2017 Year of the Rooster Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

2017 Year of the Rooster stamp was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation . This is the 26th year that PHLPOST will be issuing a Special issue with Chinese zodiac sign . The first issuance  in the country was in 1991 .

The issuance met with high regards especially to worldwide stamp collectors collecting Chinese Zodiac stamps. The stamp is said to be available at the Main Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila starting last December 15 , 2016.

It was keenly observed by many stamp collectors that , PHLPOST should have issued these special stamp at least last November 2016 in order to give way for local and international stamp collectors more time to mail these special issue.

Php 18  face value denomination is meant to mailed in the provinces or even in other parts of Asia and not within Metro Manila , Plus the Php 45.00 souvenir sheet is also meant to be mailed for other countries.  Mailed a couple of postcards last December 16 and some of them still did not arrive at the country of destination .

The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

2017 Is a Fire Rooster Year

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Fire Rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle.

What “Fire Rooster” Means

It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac sign and element. So there are five types of Roosters, each with different characteristics

Technical Description of Stamp

Kind of Issue : Special

Denomination & Quantity : P18, P45 souvenir sheet 101,000 pieces

Souvenir Sheet : P200 . . . 5,000

Date of Issue : December 16, 2016

Last Day of Sale :December 15, 2017

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm

Sheet Composition :16on (2 designs)

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 63mm x 63mm

Diameter : 38.1mm

Perforation : 14

Printing Process

Stamps : Litho Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet : Embellishment – Gold Foil
& Special Round Perforation with
Embossing

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Designer : Rodine C. Teodoro

Holiday Madness with Novuhair

Holiday can be a bit messy and a little bit mad with all the shopping spree, traffic jams , crazy midnight sale and 2016 is about to end and as we bid adieu to 2016, throw away your difficulties on hair loss and scalp problems with Novuhair’s 19 natural ingredients. Made of herbal ingredients that include moringa oleifera ( malunggay ) , panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint, Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.

Holiday rush might be over and It’s officially a New Year. Around the globe, most people are trying get back to their old figure after binging on holiday fares and sporting new clothes, new gadgets, and new shoes, but can these make up for looking best at what’s on top of our head, our hair!

Taking care of our mane should be on top of our list just as we go to spa to pamper our body, our hair needs pampering as well. Novuhair, Nature’s answer to hair loss has got you covered.

Good news to our kababayans abroad and their friends, with the brand’s aim to help assuage hair problems across the globe, Novuhair products are available in Kuwait, distributed by Bee Organic Import & Export Establishment, Kuwait.  For orders, you may contact landlines +96524343885 and +96524343866 or mobile numbers +96550380380, +96565559935 and +96560755122.  Bee Organic’s showroom is located at Arabia Mall, First Floor Showroom # 15 Egaila Area, Kuwait.

Novuhair can also be purchased online through our service partner: http://www.regaloservice.com. Servicing USA, Canada, UAE , KSA and other Asian countries.

Locally, Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada.

A Night at Casa Santa with Payatas Kids

It was a beautiful mid-morning when our small group of social media and bloggers went to at Casa Santa within Jardin de Miramar compound, there was an evening of concert with the Payatas kids choir in Antipolo City.

We decided to meet at Araneta Center , Cubao at about 11:00 am and decided to commute via Lrt line 2 going to Santolan station and we took sa jeepney route on our way to the historic Antipolo Church .

The travel was a little bit faster than the usual , It only took us about 15 minutes to reach LRT Santolan station and another 30 minutes ride going to Antipolo . We paid about Php 23.00 each and took our group off near the church .

We walk going to the church and had a brief stop over at several stalls selling Virgin of Antipolo , Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buen Viaje or Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Forgot to buy novena booklet .

suman , mangoes and cashews are some of the most iconic food that Antipolo is known for

After the short visit to the church compound and plaza , we decided to buy some buko juice and ate some cashew nuts bought from nearby stalls.

Cora and Atang Stall

After all Antipolo is well-known for their roasted cashew nuts , suman and kakanins ( rice cakes and native delicacies)  and a visit to the place is incomplete without a visit to the church and marian image.

Although sellers are vocal that there are very few cashew trees and plantations within the area. They usually sourced their nuts from Palawan and elsewhere.

Then we took a tricycle ride going to Jardin de Miramar , Sir Andrei Isidro treated us by paying  the fare which cost Php 40 ( special trip since , there were only 3 of us ) .  It route was barely 1.5  kilometer route from the church to Jardin de Miramar compound.

Payatas children choir

We took some time exploring the compound and everyone enjoyed their short stay and tour at Casa Santa . This was their third year of hosting a Christmas party and a benefit concert , proceeds goes to the indigent children communities of Payatas .  There are dozens of children which were able to go to school because of the project .

Tickets were sold during the event which gave participants unlimited time to explore round the vicinity , meet and greet with santa , some packed meals and participate at the games.

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The buffet meal was catered by Dabiana Catering Services from Cogeo , Antipolo.

We hope that there will be a lot of these types of projects to help needy school children . In our own small way , we took some loose change from our pockets and drop them at the donation box places at the Casa Santa entrance.

 

Going Loco Over El Guapo’s Restaurant

El Guapo’s is one of the newest addition to the long list of restaurants within the East Capitol drive area near San Ignacio street in Pasig City .  Any person who is “ loco ” about Mexican will surely love this restaurant.

The concept is a Texan-Mexican  inspired dishes and had a bright and colorful wall mural of daily scenes from Texas, United States and Mexico . One will not miss the restaurant , since there are employees dress in cowboy -style attire.

El Guapo’s at night

The tagline is ” Tex Mex on Testosterone ” and the restaurant had a sitting capacity of 60 to 80 persons at any given time, There is also an outdoor patio area , where one can enjoy the outdoor surrounding.

colorful mural painting on wall which reflects Texan and Mexican culture

One can also avail of their everyday ” Ribs all You Can ” offered from 11:00am till 2:00pm for just Php 499.00 another MUST Try !!!

Here are some of the Dishes :

appetizer meals 

Mexican Dynamite – deep fried with beef , cheese , jalapeño  infused with finger chilies with dipping sauce . One can smell the spiciness of the finger chilies the moment that they served them.

Mexican Wraps – This comes with 5 fillings and 4 kinds of wraps. Taquito is a fried rolled tortilla with fillings . One can adjust their taste by adding chili sauce .

Soft Taco – A toasted tortilla with fillings , commonly sold as street taco , come with nachos .

Monster Taco

Monster Tacos – A 10 inch meat ball taco loaded with refried beans , ground beef , chicharones , sour apples , tomato salsa, jalapeño , chopped  lettuce, chopped onions , dripping with garlic and sour cream sauce. Php 295 per order -Good for Sharing between 3 to 5 person .  This is a MUST TRY !!!! 

Alamo burger

Alamo Burger – This is a large sized burger aptly named Alamo in reference to a place in Texas  with  5 kinds of beef patties , chopped lettuce leaves, tomatoes , cheese sauce and a side dish of nacho chips .  Ideal for sharing between two to three person . Php 450 per order.  MUST TRY  !!!! We loved the oozing cheese.

Chimichanga 

Chimichanga is a deep fried burritos with generous topping of tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese, there is also a side dish of nachos chips.

Burrito

Burrito is a roasted tortilla roll with rice and filling comes with two kinds of sauces .

Bareback ribs with corn

Bareback Ribs – This is one of the restaurant specialties , baby back ribs are spiced-up with their own version of marinate and with mash potatoes , topped with homemade gravy with grilled corn cob. MUST TRY

Big bird

Big Bird – is Deep fried chicken schnitzel steak with heap of mash potatoes in home style gravy with a side dish of sour cider apples on a lettuce leaf . The gravy is presented in an small cup inverted in order to create a movement of oozing gravy at the mash potatoes and chicken , thus infusing more flavors and appeal .

Cocktail Drinks

Plus there are a good selection of cocktail drinks which includes their own in-house blend of Frozen Blue Margarita, Macho Mojito , Michealada , Drunk Baby is a spiced crazy rum horchata served in baby bottle (  disposable nipples) , Limeade , Moustache Ride .

The cocktail blend are also neatly presented on a margarita glass cup with a citrus green- colored Saguaro cactus stem . This is reflective of the importance of cactus in Texan and Mexican culture. We saw some Spanish- speaking customers who enjoyed the rich cocktail blend during our short and memorable stay .

There is also an ample parking area beside the restaurant .

Note : Prices quoted are posted as of the review, Prices are subjected to change without prior notice and kindly visit the El Guapo’s  FB page for the complete listings and promos.

Address: 51-B  East Capitol Drive , Pasig City 

Operation – 11:00am to 2:00am everyday 

Contact : (02) 547 0824

 

Cooking Charcoal Grill & Shabu-Shabu at Nikuya- Estancia, Pasig

Cooking and Grilling your own food, are the best dining can  experience at the newly opened Nikuya at Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons in Pasig City .

The is Japanese-Korean themed restaurant just recently opened last December 8.

The name is the Japanese word for “butcher” and as such, its main specialty is meat – Wagyu Beef to be exact. Their wagu beef is not of the ordinary kind . It is one of the few Japanese restaurants in the country to have a Grade A5 Wagu Beef !

certification

Beef cattle is classified into four categories: Japanese Black, Seed Japanese Brown, Japanese Shorthorn, and Japanese Polled. It is Japanese Black of which number of breeding is the largest among them.

There are some grades for WAGYU beef, including the meat of Japanese Black, and A5 is the highest grade given only to the finest beef.

The standards of grading beef consist of Yield Grade and Quality Grade. “A” of “A5” means the yield grade, while “5” shows the quality grade.

Japanese paper lantern

This is consistent with the Japanese Zen philosophy of simplicity. The only decoration is a painting of a samurai . The ceiling has Japanese-style lanterns made of paper  hanging like chandelier or white flowering trees. The restaurant had a sitting capacity of between 60 to 80 people at any given time.

Here are the three set of appetizer dishes :

These includes dried deep fried Devi’s anchovy ( dilis ) coated with sweet style flavoring  tossed in corn syrup , pickled cubed radish and kimchi . The most favorite among the appetizers is the dilis . This remind us of our favorite sweet and a little bit spicy red colored fried dilis sold in packs .

Korean style pancake 

 Korean version of the Japanese okonomiyaki. The main ingredients are beaten eggs,   scallions (green onions) , seaweeds , seafood mix ,  Then topped with bonito shavings (Katsuobushi ) and black sesame seeds. MUST TRY

soup broth 

The darker tone soup broth is beef  while the lighter colored one is pork .  Beef is sold at per 100 grams, so be sure to order just right amount . One can enjoy cooking your own shabu-shabu mix using different types of ingredients.

shabu-shabu ingredients

The ingredients are egg noodles, potato noodles, manju (Korean dumplings), chopped carrots, fish balls, tofu “skin,” two types of mushrooms , tofu , bok choy , carrots , sliced onions , Chinese Cabbage (Baguio Pechay). One can add more spices like bird-eye chilies , finger chilies to the soup . Thin slices of pork  meat and beef wagu meat can be cooked . ( depending on  customization of orders. )

Triangular crispy onigiri with bits of Wagyu Beef

crunchy savory cake-like snack with minimal effort, these triangular yaki onigiri are a must-try. Yaki onigiri, or  charcoal grilled rice triangle . The charred wood adds flavor to the rice .

Choice Omni Wagu Beef Choices 

Chateuabraid at Php 1,688 ,  Ribeye per 200 grams cost Php 1,618.00 , Top Round at Php 999 . The prices are well advertised and written in a traditional black board .

charcoal grill with charcoal briskets / briquettes

The charcoal briskets / briquettes are made from environmentally safe material such as coco choir and does not emit unpleasant woody smell.

We had a variety of meat to eat – ox tripe, pork and chicken thigh (Yakitori). The most appealing is the Uzura Buta Yaki (Quail egg wrapped in Bacon meat) .

Uzura Buta Yaki and Chicken Yakitori 

One can add different kind of sauce mixture , depending on one taste preferences. Sesame leaf or lettuce leaf with grilled pork and gochujang(chili soy bean paste ) . The restaurant also had a good selection of Japanese and Korean wines.

For quality meat and food that is being served at Nikuya – A little bit pricey , But that is the closest quality that one can find in Japan or Korea. I will surely come and invite more friends and co-employees at the restaurant. Definitely worth a visit .

 Note : The prices quoted in this blog are subject to change without prior notice by the restaurant management , Please try to visit the FB page for more information .

Address : Nikuya Restaurant , Ground Floor Unit L-1-130 , Estancia Mall in Capital Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Avenue , Barangay Oranbo , Pasig City 

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For inquiries and reservations, you may call or text 0927-1442881.