Of Gyros and Steaks

Craving for some juice steak lately and looking for a good restaurant to dine at with your family? Then try out Empire Steak. Their dishes include gyros (e.g. Rib-Eye Gyro, Chicken Gyro, and Falafel Gyro, Beef Cheese Steak Wrap, Chicken Cheese Steak Wrap and Falafel Cheese Steak Wrap)  and steaks (e.g. King Kong Steak, Double Steak, Steak and Eggs, Solo Steak , Greek Chicken Rice) . Empire Steak is located in 4 Masinsinan St. Corner Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village Quezon City. It is a self-service type of restaurant.

 *A gyro (pronounced as ‘yee-roh’)  is a Greek dish made from lamb and beef which is usually served with tomato, onion and yogurt sauce on either sandwich or pita bread (def. from Merriam Webster) This came from a Greek word ‘gyros‘ which means ‘turn‘ and this was firstly used in the 1970s .

   The dish I enjoyed most here is the Solo Steak – I loved the way the steak was cooked and its taste. It is served with a few portion of vegetables and sauce (either gravy or barbeque) . It did not only satisfy my craving for steak but also my appetite.

Outside the Venue

Inside Empire Steak

Foods/Specialties of Empire Steak


Talk About Milk Tea

Rain or shine, people just can’t get enough of milk tea…  we could see most of them buying those drinks everywhere and hanging out at several stores (e.g. Serenitea, Infinitea, Chatime, etc.) during their break from work or school. It’s just fun to drink milk tea, especially when you feel like you need to take a break from all those stressful homework (if you’re still a student) or from those loads of paper work piling up on your desk (if you’re already working), waiting for you to finish them.

   I consider myself to be a great fan and lover of milk tea , whatever brand it is.. just as long as it’s milk tea. It’s my way of taking a break from anything that I find stressful or nerve-wrecking. Milk tea has been one of my favorite drink aside from coffee and other beverages (well, except for liquor of course) .  Hanging out at any milk tea stores is also my favorite way of bonding with my school friends way back during my college years up until now , especially when going out shopping at the malls.

     For milk tea lovers like me , lots of milk tea stores like Dakasi or Mang Cha-a , have been opening at any malls, waiting for you to visit them and try out their drinks and other specialties (food, etc.) . What’s more enjoying when hanging out at a milk tea store is their environment-friendly setting like in Serenitea where you’ll enjoy sitting in their cozy chairs and look at their wall designs.


Here are some photos of each milk tea brands and products being sold.



Mang Cha-a

show, Summer, workshops

Unforgettable Recital

Last Sunday, June 8, 2014, the “Summer Heat, Summer Rain” Summer Camp Recital was held at Robinson’s Metro East where the AATA students (PA Batch 6 and 7 – kids and teens/adults) performed together. They wore different costumes for each ‘number’ they performed. Students were called to come at the venue  by 10 am for their rehearsals and preparation for the mall show at 3 pm. The first rehearsal done was the “Summer Is Over” which is the finale number of the AATA students, including the blocking and bowing as well. It took a lot of rehearsing before the students executed the performance. It was not only the finale number that was being rehearsed, but also the ramp modeling , the singing of “Halo/Walking on Sunshine” to be performed by AATA Teen Girls as well as “Best In Me” to be performed by AATA Teen Boys, followed by the dance number from the PA Batch 6 and 7.

    During the show itself, the parade of students served as the opening number where students will do a runway walk on the stage as their names are being called (with their achievements being read by the hosts) , followed by the solo performances of students : 1) Shooting Star, Tonight Mash Up , Talk Dirty, etc.). The AATA teen girls wore floral dress and doll shoes for their “Halo/Walking on Sunshine” performance and the boys wore their own attire as they sing “Best In Me” . After every performance done, the students went at the backstage to change their costumes and put some retouch of makeup.

   What made these recital unforgettable was the dance performance itself where everyone from the Batch 6 and 7 showed teamwork and determination in performing well.





“Summer Is Over” dance rehearsal

“Halo/Walking On Sunshine” performed by AATA Teen Girls

“Shot Me Down” Dance Number by PA Batch 6

Extra pics…/shots


Song Analysis of “Perfect” by Pink

Everyone has its own experience of being mistreated or being misunderstood by most people and misjudged for who he or she really is… why do they judge other people ?well, maybe because they do have a reason .. sometimes, we need to do a little reflection on ourselves as well, like ask ourselves these questions: “What causes these people to judge us? Is it the way we act, talk or dress up?” , “Am I respecting and loving myself?” , and “Do I degrade, say or think negatively about myself too?” If the answer to most of the questions is yes, then maybe it’s time that we need to change ourselves for the better. It’s not because we wanted to be perfectly beautiful, but it’s because we wanted to be loved for who we are. If we wanted to be loved, then we should love ourselves first..


We get this kind of treatment at times from other people — whether at school, at work, or even our own home…. what hurts the most is that some of us try to fit in or do what other people are doing even if it means getting ourselves into trouble…just to be accepted by them and if they don’t , we feel bad about it. Sadly, most teenagers who get this kind of treatment end up hating themselves just because they don’t feel accepted by a certain group of people, worst is.. they commit suicide because they feel or believe that their lives are no longer worth living. We are not responsible for other people’s actions or treatment towards us but rather we are responsible for our own actions. No matter what we do or how we act cool, we cannot please other people and that’s a fact we must accept.


Judgments, harsh criticisms.. negative comments.. we hear them a lot, most especially from people who we think hate us. You could hear those people making snide remarks behind your back….we even get judged for the way we act, the way we look or dress up, and the way we talk. We may think to ourselves: “Who do they think they are to critic us? Who do they think they are to say bad things about us?” but before we think about those things, let’s ask ourselves as well: “are we acting the way we should act? are we dressing up properly and talking properly?