Figaro Review: Your New Favorite Hangout Place

Are you an avid coffee lover and purist? Do you like to read, write, and think a lot?

If this sounds like you, then let me introduce you to your new favorite hangout place: Figaro Coffee

Coffee: Not for the weak. Being a coffee purist, I compare different coffee the way they should be compared: in their simplest form, through their black coffee of course. Simply put, Figaro coffee is one of the strongest and boldest I have ever had. This is very useful for staying awake for studying if you are a student or if you merely want that strong caffeine kick.

Ambiance. Most people hangout in the more popular coffee shops. I get annoyed by groups of teenagers who talk as if the whole room is trying to listen to them. Figaro has just the right amount of people to create a coffee shop ambiance that is not too loud, but it’s not deafeningly silent either.

Fast and Reliable Internet. Either to surf the net, stream music, check my mail, or hangout on Facebook and Twitter, I like to be online a lot. Many coffee places offer internet connection, but they either charge too much or require you to be a member of their loyalty programs. Figaro offers fast and reliable internet to their customers for free.

Figaro Coffee Club. Figaro has a club they let you join after buying 6 coffee drinks for a small fee of P150. Here are several benefits of being part of the club:

  • 10% discount on drinks over P200
  • 1 free refill for your coffee
  • 5% discount on other products such as coffee beans

On the free refill alone, it is easy to recoup your investment in being a club member. For example, you regularly buy a P120-coffee drink. Since you get a free refill every time, which are worth P240. This is already P90 beyond your P150 investment.

Can you imagine how much more you can save if you go regularly? Finally, Figaro is locally-owned. This is of course always a good thing. Between great coffee, the perfect ambiance, free wi-fi, cash savings and being locally-owned, I bet Figaro could be your new favorite hangout place.

A Product Review of Mayinglong Musk Hemorrhoids Ointment Cream

I’m a 33 year old employee who works in a very demanding business environment.  A couple of months ago, during a particularly stressful period in my life, I discovered a bump the size of a pea on the exterior region of my anus. I was instantly worried because I knew that my late father had suffered from internal hemorrhoids for a significant portion of his life.  About three days later, my hemorrhoid became thrombosed, and the pain became too much for me to handle. I decided to seek medical help.  The doctor told me that I had two hemorrhoids, and promptly prescribed some hemorrhoid medication. Unfortunately, the prescription failed to do its work, and I continued to suffer from pain and discomfort.

I was getting desperate. My flare ups were becoming more frequent, and the pain and discomfort was starting to affect my performance at work and my relationships at home. Surgery, which roughly costs about fifteen to twenty thousand dollars, was not a timely option as my wife and I were expecting a baby. I decided to search online for another solution. While browsing over some online forums, I chanced upon a product review claiming that an ointment called Mayinglong Musk Hemorrhoids Ointment Cream did wonders for hemorrhoids. Without much to lose, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought the product.

From what I gathered from the forums and my research, Mayinglong Musk, though a lesser known brand, is highly effective in removing putrid tissue and promoting new tissue growth that helps speed up recovery from hemorrhoids. In addition, the powerful ointment also heals anal fissures. This is due to the advanced treatment formula that not only alleviates pain, itchiness and discomfort, but also induces recovery and healing on a cellular level. The heavy-duty ointment also has a fresh, fragrant smell unlike most products as powerful as Mayinglong Musk.

Without exaggeration, the product is simply life-changing. Unlike similar products in the market which are way too weak for me, Mayinglong Musk Hemorrhoids Ointment Cream does a lot in alleviating pain, itching and burning. Its long-lasting cooling effect provides great relief as it shrinks swollen hemorrhoids. Upon my first day of use, I immediately noticed the ointment’s powerful effect as I was able to focus on my work without being bothered by pain or discomfort from my anus. From that point on, the pain and discomfort started to disappear, and the quality of my life greatly improved. Thanks to this product, I never have to worry about hemorrhoids again. Highly recommended.

Manggahan Restobar Review

I have a big physique and I enjoy eating especially when I’m at home. I can eat anything that’s inside our fridge. LOL! Sometimes, I just can’t help myself but to ask my friends, especially during paydays to eat out and reward ourselves with a munch! I’ve been through different restaurants, formal or not, but there’s just one thing that my palate keeps telling me — go find Filipino foods at reasonable prices 🙂

One Friday night, a friend of mine invited me to visit a restaurant named Manggahan. It opened just this year and is serving delicious Filipino dishes at a pocket’s delight. And since she’s a food like me, it didn’t take a while for her to convince me. We’ve decided to check out the place after work.

Manggahan Restobar is relatively easy to find. You got two options here:

  1. Take a PUJ ride with a mark bearing 04-C. It will pass through Camp Lapu Lapu and St. Therese Church. A quick walk straight ahead and you’ll see the Manggahan signage
  2. For car owners, head over to Camp Lapu-lapu upon reaching JY Square. Along the road, you won’t miss the Manggahan signage. The parking space is very limited, able to accommodate up to 4 vehicles only at a time. You can park along the road but you have to be cautious as authorities regularly rove around this area and if they caught you park in the sidewalk, then you are in big trouble.

The restaurant has a closed dining area, fully air-conditioned with lots of dining tables to choose from. At the back is the open and covered dining area where guests can smoke and drink freely.

What I love about Manggahan is the accommodating and ever-smiling servers. They serve food between 5 and 10 minutes, which I still consider a fast service.  Sinabaw na Larang and Sisig are just two of my favorite dishes. The UNLIMITED RICE for only 20 pesos is to die for! One serving is already good for 2-3 persons and the price range is generally affordable at PhP 150 to 200, enough to make you full!

I am looking forward for Manggahan to expand to different places in Cebu to reach even more patrons. I’d say this is a must-visit restaurant in Cebu especially for Balikbayans who are craving for delicious yet affordable Filipino cuisines.

Image courtesy: Manggahan FB Page

Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant Review

For some of you who didn’t know, secretly I have this big appetite. My metabolism is fast that is why I easily get hungry and I always eat. May it be a small bite or a big craving, you will see me eating from time to time. Way back when I was still working in Manila, every payout I always make sure I reward myself by splurging on a food trip.

I love to discover new places and seeing new sets of menu. By the time I got back in Cebu, I asked my mom what’s new and the first thing I heard from her, the first thing that comes out of her mouth was Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant. Aside from the fact that it’s just minutes away from where I live, she said people are talking about it like crazy. Okay, maybe it was just exaggerating.

So, I told my mom why not celebrate my 25th birthday there. She agreed with me and my birthday came. I invited my in-laws to celebrate together with my family. By the time we got there, the place was quite far especially if you’re from the city. The relaxing seaside view welcomed us and a crew greeted us at the entrance. You have to pass by a little bridge in order for you to get to the main hall. The crew and staff were very accommodating. They have at least one crew per table to further assist you.

See also: Menu, price and how to get there

When they gave the menu, I hurriedly opened it because I was quite in a tight budget knowing it was my treat but surprisingly, when I saw the price list, I was shocked. The foods were affordable and just exactly what I needed. They serve seafood, meat and vegetables, lots of options to choose from. The foods taste good and tempting, dieters will have a difficult time keeping their diet.

My favorite was their Tinolang Halaan, Baked Scallops and Tahong, and Lechon Kawali plus they have rice platter for the big appetite or those who come in groups. They also have their own four-season juice with a twist – Cordova Cooler. If you’ve grown tired of dining out in city restos, why not try Lantaw for a change. The ambiance is great, the staff is accommodating, the foods are satiating, and the price — affordable! They serve native cuisine and they apply “the reduce, reuse, recycle” theme because their jars and glasses were made from recycled mayonnaise jars. Such a brilliant and ingenious idea.

The place is jam-packed with crowd especially at night, so if you guys plan to go there by night I suggest you should make reservations unless if you are willing to wait for the long queue. So for all the foodies out there, this is a must place to dine in. And this coming payout, I might go back there because their Baked Scallops and Tahong are to die for but this time, I might head out to their new branch in Busay. Looking forward to see the breathtaking view of the city of Cebu.

Wat Ever Family KTV Cebu Review

One thing Filipinos are known of, we love to sing. Who doesn’t, right? I know you guys agree but truth be told, karaoke machines can be found anywhere in the Philippines. I admit, I love to sing…. A lot! I’ve been to different KTV bars and all have different ambiance or style but the common thing is that, a KTV won’t be complete without a microphone, a wide screen TV and a songbook.

Me and my friends, we did experience KTV hopping from one place to another and then the list goes on, and then last week, a friend of mine told me that there’s a new KTV that opened recently. I just can’t wait and so I went there to check the place. Wat ever KTV is the first in Cebu, they have other branches in Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete.

As I arrived at the place, the sign is very catchy because it is very colorful. The place looks small from the outside but it is very clean and just enough space from the inside. From the looks of it, you can tell that the place is new. Anyways, there are 12 rooms that can accommodate 8-15 people. The room is fully air-conditioned, the quality of the mic is good, the songbook are all updated, so you can sing with your recent favorite songs.

The room have disco lights perfect for songs that makes you wanna dance as you sing along. And the fun part is that their rooms and menu list have different unique and catchy names, names that are fun and worth to be remembered. Our room name is Why oh Why. See? Very original and unique. The place is clean and the service is fast. Once you press the red button for assistance, in less than a minute, someone will knock the door and voila, the attendant is there to assist you in time.

I definitely would suggest this place to everyone. The place can be located easily, plus the room rates are very affordable. For Php88 you can sing all you can for an hour, you can also order food at a very reasonable price. Not bad for starters, right?

So if you plan of going there, I suggest you should make such reservations because they never ran out of customers and the rooms are always full. So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to prepare a list of your favorite songs and head to Wat ever Family KTV. It is the place to be for singers like you and me. =)