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Friday, July 24, 2015

Chef Corner: Bistek Tagalog

I have been a fan of Bistek Tagalog since I was a kid and I had a time to experiment on cooking this dish just last week. I'm not really a fan of cooking but of course, had to create new dishes every now and then for the family, hehe! Here are the ingredients and the procedure on how I prepared it. This recipe is good for 4-5 persons

 450 grams of sukiyaki beef (I didn't have any other beef with me at this time)
 2.5 ounces of soy sauce
4 pcs of calamansi
1 whole medium onion, sliced to rings
3-4 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1. Mix your soy sauce, pepper, calamansi and put the beef. Marinate it for at least 45 minutes
2. When ready to cook, prepare your pan. Preheat and then put a little oil, saute the onions until brown then set the onions aside.
3. In the same pan, cook the beef for 1-2 minutes and then set aside.
4. Put a little oil again, saute the garlic and then put the marinade, add the sugar
5. After it boils, you may put the beef and the onions and heat for another minute.
6. You can also add a little bit of water if you think the sauce is not enough
Serve and enjoy!

It's actually one of those quick cook recipes but it will take you a while to prepare them, nonetheless, this dish is considered to be a favorite!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Relaxation Corner: Massage at Sofitel's Le Spa

My husband and I were blessed to have a free massage at Sofitel's Le Spa. Since we were attending a wedding on a Sunday, I decided to use the voucher on the same day. I called Le Spa 3 weeks ahead and booked a slot at 5:30 pm (a few hours before the reception.) Good thing that we were able to finalize our schedules early as upon checking, there is an ongoing deal with Le Spa online, hence it was fully booked weeks in advance.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the receptionist who double checked our reservations. We were then escorted separately to the locker rooms so we could leave our things behind and shower/have sauna before the massage proper. Tip: in order for you to fully enjoy the massage, you might want to come 20-30 minutes earlier for the sauna. You will be requested to change into their robes before proceeding to the second floor for the massage. We were assigned in The Harmonie Couple room and upon entrance, you can immediately feel the relaxing atmosphere as there were only dim lights. There was also a bathtub and a shower room. when the masseuse came, they connected an ipod to the speaker so we could have relaxing music. 
Locker assigned to me was #16

The Harmonie Room

We were actually discouraged to bring our cellphones for us to fully be detached from the outside and be relaxed even just for an hour. Since we were attending a wedding reception afterwards, husband and I opted for an oil-less massage. I must admit, I am really looking forward to this as I haven't done any massage after giving birth (aside from lactation massage haha!) I never really fall asleep during massage sessions but my husband (if am not mistaken) fell asleep a couple of times. It was the perfect relaxation treat for a couple with a hectic schedule and a "makulit" toddler! 

How I wish we could visit Le Spa often, too bad we live quite far from Pasay and going here would definitely take hours to come on a weekday. It was a good one hour signature massage and even though it was free, we were taken cared of very much by all the staff. Oh, and because I had to pump after massage, they were kind enough to let us extend our stay in the Harmonie Room! Le Spa definitely know how to take care of their clients! Will definitely come back here soon!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tech Corner: Case Logic for GoPro

If you are one of those who owns a Go Pro, check out this Case Logic bag that they created for action camera. Since my husband is one of those who loves to have numerous bags for his gadgets, he was able to find the perfect protective bag for his GoPro accessories. His GoPro is placed in another bag though because he has a bag for all his filming stuff and a separate bag for the accessories of each.

Currently priced at Php 1,999.75 in SM Department Store, see the photos of the Case Logic Action Camera Bag below:
Case Logic for GoPro

Zipper and small compartments of the inner flap. You can put your memory cards here
The Main compartment with adjustable dividers to fit your accessory requirements. 

The upper compartment contains the yellow floater/bobber and underneath it is the 3-way arm. The compartment below could store the batteries (left side) and the gimbal on the right.
A closer look at the interior 

My husband used the extra space for batteries
Hard Shell Backing

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Instragram: Creating Memories in an Instant

There was a time when photography was not for everyone. It took time to learn, acquire devices, and develop nice photos to be compiled in one album. It was one expensive hobby back then. For non-hobbyists, they do it to preserve memories that money can't buy. Now, everything is easy, affordable, and convenient. This is why I love Instagram!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Angel's Pizza's Modernized Store and Food Offerings

I can't remember when my last visit to Angel's Pizza Makati Avenue branch was. Angel's still remain to be my top choice for pizza mainly because of the quality of the crust and it being less oily compared to other pizzas. During my visit yesterday, I was surprised at how it looked! It's far from before and it doesn't look fastfood-ish anymore. In fact, the ambiance can be compared similar to other upscale restaurants. (Check out their new interiors below)