Monthly Archives: July 2012

Survival of the Fittest, the Fastest, and the Sneakiest: Outbreak BGC

Yess! Finally, here we are with our first-ever fitness post! 🙂  As part of our project, we won’t just post about food, but we’ll also participate in many fitness events (be it marathons, gym sessions, etc.) so as to balance our lifestyle. We don’t know if that’s going to work, but at least we won’t be just eating and eating– we’ll also be sweating and, yes, sweating. 😉

Okay, like in our food posts, we’ll also include this thing we call the “Sweat Rating.” Basically, we’ll “critic” the fitness event based on the following: organization, health benefits, enjoyment, & freebies (lol). Again, we’re not really health buffs, so don’t take our ratings seriously. 😉

Date: July 28, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

Actually, I’m the only one who got the chance to participate in this famous Philippine zombie run since Meeks wasn’t lucky to receive a free race kit. (aww… next time!)

This is not my first time to chip in a running event (I joined the Manila Bay Cleanup Run 2012 last July 15), but I’m a real newbie to this “zombie apocalypse” run thing. And what does a newbie has to say about it?

Simple: mind-blowing, super exhausting, very unique, intense, and a total killer.

Just a little info about this zombie run: Outbreak Manila was inspired by “Run For Your Lives” and its first ever race was held last April 14 at Nuvali, Laguna. (I was there but wasn’t able to participate) Now, following the colossal success of the first leg, the brains behind Outbreak made the 2nd one a “night run” and took the suspense and adventure at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. And oh, they have this famous tagline that says, “Don’t think, just run.” 😉

(With my running buddies (Gala mag friends) Cindy and Ate Airiz ;>)

Basically, this was my first time to experience being chased by hordes of flag-stealing (not flesh-eating) zombies, and I really enjoyed it! 🙂  Though I nearly gave up after just a kilometer (the route was 5K) because of leg soreness, blurry eyeglass vision, lack of oxygen, and the heavy rain (yes it rained moments after our wave’s gun start!), I still found the event very amusing. Yes, I was so nervous at first, but then I started to enjoy it, like I’m really part of an actual zombie apocalypse. 🙂

(My get-up: a comfy sleepwear, complete with a pillow and some unattended rollers on my hair. Hahaha!)

Okay, so now based on my experience (yes!), I will share some important tips to beat the outbreak.

Survival of the FITTEST: In order to emerge victorious at the end of the race, you must have a healthy heart and strong muscles to back you up. In short, you need some cardio exercises, man! 😉  When you’re fit, you’re sort of immune to long runs and heavy breathings, so your chances of survival will automatically increase. I’ve had my share of oxygen shortage because I don’t do my aerobics session every day, but I noticed that I can actually run farther without having to stop to catch my breath. So get your body moving and your heart pumping– it’ll do you good. 😉

Survival of the FASTEST: Of course, if you’re aware that a bunch of zombies are already running after you, what would you do? Run fast… faster… and, yeah, fastest (lol). To get past the creepy zombies, you must run like the wind, because if you’ll just walk and goof around, these after-life creatures will devour on your brai– oops– flags. These flags are important in Outbreak Manila because it signifies your life– when you run out of flags, you’ll be pronounced “dead” and you won’t have any bragging rights anymore (haha!). And really, if there will be a true zombie invasion, would you just walk past them? NO. Value your “life” and run for it. 😉

Survival of the SNEAKIEST: Yes, this is so true (hihi). This is just a mock zombie apocalypse, so the “zombies” won’t really hurt you (physical violence is not allowed in Outbreak Manila). In that case, you can find a way to sneak past them just so they won’t get your flags. How? It’s up to you. Runners are unintentionally advised to think fast and be wise, so I really don’t know about your sneaky plans. But to tell you the truth, I’ve had my share of effective tricks to beat the zombies. 😉  I’m not going to tell you (secret!), but they’re really foolproof, because even though I’m actually within reach, they didn’t get my flags. If you really want to know, click the “Ask Us” tab above. Hahaha!

(Wet and tired after the 5K run!)

To sum this whole thing up, I emerged with ONE flag (haha, so much for the tips lol) and the bragging right to say that I really survived the outbreak. Cool enough? Yes. But add the awesome freebies and the experience itself and you can actually say “super mega cool!”

To top it all off, I will never forget this running event. The experience was just so amazing that I’m planning to join the 3rd leg– as a zombie. 😉  So freakin’ radical!

(Cool “I Came. I Ran. I Survived.” shirt ;>)

Special thanks to the Gala Magazine team for providing me my race kit and for being my official buddies during the race. It was really nice to see all of you again. 😉

To know more about Outbreak Manila, click here and here. 🙂

(P.S.: Too bad I can’t see some “action shots.” Ugh. >.<)

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SWEAT RATING:

5 SWEATS! DOWNRIGHT AWESOME! 🙂

“What more can I say? Outbreak BGC is sooo crazy cool!” – Lexy

“This looks bad. It seems that I am not at all participating with the exercising part of the bargain… just kidding! I envy Lexy’s experience so severely that I swore that I would not miss the next one! Haha! Lexy looks super cute in her costume tho! Snuggly! :)” – Meeka

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Whimsy in Every Nook & Cranny: Café Noriter

Cafe Noriter, located at 2nd flr. Reyes bldg., Estrada st. cor. Taft Ave., Manila (Contact #: 489-5223)

Date: July 27, 2012

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MEEKA SAYS :

It’s the first day of our “Gastronomical Venture” and we decided to hit the busy streets of Taft Ave., with a plan on sampling the famous Zark’s Burgers, and boy did we! (Post about Zark’s later)

So after out burger-eating galore, we decided to walk around the area to scout for possible joints to try out next week, as I was scanning every establishment in sight, a sign caught my attention… the “Café Noriter.” The name of the place is familiar to me as I have maybe read it from a magazine somewhere… whatever.  So to cut to the chase, without any double thinking, we went for it!

And believe me… the place blew us away! It’s vintage-y, it’s loft-like, it’s cozy….

It’s DIFFERENT. We LOVED it!

The entrance is really inviting, don’t you think? Festive.

I love the color scheme of their counter area… yellow and powder blue. 🙂

Mismatched furnitures created a playful and creative setting and yet the ambiance is still cozy and whimsical. It’s not your typical ‘formal’ cafe indeed!

This is what I truly love about the place! There are elevated wooden (treehouse-like) corners wherein you and your friends could sit crossed legged, lie down or however you like it and just chill. It’s really a fun place. Home-y if I may say. Hehe.

And the cuteness continues in the comfort room. Smiling kawaii faces makes it fun even while you pee and wash your hands… haha!

Well, that’s it for now. So sorry I failed to post the menu they have there. 😦  Maybe I’ll update this post next time.

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LEXY SAYS:

I’d totally say that this café really swept me off my feet. From the entrance to the little knick-knacks to the beverage– oh my mind just blew up! Hahaha. 🙂

No, seriously speaking, Café Noriter is definitely a must-visit for every artsy people out there. This quaint coffee shop literally made my jaw drop with its cool vintage-y displays (if you know me, I love everything vintage). As soon as you open their door, you’ll be instantly greeted by the welcoming vibe and the pastel colors scattered everywhere– from the counter to the chairs– will surely give you a very calming feel.

(Awesome spot ever ;>)

And don’t even get me started on the beverage!

(Meeks’ Iced Mocha and my Iced Chocolate <3)

I ordered a simple Iced Chocolate (contentment at Php110) and, promise, it was really good. After the first sip, I literally blurted out, “I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die!” ^_^  It’s maybe a little OA but it’s true. A sip is all it takes for you to be transported into chocolate-y heaven. 🙂

Okay, back to the chic ambiance of the place (hahaha!)  This “99% coffee, 1% Korean” shop is like a gentle massage– it’s just so comfortable and soothing there. You can laze up all day and just bum around (of course, with something from their menu, which we’ll try real soon). The music is very relaxing (yay for old songs!) And there’s a bonus fun activity: you can design your very own “doodle cup!” :)))

Yezz, they’ll provide you with cups and markers and, from there, you can draw or write anything you want. Who knows? It might get included in their display of other doodle cups!

(Meeka and Lexy, both busy with their creations :P)

(Aaand… the result. Lol.)

“Small details make a big difference,” This is very true with Cafe Noriter. You won’t just be coming in for the food/drink, but for the place as well. If our words are not enough, feel free to visit this adorable and charming-to-the-last-furniture coffee shop. 😉

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SPOON RATING:

4 SPOONS! YAY!

“I haven’t tasted the pastries yet, but the place itself and the beverage are enough to make me say ‘Wow!'” – Lexy

“It’s rare nowadays to find a place that is beyond the normal everyday scene, the place brings out the imaginative and the weirdo in me” – Meeka

 

 

 

Awesomeness in Greasy Heaven: Zark’s Burgers

Zark’s Burgers, located at 2nd flr., Archer’s Nook bldg., Taft Ave., Manila (Contact #s: 09237372517, 392-12-11) and at BF Homes branch, President’s Ave., Paranaque (Contact #: 09237372515)

Date: July 27, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

“It’s Fresh. It’s Huge. It’s Great.” – Official Zark’s Burgers’ slogan

Well, I can’t say that I’m a newbie with this famous “crowd-drawing” burger joint (this  is my 3rd time), but the excitement of sampling their grubs is still there. So you can’t imagine my face when Meeks and I agreed to go here for our first ever blog entry. Spell “totally cool greasy awesomeness, yay!”

Okay, for starters, Zark’s Burgers is a cool burger place that college students (or not, actually, people of all ages) often visit. And why wouldn’t they? I’m not really a burger person, but honestly, they serve some of the finest (and not to mention greasiest) burgers in town– freshly done, put together by hand, and served with uber yummy fries and iced tea. They also offer different goodies aside from burgers, but really, these mouth-watering, fatty goodness in a bun are the stars of every patron’s plates. (And oh, they have some fun– but real deadly– contests; like if you finish a Tombstone burger within 10 minutes, you won’t have to pay for it anymore <Php500> and you’ll get a free “I survived the Tombstone challenge!” shirt, AND finish a Jawbreaker burger within 5 minutes and it’s free! <Php250>)

I’ve actually tasted two of their awesome burgers (Strikeout and Ultimate Burger, all with mushrooms), and since I love mushrooms, this time I chose to munch on their “Bourbon Burger,” filled with a 1/4 pound patty, lots of mushrooms, moist tomatoes, crispy lettuce, yum cheese, and bourbon sauce.

The end. (Lol, just kidding ;>)

( Zark’s Bourbon Burger)

It was so greasy-heavenly! The sauce surprised my picky taste buds (’cause it’s my first time to taste bourbon sauce) and, yes, I gladly took every calories that’s in there. I have no regrets, as always. 😉  A great lunch-up-to-dinner meal for only Php150 (inclusive of fries and iced tea)! Greasy but not pricey!

(Two almost-clean plates! :9)

No doubt about it– Zark’s is really the place for every burger-hungry folks out there. If you want different awesome takes on burgers, well head on over at Taft or BF Paranaque for some of that yummy dose of calories. 😉

(After eating… satisfied and super full!)

To know more about Zark’s and their burger-y coolness, go to their Facebook page. 🙂

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MEEKA SAYS:

(To be posted soon [she ate a Three-Pointer Burger, by the way ;>])

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SPOON RATING:

3 SPOONS! NICE JOB!

“I told you, I’m not really a burger person. But I still enjoyed Zark’s– I always do. ;)” – Lexy

“Not a burger person as well… but food is food and yummy is yummy, so there! Haha what?” –Meeka

Are you ready for our Taft invasion?

This is it! 🙂  Meeka and I just began our food-ventures and we will post our awesome experiences in just a bit.

First stop: Taft Ave., Manila! 😀

Stay tuned for our updates and get your towels ready because our picks will surely make your mouths water! 😉

♥ Lexy.

(HEY TEASERS!)

(You guys have a clue already? Well, just wait for our updates! ;>)

(And oh, I have something to share. Before we end our every post, we will “critic” everything that concerns the food and the place. We’ll call it “Spoon Rating” <lol>. We’ll base the “criticizing” on the following: food/drink, service, overall place cleanliness, ambiance, and that “WOH!” factor that we also can’t explain, hahaha. But since we’re not really food critics here <that’ll explain the quotation marks on every “critic” related word>, don’t take our ratings too seriously. This will be solely based on what we see, taste and feel. ;>)

 

 

 

First post is soooo lame :)

Hey guys! 🙂  This is the first official post of the “Eat. Blog. Exercise. (The Meeka and Lexy Project)”. I know this is really lame but I’m just so excited to get started!

Be sure to get updated with our food-ventures as Meeks and I explore different food havens in the Metro (or if we’re lucky, we could go out of town) and try every single food that they have (or at least the ones we like ^_^). Also, we’d like to promote running as a great form of exercise so we’ll also include our marathon adventures soon. 🙂

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to “Ask Us” and for further details about these two crazy girls (yeah, we know that) and the project itself, just click the tabs above.

Thanks a lot and wish us lots of luck! 😉

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♥ Lexy.

(P.S.: Yes, the site’s still not organized. Teehee.)