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Are you a ’90s child who loves Filipino comfort food? You’re in luck! Pino Resto Bar has something up their sleeves just for you!

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Call on the gang and get your ’90s geek on! Pino Resto Bar’s Boodle Fight Quiz Night sounds like a promising way to spend the weekend with friends and amazingly yummy noms!

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I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Uncle Cheffy. In fact, I’ve heard really great things about them that I decided to include said restaurant in my Must Try list.

Finally, we had the chance to eat at Uncle Cheffy after hearing mass at Blessed John Paul II Parish.

I think we reached the restaurant at around 6:30PM, had a quick look at the menu and placed our orders. We decided to get Vigan Bagnet, Seafood Paella, fish, and chips, ripe mango shake for me, and green mango shakes for the aunts.

If I remember correctly, it didn’t take too long for the waiters to serve us our food. However, I took the time to take some photos of the restaurant while waiting to be served.

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As you can see, we were practically the first family at Uncle Cheffy that time. You may also notice that they keep the restaurant clean, which is definitely a plus! After taking quick photos, I was pleasantly surprised to find the waiter serving our table already.

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Uncle Cheffy Vigan Bagnet

I am not particularly fond of bagnet, but I liked this a lot. It was crispy and yet it was succulent. I don’t know how they did it, but I loved it! I also loved the sliced eggplants on the side. They had just the right texture–not too soft nor too hard. The eggplants also had a bit of sweet taste, which I particularly liked. So yep, Uncle Cheffy’s Vigan Bagnet earns points in my book!

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Uncle Cheffy Fish and Chips

Fish and chips is one of my favorite meals to order. Needless to say, I was looking forward to this dish. Fortunately, Uncle Cheffy delivered and I loved that the fish was cooked just right. It had no foul smell nor taste. The chips were also crisp. They were fine on their own, so the dips were a bonus. Speaking of dips, I loved the sweet and sour sauce, but I’m not a fan of the tartar sauce. Why? It was a little too sour for my taste. Other than that, everything was A-ok!

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Uncle Cheffy Seafood Paella

Uncle Cheffy’s Seafood Paella was ok. I liked the taste and texture of the rice, but I’m not sure if they used saffron for this. I also think they could have included more seafood ingredients for this? Good thing we ordered the bagnet and fish and chips. For it’s price, I guess it’s alright since we didn’t have to order extra rice. We were 5 in the group, by the way.

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Uncle Cheffy Mango Shakes

As for the mango shakes, I guess you can say it’s nothing spectacular. At least, they used real fruits for the shakes. I just wish they came in taller glasses or bigger servings for its price.

Overall, would I recommend Uncle Cheffy? Yeah, I would! The food was super and the staff were very efficient and courteous! I am actually thinking of invitiing friends there next time.

Oh and the crowd got bigger as we were about to leave. Sorry wasn’t able to take a photo of the crowd since we were rushing to watch The Dolphin Tale 2 after dinner.

Anyway, here’s a thumbs up for Uncle Cheffy!

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Femmenagerie thumbs up for Uncle Cheffy

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Maginhawa Street, it seems, is now synonymous to foodtrips. This came as no surprise when my friends and I decided to drop by Maginhawa. We have been all stressed for a long time and we figured it was time to meet up and do what we do best–eating!

My friend was coming off from a duty in Cardinal Santos Medical Center
so we decided to meet in said hospital. While waiting for a cab, we decided on having lunch at The Breakfast Table and satisfying our sweet tooth cravings fulfilled at the Wicked Kitchen. Finally, we were able to hail a cab from CSMC and the trip to Maginhawa began.

I must say it was a long trip, considering there wasn’t much traffic that Saturday afternoon. We paid around PhP 170.00 if you’re curious how much the cab fare was.

We passed by Gayuma ni Maria as we entered Maginhawa Street. We didn’t like the ambiance of their exteriors. Hopefully, the food will more than make up for the unappealing exteriors of said restaurant should we decide to visit it next time.

Fortunately, we saw the building where The Breakfast Table is located just as my friend was feeling hungry. We hopped off the cab and got all excited seeing at least four food establishment in the building. In our excitement, we almost changed our minds about eating at The Breakfast Table! However, we concluded that breakfast food, is for some reason, the best comfort food. Hence, we stuck with our original decision. We also felt lucky that the Wicked Kitchen was in the same building,

The Breakfast Table had a huge fork-like door handle which was a really nice touch. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by friendly staff and a super homey blue and white themed dining place. We immediately settled on the long table and were quickly given the menus.

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Kristel and I waiting for our lunch

The menu featured sumptuous meals and it was quite a while before we could place our orders. Kristel and I ended up ticking food items from the Build Your Own Breakfast Menu because we couldn’t pick something from the main menu. Haha!

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That's me picking ingredients for my Make Your Own Breakfast meal at The Breakfast Table

I ordered Chicken Longganisa, fried rice, and atsara. Unfortunately, the achara wasn’t available and I ended up choosing ginisisang kamatis. Upon being served, the waiter mentioned Vigan longganisa and it caused confusion from our table because no one ordered such. I told the server that I was waiting for Chicken Longganisa; the server then said that what he made a mistake that it was actually Chicken Longganisa that he was serving. Since I wasn’t sure what Vigan longganisa really looked like, I accepted the food and proceeded to have my fill. Unfortunately, the Chicken Longganisa I was supposed to be eating didn’t taste quite like how I was expecting it. It was a little on the sour side, and I was expecting a sweetened longganisa. As I was eating, I was doubting if they really served me the correct order. Hence, I didn’t enjoy my meal as much as my friends were enjoying theirs.

Kristel ordered sardine rice, Tuguegarao longganisa, and soft boiled egg. She kept saying “Sarap” until she finished eating her meal. I must say she did love her meal since she has high standards when it comes to just about anything. ;)

Ian, on the other hand, had the most appealing meal. He ordered Eggs TBT, which is The Breakfast Table’s versions of Eggs Benedict. Eggs TBT is different from other Eggs Bens in such a way that it has 2 poached eggs, tinapa flakes, Pinoy Hollandaise, Challah or a loaf of white leavened bread, and a petite salad on the side. Prepare to shell out PhP 195 if you find yourself craving for Eggs TBT. Ian also ordered Taho Shake for PhP 99. The Taho Shake was pretty good.  It had lots of Tapioca balls, which I loved. I loved the Tapioca balls so much that I asked Ian if I could just finish the rest of the tapiocas from the Taho Shake. Haha! Ian says his food was okay; I was expecting he’d like it a lot because the poached eggs looked really appetizing.

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How about you? Have you tried eating at The Breakfast Table? :p

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I’ve been looking for an affordable and high quality compact powder for the longest time. Unfortunately, other pressed powders I have used usually end up giving me some pimple across my face. Don’t get me wrong. These pressed powders give me a nice glow while I have them on my face. I get great photos when wearing these pressed powders, but sometimes I feel like I’d rather deal with slightly oily skin instead of getting pimples for a few days. Makes sense, right?

However, there are still days when I wish my face wasn’t all that shiny. So, I went on another hunt for the pressed powder that would suit my needs. It was during one of these hunts, that I found out about Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder.

Being a product of Shiseido, I immediately expected the pressed powder to cost a lot more than my set budget. After all, Shiseido is a trusted name in the makeup industry; it’s only natural for them to carry quality products that sell a bit more than your average pressed powder. At the time I found Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder in Greenhills, I was quite ready to shell out some extra cash. I guess you can say I was getting desperate to try something that works–even if it meant going a bit over my budget.

To my pleasant surprise, Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder does not cost a lot. I was expecting it to be at least PhP 500.00. However, this wonderful powder only cost me PhP 350.00. Not bad, right?

Not only is this pressed powder affordable, it works really well for me, too!

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I always find myself looking for prices of different services like hair treatments, cuts, nail spas, and massages before going to a salon or a spa to get the service I need.

Unfortunately, I don’t always find what I’m looking for online. As a result, I decided to grab a copy of Dermcare’s flyer and copying it to this blog to help you learn more about their rates and services. Hopefully, you’ll find this post useful and help you decide whether or not you want to try some of Dermcare’s services.

FACIAL CARE

1. Therapeutic/Pimple/Acne Control

a. Facial Cleaning                                                                 PhP 250.00
b. Thearapeutic Facial                                                        PhP 250.00
c. Pimple / Acne Treatment                                              PhP 300.00
d. – 5 Sessions                                                                      PhP 1,200.00

2. Whitening Facial Treatments
a. Facial with Kojic Whitening Mask                                  PhP 400.00
b. Facial with Seaweeds (anti-oxidant mask)                  PhP 350.00
c. Hydra Oxygen Facial                                                       PhP 500.00
d. VIP Whitening Facial Mask                                            PhP 300.00
e. – 5 sessions                                                                        PhP 1200.00
f. Facial with collagen / oatmeal/ cucumber mask          PhP 300.00 - PhP400.00
g. With non-surgical facelift                                                 PhP 400.00

3. Anti-aging Facial Treatments
a. Eyebag treatment                                                             PhP 300.00
b. Dermabrasion with Collagen Infusion                            PhP 600.00
c. Jade Facial Rejuvenation                                                  PhP 500.00
d. Diamond Power Peel Treatment                                     PhP 900.00

BODY TREATMENTS
a. Pure Body Bliss (Body scrub, massage, facial,            PhP 1,500.00
hair treatment, foot/hand spa)
b. Body Spa (Steam, bath, whitening body scrub,
massage)                                                                               PhP 900.00
c. Body Scrub Spa                                                                PhP 550.00
d. – 5 sessions                                                                       Php 1,200.00
e. Lightening Legs Scrub with Massage                           Php 400.00
f. Arms and Legs Scrub with Massage                             PhP 550.00
g. Neck Scrub (Bleaching)                                                  PhP 250.00
h. Arm Scrub (Bleaching)                                                   PhP 300.00
i. Back Cleaning with Scrub and Massage                        PhP 400.00
j. Stretch Mark Lightening                                                 PhP 400.00
k. Relaxing Body Massage with 1/2 hr steam                 PhP 450.00
l. Foot and Back Massage                                                   PhP 450.00
m. Hand Spa Therapy                                                        PhP 250.00
n. Foot Spa Therapy with Reflexology                             PhP 250.00

HAIR WAXING
a. Arms/Legs/Armpits/Upper Lip/Eyebrow/
Mustache/Face/Bikini Line                                               PhP 110.00 – PhP 600.00

IPL Laser Hair Removal                                              PhP 1000.00 up

Body Contouring
a. Cellutrim – Arms/Thighs/ Abdomen                            PhP 400.00 up
b. Cellutrim – Whole Package                                             PhP 1,200.00

HAIR TREATMENTS
a. Hair Rebonding                                                                 PhP 1500.00 up
b. Hair Spa                                                                             PhP 350.00
c. Hot Oil                                                                                PhP 300.00
d. Hair Cellophane                                                                PhP 700.00 up
e. Hair Dye/Color
f. Hair Reborn with Semi di Lino                                        PhP 350.00 up
g. Hair Rejuvenation for Damaged Hair                            PhP 350.00 up
h. Thio Relax/Semi-Rebond                                               PhP 800.00 up

There we have it a list of Dermcare’s Services and their rates. I hope you find this post can help you decide if you’d like to try any of Dermcare’s treatments.

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Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake pastry shop opened in Ortigas around June 2013. I’ve been passing by this shop for almost a year, but I regret not visiting them earlier now that I’ve tried what they have to offer.

A couple of days ago, I’ve been looking for cute cakes for Mothers’ Day. I accidentally saw some blogs talking about Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake’s creampuffs while hunting for a cake. As it so happens, I’ve been a cream puff fan since childhood. The blogs I’ve read kept raving about the cream puffs from Mr. Parks; unsurprisingly, curiosity got the better of me. I decided to pay Mr. Park’s a visit during my lunch break.

As I entered the pastry shop, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by all the breads, cookies, and cakes. I knew I was going to get some cream puffs, but seeing so many other pastries got me confused. I wanted to try all off them at once! Unfortunately, I only brought enough money to buy some cream puffs plus a meal and drink for lunch. However, that didn’t stop me from buying one other pastry. I got the sausage pizza for PhP 58.

As soon as I got back to the office, I quickly ate my lunch and had a few cream puffs.

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I took a bite out of the strawberry cream puff, but most of the strawberry cream filling ended on my palm and around my lips. My friend and I had a few laughs over these pastries because it was messy to eat. So what we did was to eat a whole cream puff.

As soon as I chewed on a whole strawberry cream puff, the filling burst in my mouth. It tasted so good! It felt like the cream enveloped the bread and the result was just oh so sinfully delicious! We kept eating a few more cream puffs, despite the meal we already had for lunch.

As for the Mr. Park’s sausage pizza, I made my mom and sibs taste it. It got mix reactions. One verdict was that it tasted good, but the spice used was a little too much. My sister even said we could try getting a slice of bread to eat with the pizza as to lessen the spice. One of my brothers, on the other hand, didn’t like it due to the aforementioned spices. Meanwhile, the sausage pizza was just right for me!

The following day, I went back to Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake. I bought 20 pieces of creampuffs for Php 200; it retails for PhP 14 though. I also bought 1 Sweet Long for PhP 60.

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I think this pastry’s at least 1 foot long! Just like the puffs, it’s filled with custard. Again, I brought this home for the siblings to try. This pastry got a unanimous vote this time. The sibs loved it so much, I had to return to Mr. Park’s again the following day. ;)

Now that it’s the weekend, I can’t go to the Korean pastry shop even if I wanted to. However, here are some more treats I’d like to try next time.

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The cakes prices range from PhP 300-600, depending on the size and design. Also, there are some cake slices you can buy for PhP 65. Not bad, right?

You can lear more about Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake by visiting their Facebook page here.

Or better yet, try dropping by their shops at the following locations:

1. Eton Emerald Lofts, Sapphire Rd. cor. Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

2. Main Branch
200 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City

3. 37 Polaris St., Bel-Air, Makati City

4. Unit 1, C&C Plaza Bldg., Friendship Hi-way cor. Volga st., Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga

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Shopping and having hair treatments are 2 of my favorite things to do, especially when I’m feeling a little down. However, you have to agree that these two hobbies can put a huge dent in my wallet if I’m not careful.

Luckily, I passed by HBC’s stall in Robinson’s Galleria. I ended up buying their waterproof mascara, 2 Hortaleza hair spa treatment, 2 Hortaleza hair coloring cream in light havana, and 2 Hortaleza 12% oxiding lotion. I paid less than PhP 1,000 considering I bought 7 items from the HBC stall. I would have paid at least PhP 2,000 for hair color alone if I decided to have hair treatments done by a professional.

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By the way, the ladies tending the store were really nice. They helped me decide which shade to buy in order to achieve the hair color I wanted. So yep, I’m pretty happy with my HBC haul.

It was not until a week after that I had time to color my hair using the Hortaleza products I bought. The hair coloring cream and oxidizing lotion are easy to use. You just need to follow the instruction printed inside the box and you’re good to go. However, here are the instructions in case you accidentally destroy the box before you get a chance to read them yourself.

Skin Sensitivity Test
It’s important NOT to skip this test. The first thing you need to do is to mix equal amounts of the hair coloring cream and the oxidizing lotion in a non-metallic bowl. Next, you need to clean a small patch of skin on your elbow or behind the ear and then dab a small amount of the mixture to the area using a cotton swab. Leave the mixture on the area for 24 to 48 hours. However, wash the area immediately if skin irritation, swelling and redness occurs. Also, do not use the hair color mixture if irritation occurs.

Hair Color Preparation
Once you’re sure you can continue with the hair color application, you can continue mixing an equal amount of the color cream and oxidizing lotion. By the way, you need to buy a certain oxidizing lotion depending on the hair color you have.

6% oxidizing lotion can be used if you will use basic colors or if you will cover grey hair.
9% oxidizing lotion is to be used if you wish to change the color of the hair of if you will use fashion colors.
12% oxiding lotion is suggested if you bought a coloring cream in blonde colors. This way, the blonde hue will be achieved more properly.

Now that you have the prepared the proper mixture, you can start coloring your hair section by section starting at your nape. Also, remember to place the hair color 1/2 inch away from the roots if the hair color mixture is lighter than your natural hair color. However, put the hair color from roots to tips if the mixture is darker than your natural hair color. Leave the mixture on the hair for at least 15 minutes and then wet the hair near the roots to let the color emulsify. Leave it for another 30 minutes.

I think I left the mixture on my hair for another 45 minutes, hoping for the color to properly coat each hair strand.

I then took a shower using just a hair conditioner. I didn’t use shampoo for at least 2 or 3 days so that it won’t strip the color off my hair. Not only that, it helped retain moisture and softness for my locks.

I don’t have a photo of my hair before I colored it, but it was a dark brown or mahogany color. If anyone’s interested, here’s the result of the Hortaleza 8.5 Light Havana on my hair.

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It looks even lighter under the sun, but I still haven’t taken a photo of myself out doors. I’ll try to update this blog once I have said photo.

How about you? Have you tried any of the HBC hair coloring creams? How did you like it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reading has always been a favorite hobby since childhood. I guess my aunt, who happens to be a teacher, has a big part in my love for books. She used to spend time with me and my siblings; teaching us how to write and read. I particularly remember her asking me to read my Children’s Book of Bible Stories out loud. She would then help me pronouncing big words. She also quizzed me about the Bibilical characters I have read about.

Years have passed and my love affair with book have continued to grow. Actually, I would say that it has evolved since I got myself a Kindle Paperwhite. With the Paperwhite, I’m able to read more often. Not only that, I can easily bring the gadget with me wherever I go; thanks to its slim built. Moreover, I take more than one book with me on a trip; try doing that with a physical book and you’ll run out of space fast.

However, I may be able to bring the Kindle Paperwhite with me to a trip on the beach, but I still worry about bringing the gadget near the water. I do not want to risk getting it wet.

Luckily, I heard about the Incipio Atlas waterproof case for the Paperwhite. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to surf the net to find more out more about this prouct.

Incipio website says that the Atlas Paperwhite case is designed to protect your Amazon reading device inside and out. Not only is it a waterproof case that comes with silicon plugs around the perimeter, it also features a sturdy hard-shell frame that protects the Paperwhite from scratches and accidental falls. It even has a soft shell interior that absorbs shock should your device be dropped.

I’m liking the protection feature so far, but wouldn’t this case interfere with my reading experience? After all, the Paperwhite has antiglare and touchscreen features. It would definitely suck if a case compromises my gadget’s features.

Fortunately, the Incipio Atlas has everything covered. It also has antiglare and won’t mess with my Paperwhite’s touchscreen function. Whoopie!

So yep, methinks I’m getting my hands on this waterproof case one of these days. For now, I’ll be content with a photo of the violet Incipio case

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Photo credits: Incipio website

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