Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cozy Kitchen Cafe: Cutesy, Yummy and Budget Friendly!!!

Hello po! Frens, as a person whose highly enjoyed activity in life is eating out and scouting for hip new dining places, I am glad to discover the latest in Sampaloc - Cozy Cafe!

cozy kitchen cafe

The area is situated in the University Belt and is convenient to students/teachers, residents etc. in the area. One has to go inside Metro District Suites to find it.

 Cozy Kitchen is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 MN. Follow their Social Media @ cozykitchencafeph.

As the name implies, you will find that this cafe is uber comfy and homey. I love the stuffed toys plus the art touches.

Cozy Kitchen is not too huge but the space is just right... and nice. Perfect to chill in.

cozy kitchen

You can choose from regular tables and chairs,

cafe in ust

be seated on the floor,

cafe with stuff toys

and there are cribs too... In demand? The "second level"!

cribs

Please share with me the delicious, freshly-cooked food and awesome drinks we had last October 28, 2017! Did I mention the prices are oh so budget friendly?

cozy kitchen menu

Salted Matcha
- As a matcha addict, all I can say is... I want MOREEE!!! I was the early bird or first food blogger to arrive and the friendly folks at Cozy Kitchen offered me refreshments immediately.

Salted Matcha

Appetizers...

Platter of nachos, fries, and happy potato.
-I love the crunch the fries imparts. This can satisfy a group of 3! With dips of garlic mayo, cozy sauce and salsa.

Platter of nachos, fries, and happy potato.

Buffalo wings in Spicy or Sweet.
- Juicy, flavorful chix. Choose your pick among garlic mayo, tomato catsup and spicy sauce dips.

Buffalo wings in spicy or sweet.

Pasta with Garlic Bread...

Pesto
-Especially love how cheesy it is!

Pesto

Penne

Penne

Carbonara

Carbonara

All Day Breakfast...
-The special recipes are by 'Mommy' or the owner, Ms. Vivienne. The meat is tender plus the taste of the marinade/sauce is truly savory and memorable.

Tapa ni Mommy

Tapa ni Mommy

Adobo Espesyal

Adobo Espesyal

To cap the evening...

Gourmet coffee from their resident barista who concocts the beverages.

cozy kitchen coffee
Cafe Latte, Cappuccino.

Feel free to request!

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The fragrant and yummy Dilmah Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle tea in pot.

 The fragrant and yummy Dilmah Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle tea in pot.

My Top 3 Favorites are
Salted Matcha, Pesto and Tapa ni Mommy!

Pro tips:
  • As I have mentioned, the place is cozy and indeed your home away from home. They have a washing area and toilet for when Nature calls!
  • There are charging areas to replenish your batt.
  • They feature talented baristas who have already competed internationally!
  • Take advantage of their promos, like this recent one- FREE 1 brewed coffee when you dine in or stamp card for a FREEBIE after a few visits!
  • Best sellers include: Platter, Tapa ni Mommy, Salted Mocha (hot), Dark Choco Truffle (frappe),
    Honeysuckle (tea).
  • Leave a note of dedication at the freedom wall!
  • They also offer Chef's Blend Whole Beans. You can NOW bring their delicious coffee back home. Their signature coffee beans is made up of 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta. They can even grind it for you!

 Cozy Kitchen is located at the G/F Metro District Suites, G. Tolentino St., Sampaloc, Manila (landmark near UST and K Residences).

Cozy Kitchen is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 MN. Follow their Social Media @ cozykitchencafeph.

Cozy Kitchen is located at the G/F Metro District Suites, 1125 G. Tolentino St., Sampaloc, Manila (landmark near UST and K Residences).

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Cuddly teddy bears and Hello Kitty!!!

Visit Cozy Kitchen Cafe where you can relax, hang out with friends, study or work while having great, affordable home-cooked meals and coffee, all in an IG worthy spot. Thanks for reading!  :)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Experience at Blogapalooza 2017 Generation D!

Hello po! Frens, earlier I went all the way to City of Dreams in Pasay to attend this 2017's Blogapalooza Generation Digital!

City of Dreams in Pasay to attend this 2017's Blogapalooza Generation Digital!

I was one of the early birds (I saw I am number 10 on some booth lists), arriving around 930 AM because I read that there will be surprises for early registrants!

As usual, I am so happy to see my blogger friends.

There were many booths. It was really helpful to be able to network with the businesses.

City of Dreams Blogapalooza november 18 2017 Generation Digital!

There were informative talks and celeb sightings.

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I also enjoyed some games and activities.

Shooting with Archery Attack, Manicure from Beauty and Butter.
Shooting with Archery Attack, Manicure from Beauty and Butter.

Unfortunately, I cannot stay from morning to night because of some other things I need to attend to. So at past noon, after going around the booths, I took off to MOA to have lunch and head home.

My loot from Paymaya, Gomoto, VOffice, Victoria Court, Deuter, TNP, Coca Cola, Wilkins Delight, and Alfox!
My loot from Paymaya, Gomoto, VOffice, Victoria Court, Deuter, TNP, Coca Cola, Wilkins Delight, and Alfox!

Thank you so much to the generous sponsors of Blogapalooza Generation D this November 18, 2017! Til next time, blogafam!  ⊂(◉‿◉)つ 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gelare Dessert Cafe Opens Philippine Flagship in Uptown BGC

Hello po! I admit that I am a dessert fiend. No I am not into meats but rather, sweets. I won't back out from yummy pastries, cakes and ice cream! So when I heard about Gelare, I was like, I NEED to try that one!

Gelare Dessert Cafe Opens Philippine Flagship in Uptown BGC

So last November 9, 2017, amidst the torrential downpour and heavy traffic, we braved going to Uptown BGC for a taste of Gelare.


So last November 9, 2017, amidst the torrential downpour and heavy traffic, we braved going to Uptown BGC for a taste of Gelare.

Gelare is Australia's most loved dessert cafe, particularly throughout Perth and Brisbane. It was founded in 1986 by Mr. Farid Torabi. Gelare has over 50 branches worldwide and is also present in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. Here in the country, it is run by WhitePlates Inc.

Gelare is Australia's most loved dessert cafe, particularly throughout Perth and Brisbane. It was founded in 1986 by Mr. Farid Torabi. Gelare has over 50 branches worldwide and is also present in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. Here in the country, it is run by WhitePlates Inc.

Conventional ice cream contains 50% air, gelatos have 25%, now Gelare introduces ice cream that is AIRLESS! Woah! It's unique!

 Conventional ice cream contains 50% air, gelatos have 25%, now Gelare introduces ice cream that is AIRLESS! Woah! It's unique!

There are 24 staple flavors of Gelare-

Choc Chip Cookie Dough, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Cookies and Cream, Low Fat Choc Chip Choc Chunk, Banana Caramel Crossing*, Green Tea Turn*, Jamaican Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup;
Rum Raisin, Caramel Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Overload, Pistachio, Cappuccino, Lemon-Lime Sorbet, Mango Passion Parade Sorbet*, Wild Strawberry;
Pralines & Cream, Low Fat Blueberry Cheesecake, Honey Malt Crunch, Lychee Lane Sorbet*, Macadamia Nut, Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Bean, Oregon Mint Fudge.

 24 staple flavors of Gelare-  Choc Chip Cookie Dough, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Cookies and Cream, Low Fat Choc Chip Choc Chunk, Banana Caramel Crossing*, Green Tea Turn*, Jamaican Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup; Rum Raisin, Caramel Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Overload, Pistachio, Cappuccino, Lemon-Lime Sorbet, Mango Passion Parade Sorbet*, Wild Strawberry; Pralines & Cream, Low Fat Blueberry Cheesecake, Honey Malt Crunch, Lychee Lane Sorbet*, Macadamia Nut, Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Bean, Oregon Mint Fudge.
In bold are Gelare's notable flavors, while in asterisk are vegan/Halal options.

Aside from ice cream, one should definitely check out their coffee! Gelare offers Java lovers a robust coffee experience whether hot or cold. They also have Affogato customizable with ice cream.

gelare menu

The day marks Gelare Philippines' Grand Launch...

gelare philippines officers

...and Store Blessing!

gelare store blessing

There were special guests including actor/3rd District Manila Congressman John Marvin 'Yul Servo' Nieto.

food blogger with  actor/3rd District Manila Congressman Yul Servo Nieto
This blogger with Cong. Yul.

Gelare has gourmet ice cream, warm golden waffles (sweet or savory), vegan desserts, light or hearty breakfast menu, hot and cold beverages, coffee, smoothies.

gelare price list


Treat yourself and discover the Gelare difference now! With Gelare, there is no limit to your imagination!

These are the food and drinks that I was able to enjoy!

Gelare ice cream in Blueberry cheesecake, Honey malt and Green tea!

Gelare is indeed different from regular ice cream. I think this is filling on the tummy, plus it has a certain consistency and texture. It's also not too sweet, but just right and creamy. The flavor options are so varied too, ensuring something for everyone.

Gelare's notable flavors, while in asterisk are vegan/Halal optio

Thick Shake in Oregon Mint Fudge.
Dreamy and thick, satisfies my milkshake cravings! Next time, I wanna try their real fruit smoothie!

Gelare  Thick Shake in Oregon Mint Fudge.

Waffle with Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
Juicy chicken paired with waffles that are perfectly crisp on the outside yet light and fluffy on the inside. You can also try the waffles with egg benedicts or sliced beef and gravy (thinly sliced sirloin that's rich, flavorful and tender).

Gelare Waffle with Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

Waffle a la mode.
The serving is big so I have no doubt this can already replace a meal. It has rich buttercream and a scoop of ice cream as toppings. As sweet as me. Charot lang!

Gelare Waffle a la mode.

Gourmet coffee.
Cup o' flat white as a perk me up that rainy aftie... A delicious way to cap the event...

Gelare flat white coffee

Thanks Gelare and Dr. Kong!

gelare, dr. kong,

Gelare is located at the 3rd level, Uptown BGC and soon in Nuvali. You may follow their Social Media @ GelarePH

Gelare is located at the 3rd level, Uptown BGC and soon in Nuvali. You may follow their Social Media @ GelarePH

Treat yourself and discover the Gelare difference now! With Gelare, there is no limit to your imagination! Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Natural Treatments Using Apple Cider Vinegar

I remember when I was in my teenage years, suffering from severe acne. A family member (couldn't remember who exactly) advised me to take Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to cure those zits, saying that it was highly effective as said by his/her peers.

heinz apple cider vinegar

Now the Internet is abuzz with numerous testimonies regarding ACV as a miracle cure-it-all.

Through word of mouth, many people have tried and had been converted into a firm believer in nature's healing power through  ACV.

After all, aren't home remedies or natural treatments much better than synthetic, processed, chemical-laden stuff with adverse effects?

Here are some of the uses for Apple Cider Vinegar:

  1. Balances the body's pH 
  2. Detoxification
  3. Energy boost
  4. Disinfectant/non-toxic cleanser and as wash for produce
  5. Prevention of flu and stomach illness
  6. Relieves sinus pressure and infection
  7. Relieves heartburn, nausea, stomach influx
  8. Reduces inflammation, relieves arthritis
  9. Relieves gout
  10. Relieves migraine
  11. Dissolves kidney stone and fights UTI
  12. Relieves asthma and allergies
  13. Lowers glucose level in diabetes
  14. Lose weight by suppressing appetite and breaking down fat
  15. Lowers blood pressure
  16. Reduces cholesterol
  17. Clears up fungus, bacterial rash
  18. Soothes bug bites and jellyfish stings
  19. Conditions and strengthens hair, makes it shiny
  20. Prevents and reduces acne
  21. Gets rid of warts
  22. Treats ear mites
  23. Deters ticks and fleas
  24. Heals Mange
Personal Testimony, my experience with ACV and animals:

Since I was then too impatient (being a conscious teener and all) and could not drink it for a reasonable amount of time, I can't say that drinking ACV healed my acne. I also tried to wipe it on my problematic face before, but I only did so maybe twice. The smell and the sting was too much for me!

This is, however, my success cases with ACV...

apple cider vinegar for animals

I was able to stumble upon Heinz ACV at Landmark Supermarket and it was at Buy 1 Take 1 so I immediately grabbed a pair! My cat had lost his appetite and had been treated by the vet, but he was still lethargic. I  force fed him a little ACV, and also used it to clean inside his ears and even massage some in his body (the exposed skin on his fur). Believe it or not, it made him feel better! After that, he became more active.

Then there was this bald puppy with terrible mange that I had rescued, and I would drop a little ACV on his food then massage VCO on his skin. By the time the vet saw him and did some skin scrape test- Voila!- the doctor said the mites were not moving! It was either dead or suspended! Now she is with her new loving parents and she was able to grow her fur back fully.

acv uses

Presently, I have a new rescued mange-y puppy and I am seeing faster improvements on her spots with my new technique- ACV and VCO combo! I use cotton balls to apply ACV on her skin and follow it with VCO. Her progress can be seen thru her pictures in my FB!

Thank you Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, The All Natural Choice for Food! It's cool you guys have this new promo of FREE shot glass!

Now go get your Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. It's a must-have kitchen staple! Not only to aid in cooking and for flavorful dishes, it has a lot of benefits for such an affordable price. Thanks for reading! :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Getting A New Home? Top 16 Reasons Bancrea Homes Is For You!

Acquiring a new home can be daunting, especially for first time buyers. There are just so many things you need to learn and be aware about. It could really be stressful finding a trustworthy and dependable agent. This I know for a fact, because I have experienced it myself!

Luckily for us, there is now Bancrea Homes. Bancrea Homes is revolutionizing the real property landscape.

The newly-formed Bancrea Homes, together with its partner developer and mass-housing advocate 8990 Holdings Inc., had their Bloggers Conference and Grand Launch last October 16, 2017 at BITE in Fugoso Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The newly-formed Bancrea Homes, together with its partner developer and mass-housing advocate 8990 Holdings Inc., had their Bloggers Conference and Grand Launch last October 16, 2017 at BITE in Fugoso Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Their official website, BancreaHomes.com, unleashes a full range of innovative features that a traditional property brokerage firm does not usually offer.

Getting A New Home? Top 16 Reasons Bancrea Homes Is For You!

Bancrea Homes, 24/7 Real Estate Digital Services, is an online property servicing agent, which has been exploring ways to improve the home buying experience in the Philippines. "Banc" refers to their partnerships with banks, while "Rea" stands for Real Estate Assistance.

"Banc" refers to their partnerships with banks, while "Rea" stands for Real Estate Assistance.
Aside from the buffet, bloggers and guests were treated to a song number plus exciting raffle!

Available 24/7 online, Bancrea Homes’ customer service staff helps every home seeker, especially the first-time home buyer, every step of the way from the initial property search and basic financial literacy training to various home loan options and necessary move-in day procedures, plus an efficient after-sales service.

Bancrea Homes believes that every home buyer deserves the best customer service every step of the way - from the initial property search and basic financial literacy training to various home loan options and necessary move-in day procedures, plus an efficient after-sales service.




Bancrea Homes Advantages:

1. ASK REA:24/7 Live Chat
- A dedicated live chat hosted by a real person customer service staff (Telechat Advocate). Accessible round-the-clock to address the various issues and concerns of clients across the globe.

2. E-Refer Kita app
- Every Filipino can refer a sales lead, check the status of their referral, and earn a commission on the lead. It's an income generating digital referral program and affiliate marketing.

3. Lead generation and exchange service
- Whose dedicated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform, powered by Aggrego.io, can organize and track sales leads and virtually manage a network of real estate brokers and agents.

4. Book-A-Tour
- To make necessary site trippings less stressful among prospective home buyers. Done via a ride-sharing app - schedule your visit at your own time and pace, and also ride for FREE!

5. Rent-To-Own deals for employees
Lipat agad - within 24 hours upon approval, almost NO CASH out! Just submit complete requirements / documents. Get the best deal and the easiest way to lease to own a home!

6. Pre-approved Home Loans

7. Quick Compare
- Quickly compare prices, home loan monthly amortization, interest rates, and mortgage insurance certified by their partners.

8. Pabahay Program
- Bancrea Homes has partnered with various employers to help their employees acquire their own homes.

9. Free Franchise
- for local and international licensed brokers who would like to sell the housing units of Urban Deca Homes, the flagship brand of 8990 Holdings Inc.

10. Home Buyers and Partners Rewards /  Partners Marketplace
- With Unique Benefits - get exclusive deals, freebies and discounts from their Industry Partners' brands. The best offers from Bancrea partners for the benefit of their home buyers and investors, get up to 50% off from sale items online.

11. Unique After Care Service
- Bancrea Homes continuously trains their property agents to ensure knowledgeable consultants and quality customer care. Their agents even had to pass an online examination to qualify!

12.  Financial literacy sessions
- First-time homebuyers will undergo basic financial literacy education before buying a house.

13.  Documentation and Taxes Consultations
- Bancrea Homes has formed a knowledgeable team to help home buyers with documentation and taxes requirements.

14. Exclusive Leasing Assistance
- Transform your new home into an income-generating asset. Rely on their agents for efficient service Turn-Over, Moving-in, Home Improvement and leasing assistance. Exclusive online listing and booking for Bancrea unit owners and prospective buyers.

15. Strength
- Strong ties with Bancrea partner developer, 8990 Holdings Inc., best known for mass-housing and Urban Deca Homes.

16. Trustworthiness
- Bancrea Digital Sales Team has its value of transparency for their valued clients, partners, and employees

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“For first-time homebuyers, buying a house is a bit stressful; they need help from an experienced broker or agent throughout the process. In Bancrea Homes, we assist our clients from reservation to documentation, from the payments to moving in,” says Roy Buen, Bancrea Homes’ founder and CEO.

He adds, “We also have a 24/7 online live chat where real-person customer service officers are just one message away anytime, anywhere. Sadly, a lot of property brokers and agents lack the after-sales service; once the client has reserved a property, the brokers and agents are suddenly unavailable. Part of our advocacy is to put a stop to this frequent home buyers’ dilemma.”

Bancrea Homes team
Bancrea Homes officers

“Both Bancrea Homes and 8990 Holdings are serving the same mass-housing market. We also closely work with government financial institutions such as Pag-IBIG Fund and the National Home Mortgage Financing Corporation,” Buen explains. “As of today, the mass-housing backlog is more than five million homes. With the help of Bancrea Homes and our growing industry partners, it’s not too late to fulfill the dream of every Filipino to own a house.”

Bancrea Homes’ current roster of brokers and agents was originally trained by 8990 Holdings Inc., which makes Tani Basman, 8990 Holdings’ Assistant General Manager for Metro Manila sales and customer service, all the more confident.  He believes in the goal of Bancrea Homes: to deliver good customer service, which translates to more sales.

Bancrea Homes Projects include:

Urban Deca Edsa Tower, Urban Deca Homes Campville- Muntinlupa, Urban Deca Homes Tondo, Deca Clark Resort Residences, Urban Deca Homes Hampton, Urban Deca Homes Marilao.

This blogger with Mr.Roy Buen
This blogger with Mr.Roy Buen

The very down to earth Roy Buen is the founder and CEO of Bancrea Homes, and also the owner of Designworld Home Improvement Services. He is into selling and marketing real estate for more than 17 years.

For more information, please visit bancreahomes.com or visit their social media at facebook.com/BancreaTeam/

With Bancrea Homes, experience the millennial customer service innovation in the industry. Because you deserve to be AT HOME! Thanks for reading! :)