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Friday, December 15, 2017

 I can still remember that day. It was a long drive. I was on my way to La Union and was traveling in my car. Everything was going smoothly until, I was pulled over at the TARLAC exit of SCTEX. I thought the person was just going to make me move to another lane. Then suddenly, he asked for my driver's license and then I realized that I was pulled over for a violation.
Office building that handles violations and license redemption.
To be fair, the officer was polite, courteous, and he was very patient in explaining what to do. I was caught for overspeeding in SCTEX. At 131Km/hour, it was something that was noteworthy being that the speed limit was only up to 100. Personally, I thought that maybe in the future they could revise and revisit such rule especially when newer technologies make things safer and faster in expressways. In any case, the officer greeted me in a kind manner and informed me of his name by showing his id and advised that he has a body cam on. He told me that I was overspeeding and that he needs to see my license. I didn't contest and just asked how to go about it. Since he saw that I was from Metro Manila, he informed me that I could get my license after 72 hours. It was a Saturday and he told me to go on a Wednesday. The fine was around Php1,000 for first time offenders + 78 Php for the computer fee and such.
1st floor of the building.
I have heard a lot of horror stories stemming from family, friends, and relatives with regards to picking up your license. I tried searching online as to the different procedures on how to go about it and it seems that there isn't really a how to guide on getting your license and paying for the ticket. Here's a little guide on how to go about it. Take note, this is based on my experience and things might change when you visit. I arrived pretty early at a few minutes past 6am to a semi-filled parking lot. I parked my car and rushed to the nearest guard to ask where the building would be with regards to getting my license back. He advised me to go on over to the TRAFFIC ADJUDICATION SERVICE BUILDING. When I reached it they had already opened and since it was still early, everyone just sat wherever they wanted to. After a few minutes, a staff said that those with violations that was within 72 (3 business days) hours should head on over to the second floor. Those that had violations that are more than 3 business days should stay at the first floor. In the second floor, it was up to the applicants to line up. Thankfully, I was pretty early and we formed a line just so as things would be orderly.
Step by Step on how to go about the procedure.
 There are seats available for you to wait in. It's basically up to the clients to fix themselves as there will be no staff to make the line for you. It's here that you should wait for the office to actually start business hours which is at around 8am. Just before 8am, a LTO personnel would be present at the right side of the LES TRANSACTION area for you to give your TICKET also known as the TEMPORARY OPERATOR'S PERMIT (TOP). He will check it against a database and would give it back to you. Once done, head on over to the first floor.
2nd floor of the building where you also redeem your license.
Approach the help desk area to give your ticket. Here, a clerk would staple a number to your paper while giving you the same number stub. This is actually where the real official line starts.
 You can sit anywhere since they have a speaker system to call your name and number. Just remember, if you come on over with more than 15 days after the violation, your case would be upgraded and be moved to a hearing. So, I would suggest that you go there within the allotted time frame. Furthermore, if your case is a bit complicated it might take a while before they call you.
 After getting a piece of paper with the amount needed to be paid, you should head on over to the next building that houses the chapel and Landbank. Since it was only my first offense and it was speeding, I had to pay PHP 1, 000 + roughly PHP 78. Thankfully, I no longer need to do a seminar or even take a test. From my friends' experiences they had to do it before.
 After entering it, stay on the left side and look for WINDOW 7 or the cashier. A guard is there to assist you. You pay at WINDOW 7 and wait for your receipt to be printed. After getting it, head on over back to the second floor and approach the help desk. Here, you would need to fill up a paper with your name, OR number, date, and signature. The last step would be to approach the LES TRANSACTION AREA/SPECIAL LANE, and submit it. They will then call your name and give your license.
There are a couple of things that I took from this experience. First off, we should always follow the law. No matter what our opinion about it, it's basically the rule that governs us. Secondly, being early has its merits. I arrived a few minutes after 6am and was able to park. Plus, I was actually 5th in line so it wasn't so bad. I was able to finish by 8:30am. Just remember to help organize a line from the start just so as to be fair with everyone. Although, if you're a senior citizen or pwd or pregnant, you do get special privileges like being able to go on the express lane. Thirdly, it's a bit expensive and time consuming to get caught.

I would also like to thank the officer for being kind and courteous. He was straight forward and also advised me about the fees and where to go and what to do. It was a pleasant first time for me. Kudos to him!

Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. If you wish for your photo not to be included in this article please let me know and I will gladly cover it up or delete it. The information written here is based on my experience and opinions. Remember to always follow the law. It's for your own safety and others as well.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

 Something special is in store for people that would walk the halls of Resorts World Manila this Christmas Season. On December 23-25, guests would be treated to an amazing meal in Impressions.
 Impressions is known as the baby of The French Master Chef Cyrille Soenen. Rightfully so as it delivers delicious and special dishes to its patrons.
 For the Holiday season, Chef Cyrille and his team created a set that screams how special this season is. To get things started,  an Amuse Bouche of Smoked Salmon Roulade with Ricotta cheese  was placed on our tables. There's actually Squid Ink Tuile on top just to give it texture. The cheese went extremely well with the salmon.
 Engulfed with bacon, this Pork Terrine with Cherry compote makes me want to get more bread. Having a slice on top of a piece of toasts gives the sweetness and the saltiness great balance.
 For something warm, the Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel, Sage Craker, and Foie Gras Mousse made everything perfect. If I could have, I would have had another round of this. The foie gras mousse made it decadent and partnered really well with the pumpkin flavor.
For the main course, the Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin was served.
 A colorful sight, you could see all the colors of the holiday season in this dish. The beef is tender and the gratin compliments it pretty well.
 Dessert was a great interpretation of Raspberry Panna Cotta with Red Crumble. Here, there is a spiced ganache and white vodka ice cream. Everything just comes together.
Known as a place to have a great meal, Impressions in Resorts World Manila makes you want to visit. This Christmas Special is available for dinner on Deember 23-25. Also, for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve.

Resorts World Manila,
Pasay, Metro Manila.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 Just last week, ACE HOTEL AND SUITES celebrated their 5th year in the industry. From the people that gave us ACE WATER SPA, they now have a hotel and suites that could cater to your every needs.
 Time passes pretty fast. Who knew that ACE HOTEL AND SUITES is now 5 years old? Located on Brixton Street near Pioneer in Pasig, ACE HOTEL AND SUITES is strategically placed in a food haven. Here, there are many hole in the wall restaurants that could cater to your every fancy. More reasons for you to stay with them.
 To celebrate the amazing 5 years that they have, guests were treated to scrumptious dishes and great entertainment. FREESTYLE came on over and did a couple of sets. Plus, different awards were given to distinguish guests and loyal patron of ACE HOTEL AND SUITES.
 FOOD WISE, they know how to handle it. They came out with some mouth watering dishes such as roast beef, lechon, paella, ribs, and a lot more.
 Drinks were free flowing and the appetizer and dessert spread were quite a lot.
 Going back, they actually introduced a few things that might make you stay and dine at ACE HOTEL AND SUITES. First off, they have 50% off with regards to direct room bookings. A stay could start at Php 3,400 for stay dates from December 12-17. These rooms come with buffet breakfast, Ace Water Spa tickets, and more. Because it's their 5th Year anniversary, you could also get your second night at only 5Php. These vouchers could be bought only from December 12-17, 2017.
With regards to other amenities, they are selling vouchers and other low priced experiences. An example would be use of ACE WATER SPA facilities for only 275Php.

You could take a look at ACE HOTEL AND SUITES for other promos and discounts that you could avail off this week. You could check them out at  and Facebook

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Monday, December 11, 2017
PORKY PIT: One Heck of a Cebu Lechon Belly

Just in time for the holiday rush. When I was introduced to PORKY PIT, I can't help but think about it. Perfect timing and delicious at that. At first glance, it seems to be one amazing roasted pork belly. The smell would entice everyone that comes near it. But, I am getting ahead of myself.
Passing by the World Bazaar Festival in the World Trade Center in Pasay City, one could check out the different booths perfect for the coming Christmas Season. There are roughly 700 booths that would cater to 230,000 shoppers. From December 3-22, 2017, one could head on over to do a bit of Christmas shopping.
One booth that took my fancy was PORKY PIT. It was lunch time and I could smell the delicious aroma of cooked pig.
Located near the food area with booth #340, PORK PIT is packed with everything that a foodie would want. An oven for the roast cebu lechon and all the condiments and vegetables their products would need.
One item that took my fancy would be their LECHONARMA. A wrapped lechon that is quite similar with shawarma. Believe me, this is the perfect snack to bring while shopping or going around.
One could have it with vegetables or just plain lechon meat. Everything is wrapped within their pita bread. Toasted, it makes perfect sense.
One thing that makes their wraps pretty good would be the sauces. They use roasted sesame and garlic sauce to make everything jive together. Personally though, I would prefer the one with the veggies as it gives a fresh flavor that cuts into the meat's. Furthermore, these lechon bellies do not have preservatives. Plus, they come fresh from BFAD accredited suppliers.
In addition to the wraps, they also offer lechon belly and lechon rice. For half a kilo, it would cost 300 Php, while 550Php for a whole kilo. Lechon Rice would be around 99Php. Lechonarma would cost 75 or 85 Php depending if you like it with veggies or all meat.
If you find yourself in the World Bazaar Festival, drop on by Porky Pit and you could also win instant prizes and a chance to get an Iphone X when you buy two lechonarma.

PORKY PIT will soon open branches in different SM MALLS. Hopefully, their first branch would open within the year in SM SAN MATEO. You could follow them at You could also contact them at (632) 656-1161.

Disclaimer:  The Meal was courtesy of Porky Pit. I wrote this based on my experience and opinion.
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Friday, December 8, 2017
BIZU PATISSERIE: New Menu for the Christmas Season Rush

Believe it or not, it was my first time to check out BIZU PATISSERIE roughly a week ago. I was intrigued by it since I do receive gifts and packages from friends that came from BIZU. All along, I thought that this restaurant is a dessert and afternoon tea place. Rather, I was surprised to learn that BIZU is actually a well rounded establishment.
Since it is the season to be merry and happy, BIZU PATISSERIE'S Head Chef Alexander Tanco created a new menu that shows and offers Bizu's take on international cuisine. Aside from this new menu, BIZU has brought out a new Christmas Collection that has a number of interesting dishes to have and even to giveaway.
To start things off, a couple of appetizers were served.
The CAVIAR and SMOKED SALMON TERRINE and the WARM BRIE with CARAMELIZED PEAR were placed on the table. Both are pretty good in their own right. Seemingly similar, they both bring different flavors to the table. The caviar and smoked salmon was on the salty side. On the other hand, the caramelized pear partnered with the warm brie made things sweeter.
A personal favorite of mine, the BURRATA WITH BERRIES was a fine choice if in case you wanted things to be healthy yet decadent. The burrata came from Latteria d'Ischia dairy and partnered with fresh vegetables and berries. The balsamic flavor went extremely well with the overall feel of the dish.
To start the meal right, one could go for the LOBSTER ROLL. Air lift daily from overseas, these BOSTON LOBSTERS were sauteed in garlic butter. Topped with lemon aioli, they were pretty good on the buttery brioche bread.
Health-conscious diners need not worry as there's HALIBUT en PAPILOTTE. In terms of presentation, this dish wins. Baked in paper, it's served with Chardonnay cream and risotto.
You'll be happy to know that I went for the TEN HOUR ROAST BEEF BELLY. Tremendously tender, this one is slow roasted to perfection. Angus beef belly was covered with mushroom espagnole with a side of vegetables and potato gratin. It was the perfect plate to end the meal.
If in case you find yourself longing for some BIZU loving, you might like to head on over to or . There, you could check out the catalog and have a fun time choosing from the different items that you may wish to have. Just take note that last day of orders for December 24 is on December 21 and for December 31 would be on December 28. 

Bizu is located in Greenbelt 2, Greenhills Promenade, St Luke's Global City, Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, and Robinson's Magnolia.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

That amazing sight. This was one of the many dishes that stood out at the recently held CHRISTMAS TREE Lighting Event at HOTEL JEN MANILA.
Because of the Christmas rush, I was pretty early at the event. Believe it or not, I think I was there 2 hours before the call time. Thankfully, Hotel Jen is one of the few hotels in the metro that openly offer their valet service at no cost. Granted, that you as a guest do get your ticket validated. Going back, there was a sweet and simple ceremony. There was a choir and even a couple of singers having a blast in front of a huge crowd.
As a foodie, I was pleasantly surprised and happy with the spread that HOTEL JEN prepared. Aside from the huge prime rib, there were a number of side dishes that went well with it. Furthermore, Latitude even brought out more dishes that would make your stomach happy and your eyes salivate.
They had roasted pork belly that was super tender and crispy. Plus, they also had sweet ham. Definitely reminisce of how Filipinos spend their Christmas eve together. Just partner it with a piece of bread and it's good to go.
Healthy food lovers need not despair as they have tons of choices. Aside from the fresh sashimi and sushi, they also had a number of must try salads and other appetizers.
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It was pretty fun seeing clams, shrimps, crabs, and other seafood delights were packed in ready to carry tin cups.
HOTEL JEN MANILA celebrates the holiday season by inviting everyone to head on over and have a jolly good time by staying for a night or two. Plus, they have a special New Year's Eve Countdown that is definitely festive. Cheers!

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