20 Jul 2014

My Top 5 Go-To Restaurants in Manila

Okay, so I'll have you know that every time my boyfriend and I decide to eat out, we take forever to choose a restaurant unless either of us already has a specific cuisine in mind. On most times, it takes us more or less thirty minutes of arguing and rationalizing until we come to an agreement. But thank god for go-to restaurants! The boyfriend and I only have a few places we like to come back to every now and again that also gives us a bang for our buck, and here they are (in reverse chronological order). All the restaurants I chose have branches near the office (Makati) but have outlets in other cities as well. ;)

5. Burger Bar
There are times that I just crave for a burger that isn't from a fast food chain. Burger Bar serves yummy food at an affordable price! I usually order their Cheeseburgers (P195) and a side of fries of course. Another great thing about Burger Bar is that you can customize a burger however you want it to be. Although it costs a little over what I would spend for bread and a patty, it's alright. 8Cuts in Megamall is basically Burger Bar with a different name.

4. Tender Bob's
To be honest, I always come back for one entree, and that has got to be their pork chops. For only P260, you get two chops, vegetables, and the side of your choice (Garlic rice for me, please). The branch that we frequent is the one in Greenbelt 2 wherein we've already made ourselves familiar with the staff (Hi, Joel and Zeny!). They're all very welcoming and nice. The lack of a photo just proves that when I go to Tender Bob's, I'm too hungry to even take a photo. I'll add one next time. ;)

3. Tokyo Bubble Tea
Over there is my boyfriend, staring down at the food that he ordered. Anyway, Japanese has got to be one of my favorite cuisines. Before, when I'm in the mood for some raw fish and chicken teriyaki, I usually head over to a different Japanese resto franchise. But now, enter Tokyo Bubble Tea whose rolls are bigger and (not to mention) cheaper, has become my go-to Japanese resto (that isn't too expensive)!

2. Yabu
They claim to serve the best katsu in town, and I can't help but agree. I've known about Yabu for a few years now but it was only in December 2013 when my friends bugged me and the boyfriend to eat it with them. I remember them telling me that "You'll thank us for bringing you to Yabu." and indeed, we did! We usually order their Rosu Katsu (90g) that costs P340. Their katsu is very soft and juicy even if it's already gone cold. Aaaah!

1. Mary Grace
I don't know how it happened or why, but maybe it's my affinity for pastas and classy interiors and ambiance. Mary Grace happens to fall under this category. From what started out as a pastry stall in Shangri-La Plaza (To be honest, I don't know where their first branch is located) whose Lemon Squares I absolutely love, Mary Grace is now a full-blown restaurant. My dad would bring me here for coffee breaks usually in their Serendra branch, and then I started appearing for dinner. Whenever I go to a restaurant that serves pasta, I always go for their carbonara since it's always a safe choice. And that is exactly what I ordered in Mary Grace - their Classic Carbonara (P229)! The noodles are Al dente and it's really creamy and flavorful. After a few more times of ordering this dish, I decided to try out their other offerings. Mary Grace have really good sandwiches and cakes of course that are definitely worth the visit. They're all good, I tell you!

And there you have it, our top 5 go-to restos in Manila. I need to re-explore the metro for more noms. If you have any suggestions of cafes or restaurants that we can explore, then please let me know and comment. Tee-hee. :)

Disclaimer: I'm no food blogger or critic - just a food enthusiast.

31 Dec 2013

Of Promises and Resolutions

The year is coming to a close and in the past week, all I could really think of are the promises I'm willing to make and the resolutions I plan to keep. Therefore, I came up with a list of my New Year's resolutions. Woohoo!
  1. Be punctual. It is no secret that I'm one of the worst people to set a certain time with. Seriously! Being on time has always been my Achilles' Heel. And for 2014, it's bound to be one of my biggest challenges.
  2. Work harder. Somehow it feels like 2013 has been a year of too much play for me. I would really like to change this by cancelling out procrastination and mediocrity in my life. Why settle for "Okay" when you can go for "Wow"?
  3. Make time for fitness. Another realization: no matter how much you diet, you will still be jiggly. I'm so tired of jiggling, guys!
  4. Travel more. I gotta cure this wanderlust. Starting with out of town trips, then upgrading to out of the country trips. I cannot wait.
  5. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. In the middle of 2013, I got a job. Therefore a taste of earning money on my own. It feels good to not ask for cash from my parents, and being independent is a really great thing! But then after all the good times, the shopping sprees, and long cab rides, you think of when you're 30 and your savings account. How much money do you want to be in it?
And that's it for my New Year's Resolutions. Anyway, since I wasn't able to update this blog last Christmas, let me show you guys the best present I got from the universe:

30 Sep 2013

The Most TMI Blog Post Ever

Hi y'all! I'm back from the dead - at least for now. I recently started working at this lovely start-up company called "BECAUSE, Inc". It's my first job and I must say that I'm really learning a lot. My unofficial title is "Social Media It Girl" slash-Graphic Designer-slash-Marketing Assistant. Really, everybody in the company (all ten of us) don't stick with our official roles, so to speak. Basically, we do a little bit of everything.

A quick intro to BECAUSE, it started last January and we focus on nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, nutricosmetics, and consumer health products. Too much? To put it simply, these are stuff that will definitely do you good. Don't we all want that?

Since I began working here, I became more conscious about the stuff that I use for my body. Which leads me to the first product that we will be releasing: Saforelle!

Okay, let me get this straight - I'm not really the type of girl who stands in front of the feminine wash section of the grocery, trying to decide which one to buy. Because guys, let's face it - as long as it's clean, we're (girls) good with it. But then I found out that these feminine washes in the market right now aren't really safe for everyday use. It makes you super dry down there which can lead to itchiness, and then *GASP* infection. Now who would want that?

What's great about Saforelle is that it's so gentle that you're good to use it everyday - it's clinically proven by French doctors, worry not. It also has burdock - a plant that has an anti-itch formula. I can attest to this because I have tried this on my feet when I had a slight rash (it's not just for your vajayjay) just to see if it really works. Lo and behold, two minutes after washing with Saforelle, the itch went away. I promise!

I know, I know. Who writes about their feminine washes? But just know that these things are important, too! Nothing to be ashamed of.

Product Features:

  • Specifically formulated for everyday use
  • Made with Burdock extract
  • Formulated by medical experts
  • Manufactured in France
  • Supported by clinical studies (AC Nielsen Data 2011)
  • Contains no soaps or parabens
Where can you grab your bottle of Saforelle? You can find this premium product in leading supermarkets nationwide (e.g Robinsons, Rustans, Shopwise, as well as pharmacies such as Mercury Drug, and South Star) We'll be releasing this amazing French product to the market this coming October so you better hang tight.

This may or may not be my first ever review in this blog.

Check out BECAUSE, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Saforelle Ph is on Facebook, too!

15 Jun 2013

The Perfect Song for This Kind of Weather

Right off of their latest album "Capacities", Parks has immediately captured my heart. Of course Indak will always be there stepping on my heart with its lyrics, and Turn It Well never fails to make my spirits soar. But this song is just perfect. There is no other way to describe it, really.

Yesterday I was walking around Greenbelt by my lonesome while the rain is pouring cats and dogs and I thought that "Hey, this is the perfect weather for some Up Dharma!", so I went through my iPhone and chose  song-above right away.

Guys, I'm serious! LISTEN. TO. IT. And be ready to fall in love and get your heart broken in a span of more or less five minutes.

9 Jun 2013

Venir Avec Moi

It's been a while since I decided to become productive-slash-creative. In college, we do it because it's a requirement, this time I just challenged myself. Contests aren't really my thing because I'm very insecure with my capabilities as an artist, but then again we all have different styles, right? Besides, I'm very broke as of the moment, I need the cash.

So I'm going to have to ask for not even five minutes of your time to vote for my entry on talenthouse.com.

Venir Avec Moi by Anne Vitug (My entry)

All you gotta do is click on this link and vote via Facebook, Twitter, or BOTH if you're feeling generous. ;)

Thank you in advance! xx