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    Davao Food Trip

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    Hi everyone!

    I’ve took a mini hiatus from blogging because of my Davao trip. I just got back and I can’t wait to share the photos I’ve accumulated for you! I really love food and I want this blog to feature other things that I love other than makeup. :) This post will be photo heavy and I’ll be throwing in my comments here and there. It was really hard to take photos of all the food I ate because we were travelling in a group of 18 and I would have run out of food to eat if I stopped to take photos of all the food I ate. ha ha!

    tuna from yellow fin restaurant

    Tiny Kitchen

    The restaurant used to be “tiny” but it becamed a full blown restaurant through the years because of its popularity in the city. The owner of the restaurant cooks the dishes himself! :)

    This is supposed to be  penne pasta (they ran out of penne pasta) with tomatoes, chorizo, and a thick cheese sauce. The pasta was a bit too cheesy for me and I couldn’t taste the flavor of the chorizo anymore. It was still enjoyable though! :) 

    *I’m a HUGE fan of parmesan cheese and I was disappointed to have been told that they did not have parmesan cheese when I asked for it.

    Paella Valenciana. the star of the night. it was packed with meat and the rice was very scrumptious. :)

    osso bucco. I wasn’t able to try this out.

    Kalderata.  It’s a straight forward home-cooked meal that will remind you of your mother’s cooking.

    Canelloni Pasta. This dish was quite a disappointment. It lacked flavor and the sauce was very dry.

    They have a wide selection of cakes and pastries! The sight sent me straight to pastry heaven! <3


    Caramel Cheesecake. My pick for the night. It was delicious! I loved the crust. :)

    My mom’s pick: dulce de leche cheesecake. I wish there was more yema in this….

    This was meh. I LOVE anything red velvet so I know my red velvet well. This was a tad bit too dry and it lacked cream cheese icing.

    ooey gooey chocolate oatmeal bars! now this was a delight!

    What I had for breakfast in one sitting:

    We stayed at Marco Polo Hotel by the way and I have to say, my breakfast meals were the best meals I had in Davao! They have such a huuuuuge selection of food to choose from and the service was impeccable.

    i made my own waffles!

    super duper sweet pineapples. <3

    we were able to try out the ice creamery at the crocodile farm! Yes, some of their flavors have actual crocodile meat in them. haha 

    I tried the “banana nuts” flavor and it was really good! I wish it was more creamy though! :)

    our last dinner was at the Outback Grill (completely different one from the Outback we have here in Manila). The ribs were very good. They were served with unlimited rice. I only had one cup of rice because one cup of their rice is like two cups of rice! I wasn’t able to take photos of the other food because the people I was with attacked the food the moment they were placed on our table. hahaha!

    My breakfast on our last day in Davao:

    that’s it for now! I’m back in Manila and in dire need of exercise but I found out from my trainer that the gym will be closed tomorrow. <//3 Oh well papel (HAHAHA I LOVE SAYING THIS RIGHT NOW)! Where are you guys going this summer? :)

    xoxo,

     

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    2013

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    My 2nd day for 2013 was very well spent! I went out with 2 of my girlfriends from my High School barkada and my guy bestie who’s now studying abroad! My high school barkada’s favorite past time is EATING! We don’t go clubbing and bond over yummy food and funny conversations instead! For our mini reunion, my friend Jemimah suggested that we visit the Mind Museum at the Fort.
    I’m glad that I was with good company when I visited the museum. :) My experience was made so much more memorable because I was with my friends! :)

    I look like a giant in this photo!

    MY OOTD:

    Corset from a bazaar, shorts from HnM

    clutch from a friend, shoes from Payless, watch from Michael Kors, leather bracelet from a friend

    Blazer from HnM

    HE HE I kept on trying to create a huge bubble but the wind was too strong. :(

    My friends almost always let me choose where we eat! I was researching on places to eat while I was getting ready to leave and I had Wild Flour in mind! I forgot to take the address down. Good thing The Mind Museum offers free wifi AND their information counter is very helpful! We walked to Wild Flower from the Mind Museum! :)

    Banh Mi Sliders

    Croque Madame

    steak and eggs

    California Burger

    Jem (the slowest eater), Ralph (the bottomless pit), yours truly, Kristine (best photog ever)! :)

    The food was really good! Another thing I love when eating out with my girlfriends is that we always share what we order! I got to try everything and I can’t pick my favorite dish. Everything was soo yummy! For dessert, we walked all the way to High Street for The Cake Club! It was so windy and we wanted to “burn” what we ate. :)

    my fave, Ispahan (raspberrie and lychee macaroon! )

    Vanessa

    HI ;;)

    reacting over something that my friend ralph did with our social netwrok accounts. haha.

     Great food + amaaazing company: YES PLEASE! I can’t wait to make more memories this year! :)


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    Baguio Day 2: Food Trip

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    It’s a common fact for people who know me that I LOVE food. Travelling for me is mainly about trying out new food and adventure but FOOD outweighs everything! The most disappointing thing that could happen to me when travelling is going to a beautiful place that has bad food. This is one of the reasons why I don’t like joining tour groups when I go abroad because the budget for food is usually low and the food usually doesn’t taste good. BOO. ha ha.

    Anyway when I went to Baguio with my family, I spent time researching on the local food joints in the area and tried to maximize the time we had there by going to as much restaurants we could! Here’s my day 2 and 3 in photos!

    Brunch at Cafe by the Ruins! 

    I actually thought that Cafe by the Ruins was literally a cafe beside some sort of tourist spot containing ruins of some sort of historical landmark. I asked Martin, a Baguio local and our tour guide for the day where the ruins were and he told me that there are no ruins! HA HA. I researched further and found out that Cafe by the Ruins used to be the house of an American Civil governor until it was destroyed during the World War 2. However, the owners of Cafe by the ruins preserved some of the walls from the home of the American Civil governor. :)

    Matching shoes with martin! :)

    kamote bread with guava jam

     Sorry, my family attacked the food before I even got to take a decent photo. teehee.

    Lemon cream pasta with grilled chicken

    I loved this the most. :)

    Martin got this enormous fresh lumpia! I didn’t get to taste it cuz I was too full already.

    Lemon grass drink with honey for Martin! The cafe offers free wifi so Martin and I stayed at the cafe for the rest of the day because I needed to catch up on my org work and of course catch up on all the chikas!

    Blended Iced Coffee for me.

     Dinner at Hillstation.

    Crushed nuts and olive oil for the bread

    Super cute pumpkin lantern!

    We went to this quaint little bookstore conveniently connected to the restuarant called Mt Cloud Bookshop. It was so hipster and cute! I love exploring hole-in-the wall looking places like this bookstore. I don’t think i’m hipster though! ha ha ha. Seriously.

    Super pretty walkway! Gah, I really hate my outfit here. I regret wearing it so much. :(

    Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs

    Crispy Duck Flakes

    Short Rib Ragu with Fettuccine

    Sorry, but this tasted like noodles in a beef broth soup. I love noodle dishes but I was disappointed with this. :(

    Indian Lamb Curry

    Lechon Kawali with Laing sa Gata

    My favorite dish of the bunch! Amidst all the fancy food, this was the one that I enjoyed the most! It’s a simple fried crispy belly (lecho kawali) dish but I liked it. :)

    Artisan Ice Crem sampler! Some of the super unique flavors were Dark Chocolate with Cayenne, Benguet Coffee with Choco Chips, Vanilla Cinnamon, Mango Rum, and Dulce de Leche. 

    Death by Chocolate Cake.

    This was AMAZING. It tasted like a molten lava cake with vanilla Ice Cream. The chocolate was a bit sweet but I like sweet. :)

    Martin and I spend the rest of the night at the techno hub in Camp John Hay for coffee and hot chocolate!

    DAY 3:

    Lunch at  O’ MAI KHAN for lunch. Martin says that it’s the most famous mongolian rice place in Baguio.

    my bowl

    With my beloved granny and lil bro. :)

    With the prettiest tour guide ever! Yes, I’m wearing slippers. We were going home already and I wanted to feel comfortable in the car. teehee.

    Baguio used to be my happy place because of all the childhood memories I have of the place. Going back as a teen made me fall in love with the place again because of the food, the quaint restaurants and cozy coffee shops! I especially loved going to the different coffee shops where I was able to just relax enjoy the cool weather, food, company. I definitely wanna go back and explore more of Baguio soon. :)

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    What I’ve Been Up To

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    I was on a very short hiatus until recently because I’ve relocated my mini Panini Stall to Mezza Norte (near UP technohub). My panini stall was conceptualized around July this year! I went to New York for the first time this summer and I wanted to incorporate a New York theme into the conceptualization of my items and menu. All the items in my menu are inspired by different elements of New York and my friend Justine helped me with naming some my menu items! :)

    We were active for a week until I decided to wait and look for better location for my panini stall. About three weeks ago, God has proven to me once again how faithful and amazing He is by allowing me to finally have a stall in Mezza Norte! I waited roughly three months just to get my application processed and by His grace I am now finally able to let people taste the delicious paninis that I truly BELIEVE in (drama much? ha ha ha.)!

    Ever since we got in, I’ve been attending to my stall every night, meeting wonderful people and being inspired by the people I meet. I was also reminded by how supportive my friends and family are. I’ve been selling paninis every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6pm-3am and it’s really tiring especially since I have class on Friday and Saturday. What’s been encouraging me to keep pushing for this is the never-ending support of my friends, family, and of course the customers who have been giving me good feedback on the paninis. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing customers go back to my stall even a week after they buy from my stall.

    Here are some photos of some of my memorable moments from these past few weeks!

    Jeff with his Empire Steak Panini!

    Josh and I with the one and only Ramon Bautista! I look stressed out here but I’m with Ramon Bautista so… KEBS.

    My best friend in Mezza Norte, Paul who is also the owner of Wrap Battle.

    With Lourd Veyra from the band Radio Active Sago Project.

    My fabulous friends, Justine (justeen) and Justin (as in justin bieber) Hahaha.

    Me holding a snake from a group of exotic animal enthusiasts! They told me that they’d buy from me if I touched their pet snake. lol.

    Customer-turned-friend, Lance!

    With my talented and supportive friend Aj. He created the graphic design for my menu in one night! Check out his works here.

    Selling to customers! :)

    Arguably the prettiest becky in the Ateneo, Martin Tuanquin! <3

    Josh working his charm in selling to this lovely customer! hehe.

    Model turned singer for a night, Anton! HEEHEE. (He sang Yellow :> )

    With one fo the cutest barkadas I’ve ever met! Andre, Monnik (who recently celebrated her birthday) and of course the driver/wingman/bodyguard/amazing friend, Anton. :)

    With the whole group! hehe

    With a leaner Miggy :> He’s sporting a new look which I don’t love but I’m still supporting it cuz he’s such an amazing friend. ;)

     

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    What I’m Currently Loving

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    Hello my dear readers!

    Here’s a list of beauty products, trends, and random stuff that I’m currently loving this month!

    1. Cetaphil Face Wash

    I’ve been using my Shisheido facial wash until got curious and purchased this! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it and I wanted to try it out for myself. I think it’s a really nice facial wash especially for those with sensitive skin because it’s unscented and it does feel mild on my skin! I use day in the morning and at night. :)

     2. Lancome Bifacil Makeup Remover

    I’ve always loved this because it takes off even the most stubborn of mascaras! I use my Nivea Makeup wipes on a daily basis while I use this when my face is fully made up.  I previously reviewed this is my tumblr blog. I might transfer my previews posts when I’m not so busy!

    3. Shu Ueura Concealer

    In the past, I have been using my Skin Food salmon concealer. When I ran out, I went back to using this Shu Uemura concealer. I’ve forgotten how nice it is! I love concealers in general and during days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup, I just conceal my eyebags, do my brows, and apply lip balm! :)

    4. Black Beauty Fix!

    I always apply this after I flat iron my hair! I love how I only need to use a REALLLYYY small amount of product to make my hair look shiny! TIP: Do not apply this from the roots of your hair to keep your hair feeling light. Pump the bottle once and spread the product on your palms. Start at the middle portion of your hair strands and comb through them.

    5. Insect Repellant Band

    I’m super paranoid about getting dengue! My dad got this cute insect repellant band for me and forces me to wear it everyday. I asked him to get the other colors for me so that I can match it with my outfits. ha ha ha. I wear it almost everyday on my own will just because I don’t ever want to experience getting dengue!

    6. RED album

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! :) Among my faves from the album are: Stay Stay Stay, Holy Ground, Red, I Almost Do, and I Knew You  Were Trouble. Hahaha! I like almost all of the songs I had to stop enumerating! It’s such a nice album I’ve been listening the the album non-stop. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRJM2pWeUrM

    MY ultimate fave song of the album of the moment is Everything Has ChangedMy friend Kally to listen to it and couldn’t stop listening to it ever since. :) heehee.

    7. SALTED CARAMEL ANYTHING

    I’ve been craving for anything that’s salted caramel! Salted caramel cupcakes, macarons and ice cream! AAAAHHH LOVE LOVE LOVE. I used to love anything red velvet but salted caramel is quickly catching up with my red velvet obsession. <3

     8. BAZAARS!!!!

    I JUST LOOOOOOVE BAZAARS! I love bazaars because most of the items in bazaars and Filipino made! I recently went to the Global Pinoy Bazaar in the Rockwell tent and I was so impressed with all the Filipino brands! A lot of items are not only cheap but are also of superb quality. Would you believe that I spent less than PHP2500 for all the items in the photo above?! I especially love the corset because of the super pretty back!! I didn’t take a photo of the back just in case I take an outfit photo wearing it in the near future. ;) I think we should shop at bazaars more and patronize our own products!

    What have you guys been loving? :)

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    Baguio: My Happy Place

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    When I was younger, I spent almost all of my summers in the country’s summer capital, Baguio. My childhood best friend’s parents are super close to my parents and our families used to spend countless summer, Christmas  and semestral breaks in their lovely home. I remember going around the huge village discovering secret shortcuts, hiding around in vacant parking spaces of empty houses, and picking sunflowers (they were so abundant then!). I haven’t been back to Baguio in the longest time so when my parents asked me if I wanted to go, I agreed right away! When I arrived at the once vacant and peaceful village, I was faced with newly built apartment complexes and houses everywhere. :( Anyway, I didn’t take photos of the village anymore because it didn’t look like the way it used to. :(  Good thing I got to do something I used to LOVE doing when I was younger: Horseback riding! My dad always made sure to accompany me and my lil brother to go horseback riding on our Baguio trips. :)

    Here’s my first day in Baguio in photos….

    Me wearing the my newest fave red lippie from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection! <3

    My best gay friend in the whole of Ateneo, Martin Tuanquin with his super gay horse!! Martin is a Baguio Native (he’s secretly an igorot! chos) and he was my prettyful tour guide (more of like food trip tour guide) during my entire stay in Baguio!

    We went around Wright Park and I saw this super pretty church so I asked the guide to take out photo! Too bad the whole church wasn’t able to fit the frame. :(

    YUMMY DOLSOT BIBIMBAP!!!!

    I LOVE korean pop culture (i know, shocking! I try not to show it much. ha ha ha). Ove the years, I’ve grown to love even Korean food! For dinner, Martin recommended Korean Palace also known as Kung Jeon. The place is a house converted into a restaurant! What I love about the restaurant is that all their side dishes are refillable so I got to eat as much odeng as I wanted! :)

    Korean Fried Chicken! 

    I really liked their korean fried chicken! The chicken had the right amount of crispiness, was perfectly coated with a well seasoned sauce and the serving was really huge! We ordered a lot more food but I was so hungry that I forgot to take photos of the other food we ate. And this is why I fail as a food blogger! ha di ha! Good thing I’m not really a food blogger! :)

    I was detached from the world for less than a day and I already needed to find a place with internet connection to do my org work and other personal work so I asked Martin to bring me to a coffee shop! After dinner, my parents dropped us off at a super cute and cozy Korean owned coffee shop! I forgot the name of the coffee shop but I’ll ask Martin when I get the chance to!

    They had reaaally yummy coffee! I ordered the normal brewed coffee but the coffee had a hint of cinnamon which was lovely! Martin and I kinda overstayed and were asked to leave by the Korean owner. My dad was a bit late when he picked us up so we had to wait in the nearest sari-sari store outside the coffee shop. It was around 10pm already and I was a bit scared then Martin started telling ghost stories! Thank God I arrived home safely! hehehe

    This was my first time to actually explore and see Baguio as an adult! It’s so nice to be able to go to places that you feel like you already know and still discover new things about the place!

    xoxo,

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    The Sembreak That Was

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    Hello everyone!

    I’d just like to share some photos that I’ve accumulated in my camera over the break! This was one of the most memorable semestral breaks I’ve had! I met new people, caught up with friends, worked on my bag biz, bonded with friends from my org and shot a gun for the first time!!!!! :)

    Here’s my sembreak in photos…

    I was a facilitator in my org’s team building and one of the highlights of my break was being able to facilitate the team, Ninjajma Turtles, that won 2nd place overall! My co-facilitator and I got awarded the “stage-parents award” too! *kilig*

    My breaks aren’t  complete without a visit to Taft to visit my high school friends! We never called each other best friends but I feel like we don’t need that label anymore because they’re all likes sisters I never had! I wouldn’t have gotten through high school and the first few years of college without these girls!!! <3 Three of the people in my group go to La Salle so my other friend and I usually get forced to go to La Salle! :)

    Can you see how happy and kilig I am to see my girlies?! :)

    Mini outfit post: Top from Hong Kong, skirt from F21, shoes from Payless, bracelets from Mia Casa, Watch from Michael Kors, Necklace from Robinsons Department Store.

    My travel buddy!

    My handsome lil brother all dressed up for a school dance! He finally cut his hair cuz i told him he looked like some guy from eraserheads! ha ha ha. Every time he goes to a school dance, my girlfriends and I have dinner somewhere near the location of the dance because 3 of the people in the group have siblings from the same batch! :)

    Me wearing one of my favorite bags from Curated Manila, the Rowling Satchel in leopard and studs! Dress from f21, shoes from payless, watch from Casio.

    Had dinner at cafe Juanita then Mad Marks for dessert!

    I forgot the flavor but it contains candied pecans! YUMMMM. <3 I like artisan ice creams/gelatos. heehee.

    my sunny sunshine, teddy bear, driver, cheerleader, and friend, Nikki. <3

    My future accountant/economics expert friend, jemmy! <3

     That was my sembreak in photos!  I didn’t add photos from my Baguio trip because I’ll be doing another post for that. ;) My sem break was nothing short of amazing and it’s something I’ll definitely not forget! <3

    Love and lipstick,

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