HotelQuickly: ‘Why Pay More When You Could Spend Less?’



Spur-of-the -moment trips? Spontaneous Staycation?  Stayed out too late? Can’t drive home because you’re too tired? Roads are congested because of the heavy rains? Don’t worry, HotelQuickly will help you get your last minute accommodation at UH-MAY-ZING prices. And you may even get it for free. Read on to know more about this app I am talking about.





HotelQuickly (HQ) is an application that helps user find the best deals on last-minute hotel bookings. They select the best 3 to 5 star hotels and make it available 28% (on average) cheaper than other online options.



Less 35% for Bay Hotel in SG


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Flow House Manila: ‘Surfing’ in the City

‘Flow House Manila is an entertainment venue pioneering the fusion between flowboarding, food & beverage, retail, and events.’


Grabbed from



Grabbed from



“The FlowRider is the most successful wave attraction associated with flowboarding. It generates a thin sheet of water that flows in the form of an endless, perfect ocean swell and is made of a composite membrane that absorbs falls at all times. The resulting wave-like shape permits riders of all ages to experience the thrill of surfing regardless of location.”




A visit to Flow House Manila is a must if you want to do something new this summer. It’s the best alternative for those who need Vitamin ‘Sea’ but do not have the luxury of time to get out of the city.


Flow House Manila in Molino, Cavite


I’ve been wanting to try and experience flowboarding and luckily, I was able to score passes for Flow House Manila a few days before my birthday. 🙂


Since I only had 3 passes (for my sister and my nephew), the 4th person in our group had to pay the PhP300 non-rider entrance fee so he can get in and use the pool. It’s also consumable.You may order food (Try their chicken wings!) and drinks from their bar and restaurant and the PhP 300 will be deducted from the total bill. Sulit!





There's Korina - shooting a segment for Rated K

There’s Korina – shooting a segment for Rated K


The Bar


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Once a person receives the sacrament of confirmation, he becomes “a soldier of Christ”.


In our chosen Church for our wedding, a couple can only reserve the date of their marriage once they have completed the following requirements:


1. Birth Certificates

2. Baptismal Certificates

3. Confirmation Certificates

4. (3) 2 x 2 Pictures


Since we’re having a December wedding, we need to reserve our chosen date right away.  Unfortunately, Tay has not received the sacrament of Confirmation.  A friend referred us to Villa San Miguel. Right after learning about their ‘express kumpil’, we immediately prepared the requirements and set the most convenient day for Tay to be confirmed.


What are the requirements:

1. Original Birth Certificate

2. Photocopy of Birth Certificate

3. Baptismal Certificate (with ‘for marriage purposes’ annotation  – if you want to get a certificate of confirmation that has the same annotation)

4. Photocopy of Baptismal Certificate

5. Sponsor/s (have a proxy if your sponsor is not available)


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Paksiw na Bangus (Milkfish Stewed in Vinegar)

This one right here is a dish that I learned to love because of my brother-in-law’s version. I mean, I grew up with basically just a straight forward take – fish poached in vinegar loaded with peppercorns, garlic and ginger. However, when I arrived and stayed at my sister’s place in Las Pinas, this was  one of the first dishes I copied. I so love the flavour profile as it was a harmony of all common flavours – sour, salty, spicy, sweet, bitter and umami! One of those fantastic one-pot dishes you will surely love!



Needless to say, my bayaw, Kuya Joy, was one of the pivotal figures in my culinary journey as he piqued my interest into discovering the international flavors. He practically built some of the foundations that eventually gave me the edge in winning the Masterchef  competition. And this Paksiw recipe has been a regular item in my repertoire.

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The Okara Experiment


I have been experimenting with soya  (soya milk, tofu, etc) and I noticed that the okara or the soy pulp has been piling up. I knew I just can’t throw it all away since the volume makes it all very interesting.

Imagine, half a kilo of soy bean (which only costs 30 pesos) makes me 2 liters of pure soy milk and at least 6 cups of okara. There has to be something I can make use for such by-product. So I researched on some recipes that make use of the soy pulp and I mostly encounter bread recipes. So okay, bread it is!

However, it’s evident that they only make use a small portion to their recipes. Like 1 cup of okara to 4 cups of flour (of various combinations like bread, wheat and APF). So I decided to adjust the ratio and see what happens.

Below are the results of my experiments.

Okara Bread




2 cups dried okara
1 cup soymilk
1 tbsp molasses
2 cups All Purpose Flour
½ tbsp Yeast
3 tbsp oil


Warm soy milk in microwave or in a pot then pour over okara then add salt, molasses and oil – mix well.
This should only be warm to touch (around 98 degrees Fahrenheit) so you can sprinkle the yeast and not kill them, gently mix, cover with wet cloth and let it proof for at least 10 minutes.
Gently fold in flour, cover and wait until almost double in size. This will take at least 30 minutes.
Gently deflate the dough – carefully punching down then transfer on floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes. Transfer to bread pan and cover with wet cloth. Wait for another 30 minutes to rise for the second time. Preheat oven. I had it at around 320 degrees Fahrenheit (160 C).

Bake for at least 40 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. Transfer to a cooling rack then serve – or not!!!! This recipe needs a lot of adjustments and tweaking. Hehehe!



The end product looks very promising. It had a great crust but the inside was really mushy. As for the taste – it was Gross! Definitely, the amount of yeast and the use of pure molasses did not compliment. I imagine that the taste needed to be covered by something sweet as it was very sour. I guess topping it with fruit confit or dredging it with different spices will somehow neutralize the awful flavour profile.


Here’s something that will surely redeem my initial blunder… An EDIBLE Okara Cookie.







2 cups dried Okara
2 whole eggs
1 cup sugar



Preheat oven at 320 F
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Don’t worry if the dough will look somewhat moist or even wet, since it has no flour, I guess it’s bound to look that way.
Scoop two tablespoons per cookie then strategically place them on your baking sheet. You will need to press on it for it does not collapse while being cooked.
Bake for at least 15 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack.
Serve with chilled Soya Milk.


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