#TryLocal

#TryLocal

I have to admit I am an overbuyer. Regardless if I need it or not, I shop and look for things. The internet is a dark place, you can get sucked in the minute you get distracted. However, I found some great finds lately and I am proud to say that they are local brands. These are the ones that thrive via online shops and bazaars. I am a fan and inspired by some of their stories. I got to ask them questions due to my inquiries. They are accommodating to queries which I think is very crucial especially for online transactions.

I’m pretty sure you are now curious with the list so here’s a rundown:

Shiq Bag (@shiqbags)

This brand is inspired by the femininity, combining classic and modern styles. Their bags are of style and function. There I was looking for a bag that can fit my laptop and I came across the Amber tote.  It’s waterproof and can fit my laptop. Well, not actually. It is 13″ so the size of the bag is quite exact. Plus points to Shiq for customized bags. Just add P50 for every letter. It’s the best bag I use when I need errands to do since it seemed small but it can fit a lot.

Designs by Shima (@designsbyshima)

I actually forgot how I found this brand. What got me hooked is the actual bag which can fit a laptop. This time, it’s for real! My order took some time since it still needs to be produced but it was all worth it. I got to buy a wallet to match with it too! It’s amazing as it is perfect for travel because my passport perfectly fits. This bag can be worn 4 different ways: crossbody, shoulder bag, hand bag and backpack. Definitely handy!

Obsession Without Limits (@obsessionswithoutlimits)

My fondness for crystal necklace stemmed from a Christmas gift from my former boss a few Christmases ago. I kept searching on how to create my own but instead stumbled on this. I love their Prescripstone line since the crystals have meanings perfect each personality need. Every piece is unique as the stones are shaped differently. Another plus is that it is tarnish free. Of course, you need to properly take care of it.

Amber MNL (@ambermnl)

Needless to say, I did a whole blog post about it. See link: Head over Heels. I love how comfortable it is! They have a unique design for flats. Their chunky mid heels is pure love too! This brand is now a staple in my shoe closet.

Hey Jow (@heyjowph)

I love this brand and their different collaborations. The designs are unique and classy. It is fit for someone who wants to upgrade their accessory line. Their products are nicely packaged in a box. I got giddy when I received mine. Hey Jow is a piece that I love wearing if I want to amp up my outfit. A little pricey but the quality is superb perfect for special occasions.

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Hello 2018!

To be quite honest, I spent the first day of the year sleeping. It’s so good sleeping in. I wish I can savor the holidays more. I am quite unsure why but maybe as you get older you feel more tired or maybe just being plain lazy.

Anyway, last 2017 was really a year of transition for me. During the last part of the year, so much has been happening in my life and the people who surround me. Some people just come and go, I was able to finally fit in and learn more about myself. Bigger milestones for me came in this December in the form of a promotion and being free from financial debt.

I couldn’t be more happy with the blessings I was able to gain for this year. But to be quite honest, my 2018 will be more focused on the things that I need to improve on which is being motivated and creating the good habits. Health is wealth as they say and my metabolism has slowed down, my arms, thighs and puson are growing in a rate that I really don’t like. This is the biggest aspect I will be working on this coming year.

No new year’s resolution this year but since I know what I want and what I can tolerate, I will be using this to continually improve for 2018. I have so much to learn and experience. I excited of what the next year is bringing it.

What’s your new year like?

Better Than Before: The Start

Better Than Before: The Start

I am not sure if you still count 28 as part of the quarter life crisis. Maybe, it’s more about adulting. As you get old, you have different priorities and having a family really does shake up things. My priorities are different from my single friends or even those who are married without children.

To be quite honest, I am in this confused state and a possible time for transition (I keep seeing 11.11 recently not because of the Singles’ Day). I have never been more confused on what I wanted to do. How do you handle maturity, destroy bad habits, create good ones and the likes.

The bookworm in me always checks out bookstores and I came across this book, “Better Than Before”. This books talks about habits what influences the person, etc. Why am I reading it? The main reason is that I am feel like I am a starter. Example, my goal is to start my skincare routine. I’ll start it today, maybe one or two days then, I will be lazy doing it. Same goes when I tried to exercise or doing a to-do list and blogging. Unless I am accountable for it or I don’t have a deadline, I’m not motivated enough.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

So here I am writing about it because I feel like I want to be accountable. It may seem like I am writing a book report but I want to document my journey and realizations. So far, so good I’ve been answering some of the questions/tendencies. I’ll definitely share it to you on my next post.

Wish me luck!

Head over Heels

Head over Heels

After around two years, I finally got a new pair of shoes. I’ve been interested with the new trend of having mid heels. Mid chunky heels look really comfortable especially if you are wearing it for the office. I have been looking online and I cam across this brand: amber.mnl. You can follow them on Instagram.

Amber MNL is a local brand which sources their shoes in Marikina. You have to talk about quality! It’s definitely legit.

I saw their posts were the Lexie is on sale. It’s a pair of two-toned flats. Love that it’s in neutral colors perfect for office and daily wear. But here’s my first choice, the Feline mid heel sandal.

There a bit mistrust in ordering shoes since I am scared that it won’t fit. So I inquired and the customer service is just brilliant! They answered all my inquiries and I’m sold. I placed my order and waited for the delivery.

I don’t have the photo of the box but if got a bit squished. According to the team, they are still working on the packaging. Maybe something a little sturdier but no worries since my order is intact.

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Lexie in Two-toned Cream Beige and Grey and Feline in Black

Quite a busy weekend for me thus I left my package in the office. I got to try my Feline pair yesterday and it was glorious. Unlike other sandals that are quite heavy it’s quite nice and light. The heel is just comfortable to walk around a floor or two. I even tested it out around the mall since I went out after office.

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On my feet, the Feline.

Today, I wore the Lexie and it’s perfect too. I love the silhouette since it’s a bit pointed it makes my feet look sexy. Definitely worth the every peso!

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Super comfy! Presenting Lexie.

I’m happy giving this local brand a try and definitely will do a repeat order. I just checked their site and they have a promo. It’s P100 off for Feline, Marla and Olivia until September 30. I hope I can order but that depends if my budget will pull through.

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Screenshot from instagram.com/amber.mnl

Their sizes range from 5-9, don’t hesitate to ask the page for questions too. They also have a physical store at Glorietta 4: POP by Retail Lab, 2F, Glorietta 3, beside Adidas.

*This is not a sponsored post.

Salted Egg Chips

Last weekend, we bought a pack of salted egg chips. It’s a large bag. I forgot how many grams it is. Anyway, it’s P250 and when we opened it, we finished it in around 20 minutes. THAT FAST! Goodbye, P250.

This is the reason why I decided to revisit my salted egg recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes around the internet which you may or may not have tried but this I guarantee that I have tried and it works!

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs salted duck egg
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 packs of your favorite potato chips (regular size)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

How to cook:

  1. Remove the yolk from the eggs. You can use the whites for fried rice!
  2. Mash the yolks to remove the bits.
  3. Wash the cup of basil and dry them onto the pan in medium heat. Remove the basil leaves from the pan. Another version will make you deep fry the leaves. Whatever floats your boat.
  4. Add in the butter and swirl the leaves in once melted.
  5. Put in the yolks to your butter mixture until creamy. Add chili flakes if you want to make it spicy. Fresh chili does wonders too.
  6. Once done, you can switch off the heat.
  7. Toss in your chips and coat them nicely.

Servings: 2 – 3 pax (depending on how much you love chips)

Ta-dah! That’s how you do it. See, even my son approves. It takes a lot of time to take the yolks out to be honest. But it is all worth it! Everyone ate it in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for movie marathons!

Let me know if you tried this one out or you want me to try another recipe. Hit me up!

#daretoshareIGchallenge

#daretoshareIGchallenge

I joined this class by Arriane Serafico. To be quite honest, I wasn’t serious at it first. I didn’t do the first few days because I was on a playdate and got swamped at work. I woke up to reality that there were groupings! I want my own support group and to actually see what other people are doing and what their attack is. Good thing, we were still able to group. Yay for extension.

This course/challenge is just amazing and intense. The fact that you need to do an editorial calendar is just pushing me out of the comfort zone. I was in a rush to find photos and to do my content (Thanks Canva!).

My team is #teamrush and which stemmed from the fact that we were in a rush to find groupmates. We started from around 6 people and I think we are now 7 or 8? The engery in the group is just wildly positive! We are juggling different tasks everyday but we find time to interact. I am actually stalking the other posts and hopefully, I can be friends with them too! #supportgroup

Key takeaways? I am doing just fine. I know the basics already and I am building direction. I started it this year. Styling my feed with a pattern. It now all boils down to creating content and being consistent with what I want to do. I’ll be committed this time around since I want to claim my authenticity as blogger (Wow! Big words!)

Here’s a photo of my feed before and after the challenge! I know my followers isn’t that much but quality over quantity, right?

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Before (taken 6/14)
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Now (taken 6/20)

Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be posting my last one for the challenge in a few minutes. It’s gonna be a long one (for the caption).

Shoutout to Arriane, who is generous with her knowledge and created this workshop and to Team Rush for all those positive comments and the push to be accountable. Too legit to quit!

Oh My Fish!

Oh My Fish!

Remember when you are looking for something fun to do with your kid? For our Burrito’s birthday, we went to Manila Ocean Park.

Pro Tip: We got a ticket through MetroDeal. We picked the Deep Sea Rush with the following activities: Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.

We could have gotten more but we just took into consideration of the two year old’s nap time and energy. We started the day late because we have a small breakfast party. You can check my post about that here.

Here’s just a quick rundown of what we did.

Oceanarium. It was a good thing that we didn’t bring the stroller. The place has stairs! It was also divided into different segments like fish you can see in the jungle, reef, etc. It was a pretty sight. We expected to see more fish at the tunnel though. My husband said there were more a few years earlier. Lucas liked to see different fish. He didn’t know where to look.

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Fish, fish!
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This fish made him say, “Oh my gosh!”
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Colorful fish!
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Starfish.

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Curious kid.
So happy with everything!

Jellies Exhibit. I expected more but it was just a small room with around a few kinds of jellyfish. Overall, it was a good place to take your profile photos! Ha. Lucas was just a bit steady during this exhibit. There was this area where there are souvenirs, that’s the only time he was interested because there’s a truck.


Sea Lion Show. This show is done outside. We watched it around 3:00 PM. No umbrellas are allowed since it might distract the Sea Lions. Lucas enjoyed this! He was laughing at some parts and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

See how happy he is?
Yay!


Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. There were a lot of people who wanted to touch sharks and rays. Lucas got a bit scared but it was a good sight to see. Maybe the experience is better if the place is not really that crowded. We weren’t able to take photos because of the crowd.

Symphony Evening Show. We missed this show because we had dinner. We hope to catch this on our next trip.

Another tip: Make sure you know the height of your kid. We didn’t know he’s over two feet so we had to get a ticket there instead.

Overall, it was a good place to bring your kid! Our Burrito is in the stage of exploring and learning. We are happy that he is enjoying and beginning to understand the different experience. It was just too bad when we went there when a company had their team building. But we will definitely be back for more since we missed out other attractions.

Any suggestions where to go next?