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Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Take a look at Mango Tree BGC’s new look and delectable dishes. A Fat Girls Day Out preview.

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

6 years ago an old friend who was an UP Los Baños alumnae kept sharing how interesting her college days were. How they spent countless hours in their favorite restaurants savoring good and yet cheap food shared with friends. They call Los Baños as their second home because it embraces its visitors with open arms and will make you feel included.

“Elbi” is the term they use to show their endearment to the place. 6 years ago we drove to Elbi and ever since we kept driving back to this place. I actually cannot decipher what is this certain pull that Elbi has, certainly not just the hot springs which it is famous for. She’s actually more than that. The local agriculture, Mount Makiling just standing grand, small independent bookstores, the wonderful food scene, the open field of UPLB, and the fertility tree in the grounds.

 

A Quick Snippet of Background

  • Pre Colonial: Los Baños started as a settlement, a barrio of Bay, called “Mainit”, the Tagalog term for “hot”, because of the thermal springs at the foot of Mount Makiling. By 1589, through a Franciscan friar, it became popularly called by its present name, “Los Baños,” which is Spanish for “bathing place.”
  • American Period: 1909, the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture (UPCA) was established.
  • In 1962, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) began its operation.
  • Modern Period: Los Baños was further declared as an “Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Community”

A Different Kind of Neighborhood Food Crawl

For the adventurous foodies a short two (2) hour drive outside Manila to quest for diverse, authentic, and value for money hidden gems is worth every spent time.

 

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Let us tell you about our fondness with  Los Baños Laguna, where the municipality is rich in landscape diversity, hot springs are everywhere, and the food scene is interesting.

Let us tell show you  Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to DO.

 

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Inside the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) campus is Milka Krem where you can get fresh pasteurized milk, yogurts, and even cheese products. We never return back to Manila without grabbing a bottle or two of these creamy carabao milk. Positioning themselves as a dairy delicatessen and social advocacy hub.

 

Never leaving this place without hoarding tubs of Kesong Puti (white cheese). A tub will cost you only 75php.

 

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Pro tip: Come thru early if or go to this place first as daily stocks get pretty limited. Bring a cooler and just stock it with lots of ice.

  • Location:  UPLB Grandstand, Mariano M. Mondonedo Ave, Los Baños, Laguna
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday.
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One of the best tasting inasal we’ve had! A proper contender to rest most popular chains you may find in Metro Manila. Pretty big portions that are perfectly cooked. Juicy, grilled accordingly, and compliment with at least 2 cups of steaming white rice!

 

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The price point is very student friendly. A quarter chicken of thigh and leg and the crowd favorite “Pecho” which consist of breast & wing part will only cost you less than 90php per serving and that includes rice already.

No frills dining at its best. The place gets pretty packed during lunch and dinner peak hours so we suggest coming here at least an hour earlier before lunch/dinner.

For all chicken inasal aficionados, this place will definitely hit the right spot.

 

  • Location: UP Los Baños, Silangan Rd., Los Baños, Laguna
  • Operating Hours: Monday- Saturday / 11:00am-10:00pm
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Beautifully crafted fixtures, capiz windows, paintings, softly-lit lamps, and earthy colors adorned the interior of Herb Republic. Wonderful playlist plays assertively at the background while you prepare to order your meals.

 

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Their menu roster showcases organically grown produce that is priced reasonably. Why do we vouch for this place? Herb Republic is more than just a restaurant that serves organic food. They provide production modules for livestock, herbs, vegetables, horticultural improvements, and its waste processing. They advocate producing sustainable, quality, and safe food for consumption. Also, their food is mighty amazing! Comfort food choices made healthier and mindfully.

 

What to Get

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Thai Pork Basil with Lettuce Wrap

They use organic pork, they when we tried this dish for the first time we thought it was chicken. It tasted clean and refreshing, not the usual words used to describe a pork dish.

Bokchoy Balls

Generous serving of this bokchoy balls. Steamed bokchoy with ground meat at the center. It’s tasty and filling.

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Oven Roasted Tarragon Chicken

 

You can choose what size you prefer but we recommend trying their organic chicken, it’s moist and tasty.

  • Address: Km 63 Lopez Ave, Batong Malake
    Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
  • Open from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM (SUNDAY TO FRIDAY)
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Smacked inside the Demarces Subdivision is this cozy third wave coffee shop called Siento Café. “Siento” is a Spanish term for “To Feel” and to Filipino translates to “100”. The brainchild of five (5) friends who share the same passion for good coffee and giving homage to their beloved Elbi. Wifi is not available so to encourage their customers to be more engaging in conversations.

We arrived around 4 pm on one rainy afternoon on a Saturday. Their space is quaint and inviting. Natural light floods in through their glass windows. Ferns hang loosely above and thoughtfully placed pots of plants placed around the area.

 

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They create hand-crafted coffee specialties from local and exported single origin beans and curated blended roast. The price point is pretty affordable as well. You’d be able to get a 400ml V60 coffee brew for just 120php!

 

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Don’t forget to get their pastries too. We got the Tablea moist cake and it was absolutely divine. Definitely, a must-visit coffee shop when in Los Baños.

 

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Video Credit: Tin Tenorio on Vimeo

 

  • Location: 10665 Oregano St Demarces Subd College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna
  • Operating Hours: 11am-11pm
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Other places worth mentioning;

  1. Bonito’s Bar & Restaurant (Hefty servings good for sharing comfort food)
  2. Dalcielo Cafe (delectable baked goods and savory dishes)
  3. Satya Graha (vegetarian)

Locations: All can be found in Waze and Google Maps

 

Why Go?

Go for the diversity, value for money, and well worth road trip experience. These places we’ve mentioned has the perfect recipe of a well-curated good food, unquestionably great ambiance, fair price points. We suggest you take your time going around Los Baños and UPLB grounds you’d be surprised with what you eat, see and do.

Skip the city and go for a weekend drive south! Want us to do the Part 2 of this series? hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or the comment section below.

 


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BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

The Marikina neighborhood still has that laid-back relax vibe and open street character and I’m happy that it stayed that way, despite its popularity. Bodega CASA Villa is a great addition to this area’s battle card of restaurants.

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

Let’s venture into film photography for a moment. Those of us fortunate enough to have photo albums from the ’90s that are now tucked away in our parents’ homes will undoubtedly take great joy in flicking through the ragged card pages, looking through the awkward portraits, day field trips that we took when during grade school, the 7th birthday party that was too memorable, beach trips to Matabungkay, and other occasions. The point I’m making is these vernacular photo albums were perfect and they were all shot on film.

For purist photographers who go beyond just randomly applying random VSCO presets, there are so much into photography than meets the eye. If you’re an enthusiast and would want to venture more into doing film photography these are a few things to consider.

 

The Camera

You only need these three things to consider: a camera, a light meter, and some film.

Which camera you’d be using or would want to spend time on. Depends actually on what type of subjects you wish to explore or type of tone you’re going for. I suggest you go for cameras that were produced starting 1990’s and above as most models will have built-in light meters.

 

A 35mm basic camera for simplicity purposes.

 

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The 35mm/ Photo: Analogique

 

Should you want an instant gratification then go for the classic and popular Polaroid 600 BE’s.

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Canon AE-1 Program is cheap and widely available for around 2,000php ++ thousand which comes with a  standard 50mm lens.

 

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Canon AE-1 (Black)

 

 

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Yashica f3.5

 

 

Toy Cameras such a Lomo, but I personally wouldn’t recommend it as you’d be superficially clothing your output with distorted colors and framing.

Photos from:  Analogique

Films

Pick a film and use it for the entirety of your practice except otherwise, you’d wish to switch between tones. There’s a limited range of color film available, but the problem is really getting it developed. There aren’t enough shops that accept dropping films off and getting a set of prints back in three hours.

These are the currently available film roles/packs you can readily purchase readily from sellers today.

 

Photos from:  Analogique

 

 

But if we are to become more specific about films and which ones are best to use in terms of producing the perfect manual color grades.

 

Disclaimer: Majority of these films are obsolete already and not complete. 

Vintage-inspired and slightly gritty aesthetic, this collection is perfect for lifestyle, wedding, and portrait photography.

Fuji Neopan 1600Fuji Neopan 1600 +Fuji Neopan 1600 ++Fuji Neopan 1600 -Fuji Superia 100Fuji Superia 100 +Fuji Superia 100 ++Fuji Superia 100 -Fuji Superia 400Fuji Superia 400 +Fuji Superia 400 ++Fuji Superia 400 -Fuji Superia 800Fuji Superia 800 +Fuji Superia 800 ++Fuji Superia 800 -Fuji Superia 1600Fuji Superia 1600 +Fuji Superia 1600 ++Fuji Superia 1600 -Ilford Delta 3200Ilford Delta 3200 +

Ilford Delta 3200 ++Ilford Delta 3200 -Kodak Portra 160 NCKodak Portra 160 NC +Kodak Portra 160 NC ++Kodak Portra 160 NC -Kodak Portra 160 VCKodak Portra 160 VC +Kodak Portra 160 VC ++Kodak Portra 160 VC -Kodak Portra 400 NCKodak Portra 400 NC +Kodak Portra 400 NC ++Kodak Portra 400 NC -Kodak Portra 400 UCKodak Portra 400 UC +Kodak Portra 400 UC ++Kodak Portra 400 UC -Kodak Portra 400 VCKodak Portra 400 VC +Kodak Portra 400 VC ++Kodak Portra 400 VC

Essentials provides a well-balanced range of distinct looks, from modern to vintage, vibrant to minimal, and everything in between.

TRI-X, Kodak Portra 800, Fuji Neopan 1600, Kodak Portra 400 UC, Fuji FP-100c, Fuji Astia 100, Fuji Provia 400X, Agfa Vista 100, Kodak Gold 200, 400H+1, Kodak Portra 160 +1, Agfa Portrait XPS 160, Ilford Pan F 50, and Kodak Ektar 25.

High contrasts and bold colors, this collection is ideal for travel, landscape, street, and fashion photography.

Agfa Scala 200, Fuji Astia 100F, Fuji Fortia SP, Fuji Provia 100F, Fuji Provia 400X, Fuji Velvia 5-100, Fuji Velvia 100F, Kodak E100G, Kodak E100VS, and Kodak E100VS.

 

 

Where to Purchase your supplies

You can purchase second-hand analog cameras and film rolls online via

There are quite a number of interest groups on Facebook and business pages dedicated to film photography. So might I suggest to find these niche groups and shops.

 

Why Go For It?

Restore the soul in photography

Film photography will refuse to die regardless of the digital platform evolution. Yes, new cameras have technically advanced sensors that surpass ten folds film camera’s dynamic range- not to mention speed and portability. They are cheap, efficient, and can produce exceptionally sharp images- and yet soulless and lacking of joyful output. Post-processing of these digital images took away the romance of the photography workflow.

Instant gratification is all too common with digital photography these days. Whether it’s chimping at the LCD screen while you’re out on a shoot or holding up your phone at a concert, it’s a blight on society and takes an immense deal away from the pleasure of photography.

Permanence

Today we’re not only making fewer albums, but we’re also taking more photographs to get that perfect shot. Even our smartphones are littered with countless portraits of our dogs, people, because the photo before could have been just a little bit better.

Film photography can let go of faultlessness, and those photo albums that we had back where we can look back on are still as perfect today as when our parents first took those photos of us. They evoke certain familiar emotions and nostalgia.

An Anti-Thesis 

It seeks the truth on how you view the world from your eyes and the camera’s viewfinder. It is the opposite of self-absorption and narcissism as presented on your social media feed.

 

 


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Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Finestra at Solaire: Aperitivo Epico happens every third Friday of the month and it already started last October 19th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reasonably priced at 1,295php ++ (*Price is inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge).

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

The Fat Girls Day Out team will understudy the culture of shopping in an ukay-ukay.

“ukay-ukay” – Tagalog: hukay, wagwag, Eng: To Dig Up

MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

Imagine a market- style presentation of the frehest produce and ingredients cooked to your particular liking.  Choose from Chinese, Japanese, Western, Korean and Filipino dishes. As long as they have the ingredients you may customize and curate your own dishes. The MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel is located at the 3rd level, overlooking the bustling streets of Manila

 

The Show Kitchens

The Western Kitchen- showcases authentic European and American cuisine straight off the grill, oven, pan or rotisserie and onto your plates. This kitchen also offers a variety of pizzas such as the Frutti di Mare with scallops, mussels, clams, prawns and basil pesto, and pastas like the spaghetti with garlic, chili, sun-dried tomatoes and extra virgin oil.

 

 

The Japanese Kitchen- Fresh sushi and sashimi, yakimono, tempura and teppan sections cooked and prepared by skilled chefs.

 

The Chinese Kitchen- Indulge in different kinds of noodles and dim sums, stir fried fillet of beef in oyster sauce straight out of the wok, roast duck, suckling pig, soy chicken and more.

FGDO Outtakes: Large and thick cuts of Salmon and Tuna Sashimis. We particularly love how fresh their seafood are.

The Bakery and Dessert Kitchen-  Give into the assorted homemade ice creams and sorbets and favorite sweet treats like the apple strudel in vanilla sauce, freshly baked breads, decadent cakes and hot crepes, to name a few.

 

FGDO Outtakes:  You have to try their homemade gelatos.

FGDO Favourite 

Choose from crabs, shrimps, mussels, and clams. Have it cooked anyway you like as long as their chef’s can execute it.

 

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We requested for shrimp thermidor, baked mussels with cheese, and our Singaporean style chili crab.

 

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Why Go?

Market Café at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel introduces interactive dining with its  inventive concept of show kitchens and live-cooking. The restaurant greets you with an array of baskets filled with freshly crafted fruits, fresh seafoods, and other well curated produce.

 


[Press] About AG New World Manila Bay Hotel

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel is a deluxe hotel located at the center of the Manila business district with easy access to business and shopping areas, including Mall of Asia, the largest shopping mall in Metro Manila.  The hotel is nearby historical attractions such as Intramuros and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

 The hotel features 376 guestrooms and suites, Residence Club executive floors, six dining options, outdoor pool, fitness center and spa. Meeting and event space includes a ballroom and four meeting rooms. 

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Market Cafe

  • 1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar Manila, Philippines, 1004
  • +632 252 6888

Buffet Rates (all prices are nett per person):

  • Lunch – Monday to Saturday – Php 2,200
  • Sunday – Php 2,700
  • Dinner – Monday to Thursday – Php 2,400
  • Friday to Sunday – Php 2,700

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Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire promises an unforgettable all-you-can-meat experience. Indulge in their premieum churrasco selections and unlimited drinks this October.