Friday, February 24, 2017

Seattle's Best Coffee: A Morning of Perfect Pairings

It's no secret that I used to be a night owl. My closest friends would even joke around that if they'd message me even in the wee hours, they can expect a response. Or if I don't, I'm probably busy doing work, or just idling the night away. However, this year became a witness to my gradual change. From being a really late sleeper, I now enjoy waking up early without the added eye bags. Breakfast isn't an optional meal anymore. It became my signal to start the day right.

For someone who used to skip breakfast for a few more minutes (or hours) of Zs, I can't stress enough how this meal really helps set the tone for the whole day. Actually, even if you eat breakfast food for brunch or merienda, it can help perk your day up. So when Seattle's Best Coffee invited me over to try out their new Perfect Pairings promo, I had to say yes!

A Morning of Seattle's Best Coffee's Toasties

Last Saturday, along with select food and lifestyle bloggers, we got to know more about SBC's Perfect Pairings. And what else pair perfectly, you say? Of course, toast and coffee!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza: My New-Found Favorite Pizzeria

As much as I call myself a foodie, I have to admit that I'm not always updated on the newest restaurants in town. You can even say that I'm usually left behind by the first bandwagon! But trying restaurants after they've been open for a while has its perks. For one, service is usually smoother compared to places still on soft opening. But my favorite? It's finding out if that certain restaurant can sustain its hype, or more importantly, the quality its patrons praise it for.

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza Serendra

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza is no stranger to me though. Back when it first opened in Makati in 2014, I was already intrigued. But as much as I wanted to try it out back then, a lot of things happened. And before I knew it, my list of "want-to-try" restaurants got longer than ever, and Gino's was put in the back burner.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to Deal with Hair Loss Due to Stress

Stress can lead to all kinds of side effects both mentally and physically. One common symptom of stress is hair loss, and it can affect men and women of all ages. Some careers just seem to include more stress than others, such as those in the medical field. If you are a recent graduate of an online MSN nursing administration program, then you will be faced with your share of rewards and challenges. Stress is almost a given in this field.

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So how can you deal with hair loss due to stress? Well there are a few things you can do to slow down the process, or even reverse the loss that has occurred.

Look for Ways to Cut Down on Stress

If you want to be able to slow down the hair the loss, and even stop it, then you need to find a way to cut down on the stress you’re feeling. Obviously you can’t cut it out completely, but it is important to at least try to take measures against it and deal with it more effectively.

Breathing exercises can be a wonderful thing to learn. These can be used at work and at home, wherever the stress hits. Learning how to stop, take those deep breaths, and calm yourself down, can go pretty far when it comes to stressful situations.

Another helpful tip is to include exercise in your daily life. No, you don’t have to train for hours a day, but just some form of regular exercise can help relieve stress.

Use Hair Loss Products

Try as you might, it is impossible to get rid of all the stress in your life. This is exactly why you may also want to try some hair loss products. There are a number of shampoos available that are meant to promote hair growth, clean out your follicles, and make sure your scalp is as healthy as possible. The downfall of these products is how the results vary, so they aren’t guaranteed to work on everyone.

Speak to Your Doctor

While you may be assuming that your hair loss is due to stress, there are actually other issues that can be contributing to it. Making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your hair loss is a good idea. It may be possible that you have a medical issue that is causing it. In addition, certain medications can also lead to hair loss.

Hair Transplant

If it seems like you’ve tried everything and you are still losing hair, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution. A hair transplant could be exactly what you need. This procedure is available for men and women who have thinning hair. If your situation is more severe and you have significant hair loss, then hair implants can be used.

There Are Solutions Available

If you’ve earned your MSN administration degree and find hair loss is affecting you, there is no need to suffer in silence. Before you accept your thinning hair as a permanent thing, you may want to try the variety of solutions suggested. At the very least, they can slow down the hair loss, if not, effectively solve it for good.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Belo Baby Hand Santizers: Fresh new clean for the grown-ups!

When it comes to beauty and skincare, everyone who doesn't live under a rock would immediately recognize the name Belo. From cosmetic medical procedures, to a line of beauty and skincare products, Belo has built a trusted brand in the country.

Last year, Belo introduced a product line specifically for mothers, Belo Baby. This new line offers a collection of bath and body products that caters to babies and the whole family's skin care needs. But starting this month, it's time for us singles to also enjoy being Belo Babies!

Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers

Belo Baby is expanding its line of products to cater to everyone, not just mothers, of any age, as they introduce the Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers. These hand sanitizers, not only carry the promise of careful formulation, but also look cute and smell really fresh!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paradise Dynasty: Home of Colorful Xiaolongbao and More

Although I've put an unofficial hiatus on my blogging last year, I still loved checking out fellow foodie's Instagram for new spots and must-try new dishes. One of which that really caught my interest was a Chinese restaurant from Singapore.

Paradise Dynasty S Maison Conrad

After just a few months, the boyf and I found ourselves back in S Maison at Conrad Manila again. But this time, for the then-newly opened Paradise Dynasty -- a Chinese restaurant that promises to delight with offerings from both northern and southern Chinese cuisine, with an innovative twist. Founded in 2010, Paradise Dynasty has been continuously expanding -- from multiple branches in Singapore, to opening in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and now, its first branch in the Philippines.

Friday, January 27, 2017

8 Easy Tips to Stay Fit in Winter

We all have our favorite seasons. Some of us prefer romantic and dim autumn. Others give their heart to sunlit and warm summer. And we shouldn’t forget those who like the energizing yet unstable spring. But it’s winter now, and the perfect time has come to relax and lay in bed for hours, eating chips and drinking hot chocolate. It’s basically the best leisure when it’s snowing outside and you don’t want to leave your house.

But how can you motivate yourself to get fit? Or even just maintain?

It’s exceedingly easy to pass on the #fitness with the season. And yeah, getting a great body shape can become a more complicated assignment than it needs to be. That is why we decided to gather the best pieces of advice to help you stay fit in winter. And no, we're not going to talk about gym instructions – you better hire a professional trainer if you want to take advantage of gym training because online recommendations won’t suffice.

Whether you want to get fit or stay fit as a new year's resolution, or just a step to make your life better, then listen up! You might even get a new man in your life if you're a single girl. Or if you're a guy, this might even lead you to date Ukrainian girls!

1. Find a perfect motivation.

Yes, just like that. We cannot decide on this for you, because you are the only one who knows your aspirations and dreams. But remember that the best reason to work on your body remains to be the infinite search of inner harmony, which can only be sought with a healthier body.

2. Explore yourself.

Fuzzy winter sweaters are comfortable, without doubts. But right now, you should lose all your clothes and stand in front of a full-length mirror to learn about your own body (if you haven't yet). First, you need to understand which parts look great to you, and which could be improved. Knowing your own body is essential to get fit!

3. Get some sun.

Many people experience severe depressions during wintertime and often blame the weather condition for that. However, most of them are just affected by the absence of sunlight. Yes, the daytime is much shorter, but if you see there's sunshine – just go outside for a stroll. It’s the best mood booster!

4. Find a workout class.

Most of those who want to get fit are easily stopped by the embarrassment they experience training alongside professional athletes in a gym. If you are one of them, we suggest you find a private workout class like Pilates, Crossfit, or whichever you prefer. Don’t be embarrassed! We have all have been there and the beginning of the road is never easy.

5. Set a spring goal.

Yeah, we know that the summer body is the ultimate goal for everyone. But summer isn’t coming soon while spring is almost there! Make a goal to look the way you want by March. It’s much easier to get a perfect beach body if you achieved some results in winter. Make sure though to take advantage of having smaller milestones, so you can stay motivated to reach the end goal.

6. Take advantage of winter activities.

There’s this popular modern misconception that getting fit is only possible at the gym. Winter provides numerous ways to develop your body e.g. snow skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding among others. In the end, it’s a lot of fun, especially in a sunny and snowy day. Don’t forget to enjoy your life!

7. Forget about baggy and comfy clothes.

It’s a huge temptation to eat another slice of pizza and “forget” about your stretching classes when you know that your huge sweater will cover a pound or two gained because of endless laziness. Well, if you get a skin-tight short or extra skinny jeans that fit you perfectly, you will not even think about eating more than you need. Oh, and get a new training gear! They make a lot of flawless sports clothing these days.

8. Give up bad habits.

It’s easier to give up on eating and drinking when you don’t see your friends so often and don’t visit bars and restaurants so frequently. However, in winter, it's mostly on you. Be more conscious of your food choices, or even snack choices, instead of curling up on the couch eating chips all night. If you find yourself waking up whenever you want and staying in bed however long you desire - give up on that and never get back to it again! Having a schedule doesn't only make you more productive but is also good for your mind, body and overall well-being. Pinpoint what bad habits you have and make a change.

Getting fit, or even staying fit in winter is a bit more challenging. But it can be done! Don't put all the blame in the winter season. It didn't eat all those bags of junk food. It didn't tell you to stay all day in bed and skip on your cardio. Take control even if it's a little tough! Because you can get the body you want, whatever the season.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit at SM North EDSA

How's your 2017 going so far? We're already about a month in, and I hope everyone's been enjoying the fresh start this new year has given us. Anyhow, as we've bid the past year good bye, we'll also be in for the Chinese New Year. And being a Chinese-Filipino, I find it fascinating how this big Chinese occasion has nicely integrated to our Filipino culture.

Chan Lim Chinese Painting Workshop

Will you be enjoying tikoy this coming CNY? Go on a food tour in Manila's China Town? Or perhaps learn about feng shui and how to increase your luck? Why not check out and learn more about Chinese painting the next time you go malling?

This year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students has partnered with SM City North EDSA to hold a special exhibit. From January 15 to February 12, you can view and enjoy more than 300 artworks -- from painted porcelain plates, scrolls and even oil paintings, at SM North's The Block Atrium.

A Crash Course in Chinese Painting

Before the official opening of the exhibit, media guests and bloggers were given a basic workshop on Chinese painting. You can just imagine my excitement, since I've always been a fan of this art form!

Dr Alex Chan Lim Chinese Painting Demo
Dr Alex Chan Lim Chinese Painting On-the-Spot Painting

We first watched Dr. Alex Chan Lim do an on-the-spot Chinese painting demonstration. Despite the number of the people gathered around him, the flash of lights and sounds of cameras, he was able to paint an orchid, and even make a beautiful landscape piece. Every flick of his brush looked effortless, but it became apparent when it was already our turn that Chinese painting isn't as easy as he made it seem.

Chan Lim Chinese Painting Workshop at SM North EDSA

Each table of eight had an instructor, and we were told that Chinese painting can be learned by anyone... As long as the person is willing to learn. Students of the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students come from different walks of life, with varying degree of art exposure. Some has already been acquainted with painting but in a different medium or style, others are enthusiasts trying it out for fun, and there are also those who have zero background in art.

Chinese Painting Workshop

Although I love art, it has been many, many years since I've last drawn nor painted. However, holding the Chinese brush (also called "mo pit") has inspired me to give traditional art a go again. We were taught how to paint the bamboo, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

I seriously enjoyed the workshop and trying my hand at using the Chinese brush. Although I'm far from good, I'm actually considering taking Chinese painting up as a new hobby!

Opening of the Exhibit

After the crash course in Chinese painting, dance groups showcased their talents as they graced the stage in colorful outfits. We also witnessed the not just the lion dance, but also the dragon dance! Now I'm very positive my Year of the Rooster will be quite lucky.

Chinese Dance Performance at SM North
Chinese Dance Performance at SM North The Block
Mr Robin Padilla at Chan Lim Exhibit SM North EDSA

Mr. Robin Padilla also graced the event to congratulate the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students for the opening of the exhibit, as well as to greet the Chan Lim patriarch a happy birthday.

Happy 80th Birthday!

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Ribbon Cutting at Chan Lim Exhibit Opening in SM North

This year, Mr. Chan Lim, the family's patriarch, celebrates his 80th birth year. This is a very auspicious milestone in the Chinese culture. And with this, all the art exhibits during this year will be highlighting this event -- with eight exhibits specifically-themed to celebrate the felicitous family occasion.

Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit

With the ribbon cut, the exhibit is finally open! I've already had my first viewing of the exhibit, and it's definitely a beautiful one! I didn't take a lot of photos since paintings are better appreciated when viewed in person than on the screen.

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Paintings
Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Paintings at SM North

If you'll be finding yourself in SM North EDSA until February 12, I urge you to take a trip to The Block Atrium and enjoy seeing the beautiful artworks of 43 talented artists from the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.

And in case you're interested to take up a new hobby, the Chan Lim family who is sought after in Chinese brush painting also conduct art classes in their Pasig City family studio. You may email them at or view more of their artworks at

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lutong Bahay: Pasta Puttanesca with Contadina + Giveaway!

We've made it through 2016, everyone! But I think I got out of it fifteen pounds heavier. Haha! I'd love to put all the blame to the festive eating I've been indulging on throughout the holiday season. But really, I know I wanted it. (ര̀ᴗര́)v

Anyhow, one of which I just couldn't resist whenever I see on the dining table is pasta. It's a dish I've loved since a kid, and one I've experimented on loads of times. So before the year 2016 ended, I was just so happy to have received a gift pack from Contadina.

Christmas with Contadina

Contadina is a premium brand of Italian-inspired products under Del Monte which carries different varieties of pasta sauces, canned tomatoes, olive oils, pasta, and more. And I'm just happy that it has made its way to the Philippines, with Food Network program host, gourmet and domestic goddess Ms. Nigella Lawson as its endorser.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chibo Okonomiyaki: A Taste of Osaka in Manila

Hello foodie friends! It's been a while since I last posted a restaurant review. I've been a bad blogger in 2016, but I hope to turn the tables around this new year! How's 2017 greeting you, by the way? Hope everyone's oozing with optimism and getting a fresh start. Anyhow, I'll be working on heaps of backlogs, but I'll be throwing in fresh content from time to time. Now, onto the review! ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

Back in September, my good friends Berylle and D, invited my partner and I for a double date. Being the foodies that we are, how could we not oblige? It was also our first time at the then-newly opened S Maison, so new map unlocked! Hue hue!

Chibo Okonomiyaki at S Maison Conrad Mall of Asia

Chibo Okonomiyaki is a famous chain specializing in teppanyaki and okonomiyaki founded in Osaka back in 1973. With over 40 years of experience under its belt, it has already become a household name in Japan. And now, it has found its way to Manila as it opened its first Philippine branch in S Maison at Conrad Manila, Mall of Asia Complex.

#PiattosTime: My Chicken Katsu with a Twist

Like many young adults from my generation, I can't deny that I'm more dependent on the internet than other mediums for both information gathering and entertainment. However, it's nice to take a break from the usual routine from time to time, and enjoy something different -- something that destresses and inspires at the same time.

In my case, you can probably guess it. It's mostly food.

PiattosTime Chicken Katsu

The few hours a day that I don't work or sleep (or waste away on the internet), I'm either cooking, eating, or watching food-related shows. And while I love watching cooking videos on Youtube, there's something more special when catching a show on the television.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

5 Ways to Treat Yourself This Christmas

Christmas is a joyous time. There is so much to look forward to and enjoy -- from time with your family and friends, to time off work or school. Even if you are studying an online course, such as learning a new language or perhaps a masters in social work online, you can let yourself have a break. However, we all know how stressful it can get. There are gifts to buy, food to prepare, houses to decorate, you may need to organize family visits, and you may have a busier time at work. All of this coupled with the nights getting darker and the days colder can make December a trying time, despite all its cheer.

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Treating yourself is a great way to perk yourself up, to make sure you are ready to give yourself and your loved ones the Christmas you and they dream of.

Invest in Your Future

If you’re unhappy with work and would like a career change, or you’re just stuck in a bit of a rut and need a boost, this is a great time to make some changes and do something about it. With so many options, from courses run by your workplace, to online degrees such as online MSW programs, there couldn’t be a better time to return to education and make a better future for yourself.

Visit a Spa

Take a real break from it all. Forget the shopping and the planning, go and get a massage. This is a really great way to relax and take some time for yourself. You might find you come out of it with a much clearer plan, and find a new enjoyment for winter time.

Get a Christmas Hair Cut

Whether it’s a new style or color or just to freshen up, there’s something about having our hair done that makes us feel great. It’s one thing that busy lives often don’t allow us to do as often as we’d like. Just clear some space in your diary and book an appointment. You’ll feel great, and know you’ll be going into the party season looking amazing.

Buy Yourself a Gift

Treat yourself to something new, whether it’s a new outfit for a party or for Christmas day, or a book you’ve been wanting. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but buying something for yourself, just because you want it, can make you feel amazing. This is more so than ever at a time when you are more focused on making other people happy and buying the right things.

Go on a Vacation

Why not take a proper break? If you can get away for a few days, do it. A vacation is always a brilliant way to recharge and get a fresh perspective. If you hate winter, get some winter sun. If you love it, try a skiing holiday to really embrace the season. You’ll probably be able to pick up some good presents while you are away as well.

Giving yourself a bit of time to yourself will help you enjoy all that the winter season has to bring. Sometimes stress can ruin our excitement. Don’t let this happen to you.

Have a happy holiday season!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Connect Lounge: Afternoon Tea Time at Marco Polo Manila

If there's something f&b-related that would define me, it's definitely tea time! While my folks and the boyf love their coffee, and my little sister loves her hot chocolate, I on the other hand love my tea. Sometimes, a little too much, if I may say so.

Most of my closest friends and loved ones have bear witness to my relationship with this timeless affair. I can have tea in the early morning, noon, evening, and even just before bed. But one I've always been excited about is having tea and tea-paired goodies on an afternoon. There's just something special about enjoying tea and snacks a la British royalty while chatting the afternoon away. It's laid-back, it's intimate, it's a treat to the palate, and it involves tea and goodies -- just my kind of thing!

Afternoon High Tea at Connect Lounge Marco Polo Ortigas

There are a good number of cafes and hotels in the metro that offer afternoon tea sets, and I'm just so happy that one of my favorite hotels in Metro Manila, Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, Manila now caters to afternoon tea time enthusiasts like myself at their signature lobby lounge, the Connect Lounge on the 24th floor.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Daily Quickie: Sandwich Baon with Lady's Choice

Bringing my own proper baon to the office or when I'm on fieldwork is something a bit new to me. When I'm pressed for time in the morning, which I usually am, I'd just grab my water bottle and a packet of biscuits and that's my breakfast and morning snack in one.

It somehow makes me regret not savoring my mom and tita-prepared baon back in the day. I need not do anything much when I was a kid since either my mom or aunt will be the ones waking up early to make me not just my breakfast, but also my lunchbox before going to school. And just like a lot of kids, I used to take it for granted.

Lady's Choice Sandwiches

It's a different story now that I'm a lot older though. Although my mornings are usually a blur, I'm taking it upon myself to prepare a proper breakfast and an even proper morning snack or emergency lunch (in case I'll have to eat my proper lunch a lot later in the day).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why Yoga Pants are the Best Piece of Clothing You Probably Own

Women and girls are wearing yoga pants everywhere you turn. You see them wearing these pants at the mall, at school, and, of course, at the gym and the yoga studio. But what makes yoga pants so popular, and why do both men and women love them so much? Well, yoga pants are probably the best piece of clothing that you can own today, and listed below are just a few of the reasons why.

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They are really comfortable

When you put on a pair of yoga pants for the first time, you will completely understand what all the fuss is about. You simply can’t compare the comfort of these pants to anything else, except maybe your favorite pajama pants or your favorite pair of sweatpants. These pants fit like a glove, they move with you, and they will not squeeze in on your belly like tight jeans will.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lutong Bahay: Chicken BBQ and Cabbage Slaw

A month ago, I shared with you a bit about my childhood baon. I also showed you my own version of a quick sandwich using Lady's Choice's Roast Beef Spread. Today though, I'm back with a more interesting sandwich recipe.

But this time, I'm using the Chicken BBQ Spread. Yes, I opened my jar already! Haha!

Lady's Choice Chicken BBQ and Cabbage Slaw Cover

This recipe is actually by Lady's Choice, but as always, I added some ingredients and tweaked some to my preference. I do this with every recipe I recreate, since cooking and making food for yourself should always suit your liking. v(*’-^*)-☆ Of course, I wouldn't do it if it's a baking recipe. Haha! Unless I'm already confident in my baking skills, which I'm clearly not. Not in many, many, many years. Lol!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Maybelline New York: My #MakeConfidenceHappen Story

It's no secret that every person has his or her own set of insecurities. Whether you're a woman, a man, or of other sexual orientation, there's bound to be fears and self-doubts that will haunt us. I guess, it's human nature.

ThePurpleDoll MakeConfidenceHappen

However, I've noticed that as I grew older, I have gained more and more self-confidence. I'm not so sure if it's just me learning how to efficiently turn a blind eye to my previous insecurities. But somehow, I feel like I just learned to embrace whatever flaws I have. In the end, it's not about what other people think about us, but what we really think of ourselves that matters the most.
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