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Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Eat In Dagupan City: Tramo Food Hub

Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Welcome to the Bangus Capital of the world! While there is no doubt about how good and fresh the bangus are here, one still tends to ask, ‘Where to eat in Dagupan?’ This city’s gastronomic tourism has improved over the years and innovation is the only way up! There are lots of local restaurants where you can find yourself salivating and wow-ing on food taste and presentation. But if you haven’t quite decided yet, I suggest you drop by the new Tramo Food Hub just in front of Pantranco bus terminal along M.H. Del Pilar Street, Dagupan City. 

Inspired by Baguio’s Ketchup Food Community, Tramo Food Hub offers wide variety of food and drinks to choose from. They have 16 food stalls in total, each serving up unique dishes. You can add twists but never the same dish, that’s number one rule!

Tramo from the word 'tram' - a rail vehicle. The location used to be one of the train stops of PNR (Philippine National Railway) back in 1970s.
For first time visitors, I personally suggest that you guys try Gino’s Sisig. For 79 pesos, you can have chicken / pork sisig, chicken inasal, lechon belly, and lechon manok – with two cups of rice each meal! Yep, sulit! And did I mention that you get to experience to eat using your hands? Filipino-Cebuano style!

I would also like to recommend Res.to J One’s best seller – Sinigang na Kalabaw! That’s sour soup with carabeef in English, ain’t it? Or nah? Haha! Anyway, you should try it for 200 pesos - good for sharing. Res.to J One also added a twist on the classic Pigar-pigar of Mangaldan and Dagupan. I am guessing they sprinkled a bit of cumin powder in it? Ahhh, must-try!

Early bird! Haha
Speaking of classics, Beats by Kuya Max offers bangus sisig and bistek max for 90 pesos each meal. Plus batchoy and lugaw (porridge)!

Kanto Boy is where you’ll find classic Filipino street foods: isaw, hotdog, pork barbeque, tenga ng baboy, kwek-kwek etc. at a price range of 8-30 pesos only!

If you’re seeking for new taste and healthier options, you won’t be disappointed with Opa! Greek Taverna. One of my absolute favorite from their menu is Chicken Souvlaki! Oh, I keep craving for it! Also try Roka Salad, see photo below.

Roka Salad by Opa! Greek Taverna
So from Greece, let’s go to Korea! Try Ajusshi Korean Shack‘s beef bulgogi, gimbap and kimchi! Annyeong-haseyo!!

The food industry is now crazy over salted eggs, so head on to Fryday’s food stall and order chicken wings with salted egg for the ultimate tasty treat!

Now aren’t you a little thirsty? Let The Hungry Panda conquer your thirst like how it conquered Tramo Food Hub. Almost everyone is lining up for its freshly-squeezed lemonade and mixed berry yogurt smoothie! But wait there’s more, The Hungry Panda offers fruit shakes, mixed fruit lemonades and fruit cups. Plus the Vietnamese sandwich Bahn Mi and Pizza bread! Watch my The Hungry Panda vlog here :) 

The best lemonade in the city from The Hungry Panda
For manginginoms like me (haha) who likes to chill at Tramo Food Hub and listen to live acoustic music, Sides Grill and Raw Bar offers ice-cold local and imported beers! Last Christmas I was kinda sad because I miss my family and friends back in Singapore, so to cheer me up a bit I ordered Tiger Beer. It’s like Singapore’s national beer, so yeah, it kept me sane for a while. Anyway! Other alcoholic drinks available there include Asahi Beer, Evan Williams Bourbon, Brew Kettle Beer, Jack Daniels, and many more. Cheers! 

The other Sides haha! Imported beers available here
To get updates and see more photos, head on to Tramo Food Hub’s Facebook page now! P.S. to other stalls I’ve not mentioned in this post, it only means I haven’t tried your food yet haha! Will update this na lang when I get to try yours na so don’t worry.

Tramo Food Hub is open every day from 3PM-11PM! I heard they’re plannning to open from nine in the morning na SOOOOOOON! 

So guys.. thanks for reading, my Tramo Vlog will be up on my Youtube Channel next month!
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Disclaimer: This is not a paid post.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Mansamit Show 3

The annual year-end art exhibit of Biskeg Pangasinan was held last December 22-23 in cooperation with Panaderia de Antonio - Locale at JDV Calasiao Pangasinan and it's everything we needed to get on the pre-holiday vibe! The event featured the biggest mural in town, food market, bazaar, vintage car display, live music and poetry from professional and budding local artists. 

I went there with my hommies Ate Mica of Senyorita.net, Sir Simon of What's Up Dagupan and Sir Mike F. of Pixelhub Creative. We started off by munching on whichever looks good, food stalls there offered crepes, halo-halo, lechon belly, barbecues, paella, pizzas and many more. But nothing tastes better compared to free food, so I'd like to make a shout out to my friend, artist, Jai Hernandez for the free snacks as starter. Haha! 

Early bird haha!
Ate Mica and I walked around to document the affair for our mini video blog while also drinking mojitos baby. We talked to old friends and met new ones. Shout out to Lou Austria for dragging me up the stage for the "Bring Me" game where Mr. Pochacho (emcee & artist) asked to bring him the sexiest girl in the audience for the grand prize of [wait for it].. a face towel! Hahaha, charot! But what a way to break the ice, nice to meet y'all especially to Direk Noubikko Ray wooh!

My favorite saba and coconut milk halo-halo.
 On the second day of The Mansamit Show 3, me and my high school classmates decided to have an all-girl mini reunion. Six of us chatted over food and Red Horse beer while listening to the eargasmic,acoustic voice of Ruth Anna and the Ulap band. We've watched intense emotional outburst from local poets and eventually parted later on with lots of selfies and group photos. 

I joined the group of Patrick, the Biskeg Pangasinan artists, then. Free booze everywhere! It was fun until Pochacho reminded of the promise I made the day before. And so, I went on stage and sang with Ulap band. It was already late anyway, everyone's packing up and it were just us. I dedicated a song for Pochacho since I owed him that promise, no other shizzz intended. Hahaha. It was funny and scary, you guys didn't know I could sing noh? Char! Plus the booze really helped and I saw Direk Noubikko at the back todo suporta rin, encouraging me. So thank you again!

Full pack!
But guys!! The main highlight of this event is the art exhibit by our local artists. More than the Instagram-worthy pictures taken posing in front of the paintings -it is our support that is most appreciated. So make noise, buy their art, be inspired and become an inspiration. 

For more info about the art exhibit, the artists and their works - go check out their Facebook page: Biskeg Pangasinan. It's 2017 and I am already looking forward for The Mansamit Show 4! Hope to meet new people and see more works there, plus international media coverage! Push!

Mansamit 3 Art Exhibit
P.S. for the next Locale - The Mansamit Show don't forget to bring with you fan and handkerchief, mukha lang tayong nasa ibang bansa but we're still in the Philippines guys. Mainit, haha! Plus power bank or charger for your phone and camera, trust me when I say every corner is so Instagrammable! 
See you
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More photos below and on my IG account @lvlygrey:
Mike F., Grey and Bryan
Yummy pizza
Patrick and Grey
The best BBQ!
Simon Vistro, Micamyx, Grey
Selfie!

Isn't she pretty? Biggest mural in town!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A New Tattoo

My parents are probably gonna kill me for getting a tattoo (haha) but I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. I finally found the courage to do so a day before Christmas.. because courage is the only thing left in me, keeping me alive, and that's enough. For me, this is not about bragging rights and keeping up with trends. They say pain makes people change, truth is, pain only reveals the real you.

So enough of the melodrama and let's get down to business! Let me answer frequently asked questions when getting tattooed for the first time.


Does it hurt? Unless I'm a robot then no. Haha! The answer is yes there is pain, but it's tolerable like all other pains in the world. The pain you get from getting inked is rewarding and therapeutic in a way. The pain won't traumatized you, in fact it will do otherwise.

Are you not afraid of people judging you? I used to, but respect is only gained. Plus, people only judge you from afar, you're most likely not close friends to start with.


What does one do while getting a tattoo? In my case, I was obviously documenting the whole process. Holding my phone up and keeping a straight face. If not, I might just stay still and contemplate on things and cry. Haha kidding! But I'm surprised at how calming it is to just sit there and let someone inflict pain on your body. Haha! Calling Mr. Christian Grey, fifty shades of f*cked up. Yeah, so if I were not recording, I will probably sleep.

How much trust do you have to give your artist? Trust is so fragile, you've got to give it all or nothing. I've known Kuya Bhong (my artist) for a couple of months before I finally decided to entrust him to do this permanent body art. He was introduced to me by my then boyfriend whom I used to love and trust so much, hugot. Hahaha! So yeah, it took us more than a few meet-ups. You have to know your artist as a person as well, you have to ask around for testimonials, check his previous works, make sure he is using safe/sterile working materials and together agree with a good design. 


Will it help you move on from a failed relationship? NOPE, even if you fill your body with tattoos. It's a way of healing for some, but the cure for heart ache cannot be bought.

Will you be getting another tattoo? Yes. This is my life and although I make decisions based on emotions -these are MY emotions and they are made of me. One-hundred percent authentic! I may regret it but I may also love it even more in the long run.


Who is Louise? Louise is the most important person in my life. My first tattoo goes to her. She is my number one.

Why did you place your tattoo there? Because it's the closest to my heart. I don't want (yet) to get a tattoo on my chest. But I already have a design ready for my back and abdomen.


Here's a nicer look at my first tattoo: @lvlygrey
Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and check out my Youtube Channel for my vlogs. Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blog Giveaway: Gold Tickets to Up North Music Festival


‪#‎BlogGiveaway‬: HAVE YOU HEARD?? On April 23, 2016, Dagupan City will be the host of the biggest music festival ever staged in Pangasinan! As one of ‪#‎UNMFDagupan‬'s media ambassadors, I will be giving away a pair of Gold Tickets for UP NORTH Music Festival to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do is follow these rules:

1) Post a photo with a caption of your favourite hugot line, a poem, or any literary verse that speaks about the pains of the heart </3

2) TAG US! @upnorthmusicfestival @lvlygrey WITH HASHTAGS‪#‎lvlygreyxUNMFDagupan‬ #UNMFDagupan and ‪#‎CSIMalls‬


3) Make sure your posts are all public on these social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can post your entries until April 6, 2016! 
Make sure to Like our official Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/UPNORTHMusicFestival 
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See you there
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Summer To-Do List in Dagupan City

And just like that, summer season officially starts in the Philippines. We can feel the heat here in Dagupan City! You wake up soaked in sweat and you're already feeling like getting in the shower, but you just got there. Haha! Bikini body or not; Dad Bod or abs of steel.. you don't fucking care anymore. You take that shirt off anyway and wear that panty-shorts of yours. Everybody lookin' but they not hatin'. Ang init sa Pinas eh!!

But ALL IS WELL, sabi nga ni Pochacho. And because I think I'm obliged to talk about things and share this to-do list with you guys, I hope you still bear in mind.. kanya-kanya tayo ng trip. You might find some boring or total childish bullshit, like the sago-straw fight kids used to do during my time, like decades ago. Charot! Wherein you buy a five-peso 'sago palamig' or in English 'sweet tapioca pearl summer drink.' Charrr! Packaged in a special palamig plastic with, probably, recycled plastic straws. You sip and leave a few pearls in the straw as your ammo, you be alert and be ready to blow any time -the equivalent of pulling a gun's trigger. Every breath counts, so take this very seriously, don't laugh and breathe with your mouth if you don't want to choke on it. Head shot is okay, but ear shot is way better. It gets your enemy every time, but parental guidance is advised. Takes a lot of training, you know. 

Hi Mr. Pochaho! Idol/Crush, you had me at papatas. Charrr!
On a more serious note, there's another reason you should all go to Bonuan Tondaligan Beach. But first, shout out to those college students who have endless drinking sessions in the cottages there, and to the vendors who give special student discounts. Hahaha. As long as you guys do it after class and you finish college sober. Hmm. I'm being too honest here, rated PG na naman. Haha!

So yeah, as I was saying.. you should guys check out mural paintings by the Biskeg Pangasinan artists. You drive to Bonuan Tondaligan and ask where the spot is, and everyone knows. The spot is an abandoned office space, there used to be just walls standing there and beach grass. But they've cleaned up the area and voila, instant location for Instagram worthy photos. Take extra care though, as there are shards of glasses and beer bottles everywhere. Please take note, dear city government officials - OPLAN walang bubog na daan. Charot!


Syempre, let's not leave the beach behind. I can say that Bonuan Tondaligan beach is now cleaner compared to before, and if you don't want to go for a swim you can just yah know.. take pictures and tampisaw.. in English - Instagram & Chill. Hahaha. Or Instagram & Tempe-saw. Charr. Alam ko ingles nun noh, ginoogle ko. Tampisaw is to wade in the water. O ha, GMT (Google Mo Tanga!) Joke!

The best time to go to the beach is in the morning at 6AM - 9AM, you need fresh air lalo mga sakitin. And then, of course, in the afternoon at 4PM to 6PM to watch the sunset. Because sometimes guys, sometimes all we need is Vitamin Sea yah know? 

Thank you #SocialMediaMan Simon Vistro for this photo haha #WhatsUpDagupanMan
What else can you do here? Ahh! Since you're in Bonuan, there is the famous Matutina's restaurant that all balikbayans and local tourist go to, to eat fresh Bangus and other seafood. Dagupan is famous for our milk fish or Bangus. And speaking of the devil, Dagupan Bangus Festival is fast approaching! Click here to see the schedule of events. There are a lot of activities to do here this summer, especially because of the festival. Plus, I am so looking forward to the first ever Up North Music Festival on April 23! Watch out for LVLYGREY x UNMFDagupan - make sure to get updates on these Facebook pages: LVLY GREY, UNMFDagupan, Pixelhub Creative, Senyorita and What's Up Dagupan.


Special shout out rin to everyone, please stay hydrated. We're always thirsty pag summer, or at least I am. Always. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this here at Yellow Tree Cafe. YTC is still the best place to be when you're craving for milk tea. My favorite is Hazelnut milk tea with Oreo sinker. So don't expect me to have bikini body this year, I love good food and drinks too much. Try again next year. Hahaha! Shout out to boss Chester. Haha. Share mo to ah. Charot!


Madami, madami pa. This post does not include other things like: ligo sa batcha this summer, outing with friends na hindi natutuloy, reunion with high school classmates pero walang budget, palamig sa mall kasi aircon, start your own iced candy/iced water business, barbeque business, get drunk, summer flings, new hairstyle new me this summer, hugot and more. 

Okay, so, gora na ako.. I have to cross out other things on my To-Do List rin. Char! 
Take time to rest, pray, repent and reflect this coming Holy Week.
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

ColorManila Dagupan 2015

I woke up at 5AM and arrived at the CSI The City Mall grounds just in time for the 10k runners to start and for me to find my friends. After a few Hi's and Hello's from everyone, I found myself third wheelin' with Ezer and Shayne. Main goal here is to cover the event for my blog, run and have fun, and so I did! Okay, I walked. Brisk walking, it's totally the same thing guys! Haha, kidding. But, I was happy to see that a lot of people participated. Students, barkadas, serious runners, foreigners and balik-bayans alike. Along the way into our five-kilometer run, we were greeted and cheered on by the members of the University of Luzon Drum & Bugle Corps. How nice of them! Incoming runners were welcomed with 'color throws' in every 2 km reached, and if I remember it correctly, the first color throw was green, followed by blue, then yellow, pink and purple. Paramedics and police officers were also there circling the grounds, always ready for anything. Good job guys!

 Each of us were given a color packet after the run, we're supposed to throw it out in the air all at the same time. One must choose whether to film it or jump in with the rest of the crowd. I chose the latter and was engulfed in colors! It's like a massive rainbow unicorn fart except that it actually didn't smell, and the foldable shades that came with the race kit didn't defeat its purpose. Color Manila assured that the color powder used are all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. It's also easy to remove, just follow the step by step instructions shown at the end of the program, or you can watch the animated infographic about it on Color Manila's Facebook Page. 

Of course, the best part is when the DJ brought the house down with awesome dance music and pretty sick mix. I tell ya, everybody's still pumped up for the after party. The people, the music, the energy.. Man, we were killin' it back there. It's evident to everyone's faces how colorful the event had been. Ye, seriously. Both literally and figuratively speaking. Haha! 

I am so looking forward to joining more color runs in the future, maybe in India or in Germany where it all began! This has surely been one of the main highlights of my summer!
Photos by Kristian Fajardo Enriquez
Not sure if patronus charm or a pair of angel wings from Victoria's secret haha! #colorthrow

With Jeto Seen
With #TeamWhatsUp | Photo by Jec Mabasa
Photo by Simon Vistro of What's Up Dagupan
Special thanks to my Ate Mica of Senyorita.net and Jeto of CSI Malls for the invite. You can find more photos and videos in What's Up Dagupan's Facebook Page.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Grey Travels The World - Singapore

Sharing with you guys today my first post on Grey Travels The World featuring my favorite hang out places in the metro. And if you've been following me on Instagram (@lvlygrey), I've said in one one of my posts that I would rather walk down the underpass than cross the pedestrians at Clarke Quay. And the reason why, aside from it is obviously safer duh?! Simple. Because it is where two of my favorite things in life meet: Music + Art. I even had the privilege to sing my favorite Nirvana songs with one of the enthusiastic musicians down there. It was a pretty cool experience for me, Kurt Cobain must have been so proud.






Watch this short clip I took from my trip.


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Paul Maison de Qualite

What's a better way to spend the afternoon than having a cup of Joe? And in my pursue of finding the best coffee in the city, I found myself at PAUL. Paul Maison de Qualite is a French chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. It specializes in serving French products including breads, crepes, sandwiches, macarons, coups, cakes, pastries, coffee, wine, and beer. Paul belongs to Groupe Holder, which also owns the French luxury bakery Laduree ~ ooh high tea! So today I chose the Café Surprise off the menu, it includes two French macarons, a cake, crème brulee, and your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. I ordered café mocha, with whipped cream! So what? I loved it. The crème brulee was everything I have ever hoped for to taste like. Yes, I highly recommend you to try Paul's delicious crème brulee. The two French macarons I had were caramel and coconut flavoured. Another thing that I loved the most while at Paul, aside from the obvious quality pastries and coffee drinks, is their interior design. Look at the photo below. Fancy isn't it? It is quite nice to have a place like this at the heart of the city. It's an escape to the buzzling sounds of vehicles and crazy construction sites every where you look at. I've also visited Paul in Ngee Ann city and the look's quite the same. Consistency is the key, not only in the quality of their products but of the over all package of course.

I will come back for their crème brulee.
Modern elegance.
The artworks graced their walls.

I know you are all going to love my next blog entry - 'Where to eat in Singapore' Yes? You'll read about ten of the best restaurants/cafes in the country, according to me, based on their location, the quality of food, ambiance, and the overall package. I would like all of you to know that none of my posts are sponsored, so far. But for interested parties, do drop me an email at lovelovelyb@gmail.com.
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