Sharing this interesting announcement about the Asian Food Channel’s first-ever reality series filmed entirely in the Philippines:
“On Tuesday, March 11 at 9pm, the Asian Food Channel (AFC), part of the Scripps Networks Interactive family of lifestyle media brands, will premiere its latest original production, Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines on SkyCable Channel 22 and Cignal Channel 26.
Hosted by Malaysian celebrity Sherson Lian, this travel and cooking reality show follows the journey of 10 intrepid contestants as they travel across the Philippines to compete for $50,000 worth of prizes. The contestants will encounter grueling physical and culinary challenges inspired by the Philippines’ dishes, culture, traditions and landscape. Overseeing the culinary challenges will be Sherson, as well as the program’s resident judge, Chef Rolando Laudico, who is one of the most recognizable names in the Filipino culinary scene today. In each region visited, Sherson and Chef Laudico will also be joined by an expert guest judge who helps to assess the contestants’ performances. Those who underperform will be eliminated until three top contestants remain to compete for the grand prize.”
Earlier this year, I had the scare of my life when my youngest daughter Lucia got confined in the hospital because of a preventable disease (measles). I skipped an immunization cycle because of an old wives’ tale of the MMR vaccine causing autism.
Anyway, that’s all behind us now because my little one recovered in due time and is now back to her hyper self. What the whole incident taught me is that vaccination should never be taken for granted. It is the very one thing that saves children’s lives!
Pneumonia and diarrhea or rotavirus gastroenteritis are the leading causes of childhood deaths worldwide. In the Philippines, for example, an estimated 37 children die of pneumonia everyday while for diarrhea, it’s at the rate of 13 kids daily.
The truth is, no child has to die because of pneumonia or rotavirus diseases, especially since these are both highly preventable. Early protection is key. Breastfeeding, hand washing, preventing air pollution, and adequate nutrition are factors but the most important of all is vaccination.
“Now is the best time to raise awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. These diseases should not cause unnecessary suffering among young children,” says Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Director. “Sometimes it’s just that parents don’t know enough about these diseases, and they don’t know that there are actually vaccines for them.”
Multi-talented Matteo Guidicelli, who first shot to fame as an award-winning racer, recently signed up as the endorser of Mentos candy. It helps that the Mentos HQ is in Italy and Matteo is half-Italian so they jibe together.
The young artist revealed the secret of his success:
“I’m hyper, I can’t stay in one place! If I’m not working, I’m working out or training. I don’t like wasting time so I try to be productive. What keeps me excited about life is knowing that there are always bigger challenges for me to take on.”
This 2014, Matteo – who is with ABS-CBN’s Star Magic – is ready to take on more projects. He’s the co-host of The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles and on the side, he’s being romantically linked to Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo.
With three weeks to go before the holding of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Grand Coronation night, reports are rife there’s a high chance that Miss Universe 2015 will be held in the Philippines. And our resounding reply is WHY NOT??
Beauty watchers point to the following indicators on why there’s now 75% chance that Miss Universe will be held in Manila (or other tourism spots ike Cebu) next year:
1. No less than Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler is flying into town to be one of the judges in Bb Pilipinas 2014 Grand Coronation Night and will crown the Bb Pilipinas Universe
Photo credit: Miss Universe official Facebook page
2. The presence of Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, who will most likely do final negotiation meetings and ocular inspections
Late last year, ABS-CBN executives led by Charo Santos-Concio were said to have flown to New York to bid for Miss Universe 2015 to be held in Manila and this move is being supported by the Department of Tourism as a necessary boost to the “It’s More Fun In the Philippines” campaign.
Yes, the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Grand Coronation Night is on March 30 yet but the beauty spotters of this blog are just brimming with excitement. We can’t wait to announce who will be the top contenders that will sizzle and dazzle on D Day. So far our batting average in previous pageants has been at 85% accuracy (90% even). As in previous years, annalyn.net will be there at Smart Araneta Coliseum to watch the pageant live and hobnob with the beauties
Our top picks this year are a mixture of new faces, comebacking contestants and those with beauty pedigrees (e.g. have siblings/relatives who have won Bb. Pilipinas before).
Here’s the first installment of our fearless forecast, our Top 6 Picks:
Kris Tiffany Janson – 24 year old from Cebu. She works as a finance analyst and joined Binibini because it’s her late father’s wish for her to do so.
Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti is also 24 and towers at 5’10″. She holds an international relations degree from Ateneo de Manila University & speaks fluent Portueguese, English & Filipino.
Yvette Marie Santiago, 20, is a Certified Public Accountant who also won World Miss University in South Korea where she studied.
Now our Top Six includes three comebacking Binibinis whose failure to land a major beauty title in the past year(s) hasn’t daunted them. And we agree…because they’re looking better than ever!
Pia Wurtzbach from Cagayan de Oro won 1st runner up in Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and is strongly gunning for a major title this year.
I missed Chef Seiji Kamura’s class on how to make Japanese-style ramen at The Maya Kitchen as announced here. But thankfully, I was able to get hold of the recipes he taught in the class so am sharing them here.
Disclosure: the ramen recipes haven’t been tested by me yet (but I will, one of these days). Best to visit Japanese grocery stores in Manila like Fuji Mart, New Hatchin, Sakura and some others if some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to you. Some of the major supermarkets like Metro Gaisano, Landmark and even SM have extensive foreign selections too.
Chef Kamura in action -
Shoyu ramen with chashu (braised pork belly). Photo courtesy of The Maya Kitchen.
I’ve said somewhere in this blog that am not crazy about ramen, so I didn’t really line up at every new ramen resto that Manilans obsessed with . Maybe because one of my first major encounters with the Japanese noodle soup didn’t end on an impressive note (sorry Ukkokei Ramen Ron fans). Secondly, am not the kind of person who goes for soups. I prefer my dishes to be dry or with sauce. So I’d rather have adobo rather than bulalo, beef bourguignon rather than bouillabaisse..if you know what I mean
So am a latecomer to Ramen Yushoken which foodies showered with praises a year ago (prior to the opening of Ramen Nagi). It’s really quite a shame since Yushoken is in Alabang and I come from the South. A mystery too that they haven’t opened anywhere else, even after their initial success.
But as the old saying goes: better late than never.Am now glad to be acquainted with Ramen Yushoken. It was love at first Shoyu between this resto and me…
The resto’s Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen at P350 per serving (pork bone broth + soy-sauce based tare or base sauce) was enough to bring me to heights unforeseen. It made me realize I could love ramen after all. The noodles had a certain chewiness and the house takes pride in making them fresh daily with ingredients imported from Japan. The chashu was tender and the broth was divine…it was bordering between milky and creamy, not sure if part of the soup flavor came from mushrooms but whatever it was, I liked it!
Their gyoza (P150) is definitely one of the best in town I’ve tasted, with the right golden brown crispiness at the bottom.
The Yushoken menu is pared down to the basics and I was thinking of a chahan with the gyoza. However, rice plus ramen is rather exaggerating it
How many among you prettify yourselves before a major travel..you know, do the whole manicure, pedicure, hair treatment stuff? Am guilty Your Honor, my feeble reason being to look Facebook & Instagram-worthy for those pics with a background of famous tourist landmarks, LOL.
My hair is my Achilles Heel, to be honest. I will never be happy with it because I find it coarse and not naturally straight. On several occasions, I’ve stuffed my luggage with a straightening iron which is a burden for someone who prefers to travel light.
Anyhow, I was mapping out my first-time travel to Korea when Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon invited me to try their services. It just so happened they were opening near me, in BF Homes Parañaque, to be exact. I jumped at the chance, it was exactly what I needed. My long hair was getting ho-hum and it needed a new life.
Ongoing until March 23, 2014 is The Great Samsung Sale! It’s the best time to get the gadgets you’ve been wishing for at a great price. Imagine, a Samsung smart phone for as low as P10,490 or a tablet for P7,490. Or, get a free phone with every purchase of a Samsung Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi.
Not only that, get huge discounts of up to 3,500, and great freebies like stylish covers for smart phones and tablets, 9000mAh Powerbanks, or a Galaxy data SIM card with every purchase.
Shine Bakery & Cafe is a dainty, vibrant little spot on the third floor of SM Aura. You just know a place is “kid-friendly” when the design sports candy cane stripes and its location is in front of Toy Kingdom. Parents (like me) must prepare our wallets for the double whammy!
Shine connotes #positivity and this resto’s name warms up to me instantly.
Naturellement, a family-centric place offers comfort food. But not just any chow. It’s food prepared to gourmet proportions by Chef Rob Pengson who has attained celebrity status with his growing list of restaurants: the Goose Station, Hungry Hound…to name just a few.Shine itself was listed in Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Manila for 2013.
We were lucky that Chef Rob was heading the kitchen at the time of our visit. When in Shine, a must-order is the house bestseller Umami Fries (P233), dunked to perfection in hot oil with parmesan, sesame, nori seaweed, pimenton and a dip of Kentucky bourbon aioli.