lily are basically Australians already so Pedro ‘n Coi’s Filipino cuisine was a welcome delight.

We enjoyed the good food, the Jeepney-themed booth and the service at Pedro ‘n Coi.

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FANTASIA CAFE: A Dream of Venice

Our newest favorite restaurant – FANTASIA CAFE!
FANTASIA CAFE has masks that you can ‘borrow’ to take photos with!
FANTASIA CAFE’s Chicken Salad
FANTASIA CAFE’s Crispy Pork with Rice
FANTASIA CAFE also has sandwiches which are served with a side of salad.
Chocolate Pancakes is served with a side of chocolate ice cream at FANTASIA CAFE.
Blueberry Crepe is served with a side of ice cream too at FANTASIA CAFE.
FANTASIA CAFE’s facade
You can ‘borrow’ these Venetian-inspired masks for photo-ops or selfies!
Its no surprise why we love FANTASIA CAFE, because we love donning masks and costumes during special occasions.
I like the Venetian-inspired interiors of FANTASIA CAFE in terms of color motif and decors but with a modern flare.

FANTASIA CAFE

2nd floor Fairview Terraces Ayala Malls, Novaliches Quezon City.
332-2390 / 294-0596

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HOLY WEEK 2015: Keeping up with Catholic Tradition in a modern world

Palm Sunday 2015 at Fisher Mall ‘Chapel of Fishers of Men’

We always celebrate the Holy Week as traditional as we can going to church and observing rites. I fondly remember when we were kids, TV time was limited (let alone only religious programs or movies were shown from Holy Monday to Black Saturday) and silence is observed so that you can contemplate.

Huge ‘Crosses’ (2015)with wheels which you can borrow/carry at Padre Pio Chapel grounds while observing the ‘Stations of the Cross’

Its much different now because we can attend mass at malls, malls are open (Fisher mall) even during Good Friday and sometimes neighbors sing karaoke so peaceful contemplation is compromised.

‘Santo Entierro’ (Body of Christ) 2015 procession at Santo Domingo Church
‘Black Friday’ at Sto. Domingo Church

Nevertheless, what’s important is not just that one week of religious rites and contemplation. As often as we can we go to church or chapel to express gratitude for everything and ask for continuous guidance and protection.

Saint John Paul II Parish, Eastwood Quezon City
Easter Vigil at Sto. Domingo Church ‘Reneweal of Baptismal Vows’ (2015)
St. Therese of the Child Jesus along Gilmore St., Greenhills, San Juan
Ate Mabelle at St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Yearly we purchase rosaries, medallions and chaplets, have it blessed during the Easter Vigil at Sto. Domingo Church and then give it to relatives and loved ones.
Sacred Heart Parish in Cubao,Quezon City
Yearly at Christ the King Parish along E. Rodriguez Quezon City, a huge cross is laid at the church’s entrance surrounded by votive candles.
Photos of some churches we went to for Visita Iglesia 2015
Sto. Domingo Church along Quezon Avenue
‘He is Risen!’ Easter (2015) at Sto. Domingo Church
Easter 2015 display at Eastwood City with Ate Fely and Ate Mabelle!

We sort of celebrated Easter in advance (during Visita Iglesia) by visiting Padre Pio’s Chapel and the Church of Saint Pope John Paul. If there was still time, we could have also visited St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church/Convent like we did during Visita Iglesia. We then roamed around Eastwood City to see see the huge Easter eggs display.