Finally, hola 2017!

Cheers! It’s finally 2017!

I really am so happy that I can finally say goodbye to 2016 already. It had been such a crazy year. You may disagree with me on this, but I find that most of us, when asked to think about the “defining moments” of 2016, tend remember the bad ones first. I, personally, am guilty of this. However, despite those memories, we should still keep in mind that 2016 was not all that bad. There will always be a thousand and more reasons to still be thankful and be able to look back on 2016 with a smile and a happy heart.

Normally, I would be rambling on about my plans for the following year, but right now I feel like looking back first before anything else.

So what happened the past year?

  • I interned, and was faced with the big question of what path I wanted to take on after graduating. Honestly, I still do not have an answer even after all those nights of trying to figure it out.
  • I got sucked into the KDrama addiction. Definitely not complaining!
  • I met and interacted with people I wish I had in my life sooner. At the same time, I realized that there are some that are better off let go.
  • I had the privilege of living with the Aetas from Tarlac for 3 days, an eye-opening and humbling experience where I got to interact with a lot of incredible and loving people.
  • I experienced failure and had the opportunity of really testing and pushing myself to get back up and prove everyone wrong. (Spoiler alert: I did.)

I also feel like doing a round up of the things that made me happy in 2016. Let’s surround ourselves with the positive, people!

Beauty

  • Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink
  • Maybelline HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour in RD103
  • AOA Wonder Blender

Movies

  • Kimi no Na wa
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Me Before You
  • Train to Busan

TV Shows

  • Pinnochio (Kdrama)
  • Healer (Kdrama)
  • Orange (Anime)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita (Anime)

Youtubers

  • Zoella
  • Titan Tyra
  • Kathleenlights
  • Jess and Gabriel
  • Leslie Castillo

Restaurants

  • Kumori
  • Silantro
  • The Chippery
  • Amare by Chef Chris
  • Spanglish

That’s all I could think of right now, and time check: it’s 2:39AM.

Also, to be honest, I have not thought of my plans for 2017 yet. I have been such a bum lately, but I would probably share it here as well.

Anyway, I hope you had (or will have) a great time celebrating the new year with your loved ones! Happy 2017!

WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOVING: June – July

It sure has been a while since I last posted and during the time I have been gone, the things I tried and found have accumulated. That is why I decided to just put them all together (the things I have fallen in love with, at least) in one post.

  1. Me Before You (Book & Movie)

I admit, I only tried reading the book because of all the hype and because I want to experience the movie as one who has read the book. I have grown to love it though as I went from chapter to chapter. In my opinion, it is not the type of book that would make you feel all giddy, feeling you have butterflies swarming in your stomach. However, as you go through the story you would realize how you have grown closer to the characters to be able to empathize with them and have a lot of feels in the latter part of the book. This is definitely one of the few books that have made me cry so hard. I cried over three consecutive chapters, can you believe it?! I think that was a first for me.

You may think that because I have already read the book and know every single thing that is going to happen already that I would not be that vulnerable to the story anymore. Well, that was what I thought (and feared)… but I was wrong. Oh boy was I wrong. I watched the movie with my mom and being the crybabies that we are, we bawled our eyes out. I think I even cried harder watching the movie than I did while reading the book.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Apparently there is a sequel to the book, and honestly, I do not want to read it mainly because Lou moves on from Will there. Sigh. I just love Will so much but I guess that is reality. It sucks. 

*END OF SPOILER*

2. MeNow Kissproof Soft Lipstick (Shade #6)

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This shade is brown-ish with a hint of pink, and I love it because it is a good everyday lipstick for me. It is also transfer-proof and long-wearing. The downside of this lipstick though is that it is very drying since it is matte. To counter that you have to regularly exfoliate your lips, and I do that by just wetting a face towel and using it to rub my lips once a week. Also, since it is very long-wearing, you are in trouble if by any chance you make a mistake while putting them on. I realized that the hard way. On my first application, I made a mistake and put lipstick beyond my lip area, and had to wash the lower part of my face and re-do my make-up in that area. What was worse then was that I was in a hurry since people were waiting for me. So from that I learned that with this lipstick you really have to be careful.

3. K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Pencil 1 Day Tattoo

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I love this eyebrow pencil so much! It comes with a powder on one side as well. It is very easy-to-use and I have found my eyebrows really on fleek whenever I use this pencil. It is also long-wearing for my skin type. It is a bit on the pricey side though, costing more or less P800. I actually just got this as a hand-me-down from my mom since it was not long-wearing for her.

4. Spinning Class

Whenever I go to the gym, I would usually go for the Zumba class mainly because it is fun for me especially when the instructors use pop songs instead of the usual Zumba tunes. However, the dance area of the gym I go to is undergoing renovation this month so Zumba classes would not be held for the time being. Instead of doing Zumba, I opted to run on the treadmill instead since I basically go to the gym to move my body around and sweat, but after some time I found it a bit boring. And so I tried to go to the spinning class.

I have tried it before actually but it is only now that I became a regular. I realized that I sweat more spinning than in doing Zumba. It is also more fun for me because the music is more modern and because I do not realize the time when I am on my bike. Other than that, I also like how the instructors have really different styles when it comes to teaching spinning. I go to spinning class thrice a week, every other day, and I found spinning classes more varied as compared to Zumba classes. I do not know which is more efficient though when it comes to burning calories. I guess my priority now is to have a routine that would actually make me excited to go to the gym. In the meantime, spinning class is able to do that.

5. The Yard at Xavierville

I am such a sucker for food parks like StrEAT in Maginhawa and Z Compound in Malingap and The Yard is the newest that is well within my commuting reach. It being at Xavierville makes it so easy for me to go there as I could just walk (if I am not too lazy) or take the tricycle. It holds a lot of interesting and varied food stalls (30 actually) which makes it really exciting for me. From Japanese food to steaks to milkshakes and more, The Yard, I believe, would most likely have whatever you are craving for the afternoon or evening. I have went there twice already in only one week and I plan on going back to try more of what the different food stalls are offering.

So far, I have tried Smoke & Barrel‘s The Beast, Hongkong Foodie Streetfood‘s lobster balls, scallop cake, and one of their bacon-wrapped offerings (forgot what it is called),  The Chippery‘s mussel cone, Puluts‘s tusok-tusok (fishballs, squidballs and kikiam), Tokyo Tempura Unlimited‘s ebi tempura, Gulp Station‘s green tea and lychee (this is sugarfree, guys!) and ceylon tea, and Rustic Box Steakhouse‘s T-Bone Steak with the Rustic Box Special sauce and garlic rice.

From what I have tried my favorites are the mussel cone from The Chippery, the green tea and lychee drink from Gulp Station, as well as the T-Bone Steak with the Rustic Box Special sauce plus garlic rice from Rustic Box Steakhouse.

WHAT I ATE: Wrong Ramen

My friend has been raving about this ramen place in Burgos Circle for a while now and we finally tried it yesterday.

We went there at around noon and there weren’t enough available seats since we were 7 that time, so we had to wait. Lesson learned: Thou shall reserve seats beforehand.

Frankly, it took quite a while before we got a table that fits all of us since it was lunchtime, but my oh my, the wait was nothing once we were able to experience how right Wrong Ramen is.

Before I ordered something, I asked the waiter what their bestseller was. According to him, their bestsellers are the Tonkotsu Rich, Tantanmen, and Ebi Coco. I was torn between ordering Tonkotsu Rich and Tantanmen since I was not sure whether I prefer something spicy or not, but I eventually ordered Tonkotsu Rich when my friend ordered Tantanmen. I don’t know why, but there really is something in me that constantly pushes me to choose something different at times like that.

Some of us have also read about the offerings of Wrong Ramen beforehand and one of their desserts caught our eye: Poop of the Gods. According to their menu in the Booky app, it’s belgian chocolate with sea salt and olive oil. One of my friends also saw a photo of it on instagram and it somehow looks like you-know-what. However, when we asked about it, the waiter told us that it’s not available anymore. Sad. So much for a post-worthy dessert.

However, going back to the highlight of my Thursday, I did not regret getting the Tonkotsu Rich at all especially when I put some chili oil on it. I was really happy about my lunch and I would definitely go back to try their Tantanmen since my friend also raved about it. I heard The Communist is quite good too.

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Tonkotsu Rich (P395)

Their ramen could be shared by two people but we had a bowl each yesterday. After the meal, our bellies were very full we felt like we’re carrying something heavy in our tummies, but well, it was worth it. I am definitely not regretting having that bowl of Tonkotsu Rich all to myself.

WHAT I ATE: Salad Stop

I have been wanting to try Salad Stop for a while now thanks to the pressure of eating healthy and the people I see online raving about their salads and wraps. It was a good thing that my friend also thought of trying it out earlier. It’s as if she was able to read my mind! So we went there for lunch together with two of our friends. (Yup, salad. For lunch. Even I cannot believe I actually wanted greens for lunch.)

I ordered the Oh Crab Lah! salad (P260). I was about to have it in a wrap instead but I felt that it may be too heavy. The salad, in my opinion, could be already shared by two people. However, I was sooo hungry that time that I wanted my Oh Crab Lah all to myself.

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I loooooove this salad. It’s very yummy, plus, it is really filling, unlike most that still leave me hungry.The only downside though is the calories. I love how their menu indicates the calories for their salads and wraps. Oh Crab Lah! though is more than 600 calories. And that is just the salad. If you get it in a wrap, it’s a whopping 800+ calories! Aside from the calories, the menu also shows the ingredients for their salads. I really had no idea why this type of salad has that many calories. That is, until I already had it in my hands. This signature salad has noodles in it, and that probably is the culprit that adds a lot of calories to the meal. That aside, this salad is A+.

I guess it is safe to say that I just fell in love with this salad spot. I am game to come back to try their other (less heavy) salads. They also have different types of yogurt and muesli which I am considering bringing to work sometime.

I am quite positive that there would come a time where I would be craving for their Oh Crab Lah!. I just hope it’s not tomorrow.