Friday, July 8, 2011

My First purchase in Ensogo: Thousand Teas

E-coupon sites are sprouting in the Philippines shore for months now and it was a week ago when I decided to join the bandwagon and purchased my first e-coupon thru Ensogo. I thought it would be a hassle to purchase online but I was wrong. It was so easy to purchase and some of the deals were really enticing! So why not try scour online for some good deals?

Are you ready?? LETS GO!

Few tips before trying your first e-coupon purchase:

-E-coupon sites offer wide range of payment options: from bank deposits, Gcash, Credit card, office payment, Paypal and many more. So choose the most accessible to you but for me, I prefer payment via credit card since they would be able to check your payment ASAP and you can get your coupon quickly.

- Some sites also offer credit rebates if you purchase their deals. Some rebates go for 3-5% which you can use for your next deal purchase. Yay!

-Make sure to read their terms and condition. Some sites would require coupons be named under whom would use it personally and would even require establishment to show your ID. Ensogo on the other hand, doesn't require this. ( I made a mistake of using my dad's account and purchased 2 of my coupons under his name) but it was okay and I was to able to use it without any need of changing names. Hassle-free! :)

-watch out for promos and tie-ins! Some sites offer good deals where you can get free credits such as friend referrals, contest and so much more! So watch out for this! :)

My first time to purchase was when I saw Ensogo P99 deal on Thousand Teas (for a P200 worth GC) and decided to purchase 5 coupons using credit card option. And so far, I was able to redeem 2 of my coupons without any problems.

I just love Thousand teas is such a student friendly area where I could study peacefully and free-wifi! With wide range of drinks to choose from, some of their specialty are their milk teas and slushies. Food are also available from pasta, pastries,cakes and sandwiches.

Tuna Sandwich

Japanese Milk Tea

Caramel Slushie

Oreo Cheesecake

Don't you just love discounts! Definitely would be back for more!! :)

Thousand Teas
G/f Mezza Residences, Aurora Blvd.
corner Araneta Ave., Quezon City

Extending yourself

Ever had that moment when you suddenly asked yourself:" How can I be of help?"

Yes. I do. a lot of times.

But then I begin to contemplate how can I serve when I have nothing to give? How can I be the change when I have nothing to start with? These are the moment where we start to question if our capabilities and voice are enough to make a difference in this world. But we do. We all do have something in us that we can offer for that change to jump start. It just only takes us to see it for our own selves and realize that we can be that person who will rewrite the future of our nation building.

I am of a legal age, still dependent to my parents, a student and no earnings but my allowance. School takes up most of time and much as I would like to list down my accomplishments of how I was able to help those in need, reform poverty, solved hunger problem and diminish slavery- I have nothing to share but my simple story of how I realize I can be of change in the most simplest way I can.

Being a student is both wonderful and stressful at the same time. Having long days sitting inside the class, exams,paper works, thesis, laboratory and all sort of things makes you think that 24 hours isn't enough in a day. But life doesn't exist on the 4 corners of the classroom alone. When you realize there is so much more people are going through than your own problems in school- you realize that your life's problem are just superficial and you begin to see you are living life in vain.

It was through an organization I've learned to refocus myself that there are more things important than books and papers. Englicom, a fil-chi school organization in DLSU-Manila is a socio-civic oriented organization which both enriches student camaraderie, spreading consciousness and service outside the class through outreach, medical missions and other projects.
It was here where I realize that even if I have a small voice of wanting and needing change that when you find people who also have the same perspectives that you have; you all can make that voice be heard- loudly and mighty.

Englicom have several successful outreach and projects. Some of which includes:

Medical and Dental Check-up

Immersion and interaction projects

Family and youth visits DLSU
Youth Outreach

Orphanage immersion

Classroom repainting
We all came from a different background and even if our common thread is that we came from one school, I realized that there is more that connect us that we all have very much thing in common- the eagerness to extend ourselves to help.

It was because of this organization that I have learned to see how life changing it is to help. When each day has ended and the outreach was a success, you go home feeling much more fulfilled and a sense of joy within your heart. The smiles you received from the people, the thank you's, the little children who calls you "Ate", the simple nod of acknowledgement- these things are unpaid for and yet these are happiness that fills your heart forever.

It was these little steps that helped me find how I could be the change for the nation. It took me one moment to decide to join that organization and it totally changed me who I am now. Even beyond the organization, I began to volunteer myself on relief missions, or during weekends, out of the spur of the moment, would just go to PGH to visit and bring food to patients whom I never met yet. It's not about the food that they would be grateful for, but just the time and effort you have given to visit and talk to them are what they would be thankful for especially when you are just a stranger in the first meeting. This is paying it forward. You are blessed with a better life that you need to pay it forward to those who are less fortunate. This is the cycle of life.

So go ahead, try and volunteer. Ask what you can do to help. Donate your books and clothes when there are donation drive, go visit orphanages, donate blood and so much more. If we could all just find the way to extend ourselves in multiply it in 9 billion folds- the world will be a better place, would it not?

this is my official entry to a promo but decided to share it here. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Food Whore

You know, I have never shared how much I love food. Even when I travel, food trips are a must and takes up much of my pocket money. It is because food very much relate how interesting the culture of the cities you visit wherein it tells a story on it's own- through you're taste bud.

So let the food whore begin.. Everything from the Phil and elsewhere. This is my own chronicle of food that went to my stomach! hahaha :)

1. UP isaw ( Pork/Chicken Gizzards)

Can I just say:" Yummy!!!" It is definitely worth the trip to head to the campus of University of the Philippines to try some of the best isaw in town.

2. Roddic's Tapsilog

Another worth going to UP for is Roddic's Tapsilog. No frills and no bullshit. Shredded Beef Tapa, sunny side up egg, plain rice and their own vinegar- and your good to go! This beef tapa is one of the best tapa I've tried so far. Perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness from their vinegar. (Man, I'm hungry now!!)

3. Coffee concoction from GT Dolce cafe, Dagupan City
Quality coffee beans and it definitely shows in the flavor and aroma of the coffees!

4. Wendy's Baconator Burger
Can I die now? This double 1/3 lb- patty with strips of bacon,melted cheese and mushroom is a serious business of heart attack waiting to happen. But this definitely brought me to a happy place. Wasn't able to finish the burger at one sitting though, had to rest then eat the remaining portion.

5. Gloria Maris Red Bean Pao

I'm not a big fan of red beans, but this aesthetically pleasing red bean pao actually tasted nice. Freshly steamed and the red bean pao was actually still hot when I took a bite. yummy.

6. Hongkong's sidewalk turo-turo Shiu-mai (siomai)
I love love love Hongkong's turo turo and would always order this whenever I visit HK.

7. Del Monte Plantation Clubhouse, Cagayan De Oro

Sadly, traveling all the way to Del Monte Clubhouse wasn't worth the trip because the food didn't surpassed my expectations and was quite disappointed how the service went. But just for the case of sharing, here are some of which we ordered:

Porterhouse Steak
(had thick fats) and quite expensive ha.

Round beef
ang tigas tigas lang.

Roast Beef
It was nothing amazing.. just an okay entree..

this one I kinda liked.

8. Nutella+ Marshmallow
this is heaven!!!!!!!!!!!

9. Gloria Maris Dimsum, scallops entree
I don't know why I am sharing this one. I just know it's kinda expensive and my parents had told me to eat it. I really don't get expensive foods that tastes iffy. I love the cauliflower though! hahaha :)

10. Bonchon Chicken
Thanks to the Allied Credit Card Promo, I got to try the Chicken burger and Chicken Tender Meal of Bonchon Chicken. Their Chicken is incomparable with other chicken out there. It has it's own unique taste and it was good! Sweet and spicy!

11. Ginataang Lapu-Lapu
First time I tried cooking such laborious meal. The family was able to try it. I guess it was good enough for my first try. :)

11. Baby Back Ribs
I learned this one from my cooking class and decided to try cooking it at home. Sadly the pork had the wrong cut of meat and ended up quite hard to eat. But taste wise, the taste of Baby Back was definitely there! again, practice makes perfect! :)