Saturday, October 21, 2017

Baguio 2017: Itinerary and other places to visit in Baguio

^Bongga, 'di ba? May pa video. :))

Edi ang dami ko ng utang na post pero inuuna ko pa rin 'tong Baguio 2017 itinerary. :)) Uhhm, kasi ang galing. Every year akong nakapag-Baguio since 2014. Sana makabalik ako for this year's Christmas Village in Baguio Country Club. Haay

Anyway, before going there this year, we searched for "other places to visit in Baguio" and "other side of Baguio" but only came up with horror attractions. lol. Didn't want to go there. Hahaha. Tam-awan Village and Bencab musem were options but we didn't have enough time. 

Almost the same itinerary as the one I posted back in 2014.

Day 2 (Benguet Area)

Tam-Awan Village
La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Bell Church
Stobosa Artwork
Night Market/Walwal Night/Bar at Session Road lolz haha

Day 3:

Continue City Tour:
Mines View Park

Good Shepherd
Wright Park
The Mansion
Botanical Gardens

*Souvenirs can be bought at Mines View Park area and Wet Market

Some pictures I posted on Instagram:

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Stobosa Artwork

 La Trinidad Route can include Tam-Awan Village, Strawberry Farm, Stobosa Artwork, and Bell Church. You may hire cabs but there are jeepneys plying here so just ask around.

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It was Sunday night when we went here. The night market along Harrison street started at 10 PM.

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I usually go to SM Baguio for that overlooking spot but the parking area in Baguio Cathedral is a good picture spot too. The picture above was taken there.

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These landmark replicas were the best discovery of Baguio 2017. :)))

In just one hour, we were able to go around Japan, Korea, China and USA. <3

Travel Goals. hehe. Someday! :D

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Hi dawg!!! :)) Can't resist taking pictures with this cutiepie eventhough two shots costs 50.00. haha. Sana lang worth it 'yun sa maintenance nitong St. Bernard na 'to.

You want one but can't go to Baguio?

You may go to Bengal Brews in Cubao link: here.

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Baguio Brewery! <3

Katuparan ng craft beer sampler kong di ko nagawa sa Vietnam. :))

But I loved this more though. I'll choose these beers especially 'cause they're drank with view overlooking Baguio. Ganda ng location and ang sarap ng beers. Haha. Would love to be back!

See you again, Baguio!! :D

Or better yet, Sagada and Mt. Kupapey!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Vu's Bar, Marco Polo, Ortigas

I love being in high places. I love overlooking views. But more importantly, I love quiet places.

Vu's Bar in Marco Polo, Ortigas is exactly what I want whenever I want to experience those night outs. 

Situated in Ortigas, it's still high enough to escape the noise of the Metro. lol. :))

Price point may be steep but that's expected since it's in a five star hotel but very worth it though for that peace and quiet.

There is indoor seating and there is outdoor. If you want to sit outside, come early 'cause there are only few tables in this area.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Maybelline's Powder Matte in Toasted Brown

I told myself that I am not buying anymore lipstick and I stuck with that for several months until Maybelline launched its newest "inti-matte collection" which is on sale until the October 29, 2017. As much as I like to get all of the 10 colors, I only got one in the shade TOASTED BROWN. Well, meron pa naman ilang araw. Hahaha. I'm thinking of getting Raw Cocoa and/or Almond Pink while they're still priced at P 199.00 per bullet. But let's see. 

Last year, I posted a review of Nude Nuance and Clay Crush link: here. 

Compared to the formulation of their creamy mattes lipstick, I found powder mattes lighter on the lips. 

I wore a lipstick prior to my first swatch so in the picture above, my lips are quite stained. Below are several selfies taken on different locations 'cause I'm vain like that and it's practically the only lipstick I wore since the day of purchase.

*I thought that I am successful in lengthening my eyelashes until I saw my post dated 2012. Link: here. Bakit parang mas maganda pa ko dati? :((( HAHAHA CHAR. Mas mahaba pa ata eyelashes ko noon. :( Tssss. Or effective kasi mag tightline? Idk. haha. All I know is that my eye lashes don't hold curls for a long time anymore. Tumigas na ulo. :(

Maybelline's Powder Matte in Toasted Brown.


The color turnout is the best lipstick for my MLBB - my lips but better. And if feels natural on the lips. Definitely without the sticky feeling I usually have whenever it's liquid lipstick I'm wearing. 

Gone are the days when I'd always go out wearing bold and bright lipsticks. Huhuhu. I kinda miss my reds, corals and oranges too but I became more comfortable in wearing nudes especially during day time. 

Above swatches are: toasted brown, nude nuance, clay crush, toasted brown

Toasted Brown

Looks like I'm not wearing any lipstick but definitely better than my bare lips which can be very pale on some days. Above, I have only applied Innisfree's Blur Free Mineral powder. I'll be reviewing that soon too. 

I'm also thinking of having my hair cut again. Yes, that time for a drastic haircut. From long to shoulder length kaso anlaki ng mukha ko these days kasi. Huhu. Well, malaki naman talaga pero mas malaki ngayon kasi I've gained nothing but weight ganern. hahaha. 

Look how stubborn my eye lashes are these days. They don't hold curls. Thinking if I should have them permed again... 

Ayan, so aside from showing you how Toasted Brown looks like on me, nilagay ko na rin problema ko. hahaha. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2D1N Dingalan, Aurora 2017: DIY Tips, Itinerary, and Budget

While there are day tour trips that are offered to this place for as low as P 999.00 per person, we opted to DIY since we wanted to do an overnight trip. Great choice for us since we had the whole place to ourselves for two days! :))

We left Cubao at 3 AM. That was the first trip of Five Star Bus Company to Cabanatuan.  (P 185.00)

Upon arrival to Cabanatuan, we rode an FX to Dingalan, Aurora. (P 100.00)

At the FX terminal, we rode a tricycle to Feeder Port. (P 20.00)

Finding feeder port is a crucial part of this trip. Chos. haha! 'Cause it's in Feeder port where you'll find the Tourism Desk and people who'll help you plan for your trip if you're like us who didn't research beforehand. Dingalan, Aurora is welcoming tourists and have started applying standardized rates for everyone so better go there in groups of four above for a cheaper trip. Only two of us shared the expenses so it was quite expensive but we spent less than 2,000 PHP each for what felt like a private get-away. Not bad.

Matawe Beach and Rock Formation

Beach and Rock Formation is free but tricycle ride costs P 250.00

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Tan-Awan Falls

We had to pay P 20.00 each for the entrance to the falls, and same with the beach P 250.00 for a tricycle ride.

For both Tan-Awan Falls and Rock Formation, we also had to pay for a tour guide fee but I lost my list of amount so...

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We opted for a trek instead of riding a boat. 

It was P 250.00 for a two way trek and another P 250.00 to the Batanes of the East. 

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White Beach

Access to the beach was free but we rented a kayak so it was P 200.00 per hour of use.

DBR Lodge and Feeder Port

DBR Lodge was P 300.00/night for the non-airconditioned room.

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Contact Numbers:
Ate Ivy - Tourism Office - 09167312085

Kuya Albert - Tour Guide Association President - 09269639831

Kuya/Pastor Ed - Our Tour Guide for 2 days -  09482630362

So this is all for Dingalan, Aurora.

Okay naman. Masaya.

Di ngalan kami.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

One Plus Coffee, Circuit, Makati

One (overwhelming) thing about being a food blogger is people asking me for opinions regarding food establishments. I remember I've faced questions regarding co-working spaces here in Quezon City but I don't know of any.

Thanks to One Plus Coffee, it's not anymore "I don't know" but "I know one in Makati."

One Plus Coffee is both a co-working space and a coffee shop in Circuit, Makati. Although it was built with start-ups in mind, it still got a following of friends and families as soon as they introduced their meals. 

I love the interior of One Plus Coffee. In today's world, it's very Instagrammable.
They have a fast internet connection, long tables that are convenient for meetings and group studies and hanging wires where you can charge your gadgets such as laptops and cellphones. 

With Aldous and Jam, I got to try One Plus Coffee's food selections and here they are below:

Caesar Salad 

Russian Salad

Both salads are straightforward, though I prefer the former more than the latter. Not only does it have a lot of bacon on top, haha, I am not usually a fan of olives. 

Szechuan Shrimp Balls

This was a new item in their menu. Something that I know I'd love even when chef just introduced this to us. This was sweet and tangy. The coating was crispy but the middle part remained soft and paired very well with its special sauce. 

As you've probably know by now (if you read this blog), I don't drink coffee but I still took a sip of both of these drinks.

Dark Devil and Nutella Mocha

I just don't know which is which. Anyway, as per its name, Nutella Mocha is a milder version of a hot coffee latte with a hint of Hazelnut and Chocolate. 

Caffeine is strong but Pasta is STRONGER! :)))))

Meaty Baked Lasagna

It's a perfect combination of meat, tomato and white sauce. Heavy enough for a dinner that will fill you up for an all-nighter.

Aglio Olio

I am not into spicy food but I told chef that this has to be my favorite of all.

You can taste the strong garlic flavor in this one though not overpowering and it's quite spicy that it's not "nakakaumay" As soon I told chef, he answered that this is actually their bestseller. Good job, taste buds for knowing which is which. lol. 

Yep. These days, offline is the new luxury. 

These two drinks above that look similar confused us. One is bitter because it's latte machiatto and the other one is sweet because it's Thai Latte. I loved the latter though plus it has a bonus whipped cream on top.

On the first bite, these wings were just plain sweet but after a while, your tongue would welcome that spiciness that's perfectly paired with their special sauce. 

 The drinks that were served that night.

Kiwi Lemonade and Sexy Cucumber Lemon are also in the picture. Yoko na lang sabihin kasi buti pa siya sexy... haha

I'm always practicing what I post when it comes to matcha. Adik ako online. Adik pa rin ako offline. :)))

Second to matcha, I loved their Alluring Strawberry Mocha too. Never mind the mocha, the strawberry tasted fresh and sweet. 

Their version of Potato Chips are big and thinly sliced potatoes that would make you reach for more even if you've eaten a lot already. 

Long tables are perfect for large groups, these round tables are perfect for smaller groups. 

I don't demand and just eat what's in front but that night, I had to ask for a matcha drink. Why? Because matcha. You can rarely go wrong with matcha. :))

"Kyah, pembarya."


"Kuya, may drawing ba 'yung matcha latte ninyo?"

He looked at me as if he was confused as to what I was saying and then answered, "Pwede naman po."

Only when he left did I realize that I should've said "Latte Art" instead of "drawing"

I like their hot latte more than their cold matcha latte not only because it has latte art and I'm so maarte but because it tastes more matcha. Yah know. Bitter matcha for bitter me. Char. 

The place's interior is very conducive and peaceful that it feels like you'll get a lot of good ideas and inspirations. 

They have a room that you can rent for meetings as well. 

Great Minds

Thank you po for having us!

It was also an intimate food event for us three, Jam and Aldous.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gastropark Inifinity, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Gastropark Infinity in Pasig will not only satisfy your hunger pangs but will also be able to provide you with art designs and food that are very "Instagrammable"

Upon entering, you'll see this swing with the Gastropark sign as the backdrop.
Any my dream picture... in Pasig.

Hahaha! I have always been fond of galaxy pictures and they have this painting on their wall.
With slight edit, mine looked like this.

A lot of people asked me what phone/camera I used and where this was because according to them, it looked legit. :))
Well, it is legit tho. Kasi wall painting lang naman 'yan.

Naka food park ka lang pero umabot ng galaxy. hehehe.
I'll start this post with the pictures of the  food stalls in Gastropark.

Btw, they now have their promos wherein each food stall has their "unli menu".

Meron silang pagkain na unlimited serving.

Taipei Kita
Taipei Kita, unli tofu bites!

Metromeat's Unli Bacon at P 249.00
Their longganisa burger's a must try, guys! 
Tokyo Tempura

Ball Shack

Mac and Cheese Balls... get some balls! :))

Brick Plate
 Chxy Wings
The Masala Bar
Loved their quesadilla!
Akala mo sweet pero... nothing naman pala.

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