Thursday, June 29, 2017

Leyte 2017: San Juanico Bridge

San Juanico Bridge is the Philippines' Golden Gate Bridge.

Did we have enough time that afternoon, I would have preferred walking along the bridge from Leyte to Samar. Yep, that's 2.16 km - the length of the Philippines' longest bridge. 

It's prohibited to park in the bridge. Refer to the sign on my right, it says no parking. 

I don't know if they're doing something like a San Juanico Strait Cruise these days but that will be awesome. Flash back to when we did the Boat Sunset Tour in Pier 49, San Francisco, California link: here.

Your option though is to go down your vehicle and ask the driver to continue to Samar. Either he/she's gonna wait for you there or he/she's gonna turn around to pick you up. The latter was our instruction since we were catching a flight back to Manila that night. Hinabol lang namin 'to. 

Wander Sarong <3

You can actually feel the vibration from the passing vehicles especially from the larger ones.

It was drizzling in Leyte but that didn't stop us from taking pictures in this very beautiful bridge.

It reminded me so much of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco link: here.

Think of the islets it has as Alcatraz Island. As in. With the fog and the red color, Golden Gate na Golden Gate, bes. Mas maliit pero pwede na. 

It connects Samar and Leyte so the bridge's shape is S and L which are the first letters of the provinces it connects. Nice, diba.. :))

And may kalye picture, of course. :))

Hopefully, when I am able to return to this part of the Philippines, I'll be able to cross the bridge, reach and explore Samar as well. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

V&M's CPC+G Oil Review

I've recently posted about the online store, BeautyMNL where I bought my CPC+G Oil last May 30, 2017.

My haul post: here.

CPC+G, according to V&M's website, means Citric Acid – Papain – Calamansi plus Grapefruit Extract. I am also borrowing their description of this product: This mixture does not only effectively whiten the skin, it also makes skin healthier because of its Vitamin A, C, E, pottasium and other more essential minerals content! This concoction may be used for the face and body. Ingredients: Clair Blanche, Papain, Calamansi, Grapefruit Extract

Basically, this is a whitening/lightening oil which you can combine with your creams and lotions or just use it as it is to target dark spots/acne marks. 

I'm showing you some pictures so please click read more. Di ko keri, besh. Shy ako. :))) char

BeautyMNL Haul

Since August last year, I have been online shopping here at BeautyMNL but I never got the chance to post about them until now. What made me decide to blog about them?

Last night, I saw their post in Facebook about the flash sale that was ongoing for 48 hours. I decided to check which products were available and I saw that most V&M products were included so I bought some stuff even though I had just ordered some products three weeks ago. 

Today, I was at the mall and since it's a Saturday, it's understandable that it'll get so crowded. Even if I love going out, I dislike crowds. Not to mention the TRAFFIC. Bes, move on na. Galaw na. Ilang taon ka ng stuck. (Chos. Humugot pa rin. Haha!)

When I went home, I found the things I ordered last night on the table already.

What's with the backstory?

I just felt that I had to share the major difference of ordering online and choosing to go to mall: convenience. 

The reason why I always lean to ordering at BeautyMNL rather than physical shopping is the (1) convenience it gives. With just a few clicks on a week night, I can expect the products I bought to be delivered at home the next day. 

Apart from the convenience, (2) they post a lot of articles reviewing the products and even the users have review sections so you can compare opinions before hitting that "Add to Cart" button. It's a surer way that you're getting the products that are effective. Plus, (3) they also have freebies sometimes. Free stuff are always welcome, BeautyMNL. (4) And if you like reviewing beauty products then for every 30 products that you've successfully reviewed, you get 300 worth of credits that you may use to buy more products.

As for my most recent haul...

For the flash sale, I bought V&M's Bikini Bomb, V&M's CPC+G Oil, Esfolio's Pearl Essence Mask Sheet, Brushes, V&M's Mineral Concealer. 

My other haul, I got Biore BB Cream, Skin Genie Exfoliating Detox Masque in Purple White, Skin Genie's Creamy Peach lip and cheek tint, Skin Potion's Tomato Serum, Mizon's Eye Cream.

The small origin's mask is a freebie I got from my other order.

I bought my first CPC+G Oil last May 30 (according to my BeautyMNL transaction records) but seeing it on sale, I decided to get another bottle. Hoarding tendencies. :)))) HAHAHA. The Bikini Bomb, I got some time last year but I don't use it religiously on my knees.

V&M's CPC+G Oil Review: here.

They recently posted a review of this on their splurge or save videos, so seeing it on sale (50% off), I decided to get one for my under eyes. 

So this has been my haul.

I might review beauty products again but I currently have a lot of backlogs but... yeaaaaahhh baka sipagin. :))

Friday, June 23, 2017

After All Bar and Grill, Jazz Residences, Makati

Every memory repeats,
Every step I take retreats,
Every journey always brings me back to you... food. 

Don't you just love hanging out in a chill place with your friends? I haven't been doing that recently so while in After All Bar&Grill in Jazz Residences, Makati, I was reminded of those good times. It's always a nice thing to reconnect and chat with friends AFTER ALL. 

This Bar and Grill started because a group of friends felt that business and fun can go together. That's the reason why they set-up a place where you can have good food, good music, and of course, good laughter. 

The name After All was chosen to commemorate all the years that the group have been together. And these tables, will now be the place to create new memories not only for the owners but for us, customers, as well. It's all about the memories we're making with our loved ones after all, right?? :))

This is their bar.

They have myriad choices of craft cocktails that are of high quality for sure but the price remains reasonable so you can afford to order more drinks. Haha! Who drinks only one cocktail for the whole night, by the way? 

While they serve food that are usually "pang pulutan" you'd probably order rice. So the table set-up's good too. You can comfortable sit in a table while listening to the band and while drinking and eating. 

These "finger foods" are so delicious. I need my rice. :))


signature spin to the Cuban libre with a lime infused salted sugar rim

Romanian Deviled Squid

tender squid seasoned with herbs de provence and spiced with cayenne chilli sauce

OMG, hindi ko alam kung anong 'to. hehehe

Deep-fried Crispy Pata

This was chopped after picture taking so it was very easy to eat. Perfect with the vinegar specially its crunchy skin. huhu

Saikoro Steak Skewers

a popular izakaya dish of pan-grilled skewered cubes of wagyu beef

This skewer smelled so good that even if we wanted to take pictures of all the food first before eating, we got a stick each. Tastes as good as it looks! 

Tuna Salpicao

classic favorite of shrimps and garlic sauteed in olive oil with tomato sauce

Seafood Teppanyaki

A medley of soy and garlic seasoned seafood cooked on a hot griddle

After Sunset

a secret blend of four different fruits spiked with jose cuervo

Apart from its color, this was my favorite cocktail for that night. 

Waikiki Ribs

Tender Pork Ribs smothered with a rich barbecue sauce

Their version of sisig. 

Notice that they don't have a specific cuisine but their food selections are a mixture of Filipino, Spanish, Japanese, etc. cuisines which is actually cool. The different cuisine is like showing the different people that go there to chill 'cause on most days (nights, rather), you'd notice that the place is filled with people of different nationalities too. Ansaya. 

Band for that night. Such a good way to end the day.

Since they're still new, more food options will be available in the next few weeks so watch out for the breakfast and lunch options. Pero 'yung cocktails talaga ehh. :)

Band Schedule of After All Bar and Grill

G/F Jazz Residences Nicanor Garcia cor. Jupiter Street, Makati City
028163652/ 09062181251

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Unlimited Ribs at Rib City, Maginhawa, Quezon City

Craving for unli ribs, tempura and wings? Here's one restaurant you should visit here in Quezon City. Maginhawa's Rib City.

Aside from their unlimited promo that is now "for keeps", you have these ala carte dishes that you can order. 

For only P 458.00/person, you can avail of the unlimited tempura, ribs, wings, side dishes and drinks. Grabe, sulit na sulit! Halos presyo ng wings and ribs lang 'yang P 458,00 eh. 

Look at those nacho toppings! 

Loved how tender and flavorful their ribs are. Good thing it's unli 'cause one's not enough. :))

Sample of the sides. You'll have fries, pesto, mashed potato, macaroni salad, coleslaw, mushroom

Their wings. 

Oo. Just friends.

I enjoyed looking at all the photos hung on their wall especially these below that are displayed on the second floor. 

I'll take the ANG QT NG QC title anytime though instead of team bigatin but I'm always nasa side ng TEAM BIGATIN. Chos :))

After looking at the frames hung upstairs, we headed down and it was time for dessert.

We were served brownie ala mode, cheesecake with quezo de bola, and cheesecake with white chocolate sauce. 

Cheesecake with white chocolate sauce was my favorite of all the three desserts. Take note that I am not into white chocolates so liking this was a surprise. 

Maginhawa Street, UP Village
1101 Quezon City, Philippines

Contact number: 2380844

Mondays – Thursdays, Sundays 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

Fridays – Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:00 MN

Thanks, Aldous and Rib City for having us! :D

Behold Bohol 2017: Sunrise and Dolphin Watching

Woke up early for this! :))

Ang lungkot ng pictures, besh. :)) Ang gloomy kasi nun. haha!

Pero hindi eh, masaya ko nun kahit gloomy 'yung weather. There's something magical with watching the dolphins swimming around the boats you're riding. :)) Ewan, ansaya. 

I've done and watched them before but this felt like the first time. Ewan. Nakakatuwa. 

Watching the trained dolphins in a show (like that of San Diego's Sea World link: here) didn't feel special as much as watching them in their natural habitat. :))

This dolphin watching at Pamilacan island was our first itinerary for that day.

Balicasag Snorkeling/Free Diving
Virgin Island Sandbar

I have no contact numbers to share with you since I lost all my contacts when I reformatted my cellphone. Haaay, uso kasi mag-link sa google contacts, Tin.

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