Make Your Own Salad at Salad Bar

by 5:48:00 AM
Eating healthy is always an option for  Filipinos, because amidst  the sprouting food stalls, restaurants and food chains that offers a variety of healthy dishes is the costly price of the former. Admit it or not but most of us, Filipinos, are budget conscious and due to the costly price of healthy foods, we shy away from buying and eventually eating them.

In Makati, which is one of the major business district of Manila, I found a kiosk that serves Make Your Own Salad at an affordable price. People working in Makati can enjoy the salad of their choice and get the health benefits that they needed daily for as low as Php 30 in this kiosk. The kiosk that I found at GT Towers, Makati is known as Salad Bar.

Salad Bar from the name itself is a buffet-style table or counter with all the ingredients that you can use to make your own salad. Customers can assemble their own Salad with the use of the container given by Salad Bar. To date, they have 21 choices of salad ingredients that includes fruits such as grapes, watermelon, mango, lychee, peas, kiwi and dragon fruit; vegetables like corn, shredded carrots and turnip, baby potato, cucumber and lettuce; macaroni and tuna. They also have eight (8) dressings- Garlic Ranch, Thousand Island, Caesar Salad dressing, Cranberry, Condense Milk for fruits, Basic  Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Honey Mustard.

Steps in Making Your Own Salad at Salad Bar

Create your salad

Choose the fruit or veggies that you want to munch for the day.

Put your desired veggies, fruits and other ingredients that you would want to have your salad. Mix and match or ask for the advise of the Salad Bar personnel to get the perfect mix of ingredients.

Choose your dressing

Add your desired dressing.

After putting your desired ingredients to your salad, it’ s now time to decide unto what dressing you will put on the former. For starters Salad Bar personnel suggest to put condense milk for fruits and cranberry, Ceasar or thousand island dressing for vegetables.

Have it weighed and Pay

Once done with your salad, have the Salad Bar personel weigh the former. The price of the salad would depend on its weight. Salad price is Php 30 per 100 grams.

Enjoy your salad creation

Munch your creation!

 Dig in to your creation and enjoy a healthy and refreshing salad!

Aside from Make Your Own Salad, Salad Bar also serve Salad Platters such as Fresh Vegetable Platter which composed of best seasoned vegetables cut into snack size pieces and Fresh Fruit Platter that consists of assorted fruit of your choice.

To try Salad Bar's Make Your Own Salad and Salad Platter, you may visit them at the following branches in Makati City:


12th Floor GT TOWER,
Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

7th Floor Robinson's Summit Center 
Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

3rd Level, Food Choices, Glorietta 4
Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


2nd Floor, Zuellig Building,
Makati Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

To know more about Salad Bar, you may visit the following website and social media accounts:




Locally Fruit Truck by NutriAsia is Now Rolling in Metro Manila

by 4:03:00 PM
With the innovation and availability of Food Parks and Food Trucks in every corner of the metro Filipinos are given the opportunity to conveniently get the food that they want and craving for. With this innovation,  Locally by NutriAsia introduced last November 24, 2017, at BGC Highstreet, Taguig, the first and the only Fruit Truck in the Philippines that can let Filipinos easily grab and enjoy locally made fruit juices and concoction.

Locally Fruit Truck is the modern take on the ice cream truck that we grew up with. The truck is designed with vibrant colors that can easily attract the eyes of people passing by the Fruit Truck. The former also imbibe the festive practices and patriotism of  Filipinos with the banderitas and flag painted all over the Fruit Truck.

Colorful and inviting Fruit Truck of Locally.  ( 📸by _theinsidegeek)

Locally Fruit Truck serves NutriAsia’s Locally Blended Juice Drinks. Locally Blended Juice Drinks is the first Filipino real juice line made of local fruits found, farmed, and squeezed in different regions of the Philippines such as tamarind from Batangas, Pangasinan and  Bulacan; calamansi from Isabela, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija; dalandan from Laguna and Mindoro; guyabano from Cebu and Misamis Occidental; pomelo from Davao; and Siniguelas from the Negros provinces.

Locally Blended  Juice Drinks are made with fruits found and squeezed in the Philippines.

With Locally Blended Juice Drinks, Filipinos can easily enjoy blended juices made with fruits found in different regions in the Philippines

Along with Locally Blended Juice Drinks are concoctions co-created with known liquid mixologist Kalel Demetrio aka Liquido Maestro. Filipinos can enjoy affordable mixed juices for as low as Php 60 at Locally Fruit Truck. Blendes juices such as Kalikasan which is made with NutriAsia’s  Locally Calamansi and mixed with relaxing flavors of mint rosemary  and cucumber; Marikit which is made of Locally Guyabano with a tinge of melon, hint of hibiscus and a little of kaffir; Sinag which is made of Locally Dalandan with passion fruit, lemon grass and a pinch of ginger; and Pomelo  which from name itself is made of Locally Pomelo mixed with ginger and rosemary are available in the Fruit Truck.




Cocktails made by Liquido Maestro are also served at Locally Fruit Truck. To date, they have two (2) affordable cocktails that only costs Php 90, the Maharlika Mojito and Sataguinto.

Blended fruit base made of Locally Blended Juice of  Maharlika Mojito and Sataguinto.

Filipinos can now enjoy Locally Fruit Truck beverages and concoctions as Locally Fruit Truck travels around Metro Manila’s food parks, resto hub,  malls, and transport terminal starting this November.

Enjoy Locally Blended Juice Drinks at Locally Fruit Truck and supermarkets nationwide. ( 📸by _theinsidegeek)

Locally Blended Juice Drink is available in 7-Eleven stores, PureGold, Robinsons, Rustan's, and WalterMart Supermarkets nationwide.

To know the schedule of Locally Fruit Truck caravan you may visit the following website and social media accounts:


by 2:11:00 AM

Gelare recently opened their flagship in the Philippines last November 9,2017 in Uptown Mall BGC. Gelare is a Dessert Café founded in Australia during 1986. The name of the Café came from an Italian word that means “to freeze” which is the final step in making an ice cream. From the name of the Café itself, Gelare is known for it's airless and melt-in-the-mouth gourmet ice cream along with vegan desserts, golden waffles, and hearty breakfast.

Gelare Uptown BGC has a laid-back ambiance where you can calm your nerves after a tough day at work or just relax while enjoying a cup of coffee or ice cream and munching some waffles while appreciating the panoramic view of the skyscrapers of Bonifacio Global City.

To date, Gelare Uptown BGC offers airless and vegan Ice Creams, Waffles, All day Breakfast Meals, Smoothies, and Coffee.



Compared with the ice cream that we grew up with which contains at least  50% air, Gelare ice creams are airless making it thick and oozing with flavors.

To date, Gelare has 24 staple ice creams with 5 Vegan and Halal Certified ice creams such as Banana Caramel Swirl, Lychee Lane Sorbet, Mango Passion Sorbet, Lemon Lime Sorbet and Matcha Green Tea.


Mango Passion Paradise

Mango Passion Paradise is a sorbet with the rich combination of the natural sweet and sour flavors of mango. If you love mangoes this refreshing sorbet will surely suit you.

Honey Malt Crunch

Honey Malt Crunch has the soothing creamy flavor of vanilla and sweetness of honey. This sorbet tastes like cold honey milk.


Aside from flavorful and airless ice cream, Gelare is also known for its golden brown waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. 

Gelare serves all-time favorite classic waffles, a waffle topped with ice cream or a la mode and waffle paired with fruits and syrup.


Nutella Banana

Banana Nutella has crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside waffle topped with banana and whipped cream and drizzled with Nutella. This waffle is perfect kids and those who love Nutella!

All Day Breakfast

Aside from serving desserts, Gelare also cater all-day breakfast meals such as Frittata, Tuna Melt Wafflewich and Australian breakfast meals like Eggs Ben, Buttermilk Chicken, and Sliced Beef and Gravy with a waffle as one of the side dishes.


Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken meal has waffles that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, chicken that  is perfectly seasoned, with juicy and tender meat and flavorful crispy skin. 

Sliced Beef and Gravy

Sliced Beef with Gravy has golden waffles with tender sliced beef and drizzled with creamy and buttery gravy. 


Gelare Uptown BGC also caters beverages such as dairy and nondairy smoothies, cold and hot coffee, shakes and gourmet drinks.


Premium Hot Chocolate

Gelare's Premium Hot Chocolate has the strong flavors and aroma of dark chocolate. It is not that sweet and has a tinge of bitter chocolate flavor.

Iced Latte

Iced Latte of Gelare is perfect for coffee lovers who love a refreshing take on the usual hot cafe latte.

To date, Gelare is currently available in Perth and Brisbane, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and now in the Philippines! Gelare has 50 branches in Asia Pacific Region and will open more branches soon in the Philippines to enable Filipinos to taste the flavors of well-loved Australian dessert and dishes.

To try airless ice cream, all day breakfast, waffle and beverages of Gelare, you may visit them at:


3/F, Veranda, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig
Sunday to Thursday  10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

To know more about Gelare you may visit the following website and social media accounts:




Six Endless Summer Activities At Matabungkay Beach Hotel

by 9:45:00 PM
Summer is not yet over especially if you want to relax and break free to the crazy and stressful life in the city.  Luckily, in just a four (4) to three (3) hours drive from Manila, you can experience an endless summer vibe at Matabungkay Beach Hotel.

Matabungkay Beach Hotel is located on the Beach Front of Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas. The hotel was established during the 1980s and still the top of mind venue for wedding, debut, family gathering and corporate events. Matabungkay Beach Hotel is famous for the trees and bushes that surround the beach house and villas in the resort, crystal clear shore and the white sand along its coastline. Matabungkay Beach Hotel also serves a great venue to watch and capture the mesmerizing Batangas sunset and sunrise.



1. Ride a bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Bus companies that provide transportation going to Nasugbu are DLTB Bus Co., Erjohn and Almark Transit Corp.,  and San Agustin.

2.  Alight at Altura Junction.

3. Walk your way to the resort or ride a tricycle going to Matabungkay Beach Hotel. Tricycle fare costs Php 50. Before reaching the Hotel the Municipality of Matabungkay Representative will ask for a Php 25 per person environmental fee.


1. Ride a bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Bus companies that provide transportation going to Nasugbu are DLTB Bus Co.

2.  Alight at Altura Junction.

3. Ride a tricycle going to Matabungkay Beach Hotel. Tricycle fare costs Php 50.  Before reaching the Hotel the Municipality of Matabungkay Representative will ask for a Php 25 per person environmental fee.

Accommodations with van transfer can also be booked at Matabungkay Beach Hotel office located at LPL Towers, 112 Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.


Matabungkay Beach Hotel promises to provide their guest a memorable stay by providing endless summer activities that will surely relax their guest's body and mind, reconnect family and friends relationship through indoor and outdoor activities and provide recreational activities that can strengthen a groups communication and trust.


The hotel renders water-based activities for their adventurous and thrill-seeker guests. Matabungkay Beach Hotel guests can roam around the beach on a traverse banana boat and jet ski or paddle their way on the crystal clear waters of Matabungkay through a kayak, aqua bike, and paddleboard. Aside from those activities, Matabungkay Beach Hotel also has a snorkeling and diving facilities for coral and fishes sightseeing.

For those who want tranquil activity, Matabungkay Beach Hotel has bamboo beach rafts that can accommodate up to (10) guests. This activity is ideal for family or group lunch and snack or for those who just want to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and mountains of Batangas. Guests can also rent fishing rods for those who want to try their luck in catching fish in the ocean of Matabungkay.

Matabungkay  Beach Hotel Water Activities Rates as of November 2017

Paddle Board - Php 350 per hour
Banana Boat - Php 1,250 ( 5 person for 15 minutes)
Floating Raft - Php 800 for 4 hours and Php 1250 for whole day
Snorkel - Php 100 per person
Fishing Rod - Php 100 per person
Aqua Bike - Php 350 per hour
Kayak - Php 350 per hour for 2 people and Php 500 per hour for 3 person
Jetski - Php 3500 per hour
Wakeboard - Php 4,700 per hour
Helmet Diving - Php 1200 per person for 15 minutes
Intro Diving - Php 3000 per person for 15 minutes
Fun Diving - Php 4000 per person


Matabungkay Beach Hotel also serves as a perfect location for recreational such as team building activities that can strengthen a group’s communication and trust.

Matabungkay Beach Hotel Team Building Facility is spacious and has activities such as the Spider Web Challenge, Monkey Bar, Archery and Wall Climbing.

Aside from Outdoor Team Building Facilities, Matabunkay Beach Hotel also has Conference Rooms that can cater up to 250 people.


For sports enthusiasts, Matabungkay Beach Hotel caters outdoor facilities that will boost their guest's mood and adrenalin while at the same time reduce their stress.

Matabungkay Beach Hotel Outdoor Activity Facilities includes a basketball court, beach volleyball court, archery and a giant chess board.

Guests can also choose from their (3) swimming pools that include a kiddie pool, a pool by Cafe Caballero and near the guest rooms.

Guests can also relax and unwind while dining and catching up with each member of their family and friends on bamboo rafts along the coast of Matabungkay.


Aside from outdoor activities, Matabungkay Beach Hotel also has indoor activities located at their bar. Activities such as billiards, darts, and ping-pong can be enjoyed along with some cocktails, beverages, and finger foods served in the bar.


May you be tired because of a day full of water sport, indoor and outdoor activities or you just want to relax, Matabungkay Beach Hotel Solea Spa offers soothing services to calm and rejuvenate the senses and tired body.

Matabungkay Beach Hotel offers 7 (seven) Spa Services that includes full body massage, sports or deep tissue massage, foot, and back massage and Turkish Bath Sauna. Each service last from 30 to an hour and a half. Guests can go directly to Sole Spa for the services or request for room service.


For 35 years, Matabungkay Beach Hotel provides comfortable and spacious rooms for their clients and guests. To date, they have six (6) types of rooms that can match the preference and needs of their guests.

Rooms at Matabungkay Beach Hotel is spacious with earth-toned colors and minimally designed. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with television, personal fridge, telephone, and toiletries. 


Matabungkay Beach Hotel has Deluxe Standard and Suite Rooms. Deluxe Standard Room has a 35 square meters room that is good for two (2) to four (4) persons. This room is ideal for couples or group of friends. Guests can choose from either double size or single size bed in this room.

Deluxe Room compared with the other rooms in the hotel has a balcony where guests can see the panoramic view of the pool and the beach.

Matabungkay Beach Hotel’s Deluxe Suite, on the other hand, is a 45.59 square meter room suitable for couples. Compared with the Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite has a queen sized bed in the middle of the room with a living, toilet and dining room area.


The Sunset Studio is intended for guests who are fond of walking on the seashore or waiting for the sunrise and sunset. The Sunset Studio is the newest rooms at Matabungkay Beach Hotel. It is located next to the beach making it easier for guests to enjoy the beauty and action by the beach.

Sunset Studio is a 35 square meters room with a double sized bed and a bunk bed with separate toilet and shower area. Like the Deluxe Room, Sunset Studio has a veranda where guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of Batangas  Beach and sunset.


Family Rooms is composed of  Standard and Superior Rooms. Standard Room is good for four(4) people. It is a 95 square meters room with living, dining and toilet area. Standard Family Room has a queen-sized and double-sized bed with a balcony where guests can enjoy the mesmerizing panoramic view of Matabungkay Beach Hotel’s pool and garden like scenery.

On the other hand, Superior Family Room is good for six (6) people. It is a 110 square meters room with a queen-sized, double-sized and two (2) single beds. Like the Standard Family Room, Deluxe has a living and dining room, toilet area and balcony.


Beachside Villa is a two-floored villa that has a lounge, living room area and two bedrooms with two (2) queen sized bed and a day bed.

Unlike the other rooms, Beach Villa has a veranda and a patio. The balcony has a scenic view of the majestic beach of Matabungkay while the patio has a dining area where each member of the family and group can enjoy an outdoor dining experience.

To know more about Matabungkay Beach Hotel you may visit the following website and social media accounts:





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