The Chocolate, Coffee, and Ice Cream Expo & Holiday Travel and Dining Deals Expo 2015.

I can't believe that three of my favorite things will be under one roof for the Coffee, Chocolate, and Ice Cream Expo happening on November 18 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premiere!

The Belly Rub Restaurant in Commercenter Alabang.

Before watching The Martian (love the book, love the movie!), T and I have dinner at Belly Rub.  It's one of the newer restaurants in Commercenter Alabang.

Cakes By Mariella Martinez.

Mariella Martinez is not your usual baker.  Can you believe that she doesn't own a conventional oven or a Kitchenaid? She only has, what she calls, her trusty Imarflex 30L oven toaster and a Philips hand mixer.  

Mariella began baking in 2008, inspired by movies she'd seen. She has been baking since then and in 2012, she joined a national food and beverage competition called MAFBEX.  Despite not having any formal education or training in pastry arts, Mariella and her team were able to bag 2nd place in the Plated Dessert category.  Impressive!

I've been emailing with Mariella since early this year but for some reason, we couldn't find a common time.  She wanted to give me samples of her work but I didn't want her efforts to be just for any ordinary day and preferred an occasion where I could share her creations with family and friends.  After almost half a year, our schedules finally got to meet!  There was a joint birthday celebration in the family so I told Mariella, she can finally send me her cakes.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's 2016 Giving Journal.

I still need planners and notebooks in my life.  Yes, our mobile phones are much more convenient because it's quick and we always have it with us but at the end of the day, I need to write things down.  That's why when a year is about to end, I get excited because I can get a new planner, and of course, the pens that I'm going to use with it.

If any of you are like me and are looking for a planner to use next year, check out Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL)'s 2016 Giving Journal.

S&R's Halloween and Party Deals This October.

In my calendar, October means the start of Christmas gift shopping, parties, and of course, Halloween!  Let me share with you some deals T and I saw at S&R last weekend.

Acacia Hotel (part 5): Breakfast Buffet at Acaci Restaurant.

...continued from (part 4): A Steakhouse and Tree Top Lounge.

The next day, T and I have the breakfast buffet at Acaci, which is included with our stay.   Since there are a lot of dishes, I'll just go through my favorite parts of the buffet so you can see what Acacia Hotel has to offer.

Acacia Hotel (part 4): A Steakhouse and Treetop Lounge.

...continued from (part 3): Lurra Wellness Spa.

A Steakhouse

T and I have been looking forward to our dinner at A Steakhouse, Acacia Hotel's newest restaurant, which serves USDA prime beef, along with the freshest catch of the day, in a fine dining setting.

Acacia Hotel (part 3): Lurra Wellness Spa.

...continued from (part 2): The Lobby at Acacia Hotel.

After resting for a bit, T and I go to Lurra Wellness Spa, which is on the same floor as the gym and the swimming pool.  The spa is open daily from 3:30pn to 12midnight, while the in room massage is available until 3am.

Acacia Hotel (part 2): The Lobby at Acacia.

...continued from (part 1): Staycation at the Executive Suite.

T and I have a light snack at The Lobby at Acacia because it's still too early for dinner.   When we get there, I see the Joei & Me logo on one of the tables.  How cute!

Acacia Hotel (part 1): Staycation at the Executive Suite.

I usually travel a couple of times a year to unwind but given my schedule, it's just not possible anymore.  That's when I started to appreciate staycations because it's easier to plan and yet it still provides the same relaxing feeling that traveling gives me. So I was really happy when T and I were invited to stay at Acacia Hotel in Alabang. 

pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash: Papaya and Guava Extract.

Everyone is into organic stuff nowadays whether it be food, health supplements, and even personal and beauty products. And that’s because we just want to make sure that whatever it is that we use is something that won’t harm us, especially our feminine wash. That’s why the folks behind pH Care came up with an all-new pH Care Naturals line in two variants: pH Care Naturals Papaya and pH Care Naturals Guava.

Applebee's Grill and Bar, Now Open in BGC!

Two months ago, I wrote about how excited I was that one of my favorite American restaurant chains called Applebee's Grill and Bar is opening its first branch in the Philippines (read my blog post about Applebee's Bar and Grill: There's No Place Like Today.).  That's why I was happy when T and I were invited to the VIP event + blessing of the first Applebee's branch at Bonifacio High Street.

Win A Staycation at Acacia Hotel Alabang!

To celebrate its fourth anniversary, Acacia Hotel is having a party this Saturday, October 10!  There will be an extra scrumptious dinner buffet spread of the hotel's best dishes at the Acaci Restaurant, as well as face painters, caricature artists, balloon twisters, and a roving photo booth.

And if you dine with three or more guests, you have a chance to win an overnight stay in the Acacia Suite. So ask your family or friends if they're free this weekend because who knows?  You might be the lucky winner!

UAAP Basketball Season 78: DLSU vs Ateneo.

This isn't the championships yet but it was such a good game that I want to dedicate a blog post to it! 

Last Sunday, the De La Salle Green Archers faced the Ateneo Blue Eagles for their last game in round one of the eliminations.  I thought T and I were going to miss most of the game because it was so traffic in EDSA and even around Mall of Asia.  We parked at the open lot in front of E-Com (ang layo!) because we expected that parking near the MOA Arena was full already and just ran in the rain!  Poor T.. He wasn't feeling well but he still gave me his hoodie so I wouldn't get wet.   So come the game, T didn't have much energy anymore.

When we arrived at the Arena, it was already half of the second quarter.  The whole time, Ateneo was leading by a lot!  The second quarter ended at 36-46, in favor of Ateneo.

Luminisce Derma Clinic with Dr. Kaycee Reyes

If I were my skin, I'd hate myself.  I don't wear sunblock (not even when I'm directly under the sun or at the beach), I don't have regular facials done, I don't drink enough water (three glasses a week is already a lot for me), and I don't have a dermatologist.  But now that I'm in my thirties, I know I should take care of my skin more.  I took baby steps by recently incorporating a skin regimen to my daily routine.  It's nothing fancy, just Neutrogena moisturizer with SPF during the day and Lancome Genefique and another Neutrogena moisturizer at night.  And I try to drink more water every day.

I was also supposed to look up a dermatologist who I really liked but my last visit to her was more than a decade ago.  And that's when I received an invite for a consultation with Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce.  Talk about right timing!

Earth Kitchen in Bonifacio High Street.

Healthy.  Local.  Sustainable.  

These three words piqued my interest when I received an invitation to a new restaurant in Bonifacio High Street.  Although more and more places catering to the health-conscious crowd have been popping up lately, there are still only a few of them and not all are hits.  That's why T and I are excited to visit Earth Kitchen in BGC.