Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ms. Hawaii

This is me back in the days! Haha!  I was chosen to represent the whole 5th grade level in a mini pageant held in school. I was dressed in green grasskirt which was made by my mom's friend, who happens to be a known sewer in our area as well. 

Not everyone gets the opportunity to be part of this kind of competition that is why I am still proud of what I've achieved even if I didn't bag the title. :)

Las Paellas Cafe

Hi guys! How are you all doing? Hope your weekend turned out well. As for me, I've had a nice weekend as usual since I spent it with my mom's side of the family. I just wanted to share with all of you my experience with this restaurant called Las Paellas Cafe in Festival Mall. 

My sister's bf took us to a dinner treat last Tuesday. We watched a movie and had dinner afterwards. It was my first time to eat in Las Paellas Cafe. We got there around 6:20 P.M. 

I've never had this thought of trying it out because the food looks expensive. The menu was handed to me by the waiter right after we were seated and I was surprised that the prices were very affordable. I can barely remember the exact names of the food we've had for dinner but all I can say is that they were all DELICIOSO! 

I liked the garlic spicy mussels and pork chop andaluz. And yes, the caesar salad too! This place warrants another visit from me! 

Las Paellas Cafe
2/F Festival Supermall, Corporate Ave
Alabang Muntinlupa City

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Pullover

Hi everyone! Christmas is fast approaching. Bazaars are sprouting like mushrooms these days. I've been to Noel Bazaar at the Festival Tent with baby just the other day. There were only few stalls inside since the space is quite limited. I happened to pass by this stall that sells overrun clothes. The pullovers that I saw mostly were gorgeous but this one instantly caught my eye. I got this pullover for only PHP 100.00. A great steal, indeed!

Pullovers are "in" these days. I've been seeing several online shops selling pullovers but they are beyond my budget. I've always been tempted to place an order online but I just don't like the idea of going to the bank to make the payment. You know, It's kind of hassle on my part. That's why I really was happy to get this nice pullover. I didn't think twice of buying it. It's like the ones that I've been seeing in Forever 21 stores. 

As you can all see, it has sequins on it. It only doesn't look good but it's comfy to wear too. It's not thick and heavy so you could basically wear this even when the weather isn't too cool. 

Life Changing Experience

All I ever think about is F-O-O-D. It's something that I just can't get rid out of my system. Sometimes I want to suppress my appetite but I just can't. It's too hard when you have great love for food. No wonder why I've gained so much weight during my HS years. I was teased by many because I was fat. But it became one of my motivations to lose weight. I enrolled in an aerobics class and refused to eat anything that's fattening. I've shed off some pounds and I am quite happy with my figure now. It was indeed a life-changing experience for me.

But I have to admit that I am starting to eat a lot again. I've been eating fastfoods lately but I really am trying to control myself. It's hard when eating is really your passion. But whenever I remember the times when people criticized me because of my figure, i can't help but cry sometimes. I have to stop my bad eating habits as early as now because I might regret it later on. 

On Being Practical

Who says you need expensive things just to look fashionable? In time of crisis, you really need to know how to be practical. You must know what are your priorities. I was once a brand-conscious type but after I've experienced being broke a few years back, I've come to a realization that I should really start saving up for my future.

I've started to patronize local brands after that. This pair of shoes is from my aunt. She gave this to me on my 28th birthday. It's from Solemate, a local shoe brand that can be purchased at any SM department store. I love their collection. They are so trendy and colorful. I have three pairs of Solemate shoes that come in one design but different colors, of course. They are comfy to wear too. 

New designs are now up for sale. I wish I could grab them all but I know it isn't practical to splurge on things I really don't need. I have to keep in mind what I've just learned about saving up. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Noel Bazaar in the South

Bazaars? Who does not love them? I love going to bazaars! I truly enjoy buying stuff for myself and for my loved ones most specially when the Holiday season is just around the corner. I have been to several bazaars but it was my first time to attend one in the south area. I've got so excited when I heard over the news that GMA's Noel Bazaar is coming to the south. It started last Oct 18, 2013 (Friday) and sad to say that the bazaar is only until today. But don't worry guys, they are coming back on December for last minute shoppers like me. And yes, you can also visit them next month at the World Trade Center. The place is way bigger than Festival Tent so expect that there would be more stalls of clothes, christmas decors, fashion accessories, shoes and more. I did enjoy my early Christmas shopping with my love as I got to purchase cheap yet fashionable pullovers. Pullovers are in demand these days as we all expect that the weather would be cooler in the coming days(fingers crossed). 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Snack at Shakey's

Food is something that is just hard to resist. Last Monday, my sister and I had a delicious snack at Shakey's-SM Southmall. We've had chicken and mojos and angus steakhouse pizza. Angus is absolutely my favorite pizza flavor. It really suits my tastebuds! I am planning to have a small pizza party with my family and relatives next week and I'd definitely get the same exact pizza flavor again. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Amber Spaghetti

Amber spaghetti is one of my favorite snacks. Before my brother left for abroad, he took us for a delicious "merienda" treat. He has ordered for spaghetti, palabok and pichi-pichi. I finished two plates of spaghetti in less than 10 minutes. I love the fact that it has lots of grated cheese on top. I am a cheese lover and I'd always like anything with cheese on it. Amber has branches in Muntinlupa, Paranaque and Makati. Check online for other branches. 

J. Co Donuts

I just can't get enough of J.Co donuts. In my opinion, It is not an overrated donut as what other people claim. It is not too sweet compared to the other donut brands that I've tried. Moreover, the bread is soft and you are guaranteed that it's freshly baked. My sister bought a dozen of these last night. I finished three in less than 10 minutes. Uh-oh. 

Island Cove Kawit Cavite

Island Cove in Kawit Cavite is one of my family's favorite tourist destinations. It is only an hour away from home and we usually go there once or twice a year. It is a resort that provides fun-filled activities such as swimming, fishing, biking and visiting the mini zoo among others. They offer delicious Filipino dishes at affordable prices. If you want to spend some quality time with your family and friends then consider going to Island Cove Resort. 

Eating Dark Chocolate

I just made a post earlier regarding sugar free chocolates and I am making another to make you all salivate. (just kidding) LOL. I just can't stop eating these two. I finished one bag of Russell Stover sugar free pecan delights just yesterday and I am currently munching on some Valor dark chocolate with almonds while doing this blog entry. Dark chocolate is said to be good for the heart and brain. Eating small amount of dark chocolate 2 or 3x each week can help lower blood pressure and can increase the blood flow to your brain. Moreover, it is rich in antioxidants and is high in vitamins and minerals. So starting today, I'd include sugar free dark chocolates on my grocery shopping list. By the way, these treats came from my baby. Thank you, love! You know exactly what I want! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sugar Free Chocolate


I have a sweet tooth. I'd always ask my dad to bring home some chocolates for me. I have gained so much weight after finishing all the chocolates he brought home for me. I stopped eating for a year so I could shed some pounds and it worked! Now, I am more conscious of what I eat. When I am craving for chocolates, I am always getting the Sugar Free ones. This Russell Stover Sugar Free chocolate is my newfound favorite. It is heavenly delicious as if like I am eating a regular chocolate. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder and Maybelline Foundation

Maybelline clear smooth aqua foundation and Ben Nye banana luxury powder are my current favorite make up products. Ben Nye is one of the most talked about make up brands today. I have been reading rave reviews regarding this product so I've finally made the decision to give it a shot. I bought the small sized bottle which costs PHP 800. The price is quite expensive for its size but I really have to try this one since the reviews that I've read were mostly positive. The Ben Nye Banana luxury powder works best if paired with any creamy foundation. I have got to try it the other day and I can say that I am quite impressed with the results. The yellowish color of the powder suits my fair complexion. It has a lasting effect though I still have to re-apply it after 4 hours or so because I sweat a lot. I would give this product a score of 8 out of 10. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

USB Connector For My iPod Shuffle

It's been a while since I last used my iPod Shuffle. I can't find its charger anymore so I have decided to purchase a new one even though I'm on a tight budget right now. I've got this usb connector (photo above) for PHP 250 at Alabang Town Center. Initially, the salesday was selling it for PHP 350 but I did a little haggling to get the best possible price. It took me a while to find a usb connector for my iPod shuffle as I can only count in my hands the number of stores that are actually selling it. I am so happy with my purchase! Now, I can use it if I don't feel like bringing my iPod Touch 5 with me. 

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Warm Bodies Movie

Does this picture look familiar to you? I bet for some. But for those who have not seen this movie yet then let me tell you something about it. Warm Bodies is not a typical movie. It is about a zombie who fell in love with a beautiful human being. Instead of eating her out alive, he brought her to his place to keep her safe from other zombies. He is different from the others. He is less harmful and acts like a human being sometimes. But later on, the other zombies started to become like him. They have joined forces to beat the real monsters! It was indeed a beautiful story. It is something that you don't always see on movies! 

The New Alabang Town Center

This is how Alabang Town Center looks like now. It is way better than the first time I saw it. It is very important to renovate some establishments like restaurants and shopping malls to keep up with the ever-changing needs of the market. The number of business establishments in ATC keeps on growing. PF Changs, Johnny Rockets, Yakimix and Vanilla Cupcake Bakery were some of the new restos that I already have visited with my family. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Free Upsize

Starbucks is where my family and I go to after having our tummies filled with good food. Last Sunday, we had a quick stop at Starbucks-SLEX. This is our most favorite branch since it is near our place and the staff already know of us. I had my usual order which is White Chocolate Mocha Espresso with only 1 and 1 half pump of white chocolate. I presented my SB card but unfortunately the machine wasn't working that time so they just upsized all of our drinks for free. I've just had a hard time finishing mine since I am not used to getting grande or venti sized cups. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Line Camera

I like taking pictures of myself. Yes, I am not afraid to admit that I am sort of a narcissistic type. And when I do, I always like editing my photos, for instance, making it brighter or put some effects to make it unique. I just downloaded the Line Camera application on my iPod Touch 5 and I am enjoying it a lot. There are so many applications that you can download for your Apple devices particularly for your iPhone, iPod and Ipad. 

Friday, October 04, 2013

Tonight's Playlist

This is my tonight's playlist. I almost have 30 songs on my list which includes some of my all-time favorites. I like something soothing especially during bedtime. It helps me feel relaxed somehow. But there are times that I would listen to upbeat music when I am feeling giddy. I have this thought of downloading some new songs tomorrow. I am just hoping that my internet connection will cooperate with me. Goodnight to y'all! 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Birthday Celebration

Two of the most important people in my life- my aunt and uncle, celebrated their birthdays last Sunday. They share the same birthday but they are not twins. It just so happened that they were born on the same month and day. My other aunt who is now based in New Zealand sent some cash to the birthday celebrants. The money was used to order for some delicious Chinese viands at North Park which includes lechon macau, sweet and sour fish fillet and crispy chicken. My mom bought two 1.5 liters of ice cream for dessert. It was a happy birthday indeed for the both of them. 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Yesterday's Snacks

Hi everyone! how did your weekend go? As for me, it was great as I spent it with the people who are dear to me. Yesterday, I had these two for snacks. It was my first time to try the famous Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter and all I can say that it was heavenly delicious! I paired it with my all time favorite bread from TLJ and Serenitea Wintermelon Tea. I would love to try Lotus Biscoff Spread too. I have been reading rave reviews about these two yummy spreads and I'm hoping Lotus Biscoff won't also fail my expectations.