Dare to “Go Black”

“Take care of yourself first, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Fortunately, I have friends who encourage me to do good or eat healthy, quit smoking or don’t sleep late, exercise, be positive, keep my faith, etc. I have vegan friends too making me experience the best dishes out there without any meat and didn’t disappoint me on it’s being equally delicious. I’m lucky to have friends who practice what they preach. And they’re so encouraging. It teaches me to be conscious. Well, I am. I freaked if I gain a few pounds and will do things to bring my back my original weight.

However, there are just some stuff I can’t get over with yet but believe me I’m trying. I stopped drinking soft drinks (I have nothing against those who do) for 3 years now.

After giving birth, I got addicted to instant noodles, they are easy to prepare, and tasty too. Though thanks to friends again who made me aware of some facts: that they are low in nutrients and the MSG (Monosodium glutamate), TBHQ (Tertiary-butylhydroquinone: its’ reputation being a threat to my health if consumed regularly) and the high sodium contents may literally have a negative effect on my health like increasing heart disease, stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome. So I refrained from eating instant noodles. I prepare my own, home-made ones if I want noodles, and I make sure there’s plenty of vegetables. Reference:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ramen-noodles

I limited consumption of fats when during younger years, I eat most of the fat especially in pork sinigang (tamarind soup). I also lessened my “patis” (fish sauce) consumption to be a little kinder to my kidneys. I was doing all these changes to encourage my late mother too, per her doctor’s advise.

However, there’s a lot more that I need to do and not do. And thanks to products like “Go Black”. It is a delicious drink that gets rid of the body’s toxins or anything unhealthy that we’ve consume all our lives. It’s a great way to drink and detoxify at the same time.

I encountered these bottles for the first time some years ago and since then, a lot have been drinking them since, they now have several shops where their products can be found and they sell on-line too.

My all-time favorite! =)

The process is unique, it is from 100% food-grade activated charcoal which came from pure and organic coco shells. Not the regular charcoal that we know of, they burn the coconut shells at high heat and zero oxygen allowing the steam and gases to open up millions of pores making each tiny grain a potent detox magnet that can carry 1,000x its own weight.

It comes in powder that doesn’t have an expiration. While for the drinks: Lavender tea and Minty mansi will last up to 2 1/2 months while Honey lemon can last for a month. My favorite variant is the Lavender tea which is the one that caught my eye the first time I saw their booth.

Just in case you haven’t tried it, by the way, it is not a laxative, not only it is a very refreshing drink when chilled, it is definitely healthy and I consider it as one of the best way to detox. =)

The following are their known declared benefits: bloat buster, digestive detox, good for hangover too, cure to indigestion, acid reflux relief, upset stomach solution, skin detox and you would be surprised, it can whiten our teeth too.

Price might have changed already.

Grab them at the following partner locations: Real food – Molito Alabang, Ultra Super green – Katipunan, Healthy edge – Shangri-la plaza/ Shopwise, Cubao/ V-mall Greenhills, The Good seed – Brixton Kapitolyo, Earth origins – Westgate Alabang, One Poke – Greenbelt 1

To buy them online: beautymnl, honestbeeph, kartonph
and soon: goblackdetox.com

Stay healthy and keep glowing! =)

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It’s chow time at Johnny Chow!

You have to taste a culture to understand it. ~ chickadeestories.com

When you’re at Resorts World, and you need to dine with all the flurry, you have some more than 50 delightful restaurants to choose from, whether you’re craving for local dishes, Asian cuisine, American or even European F & B, they have it, artfully integrated.

We spotted Johnny Chow at the second floor of Newport Mall, it is a sight to behold like a muse among other pretty faces. The vibrant colors and the hanging lamps are really a “come on”.

Johnny Chow was curated by the team who introduced to us SumoSam, Mr. Kurosawa and John and Yoko. A fusion of Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisine. I remember the first time I tried John and Yoko in Alabang Town Center, I really loved it and when my foodie buddy asked me to bring her there, this time the one in Makati, I had to say yes, and it’s just a difference of 2 days. I love their food and their interiors too. It’s purple. =)

Nowadays, menus of Restaurants are usually displayed in front, giving customers to gauge their choices, assisted by a bubbly attendant so amusing, enumerating points to help you make decisions. At Johnny Chow, theirs are somehow eccentric, the ladies are wearing colored wigs, the men exuding attires depicting a culture that is truly pop! =)

https://www.rwmanila.com/restaurants/johnny-chow

And the interiors mesmerized me, like a scene from a Broadway hit during the 1960s. My eyes feasted on all the colors that I love.

And our tummies had their own feast too. =) Check them out:

We had soup…
And some dim-sum.
Birthday noodles for our Ash…
Hainan chicken.
White fish fillet, loved those black beans, reminded me of my papa.

I remember they got sweet and sour pork for Echo, I just missed to take a picture I think, My son, Echo loved it too.

Head on to Johnny Chow, I think all those in their menu are really gratifying, really delicious and not that heavy on your pockets too. =)

It is located at Newport Mall, 2/F, Cybertourism Zone, Newport Blvd., Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. You can contact them for reservations at: (02) 659-8353/ (02) 908-8888

Lucky Noodles

Did you say exercise or extra rice? ~ Anonymous

While Jen and I are figuring out as to where we’re going to have lunch or dinner out, we ended up choosing places where offerings are those that we can’t cook at home, or haven’t tried cooking.

And there are places where we keep coming back not just because the attendants are nice, the place is pretty. The food is both delicious and affordable more importantly.

I discovered Lucky Noodles while I was searching for places with murals. If you have been reading my posts for a while, I have this specific penchant for murals. And Jen has a specific leaning into Chinese food.

And when we’re at Solaire, when famished, our feet lead us to Lucky Noodles. As the attendants politely offered their menu for our perusal, I already knew what I want to get then. I requested for Sweet and sour chicken, and Yang chow rice. Jen had spare ribs and Yang chow rice too. And we opted for the steamed broccoli for sharing.

We were served complimentary prawn chips while waiting for our food to arrive. Jen matched it with a special vinegar.

Mine is savory, a little sweet, there’s something crunchy somewhere, and not to forget mentioning, crazy good, all the things you’ll love about Sweet and sour dishes. It is loaded with the veggies I love. I’ve tried Jen’s spare ribs, it is too tender, it melts in my mouth, however, the 5S (Five S: cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns, or if it’s not 5S, it is similar to that) kick is too strong for me, though Jen really loved it. 

They politely offered the Hawker, which is one of their Best sellers. A hawker is inspired from the Hawker center or cooked food center that is an open air complex found in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hongkong and the Riau islands in Indonesia housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food. I see it as similar to Banchetos we found in Ortigas, Cebu, Davao and CDO or from those Sunday markets which I first saw in Makati. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_centre

We hoarded sweets from the food court and from The Patisserie and asked the Attendants if we can consume them without the corkage fee. According to them, they allow it as long as they were purchased from within Solaire. Yey!

With all those condiments in front of us, we definitely enjoyed these Asian comfort food, it’s just ironic that we didn’t get noodles. I think we will have noodles next time. =) They have this “Make Your Own Noodle Bowl!”

Lucky Noodles is located at Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Asean Avenue
Parañaque 1701, Metro Manila. You can call for reservation at: 888-8888

Gabriela Silang Museum of Fine Arts – Tayum, Abra

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Gabriela Silang Museum of Fine Arts

One of the things that I really treasured during my last travel to Abra is the chance I had to visit the Gabriela Carino-Silang Gallery of Fine Arts. I was really wanting to stay longer, however, said trip was with a group and so I had to follow the length of stay per itinerary.

Should there be a chance, I would really love to come back, though for now, let me share with you one of the most thought-provoking art collection, the most expansive array I’ve seen locally (I was thinking it is Pinto Art Museum), owned by former Ambassador Rosario V. Carino, the paternal uncle of the country’s Joan of Arc, Gabriela Silang. Said house had became her retreat, when she fled from Vigan to shun captive, during the revolt against the Spaniards. Well, the rest is history.

Due to the diplomats’ vast collection from most parts of the globe for more than thirty years, it eventually became a gallery of Fine Arts, the squire shared with us stories behind some of the collector’s items. The well-traveled diplomat ensured that he’s got something to bring home and the accumulation of well-kept art pieces created one of the most fascinating anthology I’ve seen.

When we came, there is an on-going renovation to display the items in a better way. There is a minimum entrance fee so as to aid said renovation and preserve them for the next generations to lay eyes on. Members of the Carino family were the ones who acted like a tour guide and didn’t leave all of us unassisted. I must agree with “Tupang Gala”. It is a beautiful mess. =)

Take a gander of the photos we’ve taken:

Excited! =)
Entry way
Foyer
Library
Sorting out interesting topics.

Upon entry, two rooms are situated on both sides, one is like a resting area and the other one is a library.

“Dyaryo!” (newspaper or gazette)

When you enter the “bulwagan” (hall), you can’t help but be amazed of how massive the art collections that has been gathered from generations after generations. I felt a certain kind of abundance.

Entry to the front parlor.
Living room
Little parlor
A beautiful vintage telephone.
Dining hall
A replica of the most famous painting in the world is behind me.
A four post bed with crocheted cover.
Is it she?

Like a kid, I touched one of those lamps wishing a genie will come out! =p

Those vintage luggage put smile on my face… (–,)

Ceramics, mostly pitchers and basins.
Crystals.
Still life paintings and some Victorian figurines.
This violet vase which caught my attention is also a gift to the Ambassador.
I inquired if they have a reproduction of the “Holy Shroud”, there’s none, however, they showed me this one, an oil painting of Christ resurrected.

I was hoping the government will also assist in the preservation of said museum, I just heard about the restoration of Gabriela Silang’s father’s ancestral house in Candon, Ilocos Sur.

Jen spotted this outside, which I missed.

To be honest, this museum visit took my breath away. Estimating everything to be billion worth. Perhaps, this treasure trove is priceless.

The museum is located at Teodoro Balmaceda Street, Poblacion, 2803 Tayum, Abra. You can contact them at: 0927-640-6497 or click this link: https://www.facebook.com/gcsgfa.abra/

Upperdeck Bar & Restaurant

Upperdeck Bar & Restaurant #boozfoodfungames

There is virtue in work, there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. ~Alan Cohen~

If you’re the type looking for so much more than food and drinks and chilling down south? Upperdeck bar and restaurant has more. They have pool, billiard hall, tattoo sessions and they have live acoustic and open mic jam. There’s ladies night, pay per views, name it.

There’s no denying that Upperdeck is a place where I can bring my friends not because the Owners are my friends but because the place is literally noteworthy. =)

A sweet couple so busy, still made time to see me. =)

So, one night, Jen and I went to the place and these are what we truly enjoyed. Most of their “Best sellers”!

Court-side Tuna Tacos
Deep-dive cheesticks
Shrimp Tempura
One of the best iced teas I’ve ever tried! =)

To check on their complete menu, please click this link: https://www.facebook.com/upperdecksanpedro/

It’s interiors by the way is not the soft type, and not too stiff at the same time. It has some quirky side and what’s eminent is its’ masculine side. Giving you hints that the prime movers of this cool place are actually four gentlemen. =)

Those are liquor bottles cut in half, so creative! =)

Over-all look and “feel” is just perfect for their offerings. =)

The whole idea just popped out during one of their usual time together and as determined as these four are, it came to life. Serving thousands who’d always leave pleased and are already planning as to when they’re going to go back. Just like Jen and I did. =)

So when you’re heading down south, wanting just to chill, unwind and enjoy the night, treat yourself by visiting Upperdeck!=)

By the way, this is one of my favorites. Surely, everyone will pass the requirements right? Easy! =)

Address: Block 15 A-1, Lot 2, Main Road , Rosario Drive, Rosario Complex (2nd & 3rd Floor of Spin Off Express Laundry)
San Pedro, Laguna 4024
Contact number: (02) 817 5262
Opening hours: 10:00am to 2:00am