Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Working out the Marriott way

I no longer believe in diets. I've tried several diets too, in my efforts to maintain my ideal weight. At one point, I got so thin I thought I was doing a good job until I got so sick that I was rushed to the hospital. The doctor told me I hadn't been eating well.

Now I am a firm believer of the concept that in order to lose weight, eat right. You can eat whatever you like as long you do so in moderation and keep yourself physically active as much as possible.

So in January of this year, me and my colleague signed up for gym membership at the Marriott. I found that it was the most convenient place for me to workout in terms of location and accessibility.

Hotel view from the pool

The Marriott fitness center is equipped with modern gym facilities such as the elliptical cross trainer, treadmills, stationary bikes and other equipment. They have personal trainers to help you out with your routine too. Gym membership at the Marriott entitles you to free use of their swimming pool as well.

Gym bud, Winnie

Watching Chloe, the Chihuahua while on the treadmill =)

The Marriott gym can get cramped especially during peak hours, which is around 5 to 8 pm, so it can be difficult to find a space to workout or use their equipment. You may have to ask the trainers to reserve the equipment for you or simply wait for your turn. This can be a downside especially if the only time you have to workout is during these hours and you don't have all day at the gym.

Also, they have too few workout programs available (probably because of the space), so working out can be a somewhat routinary especially if you're only keen on using one or two of their exercise machines.

On a lighter note, you don't have to bring your own towels, drinking water or bath soaps when you workout at the Marriott because they provide you with these. Sometimes, they even give away shampoo and lotion too.


Ladies can request for a blowdryer for your hair after using the shower. I also love that they have a sauna, which is a great way to relax at the same time sweat out. Their personal trainers are friendly and attentive too.

A pose before dipping!

the pool

The Marriott is located at Cardinal Rosales Ave. Cebu City.

I Love Steak!

Cyril and I celebrated another month of 'magkasintahan' bliss at I Love Steak. By the name itself, this steakhouse looks tempting from the outside and feels cozier once you get in, subtle enough to set a feel-good dining mood.

Their steaks are served in 'hungry' and 'starving' portions, the latter having a thicker slab good for those with monster appetites. They also have other non-steak dishes on their menu as well.

Cyril ordered the rib eye steak (Php350), medium rare, starving. I had their sizzling tenderloin steak (Php130), their bestseller which they call the "Steak of the Nation".

 rib-eye steak

Steak of the Nation

The tenderloin steak was soft and juicy and tasted even better with their gravy. The rib eye steak was even more delicious -tasty with juicy goodness oozing out. I guess it's probably in the way they put their spices that made me and Cyril love it.

This was actually my first time to try steak cooked medium rare. I'm just glad trying out their steak made me appreciate how meat would actually taste even with blood still in it.

Of course, no steak dinner is complete without wine. Although we passed up on the wine (haha), I Love Steak has a wine bar to complement your steak dining experience. They have good customer service too.

 Needless to say, Cyril and I walked out of the restaurant full, happier and more in love! haha

I Love Steak is located at Juana Osmena St. (across Century Plaza Hotel, Mango Square area), Cebu City.

Monday, April 19, 2010

First time dining at Shakey's

Busy Monday at work, as usual. I completely forgot about informing my colleague, Jane, to prepare delicious home-cooked lunch for me beforehand. So I had no choice but to eat out with my boyfriend who also happens to work in the same building as I do. The boyfriend, who has not been feeling well for several days now, wanted to dine at the nearest spot, and it was Shakey's we saw.

We sat down at the same time arguing about having lunch there. After all, I wanted my meal to go for less than a hundred bucks because I didn't want him to pay for my lunch. But he still got the final say anyway. Believe it or not, this was actually my first time to dine here. So, I was pretty curious as to what Shakey's has to offer.

He ordered the super platter meal while he suggested the bunch of lunch for me. 

 bunch of lunch

He also had chicken and corn soup to go with his meal. I'm not a big fan of soups, let alone corn, but it tasted surprisingly good. The soup was creamy with chunks of chicken and ham and garnished with crunchy potato shreds. Best part was that I actually forgot I was eating something corn-y. 

 While I can honestly say that I've had better when it comes to their pizza, everything else in my platter (and his) was good. Their Mojo potatoes were delicious; the salad was tasty, the chicken was superb, the spaghetti was just right and the garlic bread was divine. 

 super platter meal

The food and service (very courteous dining crew, by the way) was worth what we paid for. Overall, my first time dining experience at Shakey's Pizza was worth it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chow time at Chowabungga

Pay was in and so my colleagues and I decided to eat out at Chowabungga

 It was my first time to dine there and definitely not my last. I had their chicken teriyaki (Php85) and fell in love with it the moment I tasted it. The taste was just right; I just loved how juicy and tender the chicken was.

Chicken teriyaki - the best I've ever tasted

My other colleagues tried the Chowa beef bowl (Php 65), made of thinly sliced beef simmered in Japanese broth and served over rice. The rest of them had the Pork Katsudon(Php90), which is rice topped with strips of breaded pork and egg cooked in Japanese broth. The Pork Katsudon smelled scrumptious, but the taste was too sweet for me though. 

Pork Katsudon

What I like about Chowabungga is that they have a variety of Oriental dishes available at a reasonable price. On my next visit there (which is just a stone's throw from my office building), I'm definitely going to try their much talked about quesadilla. I'm steering clear from their Banana Ice (Php25) though - I thought it was just ice, some milk and too few slices of bananas. hehe

Chowabungga is in i1 building, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Worth blogging?

Adam Carolla

In my attempts to keep this blog updated as much as possible, I find myself in a constant battle against writer's block. Lots of things are happening, I know, but I'm not sure if they are worth blogging about.

Take Adam Carolla's racial slur against Manny Pacquiao and the Filipinos, for instance. Lest you didn't know, this American comedian and TV host went about lashing derogatory remarks by calling Manny a f***ing idiot and that he is off 'praying to chicken bones'.

He also dropped these statements about the Philippines as well:

“Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.”

“All you fu**in got is just an illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people”

“All they have over there is Manny Pacquiao and sex stores.”

“Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your sh*t together?”

“What happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? Does your country go into depression?”

“Get a fu**in life as a country”

I had no inkling who Adam Carolla was until the news broke out; so I thought, why would I bother dignifying his words with a response anyway? Besides, it's not as if this hasn't happened in the past. Who could ever forget Chip Tsao, Claire Danes or someone you know dropping bombs against our country and people?

Racism, to me, is the highest form of stupidity and stooping down to one's racist remarks only pulls you into their own pathetic mindset, even glorifying them at that.

Swelling over what Adam Carolla did is just not worth my time. But then again, I'm blogging about it.