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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Robotosan: the new Japanese grill buffet at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

"The year is 2089 and Tokyo, Japan is under attack by alien robots. Nations unite and create the ultimate robot that can save the world. His name was - ROBOTO SAN."

Welcome to the world of Roboto san!
Check out the servers with their space cadets ready to pilot jet fighters and robots with their white tight space suits highlighted with silver linings.

Roboto San is the brainchild of restaurateur Ricky Laudico. As a child, he'd always been fascinated with robots. Having brought up in a colorful generation who looks up to rising mecha, inspired by their spectacular adventures and episodes of saving mankind from destruction, he developed the story of Roboto San - the ultimate robot created by future humans to rescue the earth from imminent obliteration by alien robots.

With its futuristic concept, the guests will be transported into the future Tokyo, Japan, in 2089. The interior exhibits a bird's nest design, highlighted in purple walls and interlacing white wooden panels.

Vintage anime is being played and displayed on TV screens. This brings back memories of me waking up during Saturdays just to catch my favorite cartoons such as Voltes V and Astroboy.

 The cozy chairs contain multicolored faces of vintage robots. Choose your fighter robot!

The food selection is a culinary masterpiece perfected by none other than our 3 amazing chefs and their team of highly-trained cooks - Corporate Chef Christine Nicole Nicolas, Executive Chef Benjamin Gonzales and Chef Consultant Florabel Co-Yatco. 

Miso Soup
Noodle Soup
Vegetable Salad
Pickled Cucumber
deliciously marinated raw meat and seafood
My first attempt to grill. I went for the chicken to start.

I think I did pretty good =)
Fried food section - where the tempura, squid tempura and gyoza can be found.
bountiful cooked and ready to eat meals such as beef and chicken for those who are impatient in cooking.
Sashimi and Maki Rolls
Some more rolls to choose from.
Tempura - a must have in a Japanese Restaurant. 
Different types of Kilawin fish
Kilawin Fish - It is not common to find this in a Japanese inspired restaurant so I tried it. The fish was fresh and the taste was sour and super spicy.

I wasn't able to try these because I was getting full. I preferred eating more desserts!
brownies, jello shooters, sylvanas, cake, and some toppings for the ice cream.
Halo-halo, and some pastries.
A piece of sans-rival, Ice cream by Big Scoop, and some rice krispies to make it complete =)

Lemonade (Refillable -P75)
Roboto San Japanese Grill Buffet is brought to you by the same group who brought you SumoSam: Steaks Seafood Sushi, John and Yoko: Cosmopolitan Japanese, Marciano's: Pizza Pasta Steaks, and Mr. Kurosawa Euro-Japanese. So expect the food to be great and the ambiance to be unique. I also heard from the owners that they will throw in some more food and desserts to satisfy their customers soon.
Weekday Lunch (P499)
Weekday Dinner (P599)
Weekend, Holiday Lunch & Dinner (P599)
Children Below 4 Ft. (P380)
Drink All You Can (P75)
Leftover Price (Per Head) (P699)

Lunch - 11:00am to 2:30pm
Weekday Dinner - 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Weekend Dinner - 5:13pm to 10:30pm

2nd Floor, Crossroads, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (beside Starbucks Drive-Thru)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sony’s new line of android mobile phones

With Sony buying out its share from the Sony-Ericsson partnership, It showcased its first solo venture handsets in the Philippine market.
First on the list is the Xperia S, the flagship of the series. The first thing to hit you in the face was the crisp, bright and beautiful display. It has Sony's HD technology all over the phone. The HD experience makes anything you look at so realistic. The shadows and the pixels were perfect and clear. Underneath this stylish iconic design is a dual core processor. A 4.3-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It has an HD (1280 x 720) resolution screen front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording.  Its 12MP camera with Sony Exmor R can take pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby mode. HD sharing is enabled through a wireless DLNA connection and a HDMI cable to link the Xperia S to the TV.
Built with a sleek full aluminium unibody design. The Xperia P features the WhiteMagic display technology on a smartphone. WhiteMagic technology delivers the brightest viewing experience; even under direct sunlight. Smart power efficiency automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life. Available in a choice of silver and black, both with an aluminium unibody, the Xperia P has a 4-inch Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Its 8MP camera comes with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
With xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience on the Xperia U.  They can also stream music to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.  The transparent element on the phone also illuminates to match the color of photos in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing.  Available in a choice of white or black, the Xperia U comes with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.  The phone has a 5MP camera with fast capture, HD recording and 2D and 3D panoramic photo imaging.  It has a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

The NFC-enabled Xperia sola comes with two Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone’s settings and applications to fit their lifestyle in an instant. Xperia sola is also the first to feature Sony’s innovative floating touch technology for web browsing.  Users navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor, without actually having to touch the screen.  Once the desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. The Xperia sola has a 3.7-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 5MP camera with HD video recording, and xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology.  The phone will be available in black, white and red.

Xperia SmartTags are another unique feature that come with the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia sola. These small tokens use NFC (near field communication) technology to switch smartphone settings with just a swipe. Users can prescribe tasks on the phone, such as switching on the alarm clock by the bed, muting the phone in time for a business meeting or even turning on the GPS app when entering the car. The user simply swipes the phone by the Xperia SmartTag and the prescribed actions are set, instead of having to go through each task and setting.
The four new smartphones make the most out of Sony’s existing technologies, allowing users to integrate content with the Japanese company’s televisions, tablets and laptop computers. 

The Xperia S is already available in the country, while the three others will be launched in the coming months.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trying out Brew-Kus "The Bev-wich Shop"

A day at Brew-Kus "The Bev-wich Shop" or the Beverage Sandwich Shop

It felt very cozy inside. The space was fairly big which can accommodate big groups. The most noticeable part of the cafe was their bar in the middle. This is where they make all those delicious thirst quencher drinks.

Crisp Mushroom Ravioli (Php 180) 

The Crisp Mushroom Ravioli was a great way to start our meal. It's a fried crispy wanton wrap with diced mushrooms and cream cheese. On the side, there was a tomato sauce mix that was a great match for this crunchy delight.
Grilled Veg and Mozzarella Sandwich (Php 250)

The Grilled Vegtable and Mozzarella Sandwich contained shitake mushrooms, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and mozzarella cheese. It tasted like pizza rather than a sandwich. =)
Iced Caramel Macchiato (Large - Php 150)

This was a perfect drink for a hot day. Brewkus also serves
coffee, soft drinks, true teas and tea lattes.

 Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

BrewKus boasts of it Beer-Battered Fish and Chips. It is truly one of the best  that I  have ever tasted. The batter was crispy and thin. The fish was not overcooked so it was very juicy.

Shrimply Loaded (Php 250)
 The Shrimply Loaded sandwich was packed with shrimp. Digging in the sandwich I also spotted garlic and asparagus. The sauce tasted like a mix of Dijon mustard cream and Parmesan cheese. 

Wild Mushroom Pasta (Php 250)
The Wild Mushroom Pasta is a linguine cream based pasta with a delightful combination of shitake and button mushrooms, prosciutto ham and premium white truffle oil. This dish seemed plain and simple but the taste was heaven.

Conclusion: Brew-Kus is a place worth coming  back.  It serves affordable and generous comfort food and drinks. I liked all the things that I have tried plus It's a nice place to chit-chat and relax with friends and family. 

BrewKus, The Bev-Wich Shop
Unit G-02, Corporate Center,
139 Valero Street,
Salcedo Village,
Makati City, Philippines


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teleserv – a convenient way to get NSO certificate documents

Do you know how easy it is to get your NSO certificate documents through Teleserv?

Need a NSO copy of your birth certificate?

1. Go to

2. Answer the application.

3. Proceed to the online payment page

4. Enter your reference number and confirm if the details are correct.

5. It will redirect your browser to

6. Enter your credit card details and click the submit button to finish the process.

7. Wait for your NSO certificate, it will be delivered to you after 2 days.

Over-the-counter payments are also available through Metrobank, Bayad Center. ATM (Bancnet is also an option)

Teleserv also helps you with your passport needs.

Renewing or applying for a new passport is a breeze, here is how.

There are two ways to get an appointment using DFA Passport Appointment System.

Applying via internet

1. Log-on to and follow instructions to get an appointment schedule.

2. Prepare all needed documentary requirements.

3. Go to the DFA Consular Affairs Office at the date and time of the schedule acquired.

Applying through the phone

1. Call DFA Passport Appointemnt System by dialing (02) 737-1000 to get an appointment schedule.

2. Prepare all needed documentary requirements.

3. Go to the DFA Consular Affairs Office at the date and time of the schedule acquired.

For Overseas Exit Clearance
Vacationing OFW’s can now enjoy more vacation time with their family with the development of the OEC door-to-door delivery service by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in cooperation with Pilipinas Telesev Inc.

The Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery service empowers OFWs to process their OEC applications via the web by logging on With just a click of a button, OEC processing runs simultaneously with the enjoyment of spending quality time with the family. OEC processing comes with PHILHEALTH and OWWA membership updates.

Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery is available nationwide and is coupled with an inquiry hotline (02) 737-7777.

If you have problems about your documents and have no clue on what to do. Contact Teleserv through:

The internet

Via phone

(02) 737-1111 for NSO Inquiries

(02) 737-7777 for POEA Inquiries

(02) 737-1000 for DFA Inquiries

(02) 737-1173 for Group Application Service of NSO Documents.

To subscribe for newsletters

Email with the subject “Join”. You may also send your mobile number for SMS updates.

Inquiries are free and you can ask all the questions and problems about your NSO document certificates. Rest assure that you will be handled by a knowledgeable customer service representative.


For Birth Certificate:

· As proof of age.

· Healthcare application

· Requirements for enrollment

· Requirements in marriage application

· Passport application

· Driver’s license application

· To open a bank account

· Requirements for inheritance and property claims

· Voter’s registration

· A requirement if you will run for public office.

· PRC licensure exams

· SSS application

· DOLE working permits, if minor.

· Establishing family relationship,

· Proving legal dependency

· Requirements for claiming of benefits

For Marriage Certificate:

· To update status in Philhealth

· To update status in SSS/GSIS

· To update data in Passport from single to married name

· To change surname in PRC license

· To secure as legal beneficiaries of spouse

· Requirements for legitimacy of child/children

· Requirements for claiming of benefits

For Death Certificate:

· Claiming life insurance

· Claiming pensions

· Settling estates

· To obtain burial permits

· To obtain death benefits

For CENOMAR (Advisory of Marriage):

· Visa requirements

· To know if your fiancĂ©e is single and to know if both party is free of bigamy.

· One of the requirements in getting a marriage license.

· Requirements for legitimacy of a child

· Requirements for claims and benefits.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dell XPS 13 details and specifications

XPS empowers your passions. XPS represents high performance and leading technology. The line embodies uncompromised form and function and is thoughtfully designed to be both functional and beautiful.

it weighs at an amazing 2.99 lbs

Uncompromised form and function – Built to move. Razor thin, incredibly compact in size and light weight, the XPS 13 was built for ultra mobility. But don’t let it’s compact form fool you. The XPS 13 has exceptional convenience and mobility with the power of a full-size laptop. Imagine the responsiveness of your smartphone in a fully functional laptop, complete with a bright 13.3” display cleverly fit into a size similar to most 11” laptops, plus a full-size backlit keyboard.

High performance – The XPS 13 is built for high performance in a very mobile laptop design. Boot in seconds and resume in seconds with solid state drives and Intel® Rapid Start Technology. And talk about smart. With Intel® Smart Connect Technology, your laptop is always updated with the latest and greatest content.* Power through the day with 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors and Intel® HD 3000 graphics, and enjoy long battery life as you do so.

The XPS 13 packs a 2nd generation Intel® processor up to Core™ i7 and Intel HD 3000 Graphics into its slim frame (6-18mm)

Purposeful design – The XPS 13 was thoughtfully designed for performance and function. Every material was selected to enhance it’s performance and every design decision made was made with purpose. It is precision crafted from machined aluminum, lightweight carbon fiber and hardened Gorilla® Glass for incredible durability and a superior experience.

Crafted without compromise.
The sleek and beautiful overall design is a side effect of careful performance driven construction. Machined aluminum provides strength and durability. The top cover is precision cut from a single block of aluminum. The base is surrounded with a ring of precision cut anodized aluminum to match the display back. The carbon fiber composite base helps drive its lightness. Its strong like aluminum, and thin, but feels cooler to the touch. Finally, the edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass is bonded to the aluminum display back is impeccably strong and aesthetically pleasing.

Powerful design. Deceptively small.
A stunning 13.3” edge-to-edge display with durable Gorilla Glass designed for brilliant visuals in an compact body similar to an 11” laptop. 

Dell has made it easier for IT departments to choose laptops that offer the security and services they value in a fit and finish executives and employees on the go now demand. Optional enterprise-friendly features include Trusted Platform Module for BitLocker Data Encryption, ProSupport™ and Configuration Services such as static imaging and asset tagging.

Always ready to go.
With solid state drives and Intel® Rapid Start Technology, the XPS 13 boots from cold in 8 seconds or less. And whatever state its in, it comes back in a snap, less than 1 second when it’s in sleep mode and less than 4 seconds from deep sleep. The XPS 13 is one of the first systems with Intel® Smart Connect Technology which keeps your content updated  to be ready when you are.

Technical Specifications:

Product Highlights:

13.3”of HD display, cleverly fit into a footprint similar to an 11” laptop.

Most compact 13” Ultrabook™ (not approved outside of US)

Most compact 13” laptop (not approved outside of US)

13.3” panel provides up to 24% more viewing area than the Macbook Air 11 (in about 11% more product)

Similar size display in a 14% smaller product than the Macbook Air 13

Boot from cold in 8 seconds or less.   Whatever state your laptop is in, it comes back in a snap, less than 1 second when it’s in sleep mode and less than 4 seconds from deep sleep.
Battery life: Up to 8 hours, 53 minutes.
(Tested system equipped with 6-cell battery, 4GB memory, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Intel Core i5-2467M, and 128GB solid state drive. Based on testing using the Mobile Mark 2007 battery life benchmark test)