Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Night at the Spiral Manila: Grandest Buffet in the Metro



They say that the best things in life are free! Guess we're lucky enough to have experienced said to be Asia's one of the grandest buffets ever: the Spiral Manila, located at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City; and it's all for free! Yes, we've got 4 Spiral Manila Dinner Buffet Vouchers courtesy of CDO Danes, which they gave out as a grand prize in one of their online promos wherein my father and I joined and won. Just in time to celebrate Tatay's birthday! Thanks you Danes Cheese! ♥


Not all buffets are created equal and Spiral Manila could explain why.=)


Spiral Manila is loud and proud of its 21 Dining Ateliers- from French Cuisine, Asian, Indian, name it and most probably they have it! My family and I have always been buffet fanatics and I'm telling you, I've never seen this much food selection before. My eyes literally went full of the choices! Spell variety, whoah!

Receptionists and other staff were all accommodating. I personally loved the couch where we were seated. They're so comfy and spacious- desirable for us who value privacy while taking meals. At least others won't see my big bites, haha!


Like we always do in a buffet, we got an overview of the food's array first before actually getting our plates and filling them up with each kind. So let's see what they've got there:

Pizza! Oven-baked cheesy pizza!


How about lots of bread?



For Japanese food lovers, don't be sad! They've got treats for you too! Sushi, Sashimi, Maki and different kinds of Tempura are also in!



Swim into the goodness of these freshly-served oysters, gosh, oysters! There are shrimps, mussels, crabs and lobsters too. Oh, you can also have them baked should you want. Just a little request would do.



Paella.. oohh lala! =)



Have your pasta cravings satisfied. Top them with sauce, meat and garnish of your choice.



At the Asian Station, you could find pansit, stir-fried pork, beef or chicken and vegetables, pork asado pie and a lot more! Well, my favorite "butchi" catched my attention. Filipino dishes are also there like sinigang na baboy and of course, adobo.



Their carving station is a gem! Beef's so juicy and tender, so as the lamb's meat. Best paired with their peppery gravy.



Drooling?



Spiral experience wouldn't be complete without visiting their famous Cheese Room! Yey! This is typically heaven on earth! Now I understand why this is the most raved about feature of Spiral Manila.





In the same room sits a pile of aged hams and meat: rosette is one of my favorites!



Just a few steps away from the Cheese Room rests another set of different herbs and spices.



Sweet tooth alert! Of course we saved room for desserts!



My husband decided to end his day with a cup of coffee. By the way, upon sitting, customers are informed that the only free drinks that go with the regular buffet rate are iced tea and coffee, others would be separately charged. Our vouchers include all drinks and wine though. =)



There you go! Feeling hungry now? Visit Spiral Manila and treat your tummies!



For more information and reservations, you can check on their FB Page @SpiralManila or their website spiralmanila.com.

'Till next time guys!♥

Monday, November 20, 2017

Life's Fun and Easy with Sodexo GC!


"Nothing in life, even a few broken bones, is without its reward"- John le Carre

I was a former Restaurant Manager in a fast-food chain before I decided to be a full-time homemaker.

Few years back when I was still working, my employer, KFC Philippines awarded and rewarded its Top Performing branches, together with the management for the "Highest Up-Sizing Category"- in the form of Sodexo Gift Certificates!

I felt so blessed that my store was included in their list for four consecutive quarters and with that, I got to take home a total of P10,000 worth of Sodexo Premium Passes.
(Pagkaabot pa lang sakin beshy andami ko na agad naisip puntahan at bilhin. Excited?)



To be recognized itself was already a rewarding experience for me. But wait, there's so much more to that! What could be more "rewarding" than a reward? My Sodexo GC's will tell it all.


My Most Rewarding Experience with Sodexo Gift Certificates:


GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS with the FAMBAM


 


                                      

                                      

                                                   

Food is life, and when I say food,I mean buffet, haha!

Yes, my family and I were able to indulge in a feast, just like full-blooded Kings at Vikings SM Mall of Asia branch using my Sodexo Premium Passes!

It was fun and filling, and we really enjoyed such bonding. Plus, our tummies were the happiest at the end of the day. LOL!

What's in it for you: Sodexo Gift Certificates are accepted from over 10,000 merchant outlets nationwide! Wow, that's a lot!

If you have one and you still have no idea on where you can use them, see the list of their partners here: https://merchants.sodexo.ph/

SHOP 'TILL YOU DROP

Shopping isn't really my thing but when it comes to my daughter's stuff, I don't hesitate to spend.

Good thing I had those Sodexo GC's with me on her birthday, I was able to buy some clothes, shoes, toys and other kiddie things for her from SM Department Store and Toy Kingdom SM San Lazaro.

Uh-oh, wallet saved!


 

 

  

    

SAVE SOME for the CART, HONEY!

Groceries, yay! Hep hep, Sodexo GC's can also be used in SM Supermarket, and that favored my side, hehe!

 

(Ipinang-grocery ko na 'yung natira beshy, bago ko pa maubos sa pagkain!)

What I like most about Sodexo Gift Certificates is that they have always been and forever will be VALID; re-validation and replacement of these are free of charge once the validity is reached.

That means, you can buy whatever your heart desires without the need to hurry!
(May FOREVER kasi sa Sodexo GC's!)

So those are my amazing and rewarding experiences using Sodexo Gift Certificates!
How about you guys? We're excited to hear yours too!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Unbroken Vows

I've read hundreds of articles written, giving sort of advice, tips and secrets to maintain a long-lasting relationship. Some may be of big help, others still depend on one's point of view.

After all, every relationship has its own unique ways to withstand all the storms that may come along and be stronger than ever.



My husband and I have been married for five years as of now. We were on our 7th year of being in a stable boyfriend-girlfriend stage when we finally decided to tie the knot. That totals 12 years of being together and still counting, maybe one of the reasons why a lot of our friends would say that our kind of bond is the one that they've always  dreamed of: strong and unbreakable.

Here's my own take on how to build a long-lasting relationship that are purely based on our experiences as husband and wife. Hope it helps:

Accept Differences.

Let's all face it. A "Perfect Match" doesn't really exist.

One of the major lessons that marriage has taught me was to never assume that my partner thinks, acts, feels and decides exactly the same way I do. Our differences can be as simple as him  choosing a bowl of mashed potato, over me preferring a big plate of rice for our meal, or as complicated as having totally different political and religious views and beliefs. Our dissemblance never affected our connections in any way.

Relationship for us, involves respect, openness and acceptance on both parties.

Welcome Changes.


Easier said than done, maybe, but there are a lot of things that a couple could not resist the moment they enter into a relationship, especially after they built their own family. I once thought that my husband's sweetness and care towards me was slowly fading because unlike before when he used to fetch me everyday from my work place, it minimized to three times a week. Petty as it may seem, but I admit I just mistakenly viewed ourselves as "nothing will change" and everything will be the same no matter what, maybe that's why I became very emotional that time.

I used to work as a Restaurant Manager back then and he, a freelance Web Developer. After series of fights and explanations, I realized that he too, needed some rest. I forgot that as a home-based employee, he tries his best to stretch his whole day working for our financial needs, at the same time taking care of our 4-year old daughter, but still manages to save time for me. My bad, I should've shown appreciation of how my husband dealt with the changes positively instead of complaining.


Things may be differently running than before, but that doesn't mean his love for me has lessened. Adjustment is the key, and I eventually learned it.



Press the "PAUSE" Button.


Reality bites. There would be times that without any valid reason at all, we get easily irritated by our partner's words or gestures (especially us, girls, when we're on our periods LOL!) and we'd feel we'd just want to explode and nag the whole day. Oops.. I'm guilty! Practice this: Breathe in, Breathe Out! Pause and think twice, even thrice if needed. Is it worth the fight? Am I just being too sensitive? Will I be making a mountain out of small hills?

Being calm and relaxed paves the way to a healthier and smoother conversations. So next time you'd like to react, make sure to press that PAUSE button first!


Extra-Long Lasting Love and Care Tip:

I personally take care of our laundry. I'm happy seeing my husband and daughter wearing fresh-smelling clothes everyday and they are constantly saying they really love their clothes' scent. My secret? It's Del Forever Joy and Love Fabric Conditioner, who has 15x longer lasting bangoooo than a regular detergent brand! My husband and daughter even say that the long-lasting fresh smell of their clothes remind them of my undying love.. so sweet! No wonder why well-known couple Team Kramer trusts Del in taking care of their clothes! Try these too and be amazed!





Communicate Effectively and Sincerely.

One of the most effective ways of building a strong and long lasting relationship that I can personally share is sincere and proper communication.

My husband and I love talking to each other. It doesn't matter how many times we've discussed about an interesting issue, as long as we're enjoying our topic, we talk.

We talk about our dreams. We talk about our plans for our future and for our family. We talk about our likes and dislikes. We talk about the latest movies and our favorite food hubs. We literally talk about anything and everything under the sun and that's how we sweetly end our days.

It may sound weird and exaggerated for others, but it wonderfully works for us!

Overcome Your Pride.


In almost all kinds of relationship, be it a friendly or an intimate one, I could certify that PRIDE is the perfect ingredient for a disaster. Pride makes one self-conscious, making a partner think that he or she is better than the other. Always remember that for a relationship to grow, the idea of who "wins" in an argument must be dumped off. It is not you versus your partner. It is how much you love and respect each other that you are willing to set your pride aside and fight your problems together. In fact, saying "Sorry" has never been a problem for both of us ever since.




Allow Time and Space.

Have you ever heard the "24-Hour Rule"? Some may not entertain this idea but surprisingly, it works for us. It's not just once nor twice I heard my elders saying,"Don't go to bed angry, because you never know what tomorrow may bring." A lot of couple maybe practicing such, but in our case, it's different.

In not so many times that my husband and I go through intense fights and we both feel we are not ready yet to cool down and reconcile, we prefer to provide each other some time and space, for at least 24 hours. Forcing ourselves to talk while the issue's still hot could just trigger a volcanic eruption. For all we know, it is not that easy to unsay what's been said, nor undo what's been done, and we don't want to make moves that we'd regret forever.


Giving ourselves enough time and space is a tool for us to look back and think about our own shortcomings, and the next day that we're both calmed down, we'll deal with it in a more peaceful manner.

Disconnect to Connect.

In this so-called Millennial Generation where Internet plays a big role in the society, inappropriate use of social media, for us, could have a great impact in a relationship's stability.

My husband and I are one of those who are on the other side of the spectrum, who choose not to post everything on social media, especially when we are going through our "not-so-good" days. Both of us believe that when one is emotionally upset, perception of things changes. I may misread situations and perceive him as being critical of me, or the other way around. I may be tempted to post every little thing happening to us to gain other's sympathy and vice versa.

Unnecessary and irresponsible posting to our social media accounts would probably give other people the opportunity  to judge and misjudge our relationship before we could solve our own problems. Don't get me wrong, it is still okay to heed advice from your friends and relatives but I guess it would be much better if it's done personally. We disconnect to connect, because we value our relationship's privacy.




Even the most famous and successful relationships out there may go through series of trials and that is perfectly normal. Problems may come and go but one thing is for sure: we will do everything to fulfill our wedding vows.

We will cherish each other until we breathe our last, not because we have to, but because we want to, and we'd forever love to. ♥











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