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Kimchi Restaurant Review: Affordable Korean Cuisine in Angeles City

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Angeles City is a melting pot of various lifestyle, flashy entertainment, and mouth-watering cuisines. As we frequent Clark on weekends, my husband and I like to discover different food establishments found in Clark and in the heart of Angeles City, Pampanga. One weekend, we stumbled upon a Korean restaurant called Kimchi and we’ve been regular customers since 2016.

entrance to Kimchi Korean Restaurant

I’ll be honest with you – Kimchi isn’t an upmarket restaurant and they’re not the best place for Samgyeopsal, BUT they serve authentic Korean cuisine at very affordable prices. Owned by two Koreans, this restaurant is located right in Angeles City’s Red Light District. While the customers come from various walks of life, nationalities, jobs, and ages, the only common thing customers share is their appetite for Korean food.

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Tuna Pocket Wraps Recipe

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

There are days when I feel lazy to cook but a wife’s gotta do her duties. I’m not obliged to prepare dinner, but I love doing it for my husband. Like most every guy I know, he’s not a healthy eater so when I’m around, I make sure he eats something nourishing.

Tuna pocket wraps with salad on the side

This Tuna Pocket Wraps is perfect for those who want to eat a healthy meal but only have little time to prepare. Also, if you have a husband child who doesn’t want to eat vegetables, this is one way to trick him into eating a nutritious meal.

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What It’s Like in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Autumn

Monday, October 30, 2017

An autumn day in Bosnia and Herzegovina is like being inside the Beast’s castle – fascinating, magical, and a little bit lonely . When the majority of tourists leave and continue their lives in their respective countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina moves to its slumber until the next wave of peak season arrives.

Neretva River in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Neretva River in Mostar. View from the Old Bridge.
Having spent three hours on the road from Dubrovnik, crossing the border took some considerable time. Unlike in Montenegro where the stamping of passport was quick and casual, the border guard at B&H personally went inside our minivan to check the faces of individual passengers, despite conversing with our licensed driver and tour guide with all papers presented. It might just be a common protocol, but stamped on the faces of people in our group were worry, confusion, and a bit of tension.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a Balkan country bordered by Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and the Adriatic Sea. It has a long history of being a war-torn country and until now, people are still struggling to survive. Imagine half of the population without a permanent source of livelihood 20 years after the war. And to top it all off, B&H has three presidents – one Bosniak, one Croat, and one Serb – who rotate within a four-year term.

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10 Beauty Products I Constantly Repurchase

Thursday, October 26, 2017

We Filipinos love to take care of ourselves. Whether male or female, we’re very conscious of our personal hygiene, how we look, and how we smell. Part of our daily schedule includes taking a bath or a quick shower, and it’s normal for us to do this more than once a day. Even during fall or winter travel when I literally don’t sweat, I make it to a point to bathe before getting out of the hotel (with my hair still wet – just can’t break the habit!).


Using beauty products in our daily lives is like drinking water for survival. Thanks to the Philippines’ abundant malls, supermarket and drugstores, my beauty must-haves are always just a few minutes away from home. I don’t need an expensive face wash to keep my face clean or a luxury soap to make my skin smooth and moisturized. All I need are these 10 beauty products that I constantly repurchase for my face, hair, and body.

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Flying to El Nido via AirSWIFT

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Earlier this year, my family and I went to the #bestislandintheworld for the first time. There’s only one airline that flies directly from Manila to El Nido and that’s AirSWIFT. Formerly known as Island Transvoyager, Inc. (ITI Air), the airline rebranded to what is now known as “the Philippines’ only boutique airline offering daily roundtrip flights from Manila to El Nido”.

AirSWIFT ATR 42-600

Claiming that AirSWIFT has “rich heritage of professionalism and we uphold excellence by observing only the highest standards of quality, safety and security in aviation services”, we decided to jump in and put this airline to the test! Ok I admit I’m a little terrified flying in small planes (and being in tight spaces because I’m a bit claustrophobic). Going to El Nido meant flying on board ATR 42-600: a 50-seater plane.

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My Holy Grail Lip Products

Monday, October 23, 2017

Lip products are my weakness when it comes to makeup. They’re cheaper than any type of makeup and they come in different colors and finishes. They’re very affordable so it’s easy to build a humongous collection just by buying lipstick, lip pencils, and all those kinds of makeup creation intended for your lips. If I have to choose only one makeup that I can’t live without, it’s got to be a lip product.

Ofra Manila, Ofra Charmed, Etude House auto lip liner #5, MAC Taupe, Mac Smoked Almond, DHC Lip Cream
My favorite lip products from Ofra, MAC Cosmetics, Etude House and DHC. Notice there's a certain theme on my color selection. And if you guessed correctly, yes I love pinky-brown and nude shades!
I used to own nearly a hundred lipsticks from different brands and I’m not even a beauty blogger nor a makeup artist. I’m just addicted to makeup! But I sold and threw out many of those because I can’t finish everything in my makeup stash. One thing’s for sure – from using local, drugstore, mid-range, high-end to a couple of luxury brands – I can now share with you my 6 holy grail lip products.

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Sardines Pasta Recipe

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Not sure what to prepare for a weekend lunch? I’ll teach you how to cook this very simple recipe using only a few ingredients that’s common in the kitchen. When I want to cook something that’s quick but I want to feel like I made an effort into preparing a meal, I always gravitate towards cooking Sardines Pasta.

Spanish style sardines pasta

This recipe requires Spanish Style Sardines (not the Ligo or 555 ha!). Any brand will do just as long as the sardines are submerged in olive oil since olive oil works best with pasta. Get ready because you’ll have your delicious pasta in less than 30 minutes!

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Personalized Cup Noodles at Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Friday, October 20, 2017

On our second day in Osaka, my husband and I went to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (now called CUPNOODLES Museum Okada Ikeda). Since we are regular ramen eaters, it’s only apt that we discover its history, how instant ramen is made, and how we can take home our very own personalized cup noodles!

I must admit: instant ramen is a preserved food and therefore, it isn’t entirely healthy. However, eating instant ramen has been a part of our everyday life, especially if you live in a fast-paced environment. It’s one of the most affordable and best comfort foods in the world.

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

When I was away from home in college, instant ramen is my go-to snack. When I travel abroad outside of North and Southeast Asia, I bring 4 to 6 cups with me, especially on countries where I’m not familiar with their food. When I’m sick and have no appetite, I prefer to eat noodles over rice. Consuming instant ramen has its pros and cons, but sometimes you just can’t resist the umami goodness an instant noodle brings!

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Pallete Cafe Review: A New Chill Spot in the South

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I’m currently at Pallete Cafe, typing away my thoughts as I wait for my order of Pesto Pasta and Iced Tea. I’m having my super late lunch at 4:00 PM and I thought this would be the perfect place to dine and relax while the bulk of customers hasn’t arrived yet.

Pallete Cafe, Better Living Paranaque

Pallete Cafe is a relatively new restaurant in Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque. If you’re coming from Moonwalk and Multinational Village going to Bicutan, you’ve probably seen this several times as it’s just beside Chateau Elysee Condominium. If you like a little change of scenery from your usual coffee shop, this place is an alternative.

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My Holy Grail Face Makeup for Combination Skin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If you read my post on my go-to base make-up, you’ll know that I have combination skin gearing towards the oily side. I’ve tested a number of foundations and other products before settling down with my base makeup favorites. Now, I’ll go through my top picks when it comes to lasting face make-up.

Holy grail face makeup for combination skin - The Manizer Sisters, Hoola, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, All Nighter
My holy grail face makeup from The Balm, Benefit, Tarte and Urban Decay
Not only do I have an oily T-Zone, my skin is also slightly sensitive to some face make-up products. I don’t normally look for ingredients that may irritate my skin (which I should do), but my skin just literally speaks to me when it doesn’t like something. I get acne or these little bumps that clog my pores.

No matter if they’re local or high-end, narrowing my search for my holy grail face makeup products has come to an end. Let me show you my top picks and why I love them!

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Monggo Guisado (Mung Bean Soup) With Shrimp and Tinapa Recipe

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monggo Guisado or Mung Bean Soup is a dish that’s very common in Filipino home-cooking. It’s actually ironic that it’s named guisado (from the Tagalog word “gisa” which means “to sauté” or “stir-fry”), when the end product is actually a soup dish.

Monggo Guisado with shrimp

The secret in making this dish quick and easy to cook is to soak the raw mung beans in water overnight. This process reduces the cooking time in half or even less, depending on how thick or watery you want your soup to be. Monggo Guisado is usually cooked with pork and topped with chicharon, but this recipe uses shrimp and tinapa (smoked fish) for a healthier option.

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A Day in Montenegro Part 2: Sveti Stefan and Budva

Sunday, October 15, 2017

After our morning tour at the old town of Kotor and climbing the walls leading to St. John Castle, our next destination was Budva. Contrary to Kotor as a cultural and sightseeing location, Budva is well-known to be Montenegro’s center of vibrant nightlife, jam-packed beaches, and luxury living. It has become the new “it” destination in Europe.

Budva marina

Before going straight to Budva old town, we stopped by a viewing point that overlooks Sveti Stefan, a high-end, 5-star island hotel resort in the Adriatic coast. Since the 1960s, Sveti Stefan has been the playground of the rich and famous, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Naomi Campbell, and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. It was also the wedding venue of 2014 tennis champion Novak Djokovic. Sveti Stefan was formerly owned by Radenović family for forty years, but now it’s being managed by Aman Resorts – the same luxury hotel group that runs Amanpulo island resort in Palawan, Philippines.

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A Day in Montenegro Part 1: Kotor and San Giovanni Trail

Friday, October 13, 2017

A small country in Southeastern Europe, Montenegro is an Adriatic gem that travelers both within and outside Europe begin to explore. Majestic mountains, medieval towns, Mediterranean views, untouched coastline, rich history, multiple cultural influences, and UNESCO approved sites – there’s nothing short of amazing in this country also known as the “Black Mountain”.

Red roofs in Old Town Kotor, Montenegro
Red roofs of Old Town Kotor
Contrary to its monicker, this Balkan country is a colorful and picturesque country despite coming here on a gloomy, post-fall weather. Believe it or not Montenegro is a top destination of party-goers and beach lovers during peak season in summer, but still remains charming for people who seek to be in tune with nature. For many Montenegro is still a virtually unknown territory, but it is a rare jewel tucked between the sea and the rocks.

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My Holy Grail Eye Makeup Products

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When it comes to getting my full makeup done, I always spend more time on my eyes than the rest of my face. My tiny eyelid space has gone through many eye makeup products, but now I’m glad I don’t have to spend too much money figuring out what works for me.

Tarte Tartelette in Bloom
Tartelette in Bloom: my everyday eye shadow palette
Eye makeup is very important to learn, because it can transform one’s look from dainty to dramatic. Whether I’m aiming for a simple everyday look or I want to show my makeup blending skills, I always find myself gearing towards these five holy grail eye makeup products.

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Genroku Sushi Sennichimae: Our First Conveyor Belt Sushi Experience

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The first time I went to Genroku Sushi was with my husband during our trip to Osaka last April. Also known as Genrokuzushi, this is the first ever kaitenzushi in the world – which means conveyor belt sushi restaurant. We already have several of these sushi train restaurants back home, but I waited to try the first and genuine kaitenzushi in Japan.

Genroku Sushi Sennichimae branch

We stepped into Genroku Sushi Sennichimae branch at 2:45 PM for our (very) late lunch. At that time, we had no idea whatsoever that this was Osaka’s most popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Thankfully, the Sennichimae branch had available seats for us, although I wished we were seated in front of the itamae (sushi chefs) so we can see how they skillfully make sushi.

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Chicken Afritada Recipe (Without Tomato Sauce)

Monday, October 09, 2017

Chicken Afritada is one of the staple dishes in the Philippines. Paired with rice, the dish is commonly cooked and served at home. With simple ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, bell pepper, and chicken, anyone can make this dish easily in one pot or pan.

Chicken Afritada with quail eggs

There are different ways to prepare and cook Chicken Afritada. Most of the time you’ll see Chicken Afritada recipes cooked with tomato sauce, but I prefer to use fresh tomatoes instead. Fresh tomatoes make the dish lighter, healthier, and it’s less sour, too.

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My 5 Christmas and New Year Wish List for 2017

Sunday, October 08, 2017

So it’s nearly Christmas 2017 and I know people have started writing their wish list. I’ve been watching these wish list videos on YouTube and I actually find them amusing. I began to wonder as to what holiday presents I’d like to receive and I know for a fact there’s one thing my husband and I have been praying for – for months now – and cannot be bought by money.

But let’s be real – the holiday season is one of the biggest retail sales of the year and we can’t ignore the fact that we want to purchase something for ourselves, too (or we hope someone buys them for us!). I like shopping and wrapping presents for other people first during Christmas. And then after Christmas, that’s when I want to get a hold of my wish list towards January the following year. I know I’m weird. I just like the feeling of still having money to spend for myself towards the new year when everyone else’s pockets are already empty because of holiday shopping.

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So what do I want to get myself this year (or early next year)? Here are my top 5 picks.

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15 Money-Saving Tips for Your Short Stay in Paris

Friday, October 06, 2017

To say that Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world is an understatement. How can you resist the beautiful, walkable city day and night, the magnificent architecture filled with history, the nooks and cafes you read in novels, the Parisienne dressed in classic fashionable ensemble, and the mouth-watering patisserie on every corner? While Paris can woo you like a passionate lover, it can also turn into a thief in the night – literally – even if you stay only for a few days.

Despite the huge cost, tourists still consider Paris as one of their must-visit destinations in Europe. If you’re coming from Southeast Asia or from countries requiring at least 12 hours of travel, you can save your money (and energy) by following these 15 helpful tips for your short stay in Paris – the convenient, mid-range way.


paris eiffel tower

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My Holy Grail Eyebrow Products

Thursday, October 05, 2017

These days, people often comment on how good your makeup is just by looking at your brows. It’s true. I get complimented with my makeup, but they first look at how well I shape or did my brows. Makeup techniques have definitely evolved over the years but one can’t deny the fact that when you have good eyebrows, your whole makeup game perks up.

Even if you don’t have a full makeup on, you will still look put-together just by having brows that are well-groomed and well-shaped. Over the years, I tried a TON of different eyebrow products to make my #browgamestrong. From affordable to high-end ones, I narrowed them down to these four types of holy grail eyebrow products.

the face shop, anastasia beverly hills, etude house, benefit cosmetics
Eyebrow products from The Face Shop, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Etude House, and Benefit Cosmetics

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My Holy Grail Base Makeup for Combination Skin

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Picking my holy grail makeup products was three years in the making. I have combination skin (oily on the t-zone and normal to dry on the perimeter of the face) which made it difficult for me to find the perfect foundation that doesn’t easily melt on the face, especially under the hot and humid weather of the Philippines. In addition to that, I have yellow undertone so it was difficult to find a drugstore foundation that matches the color of my face and neck.

Being a makeup enthusiast, I’ve been trying out and collecting makeup for years. I think it started about two years ago when I began to seriously collect drugstore, high-end, and Korean makeup. I got a lot of help from watching beauty vloggers on YouTube and made a handful of trial and error myself. Right now, I seldom test new makeup anymore because I find myself gravitating to these holy grail base makeup products I swear by.

Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue, Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder, L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte in 105, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium
Benefit, Innisfree, L'Oréal, Tarte

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