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OOTD: White and Silver in Summer Sweet Treats

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It’s May already! Time flies so fast, next thing we know we are closing the year. But before closing the year, may I ask, “Have you spent time with your treasured friends?”

As for me,( you been reading it) since it’s my vacation, I maximize the time I have to do the things I want and be with the people I love, my family, friends and myself.

In this post, I will tell you about someone who has been with me since my grade school years, someone who never left my side despite of my tantrums and someone to whom I share my greatest problems, triumphs, apprehensions, dreams, disappointments and happiness- my bestfriend. We’re actually equally opposite but I know that I can tell her anything without any reservation. Time tested our relationship already. We cried together for lost love, dream despite of limitations and pursuing life knowing we are still together side by side. We need not to be with each other nor talk everyday. We’re just secured with the fact that we are true and honest with each other despite of different circle of friends that we have.

Anyway, her name is Eunice and just before April ends we finally had our bonding! Super thanks to Starbucks Philippines! LOL!  Because of their buy 1 take 1 treat for Caramel Ribbon Crunch, me and le bestfriend rushed to Resorts World Manila (RW) and had that ever-desired time of our lives (especially MY LIFE, since she treated me... see how opportunistic I am? LOL)

We’re lucky enough to reach the line since we went out past 4pm already and the promo is until 5pm only. Good thing RW is just two streets away from my home and 3 streets away from hers. We just took a tricycle so we can less the chances that we will be late. 🙂 When we reached the counter the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frap was already sold out, but good thing they have an alternative deal… and that is to buy any frappucinno beverage and take 1 free! Yey!

To cut it short, we had our drinks! Yipee!

To cut it short, we had our drinks! Yipee!

To make our bonding a little longer we decided to dine in at Mcdonald’ s and again it was her treat. I insist to pay my bills but she refused! She was a ever kind and lovely bestfriend. Isn’t she? LOL! But kidding aside, that’s absolutely true!

This is my bestfriend Eunice.

This is my bestfriend Eunice.

and this is... ME! Sorry! We don't have our monopad yet :)

and this is… ME!
Sorry! We don’t have our monopad yet 🙂

The theme of RW’s activity hall that time is all about sweet treats. And I just can’t go home without my photos taken in that adorable spot! There were stalls of cupcakes, French macaroons, ice creams, cake and a lot more. Nevertheless, with my white and silver outfit, my bestfriend just knows exactly what I want- to have my photos taken on that colorful and delicious-looking themed stage. Yey!

 

So here was my photos:

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In this look:

white meshed to- EZRA (bought from Zalora PH)

silver shiny shorts- Rvmped ByNikkimanas

zebra print loafers- Sole Mate

Just to be fair, I also took a photo of her and as I mentioned, as contrast with me, she doesn’t really want to have as many photos as I would want to have and that means one is enough.

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So that was our bonding. We actually talk much of anything, whether it is in past, future or present. And you know why I made a post talking about my dearest bestfriend? It is because today (when this post will be published- May 5) is her birthday! Yey! Happy Birthday Eunice! Wish you everything that your heart desires! I’m always here for you for this one more year and beyond. I love you so much! God Bless!

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Our Magnum Store Experience + Side (Food) Trips at SM Aura

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It is great to be with your friends. Much, it is better to be with them in exploring something new. Last week I am so happy to be reunited with my college friends. This is not the first time I made a post about them. We actually have that annual simple get together to catch up with each other during summer. And this time we headed to something new in the country, the Magnum Store at SM Aura. I read a lot of blog posts about it since it opened last April 8. And I am more than excited to try it out so I suggested the place to my beloved friends and luckily, they agreed! That’s why last April 25, we finally visit the place plus had our tour at SM Aura. We are four who went to SM Aura. Remember April (my friend)? The one who get married last December (I made a blog post for her wedding here)… Unexpectedly, she’s expecting already and she still went with us all the way from Bulacan (talking about how dedicated she is to our friendship). She actually said that she needs to ease boredom from staying at home during our longest vacation in our profession- SUMMER! And I also think she needs her walking exercise, so instead of taking a cab, we agreed to take train from the nearest MRT station at our meeting place and that’s EDSA Taft Avenue. We went to Ayala then got into a jeepney going to SM Aura. I am more than glad to see her so ‘game’ as before even if she is now bearing a child. She never complained throughout our trip despite of the heat. Oh well, I must say, I’m just so proud of her! Yay! Anyways, we met our friends at SM Aura. Henry and Maricar were there already waiting for us. After taking some snacks, we proceed to our agenda- the ultimate dessert in town- MAGNUM!

The very first thing that captured my attention at Magnum Store. This is made of popsicles sticks!

The very first thing that captured my attention at Magnum Store. This is made of popsicle sticks!

Let’s see the interior of the store…

These lights looks like chocolate drippings. Isn't it?

These lights looks like chocolate drippings. Isn’t it?

While this one take us to the view of their resto. It was full when we come in.

While this one take us to the view of their resto. It was full when we come in.

I am actually surprised with the long line. I never thought for a while that eating an ice cream will set a trend, then I remember that this is not just an ordinary ice cream. This is something you can create as you please, something personalized, something that will hit the ‘soft spot’ in your taste buds.

Because of the long line, we opted to take a seat first

Because of the long line, we opted to take a seat first

Since the Magnum Store was so full and we are practically in a budget, we didn’t get the ones that take as a ‘course dessert’. I also think those are quite overrated with the 10% service fee/tax (or whatever that percentage is for)- just a comment from someone who is not a sweet tooth.  Due to that financial reasons (lol!) we try to spend less and just take the thrill of customizing our own Magnum which only costs us 100php! Wherein, you can choose three toppings to put in your own choice of vanilla or chocolate bars coated with gold, dark chocolate or milk chocolate by your own choice as well!

Just to give you an idea on how the process goes about with your customized Magnum, here is a photo I grabbed from google. *credits to the photo owner*

Just to give you an idea on how everything goes about with your customized Magnum, here is a photo I grabbed from Google. *credits to the photo owner*

These were the choices for the coating...

These were the choices for the coating…

... while these are the choices for your toppings...

… while these are the choices for your toppings…

Then the attendant will put all 3 toppings you choose and shake it in a shaker

Then the attendant will put all 3 toppings you choose and shake it in a shaker (I think for the consistency on how the toppings will be diffused! lol! I’m not so sure!)

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Then they will on your Magnum.

Then they will top it on your Magnum and you are about to enjoy the Magnum made just for you!

Just a closer look... Just be reminded that this 100php worth of Magnum is just available for take-out so you should take your master piece as you stroll at the mall. Don’t worry with the drippings of your melted sweet treats as they will provide you with a decent carton plate to ensure that you can finish it as tidy as possible. Yey! Here are our master pieces! Yay!

This was Henry's...

This was Henry’s…

while Maricar got this.

while Maricar got this.

and our first-time eater of Magnum, April made it this way...

while our first-time eater of Magnum, April made it this way…

and mine was like this. I put pistacio bits, chopped dried mangoes and honey comb on it plus a drizzle of dark chocolate= LOVE!

and mine was like this.
I put pistachio bits, chopped dried mangoes and honey comb on it plus a drizzle of dark chocolate= LOVE!

Oh! just a reminder! If you’re not a sweet tooth like me, I personally advised variations of the taste range of the toppings- subtle sweet, salty, sour… or anything you wish than combining all sweet products so that you can enjoy it more. As with me and my friends we head on to Starbucks to finish our customized Magnums and have our chit chats while taking some drinks that will at least minimize that ‘rock on’ sweetness we got from our magnificent dessert.

Henry and Maricar got this...

Henry and Maricar got this…

And since my preggy friend can't take coffee, she just had a slice of blue berry cheese cake.

And since my preggy friend can’t take coffee, she just had a slice of blue berry cheese cake.

and these are mine... :)

and these are mine… 🙂

I got myself a Tazo in giant peach and a mug of water on the rocks (lol!) which just complimented that sweet sensation from my dessert.

Catching up with your trusted friends can be as simple as gathering in a table and talking about random things.. ;)

Catching up with your trusted friends can be as simple as gathering in a table and talking about random things.. 😉 AMAZING!

team stripes...

team stripes… me and Henry

team aztec and hippie :)  April and Maricar

team aztec and hippie 🙂
April and Maricar

Since, some of us still can’t get enough of that sweet sensation, and Henry just celebrated his birthday, we took the opportunity to have a ‘celebration’ with him (as we usually do during our college days). We are more than pleased to be treated to a lavish Chinese cuisine from Four Seasons food chain that can be found along the food court of SM Aura that they call Food on Four. The prices were really affordable! Moreover, the taste of the foods were awesome! The soup was amazing since the veggies are not overcooked and the side dishes or ‘short orders’ like dimsums and chicken feet were all tasty!

our meal

our meal

wanton noodle soup... their wanton was so meaty and full!

wanton noodle soup… their wanton was so meaty and full!

Henry personally love chicken feet that's why he ordered two sets of this. It is mouth-watering!

Henry personally love chicken feet that’s why he ordered two sets of this. It is mouth-watering!

while my personal request is my ever favorite and undying... hakao or fresh shrimp dumpling! Irresistable!!!

while my personal request is my ever favorite and undying… hakao or fresh shrimp dumpling! Irresistible!!!

while April loves the taste of this bean curd roll. This is somewhat a stuffed tofu with sauce.

while April loves the taste of this bean curd roll. This is somewhat a stuffed tofu with sauce.

and these are quail eggs dimsum. It was my first time to see something like this but unfortunatelly, I am so occupied with the wanton soup and hakao and I was so full to take this. Maybe next time :)

and these are quail eggs dimsum. It was my first time to see something like this but unfortunately, I am so occupied with the wanton soup and hakao and was so full to take this. Maybe next time 🙂

more than happy!

more than happy!

Burp! I was so full after that and I believe my friends as well. I am more than happy having them once in a while- four of us- me, April, Maricar and Henry… but of course it would be better to be with more classmates/friends from college in every gathering like this one. Sadly, some of them are always busy with their careers or just can’t be there due to their personal reasons that we cannot interfere in any way.  But they are still welcome and loved (quite sentimental here! ) As with us four, as much as possible, when the time permits we try to see each other and catch up with one another. It was good to see each of us grow from time to time, me with my career, April with her family life, Maricar with her career shift and Henry with his studies. Every time, we have new stories to tell, maybe sweet, sour, salty, spicy or sometimes bitter, just like the sumptuous food we took that day. But at the end of each gathering we had, for me, what really matters is not what particular food we ate that day but the company, the warmth and the friendship that will never be as sweet as any dessert in town nor as tasty as any Chinese food available because the relationship we have was slowly cooked by time well spent knowing and meeting at the middle of our differences, seasoned by right amount of love, passion and respect ,and finally,  preserved by trust that nothing can take away  the memories we build during our college years and until (hopefully) our last breath. So that’s it! Hope you enjoy my long post this time. How about you sweeties, how do you spend quality time with your friends? Let me know as you comment below.

*Credits to my lovable friends for the photos in this post- Henry, Maricar and April I grabbed those from their Facebook accounts lol! 

Review: Nivea Body Cream Extra Whitening Cell Repair and Protect

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Loving my skin is my ultimate goal this year. It includes taking care of my skin inside and out. I engage myself into eating the right kind of food, drinking water and having proper amount of sleep.  I also continue moisturizing my skin with lotions or body creams.

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The last tub I actually emptied was Nivea Body Cream Extra Whitening Cell Reapair and Protect which I actually got from Sample Room. I am more familiar of Nivea’s moisturizing cream that is in a blue metal flat tub that my older sister uses. And having a different kind of it actually excites me.

Its label says that it has a fast absorbing formula with Camu Camu and Acerola Cherry which offers 50x higher Vitamin C (compared to lemon extract) that helps repair accumulated dull and sun-damaged skin. It also has UVA/ UVB which filters protect your skin from harmful UV rays which induce pigmentation and cause dark, uneven skin.

As per my experience with the product here’s my take:

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Absorption:  It easily absorb skin and it is non greasy. After a minute or to the body cream is spread and absorbed already by the skin.

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Moisturizing:  Its effect is pretty amazing! A pea size of it can go a long way. My skin is highly moisturized when I am using it.

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Whitening: No noticeable effect in this aspect.

Smell: It has a terrifying elegant smell that last long. I just love it!

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Will I buy it? Maybe not. Since I am after the whitening properties of the lotion or body cream that I use I would prefer getting another product that will give me a maximum effect. The product made the skin really moisturized yet it did not whiten my skin even if I finished a tub of it.

I would highly recommend this for the ones who really want a moisturized and elegant smelling skin this summer.

How about you sweeties? What’s your favourite lotion or body cream this summer?

 

 

OOTD: Royal Plains and Florals + A Road Trip to Tagaytay

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Hi sweeties! Happy Easter! How was your long weekend?  For Catholics like me, hope you were able to reflect on the passion of Christ with your family. For others, I hope you enjoy and were able to rest well.

With me, I was able to take that long vacation as an opportunity to enjoy with my family and also go to church to celebrate our faith. Part of this is our visit to some places in Tagaytay.

Anyway, in this post I will share to you my OOTD last Maundy Thursday as well as a mini travel post about our trip at the city of Retirement Haven, Tagaytay.

My mom’s cousins decided to have a simple get together during this year’s Holy week and we end up having a road trip along the South. With some kiddos, we visit places that they will surely enjoy.

The future generation :)

The future generation 🙂

Just to be comfortable in our whole day activity, I pick out an attire that will make me last through walking, and unpredictable temperature of the city. I brought with me a cardigan and a nice piece of shawl to accentuate my look and to be my company in the cold temperature we are actually expecting during the road trip.

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In this look:

White Cardigan- Lhot’s Fashion House

Blue Bohemian Top- 2K, Glorietta

Floral Printed leggings- Rvmped ByNikkimanas

Black Bow Sandals- c/o my sisters officemate 🙂

shawl- a gift many years ago 🙂

gold watch- Casio

Just a closer look...

Just a closer look…

black shouder bag- Lacoste

black shoulder bag- Lacoste

Plain and Florals

Royal Plains and Florals

Our first stop was Palace in the Sky. The breath-taking scenery on top of the big stones on the mountainous area which is overlooking the places nearby is awesome. We also climb up a tower where I was able to see a huge size statue of Jesus which I think was the best of the views I’ve seen at Tagaytay. Touching the statue was a unique experience. It seems to be moving because of the gentle breeze and cold air. As I look up into it, the blue sky made the view more solemn that will surely lead you to reflect and pray about that magnificent experience.

A stop over as we climb to the palace

A stop over as we climb to the palace

Our family did it! Yours truly, with my mom and siblings...

Our family did it! Yours truly, with my mom and siblings…

Me with my brother, mom, grandmother and uncle... Its hard to find the resemblance of my facial features to them because I got my look from my father. :)

The 2 generations. Me with my brother,  uncle, grandmother and mom… Its hard to find the resemblance of my facial features to them because I got my looks from my father. 🙂

I named this as the best photo I captured during our road trip. I am happy I was able to took a photo of this spectacular scenery. :)

I named this as the best photo I captured during our road trip. I am happy I was able to took a photo of this spectacular scenery. 🙂

Pineapples in Tagaytay are really sweet! I just don't know with this one. lol!

Pineapples in Tagaytay are really sweet! I just don’t know with this one. lol!

Next stop was Picnic Groove. I remember being in that place when I was in high school and having our field trip along the green grass with our lunch boxes. Lol! But the place seems to change and became commercialized. More activities are available to people to enjoy just like horseback riding, zip line, photo opts, foot spas and of course, picnic courses.

She is afraid of heights but she was able to conquer the hanging bridge at Picnic Groove! Brave kid!

Elisha is afraid of heights but she was able to conquer the hanging bridge at Picnic Groove! Brave kid!

An over-looking view of Taal Volcano from the deck.

An over-looking view of Taal Volcano from the deck.

Our family, decided to have horseback riding and walking along the place. The kids enjoyed the horseback riding and the 350php fee for an hour was really used up to its last minute. Their eyes were sparkling after that experience. Some of them even try it out for three times which I think, an authentic proof that they really enjoy the activity.

Horseback riding with my youngest sister, Elisha.

Horseback riding with my youngest sister.

Lastly, we went to Sky Ranch, a mini-amusement park at Tagaytay. The place was so nice and colorful! A perfect get-away for those who love carousels, ferris wheels, vikings and more amusement rides! Food concessionaires also offer reasonable prices at this place. That’s why, if you don’t really like to take the rides, you can just enjoy their sumptuous food with less guilt for your pockets.

The blue skies are magnificent! Isn't it? A great weather to enjoy the place!

The blue skies are magnificent! Isn’t it? A great weather to enjoy the place!

But since this was our last stop, we seemed to be “low-bat” already and just decide to sit down at a side and watch the mascots at the place doing their dance moves. (Sorry, I don’t really know what to call them.) And we just end up there until it’s time to go.

We're just okay watching everyone shouting around. We're too tired of the long walks but we still manage to smile. It was a happy day!

We’re just okay watching everyone shouting around. We’re too tired of the long walks but we still manage to smile. It was a happy day!

Though the places are not as grant as its name suggested I feel happy to reach those. I just hope that the government will take the necessary actions that will lead to its restoration. Those tourist spots are nice to go to. If only the city government will be able to do something to improve those, I am sure that more tourists will come and see its goodness.

Should I say more?

Should I say more?

The activity we had with our family was amazing! We seldom gather for this kind of event. Seeing everyone smiling and having a good time despite of the raging heat of the sun and long walks was really rewarding. Truly, a bonding time is a must for a family. But of course, during this season, let us also remember the true essence of the long vacation; it is not just to have a bonding, trip or a party but to strengthen our faith to our savior, Jesus Crist.

How about you sweeties, how did you spend your Holy Week? Hope to read from you. You just have to hit the comment box below. Have a great week ahead!