Korean Grill Goodness at House of Gogi

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kris Bernal has been wearing different hats since I have known her. Aside from being an actress, singer, dancer, business woman, here she goes again delving into a restaurant in Dapitan Street, Manila called HOUSE OF GOGI. That sounds like a fashion house but do know this stems from the Bulgogi which is a Korean beef dish that she fancies, we tried it out for ourselves a few days ago to know what it was all about.

The concept is simple, if it's lunch time you pay 399, if it's dinner you pay 488. What do you get for that amount you say? You get A LOT!

The Banchan (customary side dishes) consists of Fish Cake, Corn and Cheese, Potatoes, Korean Pancake and dried anchovies. They also refill at will so if you are a buffet Olympian like me, skip breakfast and bring your appetite to lunch with your friends and family. 

The meats? It's what they are known for. GOGI goodness comes in Beef Samgyupsal, Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi Beef varieties. Pork also comes in Pork Samgyupsal, Pork Bulgogi and Spicy Pork viands. I went for the Beef Samgyupsal and had it with fresh greens which they serve with a table top one burner stove. Lay all the meats on the grill and wait for your cheese to melt (takes a few minutes) and all this comes with the price you paid for lunch. I asked how she was able to keep the prices of lunch and dinner so low, Kris shares because she gets them straight from the source. She tells us the supplier is the family of her non showbiz boyfriend which she has known for quite a while now. Remember MEAT KRIS? All the patties she used from that burger  business came from that same supplier. She closed down shop because she felt that was all a testing ground before she decided to open a full blown restaurant - hence House of Gogi.

The meat becomes doubly good with their sauces, the gochujang was exceptionally good, kudos whoever made that because it has a little sweetness and not just super spicy.

The kimchi wasn't too strong, a little on the less spicy side but you can fix that with the gochujang. Your grilled pork will have even more love if you get melted cheese with it, not the cheddar type but real Mozzarella. You can ask for refills if you need to. This is so good!

Things like Beef Bulgogi and this steamed egg dish makes this place even better. Oh and did I forget to mention that they serve unlimited BIBIMBAP instead of the usual rice? Now how can you not try this place no?

The place is also instagrammable if there is such a term, so make sure you bring your phone cameras so you can share the experience.

After a good meal, we asked Kris Bernal a few questions about her upcoming show and a few details of who's going to be in it. She will be opposite Thea Tolentino on another ground breaking drama which GMA is known for.

Additionally we also learned she's planning to put up her own brand of lipstick, which dumbfounded me because everyone thought she was just quiet and doing nothing apart from her show, but NO. She's doing businesses left and right, some real estate investments, several shows and movies in the  pipeline, even got a brand launched very soon. 

Kris Bernal wants you to also experience House of Gogi for yourselves so head on to #55 Dapitan Street in Manila or just search House of Gogi in WAZE or Google Maps. It's this food park that has a car wash shop in the center. Just go up the small flight of stairs in the center and enter House of Gogi. Kris and her partners usually are there to say hi while you dine.

Congratulations Kris! Can't wait to see your other branches and other restaurants soon!

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Unlocking the Gates for Greats at iACADEMY

Saturday, August 18, 2018

iACADEMY Nexus Campus, Makati

Top of the morning we braced through the usual Makati traffic and got ourselves acquainted with iAcademy at their Nexus Campus in the same city. I’ve passed by this place a couple times this month because of events in Manila and Pasay which this school has its proximity. Sure enough, students come from these communities and nearby cities so expect this to be a tad upscale than the usual institution, I’m glad I see they spent a lot building this place. 7434 Yakal Street Makati is a prime location and is pretty much in the country’s business district, traveling to and from here was a breeze because there are tons of alternate routes, plus I can say much about the education offered here.

Visiting them on the day of their open house was the perfect time as they introduce new strands they offer for students who chose to enroll in their academy like mobile app development, robotics, graphic design and audio visual production. Class sizes are small so they get to students thoroughly. Most of their professors are industry professionals because they believe students should enroll in programs that are highly specialized. They want game changers, they are not afraid to try something new, definitely non traditional.

The speakers during the open house include John Gregory Jose of Novare Technologies who does Mobile App Development. He is also involved in doing the Globe GCash App and PSBank’s Mobile Credit System among others. They also had Des Feliciano of Leo Burnett/Blackpencil Manila who is into arts and Graphic illustration, Paulo Agduelo who does Sound Engineering, Music Production and Musical Scoring for Thirty Six-O Media. Lastly, Angelyn Mercado who does research Underwater Robotics who is educated in UP Diliman and Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Jacob Aragon VP for Academics of iACADEMY

Jacob Aragon the VP for Academics says “The programs we have in Senior High School also is aligned with what they have in College so you don’t have to take the subjects that you have already learned in senior high. Students are excited to go to school and they can’t wait to advance in their fields and passion.

John Jose of Novare Technologies

John Jose says “When you have a vision, you must ask yourself how to create that product. You have to know how to go from point A to B so your sons and daughters know where their destiny will be. The industry is going to data driven technologies so they give more value to their services, you have to visualize what you want to do and intend to do it. You have to know what you want to become and iACADEMY can help you realize that dream. I have failed a lot of times but I fail forward, you have to go through it before you learn from it. Don’t be afraid to try again and do something different.

Des Feliciano from Leo Burnett/Blackpencil Manila

Des Feliciano of Blackpencil Manila says “Do not say negative things about your work, be yourself and let no one say you’re doing it wrong, compete and bring awards, don’t compete with others other than yourself so you become better, nothing is FREE (and no artist should starve), be nice (it can take you places with your clients), never stop learning (you have to be updated), do not give up, network your work, learn the fundamentals (so if you get to work, you’ll learn to also break rules with it), always be creative (success is not overnight, make tons of it and choose the best), pay it forward, get advice from people who already are in the industry.

Paulo Agduelo, also an alumnus of iACADEMY

Paulo says “There is money in doing sound especially in advertising, if you shoot shows or movies, I help them make it nicer in the Gaming industry, app development, studio design, sales of audio products, same in animation too. You see the visuals but sound can tell you location in mobile games, like footsteps. You can also design sound in Church, iACADEMY prepares you for the small things, things that happen in real life. It becomes your portfolio, you need a skillset like good hearing, a sense of pitch timing and rythm, have knowledge of electronics and acoustics, have patience (longer than directors and producers), the ability to cope with long hours and tight deadlines (I learned that in iACADEMY which I thought was crazy when Professors did that here) it gave me that experience here before I graduated, the willingness to accept failure and learn from it (list it down and don’t do it the next time, you only learn when you fail), you are the future of the Philippines and you will be molded in iACADEMY so you will get to feel less of the pressure and be more creative when you get to work. I already had work even before I graduated from this school and everything became basic. I graduated two years ago, but it all beared fruit because they credit you with what you do. You get help with professors here and talk to them like your friends. You pass because they address your needs, you learn from professionals and their experience too. You go out here equipped from real life problems. I am thankful to them about that. They pushed me to my limits.

Underwater Robotics expert Angelyn Mercado

Angelyn Mercado who does underwater robotics shared her experience about being in the robotics team of the Philippines “I am happy that we have highschool and k-12 programs that have robotics. This is the first time iACADEMY is offering this as well, it is hard to learn three fields like Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Science. It can be applied to agriculture here in the Philippines, even in industrial plants, fetching things, domestic applications too. Almost all first world countries have this and have the resources for it. It is a trend even in the factories here in the Philippines and is steadily increasing. The world is changing and opportunities are a lot, iACADEMY is one of the few that offer it.



Anna Marie Abrera the Chair of Psychology in iACADEMY says “iACADEMY Nexus is now offering a Psychology Program. We want to address the emotional well being need of employees and prevent unhealthy workplaces. We work on human behavior, we marry studies and what happens inside companies. We also just recently passed the mental health law so there is a lot of work in this field of science. Students here will be equipped in research, HR Functions, assess behaviors and be psychometricians.

School of Business

School of Business Dean Shieradel Jimenez says “We have been founded by movers and shakers of the industry. We are right smack in the business center of the country and we partner with the industry leaders for the curriculum and design the program with them. Aside from three BA’s we offer courses that hone an entrepreneurial mindset, social intelligence, community leadership and integrity. All of our faculty are licensed professionals and MBA holders and we have a lot of industry partners. We are working on BSBA Accounting programs, an MBA offered by DePaul Academy. We hope you choose iACADEMY if you want to be part of this.”

School of Design

Erica Nugui, School of Design Faculty

Erica Ngui says “Under the school of design we stand by “design thinking”, to create solution for real world problems. We already have Multimedia Arts and Design, Fashion Design and Technology, but we want to offer AB in Music Production and Sound Design, AB in Film and Visual Effects and AB in Production and Sound Design. If you want to make movies, these are the courses you can go to. You can learn the narratives, CGI, industry leading software skills. BFA Graphic Design and Illustration has photography and graphics classes so all bases are covered. It will also cover sound design, musical scoring and composition so they would be equipped and have technical know how to do all these. They can also write and make their own music. Equipments and a sound studio is available to borrow for all students as long as it is available. We have a unique collaborative environment to make sure your kids to be creative, imaginative and digitally excellent.

School of Computing

Mitch Andaya, iACADEMY Dean Emeritus

Mitch Andaya says “The changes in the computing industry is becoming more niched. Programmers were considered rare, produced by many schools so we knew we had to diversify. This is why we have CS/IT courses and have specialization. You do not see our courses in other big Universities, it’s why we had Software Engineering in the past, they apply scientific parts and incorporate it in the design. We gambled and introduced programs in a time where it was not a norm. We have a bachelor program for Animation, we also have web development, so students now learn functionality, aesthetics and user experience. Now we also have game development, a BS program that makes programming, design and writing. In the next school year we are launching Data Science as a course, Mechatronics too. We will have Senior High programs to be trained in software development as a strand, so they know basic programming, also Mobile App Development and Robotics (separate) so they can start understanding early, perhaps better equip them to take their college course. They will have general subjects so they will be good in other core subjects. We give them the foundation to succeed in any course they decide.

For those interested, School Year 2019-2020 is near and they are accepting entrance examinees already so do that if you please. You may call 889 55 55 or send an email to inquiry@iacademy.edu.ph.

Whew! That was what iACADEMY is all about!

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Johnn Lemon Free Upgrade on Lemonade Day

Friday, August 17, 2018

Hi I'm John! Nope, I don't own this business but I would want to have one soon. Well here's the thing, have you already had one of these lemonades by JOHNN LEMON? Ehhh.. what do you mean no? Well you're missing out on good natural made lemonades which they have been concocting for 2 years now. They've grown so much that to date they gave over 140 stores across the country, why do you say? Easy, because they've gone beyond ordinary lemonades that you're probably used to.

Johnn Lemon has Lemon Ginger, Lemon Calamansi, Lemon Watermelon (my personal favorite), Lemon Green Tea, Lemon Cola, Lemon Mango, Lemon Strawberry and Lemon Kiwi. I tried most of them a few days ago and find them not just refreshing, but totally mind blowing. I love that you can ask to customize sugar levels because I am not that fond of it, I trust the fruits they mix in on my lemonade and by golly it all turned out great!

They got us to try our hand in making our own Lemonade flavors so I got bananas, mangoes and kiwi fruit on mine, it was so good I planned to have seconds.

I did this with a few blogger friends and they all enjoyed it too. Know that lemons actually give so much Vitamin C and anti oxidants that make those stress go away, not today Satan, not today! LOL

This famous talented artist Mark Dizon even created solo caricatures while the even was going on, I look pretty darn machismo when this happened agree? LOL

Well, what's good is that they are holding the first ever NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY on August 20. People who buy the 16oz cup can get their FREE UPGRADE on the spot so you could enjoy your lemonade flavor in a 22oz Large cup instead. Isn't that amazing? Now go to your nearest Johnn Lemon juice bars around the country and avail this only on this date.

Don't tell me I didn't tell you because it's all over their Facebook page @johnnlemonjuicebar and IG account. I even told you about it here.

If life gives you lemons, yada yada yada! 

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Watsons Make Time For Me Time

I'm sure you're busy, doing things for other people, for work, and probably not think of yourself. It's probably the reason why Watsons wants you to have #MeTime so you take care of the most valuable person in your life, YOU.

In one booth, I was asked about my lifestyle and they recommended supplements that would be good for me which they find out just by asking a few questions. They said I needed Vitamin B1 and B complex, then on another booth, they suggested whitening products for my skin which I've been doing in the past few months already LOL.

Ladies got nail care with hypoallergenic products that is safe for the skin, all from Watsons, which you too can locally get.

Makers of OLAY had us test their online skin checker that gives skin age and mine was 27, not bad I guess but I always consider myself 24 LOL. I don't do anything at night to take care of my skin so they suggested their night miracle cream which sees results in 7 days, I have yet to test that.

I only use their cleansers, which I find light as I use mostly those which are hydrating and water based.

Shamcey Supsup, GMA Stars Ayra Mariano, Marika Sasaki, the Enciso twins also joined the event and shared hair care, skin tips with me. All in all, people from media and bloggers enjoyed the afternoon with freebies from partner brands. 

Now you too can head on to Watsons and get your #MeTime products that is not only good but very affordable.

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Enchong Dee and Ria Atayde on KIX’s Extreme Ends

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Enchong Dee on a tight rope, looking like he’s enjoying this!

Everybody loves Enchong Dee and what fun it is to learn that he’s going to join this Hong Kong based reality show called Extreme Ends which features 4 different celebrities from across the Asian region plus their friends to experience the opposite ends of Hong Kong. In the show, he chose close friend, ally and actress Ria Atayde who he dubs as the one who pushes him to try different things the most.

In the show they will get to battle it out in extreme challenges while they get to choose their own adventures whether Quick or Slow, High or Low and they would only get to accomplish these tasks with the help of their friends. Enchong quirps “I don’t really know what they have planned in this trip but I am so ready to push my boundaries. I can’t wait to see the unexplored sides of Hong Kong and do this with my friend Ria who always keeps me on my toes.”

Extreme Ends is produced by Celestial Tiger Entertainment which is Kix’s mother company. It is also supported by the kind people of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Harbour City. You will all get to see this show on October so make sure you have KIX on your cable subscription lineup. It’s on Channel 63 on SkyCable and Channel 264 on Cignal. Go make sure you have popcorn ready during that month.

Can’t wait to see Chong on the cable channel!

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HOOQ and GMA Renews Pact

GMA and HOOQ Executives signs shows on the app

GMA has produced shows that have been moving, earth shaking and really out of the box. Suffice to say this has also been heavily watched in the HOOQ app so there’s nothing more apt to do than to renew this partnership so HOOQ streamers would get the best Philippine entertainment could give this 2018.

Contessa stars Glaiza De Castro

Aside from the top rating shows and series that have already ended, they will also show the epic Victor Magtanggol and other shows 24 hours after it has been shown on digital TV, so in a sense you will not miss anything if you’re a fan of these series. Hit shows like Contessa starting gorgeous Glaiza De Castro will also be shown for those who would want a taste of drama and action.

More shows coming on the HOOQ App

HOOQ Executives have always regarded GMA as a station that is giving what viewers want. The titles that have been there have easily been top rated including “Inday Will Always Love You, Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka, Meant To Be, My Korean Jagiya, Encantadia, Mulawin VS Ravena, My Husbands Lover” and more.

GMA New Media Inc Executive Judd Gallares says “We have been partners since 2015 and we are very pleased to renew this partnership. We are looking for a long rewarding one in the years ahead!”.

Make sure you download the HOOQ App on iOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play Store so you can watch these shows anywhere, anytime of the day! Just search HOOQ and it’ll get you there.

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