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    LOTD: Summer Calling My Name


    Those who have been following my blog know that I recently went to Davao. Today I’ll be posting my one and only outfit post from Davao. We were too busy going around the place to take outfit photos. :( And we were travelling with 2 other families so it was sooo awkward having them watch me pose. The must have been judging me. HA HA. eek!

    Here are the photos! :)

    *I know that it’s not common to see outfit posts in different locations. However, I took photos in two places and I can’t decide which set to post so I’m posting both! This is my blog after all so anything goes. HAHA

    Dress from Forever 21

    these were taken at the Crocodile Farm :)

    What I wore as my arm candy…. I’ve been going crazy over these nicole bracelets that I recieved from The Clink Shop! They have it in so may different colors which are perfect for building up your arm candy! :) For this look, I picked these two gorgeous pastel bracelets to math my dress. :)

    Yes, I preferred to wear flip flops with this outfit because we went island hopping. :) These photos were taken at a Zorv ball park! Scroll down to watch a video of me in the Zorv ball. HAHA

    And… Here’s the video! :) I look awkward, I know! haha I had to tie up my dress to be able to ride the zorv ball so.. yeah. :))

    Inside the Zorv Ball from maxine marcelino on Vimeo.

    My brother insisted on taking the camera into the zorv ball so here’s the result. :D

    PS: I’ll be hosting my giveaway very very soon!!! Watch out for it. ;)


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    Food, Lifestyle, Travel

    Davao Food Trip


    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? :)



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    Food, Lifestyle, Travel

    Baguio Day 2: Food Trip


    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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