Sumo Niku at The SM North Towers, is it worth it?


In search of everything delicious in the metro, we stumbled upon a new unlimited yakiniku place in the newly opened wing of SM City North EDSA called the North Towers in Quezon City. We gave it a try, so read on and see if it's worth it.

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Located in the second level of the two-level SM North Towers Mall, Sumo Niku offers Unlimited Yakiniku with different options and rates depending on the time of the day. They are under the same company of Yakimix and Buffet101. We visited it on a Sunday night and the wait time is pretty bearable.

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They have a list system for seat reservations, the lady manning the reservations was a little unorganized with her list which needs improvement. We are 18th on the list so we told her we're just going around since there are no seats for those waiting but upon returning at 5-10 minutes, we were told our names had already been called and we had to get listed again. Later on we found out she just calls the name two times with a few seconds interval and if you're not there then tough luck. 

After being seated, we settled down to our table and given the option on what Unlimited option we're going to enjoy. Sumo Niku offers two options, Pork + Chicken and Pork + Beef + Chicken, we opted for the 3 meat choices option which comes with unlimited side dishes and iced tea.  Here's their rates in case you can't see the photo below properly.
Sumo Niku - SM North Towers Mall Rates


Pork + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
399php Lunch
449php Dinner

Pork + Beef + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
449php Lunch
499php Dinner

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When we visited, their chicken meats are not available (but they are still charging the same for the 3-meat options), as for the side dishes only kimchi, okra, seaweeds, and cucumber are available which sucks a little since half of the side dishes menu are not available.

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We started ordering and saw that we only have a maximum of 2 kinds of meat per order and we need to finish those before we can request for the next set of meats. Service is pretty okay at first, they served the drinks, rice, and side dishes right away. The side dishes taste great, especially the seaweeds and the miso soup.

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When the first order of meats arrived, we were a little disappointed on the serving size. Given that it's unlimited, I think they need to increase the serving size if they are limiting it to two kinds of meat per serving. We ordered the US Premium Beef and the Wagyu Beef, the US Premium beef has around 6 thin beef slices while the wagyu has around 7 small cubes of meat, that's already for the two of us in our table.

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Their grills are equipped with those industrial style smoke catchers attached from the ceiling, so the smoke is bearable and you won't go out smelling like you actually got grilled. We started cooking and the first set of meats we ordered tastes great, especially wagyu cubes that literally as soft as clouds in your mouth.


After finishing our first set of meat, we started ordering the second set and this is where it went a little downhill in terms of service. We're not sure if they are understaffed or this is part of their technique to turn over tables faster but it took a solid 10-15 minutes for the second set of meat to arrive. 

As the dinner rolls on, the wait time became longer and longer even for side dishes and drinks that we sometimes have to reorder again through another staff. Our table's grill keeps turning off too without us knowing why, we'll just notice our meats aren't cooking so we'll call on one of their staff to turn it on again - this kept happening until we finished our dinner.

Sumo Niku is pretty new but I do hope they improve their service fast as the first few months are crucial to newly opened businesses and negative experiences on first-time customers can make a huge impact on their restaurant's longevity. I'll give them a try again in a few months or so to see if they already improved service-wise.

2/F The North Towers Mall - SM City North EDSA Complex
North Avenue, Quezon City
Store Hours: During mall hours

The Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is Back on its 27th Year!


The much-awaited Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is back on its 27th year this October and we got some of the things that you can expect during the Festival, also read on to know how you can win FREE tickets to this once-a-year event!


Happening on October 27, 2018 at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City, Philippines, the free annual cultivating event continues to celebrate the strengthening bond between the Philippines and South Korea through a day of festivities and a cultural program. This year's Festival theme is Hand in Hand.

The event will be divided into two parts. Part 1 is the Annual Talent Competition Finals where the Filipino participants will have to sing or dance in Korean as the Koreans will have to perform in Filipino and Part 2 which is the main program which showcases performances from both Philippines & Korea through a concert. There will also be a mini-program at the lobby before the event and during intermission, as well as exciting booths that are both a feast for the eye and the stomach AKA Korean Food!

The 27th Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is hosted and organized by the United Korean Community Association (UKCA) together with the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) respectively and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, Korea Tourism Organization, Philippine Retirement Authority, BDO, and Pera Swipe with the special participation of Arirang Town Philippines.



Get a chance to win tickets to the festival's Part 1 and Part 2 program by joining
Arirang Town Philippines' ticket giveaway which runs until October 21, 2018.
Just visit arirangtownph.com/philkor2018 to join!


Pinoy Marvel Fans Surprised by the Avengers Infinity War Cast


It's been a while and boy I need to catch on tons of stories during the first half of 2018. Let's get back on track and let's kick things off with my personal experience during the Marvel Studio's Infinity War Fan Event in Manila that happened last April. Also, don't forget to check out my Vlog about it at the end of this post.


Last April, a week before the much-awaited Avengers: Infinity War the biggest Marvel fans in the country was invited to a special event at SM Megamall. No details were given except that we're going to get filmed for a video greeting for the cast of the movie, so before the event, everyone was required to sign a release form.


SM Megamall was decked out in all things Marvel - complete with cosplayers who went all-out with their Marvel superhero costumes, even the big bad himself Thanos joined the fun.


The event kicked off with some giveaways from the event sponsors followed by a short program where some of the best-costumed fans were interviewed about their costume to their predictions about the movie.


Between the program, everyone was given a certain phrase to memorize - WE ARE READY FOR YOU, AVENGERS! while practicing shouting it facing the camera. We were all convinced that it's just a simple video greeting so when it's time to do it for real, we just gave our all. 

To the surprise of everyone, familiar faces lit up the cinema screen! Joe Russo, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Karen Gillan are waving in front of us through the cinema screen. It was a surreal moment until the host Justin Quirino confirmed that is is a live feed all the way from Singapore where they will be doing a red carpet premiere.


Some lucky fans got the chance to interact with them and ask questions where the trio gave their sincere answers without giving away much about the movie. Benedict who plays Doctor Strange and Karen who plays Nebula also took time to admire the fans who attended in costume. The surprise interaction was short but very memorable and it was ended with a selfie with the whole cinema.  Check it out below - photo courtesy of Globe.


Enough reading and let's get to the good part, I started producing Vlogs to go with my blog posts as a video is a better way to tell the story.

Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel by clicking HERE.
Sit back and watch what went down during the event!


Thanks for sticking and watch out for more posts soon! - Alex

IFLIX to Premiere First Filipino Series, Hoy! Bibig Mo


iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is thrilled to announce it will premiere the exhilarating, no-holds-barred comedy series, Hoy! Bibig Mo.

Starting December 1, all eight episodes will be available to stream or download exclusively on iflix. Hoy! Bibig Mo is iflix’s first original production in the Philippines and is hosted by comedy icon and i­­nternet superstar, Ramon Bautista.


Hoy! Bibig Mo brings a brand new comedy experience to the Philippines. Now, iflix members can enjoy the Philippines’ edgiest comedy club in the comfort and convenience of their homes (or the bus, the train, the bathroom...basically, anywhere you can take your phone). Only the sharpest, most audacious comedians take to the stage with their hilarious, biting and quirky humour. The jokes are bold, near-the-knuckle and sometimes, downright rude. The bottom line is – if it’s funny, it’s in. Alex Calleja, GB Labrador, Tim Tayag and Mike Unson join the incredibly talented showcase, tackling taboo subjects you’ve never seen them joke about before. Hoy! Bibig Mo is the next generation of Filipino comedy, featuring established acts alongside fresh, original talent, completely uncensored in a series of stand-up routines and riotous improvised games.

iflix Global Director of Original Programming, Mark Francis commented: “Following the success of Oi! Jaga Mulut in Malaysia, we’re excited to bring the same boundary-pushing, hilarious stand-up comedy concept to the Philippines and to establish iflix as the destination for the region’s most talented funnymen and women. Delivering hyperlocal, high-impact content is at the crux of our original programming strategy, and we’re committed to raising the bar for the enjoyment of all iflix subscribers.”

In addition to Oi! Jaga Mulut in Malaysia, iflix has also commissioned the comedy series Oi! Jaga Lambe in Indonesia. 

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

ABOUT IFLIX


iflix is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies, live sports and more from Hollywood, the UK, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.
Let’s play.

iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Swak na Swak Rebrands to Reach A More Diverse Audience


Nearly 12 years ago, a show was launched showcasing business success stories with the aim of inspiring its viewers to get into entrepreneurship and teaching them the ropes of managing an emerging business. Kabuhayang Swak na Swak has become a success and in order to offer more to its loyal viewers, the business-focused show has re-launched itself as a full-fledged lifestyle show with multiple segments discussing several topics.


The show brought in more hosts, each with their specific segments which are aimed to different viewers. For all your kikay needs, look no further than the Sheology segment. Here, Aly Sevilla, the daughter of singer Selina Sevilla talks about the latest trends in fashion and beauty. From wellness clinics, to face and skin care, to the latest releases and collections from clothing brands, expect a celebration of beauty and female style.


Meanwhile, Chinoy Hottie Louie Ngo gets up close and personal with business heirs and successors. With several companies being family run-enterprises, most company heirs were trained at a young age about the ins and outs of managing the family business to keep it running and prosperous. The Chinoypreneur segment gives viewers an intimate look at these young businesspeople as they share the lessons they learned from the best teachers – their own families and years of practical experience.


The definition of success is not merely defined as financial and Success Enthusiast 
Ahmir Sinsuat is out to prove that point. His segment, Idol, is a platform to acknowledge the work done by individuals and institutions show set out to make the world a better place for everyone. It could be that one individual who has become an inspiration in the community, or a group whose members come together for a lofty and laudable advocacy. By commending these people, Ahmir also aims to inspire viewers, showing them that they too can change the world for the better through their own actions.


Filipinos put a premium on interpersonal relationships and this is most apparent in the Filipino family. Join the Momshie ng Bayan Shah Sinsuat as she sits down with experts in discussing how to raise a happy and loving family. Lighthearted yet informative, Parenting 101 segment is a must-view for newly-established families and expectant mothers everywhere. A mother herself, Shah serves as the perfect spokesperson for mothers out there as she and her guest experts discuss the ins and outs of family life while sharing tips, and tricks.


The Wanderer Ethan Salvador and Travel Buddy Shawn Kyler have been bitten by the travel bug. Viewers are enjoined to accompany them as they travel all around the Philippines. The #TravelGoals segment veers away from the usual spots. Instead, expect to find some hidden gems tucked away from the normal paths. For those looking for something or somewhere new for their next trip, let Ethan and Shawn lead the way and be pleasantly surprised at the places they find in their quest to sate their wanderlust.

Student life is also showcased in Swak na Swak. In the segment Campus Trip, Campus Crush Markus Paterson fetes the campus achievers and campus icons in schools everywhere. Watch as he gets to know the school valedictorians, sports champions, contest winners, and campus leaders. Campus Trip puts the highlight on what it means to be today’s student, from daily school life to grand events such as school fairs and other celebrations.




Of course, Swak na Swak would be remiss if it did not include a business and entrepreneurial segment. Long-time Swak na Swak hosts Bobby Yan and Dimples Romana take center stage with their 2 segments, Usapang CEO and Big Boss. Usapang CEO focuses on the history of today’s successful Pinoy entrepreneurs. The segment sheds light on their humble beginnings and their success through sheer grit, determination, and perseverance. 



Meanwhile, Big Boss picks the minds of business bigwigs as they share the lessons they learned when building their business. The 2 segments continue the spirit of Swak na Swak’s first incarnation as an inspirational and informative business show and long-time viewers can rest assured that the spirit of Kabuhayang Swak na Swak still remains.


With the rebranding and relaunch of Swak na Swak, Bayan Productions, the team behind the show hopes to extend the good vibes the original show has to a more diverse audience. Operating under the motto of Pinoy Dream, Pinoy Hope, Pinoy Pride, Swak na Swak is a celebration of the success of Filipinos, not just in business, but in all aspects of life as well.

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