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Monday, May 24, 2021
MANDALAY BAY STAYCATION: Las Vegas is Open

 

Noted to be the south most hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay Hotel has its own style and charm. As with any casino + hotel + resort, this place aims for you not to leave the compound and enjoy all its offering. Of course with accessibility, this would lead to a significant price tag. A week or so ago, I was able to stay in this resort and enjoy its offerings. Here's a little bit of room tour/experience.

Mandalay Bay is an MGM property. As such, it offers a STAY WELL version of their room. This means that your room has some upgrades that would make your visit a cleaner and more relaxed stay. Mandalay is a little bit of an upgrade from MGM Grand in terms of rooms. The MGM is more accessible while the Mandalay tends to be a family oriented place to visit. With the wave pool and shark reef aquarium, it targets family visits. 

Well enough of that. My friends and I checked into our respective rooms. There was a little hickup with their reservations. Thankfully, it got fixed. They weren't charged for their upgrade but it was a little bit of a hassle as we got in late and tired. I was upgraded to their floor without me asking. I did leave a tip for the front desk for her service.  The room in itself is quite normal except for the "stay well" features.

 

The features include an air purifier, diffuser, and even a vitamin c water purifier for your shower area.  Since we brought bbq for dinner in my room, it was notable that the smell didn't linger. I guess the purifier did work it's charm.

Washroom wise, the toilet was separated by a door. The shower was on a corner and not with the tub. Unfrotunately, there was no television in there.

 

 


  The bar was fully stocked but you should already know that it would cost you an arm and a leg for these items. Thankfully, ice was still free. Better to just pack your luggage with drinks and snack from the local grocery to save some dollars.


The view though was pretty good. It's not to lit up that you might have a hard time sleeping.
The pool is another reason to stay here. If you're staying at the Mandalay Bay you have access to the Beach. It's a collection of pools. A lazy river, a heated wave pool with sand, and a couple of normal pool. If you're staying at the Delano or the Four Season, you have access to private pools just for their guests.
The place opens up at 9am and closes at 6pm. There's a lot of seats that you could go for since it's 100%capacity already. Some though are by reservation. You have to pay for the cabanas and some of the premium seats. Towels are free of course. A few minutes before 9am though, a line could be seen forming. You just need to show your hotel room key card for you to gain entry.
There are of course food and drinks available. There are wait staff that roam around. You could also go to the stalls themselves.


VEGAS IS DEFINITELY OPEN. There are a lot of visitors that roam the strip. Hotels and restaurants are ramping up their employment drive because of the demand. There are now a lot of places that are opening up as well. 
Mandalay Bay Hotel is one of them. The place is relaxed although the casino isn't as complete as other places. It's a definitely a must try to visit but honestly, I might go for something else next time.



Disclaimer: paid for my stay. wrote this based on my experience.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
SUSHI NEKO: LAS VEGAS' BEST SUSHI AYCE? Let's See

So here's the thing with me. I'm in love with sushi. Granted I love food in general but sushi and Japanese cuisine has a special place in my heart and in my tummy. Even though there's a pandemic going on, there comes a time when you really need to scratch that itch. Thankfully, here in Las Vegas, things are starting to pick up.


One of the best SUSHI AYCE restaurant in Las Vegas (according to some of my friends) would be SUSHI NEKO. Located in the unofficial-offical Chinatown of Las Vegas, this place seems to be quite small but it does cater to a lot of patrons because of the fast turnover. Since there is a pandemic going on, they do have a limit on capacity. They also no longer accept reservation. 


You and your party needs to be there and complete before they could let you have a seat. Parking seems to be a little problematic at first, but they do have a covered parking to the right of the restaurant. 

The menu is quite straight forward. They have a number of cooked dishes, sushi, rolls, and of course dessert. Appetizer wise, they would suggest you try the bulgogi nachos. To be honest, it was just okay.

 They also have a number of small plates like gyozas. You can't go wrong with this deep fried dumpling. If you're up for some tempura, they also have it here. I would suggest getting the creamy shrimp rather than just the ordinary ebi tempura. This version is almost the same except that it's filled with cream cheese inside.
One thing that differs from other sushi ayce places that I've been to would be that this one offers skewers.

It seems that the one thing that makes them different from other places is that they have tons to offer. I actually placed a copy of their menu at the bottom of this article. The katsu curry seemed to be great at first but the meat was dry. The sauce was okay though.

Sushi wise, I'm happy to say that the quality was pretty good. Furthermore, they do not over put rice in them. Making them more seafood than rice.
The Salmon was great. They didn't have the mackerel so I went with the yuzu yellowtail instead.
One thing I didn't like though was their ikura. The Salmon Roe didn't pass the pop test. I ordered it a number of times so it seems that it's the batch that they got. It wasn't as fresh as one would like.
If you're into rolls, I would suggest you go for the baked version. Granted that Sushi Neko is part of a group of restaurants that specializes in kbbq, hotpot, and sushi, you might actually have experienced some of these at their other restos. That time, the Japanese Lasagna Roll made me curious so I tried it out. Thankfully, these rolls are already in default half roll. It was creamy and cheesy at the same time.
The other roll that I tried would be the Baked Lobster. I thought that they would serve real lobster meat. Unfortunately, they use deep fried balls to pass up as lobsters. It did still taste good with the garlic mayo and unagi sauce.
One thing that would usually signal the end of the meal, would be dessert. At an AYCE place such as this, ordering dessert would automatically bill you out. I would suggest skipping the tempura ice cream as the batter was quite different. I had a number of these before at different places and I have to say that you should skip this.

Overall, SUSHI NEKO in LAS VEGAS is a pretty good place to go to. I would suggest visiting on an off time as I figured that lines would be long. I went there on a Monday lunch time and it was filled with people waiting outside for their turn. Service wise, everything was fast and great except for the last part. They forgot one of the dessert but it was okay. I did enjoy my time there.






SUSHI NEKO
5115 W Spring Mountain Rd #117, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Disclaimer: 
Wrote this based on my experience. 
Paid for our meal. 




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Thursday, January 14, 2021
PINOY NURSE EXPERIENCE AND THOUGHTS ON THE MODERNA VACCINE

Hi! My name is Jeng. I'm a nurse and have been such since 2008. I was lucky enough to be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because of my job status. Here's my experience and thoughts about it.

Since I work as a nurse, I am part of the first tier of people able to receive the vaccine. I was able to get a link that allowed me to set up a appointment to receive the vaccine. After inputing my information and getting the desired time and date that I wanted, I received confirmation e-mails as well as links to information and fact sheets regarding the vaccines. It was either the Pfizer or Moderna version but personally, it didn't matter to me. Aside from the signed consent form, I also brought a proof of employment or id containing my role.

I arrived at the site roughly 20 minutes before my time slot. It took me around 45 minutes to get in the building. During this time, I noticed a number of police officers outside. Also, there were staff reminding people to stay 6 ft apart. Once I got it, they checked my name against a list and checked my credentials. There were 3 stations that I would need to visit. The first one was to double check and verify your consent and current status. They would ask if you're pregnant, had any vaccine allergic reactions, or received a vaccine within the past few weeks. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you answered  yes to any of those questions. Also, you can only receive the same type of brand of vaccine if it's your second dose.

The second station would be where they would inject you. Here, the staff would double check your information and also ask you a few more questions. They would also remind you that you need to stay 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. They would ask you to sit down and give the shot in the arm. Aside from that, they would give you a vaccine record card that has all the information including your return date for the second vaccine. This time, they administered the MODERNA vaccine. I had to return a month after. If I couldn't get the vaccine on the same date, I can do it a day or so later.

Afterwards, I was led to an observation area where there were chairs spaced out and available. This is the third and final station. Take note, there is someone that would clean and disinfect each chair after use for both the administration area and the observation area. Here, they gave you a tape with the time that you're able to leave. According to them, they would monitor you for 15-30 minutes. There were a number of EMS staff around just in case you needed some medical attention. While waiting, you could check out the fact sheets and the app or website that the CDC has on the vaccine. VSAFE is a program that would allow you to check-in and report how you are doing. If they see something that is a red flag, they would contact you and help you out.



All in all, everything was well-planned and organized. From start to finish, there were staff present. Someone would check the credentials and your name against a list, someone would guide you, there's a list of questions that are asked, professionals administer the vaccine, you're observed for a few minutes, and then you're done. Social distancing was practiced and they would clean high touch areas. Overall, it took me around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Not bad.


So of course, I wanted to treat myself. I went to a Korean Food Court and had a delicious meal. For those asking how everything went, here's a link to my Youtube video describing my experience from start to 24 hours after the administration of the Moderna vaccine. 




Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. please read up on the facts regarding vaccine and administration. This article is not a fact sheet. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding Covid-19 and the vaccine.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
WINERY PH 11/11 Clearance Sale: Getting Ready For The Next Drink Up


Sometimes, you just want to have a great drink together with that juicy steak or meal that you've been planning. Maybe you just want to unwind and relax. Since being under lock down and in a pandemic, what other way to have your wines or e-numan in the metro but through WINERY PH. It's a local website that could get your quality wines to you within a couple of business days.

Tomorrow 11/11, WINERY PH will be having a clearance sale. Aside from their low priced drinks, they will have more to offer. As high as 41-56% off from really good wines. If that's not enough, if you get half a dozen or even a dozen more, you get a bulk price discount automatically.

If that's not enough, they even give you an automatic 500 Php off on your first order.
 
So, remember tomorrow 11/11/2020, WINERY PH will have an online clearance sale that is just amazing. Quality wines are can never be more affordable than this. 

Best for you to check them out at www.winery.ph





Disclaimer:wrote this as a sponsored post for winery.ph
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Monday, August 24, 2020
9 POPULAR DISHES: You Can Recreate at Home

Months of quarantine have prompted many to explore their culinary talents and recreate dishes that broke the internet. From street food to drink mixes, desserts, restaurant favorites, and fancier versions of convenience store food, many have learned to recreate popular dishes in their own kitchen. 
Here are nine popular dishes you can try to make at home.
MAC N' CHEESE
Mac n' Cheese is considered one of the most beginner-friendly dishes to cook at home. it only needs macaroni, milk, and cheese mixed in a pot. Mac n' cheese also comes in all shapes and sizes, making it one of the most versatile and delicious dishes out there.
 One popular mac n' cheese dish uses Beecher's flagship cheese sold in public markets and grocery stores in the U.S. The good news is you don't have to flu to the U.S. to taste this mac n' cheese dishes. USE THIS RECIPE TO REPLICATE THE FAMOUS BEECHER'S mac n' cheese with ingredients available in your grocery store. 
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
 
Cookies are a great snack to munch on or to give as rewards after your kids have finished arranging their toys or doing their chores. The Luxurious DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL shares its recipe on how to create their signature chocolate chip cookies. If you want chunkier chocolate chips on your cookies, PRET A MANAGER recommends using large chocolate buttons.
SEAFOOD PAELLA
With the Christmas countdown beginning in September, you might want to take advantage of being in quarantine to master cooking paella. Originally a laborer's dish, this Spanish course has become one of the most well-known European dishes. SPAIN ON A FORK shows you how to recreate the authentic seafood paella from Valencia that will be perfect for your family Noche Buena.
BAKED SUSHI 
Baked sushi is another dish that became popular on social media due to many vloggers and chef's recreating the recipe. This has led to many online entrepreneurs selling baked sushi to bring the contemporary dish to homes everywhere. BUT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN BAKED SUSHI AT HOME since sushi ingredients are available at Asian grocery marts and online sellers of Korean and Japanese food.  Here's my version of the BAKED SUSHI that I made at home easily.
FISH N' CHIPS
Yet another international classic, fish n'chips allows you to get a taste of London, Engliand without leaving home. Fish & Co., a restaurant in SM North EDSA's Sky Garden, is one of the few places you can order fish n' chips from. Sm North EDSA is just MINUTES AWAY FROM ETON CENTRIS making it easily accessible if you live in this side of the city.
If you live in an area where fish n' chips isn't available for delivery, you can still satiate your fish n' chips craving by MAKING YOUR OWN VERSION OF THE BRITISH DELICACY AT HOME.

The milk tea craze has just gotten bigger when the quarantine was implemented. Food delivery services have made it possible for you to explore various milk tea flavors and quech your thrist for sugary drinks. 
If you are craving milk tea but you want to save money from buying a cup weekly, you can make your own for cheaper. THERE ARE RECIPES THAT SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE VARIOUS MILK TEA FLAVORS with ingredients you have at home or from your grocery store.
XIAO LONG BAO (SOUP DUMPLINGS)
 
These soup dumplings from Jiangsu Province, China have stirred the interest of dumpling lovers everywhere. It is perfect with rice and hot tea, and the idea of having broth inside the dumpling is baffling and offers a magical eating experience at the same time. 
Recreating xiao long bao at home might require a lot of practice as preparing the dough for the wrapper alone is already quite tedious. But with patience, YOU CAN LEARN TO CREATE THE PERFECT SOUP DUMPLINGS AT HOME.
BEEF PHO
 
The Vietnamese noodle soup is perfect for the chilly rainy weather. With its thick noodles, hearty broth, perfect slices of beef, and spices, pho remains a favorite soup dish all over the world. Other than being delicious, beef pho is also healthy and easy to cook in your kitchen. A RECIPE BY THE ASIAN FOOD NETWORK teaches you how to recreate Vietnam's beloved beef noodles soup.
STARBUCKS DRINKS
 
Iced blended coffee is also one of the most popular drinks for many. But because many coffee shops remain closed and only a few offer delivery, it might not be ideal for some to line up and wait for their orders. The good news is that THESE DRINKS CAN BE EASILY REPLICATED with crushed ice, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, spices, and a blender in your kitchen.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping you and your family at home, take time to recreate these well-loved dishes. Enjoy and hone your culinary skills while staying safe. 


Disclaimer:  Some Photos are care of pixabay. 
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Thursday, July 23, 2020
TRYING OUT PACIFIC WEST SEAFOOD: Safe Dining At Home Made Easy

 So it's been like this. Preferring to eat at home just because you won't know if it's safe to eat out. With COVID cases in the thousands, it would make sense to eat at home. At least, you're sure of the stuff that you get. One of the things that I was lucky enough to try out would be PACIFIC WEST SEAFOOD. It's a known brand that has ready to cook frozen meals. To be specific, they got very good restaurant quality seafood. 
They sent on over a number of easy to cook frozen seafood. I like how you don't need to be a great chef to have restaurant grade dishes. For today, I was able to try 4 of their special dishes. From Dusted Baby Squid, Lemon Pepper Squid Chunks, Popcorn Shrimps, and Cheesy Fish Fillet.
 Cooking them is pretty easy. No need to thaw, just heat up a pan with oil. Then, deep fry for roughly 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
 Whoever did the RND on the Cheesy Fish Fillet is a genius. The breading kept the cheese inside. It didn't leak and destroy the dish. This actually reminded me of a seafood restaurant that shall not be named but it's really that good. Partner this with some aoili sauce or lemon and butter plus some chips or fries and you're good to go.
 I was actually thinking how to differentiate the two types of squid that was sent over. The dusted one is a little darker in color because of the breading. It was also more formed compared to the chunks. In contrast, the chunks are a like small balls made with breading and cut up pieces of squid. The popcorn shrimp though would be perfect with some cocktail sauce. My goodness, everything in this seafood platter is pretty good.
These and a lot more from Pacific West Seafood is available from @afcphils or Alternative Food Corp (www.alternatives.ph) for delivery and online order. They're also available in Rustans Supermarket, Shopwise, Fishermall, Best Value Factory Outlet (Eastwood), and in other major supermarkets.



Disclaimer:These items were sent on over. I wrote this based on my experience and opinions.
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