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.

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