September 25, 2016

Manila Creamery- Gelato made the Manila way

They say you can't buy happiness, but they also say you can buy ice cream and it is basically the same thing. But what if the ice cream is gelato? Then happiness is more like nirvana. Yasss? Earlier this week I was invited to try some of MNL Creamery's gelato flavors at the Cinema floor of U.P. Town Center. It was gloomy that night and rained so hard, but who can say no to a gelato taste fest and a trip to the ninth fold of heaven?

Manila Creamery is the only Filipino Inspired Gelato Company. Most of the stores that offer gelato in the metro strive to achieve the authentic Italian gelato flavors but MNL Creamery is a unique brand but still aims to achieve the goodness and quality of the real-deal gelato.

September 23, 2016

Shawarma Bros Now Open at U.P. Town Center

Shawarma Bros started as a food truck business, I've seen them in Rockwell and Capitol Commons before. H2004 Ventures Inc. was formed in 2012 by five Ateneo friends who wanted to undertake a food business together. Four of the five co-owners (Abraham Castro, Gabriel Sobrepena, Joey Reyes and Rammy de Claro) were classmates since Ateneo High School while Paolo Layug was an adopted member of the group when they met in college.

Early in the planning stage, they initially wanted to franchise a buffalo wings place. However, circumstances steered them in the direction of creating their own brand with a distinctively unique selling proposition instead – cooking and selling from a Food Truck. 3 years later they have their very own concept restaurants one in BGC and one in Pasig City.

September 22, 2016

Cold Season Must-Haves from

I can already feel the chill in the air... Since the month started to end in "ber" everyone knows it is the signal of the cold season. Though it doesn't get super cold nor snow here in my country, when the year hits the last quarter the temperature still drops low. And I am not a person who can tolerate super cold weather that easy.

When this happens I turn to wearing clothes that will keep me warm all day and all night long. My go to apparel for the cold season is either doing layers, I still wear my chiffon tops and just throw in a faux leather jacket or a cardigan over them. I wear less dresses and skirts too.

September 19, 2016

Oh To Be Young Again!

No matter how old a person is, one will always be a kid at heart. And I admit I am one of those people who when put in an opportunity to feel like a kid again will jump right into it. When it comes to amusement parks, I am an ok fan. I like amusement parks, but I’m a coward when it comes to rides especially the ones that will push me to scream out my lungs. I am more into kiddie rides and ferry’s wheels.  

I am excited with upcoming trip, because I will be spending a day in the happiest place on earth. My friends are already excited to ride all the fun rides that requires a lot of screaming but I may have to stay put and just ride the ones fit for kids only. But I like that there has been a lot of adult concept playgrounds popping out in the metro recently, where adults can be kids again even only for a few hours. 

September 18, 2016

Over Rice - New York Halal Inspired Comfort Food

Over Rice is only one brand under Chow Chaps. Chowchaps Food Services was founded by the business partners Sonny Angelo O. Valencia and Emil G. Javier II on June 13, 2016. The partnership however, started way beyond the legal inception of the business. The partners, Sonny and Emil, were cousins and literally grew-up with each other. They laughed and fool around since they were young. During their college days, both of the schools they studied-in were very close however far from where the both resides.

Emil decided to try his luck abroad as a student, furthering his academics in New York's prestigious New York Film Academy. While Sonny stayed in the Philippines and worked for the professional services firm NavarroAmper&Co., a network of Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Limited in the Philippines, as a Financial Advisory Associate. Both, were separated by distance but not in spirit as they continually support each other communicating via the internet. During that year a part, many challenges in both of their professional and personal life were encountered, and both took it as learning experiences and grew to be better people.

September 17, 2016

Budget Beach Style

You’ve been planning that beach vacation for ages and you’re so excited! In your mind’s eye, you’re relaxing by the pool with a cocktail in hand and looking just like the glitterati swanning elegantly with an effortless chic. Or you’re sitting on a beach towel watching the waves crash into the white sand while the kids play beside you making sand castles. In all of these wonderful scenarios, you want to look your best, and this is absolutely possible without breaking the bank.  So how do you get that styled beach fashion look on a budget? 

Start with Great Swimwear
One of the cardinal rules of beach style is to splurge on the best swimwear you can afford. Getting the right cut and fit with good boning means that you’ll feel confident on the beach or by the pool, and you’ll get many year’s wear out of your swimwear.  Cheap, flimsy swimwear will pull at you and highlight the areas you want to hide, so definitely shop around for the best quality swimwear you can afford.

September 15, 2016

Your Homecoming DressTells A Lot About You...

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. It is a tradition in many universities, colleges and high schools especially in the United States. By the way, Homecoming should not be confused with prom, as they occur at different times of the year. Homecoming usually occurs in the fall, and prom usually occurs in the spring. And for sure you are already looking forward to the Homecoming dance which is the culminating event of the week (for high schools). 

I’ve never experienced going to a Homecoming event and most homecomings here in my country doesn’t have a formal social gathering at the end of the week-long celebrations, ours is just simply getting together probably to conduct some civic work or things like that and it usually happens just for a day. 

September 14, 2016

Communion Dresses from

Does anyone of you still remember your first communion? As for me it's a bit of a blur to me to be honest. It is quite a big thing here in the Philippines, being the only Catholic nation in Asia and a country that is predominantly Christian or Catholic.

All I can remember from my first communion was that everybody was excited about it. I think I was in third grade when it happened. Our school was non-sectarian but most of the time performed Catholic practices. I remember it took weeks for us students to prepare for our first communion. Our teachers allotted time for us to practice and read stuff for the event.

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