NiceThings about the #AlDubNation

I might be a bit late in joining the bandwagon but I’m glad I got to watch THE episode that broke the internet last Saturday with 25.6M tweets.



The #ALDubEBForLove episode was the perfect intro to the AlDub fever for a rom-com lover like me. Eat Bulaga’s comedic genius coupled with a good-looking, talented, and seemingly good-natured couple is just what the nation needs in an entertainment noontime show.

The wacky lolas with quirky personalities, who I think are triplets (?), had me laughing hysterically nonstop.

lola nidora tidora tinidora

Lolas Nidora, Tidora, and Tinidora

But what I love most about the show is the spotlight they put on Filipino values. I love Lola Nidora’s pangaral about love, courtship, and Filipino etiquette – something that today’s west-obsessed Filipinos badly need.

lola nidora's words of wisdom opo

One of the things I love most about kids is when they use “po” and “opo” .

Sa panahong hindi na raw uso ang panliligaw, ito ang masasabi ni Lola Nidora:

lola nidora's words of wisdom opo

Tamang panahon, tamang paraan, tama ang kahahantungan

During last Saturday’s Kalyeserye, Lola Nidora had three conditions for Alden and Yaya Dub’s date – harana, regalo para sa lahat, and chicharon. 

Lola Nidora also insisted that Alden and Yaya Dub keep a respectful distance from each other, about a foot apart. They were also not supposed to touch, not even the tips of their fingers, a real old-fashioned Filipino custom. #KiligPaMore

Off to watch another episode. #PabebeWave


NiceThings at Mati’s Meat and Bread

Made an amazing discovery earlier this week: Mati’s Meat and Bread. Tucked in a strip behind Festival Supermall, this gem of a find is one place that’ll soon turn into one of my favorite haunts. Thank goodness I’m a Southie!

mati's meat and bread

Mati’s Meat and Bread is located at Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall

Every single food I tried was amazing. The interesting mix of flavors and textures brought new dimensions to otherwise familiar dishes.

Got off to a great start with this Creamy Spinach Dip:

mati's meat and bread creamy spinach dip

This serving is for sharing but I can so finish it all by myself.

I never liked bone marrow (pausing for collective gasp from y’all), but I loved this Truffled Bone Marrow appetizer:

mati's meat and bread truffled bone marrow

This Truffled Bone Marrow was surprisingly delish!

Some of Mati’s Meat and Bread’s dishes are named after family members’s favorites. This one is Mama’s Buffalo Wings:

mati's meat and bread mama's buffalo wings

Sakto lang ang anghang #nomnomnom

They also serve rice dishes:

mati's meat and bread beef salpicao

This beef salpicao was tender and flavorful.

Their salads are also very good:

mati's meat and bread camille's spinach and arugula salad

Camille’s Spinach and Arugula Salad is refreshing.

mati's meat and bread vince's chicken arugula salad

You should also try Vince’s Chicken Arugula Salad.

Mati’s Meat and Bread’s pizzas are on the top of my list:

mati's meat and bread salpicao pizza and bia's four cheese

i’m totally with Bia on this choice of Bia’s Four Cheese Pizza. The Salpicao Pizza isn’t so bad either.

mati's meat and bread pepperoni pizza

This Pepperoni Pizza is made more amazing by pesto and jalapeno. Yum!

mati's meat and bread tali's gamberetti

I love seafood so Tali’s Gamberetti is an instant fave.

If you love pasta as much as I do, you have got to try Mati’s Meat and Bread’s Truffle Pasta:

mati's meat and bread truffle pasta

Creamy yet light – perfect!

This nummy seafood pasta is worth a try:

mati's meat and bread seafood pasta

This seafood pasta dish is oil-based.

Not only is the food phenomenal, the place is also stunning.

mati's meat and bread at river park festival supermall

Natural light floods the dining area. Can you say instagram?

As a seafood lover, I can confidently say Mati’s Meat and Bread knocked this oyster dish out of the park:

mati's meat and bread oyster rockefeller

Oysters. Cheese. Nuff said.

Mati’s Meat and Bread is named after Mati, the youngest member of the Santiago clan of Melo’s. From this famous family of restaurateurs comes Caron Santigo-Macasaet and her husband Paul. They wanted to bring something fresh to the Philippine dining scene as influenced by their travels around the world.

One refreshing idea that Caron and Paul cooked up is this intriguing balut dish cooked in aligue.

mati's meat and bread balut aligue

Before digging into Balut Aligue, consult your doctor. Seriously.

As we all know, Melo’s is synonymous with good quality steak and Mati’s Meat and Bread is fast becoming a close second.

You can cook your own steak at your table or have it cooked in the kitchen.

mati's meat and bread steaks

I like mine well done.

If you want to know more about Mati’s Meat and Bread, visit their Facebook Page, you’ll see adorable Mati on the profile pic. Or you can catch a glimpse of their menu here:

mati's meat and bread menu

They have more dishes than the ones listed here but check this to get an idea of their prices.

Will be heading off to Mati’s again very soon. See you there?

SAP Business One Empowers Philippine Businesses for ASEAN Integration

Where to get SAP Business One in the Philippines?

With the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) should be prepared to compete and cooperate not only locally but throughout the ASEAN as well. One way of helping them prepare is through the power of SAP Business One. 

But where do you get SAP Business One in the Philippines, you might ask?


SAP Business One is now in the Philippines

Mustard Seed Systems Corporation, a business solutions provider for Small and Medium Businesses, is one of the major partners of SAP in the Philippines. Just recently the company received the “SAP Business One Top Partner for Small Enterprise in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ)” and “SAP® APJ Partner Excellence Award 2015 in the Category Small Business Solution Innovation.


SAP made easy for SMBs

SAP Business One is an efficient business integration software that will truly help SMEs particularly in the ASEAN Economic Community (ASEAN integration) starting this 2015. This is the reason why Mustard Seed is among the few providers of SAP Business One Philippines that offers a very affordable offer for those who would want to implement the system.


Mr. Osler Fajardo, Managing Director of Mustard Seed Systems Corporation receiving the SAP® APJ Partner Excellence Award 2015 in the Category Small Business Solution Innovation.

What makes Mustard Seed different from other SAP Business One providers? Osler Fajardo, Managing Director of Mustard Seed sums up the very simple and out-of-the box way of implementing SAP Business One in two steps:

1. Making the implementation as simple as possible; and

2. Making the selling cycle as short as possible.

SAP Business One - Top Partner

Jheng Talan and Regie Soteco of Mustard Seed Systems received the SAP Top Partner Award during the SAP Business One Innovation Summit in Singapore.

SAP Business One has a robust array of features. Businesses may not be needing the whole full pack features of SAP Business One in practice. Thus, by being open to the clients as to what can be delivered and what the limitations of the implementation are, the whole process can be streamlined and a direct implementation pattern can be made.


SAP empowers SMBs to compete regionally

Mustard Seed Systems is also gearing towards becoming a one-stop shop for businesses in the Philippines by providing other solutions they need. Watch this for more information.

As part of their commitment to SMBs, they will be present at the Asia Food Expo (AFEX) 2015 at the World Trade Center Manila from September 9-12, 2015. For more information you can visit their website at, contact them at +63(2)535-SEED / 63(2)535-7333 or visit their Facebook page at

*This is press release from Mustard Seed Systems, slightly edited to fit this space.

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