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Crossfit Jump Rope for a top workout while travelling

Guess where I am? Vietnam! Home of Pho & Bahn Mi. I love the food here, it’s so authentic. It’s cheap, and it’s fresh. But it’s also packed with carbs. Lots of bread and rice and not enough meat and veg make it hard to keep the weight off. I’ve been doing alot of walking here but it’s still hard not to get a bit of a tubby tummy.

Travelling always makes it hard to maintain your weight. You usually cant cook yourself, having to rely on street food vendors and restaurants, and even the odd KFC when you’re really stuck! Ewww :) You also often dont have easy access to a Gym.

Back home, I’d been getting into Crossfit, so before I left for this trip, I bought myself a really cool jump rope so I can get a quick workout anywhere while I’m travelling. The beauty of this particular rope for a traveller is that it weights less than a pound and takes up virtually no space in a suitcase, but it’s still strong and functional.

I start the day with a five minute skipping session in my hotel room before I head out for a hotel breakfast. Kick starting your metabolism like this helps to start burning those bacon and eggs, no to mention absorbing the protein for muscle repair.

So start your day the right way, and stay fit and healthy while you’re travelling. Click here to visit Inspired Fitness Gear to check out their skipping rope.

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Skipping while travelling is great for your tummy

Sorry guys, I know it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been so busy on the road, that it’s been hard to find the time to write. But I’m back!

The last few months have been hard, I’ve been all over Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, trying to enjoy the beautiful beaches where possible, but mostly filming my new show which will air in the Fall. We’re nearing the end of the project, a cant wait to see the finished product!

I’ve got to tell you about something I’ve been doing while I’ve been travelling which has been just fantastic. It’s Crossfit, and it’s amazing. Every time I’ve stopped in a decent size town, I’ve hunted for the local Crossfit box. These places are popping up everywhere across Asia so it was never too hard to find one.

The workout you get here is fantastic, which is super important when you cook and eat awesome for food for a living! It’s so easy to get fat in this job. They really push you, and my favorite thing is that I’ve rediscovered my love of skipping. As a kid, I would skip for hours with all the girls in the neighbourhood. And at Crossfit, skipping is an integral part of their workouts.

One of the tougher things with Crossfit skipping is mastering the double under. This is a tough trick which involves doing two loops of the rope for one jump. I’ve getting better but boy, am I getting some bruises on my shins from getting whipped by the rope! It’s worth it though, I feel better than ever, and it gives me so much energy to get through the day.

I highly recommend hunting down your local Crossfit box and join up. It’s great fun, you’ll meet loads of cool people and you get super fit, super fast. Talk soon lovelys!

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It’s too hard to lose weight with all this good food!

My biggest struggle on the road as a traveller is watching my weight. Especially when I’m blogging about the local cuisine, I’m usually eating all the rich, exotic foods that are rarely good for the waistline.

Lots of sugar, lots of fat and way to many carbs :(

And a traveller’s life involves lots of planes, trains and automobiles. I don’t do nearly enough walking and I never seem to run any more.

It’s a good thing that there are some cool weight loss supps on the market to help out though. I’ve tried a few and my fave at the moment is one called Adiphene. It’s cheap and readily available online. And it works too. I’m not snacking between meals anymore and I can feel my jeans getting a little looser. Bonus!

Now, where’s the ice cream?

Hollar!

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Personal Hygiene while travelling the world

You’ve just got to love the variety of culture, food, religion, lifestyle and experiences that are literally right on our doorsteps. For only a few hundred dollars, one of many low-cost airlines can whisk you away to some exotic location or a third world country where you can be instantly immersed in a completely new way of life.

I’m loving travilling through South-East Asia at the moment, just a $300 overnight flight from home in Australia. Now I’m learning new languages, meeting beautiful people and eating some of the most amazing food I’ve had in my life.

One thing that was a bit of a concern before heading here was health and hygiene, although now that I’m travelling around, I really think the concern isn’t necessary. I spent a fortune at the doctor on drugs for malaria, stomach bugs, antibiotics, etc. as well as personal extras such as zovirax for cold sores, stingose for mosquito and jellyfish stings, and wartrol for warts.

So far, I’ve needed none of it at all. The worst I’ve has is a slight throat infection, which I get back home all the time anyway! If anything, I feel heaps better as I’m living on fresh, locally sourced food. Nothing GM here!

Just be sensible, wash your hands just like you would at home, and enjoy your travels!

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Blogopolis: #IntoTheWILD

The biggest blogging event of the year is here once again brought to you byNuffnang Philippines – The World’s Leading Blog Advertising Community!

This year, Blogopolis: #IntoTheWILD will take you to the Information Jungle. This event is open to everyone – bloggers, social media influencers, students, digital marketing officers, and advertisers, and anyone who is interested in the world of digital, particularly social media.

When: November 16, 2013
Where: InterContinental Manila

Save the date!

Watch the video below:

Let’s Eat & Win!

Listen up, guys! SIX (6) Suzuki APV Vans to be given away by SM Foodcourt! Take note that this is TAX FREE!

PROMO DETAILS:

PROMO TITLE:
LET’S EAT & WIN!
PROMO PERIOD:
OCTOBER 18, 2013 – JANUARY 15, 2014 (90 DAYS)
RAFFLE DRAWS:
1st Draw – NOVEMBER 28, 2013 @ SM SOUTHMALL
2nd Draw – JANUARY 24, 2014 @ SM NORTH EDSA
PRIZE REDEMPTION:
1st Raffle Draw winners – NOVEMBER 28, 2013 to MARCH 31, 2014
2nd Raffle draw winners – JANUARY 24, 2014 to MARCH 31, 2014

Mechanics:
1. For every single receipt purchase of Php250.00 worth of food and Coca Cola products at the SM Foodcourt and SM Aura Food on Four entitles you to one (1) peel apart coupon and one (1) raffle coupon.
2. Promo starts on October 18 – January 15, 2014.

3. Extra bonus for dog trainers in attendance as we’ll have german shepherds in tow that need some dog obedience training. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Paninis, desserts and more at The Cake Club, BGC!

The Cake Club’s assortment of yummy food and pastries are no longer limited to the confines of Diamond Hotel nor is their popular Diamond Ensaymada or Supermoist Cake. You can now enjoy all their mouthwatering and sumptous food at the BGC branch wherein they also have a few new offerings in store as well. If you haven’t been there yet, the place is fairly easy to find. The Cake Club is beside some of the notable restaurants at the East Superblock area of 7th Avenue.

The Cake Club serves a variety of delicious Paninis.

Parma Ham and Arugula (Php485.00)

I can eat this anytime of the day, any day of the week, because Parma ham (or Prosciutto) is one of my favorite cured meat. Just look how beautifully sliced the Parma ham is! It goes well with the organic arugula that has a slightly peppery flavor. Colorful, too… making it even more enjoyable to eat!

Grilled Chicken and Pesto (Php400.00)

This juicy chicken breast with grilled zucchini and Emmental cheese, even without any kind of spread, can stand alone. It has a clean yet very flavorful taste. But if you want a little more character to your panini, add some pesto-mayo spread. This is recommendable.

Smoked Salmon (Php405.00)

My husband and I love salmon especially if it has that milky taste. I also love anything that is smoked. So when this dish was served, it was happy happy joy joy for me! Norwegian salmon + red onion + capers and cream cheese! What a fabulous sandwich panini.

Grilled Vegetables from Tagaytay (Php315.00)

These are organic vegetables dressed with cheese and home-made balsamic dressing. This’ll make anyone’s afternoon snack a tad more pleasant especially if paired with your favorite tea or coffee.

If you want to try some of their food, I suggest you order some of my favorites.

Pinoy Eggs Benedict

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I can make the perfect soft boiled egg (Pardon the “yabang”! Heehee!). So, eating this particular dish conjures exclamations like, “OH.MY.GOOD.LORD.THIS.IS.SO.DELICIOUS!” The egg is obviously runny and I like that very much (well, second to a runny sunny side up actually!) filled with Beef Tapa that was really flavorful and tender on a soft Pan de Sal. Pinoy goodness!

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Love in a bowl! Creamy Mushroom Soup never fails to hit the spot!

Beef Lasagne

This one has “comfort food” written all over it. It has a simple, straighforward taste. Honest to goodness delicious food!

And of course The Cake Club’s ever famous Truffle Fries!

I am most confident that everybody will agree when I say that the Truffle Fries with Sea Salt Flakes sprinkled on top is one badass dish! I mean that in a very good way. Crispy, not greasy at all and worth all the calories! No further explanation is needed!

For that sweet ending, I make sure to at least follow the golden rule – “always leave room for dessert”. Note though, that as much as I love cake, I have no sweet tooth whatsoever. I don’t really indulge in sweet dishes. An ice cream scoop or a very small slice of cake is enough for me. But that all changed when I saw this beauty… Wild Pistachio Dome (Php250.00)

A sight to behold, huh? The taste is as good as it looks, too!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Macaron (Php50.00)

I just had to ask Chef Decker how this was made. According to the very gracious chef, they used EVOO filling instead of the usual butter cream. When you bite into it, the EVOO taste is there but it doesn’t overpower the whole flavor. It was surprisingly good!

These Raspberry and Lemon Macarons are also delicious!20131017-111507.jpg

The Cake Club has a Daily Lunch Set at Php800 nett per person. You can enjoy these delicious offerings from Monday to Saturday:

MONDAY
French Onion Soup with cheese croutons
Chicken Parmigiana
Super moist ice cream

TUESDAY
Organic mesclun on citrun-honey dressing
Beef salpicao with bell pepper rice and garlic baguette
Melon ice cream

WEDNESDAY
Tagaytay greens with crumbled feta cheese and croutons
Classic beef lasagne made with homemade fresh pasta
Baked cheesecake ice cream

THURSDAY
Classic Caesar salad
Grilled Frankfurter with German potato salad
Salted caramel ice cream

FRIDAY
Organic rocket salad, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan disc
Mentaiko spaghetti topped with shredded nori
Genmaicha ice cream

SATURDAY
Creamy mushroom soup with herbed croutons
Sweet and sour chicken
Le Royale ice cream

The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel has already made their name synonymous to delectable and mouthwatering dishes with absolutely impeccable service!

With the very accommodating Chef Decker!

Some of the foodies that I love to be with (especially Spanky)!

We were also joined by Diamond Hotel’s Public Relations Manager, Melanie Pallorina and Twinkle Lacsamana.

Contact Details:
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock,
7th Ave. cor. 29th St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
T: 621 – 3176

Operational Hours:
Monday to Thursday from 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Friday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 11:00PM

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Tummy Traveler “Crumpler” Giveaway!

Because of the success of my recent raffle, you all deserve another treat! My new prize is something everyone can surely use especially when travelling.

Courtesy of our good friends from Beyond The Box, I’ll be raffling off a really cool and very cute CRUMPLER Tote Bag!

CRUMPLER “Stow Away” TOTE BAG!

 

This CRUMPLER Stow Away Tote Bag can easily be packed into its own built-in mini bag for easy storage. It is very colorful and durable. Perfect for your travels and getaways.

WE HAVE A WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
JELO MANONGSONG
(Please wait for my email on how you can claim your prize)

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Welcome

Travel and food.

Two things that almost always go together.

For Filipinos, no place is too near or too far as long as a scrumptious meal awaits… and I am not exempt to that fact.

The Philippines is a wonderful place filled with sights that will fill you with awe and amazement… and with each destination, dishes that are deliciously unique, influenced by culturally-diverse palettes are pleasantly discovered.

Perhaps my passion to travel and the desire to see new things has inspired me to finish a degree in Tourism. Similarly, growing up in a household with grandparents dedicated to perfecting home-cooked, nostalgic dishes, honed my skills in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t love to eat? Who doesn’t want to feast not just on food, but also on wondrous sights and astonishingly new places?

Allow me, through this food and travel blog, to help navigate you in and around the metropolis and beyond… exploring notable tourist spots and undiscovered locations alike. Join me as I indulge in popular cuisine specialties and bravely seek unusual delicacies.

I am “The Tummy Traveler”… and I will be your guide.

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