Friday, August 31, 2012

Taiwan: Din Tai Fung & Itinerary

May 18, 2012

Day 6

218 Sec. 4,
Zhongxiao East Road,
Taipei, Taiwan

In my previous post, I told you that on our last day in Taiwan, my family had lunch twice in one day ; p The first restaurant was Tu Hsiao Yueh, famous for its Tan Tsi Noodles. The second restaurant was Din Tai Fung. Yes, the same restaurant where DH and I dined while we were vacationing in Hong Kong early this year. It originated in Taiwan and is famous for its steamed pork dumplings.

Din Tai Fung's special steamed pork dumpling (xiao long bao)

Waiting time to get a table is approximately 30 minutes. The line outside the restaurant was really long. After giving my name to the receptionist, I walked towards a store beside the restaurant that sells various beauty products. 

Read what else we ordered plus our itinerary after the break...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What's Your Favorite J.CO Drink?

August 26, 2012

J.CO Donuts & Coffee
Level 3, Greenbelt 3 
Ayala Ave., Makati CIty

Last Sunday, my family and I traveled from SM Mall Of Asia to Greenbelt 3 just to get our hands on J.CO Donuts & Coffee. In SM MOA, the line going inside J.CO store is super long, extending outside the store. In the hope of tasting the various drinks from J.CO, my DS drove to Greenbelt 3. Crazy, huh? But it's worth the trip!

Hot Jcoccino Due PhP 130

DS ordered Hot Jcoccino. It's cappuccino - J.Co style! It's a blend of bold Italian espresso and milk topped with a masterfully-crafted foam art.

Just so you know, J.CO is not only a donut store. It also offers a wide array of unique beverage concoction. Like its donuts, J.CO beverages are uniquely crafted beyond our imagination.

Read more after the break....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ever New Melbourne Now In Manila!

August 29, 2012

Ever New
Ground Floor,
Bonifacio High Street Central
Taguig City

Thanks to Vogue Concepts, Inc., Ever New Melbourne also known globally as Forever New is now in Manila! Forever New was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. Today, it has over 160 stores in China, Turkey, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore and even in the United States.

After launching its flagship store in Bonifacio High Street last May 2012, Ever New will have another branch in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell come September. Yey!

 Ever New Bonifacio High Street Central

Now on display is "Monte Carlo" - Ever New's latest collection. It is a fresh and modern take on classic nautical story. Looking around the store, I see dresses, blouses, skirts, shorts, shoes and even accessories in vibrant colors of red, blue, and yellow!

A closer look at what Ever New has to offer after the break...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Buffet 101 in Robinsons Magnolia

The entire content of this entry has been transferred in my new blog, xoxo MrsMartinez visit the link here.  

I was not kidding when I told you that I was in Robinsons Magnolia every other day in my previous entry ; p I was in Magnolia Flavor House on Tuesday night, Adobo Connection on Thursday afternoon and for my Saturday date night, DH and I dined in Buffet 101 before watching last full show of The Expendables at 10 pm ; )

Stir fried garlic crab

We went back to Buffet 101 the week after to celebrate my nephew's birthday ; ) Even though the restaurant is still in its soft opening phase, the service on both occasion is commendable.

Warning! You might get hungry after reading this post ; p

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To view my Vikings experience, read here


I went back to Robinsons Magnolia last week and ate in The French Baker ; p You might also want to check out my NEAT FEAT giveaway!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

E.L.F.: All Over Color Stick & Luscious Liquid Lipstick

A few weeks ago, AC came back from Guam and she has several e.l.f. products to give away as pasalubong. Being her only "sis", I received two products - All Over Color Stick & Luscious Liquid Lipstick both in Pink Lemonade.

Outfit of the Day (OOTD)


shorts - Zara
blouse - Taiwan (mustard)
watch - Baume & Mercier
shades - Ray-Ban vintage (Ray-Ban RB3447) 001/14 (Gold/Crystal Green)
makeup - e.l.f All Over Color Stick & Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade

location: Robinsons Magnolia

Read my review after the break...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Be The Next Dove Girl!

August 23, 2012

Romulo Cafe
148 Jupiter St.,
Bel-air, Makati City

Yesterday, I attended another Dove event dubbed as Reveal Your Glowing Skin, a spin-off of Real Beauty campaign. Dove urges every Filipina to reveal her glowing skin. Defining beauty does not entail being the face of a magazine, you can be beautiful by simply having soft, smooth and glowing skin.

photo taken during Dove event

Now, here's the good news! How would you like star in your own billboard along EDSA? 10 women will be the new faces of Reveal Your Glowing Skin campaign by Dove. Not only that, there will also be a grand photo exhibit at the end of the year.

makeup by Pong Niu of Mac Cosmetics
photography by Pilar Tuason

Find out how after the break....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adobo Connection in Robinsons Magnolia

August 16,  2012

Adobo Connection
Food court, Lower Ground Floor
Robinsons Magnolia

I admit, since Robinsons Magnolia opened, I visited it almost every other day ; p I know some people who go there almost every day, making it their second home lol

Not all boutiques are open but most of the restaurants are fully operational. With shopping out of the question, I focus on food. My first food trip was on a Tuesday night in Magnolia Flavor House with my good friend AC. By Thursday, I was back with my parents. We were tossing between Pepper Lunch and Adobo Connection. The later won because we saw a long line of people which might be a good indication of good food to come.

 Kuya's Fried Mixed Adobo PhP 119

Adobo Connection offers home-cooked adobo in not just one but several variations. To distinguished one from the other, the company added family members' name such as Mama and Kuya on items found on the menu. 

Kuya's Fried Mixed Adobo is a mix of chicken and pork adobo. It takes a lot of getting used to because I like my adobo with sauce ; p Both my mom and I liked the toasted garlic sprinkled on top.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chihtsai Lycopene Treatment at Azta Urban Salon

August 19, 2012

Azta Urban Salon
282 Tomas Morato Ave.,
Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Beside Dulcinea

I got an email from the owner of Azta Urban Salon offering a complimentary Chihtsai Lycopene Treatment. It was very timely because over a week ago, I just had my hair cut & colored at Tinette & Co. in Bonifacio Global City. I have gone from red (twice!) to orange and now blonde! Once I started coloring my hair, I noticed the texture was not the same anymore. My hair went from virgin to dry and brittle in a span of one year. That is one of the reasons why I am now sporting a pixie hair cut ; p My hair badly needs a Start Treatment so I said yes!

Rosie of Azta Urban Salon

I scheduled and booked the treatment last Sunday. I was able to find a parking spot right next to the salon. Azta Urban Salon in Tomas Morato is easy to find, it is beside Dulcinea and in front of Johnny Rockets.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Find: Magnolia Flavor House in Robinsons Magnolia

August 14, 2012

Magnolia Flavor House
Robinsons Magnolia
Aurora Blvd. cor Hemady Ave.,
Quezon City

It was Tuesday night when my friend and I went to the newest shopping destination in Quezon City - Robinsons Magnolia! The mall opened a day before but it has already created so much hype. My Facebook wall and Twitter were filled with posts about it. We have to see for ourselves!

 Banana Split (mango, chocolate & strawberry) PhP 240

True enough, it was way better than we have expected. Aside from Robinsons Department store and other high end brands, Magnolia Flavor House, my favorite ice cream house, is back! It is located in al fresco area together with soon to open Starbucks -yey!

We ordered one of the classic - Banana Split. An order consists of 3 ice cream flavors of your own choosing, frozen chocolate-dipped banana, sprinkled with candies, marshmallows and nuts then topped with whipped cream, cherry and chocolate syrup. Sinful, isn't it?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tu Hsiao Yueh's Tan Tsi Noodles

May 18,  2012

Day  6

No. 12 Alley 8 Lane 216
ZhongXiao East Road Sec. 4
02- 27721244

It was during our 6th and last day in Taipei, Taiwan where we had lunch not just once but twice! DH was a fantastic researcher, he found the restaurant Tu Hsiao Yueh also spelled Du Hsiao Yueh online. It is located a few blocks away from GT Apartment.

mixing in a century-old pot (black)

Tu Hsiao Yueh means "Slack Season". In 1895, there was a fisherman named Hong. Every Tomb-sweeping Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, many fishermen could not go out and catch fish in the sea because the water was very rough. It was known as the "slack season". 

During those times, Hong began selling noodles to augment his living condition. People patronized his noodles so much so that he began selling his noodles all year round on shoulder poles and sold them in the streets. He later named it "Slack Season Tan Tsai Noodles".

This guy was camera ready. He positioned himself like he was getting the minced pork out of the "century-old pot". 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Find: Samsung Digital Home Appliances

August 15, 2012

Samsung Digital Home Appliance
Legaspi Room
Intercontinental Hotel
Makati City

Coinciding with the Samsung Digital Appliance event, four gorgeous working moms were introduced as brand ambassadors - Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Daphne Osena-Paez and Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

TV host Amanda Griffin-Jacob uses only Samsung Digital Washing Machine

If you have been reading my blog, I have posted an entry about Amanda's new show, Amanda Loving Life. During that press con, I learned that her hands are full from being a TV host to a full-time mom. When she's home, there is one Samsung Digital Home Appliance that helps her a lot and that's Samsung Digital Washing Machine. It is just exactly what she needs, she relies on it more than anything because less time doing the laundry means more time to spend with her son!

Samsung Digital Washing Machine:

  • Fully-automatic (gets laundry done with one press of a button; no more transferring from one compartment to another)
  • Eco-Bubble technology (saves 70% more energy)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Chow Fun: Coffee Beef Hotpot & More!

August 10, 2012

Chow Fun
103 J.Abad Santos St.,
Little Baguio, San Juan

Right after my Tinette & Co. salon experience, my parents and I went straight to Chow Fun for merienda. By the time we got there, it was already close to 6pm. But as luck would have it, we were able to park right in front of the restaurant. I don't know if they have any other parking space provided for other diners but if you are familiar with the former location of Mann Hann, that's where Chow Fun is located.
 Coffee Beef hotpot PhP275

Since my parents said it's still early for dinner, we only ordered 2 main dishes- Coffee Beef Hotpot & Mapo Tofu and one order of Lechon Macau Buns. We were the only ones dining that might explain why the orders came in succession but I was glad the kitchen didn't made me wait for so long, plus one point! 

Anyway, for the price of Coffee Beef hotpot, I think the serving is quite small. I don't mind paying for more so long as you can make this dish larger ; p This dish is best paired with rice because the flavor is too strong / concentrated. Do not get me wrong, I love this dish and I would recommend it you, my dear readers ; p If your concern is the beef, it was tender and not chewy, just the way I like it!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Habagat in Manila

This post is all about the week that was.

Torrential rain and habagat (monsoon rain) were two words I often heard over the radio last week. It was a monsoon and not a typhoon, with no other name to cal it, local news simply called it habagat.  I could not believe that we don't even have a name for the devastation that hit us.

rescue boat along Araneta Ave. taken on August 8, 2012

On the night of August 6 (Monday) I was not able to sleep that night. I could hear the strong wind and pouring rain outside my window even though the air conditioner was running the whole time.  At around 12 midnight, I even roused DH from deep sleep so he could check on our security guard in the office. I kept on looking out from our bedroom window every few hours.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fashion: Rajo Laurel + Tinette & Co.

Last Sunday, I attended my cousin's wedding at San Sebastian Church. I wore another Rajo Laurel creation (9 by Rajo!). This is one of the two dresses I got as prize from winning Del Monte's Fit 'n Right Challenge. You can view the other House of Laurel dress here

Outfit Of The Day (OOTD)

Outfit Of The Day:

dress / blouse - 9 by Rajo! Stadium Top in Roof Terracotta (Medium) PhP 5,495
belt - House of Laurel garter belt in Black PhP 1,995
shoes - Aldo
hair cut & color - Tinette & Co.
nail color - Zoya Lolly in Matte Pink
earrings - Jewelmer

If you follow me on Twitter and have liked me on Facebook, you must have seen this photo already. If not, go like it on Facebook, as in now na! ; p

Tinette & Co.
G/F Unit F 120 Forbes Height Bldg.
Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City
8569806 to 09

More about my Tinette & Co. makeover cum pampering session after the break...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yabu Megamall... The House of Katsu

August 6, 2012

Yabu: The House of Katsu
2nd floor, The Atrium
SM Megamall

It seems to me that every food blogger has already blogged about Yabu, The House of Katsu except me hahaha It was during the beginning of the habagat (monsoon) week when I had the chance to go to SM Megamall. There was no traffic going to SM because some of the schools have already suspended classes that day. As usual, I was with my parents. Came lunch time, I told them we were going to pay Yabu The House of Katsu a visit ; p

 Chicken Katsu Set 120g PhP 325

Katsu is an abbreviation of the word "katsuretsu" meaning "cutlet". It generally refers to a sliced piece of meat that is breaded and deep-fried. The dish was introduced to Japanese culture in the late 19th century during the Meiji period, when Japan opened its doors to the West. In the beginning, beef cutlets were used, but pork eventually became the more popular choice of meat by 1900s, giving rise to dishes such as tonkatsu ("ton" is Japanese for "pork"). 

Perusing the menu, I found the dishes a bit pricey and of limited variety. Paying a minimum of PhP 300 per dish is a bit too much for me because it's just deep-fried food. 

Find out after the break if my opinion has changed after tasting Yabu...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Xinbeitou: Broadway Hot Spring Hotel

May 17, 2012

Day 5

250 Guangming Road
Beitou District, Taipei City 

Two years after my last visit to Xinbeitou, I found myself back in the same place with my family in tow.  I can never forget the awesome time DH and I spent here and I want to relive that experience with my family... smell of rotten egg and all ; p

sulfur hot spring in Xinbeitou

People flock to Xinbeitou for its sulfur hot spring. The bath experience is therapeutic especially to elders during winter season. The sulfur spring water is a known to cure aches and pains and yes, even athlete's foot ; p 

Friday, August 10, 2012

pure DKNY - a drop of vanilla scent spray

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Some time ago, I wrote about pure DKNY a drop of verbena. Every time I go out of the house, I spray it once on my wrist and somewhere in between my neck and collarbone. It was no denying that I have found my distinct scent. The scent spelled F-R-E-S-H and I own it!

 pureDKNY Vanilla 50 ml - PhP 3,500

About a week ago, another bottle of scent spray was sent over by my friends from Aramis Designer Fragrances (ADF). This time it's a 50 ml bottle of pureDKNY Vanilla. 

At first glance, the packaging is almost the same as verbena. The glass is inspired by a raindrop - all curves and no hard edges. It is 100% recyclable. The bottle cap is 100% recyclable high quality aluminum. The carton is printed with lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) inks and made from Certified Forest paper. The difference lies in the color of the bottle cap and the background color on the label. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 : Making Life Better

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Life just got even better with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2! It's the successor of Samsung's popular line of multimedia tablets. It's your computer-phone-library-media collection-gaming device all rolled into one, light, thin and stylish package. 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wifi: 

  • 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm
  • 344g
  • 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches
  • TouchWiz UX UI
  • Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker / Stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm jack
  • microSD, up to 64 GB
  • 8/ 16 / 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  • HSDPA, 21 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dualband, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth, Infrared port
  • USB, microUSB v2.0
  • Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
  • Video 720p@30fps
  • Android OS , v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion 4000 mAh
  • Standby time up to 1190 h
  • Talk time up to 40 h
  • Available in black & white

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Frog Legs in Coral Garden, Libis

July 22, 2012

Coral Garden
184-B E. Rodriguez Jr.
between Starbucks & BMW Showroom
Libis, Quezon City

After our relaxing Aromatheraphy + Foot Massage in Nuat Thai Libis, DH and I went looking for a place to have our dinner. We saw a familiar restaurant along E. Rodriguez Jr. (C-5) which is Coral Garden. The restaurant also has a branch in Banawe, Quezon City where we ordered frog legs. 

 Garlic Frog Leg PhP285

We went in and ordered our favorites - Garlic Frog Leg & Crispy Bean Curd. The frog leg was not spicy at all as advertised on the menu. Don't get me wrong because I still like it. This dish is best paired with vinegar. The garlic was not crunchy so I requested for a new one. I remembered ordering garlic frog legs in Banawe, "garlic palang, ulam na!" ; p

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Melissa Memories: Rock Princess in White

This is a delayed post. 

A few weeks ago, I was with a friend of mine excitedly waiting for the doors of Trinoma to open. Yes, we were there a little before 10 am on a Saturday to avoid the crowd and other bargain hunters like me lol

Our first stop, Geléia. It is located on the 2 / F Level near Mindanao Wing (901-1619). I saw several ballet flats on sale but I settled for Rock Princess, in white, of course!

Melissa Memories Rock Princess SP AD PhP 2,895 PhP 2,065

I just called the store earlier this week, I learned about the sad news, the shoes is back to its original price (PhP 2,895). Good news for me because I got it at 30% off! ; p But my happiness didn't last that long, find out why after the break...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Vacation Time: Taipei Zoo

May 17, 2012

Day 5

Taipei Zoo
30 Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd.,
Wenshan District, Taipei City
886-2-2938-2300 ext. 630

Getting there:

Wenhui Line to Taipei Zoo Station

9 am - 5 pm (Gate closes at 4 pm)
Open whole year except Chinese New Year's Eve

Ticket: NT$ 60 (PhP 90)

When we visited Taiwan last May, the weather was so unpredictable. In a day, sometimes we experienced a sunny morning and then a rainy afternoon that's why we would always carry the umbrellas we borrowed from our apartment.

three monkeys (?)

On the day we visited Taipei Zoo, it was raining. We could not reschedule simply because we are leaving the day after. We could not cancel it either because my sister wanted to see pandas, penguins and other animals not found in our local zoo.

Read after the break to see the animals...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vista Residences Re-launched Camella Condo Homes, Crown Asia Residences and Brittany

Last July 26 during an event held at the NBC Tent, Fort, Vista Residences has successfully re-launched three brands – Camella Condo Homes, Crown Asia Residences and Brittany. Vista Residences has 23 condominium projects divided among these 3 brands. Some are already completed, under construction and / or expected to rise in the near future. Vista Residences builds and manages all the condominium development for Vista Land, the Philippines' number 1 home builder.

Vista Residences’ expertise lies in space planning and of course, accessible locations and creating master planned communities.

Vista Residences currently has three brands with different price points:

  •       Camella Condo Homes – catering to low income city-dwellers
  •       Crown Asia Residences – for upper middle income sector
  •       Brittany – for high income group

Read about the major projects soon to be launched by Vista Residences after the break…

Thursday, August 2, 2012

K-Palette Blogger Workshop with Noriko Imura

July 21, 2012

K-Palette Blogger's Workshop with Noriko Imura
Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5,
Makati City

No storm can stop us (Lifestyle / Beauty bloggers) from meeting the famous Japanese makeup artist, Noriko Imura. The beauty workshop was arranged by the gracious owner of Beauty Box Corporation, Ms. Cheryl Chua. Beauty Box Corp. is the sole distributor of K-Palette in the Philippines. 

with Ms. Noriko Imura, Japanese makeup artist

Ms. Noriko Imura is in the beauty business for 20 years. She does makeup on models in beauty and fashion magazines, fashion shows and also trains saloon staff. She studied under Mr. Takayasu Kanehara. Her specialties are in making the eyes appear bigger and in making beautiful eyebrows based on skeletal analysis. 

Aside from taking photos of K-Palette products, the first thing I did when I stepped inside Beauty Bar was to have my photo taken with Ms. Noriko Imura ; p

Find out what happened during the workshop after the break...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Greenwich Ultimate Green Card & Crispy Glazed Chicken

July 26, 2012

Function Room B
Megatrade Hall
Building B, SM Megamall 

This post is about letting you know why Greenwich is better than any other. Greenwich, the Philippines' leading pizza chain, came up with 3 good reasons - Greenwich Special Overload Pizza, Greenwich Ultimate Green Card and lastly, Greenwich Crispy Glazed Chicken. All these were introduced to us during the media event held in SM Megatrade Hall last Thursday. 

Greenwich Ultimate Green Card PhP 199

While waiting for the program to begin, I get to taste my favorite Greenwich pizza & pasta with a glass of iced tea ; ) In between bites of pizza & pasta, I learned that the DJs of Magic 89.9 will host the show. Boy, I was so excited to meet the voices behind Boys' Night Out (BNO) - DJ Slick Rick, Tony Toni and Sam YG! 

For my male readers, don't fret because all 4 radio vixens of Magic 89.9 also graced the event. 

Find out more about the event after the break...