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SPOT.ph Roadtest: Which Mobile Banking App Is the Handiest?
Good morning, Spotters! How's your Facebook feed lookin'? (wink)
Attack of the Facebook Avatars
We hope you still recognize your friends! (laugh)
A Drive-In Cinema Is Opening in Manila This September
Fun news today: A drive-in cinema is opening in Metro Manila next week! Each ticket comes with popcorn and a drink. They recommend two to four people per car. More details here: https://bit.ly/31OpIP0
Kisses, Pokémon + Nadine Lustre: How the President Fell for This Childhood "Scam"
Anyone else "scammed" by those Kisses in the 90s? (crazy)
Hahaha, I didn't try to make them multiply, but I liked getting them anyway for the scents (laugh)
Me! Lagay daw sa mga bulak para dumami. :|
Yeah, I remember taking good care of the huge ones 🤣 and then I somehow lost them
Hey everyone! I had these Honey Garlic chicken wings from Blake’s Wings & Steaks the other day and I’m still thinking about them. They arrived hot and crispy, and the savory-sweet glaze went so beautifully with the chicken!
They make super-tender ribs, too, and huge chocolate chip cookies that are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside! I can’t wait to order again (inlove)
10 Times Auntie Julie Was the Progressive Tita of Our Dreams
If you haven't heard of Auntie Julie, you're in for a treat! We've got a soft spot for this straight-talking, non-judgy Tita and put together her funniest moments so far. My fave: Auntie Julie catching her son, Robert Angelo, with a...er, friend...at breakfast. (flirt) Full list here: http://bit.ly/AuntieJulie
Also, gotta love her pearls! 😍
In other news, this caramel cake looks good!
These Are Not Your Lola's Caramel Cakes
They also have Brazo Bars!
It’s finally Friday! Dunno about you guys, but I definitely miss going out (crying) thankfully, this this Tukso Jungle Juice bottled cocktail from Tara! Cocktails Delivery is keeping me company today! (martini)
It’s got aged rum, mango, and dayap! I’m not a huge alcohol person, but I loved this for its tart and fruity flavour profile—there’s just enough rum to add a bit of depth to the overall vibrant character :D
I’ll have to save the rest for later, though, since I still have drafts to finish hehe
Hey, Spotters! Which coffee cup are you?
Make the most out of your weekend with these fun online classes:
The Philosophy of Superheroes, The Art of Clowning + Other Obscure Online Courses to Take
Want a treat this Sunday? Something tells me you deserve a slice (or two) of excellent cheesecake, if only to get you through the incoming work week!
Cheese All That: The Best Cheesecakes to Order Right Now
I'm pretty much drooling over this slice from Nono's (laugh) ((camera) Toto Labrador)
We're Obsessed With These Minimalist Tinted Glass Cups
Cool find: These pretty tinted cups are lightweight and heat-resistant, and each set comes with five different colors! (inlove) Details here: https://bit.ly/3lXFDTu
Speaking of cool finds, I tried these babka loaves by Amy’s Oven last weekend and they were phenomenal! What sets them apart from other versions is that they use a sourdough-brioche base, so they’re a tad tangy but still totally buttery. And it goes so well with the fillings!
The Chocolate variant uses 64% Auro chocolate and there’s absolutely no skimping here—you get bittersweet chocolate in every single bite (inlove)
The Coconut loaf, on the other hand, reminds me of pan de coco with its blend of coconut milk, brown sugar, and shredded coconut swirled into the dough! I LOVE pan de coco so this was really a treat for me (happy)
Super heavenly, especially when toasted!! (inlove)(inlove)(inlove) Check out the deets on how to order (plus info on other purveyors that offer babka!) here:
Looking for Babka? Here's Where You Can Get the Chocolate-Swirled Bread in Manila
Fan Puts Lloyd Cadena on Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Touching Tribute
YouTube star Lloyd Cafe Cadena touched millions of lives including this fan who paid tribute by putting his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her post has amassed nearly 200,000 likes and over 100,000 shares. Read more: http://bit.ly/LloydCafeCadenaWalkofFame
I love pizza of all kinds, and one great pie I tried recently is Union Square Pizza's Artichoke Pizza! (yummi)
It has a distinctly garlicky note that really goes with the cheese, and the artichoke adds a nice earthiness to balance out the richer flavors. Loved that the crust had a crispy bottom and edges, too!
Ooooh pizza! Nom nom!
In other news...
Sana All: Liza Soberano's Internet Prayers Have Officially Been Answered With a Plot Twist
"Sana all," indeed (wink)
This Filipino Author's Short Story Is One of LeVar Burton's Favorite Reads
"American actor, director, and author LeVar Burton himself is awed by the stories that a Filipino writer has to tell—particularly Kenneth Yu, who he featured in the latest episode of his podcast series LeVar Burton Reads." Read more: https://bit.ly/cricketonlevarburtonreads
SPOT.ph Roadtest: Are the New Hershey's Ice Cream-Inspired Bars as Good as They Look?
In this roadtest, we try the new Hershey's ice cream-inspired bars. There's Cookies 'n' Mint, Strawberries 'n' Creme, and Sprinkles 'n' Creme! Are they as good as they look (and sound)? It can only be a yay or a nay. Get the lowdown here: https://bit.ly/3k1Vpec
Why Is Two-Piece Chicken the Maximum Solo Order?
Some interesting Friday reading: How Filipinos consume chicken is a sign of how well our economy is doing, according to market strategist Jonathan Ravelas. Tough times in the '80s, for example, brought about Andok's and Baliwag Lechon Manok. Read more here: http://bit.ly/twopiecechicken
The Sprinkles n' Creme is a personal favorite :D
On that note, I've been hankering for a sweet and sticky bite and these Sapin-Sapin by Puto Especial totally hit the spot! (happy)
I love that they come in spirals rather than the usual layered bars, haha. They're super chewy and sticky, and the coconut dip that comes with them adds just the right amount of sweetness :D
Hey, Spotters! Hope you're having a great Saturday! Here are some suggestions if you don't have any plans yet:
One Final Gig, an Avocado Dessert to Try + More Weekend Things to Do
Calling all plantitas and titos! Your plant babies will totally appreciate these cool pots (cool)
10 Cute Pots for Making Your Plants Even More IG-Worthy
If you like caramel cake, you'll love this list. Here are 10 of the best places for ordering caramel cake right now:
The Best Caramel Cakes You Can Get Delivered Right Now
These popular budget shopping spots are now online:
You Can Now Shop From Tutuban Center, Dapitan Arcade, Taytay Tiangge + More Online
Well, good morning and happy Monday to you, too! (laugh) Photo by Crisanta Joy de Vera
10 Random Photos to Start Your Week: Not-Your-Usual Dedication Cakes
More funny dedication cakes to start your day: http://bit.ly/cakededicationLOL
Tiramisu is one of those desserts that never goes out of style. Was super happy to have received this version from Little Butter today!
It's a stellar take on the classic, with coffee-soaked savoiardi (a fancy word for ladyfingers!), mascarpone, and a dusting of cocoa on top (inlove) there's no skimping on the mascarpone; love that it's really creamy but barely sweet, while the ladyfingers are full of deep coffee flavor!
You can find the details on how to order here, plus more places for amazing tiramisu you can get delivered:
All the Places Where You Can Get Great Tiramisu in Manila
PSA: GrabFood Resumes 24/7 Operations Sooner Than You Think
Just in! GrabFood will be resuming 24/7 delivery this week. Great news for those who have no patience in the kitchen. (wink) Details here: https://bit.ly/2FvpTGL
Because of online classes, food stalls and other vendors in universities are suffering. Here’s how you can help some of your favorite food stalls in UP Diliman. 🤩 Read more: bit.ly/UPFoodStalls
These Cool Tees Inspired by UP Food Stalls Are for a Good Cause
Because of online classes, food stalls and other vendors in universities are suffering. Here’s how you can help some of your favorite food stalls in UP Diliman. 🤩
Best news of the week:
This Is Not A Drill: Booksale Is Now Selling Online
SNEAK PEEK: The Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask
In today's unboxing (unmasking (hmm)): "Uniqlo’s AIRism face masks are made with AIRism technology, which features a lightweight cool-to-the-touch, fast-drying fabric that's stretchy and form-fitting, but doesn't constrict the skin." The full details here: http://bit.ly/uniqloairismmasks
Filipinos Prefer Work-From-Home, Despite Its Drawbacks
Working from home and feeling a little burned out? You're not alone. Most people working from home throughout Southeast Asia are more stressed than when they were going to the office because of the "always on" mentality, says an article by the Nikkei Asian Review. It's the same for the Philippines, though we top the list of countries in the world where people expect to keep working from home even after the pandemic. Read more: https://bit.ly/2RxRI3J
Spiral Is Reopening Sooner Than You Think
Looks like buffets might be coming back sooner than you think! Sofitel's Spiral has just set a date for reopening—but things are sure to be a little different. For one, it looks like you'll have to book a seat in advance. Check out what else we know here: https://bit.ly/3mwHv5P
Yet another cute three-wheeler ideal for those who have yet to learn how to balance on a bike! (inlove)
This Three-Wheeler Bike Has Compartments for Your Essentials
A Side-by-Side Comparison of Face Masks From Uniqlo, Adidas, and Under Armour
We compared three face masks according to their breathability, fit, and more: https://www.spot.ph/shopping/the-latest-shopping/83665/uniqlo-adidas-under-armour-face-mask-a588-20200918?utm_source=Viber-Spot&utm_medium=Ownshare&utm_campaign=20200919-vbnp-shopping-uniqlo-adidas-under-armour-face-mask-a588-20200918-vbnew