Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's smells like Christmas with #loveS&R!

Filipino Christmas starts early. And although I already felt the holiday vibe with all the happy Christmas décor and cheery Christmas songs playing in malls since the beginning of the -ber months, it wasn't until this November that everything felt more real. After the Halloween décor was taken down, more Christmas lights and ornaments are put up. And how can I not mention the grand Christmas trees that tower in malls, hotels and other buildings?

Beef Baked Rol from S&R

Even in S&R, one can't help but notice the holiday spirit! I was there earlier this week to grab some takeout from their food counter, and it really helped cheer up my mood to see tons of Christmas décor lined up just by the shopping center's entrance. The Christmas trees and Christmas ornaments, albeit for sale, definitely lifted up the place's mood. It's bright, cheerful and very inviting!

Friday, November 13, 2015

OOTD: A Touch of Pink

Only forty two days left before Christmas! Time has flown by so fast, even though a lot of things happened lately. Anyhow, I know it's been forever since my last OOTD post, but let me preface this first. These outfit photos had been taken quite a while now, but I haven't had the chance to post them here yet due to my untimely blogging and social media hiatus. Still, I hope this is a good share, as I really had fun putting together this simple yet fun outfit.

A Touch of Pink

If you didn't know yet, I dyed my hair pink last summer. (Blog post on how to dye your hair pastel pink to follow, hopefully!) Sure, it was a little tough picking out clothing pieces, in terms of color, that would go nicely with my bright hair. But after mixing and matching, I found that monochromatic themes look more interesting with a pop of fun hair color! ₍՞◌′ᵕ‵ू◌₎♡

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati: A Home in the City

Ahh.. Makati. The city I usually stay away from on weekday mornings, late afternoons, and evenings. Although this city has a lot to offer, I sadly haven't found myself spending a lot of time in here because of the scary rush hour scenarios I encountered for a few times that I did. It didn't help too that I come from the northern boondocks and have to spend about two hours of either driving or commute going to and from the city.

However, I've always wanted to get a better feel of Makati and discover more of the good eats it offers. And one way I can do that sans the fuss, is as you guessed. A Makati staycation.

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati Deluxe Room King

As much as I love hotel staycations, it can get pretty expensive especially for foodies like the boyf and I. Fortunately, one of my favorite group buying sites, Deal Grocer, has been offering really nice deals for hotel stays and dining. And through one of their hotel overnight deals, we found ourselves on the way to a staycation at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Help Battle Malnutrition with Knorr's Lutong Nanay Food Fair

Although I like eating out and trying various dishes from different restaurants, I'd have to admit that home-cooked meals still have that distinct charm and warmth that make me yearn for them from time to time. And how couldn't I? My mom makes a mean sinigang, ginisang monggo with pork, pork asado, and many more!

And even though I'd love to brag and brag about her cooking prowess, I can't deny that brands like Knorr has helped my mom make her dishes even more flavorful and hearty.

Knorr Pork Monggo

Sadly though, a lot of people especially children in the Philippines, are not fortunate enough to enjoy hearty food that are not only delicious but also nutritious. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the DOST (Department of Science and Technology), there are at least 5 million children who are malnourished in the Philippines. If we think about this, it's a staggering number that shows how the issue is closer to home than we actually think.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cedar Salon: Going blonder with Schwarzkopf Professional

When it comes to hair, some might call me a late bloomer as it wasn't until college that I started experimenting with color and hairstyles. However, although I jumped on the bandwagon a little late, I guess I've made up for the lost time since I've never held back when it comes to hair adventures. In just two years' time, I had my hair in a variety of colors -- dark brown, caramel, wine red with bleached tips, bright orange, faded orange, different shades of blonde, pink, and now the lightest blonde I've ever had.

So far, I've enjoyed pink the most, although being a not-so-good blogger, I haven't detailed the how-to on here yet. (Will make sure to do that soon!) But for now, let me share with you my latest hair adventure at Cedar Salon in Greenhills.

Cedar Salon Greenhills

Cedar Salon along Wilson Street in San Juan, is a newly opened salon that promises to not only beautify the crowning glory of its clients, but also provide the perfect environment to unwind and relax. Each nook and cranny in the salon is designed with Asian zen elements reminiscent of spa resorts in Bali, so upon entering, clients can automatically feel transported to a serene world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Cedar Salon Greenhills Interiors
Cedar Salon Interiors

And that is exactly how it felt like going in to Cedar Salon. Albeit filled with guests when I came in, there's still that serene ambiance thanks to the interior design and warm ambient lighting.

But of course, a salon with a nice interior is only the tip of the iceberg. So now, let's talk about the services of Cedar Salon. Do they use quality products? Are their stylists skilled?

Schwarzkopf at Cedar Salon

I don't claim to be knowledgeable with hair-styling and coloring products. But one thing I know is, Schwarzkopf Professional is one helluva brand! d(❁´‿`❁)*✲゚* And I'm sure glad that Cedar Salon doesn't only carry this brand as an option, but is also actively using it for most of their hair services.


Unlike the "me" of five years ago, the present "me" knows what she wants. So yup, I went in to Cedar Salon with a goal in mind -- to get rid of my fugly black regrowth, and get a haircut.

Before the hair makeover at Cedar Salon
The product of DIY hair bleaching...
Back when I started going blonde, I was very diligent too keep up with my regrowth. However, it's been months since my last root touch-up, and I just couldn't find the time to do my roots. I also have hip-length hair going in, with a variety of shades -- some a little blonder than others, some more yellow, others more orange. And I wanted to finally get rid of it!

Haircut and Root Bleaching
Left: Sir Noel chopping 'em blotchy, damaged hair
Right: Ate Rosalyn bleaching my roots
Other girls in the salon were wary of drastic haircuts. Some even opted for just a trim. Meanwhile, I still remember what I said to Sir Noel who was in charge with my haircut, "I want most of my hair chopped off." And he was game! He gave me an asymmetrical long bob!

Getting my roots bleached
Foiling with bleach
First bleaching equals bright yellow hair

It took two sessions of bleaching before the uneven blonde color on my hair got fixed, and to make the whole thing lift to the right shade of blonde. My hair was also toned with Schwarzkopf Igora in 12-9 (or 12-19?) to give it a cooler-toned look.

After the hair makeover at Cedar Salon
I instantly looked younger and less stressed!
I couldn't have been happier! The haircut was easy to maintain and gave my hair the "oomph" it needed. And the color... This light blonde makes a statement wherever I go! If there's a con to it though, it's how I need to make sure I put some makeup on to complement my new blonder hair. If I don't, I'd look too washed out. (n˘v˘•)¬ But it's no biggie!

Schwarzkopf Smooth Perfect Line
Cedar Salon Menu

Thank you again to Sir Noel for my amazing cut, to Ms. Eva and Ate Rosalyn for the fabulous roots bleaching and hair color, and to the whole of Cedar Salon for fixing my DIY-ed blotchy hair and giving me my much-needed hair pampering. ꒰ღ˘‿˘ற꒱⃛ The Schwarzkopf Smooth Perfect Shampoo and Conditioner helped my hair remain soft and smooth too even when using a purple shampoo. Thank YOU!!!

I just love the feeling of going out the salon looking a lot different than when I went in. It's a liberating and an empowering feeling. ୧( ॑ധ ॑)୨ And now, just weeks after, I already can't wait to go back and have another #MeTimeAtCedarSalon!

Cedar Salon, Greenhills
200-A Wilson St., Brgy. Addition Hills,
San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 726-7960
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Get ready for Halloween with #loveSnR!

Back when I was a kid, one "holiday" I've always been interested in is Halloween. But being the typical Chinese-Filipino family that we are, we don't actually celebrate Halloween or make a fuss out of it. So a little over 10 years later, here I am, embodying the kid that I've always been. Still excited about Halloween. I went as a Sim (from the game, The Sims) last year. And while I'm still unsure what I'll be going as this year, one thing I'm sure of, is my excitement!

Beef Baked Rol from S&R

Earlier this week, we went to S&R to stock up on Halloween nibbles. Not just for me, but to share with my younger cousins, nephews and nieces too. But of course, since we were already there, my sister and I didn't miss one of our favorite things about this members-only shopping center -- the food counter.

Yup! S&R's food counter has been a trusty source of big portioned, quality, yet affordable noms. Though we love shopping here, there's no arguing that the food counter is another reason why we #loveSnR. In fact, I think I won't mind going to S&R just for the food! (╯✧∇✧)╯

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ogawa: Bringing Traditional Japanese to BGC

Japanese cuisine has been undoubtedly my most favorite fare of all. If you ask me what food I can eat for the rest of my life, I won't hesitate to tell you a Japanese dish -- sushi, nabe, teppanyaki, katsu, donburi, ramen and a lot more. Even natto... Yes, even natto! So when I heard of a new Japanese restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, you can just imagine my excitement! Hey, a new Japanese resto anywhere within the metro is always good news to me.

Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant

Located on the 2nd floor of The Fort Entertainment Complex (Fort Strip) in BGC, Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant is the newest Japanese food purveyor in the area. Led by Mr. George N. Pua of No Limits Food, Inc. (the same group behind KPub, Modern China, Modern Sichuan, Tony Roma's, and Yummy Soy) and renowned Japanese Chef Kiyoshi Oagawa of Marufuku Japanese Restaurant and formerly from EDSA Shangri-La's Senju, Ogawa promises to let Filipino guests embark on a palate-pleasing adventure of high quality Japanese cuisine built upon freshness and excellence, amidst the growing culinary scene in Manila.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My #loveSnR September Wishlist

Oh -ber months... Although Christmas itself is still 3 months away, September already felt like a legit beginning to the Christmas season. However, I personally feel like it's not just the cheery vibe, the traffic, and the Christmas songs played in public, that screamed holiday season. I mean, all of them create this happy, exciting Christmas mood. But another thing that I always associate with the season, is SHOPPING.

S&R September
Original photo from Spark Experience
Truth be told, I'm not much of a spender. If it's for food, then you can get me to splurge. But if it's for other things like clothes or gadgets, I tend to be the more frugal type. However, Christmas season is one of those times (the other is my birthday), when I feel okay to spend a little. Or a lot. And with the build up to December, I can't help but browse around and start creating a long wishlist of things I'd be buying for family and friends, and for myself.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant: An Intro to Kaminabe & Tobanyaki

Although I've always been out with my love for Japanese cuisine, there are still a lot I've yet to learn. And I'm sure glad I got to experience a new type of Japanese food a few weeks ago, all thanks to Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant.

Rosanjin SM Megamall Fashion Hall

Located at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant is a casual dining resto that prides itself in serving modern Japanese cuisine. To better cater to a wide variety of diners, Rosanjin serves an array of menu from sushi, tempura, ramen, and rice bowls among others.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cheenee & Cookie Salon: Nail Pampering at BGC

Call me a late bloomer, but it wasn't until I was almost done with college that I learned to take good care of my hands and nails. Yup, it took me a full 20 years to realize that nail pampering is actually enjoyable! However, although I've grown to seek nail spas on a monthly basis, there are only a few ones that made my favorites. One of which is this fairly new nail salon I've recently visited in a familiar, yet unexpected area in Bonifacio Global City.

Cheenee & Cookie Salon at F1 Hotel

Cheenee & Cookie Salon (or C&C), owned by the young dynamic duo (and sisters) Cheenee and Cookie, is one of the newest nail pampering spots in BGC. It sits at the upper ground floor of F1 Hotel Manila, which fronts Home Depot and S&R. Just take the escalator by the ground floor lobby to reach Cheenee & Cookie Salon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kumori Japanese Bakery: Toyohashi Pudding in 3 Yummy Flavors

Japanese breads and pastries have always been a weakness of mine, despite my futile attempts to cut back on carbs. And though I don't want to point any fingers, Kumori Japanese Bakery is more or less one of the reasons. Haha! After attacking my weak mind with their heavenly Hanjuku Cheesecake, they did it again... Now with the Toyohashi Pudding.

Kumori Toyohashi Pudding in Original, Green Tea and Chocolate

This Kumori signature product, the Toyohashi Pudding, is a smooth, creamy and velvety baked custard cream dessert named after its city of origin -- Toyohashi, Nagoya. And while I haven't been to Toyohashi yet (nor to any parts of Japan), just the mere taste of this Kumori treat was enough to get me intrigued of what else the city of Toyohashi has to offer.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Made To Enjoy Singing: Taiwan Excellence's online singing contest

Do you love to sing? Do you enjoy making music videos? Do you want to win exciting prizes?

If you answered yes, yes and YES, then this contest is for you!

Taiwan Excellence Made to Enjoy Singing Contest

Organized by Taiwan Excellence, the Made to Enjoy Singing Contest will not only be your avenue to show off your singing ability and broadcast your musical talent all over the world, but you also get to bag many exciting prizes!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Frazzled Cook: Now frazzling in Tomas Morato

Being a foodie, you can bet that most restaurants wouldn't fly under my radar. However, I still can't deny that although I know about these joints, I still can't or have not visited most of them, for various reasons. One of which was a quaint restaurant that used to stand in an unfamiliar area in Mandaluyong City.

The Frazzled Cook Quezon City

But as if lady luck was on my side, this particular restaurant, named The Frazzled Cook, has recently relocated along Scout Gandia in Tomas Morato. Finally! This place that I only used to see in blogs or TV features is now within my reach. (^ω^ʃƪ) #TeamQC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mooncake Festival at Makati Shangri-la Manila

It's that time of the year again! And nope, I'm not talking about the Christmas season, although we all probably feel the cheery, holiday vibe already. *cue the Christmas music* But before that, it's the end of the Chinese Ghost Month, which marks the beginning of the Mid-Autumn Festival, or as I always call it, the Mooncake Festival.

Makati Shangri-La Mooncakes

Back when I was younger, the Mid-Autumn Festival gets me all excited! 'Cause apart from the abundance of mooncakes, we'd play the Mooncake Dice Game where I curiously channel all my luck (I'm not that lucky when it comes to raffles and games.) and win the chong-guan. If my memory serves me right, I think I've won the chong-guan about three times or more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Posh Nails: DETOX Mani+Pedi with Cuccio

When it comes to one's sanity, I always believe that no matter how busy a person is, it's important to still squeeze in some time for self care. And although I am a late bloomer when it comes to reveling in nail pampering, I'm glad I was able to attend a mani-pedi event hosted by Posh Nails a few months ago. It was timely too since I was under a lot of stress back then, and until today, which is unjustly the reason behind my inactivity here on the blog. ヾ(๑o̴̶̷̥᷅﹏o̴̶̷̥᷅๑)ゞᔆᵒʳʳᵞ

Posh Nails Tomas Morato

This year, Posh Nails celebrates its 13th year anniversary. And as a pioneer in themed manicures and pedicures, it is just fitting that Posh Nails launches a new nail salon service perfect for those who yearn for a "detoxifying" experience inside the nail salon's iconic pink and purple interiors. And guess I sure am lucky, as I was one of the first few people who got to try Posh Nails' DETOX Mani+Pedi using all Cuccio products.

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).
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