Feb 12, 2017

Valentines 2017: 10 Date Ideas In and Out of The Metro.

T and I don't really celebrate Valentines Day (because for him, every day should be like Valentines Day ;)) but since it's always a good idea to do something nice with your special someone during the week of February 14, here are ten date ideas in and out of Metro Manila as an alternative to the usual dinner date.  And to all the single gents and ladies out there, you can also engage in these activities with your friends!  Bawal malungkot next week :P

1. Take painting lessons.

This is what T and I did for Valentines last year.  For more details, you can read my blog post about our 2016 Valentines date in Sip n Gogh.

Feb 5, 2017

Tomatito Manila: Sexy Tapas Bar.

I usually start my year with a 'Looking Back' entry but a lot has been going on in my life lately (hence, the lack of posts) and I don't have time right now to dig through all the photos from last year and choose my favorite moments so I decided to save that for later. Instead, I'll first write about a recent restaurant T and I have visited.

Last Friday, we found ourselves in BGC looking for a place to eat.  I'm so out of touch with what's new in the restaurant scene but I remember seeing this colorful place while we were driving around the area last month.. Tomatito.

Dec 23, 2016

Jack 'n Jill Calbee's Salted Caramel and Chocolate Potato Chips.

Are you like me who likes to combine the taste of sweet and salty together?  If you are then you'll love the new offerings of Jack 'n Jill Calbee-- the limited edition Salted Caramel Potato Chips and Chocolate Potato Chips!

Dec 22, 2016

Restaurants in Conrad Manila's S. Maison Mall.

You might be seeing or reading about S. Maison lately and wondered what it is.  It's the newest luxury mall connected to Conrad Hotel near SM Mall of Asia.  T and I first went there because of Buffalo Wings and there were only a few stores that were operational.  But we like it because Fully Booked (for me) and Titan (for him) are right beside each other so we can spend time in our respective stores without worrying that one of us is getting bored waiting for the other.

Our latest visit was last week and I was pleasantly surprised to see more stores and restaurants open already.  If you're looking for some place new for your holiday dinner, S. Maison would be a good choice.  I'll try to round up the restaurants and cafes I saw while going around the mall although I might have missed some restaurants or cafes so this is no means an extensive list.

Dec 21, 2016

Strip's Limited Edition Mulled Wine Wax.

Are you going on a trip for the holidays?  Check out STRIP's limited edition Mulled Wine Wax infused with the warm and festive scent of red wine, orange, cloves, and cinnamon.  It's also good for first timers because it's packed with the healing effects of aloe vera and chamomile which significantly reduces any discomfort that is often associated with waxing.   The best part is STRIP has a promo!

Dec 17, 2016

Get An Oishi World of O, Wow! Bag at the Ayala Triangle.

It was only this year I discovered that Oishi is available in other Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, and China.  And the cool part is that the roster of products are exclusive only to those countries.  But for the holidays, these snacks will be available in one Oishi World of O, Wow! Bag at the Ayala Triangle this December 17 and 18 for the Festival of Lights.  The contents may vary per bag but these are the snacks you can find inside...

Dec 11, 2016

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's The Giving Journal 2017.

It's that time of the year again!  Buying holiday presents, going to Christmas dinners, and collecting stamps for a planner :D  Check out The Giving Journal 2017 from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Nov 30, 2016

Whammo's Choco Fudge is Back!

Whammo's is back!  After being gone for more than a decade, the Filipino Twinkies is in the market again.  If you're a 90's kid like me, I'm sure this has been your baon at one point or another in school.  At least one of my classmates in Zobel had this in his or her lunch bag every day.  This snack actually fits my new obsession-- the pocket Family Computer, which was also a hit in the 90's.   It was like a time warp when boxes of Whammo's arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago.

Nov 13, 2016

Denny's Uptown BGC.

I have a lot of memories of Denny's.  When I was younger, my family would have breakfast there often because there was a branch near my Dad's house in California.  Denny's is also a frequent pit stop during long drives since there was always one along the freeway.  I actually had my birthday breakfast there last year with my sister in San Diego.  And finally, Denny's is now in the Philippines!

Nov 2, 2016

Halloween 2016: Wednesday and Pugsley Addams.

I miss blogging.

This is my journal, my outlet, my diary.  I sound like a broken record, especially during the times when I don't get to blog for long periods of time, but it is. I want to share about past trips, new restaurants, and wedding planning tips but as soon as I figure out what I want to write about, I couldn't muster enough energy to get my Macbook and work on it.  I am just so physically and mentally drained all the time.

I never thought it was possible to be busier than I was before, but I am now.  My schedule was already hectic back then but we had breaks to recuperate. I could run in the morning and blog during weekends.  I actually like what I'm doing currently but I feel like a machine working 24/7. Maybe it's only an adjustment period but so far, this is how things are for me.

And just when I'm starting to get better from the flu, my back injury has returned.  It was probably caused by sitting for long periods of time and not being able to exercise for the past couple of months then triggered by my incessant coughing.  My back hurts every time I cough or sneeze, I cant bend to pick up something from the floor, and even as I'm typing up this post while seated, my back is hurting like crazy!  Yes, it's that bad.  

So to counter the crankiness, I thought of updating my blog today.  And what better topic to write about than my favorite holiday (after Christmas)... Halloween! 

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