June 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 9, 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 8, 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.

June 6, 2019

The Return of Popeyes in the Philippines

It has been almost a month since Game of Thrones aired its very last episode and until now I’m grieving that I will never get excited about Monday like I used to. Call it whatever you want but I am that invested in that show like I was with band of Brothers, and I will not be sorry for being so. What do I usually do when I’m stressed or sad or feeling under the weather? I eat.




I know it’s not the best way to deal with a loss (hahaha I’m serious about this) and I might be projecting a little bit but that’s my coping mechanism. Anyhow, that morning I can’t really eat properly even if we ordered heavy breakfast at the place where we watched GOT for the last episode of the final season. I was too engulfed with what I was seeing on the screen and was cradling mixed emotions because of how the show ended.

June 5, 2019

What’s New at High Street Café, Shangri-La Hotel the Fort BGC


When you deal with food which do you prefer, quantity over quality or vice versa?  When you want to eat like a high roller, your go-to should be hotel buffets as they give you both quality and quantity. It’s nice to treat yourself with something that will comfort your soul and your tummy at the same time. Plus, let me tell you his, you deserve it! And no, it’s not stress-eating, it’s self-reward and self care.




You'll find buffet greatest hits at High Street Café at Shangri-La The Fort. Whether you’re heading to a High Street Café buffet because it’s a great value, because you can try a wide variety of delicious foods from around the world, or just because it’s sort of a low-key must-do when in BGC, there’s something for every hungry guy and girl, at every time of the day.

June 3, 2019

Hodai: Japanese Korean Fusion Buffet Restaurant

It’s as if I have not been to several Korean and Japanese restaurants in the weeks that passed that I find myself at this new place in Examiner Street, West Triangle, Quezon City that is offering unlimited Japanese-Korean Fusion dishes: Hodai. The English phrase “All you can” in translated to Japanese as “hodai”. This is why Sam Chung named her and her brother’s newest venture as such.




From the same people behind Sodam Korean Buffet Restaurant, Hodai is a Japanese fusion restaurant that takes on a new concept of a modern buffet styled setting. Wherein it’s like a sit-down dinner, but food is served in a limitless way, until you are full to the brim.

June 1, 2019

Authentic Japanese Cuisine at Fukurou Nihonryori - Marcos Highway

I have always been fond of anything Japanese; from their culture & traditions, to their literature, to their fashion and most especially their cuisine. Back then, most kids my age won't usually love eating Japanese food and raw food like sushi. I on the other hand have greatly enjoyed eating sushi and maki at a young age. And as I grew older, Japanese food is still one of my favorite international cuisines to eat.




I can’t reiterate enough how much I love Japanese cuisine; it is and will always be on top of my list. Some may dislike it because they don’t like eating raw and some say some dishes are bland and not as complex as other cuisines. But like all the other things in Japan, food is considered art. Some follows traditional ways of creating or preparing and some are innovated as well.

May 30, 2019

Da Rae Jung Korean Kitchen - BGC

Koreans have invaded the Philippines, not literally but figuratively. Korean culture continues to capture Filipinos' hearts with their TV shows, movies, fashion, music, cosmetics and cuisine. Filipinos may not understand the language, yet we completely embrace the Korean culture fever.




Take for example the growing numbers of Korean convenience stores and restaurants. It’s like in every neighborhood; there is highly more than one store or restaurant available. Just like with milk tea, people are also crazy over Korean barbeque and there so many of them in the market. It’s only up to you which brands you’ll patronize.


May 28, 2019

Cafe Romancon at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle Manila

I don’t know about you but when I do staycations, I try my best to just lounge around and enjoy the place where I am staying. You see, when you go on a legit vacation, most of the time you don’t get to enjoy the hotel or place where you are staying. You are always out and about, going on tours and doing activities. And then when you get back to the hotel, you just take a shower and get on to bed. Thus, you really don’t get the full experience of the place and its amenities.




That is why when I went on another staycation at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle last weekend, my friend and I made sure to stay put at the hotel and enjoy what it has to offer even though there are so many things to do in and around the area, more specially that it is located in the heart of Manila. Friends were telling us go there go here eat there eat here. But we were like, nah we're staying in and eating in.

May 27, 2019

5-Star Feels Staycation at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle Manila

Staycations are becoming the norm for mini vacations as it gives us the bliss of going on holidays but basically just resting. "La dolce far niente" as they say in Italian, staycations gives us exactly that - the sweetness of doing nothing. I don’t know about you but when I do staycations, I try my best to just lounge around and enjoy the place where I am staying.




You see, when you go on a legit vacation, most of the time you don’t get to enjoy the hotel or place where you are staying. You are always out and about, going on tours and doing activities. And then when you get back to the hotel, you just take a shower and get on to bed. Thus you really don’t get the full experience of the place and its amenities.

May 26, 2019

Healthy Hair and New Hair Color By Novelina Zeelke Cream Hair Color

I have been regularly dyeing my hair since 2009 so you can imagine how damaged it is by now. I am just able to mask it through constant use of conditioner and other products just to tame it. Also my hair has gone from phases to phases of brown, blonde and ash, but majority of the time it's blonde and later ash. Just the other day, on a whim, I decided to have it dyed again, to a shade that is a little darker than I would usually have.




I went Market Market and looked for the Novelina booth where they offer free hair color application when you buy their hair dye product. It's my first time to try Novelina's hair dye and also the first time that I had it done at the mall. Because usually I would go to the salon or it's just me who dyes my hair.

May 24, 2019

Splash Mountain Resort and Hotel - Los Baños, Laguna

Summer may be over, technically and officially, but what is great about living in a country that lies in the tropics is that it is basically 365 days of summer still. Living in the Philippines, Filipinos love to go out for excursions, whether to the beach or to water parks, any time of the year.




Los Banos lies on the northern slopes of the long dormant volcano Mount Makiling and is known among tourists for its hot spring resorts. Because of the town's proximity to Metro Manila, Los Baños' hot spring resorts are frequent weekend or summer getaways for residents of the vast metropolis and tourists from other places in the Philippines and abroad.

May 22, 2019

Lime by Chef Arch - Street Food with An Attitude

Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker in the streets or any other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption. Not everyone has the stomach for street food. But for the fastidious ones who can’t stand eating food cooked without closely monitored safety and sanitary standards, well, fret not. There are a lot of places that you can visit to eat or try street food without the fear getting Hepatitis or food poisoning.




One of which is long established restaurant that serves street and comfort food since July 2007: LIME by Chef Archie Val Juanta. LIME is Chef Arch's first concept restaurant years before Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. I've been here a few times in the past, out curiosity, because they serve Filipino street food in quite an upscale manner as well as comfort food with a twist.

May 20, 2019

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast - Kapasigan Pasig City

How do you say good morning in your language or dialect? In Tagalog, we say it as “Magandang Umaga!” This greeting can be heard all day at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast as it is the restaurant’s “battle cry”. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a casual dining concept restaurant that serves affordable gourmet breakfast meals all day.




I clearly remember the first time I dined at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast at their flagship branch in Mandaluyong and completely fell in love with their great food offerings and unique concept. From its humble beginnings as a side-street eatery in a quiet residential area of San Joaquin Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City; slowly by word-of-mouth it gained fame because of its unique and delicious offerings with a neighborhood eatery set up. Today they have 8 branches across Metro Manila and will be opening 2 more in BGC and UST.

May 19, 2019

5 Tips To De-Stress Your Business Travel

There is always a time when business travel becomes essential for the growth of your company. No matter the type of technology you use; business travel remains an integral aspect of growth. Business travel can be stressful and there are tried and tested ways you can take the edge off. It can be even more stressful if you have to move between cities. Here are a few tips to help you destress your business travel.




1. Plan some personal time
Many business travelers deal with stress by scheduling personal time. This can turn the trip into an informal mini-vacation and it can help you destress. A lot of business travelers add an extra personal day to their trip while many do not schedule meetings on the last day of the trip. This will give you a chance to unwind before you get back to the routine.

May 18, 2019

Show Your Love and Commitment with a Promise Ring

There are so many notions on how one can show love if you are in a romantic relationship. Some do it through words, others through actions and some use something that is tangible that when seen will be regarded as something that memorializes someone’s love for his/her significant other.




In Asia, giving someone a jewelry as a sign of intent for a long-time relationship or marriage is not really a popular tradition or custom. I guess the idea of giving a significant other with a piece of jewelry, say a neck lace, a promise ring or an engagement ring, as a testament of your love and commitment was an influence adopted by East from the West.

May 17, 2019

Summer Cocktail Making Tips

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about how we’re going to spend it. Of course, we have all our summer holidays already planned, but what about those amazing summer parties that will make this summer even more unforgettable? There probably are many reasons to throw a party – either an anniversary, birthday, promotion... you name it.




And if you want to think outside the box and be a bit more unique and original, we recommend throwing cocktail parties as they are always fun and different. This is an even bigger “must” if you have a nice garden or a pretty place where you would host it. But how to throw a good cocktail party, and what to have in mind?


May 16, 2019

Buddha Bar Manila's Game of Thrones Inspired Party

The Filipinos have been known to adopt a lot of Western ways due to being colonized by other countries in the past. And although the Philippines is a predominantly Christian country (thanks to the Spaniards) besides the religious undertakings that most of us do during Lent, the celebration of lesser religiously-related events have also been practiced for quite some time now (that’s thanks to the Americans). One of which is the celebration of Easter through a more festive approach through Easter Egg Hunt and the likes.




Growing up, I’ve only come to know Holy Week nothing more than its religious context. All thanks to my grandmother who’s a devout Catholic. I still vividly remember how solemn it was from Maundy Thursday up until Sunday plus the processions that we would join every afternoon and all. Even Easter Sunday is a still and quiet day reserved for reflection. 

May 15, 2019

What To Get Your Significant Others On Their Special Day

They say money can’t buy happiness but if you use it properly or if you save up and able to buy something that will make someone feel special, then I guess money has value after all. But that is not the focus of this post but things or activities that you can give to your special someone for any special occasion.




For me personalized gifts are always better. By that, I mean it is extra creative, extra sweet, and extra cool by giving them away personalized gifts. It's the perfect solution when you are so over braving crowded malls, and heavy traffic just to get something for that significant other.

May 14, 2019

Barkada Weekend Staycation at City Garden Hotel Makati

When I feel stressed out I often times zone out and day dream of places that I want to teleport myself to. But as much as I want to go on a vacation on a whim, well, I don’t have that type of luxury at my disposal. Good thing that there are alternatives that I can do to ease my stress; like doing a mini vacation or a.k.a. staycation. Doing a staycation gives you a chance to break from work and life pressures. Because, you know, adulting…




A few weeks ago I went on a staycation with my foodie friends at City Garden Hotel Makati in Poblacion. It was planned prior to the date but the days leading to our staycation were quite a hell for me. Days leading to this staycation were probably not the best days of my life. Earlier that week, I experience the scariest earthquake I’ve encountered my entire life and went down from the 33rd floor of our office building with my hands and knees shaking from weariness and fear.

May 13, 2019

Encima Roofdeck Restaurant at City Garden Hotel Makati

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 kinds of places are your perfect go-to destinations for a night cap, weekend chilling or for a romantic date. 




The restaurant was decorated with vintage string bulb lights, Mexican sombreros, green plants and succulents. The area is a bit small and located adjacent to the hotel's pool and can house around 50-70 people. Encima is where you can experience dining al fresco with good Tex-Mex food, drinks and cocktails whilst enjoying the panoramic view of the Makati Skyline.

May 12, 2019

Buffet Breakfast at Bistro Restaurant - City Garden Hotel Makati

For years, breakfast has been believed to be the most beneficial meal of the day as it breaks the overnight fasting that happens when we sleep, as it replenishes the supply of glucose. Personally speaking I find it hard to function on an empty stomach no matter what kind of job you do.




Although it’s rarely that I eat a complete breakfast on a regular basis; I usually do brunch (the literal meaning of it) because of work schedule. But if given the chance or if I don’t need to prep so early for work, I would always get a hearty breakfast. That’s why I enjoy breakfast when I do staycations at hotels, especially that most offer buffet breakfasts.

May 10, 2019

BFF Gift Ideas That Will Make Them Feel Special

When it comes to friendship, I believe in quality over quantity. I know and get along with a lot of people but there are only a handful of people I can call my friends and a very few that I can consider as my best friends. Having a best friend is like having another sister or brother of your own choosing who share the same interests and beliefs like you do. They also are the ones who inspire you and at the help you keep your feet on the ground.




If you know your friends well, it isn’t hard to look for gifts to give them when their birthday is coming. If your friendship is rooted well it really doesn’t matter if you give out a gift or not, the gift of friendship can be more than enough. By now though, after years of friendship, you might have already run put of ideas to give as a gift to your bffs. But in case you still want a token to symbolize that friendship here’s a list of things you can give your sister/brother-from-another-mother.

May 3, 2019

How to Look Your Best During Your Summer Vacation

When deep winter months make us feel all cozy and relaxed wanting to eat as much as we can during the holidays – that is when you know it is the perfect time to start planning your next summer vacation. Most people eagerly wait for summer, and they start planning a trip during those cold days. If your preparations have started, but you don’t feel like you are actually prepared, read the following tips on how to look your best on your vacation.



Start sculpting your body on time
Like previously mentioned, preparations of every kind should start early on. You can take up a new sport and start getting fit for those summer months. Along with a fitness routine, a healthy diet is something that will make you look fabulous and feel healthy. Hitting the gym, jogging, or something simple like walking and playing with your dog will do the trick. Also, a few basic exercises like squats, sit-ups, and lunges are enough to tone your body. As far as the food goes, try eating more fruits and vegetables, and of course, fewer carbs and fats. Doing any type of detox program will also clean your body from toxins and make your skin radiant and fresh.


May 2, 2019

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse - U.P. Town Center

Comfort food are things we take refuge to when we’re carving for hearty meals that can relieve the stress that we encounter on the daily basis or for when we want to have a little taste of home. They usually evoke some nostalgic feeling and a little warmth to our hearts and tummies. It’s the food we eat without the guilt and tell people to step off because you deserve this.




I’ve never been to the States, but I have Filipino, Filipino-American and American friends who say that the best comfort food you can find is in the South. Most of them agree on one thing, that Southern U.S. food brings comfort like nothing else on earth. The cuisine of the Southern United States developed in the traditionally defined American South, influenced by African, English, Scottish, Irish, French, Spanish, and Native American cuisines. But then again Southern American cuisine crosses all regional boundaries.

May 1, 2019

Pick Your Party Padi’s Point: Padi’s Point - Antipolo Circumferential

Padi’s Point Restaurant and Bar remains the top-of-the-mind for gimmicks and all kinds of celebration. It remains the perfect place for reunions or simple night outs with the entire barkada. Indeed, one can easily find a Padi’s point that fits his/her preference.




In the past, I have only visited Padi’s Point in Sumulong Highway Antipolo mainly because of its overlooking view of Metro Manila and the cool breeze which is perfect when I go for drinks or two with my college friends. But that was that and that’s the only Padi’s Point that I’ve ever stepped foot on.

April 30, 2019

How to Make Your Trip Memorable

Travelling to a new destination brings along certain expectations, always making you look forward to meeting new people, seeing fascinating sights and so much more. Aside from being a typical tourist who’s thrilled to know as much as possible about the new place they are visiting, you’ll probably also want to make this and every future one the one for the books. Luckily, we know exactly how you can turn the originally average trip into an iconic holiday.




Become familiar with the destination
First and foremost, you should do thorough research on the country you’re going to visit. Not only should you know more about the culture itself, but also about all the hidden gems and unusual routes that not many people take. That way you’ll be able to explore the destination to the tiniest detail and maybe discover something you’d remember forever. By becoming familiar with the place you’re going to visit, you can create a plan of touring, write down all the places you want to visit and put together a detailed itinerary that will allow you to make every second count.

April 29, 2019

Some Handy Tips To Take Good Care Of Your Mink Fur Coat

A mink fur coat is like a long term investment for your wardrobe. While you may have to spend a considerable amount on buying one, this is one piece of garment that spells style and luxury. So you should be happy about owning one. At the same time, you should give it some extra care to preserve its beauty over the years and keep is as good as new. Let us share some handy tips that would help you to take good care of your mink fur coat.




Store it under optimal conditions
Proper storage is perhaps the most important aspect of the fur care routine. When you do not need the coat during the summer months, hand it over to a professional storage company that will preserve and store it in optimal conditions. The ideal temperature for storage of fur is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit while the humidity is about 50%. Maintaining these conditions at home is practically impossible.

April 26, 2019

5 Ways to Get Summer-Body Ready

Beach season still seems far away, so you comfort yourself with layers of spring clothing hiding those winter-season extra pounds. However, time flies and before we know it, we'll be buying new bathing suits and judging ourselves in the mirror for not having the dream summer body ready. To avoid this, stop deceiving yourself with "plenty of time to start working out" and get to business asap. With just a little work, exercise and discipline, you'll be killing the beach look this summer. Below we’ve shared the essential five tips to help you on your summer-body journey.




Find motivation
Getting up at 6 AM for an early morning jog in the park or intense gym session takes more than a mere desire to look good. Discover precisely what motivates you and what will get you moving on the days when you won't feel like leaving the cozy couch and Netflix all day long. Whether it's the summer vacation you already paid for, that sexy little dress you want to fit in, or a Victoria's Secret angel look – have that image in your head (or on your fridge) to serve as an effective motivation factor.

April 25, 2019

Great Food and a Great View: Padi's Point Antipolo-Sumulong

There are far too many instances where people made joke about where I live. They say that this area of Pasig-Cainta boundary is already the countryside or the province. I clapback and say, “I live in the suburbs” haha! I’m really torn about living at the outskirts of Metro Manila/border of Rizal if we talk about the worst traffic jams in C5 especially that I have worked in Makati and now in BGC. It takes me forever to get to the heart of Metro Manila but I’ve been living in this area half of my life already that I’ve gotten so used to the hassles of travelling from where my family lives to any point in MM.




But you know what, there are perks that comes with living in this area. On a whim, I can go to Antipolo and enjoy a bit of nature. On a whim, I can go to somewhere in the city for any undertakings that I have to do. East siders will surely agree with me when I say we have the best of both worlds in this area.

April 24, 2019

Infuse Your Home Décor With Warmth With Veeyoo

When I was little, I had a fondness for doll houses. I would always play with the one my mother gifted my sister and I. I would also rearrange the little tiny furniture based on my liking and whenever we go to the mall, I would beg my mother to let me drop by a toy store so that I can look for things for my dolls that I can put in their doll house.




I also love playing house and my sister and I would rearrange our room to create a make shift house. The floor would serve as our living room and kitchen and our beds would serve as the second level of the house where we would combine the pillows to create mini beds. We would pretend to cook and eat using our kitchen utensils and cookware toys using either the plastic food toys or real food that we took from our home pantry.

April 23, 2019

MAXXimum Thrill and Fun at Lazer Maxx Greenhills

I am not someone who loves to do things involving physical activities. I’m way too lazy, I know. But sometimes if it fosters camaraderie and give me some fun and enjoyment, I will always consider. A few weeks ago I was invited to join my foodie friends for a food crawl which begun with a lazer tag activity at Greenhills.




At first I was hesitant to join, I don’t want to tire myself early on knowing that I will have a full day ahead of me. But I was already there and I thought what the heck, let’s just get it done and over with so that we can move to the next destination. We geared up, teamed up and received our instructions from the personnel manning the place.

April 22, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Add NYC to Your Bucket List

One of the most popular tourist destinations is definitely NYC. If you’re one of those who simply don’t like cliché destinations, then you are probably avoiding visiting NYC for the time being. Be that as it may, New York City is definitely a place that’s worth seeing at least once in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter that millions of tourists a year visit this metropolis, or that it’s the setting of every major blockbuster or TV show. But these are not good enough reasons for you to visit the Big Apple, right? What if we gave you a couple more reasons to do so?




It’s rich in landmarks
Obviously, the first thing that you will do once you come to New York is see the landmarks. This is definitely one of the most important reasons to visit this metropolis as all of the landmarks are very well worth seeing. The first thing you should check out is the Statue of Liberty. Yes, this is also a cliché, but it just doesn’t do to go there and not see it. Also, if you want to be a bit more artistic and find a great place for your Instagram photographs, you should check out the Grand Central Station. Once you check these two off your bucket list, you might proceed to visit any other landmark you wish.

April 21, 2019

Caramia’s New Joyful Summer Treat: The Limited Edition Mango Cream Pie

When you think of tropical fruits,  what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Well for me, I easily think about one fruit: Mango! Mango is my favorite fruit of all, almost all variety of it! Ripe, unripe, name it I'd eat it (except the mango-apple variety with that acrid taste). Also, I'd eat anything with mango in it; that's how much I love it!




The Philippines is, and I’m proud to say this, probably the best place where anyone can get or eat mangoes. Our country produces the best ones and foreigners can attest to that. I even know a Hong Kong-based dessert place that source their mangoes from Zambales and Pangasinan. And hello, Cebu and Guimaras… other places like the former two where you can get those oh so delicious fruit.

April 20, 2019

Corregidor Travel Diary: Corregidor Inn and La Playa Restaurant

People close to me, knows I love history, especially anything relating about World War II or military stories. I have discovered this fondness for history and the world wars when I was little, I picked and read from our ancestral house’s library, one photo book that depicts World War II. From then on, I got more and more curious about anything about military and warfare; that I read and watched all things relating to it as much as I could. I was very fascinated that it got to a point where I wanted to be a military nurse while I was studying nursing in college. But my height didn’t cut it, so that plan was ditched.




The Philippines is a country that had a major role during that time in our history because of our relations with the United States and also our ardor for democracy. And there are so many places here that are filled with stories that are linked to World War II. Corregidor is one of them. Corregidor is an island that can be found at the entrance of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Due to its very strategic location, it served as a naval defense station since the Spanish Era. It is 48 kilometers away from Manila and is shaped like a tadpole.

April 19, 2019

Corregidor Travel Diary: The Rock Beach Club at the South Dock, Spanish Lighthouse, Gen. Douglas MacArthur Statue, Gen Jonathan Wainwright Memorial

People close to me, knows I love history, especially anything relating about World War II or military stories. I have discovered this fondness for history and the world wars when I was little, I picked and read from our ancestral house’s library, one photo book that depicts World War II. From then on, I got more and more curious about anything about military and warfare; that I read and watched all things relating to it as much as I could. I was very fascinated that it got to a point where I wanted to be a military nurse while I was studying nursing in college. But my height didn’t cut it, so that plan was ditched.




The Philippines is a country that had a major role during that time in our history because of our relations with the United States and also our ardor for democracy. And there are so many places here that are filled with stories that are linked to World War II. Corregidor is one of them. Corregidor is an island that can be found at the entrance of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Due to its very strategic location, it served as a naval defense station since the Spanish Era. It is 48 kilometers away from Manila and is shaped like a tadpole.

April 18, 2019

Corregidor Travel Diary: Battery Way, Battery Grubbs, Battery Hearn

People close to me, knows I love history, especially anything relating about World War II or military stories. I have discovered this fondness for history and the world wars when I was little, I picked and read from our ancestral house’s library, one photo book that depicts World War II. From then on, I got more and more curious about anything about military and warfare; that I read and watched all things relating to it as much as I could. I was very fascinated that it got to a point where I wanted to be a military nurse while I was studying nursing in college. But my height didn’t cut it, so that plan was ditched.




The Philippines is a country that had a major role during that time in our history because of our relations with the United States and also our ardor for democracy. And there are so many places here that are filled with stories that are linked to World War II. Corregidor is one of them. Corregidor is an island that can be found at the entrance of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Due to its very strategic location, it served as a naval defense station since the Spanish Era. It is 48 kilometers away from Manila and is shaped like a tadpole.

April 17, 2019

Corregidor Travel Diary: Middleside Barracks, Topside Barracks, Corregidor Hospital, Cine Corregidor, Pacific War Memorial, Museum and Eternal Flame of Freedom

People close to me, knows I love history, especially anything relating about World War II or military stories. I have discovered this fondness for history and the world wars when I was little, I picked and read from our ancestral house’s library, one photo book that depicts World War II. From then on, I got more and more curious about anything about military and warfare; that I read and watched all things relating to it as much as I could. I was very fascinated that it got to a point where I wanted to be a military nurse while I was studying nursing in college. But my height didn’t cut it, so that plan was ditched.




The Philippines is a country that had a major role during that time in our history because of our relations with the United States and also our ardor for democracy. And there are so many places here that are filled with stories that are linked to World War II. Corregidor is one of them. Corregidor is an island that can be found at the entrance of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Due to its very strategic location, it served as a naval defense station since the Spanish Era. It is 48 kilometers away from Manila and is shaped like a tadpole.

April 16, 2019

Corregidor Travel Diary: Malinta Tunnel, Kindley Airfield, Filipino Heroes Memorial & Japanese Memorial Garden

People close to me, knows I love history, especially anything relating about World War II or military stories. I have discovered this fondness for history and the world wars when I was little, I picked and read from our ancestral house’s library, one photo book that depicts World War II. From then on, I got more and more curious about anything about military and warfare; that I read and watched all things relating to it as much as I could. I was very fascinated that it got to a point where I wanted to be a military nurse while I was studying nursing in college. But my height didn’t cut it, so that plan was ditched.




The Philippines is a country that had a major role during that time in our history because of our relations with the United States and also our ardor for democracy. And there are so many places here that are filled with stories that are linked to World War II. Corregidor is one of them. Corregidor is an island that can be found at the entrance of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Due to its very strategic location, it served as a naval defense station since the Spanish Era. It is 48 kilometers away from Manila and is shaped like a tadpole.

April 15, 2019

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Viewing Party by Sky Cable, HBO Asia and Johnnie Walker

We’ve heard the Northerners say “winter is coming” for the last 7 seasons of Game of Thrones and now Winter has finally arrived in Westeros! After two years of waiting after the last episode of season 7, the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones is at long last here! I know just like me, fans all over the world have waited for this day to come with both eagerness and dread in their hearts. As we all are excited to finally see this epic made-for-TV-movie come to fruition but also wishing it could have lasted longer than season 8.





The wait is over and the “watch has ended” for the fans of the Emmy-winning fantasy series "Game of Thrones" as the much-awaited premiere episode of the final season airs on April 15 (Monday) on HBO and its online streaming service HBO GO. I have been one of the lucky few to get invited to the Exclusive Viewing Party of GOT’s S08 E01 at the Johhny Walker House in Poblacion Makati that was put together by Sky Cable and Sky Broadband; HBO Asia and Johnnie Walker Philippines.

April 13, 2019

Sky Cable Brings HBO's Game Of Thrones-inspired “Fire Or Ice: A Musical Spectacle On Ice”

Ahhhh, Game of Thrones… it's been a fantastic 8 years, but you know what they say; all good things must come to an end. I’ve been following this epic TV series since 2011 and I’m having mixed emotions with the thought that it will be ending soon. I’m excited that the first episode of the last season is just a few days away, but I’m also sad that this is the last and final season. I wish it could run longer, but it’s all beyond our control.




I don’t think there will another TV series in the near future that will top up Game of Thrones when it comes to story, casting and most especially the computer effects and production. It’s out of this world if you ask me. George R. R. Martin said when everyone has left Westeros, he will still linger in that world. And I know for sure many of us fans will be the same. I will likely watch it again and again in the years to come, at least once a year or every other year just like what I did with Band of Brothers.

April 12, 2019

25 Tips to Care for Your Fresh Flower Arrangement

Flowers are an evergreen gift for any occasion. They can brighten up a dull day and evoke feelings, emotions, and memories of the special moments in our lives. A creatively put together fresh flower arrangement can cheer up any space and goes a long way in enhancing the ambiance of personal and professional indoor spaces.




If you’ve received a bunch of fresh flowers, you’ll want it to last as long as possible so that you can enjoy its exquisite visual beauty and natural fragrance for several days. Here are 25 tips that will help you learn how to care for your fresh flowers.

April 11, 2019

Thick, Long, and Full-Looking Hair in a Matter of Seconds

A woman’s hair is considered by many as her glory.  Ladies who do not have physically thick hair consider hair extensions are the blessing in disguise. Nowadays hair extension is getting used more common in our daily life because they offer volume and length to hair by joining real human or manufactured hair to the regular hair strands.




For me, my hair is one of my best assets. Some people compliment me because even if I don't have it rebonded or use a flat iron, it's straight most days. The only things lacking are some proper volume and thickness. So, whenever I want to curl my hair like those of celebrities and Victoria Secret models, I can't seem to achieve that no matter how much volumizing and curling products I use.

April 10, 2019

Poblacion Hunt: As Easter Egg Event For Grown-Ups!

This is not your childhood Easter egg hunt event. As this year’s celebration of Easter, City Garden Hotels in Makati City teamed-up together with selected restaurants in Poblacion, to bring a one of a kind Easter event of the year, the Poblacion Hunt!




The Poblacion Hunt is an Easter egg hunting event exclusive for participants who are 18 years of age and above, composed of 4 persons per team. The goal is to search and collect seven eggs around the respective location hunts in Brgy. Poblacion. Clues and riddles will be provided to help you team find the next egg locations. Aside from solving clues and riddles, participating teams has to face the mini challenges on each location before they proceed to the their next stop.The first team to collect all the eggs wins the game!

April 9, 2019

8 Common Roof Problems That You May Encounter

Don’t you treat your car and other valuable gadgets with care? Your house also needs the same amount of care and more care and attention when it comes to your roof. This is the most ignored and poorly maintained part of your house. It is exposed to the elements and environmental hazards constantly which contributes to its damage and other roofing issues.




You need to ensure and detect the problem before it can get worse. Keeping an eye out and repairing the issues at the earliest is way better than replacing the whole roof. To help you out, we have listed down seven most common roofing problems and their possible solutions.

April 8, 2019

4 Reasons You Must Have Travel Insurance

Traveling is always so delightful. Even people who don’t like to travel would definitely want to do so with good company. Irrespective of whether we like to travel or not, each one of us has to pack. How many times do you pack and repack? There’s always that extra scarf that you can do without and still you try to pack as much as you can. But there’s one thing that you must definitely have on your travels and that is travel insurance.




Here are a few reasons why you absolutely must have travel insurance.
1. Reimbursement for your vacation investment
If you’ve planned a big trip then it’s obvious that you’ll have made the arrangements beforehand. Are you going on a cruise? You must have already made the cruise and travel bookings. Now imagine if you can’t go because of an emergency. You’ll have to cancel and if you cancel you won’t get your money back. Most bookings can’t be canceled within 14 days of departure. You’ll be left with a hole in your pocket and a world of disappointment. You must buy travel insurance before setting out. Travel insurance which has trip cancellation benefits insures you against these cancellations. You get reimbursed for prepaid and nonrefundable costs.


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