H&M Philippines

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Last weekend, October 17, 2014 the day fashion lovers, bloggers, celebrities and H&M lovers have been waiting for is finally here: H&M, the Swedish fashion label, is opening the newest and first store in the Philippines and everyone was so delighted to be the first in line and buy the said brand. I can’t remember any store opening that has been crazier or more anticipated than H&M in the Philippines. Before the Grand Opening at SM Megamall fashion hall, H&M lovers started to camp out just to be on the first line to get in and shop. Also because the 1st in line gets GC worth 6k, next 200 get GCs from 200-5k and limited tote bag. But that’s not all because they also gave away H&M bottled water, Cinnabon rolls, 2k cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee, H&M Fall Issue Magazine, and of course discounts on over 5k selected items. It was a success and world record! But it was hella crazy and tiring too, the line reached up to the parking lot and all of us didn’t care about the hit of the sun, little raindrops, even passing our meals and the long line just to get in, and even the store hours is almost done that day people and H&M lovers are still continue piling up.

I conquered all three floors of H&M at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall last weekend with my buddy. I spent more than three hours at the store to snap photos and of course, to shop. In the store, you’ll find:

  • First floor: basics, accessories, shoes, lingerie, women’s wear
  • Second floor: women’s casual wear, most of the DIVIDED line, active wear, more accessories, denim
  • Third floor: menswear, children’s wear

I also and absolutely love the interiors! It’s well-lit and reminiscent of expansive art museums and fashion galleries. And it’s like I’m in different country because most of the sales associates and cashiers are foreigners from different countries like Hong Kong, Malaysia, America and of course Sweden and its very cool! They are very friendly and very accommodating but I just noticed that they are very strict and so focus on their job and I really admire them for it! I wonder if they are going to stay here for good? Also the opening of the store is the launch of H&M Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.

Here are some of the photos from the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall H&M Grand Opening

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Pizza ZOMG!

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It’s another lazy Sunday at home and everyone’s too damn busy on their phones or just sleeping totally doing nothing… and I’m buggin hungry but unfortunately too damn lazy to cook too.

So I did a little “food shopping” on the internet, and hey, what’s the best easy food to eat than a pizza? I already ate way too different pizzas like Yellowcab, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Shakey’s even local pizza that’s been sold on the street. But this new pizza that I’ve discovered is something new. I never had a 27’’ pizza my entire life and I must say this is a massive piece of God’s gift for my tummy.

The pizza brand called BIG Guys! Pizza HOME OF THE 36’’ pizza. They served 16 kinds of pizza from their classic flavoured pizza to their BIG GUYS specialty. But we ordered one of their best sellers called Super Supreme. It has mozzarella, olives, onion, mushroom, bell pepper, bacon, pepperoni, and pineapple. The texture of their pizza dough is unlike the other pizza. It’s really thin, the crust is crispy and you can fold it like you were eating a shawarma wrap. It has lots of ingredients too, and the slices unlike the triangular shaped pizza this one is a square shaped pizza. You must try it!

For more information you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BIG-Guys-Pizza-Philippines/162486317095822

or call your nearest BIG GUYS PIZZA for delivery.

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October Finds

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October is one of the holiday/celebration month every year, well here in my country. There’s Oktoberfest, semestral break for all students, my brother’s birthday, and of course Halloween Parties. And since October just started I think its nice to buy new clothes too. So last night I went to my favourite thrift shop and look for something to buy. I’ve been obsessed with dresses lately because its easy to wear, very comfortable and I have a feeling that I’m free when I wear one. And this is what I found and bought

Its a Dorothy Perkins black dress made of 100% cotton with semi ruffles design on both sleeves and its really comfortable to wear and soft. Its still in a very good condition. I only bought it for P180. This dress is perfect to wear with a flat shoes or boots (My style. but of course anything shoes will do depends on your style) and for some occasions too like Oktoberfest, concerts or just hanging out with some friends. I like it and this is gonna be on my top list to wear.

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The Maze Runner Movie Review

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The movie shows its second week here in the Philippines in all cinemas nationwide and still hundreds of people are lining up to watch it.

About The Maze Runner

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

So last night my sister and I was so excited because finally we’re gonna watch the movie come to life. The first part of the movie was ok when Thomas lifted up to the Glade, I was smiling and happy because that’s literally what I read in the book and what I expected. But the next part got me so disappointed, all I did while watching it was face palming because the movie is so wrong! There are lots of error… actually the movie sucks! I’ll tell you what’s wrong about it.

1. W C K D isn’t spell like this on the book its W I C K E D.

2. Thomas didn’t know his name in the movie. In the book he remember it clearly.

3. In the movie Teresa woke up when she got to the Glade. In the book she woke up almost at the end of the story.

4. In the movie I don’t get it why Teresa didn’t know about her and Thomas and why he knew it was them who did the maze. In the book it should all be Teresa who remembers it.

5. In the movie it rains. In the book it never rains.

6. In the movie it says that they’ve been trying to solve the maze for 3 years. In the book its only 2 years.

7. I don’t get it why Gally is some kind of a good guy and stayed through out the movie. In the book he was gone after the discussion about what Thomas did in the maze because he breaks the number 1 rule.

8. In the movie Ben gets banished in the morning. In the book Ben should be arrowed first on the face by Alby before he gets banish in the evening.

9. In the movie Alby sacrificed himself at the homestead while saving Chuck. In the book he sacrificed himself in the maze while trying their way out.

10. In the movie it didn’t tell about The Changing and Thomas stung himself. In the book he run into a Griever so he can remember and go through The Changing.

11. In the movie Gally killed Chuck using a gun. In the book he was killed by Gally using a knife.

12. In the movie The Creators are shot when Thomas and the other Gladers finally escapeD the maze. In the book The Creators are alive and watching them through a window.

13. In the movie Thomas knew about the “W I C K E D is good.” In the book it was Teresa who knows almost about everything and told him all about it.

14. In the book the Griever hole is supposed to be invisible and only discovered by Thomas and told to Minho while they are sitting on the cliff throwing stones.

15. The codes are combinations of 6 words (float, catch, bleed, death, stiff, push) not numbers and Teresa supposed to type it and Chuck will help her.

16. At the end of the book Thomas and the other Gladers was saved and they were carried into a bus not helicopter.

17. In the book Teresa told that she just pulled the Trigger. I didn’t see or hear it in the movie. In short she knows nothing which is in the book she knows almost everything.

18. The telepathy between Teresa and Thomas wasn’t executed.

19. Where are the beetleblades?

20. Gally should be gone not stayed in the Maze with the other Gladers.

21. The Slumber has windows not just a door and it supposed to be tall.

OMG! I can tell you more but I’m so stressed out like why they can’t execute such little details from the book? Even the word W I C K E D is spelled wrong! I’m so buggin’ disappointed… The movie would be amazing if they stick (at least) on what’s in the book especially the last part of it when they finally escaped the maze and the telepathy should also be executed. It would be more thrilling and exciting! But anyways, there are still few things I like in the movie

1. When Thomas lifted up to the Glade. Just what I expected.

2. The banishing of Ben. Not what I really expected but it was ok. Chris acting was great!

3. Newt’s feet was executed so perfectly! Really kudos to that.

4. When the door of the maze didn’t close and the Grievers attack the Glade. Didn’t expected it to be executed like that because in the book the Grievers get one Glader every night. But its ok at least they show the point of it.

5. The part when Thomas and the other Gladers run into the Grievers to finally escape the maze. That is thrilling!

6. The part when Chuck talked to Thomas asking about his parents. I cried to that part.

7. The part when Chuck died. I literally cried.

So that’s it! But I still recommend it because its really thrilling!

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S&R New York style pizzas

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Every weekend my family and I went out to have a family bonding. We love to go places to places and find a new eatery in the metro. Today we discovered a pizza restaurant in Puregold Cubao G. Romulo St., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City that serves massive pizza and other foods like calzone, burgers, fried chickens, fries, etc. actually they serve MASSIVE amount of food like the TV show Man VS Food. And I was amazed because it’s my first time to see an actual food specifically their pizza that is so massive as a usual-sized paper plate that two people can share in one slice and their extra-large soft drinks can be shared as well and I swear you’ll get full immediately even after a half slice and half cup of their drinks.I also like the service here because it’s fast and efficient and the staffs here are really nice and helpful it’s just that the restaurant itself is too crowded and lots of people are dining in that it took us 20 minutes to get our seats. Over-all this restaurant is now one of my favorite list.

S&R’s pizza is incredibly big, yummy and filling. We ordered 3 different Pizza (Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, and Pizza combo) their pizza is oozing with loads of toppings: real beef, olive, onion, pepperoni, green bell pepper and so creamy mozzarella cheese. It is greasy but the moment I took a bite, I really don’t mind. It was so delicious and flavorful especially when dipped in the sauces that come in every order (ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, onions and hot sauce) and so here’s what we ordered.

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for other details about S&R Membership Shopping visit their website here.

Thrift shop and Overruns September picks

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Another thrift shop and overruns picks for the month of September!

Pants: it’s originally an acid washed flared leg jeans from Outfit Classic brand. The texture is stretchable, soft and very comfortable. I tailored it in a skinny cropped jeans to make it more hip, fashionable and summery look. I only bought it for only P150 at the overruns shop.

Top: it’s a salmon pink empire waist like loose shirt with skull and flower design from front to back. The texture is 100% cotton and very comfortable. I only bought it for only P80 at a thrift shop.

Foot wear: it’s a Birkenstock Sandals like with black rubber sole and dark brown strap that I bought from a thrift shop for only P100.

All items bought are still in a very good condition and it all costs me for only P330 such good find!

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The Eat Street

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I feel really fortunate to be living near Maginhawa Street, one of the best go-to places for a food trip around the metro. There’s a great range of restaurants and types of cuisine to fit any mood and craving. Some restaurants in the area have this laid-back and artsy vibe which I love, it’s like a huge theme park of food stops, only it’s not as pretty as Disneyland or Ocean Park. I’ve been meaning to visit UP Teachers Village for a long time now and finally, last weekend, my friend and I made time to ask me to go out for tea with her. Other than the ungodly belching and the yummy food I got from the trip, we had so much fun just talking, laughing, taking pictures, and walking around the street.

And here’s a quick rundown of what we did last weekend:

We drove in a motorcycle along Maginhawa to look for our first food stop. There are several restaurants in the area and honestly it’s so hard to choose where to lay ourselves to eat.

So first, we had an afternoon snack at COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFÉ.

One of the first things you’ll notice at this place is the large bookcase brimming with reading material. You could literally park yourself in a seat for hours buried in books. A good place to study or chill with a pretty diverse array of dishes, it’s a good place to visit. It is also a self-service café. And who needs Wi-Fi anyway if you have interesting books to read? Like The Walking Dead comics.

A mini-library/cafe that serves highland coffee (Sagada, Kalinga and Cordillera roasts), specialty frappes, rice meals, pasta, panini & desserts. There’s a rack of National Geographic magazines and a shelf full of books, comics & graphic novels that dine-in customers are free to browse through.
• Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
• Recommendations: Pan-grilled Pork Belly, Sagada Coffee, Banana Cake, S’mores
• Price range: P150-300 per person; coffee is P80
• Facebook: Cool Beans Cafe, Tel. No: 0917.7064711

*I ordered their café latte and it is so roasty. I love the aroma and the taste of it. It only cost me P90

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Second stop at FRESH SELECTIONS when we had our “healthy” dinner. The place is cozy although small with a nice couch for a big group and lovely seats for couples or small group of friends. It has an atmosphere of classiness to it. It’s clean and most importantly for me, it’s cold. But the crews are the ones I don’t like. When we got there one of the crew was seating on the counter, the others were too noisy even the girl who got our order was too busy talking with her other crews until we are ready to order. They did the same thing after our food was served. They were all seating at the counter and very noisy playing “pinoy henyo”. And when I asked for a cup of ice the girl who got our order told me “Ayan yung ice oh!” It was on a small cool man container, and I was like “Seriously? Sige kuha na lang ako ah!” But she didn’t noticed me but instead she got back with her friends and continues to play “pinoy henyo”. As a customer I felt disrespected. And the one thing I also noticed was that the restaurant doesn’t have a cctv camera, maybe that’s why the crews are all free to do whatever they want because no one is watching. I suggest the management or the owner to put up a cctv camera so they can keep watch of their staffs.

Fresh Selections serves healthy and affordable fast-food prepared with no MSG and no preservatives. They also sell organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables and fresh meat and seafood.
• Good for: lunch, dinner, ready to cook meal packs for take-out
• Recommendations: Lemon chicken, Pork Asado, Fresh Lumpia, Cha Misua
• Price range: P75-110 for rice meals, P160-300 per dish (big servings)
• Facebook: Fresh Selections – Maginhawa, Tel. No: 3309526

* I ordered their house specialty fresh lumpia. It was ok but the sauce was too sweet until I finished eating it I didn’t know they put sugar on it. Where is the “healthy food” here? It cost me P60 for that crap.

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(and the crews)

Last stop Bookay-Ukay. I’d been wanting to go to Bookay-Ukay since college when a friend told me about it. Then just last weekend, I went excited because my friend and I went on an “adventure” trip and finally set my feet and eyes at this dream place of mine. So let me explain its name. Bookay-Ukay, “Book” and “ukay-ukay”, those are the two terms. “Book”, we have no problem about its description, but “ukay-ukay” is a Filipino term for “thrift store“, so put them together, and we’ll know that the shop sells second-hand books that are still in good condition. It has been visited by some local celebrities like Saab Magalona and Mercedes Cabral. Not that I want to look and be labeled as cool because some celebrities visited the place, but Bookay-Ukay is a must-visit simply because it has books and its very affordable price, I must say.
The store is quite small, in fact, it’s only a room full of books. But at least its interiors speak of what it offers, unlike the formality and plainness of its rival book thrift store Book sale. The dirty white wall on the left is filled with I believe handmade bookmarks and other stuff like a poster of local pop punk band and the shelves just below contains other stuff sold in the store like magazines, CDs, and more books. Then after those, everywhere else was filled with nothing but books, books, and yes, books on the shelves resting on the remaining walls and even on the floor just the perfect haven for book lovers like me. For some time, my friend and I seemed strangers to each other as we both engaged in separate solitary quests for the books we like (well she mostly took the pictures) from novels, both local and international, Bookay-Ukay has second-hand books for everyone. But at the end, I wasn’t able to buy myself a book as I remembered my pile of unread books at home and how I’ll just decrease the chances of finally reading them if I buy more. At least now I know where Bookay-Ukay is. Meanwhile, my friend and I just took more pictures and if ever I wanted to buy books now I know where to find one.

So are you a fellow bookworm who loves to hoard and read books for less? Visit Bookay-Ukay today and satisfy your book addiction!

  • Bookay-Ukay– #78 Maginhawa St, Teachers Village East, Diliman Quezon City

Mobile #: 0905.428.3125
E-mail: bookayukay@gmail.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bookayukay
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 11pm

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So yeah, that’s pretty much what happened last weekend!!

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Good finds: Fashion for Less

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The other day I was at the mall looking for some clothes to buy. I always go to my favourite local shop where they sell second-hand and brand new clothes and other stuffs mostly from Japan, HongKong , the US, etc. in short the thrift shop and over runs shop. Just take note: if you buy at thrift shop make sure to wash the clothes 3-4 times in hot water before washing it with laundry soap just to make sure that the clothes are really clean and ready to wear.

So what I found is this very cute navy blue printed t-shirt with two elephant design and some Hindu design (not sure what is it called) from an over run shop . Bought it for only P180 but original price is P200. The brand of the t-shirt is called COLIN’S. A Turkish brand that offer a wide range of casual clothes including denim fashion and accessories for men and women. The Turkish clothing brand was incorporated by Eroglu Group in Istanbul, Turkey in 1983. Today, the Turkish fashion brand has more than 670 stores in 32 countries. Most of them are located in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. Take a look at their official website Colins.com.tr to find out a store near you and check out the latest trends in Turkish fashion. The website is available in the following languages: Turkish, English, Russian and German.

Friend Hangout: Shakey’s Pizza Gone Vintage

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So yesterday I met up with some close friends and we hang out at Eton Centris mall. Like the usual hang out with friends we talked and catch up about what’s the latest news with our lives and it’s always the best thing ever in the world. We also took pictures and had a great laugh!

And when its lunch time we decided to eat at Shakey’s Pizza. The ambiance is still the same, people are always friendly and has smile on their faces but the service is still poor but I still love the food. And every month they have a theme for their restaurant and this month it’s all about the 1950s and early 1960s and I’m in love with it! And as we order, our waiter suggested that we get the inspired theme pizza and also because it’s new and worth the try and is definitely perfect because I love the whole package.

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So if you still haven’t tried the pizza go give it a try it’s very yummy!

Improvising Your Meal

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The current weather in Manila right now is making me sad, lonely, sleepy, and at the same time hungrier. It is raining so hard and is very cold and it sucks no one to cuddle to but I’m still glad there are foods left in the fridge. So why not make myself a delicious meal instead of mocking and feeling pity right? Let’s do some improvising shall we?

Ingredients:
Instant oat unflavoured
1-2 TB cooking oil
Arroz caldo seasoning or chicken powder
Parsley, chopped
Onion chives, chopped
Ginger, chopped
Tofu, chopped
Fish sauce

How to:
Cook tofu until golden brown and slice into small pieces. Set aside. On the same pan cook ginger, parsley, and onion chives. Add the instant oat and tofu then add 3 cups of water and arroz caldo seasoning, stir for a few minutes. Covered for about 5 minutes until oat is soft and all ingredients are done. Add more water depending on desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning with fish sauce. Then ready to serve!

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For the original recipe of Arroz Caldo click here:

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