Food Review: Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar

It was our 4th monthsary as married couple and we’re supposed to have dinner at Edsa Shangri-la’s HEAT. However, due to demands of overtime work, I left Makati office at around 8pm and traffic was really really bad. So we decided to eat some place else. I was initially craving for some pasta and italian cuisine but when we passed by Serendra, these cravings suddenly turned to juicy, delicious steak so we ended up dining at Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar, oh I missed this place! The ambiance is so good.. food is tasty.. reasonable priced.. and the exemplary service is major plus!


This is what I got.. Grilled Chilean seabass and US beef top blade served with marble potatoes and glazed vegetables.. yummm sounds good, but taste even better! Oooh I just love seabass so much!

Price: P810


My husband ordered one of their Duo Meat Specials, Bistek Style US Beef. The bistek sauce is perfect.. not too sour, not too salty.. But the beef is somehow hard to cut. Still good enough though and my husband loves it.

Price: 410


Check this place out:

DUO Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Serendra Piazza, Fort Mc Kinley Parkway,

Fort Bonifacio Global City Taguig City

Tel. Nos. 856-1200, 856-1300

Fax No. 909-5210

Mobile Nos. 0927-5030945


Movies to Watch Out For This Weekend: March 30!

Can’t wait!!! Here are 3 exciting movies to watch out for in the Philippines on March 30! These are the times when sureseats reservation always comes in handy! Happy watching! 😉


Yes, this one could have been on the list of the most anticipated movies of 2012 (it was originally scheduled for release last summer, but was delayed). But with Dwayne “You can call me ‘The Rock’ again” Johnson leading the team, Bruce Willis as the original Joe, and ninjas fighting on the side of a mountain – all in 3D, no less – what’s not to get excited about? And rumor has it they reshot a bigger part for Channing Tatum, so maybe he can bring some of his “magic” to this one.



With the “Twilight” saga having come to a close last year, Twi-hards are on the lookout for their next big movie obsession. This adaptation of another Stephenie Meyer novel will hopefully fit the bill. Instead of vampires, this story has aliens which invade the planet by taking over human bodies. But one girl, Melanie (played by Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan), is able to coexist with her alien presence – and, naturally, get into a love triangle (or is it a quadrangle?)



A happy ending continues to elude sweethearts Miggy and Laida, as seen in the first trailer of the highly anticipated third installment in the film series starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. Billed as the final installment of a trilogy, the upcoming romantic-comedy sees Miggy in a relationship with a character portrayed by actress-host Isabelle Daza. Laida, meanwhile, is seen joining Miggy’s company anew after some time working overseas. Here, the former couple try to co-exist amicably despite their history and current circumstances. With the first two movies among the highest grossing local films of all time, “It Takes a Man and a Woman” is expected to replicate the success of “A Very Special Love” and “You Changed My Life,” which were released in 2008 and 2009, respectively.




7 Tips for a Stronger Marriage from Lucy Torres-Gomez

Nice read 🙂

Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez and actor Richard Gomez have been together for 13 years and counting, but despite all the intrigues that have come their way, the two remain steadfast in their commitment to each other. Lucy is very vocal about how much she loves her husband, and it’s not a secret that Richard adores her right back.

lucy_torres_marriage_tips.jpgWhat advice does Lucy have to give for other married couples who want to strengthen their marriage? Read on to find out.


“We don’t impose our individual interests on each other,” Lucy explains. “I don’t bug Richard to go to dance class with me because I know he doesn’t like it. In the same way, he doesn’t pressure me to learn volleyball or baseball because he knows I won’t enjoy it.”

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11 Health Benefits Of Lemon Water

Today I’m having really bad flu and sore throat, and normally, in times like this, I often go to local grocery to buy myself Oishi Smart-C+ lemon juice. For some reason, this product has been proven very effective for me because consuming 3 bottles each day in just 2-3 days would completely cure me. However this time, I couldn’t find it anywhere, perhaps some case of bad luck. So I tried to search for other alternatives… and found a cart full of REAL LEMONS! Why not? It probably is more sour-tasting and more tedious to squeeze, but natural lemon water has got more health benefits than the bottled ones. Here’s why:

There are many health benefits of lemon water. Lemon contains about 5 percent citric acid and is a rich source of vitamin C. Lemon also contains many vitamins like vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein and carbohydrates. There are so many food menu that use lemon as a conduit of flavor, ranging from cakes, dishes made ​​from chicken, a variety of drinks or even as an ornamental.

Lemons good for the stomach. Lemon can help relieve digestive problems when mixed with hot water, including nausea, heartburn and parasites. By drinking lemon juice regularly, your stomach is assisted, to remove dirt more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and cleaning agents. Intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. Even lemon juice also acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping the liver produce more bile.

Health benefits of lemon water:

1. Overcome Indigestion
Lemon also proved to overcome some digestive disorders such as bloating, abdominal cramps, gas, or a burning sensation (heartburn). Drinking lemon water regularly to prevent constipation and diarrhea. Additionally three or four squeezed lemon can help relieve menstrual pain. It’s better if lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water.
2. Skin care
Lemon can be a natural antiseptic medicine, which served to cure problems related to skin. Daily consumption of lemon water can provide a great change in the appearance of your skin. Lemon has a function as an anti-aging, remove wrinkles and blackheads. Even if used in areas of burns can fade the scars.
3. Dental Care
Did you know that lemon water has an important function in dental care? Yes, if the fresh lemon juice placed on the tooth area, can help in getting rid of the pain. Squeeze lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. This method also prevents bad smell and other problems related to gums.
4. Heal throat infection
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis caused by bacteria. To overcome sore throat, you can gargle with using half a cup of lemon juice.
5. Lose weight
Routine drinking lemon water opens the way to lose weight faster. Utilizing lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey, it can also help reduce weight.
6. Control high blood pressure
Lemon water works like magic potion, especially for people who have heart problems, because the high potassium content in it. A diet high in potassium is also believed to help control high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, helps relaxation of the mind, reduces mental stress and depression.
7. Help cure respiratory disorders
Lemon juice assists in curing respiratory problems, especially in people with asthma.
8. Treating rheumatic
Lemon has diuretic properties that can help treat rheumatism and arthritis, by removing bacteria and toxins from the body.
9. Relieves fever
Lemon juice can treat a person suffering from flu or fever, with increased sweat production.
10. Blood purifier
Diseases such as cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it has properties as a blood purifier.
11. Boost the immune system Lemon filled with vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C can increase the body’s defenses attack the flu virus and potassium can help the brain and nerve function, and blood pressure control.

Suggested Dosage In Taking of Lemon Water

 If you are in good health and body weight 70 kg or less, it is advisable to squeeze half a lemon and presenting it in a glass of water. Drink twice a day. However, if you weigh more than 70 kg, squeeze one whole lemon into a glass of water. For maximum benefit, drink twice a day.

Reinabelle Reyes, the Astrophysics Genius

Here we are, being fond of fictional character Sheldon Lee Cooper from top series Big Bang Theory, not realizing we have our very own real-life astrophysics genius from the Philippines. I can’t help but feel so amazed as I browsed thru this article. This is definitely something we should be proud of as Filipino.

MANILA, Philippines – Think of Filipinos who have astounded the world lately, and the first names that come to mind are likely to be Manny Pacquiao or Charice. The two definitely earned their Pinoy-pride accolades, but they aren’t the only ones who deserve it.

Meet Reinabelle Reyes, a 28-year-old astrophysicist who astounded scientists all over the world when she proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity on a cosmic scale. That was when she was only 26.

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Einstein’s theories have been verified many times, but it took Reyes and her Princeton University collaborators to verify his Theory of General Relativity, beyond the confines of our solar system.

Led by Reyes, the research team made headlines back in 2010 when they showed how galaxies up to 3.5 billion light years away are clustered together in exactly the way General Relativity predicts. They came up with a new astronomical measurement, which indicates how galaxies are pulled together by gravity, just as Einstein theorized.

Her findings also support the existence of Dark Energy—a force greater than gravity once merely imagined by scientists. This is a big deal, because, even NASA tells us, pinning down the exact properties of Dark Energy is among the most significant problems facing science today. According to the NASA website, Dark Energy “is the deepest mystery in physics, and its resolution is likely to greatly advance our understanding of matter, space, and time.”

Reinabelle Reyes is among the scientists involved in unraveling this profound mystery.

Studying the stars

She was in Manila recently to give a series of talks, and I had the chance to catch up with her at the Manila Observatory in the Ateneo Loyola campus. She is a graduate of the Loyola school herself, earning her BS Physics Degree from Ateneo and graduating summa cum laude—before getting her PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton.

Today, Reyes is a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. It’s a fine opportunity for any physicist to be where she is right now, but she is intent on coming back home one day.

She says she will always have a passion for studying the stars. Yet admits she wouldn’t be fulfilled if she didn’t work on more immediate earth-bound problems—especially since she comes from a country with a long list of them.

When we met, I had almost missed her. Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt that said “Schrodinger’s cat is a zombie,” she looked more like a student. Among a myriad of other things, she told me who Schrodinger was. This girl is passionate. If we weren’t pressed for time, she could have gone on and on about the country’s lack of disaster preparedness and improving K12 education in the Philippines. The country needs more scientists! Eventually, she hopes to be part of the solution.

As her schedule was packed, we had to continue our conversation over e-mail, a portion of which appears below. Some of the things she was candid about—winning the Nobel Prize, disproving Einstein, the arrogance of scientists, God, and the Dalai Lama.

In a way that non-scientists can understand, how exactly did you come up with a confirmation of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity?

Every theory makes predictions, and to pass the test of science, these predictions must match what we observe. In our study, we combined different types of observations of 70,000 galaxies and compared the result with the prediction from Einstein’s theory. They match! So we say that we have confirmed the theory.

What’s special about this test is that it could have gone another way. That is, the answer could not have matched the prediction—and that would be a signature of new physics, a signal that Einstein could be wrong.

 Right now, I’m part of a team of scientists working on a new and bigger galaxy survey called the Dark Energy Survey (DES). This means that in 2017, we will be able to do the test again, and put Einstein’s theory to an even more stringent test, so stay tuned!

So maybe you could get the Nobel in 2017 or 2018?

There is potential for a Nobel Prize-winning work here — but one, it won’t go to me, it would go to the senior scientists who lead the team. Two, it would be awarded many, many years after. Recall that most laureates get them in their 70s and 80s for work done in their 20s or 30s!

How do you think your childhood shaped you as a scientist? 

I credit my parents for exposing me to books and computers at an early age. My mom was an early adopter of the home computer and I played educational games—in DOS!—as a kid. I also learned how to touch type with a Mario Bros typing game. It’s a skill I now get to use and take advantage of every day.

I had no pressure to do well in school, but I did get encouragement at crucial points. In kindergarten, I apparently got bored because I already knew what the teacher was teaching and my mom told me that I should raise my hand and participate in class. This got me on the honor roll, but more importantly, it saved me from being disenchanted from school.

Does being a woman or a Filipino make it more difficult in some ways? It’s still a male-dominated field.

Astrophysics is actually one of the relatively better off fields, with 30% women in postdoc positions (me included), and 15% in tenured faculty positions. The figures are even lower for theoretical particle physics, for example.

I should say that here in the Philippines, we don’t have quite the same problem that the US and the West have. For example, there, there is a strong stereotype of the White, male scientist. In our society, we don’t even have a public image of a Filipino scientist, much less a stereotype—except those acquired from the West, which, of course, is also problematic.

I find that one significant difference is that our society has no problem with women leaders, not only in the sciences. I can see and feel this difference, especially during my recent visit to Manila, after 5 years of living in the US. 

Disaster preparedness and improving science education are problems you hope to solve some day. Why these problems in particular? Can you let us in on some of your plans, as to how you can contribute to addressing them?

I’m particularly passionate about communicating data to the public in a way that is both attractive and easy to understand. One particular way to do this is through visuals, that is, through “data visualization.”

As a scientist, I look at graphs all the time. In fact, I make them all the time. I understand that a typical graph I look at will not make sense to you, as is. But I can also make graphs that are beautiful and at the same time tell a story to the reader, all the while showing the power of data in improving our understanding of the world. This, for me, is the exciting art and science of data visualization.

I’ve started making my own infographics and plan to do many more, covering a wide range of topics, including disasters, demographics, economics, and even sports. Watch out for them in my data visualization blog on Rappler, coming out soon!

What do you do when you’re not being a physicist? What excites you aside from the thought of one day having a 30-meter telescope?

I read a lot. I follow blogs. I follow basketball. I’m excited by the prospect of another championship for the San Antonio Spurs!

Of course you like to read! Favorite books?

Some books that made an impact on me, in no particular order:

Contact by Carl Sagan. The movie with Jodie Foster is not bad either, but different from the book and 
finished after Sagan’s death.

Letters to a Young Poet by Maria Rainer Rilke speaks to my soul.

Novels of Haruki Murakami stimulate my right brain and induce vivid, “weird” dreams.

Nonfiction of Malcolm Gladwell—Tipping Point, Outliers, his New Yorker articles.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco. I re-read it in preparation for my visit to Manila. I look forward to his next work.

What I’m reading now is the debut novel of Fil-Am author Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant. The protagonist is a Filipino “fashion terrorist” in New York. Very refreshing to see a fully fleshed out Filipino character, in a work filled with insight, humor, and heart.

In an article, I read you had mentioned reading Ethics for a New Millennium by the Dalai Lama.

I think the Dalai Lama’s message of compassion is a good one to hear and heed. I’m impressed with his openness to dialogue with scientists—in particular, he has encouraged Buddhist monks and scholars to collaborate with neuroscientists to better understand our minds.

Scientists are usually skeptical about God. Do you believe in God? Does your work prove to you that he exists or does it make you think more critically about religion?

I don’t personally believe in God. I think science does make one more critical of religion, but I also understand faith. It’s just that I don’t have any, at least not in a higher Being. –

Reinabelle Reyes wants more of us to understand science and how it operates in our lives.

SOURCE (Nikka Santos of