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JING TING: Craving for Northern Chinese Noodles & Dumplings in Manila? @CityofDreamsPH

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JING TING is a 92-seater Northern Chinese Cuisine casual restaurant by the City of Dreams group, located at the upper ground level of the COD retail area.

Its name means “a little house” or “resting place” and is inspired by Northern Chinese “Hutongs.” A Hutong is a gathering place in an alley lined with gray-tiled houses and buildings in a traditional residential city in China like Beijing. 

It's a cool new place to eat in City of Dreams, especially when you're craving for Northen-style dimsum and hand-pulled noodles, Beijing Style. 

Here's what to expect and what to order in Jing Ting...

 

JING TING 
Upper Ground Floor, City of Dreams, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue, Paranaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Websitehttps://www.cityofdreamsmanila.com/restaurants/jing-ting

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Jing Ting Menu: Appetizer, Chef's Recommendation, Noodles | Beijing Dumpling Selection, Beijing Special | Wines | Beverages

I like the casual but trendy feel of the restaurant that aims to recreate the narrow lanes in between gray-tiled houses.

 

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Best to seat in the couch areas for a little comfort and privacy, or the tables directly in front of the show kitchen.

 

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Chef de Cuisine Yang Chen Fei--or Chef Allan for short--heads the Jing Ting kitchen, bringing 15 years of culinary expertise in Northen Chinese cuisine.

He also trained under famous Chinese Master Chef Cheng Hui, the chef of China’s former President Hu Jintao.

 

BEIJING DUMPLING  

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Beijing Pork “Jiao Zi” Dumpling (₱378/small bowl - 8 pcs.)

This type of dumpling reminds us of Dong Bei Dumplings in Binondo. The Jiao Zi has a bouncy dumpling texture and a flavorful filling inside.

It comes with a special dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, sesame, and chili oil.

 

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Chopped Beef and Celery “Jiao Zi” Dumpling (₱390 / small bowl - 8 pcs.)
Poached Pork and Kimchi “Jiao Zi” Dumpling (₱378 / small bowl - 8 pcs.)

It comes in different flavors and colorful dumpling wrappers, like green for celery and kimchi for the bold red color. 

 

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Mushroom, Vegetables and Pork "Jiao Zi" Dumpling (₱320 / small bowl - 8 pcs.)

Our hands-down favorite is the mushroom with a bit of pork and vegetables.  

I like how freshly made the dumplings taste. Often times, simple flavors work for dumplings.

 

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Pan-fried Beijing Pork Dumplings (₱298 - 6 pcs.)

You can also try the Chinese version of gyoza, with fried dumpling with a crispy web of sotanghon. I still prefer the steamed ones.

 

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Pan-fried Pork Bun with Onions and Sesame (₱288 - 3 pcs.)

This reminds us of toasted siopao but pan-fried instead with onion and sesame flavor.

 

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Pan-fried Bun with Sliced Beef Shank (₱368 - 3 pcs.)

Fried flat buns with loose sliced beef shank resembling burger patties.

 

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Renmano 2016 Chardonnay Australia, Chairman Selection (₱220 - glass, ₱1,050 - bottle)

I like the house white wine with a bright yellow color and crisp flavors of melon, pineapple, and peach. It does not overpower the flavors of the dumplings.

 

HAND-PULLED NOODLES

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Ordering the hand-pulled noodles takes time because they are made upon order. You can see this from the kitchen window.

 

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Hand-pulled Noodles in Beef Broth (₱398)

I like the clear broth with full flavors of beef. This should be very comforting on a rainy day or after a drinking session. 

You can taste just how fresh the noodles are--bouncy, soft, and easy to eat. 

 

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Hand-pulled Noodles in Clear Chicken Soup (₱368)

This is their version of chicken noodle soup. I'd still go with the beef broth, especially if you like stronger flavors. 

 

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Hand-pulled Noodles with Stewed Pork Ribs Soup (₱388)

This is like bak-kuh-teh without the herby flavors and more of a bulalo type of broth. 

 

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Northern Fried Noodles with Pork, Egg and Vegetables (₱268)

Tastes like ordinary pancit canton. 

 

CHEF'S RECOMMENDATION 

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“Genghis Khan” Roasted Prime Beef Short Ribs (₱1,380)

A Mongolian-inspired short rib cut steak with cumin and spices, served with the bone and prepared for 12 hours.

The spices are a bit strong and different from your usual smoky BBQ expectation. 

 

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Renmano 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Chairman Selection (₱220 - glass, ₱1,050 - bottle)

The steak goes well with a bit of kalamansi to soften the spices. And you can pair it with the house Cab Sauv for a more enjoyable experience.

 

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“Xinjiang Style” Spicy Lamb Skewer with Cumin Spices (₱768)

This is my favorite meat lamb cubes with cumin and Chinese spices, served in a giant sword skewer with drippings and additional sauce.  

There's no lamb-y aftertaste and each piece is seasoned well.  

 

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Fried Rice “Beijing Style” with Cabbage and Pork Belly (₱268)

The meats are best eaten with their Beijing style fried rice! 

 

DESSERTS

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Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun (₱288)

You won't go wrong with the oozing salted egg custard with an ash-colored “gold” bun.

 

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Chilled Honey and Red Bean Cake (₱148) and Homely-style Sweetened Pumpkin Pastry (₱188 - 6 pieces)

I'm not a fan of these desserts...they taste heavy, especially after eating all those noodles. 

 

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Chilled Sweetened Eight Treasure with Shaved Ice (₱178)

A kind of halo-halo with 8 Chinese-style ingredients with dried fruits like raisins, corn, and black jelly. They don't seem to go well together though. 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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This is a great place to visit for impromptu eat-outs with your barkada or late night snacking if you're in the City of Dreams area. The ambiance is not intimidating but you still get to enjoy your dumplings and noodles in a stylish interior. The noodles and dim sum are prepared fresh, and you can witness this right from the open kitchen window.

For the dim sum, order the Beijing Pork “Jiao Zi” Dumpling and the Mushroom, Vegetables, and Pork “Jiao Zi” Dumpling. I like the simple flavors of their steamed dumplings instead of the fried ones.

For the noodle soup, order the Hand-pulled Noodles in Beef Broth and/or the Hand-pulled Noodles with Stewed Pork Ribs Soup. The serving size is good to share, which means you can get to try the different flavors.

For the main dish, order the “Xinjiang Style” Spicy Lamb Skewer with Cumin Spices with the Fried Rice “Beijing Style” with Cabbage and Pork Belly. The “Genghis Khan” Roasted Prime Beef Short Ribs is good for big groups and is best eaten immediately while still hot.

For dessert, stick to the Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun. Budget about P600/head.

Congratulations to City of Dreams for another winning restaurant concept! 

 

JING TING 
Upper Ground Floor, City of Dreams, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue, Paranaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Websitehttps://www.cityofdreamsmanila.com/restaurants/jing-ting

 

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  

Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of our friends from City of Dreams. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. Quickly order the Jiao Zi dimsum and the hand-pulled noodle soup upon arrival because it takes time to make them. 

       
 


MARQUIS BGC: Unfolding Beautiful Memories @MarquisEventsPH (What to Expect?)

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MARQUIS is a 1,000-seater events place for your premium, bespoke, and imaginative celebrations, located on the 3rd floor of the Kidzania Building.  

The Sarus Grand Ballroom is as beautiful as Shangri-La Fort's ballroom, with interiors inspired by origami and a thousand folded cranes. It's the new "NBC Tent" at the heart of BGC, where you can hold your corporate events, debuts, proms, weddings, and even kiddie parties. 

Here's what to expect at the new Marquis Events Place in BGC ... 

MARQUIS EVENTS PLACE
Third Floor Park Triangle Building, 3245 11th Avenue North, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 663 7487, +632 618-7299, +632 618-7253
Email: info@marquis.ph
Facebook: @MarquisEventsPlace
Instagram: @marquiseventsph
Website: www.marquis.ph

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Marquis has its own escalator and elevator access from the street level on 34th St. going up to the 3rd floor ballroom. 

 

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The 1,290 sqm Grand Ballroom can accommodate a 1,000-seater banquet style and can be subdivided into three function rooms:

Sarus Ballroom A: 250-seater banquet with a square area of 302.44
Sarus Ballroom B: 500-seater banquet with a square area of 675.64
Sarus Ballroom C: 220-seater banquet with a square area of 266.49

 

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The individual ballrooms can be further subdivided into 2 or 3 to accommodate 50-seater to 120 seater corporate or private functions. 

 

Here's a preview of how the ambiance would look like with your different celebrations...

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Wedding Setup with beautiful gowns by Rosa Clara.

 

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Coming-of-Age Debut Setup with Vera Wang gowns.

 

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Great Gatsby Style Prom Setup with a formal fun black motif. 

 

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A dance floor and band stage setup to dance the night away.

 

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The best Kiddie party setup for your kid's birthday celebration.

 

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Marquis owners are the same owners of Active Fun in BGC, so they know how to make their kiddie parties extra special.

 

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You can set up carnival booths or a mini-playground that are safe for the young ones to play in.

 

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Marquis customizes each celebration to how you imagine it to be. 

 

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They have an in-house culinary team that can prepare traditional and contemporary global cuisine, with 20 years' worth of experience from the owner's Connoisseur Catering business.

 

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No need to book your own caterer...the Marquis team can execute any cuisine you desire.

 

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The cheese buffet spread was impressive. 

 

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You can enjoy different cheeses with bread, nuts, spreads...

 

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...and a colorful array of dried fruits. 

 

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They can set up interactive stations for cocktails or appetizers while the guests wait for the main event.

 

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Soups are served hot and prepared on the spot with first class service.

 

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The pasta is assembled with the ingredients and sauces upon order, and you can request for more sauce if you want.

 

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The Slow-braised Angus Beef was tender and impressive that we had to go back for not just seconds, but thirds.

 

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The Chilean Sea Bass on Heirloom Baby Carrot Puree was the highlight of our meal.

 

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You can also specify the different types of desserts you want to end your meal on a sweet note.

 

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Congratulations to Laura, Lorraine, & Lorlyn on this beautiful world-class venue in Bonifacio Global City!

 

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For more information, please visit their official website www.marquis.ph and check out their wedding, debut, special occasion, and corporate event packages. 

MARQUIS EVENTS PLACE
Third Floor Park Triangle Building, 3245 11th Avenue North, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 663 7487
Email: info@marquis.ph
Facebook: @MarquisEventsPlace
Instagram: @marquiseventsph
Website: www.marquis.ph

 

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  

Disclosure: I was a media guest during the official Marquis launch. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. Marquis is a French word which means Nobility or Royalty. Marquis Events Venue is synonymous with luxury, grandeur, magnificence.

       
 


SMX Aura: Your One-Stop Shop For All Your Event Needs @SMAuraPremier

by Patti Dizon

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SMX Convention Center at SM Aura Premier is not just any events place. It is a multi-purpose event center inside one of the most recognizable malls in Taguig. It is the humble offspring of the huge and grand SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Manila. This one might not be as big as the original, but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in versatility and adaptability. 

Recently, they opened their function hall to people who wanted a taste of the amazing food by M Catering and to display just how diverse the place can be. 

 

SMX AURA CONVENTION CENTER
3F, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 779 8635
Email: Sheryl.perea@smxcc.com.ph
Instagram: @smxconventioncenter
Facebook: SMX Aura
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 

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The M Catering Taste Test happened inside Function Room 3 with a capacity of 100 people located on the 3rd floor of SM Aura Premier, Taguig.

 

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Once you enter the hallway, it feels as if you’re not in a mall anymore because of how vast and spacious it is inside with the high ceiling.

 

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M Catering is a top caterer and one recently accredited by SMX Convention Center last June 2017.

Apart from their delicious food, they also showcased the unlimited flexibility of the room by setting different motifs throughout.

 

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You can tell by how intricate the details were that quality always comes first. SMX has pioneered a rigorous accreditation process for all their partners including caterers, suppliers, and contractors. They are heavily involved in the end-to-end process of a client and can easily adapt to their requests.

 

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There were different setups throughout the room with each area spacious enough to accommodate the people lining up like the bread and appetizer area,

 

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the long buffet station,

 

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the carving station,

 

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the Paella station which was a hit with the crowd,

 

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dessert stations, 

 

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The beverage stations were strategically placed on the other side of the room to provide a refreshing ending to the different courses.

 

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You simply cannot miss this grand centerpiece that was located right in the middle of the room.

People were taking pictures on the podium and sitting on the white couch. This setup looked really beautiful and stood out from the rest. 

 

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Some of the events they can easily cater to are weddings, debuts, car launches, art shows, product launches, and corporate events to name a few.

Since SMX is strategically located in the CBD area of Taguig, they do hold more corporate events and cater more to their business clients.

 

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It was impressive to know that the room had operable panels, which means they could expand the space anytime to make it even bigger or actually stretch throughout the whole hall.

They even made a basketball court out of the function rooms for one of their biggest corporate clients.

 

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SMX Convention Center is your one-stop shop for all your event needs. Expect quality assistance throughout the whole process and a roster of top-notch suppliers you can choose from, just like M Catering. 

SMX truly is a dynamic product. With its layout and setup, awesome and competent personnel, and diverse, expert experience—they really have it all for you.

For more information,  visit http://www.smxconventioncenter.com/aura

 

SMX AURA CONVENTION CENTER
3F, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 779 8635
Email: Sheryl.perea@smxcc.com.ph
Instagram: @smxconventioncenter
Facebook: SMX Aura
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 

Live an Awesome Life,

  

PATTI of TEAM OUR AWESOME PLANET

Disclosure: We were media guests of SMX. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. Thanks to M Catering for the delicious food! Catch them in Culinaire happening at SMX Convention Center, Pasay, Manila on October 3.  

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The Age of Zentennials: How to Raise Gen Z?

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Zentennials or Gen Z refers to the generation of children born at the turn of the century. They represent 30% of the population and are quickly becoming the dominant changemakers in the digital age.

The Raising Gen Z Conference organized by Our Awesome Planet and Mommy Mundo is the first ever parenting event that empowers Zentennials to become the Greatest Filipino Generation

Here are my top 8 learnings and insights about Raising Gen Z... 

Who is Gen Z?

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(Source: Nurturing Generation Z: Going Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions by Didi Manahan, Head and Co-Founder of Keys School Manila Inc.)

Highly Connected”, “Thrive on Acceleration”, and “Independent” are some of the words that describe Gen Z. This makes them a driving force quickly replacing Millennials in the Digital Age. 

 

#1 Nurture the Growth Mindset and Maker Attitude

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(Source: Nurturing Generation Z: Going Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions by Didi Manahan, Head and Co-Founder of Keys School Manila Inc.)

It is critical to have a Growth Mindset or the belief that Intelligence and Talent can go up and down (versus a Fixed Mindset where Intelligence and Talent are supposedly determined at birth).

We need to nurture the Maker Attitude inherent in Gen Z to create, do, and tangibly make a difference. 

 

#2 Hyper-Empowered

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

If Millennials are empowered, Zentennials are Hyper-empowered because of the borderless and connected world they live in, with endless possibilities and opportunities in the YouTube and E-commerce era.

 

#3 Key Questions You Need to Address 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Gen Z-ers have 5 basic questions that the parents and family need to address directly--Identity, Belonging, Competence, Security, and Purpose. Otherwise, they will turn to technology and the digital culture for answers, which is unhealthy and inauthentic. 

 

#4 Video First

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(Source: Are You Ready for Gen Z? by Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines) 

“Gen Z is not just Mobile first, they're Video First. They learn about New Products from Vlogs (51%) and Websites (47%).”

 

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(Source: Are You Ready for Gen Z? by Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines) 

Zentennials believe that:
• “Gaming is not just a Game, it's a Way of Life
• “Gaming is a Safe Environment to Hone Different Skills”
• “Gaming is about competing and collaborating with people who share the same passion”

 

#5: Addiction and Reality

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Watch out for Boys: Video Gaming Addiction; Watch out for Girls: Blurring of Virtual World with Reality

 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Video Games are as addicting as drugs. Gamers are 4x more likely to be addicted and the vulnerable stage is 8-9 years old.

 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Make sure to distinguish the Digital World vs. the Real World and continue to build connections offline.

 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Watch out for these 7 signs that your kids are starting to get addicted to games or social media. 

 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Creating healthy offline relationships and having a barkada are very important!

 

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(Source: The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy)

Build a Reading Habit early on to develop resilience and patience to combat against gaming and online addiction.

 

#6 Girl Will Code

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(Source: Raising and Empowering the Gen Z in Today’s Tech World by Ronna & Isabel Sieh, Mother and Daughter of Girl Will Code)

It was so inspiring to see the mother and daughter tandem of Rona and Isabel Sieh demonstrate their typical conversations at home and discuss about the use of technology. Isabel was already a programmer at the age of 11 and founded Girl Will Code foundation.

 

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(Source: Raising and Empowering the Gen Z in Today’s Tech World by Ronna & Isabel Sieh, Mother and Daughter of Girl Will Code)

The key is not to ban technology but to create an individualized family media plan per child. 

  

#7 The Coder Generation

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(Source: Born Digital! by Cris Tagle, Chief Executive Officer, Zynappse Corporation)

Gen Z was born into the world of Google, Facebook, YouTube, Uber, Spotify, iPhone, and iWatch.

 

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We are the social media capital of the world in terms of consumption, but we need to turn it around to be the social media capital of the world in terms of production by learning how to code and produce content.

 

 

Code Stars”, a short film starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.

Did you know that there will be 1.4 Million Jobs in Computer Science in the next 10 years and only about 400,000 graduates are qualified for those jobs?

  

8. Non-Negotiables and Parenting with God

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(Source: Real Life with a Zentennial: Creating an Environment of Empowerment, Anthony & Hannah Pangilinan, Family Influencer)

The key to a happy life with a Zentennial is to agree on the Non-Negotiables and give them the freedom to create their own world. 

Remember, that we have our Parent above helping us in raising our Gen Z kids and molding them to be the greatest generation of all time!

 

Thank you to all the parents, educators, marketers, and speakers for unselfishly sharing their knowledge and expertise to make this a historically significant event!

For more information, visit our official website http://zentennials.com/ and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zentennials/

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  

Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet is a co-founder of Zentennials. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

P.S. Check out Mad Travel Kid's Junior Heroes Camp at GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan

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Junior Heroes Camp is a whole-day camp that allows your kids to immerse in nature and the outdoors to find joy in things outside technology. Kids learn to ask important questions like “where does my food come from?,” “why is planting trees important?,” “how can we make something good that helps others?” and more. By letting them participate in different demos and activities, they solve problems and unearth answers to these questions and at the same time form an appreciation for agriculture, the environment, and local products. Together with other children and a positive international team of French and Filipinos from urban and rural settings, kids are able to interact with a diverse set of people in new ways.

The diversity of activities – planting, animal feeding, cooking, toy making, art, trekking and games allows kids to discover new interests and abilities that they never knew they had. All these activities are done with the fun and energy that children love, so that they never forget that learning can and should be fun.

The final goal of the camp is to impart on each child the importance of his/her choice in making our land more prosperous; that s/he is never too young to make a difference. Join us for our first re-launched Junior Heroes Camp this September 16! Open to 6-12 years old. Parents are welcome, too!

Registration Fee: Php 2,200/kid and Php 1,500/adult Includes all snacks, lunch, and all activities 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM on Saturdays Sept 30 at GK Enchanted Farm, Angat, Bulacan

Register your kids now on bit.ly/Join-JuniorHeroesCamp or Visit our FB Page: MAD Travel Kids for more details

       
 

OGETSU HIME: Elevating the Authentic Japanese Experience @SMMegaMall

by Monique Tendencia

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Ogetsu Hime aims to offer only the best authentic Japanese dishes in the Metro. They import the freshest catch regularly from Tsukiji Market, and the world’s rarest Matsusaka beef is given the treatment and attention it deserves.

For the longest time, Ogetsu Hime has had its lone branch in SM Aura. Now, they have finally opened their doors in SM Megamall to serve the Ortigas crowd.

Here’s what to expect and what we think about Ogetsu Hime…

OGETSU HIME
3F, Mega Fashion Hall
Telephone: +632 470-8241, 637-7510 
Mobile: +63 917 576 2377 
Instagram: @ogetsuhime
Facebook: OgetsuHime
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Related Blog Post: OGETSU HIME: "Goddess of Food": Japanese A la Carte Dining by the Villavicencio's 

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Ogetsu Hime is located on the 3rd Floor of Mega Fashion Hall, right beside the NBA Store and Mighty Quinn’s.

 

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OGETSU HIME Menu: Special Rolls | MakimonoSashimi | Nigiri Sushi | Temaki | Table Cooking, Simmered Dishes, Rice Box Dishes | Teppanyaki, Ishiyaki | Robatayaki | Tempura, Agemono | Gyoza, Tofu, Appetizers, Chawan, and Rice

There is a very distinct and expensive feel to the restaurant.

 

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There's a sushi bar for diners who prefer a more casual setting or those who like to eat alone.

 

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The fresh catch is on display, ready for serving to the customers.

 

SASHIMI

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Hamachi/Japanese Yellowtail (940)

The hamachi had just the right amount of fat to it. The serving size was quite a mouthful though.

 

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Hotategai/Hokkaido Giant Scallops (940)

I liked this a lot! A single piece offers a pure yet rich burst of flavor of the sea, contrasted by the smooth texture of the scallop.

I tried both sashimi in various ways: 1) plain, 2) with a squeeze of lemon, 3) with a squeeze of lemon and dipping sauce, and 4) with a hint of wasabi and dipping sauce. I liked it best just plain.

Note: All servings of their sashimi come with a side of tartare--the sashimi is finely chopped and drizzled with a bit of sauce.

 

SUSHI

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Otoro Sushi/Japanese Premium Bluefin Tuna Belly (1,270)

This tuna belly is best eaten without any dipping sauce as it takes away from the richness and fattiness of the fish. This cut of the tuna belly is the chef’s signature style.

 

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Engawa Sushi/Japanese Halibut (630)

Japanese halibut with a slightly sweet glaze on top. The taste of the glaze was more apparent than that of the fish.

 

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Amaebi Sushi/Hokkaido Sweet Shrimp (₱500)

This was a pleasant break from the local shrimps we're used to, which are often more mild in flavor. This was sweet and rich.

 

SEIRO (Simmered Dishes)

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A5 Grade Matsusaka Beef (₱2,810)

Served in a wooden box and slowly steamed over a low fire right in front of you. The attention to detail involved in this dish is impeccable.

Best to wait for a few minutes for the fire to slowly go out, then enjoy your freshly-steamed beef and vegetables.

 

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Dip the beef in the steak sauce and savor its melt-in-your-mouth goodness. It looks simple, but it’s a menu item you shouldn’t miss out on.

 

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Don’t forget the vegetables hiding underneath the meat! The quality is just as good.

 

TEPPANYAKI

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The chef starts the Teppanyaki course by preparing all the ingredients and serving all the dipping sauces beforehand.

 

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The course begins with a welcome fire, and the theatrics continue throughout the rest of the meal.

 

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A5 Grade Matsusaka Beef  (₱5,160 per slab)

The highlight of our meal was the Matsusaka beef. Look at that marbling! Rated higher than Wagyu and Kobe, this is Japan’s most expensive beef.

Matsusaka beef has to come from a female black cow and has to be less than three years old to be given a rating.

 

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Served medium rare, it is seasoned with just salt and pepper to show respect for the quality of the beef. A bite into this morsel justifies its hefty price tag--you don’t even have to chew it as it is so buttery and just melts in your mouth. 

 

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Japanese Kaki/Oyster (₱790)

The oysters are the creamy and sweet kind, not the salty ones you usually get from other seafood places. These are huge and the flavor just bursts in your mouth when you take a bite.

 

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Matsusaka Chahan (₱250/bowl)

Ogetsu Hime also has some menu items that veer away from the authentic Japanese theme. This Matsusaka Chahan is their house special fried rice with bits of Matsusaka beef and chopped vegetables.

 

OTHERS

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Chawan Mushi (Steamed Egg Custard) (₱110)

Ogetsu Hime’s Chawan Mushi has a hint of yuzu that cuts through the milky flavor profile of the steamed egg.

 

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Ebi Tempura (₱370)

Just your standard Ebi tempura, albeit larger than what you get in most restaurants.

 

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Uni Tempura (₱210)

Don’t miss out on the fresh uni wrapped in nori and fried tempura-style. It’s their unique take on the uni that’s always served in a ball or on bed of rice.

 

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Gindara Teriyaki/Broiled Japanese Silver Cod (₱1,250)

We loved this! The gindara was tender, buttery, and not flaky at all. I’m normally the type of person who doesn’t order fish in restaurants, but this has made me reconsider.

 

DESSERT

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We ended our meal with a refreshing bowl of fresh fruits.

 

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The chef ended our teppanyaki course with a closing fire and a note on the grill.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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We had a great experience at Ogetsu Hime. They live up to their standard of authenticity by regularly flying in their ingredients and serving only the best. The teppanyaki chef was entertaining and made sure we enjoyed our food. 

I recommend trying their A5 Grade Matsusaka Beef Teppanyaki, Gindara Teriyaki, Hamachi Sashimi, Uni Tempura, and Chawan Mushi.

If you prefer their premium items, the budget is at Php 4,000/head for two. For their regular menu items, the budget is at Php 1,000/head for two. 

 

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Ogetsu Hime now has a membership card that always entitles the bearer to a 50% discount on select premium and other “Best of Japan” food items.

The Ogetsu Hime Gold Card is offered to diners after their meal, and they can automatically use the card for their next visit. The best part is that there’s no minimum purchase required!

 

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Thank you to our Chefs who lovingly prepared all the dishes. (L-R) Chef Bong Taruc who prepared our teppanyaki, and Japanese master chefs Isa Takada and Kiminori Iwabuchi.

Congratulations to Ogetsu Hime on their new branch!

OGETSU HIME
3F, Mega Fashion Hall
Telephone: +632 470-8241, 637-7510 
Mobile: +63 917 576 2377 
Instagram: @ogetsuhime
Facebook: OgetsuHime
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Related Blog Post: OGETSU HIME: "Goddess of Food": Japanese A la Carte Dining by the Villavicencio's 

 

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Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of Ogetsu Hime. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. Ogetsu Hime is running a 50% off promo on their Japan’s Best items until October 15, 2017!

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