Archives for May 28, 2017

Drew Arellano Reveals the Frustrations of a Working Dad

Travel show host Drew Arellano has one of the most desirable jobs. But with his new role as a father, the Kapuso host admitted that he’s been craving for more indoor adventures with his son Primo instead.

Drew, along with wife Iya Villania and Primo, talked about his new life as a dad at the BabyFlo event held at the Shangri-La EDSA Hotel in Ortigas Center last Friday, May 19.

The 37-year-old dad confessed onstage, “It’s hard for me to do my travel show weekly, you know. When I wake up somewhere and I’m not with these two, parang it’s not normal.”

All his life, Drew has been taught to prioritize family above all else. Having a family of his own now, the Kapuso host wanted to make sure that he’s always present in his son’s life. That was why Drew felt frustrated and worried when Primo barely recognized him during the first few months.

He recounted, “I’m sure hindi pa niya alam na I’m the dad, pero feeling ko alam niya that I’m just the clown, you know? First few months ni Primo, meron akong frustration and dilemma.

“Kung minsan, when we do the travel show abroad and we do it for a week… Whenever I get back from my travels, when I open the door na, tine-testing ko kung kilala na niya ako.

“Yung first few months, parang gaganyan ako, ‘Hello!’ Titingin lang siya for a few seconds na parang, ‘Who is this guy?’ And I’m like hurt! Super!”

It didn’t help that Primo’s face easily brightened up whenever he saw Iya around. But through Drew’s constant efforts to go home before six o’clock—a.k.a Primo’s bedtime—the father and son were soon able to establish their own bond. This meant a lot to Drew.

“Just by the mere fact na alam na niya, malaking bagay na sa ‘kin ‘yon as a dad. So, yeah, in the morning, slap in the face is like, ‘I love you, Papa!’ for me.

“Pak! I love you, Papa! Yeah!”

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Massage Places Under P500 You Can Escape to for Mommy Me-time

I personally enjoy a good massage. It helps me calm down on hectic days at work. While indulging once in a while in luxurious spas are great, it’s the underrated massage places that really take the cake when I’m super busy. If you’re game, you may want to visit those on this list, but don’t expect Jacuzzis and steam rooms and free tea after your session—these places are often simple and cheap, but they’re great in alleviating pent-up office-related tensions and giving you that boost you need.

Here are four that I’ve tried. If there’s a branch near you and you’ve had a heavy breakfast, you can opt to make your quick escape during lunch break and come back to your cubicle feeling refreshed.

1. Vibes Massage

“Vibes” stands for Visually-Impaired’s Brotherhood for Excellent Services. All their therapists are properly trained, very professional, and can seriously give you an awesome massage, whether you choose to have a 30-minute half-body or a one-hour whole body session. They offer Swedish and Shiatsu, but they’re best with Pinoy Hilot.

Location/s: Robinsons Forum, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Otis, SM City Bicutan, SM City Calamba, SM City Lucena, and other malls nationwide

Approximate Rate/s: P200-300 for half-hour; P400 to P500 for 1 hour

2. Beijing Foot Spa

Beijing Foot Spa doesn’t only offer foot massage, though it’s definitely their forte. Some of their packages include head, hand, arm, and shoulder massage, which makes them really sulit. If you often wear heels, this is definitely the place to go to. Just don’t be surprised when your therapist pulls out a pair of rubber hammers: they’re said to relax your muscles after a pressure point massage, but if you’re uncomfortable with the service, you can request to forgo it.

Location/s: Greenhills Shopping Center, Il Terazzo Tomas Morato, Lucky China Town Mall, Silver City Frontera Verde, Robinsons Metro East, Cherry Shaw, #47th Barangay San Roque

Approximate Rate/s: P350 for half-hour back massage; P500 for a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute foot massage (inclusive of head, hands, arms, shoulders and a quick back massage)

3. Bali Bliss Day and Nail Spa

If you’re into Balinese massage, then visit one of the many Bali Bliss Spas within and outside Metro Manila. You get the whole deal—a great massage, plus a bit of aroma therapy, and a really relaxing environment—for prices that won’t bust your budget.

Location/s: C. Raymundo; Greenwoods; Rosario, Manggahan; Kapitolyo, Pasig; Vista Verde, Cainta; Poblacion; UP Village QC; Lilac St., Marikina

Approximate Rate/s: P120-P170 for a 30-mintue whole body massage; P270-400 for one-hour whole body massage

4. Nisce Skin ‘N Face

Their Dead Sea Salt Scrub w/ Massage is pretty good, but that’ll take you more than hour to finish (since you’ll need to take a shower after the salt scrub), so the next best thing is their Tranquility Massage, which mixes both Shiatsu and Swedish techniques. It’s a great reward especially after a long meeting or an intense client presentation.

Location/s: SM Megamall, Mandaluyong

Approximate Rate/s: P499 for full-body Shiatsu/Swedish/Tranquility Massage for one hour

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Know the Different Kinds of Fish and How to Cook Them

If your seafood menu has become boring, try using other kinds of fish available in the market and see how easy it is to prepare them in different ways:

Apahap (SeaBass)
Apahap has delicate flavors and they are best when oven-baked or roasted, pan-fried, or grilled. Try this seabass recipe from one of our readers:

Bangus (Milkfish)
Bangus is a common fish variety that is used in most Filipino kitchens as it can be served any time of the day. How about smoking it (you can use it for omelet, too!), stuffing it for relleno, or using it in your sinigang?

Betilya (White snapper)
The betilya can be grilled, fried and served with soup or cooked with a tasty sauce. Try this Sarciadong Isda recipe to start with:


Blue Marlin (swordfish)
You can find Blue Marlin at bigger markets such as Farmer’s Market in Cubao and is best used for grilled and fried dishes. It can also be used for sinigang!

Danggit (Rabbitfish)
This salted and sun-dried fish is popular in Cebu, but it can also be sourced in bigger markets in Metro Manila. How to use it? Danggit may be used for pinangat, sinigang, and paksiw dishes.

Dilis (Anchovy)
Dilis, when it is dried, can actually be an appetizer. But this saltwater fish can also be fried and used in omelets and paksiw dishes.

Galunggong (Hard-tail mackerel)
Galunggong is usually pan-fried and served with rice, but you can also take it up a notch and serve it with gata (coconut milk).

Gindara (Oil fish)
Gindara is best when grilled and served with a teriyaki or a barbecue sauce.

Hito (Catfish)
Catfish is a common fish variety that can be prepared in a number of ways: use it for a seafood version of kare-kare, or as an appetizer in the form of a salad.


Labahita (Surgeon fish)
Labahita may be fried, or used in a sweet and sour fish dish. It is also great in sinigang or in a pinangat dish (either used with a souring agent such as vinegar or tamarind or coconut milk).

Lapu-lapu (Grouper)
The grouper is a versatile fish to cook with: it may be filleted and fried, steamed, or poached! The delicate flavors make it an ideal choice for adding other layers of flavors.

Maya-maya (Red snapper)
The red snapper is best used for sauce fish dishes: boiled and cooked with a light broth or a tomato-based sauce. It can also be used in kinilaw.

Pampano (Pomfret)
Pampano fillets may be grilled or used as a whole fish in saucy dishes such as a sweet and sour dish or served with a black bean sauce.

Tanigue (Spanish mackerel)
The tanigue can be used for fish steaks and kinilaw. It also works when grilled or used in a dish simmered in a coconut milk sauce.

There are many ways to prep tilapia: pan-fried, filleted and fried, grilled, or steamed!

Tawilis (Herring)
Tawilis can be found in Tagaytay but if you have access to this small fish, they are best enjoyed when breaded and fried to a crisp!

Additional inputs from Mira Angeles

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