Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 5)


We spent our last day in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan (USJ).  Despite having explored already some parts of USJ the previous day (see related post here), AJ and I still went there early.  We had a quick breakfast at a McDonald's restaurant we found just outside USJ, before starting our day there. The early morning crowd was kinda thick already - even at 9:00 ... READ MORE

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017


My friends were not surprised to learn that I registered for Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017.  I am a big fan of Hello Kitty so this event is something I would not pass up, even though I don't like running. This is also the first time I am joining a fun run event, so the idea of running with Hello Kitty excited me no end. Registration was done online so it was hassle-free.  I ... READ MORE

The Good Stuff #3


Haven't done this in a while.  The past weeks have been full of random food and shopping discoveries, as you can very well see in my Instagram album.   And now that I can sit back and relax a bit from work (I survived the budgeting session, yey!), I can finally write about them. So here is it, the 3rd list of all the good stuff worth sharing with you all: Mini-Lego ... READ MORE

A Veggie Good Breakfast from Starbucks


I discovered this veggie sandwich from Starbucks 2 weeks ago and I've had this as breakfast/lunch at home and at work for more than 3x already. The Ratatouille and Mozarella Cheese on Multigrain Bread is so flavorful and filling that it's enough to tide me over until lunch.   It's also my meal of choice in observance of fasting (from meat) this lenten ... READ MORE

Sweet Birthday Gifts


It's been a week since my birthday and I am still feeling high over the (almost) week-long celebration I had!    Not to mention the sweet gifts I got from my family and friends =) From AJ, I got this FitFlop pair in perfect pewter color.  I've been eyeing this pair for some time and I'm so happy I now have it! I prefer these slide Fitflop sandals over thongs.   It's ... READ MORE

Starbucks finally opened in Vietnam!


Starbucks opened its FIRST store in Vietnam - the country with a unique coffee drinking culture - last February 1, 2013. My friend Pia, who works there, braved the long line of people who waited for the store's opening   =) Pia is in Manila right now and we met up yesterday at TWG Tea Salon for a belated birthday celebration and she handed me these as birthday gifts:  ... READ MORE

It’s that time of the year again!

December is here and it's finally beginning to feel like Christmas!   My Instagram is now teeming with photos of our preparations and anything Christmas-y, and here are some of them: The happiest season of the year is indeed here   =) ... READ MORE

New Discoveries at Starbucks

After introducing the sinful Whoopie Pie which AJ and I love to bits, Starbucks has introduced a new dessert that is just as sinful as the Whoopie Pie, only this one is an instant favorite: the Mocha Silvana. What's not to love about this one?  Unlike your typical silvana which is made of very rich buttercream sandwiched between two cashew meringue wafers, this one has a ... READ MORE