A Health Care Service That Cares For The Budget


For most of us Filipinos, health care is outside the list of what we are working hard for. When it comes to preparing for future medical needs, most of us save money preferably in a bank account, rather than paying for a monthly healthcare membership. If offered a health care plan, we always have this subject, are the benefits worth our money? Perhaps, this matter stems from the question regarding its investment value. Then, it tenses us up being uncertain of the right health care plan to choose.

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Not all companies cover a jobseeker’s pre-employment medical examinations. Apparently, pre-employment medical tests have different price tags and most are not budget friendly for a jobless person. I remember a disappointing experience when I got the job offer from an employment agency to work in a 5-star hotel. I whined about the expensive pre-employment medical examination package that I apparently need to pay myself in order to proceed with the job. Good thing there’s this Smart Check-up prepaid card that only costs P499 which already covers the medical history taking, physical examination, chest x-ray, complete blood count, urinalysis, and fecalysis tests.

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Companies are required to provide their employees health care benefits, but there’s one situation familiar to most employees like me: figuring out what to do when you can no longer get coverage through work. This situation troubles many of us. How can we understand what health care is all about without feeling anxious about its worth of money? We really don’t have to be stuck on the cost and value issue. Simply think of the best gift you can give to yourself which is to live a productive life that will keep us functional without hurting our budget plans. We need a health care service that has the intention to make it easier for us to understand, and trust that there’s more to health care than not being sick. We don’t need to get sick to secure our future medical needs, and options are flexible, only if we put effort into finding the right health care option for our ease.

PhilCare not only cares for your physical health, they also care for your wallet’s health. To get down to the details, you can check their official website www.philcare.com.ph Top HMO provider in the Philippines.

I Fell In Love With The Little Hagimit Water Falls


GOSH! It took me months of planning to make my vacation happen and finally, after being away for more than a year I got the chance to visit my hometown again. Luckily, despite the peak season of the Christmas holidays – not to mention the crazy airfare rates, I found a friendly deal with Cebu Pacific Air for the dates of December 13th to the 15th.

(So here’s a picture of my backpacker mode.)

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One of the best attractions of the Davao region is the Island Garden City of Samal, just 10 minutes away by a ferry boat service or a bus transported by a barge to cross from Davao city wharf to the island’s Ferry Terminal in Babak and Penaplata.

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My dearest mother with me as my tour guide :) Love you mom!

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First off, the huge sign of “PAY HERE!” The entrance fee which I find pretty cheap is what they use to maintain the cleanliness of the streams and the surrounding area. The rate for 8 years old and above is only 40 pesos or 90 cents. For 2 to 7 years old, the rate is 20 pesos or 44 cents in US currency.

hagimit6Navigating 200 steps downhill was certainly a workout! It was like a trail hike except that we were walking on concrete steps. Boy! I’m glad we ate breakfast prior that unexpected walkathon. Nevertheless, my excitement was soaring high! I really cared less that I made it there all tuckered out. It was all worth the sweat for.

hagimit4Lush trees..hagimit3And another lush trees.. (disclaimer: these two shots aren’t from the same spot, I took both pictures while walking down.)
hagimit6The walkathon on a hot sunny day sucked most of my energy, so I quickly ran to the stream and soaked my tired feet. The refreshing stream water and the trees that helped reduce the air temperature brought me back to life. I just sat on the rock and relaxed.

hagimit7C’mon! I was tired and I needed to sit.

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hagimit18_convertedNature’s love. Nothing comforts my eyes more than being surrounded by lush trees and beautiful streams. I spent my two days wandering without wearing corrective lenses. It is certainly true that the eye-soothing canopy of greens remedies eye-strain.

hagimit10According to the old folks I met who are residents of the Island since the early part of the 20th century, the river has its enchantments. They shared stories of people who had encountered the environmental spirits living near the Hagimit Falls and the surrounding forest.

hagimit13_convertedThere are cottages here and small stores too. Oh! They named the resort “Mahal Forest Resort.”

hagimit9See? They have a wooden raft!IMG_0144-1-editedIsn’t that a nice view? This part of the Hagimit waterfalls is 6 feet deep, if you’re like me who can’t swim – better wear a life jacket.

hagimit_jump_kidThis is one of my favorite pictures LOL. Happy jump kid!

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hagimit15_convertedMy favorite part of the Hagimit falls, just situated where the sunlight meets the aquamarine waters..

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 However short the vacation was, I was able to fit the tour around the Island in just two days. I created the warmest memories by taking pictures of many beautiful tropical sceneries. I am so thrilled to share this with all my readers. My next destination? Hmm.. I’ll let you know about it.

HOTEL QUICKLY Last-Minute Hotel Booking App: A Tenderfoot Traveler’s New Best Buddy


I am not a travel pro and admittedly, I suck in planning a trip ahead. The hassle of booking online or even offline for CHEAP HOTEL rates has always been my worry. I believe every amateur traveler would be enthusiastic to discover a modern guide that can be carried in your pocket wherever your feet takes you, AND whenever you need it. Finding cheap airfare is just a piece of cake nowadays with loads of special promos and discounts etc, but what really irritates my scalps the most is the mind-bending hotel rates and availability for last minute booking. Sometimes, you won’t even get anywhere. I hate to be stuck in a situation wherein I would be on the streets for hours striving to find a nice hotel just to find out that “THERE’S NO VACANCY.” Also, I prefer to stay in a hotel near the places I want to visit. Getting paranoid about travel preparations? We all know

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Surprise! Surprise! Finally, I found out about this cutting edge app designed to cut the chase in the most accessible way and be straight to the point of where to go as quickly as possible. Hotel Quickly mobile app doesn’t only provide the On-The-Go advantage – it also offers bigger discounts averaging %28 or more which is way affordable and way convenient compared to other online outlets. Whether you are using iOS, Android, Blackberry and other devices Hotel Quickly app gives more freedom and flexibility.

I have here the screenshots after I downloaded the App from my StarMobile Diamond D3 Android phone. So far, I have not experienced any technical problems.

I find this feature pretty straightforward, it shows how accurate the app is for real-time availability of the hotels and its current discounted rates. However, it would be much better if the app releases the available hotels 24 hours, just in case you are on the streets past midnight.

I’ll show another set of screenshots on how easy it is to use the app. Just an FYI, Hotel Quickly handpicked only the reputable hotels, there are also details and reviews of each hotel. You wouldn’t have to worry about the service of the hotels and how the rooms look like. What even makes the app more exciting is the $30 free credit you will get automatically after you download and share it using your FB, Twitter and other social media accounts. The $30 credit is on top of the already discounted rates of each hotel. Isn’t that a very generous welcome?

You can download the App in Apple Store, Google Play Store and of course hotelquickly.com, – it’s FREE! So, if you are about to travel Asia, I would highly recommend you download this now. Whoot! whoot!

HomeSick: A Reminiscence Of My Childhood Beach


wpid-wp-1421673663047.jpegGrowing up understanding the true essence of nature, I became a beach lover despite my, inability to swim. Therefore, with such simplicity, I’d rather die in the hands of mother nature, it’s the kind of freedom I am somehow missing. The ambitious lifestyle I am currently living is just a mere superficial joy. It doesn’t have any integral role to shape how I define myself. wpid-wp-1421673423049.jpegI still appreciate the feeling of being pleased with just a simple relaxation in a hammock reading a book. Although, what I miss more is to sit on the soft sand while gazing at the bright blue sky and watch the clouds drift until the darkness takes place. I am considering giving up the high-income I earn from my current profession in the busy city of Manila for a much simpler living. Because I am starting to realize that nothing else means more to me than being close to home and far from all the stressful life of the city.

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I stated on my recent post I Fell In Love With The Little Hagimit Water Falls how fascinated I am with such nature’s gift. What adds to my confidence about going back home to stay much longer is observing the vast development of Samal island and the main city of Davao Del Sur. It is much easier now to travel from the Island to Davao capital, it only takes 15 minutes by a barge. I’m just really home sick and I really hate the sadness it brings me, perhaps all of this is, simply where my heart belongs.

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I enjoy spending half of my day picking dead branches and thinning them. I use it to build miniature nipa huts and handcrafted souvenirs. I also collect sea shells that I design and sell to the tourists in the Island. Various flower shops and hotels from Davao city and even from other towns purchase it for decorating purposes. I imagine it would be a great idea to stand a store near the beach resorts. What do you think?

IMG_0259I seriously miss the unmatched grilled tuna jaws and every kind of seafood. Just imagining the charred edges fragrant with that wood smoke fresh from organic grilling using firewood. A perfect pair for a good old coconut wine. Samal Island is big enough to hold several resorts, which serve flavored coconut wine. And I remember well the funny reactions of tourists trying it. Of course!! The island has civilization. There are few banks, public markets and department stores which are very accessible.

IMG_0358As I get older, I’m missing my parents more often, unlike my younger years when I was so aggressive to move away from them. Now that we are much closer and the only gap between us, is our actual distance, it gets harder. I always pray for my parents health and for them to live a long life, so that I won’t miss a chance showing them how much I love them both. My father has diabetes and although he is much better now from almost losing his life last year, he’s no longer as strong as he used to be.

IMG_0380I miss walking along the shore during the morning with my cup of hot cocoa in hand, waiting for the sunrise. And as the sun grows bigger, I observe its reflection through the gentle waves glistening clear sea water. I care less of the glare despite my depriving vision and I am more than happy to do it again when I get back. But, of course, this time I have to learn how to at least float in the water, there are so many water-sport activities I want to try.

wpid-wp-1421676180399.jpegOne of the weird ideas I completely enjoy when I was a kid is to sit on the seagrass and watch my feet from above the water. It pleases me how it changes the shape of my feet under the moving water. Sometimes, I fart in the water and let the bubbles pop! I shouldn’t feel guilty, nothing can smell it, not even some tiny sea creatures underneath the small rocks.

Did I mention Hagimit Falls? It’s one of the adventures I’m looking forward to doing again. For now, I’ll stay in the city, save enough money and make all the things I wish happen.

Vacation Paradise: Hotels And Resorts I Die To Visit


While waiting for Tropical Typhoon Glenda to stop the hell slamming galvanized irons on the streets and slapping people with her unforgiving wind, my mind was flying somewhere!! I was daydreaming of a nice vacation, “the coastline bliss.” Few hours later I found myself scrolling at the images of these epic works of architecture and mother nature’s amazing beauty.

 #5  Aenaon Villas

Situated on the edge of the Caldera, on top of Santorini, Greece. A well-known magnificent Greek Art with its volcanic Santorinian stone that looks like wedges of brown sugar topped with brilliant white icing. Imagining myself having a relaxing night drinking wine while watching the Aegean Sea as the sun kisses goodnight to the sky is certainly a spectacular experience. trendir enlisted Aenaon Villas as one of the best thought designs, combining modern and the classic Greek design, trendir house design: amazing Cycladic architecture on the edge of the CaldaraAs a hotel & resort Aenaon Villas was awarded by Fodor’s 100 hotels by fodors 2012 hotel awards for local experience: aenaon-villas  

Here’s their official website: www.aenaonvillas.gr/   

#4 Iniala Beach House

It definitely stands for its name Ultramodern Seaside Getaway Villa. Iniala beach house of Phuket, Thailand,  is an amazing piece of modern architecture that is not just a coastal home but also a luxury resort and restaurant. Known for its epitomic wave motif wall and ceiling, there’s no question why it has been featured in trendir house design ultimate ultramodern getaway villa with private restaurant as one of the most admired modern designs. Not only Trendir recognizes Iniala beach house, even the prestigious Le Miami honors Phuket Thailand’s Modern haven for “The Greatest Guest Experience award.” www.theshiftinluxury.com/recognising-the-rebels/. This place is surely one of the most memorable places to visit.as one of the most admired modern designs. Not only Trendir recognizes Iniala beach house, even the prestigious Le Miami honors Phuket Thailand’s Modern haven for “The Greatest Guest Experience award.” www.theshiftinluxury.com/recognising-the-rebels/. This place is surely one of the most memorable places to visit.

For more details, here’s their website: www.iniala.com/  

 #3. ION Adventure Hotel
Where The Fire Meets The Ice” – as described by designhotels.com. 

Iceland has the SEXIEST DESIGN Hotel awarded by 2 prestigious awarding bodies for its panoramic views and great ambience, boutiquehotelawards 2013 finalists for sustainability, ion luxury adventure hotel Iceland and the famous www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2014/06/26/hotel-test-drive-ion-luxury-adventure-hotel-iceland/.  This eco-friendly and futuristic icelandic architecture offers more than just it’s à la mode sophistication of being a vacation HOT spot. It’s breathtaking wilderness provides its guests the “Ice-lamazing” enjoyment of a lifetime.

For more details: http://ioniceland.is/

www.designhotels.com 

#2 Cappadocia Cave Suites

“The return of Ancient Anatolia Kingdoms”

One of the most remarkable vacation spots I have seen is the Gamirasu cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey. At daylight, the jaw dropping volcanic rock infrastructures will bring your imagination back to the glorious days of  the ancient kingdoms of Anatolia. And during the night it transforms into an astonishing magical panorama. When I was checking the photos taken by the professional photographers online it brought my mind to the powerful history of Roman, Byzantine, and Persian Empires. Cappadocia cave suites are also the same. Although Cappadocia cave suites offers more recreational activities, not only it is famous by its gorgeous views both also with their great customer service. Cappadocia Cave Suites has been ranked as part of the TOP 5 Best Cave Hotels  in the World. independent.co.uk for travel news and advice, five best cave hotels and the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2013 -2014 by www.tripadvisor.com.ph .

www.cappadociacavesuites.com/en

www.gamirasu.com/ 

#1 Four Seasons & St. Regis Bora Bora

This superb Spa resort in a haven in the midst of the pacific ocean. Literally the beach on your doorstep! Who doesn’t love to wake up in the morning welcomed by the sparkling aquamarine waters, majestic views and that smell of the tropical perfume? Or feel the bliss of romance as you embrace your love one while watching the sunset? Or even to just express your gratitude of  living the way you live now by simply rewarding yourself the sensation of what life has for you.  Bora Bora possesses the beauty unrivaled by any other and owning the title of “The oceana’s best island,” as awarded by Condé Nast –  cntraveler.com readers choice awards oceania best islands australia pacific edging out Mo’orea Pearl Resort & Spa of Mo’orea island. Even though Mo’orea and Bora Bora are both part of the French Polynesia – Bora Bora’s ST. Regis and Four Seasons does not need to brag for effortlessly captivating every single person who experiences its luxurious beauty putting Bora Bora and both beach resorts to the TOP.  Four Seasons and St. Regis are next to each other and both are pretty much known for their exemplary service. This is the number 1 place I am so fascinated to visit!

Check out the 2 links below for more awesome details:

www.fourseasons.com/borabora/ 

www.stregisborabora.com/  

HISTORICAL DREAM VACATION PART 1: ANCIENT HOMES TO EPIC HOTELS AND RESORTS


I have always been so fascinated by ancient dwellings and ruins. I strongly believe that they shouldn’t be abandoned, instead it should be taken care, preserved and get more attention by allowing people feel it’s timeless beauty. We should be thankful to those who sacrificed their lives for building these dwellings, because they are treasures that remind us of how gifted we are as humans.

3. SIWA, EGYPT

Ancient name Ammonium, historically, it is part of Ancient Libya its modern name Siwa has stood since the 10th millennia BC.  Pictures below are of  Adrere Amellal Desert Eco Resort and Siwa Shali Resort

Check out their Official website:

www.siwashaliresort.com

2. MATERA, ITALY

The province of Matera, Region of Basilicata, Italy. These cave dwellings known as “sassi de matera” (Stones of Matera) has remained beautiful since the 3rd century BC. Pictures below belong to Sant’angelo Luxury Hotel & Locanda Di San Martino Hotel and Thermae

Check out their Official websites:

www.hotelsantangelosassi.it

www.locandadisanmartino.it

 

1. CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

The earliest record of the name of Cappadocia dates from the late 6th century BC  and it is now renowned for its timeless beauty.  Featuring Argos Luxury Hotel & Museum  Luxury Cave Hotel.  My previous post includes Cappadocia as one of the places I die to visit, if you haven’t seen that post here’s the link VACATION PARADISE: HOTELS AND RESORTS I DIE TO VISIT

Check out their Official websites:

www.argosincappadocia.com/

www.museum-hotel.com/

 

End Of My Love Story: I Learned To Stop Carrying The Torch


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I’m probably not very lucky when it comes to finding a romantic partner, I have 4 serious long term relationships that had deeply resentful endings. The first boy I loved, when I was still in high school died because of brain cancer, which was only disclosed to me a year after he left me heartbroken, perplexed and angry. Three years later I met my college sweetheart but his messed up life led him into committing plenty of terrible decisions, until he accidentally impregnates a girl he was hooking up with. Two years came by and I met an American guy, it was a very thoughtful and meaningful relationship. Unfortunately, his personal and career problems, which he kept from me, ended our love story. After that I was single for another 2 years and still has my hopes high because I chose not to be angry about it.

When I Finally Went Into Pieces

I met an Irish lad who was working here as a game developer, he was a tall dark-haired man with hazel eyes and intimidating looks. We started as drinking buddies then became officially dating a year after. We both have busy careers and for all that he is by far the happiest relationship I’ve had. But then, things suddenly went haywire. He started to behave strangely, like feeling threatened and unsafe all the time. For a year, I ignored my gut feeling, stood by him and tried my best to give him both comfort and protection that he needs to feel. One night, he asked me to go to his place, he was drinking heavily, his eyes were teary and I can see his struggle not to cry. I’m tough by nature, but his look that night feebled me. He broke down into tears in front me, with both of his hands clutching his head. I suddenly felt tensed and unsure what to ask. I found a couple of papers on the table and old prescription medicines. In a shaky voice, he told me he was diagnosed with a sub-type behavioral disorder called paranoid schizophrenia. I was in total disbelief because I was scared to lose him. I blamed myself for not being aware of it. His sisters came a week later to bring him back to Ireland. We bid our goodbyes at the airport, he kissed me for the last time and whispered in my ear the words “I love you so much, this is for your own good.”He felt that his health disorder might make me suffer in the long run if we insist on our relationship. I didn’t want him to go, but I understand the reasons for him to leave, which made me feel more disheartened. I watched the plane disappear in the clouds, surprisingly not a single tear fell from my eyes. My spirit was burnt, hot enough to dry the tears before they fall down to my cheeks.

When I No Longer Know What Romance Is

That day was the day my frame of mind concerning a romantic relationship changed. Partly it was the despair of my lost love for the 4th time, but moreover the reasons how each ended devastated me most. I became desirous of affection and desperate to flee from all the memories to a point that I’ve lost grip on my senses. I started looking for distractions and several men whom I meet from dating websites and places I go to became my ” discreet special friends.” All these men, I have often gone out to parties with, are expats with busy working lifestyle. Even though we get along pretty well, I set one rule for myself. Each moment spent together, should always be nothing more than just a sexual relationship. We go hitting the bars binge drinking, sex and more sex on and after the parties, and that’s about it. I was reasonably unconcerned that I’m just bearing the brunt of my own frustrations. I knew some of them wanted to take it to the next level, but I suppose my deep wounds had escalated into a major distrust issue to a point that my heart became extremely guarded. There were also numerous times that I lied to myself and to the men I hooked up with, by pretending that I don’t feel something special for him. It’s just in my mind, I could not love anymore.

Woman_in_cell_playing_solitaire_660That’s when I Learned To Stop Carrying The Torch, before it kills my heart again. Whenever I feel that the sexual relationship is about to drift an infatuation, I kill my feelings for the guy right away. I intentionally do it which in my type of personality, works pretty easy. I admit there are times I miss being committed but I don’t feel that I am ready for it. Will my heart ever be ready again for a romantic relationship? Maybe, when a man who has more spirit, an open mind to see the real me behind my tough side and would stick with me longer. I am not closing my doors, this transition in dating is a choice that is currently working for me with the reasons I find less complicated.

“The Samal Sunrise” – One Of Best Mornings To Experience


I don’t intend to appear mawkish but when you get the best moment that you have been pursuing, the moment everything around you finally makes you feel at ease. Right there and then you’re given the chance to ponder and be thankful for experiencing such a peaceful moment. Now, being an adult, I barely have the luck to experience such a wonderful time to cherish, just like this two days vacation, it was pure luck. I have planned it for a year and I almost lost hope of finding a cheap airfare for the calendar dates I wanted. Luckily, I found a really affordable airfare in spite of the busy holidays when every airline has ridiculous rates.

After I ate rice paired with my all time favorite grilled dried fish and fried egg for breakfast, I took a walk on the beach with the good old organic hot cocoa we call “tablea.” It is one of the best mornings I haven’t experienced for a while. I’ve never felt so relaxed and happy for a very, very long time. How I wish I will have more mornings like that if only I don’t need a job enough to sustain my responsibilities. I would be more than happy to exchange the life in the city to the life I used to have. But reality bites hard, after this vacation I’ll be back to the real world but at least I had the best morning that gives me the smiles. I said, “good morning, thank you” to the skies and to the sun warming up my cold cheeks. I also greeted the little creature passing by before me..There are so many beautiful places and chances mother nature and life has in store for us. All we need to do to be always thankful, keep moving forward until we bump into that “greatness” we have been wishing and working hard for.

I used the opportunity to soak my feet and sat on the fragile seagrass while the sun is starting to get bright, I just love the way it shines through the calm and clear sea waters. Even the trees are looking so beautiful

Samal Island has so much to offer for die hard beach lovers, vacationers and those who need a getaway from the stress of the BIG, BUZZLING CITY. You can check my other entry of my two days vacation in Samal Island. I Fell In Love With The Little Hagimit Water Falls. I will post another one soon.

Buy Me Something Naughty 1: Sexy Gifts For Your Girlfriend


1. “Pasties”  
– Some of us girls enjoys the comfort of being bra-less. And men definitely enjoys visualizing the natural shape of our bosom right? But of course we have to keep it covered, I find many nipple patches unpleasant to the eyes that’s why they’re only good under the shirt. It will be comical if I’m in the midst of a sexy action and surprise my man with a pair of round band-aids on my nipples. NOT COOL. But this “nippies” are hot, they look fashionable and playful. 
Where to find these? http://www.yandy.com and https://www.etsy.com
 

 
2. Confidential Condom Holders
– We girls know how to prepare, just in case :). I honestly can’t risk it if my man keeps forgetting to bring a condom. It is as much as I dislike any embarrassing surprises later of bringing condoms with me. This fashionable and discreet condom holders are not only artistic, they are surely convenient!  Just like the “JUST IN CASE® II compact” a fabulous mirror with a compartment enough to hold 2 condoms inside. And yeah the condom storing case that protects your iPhone too! Sexy and Smart, perfect gift for your girl if both of you are always on-the-go together.
 
Courtesy of   
http://justincaseinc.com and http://www.kyledesigns.com 

 
3. Droplet Necklace  
–  Simple, sleek and discreet.Why discreet? If your girlfriend is naughty she might say “aww, it’s a beautiful necklace.” but in her mind “it’s just a necklace. Lame” But wait, that little jewelry has a secret that can please her sensual side, because it’s also a vibrating nipple clamp. Yes,  you can slip the droplet under your clothing and its tiny motors will do the work. So, let your imagination do the picture-painting. ♥ 
Courtesy of  http://www.lovecrave.com/jewelry/droplet/features
 
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4. Kama Sutra Dice Set and Kheper Games
–  Question, are you willing to admit how naughty you are? In a romantic relationship nowadays let’s face it, sex is important. But old school ordinary lovemaking can get boring, and not all of us can go as radical as bondage. There’s an erotic game of chance that you and your honey can enjoy without going way too extreme, this is intended to promote mutual fondling and make your sensual mood more exciting!  Just roll the dice and do the position with your partner. I bet this will challenge your endurance with every game. ♥
Courtesy of  http://www.giveter.com/ and  http://www.khepergames.com/
 

5. lingerie

No question that every girl feels sexier than ever wearing a fashionable and alluring lingerie , do I need to say more?

Hello World! Meet My Favorite Philippine Sweets!


 

Simplicity at its finest! Most Filipinos are wooed by the western pastries, from muffins, cupcakes, pies to fancy cakes. This time let’s introduce the Philippine sweet cuisine to those who are curious enough to take a peak on some of the Filipino confections that I believe many of the munchies from the west side of the world would surely enjoy. We Filipinos are simple so we also have simple and enticing cuisine.


Sapin-sapin

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original Pictures above is what we call Sapin-Sapin, it is made of glutinous rice flour that can be shaped, condensed, layered and be in different colours similar to Mochi of Japan and Tteok of Korea. There’s no wonder why there’s a resemblance, because rice is prevalent in all Asian countries and we Asians share many ethnic cultures, including the cooking methods. All Asian countries has its own excellent glutinous rice and coconut sweet course cuisine. Mochi and Tteok tastes almost the same as Sapin-Sapin, it only differs on the level of stickiness and both comes in fancier shapes and designs than Sapin-sapin. This is one of the must-try delicacies in the Philippines.


Halo-halo

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Who could go wrong with this tropical frozen delight? The pictures above shows the Halo-halo which means in Filipino language “mixed together,” well, you can see the bunch of edible stuff smacked on top of each other in a large glass bowl or a long cocktail glass – for added tropical feel, serve it in a coconut shell! Halo-halo has a crazy concept of mixing whatever sweets from kidney beans, jello, purple yam, jackfruit strips, rice krispies, leche flan, fruits, ice cream, corn cereal flakes and whatever you can think of adding.  All of these are piled atop of or under shaved ice, then poured with evaporated milk.


Yema

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This Asian version of  custard candy is the easiest to make among all the Filipino desserts I know, this was our school project when I was just 8 years old! Yema maybe simple because it’s just egg yolks and condensed milk, but it never fails to give Filipino kiddos the milky smile of joy :). This gooey candy is so versatile many designs of it were created and it even collaborates well with other pastries. I saw some excellently decorated yemas that look like edible gems!


Suman

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   The epitome of the classic Filipino dessert, Suman comes in different types and nowadays many have made many versions of it, some fancy Filipino restaurants serves this with such artistic presentation that you wouldn’t believe a simple Suman could look expensive. They have different flavours, textures and even the way they are wrapped in banana leaves. This tasty treat could be with twirled cocoa chocolate or what we call tablea or purely tablea-based, they can also be in purple yam flavour or the original coconut with a hint of ginger. The texture depends on  the kind of Suman, they can be made with something other than rice like cassava.


Buko Pandan

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This definitely gives me the zing that makes my heart “whoosh” with joy! It tastes as yummy as it looks, thank you BOHOL for creating such an icy-licious dessert that completes every Filipino parties. The vibrant green colour that contrasts well with the coconut strips and milky thick juice is because of the screwpine or pandan flavoured gelatin. There are optional additions on buko pandan dessert, for pearl shakes some add rice flakes or cheese bits.


Latik (On Biko or Kalamay)

 

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Kalamay with Latik or Biko with Latik! Anything with Latik gives the rice cake a delicious kick! My 2nd favorite after the leche flan. the pictures may look like just a simple glutinous rice cake but that shiny brown caramel topping that melts on top of the sticky rice is what makes this rice cake a stand out dessert. Latik is a coconut residue that transfigures from oil to syrup when cooked with brown sugar.  This condiment not only has a distinct sweetness it also has an inviting smell, I always beg my mom to cook this for me every time I go visit them back in my hometown :) .


Leche Flan

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This delicacy originated in Rome but then became a much more popular recipe shared by Latin America and Spain. I consider this sweet course as the most sinful confection in the Filipino dessert cuisine. The mouthwatering, milky-licious leche flan is tough to resist, its soft and creamy texture and even its simple presentation has that inexplicable appeal. OMG! this succulent Filipino dessert melts in your mouth and will bring out the kid in you :) ( at least that’s what I feel when I eat this.) If you are wondering what separates this flan from the flans of other countries is we don’t add vanilla extract or heavy cream.


Pichi-pichi

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 My mother’s all time favorite, the gluey Pichi-pichi!! This sticky grated cassava comes in different shapes and in different colours too. The original recipe uses just the grated coconut meat as a coating but many Filipinos now are adding grated cheese too that gives this classic dessert a twist – just the way I like it! Yum yum!


Ginanggang Maruya

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 The counterpart of banana cue! I personally choose ginanggang over banana cue. The difference of the two skewered cardaba bananas (besides the funny name lol) is the cooking procedure. Banana cue is deep-fried and in the process of frying, brown sugar is added for continuous mixing until the banana is coated with caramelized brown sugar. The last part is skewering the finished product in a bamboo stick  For ginanggang however, the cardaba banana is already skewered before placing it on a charcoal barbecue grill. The cooking method is barbecuing the unripe cardaba banana until the outer surface is lightly singed. When it’s cooked brush it with margarine and sprinkle it with white sugar before serving it. While Banana cue is popular in Luzon region, Ginanggang is popular in Visayan and Mindanao regions, I grew up eating this local snack back in my home town Davao City, and will remain one of the best snacks you should try :) .


Ice Candy

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Ice candy! The idea of the existence of this ice cream substitute is satisfying the cravings for a frozen dessert without causing tears to your wallet. Ice creams aren’t cheap and not all people especially those with very limited budget would want to spend 150 philippine for a sherbet. Ice candies are easy to make and very affordable, all you need to prepare is a can of condensed milk, any type of fruits or even just the milk alone or the local chocolate TABLEA, coconut juice and sugar. Some would improvise it by using other dairy products such as all purpose cream and yogurt.


Ube Halaya

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Oh yeah!Ube halaya! Who would think an ugly root crop could become a source of a toothsome treat? One or 3 spoons of this isn’t enough to satisfy your taste buds when you try this awesome purple goody. The best part is, it’s easy to make. All you need are boiled and mashed ube, condensed milk, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and sugar. A good blend of these ingredients under low-heat results this delectable Filipino sweetness!


Brazo De Mercedes

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If Spain have Brazo De Gitano, Philippines have Brazo De Mercedes, I find it strange why a swiss roll is named in Spanish when it’s not even originated in either countries. Anyway, Swiss roll is a sponge cake while brazo de mercedes is a meringue made out of egg whites baked, laid flat topped with custard filling then rolled. Just look at that fluffy white stuff with that thick chewy custard filling and you can already imagine how delicious it is!


 All these great images are not my own, so feel free to visit the websites that are indicated on each picture, they have the recipes of these delicacies. :)

A Lavish Empire: Planet Grapes Food, Wine And Style


The first word that popped into my memory when I stepped a foot on this classy restaurant is the word “sexy.” C’mon! What’s not sexy about lavish food and excellent choices of wine? So far, this is the most enjoyable dinner I have had this year. They offer an array of world-class wines stored in an Enomatic digital dispenser system and it was heaven! I had two or more glasses of each kind of their best seller wines. Also, I complement the wine bottle chandeliers that accents the gray and black theme of the whole interior.IMG_2068

Here are the highlights.

1. Urban Old Vines 2013: I love all the wines I drank, but this one is the best. It’s a happy drink! I am not sure if its chardonnay, all I know is I love its citrusy flavor. The other wines I enjoyed Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 which has that floral essence to it, Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Pircas Negras Malbec 2013. IMG_2032

2. Tinapa Dip:  Too bad I don’t have a picture of this really excellent dip. I would never have guessed it is made of smoked fish because it looks like a cream mustard. It is paired with crispy pork rinds which I believe cooked using an air fryer. The tinapa dip tastes more like a light cream cheese infused with smoked fish. Lovely!

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3. Mashed Potatoes: Foodies knows this well about mashed potatoes, it is easier to get turned off than be impressed by it. This classic comfort food must be carefully prepared.  The perfect mashed potatoes have the rich herby flavor and have the creamy, fluffy texture. Otherwise, a small mistake can ruin both its taste and texture. I have tried several mashed potatoes from restaurants that are either underseasoned or dry.  The chef of Planet Grapes did an excellent job and made this just right.

4. Adobo Rice: It does not taste like monosodium glutamate, and that’s the best about their adobo rice. Such an inviting dish that made even better with adobo floss garnished on top, not only it tastes delicious, it also looks delicious.

IMG_20485. Turon Trilogy: I came from one of the world’s largest banana producers, which is why this Filipino merienda has always been present in my entire childhood. I grew up eating various versions of this native delicacy. When I tried this version of Turon, I was taken back to my childhood memories. The soft saba banana, the mild sweetness of jackfruit strips and purple yam definitely scores high.

IMG_20796. Buko Pie Bites:  The mixture of soft coconut meat and the creaminess of milk wrapped in a slightly salted thin crust dough is a perfect 10!

IMG_2015 (1)7. Organic Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs: The glossy sheen implies the savory lightly sweet glaze of a perfectly marinated pork spare ribs. I love it when the meat just falls off the bone and that just happened. It was good.

IMG_20118. Chicken Barbecue: Tender chicken meat chunks skewered with scallions which make it more aromatic, a perfect match for Cabernet Sauvignon.

IMG_20589. Crème Brulée: What’s impressive about their crème brulée is they have three flavors of it. My favorite is the one with the Durian flavor because I haven’t tried that anywhere else. They also have the banana flavor and, of course, the original version. It was an OK dessert, but the hard caramel on top seemed very little and the custard base seemed runny and watery. My impression is, it’s either chilled prior serving when supposedly, it should be just at room temperature or had too much milk.10: Red Hot Bopis: This dish is a combination of pig’s lungs, liver, heart and large intestines minced and sauteed with shallots, garlic, carrots, and chilies. This should also and when you eat it, you will easily distinguish its individual flavor and texture.

IMG_194910: Red Hot Bopis: This dish is a combination of minced pig’s lungs, liver, heart and large intestines. Then sautéed with shallots, garlic, tomatoes, and chilies, some would add minced carrots and red bell pepper for a better flavor. This is very important, when chewing this, you should easily identify the individual flavors and texture of each internal organs. However, the Bopis served to us isn’t really close to that description. Only the liver and the heart are identifiable. Also, it does not taste peppery like it should. The minced lungs which is the most tender isn’t present from this dish either.
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Areas of improvement: The high bar chairs were arranged too close to the chairs of the other table, it was difficult to move. Consider proper spacing.

Where Is This?

Ground Floor, North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City 

Branch Contact Number: (02) 531-8207

Check Their Website! http://planetgrapes.com.ph/

Follow Their Social Media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlanetGrapes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetGrapesPH

Instagram: https://instagram.com/Planet_grapes

 

I should have done this a long time ago


I see a lot of people having their own bucket list posted on their Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. I never did it because I wasn’t sure what are the more important things I should be enlisting on this so-called “PERSONAL BUCKET LIST.” But then, it came to a point that I said to myself “fuck it!” I have a stack of interests and I should set my goals for a change. So, as careful as I could, I warmed up the engine of my brain by drinking 2 bottles of beer and 3 mugs of brewed coffee. Just enough to get the cerebral-gears rolling inside my tough skull. Then I ranked the things that I can achieve within one year or less. I mean, they have to be achievable of course. SO, here we go :) I made mine Lol.

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 1. First Off, I need to Learn how to swim.

1. I am not old but not getting any younger either, I want an active and exhilarating lifestyle. Being unable to FLOAT surely closed the opportunity for me to experience the fun of water sports or even the simple snorkeling. I remember when i was in High School and a dog swam next to me.. Can you imagine how frustrated I was that a dog was rockin’ it ? While me, I was just right at the shallow area standing and flapping my arms like a BIRD soaked. — AWKWARD

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 2. Get A New Super Cool Laptop

My laptop is 4 years old and its function is ebbing away.  In order for me to continue this writing adventure of finding goodies, I need a spankin’ new laptop to store my pieces of art and expression.

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3. Pierce my lip and get tattoos

I am an artist by heart and I appreciate BODY ART! I would love to get inked with a nice Celtic Design Tattoo on my shoulder blades, or on my arm. Like this sample picture here and a silver jewelry on lower lip. Yeah!!

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4. Learn To Ride A Bike

Who does not love to see the sunset or sunrise and feel the cool breeze of mother nature while riding a bike? I still don’t find an acceptable reason why I did not learn this when I was a kid.

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5. Jumped off a cliff into water

Once I learned how to swim, I can have the guts to jump off a cliff into the water! Whoosh!! This would give that adrenaline rush and sense of relief because it’s like  escaping from adversities, dispelling distress or anguish. Denoting  increasing urge to break free. A fortunate venture that I am looking forward to :) .

 I spent years dribbling down the things I really hanker after and took me hours to pick what I can achieve in a certain period. It seems easy to just list down the things we want in our lives, but admittedly we overlook many factors that ascertain what is easy to accomplish based on our current means. But Hey! It’s a good way to motivate ourselves and find more reasons to enjoy life.

Food Review: Drizzly Morning Spent At 121 Grille Sports Bar


Earlier today, I went to 121 Grille Sports Bar because my colleagues chose a videoke with alcoholic drinks and food. There’s this bar located somewhere in Libis, in Quezon City. If you like the crowd, Eastwood is like an oasis of restaurants, bars, and cafes. I, myself like the patio umbrellas and the line of outdoor dining tables and chairs in front of each restaurants.
1. Vegetable Royale: Among the 4 dishes served, only this one and the Bagoong Fried rice I enjoyed. The veggies wasn’t undercooked and seasoned just right. I love the cornlettes! The serving size is pretty fair since the price range mostly includes the alcoholic drinks.

IMG_18652. Bagoong Fried Rice: This is good, the fried rice had just the right amount of shrimp paste mixed with small red chilies and then topped with scrambled egg. The rice has mild saltiness from the shrimp paste and it wasn’t oily. Overall, fried well. IMG_18863. 121 Pork Sinigang: Moderately concentrated tamarind soup and nicely simmered pork meat to tender. However, the vegetables were overcooked.
IMG_18474. Buffalo Wings: This is a disappointing dish. Buffalo wings should have a penetrating savory sour flavor with a hint of spice, it should start crispy on the outside but would go soggy as soon as you dip it in a sauce. It tastes like a sour fried chicken to me. It was paired with creamy dressing, but it didn’t have a hint of butter, which is another thumbs down. IMG_18594. White Chocolate Cheesecake: This was supposed to be a superb dessert, if only the chocolate sauce drizzled doesn’t taste like the bottled Hershey chocolate syrup. Don’t get me wrong for being bothered with that, they priced it just like the cheesecakes on really nice pastry cafes. I only know that Hershey chocolate syrup is used for cold desserts like smoothies or ice cream, like a banana split. It’s my first time to try a cheesecake with that kind of chocolate sauce.FRqjrhsoZWU1LTfpf97i6sLFHSexqeWYR7yZe-faM4s=w383-h511-no

Well, customer service is kinda OK, their videoke machine needs some maintenance check because it freezes in the middle of the song.  Will try their other menu next time, until then I give ’em a score of 3 over 5.

Location: 

Unit G1B & G2B Eastwood Citywalk Phase 1 188 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan

Contact Number: (02) 687 6963

Say WHAT?? You Grabbed Your Grandpa’s Dick??


Here I am checking my Stats page just to see how my blog site is doing, and as I scroll down. Whoah! Surprise, Surprise !!! A sucko just made a random search engine term that just cracked the shit out of me..

Say more???

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I wonder if the person who typed this in is under the influence of something “not normal,” but sure this is hilariously comedic LOL. I wish that sucko luck for grabbing a grandpa’s dick.