Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Starbucks treat ♥

My youngest brother is about to march his way to the stage and receive his highschool diploma on Monday, and being a proud sister as I should ever be, I gave him some Starbucks GC to enjoy. :) Here's what we had a while ago...

blueberry cheesecake - level up edition :)

photo blog for now :)

below are my own creations, yes yes yes! i made it all by myself! i am just so happy and proud hahaha!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

HOTSHOTS flame-grilled burger meals for FREE!!!

HOTSHOTS flame-grilled burger meals for FREE!!!

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A Lavish Vacation at One Tagaytay Place

A Lavish Vacation at One Tagaytay Place – Yours FREE!!!

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One Fine Day, One Great Place…One Tagaytay Place
Have you thought about what your perfect day would be like? Let One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites tempt you with luxurious options on how you can spend it.

Engulfed in the refreshing vibe of Tagaytay, the hotel’s lavish spread of amenities appeals to your senses. Stay in bed a little longer and enjoy the sumptuous comforts of a richly furnished guestroom. Indulge in beauty treatments, local delicacies, and other pleasurable choices at the commercial complex. Then go celebrate life’s most important events at the Aurora Grand Ballroom.


Sometimes a Tagaytay hotel accommodation crams so many unnecessary luxuries that it downplays the environment’s revitalizing ambience.

At One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites plush in-room amenities complement the laid-back climate. In fact, the 120 air-conditioned guestrooms were designed in soothing shades of brown to match the lush landscape.

But One Tagaytay Place accommodation also has its own share of luxuries, such as an LCD TV with cable channels, DVD player, mini-bar, Wi-Fi access, and IDD/ NDD phone with voicemail. Other in-room amenities consist of a coffee/ tea maker, daily newspaper, and room safe. A microwave oven can be provided upon request.

Electronic door locks are installed for your safety.

Other perks available at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites include a welcome drink and breakfast.

All One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites rooms have:
• Air-conditioning
• Coffee / Tea maker
• Daily newspaper
• DVD player (on request)
• Electronic door lock system
• Electronic room safe
• Hair dryer (on request)
• LCD television with cable channels
• Microwave oven (on request)
• Mini-bar
• Private balcony (most rooms on the 2nd to 6th floors)
• Private toilet and bath
• Telephone (IDD/NDD access)
• Voicemail system
• Wi-Fi access
• ROOM RATE INCLUSIONS: Welcome drink, breakfast, and two bottles of mineral water replenished daily. Rates applicable to single and double/twin occupancy or as indicated.

Live that perfect day at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites—just 90 minutes from Manila. You might even find yourself staying longer than planned.

Tagaytay is one of the Philippines’s most popular tourist destinations. The fresh air and lush landscapes are among its tourist draws. The main attraction, however, is the breathtaking view of the renowned Taal Lake and Volcano.

These other places of interest are near our hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines:
• Picnic Grove
• People’s Park in the Sky
• Taal Volcano
• View of Taal lake starts on the 5th floor
• Casino Filipino
• Tagaytay Circle (Rotunda)
• Dining and entertainment establishments along the Tagaytay Ridge

Exclusive to Hit A Bargain! Facebook members (click here to sign up), ONE TAGAYTAY PLACE Hotel Suites is giving away not just 1, but 2 lavish Penthouse Suites overnight packages for FREE!!!

First (1st) PACKAGE: Penthouse Suite Experience at One Tagaytay Place (for 2 people) worth P25,000!

The package includes:

An overnight stay at the Penthouse Suite
Spa indulgence for two at Regeneré Spa
Breakfast in bed
Romantic dinner for two
Lunch at the Azalea restaurant
HOW TO WIN 1st PACKAGE: Whoever blogs One Tagaytay Place the best about: “What do you think sets ONE TAGAYTAY apart from the rest of the hotels in Tagaytay in terms of spending romantic time together with your partner?” will win a Penthouse Suite Experience at One Tagaytay Place (for 2 people) worth P25,000!

Second (2nd) PACKAGE: Penthouse Suite Lavish Experience at One Tagaytay Place (for a group of 4) worth P30,000!
The package includes:

An overnight stay at the Penthouse Suite
Spa indulgence for four (4) at Regeneré Spa
Dinner for four (4) at the Azalea Restaurant
Night cap at Tower Lounge 2 “for the road” drink for 4 persons

Breakfast at the lower Penthouse pool area

Lunch at the Penthouse Suites

HOW TO WIN 2ND PACKAGE: Whoever blogs One Tagaytay Place the best about:“What do you think sets ONE TAGAYTAY apart from the rest of the hotels in Tagaytay in terms of bonding together with family or friends?” will win a Penthouse Suite Experience at One Tagaytay Place (for a group of 4) worth P30,000!

Entry requirements:

As part of the requirements in winning the Penthouse Suite Experience, you must be a Hit A Bargain! Facebook member (click here to sign up) and you must share this freebie promo to at least 20 friends (more is better, of course!). Click the “Share This” button below at the end of this page and choose your email host or Facebook, etc. to send this promo to your friends. The more medium (forums, social networking sites, etc.) you use to share this promo, the bigger chances of winning! Make sure to copy furnish:
Prior to submission, post your entry in your blog (or travel blog forums if you don’t have your own blog), personal website or social networking account.
Email the following information to
Full Name
Birthday & Age
Email Address
Delivery Address
Contact Numbers
Occupation / Company
Entry for which package (1st or 2nd)
URL link to your blog / forum post
URL links where you shared One Tagaytay freebie promo of Hit A Bargain!

This contest is open to all 18 years and above.
Only entries that fulfill the abovementioned requirements will be accepted.
Note: You may submit multiple entries but email them separately and label properly to avoid confusion.

Deadline of entries is strictly on 12nn April 20, 2010. Official announcement of winners will be on or before May 5, 2010.

One Tagaytay Place... the BEST place to be ;)

“What do you think sets ONE TAGAYTAY apart from the rest of the hotels in Tagaytay in terms of spending romantic time together with your partner?”

Soon after reading this, the memory of our 2009 Valentine stay at the OTP came into my memory again. Fresh just like it did happen a while ago... I remember that the hotel was still not in full swing during that time, the pool is still not ready for use and so as the gym. But that's not the main reason why we went there. We were there because we wanted to unwind from the busy hussles of the Metro. We stayed there at OTP to relax and spend a little romantic time together with our little dear son. And I sure did enjoy our stay. Me and my husband loved the whole place, my son who's only a year old then also had fun, the manager was very nice to us, He played along with my son who was so giddy running around the lobby area the night during our stay. Our experience was quite simple but everything was so enjoyably nice and worth to remember.

The Hotel is such a romantic place indeed. The people around were friendly and they gave us the best treatment during our stay. I love the lobby area and the romantic valentine treat that they did, The lavish dinner and the hearty buffet breakfast were all so good... For me, One Tagaytay Hotel is not only the best place to stay in Tagaytay. It is also one of the Best in our Country. Even though the Hotel is quite small if we may be comparing it to other 5 star hotels in Manila, the OTP is not only at par in some ways but they also exceed by giving their customers quality customer service and friendly hospitality. In my own experience being a Hotel hopper myself, OTP is one of the best. I've recommended this hotel to all my friends and they all had their own share of good stories. I would surely love to experience another unforgettable stay at the OTP.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Making cakes without even baking ;)

I love cakes and I love to eat! I love to explore new things inside the kitchen and I want to know a lot more... Just this week I thought of making a cake for me and my husband, and since my son is staying with my parents for a week, I can have the whole time to spend in the kitchen :) I then went out to buy ingredients for my home made cheesecake ;) I added blueberry as toppings to make it more yummier haha!

here's my no bake-cheesecake! I made it all by myself :0 so proud of it haha! It tastes like the blueberry cheesecake from redribbon. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Addicted to Panna Cotta

Last Sunday, My family attended Joehna's 2nd Bday Party. It was a fantabulous one having such a nice party Harajuku Style :) My son danced all the time enjoying the lighted dance floor specially installed for the party. While everyone else is enjoying the mood of the party, me and my husband devoured to this delicious dessert called Panna Cotta in Caramel Sauce.

I cannot count how many glasses I consumed during the event but I still wanted more. haha! SO i decided to make one for myself.

Soon as I got home I looked for the best possible and easiest way to make a good panna cotta. Then I got this one: Enjoy!

Panna Cotta

Eight servings

I love this dessert and the great thing about Panna Cotta is that it demands to be made in advance. You can make them up to two days ahead and keep them well-covered and chilled.

4 cups (1l) heavy cream (or half-and-half)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 packets powdered gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
6 tablespoons (90ml) cold water

1. Heat the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan or microwave. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

2. Lightly oil eight custard cups with a neutral-tasting oil.

3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a medium-sized bowl and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Pour the very warm Panna Cotta mixture over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

5. Divide the Panna Cotta mixture into the prepared cups, then chill them until firm, which will take at least two hours but I let them stand at least four hours. (

If you're pressed for time, pour the Panna Cotta mixture into wine goblets so you can serve them in the glasses, without unmolding.

6. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each Panna Cotta and unmold each onto a serving plate, and garnish as desired.

To make Panna Cotta with sheet gelatin: Soften 25g (approximately six sheets) in a liter of cold water for 5 to 10 minutes. Wring the sheets out and stir them into the warm Panna Cotta mixture in step # 4, until dissolved.

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