August 20, 2017

Rosegal.com Haul 3 + Review

Ciao bellas! How’s life going? As for me, life has been good as always! Busy as well and always toxic at work. And you know what a stress girl needs right? Some window shopping or straight up shopping. I recently added some stuff to my online shopping cart from Rosegal. This is my third purchase from Rosegal and I don’t think you can call it a haul because there’s only two items for this package. But, oh well, let’s call it a haul anyway. 





Btw, if you’re not familiar, Rosegal.com is one of the many Asian-based online shopping sites. They originally offer vintage style clothing but ventured also to contemporary fashion offering clients hundreds of styles of dresses, swimwear, jewelry, shoes, bags and other fashion-related items. Rosegal.com is one of the many Asian-based online shopping sites. They originally offer vintage style clothing but ventured also to contemporary fashion offering clients hundreds of styles of dresses, swimwear, jewelry, shoes, bags and other fashion-related items. 

August 19, 2017

TRSisterhood: Tequila Rose x Sugar Factory

Tequila Rose is a strawberry cream liquer fearlessly combined with an exotic tequila thrill. It flirts with the line between naughty and nice. Tequila Rose is guaranteed to be a good time, anytime, whether it's night or day, staying in or going out, the smooth, easy taste and festive pink color of Tequila Rose is always a recipe for fun. Just ask the ever-feminine but fierce icon rose, "Life is short. Enjoy the roses."




Me and other blogger friend where invited to the launch of TRSisterhood - the sisterhood of women who loves Tequila Rose. The event was held at Sugar Factory Shangri-La The Fort. It was hosted by Philippine supermodel and host Sanya Smith and music was played by DJ Jeremy Blake. Since it was a Wednesday, the attire was strictly pink, because you know, "On Wednesdays we wear Pink." 😉

August 18, 2017

How to Make Your Skin Flawless AF

Summer is nearing an end and it is the perfect time to perfect your skin care routine. Having flawless AF skin is something every girl wants, but it takes time and effort. During summer, your skin is under more stress than usual and taking care of it and helping it recover from sun rays, salty water and heat won’t be easy but it can be done. So, here’s what you need to start doing as soon as possible to get that flawless skin.




Stick to a simple routine
The most important factor determining the state of your skin is your cleaning routine. You should clean your face every morning as soon as you wake up and in the evening just before you go to bed. It’s best to have a simple routine as too many products can irritate your skin and when it comes to sticking to a routine it helps that it is less time-consuming. Your routine should consist of three steps: cleaning, toning and moisturizing.

The Importance of Food Presentation

The anticipation, the tantalizing fragrances, and the perfect atmosphere – they all come together into a harmonious meal when even the simplest dishes turn into a feast. But few things can disrupt this lovely kitchen Zen like a poorly assembled plate, with one lump of food staring you in the face with no sense of order.




The devil is in the detail, many chefs would say, and if you pay attention to the right ones, your regular daily dining can become as splendid as a restaurant outing. We are visual creatures, but our senses work together to form a unique experience, and your meal is no exception. 

August 16, 2017

Tex-Mex Fare at Encima Roofdeck Restaurant - City Garden Hotel Makati

A few weekends back I was invited to witness the launch the new face of Encima Roofdeck Restaurant at City Garden Hotel Makati which was titled: “Chef’s Table: As Manila’s Sun Sets, Its Culinary Stars Shine”. We were treated with live music, live cooking demos by Chef Dennis Peralta and Chef Mario Bassig while dining al fresco with unlimited Mexican food, drinks and cocktails whilst enjoying the a panoramic view of the Makati Skyline. 




Encima Roofdeck Restaurant is a Tex - Mex roofdeck restaurant overlooking the Makati cityscape at City Garden Hotel Makati's top most floor. If you're a regular visitor of any of my social media accounts, you should know by now that I am an avid fan of roof deck restos and bars, something about them entices me a good deal. These kind of places are your perfect go-to destinations for a night cap, weekend chilling or for a romantic date. 

August 15, 2017

Find Zan.Style Items on Stylebest

Hola chicas! have you seen my latest blog post about Zan. Style.com where I featured a haul of the items I got from this brand? If not you can check it out here: Zan.Style Haul + Review. I am so in love with the items that I got  from this store so I ended up adding a few more items on my wishlist for future reference. 





Zan.Style was born out of our dream of creating a premium daily wear clothing brand for both men and women that seamlessly connects with the sense of who we are. Their clothes have timeless but dynamic styles. They carry out strict quality controls to ensure their products are good for people and the environment.

August 14, 2017

California Pizza Kitchen's New Premium Pizzas

At California Pizza Kitchen, it's always about bringing innovative recipes to life with fresh, high quality ingredients. It all begins with passionate people and California creativity that ends with unforgettable flavors. With that being said, CPK will be celebrating National Pizza Days this August 15 & 16, 2017 and now on its 6th year run!




On these days, guests who visit any of CPK's six (6) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for. I attended the press launch of this year's CPK's National Pizza Day at their Shangri-La Plaza Mall branch and I got to taste the new artisanal pizzas that will be included in this year's National Pizza day promotion together with CPK's mainstay dishes and drinks. 

August 13, 2017

Zan.Style Haul and Review

"I already have enough clothes" said no one ever. Right? It's just me being a girl and I shouldn't be sorry for that. So you know how ecstatic I am when I came across this new website that offers ready-to-wear apparel: Zan.Style. The style of their clothes reminds me of our go-to clothiers: H&M, Mango, Old Navy, Zara and/or Gap because of their simple and minimalistic designs that are always in season.




Zan.Style was born out of our dream of creating a premium daily wear clothing brand for both men and women that seamlessly connects with the sense of who we are. Their clothes have timeless but dynamic styles. They carry out strict quality controls to ensure their products are good for people and the environment.

August 12, 2017

Zaful.com Haul # 9 + Review

Btw, Zaful is your one-stop online shop for today’s most daring, exciting and edgy fashion apparel. Their affordable collections are all about redefining trends, design excellence and exceptional quality to satisfy the needs of every aspiring fashionista. The original idea is to share the latest news and fashion trends on women’s clothing with fashion-forward, free-thinking girls, and they offer the fast fashion worldwide. 





Zaful was established with a clear vision: to provide the very latest in compelling designs for the fashionably hip along with providing exceptional value, quality, and superb customer service. Zaful offers a select choice of clothing, shoes, accessories and more to deck out your wardrobe with style.

August 11, 2017

Easy 11 Tricks to Choose a Perfect Hair Straightener Brush

If you are looking for hair straightener tips, you are in the right place at the right time. Your hair deserves to be treated properly because this is an important part of your head. So we will let you know more about how to choose the right hair straightener brush out there. Well, here are 11 tricks which will help you to purchase a perfect hair straightening brush. So just follow these tricks and get a good hair brush. Lets see whats included here.



 
#01 - Cut Your Hair
Your hair straightener brush should separate your hair in two right away. The hair straightener brush should get no nasty smell at all as well. The head and handle of the hair straightener brush should not get hot.

August 10, 2017

Zaful.com Haul # 8 + Review

Hey y'all! How's life going? As for it's about the same, but I'm pretty much excited for quite a couple of things happening in my life. For one, I can't wait until the last quarter of this year since I'm going to do a handful of traveling, abroad and locally. And I can't wait for that! If I can fast forward time,I would. Another thing is that I'm having great relationships when it comes to PR stuff, foodie meet ups here and there plus a couple of sponsorship particularly in the apparel area. You know that I am not a fashion blogger whatsoever, but I feel lucky that a couple of online shops are trusting me to review and promote their products.




And one of them is Zaful.com; as you can see in the past couple of months I've been having hauls from them one after the other and now on my 8th haul! How fun and awesome is that? Now I don't have to worry for the outfits that I need for my future trips. Zaful has got that covered. Btw, Zaful is your one-stop online shop for today’s most daring, exciting and edgy fashion apparel. Their affordable collections are all about redefining trends, design excellence and exceptional quality to satisfy the needs of every aspiring fashionista. The original idea is to share the latest news and fashion trends on women’s clothing with fashion-forward, free-thinking girls, and they offer the fast fashion worldwide.

August 9, 2017

Diamonds are Forever

"Diamonds are forever..." This was the slogan used by the world's largest producer and distributor of diamonds, De Beers, since 1948, and continue to do so as of present time. Shirley Bassey also used it in her song with the same title and was used as the soundtrack for the seventh James Bond film of the same name. 




The lyrics goes: "Diamonds are forever, they are all I need to please me. They can stimulate and tease me. They won't leave in the night. I've no fear that they might desert me. Diamonds never lie to me. For when love's gone, they'll lustre on. Diamonds are forever, sparkling round my little finger. Unlike men, the diamonds linger. Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your grave for. Diamonds never lie to me. For when love's gone, they'll lustre on. Diamonds are forever, forever, forever."

August 8, 2017

Ambition. Dedication. Determination.

I am at my unhealthiest state at the moment. I've been living a very sedentary life for months or a year now. And that has taken a great toll on my body. I always feel tired than usual, I sleep half the hours that I should and I often get sick.




At this very moment I have a tonsillitis is about to erupt which would cause me to call in sick at work for a day or two. And it sucks, I hate being sick, I hate the feeling of being sick. This got me thinking that I need to really really commit to changing my dietary and lifestyle ways.

August 7, 2017

Wow Your Guests with Well-Thought-Out Wedding Favors

A wedding only happens in one day, but it takes months to a year to prepare for that single day. There are so many aspects in a wedding that guests and spectators have no idea how much hard work is put in to it.  The time, stress and the amount of money put into a wedding is to be treated as a big deal because a couple has to squeeze planning and accomplishing a lot of things for their wedding on top of their daily jobs and other personal tasks. 





I love being a part of someone's wedding and even the thought of being invited in a wedding is a huge privilege for me. It actually pains me to see that people nowadays, when they get invited to a wedding, they feel like the bride and groom owe them something. When in fact, the attitude  should be that being invited in a wedding, more so if you're being chosen as part of the bridal entourage, you should feel privileged in a humble manner. 

August 6, 2017

In Crust, We Trust: CPK Cements Its Pizza Authority With National Pizza Days 2017!

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous  California style pizzas always served with a distinct California vibe, is celebrating National Pizza Days this August 15 & 16, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) now on its 6th year run! On these days, guests who visit any of CPIK's six (6) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for.




Whereas the theme of National Pizza Day 2016 was bringing back old favorites, CPK is introducing five NEW artisanal pizzas you can choose from for National Pizza Day 2017: Ham + Mango Cucumber Pizza, Pizza Italiano, Cheese Triplets Pizza, Asparagus + Chicken in Spinach Artichoke Sauce, and their Primavera Delight Pizza. As is the hallmark of all CPK Pizza creations, they will all be served with fresh, premium quality ingredients in season and hearth baked on top of CPK's proprietary recipe hand -tossed dough. 

August 4, 2017

9 Steps to Planning Your Engagement Party

All the glitz and glam that comes with the engagement sure calls for some (or a lot of) attention! Beauty-obsessed goddesses will probably pay even more attention to planning their engagement party than the other cuties but nevertheless – it is the enthusiasm that counts.Hoping to help on this magnificent journey, we're asking 9 crucial questions to push you in the right direction.




Who is hosting the party?
Looking to throw a bash and celebrate your ring? Go for it! The first thing you should do is figure out who is going to host your party. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are the ones in charge – however, these days, it’s all a matter of agreement. So, talk to your husband to be, make the necessary arrangements, and start from there. 

August 3, 2017

Red Bikini Bottoms

I have tried wearing all sorts of bikini style and colors, but one color I haven’t really got a chance to own are red-colored swimsuits or red bikini bottoms. Well, whenever I see a red swimwear, what comes to my mind are those uber sexy Baywatch lifeguard babes I used to watch on TV back in the 90’s. It’s like wearing that color was exclusively for them or for women who have “the body” to wear them.




But nowadays everything is absolutely fine when it comes to fashion; women have become very experimental and confident about themselves: their bodies and skin color that nobody can tell them what not to wear. It is a 365 days of summer where I live. That's why even if it is already the rainy season, I still buy swimwear whenever I see a pair or piece that I really like. 

August 2, 2017

5 Bathroom Renovation Tips for Your Dream Space

Bathrooms may be the smallest rooms in most households, but they deserve attention big time. First of all, considering that you spend a lot of relaxing time there, sprucing up the space goes a long way in boosting your satisfaction. Besides, bathroom renovations, alongside kitchen updates, rank as top projects in terms of ROI. So, if your bathroom is rather bare bones, it is time to roll up your sleeves. Here are some tips on how to bring effortless elegance, beautify your space, and turn into a small domestic oasis.  





The craft of budgeting
Before you start translating your ideas into reality, put the expectations into perceptive. Come up with a budget and identify total remodeling costs. Factor in materials, labor, as well as the size and layout of the bathroom. All these aspects determine how much money you will have to put into the project. Splurge on the things that will act as mainstays of your bathroom’s new identity and save money in other areas. There is no need to spend it like there is no tomorrow. 

August 1, 2017

The Never Ending Battle with Acne

I have an on-again off-again relationship with acne, and it's the worst relationship one can have, more excruciating than having a relationship with a guy (haha!) And until now, I suffer from adult acne. It's in my genes, both my father and mother suffered from them and having both their DNA, I wasn't spared. I started caring for my skin only after college, because back then I really didn’t have much skin problems.




The only skin care products that I use are sweet smelling body lotions from Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Body and whatever shower essentials that we have at home. Only after taking my Nursing Board Exams that I started experiencing skin problems. Maybe because the real world of being an adult, commuting and stress at work, put a toll on my skin. My skin broke out and I suddenly had combination skin on extremes, super oily and super dry.

July 31, 2017

Butterfly Wall Decals and Butterfly Tops Online

The butterfly is one of the most symbolic animals in the world and it represents personal transformation. And it's no surprise that a lot of people who undergo some major form of change in their lives are searching for anything butterfly-related and butterfly tops online . I have always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it's always never too late to transform ourselves.




If anyone of you see the butterfly as your spirit animal, perhaps it guides you in being sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, as well as the beauty of life’s continuous unfolding. An important message accompanying a symbolic spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes with grace and lightness.

July 30, 2017

Easy Fashion Checklist On Style Best

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Shopping online can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. There are so many options and you definitely do not want to find the same boring pieces as all the other shoppers on there. Stylebest has created the “Easy Fashion Checklist” as the answer to your shopping needs. Unique items at amazing prices. The site is able to get a corner of the untapped market by working with cutting edge Asian designers to bring you clothing not found anywhere else.




It was born as a sister site from another website that couldn’t handle the amount of fashion traffic it was getting. So, Stylebest was created to better cater the best that the warehouses had to offer. We handpicked the best items to feature on the site and continue to find the best our designers have to offer. By studying the latest fashion news staff at Stylebest makes sure the most affordable yet stylish are available for purchase at a discount price. We pride ourselves on having some of the most unique clothing on the web. With this power we created the easy fashion checklist.

July 29, 2017

Toni and Sergio Gastro Italiano at Venice Grand Canal Mall

My office is just a stone's throw away from Venice Grand Canal Mall and I am a witness while its construction was ongoing until it formally opened to the public. While on the morning shift a couple of months ago with my officemates and I would always eat somewhere there if our work load isn't that hard and that we can afford to spend an hour for lunch. I am intrigued with the new restaurants in the area but only lately that I get to try some of them. 




One of the restaurants I've been dying to try at Venice is Toni and Sergio. It is a Gastro Italiano resto that offers delightful and luscious authentic Italian and Spanish cuisines and owned by Iapino Family - the same owners of Parmigiano restaurant. I had dinner here with my good high school friends and coincidentally, the business' tag line is "Where good friends meet!". Isn't that fitting or what? After all one of the definition of friendship is catching up over good food and something nice to drink.

July 28, 2017

Hair Disaster? There's Always A Solution!

I don't think I am vain as a person but as much as I can, I always want to look good and presentable. I love pretty things, I use a lot of products, and I always put make up on and wear nice clothes most of the time. I take care of myself the best I can. A part of my body that I never neglect is my hair.




I subject it to a lot of torture but I most definitely equate that with much needed pampering and care too. The only thing that I haven't done to it is to cut it super short, I have always worn it long, sometimes super long that it goes down as far as the waist level. Recently I've gotten tired of it and decided to change it to a lob also known as long bob and sits just below the shoulder level.

July 26, 2017

Awesome Tricks for a Bikini Body

Last year, Americans spent more than 13.5 billion dollars on aesthetic procedures. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 58% of the total expenditures went on surgical procedures, while non-surgical procedures accounted for more than 5 billion dollars. Times Magazine columnist Joel Stein points out that more and more people are perceiving those aesthetic procedures as essential, while James C. Grotting, MD, President of ASAPS believes that among other motives, competitiveness in the workforce is a recurring theme. Let’s see what non-invasive body remodeling technologies are available in 2017.




Ultrasound fat loss
As a non-invasive treatment, UltraShape technology uses pulsed ultrasound to target fat selectively. It directs ultrasound energy directly to the fat layer under your skin. The pressure waves create cavities in fat cells, causing their membranes to rupture, while keeping skin cells, nerves and blood vessels intact. UltraShape treatments are comfortable and do not show any visible signs of the procedure. The results can be seen after two weeks, but two to four treatments at two-week intervals are recommended. 

July 23, 2017

Made for the Cold Weather

It is literally raining so hard right know while I'm writing this blog feature. The sound of pouring rain outside is so loud thank goodness that is blurred by the best of Linkin Park playlist I'm playing on Spotify right now. Not the type of music one should playing on  cold, gloomy, rainy Saturday night, but just reminiscing the hits of one of my favorite rock bands that I grew up with. I bet you heard the news of the band's front man's tragic passing away. 




I admit I don't know each and every song they have under their belt, but I grew up from the generation where they were at their peak and I believe me when I tell you, whenever any of their song plays on the radio, I know it's them and I can definitely sing along. Surprisingly I know most of the lyrics of their songs by heart even though I don't know their titles. Anyhoo, I just had to get that off my chest. I don't want to sound like I'm riding off what had just happened, because TBH, I am a fan until now and what happened was really shocking and saddening. 

July 20, 2017

On Finding Focus and Concentration

I must say that as we age we kind of loses our ability to focus, well like me, almost about everything. We do a lot of things to make us remember important stuff, like write down notes on our journals or on our smart phones so we have reminders for our things-to-do etc. 





When I was in college, studying was always a priority whenever we have exams. I would usually lock myself up in a room and study the whole day or night; most of the time without anything except for some good music. I do not know about you, but I can study without eating or having a drink at hand, yet without music I easily lose focus and fall asleep. 

July 16, 2017

Going Au Naturel with Radha Beauty

I know that they say that beauty is only skin deep, but I guess there’s nothing wrong with taking care of our skin, after all it is the largest body organ in our body. Also, every day our skin is exposed to harsh elements like wind, sun, pollution which can cause irritations and makes our skin look unhealthy, tired and dull. There are a lot of ways that we can do and use to combat the effects of daily exposure to these harmful elements without further harming our skin. The solution? Go au naturel with your skin care products.




I for myself use a ton of products for my skin, head-to-toe. But I must admit that not all of them are made from all natural organic ingredients. Which kind of makes me guilty because I’m putting and exposing my skin to synthetic chemicals which I know in the long run will have unwanted effects to my body. But whenever I have the chance to come across products that are organic and made of natural ingredients, especially if they are within budget, I chose them over the other.


July 13, 2017

Classic Italian Meatballs Recipe

Meatballs are one of those ball-shaped foods that are irresistible. Most of the food that we eat that comes in ball shapes tend to be delicious - think of Truffles, Doughnut Balls, Cheese balls and an array of Asian delicacies (Japanese and India). The mere idea of thinking about this food will make anyone salivate, and this doesn't even scratch the surface of the ball-shaped food that we have in our world.





But of course, meatballs top this list. The honest truth is that some of us have been fortunate in life to have been introduced to meatballs early in life while others had to wait until 3 to 5 years ago when they had their first experience with meatballs. 

July 12, 2017

6 Affordable Ideas That Will Turn Your Small Bathroom into a Spa

In theory, a bathroom is supposed to be a functional room that contains a bath/shower, toilet and a faucet; in reality, however, it tends to be so much more than that. First of all, it is a first place you visit once you get up in the morning and the last place you visit before you go to sleep. It is also a place where you go to relax and a place where you come to think (no wonder that strangest things that come to mind are referred to as shower thoughts). In a way, it is our own private oasis, our own little spa. With this in mind, here are six affordable tips that could help emphasize this notion even more.




1. Frame mirrors
Every bathroom needs a mirror and seeing how most of the panes are more or less the same (aside from their dimensions and shape), it is the frame that makes all the difference. In order to save some money and at the same time get the right mirror for your bathroom, you could just buy an ordinary mirror and then have it framed. Aside from being a cheaper and a more customizable option, this practice will also add some personal value to this particular item (due to all the effort and research you invested in it).

July 10, 2017

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen at Ayala Malls The 30th

Another cuisine that is dear to my heart and for sure everyone's too is Italian cuisine. It's so familiar to the Filipino palate that's why it is most often than not our go-to comfort food. We have made some of them even our own versions and have concocted a lot of the dishes (especially pasta ones) a hundred times in our own kitchens - that I am 100 percent sure.

 


I have been invited to try out Mama Lou's in the past but I didn't go because their first few branches were mostly in the South area of Metro Manila. I was thrilled that on the second time that I was invited to a foodie meet up is at Mama Lou's newest branch at Ayala Malls The 30th, because it's quite near my vicinity. 

July 8, 2017

Travelbook.ph Affiliate Program Commends Bloggers On 1st Anniversary Celebration

TravelBook.ph, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, celebrated the first anniversary of its Affiliate Program last June 24, 2017 at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig. In addition to celebrating an important milestone, the event was the OTA’s way of thanking its 2,700 blogger affiliates and acknowledging each of their contributions to the success of the said program since it began. 




The event, entitled TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program 1st Year Cheer, highlighted and celebrated the many firsts that the Affiliate Program has achieved on its first year. 

July 7, 2017

Florals and Career Women

Though summer is officially over in this side of the world, the weather in a tropical place like mine is quite hard to put one's finger on. There times of the day that the sun is scorching hot and then suddenly a rain pour would just happen. Or sometimes it rains hard in the morning then it will get a bit humid at night.



So basically living in the tropics it is best to wear something comfy or something that you can layer when the temperature drops. I mean, for example, for a career woman like me, who go on commute everyday and then comes  to work where the AC is on full blast, it is just ideal to wear plain or printed casual dresses and then put on a blazer over it.

July 6, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Travel Video

Hello all! Hope everyone’s having a great week! Can you believe that we’re already halfway through 2017? How time flies right? I bet at the start of the year, you’ve written a couple of goals and plans that you want to accomplish in 2017 just like I did. As for me, I’ve only accomplished a few but it’s ok, at least I’ve crossed out some of it from my list. Not bad I’d say, I still have a lifetime to do all of them. Just like one of my life mantra, it's never too late to do what you want in life!



One of the things that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is to create travel videos. Here’s a little secret, when I was younger, I’ve dreamed of becoming is a music video director haha! But I don’t think I can do that now since I took a different path for my career. Though, learning a new skill is one of my goals every year and video-editing is one of them. Now I’ve finally done it, as I’ve completed my first ever travel video. I should have done this a long time ago, but oh well. 

July 5, 2017

5 Effortless Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals

We all love the enthusiasm we first feel when we decide to do something. Setting our goal seems like the hardest thing we need to do and we feel like we’ll never run out of motivation to accomplish it. However, a few days later, we usually realize that the motivation won’t last forever as it has already started to run dry. Staying focused on our goals in no easy feat, but there are a few tricks we can all use to make it feel effortless.




Write down your goal
Before you are able to focus on achieving something, you must decide what it is that you want. When you realize what your goal is, you should write it down. This will help you make it specific and come up with strategies to reach it and it will serve as a reminder and motivation on your journey. The goal you write down should be defined in “SMART” terms. Making your goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific makes it easier to achieve. By defining our goal in these terms, we are already halfway done with our strategy.

July 1, 2017

Straight Out of the 1920s: The Penthouse 8747

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. A beautiful quote from one of my favorite movies and books of the 1920s era. If you don't know it yet, though I always mention in a lot of my blog posts, I have a penchant for anything vintage most especially if it belongs to the Roaring 20s era.




An era full of fire-out, decadent, ridiculous parties; androgynous fashion and beautiful blues and jazz music. Better known as the Great Gatsby where parties are epic, complete with elaborate platforms, singing, dancing, movie stars, light shows, sexy flappers and wasted money (for anything glamorous). Not to forget the beautiful art and architecture known as the art deco or noveau. 

June 28, 2017

The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin

Out of desire for beautiful and lovely skin, people all over the world are turning to concealers, cleansers, makeup and other beauty products, not realizing that the key to glowing skin is within their reach. While a regular skincare routine is important for your skin, it can never substitute the indispensable role of water. Considering the fact that your skin is composed of water like any other part of your body, it goes without saying that drinking enough water is essential for its health. 




Maintaining skin moisture
The skin has a protective film called the hydro-lipid layer that consists of water and natural oils and fats. This layer maintains the moisture of the skin by slowing down the evaporation, regulates the pH value of the skin and protects it from damage. However, the moisture level can easily drop due to unfavourable weather conditions, unhealthy habits, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and poor nutrition. Since dehydration causes your skin to become dry, flaky and tight, it’s important that you drink plenty of water to maintain your skin’s moisture level.  

June 26, 2017

Loumar's Cafe & Restaurant at Solenad 2

When in doubt or can't decide what to eat always go back to your roots. Basically what happened to us when we made a stopover at Solenad Nuvali last weekend. I was with a large group and it took us a few good minutes to decide where and what to eat. The decision to dine in a restaurant offering Filipino comfort food became an inevitable choice. 




We end up at Loumar's, a local establishment founded in 1997 serving southern Tagalog fare. Loumar's Cafe and Restaurant serves Filipino food and the best Buko pies and fruit flavored tarts from Tagaytay. As for the restaurant's ambiance, I couldn't put my finger on what ambiance they want to achieve. There were booth tables and long tables with faux vines hanging on the ceilings, a mix of quirky, vintage and native decor accented the restaurant. But you can definitely conclude that it is a place for families and groups. 

June 25, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Lucban Side Trip

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 




Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

June 24, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Sunrise Watching at Maniwaya Island

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 




Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

June 23, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Palad Sand Bar

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 



Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque.
 

June 22, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Sunong Bato Beach & Rock Formations

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year!





Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

June 21, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Ungab Rock Formation

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 




Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

June 20, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Maniwaya Island

“For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 




Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

June 17, 2017

Macao Imperial Tea Now in Manila!

Although known globally as the ‘Vegas of China’, Macau is more than just casinos. Macau is beautiful, vibrant, and alive, and this change in perspective is what we want the world to see. As one of the fastest-growing cafe chains that's proudly born in Macau, Macao Imperial Tea takes a deeply-rooted approach that highlights a mix of the rich Macanese culture and a personalized experience. Genuine, memorable, and special--this is what Macao Imperial Tea brings in each and every cup that’s especially made for you. 




With over 200 branches in Macau, Vietnam, China, United States, Macao Imperial Tea is brewing soon in the Philippines! Macao Imperial Tea - Philippines is proudly brought to you by Fredley Group of Companies—the same group behind other exciting food concepts such as Sandaya Yakiniku-Fisher Mall, Shabu-shabu Ichiban, Mitasu Charcoal Yakiniku, and Ersao Wind Tagaytay.

June 15, 2017

Now Open! Go Hotels Cubao: Offers Accessibility for Business and Leisure Activities

Cubao is the commercial hub of Quezon City. It is said that anywhere you want to travel by land in Luzon is accessible through this transportation hub, as it intersects across many of the access ways to the North, East and South of the Metro. There are many viable options in the area that include ever-present taxi service, the MRT and LRT lines, and the buses with city-wide and provincial destinations within easy reach. Aside from these, Cubao is also where one can find the Araneta Center - the iconic shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.

  

These are some of the factors that prompted a niche development group Roxaco Land Corporation to establish one of their five Go Hotel franchises along bustling Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City.  With the opening of Go Hotels Cubao, they offer leisure and business travelers the same value propositions of all the Go Hotels branches in the country. “First and foremost, it is value for money. We have our standard rooms that offer a quiet space with comfortable beds, a good shower, a flat screen TV and the convenience of easy check-in and check-out. We strive to make their stay as hassle-free as possible with a level of hospitality that has been remarked upon by the guests,” says JJ A. Montinola, AVP for Business Development, Strategic Planning and Communications at Roxas and Company Inc.

June 14, 2017

5 Cocktails That Are Perfect for Long Summer Nights

Summer is here and so are the long summer nights. There are many things to consider when preparing for summer, what to wear, where to go, what to do… I’m sure you read all about that, so I’m here to tell you about something a bit more interesting. Here is the list of my favorite cocktails. Next time you are out, try some of them and see what you think.




Tequila Gimlet
This delicious cocktail is the drink of choice of all those with a bit of a sweet tooth and love for tequila. Now before you move on to the next cocktail, you should know that this drink is not too sweet and lime juice makes it perfectly refreshing on a summer night.

June 13, 2017

Zaful's Bikinis + 3rd Anniversary Giveaway!

The summer season has officially ended in this side of the world, but I know some of you from the rest of the globe is just starting to enjoy sunny days and clear blue skies. I envy you! I am a summer-kind-of-girl and if I have one wish I would want to live in a place where it's always sunny. Because I am someone who can't tolerate cold weather and I kinda hate the gloomy rainy weather.
Well, since summer is just starting for some of you girls out there, you're in luck, Zaful's got some of the best swimsuits you can buy and wear for your summer escapades. Check this yellow crochet bikini  if you're the boho or vintage type of girl. And if you're the resort or sophisticated type you can don this color block bathing suit.

June 12, 2017

Vanderlust Bistro + Patisserie

When travelling, I am more excited about trying the local food of a particular area. Most often than not I also buy delicacies to bring home with me and give to family and friends. Just like when my friends and I went to HK last year, I already researched where to eat and made sure to eat HK street food as much as we could. I believe that a cuisine of a place tells a lot about it and is what separates it from other places.




If you would take time to get to know the history of a lot of restaurants that serves international cuisines in Manila, they are usually inspired by the travels of its owners or from where their roots came from. This is exactly the story behind Vanderlust Patisserie and Bistro but this young player did not concentrate to only one country or region, but a continent: Europe.

June 11, 2017

Zaful.com Haul # 7 + Review

Hey hey hey! What's up y'all? I hope you're all having a good week and if not, that's ok, weekend's here anyway. As for me, this week's been cray-zy. Well painful to say the least cuz I have been nursing a toothache for almost a week now. I have been popping pills to stop the swelling and infection before this freakin' tooth gets extracted. Good thing there are things to pick me up. Just like this recent haul that I got from Zaful.com.




This haul includes two new dresses and two accessories. The moment I saw this on Zaful's site I immediately added them to my wish list and thank goodness when I decided to finally get them they're still available. Most hot items from Zaful sell out pretty fast so yeah I'm glad I got them before they run out of stocks. 

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