The workshop will be held on August 30, 2014!
10 goodie bags from Pro Studio Beauty Exclusives (IG: @prostudiobeauty) and Scents of Style Aromatics (IG: @scentsofstylearomatics) as consolation prizes to 10 lucky GlamBox Airbrush Cosmetics fans on FB and GlamBox Beauty Studio followers on Instagram. =)
Street wear at hiphop club Black Market
Foreign languages like French, Spanish, German, Nihonggo, Arabic and Mandarin are now being taught in selected public schools in the country.
For our Japan trip, hubby and I made a quick day trip from Kyoto to Osaka via bullet train.
Due to our limited time, we only went to the Dotonbori area which is known as the gastronomists’ town.
It was amusing to see the long strip of restaurants with interesting decors aimed at grabbing the attention of customers.
Of course we had to take a photo at the Dotonbori Canal. It’s probably the most famous symbol of Osaka. Pardon me, I just had to do this. =P
There’s also a shopping street where you can buy affordable items, plus tons of Kit Kat varities exclusively available in Japan.
Now, unto the food.
First stop, takoyaki!
I was surprised how affordable food in Osaka was.
This order would round up to around 100 to 150 pesos only.
We also had freshly-cooked and delectable gyoza-
Plus, okonomiyaki at 65-year old family-run restaurant Mizuno, supposedly the best in Osaka.
Here’s their menu-
The staff cooked the dish right at our table.
Large pancake topped with grilled onions, cheese, meat, etc.
Isn’t it beautiful?
For dessert, we went to a quaint and lovely crepe place called British Baaba.
I can still remember how fluffy the pancakes were. The green tea sauce and mochi balls that came along with it was heaven for my taste buds.
Beside the creperie was this croissant bakery,
Their butter croissants’ aroma was hard to resist so we ordered one.
It was soft and of course, buttery. It’s probably worth a lot of calories but it was worth it.
After a whole day of eating, we caught Dotonburi at night time. I liked when the whole place was lit up.
The area was vibrant, bustling and alive.
I’m sure Osaka deserves more than a day on your itinerary. When we have the time and budget, we would want to go back for a longer period of time.
Previous posts on Japan:
Tokyo: Marunouchi, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya
11-Day Japan Itinerary
I recently went back to the Lion City for a friend’s wedding. In my short 3-day, 3-night trip, I managed to squeeze in meeting up with friends based there, a wedding, and a little bit of work.
Here were some of the more notable sights and eats-
1. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay. It’s a destination for entertainment and shopping.
It has a luxury hotel, art convention, theaters, dining and shopping.
Come night time, we went up to Ku De Ta, an open-air bar with a fantastic view of the city skyline.
2. Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a tiny lane with hip retail stores and restaurants.
This particular Mexican restaurant has a colorful outdoor design.
We chanced upon this cookie store and being a cookie monster, I couldn’t resist.
I bought a pack of freshly-baked oatmeal macadamia cookies which I finished in one sitting!
They have other variants which all seemed appetizing.
Haji Lane might not be easy to find for those not familiar. You can just get off Bugis Station and walk for a few minutes to get there.
3. Genki Sushi
I’ve heard about Genki Sushi because of its unique way of serving food. They have several branches in Singapore. Since we were staying near Orchard Road, we went to their Orchard Central branch.
After lining up for 30 minutes, we got a table.
We ordered via iPad and had the food delivered via an express train beside our table.
It was a cool concept! But of course, the food is more important than the novelty of the place.
The good news is that the fresh sushi did not disappoint. In fact, it was one of the better sushi I have eaten.
They also have side dishes like corn and veggies…
and good ‘ol tempura.
4. Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
My friend’s wedding was held in this beautiful and romantic place called Alkaff Mansion Ristorante.
Ceremony was held in the outdoor garden.
The reception was inside the mansion.
Alkaff Mansion is classy, elegant and intimate. It reminded me of Antonio’s in Tagaytay.
5. No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar
My Singaporean friend suggested to meet up at No. 5, a cocktail bar along Emerald Hill in central Singapore.
The place was packed with yuppies looking to unwind. It actually took a while for us to get a table.
The chicken wings is supposedly famous, which I didn’t get to try since I was too full at that time.
I love the chill, laidback and unpretentious vibe at No. 5.
6. Maxwell Food Center
Your Singapore experience is not complete without going to a hawker center. Hawker centers are semi-enclosed buildings housing rows of small food stalls that serve a variety of food.
Upon research, netizens recommended Maxwell Food Center which can be reached via Chinatown station.
First stop at Maxwell was Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Anthony Bourdain even complimented their chicken rice.
The meat was tender and tasty. Although I think my expectations were too high so I expected more. Nevertheless, the meal was a delight.
Next stop was Zhen Zhen Porridge.
My companions loved the lugaw and felt this was a great find!
We also had oyster cake at Maxwell Fuzhou.
Finally for drinks, we ordered at Juice Farm which serves freshly pressed and blended veggie and fruit juices.
They didn’t add any sugar but the mix of vegetables and fruits was delicious and still sweet.
I ate good food, saw new sights, and made new memories with loved ones from this trip. What a short but sweet time in Singapore! <3
Even though I’m blessed with decent skin, I still make it a point to maintain it with the whole cleanse-tone-moisturize-sun block regimen.
But good skin or not, we have to take it to the next level with monthly facials. When done by trusted skin professionals, facials aid in detoxification and increase blood circulation, resulting to the renewal of skin cells.
Upon the invitation of Ms. Evelyn Ty, president of Integrity Aesthetic and Wellness Center, I dropped by to try their Signature Facial, best for sun-damaged and nutrient-deprived skin.
Located in Banawe, Quezon City, Integrity Aesthetic and Wellness Center provides a wide range of services including cosmetic and general dentistry, medical dermatology, skin treatments, non-invasive body contouring, weight management, and wellness programs. A one stop shop for beauty and wellness.
This was my skin right before the treatment-
For the first step, a gentle cleansing milk was applied to wash away dirt. A Q10 hydrating cream was massaged into the skin, ensuring that its moisturizing properties was absorbed.
A silkpeel microdermabrasion was then done to exfoliate damaged skin cells. Acne surgery was also performed to extract impurities that rapidly reduce blemishes and breakouts.
A toner with antibacterial properties was applied to prevent infection after the extraction, followed by a light touch of AHA to help exfoliate dead skin cells.
Next, a special Mask which helped remove impurities and left my skin feeling deeply-cleansed, calm and refreshed. A high-frequency laser procedure was done to close the pores, followed by a skin cooler to refresh the skin.
The finishing touch was the application of an anti-aging Vitamin C serum to soften the appearance of fine lines and the signs of aging.
Sounds like a long process but the whole thing was done under an hour.
This was my skin right after the treatment-
No makeup (except for my brows) and no filter. I was pleasantly surprised to see how refreshed and brighter my skin looks. It’s like my skin went on a 3-day relaxing holiday off the Bahamas, haha!
It’s been days since the facial, but until now, my skin is still glowing! I really love it! <3
Integrity Signature Facial is P3100 for the standard price, but they are offering a discounted price of P2200. For a package of 12 (card), it’s P22440. For a package of 12 (cash), P21120.
Integrity Aesthetic & Wellness Center, 788 Banawe Avenue, Brgy. Siena, Quezon City, 7110427, 7110383, www.integrityaesthetic.ph
Tara, punta na sa Escolta! =)