5 reasons to eat at Soi - eat Thai, love Thai

One of the distinct features of authentic Thai food is the balance of spicy, salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavors. One can enjoy all these flavors in just one dish. This harmony is what I love about Thai food and I found it in Soi - eat Thai, love Thai.
Let me share the five reasons why I would dine at Soi Thai Restaurant again:

1. Full flavored yet light Soi’s dishes are full flavored and vibrant yet light. We love to eat, so we would usually order not less than four dishes. During our first visit, we even had about nine! And on every occasion, we leave Soi full but without that feeling of being bloated. I believe that a dining experience includes how one feels afterward.
2. Mild or Spicy You get to choose whether they should cook your food spicy or mild.
Sukothai, a Soi original and best-seller is quite memorable as it is served piping hot and spicy but in a pleasant way. Its main ingredients are flat noodles imported from Thailand, shrimp, monggo sprouts, cilantro, peanuts, and spices.…

Customer experience and how to thrive in the tourism industry (Tips)

Globe myBusiness teaches SMEs how to stand out through a four-day workshop titled Digital Tools to Future-Proof Your Business at The Tides Hotel, Boracay Island where well-known entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers were tapped to share their experiences to motivate the participants.
Francis Miranda, an advertising consultant, and an entrepreneur has been helping businesses and guiding others with theirs; and traveling to as many places as he can. With one of his beliefs being to “tailor fit your life to how you want it,” he’s a firm believer in the idea that success comes to those who actively work for it and take all the opportunities they are given.

Customer Experience When it comes to creating the ultimate “wow” experience, Francis has only three guidelines: Extraordinary, progressive and consistent.
Make sure customers’ experience is beyond that of an ordinary shopping trip, treatment or procedure. Make sure it becomes progressively better as time goes by. And finally, make sure t…

Chicken Binakol of Iloilo

Held on the last weekend of January every year in Iloilo City is the Dinagyang festival, a religious and cultural festival in honor of the Santo Nino and to celebrate the selling of the island to Malay settlers by the Atis. Since there is no better way to culminate the festivities than over a home cooked meal shared with loved ones, let's cook an Ilonggo favorite.

Very similar to Tinola, the difference with this dish is the addition of young coconut water and its meat making the broth a little sweeter than you might be accustomed to. The key is to get a good balance of flavours by adding some saltiness (fish sauce/patis), bitterness (chili leaves/dahon ng silk), heat from some red chilis and ginger. The result is an aromatic symphony of ingredients that will have you drumming to the beat of a satisfied belly. Best served with steaming hot rice!


For the Paste:
4 Lemongrass stalks (use only white lower portion)
1 Red or White Onion (small) 
1 thumb Ginger (skin removed)
4 clov…

Momoki: The best eyewear is plant wear

I’ve never been a fan of sunglasses but nowadays when I suffer from dry eyes which can turn red when exposed to heat and foreign particles, I have no choice but to wear a pair.
A friend introduced me to Momoki Eyewear and since then, I never leave home without it. It’s so light and I don’t feel the reason why I loathed sunglasses before - headaches!

While it cannot change the hot weather, it certainly prevented my eyes from going all watery and dry as a result of foreign particles in the air.
Not only that, wearing sunglasses makes one look good and thus, feel good.
I own a Momoki Bamboo on Black Polarized PC Lens. The hinges are made of bamboo. They have other designs such as the Two-Toned Multilayer Polarized Wooden Sunglasses (all bamboo), Zebra Retro, and more.

Momoki is not just about sunglasses. They also have bamboo watches and wireless Bluetooth speakers.
Their products are light-weight because they use Moso-Bamboo (Phyllostachys), the fastest growing plant on earth.
“All our wood-m…

Seda Atria kicks off the holiday season with ‘Lin-ay sang Paskua’ and more

Seda Atria has kicked off the holiday season with activities that aim to spread love and cheer; a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a partnership with Smile Train and Misto’s many exciting promotions for the whole month of December.

LIN-AY SANG PASKUA Hotel Manager Joseph Del Rosario led Seda Atria in launching their Christmas tree with the theme “Lin-ay sang Paskua” on the 15th of November.
“Lin-ay sang Paskua” reminds us of the hardworking women of Iloilo province who are instrumental in obtaining the graces and blessings that we have received throughout the year. She is the pride that we feel for Iloilo. She is the gratitude that we all want to convey. "Lin-ay" represents our "Paskua" to everyone who feels that pride and appreciation of being an Ilonggo.

The tastefully adorned Christmas tree is a pop of brightness that greets guests when they arrive at Seda Atria. Look closely and notice that the Christmas tree exudes femininity. There’s the magical purple lighting …

A peek into Ang Kamalig’s Oyster Bar and more

Ang Kamalig Restaurant now offers fresh oysters baked in different ways to give your oyster eating experience and a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals an exciting twist.
Their enticing varieties are Korean BBQ Oysters, Fried Oysters with Aligue, Three Cheese Oysters and Oyster Rockefeller.

Oysters are a good source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are two of the three principal omega-3 fatty acids. They help reduce one’s risk for heart disease and relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health on its website. Oysters are also a good source of Vitamins A, E, and C, zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, and vitamin B12. Furthermore, raw oysters are known to be strong aphrodisiacs!

Anyway, Ang Kamalig Restaurant also introduced their Chef’s Inspired Ilonggo Selections which are traditional comfort foods that were delightfully prepared by Chef Miguel Trenas the contemporary way. Using the fre…

Tinukib Cafe and Souvenirs: buying local products made easier

The opening of Tinukib Cafe and Souvenirs near Jaro Plaza now makes buying locally made products easier thus benefitting local entrepreneurs because they can reach more people.

I’m happy with this development because scheduled product expos during the weekends never worked for me. With Tinukib Cafe and Souvenirs located just along Commission Civil in Jaro,  I can drop by on impulse any day when my budget permits.

“Tinukib” means to discover. Indeed, there are many items to discover such as food and beverage like Tablea Tsokolate, Turmeric or Ginger Powder, Mango or Ube Piyaya, Mango Calamansi Concentrate, Barquillos, Lengua de Gato, Trappist Jellies, Atsarang Mangga, Kape Miro, Organic Rice, Muscovado Sugar and a lot more; as well as hablon, woven bags, crafts, woodworks and home furnishings.

HELPING MICROENTREPRENEURS AND THE POOR Tinukib Cafe and Souvenirs is operated by Taytay sang Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI). It aims to provide an avenue for microentrepreneurs to sell their products to the…