Monday, May 23, 2016

Why Reception Food Is Ideal for a Summer Wedding

Traditionally, June is the month of weddings because the weather has turned warm and sunny, but not too hot that everyone swelters in their formal attire. However, as the weather is a bit warmer, you don’t want to have a huge sit-down affair for your wedding celebration dinner as it might just put everyone to sleep with no energy left for dancing.

Reception foods make the perfect alternative, and here are some examples of what types to offer and why they are ideal for a summer wedding.

Summer Weddings
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Caterers Booked to Capacity

Not only in June, but throughout summer months you will find that most caterers are booked at or above capacity. There are weddings, yes, but also celebrations for graduating students. And with so many people taking their annual holiday during the summer, catering staff may be at a minimum whilst events are at an all-time high.

Summer Wedding Venue
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According to, it is imperative to book caterers and venues well in advance, especially during the summer. If you book too late you may find that the caterers and venues of your choice are already booked and all others are booked as well. Because of this, caterers can literally name their price which won’t be cheap.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Casa Italia Cafe: Italian Comfort Food & Gelato at SM The Block

Being a northie, it's no surprise that SM North EDSA and TriNoma have already become my second home. Throughout the years though, I've gone a little bored with the restaurants and shops housed in these malls. Blame my monthly, sometimes even weekly, trips to this part of town. However, SM North EDSA The Block has recently been revamped, and there are more and newer joints opening shop -- one of which is Casa Italia Cafe.

Casa Italia Cafe SM North EDSA

Casa Italia is a Singaporean franchise which prides itself as a modern day interpretation of the traditional Italian bar offering handcrafted premium gelato, specialty coffee and all-day dining Italian comfort food, with the addition of beer and wine. With close to 20 outlets within Singapore, Casa Italia has now expanded to international locations. And late last year, it has finally arrived in the Philippines with its first store opening at Burgos Circle in BGC, followed by this second branch at the lower ground floor of SM North EDSA The Block.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Get to know Kojie San's new IT girl!

When it comes to physical beauty, I've always been a firm believer of both loving one's self and also striving for self-improvement. Of course, there are things about our appearance that we can't do anything about and just have to love and accept wholly. But at the same time, there are also parts we can enhance to bring out the better version of ourselves.

And when it comes to skin, I'm both for flaunting one's natural skin color, as well as trying out skin brightening products.

KojieSan Soap

Throughout my 20+ years of living, I've never had issues with the color of my skin. There are times I wished I was tanned, and times I hoped I was whiter. But growing up, especially with skin issues, I've learned to be happy with whatever skin tone I end up with. As long as I'm itch-free from eczema.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's a homemaking May with #loveSnR!

It's the last month of summer in the Philippines. But while it's still pretty hot and humid during the day, it's also very apparent that the rainy season is almost upon us. The past few weeks, I've actually expected evenings to be rainy, and it have been without a doubt! What a bipolar weather, right?

That's why as much as I want to go on a night out, I usually prefer to just stay indoors.

Vintage Homemaker
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And staying in is made better with TV series and movie marathons, with good noms on the side. And after a trip to our favorite members-only shopping center, S&R, we're mostly set for a night of entertainment and food.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen: Coffee & Comfort Food in Quezon City

Cafes have always been my happy place. Most of my favorite ones are cozy and even serve good food and coffee. But there's a better feeling that beats my actual cafe visitations -- discovering new cafe gems.

It was already pretty late one Saturday night when my friends Berylle, D, the boyf and I chanced upon this new cafe resto tucked away in Scout Lazcano. It was really unplanned, I tell 'ya. I didn't even know this cafe existed before Berylle found it that same night!

Blue Rocket Kitchen Cafe

We went in, pretty much not knowing if food will be good, if portions will be satisfying, and if they serve good coffee. But I guess that in itself is the very reason I ended up adoring Blue Rocket. We didn't know and expect anything, but we were surprised in a good way.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

5 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

Although you can mostly see me in cafes and restaurants, chugging mugs of matcha latte and stuffing my face with food, I'm actually a lover of everything beauty-related as well. When I'm not busy inflating my waistline, you can find me at the beauty section of the mall.

However, as much as I love trying out different brands and cosmetic products, I've grown to be attached to a few specific ones throughout the years.

Beauty Products I can't live without

Today, I want to share with you the beauty products I've always loved and have been using until this very day. Of course, not exactly the same tub or stick, but products I keep on repurchasing, and see myself using and buying again and again.

Please keep in mind though, that what might perfectly work for me, may not be the same case for you. Just as with skincare, cosmetics can be a game of hiyangan too. A mostly fun, other times frustrating, journey of finding that holy grail product.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Isla Una: Filipino Island Favorites at City Golf Pasig

As much as I enjoy Filipino cuisine, I normally don't choose to eat at Filipino restaurants. I guess it stemmed from the fact that my mom makes mean Filipino dishes at home. Another is how I've trained my mind to work for many years now -- that there's so much new, modern and mostly foreign gastronomic delights out there to explore, Filipino cuisine can wait.

Isla Una Casual Filipino Dining Interior

Luckily, my friend Berylle chanced upon this fairly new Filipino restaurant at City Golf Plaza in Pasig City, when we were looking for place to grab lunch from in the area. It's been years since the last time I found myself in the area, and more so, eating at a new Pinoy place. But unlike most Filipino restos, Isla Una doesn't exude that old, tired traditional vibe. Instead, it feels modern and fresh, and can treat diners to an island beach restaurant feel.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Another #loveSnR experience this April!

About two years ago, I somehow transitioned into being more adult-like. From a mere free-loading daughter, I'm now a more responsible still-free-loading daughter, who's in charge of budgeting, bills payments, and pantry and supplies shopping and inventory. It's not as tough a job as that of my parents', but I now have better understanding of the tasks and responsibilities homemakers seem to carry with them.

While I sometimes feel the stress of home-related adult-ing, I'd say, I'm enjoying it for the most part. Apart from how I feel like I'm contributing more to the household, I actually get to go grocery shopping every one to two weeks.

Tuna Margherita Pizza

Most of the time, my grocery visits involve shopping for cooking oil and condiments, toiletries, cleaning and laundry supplies, and supplies for our dogs and my cat. But there are a few times I go grocery shopping not as an errand, but more for fun. And just recently, I went to our favorite members-only shopping center, S&R to pick up a few things not for the whole family, but more for myself.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lutong Bahay: Oriental Journey Master Class with Kikkoman

Have you been a reader here at The Purple Doll for a while now? 'Cause if you do, chances are, you'd probably already know of my deep love for Japanese cuisine. From dining at traditional Japanese restaurants, to going on modern Japanese and fusion gastronomic adventures -- I can definitely say that even if I already had a lot, I'm still very hungry for more Japanese noms.

But of course, there are times when eating out is not always plausible. And for that, I can proudly say that I've even tried my hand at recreating my favorite Japanese dishes, like making my own sushi rolls, katsu, Japanese curry, cold soba, tempura udon, and more.

Sushi Platters Cooked with Kikkoman

Just recently, Kikkoman has extended me an invitation to be part of their Oriental Journey: Master Class -- an exclusive cooking class held at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen in Pasig City, sponsored by none other than Kikkoman, which highlighted and took us on a journey to discover the wonders of authentic, restaurant-style oriental dishes. And as a Japanese food lover and amateur-but-passionate home-cook, of course I accepted!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cool down with #loveSnR this summer!

Oh summer... The season of sand, sea and lots of sun. And although summer has been an iconic time of the year, it's also one I've always been nervous about. You see, despite my love for beaches and vivid skies, I still haven't learned to like the grueling heat. Philippine Summer 2016 has been especially hot too, with temperatures hitting over 37° (and the feel of over 40°)!

Beach Dog
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But of course, there are a couple of ways to help ease the summer heat. Consuming cold food and drinks is one, as well as keeping well-hydrated at all times. You can also hit up the beach or pool and chill in the waters, enjoy the breeze atop mountains, or take advantage of malls' air-conditioning systems.

As for me, I try to stay in front of the fan most of the time. Or when it gets overbearingly hot, I crank up the AC and say heck to the electricity bill. But my favorite way of cooling down is during grocery days at our favorite members-only shopping center, S&R.

Disney Pool Ring
Disney Pool Ring (P389.95)
Regular: P464.95
Disney Family Pool
Disney Family Pool (P1,629.95)
Regular: P1,929.95

It seems that S&R has been helping us cool down as they offer special discounts on swimming rings (kid's Disney swim rings at P69.95), swimming arm bands (kid's Disney swim bands at P74.95), as well as various sizes of inflatable pools. Now who said you can't have fun in the waters even in the comfort of your own home? d(゚ー^*)

Rux 20' Mountain Bike or BMX Bike Alluminum Alloy
Rux 20' Mountain Bike/BMX Bike Alluminum Alloy (P4,499.95)
Regular: P5,499.95

For the more adventurous, there are also bikes for sale at discounted prices. If only I knew how to properly ride one, I'd be game for biking trips! It would be really cool to feel the wind on your face when cycling, and get a good cardio workout at the same time. But for now, I guess I'm already content with just riding alongside the boyf when he bikes.

Urban Denim Shorts, Urban Star Rip & Grinding Shorts, Urban Star Ladies Shorts
Urban Denim Shorts (P519.95), Rip & Grinding Shorts (P549.95),
Ladies Shorts (P419.95)

Before: P619.95, P649.95, P499.95 respectively

Although there are certain activities that can help cool you down, one of the simplest ways is still dressing for the season. And if you're in the market for new denim shorts, then you're just in luck as S&R is featuring these Urban Star shorts this month of April. I already got myself a few pair, and I can't wait to flaunt them with my light-weight tank tops.

Kirkland Signature Egyptian Beach Towel and Charisma Resort Towel
Kirkland Signature Egyptian Beach Towel (P899.95)
Charisma Resort Towel (P749.95)

Who says you can only enjoy soft, resort-quality towels at hotels and resorts? This month, as many will be hitting up the beach and other summer destinations, you can get your hands on these high-quality towels. Actually, even if you'll just be chilling at home, it wouldn't hurt to own a few of these to make after-shower (or sweat-wiping) sessions more enjoyable.

Buy any 2 Blue Bunny Ice Cream for P629-95
Buy any 2 Blue Bunny Ice Cream for P629.95
Before: P349.95 each (save P69.95)

There's also a good deal on Blue Bunny Ice Cream. When you buy 2 tubs of ice cream, you get to save P69.95. So if your family's craving for this creamy treat really badly this season, then this is the best time to get them some! And if you think you'll be getting tired of eating ice cream this summer, think again. Apart from cooling you down after a few spoonfuls, you can also get creative and make milkshakes and towering sundaes with tons of toppings with it. You can also top it on your favorite brownie, halo-halo, or even make it into fried ice cream (which I've cooked a few times now, and have been loving)!

Anyhow, whatever you decide to do to help you cool down and stay sane this summer, make sure to always stay hydrated and keep safe! Have a happy summer, everyone! ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

Monday, April 18, 2016

M&M’S® Elections 2016: Vote for your Candydate!

This year's Presidential Election 2016 is heating up. On my social media feeds, in real-life social gatherings, and even at home and at work, there's no shortage of debates and at times, even heated arguments, about the upcoming election. But today, I'm not here to add more fuel to the fire. Instead, I bring you exciting news as M&M’S® brings their own brand of spontaneous fun to the elections.

Vote MMS 2016

This summer, you have the power to cast your vote for any of the three M&M’S® candydates for a chance to win cash prizes and M&M’S® merchandise.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cafe Enye: Spanish Brunch Cafe in Eastwood City

Though totally coincidental and unplanned, I always end up visiting cafes to grab meals from for the past year or two. Whether I'm by myself or with company, the forces of nature (or just my biases) would put me inside a resto-cafe -- either new or trusted. And recently, I found myself yet again in one of them. This time, inside Cafe Enye in Eastwood City.

Cafe Enye Eastwood

Whenever we're in Eastwood, the boyfriend and I would see this fairly new establishment at the Excelsior Building. We initially had no idea what they served here though, and would always be full already when we pass by this part of Eastwood. But a few weeks ago, we spent most of our time checking out the establishments along this side of Eastwood Ave. And luckily, we still haven't had breakfast nor lunch, so off to brunch at Cafe Enye we went!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Kojie San: Ready to #BringYourSkinToLight?

It's summer! And with the seemingly unbearable heat, it follows that maintaining, or even achieving fair skin, is harder than usual. And while slathering on SPF every few hours can greatly help, one famous skin-whitening brand in the Philippines is here to take it to the next level. Are you ready to bring your skin to light with the country’s No.1 Kojic Acid soap?

Kojie San Kojic Acid Set

I've been no stranger to skincare. In fact, my skin story may be a bit of a special case. However, I've always been a believer of trying things out and striving for self-improvement, provided that you do not place yourself or those around you in harm's way. So if you're a morena wanting to achieve fairer skin, or someone who previously had lighter skin but got tanned through daily sun exposure, you have every right to bring your skin to light.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

KPub BBQ: Bibimbap Lunch Sets + KBBQ Goodness

Koreanovelas and KPOP have both been a big part of modern Pinoy culture. And suffice it to say, so does Korean BBQ. Whether buffet or ala carte, I have yet to meet a person (except for vegans and vegetarians, of course) who can't say no to this scrumptious meat fest. So today, let me tickle your Korean BBQ fantasies with this review of KPub BBQ's new offerings.

KPub BBQ Trinoma

Unlike other Korean BBQ joints, KPub BBQ is a meat-all-you-can concept restaurant, infused with a KPOP theme. It opened in early 2013 at The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, and have since expanded with branches at TriNoma in Quezon City, Cebu Business Park, and soon, at Glorietta 2 in Makati.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Headquarters Cafe & Games: Fun, Snacks and Coffee at Katipunan

If you've been a reader for quite a while now, you'd probably know how much of a cafe junkie I am -- from chilling at coffee houses by myself, to going on regular coffee dates with the special someone or with friends, and even just hunting for the newest, coolest cafe around.

Over the past few years though, there has been a rise of cafes offering not just food and drinks, but also fun activities in the form of board games. And just recently, we got to check out one at the buzzing university neighborhood of Katipunan in Quezon City.

Headquarters Cafe and Games Katipunan

Headquarters Cafe and Games is a quirky game cafe which has opened its doors just a few months ago. Donned mostly in white, one of its walls really pop out especially with famous comic book heroes and villains painted on. On the other end, you have a nook filled with card games and board games. They had a limited number of tabletop games when we visited, but from what I know, there are more fun and exciting games coming in, in the next few months.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Fluoride Health Scare: Is Fluoride Harmful?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. It has long been known to have benefits for oral health, which is why fluoride is included in most toothpastes, and also why many places including most of the USA and Europe have programs of community water fluoridation – meaning a carefully monitored level of fluoride is present in tap water. There are lots of studies showing why fluoride is beneficial to teeth at all stages of a person’s life, and it is thought that water fluoridation may be the reason why you see far fewer people with dentures these days than you did in previous generations, and oral health has improved on the whole in communities with fluoridated water.

Fluoride in Water
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The Scares Around Fluoride

However, there are some people who are opposed to fluoride being added to their tap water, and who believe it is harmful. With things being spread on the internet about the dangers of fluoride, it is only natural that some people, especially parents, may become concerned about what is being added to the water supply. And for others, it is seen as an infringement on their personal freedom to have additives in their water. But is there really anything to worry about?
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