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Friday, August 21, 2015

My Sale Finds at Robinsons Red Hot Sale 2015

August may have brought us cold winds and rain showers, but with Robinsons Malls' month-long Red Hot Sale, I'm pretty sure you're bound to fight off the bed weather to get the most out of this amazing sale season!

Red Hot Sale 2015 (Robinsons Galleria)

Most of Robinsons Malls in and out of the metro are currently holding the mall-wide Robinsons Red Hot Sale. But earlier this month, I decided to check out Robinsons Galleria and see what sale items can catch my eyes (and wallet).

Monday, August 10, 2015

A World of Gourmet Olive Oil with Oliviers & Co.

Olive oil has been an integral part in many cuisines. Whether used as one of the main ingredients, or as a condiment, there's no denying that every foodie's kitchen should have a bottle of olive oil or two. But while I'm a fan of this tasty and healthy oil, I'm still a novice when it comes to the fine and gourmet olive oils.

Oliviers and Co

Thankfully, I was invited to attend the launch of Oliviers & Co.'s 2015 Collection at Vask Modern Tapas & Gastronomic Cuisine in Bonifacio Global City, where I was able to get to know a whole new world of gourmet olive oils.

Costa Coffee: UK's #1 Coffee Chain Now in Manila!

Being a coffee lover, or coffee shop lover rather, I've found it assuring to have cafes almost everywhere. When I decide to chill at a coffee shop on a whim, there's never a shortage of coffee joints -- whether it be a popular chain, or a quirky hole in the wall. But even though I've picked out a few favorites, I'm always on the lookout for new coffee shops to enjoy and unwind in. And I'm sure glad that Costa Coffee has now arrived in Metro Manila!

Costa Coffee Eastwood

After being founded in London in 1971 by brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa, Costa Coffee has since then evolved into becoming the largest coffeehouse chain in the United Kingdom, with over 40 years of experience and more than 3,000 stores worldwide. The chain has pride itself in offering all handcrafted and espresso-based coffee, giving every serving the aroma and body only a proper cup of coffee should have.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bouquet Review + Giveaway

As frugal as I try to be, I can't deny my belief that "a girl can never have too many lipsticks." Granted, I only have a pair of lips. BUT, who wouldn't wind up being a lipstick hoarder with all these beautiful shades of pinks, reds, mauves and more, around?

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Rebel Bouquet Lipsticks

At the moment, I have about 16 different lipsticks, ranging from shades I religiously use, to colors I still haven't had the courage to show off. But I'm glad Maybelline New York perfectly understands my sentiment... When I was at my lowest point about a month ago, they knew how to cheer me up without offering unsolicited advice, nor even knowing what I was going through. All it took was this special bouquet of lipsticks that did wonders in uplifting my mood.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The #BetterMe: How to Become a Better You

If there's one thing that's constant, it'd be change. Our environment changes. Our circumstances change. The people around us change... And while we may not have total control over most of these changes, there's one thing we're fully in charge of -- the changes in ourselves. We decide if it'll be for the better, or for the worse.

Change

Of course, in the most perfect world, all of us would choose to become a better version of ourselves. Heck, even in our own disarrayed world, we still strive to improve ourselves in whatever way we can! I guess, it's human nature. As long as you don't thrive in masochism and self-pity, I'm sure you'd love to transform into a better version of you too.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Lotion Review

For a while now, I've been an advocate of loving one's self. If you're stick thin, or more on the plump side, as long as you're physically, mentally and emotionally healthy, then I'm all for acceptance and self-love. And whether you rock a paler complexion, or a morena tan, I want you to be comfortable in your own skin, much like how I have fully accepted even skin as problematic as mine. Because really, each one of us is unique. And we should celebrate the features that make us different, not try to be copies of one another.

SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion

However, if you want to change to make a better version of yourself, then I fully support you. As long as you're not putting yourself or the people you love in any harm, then I don't see anything wrong with it. Eating right and working out not just to stay healthy, but also lose the pounds and get in shape? I'm behind you! And even when I find all skin colors beautiful, I'm not against skin whitening at all. Actually, most people I know who whiten their skin (myself included) don't go through the process because they want to have fair skin. We just want to go back to having our old complexion -- one that was lost due to daily sun exposure.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mrs. Fields Cafe: Perfect Pair Meals in SM Makati + Giveaway

If you love cookies and sweet baked treats, then you're probably very familiar with Mrs. Fields. You might've even downed a couple of their cookies, brownies or cookie cakes already, as this market leader among fresh-baked cookie stores has been churning out baked products for over thirty years. As such, just a mention of Mrs. Fields' goodies can already make me giddy. However, today, I'll be sharing about something even more exciting.

Mrs. Fields is no longer confined to kiosks!

Mrs Fields SM Makati

The very first in the Philippines, Mrs. Fields has just recently opened its cafe at the second level of SM Makati. With this, fans of Mrs. Fields can enjoy not just their baked products, but also other offerings such as hot, cold and blended refreshments, sandwiches and other pastries. Not to mention, customers can now chill and have a leisurely meal, while taking advantage of the cafe's free Wi-Fi! (ゝ。∂)b Now, we're talking my language!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blog O’ Speak: The 1st Manila Blog Convention

Back when I started blogging, as a high school kid, I only saw this medium as an online and more public version of a journal. I'd share what I ate, how my day at school went, what tunes I'm currently listening to, and all those mundane things nobody gives an eff about.

Blog

Fast forward to today's blogging scene, I still find it awesomazing how the medium has evolved. From mere online journals, blogging can now be considered as a massive communication and marketing tool utilized by professionals and enthusiasts alike, all consciously, or even unconsciously, reaching a scope of audience in the vast world wide web. We can safely say that in the country, blogging is a powerful form of digital media that helps individuals, brands, and even advocacies reach out and deliver their message more effectively.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Flavours by Chef Fham: Good Ol' Comfort Food in Tomas Morato

While I've always found myself in Tomas Morato, I know for a fact that there are more foodie gems in the area I've yet to discover. That's why when Joy, a fellow blogger, mentioned there's a restaurant in front of Il Terrazzo that goes by the name of Flavours by Chef Fham, I can't help but wonder... Just where is this restaurant? I haven't even heard of it yet. (●´ω`●)ゞ

Flavours by Chef Fham

As it turns out, Flavours by Chef Fham is located on the 3rd floor of the private POS Building at Tomas Morato corner Scout Madriñan, facing the Rustan's Super Market side of Il Terrazzo.

No wonder I've never seen the restaurant yet. It's inside an entire building I never thought would be home to a restaurant! Which was actually wrong of me to assume... As after getting onto the 3rd floor of POS, I found out there were other restaurants on the same floor. All this time, I was missing out on a good number of dining gems in this area! ლ(ٱ٥ٱლ)

The Food


Anyhow, let's now move on to the food... From what I know, Flavours by Chef Fham specializes in serving good ol' comfort food. From all-day breakfast offerings to savory treats perfect for pulutan, Flavours got you covered! But apart from the familiar yet inspired dishes, it was also interesting to know that most, if not all, of the items were made from scratch!

Nachorilla (P185)
✓ Nachorilla (P185)
To start off our afternoon merienda, we had this serving of nacho-tortilla hybrid. This is far from what you can readily get at the supermarket as every piece is homemade. The nachorilla chips were crunchy and had a smoother texture, which really goes well with the toppings. Actually, even the chips alone are enjoyable. We just can't stop munching piece after piece!

Sizzling Sisig (P170) with Egg (P180)
Sizzling Sisig (P170) with Egg (P180)
For those craving for something more sinful, there's the Pinoy classic sisig made from parts of a pig's face. Just like good ol' sisig, Flavours' version is as fatty as it can get, so those watching their cholesterol level should definitely look away. Savory, smoky, slightly spicy, chewy and tart -- just like how I like my sisig. Too bad though this is a tad bit oily.

Fish and Chips (P190)
Fish and Chips (P190)
As surprising as it may seem, this fish and chip dish is probably my favorite savory item from all the dishes we had. The battered fish was fried to a nice crisp, while retaining moisture on the inside. The garlic aioli dip it comes with is also the perfect accompaniment. However, the fish itself lacked some seasoning, which was really a shame. Good thing though, the homemade fries -- perfectly seasoned and perfectly deep-fried, were awesome! ��

Banoffee Honey Toast (P150)
✓ Banoffee Honey Toast (P150)
For dessert, we had Flavours' version of honey toast made from brioche bread they bake fresh everyday. Topped with bananas, toffee, almonds, whipped cream and coffee ice cream, this is a highly satisfying treat especially if you love banoffee and coffee. And while I'm not personally into banoffee that much, I really love this dessert, especially the brioche they make.

Mint Nutella Honey Toast (P150)
✓ Mint Nutella Honey Toast (P150)
Since I really dig Flavours' brioche, it's just natural that I fell in love with this mint-nutella variant too. Topped with nutella, almonds, whipped cream, fresh mint and mint-chocolate ice cream, this is another honey toast I'd definitely love to have again on my next trip.

Cucumber Lemonade (P140) and Flavours Mint Ice Tea (P75)
✓ Cucumber Lemonade (P140) and Flavours Mint Iced Tea (P75)
As for drinks, we had two concoctions perfect for summer or in the hot and humid Manila weather, in general -- the zesty and highly refreshing cucumber lemonade which is not too tart, and the homemade mint iced tea which is another great thirst-quencher.

THE VERDICT

Although a little off the beaten path, I'm happy to have discovered Flavours by Chef Fham. From the savories, to the sweets, and even up to the beverages, we were left satisfied and wanting for more. And for the quality of Chef Fham's homemade offerings, I love how prices are kept pocket-friendly. Perfect for both a weekend date or chill night with friends! So if you ever find yourself in Tomas Morato, give this dining gem a try! I myself am already planning my next visit. Need to try their all-day breakfast and heavy meals soon! ☆~(ゝ。∂)

Taste 4/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Flavours by Chef Fham, Tomas Morato
3/F #305 Tomas Morato Cor Sct. Madriñan St.,
South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 352-4926; (0917) 808-0718
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

OOTD: Fall in Summer

Summer in the Philippines is about to end. And before the rainy season takes over, let me just share with you another one of my summer-appropriate outfits. But this time, inspired by colors typically worn in fall.

Fall in Summer 01

Truth be told, I've always been fascinated with autumn. I just love how it seems to exude this sense of mystery. Though I haven't experienced it for myself yet (but I'm planning to do so soon), I just adore the color palette and style associated with it. Bold and slightly muted colors, with warm yet not too-bundled-up clothing. It's just my kind of style! ������

Monday, May 18, 2015

Thaipan: A Taste of Authentic Thai in Quezon City

For a while now, I've been missing the spicy and colorful flavors of Thai cuisine, no thanks to the boyfriend's lack of enthusiasm towards Thai food. However, it was very timely when Joy, a fellow blogger, invited me to Thaipan Restaurant for lunch. And of course, I had to say yes!

Thaipan Restaurant Quezon City Review

Located in Scout Dr. Lazcano, Thaipan Restaurant is just a few steps away from Tomas Morato in Quezon City. And typical to restaurants in the area, Thaipan also sits in an old house turned restaurant. While I'm more used to dining in a more commercial setting, I just adore the clean yet homey, eclectic charm of restaurants like Thaipan.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tim Ho Wan: Hong Kong's Dim-Sum Specialists in SM North EDSA

If you love dim sum, then you've probably heard of Tim Ho Wan from Hong Kong -- the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world! And by now, you probably already know that this dim sum specialist has already reached Metro Manila since last year...

Tim Ho Wan SM North EDSA

I was lucky to have been able to eat at Tim Ho Wan in SM Megamall before I lost my patience for queuing -- this applies to any restaurant, by the way. However, I bring good news to fellow northies today, as I share with you my experience at the fairly new Tim Ho Wan restaurant in SM North EDSA. And here's a better news... No need to queue up! (^_−)☆

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Win an Exquisite Dinner Date For 2 at Nobu Hotel Manila!

Hey guys! Today, let me share with you a very exciting giveaway contest from one of the hotel restaurants I've always been meaning to try for myself. If you didn't know yet, it's the celebrity-inspired modern Japanese Nobu Hotel Manila at the Philippines’ newest entertainment capital, the City of Dreams Manila.

Nobu Manila

In celebration of its upcoming official launch on May 18, Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams Manila is giving away an exquisite set-dinner for two at the famed Nobu Manila restaurant.

And that winner could be YOU!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Instant Doll Lash Mascara Review

Call me a late bloomer, but I really haven't paid much attention to my lashes until recently. I guess you could blame it on my short, thin and stick-straight lashes that just won't curl up even when I put so much effort into beautifying them. Last year, I got to try getting eyelash extensions. And while I love how it looks on me, up-keep for regular wear isn't necessarily easy. And so, my quest for nicer lashes continues...

L'Oreal Miss Manga False Lash Waterproof Mascara Review

The easier way to pimp the lashes is by using mascaras. However, over the past few years, I've tried many brands but have yet to find one that keeps my lashes curled up. Which is why I just normally wear falsies whenever I want the look of fuller, prettier lashes. But with hairs not one's own, it can get too heavy for the eyes and can feel uncomfortable after a while.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crystal Lotus: Signature Disney Dim Sum at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Before the month of March ended, my little sister, my boyfriend and I went to Hong Kong for the first time. Of course, we didn't miss Hong Kong Disneyland in our itinerary. But more than the attractions at the famous theme park, one other thing that made me so excited for the trip was the Crystal Lotus Signature Dim Sum I have reserved for our group of three.

Disney Signature Dim Sum at Crystal Jade Lotus

The first time I read about the Disney dim sum was on Leslie's blog. Since then, I've always thought to myself that I won't miss trying this adorable set of dim sum when I visit Hong Kong Disneyland. As both a Disney fan and a foodie, a trip to Crystal Lotus was at the top of my list.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Le Petit Soufflé: New French-Japanese Bistro in Century City Mall

If you've been a reader for quite a while, you'd probably already know of my undying love for Japanese cuisine. Whether it be traditional Japanese, modern Japanese, or Japanese-Western fusion, I'm all up for it! So today, let me share with you my experience at Le Petit Soufflé, a French-Japanese gem I've recently visited in Century City Mall.

Le Petit Souffle Century City Mall

Although I've been to a lot of Japanese fusion restaurants, this is my first time at a French-Japanese bistro. I actually didn't know what to expect coming in. However, I was positive that my visit would be an unforgettable one as Le Petit Soufflé's kitchen is helmed by the capable hands of talented chef duo Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla, both of Scout's Honor fame.
 
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