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[Food] Massive Munchies Now In Manila!

Dumaguete-based Massive Munchies is now set to conquer the Metro with their delightful and rich-tasting pocket pies! The company which is interestingly founded by two business-minded young individuals (Tad Angara and Dexter Bautista) decided to bring their famous pocket pies in the heart of Manila.
They just had a soft opening last Saturday (February 18). They set up a small outlet in F Hidalgo Street in Quiapo just in front of the Manuel L Quezon University and they are planning to add more outlets soon, hoping to experience the same success that the company had in Dumaguete.  Massive Munchies has been in operation since 2014; with just one store initially branching out into 3 in just 2 years.  With their products that are available in such affordable and reasonable prices without compromising the quality and the taste, it is not impossible for Massive Munchies to capture the heart of Manileños.

Mr Tad Angara, one of the store’s founders, warmly welcome us (bloggers) in their soft opening in Quiapo. He cheerfully tell us their humble beginning and how this business started out from a simple idea and how they struggle to make it grow. Surprisingly, despite of having no formal business training, the two managed to establish their first business successfully and the response from the people of Dumaguete was simply overwhelming.
About four years ago, we started this company in Dumaguete City with only about 25k capital and then with no formal business training, no mentorship from anyone, it was hard and there was time we thought about giving up… but with right attitude and by utilizing every resources we got.. especially the Internet, we were able to maintain it” Mr Tad Angara

Massive Munchies is mainly catering “pocket pies”  which is currently consists of 4 amazing flavors to choose from. Each of the flavors are quite unique and are very much packed full of flavor. Each hot pocket meat pie cost around a measly Php 39 for it’s regular size to PHP 59 for it’s King size option – which is truly a total steal!

Each of this delectable goodie is available for both dine-in (solo/combo meal) and take-out (5/10pcs box) orders.

Cheesy PepperonipieThe Cheesy Pepperoni Pocket Pie marked the beginning of Massive Munchies; as it’s signature flavor it truly is a crowd favorite! It’s when Italian cuisine meets Filipino’s ingenuity! One of their best sellers! a definite must try!

Cheesy Taco
wsrCHEESY TACO The Mexican PocketPie with a whole lotta cheesy goodness. A definite perfect fit for every cheese lover out there! With this much cheese on it, you would totally crave for more!

Beefy Mushroom
dggBEEFY MUSHROOM – Simply BEEF Stroganoff in a pie! – Tender slices of beef sauteed in rich mushroom sauce makes this pocket meat pie a true meaty lovers’ favorite!

Tuna LasagnagggTUNA LASAGNA , Massive Munchies treat to our health conscious peers!, This pocket meat pie is definitely a healthier option! For those who love lasagna but are into lesser calories? Try this! tastes like lasagna, but is made from tuna.

They are planning to bring more of their menus from their flagship store in Dumaguete in their Manila outlet soon. In addition to that, Mr Angara mentioned that they will be offering healthier options pretty soon (he mentioned about Baked pocket pies instead of deep fried).

Additional flavors like Cheesy Sisig, Chicken Inasal, Cheesy Hungarian, Chocolate Fudge, Mango Bango, Apple Pie and Banana Caramel were all under development and could be part of their growing menu (possibly on the shop’s grand lunch which could be 3 or 4 months from now).
32893336331_e4d1a19516_otMassive Munchies Pocket Pies33019603405_6ce973ddcd_otThey were generous enough to give us a box full of this pocket pies. Cheesy Pepperoni is my personal favorite and it is not really surprising why this flavor is one of their best sellers32977927846_317a0e7ec8_otBeefy Mushroom is equally delicious too
32893366271_a685245dde_otAccording to Mr Angara, some of their customers in Dumaguete used to buy their pies raw (uncooked) so they can store it in the fridge for several days and cook or bake it afterwards.
33019532145_cb0747a411_otAside from the pies, they also gave us this cool black shirt sporting their company’s logo. I also learned that they are offering Massive Munchies hoodies and shirts too which are exclusively available online (you can check them here – http://shirt.ly/massivemunchies)

For more updates about Massive Munchies, feel free to visit their Social Media pages below
Facebook : https://web.facebook.com/MassiveMunchiesPH
Instagram : @massivemunchies

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“Gupit Binata” No More! Because Men Deserves Better!

294905_3704380661410_443389973_nrWhen women are stressed, they have their own ways to pamper themselves. They will either go for a shopping or visit the salon for a makeover. I actually came across an article before saying that almost 70% of women used professional care services while only 40% of men will avail such. I guess maybe some men do not pay much attention to their looks or maybe they don’t find it so necessary. Well, just because the average number of women who visit Salon are bigger than the number of men doesn’t mean men do not deserve such special treatment.

Unearthed this School ID showing me sporting my “Gupit Binata” haircut A Typical Conversation between me and the barber
Barber: Anu pong gupit?
Me: Kuya Gupit Binata po, yung maikli, yung pwede kong maSpike haha

Interestingly millennial men are now more aware of themselves and how properly they should be treated and be groomed. Most men today are more concerned now about their appearance and how they look. They are easily influenced by the latest fashion and trends. I remember when I was a kid, my father will just drop us to the nearest Barber shop and we mostly settled with that “Gupit Binata” looks but now, men have so many options. There goes the man-buns, the pampadour hairstyles, the spiky modern undercuts and more!

Me sporting different hairstyles recently

With pompadours on the rise, man-buns making its way on the street, perfectly trimmed beards and facial hair making an appearance…it’s safe to say that male grooming is finally getting the attention it deserves.  The increasing popularity of these kinds of male grooming and treatments gave way to a new breed of barbershops , one that delivers the kind of service that they expect that essentially gives a modern take on an old classic.  So yeah, “Gupit Binata” is no longer the only option for men nowadays because we now have those male-focused salons to help us men to get the kind of male grooming treatment that we all deserve!

Sports Barbershop

And while there have been a few cropping up here and there, none have been more accessible or as successful in providing the stylish sense that today’s grooming generation seeks than Sports Barbers.
With 12 branches nationwide, it recently unveiled another milestone as it opened its 12th branch in SM North Edsa last December 2016. This place recreates the traditional concept of your go-to neighborhood barbershop and offers a destination.16780332_120300002149678124_1903426147_n

Its ambiance and service, strongly anchored on its team’s ability to provide everything from on-trend cuts to classic styles, is a compelling reminder of inherent masculine values—adventure, straightforwardness, humor and at the end of the day, natural good looks (as opposed to self-conscious preening).

The entire concept of Sports Barbers is to deliver the best cuts for clients, inspired by traditional hairstyles and the most stylish men. The brand’s crop of barber-stylists, a term derived from the fusion of Vidal Sassoon trained cutting and styling mixed with the efficient sensibilities of old-school barbers, mean clients can confidently step into any branch and emerge looking as dapper as they can be.

It’s Gupit Binata no more indeed. With the modern environment we are living today, it is just the right time to embrace the modern changes. It’s just so nice that we finally have that Go-to destination whenever we need a proper haircut. What I personally love about this male-focused salon or barbershop is that they got the right people who are knowledgeable enough to provide you the proper treatment for your hair. They surely know which hairstyle will suit you best.

This made me so eager to visit Sports Barbershop real soon. Fortunately, they got a branch in SM Southmall which is just one ride away from my place!

Other branches can be found at UP Town Center, SM Clark, Ayala Fairview Terraces, SM Mall of Asia, SM Bacoor, SM Bicutan, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, Eastwood Citywalk, SM San Pablo, SM San Lazaro and SM North Edsa

If you want to know more about them, feel free to visit their social media accounts below

Facebook: Facebook.com/sportsbarbersph
Twitter: Twitter.com/sbbarbershop
Instagram : Instagram.com/sbbarbershop.

[Food] Cabalen Opens Another Branch in SM Mall Of Asia

Cabalen recently opened another branch in SM Mall of Asia and this time it is located at the 2nd Floor of Southwing Bayview Area. Cabalen restaurant has always been very close to my heart. I still remember those times when my mom will take me and my siblings here and we used to take advantage of their Eat all you can buffet by filling our plates with almost every piece of their menu.
For three decades, Cabalen never failed to deliver the best dishes while remaining faithful in providing nothing but high quality menu for every Filipino since 1974. Tracing back the restaurant’s humble origin, they started as a simple Bahay Pasalubong Restaurant in Pampanga (Cabaelen actually means “Fellow Kapampangan). From there, the store grew up and eventually became an Eat All You Can buffet restaurant that we all grew up loving with.
Cabalen expanded and opened many branches all over the country catering a wide range of the best and authentic Kapampangan dishes and many other popular Pinoy specialties. Some of their branches including the one in SM Megamall, Robinsons Place Manila and the ones in SM Mall of Asia (including the Southwing Bayview Area) covers Asian Cuisine dishes. The Grand Opening of the newest branch in SM Mall of Asia just kicked off last Wednesday (February 8, 2017) and I’m so grateful to be invited to cover the said event.
The Ambiance
Cabalen has remained faithful to their concept. They provide an interesting rustic atmosphere. The wooden tables and chairs are interesting enough to make you feel like visiting the province and eating in native carinderia. To compliment with such interesting theme, some Cabalen branches also play Folk songs in the background which gives you that exciting feeling when attending those traditional Fiesta in the province.
The Food
One thing I love about Cabalen is that despite of the fact that you are dining in a mall, the food will somehow make you feel that you were eating at home since their menu are those typical Filipino specialties that we all grew up loving with. This is probably one great reasons why most Balikbayans are patronizing the restaurant. I also think that if you have Foreign friends who want to taste the Filipino cuisine, Cabalen would be a perfect place for them to taste those iconic Pinoy dishes without the need of traveling one province to another. Cabalen offers a wide selection of viands, appetizers, salads, soups and desserts!20170208_104125tLumpiang Hubad20170208_104217tTokwa’t Baboy20170208_104234tCrispy Crablets20170208_104320tCrispy Kangkong20170208_104517tKare-Kare (One of their best-sellers)20170208_104541tAdobong Manok20170208_104630tGatang Kuhol20170208_104706tPakbet Kapampangan20170208_104757tBeringhe20170208_104829tPancit Puti20170208_104955tBangus Inasal20170208_105033tPork Sisig20170208_105050tAtsarang Singkamas20170208_105101tAtsarang Gule20170208_105107tAtsarang Papaya20170208_105121tPampanga’s Tocino20170208_113135tLonganisa20170208_113111tLechon20170208_105159tCatfish with Mango Salad20170208_105221tFried Chicken With Lemon20170208_105258t20170208_105307tWide variety of Sushi20170208_105337tHalo-halo ingredients (Self-service)20170208_105345tTibok-tibok20170208_105354tMaja Kalabasa20170208_105419tFresh Fruits20170208_105439tSampelot20170208_105451tMintamis Na Saging20170208_105552tSoup (Bulalo With Mais)20170208_110001t
The Service
We were all welcomed by their friendly crews. They are very approachable and accommodating. One of their crews never stopped approaching me to refill my glass with Iced Tea and I do not even need to look for one just to have another glass. I also approached them to wave in my video and they do it cheerfully without any hesitation and I really appreciate that (watch the video below)20170208_110111tOne thing I learned about an Eat all You Can buffet is that it is more ideal to take only the portion that you can consume. Some people , for practical reason, used to take advantage of the Eat all you can privilege by taking almost everything on the menu and filling their plate full but often ends up wasting a large portion of them. Interestingly, wasting food is a Big No for Cabalen that’s why they came up with so-called “Clean Plate Policy” which encourages people to consume everything on their plate and leaving no trace because for every 100g of leftovers, the customer must pay an additional Php100 charge.

“Malaus Ko Pu!” (Kapampangan term for Kain Na! – Let’s eat!)

20170208_113552tThe Price
For Cabalen SM Mall of Asia Branch that caters both Filipino and Asian Cuisine, the regular buffet starts at Php398 which is absolutely reasonable!
For More updates, feel free to Visit Cabalen’s social media pages below
Webpage : http://cabalen.ph
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cabalenrestaurant
Instagram : http://instagram.com/cabalenph
Twitter : http://twitter.com/cabalenPH

Allow me to give you a quick tour to Cabalen’s newly opened branch in SM Mall of Asia! Feel free to watch the video below and please don’t forget to subscribe

Side Trip In Baguio During The Panagbenga Flower Festival

Now that Panagbenga Festival is nearly approaching , you might consider giving Baguio a quick tour during the festival. Baguio has so many great places to offer and some of which can be access for free. So after witnessing the colorful street dances and grand float parades, you might consider visiting these places in Baguio. ( Check : 2017 Panagbenga Flower Festival Schedule of Activities)

Burnham Park
20161218_160354tDubbed as the “Mother of All Parks” in Baguio. Burnham Park is probably one of the busiest attractions in Baguio. It covers a  32.84 hectare of land which includes a man-made lake situated at the center where tourists can enjoy boating with rented boats, a huge children playground, picnic areas, gardens and even a skating rink.

What To Do In Burnham Park?
Burnham Park is publicly accessible and it has no entrance fee as well except when you decide to enter those special gardens. You can also ride a boat and sail over the man-made lake. You can also rent bikes and navigate the park. Burnham is also located near some notable places in Baguio such as the SM Baguio, the Melvin Jones Grandstand, the Athletic Bowl, Cafe by the Ruins and more.

Camp John Hay
IMG_1751tJust like the Burnham Park, The John Hay Air Base or more popularly known as the Camp John Hay is also one of the most visited places in Baguio. It used to be a  rest & recreation facility for American soldiers in Asia and is now a popular tourist destination in Baguio. It features picture perfect pine tree-lined roads, beautiful landscaping, quaint cottages and wide open spaces. It also give you access to different parks and recreation areas too.

What to do in Camp John Hay?
There are many places to visit in Camp John Hay some of which however are not really accessible to General public unless you got connections or official business. Despite of it, Camp John Hay still offer some places which can be accessed by anyone for free or some areas that will charge you a little including the Cemetery of Negativism , Bell House and the Bell Amphitheater, Butterfly Sanctuary, Eco Trail, A glimpse of the Manor Hotel, Tree Top Adventure and a whole lot more.

Botanical Garden
20161218_094329tThe Baguio Botanical Garden is located east of Baguio’s downtown area. The place is also known as the Igorot Village as it features native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the Cordilleras. The village is said to capture the ethnic spirit and cultural legacy of the Igorots and being tranquil and quiet, it is a nice place to just sit down and relax, take a leisurely stroll along its narrow and winding pathways and also enjoy the landscape where you will find numerous plants and trees.

What to do in Botanical Garden?
Botanical is freely accessible and you can enjoy those impressive scenery and colorful pathways. You can also stroll those themed parks such as the Chinese Garden, A Korean-inspired park and more. You will also encounter elder Igorots which are so hospitable. They will even approach you for a selfie (they will charge Php10 per head though but that’s not really bad). Igorot Costumes can be rented as well for Php20 which includes props which can be picked based on your own preferences.

Wright Park and The Mansion
IMG_1827tWright Park is located at the eastern part of the city which features are a shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the “Pool of Pines” and the park circle which is on one end of the park. One part of the park is merely devoted to horse rides! Just in front of the pool is the so-called Mansion. The building is not accessible in  general public but people were given enough space to capture its interesting landscape. The elaborate main gate of the Mansion is said to be a replica of that at Buckingham Palace in London.

What To Do in Wright Park and The Mansion?
Horse rides! I guess that’s the first thing that will come to your mind whenever we are talking about the Wright Park. For Php150 you can ride the horse for half an hour (with guide). You can also take a quick ride for photo opportunity for Php50. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to spot a Saint Bernard dog and have a photo op with it for Php 20 (unlimited shots) (Check : A Trip to Baguio : Wright Park And The Mansion)

Mines View Park
20161218_140723tAnother popular spot in Baguio is the Mines View Park! Right from the observation deck of the park , you will witness a breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines and the surrounding mountains that unfold before you. Absolutely a beauty to marvel. Best of all, you can access the place for Free.

What to do in Mines View Park?
Aside from the enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Mines View park, the place is also known for being the pasalubong center of Baguio. Here, you’ll find an overwhelming amount of shops where you can buy souvenirs and bunch of Baguio products. Other places near the Mines View park that are worth visiting includes the Cordillera Museum and the Good Shepherd Convent. (Check : Mines View Park)

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto / Baguio Cathedral
26113680021_dfe09a3871_zIf you are into religious places, you should not miss the Baguio Cathedral and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes! The Grotto is  located on a high hill in the western part of the city. Access to the top of the grotto could be made by climbing the 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road. The Baguio Cathedral on the other hand, is located on top of a hill in the heart of the city. From Session Road it is accessible by pedestrians who ascend a long concrete stairway of more than a hundred steps. The Baguio Cathedral is the biggest catholic church in Baguio and is the center of religious activities such as during the Holy Week when thousands of devotees from Metro Manila and the provinces come up to the city. (Check: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Baguio)

Strawberry Farm and Bell Church
20161218_065628tIf you still have time, you might consider visiting those famous places in  La Trinidad Benguet too such as the Bell Church and the Strawberry Farm. The Bell Church is located north of the downtown area of Baguio along the road leading to the town of La Trinidad, Benguet. Within its compound are intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragon. Just 30 minutes away from Baguio City, you can reach the Strawberry Farm where you can pick strawberries all by yourself which gives you a rewarding experience. (Check : Strawberry Farm in Baguio)

What To Do in Strawberry Farm
There is no entrance fee to Strawberry Farm and you can freely navigate the field but if you wish to pick strawberry, you have to pay more than Php400 per basket. You can also buy already packed strawberries outside. Aside from strawberries, you can also buy freshly harvested vegetables like lettuce. For photo op, you can spot some ornamental gardens inside the farm and they will charge you Php10-20 for photo opportunity with their plants (unlimited photos). Much like the Strawberry Farm, Bell Church has no entrance fee too.

Stobosa Hillside
Photo Credit : http://manila.coconuts.co/2016/06/22/small-town-la-trinidad-just-outdid-everyones-attempt-street-art
Since you are already in La Trinidad, why not make the most out of it right? Make sure to check the new sensation in Benguet, the eye catching and visually stunning murals in Stobosa Hillside. Stabosa Hillside is becoming one of the most favorite destinations of Baguio-goers. These colorful houses are merely inspired from Brazil’s Favela houses

In case you are planning to visit Baguio this coming Festival especially during the Grand Street and Float Parade, you might want to check my list of things to consider and to expect during the 2017 Panagbenga Flower Festival – (Check – Things To Consider and To Expect Before Going to 2017 Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio)

It is more ideal to book a hotel a day prior to the big event. This will give less hassle and it gives you enough time to relax. I took a day tour package last year and even though it was really a rewarding experience, it was also exhausting at the same time because I didn’t get enough sleep. You can check this list of Hotels in Baguio to stay during the Panagbenga Festival.