Monday, February 28, 2011

Turning Japanese!

Having spent more than 3 hours watching the 3rd installation of the 2nd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition at SM Mall of Asia standing up, my family was tired to the core and famished.  We hoped to find a restaurant that won't have a line waiting to be seated, yes, wishful thinking since it is already expected that most restaurants would be filled as soon as the fireworks display is over by 10PM.  
With high hopes in our hearts, my brother Troy and I walked briskly (almost running) and scurried past hundreds of people strolling to look for a good place to eat.  And viola!  By a stroke of luck, we came across Tempura Japanese Grill with 1 table left unoccupied.  Just like ants walking in a straight line, the rest of the family followed without asking.  

We literally demanded for the menu since we were all so hungry.  And again, we got lucky!  Tempura is offering 50% markdown on maki, sushi and sashimi.  How convenient since we basically order those each time we dine in Tempura!  

A regular priced order of Maguro (tuna) sashimi is 190php, now it's 95php!  

Sake (salmon) sashimi is now slashed down to 97.50php!  

Sashimi offers an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fats, and other nutrients like selenium, niacin and vitamin B12, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B6.  

Let  us not forget the maki, for those who are not comfortable eating raw fish then maki sushi are for you.  Maki is a rice roll with various ingredients rolled inside such as the famous California Maki which has kani (imitation crab meat), cucumber and mango.  Ebi Salad Maki on the other hand has mango and asparagus topped with shrimp salad with nori (seaweed) flakes and sesame seeds.
 Ebi Salad Maki

My personal favorite is the Uncle Sam's Maki which has mango, cucumber, shrimp and cream cheese in it topped with bacon and Japanese mayo.  
 Uncle Sam's Maki

Another interesting maki that Tempura offers is the Caterpillar Roll, yes, it sounds kind of gross but believe me, it's good, with unagi (eel), cream cheese and mango strips, how can you go wrong?  
 Caterpillar Roll

I'm sure that your mouth is starting to water so definitely head to your nearest Tempura Japanese Grill as soon as possible to take advantage of this marvelous promo.   When we asked to settle the bill, it was almost unbelievable, there were 5 adults and 1 child at our table: 5 orders of sashimis, 5 orders of makis, drinks and fried rice for my son only amounted to less than 1200php.  The 50% markdown is available throughout the week, Monday to Sunday and has a time frame of 2pm-5pm and 8pm-10pm.  


Friday, February 25, 2011

Concert? Anywhere? It's YOURS!


Didn't get watch Usher live in Manila because of the  outrageous price of the concert  ticket?  Wouldn't you want to be serenaded by Train with his song "Hey Soul Sister"?  Gleeks out there, wouldn't you want to see  the cast of GLEEbelt their hearts out?  How about seeing Shakira swivel her hips in person so you'd know why hips don't lie?  For the "young" at hearts, see Santana with his guitar prowess live!  Yes, any of these could be a reality to you at no cost!  Thanks to Coca-Cola.  

I'm sure some of you have already heard about this in the airwaves, it's the Coca-Cola Any Concert Anywhere Promo.  You get to watch any concert, anywhere in the world for free!  So how can you take part in this promo?  It's as simple as collecting a few bottle caps of either of the following products:  
  • Five (5) Coca-Cola crowns of either Sakto, 8oz or 12oz OR
  • Five (5) Coca-Cola Zero 8oz crowns OR
  • Five (5) Sprite crowns of either 8oz or 12oz OR
  • Five (5) Royal Tru-Orange crowns of either 8oz or 12oz

Send in your name, complete birth date, complete address, contact number, signature and the concert of your choice (You may log on to for the list of artists/ concert/venues) on a piece of paper.  Drop in designated drop boxes found in Coca-Cola sales offices and Ace Promo offices nationwide or mail your entries to Ace Promotion Offices.

Starting March 1, 2011, there will be one (1) winner everyday until March 30, 2011.  Let's do the math.  Thirty (30) lucky people will win a trip with accommodations for himself/herself and watch a concert of their choice anywhere in the world!  Isn't that sweet?  I repeat, thirty (30) winners with thirty (30) companions!  Hold up!  With this, your probability of winning is not far from reality!

Should you be one of the lucky few, your winnings would include:
  • Roundtrip economy air fare
  • Hotel accommodations for 3 days/2 nights
  • Pocket money up to $350 per winner
  • Concert tickets of your chosen artist
  • Transfers to the concert venue and back to the hotel

So what are you waiting for?  Chug down your Coca-Cola products and start sending in your entries NOW!  Collection of entries starts February 21, 2011 and ends on March 28, 2011.  

I will not bore you with all the mechanics and technicalities, all information you need to help you reach your dream concert/vacation can be found in

Good luck!