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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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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Valentines Greetings

February is a month of love! And even the Valentines Day, the February 14 is over, let's still spread love over and over again!

And for this moment, we'd like to share with you our team's Valentines Day 2017 online poster and greetings card expressing our love and appreciation to all of our viewers, readers, supporters, fans, and followers.

Here it goes:



Because love and Valentines were not only for lovers or couples. It is also for friends, barkada,
family, teammates, or for brotherhood! 

Happy 2017 Valentines to all of you from your favorite Team Runner Rocky tandems - GabYo, Arki, JuKa, and PaoLius! #Lovelocks! 02/17/2017 (Bits of Rocks)   


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

WATCH: The Three Heartfelt "Kwentong Jollibee Valentines Series" 2017 Short Films



It is always the tradition of the leading Pinoy Food Chain brand Jollibee to showcase their products via short films touching the hearts of the Filipinos. And as part of their tradition inline with the month of the hearts, this year, Jollibee created three heartfelt short film TV commercials that truly became viral and trending in the world wide web. 

The three short film TVCs are entitled "Vow," "Crush," and "Date." They were shown both online and on TV in three consecutive dates - Vow February 9 at 5 p.m., Crush on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., and Date on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.,. 



After the airing of the said short films, each video specially the "Vow"  instantly turned into a trending topic! Different memes and hugot  lines were also emerged because of the said TVCs.

Directed by the familiar names in the world of short and indie films, here are the three "Kwentong Jollibee Valentines Series" which I've compiled for you to watch and feel the love in different forms. Let's watch these:

"Vow"



"Crush"



"Date"



Which of the three you really like and love the most?! How do you feel watching the three videos?! Once more, kudos Jollibee for bringing us another quality TVs like these! Happy Valentines Day!!! 02/11/2017 (RCB)


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Night of Love and Music with Dan Hill This Valentines



I grew up with love songs. I love listening to music specially to love songs. Until now, my best form of relaxation specially when I'm in the office or blogging my article posts, I listen to the love songs saved in my iPhone 6. 

The love songs like "In Your Eyes" and "I Fall All Over Again" were some of my childhood favorites. And yes, glad to hear that the man behind these love songs will come in the Philippines to serenade our hearts with his lovely music.

Dan Hill, the famous love song singer dubbed as The King of Romance will come in Manila this February 2016 for two pre-Valentines concerts. The first one will be on February 10, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila while the other one will be on February 13, 2016 at the Midas Tent in Midas Hotel and Casino

Our tickets for two were ready! And we will see Dan Hill on his Resorts World concert:



Glad that yours truly Bits of Rocks is one of the blogger partners of this exciting Valentines event. And we're excited to see Dan Hill in person. I'll definitely have my one-on-one interview with him after his song numbers!




Brought by Redstone Entertainment and TAG Media, the ticket prices are as follows:


Resorts World Manila (1500 Seater):

SVIP - Php 6,500.00

VIP - Php 6,000.00

GOLD - Php 5,500.00

SILVER - Php 4,000.00

DELUXE - Php 2,500.00


Midas Hotel & Casino (400 Seater):

SVIP - Php 8,500.00


Tickets are available at TicketWorld - 891-9999 and Resorts World Manila Box Office Booth - 908-8000 local 7700. You may also buy your tickets here via Bits of Rocks my website for a 20% Discounted Price! 

Also joining Dan Hill in the concerts are The Mobb Band, The Angelos, and the mother of Janella Salvador, Ms. Jenine Desiderio.

So see you all in the concert and let's have a romantic Valentines! (Bits of Rocks)



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 2015: "Spreading Love and Luck


Two major celebrations mark the month of February. These are the Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year. That's why February of this year is truly wrapped with red which is also my favorite color!

February opens with happinesss for yours truly. Yes for me, this is really full of love as yours truly finally felt being loved after a series of pain and bitterness on the previous year. As we feel the love, definitely, expect for more romantic posts!

And since yours truly is also a Chinese by blood, expect also for Chinese New Year features as I always do every year.

February is also the birth month of my lifestyle blog which is The Lifestyle Portal. The said blog is now turning 3 years old. Definitely, we will be having a birthday party specially now that it has its own domain via www.thelifestyleportal.net.

What more will you ask for? Well, wait and see 'coz I will definitely share some surprises! Love and Luck, that really paint my February! (rcb)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love Story Four Times!

I've just posted in my official Instagram account (@rockenroll_04) a new bitstrips comic cartoon featuring yours truly. It's inline with the current celebration, the Valentines day.

Here is the said photo:


In the said cartoon, there are four hearts who were lifting me up. The first one, the higher one is the biggest while the fourth is the smallest. Now my question goes, what does these four hearts represent?! Any guest?!

OK, I will reveal! Yes, the four hearts represent my four love interests in my current love story! The biggest of the four is of course the lead cast, my main ka-love team! The three then were just the supporting characters! They will keep my love life with the lead cast intact and stronger! It's just saying I'm the main actor with four ka-love team! Hahaha!

Ranking them in my heart, definitely here is my list (with the biggest heart on top using 'codenames'):

1. 'My Real Love'
2. 'The Replacement'
3. 'The Lookalike'
4. 'The Props'

Yes, these four characters now comprised the Season 2 of my current lovelife! As they say, it's the Season 2 of the Season 3! Get it?! Just read between the lines! Hehehe... (RCB)  

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2013: "Enjoying the Colorful Life and Love"


The year 2013 for me starts with positive vibes. Almost good things welcomed my year. The recently concluded month of January kept me busy with work, career, events, and lovelife. Looking forward these things to prosper this month of February and so on. 

February usually smells love as it is the month when we celebrate St. Valentines Day. Definitely, everyone of us is currently looking for dates.

Everyone month of February here in your favorite blog Bits of Rocks, we were talking about love, affairs, or love stories related to yours truly. But this 2013, let's add more twists to this month of hearts!

Since the year 2013 gives me a colorful or a beautiful start in terms of career, events, and lovelife, let's continue the discussion this February. Expect more new and exciting posts about my colorful life. Expect more beautiful updates from yours truly. Now that my readers and followers are growing, I need to offer more exciting stuffs!



The Chinese New Year for 2013 also falls this month of February. The year of the snake officially commences this month. Therefore, related Chinese New Year posts as well as feng sui or lucky charms will be published this month here in this page. You may notice that last month, I didn't even talked about Chinese New Year because I will share a full blast Chinese New Year feature this month!  

And yes, definitely I'll share with you a bit of my current lovelife. Hopefully I can share with you here our "moments" which already became a Facebook-serye!

Expect also for lots of surprises this February! So exciting! Join me then to embrace my colorful life and love! As they say, "Live More!" (RCB)

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