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Get your Gelatofix at the Fort
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Not too long ago I was having a conversation with a well-known dessert chef, who lamented the lack of dessert places in the country. He said dessert restaurants are really popular in Australia, while over here, Filipinos are afraid of desserts and prefer to split an order amongst themselves.
True enough, when my friends and I go out to lunch or dinner, we usually get stuck in the same place or perhaps move to another place for coffee.

Dessert lovers will be pleased to know a new place has opened at the Fort.
Gelatofix, a restaurant concept from Singapore, specializes in gelato or Italian ice cream.
Gelato is made fresh every day with ingredients such as chocolate, avocado, pistachio, strawberries and mangoes. There are 16 flavors every day.
Among my favorites are Salted Caramello, Caffe Italia, and Fior di Latte (a must-try!).

Gelatofix

But it’s not just a dessert place. It offers savory and sweet dishes with gelato incorporated into some of them. For instance, the Garden of Passion salad consists of greens and a scoop of Fior di Latte gelato, which they let us try during the grand opening.

ice cream salad

“Gelato is at the heart of Gelatofix. We want to offer the full Italian gelato experience. It’s not just a place where you can get scoops of gelato. If you look at our menu, gelato is everywhere. That’s what makes us different,” said Von Lacorte, Director at Gelatofix Philippines.

menu

Gelatofix’s philosophy is to give everyone a place where they can “hang their hats,” which is the Italian way of saying “take a break.”

Kryz Uy
With blogger Kryz Uy at the opening

Gelatofix’s gelato was created by two of the world’s top gelato chefs—Gelato World Cup Champion Master Chef Filippo Novelli and Gelatofix Master Chef David Chang—who are also behind the cafe’s over the top gelato creations.

“We only use the most natural ingredients. We are known for having the smoothest and creamiest Italian gelato,” said Wilson Lim, Executive Director, International Business for Singapore’s Commonwealth Capital Group.

Wilson Lee
Wilson Lim flew in from Singapore for the opening of the BGC store

Gelatofix is particularly proud of Novelli’s Gelato Sushi, an ingenious mix of oil, gelato, and other flavors.

sushi ice cream

Another signature Gelatofix creation is the Magic Boxx, made of two cuts of toasted bread.
The first toast layer has buttery cubes of bread and mangoes topped with Boston creme, while the second box is filled with Gelatofix’s warm chocolate sauce.
On the side is a bowl with two scoops of gelato and fruits. Perfect for sharing!

Mango Toast (Magic Boxx)

Gelatofix also serves soups, main dishes and beverages, like Spaghetti Prawn Apricot, Risotto Al Funghi, Barbecue Ribs, Beef Pot Roast, Crispy Pork Belly, Rosemary Chicken and Bangus Belly served with rice and egg.

Risotto
Risotto

bangus belly
Bangus Belly

At Gelatofix, gelato is included or infused in many of the dishes and drinks, including the frappes, tarts and biscuit plates.

drinks

Choc Biscuit Piatti 2
tarts

Lacorte said Gelatofix Philippines will open one more cafe this year and five next year. Abroad, Gelatofix has locations in Cambodia, Kuwait, Maldives and Qatar.
Gelatofix is at BGC Corporate Center, 30th Corner 11th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
To know more, follow them on www.facebook.com/GelatofixPhilippines or Instagram @gelatofixphilippines

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Winners: Chuva’s gadget giveaway
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Happy Saturday!
I’m about to choose three winners via random.org.
There were 465 entries to my latest giveaway.

Here are the three winners:
Cyrus Tabilin of Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan
Jerry Culala of Bago Bantay Quezon City
Ryan Bautista of Sta. Cruz, Manila

Wow, I’m amazed! Three male winners!
Each one will get prizes featured HERE.

prizes

Thank you all for downloading my app!!

cyrus
jerry
ryan

Winners, please check your email to verify your shipping address. Thanks for joining.
Till next time 🙂

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Join @chuvaness gadget giveaway
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Time for a giveaway!
Most of my giveaways are for girls. This one is different because even men can enjoy the prizes. Well, most of them anyway. 🙂
There will be three winners of exciting prizes. Each set of prizes is worth about Php 15,000, so read carefully if you want to join!

It includes two iPhone cases from the A Shop.
This iPhone wallet case is by Ideal of Sweden (Php 1,700)

iPhone cases

These gorgeous iPhone cases are also by Ideal of Sweden (Php 2,160). Thank you A Shop!

iPhone cases

Two of the cases are for iPhone 7 while the other one is for iPhone 7 Plus.
A Shop is my go-to-place for anything Apple-related, including gadgets, accessories and repairs. The knowledgeable and dependable Apple reseller has branches at Ayala Avenue, Makati; Eastwood Mall; and Glorietta 3, Makati.

Podo camera

Winners will also get Podo—a wireless, re-stickable camera that turns any surface into a photo booth. This one is made for iPhone. If you loathe selfie sticks like I do, then Podo is the better alternative.

Podo camera

How to use:

Podo is a Bluetooth connected, stick-anywhere camera that you control with your iPhone. Just stick it on a wall and get in front of it. Preview the shot on your screen, take a pic, then watch as images get transferred wirelessly to your phone.
You can buy Podo at Php 3,750 from @podoph on Instagram.

que bottles are fashionable collapsible travel bottles. The bottles have a unique spiral design that shrinks the bottle as needed. Each bottle costs Php 1,250 at http://www.quebottleph.com/.

que bottle

BlueLounge CableDrop Minis are little stick-on organizers that grasp peripheral cables to keep them in place and within reach. They will keep your cables handy on the table, not on the floor.
Get them at Php 550 from @innoveeph on Instagram. Each winner will get two packs.

cable drop

The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker is portable and stylish. The speaker has 24-hour playtime, 66-foot bluetooth range and built-in mic, dual-driver portable wireless speaker with low harmonic distortion and superior sound. I bought them for $36 from Amazon.

Anker speaker
Anker speakers

Each prize will be delivered to the winners in a sturdy brown train case from Korea.

Prizes
Prizes

How to join:

1) You must have a Philippine delivery address.
2) You must have an Instagram account (set to public).
3) Follow the following accounts on Instagram:
@chuvafinds
@Ashop.ph
@innoveeph
@podo.ph

4) Download the Chuvaness app from Google Play or the App Store. Take a screen shot of the app on your home screen.

5) Post the screen shot of the Chuvaness app on your Instagram account and tell your followers to go to chuvaness.com to find out how to join #ChuvasGadgetGiveaway.
Don’t forget to tag:
@chuvafinds
@Ashop.ph
@innoveeph
@podo.ph

Sample:
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6) Register for the electronic raffle HERE.

Contest runs from August 12-17, 2017.
I know it looks complicated, but I only need three winners who know how to follow instructions 🙂
Three winners will be chosen via random.org and will be informed via email.
Winners will also be posted on this site.
Upon email verification, winners will receive their prizes via courier.
If I don’t hear back from you, I’ll pick another winner 🙂

Sent from my iPhone

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Your kids will break your stuff
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I have no idea if my kids read my blog. I know they follow me on Instagram to make sure I don’t post their photos, but not sure about this site.
Blogging isn’t as popular since Instagram happened.

Again, I seem to have given birth to myself.
My dad hardly ever got mad at me. The few times he did, it was truly my fault because I plugged my dad’s electronics—which were mostly 110 volts—into 220, thereby destroying them.
Oh, it made him so mad. That’s why to this day I don’t want to buy anything that’s only 110 volts.
I destroyed many of his things.

Your kids will destroy your things.
Oh yes they will.
My son (who shall not be named) was a chubby little baby on my lap who couldn’t even talk when he put his stubby little finger on my Mac keyboard and decided to pull out the letter N.
This was back in 2003….
We were not rich then. I had no choice but to replace the whole keyboard and it cost Php 3500 and it hurt.
Now my son is a teenager and he loves to “borrow” my laptop.
In the beginning he used to actually borrow it, but later on he just assumed I would say yes. He would creep over to my bedside in the dark and ask for my computer. It was hard to say no. Sometimes my laptop would disappear while I was sleeping and I would find it the next day in another room.

So two days ago I found my laptop in the study room, which transported itself while I was sleeping. When I turned it on, the screen was ruined. It had dark vertical stripes on the right, which revealed a crack pattern when pressed down.

Screen

I can’t tell you how my heart was broken. So yes, I got mad at him. He claimed innocence and blamed it on the maids. But I blamed him anyway because he didn’t put it back safely on my bedside.
Someone had apparently shut the laptop screen with headphones sandwiched between the screen and the keyboard.
That’s what we concluded when I took it to the shop. I found out a new screen may cost around Php 40,000 to replace. What’s even sadder is the repair will take 3 to 4 weeks.
I decided to buy a new laptop while repairing that one. Cost: Php 107,000—a downgrade from my broken laptop.

So yes, your kids will break your stuff. It will cost money. It will make you mad.
It made me scream louder than my dad ever did. But like my dad I couldn’t stay angry for long. I just couldn’t.
For how can you stay angry when all you can remember are really stubby little fingers?

Ben and Markus

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