Hokkaido Santouka Ramen

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The ramen craze continues. If you haven’t noticed the many, many ramen joints that have opened shop all over Manila, then you must have been living under a rock. We have so many options, I love it! There’s a different ramen flavor to satisfy every palette. I love ramen because it reminds me of my childhood. I remember how I would always look for it whenever I was sick or when I’ve had a bad day at school. Ramen never fails to cheer me up, and it really is my comfort food. Because of this, I have been open to trying all kinds of ramen. I’m not exactly a ramen connoisseur, not yet anyway, but I do know what I like. I get so disappointed when I am served a bowl of ramen I don’t like, and I wont stop looking for great ramen until my craving has been satisfied. I once ate ramen for dinner one week straight because I couldn’t get enough of it, that’s how obsessive I can be about it. I mean, how can you not like ramen?! Its tasty-chewy egg noodles are just so addicting. Add all the trimmings–pork belly, bamboo shoot slices, egg and everything else I can’t name but are sooooo yummy. And, of course, the soup!!! You can’t enjoy your ramen if the soup isn’t wonderful. It really is one of the best inventions ever haha.

So it was a no-brainer. Hokkaido Santouka Ramen invited me to dinner and asked me to bring along my friends, I said yes almost immediately. Best. Decision. Ever. We had a feast! And while I was dead set on just having ramen that evening, I discovered so many more yummy dishes. Really, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t realize Santouka was more than just a ramen place, although their ramen is pretty amazing (real quick, their Shio Ramen–salt flavor–is their signature flavor and soooo good, though I like their Shoyu Ramen–soy sauce flavor–more. Both are so tasty). I got to try new things like Aburi Char Siu, which is roasted pork strips, Sake Furai, or fried salmon, and their Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) and Ebu Furai (fried prawns). And they also had a ramen salad, called Sen Yasai Hiyashi Ramen, if you can believe that. I was a little iffy to try it, I wont lie, because it was a cold salad. But one bite and I was in love. I finished that whole plate I think. And then there were other things I liked–the iced tea shake was refreshing and sweet, and the green tea ice cream was just the perfect dessert after hours of eating and talking. It was a great way to catch up. We got one of the private rooms at the Glorietta branch and it allowed us plenty of kwentuhan time. I recommend this if you’re a big group!

IMG_5072Their iced tea shake is worth the special mention. I like its sweetness because it resets your palette when you get ramen-ed out.

IMG_5056Sen Yasai Hiyashi Ramen (P390) – noodle with shrimp, salad greens and rich sesame sauce. This was really good. Who would’ve thought cold ramen noodles would go so well with fresh greens! The sesame sauce made it a win for me.

IMG_5069Ebi Furai (P260) - fried prawns. Its basically tempura, with a different dipping sauce. This is a staple for me when eating at a Japanese restaurant.

IMG_5075Of course, we had to have ramen!!! This is their bestseller: Shio Ramen (P390), which has a salt flavor soup. It doesn’t taste like salt, if that’s what you’re thinking. It has a rich, tasty flavor thanks to the pork belly and ramen noodles. Its taste isn’t overwhelming too, which I like. It is hard to get tired of this soup. Very good.

  IMG_5087This was another yummy surprise for me: Sake Furai (P220). I never had salmon cooked this way before. It was really tasty–the salmon was fresh.

IMG_5095Our server showed us how to mix this dipping sauce for the Tonkatsu (you can use it for any dish too). She crushed the sesame seeds first, then poured tonkatsu sauce on top.

IMG_5108This is one of my favorites: Aburi Char Siu (P240), or roasted pork. It was sweet and salty, a little fatty, but hey, this is pork! This went so well with my ramen. Must-order!!!

IMG_5088Tonkatsu (P270). Oldie but goodie. The pork cutlet was tender and soft. It was cooked perfectly.

IMG_5061My favorite family: the Reinsosos. Love them! <3

 IMG_5105My baby girl, my inaanak, Liana enjoying her ramen. She loved eating her noodles this way! So cute! 

IMG_5099Normal Aburi Tokusen Toroniku (P270) or roasted pork cheek. Amazing flavor. This also went well with the ramen. So flavourful!

IMG_5111This is one of their newest dishes: its called Hokkaido Tsukemen (P360). It’s cold noodle with hot miso flavor dipping sauce. The way to eat this is you dip the noodles into the sauce first (like soba noodles) then eat. You don’t mix them together. The sauce was a little spicy, but it went well with the noodles.

 IMG_5117Happy to catch up with these girls.

IMG_5123Liana! <3

 IMG_5132For dessert, we had Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (P90). Yummy.

  IMG_5138And we had Mochi Ice Cream from next door: MochiCream Cafe (same owners). I especially liked the red bean flavor!

IMG_5092Thank you, Hokkaido Santouka Ramen! We will be back soon! :)

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Glorietta 4 – G4-132 Ground Floor, Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center, Makati
City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Nos.: 09178476087 or 7281381

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Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Greenhills – F&B U1, Upper Level, Greenhills Old Promenade, San
Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Nos.: 0915-7712735 or 7819704

They take reservations for VIP rooms at their Makati branch with a minimum consumable amount. If you want to reserve a room, you may give them a call.

Open from 11 am to 11 pm daily. Last call is at 10:30 pm.

LIKE them on Facebook to get updates: https://www.facebook.com/RamenSantoukaPH

Backstage to runway

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TRESemme did the impossible. The brand mounted the country’s first ever backstage to runway fashion show, which means the audience got to see what was happening backstage while the fashion show was ongoing. It was so exciting! We were given a first-hand look into what really happens backstage. And as we found out, it was a flurry of activity, as models had their hair and makeup done, did quick outfit changes, and lined up to walk to timed music on the runway. These are the things you wouldn’t normally think about when watching a fashion show, since your focus is on the cool, calm and confident models strutting their stuff on the runway. What we don’t see is the organized chaos happening backstage, which I have to admit, was something new and refreshing to watch. And I really loved being able to see what hair professionals use to style the models’ hair–I mean, runway hair is almost always perfect. It makes you wonder what they do to make hair stay that way.

If you remember a couple of weeks back I blogged about the biggest casting call organized by TRESemme–you can read about it HERE. Over 800 top and aspiring models from all over the country tried their luck, and only 200 models were chosen. Well, this was the culmination of all that: TRESemme’s 2014 Runway Ready Fashion Show! Hair professionals and TRESemme’s style setters, Jing Monis, Lourd Ramos and Victor Ortega worked on the huge fashion show and did an amazing job. We saw playful braids, sleek side-part hairstyles, bumped up ponytails for the High Street looks; geometric shapes, one-sided mermaid waves and faux bobs with short waves for Pret-a-Porter fashion trends; and volumetric curls for Haute Couture creations. This was such a huge and successful event–I feel so lucky to have been a part of this.

63Backstage we watched Jing Monis work his magic on the model’s hair.

62Lourd Ramos making model Ria Bolivar’s hair runway-ready.

61Hair genius Victor Ortega quickly styles a model’s hair backstage.

88I really loved my dress that evening. It was by Vania Romoff. My makeup was by John Pagaduan and hair by the TRESemme team.

79I interviewed these two for TRESemme’s behind-the-scenes video. They are, of course, Francis Libiran and his business manager Arsi Baltazar.

83With Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2 first runner up Jodilly Pendre and Lourd Ramos.

100BFFs Cosmo’s Myrza Sison and Unilever Philippines’ Head of PR for Personal Care, Apples Aberin.

81Unilever Philippines’ VP for Personal Care Gina Lorenzana

72Fashion designer Charina Sarte.

73Steven Fueglister and Vania Romoff.

69Andre Chang.

110Fellow TRESetter Joey Mead-King.

106Apples Aberin, TRESetter Liz Uy and photographer BJ Pascual.

109Jing Monis.

67Unilever Philippines’ Head of PR for Personal Care Apples Aberin, TRESemme Brand Manager Ann Esteves, Unilever Philippines’ Head of Media Dennis Perez, Marketing Director for Hair Dorothy Dee-Ching, Jodilly Pendre, TRESemme Hair Professional Lourd Ramos, Unilever Philippines’ VP for Personal Care Gina Lorenzana with TRESemme ambassadors, me and Liz Uy.

 

Floral dream

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I love Bali! There’s something about this place that I find so mystical and beautiful. I went back for the second time a couple of weeks ago and I was perfectly happy to be there. I was there to film Trending Now, the lifestyle/travel show I host. I was at our gorgeous villa on my way out when I had my photo taken real quick. I really like how this outfit turned out–its sweet and girly and pink!

This white smock top is from GUESS Jeans, floral skirt from online store Cruella & Co (follow them on Instagram: @cruellaandco), my coral heels are from Charles & Keith and earrings from Suiteblanco. Happy Monday! <3

Tricks of the Trade – How to deal with pronounced pores and oily skin

t0718beauty-kelly_1 Hello, I am a 32-year-old female who had wonderful skin, until last year when I began battling with oily skin and enlarged pores. I don’t know where I got the idea to pop open vitamin E capsules and apply them on my face at night. I saw how oily it was making my face but thought nothing of it. I thought it was helping me. Well, no—all it did was cause my pores to enlarge and now I have a super oily face. I have tried every pore-minimizing cream out there and nothing is helping. Please help! I hear microdermabrasion can help but I’m scared to try it. Thank you. —Bernice

Skincare can be a bit tricky at times. What works for one may not necessarily be effective for another; in your case, a seemingly good idea like applying vitamin E on your skin did not produce the desired results.

Skin usually reacts to its environment. When there is a shift in weather or temperature, you will surely see a change in your skin. The same goes when you apply a new cream or serum. Skin types can change, and it’s possible that your skin shifted from being normal to oily. Some people go on for months, even years, not knowing what is making their skin dry, oily or, worse, break out. Don’t worry, it’s good you were able to pinpoint the cause so you won’t do it again.

The problem with oily skin is not just combating shine or melting makeup, since pronounced pores usually come with it. You said you’ve tried just about every pore-minimizing cream out there and it has failed you. I believe you, but I need to ask, how long did you use the product? Beauty products usually take some time before they produce significant results. But with consistent use, there should be improvement.

Pore-minimizing creams do not necessarily make your pores smaller. They work by tightening the skin and improving collagen production, making pores look and feel smaller, which is mainly what you are after. Look for ingredients like vitamin A, retinoic acid or tretinoin when shopping for a pore-minimizing cream. But if you are done with this (understandable when you feel like you’ve tried them all) and want to try something new, try these other tips.

Use a makeup primer. I know, this is purely cosmetic, but it’s worth a try, especially when you want an instant fix. A makeup primer or base does wonders for your foundation, as it smoothens skin and minimizes pores by allowing your makeup to adhere better to skin. It also keeps skin looking fresh by inhibiting oil production, but without blocking pores or causing breakouts. This is a crucial step if you have oily skin but want to wear makeup.

Don’t pop that pimple. What does touching your face have anything to do with minimizing your pores? Well, if you happen to pop a pimple incorrectly, you may end up damaging the pore and enlarging it. Worse, you can end up infecting the area. If you really want that pimple out, the best way is to go to a dermatologist.

Use sunscreen. Sun damage affects skin’s collagen and elastic tissue, and both are important in lending structural support to skin. If this support is weakened, skin tends to sag and pores expand. Protecting skin with a healthy dose of high SPF sunscreen everyday will do the trick.

Opt for a laser resurfacing treatment. These days, many dermatology clinics have machines that change the structure of your skin from the inside in order to tighten and firm it. These are called non-ablative laser treatments (Fraxel is one of them), and they make pores look smaller as skin underneath becomes taut. Ask your dermatologist about this option.

This article was published in the Lifestyle Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 18, 2014.

WIN a Samsung Smart Oven + RT6000 Refrigerator!!!

Yes, you read the title right. I will be giving away a Samsung Smart Oven AND RT6000 Refrigerator!!! Isn’t this the coolest contest ever?!! I bet you are speed reading this blog post right now. Don’t. Because I need to explain to you just how awesome these appliances are. So you appreciate what you’ll be winning!!!
First off, the Samsung MC32F604TCT Smart Oven–this is very, very cool. It is actually a microwave, but its Smart technology allows you prepare healthy, yummy meals in a flash. It has a Slim Fry feature that combines a grill with warm air circulation that allows food to be cooked crispy inside and out. Yes, no more soggy microwave food! This also means you don’t have to deep fry your food (meals soaked in oil can’t be healthy) because you can fry with your Smart Oven. Next, it has a special Fermentation Function that helps you prepare fresh dough or healthy yogurt. Now, whoever said microwave kills the life out of your food may be wrong–at least with this Smart oven! (Yes, that blew my mind too.) Its interior is made of ceramic, which makes it super easy to clean and wont scratch or discolor over time. Plus it is anti-bacterial and scratch-resistant, too. Add to that its sleek and stylish design and convenient drop down door, and yes, I am sure that just like me, you are sold. My very own Samsung Smart Oven is sitting prettily on my kitchen countertop, waiting for me to cook something! So far, I have only re-heated food (what a waste on me right), but I have big cooking plans for this! Wait and see.
Next, let me explain to you how brilliant this Samsung RT6000 Refrigerator is. Its technology is far from our traditional refrigerators because it uses a Digital Inverter that allows it to function efficiently, thus saving you from crazy electric bills. We bought an air conditioner with this feature and boy, it has really cut our electric bill in half. This will do the same for you! It is so efficient (not to mention it has a 10 year warranty). It has super cool functions like All Around Cooling that evenly cools every corner of the wide interior space to keep things fresher. It also has a Moist Fresh Zone storage to keep fruits and veggies fresher with optimum humidity. I love this because what usually happens is fruits and vegetables lose a lot of moisture when the refrigerator is too cold. This prevents that from happening. It is super efficient when it comes to space, too. You can easily fit big bottles in there, as well as all your groceries. It has a shelf and place for everything, including your skincare (a huge plus for us ladies). I don’t have this, but I really, really want one. You guys are so lucky, you have a chance to win this!!! This is perfect for practically every busy home, especially if you have kids!
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So now, okay. Here it is. How do you win these?!!!
I will be raffling off the Samsung Smart Oven. All I need from you is your BEST RECIPE–this should be the dish that has won the most praises and compliments from your family and friends, your go-to dish when you want to impress someone, and what you cook when you’re in a good mood. Submit that here on this blog post, and your recipe will be judged by a panel of food experts and chefs. The best recipe WINS the Samsung Smart Oven!!! This is the first round. The next round (to win the Samsung RT6000 Refrigerator): the winner of the Samsung Smart Oven here in my site (there are 2 other sites who are doing the same contest on their sites–they are http://www.annalyn.net and http://www.animetric.blogspot.com) will be representing my blog for the SAMSUNG RECIPE FACE OFF! The three winners of each site will be doing a cook off with their best recipes (ahhhhh so exciting). The yummiest dish wins the Samsung RT6000 Refrigerator!!!
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Just to be sure you got it, here are the Samsung Recipe Face Off Full Mechanics:

1.      Contest is open to all readers of the three bloggers (that’s me, http://www.kellymisa.com, http://www.annalyn.net and http://www.animetric.blogspot.com)

 2.      To join, readers must LIKE the SamsungPH Facebook page then submit a personal recipe to this blog (through the comments section). Reader must submit only to one blogsite (you’ll be disqualified if you submit to more than one).

3.      Criteria for judging:

50% – Plating / Presentation

25% – Use of Samsung products

15% – Facebook Likes / Comments

10% – Originality

4.      Free registration, no registration fee.

5.      Submission of entries is from July 16 to July 28, 2014. Cut-off period will be exactly at 12 a.m. on July 28, 2014.

6.      Winners per blogsite will receive one Samsung Smart Oven and will represent the blog at the Samsung Recipe Face Off.

7.      Qualifying participants of the the Samsung Recipe Face Off shall shoulder their expenses going to the venue for the Samsung Recipe Face Off . SEPCO will not reimburse any travel, food, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred by the participants.

8.      Submitted entries shall be properties of SEPCO , which will hold exclusive rights to publish them in any form.

9.      Employees of SEPCO including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the cooking contest.

10.  By submitting an image or video file, a participant acknowledges that the photo or video does not infringe on a third party’s intellectual property rights. SEPCO and its affiliates are not liable for any violations of participants.
11.  Organizers reserve the right to remove offensive or inappropriate content submitted or posted on any of our social media sites.

12.  The prizes will be shared by the team members, but if the winning contestant joined alone, he/she gets to keep the prize all to himself/herself.

13.  The decision of the judges will be final and binding.

14.  By joining the contest, the participant agrees to be bound by the Contest Rules. *Organizers reserve the right to revoke registration of participants should there be any irregularities on information submitted or any other violations.

Cook Off  

The final round will be held on July 30, 2014 at the Star Chef Culinary of Chef Sylvia Reynoso Gala in #179 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City.

1.      The three winners will be doing an actual cooking demo of their recipes.

2.      Entries will be cooked and presented on the spot, in front of the judges, for 1 hour only.

3.      Basic meat (beef, chicken, fish, and pork), vegetables, condiments, utensils and kitchenware will be provided by the event organizer. Organizer will inform the participants what ingredients and items will be provided in the contest. Participants may bring their own ingredients for their recipes, but will be subject to judges’ approval.

4.      Each participant is provided time to set-up and decorate their area.

5.      All entries and ingredients must be prepared on site by the participant and host blogger only.

6.      Criteria for Judging are as follows:

CRITERIA

WEIGHT

a.     Cleanliness/Preparation

30%

b.      Plating

30%

c.       Taste

40%

Judges

Entries will be judged by the following:

Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala

Ms. Amby Molina

Mr. Dyeun Zapanta

Ms. Chiqui Tan

Mr. DJ Kim All decisions of the judges are final.

Awards 

PRIZES

 Finalists

·        One Samsung Smart Oven per winner and per blogsite

Grand Prize Winners

·        One Samsung RT600 ref (participant & blogger)

 

I Do Nails McKinley Hill

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As much as I love getting my nails done, I can never seem to find the time to go to the nail spa. A busy work schedule, never-ending chores and errands, and more work in between prevents me from going regularly. It really peeves me because I think clean, perfectly groomed nails are a must and if I can have perfect nails every single day, I would be crazy happy (all part of my OCD behavior). So when work requires me to go, you know I am there in a heartbeat!

I got invited by Monica Maceda of I Do Nails to visit their new branch in McKinley Hill. If you remember, I wrote about I Do Nails Eastwood branch before, and shared how its a great place to get nail art (you can read about it HERE). I like nail art and all, but I needed to relax and get pampered, so I decided to get a hand and foot spa service instead. It was the best idea of the week. I loved the hand and foot massages I got. The foot spa was exactly what I needed, too, since my feet are always overworked and never get any attention. With all the walking and running I’m doing, plus the countless pairs of heels I’ve forced my feet to wear, I desperately needed one! Monica was more than willing to help me out, as she gave me my feet the full princess treatment, all while watching a chick flick haha.

After the treatment, my nails looked pretty again (I opted for Deborah Lippmann nail polish all the way), and surprisingly, I felt happy and revived, too. A few hours of pampering really helped relax me. Now I’m convinced I need to include getting a weekly nail spa to my list of things to do. I mean, its the least I can do for myself since I’ve been working so hard (yes, we girls need some convincing sometimes–we all need “me-time” once in awhile). Check out my nail spa experience at I Do Nails McKinley Hill. P.S. Please don’t judge my feet haha.

IMG_4859Nail art.

IMG_4863Their service menu. I love that they offer organic or vegan friendly products.

IMG_4790They wrapped my feet for a couple of minutes–this helped soften my skin, big time.

IMG_4804And I got a hand and foot massage, at the same time! Heaven!

IMG_4833You can choose from a wide selection of Deborah Lippmann polishes.

IMG_4825My feet needed this!

IMG_4808They painted on this minty leg moisturizer–I loved it.

IMG_4819They put on a chick flick for me, too. This is Something Borrowed.

IMG_4817My nails after! Aren’t they pretty?

IMG_4832This red polish caught my eye.

IMG_4829So it went on my toes.        IMG_4865Thank you so much Monica! I heart I Do Nails! <3

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CONTEST ALERT!

I DO NAILS is giving away two (2) sets of gift certificates worth P1000! This is good for a mani-pedi for you and one more person, so you can bring your mom/sister/cousin/BFF!

All you have to do to join this giveaway is:

(1) LIKE I Do Nails on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/IDoNailsServices

(2) FOLLOW I Do Nails on Instagram: @idonailsservice

(3) Share on the comments section of this blog post why you need a pampering session. The 2 best answers win! :)

Winners will be announced on July 18, 2014 (Friday) at 12noon, so all entries must be in before then. GOOD LUCK!

* Gift certificates are good for the following I Do Nails branches:

Third floor, Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City

Ground floor, Building 1, Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

 

Fringe benefits

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I couldn’t resist. I wore fringe, and lots of it, at Bali, Indonesia (I was there to shoot for Trending Now). There’s something so summery about this trend–its easy and effortless, really perfect for the beach! I was on my way to Seminyak that day to do a little shopping and sightseeing, and thought I might as snap my outfit before heading out. This top is from Georgina Sasha, shorts from GUESS Jeans, sandals from TOMS, and bag, necklace and bracelets from Suiteblanco. More about my Bali trip soon–Ill be sharing my travel diary SOON! Oh and huge thanks to Globe Telecom for being so awesome in terms of signal–I never missed a text while abroad. <3

Join the Globe Community

This is the first for the telecommunications industry (at least in the Philippines): Globe Telecom introduces GLOBE COMMUNITY, a venue for its subscribers to learn more, answer and discuss about Globe products and services, or pretty much anything that interests them. I think this is a great way to open the floor to questions and concerns about Globe, and get to know about its latest promos and offers. I especially like the Interest Groups section. It’s a place where you can share and discuss your hobbies and ideas. Like, say, if you were interested in Travel and Adventure, or other things like Food and Beverages, Music and Movies, Fashion, Art and Photography, Books and Magazines, Games and RPG, Sports and Recreation, Anime and Cartoons, and list goes on… there is a venue for all that! And to top it off, Globe Community runs like a game: the more your discuss, share and answer, the more points and badges you can get. Members with the highest authority on the Leadership Board get exclusive invites to the hottest events, private product or app testing, and other exciting treats! Isn’t this fun?!
Test it out for yourself–register and join me at the Globe Community on July 15 (that’s tomorrow), at 5:30 pm. We can talk about beauty, travel and blogging!
 To Register:
2. Click on “REGISTER”
You can register via Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or just by entering your email
3. Click “CONFIRM” then fill out the form
kelly

Bugsy’s Alabang

If you haven’t been to Bugsy’s Alabang (at Westgate), you’re missing out, especially if you’re from around the area. I used to live in Alabang, so yeah, Alabang will always have a special place in my heart. Being there brings back a lot of happy memories, and it still feels like home to me. I like Bugsy’s Alabang because it’s has that neighbourhood bar and bistro vibe, and you’re bound to run into someone you know when you’re there. Also, I can’t get enough of its Buffalo Tenders, Hungarian Sausages, Bugsy’s Mini Pizzas and Bugsy’s Siegel Steak! I always, ALWAYS order these when I’m there. Food and drinks are reasonably priced here too, which is always a big plus. The overall feel of the place is warm and welcoming, and you hardly think of anything else other than hanging out with your buddies.

I haven’t seen my friends in ages, so I planned a meet-up on a Friday night. And perfect timing, it was happy hour from 5 to 10pm, so we had more than enough drinks to go around. Needless to say, we had a blast catching up. We were laughing and exchanging stories and laughing some more–I really missed them! I am so glad we were able to set this up, and from now on, Ill be organizing more dinner and drinks with these folks.

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Bugsy’s Alabang is located at Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa.