Wednesday, December 29, 2010

First time in Bangkok! Day 1

Hello! December 2010 has been the busiest month of my year! And first activity for December was a trip to Bangkok! I went there with my mom and her business partners and my friend and we had a great time sight-seeing, shopping and of course, Eating!!

We left Manila via Flight PR730 but our flight was delayed because of this...

Not only is it traffic in our roads but our skies too? Planes were waiting in line for their turn to take off.
During the flight, I tried to take a nap but the movie Eat.Pray.Love was on and I haven't watched that yet! And after 3 hours, I saw the first glimpse of Thailand!


 The Suvarnabhumi Airport is packed with tourists! The lines to immigration feels like a sold out concert in the MOA open concert grounds! But fortunately, they are very efficient and going through immigration was a breeze. Usually I get free maps of the city in the airport but surprisingly, there was none. 


After that we were picked up by our Airport transfer service to our hotel. Good thing we were traveling with parents so we have this luxury! haha! I usually rough through it and save money by using public transportation.

We also came at a great time since Thailand is in a festive mood since they will be celebrating their King's Birthday so the streets were decked in gold! 

And I was very excited to see this...
Hot PINK taxis!! Haha I can't wait to ride in one! 
Our hotel is in the Sukhumvit Area and with just a few cartwheels will land you at the BTS Asok station. Their BTS is their skytrain and it is definitely an advantage that you stay in a hotel near a BTS station. I will write about our hotel on a different post! =D

After check-in, freshening up and a bit of rest, we were ready to explore the city!
We tried to get tickets from the machine without changing the language! Thankfully we saw the English button! We bought tickets to Siam since all the malls we want to visit are in that area like the famous MBK, Siam Center, Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery! But first, we had to fill our tummies first! We went to eat at Ban Khun Mae!
They serve traditional thai food and we were so hungry that we ate a lot! Haha! then we were off exploring! I saw a Goldilocks shop that just opened! =D
 And while walking the streets, we saw this!! haha! Sorry to the kids reading this! LOL! We were laughing at the sign and the locals were just staring at us and couldn't understand why we were laughing! By this time I wanted to have a foot massage since we were walking for so long but I decided to just carry on and have a massage elsewhere..=P

I was expecting a lot of shopping in Bangkok since everyone raves that you will shop till you drop here but I couldn't find things I wanna buy which is a weird feeling for a shopaholic! So I just enjoyed the sights and had fun!
When I travel, I usually go to their supermarkets to see the unique food that the locals buy but the grocery in Siam Paragon left me speechless! Inside is so posh! with sections for dried fruits, nuts and a take-away salad bar. We bought snacks for our early trip to the Floating Market the following day and I saw our favorite cooling powder sold cheap here so we stocked up on that! I didn't get to buy any clothes or cosmetics but I definitely bought lotsa food! =D


Cute cotton candy balls! 

Nuts of all kinds and flavors! And it's funny because thais are so nice when we asked them if we can have a sample of the nuts, they agreed! (Haha! typical pinoy loves free taste tests =P)

Also check out their gigantic Hello Panda!! We bought this and I got myself a Mango flavored YanYan! =D

It was a tiring first day so by 10pm, we were ready to go back and rest. The "Adults" decided to take a tuk-tuk so that they can get to the hotel faster while my friend and I decided to take the BTS home.
Good thing though since the traffic at that time was horrible! Guidebooks weren't exaggerating when they said that Traffic in Bangkok is BAD! 

Sorry for our lousy faces! It was a long day and we couldn't wait to get to the hotel to take a nice hot bath and sleep!!


Till next time! Watch out for more BKK Adventures! =D

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Back to Blogging!

I'm baaaack!! after a 2 month hiatus of not having a camera to blog! =D And my new cam came just in time for our Bangkok Trip!! =D

Meet... Lulu! my new Lumix LX-5!


Yay!! I'm psyched to be back to blogging! Stay tuned to hear about my trip to Bangkok and all the beauty finds and bargains I found there! It might come in handy if you decide to plan a trip there =D
I have a lot of products up for review and hopefully I get to it soonest! I owe so much to this blog already =) And to anyone reading this, Belated MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Looking forward to an awesome New Year!! =D

Keep Reading me!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Eulogy to a great friend

It's been a sad, sad couple of weeks for me. I lost my camera. It wasn't even stolen or left somewhere. One moment it was in the car, the next thing it's gone.

And you all know that part of blogging is to get pictures for documenting experiences and informing readers what a product or a place looks like and who would read a blog that doesn't have pictures? I'm not that great at describing and I usually let the pictures speak for themselves. And it really came at an unfortunate time since I really do have a lot to blog about lately. sigh. c'est la vie.

I'm not one to dwell on what I have lost so I am thinking positive that it was a sign to move on. (To a better camera? =P) The thought of camera hunting excites me but till then I'll pay my final respects to a great friend who has been witness to all happy gatherings with friends and family, for being with me when I travel and capture the beauty of places that words cannot describe and for not complaining to prolonged exposure to my face every time I take pictures for this blog (haha!) =P

Goodbye my friend you will be missed.

Rest in Peace Canon Ixus... you will be missed.

Hope to new beginnings..

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

Hi ladies! It has been a crazy past few weeks for me! Nyay.. I've been so busy so I'm sorry for not updating this sooner. I haven't just neglected this blog but also my hands and feet! I just can't squeeze in the time to get a decent mani and pedi at a salon so what do I do? I DIY it! plus It saves me money..=D

I decided to invest in a cuticle remover that promises to "instantly remove cuticles". I say invest because It set me back ₱420! much more expensive than the average cuticle remover. Did I make a great investment? Read on to find out!


Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover claims to dissolve dry cuticles in 15 seconds! That was their selling point for me. Plus they also claim that they can soften callused skin! Isn't it impressive? So now let's test this product out!

Directions according to Sally:
For Cuticles, squeeze a thin strip around cuticles and under nail tips.
 (then you have to wait for 15 seconds. The product's consistency is like a runny gel so it is easy to spread around your cuticles.)
It will actually bubble on your cuticles and you will feel like your nails are melting off... Kidding!! You won't feel a thing! For my really dry and scaly cuticles 15 seconds seems too short for my cuticles to get soft so I keep it on longer. But Sally says not to keep it for longer than 1 minute. (close kami eh! =P)


Now, begin to push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher or the manicure stick (better known as an orange stick though it's just a thicker version of a barbecue stick cut at an angle and not even color orange! =P) Now after pushing the gel back, you can see it turning a bit white so I know my cuticles have been softened and can be softly brushed away or just wiped clean with a towel.



And that's it! To clean or trim your cuticles more just whip out your trusty nail nipper and cut away!

After cleaning my nails, I massage on some cuticle cream then if I'm not going to put on polish, I usually add a coat of The Face Shop Nail Nutrition to moisturize my nails and it adds a bit of shine while letting my nails breathe.



So for my recommendation, Is it a must buy product? For me, not really. It is quite good in cleaning my nails and removing the cuticle, but I was expecting it to to more like eliminating the scraping the cuticle part. I thought it would work like magic and really dissolve my cuticles like it promised. It did soften and remove my cuticles but for ₱420? I'd go to a manicurista for a ₱50 manicure with less effort. But if you like to do your own nails, it is better than the regular cuticle remover since you don't have to scrape that much to remove your cuticles lessening the damage to your nails.

When I do my nails, from cleaning, trimming, filing to shape, buffing and putting on polish, I actually take 2 hours or more to do it! And here I am talking that I don't have time... I just better head out to a nearby salon and get the deed done!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

NYX soon in MANILA!!!!

*Breathe in.....Breathe out..*

After work I checked my facebook account and saw a new friend request. When I clicked it, I literally screamed! (Haha ask my sister..=P) It was a request from NYX Sprint Asia wanting to be friends. If you ask me I would want us to be BFFs right away!! =D



Sprint Asia is the company responsible for bringing Orly Nail Polishes, Parissa Wax, Temptu Airbrush System and many more to the Philippines! And only recently they brought us Wet n' Wild cosmetics.

I've been wondering (and praying and wishing) when would NYX cosmetics reach our shores and my prayers and wishes have been granted! I just hope that the prices would not be so high and it is not somewhere far but knowing Sprint Asia, it would be all over Manila in no time!

Add their Facebook page and get updates!

It's a HAPPY HAPPY THURSDAY!!

Etude House: Proof 10 Eye Primer

Majority of Filipina Skin is oily. Then add to our oiliness the heat and humidity and yet we wonder why our make-up do not last long. It melts, fades and slides of our faces. Now, our prayers have been answered by the birth of Primers. There are face, lip and the most important and most needed by women, the Eye Primer. We have been suffering from creased eye shadows and migrated eyeliners for far too long. And now that we are more aware of these products we now strive to find the perfect one for us. We have all coveted the cult-favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion or the Two-Faced Shadow Insurance due to their popularity but sadly these brands are not available locally and you have to try your luck with Online Multiply Stores or rely on pasalubongs just to have these elusive products. Thus my lust for eye primers was born. It's quite funny how I can feel my heart skip every time I browse racks of cosmetics and see the label, "Eyeshadow Primer".

My mom has extremely oily lids and eye shadows and liners ALWAYS crease on her so I bought her the E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. We have been fans of the E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer but sadly I just chanced upon it on a multiply site and never got new stocks.

So the search continues for an eye shadow primer and we stumbled upon the Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer!


  

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer says that it "supplies coverage to eye-lids and around the eyes to enhance eyeshadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, perfect 10 look."

It comes with a doe-foot applicator and you must use your fingers to blend in the primer.



The texture is very creamy yet when blended, applies clear and matte. I like that the bottle is clear so that you can see how much product is left inside. I just don't know why they made the handle of the applicator so long.

After Blending

 Let's put this primer to the test. Here is my face with make-up on.

I then cooked lunch, went out, cooked again for class, walked to a busy intersection with guaranteed pollution on my face, got some groceries then did 11 somersaults and 7 back flips (Kidding!=P) and 12 hours later this is what my face or specifically my eyes look like.
It's clearly visible that my eye without the primer really got oily and yucky and the eyeshadow and liner is not even visible anymore. While my eye with the primer got a bit oily too but my eyeshadow is still somewhat visible and at least I can still see traces of my liner. Let's look at it up close. (get ready to be freaked out by "The Eye"!! =P)

 
Without Primer
 Up close, you can see my eyeshadow creased and totally faded! and my lids are not even extremely oily but I guess it was just a busy and hot day.

With Primer
Here, you can see that the color of my shadows significantly faded but at least some are still there! hehe.. and my eyeliner is still there and it is not that much oily too so no creasing.


So my verdict would be that this is an OK product. Not an OMG it's soooo Amaziiing!!! primer but it can help. But I think ladies with very oily lids would not find this great though since the oil control properties of this is not that great. But with the awesome price of ₱238 (I think.. I'll have to confirm first) for a 10 gram (0.35 oz.) bottle, go on and try it! It's cheap considering the amount of product. 


Get it at an Etude House store near you! =D

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lunch out at Omakase!




    I have been craving for Japanese Food for the longest time! I just don't know why I never found the chance to go out and eat but finally last Sunday, my craving was fulfilled! I have attempted to eat at Omakase last Saturday too since I was already in Eastwood and there is a branch just beside the Citibank Building but we had movie tickets and walking all the way there would mean missing the previews! (I love watching those! =D) so we just ate nearby and leaving me disappointed.

The next day my parents and I went to Greenhills for some errands and imagine my delight when the car passed by an Omakase Restaurant! I didn't even know there was a branch there! So we decided to eat there. Inside there was a waiting list of many families wanting to eat there too, even though we were hungry we really waited. But we didn't wait for long.

Let's move on to the food shall we?


First up, Soup!
Miso Soup, ₱45

We ordered the regular Miso soup. The one with tofu, wakame seaweeds and spring onions. It tastes like your average miso soup and served in the traditional mini black bowls with cover. They also have different kinds of Miso soup like one with Kani (Crab stick), Tamago (Egg), Sakana (Red Snapper and tofu) but I like my Miso soup the traditional way.

Next for appetizers we ordered...
Tuna Tataki, ₱180

It's like tuna sashimi but it is lightly seared and rolled in chili powder and topped with sesame seeds! It is served with special vinaigrette sauce. I got to say that I really liked this and that's saying a lot since I feel squeamish to eating sashimi! I don't like the raw texture of fish it's like dense gelatin but since this one is seared, I didn't seem to bother me much. Plus the spicy taste and the sour sauce, This dish is worth tasting!

You are not eating in a Japanese Restaurant without eating Sushi so we ordered a fusion type of Maki
 
Mt. Fuji Roll, ₱270

 We ordered this from the Makimono Range an it is deep-fried tuna inside with Unagi (eel) with a slice of cream cheese on top. Even though the tuna is deep-fried, it's not yet cooked through it's similar to the Tuna Tataki. Plus the Unagi and Cream Cheese combo is heaven!! It also comes with a different sauce that compliments the maki. I would definitely order this again!

5 pieces Ebi Tempura (Shrimp), ₱260

Ebi tempura is much of a requirement when eating in a Japanese Restaurant. I found this extremely crispy but not overly oily. 

Chicken Teppan, ₱200

This dish is so yummy even though it's so simple. The chicken was pan-fried perfectly, not dry but still very juicy and served with sauteed veggies and served with a sauce that merges soy sauce, garlic and butter beautifully. I can eat this all by myself and I won't share!! =P
Tofu Steak, ₱210

When I saw tofu steak on the menu, I though it was like other restos that just serve tofu with some sauce and call it tofu steak but I was shocked to see a tofu with steak! It's Japanese Tofu wrapped in a thin slice of beef then stir-fried. This tasted yummy too since I'm a fan of tofu but some may find this a bit bland. The beef is so tender that it really compliments the softness of the tofu.


Softshell Crab Tempura, ₱325

This dish is so amazing it deserves 2 pictures! hehe... I'm again not a fan of crab but once I tasted this... Ohmy, It's so delicious!! This is their best-seller according to our wait staff. Its crunchy outside but once you take a bite, it's soft and juicy and yummy!! It's my first time to eat Softshell Crabs so it was fun to eat even their shells and the pincers!! It is paired with their Ponzu sauce and the sour and spicy flavors of the dipping sauce is a winner for me. 

All of the dishes were eaten with...
a Cup of Japanese Fried Rice, ₱60

The rice tastes great too! They use bits of beef not ground beef like in other restaurants. I just wished the carrots were cooked a bit more since it was a still a bit too undercooked for me but taste-wise, it's good enough for me. =D

I liked the ambiance of the Greenhills Branch since it's fairly new.
The dining area is on the second floor and you'll be greeted by a mural of a Japanese Doll. So Kawaii!!! 

The Sushi Bar


They have enclosed dining rooms great for business meetings and parties.



The Greenhills branch just opened last June so the interiors are still new and I like this branch better than Libis because of the interiors and location. They have other branches too!

Overall, Omakase Restaurant serves Japanese Fusion dishes and the price is reasonable considering the quality of the food you'll be getting. This is now officially my Favorite Japanese Restaurant!

Have you tried eating here and what other restos can you recommend me to try? =D
HAPPY EATING!



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