December 19 is special because it happens to be the birthday of my son Christian + my mom. While Christian had his first birthday party last Saturday, my mom’s was tonight.
Last Friday my dad and his friends Mr. Takanori Fujimura and Dr. Eiki Enatsu soft-opened a Japanese fusion restaurant with a very talented chef, Masaaki Ishikawa.


Mangetsu used to be located at the Creekside Mall, now closed.
My dad said Chef Ishikawa came from Nagoya, opened his restaurant here a couple of years ago before he was abandoned by his business partner. My dad and his friends loved his food so much, they convinced him to change location under new management and partnership.

My brother Dennis (L) with Mr. Takanori Fujimura

My dad is no restaurateur, so I was a bit skeptical—but he knows his Japanese food very well.
My mom invited her closest friends and family to dinner. Jeroen and I braved the Makati traffic all the way to Jupiter Street in Bel-Air, Makati.



Soft opening here


I swear, everyone on the main floor was Japanese (a good sign)


We spotted my dad’s friends from Sumitomo Metals.


Oh, there is a real sushi chef in there. In Japan you need at least four years training to become a sushi chef. I’m very particular about sushi, so I’m happy whenever I see a real sushi chef in Manila.


My sister Ana would love Mr. Chuichi Mastumoto and the sound of his geta (wooden slippers) clacking on the floor.
So Spirited Away


Dinner was upstairs


Jeroen and I arrived just in time to sit down to this large plate of sashimi. Ana took all the salmon (not in picture). I ate the tuna and hamachi with a side of sushi rice.

Sashimi platter

Next came the tori karaage (Japanese fried chicken) served with three kinds of salt, kropek and calamansi. Loved this too.


Then the wagyu beef slices cooked on top of a plate with special sauce. Jeroen says keep the three kinds of salt from the tori karaage and use this to flavor the beef. Jeroen, my brother and I had two plates of this.


Please eat this with rice


I was already full when the ebi tempura arrived. Brown this over hot coals


Plus another plate of sushi, which I took home to Mich Dulce and her mom. So full.


The menu is surprisingly large and affordably priced. I’m coming back with my hungry friends cause I wanna try the beef bowl. Click HERE to see the menu.
P.S. It’s always fun when Ana’s around.


Mangetsu is at 38 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati
Tel. 478-3292


Hello, who gave me leaf pie? I received this at Pepper Lunch Shang with no note and just want to thank the sweet person who sent it from Singapore. Thank you very much!! :)

Leaf pie


Winners of simple swag


As drawn by, the 10 winners are:

#370 Leah Tamondong of Cubao
#618 Maria Johanna M. Batolos of Pasig
#676 Marlon Pasilon of Marikina City
#961 Nermaine Jel De Asis of Malate
#1044 Rizzane Ong of San Juan
#1057 Natasha D. Cayco of Rockwell
#1058 Giancarla Hernandez of Novaliches
#1103 Amy Santos of Sta. Ana
#1320 Ronna Kristel De Leon of Cainta
#1331 JELENNI B. BROJAN of Cainta

Please check your direct messages on Twitter and reply to me.
All winners will receive


a Pepper Lunch x Team Manila notebook
Chuvanotes by Tickles
Manansala x Freeway mousepad
The newest edition of Enjoy Cards
Php 1,000 gift check from Adidas
Php 1,000 gift check from Payless*
Php 1,000 gift check from Marks & Spencer*
Php 1,000 gift check from Accessorize
Php 1,000 gift check from Debenhams*
(*Care of Stores Specialists Inc.)
Plus, a variety pack of Burlington’s softest socks!


P.S. You can now buy Burlington products online and pay through credit card or Paypal. No minimum order required and currently on sale! Go to


Holiday mall hours

Only 6 days before Christmas Eve. I’m not even done shopping and hoping Johnny Air will deliver the goods I ordered since November.
I try to avoid Christmas traffic, so I minimize going out and appreciate extended mall hours when there are less people to bump into (though I feel bad for the mall employees who have to work late).
As a public service to night owls like me, I’m posting holiday hours at malls where there’s a Pepper Lunch restaurant.

December 18-23: 10 AM-11 PM
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: 12 noon-8 PM

December 16-23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 9 AM AM-7 PM
December 25: 12 noon-10 PM
December 31: 9 AM-7 PM
January 1, 2011: 12nn to 10 PM

December 1-22: 10 AM-11 PM
December 23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: 12 noon-8 PM
December 31: 10 AM-6 PM
January 1: 12 noon-8 PM
January 2 onwards: regular mall hours 10 AM-8 PM

Shangri-La Plaza
December 18-20: 10 AM-10 PM
Dcember 21-23: 10 AM-11 PM
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: CLOSED :)

Robinsons Place Manila
December 19-22: 10 AM-10 PM
December 23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: open up to 8 PM
December 25: 12 noon – 9 PM
December 26-30: 10 AM-10 PM

Alabang Town Center
December 16-23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 10 AM-9 PM
December 25: 12 noon-9 PM
December 26-30: 10 AM-10 PM
December 31: 10 AM-6 PM
January 1: 12 noon-10 PM
January 2: regular mall hours

Mall of Asia (a bit confusing, so I’m posting this instead)

And while you’re at it, stop by at Pepper Lunch to eat and relax, and share a little love with the Brave Kids fighting cancer. Drop any amount of cash in our designated drop boxes, and we’ll double the total amount collected from all seven stores to buy gifts for the Brave Kids of Manila.

Secret Santa at Pepper Lunch

P.S. Please feel free to add other mall hours in the comments section. Thanks!

Rustan’s Holiday 2011

Only nine days before Christmas and I’m not done shopping, simply because it’s slim pickin’s for anything in Manila.
For me anyway (thank God for Johnny Air!).
Family members are the hardest to shop for, especially mom and dad. But between mom and dad, I would say Dad’s gift gives me the most stress.
That’s why I’m here to make life easier for you, by posting some of what Rustan’s has to offer—mostly for the women in your lives.
Find them at Rustan’s Ayala Center Makati, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Center Cebu and good luck!
P.S. I don’t suggest you have your gifts wrapped at Rustan’s because it’s gonna take days, I imagine. Wrap your gifts at home! That’s one of the best things about Christmas.


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Gilda knows

Forever 81
By Gilda Cordero-Fernando

Philippine Daily Inquirer • Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I like Kidlat Tahimik (aka Eric de Guia) because he tried to build a galleon. I like stage director Jose Estrella for being a girl named Jose. I like Recah Trinidad because he still receives mail addressed to Ms Trinidad. Also Ambeth.
I like Joven Cuanang because he can do 32 things at the same time. I like Satur Ocampo when he’s not talking communist. I like Manny Chaves because he fills in the blanks when I forget what I’m talking about. Raymond Lee? I will steal his pink shoes!
But I love my normal friends just as much as my dented friends. Normal friends never object to things you say. They just suffer in silence. I promised my seriously dented friends that I would not write about them, so I just drew them.



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