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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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Maybelline White SuperFresh Review + Giveaway!

Ahh, summer! The season of sun, sand, sea, and sweat. And if you like prettifying yourself like I do, then I'm sure you know how summer can be a problematic season for wearing makeup.

Maybelline White SuperFresh Powder Foundation

With the scorching summer heat and higher humidity, I find myself leaning more towards powder foundations (though I LOVE using liquid foundies) this time of the year. And luckily, Maybelline has just recently introduced a new powder foundation that promises to keep our face fresh and matte for up to 12 hours with the new White SuperFresh.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Osaka Ohsho: All New Teppanyaki Festival

Have you been to Osaka Ohsho in SM Megamall lately? While I've dined many times in this renowned gyoza specialist from Japan, it's only recently that I found out about their latest offering -- the All New Teppanyaki Festival.

Osaka Ohsho Teppanyaki Festival

Teppanyaki, which literally means iron plate (teppan) and grilled (yaki), is a type of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. It has been one of my most favorite styles of Japanese food preparation especially with meats, so you can just imagine how glad I was to learn that Osaka Ohsho had rolled out eight new teppanyaki dishes to tickle the palate.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

OOTD: Peaches and Mint

Hello summer! Hello hotter, more humid weather! ☀

Not a lot of people know about this, but I actually dislike summer. I guess the only time I like this season is when I have an upcoming beach trip, and when I was still in school. Summer = vacation. Not only do I melt (figuratively, of course) whenever I go out, but I seem to have a problem dressing up since most of my wardrobe isn't really summer-friendly.

Peaches and Mint 00

But, summer also has its charm. Personally, I love how I see more pastels, florals, laces and bright colors this season. It puts me in a good mood. 。^‿^。 It's also nice to have longer daytime, which makes me feel more productive with work. And so, while I don't own a lot of summer-fitting pieces, I decided to attempt embracing the weather more with this OOTD.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rekados Cafe and Restaurante: A cozy stopover before Tagaytay

With the scorching summer heat, a trip to Tagaytay would surely sound fitting. And if you already have plans to drive up to the nearest summer capital from Manila, then why not stop over this quaint cafe and restaurant along Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay National Road?

Rekados Cafe & Restaurante

Last month, my friends and I were off for a weekend staycation at Wilson's Place. And en route to Tagaytay, we decided to stop by Rekados Cafe and Restaurante for a late lunch-early dinner munch. We already looked up the place prior to going there, but we were still surprised when we finally arrived.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tokyo Bubble Tea: A Taste of Japan's Sakura Season

Having an undying love for many things Japanese -- food, language, music, pop culture and more, it breaks my heart a little to scroll through my Facebook and Instagram feeds this time of the year. You see, March until May marks Japan's age-old tradition of appreciating the blooming of the beautiful cherry blossoms or sakura trees, also called Hanami. And 'tis also the season when most of my friends and acquaintances visit Japan, while I'm left marveling at their photos on the other side of the screen. 。゚・(>﹏<)・゚。
And while I still haven't planned my own trip to experience Hanami for myself YET, I'm thankful that I can somehow get a taste of this celebration even without flying out of the country... Thanks to Tokyo Bubble Tea.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OOTD: Denim Day Out

Psst! Let me share with you a secret... Although I've been most comfortable wearing bottoms that cover my legs, it's actually been six years since the last time I wore denim jeans! Yup, you read that right! I've always loved jeans, but I was one of those girls who couldn't find the perfect pair for my pear-shaped body. If I attempt to wear jeans based on my waistline, I can bet that it wouldn't go past my thighs. And if I choose a bigger size that snugly fits my thighs, then you can probably imagine how that would look like for my waist. #SakoNaKungSako

Denim Day Out Cover

For years, after discovering my thighs couldn't fit into my jeans anymore, I've only enjoyed the company of leggings and jeggings. Whoever invented the jeggings is a life-saver! \(*T▽T*)/ You get the look of denim jeans, while having the perfect, skinny and stretchy fit of leggings.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Caruso Ristorante Italiano: Authentic Italian Fare in Makati

Italian food, in a sense, is comfort food to me. Be it pastas, pizzas, risotto, gelato or panna cotta -- name it, and I probably love it! However, although I've been enjoying Italian cuisine for a while now, I can't really say that I've tasted a lot of authentic Italian food. For one, I haven't even been to Italy! Luckily, there are a few restos in the metro serving authentic Italian dishes. And yes, owned by Italians and also patronized by Italian expats living in the country.

Caruso Ristorante Italiano Makati

I recently had the pleasure of checking out one of these restaurants with my friend Berylle and D, along with my boyfriend who's a really big fan of pastas. Caruso Ristorante Italiano may be off of the beaten path as it's located along Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati. But it's a destination in itself, offering not just a promise of authentic Italian cuisine, but also a more peaceful and intimate location away from the action in malls, which makes it perfect for special occasions and dates with your special someone. ☆*.・(*ゝ∀・*)b⌒wiйκ

Monday, February 23, 2015

Torch Restaurant: International Favorites & More in TriNoma

For the past year or two, we've seen more and more restaurants open in the metro. A lot more than the number of clothes I own, actually. And while those gaining popularity at the moment are ones offering specialized menus, I can't deny that joints carrying more variety still has their own charm. For one, dining in with friends and family who have different taste preferences than yourself seem much easier at these types of restaurants. And today, let me share with you about one of my favorite chopsuey restos, as I call it -- where I can confidently bring friends and family without worrying they won't find a thing they like on the menu.

Torch Trinoma

If you've been a reader since 2013, you might've actually stumbled upon my review of this international restaurant in Greenhills. Fast forward to 2015, this resto called Torch now has 3 more branches -- UP Town Center, TriNoma, and their newest store yet in Greenbelt 5. But today, what I'll be blogging about is my visits (three trips, that is) to their TriNoma branch, which opened late last year. 'Cause as a CaMaNaVa northie, this is the most accessible to me. And no, I haven't been to their other branches yet, except for their first one in Greenhills.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

F1 Hotel Manila: Weekend Staycations in Bonifacio Global City

While I love living in my city, it's also nice to enjoy the comfort and not to mention, luxury, of a new environment. This is probably one of the reasons why I love staycations so much. You get to experience what the place can offer without driving too far out from the city. And one of my most favorite spots to explore as of late is the metropolis dubbed as the future premiere central business district of the country. If you haven't guessed it yet, it's one of the sprawling urban playgrounds in the metro -- Bonifacio Global City, or The Fort in Taguig.

F1 Hotel Manila

I've always loved exploring the foodie destinations and the hippest shops at The Fort. But while I can bear the almost 2-hour commute going to and from BGC, I still prefer spending time at one of the hotels here, just so I can really experience more of the place while I also unwind and recharge. So whenever the boyf and I have some extra cash and a free weekend, we try and book at F1 Hotel Manila, which is also the first hotel to open in the area.
 
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