Wasaaa, bae? I learned a new word today!
“Omotenashi” is the Japanese concept of providing the best service without expecting any reward. This is probably why tipping in Japan is not practiced? “Omote” means public face that is an image one would wish to present when outside the confines of his or her home, and “Nashi” means nothing. Together, it means that service is from the bottom of the heart – honest, no hiding, and no pretentions.
This kind of wholehearted hospitality (along with sticky onigiri, fluffy tamago, and sparkling bento boxes) is what I look for when dining in Japanese restos. If you want to experience Omotenashi, 81 SEIHAI Sushi Lounge, a new Fusion Japanese Sushi Lounge, will roll out in April and serve you much more than that. Here are some things I can’t wait to SAY HI to:
Their Version of Omotenashi
Hospitality is said to be taken a notch higher at 81 SEIHAI. In addition to the usual greetings like “irasshaimase” (welcome/ come in) or “ohayo gozaimasu” (Good morning), there are hospitality gestures unique to the restaurant making each customer feel at home. This extends to how the fusion sushi dishes are prepared. Continue reading
The province of Ilocos is a popular tourist destination because of its rich food and even richer history. The stiff-neck-causing 9-hour ride from Manila to the northernmost tip of mainland Luzon was well worth it as the surroundings transitioned from a grey cityscape to vibrant greenery and deep blue rolling beaches. (Plus hoards of ice scramble vendors too!)
Hitch hiker spotted at Patapat Viaduct
Here’s a list of some popular tourist activities that you should try when in Ilocos:
6) Make Wishes at Paoay Church, Laoag
It’s Filipino tradition to make a wish in a church that you visited for the first time. How magical it was to hope it would come true in this beautiful baroque church designated as a national cultural treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Btw, my wish was to have the super ability to turn back time and change some stuff loljk but have you ever wished for the same? Continue reading
Have you ever played “Diner Dash”? I remember looking for game cracks for hours on my computer so I could watch what happens in Flo’s story next, as my Big Fish Games free trial had just expired #11YearOldProbs.
My favorite parts were (1) decorating my diner and (2) watching the color-coded customers finish their plates of burgers, steak, fries and other appetizing comfort food. To fill hearts of impatient guests, diner dishes are the best to offer as they’re prepared quick and easy to serve food fast – good for those who are in a hurry, and apropos to label these kinds of meals as ‘fast-good’. Below are 7 Favorite Diner Dishes that are So Fast-Good:
First up is the Filipino fave -silog. Almost any viand goes well with a runny egg and cups of the garlic-heavy sinangag or fried rice. Daing? Dasilog. Maling? Masilog. Longganisa and tapa? With two eggs, please.
Anything deep-fried can easily be found at a diner, just like the golden Crispy Calamari! Crispy Calamari is squid drenched in flour and peppered with lots of flavor. Paired best with lots of marinara sauce, this appetizer invigorates diners for a full meal ahead! Continue reading
Brrr~ the cold season is here and I love how it’s been chilly! Well, not always. Some days, it still feels like summer with buckets of sweat dripping off my skin just minutes after taking a shower. But that’s tropical weather for you. Heaven for foreigners, hell for commuters.
Video from Sara Paredes’s facebook page:
For Fall/Winter 2017, trends have made a comeback from retro polkadots to the mid-80s grunge. My sister, Sara, and I had so much fun playing around with this season’s hottest trends! We curated 5 everyday looks that everyone can wear. Here are three of my favorites:
Gingham and Flashes of Skin
Feminine Frocks and Preppy Pastel
My sister and I bond over fashion (and chocolate) so it was super fun to shoot this lookbook! All awkward moments were cut out, and there were a lot!!! She has a legit blog now too! Check out saraparedes.com for style, travel, and lots of abs! 😉
Shot at @dulomnl events space.
I’ve been poor at publishing posts because this fresh graduate (naks naman!) has been busy being a bum (not so naks). The real naks are mid-bearing and high waist outfits which have been my go-tos lately just like this floral one with pops of pink all over.
I wore this tropical set over a month ago for an overnight grad celebration at Tagaytay Tropical Greens with friends. #ThrowbackTuesday
“Nakasuot ka na ng pang-swimming!?” (You’re wearing your swimwear already!?) my friend quizically asked when we met up at Jollibee. Continue reading
We shouldn’t compare pancakes with waffles, its much more sculpted cousin (they’re the one with abs right?) because they’re both batter-based happiness cakes that everyone deserves. I’ll take them both any day tbh but today I’m craving for dessert waffles- extra crispy and a little bit chewy please.
(Clockwise from upper-left) Cinnamon Sugar (P135), Batter or Dough Original (P95), Whipped Butter and Maple (P150), Nutella (P150)
Batter or Dough serves them golden brown and hot off the iron with cool and creamy drinks to go with! Read if they’re good or not on wheninmanila.com! *Drizzles more maple syrup while waiting for you to click*
4th Floor, The Block SM North Edsa, Quezon City
Instagram | @batterordough
Me: *Eats deep fried oreos, milkshakes overloaded with ice cream, and more sugar
Also me: ugh why do I keep getting pimples
I curb my sugar cravings on weekdays. I sometimes fail at religiously staying away from it though with a few cookies now and then but swear, I try to say no. Weekends are my cheat days when I satisfy my desire for sweets! My almost week-long dessert-fasting came to an end with a Saturday visit to Puzzles Board Game Lounge BGC.
Oreo Afraid of the Dark? (P150)
The Puzzles Milkshake in Vanilla, Oreo, and Chocolate (P210)
Milo Godzilla (P180)
Good food and good old board games
Puzzles did not only solve my sugar cravings but also served as an avenue for us to be kids again. They offer about 350 tabletop games and indulgent comfort food. They’re launching a new menu this May so the prices may change. Read all about Puzzles on wheninmanila.com! *I won’t share my Oreo milkshake with you unless you click*
Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Instagram , Twitter | @PuzzlesBG
Chinese New Year, January 28, is fast approaching! The world’s oldest Chinatown would be teeming with families on a day trip, squads on a food trip, performers in red & gold, dragons, and more people who will celebrate the Fire Rooster Year.
We wanted to experience the less crowded version of Binondo so Jolo, my brother, and I went on a Ramada Manila staycation and food trip early in January. All about our Ramada Manila experience on Wheninmanila.com. The vast choices of food available kept our tummies very happy during our stay. We wandered at night looking for the locals’ favorite restaurants for some takeout to eat back at our hotel.Here are our five must-try food trip stops in Binondo:
5. Five Spice Bistro
Five Spice Bistro at Ramada Manila kick-started our food trip. We had a lunch and breakfast buffet at this Asian-themed bistro. Arriving pretty late in the afternoon, the buffet spread was half-full. The food left was satisfactory. It wasn’t “wow omg ang sarap” levels but tasted fresh and homemade nonetheless.
My sister and I scoured Rockwell’s Holiday Fair at Hidalgo drive looking for quirky gifts. We found “animals judging people” pins and sushi socks! Just across is a parking entrance which we thought was a good contrast background for our super casual white, red, and maroon clothes. There also weren’t much cars driving through so we didn’t feel too judged :)) Continue reading
UP offers a multitude of PE courses that cover land, water, and air. Along with basic PE 1 (Foundations of Physical Fitness), I was pleasantly surprised to find unique classes like”Walking for fitness”, “Petanque”, “Skin diving”, and “Bird watching”. Everyone says (even a PE 1 prof) to take as much PE 2 courses as you can bec. they’re free and the professors are usually top-notch but the easily-tired me limited myself to these four: Continue reading