Daiso Japan now @ Robinson’s Place Iligan

Out of the box has always been the Japanese way of life.  With a keen eye for detail, our neighbors from the East discover better and more kawaii ways to do things.

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Daiso Japan collects some of these creations and places them on the racks for everyone to find.  Days can be so much brighter with “Daisolutions” making everyday tasks easier and wonderfully colorful.  For starters, the store’s little organizers are great companions.

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Gadgets also have their own cord organizers to keep wires strapped in and in place, ready to be retrieved when needed.

Arts and crafts enthusiasts can visit Daiso Japan to restock on their supplies, but also to have a day of surprises.  True to the Japanese way, some of Daiso’s suppliers are intriguingly designed.

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A must-spot item on our store this month is the double-sided tape. Closely resembling a correction tape, the item makes it easier to peel off the paper and work on art projects.

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That’s why whenever you go through Daiso Japan’s bin of goodies, make sure you look twice because you might miss out a clever Japanese twist.

Daisolutions you can’t live without

Get comfortable dining while on the road with car drink holders giving you an experience close to the one you get in theaters.  Other highly-functional items like socket covers, kitchen tool racks, drawer dividers, and even certified kawaii chair sock wills excite anyone with the inkling for all things tidy.

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Those looking for home items will also have a gleeful visit with best-value Daisolutions available.  From adorable monkey magnet holders for their keys, to charcoal dehumidifiers that keep indoor spaces clean and fragrant even with persistent rains, they are sure to bag a Japanese hack for their needs.

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There are plenty of solutions only the Japanese will have the eye for, so make sure to catch them this month at Daiso Japan.  You may check on these items:

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Follow the store’s Facebook page @DaisoJapanPH and start choosing among Japan’s clever kawaii hacks.

#EatIligan 2.0 | Pop Snack

I am an Iliganon yet, I’ve never been to most food joints in my own city.  Thanks to Iligan Bloggers Society for showcasing different good food outlets around Iligan. It gave me an opportunity what places to recommend to friends and visitors.

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Pop Snack Iligan is my second stop for this week-end appointment.  The summer color splash coolers were the ones that caught my fancy.  I can could click my camera a thousand times to take this beauty.  Thanks to these coolers, it quenched my thirst.  So perfect for an early afternoon drink.

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Buffalo wings! I do not know when what the last time I have eaten buffalo wings, so this is also a welcome sight. ha ha ha. I heart chicken eh! But it’s spicyness was too much for me.  A little bite was enough.  For those who are more adventurous into the fiery-taste foodies, buffalo wings from Pop Snack is for you.

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I love bread so I definitely love their footlongs and the pizza bread.  They offered us to taste the Hawaiian flavor and the jalapeno flavor.  Keri ra ang ka spicy sa jalapeno. It’s way milder for me compared to the buffalo wings.

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Fries fries fries.  This is yummy when it just got out of the oven. Don’t let it out on the table for long so that it won’t turn soggy.  For fries lovers visiting Pop Snack, this will do na.  They have several topping flavors to chose from like: pizza, spicy jalapeno, chili con, beefy gravy, salty chocolate, and ham and cheese!  Each flavor come with different prices.

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Pop Snack is another good place to crowd during peak meal and snack times.  It is another place hang out with friends and enjoy their very affordable offers like budget meals with drinks, rice bowls with drinks, special desserts – special mention for chocolate pop smores and brownie smores!  Have them when you can. But for those with blood sugar problems, one bite will do! ha ha ha

Aside from their footlongs and burgers, they are also serving pancakes with flavors and you can have an option to add a scope of ice cream.


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Some members of the #EatIligan gang enjoying the jar of coolers.  The size is definitely pang barkada!

 

Pop Snack is located at the back of St. Michael’s Cathedral.

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Pop Snack served us several of their bests but unfortunately my takes were not that nice, so I didn’t include them na in this post.

#Eat Iligan 2.0: House of Fries

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I was back at House of Fries! That was my third time. First was during their opening, second with my kids, and this time, it is with the #EatIligan group.

Fries! The name says it all but mind you, they do not only serve fries of different flavors.  They too have money-value meals that can be enjoyed by anyone in any occasion.

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This time, the owner, Sir Gelo, shared with us their new offers that is worth recommending to family and friends like, their sizzling fries, cheese Bowl, triple trouble Burger, and sizzling chicken.

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My pictures cannot give justice to the yummy look of these foods.  Sorry. I was late and hapo with the heat of the day. But thanks to their coolers, it relaxed me a bit. So, you should go and check out their foods.

House of Fries is almost one year old.  You may check out their Facebook Fan Page for their anniversary pakulo mechanics. Who knows you will win the lucky person who will win the prize!

This food house is located at: De Leon Corner Ramiro St., Iligan City.

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Robinsons Place Iligan Opened!

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[PRESS RELEASE] Robinsons Land Corporation is bringing a refreshing lifestyle hub in Iligan City that will definitely set a new trend in Lanao del Norte’s shopping, dining, and entertainment culture. Building on the fast-growing local economy and rapidly expanding market of the city. Robinsons Place Iligan became the 45th Mall in the Robinsons-Mall-chain opened in the country.  It has a 108-room Go Hotel located right beside it.

Robinsons Place Iligan formally opened on July 26, 2017 along Macapagal Avenue in Brgy. Tubod, Iligan City.

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The three-level shopping mall is designed to be true to its environment – its overall rejuvenating and peaceful ambiance is characterized by cool hues and curvilinear architectural details. The mall’s glass facades, which give way to natural lighting and elevated ceilings with wave-like canopy, will remind you of the Majestic Waterfalls which the city is well known for.

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Exciting retail shops and anchor brands like Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Appliances, Handyman, Daiso and Robinsons Movieworld with 5 cutting-edge cinemas and a 3D cinema.

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The people of Iligan can look forward to satisfying gastronomic adventures as the mall will house the province’ famous restaurants featuring homegrown culinary talents. Its al fresco area will also be lined with food outlets featuring delectable cuisines set against greeneries and a calm garden pond.

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Robinsons Place Iligan is set to bring the freshest and finest ingredients to delight everyone’s palates. Among this is Andy’s Crunchchicken at level 3, a Cebu-based franchise known for its crispy chicken meals and other homemade dishes like Cheezy Macaroni, Chicken Ngohiong and Crunchee Burger.

For those who love Japanese cuisine, Ramen-yah! Japanese Noodle and Bento Restaurant’s menu will satisfy your taste buds as it offers a vast array of Japanese dishes such as Ramen, Bento Boxes (Teishoku meals), Sushi and Donburi dishes. Some of its best sellers include Mango Sushi, Tantanmen, California Maki, Gyudon, Tonkotsu Ramen, Tonkatsu Bento and Gyoza. Ramen-Yah! Japanese Noodle and Bento Restaurant is located at level 3.

With the setting of a modern-native Filipino home at the mall’s second level, Bella’s Chicken offers a variety of Filipino food both locals and tourists will surely love. From its entrees such as grilled chicken, sizzling pochero; seafood dishes like kinilaw, grilled tuna belly and sizzling squid; to its comfort meals like pancit guisado, sotanghon guisado, bam-e; food lovers will definitely have a pleasant meal time.

Dear Manok, located at level 3, is just like any chicken joint in the Philippines which features affordable yet delicious grilled chicken dish. But what sets this restaurant apart is their authentic Filipino style of eating your meal by using only your bare hands. Though forks and spoons are readily available, especially when you eat pansit and their famous halo-halo, eating your grilled chicken with atsara on the side plus unlimited rice will make you spell delicious and complete your day.

Other go-to restaurants will surely please foodies’ appetite includes Kyla’s Bistro on level 1; Mr. Curly Chicken on level 2 – with their famous chicken paired with a special sauce; Panagatan Restaurant on level 2 offering a selection of fresh seafood cooked according to your preference; Maharlika Inasal on level 3 – with their tasty Inasal drumsticks; Fontina on level 3 a serving their internationally and seasonally inspired plates; and MJ Lechon on level 3 – with their Cebu-style lechon.

Iligan Food Appreciation Tour 2.0

Hashtag Eat Iligan(#EatIligan), an annual event hosted by Iligan Bloggers Society,  is now on it’s second year and the tour is joined by Social Media Influencers Iliganons as well as the Iligan Bloggers Family.

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The 2-day event seeks to highlight Iligan City’s local food scene in various social media platforms. Social media influencers who have a considerable following in their blogs and social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be invited to participate in the event.

During the tour, 20 digital influencers will be visiting participating food establishments to sample their offerings and generate live social media postings, promoting the event and the participating restaurants using designated hashtags. — IBS

Since the event is scheduled during the events I am sure I cannot complete the try outs from partners this year. But even then I look forward to joining this event because it’s a time for IBS family bonding as well as meeting new friends.

Our beloved president’s visit @ AMCI

A “very” long post was gone in a wink of an eye because Mozilla crashed. Stupid of me to write it at the FB status section. lols but grrrrr

I started writing it here with the hope that I will transfer it to my blog once a new page for a new post can be accessed (connection is slow so it’s I cannot get a blank page for a new post.)

Oh well, what i was writing about was the waiting and the arrival of the President of the Philippines in our hospital. The few seconds of waving at him and his team from the 2nd floor annex side door was really a high moment. ha ha ha It made me relate to the screaming people at the street when his vehicle arrived. They screamed more when the President waved back at them. Hearing that kind of scream (i was at the ramps and people were lining at 18th Avenue and the Macky’s area made me ran to the Annex. lols!

I then waved hard from the 2nd floor, when he become visible to were we were standing.  We were kind of happy and giggling but yet I can hear the young police man saying, “ayaw diha mam. diri ra ka taman mam” lols! We were not allowed to go near the railings eh. It’s not me who was waiving. All of us at that area and below us were chanting his name.

After sometime, people were going back to their rooms and the place is somewhat clearing, I told Ate Lucy that we go to the loan at the back of the President’s office so we can have a glimpse of the President at a very near distance. 😀 Result of the move: I was able to wave at him and wished him well and I was able to shook the hands of General Dela Rosa. 😀

Thank you Mr. President for visiting our wounded heroes and awarding them medal of valor to commemorate their braveness and commitment to their duty to protect the people of the Philippines even in perilous situation.

Your visit to AMCI will never be forgotten.

A Quick Stroll at the City Hall Grounds

One Saturday afternoon, I joined my IBS family in going around the town to take photos of government offices for Google mapping.  I cannot forget that day because of what I wore to the “event” lol! I should have been informed that the attire is casual because we will still go out to take pictures. I was thinking we will spent our time at the Chamber’s office to map 😀 Hindi pala. Mag picture lang so…hmmm…I looked funny!

Anyway, from Saray, we took a jeepney to the city hall.  I had several photos taken but let me just share a few.

The famous Anahaw Theater. This place is often use for presentations especially during city fiesta. I’ve never been down there. This was still my second time to really come this close.
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Still of the Anahaw Theater (the half part)
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“Welcome to Iligan City” It is my first time to see this marker. I never knew this exist. I then asked them, why is this place here? When it feels like it is in the suok (corner) They said that on the way up to the city hall, this side can be seen from the road.

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I still have to try though if makita ba talaga.

Next is the way to the Tourism Office. I can say Kamingaw sa payag. The place is close because it is a weekend.
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See that signage to Youth Affairs office? I commented on why it’s there and why in a paper or cardboard? They said, it’s a temporary daw.  Then they commented that this particular office is often transferred from one place to another.   Oh well, I hope the place they are in now will be permanent so they gonna have a permanent signage, too.

The playground. We saw a playground right across the tourism office. I bet this is a favorite spot for kids when they stroll in the area. Not just kids actually but for young couplers. Oh my on the couplers or young people dating.

The place is really conducive for dating and if unsupervised lots of things can happen there. No guards roam the area so it is really free zone for those who want a bit privacy in a public place.
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I cannot say that the whole place (City Hall) is awesome for tourist but at least it can be a haven for family strolls.

So if you are in the area during weekend, take some time to stroll the whole area. If you do briskwalk, it’s a bit enough to make you sweat.

Dried Fish…Anyone?

Dried fish is called “bulad” in our dialect, which means it is being dried in the sun. Drying is one way to preserve the meat of the fish. I think this goes through the process of being dried through the sun and wind. Some are seasoned with salt and some will just have the natural saltiness of the sea.

My family used to have this when we were young, but since my mom was diagnosed of heart problem in 2005, we stopped eating this sort of a staple food in Philippine homes.
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There are several famous dried fish depots in the Philippines that I know – Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, and Cebu City. But while doing these photos last Saturday afternoon, some of the dried fish displayed are from Jolo! Wow! That was far!

One of my colleagues buys dried fish in Pagadian City and send it to America. For Filipinos, this is a very special food especially if you are far from the home country or in places where it is not allowed to eat this “i dare you” food for some people who are not used to the strong fragrance of the dried fish.

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This is my fave variety. But it’s been awhile since I have tasted one.

This post is intended for dried fish lovers here in my city or in neighboring Northern Mindanao towns or first time visitors who likes “bulad” as their pasalubong to their loveones.  I meant to tell you that you do not need to travel far because we also have our own dried fish market here in Iligan City.

Location site of the market is in Barangay Saray. It is so easy to find if you are in the city in the nearby Barangays like Tibanga and San Miguel.

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For those who are used to the strong fragrance, the place was just okey. But for those who are not used to buying dried fish, then the place is not for you to visit.

I should have taken a shot of the whole place. My friends roamed almost the whole area. I just took several photos and stepped aside and waited for them. The smell was too much for an ex-dried fish eater. I say ex because as much as possible I avoid it because it is not good for my health.

This one has high content of salt, so it’s never good for an obese woman like me.

This walk was made possible through the Iligan Bloggers Society initiative activity to place Iligan public establishments in Google Maps.  I was late and they were that they decided to drop by the place.

From here, we all went up to the City Hall.

Will post soon about it.