food

Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Salmon Recipe

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Spaghetti Aglio Olio is one of the easiest pasta recipes you can make in your own kitchen. With garlic and olive oil as your base ingredients, making this dish is not only simple but affordable, too. This is perfect for dinner, especially when paired with a glass of white wine or moscato. In 25 minutes or less, you already have a fine meal set on the table.

spaghetti with salmon
The key in achieving the “perfect” aglio olio is to cook the garlic just right. You don’t want to overcook or else your pasta will taste like burnt garlic. On the other hand, you don’t want your garlic undercooked because you won’t get the natural garlic flavor you’re after.

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Are Sunnies Face Fluffmattes Worth the Hype?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Sunnies Face is another business venture of the Sunnies company, popular for their line of sunglasses, optical wear, and cafe. Now introducing their makeup line beginning with matte lipsticks called Fluffmatte, the well-known brand in the Philippines has been raking in sales for their new product. Affordability and millennial style are the brand’s strongest edges, but we shall see if these new lipsticks are worth the hype or just another local lipstick brand.

lipstick product review cover

Before the release, Sunnies Face has been building up the suspense in Instagram. In addition, they have been giving away PR packages to well-known local Youtubers, with consumers trapped in waiting just dying to get their hands on these coveted lipsticks! Free stuff could influence one’s decision, so might as well buy and try the product myself. So during my quick trip to Manila, I swerved by the Sunnies Face boutique in Glorietta to try the most-hyped makeup product in town.

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Longchamp Cosmetic Case Review + 21 Things I Constantly Keep Inside of It

Friday, August 31, 2018

I swear by my Longchamp Le Pliage bags as durable, everyday work bags where you can throw in anything and they will stay strong for years. Because of its quality, I thought of owning the Le Pliage cosmetic case as well. Fast forward to three years later, my everyday pouch has stood the test of time in every bag that I carry.

cosmetic case review

I got my Longchamp Le Pliage Cosmetic Case at Duty Free Fiesta Mall, which was around Php1,800-2,000 at that time. I picked it up because the size was roomy enough to carry my cosmetics and other essentials, but small enough not to consume a huge space in my bag. The most important thing: it’s lightweight.

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Nothing Over $7 Ross and Marshalls Mini Haul

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I cannot let my LA vacation pass without shopping at Ross and Marshalls! A trip to these discount department stores is worth it, especially if you’re looking for new items to purchase. The first ever item I bought in Marshalls is a Ralph Lauren button down shirt from two years ago (around $25) and I’ve been using it until now. From Ross, I still have my Ralph Lauren backpack which I bought in Guam last December.

shopping haul

My agenda in checking out these stores was to get some small stuff I need and items I can share with my friends after my trip to the US. Each item here is only less than $7 (before sales tax). Without further ado, here are my 5 purchases from Ross and Marshalls.

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15 Places in L.A. the True Tita Will Love

Thursday, August 16, 2018

"I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan," sings Miley Cyrus. The song kept replaying inside my head during our 15-hour flight.

universal studios hollywood
When it comes to traveling to the United States, if you’re a Filipino and you have relatives living in America, there’s a big fat chance you’ll be spending quite some time in California. In our case, it’s Los Angeles.

What makes this vacation different from when you visit other countries is that you don’t need to worry about itinerary - your relatives mostly do that for you. And if you surpassed the two-hour long queue at the immigration in LAX (and the interrogation of why you’re in the Land of the Free and if you’re bringing in chicharon or balut), congratulations – you’ve finally come to America.

alcatraz

11 Tourist Attractions in San Francisco You Can See in 3 Days

Thursday, August 09, 2018

San Francisco, SF, The City, The Golden City - whatever you might want to call it, San Francisco is an absolute must-see destination when you’re in California. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, to splendid Victorian houses, and street art, there are many things to see around the area and most of them are free.

san francisco itinerary cover with background of painted ladies
Coming from LA, we took the 6-hour drive to see what SF has in store for first-time visitors like me. While LA shines and dazzles like a Hollywood movie, I feel like The City has an eclectic mix of art, history, and upscale urbanism all-in-one. So if you only have three days to spare, check-out these 11 places and tourist attractions when you’re in San Francisco.

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GSS: Grendha Singapore Sale at Royal Sporting House

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I recently discovered my love for Grendha sandals and it’s timely that I found tremendous discounts during the Great Singapore Sale. With GSS ending on August 12, I thought I’d share with you some of the pairs I bought from Royal Sporting House, and maybe you can get your hands on these, too!

stylish sandals

Grendha is a Brazilian brand of sandals from the company Grendene that manufactures stylish and elegant looking footwear, made from the highest quality materials. The brand is commonly seen at SM Department stores in the Philippines, but I never paid attention to it before. I no longer see the practicality of purchasing rubber slippers (i.e. buying Havaianas like I used to) and plastic sandals that’s worth more than Php 1,000 a pair, when I can purchase formal and classic flats for only Php 300. In addition, my previous job required me to wear business attire and closed shoes everytime I had to meet with clients. There was no purpose of me buying such sandals with expensive cost per wear.

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