YAYOI PH: Easily one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve tried.

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Their very techie menu.

I recently got invited to the launch of the first Philippine franchise of Yayoi Ph. The experience was a sweet, “techie” one, what with their cool ordering system (it’s via I PAD, sooo cool!). The restaurant features simple wood, utilitarian interior. I wish the restaurant were bigger and more spacious, but that’s only because I’m a fan of big spaces. The restaurant did a good job of making use of the space they had. The layout caters to all sorts of customers: big groups, solo restaurant goers, families, and small groups.

The staff, on the other hand, are efficient, helpful,and friendly.

The restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine, which in my opinion, was nothing sort of excellent. This is easily one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve tried so far, and I’ve tried a couple. I highly recommend trying out the place.

As of this writing I have tried two of their dishes. I am still daydreaming about the one I had earlier—their WAFU BURGER!

No kidding, I ate all of it! Note: Need to exercise tomorrow. Miso palang, winner na! I love the sweet-salty soy sauce that they put. 

….and another picture just because I want to share how awesome it looks like. (and I love taking pictures!) 

Way to go Yayoi PH. Easily one of the most memorable Japanese restaurants. Can’t wait to try more!

The joy of a purposeful life

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The Joy of a Purposeful Lfe

Image: Property of Jel Tordesillas | Location: Baler, Quezon

“Two of the ultimate gifts that one can experience in life is: 1.) discovering your purpose; and 2.) celebrating it.”

Growing up, I was sort of a romantic-idealist. I thought that life was similar to a Disney movie, where everything came easily and instantly. This made me overly optimistic and slightly naive in dealing with things.

I graduated college thinking that I could do anything if I worked hard and prayed. Needless to say, that’s not how it panned out. Life wasn’t always fair, people weren’t always good, and prayers didn’t work the way you wanted them to.

Distraught and discouraged, I transformed to an indifferent, jaded wanderer. Life wasn’t what I thought it was and I had a hard time accepting it for several years.

True time and a lot of prayers, I matured and realized that I couldn’t control life. God was in control. I decided that if I was going to find happiness in working again, I would have to work on something that fulfilled my purpose in life. This is when I rediscovered my love for writing.

Pursuing writing a career wasn’t always easy. It had its ups and downs, but I knew in my heart that this was what I wanted to do. I learned that being meant to do something doesn’t necessarily make the journey easier, but it does allow you to achieve more and be more.  

I also learned that if you’re celebrating your purpose, a great zest for life follows. You’re always hungry to learn more and be more. You’re also ready to fight for it when times get though. 

I founded this blog, Jelatine Daily, several months ago, and it really gives me so much joy and fulfillment!  This blog complements my work as a freelance writer and communications professional. I love how I get to do both lifestyle journalism and marketing communications in the jobs and assignments that I get and that I can have a balance of both in my professional life.

CELEBRATING MY PURPOSE

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Here are my fellow workshop attendees. I wasn’t part of the picture because I had to attend another event.

I attended a workshop the other day entitled, Celebrating Your Purpose with speakers: best selling author, Marianne Mencias and life coach, Kimi Lu.

The workshop reaffirmed that I was doing the right thing. Being a freelance writer/ communications professional, and blogger can be scary at times because it’s not a conventional job.

In this workshop, I was able to reaffirm that each person has a different purpose and that your light will naturally shine if you’re fulfilling yours. 

The workshop also reaffirmed my love for writing through the talks and activities. It was a very fulfilling afternoon. I met a lot people with different stories to tell. It’s comforting to know that I am not alone in this journey, and that all of us just need to have faith in God that it will all work out. 

I highly recommend taking the workshop, whether you want to:  discover your purpose, celebrate your purpose, or reaffirm your purpose. The next one will be this August!🙂

 

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KEY REALIZATION FROM THE WORKSHOP: 

We are all important and relevant in the eyes of God. We’re all given a unique set of skills, talents, and traits that make us who we are. Find your purpose, celebrate it, and let it bring happiness to the world, and most especially, to God. 

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I’ll end this entry be sharing a free verse poem I did when I discovered that writing was my calling. If you’re reading this I hope, I’ve somehow inspired you to embrace life even more. You can also find inspiration in Marianne Mencia’s book What’s Your Life’s Masterpiece?.

 

I write because…
by Jel Tordesillas 

I write because I want to make a difference.
I write because I want to spread what’s good, I write because I want to inspire.
I write because I want my voice to be heard.
I write because I want to freeze history through the use of a pen.
I write to express myself.
I write to overcome bad with good;
because I believe that this world has more good than bad, and that people should know that.
I write to tell the truth.
I write because the emotion that I feel has to come out somewhere.
I write because my imagination pushes me to go against monotony.
I write because I want to tell the world about the human condition.
I write to overcome wrongs with rights.
I write because I breathe, I eat and I sleep. It is a part of me, and I, undoubtedly have
made it a part of my existence.
I write…just because

 

OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS: USANA NUTRIMEAL

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It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve been consciously working on getting in shape. 2015 was a bad year for me in terms of health and fitness. Needless to say, I gained a lot of weight. Eeeek!

My clothes started “shrinking” and before I knew it, I couldn’t wear more than half of my wardrobe.

ENOUGH!

One day, I decided that this wasn’t me at all. Since, I have a background in dance,  I’ve been fit and in shape for most of my life. It also helped that my mom is a very health- conscious person and constantly works out herself.

It’s great that my good friend, Trizza, recommended a good way to jump start my diet.

Behold…the Nutrimeal!
13090414_10153946878566858_1028012536_nWhat’s good about the Nutrimeal is all the nutrients you get from it. It’s not as if you’re depriving yourself of the good stuff while trying to manage your weight. I took it for 9 days straight, and it’s been a good experience so far.

NOTES ON MY EXPERIENCE

The best feeling about taking it is that I didn’t feel hungry. Since it’s high in protein and fiber, it suppresses your appetite and helps in your digestion. Alternatively, you can also
add it to an actual meal if you want to GAIN weight. It also tastes pretty good—something you don’t expect from health shakes. I tried the vanilla variant, but it’s also available in chocolate and strawberry. Also, if you’re super busy and don’t have time to eat certain meals, I recommend you drink this instead of eating crackers, chips, or other unhealthy stuff.

Here are the nutritional facts of the drink. Awesome, right? Definitely better than fast food.

Nutritional Facts

Just make sure you check the warning label of the product so you know if the product is safe for you or if you have check with your doctor first.

Feel free to contact Trizza if you want to try Nutrimeal! I really recommend it! You can also message me, and I’ll connect you to her.

Visit USANA Philippines on Facebook for more information on Nutrimeal and more of USANA’s products.

 

To elevate your Nutrimeal experiece, try it with Essentials.

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Wish me luck on my health and fitness journey!🙂 I’ll be writing about my workouts and my fitspirations in my future entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 7 finds at 7 Flavors Buffet

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Who doesn’t love a good buffet?

One of the trade-offs of availing buffets is the price (Wallet cries during bill time!). This is why I was excited to know about the restaurant, 7 Flavors, located at the heart of San Juan.
The restaurant is backed by the kitchen know-how of the acclaimed Chef Boy Logro.

The restaurant’s interior is casual and unintimidating, still it has a classy feel to it. They also offer small function rooms perfect of small meetings and gatherings.

7 Flavors offers both a la carte and buffet options. In my case, I decided to go for the buffet. While the restaurant’s buffet is pretty compact, I was satisfied after I ate because of the quality of the food. My wish is that the buffet gains variety as the restaurant grows. How nice that would be!

Here are my top 7 finds from the 7 Flavors buffet. 

1.Salmon Sashimi

I loved how their salmon sashimi smelled and tasted, it’s as if it has just been fished out of the see and sliced right there and then.

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They also offered other variants of sashimi. Yum!❤

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2.Napoleon Vegetable

Imagine your favorite lasagna cheese sauce mixed with vegetables. Good, right? I had two servings of this one.

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3.Roast Beef

I always go for this one in any buffet!🙂 The roast beef was tender enough without having too much fat. I would have liked it to be warmer, because steak (or food in general) is always better when warm.

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4.Chicken Asparagus

The chicken asparagus was cooked well to make it juicy and tender.

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5. Red Velvet Cake

I love how compact and moist their cake is.
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6. Vanilla Cupcake 

It isn’t too sweet, which is a must for me when it comes to dessert.

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7. Yema Cake

Who doesn’t love yema?

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To keep things exciting, 7 Flavors buffet offers different sets of dishes for a specific week, but there are regular dishes you can expect if ever you decide to pay them a visit.
Here are some of them.

  • Beef Kare Kare, Spicy Salmon Head, Asparagus Chicken, Meat Balls, and Napoleon Vegetable. 

While the buffet of the restaurant isn’t perfect (I really wish the food were warmer), eating there is very worth it for the price. Again, I suggest that they add more variety on the food that they serve, and maybe be a little more creativity in terms of presentation.

The restaurant also provides good service and has a friendly staff.

Buffer Prices: 

Monday – Thursday Lunch: 400/ Dinner 500
Friday    –  Saturday Lunch/ Dinner 600

Buffet Schedule:

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
5:00   PM- 10:00 PM

Visit 7 Flavors on facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

This Time: Can love survive time and distance? 

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I have been a JADINE fan since On the Wings of Love. It is the only Filipino television series I’ve been emotionally invested in. I have been wishing for this love team (real life couple also! ) to be given a semi-mature movie as well so when I found out about This Time, my heart did a somersault. Could this be the movie us JADINE fans  were waiting for?

Watch the trailer below to find out the premise of the movie.

I personally thought it was a great “kilig” movie! While the humor of the movie might have not tickled my funny bone every time, the rest of the movie was almost on point.

The story of the movie was refreshingly unique. I would have liked it to have been developed more, but overall, it was intriguing and engaging.

James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s natural chemistry was in full blast throughout the movie. They definitely did not disappoint. I love how strong and genuine the emotions were in the film—nakakadala!

This tandem has so much promise! I’d love to see JADINE grow as a love team,  but also, I’d like to see them grow as individual actors in the same way the John LLoyd-Bea did.

Meanwhile, here’s a question for readers:

Do you think it’s possible for love to survive time and distance? 

Share below in the comments.

DIVAS Live in Manila: The Power of 5

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The Philippines has a wealth of talent in the arts—from dancing, acting, writing, and singing. Singing is particularly popular in the entertainment industry, only because there is so much talent and diversity. While it is tough to standout in a country with so many talented singers and performers, these elite group of divas—Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go, KZ, Angeline Quinto, and Yeng Contsantino—did just that.

This November 11, 2016, they will be holding a one-night-only concert, DIVAS: Live in Manila at the Aranta Coliseum. Tickets sales will begin in August. 

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before the press conference

At the press conference held at The Felicidad Mansion , the divas did a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful. The performance? It is well stated in the song’s title. No one tried to upstage her fellow performers. There was harmony, elegance, and passion. If this is a any indication of the kind of concert that we’ll be getting this November, then attending it will surely be 110% worth it.

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Queen of R&B, Kyla, has been wowing audiences with her high notes and smooth runs for years. Her popularity recently reached another level with her rendition of On the Wings of Love, the theme song of a hit television series of the same name (starring Nadine Lustre and James Reid).  Other hits include Hanggang Ngayon (Until Now) as well  as her rendition of Sana Maulit Muli (Can We Start Over Again) with Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano.

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Currently playing Fantine in the best selling musical, Les Miserables, West End Diva Rachelle Ann Go, has bought so much joy and pride to the Philippines. After pursuing the Philippine pop music scene, Rachelle discovered that her true calling was in musical theater, with Miss Saigon’s Gigi marking her memorable entrance to the international musical stage.

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2011 Star Power champion  Power belter Angeline Quinto‘s performances are reminiscent of a young Regine Veslaquez. She, however, has bared her own singing persona to the world, making a name for herself in the industry.

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Singing and song writing are two different talents. When a person possesses supreme talent in both, it makes him/her a force to be reckoned with. Pop-rock Superstar Yeng Costantino is just that. Known for self-composed hits such as Hawak Kamay  and Chinito, she continuously widens the OPM repertoire in this day and age when covering music is a thing.
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Soul Supreme KZ may be relatively young in the industry compared to the prior four, but you’ll forget about that trivial piece of information once you hear her sing. Her raspy, crisp voice gives a song so much body and emotion, commanding the attention of the room with every note.

 

DIVAS: Live in Manila is brought to you by Cornerstone Concerts and is directed by Paul Basinillo. All five divas are managed by Cornertsone Management.

Captain America: Civil War

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There has been a lot of hype for Captain America: Civil War. The trailer was very engaging, captivating people left and right, but what about the movie itself?

IN MY OPINION…

If you’re a fan of crossovers or semi-melodramatic superhero films then this film will most likely appeal to you. Marvel is one of the franchises that can make me watch action movies, and while I wasn’t on my toes the entire screening time, the film did have its moments.

Honestly, I like old Marvel movies better (Edward Norton as Hulk, Tobey Macquire as Spiderman, etc.). That being said, the film did have its charm because at least we already knew the backstory of the characters which made it easy to empathize with them (at least for me because I didn’t read the comics).

In my opinion, it’s better to see superheroes fight villains instead of fellow superheroes. I get that this is the whole point of the movie—and I’m all for complex superheroes/characters in general—but I prefer to be uplifted when watching this type of movies instead of being semi-emotionally frustrated and restless throughout. Maybe the movie could have injected a little bit more redemption for its characters?

Did the movie meet my expectations? Honestly, I didn’t have any. I, however, feel like it’s still a movie worth watching. The climax did deliver the ultimate crossover fight scene with the right amount of tension and humor.  I also appreciate how far Chris Evans has come in terms of acting (clap, clap!).  Acting in the movie was A+ actually.

What did you think of the movie?

 

 

The Frazzled Cook: I’ll keep coming back for more

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Yup, this bench is basically calling for a photo op.  

The name itself is inventive and interesting, but how does the food fair? I love trying out restaurants and discovering new places for birthdays and get-togethers. This one particularly excited me. Find out how The Frazzled Cook experience turned out.

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This cute and quirky restaurant is an Instagramer’s dream. A lot of things in the restaurant were gotten from antique shops and travels. The restaurant has function rooms which you can reserve for birthdays or meetings (at a consumable rate). You can also reserve the whole place.

Trivia: Each chair in the restaurant is  unique, how cool is that?

FOOD, FOOD, & MORE FOOD

Comfort food galore!

The restaurant has an extensive intercontinental menu of comfort food with all of it having a Filipino touch. I love comfort food because of the fact that it’s comfort food. It lightens my mood and puts a smile on my face. Kudos to them for being able to curate a menu featuring comfort food from around the world—expertly cooked and presented.

I was able to taste several of them, but four of them are still floating on my mind as I write this entry.

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Herbed Chicken Salad

Their Herbed Chicken Salad started the meal on point. The lettuce was fresh and vital while the chicken was good and juicy.

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Pizza Caprese

The Pizza Caprese is a definite winner! You might have read in my previous posts that I’m a sucker for pizza, and this one did not disappoint. I love how generously they portioned the cheese and the tomatoes. Super yum, yum!🙂🙂🙂

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Truffle Pasta

For those who like their pasta to be on the creamy side, try their Truffle Pasta! It’s so rich in flavor which makes it so addicting.

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Beef Kebab

Their Beef Kebab is worth 2nd, 3rd, and 4th servings! It’s good to share (depending, of course, on your appetite). You can either choose to pair it with Garlic Rice or Mashed Potatoes. 

I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures I took! So yes, the overall restaurant experience was definitely topnotch! I’ll definitely be back for more.

Visit The Frazzled Cook on Facebook and Instagram (@thefrazzledcook)The restaurant is located at 78 Gandia Street Co. Tomas Morato, Quezon City. 

Insights on Les Miserable Manila from the top…haha! :)

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“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Jean Valjean

Les Miserables has been touching the hearts of people all over the world…and now it has finally reached the Philippine shores. My heart soared when I heard that they were coming. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough budget to get a good seat in the front, but there was no way I was going to miss it.  My seat was literally at the backmost part of the theater (haha!), but I am still so glad I got to watch! It’s the first time I’ve cried over a musical.

Here are some of the thoughts and insights that floated inside my head while watching this amazing production from the top of the Solaire Theatre

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  • I should have gotten better tickets *long sigh*. If you have the budget, please splurge for musicals!
  • Seeing the orchestra perform the music live was surreal! I’ve watched the DVD versions (10th and 25th anniversary) numerous times that seeing it performed live was a dream come true! Music is said to move the soul…and it definitely moved mine that afternoon.
  • Rachelle Ann Go was magnificent in this production. I liked how she convincingly portrayed the sickly, forsaken Fantine. She was so much in control of her singing—shifting from powerful vocals to soft, vulnerable ones. I’m so proud of her!
  • The A Little Fall of Rain (Marius and Eponine) and Bring Him Home (Jean Valjean) performances were so, so moving I made me teary-eyed. It was partly because the situation was so touching, and partly because of the actors interpreted it really well.
  • Seeing the actual play for the first time was incredible. Nothing beats seeing it live (this is just my opinion). The visual effects are spectacular. It’s amazing they were able to pull all that off on a stage.
  • Why is Les Miserables a classic? This is because in spite of all the heartbreaking events that happened, things like faith, love, hope, sympathy, and bravery prevail. These are things that make humans, humans. It’s why we survive and  why we are able to rise after falling.

A round of applause of Les Miserables Manila cast! You were fantastic!

What was your Les Miserables experience like? Tell me about it!

What’s your favorite musical experience so far?