Starbucks' Salted Caramel Mocha & Breakfast!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I enjoy caramels, I enjoy salty foods too!  Would you believe that I dip my french fries in hotcake syrup?  Yes, that is my perfect combination of sweet and salty!

Last Wednesday, Starbucks introduced us to their newest drink - the Salted Caramel Mocha.


It was such a wonderful treat because for a person who loves both sweet and salty, this drink is THE perfect combination!  We were given a treat to try the hot and the frapp version, being a cold drink person - I prefer the blended frapp, but I have to admit, the hot version captures the Salted Caramel taste better.

Starting today, September 11 - everyone will get to try this newest drink.  Together with the drink launch, Starbucks is also introducing their newest Breakfast food items!  Here are my favorites:


 Forest Ham, Egg White and Gouda Cheese on Oat Bread


Ratatouille and Mozzarella Cheese on Multigrain Bread


Spanish Frittata Wrap


And here's something to look forward to - on ALL Mondays of October!! :)

 

Suits, Newsroom, Falling Skies & Continuum

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

These days, I dream of Harvey Specter and Mike Ross..

 SUITS

This show caught my eye on DIVA (cable show), I think I caught the third episode - but I was hooked.  I asked my brother about the show and luckily he had a few episodes.  It was LOVE at first watch, because I couldn't stop watching the episodes over and over again.  Would you believe that it was only when the second season started that I FINALLY got to watch the Pilot?  Haha, and I looooooved the Pilot!  During season one, my favorite was Mike Ross, but when the season finale went and came the new season - it was Harvey Specter!  I think I didn't know that I liked him - deep down, I just realized it - late!

There's one complaint though for me - its the on again off again love angles for Mike Ross!  I don't know why, but I get usually turned off when there is a sign of a love interest.  I think its the formula of ANY show to have this love angle, but I beg to differ!  I just sigh when I see the angle cropping up!  Like the Rachel/Mike thing - I wish they'd stay in the flirting zone, because being together will just shoot the target!  Let them flirt and play hard to get, its more fun to watch them like that!  Hahaha..

I can't wait for January 2013 for the season to resume!!  Argh!!!

NEWSROOM

I never thought I'd like to watch Jeff Daniels on TV.  But when my TV soul sister tells me to try and watch this show - I did.  I saw the pilot and LOVED it!  The Pilot has to be the BEST Pilot that I've ever seen - EVER!  I am not exaggerating, but man - I was glued from the first second till the end!  The dialogue was awesome - and to think I don't like watching those shows with too much dialogue.  But this I LOVE!  The show also got better as it aired more episodes!  I was hooked.  I told my friends and my Panget about this show - it was all about American politics and the workings of a newsroom/news agency.  There were details that I didn't understand like the Tea Party, but heck I googled them to understand.  Maybe another reason why I liked the show is because its made and aired by HBO!  I'm sure everyone will agree with me that HBO makes GREAT shows..  My favorite HBO series still has to be The Sopranos, hands down.


 FALLING SKIES

This is NOT one of my favorites, but this show - I've been watching with my Panget for the past week.  The show is about humans vs aliens, and not the plot thickens because there's a rebel aliens group!  Its not exactly my cup of tea, but it suffices - and with the years that I've been together with my Panget- I've learned to appreciate these kinds of shows.  What made me interested was when I saw John Locke!  From Alias to Lost to Falling Skies - John Locke still tries to put order in a not-so order-y place/civilization.  We're on the last episode and got a bit bored, because of the dialogue.  But let's see what happens.  I hear that the show's been renewed!


CONTINUUM

Another Sc-Fi TV show, but what makes this unique is that - its a Canadian show!  This, I think is my first time to watch a Canadian show.  And the verdict is - it's okay, something you can watch to kill time.  Its not something you will be excited to watch every week - but it suffices.  The show stars Rachel Nichol - who is from 2077 and was 'accidentally' sent back to 2012 together with some rebel prisoners.  It chronicles how she tries to hunt them down while adjusting to the backwardness of 2012.  Her co stars all look familiar - maybe because they've been on other US Sci-Fi shows!  I was told by my Panget that the show as been renewed.  The plot thickens on the season finale - so it's something you'd LIKE to watch, IF you have the patience and time to download.  Hehehe...

My take on Immigration Officers asking for OT pay

When I saw on TV that Immigration Officers were complaining of not being paid overtime, my blood boiled a bit.  My respect levels for the Immigration Officers in our international airports are quite low, and you know why?  Because these freaking people are not doing their jobs well!

Number 1 - How many immigration counters do we have?  Are they always open?  NO THEY'RE FREAKING NOT!  Even if the lines are horrendously long, these people REFUSE to open counters to serve travelers!  You'd see them entertaining VIPs and celebrities - chit chatting with other officers while watching people stand in line waiting!

We have only a handful of counters right?  These IOs aren't on duty ALL at the same time!  Why not do a shifting schedule to accommodate travelers 24/7?  Why do they need to ask airlines to pay for their overtimes?  Please dear Immigration Officers, don't blab on TV that its the airlines' fault that you are on OVERTIME!  I think you forget that these airlines bring in the tourists!!  And if you complain on the work hours - GET ANOTHER freaking JOB!!

When our PAL flight to Korea was delayed last April 2012 - we waited at the check-in area for a long time because there were NO IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AROUND!  What the hell is that about?  Aren't IOs supposed to be on duty 24/7?  Do you mean to tell me that IOs only work during office hours?  Our airports are OPEN 24/7!  HELLO??  When I asked the Security Guard on duty where the IOs were - he just told me, they're waiting for a certain time to come out.  And when and IO came out - HE WAS ALONE!!  How was he supposed to process all those people?  I found it really STUPID.

My opinion is that being in GOVERNMENT is considered PUBLIC SERVICE!  YOU DO NOT COMPLAIN ON CERTAIN THINGS BECAUSE, THAT'S YOUR FREAKING JOB!  If you would like to get paid higher - LEAVE and find another job in the PRIVATE SECTOR!  These government people fail to realize that our taxes pay for their salaries - therefore, WE ARE THEIR BOSSES!!

I'm sure Secretary Mar Roxas suspended their overtime pay for a reason.

Boon Tong Kee at MOA

 I think it was a couple of months ago, that I saw a signage in MOA that said Boon Toong Kee was to open.  I thought to myself - greatness in a very sarcastic tone, because MOA is one of those malls that I dislike.  Mainly because of the distance to where I live and it having open air areas.  I hate feeling the heat - and since I'm pregnant, being in a non-airconditioned place is - torture.

So last Sunday, when my Panget decided to bring Kailee to MOA (since there was not traffic on a holiday) I was giddy and excited to try Boon Tong Kee since I heard its already open.


MOA was packed on a Sunday, I mean seriously packed!  There were people literally EVERYWHERE!  I haven't been to MOA in a long time (because MOA is not one of my favorite malls) so it was really something new to me!  Hahaha.  After a few rounds walking around the mall and having Kailee ride the carousel, my Panget decided that he was hungry and we headed to Boon Tong Kee.

Boon Tong Kee is located at the 2nd level of the Entertainment Mall, it was right across Highland Steakhouse.  When we got there, there wasn't much patrons inside and so we were seated immediately.  One of the things I noticed were that the tables and chairs/booths were mostly for a small group of 4, if you were more than four - you'd have to stay outside or stay near the door, but that's it.

I don't exactly remember the whole menu of Boon Tong Kee in Singapore, but what I remember was that their Hainannese Chicken, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Tofu appetizer and Coffee Ribs were so good!  So I asked the server if they had these - only one the Coffee Ribs wasn't available, so we ordered another type of ribs.  Service was quite fast, plus the people were all very pleasant! 

The food was great, the Hainanese chicken wasn't the same as I remembered it, but it was good enough.  The rest of the food were also yummy-ly similar to its Singapore counterpart!  I was quite happy with the quality of the food - Kailee very much enjoyed the Hainanese chicken rice.  I think what made the experience over the top was the service!  The waiters and waitresses were all very attentive, helpful and they seem to know their product very well! 

They were all smiles from start to finish!  We were actually very demanding because of Kailee, we needed teaspoons, small bowls, tissues, ice and etc. - but they all gave them to us with smiles in their faces with matching hi's and hello's to Kailee.

Boon Tong Kee
2/F Enterntainment Mall
SM Mall of Asia