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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 Tomas Morato

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. 

June 10, 2017

10 Reasons to Visit the 11th MAFBEX

It’s that time of the year again for the biggest food show in the country – the Manila Food and Beverage Expo or simply, MAFBEX. Now on its 11th edition, MAFBEX 2017 positions itself as the “Ultimate Foodventure”; bringing together a flurry of gastronomic wonders on June 14 to 18, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the World Trade Center Manila. Organized by SIAL Philippines and presented in partnership with the Young Hoteliers Exposition and the Organization of Bar Professionals, this year’s show is sure to be packed with tons of surprises and exclusive events. To give you an idea, here are some among the many reasons why you should not miss the 11th MAFBEX!




1. Tasting Opportunities
Set to occupy a total of 15,000 sqm of exhibition space, which will house close to 500 exhibitors, explore and sample the diverse array of food and beverage products from both local and international brands.

June 9, 2017

Empacho Restaurant x Bar

Empacho is a term (Filipino, Spanish and Latin American) that is characterized by the feeling of indigestion and/or feeling full after eating too much. Of which happens to me most of the time hehe, especially when I’m eating my favorite comfort food. I always say, I’ll just take small bites or portions but when the food gets you going, I end up getting empacho. 




There’s a new restaurant in Tomas Morato that offers Filipino soul food with a modern take and it’s called Empacho. And yes, you will enter the restaurant hungry and will definitely leave with a tummy twice the size of your usual empty one. Empacho is your new go-to Filipino restaurant and bar that opened last April 2017. 

June 8, 2017

Tropical Summers with Zaful

I am no celebrity, fashion blogger or whatsoever but I am very much inclined to clothes and fashion and I know I owe it to being greatly influenced by my family’s background and involvement with the apparel business/trade. Due to that I have the tendency of at least having a minimum of two weeks gap when repeating clothes. I hate to admit it but I really struggle when it comes to buying clothes and shoes; I can live with just enough make up, bags and accessories but with clothes and shoes, they really make me weak. I’m sorry if you might think that it sound so shallow, but all of us have certain obsessions in our lives and yours doesn’t make me any worse or you any better, mine just happened to be clothes and shoes.



 
The same also goes for when I attend an occasion or travel, I don’t usually repeat wearing the same clothes, especially that I will take a lot of photos and eventually post them online. Don’t be judgmental though, it’s just me being me and nothing more. 

June 7, 2017

Zaful.com Haul # 6, Review + GIVEAWAY!

Top of the morning to you all! I am back with my latest haul and sixth mini-haul from Zaful.com. I don't know if it's just a girl thing, but I can't stop myself from shopping for clothes, shoes, and accessories. Even though my closet is already overflowing with them; which some are still unused and still with tags. I always find myself browsing thru online apparel retail stores; sometimes without even the slightest inkling on buying anything. I just love pretty things and I'm drawn to it. 




For this haul, I got more non-apparel items and one dress. I am very much excited and pleased about the pieces I received. If you're not still familiar still with Zaful, it 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. 

June 5, 2017

MAFBEX 2017: The Ultimate Foodventure

Seeking to restore the child-like curiosity and wonder that once defined our relationship with food, the Manila Food and Beverage Expo or simply, MAFBEX invites everyone to go on the “Ultimate Foodventure” as it returns to deliver its 11th installment on June 14 to 18, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.



Organized by MAFBEX Events Management, a subsidiary of Worldbex Services International, and presented in partnership with the Young Hoteliers Exposition (YHE) and the Organization of Bar Professionals (OBP), MAFBEX 2017 is set to occupy a total of 15,000sqm of exhibition space as it expects to house over 500 booths – thereby anticipating no less than 50,000 visitors throughout its five-day run.

June 4, 2017

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. All I know is that they last forever. Being a girl with simple dreams and aspirations, I don't think it is my best friend though. I would be a hypocrite if I say I don't want one. Of course I do, maybe I'll buy one for myself one of these days or someone with good and pure intentions will put a ring on my finger. If ever I'll get one someday, I would probably get me a vintage one or a vintage-looking one.  I like everything vintage and I've bookmarked some that I have seen on Pinterest and online. 




I like diamonds because they are very representative of life. A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure. Just like a diamond, it can’t be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. And lastly, even the most beautiful diamonds have flaws too.

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