September 8, 2014

The 2nd DAYEG: Battle of the Christian Bands Audition

Calling all the believers out there, why not form your music team and join the 2nd wave of DAYEG this time....

Here's how to join:

• Open to all Christian denominations.
• Bands must submit 1 original composition.
• Composition entries must not have been played on a national, local or online radio prior to the contest.
• Lyrics of the song must be Christ-centered or must reflect Christian values and positive lifestyle.
• Lyrics can be Cebuano, tagalog or English.
• Open to all music genre except heavy metal, thrash metal or hardcore metal.
• Band members must compose of 3 to 8 members only.
• Participants and winners of the DAYEG 1 can still join the contest provided they must submit new composed materials.
• Bands must play original composition entry during the audition.
• Audition is on September 26 and 27, 2014 at the New J fm radio station. 5th. floor Pabayo- Jr Borja St. Cagayan de Oro City. Bring 3 copies of the composed lyrics.
• 20 bands will be chosen, 10 semi-finalist and 10 finalists.
• All 20 songs from 20 chosen bands will be recorded (studio) and will be compiled for a DAYEG album courtesy by Happy Zounds Studio.
• Registration for audition is 500 Pesos. (all bands auditioning will be given 1 CD edited copy of their song via live recording courtesy of Happy Zound Studio and some of the bands may have a chance to be interviewed live at the 103.3 the New J fm during that day.)
• Trophy and cash prizes await the winners and semi-finalists on the finals.
• Judges decision is final.

Who knows you might be in the final lists on DECEMBER 10, 2014 at the Atrium, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. So better practice now and be on the audition dates this coming September 26-27, 2014!!!

September 2, 2014

Tonkatsu by Terazawa in Cagayan de Oro

I would like to welcome Tonkatzu by Terazawa here in the City of Golden friendship, another newly opened restaurant of the Bistro-Group added to TGIF and Italiani's! Actually, I am not a Japanese food lover but I tell you after trying their Katsu meals I'm now beginning to add the Japanese menu on my lists.
photo credits: google images
Here is a serving of tasty, tender pork cutlets fried to perfection, served with pickled vegetables, shredded cabbage, miso soup and unlimited rice is an irresistible meal anytime of the day. Yes you read it right, unlimited rice and this delightful fare one can enjoy only at Tonkatsu by Terazawa, the first Philippine franchise of the Japan-based chain brought to the country by the Bistro Group. 

Here's how to enjoy your Tonkatsu experience:

1. For the appetizing starters you can have the Fried Chicken Wings, the Chasoba Salad and the Pork Karaage. Here are the ones we've tasted below, but to add taste for the Pork Karaage you can squeeze the lemon on top of it. 

2. Next thing is to choose the main dish/course, they have IBERICO KATSU...
- this Katsu meal is made of the finest black Iberico Pork with a delicate, nutty, meaty, melt-in-in-your-mouth marbling. It is also known as the Pata Negra, the Iberian pigs of south and Southwest areas of Spain.

Another main course to choose from is the KUROBUTA KATSU...
- it is a  dubbed angus of pork, a meat from the original strains of Bekrshire hogs from Japan. It is packed with juiciness and is rich in flavor from the meat's excellent marbling. It is considered as the Katsu's crowning glory!

Still, you can choose aside from the two above mentioned Katsu's are the Rosu Katsu sets (deep-fried pork loin sets) and the Hire Katsu (deep-fried pork fillet sets). Another must try is the Jumbo Ebifurai, an imperial prawns that are simply deep-fried to achieve the natural fresh taste of the prawns.


Here's a good catch, all of the Katsu sets are served with refillable servings of Japanes rice, shredded cabbage and a bowl of hot Tonjiru, a special miso soup flavored with pork.

Here's how to enjoy your dish:
  • Grind the sesame seeds straight onto the Tonkatsu to bring the aroma and flavor of the pork.
  • Dip the Tonkatsu in the house blended Tonkatsu sauce with a pinch of Japanese salt for added taste.
  • Include a good amount of the shredded cabbage in between bites to cleanse your palate.
But before you'll end your Tonkatsu experience, don't forget this sweet ending bestselling dessert called the Frozen Grean Tea. A heavenly slice of frozen, fluffy meringue roll with a hint of green tea! Indeed, it really taste like heaven.

So, I guess it's high time for you to try Tonkatsu by Chef Akinori Terazawa- a Japanese restaurateur. The restaurant is located at the ground floor of Centrio Mall, besides Italianis.

For more details, please feel free to check their FB page: You can follow them also in Twitter and Instagram @tonkatsuph!

Indeed, I am a Proud Kagay-anon!

September 1, 2014

On Home Dressers

One way of creating a bedroom ambiance that exudes a unique style is through having a modern or vintage dresser. So if you want to have plenty of space for all of your belongings in a stylish way, better get a home dresser that would fit your character.

Since my bedroom hettich drawer slides is kinda' broken, I planned to change it something like this, a dresser and a TV stand at the same time. Hoping to realize this wish before the year ends.

August 31, 2014

We Love Outdoors

I am an outdoor person.  I love to travel, explore new places and enjoy adventure moments.  Could this be genetic as everyone in the family is like me? Or this could probably be because we grew up traveling to the countryside often during long weekends and holidays to reunite with grandparents and relatives.  The excitement to see them starts from our city home and goes all the way to the province and up until we've grown up and discovered more places to go. In fact, each year wouldn't be complete without the entire family traveling, exploring new spaces.  We have done quite a lot already like discovering breathtaking waterfalls, fantastic lakes, marvelous rivers, spectacular hills, and amazing oceans and marine parks.  We all enjoy adventures: car touring, bike riding, camping, picnicking and even bush-walking.  All these we love to do after long weeks of hitting targets and accomplishing tasks.  We most love exploring when siblings come home from overseas.  We hook up and party with nature, enjoy each other’s company like we could recharge a brother’s vigor and top up a sister’s strength.

7-Day Scotland HikingBecause we love doing what we do, we certainly prepare for every season of the year. We plan ahead, lookout for discount flights and hotel promos, and gear up.  We arrange for outdoor adventure sports gears.  Like when we planned for touring the spectacular chocolate hills, we became like watchmen for clearance hiking shoes from Garmont, trousers, trekker mats and hydration packs.

We had just our waterfall escapade during the Easter break.  The Philippine’s Tinuy-an Falls is categorically breathtaking.  It was worth gearing up, both us (people) and our lovely car.  Nothing is more enjoyable than a very comfortable trip and for us comfort includes putting on the right suits and bringing the right packs. We did bring our swimming suits, rented life jackets and buoys, ensured our slippery-safe sandals, tees and sweatshirts, and shorts.  Hubby was ever ready with his tools, lights, emergency kits as well.

My family of course wished to explore the world further.  Although we have tried water rafting and kayaking already, still I wish to try the packages of The Clymb on rafting and kayaking.  Rafting in class IV-V rapids sounds really challenging and I could also imagine kayaking in between rising cliffs, peculiar geologic formations and captivating sea caves of Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja.  I also wish to try waterfall rappelling in New Hampshire.  Oh God, I have wished a lot now.  May I add on that wish list a reversible Mamala top and Sunamee bottoms from Patagonia?

I don’t want to sound religious here but God’s creation is really magnificent and awesome that I could only wish I have all the resources and energy to climb summits, cruise from continent to continent, discover creatures in Africa, see unique cultures in Asia, Pacific and Oceania, or at least behold the Seven Wonders of the World.