Amici at ATC

For friends who are catching up and will be coming from different places, meeting in the middle is the best option and that is Alabang Town Center for the four of us. Since we haven’t seen each other for the longest time, a heartfelt conversation and a ‘tummy-ful’ of food are a must.

So off we go to Amici and indulge ourselves on these delectable Italian dishes perfect for the love story Lui unraveled before us – good food, good company and a good love story – one of my best Sundates (I really oh so love Sundays).

Trivia: Amici is Friends in Latin

Appetizer: Mozzarella Frito P150 (Fried Mozzarella with Pomodoro Sauce)

Our First Pasta Dish: Penne Al Salmone Affumicato P240 (Pasta with Smoked Salmon)

Our Second Pasta Dish: Spinach Fusili Montanara P210 (Homemade fresh pasta)

The Bestseller: Margherita Pizza P280 (Mozzarella cheese and fresh Basil)

This is Just so Delish ūüôā

Dessert: Caramia's Pistachio Gelato P230 (This is one of the best I've ever tasted)

Full and Happy ūüôā

Kain Ahente: Welcome to the SalesMAN’s World, Rikki

When I was still in Sales Operations, PG Attack is what me and my colleagues used to call our food and venue escapades. We love the oculars almost all the hotels in town offer us. Ocular for us is equivalent to buffet lunch or buffet dinner – and who are we to reject that?

Argh … buffet is love! And buffet is one of our weaknesses.

And because we so love each other, when Lola Erwin or I get an invite from Picasso or Manila Hotel or Diamond Hotel or Hyatt or Traders or Shang or New World or whatever hotel that is so generous to invite us for that, it is always a package deal – three of us minimum.

Lola Erwin and I are the staples because he handles big events and I handle small events, trainings, meetings and workshops and then it’s either Beb Mike or Crea or Faith from Trade Marketing we tug along with us¬†and we gained friends especially hotel sales executives because we are so honest about that *wink.

Now that I’m in Field Sales, PG Attack is no longer applicable.

One.¬†The five of us is no longer connected with one company and it’s only fun doing that in group.¬†Two.¬†We barely see each other ūüė¶ and that kind of attack needs a lot of planning *choz, a lot of alignment of our busy schedules.¬†Three. With the new line of work that I’m into, PG attack has evolved to kain-construction-worker. And this is the kain-ahente I am now getting used to.

November 12, 2011.¬†Welcome to the¬†salesMAN‘s world, Rikki!¬†Fieldwork in Blumentritt area.¬†‘Cowboy ka ba?’ They asked. ‘See¬†and find out’¬†ūüôā

Part 1. Breakfast like a Man. Blumentritt sidewalk.

 

Pares or Lomi with Sinangag Rice (P35.00). Best with toyo and calamansi and paminta (soysauce, calamansi, black pepper)

  

Also best to be eaten with the regular customers (table sharing is being practiced)

I ended up eating 2 cups of their sinangag, 1 pares and 1 bottle of softdrink. *Full. The regular customers even advised us to come back next time to try the matang-baka. *Gulp.

Part 2. Lunch like a Real Salesman. Wilma’s Eatery. Aurora Blvd. Sta. Cruz, Manila.

 

One of their Bestsellers: Nilaga

(Bone ‘Narrow’ overload, gah, I missed Chubs and his playdead stuff in Tagaytay while we’re eating something like this)

 

Note to Self: In Sales, extra rice is always a must.

Reasons why they are so popular: Grilled liempo and fish

   

Before and After

 

It’s so affordable! P255.00 for 3 cups of rice, 1 order of nilaga, 1 grilled liempo, 1 grilled tilapia, 1 liter of softdrinks. *Burp

Now I know why almost all the salespeople have ‘THAT’ tummy. And yeah, it’s true, indeed, when you’re in Sales, you know all the best food places and the best food in town! Cowboy? Nah. I really feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body. Choz. Hahaha.

I so love my job! ūüôā I really don’t mind working on weekends. I’m a happy salesperson, bow. Love, Rikki.

What to Love Being in Sales

1. You’re Always On the Go:¬†(Lovely day, stormy day, any time of the day)

2. You Know the Best Places to Eat

Sinigang na Tilapia in Montalban, Rizal

ULO2 sa Vet (Maginhawa St. Sikatuna Village, Q.C.). Ulo-ulo (pink salmon head Рgood for 2). Best way to eat this: supsop.Rice (good for 1 but just an extra cup of rice would never be enough)

 

3. You always Bring your Salesmanship with You: You try to sell wherever you go

4. You All Agree on the Best ‘Bisyo (Addictions)‘ after Eating:¬†Kape or yosi (smoke)

5. You Know when To Take a Break after Hard Weeks’ Work

Sol Y Mar Beach Resort in Iloilo is Love!

When one goes to Iloilo, the highlight is almost always the food and the night life. One can never get enough of all the food this place has to offer and one can also never get enough of all the dancing and partying and clubbing this place, particularly the Smallville complex, has to give.

But Iloilo, beyond its booming Metro and commercial feel, is first and foremost the City of Love.

For some, they see Iloilo just as a ‘gateway’ to Boracay or to Guimaras or to other romantic places in the Panay Island. But not known to many, just minutes away from the city proper hides a very surprising escape that they might actually think of considering spending a¬†day or two at the Sol Y Mar beach resort¬†and spare themselves with the usual beach experience and just have a refreshing escape instead.

Yes, Iloilo has its own beach resorts, too, and Sol y Mar is the perfect place to experience relaxation and serenity as if having a vacation house by the beach of your own. For business people who frequent Iloilo City, this place is ideal also as a welcome change from the usual hotel accommodations they usually get.

Although, Sol Y Mar is branded as a family beach resort this has also been a favorite hangout place for barkadahans and also an ideal place for romantic or cozy evenings by the beach. I first came to this place last year when I was given a surprise monthsary celebration and true to the intention of the occasion, the place is already a surprise itself, which made the overnight stay a 3-day 2-night vacation instead!

So what makes a refreshing escape?

1. A room that makes you not want to go out anymore!

The first room that we had was the Standard Deluxe but when we found out that each room has its own special and captivating design and feel, we immediately transfered to this Standard Deluxe with Dipping Pool on our second day and the room is to blame why we extended for another day.

The colors of the room are so vibrant and are so relaxing you can just stare at those forever.Plus, this bed is literally in front of a wide glass door that gives one a panoramic view outside. And of course, the way it looks at night. Lovely.

2. A place that gives you a reason to go out of that exquisitely lavishing room.

Now, this is what I’m talking about.

The Dipping Pool just outside the Standard Deluxe Room

¬†Who would miss this? A dip on that pool with a beer … perfect. Plus, see that nipa house ¬†on the right side? That’s their gym. Gym on a beach? Why not.

A closer look

¬†They also have a ‘lumpiga’ area in one corner where we ate our breakfast and lunch and dinner and snacks. But if you’re not into sitting on the floor (or pillow) while eating, they also have table and chairs on the other side.

3. The memory of the place is enough for you to feel so revived and so alive once more!

I can only think of happy thoughts whenever I think of Sol y Mar. From the time we came in up to the moment we left, everything is so special.

The food: ¬†They serve food so you don’t have to worry not having something to eat while you’re there. And their food – flavorful, not the typical resort food! But, it’s better of course if you would also bring your own chips and other kutkutin¬†because there is no store near the place and you might get hungry at night – you know, for instant gutom emergency.

The accommodation: Superb. They not only also serve food but they serve everything with a smile. The staff are very courteous as well as the owners who happen to be there also one morning when we were there. They treat their guests accordingly. The place is also well-kept or well taken care of – it was being cleaned every morning.

The beach:¬†¬†Who would not fall in love with the beach? The sand is not white, of course, but the beach is perfect as it is no matter what color of its sand is. Oh, and of course, the person or people that you share that beach and the memories of that beach with, now that’s what really matter.

Feeling so refreshed already?

Check out their site and fall in love: http://solymariloilo.com/ Love, Rikki.