Thursday, May 31, 2012

24 Hour Dimsum at CityStar 24hr HK Style Restaurant in Taipei

May 13, 2012

Taipei DAY 1 (morning)

No. 166 Zhong Xiao E Road,
Sec.4, Taipei, Taiwan

When we arrived in GT Apartment at 4am, CityStar 24HR HK Style Restaurant signage caught our attention because it was the only restaurant open. At that moment, it has entered our minds to cross the street and eat but we were all too sleepy.

with my parents and sister

The next day at 10:30 in the morning, we went to eat breakfast at this 24 hour restaurant. The appetizers you see in the foreground are not free. You may request to have it taken out from your table.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Available in June 2012 for PhP32,990!

Samsung Galaxy S III-the most anticipated Samsung phone inspired by nature, designed for human will be available in the Philippines starting June 2012 for PHP32,990!

Samsung Galaxy S3 PhP32,990

Last May 28, I attended the launching of Samsung Galaxy S III in NBC Tent, The Fort. It was well attended by a handful of bloggers, notable personalities, dealers and the top cellular network providers in the country. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dove 2-Step Treatment + Dove Products I Love

I have so many Dove products in my bathroom that I can be mistaken as an endorser of the brand. How I wish! lol 

Let me start with Dove 2-Step Treatment. I was hesitant to use it at first for fear that it will make my scalp oily but since I have been changing hair color every two to three months, I decided to open the tubes to pamper my hair. 

Dove Step 1: Helps Replenish Protein 15ml

It's one decision that my hair will have to thank me forever ; p Using it made my hair feels so soft to touch, manageable and easy to style. Most importantly, it didn't make my scalp oily.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chung Mi Rae Korean Delicacies in Timog, Quezon City

May 19, 2012

Chung Mi Rae
Unit #6 24K Mansion
Timog Ave. cor. Scout Tuazon,
Quezon City

The day we arrived from Taiwan, DH and I realized how much we miss Korean BBQ. We remembered the waitress in Yawori who has told us that there were several Korean restaurants around the area so we went around Timog Ave. and found a hole-in-the-wall Korean restaurant- Chung Mi Rae.

 Anshim (grilled tenderloin) PhP1200

When you get past the stench and settled in your seat, you will discover that Chung Mi Rae serves delectable Korean BBQ. 

We only ordered Anshim, pretty pricey but well worth every peso. An order of grilled tenderloin comes with slices of onions and potaoes, garlic and enoki mushroom. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

GT Apartment for 6 in Zhongxiao Dunhua Taipei

May 12-19, 2012 

GT Apartment
7F, No. 177 Zhong Xiao East Road
Lane 4, Da An District,
Taipei City, Taiwan
+886 96661676

NT$4600/night/3 bedroom apartment x 7 nights

We are a family of 6 traveling together for the first time. Staying in a hotel is a no-no because we are on a tight budget. We would rather spend money on food and tour around Taiwan. Searching for an apartment big enough to accommodate our group proved to be a daunting task because most apartments can only accommodate a maximum of four persons and the rates are outrageous. 

It was DH who saw the ad of GT Apartment in Tripadvisor with the caption "3 bedroom 3 bathroom MRT 1 second!" We just have to get it ; )

my parents and sis on board Cebu Pacific 5J 310

As early as March 4, I inquired about the rate of the apartment. I corresponded with the owner, Karen, via email. Her reply was almost always immediate. She speaks English and Mandarin.

I availed of the weekly rate for the 3 bedroom apartment because it's cheaper. Daily rate is also available.

Here's our details:

Arrival: May 13, 2012 (3:00 am)
Departure: May 18 6:00 pm for our May 19 1:00 am flight

It was only listed last December 2011 and there was no traveler's review available when I booked our stay. Anyway, I paid a minimal deposit (NT$1,500 or the equivalent of $50) through her Paypal account.

Karen told me that a week before our travel date, she will send an email about the exact location of her apartment and she did.

To know how to get there, read after the break...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

AcneCare Lactoferrin Anti-Acne Complex

Commercial muna before I start my Taiwan Travel posts!

AcneCare was sent to me by Vida Nutriscience, Inc. I don't have acne but I just want to share with you the benefits of Lactoferrin, the main ingredient of AcneCare. 

AcneCare Lactoferrin Anti-Acne Complex 30 capsules/bottle PhP 885

What are the benefits of Lactoferrin:

  • Marked reduction on skin redness 
  • Reduction in blemishes by 29% (week 2); 74% (week 12)
  • Less oiliness
  • Whitening of the skin

AcneCare is based on milk's many bioactive components with specific physiological effects to support the reduction of blemishes and redness associated with a bad complexion. The most essential mechanisms are the anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help promote a healthy complexion from the inside.

Sounds promising, huh? It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women though and please consult your physician before using this product.

Friday, May 25, 2012

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Behave Yourself

My collection of pink lipsticks is now growing with the addition of MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Behave Yourself! 

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Behave Yourself NT$600 (PhP900)

I bought it in Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Taipei for only NT$600. I bought two MAC lipsticks that day! The other one is MAC Amplified Cream Lipstick in Morange. Morange is the reason why I went to MAC in the first place. I would discuss about it in another post ; p 

After getting Morange, I spotted a tester of MAC Amplified Cream Lipstick in Chatterbox but it was already sold out... whoa! It will be on my wish list and I plan to get it one day ; p  I was floored when this color was shown to me by the MUA/SA. I really like the glossy finish plus I don't even need to apply lip balm prior to lipstick application. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Halo Halo Cake at UCC One Rockwell

May 11, 2012

West Tower, One Rockwell
Rockwell Drive

Jin invited DH and I to try out UCC newest cake creations. I know it will be crazy to turn down such an invite but I have a problem, the event date would fall on our wedding anniversary.  A dilemma that didn't last long because as I continued to read her invite, the second paragraph said that she will be presenting... The Halo Halo Cake!

UCC Halo Halo cake PhP250

Yes, she got me at Halo Halo because I have been deprived of dessert for some time. With all the binge eating I have been doing, I can't eat desserts anymore lest I want to balloon up to 200 pounds at the end of the year. Anyway, Jin also promised that we will experience a bongga night ; p

The Halo Halo came in at the latter part of the meal but I was able to taste the creamy leche flan sandwiched in between layers of soft ube chiffon. Cream, caramelized banana, langka and macapuno made up the rest of the filling. Of course, as with any other halo halo, it was topped with cornflakes and nangkasuy ice cream on the side. Surprisingly, it was not too sweet at all, making it a perfect substitute of the usual halo halo that we were used to.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Have You Met Johnny Sarangani-The Talking Bisayang Bangus?

Have you seen Johnny Sarangani video making the rounds online lately? If not, you are in luck because I have a copy of the hilarious video!

watch Johnny Sarangani

Johnny Sarangani-The Talking Bisayang Bangus was trapped inside an overcrowded fishpond. Johnny Sarangani was used to the clean waters of Sarangani Bay and wanted to escape. He found an accomplice-the lady reporter. The video ends with the talking bisayang bangus saying "Sarangani Bay Here I come!"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Swish Breath Spray & Swish Mouthwash

Commercial break!

Breath Sprays are not new in the market at all. What makes Swish Breath Spray different? It's alcohol-free and sugar-free!

Swish Breath Spray 10ml PhP105

While Swish Breath Spray in Arctic Chill has a stronger flavor, I personally like the taste of Swish Breath Spray in Peppermint Fresh. It tastes just like peppermint gum. Both instantly freshen my breath in just 10 seconds!

It is small and handy so I can bring it with me anytime, anywhere!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Birthday Lunch at Torch!

May 2, 2012

Home Studio Building
63 Connecticut St., 
Greenhills, San Juan City

Don't be confused! I know I wrote about celebrating my birthday in Sariwon, Bonifacio High Street Central. What I didn't tell you is that I had lunch that day with my neighbor and fellow blogger Rowena in Torch.

 salpicao tenders PhP219.95

The restaurant is located along Connecticut St. You will not miss it because it is housed within the huge Home Studio Building. Be sure to be there early as parking slots are limited. 

Anyway, with only PhP1000 gift certificate on hand, we decided to just share whatever we order. I am a rice person so ordering a rice topping is a must. 

Salpicao Tenders is only served between 7:00 am to 10:30 am with complimentary bottomless House Blend Coffee. Since our visit was for blogging purposes, we were allowed to order a plate of sauteed US Angus beef tenderloin cubes with egg and garlic rice. Our verdict: Very Satisfactory. The beef was tender, almost melt in your mouth kind. No coffee was served.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ipanema Urban Jungle Show in Bonifacio High Street

May 8, 2012

Ipanema Urban Jungle Runway Show
Bonifacio High Street Activity Center

I can still feel the Jungle Fever! Wild, exotic, fun & captivating! These are the words I chose to describe Ipanema Fashion Show held last May 8 in Bonifacio High Street Activity Center. 

 welcome to the jungle

The show dubbed as Urban Jungle Runway commemorates the newest store of Bambu located in Bonifacio High Street and the launching of Ipanema's newest flip-flop styles. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant in HK Airport

April 10, 2012

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant
Unit 7E 142, Level 7, Departure East Hall
Passenger Terminal 1,
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong 
852 21520909

We booked a late flight back to Manila but we were in the airport 5 hours prior to our departure. With a lot of time on our hand, DH and I decided to eat in one of the fancy restaurants on the top floor of HK International airport.  

roast duck

This is an expensive restaurant, we paid a total of HK$362 (PhP1991) for an order of roast duck and char siu. Ok, plus two additional rice. I still have the receipt to prove it. It must be one reason why this restaurant has only a handful of diners. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sofitel Manila- A Five Star Luxury Hotel Unveiled Its New Website!

March 24, 2012

CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, a 5-star luxury hotel in the Philippines recently launched its official

Along with the launch, Sofitel Philippine Plaza gave the bloggers who attended a quick tour of Le Spa, So Fit, Club Millesime and the pretty impressive 576 sqm Imperial Residence.  

Read after the break for my own version of a virtual tour....

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lucky Dessert Tsim Sha Tsi Hong Kong

April 9, 2012

Lucky Dessert
in front of Butterfly on Prat
Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong

Lucky Dessert has several branches around Hong Kong. I saw one branch teeming with people, apparently, this is one of the famous dessert places in Hong Kong. We didn't enter that crowded restaurant. Luckily for us, we were staying in Butterfly on Prat and right across it is another branch of Lucky Dessert.

banana puff rolls HK$38 (PhP209)

After eating in 2 One Michelin Star restaurants, you would think that we had enough food for one day. Lucky Dessert is a temptation we simply could not resist ; p

We ordered Banana Puff Rolls. It's like our version of turon minus the sugar coating on wrapper instead it is sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. You can hear the crunch in every bite. It has also 2 slices of strawberries on the side. Love the presentation!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

House of Laurel: Hockey Dress in Silver

May 6, 2012

Remember when I announced on Facebook that I won Rajo Laurel GCs from Del Monte Fit 'n Right Fitness Challenge? This Hockey Dress in silver is just one of the two dresses I got when I went to visit House of Laurel for the first time.

 if I will join a beauty contest, this is my winning smile ; p

It's been hanging in my closet for sometime now. Boy, I am glad that I have a party to attend to where I can wear this elegant dress. 

Read after the break to see how much this dress cost...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Din Tai Fung's Special Steamed Pork Dumplings

April 9, 2012

Shop G03-G11 G/F
68 Yee Woo Street,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Since our time in Hong Kong is limited to only 3 days, we didn't want to waste any time. After having our lunch in Tim Ho Wan, we decided to look for Din Tai Fung which is next on our list.

special steamed pork dumplings HK$50/6pcs (PhP275)

We went to its Causeway Bay branch not knowing that there's another branch in Tsim Sha Tsui which was closer to our hotel

Steamed pork dumplings (xiao long bao) is Din Tai Fung's specialty. The dumpling wrapper was just thick enough to hold the soup inside. 

Tip: Bite into the side of the dumpling, just enough to create a small opening then slurp the soup inside before dipping it into the vinaigrette. Be careful when you slurp the soup though because it is hot. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Free Drink Upsize from Gluteany!

May 5, 2012

Gluteany It's okay to give in
172-E D. Tuazon St.,
Quezon City

Just a quick post! I just arrived early this morning in Taiwan. I can't wait to try out all the milk teas that's available here. 

Wintermelon PhP80; Special Milk Tea PhP80

In the meantime, why not try out this new tea place I have discovered in D. Tuazon, Quezon City called Gluteany. 

DH ordered Wintermelon with extra glass jelly (add PhP15). Their Wintermelon is with rock salt but since DH doesn't want rock salt on top of his Wintermelon, it was replaced by grass jelly instead. 

On the other hand, I ordered Special Milk Tea which uses brown sugar with extra pudding (additional PhP15). It tastes much like Serenitea's Okinawa Milk Tea.

To know more about the promo, read after the break...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Champion Fashion Show with Randy Ortiz

Champion Infinity detergent bar is put to test and no less than Randy Ortiz's Spring/Summer collection is on the line!

 5 models in Randy Ortiz Spring/Summer collection & Champion Infinity 

What: The Champion Fashion Show Walk Away from Stains
When: March 18, 2012
Where: Super 8 Supermarket Visayas Avenue, Quezon City

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Promo: Say it sweeter with Toblerone

How often do you say-"I love you" to your mom? I seldom do but that does not mean I don't love her. I do. It's just that we were not used to saying it even as a child. I know a lot of you feel the same way. 

Say it sweeter with Toblerone this Mother's Day!

But just recently, things have changed. I was able to send her a text message saying those three words. At first, I felt it was so cheesy but after texting it, I felt good. Now, I promise myself to show her my affection by saying "I love you" more often not just through text but also in person.

I did it so can you. Find out how after the break...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Anne Curtis gives more with Greenwich Spaghetti Supreme

May 2, 2012

Greenwich Gimme More! Show
SM Megatrade Conference Center
Function Room B
5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall

I know it's my birthday but that didn't stop me from attending the launch of Greenwich Spaghetti Supreme! 

 Solenn, Anne & Kelly with DJ Chico Garcia

Three of today's most beautiful celebrities were tapped as the newest endorsers of Greenwich Spaghetti Supreme. They are Solenn Heussaff, Kelly Misa and Anne Curtis. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Masatami Shave Ice in Robinsons Galleria

April 29, 2012

Masatami Shave Ice
in front of Supermarket
Robinsons Galleria

When I received several gift certificates from Masatami Shave Ice, I was delighted because I like eating flavored shave ice. I came to know about shave ice when I visited Taipei a couple of years back. 

my sister waiting for her Masatami Shave Ice

I was given two kinds of gift certificates-Rainbow Hawaiian Shave Ice-The Works and Flavored Shave Ice.

The Works includes snow cap (condense milk), azuki beans and vanilla ice cream while the Flavored Shave Ice has azuki beans, pearls and nata de coco.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I am in love with pureDKNY-a drop of Verbena

On my birthday, I received a wonderful gift from my friends at Aramis and Designer Fragrances (ADF), its pureDKNY-a drop of verbena. 

pureDKNY-verbena 50ml eau de parfum spray PhP3500

Verbena-Basil is a delicate herb when used as a fragrance gives off a hybrid scent-citrusy and lemon-like quality. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Sariwon Korean Barbecue Birthday Celebration!

May 2, 2012

Sariwon Korean Barbecue Since 1938
7th Avenue corner 29th Street,
Bonifacio High Street Central,
Taguig City

Ever since we came back from South Korea last January, DH and I has always been on a look out for new Korean restaurants in the metro. Days before my birthday, I got an email from no less than the owner herself asking if I wanted to try a newly opened Korean restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central. Boy, I am glad I said yes!

Cheers to long life and good health! 
House Blend Iced Tea PhP80

We usually celebrate my birthday in a fine dining restaurant but for the love of Korean food, we tried Sariwon for a change. As it turned out, we were very full and satisfied at the end of our meal.

Read all about our experience after the break...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

My First Michelin Star Dining Experience at Tim Ho Wan

April 9, 2012

Day 2

Tim Ho Wan
Shop 12 A, Level 1,
Hong Kong Station, Hong Kong
2332 3078

9 am to 9 pm

Our second day in Hong Kong is all about food. But first let me tell you that we were off to a bad start. First, I woke up late and DH was grumpy because he was not able to eat a decent breakfast. Second, we could not immediately locate Tim Ho Wan and when we finally found it, the line was long. All that changed as soon as we were given a table.

 yes, it is just like an ordinary restaurant

After waiting for less than 15 minutes, our number was called. Luckily, we were able to get our own table. The tables situated in the middle are meant to be shared. I spotted one table with only one diner and he was asked if he could share his table with another person. Privacy is not a option here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Butterfly On Prat Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

April 8, 2012

Hong Kong Day 1 

21 Prat Avenue, 
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 39628888

HKD1000/night (PhP5500)

I highly recommend Butterfly On Prat because it is just a few blocks away from the nearest subway station, Tsim Sha Tsui. 

Butterfly On Prat

Our room is simple, clean and roomy enough for DH and I. I love the modern minimalist exterior of the hotel.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Shenzhen Travelogue: Dongmen Night Market

Forgive me for bombarding you with my China/Hong Kong posts, I have to finish everything before I leave for another vacation next week ; p

spotted RMB10 (PhP68) clothing

DH and I visited Dongmen Pedestrian Street twice during our brief stay in Shenzhen, China. The street is otherwise also known as Dongmen Walking Street, Laojie meaning Old Town and East Gate which is the literal translation of Dongmen. 

On our first night, there were far less crowd because it was raining. On our second visit, just when we were about to leave, vendors started displaying their goods on the street. One vendor was hawking RMB 10 clothes. I did a double take thinking I must have heard wrong but the clothes were really that cheap ; p

Thursday, May 3, 2012

MrsMartinez's Birthday Blowout Giveaway Year 2!

It's my birthday! You know what that means---> It is time for my Birthday Blowout Giveaway Year 2!

Thanks DKNY for the cake!

Are you as excited as I am? Read after the break to view the prizes and the mechanics...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shenzhen Travelogue: Window of the World

April 7, 2012

Day 4

Shenzhen Window of the World 
Shenzhen, China

Day time ticket: RMB140 (PhP952)
Night time ticket: RMB 50 (PhP348)

How would you like to travel the world in one day? I saw The Eiffle Tower in France, Niagara Falls in Canada, Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and a whole lot more in Shenzhen Window of the World.

 Shenzhen Window of the World at night

Our group of 19 traveled around the world in one day ; p We went there in the morning and left the venue around 9 in the evening.

Shenzhen Window of the World is a theme park that houses the miniature replicas of famous landmarks around the world.