Thursday, November 29, 2012

La Douce Crepe :)

Big yum!



I accompanied my friend in submitting here remaining requirements
at Robinson's Pioneer. This mall is very small with very little variety
of things to do (even the dept store is just one floor!). So when I
got bored already, I wanted to  sit down and drink something, I didn't
want to drink milk tea because I had too much caffeine already so I saw
this yummy crepe place. They have a promo where you buy a crepe,
you get a free iced tea or iced coffee. So I bought a banana crepe
and got the Iced tea :) The banana crepe was sooooo yummy!
it includes a generous serving of banana, whip cream, chocolate ice cream,
syrup, and yum yum yum :) The iced tea was NOT a delight for me
I think they were using Lipton iced tea and I don't like that,
also, crepe and iced tea does not go well together! haha

But the crepe was really really awesome <3
xx,
Mel.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Something Really Awesome!:)



I have been a fan of this girl ever since I saw here drawings.
If I need any logos or posters, she is always my first choice <3
Mary is very skilled in drawing and choosing color combinations.
If you need logos, posters, ads, you can contact her :) Check out her blog at
the link above <3

xx,
Mel.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wallet Recession 14 : Cute Dress for Less :)



I have been a fan of Gossip Girl ever since the beginning of time,
I just love the story and also the glam that comes with the TV series.
My fashion style have been very much influenced by this particular
show. One Blair inspired look I had was this pretty blue dress that
I got from Thailand :) The dress costs P375, and the shoes,
I got from Finickee which costs P560 :)

This whole outfit costs only P935, ain't that a great deal?!:)

Share with me good buys that you had, maybe I'll blog
about it sometime :) 

You can get the headband at Mel's Collection ;)


Another great thing about this look is the very low heels.
It gives the elegance of a high-heeled shoe but it gives the comfort
of flats :) You can run around with these babies and your
calf muscles won't get tired :)


xx,
Mel. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wallet Recession 13 : Black Ribbon :)



I had a hard time placing the camera where it does not
cut my toes out haha!

This super girly look costs only P645 :) The top is from Thailand
and it costs P375, The gray leggings was from 168 mall (2nd floor)
P120 - again, this was such a great buy because the fabric is so soft and
thick! :) This cute sandals is from Thailand too and it costs P150 :)

I didn't count the headband in the total amount, but this really
cute headband, which by the way could be used as a necklace too, is
from Mel's Collection. This costs P250 :) It's really a good buy 
considering you could use it in two very different outfits :)

xx,
Mel.

Gong Cha Milk Milk Tea :)


I miss Tea Stack so much! That is why I opted to try this drink,
I felt that it was quite expensive, P125 for a single drink without
add-ons, but nevertheless, I gave it a shot! It was awesome! 
It's like drinking milk tea + rock salt and cheese <3

I recommend only 75% sugar because I had mine at a 100
and it was sweet :)

'til next time!:) See you on my next Milk tea adventure <3

xx,
Mel.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Finicky Nail Salon :)


Honestly, there's nothing fancy about Finicky nails but if you want to have a good
time with your girlfriends but you don't want to spend a fortune, then Finicky Nails is
a great choice!:) Their staff are very accommodating and nice, also skilled :)

Manicure and Pedicure costs only P160!:) It's a very good deal for a great
ambiance, not to mention pretty nails <3 so what are you waiting for!
It's time to hang out here <3

Location: Retiro (beside Starbucks)

xx,
Mel.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wallet Recession 12 : Good buys in the Philippines :)


P280 Necklace from Mel's Collection

Top: Alley walking towards 168 :) - P220
Bottom: 168 Mall 1st floor, old wing :) P180

Boots: Hong Kong :) P200

This whole outfit costs P880 only!:)
It's great to mix up different kinds of designs and looks
and put them all together. Like these shoes, normally
you won't wear something like this with this outfit but
it's cute to mix and match <3

xx,
Mel.  

Bubble Tea Place : Japanese Cheese Cake Drink Series :)

I know I have blogged about Bubble Tea already but this is different!:)
I love the Tonkatsu Curry of Bubble tea and this piece of masterpiece
paired with the Japanese Cheese Cake Black Milk Tea is just heavenly!

The "Rock Salt and Cheese" of Happy Lemon is pertained to as Japanese
Cheese Cake and believe me when I say that it really tastes like cheese cake
that is why it is amazing <3 I know a branch at Tomas Morato and Sm Edsa (The Block)
so try it out <3

xx,
Mel.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wallet Recession 11 : Put in a little creativity :)


Sneakers: 168 mall - P200 :)

Top: Thailand, P350.

Leggings: 168 mall, P120.

Yes this whole outfit costs only P670 :) 

Throwing in some creative styling always heightens your own 
brand. Don't be afraid to defy the norm or be a little more
unique than others. If they say that sneakers are for sporty
outfits, I say sneakers are for when I feel like using
them <3

xx,
Mel.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Mint green tea and Wintermelon Mousse at Cha Time :)

Mint Green Tea with Aloe Vera

Wintermelon Mousse

I and my good friend Mary were roaming around Manila
for different reasons and when we wanted to rest already we
opted to rest at a milk tea place which is Cha Time. I wanted
something refreshing and the name "Mint Green Tea" caught
my eye. When I took a sip, I couldn't describe it. I didn't
know if it was tasty or not but one thing's for sure, I
felt refreshed and I liked my drink <3

*For the Wintermelon Mousse, I took a sip just to try
it out, I'm not a fan of the Chocolate Mousse at Cha Time
because it simply does not suite my taste but I know
a lot of people who loves this drink (these people similarly loves
Cocoa rock salt and cheese of Happy Lemon)
and Wintermelon Mousse
tastes just like Chocolate Mousse :)*

xx,
Mel.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wallet Recession 10 : One of the biggest savings ever :)



This outfit costs only P420!! Yes there are no lacking zeros
this outfit only costs P420 :) Looks like Cinderella should've
shopped at Thailand so that she won't need magical clothes that will 
disappear on midnight :)

Dress: 150 pesos
Leggings: 120 pesos
Shoes: 150 pesos

The dress and shoes are both from Thailand Platinum Mall, the
leggings came from 168 Mall  (2nd floor). This leggings was such a 
great deal! It was on sale and guess what, it's very thick! It's
the thickest leggings I have ever seen. The quality is really great
I was amazed to find out that it only costs P120.

xx,
Mel.



Wallet Recession 9 : Thailand love :)

I was going for a different look today so I tried this on.
I so love the colors and the aztec print!
Yes you can look oh so cute with just P1100 for a whole outfit!:)

Top: P300, Pants: around P375, Bag: around P250, Shoes: P250.
Everything is from Thailand except the flats, I got it somewhere near DLSU.
Yes Thailand is the best place to shop (even though some may disagree),
One thing's sure, I shopped 'til I dropped :)

Don't worry where you buy your clothes, just make sure you look awesome!:)

xx,
Mel.



Friday, November 16, 2012

Tea Rock :) (Banawe)




Caramel Machiato Milk Tea


Basic Milk Tea

While I was passing through banawe around a month ago, I saw this awesome
name and sign, Tea Rock. Few weeks ago it opened and of course I wouldn't let 
this one pass, I tried it out!:) I ordered their classic milk tea and Ice ordered caramel
machiato milk tea and both were AWESOME! :) The ambiance was great and
also they had a lot of food choices, not just finger foods but actual
meals, I haven't tried them yet but I sure will.

Two things I didn't like:
First, the green chairs. One time while I was peeking from
outside to see the interior, my attention was focused to the
green chairs - it killed the ambiance. Once you go inside,
you will realize that the place actually looks great, it's so cozy :)

Second, the "snarky" comment that I received! When we were
finished ordering our drinks, the lady at the counter told us that
they will serve us our drinks. Very well I thought, then after a moment
my name was called so I went to the counter to pick up my basic
milk tea. Then after a while somebody came and was holding
a drink while saying caramel machiato (We didn't hear any name called)
then she said: "Next time, please get your drinks on the counter, by yourselves."
(not verbatim) I just dismissed this awful comment but it was truly offensive.

I wouldn't let a "snarky" comment spoil Tea Rock. I loved Tea Rock,
their drink was awesome and the ambiance is great - not to mention the location,
because it is very near our house :)) I will definitely go back.

xx,
Mel.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Saint's Alp Teahouse.





I saw a poster of Saint's alp teahouse while I and my boyfriend were
roaming around Robinson's Magnolia. As you all know, I love trying
out milk tea places so of course I wouldn't let this slip!:)

Lucky me that I decided to try it because when I took a sip of their
Basic milk tea, I was out of words! Literally out of words! The
only thing I did was sip, nod, smile, sip, nod, smile.
It tastes like my favorite milk tea from Bubble Tea. 

One cup of milk tea costs 115 here, they have a small cozy place
and oh so lovely chairs <3 Next time you drop by Robinson's
Magnolia, don't forget to try this out <3

xx,
Mel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

J cuppacakes

Oh so delightful <3

I was so drawn to their display <3 It was so cute and fancy :)

Like them on facebook! J Cuppacakes :)


Another stand that I loved was J Cuppacakes, special mention to
their packaging! It's so cute <3 I took a shot at their red velvet and
the taste was great! I only have one dislike, the texture of the cupcake
itself, I don't know how to describe it but the best way I could define
it is that it was too moist. Just a little adjusting and the cupcake will 
be perfect <3

xx,
Mel.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

NBI Clearance and SSS :)


Hello to the pre-employment era. I have been dreading this day ever since
I have heard from my siblings the needle that they had to pass through in order
to fulfill the requirements for pre-employment. I can't believe that time has
flew so fast and it is now my turn to get these requirements.
Two things that companies usually require you to get are the NBI clearance
and an SSS number.







*Took me less than 1 hour, I got there around 7am :), Caloocan branch*
*I went there Monday, Nov. 12*

What to bring:
1. Photo copy of birth certificate (make sure that it is photo copied well)
2. Original copy of birth certificate (just for verification)
3. You could bring 2 valid ID's if you don't have a birth certificate at hand.
4. Black ballpen.

What to do:
1. Get a form at counter 1 (or ask the guard where the forms are).
2. Fill it up.
3. Check the labels, line up at the right lane. (different forms have different lanes)
4. If it's your turn already, do thumb prints as soon as you sit down. (or as instructed)
5. Wait for them to print your SS number.
6. YOU'RE DONE :)

Tips:
1. I arrived around 7 am, they were open already.
2. I did the processing at Caloocan, few people, fast processing :)
3. The Caloocan branch is very near Monumento lrt station, just ride a jeep that has
the label Munoz, go down near the overpass, cross that and SSS is there.


*Took me less than 1 hour, got there around 9 am, Main Branch - U.N. Avenue*
*I went there Monday, Nov. 12*

What to bring:
1. Food and water.
2. Black ballpen.
3. 1 Valid ID.

What to do:
1. Get a form right away.
2. Run to the queue, girls and guys have different queues so take note of that.
3. Fill up the form. Don't forget to fill everything up. (Especially the box for ID presented)
4. Just follow the progression of the line, the instructions posted are very clear,
you won't get lost. Every counter has an instruction regarding where to go and what to do next.

Flow of events:
1. Get form and fill it up
2. Data verification (Employees here will check the data you have filled up)
3. Payment (Check their website for details, local employment costs P115)
4. Encoding
5. Biometrics and Picture taking.

Tips:
1. Wear appropriate clothes, don't wear shorts, sando, slippers, you won't be allowed in.
2. Bring food! You'll go hungry
3. Don't be fooled, many people will sell you many things (envelope, shoes) Don't buy! you don't need any of them!
4. Don't piss the guides, follow their instructions :)
5. Btw, I went to the main which is located at U.N. Avenue, which is a very
short walking distance from the lrt.
6. You'll be able to claim the clearance on the same day if you don't
have somebody who has the same name with you.
7. If your name has a hit(somebody has the same name with you), you'll get it 
a week after but don't fret, you can have lbc deliver it to you for P85 :)



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cupcake Boutique









As I have mentioned, I went to a food bazaar yesterday and this is 
the other booth that I love. When I got there, I was immediately drawn
to this classy, nice looking cupcake display which you could see above.
They displayed their beautiful cupcakes in a transparent glass that
made the cupcakes glow like diamond :) Red velvet was my first choice 
but then I saw the Frosted Raspberry and that shook my choice.

I opted to buy the raspberry cupcake because it was unique and
also they had a free taste for the red velvet cupcake and IT WAS 
JUST AMAZING <3 This is my new found favorite red velvet <3

The Frosted Raspberry was also good, it tastes unique. The icing
had a hint of raspberry but not sweet, it's kind of salty and the
cupcake body was also perfectly moist and soft and the lemon
taste was just right.

Bottom line, I so love Cupcake Boutique and if I encountered them
again next time, I will surely buy again! <3

xx,
Mel.


Personalized Candy :)



So I went to Robinson's Magnolia awhile ago and I was so delighted
to see a food bazaar :) Expect few posts about this food bazaar,
I don't want to overwhelm you guys with one big blog post :)

One of my favorite stall there was Twisted! What drew me to this
stall was the TV they had that shows how they make twisted candy
and that YOU CAN PERSONALIZE!:) 

I think it takes 1 week for them to make you an oh-so-yummy
personalized candy and 1 pack costs 80 :)

For more details you could email them candymaker2012@yahoo.com.

*P.S. their candies are a delight, it's so yummy <3
xx,
Mel.

Friday, November 9, 2012

My hot camera bag :)


Red Canon + Red camera bag = hot hot hot! <3
I've been searching for a cute camera bag ever since forever! 
When I and my boyfriend were looking around at SM, we saw
this cute bag, THE ONLY CUTE CAMERA BAG :)
Guess who has it now <3 Happy 41st monthsary to us :)

If you're looking for a cute camera bag, aside from this one,
I saw one at hellolulu :)

*Thanks babe, you're the best <3*

xx,
Mel.


Unrequited love.


Easier said than done but very fulfilling :)
Give love, always give love. Repay evil for good,
love even when they don't.

xx,
Mel.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Japanese Eat All You Can :)


I love Salmon Sashimi and you never get enough
when you dine at normal Japanese restaurants because
6 pcs costs around 250-270 pesos and surely 6 pcs
won't satisfy this appetite of mine! The best way to go
is to dine at Japanese eat all you cans!:)

The first picture is Sambokojin the one at the bottom is Yakimix :)
I believe that Yakimix is more well-known and has more branches but
mind you, I love Sambokojin more :)
They have better ambiance (You will feel like you're dining
at a hotel :)), better and more choices of different sushi :) 

If you're not a fan of sushi and sashimi these eat all you cans may not
be the best choice for you, you could try Buffet 101, I have heard
a lot of good things about it :)

Lunch rates:
Yakimix: 520
Sambokojin: 450-499

xx,
Mel.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wallet Recession 8 : Casual :)


I define my own style, don't afraid to define yours :)

Top: 300 pesos (Thailand)
Leggings: 180 (168 mall) - Their leggings are nice, it's thick and durable :)
Shoes: 475 pesos (Thailand)

Don't forget, you don't need expensive clothes to look nice :)

xx,
Mel.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wallet Recession 7 : Thailand love :)


I bought this top from Thailand and I love it <3
This outfit costs only 570 pesos :)

Top: 450 pesos - Thailand
Leggings: 180 - 168 mall
Sandals: 220 - Sm dept store

Who says you can't shop cheap and look great at the same time?:)

xx,
Mel.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Starbucks news :)


Passion Ice Tea. My favorite drink. You always have to ask the barista
regarding the Ice Tea flavor of the day because they only brew one
flavor a day :)


Yummy Dark Cherry Sylvanas! A new dessert at Starbucks!
The miss of fudge chocolate and the yummy Sylvanas body is
so great!:) 

Hello to the new Starbucks Planner!:) Christmas Season has arrived again
and the Christmas drinks + the planner is back! The planner is so cute <3
Starbucks included a new clause for winning a planner, you can buy 5k worth
of GCs and you'll automatically get a planner. Yes 5k is big but if you think about it,
it's alright because you can use these GCs as Christmas gifts!:)

Visit Starbucks now <3

xx,
Mel.