Jan 9, 2017

Filipino Bloggers Network Get-Together 2016: Another Year of Productive Partnerships


It was a night of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and meeting new friends at the 2016 Christmas party of the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, in cooperation with MetroBuzz Bloggers held at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant in Mandaluyong City last December 28, 2016.
Blogger members took the opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different PR groups and brands also graced their event and personally thank bloggers, online writers and influencers who have supported them in the past years.


FBN currently has more than 1,800 blogger members and continue to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members from different part of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different brands for the group are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac. With the support of MetroBuzz led by its admin Lariza Garcia, the annual event has become even more bigger on its fourth run.
This year’s celebration was supported by the following generous sponsors:


St. Nicholas Catering & Restaurant  – Mandaluyong’s newest food craze. Experience quality but affordable dining experience at Barangay Plainview. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am to 12am. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/st.nicholasresto/
Acer PH – Founded in 1976 with a mission to break the barriers between people and technology by offering innovative and leading technology products, empowering people to achieve their goals. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AcerPH/.
AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc. (AMPR) – A full service public relations and marketing services company that caters to various industries and companies of diverse sizes. For more information about AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.’s expertise and services, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AMPRInc or contact them through (02) 706-1971 and via email at ampr.consultancy@gmail.com.
Goodah!!! – The first ever, all-native food chain in the country and is famous for introducing the now ubiquitous “Tapsilog” to the Filipino vocabulary. Contact (02) 9667582 for orders and inquiries or visit their website at www.goodah.com.ph
Gardenia – Offers a wide array of superior bakery products including white, wheat and health breads, flavored loaves, pandesal and snack items like snack cakes, muffins and toasts. Gardenia breads are known for their good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive value. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph/
IMComms Mavens – A full service marketing communications agency that integrates traditional and current marketing strategies to be able to provide Clients a strategic communications plan. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imcmavens/
UNO Premier – A dynamic marketing company that derived its innovative business model from a very long history and foundation of leadership, management and entrepreneurial vision. UNO Premier’s mother company, UNO, started rising 10 years ago and blossomed throughout the network marketing industry like rapid fire. For more information, visit the website at www.unopremier.com. Like/follow their social media accounts: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UNOPremierOfficialSite/; Instagram: @unopremierofficial and on Twitter: @UNOPremier_PH

Dearberry Philippines – The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. Dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”. Their products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP. Follow DearberryPH on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dearberry.ph/  or visit their website – http://www.dearberryphilippines.com/  for updates and promos.
JJEMM Transient House – A fully furnished apartment unit located in Balanga City, Bataan. If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful province of Bataan to enjoy scenic views and awesome tourist spots, JJEMM Transient House is here to welcome and provide accommodation for your stay. This is best for couples, backpackers, budget travellers, families and group travellers.  Situated in a subdivision in Balanga City,Bataan and 5-7 minutes away from public market. Learn more by following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/jjemmtransienthouse/ . Contact them at email address: jjemmtransienthouse@gmail.com and mobile number: 0998-882-8300.
Mondelez – Maker of some of the best-known snacks brands around the globe. Their 15 global Power Brands in biscuits, chocolate and gum & candy are expected to drive 70 percent of company’s growth going forward:
Biscuits: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, TUC, belVita, Club Social and Barni.
Chocolate: Milka, Lacta, Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk.
Gum & Candy: Trident, Chiclets, Halls, Stride and Cadbury Dairy Milk Eclairs.
Follow Mondelez on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational for updates.
Oppo Philippines – A global electronics and technology service provider that provides customers with the latest and most exquisite electronic devices and mobile internet service in over 20 countries such as the United States, China, Australia and many other countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Follow them on Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/  for promos and updates.
Aster Medical Centre Philippines – A part of Aster DM Healthcare network. Our multi-specialty centre is staffed with 50+ doctors and highly skilled nurses and staff who work together to take care of you and your loved ones. Aster DM Healthcare encompasses more than 10,000 employees, 1300+ doctors, 290 establishments of compassionate care and JCI accredited diagnostic centres in Dubai, India, KSA, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and now Bahrain. Like them on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/AsterDMHPhilippines

BrandSpeak Asia Inc. – a privately owned, independent public relations corporation created and managed by a team of young, dynamic and vibrant professionals committed to a shared passion: the integration of unique and creative thinking. Find them on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandspeakasia/

Comm & Sense – one of the first marketing communications agencies in the country to offer inbound marketing solutions. More information at www.commsenseinc.com or follow them on Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/CommAndSense/

OCI Group – Providing well integrated and strategic communications for your company. Delivering results that are responsive and puts great value in your investment. Follow them on Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/ 


Novuhair - Like the common factors that spawn hair loss, finding the right solution to your hair woes is one confusing process that could only worsen the trouble. Before, most of the products available in the market offer empty promises, temporary and even expensive solutions to address the problem of hair loss. Now, nature has provided a safe and effective solution, NOVUHAIR® – NATURE’S ANSWER TO HAIR LOSS! Like Novuhair on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/
Unilab – The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. Follow Unilab on Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Unilab/


Havas PR – The first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega / for inquiries.
M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, It’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Visit their website – http://www.m2comms.com/  for inquiries.

Strategic Works, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/StratWorks/
Trend Spotting Ads Consultation Agency
Dazzling Celebrations PR & Events Managementhttps://www.facebook.com/dazzlingcelebrations/

Samu’t-Sari www.www.samut-sari.com
Echusera www.echusera.com
TechandInnovations.info - www.techandinnovations.info
Cheers to more years of togetherness!

Jan 3, 2017

Nikuya in Estancia: A Love Affair with Yakiniku and Shabu-Shabu

“The yin & the yang are opposite forces. Yet, they exist together in the harmony of a perfect orb.”

The Asian cuisine is very rich in culture and it features a delicate balance of taste. Just like the fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisines- the exquisite harmony of both food cultures is an absolute pleasure that tickles the senses and this is what Nikuya in Estancia charcoal grill and shabu-shabu restaurant is all about.

Nikuya in Estancia features both Korean and Japanese food in an exciting charcoal grill and shabu-shabu (hot pot) dining experience. Cooking your own meal such as Korean barbecue or Japanese shabu-shabu is a super fun way of dining that promotes bonding moments among friends and family.

Nikuya means 'butcher' when translated in English that is why aside from the Korean/Japanese restaurant they also sell top grade -A Wagyu beef from Japan.

Nikuya Shabu-Shabu

Shabu-shabu may be mystery to some but once you get to try it for sure you’ll love it. Foodies who enjoy hot soup and the aroma of steamed food in boiling broth will definitely find shabu-shabu an appealing way of dining out and the best place to enjoy one is at Nikuya in Estancia.

Shabu-shabu is a popular Japanese style of “nabemono” or hot pot featuring thinly sliced premium tender meat, fresh vegetables, mushroom and other Asian ingredients such as squid roll, fish cake, ‘kuzukiri’ (cold Japanese kuzu noodles), fish balls or chikuwa roll (Japanese take on seafood roll or fish ball). 

Nikuya in Estancia offers two kinds of soup base for their shabu-shabu one is made from ‘buta’ (pork) broth and other one sukiyaki soup stock (darker colored broth). Once the broth is boiling it should be place into simmer by turning down the fire in a low setting. 

The Correct Way of Eating Shabu-Shabu
Though there is no official guidelines or laws that tell us how to enjoy our food it is only right to learn and understand the proper way of eating especially when eating traditional food from cuisines around the world.
Good enough to know that at Nikuya in Estancia the staff is always ready to assist making it easy for everyone to enjoy Nikuya shabu-shabu. 

Traditionally the correct way of eating shabu-shabu is by allowing the broth to boil and once it is boiling it should be set to simmer and that’s the time you can dunk in the veggies, noodles or mushroom. The thinly sliced meat should not be left inside the broth boiling- this is the incorrect way of doing shabu-shabu. 

The meat should be handled using the chopstick and dip into the simmering broth by cooking it using a swirling motion that will only take under a minute to cook. Once meat is cooked along with other ingredients you can now enjoy it with the prepared sauces. 

NOTE: It is customary not to mistake the broth for a soup- the shabu-shabu broth is there to cook the meat and other ingredients that will allow to draw out the interesting flavors from them. Probably you can enjoy the broth by taking small sips once in a while.

Nikuya for exceptional Yakiniku and Korean Barbecue
Indoor grills on tabletops are very popular in many Japanese and Korean restaurants. Good thing that Nikuya in Estancia can very well serve you both of best worlds since they feature Japanese and Korean dishes served and cooked traditionally either on the spot (on customer’s table) or in their kitchen.

beef short ribs are tender and flavorful

marinated ox tripe for grilling

quail eggs wrapped in pork bacon slice

Nikuya in Estancia has a modern tabletop charcoal grill wherein diners can explore both “Gogigui” (Korean meat barbecue) and Yakiniku (Japanese way of grilling) with choices from best meat cuts, fresh vegetables, and sausages among others. 

A platter of fresh greens includes romaine lettuce and sesame leaves that will go well with grilled meats. Koreans would wrap a piece of cooked meat in these leaves and include a sliver of sauce (spicy) and some garlic. However the Japanese way of yakiniku will not require wrapping the meat pieces in leaves but instead diners could freely dip it in their choice of sauce along with the veggies.

The correct way of doing yakiniku or Korean barbecue grilling is to cook the thinly sliced meat of either pork or beef as quickly as possible over high heat on the grill. It is quite rude not to pay attention as you grill your meat since it would be such a waste to burn good quality meat slices. 

 Pajeon- Korean Pancake 

Nikuya's Japanese style omelette has an interesting play of flavors. Thinly made egg omelette is rolled with Nori wrapper and cheese then topped with yummy Bonito flakes.

Enjoy great Korean and Japanese dishes at Nikuya in Estancia
The newest Korean Japanese restaurant in Capitol Commons- Nikuya in Estancia features a state of the art hot pot burner and charcoal grill that can perfectly deliver great tasting shabu-shabu or yakiniku food. Having your own shabu-shabu is an exceptional as well as a memorable dining experience. You can also freely indulge with other Korean and Japanese dishes that are being offered at NIKUYA Grill in Capitol Commons.

 Shogun inspired wall art

Nikuya Charcoal Grill and Shabu-Shabu Restaurant is ideally located at Unit L1-130, G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave., corner Shaw Blvd., Oranbo, Pasig City, Philippines
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