Ramen Weekend (L blogs#10 and Reviews#11)

Last Saturday was a little adventure again for me, my high school best friend and my boyfriend.

That morning my boyfriend and I went to Robinsons Galleria to meet someone but it got cancelled when we were already there…

Growing my own Sea Monkeys

Before the meet-up was cancelled we strolled around the toy store and saw an interesting piece of toy that only costs 50 PhP. It is some kind of kit to grow your own sea monkeys/living creature. I like these kinds of toys, I like how it educates children and I am curious if it does really work or it’s just another bogus toy. It is originally priced at 350 PHP so I guess it works but I would have to try it out.

Erra’s Ramen Review

 

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Hot Ramen on a hot afternoon.

 

This isn’t the first time I visited this ramen joint, I actually went there a few years ago. I went back there because my best friend wanted to try this “internet famous” ramen.

Last time I went there the place was smaller and only had ramen and siomai on their menu. I may be wrong because I was with my boyfriend who sometimes hides tiny details about a place. That Saturday we were given a menu booklet with an assortment of dishes from ramen, side dishes, -silogs and even alcoholic drinks.

We ordered:

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Ramen. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of mine because I was too hungry to remember that I will take a photo of it. XD

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Tokwa’t Baboy (deep fried Tofu and Pork) and tapsilog (on the far right)

The ramen still tastes the same as the last time I went there. I like it. I am not a ramen expert to say anything about it in detail but for the price of the dish, which was only in the range of 60-90 PHP, it is well worth the price and taste.

 

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She couldn’t stop eating . XD

 

The place isn’t the same as those expensive ramen joints. Do not expect any air-conditioned room, a comfy seat and a place where they hired an interior designer to make the place look classy. The place is in the heart of Ermita/ Malate bar scene. Expect to dine with alot of expats when you decide to eat there. I do remember seeing a Vietnamese family sharing a meal the first time that I visited the restaurant but this time around I saw more expats than locals. It is at the side of the road and is actually the only place that was open in the area on a hot afternoon.

I do advise going there in the afternoon if you are like me who isn’t a fan of being in a crowded place because I assume that the place is jam packed during evenings because that is when the area is very active. If you are a social butterfly, then go ahead and go there in the evening and socialize with a whole lot of different types of people and also nationalities. Like I said, the place is full of expats and the area is actually a tourist hot spot.

I do enjoy the ambiance of this simple eatery. It let’s you socialize and observe what is around you and I guess it’s better than getting stuck in a room where you don’t know what is happening outside or around you.

 

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Empty plates andΒ  no left overs.

 

Overall , the food is a great bargain for when you are craving for ramen and you don’t have enough budget to splurge. I cannot compare it to the other ramen available here in the Philippines because I deem most of the restaurants serving it as unreasonably expensive.

Will I go back again? Yes, for it’s affordable price the taste and the food itself is worth going back to.

Erra’s Ramen is located at Zone 076, 1755 Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

They do not have a website but they do have a facebook account and here it is : Erra’s RAMEN CART

 

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new ?Β  πŸ˜€

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and that you also had a meaningful weekend.

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Ukay what? (L Vlogs#7)

Nothing much happened to me this weekend. Except I guess what I am going to talk about on this new video:

 


 

Today, 1st of March 2016, I am actually feeling a tad bit lonely and annoyed at myself but oh well. I hope it would pass. πŸ™‚

Hope you are all having a great 1st day of March.

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SATURDAY BOOKSTORE BARGAIN AND SUNDAY FAMILY DAY ENSEMBLE (L Blogs #7, Vlogs #6 & Reviews #9)

Hey Everyone its a new week and I have a lot of things to tell you. πŸ˜€

SATURDAY BOOKSTORE BARGAIN

My friend woke me up by calling me to say she will drop by and hangout at my place that day. I asked her to come over because I have this stuffed animal that I have to give her as a late Christmas, valentines day and whatever holiday gift. I fixed myself in just 30 minutes because I thought she was already near my house when she called. I then got another call from her that she will be bringing lunch for the two of us and that I had to provide the rice. So I cooked it while waiting for her but she arrived a few minutes before the rice cooked and knowing her she is probably hungry from her work and the trip to my house. She was patient enough to wait for the rice to cook.

We talked about life and everything in between and then my boyfriend called and arrived and we had this Magic Sing Concert. It was nice. We had fun but the highlight of her visit would probably her thrift store haul. She actually was happy about her purchases and the saving power that comes with these kind of activities.

After our visit to the thrift store we said our goodbyes and me and my boyfriend had our alone time. As usual we headed to our usual “date” place. SM. We actually have no plans that day. We did planned on a swimming escapade but dear old “red tide” got the best of me. At the mall I requested to go to Watsons and National Bookstore.

At Watsons I purchased a BB cream but what made me happy is what I bought at National Bookstore.

I got these three babies for 99 PHP each. I was particularly happy about the Amy Tan Book. The Dan Brown Inferno book is actually my boyfriend’s but he said I can keep it and give it to him after I read it already. The third book is entitled Under Fishbone Clouds, judging from the cover you won’t think of it as a Chinese related novel set in the time on the Mao Communist Era of China. That is the reason why I purchased that novel. I had this curiosity about their culture since, I don’t know, grade school?Β  So this is another book to add to my knowledge about what other people know about Chinese culture.

My Saturday was full of fun, laughs and of course bargain hunt escapades; I am fairly myhappy with that.

MY SUNDAY

IWHITE BB.HOLIC BB CREAM REVIEW

I saw and purchased at Watson’s this new product from iWhite Korea. It is called the iWhite BB.Holic everyday BB cream. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to buy a BB cream but I am a sucker for new products and I wanted to test it out myself.

This is for anyone out there who is curious about this product but hesitant to try it for themselves. :))) Well look no further I am here to give my thoughts about this product.

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

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Not so cute right? I expected more from the packaging.But what can I complain about? It is still presentable but unlike the other products they have I don’t think this product will catch my eyes in the drugstore. Maybe it’s the name that would make you want to purchase it. I don’t know I am no marketing or advertising genius. This is a 4ml packaging and it is separated in 2 ml each. I guess it’s because its for everyday and you will only use let’s say 2ml of the product each day.

HOW THE PRODUCT APPLIES AND FEELS ON MY FACE

The product has two shades: light and beige, I got mine in beige. I only put a pea size amount on my fingers and applied and blended it in on my face. At first I didn’t notice that there is this great scent coming from the product. I can’t say if its fruity or floral scent, I have to recheck again.

The coverage is actually good and it can actually stand alone because it covered my flaws/ acne marks or you can use a powder foundation or setting powder to go with it. I opt to use my powder foundation because I felt it was a little bit oily for my face but maybe it’s the korean “dewy” effect that they are promoting.Β  It did not cake up and that is a big plus for me. πŸ™‚

After a few hours of having it on my face, I noticed my face got a bit oilier than usual. I suspected it was from the BB cream because I did not put anything else new on my face besides that.

TIME TEST VLOG

I actually made a video using this product and here it is. I time tested it for everyone but I don’t think 4 hours is enough for a true verdict.

This video is actually a makeup tutorial of some sort. This is basically my everyday and go-to make-up look minus the red lip color. I think it is perfect for the hot humid weather we have here in the Philippines. It a very light and easy makeup routine for anyone and specially beginners.

If you watched the video, you saw at the end there was a comparison of before and after we went out and I think there wasn’t any significant difference. Mind you, it was actually very hot last sunday and I was sweating and we were actually at the mall doing some grocery shopping and you all know how intense grocery shopping can be sometimes.

I think I will have a separate review on theΒ  menow kissproof lipstick because it actually deserves to be reviewed. XD I actually just used that lipstick shade/product that morning and it impressed me a lot.

GOING BACK TO BBHOLIC…..

  • The product is very affordable for only 24.50 PHP but I believe they have not put out a tube or larger packaging for this product.
  • If you have oily face I do not think this product is right for you.
  • It last for a decent amount of time.
  • The packaging is pretty messy if you have left over product.

SUNDAY ENSEMBLE

I just wanted to share my outfit ensemble last Sunday because I think it looks nice and it would help those larger ladies, like me, to find some style inspiration. πŸ˜€

  • Β Top isΒ  from the thrift store: 100PHP
  • inner garment/ gray tank top from Daiso: 88 PHP
  • Leggings/Jeggings from Payless Shoestore (I forgot the brand name; it’s at the socks section) : around 700PHP
  • Sandals are from CLN(Celine) : I can’t remember the price but I think we got it for less than 1000 PHP
  • Watch is from Swatch a gift/ pasalubong from my mother. πŸ˜€

 

I hope you all had a great and fun weekend. πŸ˜€ I surely did.

‘Til next post

β™₯L

P.S. I have a little project for my site and I can’t wait to show it to all of you but I have to contain myself. Check on my instagram for a quick peek. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Saturday Mall sale bargain vlog (L Vlogs #3 and Reviews #6)

Hey!

So today was a good day. πŸ˜€

I had the best bargain hunt at the mall since I started to mind the prices of what I buy. ahaha.

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I found this hair coloring foam kit named Lolane Zcool. It is a Thai product and I paid 53PhP for the item. I even asked the saleslady thrice just to make sure of what price she told me. I thought at first it was around 200+ PhP. I think the reason why the price is that low for this product is due to the fact that it’s expiry date is near (march 2016). I bought it because it is still good since it did say march 2016 and I am in great need of a good hair color fixer since the red dye I applied faded away and my hair is starting to show my bare bleached hair. My sister calls it “mais”( corn) hair due to it’s orange/ copper tone. It’s a good thing the color the box has is a acceptable dark hair color.

As soon as I went home I tried it out and I filmed it for everyone. πŸ˜€

My review is also in the video. So don’t just stop in the middle of the video. πŸ˜‰

I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it….

 

 

β™₯L

 

 

Divisoria Monday adventure, health issue and sore muscles (L Blogs #4)

Okay blogging everyday may be another commitment for me. I do hope I can commit to it. If you follow me on twitter and know me personally I am not so good with these kind of things. I don’t know why, maybe it is a traumatic experience I had when I was a child. I will never know. haha.

What I do know is writing eases the tension in my brain. Plus it makes me feel like I am talking to my friends. I am actually a self- confessed loner. I think it’s because of my slight social anxiety. I do better in written conversation than oral conversations. Even though I know my blog post rarely reach anyone. At least I have an outlet when I am feeling down, happy, angry or defeated.

Okay, enough about the emo things. πŸ˜€

As I said yesterday I wanted to show you this item I got at Divisoria.

If you are not from the Philippines let me show you what it looks like :

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That is Divisoria. It is near Manila Chinatown and most Chinese businessmen and women start out their business here. It is famous for cheap wholesale items and also the sad truth is it is also a place for imitation brands/ fake items. My boyfriend is the first person who actually introduced me to shopping here. He is a fan of bootleg lego bricks. We only have a once a week escapade here. Usually we just look around for items we might buy when we have enough money for the item. Yes, this is our “date” place. Some would say it’s a bit cheap but it’s fun because there are so many unusual and sometimes weird things that you can see. Sometimes even the people are weird. πŸ˜› (racist comment. sorry)

So what’s that item that you are so excited to show us, L?

Okay, here it is…

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While we were happily walking past the stalls in 999 mall this item caught my eyes. It is on my wishlist since forever. My boyfriend attempted to buy me another brand but it did not help me in my search for on fleek eyebrows at all. I did try it out ( I mean the one my bf gave me) and it only made my eyebrows become thinner and more “evil” looking. This is a bootleg/ imitation of the original etude house brow class stencils. Like the original it is also made from a flexible, soft, silicon-like material. I used it once I got home. I used the straightest stencil. My sister told me I look weird but I think I need to get used to it. I will still try the arched and the semi arched one and see what really looks best on me. This stencil only costs 35 PHP. πŸ˜€

I also saw this lip stencil also an etude house imitation. I think it is the same price.

The price made me excited to share it to everyone because I saved so much pesos.

My mother said not to patronize the Chinese items but what can I do? They sell such things and I am a sucker for it. I still have one Divisoria item that I have on my wishlist and that is a brush set. I am still in doubt if I should buy it or I should just save up for the real ones. I am still debating with myself about it.

Do you guys have something similar to Divisoria in your country? I want to know. πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, Tuesday, I was not feeling so well physically. My chest was hurting like pins are pinning on it. I told my sister and she took my blood pressure and ask me several questions. She told me I needed to mind what I eat and also do an exercise to lose some weight and to help in decreasing the risk of having a worst medical condition. I have a bad medical history. My mother told me it is probably because of my very passive lifestyle. I do admit I am struggling to make myself more active.

Fast forward to today, I searched for exercise videos on youtube that I can follow. I could not decide on cardio workout or a yoga instructional weight loss videos. I first tried the cardio workout. 10 mins in the video I could not catch my breath and could not keep up. I was sweating like pig already and felt my muscles tense up already. So I switched to the yoga video. It wasn’t as strenuous as the first instructional video but some positions were hard to follow and 20 mins in the exercise my muscles just gave up. XD So in total I was exercising for 30 mins. Not so much but its my first day.

I am going to go back to my hip hop abs routine that made me lose my belly fat 2 years ago. My muscles are sore now but tomorrow I will do my hiphop abs. ahaha.

Do you have any exercise regime that would help a beginner like me? Please tell me. I need it not for losing weight but more of for my health.

’til next post

β™₯L

iWhite Korea products review (L Reviews #5)

I have seen countless of youtube videos about these products and later on realized that these are inexpensive for this kind of merchandise. Most though have not followed up if they are still using it.

Random ramblings #1: IMHO, I think they do not use them after the video or have used them for only a short amount of time. Given they have that much youtube followers and revenue to buy another moisturizer and make-up base/ facial cream for their faces. I am not saying I won’t be doing the same if given a chance.

Okay, lets all move on.

Products to be reviewed:

iWhite Korea Aqua Moisturizer and Facial Cream both with Whitening Vita

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If you are a sucker for cute packaging, like me , it is designed for you. What do you expect from a Korean brand? They are experts in cute packaging.

Price:Β  Both products are in the 15-20PhP range. They are also selling larger tube packaging of these cuties that costs around 175-180PhP.

What it says in the packaging…

Aqua Moisturizer

iWhite Whitening Vita Aqua Moisturier is a unique water-based moisturizer that deeply hydrates your skin with its natural non-greasy formula. It leaves a cool, oil-free and refreshing feeling on your skin after application.

Facial Cream

iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Cream is an all-around face cream with natural active ingredients that give you three essential benefits for a complete day care protection:

  • Whitening- with Mulberry Extract to evenly whiten skin.
  • Dual UV Protection- with Titanium Dioxide to protect skin from the harmful UV rays that causes cellular damage and premature aging.
  • Makeup base- with Panax Ginseng and Vitamins A,C, & E to shield skin from free-radical damage while leaving it silky smooth so your makeup sets perfectly on your skin.

Both products have listed down it’s active ingredients and other ingredients. The expiration, manufacturing dates and batch number are also printed on the packaging. It also shows that it is made in Korea.

Contains carcinogenic substance?

While I was reading the ingredients I couldn’t help but wonder what Titanium Dioxide is. It is an unfamiliar set of words for me even though I actually have a little background regarding all those elaborate chemical names, dental and medical terms. I have never heard of it and do not even notice that it seem to be a staple ingredient in cosmetics.

What I read in some articles is that Titanium Dioxide is used for UV protection but regarding it being a carcinogen is not yet proven. I am not saying that it is totally good. Let us just say that it is harmful when used in an excess amount or if processed or made improperly due to impurities that comes with it.

Random ramblings #2: Do not be scared of big words. It’s either something to make the product look high-end, professional or some intricate term used to make one sound smart. I know because I was taught to sound like a know it all when I was in college by saying “sodium hypoclorite” instead of common bleach (i.e Zonrox , Clorox, etc.) and “sodium chloride” instead of simply calling it table salt. Yes, the list goes on and on. So trust me on this , okay?Β 

Moving on……

How the products feel on my face.

The Aqua Moisturizer did not disappoint me on the cooling effect. It does do it’s job well. Being water-based is another plus point for me because it did not leave my face feeling greasy or oily after putting the product on my face. What I also noticed is that it made my skin fairly smooth after 2-3 days of using it, as suggested, day and night. They also suggested that one can use it as needed but I do not think it is advisable to put within the day if you are in school or in the office and have makeup on. Unless you have time to wash your face, apply the moisturizer and re-apply your makeup. Why not?

I do think on a hot day this is helpful if you are like me who only puts powder and a lip product on her face. I do wish they would come out with some affordable facial mist or something similar to this product that will be helpful in this oven-like heat we are experiencing in Manila.

Overall it did not disappoint me. The Aqua moisturizer has done justice to what it said it can do.

What about the Facial cream?

It really lived up to the makeup base part. I actually had a better and smooth application of my makeup and it also looked more polished than me using my ‘ol reliable primer. It did not cake up my foundation. I also did not experience any heavy or greasy feeling after I applied the product on my face.

A little goes a long way with this product because it masks your face in a white substance. Unless you like the effect of your face looking like you put too much Johnson and Johnson’s baby/loose powder on. I suggest if you are a Morena , like most Filipinas naturally are, take it easy on putting this product on your face. A small pea size amount would be good enough. Take it from me. I had a hard time blending this product out when I put too much of it on my face. I looked like a geisha not a kpop star. haha.

In all fairness, this product also did not disappoint me besides the product leaving my face like a geisha if not used with the proper amount. I will have to update you on it’s whitening promise but I sure hope it is not the “leaving the face with a white mask” effect. It is ,for me, great for it’s affordable price.

These are all my thoughts about the products but I will surely continue to use them and will update you on what happens after using the products for a while. Originally I wanted to share an item I found while frolicking at Divisoria but this post is already too long to add that up. I will be updating you more often ,hopefully everyday, as I want to share more of my thoughts and daily activities with you. πŸ˜€

Don’t forget to check my youtube channel. I already have 2 videos up.

I regularly update my blog about how I am feeling rather than reviews. I hope you are not bored with it. If you have any suggestions, questions, complaints or queries about my posts do not be shy to post a comment down below. I will be happy to answer it and I promise I do not bite. πŸ˜€

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Β L’s Note with β™₯ : I am still contemplating on making a vlog about this topic. I find myself stuttering too much when I was shooting a video for this. I am sorry to disappoint anyone. I have not been feeling extra well since last week. I hope you can understand.

First youtube video (L Vlogs #1)

Hey!

I decided to make a youtube video for my make-up collection. To help you in requesting what products I should review. πŸ˜€

Here it is…

I hope you guys like it. I know I’m not good at talking in english. It’s my second language. Pardon my grammar errors.

‘Til next post or youtube video πŸ˜‰

 

β™₯ L

PH drugstore make-up reviews and a youtube account (WOLM? #13)

Hey all! πŸ˜€

So as the title states I will be doing reviews of Philippine drugstore make-up. Since I am located at the Pearl of the Orient.

I have been contemplating about this and of course it’s a no brainer for me because I am a user of budget-friendly drugstore make-up due to my very “cheapskate” personality.

I am going to be showcasing in the next blog post what is currently in my make-up collection. To start this “series” off with a bang and for everybody to suggest what I should do a review about next.

Still thinking about that youtube channel but I guess I should start it because I think it’s easier to show than to write about these things. Subscribe to my channel located at the sidebar πŸ˜€ There are no videos uploaded yet but hopefully I get the confidence to do so.Β  The problem is I am camera shy. XD Wish me luck! lol

’til next post

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