Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Mary Pauline Salon

When:  February 1, 2013

Where:  Mary Pauline Salon in Kalentong, Mandaluyong City

What:  Full Hair Color with Treatment, Trim, Wash and Blowdry

Price:  Php 549.00 valued at Php 3,500.00 / savings Php 2,951.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

mary pauline salon

I had 3 hours worth of salon pampering! I love my new hair, my new hair color – my new look!  This deal is so worth it!

I chose this salon because it’s just a 5 to 10 minute drive from our house.  Being a mom to a 1 and a half month old baby, I couldn’t go somewhere far.  I took the risk of not knowing if the hairstylist was good enough.  All I wanted was to have my hair cut in a new style and have it colored.

I knew that the salon’s newly opened.  We always pass by it when we’re on our way home from Greenhills.  When I called yesterday to make my appointment, the one who answered my call made it easy.  I called up earlier today to change my schedule into a later hour, afraid that I might be scratched off my appointment.  Again, the one who answered didn’t make it hard for me.

I was really excited when I left the house.  I have with my Itouch a picture of the hairstyle I want.  I have in my mind the hair color I want.  When I got to the salon, I was greeted with smiles. The owner was on her way out, but she also gave a sweet smile.  

 I gave my voucher and showed my ID.  After that, I was asked by the senior stylist what color I prefer.  He suggested to mix 2 shades, and I loved how it turned out.  Not so loud blonde, but not so dull brown.  It’s just the right mix.

After choosing my hair color, I showed him the hairstyle I want.  He agreed and he asked one of the staff to shampoo my hair.  He cut my hair slowly and tediously, I’d think.  He made sure that the ends of my hair are cut evenly.  I liked his style actually.  We proceeded with hair color.  Applied the dye in 2 steps.  First, only the “body” of my hair was covered.  Second, he applied all over the hair till the “roots.”  Waited for around an hour for this to finish.  After this, my hair was rinsed, shampooed and applied treatment.  Came with head massage also.  Chit chatted for awhile with the one massaging my hair.  I got back to my seat and my hair was blow dried.  He made the final trimmings and voila! I love my new look!

my new look

I would definitely recommend this salon.  Not only do they have a  nice and clean salon, they also have friendly staff who provides good service.  It’s worth all the moolah you’ll spend. Stars for them? 5 of 5

PS. Had to pay additional Php 100.o0 for the hair cut, because what’s included in the deal was only a trim.  This was agreed upon before we started.  Php 549.00 + Php 100.00 = Php 649.00, the amount is still a steal. 

 

 

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The Shang Palace Experience at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

When: September 1, 2012

Where: Shang Palace at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

What:  Set Menu. Dinner 

Price: Php 8,500.00 per person

Shang Palace

In my previous post, I have mentioned that our company is hosting private dinners for valued clients. Like the one I had with Inagiku, here’s another experience I might remember for the rest of my life.  Just last night, I had a great dinner at the Shang Palace, a Chinese restaurant located at the 2nd floor of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. 

For this night though, since there were a few groups of clients and their families, we didn’t join them for dinner anymore.  Instead, together with my Branch Head and an Officer from the Head Office, we had our own private dinner just outside the VIP Rooms.

 Here’s how the Shang Palace VIP Room looked like.

Shang Palace VIP Room

And here’s how their table setting looked like. Gold Plated plate. Wine Glasses and complete cutlery.

Same drink list from the previous dinner at Inagiku.  But since this is a different resto, there’s a different Menu.

Shang Palace Dinner Menu

For a closer look at the Menu

 First of the list was the appetizer, Chilled Sliced Lobster with Fresh Fruits Salad and Fried Taro Puff.  One will just have to read the name of what’s to be served, and you’ll be drooling already.  There were a few slices of lobster on top of the fruit salad.  On the side was the fried taro puff.  The taro puff was crisp on the outside and so soft on the inside.  The fruits and the slices of lobster matched perfectly. Can you spell yumminess?  And it’s just the appetizer / salad!

Chilled Sliced Lobster with Fresh Fruits Salad and Fried Taro Puff

When eating at a Chinese restaurant or a Chinese event at that, the soup will never be missed out.  It’s like part of the whole lauriat meal.  This soup is a mixture of different types of mushrooms, dried scallops (both of which are staple of chinese cuisines), some asparagus and of course, fish lip.  Oops, before you react, it isn’t literally the lip of the fish.  It’s a part of the fish where all the vitamins are located.  So when you eat that part, you’re getting all the nutrition from the fish.

Dried Scallops with Asparagus, Fish Lip and Mix Mushroom Soup

 Just the salad and the soup made me so full already. However, we’re not about to stop there.  This is, after all, a SET dinner.  So let’s continue.  Up next is one of the 3 main courses, Stew Pork Ribs in “Mosiak” Style.  I’m not so sure about this “Mosiak” Style, I tried to search it on the Internet, but I didn’t get any hits at all.  Maybe, this is the Chef’s own style of cooking.  Since the pork ribs was stewed, the meat was already very succulent.  It has this melt on your mouth feel.  The sauce was kinda sweet tasting (but not too sweet).  Maybe because almost half of the slab was mostly fats, the natural oil from the pork already mixed with the sauce.  The mixed pickeles on top of it also made this kinda sour-y taste to complement the sweet taste.

Stew Pork Ribs in “Mosiak” Style

 After the very meaty experience comes another main course, this time a healthier choice.  My favorite fish of all time, the Lapu Lapu.  Again, the Chef cooked the fish in another style, the “mui choy” cantonese style.  According to http://original-chinese-recipes.blogspot.com/2009/08/chinese-recipe-steamed-mui-choy-with.html, “Mui choy is preserved (pickled) chinese cabbage that has undergone a fermentation process. It is a traditional preparation method used to preserve food after the harvest for winter months and consumption at the later time. It is commonly used in braised dishes (such as pork belly) and other Chinese dishes.”  “There are two types of Mui Choy, one is salted while the other one is sweetened…”  I’m not so sure which of the 2 types the Chef used.  All I remember is that the fish tasted really good.

Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet with “Mui Choy” Cantonese Style

After the fish, I was so full already that I had to take the next course home.  The beef itself is a task to take, what more the sticky rice with some sausauges and mushrooms.  I will have to ask my husband about the feedback on the food.

Pan-Fried Beef Fillet Bed on Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage and Mushroom

Since I didn’t consume the last of the 3 main courses, I was able to breathe for a while and get ready for dessert.  There’s one problem though, the original dessert on the menu has some XO Liquor on it, take a look.  I asked my boss how it tasted.  It was yummy!  Hmm.. too bad…

I asked the server who was gracious enough, to serve me another bowl of dessert.  For a safe choice, I choose the Mango Sago.  Fortunately, it was yummy too!  The juice was made of Fresh Mango Shake and there were a lot of fresh fruits under the bowl, aside from the many many tapiocas floating!

Another night to remember, one to charge to experience. I thank my company for the opportunity.  Not only was I able to taste great food and experience great service, I was also able to chitchat with some of our most valued clients, and on a more personal note.

If you’re looking for a Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace is definitely on top of my list!  Never mind the bill to come, it’s definitely worth it!

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Voucher Review – Cash Cash Pinoy – Cyma

When: July 14, 2012

Where: Cyma Greek Taverna in Eastwood City

What:  Ala Carte Menu

Price: Php 1,000.00 valued at Php 2,000.00 / savings: Php 1,000.00 (We had 2 vouchers. Aside from the Php 2,000 we paid for the vouchers, we paid an additional Php1,000.00 because we ordered a lot of food! )

Groupon Site: Cash Cash Pinoy

Cyma

For my daughter’s post 2nd birthday celebration, we went ahead to Cyma Greek Taverna at Eastwood City.  We called up to reserve our slot as we always do. That’s the first thing we do if we are to avail of a voucher!

We were a few minutes early and the place wasn’t packed yet, since we reserved an early dinner time slot.  The staff were all accommodating. They showed us our table and asked for the vouchers.  (One thing not to forget also! Bring the voucher!) We bought 2 vouchers. A voucher is good for 2 persons only. We were 4 plus my little princess.

We had a few pictures taken while waiting for our order. See how our little princess be all cute and ah, cuter!

cutie cute daphne

Then some more pictures…

daphne with mommy

After sometime, the food finally arrived. First was the Soupa (soup) Mommy ordered (which I am sorry I forgot what it’s called).  It was a French Onion Soup, the taste was just right.

Next to come was the Orektika (appetizer), I ordered their Spinach and Artichoke Fondue, which turned out was a house specialty and really appetizing. Just like the soup, the saltiness was just right. You can actually taste the spinach. The melting cheese on top made it yummier! It was served with 3 slices of pita bread and 3 slices of toasted garlic bread, which actually made us full already!

Spinach and Artichoke Fondue

And here’s a picture of Daphne eating her pita bread.  She loved it.

Our family loves anything lamb. So we ordered 2 dishes of lamb meat. The first was a Souvlakia Souvlaki which was skewered lamb meat with vegetables.  More like the Kebabs of the Persians.  The skewered lamb meat was served with 3 full pita bread and garlic sauce. 

The other dish we ordered was another house specialty, it was the Paidakia. It was grilled lamb ribs served with potatoes.

Both lamb dishes were grilled to perfection I must say.  The true taste of the lamb came out very savoury.  I just squeezed some lemon juice over it and boom, yumminess! The lamb meat were also very tender.  

As much as I would like to try their Glyka (desserts), there’s no more room. That is why I would go back to Cyma again, maybe sooner than later, to try out the other specialty dishes and of course, their desserts. Rating? I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Cyma makes a very healty choice of a restaurant for me and my family! Good food, good service, good ambience – what else could we ask for?

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Voucher Review – Deal Grocer – Cafe Jeepney

When: March 3, 2012

Where: Cafe Jeepney in Hotel Intercontinental
What:  Buffet dinner with free iced teaPrice: Php 1999.00 valued at Php 4200.00 / savings: Php 2201.00

Groupon Site: Deal Grocer

Cafe Jeepney

For my mother in law’s birthday, we decided to try the buffet in Hotel Intercontinental’s Cafe Jeepney.  

We called up the hotel for reservation to avoid any inconveniences and to make sure that we have a table.  We went there early enough to choose our table. The staff were all pleasant enough, they even helped me with my baby Daphne. They even gave Daphne her own chair with table and her own bread! To Daphne’s delight! 🙂

Daphne and her bread

We waited for a few minutes because the buffet isn’t open yet.  Since the place isn’t packed yet, we decided to have some picture taking going on.

daphne wants to get inside the little jeepney

The place’s interior is very warm. Dim light and all. You will not be intimidated. It’s perfect for little family gatherings or for couples who wants to enjoy each other’s company.  Here are some pictures of the food display.

make your own noodles
sushi bar

And our favorite dessert of them all… the Chocolate Truffle 

Chocolate Truffle

Overall, dining at Cafe Jeepney gets 4 out of 5 stars.  Although the selection of food is not as many as those other hotels, the food is really sumptuous and uses real ingredients. You know that you are not being shortchanged.  Moreover, the staff were all pleasant, friendly and helpful.  If I have a chance to eat at Cafe Jeepney again, I will definitely come back!

 Here’s our family picture after our yummy dinner!

Family Picture

 

 

 

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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta

When: November 13, 2011
Where: Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta / Mall of Asia San Miguel by the Bay
What: Crispy Pata and Pork Sisig with a bucket of Coors Light
Price: Php 455.00 valued at Php 918.00 / savings: Php 463.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

This is by far the best deal we have gotten ever! Never mind the 1 hour wait!  Never mind that we were never answered in our phone calls!  Never mind that we were situated just beside the bar where no table can be seen before!

The yummy and crispy pata and the tasty sisig made it all worth it!  The team of the friendliest staff was a plus for us husband and wife!

The long line was due to the Filipinos’ Manana Habit, which in Tagalog is “mamaya na!” The voucher will be expiring on the 15th! That is simply why the queue was 3 pages of yellow pad today! When we got there, we were asked to register in that yellow pad! Told to wait by the ever smiling receptionists.

It is going to be a long wait, we know, so we strolled by the boardwalk first.  It is a breezy evening too! We’re cool to wait, literally! We got back to the waiting area and we happily seated ourselves and even took a picture!

When it was our turn, we were seated beside the bar. The crispy pata was immediately served. It does look good and crunchy!

And then the bucket of Coors Light Beer.

And then the pork sisig. I don’t eat sisig but I did have a taste tonight because D told me it was good.

Oh! The food was really so yummy! Look at us husband and wife, smiling because of our food!

And here’s another picture of me totally devouring the crispy pata! Sarap to the bones!

We really enjoyed this deal.  Everything was worth it. 

Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture of the friendliest staff I have ever met! Even though the place was jampacked and they were uber tired already, you can still see them smiling at you! Now, that’s what I call good service!

This definitely gets a perfect score! 5 out of 5 stars for me!

Till our next visit! PS. I already have another voucher! Hehe!

 

 

 

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Voucher Review – Cash Cash Pinoy – Seasons at the Manila Pavilion

When: September 23, 2011 Where: Seasons at the Manila Pavilion What: International Buffet Dinner with Unlimited Chilled Juices            Price: Php 699.00 valued at Php 1200.00 / savings: Php 501.00

Groupon Site: Cash Cash Pinoy / Deal Here  

me & daphne at the entrance of seasons

To celebrate my sister in law’s birthday, we dined at Seasons at the Manila Pavilion.  We didn’t encounter any problem with reservations, confirmation and actual usage of the voucher.  In fact, we were warmly welcomed by the receptionists.

The only problem in Manila Pavilion is their lack of parking space. And in their small parking area, you have to leave the keys of your car so that they could move it around when needed.

Anyway, back to Seasons. I was with my husband, my sister in law and my mother in law, and of course, my daughter and her yaya! To my amazement, the manager, I think Abe was his name, offered my yaya something to eat from the buffet. When I told him that she already ate at home, he then told me, “dessert na lang po, ako na ang bahala.” Meaning, free of charge! I joked that I would just leave my yaya to pay for what she’s going to eat. He smiled.

That for me was very important and it will forever remain in my memory. That should be the kind of service everyone in the service industry gives! Because of that, he was the one who got the tip from me! And my hubby directly gave it to him!

As for the dinner, the food was so-so! There were only a few selections of Japanese makis and sushis. The salmon wasn’t fresh.  Even my favorite california maki wasn’t available. The Japanese staple Tempura wasn’t available either.  The food from the other cuisines was too dry, as my MIL puts it. Maybe it was cooked way too early before diners came.

Good thing, you could ask the chef to cook some dish. I saw someone ordered Butter Garlic Shrimp, so we ordered that too! The first 2 were good and yummy! The last one didn’t taste buttery or garlicky at all! It tasted like shrimp swimming in water. 🙁

My favorite Peking Duck was available, but even that didn’t excite me much! It was too thinly sliced, you couldn’t taste it anymore!

 I can’t think of a dish that really took us in awe, except for the salmon with mango dressing. And the grilled squids with stuffed shrimps! Nothing else caught our attention so we just enjoyed the very beautiful ambience. I admit their lighting fixtures are really exquisite. But you can’t eat that, right?

One thing I ALMOST thoroughly enjoyed was the Mango Strawberry Crepe with Strawberry Ice Cream I ordered! The crepe was buttery and milky and soft, the mango was sweet and sour at the same time, the strawberry was yummy also, but then, as I was finishing my ice cream off, I noticed a plastic like sheet. At first I thought it was just ice. But as I scrape it off, the plastic like sheet was really plastic after all! And a big piece at that!

I didn’t freak out as I know that it wasn’t intentional, but I immediately called the other manager and told her that there was plastic in my ice cream. She offered to make me a new one, I begged off!

There goes my unfortunate experience with Seasons, you need not ask if I will dine there again or not, because the answer is pretty much obvious!

The only consolation for us was that we were able to take some photos of ourselves and the cake (without corkage!).

Here is a photo of our family! Never mind the bulging tummies of the mommy & the daddy, it wasn’t because of the food, it was because of the juice!

Seasons get 2 out of 5 stars! If only for the good service!

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