Sunday, December 21, 2014

Outfits of the Week : Floral

Printed clothes are my go-to when I need a sudden boost to my look or when I'm just really lazy to dress up but don't want it to be obvious. I like how the shirt of the skirt itself could go on its own without the need for any over-the-top accessories anymore.

Here are some of them :

Please watch the video for more details about the 3 outfits! :)



I have already posted photos of these outfits. Check out OUTFIT 1 here, OUTFIT 2 here and OUTFIT 3 here.

Thank you for reading! What's your plan for today?

Kristine

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A must try: Authentic yet inexpensive Japanese Food! | Nihon Daidokoro 日本台所

You guys know how much I love anything Korean... but I have also mentioned how I am starting to love Japanese stuff these days as well. Japanese music, food, fashion, electronics, cars, etc have been around for a long time... even before K-pop exploded! hehe I have also heard so many stories about how nice Japanese people are! I also really, really want to travel to Japan on a Spring season to see their Sakura!! Gaaah. (Bakit mailap and travel visa?!hehe)

Anyway, yesterday my friend and I went to a blog-feature invite in Makati. On our way home, we got hungry but we decided to just eat when we get back to Quezon City. But on our way out of the Makati (Cinema) Square, we passed by this very attention-grabbing restaurant!



Am I finally in Japan?! hehe

NIHON DAIDOKORO
Location : 1st floor, Makati Cinema Square, Makati City

Another thing that got our attention was this sign:

The only seemingly-authentic ramen that I tried was at Ippudo. And tell you, it was expensive but the taste was not that great compared to how people are raving about it...
But I'm still curious about Ramen and would like to taste a delicious one!

So when we saw that their ramen was on an introductory 50% off offer, we knew we had to try them!

The bowl is as big as other more expensive Japanese restaurants, but definitely half (if not 1/3) the price! The ingredients are also all authentic Japanese ingredients. And the taste? So delicious!!

SHIROMEN Php150 (50% OFF so I only paid Php 75!)
Special Seafood Creamy Soup (chicken based) 
The soup was rich and creamy and really tasty! My mouth is watering now as I'm writing this blog post! hehe

KUROMEN Php120 (50% OFF so my friend only paid Php 60!)
Special Soy Garlic Soup (pork based) 
My friend ordered this. It was also very tasty, but since the soup has soy garlic, it was just a bit salty. Also a bit spicy, so you will definitely like this if you prefer rich taste in your food!

My date for the day, Burn!

So while my friend and I were enjoying the place and the food, I couldn't help but notice some Japanese in the store. I apporached them and asked if they're the owners. They said yes. So I told them that I like their place and their food so much that I will write about it for free on this blog. hehe They were so nice that after a few minutes, Akaneさん approached us and told us she was going to give us a "present". So I smiled and said thank you.

A few more minutes, she came back with this!! Mango Kakigoori Php 50 (So affordable!)

She said it's really delicious. We had no idea what it was but I often see shaved ice snack like this on Japanese movies and animes. hehe I was thinking Doraemon but I'm not really sure.

Anyway, take a photo with the cute food before you eat it! hehe

We then took our ice cream spoons and took our first bite. Then, WE DIED. IT WAS SO DELICIOUS! I can't even explain how soft the ice is. Is that even ice? It tastes like cold and sweet cotton in your mouth!! You don't even have to chew as it will melt on it's own in your mouth. The taste was just right, the milk and sugar were tasty but weren't overly-sweet. Just the right taste to get you addicted. I want to cry now, actually, as I'm typing this. hehe Why must their restaurant be in Makati while I'm living in Quezon City?! :(
Do you see the fine flakes of ice??

They sell their food in very reasonable and affordable price! Look at the price of their fried food!!

And there's also this cute kitten egg that I wanted to take home! hehe


I just made a collage so I don't make a really long post but here are some more stuff that will make you feel like you are in Japan for real! Oh, that shaver that makes fine and cloud-like shaved ice, I like want need it!

Here's a photo with Akaneさん! I didn't know there were 2 more people behind us! hehe
I really like discovering new and unique restaurants. And I enjoy giving free blog advertisements to people that are really nice and restaurants that serve delicious food! hehe

I just wish they could open a branch here in Quezon City! Ahh, what to do now that I am craving for that Mango Kakigoori? They have 6 other flavors that I want to try as well : Strawberry, Latte, Kinako, Coffee, Macha and Snow!!
 Akaneさん, please open Nihon Daidokoro in Cubao~ ^^



If you are lucky enough to be working or living near Makati, then be sure to check out this restaurant! The 50% off promo for the ramen is a very nice deal plus you'll be able to end the meal with a heavenly plate of sweet and cold shaved ice!

For more information, check out their Facebook page HERE.

Thank you for reading today, my love!
Kristine

Friday, December 19, 2014

Vlogmas 3 : BDJ "A Time to Give Back" Outreach Program for Underprivileged Children

Belle De Jour organized an outreach program for some children in Paranaque City, here in the Philippines. This is one way of giving back all the blessings, not only BDJ has received this year, but also all of their Bella's blessings from above. I was lucky enough to be included in this giving-back event. Here's what happened!

I live in Quezon City but the program was at Paranaque-hours and hours of drive away from my home. So, I woke up early to make it on time. BDJ was kind enough to organize a meet-up place and provide a service van that took us to the venue. 

The beneficiaries of the event were some out-of-school/underprivileged children. We were given a "angel"each to guide for that day. 

Since it was on a weekend, I asked my friend Flo to come with me. Flo is FLora (lol), one of my friends that takes my photos for OOTD. ^^

Instead of just one angel, I was assigned with 2. JC, the cute boy, couldn't find his "ate" (big sister) so I just adopted him. hehe


This will probably be a long post so if you dislike reading, simply watch the video here to see what happened:


We had so many fun activities to bring up the mood of the children. We did some Christmas Origami!

I was assigned to teach the kids how to make lucky stars! It was easy for me since I've been doing this since high-school already. hehe But some of them found it difficult to make one. Oh, I also did a YouTube tutorial on that last year. Click HERE to watch the video!

The kids made 4 ornaments/origamis each. Here are the works of my babies!

Here's Flora's angel that day, Ashanti! We kept on asking her if her parents got her name from Ashanti the American singer. lol. But she doesn't know either.

We also played some games and gave the kids some prizes. I feel bad that they only picked 4 pairs because my 2 babies really wanted to participate but we couldn't because there were no more slots.


Before serving them some snacks, the kids gave us a really nice and touching performance! They sang in Filipino and I recognize the songs as some songs currently playing on Channel 2.


Some Brownies!


After that, the kids were asked to pick one ornament that they wanted to hang on the Christmas tree. The others that they made were allowed to be taken home so they could give to their parents and family.

Here are all of the children that joined us that day! I love the smile on their faces. It's also cute how everyone is looking somewhere else except for my baby JC that is looking straight at my camera. He's such a sweet, smart and polite boy! I wish he grows up as a fine man.

And here's my crew. ^^ A photo with Flo, our babies, and Ms. Leah of BDJ! (Thank you for inviting me!!)

I miss sitting on colorful chairs like these. It's amazing how I used to think they were so huge and heavy when I was a kid. Now, I only see them as furniture for a doll house. hehe

I also love the wall art they have on the stairs. One student said the walls were painted by the child of one of the teachers of that school.


Ending this post with a photo of the Bella's and the BDJ Team that made the event successful and fun!


It was such a nice experience! I often see celebrities do charity works and now I understand why they do it. It's not about showing off or having what you did publicized. It's about being sincerely there for the kids and wanting to give back. A simple game or fun activity brings a smile to the children and it's really overwhelming to experience it first-hand. I'm glad that I joined BDJ in this event! What a nice way to end my 2014.

Thank you for reading today! What did you like most from this blog post? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kristine

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clothes Transition | Summer to Fall

A few weeks ago, I showed you how I styled a set of top and bottom for Summer (here). This time, I will show you how I styled it for Fall. 

I got the pair from Rosewholesale.com. We don't have Fall nor Winter here in the Philippines but that won't stop me from dressing up a la Autumn. I really love the dark colors paired with stockings, booties and a ravishing dark-colored lipstick!



Please watch the video here:



I really love this bowler hat I got from SM Department Store! If you noticed, I use it a lot. I wish I got it in other colors as well. 



Top and Bottom - Rosewholesale.com
Botties - Celine
Bag - Mango
Bowler Hat - SM Accesories
Cardigan - Forever 21


I really like this photo taken by my mom. It's just sad that it's a little blurry. 

Of course, what I wore and how I styled my outfit may still be insufficient to keep you warm if you are from a cold country. But this is just an inspiration! ^^ You could always replace what I wore with thick leggings and a warm and fuzzy winter jacket.

Tell us what you think about this outfit!

Kristine

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5 Beauty Products I Regret Buying

Have you ever bought something you thought you really like while you were at the store but end up regretting ever buying it when you get home? How about buying something just because it was hyped on the net, suggested by a friend or simply because you couldn't resist the nice sales attendant? 

I don't have a lot of beauty and make-up products simply because I can't be too adventurous when it comes to my skin... but I still have some products laying around in my bedroom that I wish I never bought.

Here are some of them :


I hope you were able to watch the video so you could have seen how the products actually work and why I don't like them.


I'm not really a big spender when it comes to make-up. I'd rather spend more bucks on items that really work instead of having hundreds of a kind that don't work at all. I just have a few that I really love and often use. ^^

How about you? Are there any makeup or beauty products that you regret buying? Share them with us!


Kristine

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vlogmas 2 : Meralco Liwanag Park + Bibingka at Puto Bungbong

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It's also my favorite holiday! Some of you actually enjoyed the first vlogmas video so I decided to film more. ^^

What are the things that you associate with Christmas? In my case : gifts, good food, family gatherings, happy people and heavy traffic! 
That photo was not even taken on a rush hour. Drivers, cars owners and passengers dread the holiday rush! #wherewillyoubewhendiarrheastrikes
If it usually takes you 1 hour to get from your home to a place you often go to, it would take you about 2 to 3 hours when you go there in December. It's that crazy! How is it in your country, though?

The highlight of the vlog is my visit to Meralco Liwanag Park in Ortigas.

Watch the entire video here:

Meralco Liwanag Park is open for everyone! Perfect place to take your kids as they will surely love the lights and the decorations. 








Meralco Liwanag Park is located in Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City, right beside Metrowalk. Here's their schedule if you are interested to go!
(Photo credit to Meralco's official Facebook page)

I ended the night with some delicious Bibingka and Puto bungbong!

I hope you enjoyed the 2nd vlogmas video! Please let me know if you want me to film more. ^^

Also, I mentioned 10 Instagram followers in the video! I posted a photo on my account and randomly picked 10 people that liked it! hehe Want to be mentioned next? Don't forget to follow the Instagram account @RealAsianBeauty HERE.


Kristine
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