Mercato Centrale at BGC

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


 I first learned of Mercato Central from the tweets of RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz.  I honestly, did not know what it was about.  When I read a tweet about it, that it was a weekend market that was open from 7am until 4pm, I was curious!  I immediately told my Panget about it, and he said that he wanted to drop by and see what it was.

Later that night, I saw in the news that Mercato Centrale was air-conditioned!  Waaaaay cool!!  I mean, I've been to a couple of weekend markets and when I start walking through the stalls, I'd be perspiring like crazy!  I knew to always bring a fan with me, but it wasn't enough.

Last Saturday night, my Panget told me that he'll think about going to Mercato Centrale the next day.  But before he could tell me, I fell asleep already.  I actually woke up early the next day, but since I didn't get any signal from my Panget that he wanted to visit Mercato - I thought to myself 'you can go back to sleep'.  But after a while, I heard an alarm - I immediately dismissed it, and then suddenly - something jumped on the bed, with a matching poke in the arm and a whispher 'Let's go! Let's go!'  Greaaaaaat - now I have to wake up.  It was actually odd - that my Panget gets up ahead of me on a Sunday.  Sunday is usually his 'catch up on sleep day' where he wakes up at 12noon.  So it was quite refreshing to see him up and about.

When we got there, everything was in full swing already.  People were everywhere but it wasn't as crowded.  The lay-out of the booths were nicely done - it was very organized, the paths for walking were wide enough so as to avoid crowding in certain areas.  Concessionaires were very generous in offering their goodies to passers-by.  This I have to admit is really nice, I mean it was like the UTT (Ultimate Taste Test) all over again!  They were offering food and drinks left and right, I was actually a bit hesitant to take in samples because I knew I wouldn't be buying them.

My first try that morning was bagoong.  It was actually shoved in front of me with a line 'Try this different kind of bagoong'  so I took it - and my gosh was it fan-tastic!  The bagoong was really smooth, no lumps - nothing, but it tasted so heavenly!  In a matter of seconds, I bought a small jar.  Hahaha!!  I remember during one of Anton's Ultimate Taste Test, I fell in love with a homemade bagoong called Patrick's Bagoong.  And now this!  I think I may have a fascination with bagoongs.  Maybe because I'm pregnant?  Maybe, right?



I've posted it in my blog - that my Panget and I have this love affair with hotdogs and sausages, and so when my Panget saw a booth selling chorizos and longanisa, he was immediately taken by the selection and started trying the varieties!  We ended up buying a pack of the Chorizo Bilbao!  The lady selling them was really nice and accommodating - she was the one suggesting what we should be getting, and mind you - I think we took about 15 minutes in deciding which to get!  Yesterday during lunch, he couldn't resist to ask for a piece to be cooked.  And it was really good.



Next up was the Beef Tapa.  Anton actually told us to try the snails that they were serving, but my Panget gathered that it was too early for snails!  Hahaha..  So we ended up just sampling the beef tapa.  And since I had a grocey list on my bag that included 'tapa' - I immediately told Panget that we could purchase one, for his breakfast.  And we did.  He just had it this morning and says that it was good.



I had so much fun walking in and out of the tents.  The fact that the tents were air-conditioned made the walk and trip less tiring.  I was finally able to meet and introduce myself to twitter friend RJ Ledesma! :) Oh!  He was telling us to try this mochi from Tagaytay, and we did - we bought one (Green Tea mochi) when we were on our way out.  And it was soooooo refreshing!  It was actually the perfect ending to visiting Mercato Centrale!

I will surely go back next week and the weeks after that too!  I'd be going earlier, as there were stalls that were already empty when we got there by 10:00am.

There were also celebrity sightings - Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez, Anne Curtis, Mylene Dizon, Rowell Santiago and Agot Isidro.  If there were more - I didn't get a chance to see them!  Also, may I just say that I enjoyed the man band, the one with the tiny guitar?  I found it funny and nice to hear them sing 'Always' - reminded me of the UMD dancers..  Hahahaha!! :)

Congratulations to the organizers (Anton, Rache, RJ, Mommy Mondo) you guys did VERY well.  BRAVO! :)

WINNERS! Congrats Hidburn Ecra-Lim!!

THANK YOU for celebrating my 5th anniversary with me!

CONGRATULATIONS Hidburn Ecra-Lim!! :)



You get the loot!!



And as for the one who sent the MOST entries - it's Ma. Lourdes Espanol! 


You get the lipbalms!! :)

CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you!  I will be send you an email shortly!! :)winn

My kawawang Beef Pepper Rice

Friday, November 26, 2010

Last Sunday, my Panget and I had a very late merienda slash super early dinner at Pepper Lunch in Rockwell.  It was my choice because I have been craving for Pepper Lunch since three months ago!

So I was really excited to finally have my Beef Pepper Rice!

My excitement dropped and I was really disappointed because this was what was served me:



It looked like my Beef Pepper Rice was nalugi :(  It had just a few beef on it!  I remember those Beef Pepper Rice I've had in the past vividly and they had more than enough beef on them - this one looked super kawawa, thus - I dubbed it My kawawang Beef Pepper Rice.

My Panget's order of the Beef Terriyaki had a LOT of beef on it.  I was so sad.

I hope that on my next visit - it won't be another 'My kawawang Beef Pepper Rice' again..

Huhu..

Christmas Gingerbread!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Remember the Gingerbread House and Tree?

They have a new product - Gingerbread Duo!!! :)

Call the number below for orders!! :)

Merry Christmas!!

Romrom's Fab Finds!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



Check this FB Page out.  If you're into PX good and need anything from Bath and Body Works, Gap, Old Navy, The Children's Place, Shoes, Flip flops, Supplements?  

Then, this page is RIGHT for you!

If you're like me who's obsessed with Bath & Body Works' hand soaps, Romrom's Fab Finds will be to your rescue!  

They can ship anywhere in the Philippines!  Yes, you read that right!!

For inquiries:  
Call or text 0917-887-0868 
Email romromsfabfinds@gmail.com

WAAAAAAH!! NKOTB-BSB!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I am smiling ear to ear now..

I am soooooo kilig at this moment!!

I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BSB-NKOTB!!!

I LOVE YOU!!!!

Goodles Php100.00 PROMO!!

Here is Goodles' Anniversary Promo!! :)


Happy Anniversary Goodles!!!
Cheers!!

Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

For my blog's 5th anniversary, I'm giving away goodies - and it's a winner take ALL!

Image borrowed from THIS site

Thank you for eavesdropping for five years.

I hope you enjoyed and is still enjoying reading my whatever things!

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

Here's the loot:
12 - J&J Mini Body Lotions
1 - Carmex Lip Balm
2 - The Face Shop Masks
1 - Amu'in Insect Repellant
1 - Amu'in Body Mist



Joining is really simple:
1)  Leave the following details on the comment section of this post:
     a)  Greet me!! :)
     b)  Your name
     c)  Your email address ( a valid email address please!)
     d)  Share this message to your social networking site:  Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Friendster, Etc.  
Blog Anniversary Giveaway! 
http://candishhh.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-anniversary-giveaway.html
2)  Kindly complete the details above - remember, incomplete entries are automatically disqualified!
3)  You can post as many comments as you want!  The more comments you make - the higher your chances of winning!
4)  Contest will run from today - November 17, 2010 to November 29, 2010 11:59pm (all entries submitted on November 29, 2010 at 12:00midnight will NOT be included) 
*This Giveaway is for Philippine residents only! 

As a consolation prize, I will be giving away a Tootsie Roll  & Ice Breaker Lip Balm to the person who sends in the MOST number of entries!



Good luck to everyone! :)

The Battle of the Milk Tea

I am a Serenitea loyalist and addict.  I have to admit that.

But last Monday - while nearing Serenitea Banawe, I noticed that there were a LOT of cars.  This prompted me to drive away and go to nearby Funtea.  It was my first time there - I've been passing by it numerous time - but never got the chance to try it yet.  You see, I'm the type of person who likes going back to the same place and ordering the same thing - every time.  So making this trip - was a little hard for me.  Hahaha!!

When I entered Funtea - I was greeted with smiling faces of the owners.  I immediately asked for their bestseller - and sure enough, it was their Milk Tea.  I ordered two large ones with pearls and my request was that there be no ice put in it.  I didn't mind that I wasn't asked for the sugar level and I love sweet things!  I remembered my recent trips to Hong Kong that my Panget and I would have Milk Tea every single day - it was because the Milk Tea places were everywhere - I mean, literally everywhere.

The service was really fast and I was impressed!  I was really excited to go home and try it.  But then, there was this urge to go back to Serenitea and order what I usually take - the Okinawa Milk Tea.

So, I headed over there - and sure enough, there was parking already.  When I got there - I was second in line - I ordered the Okinawa, my Panget told me to get him something new, so I got him the Malt Assam Milk Tea and for a change, I tried a hot Roasted Milk Tea.  The cold Milk Teas I always request 'No Ice' because I want to taste the full flavor of the milk teas, the ice for me makes it cold - yes, but the taste is diminished when the ice melts.

As usual - the wait was longer.  I really find it odd that it takes them a while to prepare the milk teas - considering that they're very well staffed!  I had to wait about 30 minutes for my drinks to arrive.  My drinks were actually done BUT they failed to call out my number.  I had to go to the counter to follow-up the drinks, and they have been standing there.  Hmm.. It was only then that I noticed that the large cup wasn't full.  I don't know why, but for my previous orders - the cups were really full even if I requested 'No Ice'.

When I got home - I took pictures to compare.


I really don't know why with this order, Serenitea's milk tea wasn't filled full.

I'm sorry, but I'm very anal with these things, here's another look:


As for the taste, Funtea's was not bad.  The sweetness level is okay for me, it wasn't too sweet.  The taste was good - like that of Hong Kong's milk tea.  I honestly prefer Okinawa, because it's my favorite.  So I'm a little biased.  But I was really disappointed with the milk tea not being filled full.  I mean, sorry - but what was that about?  I felt tuloy that I was cheated.  Hmmm...

I have to stay - the Malt Milk Tea was really good - now, that's something new to order!  Hehehe...

Korean Beauty Loot Winners!! Yehey!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

THANK YOU for all those who joined the contest!! :)

Here are the winners!!

The Masks!


The Bottles!



The Hot Masks!



Please check your email as I will be sending you guys a winning notification!!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Thank you for joining!!


*Names were picked by Random.org's List Randomizer

HOLIDAY ALERT: November 16, 2010!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Here's a look at the proclamation!!


It's OFFICIALLY a HOLIDAY!!

I dunno whether to rejoice or not.  Hahaha!!

Purple Oven's Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Since getting pregnant, my taste buds have been wonky.

There's this constant urge - to eat a chocolate cake!  And you know very well that - I do not like chocolates!  Hahaha..

My first attempt was futile - because I threw it all up.

But the second attempt which was last Saturday with Mindy, was successful!  I got a slice of Polly's Brown Derby and it was fantastic!! :)  Yummmmmm......

And so I thought, maybe - I can eat chocolate now.  My good friend Kath who's also pregnant, was also semi-craving for some chocolate cake last weekend.  She told me she wanted to order Purple Oven's choco cake, and suggested we take half each - good idea, as I don't think I'll ever get to finish one whole cake! 

This morning, my half arrived! 

 Purple Oven's Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Everyone who knows me would say that the sight of a chocolate cake is not at all appealing to me.  So this particular chocolate cake is just the same.  When I saw the chocolate shavings - it didn't look as good.  Hahaha!!  But I had to taste it, I mean - I bought half right?  So, I cut a slice - and the verdict?  for a person who doesn't fancy chocolate - the cake was pretty good!  One thing I didn't like, which I'm sure everyone would love are the choco chips embedded on the cake!   But nevertheless, the cake was pretty good, I liked the fact that it didn't taste too chocolate-y. 

A close look on the cake..

But still, my chocolate cake of choice has still go to be Polly's Brown Derby.   I don't know why - maybe because it was the first chocolate cake that I liked?  And maybe because the icing was mocha?  Hmmm... Maybe!

Modern Family

Monday, November 08, 2010

I just received my prize last Saturday from Mindy - and when I got home, I immediately watched the last 11 episodes!  I love the humor of the show - I appreciate each and every one of the characters!  Sofia Vergara is hot and soooooo funny!! 

Mindy was nice enough to share episodes of the current season - and last night, I saw the halloween episode.  I have to say, I was laughing so hard at this certain part of the show.

It was about Gloria's accent.

I couldn't stop laughing.

Baby Cheeses  (Imagine this being said by Gloria)

Look at what Jay has on his hands..

It was hilarious.  Ask my Panget how hard I was laughing.

Winner: Festival Movie Passes - Vincent Flores

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Firstly, THANK YOU for all those who joined!

To be fair to all, I included ALL the entries - incomplete, complete and late entries.

And here's the winner!!

Vincent Flores!

CONGRATULATIONS!!


Please check your email Vincent! 

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

The Walking Dead

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Just like Mindy - I am scared SHIT of Zombies.

My Panget has this fascination of the living dead.  He has sooooo many zombie movies on our Popcorn Hour.  Same question as Mindy - What's with men and Zombies?

Anyhoo, I've been seeing glimpses of The Walking Dead on Fox.  I thought it was an old show - apparently, it's a new one!  And just before dinner, my Panget told me with a huge smile on his face 'I've downloaded The Walking Dead'.  This is what I have been dreading to hear.  Shit.



And so... we watched.

Man, was I covering my eyes most of the time.  Hahaha!!!

But seriously, the show has promise..

I can't believe I just said that. Hahahaha!!

FREE Movie passes to FESTIVAL MALL CINEMAS!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

This month, I am celebrating my blog's 5th anniversary!

To start the month right, I am giving away eight (8) movie passes to Festival Mall Cinemas!!

All you need to do is leave a comment.

Any comment will do!

Just include your name and email address so I can contact you in case you win!!


You can join as many times as you want.  Winner will be picked via Random.org.

This is a winner take all contest, so only one winner will get to have all the eight (8) movie passes!

Contest will run from today until the end of the week - November 6, 2010 at 11:59pm Manila time.  I will be announcing the winner on Sunday - November 7, 2010!

Good luck!!