iHop Mall of Asia

My daughter and I have wanted to eat at iHop since we passed by their Alabang branch about 2 months ago. But we’ve never really had a chance to try it since it’s not easily accessible by public transport. So when we saw their Mall of Asia branch, we decided to try it. Sadly, the food did not live up to the hype. Customer sevice, however, was excellent.

Our Experience

We we’re directed to our seats immediately upon entering the branch’s premises. Each of us, i.e. my, my daughter Gab, and my sister’s partner, Ann, were given a menu to choose from.  I wanted to order a salad but the one I want does not seem like value for money so I opted to go for the Split Decision Breakfast (P325) instead. It consisted of French toast, 2 buttermilk pancakes, 2 slices of cooked bacon, 2 pieces of sausage and 2 sunny side up eggs. Everything was perfectly cooked but my favorite is the sausage because it’s not the kind of sausage I am used to.  It was flavorful.

Split decision breakfast from iHop Mall of Asia [Read more…]

Why I Love Blogging

Why is blogging extremely rewarding for you?

This question was posted to a bloggers’ group that I belong to on Facebook. For someone whose current career  was built on blogging, this should have been easy to answer. But  I found myself unable to articulate my thoughts and give a direct answer. Thus, I decided to share my story with you, hoping that it would convey how rewarding blogging has been for me.

My journey starts in May 2008. I was working at least 10 hours a day, six days a week for a BPO. It was the ideal job for a voracious reader since all I had to do was read and write abstracts. But it does not pay well and there’s no growth… I would have to kill more than a handful of people to get a managerial position. Moreover, it was a mentally stressful job that all I wanted to do when I get home is rest. That’s not an option for a single mom like me. I decided to quit.

After filing my resignation, I borrowed money from my uncle and bought a desktop. I also applied for an Internet connection. I was confident that with my skills, I could find an online writing job that will help pay the bills while I’m looking for a more stable job. A week after, I got hired as a writer for a web development firm in California. Two weeks after, I was hired by momblogger, Dine Racoma of Sexy Mom. as a virtual assistant. She was the one who initiated me into the word of blogging.

A few months after meeting Ms. Dine, I started a blog on Blogger.com. I just wanted to see if I can make earn on the side as a blogger. I earned zero during the first year but I got a lot of experience building blogs and met a lot of bloggers. They convinced me to get a self-hosted blog so I can sell links and earn from my blog posts. I did that and between 2010 to 2012, I earned a lot from writing paid posts and publishing PR posts. Blogging literally saved me from sinking into debt.

But that’s not the best thing that happened. I created another blog to write about my VA experience and this helped me make a name for myself as a virtual assistant in the country. It also became my marketing engine because this is where my clients found me. They read my posts and get in touch with me. My sideline grew into a business and now I hire other VAs to help me on my projects.

You can blog too!

Join the Bloggers ng Pinas Facebook group to network with other bloggers and get first dibs on exciting workshops like the Basic Photography Tips and Tricks for Bloggers happening this November 8, 2014.  Hope to see you there!

photography workshop

Negros Trade Fair 2014

Who knew Negros had such sweet delicacies? I certainly didn’t. But after my serendipitous visit at 29th Negros Trade Fair at Glorietta last Saturday, I’m quite excited to know more about the culinary delights of this island.

The first item I bought was the Sugarlandia‘s Buttered Barquiron (Php 80). That’s barquillos filled with polvoron.  It reminded me of my my mom and the days she sold barquirons.  I was in high school then with my cousins and, everyday, we help my mom make polvoron and barquiron so we can sell it at school the next day. A polvoron sold for a peso and I can sell at least a hundred of those in one day. That’s quite easy since I went to a public high school where no less than 70 students were crammed inside a very small classroom. I remember that I sat at the back of the room, near the restroom, and money would be passed from the first row to my desk and the polvoron going the same way. At one time, I was summoned to the faculty room. I was nervous because I thought I did something bad. Turned out that the teachers wanted to buy polvoron from me. LOL.

Barquirom from Sugarlandia of Negros
My daughter loved these!

 

Next stop for me was Inasalan sa Dalan for a Chicken Inasal Meal (Php 145).  There’s a long line of customers and it took 15 minutes for me to get my order.  But it was worth the wait. I wanted to order dinuguan and aroz but since I was alone, I didn’t. No way will I be able to finish all that.

Chicken Inasal cooking
Inasalan sa Dalan

 

I went from stall to stall after that and bought meringue from two merchants so that I can compare them. I also bought Victoria’s Sardine’s in Oil (Php 100 for 3 cans), Bangus in Oil (Php 100), and Tuyo in Oil (Php 100).  These are for my daughter since she really like fish. She goes crazy for Century Tuna’s Flakes in Oil and Spanish Sardines.

Meringue from Negros
Left: El Ideal | Right: Clara’s — Prefer Clara’s Meringue because it’s crunchy and not too sweet

 

My shopping bag got pretty heavy after these purchases so I was not able to buy virgin coconut oil, squid rings and artisan piaya. Oh, and I would have loved to take home some chorizo too!