August 16, 2019

UNIQLO Launches the First Roadside-Type Store in the Philippines at Westgate Alabang & Opens on August 16!

UNIQLO is one of my favorites and go-to place when it comes to apparel. Their clothing line carries classic, sleek and classy designs that are super comfy. I get most of my jeans from Uniqlo because the first time that I bought my first pair from them, I immediately fell in love as the jeans felt so soft and comfortable, as if I am wearing regular cloth pants rather than jeans.

UNIQLO launches the first roadside store in the Philippines, which is located in Westgate, Alabang - 22km south of Manila. It is surrounded by local communities with residential areas, office buildings, restaurants, and schools. UNIQLO Westgate Alabang opens on 16th August, offering a new level of shopping experience, more personal and more convenient for Filipinos.

August 14, 2019

Where Coffee Is As It Should Be: Kuppa Roastery & Cafe - BGC

When I open my eyes everyday, the instant thought that comes to my head is make myself a cup of coffee. Coffee is what fuels my soul, like literally. I don’t know it the caffeine in it still fires up my neurons or everything is just only psychological now. Could you believe though that after finishing my coffee at home, when I get to work, I still, either by myself another cup or get from the vendo at the pantry.

In a day, I think I finish like 2-3 cups. I don’t even palpitate anymore when I consume that much coffee. So maybe, just maybe, coffee is all about psyching me up. But then again, I can’t go a day without having one or two or three.

August 13, 2019

Tai Koo HK Roast's New and Improved Char Siu

With travelling, what's always good is that you get to experience the local cuisine of a specific place; and Hong Kong has a rich cuisine that can't be missed. You must agree with me that Chinese or Hong Kong food is one of the most popular and delicious dishes in the world. I bet most, if not all, countries have their little China town where you can get these tasty grubs.

When I visited Hong Kong, I enjoyed the local food especially the ones that we tried from hole in the wall restaurants and from the food counters at Wellcome as they are really tasty and affordable. Plus those places are just blocks away from where we stayed in Causeway Bay. I would love to go back to HK just for the food and Disneyland of course!

August 12, 2019

Deja Vu - 80's Night at Coral Lounge, Okada Manila

Okada Manila rules the entertainment scene in Manila and their Coral Lounge does not fall short on such. Coral Lounge is their recently opened resto-entertainment lounge is located right at the heart of Okada’s Grand Casino. You’ll be amazed at the vastness of this place and how colorful and well-executed lights and decor are as they take you to entertainment heights while having a tasty appetizers and probably a few cocktails on hand.

Every Thursday of August, enjoy 80’s nights with a live band performing popular songs from this decade - you wouldn’t even notice that you’re sashaying your way to the dance floor or lip synching (if you’re shy) or singing to the reminiscing songs of your mom and pop. To make the vibe more rad, enjoy retro cocktails at 310 PHP per glass that are as brightly colored and laced with enough liquor to get you to the final workday of the week.

August 11, 2019

A Need To Individuate: MyOwnNecklace

Life is so mediocre now. Everywhere you look at each and every person is wearing the exact same thing. Even the really high-end brands have become so mainstream. It is truly a travesty. We no longer feel the uniqueness and validation that previously coursed through us when we bought a new piece of clothing or jewelry. Now, all we feel is despondence because the minute we look left, lo and behold the girl next to us is wearing the same thing.

This is so maddening! Especially to those people who want to stand out and scream out their personality for the world to see. Luckily there are still some shops that cater to our need to individuate and one of them is an online venue called MyOwnNecklace.

August 10, 2019

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice - W City Center BGC

I used to be so addicted to milk tea that I drink it almost every day. I had a break from milk tea (MT) for a couple of weeks now because I have had too much of it in the past months. And you know what they say, too much of something is not a good thing. But last night, one of my officemates wanted to buy from the milk tea place that’s just at the ground floor of our office building, and then I suddenly craved for MT.

I gave in… In my mind, it was weeks ago that I had MT plus I haven’t tried CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice. When my other officemates learned about our plans, everyone also wanted milk teas so we bought them too. Let’s just say they were our rewards for ourselves having gone this far, 3 weeks in, with our training. We deserved it! Yes we do! Hahaha!

August 9, 2019

Wedding Tiaras For a Fairy Tale Wedding

Who doesn’t want to be a princess or at least feel like a princess? Or better yet a Queen? From Duchess Kate's Cartier look to Princess Margaret's iconic topper, any woman would die to wear something as gorgeous as those tiaras worn by royalties during their weddings like something off of a fairy tale book. Some may find wearing a tiara quite over the top, but listen lady, if you want to wear a tiara on your wedding day, it is your day and no one should stop you from doing so.

Just ask any Disney princess, and she'll tell you that her end-of-movie wedding look just isn't complete without a sparkly tiara. As someone who grew up loving all these Disney princesses, I’ve always adore a fairy tale ending to my love story and perhaps have the grandest wedding I can have. I just have to find the perfect tiara and a prince too! Hahahaha!

Quick Guide for Finding the Best Dress for Your Body Shape

Nothing can make a woman feel as powerful and confident as a great, perfectly fitting dress. But every body is different and the same dress won’t fit well on different people. This is why it’s important to understand both your own body shape, as well as the different styles and fits of dresses that are out there. Here are some tips on how to find a perfect dress, no matter your body shape.

If you’re hourglass-shaped, you’re one of the women considered to be blessed by the ideal body shape. The ratio of your chest, hips and waist is what the standard is and what everyone is trying to achieve. All you need to do is accentuate it and make sure you don’t ruin your silhouette with an unflattering outfit. Wrap and skater dresses will work perfectly for you, because they all naturally come in at the waist. Skip over something like A-line and shift, because they will do nothing for your waist and falling down from a larger chest will make it seem like you have a tent on.

August 8, 2019

JT's Manukan Grille - BGC

We have foreigner guest in our office and she’ll be here for a few weeks and unlike the expats I’ve met before, she’s one of the adventurous ones. She is excited to try just about any Filipino food that we offer her. During her first week, we even brought her to Mercato and you wouldn’t believe that we made her eat Betamax, isaw, fishballs etc. And she was all for it! It was like we were easing her in, so the following week, one of us brought her “balut” and guess what, she was able to brave that one! We told her it was a story she would tell her future grand kids.

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So as the weeks passed, she was eating just like us, going to the office cafeteria with us or to Jollibee or Chowking, wherever the whole team would have their lunch, she’ll be with us and eat like a local. One of those lunch outs, we decided to bring her to JT’s Manukan Grille as we were all craving for some barbecued stuff. And we all have tried JTs and can vouched for the taste that she’ll like it. Plus, there’s just one across our office building so we can go back quickly after our allocated lunch duration.

Zomato Philippines to host the Future of Food 2019

Zomato Philippines, the leading food app in the country, will host the Future of Food with Arla Foods and Globe myBusiness. This is the most awaited knowledge-sharing event for restaurateurs and it is finally happening on August 19, 2019 at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams. The Future of Food will tackle topics on the modern consumer, sustainability, food solutions, innovations, and trends in the ever-changing restaurant industry.

As consumers today become highly involved, they’ve become more interested in their health and wellness, and are more aware of the issues surrounding sustainability. They are also technologically advanced, consuming more time online like never before. Join us as we dig deeper into the progression of these modern times. Zomato invited the nation’s foremost key opinion leaders to share their insights and impart their knowledge. Here are some of them:

August 7, 2019

You Can't Get Anymore Aunthentic at So Mot Vietnamese Cuisine

I don’t know if you have noticed it or not, but I feel and believe that Vietnamese is one of the most underrated cuisines in the Philippine food scene. Many of us only know Vietnamese food because of pho, fresh spring rolls and banh mi; but it is way more than that. I admit I’m one of those people who’s not as familiar with it as it is rarely my go to food. But I just realized I am missing out on so much. I’ve tried Vietnamese food a couple of times and I can clearly remember that it was in Puerto Princesa was my first taste of this cuisine. But after that I believe I’ve never had that much of it back in Manila.

What makes Vietnamese food so special? Just like the Philippines, Vietnam is also a huge country and each region has their own versions of things but what’s distinct of this cuisine is that all the cuisine contains this brilliant balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and fish-sauciness. Their cuisine is also influenced by other neighboring countries and France as the French conquered Vietnam for years, thus, there is a lasting effect on the country, the people, the architecture, the land, and the flavors.

August 6, 2019

Life Hacks For A More Confident You

In a world of perfect filters and boasting social media statuses, it can be difficult to remain confident in yourself.  Besides the fact that filters provide unrealistic images and people often exaggerate how amazing their life is, there are many more reasons to concentrate on the positives in your own life, rather than what friends and family are up to. If self-confidence is an issue for you, there are steps you can take to boost your self-esteem and confidence. Read on to discover some life-changing tips for a more confident you.

Take care of your appearance
Making the most of your appearance can boost your confidence and neglecting it can have the opposite effect. This doesn’t have to mean making drastic changes and something as simple as correcting crooked teeth with braces, or having your hair cut frequently could elevate your confidence drastically. Looking after your appearance can also be connected to your physical health as something like crooked or missing teeth can have an impact on the way you eat or talk.

Smiling Down Harley Street

Staple in the medical community. Harley Street has been synonymous with top-quality health and dental care from as far back as the early 19th century. Since the area first began to house dentists and medical practitioners around 1816, it has consistently been the place to go to in London for the highest possible standards of quality, professionalism, and care within the fields of dentistry and medicine - and still remains so today.

Throughout the years, Harley Street has provided care to many influential public figures and people of historical interest. One of the more notable being renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who sought treatment there after his diagnosis of motor neurone disease in 1963. Today the area continues to provide treatment and care of the highest calibre. For those seeking a cosmetic dentist on Harley Street, they can be assured they will receive a top quality, discreet and professional service befitting the rich, vibrant history of its surroundings.

Facts and Fiction - The Truth Behind Cosmetic Dentistry

The subject of cosmetic enhancements will always divide opinion with people jumping at the opportunity to better their looks with a little help from the experts, and others leaning towards a more natural approach to their appearance. However, there are also those that are simply too scared to even consider cosmetic dental treatment because of misinformation bandied about in the media and via social networks. Let us set the record straight as we examine some of the myths surrounding the wonderful world of cosmetic dentistry as well as the facts you need to know.

Myth – You won’t be able to afford it
With so many celebrities favouring cosmetic dentistry, it is often thought that treatments such as veneers, teeth straightening and even clear braces, are just too expensive for us mere mortals. However, cosmetic dentistry is not just for the rich and famous and there are reputable dental clinics that offer competitive prices and also allow for payments to be made in installments.

August 5, 2019

Zomato’s 11th Anniversary - A Birthday with a Bang!

July 10 marks the 11th Anniversary of Zomato globally. And how would a food tech company celebrate its birthday? In a very special way, the Zomato team celebrated by conducting a food drive worldwide.

In line with its mission of providing better food for more people, hundreds of Zomato employees and hunger heroes distributed meals to the underserved across 11 countries: India, Philippines, UAE, Lebanon, Portugal, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, USA, and Turkey.

August 4, 2019

Oh My Chicken Now Open at Recto University Belt!

Taiwan is just almost 2 hours away from the Manila by air and we’ve all heard those stories that the communities at the northern tip of the Philippines can pick up radio signals from local stations from Taiwan, I mean, that’s how near we are to latter country. In earlier times, it has also been documented in history that people from Formosa (former name of Taiwan) did trading with Filipinos. So there’s really no reason to be surprised if Filipino cuisine or palate is also influence by Taiwanese cuisine.

In pop culture, who can ever forget the hit TV series F4? A Filipino even went viral when that person traveled to Taipei and even went to the places where the TV show was shot years after it ended airing on TV. Now the greatest influence of Taiwan to the Philippines is the proliferation of tea and milk tea drinks and the chicken chops (deep fried marinated chicken fillets in flour, then dip it in egg, and finally coated in taro or sweet potato flour). 

August 3, 2019

Yummy Modern Twist and Healthy Options at Nomi Modern Japanese Cafe - BGC

With all the stress this fast-paced world that we live in nowadays it’s easy for us to veer towards a sedentary lifestyle. One would rather laze around than do physical activity or choose eating food that give us comfort rather than proper nutrition. Stress eating? Tell me about it! I know that thing all too well! As much as I want to counter or address what’s causing me stress, I love food way too much haha! I’d rather me looking for healthy food that are still tasty.

It’s hard to find one but guess what there’s this resto just at the ground floor of the building where I work where they offer healthy and great tasting dishes: Nomi Modern Japanese Café! And carries one of the cuisines that I love so dearly! Now healthy food need not taste boring and bland! Heck yeah! *slow claps* Nomi is regarded as one of the best healthy eating cafes in BGC.

August 2, 2019

Causes And Cures For Bad Breath

Many people worry about having bad breath, and this can affect confidence to a large degree. Fortunately, people who think they might not smell as fresh as they should can identify the cause and take steps to make the changes needed. This is a guide to the usual culprits when it comes to smelly breath; and what can be done to fix the issue.

Unsurprisingly, garlic is one of those food items that can make the breath smell. It is worse than some other kinds of food because of the way the body deals with it. The bloodstream absorbs garlic when it is eaten. This means that it gets into the lungs as well as other parts of the body; and when a person breathes out the smell of garlic is easily detectable.

How To Know If A Root Canal Is Required

Root canal treatment involves a dentist resolving an infection which is located in the middle of a tooth – or the root. The infection is caused by bacteria within the mouth that can be the result of a number of factors; including decay and damage to the teeth. For people who are unsure as to whether or not they need root canal treatment, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for.

Pain that is very intense can be one of the most obvious symptoms that would suggest a root canal is needed. The pain can be felt within the tooth itself, and in the gum area around it too.
It is caused by the nerve within the tooth being infected; and can be especially bad when biting to chew food, for example. Pain may increase when the tooth is touched, and this can get worse over time.

Need To Know About Adult Orthodontics

A survey of dentists who fit braces, Invisalign and do cosmetic dentistry revealed that there has been a significant increase in the numbers of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. No longer the sole domain of teenagers; braces are now an increasingly popular choice for people of all ages who want to improve their smile.

People who are considering orthodontic treatment as adults often have a number of questions about what to expect. This guide explores the most commonly asked questions for anyone who is thinking of starting treatment.

August 1, 2019

W Nights at Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Resorts World Manila

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is surely one of the notable steakhouses in the world. From his humble beginnings, Wolfgang Zwiener, was once a head waiter at the nationally acclaimed Peter Luger’s Steakhouse, to the establishment of the original Wolfgang’s Steakhouse back in 2004 on NYC’s Park Avenue. Now boasting nineteen locations worldwide, this leading steakhouse has become a global sensation, recognized for its perfectly prepared USDA Prime dry-aged steaks.

In 2016, the Philippines became one of the countries around the world where Wolfgang’s Steakhouse can be located and enjoyed. As of the moment, there are 3 branches in Manila: Podium Mall, BGC and Resorts World Manila. The Manila stores all has a ritual with a artisan’s flair, where the USDA Prime Black Angus meats are dry-aged on on-site to perfection, and then carved to order by our own butcher into Wolfgang’s Steakhouse signature Porterhouse, Prime New York Sirloin, Rib Eye, and Filet Mignon. The results are luxurious - meltingly tender and juicy steaks served sizzling hot with a perfectly caramelized crust.

July 31, 2019

My Thai Kitchen - BGC

Another cuisine that I truly enjoy eating is Thai food. Thai food is known to be mostly strong and spicy, but more than that, it also serves you with an accord of flavors. Most Thai dishes have complex flavors and each hits all four corners of your taste buds: sweet, salty, sour, and spicy. I think it’s one of the most distinct and refined among the Asian cuisines. This can probably stem from the fact that Thailand it is the only country in South East Asia which was not colonized by Europeans.

Sure, it has influences by neighboring countries due to trading during ancient times. But Thai food is unique and innate. Unlike Filipino cuisine that can be defined as a fusion of all sorts because of so many influences from all around Asia and the Western world. It is only in recent years that Thai cuisine has evolved but unquestionably it still stays true to its roots.

July 30, 2019

Canada's #1 Favorite Coffee: Tim Horton's - BGC

Almost a third of the world’s population drinks coffee making it the one of the most popular drinks in the world.   Coffee originated in the east African highlands in the 6th century. It was then brought to Arabia where people used it as food and medicine. During the 11th century the first coffee drinks came up. In the 16th and 17th centuries coffee became widely popular in Europe when the Turks brought it to Central Europe. In the 17th and 18th century coffee reached the North and South Americas during the time of European expeditions and conquests.

Coffee houses soon became popular all over the world. In the 1900s chains of coffee shops developed in Europe and America. One of the well-known coffee shop these days, is Tim Hortons which was founded in 1964, by Canada’s hockey legend Tim Horton and ever since then they have been serving Canadians fresh coffee and baked goods for over 50 years. 10 years later, Tim Horton passes away and Ron Joyce establishes the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) to honor Tim's love of children and desire to help the less fortunate.

July 29, 2019

Crisostomo: Turn of the Century Filipino Dining

I’m pretty sure every Filipino knows Dr. Jose P. Rizal and some of his works. He is after all, the Philippines’ national hero; the government named streets, structures et al after him, so I don’t know how if anyone in The Philippines doesn’t know him is beyond me. He even has a statue in Spain and halls in other parts of the world in honor of his name. And one of his greatest works is Noli Me Tangere or Touch Me Not in English.

Noli Me Tangere was first published in Berlin, Germany in 1887 during the colonization of the Philippines by Spain, and described the perceived inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government. Noli Me Tangere and its sequel El Filibusterismo centers to a protagonist named Juan Crisóstomo Ibarra y Magsalin, a Filipino-Spanish and the only descendant of the wealthy Spaniard who spent his adolescence studying in Europe. When he got back to the Philippines he learned how his father was set up, imprisoned and later died due to the stories whipped up by the friars. Which became the turning point of him joining the revolution together with his friend Elías against the Spanish government and the Catholic church. 

July 28, 2019

Xing Fu Tang Milk Teas and its Famous Brown Sugar Pearls

When I heard that Xing Fu Tang (XFT) will be opening in the Philippines, it rang a bell. I was like, “where did I hear that brand before?” And then I suddenly remembered that I saw it when I visited Jiufen, Taiwan last year. I drunk a lot of milk teas when I was in Taiwan; unfortunately, I didn't get to try Xin Fu Tang in Jiufen as the queue was pretty long. Also, we had a strict schedule to follow as we availed of a Klook Jiufen-Shifen tour. And as much as I wanted to line up, I was more on maximizing my time checking out more stores as much as I could.

Oh wait, I think I did try Xing Fu Tang, in Shilin Night Market... wait, I'm not so sure, actually. I recon just before going back to our hotel, it rained hard and we took cover inside a milk tea place that serves stir fried brown sugar boba/pearls and the store had a Chinese fortune chest too. It looks exactly like the how XFT stores are set up. You can even watch while the pearls are being cooked. My old hard drive crashed a few months ago and I still haven’t got the time to sort that one out and all my Taiwan photos are still there. I may have to take a look and confirm if it’s XFT that I was referring to from what I mentioned earlier.

July 27, 2019

Can Anxious Patients Still Receive Dental Care?

It is important for those who are afraid of the dentist to know that there are numerous ways in which the procedures can go by smoothly and effortlessly. According to a dentist in Melbourne, it is not uncommon for people to exhibit some fear, especially when there is an impending procedure and not just a regular checkup.

By gathering as much information as possible about what the treatment is going to entail, many patients can find comfort in knowing that their dentist is a highly trained professional who has done the procedure many times before.

July 26, 2019

J.CO Donuts’ Sweet Rush Promo: Half Dozen Donuts for Only PHP 150 on July 30 and 31, 2019!

Is it any wonder that we can’t help but falling in love with donuts? You know that most sweet things are usually not good for us. But these, these sugary, frosting-covered, glazed, calorie and carbo-laden type of bread. Gosh I just simply love them! I have always wished I can devour them as much as I want to without worrying about high blood sugar. 

Let's be honest, donuts are comfort food. Sometimes they are what we just need in our lives. Like seriously, it's a pick-me-upper, likely due to sugar rush but also the warm feeling that they give, especially when paired with a good cup of warm coffee. Donuts are the true MVP in so many reasons!

July 25, 2019

Encima Roofdeck Restaurant's EVERYTHING BOTTOMLESS Now On Its Second Year!

It’s my third time to attend an event here at Encima and I’ve always felt like I share with the milestones that this restaurant has undertaken since its opening. I was there when it was first launch after its rebranding. I was there during the first anniversary, I was there with my friends during staycation and now, it’s their second anniversary and even though I have work that night, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Filipinos love everything unlimited when it comes to food. This July, bring your insatiable appetite to Encima Roofdeck Restaurant as they celebrate their second year anniversary through Everything Bottomless, a one-month celebration of unlimited Tex-Mex favorites and free-flowing margaritas and sangria from 4pm to 10pm daily this July 29 to August 29, 2019.

July 24, 2019

Chinese Food Favorites at Sincerity Restaurant and Cafe - Lucky Chinatown Binondo

I don't make it too obvious, but, I love Chinese food. I don't always say it probably because Chinese food is integrated with Filipino cuisine and it's quite common. But whenever I get the chance to eat Chinese food, I go for it. I love that cuisine because it's so upfront, it doesn't use fancy titles to make it sound appetizing. When it says, "stir fried beef", that's what you get. But what I like about Chinese dishes is most of them have a smoky taste because of their way of cooking: using strong flames and wok.

A few weeks back I was in Lucky Chinatown with some foodie friends. I was suggesting that we go to Binondo for a late lunch after our event, as I really want to eat some legit Chinese food from one of the old school Chinese restaurants in Binondo. Unfortunately, they didn’t want to walk all the way to Binondo. That is because in Lucky Chinatown there are a handful of Chinese restaurants too. One of which is Sincerity Restaurant and Cafe.

July 23, 2019

Coffee Time: Legit Cafe Inside a Carwash Shop

There are so many concept stores ranging from food to books to clothing and other things. I don't know if you have heard about a carwash place with a cafe adjacent to it, but I have seen a couple of those around Metro Manila. But it's rare to find a legit resto or cafe that's part of a carwash establishment. But guess what? Me and my foodie friends visited one last weekend with a fully-fledged cafe named Coffee Time.

And it's not just any cafe, besides that it's well-lit and decorated, it offers a wide variety of beverages, cakes and other pastries. Not only that, the food items are created by a retired chef who has an exemplary culinary background up her sleeve. Chef Amie Carr has her culinary education, training and experience from renowned institutions and hotels in Paris France, New Jersey and New York in the USA.

July 22, 2019

Caravan Black - BGC

I couldn't reiterate enough how much coffee is a big part of my life, how it fuels my soul and how it keeps me functioning all throughout the day. When I wake up, the first thing that I do is to make myself a cup of coffee. I think I usually finish 2 cups before I leave for work. And that doesn't stop there, when I get to work, I also drink coffee throughout the day, usually just one more glass or one full tumbler. I don't know if that's still healthy or not, but I guess I'm all too immune with coffee that I don't care anymore, really.

When I'm at work, it's seldom that I get my coffee from the vendo at the pantry. I really don't like how the coffee taste from those machines. So it's either I get my caffeine fix from McDonald's, 7-11 or Caravan Black which is just at the ground floor of where i used to work. I frequented that coffee shop when me and my office mates were transitioning from one season to another. 

July 21, 2019

Moonshine Public Urban Bar - Ortigas

Whenever I hear the word “moonshine” I only can think about the highly prohibited clear unaged whiskey. And to be honest, I’ve always wanted to try it as I am a whiskey person more than any other liquor. I heard it’s too strong and not for lightweights like me, still, I wanna try at least once in my life.  I have asked one of my friends from the US to bring me home one hopefully she won’t forget. Haha!

Cover photo c/o Moonshine website.

Moonshine was originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits that were usually produced illicitly, without government authorization. In recent years, however, moonshine has been legalized in various countries and has become a commercial product. It was only legalized in the US back in 2010, can you believe that?

July 20, 2019

Nanyang: Authentic Singaporean Delights

Singaporean cuisine is honestly quite alien to me. I'm not sure if there are many restaurants in Metro Manila that solely offers this cuisine. If yes well then, I have to try them so that I'll get familiarized. Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains elements derived from several ethnic groups, as a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population.

Influences include the cuisines of the native Malays, Chinese, Indians, as well as Indonesian, Peranakan and Western traditions (particularly English and Portuguese-influenced Eurasian, known as Kristang). Influences from other regions such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Middle East are also present.

July 19, 2019

Burrow Café: Underground Hidden Haven at Antipolo Beehouse

Everywhere you look, people these days are stressed out. I don’t know if it’s because life has become fast-paced, or we just tend to over worked ourselves to reach our goals or earn more or perhaps we just continue to be so hard on ourselves. For whatever the reason is, it’s not really hard to take some time to pause. And what’s one of the option is to get close to nature.

Psychologists for years have conducted studies that believe there is healing power in nature. Bolstered by research, green spaces are known to be good for our health, our well-being, and even our relationships. It can be that we experience some kind of awe, that sense of being in the presence of something greater than ourselves that fills us with wonder. Or it can be as scientific as the color green impacts our moods and emotions which gives us a refreshing, tranquil and restful feelings.

July 18, 2019

Brotzeit BGC: All Things German and #GOT

If it isn’t too obvious by now, well let me tell you, I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan! A few months after its pilot episode, I started watching it and got hooked until the very end. I was so addicted to it that I even research about it and got so much attached to all the characters especially the Stark Family. I have watched episodes two to three times and have re-watched the past few seasons a couple of times too. Now what this has got to do with this blog post, well you must read further.


Everyone Game of Thrones fan have been anticipating the final season with so much excitement, after all, it took a while before the series finale to start. During the first episode of Season 8, I watched it together with my fellow GOT fanatic friends at an exclusive screening party. But the next few Mondays became a concern for me since my shift starts at 11:00 am and I have to live the house by 9:00am because of the heavy rush hour traffic. And 9:00am coincides with the schedule of the Philippine screening of GOT every Monday.

July 17, 2019

Sisig Society BGC: Creating the Sisig of Your Imagination

The late great Anthony Bourdain was quoted to be saying: ‘‘Sisig is everything I love about food. Sisig is everything I love about food.” During his first visit in the Philip pines for his TV show Parts Unknown back in 2008. Also in 2017, Bourdain was also documented saying that “Sisig will win the hearts and minds of the world” during one of his interviews with CNN. It was partly him that brought the Filipino cuisine to the international stage as he had a soft spot for pork sisig, which he believes will lead the charge in Filipino cuisine's rising international recognition.

Sisig is a popular Filipino dish composed of minced pork, chopped onion, and chicken liver. It is a favorite dish with beer/alcoholic drinks, and it can also be a pairing for warm steamy rice for any meal during the day. It’s originally a Kapampangan dish and it has been a culinary tradition of Pampanga and the Kapampangan people feel very strongly about it to the point that the city government of Angeles City, Pampanga, through City Ordinance No 405, Series of 2017, declared Sizzling Sisig Babi (Pork Sisig) as an intangible heritage of Angeles City.

July 16, 2019

Sammy's - A Must-Visit Hidden Gem in Cainta

Whenever I tell people where I’m from or where I live, most often than not I get a response of “That’s so far!” or I heard traffic is bad in that area” or “You probably should transfer near the city.” Yeah, sure, those things are true, but I always give out a rebuttal in the lines of: “I’m already so used to it (the traffic)”. I have lived in this part of Manila/Rizal half of my life. Also, here in the East side, I’m proud to say that we get the best of both worlds.

Best of both worlds, meaning we live on the outskirts of the city, I even sometimes joke around “the suburbs of Cainta/Pasig”, I mean on a whim, we can go to the city (and be city people) and also that we can live some sort of “provincial” kind of life. We live in communities and still enjoy nature still. Unlike if you live in the city, all you see is concrete and skyscrapers.

July 15, 2019

Trying out Milk Teas at The Dessert Kitchen - Rockwell

Milk Tea invasion is real guys! When you see even the major fast food chains getting on the bandwagon then you’ll know everyone has been eaten by the system. It’s not that I’m complaining, I have loved milk tea since it was introduced to me back in 2008 when me and my friends dined at Tokyo Bubble House. I’ve came to know and taste a lot of milk teas over the years since then.

When me and my friends were at Rockwell last week, our meal wouldn’t be complete without getting something sweet to cap off our lunch, so we looked for desserts but ended up deciding to get milk teas instead. We searched the net for milk tea places in Powerplant Mall and only The Dessert Kitchen was what Google returned.

July 14, 2019

EDSA Beverage Studio - The Grid Food Hall, Rockwell

My addiction to coffee started back in college. Being a nursing student who needs to stay alert during classes, hospital duties and studying late nights, coffee became the fuel that run my soul and body. Also, when I started working in the medical insurance industry and doing night shifts it was also the one that kept me awake and alert all through those nights for almost 8 years. It even came to a point that I had hyper acidity because I was drinking way too much coffee.

But nowadays, I don’t think coffee has even a little effect on me. I drink at least 2-3 glasses daily before I go to work. I mean, as believe I cannot function without drinking it first. Yet I am very much aware that everything is just psychological now. Because there are times that even if I just drank a cup a few hours ago, I still get sleepy.  I don’t know, maybe the effects have reversed, or I just got immune to coffee. Either way, coffee will always be a part of my daily routine whether I work on a day shift, midshift or night shift.

July 13, 2019

Beefier - Probably The Best Burgers You Can Sink Your Teeth Into!

I am going to be honest, whenever I am hungry, burger is the least that I crave for. I don't know if it's because it's an Asian or Filipino thing or probably because I like rice and viand way too much. Or maybe I consider burger more like a snack than a full meal. And again maybe that's just it's just a Pinoy thing all over again.

But there's just something about the way a good burger tastes fresh off the grill or grilling pan, especially if it's made of fresh meat and that my friends makes everything right with the world. That's the only thing that can change my mind from choosing between a rice meal versus a burger.

July 12, 2019

Human Hair Wigs By Beautyforever

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.

I have always wanted to cut my hair short or like a long bob, because I am kinda tired of sporting long locks because of the tedious process that I go through everyday just to keep it looking great. On some days I really like to see what I would look like with shorter hair without actually cutting my hair because I am too afraid to cut it short and if it doesn't fit me I have to go with the ordeal of waiting for it to grow back again. But thank heavens for available alternatives nowadays since it gives us the ability to change our hairstyles and look without really doing anything.

5 Major Causes Of Insomnia In Elderly People

Insomnia hits each one of us at a certain point of time. While many suffer from it at a young age, there are many elders who complain of insomnia on a regular basis. As per research, more than 50% of the elders experience symptoms of insomnia a couple of times in a week. There are a number of causes of insomnia in elderly people and you need to dive in to understand the same.

Bad sleep habits
Good night’s sleep will rely on consistency. Elderly people are as prone as anyone to follow an irregular sleep schedule which is fueled by routine evening activities. Consuming alcohol before bedtime can also lead to a lot of tossing and turning in bed. Falling asleep near a smartphone or television can also keep you up. Make sure your bedroom is an oasis of comfort and peace. It should give you a comfortable sleep by eliminating any sources of chaos or distraction.

July 11, 2019

Plus Size and Fab!

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I totally agree with that. Our society nowadays has continually making changes of the standards of beauty. Social media has played a big role in telling and convincing people which is beautiful or sexy or not; especially when it comes to body size or form. But let me tell you this, the most beautiful woman is someone who loves and appreciates her own body.

Never allow anyone to define your identity or tell you you are not beautiful or sexy. We are all created differently. Someone can be beautiful to a person A but not to person B and it's their opinion and you can never change that. What's important is that you are not defined but someone else's view of you.

Keeping Creepy-Crawlies Out Of Your Home

Summer is the season when all the bugs come out in their masses, often entering our homes to take advantage of the cool. Some of these critters can be a real nuisance – you may find yourself itching because of mosquito bites or having to throw away food because of ants. Other may simply be unpleasant such as cockroaches or spiders (especially if you’ve got a phobia). Whatever the case, here are a few ways in which you can stop these bugs entering your home.

Seal up all entrances
Sealing up your home could prevent bugs getting in. This isn’t easy as there are many possible entrances for bugs to get in – the tiniest crack in a wall could be enough to let in ants. Windows are the most obvious entrance. Whilst you can keep windows closed to stop bugs getting in, this will make your home pretty stuffy and could be intolerable in the summer. Bug screens could be an option, allowing air to pass through while stopping all bugs getting in.

July 10, 2019

Another Taiwan Milk Tea import: Tea Bubble House - Vira Mall Greenhills

Just a week ago from today, I had milk tea for breakfast, I mean seriously... Also, who says I can't? I woke up late that one Saturday, super worried and confused as I have to be in Greenhills by 10:00am. Thus, I wasn’t able to get some breakfast not even a sip of coffee. But little did I know I was going to consume huge amounts of caffeine in a few hours.

Well, together with my foodie friends, I tried 30 flavors of milk teas from Tea Bubble House in Vira Mall Greenhills. Yes folks, you read that right, 30 variety of teas from their 6 Tea Series. Tea Bubble House is the latest milk tea place franchise from the land of the milk teas: Taiwan!

July 9, 2019

Introducing the Dyson V11™ Absolute cord-free vacuum

Dyson unveiled a suite of machines that marry hardware and software to enable owners to control and personalise their environments. Among them was the Dyson V11™ cord-free vacuum, the result of more than a decade of cord-free vacuum and Dyson digital motor development. 315 engineers were involved in the project, with over 32,500 parts prototyped.

Three microprocessors on board the Dyson V11™ vacuum bring a new level of intelligence to the clean, monitoring performance up to 8,000 times a second. The microprocessors are located in the Dynamic Load Sensor inside the High Torque cleaner head; inside the Dyson digital motor V11; and inside the battery. These advances mean that suction automatically adjusts depending on floor type, and the owner can see how much runtime is remaining.

Dyson launches Dyson Pure Cool Me™ personal purifying fan

New Dyson Core Flow™ technology transforms the way we deliver clean air to you! Dyson unveiled its first personal air treatment machine – the Dyson Pure Cool Me™ personal purifying fan in the Philippines last July 12 at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Mall. Featuring Dyson’s air filtration and air projection technologies, this compact machine is a perfect fit for your personal space — whether beside your bed, on your desk, or in a nursery.

The new Dyson Core Flow™ technology transforms the way we deliver purified air to you. This air control mechanism creates a steady stream of purified air and allows you to direct the airflow precisely where you need it. Harnessing Dyson’s expertise in fluid dynamics, air filtration, light sensing, and acoustic performance, the Dyson Pure Cool Me™ personal purifying fan is engineered to support your wellbeing, delivering cleaner air and a more comfortable cooling experience.

July 8, 2019

Upgrade Your Pizza Hut Large Pizza to Bacon Stuff Crust for FREE!

Just yesterday Pizza Hut Philippines unveiled its newest offering: the Bacon Stuffed Cheesy Crust Pizza! I’m pretty sure people who lives for bacon will surely rejoice. I mean if you don’t like bacon, I guess we can never be friends. I’m serious. It’s probably one of the comfort food that my palate craves for. Don’t you just wish that you can put bacon on every dish hahaha or that you can eat bacon for the rest of your life? Ok that wouldn’t be healthy but of course moderation duh!
Gone are the days where the ends of or the crust of pizzas will be just left overs, with Pizza Hut's newest Bacon Stuff Crust pizza (with mozzarella cheese of course) no more left-over crusts! What’s more exciting about this is that From July 9 to August 5, 2019, get a FREE UPGRADE OF BACON STUFFED CHEESY CRUST for every purchase of an ala carte Large Pan Pizza!

July 7, 2019

Build, Shop and Dine at BuildPlus + Megawatt Banawe, QC

There’s so many concept stores popping in every part of Metro Manila, but I dare ask you guys if you have seen a place where you can get building products, kitchenware and a restaurant all in one place? Not a new concept perhaps as IKEA has that under their belt, but a full-blown restaurant inside a one-stop-shop for your home? I guess not.

One Sunday afternoon I found myself riding with my friends to Banawe Quezon City to visit this new, innovative concept store named BuildPlus + Megawatt which opened last May 2019. Btw, a concept store is, by definition, a place where new ideas are put together in a bid to enhance the shopper experience and increase sales. In addition, many concept stores offer experimental elements such as a café or exhibition space, enhancing their appeal to those shoppers seeking a particular lifestyle.

July 6, 2019

6 Things Sold in Seconds at a Thrift Shop

Shopping at a thrift shop brings a series of benefits to you. The low price of products is the biggest advantage you can grab and the Nobel cause of charity is always there. Moreover, if you hop between stores you’d be able to find things that are manufactured by your favorite brands and items that you always had a desire for.

Everything you see in a thrift shop is donated by the general public and once these items are sold, the gathered money also goes to people who literally require it. Since these stores receive almost everything on a regular basis, their stock is re-filled regularly and the best products are sold immediately. Hence, I’d advise you to pick up things of your interest instantly.

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