How to get your battle mode on at Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me but beneath this food-lovin’, book-readin’ and seemingly sedentary exterior lies the heart and gumption of a warrior princess.

(I’m ignoring the snickers in the background. Hah!)

Last weekend, my fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH and I were treated to a rousing game of laser tag at Lazer Maxxx in Greenhills, the first stop of our Launch Pad Crawl.

Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

Laser tag is a tag game played with guns which fire infrared beams at infrared-sensitive targets worn by players. The game involves a lot of hiding, running and chasing which, to be honest, left me huffin’ and puffin’ after the game.

Well, if there is anything this experience has demonstrated is that this warrior princess does not (yet!) have the body for battle. However, I would like to think that I do have the brains for it.

So here are some strategies I employed to survive my first game of laser tag.

One: Gear up for battle.

Expect to do a bit of physical exertion so it would be best to dress light and comfortably. I had on my Nike LunarEpic running shoes, my trusty leggings and jacket from Uniqlo, and my dri-fit Nike running shirt (a souvenir from my #RunningForFitness days). This outfit is light and comfy, and something I can easily move around and sweat in. The black leggings and jacket also add a bit camouflage against the dark surroundings.

Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

Two: Get yourself on high ground.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was right: it’s better to be on high ground. Strategically, it is easier to defend, observe and attack from an elevated position. I noticed this when I kept getting hit but I don’t see my attacker. It turns out that some of my team’s opponents (like Mico – @thechinoyfoodie – and Alex – @boyeatsworldph) have taken positions in perches above the activity area and are just picking us out one by one. So I hied myself over up there to do battle and even things out a bit. (Well, hopefully…)

Three: Be a moving target.

There’s an old adage about being a sitting duck (it will soon be a dead duck come hunting season) and it did hold true. It was a lot better to let my team’s opponents work a bit harder for their hits by always being on the move, ducking, hiding and running around.

Chef Jocen – @boodlebearph – thought he had a great spot behind some props but little did he know, I snuck up behind him and was gunning him down every few seconds or so at my leisure. It took him a while to find me out, hahaha!

At the end of the game, we foodies were exhausted but exhilarated. I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this physically demanding activity and I would recommend it to friends who want to have a different kind of get-together.

And wouldn’t you know it: my team (Pink – together with Jen – @sandundermyfeet – and Bunny – @alwaysthefunnygirl) placed second among the players, with myself (Diggle)racking up one of the highest percentage of accuracy in hits (although, to be honest, that may be when I was just shooting at Chef Jocen behind his back, hahahaha!).

Not bad, eh? (Thanks to Glenn – @jogpen – for sharing this scoreboard pic!)

Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

With Lazer Maxx’ specially designed laser tag arena and newly renovated function room where we recovered from our “battle” and bantered with each other, the experience grew from a simple game into a fun bonding experience.

Imagine spending a similar Saturday with your own barkada.

Many thanks to Lazer Maxx and #WeLoveToEatPH for this extraordinary experience!

Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

Lazer Maxx, Greenhills

This Lazer Maxx branch is located at the Roofdeck, Greenlanes, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, open Mondays to Thursdays from 12nn to 9pm (at Php190/player) and Fridays to Sundays and holidays from 10am to 10pm (at Php220/player). For inquiries, call +63 2 5845958.

Another branch in Metro Manila is located at Centris Walk, Eton Centris, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For inquiries, call +63 2 4411958.

Want to celebrate your birthday at Lazer Maxx? Avail of its party packages for a maximum of 24 players which come with the exclusive use of the arena.

  • Package A (Php4,500 on weekdays| Php5,500 on weekends): 1 game, free birthday banner, email/softcopy of Lazer Maxx invitations and 24 balloons
  • Package B (Php8,500 on weekdays | Php10,500 on weekends): 2 games, free birthday banner, 24 pieces of printed invitations, email/softcopy of Lazer Maxx invitations, 24 balloons, and 1 hour free use of function room
  • Package C (Php13,500 on weekdays | Php15,500 on weekends): 3 games, free birthday banner, email/softcopy of Lazer Maxx invitations, 24 balloons, 2 hours free use of function room, and 30 pc of Bumper Ride tickets

Relaxing Sunday brunch at Noor, BGC

The day was warm with the sun shining down brightly from blue skies unmarred by clouds as I made my way to an area of Bonifacio Global CIty I seldom find myself visiting.

Megaworld’s Lifestyle Malls Forbestown Center (also known as Burgos Circle) is home to many new concept restaurants, cafes and dessert places. It is a wonder how I’m seldom here but that can soon be rectified. 🙂

This particular Sunday morning, I was headed to one restaurant in particular: Noor Modern Mediterranean. The place may look quite posh with its well-appointed modern interiors and the tasteful display of art and wine bottles throughout the premises but the overall vibe is one of freshness and warm hospitality. Its second floor dining area features a green wall as its focal point and floor-to-ceiling windows that affords a view of Forbestown Center as well as lots of natural light which will become quite handy when we do our food photos later on.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Yep, this hip and happening resto is to be the setting of a relaxed and banter-filled gathering among myself and my fellow foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH.

Firstly, we were warmly welcomed by Noor’s Isreali-born Chef Or Hakmimi, who brings to the table the Mediterranean culinary influences he grew up with. The chef also espouses a friendly and casual dining atmosphere for his establishment; in between his adventures in the kitchen preparing Noor’s signature dishes as well as new ones he is experimenting on, he takes the time to chat with his guests and share more about his philosophy when it comes to food.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Foremost among his rules of thumb is the preference for having at least three flavors and textures in the food he serves, “so it won’t be boring.” He is right, too. Each bite of Noor’s dishes presented us with wonderful complexities: smokeyness, tartness, a hint of spice and more.

These complexities are in evidence in the brunch feast he and his staff laid out for us, which include:

Salmon Tartare. Not yet on the menu, this dish is made of thinly sliced chilled salmon topped with roe and served on crunchy black sesame seed-studded phyllo cones, an awesome start to the meal!

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Cauliflauer (Php300). I read somewhere that this dish is life-changing and I can definitely agree! Cauliflauer are deep-fried and tossed in ceasar aoili and parsley.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Moroccan Shrimp (Php480). Succulent shrimps grilled then served on a bed of tatziki (a Greek yogurt-based side dish flavored by mashed vegetables, dill and olive oil) together with charred eggplant.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Lamb Baklava (Php470). Ground lamb sauteed in olive oil and spices encased in sheets of sheer phyllo dough baked to a lusciously crispy golden brown. Served with sesame dressing and a raspberry sauce, its combo of meaty savory and tart fruity flavors is a winner.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Chicken Skewers (Php590). Tender and flavorful chicken pieces, grilled together with onions and bell peppers and served with Syrian Basmati rice and seared tomato.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Shawarma Tacos (Php630). A triad of shawarma variants – roasted chicken with tahini, tomatoes and amba aoili; roasted fish with tsaziki, coleslaw and cilantro; and roasted mushrooms with garlic aioli, sumac onions and parsley – served open-faced on warm pita bread. These are best eaten by hand! (A bit messy but that’s part of the experience!)

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Knafe (Php390). A classic Arab desert made of shredded buttery phyllo pastry, ricotta cheese, rose water syrup and yogurt ice cream topped with chopped pistachios. That interplay of warm and cold inside my mouth, together with the sweetness and rich buttery flavor is quite decadent. My only regret is that I have gone through forty plus years in life and I’ve only tasted this heavenly dessert today.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

Almond Creme Brulee (Php330). A mildly sweet, creamy almond cream custard garnished with raspberry sauce and mint.

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

All of these dishes are made from scratch in the kitchen by Chef Or. Ingredients are locally sourced and the produce are organically grown in local farms.

Chef Or and his staff also served us with the resto’s signature cocktails to complement the dishes and to add to the day’s happy vibe.

Noor, BGC

Gypsy Mango (Php380). Rum mixed with organic mango liquor, fresh mango and cilantro. A perfect drink for this summer day!

Noor, BGC

Cinnamon Fashion (Php340). A version of the Old-Fashioned cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and adding some brandy, but here, it is garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Noor, BGC

Built to Spill (Php350). A blend of bourbon, ginger root and mint leaves.

Noor, BGC

Noor (Php390). The resto’s house-recipe cocktail made with gin, freh basil, cucumber, fresh lemon juice and tonic water.

Noor, BGC

Flavored Soda Water. Sparkling water flavored with juices of sweet fruits such as lychee, passionfruit and strawberry to quench our thirst and refresh our palates.

Noor, BGC

With such a lavish spread of good Mediterranean food, refreshing cocktails that kept us in high spirits and the company of great friends, it was a very enjoyable Sunday brunch!

Noor, BGC

Noor, BGC

And here’s some good news: did you know you can get free drinks at Noor, thanks to Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Noor is located at Unit F133, Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 956 1563426.

Noor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

HBO holds party for pay TV operators at Cove Manila

Every year, one of the most anticipated events during the week of the Philippine Cable Show is the party thrown by HBO for its local affiliates.

This year is no different, and HBO more than live up to expectations with the shindig it held at Cove Manila which I attended together with my coworkers and friends from SKY.

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

Cove Manila is one of the metro’s premiere party destinations. Opened in 2017, it offers a fusion of music, style and dining. The nightclub boasts of employing some of the most hi-tech sound and lighting technologies to put on spectacular shows or awesome parties.

Before entering the venue, guests have the option of having their photos taken while seated on the Iron Throne. Yes, that Iron Throne. With the most-awaited final season of the network’s monster hit original series Game of Thrones set to premiere mere weeks away, you can bet that many of the attendees lost no time in getting their Westerosi royalty mode on while pretending to survey their kingdom in all their majestic glory.

HBO Party

I know I did! 🙂

Inside, guests are treated to a lavish array of finger food and overflowing drinks, all while being entertained with rousing music from a live band. While there are fruit juices aplenty, I couldn’t resist having a taste of the wines: House Red is the Butterfly Ridge Shiraz Australia, and House White is the La Umbra Pinot Grigio Romania. Thanks to a recent wine tasting I attended, I knew enough about my preference in wines to get myself a white wine. (I didnget myself a taste of the red wine though.)

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

Then the buffet opened.

Ooh, what a thrilling feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Stations for pasta and all sorts of meats were made available for party goers to get their fill. And, of course, what is a party in the Philippines without the quintessential lechon, huh?

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

HBO Party

The celebrations went on and on, especially when the guests of honor, the White Walkers, together with their Night Kin, graced the event with their chilling presence (well, thrilling for the GOT fans, that is!)

HBO Party

HBO Party

This year’s HBO Party at Cove Manila is truly one for the books. Now, if only I can wait patiently for the Game of Thrones premiere April 15!

Cove Manila is located at Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Paranaque.

Did you know that you could enjoy spectacular discounts on food in Cove Manila thanks to Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

Cove Manila - Okada Manila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosures:

  • I was invited to a party held at this venue. Food and drinks mentioned in this post were party fare and were not paid for by the attendees including myself.
  • I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.
  • Photo Credit: Mico Marco of SKY for the White Walker shots
  • Check out my posts on SKY’s ongoing activities for Game of Thrones.
  • SKY brings “Fire or Ice: A Musical Spectacle” at SM Megamall

    Fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” who eagerly await the premiere of the show’s final season can quench their thirst as SKY, the country’s largest cable provider, brings a musical show set on ice dubbed as “Fire or Ice: A Musical Spectacle On Ice” at 6 PM on April 12 and 13 at the SM Skating Rink in Megamall.

    Witness a â€śGame of Thrones”-inspired spectacle which will be divided into two, Fire and Ice, that represent Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively.

    Mallgoers and fans are also in for wonderful â€śGame of Thrones” performances. 4G Guitar Quartet sets the tone as it opens the show while ice skating exhibitions by Sofia Guidote, a member of the Philippine National Figure Skating team, and Joel Minas, a high-level figure skating coach for SM Skating, follow. The duo will play Daenerys and Jon Snow.

    Cameras are a must-bring because after the program, viewers will have the chance to have a photo op with the cosplayers, Daenerys Targaryen, and the Night King.

    Until April 15, SKYcable subscribers can watch all episodes of Game of Thrones Seasons 1 to 7 on demand via HBO GO for free. Simply download the app and register your SKYcable account. For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/freehbogo. Tune in to the premier of the last season of the highly talked about HBO series, this April 15. 

    HBO is available in all SKYcable HD plans, One SKY Unli Broadband + HD Cable TV plans, SKYdirect 250 and 450 Get the world best movies and the latest HBO Originals anytime, anywhere and on any device with HBO Go, exclusively available on SKY.  For more details and updates, visit mysky.com.ph/got.

    Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

    Event details provided by SKY in a recent press release.

    Check out my posts on HBO shows:

     

    A special place for happiness at Elait, Eastwood Mall

    There’s a special place for every kid’s heart for ice cream. Its cool feel inside the mouth, the burst of sweetness on the tongue and the added tastes and textures from yummy add-ons make this a perfect summer treat for the young ones (and yeah, the not-so-young ones too!)

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    For my little boy and the kid in me, our ice cream craving was satisfied when we headed off to Elait in Eastwood Mall after dinner.

    It is a small stall shared with cookie store Overdoughs, and similar to other Elait outlets, it is manned by rolled ice cream artisans and servers who also happen to be deaf.

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Established by the Caravan Food Group, Inc., Elait supported its owner’s advocacy to raise awareness for social causes and provide employment and training for persons with hearing disability.

    So how would you go about ordering and interacting with the store’s servers then?

    An order form is conveniently provided where you can indicate your preferred flavor (either a custard or yogurt base plus mix-ins and toppings to flavor the ice cream). Signs containing basic sign language are also posted in strategic areas around the store. I think this is a good way to expose kids to diverse kinds of people and a fun incentive to learn sign language. It also a way to show kids that sometimes, a language barrier can be easily overcome.

    Using a spatula, the mixture that will form your rolled ice cream is blended then evenly spread as it hardens on a sub-zero metal plate. This then scraped off the plate to form rolls which are then placed in a cup along with toppings before being served.

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    My son ordered a cup of Chocolate Overload (Php140). Chocolate shreds, brownie bits and chocolate vermicelli are mixed into a sweet and creamy custard base, with the resulting rolled ice cream topped with a Pocky stick and drizzled with chocolate syrup. From the way it looks to the way it tastes, it’s a kid’s summer dream come true.

    For me, I got a Chocnut Dinosaur (Php140). Milo powder is blended with a yogurt base with, with the resulting ice cream rolls topped with Chocnut bits and drizzled with chocolate syrup. I just love how the tangy taste of the yogurt interacts with my favorite flavors from my childhood.

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait is definitely a place for happiness: there is joy found in a cup, the joy found in making new friends and the joy of spending time, leisurely eating your favorite frozen treat with someone you love.

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    Elait, Eastwood Mall

    This Elait kiosk is located at Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City.  Other Elait locations include:

    • The Caf Food Hall, Second Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Ground Floor, North Towers, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
    • M Place, Panay Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
    • Upper Ground Floor, SM City San Lazaro, Santa Cruz, Manila
    • Lower Ground Floor, SM City Manila, Ermita, Manila
    • Third Floor, Santolan Town Plaza, Col Bonny Serrano Avenue, Little Baguio, San Juan City
    • Second Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
    • Third Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
    • Second Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
    • Second Floor, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan

    Elait Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my reviews of other dessert places:

    Fiery Fiesta at Chichario, Molito Lifestyle Center

    Foodies down South in Alabang have another place to discover: the new Chichario Peri Peri Chicken and Cocktail Bar.

    Opened in late 2018 by the tandem of Moira and Marco, Chichario sprung out of their love for peri-peri chicken and boisterously vibrant fiesta culture of Brazil. Located amidst wine bars, family-centric eateries and cafes, Chichario offers the young adults – millennials, if you will – in the area a place where they can hang out with their friends and have a few drinks while enjoying good food and good music.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    The restaurant’s name is a combination of the words of “Chicha” (from “chicheria,” the Pinoy slang for finger-food) and “Rio” (from the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro).

    Chichario, Alabang

    Upon entering its doors into its first floor dining area, you would get the impression that its a family-friendly barbecued chicken resto, but when you go up to its tropical-themed second floor bar area, aptly called “Chicha’s Hideout,” that’s where the party’s at.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Well, Chichario really did throw a party for me and my fellow foodies where we enjoyed a sampling of its fiery yet comforting Southern American home-cooking.

    Nacho Carnitas. Crunchy nacho chips flavored with sour cream powder and generously topped with flavorful chipotle pulled pork, cilantro salsa and torched mozzarella and cheddar.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Soft Taco Carnitas. Two open-faced tortilla wraps stuffed with chipotle pulled pork, cilantro salsa and garlic aioli dip.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Pollo Asado Quesadilla. Tortilla wraps stuffed grilled peri-peri chicken, cheddar, cilantro pesto sauce and salsa. It is best enjoyed with its garlic aoili dip.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Salpicao Escobar. Hanger steak further tenderized via sous vide, then cooked salpicao-style and flavored with South American spices.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chipotle Sisig. Instead of siling labuyo, this sisig is spiced uo with chipotle peppers.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Half Peri Peri Chicken. Sous vide is again employed to further tenderize these chicken pieces, which are then seasoned with South American soices and grilled to a smokey perfection which makes this dish the star of the show. It is served pre-cut for easy sharing with a trio of house-sauces: chimichurri, pepper sauce and garlic aioli.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    And what’s a party without a few drinks?

    After downing a couple of glasses of Chichario’s House Ice Tea, our group also had a taste of Chichario’s exotic cocktails.

    Mojito de Janeiro. Grilled pineapple infushed rum, white rum, mint leaves and guyabano soda.

    Chichario, Alabang

    El Chichario. A mix of tropical fruits and dark and light rum.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Frozen Margarita and Mango Daiquiri.

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Amidst the pulsing music, exotic locale and the fine fiery food of Chichario, my friends and I had a fun fiesta!

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang

    Chichario, Alabang (photo by Eboy M. Donato)

    Chichario Peri Peri Chicken and Cocktail Bar is located at the Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa, open daily from 11am to 2am.

    Watch out: offshoots of Chichario’s might find their way in your hometown. Be on the lookout for “Chicha’s” outlets which will mainly serve ceviches and tacos.

    Chichario Peri Peri Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my reviews of other bars and watering holes in the Metro:

    Credit for the last photo: Eboy M. Donato of #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH

    Work and Hot Chocolate at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Venice Piazza, Taguig

    While passing the time before a foodie meetup at Datang in the Venice Piazza, I decided to do some work and catch up on my emails.

    CBTL, Venice Piazza

    Fortunately, there’s a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branch near the parking area that seemed like a nice and quiet place to while away some hours while immersed in some work.

    My treat to myself while poring over my workload? (Because every source of motivation counts and chocolate is always good for motivation.)

    CBTL, Venice Piazza

    A nice cup of frothy Hot Double Chocolate with Marshmallows. Made with CBTL’s proprietary Special Dutch chocolate powder, combined with carefully steamed non-fat milk and topped with a thick layer of foam, it is a perfectly rich and decadent pick-me-up concoction.

    CBTL, Venice Piazza

    I wish I could stay longer and leisurely enjoy my drink.

    CBTL, Venice Piazza

    But, alas, duty called.

    Until, next time then, my chocolate treat!

    CBTL, Venice Piazza

    This CBTL branch is located at the Ground Floor, Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig.

    Other branches in Taguig may be found at:

    • B8 Bonifacio High Street, BGC
    • 32nd Street corner 11th Avenue, Park Triangle, BGC
    • Third Floor, BHS Central Square, BGC
    • Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, BGC
    • Every Nation Building, 32nd Avenue corner University Parkway, BGC
    • Ground Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion, BGC
    • Burgos Circle, BGC
    • Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, BGC
    • Shell Logcom, CP Garcia Avenue, Greater Taguig
    • Ground Floor, Vista Mall, Greater Taguig

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my other CBTL blog posts: