Archive | November, 2014

Two Words: Dim Sum

30 Nov

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Who does not love Dim Sum?! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  When in Hongkong, I need to have my dimsum fix and we found one of our favorite places through our Hongkie friend, Charlie!ย  Thanks, Charlie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for taking us here to Metropol Restaurant ๐Ÿ™‚

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Uyyyy, may wifi! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Checking emails na si Sir…

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Meanwhile, I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the food…ย  I SEE PORK BUNS.

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They also have an open kitchen at the center of the restaurant.

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Some veggies?ย  Hmmm… maybe later.

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My parents’ favorite, congee ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can choose any two of these toppings.

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Dim Sum for everyone!!!

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Barbecued pork, of course… my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

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Congee for my mom and dad.

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Asado siopao!

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Dante’s favorite sticky rice… Machang ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another one of my favorites and a must, taro puffs.

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Crispy spring rolls ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dumplings! Chinese version of my favorite Japanese gyoza ๐Ÿ™‚

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Out of all the dimsum and food on the table, Damien chooses to eat his favorite dish… PLAIN RICE.ย  LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was what Damien had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.ย  This OR French Fries.

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My dad enjoying his meal.ย  Hahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Still checking email…

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Good thing we were early because the place was packed when we were about to leave.

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Damien with Wata and Toto ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had no more room for dessert but they looked delicious.

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This was the view from the restaurant. Can you see the tents of the protesters?

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Love this place! I will always eat here when in Hongkong ๐Ÿ™‚

Metropol is located at theย  4/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiraltyย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Bite of the BLT

26 Nov

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When in Hongkong, we always make it a point to eat at our favorite burger place called Triple O’s.ย  But during this trip, we wanted to give other burgers a chance.ย  Hehe!ย  We would often pass this burger place called BLT but the lines were always super long.ย  Luckily, we were already hungry at around 6pm and the place was not busy yet.ย  We just wanted a light dinner.ย  Yes, burgers are considered light for this “matakaw” family ๐Ÿ™‚

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BLT Burger is also located in New York and Las Vegas.ย  We have already tried BLT in Vegas a few years ago but I don’t remember how it tasted anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

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Meet my lovely parents ๐Ÿ™‚ I love travelling with these two, matibay pa rin sa lakaran! ๐Ÿ™‚ They eat like birds though.ย  Haha!

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My makulit boys! ๐Ÿ™‚ Whenever I say smile, guys, they always do this.

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Waiting for our burgers…

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Orders have arrived! ๐Ÿ™‚ So we all ordered the combo #2 which is the BLT Burger with fries, coleslaw and soda.ย  Dante and I got our own burgers and my parents split one ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This meal costs HK$162 each.ย  Pretty pricey for a burger, that’s approximately Php972 per meal.ย  But it does look like they prepared it with love.ย  LOL!ย  It looks so perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

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What’s in the BLT?ย  7oz. grilled certified black Angus beef with double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato with BLT burger sauce.

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Damien’s favorite… French Fries ๐Ÿ™‚

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Take a look inside my burger ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Perfect layers of beef, bacon, pickles, onions and tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy tummies, happy family! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was definitely a good burger, medyo mahal lang but I enjoyed every expensive bite! Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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BLT Burger is located at Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Food Republic in Silvercord

25 Nov

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Food Republic is my favorite food court in Hongkong ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They’re located at the Silvercord Mall where H&M is and also Rococo, my favorite HK brand ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This is where we always have our first meal when we arrive in Hongkong.ย  Hehe… And I always go to the Glorious BBQ King to get my asado and roast duck fix! Aaaaahhh… so good.

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The meal I get comes with soup.

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Here it is… a plate of my favorite glorious bbq king meal!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  OMG… I dip these in plum and oyster sauce.

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Of course some veggies to make me feel less guilty about what I’m about to eat.

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Another favorite dish of mine is from this Taiwanese stall.ย  Eggplant with minced beef.ย  Spicy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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And these pork dumplings, a MUST.

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I can eat here everyday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Why oh why, Hongkong, why do you always make me gain weight?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Silvercord is located at Canton Road, Hongkong ๐Ÿ™‚

My Little Pastry

25 Nov

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One thing I love about Hongkong is their food.ย  And not just Chinese food but all sorts of things you see along the way.ย  Like this Danish Bar, which is actually a part of the Little Mermaid Bakery, a Japanese bakery that we first saw in Japan ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh my, these Danish Balls are hot and crispy!ย  I love croissants and these are like bite-sized versions of a croissant.ย  This is the plain one which I loved!

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And Dante, of course, got the chocolate one ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weeee… I love these.ย  My new favorite little pastry ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was somewhere in City Super, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brush It Off

6 Nov

Cleaning and caring for your makeup brushes need not be a chore ๐Ÿ™‚

ย High quality makeup brushes can be very pricey.ย ย  For us makeup artists, it truly is an investment. These premium brushes are built to last a very long time. Some of the makeup brushes Iโ€™ve had for years still feel brand new. What is important is how to care for them.

An easy way to clean them is by using regular shampoo. You may even condition them if you want just like real hair. Since I use my brushes on different clients, I really have to clean them after every use. But for your personal brushes you may clean them twice a week to avoid bacteria build-up.

Another brush cleaner I love is Parian Spirit. This is the cleaner I use when I need my brushes clean and dry in between clients. You just have to swirl your brushes in a container with this cleaner and youโ€™ll see the makeup and dirt come off instantly. Then using tissue or a paper towel, just wipe and squeeze off excess liquid and in five minutes, you may use your brushes again.

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โ€œParian Spirit Professional Brush Cleaner is the go-to for top makeup artists and cosmetic brands because it does an overhaul on your brushes while conditioning the brush hair. It rids the brushes from oil, dirt and colors left by cosmetics. It is made with Florida oranges so it smells good on your next brush stroke.โ€ -Sydney Go (COO, Nippon Esthetic Solutions).

Another wonderful discovery is this organic and eco-friendly water activated solid brush cleaner made at home by celebrity makeup artist, Xeng Zulueta. It is made from coconut and lavender extracts. โ€œWhatโ€™s great about this organic cleaner is that makeup brushes become safe for sensitive skinโ€, Xeng mentions. This is the more affordable and safer alternative from other high-end brands out in the market. One tub of 80 grams only costs P150.ย ย  I love this product because you can really see how much dirt and makeup are easily removed. Itโ€™s like giving them a bath with a bar of soap.

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So now youโ€™ve already washed your brushes. Theyโ€™re wet and damp. What do you do next? For the longest time I would lay my brushes on a towel and let them dry overnight. But I noticed that the center of my brushes would still be damp in the morning. I also tried drying them upright and placing them in a pencil holder, but the bristles would end up drying in different directions. Until Xeng introduced the Makeup Junkie Drying Brush Stand to me!

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โ€œThis awesome brush stand allows your brushes to dry upside down. You need to air all sides of the brush to ensure no moisture has trickled down the stem. Moisture causes bristles to break and bacteria to grow. Upside down drying preserves your makeup brushes. Flip it upside down and it becomes an instant makeup brush organizer and stand.โ€ โ€“ Xeng Zulueta (@xengzulueta on IG and Twitter)

To be honest, washing my brushes became such a chore. But these products have made cleaning my brushes fun again! Seeing all the dirt come out of your brushes at the end of the day and seeing them organized in a cute stand makes me look forward to โ€œcleaning timeโ€.

For inquiries, you may email bellecat.studio@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Kit

2 Nov

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View from the hotel room ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful morning indeed!

It was an early start for hair and makeup last September 6, 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I really don’t mind waking up in the wee hours of the morning.ย  It’s so peaceful knowing almost everyone is still asleep ๐Ÿ™‚

Our wedding preps were in Manila Hotel, one of my favorite hotels, and the bride was one of my favorite preschool teachers at my son’s previous school, Teacher Kit ๐Ÿ™‚

Teacher Kit was my son’s very first teacher.ย  Damien Crow was about two years old and he couldn’t speak yet.ย  So there was a time when he would bite his other classmates when he would get frustrated.ย  This was our biggest issue at that time.ย  Haha!ย  Thank you for your patience, Teacher Kit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beautiful bouquet… Love the color.

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Almost done with makeup ๐Ÿ™‚ Photographed by Nice Print ๐Ÿ™‚

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Teacher Kit and the morning sun ๐Ÿ™‚

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Teacher Kit’s pretty sister and Maid of Honor ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beautiful Mother of the Bride ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gorgeous sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

Me and glowing, Teacher Kit ๐Ÿ™‚

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Me and the beautiful teachers of The Learning Jungle! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I miss you guys so much! Haha! (sad laugh!)

You all look fabulous, Teacher Rina, Teacher Nat and Teacher Dez!!!

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Special thanks to the team, RJ, celebrity hairstylist, and Patricia, assistant makeup artist ๐Ÿ™‚

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Til we meet again, Teacher Kit! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you for making me part of your big day and also a million thanks for being an important part of my son’s preschool years! ๐Ÿ™‚