Kuya J opens Filipino restaurant chain

Comfort-wise, there’s nothing like Filipino food. But not all Filipino restaurants are chuva-approved, mostly because of interiors. Most Filipino restaurants look cheap and dirty. Not Kuya J at Megamall.
Dinna and I happened to pass by a couple of weeks ago at the basement of SM Megamall-A.
Right next to Mann Hann used to be the site of my favorite Filipino restaurant—now closed.
That’s where I used to go and eat crispy pata for whatever reason—whether I was happy or sad.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out a new Filipino restaurant would be opening at the same spot—and they serve crispy pata!

Crispy Pata

The place is called Kuya J. When Dinna and I saw the picture menu, I told her, we have to come back and eat here.

Kuya J menu

Watch the TV commercial:

Luckily the universe heard me. We received an invitation to have dinner there with its brand ambassador, actor Jericho Rosales.

Jericho Rosales

I have a soft spot for Jericho because in 2005, Jericho Rosales was in our house to shoot a Metro magazine cover—at the end of which he made faces with the kids and their cousins.

The kids

Kuya J is a casual dining restaurant that wants families to feel at home when they eat out. The interiors are cozy, minimalist, and chuva-approved.

Kuya J interior
Kuya J interior

Jericho was a great host—down to earth, sincere, and friendly.
Kuya J’s COO Danny Pumarega explained why Jericho was chosen as their endorser.
“We wanted someone with a wholesome image and a strong sense of family. Jericho has these traits and also a love for good food. He really enjoys eating and sharing meals with family and friends.”

Jericho Rosales

Here’s we had for dinner: My personal favorite are the grilled scallops, which are flown in from Cebu


Dinna likes the lumpia and kare-kare


Grace, Jericho and I recommend the danggit rice, with the unique presentation

danggit rice

“I eat healthy and I love Kuya J because of the variety,” shared Jericho. “I normally order grilled scallops and Chorizo Dinamitas.”


“I also like kare-kare. I don’t eat the crispy pata too often because I try to have a healthy diet but it’s really good,” Jericho said as he personally served us.

Jericho Rosales

Jericho’s comfort meal, he confesses, consists of “coffee and adobo,” something that he loves to get at Kuya J.
“The sisig with egg is also to die for,” he added.
Unlike most sisigs, Kuya J’s is made of chopped pork belly so it’s soft instead of crunchy.


Other specialties include sautéed crabmeat and bamboo shoots rolled in malunggay-wrapper with sweet garlic sauce, battered deep-fried catfish served with chili tuba sauce and bagoong mayo, crispy catfish, and pochero.


Started in Cebu in 2010, Kuya J has 18 branches right now. The company’s goal is to put up 50 branches by the end of 2015.
To know more about Kuya J and its locations, go to https://www.facebook.com/KuyaJResto/.

Have a sosy Halloween with Pottery Barn kids

Halloween doesn’t have to be dirty and grimy—I’m taking about the typical bloody, ghoul-y, grotesque costumes found in most local stores.
Pottery Barn Kids shows us a kind of Halloween that’s both adorable and festive, with kid-friendly costumes for various ages and genders, plus accessories and headpieces to match.

Monarch Butterfly
Puffy White Unicorn

Babies’ costumes come with supersoft faux fur or satin linings.

Baby Lamb
Puffy White Kitty

Complete the look with felt treat bags and containers for Trick or Treat.

Pumpkin, Spider, Ghost, Black Cat Felt Treat Bags
Halloween Treat Containers

Make your home festive with Halloween plates and tumblers and theme chairbackers with special treats.

Halloween Placemat
Halloween plates and tablecloth
Halloween Tiered Stand
Bat Chairbacker

Decorate your walls with themed garlands, ghostly candles, and lightup haunted houses for that magical effect.

Trick or Treat Garland and Ghost Candles
Lightup Haunted House
Happy Halloween Garland and decor
Large Black Pumpkin with Boo Luminary

In the Philippines, Pottery Barn Kids is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., a member of SSI Group, Inc., and is located at Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and Estancia at Capitol Commons, Pasig.
Follow Pottery Barn Kids on Instagram @potterybarnkidsPH.

Tried and tested: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ reviewed

Growing up, my parents were really frustrated whenever we would, say, eat at Kimpura and everyone would order fried rice and I wanted plain.
From a very young age I knew what I wanted and I grew up not wanting what everyone had. It wasn’t a conscious effort to be a pain in the ass. That’s just how I am or how God made me???

Most people are suprised to find out I don’t use an iPhone. My first computer was an Apple Macintosh, way back in 1984. I have always used Apple computers, but for some reason I never got into the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. When it comes to phones, I still prefer Samsung.

My love affair with Samsung phones started when Jeroen’s business partner gave me a Samsung Galaxy Note back in 2012. At that time I was a BlackBerry user and didn’t care if I was the last BlackBerry user on the planet—I just loved the keyboard I could feel with my fingers.
I decided to use the Samsung Galaxy Note as my second phone because of the apps, bigger screen, and pen. I was also thrilled when I was finally able to join the world of Instagram via Android.

Today I am a full-fledged Samsung phone user. I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a sleek and sexy phone. I just love the high-tech wrap screen!! Jeroen’s business partner gave me one and I really found it gorgeous, but a bit small for my big hands. So when Samsung offered me a Galaxy S6 edge+ to review, I grabbed the offer.
Couldn’t wait and opened it in the car.

Samsung S6 Edge phones

First I transferred all my data from the Galaxy S6 edge to the Galaxy S6 edge+ via Samsung’s Smart Switch App.
No need to connect to a computer. So easy, I did it in my car.

Samsung S6 Edge phones

Next I went to the Samsung store at SM Aura in search of a cover. Not much choice at the moment but I’m glad to have found a classy blue cover. I lovett!

Samsung edge+

It was Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who taught me about Samsung’s keyboard swipe feature that made me finally give up the BlackBerry. It works like this:

As a blogger, I’m very particular about the quality of photos I published. I always carry a little Canon camera in my bag, but there are times that the battery will conk out or I’ll forget it. I’ve found that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ takes fantastic pictures. Just check out these photos from my phone


No need for flash


Mouth-watering food shots

crispy pata


Other features worth mentioning:
1) If you’re into selfies, it has a Beauty Face Feature that allows you to take flawless photos of yourself.
2) Fast charge. I’ve noticed that it takes much faster to charge the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.
3) It has dual SIM. First time for me to try it out.
4) I don’t know what they did to the screen, but it doesn’t get oily with fingerprints!

I lovett. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ retails for Php 39,990 (32GB) and Php 44,990 (64GB).
To know more about its features, click HERE.

Objects by KISH opens at Rockwell this October 1

September is nearly over, and with only 87 days before Christmas, maybe it’s time to start Christmas shopping—if only to beat the traffic that’s sure to get worse in December.
Start by dropping by Objects by KISH, a pop-up store of furniture designer Ito Kish which opens at Rockwell’s Powerplant Mall on October 1, Thursday until December 31, 2015.

My creation

Objects by KISH will offer a variety of homeware, gardening tools, and crafts. Hostesses will welcome gifts of enamel kitchenware. And the singles who live alone will appreciate Nordic-style glasses. Get the DIY moose head for the ‘tweens on your gift list.
To know more about the pop-up store, like KISH on Facebook.

Julie Anne’s transformation

Sorry for the jeje post, but my friend Reese and I are obsessed with plastic surgery and I want her to see Julie Anne San Jose’s amazing transformation.
If you don’t know who she is, well I didn’t know either until 2012, when she was paired onscreen with my friend Pia’s son, Elmo Magalona.
Just One Summer premiere
Elmo and Julie in Just One Summer

Julie Anne is a gifted singer with tons of fans.
The other night I was Googling random stuff, until I stumbled upon Julie Ann’s 2015 music video and didn’t recognize her. I compared this with her 2014 music video and was simply amazed.
The weight loss is definitely a factor—she said that’s because she gave up meat to eat more fish.
But the before and after videos definitely beg the question: Is it plastic surgery or is it Bambbi Fuentes???

Julie Anne San Jose — Right Where You Belong (May 2014)

Julie Anne San Jose — Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang (May 2015)
Hair and Make-up: Bambbi Fuentes
Stylist: Rain Dagala

Reese! Either we need her doctor’s number or Bambbi Fuentes—or both!!

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