Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Had an opportunity to attend the Preview Art Fair 2014 at The Link, Makati.  Preview Art Fair is part of the onging Art Fair Philippines which opened on February 20 and will last until February 23, 2014.  Organized by Preview Magazine, it’s a fashion art live installations of three of the most talented people in the Philippines: Rajo Laurer, Nikki Luna and Leeroy New.

It’s a great experience to witnessed the live installation. Given only 1 hour to present, the output were tremendously beautiful, truly world class.

Aside from the fashion Art show, artworks of various well known sculptors, designers, painters, etc are on display at the parking lot, turned gallery, of The Link.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

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PHOTOBLOG: Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam

Another Asian country that I went to last year was Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. I arrived in Hanoi airport and took another flight to Ho Chi Minh for an hour. Stayed for a week, the city reminded me of the old Manila and Binondo. The city is rich in cultural heritage sites, formerly named Saigon. Majority of their transportation is the motorcycle. You should be good in playing “patintero” to be able o cross the street as you’ll be meeting a LOT of motorcycles left and right. You’ll ever see any Starbucks there but they have a lot of coffee shops serving their own Vietnamese coffee. One of their popular food is their Vietnamese noodle soup or Pho. It comes with onions, chili peppers, cilantro, lime, bean sprouts and thai basil as garnishings.



Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum








Dinh Tien Hoang (Old Quarter)
Old Quarter

Cầu Thê Húc (The Huc Bridge)











Hanoi Lake View

St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

A neo-gothic structure rising from the Old  Quarter’s twisting streets was erected by the French in 1886



Chicken Pho

Garnishing for the Pho

There’s a lot of things to learn about Hanoi.  I hope to come back and be able to explore and learn more about this place.

I guess 2013 was the best year for me as I was able to travel around Asia.  One of my travel wish was to visit Singapore.  Luckily, through work, my wish came true.  Here are some of my fave travel shots 🙂




















It’s just sad that I was not able to visit the Universal Studio due to the rain 😦 Well there is still next time 🙂

Fez Gastro Pub

I got a taste of Moroccan-fusion cuisine at Fez Restro Pub in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City when IGersManila was invited to try their 3 new dishes. The place was cozy and what I like about the place was their Moroccan lights installed at the ceiling.

We were served with one of their nibblers, the Papadum Crisp. It’s an oven baked spicy indian crispers with a ramekin of yogurt dip.

Guests were welcome by their operations manager and introduced Fez new dishes: Persian Kebab Combo, Fez Merquez Pizza and the Moroccan Tangines.

Trying out this Persian Kebab made from fresh meat/ chicken and marinated in herbs and spices. Served with basmati rice and grilled on skewers with olives, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. You can order meat, chicken or a combination of both meat and chicken. I like the meat better because its soft and tender.

The next dish we tried was the Fex Merquez Pizza. It’s a home made thin crust pizza topped with spicy merquez sausages and ground beef with prunes, apricots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and a generous serving of mozzarella cheese.

Of course the highlight, their Moroccan Tagine. Fez gave a twist to the tangine stew by segregating the ingredients.

It’s made of couscous with meat, black olives, mushroom. The rest of the ingredients were served separately and placed on these colorful bowl.

It comes with the sauce, tangerine jam, spices and these colorful candies (which I forgot what it is :P)

It was truly an afternoon Moroccan experience for us. Surely, we enjoyed the food and had fun taking photos of them.

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photo courtesy of @marcabgonzales

Fez
1C07A Serendra Commercial Strip
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Tel: 9011840
Email: fezrestobar@gmail.com

Hey Joe!

Speculoos Cookie Butter was a hit last year. Since this is not available locally, a lot of online sellers were up to sell this product. One brand that came out was Trader Joe’s. This brand was selling for php350 to as high of php500. I’ve tried tasting locally made cookie butter and find it good. But of course, to join the hype, I still want to try this and check why this is a hit 🙂 Finally after months of waiting, I received a package from my cousin and got 3 Trader Joe’s cookie butter – 2 crunchy cookie butter and the original one.

I opened the original/ regular cookie butter and what better way to try this was to pair it with banana 🙂  I just love the taste, not too sweet – Just right.  Like any peanut butter, this is perfect to pancakes, bread, cakes and dip too 🙂

Have you tried Speculoos Cookie Butter already? Share your thoughts too 🙂

CommunePH

I’m always on a look out to good and cozy coffee shop who also do latte art.  When I saw from a friend a latte with a cute art, I immediately asked where she got it.  Good thing it’s just within Makati area.  Saturdays and Sundays are my stress-free weekend time and I took the time to visit the place.  The moment I entered, I already fell in love.

Commune is a place where you can talk or discuss or communicate intimately. It’s a café and bar. They also have nice and friendly barista who even discussed to me the best technique to have a good latte.

Commune also has this small bookshelf where you can borrow books to read while enjoying your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t you also love the design on their wall. It clearly describes what Commune is.

Of course what’s a café without a good coffee and good book 🙂 I ordered for a regular latte and this is what I received ( 2 koi fishes, heart and a cat 🙂 )

I always make sure that when I order a coffee, I request the barista to draw something on the coffee either an animal or cartoon character or something that is not common for any latte art like heart, rosetta or swan. Somehow, this work of art made me smile that day. It’s so amazing for baristas to be able to do something like that.

If you want a place to hang out with your friends, relax, hold an event or even meet new friends, Commune is the best place.

One of my fave 3D latte art coffee I had 🙂

Commune
Liberty Plaza, 102 H.V. Dela Costa Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City (across Trafalgar Plaza)

Twitter: @CommunePH
Instagram: @CommunePH
Facebook Page: facebook.com/communePH

The Joy in Visual Arts

Enjoying the last few days of the holiday season, son and I decided to visit this cool gallery in SM City North EDSA. The place is called Joyous Visual Trick Arts Gallery by Masashi Hattori. It’s been so so long since I step foot in SM North. Ever since I stayed in Makati, we usually hang-out in any of the malls there.

JOYous Visual Tricks offers 3D arts and tricks for the whole family and friends. The gallery has more than 10 pieces of artworks which will trick you or give you an illusion of either flying on a magic carpet, being eaten by a dinosaur, fighting with a ninja and more. Aside from the art work, the gallery has some trivia and tricks that will keep you thinking and discovering new things. Before entering, you need to remove your shoes.  Shoes are not allowed inside the gallery so be sure to bring a pair of socks in case you don’t like to  walk barefoot.  In case you need someone to take a picture of yourself, they have nice and accommodating assistants to help as you view each of the artworks.  They’ll also guide you on how and where to pose.   Each 3D artwork has a camera mark on the floor to assist visitors the proper angle in taking photos in order to achieve the right effect and perspective.  Here are some of my favorite shots:

Good thing he is in the mood to play along 😀

Joyous Visual Trick Arts Gallery

Supersale CLub, SM City North EDSA
Tel no. 0918-4663862

Entrance Fee:
Adult – Php 200.00
Children – (High School & Elementary) Php 150.00

It was an afternoon of fun filled baking activities that comes with the smell of chocolates, apple, and cinnamon being baked in the oven. I had the opportunity to attend The Burp Society’s baking class at The Maya Kitchen last September 7. I joined Burp Society because i love discovering new taste of food while having the opportunity of photographing it and at the same time, gaining new friends. I know little of baking though i did not take any formal schooling. I just observed my mom everytime she bakes desserts/cakes

Each participants were given the recipes of what will be discussed during the course.

must-have kitchenware ~ KitchenAid

The first one and half hour were discussions and demonstrations on how to bake chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, chocolate cupcakes and creme puff by Chef Rory Subida. She also gave tips and trivia on baking.

The first one that we got to taste were the bite size chocolate chip cookies.

After the demonstrations, it was time for us to do the 2 recipes (Chocolate cupcakes and apple pie). We were grouped into 4, each have 5 members.

The mixer was turned on, some were busy creaming the butter while others were prepareing the crust. Everyone were enjoying what they are doing.

As soon as the food came out of the oven, all of us began plating our baked goodies.

Truly, this is one group and activity worth joining. Congratulations Mhel and Ken of CertifiedFoodies and The Burp Society. *thumbs up

I had the privelaged to attend the instameet preview of Da Vinci ~ The Genius at The Mind Museum last August 28 through IGersManila. The instameet preview is attended to by bloggers, fellow IGersManila, collaborators (#TheColl) and other instagramers. The invitation was actually cool. Each guest received a mask which serves as an invitation.

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