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Friday, April 27, 2012

Pizza for the Big Guys

People have a knack for anything of the extreme - the tiniest, thickest, thinnest and of course, biggest.

So it's no surprise humongous pizzas are now becoming popular. The first huge pizza I've tried is Jugno's Monster Pizza as a former colleague owns a branch in Makati. I thought they have the largest pizza in town until I saw a delivery guy in our office lobby struggling with a box of pizza that was so big someone else had to open the door for him.

Curiosity got over me (actually us - friends cum colleagues) and decided we ought to try this giant pizza too. We asked for a brochure and learned it's Big Guy's Pizza.

So here's how big it is -36 inches or 3 feet in diameter and approximately 70 slices.


There were 16 of us at the office and we were not able to finish everything. Well, I must admit it's the taste and not the size that caused the leftovers. The crust, although thin, somehow lacks the crunch and the pizza sauce/base is a bit bland.

Super Supreme pizza

Depends on the flavor, a 36" pizza costs Php1348. It's great for informal parties and family gatherings.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Age of Practical Gift Giving

I've been planning on sending a gift for my good friend overseas and although I know by heart what she wants, my major constraint is how to send my present to her. This is not the first time I am faced with this dilemma. Every year on Mother's Day or my mom-in-law's birthday, The Hubby and I struggle to send something to my MIL and each year we just end up sending her flowers even though we'd love to get her something she could use and not wither after a week.


Normally if I am at a loss on what to give, I go for gift certificates. It's practical because the recipient can choose exactly what he wants for himself. The downside is I have to know the recipient’s favorite shop or business so I can get or buy the certificate from there. Safest shops usually are SM and Rustan’s or simply just get a Sodexho certificate.

For my family and friends overseas, I find solace from the magic of the internet and online shopping. With just a few clicks our gift-giving woes are finally over. We can now send something to family and friends during special occasions. I also found some innovative gift card websites where I can have the option to send cash too and/or let them choose for themselves the store and item they like. Generous gift-givers can send gift rocket gift cards online without falling in line for gift certificates at the mall. Everything is done with a few clicks and in the comfort of our home or office any time!

I like the flexibility of this new type of gift card online as sometimes even a gift certificate can go unused ‘til it expires if the recipient is not a fan of the store where it can be redeemed. On the other hand, the essence of gift-giving is somehow lost. There is an added value to the gift when the giver personally chose, paid for and wrapped the gift.

I guess that’s the price we have to pay for being practical and availing of the fast-moving technology.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lenten Roadtrip at Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

I've been reading and seeing pictures of Kamay ni Hesus from various social networking sites for a couple of months already and have made a mental note to plan a visit. I know The Hubby being a fan of roadtrips would not hesitate driving to Lucban, Quezon.

Anyway, we were finally presented with a chance to drive there on Good Friday. We have a 5-day Lenten break and since I am due to pop out this baby in a couple of weeks, we had to fold our plans for Bicol or Vigan.

We took the route from Rizal which is more commonly referred to as the 'backdoor to the south'. We drove to Antipolo then to Teresa and all the way to Pililia. From Pililia, we crossed the boundary to Laguna until we reached Pagsanjan where we took a quick break for meals. Then, we continued our drive for another hour to our target destination in Lucban.

The travel time was amazingly short. It took us just 3 hours to get to Quezon with this route and best of all, we didn't have to pay for expensive toll fees at SLEX. We were able to get a glimpse too of the breath-taking view of Rizal province's countryside.


We weren't expecting a lot of people since it was Good Friday but upon approaching the site from about 300 meters, a line of vehicles waiting for parking spaces welcomed us. There were tons of visitors! From the main road we could already see the huge statue of Jesus and the stairway going up the image was already filled with people.


Kamay ni Hesus is a perfect place for a pilgrimage especially during lent. The 290 plus steps climb to the gigantic statue of Jesus starts at the Garden of Eden. It's quite steep so only The Hubby, Eone and the nannies went up.



If there were not too many people taking pictures and making noises, the life-sized images of the Stations of the Cross are enough to help a pilgrim or devotee in his reflections and meditation on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It's also a good stop for visita iglesia.







There is a small church where healing masses are celebrated every Wednesdays and Saturdays by the famous healing priest, Fr. Joey Faller. No entrace fees are being collected to enter the shrine but donations are very much welcome.

Aside from being a perfect venue for a lenten retreat, the view of Mt. Banahaw and cool breeze of Lucban provide a very relaxing atmosphere.
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