Coffee in Queens Park… Gangnam Style!

19 Feb

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I am still so high from our recent trip to Seoul, Korea.  I was with my best friends from high school and we all have never been to Korea :)  So it was so great to explore a new country with my oldest friends :) This wasn’t really part of our itinerary but ever since the song “Gangnam Style” became so popular, we’ve always wondered… what exactly is in Gangnam??? :)

So we took the train to Gangnam.  Dominique was the assigned “trainer”, our train leader.  LOL!

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So after three stops here, change trains, two stops there… (I think…) we were in sunny but damn cold Gangnam! :)  I think it was about -15 degrees at that time.  All I remembered was that my ears were in pain.  It kinda felt like the pain I get sometimes in the airplane!

It was a beautiful day but just too cold to walk outside too long.  So we, the islanders, headed towards our destination, hands in our pockets, our scarves covering our entire heads and our legs walking as fast as we can to keep us warm.  Haha!

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We didn’t enter the Galleria but it reminded me so much of Harrod’s in London.

I absolutely love trees without leaves.

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Queens Park was just about three blocks away from the train station where we came from and I never felt this happy to enter a heated room.  Haha!  The sunlight was not enough to keep us warm.

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Queens Park is a bakery and cafe.

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So many goodies you can take home.

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All the cakes looked so delicious.

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Finally we were at our table for five.

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The cafe was quite big and spacious.

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Lots of natural light coming in :)

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My friends and I were actually craving for some breakfast food after all the kimchi and bibimbap :) Hehe  So we shared an order of Eggs Benedict.  Soooo yummy!!! The caramelized onions were delish.

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Claudette ordered some ice cream. Look at that beauty!  It never really melted.  Haha!  It was that cold.  LOL!

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And Isabel ordered some cheesecake with fresh fruits.  So refreshing to look at and eat :)

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Mike had a slice of this awesome cake!  It had some chocolate, banana and mocha cake in one slice! OMG.  Sorry, I ate most of it! Haha!

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And finally, of course, my cup of love :)  Gangnam love :)

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This was probably our most expensive meal throughout our trip!  Haha!  Just to give you an idea… The coffee was about 10,000 won which is around P400, the Eggs Benedict was 20,000 won, about P800.  LOL!!!  But it was worth it :)  At least now I can say, I had brunch Gangnam style! :)

We missed our other friends, Angela, Ria and Kris! :)  You’ll see more of them in my other posts about Korea, a whole lot more to come!

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone!!! Here’s to more adventures :)

 

 

 

 

Those Fine Buns

19 Feb

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It was one of those days when Dante and I were excited to try out something new.  But not so new anymore now.  Haha!  This post is way delayed.  Haha! But to those who haven’t eaten there yet, it’s a great place to have merienda and prices are pretty reasonable.

So we got in our car on a normal day and went through the usual Edsa traffic to eat in Tim Ho Wan in SM Megamall.  This was when the Glorietta branch was still closed.  We arrived at around 1:30pm and the line wasn’t so long.  But there was still a bit of waiting time of around 15 minutes.  Not bad :) Good thing I wasn’t that hungry yet or else I wouldn’t have waited.  Haha!

Their menu is a little check list on a clipboard and all we had to do was check our orders.

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I just kept checking and checking… Haha!  Everything in the menu looks so good!!!

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So here are the chosen ones in the list :)

We ordered the pork ribs with steamed rice.

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Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling.  This was interesting :)

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Spring Rolls with egg white.

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Pan Fried Radish Cake.  My favorite :)

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Pork Dumpling with shrimp.

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Vermicelli roll with shrimp.  Loved this!!!

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Everything we ate so far was good!

But of course, the star of Tim Ho Wan, their pork buns! :)  I really enjoyed every bite.  From the soft and crumbly bread to the sweet asado pork filling!

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I would definitely come back for these fine buns! :)

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Back to Being Mrs. Captain Hook

27 Jan
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Cute Vietnamese doll I bought in Ben Thanh Market :)

 

I miss my crochet hook so much.  If I’m not holding a makeup brush, I’m probably holding a beaker making perfume.  And now, as I look back on our photos during our trip to Vietnam with my husband, I remember the cute crocheted dolls we saw… I so want to pick up my hook and create my handmade creatures once again :)

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Last year, I was obsessed with making superheroes… I think this year will be different.

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Super cute amigurumi dolls in a small bookstore in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam :)

Fell in love with these Vietnamese amigurumi dolls :)

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Thinking of making Filipiniana dolls :)  Time to research… Think Maria Clara or Jose Rizal :)

Picking up my hook in 3…2…1…

Have a great Tuesday everyone! :)

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Angela

19 Jan

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It was a beautiful afternoon last October 10, 2014 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel…  Look at these gorgeous blooms!!! They just instantly brightened up my day :)

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Another wedding, another stunning gown… This one by the talented Francis Libiran :)

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Angela was my beautiful bride that day :)

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Special thanks to one of my favorite hairstylists, RJ Dela Cruz, for doing such a great job on Angela’s hair :) An effortless and loose updo with fresh flowers :)

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I love Angela’s deep set eyes :)

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Thanks RJ and Mike for helping Angela out with her gown! Haha!

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Angela’s smile and laughter was infectious :)

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Hope you had a wonderful wedding, Angela! :)

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It was a such pleasure doing your makeup on your big day! :)  Thanks for making us part of it!

Wishing you all the best and til we meet again :)

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Ali

17 Jan

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Last October 23, 2014 was another pretty client’s wedding.  Her name is Ali :)

It was a beautiful morning and our wedding preps were in Richmonde Hotel, Eastwood :)  Here are some of the wonderful details of her wedding…

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Look at her super cute and personalized wedding shoes :)  They’re soooo “wicked”.

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Hanging on the wall was Ali’s beautiful gown by Rosenthal Tee :)

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Yes, I’m very serious while working.  LOL!

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Makeup done :)  I enjoyed doing Ali’s makeup.  She has beautiful eyes and flawless skin :)

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I love this photo of Ali and her adorable daughter! :)

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All dressed up and ready to go!  Special thanks to one of my favorite hairstylists, Miss Helen Egan for L’oreal Professionel :)  Love this side pony for Ali.

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So pretty!

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Miss Helen and I also did the hair and makeup for Ali’s beautiful mom and gorgeous sister :)  Don’t they look fab??? :)

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Congratulations once again, Ali!  Thank you so much for making us part of your wedding. It was a pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family!  You looked so beautiful and I hope your wedding was all you imagined it to be! :)  Please stay in touch, k?  All the best! :)

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Here are more beautiful photos from Ali’s official wedding photographers, the awesome team of Mango Red Studios :)

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Isha

13 Dec

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Last September 8, 2014 was the wedding of one of my favorite and sweetest clients, Isha :)  I first met her when I did her makeup for her prom.  Such a smart and beautiful lady, this one.  Then I’d see her one prom after another.  Haha!  Such a heartthrob!  Then it was her grad ball then debut :)  I remember I was almost about to give birth during her debut but I really didn’t want to miss that day.

I was so happy and excited when I found out she was engaged and that she wanted me to save the date to be her makeup artist for the wedding!  I was too excited.  Isha is like a younger sister to me.  And on this wonderful Monday morning in September, I was at her house, reunited with the kindest family, the De Vera’s :)

I was also so excited to see my handmade crocheted dolls in Liza’s room! :)  Liza is Isha’s beautiful mom who adopted two of my Googlees.  Awwww, thanks so much, Liza :)  They’re so lucky to be in such a beautiful home :)

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What a stunning bouquet with this very special locket.

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Check out the details of Isha’s gorgeous gown by the very talented, Kristel Yulo :)  She’s also designing my future sister-in-law’s gown.  Can’t wait!

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Love the color of these Kate Spade shoes :)

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Here’s our bride, Isha :)  Makeup done.  Thank you so much to RJ Dela Cruz for doing Isha’s hair :) Thanks for assisting also, Mike! I love working with you guys! :)

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Smile, Isha :)

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Our view while doing makeup :)  Special thanks to my makeup assistant that day, Patricia Layog! :)  Always fun having you around, Patricia!  Here she is finishing up Isha’s little sister Inya’s makeup.

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Isha and Liza with my handmade dolls :) AWWWW, priceless photo :)

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Beautiful Inya and Liza :)

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It’s almost time :)

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I just couldn’t stop taking photos of Liza with my dolls :) Haha!!!  Thanks so much for posing with them again, Liza. Hihihi… *kilig*  You look so fab! :)

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Isha’s ride has arrived.

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It started to rain but no worries :)

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Isha and her bridal team :)

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One last shot before leaving for the Church :)

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Thank you so much, Isha, for making me part of every important event in your life :)  You and your mom have always been so kind to me and every time I see you both, it’s like nothing has changed!  Cheers to this new and exciting journey called marriage.  I look forward to seeing you and your mom again :)  See you soon, Isha! :)

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What Every Bookstore Needs: A Bakery

1 Dec

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Page One in City Super, Harbour City, has been newly renovated into a beautiful bookstore and concept store!  I just wanted to spend the whole afternoon here!  Aside from books and magazines, they also have super pretty notebooks, organizers, tote bags, pens… all the things I need in my life :)

And then this place… Rose Bakery, Page One’s Cafe.  I LOVE IT HERE :)  All bookstores must come with a cafe! Hehe!

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Couldn’t choose which cake to eat…

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Decided to get coconut and lime cake :)  So yummy!  I love coconut and lime together :)

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I love the simple presentation of my brewed coffee :)

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A cup of coffee… the best thing in the world.

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While spacing out in the Rose Bakery, I was admiring my new rings from Urban Outfitters.  Hehehe…  And of course, my engagement and wedding rings on my ring finger :)  Haha!

(Please excuse my wrinkly fingers… Hehe!)

Happy that Urban Outfitters is finally in Hongkong! :)

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Even Damien loved it here :)

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Anyway, if you’re in Hongkong, visit the new Page One and have a slice of cake for me, please! :)

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