Month: December 2013

Fiery

My 2013 has been crazy, there were a few times where I was way up, but also a few where I was way down. Through it all, I’m proud to be where I am now. I have also found a renewed faith in God, in that whatever comes my way, I know God will never put me through anything I can’t handle. Thank you, for being there, my blog wouldn’t be up and running without all of you around. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

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It was a casual day out with friends when I wore this out. The weather was being unpredictable, hot this hour, and really breezy the next. To solve the weather problem I wore a fool proof formula outfit. Blazer + Breezy Top + Soft Jeggings. If it gets hot, I’ll just take my blazer off and I’m good to go.

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I also wanted to flaunt my newly colored hair, so to bring that out, I wore blue.

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I wore this trusty pair of strappy wedges since there would be a lot of walking around involved, as my friends and I were doing our Christmas shopping over at the Greenbelt – Glorietta – Landmark triangle. it was a successful shopping trip for me, checking off most people on my list, yay!

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I love this top because the material is thin and light, which makes it so comfortable to move in, while hanging on all the right places. To keep the look cohesive, I went with my mint colored jeggings. I first saw these pants on Alyssa, and I loved them so I set on to get the exact same pair for myself. I ended up buying another one for my sister too.

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I added on a pair of cute heart sunnies just to add a bit of an attitude, and functioning as great eye protection.

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I love how my hair looks here, so bright and messy. Ahhh, love.

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Hype this on Lookbook, yeah?

Polly Top: Flattering Tops

Pants: Raspberry in Greenhills Shopping Center

Blazer: Sabrina

Bag: Forever 21

Wedges: Payless

Cheers to a great 2014 ahead!

New Year, New Hair (Creations Salon by Lourd Ramos)

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I always have something done to my hair before the year ends. I guess you could call me superstitious that way, as cutting ones’ hair symbolizes letting go, turning over a new leaf, and the like. I do it anyway, as a personal tradition, and to change up my look once in a while. This year, I had my hair re-colored and trimmed at Creations Salon Taft branch. Overall, it was a pleasant experience, the staff was accommodating, and addressed my every concern. They also got the color I wanted, yay!

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First let me take you through the salon:

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The salon is a bit small, but adequate. I was told that this branch was one of the smallest. It is located at the 2nd floor of One Archers Place,  Taft Ave., near De La Salle University, and as expected, most of its clients are students.

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When asked what color I wanted to have for my hair, I showed the stylist these photos of Emma Stone. I wanted something in between, I definitely want red, but this time a little more brown.

Then coloring started:

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They didn’t have those ear cover thingies for me, but I wasn’t concerned because the colorist was very careful during application.

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Since coloring was a very time consuming process, I had my nails done too.

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After the second layer of color was spread on my hair, they cling-wrapped my head! It was funny looking, really, and with all the times I had my hair colored, this was the only time I got my head wrapped in plastic.

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Then my mani’s done! Since it was the holidays, I wanted something festive, and you can’t get any more festive than glittering gold. In case you were wondering, the shade is Orly’s Glitz and Glamour.

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They double checked if my hair was fully coated, then when they were finally satisfied with it, they brought me to the shampoo area.

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this was the area where they store most of the products, and as you can see, most of the cabinet was filled with coloring products.

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This is what they used for my treatment. I had damaged hair so this was the variant they used. Btw, they have an ongoing promo, where for just Php 1500,, you can you hair colored, with treatment for any length. I say that’s a steal already since they are using good quality products.

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My friend Chris took my photos, and since he was goofing around, I did the Asian pose to make him laugh more.

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When I saw these around the salon, I wanted one for myself! It was a great way to store my hair tools, brushes, combs, irons, and other things. If you know where to get one, do let me know, please?

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I also had my hair trimmed to get rid of the dry ends.

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Tadaaa! Say hello to my new look!

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My colorist saw how untamed my brows were since I haven’t had them done for months, so he offered to thread my brows for free! Yay for me!

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I didn’t want my pedi to match my mani, so I chose violet for my toenails instead.

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Tada, my newly shaped brow.

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Thank you Creations Salon Taft team for taking care of me!

Season of Giving

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2013 has been a hard year for us Filipinos. It is fortunate that we are resilient, and rise above each of these disasters stronger, wiser, and better than before. It is also so amazing how each and every one of our countrymen give to the best that they can, just to support a cause, especially now, for our brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. This Christmas, even more people are coming up with different venues to help.

Ayala Malls has come up with a series of silent auctions, entitled The Joy of Giving and Sharing, where proceeds will go to Bulig Bisaya, again for the relief efforts and rehabilitation of the affected areas.

My favorite dessert hang out in Timog Ave., Paire Cocktails and Pastries hosted RePaire, an event where they launched an art auction and put together great minds for an idea session. Proceeds will also go to Relief PH.

Hit the read more break to find out about each one, plus a reward from TOMS!

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First, let me just spazz about this beautiful young lady, Catriona Gray. She is a Pond’s girl, the model in Pond’s White Beauty campaigns before Julia Barretto joined the brand. Alyssa is actually the one who is fond of her, but after meeting her at the Joy of Giving and Sharing event, I was mesmerized. She was just so pretty, and tall, and graceful, and nice, and friendly. Okaay, I’m spazzing all over the place.

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But seriously, can’t you see it? She had makeup on, but just a little. Being a Pond’s girl must make her take care of her skin so much. She looked so flawless. She also sang with her band at the event, but I arrived so much late I missed it. Too bad, I heard she was actually great, good enough to be a recording artist, a friend of mine said.

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And in true fan girl fashion, I had to ask her to take a photo with me, too bad the lighting was a bit off, so you can’t really appreciate her beauty here.

Anyhoo, back to the event, I snapped a few items which were up for bidding starting that night. One of the organizers told me that the display will be brought to four different Ayala Malls to bring in more bids. If only I had enough moolah, I would have bid for one these coveted bags

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A few designer pieces like this dress was also up for bidding.

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As well as jewelry, like this beautiful silver wing bangle.

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I was actually trying to take a photo of one side of the event when Catriona was looking at the watches up for bidding. I snapped this photo, which also included Vern Enciso.

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It is noble, what Ayala Malls has initiated, for Bulig Bisaya. You can still bid, so do catch the display when it gets to the Ayala Mall near you.

Thank you, Look Magazine, for having me!

RePaire

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Paire’s 1st anniversary. This year, instead of having another anniversary party, they decided to turn the event into a brainstorming of sorts. Together with Gawad Kalinga, they invited speakers from the different volunteer organizations, as well as friends and family to engage in a dialogue, and generate new ideas to help Yolanda victims.

Kat Nantes, Paire’s business half officially started the event

The first speaker was Juana Change, for Project Yakap. Project Yakap enlists families or individuals to take in strangers, victims of Yolanda, and let them stay at their homes until they are ready. Juana Change admits that she doesn’t like company, but she made an exception for a family of 10 that was severely affected by the typhoon.

There were also other speakers, from Adopt A Fisherman, Trainstation, Operation Airdrop, Muni PH, AirJuan, CBS, and The Spark Project. Do visit any of the links if you can to learn more about helping Yolanda victims.

Paire has collected art of different media, and these are all on auction until this weekend. I have uploaded a few photos, but you can also visit Paire’s Facebook Page for the complete exhibit.

Do drop by Paire if you want to see these pieces in person, you’ll be helping a whole lot with bidding on even just a single piece.

Paire is also doing a 5 Course Meal for a Cause. You guys should try it, especially the soup. I tried it and it was divine.

And now, to end this post, is a surprise from TOMS!!

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Critters Collection by Marc by Marc Jacobs

According to Dictionary.com, a critter is any creature, or a domesticated animal, like a cow or any pet. I love a cute animal, if only I wasn’t allergic to furry animals, I would take care of one. I’ve always wanted a cute little white bunny, but I couldn’t have one. Instead, I stuck to stickers, stationery, shirt prints, for cute bunnies. Poor me.

When I learned Marc by Marc Jacobs watches just released their new watches. I was so giddy when I saw that they put the iconic graphics as watch dials! So adorbs. It’s definitely on my wishlist this Christmas. *wink wink*

For Holiday 2013, the Marc by Marc Jacobs watch collection combines it’s flair for the unexpected with an accessible price point making it the perfect gift for that special someone.

Quirky animal creatures make their way into the collection this season with the new Critters collection creating a wildly whimsical look that’s perfect for holiday.  A ‘must have’ for the girl on your shopping list with a playful sense of humor.  Watch dials have been transformed into animal faces of iconic Marc By Marc Jacobs critters including a bunny, cat, zebra, and dog.  Vibrant leather straps in pop pink and painted teal add fresh color to the collection.

Marc by Marc Jacobs was launched in 2001. This collection offers a more casual, affordable, luxury interpretation of the Marc Jacobs line. The watch line was then launched in 2006. The look of Marc by Marc Jacobs is youthful, understated, layered, vintage military inspired with a twist of something unexpected.

Marc by Marc Jacobs is available at Wrist_Pod boutiques nationwide. 

Unexpected Twist

Just when I thought all hope was lost, I find a 7-11. I gave up on taking decent ootd shots when I realized it was well into the evening and my DLSR didn’t exactly have a quick shutter. I was already in a foul mood because I really wanted to take outfit shots, when I saw a 7-11 branch, a few blocks away from Fort Strip. It was perfect. I never noticed it before, but the bright lights and clear windows from 7-11 provided great lighting. Hurrah to 7-11 for saving my day!

I went around 5 cities that day, Manila to Pasay, to Manila again, to Makati, then Taguig, and finally to QC. What a day.

I anticipated that I was going to do a lot of moving, so I made sure I wore something practical, but looked cute at the same time. Also, I really wanted to wear my new cardigan from Iglesias so I decided to work my look around it.

Since the neckline was a bit low, I wore my trusty black ribbed tank underneath. It also served another purpose because if I felt a little bit too warm, I could take my cardigan off and I would still look decent.

I decided on origami skorts for my bottom because a) mint looked great with white, and b) this pair has been sitting in my closet for months now, so I had to wear it out. Plus, the unusual cut added more attitude to the look.

To keep in the color scheme, I added accessories in the same color family, blue and white. My box bag was teal with blue accents, so I picked a pair of flats in the same color. I added the turban for that extra oomph and fun factor.

I kept my hair in a loose braid to be a little hipster, and cute. I didn’t want to let down my hair since I became more bulky looking, especially since the cardigan is very loose, and thick.

Another thing, my look is season appropriate! Yay for me!

The look would be equally as awesome if the turban was traded into a snapback, or a beanie, or a knit beret, it’s versatile, really.

Turban: Cesa

Black Tank: Forever 21

Cardigan: Iglesias PH

Origami Skort: Gelivanelli Couture

Flats: SM Parisian

So? What do you guys think of my outfit?

View Park Hotel: Making Great Memories

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When I visited View Park Hotel’s booth in Blogapalooza 2013, the thing that got me interested the most was how proceeds for the month of December will go to a school for special children. It’s thoughtful really, because at this time, everyone’s directing their attention to Yolanda victims, and View Park Hotel has done their part for that, and now focusing on these special children. Special children have particular needs requiring specific skills, so the donation would help a lot, especially those families who have difficulty sending their children to these types of schools.

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View Park Hotel’s catch phrase is, We make great memories happen. Sometimes changing it up to another jumble or twist to fit the occasion of the moment. I’ve checked their rates and they are one of the most affordable and good looking hotels in the Tagaytay area. The hotel offers function rooms for business agendas, amenities for leisure in true relaxing getaway style, good enough food (accdg. to reviews), and accessibility to Tagaytay’s tourist spots.

A great thing to note is that the hotel has ranked as one of the most recommended hotels in the area, and has also consistently ranked in the top 10 for years now. I checked out some of these reviews, and true enough, most of them speak with the warm and friendly service that the hotel has given them. Staying true to their catchphrase, they will go the extra length to make your stay extra special and truly relaxing.

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the hotel during the day

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the hotel at night

sample photos of one of the rooms

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They have standard rooms. family rooms, and suites, and you can get whichever floats your boat as each one comes with unique features. All rooms come with Wifi access, so that’s a plus for me, since I need to go online most of the time. I also like that they have complimentary breakfast, since I stayed in one hotel with the same rate in Tagaytay, but didn’t offer free breakfast for every overnight stay. The more expensive rooms also have tubs, if you’re into tubs, that is.

View Park Hotel is located at 3500 Calamba Road, Sungay East Tagaytay City, Cavite

Contact Nos: 0922 885 1516, 0917 544 6396, 0999 883 9460

For more information on View Park Hotel, you can visit their official website, and Facebook account

Lastly, these were the stuff I got from Blogapalooza 2013, this photo isn’t mine though, I just got it from Google.

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Thank you for answering my questions, Kobe of View Park Hotel, it was nice chatting with you, I learned a lot.

Blogapalooza 2013

A few weeks ago I got to attend this year’s Blogapalooza. I initially thought it was a more intimate event, an venue for exchange of ideas, and great way to meet people with the same interests. I was bigger than I thought. I found out that they were expecting a whopping 450 blogger participants, and I was one of them.

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So what happened in Blogapalooza 2013?

First up it was a sort of fair or bazaar, where exhibitors were the sponsors to the event, and you could sign up and get to know each brand. Each booth had it’s own activities & freebies to attract bloggers for potential partnerships. Another thing that was going on in Blogapalooza was a series of seminars, workshops, & talks spanning the very diverse world of blogging.

An area in the back part of the event hall was decked with rows and rows of chairs for interested bloggers who wanted to participate in each talk. Sadly, I wasn’t able to listen to one because I had to go to another event that day. I was able to get there at 11:30 am, but had to leave around 12, so I got to visit around a third of the booths. I got to return at around 7pm, but by that time, the booths were already running out of freebies and prozes to give away, so I was a bit bummed. Nevertheless, I had fun catching up with blogger friends, and meeting new ones. Thank you, Blogapalooza, for the opportunity.

Now for some pictures. My dlsr died on me because I forgot to charge it the night before. It only had enough juice for use in that other event I went to that day. So, boo. I’m merely compiling a few photos i found online which can sum up my Blogapalooza experience.

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Throughout the whole day, this piggybank was passed around. It was touching really, how the blogging community pitched in for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

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The Chooks-to-Go booth was one of my favorites, it featured Kinect-like games that had me break a sweat. I was wearing a very demure outfit that day, floral chiffon button down, mini houndstooth print skater skirt, and ballet flats. Everyone watching was amused at how funny I looked, flapping my wings in chicken-like fashion just for the game. Despite my sweaty non-poised self, I had lots of fun. Thank you, Chooks-to-Go.

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Enjoy Philippines was the first booth I was able to visit, I got to learn more about the brand, and its efforts to help Yolanda victims by donating the income from new memberships, which I blogged about, previously.

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Another noteworthy booth was that of View Park Hotel Tagaytay. They also shared their income to Yolanda victims. For the month of December though, their beneficiary is a school for children with special needs, which I find noble.

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For the booth with best setup and decor, I present, Brown Bag Solutions! The guy on the left Enrico Curioso, is very charismatic, if I had a restaurant business, I would have partnered with him on the spot with his proposals. I also applaud him for being able to answer each of my questions even when they were a lot, and it was late in the evening already. It was evident he was tired from the long day.

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I’ll blog more on Brownbag Solutions on my next posts. 🙂

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I haven’t tried Laser Tag, ever. After I talked to the nice booth operator though, I thought of maybe finally trying.

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Eagle’s Wings Enterprises was the brand responsible for the Blogapalooza White Eco Bag everyone was toting around. They are essentially a printing company, specializing in personalized items and company giveaways.

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I’ve tried Nice Coffee, and they’re pretty good, I’m just not sure if they’re available in most supermarkets. I have yet to review Gltamax products though, I got the soap, the cream and the deodorant, so watch out for a post. 🙂

So far these were the brands that I noticed the most.

Again, thank you Blogapalooza for having me!

photos grabbed from Little Running Teacher, When In Manila, Ruthilicious, Lady Rattus, Urban Roamer, Art of Being a Mom & What Micheal Likes

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this last photo is actually from my Instagram feed. Don’t forget to follow me! @phyaboo

Minty Sweet

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When I receive an invitation for an event, the first thing that I think of is my wardrobe. After I learn what the event is about, a look instantly forms in my head, so I’m usually prepared when the day comes. On this particular occasion though, I realized that the ensemble I was going to wear was actually borrowed by my sister. I panicked for a moment, since I was dead set one wearing that outfit. Since it was my sister who borrowed my clothes, I looked into her closet for stuff I could wear. To my relief, I found this top and skirt from her, that fit me. So yay, problem solved!

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After putting the look together I was actually worried that I’d look too young. Then I realized I was going to a cupcake business launch, so my cutesy look fit right in.

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The top has a sheer lace back, and is cropped, so I paired it with a high waist printed skirt so I could hide my stomach bulge after eating at the Red Pastries launch (which I just blogged about yesterday). Teehee.

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Too keep the look in the cutesy division, I wore my super comfortable bow jelly wedges from Free Fish. I added pastel and color coordinating accessories to be consistent.

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Look how pretty the back is!

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Top: Cache Cache

Skirt: No brand

Wedges: Free Fish

Watch and Necklace: Peaches On Top

Wallet: Cotton On

A Sweet Affair: Red Pastries x Nozumi

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Cupcakes are literally everywhere. In one mall, you’d be able to find at least one kiosk selling adorable cupcakes. Cupcakes have even taken over the online shopping platforms. With all of these cupcake brands sprouting out from nowhere, how does one set itself apart from the others?

I recently learned about Red Pastries when I got invited to their formal launch. Red Pastries launched their campaign, “Pastries for All Occasions” with a showcase of their dessert bar spreads. I personally think this is brilliant, because you get a wider market, but also get to be flexible enough to cater to each client’s needs.

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These are some of the spreads I took photos of during the event (including the first photo of this post).

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I love how this nautical themed cupcake tier can be unisex. You can do a double celebration for a a little girl and her brother, it would be appropriate for both.

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This spread I could use for a black and white party, or say, a winter themed party. I love the contrast of the dark chocolate against the cream frosting, and those edible silver balls. It just looks so elegant, perfect for formal and corporate gatherings.

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I found this one so adorable because I would never think of putting a cupcake inside a cotton candy stand. It was absolutely cute though. This one you can modify and turn into hollywood theme with a change of colors, or go Willy Wonka and add more colors, more carts, and even add circus animals, for a more extravagant effect.

My favorite spread has to be the Hello Kitty one though, the one at the top of this blogpost. Who can resist Hello Kitty? She’s like one of he most recognizable icons of childhood fun and innocence there is! Plus I love how the cupcake tier matches the whole hello kitty pink theme, and how the jelly flats (from Girlhood) go very well with the photo.

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These two cupcakes hold all the logos of the launch’s sponsors, how cute, yeah?

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We also got to sample almost all of their cupcake variants, with these mini cupcakes! I personally love the Stawberries n’ Cream, Double Choco Chip and Banana Walnut (sooo good!). The Calamansi was great too, but it also depends on your palate, as this one is more of a savory type, with a salty and tangy flavor combination picking at your taste buds.

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And, my favorite part of the program? Cupcake decorating! We were taught the right way to pipe frosting on top of a cupcake, and then left to decorate with the colorful sugary sprinkles.

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These were the cupcakes I decorated! I’m so proud! Teehee, too bad I didn’t win the decorating competition, Boo.

Are you ready to order? Here’s Red Pastries menu and price list:

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For more information on Red Pastries, please visit their Facebook Page

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Up next is Nozumi, where the event was held. Since Red Pastries is home based, they partnered with Nozumi Japanese Casual Dining to make the event possible.

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“Great expectations, great ambiance, great food”, this is Nozumi. It was a cozy dining restaurant, decked out in typical Japanese restaurant aesthetic.

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Nozumi Japanese Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant located inside One Corporate Centre building at the very heart of the Ortigas Business District. Started out as the small humble restaurant within the building, Nozumi now has earned the confidence of the people when it comes to great tasting food. The name Nozumi/Nozomi originated from two characters which is ‘nao’ and ‘mi’, which means hope and great expectations –these are the words they aim to be associated with the restaurants reputation.

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The humble Nozumi restaurant serves great Japanese foods, such as the favorite Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Katsu, Teppanyaki and many more. Along with the usual Japanese dishes, they also serve some unique maki that you don’t see in every Japanese restaurant like Sweet Crazy Maki, Mexican Maki, Nozumi Baked Salmon and the best of all, Kakigori for the dessert lovers.

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The past months have been a great transition for the restaurant. From being just a restaurant, now Nozumi offers their venue to be an events place for small functions like meetings, seminars, & gatherings. The restaurant is speacious actually, which is why it was perfect for Red Pastries’ Launch.

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This bento box was what we had for lunch that day, and I love the Tofu, and the Maki! Especially the one in the middle, the Spicy Salmon Maki. The Cheesy Baked Salmon was cooked well, but I really hoped they served it while hot bacause the cheese didn’t melt as I expected it to be. But oh well, I liked what they served us anyway.

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Nozumi is open from Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. Weekends are reserved for special events, and can be arranged by reservation. For inquiries, you may email eunice_choa@yahoo.com / eunicedesireechoa@gmail.com or call us at 310-5422 or visit them at their Facebook Page

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This pretty girl is actually Eunice, who happens to be around 3 years my senior at my High school alma mater. I recognized her because we were both competing for Ms. Sportsfest 2003. I know, that was so, long ago, but I’m good with faces and names, so yeah.

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