Friday, July 4, 2014

My first Troll

I just couldn't resist #sopretty :-D

VINTAGE @ 4395p, 45cm SILVER NECKLACE @5600p with my cherry blossom pandora murano. 

This was the last piece of Vintage charm and silver neclace when I got there at the Trollbead store Glorietta 2 - I guess it was really meant for me :))

Website: http://www.trollbeads.com/philippines/en-ph/products/new%20products/11913(base_usd)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Garnier Free Hair Color Application

I normally don't blog about free hair color application, but the people who did my hair was superb - and it was free!

We went to SM Bicutan yesterday for our regular weekly grocery. I was due to color my 'stress hair' - yes, the small, white, standing up hair. Around more than three months ago I did my own hair using the Garnier burgundy and I had an easy time applying it, hence I was looking for the same brand. I was getting disappointed that I can't seem to see it when a couple of steps later, in the middle of the mall was a makeshift salon area - there was free application for Garnier!


199P for 1 box

The guy who did the blowdry was amazing - too bad I didn't take a picture :( This runs until June 12 in SM Bicutan then they are off to Market Market :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gummy Bear Drinks!

Ah... the chewy gummy bears... it brings back childhood memories :-D

It's no surprise I would like the 'off-the-menu' Jamba Juice White Gummy Bear and Strawberry Gummy Bear drinks.

Light pink drink for the strawberry gummy. The first sip will make you addicted to it. I like the sweeter strawberry gummy.

I found a recipe online :)

Red Gummy!

Recipe:
-6oz Raspberry juice
-4oz Soymilk
-1 scoop Lime Sherbet
-1 scoop Raspberry Sherbet
-1 scoop Orange Sherbet
-1 scoop Pineapple Sherbet
-1 scoop ice
-1 scoop Strawberries

White Gummy!

Recipe:
-6oz Peach Juice
-4oz Soymilk
-1 scoop Lime Sherbet
-1 scoop Raspberry Sherbet
-1 scoop Orange Sherbet
-1 scoop Pineapple Sherbet
-1 scoop ice
-1 scoop Mangoes

Monday, June 2, 2014

Spiderman at 3D Atmos, Godzilla at 2D Atmos and Maleficent at 4DX

We were very curious about the 4DX movies at Bonifacio Highstreet that we tried two times to book a ticket for Spiderman then for Godzilla - but to our dismay, it was fully booked for several weeks for Spiderman and Godzilla's 4DX stint only lasted for a week. So after watching Godzilla at 2D Atmos, we already bought a ticket for Maleficent a week before its showing. The 4DX cinema was already 3/4's full! But alas - success! :-D

3D and 2D Atmos were already fine, as usual, the seats were comfy and the movie start with the sound roaming around the cinema was great - specially the rain part :))

A bit of science in the Amazing Spiderman 2 - Electro vs the Amazing Spiderman. 

I felt sad about Max Dillon though who just basically wanted to be noticed and Gwen who died by the end of the film :( 


Godzilla the savior of mankind?

I wouldn't be surprised if there really are Godzilla's beneath the ocean! Godzilla was kindda cute in the film with his chubby thighs :)) The film started out great but I felt it was dragging along the way

Now let's go to the 4DX... Priced at 450P each, I think it was worth the experience with the sweet smell every time Maleficent flies over the flowers, bubbles all around, the splashing mist, and the massaging moving chair. Although the down-side is that the 3D glasses doesn't seem like stuff are flying out of the screen like in I-MAX.

Maleficent was brought to life by Angelina Jolie. The other characters were secondary in the film - even Aurora. Btw, we were able to guess who the true love was ;)


 Bonifacio High Street
Fort Bonifacio
(02) 8183601
Reservation - Sureseats

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lugang Cafe & Mochi Sweets @ SM Aura

Late post - for some reason, Box is not synching well at my laptop :(

We had our Fri-date at SM Aura's Lugang Cafe, but before that I stayed at Mochi Sweets while waiting...

Chestnut Mochi Donuts for me @80P  

chewy donut with a chestnut middle. I liked the light sweet taste

best of all - free orange mochi for any purchase!


Stir fried Seasonal Vegetables @240P

Broccoli looks like a brain :)) It was for sharing

Three cup chicken @ 320P

Chicken was good and the sweet taste is a sure winner for Filipinos

Monday, May 26, 2014

Paranaque Series: Geumgaok Korean & Sugar and Spice

Quick Fri-dates are still at Dona Soledad, Paranaque - the choices are limited, but at least there is :))

Other than Coupe Restaurant and Cake Planet for the cakes we are currently also frequenting Geumgaok Korean. It is a hole-in-the wall restaurant but they serve good food at reasonable prices
free appetizers. their miso soup is also free and unlimited

Bibim bab (mix rice with vegetable and sesame oil and sweet chilisauce) @230P

This was just OK, too much rice, but I was never into bibimbap anyway.

our favorite order - Samgyeopsal (pork roast with lettuce, kimchi, special salt and sesame oil) @230P

You wrap the roasted pork in the fresh greens and dip it in their sweet/spicy sauce - yum!

Another restaurant that we went to is the Sugar and Spice. The place is kind of cute, but the food was ugh. They said their 'chef' was in the province during the time we visited
Green pepper in lumpia wrapper with bicol express

Sauce was OK, but the food was oily and just tasted like peppers 

Mixed vegetables

The vegetables were bathing in soy sauce! Sodium overload

Walastik Bangus Abs (Milkfish Belly Steak) @135P

The milkfish was also bathing in soy sauce, eck! After the meal we had to have coffee at nearby Starbucks to wash out the taste

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pandora Mother's Day

I have decided to give mom a Pandora for Mother's Day :) 


Silver Collier with 2 pieces Head Over Heel Clip @ 8,360P - Mother's Day promo in Pandora Philippines. Bracelet original price is 4500 and the Clips are at 2400+P each

The Mother's Day promo at Pandora US is still a lot better, but I was already decided to give mom her Pandora yesterday.


Hubby has been giving me Pandora since before the birth of our baby girl. My Pandora Charm for Mother's Day 2014 is the Pandora Club Exclusive 2014
Heart diamond inside a Pandora Box - unsure if this sells in the Philippines

Admittedly I was surprised by the charm - it looks like a box, I don't know how I would react... It was unimpressive looking :)) He told me 'open the box'. Oh, so it opens! I was just expecting a spring butterfly!

contact: 09178481881

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pre-holy week: Taal Vista, Antonio's Grill, and Taal Ridge Starbucks

We were once again at Tagaytay last Holy Thursday - actually we were there Wednesday night then went back to Manila late Holy Thursday. We were supposed to be there Thursday and Friday with plans to go to mass on Friday at Tagaytay but Taal Vista was fully booked for the deal we got on the said days.

Bebe playing with the remote control :)

The room was nice, the only hitch was we were located at the old wing which was far from the main lobby and the facilities like the swimming pool. Our view was the Sky Ranch. Gym was small and without any windows. It wasn't an inviting work-out place. The staff was great and attentive though and even gave baby a lollipop upon checkout. 

Dinner was at Antonio's grill. 


Ginataang Monggo @ 200P, Liempo @ 290P

The food was reasonably priced. Most of them are good for four though so it was difficult to choose a dish for just hubby and me (and a tiny bit for baby).  

We had a quick swim early morning the next day at Taal Vista. It was just 7am and the pool was already a bit full. After the quick 'picture-dip' we had a loaded breakfast at Taal Vista's Cafe Veranda

My first plate :)) - crunchy squid, beef tapa, crunchy bacon, tocino, longganisa, and a bit of rice or corn? I liked the crunchy stuff the best in this set

My salad plate - it's good that there were olives, pickles and good cheese in their salad offering. There were also several dressing choices

Omelette order - you can ask for an omelette to be cooked by one of the servers. More cheese for me and without onions ;)

Dessert plate were mostly sweet breads and fruit. The cakes were not there for dessert as well as their gelato which was being offered for buffet lunch the last time we ate. So I guess lunch offerings are better then breakfast - nevertheless there was still a lot of food and unlimited hot choco :))

After check-out we went to Taal Ridge Starbucks which like Taal Vista has a nice view. The parking was super steep, so talent was needed :P

My cup of hazelnut macchiato perfect for the cool wind

Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
0917 8091254

One Destination, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
+63 46 483 4847

Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Silang, Crossing West
+63 46 413 0725

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Greeka Kouzina and Magnum Manila

Recently hubby and I have been frequenting SM Aura every Fri-date because it's halfway towards both our office locations. Although, yes, he is further from the location then I am so I have a decent 2 hours for window shopping/ shopping :))

I've already blogged before about Paul's Boulangerie and we still went back there last Friday for dessert - the difficult to prononunce but yummy Millefeuille Frais (easier said as strawberry napoleon :P).

The week before that we went to Greeka Kouzina then to Magnum Manila :)

Arni Lemonato (5 hour roasted lamb) @580P

Greeka Kouzina was reasonably priced. The Arni Lemonato was already good for two. The sauce that came with the lamb goes well with the meat.

Moussaka (free with the main dish!)

I always order moussaka in Mediterranean or Greek restaurants and I was happily surprised that their Moussaka (eggplant topped with cheese) already came with the lamb. The size was good for 1 person, but it's fine, since it's just a siding :-D 

The topping choices. Free three toppings

Then for dessert: anti-lamb suya :)) was at Magnum Manila. We were supposed to have their plated dessert but it sold out early. We had the customize your magnum instead. We were recommended the queso de bola, potato chips, and chili

Your choice of dip and drizzle - milk, dark or gold

Partial picture of the Rice Terraces wall made of Magnum Sticks

Mmmmm.... Our magnum creation :) @ 100P each

Mine was Almonds, Quezo de Bola, and choco chip cookies on dark chocolate drizzled by gold chocolate. Choco chip was almost unnoticeable. I should have gone for the potato chip :(

Level 2, SM Aura, Fort Bonifacio
Phone: 09175140157

SM Aura Sky Park

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Adventure at Fairview Terraces

Our family had a fun day at Fairview Terraces...

Free entrance for 500 worth of purchase at any store. There were activities like shoot the egg, a magic show, photobooth, and free film. There was also a nice lootbag and bag painting :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter 2014 goodies

It was just a Palm Sunday when we noticed the display at Sinfully, Shangri-la. They already have pretty chocolate eggs and bunnies!

At the middle is my chosen Sinfully Easter egg - small sparkly milk chocolate @170P. 

Marks and Spencer also has some Easter goodies, but more expensive since they are almost all big sized. Nevertheless I still got a really small pack of Easter Bunny and Easter Egg @75P each 

The price list for Sinfully's other goodies are here; price list for Mark's and Spencer are at their FB page :)

(02) 7296626

(02) 7299783

both at the 2/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati

Monday, April 7, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It feels like it's been centuries since we last watched a film - yes, we were not even able to watch the recent The Hobbit and Hunger Games. So finally, we got the chance to watch Captain America's Sequel!



It was action packed and had surprising twists (hail Hydra!). I love the car scene wherein several SWATS were chasing Nick Fury ;)

Oh and yes, GSP was there

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bro-in-law's Post Grad Celeb at Sophie's Mom


The set-up of Sophie's mom was cute

Baked Chicken Parmigiana @ 215P

This was my order and it was the best in the batch. Hubby and bro-in-law both ordered the Lemon Herb Chicken @ 215P and it wasn't that tasty and definitely can be made at home

Eclair @ 70P

Eclair was hard and seems like it's no longer fresh

Red Velvet cupcake @ 70P

Best bet for their dessert is their red velvet cupcake

Red velvet cake @ 100+

Tasted like their cupcake, so it's also a winner

G/F Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Rd, McKinley Hill, Taguig
(02) 8564849

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brasas - Latin American Street Food

It's our new found place to dine after mass at St Andrew's Makati. Our orders at Brasas were very good and our 1 year old baby liked the ambiance, she was actually dancing to the Latin beat!

Lomo Saltado (Peru) @ 330P
(Sauteed beef tenderloin strips, Tomatoes, Onions, Potatoes, served with Latin rice pilaf)

This was my order. The beef was tender and it had a huge serving. Well worth the price. 

I forgot to picture hubby's order of Latin lasagna. It was around 200P+ and he had fun eating the cheesy lasagna with a surprise sweet saba fried banana in it, much like the arroz ala cubana.

We ate at Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati (Num: 02-3305781)
The Podium (Num: 02-5705559)
SM Aura (Num: 02-8084976)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chewy Donuts

I am so addicted to Mister Donut's Pon de Ring! Sometimes we even drive all the way to Greenhills just for a taste :)

Cookie butter pon de ring - chewy donuts with speculoos cookie butter


Ground Floor, Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan City 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

French Crepe?!

First time I've ever heard of French crepe...

The menu read Nos crepes et paillassons: our pancakes. Discover the diversity of French pancakes: thin pancakes filled with your favorite ingredients ("crepes") or potato pancakes baked to perfection and topped with a delicious garniture ("paillassons") @ 250P

The pictured is Paillasson saumon fume or smoked salmon and soft cheese spread. I didn't read the menu that well (yes, I just took a picture), so the potato crepe came as a surprise. Kind of like a flattened glamorous hash brown :)) Nevertheless the paillasons on it was really yum and the side veggies fresh 

Cuisse de poulet rotie @310P - roasted chicken leg with herbs, served with salad, sauteed potatoes and shallots. This was the order of hubby, he said it was just 'fine'

Chocolate croissant @ 60+ had just the right amount of chocolate and the bread was still good despite it was already closing time - must have been better in the morning ;)

Ground Floor SM Aura, 26th Corner McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig
Phone: (02) 8085324

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Craving for Cheese Fondue?

It's been a while since I've had cheese fondue - it was good that there was Old Swiss Inn in Makati.

Traditional wooden interiors

Woatlander Fondue is their traditional Swiss cheese fondue with bread cubes for dipping (@715P)

Fondue Bourguignonne was super yummy! It was prime beef tenderloin cubes to be dipped in hot oil (@1,050P)

dipping sauces and other stuff like onions and pickles

Toblerone Chocolate fondue for dessert was dark Toblerone chocolate and pure cream with fruits and bread for dipping (@430P)

G/F Olympia Towers, Makati Avenue cor Sto Timas St, Urdaneta, Makati (beside Peninsula Makati Ave)
(02) 8180098/ 8188251
Mon-Sun til 12MN