Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Unique Fathers Day Celebration

Celebrated Fathers Day by going to Mafbex 2012 at World Trade Center with the whole family. My dad was interested in food equipment while I was there to check out the food. There were lots of booths offering different kinds of goods and services like caterers, furniture, websites and more.

I loved these biscuits from Malaysia. I bought 3 big packs for P200. The cheese flavor was so yummy. I heard that they will now be distributing here in the Philippines. Yey! Note: Julie's (biscuits) is a different brand from Julie's Bakeshop, just in case you're wondering =P

After spending the whole afternoon strolling around World Trade Center and munching on food, it's time to officially celebrate Fathers day at Kamameshi House along Zobel Roxas St. in Makati.

They served hot tea to warm our hungry tummies =P

While waiting for our orders, we were served with beansprouts and sweet dilis which has been a childhood favorite. I remembered asking for refills when they still had a branch at Broadway Centrum which has been closed a looong time ago.

We ordered hot miso soup which was perfect for the rainy evening.

This brought a lot of memories. The authentic style of preparing their own kettle rice - "Gomoku Kamameshi".

The rice was really moist and was filled with veggies. This is definitely the best Jap rice I've ever had (so far).

We didn't miss to order Tempura which is a family favorite.

My dad ordered Yakitori (grilled, skewered chicken meat cut into cubes).

My parents ordered Kakiage (deep-fried mixed vegetables dipped in tempura batter) which I'm not really fond of. 

As a special treat for fathers day, they gave my dad free buko pandan for dessert and a 100-pesos GC haha =)

The place is quite old but it still has the Japanese vibe with their minimalist architecture and original Japanese art pieces. 

I know it was quite weird to attend a food expo on fathers day but the important thing is my dad enjoyed every minute of it. He even brought home a bag full of brochures, catalogs and calling cards from the different booths he visited.

Happy fathers day to my Papa and to all the great fathers out there =)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Quick Stop at the South: Soderno

Want to grab something to eat for your late night hangout? Drop by Soderno (beside Alabang Town Center) for a lot of great food finds.

Gotta love street food!

The kebabs looked so yummy but I was a bit disappointed. The meat was not tender and it was hard to chew. P100 for a stick is already filling. The sauce was not too great and it could have saved the kebabs but it didn't.

Huge pizza slices for P 170 per slice.

One of the best dalandan frozen juices everrr and the girl selling it was super friendly.

We went there around 8:30-ish and most stalls were still closed. I will be back again at a later time.
A perfect place to go after partying =P

A Tagaytay Wedding

 I love weddings! Not only is it a time to dress up and be glamorous but more importantly to celebrate the union of two individuals bound by love.

We stayed at Tagaytay Haven Hotel. I loved this place because of its very convenient location (along the highway) and it is budget-friendly. As far as I can remember we paid P 3,840 for a room good for 6 (P640 per person). I was expecting to have a jam-packed room because there would be a number of us sharing it but I was so surprised to have a very spacious area. (You can actually squeeze-in two additional beds). It was very clean and the staff was also friendly. 

It was a rainy Friday and the perfect thing to cap off the night is some hot bulalo soup. Since it was already late (around 11 pm), we searched for an open food spot and saw RSM Lutong Bahay.

We ordered the famous bulalong tagalog which got the Sooo Pinoy Award for Best Bulalo (2011) and halaan soup. It was also my first time to try the bone marrow. I heard it was the best part and it really was. The only thing is it's bad for those with cholesterol problems.

(Wedding Day)

Since the free breakfast was only for two, we just walked a few steps (in sleepwear) going to Jollibee, which is connected to the hotel. =) Then we took our turns to hit the shower and dressed up. Good thing my friend Kaye brought her cute mini iron to straighten out our crumpled wedding get up. 

Then that's me in my simple long red dress =)

The ceremonies were held at Lourdes Church. The church was filled with white roses and the aisles were lined with white cloth.

The couple exchanged vows and had the photo ops.
The reception was held at Clear Waters which was just a few blocks away from the church. 

The weather was perfect for the garden setting and the place had a nice view of Taal. When we thought that it would rain, the sun was so high that it gave me my tan. =P


It was indeed a lovely day to celebrate the joyful union of our friend John and his wife Eds. Best wishes to the bride and groom. =)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Treats

Celebrated 4th of July at Fridays Glorietta to avail their discounted (and all-time favorite) chicken fingers for only P99.

Red, blue and white balloons filled up the place =)

For dessert we headed to Golden Spoon and bought our favorite frozen yogurt for only P25.
(Thanks Mands!)

Not only was it America's independence day but it was also my freedom from the unknown viral infection that hit me the past weekend. =) Thanks for all those who texted and messaged me in FB and for all those who prayed for my fast recovery. I raise my strawberry frozen yogurt to you guys. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Keratin Treatment

Keratin is the main component of our hair, skin and nails. As for our hair, due to its exposure to heat and chemicals, our hair becomes brittle and dry. A simple hot oil treatment can give conditioning to the hair and scalp but not really protect it. Also, its effects immediately wear off after a few days. Keratin treatment protects and makes the hair shafts smooth by coating the hair follicle. It helps change the structure of the hair making it stronger.
I purchased a voucher at Metrodeal for P249 instead of P1200 at David’s Salon Wilson Branch for Keratin Treatment. Take note that this is not the Keratin Straightening Treatment nor the Brazilian Keratin Treatment. At David's Salon they did not use heat, and it's not used to straighten hair but its sole purpose is to nourish our hair with its lost properties (in short to make it shiny again). The process was the same with hot oil (shampoo, apply, keep on for 30 minutes then rinse). My hair was lathered with the keratin 'cream' and my hair was covered with cling wrap to hold it in place. 
[Sorry I looked like a freaking alien in this pic =P ]

By the way I loved the shoulder and upper back massage while I waited. It was perfect since I was so tired from my flight back from HK. After about 45 minutes, my hair was rinsed and blow dried. =)

I just loved how my hair felt after:

  • My hair became more manageable and shiny.
  • Smoother hair, less frizzy and easy to comb
  • Shorter time in fixing my hair

 After 2 weeks, I can still feel the effects. However, the one who did the treatment did not inform me that I should not wash it for at least 2 days. I hope washing it after a day is ok. It's my third week now and I can still feel the softness but my hair's texture is slowly going back to its old frizzy state. I think it should be a monthly thing just like with hot oil. Over all, I would repurchase again and I really think it's way better than hot oil =) Check out your favorite coupon sites for promos! =)