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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.

 

 

 

Meralco Traditional Christmas Lightning at the Liwanag Park

Liwanag Park , Meralco Compound , Pasig City -Philippines

life-sized Christmas village complete with railroad tracts and train greet visitors to the Liwanag Park

Meralco officials and executives led by Manuel V. Pangilinan , employees and their families ,  Meralco Bolts,  Philippine Volcanoes and some ASKALS were at the ceremonial Christmas lightning of the Meralco compound .

Meralco Bolts and their coaches 

The park in recent years has been a popular Christmas destination and a tourist spot not only in Metro Manila but among foreign tourists and expats living in the country.

larger than life- nativity scene

The park features light displays and attractions like Christmas figures made of scrap copper wire, a mini train ride for visitors, the Toy Town and a bazaar, among others.

I like the way the MERALCO creative team have used the scrap copper wires and old lines in giving them new lease as pieces of art works.

It looked like organic materials ( like cogon grass ) until you try to go near the nativity scenes.

night bazaar

There is also the nightly bazaar called dubbed Liwanag Bazaar were there are over 2 dozen stalls selling native delicacies like bibingka, puto bumbong, barbecue ,clothes,  souvenir items, t-shirts , toys and accessories.

Meralco t-shirts 

In recent years, the park has been recognized as a must-see Christmas destination in the metropolis.

Started in 2006, the “Maliwanag ang Pasko” program seeks to encourage Meralco’s customers to light up and decorate their homes, establishments and cities to spread the beauty and joy of Christmas in their communities.
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invited guests marveled at the Christmas lights and fireworks display
Department of Education- Secretary Brother Armin Luistro also graced the lightning ceremony and received , on behalf of DepED , a donation of 2,000 solar lamps from MERALCO employees , partners and customers.
The donation is the result of One Meralco Foundation’s ” One Child , One Lamp ” campaign launched in November to raise funds to donate solar lamps to public schools in mountain and island villages without electricity.
Liwanag Park Rules and Regulation

Liwanag Plaza within Meralco compound is open to the public from December 2 until January 6, 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 10:00pm – Weekdays
           4:00pm to 11:00pm – Weekends and December 25 to Jan. 1
The park will be close on December 18 for Meralco Corporate Christmas Party
Noted : I would like to Thank Ms. Millet for the invitation to the event.

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Philippines Representatives to the International Robotics Olympiad in China this November 2014

5th Floor, Oakwood Hotel , Ortigas Center, Pasig City-Philippines

electronic poster of the 16th International Robotics Olympiad to be held in Beijing , China

The 16th  International Robotics Olympiad this coming Nov. 5-9 at Shijingshan Gymnasium, Beijing, China.   It is sad to know that the parents and private individuals have to shoulder the expenses for the kids just to join the competition when they are the ones to bring prestige to our country once they win.

Mr. Anthony Y. Gabitan , Ms. Judith Tan,  Dr. James Tan , Ms. Kimberly Gamboa, Ms. Ana Isabelle Chua , Mr. Warren Ong Pe, Ms. Melanie Tizon

  We were invited to a press conference yesterday August 15, 2014 and unveiling of new line-up of Digital K12 equipments and materials that facilitate positive teaching and learning experiences. I have met Dr. James Tan -President of Grace Christian College and his wife Ms. Judith Tan . Our previous encounter was the 60th anniversary of the stamp launching of Grace Christian College few years ago.

Related article link : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/grace-around-the-world/

 Grace Christian College

Ms. Kimberly Gamboa is a High School 4th year student section 6 while Ms. Ana Isabelle Chua is a grade 9 section 6 student . They are the winners of Break OUT Challenge which was held at the Philippine Trade Training Center grounds in Buendia ( Senator Gil Puyat Avenue ) last January 23, 2014. The two students also represent the school in the intentional robotics olympiad .

Ms. Laila Chikadora of TV channel 5

They proudly showed their award at the last National Robotics Championship and the students were able to represent the country in the international robotics olympiad . The event was well-covered by the traditional media like Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin , TV channel 5 , ABS-CBN channel 2 and GMA channel 7

Data Science and Technology Corporation

Data Science and Techonology Corporation, one of the major sponsors that provide assistance to the Philippine student representatives.  DSTC has partnered and provided equipment to over 300 schools all over the country, trained over 2M students and 2,000 teachers, and imparted 1,001 ways of using technology for learning and living.

1.LabDisc—a laboratory that fits in the palm of your hand! It is a complete laboratory for K12 Science Experiments, with up to 14 built-in sensors, equipped with GPS technology, compact, wireless, perfect for indoor & outdoor science-related activities.

2.Digital Microscope—your modern version of Microscope, a must for all science classrooms. Connects to PC or MAC, with Camera, Video, and Time-Lapse Functions. Focus and Project for the whole class to see.

3.Robotics Program for Schools—a comprehensive Robotics Learning package for schools, complete with curriculum, robot kits, and training support.

4.Robot Kits— we carry several types and models of Robots like INEX, Pop-Bot XT, and RQ Huno Humanoid

5.K12 Computer Courseware— market-relevant computer subjects for K12

6.Multimedia Resources—instructional materials for Science, Mathematics, English and local academic subjects like Araling Panlipunan, Filipino and MAPE.

7.Mobile Planetarium—a portable and inflatable planetarium dome complete with Air-condition Unit. The dome can accommodate up to 60 students at a time, with various astronomy shows for full enjoyment of all students.

8.3D Printer—the first Philippine-made 3D Printer. Inventor is Mr. Justin Gabitan of Puzzlebox.

 Mr. Melvin Matulac

Mr. Melvin Matulac of Pinoy Robot Games Founder and Director explained to the people inside the room how they select participants to international robotics competition.  Every year there are 300 plus school teams that participates in the National Robotics Competition. The champions from these competition are the ones who will qualify to the International Robotics Olympiad.  Only a handful of students get a chance to represent the country to the Olympiad.

There are many different robotic categories  that an individual/ group of students can participate:

Sumobot:
The match is fought between two teams, each team having 2 members. Only one team member may approach the ring. In accordance with the game rules. Each team competes on a Dohyo (sumo ring) with a robot that they have constructed themselves.

Line Tracing:

The objective of Line Tracing is for your autonomous robot to complete the course in the shortest period of time while accurately tracking the line from START to FINISH.

Mission Challenge :

These are games with required accurate movements and behavior of robot. The students are tasked to develop a program and build robots with precision. Example mission is the break-out challenge.

Break-Out: A natural disaster has occurred and the mission of the robot is to find or make a path to the trapped individuals. The trapped individuals are at the cell which marked END in the map.

Humanoid Challenge:

A Humanoid Robot to behave according to the given task. One example gaming event for this category is Humanoid Prison Break. The objective of Robot Prison break is to build a robot that performs its best sensor usage by predicting the obstacles to understand a robot’s autonomous movements . This is one of the hardest challenges in the competition.

ROBO-Soccer:

This is a robot game that mimics human soccer. Participant will control humanoid robots to score more goals in opponent’s net. Understanding of humanoid’s mechanics and strategy is important and cooperation with teammates is required.

In the previous 15th IROC held in Denver Colorado last December 16-20, 2013 ,the Philippine Team brought home many awards and recognitions. , This is the first Robotics Team in the country that won GOLD Medals in a Regular Category.

2 GOLD Garcia, Nicole John – Letran Calamba and Calderon, Hans Simon – Letran Calamba

6 SILVER Aguila, John Raphael – Letran Calamba, Maningas, Sean Vince Ruel – Letran Calamba, Gener, Czareen Elen – Letran Calamba, Santiago, Sabrina – GCC, Ngo, Arvy

Daniel – GCC, Imperial, Eian david – GCC 5 BRONZE Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ, Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ 7 SPECIAL AWARDS Tan, Heart Bernice – GCC, Tan, Heidi Kristine – GCC, Uy, Jeremy Lance – GCC, Gamboa, Kimberly Klaire – GCC, Ng, Calvin Alexander GCC, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ , Chua, Alvin Ken Steven Jr. GCC

Ms. Maria Rona Beltran is one of  the lucky winners of the on-the spot raffle

After the sumptuous late afternoon snacks, there was a mini-raffle draw for the bloggers and traditional media that were present during the event.

bloggers and freelance journalists took group photo

 On December 13th,2014 ,  the National Robotics Competition will be held at Don Bosco,  Makati City.  The Asian Robotics Competition  is schedule in the middle of 2015 will be held in Indonesia.

Note: I must “Thank” Ms. Dems Angeles for the invitation to this event.

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Telephone # (632) 722-0549/ 661-88-86

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Book For Less BIG Discount SALE

The Books for Less Warehouse Sale

August 1 to 31, 2014; 8 am to 5 pm (except Sundays and Holidays

Books start at Php10.00

#643 Mercedez Ave., Brgy. San Miguel, Pasig City

Tel. No. 633-8554 and 0917-630-9999

Note : The sale will start on August 1 until August 31 except during sundays and holidays . The warehouse is just in front of La Consolacion College , Pasig

Website: http://www.booksforless.ph/

1st Poultry and Gamefowl Trade Show

fowl breeders, fanciers, hobbyists, enthusiasts and suppliers  from every part of the country  will be meeting in much anticipation the 1st Philippine Poultry and Game Fowl Trade Show will be mounted from March 29 to April 1 , 2012 at the People’s Village, Tiendesitas en Frontera Verde, cor. Ortigas and E. Rodriguez Jr. (C-5) Avenues,  Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.

There is a Facebook account and forum sites for those who wanted to visit the site and the activities :

http://www.sabong.net.ph/forum/showthread.php?t=65163

 

4th Flora Asiatica 2011- A flower and garden show in Tiendesitas

Bonsai trees and wood sculpture on exhibit

Held from  April 18 to May 8, 2011 this is the 4th time that the horticulture show was held at People’s Village at Tiendesitas in Ortigas , Pasig City.

different kinds of garden accents such as colorful vases, hanging decor , wind chimes are on sale in this booth

Conceptualized by “Flea Market Magnate ” Mr. Henry Babiera,  this is an annual show that started  as a small gathering for plant and garden enthusiasts in this side of Metro Manila.  Dubbed as Flora Asiatica , this show wanted to showcase the different flowers found in Asia and the region.

wooden benches made from hardwoods are on display

” We had buyers that come as far as Thailand , Singapore and even Taiwan” this was according to one of the booth owners , who never fail to participate since the first staging of Flora Asiatica .

People’s Village within Tiendesitas

People’s Village is found within Tiendesitas, this is a  commercial property which sits on a 30,000 square meter area within Frontera Verde, which houses 12 Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called “villages.” Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using chemically-treated cogon grass for roof, old kalesa wheels into chandelier frames to light the restrooms, and duyans (hammock) scattered around to allow shortbreaks amidst frenzied shopping activities. The result is a stylized and unique Filipino architecture. The design of the complex also gives attention to the needs of the disabled and the elderly. The commercial section boast of over 40 traders from different parts of the country and even Asia.

commerical section

The place is  located within a few kilometers from exclusive subdivisions and  condominium estates in which residential plant lovers and landscapers would like to visit, rather than going to other places.

crotons for sale

Codiaeum variegatum (“garden croton” or “variegated croton”; syn. Croton variegatum L.) is a species of plant in the genus Codiaeum which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It native to southern India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and parts of the western Pacific islands, growing in open forests and scrub. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3 m tall and has large, thick, leathery, shiny evergreen leaves, alternately arranged, 5–30 cm long and 0.5–8 cm broad. The inflorescences are long racemes 8–30 cm long, with male and female flowers on separate inflorescences; the male flowers are white with five small petals and 20–30 stamens, the female flowers yellowish, with no petals. The fruit is a capsule 9 mm diameter, containing three 6 mm seeds. The stems contain milky sap that bleeds from cut stems.

The garden crotons should not be confused with Croton, a cosmopolitan genus also in the Euphorbiaceae, containing more than 700 species of herbs, shrubs and trees.

Aqua Fiesta 2011

Tiendesitas  Mall , Pasig City

Aqua Fiesta 2011 signage within the Tiendesitas Mall grounds

This is an opening salvo for this year for fish lovers , aquarium fanatics and hobbyists. The three day event started  from February 25 to 27, 2011 at the Tiendesitas People Village activity center in Pasig  City.

Tiendesitas Mall is also a favorite event site for dog shows , cat shows and fish shows since 2005 .

Aqua Fiesta 2011 poster

The poster showed a rare arowana fish with  event partners collateral  which includes Manila Bulletin ,Asian Betta Alliance, Las Farolas , Tiendesitas , Bureau of Fishes and Aquatic Resources, PHALS, Koi, Philippine Datnioides Group , Manila Bulletin agriculture magazine , People’s Tonight among others.

Mr.Henry G. Babiera addressing the crowd during the opening

The event was graced by prominent people like representatives from the Ortigas corporation to  ordinary fish hobbyists  .  Mr. Henry G. Babiera the special leasing manager of Greenhills and Tiendesitas  , tiangge market magnate, plant connoisseur, antique collector, dog lover and a certified fish collector was also on hand to greet the visitors . According to some friends from the industry , He is developing a zoo-like safari in his hometown in Guimaras .

There is also the expensive collection of Mr.  Carlo/Cetarius  and a sampling of  Mr. Henry Babiera  rare collections /Las Farolas  it is  also said that Mr. Babiera has the very expensive collections of Platinum SR  arowana.

tarpaulin poster of Las Farolas

Las Farolas will soon rise beside ARK Avilon Zoo which will feature fresh water fishes from Mr. Babiera’s collection from different parts of the world. ( the author hope that he can feature Philippine native fishes too!) The construction manager is AMCON Company .

stage area before the formal opening ceremonies

opening day crowd

The aim of the show is to educate the public on how to take care of their fishes, importance of the freshwater aquarium industry , information dissemination  and the experience of  competition among fish hobbyists.

Aquascape tanks for public judging

Morning Glory and Eden is the title of the Aquascape complete with freshwater fishes and live aquatic plants

Aquascape entitled ” The Lawn “, ” Unconventional ” ,” Dream “, ” Links, “Forgotten Trees”

There is also a public voting  in which the public is given a chance to vote on which aquascape tanks  they think is the best. However, Just to make sure of the criteria set there is a separate more experienced  judges for the aquascape competition .

various varieties of Betta fishes exhibited by members of Asian Betta Alliance

Arowana exhibit

Unlike  other fish shows  wherein  judging aqua scape competition is close to the public  . Aqua Fiesta 2011  allowed  public  participation  in which visitors were given a piece of white paper and then write the title of the exhibit whom he/ she thinks is the best executed aqua scape . The winner  will  get the ” Public Vote ” or ”  Visitor’s Choice” at the end of the show.

Wajok Super Red Arowana with the scientific name : Scleropages formosus and a micro chip number  1828161976 were produced in captivity by Indonesian fish breeder P.T. Wajok Intilestari were raffled -off as First Prize

gold fish and koi figurine on sale – large one may fetch Php 1,800 per piece

As for the public, There is no entrance fees and for a minimal purchase of tickets a beautiful arowana courtesy of A1/ Chinatown Pet Center priced at around Php 30,000 were  raffled among the attendees,  while a lucky few  even had Flower Horn fries . There were about 2 dozen commercial booth which sells a variety of stuffs from t-shirt , kois , fish foods,  fish figurines  a soft ice cream and several food stalls.

Opening day buffet meal

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society booth

According to the PHALS Secretariat here are some of the winners of the raffle:

Thai ZZ by JM Yao: Paul Uy, ticket#281 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 1: Asian Betta Alliance, ticket#468 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 2: Jeremy Go, ticket#535 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 1: Rex Am-Ben Oliniquino, ticket#253 (prize unclaimed)
Thai King Kamfa 2: Randolf A. Tanora, ticket#388 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 3: Airol Joe dela Rosa, ticket#329 (prize claimed)

Wajok Super Red Arowana  : Maria Victoria Aranilla with ticket # 270 ( prize claimed)

Chubby Musubi tarpaulin poster

Interestingly , There was a food exhibitor from Cavite with a fusion of Filipino, Japanese , Hawaiian and Western style of fast food. The primary origin of the snack is the Japanese onigiri also known as omusubi with sticky rice  formed into triangular or oval shapes wrapped in nori wrapper .  Its  fillings is  with pickled ume / umeboshi , salted slamon , kombo, tarako , katsuobushi or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservatives.

Since then , the Japanese immigrants to Hawaii  brought the recipe but had changed some of the ingredient to suit the western palate.

Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled  spam on top and nori  (seaweed) wrapping to hold it together.

several types of Musubi in wrapped in nori wrapper

They call the food stall Chubby Musubi , the friends were both graduate of De La Salle University. According to one of the proprietors , They started their food business  in the early part of 2010 and opened a food kiosk business within La Salle University- Dasmarinas branch in Cavite. Now their operations is in full blast and had a facebook account which advertise their products.

Spamdesal a unique taste to suit hungry appetite

Their spamdesal bun is not your ordinary bun but is said to be from a  local bakery from Cavite, The spam is also different from the commercialized spam  . They even had a local intellectual property patent for their products to prevent other entrepreneurs from copying their unique products. Their spamdesal filling is quite nutritious with vegetable fillings like onions, bell pepper, lettuce  and tomato . Its  market target were the students , teenagers, yuppies  and people on the go.

The owners  said that  they wanted to open the franchising of their food kiosk  in the near future . I hope that they can succeed in their endeavor.

The author would like to congratulate the organizers of the successful Aqua Fiesta 2011.