You’ve downloaded the looloo app to discover places in the Philippines.
But recently, you’ve been finding yourself checking the app more often than you check Facebook or Twitter. For some reason, you also happen to own one or two items out of the looloo merchandise. Heck you’ve even noticed you’re starting to gain a little
inflooence weight! Eep.
My friend, welcome to the club.
If you’re not sure you should be a member, here are the top 10 signs you are in fact, a looloo addict:
You find yourself constantly taking pictures of your food, the hotel pool, or even salon interiors.
At restaurants, you ask to be seated where there’s good light source for better-looking pictures (because you already know that flash makes your food photos look nasty). You’ve gotten looloo comments like “Nice photo!” and probably even had your photo shared on looloo’s Instagram account.
looloo is the first app you open when you wake up or the last thing you check before you go to bed.
With all the notifications you’re getting, not only could you be checking looloo more often than you check Facebook or Twitter, you might also even have more followers on it than your other social media accounts!
You’ve gone to a place just because “I read about it on looloo.”
You’ve also dragged your friends or family with you, excited to share with them this new place you’ve discovered. And although it’s a bit risky if they end up not liking the place (since you end up taking the blame), the reward is pretty cool if they enjoy their visit. This leads to sign #7.
Your friends call you “Ms./Mr. looloo,” “looloo expert” or just plain “looloo.”
Sometimes they even call you just to ask for place recommendations.
You know and use all the looloo app features.
You know how recommendations and credits affect your inflooence score, you keep lists of places (maybe even sorted by area or cuisine), you’ve played the secret breakout game, you know how to check menus, you’ve suggested a place at least once… seriously, what do you not know about using looloo?
In fact, when you took the looloo Quiz, you got a perfect score!
+100 points if you got a perfect score with just one try!
You’ve convinced a friend or a family member to join the looloo app.
Whether it’s for a giveaway entry or just so they also get dragged into the “club,” you’ve done it at least once. While it doesn’t automatically mean you were successful, you’ve at least tried one of these methods: bribery (“Kain tayo sa labas. Libre kita! Gawa ka ng looloo account tapos i-review mo ha?!), bullying or just plain begging.
You have at least one looloo swag item.
Whether it’s the looloo shirt, hoodie, sticker or payoong, you have at least one. Doesn’t matter how you got it – from a rendezvoos/eatup, mailed to you, borrowed, or stolen – you have it. That’s all that matters.
You may have also tried to drop super obvious hints to the looloo crew asking for swag (most commonly done for the looloo hoodie). You probably did this by showering them with compliments… but eventually found out that this tactic does not work. Ha. Nice try though.
You’ve attended an eatup, a rendezvoos or an unofficial eatup.
You know you’re a bonafide looloo addict when you’ve considered yourself part of the looloo community, so much so that you’re actually comfortable meeting with strangers (because looloo reviewers are friendly and are probably not going to steal your kidney).
You introduced each other with first name and last name initials (“Hello!!! I’m Peanut D! Are you Jacy L?!”), initially felt awkward but then stayed for hours upon hours just talking about food, places, and everything in between. You may have even used the word family to describe your set of looloo friends because really, that’s how it feels like.
You’ve made your very own looloo artwork.
This takes the number one spot. If you’ve found yourself creating a looloo pancake or a looloo flag bokeh, or perhaps asked a barista to make a looloo latte art, maybe paper twirled the looloo logo or found your daughter drawing it, then it’s guaranteed, you’ve been addicted.
There’s no turning back now! Embrace it because you’re awesome and we think you’re the coolest people to ever join looloo and we will forever be grateful you decided to become part of our small and humble community of explorers and food lovers. :)
How many out of the 10 signs do you have? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section!
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and instead of being on their work desks (working), the entire looloo crew was huddled together like it was merienda time. Just like those checking looloo’s Twitter timeline to tune in to the live tweeting of the #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway winners, looloo crew members were also eager to find out who the lucky looloo reviewers/winners were this time.
Actually, it was more like: “Is there an iPhone 5C winner yet?”
For looloo reviewers who joined the giveaway and were on Twitter that day, this question was quickly followed by a more “important” one:
“Is it me?!?!!”
The First-Ever #loolooPopQuiz
To make the live tweeting session more exciting (and because we didn’t know what to do with the zombie snacks we have at the office), we also gave away bonus prizes through the first-ever #loolooPopQuiz!
We asked quiz questions in between announcing #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway prize winners and found out there were a whole bunch of looloo reviewers tuned in! One awesome loolooer (who will remain unnamed for his/her own safety) even posted a photo of their work desk during the live tweet.
Two looloo reviewers, Trixia C. and Jamie L., ended up winning a set of (serious life must-haves) Crusty Zombie Toenails and Zombie Jerky each while Aebee B. won for herself a warm and snuggly looloo hoodie!
As for the #loolooPopQuiz questions — one was about the color of looloo’s menu icon (blue), another was about the largest shopping mall in the Philippines (SM Megamall) and the last was about the number of reviews looloo has gotten since launch (125,117 reviews!).
It was fun seeing all the answers quickly come in especially since we also got a couple of funny tweets like these:
The Lucky looloo Reviewers
Bacon-flavored toothpaste?! Who comes up with these things?! It’s genius!
Kenrick C. may be lucky enough to win this porky prize but it’s his friends and family who should be thankful that they’ll soon be around someone with delicious bacon breath! He gets to keep it that way with a pack of bacon mints, too! All while wearing his cool new looloo shirt. +100 pogi points earned!
Our strange preference for anything related to zombies doesn’t just end with zombie snacks. Since we’re such “forward thinkers,” the prize set that Christina R. won doesn’t just prepare her for when her iPhone battery dies, it also prepares her for the upcoming …zombie apocalypse.
As for Sheyz U., taking selfies while wearing the looloo hoodie just got so much better. She now gets to choose which PhotoJojo lens to use: Fisheye, Macro, or for zoomed in goodness, Telephoto.
The Luckiest of Them All
Now for the luckiest looloo reviewer of them all — the one who’s now the envy of the 200+ #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway participants and who gets to keep the brand new, green and gorgeous iPhone 5C!
What are the chances she was on Twitter and even participating in the #loolooPopQuiz?!
With 149 entries reviews written within the contest period, we can’t help but think of the hashtag #kinareer when we saw her name pop up on our virtual “tambiyooloo.” (Special mention to Neil R. for coining the term!) She also has a total of 415 looloo reviews as of this writing! Cray.
Not a fan of Valentine’s Day and think it’s just a consumerist-oriented holiday that causes massive traffic in Manila? Do you think it’s too cheesy to do anything romantic with thousands of other couples? Or maybe it just so happens that you’re single this time of the year?
Whatever it is, welcome to Team Anti-Valentine’s Day!
While it would be a good idea to just simply ignore this day, that’s not really being realistic. Unless of course you decide to actively skip seeing your social media feeds filled with photos of flowers, teddy bears, and what your couple friends had for their Valentine’s Day dinners. Seems impossible. Plus, ignoring V-Day doesn’t sound like fun!
If we can’t beat ‘em, fine, let’s join ‘em! So why not gather all your Team Anti-Valentine’s Day friends, go out there and be together alone!
Celebrating Together Alone Day doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, it’s a good reason to
be bitter together enjoy each other’s company and create fun and lasting memories of singlehood friendship.
Here’s a quick list of things you can easily do (together alone) this Valentine’s Day weekend:
Not only does this count as physical activity (you could actually burn up to 204 calories per hour), bowling is also a lot more fun with friends.
With more people, you get to rest for a bit (working out gets tiring!) while waiting for your turn and the concept of “the more the merrier” applies should you decide to make team bets! Having the losing team pay for dinner is always a good idea (although not cheap if you suck at bowling).
Where to go bowling:
- Paeng’s Billiard and Bowling, Eastwood City
- Bowling Centre, SM Mall of Asia
- E-Lanes, Greenhills
- SM Bowling, SM North Edsa
With rooms that can accommodate up to 10 or more people, this is the perfect (non-couple) place to go this Valentine’s Day weekend. Sing bitter songs with your friends like Irreplaceable by Beyonce or Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. or be extra cool and rap like 2Chainz instead.
And if you can’t stand how other people sing, maybe a bottle of beer will make them sound better. Ha.
Where to sing your hearts out:
- Red Box, Greenbelt
- Red Box, Trinoma
- Red Box, Eastwood City
- Music 21 Plaza Family KTV, Quezon City
- Beat Karaoke Bar, Bonifacio Global City
- Good Times, Bonifacio Global City
Scream Park Manila
If you’re not too keen on going bowling and don’t really like singing with other people, how about paying to see someone try to scare you instead? Open nightly from Wednesday – Sunday, it’s fits perfectly right into the V-Day weekend. When zombies are running after you, it’s a lot easier to forget that
you’re single it’s even Valentine’s Day!
Scream Park Manila is located at Diosdado Macapagal Avenue corner. Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City.
Hopefully, with those three places you’ll have non-cheesy pictures to share this weekend. And if you didn’t like any of them, you can always meet up with your friends, check looloo, and eat out!
We’re doing another iPhone 5C giveaway to kickstart the year!
With 2014 being the Year of the Green Horse (we totally planned this… wasn’t a coincidence at all), a matching new green iPhone 5C would be the perfect prize for one lucky looloo reviewer! You won’t need no feng shui to take this gorgeous piece of hardware home — all you need to do is submit place reviews on looloo!
For the still-pretty-lucky few who won’t be taking home the iPhone, we also have another Photojojo lens set to give out, and we’ve managed to round up a couple of looloot bags featuring some completely irrelevant but totally awesome (because EVERYONE needs some bacon-flavored toothpaste!) goodies to give away as well:
How to Join the #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway?
Let us know you REALLY want it by staging a dragon dance parade and launching fireworks outside looloo headquarters. That, or get on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (PLEASE JUST PICK ONE!):
- Facebook: Like and Comment on this Facebook post on the looloo app page with your user name on the app + a link to your most recent review. Your comment should go as follows: “I’m [your looloo user name] on looloo and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” It should look something like this:
- Twitter: Tweet us! Your tweet should also include your user name on the app + a link to your most recent review: “I’m [your user name] on @looloo and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” It should look like this:
- Instagram: Post this image on your Instagram account and caption it with (you get the idea) your user name + a link to your most recent review: “I’m [your looloo user name] on the @loolooapp and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” Here’s an example:
*To get the link to your most recent review on the app, use the share button while viewing it on the looloo app.
**IMPORTANT: Make sure your social media account settings are set to public or we won’t see your posts on Twitter and Instagram!
WRITE LOTS OF REVIEWS… and spread the word for bonus entries!
|How to Earn Entries||Entry Points||Details|
|Write a looloo review with text and a photo.||1 review = 1 entry||Only reviews written within the contest period will be counted.|
|Refer a friend to join looloo AND write a review||1 review from the new looloo member = 5 entries for both the referrer and the referee||The new member must download and create a looloo account within the contest period AND tag the referrer at the end of the review. Use this line at the end of the looloo review: “I was referred by [@Friend's Name] to join the #loolooiPhone5Cgiveaway!”|
|Tag your friends by sharing public social media posts telling them about the looloo contest||1 social media channel = 1 entry||A maximum of 3 entries will be given if you share the post and tagged your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.When you share a public social media post, use this message: “I’m feeling lucky, [@Friend1] and [@Friend2]! @looloo’s giving away this green iPhone 5C! #loolooiPhone5Cgiveaway”|
Contest Period: January 25, 2014 to February 23, 2014.
Cross your fingers and have your lucky jade-colored underpants on when we live-tweet the winners on February 25 through a randomized selection of entries. Remember, the more entries you have, the better chances of winning!
We’ll also be publishing a blog post a few days later with the names of all the winners… but do you really want to wait that long before finding out? :D
Zhù nǐ hǎo-yùn!! (We hope Google translate got that right.)
If you thought 2013 was exciting enough for the Philippine foodie scene, you ain’t seen (or tasted!) nothin’ yet, son! Buzz is already spreading around a few big restaurant names that will be (or are already) setting up shop in the good ol’ PH, and to be quite honest, we’re just about to pee our pants with excitement.
If you love ramen, burgers, or are a sucker for anything with a Michelin Star tied to its name, read on, kindred spirit… 2014′s going to be a good year.
Ramen Nagi (a.k.a. Butao Ramen) may have gotten a head start with its recent opening in SM Aura (the number of reviews coming in on looloo have been crazy!), but it’d better be careful not to get caught napping when this other Japanese noodle juggernaut opens its doors sometime this year. Ippudo Ramen, already well-known in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York, is poised to crash the already-crowded ramen party here in the Philippines. Who knows, its fashionably late appearance might just be enough to upstage the early birds.
According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, “Ippudo” roughly translates to “one wind hall”, named so as the ramen chain’s founder wanted to “blow wind and revolutionize the era” during a time when Kyushu’s ramen industry was weakening. Will Ippudo blow the competition away? …or is it just a lot of hot air? We’ll find out soon enough.
Photo Credit: events.insing.com and timeoutkl.com
The Huffington Post recently hailed this California-born (duh) burger chain concept as one to watch out for this 2014. Luckily for us, we won’t have to watch from very far away. Often drawing comparisons to the famed In-N-Out franchise with its focus on using only the freshest ingredients and on-the-spot preparation, Caliburger’s probably the burger joint to watch out for this 2014. Adding to its appeal is the brand’s
hipster lighthearted surfer-dude personality, which Pinoys everywhere are bound to gobble up. Can Caliburger make waves in Manila?
Here’s an added bonus: as if the franchise’s opening in the country wasn’t news enough, if their website is to be believed, they’ll be opening in TWO locations very soon. Burger gods, be praised! Are we about to be led to the burger promised land??
Photo Credit: caliburgerintl.com and fransmart.com
Tim Ho Wan
Beyonce’s got nothin’ on these buns. Pork buns, that is.
The place may not look like a fancy-schmancy fine dining restaurant, but don’t let looks deceive you… or you might just be blinded when it flashes its Michelin Star in your face. Known for supposedly being the world’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurant, Tim Ho Wan’s barbecue pork buns have been described as a “sensory smack-down” for the taste buds despite their humble appearance. It just goes to show that you good food doesn’t need to be pricey.
After Hong Kong and Singapore, our little corner of the world is going to be in for a treat when Tim Ho Wan finally opens in SM Megamall this year. With its Michelin Star title in tow, you can probably count on the place racking up a whole lot of looloo stars soon enough as well.
Photo Credit: pepper.ph and snoxy-sue2.blogspot.com
It’s a brand new year, and as always, we look back at the 12 months that had passed (and X number of pounds gained). Kicking off 2014, now would also be a great time to give props to the awesome foodie year that was, with looloo reviewers’ picks for the best restaurants of 2013!
Based on your reviews on the looloo app, we put together a list of food joints that had us drooling, craving, falling in line for hours, and succumbing to food comas. Without further ado, the very first looloo Awards!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Burger Joint
“Their Black Angus Burgers definitely hit the spot”
This was an extremely difficult decision. Competition was tough this year for Charlie’s, with well-loved places like Burger Bar and Zark’s (even new-contender B&B: Burgers and Brewskies) making it to the shortlist. At least for this year, the tried and tested carwash/restaurant took the top spot, with loyal reviewers standing by the Kapitolyo-based burger joint. Their Wagyu and Black Angus burgers, philly cheese steaks, and fries were clear reviewer favorites. Both branches received a total of 317 reviews, with each sporting a 4.4 average rating.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Mexican/Fil-Mex
“Muy delicioso tacos de la calle!”
looloo reviewers this year seemed to put as much emphasis on price and ambience when it came to reviewing places, and El Chupacabra is testament to that fact. Not only were their budget-friendly street style tacos (and cheap beer) a big hit, but so was their no-frills (read: no AC!) hole-in-the-wall type ambience. 84 reviews giving it a 4.39 average rating? It just goes to show that you don’t need to be fancy to be the best.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Steak
“Everything we ordered was GLORIOUS.”
Not often mentioned alongside the likes of Elbert’s Steak Room, or Mamou, Hai Chix was a dark horse for this category. It seems to have worked in its favor though — people who did get to try the unassuming place at the Ortigas Home Depot were pleasantly surprised by the quality and cook of their steaks, minus the through-the-roof prices that usually come with them. If steak is your thing and you don’t mind ditching the fancy silverware to save some dough, Hai Chix is a must!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Pizza
“Definitely my new favorite pizza place in Manila”
A relatively new contender in the local restaurant scene, Project Pie made quite the splash when it finally dove in. Just barely overtaking early looloo reviewers’ favorite Nolita, its DIY pizza concept was a huge hit among reviewers and the place accumulated over 200 reviews in less than 6 months after opening. With a second branch now open by SM MOA, expect many more to come!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Sweets/Desserts
“What better way to start a day than with a good double scoop of awesomeness?”
Gelaterias have been around for a while now, but few did gelato the way BONO did. They took classic Italian technique and put their own spin on things by introducing creative flavors like Taho, Cereal & Milk, Glazed Donuts, heck, even a variant named after Dessert Comes First’s Lori Baltazar! looloo reviewers ate it up (literally!) as 5-star ratings started pouring in like crazy.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Filipino
“Patok na patok!”
With Chef Sandy Daza at the helm, this place’s popularity on the app was no surprise. When the first branch opened (and despite the complaints about parking), reviewers loved the balance of old-school and new-school Filipino flavors in their dishes. Among the offerings that left people wanting more were the Stuffed Pechay, Wansoy Shrimp Nuggets, and Crab Pancit. If Katipunan was a hard-sell for some, fret not, their Rockwell branch is now open!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Breakfast
“This restaurant easily became my favorite brunch place in the metro”
Marikina may not be the biggest foodie hub out there but few restaurants stand out the way Rustic Mornings does. Amidst the concrete and asphalt of the city, the place is quite literally a hole in the wall (you have to drive through an eskinita to reach it… luckily you can get directions via the looloo app!). For the people that have made the trip though, it seems to have been worthwhile. The place has a bit of a secret as well — at night, it literally transforms into a whole new restaurant!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Katsu
“This is, by far, the best katsu in town”
This was pretty much a no-brainer. Before competition from big names like Saboten and Ginza Bairin came in, Yabu had already set the bar pretty high for katsu-lovers out there. Great food and consistently good service have become synonymous with the place based on reviews — something they’ve got a lot of, by the way. Over 1,100 and counting!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Ramen
“This tantanmen is SUPERB. Period.”
Ramen was one of 2013’s biggest trends and it’s likely that this place set the standard for all ramen restaurants that tried to follow. With a chef that goes by the nickname “The Ramen Nazi”, you just KNOW that the food’s going to be top-notch. Their signature tantanmen, of which they serve only 20 bowls a day, is probably the most sought-after dish for any Japanese noodle fan out there.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Chinese
“There is no way but the 3-way!”
With its Greenbelt branch probably being one of the top-rated restaurants of all-time on looloo (a 4.88 average!), it’s no wonder this place is one of the go-to places for special occasions like birthdays, big meetings, etc. Their 3-way peking duck is probably the best you’ll find anywhere in the country, perfectly prepared, even described by one reviewer as “sinfully amazing.”
Best New Restaurant of 2013
Ha! The only place to take 2 spots on this list, Project Pie takes the top spot for best new restaurant of 2013. The DIY Food thing they’ve got going on could be considered a trend in itself, and this place capitalized on it by really toying and teasing with Filipinos’ love for pizza. Touche, Project Pie! Well-played indeed.
By December 17 (the following day after the contest period), we had more than 200 names join the #loolooholidaygiveaway. From looloo reviews to referrals …to nagging friends on social media, we counted them all! The total number of entries collected? 2,015. Cray.
We were so excited to announce the winner, we even did a live tweetcast (?) as we were drawing looloo reviewers’ names! Even we were getting jittery with each new name popping up!
EEEK! Here we go! Picking the first name!!!
— looloo (@looloo) December 17, 2013
8 more names to go! Who will get to keep the iPhone 5C?!?!!? — looloo (@looloo) December 17, 2013
Okay, we’re now down to the last 3 names!!!! — looloo (@looloo) December 17, 2013
Bathroom break! :P
— looloo (@looloo) December 17, 2013
The live tweeting wouldn’t be as much fun though if not for the hilarious tweets we were getting from looloo users. (Although we did find it interesting that they were able to monitor Twitter on a weekday at 3PM…)
— Ja B (@snoggingneons) December 17, 2013
@looloo My iPhone 4S died two months ago, huhuhu. *paawa effect*
— Tracy Monsod (@icemonsod) December 17, 2013
There were 20 winners for this contest and the twist for this #loolooholidaygiveaway was that the last (or in this case, the 20th) name to get randomly picked, gets first dibs on the prize of his or her choice.
Here’s a list of the winning names to have been randomly chosen by the looloo gods (in order):
- Leo V.
- Kuya J.
- Teachy Jing V.
- April V.
- Carla M.
- Gio C.
- Theresa L.
- Jennie V.
- April H.
- Reinier S.
- Olive Y.
- Cristina C.
- Trisha S.
- Anne R.
- Lovely Joy M.
- Leen C.
- Reisha D.
- Caroline C.
- Jamille T.
And that 20th name to get picked? Lots of looloo reviewers wanted it to be their names but it seems the looloo gods of random contest winners have made their choice.
It was to be Suzette C.
@looloo I’ll go with the sure prize, 5C! Thank you so much Looloo!!!! *crying right now*:’((((
— Suzette Co (@suzieeblue) December 17, 2013
She already stopped by looloo HQ yesterday to pick her prize up! What a lucky girl!
Suzette C. with her brand new iPhone 5C and the looloo Crew complete with the balloonicorn and Taylor Swift.
The mystery restaurant gift certificates have also been revealed via Twitter. We’re giving away 2 Yabu GCs worth Php 1,000 each, 10 free upsize GCs from BONO Artisanal Gelato (plus all winners also get to keep 2 free BONO upsize GCs!), 2 Cue Modern Barbecue GCs worth Php 1,000 each, 5 Teriyaki Boy GCs worth Php 500 each and 5 Dencio’s GCs worth Php 2,000 each!
As for the 2 mystery looloo bags and what’s inside them? We have yet to find out! Both Caroline C. and Jamille T. picked them and we’re excited to see how they’ll react after they find out what we managed to stuff the bags with! Will it have the same stuff Paula P. had in her mystery bag?
We’ll find out soon!
Thank you to everyone who joined the #loolooholidaygiveaway! Congratulations to all the winners!!! And to those whose names the looloo gods did not choose, worry not! We might just have another one early next year…
For now, happy holidays! Enjoy the holiday break and if you eat out… don’t forget to looloo it!
P.S. That live tweet was so much fun, it made us think of introducing monthly Twitter quizzes. Maybe with fake poop as prizes? Ha. Let us know what you think in the comments section!
It’s been an amazing year of meeting funny, kind, and good-looking (naks!) looloo reviewers both on the app and in real life. And while we’d love to get them all Christmas gifts to show just how grateful we are, the entire looloo crew might have to start living off instant Yakisoba noodles if we do that.
So we thought we’d get a couple of cool prizes and do an iPhone 5C holiday giveaway instead! By the end of the contest period, we’ll be handing the lucky winner a brand new beautiful and “unapologetically plastic” 16GB, white iPhone 5C.
But if you don’t get to take home the 5C, don’t worry! We’ve also managed to grab a PhotoJojo lens set, a Mophie Powerstation Mini, 2 mystery looloot bags (see what Paula P. and Mia J. found in their mystery bags), and mystery restaurant gift certificates to add to our list of prizes!
All right. Enough teasing.
Here’s how you can join the #loolooholidaygiveaway:
- You will first need to show us that you WANT to join the contest. Pick JUST ONE out of the 3 ways that you can join. You can do it via:
- Facebook. Just comment on this post with this message: “My name is [YOUR looloo NAME, e.g. Peanut D.] on looloo!” Then add a link to one of your reviews that’s written any time between December 2 to December 16, 2013. Here’s how your comment should look like:
- Twitter. Tweet this message: “My name is [YOUR NAME on looloo] on @looloo and I’m joining the #loolooholidaygiveaway! They’re giving away an iPhone 5C!” Here’s how your tweet should look like:
- Instagram. Just regram this photo and use this message as your caption: ”My name is [YOUR NAME on looloo] on the @loolooapp and I’m joining the #loolooholidaygiveaway! They’re giving away an iPhone 5C!” Here’s how your Instagram post should look like:
- Facebook. Just comment on this post with this message: “My name is [YOUR looloo NAME, e.g. Peanut D.] on looloo!” Then add a link to one of your reviews that’s written any time between December 2 to December 16, 2013. Here’s how your comment should look like:
- After you’ve shown your intent to join, you can then start earning entries! You know the drill – more entries means more chances of winning! Here’s a quick spreadsheet you can look at to see how you can amass tons of entries.
How to Earn Entries Entry Points Details Write a looloo review with text and a photo. 1 review = 1 entry Only reviews written within the contest period will be counted. Refer a friend to join looloo AND write a review 1 review from the new looloo member = 5 entries for both the referrer and the referee The new member must join looloo within the contest period AND tag the referrer at the end of the review.
Use this line at the end of the looloo review: “I was referred by [@Friend's Name] to join the #loolooholidaygiveaway!”
Tag your friends in a public social media post telling them about the looloo contest 1 social media channel = 1 entry A maximum of 3 entries will be given if you shared the post and tagged your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Here’s the message you can use to tag your friends and earn more entries: “Have you joined @looloo’s #loolooholidaygiveaway yet? @[FRIEND 1's NAME], [@FRIEND 2's NAME], [@FRIEND 3's NAME]”
- Contest period is from December 2 to December 16, 2013.
Here’s how the winners are going to be chosen:
We’re keeping our weird way of raffling off prizes (see the Halloolooween Contest mechanics for that one) but changing it up just a little bit this time.
Instead of the first randomly chosen person getting first dibs on whatever prize she desires, it will now be the last person chosen who will get first dibs.
Here’s an example. If we have a total of 10 prizes, we will randomly pick 10 names – 1st name, 2nd name, 3rd name, etc. For this contest, the 10th randomly picked name gets to choose whatever he thinks is the best prize. The 9th person will get to pick among the remaining 9 prizes, 8th person gets to pick among the remaining 8. And so on and so forth.
You never know, the first winner may pick the mystery bag instead of the iPhone 5C! Also, the mystery looloot bag may just have something even cooler inside. An iPhone 5S …case. Ha.
Let the looloo Holiday Giveaway begin! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
According to looloo StatEATstics, 50% of Filipinos listed Japanese food as being one of their favorite cuisines. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone out there who won’t start drooling over a nice hot bowl of ramen, a slab of katsu, or even a big ol’ sushi boat. Not to mention the sosier treats like kobe beef and fresh tuna, for those with deeper pockets.
Which is why it’s a bit of a shame that a lot of us have been doing it ALL WRONG! According to extensive research conducted (read: we hit up Google), many Filipinos are guilty of a number of no-no’s when it comes to Japanese cuisine. So at the risk of sounding pretentious and/or snooty, we’ve put together a list of the most common mistakes we make when eating Japanese food, and how to correct them!
Mistake no. 1: Mixing Soy Sauce and Wasabi in a Platito
This is probably the most common mistake on this list. You may think you’re cool by mixing in huge chunks of wasabi into your tiny soy sauce platter, but you’re not. Dunking your sushi or sashimi into the gooey soup-like substance takes away from the flavor/s of the fish and rice. The proper way is to place a bit of wasabi directly onto the piece of fish, then dip the opposite corner in just a bit of soy sauce.
Mistake no. 2: Cutting Your Sushi Roll Into Pieces
More often than not, sushi’s actually meant to be eaten with your hands, so having at it with a fork and a knife is something that should only happen in Bizarro World. There’s a reason why sushi and sashimi are pre-cut before serving, after all. You’re meant to pick up each bite-sized piece and eat them as is. For the the larger bigger rolls, two bites (tops!) is acceptable, but putting the half-eaten roll back on your plate? NO.
Perhaps this particular sushi roll would be an exception though.
Mistake no. 3: Putting the Pickled Ginger (those thinly-sliced pink/yellow things) on Your Sushi
No, just because it’s usually placed next to the wasabi doesn’t mean it’s another condiment to add on to your maki. The ginger is placed there as a palate-cleanser, meaning a slice or two are meant to be eaten in between servings of sushi, especially when switching from one kind of fish to another. Japanese food, much like the culture of its people, is very exact and calculated, and is all about the subtleties…
Makes me wonder what they think of our all-you-can-eat sushi buffets.
Mistake no. 4: Messing Around With Your Chopsticks
Any of the following could be considered “messing around” when it comes to chopstick etiquette:
- Sticking your chopsticks upright in your food (like this). You’ve probably all heard of this one before. It resembles incense at a funeral and is considered extremely impolite.
- Passing food chopsticks-to-chopsticks. The proper way of doing this is to set the food down first.
- Using your chopsticks to pick up food from a shared platter. This one’s pretty simple, nobody wants your spit on their food. TIP: Flip your chopsticks over and use the “fat” ends!
- Don’t spear food with your chopsticks. It’s sushi, not fishballs.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes?
Now that we’ve armed you with enough knowledge to fool people into thinking you’re a total Japanese food guru, it’s time to put that know-how to the test! Check out Japanese restaurants near you on looloo!