Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee, Tea, & the Sea


Since November last year, Corin and I have done a little bit of local traveling. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know who he is and where we have been. On those trips, we usually take random videos addressed to our future selves so we'll have something to look back on later. Fast forward to last week, we finally decided to put up a YouTube channel to house some of those videos to share with our friends and family. YAY! 

With that, I present to you: Coffee, Tea, & the Sea. I could possibly talk about the reason behind the name in the future; but for now, please check out our YouTube channel and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE. 

As a preview, here is the "12 Random Questions" video. You can also find our "3 Days In Baler" video here. Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Where To Eat: Caffe Puccini

As much as I enjoy learning how to cook, I also enjoy eating out and trying different restaurants--you know, for "research purposes". One restaurant I went to a few days ago was Caffe Puccini, located at The Fort Strip (a few meters away from Cable Car, across URBN) in Bonifacio Global City. In contrast to the loud crowd and rows of bars blasting out music, Cafe Puccini is a welcome calm amidst the chaos, serving a taste of Italy.

We started off with the Antipasto Italiana, which is assorted Italian cold cuts with black olives, tomatoes, artichokes, anchovy, and cheeses. The varied flavors is a good start, warming up your taste buds and preparing them for the main course. Plus, the cold cuts paired well with the alcoholic drinks we ordered early on--because how can we not order drinks?

Antipasto Italiana

Red Sangria (also available: White Sangria)

Next, the Ravioli Lobster and Risotto Spinach Gamberetti followed. Both extremely flavorful, but I leaned more towards the ravioli just because of the lobster and ricotta cheese. Either way, you are in good hands when ordering one or both because they are best sellers.

Ravioli Lobster

Risotto Spinach Gamberetti

For pizza, we ordered a half-and-half of Pizza Puccini and Pizza al Tartufo Nero. If you can't decide between two flavors, ask about ordering a mix of two flavors and you can certainly get your wish. Now, although I love anything with truffle bits, I have to give it to Pizza Puccini for getting me to fall in love at first bite. No, really. Eyes widened at first bite, blurting out "OH. MY. GOD." Pizza Puccini is not to be messed with and I highly recommend ordering this if you fancy pizza.

Pizza Puccini (top) and Pizza al Tartufo Nero

Caffe Puccini is a great place to wine and dine with your friends after a long day at the office. Getting your friends together over good food sounds like the perfect evening, if you ask me! Try out Cafe Puccini and see of yourself.


Friday, July 17, 2015

You'll Always Find Your Element

Hey, you guys! I missed blogging so much! To tell you the truth, I've been sitting here thinking about how and what I can do for my new post to smoothly transition things. The long, unplanned hiatus was not exactly a choice but it was a circumstance thrown at me, which I accepted because there was a shift in my priorities. However, it did not mean that I loved blogging and this little community I have created with you all any less. Absolutely not.

The thing with doing something you are passionate about is that even when you've been away from it for so long, you'll always find your element once you get back into it. You may not be as good as you used to be, but you weren't previously good overnight anyway. So as long as you continue to feed your passion, trust that you will grow with it. Regardless of how long of a break you take, what matters is the amount of effort you put in once you're back.

Dress from Cotton On; Bag from Chocolate Clothing

Photos by Gelo Lopez

If you are ever in a position where you have no choice and you have to put something you love on hold, don't lose hope. Don't get discouraged. Just because something is put on hold does not mean it is put to an end. You don't have to beat yourself up for it because you are only wasting your energy. When you find the time to come back, simply pick up where you left off. It will all be great in the end.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

How to Break the Bad Mood


Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed and had everything else that happened that day be the "worst possible thing" that could happen that day? I have. And when you wake up in a bad mood, it's a hard tone to break because it essentially is the first emotion you feel that day. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to turn that frown upside down. So, even if you didn't wake up with a smile on your face, SMILE. It helps brighten mornings not only for you, but for those around you as well. A smile is contagious.

Other things you can do to break the bad mood:

Dress Happily

Some people have style that is reflective of their mood, and not a lot of people actually know that it can be the other way around. What you wear can change your mood as well! If you wear something that makes you happy, you look at yourself in the mirror and you'll think, "It's not going to be such a bad day after all."

Have Something to Look Forward To

Whether it's giving yourself an extra 30 minutes of sleep, watching the new episode release of your favorite TV series, or having dinner wiht your friends, these little moments you sprinkle throughout the week can help you break the bad mood.

Stop Reading "Hugot" Articles

It's these articles about things past relationships, being unhappy, and generally being unsatisfied with life that's getting you down. The next time you see a friend share another one of those articles on your timeline, scroll along. As long as you keep moving, you are doing fine. Don't let anyone else say otherwise.

It may be difficult to be all rainbows and sunshine, but it wouldn't hurt to try NOT to give yourself a hard time. ;) It's much more work being in a bad mood. You'll be alright. After all, you've been crushing it like a boss since the day you were born. You've gone this far.

Have a great week!

Photographed by Maita Piedra.

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