Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday FREEBIE Day!

Yesterday is a Freebie day for us! We got to take home the items below for free...

Maybe you are curious how we did it so I'll share it with you now. =)

* Half Max's Fried Chicken - It's from an Eastwest Bank credit card promo. I exchanged a P4,000.00 worth of Eastwest Bank credit card transaction for a half chicken.

* 2 bottles of 1.5L of Coke - These are from Shell's promo. For every P2,000.00 single or accumulated purchase of Fuelsave fuel or P1,500.00 single or accumulated purchase of V Power Nitro, you got to take home 1 bottle of 1.5L Coke.

* Coffee Maker, Slow Cooker and the rest - Halo halo na ito. I combined the GCs I got from HSBC and hubby's token from a post marketing survey plus my points in my BDO rewards card.

Ang saya saya di ba? Ang sarap lang gumastos ng walang nilalabas na pera eh. Yung mga promo promo na ganyan, lagi kaming updated ni hubby. As in career kung career yan. Sayang kasi eh kung hindi i-aavail di ba?

Like yung sa mga credit card promos, if ever may schedule na big purchase, grocery shopping or mag gas up kami, research muna kami sa internet kung may available na promo yung credit card namin. So by the time na magbabayad na kami, alam na namin kung anong card ang gagamitin namin and kung how much ang ipapa-swipe namin for each card.

Then yung ibang promo, masid masid lang habang nasa biyahe or naglalakad. Kailangan mabilis lang ang mata para updated. Hehe.

Then yung mga BDO Rewards or other loyalty card. It helps din talaga kasi you earn points while spending. Then by the time na ayaw mo maglabas ng cash, may pondo ka.

Sa credit card points naman, dapat aware tayo. Yung iba kasi hindi pinapansin yung mga points na na-e-earn nila tapos na-eexpire lang without them exchanging it for something. Sa amin, ang gawa ko, I monitor it. Madalas we exchange it for GCs kapag malapit na ang pasko. Dagdag budget din kasi yan. =)

O di ba? Career lang talaga? Hehe. =)

How about you kina-career niyo rin ba yung mga promo na ganito?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Qaldi Coffee Bar & Cyber Cafe Bloggers Night

Hubby stumbled on a tweet looking for a food blogger in the south area. Knowing that I'm a foodie he immediately retweeted it to me. Syempre I replied agad and was fortunately included in the roster of bloggers invited to review this new and hip place called Qaldi Coffee Bar & Cyber Cafe.

Qaldi, which is situated along the National Highway, is easily accessible both by public and private transport. Although the compound housing it directly fronts the City Hall of Muntinlupa it still is deceptively subdued and quiet since it is situated in the inner recesses of the compound. Parking is ample and easily maneuverable even for a novice driver.

The facade is unassuming but sticks itself out with the rows of outside seating situated in front (Al Fresco dining or those with a nicotine habit).

The menu plastered upfront belies its sophisticated stature and surely will make your wallet smile.

Inside bodes an upscale hotel lobby feel evoked by the spiral chandelier and imposing brand-badge. The brand-badge draws attention to the upstairs rooms reserved for small functions and meetings (more on this later).

The dining area caters to a wide range of customers (solitary warriors, couples, trios, families, barkadas) with seating provided for each.

Being a cafe, Qaldi prides itself in offering choice coffee beans from India wherein you can have it done any which way. They also offer (I think) French Press and Siphon methods for brewing (the Coffee Siphon is awe inspiring but the French Press is much more satisfying).

But wait there's more!
They also offer Sri Lankan tea which goes well with their desserts..

A pot of Dilmah Berry Sensation Tea was first served to us. It was served on a warmer so as to maintain its temperature but inadvertently steep it longer. It has a fruity flavor to it (owing to its blend) which easily makes it one of the highly recommended tea flavors.

Dilmah Berry Sensation Tea (P95.00)

Next up is the Sheikh Almond Nut Mocha. I ordered it because I was curious as to what the "Sheikh" would taste like (hehe)... And it also looked good on the menu :). Though I don't actually drink coffee, I am interested to know how Indian grown coffee would fare in a mixed drink.

Sheikh Almond Nut Mocha (Sageer - P105.00; Kabeer - P125.00)

The "Sheikh" is best appreciated in phases. First the ultra-smooth cream lines up your mouth followed by a blast of mocha with hints of almond then punches you in the head with a caffeine kick!

After that 'buzz' I needed something to soothe me down so I dive into their Frozen Toffee Nut. This one mercifully has a milder caffeine boost. As with the "Sheikh" the sweet whip cream gives it an immaculate intro.

Frozen Toffee Nut (Kabeer P150.00)

After quenching my thirst, on to their grub!

First up are their sandwiches:

Grilled Ham and Cheese

This is NOT your ordinary school canteen anemic ham and cheese. No no no! Using a panini maker, the cheese is melted onto the ham while the butter-garlic-parsley trifecta bathes the whole wheat bread. Delicious is an understatement.

Grilled Ham & Cheese (P95.00)

Grilled Egg and Cheese

To be honest, I never thought scrambled eggs and cheese would work as fine as this. The whole wheat bread slathered with butter, garlic, and parsley elevates this concoction to a higher level of zen. The potato chip sides provides a perfect accompaniment.

Grilled Egg & Cheese (P95.00)

Classic Tuna Sandwich

I love their tuna sandwich. Why? The flavors are well balanced. Not too salty, the onion is kept at the background, and the mayonnaise is light. The lettuce is a clever addition making this an overall healthy treat.

Classic Tuna Sandwich (P115.00)

Chicken Clubhouse Sandwich

As with the Classic Tuna Sandwich, the basic spread is light and balanced. As for the others, it is a basic straight-forward club sandwich. Good thing is that the serving size is big enough for two!

Chicken Clubhouse Sandwich (P175.00)

Reuben Clubhouse Sandwich

This is a play on the Reuben Sandwich transformed into a club giving you two distinct sandwiches rolled into one. Though the corned beef used could have been improved, overall this is a good pick.

Reuben Clubhouse Sandwich (P175.00)

Appetizers done, bring on the Entree':

Clockwise from Top: Classic Pesto, Carbonara, Tomato Pesto,
Classic Creamy, Classic Tomato and Sweet Tomato

Their pasta comes in two sizes, a la cart or platter. All are priced at P145.00 for a la carte and P175.00 for platter except for the Carbonara which is at P175.00 and P195.00 respectively.

Classic Pesto (Bestseller)

This naturally is my favorite. It is simple and straightforward. The basil leaves were fresh and flavorful but the unexpected treat came from the toasted whole wheat breads accompanying it. Imagine, whole wheat bread laced with a trifecta of butter, minced garlic, and chopped parsley then toasted 'til light brown. Heaven  isn't it?

Carbonara (Bestseller)

The Carbonara didn't disappoint as well. The lightness of the sauce was complemented by the saltiness of the ham. A liberal sprinkling of grated parmesan tied this dish into a neat little bow.

Tomato Pesto

This one is new to me. A twist on a classic tomato base punctuated by chopped basil. Sprinkle a little more parmesan to balance the tangy tomato.

Classic Creamy

A vegetarian carbonara. This one needs a heck of a lot more parmesan to cut the mildness of the sauce.

Classic Tomato (Besteller)

Classic Italian. Fresh tomatoes though maintaining a right blend of the sour and sweet.

Sweet Tomato

Truly Pinoy. This one will be more appreciated by the kids or the kids at heart.

The only downside for all was the pasta were a tad overcooked.

Whew! After that onslaught I need to do a little calisthenics to prep me up for the main course:

Clockwise from Top: Five-Spice Beef Steak (P150.00), Greek Pork (P110.00),
Fish Fillet (P140.00),  Pork on Qaldi Sauce (P120.00),
Spicy Chicken on Qaldi Sauce (P150.00) and Chicken Breast (P130.00)

Five-Spice Beef Steak

Tender beef cuts rubbed with 'five-spice' that didn't drown out the natural flavor of the beef. The garlic butter sauce brings in an added richness to the steak. One odd feature though was a dollop of garlic ranch dip next to the steak. Good for dressing the side salad but surprisingly nice with the steak!

Greek Pork

The Greek Pork was interesting. Fried pork belly with sauteed oregano served with a side salad and garlic ranch dip. The belly cut wasn't that fatty and the oregano enhances the medley all-around (This I think would never work for a leaner cut of pork). Again, the surprise lies with the garlic ranch dip.

Fish Fillet

Cream Dory was used here which explains the tenderness of the fillet. Fried to perfection giving you that 'crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside' feel.

Pork on Qaldi Sauce

Pork belly which was slowly cooked making it tender and juicy. The Qaldi sauce has the right combination of flavor that complements the pork.

Spicy Chicken on Qaldi Sauce

It's not too spicy that it burns away the flavor of the dish. The heat is just enough to awaken your palate and make this dish doubly intense.

Chicken Breast

When you think about chicken breast, the first adjective that will come to your mind is that its dry. This one is NOT. Grilled but still moist. The garlic ranch dip enhances its smokey flavor.

As the evening winds down, time for some sweet endings:

Chocolate Mousse

This is my favorite of the three cakes I tasted. Not too sweet and the texture is smooth and creamy. I guess Qaldi's customers love so much 'coz when me and my family came back the next day, it was already unavailable.

Chocolate Mousse (P185.00)

Chocolate Ganache

The cake is moist and fluffy. But the winner is the Ganache itself. Smooth, creamy, pure chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Ganache (P175.00)

Blueberry Cheesecake

The cheesecake was okay though it left much to be desired.

Blueberry Cheesecake (P195.00)

Aside from the cafe, the upstairs rooms are available for functions and events. They could also provide for a free use of their 40" LED TV and Laptop Computers (for presentation purposes only).

Here is the function room which can accommodate up to 30 people...

The conference room which can be converted into two smaller rooms...

By the way, they have free WI-FI - as in a real, working, and fast WI-FI internet connection! When you ask them for the password, they'll give you this...

Nice right? Very impressive!

As for the competition, Qaldi's prices are reasonable given the, ambiance,  food quality and add-on service it provides. It was good value for money all-around.

A bonus to attending these blogger events is that I get to meet my fellow bloggers. Here I am with the gang accompanied by Joon Tianzon, Qaldi Operations Manager...

Qaldi Coffee Bar & Cyber Cafe

Putatan, Muntinlupa City
The compound is located along Muntinlupa National Road,
Near City Hall of Muntinlupa and Puregold Agro. It is
infront of Max's Restaurant, beside BPI Family Bank

Store Hours:
Sunday to Thurs - 6:30am to 12:00mn
Friday and Saturday - 6:30am to 2:30am

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

SWAG: A Blessed Week

We had a very blessed week and I'm very very grateful to God for it. =) Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi halos every day may narereceive kaming blessing. Small or big man ito, sobrang nakakapagpasaya na sa aming family.

Just like yesterday, we were given a free overnight stay at Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas. At least kahit may kasamang work ni hubby, nakapagbonding naman kami as a family afterwards. Ika nga nila, work and pleasure rolled into one. =)

Aside from the overnight stay, here are the other blessings that we received this week:

A box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts from a med rep. Sakto nga ito eh kasi Ian was craving for a doughnut the day we received it. =)

Sun-Maid Oatmeal Raisin Apple Cookies from a med rep...

Conti's Raisin Crisps and Oatmeal Cookies from a med rep...

Monsters Inc. Shirts for the Kulilits from their Tita Jonah...

Terno clothes for Christoff also from Jonah...

Crocs Sandals for the Kulilits from their Lolo Em...

Owen 3 Piece Crib Bedding Set & 4 Piece Embroidery Comforter Set for Christoff from Bizmode...

Mangoes from Kuya Bimbo & Ai...

A mother's day present also from Kuya Bimbo & Ai...

Lotion and Coffee from a balikbayan box sent by Lola Zeny...

Ang dami right? Sobrang nakakataba ng puso. Kaya nga minsan, kahit may mga bad events na nangyayari sa buhay ko, iniisip ko na lang ang mga magagandang bagay na nangyayari sa akin, gaya ng mga blessings na ito.

To the people who gave us these goodies, super thank you! May God bless you more and more! =)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Christoff's 5th Month at Qaldi

How time flies. Christoff is already 5 months. At five months, he...

  • already mastered rolling to his tummy
  • laughs, giggles and squeals loudly
  • is babbling a lot
  • already have two teeth
  • can stand flat with support
  • loves to eat his hands/fingers
  • wants to play a lot
  • enjoys seeing himself in the mirror

Here is the birthday boy ready to celebrate his birthday...

And guess where we celebrated his 5th month?

We celebrated it at Qaldi Coffee Bar & Cyber Cafe. It's a new cafe in the south located in Muntinlupa. I had a chance to taste their food the other day and I liked it a lot that's why I asked hubby to celebrate Christoff's 5th month there so that he could try the food as well.

We ordered the following:

Grilled Egg & Cheese...

P 95.00

Classic Pesto (a la carte)...

P 175.00

Carbonara (a la carte)...

P 175.00

Greek Pork...

P 110.00

Mini Chocolate Ganache Cake...

P 175.00

Banana Smoothie (kabeer)...

P 145.00

Chocolate Smoothie (kabeer)...

P 145.00

Sheikh Almond Nut Mocha (sageer)...

P 105.00

Di naman masyadong marami ang inorder namin right? Haha! Guess what? Mura lang yan. Sa dami ng order namin, inabot lang siya ng P1,095.00. In terms of food quality, quantity, taste and price plus the cafe's ambiance, sulit na nakain namin. Please watch out for my blog post about Qaldi Coffee Bar & Cyber Cafe soon.

Anyway, here I am with the Kulilits singing a birthday song for Christoff. Sorry about the face of Christoff, ginising lang kasi namin siya kaya medyo grouchy. Hehe!

and siyempre hindi mawawala ang family picture...

So there you go... Good night guys!

Milo Swimming Clinic

It's summer vacation and siyempre in na in ang mga sports clinic sa mga panahon na ito. That's why hindi ko pinalagpas ang pagkakataon na magkaroon ng sports activity ang mga Kulilits. Same as last year, I enrolled them to a swimming clinic which is, by the way, sponsored again by their Papa G. This time, I tried Milo swimming clinic at BFRV Clubhouse. Last year kasi, I enrolled them at Lozada eh.

At Milo, they are on their own. No need for a parent or guardian to be with them in the pool. They only need floaters. It is cheaper also at Milo. Last year at the Lozada Baby and Me program, it costs P5,500.00 per head for 8 sessions (30 minutes per session) while at Milo, it costs P4,500 per head for 12 sessions (1 hour per session).

Let me show you some pictures of the Kulilits during their swimming lessons...

How cute my boys right? Nakakaaliw nga sila pagmasdan eh kasi they are listening to their swimming coach. May co-mommy nga sa swimming clinic na napabilib sa mga kanila eh. They know how to follow instructions na raw kasi. Yung son niya raw na kasing age ng mga Kulilits, sobrang kulit daw and di pa mapafollow ng instructions. Siyempre habang sinasabi niya yun, pumapalakpak ang tenga ko. Haha! Sobrang nakakataba kasi sa puso and nakakakilig kapag nakakarinig ng praise para sa mga anak ko. May kinahihinatnan pala ang pagiging dakila kong ina. Hahaha! =)

Anyway, they still have remaining swimming sessions. Hindi pa naman sila marunong talaga mag-swim like the free-style but I could say that already know how to balance themselves in the water and they could swim with their floaters with direction. With the floaters naman, their coach are deflating it a bit para they could start floating na on their own. Siguro by next year, kaya na nila to swim without the floaters. Aside sa pagswim, I'm happy because they have confidence in the water. Kahit malalim, hindi sila takot. Yun naman ang important din eh kasi sa totoong buhay, kapag naunahan na ng takot, lalong nalulunod. Hehe.

So ayan ang pinagkakaabalahan ng mga Kulilits this summer kaya ang mga kutis nila ay mamula mula. As in summer look talaga. Hehe. Hopefully, kahit hindi na summer once in a while makapagswim kami para ma-practice sila ng ma-practice.

How about you? What are your summer activities?