Beauty and the Beast Musical

We managed to catch Disney’s hit Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” the day before they wrapped up production in Manila (I think they had already extended twice) on February 8. It was actually our way of celebrating Valentine’s Day the week before the actual day. The husband and I weren’t too keen on getting stuck in traffic as millions of couples swarm the metro to go on a date.


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Lady Gaga Surprises at the Oscars 2015

I was one of those who were taken completely by surprise when yesterday Lady Gaga sang a melody of “The Sound of Music” songs at this year’s Oscars.

This led me to finding more about Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – her real name. With a background in Music History and some unknown albums early in her career, she felt the need (like any other mainstream pop musicians) to revamp her image in the hopes of being noticed, and noticed she was.

Here’s a performance from her pre-Lady Gaga years:

I’m Sew-Savvy

My sister and I had planned to go all the way to Divisoria today to look at fabrics. I wanted to buy materials that I needed for sewing as well. YES! I finally purchased a machine – just the low-end one with basic stitches – that can aid a novice like me without breaking the bank. This is a Singer Promise 1408 with 8 built-in stitches and automatic 4-step buttonhole.


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Inappropriate Comments

For the second time in two days, salespeople have made inappropriate comments toward me:

  1. As I was paying for my sewing machine yesterday: “Ma’am, wala kayong anak? (You have no kids?) Kaya ka ba naghahanap ng malilibangan? (Is that why you’re looking for a hobby?)”.
  2. As I was booking a venue for my birthday and told the lady that I didn’t want any birthday decor: “Catholic ka ba? (Are you Catholic?)”.

What gives???

Unboxing the Personal Microderm

PMD-Tool-Classic-seal-510x510It was by accident that I chanced upon the Personal Microderm. I never have time to go out for a facial anymore so I was searching the Philosophy website for microderm abrasion treatments that I can do at home. Not sure exactly how I saw the ad for Personal Microderm but there it was.

After reading through their site and combing Google for reviews on the product, I was hooked. I immediately placed an order, albeit nervous about the customs tax that I was sure would be exorbitant.

The checkout process was smooth and I used a promo code from a blogger that gave me 20% off. Aside from adding some blue discs which I am sure would be difficult to buy here in the PI, I also paid for shipping at $35. A receipt for my order was sent via email just a couple of minutes after I paid.  Continue reading Unboxing the Personal Microderm

Allergy Attacks

Feeling drained. I’ve been battling allergies for the past week. Today was the worst attack so far right from when I awoke this morning.

I love this place where we live now but all this fresh, cold air seem to be bad for me. My husband thinks it’s probably the pollen.

I finally fell asleep for 3 hours this afternoon but it struck again as soon as I awoke. It’s terrible! I’d never had this until we moved here. And now I’m wide awake at 1:25 in the morning writing this, still sneezing and wheezing but unable to sleep.

I am so tired.

Pandora Philippines Private Sale

I’ve been a loyal Pandora customer (and gift-recipient) ever since the brand hit Philippine shores. So when I received the email invite for the so-called Members-only Private Sale on Dec 29th, I was ecstatic. Pandora has never had a sale – not once. I made a point to enter the 5-hour one-day only sale in my calendar and booked my husband’s time to drive me to the nearest branch at the Trinoma.

This was their email:

We are excited to announce a Private PANDORA Sale happening December 29th, 11AM to 4PM across all PANDORA branches. This sale is exclusive to all our valued members and grants you early access to various collections at reduced price points of up to 30% to 50% discount.

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Epicurious in Manila

It was a Sunday afternoon and the husband and I had just finally finished our Christmas shopping. We decided to grab a bite to eat before heading home. Shangrila Mall is our favorite mall but since we had moved out and away from Kapitolyo, this was our first visit here in 4 months.

Since we were mostly familiar with the original mall, we wandered off into the new wing until we almost reached a dead end – or so we thought. From afar, I saw a funky sign “Epicurious” and knew instantly that we had to try it out. I knew I had heard that name before somewhere.

Epicurious Manila is a combination of deli + bakery + cafe + shop for foodies/food lovers. My husband and I love meat and so it was a real treat to see all kinds of meat and cheeses on display. They can serve you slices of ham and cheeses of your choice in a platter, or they can choose for you. It’s like Santis except that Santis does not have a sit-down area for meals. Continue reading Epicurious in Manila