Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TEAs in the Metro!


Milk Tea places in the metro have popped up overnight like enchanted mushrooms hyped up on manic pixie dust. Yes, milk tea is the Starbucks craze of this generation, as more and more people seek healthy alternatives to beverages, and the masses have settled on teas as the ‘it’ drink of the season. This is my personal take on people's craze about the said MILK TEAs.



8. Cha Dao

Location: #42 Esteban Abada St. cor Rosa Alvero, #64-D Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights, Unit 2 FADI Building, #5 West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Salcedo Village (soon)

Price: P50 up

Origin: Homegrown

The lowdown: We like the fresh flavors of Cha Dao, and we also love their Yakult blends particularly the wild berry flavor. This homegrown brand gets ingredients from Taiwan and Bangkok. They offer unusual flavors like Thai tea blends, which are really good.

Signature drinks: Cha Yen - Thai milk red tea with vanilla & cinnamon

Meals: Chips and cookies (try the white chocolate chip cookies!)

Plus points: Cha Dao hits the sweet spot with its student-friendly prices (they even offer student discounts), so you can get your milk tea fix for less. They also offer text and drive pick up services for when you feel like having your tea at home.

Taste rating: 3/5


7. Happy Lemon

Location: G/F Promenade, Greenhills, 4/F Eastwood Mall, 2/F Archaeology, Power Plant Mall

Price: P75 up

Origin: Import

The lowdown: We love that their milk tea with black pearl sounds like a bad sequel to a Pirates of the Caribbean flick, but nothing is bad about the flavor of their milk tea. The pearls are the right kind of gooey-gummy. However, with Happy Lemon’s extensive drink selection, we feel that their strength really lies in their fruit blends and their unusual cocoa mixes.

Signature drink: Cocoa with Rock Salt & Cheese

Meals: none

Plus points: Try their new fresh fruit series called QQ Brilliant Fruit Tea.

Taste rating: 3/5



6. Moonleaf

Location: 44 Magiting St., UP Teacher’s Village, 103 Maginhawa St., UP Teacher’s Village, Esteban Abada St., Katipunan, 1012 GM Tolentino St., Espana

Price: P70 up

Origin: Homegrown

The lowdown: A favorite hangout in Maginhawa St., Moonleaf Tea Shop has a strong Twitter following as well, and is a favorite among the college crowd. This cozy cafe serves fruit and milk teas. Though their selection isn’t as varied as most cafes, staples like the Jasmine Milk Tea and traditional black milk tea blends are deliciously sweet.

Signature drink: Winter Melon Milk Tea (crowd favorite)

Meals: Pastries are offered in their Maginhawa branch; try the banoffee pie loaded with cream.
Plus points: Moonleaf Tea Shop offers limited edition drinks like tiramisu, peppermint and caramel Hakka.

Taste rating: 3/5


5. Zen Tea


Tea taste: Say “hello” to childhood. Their nai cha or pearl milk tea is like sipping Chocnut through a straw. Meanwhile, the yummy Highway tea (green apple and passionfuit) tastes like Sola or Snapple. On the menu, there’s also malt milk tea and more fruit combos such as Highway (green apple, lemon, and passionfruit) and Tango (mango and peach).

Tapioca: Nice and chewy

Add-on options: Sago

Service: The place gets busy, but the service was still decent.

Price: P35-P70 but their large sizes are pretty small.

Where to buy: (0908) 869-ZENT for deliveries. Gen. Vicente Lim St., near Xavier School; Pearl Dr., Ortigas, near UA&P; 3/F RCBC Plaza Ayala cor. Rufino, Makati


4. A-Gan Tea


Originated from its brand spirits, pure tea, A-gantea persists in brewing with cherry-picked leaves from a tea plantation in an elevation of 1200 meter inTaiwan’s Ali Mountain. The word A-gan in Chinese means sweet & refreshing aftertaste, which is what our A-Gan Green Tea is famous for. Their store is located at the Greenbelt 2 Park, Ayala Center, Makati beside National Bookstore.

To know more about this exciting event, kindly like their official Facebook account: http://facebook.com/aganteaph and follow them on Twitter:http://twitter.com/aganteaph



3. Serenitea


Location: Alabang Town Center, 74B N. Roxas cor. Banawe St., BF Homes Paranaque, Burgos Circle, The Fort, G/F Cyber & Fashion Mall, Eastwood, G&L Bldg. J. Abad Santos cor. V. Cruz, Buchanan St., McKinley Park, North Greenhills, L1, Adriatico Wing, Robinson’s Place, Ermita

Price: P95 up

Origin: Homegrown

The lowdown: The original, and the little place that started it all, Serenitea cropped up as a tiny tea place that served real, freshly brewed tea beverages steeped in their “teapresso” machine. Today, with over five branches and steadily growing, this old-timer still has the moves. P, a milk tea lover has this to say about Serenitea: “You know it’s not watered down because even after the ice melts into the drink the taste of the milk tea still comes out.”

Signature drink: Okinawa, Hokkaido & Assam milk tea blends

Meals: We are fans of the chicken chop and the potatoes, and the corn (we’re fans of everything on their menu).

Plus points: If milk is your tummy’s kryptonite, their Yakult tea blends are also a must-try—they’re the perfect refreshing treat during a crazy hot Manila day.

Taste rating: 5/5


2. Cha Time

Location: Pioneer Center, Robinson’s Galleria Supermarket, Landmark Bridgeway, Glorietta, One Archers Place, SM Mall of Asia, 75 C. Nicanor Roxas St., Banawe, SM City North Edsa, 207-B Wilson St., San Juan

Price: P75 up

Origin: Import (Taiwan)

The lowdown: Milk tea lovers should make the Pioneer Center branch a hangout, what with its comfy seats, free Wi-Fi and long strips of extension cords, perfect for those who want to get some work or social networking done while sipping tea.  ChaTime’s teas are no slouches in the ring either, their milk tea beverages hit the right spot of sweet and creamy.
Signature drinks: ChaTime Roasted Milk Tea, a choice so popular that the stores end up running out of this beverage really fast. Forget ordering this an hour before closing, they’re all out by then.
Meals: Some branches also serve food, like the curry hotdog which sounds iffy but really, really good once you try it.

Plus points: ChaTime has a huge and varied selection of drinks, ranging from milk tea, coffee, slushies, juices, oriental pop teas, signature mixes and mousses.

Taste rating: 5/5


1. Gong Cha


Locations:  1/F Entertainment Center, SM Mall of Asia, 2/F Skygarden SM North Edsa, 3/F Food Choices, Glorietta 4

Price: P80 up

Origin: Import (Taiwan)

Signature drinks: Try the Earl Grey milk tea, a favorite among milk tea connoisseurs

The lowdown: Gong Cha’s milk tea blends are creamy and flavorful--the tea taste comes out minus the watered down taste some drinks have. The tapioca pearls are the right mix of chewy and gummy and even at 0% sugar, you can still get a nice, sweet flavor thanks to the pearls and milk.

Meals: None

Plus points: Try one of their add-ons, the Gong Cha Milk Cream to give your beverage an extra creamy boost.

Taste rating: 5/5

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QQ Milk Tea of A-Gan Tea, Naicha and CremeTea of Zen tea, Banana Milk Tea of Cha Time, and of course, Earl Grey with pudding and grass jelly of Gong Cha! My personal favorites. :)

So that's my personal take on Milk Teas around the metro. How about you? What's your personal favorite? Feel free to leave your comments or share this post to your friends. Ciao!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Time Runners? Follow these tips!

         You have completed the hardest part of your marathon training but it doesn't calculate the outcome of your race. Additional intense training prior to the race can only prompt injury.
            What you do the day before the marathon can greatly affect your race performance. A personal checklist and some tips on what to do one day prior to your big race is a good idea.
1.  Avoid anything new for the race.  Don’t wear new shoes or new clothing. Wear a pair of running shoes that you have worn during your trainings as long as they do not create any problems.


2.  Prepare your running outfit and stuff.  Check the weather and bring only the things needed. Pack your bag with a dry shirt, extra pair of socks, head gear, sunglasses, race kit, medications, bottled water, towel and others.


3.  Make sure you have your race number, singlet and other race materials.  If you have to pick it up on the day of the race, be sure to arrive earlier to give you ample time to ready yourself prior to the big race.


4.  Review the map course.  Know where you can find the water stops, aid stations and portable toilets. It’s best to plan ahead and put together a race strategy.


5.  Plan how you will get to the race venue, where you will park and when you will leave. The last thing you want is to get late or lost before the race.  Some venues are far from the parking areas too.  So plan out how to get there.


6.  Drink plenty of water to properly hydrate your body.   But avoid drinking too much water a few hours before the race.  It will lead to frequent bathroom breaks during the marathon.


7.  Rest and relax while you can. The day before the marathon is the last day of your tapering process. If you can’t help it, you can take a 20-minute jog or you can go for a small stroll in the park or walk around your neighborhood. But don’t walk for more than two hours to avoid sore feet a day before the marathon.



8.  Don’t eat much during dinner or late at night.  It takes at least 36 hours to process most of the food you eat. Avoid trying new foods that can cause stomach upset. Stick with foods that have worked well for you. Also, don’t go to bed hungry. Just take a light snack.

9.  Eating the wrong foods can also be a problem.  Avoid processed sugar and high concentration of fat.


10.  Avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine.  These can affect your performance during the marathon.  Some prefer caffaine to stimilate them but don’t try it if you are not used to it.


11.  Plan your breakfast for the next day.  Take something light and filling.  Lessen the fruit intake since some of them has laxative effects.


12.  Go to bed early so that you can wake up early the next day. Get 8-10 hours of sleep. If you can’t sleep at all, don’t panic. Most runners do not sleep well the night before the race.


13.  Remain calm all throughout the day. Don’t let last minute jitters affect your mood. Think positively. Watch a movie or read an inspiring book.


14.  Don’t forget to set your alarm clock to give you enough time to eat breakfast, get ready and arrive at the race venue early.


You have those tips on what to do the day before the marathon. For sure you’ll be more confident on your big day. Make it the race of your life!
Good luck in your marathon and have a safe run.


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Saturday, November 3, 2012

of Birthdays and Celebrations...


10.26.2012 (Friday) marked my 22nd year here on Earth. Unlike last year where I decided to have a week long celebration with friends and colleagues, this year, I intended it to be small and simple with my dearest family.

I decided to introduce to my cousins the game called BEER PONG.




MEET THE PLAYERS!


Ekit
Aron

RonRon

Ganda

Zaira

Aila

Renz

Joshua
U1

U2

Round 1


My Ate trying to shoot the ping pong balls

SHOOT!

INOM!!!

Ganda VS. Joshua


Ron VS Me





Aila VS Zaira


Seryoso oh! :))

Ron taking his turn

After a few rounds, I was surprised when a birthday cake comes out with a candlelight on top.

The Gang!

The CAKE..

Thank you siblings and cousins!!! :)

Dahil Friday at last day ng Walang Hanggan, may half time break kami.. :))

Nung medyo makukulet na sila, naglaro muna kami ng Unggoy Ungguyan and 123 Pass..

 


Sila na lang natira sa Unggoy Ungguyan.. :))

123 Pass!




May nakabuo na! :) 
Pagkatapos, Ilang rounds pa ule ng beer pong hanggang sa may nahilo na ng tuluyan.. :)

Nges Who?? :))
Boooooo! :))
We end up the night with this picture! :)

Before this blog entry ends, I would like to thank the following people who greeted me and made me feel a little more special (makita mo kaya name mo dito?):

via Text Message


Joanna Guce

Luigie Soterio

Chey Albay

Rey San Juan

Tita Elmie

Marianne Felix

Lorraine Suay

Monica Panganiban

Kim Ondoy

Tita Ella

Ingrid Recto

Marivic Taberara

Tito Ronnie

Irene Tan

Analyn Adaya

Jessica Masacayan

October 27 - Irwin Miraflores

via Facebook


Ate Ghe





















via Twitter





















From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank everyone who make an effort to greet me on my special day. Others forgot it, but I don't mind it a lot. I'm really happy to celebrate my birthday with my loved ones. 

Thank you Lord for everything. No words can explain how much grateful I am to experience things, good or bad, which help me realize more that you exist. I'm looking forward to celebrate more birthdays with friends and family. :) Let's get it on!

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