Chasing Dreams: Rikki’s Quick Guide to Enjoying Deal Grocer Coupon and to Have Fun on your Way to Cintai, Corito’s Garden

Forgive me for still talking about this but due to insistent ‘public’ demand, here’s a guide to getting all your money’s worth on a coupon and more!

First timer? Same here. How to go about it?

1. Check good travel deals on DealGrocer (www.dealgrocer.com)
2. Ignore the usual, look for not usually heard of destinations
3. Pay
4. Save the confirmation e-mail
5. Wait for the right time *i already bought a number of coupons without really having a definite plan when to use them, but I make sure I know when they will expire *wink

When you feel, it is already the right time for it, book your reservation. It only needs a phone call or an e-mail and you’re ready to go. *special thanks to Brenda of the DealGrocer team for being so helpful

Once the booking was confirmed, file for a leave (at least a day’s notice) and shout out to the beautiful world how excited you are to be one with it and the Universe once again. Before you know it, World is showering you with lots of love

What’s next?

1. Download Waze app so you won’t get lost
2. Google the directions if for reason you don’t know, Waze wasn’t that helpful
3. You’d only know the shortcut after you have traveled the long path, so be patient and find joy in getting lost. Look around, ask for help, and admit you’re being lost.

When you finally reached your destination, spread love to the world and to the people because paradise like Cintai, Corito’s Garden becomes a bliss when it is shared 🙂

How to get there?

1. Shortcut: SLEX, Star Expressway, Lipa exit, turn left on Caltex on the left side of the road going to Malvar, drive for 6km more and voilah, on your left 🙂

2. Longcut: SLEX, then this: Tanauan, Batangas

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and this: Malvar, Batangas

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and this: Lipa City

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and this: Brgy. Bulacnin

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and this spooky interesting arc: Balete

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and finally, this! Cintai, Corito’s Garden. seriously, who would miss this

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Touchdown paradise. Now, enjoy 🙂

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Love, Rikki

Sunday Thoughtsy: Mean and Witty Friends Make Life Happy and Colorful :)

I can’t be more thankful enough. Being blessed by mean and witty dearies, what else could I ask for!

The ones who would give you options either Quick and Easy or Long and Tormenting and all agree on the the long and tormenting. (Haha, yeah we’re ‘masokista’ like that)

The ones who would tell you to be stern or just ignore it, but the ones who are first to explain when confronted, hahaha. I’m blessed.

No wonder we all love Mean Girls. ‘So fetch.’ Haha, see you all tonight! Advance happy, happy, burdei girl-soon-to-be-wed Luiwiwiwi!

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Attempts at Photography: Cintai, Corito’s Garden Love

A place built with love (nine years in the making), for one man’s love of his life (Corito) that is spreading love to each and every guest, Cintai, Corito’s Garden, indeed, is a stronghold not of love that was lost, but of love scattered and of love made even greater up to this day. June 29, the day I visited this place, also happened to be the day Corito was born. No wonder everything appeared magically lovely.

Visit their site to know more of their love-filled activities.

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Big Burp for Big Happiness: Cintai, Corito’s Garden Cooking Class Menu

Enrolling in a culinary school has always been one of the items in my bucketlist. However, due to the tight schedule, I just made it a point to try different dishes whenever I can.

One time, when I was browsing DealGrocer’s site, this caught my attention: a Bali-inspired place in Batangas is having a Culinary Class wherein Day Tour, Food, and use of the amenities are included. I really am a lucky girl, three wonderful and exciting deals in one coupon! Loooove.

I haven’t tried Vietnamese food yet so I am quite ecstatic especially that we are the ones who will prepare our own food. Plus, Chef told us that Vietnamese food is very light but there are different layers of flavor, hmmm, interesting.

So, what’s on the menu, Chef? Pho-Ga Vietnamese Noodle Soup, Lemon Grass and Chicken Skewers, Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork, Vietnamese Prawn and Vegetable Curry, and for dessert, Red Rubies in Coconut Milk 🙂

Ready? Fire!

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Pho Ga Vietnamese Noodle Soup
This is perfect for the cold, breezy weather, not salty and not that spicy, but has lots of interesting flavor and aroma (including that of the cinnamon sticks and charred onion and garlic). If you, however, prefer the salty one, they’ve Vietnamese fish sauce and lemon wedge and hoisin that you can add.

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Lemon Grass and Chicken Skewers
Making this was so fun and easy, you really have to be very ‘ hands on’, literally. And Chef also gave us helpful tips on the proper way of putting all these together.

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The flavor of this food comes from the sauce and this is so easy to prepare. Good with wine and beer, according to Chef. Translation, pulutan 🙂

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork
This is my favorite. I just can’t describe how subtle the flavor is but it has that super delicious taste that can make you eat more. This, a must cook 😮

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Vietnamese Prawn and Vegetable Curry
I’m not a fan of curry but this one changed my mind. No strong curry taste, but it has that beautiful combination of all the spices that makes curry a curry, less the cumin. The yellow ginger flavor, mmmmm, tasty.

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And last but not the least, Red Rubies in Coconut Milk. The dessert with an amazing surprise 🙂 Aaah, subtly surprising, Cintai’s guests’ favorite.

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Worried about the drinks? They serve fresh buko juice and iced tea as their welcome treat for girsts. And they also serve iced tea and water during mealtime (and rice, one big bowl and one small bowl). They also have a bar inside the area in case you want an alcoholic drink and some videoke love.

Truly Big Burp, guaranteed! 🙂

Tuesday Thoughtsy: Happy Thoughts, Happy Thoughts, Happy Thoughts

‘When every day seems the same, that is because people have stopped noticing the good things that appear in their lives every time the sun crosses the sky’ – The Alchemist

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San Fernando, La Union. Sunrise, Beach, Beach Buddies, Beer, Skimboarding.

Crash Course in Sales: Fieldworkin’ in Style

Connotations about salespeople are always dugyot or annoying or boring, too formal at times – cliche.

So allow me to give you a glimpse once again to this world. Sales is no longer limited to men and there are a lot of women already ‘dominating’ this field, (perfect example would be our NSM for Modern Trade, Ms. Irene), so you’d be quite surprised how even this profession can be unexpectedly fun in terms of its ‘evolution’ including dressing up, too.

Weekdays are not counted in our case since we are required to wear shirtjack in our calls(not all FMCG companies in the Philippines but most), but come fieldwork weekend, tadaaaaa!

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A day in the field is where all the action is – diverse kind of people, different situations to put into good use all the negotiation and salesmanship skills but above all these – it’s where all the FUN is!

Not just the activity or the work itself but also the pre-works part: YOUR part. Feeling confident in your calls not only on the business aspect of things, but feeling confident and comfortable on the personal aspect, too – about yourself.

Not because you are in this profession, you’ll forget who you are and just conform to other people’s perception. So what if you’re different than those they want to think as a ‘real’ salesman?

That’s why I always look forward to Saturdays! I can get to reconnect with myself while not forgetting the responsibilities come Monday again. I even made a Saturday-Daddy’s-Closet-Raid day because of that fieldwork’s need: being grounded to yourself and wearing comfortable clothes that are sooo stylishly manly 🙂 My favorite aside from the Beatles sunnies, Daddy’s polo shirts that look like a whole outfit on me.

See, everything about Sales is cool and fab like this. Wink.

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Big Burp for Big Happiness: NoMama Love with the Office Tuhtays (Post-Father’s Day Treat?)

The weather’s very inviting for a hot soup on that rainy afternoon, we just had a very productive meeting and we were all starving. Nah, we all just love to eat when we’re all together. And when it comes to the hardest part of choosing which food place to go to – that I can contribute. NoMama!

I just saw it being featured a couple of times already so it’s already included in my bucketlist. One of the perks of keeping tabs of what I’ve read or of what I’ve watched 🙂 Win-Win for all of us 😮

So, off we go (me and my office Tuhtays: my first Boss, Boss Edoard aka Joko Diaz, my second Boss, Boss Kirby aka Derek torn between Ann and Christine and Sir Butch aka John Lloyd) to Scout Tuazon in Quezon City.

Oh, thanks by the way to the Waze app, super duper mega reliable buddy! From our office in C3, Waze found us the most convenient route so we’re already at the place in just 30mins. No traffic, no hazzle. Good job!

So, what made all of us happy and our tummies full?

The place: Cool, isn’t it. NoMama. I love just the sound of it. Not to mention it’s located at Laging Handa, Quezon City, which started all the ‘clean’ jokes we had all ramen-time. Plus, Ms. Ara Mina on the other table.

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The Ambiance: Super cozy, lovelovelove. A place where you could really have all the space for you and your ramen.

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The Food: Just thinking about their food makes me want to go back to NoMama once again. From their Pork Gyoza (P125) to their Bayani Brew (I got this for free, yey, thanks to their promo), everything is good.

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The Ramen Overload!: Waaah, look at all these Ramen!
Thai Green Curry Ramen (P322.00)

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NoMama Ramen (P337.00)

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Wagyu Beef Cheek Ramen (P420.00)

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Plus, their staff Vam, who is so great at customer service. She’s so natural. No hardselling, just honest to goodness recommendation for first timers like us. She’s so generous to inform us all of their promos. My favorite: the P1.00 Junior Ramen. Interested about that? Visit NoMama and look for Vam.

Big Burp Guaranteed! Love, Rikki