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King of Dimsum : King Chef at SM North Edsa

King Chef is known for its sumptuous Cantonese dishes mainly dimsum , noodles , fried chicken , seafood.  There are 4 branches in Metro Manila and we have visited all the four branches.

We must say that King Chef is also dubbed by some foodies as” King of Dimsum “as there is a wide array of good dimsums and tasty foods.

different kinds of dishes at King Chef restaurant

In-House Specialties 

Among the specialties includes Beef wanton noodles , Hakaw, Malay kou or Malay cake, Bean Curd roll , Fried Chicken , Spring rolls , Siopao

L-R Malay Kou , Hakaw, Beef Wanton Soup and Bean Curd Roll


Ultimate Barkada Dimsum and Ultimate Hofan Set platter are ideal for sharing between 2 to 4 people .  The dimsum platter also had different kinds of sauces and chili paste.

New Dishes

Starting May 25, 2017 – There will be additional new dishes to be offered .  These included Crispy Beef and Shrimp Rolls, Taro Garlic Siomai , Shallot Stuffed Buns with Shrimp Paste and X.O Seafood Hofan Rolls.

Taro Garlic Siomai 

One MUST Try dimsum is the Taro Garlic Siomai , Fried Siomai with Duck Meat Asado in hoisin sauce and Bean Curd Roll.

Shrimp Salad with fried seaweeds 

spacious and clean 

The SM North EDSA branch sitting capacity is between 120 to 140 and for special occasions and reservations . Try to visit the link and the website

Address : King Chef SM North Edsa 

The Food Circuit, The Block G/F SM City North EDSA, Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

 Contact: 0933.009.9855





Eyeball and Eating at Mangan , SM North Branch

It was bright sunny morning  March 12, 2017 when we had some sort of eyeball and small salu-salo with small group of friends at Centris Sunday Market . It had been a while when i last visited the market.

Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids

I left past 8:00 am and arrived around 9:30 am at the market . There were a lot of buyers and some native orchids , ornamental plants , potted flowering plants still being sold . Bought a couple of Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids from a stall which sourced their orchids from Bulacan .  This orchid hybrid used to be commonly cultivated in our neighborhood along with Dendrobium Sonia Bom and Dendrobium University of Hawaii way back in the late 1980’s up to early part of the 21st century .  I have not seen them being grown except for a few houses within our neighborhood.

Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum

There are a lot of new buyers , preferring orchids and blooming plants with flowers ( some of them prefer live potted plants) Bought  1  small clump of Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum with flowers from Kuya James ( trader ).

Buyers must have a keen set of eyes to differentiate the varieties , for untrained eyes – those orchid species may all look the same. The said variety was collected somewhere in the mountains of Kalinga province . This variety had bigger flowers and larger lip compared to the ordinary Dendrobium anosmum and much longer canes ( pseudobulbs ) . Was lucky enough to buy the last one ! My friend bought Dendrobium sanderae variety major .

Our group also saw, Sir Norberto Bautista and Mr. Jayson Sahagun buying some colorful orchid hybrids and variegated vanilla orchid which will be exhibited at O.B. Montessori mini-orchid show .

Mangan SM North EDSA branch ( Annex building ) 

We then commuted MRT Quezon Avenue to Trinoma and eventually walked toward SM North EDSA via the elevated walkways . We saw two more friends Philip Reyes and Jose Juan Paraiso ( not seen him for over 1 year ).  We have a short chit-chat before our small group decided to dine in at Mangan restaurant and have some kind of Filipino dish for some change.

We are also lucky that we arrived around past 11:30 am , when there are few customers and our group was seated at the couch area.  The capacity of the restaurant is about 100 pax .

We ordered the following list of menus:

appetizer complimentary snack which is fried camote chips

Lechon Paksiw -which our group liked , Adobong Pusit , Ginataang Gabi with Dulong ,Fried Okoy , 4 cups of rice , 2 tibok-tibok and 1 halo-halo for our desserts.

fried okoy

We did not like the ginataaang gabi , since it had a different gabi leaves and not the aromatic ones and  there is not much gata , however we liked the crispy dulong fried fish. While not too fond with the halo-halo serve.


Mangan version of halo-halo with syrup

Overall , we liked the ambiance of the restaurant – the waiters are very courteous and there is a mini library where one can read the books while waiting for their meal to be served.  We paid about Php 1,500 bill which included the tax and service fees.

We left past 1:00pm on our way home and have a meaningful meal, happy with our Sunday Loot !

Address: SM North Edsa , Annex Building 

Contact : 332-2320

Note: All opinions express are from the author and his group which ate at the Mangan restaurant SM North Edsa -Annex branch . 




Make it Epic PH: Hot Wheels Toy Exhibit at SM Block Atrium

SM North , Block Atrium -Quezon City , Philippines

Toy Kingdom in partnership with SM opened a toy exhibit for children and toy collectors . The exhibit is dubbed ” Make it Epic PH ” . Most of the exhibtors are members of the Diecast Car Toys Collectors of the Philippines and some other toy car collecting groups.


There are several hundreds of die cast toy cars exhibits , some of them are still in pristine or mint condition .

exhibition area

collection of several die-cast toy cars on display 

Ghost busters Ecto 1 and Ecto 2

Local retailer are selling this version at Php 1,099.75

Aside from the die cast toy car exhibition. The guest are treated to a play center where children can bring their die cast toys and play .


There is also a selling area within the exhibition area. One can buy the latest 2016 Hot wheel collectible series. 

The exhibit will be until this September 11, 2016 .

There is also an in-house promo where one can , Get 3 die-cast cars for the price of 2 when you buy at any Toy Kingdom (Official) stores until September 30, 2016.


70th anniversary of Australia and Philippines Friendship

Atrium , SM North EDSA , Quezon City -Philippines

The Australian embassy in partnership with SM Malls have exciting and information  exhibit and trade fair with highlighted the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines.

map showing important cities in Australia

Formal relations between the two countries were established when Australia opened its first Consulate General in Manila on 22 May 1946.

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorley together with SM management

Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Her Excellency Amanda Gorley , SM management , invited guests, media , bloggers and students from Xavier University .

group photo

“The exhibition highlights our political and trade ties, diplomatic ties and also the extent of our people-to-people links, which are quite extensive.”

She also added that over 250, 000 Filipinos are now living in Australia and over 10,000 Filipinos are studying in Australia’s world-class universities. Filipino language is one of over 300 languages spoken in Australia.

DJ Callum David is an Australian DJ and model which is based in the Philippines

cup cakes with Australian flag design

Tim Tam

Tim Tam is one of the favorite chocolate biscuits products from Australia

Website : http://www.arnotts.com.au/products/tim-tam/

Bundaberg soda

The exhibit will also showcase products from Australia this weekend. A sample of different products from Australia were also highlighted


Through photographs, the exhibition captures the story of the relationship – like the people-to-people links, which continue to grow at an exciting pace. Over 250,000 Filipinos now call Australia home, making up the sixth largest migrant community in Australia, and who continue to make a positive contribution to Australian society.

 SM City North Edsa Atrium exhibit is from  May 12 to 19, 2016 .

For more information, call the Australian Embassy Public Affairs at (+632) 757-8325 or at (+63 917) 516-3895.




Papal Stamps Exhibit at SM North Edsa ( The Block)

The Block, SM North , EDSA, Quezon City – Philippines

SM chain of malls in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation , Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines presents to the public an exhibition of Philippine stamps  which highlights the papal commemorative stamps issued by PHLPOST in 1970, 1981, 1995 and 2015. There are also stamps issued from other parts of the world featuring the pope .

The exhibit also highlighted the importance of stamps and its role in Philippine history. The event were attended by Architect Renee Bacani ( SM AVP for Operation ) Honorable Cesar Sarino ( Chairman -board of directors ), Postmaster General Maria Josefina M. dela Cruz ( Postmaster General and CEO ) , His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle (  Archbishop of Manila ) Ms. Elvira Yap-Go ( publicity and promotion Eucharistic Congress 2016 -CEBU organizing committee )  , Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy  , Archbishop Lagdameo , Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D ( Archibishop of Cubao) among others.

Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz

I was seated just a few feet away from his Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and He gamely posed with a fellow stamp collector having his own selfie.

 a stamp collector happily pose for a souvenir shot with his eminence

He gave a short but very meaningful message about the importance of letter writing, usage of stamps and his own story on how he would got letters with some complains. He told the crowd that someone send him a short messaging service ( sms) telling him that he was featured in the Philippine stamps few days ago. He was later given a sample of the said stamp issue.  Much to his delight and admiration.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – Archbishop of Manila

He also told the crowd that his mother kept a letter during his childhood days . A letter whenever he could not answer his assignments in school.

Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

After the short speeches , the papal stamps were unveiled to the public and a ceremonial autograph signing from the invited special guests.

Pope Francis stamp exhibition

The ceremony started a little over 11:00am with almost everyone admiring the stamp exhibit. There are some stamp collectors who came from the Manila Central Post Office and brought the recently issued Pope Francis commemorative stamps and first day covers with them. They are eager to let their FDC’s and other memorabilia items autographed by the VIP invited .

His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle  together  with  the children choir from Mandaluyong City

The exhibit also revolves on the theme Mercy and Compassion , and will run until the end of the Papal visit.

Travel Photo Expo 2013 at SM North EDSA

 The Block , SM- North EDSA, Quezon City-Philippines

Mr. Chito Vecina, president of Travel Foto Explorer; together with Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte;  ABS-CBN vice president for news & internal affairs Charie Villa; publisher of i-Mag Photography magazine, Neil Garcia; Canon Philippines president Allan Chng, and SM Communications VP Millie Dizon will be at the opening of the event.

The exhibit willl have product displays, photo shoots and workshops conducted by different masters of photography. Workshops will be conducted by Nix Taytay (Basic Photography), Kyle Stanley, (Lightroom Techniques), Nelwin Uy (Wedding Destination), Ibarra Deri, (Portrait Photography), Mark Floro (Advertising Photography) and Raymond Cruz (Landscape Photography).

At the Expo the photo contest winners of “Beyond Travel Photography” People’s and Judges’ Choice will be awarded on Oct. 5.  First place winner Robert Marrel Dela Vega under the People’s Choice category will be featured in i-Mag Photography magazine and Manila Bulletin’s “Picture Perfect” section. Robert Marrel Dela Vega will also be given a photo exhibit slot in the event and a 2TB Seagate External HD. Meanwhile second to fifth place winners Alberto Andone Jr., Melanio Mejarito, Ramon Jacktong and Raymund Silla, respectively, are also entitled to receive a photo exhibit slot that will be displayed all throughout the event. Under the Judges’ Choice award, first place winner was won by Orly Punzalan. Second to fifth place was won by Irvinne Redor, Sandra Ledesma, Lhor Santillan, Jun Garcia, Antonio Rojas, Lindy Barbosa and Winston Wayne, accordingly

The Travel Photo Expo 2013 is set for Oct. 1 to 5 at SM The Block North Edsa..


For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TravelFotoExpo.


Salumpuwit,Bangko , Silya atbp… Exhibit

THE Block- SM North EDSA, Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the exhibit

National Commission for Culture and the Arts ( NCCA),  Metro Bank Foundation , Inc. , and SM Super malls invites everyone to attend the exhibit .

Different kind of chairs

The exhibit entitled Salumpuwit, Bangko , Silya atbp. from the book of Dr. Gerald Lico . There were about 38 different chairs representing different eras.

Rocking chair and a Butaka chair

 Rocking Chair / Rocker or Tumba-tumba / Lumba-lumba was the in- chair fashion during the Spanish regime . This is a type of chiar with two curved bands (also known as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs, connecting the legs on each side to each other. The rockers contact the floor at only two points, giving the occupant the ability to rock back and forth by shifting his/her weight or pushing lightly with his/her feet . Old heirloom family pieces would include a rocking chair made from Philippine finest hardwood species  .

Butaka or Butaca ( chair with  with long arm rests )  is sometimes called The quintessential impolite chair . The butaka is a native lounge chair with a lengthy back that is reclined down and extended arms for resting legs. It is made up of wood and intertwined rattan strips. It is also common in households in Northern Luzon.

 When the Spaniards came to the northern part of Luzon , a reclined chair was discovered in the midst of native aristocrat’s houses and called it “butaca”, a Spanish word for arm chair. Finding it very relaxing, the Spaniards adopted and even brought it to their mission houses and mansions. They also used it during special occasions. A lot of the old heirloom pieces were  made from finest Philippine hardwood species .

Batibot chairs

 Batibot means ‘small but strong and sturdy.’ The wooden seats and tabletop are wrapped in sheet iron, and the legs and seat backs are made of bent iron rods; even the studs and rivets are made of solid iron. The chairs were popular in the Philippines in the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s .  Recent trends in chair fashion enable batibot chairs make a come back . Instead of black or brown paint – Some chairs were painted with pastel colors.

Art Nouveu inspired living room chairs made from wood

There will also be a FREE lecture on Architecture and Interior Design on August 31, 2013 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Contact: Mr. Henri Palma or Ms. Lalaine Calicdan of the Metrobank Foundation , Inc. 898-88-56 or (0922-8464559)

Link: Metrobank Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MADE-Metrobank-Art-and-Design-Excellence-Competition/115828015145915