My Pleasant Experience with Vegetable Delivery

I have already tried three vegetable delivery services while on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). I have ordered from Oh My Gulay, Session Groceries and just recently from Vegetable Delivery. My experiences with Oh My Gulay and Session Groceries were both okay, but I still wanted to try other vegetable delivery services to find the one that’s most convenient for me. Vegetable Delivery was my most recent find in Facebook. What got me to try it was the fact that they’re near our place, so I assumed it won’t take days before they could deliver my orders, and I was right. So I had my first order from them last Tuesday, and I was quite happy I found them.

Here are the reasons why I’m a satisfied customer of Vegetable Delivery:
They offer next-day delivery. If you send in your orders now, you will get them the next day. This makes it easier for you to plan your menu for the week because you don’t have to wait long to get your delivery of fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables and fruits are all fresh. The fruits and vegetables they delivered to us were all fresh. Just the sight of those plump tomatoes and long, slender eggplants were enough to make my day. Vegetable Delivery get their supplies directly from Baguio.
They sell other items, too. Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also get other home staples from them like eggs, brown sugar and corn starch among others. They even sell fresh fish and meat.
They accept COD and BPI deposit. Customers have two options to pay: cash on delivery or through BPI deposit. In my case, I chose to deposit to their BPI account the total amount I bought from them plus the delivery fee.
Seller is accommodating. I requested that my fish orders be cleaned and cut, and the seller granted my request. Further, the seller would ask you to pay only after you’ve personally checked that your order is complete. Since my mode of payment was through BPI deposit, my orders were delivered prior to payment. In all the vegetable delivery services I’ve availed during ECQ, Vegetable Delivery is only seller that didn’t ask for payment first before delivery. How cool is that?

Vegetable Delivery was conceived last March to provide delivery services for people who do not want to leave their homes during ECQ. Vegetable Delivery is a brainchild of Ms. Carla Camile Ramos, a full-time accountant in a shared-service company. Her family is a vegetable wholesaler with stalls in Pasig Mega Market.

For inquiries and orders, send a message to Vegetable Delivery’s Facebook page or text/call them at this number: 0919-000-6318. Vegetable Delivery has recently changed their FB name to E-Market.

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Get Your Fresh Supply of Meat and More from Fresh Options Meatshop

Ever since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was imposed in NCR, we have been relying on delivery services for our supply of groceries, meat, fruits and vegetables. For more than a month now, we have been ordering fresh meat from Fresh Options Meatshop (Fresh Options) Annapolis branch. I have come to know about Fresh Options through Facebook. We have ordered from Fresh Options three times already since the start of ECQ, and we have been satisfied with their service so far. First, they offer a wide range of products. Second, delivery is free. Lastly, their staff are polite and accommodating.

Aside from fresh chicken, pork, beef, they also sell packed Daing na Bangus and Cream Dory Fillet plus hotdog and chicken siomai. They also offer ready-to-heat Pinoy ulam. Their Ulam Mismo series includes Beef Caldereta, Kare-Kare, Dinuguan, Bopis, Binagoongan, Bicol Express, Bistek Tagalog, Pork Humba, Adobo sa Gata, Beef Mechado, Pochero, Picadillo, Pares and Sisig.

If you’re craving for crispy fried dishes, then you should try their Crispinoy products (Crispy Pata and Crispy Pork Panga). They also have marinated meat products called Merrynades if you’re in the mood for some barbecue. Longing for pasta? Their Chef Series pasta dishes will surely sate your appetite.

Fresh pork shoulder ribs

The contact number for Fresh Options Annapolis branch is 0998-988-9584. A special shoutout goes to Precie who takes my weekly orders and to Adrian who delivers them. Visit their FB page to know more about their products and promos.

Posted in Chef Series Pasta Dishes, Crispinoy, Delivery Service, ECQ, Enhanced Community Quarantine, Fresh Meat, Fresh Options Meatshop, Merrynades, Quarantine Life, Ulam Mismo | 3 Comments

Spending Christmas at Conrad Manila

Because our annual Christmas family get-together on my side of the family was postponed to New Year, our small family of three (hubby, me and son) had nowhere to go and no celebrations to attend on Christmas Day, so hubby just booked us a room at Conrad Hotel for an overnight stay.

We simply couldn’t resist having our family pictures taken at the lobby of the hotel as it looked so Christmassy!

Conrad Manila is a 5-star hotel located in Pasay City near SM Mall of Asia. Hotel room rates go up during the holidays, so we weren’t really surprised that our bill was a little bit more expensive.

The official mascot of Conrad Hotel is Carey the Carabao.

Guests are given a Carey plushy toy as a welcome gift. For some reason, we got two. Teehee! A housekeeping employee handed us our second mascot plushy after we have returned to our room post-dinner.

Father and son immediately felt at home in our Deluxe Room.

Conrad Manila has a total of 347 rooms, all air-conditioned. All rooms have an MP3 docking station, a minibar, a 42-inch cable LCD TV, Wi-Fi, an executive desk, a phone, and a safety deposit box.

The minibar has snacks, alcoholic beverages, and tea- and coffee-making facility.

While the minibar was loaded, we actually didn’t touch anything from it since we went out after we got settled in our room. We went to SM Mall of Asia to have dinner and later hung around at S Maison.

Our room also has a separate toilet and shower with complete hotel toiletries.

We can see Conrad Manila’s lovely pool from our hotel room. I actually looked forward to dipping in that gorgeous pool, but fate wouldn’t have it, as I had my monthly period as soon as we entered our hotel room. I guess because I couldn’t swim, father and son didn’t feel like swimming, too. Sigh!

Breakfast the following day was served in two different locations located on the same floor. The main restaurant serving breakfast was jampacked, and we were led to the smaller venue. There was nothing extraordinary about their buffet breakfast, though. I actually wished they have more food choices to offer their guests. I wasn’t quite sure if the restaurant actually had more food offerings than where we opted to eat. The good thing is the place wasn’t crowded, so we had a relaxed dining experience, which provided a very good start to our day.

Overall, Conrad Manila is a beautiful hotel, and we would definitely love to come back!

Conrad Manila
Seaside Boulevard
Coral Way, Pasay City
Telephone No.: (02) 7946 3848

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We Survived 2019!

The year 2019 was a year of survival for us and our family. First, our unico hijo survived his first year at Philippine Science High School (PSHS-MC aka Pisay). We also survived a family health crisis, that of my mom’s.

Surviving Pisay

If you will recall in my old post, Justin was not really bent on going to Pisay. Having spent one year as a Kinder 2 student and five grade school years at La Salle Greenhills (five years only because their batch skipped Grade 1 due to the K to 12 program) quite naturally, he expected and actually wanted to spend his high school years in the same school. But fate has other plans. It took a while to convince him to accept the scholarship offer at Pisay. He shed a few tears, too, but yeah, he proceeded to the Grade 7 orientation and went home a happy and excited lad. thank goodness!

Grade 7-Emerald with Ma’am Herminigilda Salac (Ma’am Helen)

Grade 7 seemed a long school year for a first-time Pisay student and parent. It’s not a walk in the park, I tell you. There was never a school day that he slept early. There always seemed to be a lot of things to do, “reqs” they call it. “Reqs” is short for “requirements.” There were weekends that we never went out on a family lunch/dinner date just because he needed time to finish his reqs or review for tests. He also had his share of groupmates that never did their share in their group work, which added fuel to the fire, plus school activities left and right that ate up a lot of their reqs/study time because of the practices they had to attend.

The 4 J’s (Justin, Justice, John Gabriel and Jence)

Math was his biggest challenge in Pisay. It was the hardest Grade 7 subject for him and for many Pisay freshmen. Because Pisay Math was 1.7 units, it significantly affects one’s GWA (general weighted average). It also didn’t help that Pisay employs a cumulative grading system (current quarter grade times 2 plus previous quarter grade, divided by 3), so yes, it was difficult. I remember him telling me that he regretted his decision not to join MTG in Grade 2 because he now sees the merits of entering this Math training program. Those have an MTG background generally fare well in Math in Pisay. Such was his struggle in Math last year that he only made it to the Director’s List in the 3rd and 4th quarters of Grade 7, despite having high grades in other subjects.

A year after and we’re still seeing each other. We love our Eme family! Photo credit: Daddy Omar Norcio

I guess what made his Grade 7 stint in Pisay bearable was the fact that he enjoyed the section he belonged to, 7-Emerald. Well, even I, a self-confessed introvert, found people in our section I felt comfortable with and who eventually became our friends. My son formed his new set of friends, too, and they would usually go out (with us parents in tow, haha) after periodical exams or every chance they get. Spending time together outside school was one of their stress relievers and ours (parents), too. Having a good support from students and parents of 7-Emerald also helped us survive the parent’s Treasurer position bestowed on my husband. So yes, we all survived our first year in Pisay! Yay!

Surviving a Family Health Crisis

Last January 2019, my mom, we call her Nanay Gloria, had to have a blood transfusion in the hospital. Come May, he had to spend a few days at the ICU because she suffered a heart attack, and she also had to be started on dialysis due to chronic kidney failure. Nanay also underwent cataract surgery of one eye after she recuperated from her hospitalization. Having a hard time breathing, she also required oxygen at home and before 2019 ended, needed to go to her dialysis center 3x a week, instead of 2 sessions previously.

With Nanay Glo

Having a sick member in the family is not easy as it requires money. This family health crisis even came at a time when my most generous sister’s business suffered a slump, so that was one person not being able to share in the expenses, which was a major setback. It was also difficult for her to find a new job as she is the one tending to both our parents’ needs. The hospital bills and the monthly medical needs of our parents (medicines, medical procedures, lab tests, checkups, oxygen refill, etc.) put a dent on everyone’s budget, but we survived with God’s grace and provision.

With the help of my siblings and nieces, we were able to sustain the medical provisions of Nanay and Tatay, both senior citizens and both suffering from chronic medical conditions. We hope and pray that all of us will be blessed more this 2020 to continue providing for our parents. Looking back at all our struggles in the previous year, we can proudly say that we survived 2019. Thank you, Lord! Please give us the strength, wisdom and financial resources to do more and to bless others. May we all have a blessed, happy, healthy, peaceful and abundant 2020!

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Experience Recreation with Education + Ultimate Outdoor Fun at Gratchi’s Getaway Farm Resort

We headed to Silang, Cavite last Thursday for an overnight stay at Gratchi’s Getaway Farm Resort. I’ve learned about this place from Facebook and Instagram, and the wanderlust in me got curious. We were supposed to pay this place a visit a few months ago, but the plan only pushed through last week.

We stayed at one of the VIP rooms here, just a few steps away from Gratchi’s Waterfalls Infinity Pool.

Oh, by the way, we went to Gratchi’s Getaway as paying customers, so this write-up is definitely NOT a sponsored post.

We arrived at Gratchi’s Getaway two (2) hours after our supposed check-in time.

Hubby was tired from driving, so he stayed at one of the VIP rooms assigned to us. While he was napping, my son and I wandered about the resort, took pictures, and reveled in the beauty of the place.

The Bulwagan or Pavilion is perfect for events, seminars, and conferences.

All rooms at Gratchi’s, including these cottages, are airconditioned.

Guests can stay at the Picnic Kubos to enjoy their delicious meals or just simply hang out with family and friends.

Gratchi’s Getaway is the perfect venue for company outings, team buildings, educational tours, and family vacations. It’s a 2-hectare property of natural landscape located in Barangay Cabangaan, Silang, Cavite.

Dinner, prepared at Gratchi’s kitchen, was delicious. We had Korean Fried Chicken and Mushroom Kare-Kare.

What made our visit at Gratchi’s more exciting was the fact that I’d also be seeing a former colleague and a dear friend who works here. We haven’t seen each other for a long time. He paid us a visit after dinner time.

Kuya Tam and me

Kuya Tam, hubby, and me were former officemates. I call him “Kuya,” and he calls me “Ate.” The three of us chatted the night away, catching up with each other since the last time we saw him was 15 years ago before I had my open-head surgery in 2004.

The following day, we had a yummy and filling breakfast. We were provided free snacks, too, courtesy of our dear Kuya Tam. These and the dinner we had the previous night will be featured in Delight My Appetite.

We went swimming after breakfast.

Then we went river trekking.

The river trek was tiring, but it was worth it!

Before we left, we also got to see Gratchi’s Bahay Kabute (Mushroom House).

This is where they grow oyster mushroom that they use in the dishes they cook for their guests.

Things to Do at Gratchi’s

Guests will never run out of things to do at Gratchi’s. You can choose from any of these activities or do all if you want:
Rest and relax. Airconditioned rooms are available for those who wish to spend a night or two at Gratchi’s. They also have picnic kubos, allowing guests to enjoy nature at its finest.
Swim to your heart’s content. Guests can enjoy the cool water of their Waterfalls Infinity Pool. A smaller and more shallow pool below it is also available for the little ones. Construction is currently ongoing for a third pool, a much bigger one, to accommodate more people.
Draw, paint, and write at the Artist’s Nook. Unleash your creativity in this area specifically dedicated for the artist in you.
Go fishing. Gratchi’s has a Palaisdaan (fish pond) filled with black and red tilapia (St. Peter’s fish).
Ride the 124-meter zipline. This will give you a breathtaking view of the farm and that exhilarating adrenaline rush.
Try the high ropes courses. How would you like to test your skills with nine (9) off-the-ground challenges?
Have an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ride. Go around the trail riding Gratchi’s ATVs.
Experience river trekking. Discover a gem of a river with the help of an able guide.
Join an educational farm tour. Learn how to plant and farm at Gratchi’s. Students and guests will be given pointers on mushroom growing, vermicomposting, animal feeding, etc.
Hold events, seminars, and conferences. Gratchi’s Bulwagan or Pavilion will surely meet Whatever venue requirements your company needs.

Things We Enjoyed at Gratchi’s

First and foremost, the staff are very friendly and welcoming. They are very courteous, too. Second, the food is good yet inexpensive. You should try their Crispy Fried Mushroom, Mushroom Kare-Kare, and their refreshing Tarragon Iced Tea. Third, the place is awesome! As I’ve said in my FB post, there’s never a dull moment here as there are tons of things to do at Gratchi’s. Finally, communing with nature seems to be the main objective of Gratchi’s, so quite naturally, getting cut off from the rest of the world during your stay here is expected, which means there’s no wifi here. But fret not because you can still bring your own pocket wifi, and there’s strong signal at Gratchi’s. Yay!

Things That Can Be Improved at Gratchi’s

Silang, Cavite is a high place with a cool temperature, so the water in the pool is quite cold. I hope that sometime in the near future, Gratchi’s management will consider installing a heater in their pools, too, for a more enjoyable stay.

We enjoyed our stay at Gratchi’s Getaway to the hilt. We actually regretted not having stayed longer as we haven’t tried the other activities yet. We would have wanted our son to try his hand at fishing or do the high ropes courses. I would have also loved to try the zipline. Oh well, as the saying goes, There’s always a next time,” so yes, we will definitely be back here before you know it.

Check out this Facebook link for a video of our family trip to Gratchi’s.

Gratchi’s Getaway Farm Resort
Landline: (02) 8664-1633
Globe: 09177265484
Sun: 09228910963
Smart: 09209565673

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