Saturday, July 4, 2015

TRAVEL | More than just a 'sulyap' at Sulyap Gallery Cafe

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The colors come alive as the afternoon sun hits the second floor of the cafe.

Finally had the time to write this. Three weeks ago over the Independence Day long weekend Kwittiegirl and I drove down south to San Pablo City in Laguna. We originally intended to do an ambitious Viaje del Sol (Way of the Sun), a design-your-own-tour around several establishments in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, and Batangas engaged in leisure products and services that promote Filipino hospitality, cuisine, crafts, the arts, and other facets of Philippine culture and traditions.

We thought of visiting several towns in Laguna but ended up just holed up in San Pablo, spending the weekend relaxing and food-tripping at a very leisurely pace. People we've asked for recommendations often gave Casa San Pablo but I'm glad we played deaf and spent our first night at the lovely Sulyap Gallery Cafe.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 21Jun2015: The man in the red-hot shorts

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Alone at the bar and no one's serving me drinks.

Mornings right before checking out at hotels aren't exactly my favorite, much so when it's just an overnight stay. Last Sunday I got up late and after having breakfast, spent the remaining hour or so strolling along the deck of the hotel and entertainment complex that is City of Dreams Manila.

FOOD | Dip and spread away with The Goodness Jar

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The "foodies" that we are, Kwittiegirl and I are always on the lookout for something new to try. Sure enough The Goodness Jar entered our radar. A fairly new business venture, it's poised to be the perfect companion to your bread, crackers, and chips.

At 4oz the jars are quite small but I quickly realized it's just the right size for the product because apart from packing some rich and potent flavors, it has a fairly short shelf life as it has no preservatives. That said, I think it's best to get just one or two variants at a time. Besides, there's just two of us at home.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 20Jun2015: Dreaming in the city

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De Niro, Scorsese, and DiCaprio may have wanted in but I was never as keen. It's not the type of place Kwittiegirl and I usually go to but we just spent the weekend at City of Dreams Manila. We left our hotel room for dinner and then went around to see what dreams exactly were here in this little city.

Friday, June 19, 2015

FASHION | Your summer footwear guide

Just as summer presents us with the opportunity to dress lightly and maybe even show a bit more skin, the season also has plenty to offer our feet. Cue some lightweight footwear and let your feet breathe, relax, and enjoy the season just as much as you are.

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Clockwise from top left:
Camden woven loafers from Cole Haan.
Birkenstock Arizona super grip sandals.
Boat shoes from Sperry.
Havaianas flip-flops.
Kritonas sandals from Ancient Greek Sandals.
Castaner striped canvas Pablo espadrilles.
Luca sneakers from SWIMS.
Rivieras Tour du Monde Pavillon Zulu slip-ons.

Loafers
With the right design, loafers are probably the "dressiest" you can go with summer footwear. Well, I don't mean to say that your office lace-ups are a no-no but let's just label them as all year round shoes that, sun or no sun, you'll wear anyway. Casual and comfy, loafers can also double up as driving shoes.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DINING | Pretty, pretty Le Petit Souffle

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So I learned that rolling pins come from trees. Cute.

Open for about two months now, Le Petit Souffle is a fairly recent addition to Century City Mall's roster of restaurants. We first tried it last April and paid another visit a month later last May. Here's my little, or should I say, petit, review.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 14Jun2015: Sweaty patootie

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It was time to hit the road again and head back home. Short vacation's over. That said, the pensive mood and blank stare are understandable, especially when one has to leave this peace and quiet for the noise and chaos of Metro Manila.

Monday, June 15, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 13Jun2015: Sleeveless in San Pablo

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After sporting a dressier weekend outfit the day before I was down to this: a plain tank top and swim shorts. It was as if all my lofty desires of wearing more "dignified" clothing on a weekend were reduced to rubble. Such a lousy getup is surely not befit of the charming and inspired settings I was in that day.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 12Jun2015: Hacienda feels

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Just got back from our little trip down south in Laguna. These shots are from our first day there. It's one thing to get myself to go on a long drive and another to make a little effort to not be in a lazy t-shirt and shorts combo on such a trip. After all it was a special day -- Philippine Independence Day, people!

Friday, June 12, 2015

FASHION | The season for short sleeves

It seems that the amount of clothing we wear is inversely proportional to the rise in mercury levels. That said, let's all celebrate summer by ditching those long-sleeve shirts for their sexier short-sleeve counterparts.

Here are a few shirts I'm lusting after that you might like, too.

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The print is simply divine! Need I say more?
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