December 6, 2013 by ajay
Everyone of us who are seasoned in journalism knows that a good head (headline to the layman) is noble: imagine being able to write the meat of the matter in just a few words. But a bad head? I almost choked when I read this in the world’s No. 2 search engine before I retired to bed last night:
Being the grammar nazi, I felt compelled to post the glaring error on my Facebook wall while calling the attention of the only Yahoo contact I know on FB, tech editor Alora Guerrero.
Sorry Alora if we caused you to panic, as this is obviously beyond your turf. Allegedly, Yahoo’s contract with news provider GMA News Online does not allow them to “edit the head.”
” I just YMed a colleague, so now there are two of us who are feeling stressed out because of the head,” Alora revealed.
Hmm, we do like it nice and slow…. especially when savoring a bowl of divinely-prepared minestrone, for instance. or how about some melt-in-the-mouth osso buco?
The folks at Yahoo seem to like it nice and slow too, as the copy remains unedited as of 9:15 in the morning while I write this post, or more than 12 hours after we read their erroneous copy last night.
Talk about the internet being able to deliver news at supersonic speed.
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December 4, 2013 by ajay
Wouldn’t you like to give someone the gift of protection this Christmas? No, not that kind of “protection.” We’re thinking along the lines of data protection which is getting to be a necessity these days with our mounting files of digital photos, music, movies, documents and the like. I was thinking that WD’s My Passport Ultra line of portable hard drives would make a great Xmas gift to my tech-savvy friends who want to protect their digital content, especially when traveling.
WD My Passport Ultra has super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity and looks sleek with its slim, compact design. It’s ideal for carrying around and even comes with a protective pouch to help shield the gadget from the daily knocks encountered by mobile users. There are four color choices and suggested retail prices in the Philippines are the following: P3,390 for the My Passport Ultra 500 GB; P4,290 for the 1 TB is and P7,290 for the 2TB.
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December 3, 2013 by ajay
It still stumps me to be living in a country with one of the highest power rates in the world. Yes you heard it, the cost of our electricity is more expensive than Singapore or Japan. You can just imagine how much of the low-salaried Pinoy’s monthly budget goes to paying for power (sigh)
In other countries, the cost of electricity is subsidized by the government – hence, their lower rates. Also, the Philippines has fared badly in developing its power industry – whether coal, geothermal, hydro or some other. As such, consumers like us have to pay for the cost of generating electricity by privately-held companies.
The anatomy of our electric bill goes this way: a large chunk goes to the generation charges of the owners of power plants, then the distribution cost imposed by distributors like Meralco or the electric cooperatives in the provinces. The story doesn’t end there because there are also transmission charges for what goes on between the power plant and the power distributor, passed again to the end user (us!)
It would be easy for a household manager like me to heap the blame on Meralco once the monthly electric bill arrives, but not really.The situation is part of a greater problem which won’t be solved unless you choose to migrate out of the Philippines to escape high power costs
Anyway, it was good for Meralco managers to meet with selected bloggers at Aracama (The Fort) last week to enlighten us on how we can further cut down on electricity cost. It was enlightening as I thought I was already saving on our electricity but it turns out we need to do more. Here are the energy tips shared by Alfred Iporac of Meralco Customer Solutions and Maita David of Meralco Customer Services. Read after the jump:
Category Blah-blahs | Tags: , how to save on electricity, meralco, meralco philippines, meralco power saving tips | No Comments
November 28, 2013 by ajay
Let it be put on record that am mighty proud of the restaurant scene in Manila. It takes a native to see the diversity of offerings, the variety of cuisines and the excellence of the food available in town now. I love learning how young Filipinos, after being schooled in the great culinary traditions of New York, Vancouver, Sydney or wherever, are coming home to set up shop and pay it forward.Indeed, no longer shall we be called a Third World country if only for this!
In the meantime, new fabulous places in town are sprouting up like the latest strip of Megaworld Corp. called Tuscany at McKinley Hill which is dotted with the latest must-go-to restaurants in the metro.Almost adjacent to the Venice Piazza, I love how the restos were carefully curated so that they are not the same in terms of the menu and cuisine.
As a baptism of fire to the great food offerings of the restos in Tuscany at McKinley Hill, we highly recommend joining An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour being organized by top restaurant blogger Anton Diaz and his business partner RJ Ledesma. This will be held on four Saturdays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21)… a value-for-money treat where you will sample approximately 20 dishes from 8 restaurants for only P1,000. Not a bad deal!
Here’s my own experience of the foodie tour that was held for the media. The evening started sampling a glass of red wine and another of white wine in Planet Grapes. This is a wine place which has a unique vending machine, aside from its extensive collection of bottles from all over the world. There is also a wine connoisseur on standby.
Afterwards it was time to go Italian at Trattoria Poggio Antico where we had more wine and food. One good thing with tours like this, you get to share laughs with like-minded foodies. Dieting is never an option
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November 27, 2013 by ajay
As you can see, there have been no food and resto features for a long time. Am not about to blame Typhoon Yolanda, but some friends were really serious when they urged netizens (like me) not to post food photos while hunger was prevalent in Tacloban & neighboring areas. So be it!
Anyway, this is not about food for the sake of eating. Will be sharing some recipes which you can use for the family’s all-important gathering for either the Noche Buena (during Christmas Eve) or Media Noche (during New Year’s Eve) this year. It is only three days before December after all!
This was from last Saturday’s class at The Maya Kitchen which I announced previously. Even though weekends are sacred to me because of family time, I didn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the class because the recipes up for demo by noted restaurateur and Chef Fern Aracama looked really good. Besides, I’ve been loving Spanish food lately.
Here was the line-up of dishes (from left): Malunggay/Spinach & Mozzarella Dip, Insalata Uvato which is the chef’s signature salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette, Grilled Ensaymada Media Noche Style, and the Bunuelos (fritters) with Warm Chocolate Dip. The Potato & Chorizo Soup was covered with the cast iron red Staub cookware which I was eyeing to be in my Christmas wish list
The Potato & Chorizo Soup uncovered. Rich, filling & comforting.
Category Munchin' | Tags: , christmas recipes, cooking class manila, fern aracama, maya kitchen, maya kitchen makati, noche buena 2013, noche buena recipes | No Comments
November 25, 2013 by ajay
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The Physiogel Beauty Fair was one fab event that happened at the Makati Shang-ri La last week. It got us closer to some of the in-demand make-up artists in the country who shared their insider tips on looking good, of course.
There was make-up artist to the stars Krist Bansuelo who did the make-up on Maya (Jodi Sta.Maria) when she wed Sir Chief (Richard Yap) in TV’s Wedding of the Year. Take a look!
Krist subscribes to the “keep it simple dictum” by saying that great make-up starts with good cleansing. A hypoallergenic brand like Physiogel hydrates and keeps skin moisturized by mimicking the natural lipid composition of the skin. It’s so effective that it can last up to three days, even with washing or bathing.
MAC-sponsored make-up maven Pong Niu and beauty junkie Carla Avancena also shared their looking good tips, especially the trends that will hog the limelight in 2014.
Category Life & Living | Tags: , carla avancena, krist banzuelo, make up artists manila, physiogel, physiogel philippines, pong niu | 12 Comments
November 22, 2013 by ajay
We kid you not when we say that Magic 89.9 DJ Andi Manzano has one of the sweetest faces in the business.We caught up with her a week before she got married to PR & advertising man GP Reyes last Nov.13, and it was here where we got to know certain facets of her life. Like how she met her husband through Facebook (because she wouldn’t give her number) and how her family recently fought a valiant battle against her mom’s cervical cancer.
So it’s understandable that Andi has now become the spokesperson in the X Means Love campaign launched by GlaxoSmithKline and Healthway Medical. This aims to increase awareness in preventing cancer of the cervix through vaccination against HPV or the human papilloma virus which is one of those causing this type of cancer.
At the campaign’s launch program recently, Andi is shown with another beauty, Kim Jones, who is also slated to be married to actor Jericho Rosales soon.
“I decided to do this advocacy because early this year my mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It took us all by surprise and it was truthfully a very difficult time in our lives. She went through all the motions from the chemo to radiation treatments and by the grace of God, she’s been cured and is in remission,” Andi revealed.
Category People | Tags: , andi manzano, andi manzano wedding, cervical cancer philippines, cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccine philippines | 1 Comment
November 21, 2013 by ajay
Rarely do I attend cooking classes at The Maya Kitchen because of the early call time, but I will be there this Saturday, Nov. 23, to see well-known Chef Fernando Aracama do his demo from 9am to 1pm. The place: The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center at the 8th Floor Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City.
Chef Fern will share a few precious recipes that will be useful to us this Christmas. On the menu: the Spanish inspired Patatas Riojana, a very simple yet hearty and delicious potato and chorizo soup; Grilled Ensaimada Media Noche style, hot and crusty butter grilled ensaimada stuffed with Chinese ham and queso de bola; Insalata Uvato, a salad with honey balsamico vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, green and red grapes and kesong puti; Malunggay and Mozzarella dip in a creamy, cheesy brûleé best served with crispy crostini; and Bunuelos and Warm Chocolate Dip for dessert. These are deep fried choux pastries served with a thick and smooth milk chocolate dip.
Category Munchin' | Tags: , aracama manila, chef Fern Aracama, cooking class manila, cooking classes manila, fernando aracama, maya kitchen, maya kitchen cooking class, maya kitchen schedule | 1 Comment
November 20, 2013 by ajay
I remember receiving the Oishi giant pack during my last birthday….. it was the biggest sack of goodies I’ve ever seen
Taller than my three-year old daughter!
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November 20, 2013 by ajay
Congratulations to Gie Cruz and Jess Mutia for winning our recent giveaway for the ultra-light HD 201 headphones with excellent audio that you can only expect from a prestigious brand like Sennheiser
Our Rafflecopter widget has been updated to display the winners in the original post.
Thanks a lot for those who joined and we should have another giveaway soon to spread the joys of Christmas!
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