Aug 13, 2016

HUSH Escape Room by Breakout Philippines - My "DON'T BREATHE" experience

Gone were the days when the characters scream at the sight of a scary figure. In the "Don't Breathe" movie by Columbia Pictures, the wealthy, blind man was about to be robbed by Alex, Rocky and Money. They thought they could escape with his cash but then the old man could hear every step, every move, and every breathe. How can they escape a blind serial killer with heightened sense of hearing? Surely it is a suspense, thriller movie you wouldn't want to miss.

Now what if you were Alex, Rocky and Money?

"You and your friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking you'll get away with the perfect heist. You're wrong.
You have 45 minutes to find the money and escape the clutches of a violent blind man in the room with you and your friends. He knows you're there. He's stretching his hands out to reach you. And if he gets to you, you know you're done for." -from Breakout Philippines Facebook page

Are you ready to do the perfect heist and escape the clutches of the blind old man?

HUSH escape room is a LIVE ACTION ESCAPE ROOM inspired by the movie "Don't Breathe" brought to us by Breakout Philippines and Columbia Pictures Philippines. Probably most of you are familiar with the idea of escape rooms or might be aware of this movie tie-up?


Last Friday, August 5 marked the FIRST TIME I got try an ESCAPE ROOM. And it would be no other than the HUSH escape room.

Let us list what I knew (and believed) so far before I got in.
-I will be contained in a room with my (blogger) groupmates and we should find clues to decode and open locks, for 45 mins.
- I believe I am smart enough to solve puzzles. LIKE DUH I AM A SHERLOCK FAN and A SELF-CONFESSED PUZZLE LOVER. So I think puzzles will be a breeze.
- I'll just focus on finding the clues in unthinkable places and we'll be able to go out before the time runs out!
-I also thought that these escape room trend is just for those who extremely seek the horror thrill like what people experience in watching horror movies. Since I don't *enjoy* horror movies, I thought I wouldn't FEEL the thrill of escape rooms....


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Aug 11, 2016

The Intern (featuring

It's always a problem to me what bag to carry during a certain event or point in my life like when I was still in school. For someone who leaves home at six in the morning and back at six in the evening five times a week, I don't have much time to rest and prepare for the next day. I make it a point that all my stuff are in that one bag that I will carry throughout the whole semester!
I don't even care if my bag matches my outfit of the day (lol), as long as I got all I need in it. 
Functionality is still greater than fashion for me.

Only this semester, I'll be having my internship. My fashion will be limited to business or corporate attire. Since I won't be carry that much aside from my internship essentials like make-up, gadgets, pen, wallet, umbrella, emergency kit and files, I would be needing a just a right-size bag which could just fit all these. Yet, the bag must also look professional and should be sturdy enough to last.

Good thing I discovered , an online store in the Philippines that have lots of good finds!
 They gave me a chance to purchase a bag that could fit my needs. Look what I got!

The Tassel PU High Quality Leather Material Hand bag in black is easy to carry and made of high quality leather. The design is simple with chain and tassel designs, professional-looking and elegant.
The bag is also available in red, white and natural beige. So you could choose what matches your style best.

 According to the website, the bag has 34cm height (approx 13 inches) and 36cm length (approx 14 inches). This bag could fit well my documents and folders I've been preparing before I start my internship.

I've been using it for a week now, and as you've observed in the past few days it has been raining really hard in the metro but this bag did a good gob in keeping my stuff dry and cooperate when I'm just throwing things inside or getting my umbrella. 

The catch? It's is available at a discounted price of P250 in ! It could be your next online fashion shop for cheap quality finds !

Let me give you a closer look!

It has a smooth textured body design. If you look at its other colors on the website, you'll see the design clearly.

What I also like about this is the approximately two-inch deep allowance from the edge to the zipper.
Whenever my umbrella got wet, I hesitate to put it immediately in the bag because it might get my stuff wet or make the inside of the bag smell awful. With this design, I could just zip the bag and put my moist umbrella on the top of the zipper, without worrying of it falling off since it is deep enough to hold it!

A long, wide-mouth zipper lets you put various things and makes the bag flexible to any shapes and sizes it can contain. The inside is lined with gray cloth, with a little zippered pocket where I put my important things. 

For your online shopping needs, check out ! Aside from really good items ranging from fashion, tech, home appliances, beauty products and more, they have various forms of payment (cash on delivery, bank deposit, credit card, gcash) and delivers within 3-7 business days for Metro Manila and 7-14 business days outside Metro Manila.

My internship needs don't have to cost much for a quality product! Just like me, you can get more of what you paid for by trying online shopping, especially this rainy day season!

 Happy online shopping Philippines!



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Aug 9, 2016

The Urban Cafe: Serving CROCODELICIOUS dishes!

Just like you, I had questions in my head before even agreeing to this.
Is crocodile meat legal to eat?
What does it taste like?
Will it have any allergic reaction to me?
Is the meat imported? (Thus) Will it be pricey?

Curiosity struck. And being an HRIM student, it would be a unique experience for me that I can share with my fellow students. I had mix feeling of excitement and wonder. Hmm..

These crocodile dishes are being served in a unpretentiously named, quaint cafe called The Urban Cafe located in Wilcon City Center, Project 8, Visayas Avenue.
Any passersby in the area could be lured inside and yes, apparently they have customers who go back for their crocodile meat!

Well who would be anxious to go in this place with their spacious, clean and modern interior?

The white brick wall design is accentuated with fake grass and wooden furniture to have that indoor garden feel.

You can see that they serve coffee, wine, and cakes. But they're not the main reason of our visit. We were there to try out crocodile meat dishes and figure out why customers aren't intimidated with them.

Before we even go deep in this post, let me tell you that them cooking crocodile meat is LEGAL. They were instructed by the government to distribute crocodile meat because of oversupply. Since they only get crocodile's hide to make leather, the meat is wasted, when in fact it is good for consumption. In some places like Palawan and Davao, croc meat is served too!

They have a local farm somewhere in Luzon where they get the meat of not more than 5 year-old Philippine crocodiles. They are certified by the government and passed food safety standards so we're assured of its proper handling.

Crocodile meat is white meat, like that of a chicken, with less oil and fat yet it has Omega-3 fatty acids that's good for the health! Let's just say that it's like chicken with the health benefits of fish!

A healthy, unusual meat comes with a price. Surprisingly, the prices won't hurt your pockets!
Here's their menu board.

Yet it is true that less oily and fatty food won't make so much of a comfort food (still can't let go of that fatty lechon kawali eh?), these crocodile meat dishes will prove to you that it could be any of your typical chicken, pork and beef dishes!

Yes! Eating CROCODELICIOUS dishes (from breakfast to dinner) without guilt can happen!
Let me walk you through!

Sousvide Croc Tocino-P195

First under their All-day breakfast menu, I could mix it my brother's tocino breakfast and he wouldn't know it's croc meat. It tastes like your regular pork tocino!

Farm-bred Croc Tapa- P195
In this dish you could see more clearly the chicken-like strands of croc meat. You could easily compare the taste of the beef tapa with this one because this is white meat. Plus it's easier to chew!

Croc Hungarian Sausage Silog- P180

This kid-friendly meal uses 100% croc meat!

Dauntless Sisig-P195
This will actually pair good with your drinking buddies who are health conscious! It has all the essence of sisig: bits of meat, few fat, spiciness, minus the very oily finish.
Sousvide Croc Crossbone Steak- P195
Ugh. This is probably my fave. The cut and the taste is like lamb meat, and it has white fat like that of bangus! This dish is flavored with pepper and thyme. Must-try!

American Croc Rib BBQ-P195
Another fave! I'm fond of flavorful foods, and if you're not a fan of pepper steak, then this Croc Rib BBQ will be your savory fix!

If you don't want rice meal, you can snack on The Urban Croc Burger priced at P170. The patty is made of 100% croc meat, and the meal is served with potato wedges!

The Croc Cigar (P180) is an appetizer like that of dynamite but with croc meat strips inside!

The dishes are so good and tasted like how they were prepared!
We can't help but ask, "are they really croc meat?"
That's how flexible the meat is in terms of different cooking techniques and flavors!
Apparently, it's buwaya for a reason. It could get through almost any red meat-dominated dishes.

Meantime, let's have a break with our reptile friend! After all, what is a cafe without coffee and cakes!

(L-R) Caramel Hazelnut Frappe, Java Chip Frappe and Mocha Frappe 

Carrot Cake

I love the plate and how dense this cake is! 

Apart from serving these dishes, you could also buy frozen, processed crocodile meat like Croc sausage, Croc burger, Croc tapa etc. in The Urban Cafe so you could cook them at home.

Once you've tried croc meat in The Urban Cafe, I'm sure you'll come back. Patrons buy even the crocodile's egg which is approximately 3x the size of a jumbo chicken egg. The meat and egg are believed to treat health problems too!

P.S. I'm quite allergic to seafood, but one week from when I tasted crocodile meat, I haven't had any allergic reactions! Good for me!

For healthy, CROCODELICIOUS dishes, visit The Urban Cafe now!

The Urban Cafe
Wilcon City Center, Project 8, Visayas Ave., Quezon City
Opens Mon-Sun, 10am-10pm
IG: @theurbancafeph

Price range: P130-P195
Brunch, lunch, coffee, snacks, cakes, dinner
Price may change without notice.

Thank you for having us The Urban Cafe!


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Jul 25, 2016

Chef Next Door Season 2 Launch at Le Jardin

Being invited to dine and jam with Chef Jonas Ng and fellow bloggers and press people was at first a vague idea. No question about food, like who doesn't like free food? But a rockeoke party featuring rock songs of the 80s? I thought some people would be too shy and lazy to get up to their seats and actually sing. (That's why bloggers love to sit behind a laptop and write, isn't it?) Like who are confident enough to unleash their golden voice around 50 people?
Guess what? I think me, probably the youngest in the crowd, was apparently a KJ! HAHA!

I initially couldn't think of a rock party within a dainty place.The venue is nowhere else but at the chef's upscale restaurant, Le Jardin. If you haven't been here, you should know that it's a French-garden themed restaurant at the Penthouse level of W Fifth Building, overlooking the city. That's why Le Jardin has been a great events place for launches (it was my first time during KC's Closet launch), debuts and special occasions, because they are in a unique location with an elegant ambiance. 

Well, you see they set up a stage for a band and there are stations of food brands that Chef Jonas approves and will be featured in his show. 

Chef Next Door Season 2 will be WITTIER, FUNNIER...and SEXIER
I think they forgot to mention that he it will be CHARMING though... *clears throat*
Clearly, it's not hard not to fall in love....with the show. 

Anyway, did I tell you about the food? Chef Jonas is definitely a guy you can talk to about different things and sure it is, his preference on food brands is local and exceptional! Let me show you the array of food! 

Everyone took home bags of WIT'S Sweets and Savouries Pinoy Granola and I am telling you it is perfect with a bowl of milk or yogurt for breakfast! It also has local ingredients like roasted cocoa and green mangoes.

Karen's Kitchen is the cake station with flavors you kinda don't expect.

Apart from the cheesecakes and carrot cakes, they have Pink Guava and Zucchini cake! That violet one is called "Nifty Shades of Ube"

Kudos to Baguio Craft Brewery for their craft beers with coffee notes and another with caramel. Their beers are light (7.5% and 6.3% a.b.v. if I am not mistaken) so no one got extremely drunk, everyone is chill, but their booze made people dance and have fun! 

Who doesn't want a tub full of ice cream? Fog City's ice cream also have a variety of flavors that gives us a break from the usual plain chocolates and vanillas. Look at that Ensaymada flavored ice cream!

I got the Calamansi Pili which is refreshingly sour with pili nuts! My friend Shai got the Ferrero Rocher with Nutella Swirl which could give someone a sugar rush in just one scoop. 

What's a party without our favorite pork? It seems Chef Jonas is a meat-lover. He kept on mentioning bacon during interviews. 
Here's a plate of lechon from Leonardo's Lechon! You should also check them out in the show!

Everyone's enjoying the food and the view, and suddenly it's the all-around host Migz Anzures on mic! 
I say "all-around" because he is literally all around the area chatting with everyone, asking about the food, drinking with early drinkers. If he isn't holding a mic and telling everyone not to be shy and to try out the food, he would be easily mistaken as just a very friendly handsome guest. 

Where is your Mr. Congeniality sash, Migz? 

All eyes and ears now for the raffle! They were raffling SALADMASTER kitchen utensils and equipment. Chef Jonas shared that he's been using the brand ever since he was young cooking with his mom. 

To add to the fun, there was also a karaoke challenge to four bloggers who participated.
No persuasion needed because apparently this is what they came for apart from the food! Haha! 

After a few Backstreet Boys and Spice Girl songs, the people was indeed on their feet on what will happen next. Migz introduced the Chef Next Door -Chef Jonas Ng!

Known as the executive chef of Huat Pot Hot Pot in Greenhills and Le Jardin, he had 10 years of experience including rigorous training in the kitchen which he showcased in Season 1. Calling himself a Ninjedi (ninja + jedi), we'll see more of his #chefninjamoves and his personally approved products we saw earlier, in the Season 2 of Chef Next Door

Here with him are the brand owners/managers of Baguio Craft Brewery, Leonardo's Lechon and Karen's Kitchen!

Behind the chinito look and witty remarks, Chef Jonas really believes in fun at work. 
As an HRIM student, I took the chance of asking him his rules in the kitchen. 
He said that whenever there are problematic situations in the kitchen, he tells his staff to think that they are cooking for someone they love. "Always cook with love". And he believes that if an animal gave up its life just to give you food, make it the best. "Make it the best in a way that the animal in heaven would say "I am that steak!"."

A good-looking chef with a charming personality that could teach you cooking hacks and how to produce restaurant-quality food? 
That's not all.

Chef Jonas can sing. Like he really do.
What more can you ask for?
(^Well,most of the girls answered "a date!")

That's The Bloomfields over there! 

I suppose I already made a point in telling you that Chef Jonas Ng is definitely the guy to entertain you on  Lifestyle (Sky and Destiny Ch 52 )

Wednesdays at 9:30PM, 
Thursdays at 1:00AM,
 Saturdays 6:00PM,
 Sundays 10:00AM, 
Mondays at 3:30PM, 
Tuesdays at 12:00MN
Chef Next Door Season 2!

Chef Next Door is a joint production venture by The Group Entertainment and iSnap Creatives.

It was a fun and food-filled night! Best event ever so far! Thanks for inviting me!



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