Our Dining Experience in Kuya J's Restaurant

Today is a special day for my family because it is my mother's birthday. I thought I won't be able to join her and dad in their dinner tonight because I wasn't feeling well since last week. Luckily, I was feeling better this afternoon, good enough to travel to SM Dasma for a dinner.

When we asked Mom where she wanted to eat, she can't seem to decide. We've eaten to most of the restaurants in that mall except for Kuya J's so we decided to eat there. Problem solved.

We checked the menu placed outside. Like we always do, we chose which meals to order first before entering the restaurant just so we can order quickly after being seated. I had my choices and so does my parents. Our minds were set for the meals. We we're excited as it was our first time to eat there. But the excitement did not last long.

Cutesy & Instagram Worthy Cafe in GenTri

One of the perks of having a car is getting to drive pass and discover newly opened restaurants and/or new attractions to visit next time. And that's exactly how we discovered this recently opened picture perfect cafe / refreshment shop in General Trias. Because it is located along the main road and because of its attracting interiors, there's a greater chance you will not miss this place.

FIDA Sewing and Arts School

As early as elementary, I was already into arts and crafts. But it was only back in college when I discovered my passion for fashion. I wasn't a fashionista before college. Yes, I do wear what's trendy but that was it. I don't worry about how I look; I was comfortable with jeans and branded shirts. When I started college and met students who dress well in class, I felt I needed to fit in. I bought magazines to check what's trendy, how to mix match dresses and well, visit the thrift shops (more known as ukay-ukay). And that's when my fashion interest kicked in.

I was an impulsive buyer. I bought any fashion garment I find beautiful even if I don't really have to wear it. Because of this behavior, my room was filled with garments I don't even wear. So I decided to sell them. That was the birth of my online shop.

After a while, I felt I needed to know more about fashion and the industry as a whole. I searched online for fashion schools and enrolled myself in one for a certificate fashion marketing course. It was the closest and the most convenient fashion school for me during that time. I remember wishing for a fashion school located within Calabarzon. Well, that wish was granted this year, around May when FIDA Sewing and Arts School officially opened its business in Silang Cavite.

Food Bazaar sa South

Bazaars has been an in thing for years now. I guess, consumers are more fond of buying bargain products than branded items nowadays. This is also why more and more online shops are being established and are using bazaars are their store fronts occasionally.

Aside from apparel and home & living products, numerous of food bazaars are also put up to cater not only for the regular consumers but most especially to the graveyard shift call center agents. Most of these bazaars are found in Metro Manila, and near the call center buildings. The nearest food bazaar in Cavite would be the ones in Alabang area.

But recently, a food bazaar was finally put up in Cavite, in a newly opened Starmall, near SM Molino. I was not able to visit the bazaar due to busy schedule. Months passed and it saddened me they no longer serve in Molino. Then after a few more weeks, I saw from my newsfeed they moved to Brentville. Though it was much farther from home, I took the chance to try them out.

Newest Bus Seat Booking in the Philippines

Public transportation is one of the important services in any country. Transportation not only brings a human being to their destination; deeper than that, transporation helps people achieve their goals or dreams, it brings people closer to opportunities and loved ones. It also makes people discover new things especially places. Without public transporation, both citizens and tourists will find it hard to move from one place to another.

Unlike Singapore which has an amazing public transporation system, Philippines has a terrible one. Commuters find it hard to take any public transporation. You can clearly see what I'm talking about during rush hour. The trains and buses are always packed. The traffic makes it a lot worst.

During special occasions especially during long weekend holidays, most of the bus terminals are packed! And the most annoying thing you could experience in a bus terminal is being in a long queu for hours and will later on find out, all bus tickets are sold. Yup, you stood there for nothing. You will be rescheduled for the next day or the next trip.

Look Fab on your Selfies with Free Makeup

When I was younger, aside from playing ball games and gameboy, I also played with Barbie dolls. My grandmother spoiled me with almost any doll - from Barbie down to Kelly. I remember dressing up Barbie and even putting makeup on her face. Yes. Heard it right, I put makeup on Barbie using colorful mini markers. I usually change her lipstick, put eyeliner and eyeshadow. I always have a facial astringent and a cotton ball with me to erase it after a few minutes.

Contrary to my enjoyment in putting makeup on Barbie, I was too lazy to put anything on my face when I grew older. Those who knows me know I don't put heavy makeup on. I usually just use loose powder and lipstick. Yup, that's about it. I'm really not the kikay kind.

Why I'm Loving CBTL

It was only recently that I began having coffee at CBTL. Thanks to Belle de Jour for pushing me to finally try them out. Before seeing the wonderful coupons that came with the planner, I have been wanting to try them out. Other bloggers  have been posting about CBTL which really caught my interest. However, because there's no CBTL near me, I couldn't find the right timing to try them out when I'm in Manila. But when I stayed in Fairview for a couple of days for a store opening event, I got to finally check them out.

5 Things I Did Not Like About Blogapalooza Horizons (2016)

It's my second time attending Blogapalooza. This year, it was held in Prosperity Hall, Elements, Eton Centris. If last year, I stated the brands that caught my attention, this time I will be stating the not-so-obvious things I did not like about Blogapalooza. Be an open-mind, okay? Hehe. Warning: I have a bad humor so please don't take this post too seriously.

Lunch Break Reading List

Until relatively recently students and all the teenagers were obsessed with the digital devices and social networks while they had at least some free time. Texting was the only way to rest and have fun. Right now the trend has changed and more and more adolescents are turning to reading books not only from the 21 st century but also the classic splendors of America, British, and other authors. Books as “The great Gatsby”, “Norwegian wood”, “The perks of being a wallflower”, “Crime and punishment”, “A farewell to arms”, “To kill a Mockingbird”, “Uncle Tom's cabin”, “The art of happiness” etc. Some girls may have an interest in the light-weight books about the everyday life of women from diverse walks of life. To such individuals, we may offer such literature as “The devil wears Prada”, “Everyone worth knowing”, “The gone girl” and even more. Each of the books will reverberate in the hearts of young readers. Sometimes you will see yourself in the heroes' characters and the situations they find themselves in. At times, reading will help you to surmount your inner fears or obstacles in your life by reevaluating events and looking at the situation from another perspective. Books can also enrich the vocabulary and become a way to help with writing an essay in the future. Perhaps your literary talents were hidden?

Slushhh at SM Dasmariñas

Though it has been raining nowadays, we can still feel terrible heat of summer. Try standing outdoors and you'll feel your sweat dripping down your skin by just a few minutes. With this kind of temperature, we have to stay hydrated. Of course, drinking water is the best thing to do but you can also choose an iced cold drink with different flavors.

MoringaO2 Anti-Hair Fall Products

I have been suffering hair fall problem since college. It's annoying and embarrassing at the same time. That's why when I found out about MoringaO2, I really wanted to try it.  I first knew about MoringaO2 through Team Kramer and next from  www.sampleroom.ph. When SampleRoom had it, I was very happy but unfortunately, my sampleroom points weren't enough to get a sample. I kept going back to the mall near me before but they didn't have this yet. It took months before they had these on their shelves.

Chef Logro's Buffet in Cavite

Living in a province has advantages and disadvantages. We don't have to live with EDSA traffic however, we are often left behind with the latest food destinations and newly opened fashion stores because it's usually located only within Metro Manila.

A good example would be buffets. Most of the most talked-about buffets are located in Metro Manila. A 3-hour drive just to eat in a buffet could be a big hassle. So we don't get to experience what Metro Manila people are enjoying.

Celebrate Your Purpose Workshop

I guess we all feel lost because we are so busy trying to be successful in our chosen careers, trying to please people, trying to get that 6-digit figure in our bank accounts, trying to compete just to be the best and subconsciously trying to be someone we're not. We get so caught up to these things that we lose focus and forget what we actually want, what makes us happy and what our purpose in life really is. Frankly, I've been to this stage many times and it's stressful. It feels bad not being able to meet the expectations other people. More so, it feels worst not being able to be the kind of person your parents expects you to be. I knew I needed guidance. I almost went to a priest for a talk. But a wonderful opportunity opened its doors for me. I was invited to join the Celebrate Your Purpose Workshop.

The Sandwich Guy at SM Dasma

As I was walking around SM Dasmarinas last month, I discovered a new food space which serves sandwiches and other light meals. I never heard about The Sandwich Guy before and I never heard of it opening in SM Dasma. It just so happened I was walking to BDO bank when I discovered them. They're located in front of Ace Hardware and under the escalator. I wasn't busy that day so I took the chance to try them out.

SYRUP, A Hilarious Marketing Movie

After reading Everyone Can Be Creative, I looked back at my college life and remembered all the projects we had to do, the brilliant campaigns we came up with and everything else related to my course. Then I remembered the movie my good friend Jomar introduced to me a few years back. It's a movie that tackles the kind of world marketing and advertising has. It's a hilarious marketing movie and a romantic comedy movie combined.

Book Review: Everyone Can Be Creative

As a child, were you the type who'd rather hold crayons than pencils? Would you rather paint than solve math problems? Are you more into music notes than into grammar lessons? If yes is your answer to these questions, I'm pretty sure you've heard other people tell your parent that you'd be a creative person when you grow up. But that's not the case. You see, when I was younger, I'm more into sports - running, soccer, basketball, swimming and even cricket but I did not end up being an athlete. I was somehow led to a creative course. It goes to show everyone can be creative... in our own little ways.

8 Things You Can Do At Buku Buku Kafe

I honestly have grown tired of the regular cafe and restaurants. There are times I want a quiet time in a coffee shop and that's when I go to the less populated ones. But then there are those times I want to do or experience other things in one place. And I'm super glad that this cafe near me does the job.

Blogger's Guide in Attending Blogapalooza

It's that time of the year again when bloggers and businesses connect and begins a fruitful relationship with one another. It's a memorable event for most bloggers because this is where they take their blogs in a whole new level and find new friends: #BloggerSquad. Hehe. It's time for another Blogapalooza Moment! Here's are a few reminders for those attending this event:

Cabalen, SM Dasmarinas

If you've read my previous posts, you'd know that I'm always visiting this well-known buffet restaurant in Mall of Asia. Though I have heard of other buffet restaurants in Manila, we've never got the chance to try them. One of those buffet resto is Cabalen. We've passed its MOA and ATC branches many times and my dad keeps bugging us to try them yet we always give it a pass either because we were in a hurry or that we were already full. But when they opened a branch here at SM Dasmariñas recently, it was more convenient for us; it was much easier to find the right time to visit.

Kettle Restaurant in Resort's World Manila

I do believe that visual impact is very important in business. If you own a boutique, your visual merchandising should be the best to encourage the window shoppers to go inside and eventually buy something. It's equally important for restaurants especially if it's new in the industry. Same as the boutique, restaurants should make their interiors pleasing and/or interesting to the eyes of the customers so they'd want to try you out. Good ambiance is one of the main things consumers look for. And that's what makes me want to try new restaurants too.

Seascape Resort, Batangas

Batangas is known for the numerous beaches and resorts. Though my dad's family lives within the province, we rarely get to explore the different beach resorts near us. But late last year, we went to celebrate our family's reunion in one of the resorts in Bauan, Batangas. Coincidentally, it's owned by my mom's friend so we got good discounts. Unlike other resorts that are usually found near the beach, this resort was far from one and was in a high area of the municipality. It was quite unusual for us but we had a very private and fun time there. We did enjoy our stay in Seascape Resort.

How much are you willing to spend to recover lost files?

I don't know about you but I'm really attached with photographs. I treasure photographs because its a visual representation of the memories I have. I can't afford to lose any of them unless I deleted it myself. So you can just imagine my frustration when I learned that an entire folder containing four (4) years of memories was gone from my external drive. I, nor my mom, can't remember accidentally deleting it. It was a big mystery up to this date why it got deleted.

I almost lost hope. I messaged different people I know who might have knowledge on how to retrieve files. They recommended different software applications but only one of the suggestions really worked for me: the EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard

Bag of Beans, Twin Lakes

Your Tagaytay trip will not be complete if you won't drop by Bag of Beans branch. Currently, they have four (4) branches: near Mendez crossing (main), Twin Lakes, near Olivarez rotonda and another along the highway. Though the Twin Lakes branch is the farthest especially for those coming from Manila, yet a lot visits there. Why? Read on!

Everyday Kath Book Review

One of the most awaited and most talked about book this year by a celebrity is now out in the market and today, it is officially being launched at Eastwood Mall Atrium. Published by Summit Book, #EverydayKath is a book by Kathryn Bernardo where she shares 365 ways on how to be a Teen Queen.

Honestly, I'm not a Kathryn Bernardo fan but because I have seen her grow up - from the cutesy kikay little girl Maya to now the Kathryn Bernardo in KathNiel - it somehow interests me to know more about her life as the Teen Queen. That's the main reason I bought this book and through this post, I will give you an idea what's inside; what I loved about it and what I wished it should have had.

Please don't rush me. I'll get to that someday.

A year after my last break up, my family and friends kept asking me if I have someone new as if it was that easy to get back up. Maybe they got so used to seeing me skip from one guy to another. Maybe they thought I'm still that easy-go-lucky young lady who goes out with any guy she feels like dating. Little did they know, a lot have changed from my last relationship.

It's true that I was hurt badly. It was too painful that even to this day, whenever I think of it, it still hurts. And the reason I still get hurt is the same reason why I'm still single: My trust was broken.

Meeting Mark Zuckerberg and Abby's Facebook Friends Day Experience

Last January 31, 2016, fellow Filipino Abby Asistio flew to San Francisco and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen as one of the eighteen invited by Facebook on their 12th Anniversary Friends Day celebration with California-based Alopecia awareness advocate, Rachel Regal.  Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which results in partial or total head and body hair loss.  Abby Asistio have had it since she was four while Rachel just developed it sometime in 2012, the same year she discovered that her 10-year-old daughter, Eliana, had it, too.  Six inspiring stories were picked by Facebook among its 1.64 billion users and Abby’s friends were all amazed when theye’ve found out that Abby’s Alopecia story was one of them.  Imagine that!

Megaworld Partners With Lamudi Philippines

As the Philippines’ Internet landscape continues to grow, along with it is the way that brands and consumers do business. For the real estate industry, easy and real-time viewing of the property is the fast-emerging trend.

Realizing the importance of the digital evolution, real estate giant Megaworld has partnered with online property portal Lamudi Philippines to strengthen its online campaign for San Antonio Residence, a new Makati project that eyes tech-savvy millennials as a primary market.

Think Smart and Vote Right

(c) www.mb.com.ph

It's not a secret to anyone that Philippines, just like some other third world countries, is experiencing serious government corruption. It did not just happen last year or a few years ago. It has been happening in our government for ages!

Looking back at news reports, online articles and even stories from the elders, you'd find out that even before, there are already rallies against the government. The president and other politicians are being thrown out from position. And it's repeatedly happening up to this date.

Zark's Burgers at SM Dasma

I honestly can't remember where I heard about Zark's. I don't know much about this burger house but I heard their branches are always full. So when people from Dasmariñas and nearby municipalities knew they'd be opening a branch at SMD, they expressed their excitement in their Facebook page. And because I haven't tried them yet, it made me excited too!

Review of Brod Pete's #Basa

A lot of celebrities are publishing books. Most of them are women from the Kapamilya network and most books are about fashion, beauty and/or relationships. But as my eyes scanned the shelves of National Bookstore, I found a new face... a new celebrity author... a new book to read and review: Brod Pete's #Basa.

#BloggersDayOut at the National Museum

For the whole month of March, the National Museum have made their admissions free for female visitors to celebrate the National Women's Month. Initially, I wanted female bloggers from our Facebook group to take this opportunity to meet each other and to appreciate and learn more about the artworks within our National Museum. Unfortunately, our schedules did not meet. Some had other priorities to do that day so it was only me, Melanee and Arrianne who went to explore the museum.

Beat the summer heat and #TasteTheChill with Sosro Fruit Tea Freeze

Cold bottled drinks are what we automatically look for when we can no longer stand heat. Some people avoid drinking juice or iced tea drinks because according to most consumers, it makes them more thirsty. But after discovering Sosro Fruit Tea last Blogapalooza, I tell you, this is definitely a refreshing drink you'd enjoy on your summer getaways.

Shop & Make Art with SM Malls

Just when I thought adult coloring have ended, SM Supermalls hosted a Shop & Make Art contest. This contest is open to all SM Supermall shoppers with a minimum single receipt of Php2,000. The receipt may come from any of the brands or boutiques within an SM Mall. Read more below for the basic mechanics.

A Peek to CYMA's New Menu #EatGreekEatGreat

Santorini Greece inspired hotels are increasing in our country. Many local tourists are enjoying the ambiance of a Greek accommodation but it makes me wonder... if those local tourists have tasted a Greek inspired meal? Personally, I haven't been to a Santorini inspired resort but fortunately, I have been into a Greek Taverna and it was an OPA experience! So without further ado, I introduce to you...


Stop surfing the net and learn the real surfing with TropicalSwells

Summer is just around the corner! And, what does that mean? Sun. Sand. And SURF! Why not?

All of us already know that surfing is an exhilarating extreme sport. Immersing yourself into a surfer’s culture brings benefits that make it one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences of your life.

Fitness. Build your more than usual dream “beach bod.” Surfing a physically demanding activity, but a fun one at that. You engage your entire body when you start to surf. The more you surf, the more motivated you become to becoming fit and healthy. When you’re healthy, you give instantly give yourself a confidence boost.

Now, imagine yourself in an amazingly ripped physique while you’re ripping those waves.

Awful Experience at Hidden Tapsihan

We have been hearing about Hidden Tapsihan from different people and across the social media platforms. It's the main reason why we wanted to try them out. But we only got to visit a branch last Sunday (March 13, 2016). We were travelling back home from Antipolo when I thought of dropping by their Centennial Road branch. My dad, mom and uncles agreed so we did.

Budget Friendly Coffee Frappe: Foss Coffee

I have been passing by this kiosk in SM Dasma Food Court but only got to try it two (2) weeks ago. I have this mentality that if a drink or food is cheap, the taste or quality could be compromised. Though I've seen this Foss Coffee kiosk with many customers, it never really got me interested. But one day, the fruit shake I wanted was not available. I was really thirsty and this was the closest kiosk to turn to. I decided to finally give them a try.


Quezon City – Three out of five women have experienced a form of sexual harassment while commuting in Metro Manila, according to a new research, “Baseline Study on How safe are women in our city streets” commissioned by Quezon City local government and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women).

FAQ: How To Price Sponsored Posts or An Ad Space in your Blog?

I have been asked by most newbie bloggers this question: "How do you price your blog ads?" or "How much do you charge your sponsored posts?". With all honesty, I don't have specific blog rates myself. As of the moment, I post sponsored posts in exchange of tokens like free stay for hotel accommodation posts, or a gift check for food/beverage posts. But of course, now, I'm also thinking for earning from this blog in order for me to maintain it. I have found and kept helpful articles about pricing/earning from your blog. These are not Philippine based articles but it will at least give you an idea how you would price your blogging services.

Introducing HeyKuya!

Do you also realize how busy our lives have become? Most of us rarely have time for travel vacay with family or friends. Our planners and/or calendars seems to be always full of tasks. We have so much things on our minds that we forget the simplest things. We are rushing through different deadlines which causes us to comprise some of our to-dos. But guess what? The other day, I saw from TV Patrol a new collaborative consumption service for Filipinos: the Hey Kuya!

An Update On Pyromusical Competition 2016

For the past two (2) Saturdays, it has been a challenging shoot for us pyro viewers as there was too much smoke during the pyrotechnic show. Though it was hard to appreciate the fireworks because of that circumstance, the countries for the past two Saturdays had their own ways of standing out.

IHOP's Beef Tapa

They say that a good way to start the morning is to eat breakfast. I have always believed in that because having a wonderful breakfast energizes our bodies which affects the kind of attitude we have for the long day ahead.

I needed a good breakfast the other day due to the tiring but fun event I attended. So when I woke up, I started scrolling through Zomato for restaurant suggestions within the area I'm in. I came across IHOP and remembered a post I saw from my Facebook newsfeed about their Beef Tapa. Without second thoughts, I got up, prepared myself and headed to their Mall of Asia branch.

Attend the Pyromusical Competition For These Reasons

The Philippine Pyromusical Competition is an annual event held at SM Mall of Asia by the scenic. It showcases different pyrotechnic displays from different countries which lights up the Manila Bay sky with brilliant bursts of vivid colors. I have been attending this for years now and will never get tired of attending. Here's why I love attending this event:

Winners of the Pyromusical Competition From Year 1 to Year 6

I have been talking about the Pyromusical Competition lately. I met different people through this event and when they find out I've been watching this for a couple of years now, they usually ask me who were the winners from the past years. That gave me an idea to share with you the winners of the Pyromusical Competition from year 1 to year 6.

Below are the short clips of the fireworks display of the grand champions from past years while I provided direct links to the videos of the other countries for your reference. 

Italy vs. United Kingdom

If you're following me on Facebook, you'll know that I was at Mall of Asia early yesterday for the #MOAPyro2016. I wanted to secure a good spot to take photos. I was excited to see United Kingdom's entry as they are one of the countries that are always on the top 3 winners. I was not wrong. It was worth the time, effort and money! Italy's performance this year was surprising too! It was better than last year's entry, though I think it's a different group or team.

Allow me to share with you some of my shots from last night's show.

Prequel of #BeforeIDo: What Am I To You

The first book of Kath got me really hooked! Now, there's a new book I'm excited to share to you: What Am I To You, prequel of the book, Before I Do. The first episode is out at Bookbed and according to the author, Bookbed will be releasing the other episodes or chapters every Tuesday or Thursday evening. There's something new to look forward to every week!

Cat Scratches: Not afraid of it.

Cats are one of the adorable pets humans from different parts of the world can own. But unfortunately, one of the main reason why most hate cats is because they scratch. Men are not into cats, while some women are just too afraid at how mean cats can become. So I'm here to share with you why I personally love cats and why I'm not afraid of their scratches anymore.

Pyromusical Competition 2016 Opening

I have been attending the Pyromusical Competition for a couple of years now and I will never get tired watching it. I was again able to attend the opening by our very own, Platinum Fireworks Inc., followed by the first competitor's (Luso Pirotecnia of Portugal) fireworks display entry. It was my first time to watch it with my parents. It was my parents' first time to watch a 15-20 minute firework display and I'm glad they enjoyed it. Matter of fact, we will be watching it again tomorrow.

Below are few shots I took during the fireworks display from both country (Philippines and Portugal). These may not be the best firework photographs you'll see but know that I'm slowly learning and improving year by year. Hehe.

Hello Shell Residences!

Yesterday was the viewing of my Kuya Mac's condo unit. I was invited to take photos of the unit and help him with the interior designing. I was excited to see how Shell Residences look like inside and what's their difference from the Sea Residences which my other uncle has a unit in; and where we have always stayed in when we're at Manila for a couple of days stay.

Our Experience at Giligan's, Mall of Asia Branch

Last night, we were at Mall of Asia for dinner after Kuya Mac's condo viewing at Shell Residences. We were very hungry and since we were already walking along seaside, we decided to choose a restaurant within the area. We didn't want to go to buffets last night so we decided to go for Giligans. We knew our orders would arrive quite late than usual as there was a lot of crowd outside but we didn't expect to wait for our order for an hour! Worst is, our order were incomplete.
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