Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Car Crush

I've always had a thing for cars that are functional and environment-friendly. I'm so glad to learn that Nissan released their own version in the market. To be honest, I was surprised that they would create one since I have always perceived them to be a bit plain even if they make excellent quality cars.

Meet the Nissan Leaf. It's a five-door hatchback all-electric car that has zero emission which reduces dependence on petroleum therefore minimizing our carbon foot print on Earth. =)

LEAF stands for Leading, Environment-friendly, Affordable, Family car

Lurve lurve lurve the interior! Uh-oh this means no eating inside the car. 
Large trunk space
Nissan Charging
This may not be the dreamiest in my dream car list but because it is reasonably priced I might be able to turn dream car number five into reality.

For further details about the Nissan Leaf, you can visit this site.

How about you? What's your latest car crush?

{Image 1,3,4 and 5 from TriplePundit, Image 2 from AutoBlog}

Monday, October 29, 2012

Refresh Your Space Part 1

I wanted to revive our room a little but didn't have the time for a complete makeover. I also didn't want to spend that much moolah. So I tapped my creative resourceful side and thought of a simple project that would spruce up our bedroom wall.

What I did first was measure the spacing of the screws that were already placed on the wall so I can identify what size of picture frames to buy. After getting all the needed information, I immediately bought 3 pieces of 6x8 picture frames with a white border.

Next, I raided the quotes category of Pinterest and selected two quotes that is appropriate for our mindset and lifestyle. Then I googled a picture of an owl which was printed on an Iphone case being sold at my favorite bookstore that I couldn't get my mind off. I finally saw it on Gelaskins' website. And then had these all printed at a Kodak shop nearby.

My personal criteria of what to post on our wall are:

1.) A quote about travel
2.) A beautiful photo of an owl (I have thing for owls!)
3.) A quote that exude positivity and optimism

And these photos below meet my criteria perfectly.

This is how our wall looks like now:

This is a simple way to quickly take your wall from plain to pretty!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Celebratory Dinner at Sariwon Korean Barbecue

In preparation for my friend's trip to Seoul next week, we held a celebratory dinner at Sariwon Korean Barbecue located in Bonifacio High Street Central. I labeled the occasion "celebratory" because my friend Rhea and her husband Carlos are celebrating their ninth year together as a couple.

My favorite hangout/mall
My very good friends Rhea and Carlos
Mike and me
We arrived at BHS in the afternoon and we started the festivities by having ice-blendeds from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf then we went around to check some of the stores that recently opened and tried a few clothes from our favorite brand, Promod. (Thank God for our very patient and loving husbands!) Until it was time for dinner...

Sariwon had the yummiest appetizers. I recognized the kimchi but I can't name them all. Note to self: I should research more about Korean food.

Free tea and appetizers. Yummy!
Baby Potatoes

Mashed sweet potato

Salad made of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, onions and a really tasty dressing
And now the Main Course...

Deungsim Yangnyeom Bulgogi
Honey marinated slices of  USDA choice beef grilled at the table served with freshly made sweet potato noodles.

Dwaeji Galbi
Juicy grilled pork loin that comes with lettuce and a special sauce
Sariwon Korean Barbecue's facade
The food was absolutely delicious! It is the best Korean food I've ever tasted here in the Metro. 

Happy Anniversary Carlos & Rhea! May you have more happy years together. 

{Last image from When in Manila}

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Island of Coron

It's been a while since I've hit the local beaches here in the Philippines. I use to go to the beach at least twice a year but these past few years I chose to use my free time to travel overseas instead. That's how my wanderlust began...

Anyway, most of the stuff I've been posting has been about international travel but this time I'd like to share something from my motherland. I'm pretty sure that a lot of people have heard about the talcum powdery white sand beaches of Boracay and its infamous party scene however if you prefer something more serene and closer to mother nature I suggest you go to Coron, Palawan's pristine beaches.

The Philippines is composed of 7,108 islands (during low tide) and 7,107 islands (if high tide). There are a lot of beautiful beaches here but this particular one has captured my heart.

We arrived at Busuanga's Airport. It was about a 45 minute flight from Manila
The view from the top of the 700 steps we climbed
A local fisherman
This area reminds me of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings
Entrance to the twin caves
See how clear the water is?
Our group at the Twin Caves' entrance (I'm the one second to the right)
View from top of the hill on our way to Kayangan Lake
Banana Island
We were the only people in Banana Island. The experience was amazing!

There's plenty of fish in the sea.  Literally!  The boys didn't even have to swim that far. 
The girls enjoying the sun, sand and sea. 
Lunch! (Too bad, I'm allergic to crabs so I ate grilled tuna instead)
View of Malcapuya Island from the cliff
Wingardium Leviosa
One of Palawan's beautiful islands. This is our view from the airplane on our way back home to Manila.
Our group did the following activities:

- Island hop
- Snorkel
- Hike
- Eat and Drink ;)
- Chill
- Sunbathe

Sorry I didn't get to take snaps of the place where we stayed. The room's rate per night was cheap but it was spacious and clean. It had air condition, hot and cold shower and provides free breakfast. It wasn't that bad.

Of course a beach trip won't be complete in the Philippines without an hour's worth of full body massage from a "manang masahista" (trained elder ladies with IDs waiting on the shore with bottles of virgin coconut oil) which is available at the island for Php 300  (about $6.00 USD) + tip.

This trip was way back in March 2009.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page  - Saint Augustine

{Images were taken by my friend Lou Anne}

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tote-ally Bliss and Blessed

I spent the weekend with my side of the family. My sister recently arrived from Atlanta and I received a "pasalubong" from her. Pasalubong is a Tagalog (Filipino) term for homecoming present. It's a big part of the Filipino culture. It literally means a gift for a relation or friend brought by a traveler returning from a trip.  

I got Tote-ally Bliss by Bliss Spa, a spa-to-go trio of must have face+body blends. It contains Bliss Spa's most sought after face and body formulas namely: Lemon + Sage Soapy Suds, Lemon + Sage Body Butter and their Fabulous Foaming Face Wash bundled in a convenient re-usable zip tote. I'm a big fan and patronizer of their Lemon + Sage bath + body line. I previously posted about it here

Tote-ally Bliss re-usable zip tote

This is my first time to have the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. I'm excited to try it. It will probably work well with my Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream. I'm thinking of starting a list of Bliss products that I want to procure in the future.  Sigh! Why can't my Bliss obsession ever be satiated?

My sister's pasalubong is very timely. I already enjoyed used the last few drops of my soapy suds and body butter last Friday. Thank you dear sister for your thoughtfulness! You never fail to surprise me. Much lurve goes out to you! Mwah! 

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Best of Archie Comics Volume 1

Finally, I have made the decision to purchase this comic book compilation earlier today at Fully Booked and give in to the reading pleasures it will bring.

It is best enjoyed when accompanied by a bar of white chocolate from Marks & Spencer. Aaaahhhh....Just like old times! 

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Wild Duck Pond at Saddle River County Park

Some of the things I miss doing when I was in the States were the days spent biking or "just chillin" in the park. My absolute favorite hangout is the Wild Duck Pond at Saddle River County Park located near my aunt's home in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  It's paradise in the middle of suburbia.

Taking a rest from biking. It's such a serene scene!

Saddle River County Park's Wild Duck Pond
Why hello there Mr. Wild Duck!
Wild ducks

The park also has a playground and picnic tables
Off to ride my bike again. 
Bike Trail
Wouldn't it be nice if we have more of these public parks here in Metro Manila?

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Man's Best Friend

I love dogs. They make excellent family pets. Aside from the fact that they are super cute and cuddly, they're such loyal beings too! Studies have shown that pet owners live longer, healthier lives. Maybe because pets bring us great joy, promote our well-being by buffering us from stress which is one of the huge reasons people get ill. And because dogs need to be walked and be brought to places, we also get our dose of exercise and sometimes meet other people along the way too who later on become our acquaintances or even good friends. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

My documented encounters with man's best friend aka canine lupus familiaris

Playing with Kuya Erick's Shetland Sheepdogs (photo taken in Ontario, Canada)
with Ate Rachelle's Maltese Dogs Lucy and Annabelle
Uncle Mike's family Poodle: Evan
Uncle Sid's Japanese Akita: Asia
A bored bystander in Boracay taken by my friend Phoebe way back in 2007
with Kathy and Bryan's Chow Chow named Chubby
my brother's Labrador Retriever: Cameron Daltonburg
Our family princess: Loolly the Pomeranian
Another spoiled family member: Tinker (Shih-tzu)
Took a photo of these two cute Pekingese dogs at Stanley Market, Hong Kong 
A dog walker in Fifth Avenue NYC. I wonder how much she earns in a day.

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."
Milan Kundera
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