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Let’s talk about dissent and the famous HB 6875 known as the “Anti-Terrorism Bill”. Know what this means and what you can do.

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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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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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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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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)

 

 


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

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FRINGE 2020: The bold, the nude, and the taboo

FRINGE 2020: The bold, the nude, and the taboo

The Fringe Manila Festival enters the second half of its first decade, returning to fill some holes and bridge gaps in Metro Manila!

Valentines 2020: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

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Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

For Old Swiss Inn’s November offerings, they are serving up the Fondue Smorgasbord. Old Swiss Inn is known for its various specialty fondue dishes. Smörgåsbord is a type of Scandinavian meal, originating in Sweden, that serves buffet-style with multiple hot and cold dishes of various foods on a table. The Fondue Smorgasbord is a great way for those who want to try fondue to be able to indulge and try these classic swiss dishes.

 

FGDO Experience 

To start with our meal, you are served a mesclun salad. A bed of romaine, carrots, cucumber, onions, and red bell pepper drizzled with vinegarette dressing. The salad is light and refreshing and is exactly what you need for what’s to come.

 

fondue smorgasbord

 

The first type of fondue we were able to sample was the Waatlander Fondue. It’s a traditional Swiss fondue that uses melted gruyere and Emmental with a kick of Kirch. Enjoy this with a breadbasket. The pieces of bread dipped in the melted cheese is a great starter to what will be a very fulfilling meal.

 

fondue smorgasbord

 

I remember growing up, we would have beef fondue on special occasions at home like for Christmas or New Year. I never knew that it was actually a swiss dish. Instead of cheese in a pot, they serve you a pot of oil with various 12 sauces on the side. This comes with slices of tenderloin steak that is meant to be cooked in the oil.

Basically, you use the fondue fork and dip the meat in oil and wait for it to be cooked. Then I can dip it in any of the 12 sauces, I recommend the peppercorn sauce, Kikkoman, and the mushroom gravy.

Having my first bite of beef fondue takes me back to my childhood days, the piping hot beef, the sauces and the unending flow of meat that I used to fight over with my sisters. Help yourself to 1, 2, or even 3 plates of meat.

 

fondue smorgasbord

 

 

To end the meal, we indulged in a pot of Toblerone fondue. This is not your normal chocolate fondue as they use Toblerone chocolate as their base and serve with their homemade marshmallows, cakes, and assorted fruits.

 

fondue smorgasbord

 

WHY GO?

Being the first restaurant to bring fondue to the Philippines, Old Swiss Inn classic fondue sets are a must-try during any visit. While fondue is usually meant to be enjoyed during special occasions, the fact that you can try these dishes in one visit is reason enough to go.

 

 

The Fondue Smorgasbord experience is able to highlight and lets you indulge in their classic dishes for a fraction of the cost. Visit the Old Swiss Inn from November 11-30 from 6 pm-11 pm to try the Fondue Smorgasbord and try all 3 fondue dishes!

*except November 28 (Thanksgiving)

 

OLD SWISS INN (BOOK A TABLE HERE)

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours
  • Paco: Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1030 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
  • Contact: 521-3002, 526-2739
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Spanish Baroque architecture, vantage view of the city, and perhaps some ghost sightings.


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