Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating a #diverCHIty CNY with a Run!


"Kung Hei Fat Choi..."


Oh yeah, few days to go and we are about to welcome the year of the dog! The 2018 Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Are you ready?! 

Being one of the members of the Chinoy community, I am also excited to welcome and celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY). And this year is more special... we will celebrate it with #diverCHIty!

Yes you heard it right, "diverCHIty." Coined from the word "diversity," #diverCHIty is actually the on-going campaign of the Chinese-Filipino community. This is launched for all proud Chinoys in line with Chinoy TV’s 8th year anniversary acting as a pillar in the Chinese-Filipino community. The campaign aims to gather individuals / groups who share the same cause of promoting diversity, individuality and unity among the Chinese- Filipino Community. And part of this campaign is the CNY #diverCHIty Run 2018.

To commence the campaign and celebrate the Chinese New Year, a series of events are lined-up which comprise the DiverCHIty run that aims to promote a healthy physique and develop your Chi (Body’s positive energy). 

DiverCHIty Run is integrated with Affinitea Run and will be composed of Chinese theme and elements such as Red/Gold Singlet, Lion & Dragon Dance and Angpao. Covering race distance of 3k, 5k and 10k.
   



This event gathers key representatives from the Chinese community such as Schools, Businesses, Organizations and all major Chinese Associations in the country.

Date: February 17, 2018
Time: 4am
Venue: SM by the Bay

Inclusions: Singlet, Bib, Loot bag

Admission:
3k-P550
5k-P650
10k-P850

DiverCHIty run is presented by Chinoy Tv and Affintea races co-presented by Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCCI), In partnership with FWD Insurance, Jeunesse, Vital Purified Drinking Water, Federation of Filipino Chinese Alumni Association Inc., Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc., Dr. Kong, Cadbury 5Star, Tang, Tiger Energy Biscuit, Oreo, Eden Cheez Whiz,  Australia Harvest, Zesto, Azumi Boutique, Eurotel and Vikings Buffet.

Diverchity campaign seeks to reach the entire Chinese-Filipino community with the help of Trendspotting with event promotion as its official Publicity & Marketing partner and with the help of media partners, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Pilipino Mirror, BM Health & Fitness, Philippine Graphic, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Manila Shimbun, Peoples Journal, Peoples Tonight and Women’s Journal. Digital media partners include TV Series Craze, Bits of Rocks, The Lifestyle Portal, and Runner Rocky.

And of course, to set you in a good Chinese vibes, leaving you with a cool music video of a Chinese song perfect for the Chinese New Year. Here it goes:



Wishing you all a more prosperous 2018 new year! (Rhythm of the Rock)  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5 Effortless Romantic Dinners You Can Make at Home

Sitting in traffic for hours so that you can wait in line to get into that crowded, noisy restaurant can be the ultimate buzzkill for any date. So this Valentine’s Day, why not ditch tradition and surprise your special someone with a homemade dinner?  

Even if you have minimal skills in the kitchen, there are some easy meals you can make that will knock the socks off your date. A simple search on the Internet will turn up a hundred of these recipe ideas, but we’ve picked out five of our favorites to share with you!



1. Pesto chicken pasta

Pasta is simple enough to make and pretty foolproof, but when topped with a zesty pesto and slices of perfectly pan-seared or grilled chicken breasts, it makes an impressive and filling dish. 

The trick is twofold: splurge on good-quality, artisan bottled pesto, and make sure that your chicken breast fillets are not dried out or (the horror) raw inside. If you’re unsure in the kitchen, better pick a fresh-chilled fillet instead of frozen to take the guesswork out of cooking time.

Serve with your sweetie’s favorite bottle of wine and some citrus fruits, and you’re golden.    




2. Whole Roast Chicken

The beauty of this recipe is that not only are there a dozen variants you can adapt to your tastes, but also that you don’t necessarily need an oven to make it. If you can borrow a pressure cooker for the big day, then you’re all set. 

Start with the best ingredients. You’ll want to choose a fresh-chilled whole chicken instead of a frozen bird for a couple of reasons: first, defrosting can be tricky for a novice cook. Second, freezing and defrosting can destroy the meat’s cellular structure, so fresh-chilled meat is the better choice for a juicy and flavorful finished product.

The basics: some type of oil to brush on the skin, salt and pepper to taste (remember to salt the inside of the bird too), and herbs for flavor. You can stuff your chicken with garlic, thyme, rosemary, and lemons, and place in an oven or pressure cooker that’s been preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10-15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and keep cooking for 20 minutes per pound. Serve with roasted veggies and enjoy!

3. Baked oysters

Who doesn’t love the occasional serving of this popular aphrodisiac? Baked oysters are simple to prepare, and to customize the meal, you have a slew of toppings to choose from. Anything from a simple drizzle of salt and lemon to a complex blend of herbs and cheese will work well. Serve atop a bed of coarse sea salt with a side of chilled leafy salad and either wine or their favorite Tequila for a hot evening. 



4. Steak and potatoes 

Here’s a secret: you can now get premium Wagyu cubes at select sites around the metro, and they make an exceptionally easy, sexy meal. Toss them onto a hot grill or griddle, cook until done to the degree of doneness that you like your beef – for Wagyu medium rare is recommended- and then serve them with an assortment of dips and sides such as grilled Portobello and shitake mushrooms, leafy greens, pickles, baby potatoes, or an assortment of cheeses. 

A meal that can be done in under an hour, all it takes is a wide enough table, enough bowls for all your sides and dips, cute skewers, and a partner who likes their meals interactive.


5. Hainanese Chicken

This recipe for Hainanese is a little bit of a cheat, and needs a little more attention than most of our suggestions, but it’s definitely worth it!

Stuff a fresh-chilled chicken with lemongrass, ginger, kinchay, a bouillon cube,  and a quartered onion. If it’s a particularly large fowl, lay it on a bed of the same in a pot that’s large enough to hold the entire chicken underwater. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the bird and its dressings, and put on the stove on high. Once it boils, turn the heat down to low and wait until the chicken is cooked and tender. 

While you wait, prepare the sauce. Chop up green onions and grate young ginger finely, add salt to taste, and either gently sauté in sesame oil or pour heated sesame oil over the mix. Add a scoop of broth from the chicken once it’s done cooking, set aside. 

When the chicken is done, carve and plate it. Before serving, heat some sesame oil, drizzle salt over the chicken skin, and then carefully drizzle the hot oil over the chicken as lightly and evenly as you can. Serve with the ginger and onion sauce and a bowl of steamed white rice. 

These recipes are just the tip of the iceberg! There’s a whole world of easy romantic dinners you can find with a simple online search, but to make it truly special, you need to remember the basics: use the absolute best ingredients you can get your hands on, pay attention to your plating, and make sure you give some thought to how you’re going to eat dinner – the right cutlery, the right stemware, the right drinks. 

Follow these three simple rules and you’re well on your way to having a Valentine’s Day dinner to remember! 02/13/2018 (Bits of Rocks)



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We follow a strict quality control process handled by our expert personnel who keep an eye on the entire production process to prevent meat contamination during slaughtering, dressing, deboning and further processing. The prepared meat products are then delivered to Fresh Options Meat Shops in Central Luzon and Metro Manila via refrigerated vans. Our First-In, First-Out system ensures that you get only the freshest and safest meats.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feel the Fight and Romance in the Highest Grossing Chinese Film "Never Say Die"



The Chinese New Year (CNY) is fast-approaching. And just like most of you, a Chinoy blogger and vlogger like me is preparing for this tradition. Yes, it is always my tradition here in my personal blog Bits of Rocks to celebrate the Chinese tradition with you via featuring Chinese-themed posts. On the previous years, I already featured Chinese horoscope, beliefs, holiday treats, and fun stuffs which definitely captured your attention.

This year, let's take the entertainment side (since entertainment is also one of my fortes). Have you already planned for a date with your love one watching a romcom Chinese movie?   

Before KPOP domination here in the Philippines, Chinese movies were considered crowd favorites in the foreign film entertainment scene especially with themes leaning toward romcom, action and supernatural.  Another instance was during the height of the Mexican telenovela in the country in the early 2000, Chinese series Meteor Garden starring F4 was such a big hit on Television.

Chinese movie followers or even those who crave for fresh films are in for a hilarious treat as the recent blockbuster top grosser in China and Hong Kong over the recent months will now be shown in the country. Never Say Die will leave you excited all throughout the film and will have you laughing your heart out as Ai Lun (Edison) and Ma Li (Xiao Xiao) bring you a mixture of all the elements you love in a Chinese film; Action, RomCom and Supernatural all in one movie. The film is the highest-grossing in China in 2017 with a whopping US$334 million recorded in the box office.

The Official Movie Poster of Never Say Die

Never Say Die surpassed the US$250 million earned by Jackie Chan’s film Kung Fu Yoga last year, to become the biggest single-territory grosser among all live-action comedies ever released.

Here is a one-minute trailer of the said film:



Never Say Die is a movie about a has-been Ultimate Fighting King (UFK) boxer who can’t seem to get a good fight and a celebrity Journalist who is caught it in a bad romance and how destiny allowed them to straighten their acts as they switch bodies and embark in a series of misadventures to fix their intertwined predicament.

This is such an interesting film bringing back the F4 and Meteor Garden feels! Agree?! 02/06/2018 (Bits of Rocks)


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