MY FIRST VLOG: DAY TRIP TO LAIYA

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Jason and I had a free day from work and basketball practice. We haven’t gone on a trip in a while so I really wanted to do something different! Luckily, my driver was free on that day so my parents allowed me to use him! ( Thank you parentals )

 

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Being the creature of habit that I am, I decided to go to a place that i’m quite familiar with. Laiya White Cove  which is a private beach situated in San Juan Batangas ( about a 2 hour drive from Alabang )

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Jason and my Driver, Mang Roel

 

I decided to document our trip and I tried my best to vlog. Hopefully you guys enjoy this video!  🙂

 

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D.I.Y. POKE: My Favorite POKE Bowls

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As I am constantly on the lookout for healthy spots to check out, I’m so glad that Poke Bowls are finally a thing in Manila! Poke is a famous Hawaiian dish that has been a staple in their homes for centuries now. Poke means “to cut” which explains the cubed raw fish found in this dish.

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I was so ecstatic when I found out that D.I.Y. POKE was opening right outside my village! They are the first in the Philippines to solely focus on Poke Bowls and what makes it extra special is the fact that you can choose to even customize your own dish! Other restaurants in the Philippines have tried to join in the Poke Trend but have failed to execute it as well as D.I.Y. Poke.

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A traditional Poke Bowl consists of raw fish ( ahi tuna or yellow fin tuna ), seaweed ( hijiki or wakame ), white rice, sesame oil, onions, sesame seeds and soy sauce. 

In D.I.Y. Poke, You have the option to choose from 5 Signature Bowls:

HEALTH BOWL

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The Health Bowl is one of my favorites! It comes with a GENEROUS amount of Salmon and Tuna Chunks, brown rice, seaweed,corn, ginger and shoyu sauce! This dish is so filling and guilt-free! Will definitely be my go-to  post workout meal when I start working out in Elorde in Madison.

SUMO BOWL

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The SUMO BOWL is another favorite of mine! I’ve never really been a fan of eel but the mixture of Unagi with cubed mangoes, salmon chunks, crabsticks creates a fusion of flavors that will make you want to come back and order this dish AGAIN. It is served with white rice so this is a dish I will only eat when I want to treat myself or if I’ve worked out hard enough! haha! I highly recommend this.

CHERRY BLOSSOM BOWL

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To be honest, the Cherry Blossom Bowl could still be worked on. It was hard to enjoy the tuna with the nacho chips. It lacked something but i’m still trying to figure out what it is. I ate this at home later on in the day. I removed the chips, added a bit of rice and sesame oil and it tasted delicious hehe.

CALIFORNIA BOWL

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The California Bowl is my boyfriend’s favorite! ( Hi Jason! ) It is a deconstructed california maki made with crabsticks, cucumber, white rice and sesame dressing. I actually liked this dish too, it is very tasty!

SUMMER BOWL

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The Summer Bowl is the only dish from their signature menu that I have yet to try. It is made with salad as the base with chunks of mangoes, crabsticks and octopus.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can opt to make your own Poke Bowl:

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For dessert, I tried the Seaweed Flavored Ice cream – Php 150

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A bit pricey but it is delicious! The base of the ice cream is similar to that of green tea with a hint of seaweed.  Very creamy texture but I would order this again.

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So what are you waiting for? Come on over to the South and visit D.I.Y. Poke! You really do get your moneys worth! and while you are in the area, why not visit my mom’s shop, La Casita, as well? ( Shameless plug hahaha! )

 

D.I.Y. POKE

2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(0995) 473-6224

Cheat Meal of the Week: Morganfield’s Mall of Asia

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I decided to dedicate a section of my  blog to Cheat Meals. As I have mentioned before, cheat meals can actually be beneficial for you. When you eat healthy and when you eat the same thing everyday, your body gets so used to it. Cheat meals can be used as motivation as well. It can also boost your metabolism. But take note, cheat MEAL not a cheat day. I also have to note that you must have “SMART” cheat meals. It still has to be in moderation.

What could be better than to have the biggest and juiciest pork ribs in town as my cheat meal for the week?  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of Morganfield’s in Mall Of Asia! I’m not much of a meat or pork eater in general, but my tastebuds were in awe with how juicy their ribs taste!

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We started with  the Crab and Spinach Dip priced at Php 345.The dip consisted of crab meat, spinach and parmesan perfectly infused together. I loved it! ( I love anything with cheese )

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Morganfield’s is known for their “Sticky Bones”, which is made of prime pork rib that is slowly baked and smoked to perfection. It comes in four flavors: Hickory BBQ, Garlicky BBQ, Smoked Peppercorn and Spicy Asian BBQ.

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We ordered the Ribs Samplers ( Php 3,295 ) which is good for 3 – 4 people. ( We couldn’t finish it!! ) It comes with Three flavourful half-slab ribs, Grilled Footlong Farmer’s Bratwurst Sausage, garden salad, corn on the cob, french fries and corn bread.

Out of all the ribs, my personal favorite was the smoked peppercorn spare ribs. The meat was so tender that it would easily slide off the bone. I enjoyed eating it together with the corn bread!

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Begonia ( Php 175 )

We were also served chilled coolers to go together with our filling meal. The Begonia is made of chunks of kiwi, strawberries and lime served in lemon lime soda topped with passion fruit syrup.

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Virgin Apple Mojito ( Php 175 )

The Virgin Apple Mojito consists of fresh apples, lime chunks, mint leaves, brown sugar topped with soda. I opted the Virgin Apple Mojito and mmmm this was delicious! 

Morganfield’s is known for other dishes that I have yet to try such as Bacon wrapped Meatballs, New York Strip Steak, Pork Sausage Platter, Pulled Pork Burger and other porky-licious dishes. That means I have to come back for another cheat meal!

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Looking forward to bringing my family there especially because the servings are huge and at an affordable price! You definitely get your money’s worth!

 

MORGANFIELD’S BGC

Address

Second Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening hours

 11 AM to 11 PM

MORGANFIELDS’ MALL OF ASIA 

Address

North Wing, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Opening hours
11 AM to 11 PM