‘Tis the season of giving! Zen Zest & Scent Station Gift Sets are now in stores!


It was Acienda Designer Outlet's first anniversary last October 26, 2019 and #AciendaFest2019 was one of their treat for us! They are located at Silang, Cavite. Just a few minutes from Tagaytay.

Tagaytay may have lots of restaurants and cafes to try these days but not all of them are budget friendly, right? So I was so happy to discover Pig Republic located at Fora Mall.

Forastero Cafe opened last year but they now moved to a better and bigger space so they can serve and accommodate us better. They are still located at Silang Bayan (near P.S. Bank) which is just a few minutes from Tagaytay.

Game-changing insights, mind-boggling questions, and heart-wrenching realities in the restaurant industry were all tackled last August 19 at the Future of Food 2019. Attended by more than 1000 restaurant owners, industry leaders, restaurant operators, and senior marketing professionals, the Future of Food is dubbed as the biggest restaurant summit for restaurant owners in Metro Manila yet. Zomato Philippines, the leading food app in the country, organized the Future of Food with the country’s most prestigious companies, Arla Foods and Globe myBusiness, in partnership with, McCormick Philippines, Century Pacific Food Inc. - Food Service, and Avida Land.


Future of Food 2019 was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Philippines’ most luxurious Resort, Hotel & Casino - City of Dreams. The summit tackled topics on the Modern Consumer, Sustainability, Innovative Food Solutions, The Future of Marketing, and Goals in the Philippine Restaurant Industry. The event was a huge success due to its all-star keynote speakers and panelists. Some of the nation's most reputable key opinion leaders who shared their insights at the event were Chris Evans (Business Head, Zomato Philippines), Amor Maclang (Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.), Leigh Reyes (President & Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Philippines), Pamela Pacete-Garcia (Executive Strategic Planning Director, Wunderman Thompson Philippines), Enzo Pinga (Chief Farmer, Earthbeat Farms), Melody Melo-Rijk (Project Manager of The Sustainable Diner Project World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, WWF - Philippines), Jens Christian Krog Nielsen (Senior General Manager, Arla Foods Philippines), Johan Movido (Innovations Manager - Flavor Solutions, McCormick Philippines Inc.), Tenten Casasola (Innovations Manager - Culinary Team Manager, McCormick Philippines Inc.), Jason Cruz (Executive Strategy Director), Karen May Garcia (Head for Business - Technical Solutions Partner of Broadband and WIFI, Globe myBusiness), Eric Dee (President and Chief Operating Officer, Foodee Global Concepts), Sam Christopher Lim (Chief Marketing Officer, Francorp Philippines), and Donald Lim (Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines). Because of these outstanding speakers, the night ended with an immediate demand for the next conference! To read more about every session, check out @zomatoph’s IG highlights linking to the threads for each speaker. [https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18012978583241193/]

I found a restaurant that offers UNLIMITED BULALO here in Tagaytay and its affordable!

My family and I got to try Premier The Samgyupsal on their soft opening. I heard a few good feedbacks on their other branches so I was really excited to try them. A lot of samgyup places are opening here in Tagaytay and I'm not complaining. More choices! Hehe :)

It is my first time to try Cafe Amazon. I went to Primark Tagaytay to get my UMID ID at SSS Tagaytay (They just transferred there). I was supposed to head to Ayala Mall Serin to find a cafe with decent wifi. We had trouble with the wifi at home and I need to get this done. Only a few cafes and restaurants here in Tagaytay have wifi. It's sad. I know. Haha!


I was so happy when I learned that Macao Imperial Tea just opened near my place. This is the nearest branch for me which is at Acienda Designer Outlet in Silang. Macao Imperial Tea has been the talk of the town ever since they opened.


Freelance jobs have become in demand here in the Philippines. I found this new platform called RAKUBOSS.PH where clients can connect straight to the freelancers. They have a user-friendly interface that I like. Clients can seek specified freelance jobs like writers, lawyers, realtors to artists.



See below for more information:

How To Get Started

Register A Rakuboss Account. Fill out all the important details and show the clients who you are. Rakuboss encourages us to be honest to serve the clients and freelancers better. Profiles that are made to deceive will be penalized.

After the registration, you will need to verify your email. Having a verified account also means that you can use the website without charge. You may also edit your profile and familiarize yourself with the website.

Post Your Sidelines

There’s no limit to the services you can offer. However, duplicate postings should be avoided.

To start, click the “Sell Your Sideline” button on the lower right portion of the website. Fill out the details of your service. Straight forward titles and clear photos are best for attracting clients. Use a landscape image that is at least 1000 (width) x 600 (height) pixels. Submit the sideline for review and the Rakuboss team will verify your listing.

Transacting With Clients

Once your sideline is up, Rakuboss will help you find clients based on the description you’ve provided. Rakuboss brings the clients to you! You can also share your listings with other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just find the sideline you want to share on your profile and click on get URL

Confirming Transactions

When deadlines are met with quality work, Rakuboss will confirm the transaction and process your payout. You’ll receive email notifications regarding the process. We’ll walk you through the entire transaction. Our team is always available to help you with any concerns.

Receiving Payouts

For every successful transaction, Rakuboss requires a 6% commission fee. This fee will serve as the budget for the maintenance of the website. Your earnings can be collected using third-party payment providers such as Paypal, Dragonpay, and other local banks. Please note that banks may have an additional charge of PHP50 per transaction.

Along with the rise of kpop and kdrama, Korean BBQ is also hyped here in the Philippines nowadays. I like going to samgyupsal places like this because you can bond with your friends and family while you cook. Ang dami pwede mapag-usapan. Haha!

We had lunch yesterday at Sibyullee, a new Korean BBQ place in Alabang Town Center (Corporate Center, the one near Molito). It is a restaurant under the same company of Soban.



RATES


Unlimited Korean BBQ


There are a lot of meats to choose from and some are in spicy and marinated. They serve beef (bulgogi), pork (samgyup), and chicken.



These are the side dishes. These are all included in the promo together with soup, rice, and steamed egg.


They serve cheese dip and it is my first time to try samgyup with cheese. Not all samgyup places in Tagaytay serve cheese dip. SAD :( On the left photo, it is the sweet & spicy pork bulgogi. I am sensitive to spicy foods but I tried it. Surprisingly, it is not that intense and it is tolerable for me. It tasty and I like it. The other spicy ones are spicy for sure. Haha!


But if you can't handle the spicy ones, don't worry. They got you. This steamed egg is included in the promo and you can have as much as you want. It is not that tasty but I guess it was supposed to be like that to balance the flavors of the meat. But I really like its texture.


Beef Bulgogi Gimbap, also included in the unli

Soy Garclic Korean Fried Chicken, also included in the unli

This one is my favorite! I like that it is more on the sweet side. I didn't attempt to try the spicy one but they have it as well.

For drinks, I ordered mango juice. This is not included in the promo though.


And people, save room for a dessert! Yes, one serving of coffee jelly is included in the promo. I LOVE IT! It is not too sweet. The coffee jelly isn't that strong and the ice cream goes with it really well. It is more on the creamier side than the sweet side.

The price is not that bad considering the variety of marinated meat and side dishes that they serve. Sulit na sulit! And because they have the absorber (idk what it is called, sorry, haha), we didn't smell much which is a good thing especially if you'll go to the mall afterward. I also like that they play Korean songs. Haha! My kpop fan heart is happy. Their staff are accommodating and friendly.

Sibyullee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

📍 UCC Clockworks, Cliffhouse, Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite

Need a place to chill on a rainy and foggy Sunday afternoon in Tagaytay? Don't worry, fam. I gotchu!
We have a new place here and it is the UCC Clockworks. It is located at Cliffhouse Tagaytay (along Yellowcab, Army Navy, etc). Cafe Breton was located here before but they closed months ago and the place is now for UCC Clockworks.






I dined here to celebrate our 8th anniversary. Yes, we're still in an LDR but I still like to celebrate it somehow. I bought this mini S'mores Cake (240 pesos). This is the 4th S'mores cake from UCC that I bought I think. Haha! My family and I really like it. The candle is free.


Then, I ordered Truffle Mushroom Pasta (398 pesos). This is their single serving but two people can also share with this if hindi naman kayo ganun kagutom or if may iba pa kayong order. I would've like it better if they lessen the garlic because I can taste it more than the creaminess of the pasta. And also, the garlic are chopped too big. I feel like there's lacking some flavor because got umay easily.


Maybe I'll try their other desserts and coffees next time. They have wifi and it is pretty much stable. Not all cafe and restaurants here in Tagaytay have wifi. SAD. I know. Their staff is accommodating and friendly. They explained the menu to me and they have healthy menu alternative if you are conscious of your diet.


How To Get There?
Private car - Waze
Commute - If you're from Manila, you can take the bus going to Mendez/Nasugbu/Balayan/Alfonso, they will pass by the area. Drop off before Petron Gas Station. The jeepneys from Olivarez Tagaytay also pass by this area.
UCC Clockwork Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Started as an exclusive park for their members only in the early 2000s, Fantasy World is like the Disneyland of the Philippines back in the days. After the management struggled financially, they finally opened it to the public. This will be more of a travel story but I will still share some tips if you'd like to go here.

📍 FANTASY WORLD, LEMERY, BATANGAS

This is one hour away from Tagaytay and two to three hours away from Manila (depending on the traffic situation). Not advisable to commute.

Entrance fee: 1000 pesos (regardless of how many persons). But if you'll join day tours, it will just be 100 pesos.


My Mom was a member of their association and we were here often when I was still a kid. There are shows every weekend and there are a lot of people back then even though it is an exclusive park for members. I have a lot of childhood memories here.


I went there a year ago, and yes, these photos were taken a year ago. I only had the time to post this today. Haha! Sorry!


This used to be a peacock landscape. It still has its 'feathers' but you can easily tell they don't maintain it anymore.



This was supposed to be in the unsuccessful amusement park which is supposed to be on the other part of their property. Since my Mom was a member, they toured us there and it was steep going there. So sad that they were not even used! I really don't know what happened to the management.



It is really sad that this was my happy place before but it is not maintained now. This is why other bloggers, vloggers, and influencers label it as haunted or abandoned.


And there's the famous treehouse bridge.



Even though I've aged in time, I am still scared of it! Haha. The treehouse is still the same and there were plants along with it which means they really don't maintain it anymore. However, the bridge is new. It didn't look like this before and it looks more stable now.


But among other things, Fantasy World is known for the four castles at its center. The castles can be seen from the main gate and highway.


These castles may look familiar to you. It is because of Majika. It is a teleserye aired in 2006 staring Angel Locsin and it was filmed here. I think it was Fantasy World's peak at that time.



There are no extraordinary things inside the castles but you can go inside. One castle used to be the chapel. You can buy foods and water inside the castle (photo above).


This is just a park, so do not expect anything adventurous here. It's really nice to have parks and stroll around. Although, this is far. Haha!


If you like to take photos like me, this place is definitely for you.

And by the way, I found our old photos (from different years) when we used to go here. Ahh, brings back memories! These were still taken using film cameras because digital cameras are still not a thing back in the days. Haha!



We really had a lot of memories there. We used to bring my relatives there. :)


TRAVEL GUIDE


  • It is not advisable to commute going here. The jeepneys seldom pass by the area from the Boundery and it will only drop you to Fantasy World's main gate. The castle entrance is still a kilometer away from the main gate and it will be a long and tiring walk. It is uphill. Tricycles may be available but it may be pricey. And also, mas mahirap magcommute pabalik. You may join tours from travel agencies instead or magyakag ka na ng barkada :)
  • If you will go here via private car, you may search it on Google maps or Waze.
  • No foods are allowed inside. This is their old policy. Even water on bottles is not allowed. If you're gonna go here, make sure you already ate along the way. This place is not for picnic. You can buy water, drinks and foods inside one castle. It is pricey though.
  • The weather in Batangas can really be humid especially during sunny days. Don't forget to apply your sunscreen and bring an umbrella.


MAP




Sheet masks have been part of my skincare routine for years now. I use it at least twice or thrice a week. Recently, Hayejin Cosmetics sent me their sheet masks together with a few other stuff for me to try.

Hayejin Cosmetics is a Korean cosmetics brand which is now available here in the Philippines. It is actually my first time to try their products but I've seen them on Instagram a few times already. They are dermatologically tested and FDA approved.


They gave me a few stuff but I will focus on these three sheet masks:


PACKAGING


The packing is very simple but it looks promising. Most of the parts at the back are written in Korean except for the instructions and ingredients. It says at the back also that these sheet masks are made in Korea. The expiration date is also printed in the lowermost part.


For the masks, I was surprised to see that they are actually color-coded except for the blue one. Yes, the masks itself are colored. I saw it on the back part of the packaging but I did not believe it because most sheet masks that I have tried are in white. Haha. The sheet mask also comes with a plastic which makes the application easier.

PERFORMANCE


Cuddle of Jeju Oxygen Water
Blue Vitalizing Sheet Mask
  • It is white.
  • It has no scent.
  • It gives the glow you need.
  • It is not sticky and not heavy on the face.
  • It is more on the water-like texture.
Cuddle of Flowers
Pink Moisturizing Sheet Mask
  • It is pink.
  • It has a very minimal rose petal scent.
  • It is more viscous than the blue one.
  • It does make your skin moisturized.
  • Its sheet mask is the thinnest among the three.
Cuddle of Tea Tree
Green Calming Sheet Mask
  • It is green.
  • It kinda smells like leaves or bamboo.
  • It gives a cooling effect on the skin.
  • It is not sticky at all.
  • Tea tree is good for calming the skin.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I like it so much! It is not heavy and sticky on the face when used. I really don't like the super sticky feeling after using a sheet mask. I have sensitive skin and so far, they did not make me breakout. I like the blue one the most because it has no scent, which I prefer, and I like the glow that it gives. I also like the green one because of the cooling effect. It feels so good on the face. However, I got a bit disappointed upon looking at their page in Lazada. One sheet mask costs around 150 pesos and for a sheet mask, that's expensive af. And I think that's just the con that I see, the price. But I really like their sheet masks! <3

P.S. The products are sent to me by Hayejin Cosmetics. However, it doesn't affect my review. Please know that I always give my honest thoughts :)


WHERE TO BUY
Price
150 pesos/one sheet mask

Lazada Links
Blue Vitalizing Sheet Mask (LINK)
Green Calming Sheet Mask (LINK)
Pink Moisturizing Sheet Mask (LINK)

You may also buy it via their Instagram.

FOLLOW THEM!




Gong Cha is finally now in Tagaytay! I haven't had Gong Cha in years. My last was still from college. Haha. The nearest branch to me before was in SM Dasmarinas but they always have a queue whenever I try to order.

We ordered Brown Sugar Milk Tea, and their two best sellers, Oreo Milk Tea and GC Milk Wintermelon (top best seller). I liked the GC Milk Wintermelon. No wonder why it is their best seller.

Location: First floor, Ayala Mall Serin, Tagaytay City (Near French Baker)



The line wasn't long by the time we went here but the cashier took about 10 to 15 minutes before he resumed taking orders. There was only one person in front of us. They fixed something on their part, I think. To be honest, it took us another few minutes before our orders were taken. The cashier is kinda slow but I understand that they are still adjusting because they just recently opened.

I saw some Facebook posts of my relatives and friends that it was a long queue last weekend.



P.S. Not sponsored.
Gong Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Blogging back in the days is not as glamorous as it is now. It is just pure passion where we write our hearts out. And looking back, the blogosphere has changed a lot over the years.

If you are curious about how I started blogging, you might want to check my blogging story.

We know have bloggers, influencers and content creators. People always get confused with them, so let me break them down to you.
Bloggers - A blog originally came from the word “weblog” or a “web log”. You can think of it as an online journal or diary, although blogs are used for much more now, like online journalism. A blogger is someone who blogs, or writes content for a blog. Blogging is the act of writing a post for a blog. (ref.)
Influencers - An influencer is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience (ref.)
Content Creators - A content creator is someone who is responsible for the contribution of information to any media and most especially to digital media (ref.)
The content creator is a broad term, to be honest. A blogger and an influencer can be considered as a content creator.

Facebook and Instagram are top social media platforms and it has become a content creator platform too. It is actually easier to gain audience here since most people use Facebook and Instagram nowadays. People can share your posts and can make it go viral.

Youtube has now risen too and has become a top platform for video blogging or also known as vlogging. It became popular because people can earn big money from it unlike in blogging (which takes a long time for ads to monetize. haha). A lot of people also watch Youtube nowadays.

These are just a few examples of the big changes in the worldwide web. It may really be different before but I know we have to accept the changes and adapt to it. For me, it is not easy because I am more into writing and blogging than posting on Facebook and Instagram. I suck at captions, tbh. Haha! I actually got tired with Instagram too because I feel like it is now a competition. Haha. Feel me?


With all these new platforms, I can say that blogging paved way, actually. But the question is...

DO PEOPLE STILL READ BLOGS?

If you are here reading this post, then yes, you might probably still do :) But most people are more into Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube nowadays :(

I'm really not into numbers but I noticed that my blog views dropped down especially this year even though I still make contents every month. That's when I asked myself if people still read blogs today. Also, I think that most brands and companies, not all though, prefer content creators with a big number of followers on social media.

I miss those days where I blog hop every night. Read my friends' blogs. Because these days, I feel like only a few people blog anymore and I miss the genuineness of the blogosphere like back in the days.

Anyway, I am not sure if how long will I still blog but currently, I have no plans of stopping it. I'm really attached into this blog and I still love to write. Though, I am on hiatus sometimes. Haha!

So if you are reading this, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for still reading my blogs. ❤

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