Halloween Creations | Black Bottom Orange Cheesecakes

You want no ghouls, no spiders, no webs but all around deliciously tasty Halloween creations you can make in a snap? These Halloween inspired creations from The Maya Kitchen may just be what you are looking for.

Creamy rich orange and black cheesecakes burst with flavor and color and a butter cake sundae comes layered with whipped cream and meringue plus a playful dusting of purple sprinkles.

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Fudge Brownie Base:

¼ cupbutter
1 tablespoon water
1 packageMAYA Oven Toaster Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix 230 g
1 tablespoonMelted butter

Orange Cheesecake Filling:
2 ¼ cups        cream cheese, softened
¾ cup        sugar
3         eggs
1 ½ tablespoonsOrange zest
1 tablespoonOrange-flavored liqueur
        orange food color, as needed

White Chocolate Ganache:
½ cup        all purpose cream
½ cup       chopped white chocolate
           chocolate coins, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.

Prepare fudge brownie base. Grease and line the bottom of a 9x5-inch rectangular pan. Set aside. In a bowl, cream the butter until soft. Add the egg and water and blend together. Add the brownie mix and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour on the prepared pan and spread batter until smooth. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Once cooled, crumble the brownie and add in the melted butter. Set aside.

Prepare orange cheesecake filling. In a mixer bowl, soften cream cheese and add sugar until creamy. Add in the eggs one at a time. Add the orange zest, orange-flavored liqueur and orange food color. Blend until well incorporated.

Prepare white chocolate ganache. Place the all purpose cream in a pan and bring to a boil while stirring continuously. Add the chopped white chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Set aside and cool.

To assemble. Pack 2 tablespoons each of fudge brownie base at the bottom of eight (8) 4-ounce paper cups. Pour orange cheesecake filling until ¾ full. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove cheesecakes from oven. Cool. Pour white chocolate ganache on top and garnish with a chocolate coin. Serve

Yield: 8 individual cheesecakes Note: Omit food color if a white cheesecake is desired.

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House of Lasagna, SM Megamall

Okay, this happened more than a month ago and I refuse to blame the pressure brought by my corporate life for blogging late about this scrumptious experience :-)  Let's just say... it’s my gout attack’s fault, ugh! 

I was intrigued - I've been hearing a lot of delicious buzz and wanting to try this restaurant for such a long time and only came to realized when Jho and Kim, my officemates, tried to taste every lasagna on offer and post it on their Instagram accounts. Yep, they were trying every lasagna on the menu! Geez, those lasagna looks so damn good! I can't help but join them in one of their "House of Lasagna" day out. 

I finally had a chance to try the mouthwatering, high-calorie, lasagna at House of Lasagna in SM Megamall!

I arrived early before them, so I made a quick inspection of the place located at the Lower Ground Floor, Building A in SM Mega Mall. At 4 PM, it was an idle time for this quaint restaurant. I took a picture and picked a vacant seat at the center of the tables occupying some space of SM’s corridor. If only they've put cushion to the wooden chair, it would be more lovely and comfortable for their customers to stay longer or in my case, wait for my companion. 

Mixed Green Salad, Php 150

What I noticed at the moment I sat down were the presence of roaming flies, probably attracted to desirable scent of cheese which even myself can’t control but drool when I smell it. Hmmm, the aroma of cheese was undeniably love! I silently prayed for their quick arrival and asked the food attendant to serve me Sola Iced Tea and Mixed Green Salad to munch while waiting. 

Beef Lasagna, Single Php 280

Kim arrived first and Jho came in shortly. We wasted no time and ordered our chosen lasagna. I had Beef Lasagna and the two had Seafood and Chicken Lasagnas - lasagnas they haven't tried before. 

Not long enough of waiting, we let carb and calorie loading begin!

 Seafood Lasagna, Single Php 300

They came with a free basket of garlic bread - generous portions lasagnas bursting with thick sauces and teeming with gooey cheesy melt and savory herbs that looked identical were served but I’m sure doesn’t taste the same. 

Chicken Lasagna, Php 280

The flavors inside my Beef Lasagna was rich with ground beef, cheese, béchamel sauce, and sweet-Filipino-taste tomato sauce concoction - spread between tender layer of lasagna noodles oozing with cheese... oomph, it was in love at first bite!

I never had a chance to taste their Lasagna because I'm also planning to try all of 'em and I was already full. Plus, I was occupied crunching their sinful Southern Fried Chicken Skin - deep fried chicken skin coated with their special seasoning and served with vinegar dip on the side. 

Yes, it's obscene. But it was really good! You gotta try it.

Southern Fried Chicken Skin, Php 180

We had fun-filled and satisfying gastronomical experience. The two foodies recommended Lasagne Frederico when I asked what's the best lasagna to take in my next visit.  Made from 100% Angus Beef baked with cheeses and black truffle shavings. At Php 450 single serving, its kinda expensive but hmmmm, interesting!

All the flavors and comfort of classic lasagna is in here. If you are craving for lasagna, and pulling together a pan of lasagna sounds like a task you simply don't have time for, House of Lasagna got you covered! 

SEC Express System – Online Processing and Delivery of SEC Documents

SEC documents can now be requested online. There's no need to go to the SEC to get plain or authenticated copies anymore. Documents like articles of incorporation/partnership, by-laws, general information sheet, increase/decrease of capital stock, audited financial statements, registration data sheet, resolution (minutes), secretary’s certificate, board resolution, and other documents can now be requested easily.

Simply log on to www.secexpress.ph to request for SEC documents. You may also call 7378888 Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 5pm.

You can pay for your document requests using VISA or MasterCard. Your documents will be delivered anywhere in the Philippines within 3 working days. It’s that easy.

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Crispy Crepe Cones With Banana-Peach Filling

Have fun in the kitchen as The Maya Kitchen shares recipes of vibrant cookies, sweet fruit crepes and modish waffle squares. Crepes are shaped into funnels and baked crisp then filled with a banana and peach combo. Cookies dress up in pastels, with floral trimmings, studded with dragees and embossed with stars and what have you. Waffles come in petite squares with one edge dipped in dark chocolate and the other in white. 

1 cup                          MAYA All-Purpose Flour
                                    pinch of salt
1                                  egg
1                                  egg yolk
1 ½ cups                     milk
2 tablespoons            butter, melted
                                    oil, as needed

4 pieces                      ripe banana lakatan, sliced
4 pieces                      peach halves, sliced
½ cup                          brown sugar
½ cup                          crushed graham crackers

½ cup                          finely chopped walnuts

                                    semi-sweet chocolate, melted (optional)
                                    white chocolate, melted (optional)

Prepare crepes. Preheat oven to 300°F/149°C. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until mixture forms a smooth batter. Set aside. Brush a non-stick pan with little oil and heat over medium heat. Pour enough batter to thinly coat the bottom of the pan then tilt from side to side. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until crepe is lightly browned. Loosen the edges and transfer crepe to a plate. Repeat until all batter is used. Wrap each crepe around a lightly greased cream horn mould and arrange on a baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove crepe cones from the moulds while still hot. Set aside.

Prepare filling. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, slightly toss until well blended. Set aside.

To assemble.   Spoon enough filling into each cone. Drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate and melted white chocolate on top, if desired. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12-15 crepe cones

Fun to do, great to look at and super ‘delish!’ Who says baking is such a drag? For more recipes, other culinary ideas and course schedule, log on to www.themayakitchen.com.      

September Recipes

Press Release | Mozilla Community Space Manila

 15 Sep 2014 | Manila, Philippines -- The Mozilla Philippines Community (MozillaPH) is very happy to announce the opening of the Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL) in the Philippines’ central business district, Makati City. William Quiviger, Community Manager at Mozilla celebrated the opening ceremony of the space with the community members last Saturday 30 August 2014 at Palet Express in Makati City. Also present in the gathering were friends, partner organizations and supporters of MozillaPH. 

The MozSpaceMNL is part of Mozilla’s Community Space Initiative developed by William Quiviger (Mozilla Community Building Team) and Rob Middleton (Mozilla Workplace Resources). Under the program, a total of seven pilot Community Spaces will be launched worldwide in Athens, Bogota, Bangalore, Madrid, Nairobi, Taipei and Manila.

Community Spaces are financially supported and supervised by Mozilla, but are managed by local Mozilla Reps. For the Mozilla Community Space Manila, Mozilla Reps Mentor Robert “Bob” Reyes acts as the Community Space Manager (Steward) assisted by all Mozilla Reps in the country. The local Mozilla Community Space has a seating capacity of 30-50 pax (depending on room setup configuration), is connected to the cyberspace via cable internet, has LCD projection & sound systems. 

"There is a reason why the Philippine community was given a Community Space." Faye Tandog, Community Manager of the Mozilla Philippines Community said. "Mozilla believed in our potential to make positive impact on the project. They saw how dynamic and proactive the Philippine tech scene is. This space is not solely for the use of MozillaPH. All groups who are interested in learning, making and sharing to foster innovation are welcome. Together, we will promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web."The Mozilla Community Space Manila is now accepting reservations from local communities looking for a venue to host their meetups and trainings. Get in touch with the Mozilla Philippines Community via info@mozillaphilippines.org, follow the Community Space in Manila via @MozSpaceMNL.

Released by The Mozilla Philippines Community

DFA Passport Appointment System – World-class Passport Processing

Getting a passport is better and easier now than ever. Before you even get to the DFA, you will be informed of your assigned date and time, eliminating the need for long queues and ensuring convenient and efficient processing. Plus, you have the choice of numerous DFA passport processing locations to choose from like DFA ASEANA, DFA Manila, DFA Megamall, DFA Ortigas, DFA Cubao, and DFA Alabang.

www.pasport.com.ph is your easy access in getting an appointment for your DFA passport application. Quick, simple, and empowering, the service allows you to choose the date, time, and location at your convenience all in one click. And if you want to talk to someone, simply call the hotline (02) 737-1000 to get assistance from our Customer Care Officers. You can also enjoy the benefit of getting your passport delivered to your doorstep, no need to go back to the DFA for claiming.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with Pilipinas Teleserv has now made requesting for new and renewal of passport more accessible, efficient and world class for every Filipino.

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NSOHelpline.com, The Travel and Hassle-Free Way of Getting an NSO Birth Certificate

If you need an NSO birth certificate for travel, passport, enrollment, claims, ID application, or VISA processing, going to the nearest NSO Serbilis Outlet is a sure way of getting your hands on that very important document.

However, getting to the nearest NSO Serbilis Outlet is becoming quite a challenge nowadays, with MRT-related concerns all over the news and the ever present traffic jam of the city an omnipresent fact of life. Of course when you successfully arrive at your destination, queuing in line and waiting for the processing is part and parcel of the experience. Add all the effort and expenses, and probably the need to apply for work leave, and you dedicate a day’s worth of your life just to get a copy of your NSO document.

But what if all you need to do is to sit down, open your computer and open the browser www.nsohelpline.com side by side with your Facebook browser? What if you can apply for your NSO birth certificate by clicking and typing the needed info in one easy online form? What if all you need is one click or phone call to (02) 737-1111 and your NSO birth certificate will be delivered to you in 2-3 days right at your doorstep, anywhere in the Philippines? Now that ain’t so hard. It would probably take about 15 minutes of your time, without having to apply for work leave mind you because you can do it anytime 24/7.

www.NSOHelpline.com – Fast, Hassle-Free, Easy. Try it today.

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The Citizen Services Call Center for Filipinos by Filipinos

Need an NSO birth certificate? A DFA passport? SEC documents? GSIS helpline or chat? 

Since 2000, Pilipinas Teleserv has been providing dynamic services to Filipinos with cutting-edge customer management solutions and innovative business process outsourcing services. Primary of these solutions is Citizen Services, an integrated customer service solution that has changed the way people transact with government agencies.

Citizen Services is comprised of essential people-oriented solutions in partnership with the National Statistics Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the POEA, Civil Service Commission, BIR, DTI, PhilHealth, NCC, DOH, the Government Service Insurance System, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the DPWH over the last decade.

The central services available to Filipinos are:

Pilipinas Teleserv provides Filipino citizens with a stress-free alternative to acquiring their civil registry documents from the National Statistics Office (NSO) through NSOHelpline.com. Requests for birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and certificates of no marriage (CENOMAR) are made via the hotline or the website and delivered right to one’s doorstep.

DFA Passport Appointment System
Pilipinas Teleserv has transformed the way Filipino citizens transact with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through the DFA Passport Appointment System. The process of applying for a new passport and renewing an expiring passport has become much more swift and convenient as applicants can now properly plan their visits to the DFA offices.

GSIS Contact Center
From September 2012 until March 2014, Pilipinas Teleserv managed the Philippine Government’s ambitious Contact Center ng Bayan project, a national helpdesk that utilizes citizen vigilance to keep government offices and agents accountable for their actions. Concerned citizens can lodge complaints and request for information via the hotline, SMS, and email. 

SEC Express System 
A non-appearance application system integrating an online and contact center-based application process of documents being requested from SEC. One can access www.secexpress.ph or call (02)737-8888 to facilitate processing.

Continuously committed to innovation, Pilipinas Teleserv pushes forward towards a decade and half of providing and finding more convenient and flexible means of making government services accessible to Filipino citizens.

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