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Lombardi's in Shangri-La's East Wing

  This is Chef Davide Lombardi He's the resident Italian chef of CCA (aka Cravings Group).  Lombardi's Authentic Italian restaurant lives up to its name because - its really authentic.  If you ask me, real Italian food isn't as flavorful - it's quite bland to be honest BUT when you add a bit of olive oil as you eat the dishes - the magical tastes comes out.  And this is why I appreciate Chef Davide's offerings of authentic Italian food. Many would say that it's not so good because its not as malasa , but believe me - its good, because its subtle and fresh.  I personally believe in this restaurant because the chef is really Italian! What I liked the most with this restaurant is that olive oil is readily available on the table.  For some restaurants, asking for olive oil can cost you an additional charge ( which I do not understand )  Here were what were served us: Quattro Formaggi Frutti de Mari Lasagna So, if you're l

Update: Oh, you're DIRTY Maynilad!

So yesterday, we were visited by Romy of Maynilad - and he told us that it was IMPOSSIBLE that the debris came from their water pipes because the water meters have a strainer in them.  I then told him that I wanted to see the strainer - but he didn't have the tools to show me.  So he said he will come back today so that he can schedule a visit together with his technical people. And so at exactly 9:00am today - he knocked on our door and there were 3 Maynilad uniformed people with him.  They then proceeded to take out the meter to show me the strainer.  My there were a LOT of water, a LOT - and they had to turn a certain knob to stop the flow.  They unscrewed the meter and proudly showed me the meter's strainer: Yes, the meter did have a strainer - but can you see how big the holes were?  I mean, sure - it can trap BIG debris, but what about sand?  The refuted this telling me that it was impossible that the debris came from them.  I then showed them the debris (good thi

Oh, you're DIRTY Maynilad!

05/30/2013 Update:   Romy for Maynilad visted us regarding this complain.  He claims that its IMPOSSIBLE for the debris/residue to come from their pipes because they have a strainer in their pipes.  I told him that I'd like to see the strainer - and he agreed, telling me that he will report back in the office so that they can schedule their technical people to do it for me tomorrow.  Good luck! I've had never ending problems with Maynilad.  You can read them here , here and here .. They constantly repair our street's sidewalks for re-piping BUT then, there is no improvement with the water.  There are times in a month that suddenly - there is no water during night time.  I've said it before - and I am sure a lot of you feel the same way - mawalan na ng kuryente, wag lang ng tubig , am I right? So the past few days, our kitchen faucet has been spewing a weird type of water.  It was flowing perfectly for the past four years.  I've never encountered any problem

Batas Kasambahay

And its official - the IRR (implementing rules and regulations) is already out and will be fully implemented by June 3, 2013. Make sure to read through the IRR and ask questions on the provisions that confuse you.  I'll try my best to help you in clarifying them.  FYI - I am NOT in anyway connected to DOLE or any PEA.  I am no expert too!  But I am willing to help since I've been doing for a while already. I know its a big adjustment for some, but luckily for me - I was already giving these benefits to my helpers (I learned it through my mom). I have a soft copy of the IRR plus the contracts and payslips.  If you want a copy, kindly leave your email address on the comment section, so I can send it to you.  I don't know how to upload a PDF file to blogger.  Sorry!!   Click this link to download the IRR contract and payslips! If you have questions - kindly leave them on the comment section and I'll try my bestest to answer them.  I am no expert, but I belie

I am MEG Season 2 Auditions

I Am Meg holds Auditions for Season 2 Manila, Philippines – May 2013 – I AM MEG, the search for the next MEG style ambassador, is back with season 2 and this time it’s even bigger and bolder. Do you have what it takes? Join them this Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11AM at the Edsa Shangri-La Mall. This will be another season with more surprises and big opportunities for the next MEG style ambassador. The reality show premieres soon on ETC. For more details and mechanics check out See you there! I AM MEG is a production of TV100 headed by Michael Carandang of One Mega Group, Inc. Like MEG on Facebook at < > and follow MEG on twitter <@megmagazine>. Press Release for One Mega Group

Starbucks' Returning Favorites

And they're baaaaaack! Two returning favorite drinks!  The Mocha Cookie Crumble (Chocolate Cookie Crumble - non coffee) I am very excited for this because the non coffee - Chocolate Cookie Crumble was my favorite when I was still pregnant with Connor!  I was so happy that they had a non-coffee version of the drink (Starbucks was nakikisama )  And can you see the chocolate whip cream? Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino Enjoy the finest green tea with bits of azuki red bean.  Very refreshing right?? Available from Starbucks starting May 15, 2013

Tokyo Diaries: Ichiran Ramen

Enjoy you ramen in isolation, that is what I thought of Ichiran Ramen. Its apparently a chain of restaurants around Tokyo - and they serve only ONE dish.  Yes, you read that right - just one dish - and that is the Tonkotsu Ramen.  You can though, make it to your exact liking because they let you fill out a form that will determine the exact outcome of your ramen. Ordering food in Tokyo was a bit odd, but when you think about it - it makes sense!  They use a VENDO machine to accept all the payments and to get your orders.  This eliminates theft with regards to money - and eliminates one less person to man the cashier. We queued for about 15 minutes then, you are met at the entrance by a vendo machine where you will pick your order - it will spit out tickets - which you will then give when you are seated:  After paying for your meals, you are given a form to fill out: After filling it out, you then wait to be seated.  Mind you - its counter style - meaning groups can

Facebook Page GIVEAWAY!!

I finally had the guts to make a Facebook Page for my blog . And now, I need your help. Please like my page? Please? Since I am asking you guys to like my page, I have a simple token of appreciation. Like my Facebook Page and get a chance to win these L'Occitane goodies: Its really very simple, here are the mechanics: 1)  Like my Facebook Page 2)  Share my Facebook Page on your FB page and tag me! (Don't forget to tag me!!) 3)  Tweet this giveaway 4)  Leave your Name and email address on the comment section together with the links of your tweet and FB share This Goodie Giveaway will run until May 20, 2013 All Philippine residents serviced by LBC will can join! *If the page reaches 100 likes - I'll give consolation prizes!  Yehey! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tokyo Diaries: Tsukemen in Akihabara

My friend Sherilyn asked us where we wanted to eat when we met up at Ueno Zoo.  She gave us three choices: a)  a Ramen joint (called Ichiran) that serves only one dish - Tonkotsu ramen b) a Tsukemen joint - dipping noodle place c) a place that serves good tantanmien My Panget and I picked the Tsukemen joint because it sounded different. Sherilyn then led us to Akihabara, where that particular place was located.  We rode the subway and within minutes we were there - apparently the joint is near the exit - to be specific, just a few steps away from the exit. Tsukemen apparently is a different type of ramen in which the noodles are separated from the broth/soup and you eat it by dipping the noodles in the hot broth/soup.  This particular restaurant just serves this kind of ramen and we knew we had to try it!  Hahaha... :) Here's what it looks like: Oh my, it was heavenly!  The broth was thick and really tasty, the noodles were just the perfect firmness (for me) and the

Tokyo Diaries: Asahi Kotsu Car Service

This is my first time to travel with kids thus, I thought to myself - that I didn't want to go through the hassles of airport transfers with kids in tow.  Plus, we were arriving mid evening, and I thought - I didn't want to wait a 120 minutes to get to the hotel. In Tokyo - the usual mode of transport to and from the airport is via their limousine bus - but since we had kids in tow, and the fact that my Panget has a recurring back problem - I decided to try my luck in looking for a car for hire that can take us to the hotel privately. I searched the web and found a lot of sites.  I think I made about a dozen of more inquiries on the rates for a van that can carry 5 adults and 3 kids.  The first replies I got were frustrating because they said that they can only accommodate 4 adults and 3 kids, they then offered me a much higher rate for a vehicle that can carry up to 9 people.  I argued that I have a two year old toddler that can just sit on my lap, but they still insisted.

Yummy Eats 2013

Its that time of the year again!! Yummy Eats 2012! Join in the fun and madness!  And this time, you can buy your tickets online!  Cool right? See you there!! :) Yeyness! :)

Kailee's First Plane ride!

She was knocked out in a few minutes - mainly because the flight was delayed for 2 hours I think! :) So there... More stories to come! Plus a blog giveaway!!