Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eat All You Can at Kowloon House West Avenue

I love food, I love to eat and I don't like spending too much on what I eat

On the way home last Saturday night, me and my family happened to pass by Kowloon House West Avenue and saw they have an Eat All You Can Promo for only Php280, all right that sounds tasty.. parking here we come.  We immediately went inside feeling so excited.  We approached the buffet table, got our plates and began filling the plates up with the many dishes laid out in front of us. We just went on attack mode right away. :P Here are some snapshots I took:)
I heart Buchi
Mah plate
Back for more!

I love that I get to eat different things at the same time and only for P280. I forgot to mention, this deal comes with a glass of iced tea. I can’t resist indulging again in this feast in the following weeks to come. :)

Kowloon House, West Ave.

16 West Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 372-3685 to 92 loc 102-104

Benefits of Even the Tiniest Vacay

You don't have to spend a month on a deserted beach to reap the good-health benefits of a vacation (though it would be nice, wouldn't it?). Even an out-and-back business trip can give you a health boost:

* Your heart might be healthier. According to research, people who took only one vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times as likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack as women who took at least two vacations per year.

* Your head state will improve. One study found that people who took frequent vacations were less likely to become depressed, tired, or tense. In the same study, people who didn't take as many vacations were more likely to sleep less and be stressed at home.

* Your stress levels will decrease. Even if you end up stuck in traffic or worrying about what to pack, taking a break from your day-to-day routine and focusing on a new city will shake off your daily stress, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

* You'll get more energy. There's the relaxation aspect (maybe you'll get to hit the pool during your short stay!), but it's also a good time to try to log a little extra sleep or an extra mile on the hotel treadmill--jumpstarting habits that could lead to higher energy levels.

* You could live longer. The Framingham Heart Study followed 12,000 men at risk for heart disease over the course of nine years. Those who took more vacations lived longer.

When was your last trip? Do you have any vacations planned? Where would you go this weekend if you could go anywhere in the world? Pack those bags, book that flight and live longer ;)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Richard Simmons' Air New Zealand Fitness Video

So ganito na ba talaga ang uso? :P
Check out who's hopping on board...

It's Richard Simmons, who recorded the pre-flight safety video for Air New Zealand. And, lest you think "safety video" is a one-way ticket to Snoozeville, I have just two points for you:
1) It's Richard Simmons. He's funny! And he's backed by a bedazzled, neon-headbanded crew, all in a parody workout video; and
2) there's plenty of groovy disco music (and cameos by people like "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan).


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ABS-CBN is Summer Lovin'

Bida Best sa Tag-Araw! Happy summer Kapamilya!

In the land of the Sleeping Squammy Giant..

Beijing is one of the most heavily toured cities in China, yet many don’t realize that amidst the hustle and bustle of the city lies one of the greatest cultural and historical sites in the world. Here are some things we've seen in our recent trip to Beijing  which show how squammy their country is hehe :P

Bicycle City
Beijing  probably still has more bicycles in general daily use than any city in the world.  However, this is changing rapidly. 

Beijing people think nothing of riding for an hour and a half to work each day and all around you can notice huge parking lots just for bikes.  As appose to most places in the world Beijing people actually have to pay to park their bike in these lots. Di ba matipid sila?

Pants slit
If you're lucky, or unlucky, depending on how you look at it, you will notice certain children wandering the streets of Beijing with a slit of varying sizes in the back of their pants. 
Ang orig na taong LABAS
At first, you probably think its some really poor child who's trousers have come apart and the seams and whose family are too poor to fix them.  Actually these pants with the built-in slit can be bought new from the store. The reason is due to the age-old custom/practice of being able to stop at will and take a bathroom break, kind of like a dog would do on the street.  This practice is still widely evident but as the city continues modernization, the government pleads with the public to be ever more polite and civilized using advertising campaigns.  

Apartment living
One of the first things you will probably notice when visiting Beijing is the abundance of large house blocks within the city center and beyond.  These places look as if they were constructed in the 1970's and are home to the majority of Beijing residents.  Most are not built to good standard and look like drab and dirty places from the outside. 

Squat toilet

This kind of toilet is still in abundance in Beijing and there is no sign of it going away very quickly.  This is partly due to  some Beijing/Chinese people thinking that it is more hygienic than a western-style "sit down" toilet.  The theory goes that if your naked flesh is in contact with something that other people's naked flesh has also come into contact with, you could catch some disease.  Well, their may indeed be a shred of truth in that.  The other truth, however, is that with a western-style toilet, a lot more of a person's "output" has more of a chance of hitting the "target".  This being the case, squat toilet's surroundings are often both wet and dirty, which is not great for your trousers or anything you may want to place on the floor whilst you "work". 
The toilet pictured is one of the best and cleanest  squat-style toilets to be seen in Beijing.  If you're really unlucky, you can catch really terrible examples. 

Unless you're insanely curious.  I would recommend you give this style of toilet a miss.  It requires a great amount of effort and leg muscle to use.  Hold it till you get back to your hotel!

One of the more amusing things to be seen in Beijing, at least for most ivsitors, is to see Beijing residents happily sleeping whenever they get a chance.  One of the more popular places if there is no bed available is at the lunch / dinner table / work desk.
Sweet Dreams
This habit is formed and encouraged in early school years where pupils are told to rest for an hour or so in their lunch break.  However, Beijing residents as they got older seemed reluctant to let this habit go.  As a result its now perfectly socially acceptable to sleep wherever you want. Look for this site in quiet restaurants at lunch time, breakfast, or late evening.

Crazy English
Unfortunately I am not referring to the popular Chinese book and TV series about learning spoken English.  I am talking about the many, many examples of incorrect English words and phrases printed around Beijing.  
These sights are for me,  "the Real Beijing"  experience which redefine my impressions of the country and sometimes China in general. See how many you can see on your future visit :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

eat & go

though we love malling, sometimes it just becomes a struggle for us squammies to be inside a mall. primarily because most spots in the city carry products that we can't afford to spend our precious money on. and i'm not just talking about the high-end fashion stuff anymore because lately, even finding a good quality resto to dine in in between the strolling and window shopping is becoming a major problem--the food is too expensive and most of the time, they're not worth the high price tag!

well luckily, in SM megamall, we found a new place that we can waste our pockets on! well, it's not exactly new new, but it's the first time we tried it out and fortunately, we liked it!

the place is called eat & go, located in the new wing of megamall (is it called the atrium? we're not so sure but it's that area where the aircon is much colder, because there are fewer of us squammies there :P). it's in that same area where amici is located.

so what enticed us to enter the place? it is THIS:

(click on the photo to enlarge):

see the squammy keywords in there?

P369 for 2 people = not bad.
so here's what we ordered: a plate of healthy and yummy waldorf salad <3

fish scallopini. the plate included about 6-8 pieces of deep-fried cream dory fish fingers with tartar sauce, a bowl of chili, and a single serving of pasta bolognese.

roasted chicken plate with java rice and buttered corn and carrots. the rice was good, we ordered an extra!

and 2 glasses of berry iced tea (which didn't match with my taste buds so well. tasted like medicine to me.)

we also ordered and extra plate of calamari rings at P175 which was big enough for 2-3 people. and it tastes really good. not bad for such price:

we enjoyed everything we had, except that the pasta was hard, seemed like the noodles were half-cooked, so better tell your waiter to cook your noodles well. we finished most of the food but had enough left for takeout that's good enough for 1 more person to enjoy. we left the pasta untouched not only because of our issue with the noodles, but also because it didn't mix well with the chili. the fish and the chili, however, literally married each other that we forgot about the tartar sauce. we just dipped the fish fingers right into the chili and it was yummy!

good food. nice place. good times. :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Support Earth Hour 2011

When I was a kid, I've always wanted to see the whole world turn off their lights so I can see more stars in the sky (wanted to become an Astronomer when I was young). And now, it's coming true. And not only that, but this is also an environmental act that for 60 minutes, the whole world will stop using earth's natural resources for energy, that we care for our planet and that the earth can rest for one hour.

Let's support Earth Hour 2011 this coming March 26, 2011 8:30PM. Here's the official promotional video:

Video courtesy of youtube:)

Things to Put You in an Instant Good Mood

Your Get-Happy Checklist
Here's your Get-Happy Checklist:)
These research-backed mood boosters come straight from your friends in white lab coats. They know what works!

Why is this our first tip? Because it’s the number-one secret experts give for getting happier, fast. Some studies say it’s just as good as antidepressants! Even a single workout (cardio, strength training, yoga—take your pick) can give you a boost, relieving stress and releasing feel-good endorphins. For motivation, call your gym bag your “happy bag.”
Eat Breakfast
Eat Breakfast
It will prevent grumpiness and help you perform. No, a single cup of coffee (or tea or soda) does not count.


Do Less

Do Less


“So many people think, If I do more, then I’ll be happier,” says celebrity life coach Sherri Ziff Lester. “There’s too much doing. We need to do more nothing—just take time to be.”



Focus on Making Memories

Focus on Making Memories                                                                                                       

Researchers found that 57 percent of people reported they were happier when they spent money on an experience (like a vacation or a class), while only 34 percent reported being happier after buying stuff


Go Outside

Go Outside                                                                                                              

Remember that big room? With the blue roof and the fresh air? Sometimes the floor is green? Just five minutes walking in the great outdoors has beneficial effects. Notice we said “walking,” not “walking and texting.


Face Your Challenges

New concept: Actually doing the things on your to-do list. That work thing, that guy thing—whatever it is, get it over with. Studies show that the more you put things off, the more anxious you’ll feel about them.





Speak Up

“Being assertive enhances self-confidence and shuts down feelings of helplessness,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., the author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. Plus, there’s that little perk of actually getting what you want!



Say Something Nice

Say Something Nice  
Tell that woman on the train how much you love her dress. Look, she’s happy! Now you’re happy! It’s a mini joy explosion caused by her good taste and your nice compliment.






Set a Smarter Bedtime


Get at least seven hours of sleep. You’ll recharge your body and mind to get you ready for the next happy day.




Savor Your Snapshots

Savor Your Snapshots

Those photos of your friends on the refrigerator door and the inspirational quotes taped to your computer? You put those there to make you happy, so you shouldn’t need a scientist to tell you to look at them!


The Happy Diet


“Food has a huge impact on your mood,” says L.A. dietitian Ashley Koff, R.D.





Regular Snacks

Regular Snacks
Eating every three to four hours (no skipping!) keeps your body satisfied and your blood sugar stable.







Less White Stuff…

Less White Stuff…
Sugar and white flour can lead to an energy and mood crash. Every meal should have whole-grain carbs, protein and a little healthy fat.



But No Deprivation!

But No Deprivation!
“When you feel like certain foods are completely off-limits, it’s like one awful, unending diet,” says Koff.


Variety, and Lots of It

Variety, and Lots of It
Say no to the same salad for lunch every day. Our bodies don’t want us mono-eating!



The Happy Body

The Happy Body
Feel fantastic from your head to your happy little toes!







The Happy Face

“There have been probably a hundred studies that have shown that if you simply put a smile on your face, even when you’re sad, you can actually produce a happy feeling,” says James Laird, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.


The Happy Back

Good posture actually elevates your spirits, says Laird. Instead of slumping, roll your shoulders back and down, stand up straight and pick your chin up; positive feelings will follow.


The Happy Foot

The Happy Foot


“If your feet are sore, you’re going to be grumpy,” says Keith Wapner, M.D., president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. He prescribes a good foot rub at the end of the day (research shows it boosts mood all on its own) and stretching out the back of your ankles, which can get overly tight from switching between heels and flats.


Happy Beauty Tips

 A recent survey found 41 percent of women feel happy when they feel pretty—that includes us! We asked beauty experts what works for them.


instant happiness happy beauty citrus
Citrus in particular is known to boost happiness.



One Happy Playlist


You know it, and research confirms: Listening to music can improve your mood. 




3 Random jokes to brighten your workday.


Talk Yourself Happy

Stop with the self-hate already, says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., who teaches clients “happy scripts.” Flip your negative thinking.


When You Hate Your Job…

Instead of: “Maybe they’ll fire me and put me out of my misery.”
Say this: “This job doesn’t reflect who I am, but I can still kick butt and get ready for something better.”


When He Hasn’t Called…


Instead of: “Obviously there’s something wrong with me.”
Say this: “He’s not interested—so what? Time for the next possibility.”






When You Run Into Your friend With a Perfect Life…


Instead of: “I’ll never get it together like her.”
Say this: “Jealousy is data; what’s my envy telling me about my goals?”



When You Haven’t Been to the Gym in Weeks…


Instead of: “I might as well order another half dozen cupcakes.”
Say this: “Oh, well! I needed that. But I can make a healthy choice right now.”





Good for heartbreak, boredom and everything in between.


Hug It Out


“It’s critical to have some kind of physical affection in your life,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness. “It doesn’t have to be a hug. It’s about the power of touch.”


Most Especially.. 


Be Grateful

Be Grateful
 Do not. Roll. Your eyes. Write down the things you’re grateful for. Yes, it’s hokey. But it works—by forcing you to focus on the good things in your life. 

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker