Friday, September 28, 2012

You've Got Mail

I got something in the mail today...

Yep, that's right. The package from my aunt arrived this morning. Finally, my Elicia dress by Abercrombie & Fitch is here along with a few more other things.

My Elicia Dress
My Vinyasa Yoga Book. 
I bought this book from Amazon
Cabernet Sauvignon given by a cousin. We weren't able to bring this home during our stay in NJ so we decided to include this in the package.
The other stuff in the package is for the rest of the fambam. =) 

Good vibes! What a great way to start the weekend. 

Thanks Aunt Cherith! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Toast Box

Whenever me and the hubs feel like having yummy toasts, Nanyang coffee, Hainanese chicken and other Asian favorites, we always go to Toast Box.

Toast Box is a reflection of the coffee shops from the 60s and 70s, where the common practice for breakfast was a fragrant cup of Nanyang Coffee accompanied by freshly toasted bread. 




























Hainanese Chicken with Rice


I've noticed that Toast Box's menu here in Manila is a bit different from Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, they serve Beef Rendang. It was delicious!

Beef Rendang
Besides Nanyang coffee, one of my absolute favorites is their Milo Dinosaur.

Beverage Menu in HK
Sigh! Just writing this post makes me really hungry at this hour of the night. Lol.

I Heart Toast Box! 

{Toast Box info taken from here}

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life Lately...

I had the chance to meet one of my bestest friends for coffee earlier today despite our hectic schedules.

This photo was taken at the balcony of CBTL Bar in Bonifacio High Street
We were both loving the view so we had our photo taken here. Every time we get to see each other, we have never ending stories to tell.

XOXO

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Girl's Generation

K-Pop has been part of the Filipino culture these last few years but I wasn't really into it probably because of the hype. I prefer things that are not way too popular. Ironically, I saw these videos a few days ago playing on a television displayed at a local hardware store. I was smitten!




I guess it's better late than never. ;) I'm now officially a fan!

By the way, I got my Korean Visa today. =)

{Videos sourced from YouTube}

Monday, September 24, 2012

Milk Tea Faves

Happy Monday Lovelies! Sharing with you my favorite Milk Tea Spots around the Metro.

The first on my list is the Black Tea with Milk from Saint's Alp Teahouse. Their dumplings and noodle soups are yummy too! I mostly frequent the branch that is located in Katipunan Avenue since it's only a few floors down from my yoga studio.

Saint's Alp Teahouse in Bonifacio Global City





























Black Tea with Milk and Pearls
My second favorite is the Winter Melon Milk Tea with Pearl from Gong Cha. I first tasted this from a former colleague who have been nice enough to bring some for me and a friend. It was delicious! I also like their Gong Cha Milk Chocolate.


























Gong Cha's infamous Winter Melon Milk Tea





































And my third favorite is the Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese from Happy Lemon. My husband however prefers their Roasted Milk Tea with Pearls or their Lemon Yakult drink.

Happy Lemon in Promenade Mall, Greenhills

























Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese
Currently, these are my top three. I promise to blog more in detail about each tea house soonish! Take Care!

{Images sourced from 1,2,3,4,5, and 6}

Friday, September 21, 2012

Yoga by Equinox


I'm just amazed on what the yoga-honed body can do. The transition of the poses are so fluidly executed by Briohny Smyth, one of Equinox's yoga teachers.

This yoga superstar's gracefulness is an inspiration but I'm not aiming for this. I believe that yoga is respecting what your body can do and knowing its limits. It is enough that I do my best in every chance I get to practice.

Namaste!

{Video sourced from Equinox's YouTube Channel}

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Part 1: Places I Have Yet to See...

Including these beautiful places in my bucket list.

1.) The Eiffel Tower (France)

2.) Shirakawa Village (Japan)

3.) Thermal Pools (Turkey)

4.) Abu Simbel (Egypt)
5.) Prague (Czech Republic)

6.) Rapunzel Tower (Great Britain)

7.) Mineral Salt Baths in Terme de Saturnia (Italy)

Sigh! Wishin' I have all the time and resources. =)

{Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and  7}

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Heat by Bill Buford

This book served as an inspiration to travel back to The City and experience the gastronomic ecstasy Babbo brings to the palate.



Heat chronicles the culinary adventures of Bill Buford who apprenticed under Mario Batali.

I find this excerpt from The Road to Wigan Pier enlightening. This is written at the start of Heat's First Chapter: Dinner with Mario.

"A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into; the other functions and faculties may be more godlike, but in point of time they come afterwards. A man dies and is buried, and all his words and actions are forgotten, but the food he has eaten lives after him in the sound or rotten bones of his children. I think it could be plausibly argued that changes of diet are more important than changes of dynasty or even of religion. The Great War, for instance, could never have happened if tinned food had not been invented. And the history of the past four hundred years in England would have been immensely different if it had not been for the introduction of root-crops and various other vegetables at the end of the Middle Ages, and a little later the introduction of  non-alcoholic drinks (tea, coffee and cocoa) and also of distilled liquors to which the beer-drinking English were not accustomed. Yet it is curious how seldom the all-importance of food is recognized. You see statues everywhere to politicians, poets, bishops, but none to cooks or bacon-curers or market gardeners." - George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier


Reminiscing my pre-birthday dinner at Babbo


























I miss Babbo's Bucatiniall’Amatriciana with Guanciale, Hot Pepper and Pecorino!

Italian food is love!

{Book's Image from Cooking for Engineers}

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Elicia Dress

I have visited most shops of Abercrombie & Fitch in Atlanta, malls near Ridgewood and their flagship store located on Fifth Avenue, New York in search for their Elicia dress. I went home empty handed. Boo! During that time, I have never opted to purchase the dress online.

A&F's Elicia Dress is made of 100% Cotton in a classic fit. It's super soft with a cute grosgrain ribbon belt at the waist and of course, their signature moose embroidery at the hem.

When I went back home in Manila, I still can't get it off my mind. So one day, I decided to take a peek at A&F's website and there it was, the dress already on clearance. Woot woot! This time without having any second thoughts I purchased it right away, had it delivered to my aunt's house in Ridgewood so it can be included in the package she's planning to send home. I can't wait! A few more days to go till it arrives.


While waiting for my Elicia Dress, I thought it would be fun to create a set here with items that would complement it.

My Elicia Dress


Abercrombie & Fitch / Gotha long cardigan / Kenneth Cole Reaction platform sandals / Leather handbag / Dangle earrings

So, what do you think?

XOXO

Monday, September 17, 2012

Robin's Eggs

A robin is a bird of Spring (though it may be fall now in other parts of the globe), a time of new growth and new beginnings. It lays powder blue eggs, a color that is associated with heavenly inspiration. It is also the signature color of Tiffany & Co. 


The photo shown above was taken on a weeping cherry tree planted at the front yard of our Aunt Cherith's home on our very first day in Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was our first time to see actual robin's eggs. They're so exquisite! 

An egg signifies new life. And since today's a Monday let us try to think of it as another chance to discover, make changes and enjoy life to its full potential instead of treating it as another miserable or manic Monday. :)

I'm leaving this post with a quote from J.B. Priestly:

"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." 

I'm wishing everybody a great week ahead!

Be inspired! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Vintage Camera Lovin'

Sharing something vintage for you this Friday.

This is one of the first Nikon SLRs which was bought by my father-in-law during his trip to Japan in the 1970s. It is still in perfect working condition. The hubs and I bought the battery for this camera during our trip to the U.S. last May because it is not available locally anymore. I'm not 100% sure though.

Anyway, let me introduce to you The Nikkormat EL 1972 (Nikomat in Japan). The EL is the first Nikon that incorporated an electronically controlled vertical travel shutter. This was produced in white/black chrome versions.

My father-in-law's SLR kit





























































































Now off to test it with a roll of Kodak film with 36 shots.

Happy Friday!


























Thursday, September 13, 2012

Alon's Bakery & Market

As promised, I am sharing my Alon's Bakery & Market experience. While we were on vacation in Altanta, my brother-in-law took us one afternoon to a European-styled neighborhood bakery market that has won the Best of Atlanta awards since 1992. They have the best chocolate croissant ever! (I have seriously been searching for the perfect chocolate croissant since I have watched Meryl Streep's and Alec Baldwin's movie: It's Complicated)

Alon's Bakery in Ashford Dunwoody




























A wide selection of wines and other beverage

Alon's is proud to be an all made from scratch bakery and market. They use natural starters for their breads. Their pastries are made with high quality butter and their desserts are made with several high quality chocolates such as Scharffen Berger, Valrhona and El Rey. They also use fresh cream.


























Alon's also serve freshly made pizza and other prepared gourmet food.

Honey
Coffee



Candies
Alon's also have artisan cheeses, a large selection of fresh breads, made-to-order sandwiches and other specialty items. They have a mini coffee bar and an ice cream section too! We tried their burgers and they were really good. 

This place is awesome! <3 <3 <3
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