Saturday, December 21, 2013

Celebrating the Christmas Tradition, Max's Family-Style

 
The happiest place to be on Christmas day is at home. In the Philippines where this season has the longest and biggest celebration, Christmas is always gregariously festive. Apart from giving us the only solid excuse to dish our weight-loss diet programs for a few weeks, Christmas is also a magical time to share treasured moments with the most important people in our lives.
 Max's Restaurant creates the perfect holiday ambience where Filipinos can create their special Christmas experience. The classic red brick walls and wooden trellises that adorn the restaurant, the busy sound of utensils amidst the happy chatter of customers, the smell of the gustatory fare that entice diners with their ravenous holiday appetite – these create a celebratory ambiance that is unique to Max’s.
Every family member is sure to marvel at the sight of the most anticipated feast of the season – a sumptuous spread of their favourite dishes: Max's Crispy Pata, Pancit Canton, Sinigang, and Max's sarap-to-the-bones Fried Chicken. Just thinking about these classic Filipino dishes can definitely make any mouth water!
 Crispy Pata 4Sharing
 Max's offers the perfect feast for the Noche Buena table as Filipinos get swept into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Small groups of families and friends celebrating together may sink their teeth into Max's Crispy Pata with its fork-tender goodness for only PhP399, saving as much as PhP 255. Max's latest 4Sharing spread is delectably satisfying to the palate and light on the budget. Diners get to enjoy Max's Crispy Pata paired with either Sizzling Tofu or Chopsuey steaming rice and washed down with a cool glass of iced tea or any Pepsi soft drink for only PhP799. Customers may avail these mouthwatering offerings only from Max's from December 1 to 31, 2013.
  
Holiday Party Package
For Filipinos who are gearing up for a big blast this Christmas, Max's Holiday Party Package fits anybody's food planning requirements to a tee. Perfect for Christmas gatherings of 10 to 12 guests. Max's is serving 2 whole regular, sarap-to-the-bones Fried Chicken, Lumpiang Shanghai Cater Tray, a choice of either Pancit Luglug or Pancit Canton Medium Cater Tray, and 12 pieces of Max's Corner Bakery's freshly-baked mini Ensaimadas. Customers may avail of this indulgent package for take-out or delivery, from December 16 to January 5, 2014 for only PhP 2,199 or with PhP 334 worth of savings. With the advent of technology, customers may place their orders online by logging on to Max’s official website: www.maxschicken.com.

Celebrating at Max’s this Christmas is reliving the different milestones in our lives as we continue to nurture relationships and create new memories with our friends and family. What makes this year's holiday celebration most unique is that, like Max’s Fried Chicken, Filipino Christmas is always family-style.

Monday, September 23, 2013

BE FOREWARNED! DO NOT BUY SPORTECH CAR COVER IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY TO GO DOWN THE DRAIN


Should you be needing a car cover, DO NOT buy Sportech Brand.

Just want to share my experience to you guys.

Last June 27 2013, i bought my Sportech Car Cover from True Value in Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. Here's what transpired:

ME:  may car cover ba kayo for Nissan Navara?

M'DISER: a, yes sir! ito po pang pick up.

ME: matibay ba ito? Kasi un gamit ko na car cover though matagal na, kya lang pag napunit yun material tuloy-tuloy.

M'DISER:  a ito ho sir hindi. kasi double layer sya at 100% waterproof. pag napunit sya di tuloy-tuloy kasi may weaving ung material nya.
(kumuha ng ibang brand at pinakita sa akin yung difference) Ito po yung material na pag napunit ay tuloy-tuloy.

ME:  sigurado ka ha na matibay ito?

M'DISER: yes sir sigurado po.  pero lahat naman po ng bagay may wear and tear. pagtumagal na po ay rumurupok din. at para po di masira kaagad ay wag nyo po ilagay yung cover pag basa yung sasakyan nyo para di rumupok kaagad. sa lahat po ng brand ito ang ma irerecommend ko na matibay.

ME: pang outdoor ba ito?

M'DISER:  opo pang outdoor po.

ME: o sige bilin ko magkano ba?

M'DISER:  P2,799 sir. pero naka sale po kami ngayon may discount po na 10% kaya P2,500+ na lang po.

Sept 21, 2013 (almost 3 months)...i went back to True Value to show them what happened to this Sportech Car Cover.

ITO NA YUNG PART NA NAKAKATAWA AT KUNG DI KA MAGPIPIGIL AY MAKAKASUNTOK KA.

ME:  pwede ba makausap yung manager nyo?

Customer service:  bakit po sir?

ME:  binili ko kasi itong car cover 3 mos ago pero nag kadurog-durog.

Customer service:  sandali lang ho tawagin ko manager.

Store Manager:  yes sir, bakit po? (so in short, kwento uli ako). sir tawaging ko lang ho un taga Sportech.

M'DISER: (dumating na si bading) yes sir.

ME:  ya, ikaw nga yun nagbenta sa akin nito. naalala mo ba ako?

M'DISER: di na po sir. bakit po ba?

ME: (sinabi ko lahat ng previous sales pitch nya)

M'DISER:  (unang tanong sa akin) sir, gaano kadalas nyo ba gamitin ito?

ME: huh?! syempre araw-araw.

M'DISER:  kasi po di naman kami nagbibigay ng warranty sa car cover.
marami na po bumili sa min nyan pero wala naman nagrereklamo.

ME:  bakit sabi mo matibay, pero 3 mos pa lang ay nadurog na?!

M'DISER: pano nyo po ba ginagamit ito?

ME: e di syempre ikinocover ko sa kotse ko! (at this point we caught everybody's attention)

M'DISER:  hindi sir, kasi di mo dapat ilagay yung cover pag basa yung car mo.  at pag naulanan dapat patuyuin mo kaagad para pag umaraw ay di matuyo sa cover yung water. at di agad rurupok.

ME:  huh! obvious ba? talaga naman di mo dapat lagyan ng cover un car mo pag basa, kasi di sya dudulas at mahirap ilagay besides matrap yung water sa loob. at di mo rin dapat ilagay ang cover pag may dust kasi magagasgas yung paint.

ME: ibig mo sabihin kung nilagyan ko ng cover sa gabi at umulan kailangan gumising ako ng maaga para patuyuin yung cover at di maarawan?!

M'DISER:  kasi sir yun talaga ang nagpaparupok ng cover pag basa at naarawan.

ME:  e dba sabi mo heavy duty yan. at nakalagay sa cover na for all elements like: UV rays, rain, dust and wind. e bakit ngayon sasabihin mo di pede maarawan?!

M'DISER:  kasi sir di naman po kami nagbibigay ng guarantee na di masisira yan.

ME: e bakit noon inooffer mo sa akin ito puro praises ang sinasabi mo? ngayon sira kaagad idinideny mo un mga sinabi mo?!

M'DISER:  no sir! gusto nyo ulitin ko uli sa inyo ang Sales Pitch ko?

ME: (medyo umiikot na ang puyo ko) huh?! wag na di naman ako tanga para pakinggan ka uli. kaya pala sabi sa akin sa ACE Hardware di sila nag carry ng Sportech Brand kasi maraming complain.

M'DISER: ay sorry sir, di pa po kami pumapasok sa ACE Hardware.

ME: (sobrang pikon na ako, hinawakan ko sa balikat si bading. si Honey pinandilatan na ako n mata at yung store manager ay umiiling na lang)  alam mo, di ko naman isinasauli itong binili ko at di ko rin naman pinapapalitan sa iyo.  ang ineexpect ko lang na sabihin mo ay, hayaan nyo sir at irereport ko ho ito sa manager namin.  ano ba ang telephone number ng company nyo?!

M'DISER:  ay sorry ho sir confidential yun!

ME:  GGGRRRRRRR!!! ganito na lang, di ko na iuuwi ito, regalo ko na lang ito syo pra mapakita mo sa company nyo at pra malaman nila kung gaano ka inferior ang product ninyo.

LUMABAS NA AKO SA TRUE VALUE NA SOBRANG INIS. PERO MAY NAALALA ULI AKO AT BINALIKAN KO SI BADING.

M'DISER: (tinitiklop yung cover)  yes sir?

ME: teka nga pala, noon binili ko ito sabi mo pang pik up, yun pala pang SUV ito? tignan mo yung cover may code na for SUV, pero di ko na rin sinoli sa iyo.

M'DISER:  sir, nakalagay naman sa tag price na pik up.  ano ho ba ang fit nito sa pik up nyo?

ME: GRRRRR... makalabas na nga lang!

THIS SPORTECH BADING REALLY MADE MY DAY!


PHOTOS OF RUINED SPORTECH CAR COVER








Saturday, August 17, 2013

Max's Sizzles with New Mouthwatering And Affordable Dishes for Barkada Gimmick Nights


 

Responding to the needs of the younger market, particularly yuppies and those working in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, Max’s launched an innovative spread of dishes that will surely re-define how Filipinos chill out after a long day at work.

This August, the Filipino’s favorite chicken brand launched “Sizzling Specials,” a delectable line of budget-friendly meals that are completely satisfying and ideal for after work get-togethers.

“Max’s, being a 100% Filipino brand, seeks to continuously meet and understand the specific needs of the dining public. We commend the dedication of young Filipino professionals in uplifting the lives of their own families and in helping boost the economy. We launched Sizzling Specials with them in mind. We want them to take a well-deserved respite from a grueling day at work and enjoy their all-time favorite Filipino appetizers, complemented by Max’s classic heirloom dishes with their friends and colleagues,” shared Carlyn Sanguyo, LSM Marketing Manager for Max's Restaurant.

Starting at 6:00 pm, Max’s will be serving irresistibly crunchy appetizers to its customers, like deep-fried Chicken Neck Original, Salt and Pepper Chicken Neck, and Max's classic Lumpiang Shanghai. After a satisfying round of pica pica, Max’s new Sizzling Specials are still sure to whet the appetite: Gambas Con Aligue, Chicken Sisig, Sizzling Tofu, Adobong Kangkong with Stuffed Tofu, and Sizzling Sweet and Spicy Chicken. Adventure-seeking diners with an active lifestyle may also indulge in affordable meal bundles of these new dishes, watered down by a cold bottle of San Mig Light drink. The most ravenous appetites may choose to sink their teeth into classic favorites like Max's 'sarap-to-the-bones' Fried Chicken, Lechon Kawali and Crispy Pata for an extremely satisfying dining experience.

Sizzling Chicken Sisig

Sizzling Tofu

Sizzling Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Sizzling Adobong Kangkong with Stuffed Tofu

Sizzling Gambas Con Aligue

Original Chicken Neck

Salt & Pepper Chicken neck

Max's Original Fried Chicken



















 “Customers dining in small and medium-sized groups may choose from a wide selection of meal bundles featuring our Chicken Neck and Sizzling Specials products. These are extremely affordable and perfect for winding down with friends. Max’s seeks to capture these fun moments and unforgettable experiences by providing mouthwatering food and a great dining experience any time of the day,” concluded Sanguyo.


Max’s Sizzling Specials are available at selected Max’s branches from 6:00 pm onwards until November 30, 2013. Participating branches include Max’s Scout Tuason, Glorietta 3, Valero, Convergys, Forbestown, Tiendesitas, Shaw, Ayala Town Center, Dasmariňas, Harbour Square, Malate, Orosa Ermita, Bluewave, Nuvali and Lipa. For more exciting news that sizzles, visit www.maxschicken.com or check out www.facebook.com/maxsrestaurant and be a member of Max’s Facebook Fan Page.




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Moonleaf Tea Shop Launches Hot Drinks for Tea Aficionados



Moonleaf Tea Shop revives an authentic Taiwanese tradition with an innovative twist for the Filipino market. A favourite spot among young urban professionals and students, the home-grown brand recently launched its Hot Drinks line. The latest addition to its wide-range of freshly- brewed tea offerings include classic favourites like Black Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Earl Grey Tea. Refreshing and milk-infused variants include Wintermelon, Vanilla, and Caramel Milk Teas, among others. For customers who are looking for a stimulating burst of fruit flavours, Moonleaf's Lychee Jasmine, Passionfruit and Lychee Aloe Vera teas are top choices.


'Moonleaf's premium tea leaves from Taiwan lend an authentic and luxurious tea flavour. Its natural benefits make it the perfect alternative to coffee, and an invigorating treat to health enthusiasts," shared Adrian Adriano, Chief Executive Officer of Moonleaf Tea Shop.

An inspiring success story, Moonleaf started out as a quaint shop along Magiting Street, UP Teacher’s Village in Diliman, Quezon City in 2010. The homey interiors and wide variety of tea concoctions quickly drew in crowds of young and hip students and professionals. Moonleaf's tea drinks and mixes are made from freshly brewed, top-quality tea leaves that are freshly-brewed, steeped and served in authentic Taiwanese tradition. Today, Moonleaf has over 30 branches nationwide. A fast-emerging brand, Moonleaf is venturing into expanding its reach outside the Philippines very soon.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Harden, Gordon impressed with young basketball talents at NBA 3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite












James Harden and Eric Gordon got a taste of Filipino streetball at its finest yesterday (July 28) at the Finals of NBA3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Tent.

The ultimate competitions of the three-day three-on-three basketball tournament – which drew 60,000 fans over three days at the double venue -- was moved to the PICC from the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall Sunday afternoon on account of the rain.

Little boys not quite five feet who were members of the RP Team Thirteen Under and wowed the NBA stars as they heaved shots from two-point country in the U13 division. The very young players of the RP Team were only good for a runner up finish, but their ease with the basketball impressed the NBA talents and the avid basketball crowd.

From the tipoff last Friday until Sunday, NBA players James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans graced the events and interacted with Pinoy basketball fans together with the Indiana Pacemates and Grizz, the mascot of the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden and Gordon signed giveaways and threw them to the crowd, getting squeals of delight from the basketball-loving Pinoys.

Games featuring media and entertainment celebrities kicked off the Sunday event at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, with SM MOA fans liking the basketball grit and savvy of stars they only see on TV. Team Alcaraz, made up of GMA players Marco Alcaraz, Ervic Vijandre, Jose Sarasola and Jack Corpuz ruled the Celebrity division. 

The Women's Under-16 division meanwhile was won by Team CAYS composed of Alexis Aguirre, Leezah Sorallo, Mae Ann Herradura and Jeivie Nama. The National University Lady Bulldogs quartet of Nica Villegas, Jack Danielle Animam, Ana Del Rosario and Kimberly Illut won the U18 division over the JASMS Patriots who failed to show up for the match. The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws -- Mary Angeli Cabochan, Allana May Lim, Marilourd Borja and Karen Columna -- prevailed over Team Mickey, made up mostly of former UP Lady Maroons, in the Girls’ Open, 8-4. 

The most exciting game in the Boys' division was the U-13 Finals game won by Escuela de Sophia-1 composed of Saymond Male, Andrei Cariato, Nelle Suminig and Christopher Perio. Their match against RP Thirteen Under went into overtime, as the littlest RP Thirteen Under player connected on a long distance 2-pointer, sending James Harden to his feet due to the excitement.

In the Under-16 division, the triumvirate of former Jr. NBA standout Jan Gabriel Sobrevega, Peter John Rabor and Astrolave Vista of University of Saint La Salle Bacolod dominated the Conquerors, 18-13.

AMA JRS dominated CKSC Blazing Dragons in convincing fashion,  20-7. to take home the Under-18 division crown. The champion team is composed of Clark Quijano, Jayson David, Russel Fuentes and Michael Perez. Besides their prizes for winning the division, the group earned a slot in the Adidas D-Rose Tour series of events on Septmber 15-16 including the D-Rose Tour 3-on-3 Frand Finals. The players will be given Adidas apparel and D-Rose footwear as part of their participation in the D-Rose Tour 3-on-3 Grand Finals. 

The Men's Open division finals meanwhile was played between amateur basketball players who were former teammates during their college days. The underdogs EGS Elite pulled a stunner on the favored Blackwater Elite, 21-18. EGS, composed of former NCAA players Rocky Acidre, Mark Doligon and Acidre's younger brother Rutger, overcame Blackwater, the recently crowned champions of the 2013 PBA Developmental League Foundation Cup (D League) composed of Gio Ciriacruz, Robby Celiz, Bacon Austria and Louie Vigil. 

NBA 3X 2013 Philippines presented by Sprite was also highlighted by an NBA Cares Activity for Special Olympic Athletes. Eric Gordon, Jr. NBA Head Coach Sefu Bernard and the Indiana Pacemates treated the kids to fun basketball games and drills. Jr. NBA All Stars Alumni dropped by and got the chance to meet Harden and Gordon up close and personal.

Fan activities at the event like the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest; the Sprite Basketball Clinic; the KFC Bucket 3-point Shootout; the Phoenix Fast Feet Challenge and NBA Half Time enabled fans to join in the fun as well. The PBA’s Tower of Power and only Rookie-MVP Benjie Paras and becoming-just-as-illustrious son Kobe Paras dropped by and caused a happy commotion.

A lucky division champion will win tickets to the 2013 NBA Global Games on October 10, featuring the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers in a preseason match at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The identity of the winning division champions will be announced later.