Dessert p0rn at the 1st Pleasure Store of #MagnumManila

Mark your calendars: it’s less than 7 days to go before the first Magnum Pleasure Store opens in Manila. April 8, to be exact!

#MagnumManila

Was fortunate to sample their goodies last week and I highly recommend! The pop-up store’s location at SM Aura’s SkyPark Dining looks really posh but Make Your Own Magnum is a real treat. For only 100 pesos, you get to dip your Magnum bar in your choice of chocolate coating then choose three from 18 tempting toppings, which range from crushed chocolate chip cookies to freeze-dried raspberries.

I had two Magnum bars and it was an altogether different experience tasting this ice cream with the toppings. The combination of potato chips, quezo de bola shavings and sea salt flakes was really yummy. For my second helping, I was feeling adventurous with the choice of grape Nerds, potato chips & chili flakes. It was spicy all right, and I choked a bit from the spice…but hey, it’s still a must-try! ;)

Make Your Own Magnum

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Behind the scenes at the Bb.Pilipinas 2014 coronation night

By now, you guys already know who the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 are. We’re proud to say that our predictions, as contained in this post, were right on 100%! The sad exception was Pia Wurtzbach who was in the semi-finals but did not place this year. However, if it’s any consolation, Mary Jean Lastimosa – this year’s Bb. Pilipinas Universe – won on her third try in the pageant.

Here’s an original photo I took of Mary Jean (middle) and the whole court of beauties after the winners were announced.A lot of people were saying this year’s contestants were really gorgeous. We agree: they’re getting better every year!

Note: aside from knowing how to play the violin, MJ Lastimosa has a 21-inch waist! :)

Bb Pilipinas 2014

From left: 2nd runner up, Hannah Ruth Sison; Bb.Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah; Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson; Lastimosa; Bb. Pilipinas International Bianca Guidotti; Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Yvethe Santiago; and 1st runner-up Laura Lehmann.

Anyway, it was my first time to see a Miss Universe in real life. I was this close to Gabriela Isler. At least she looked human because I saw a lot of freckles on her neckline. hehe.

Gabriela Isler

Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus Raj in a Francis Libiran studded gown and Russian pop star Emin

Emin & Venus Raj

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Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was here!

Reporting by Angelique Misa

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian
(Photo from geoffreyzakarian.com)

The Next Iron Chef Season 4 winner and great culinary icon, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was in Manila last March 20, 2014 for the Feast of Colours – Gala Dinner held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Chef Zakarian

The event was made possible by Colours, the living magazine channel and Cignal Digital TV, and it was all for a good cause! Proceeds of the five-course gala dinner – attended by the Who’s Who in Manila society – went to the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), the country’s major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster management.

The whole idea was to bring to Manila’s food-loving denizens the true-to-life flavors and expertise of the famed Iron Chef that they only see on TV. And the central theme was “East Meets West.”

Media representatives and bloggers had the opportunity to witness the Iron Chef himself preparing the Adobo Spiced Pork Belly, one of the five main courses that was served at the gala dinner that night. Chef Geoffrey explained that he wanted a harmonious balance of flavors which led him to experimenting with several kinds of vinegar to see which will produce the best result. He also played around with different pork and chicken cuts and settled on the pork belly. His version of Adobo was a definite must-try since he added ingredients that are not typically found in the Philippine national dish but nonetheless ended up very extraordinary.

Adobo by Chef Zakarian

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Bb. Pilipinas 2014: our final top 13 picks!

It’s that time of the year again! One or twice a year, am persuaded by my gay friends to be beauty queen-obsessed for this blog. Thanks to them, I’ve developed this radar for sensing who’s got the X-factor and possessed of those ‘winnable looks.’ It helps that for the past three years, I’ve also covered the Bb. Pilipinas pageant live at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This year won’t be any different. Am so excited for Sunday when Bb. Pilipinas 2014 unfolds! Thanks in advance to Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. for our front row tickets :)

During the Cream Silk gala dinner this week at the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros, it was a pleasure seeing all outgoing Bb. Pilipinas titleholders. They really did the country proud by getting world beauty titles last year. From left: Bea Rose Santiago bested 71 beauties from around the world to win Miss International in Tokyo, Japan in December; Joanna Cindy Miranda finished in the Top 10 in the Miss Tourism International tilt held in China; Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida placed 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe; and Mutya Datul was proclaimed Miss Supranational in Belarus, Eastern Europe.

Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners

In a previous post, I named the following as our strongest bets for the Bb. Pilipinas crown in 2014:

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In Seoul: NANTA show + Trickeye Museum

I was really excited to see Seoul but I did not take too many photos.That was because the temperature was -2 degrees on the weekend of my visit and of course, my hands were in thick gloves that made it cumbersome to use the camera. Being from a tropical country, I welcomed the cold weather though! It was surprisingly bearable, not the biting kind…it helps to be all dressed up for it :)

So what to do when stuck in chilly Seoul in February? Head indoors, of course. Chill in the countless coffeeshops that dot the city or visit unique attractions that doesn’t require one to complain about the crappy cold.

I loved the Myeongdong shopping area and in between, some friends and I managed to watchthe ever-popular Nanta show. No photos are allowed to be taken while the performance is going on, so I just took a pic of the busy scene at the lobby.

NANTA Theater Seoul

Nanta reminds me of slapstick comedy and it was nice to have an idea of the Korean sense of humor. It features young actors etching out the role of three cooks who have to prepare food within a set time limit. Along the way, they perform using chopping boards, ladles and even knives. Most of it is non-verbal but funny, and some parts require audience participation. Ticket price is 50,000 won per person or 2 thousand pesos.

If Nanta was funny, the Trickeye Museum was fun, fun, fun.It showcases Trompe-l’oeil art housed in a basement gallery in the university town of Hongdae. Trompe-l’oeil is a kind of technique (French in origin) that projects a 2D object (e.g. a painting) as 3D. The artworks are done by young Korean artists so most of it are cool and playful :)

Trickeye Museum Seoul

Trickeye

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@cathaypacific flew me to Seoul in 17 hours!

I flew to Seoul, Korea mid-February – a few weeks before the big mystery that is the missing Malaysian Airlines (MH) plane gained international attention. I was hardly pleased with Cathay Pacific that time for flying me to an Asian country after 17 hours (!!), with much waiting in between two airports. I thought I was better off going to Seoul on a stationary bike, LOL. But looking back now, it’s better to arrive very late at your destination than to NEVER arrive, ouch. Just hoping they find MH 370 soon.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay or CX is one of my favorite airlines and I just couldn’t believe they’d be close to four hours delayed on their flight from Manila to Hong Kong (the previous record was held by PAL with a delay of two hours, but PAL seems to be improving these days). I understand technical problems are unavoidable and the safety of the plane shouldn’t be compromised. Still, if you’re a passenger on a connecting flight, the long wait wreaks havoc on the whole itinerary.

In a nutshell, this is what happened to us, passengers:

11 am departure from Manila became 2:30 pm

We arrive in HK at 4:35 pm

My flight from HK to Incheon was 4:40 pm, but in this case, the CX plane didn’t wait (no matter how I thought they should have…. it was their fault anyway!)

Next flight was at 12:30 am, or an effin’ eight-hour waiting time.

What can I say… thank you Cathay Pacific for giving me this world record in my whole traveling career! :)

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Benzac forum on the causes & prevention of pimples

There was an invite from Galderma Philippines – the distributor of world-renowned pimple fighter Benzac AC – to a forum on the causes and prevention of acne. As a mom, I attended because my adolescent kids seem to be having pimple problems lately.And I knew how an outbreak can erode one’s confidence.For a youngster, a single zit can do so much in making one feel lonely, ugly and undesirable.

Benzac luncheon

Expert dermatologists shed light on some myths & facts about pimples. Here are a few of the important things we learned:

- Diet and lifestyle contribute to the prevalence of pimples. These days, it’s been noted that children as young as seven years old get acne attacks.

- Acne is caused by a few factors, among them smoking,stress, cosmetic products and excessive intake of Vitamin B12

- A diet rich in the following may aggravate acne: white bread, sugar, sweets, fastfood, dairy products and those that are high in glycemic index (list includes mashed potato, rice cakes, watermelon, white rice & instant oatmeal)

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Mexican comedy on @CinemaWorldAsia

The Boy Who Smells Like Fish (2) (Small)

Here’s something showing on Cinemaworld this Sunday, March 23, 9pm and will have a repeat on March 28 at 9:25pm:

The Boy Who Smells Like Fish centers on Mica, a seemingly normal boy – until you go near him. Mica deals with a rare disease called Trimethylaminuria, making him smell like fish. Because of this, no one wants to be his friend.

Life appears to be pointless – until Laura walks into it. Douglas Smith, who was also in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and HBO’s Big Love, plays the role of Mica, while Laura is played by Zoë Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz. She previously performed in X-Men: First Class, and the TV Series Californication.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Blu-Ray & DVD + promo

If you’re one of the countless fans of The Hunger Games series, now’s the best time to start a collection. The second installment in the blockbuster franchise, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ starring Academy award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is now available in the following formats:

Blu-ray (selling at a Suggested Retail Price of P1395), Limited Edition 2 Disc DVD (P795), and 2-Movie Set DVD (P995). Available in all branches of Astroplus and Astrovision and select Odyssey and O’Music & Video outlets.

Thanks to the film’s distributor C-Interactive Digital Entertainment for sending these to me over the weekend:

The Hunger Games

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Strange names in the 2013 bar exam results

And here now is our 2014 edition of strange names culled from the results of the 2013 bar exams released today, March 18:

The top 3:

1. Habeas M. Corpuz

You couldn’t get more legal than this.Can we presume that the parent of this board passer is a lawyer too? To the layman, habeas corpus is rather technical and is referred in full as the “writ of habeas corpus”. The phrase refers to the court order that allows a person under detention to be brought before a judge or court.

All we can say is: whew! What is your nickname? :)

2. Nat King C.Coles

We sure hope new lawyer Nat King Coles sings. After all, “Unforgettable” and “When I Fall in Love” are some of the greatest love songs in history.

Ok, don’t forget “Fly Me To The Moon.” I could melt with the words and the melody :)

3. Smith P. General

Arpee said now that Smith is a full-fledged lawyer, he can now be called Attorney General.Right on! hahaha

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