Project 365: I <3 Pineapples! (Day 58)

Nothing like fresh, sweet and juicy pineapples to perk you up in the middle of the afternoon.

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The Oscars 2012

Its Hollywood’s most glamourous night as the entire movie industry gives acknowledgements to the best files, production and actors for the past year. And it is also fashion’s most watched event as the stars walk the red carpet in the hottest trends this year, and every fashion police is watching their every move.

The night goes out to the black and white silent movie The Artist which garnered 5 awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor:

See the complete list of winners here: Oscars.go.com

But ofcourse all eyes are on the red carpet as everyone got a glimpse of who attended and what were they wearing.

Some of my favorite looks included:

Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone

These three ladies looked stunning in their various shades of red/orange/whatever color pantone these may be.

Angelina Jolie

This hot mom of 6 can still work the red carpet with this sexy black number showing a lot of leg.

Rooney Mara

I actually like this look, very old Hollywood glam with the bangs, red lipstick and flowy white gown.

Milla Jovovich

Same trend goes for Milla Jovovich. Loved her hair and make-up.

There are a lot more fantabulous looking gowns, but I will just limit it to these.

No one wants to be part of the worst dressed list in Hollywood, but still, some manage to make the list:

Sacha Baron Cohen

I don’t need to explain. Must be taking tips from Nicki Minaj.

Sandra Bullock

Aside from the flawless hair and make-up, I found this outfit very blah on her.

Anna Faris

Not flattering at all, especially with the hair and make-up!

Glenn Close

The color was too drab and made her look really old – like she was channeling her Cruella deVille character instead of the Devil Wears Prada!

Another glamourous night for Hollywood and congratulations to all the winners!

Project 365: i <3 Juju (Day 57)

A detoxifying and cleansing Sunday for me with Juju Cleanse!

Food Trip: Juju Cleanse

02.26.12

After weeks and weeks of eating and sampling foods (see my many food trip entries), I decided to give my tummy a break and try the Juju Cleanse which bloggers around the Philippines have been writing about.

I heard about this from my officemates who were all trying it and I found myself checking out their website to see what the fuss was all about.

Juju Cleanse is a no fuss, all benefits approach to juice fasting. It is made up of six specially concocted drinks filled with vitamins and minerals that help flush out toxins from our body. The Juju Cleanse program is designed to give your body a break, so that it can focus on digesting nutrients and flushing out the junk. It also promotes alkalinity in the body to reduce the foothold of the nasties.

I looked around their website and set a targeted date. I had to do it on a Sunday, which was the most convenient time for me since I don’t usually do much on Sundays.

PRE-JUJU PREPS

I fixed my order last Thursday for pick-up this Saturday. I opted to do their 1 Day Level 2 program.

The level 2 program is designed for those that are ready for a more intense program than what the Level One offers, this cleanse provides you with more potent, alkaline-rich (translation: green) cleanses, encouraging a more effective cleansing and detoxification process.

I was nervous about ordering but Kat Azanza of Juju Cleanse was very acommodating via text and the ordering process was done smoothly and hassle free.

On Saturday, after Shawn’s baptism, I picked up my bag of Juju Cleanses from their pick-up point in Valle Verde 4, Pasig City, which was on the way home.

The juices came in a nifty packaging that was good for storage, keeping cool and toting around if you happen to not be at home for the day.

There are six bottles inside all labeled according the sequence you shall drink it. There was also a pack of mint tea leaves and instructions on the cleanse. Then it was off to bed for rest.

JUJU-MENT DAY

Sunday dawned bright and early as I woke up on my usual time of 6am. I snoozed for an hour, and got up to make myself a cup of mint tea from the leaves that came with the pack to start the day.

The instructions said to start at 7.30am, but I opted to go 30 minutes later to acommodate the mass schedule.

8.00am: BOTTLE #1: The Green Bomb

This elixir of assorted green veggies loads you up with important nutrients and enzymes that our bodies desperately need to keep alive and well down to the cellular level.

Ingredients: Celery, Cucumber, Coconut Water, Malunggay, Pineapple, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach

Verdict: The term “green bomb” is no joke. It was like drinking grass but with a weird after taste. It took me almost twenty minutes to finish the entire thing and I shuddered to think that I had to finish off 3 more.

10.30am: BOTTLE #2: RED GIANT

Rich in alkaline elements that aid in cleansing and elimination, this potent potion of beets, pineapple, carrots, and ginger is as healthy as it is delicious

Ingredients: Beets, Carrots, Ginger, Pineapple

Verdict: I took this after mass, which ends at 10.30am. Don’t let its bright red color fool you that its a sweet juice like Strawberry Kool-Aid. The juice is more bearable that the Green Bomb as it had more of the pineapple in it, and the kick from the ginger and beets in it.

1pm: BOTTLE #3: GREEN BOMB

Verdict: I took a nap beforehand to help me fight my hunger pains. But I wasn’t looking forward to consuming another bottle of this stuff. It was much more bearable after the Red Giant.

3.30pm BOTTLE #4: ALKAZEST

This vitamin and anti-oxidant rich mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and coconut juices is a refreshing mid-afternoon picker upper.

It is designed to replenish your electrolytes and boost your energy levels to help get you through the rest of the day.

Ingredients: Coconut Water, Grapefruit, Pineapple

VERDICT: To keep me occupied, I went to the grocery to do my shopping for the week (for my food to bring to the office). BAD IDEA. I was so tempted with all the food in the stores that I was literally salivating. Good thing I brought water to keep me from giving in to temptation. After going home, I opened my bottle and I was in for a treat! I liked this one the best because it was more fruit than veggies, an instant perk in the middle of the cleanse.

6.00pm: BOTTLE #5: THE GREEN BOMB

VERDICT: I spent most of the afternoon lazing around and answering to some clients beforehand. On my third bottle, I downed the drink faster (in 4 big gulps) in order not to be too preoccupied with taste.

8;30pm: BOTTLE #6: SALABA’T LEMON

This potent ginger tonic i an excellent expectorant, providing relief for those with respiratory problems.

It helps improve circulation and stimulates your digestive system as well.

Ingredients: Ginger, Honey, Lemon

VERDICT: Finally, I’m on my final bottle! This one the Juju version of the ginger tea usually used for sore throat and cough. I like this one as it was sour with a big kick of ginger when you swallow. It actually feels warm when you drink it.

OVER-ALL:

The Juju Cleanse was very interesting to say at least and not really for the faint hearted. It helped a lot that it came in very colorful bottles and at a price that will make you think twice about skipping it.

I actually experienced a lot of hunger pangs (and severe temptations) and I can feel my tummy roll with hunger during in between drinks. It was slightly bearable and I usually down it with water. But it didn’t take away the longing to eat when I look at the cheescake ice cream in the fridge or smell the fried chicken for dinner.

I was actually happy I did it on a weekend since I found myself going to the bathroom so many times and I was really cranky and my patience short because of it. And I was a little sloshy due to too much liquid in me.

It was quite an experience and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I now like to think my insides are cleaner. I am pondering on the three day cleanse but its something I wouldn’t be trying out soon. I am not prepared yet for three days of this since I barely survived one day.

As for a repeat, maybe one a quarter for me would do the trick.

For orders, you can visit their website, or email them at info@juju.com.ph

Date A Girl Who Travels

Inspired by Date A Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico, Alcah, the Solitary Wanderer,  answers back with her own version called, Date a Girl Who Travels:

Date a girl who travels. Make her feel safe, warm, and secure. Make her believe that no matter where she goes, and however long she’s gone, you’ll always be there for her, the one that she can call home.

 

Find a girl who travels. Date her, love her, and marry her, and your world will never be the same again.

A Baptism for Shawn Jayden H. Lim

02.25.12

Baptism, for Christians, is the first sacrament and is the rite of admission into the Christian world. Living in a predominantly Catholic nation, Baptism is a usually a joyous celebration by the family. In Catholic practice, children are usually baptized early in life (from newborn to one year of age) and is usually done to welcome and introduce the baby formally to relatives and friends.

I attended the baptism of Shawn Jayden H. Lim, the son of my friends Leinee Herrera and Sherwin Lim, and stood as godmother to the baby.

Hello Shawn!

The ceremony was held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine in New Manila at a little room away from the Church. I will not go into detail as what goes on in a baptismal ceremony, but here are some highlights:

Usually the baptismal rite is composed of some prayers, the priest pouring Holy Water on the child’s head and anointing him with Holy Oil. A white garment is placed on the child, while the godparents hold candles and together renounce our faith.

Congratulations and welcome, Shawn!

Shawn and his godfathers

Shawn and his godmothers

After the ceremony, we all proceeded to the Lim residence to celebrate with the rest of the family and friends.

Baptisms have come a long way from our time where a simple meal is just prepared. Now its one big party and sometimes, the families opt to have themes and beautifully decorated tables.

Leinee and her family did a wonderful job in decorating the place and providing a beautiful dessert table for the guests.

Delicious food courtesy of the Lims

Cakes and Cupcakes for godparents c/o Swell Sweets

Blue Cake pops and Macarons home made by Leinee herself

It was simply a delicious treat and I am truly honored to be part of this little boy’s life.

Food Trip: Happy Lemon’s Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese

02.24.12

I have already written in my former blog a write-up on Happy Lemon shortly after it first opened in 2010 in Promenade, Greenhills. Since then, they have expanded their store to different malls, one of them being Eastwood Mall, where we had our drinks after our dinner at Kogi Bulgogi.

If in my last blog entry, I raved about the Lemon Yakult Mousse Spin, this time, I will share my ultimate favorite drink from Happy Lemon – Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese.

I now order it with black pearls as a variation to this drink. This drink is served with a glass of cocoa with ice and topped with their special concoction called rock salt and cheese – a creamy/sweet/salty topping that completes the drink. This drink is usually taken by being sipped, but since I have pearls, I opt for the straw.

This drink is comparable to a yummy kids chocolate drink that just brings out the child in you. Its a comfort drink at its best and an alternative for me if I don’t feel like drinking milk tea. The rock salt and cheese on top can be its own food group 🙂

Happy everyday again at Happy Lemon!

Food Trip: Kogi Bulgogi

02.24.12

After a great movie, the girls (May, Len and I) followed Nancy and her fiancee John to grab a late dinner at Eastwood’s famous Korean restaurant, Kolgi Bulgogi.

Located in a strategic location at the second floor, near the mall’s entrance, this restaurant is normally always full. I once called to reserve, however, they don’t accept reservations, but has a priority seating (meaning you still have to wait in line if the restaurant is full, but they’ll seat you first).

The Korean influence has definitely made its mark in the Filipino palate as more of these restaurants are popping up to especially cater to the many Korean nationals staying in the country to study.

Since Nancy, John, May and JR have already eaten, Len and I decided to ordered food to share. We ordered a bowl of bibimbap and soft-shelled crab maki.

Bibimbap is a korean rice dish served in a hot stone bowl. It contains ground beef, rice, veggies and egg. It is usually mixed first and spicy red bean paste can be added for flavoring and a spicy kick. Kogi Bulgogi’s bibimbap was quite good but lacked the meat part. Personally, my favorite bibimbap is the one served on Korean airlines. 🙂

The soft shell crab maki is one of my favorite sushi dishes. The size is big and topped with crab bits and japanese mayo which makes it really good.

Ofcourse the meal isn’t complete with some dessert! Kogi Bulgogi serves the famous Korean ice cream sandwiches and popsicles, that usually my mom stops here to grab her Korean ice cream fix.

A yummy Korean dinner and good conversation with friends are always a good way to spend Friday nights!

Project 365: i <3 baby shawn! (Day 56)

Welcome to the Christian family Shawn Jayden! I am truly honored to be your godmother 🙂

Food Trip: Serenitea

02.20.12

Before the influx of global milk tea brands like Gong Cha, Happy Lemon and Chatime came in the Philippines, we already had our own local version.

Serenitea started the milk tea craze in the country way back in 2008, opening its first shop in Manila. Word was spreading and soon brands from abroad followed. But despite this, Serenitea remains to be a formidable player in the milk tea industry.

Serenitea has long since branched out from its original store in Little Baguio, San Juan, and the most convenient store for me to visit is the one in Burgos Circle, the Fort.

I was in a milk tea phase that week, so as soon as I arrived from Cagayan De Oro, I made a pitstop at the Burgos Circle branch for my tea fix.

I decided to try their version of the Wintermelon Milk Tea, the flavor I am currently addicted to from Gong Cha.

But alas, it wasn’t even a worthy substitute! It taster more like ordinary milk tea and it was also a bit bitter. Still Gong-Cha’s Wintermelon Milk Tea is the clear winner.

But there are many other yummy flavors from Serenitea like their Nagoya Milk Tea, Hokkaid Milk Tea and malt milk tea.