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Benmore Nights!

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

From its Facebook Fan Page…

Benmore Scotch Whisky from Diageo, the same makers of Johnnie Walker and the hottest drink in town wants to sponsor the drinks on your next party! Here’s how:


1) Open to males and females 18 and above.

2) Promo participants must have a Facebook account and become a “Fan” of Benmore Facebook Fan Page.

3) Participants must post a comment on the Benmore Fan Page Wall describing why he/or she deserves to be sponsored with “Benmore Nights” Party. Participants must include the following details:

a. Date of their party
b. Where party will be held
c. Occasion/reason for party
d. Number of invited guests

4) Brand will choose who among the submitted entries will be sponsored with Benmore Scotch Whisky at his or her upcoming party. (SUBJECT TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS)

5) After the sponsored party, participants must upload a photo album on their own Facebook Account Walls, containing photos of their “Benmore Nights” Party experience.


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Buona Vita Ristorante Italiano

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever since we moved in Daanghari Cavite last 2008, I see this restaurant all the time. However because Daanghari itself is like “in a middle of nowhere” I never seemed to have the urge to really stop and try out the place. However, one of my best friends Jopay Dela Cruz who recently went on a European tour  and has tried out authentic european pizzas & pastas—told me that she has tried out Buona Vita in Daanghari I should try it too.

And so it happened last month, that because it was late (almost 10pm) and most shops were already closed/closing in atc, my friend and I decided to try our luck in Buona Vita.

We were on a “bet” on the way there. My bet was it was closed already. We got there about 9:50 and we were greeted by really unfriendly looks by the staff. When my friend asked if it was closed they said they close at 10pm so “yes” they were closed. My friend kept on insisting that it should be open because it wasn’t 10 yet (he just didnt want to lose on our bet).

Without hiding their reluctance, the waitress and cashier got our orders. They also stated first that the oven is shut off already so although we would have wanted to try out their pizza we simply should stick to pasta or pastries. Normally I would not accept this kind of treatment from a restaurant. But I was tired and didnt care to argue anymore. Besides, I also wasnt that hungry.

For appetizer we ordered Orostini Alla Romana which was simply mozerella, ham and fresh herbs. For pasta, we ordered Contadino which was sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, mushroom and cream-tomato sauce.

Good thing that despite their unfriendly staff, the food was indeed good. The only redeeming factor. Too bad we werent able to try out the other stuff…

Photo from its Facebook Account

I would highly recommend the food. And yes, I will still go back. But I would definitely warn my friends that even if the store closes strictly at 10. So coming in at 9:50 is as good as 10pm!  I sure hope that these staff will learn the art of customer service. And that it takes 10 years to create a loyal customer and 10 minutes to lose one.

But all is well that ends well. Bon apetit! 🙂

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New Year 2010!

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy new year!

It has been a great holiday break for me just resting and spending time with my family in the south. I loved waking up to the cool breeze of cavite, greeted by the aroma of warm breakfast wafting from the kitchen — toast, brewed coffee, crispy bacon, omelette…the works! I love breakfasts! That’s why hotel buffet breakfasts are a real treat for me.

I also enjoyed playing and horsing around with my 2 toddler nephews who are such a riot! One moment they would be all huggy and kissy…the sweetest angels you would want to keep, and the next moment they would be armed with water guns spraying water in your face and shouting nonsense at the top of their lungs like lunatics! No dull moment with these two boys. They drive me nuts and anyone who choose to watch over them actually.

This year I made the fastest gift-shopping. Just 3 trips to the mall and that’s it. Maybe because… a) Im such a cheapstakes, b) I knew beforehand what to buy or c) I hardly gave gifts to anyone this year. I’d like to think its “B”. Haha! Most of my gifts were well-thought of and were enjoyed by those who received them.

I also have hazy memory of New Year’s Eve . I drank a bit too much wine (I was drinking since lunchtime) and slept for the most part of the night and woke up briefly at midnight to the sounds of fireworks and greetings from my family while reading sms messages through blurry eyes. All in all it was a good time to cap the year that was 2009.

2009 was a tough year. But Im still standing. Thanks to His grace.

I believe 2010 would be a better year for me and for everyone in general!

On a side-note, I also enjoyed an afternoon walking at Chinatown (binondo) and having an authentic chinese lunch at Wai Ying (a hole-in-the-wall joint with fantastic dumplings, fried rice and Peking duck!).

Here’s to forgetting the pains of 2009 and welcoming the love and joys of 2010! CHEERS!!!

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