Sunday, March 29, 2015

Coffee Shop Find: Lucca Bakery, SM Mega Fashion Hall

One Monday night after work, Maila and I decided to de-stress from work by going to the mall before going home. We usually like to past the time at the mall after office these days since we have a serious dislike for battling with the rush hour crowd in the MRT.

I just read about Lucca Bakery from that afternoon. It was part of the list of 10 best cafes for #HOHOL (Hang out, hang out lang). So I asked Maila to go here considering this coffee shop is near where we work.

Personally, I find that the interiors look warm and inviting. You can probably sit in one of those chairs and read while drinking coffee - but not after office hours when we visited. The place was packed with people. But on a weekday, I imagine that in the middle of the afternoon, this coffee shop can be relaxing and quiet. 

I went here with my friend, Maila and my workmate, Michael from our creatives department. First time I ever hung out with him. He's such a quiet guy. 

Pastries from Lucca: 

And sweets like cupcakes and cakes. 

 These are what we ordered:

Michael ordered this triple decker chocolate cake for us three to share 
Maila ordered chocolate croissant 
I ordered the Red Velvet cupcake because red velvet is my favorite!
Plus coffee for me and Maila and milk tea for Michael. 

The food was okay. The pastries like the cupcake and cake were sweet but not overpoweringly so and the coffees were smooth and creamy. While I believe I'll always be a Coffee Bean girl at heart, it was still nice to visit a different coffee shop every now and then.  

Lucca Bakery is located at the 4th floor of SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Lucca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dreaming of Paris

As a newbie traveler, when looking for a place to stay, I instantly think about booking a hotel. But you know recently my eyes have been opened to other options. For instance, Airbnb:

"Whether an apartment for a month, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries." #WhereToNext #Airbnb #AirbnbPH

I've known about Airbnb for quite sometime. I even heard about a friend who found a place to stay in Europe via Airbnb. But I've only decided to check it out recently since I have a trip in Singapore coming up. And well let's just say, I've found browsing through the listings enjoyable. And since Paris is my ultimate vacation dream, I thought I'd indulge myself in checking out some listings there.

This is the place that caught my eye:

Montmartre with Love!

Beautiful photos right? It's so chic and so Parisian to look at!

A good night's sleep in Paris in a cozy bedroom!

I can just imagine myself lying down in that bed after being out the whole day to see the sights in Paris.

It even has a balcony! I can just see myself leaning out of that balcony, looking down the streets of Paris. Ala Carrie Bradshaw looking out of her hotel window to see the Eiffel Tower in season 6 of Sex and the City. Ha! Ha! Well, while this place doesn't have the same view, the streets of Paris is good enough for me!

According to the description of the place, the whole place can be rented out for a minimum of 3 days, maximum of 2 guests. A cozy apartment with my someone else. That would be wonderful!

The neighborhood where it is in has a lot of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, art galleries and tourist attractions. It also says that public transportation is easily accessible. Definitely sounds like an enticing place to stay for me! And it comes with an affordable price too at around Php3,647 a night. Not bad right?

The place has been well reviewed by other guests who have stayed there in the past - recent reviews might I add! Positive reviews are also something I consider before I book a place to stay in at and Montmartre with Love has glowing reviews - five stars!

I've already saved this on my Airbnb wishlist so that someday soon, I might just find myself there in Paris, renting out this apartment. (",) If you guys are also traveling, try to see if you can also find yourselves a place through Airbnb. To sweeten the deal a little, I'm giving you Php1,119 airbnb credits once you sign up. Simply click here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Habitat Youth Build 2015

On Saturday March 21, youth volunteers will be gathered for the 5th "Habitat Youth Build" that will be hosted by Habitat For Humanity Philippines. More than a thousands of Filipino youth will culminate to build a better Philippines,simultaneously with 15 neighboring countries of Asia-Pacific region. 

Our Filipino youth will make an impact on the Philippine housing sector by helping build and repair homes as well as raising awareness on the global housing crisis. Youth volunteers will be in ten (10) Habitat Philippines communities like in Mindoro (the main event), Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Navotas City and Quezon City.

With over four (4) million Filipino families lacking access to decent shelter, this campaign aims to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope – by raising funds, mobilizing volunteers and gathering supporters to be catalysts for poverty alleviation.

To take part in “Habitat Youth Build” 2015, please visit or engage with us via the following or using #HabitatYB and #HabitatYBPhils:

o Facebook –
o Instagram –@habitatphils
o Twitter – @habitatphils
o YouTube – HabitatPhils 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Have some fun under the sun with DermPlus

My favorite season is here again: Summer! (Well you know, living in a tropical country like the Philippines, we really only have 2 seasons to choose from! Ha! Ha!)  

Who doesn't love a little fun in the sun? And what does summer fun mean? The beach of course!!! It's a perfect way to spend the day and get some summer moments with your loved ones. Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well.  Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible.

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is the answer to your skin problems this summer. It is formulated with unbeatable UVA and UVB filters to protect your skin in the harsh ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Dermplus sunblock physically blocks and reflects light and it also helps heal skin damage caused by over-exposure to the sun.  Dermplus Sunblock is available in different SPFs like SPF 24 that is recommended for morena skin and for indoor use, SPF 35 for fair skin and SPF 80 and 130 for extreme outdoor activities. Use Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock and worry no more about the harmful Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays. Whether you will spend your summer in Boracay, Cebu, Palawan or in Bohol, never forget your number one sun defense partner. Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is also trusted by Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong, a professional football player and the former team captain of the National Football Team.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Food Spot at Mall of Asia: Sarsa Kitchen and Bar

Sarsa Kitchen and Bar was one of the new restaurants I got to try last month. Some of my workmates and I dined in here for a super late lunch (something that happens often when we have an event).  I think it was Eileen, my other pretty media relations officer workmate who suggested we eat here at their Mall of Asia branch after our event at City of Dreams. Sarsa's first branch is at Bonifacio Global City.

Sarsa according to what I've googled, is by Chep JP "Jayps" Anglo. Sarsa, which serves Filipino food and Negrense (Negros) food is his first restaurant venture in Metro Manila. 

Let me tell you my experience dining here...

We got to the place at past three in the afternoon on a weekday. I went back here on a weekend and it was a different story! The place was packed with people. 


A few more shots of what the place looks like:

And these are what we ordered:

Chicken Inasal 

Lechon Manok Pancit Canton
Isaw (Chicken Intestine)

Until that day, I've never in my life eaten isaw before. I'm a picky eater. But Eileen forced me to taste it. This isaw may not taste bad and it might for some even taste real good but I still don't like it. But hey, at least now I can say I ate this crunchy chicken intestine right?

Lechon Kawali with Batwan Tsokolate and Pinakurat

Crispy Tilapia with mango salsa and sarsa XO sauce
Sarsa batchoy
Tuna Sisig

Sizzling Kansi - sizzling bulalo

Oh that sizzling bulalo was gooood! Sinfully delicious that you'd want to order more rice to eat it all or just simply snack on it when you finish your rice. 

Leche del Cielo 

For dessert, we ordered leche flan. It tasted differently from the usual leche flans I've had in the past and it's because of the lemon grass syrup on it. It gave the leche flan a minty flavor to it. Still sweet to eat which is what matters anyway.

Here's a sample of their menu. They're reasonably priced for food that's already good for sharing. 

My work colleagues and I had a hearty heavy lunch at Sarsa. We were all tired and famished from working and we dragged our butts to Mall of Asia just to eat here but the effort was so worth it. I'm definitely coming back to this place! 

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Monday, March 9, 2015

A pocketful of sunshine happiness and milky goodness at Milky and Sunny?

Milky and Sunny started out at Kapitolyo, Pasig, another popular foodie place. My friends and I had this place on our list of restaurants to dine in at (it's a long list that keeps on growing!). A couple of months ago, while I was passing by Gamboa st. in Legaspi Village, Makati I saw that they were finally expanding to my part of town. No need to go to Kapitolyo!

One recent weekend, I finally got to try Milky and Sunny with some of my workmates. We had a media event at the building right beside where this resto was located. It was way past lunch time when we finally called it a day at work and we were majorly hungry by that time since we hadn't eaten anything after breakfast. 

Initially, we wanted to dine in at Kitchen 1B but our remaining budget couldn't afford it! Poor us. Ha! Ha! One of them suggested transferring to Milky and Sunny instead and that's how I finally got to try it. 

I didn't realize Milky and Sunny were the same owners of Yellow Halo, another resto I've wanted to try. The latter serves healthy foods and they had a space in Strata 100 Ortigas. 

This is how Milky and Sunny looked like inside. I love the color combination. It's soo laid back and the combination of white, pastel blue and pastel yellow brightens up the place. By the way that's Nicole in the photo, one of our pretty media relations officer at the office, a friend and for that part of the day, my model. Ha! Ha!

My dress from Tango 
They all said they loved my outfit that day. I had planned on taking an OOTD that day but this is the closest I could come to doing it. I traded in my high heels for the day for the comfort of Havaianas already so...

Meet my co-workers whom I all talked into taking a couple of photos while waiting for our food to arrive and whom I stopped from automatically digging in to their meal when it arrived just so I could take photos first - Ha! Ha!

Milky and Sunny offers a whole lot of comfort food. All day breakfast comfort food.

After the day at work we had, breakfast comfort seriously sounded great so we all ordered the rice and egg meals.

Tapa and egg rice meal 

Bacon and egg rice meal 

Longganisa and egg rice meal
Corned Beef and egg rice meal

I was so excited to finally eat! That's my order right there - the chunky corned beef with sunny side up egg, garlic rice and veggies. I had high hopes for the place. After all, I've read some good reviews about it.

I was surprised to find chunky corned beef when it was served. I was expecting it to be the usual kind of corned beef you get from canned goods. I actually thought the waitress got my order wrong. It looked like pork to me. But I thought maybe I just missed that part in the menu. I let it slide. I even didn't mind that the corned beef looked burnt. I showed this photo to Ryan and he said the same thing.

Here's my confession: when it comes to breakfast rice, garlic rice is my absolute fave! I think breakfast meals wouldn't be complete without garlic rice! Yes it was way past lunch time when we dined and may even be constituted as early dinner but we were at all day breakfast place and I did order a breakfast kind of meal so I just had to have garlic rice!

Milky and Sunny's garlic rice was sticky. It was almost liked I was eating suman (rice cake). While suman is technically rice, it is not the same kind of rice you have with a viand because that's a glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk. I was also disappointed because while there was some garlic mixed in the rice, it didn't at all taste like garlic rice.

This meal of mine was bland tasting. It's the saddest breakfast meal I've ever had actually. Saved for Eileen who ordered the longganisa meal and found it just okay, we all didn't enjoy our supposed comfort food.

On top of our breakfast meals though, Nicole and I ordered desserts.

My order: Fluffy classic pancake
Nicole ordered this original french toast

You'd think the desserts would make up for the disappointing breakfast meal I just had. But the pancakes were also bland. They look like the instant hotcake you can buy at the supermarket but they don't taste the same. In fact, I think I would've been happier with the instant hotcakes. My friend, Ryan also ate at the same resto earlier that day and ordered the pancakes. Like me, he was not happy with his meal. He wanted to treat himself to a good breakfast that day but ended up regretting his choice to dine at Milky and Sunny.

Nicole's original french toast wasn't bad. It wasn't bland but it didn't wow me either.

Would I go back to Milky and Sunny? MAYBE. And that's a big maybe. I don't know if I should chuck up the experience to the reason that the resto was on its soft opening when we tried it out. Or this branch is really not a good place to dine in at. I don't know about their first branch in Kapitolyo as I've not eaten there. That one got good reviews from other people...

My Milky and Sunny experience didn't bring me a pocketful of sunshine happiness or milky goodness. It didn't give me the comfort of breakfast food I was looking for. It wasn't worth the money I paid for.

Milky and Sunny
Eton Tower
Gamboa St., Legaspi Village
Operating Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm