June 17, 2019

6 Tips to a Happy Wedding Day

For many, a wedding is an exceptionally joyous event, but several psychological factors come into play while approaching this significant life point. With the wedding requirements and practicalities fast piling up, it’s critical for you to focus on the larger picture, and hold certain values in your heart. Below are six tips that every couple should keep in mind, so they are well prepared for the wedding day.

Don’t Ignore Family Dynamics
Weddings are the perfect events for bringing people you love together for the celebration of love itself. Unfortunately, as relatives who haven’t seen each other in a while meet, it’s likely to ignite old family memories that aren’t always pleasant. This includes things like overprotective fathers, critical stepparents, or even jealous mothers.

June 14, 2019

Affojeans - Manila's Affogato

I love coffee and I couldn’t reiterate enough how much important it is to me. Clinically speaking, I don’t think caffeine still has any effects on me physiologically. I guess drinking several cups of coffee a day made me immune to caffeine that it doesn’t really work its magic on me now unlike before. Nowadays it’s more of a psychological effect. But I still couldn’t skip drinking at least 1 cup after I roll out of bed. Whatever it is my relationship with coffee, it still is the fuel of my soul.

I like my coffee bitter sweet, but I’m always up for trying other variants. I don’t know if you have heard of affogato? I’ve come across it in the past but I’m kind of confused as to where it falls. Is it a dessert? Is it coffee? Though restaurants and cafes in Italy categorize the affogato as a dessert, some restaurants and cafes outside Italy categorize it as a beverage.

June 13, 2019

5 Reasons Why Traveling Can Make You a Better Person

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage and pushing the limits. Here are some of many reasons why traveling can make you a better person, and why you should do it often and a lot.

Traveling improves your social skills
Many people are shy and uncomfortable when meeting new people and they never want to stand out or be the center of attention. However, traveling helps you become more open, independent and talkative. It gives you a chance to constantly interact with new people in other languages, learn about their background and share your own stories as well. Not only will it make you more social, but your communication and language skills are likely to progress as well. The more conversations you have with different people, the more you will learn from each of them, and that’s priceless.

June 12, 2019

New Dishes from Tori Chizu - U.P. Town Center

Chizu is a Japanese word that means a thousand storks and the stork plays an interesting role in Japanese arts and culture. It can have a variety of meanings depending on how it was depicted in a story, a historical record, and more. In many East Asian countries, the stork is believed to represent prosperity and longevity. It is also a symbol of grace, wisdom, and luck. On the other hand, in Western cultures, stork is known to symbolize birth and new life and are sometimes included in fictional stories depicting that the stork brings in babies for expecting parents.

Another meaning of chizu is cheese. I am not sure if this meaning is a gairaigo or Japanese loan word from English (or a Japanized English word) but as far as my research went it kind of looks like it is. I am not sure why Scottland Incorporated decided to name one of their restaurants as such (the are also the ones behind Go Bento and Bon Chon) but based on the articles I’ve read Tori Chizu literally means “chiken” and “cheese”.

June 11, 2019

Unli-Pasta and Homey Fusion Dishes at Chef Robert Greenhills

One fact that is true for all, is that food will always give emotional comfort. Studies show that the brain responds to happiness and stress relief by continuing to crave the same comfort foods. It may be emotional eating or you’re just craving for your favorite foods of your childhood; these nourishments provide some relief from negative moods or enhance a current elated feeling.

My comfort food are sinigang and caldereta. I always search for them whenever I’m feeling stressed as I believe these lessens some of my burdens or I just like to believe that they do. Sometimes, I crave for the same dishes for whenever I feel nostalgic or just feeling good overall, that I’m in the mood to cook or eat them. How about you? What comes to mind when you think of comfort food? Or where do you go to get them?

June 10, 2019

Delicious Eats and Quirky Finds at Q House Uptown Place Mall BGC

I know I have become somewhat a tita/auntie, not full blown though as I still don’t have a kikay kit with Katinko, essential oils or Salon pass. But I admit that I rarely go out now, unless I have to go to an event or meet up with friends for something important. Most of the time I tend to stay home on weekends, do household chores and errands or catch up with all the backlogs for my blog and social media, unlike before that you would me in a mall for hours on end. That's why if you ask me now if I know what a concept store is, I wouldn't know unless I look it up.

So what then is a concept store? Well based on my quick research, it is a place that sells carefully curated and unique selection of products pulled together from different brands that connect to a broadscale theme. Concept stores cover just about anything, heck, even food.

June 9, 2019

Beauty Tips and Secrets to Make Your Summer Great

Even though nobody can deny that there are plenty of beauty staples that you can safely use every season (we’re looking at you, red lip and cat-eye), there is always that little something that can be added to make you look truly flawless. Every summer we daydream about white sandy beaches and wild pool parties, but even though fun is right at your fingertips, you don’t want to forget about your beauty routine. We bring you a list of useful beauty tips you’ll fall in love with this summer:

Wear the right clothes
During summer, we all wish we could walk around wearing as little clothes as possible, but while this might be acceptable on a secluded beach or an exotic island, it’s highly inappropriate in the office. Still, if you think about people who live in extreme conditions, you’ll notice their love for flowy and light clothes. These pieces don’t necessarily have to be skimpy, but they are usually oversized and made of natural materials such as bamboo and cotton. Make sure that the clothes you wear allow you to move around freely but also that they allow your skin to breathe – you’ll sweat less and won’t have to worry about sweat stains on your shirts.

June 8, 2019

Dong Juan Marikina - Burgers, Pasta, Pizza and More

Cebu is known as the Queen City of the South not only because of its rich history, its many tourists spots, beautiful beaches and lovely people but also because it’s a culinary paradise as well. Some of Manila’s great restaurants have its origins in Cebu and I just visited one of them at Lamp Quarters in Marikina – Dong Juan.

I’m from the East but I’ve never been to Lamp Quarters until last weekend. Lamp Quarters is a beautiful food park except that it houses full blown restaurants rather than food stalls. Why haven’t I been here before? The moment I stepped on the compound all I can say is that “Ang ganda naman dito!” (It’s so pretty here!).

June 7, 2019

Advantages Of Vaping Over Smoking

Vaping is a highly popular way to inhale tobacco. There are as many traditional cigarette smokers as there are vapers. It helps to understand the benefits of vaping so as to make a well thought out decision about the way you choose to inhale.

Safer than smoking
Vaping is considered to be 95% safer than smoking as per research. There is no tar, ash or combustion associated with vaping and this is why it is considered to be safer than smoking. When you switch from smoking to vaping, you will enjoy better skin health, higher oral hygiene, lung capacity, blood circulation and a better sense of taste and smell.

June 6, 2019

Unli Samgyupsal for 499 at Fantastic Chef - Taft

2018 saw the rise of the KBBQ and milk tea food trends in the Philippines and they are still spilling over to 2019. I’m already getting confused with all the Korean barbecue places sprouting around the metro. But could you believe that I’ve never eaten in a mainstream eat-all-you-can KBBQ restaurant until only a few weeks ago? Personally, I prefer KBBQ restaurants that offer premium meats. But of course, “unlimited” is word that lures anyone and so I have to give in.

So, when I did a staycation at Hotel Benilde and my friends wanted to meet up for lunch after. We all agreed to try this fairly new KBBQ brand Fantastic Chef. They happened to open another branch at Taft which is just a couple of blocks away from Hotel Benilde. From what I can remember this is their second branch aside from the one in Malate.

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