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‘Titans From The Age Of Ice’: For a limited time experience ‘Titans from the Age of Ice’ come alive!

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Experienced ‘Titans From The Age Of Ice’ on its opening day at Trinoma. Its the last leg of their tour at Ayala Malls. They are located at Trinoma Cinema Lobby from September 30 to October 9.

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I went with my cousin Ate Fely and upon entering she immediately understood why I was so excited. In this age of the social media, it would seem that animatronics at a mall is boring, even for pre-schoolers. But I beg to disagree, one should experience ‘Titans From The Age of Ice’ before dismissing it as such.

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The 25 massive Animatronics were really a sight to behold coupled with fascinating facts from Australian tour guides. Each and every creature/animal as presented by a tour guide, has their unique and fascinating characteristics that one would wonder ‘what if’ they were still around.

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We really took time with each creature/animal, some are ancestors of species that are still around albeit on the ‘border of extinction’ list.

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The cute birds above are probably the ancestors of penguins. They’re huge versions though, lays an egg once a year which probably one of the the reasons for their extinction and basically just ate fish.

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After the tour, you have the opportunity to take photos with the animatronics. If you are with kids, there is a live musical, a puppet show, a photo booth up on a baby mammoth, painting and other craft activities plus get to meet the mascots!

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The Mammoths were what really got me excited to troop down to Trinoma. The mere thought of having an idea, albeit a simulation, of the grandeur of the proof existence of such creatures is really exciting!

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The Gorilla/Monkey above reminded me of Harambe. Humongous mammals which are akin to us humans as they say.

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A tour is good for two hours which you may think is such a long time. But believe me, you’ll truly enjoy yourself and maybe ask for an extension. I sincerely recommend it to everyone. Bring your family and friends, especially the kids because they’ll learn while enjoying the tour and other fun activities.

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We met ‘Zabe’ the Saber-toothed Tiger and had a photo for posterity. There’s also ‘Maurice’ the Mammoth.

More about ‘Titans From The Age Of Ice’ after the jump

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2nd Danish Film Festival: A collaboration between Embassy of Denmark Manila, FDCP and Shang Cineplex

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Following a successful first run of its festival and in celebrating seventy years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the Philippines, the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines presents its 2nd Danish Film Festival, beginning anew this 29th of September to the 2nd of October at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong.

With the partnership of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through its Film Cultural Exchange Program and Shangri-La Plaza, the Embassy of Denmark aims to further local interest in Danish culture and history. On the press conference of the festival on the 20th September, FDCP Chair Liza Diño was present to open the festival’s second year with Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines, Jan Top Christensen, with Diño recognizing the event as a valuable means for the two countries to reinforce its cultural ties with each other, through the medium of cinema. Also present at the festival was acclaimed local independent actress Mercedes Cabral, who was starring in Rosita, a Danish film making its special gala debut at the Danish Film Festival.

The 2nd Danish Film Festival runs from September 29 to October 2 at the Shang Cineplex, with screenings offered for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival was made possible by the Danish Film Institute, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and Shang Cineplex.

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PPAP or Pen Pineapple Pen: The next ‘gangnam style’?

Is PPAP or Pen Pineapple Pen the next ‘gangnam style’ to hit the web? Well, its been trending since its upload on August 25, with 2.4 million views.

But I must admit, its simple, catchy and the moves are easy to follow. No wonder a few celebrities and YouTube sensations are uploading their own versions – even our very own Maine Mendoza.

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A1: “Here We Come-Back!” Tour in Manila and Cebu in less than a month!

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MANILA: https://www.facebook.com/concertrepublic/videos/1715 847788665863/

CEBU: https://www.facebook.com/concertrepublic/?fref=ts

Their comeback concert this year will kick off on October 22 in Singapore. Presented by Concert Republic, A1’s “Here We Come-Back!” Tour in Manila will be held at the Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City on October 23 and the IEC Pavilion in Cebu City on October 25, shows start 8 p.m.

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Solenn Heussaff: Releases self-titled album under Universal Records

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‘Solenn’ album launch | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

“All the songs are about love in general, different types, different stages. It’s my way of expressing how I felt when I was going through these stages.” says Solenn Heussaff, the Filipino-French Platinum recording artist. “Universal Records gave me a list of songs that would suit me and we decided on a few pegs on how I wanted it to be and we worked from there.”

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‘Solenn’ album launch | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

There are seven original tracks, three of which are in Filipino, and one cover song ‘Never Be The Same’ by Christopher Cross. During the presscon awhile ago, Solenn being born in 1985, didn’t know about this song by Christopher Cross and only heard it first when the album was in the initial process. She liked it because she wanted the album to be relaxing, an easy listening experience. “This album just makes me feel complete.”

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‘Solenn’ album launch | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

“I love singing because its like painting, its a way to express myself, but what makes singing different is that it gives the listener the freedom to interpret it their own way and have that inimitable feeling of connection with the song.” Solenn said she sings Tagalog better than speak it and her favorite track is ‘Pangako.’ She said the songs included are more suitable to her voice range; some of her music influence came from Sade and Norah Jones.

‘Solenn’ is released under Universal Records and now available on CD in all record stores nationwide and on DIGITAL formats (iTunes, Spinnr, Deezer and Amazon).

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Fat Fook Manila: Authentic Taiwanese food in Quezon City

My cousin and I went for a stroll at SM North EDSA and thereafter, decided to have an early dinner. We went around looking for where to eat, maybe try a new restaurant. But it was a Sunday so most restaurants were packed but we didn’t want to have fastfood. We were on our way to just maybe grab a sandwich when we chanced upon what I saw last June, that a new Taiwanese restaurant was to open – Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen.

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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila interiors | All rights reserved

Upon entering Fat Fook Manila, the Interior Designer in me was curiously interested with their lighting fixture. Blue and white bowls were attached thru (electrical) poles with light bulbs and hung upside down. Really nice concept!

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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila interiors | All rights reserved

It was their opening day/soft opening and didn’t really expect to be seated soon since the place was abuzz. Luckily, we were ushered straight to a booth and handed menus by their courteous staff. I like their booths also with the interesting pattern and color combination, very comfy too.

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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila menu | All rights reserved

They have a concise choice menu but if you’re such a foodie, you’ll probably take time to decide which one to try out because everything looks good. Aside from their staff being fully aware of their dishes (and patiently answered my questions), I appreciate that they tell you how long it takes for the food to be cooked and once served, they’ll ask you if everything’s in order or if you need anything else. Our order as they said will take about 10 to 15 minutes but it was served in 10 minutes.

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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila ‘Spareribs and Radish Soup’ | All rights reserved
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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila ‘Spareribs and Radish Soup’ | All rights reserved

With the pouring rain, we wanted to get home the soonest. So we decided on a soup to warm us up first and ordered the ‘Spareribs and Radish Soup’ since our original choice of their wanton soup which also looks so delicious would be too much of a serving. That was what we thought. Because even if this soup is a solo serve, it had generous servings of spareribs and radish, plus the broth was so flavorful! Truth be told, an order of spareribs soup and a cup of rice is a good combination for a quick and hearty meal.

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Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen | Fat Fook Manila ‘Chicken Chop’ | All rights reserved

We ordered their highly recommended ‘Chicken Chop’ and two plain rice bowls for good measure. This was a delightful combination of meaty chicken, and I mean really thick strips! Its crunchy but with no trace of oil, surprisingly juicy inside and seasoned quite nicely, no overpowering flavor. Their serving is definitely good for sharing. I also would like to add that their rice aside from being served steaming hot, is so yummy.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City

An ‘ouzeri’ or ‘ouzeria’ is a type of Greek tavern which serves ‘ouzo’ (Greek liquor) and ‘mezedes’ or light snacks.

Kos is one of Greek’s Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a group of Greek islands known for their medieval castles, Byzantine churches, beaches and ancient archaeological sites.

A few days ago I met up for late lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with a fellow foodie friend who introduced me to Chef Mats Loo and Chef Yolanda Naluz. Now, if you are into authentic cuisines especially Greek, Kos is one of the best places in the metro to experience. Your palate, with just that first bite will tell you that not only do they use the freshest ingredients, but their cooking methods are genuinely different. Here’s my food adventure at Kos Greek Ouzeri.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Mezedes: Artchoke Spinach, Tzatziki and Tyrokafteri with freshly baked bread | All rights reserved

‘Mezedes’ are small dishes served before the main dish and eaten with freshly baked bread. Kos uses ingredients straight from source and their breads are freshly baked every day. For me these can not only tickle the palate before a main meal, but it can be taken as a snack as well. I can eat this almost every day, its healthy and they give almost unlimited freshly-baked bread re-fills.

I tried these ‘mezedes’: ‘Tzatziki’ (Php175) – yogurt cucumber with garlic, dill, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon; ‘Tyrokafteri’ (Php170) – feta cheese combined with roasted red bell peppers; Sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers (Php155) – a combination of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and capers; ‘Hummus’ (Php165) – cooked chick peas with tahini, garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. They also have ‘Kalamaria Toursi’ (Php155), ‘Kolokithakia Ke Melitzanes’ (Php 195), ‘Kroketes Patatas’ (Php155) and ‘Soutzoukakia Smyrneika’ (php165), etc.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Kos Salata | All rights reserved

‘Kos Salata’ (Php350)- mixed greens with dried figs, caramelized nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, grapes and cheese tossed with honey grape vinaigrette. The mix of tartness of the dried figs, sweetness of the caramelized nuts and grapes went well with the generous serving of cheese with the honey grape vinaigrette served on the side. My first thought after a few bites was that they gave generous servings of the cheese. And its really delicious cheese which is really something you don’t experience, much less expect from restaurants these days.

Kos serves fresh ‘salatas’ or ‘salads’ made with not just any oil, but extra virgin olive oil. the quality of the extra virgin olive oil is important in Greek cuisine because any change in quality will render a different taste to the dish. They also have ‘Tono Salata’ (Php320) and ‘Salata Horiatiki’ (Php300)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono | All rights reserved

‘Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono’ (Php385) – grilled herb marinated salmon fillet served with roasted vegetables and lemon oil.

If you’ve read most of my recipes or ‘food experiments’ or follow me on Instagram (@urmajesty_sire) then you know of my ‘salmon obsession.’ What a delight it was to taste Kos’ melt-in-your-mouth-goodness salmon (and took some to-go also). Chef Yolanda Naluz shared that the salmon is marinated in their special combination of herbs then cooked (with its skin) in extra virgin olive oil. They also have other seafood dishes like ‘Psari Plaki’ and ‘Greek Fish Stew’ on the menu.

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