Category: Lifestyle

Usana Nutrimeal

Usana Nutrimeal Review: My 5-Day Diet Plan

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Last Wednesday, I decided to make positive changes to my diet. At my boyfriend’s recommendation, I started the RESET Program with Usana Nutrimeal, and I’m glad I did. It was the beginning of a rewarding journey.

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Book Review

Book Review: 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change the World

If you’re Filipino, chances are you’ve been inundated by exasperating news about the current state of affairs in the country in the past year. In October, I was so frustrated that I resolved to write about what aspects of being Filipino I still take pride in. I have to admit that I found the exercise too difficult.
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Book Review

Book Review: Break Free by Don Soriano

Like many of you who read my blog, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I want to experience and learn about different cultures and traditions and hopefully, understand the world better. However, traveling can be costly: it requires time, effort, and a serious amount of money.

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Save for your next trip

How to Really Save for Your Dream Vacation

Everybody loves to go on a holiday every now and then. Who hasn’t browsed through their Instagram and Facebook feeds while having lunch and wished that we were also having ramen in Tokyo or languishing under the sun in Boracay like our friends?

Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to go on lavish vacations any time of the year. Many of us need to save some serious money before we can get anywhere. We all want to save an insane amount of money, but how should we go about it? Remember that 52-week saving challenge that went viral in December? It was just too much work! Some of us (e.g., me) may not have even gotten past the third week.

airplane taking off

If you’re serious about starting a fund for your travel this year, keep reading. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you save up for your dream vacation.

Get a part-time job

Find ways to beef up your savings by doing gigs and other small jobs. With access to the internet, you won’t have any difficulties looking for additional sources of income nowadays. Whether it’s being an ESL tutor or an online bridesmaid, you can do a lot of gigs on the side when your schedule allows it as long as you know how to market your skills. Do that, and your savings account will thank you later.

Sell what you don’t need

We all have stuff lying around in our homes that we haven’t touched in a year. Do you have any clothes or accessories that you have never worn more than twice? What about old gadgets like your iPod or Polaroid camera? If it’s still in good condition, chances are, someone else will be happy to have it.

Save for dream trip

Be resourceful

Skip the fancy hotels and save on accommodation by looking for home-sharing options such as Airbnb and HomeAway. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try camping out or Couchsurfing. Do your research before you head out on vacation so you can maximize your budget; there are always ways to score cheaper flights and lodging.

Read: How to save on your next trip to Batanes

Make saving a habit

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t spend more than you earn. Prepare a budget and do not go over it; track your spending to make sure that you stay within your monthly budget. Set a realistic target for your savings, and make a commitment to reach that. If you have to open a new bank account for your savings, do it.

It’s not enough that you scrimp and save every month; you have to make saving a part of your lifestyle. If you don’t know where to start, you can read about this 12-month saving challenge or follow these tips on how to save money when you don’t make enough.

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February Challenge: Color

When I was little, I read somewhere that the more colorful the food, the healthier it is. I think that holds true for hot pots as well: the more colorful it gets, the yummier it is haha. I’ve always been a fan of hot pots and what we call in the Philippines sabaw (“soup”) dishes, especially when I get to put all the things I love in the pot: mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, onions, shrimp, squid, lentils and more mushrooms.

seafood hotpot

This was my lunch when I went to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area 阿里山國家風景區 in Chiayi County 嘉義縣, Taiwan 中華民國. I have no idea what we ordered (was it seafood hot pot?), but it was delicious and filling.

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Review: Hot Star Large Fried Chicken – Philippines

Last week, I had the chance to visit Hot Star Large Fried Chicken in Eastwood with my boyfriend. Joelle Ami, Marketing Assistant at Hot Star, invited us back in December to sample more items from their local menu. I’ve only ever tried their chicken fillet, which is my absolute favorite, so this opportunity was something I didn’t want to miss.
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ManilennialEats at SM City Manila

#ManilennialEats: 12 Delicious Finds at SM City Manila

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a good time with your family and friends this week, head on to SM City Manila! Whether you want to treat your family to a sumptuous dinner or take a break from your hectic schedule with your comfort food, you’ll find the best in casual dining here.

Last month, we joined a blogger’s food crawl with other food and lifestyle bloggers from across the metro. Here are 12 of SM City Manila’s best restaurants that we tried which you should absolutely visit today.

Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things

Home to the awesome Garlic Parmesan Wings, Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things has everything you wanted in chicken wings and more. If you’re up for a challenge, ask for a serving of their hottest flavors and get featured in their Wall of Fame if you finish it in one sitting!

8 Street Bites

Perfect for college students hanging out before their next class, 8 Street Bites is the best option for big groups on a budget. We highly recommend their Freeway Nachos and their Country Fried Chicken.

Ramen Cool

Ramen Cool

Whether you’re a long-time fan of ramen or just plain starving for good noodles, this restaurant will not disappoint. Get your ramen fix without hurting your wallet with their famous RCool ramen.

Texas Maki
Source: Tokyo Joe Facebook Page

Tokyo Joe

If you have a craving for Japanese food but don’t want to spend much, Tokyo Joe is the perfect choice for you. Order their yummy Super California Maki and their Gyudon Rice, and you’ll be thankful that you did.


Mad For Pizza

For dishes that taste as good as they look, go to Mad for Pizza. Not only do they have delicious offerings that give you the best bang for your buck, they also have a charming ’80s-inspired ambiance that is definitely worthy of being featured on your Instagram profile. Their Danggit Pasta and Salmon Belly a la Pobre are a must-try.


Fans of the popular food chain Razon’s from Pampanga have a new reason to celebrate. From the same people behind Razon’s, Teresita’s offers all your favorite Filipino dishes such as Kare-Kare, Caldereta, and Palabok at affordable prices. Perfect for a quick lunch out when you’re having a stressful day at work.

Choobi Choobi

If you just love fresh seafood, we recommend Choobi Choobi. Just thinking about their signature dish, Stan’s Version 2.0 Black Pepper Shrimp, makes my heart melt. They source their shrimp from Cebu, so it’s guaranteed fresh. You should also try Choobi Bay, which is a shrimp, crab, and corn bucket, which is perfect with their Snowpea sprouts.

Hot Star Fried Chicken
Source: SM City Manila Facebook Page

Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

I love everything about Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken! Although their chicken is slightly sweeter than the ones I’ve tried in New Taipei, it’s still deliciously mouthwatering. Watch out for my review of their other dishes next week!

Seafood Penne

Big Daddy’s

Head to Big Daddy’s for affordable treats with reasonable serving sizes. They have most ingredients for a satisfying dining experience: good service, good prices, and awesome menu items. Their creamy seafood penne is a personal favorite, but if you want something meatier, you can order their burger, steak, or the Angus Beef Tapa.

Kuro Ramen
Source: Ramen Kuroda Facebook Page

Ramen Kuroda

Nobody needs convincing when it comes to ramen houses. We all love ramen, don’t we? For less than P250, you can enjoy your favorite ramen dishes here at Ramen Kuroda. Choose from their Shiro Chashumen, the umami-filled spicy Aka Ramen, or their bestseller, Kuro Ramen.

Red Table

Despite the popularity of Korean cuisine in the local scene, only a handful of restaurants have appealed to me. Indeed, not all samgyeopsal are considered equal, and Red Table will prove just that to you. Reward yourself with a hearty meal here today.

Wicked Waffle

Wicked Waffle

Who doesn’t love second breakfasts? Even if you’re not a hobbit, you’ll want to get your hands on Wicked Waffle’s delightful desserts even when you’re already full. Taste a piece of heaven with their Chunkee Monkey.

Follow the hashtag #ManilennialEats on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about SM City Manila’s latest offerings for foodies like you!