The iScreamist: The Philippines’ Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Boutique

If you’re looking for something you haven’t tried before, a small shop in UP Teachers village called The iScreamist might be able to offer you something you can’t refuse.

My best friend Sean and I decided to skip classes one day to go on a spontaneous adventure. (No, I am not encouraging anyone to do the same) We decided to meet up at Megamall from school. After arguing about where to eat, we decided to get a bite at Katipunan so we can also check out the ice cream parlor everybody who’s anybody is talking about, The Iscreamist. Though it was very far from where we were at that time, we decided to just go with the flow and let our spontaneity take over the vibes.

After eating lunch in Katip, we took two jeeps + a tricycle going to Maginhawa. Upon arriving at the store, we both thought how the ice cream parlor looked like it was a computer shop from the outside. When we entered the premises, we couldn’t believe how much people there was! There were barely any seats and the line was so long. But nevertheless, Sean told me that instead of complaining about how far we came from just to wait in line, it’s better than leaving without getting to taste what we came there for. I agreed so while in line, we were just talking about the most random things to kill time. As soon as a group of people rose up from their tables, fortunately, Sean landed us one. When we finally got to order, the ones we wanted weren’t available. Instead of crying over spilt milk, we ordered what was available instead.

Sean ordered the strawberry cheesecake ice cream for me and he had the red velvet one. We also tried their specialty, Dragon’s Breath. The ice creams tasted exquisite. It was sweet and the presentation was nice. What made the experience fun was the Dragon’s breath. It’s smores: cut graham crackers with a marshmallow, wafer and chocolate syrup jammed in between stuck on a popsicle stick served with a cup of liquid nitrogen.

The key method to enjoying your Dragon’s Breath is to do the following:

  1. Dip your choice of Dragon’s Breath snack into the liquid nitrogen for approximately 15 seconds
  2. Allow 2 seconds before eating the snack
  3. Pop the whole snack in your mouth in just a single bite
  4. Close your mouth and keep on chewing. Because of the liquid nitrogen, once you dip and eat your chosen snack, it will sizzle then freeze up then you will see smoke coming out of your mouth and nostrils.

This happens because the liquid nitrogen evaporates so quickly that it turns into gas. It may seem scary but as long as you don’t break any of the rules posted in the store, it is safe. To smokers, this would be a fun opportunity to showcase some tricks and to those who aren’t, this is also a fun opportunity for them to pretend that they are. If you’re going to try this out, one must have a camera with them for a complete experience.

Despite the wait, the lack of space for other customers and the poor service, I can’t wait for this business to grow so its full potential may be unleashed. It will test your patience but they will prove to you that it is worth the wait.

Zark’s Burgers: The Ultimate Burger Experience

I first found out about Zark’s Burgers when my classmate was telling me and my friends about it. He was telling me about his experience there with our classmates, how the burgers were so big for its reasonable price, that the fries tasted so good and the ambiance was cool. Out of awe and curiosity, I swore to myself that I was going to go there one day and try it out myself. Last April 5, after a long and boring afternoon, my boyfriend Sean and I decided to go on a little adventure. We were at Shang that time so we took an MRT then got off the train in the last stop. We thought as soon as we get off, Estrada st. would be walking distance from the station then we found out that apparently it wasn’t and that we had to take a jeep en route to McDonald’s. After getting dropped off, we talked about what we were expecting as we were walking to the building it’s in.

When we got there, we were brought to our seats and given menus. The variety of the menu was interesting. It ranged from Minor League to Major League. I think it’s cute how the names of the burgers were sports-themed like “Three Pointer”, “Homerun” and “Stone Cold Stunner.” They also serve ribs, steak, hotdogs, sandwiches and rice meals. There were so many burgers to choose from but I decided to get the Shaq and Sean decided to get the Ultimate Burger. After a few minutes, our orders were served and just looking at the burgers on our tables amazed us.

My order was a cheeseburger topped with bacon and fried onion rings while Sean’s was a burger with cheese sauce in a bed of fresh vegetables topped with sautéed mushroom and bacon. We enjoyed every bite and we were both saying the trip going to Manila was a completely worth it. The burgers along with the fries satisfied our hunger and our boredom. The mustard and mayonnaise alone is so good, you can eat it on your own if you want to. This might as well be real version of the Krabby Patty if you think about it. It’s just that good.

If you think you’re hungry enough to eat all their burgers, you should try their challenge. There are two challenges you can accomplish: Jawbreaker and Tombstone. Both Major League burgers, the Jawbreaker is a triple cheeseburger with Spam, bacon and overflowing cheese sauce on top and the Tombstone is a two-pound cheeseburger covered with cheese sauce and served with 300 grams of fries. You are given 5 minutes to finish your meal if you choose Jawbreaker and 10 minutes for the Tombstone. If you’re strong enough to finish any of the two, you can get away with it free of charge. But if not, you’d have to pay the price. If you choose the Tombstone challenge and actually finish, you’ll get your picture taken and will be posted on the Wall of Fame. And if that’s still not enough, you get a free shirt. This may be a tough challenge to beat but I bet it feels awesome to tell everyone about it if you had actually finished it (and ‘cause you ate a P250/P500 worth of burgers and fries for free).

If what I just told you doesn’t peak your interest in these burgers, I don’t know what will. After our first visit at Zark’s, Sean and I have been loyal customers ever since. Every visit is a fun burger experience, and the burgers taste better every time. The only downside to this is the calories you’re going to gain after one sitting. But nevertheless, Zark’s Burgers is a guilty pleasure.

Image courtesy: Zark’s Burger’s FB Page

A Review Of Personal Collection’s Tuff PLD With Fabric Conditioner

Personal Collection is a direct selling company that has made waves in the market because of their special, high-quality products. Established in August 2003, the company’s growing reputation has made the rounds all over the Philippines, with more and more people joining in their direct selling bandwagon. The company is cognizant of the Filipinos’ discriminating taste, that is why they remain true to their commitment of providing only the best products with the highest quality.

I recently encountered Personal Collection products when my mother signed up to be a dealer. As part of the sign up package, she was given a thousand peso worth of products. We immediately tried them at home and I must say I immediately fell in love with their Tuff PLD (Powder Laundry Detergent) with Fabric Conditioner.  I have never been fond of fabric conditioners due to their often offensive smell, that is, too strong scent for my liking. But Tuff PLD is different, as it does not give off a strong smell at all. It is very mild and economical. As an added bonus, it makes your clothes more supple, lighter and truly soft-touch despite its toughness in removing stains.

Sold at a retail price of PhP 166.00, Personal Collection’s Tuff PLD with Fabric Conditioner is a must try. It leaves your clothes smelling fresh and clean all day long. Keep in mind to wash and rinse your clothes thoroughly as residues often leave a displeasing smell.  Tuff PLD with Fabric Conditioner also has an advanced super whitening formula making your white clothing really stand out. Depending on the volume of your laundry, the 800 gram pack can last for a week. How frugal is that?!?

If you want to make your clothes stay clean and smelling fresh all day, you can’t go wrong with Personal Collection’s Tuff PLD with fabric conditioner. In fact, I would recommend this product to anyone looking to avoid the fast-melting and harsh detergent bars.

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Bacolod City’s The Circle Inn Deluxe Pool Room: A Haven Of Peace And Quiet

Bacolod City has been tagged as the “City of Smiles”.  The people here had been known for their ability to get through tough times with a smile on their faces – and get through, they did. Nestled in a quiet area in friendly Bacolod City is a charming boutique hotel that offers authentic Ilonggo experience – The Circle Inn Hotel & Suites. Located at Lopez Jaena Street, Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod City, The Circle Inn provides comfortable accommodations with easy access to banks, restaurants, offices, hospitals, universities and malls. Taxis and jeepneys often ply the route which makes travelling a whole lot easier.

Faced with a long, hot weekend, my family and I decided to look for a place to beat the scorching heat of the sun. I have heard about The Circle Inn’s latest offering, its newly renovated Deluxe Pool Room, and I decided that we should give it a try. There are a lot of other hotels in Bacolod City which offers free use of the pool to their guests but what made Circle Inn’s pool room more enticing is that you get to jump in the pool as soon as you step outside the door of your very own room. Although other guests can use it too, it still feels as if you have your very own private pool.

The pool is kept clean at all times, with cleaning and water treatment scheduled early every morning. Its depth is just enough for adults and kids to enjoy. Despite the fact that the room and swimming pool are relatively small in size, one can still thoroughly enjoy the experience because of the privacy that the pool provides. The Deluxe Pool Room is ideal for two people. It is equipped with one queen-sized bed, a mini bar, refrigerator, tea and coffee maker as well as free WiFi access. It also has a large bathroom with direct access to the pool. A sitting area is found just outside the room, right before you step into the water.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Bacolod City, I highly recommend The  Deluxe Pool Room. It is a haven of peace and quiet, providing you with the much-needed relaxation that you truly deserve.

MyPhone A848i Duo: Value For Money

The market is teeming with numerous options for the avid mobile user. Nowadays, there is really something for everyone. But for the budget-conscious user who wants to get his hands on an Android Smartphone, that is able to provide high-end features without leaving a hole in the pocket, MyPhone A848i Duo is a promising choice. For a dual SIM touch phone equipped with a dual-core 1GHz processor, WiFi/3G/Bluetooth/GPS capacities, 5.0 MP camera and an MP3/MP4 player, this mobile phone is quite a steal considering that it is being sold at a very affordable price. Plus, it runs on Android 4.0.4 Gingerbread OS, providing the user with more than 100,000 applications available on the Android market.

I was looking for a functional, stylish and affordable mobile phone as a birthday gift for myself, and there were a lot to choose from. I wanted to have a phone that not only would provide me with the basic phone features but also enables me to work through it – check emails, log into Skype, as well as open and edit documents. I wanted something that is handy and user-friendly at the same time. To make the long story short, I found all these plus more in the MyPhone A848i Duo. What really sealed the deal for me is the phone’s capability to support Viber.

MyPhone A848i Duo regularly sells at PhP 7,499 but I was able to get mine at a sale price of PhP 5,990. This was a real steal considering that one gets high-end features in return without the need for shelling out thousands of pesos more. I have been using the phone for 4 months now and I have yet to come across some major glitches. A fully-charged battery can last up to 3 days, depending on usage. So, aside from those rare times when the phone hangs and restarts by itself, I have no major complaints whatsoever. I assume the only way to prevent the phone from hanging or freezing is to avoid running numerous programs and applications all at the same time. The phone comes in two colors: black and white. There is no way for you to accessorize it, which means you cannot change its housing. However, there are pouches and cases available elsewhere which you can use to protect your beloved phone.

To sum it all up, MyPhone A848i Duo is a heck of a bargain. It is easy to use, functional, stylish and affordable. For the mobile phone junkie, this is the perfect phone for you.

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