Monday, September 01, 2014

And just like that, September is here.

Just because it's the first day of September.

Hey, at least it isn't a Christmas song.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Going nuts

It's been years since I last saw Nutter Butter. The last time I saw it was 5 years ago when I was still living in HKG and they were selling it at the Park and Shop near my flat. Back then, I'd have a stash every week and couldn't get enough of it.

Thanks to a couple of care packages from the U.S., I found a couple of packs of Nutter Butter at home. And after eating a pack (or two), I suddenly remembered why I'm nuts about this cookie.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Color Story: Sea-in Green

One of our cousins is getting married early next year, and it's going to be one of those formal events. With Dad attending as a ninong, I'm sure we'll all be tagging along at the event. 

As early as now, I'm helping my sisters figure out what to wear for the event. After looking at the stash, I found this fabulously formal ensemble for Ate Lissa.

It's a long, sea green dress that's made of jersey. It's very light, flowy and flattering. Not to mention covered up. It has a high jewel neckline and long sleeves. But to keep it from looking too marmy, there's a hint of skin in front.

Plus a lot of skin at the back.

At the same time, I found a neckpiece with a similar shade of sea green, and it ups the ante on this otherwise simple looking ensemble.

I think this will be a perfect wedding outfit. And I think it'll make other guests green with envy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

FMM: Climb every mountain

Thanks to "Guardians of the Galaxy," one of my favorite songs is back in the spotlight.

Then and now, nothing will keep me from getting to this feel good ditty.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meals with Mark: Making the Cuts

Another day, another restaurant ticked off the list.

This time, we ate at 8 Cuts in Mega Fashion Hall.

It's a sandwich joint which I first tried with Kin and the SMC gang. After that, it's become one of our default lunch places when Maricar invites me to join them for a meal.

The sandwiches there are good, and I ordered by usual spicy chicken sandwich. Mark ordered the shroom burger, and it looked like he was very happy with his order. We also ordered a side of onion rings which I liked, but he didn't like as much.

But overall, I'd say that this place definitely made the cut.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ramen Rave: Cheap thrills

With ramen places popping up everywhere, fans of this Japanese staple are spoilt for choice. 

Most of the ramen places that opened in Manila are very high end, though. Not that I'm complaining. After all, you need to pay a premium if you want to taste legit ramen.

But sometimes, you want the Japanese ramen taste without the Japanese ramen price. And recently, I found a place where you can get that exact experience.

Presenting, the ramen at Yoshinoya!

For the price its being sold, I must say that this isn't bad at all. The broth is very flavorful, and the add ons are substantial. My only complaint is that the noodles are a bit chewy, to the point where I was wondering if it was undercooked. Other than that, it's a pretty decent bowl or ramen.

Then again, I can't really complain. After all, it's just P129.00 for a big bowl of ramen and a glass of green iced tea.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Donut underestimate

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts and J.Co can take a rest for a while. I have a favorite when it comes to donuts.

Presenting Pan de Donuts from Pan de Manila!

It has to be one of the most underrated donuts in town. The Chocnut Crumble is so, so, SO good! I could eat 2 in one sitting.

Looks like I've found my dessert du jour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meals with Mark: The Wan

Whether we're in Manila or Tokyo, one of the major decisions that Mark and I have to make is: "Where do we eat?"

This is a question that pops up so often, and most often, we don't have an instant answer for. So, it becomes a process of elimination, then streamlining, until we decide on 2 to 3 places. From there, we decide where to eat. Whew!

To simplify the process, we decided to come up with a list of places that we'll eat in while he's on vacation here in Manila. It's a list that has a combination of new restaurants and old favorites, and we're both excited to cross off these eating places from the list.

For dinner tonight, Mark was in the mood for dimsum. And the dimsum place on top of the list was Tim Ho Wan.

I used to eat at Tim Ho Wan a lot when I was living in HKG, but tonight was the first time I tried it in Manila.

Considering it was a holiday, the line wasn't that long. And since there were only 2 of us, we got a seat quickly.

Our dinner consisted of their pork buns, hakaw, siomai, chor fan, and the sausage and chicken rice. And I must say, everything tastes as good as they do in HKG. Heck, I felt like I was transported back to Causeway Bay for a few minutes.

Now that's one restaurant crossed off the list. Time to cross out some more.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

LFLTAT: Short and Sweet

The past week, I've heard the phrase "Summer ulit" a number of times. After all, the weather has been very hot and humid recently. To think we're supposed to be in the cold and rainy season.

Since summer is back, I think shorts should make a comeback, too. But instead of looking all casual and summery, it should look more chic and polished. Just like this look for less than a thousand.

The top was a find at The Landmark. It has a boxy silhouette (which is very now) and it has felt ribbon cutouts in pink. Despite that, it doesn't look too saccharine.

The tailored and belted shorts are from SM Department store. The color complements the ribbons on the top, and also delivers a punch of color that contrasts the white of the top.

Since both items came from a department store, they're both on the cheap. When added together, this ensemble cost around P500.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Coming to mid-terms

If students think they're the only ones bummed about midterms, they've got another thing coming.

Even professors are bummed out as well. After all, this is when we bring out the calculator and start computing for grades.

And for a Mass Comm professor, numbers are no fun at all. (We're supposedly notoriously bad at math, which is true to some extent. Harhar.)