Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chicken Inasal Sarap!

You don't need to go to Bacolod just to satify your cravings for chicken inasal because they are already anywhere here in Manila. One of the places is Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

How to enjoy you Inasal:
1. do the sauce, mix calamansi with soy sauce and chicken oil. to make it spicy put sili and crush as you want.
2. wash you hands properly. Inasal is best eaten with barehands. Restaurants serving Inasal have a space to wash hands and soaps are provided. Some oldies also raise one of their legs in the chair. hehe!
3. Dip your chicken in the sauce, eat it but don't chew. Suck the sauce then enjoy the chicken. Best with garlic rice.

How to DIY Chicken Inasal:
reposting from: Panlasang Pinoy


  • 2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon or calamansi juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup lemon soda (softdrink)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • Basting Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons annatto oil (atsuete oil)
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or calamansi juice

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a freezer bag or large bowl, combine chicken, lemongrass, salt, ground black pepper, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, lemon-lime soda, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir or shake the mixture until every ingredient is well incorporated. Marinade for 1 to 3 hours.
  3. In a bowl, combine margarine, annatto oil, salt, and lemon juice then stir. Set aside.
  4. Grill the chicken while basting generous amount of the margarine mixture.
  5. Transfer the grilled chicken to a serving plate.
  6. Serve with sinamak. Share and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Post-buffet Chill at Kuwago's Island Grill

After our not so good experience in Ice Bar, we decided to chill more. We ended up here in Kuwago's Island Grill. 

4 of us chooses GPS (Gilbey's Premium Strength) while Kris decided to go different. LOL!

All time "pulutan" favorite is Sisig.

So crispy Tokwa't Baboy. We ended up ordering another one :)

And this.... well its called, French Fries Overload. Its a fries with ground meat and very saucy cheese. We did'nt like this. The cheese is like a soup and the fries is so cheese-soaked. (Umay!!!)

Here are some of our pictures....

We had a fun memorable night. Until next time girls!!!

Zero Degrees.... Zero Expectation...

We heard about this bar in Antipolo which has a unique concept. The Zero Degrees Manila Ice Bar, the first Ice Bar in the Philippines. When we saw this promo, we grabbed this opportunity to experience a different kind of bar. For only P199 eat all you can, round of iced tea and Entrance to the Ice Bar. Exciting isn't it?

We have 6 vouchers but unfortunately one of my travel buddies did not make it. Meet up at 6pm Dunkin Donuts Mega Mall. I was a few minutes late and I have this terrible migraine. While waiting for them, I ordered a cup of coffee and my favorite, Boston Creme. Jen, Wilma and Elmer finally showed up but we have to wait for Kris. We went inside the department store and then have dinner at Chicken Bacolod Inasal.  Past 9pm when Kris finally arrive.

Going to the Ice Bar, we took the van bound to Antipolo (P50). We were amazed it took us less then an hour to reach Antipolo. Then tricycle (P25/each) ride which I found it a dangerous ride. The road is curvy and some parts are dark.

And here we arrived! It is not that hard to find it. If you are coming from Antipolo it is in the left side of the road. 

This is the entrance

Here we are :) I think the one wearing the black poloshirt is the owner or the manager.

At the third floor is where you will have your eat all you can buffet. We were just a group of 2. I dont know if its maybe because we came in late (around 10pm). The food has different varieties. Pork... Chicken... Noodles... Seafoods...

We choose a table with a great view then headed to the buffet table. Apparently the person in the buffet table is serving the dish. In my mind, I thought this is an eat all you can meaning you can get as many food as long as you can eat.

I just open the shellfish and did not eat at all. It does not look so fresh and the crab is so small and filled with air.

I actually tried all the foods except for the desert. A little portion of each. I can't finish it anymore. Food is cold and not that delicious. Good thing we already had our dinner in Megamall.

 Do we look like satisfied? Yes for the sake of pictures :)

 This is the only thing I enjoyed in here. Beautiful view of Manila at night.

Post-buffet, we went back to the first floor but the receptionist and guard was not there. While we are waiting for them we saw this cute masks and head dress.

Then we went to the Ice Bar which is located at the basement. We were given a brief reminders. This is not written in the deal (i think!). We can only stay 30 minutes inside the Bar and we can only take 2 pictures each inside the Bar. We went inside and its disappointing. Its a small room with 4 ice carvings.

Its not really that cold inside that we really don't need to wear the thick jacket and mitten.


This is the bar. The ICE BAR :)

The crew said that they will open the fan so that we can feel the cold. And so we all agreed to wear the  jacket for picture-sake. Anyway, I think its clean because they have space for use and unused jackets.  


Anyways, after ICE BAR experience, we decided to go somewhere to chill.

Disclaimer: My blog has no intention to ruin ICE BAR. This is my experience and honest opinion as a guest.

Nomnom at Cental BBQ Grill Malugay

Central BBQ Grill is an easy access "gimik" place for me. I can actually walk from my house going there and when I'm already under the influence of alcohol I can walk back to my house. LOL!

After a short hospital visit, we girls are looking for a place to go on a sunday evening. We were at Quezon City area so we thought of Tomas Morato. The first bar was boring so we stepped outside that bar and think of some other place to go. And we thought about Central Makati.

The famous drink here is the "BAD TRIP". Its a mix of vodka, white rum, gin and juice. After a few shots of this you'll get bad trip. You'll pass out the drink and after this you poop the bad trip. ha! ha!

This time we did not ordered for bad trip, instead we had Mojito. Its a mix of calamansi juice, white rum and sugar syrup. We thought its a good drink. But wow we got drunk!

 Anyway, its fun to hang up with friends. chat! chat! chat! and yeah its Wilma's Birthday!!! And so we asked this guys to perform for Wilma :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Commerce Kitchen Fried Chicken (adapted from James Boyce)

Reposting from

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
4 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon French thyme, ground
1 tablespoon dried sweet basil, ground
1 teaspoon oregano, ground
1 tablespoon Jamaica ginger, ground (regular ground ginger will work too)
2 cups buttermilk
2 2 ½- 3 lb. chickens, cut into 8 pieces each
Vegetable oil for frying (canola and peanut oil work too)
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Set aside.
Put chicken and buttermilk in two large plastic Ziploc bags or a flat dish and marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, turning every 30 minutes. This tenderizes the meat as well as removes any blood.
When ready to cook, remove chicken pieces from buttermilk, shake off excess liquid. Toss with dry ingredients. The chicken should be lightly covered, but it's okay if there are a few missed spots. You can also shake chicken with the dry ingredients in a large Ziploc bag.
Fill a large, heavy bottomed skillet or deep pot with enough oil to cover halfway up the largest piece of chicken. Heat oil to 325-350 degrees. If you don't have a cooking thermometer, wait for small bubbles to form.
Adjust heat so the oil bubbles are steady but not too rapid. Working in two or more batches, place the coated chicken in the hot oil. After about eight minutes, the chicken will be golden brown underneath. Turn over once and cook for an additional eight minutes or until nicely browned on both sides. The cooking process will agitate the pieces slightly, so you don't need to shift them around in the pan.
After frying, place chicken on a metal sheet tray covered in a paper towel and transfer to 200-degree oven to keep warm until serving. The chicken will stay moist for up to an hour.

Monday, July 16, 2012


FULLNAME (optional): Barbara Anne
NICKNAME (optional): Barbie
ADDRESS (just the city!): Makati
BIRTHDAY (optional): September 30
COURSE: Doctor of Medicine
AMBITION: to meet the man of my dream, to build my beach house and to travel around the world
COLOR: fuschia pink
BAND: Side A
SINGER: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jessica Sanchez
SONG: any Love Song 
MOVIE: Sleepless in Seatle
ACTOR: Tom Hanks
ACTRESS: Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts
FOOD: Lumpiang Shianghai, Siopao
SPORT: Volleyball
ATHLETE: Manny Pacquiao
LIKES: positive things
DISLIKES: negative things
MOTTO: Dont do unto others what you don't want to do unto you
DEFINE ‘LOVE’: is a many splendourd things
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT: when I fall in love and when I fall out of love
Dear Friends,
Thank you for answering my slumbook (LOL!)

craving for BiBimbap

I cant get enough of Korea. I love their food specially the Bibimbap so i tried cooking it and here is my finish product :)

Arrange everything on a platter.
  1. Cook rice. You can use a rice cooker or a stainless pot.
  2. Next, you need to prepare a large platter to put all your ingredients on. Rinse your bean sprouts 3 times and put them in a pot with a cup of water. Add 1 ts of salt and cook for 20 minutes. Drain water and mix it with 1 clove of minced garlic, sesame oil and a pinch of salt.
    Put it on the platter.
  3. Put your spinach in a pot of boiling water and stir it for a minute. Then rinse it in cold water a few times and squeeze it lightly. Mix it with a pinch of salt, 1 ts of soy sauce, 1 clove of minced garlic and sesame oil. Put it on the platter
  4. Cut 2 small size zucchinis into thin strips, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, and then mix them together. A few minutes later, sauté them in a pan over high heat. When it’s cooked, it will look a little translucent. Put it on the platter.
  5. You can buy soaked and cooked “kosari” at a Korean grocery store. Prepare about 2 or 3 cups of kosari for this 4 servings of bibimbap. Cut it into pieces 5-7 cm long and sauté in a heated pan with 1 ts of vegetable oil. Stir and add 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1/2 tbs of sugar, and cook them for 1-2 minutes. Add sesame oil. Put it on the platter.
  6. Slice shitake mushrooms thinly and sauté with 1 ts of vegetable oil. Add 2 ts of soy sauce and 1 or 2 ts of sugar and stir it for 2 minutes. Add some sesame oil, and put it on the platter.
  7. On a heated pan, put some oil and 200 grams of ground beef and stir it. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1/2  tbs of sugar, a little grounded black pepper, and sesame oil. 
    Put it on the platter
  8. Cut a carrot into strips, sauté it for 30 seconds and put it on the platter.
  9. prepare eggs with sunny side up.
  10. Put your rice In a big bowl, and attractively display all your vegetables and meat t. Place the sunny side up egg on the center.
  11. Serve it with sesame oil and hot pepper paste.
  12. Lastly, mix it up and eat!
my source:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gumasa Beach

June 10, 2012
I arrived 1230 am at NAIA Terminal 3 from my fourth South Korea visit giving me enough time to unload and load for my next escapade which is in General Santos which is the southernmost port city of the Philippines. When you say GenSan its "tuna" and home of the world boxing champion "Manny Pacquiao". Anyway, I clean up the house then I had alloted an hour to sleep. An hour passed, I didn't noticed that my alarm clock is waking me up for about 30 minutes. So I left the house at 6am and my travel buddies are texting, calling and looking for me. I arrived at NAIA T3 after 20 minutes taxi ride and they are waiting for me at the counter. We checked-in, paid the terminal fee (P200) and flew to GenSan at 730am.

We arrived General Santos Airport past 9am. My travel buddies took out their cameras and started to shoot and shoot and shoot.....

Outside the airport we were welcomed by a bunch of locals asking us rent their rides. For my research, taxi fare cost P350 and the van P150/head. Since we are a group of 8, we decided to take 2 taxis. But wait!!! We were offered a multicab for P400 then the taxi drivers offered us P200. Mmmmmm..... so they can put the offer down. We decided to take the multicab since we wanted to start our bonding moments. But it turned out that this is one dusty ride. Oh no!!! From GenSan Airport to KCC Mall took us a 20-30 minutes ride.

Beside the KCC Mall is the van terminal going to Glan, Sarangani where our 2 travel buddies (Irog and Drew) are waiting. We brought our breakfast at McDonalds then off we go to Gumasa Beach. We paid P110/pax going straight to the Gumasa Beach as we requested the driver to drop us straight to the Coco Beach. Of course with extra charge. The van looks so old and I'm positioned at the backmost of the van so I'm feeling all the bumpy-jumpy ride.

Three of my travel buddies (Kris, Ron and Wilma) arrived GenSan at an earlier flight. At the time we arrived airport they are already enjoying the wonderful beach of Gumasa. Meaning... they have all the shots that they want. He! He!

While we are still on our way, we asked them to order lunch for us. Based from my readings, in this province it takes more than an hour for your order to be serve. After more than an hour ride, we arrived the Gumasa Beach. And the food is not yet ready. And so its true :)

We did not waste time, while waiting for the food to come we roamed around the place, took pictures of the sceneries and have  our not so complete group pictures.

Finally the food arrived!!! We have a generous cups of rice (as we have boys around, lol!), Fried Chicken and Pork Sinigang. Yum! Yum!

After filling our empty stomach, we decided to walk to the leftmost side of the beach and took pics of the place, in solos and in groups.

And the lovely beach...

We asked the Van Driver to pick us up at 2pm so that we can proceed to Lake Sebu. The Driver is kind enough to bring us to one of Manny Pacquiao's Mansion in General Santos. We glad he did that. That day is the fight of Pacman against Bradley and our pinoy-athlete sadly lose the fight :(

We stopped in front of the Mansion at the other side of the road to take pictures of the Mansion from outside. Then our driver went inside and ask the guard if we can have a close look at the Mansion. The guard was so kind that he allowed us to go inside the yard to see and take pictures of the mansion for a few minutes.

We then moved on as our journey is still a long, long way to go.

The van driver dropped us at the bus station going to Marbel (P83) then another bus going to Surralah (P24). In Surralah, the terminal looks empty. They told us that the last trip has passed but they are kind enough to help us find a ride going to lake sebu. A girl who is helping us tried to call someone thru her cellphone but unluckily she got no assurance with the van. Then one van came onward to another place but will take him for just a few minutes to drop off his remaining passengers. He agreed to return and give us a ride (P50). While we await for his return, i tried to call my contact at lake sebu. I asked if the dinner will still be available for us and he said "Yes".

We arrived Punta Isla Lake Resort around 7pm. The staffs seems to be so busy to concentrate on us. They gave us the room and we drop our bags. We expected that the food will still be available but they have some programs or party going on so they really can't focus on giving their service. They referred us to another resort for our Dinner.

Tired from almost a day of travel and so hungry. I ordered for a cup noodles as I'm so hungry I can be a zombie that night. The food came in after an hour.

Now you See It

For our dinner, we have 3 viands. I forgot what are they but one of them is Tilapia. So hungry the food was gone in 50 seconds. LOL!

Now you Dont!

We don't have much energy for socials so all of us decided to call it a night. ZZzzzzzz......

our journey continues..... Lake Sebu