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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Peñafrancia Festival 2018 Schedule of Events


On this page you will see the updates of the Peñafrancia Festival 2018 Schedule of Activities. Bookmark this page now!

For Festival Sponsorship, you may visit Naga City Events, Protocol and Public Information Office, 2nd Floor, City Hall, J. Miranda Avenue, Naga City or you may reach them through their landline number: (054) 881-8328 (office hours: 8am - 5pm) or email you may email them at ceppio@naga.gov.ph.

Source: Naga Smiles to the World FB
Artwork by Ray Ubaldo

DATE & TIME
EVENT
VENUE
September 5 7PM Wed
Miss Bicolandia Pageant
JMR Coliseum
September 7 4AM Fri
Penitential Procession of the Image of Ina,
Peñafrancia Basilica to Peñafrancia Shrine
September 7 12NN Fri
Peñafrancia Traslacion Procession 2018
Peñafrancia SHrine to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
September 8 7AM Sat
Regional Band, Majorettes & Fancy Drill Competition
JMR Coliseum
September 12 7AM Wed
Scouts Parade & Inter-School DBC/DLC Competition
Panganiban Drive to Plaza Quezon
September 13 7:30 AM Thu
Civic Parade & Float Competition
Panganiban Drive to Plaza Quezon
September 13 2PM Thu
Peñafrancia Voyadores Festival Street & Pilgrims Dance Competition
Naga Cathedral to Plaza Quezon
September 14 7AM Fri
Annual Bicol Regional Military Parade Competition
Panganiban Drive to Plaza Quezon
September 15 2PM Sat
Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to Peñafrancia Basilica via Naga River
















Monday, July 9, 2018

#NCDFoodTrip: MarkDom's Chips & Dips and MarkDom's Arabiana

#NCDFoodtrip It’s soooo nice to eat again at MarkDom’s chips and dips / Oh wholly crepe and now that they also have Markdom's Arabiana, the menu just got more interesting! 😍

📌 Top of my list is the GRILLED CHICKEN MASALA, an Indian chicken recipe with a sauce that you will keep asking for more! Slice a portion from the chicken, wrap it in the pita bread and dip it in the sauce. Flavorful!! 

📌 At last, I was able to try their CHICKEN SHAWARMA in a CREPE. The crepe itself and the sauce is a winner on its own, the chicken shawarma is an extra bonus! 

📌 The PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SANDWICH has a rich taste perfect with the fries. They also have another version of a crispy chicken sandwich that’s also worthy to try. 


📌 If you are a rice person instead of the pita bread or crepes, MarkDom’s also has rice meals with Mediterranean flavors to spice up your day. 



📌 Crepes are happy desserts 😍. Explore a variety of crepes from MarkDoms and you’ll surely cap your meal with a sweet and satisfied smile. 


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Offering a variety of street food  inspired from other countries. More and more restaurants open in Naga offering flavorful, herbed and classic meals from around the world. This is what MarkDom’s chips and dips / Oh wholly crepe is all about. Chicken, baby back, Three Brothers Burgers, chips and dips and more that will surely tickle your taste buds and oh plus their sought after Lebanese Shawarma (that I still have to try, but heard so many good comments about it). Crepes are also their specialty! Can’t wait to try them too!
Originally posted on Facebook: March 10, 2018


I loved their Chai Tea too for only P55 😍. 
Chicken with drinks starts at P85 to P89 with drink and flavorful sauces. (Chicken Teriyaki, Korean Crispy Chicken, Classic Bbq Chicken and Buffalo Chicken).








MarkDoms is now located at 24 High Street Food Park
Beside Bicol Access Health Centrum
CBD II, Brgy. Triangulo, Naga City



Friday, June 29, 2018

Asian Restaurants in Naga City

#NCDfoodtrip will never come to an end just because Naga can't be stopped when it comes to the flourishing food industry. We Naguenos love to eat and Asian cuisines are not anymore new to our palates. This post is but limited to Asian cuisine and will be limited to local restaurants offering, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean and Malaysian dishes etc. Will be updating this post from time to time. Links to full reviews will be provided per restaurant if available. 

1. Korea House - This restaurants has lots of authentic Korean dishes on the menu. From ingredients to flavours and the way of cooking is legit and authentically Korean. Bonus for this place is the Food K Trading grocery at the back of the resto where they sell Korean groceries of all sorts. For full review of Korea House, CLICK HERE. They also have a BUFFET if you're up to it, for details, CLICK HERE.
Location: Caimito St. Corner Del Pilar St. Dayangdang, Naga City
For Korean Meals and Dishes Budget: P250 - P300 per person for the restaurant and 
P399 for the buffet

2. Manna Korean Food - Because Manna is from heaven, so we eat. This is another legit Korean Resto in San Felipe and is definitely for keeps! The small resto is owned by a Korean couple. The place might just be small and away from the town proper, but the food is authentic!

Location: In front of Naga City Montessori, Brgy. San Felipe
Budget: P150 - P250 per person


3. Coreano's Resto - Another Korean resto fronting Bob Marlin in Magsaysay Avenue.

Location: Citrine Commercial Center, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City
Budget: P200 per person

4. Cjzave BBQ and Grill - Cjzave BBQ & GRILL might not be all Korean (because of the hotdogs) but grilling while you eat can definitely be this fun! They also have fruits as part of the buffet.

Location: Fronting Alfonso's (formerly Kambingan Resto), Magsaysay Avenue
Budget: Buffet - P299 per person



5. Wok N Roll - I’ve been seeing this Pad Thai in my newsfeed and was curious myself so I gave it a try. Apart from Pad Thai, the Wok N Roll have this fresh salad that I really liked. The Tom Yum (soup) with noodles rans after the hot and sour fans out there that will surely complement the seafoods included in the dish. I think they still have other Thai or Malaysian dishes in Wok n Roll.

Location: 24 High Street Food Park, Beside Bicol Access Health Center, CBD II, Brgy. Triangulo
Budget: P150< per person


6. KixKaye - “There’s no need to go to Singapore or Malaysia”, this is what KixKaye is promising to us Bicolanos, that they are bringing Singaporean-Malay cuisine right here in Maogmang Lugar. They are located at #24HighStreet Food Park. CLICK HERE for more photos and review.


7. Mitsuo 'San  - Japan-Japan as what others fondly calls! A hole in the wall but definitely for keeps. This time we go Japanese. At first, Mitsuo San was known for their Takoyaki. The affordability is just for the win. Situated in a subdivision with limited seats that's why they are always full. It's like your typical carinderia only that it's Japanese but of course authentic. For full review, CLICK HERE

Location: Kayanga Road, Mariano Village, Naga City
Budget: P100 per person


8. Crown Park Restaurant - Of course, one of our old time favorites. If you need a semi-formal dining experience with your family, workmates, relatives especially for big gatherings, Crown Park can can always deliver our favorite Chinese dishes. Hungma Bread, Beef Brisket, Chicken Feet, and a whole lot more! For full review and more photos, CLICK HERE and HERE

Location: With 3 Branches in Naga 
P. Burgos St. Branch, SM City Naga Ground Level, Robinsons Place Naga Ground Level
Budget: P200< per person 


9. Okuya - Located at The Piazza beside Bigg's Diner Magsaysay, Okuya brings in the Bicolano and Janpanese Fusion. Volcano Maki and Laing Maki might interest you so try it out! For the full review CLICK HERE.

Okuya's signature dish the "Volcano Maki"
(Probably inspired by Bicol's Mayon Volcano because of its shape)

Bicol's best Laing turned into Maki - "Laing Maki". This is one of the best Bicolano-Japanes fusion that you can get here in Bicol.

10. Wok Food Garden

11. Oyster Restaurant 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Office / Commercial Space for Rent in Naga City

For those looking for:

🏢 OFFICE / COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT (Yearly Contract)

📍MMCN Building Panganiban Drive Naga City (beside ABS-CBN)

👨🏻‍💼JIMMY
📞 0917-506-4526 / 0947-977-0033









Monday, April 30, 2018

I tried a one day juice cleanse and I love it


I have been drinking Pure Nectar by Fruit Magic for quite some time, but it's only when I have the chance to substitute my other drinks to this healthier option. Upon getting to know their products more, I knew that they have a 1 to 3 day juice cleanse sets and back then I had this thinking that I don't need it just yet. After having my lab test (that's the time when we get to feel a little something here and there), most of my results are on the normal range but I have to be on guard for my sugar and cholesterol level since the results are nearing the borderline. The cholesterol part is actually surprising for someone who is as slender and thin as me. LOL

For the first time, I tried a one day juice cleanse from Pure Nectar and I’m not gonna say that it was easy, but I am really happy that I pushed through with it.  I'm not a vegetarian, I'm not a fitness addict either and you guys know that I post a lot of my #NCDfoodtrip like I am an unofficial endorser of products and services that I really like. With my blogging life for 9 years, I realized that I have to be more mindful of what I eat and drink given the kind of lifestyle that I have.

Doing a juice detox will require you to become physically and psychologically ready, learn to accept that what you are doing is no joke and avoid temptations at all cost. I was actually worried about post-cleanse effects that may hinder me from doing my office work. So, I did a lot of reading and religiously followed the guidelines (HERE) about the one-day juice cleanse program of Pure Nectar. 

Sometimes I realized that yes, we keep on consuming imported food supplements and vitamins that we forget that we Filipinos have a different kind of lifestyle and diet. Pure Nectar's juice cleansing program has an edge over other products because it is crafted according to an average Filipino's diet. 

To keep it short, here are some quick guidelines about this one-day juice cleanse program of Pure Nectar.
  • Take a light high fiber meal the night before performing the juice cleanse. In my case, I ate kamote (sweet potato), yes, I was serious. 
  • Can you eat during the day of your cleansing? As much as possible NO, so to achieve maximum benefits of the program. I'm so proud of myself I was able to achieve that! If it is unavoidable, however, a minimum amount of steamed, broiled, boiled or raw vegetables and/or fish is acceptable. 
  • The only thing that you can actually consume during the program is WATER. Why? To avoid mouth sores, which is one of the normal detoxification reaction of the body. 
  • NO COFFEE and other STIMULANTS on the day of the program and even a few days after.
  • Listen to your body during the detox process. 
  • Don't forget to read the rest of the pre-during-post detoxification guidelines HERE

WARNING: Temptation to eat is really high! I actually felt like "busog ako pero gutom ako".  Imagine?! Possible pala 'yun! My body was actually screaming for some sugar and carbohydrates that day. 

Follow the proper timing when to drink. If I was able to do it, you can do it too!

Once a follower on my page left a comment after I posted a not so healthy food and said "sayang ang Pure Nectar" and so I replied, "this is exactly why I need the Pure Nectar in my diet because I have a different kind of lifestyle."

RESULTS? I felt light and renewed after the program. It's a bonus that I was actually conscious of what to eat. Perhaps the only detoxification reaction that I got was a mild headache and it was tolerable. This juice program is not actually for weight loss, it's more about rebooting your system and flushing away all the toxins. 

This set includes: 7 bottles of Pure Nectar cold-pressed juice: Mega Omega, Olympian, Tropical Fuel, Restore & Renew, Body Cleanser, Alka-Boost,Green Supreme, 1 bottle of Lemon Kefir (500mL), Reusable Thermal Bag


"Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. You would think that something made of sugar water would be overly sweet but that is not the case at all. The “grains” (called so for their appearance) feed on the sugar leaving it with an extremely mild sweetness. It’s a Probiotic! Probiotics are good bacteria that help you keep a healthy gut. These good bacteria help us to digest our food, prevent allergies, boost our immune system, and overall keep our body healthy. Since many probiotic supplements are not reliable we choose to get our probiotics through fermented foods – and water kefir is a great way to do that! Get Increased Immunity! That’s right, probiotics help to boost your immune system. This means that you will get sick less often. That’s great as we are headed into back to school season."
I love this reusable bag! This bag kept the juices cold throughout the day, well almost for the last bottle. This will be actually perfect for outings!

Pure Nectar also has a 2-day and 3-Day Cleanse set. 

I think I might be doing this at least once a month or once in two months if budget permits. If I can buy a coffee or any other drink at a hundred plus or so, I believe I can actually push through with this. Not only that I was able to test my limits, but I was able to learn how to listen well to what my body needs. On to a healthier blogging life!!! Give it a try guys!

Pure Nectar Naga
2nd Level Robinsons Place Naga
Front of Daiso Japan




Thursday, April 12, 2018

#NCDFoodtrip: Caffe Primo, an uptown cafe in Naga City

A drive to uptown Naga is always a treat. The turns and fine concrete road with the fresh air coming in through your car's window is something that you can not get from the downtown area. A dip in the hot or cold waters of Isarog always come to mind when we travel to this side of Naga. Now, there is a cafe worthy of your drive away from the city's bright lights and noise which is located inside Caceres Heights Subdivision called Caffe Primo. According to their page it is an Italian inspired Caffe sure to give guests a much needed break from Naga City’s busy environment.



Caffe Primo has the feels of a slow vibe. Much to be noticed is also a casual to a semi fine dining feels being part of the Primus Hotel & Resort. Right after we had a dip at Panicuason Hot Spring, I decided to check out the place since we were in the area. 


I always ask restaurants about their best sellers, Pizza is one in Caffe Primo, I believe. This is the All Meat Pizza, I was expecting an all-meat loaded pizza but hey I love veggies so I'm not complaining. It actually tasted good! 

We ordered Caramel Machiatto and Salted Caramel Latte, Cafe Americano and a Java Chip Frappe. I loved their hot drinks, the Java Chip was so-so, but hopefully the other frappes are good. One thing I learned in cafes, it's difficult to have a drink or food inspired from famous brands. It's either you get it right or you totally flunk.


Here's the price range of Caffe Primus menu:
Salad 150 - 220
Pasta 230 - 260
Pizza 450 - 480
Sandwiches 125 - 250
Burgers 220 - 260
Desserts 110 - 180
Hot Beverages 95 - 175
Iced Beverages 100 - 160
Frappe 145 - 180
Juice 140 - 160
Tea Beverages 95 - 140

They also included in one menu the restaurant of the Resort Hotel, I just forgot the name of the resto.

Was expecting the frappe to be in a fancy glass, perhaps this is what they really opted to use even in dine-ins



We sat near the windows overlooking the pool. Hoping to come back soon and I can't wait to try the other food and drinks. Ambiance is a so nice and the baristas who are VERY COURTEOUS tops it all! Even my mom noticed it so it's really a plus plus point. 


I believe the tranquility of the place is the purpose of this cafe together with the food that you can actually enjoy with your friends and family. Caffe Primo is also for solitary pursuits and the food and drinks that you can order is already a good company. Looking forward to my next visit at Caffe Primo! Don't forget to share your favorites!

Caffe Primo
Primus Hotel & Resort
KM9, Pacol, Caceres Heights, Naga City
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CaffePrimoPH/
Cafe Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Contact No. 0917 506 9156