May 16, 2017

La Vie Institute + Benefit Cosmetics' Lifestyle Make-Up Workshop.


Like many of you, I'm one of those girls who buy make up but don't really know how to use them.  It's just so tempting to go inside Sephora or Beauty Bar and buy everything right?? I know of the brands and their products but what use would that be if I don't know how to apply them correctly.

That's why I got excited when La Vie Institute and Benefit Cosmetics invited me to their Lifestyle Make-Up Workshop which is basically a 101 for everyday make up routines.  It's perfect and just what I need.



May 15, 2017

Sentro 1771 and Flatiron in Uptown Mall BGC.


T and I were invited by 1771 Group of Restaurants to a back-to-back celebration.  It was the opening of Sentro 1771 and the anniversary of Flatiron in Uptown Mall BGC.  Flatiron, which opened its first branch last year in the said mall, serves American comfort food prepared on a griddle.  




May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


All that I am today and all I've become, I owe to you.  I hope to be even just half the super mom you are to us when my time comes.  Happy Mother's Day! 




May 5, 2017

Okada Manila: Open Restaurants + Medley Dinner Buffet + The Fountain Show.


I'm sure most of you have heard of Okada Manila because it's the newest hotel and casino in Entertainment City and it houses the biggest multi color dancing fountain in the world.. Yes, in the world!  T and I paid a visit there a few weeks ago to check what restaurants and stores are already open so we can go someplace new for dinner.

I've heard mixed reviews about the interior of Okada Manila's lobby so I wanted to see it for myself.  As soon as I entered, I got Princess Jasmine feels with the exotic decors, big domes on the ceiling, and splashes of pink and gold all around.  What do you think of it?




Apr 30, 2017

VIP Shopping Night of H&M's Conscious Exclusive Collection 2017.


Two weeks ago, I attended the launch and VIP shopping night of H&M's Conscious Exclusive Collection 2017 in SM Makati with two of my favorite shopping partners, T and my friend Dianne Lee.



Apr 22, 2017

Intramuros (part 2): Lunch Buffet at Barbara's Heritage Restaurant.


...continued from (part 1): Bambike Eco Tours

After biking and walking for almost three hours, we wanted only two things... To change out of our clothes and TO EAT.  All of us wanted something fast but still delectable so we decided to do the lunch buffet at Barbara's Restaurant.



Apr 17, 2017

Intramuros (part 1): Bambike Ecotours.


I've been wanting to do a tour around Intramuros since I've heard of Carlos Celdran's walking tour but T and I haven't been able to do so.  Luckily, T's sister Michelle asked us if we wanted to join her and her friends so T and I were finally able to do Bambike's Intramuros Ecotours!



Apr 10, 2017

BLK 513's Flagship Store in S Maison Conrad.


I love anything dairy, including yogurt.  So when I saw this place called BLK 513 in S. Maison last November that serves activated charcoal frozen yogurt, I told T I had to try it.  



Apr 6, 2017

Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill in Alabang Town Center.


Update (May 15, 2017): T and I experienced really bad service at Tajimaya this evening.  We arrived at 8:15pm and was told by the hostess that they will accept us in the waiting list (we were second in line) but they will be serving only until 9pm. We eat fast anyway so we said it was ok.  After 5 minutes (time check 8:20pm), four tables billed out and became vacant.  But no one was clearing the tables.  Everyone was running around but not really doing anything.. If you know what I mean. I even saw two servers attending to one small table, when one of them could've started to clear the vacant tables.  I called the attention of the hostess (or the supervisor) to this but she basically ignored us and busily mopped the floor of the bar area, like that chore was more urgent than us getting a table.

The group before us also complained about the vacant tables ready to be occupied.  They even sat in one despite it still having the previous diners' plates just so they could be given attention.  Time was of the essence so we all wanted to be seated.   It was a cook-your-own thing anyway so as long as they give us a table and our food, we can go off on our own.  But that didn't happen. 

Twenty minutes later (time check 8:40pm) and a few more vacant tables later, we still weren't seated.  I called the attention of the hostess but she didn't mind us and kept herself busy doing whatever it was by the bar.  

Tajimaya Alabang, I know you guys are still on soft opening but that's why I'm writing about it here so you can improve on it.  If you have customers waiting and closing time is soon, just clear the tables so the customers can sit down, order, and eat.  And never ignore the queries of your customers.  We wouldn't have left if we were answered properly or apprised of our status. 


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It's been a while since there's been a new restaurant in Alabang so it's a challenge for me and T to find somewhere new to eat when we're not in the mood to drive far away.  Fortunately, Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill opened a branch in Alabang Town Center last month.



Mar 26, 2017

Giveaway: CCF's Family and Finance Conference 2017.


UPDATE: Giving away 3 pairs of tickets (6 tickets) to CCF's Family and Finance Conference! Visit and like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/joeiandme and send me a private message there :)


I've always budgeted my money even as a kid and I didn't need to do it.  It also doesn't seem that way (my mom will object when she reads this haha!) because I like shopping but I really do budget.  I set aside money for my savings, my shopping, my travels, and whatever it is I want or need.

I'm used to handling my personal finances but now that I'm entering into another stage in my life (aka getting married), I want to learn how to budget for my future family. I even asked my former colleague Jill Sabitsana, who is a registered financial planner, for books I can read or seminars I can attend.

And then I got an invite to CCF's Family and Finance Conference which is a whole day workshop dedicated to teach and help families manage finances better. How timely!




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