Top 10 Things About Me

I rarely give in to challenges. Either I’m too tired to take action or just not that interested. I guess there’s always  an exemption or just maybe I’d like to share a few things about me that most of the people I’m with doesn’t know.. yet. 🙂

So here ya goes… 

1. Two things that scare me: Losing a loved one and tall buildings at night.
2. Three things I love: Fruits, Furry animals, and warm showers.
3. How I feel right now: Hurt and confused. 
4. A confession: I like picking a fight with Dear BF. I don’t know if he knows, but I love it when he pays extra attention to me. 
5. Something I fantasize about: Me being an Assasin. 
6. Something I’m talented at: Honestly, I don’t know. But I can ( easily )  disunite the fingers of  my toes! Ask Arra! 
7. My celebrity crush(es): Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Martinez. I have this thing for older men. lol! 
8. An embarrassing moment: I was so drunk I tried to pee on the floor. I was 18  then! 
9. Three things that annoy me easily: People who walk slow, always come late, and Senior Citizens behaving really bad like we owe them everything. 
10. The reason why I started a blog: I had so many leisure time in my previous job so it’s some sort of experimentation then eventually thought of making blogging a regular thing. 
There you have it! I was thinking of adding more questions, but it might not be safe if I reveal more information about me. Haha! But don’t worry, I have no intentions of making my fantasies come true. 
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Rustan’s launches #RustansInspiredLiving

Last August 13, Rustan’s launched their #RustansInpiredLiving  event at their Shangri-La branch. The event was about creating a stylish haven that’s Rustan’s-inspired through its select home accents and decors.  Rustan’s featured 3 vignettes created by their designers. 

First stop: Classic With A Twist. A bedroom for Donnie Tantoco by Tessa Alindogan

Wall arts,  vintage suitcases, antique chest and the gorgeous desk on the right side were the remarkable accents of this bedroom setting. All of this and the mix of dark and light hues makes this a sophisticated sanctuary for the urban gentleman. 
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Rustan's Inspired Living

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Second stop: A Traveller’s Sanctuary for Mia Borromeo by Ana Rocha. 

I personally loved this set up because this is how I would like my home to look like.  Pieces from all over the world were displayed and the fusion was impressive; not to mention that it was pleasing to the eyes. A well-versed traveler would love to see bits and pieces of the places he went through in this home arrangement. 

Rustan's Inspired Living

Rustan's Inspired Living

Third Stop: Rustic Chic Dining for Bianca King by Marilen Montenegro

Earthy tones, antique designed flatwares and dinnerwares with touches of nature’s elements made this setup the perfect setting for any indoor or outdoor activity. 

Rustan's Inspired Living

Rustan's Inspired Living

Marilen Montenegro and Bianca KingRustan's Inspired Living

Bianca King, Marilen Montenegro, and Bobby Yan. 
Rustan's Inspired Living

From L- R: Ana Rocha, Marilen Montenegro, Tessa Prieto Valdez and Tessa AlindoganRustan's Inspired Living

For the whole month of August, expect more #RustansInspiredLiving tips from Rustan’s by visiting their social media pages. 

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

A sugary-butter smell wafting through the air welcomed us that morning of May 31. It reminded of this scenario back home when I would go down the stairs from my room and head straight to the freshly-made pancakes every morning; almost 15 years ago. Maybe that’s the reason why I’ve always been a breakfast person. Not that I can eat breakky all day but that kind of person who wouldn’t let herself start the day without having a delightful one. 

Bf snapped me back to the present by asking me what would I have for breakfast. I scanned Rustic Mornings menu thoroughly and after a few minutes came up with a list. Yes, a list. Because I was already starving at that moment. 🙂

Rustic Mornings in Marikina
Rustic Mornings in Marikina
First, we had a serving of Cappuccino and a glass of lemonade. 
Rustic Morning in Marikina
Second, a hearty plate of Tocilog and Crispy Tawilis. You can ask them on how you’d like the eggs to be cooked. 
Rustic Mornings in Marikina
For the dessert, we both agreed to try the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes and Pancakes. ( not it the photo )
Rustic Mornings in Marikina

While I blissfully munched my food, my eyes wandered around. Rustic Mornings is set in a lush green garden, decorated with what seemed like a mixed and matched vintage pieces such as repurposed coloured bottles, potted plants, wood tables, burlap tablecloths and shells that were sewn together that makes a perfect garden curtain. There were blossoming flowers everywhere. Everything was just in place and harmoniously blended with each other. A proof that there is an undeniable beauty in simplicity. I wouldn’t mind coming back as long as I have leisure time.

It might have been packed with people chattering all at the same time but there is this feeling of solitude that you’d instantly feel comfortable upon sitting.  

Rustic Mornings In Marikina

OVERALL RATING:

FOOD: 4/5

PLACE: 4/5

SERVICE: 4/5

PRICE: 5/5

Helen’s Tip:

Try their Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. Rustic Mornings’ signature Pinoy breakfast plates are a must-try. 
 

A trip to the Carnival with Summering With Rustan’s event

For some people, summer is the best time of the year to strut their most stylish and trendiest outdoor ensembles. Whether it’s a short trip to the beach or an afternoon at the Country Club, there is a perfect outfit for each.

Rustan’s knows that the key to looking your best is through picking the right pieces that suits your personality and taste – no matter where your journey takes you. As a cue that summer is about to start, Rustan’s launched its Summer Campaign: “Summering With Rustan’s” last March 24 at the Dolphins Park in Glorietta 4.

Photo from Rustan’s.

Summering With Rustan's Event

With a more playful theme this year, Rustan’s delighted the press, it’s guests and customers with a Carnival-inspired event. The brand has been dropping hints across their social media pages so it was no surprise to me that this is how the show is going to look like.

Summering, as Rustan’s described it means:

Summering with Rustan's

The stage. 

Summering With Rustan's Event

 This way to fun!

Summering With Rustan's Event

Surrounding the venue were booths of Rustan’s’ brands like Havaianas, LeSportsac, Herschel and Candytime. And to add more surprise, everyone can join and win prizes!  

Summering With Rustan's Event

Summering With Rustan's EventSummering With Rustan's Event

On the other side of the venue were array of sweet treats from Icepops, cotton candy from Mister Fluffies, and Ice cream donuts from Krispy Kreme. 

 Summering With Rustan's Event

Summering With Rustan's event

Cocktails from Belvedere. 🙂

Summering With Rustan's Event

Spotted some of Rustan’s celebrity guests too. Ms. Bianca Valero looked so fresh and chic in her ensemble. 

Summering With Rustan's Event

Ms. Iza Calzado knows how to add an omph to her outfit. A clutch in bold color! 

Summering With Rustan's Event

From L – R, the famous Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers: Patricia Prieto, Tricia Gosingtian and Camille Co.

Summering With Rustan's Event

Ms. Phoemela Baranda with Marilen Montenegro. 

Summering With Rustan's Event

Everyone was having fun taking photos in this marquee frame. 🙂

Summering With Rustan's Event

Indio was there to give us their best summer Reggae beats.

Summering With Rustan's Event

Few more hours and the stage was lit up with lights and made more alive with with thudding music. The most awaited fashion show was about to start! 

Summering With Rustan's Event

Armed with New-York kick-ass confidence, each models glided in their hottest summer outfits from Rustan’s! Aside from featuring its International brands, Rustan’s also showed their very own Lady Rustan’s and Rustan’s U clothing line. I couldn’t take off my eyes on the stage because all them looked perfect for the season! 

If only I could take home those outfits with me.. for free. just kidding!  After the show, I picked my favorites from every collection. Hey, I might not get the exact items but I can get tons of inspiration. 🙂

Prints on prints from their “Dreaming” summer collection. Brands like jelly bunny, Azura, Belissa, Lilly Pulitzer and Cutter & Buck were featured.  

Summering With Rustan's Event

Summering With Rustan's Event

Men also walked in their best summer looks from Rustan’s Men brands. Items in this collection are from Hackett London, Aerosoles, Ascot Chang and Facconable and more. 

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Few more minutes and the Eclectic collection was worn by these models. 

Summering With Rustan's Event

Featured brands in this collection: Longchamp, Mink Pink, Rebecca Minkoff, Vivienne Tam, Rachel by Rachel Roy and more.

Summering With Rustan's Event

Summering With Rustan's Event

The “Sporting” summer collection definitely wowed the younger audience. This popular brand has a wide range of stylish selections so every piece is versatile enough to match anything. Who said you can’t match a graphic sporty tee with a printed bottoms? This look proved me wrong. 

Summering With Rustan's Event

The “Summering” collection consisted of Swimwears for both men, women and young adult. Silky cover ups and more. The flowy cut made this an ideal piece for lounging around your private pool.

Summering With Rustan's Event

The beautiful Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez joined the catwalk too in her maxi dress from Lilly Pulitzer.

Summering With Rustan's event

Before I knew it, the fashion show was over. With all the glamorous brand of clothing anyone would want to have, it was a blissful 30 minutes feast of the eyes.

Dj Carlo Atendido spinned his best summer remixes!

Summering With Rustan's Event

Ms. Joyce Pring and the Indio band.

Summering With Rustan's Event

Aside from having fun time under the sun, there’s more on how you can make the best of out of the season by looking your best.  Rustan’s just showed us how! 🙂 

CNY 2015: A trip to Binondo

There’s only one place I can think of to celebrate Chinese New Year. Though Binondo is a bit of journey from where I live, the trip was always worth it; from tasting authentic Chinese cuisines to witnessing traditions plus bringing home goodies from the famous delicacy stores in Ongpin. 

The ambience was already in a festive mood when we arrived. As we wandered around and took photos, people were already flocking in  the streets leading to Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Chinese New Year in Binondo

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Chinese New Year in Binondo

What caught my interest is the Wishing Crane corner. Wishes, hopes and dreams were written in each colorful Origami crane that hang beautifully on the side of the mall.

Cranes are a Chinese symbol of luck and longevity and it is believed to make your dreams come true this Year of the Sheep as long as you have faith.

Wishing Cranes

Wishing Cranes in Binondo

Lots of “lucky” items were sold at the venue and at the end of the street is a life-sized fortune cat and a money tree with sheep figurines.

Chinese New Year in Binondo

Chinese New Year in Binondo

On the other side of the mall were arrays of sidewalk vendors offering delectable Chinese food. The queue was long enough to get you starved before you finally have your order. 

I forgot each of these are called but they surely tasted glorious! 

Chinese New Year in Binondo

Chinese New Year in Binondo

Chinese New Year in Binondo

Chinese New Year in Binondo

Chinese New Year

What completed our our CNY celebration is the trip to Estero in Ongpin. I’ve read positive reviews convinced us to give this a try. 

Estero Food Court is a “karinderya” type of restaurant that offers authentic Chinese cuisines at a very affordable price. It was jam packed so orders were put to a hold for minimum of 1 hour. Here’a tip: Go to LGA. It’s the most recommended. 🙂 

Estero Food Court

Here’s what we ordered:

Stir-fried Spinach with Garlic

Estero Food Court

Garlic Fried Chicken

Estero Food Court

Crispy Shrimp

Estero Food Court

OVERALL RATING:

FOOD: 4/5

PLACE: 3/5

SERVICE: 2/5

PRICE: 5/5

Helen’s Tip:

1. Schedule a visit on weekdays ( if possible ) as the place gets jam packed during weekends and holidays.

2. Ask for their best-sellers. I personally liked the Garlic Fried Chicken. Too bad we weren’t able to try the Fried Garlic Frog legs. 

Wishful Wednesday: Wandering in Europe

I day dream a lot. I like creating scenarios in my head because that’s the only way I know I can make things happen in all my conditions. And this time, my mind wandered farther than usual. I caught myself looking at the beautiful destinations I wish to set my eyes to. Thanks to Pinterest for making this possible. 

Instead of imagining myself in the middle of bustling streets of Tokyo, Hong Kong or South Korea, I felt more pleasure in hoping that I could be in this same spot where this photo was taken from. 
 
 
It would be so nice lounging around in this spot with a cup of coffee, ( or wine! )  and of course the company of a  loved one to tell stories to. 

Capri Italy

Priceless moment.

I’ve been to many beaches I wonder why I did not take time to do this. 

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One more click and it led me to Greece. I then pictured myself having an Al fresco dinner with someone special. Trying out new food will always be in my list of travel must-dos.  Someday, I will not be just imagining this but will be savouring for real a serving of Souvlaki that taste best with Rosé; or popping some delicious Lenten Greek Honey Puffs in my mouth to complete the experience.

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Do you day dream to? Where do your dreams take you? 🙂

Embracing healthy living at the Muni Market Day in Capitol Commons

To embrace a greener lifestyle is a challenge. It means breaking old habits and practices that we thought do not have a negative impact to our environment then adapting new and better ways on how we do our daily activities. It may sound easy but you know what the real challenge is? Convincing yourself that this is how we should live. 

I’m a bit guilty about this issue but the past months I’ve been finding ways on how to live healthier and at the same time saving our resources. I haven’t thought about this in a long time but it seemed like nature made its way to remind me. Again. But hey, it’s not too late to start, right? 😉 

Last October 25 and November 8, Muni PH held it’s #MuniMarketDay V2. 0 in Capitol Commons in hope to raise awareness on mindful living and conscious consumption. It’s a community event promoting health, wellness, social good, and sustainability. 

I’m sure most people have n idea on what and how the event looked like but here’s a list of activities and items that were featured: 

1. Eco-friendly products that has less to no impact to the environment. 
2. Delicious food items that are made from natural and organic ingredients.
3. A list of activities that promotes healthier lifestyle and practices.
4. Forum on Food for Health and Awareness, Farming in the City, and Energy Saving at Home.

Check out the updates on Muni PH official Facebook page here to see the complete details. 

It was a sunny yet breezy Saturday afternoon when I came to the event. I was by myself so it was a great opportunity to get to know other people especially the owners of the shops. 

What caught my attention was the Joost2Boost Kiosk since I’m starting to adapt a healthier diet. Bought the Carrot and Apple concoction as recommended by the seller. 

It has this light and sweet taste that went smoothly through my throat down to my starving belly. 

JOOST Muni Market Day

JOOST Capitol Commons

I went around to see more items and got really curious on Luntian Bag’s items. As a person who’s fond of anything reusable, I knew that the bags they are selling makes a great investment. You can actually order in bulk and have them customize the designs. I might order and have this as a Holiday present for my officemates. Being green doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Luntian Bags proved that you can be stylish and trendy too. 🙂

Luntian Bags

Next stop: Tala Luna. I’ve seen so many photos on Facebook of their indigenous fashion pieces like these statement boots made in Marikina using Yakan, Bontoc, and Buhi textiles. Touch the fabric and you’ll know it was made with such good craftmanship. Not a fan of boots? They sell pretty slip on flats and oxford-inspired shoes as well. 

Tala Luna

Tala Luna

Passed through The Green House Project stall and thought of my mom who used to have these planted all over our house. Choose from their wide range of Air Plants and have it add a refreshing accent into your  homes. 

The Green House Project

The Green House Project

 Aside from eco-friendly products, Muni PH also featured healthier food options like these goodies from Nipa Foods. Took one bite of this biscuit with the cashew butter and it was good! 😉 Muni Market Day in Capitol Commons

Muni Market Day in Capitol Commons

Muni Market Day in Capitol Commons

The Super Food Grocer Muni Market Day

 

Some learnings:

#MuniMarketDay is a reminder that there are simple and endless ways to live healthier. It’s all in our choices.

  • Choose to buy reusable or recycled items and you’re already saving our natural resources in our own way.              
  • Choose to participate in activities that promotes sustainability in what we eat and you earned a tip on how you can do it on your own.
  • Choose to patronize Philippine-made products and you’re already helping someone make a living.
  • Choose to eat healthier by picking food that are made from all-natural and organic ingredients and you’ll notice the desirable changes in our body; inside and out.