Chinatown Courtship

I am still busy with reviewing for my December exams and I couldn’t update every day or weekly on my blog but the good news is: my writing buzz is still on. πŸ™‚

I am sharing this to you now and I hope you take a chance on reading this.

Do tell me what you think of my story through a comment here or on wattpad.com πŸ˜€

Without further a-do here it is:

china court

About the story:

Jake meets Lin ,a unique Filipino- Chinese girl, at the busy streets of Binondo Manila and instantly falls in love with her. Join him as he faces the challenges to have a chance and a place in Lin’s heart.

Excerpt from Part 1:

Walking around Binondo, Manila was a past time I developed after my summer internship shift ended. I enjoyed the mixture of different architectural structures in the area and it always felt like I am transported to Europe and China at the same time.

The people you see in the area were also a mixture cultures, at one side of the district are Filipinos chatting madly in either Tagalog or Visayan. At the next corner, you hear Mandarin, Fukien or Cantonese speaking Chinese high school girls walking behind you.

This is what I like at this part of the city. It’s never the same every day, there will always be peculiar or special about this place.

Here is the direct link to my story: Chinatown Courtship on wattpad.com

‘Til next post

β™₯L

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Holyweek Silence (L blogs#12)

Holy week has come and gone by so quickly.

My mother decided that this year we are going out of town and spend some quality family time. At first I thought it was a bad idea due to the fact that she wanted to go to Baguio. It is called Summer Capital of the Philippines for a good reason, in the end she won and we went on a 4 hours journey to said place.

When we arrived at our destination we had brunch and settled in at our hotel room. We were basically too tired to roam around the area.

The next day started with a nice walk to a restaurant that serves breakfast. It was a simple meal at a simple cafe. It was also a healthy option for the family. The restaurant is called Everything Nice and is located at the Camp John Hay Technohub vicinity. What I like the most about their rice meals is that they serve red rice instead of regular white rice. πŸ™‚

A must try for tea lovers is their Lemongrass tea but I suggest drinking it hot.

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After that hearty breakfast we proceeded back to our hotel room and got ready. We went to the Lourdes Grotto. It is a compulsory activity when we visit the city.

I noticed a lot of young people taking selfies and photos.

I am not against such activity but too much of something isn’t really pleasing anymore. Specially in a place such as that.

After our visit we decided to go to Mines View Par but the traffic towards it was unbearable and we had to turn back and go straight to St. Joseph’s Parish because we were going to attend mass there.

The next few days were a blur for me and I can only say that the trip was relaxing and a great start for me because it is summer. πŸ™‚

I still wish we stayed at home for the holy week because of the activities that was in store at our small town but I was happy to spend those days with my family.

So how was your holy week?

I’m sorry this is a short post. I have been thinking of writing another story but I have no time on my hands to do so. I promise to share it to you as soon as I finish writing any.

I miss scribbling.

‘Til next blogpost!

β™₯L

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.

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˜€

β™₯L

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.