Jason, EA and Paul Happy at GMA

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It was a fun bonding time with GMA stars Edgar Allan Guzman, Jason Abalos and Paul Salas. The three obviously have hailed from another station but it’s nice to see their careers flourishing as they get really good projects in their new home. Seeing them happy, I felt their joy because they got to do unconventional roles, much different because GMA creatives definitely have been experimenting a lot on their shows. This formula has been so effective in their afternoon and primetime shows, which they note has to be consistently done all throughout the day (hence the coined afternoon prime).

EA says “As soon as I arrived here I already have a project with them on Dragon Lady this coming March 4. I transferred and got Korean Jagiya, Step Daughters, I am looking forward to very challenging roles and go to work to do different things. I love doing things that I do not usually do and GMA does that. It adds spice to the soap, it makes you eager to go to work each day. I do not have Mandarin training, but the most difficult is to do executive work. I make her day hard and it will be to a point when I fall in love with the Dragon Lady. I have been paired a few ladies but if it happens it happens. Artist Center sees me as a versatile character actor. I like Shaira Diaz, Kris Bernal, Sanya Lopez, they are all good. There are only minimal adjustments, I have to worry about the network and how I work with them. I want to do work like what Ken Chan is doing, I can offer my self in different roles and do it well, I can sing, I can dance too. I also want to see maybe exposure in other things. My advice to newbies, to pay respect to seniors, to initiate to say hi and introduce yourself before work. I distinctly remember a lot of young stars in GMA because of that. Here, I want to give my best and do great in portraying my characters and I know, I can do it like they know it.”

Jason Abalos says “I was really excited to see how the viewers accepted that role, I needed to be a woman, not gay. Totga was my first then Asawa Ko Karibal Ko. I feel it broadens our range as artists, we see our limits and go past that. I am a family man, a doctor and you will see that in our show. I want to work with the best in the industry, I want to be here longer. I want to even work in management if that works. GMA lets me showcase my talent, maybe I could thank my previous work as I have engined professionalism. I make sure I do not waste another persons time. I want to just work, I have done a lot at work, I am not expecting, I am glad it comes very often. I want to be remembered as a great actor, to remember my characters. I don’t even remember my names sometimes but they do. I hope people watch STOLEN where I would work with Sophie Albert, Max Collins and Mark Herras.”

Paul Salas says “I will be coming out in Kara Mia very soon, for how many years, this is something that I am looking forward to. It is an honor to be part of something difficult to shoot, I see Barbie and Mica on set. I don’t know what will happen with the pairing. I feel I am home with them, I have worked here when I was a kid so I am quite familiar. I can do action, drama, not just stay cute, I can sing and dance. I remember seeing this as fun, but I know this has to be all taken seriously, it’s our time to do it right and just hear people know I am a great performer too.”

EA will be on GMA’s new show Dragon Lady, while you have to wait for Jason Abalos in Stolen, whilst Paul Salas is currently on hit show Kara Mia. These happy campers deserve their breaks and it is good to see GMA is taking care of that.

Can’t wait to see them on their new shows!


Vacation’s Over

Monday, February 25, 2019

Been traveling a lot these past few weeks because my Mom is turning 75. It’s a good feeling that she gets around with us kids and enjoy seeing sights, eating lots of food and be at the spots she wished to be at this age. I obliged and it was a good time to connect with my family, it’s been a while since we have been together.

Food, glorious food!

The Kris Flyer Lounge had me want to wait a long time LOL
With me is the ASUS ZenBook 13 inch powerhorse
Singapore Airlines had super comfy seats, more legroom and good food on board. Thanks to the sale tickets I got during their sale in Glorietta a few weeks ago!

I had work, tons of it and if you were in my shoes, you would say I am crazy to have time for that after spending hours under the sun, going from spot to spot, trying to spend every tourist penny by doing DIY tours myself and hoping she’d enjoy every bit of it. On the side I had the ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333 with me so I can write a few articles and edit photos when I get back to the hotel. What I like about this machine is that it lasts a long time even if I don’t plug it in for a few days (thanks to the 50WHr 3-cell Li-ion battery). I only do work at night time and pulling it in and out of my bag in between tourist spots felt like I was carrying a tablet rather than a monstrous laptop computer that it is. It boots up in seconds because of the 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, no more spinning parts means less heat and faster access of course. This is just a dream or so I thought.

The new Burgundy Red version is for those who want to signify power, boldness and being beautiful

Have you ever considered getting a laptop these days? This ASUS ZenBook 13 UX33 just recently launched a Burgundy Red version, it might fit you and your personality. I only got the review unit and I am almost thinking of not returning it because it fits my lifestyle perfectly. Ugh!

Will tell you more about the other countries I went to on the blog, soon dear!


Golden Bamboo Restaurant Opens at Ayala Malls Circuit

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Golden Bamboo Restaurant opens in Ayala Malls Circuit

It has been a while since I've been in Ayala Malls Circuit in Makati City. I'm a boy from the north, so it would take a bit of an effort to actually travel all the way there. Seldom, yeah, but if it calls for something good, I say, I'm there!

At the mall's upper ground floor (right side of the escalator at the main entrance), Golden Bamboo Restaurant just opened shop and the promise of authentic chinese cuisine was just too much, too tempting not to visit it ahead of the public. It was important to them to do it during the month when Valentines day and Chinese New Year happens so they could go all out in celebrating the occasion, complete with Dragon Dance and promos fit for the holidays. With them in the mixed use property, people can now have authentic, handcrafted and freshly cooked dimsum + chinese dishes intricately prepared by Chines Master Chef Zhang. By any word, that just means good news.

I was impressed with the spread.

The Roast Platter - this is a selection of Roast Peking Chicken, Soy Chicken, Peking Duck and Crispy Chicken. It was served with a side of probably pickled ginger and hoisin sauce, reminds me of how Hainanese Chicken Rice is prepared.

Golden Bamboo Crispy Pork Leg - as the name suggests, this just had to be on our table. The crispy pork trotters was just awesome on top of a side of white rice. The skin was crispy but surprisingly not dry, no need for dips even if they had some for it. Definitely a must try.

Emperor's Rib with Buns - think of thick slices of pork (no holding back on the fat) enveloped in a soft white bun (mantao) with a dollop of hoisin sauce (as preference). It's a guilty version of a sandwich, so soft, amazing for a snack or starter.

Roast Suckling Pig - as if the trotters wasn't enough, this comes along and everyone welcomed it. Young and soft pork meat with crispy skin, you can't go wrong with that. This would be best for big occasions like birthdays, events, or maybe just your Sunday lunch. I got it and put a little hoisin on it, still loved how crunchy and a little salty it is.

Beef Curry with Coconut Milk - if you're fond of spices, then try this one. I love the potatoes and the curry sauce, the beef was easily filling us as it is heavy protein. I would recommend this for those who want heavy lunch or if you're a little famished.

Crab Salt and Pepper - simple but so delicious, for seafood lovers out there, this would make you happy. The garlicky, lightly salted exterior and thick crab parts would make you want more. It may be sufficient for 4, but it would be a great meal for two people. I'd rather do the latter, more for me is always a good idea.

Assorted Misua Guisado with Meat - noodles for long life, so it always has to be there. Mix it thoroughly so you get a perfect bite each time.

Fried Lapu Lapu with Mango Sauce - I guess all good things must come to an end, but ending the main course with a bang. White fish with sweet tangy mangoes and sweet chili sauce, it had all the nicest things in it. It was healthy and not too oily for something that has been fried to a crisp. This is my personal favorite.

Ube with Sago - for our dessert, it was surprising to see something hot offered. The ube and sago combo was good, but I bet this would be also best if taken cold, either way, you have to make sure to try dining here with your friends and family. You deserve the best.

Golden Bamboo Restaurant also has branches at Meycauayan Bulacan, Santiago City Isabela, Tugegarao City Cagayan and this new one in Makati. Now don't fret because they plan to open more in the next few years, particularly in other urbanized cities so everyone could get to taste good authentic chinese cuisine where they are. You should reserve a table or two via 09178028070 so they can host you at Ayala Malls Circuit. 

They are not that expensive, but these dishes would be just so perfect to treat you and your family. They have social media channels so just find @goldenbambooph on IG and GoldenBambooPH on FB. 

It's all there! 8/10 kumags.

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MEGA Sardines Presents FIRST DAY

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I am impressed, it looks like MEGA Sardines is at it again. 

 With the success of their first two viral videos called “Adulting” and “Tipidity”, they recently came out with another short film called "First Day", a play on one of the most pivotal moments in your life, your first job. Do you still remember that day? 

 Director Chris Cahilig puts in a little dash of romance as character Joseph played by Jindric Macapagal tries to make it big in Metro Manila. He then finds himself smitten over coffee breaks, lunch outs, with an angelic ward as he enjoys every moment with comfort food so close to Filipinos, over a can or two of what could cause #MegaGandaAngBuhay to happen.

This short film was made through the efforts of Tiu Lim Foundation (executive producer), Rommel Sales (cinematography), Yuji Gonzales (screenplay), Jegs Morales (offline editor), Kenneth Amparo (online editor), Melai Entuna (line producer), Clark Lopez (assistant director), Kat Salinas (sound design), Richard Gonzales (scoring), Det Moldera (accounts manager), Yani Bautista (production manager) and Johanna Evangelista (production coordinator). 

 If you would like to see “First Day”, it can now be viewed at MEGA’s official Facebook page facebook.com/officialmegasardines and their YouTube channel (just search Mega Global). Currently, “Tipidity” and “Adulting” has almost 3 million views on YouTube. You may also watch these short films through MEGA Sardines’ official FB page too. 

Thanks to Mega Global Corporation for doing this. As you may well know, they are also the manufacturer of MEGA Sardines, one of the country's freshest sardines packed 12 hours from catching to canning. You can get it in easy open cans and pouch forms. I love their Spicy version personally for breakfast. 

 Now go watch it. You'll love how the story would turn out.

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SIPHAYA Ready To Splash On GMA

Monday, February 18, 2019

BiGuel fans will have a definite treat as the teen idols become more matured in this epic series called SIPHAYA.

GMA released photos from the set and they did not disappoint. See how the stars adorn their costumes as Miguel and Bianca take this to primetime.

Do you like these changes? I sure do. Can't wait to see these all on the boob tube!


Gina Lopez Partners with Nat Geo

Friday, February 15, 2019

It’s the third season of Gina Lopez’ G Diaries and this time, they’re going international with a partnership with no less than National Geographic Channel, sounds fun? It is!

This new season will feature the 8 communities she introduced in the past events (remember Quest for LOVE?), a project she called I LOVE (Investments in Loving Organizations or Village Economies). NAT GEO will take part in Creating a Planet in Balance to dip their hand in championing communities to make them sustainable agricultural, fishery, forestry and eco tourism sites by including them in their broadcast and digital assets to promote awareness elsewhere in the world. I LOVE sites currently include Benguet, Sorsogon, Zamboanga, South Cotabato, Tawi Tawi, Maguindanao and Bukidnon. Present at the occasion was Ms. Gina Lopez and FOX International SVP and GM Jude Turcuato as they signed a MOA of partnership. This means you will see G Diaries through Nat Geo.

They are also working with PDP (People Design Places) Architects, ESCA Inc. and IIEE (Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers), Wilcon, UP Mountaineers, Powermac, and they want to tell the story of the Filipino people. She says “We want people, we want change agents, so they can work with 8 government institutes, other organizations that can do things for our country. What we can bring to the picture is prove it. I hope you get to watch it on March 3.”

Can’t wait to see this happen soon. It will start on March 3, 2019 and they need people to watch.


Show Love Through Paymaya

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It’s Valentines Day today and I already felt it when I rode a Grab car this morning. As soon as I sat down, the driver asked “You don’t have a date today Sir? You’re the fourth passenger that doesn’t have a date today sir.” and I was like WHAT!???

Anyway, there’s a lot of other things you can do to express love through convenient ways with Paymaya.

- If you purchase prepaid load before the 15th, you get cashbacks of Php 50

- If you purchase 500 worth and up of goodies, you’ll get 20% cashback up to Php 300, but again, do it before the 15th! Use PM12OFF in Zalora and you could get 12% more on top of that.

- If you purchase stuff through #ScanToPay Paymaya QR codes, you’ll get the chance to get 1%, 10% or even 100% randomly (had done this and it’s like magic!)

- Order Dominos or Shakeys Pizza, stay at home and chill.

Download the Paymaya App today and discover how much convenience you’ll get this Valentines day. I sure did pay that Grabcar ride with Paymaya through the MVP card. I got a rebate countless times and I feel it’s normal.


The ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333 Burgundy Red and How Your Valentine Dreams Can Come True

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This week was awesome, not because I was just in a vacation but I got to spend much needed bonding time with my Mom in Singapore. I'm a travelling man, straight from the can. I also work in any place just as long as there is internet connection so I do require a bit of computing power that can do regular office stuff, photo editing and a little video on the side. 

ASUS has come out with their ZenBook line and it has been one of the most sought after notebooks this side of the world. With it's powerful hardware equipped to liken most office capable laptop computers, it presents so much more being the world's smallest 13", 14" and 15" laptop computer, plus it is considerably the lightest too in form factor. While other hardware would suffer mostly in other brands, they maintained to fit everything in this ZenBook including a 3D IR camera up top of the screen. Now they also have released a 13", 14" and 15" version in Burgundy Red, in one of the most fashionable looks they could ever dish out of their coffers. The new color would be perfect for female executives, power dressers, even men who fancy this color too without sacrificing their needs of a capable laptop computer to do general office work, video and photos, while being so handy all throughout the metro or their travel destinations.

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333 Burgundy Red

This has got an 8th Gen i5 chip (for the 13 inch) but has an 8th Gen i7 chip for the 14 and 15 inch ones and a 8 GB of RAM. It has almost the same hardware as recent previously released ZenBooks but just differs in the paint job. Metallic and concentric in the front and standard finishing underneath, it looks expensive when I took it out for a spin. At 0.55 inches and about 1.2 kg, I bet you can carry it around with ease even with just the laptop sleeve. The keyboard also has backlights perfect for those dark nights you often slave away typing for deadlines. The HDMI ports, USB A and USB Type C 3.1 ports, transfer of data from devices would be a cinch. Now if you're fond of spreadsheets, you need a viable solution to typing numbers right? Well the new ZenBooks has number pads on the actual track pad which lights up like magic when long pressed for a second. The thing also lasts a long time detached from its power cable, you could carry it around and it'll feel like a tablet at times, but you're really getting the whole deal. 

Now for the lovers out there, ASUS is giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get something really special this Valentine's day. It won't be for YOU, but your special someone. Go visit the ASUS Facebook page and look for the pinned post. You may read the mechanics and follow it to get a chance to win a brand new ASUS ZenBook for them. Just go to bit.ly/FallInLoveWithZenBook and tell your story on the original post here www.facebook.com/272213024956/posts/10151171932329957/, then attach your photo on it. Make it the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone and who knows, you might just win that laptop of your dreams!

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