Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017

Our Series of Bicol Funventure - A Visit to Quitinday Hills (Day 1, Part 2)

For our second destination, we headed to Quitinday Hills. Bicol really has a bountiful of hills, noh?! :) 

The road going to Quitinday Hills is a very long, narrow and rough one. So if you are intending to visit this attraction, be sure that you're vehicle is equipped and ready for this kind of trip. 

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Along the way, we were again able to capture views of the beautiful Mayon Volcano. I can never really get tired watching this perfectly cone-shape volcano! It is just so breath-taking! Truly a great wonder of nature!

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And finally, we reached Quitinday Hills!

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Welcome to Quitinday Hills!
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parking area
Quitinday Hills, also referred to as Quitinday Greenhills Formation is located at Baligang-Caguiba Rd., Camalig, Albay. And with the composition of its many hills, Quitinday Hills is being compared to the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the only differences are the colors and shapes of the hills. While Chocolate Hills is composed of brown hills, Quitinday boasts of its very rich, green hills. In terms of the shapes, well, Chocolate Hills they say has a little advantage! Nonetheless, Quitinday Hills is a beauty on its own! See for yourself! :)

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Quitinday Greenhills...

But before climbing the hills of Quitinday to see its beauty, one must register at the Information Center for safety and accountability purposes. A guide will then be assigned to lead the trek.

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Let the trek begin!

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The way going up was not really an easy climb for us. The extreme heat of the sun was of no help too! Whoah! It was really a very difficult climb, but when you see a view like this, well, I must say that it was definitely all worth it! The view at the top was really amazing!


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"I'm on top of the world!"
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The Bahala Gang doing a wacky pose.
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Sweet-sweetan lang ang peg! :)


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Triplejoys!
But, hey! The climb was not yet done! And this second hill was much steeper than the first one! Look!

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Along the way to the top, there are these rock formations, which prove the story of our tour guide that there was once a time when the water reached that part of the hill and that the hills that we are climbing that time were once under water! Frightening yet undeniably amazing!

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And we reached another top of the hill! The view was even more amazing because at this side, you will not only be able to appreciate the beautiful green hills, but also the view of the Mayon Volcano. Mukhang medyo shy lang siya, nagkukubli sa likod ng mga ulap! :)

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The beautiful Mayon Volcano...
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more of the beautiful Quitinday green hills...

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The climb was really a very tiring one. Thank God as there is an open hut at the top where you can rest while appreciating the view.

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View from above. Look, there is our van! ;)
The guide was then about to lead us to the third hill, but unfortunately, we were all too tired to make further more climbs, so we decided to go down already.

Thirsty and hungry? Do not fret as there are available stores at the foot of the hill where you can buy some food and refreshments.

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So that ends our second itinerary. When you go to Bicol, do not forget to check out the Quitinday Hills. I am  very sure that you will love it, and that's a promise! :)

Follow more of our Bicol Funventures by clicking the adventure of your choice:

* Kawa-Kawa Park and National Park & Shrine of Divine Mercy

Note: Will be updating this post as soon as new links are available. Thanks!



June 11, 2017

Lunch at Lady Christine's Baby Back Ribs

Another friend of mine passed the 2016 Bar Examination, yay! And in celebration, last Tuesday, June 6, 2017, we decided to meet at SM Manila for lunch. As we have not yet decided the place where we are going to eat, we just kept on walking  around the mall until we finally saw Lady Christine's Baby Back Ribs. And since this is just new, we decided to try it out. 

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I really love the color and the atmosphere of the place. It has that classic, laid back and elegant feel feel to it.

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Time to order!

As Lady Christine's pride itself of serving the best-tasting baby back ribs with its unique sauce, we definitely did not pass the chance to taste and experience this dish. And as we are five in the group, we just decided to try one of their good for sharing dishes, we ordered for their Family Section 1.

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Family Section 1


This group meal includes half slabs of baby back ribs and beef ribs, rice platter, side dishes, desserts and two pitcher of drinks. This package, which according to them is good for 5 to 7 persons, costs P 1,859.00.

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Baby Back Ribs
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Beef Ribs
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Side dishes
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Four Seasons and Pineapple pitchers


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Apple Pie Ala Mode
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Turones de Quezon ala mode

The Verdict? 


Well, both the Baby Back Ribs and the Beef Ribs are really yummy, though all of us find the Beef Ribs more tastier and more tender. The portions were just enough for the five of us, so I really don't think it will be enough for a group of 7, as the restaurant staff have claimed, especially when the majority will be boys. 

The side dishes and the desserts are also good, especially the apple pie ala mode. What we were just not happy about was the quantity. Two side dishes and two desserts ( 1 apple pie and 1 turones de Quezon) for the five of us?! Initially, we thought that we would be served, at least one dessert each. Hehehehe.... Well, we ended up not consuming the desserts at all since we do not know how to divide them among ourselves! hahahaha.

As for the drinks, nothing really special. Aside from four seasons and pineapple, there are still other options that you can choose from - iced tea and cucumber are among the other choices.

So, will I be back again to this place? Well, I might, because that same day, my officemates also dined at Lady Christine's and they find the food okay. Maybe, I will try the other food on their menu next time. 

Oh, about the serving time, do not order their group meals if you are already hungry or in a hurry because it took them around 20 t0 30 minutes to serve our food. But if you are going to order for their solo meals, it will be served immediately. :)

Overall, we really enjoyed our dining experience at Lady Christine's. As what the saying goes, Food is all the sweeter (and tastier) when shared with Good Friends! We all sure had a great chat! Till next time and thank you again for the treat Atty. Ronie Orajay! :)

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Old and new friends (from left to right), Mhelai, Jazze, Michelle, Me and Ronie


Lady Christine's Baby Back Ribs is located at the 4th Floor of SM City Manila, where Bagnetified was previously located. Go ahead and check them out too! :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 06, 2017

Make brushing more fun with Minions!

Brushing really plays a very important role in our everyday hygiene. Of course, we adults already know this fact (well, almost). :) But for our little angels, this brushing thing tends to be a little tedious to practice as it is really hard to make them stay in one corner, to be still even for just a second and to focus on doing any task. All they wanted to do is to roam around and play. And this holds true with my daughters, as well as my nieces and nephews. So, how do we make brushing fun, especially for our little ones? 

Make brushing time a play time!

Colgate, our most trusted oral care brand believes in this too. So, in their effort to continuously provide quality and reliable products and to encourage everyone to practice oral hygiene, they never really stop to come up with ideas that will surely tickle and grab our kids' attention and imagination by incorporating lovable cartoon characters in their products- the latest of which are no less than the characters of the movie Despicable Me, the Minions! Yey! 

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Colgate's Minions Toothbrush and Toothpaste
You should have shown how my niece's face lit up when I handed her the box of Colgate Minions Kids 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack. She immediately took the pack from me and started scrutinizing its contents. And upon seeing the Colgate Minions toothbrush and toothpaste with the Minions characters printed on it, she really got excited and  just wanted to brush her teeth at that instant! hahahaha! Well, who doesn't love the Minions anyway?! I for myself really love these crazy yet lovable yellow characters!

But, of course, taste is very important too! That is why I really commend Colgate for coming up with kid-friendly and kid-approved flavors! My niece and my daughters (of course, they squeezed some too!) really enjoyed the Bubble Fruit Flavor!

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my niece, Jheia Sophia with her most treasured Colgate Kids Minion toothpaste and toothbrush...
Problem solved. Brushing is truly more fun for the whole family when everybody is enjoying what they are doing. Thanks to the adorable Minions, the whole family can now SQUEEZE, BRUSH and RINSE with no more hassle at all! Thanks to Colgate! ;)

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Want to know more about Colgate Kids Minions Oral Care Pack and where to get them? Just click the following links:

For Colgate Minions Kids 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack:

http://www.lazada.com.ph/colgate-minions-kids-2-5-years-old-oral-care-pack-4804587.html?spm=a2o4l.sis-363.0.0.1sWUa5&ff=1

For Colgate Minions Kids 5-9 Years Old (Youth) Oral Care Pack:

http://www.lazada.com.ph/colgate-minions-kids-5-9-years-old-oral-care-pack-4804586.html?spm=a2o4l.sis-363.0.0.1sWUa5&ff=1
 

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

The gift of healthy 'crowning glory' fit for the queen this Mother's Day



Mother's Day

Mother's day is just around the corner. Actually, it will be tomorrow! :) And no matter how CLICHÉ it may be, we really cannot deny the fact that there’s indeed a woman behind the person that we are today. And that’s no less than our mother, our nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or mom!  How we really call them doesn't really matter. It doesn't changed the fact that she deserves more than any material things that this world has to offer given the pivotal role that she fulfils in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. Mothers just doesn't stop caring and loving!

There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined   or   socially   imposed,   I think that everyone   would   agree   that   a   mother   is hardwired to love and care about  the welfare of the whole family, especially her children, 24/7. For better or worse, it’s always the general well-being of her family which is on top of her priority. That is why it is no wonder that she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, given all her loving contributions in our life,  it’s just but right to honor and return to her all the favors that she has done for us. And there is definitely no other perfect moment to do this than on Mother’s Day.

Gift Ideas

Still thinking of ways and/or ideas on how to treat that special woman in our lives? You can actually opt for the basics of gift-giving,  from simple trinkets to expensive items but just bear in mind that your appreciation of her cannot really be equated by the tag price of your present. It’s the thought that counts, always remember that! :) 

But just to give you some ideas, here are some of the possible gifts that you can give that superwoman in our lives:

Hankies

You may consider a set of hankies that will bring back the memory of her wiping out her tears of happiness upon knowing that she’s conceiving a li’l creature inside her womb. That’s you, of course. 

Comfy Clothes

A loose yet comfy clothes shall make her remember that sort of a duster or preggy dress she wore in the laborious yet exciting “nine months” of gestation. 
My mom definitely loves wearing a duster! It is what she prefers to wear everyday! 

Pillow

Why not a pillow that she could hug as tight as she embraced you after giving birth.

Brassiere

Or maybe   a  brassiere  for   protection of   the  very  bosom   she  fed  you  with  during infancy? 

Bed

A bed will bring to her mind your tot years when you started to crawl and roll over it freely. 

Shoes

Shoes are a girl’s best friend, too, like your mom. Either sky-high heels or flattering flats, there’s a pair to match every bit of her fantasy. For as long as it brings comfort to her feet, it's more than enough to reciprocate the ease you had when you took your first walk with her guidance back then. If it isn't her thing, though, a flip-flop will cause her to think that she also disciplined you through the proverbial “rule of slipper” hit on your buttocks while you were growing up.

Ring

Much to her delight, a bling ring will be worthy of your dear investment to show your deep appreciation of her just like when she never failed to recognize you with a pat on the back for simple good deeds or a job well done in your lifetime.

Aren't these gift ideas very sweet (nostalgic too)?! These will all definitely send her down the memory lanes... Pumped that sweetness even more by personalizing each item and you are definitely sure to put a big smile on her face and a tear or two down her eyes! Tears of joy! You see, they are never really hard to please! 

NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PACK

And the possible list of gift ideas can go on, and on..... But if you are still not convinced, I have another gift suggestion that will surely make our mothers happy - the NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack which includes the topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner. Yes, you read it right. All your hair's need in just one pack! 

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And to make it more personal and extra sweet, why   don’t   you the shampooing yourself?! 

Spray   a   liberal   amount   of  NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto your mom’s scalp and massage it for five to ten minutes.You may not even know that with such a plain gesture of yours, it can melt her heart as it reminds her of the past when she used to do the same thing while you were still young, either as a trick to put you easily on a slumber or merely a relief every time you got sick. Those caressing hands of yours, likewise, imbibe your act of giving back the "natural care from mothers" like her.

Whatever impression it may have on her, what's tangible she could gain is that you're giving her nature's gift of health. NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion is so unique that it combines 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients- all working synergistically to help address hair problems from growth to vanishing. This breakthrough product helps to rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the moist of her tress from root to tip, aids in stimulating the growth of her hair and helps prevent it from excessive falling, while improving the overall appearance.

So, what are you waiting for? Do not think twice any more and wrap this NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack as your Mother's Day present to help your mom bring "crowning glory" back to life! After all, she's the most important woman in your life. Hence, she deserves to be treated like a queen and to feel young and beautiful once again! :)

NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack is truly beyond compare. Head on to any Mercury Drug and other leading drug stores to get a dose  of nature's answer to hair loss. For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www. novuhair.com for more promo announcements and exciting updates.

Again, Happy Mother's Day to all the loving moms out there! A special shout to dearest mother, of course! We may not have that much bonding time together these past few months (for some reasons which I need not divulge, hehehe), but in my heart, I will always be thankful to have you as my mom! I love you so much! :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 06, 2017

BAGA Manila Goes to Taguig!

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Last April 25, 2017, in celebration of our Taguig City's 430th Founding Anniversary, the Barbecuers and Grillers Assocication (BAGA) Manila participated in the city's food trade fair held in Taguig Lakeshore Hall which is located in Barangay Old Lower Bicutan, Taguig.

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The Triplejoys at the Taguig Lakeshore Hall




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BAGA Manila at Taguig Lakeshore Hall!

Although the information from I Love Taguig Facebook's page says that the food trade fair will only last until last April 30, 2017, the fair was still in operation when we went there last May 1, 2017. Lucky for us as I initially didn't know about the schedule. :) I just don't know if they are still in operation as of this writing. :)


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The venue was not yet that crowded when we arrived at the fair at around 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon so we still got a chance to really roam around and check what all the food stalls are offering.

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Hannah's Fruit Shake & Taste Me Pasta


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Yana's Chicken & Crispilicious


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Dona's Grill & Shawarma Fusion


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Inihaw and more inihaw! 


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After checking all the food stalls, hubby finally decided to try Shawarma Fusion's Beef Shawarma!

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Beef Shawarma at P60.00
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The Bahala Gang goes to BAGA Manila at Taguig Lakeshore Hall!
And here are the other of our tummy finds...

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Dona's Grill's Bituka ng Manok and Baboy at P20.00 per stick 
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Dona's Grills Pork Barbecue 

The barbecues taste really good, although I really find a hard time dipping them in the vinegar as the container is somehow small.

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Taste Me Pasta's Baked Macaroni at P85.00


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Taste Me Pasta's Fettuccine in White Sauce at P75.00

The pastas are okay too. The serving is nice too, it can serve up to two persons, although my panganay was able to consume all the baked macaroni on her own. I guess, mas madami lang talaga ang serving ng fettuccine! :)

For our drinks, we have tried My Juice's Dalandan and Iced Tea. Medium size of the drinks cost P30.00 while the larger cup costs P50.00. They all have bottled mineral water for P30.00. A little expensive, don't you think? So, our suggestion, the next time that you visit a food trade fair, bring your drinks and you can really save much! :)

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My Juice's assorted fruit-flavored jucies


We have also tried Bea's Gulaman, and the taste is okay too. Each cup costs P30.00. :) So you see, most of our expenses really went to drinks, so you really want to bring a lot of drinks when you visit food fairs! :)

As the night comes, more and more people are coming to the fair. And with the lights and music on, the venue became more attractive and alive! 

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BAGA Manila at night!

Aside from food, there are also other merchandise being offered at the fair. There are fashionable clothes and accesories both for adults and kids!

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And parking is not a problem in the area as there are ample parking spaces, with no charge at all!

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Overall, our BAGA Manila experience at Taguig Lakeshore Hall turned out to be good. I really hope that they get to stay much longer in the area. And with a little more improvement, I know that more and more Taguigenos will patronize this food fair!

To know more about the latest offerings of BAGA Manila, you can visit their Facebook account on this link: https://www.facebook.com/BAGAManila/

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