Saturday, July 19

Flavors by Tanny

This post is super delayed. Sorry, been awfully busy. Flavors By Tanny restaurant offers local and international dishes, with its executive chef’s own interpretations. Using only fresh produce from the owner's farm, you can expect nothing less than fresh.

The Food

Spring Roll - Awesome mix of vegetables: corn, carrots and celery. It's unbelievably vegetarian which is the exact opposite of how it tastes like. A serving costs Php110.





Tanny's Organic Salad - A serving costs Php180. Made with the freshest produce: tomato, lettuce, alfalfa, crunchy arugula with one of my latest favorite salad dressing: Spicy Cod Roe on Balsamic Reduction.







"Pho" Chero - Beef shank or pochero with Vietnamese rice noodles softly falls off the bone beef with alfalfa. A great play on texture, crunchy with soft meat and hot soup.










Truffle Carbonara - Serves 2  people at only Php220. It was really good because the pasta was cooked just right. Mushroom sauce with bacon bits and of course fresh basil leaves. The toast made just right with the subtle taste of garlic.



Kaldereta - Tender and flavorful meat cuts cooked slow and oh so good. I could not stop actually. It was that good. I had to stop myself from having second round of rice.
Chichaprawn - Sold at only Php190 for 6 pieces. Prawns breaded with not your usual breadcrumbs as they use the best idea EVER - CHICHARON! Yes, pork rinds! WHAAAAAT?! Yes! I had the same exact reaction! 








And finally, the Steak. Steak with a side of mashed potatoes and buttered corn and carrots. USDA tenderloin that feeds about 3-4 people at Php990. Best if medium rare, meat that melts in your tongue. The mash was heavenly, creamy, smooth and buttery.

Every dish is carefully created by the chef and owner himself, Stan Tanchan. A wonderful place to spend time with the family. Cozy, upscale and an affordable family dining experience.

Flavors by Tanny
Located under Choobi Choobi Restaurant in Parkmall Mandaue
Contact: 032-42208686

Friday, July 18

Aida's Chicken



Any trip in Bacolod includes a short side trip to Manokan Country. Fret not, Manokan Country is not an entire country in itself. It is a designated area where nothing else is sold in one strip except barbecued chicken. Not really all chicken, but hey, they have oysters and fresh at that. I came here for the chicken and for Aida's chicken only.




The place seats about 60 people at one time. Well ventilated and properly spaced from the next table. I loved the fact that the place is well kept and maintained pretty well. We decided to sit in the middle of the whole establish and fun fact, they were the only place that's packed. The next establishment barely had anyone eating there. That speaks volumes.

Aida's was a short walk from downtown, barely 10 minutes away. Specifically located across SM Bacolod, you will not miss it. Check out their menu up top. I decided to have the leg part cause that's my favorite and the gizzard - my go to barbecue option. For the rice, garlic please. You may have notice that they do not offer the puso or hanging rice. I guess it is only available in Cebu.

After about 10 minutes of waiting, food is served. It was really tasty, I noticed that the chicken was not marinaded at all. There's something magical at how they kept the chicken moist and tender. Sometimes, simple is best. And this was the epitome of it all. Juicy, flavorful at every bite. 

Let's not forget the powerhouse that is the rice. The serving was rather enough for one but it was too good not to add extra. I was so happy to select the garlic variant as it was a great pair with the chicken. The chicken oil was too die for! Who created this ethereal cholesterol heart pumping potion? He/she deserves a damn medal! If I had to drown myself with any condiment/potion or what not? Gravy would be second best to chicken oil!



Aida's Chicken
Located in Manokan Country
Across SM Bacolod

Wednesday, July 9

Krispy Kreme's 77th Birthday Offer





77years, KK, krispy kreme deals
Celebrating 77 years of adding sweetness to our everyday Krispy Kreme launches it's latest offer. A box of half dozen Original Glazed at only Php77! 

All you have to do is print or screen grab this voucher on your Facebook or Instagram account. For Twitter, use #JoyInABox and present to the cashier. 

Valid for two (2) boxes per fan at all stores nationwide except at these kiosks NAIA Terminal 3, SM MOA Arena, SM Marilao, SM Taytay, SM Marikina, BF Resorts, The Block, Harbour Point, Sta Lucia, Robinson's Place Forum, SM Sucat, SM Annex Fairvew and BHS Cinema. Share this to our friends now!

Offer is valid on July 14, 2014 from opening to 7PM only. :)

Tuesday, July 8

Technology Tuesdays: GrabTaxiPH

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I have lived in Cebu for more than 3 years now and traffic can be such a bummer. This is a common problem for progressive cities anywhere in the world. Hassle, time consuming and stress inducing hours spent stuck in traffic can be detrimental to anyone's mental health. Patience can dwindle and honestly, who wants to stay in traffic all day?

I read about GrabTaxi from one of my friends in Facebook. She liked the app and I had to try it out myself. Payday Friday is about to come and I needed to maximize shopping time rather than spend countless hours in taxi queues. Downloaded the app and voila! Taxi at your beck and call.

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With over 200 affiliated taxi fleets and 20 taxi companies, you will never be late again!

A Brief History

July 2011 - Formed MyTeksi as a for-profit social start-up by Anthony Tan and ooi Ling Tan, two Harvard Business School graduates. This was their "save the world" idea after having experience enough taxi horror rides in Kuala Lumpur. The idea ranked 1st runner-up at Harvard's Business Plan competition.
June 2012 - Officially launched in Klang Valley, Malaysia and ties up with Maxis Mobile.
August 2013 - Launch in Manila, Philippines and now called as GrabTaxi PH.
October 2013 - GrabTaxi PH ties up with Globe at the same time it was doing beta launches in Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.
January 2014 - Beta Launch in Vietnam
May 2014 - Launch at GrabCar
July 2014 - Official Launch of GrabTaxi in Cebu.

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From left to right: Bogart the Explorer, Sir Dejan VP of Marketing, Tasha Bautista and Mr. Brian Cu the co-founder of GrabTaxi Cebu.



GrabTaxi App, Why I love this
With its rapid expansion within 9 months, GrabTaxi is now the largest taxi booking app and one of the fastest growing for-profit social start-up companies in Southeast Asia! WOAH! Replicated but never beaten.

So why GrabTaxi?

1. They have the Budget button to pick up how much it would cost from Point A to Point B.
2. You have the option to update your location to make it more accurate. When I tried the app, it states I was in Waterfront, I immediately changed it to IT Park with the use of Google Maps, Foursquare or Frequent Places.
3. It will show you how far away your driver is with the Tracking Option.
4. Share your experience over social media. This goes the same for when you are traveling alone. It will post a link as to where you currently are for your parents and friends to track you down.

Everyone wants it fast, secure and safe. Download the app now! :)

Friday, June 27

Travel on a Call Center Agent Budget

I  work for a BPO company in Cebu for almost 3 years now. A feat if I may say so myself. Yes, the pay may not be as competitive as the others but it is more than enough to cater to all my necessities and a few luxuries. Traveling has been a struggle for me. It took me almost 2 months to finally decide where to go. Without having to put too much detail on how much I make every payday, I am sharing with you how I managed to travel locally with a meager budget. What helped me most is that I managed to follow a few simple tips:

1. Save! In the BPO industry, payday comes in twice a month. Pay cycles could be every 15th and 30th and others 10th and 25th. Keeping that in mind, I was able to cover for my rentals and utilities in a month without sacrificing my needs.

Each payday I set aside Php3000 to cover for the apartment rental and utilities. I also followed a Php100 per day allowance. I needed to maximize and stretch it as much as I could. I saved the remaining amount and kept it in the bank. 

Photo credits: Keep Calm

2. Plan out your travel date. Check for the local weather and see if this is conducive for traveling. Also, travel during off peak days where lodging rentals are at its regular rates. It pays to book a room at a hotel/hostel/pension house at least a month before your travel date. Some even take payment via debit card/credit card while others are per cash basis. Reservation is key. 


Photo credits: Bluepipe 

3. Once you have selected your travel date. File for a leave ASAP. Some BPO employees are fortunate enough for static scheduling however this is not the same for the others. I know some companies only allow a few employees to go on leave at a time. So might as well file that early on to get that coveted slot.

What made it happen for me is I plotted a leave on a day before my rest day and asked for a straight RD after the previous weeks'. This also works the same for holidays. You can ask for a holiday off to go on that planned roadtrip. We follow a Sunday to Saturday work shift and here's what I meant about it.



3. Prepare and pack for the trip 2 weeks before. This includes necessities and items to bring. I made a list of things to bring and started to pack them on my travel bag. This saves you a lot of time thinking which item of clothing to bring. This also lessens the stress in packing as the travel date comes to a close.

4. Safety and wellness is a priority. Bring a small first aid kit. I already have one at home so I just packed it with my things. Since I get seasickness, I got myself some anti-emetic medicine like Bonamine. Alcohol and a pack of wet wipes. This is a great tool for cleaning if water is scarce.

Photo from Flickr.
5. Have at least a few cash with you. It is also wise to withdraw 2 days before your travel date. You can never rely on ATMs and some have service fees if you use another banks' machine. Also, in case where your destination does not support your card, then you are in a for a wild ride. Once you have done that, spread your money. One for the cash and a coin purse for day to day transportation fund.

6. Have tons of rest while on transit. If you travel alone, be vigilant and rest when you can. If you travel with groups, assign a shifting schedule to look after your things while you sleep. Take frequent naps as sometimes the bus chairs are not that comfortable. As much as possible, stay hydrated. It can get humid and hot while travelling.

Once you arrive at your destination, indulge in the sights and culture. Take memories not souvenirs. Traveling broadens the mind and it is a luxury to some. Would you believe that for my Bacolod trip, I only spent Ph2500 for the 3D 2N trip? This already includes lodging and transportation.

Sights

Kapehan, the oldest coffee shop in Silay City.


 History
The Ruins
Food
Aida's Manokan Country
 And the people























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Getting a job is one step, staying and mastering your craft is another. Working pays off and with a few patience and perseverance it can take you anywhere. It took me to Bacolod, who knows where I'd be next time! 

It starts with a small step and it definitely starts with you! :)