January 30, 2017

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 12

Before anything else, I want to greet my Chinese and Filipino-Chinese friends Gong Xi Fa Cai!  Well, what a weekend that was! Tad too many parties! Literally went to party from Saturday until Sunday. I had so little sleep too but I don't mind because I got to spend my weekend with my friends and people from the blogging world. I went home from my Friday shift on Saturday morning and finished the chalkboard sign for my friend's daughter's first birthday and went to get some zzzz's. I woke up past my alarm and hurriedly got ready for Buddha Bar Manila's 5th Anniversary as I was invited by Zomato Philippines as one of the bloggers to attend the said event. It was themed as Cabaret/Can-Can night filled with performances and free-flowing drinks and food. 




After that I scrammed to Uptown BGC to meet my friends for some night of dancing at The Palace Pool Club and Valkyrie. That was so much fun too since the music was hip-hop RNB - which I love dancing to. Witnessed so many happenings and enjoyed the night away. By Sunday morning I had to get up early like around 9:00 am to attend another party, but this time it's my friend's daughter's 1st birthday, up north of the metro. 3 parties in one weekend!!! My Facebook feed and Instagram stories were overflowing with photos and snaps but oh well. I'm tired and sleepy but I don't mind.. I don't mind... ♪♩♪ At least I get to spend my weekend with people who matter. 😊

January 28, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macau

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

January 27, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

January 26, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Delicious Kitchen

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

January 25, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

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January 24, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

5 Awesome Tips for a Happy and Healthy Home

A happy and healthy home means healthy and happy life. Even if you do work, you still spend most of your time at home. And personal environment is one of the biggest factors when it comes to your mood, energy and motivation. Also, your general health can benefit a lot from a tidy and organized home interior. If you want to know how to take care of your home in order to take care of yourself, keep on reading.




1. Too much clutter
Excessive clutter is directly linked to stress and low energy levels. It creates mental pressure that puts you down subconsciously. In that respect, the first step in creating a happy and healthy home is decluttering. Take some time to analyze and go through everything that occupies valuable space in your home. Ask yourself what details and decorative bits really fit with your desired theme and which ones simply make a mess. It may sound easy but when it comes to keepsakes you might feel unsure and confused. Therefore, this is not the process to do overnight.

January 23, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Accommodation in Causeway Way via Airbnb

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

January 22, 2017

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 11

What a crazy schedule I had this week! It totally made my body clock went bonkers! So for the first two days I was on the morning shift because of my training and then my boss told me that after my training I will be back on the night shift... in the middle of the week. Great. I have a vacation leave on Thursday (for something big that's about to happen in my life! Eggzoited!!!) So  my sched was like this for the week: morning-morning-night-morning-night. I hope I don't get sick after subjecting my body and mind to this crazy schedule. 




Even though my week's timetable was ridiculous, it was eventful. I ended the training with good scores plus our team in the training was unbeaten! 6-0! Boom! Talk about being competitive, overly competitive! It's nice that I still get to see my training buddies around since we're all on the same building and floor. I love meeting people, it widens your network and like I always say, every one you meet will teach you a thing or two. 

January 21, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: My Two Cents

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

January 20, 2017

Secret Bar: Bank Bar MNL

A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an illegal establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933). During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States. Speakeasies were so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors. 




In the past year there has been a boom in these back alley, hidden door establishments. So yeah, I'm pretty stoked to learn that the Manila night life scene is slowly embracing these types of establishments.  They are a must-see and must-go and you may have to put in a little effort to find your way inside. 

January 19, 2017

Mumuso Korea Now In The Philippines

The proliferation of everything Korean is super obvious in the Philippines nowadays. I have friends who are addicted to Korean TV series, loves travelling to South Korea and eating Korean dishes as well. But as for myself, what I love about Korea is their make ups and beauty products. They are one of the bests in the world, if I can say so myself.




That’s is why I really love this new concept store that recently opened in Manila which is Mumuso Korea. I visited their Venice Grand Canal Mall branch with my officemate one time during our lunch break (it’s just a stone’s throw away from our office building) and we almost went on an over-break because we can’t get enough of the stuff that are available there. 

January 18, 2017

Cyma Greek Tavern - Eastwood

Another favorite cuisine of mine is Mediterranean because of how flavorful their food is and plus it is greatly influenced by so many cultures and cuisines which makes it a colorful one. I have visited a couple of restaurants in the metro that serve Mediterranean food and have always enjoyed it for the most part.


I often see Cyma whenever I go to Eastwood and other malls but only recently that I get to try it. My friend and I was supposed to have just coffee, when we passed by Cyma while walking around the Eastwood. We both looked at each other and mentioned “I haven’t tried this place” and we’re like, “Let’s go!” It was now or never, just kidding!

January 17, 2017

5 Ways to Update Your Fashion Sense in 2017

Beginning of the year is the perfect time for all the “New Year – new me” resolutions, and in some cases that “new me” part includes new style. Unfortunately, building a new style from scratch is not so simple, not because it is difficult to spend an entire day (or more) raiding shopping malls, but because it is, for most of us, financially impossible. Don’t despair. It is quite possible to update your image and style in general without breaking the bank. Here are 5 hacks that will help you be on the top of your fashion game in 2017, and beyond.



Get at Least One Rock ‘N’ Roll Chic Piece
One of the most popular looks announced for 2017 at New York Fashion Week was “bad girls’ club” fronted by Marc Jacobs with his glam rock vibe and Coach with their irresistible rockabilly style. What does that mean for you? Well, you can rock a rock ‘n’ roll style with at least one leather piece. That can be a classic wardrobe staple, such as leather jacket or a more daring choice like shorts, pants, pencil skirt or body-embracing little black dress. Complement this “young, restless and rebellious” style with a messy hairstyle and statement shoes. Or tone it down with a chunky sweater and wavy hair.

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January 16, 2017

Everything Asia Has to Offer

Southeast Asia is one of the best places I love to visit. It has a wide variety of tourist destinations including majestic mountains, spectacular blue and white beaches, waterfalls, thousands of islands, tropical jungles with rare wildlife species, huge rice farms, magnificent ancient temples, and bustling modern cities with amazing skyscrapers.




Southeast Asia is not just about sightseeing, in every country you visit, there's a long list of fun activities to do from diving, swimming, kayaking, to hiking, dancing and night cruising. But the best part is the food. On the streets of most cities, you have an abundance of tasty Asian dishes and snacks. Come along as I share some of the best tourist destinations, activities and cuisine that you can enjoy in Southeast Asia.

Long, Luscious Balayage or Ombre Hair with HairBasePlus

Whenever I am asked what part of my body do I like, doesn’t like or if I want anything to change in my body, I always think about what I like about it first. Hey, who will love me but me right? So the least thing that I ponder on is what I can change about. 




But to answer the first question, So, to answer that question, here are the parts of my body that I love: my eyelashes (they’re pretty long and thick), my fingers (they’re not going to qualify for any hand model job, a bit webby but they’re long and just the right thickness), my legs (they’re not at all flawless but they’re well-proportioned and not muscular) and my hair (it is literally my crowning glory).

January 15, 2017

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 10

I really don't feel like writing a TSC entry this weekend. There's not much going on in my life at the moment besides working and being sent for training for 5 days. But then again, this is something I vowed to do to write stuff that's a bit personal or rather to make this blog still personal. 



Well, I'm having fun during my training and learning things. We often play games before every lesson and the team that I belong to always wins! 5-0 woot! I also got free Starbucks coffee and cookie after eagerly volunteering to answer our trainer's question haha! #competitive #TRVRepresent! My week is just the usual, I didn't go out this weekend too because my schedule is from Tuesday to Saturday. Funny thing is, I filed for a leave for Friday shift (which is technically Saturday) but went to work still. I completely forgot about it. It was ok though because I have no plans anyway and one of my co-workers was absent and an additional head for the workforce was appreciated. 

January 14, 2017

Crisp on 28th Kitchen + Cafe

It's my very first foodie engagement of the year! Woot! And where did I go? I went to Crisp on 28th with other bloggers to try out what they have to offer especially that they are introducing their menu. Thank God I have no work that night because I'm on training for the next two weeks and will be taking the morning shift once more.



  
Crisp on 28th is an ode to throwback neighborhood café that serves a variety of healthy, well-composed meals and curated coffee brew on a quiet street in BGC.  It is located on the ground floor of Alveo Building, a quiet area along 28th Street facing the park. Crisp on 28th offers all-day breakfasts, salads, soups, past, sandwiches, desserts shakes, beverages, coffee, tea, beers, cold pressed juices, smoothies, fruit-infused water, flavored iced tea, milkshakes, cocktails, wines, liquors and other alcoholic beverages.

January 13, 2017

Leopard Shoes Are The Answer

Whatever your style is, a girl should own classic pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories in her wardrobe. Because whenever the occasion calls for it, you just have to reach in to your closet for them and need not to freak out and scour the mall just to get them. 




Must have pieces in your closet should include (according to Tim Gunn) a little black dress, a blazer, a polo shirt, a good pair of trousers, black high heels and a good pair of under wear. Of course that’s not the only things you need but yeah, you should have at least one of each.

January 12, 2017

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Winter Look

Don’t you just love winter holidays? Gingerbread, cinnamon, toffees, and hot cocoa all days long make everything perfect. Even though we all have the urge to curl up under a fuzzy blanket with a cup of something sweet and hot this season, that doesn’t mean we get to do it all the time. We need to leave the house from time to time, and it’s not good to look like you just got out of bed. For those who would like to look flawless even if it’s cocoa-and-cookies time, we made a list of useful tips and tricks.




Let it sparkle
Is there anything that says ‘Holiday spirit’ better than glitter? Sequins and glitter are everywhere you look: from scarves and dresses to eyeliners and fingernails. To get the flawless and elegant look this season all you need to do is add glitters to your fingernails. Paint them all the same color and only have one nail on each hand covered in glitter, or dip a piece of sponge and go glitter hombre on your fingernails with ease. Opt for the ever-popular green and red or choose to have gold or silver if you would like to have a more classic look.

Update Your Wardrobe for the New Year

When I think of the New Year, I think of everything has to be new. Like my way of life, my way of thinking and of course my way of dressing. It will be Spring and Summer soon, and new trends will be running down the runways and the streets. So I guess, New Year means also new wardrobe.



 
I am normally not a person who follow trends, but when I like a style I buy it; but I make it a point to incorporate them to my personal preference in fashion. Especially when it comes to the colors of the clothes that I want to be part of my ensembles. I rarely go crazy with colors, I usually stick to the basics, but yeah, once in a while I like wearing loud colors or a mixture of colors, but nothing extreme.

January 10, 2017

Dohtonbori: An Okonomiyaki Experience

I'm a bog fan of Japanese cuisine, it is one of my most favorite cuisines in the whole world. Invite to any Japanese resto and for sure I won't think twice with saying yes. For me it is one of the most interesting cuisine there is. I think I have tried a lot of its type but I'm still being surprised by its wide variety.




I'm lucky that Manila's food scene has no scarcity when it comes to Japanese restaurants. Some specialize on a particular kind of food, some with familiar ones and some goes for fusion. I've just recently discovered this sorta healthy Japanese food called okonomiyaki. I've tried one once in a food park but I've heard that this place called Dohtonburi offers one of the best okonomiyakis in Asia and now in the Philippines. 

January 9, 2017

Can You Travel With Minimal Savings?

Traveling can be a lot of fun, and sadly, most people think they have to spend thousands if they want to enjoy themselves for a few days.  This doesn’t have to be the case if you know how to travel with minimal savings.  While you will need some cash, you don’t need a ton to create experiences that last a lifetime.




To help you save money and travel for next to nothing, I wanted to show you a few tips and strategies I have used in the past to travel for next to nothing, regardless of my destination.

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 9

It's the first weekend of 2017 and it's already super fun! Agree? well if you're not having fun, I suggest you start making some! Hahahaha! Sorry that I am a bit giddy lately. I think I just started this year on a positive note and disposition that at the moment nothing's gonna stop me from being happy, no matter what the circumstances are. 




One of my best college friends just recently came back to Manila from Canada, and whenever he's here in the Philippines, we always make it a point to meet up as much as we can. So on Saturday, we had dinner with some other college friends. After which we decided to have a fun night by having some drinks. We went to 5 different places that night: Reserve Gastro Tavern (bar-resto), Bank Bar MNL (secret bar somewhere in BGC), Roofdeck Bar at Z hostel (my go-to chill place), Finders Keepers (not-so-secret bar in Makati) and Black Market (club),  so we ended up going home at around 4:00 am on Sunday. It was so fun, pure clean fun (well except that we had a couple of drinks). It's been ages since we went out like that because after college what we would usually do is just go out for coffee or dinner. We kinda did some reminiscing about our college days, made us all nostalgic. 

January 7, 2017

Getting Rid of Hair with Lasers or IPL Treatments

Getting rid of unwanted body hair is an issue that many people deal with all the time, especially women. While traditional methods like shaving and waxing are popular, some people find them tedious and annoying. If you are one of those people, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or laser treatment might be the right course of action for you.




Similarities and Differences Between IPL and Lasers 
While many people have heard of lasers, IPL is not quite as well known in some circles. Even if you have heard of it, you might here “Intense Pulsed Light” and immediately think that IPL is the same as laser treatment. It's not the same at all. Laser procedures used focused beams of light and heat. IPL involves far less heat, and often uses a less focused form of light that covers a wider area at once.

January 6, 2017

Prom Dresses in Pantone's Top 10 Colors of 2017

It’s another new year and for fashion lovers like you and me it’s another year for new styles and trends. I’ve been browsing the net for what’s in store for 2017 fashion and also the colors that would be at the forefront of clothes strutting down the runways and street style file. And my go-to site to check for the later color trends is Pantone.
For this year Pantone Fashion Color Report provided a comprehensive overview of the top 10 colors for 2017 that fashion designers use of color in their spring 2017 collections. This year’s colors are bright and vivid giving a sense of earthiness, hues that surrounds us in nature and the colors of spring of course. The top 10 shades are Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale and Hazelnut. (See photo below).

January 5, 2017

Malcolm's Burger

When it comes to burgers, I can say I have a hate-love relationship with them. When in a restaurant, it's not the first thing I will look for in the menu, probably the least that I would notice. But I consider it still as one of my comfort food. Well, who can say no to the temptation of the smell of grilled beef anyway? A lot of times I get disappointed with burgers though. That sometimes I regret ordering them.




Yet there are few burger joints that I like to try once in awhile. Like Malcolm's Burger which is just down from the building where I work. Whenever my officemates are craving for burgers or when we feel like treating ourselves , Malcolm's is our go-to burger stall. 

January 4, 2017

Single Origin Coffee

I will never claim I am a coffee connoisseur, but I am definitely a coffee addict. I can't start my day or heck my day won't be complete without having coffee. Although I like my coffee cold more than lukewarm or hot. I visited almost every coffee shop I know and I love discovering new ones. I particularly like third wave coffee because their flavor is bolder and the taste stays longer. I've recently visited Single Origin Cafe in BGC High Street Central out of curiosity because one of my blogger friends said it's one of the cafes that offers quality coffee. 




Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes, this is a single farm, or a specific collection of beans from a single country. The name of the coffee is then usually the place it was grown to whatever degree available. Single-origins are viewed by some as a way to get a specific taste, and some independent coffee shops have found that this gives them a way to add value over large chains. Alternatively some people think that this is a way to artificially keep the price of coffee inflated.* 

January 2, 2017

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 8

Happy New Year everyone!!! Today is the first day of the year and I can't be more excited about it. I am thankful for 2016; I can't say it's my best year ever but it definitely was a special year for me. It had a fair share of ups and downs and lessons learned... just like any year that has passed. And because of that I was inspired to write another year-end blog post which you can read here: My 2016: Year In Review And Things I Am Thankful For.




Every year, I always make it a point to have a positive outlook for what the new year will bring for me. As for now, I will just go with the flow but will still keep an eye for my future goals and plan and still work hard to attain them. I haven't crossed all that I've written down in my journal back at the start of 2016. And this new year is another opportunity to put into reality those goals and plans that were not achieved in 2016.

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