Thursday, November 29, 2012
Speaking of Japan, a few weeks ago, a packaged arrived at my doorstep from Beautybox Corp. , the local distributor of K-Palette and Fairydrops Japan ; )
with K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm Long Curl Mascara PhP 895
The package contained the following:
- K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm Long Curl Mascara
- Fairydrops Volume Burst Mascara (Waterproof Type)
- Fairydrops Volume Burst Mascara (Film Type)
Now, I can't use all three mascaras simultaneously so I have to choose only one. I got curious with K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm Long Curl Mascara that's why I opened it first. To know all the products that I used in the photo above and my review, read after the break...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Made with Love and Happiness
While I was out the whole afternoon, our helper received a bagful of baked goodies from Baked Twinkles. I excitedly unwrapped each of the four boxes found inside the bag. While taking photos, I could not contain myself from tasting the delicious treats inside! A sneak peek of what's inside the bag below...
Baked Twinkles Low Sugar Apple-Walnut Cake with Oat Streusel PhP 700 set of 4 minis per order (PhP 175 each)
I decided to include Baked Twinkles in my Holiday Gift Guide because I love homemade goodies especially those that are not too sweet! Plus, the packaging is perfect for the Christmas season ; )
Low Sugar Apple-Walnut Cake with Oat Streusel - chunks of apples and walnuts in moist cake that is low in sugar (coconut sugar) topped with oat streuselWant to see what's inside the other boxes, read more after the break...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Oishi O,Wow! #TeamO
R Space Event Venue
215 Nicanor Garcia St.,
Bel-Air 2 Village, Makati City
Hello, I just got back from Oishi O,Wow! event. The event was filled with awesome surprises starting with the presence of #TeamO endorsers, it ended with a lot of giveaways! I am so excited to share with you what happened this afternoon ; p
MrsMartinez with Team O
In the photo, it looks like I am leaning on Ramon Bautista's shoulder but I am not hahaha These guys are all so game. Each guest was given a chance for photo op right after the fun games, surprises and video presentations.
Team O is a unique group of Oishi-loving individuals from different parts of the media and entertainment industry out to save us from the humdrum of life. The team is made up of Oishi brand ambassador, Elmo Magalona; eventologist and well-known personality, Tim Yap; the incomparable funny man and internet sensation, Ramon Bautista, Rock Ed Philippines founder, Gang Badoy; and the boy-next-door heartthrob, Slater Young.
More about the videos, Oishi's "perfect for holiday" gift bags (yes, there is more than one!) and the O,Wow! prizes I've won after the break...
Friday, November 23, 2012
P1 North Parking Lobby
Power Plant Mall
Rockwell Center, Makati City
For two consecutive Sundays, my family and I ate in two different hot pot restaurants. We were definitely addicted! You can read my Korean hot pot post here. Ganso-Shabuway is a newly-opened Japanese Style Hot Pot in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center. It has branches in Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center.
Shabu Set Menu B 250 g PhP 1095
We were four in our group (dad, mom, sis and I) but we only ordered Shabu Menu Set for 2 ; p It was more than enough for all four of us hahaha
There are 3 sets available for a group of four persons. Price starts at PhP 1945.
To know what else is included in the Shabu Set Menu B aside from 250g USDA Meyer Natural Angus Beef (pictured above), read more....
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Shiseido Camellia Compact 6.5 g (0.22 OZ.) PhP 1998
I know many women will love it as much as I do because the powder has a smooth, high quality texture, and its ingredients give it a velvety, dewy feeling during application.
To view Shiseido Camellia Compact swatches and how to apply it, read after the break...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tea Rock Cafe
814 Banawe St., Siena,
Tea shops are sprouting everywhere especially in Banawe St. in Quezon City. I think the average is one tea shop in every street corner ; p One of the newest and more spacious tea shop in the area is called Tea Rock Cafe. I spotted it a few weeks ago and was nagging DH about it ever since. We ended up not only having a cup of tea each but also having our dinner in that place.
(l-r) Milk Tea with pearl & panna cotta Large PhP 95 and Wintermelon Basil Seed & Lemon with grass jelly Large PhP 100
Being more adventurous than I am, DH ordered Wintermelon Basil Seed & Lemon with grass jelly. It tasted weird - sweet and sour at the same time. Word of advice to DH ---> stick to the basic like what I ordered, Milk Tea with pearl & panna cotta (25% sugar) ; p The pearls were chewy, very much like the ones we had in Taipei, Taiwan.
Tea Rock Cafe has an extensive menu. It was also having a promo that day, buy a Bento Meal and get PhP 20 off on any drink. Who would pass up that chance?
Find out what else we ordered after the break....
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Amherst Laboratories Plant Tour
I was one of the select few bloggers who joined the private tour to Amherst Laboratories organized by United Laboratories. It is located in Mamplasan in Binan, Laguna. Everything was well-taken care of from our ride - a minibus was provided, to our breakfast/lunch and a relaxing spa massage after. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks to Rochelle who facilitated everything!
All six bloggers; photo taken in Amherst Laboratories Main Building
The pick up time from my house was delayed for almost an hour due to traffic... darn, Manila traffic! Anyway, after stopping by Starbucks for some quick breakfast to take out, we were on our way to pick up the last member of our group, Chris Amador who lives in Laguna.
To find out what is happening inside Amherst Laboratories, read after the break....
Monday, November 19, 2012
Seoul Garden Hotpot
Level 4-04145 EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.,
Ugong Norte, Quezon City
Two weekends ago, while strolling around Robinsons Galleria, my family and I spotted a new restaurant called Seoul Garden Hotpot. My love for Korean food must have rub off on my family hahaha Anyway, the price seemed reasonable when we checked the menu so we went inside the restaurant and requested for a table.
Hotpot Seafood PhP 319
There is a free WiFi so I was able to share a photo on Instagram. We ordered one Hotpot Seafood. There were a lot of ingredients included in the broth - seafood like clams, mussels & shrimps, mushrooms and vegetables too!
All five of us were able to share this order. Of course, we also ordered other items on the menu ; p We gave this one our thumbs of approval!
To find out what else we have ordered, please read after the break...
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sakura Foam Hand Sanitizer 50ml PhP 65.75 and 200ml PhP 193.25
Sakura Disinfectant Hand Foam is effective against bacteria and viruses. Provides a rapid long lasting disinfection and biological cleanliness to any environment where the transfer of germs by hand is concern.
The 50ml bottle of Sakura Foam Hand Sanitizer is handy. I can keep it in my bag in case of emergency when no soap and water available.
Aside from being formulated with emollients and moisturizers, what sets Sakura Foam Hand Sanitizer apart from other competing brand is its dispenser pump bottle - mousse bottle bubble pump. The pump produces bubbles! It's a fun way to clean your hands ; )
To learn more about the other Sakura products + the mechanics for the giveaway, please read after the break....
Friday, November 16, 2012
23 Amorsolo Drive,
Next year, DH and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We plan to celebrate it by going on a European Holiday. In fact, visiting Europe was included in my bucket list. I wrote it a few months ago and it's entitled Four Before Forty. These are 4 things which I wanted to accomplish before I reach the age of the big 4-0! ; p
When I received an invite from Trafalgar, a family-owned international travel group, for the launching of its Summer 2013 Travel Products, I was ecstatic. I know I can learn a lot from attending the said event.
Trafalgar - the global leader in guided holidays
Just a brief background on Trafalgar....
From its humble beginnings in 1947 to today, Trafalgar have delivered unforgettable experiences to over two million travelers worldwide.
As the true insider of guided holidays, we're dedicated to providing holiday experiences unlike any other. Through our depth of local knowledge you'll discover the places you've always dreamed of and enjoy authentic experiences you would never have on your own.
Trafalgar remains a family-owned company and the Tollman family continue to play an integral role in shaping the future of Trafalgar. We're committed to further developing our guided holidays and enhancing our insider experiences, to provide even greater value on your holiday. - SOURCE
I am very excited to share with you the different types of holiday Trafalgar has in stored for you. Read after the break...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Unit 187 Robinsons Magnolia
7036910 09178381696 09231003530
Two Sundays ago, DH and I were invited by Ms. Cecille Chang, chef/owner of Thai Bistro, to dine in her newest baby at Robinsons Magnolia. After helping conceptualized Thai at Silk, Simply Thai and Thaipan, Ms. Chang has finally decided to put up a restaurant that she can call her own. Yes, we have eaten in two out of her three previous restaurants ; p It was really a pleasure to meet the woman behind it.
Prawn Fresh Rolls PhP 310
Thai Bistro's Soft Shell Crab cooked in more ways than one:
- Soft Shell Crab Double Fried with Tamarind Puree and Green Chili Dips (Starter) - PhP 380
- Soft Shell Crab Pomelo with Honey Roasted Jam and Basil Slivers (Salads) - PhP 395
- Crispy Soft Shel Crab (Curries) - PhP 395
- Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab with Tomatoes, Onions and Spring Onions (Stir Fried) PhP 380
To my disappointment, soft shell crab was not available that day huhu ; ( Another favorite, Thai Dungeness Crab was also not available.
As we perused the elaborate menu, there were quite a few interesting dishes that DH and I would love to try. To continue reading about our Thai Bistro dining experience, click read more....
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The brand started in 1985 with a line entirely for men (Uomo in Italian) but in recent years, it has expanded its reach, thus, the women line (Donna in Italian) was born.
Pabder Donna TW2209-2 Orange Loafers PhP 3,080
The downside with anything handcrafted is that the store has only a limited number of stock. More often than not, there is only one stock per size. The smallest size (35) is the one usually on display and that's my size. Hmmm, there has to be a remaining stock somewhere ; p
I reiterated that I wanted a new stock so I left my contact details to the SA. In return, SA called other branches and found another pair in stock. I was told that the shoes will be arriving at 12nn the very next day... yipee!
My shoes review after the break...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Afters Espresso & Desserts
(between Mang Inasal & Mc Donald's)
UG4 20 Lansbergh Place
170 Tomas Morato Ave.,
Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Every year, when Cats celebrates her birthday, we celebrate it by having coffee and cake in the afternoon. She lives right next to me so I usually end up picking her. This year, we drove around Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue in search for a new cafe or dessert place.
While most cafes were closed because it's November 1st, we spotted a quaint cafe along Tomas Morato Avenue called Afters Espresso & Desserts. Looks like the cafe has just opened when we went in, the air conditioner was still on fan mode ; p
Chocolate and Cheesecake PhP 150
We ordered a slice of Chocolate and Cheesecake. It's was not too sweet and the chocolate tasted good. If only the cheesecake is cheesier, it would have been perfect.
Monday, November 12, 2012
*Longchamp Planètes Shopping Tote with Long Handle in black HK$ 990 (US$ 155)
With more than a passing resemblance to Pliage®, the Planètes line is distinguished by its structured form, thick fabric trimmed with full-grain cowhide and its satiny feel. Handbag, tote or hobo bag... choose it this season in its new ebony color -SOURCE
- 10x10x5½ inch (25x25x14 cm)
- 1 main compartment with zipper opening
- interior: One flat pocket on front
Recommendation: To remove any stains, simply brush softly.
Care: To maintain your product, apply with a soft brush Longchamp colorless cream regularly to leather areas.
*In the photo, notice that Longchamps' long handles easily fall on the sides of the bag. Les Planètes tote handbags are not foldable unlike the Les Pliages.
Read after the break on how to spot a FAKE Longchamp Les Planètes tote bag....
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Woo Ri Jib Restaurant
10 Kalayaan Ave.,
Remember my Bulgogi Garden post? Well, a week later, we went back to Kalayaan Ave. and visited the restaurant next to it named Woo Ri Jib. It means "Our Home" in Korean. I can't believe that DH and I just discovered it because the restaurant has been in the business since 1999.
samgyupsal and galbisal buffet PhP 499
Woo Ri Jib offers buffet for as low as PhP 299 (Samgyupsal). These are bacon-like strips only thicker. Anyway, we went for PhP 499 dinner buffet. It includes galbisal, bulgogi and of course, samgyupsal.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Dove Lotion in partnership with I Can Serve Foundation, Inc.
Blue Leaf Pavillion
100 Park Avenue,
McKinley Hill Village
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
It's no secret that I love Dove. In fact, I have a lot of Dove products stocked inside my cabinet. Naturally, when I got the invite for a product launching from the said brand, I gladly accepted. I am happy that the brand has come up with four variants of Dove body lotion, isn't it great?!
New! Dove Body Lotion 250ml SRP PhP 200
Dove Lotion variants:
- Dove Silky Nourishment
- Dove Essential Nourishment
- Dove Go Fresh Nourishment
- Dove Indulgent Nourishment
But the good news does not end there... In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dove proudly partners with the ICanServe Foundation, acknowledging the foundation's efforts to help create awareness over breast cancer, which afflicts thousands of Filipinas all over the country. This is in line with Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan and its advocacy of building billion better lives around the globe by 2020.
Friday, November 9, 2012
While leisurely taking a stroll around Trinoma, I found an irresistible pair of metallic gold fold-up ballet flats called Yosi Samra. I didn't even know that Yosi Samra is a guy until I read the website's About page ; p
I was actually eying for Pabder Uomo Donna but I could not make up my mind which color or which design to get ; p Girls, huh?! UPDATE--->
Yosi Samra Fold Up Ballet Flats Merlin in Gold in size 6 PhP 2,495
Yosi Samra description:
- Material: Leather Upper Balance Man Made Materials*
- Sole: Rubber
- Fold up flats for easy storage (4.5" x 3")
- Elastic band on top
- Made in China
*Leather upper means the shoe part is leather, in this case Calf but 'balance man made' means the sole and also the lining (if there is one) is man made. - SOURCE
For the unboxing of my new Yosi Samra flats, read after the break....
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Since we met way back in college, Cats, Gevi and I became very good friends. We are so close that we treat each other like sisters… ok, more like we’re triplets hahaha We used to dress alike when we were still in school. By the way, we still do that from time to time ; p
(left to right) Gevi, me and Cats
After college, we still kept in touch and spent some precious time together. Every now and then, we travel together. Cats and I have traveled to Taiwan and Singapore while Gevi and I recently bonded in Boracay.
Want to know more about how we spend our happy times together? Read after the break…
285 Units 4 & 5 P. Guevarra St.,
San Juan 1500
Gevi, Cats and I were not able to meet up again until last October. We finally settled for the new restaurant called Greeka Kouzina along P. Guevarra in San Juan. I often passed by and almost always, the restaurant looks full from outside. Parking lot is not a problem as the restaurant's security guard will point you to a secured (gated) vacant lot just right around the corner.
Greek Caesar Salad PhP 310 with Fried Calamari PhP 170
We were overwhelmed with the huge servings. Had I known that everything here is humongous, I would have advised my friends not to order too much. You can just imagine what our cramped table for two looked like. Well, since our table was only squeezed in beside the table of a father and son tandem, most of our orders were trespassing on their table ; p Talk about going overboard.
The salad alone can be shared by a group of five girls. It's a guiltless Caesar Salad because the dressing is made from 100% greek yogurt and is absolutely fat-free. You can also enjoy this salad with Baked Chicken for only PhP 140.
There are other salad on the menu. I spy a Watermelon and Lamb salad which I would love to try when I go back. Hopefully, with DH in tow!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Starbucks Glass Water Bottle 16 oz. PhP 795
Fast forward last long weekend, I visited Starbucks Trinoma and... voila! I found it hidden in the corner of the cabinet display, only 3 were left ; ( I quickly grabbed one. While lining in the cashier, I saw two ladies in front of me holding one glass water bottle each ; p
Glass: Made in Japan
Silicone Sleeve: Made in China
To get a closer look of the Starbucks Glass Water Bottle, read after the break....
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
Exchange Drive corner Meralco Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Remember my "rawr" outfit in this post which won me an overnight stay in The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel? Well, I was finally able to use my voucher and booked an overnight stay yesterday ; ) I picked November 2 because the day before, DH and I together with his family went to Manila Chinese Cemetery to visit the tombs of my in laws. The scorching heat was too much to bear. We really need this to recharge and re-energize plus the fact that it is also a long weekend ; p
The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Deluxe Room PhP
- Queen size or Double beds
- Complimentary Daily Breakfast
- In-room WiFi
- Complimentary use of Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Swimming Pool from 6 am to 10 pm
- Daily replenishment of 2 bottled water
- Daily newspaper
After making a reservation last October 27, 2012, I received a confirmation by email of my booking from Arby, a Reservations Agent. On October 31, 2012, I received another email from a Front Office Agent named Patricia informing me that the hotel can accommodate an early check-in time of 12nn... yey!
View the rest of the hotel photos after the break...
Friday, November 2, 2012
Charm Sonia Limited Edition & J&C Super Clean Solutions Launch
Remember how I said that I had a pretty busy sched in this post? Well, the beauty event was the launching of a limited edition Charm Travel Pro Makeup Brush Set called Sonia and J&C Super Clean Solutions.
Limited Edition Charm Travel Pro Sonia Makeup Brush Set PhP 2,750 and J&C Super Clean Solutions 120ml PhP 395
To commemorate Charm's 5th year anniversary, Sophie came up with a limited edition travel pro makeup brushes. The sticker found in front of the box gives you an idea that this time, Charm veered away from the cute pink brushes it is known for and come up with an elegant gold design which fits the stylish women today.
“Sonia is my mom’s name and I am dedicating this first ever limited edition set to her.” A staunch supporter of her business venture, Sophie recalls how her mom was the one who got her the perfect swatch of the animal print fabric which houses the limited edition set. “There were a lot of challenges as it is in any business but my mom never failed to provide support every step of the way, I am just so lucky to have that,” Sophie Uy- owner of Charm
Meanwhile, J&C Super Clean Solutions for your makeup brushes is made especially for extremely busy individuals, Super Clean features a quick-drying solution that is perfect for people who need clean brushes right away. This special feature allows professional make-up artists to do several make-up jobs in succession, as well as enthusiasts to experiment and try several make-up swatches in a row. The solution is also fortified with spearmint oil to keep brushes fresh and in prime condition.
Read after the break for the unboxing of Charm Travel Pro Sonia Makeup Brush set plus see if J&C Super Clean Solutions actually works....
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Ukkokei Ramen Ron
Ground Floor, 822 Tesoro Bldg.,
Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
DH and I invited my family to have lunch at Ukkokei Ramen Ron. Yeah, right, another ramen place! You see, DH loves noodles and since it was still his birthday week, he gets to choose the restaurant ; p It was our first time and DH was so thrilled to finally taste "The Best Ramen" in town!
Set A- Ukokkei Miso PhP 380
To view more photos, read after the break...