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A Side by Side Comparison of the Relief Goods in Metro Manila

A Side by Side Comparison of the Relief Goods in Metro Manila

Battle of Metro Manila’s Relief Goods! A side by side comparison reference comparison.

Scones: Your favorite tea time pairing

Scones: Your favorite tea time pairing

Afternoon tea? Yes, please! Try this soft buttery scone recipe that’s easy to do at home.

10 Things You Can Do During the Metro Manila Lockdown

10 Things You Can Do During the Metro Manila Lockdown

It’s only been a few days that most of us are left to stay at home due to the Level 2 Alert due to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak that lead to Metro Manila being in “Community Quarantine” limiting movement within the city.

Our health is most important in this time of uncertainty, if possible to stay home during this time, do it.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

 

Family and friends have been constantly sending messages of items they do to pass the time and how they are all slowly getting bored and that’s why we’ve decided to round up 10 things you can do during the Metro Manila Lockdown:

1. CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEAN

 

10 Things You Can Do During the Metro Manila Lockdown

 

If you’ve been watching the news then you know that the number 1 deterrent for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is as simple as washing your hands with water and soap.

You know that we’ve been going out to get supplies and because we still go out there is a chance that we have brought home the virus, the best way to eliminate that is to do a general cleaning of your household.

Bring out the gloves, bleach, mops, and brushes. It’s time to get down to business and make your house COVID-19 free!

 

2. Declutter your home

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

While you’re ready at it and sanitizing your home, the next step is to actually DECLUTTER. 

Follow the proven method of Marie Kondo by simply asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” when cleaning out your home.

You’ll be able to not only clean the clutter in your home but also organize it and make it more efficient.

 

3. Study Courses Online

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

Those of you that are forced to stay at home can be doing something productive to pass the time. In this time of uncertainty, you can choose to upgrade yourself by enrolling in online courses that will not only pass the time but help you in the long run.

We recommend enrolling on the following sites below:

 

4. Join a Free Livestream Meditation Class from Hongkong

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

Have you tried meditation?

FREE MEDITATION CLASSES
Freedom of Choice through Tantra – Become the Person You Want to Be with Gen Kelsang Tonglam
Tuesday 3, 17, 24 March @ 7:30pm (HK time)

  • ‪17/3 The Freedom of Emptiness ‬
  • ‪24/3 Self-transformation through Tantra‬

Gen Tonglam will introduce the meditations on Tantra which enable us to make real, sustained, and smooth changes from the inside out, and in the process, experience deeper and deeper levels of joy and fulfillment. Here’s the Facebook Page

 

5. Write a book, a blog, or a journal. 

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

At one point or another, you’ve probably thought “Maybe I should start a blog? or a journal? a book?” but you just never had the time.

If writing a book has always been in your bucket list, this is the perfect time to start!

First decide what you want to write about, and who you want to talk to.

Read some resources online to help you, or you can simply email us if you need help.

While the situation is not ideal, writing a book will keep you motivated. Wanting to write that fanfiction you’ve been thinking about? Or maybe writing poetry? This is the time. You never know who will be reading your work in the future.

 

6. Learn to play an instrument 

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

Did you know that learning to play an instrument reduces stress and gives your brain exercise? If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, start now! You will have more time to focus on upgrading your skills from basic to advanced in a spam of a month.

7. Play video games

 

 

Any video games you have not finished yet? Time to log in those hours at the Playstation Online. We recommend playing these games that is sure to consume your time:

  • The Witcher III
  • Detroit
  • Last of Us
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  • Spiderman
  • Fortnite
  • Minecraft
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Star Wars Fallen Order
  • Death Stranding

 

8. Tour Virtual Museums from your couch 

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

 

Want to tour museums while sitting on your living couch? Check out the link below:

 

9. Read a Book 

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

Don’t have time to read books on your normal workday? For those lucky enough to work from home.

Time to get that ebook of the latest Haruki Murakami novel you’ve been wanting to dive into.

We recommend reading the following books:

  • Daily Stoic
  • The Alchemist
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Great Expectations

 

Also, you can download The New York Public Library’s 300K books for free! To gain access, NYPL’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android.

10. Binge watch on TV shows, FREE Films online, Broadway shows, and Live Opera. 

 

 

10 things you can do during the Metro Manila lockdown

 

Whether you have a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Go streaming account here are some shows you should binge-watch:

HBO GO 

  • Little Big Lies
  • Handmaids Tale
  • Chernobyl
  • Game of Thrones
  • Westworld
  • Entourage
  • Twilight Zone
  • Trueblood
  • Sopranos

Netflix

  • Kingdom
  • Crash Landing on You
  • The Witcher
  • Outlander
  • Lucifer
  • Billions
  • Breaking Bad
  • Homeland
  • Narcos
  • Orange is the new Black
  • Stranger Things
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
  • Ugly Delicious
  • Vikings
  • Friends from College
  • Sabrina the teenage witch
  • Peaky Blinders

Amazon Prime 

  • Modern Love
  • Hunters
  • Romanovs
  • Good Omen
  • Parks and Recreation
  • American Gods
  • Carnival Row
  • Jack Ryan
  • This is Us
  • Tudors
  • Fear the Walking Dead

Metropolitan Opera offers free streaming of past “Met Live in HD” performances

  • Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s La Traviata

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.

  • Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.

  • Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on February 7, 2009.

  • Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007.

All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Go to the Metropolitan Opera House official website to watch.

Release the Cinephile in you

You can stream locally produced independent films through the TBA Studios Youtube channel here.

Better yet, do check out the  Fat Girls Day Out Curated Films Ed.  for you to binge on. Get our list HERE.

 

 

Stay Home, Stay Safe.

It’s going to be a long month with the Enhanced Community Quarantine lasting until April 13. What’s important is to always wash your hands and stay safe! If we help each other we will be able to overcome this outbreak. Be informed and be vigilant– we compiled all relevant pieces of information to battle out the Covid-19 Virus here.

Anything else you want to add to this list? Let us know!

 


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

 

 

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New Poh Heng Lumpia House: Fresh Rolls Done Right

New Poh Heng Lumpia House: Fresh Rolls Done Right

The Binondo food experience won’t be complete without visiting New Poh Heng Lumpia House. Find out why you need to try their fresh spring rolls.

The Mysticism of Siquijor Island

The Mysticism of Siquijor Island

Bianca and I decided to explore and find out for ourselves if the place precedes its much talked about character. Come away with us we show you, Siquijor Island.

Experience Bicolandia Food Tales

Experience Bicolandia Food Tales

As we continue to push our advocacy to create meaningful experiences that are Filipiniana-centric may it be through food, travel, and activities— Fat Girls Day Out Curated Crawls is delighted to kick off a new one of a kind regional food crawl experience— This is the Bicolandia Food Tales! As curated and hosted by a true local,  The Domestic Diva of C.O.P. Pili Sweets and Pastries. 

Discover your way through Albay in the best way possible—through food! Albay is not only known for its spicy and coconut milk-based dishes; it is also a melting pot of flavors that are yet to be celebrated. Hosted by a resident foodie, get ready to embark on a flavorful five-stop tour as you go around towns and cities in Albay to taste what Bicolano flavors are yet to be experienced. From market day staples, a wide range of regional style meals, reliable roadside snacks, to polished, innovative, Bicol-inspired dishes, get ready to taste and get a glimpse of Bicolano cuisine through taste and hands-on experiences.

The Bicolandia Food Crawl guarantees you to see Albay through a gastronomical journey.

 

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Proceed to a dreamy state of contemplation and get to know about all the diverse flavors that you can partake in this rich land where mother nature is generous in her blessing by making the land so bountiful.

 

Last month, we showed around the awesome team of Toyo Eatery  as they went to the southern tip of Luzon for a gastronomic immersion with the local purveyors of homegrown staples and family heirloom dishes.

 

Meeting The Purveyors 

 

It was conditioned to most people that a restaurant visit is all about just the food, but to seek beyond what makes a dish remarkable extends deeply to its core makeup; sourcing of local ingredients, thoughtful preparation, its history, and of course the people behind it.

Immersive food experiences and creative restaurant concepts are a great source of inspiration for us and we could really take cues from the world of food and drink when creating food crawls as an experience. A multi-sensorial experience is much more likely to create lasting memories, resulting in sparking that attachment towards the local artisans.

 

 

Get to know Pinangat on a more personal level

 

Pinangat ng Bicol ( Tilmok, Tinulmok or Tinuktuk) is the Bicolano local language for coconut meat. Spices are added after your choice of proteins. Bicol region is abundant with taro leaves, so it is unsurprising that taro is a key ingredient in many Bicolano delicacies. Pinangat is served with a variety of toppings and is usually ladled over rice.

 

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Pinangat

 

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Pili Farm Tour

 

Next stop, we went to a Pili farm to understand to better understand how these nuts are being cultivated, harvested, and processed.

 

When you think about Bicol, Pili is quickly associated with it. Pili nuts are tear-shaped nuts that come from a tropical tree called Canarium ovatum. The tree is grown in the Philippines. The leading producers of this nut-bearing tree are the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon.

 

Try cracking pili nuts –the traditional way!

 

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Actual Pili fruit

 

Fruits are then de-pulped, cleaned and dried.

 

Pili as a Super Food

***One ounce (28g) of pili nuts contains[*]:

  • Calories: 201
  • Total carbohydrate: 1.1g
  • Total fat: 22.3g (34%)
  • Saturated fat: 8.7g (44%)
  • Monounsaturated fat: 10.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 3g (6%)
  • Magnesium: 84.5mg (21%)
  • Potassium: 142mg (4%)
  • Calcium: 40.6mg (4%)
  • Phosphorus: 161mg (16%)

 

 

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Sacks of Pili nuts

 

 

Local Bicol Delicacies at The Ligao Stretch 

 

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There’s a stretch of street in Ligao where stalls are lined up, local purveyors selling different kinds of Bicol delicacies that you won’t usually see in a standard restaurant setting.

 

Make road trips sweeter and filling with Ligao City’s Rice Puto sa Bao

 

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bicol

 

Next delicacy is the Nilupak is a native kakanin made of either a banana or cassava base, cooked until tender then pounded by a lusong until glutinous, mixed with margarine and sugar, then garnished with young coconut shreds or toasted peanuts for additional contrast. Ben’s version is made with a cassava base, finished off with morsels of toasted, lightly salted peanuts

Another staple is Sinapot, which is very similar to the Maruya —What makes it different is that it has less flour and sugar.

 

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The Biniribid uses coconut milk and rice flour, and then is deep-fried and doused in sugar.

 

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The Best Local Food Stops

 

  • C.O.P. Pili Sweets and Pastries: Wrapsody Pili Nut-Filled Pastries
  • Noveno’s Pili Nut Candies: Crispy Pili, Mazapan de Pili
  • 1st Colonial Grill: Sili Ice Cream, Latik Ice Cream, Carmellado Ice Cream
  • Ligao National Highway: Rice Puto sa Bao
  • Rose’s Kinalas: Kinalas
  • Ben’s Bakers: Nilupak, Kinunot
  • Balay Cena Una: Tinutungan na Manok, Crispy Bicol Express, Sinantolan

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1st Colonial Grill

 

 

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1st Colonial Grill

 

Ben’s Bakers is one of Bicol’s known local bakeries that provide Bicolanos freshly baked loaves of bread and other local treats daily. Truly no-frills, all flavor, Ben’s offers more than just their baked treats. They have one specific branch conspicuously tucked in Legazpi City that offers affordable, home-cooked meals that makes their patrons keep coming back.

 

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bicol

 

 

Why Go?

 

Albay is beyond spicy food and coconut milk-based dishes; it is also a melting pot of flavors that are yet to be celebrated. Hosted by a resident food connoisseur and trueborn Bicolana, get ready to embark on a flavorful five-stop tour as you go around towns and cities in Albay to taste what Bicolano flavors are yet to be experienced. 

 

bicol

 

From market day staples, a wide range of regional style meals, reliable roadside snacks, to polished, innovative, Bicol-inspired dishes, get ready to taste and get a glimpse of Bicolano cuisine through taste and hands-on experiences. Startup your day with Bicol-style breakfast with creamy Binutong, paired with sundried, salt-cured abo, experience Pagtilad, Pinangat making, and other local crafts, enjoy lunch overlooking the majestic Mount Mayon at Socorro’s Lakeside Grill, snack on local treats that are proudly Bicolano like Puto sa Bao and Biniribid, enjoy a piping hot bowl of Kinalas, and a lot more! Prepare to circle around Mayon and eat your way through Albay. 

 

What to Expect

  • 5-6 stops
  • Local Guide
  • Van transfers
  • All fees covered
  • Savory, spicy, or sweet, you’re definitely in for a treat! Explore Albay through food in this specially-curated crawl.
  • Not everything you’ll be having has gata and sili. Bicolano food may be known for that, but it is not the only ingredients this food trip has in store.
  • Learn as you dine – learn the history, heritage, and methods behind how some Bicolano food came to be.
  • How to Book? Please fill out the Inquiry Form below to express your interest. We’ll soon make this tour available to our partner-exclusive Booking Sites (to be announced)
  • Contact # +63998 5448140 or e-mail us at experience@fatgirlsdayout.com

 

Book Your Slots NOW! (fill out this form)

 

 


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

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New Moon: Popup at Boa Kitchen and Socials

New Moon: Popup at Boa Kitchen and Socials

The team behind BOA Kitchen & Socials invited us to experience their new pop-up concept the use of various local ingredients with a southeast Asian flair. In this pop-up, Chef Julius Necor and Joey Marcelo introduce their new concept called “New Moon”, where they elevate southeast […]

Your Zodiac Sign’s 2020 Resolution

Your Zodiac Sign’s 2020 Resolution

Your zodiac sign’s #WhatToDo improvement pointers for 2020. This is the Fat Girls Day Out guide on how you should be theming your resolution list.

Top 5 Drinking Spots Where the vibe is calmly cool and the drinks are great

Top 5 Drinking Spots Where the vibe is calmly cool and the drinks are great

Enough about food for a minute. We’d like to talk about our top favorite places where you can get yourself some nifty craft-alcohols. Where the vibe is calmly cool, the drinks are strong and the crowd is fluid. No, we’re not talking about your Palace Pool Clubs. Not where teenagers and millennials get drunk f*** out of their minds. Props for the concept, quality of drinks and an unbiased crowd. We want a refuge away from loud, obnoxious club music that many of us have outgrown already.

 

fat girls day out- drink manila

 

Today, we’ll tell you all about 5 different places where they allow free-flowing tête-à-tête between guests over quality cocktails. Do not expect ”new bar alerts” or too hyped out establishments. If you’re looking for that, then this is not the list for you. These places are the nooks where we seek refuge after a long hard day or where we want to cap the night off after a good meal.

This is the #FatGirlsDayOut list for Where to Drink in Manila with notes on what to order and what to expect beyond the liquid in the glass.

 

1. Pre-Game Sunset and Cocktails 

One of the best end of day drinking that we love is with Mistral’s (formerly Mireio Terrace) Sips & Sunsets at Raffles Makati. For just 1,010 you can indulge in their well-crafted cocktails selection. Make sure to be there at exactly 5 pm so you can witness the Golden Hour hoving over the Makati skyline.

 

fat girls day out- drink manila

fat girls day out- drink manila

 

Check availability here.

 

Fat Girls Day Out Drink of Choice: Go for the gin mixers, frozen rosé, and whiskey-based concoctions. 

 

  • Mistral
    Price is inclusive of VAT and is subject to 10% service charge and applicable local taxes. For more information and reservations, please call 795 0707 or email mireio.makati@raffles.com
  • 2. Go for Cigarettes After Sex over at INT. Bar

    From our last content piece, where we to talked about Cubao City. We included this fine intimate speakeasy bar inside Cubao Expo. Behind the bright red curtain of a  photo booth lies a little speakeasy by the name of Int. Bar. A place where the love for film and strong cocktails are in pure synthesis. Why “Int.”? It is the prefix of headers in film screenplays. Imagine entering a cool dark den complimented by mid-60s mid-century inspired modern furniture. 

     

    fat girls day out- drink manila

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    Take this drink called– Cigarettes After Sex. The bartender told us that this is the bestseller. If you’re a whiskey drinker, you’d enjoy this drink because of its layers of the flavor profile.  Lapsang Infusion, Laphroaig 10 y.o. Islay Scotch Whiskey, Honey, Egg White, and Rosemary Smoke. The theatrical serving of this drink added a bonus touch to the overall experience.

    For the ladies, you’ll love the Eternal Sunshine because it is sweet and yet the cacao infused tequila creates this depth of warm flavors which was offset by the brightness of agave.

    A drink called Eternal Sunshine [Cacao nibs infused reposado, Aperol, pineapple, lime, and Agave nectar.] piqued our interest, mainly because we personally love the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Offhand, we wanted something sweet, refreshing, and will finish strong towards the end.

    Another libation of choice would be a drink inspired by Wes Anderson’s 2002 film, The Royal Tenenbaums. This is for the scotch drinkers, they use Dewar’s scotch, Sandeman Tawny port wine, Angostura bitters, flamed citrus oil.

     

    Why Go?

    A speakeasy bar and cocktails named after classic films in Cubao? isn’t that interesting enough? Go for these damn good drinks and the conversations you will have.

    Deets:

    • Location: Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave. Cubao, Quezon City
    • Operating Hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesdays to Sundays
    • Ave. Spend: P500 to P1,000
    • @int.bar

    3. The Curator, always and forever.

    The Curator in Legazpi Village in Makati has created this ripple effect in the coffee and fine beverage scene in Manila. For 6 years, we’ve been a loyal patron.

     

    fat girls day out- drink manila

    If you’ve ever been to The Curator, you would understand their personal touch that exists within its walls. Barista and bartenders would ask for your first name and will sincerely ask how did your day go and then they’d let you try a few drinks that they’ve developed. You can see that they all have a sense of ownership over this establishment. Whether you like your cocktails boozy or bitter or sweet or refreshing, and then they’ll craft a curated menu to a selection that you might enjoy.

    Fat Girls Day Out Drink of Choice: The classic Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour

    The Curator

    • Address: 134 Legazpi Street corner C. Palanca Street, Makati
    • Tel: +63917-8937155
    • Opens: 7am-2am
    • Approximate Budget: 700php/2 PAX

    4. Intimate drinking session at the Blind Pig 

     

    The Blind Pig is the 1st speakeasy-style cocktail bar to open in Manila. This wonderful bar is inspired by Milk & Honey and paved the way for other great cocktail bars in Manila such as Curator, Niner Ichi Nana, and ABV. They don’t give a crap about social media and hype. They serve good solid drinks that people tend to talk about with their friends. There were no signages but there were clues like Braille signages next to the door.

     

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    The Blind Pig

    • Address: 227, Salcedo, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
    • Tel: 0917 549 2264
    • Opens: 6am-2am
    • Approximate Budget: 1,400 php/2 PAX

    5. Technically this place is NOT a bar (Half Saints)

    Nestled politely in Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Half Saints is driven by an all-woman team (Christine Roque, Trina Roque, Tricia Roque, Tanya Mesina, and Joanna Arciaga). Having a thoughtful reflection on their menu which was inspired by the chef’s wayfarer travels You’ll see a few articles online about how wonderful their food offerings are but we want to give homage to their fine selection of bottles and spirits.

     

    fat girls day out- drink manila

     

    Go for the good food and stay longer for the value for money quality alcoholic drinks

     

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    They can also whip out a solid whiskey sour for less than 300php

     

     

    fat girls day out- drink manila
    A single malt Glenfiddich 12 years old will only cost you 200php 

     

    Check out their bar list here.

    Deets:

    • Location:  62 Sgt. Esguerra Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Operating Hours: 10 am-1opm
    • Ave. Spend: P500 to P1,000
    • Instagram

    Wander and Explore

    Let these bars become your after-hours refuge on any day of the night. Soak in the laid-back ambiance of these drinking spots. Take your drinking game vibe to another level.  These places are cushy, candlelit spaces with a handful of intimate booths and the cocktails are uniformly wonderful.

    Did we skip out on your favorite drinking spot? Do us a favor and spread the word by commenting below and read our city guide where to eat after your drinking spree here. Don’t forget to tag #FatGirlsDayOut and @fatgirlsdayout on Instagram.

    Let’s dabble into food, art, culture, and history through our different weekend guides.

     


    Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

    Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

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