Friday, July 24, 2015

IT'S YOUR CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure many times when you surf the net or read articles in the newspaper, you would encounter these "Best ofs" or "The Top 10 whatevahs" that would get you thinking...


Oh I totally get you especially if the "winners" are never heard names or are just "MEH" in our books. It gets me thinking, how did they get those winners? It reminds me of those soap commercials where 7 out of 10 users voted for it? Who were those magnificent seven?? I doubt if they have the same stature as Yul Brynner (from the Magnificent Seven of course) but still, you would like to know if they are really capable and worthy of making such countdowns.


Fret or tantrum no further. Because THE CHOICE is coming your way!!!!



Not to boast or anything (well not this time though... tee hee) but many times I get asked "What's the best restaurant in Alabang" or "Where should I eat when I'm in the Makati area?"

When I get asked such questions, I always answer with "It depends. What do YOU like?"

Because that's how it should be. Why are we going to blindly take the recommendations of some individuals in a survey when WE should be the ones making such list. WE are the ones who are going to eat it so naturally WE should be the ones heard if there's going to be a "OUR CHOICE OF  something.

NOT anonymous sources...
NOT trying-hard-know-it-alls...
NOT John Snow...


You've got to admit that there's nobody more credible or trustworthy when it comes to choices than YOU right? 

So with that, OUR AWESOME PLANET and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (KAIN TULOG GANG) have partnered to conduct the FIRST EVER People's Choice Awards for their Favorite FOOD, RESTAURANTS, BARS, and more~ or simply, 

"The Choice".

Just to give you a brief background, THE KAIN TULOG GANG is a group of the country's craziest bloggers who came together and united for our love of documenting our daily lives that usually revolve around FOOD and great times. 

I feel so honored to be part of the KAIN TULOG GANG because would you believe that they are my blogger favorites and I used to stalk them? Well... I still stalk them up to know (while they're sleeping... tee hee) and I saw first hand their true passion for food, great times, and of course creating exceptional blog posts that could give JD Salinger a run for his money on their wit and wackiness.

Okay I may be exaggerating on the comparison with the Catcher in the Rye author but that's how I always feel about my "idols". NAKS!

Of course, KTG is not all about getting drunk and pigging out on food. We also have goals that do not just center on discovering new restaurants. Though we playfully refer to ourselves as THE KAIN TULOG GANG, we are also you KAPATIRAN SA TULONG AT GINHAWA. We have officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila. We know that we have a duty and that is to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate.  It's not all about just getting fat for us. We would also love to share our blessings and help out in any which way we can. 


and our fantastic foodie friends from:


the Philippine Star's LET'S EAT magazine,
now nationwide every last Sunday of the month.

Along with the Philippines and Asia's No. 1 Food and Travel blog OUR AWESOME PLANET, we have come up with a wild list of our favorites from restaurants, drinks and even down to the hottest chefs.... 

AND YOU WILL choose the winner!!!

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WHO?? ME????

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To get your voices heard when it comes to YOUR foodie favorites please click on the link for the survey and choose YOUR winners!!!

About The  Awards

We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Top Tens have made us very pleased:  we feel it's a very diverse and fair representation of all our Metro Manila favorites. The categories are very broad, as they should be in a democratic vote. 

However, we'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.

The MBKRS are rightly regarded as the Oscars of our ever growing foodie community. So we'd like "The Choice" to be the Golden Globes~ a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased. After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!

The Survey Parameters

1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

2. For the Favorite Out-of-Town Destination, the restaurants must be reached by land in 5 hours; thanks to the TPLex, that includes Baguio!

3. There are 45 questions in this survey and answering this survey should take around 5-10 minutes. It is best to give a definitive answer on each question and feel free to skip if you can't decide.

4. All answers are treated confidential and final once you click on the submit button. One survey response for one person only.

5. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.


If you want to know the winners plus experience SO MUCH MORE on the world of blogging, social media, etc. etc. please join us at...



Our Awesome Planet, the Philippines #1 Food and Travel Blog and 
Kain Tulog Gang (KTG), a collective of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in Manila, 
in partnership with World Food Expo (WOFEX), the Ultimate Food Show Experience

in cooperation with Vikings, NIU, and Four Seasons restaurants

present the first


(Blogging and Social Media Expo) 

on August 8, 2015 Saturday at the SMX Mall of Asia.

Blogging and Social Media Expo (BLOSOMEX), co-located event of the country's biggest and most effective food show, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX), focuses on exploding the commercial activity in the blogging and social media scene in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Blosomex aims to be the catalyst in preparing both the businesses and the bloggers/ social media practitioners to take commercial advantage of the digital opportunities.

JOIN US!!!!!!!!!!

Early Bird Registration - P1,497
Regular Walk-In Price - P2,000
To register and purchase tickets for the BLOSOMEX Summit, 
please email

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8:00am - 9:30am: Registration

9:45am - 10:00am: Introduction

10:00am - 10:30am:

 ANTON DIAZ, Founder,

Keynote: "State of Food and Travel Blogging in the Philippines"

10:30am - 11:15am: 

 VIP Guest Speaker : Mark Wiens, Founder,

Keynote: "Food is the Reason YOU Should Travel : 

Viral Video Blogging in the YOUTUBE Era"

11:15am - 12:00nn

 Panel Discussion with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez

The Global Filipino Fiesta: 

"The Value of Social Media and Blogging in Promoting

 Philippine Tourism Worldwide"

*** LUNCHBREAK : 12nn to 1:00pm ***

1:00pm to 2:00pm:

 VIBER and INSTAGRAM Presentations:

"The Future is on The Move; Social Media's Dominant New Directions 

are on Instant Mobile Apps"

2:00pm to 2:30pm: 

Spanky Enriquez, Marketing and Social Media Consultant

"Restaurant Industry Engagement in the age of Digital Influencers"

2:30pm to 3:00pm

 Richie Zamora, Founder,

"Romancing Generation NeXt : Reaching out to the Millennials"

3:00pm to 4:30pm:


4:30PM to 5:00pm: Closing Program

5:00PM to 8:00pm


 Sponsored by Zomato


Oh and don't forget...

Just in case you're lazy to search for the link going to THE CHOICE again!

Tee hee!


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