December 31, 2019

Varra Restobar - San Juan's New It Place

I can’t remember a time when I would consider going to San Juan for a night out with friends. Shopping, yes, because of Greenhills shopping center. But many of us don’t realize that even before BGC or other gastronomic destination ever existed, San Juan has been a stable area for food finds and I'm not only talking about restos in Greenhills but also neighboring vicinity like Wilson St., Annapolis St., P. Guevarra St. and Little Baguio.




I recently discovered a newly opened restaurant along P. Guevarra that will be surefire hit to Boomers, Gen Xs, Millennials, Gen Zs alike: Varra Restobar. Although it is a restobar, their menu can cater also for families as they both offer familiar and contemporary local and international dishes. It's perfect for millennials and the way younger generation because they also offer an array of libations.

December 30, 2019

One of My Favorite Restos, Bistro Charlemagne Is Now Open at Ayala Malls Manila Bay!

A foodie friend posted a question on Facebook asking what is or are the best restaurant/s his friends and followers have visited this year. I haven’t commented yet because I was thinking of the restaurants that blew my mind away. There are plenty; but, one of the first few that came to my mind is Bistro Charlemagne. I’ve learned about this Euro-Asian restaurant during our stop at Solenad Nuvali during a Tagaytay-Sta Rosa food crawl, where. And since then it has become one of my go-to place.




I was ecstatic when Bistro Charlemagne opened a branch at Ayala Malls Feliz because it’s on my turf! I’ve dined there several times with friends and families and have suggested it to them as well. One of my friends even brought her family there and it her dad loved it. Now, Bistro Charlemagne has again opened another branch last November 2019, that will cater to clienteles of the South West populates at their third branch at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

December 28, 2019

There's A New Milk Tea Place In Town: JLD Dragon Philippines!

Will the milk tea craze cease to exist? I guess not! Filipinos patronize and love milk tea so much that a lot of brands from neighboring Asian countries continue to venture out to our shores. Who can blame us? We love sweet stuff and milk tea is something that is affordable and easy to bring around. It's a dessert and drink at the same time, giving us a bang for our buck.




A new player in the Philippine milk tea arena is JLD Dragon which has over 30 branches all over Asia and is now in the Philippines. Hails all the way from the milk tea capital of the world, Taiwan, Ji Long Tang, better known as “JLD” is known for its crave-worthy drinks and desserts that are sure to make you come back for more.

December 26, 2019

Dear-Lover.com Haul # 1

I just recently watched a satire commentary regarding fast fashion and as much as I wanted to agree with what was narrated in that show, being a thrifty person and wanting to save money for more important things like travel and such, I always go for fast fashion more than going for branded items. Not that I can’t afford branded items, I just most often times feel I’m being ripped off, I don’t know if I’m just stingy or what, but I always believed that I can find almost the same thing, if not completely the same, in other stores for way cheaper prices. That’s why I always opt for fast fashion.




There’s nothing actually that bad about buying fast fashion. I just hope no ethical stuff is going around in the production of the fast fashion items that I buy in retailers or online. If I’m going to be honest, there are times that if I opt for fast fashion, I don’t get what I really want, especially if I acquire them online. But then there are instances that I need to wear something just once, say like for a themed event and such, fast fashion comes in handy. You don’t have to spend so much for something that you will only wear once.
 

December 25, 2019

Top Tips For A Smooth Property Purchase

Buying property, especially a home is the biggest financial and emotional investments that people make in their lifetime. The development from looking at a home to buying a house and moving in can become a bumpy ride. There are many unforeseen things that can hamper your plans. But if you can take the time to plan a few things in advance, the property purchase can be smooth.




Know the Jargon 
Before you start the process of property purchase, it is necessary to know the real-estate lingo. There are many terminologies that are freely and frequently used and understanding those key terms will help you in the future. Some of the jargon that is commonly used is amortization, bridging loan, break clause, dilapidation, etc.

December 23, 2019

Revisited: Salamangka - Eastwood

So, I revisited Salamangka and checked out, with a friend of mine, the new menu items that they launched a few months back. The first time I was there, I surely enjoyed all the dishes that they made us try. I particularly loved their infused cocktail drinks and appetizers. Nothing much has changed to how the restaurant looks like, it’s more of their menu that they have revamped and added a couple of new dishes. This time around, since it was a casual dinner, we decided to get just food.




Salamangka is a Tagalog word which means “magic”. "Magic has often been dismissed as either primitive and irrational and therefore alien to modern society, but until now many people believe in it. In the Philippines, folklore and “salamangka” is still prevalent even in this day and age especially in the far-flung provinces. My mother is from Capiz (and Iloilo) and whenever I say this to people they always retort back with a joke that “madaming aswang dun ah” (there are so many mythical monstrous creatures there).

December 20, 2019

Binge-Watch “Hello, Love Goodbye,” “Dumbo,” And “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water” This December

Cherish the holiday break this Christmas as the whole family is home for the holidays and enjoy SKYcable’s movie marathon treat with a diverse and fresh selection this December. 




Welcome back “Joy” and “Ethan” into your homes as they bring you a story of personal struggle and romance with the phenomenal box-office hit “Hello, Love, Goodbye” on SKYcable Movies Pay-Per-View available from until January 12 for only P99.  

December 15, 2019

Lovely Sunday Fine Dining Lunch at Bistro Manuel - Poblacion, Makati

I don’t see what’s the matter with people who fears or dislike fine dining. Ok, I get the dread of thinking about fine dining etiquette, which spoon or fork to use, etc. But honestly, you shouldn’t care. If you’re there to treat yourself for some great quality food, which everyone of us deserve, really. I mean if you’re working hard for the past couple of years or months, you must give yourself some form of reward, and food is on top of that list. Go all out and drop by that restaurant you’ve been dying to visit. You don’t know what to get, which utensils to use, go ask the server, they’re there to help you out. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with asking, absolutely NOTHING.




Most days, I eat fastfood, convenience store food and the occasional fast-casual. So, it was a breath of fresh air when my friends and I decided to try what Bistro Manuel has to offer. One will be surprised to find this fine dining restaurant in one of the busy streets of Poblacion Makati. When you think Poblacion can’t surprise you anymore, well here it is. You have this connotation that Poblacion is just for partying, more than that it’s a place for gastronomic finds from the meagerest of budget to the extravagant ones.

December 14, 2019

How To Plan A Trip To Alaska?

Alaska is ‘America’s Last Frontier’ because of its distance from the other 48 states in the United States. It is sparsely populated with a rugged landscape and climate. It is also famously known as ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ as the sun shines all 24 hours during summers. Due to its untouched frontier, the place has beautiful glaciers, wild landscapes and plenty of wildlife. This place is a must-visit location on the bucket list of many travelers within and outside of the country. There are so many things to do in this massive state that exploration can make it overwhelming. The travel time between different destinations is also more. Read below to know more about this place before you plan your itinerary.




When is the Best Time to Visit Alaska?
The best time to visit Alaska depends on personal preferences. Here is a breakdown of the different seasons and how the plan your trip according to the weather:

December 13, 2019

Travel Prep Made Simple: The Only Checklist You Need

Planning itineraries and sorting out arrangements for work trips or vacations can be stressful. The good news is that there are steps you can take to ensure travel prep is simple and seamless. If you’re looking to book a break, here’s the only checklist you need for stress-free globetrotting. 




Flights
If you know where you want to go, the first step is making sure you can get there. When it comes to booking flights, the Internet is by far the quickest and easiest option. You can use sites to compare prices and take a look at different dates, and you can filter your results by selecting direct flights or choosing specific airlines. If you’re flexible when it comes to dates, you could save a huge amount of money. It’s also worth considering adding a stopover if you’re going on a long trip and you want to find the cheapest flights. 

December 12, 2019

There's A New Grilled Chicken In Town: Chicka Chicka Chicken House - Bridgetown Libis QC

I laughed so hard when my friend James tagged me along to try this new grilled chicken restaurant in Libis, Quezon City. My foodie friends and I have been eating chicken dishes for weeks now; I told him, “Chicken nanaman?” (Chicken again?) and he jokingly retorted “Hindi tayo titigil hangga’t di tayo nagkaka-pakpak!” (We won’t stop until we grow out wings!)




I’m like ok, let’s do this! Who am I to turn down such invitation, because nothing appeals to me more than healthy and delicious eats, that is why I like anything grilled. I love how grilled food is simple and packed with flavor. The smokiness of grilled food is itself already a gastronomic ride. And rarely that you get to see and taste grilled food that has little to no seasoning but gives you something to revel about, and that’s just what Chicka Chicka Chicken House’s grilled chicken delivers.

December 11, 2019

Importance Of Maintaining An Irrigation System For Your Lawn

Let it be a sprinkler or drip irrigation that you have installed for your landscape, it is important to maintain your property’s system constantly in order to conserve water and maintain a healthy landscape by cutting down overall expense. Regular inspection and maintenance of your irrigation system will ensure that the grass, plants, and trees on your property get sufficient water all through the season to look lush and healthy. You may include the following features in your irrigation maintenance strategy:




Key Points to Maintain a proper Irrigation System
Be season-specific: With changing seasons, your irrigation system’s schedule will vary. Each season will have a different temperature and humidity that can affect the landscape. Hence your irrigation system has to be adjusted in such a way that your landscape gets only sufficient water in all the season. You may even have an environmental sensor installed in your irrigation system as this can monitor rainfall, humidity, soil moisture, and freezing temperatures and accordingly distribute water to your landscape.

December 10, 2019

Your Dentist Know Best!

Patients often forget that their oral health requires a lifetime’s worth of care. Failure to follow the recommendations of a dentist in Edinburgh and patients will almost always find themselves in the dental chair seeking treatment for any number of concerning issues. Dental issues are by and large progressive problems, which is why implementing and maintaining preventive habits is definitely better than having to undergo invasive treatments.




Survey data released by Simply Health collected in a 2019 study indicates that six per cent of adults avoid the dental chair. The reasons listed are diverse and include; affordability (35 per cent), dental phobia (36 per cent) and treatment not considered necessary (11 per cent). Avoiding the dental chair for whatever reason is not responsible, as only a professional eye is best able to reliably detect potential future problems and prescribe an appropriate plan to get the oral health of a patient back on track.

December 9, 2019

How to Relocate to Asia in 5 Easy Steps

Asia has always been an exciting continent and a place lots of people from the Western world migrated to. There are lots of reasons why that’s the case, but the mysticism and appeal of this area are still present. But, moving to Asia isn’t the easiest thing in the world, no matter where you come from and how old you are. That’s why you need to prepare for that step in advance and do whatever you can to make your transition as easy and simple as possible. If this is something you’re about to do as well, here are five things that should help you.




Find out where you’re going
There are generally two reasons why people move to Asia – it’s either a matter of choice, or they do that because of their work. In the first scenario, you’re probably an adventurous person who’s looking for some excitement, and if sure Asia is the right place for you. In the latter, you’re moving there because you have to, and not because you want to, so you might not be as excited about this move.
Whatever the reason is, you should find out as much as possible about the place you’re going to, and get ready for whatever’s waiting for you there. You could pick a friendly country that’s easy to move to – places like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, for instance – and make your move even less stressful.



December 5, 2019

Buying A Flagpole: Here Are The Factors To Consider

Buying a flagpole is tricky, particularly when you are doing it for the first time. Even those making a subsequent purchase for replacing an existing one may be baffled while choosing a replacement. The sheer variety in sizes and styles in flagpoles can leave you confused. Since this is an unconventional thing to shop for, you may require some research to understand what really works for you, where to buy from and the optimal price to pay. Let us list some key factors that you can consider while buying a flagpole.




Start by considering the purpose 
The first thing that you need to bear in mind is the purpose of buying the flagpole. Obviously, a garden flagpole to be installed in your backyard will not be the same as the one for commercial use. They will differ in terms of size, material, and strength as commercial flagpoles should be more sturdy and prominent as compared to the ones to be installed in homes. Clear things about your needs will definitely help you pick the right product that matches your needs.

December 3, 2019

How to Recover from the Flu Naturally

Every year, around five to 20 percent of the world's population will fall victim to the flu, a contagious and relentless virus. It spreads easily from person to person and leads to a host of unpleasant symptoms, such as fatigue, body aches, chills, fever, coughing, headaches, and a sore throat.



Most sufferers will overcome the flu on their own within a week of falling ill. However, for others, the symptoms can linger for much longer than that, resulting in a number of costly visits to the doctor and the introduction of a variety of different medications. If you are keen to avoid this and recover from the flu the natural way, here is how to go about it successfully.

November 30, 2019

Health Conditions That Chiropractors Can Treat Effectively

If you have ever faced a problem with your spine, you will probably know who a chiropractor is. For those who are not aware of what these professionals exactly do, there are many amazing facts that you need to know about them. Chiropractors are the practitioners who are capable of diagnosing and treating the spinal disorders which cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain. The treatment they provide is based on spinal manipulation which aims to align the musculoskeletal structure for pain relief without medication and surgery.




In some cases, this therapy is even used in conjugation with conventional medical treatment for spinal problems. Being an alternative therapy, chiropractic treatment is safe, effective and affordable as compared to conventional means. Obviously, you would want to consider this option before trying a more aggressive alternative. If you are not really sure about what a chiropractor can do for you, here is a list of health conditions they can treat effectively.

November 26, 2019

Dental Bridges – What are They? Do you Need Them?

Dental problems can arise out of natural, man-made or inflicted means. They deprive you of your smile and may leave you with pain, stains, or other tell-tale signs that you have to get rid of at the earliest. If you have lost a tooth recently, or are grappling with the aftereffects of an injury or medical problem, then it’s advisable to undergo a dental procedure to get your smile back.




Thankfully, there are plentiful ways of taking care of your dental health and problems without running from pillar to post. You can now remove any unsightly gap, or find solutions to a cosmetic issue, by approaching dental experts with years of experience in their field. Regardless of whether you are feeling pain while eating or chewing, or facing any discomfort in your jaws, a good dental clinic will help you get the results you seek.

November 24, 2019

BBX - Manila's Fastfood 2.0

Just a few days ago I was ranting to my mumma that I’m quite vexed about eating fast food or convenience store food for the majority of the week. I said I was longing for some home-cooked meal that I don’t get to enjoy that often nowadays. I don’t cook in my apartment, primarily because I’m too tired to do so after arriving from work so I want something instant to feed myself. My only source of home-cooked meals, my mother’s house, has rarely done some cooking. Almost everyone there is busy; at work or out and about. Most times they just buy food for the dogs and don’t bother cook anymore.




I don’t have any problem with fast food, I just don’t like the thought of eating processed food all the freaking time. Only if all fast-foods are like other fast casual restaurants that take into consideration the quality of their food. I mean, I don’t mind paying a little extra if I am served with food that I’ll seriously enjoy and tastes amazing; not just to put something in my belly just for the sake of eating something to get me through the day (or night in my case).

November 22, 2019

How to Choose A Watch for Your Wrist Size

Some people like wearing watches sand others don’t. While this often can be just a matter of style and preference, many people still feel that watches simply don’t fit them. They think their wrists are better off without watches and that wearing them would look odd and silly. However, the truth is that a watch can fit anyone as long as you pick the right size, shape and style. Since there is a vast variety of choices, you may need some guidance on the subject as it can get overwhelming. This is where we come in with a few pointers to help get you started.




Classy and minimalist
Fitting your watch with your outfit can be quite tricky. What goes well with a casual and sporty look, but also formal and classy? It’s not easy finding the perfect solution. This is why most people get several watches and they get by much more easily. Of course, choosing and buying several watches at once is too much thinking and too much money, so it may be a good idea to start simple. Getting a minimalist watch is an excellent way to enter the world of wrist watches. It will match most of your everyday outfits, as well as elegant looks which should keep you safe until you figure out which one to buy next.

November 20, 2019

The Best Kept Secrets Down Under!

There are so many amazing travel destinations in the world that trying to pick just one can be something of a challenge. This is especially true if you're the kind of discerning traveller who wants to avoid ending up in all of the same obvious places over and over again.




There's no doubt that Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world but what a lot of people forget is that it's not all about the really famous tourist spots, there are plenty of hidden gems that you owe it to yourself to check out. With that in mind, here are just a few of the best-kept secrets in the land down under.

November 18, 2019

Pizza Hut's Triple Pizza Treat Promo

Last weekend I celebrated the eve of my birthday with my office mates and we had pizzas delivered to work. I received 15 boxes of regular pizzas, I mean, talk about pizza gluttony, but I had a whole team and other co-workers to feed so those pizzas were just enough. I was worried sick that the Pizza Hut near MC Home Depot in BGC might not be able to cater our order but with the grace of the pizza gods, they were able to deliver!




Pizza Hut, home to the country’s Pinaka – pizza, was started in 1958 by two enterprising college students, Frank & Dan Carney, in their hometown in Wichita, Kansas. Since then it has become the largest & most popular pizza chain with over 12,000 restaurants in 90 countries around the globe in 2004.

November 15, 2019

Tito's Fil-Mex Resto - Ayala Malls Feliz

The Philippines and Mexico has a long-standing relationship since the era of colonization of the super powers of the Western world. Thanks to the Galleon trade culture, tradition and cuisine linked the Philippines and Mexico in so many ways. So, don’t be surprised to learn that Filipinos have so much in common with Mexicans in almost all aspect of our and their lives. Aside from being conquered by the Spaniards, Filipinos are more than alike with Latin Americans through being religious because of being a predominantly Catholic. We are also known for our highest regards when it comes to valuing the concept of family and our love for gatherings/parties. Moreover, Filipinos very much esteem culture and tradition.




These similarities in traits may be attributed due to the trade that transpired between the said countries. Because during that time when travelling to their distant Asian conquered lands, Spaniards traveled by way of Mexico, taking the annual galleon that linked Spain with China. This brought about the successful introduction of food, agriculture products and other things brought about by the commerce.

November 12, 2019

Sushi Nori - Your Neighborhood Sushi Place in BGC

I’ve said so many times, over and over, that I will never get tired of eating Japanese food and looking for places where I can get my fix of this cuisine. I mean, I can live off of Japanese food every day and for the rest of my life. Yeah, I can see myself that I can do just that. I have this idea that somehow, I might have been a Japanese in my past life (well besides that I also believe that I lived during the Renaissance due to my love of the old-world Europe).




So, you may ask why I’m saying all these (again), well, recently and occasionally, I’ve started eating my lunch from this sushi place/Japanese resto at my office building. It’s now the only Japanese restaurant in the building (there used to be two) and I’ve been dying to try it since I started my job at W City Center. It’s the modern and hip Japanese food place called Sushi Nori.

November 11, 2019

How To Travel Together As A Couple

Traveling with a romantic partner is an experience like no other. While travel is the best way to discover yourself, it’s a great way to get to know someone else too. Many avid travelers would agree that it’s the ultimate test for a relationship. After all, a vacation will surely offer some of the greatest highs and lows. There will be days you argue, but those experiences will help you learn and grow. With that in mind, here are six lessons that all couples traveling together must know.




Work Out Your Budget
Money is a huge source of conflict, especially in relationships. To make sure that you don’t break up while abroad, you should agree on a budget before booking your trip. Each of you must know how much you’re paying, what you’re paying for, and why, both for the entire vacation and each day. Eliminating money talk before you go away should eliminate any problems that come with it.

November 10, 2019

Weekend Getaway: Liwliwa Surfing Beach, Zambales

There are so many reasons why people travel but I believe the top most reason is to get some peace and quiet; basically, to relax the mind and body. I can’t say I’m stressed or tired, I might just probably weary of the city life and the daily work-home routine. So, when my friends agreed to go on a weekend trip somewhere north, I immediately jumped in.




We were initially thinking of going to Baguio but for some reason that plan got botched. And going to a beach somewhere in Luzon became a more apparent choice. We decided on this a day before the weekend, so we scrambled on places to go and ended up setting our eyes on Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales.

November 9, 2019

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry is a set of treatments that are concerned with your oral health and will make sure that your teeth are functioning correctly. It is also the solution to dental problems such as cavities or damage and will also deal with pain reduction. If you are having problems with your teeth and are experiencing pain, then most likely your symptoms and problem will come under general dentistry, and you will be assigned a dentist who can resolve your issue. Most practices, such as Spa Dental Sydney CBD will have a significant focus on general dentistry.




What is Cosmetic Dentistry? 
Cosmetic dentistry is a different kind of field and deals with the appearance of your teeth. Often, general dentistry can blend into cosmetic dentistry as the teeth are repaired or rebuilt. However, anything that purely involves the appearance of your teeth is considered cosmetic dentistry. The difference can also be in terms of cost too, so it is always important to check whether a specific treatment counts as general or cosmetic dentistry.

November 8, 2019

Banapple's New Christmas Sweet Offerings and the #BanappleBucketList

I remember back in college, even though our school was located in BGC, my friends and I love to go somewhere else to hang out and eat. Because during that time, BGC was not as vibrant as a city with hundreds of dining options. I recall, Banapple was one of the places that we love to visit in Katipunan where we would go and fill ourselves with their delicious meals and after which we would kill time or “study” (questionable statement haha!) across in Kopi Roti (which is not there anymore, too bad).




I remember how small flagship store of Banapple was and me and my friends could fill all those tables up every time we go there. Now it has grown from a neighborhood brand to a well-known homey restaurant that has expanded with around 20 branches across Metro Manila.

November 7, 2019

What Is A Mortgage Solicitor?

A mortgage solicitor or a conveyancer is an individual that deals with all legal aspects of the property buying process. Buying a house at any age can be one of the largest financial transactions individuals or couples can make. Mortgage solicitors are a way to reduce the stress some individuals may feel during the property buying process, allowing them to take a back seat in terms of legal aspects, whilst still maintaining control.




An individual or a couple thinking of buying a house may invest in a mortgage solicitor or look at using a conveyancer.  Conveyancing is a legal term to describe the transferring process of a property. A conveyancer is an individual who handles the contracts, whilst giving legal advice, transferring the funds to pay for the property and dealing with the land registry, and council funds. Solicitors may be more pricey than conveyancers, however an individual or couple may opt for a solicitor if they wish for a legal perspective, a welcome addition to the process. Solicitors aim to treat all clients equally, and should deal with young couples buying their first home in the same way as a couple investing in a larger property.

November 6, 2019

The New Jollibee Breakfast Pies

It’s no surprise that Jollibee is my go-to fast food restaurant. Jollibee is a well-known homegrown brand that is slowly taking the world because of its yummy and hearty dishes that warms the Filipino heart and palate. Not only that, it is also gaining popularity among foreigners here and abroad. I’ve seen videos of foreigners here in the Philippines and abroad (like in New York, Canada and UK) enjoying what Jollibee has to offer. From what I can recall, the first man to fall in line for the opening of Jollibee in Manhattan is a Caucasian male, yep not even a Filipino or a Filipino-American.




Jollibee was founded by Tony Tan and his family with its humble beginnings as an Ice Cream Parlor which later grew into an emerging global brand. Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, with over 1,150 stores nationwide. A dominant market leader in the Philippines, Jollibee enjoys the lion’s share of the local market that is more than all the other multinational brands combined. The company has also embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan in Vietnam, Brunei, Hongkong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Italy and the United Kingdom.

November 5, 2019

Worried About Your Upcoming Root Canal in Harley Street? Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Fear Root Canal Treatment

It is likely that, if your dentist in Harley Street has recommended root canal treatment, you have recently undergone a great deal of discomfort. Unfortunately, the words ‘root canal’ make many dental patients think of an uncomfortable procedure, which is the last thing you want after a painful, infected tooth pulp!




As scary as they may sound, root canal treatments are performed every day by dentists in London and are considered part of general dentistry; they are common and as is the way with common procedure, it is unlikely that anything will go wrong due to the good old fashioned ‘practice makes perfect’ undertone of dentists performing them.

November 4, 2019

Gastroville by All Day Supermarket

I’ve never been in a supermarket where grocery shopping is something so enjoyable until visiting All Day Supermarket. This establishment is from the same brand that gave us All Home and The Coffee Project (IMO, the prettiest coffee shop in MNL). In Libis Quezon City, the huge lot which Shopwise used to occupy, now stands All Day, All Home and Coffee Project a one stop for all things you need for your home, kitchen and your caffeine fix!




I found myself here one Saturday to meet up with my friends. I’ve been at Coffee Project several times and have window shopped inside All Home but this was the first time that I went on the second floor where you can find AllDay Supermarket.

November 3, 2019

5 Must-Visit Cities During the Holiday Season

Traveling during the holiday season is one of the best ways to pass your time, but also an amazing way to make the most of your time off. This is when most of us aren’t working, which is why staying at home makes no sense at all. But, if you want to make the most of your travels, you need to get ready. Preparing for your adventures is crucial, but this is something people generally don’t do – from picking the right spot to finding the best transportation and accommodation ideas, these things mean quite a lot. So, if you too want to travel somewhere this holiday season, start by choosing the location, and here are five places you could consider.




London
London is one of the most exciting, vibrant, and adventurous cities in the world, but it’s also a great place to spend your holidays. The British love Christmas, so you might enjoy your December there more than you’ve imagined. You’ll be transported back in time and experience the London of the past, and that’s always romantic. The only problem with London is having too many options – with so many ideas to choose from, choosing the right ones might not be that easy. That’s why you need to make a plan in advance and define what you’re going to do when you’re in London. Doing this as soon as possible is a must, and that will also allow you to make the most of the time you’ll be spending in this magical place.

November 2, 2019

Get Your Japanese Cuisine Cravings Satisfied at Hanako - Regis Center Katipunan

I will never get tired of eating Japanese food, probably until the day I die. I will also never get tired of discovering places that serves my number one favorite cuisine in the world and satisfy my cravings for all thing Japanese food. Every time I get to eat any dish from this cuisine, I will always say “I love it, I love them all!” I’ve said it in person and in all my blog posts where I feature a new Japanese restaurant I feature or blog about. Call me bias, but it is what it is.




Just last weekend, I discovered another Japanese restaurant in Katipunan, QC: Hanako! Hanako is a Japanese, casual dining restaurant.  The word “Hanako” is a popular female Japanese given name, which means 'flower girl'. The brand has been operating since October 2012. It started as a small commercial nook in Moonwalk Village, Paranaque. And their branch in Regis Center along Katipunan is just 2 months fresh from its grand opening.

November 1, 2019

A Guide To Settling In Hong Kong

You’re finally finished with immigration, got your accommodation (probably smaller than you hoped for) and unpacked. But, now it’s time to get to know Hong Kong and explore all of its gems. If you do plenty of these following tips, you’ll soon start considering HK your new home!




Buy a SIM card
Staying connected in one of the most important things in today’s world and the cheapest way to do so is to grab a local SIM card. For that, you’ll need an unlocked phone that’s not limited to only your original provider. Ask your home network and they will be able to give you info on the state of your device. In case it’s locked, a quick visit to a mobile phone shop will solve your problem.

October 31, 2019

Revisiting Old Manila and Ilustrado Restaurant

Being someone who’s a self-proclaimed old-world romanticist, I just love places that transports me back to olden times when and where life was simpler and places that stirs up my imagination because of the opulent history behind it. One of the places in the Philippines where I can get that fix is Intramuros. I’ve been here a couple of times and it always makes me feel nostalgic and proud of my heritage as a Filipino with a rich antiquity and background.




Last weekend, me and a couple of friends visited old Intramuros and some of the other museums nearby for the celebration of Museums and Galleries Month where the Intramuros Administration held an Open House where most of the museums are free. Yep no entrance fees! 

October 29, 2019

Amazing Tips For Game-Night That Everyone Can Enjoy

Game nights are fun, and there’s no doubt about it. Tasty food, lovely people, and lots of buzz in the stadium are just some of the things, every American would kill for. Whether you plan to host a game night at your place for your friends, or you wish to go out and join the stadium audience, it all melts down to the joy of watching the game.




The joy is further multiplied when your game nights are during the NBA seasons. Honestly, who doesn’t love basketball? Everything about the sport is so fascinating, from dunks to chase and dribbling tricks performed by the players.

October 28, 2019

Cara Mia’s 10th Anniversary Special: The New Gelato Sandwiches!

Cara Mia Cakes & Gelato was formally launched as a separate brand from Amici in May, 2009 with the first outlet opening in Greenhills. Using the same principles that Father Colombo used to create authentic Italian Gelato, Cara Mia has since expanded its line to many more exciting gelato flavors as well as other gelato-based products and delectable desserts to complement its mix.




Cara Mia was the first to introduce Gelato Cakes in the country. Gelato Cakes, which comprise various gelato flavors fused in with elements like wafers, pie crusts, nuts and toppings to form beautiful cakes are perfect for gift giving and special occasions.

October 27, 2019

Perfect Jewellery for Different Skin Tones and Face Shapes

Jewellery plays a big role when we are planning our outfits because it complements any look perfectly. This year, huge statement pieces are popular, items like long earrings or large chain necklaces. However, just because something is trendy, it doesn’t mean we can all pull it off. When it comes to jewellery, a lot depends on our skin tone and face shape, so not everyone should wear the same pieces because not all of us look equally good with them. To learn what jewellery is best for you, keep reading! 




Choosing the right metals and gemstone colours
When we are determining our skin tone, it's best to look at the skin in natural light. First, find a spot where the veins are easily seen. Here’s a tip – wrists are usually a great choice! Those with blue or purple veins have a cool skin tone. If veins are rather greenish, this is a warm skin tone. However, if veins appear blue in some areas and green in others, we are talking about a neutral skin tone.

October 26, 2019

Paluto by All Day Supermarket

I’ve never been in a supermarket where grocery shopping is something so enjoyable until visiting All Day Supermarket. This establishment is from the same brand that gave us All Home and The Coffee Project (IMO, the prettiest coffee shop in MNL). In Libis Quezon City, the huge lot which Shopwise used to occupy, now stands All Day, All Home and Coffee Project a one stop for all things you need for your home, kitchen and your caffeine fix!




I found myself here one Saturday to meet up with my friends. I’ve been at Coffee Project several times and have window shopped inside All Home but this was the first time that I went on the second floor where you can find AllDay Supermarket.

October 25, 2019

Mindful Mouthfuls: A Thousand Meals for Education

In Celebration of Fo Guang Shan Philippines’ 30th Anniversary, the foundation re-launches its flagship program on the promotion of environmental and spiritual wellness, the Go Green@Mabuhay with this year’s theme on Mindful Mouthfuls: A Thousand Meals for Education. The program aims to bring together a thousand people to practice mindfulness in eating while supporting Fo Guang Shan’s education endeavors for the Filipino youth. Meaningful education is essential for the holistic growth of an individual. 




To aid in building a healthy learning environment for the students, FGS is constructing an educational facility, the future home of Guang Ming College in Tagaytay. All proceeds from this event will go to the construction project. We can use this simple and daily activity of eating as a start towards a more mindful living. Carefully choosing what we eat is not only for healthy living but also for environmental protection. Through this event, we hope you will appreciate the taste of various vegetarian cuisines created by devotees and volunteers as well as from our vegetarian restaurant partners.

October 23, 2019

A Whole New Lasagna Experience with Pizza Hut’s New Viva Lasagna Pizza!

I’m not so sure where we Filipinos got our influence when it comes to being fond of pasta and pizza. Though these are originally Italian or Mediterranean dishes, I’m guessing it’s likely the Americans who introduced them to us. There are a couple of pizza places in the Philippine market that are of American origin and one of them is Pizza Hut




Pizza Hut was founded in June 1958 by two Wichita State University students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, as a single location in Wichita, Kansas. Six months later they opened a second outlet and within a year they had six Pizza Hut restaurants. The brothers began franchising in 1959.

October 22, 2019

The Best Beach Vacations for 2020

As we draw closer to the end of another year and begin to embrace the cold, dark winter nights, you may already be itching for some sun and sand. And we don’t blame you! So now may well be the perfect time to start planning your dream beach vacation for 2020. When it comes to choosing a destination, you want to ensure that you’re getting the very best out of your experience, which is why we’ve listed some of the best beach vacation ideas below. 




Maui 
If you’re dreaming of romantic sunsets, delicious food, and, of course, stunning beaches, then Maui is the tropical paradise for you. Known also as ‘The Valley Isle,’ Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island, adored for its world-famous beaches, where you can experience the 4 S’s: swimming, surfing, snorkeling and sunbathing. Makena Beach is one of the island’s most popular beaches, due to its natural scenery and stunning views, and is split into two areas: Big Beach and Little Beach. 

October 20, 2019

How To Travel With A Baby

Traveling with a baby is indeed a much different experience than when there are only adults on board. However, although it is a bit challenging, a lot of parents would agree that it is much harder for them to travel without their baby than it is to get prepared and travel with their little one.  The truth is that there are many beautiful sides of having your baby by your side while you go visit your family or go on a vacation, together with the fact that your trip will in no case be boring. So, if you are planning to travel with your baby, and especially if this is going to be the first time that the little one is visiting a new destination, here are some useful tips to help you and your baby enjoy the trip.




Keep close to you a supply of wipes and diapers
It is quite understandable that you should bring a few spare diapers with you when traveling with a baby. The same applies to baby wipes, which can come in handy in multiple situations during your trip. However, the key is to keep these necessities close to you, so you can grab them at any time. The best is to keep them in a spacious tote bag or a large backpack that you can carry with you, no matter if you are traveling by car or a plane. This way, you can change the baby’s diaper in no time, as well as use the wipes to clean any spit-ups, sticky hands, or even to wipe any surfaces so that they are clean and safe for you and the baby to use.

October 18, 2019

Zomato Philippines Held the Biggest Restaurant Summit For Restaurant Owners in Metro Manila

Game-changing insights, mind-boggling questions, and heart-wrenching realities in the restaurant industry were all tackled last August 19 at the Future of Food 2019. Attended by more than 1000 restaurant owners, industry leaders, restaurant operators, and senior marketing professionals, the Future of Food is dubbed as the biggest restaurant summit for restaurant owners in Metro Manila yet. 




Zomato Philippines, the leading food app in the country, organized the Future of Food with the country’s most prestigious companies, Arla Foods and Globe myBusiness, in partnership with, McCormick Philippines, Century Pacific Food Inc. - Food Service, and Avida Land.

October 16, 2019

Ramen Daisho Now Open at Assembly Grounds Makati and with 50% Off on Ramens!

I don’t how many times I’ve said how much I love Japanese food and it’s on top of my fave cuisines ever. I actually like almost all Japanese dishes that I’ve tried since I was introduced to this said cuisine. My most vivid recollection of me eating Japanese food was when I was in third grade. My mumma used to work for an international trading company in one of the buildings in Rada Street, Legaspi Village in Makati.




When it was just me and my little sister, during weekends we would go with our mumma to where she works half day during Saturdays. After which we will eat at this known Japanese restaurant just outside Greenbelt which is now occupied by Mc Donald’s. That restaurant used to be a mid-ranged Japanese resto but now has “downgraded” into a Japanese fast food chain to somehow reach a wider scope of clienteles. But thanks to that brand, I got to appreciate Japanese cuisine and its art form.

October 14, 2019

Buying A Generator? Here's What You Should Consider

The importance of generators in the households as well as industries have increased steadily over the past few years. Many leaders in manufacturing like Generac, Yamaha etc have described their sales to be increasing at a rapid pace, especially during periods where there is a warning of natural calamities.
Areas that have been affected by cyclones, bushfires, storms, etc. have faced severe complications in the absence of a reliable back up power supply. Hence people have become more cautious and avoid taking risks.




Reasons that Generators are a Must-buy these days 
Often, we come across the question- Why is a backup generator essential?  It is easy to understand if consumers are more concerned about assuring a constant flow of power supply by studying the market trends.

October 13, 2019

Artisan Ice Cream by Merry Moo

Don’t you find it puzzling that just when technology is advancing in such a fast pace, where in the world we live in we are always glued to our phones, where life gets chaotic, some just wants to take a step back and live in the past, the old school ways. But living less, simpler, how they did it in the old days, without all the hustle and bustle is more. Yes, it’s true that less is more, in that matter. But more of it, more of all the simpler ways incorporated into our lifestyle is better, and that’s a fact.




There are times that going old school can be bad and sometimes good. After all, we can’t have it both ways. But for this post let me talk about one of the good things of going back to simpler ways. Like when it comes to food, I don’t know if this is because the propagation of the hipster generation brought about by millennials, but somehow, most of us, if not all, went back to going vintage. There’s something about its simplicity and stylishness that we yearn. Nostalgia perhaps. With this, we saw the rise of everything artisan.

October 12, 2019

9 Surprising Facts on Vaping That You Might Not Be Aware Of

Most people are not aware of vaping. People are quick to judge and their minds immediately jump over to the cigarettes when they hear about smoke. But that is not true in the case of vaping. In fact, vaping is the best thing to turn to when one is trying to quit smoking. It is tobacco-free and is approved by many health specialists as one of the successful ways of quitting.




Vaping is an electronic cigarette or e-cigarette which is a handheld battery-powered device that produces smoke. Their cartridges are filled with liquids which comprise of different flavors, nicotine, and other chemicals. This liquid is then converted into vapor on heating which is then consumed by the person.

October 11, 2019

Dresslily.com Haul # 5 + Review

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! While I’m writing this haul review it’s officially 75 days before Christmas day and as early as now you can already feel that the holiday season is fast approaching. In our street, households are slowly being decorated with festive ornaments and lights. Just a few days ago, a giant Christmas tree was put up in my office building’s lobby, and you know what? That made me all giddy because this is one of my favorite seasons besides summer.

 


Another reason for my high spirits is that as early as now, I am receiving so many things in the mail lately and I feel like these are holiday gifts, though they are mostly promotional items. Almost every few days I get a notification from a delivery man or one of my family members that something has arrived for and that really puts me in a festive mood. I wish I take shoot and write a review of everything in time for the holidays or before this year ends. But let start with the recent haul that I did with Dresslily.

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