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Monday, July 25, 2016

#CreateWithCream: A Creamy Lunch Affair with Nestle

Back when I was still a beginner in the kitchen -- not that I think I'm a pro now, I'd always have a set of go-to recipes I can impress my family and friends with. Some involved mere frying, but my favorites were ones which are actually very easy to make but doesn't necessarily seem so -- like my Pinoy-style carbonara and peach-mango refrigerated cake.

And if you didn't notice yet, both of these easy-to-make recipes use Nestle All-Purpose Cream, which I actually grew up with, as this brand had never gone missing from our pantry. So of course, when I was invited for a creamy affair with Nestle, deciding was a no-brainer!

Nestle All-Purpose Cream

I've always been amazed how Nestle All-Purpose Cream is so versatile. Back when I was still a kid in single-digit years, I grew up with Nestle Cream as an important ingredient to desserts. Whether we're making a special fruit salad, buko pandan or cake, there had to be cream! As I grew older though, I got introduced to the savory uses of this cream product. Be it in creamy pasta dishes, thick soups and meaty viands, there's always a place for Nestle Cream.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

An afternoon with Kojie San at La Creperie Makati

While growing up (and growing old), I've become more accepting of all my features (and flaws). However, though I'm a firm believer of self-acceptance, I've always said it again and again that it sure doesn't hurt to strive for self-improvement if it's safe and healthy for yourself and for the people around you.

Probably two of the most common concerns of women in today's society is 'weight' and 'skin tone'. But while I have a lot to say about the former, today, let's focus more on the latter.

Kojie San Event

Unlike our Western sisters who are keen on skin tanning, we Asians (south-easterners like easterners) are very much obsessed with skin whitening. I know our media plays a big role on how we perceive beauty, and mold our set of beauty standards. And as much as we try to deny or fight it, most of us already have this cemented in us.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#ColorYourMood with Freshlook & Air Optix Colors on July 10!

Are you a contact lens wearer? Or maybe someone who's interested in trying it out? Do you have pretty bad eyesight like I do? Or perhaps, you just want the freedom to change your eye color into something else?

Well, whatever your reason for wearing contact lenses, I bring good news to you!

ColorYourMood with Freshlook and Air Optix Colors
Original photo by @dearmarjsia!

Alcon, a global leader in eye care, would like to invite YOU to witness the launch of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes as ambassadors of AIR OPTIX ® Colors and FreshLook ® Colors brands of contact lenses. So save the date! This is all happening on July 10, 2016 (Sunday) 2PM onwards at the Robinsons Place Manila Activity Center.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ippudo: The New Hakata-Style Nikusoba

If you've been following me on Instagram, you would've known that I'm trying to eat cleaner and healthier these past month or so. But of course, being a foodie first (before a health buff-wannabe), I'm still up for cheat meals every now and then. And while we actually had a cheat day (rather than just meal) during the Robinsons Place Manila Bloggers' Fashion and Food Crawl, I made sure to save some tummy space for Ippudo's newest item.

Ippudo at Robinsons Place Manila

Ippudo has been in the country for two years now. And although I've blogged about it before when it first opened, I'm still as excited to dine here for the nth time. Who wouldn't? Ippudo already has over 100 stores worldwide, and with the founder, Shigemi Kawahara, revered as Ramen King, at that!

Robinsons Place Manila: Fashion & Food at The Grand Manila Sale

In celebration of the 445th founding anniversary of the City of Manila, Robinsons Place Manila will be holding a 2-week long celebration through The Grand Manila Sale! From June 24 to July 3, 2016, shoppers can enjoy exclusive promos and exciting deals from Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Appliances, Handyman, Toys "R" Us and select Robinsons Specialty Stores. There are discounts of up to 50% off to be had, buy 1 take 1 promos, as well as gift with purchase, among other exciting deals.

Robinsons Place Manila's The Grand Manila Sale

Apart from all the shopping, mall goers also have an exciting roster of food selections to choose from among the many restaurants, new and old alike, at Robinsons Place Manila. And to give you a sneak peek, Robinsons had selected a small group of bloggers to join its Bloggers Fashion & Food Crawl, where I was lucky to be a part of.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mr. Pizza: My first taste of Korea's #1 pizza chain

When it comes to pizza, my top of mind choice would usually be Italian or American concepts, although to be completely honest, I'm not that into pizzas anymore. Still, when I first heard about Mr. Pizza, I was intrigued. What kind of pizza does this place offer? How is a Korean pizza chain any different from what we're already used to?

Mr Pizza Review

I've been seeing Mr. Pizza at SM North The Block's Food Circuit for over a month now. However, it wasn't until I attended a Bloggers' Fashion and Food Crawl at Robinsons Place Manila, that I finally got a taste of Mr. Pizza.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tamarind: Going Thai at SM The Block Food Circuit

Over the past few months, I don't feel too bad being a northie anymore. Shopping and weekend date sessions at SM North EDSA don't seem too uninspiring no more. And these are all thanks to the new Food Circuit at SM The Block.

When I get asked where I want to eat after spending hours in the mall, I don't reply with, "Meh, anywhere" anymore. Now, I'm usually more than excited to head straight to The Food Circuit to see what else I haven't tried yet.

Tamarind Tase of Thai SM The Block

And after a long streak of dining at Casa Italia, Amici, Almon Marina, Nadai Fujisoba and Osaka Ohsho, I'm so happy to have found that a Thai resto had opened.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Food Circuit: Northearn Eats & Treats at SM The Block

As a northie, I don't really have many choices for dates and shopping sessions. While I like going out and about, there's a sense of security to just staying somewhere near my place. And while SM North EDSA isn't exactly located within my city, it's the nearest major mall from where I live. Can't have myself all contented with SM Center Sangandaan now, can't I? You might not have even heard of it if you're not from Malaboon-Caloocan area!

Food Circuit at SM North EDSA The Block

The only problem with always frequenting the same mall? One can hardly find something new. I felt this with SM North EDSA, especially towards their restaurant choices.

But there's been good news for months now. Foodies will now be treated to a wider, more diverse roster of restaurants as SM North EDSA opens The Food Circuit at the lower ground floor of The Block. And I'm not talking about a few new resto cafes here. Not even ten! There'll be a myriad of delectable flavors enough for embarking on a culinary adventure with 27 new dining destinations. Yup, you've read that right. Twenty seven!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A #loveSnR treat for the special man this June!

While I was used to the idea that the month of June is synonymous to back-to-school (Yes, I know it's not anymore!), this month is also deemed special as it's when we also celebrate anything and everything about one-half of our folks. And while I know the Father's Day has long come and gone, we have a lifetime to show this special man our love. We also have a whole month to treat him to goodies he'll surely love!

S&R BGC

And since I'm an inclusive person, this post isn't only a gift suggestion for dads. Actually, these #loveSnR finds are also perfect for your other special man *coughSOcough*, or your brother. Heck, these can also be nice buys for your mom, your sister, any relative, friend/s, or even for yourself. There are a good number of items here that I myself am interested to purchase!

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
Photo source: www.theknot.com

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
Photo source: www.bellethemagazine.com

According to ukweddingsavings.co.uk, 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
Photo sourced from Amybarickman.com

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.
 
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