My Pamper Sesh Weekend at Vivere Salon & More

I had the ultimate pamper sesh weekend thanks to the grand launch of Vivere Salon and Ooh La Lash at Glorietta 2 sometime in September. It couldn’t have been a better timing because coincidentally, I was to visit my hometown Cebu that following weekend for a wedding.

Vivere Salon is a premium salon staffed with expert stylists who have been trained by the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy— the “Harvard University of hair education.” It promises to create cuts that are meant to simplify your beauty routine by making sure you don’t just look great when you walk out of the salon.

Founded in 2003 with its flagship branch at Robinsons Galleria, Vivere Salon continues to grow rapidly. They now having branches nationwide and recently just launched the 10th branch at Glorietta 2.

You can find Vivere at the ff. branches:
Robinsons Galleria
SM Megamall
Gateway Mall
Festival Supermall
Fairview Terraces
Lucky Chinatown Mall
Robinsons Midtown
Marquee Mall
Glorietta 2

Vivere Salon at Glorietta 2 is sleek, bright and clean. You know you’re in good hands the moment you step into the place.


The Ultimate Taste Test 2016: Be a Food Critic for a Day!

Hey, foodies!

Big thanks to those of you who answered the survey in my previous post to cast your votes for this year’s The Choice Awards! The votes have been tallied and the winners will be awarded by none other than Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and members of my foodie family, The KTG (Kain Tulog Gang), this Saturday, September 17 at Function Room 3 of SMX Aura.

I’m so excited to find out who the winners are! Yes, even The KTG don’t know who the winners are yet so it’s all fair and fun!

And it only gets better, as the recognition day will also be celebrated together with The Ultimate Taste Test. Ever dreamt of being a food critic? This is THE day!

The Ultimate Taste Test is the most anticipated event of foodies in Metro Manila. Brought to you by Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, the celebrated food-tasting event gives you a chance to sample mouth-watering new flavors from over 40 home-based food businesses and new discoveries in Metro Manila. And not only that, you get to judge and make your top picks. All that for just P550 for an all-day pass from 11 AM – 9 PM, with free beer!

The top participants who get ratings of 3.8 and above get to be featured on the food blog pioneer, Our Awesome Planet, which will give them the boost they need to make it out in the market.

Check out the list of participants you can expect at the event:

What: Ultimate Taste Test 2016—Be a Food Critic for a Day!
When: September 17, 2016, Saturday, 11.00 am - 9.00 pm.
Where: SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City
Ultimate Taste Test Fee: P550/head.

Inclusive of:

Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors & New Food Discoveries for the entire Saturday

A bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra
(For foodies 18 years old and above only)

Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries.

Buy your tickets now! Here’s how:

1. Online via Event Brite:

2. via Bank Deposit:

Creative Juice Communications, Inc.
BPI Acct. No: 2671-0007-33

Pls email to admin@ultimatetastetest.com with subject: "UTT Ticket payment". Kindly wait for acknowledgement of receipt.

3). Buy directly from Creative Juice office, our official event partner for Ultimate Taste Test 2016:

Creative Juice Communications Inc.,
2F Fun Ranch Building, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
Office Numbers: 470-99-25 or 570-78-27
Office Hours: 9am to 6pm

Look for Sonia LeaƱo or Gemma Surdilla

See you there!


The Choice Awards 2016: Manila's Voice for Best Restaurants and Food

Life has been an adventurous blur the past few months, having had just two weeks to pack up and leave my whole life in Cebu for a whole new journey ahead of me in Manila.

So, it’s been more than two months since I started living here and I’ve slowly settled in. Although I’m homesick already, there are several things I’m glad about being here. First of all, continuing education for my profession is now more accessible since most of the seminars and conventions happen here. So, I get to save on airfare since I’m here now! On the other hand, Manila is a top food destination in the country, with new restaurants popping up seemingly every day.

With all the restaurants around though, how do we know which ones to put on top of our list?

Well, who better to ask than only the best food bloggers in the country? What are food bloggers for, right? But, the food bloggers are no snobs. They are also curious about the crowd favorites. And thus, The Choice Awards was born!

The top food blogger of the Philippines, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, along with the World Food Expo (WOFEX) and the blogger collective known as The KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) have joined forces to so aptly create this one and only people’s choice awards for their favorite food, restaurants, bars and more—or simply, The Choice.


Ooh La Lash! Now Open at Glorietta 3

Perfectly groomed brows and long, lush lashes can change your life. But you already knew that. The question now is—do you know where you can go to get the safest and most natural-looking extensions?


Ippudo's Hakata-Style Nikusoba Ramen

Ramen has been taking over the food scene both in Manila and Cebu since 2014 and it hasn’t seemed to slow down at all. More ramen restaurants keep popping up and people are learning that this isn’t your ordinary noodle soup. 

We know that Japanese cuisine is among the superior cuisines in Asia and that’s because they take their food very seriously. Every dish is an art—ramen being no less, such that ramen chefs have their own distinct titles. They have made ramen a spectacle to behold, a dish worth anticipating. Every step of the preparation and service is done with utmost accuracy, every detail given full attention. 

Honestly, I initially had a premature disinterest in ramen because I thought the broth was too complex and rich. And, my first taste of ramen in one of the first ramen houses in Cebu did not help at all because that supposed highly recommended ramen house had just changed management then so the quality wasn’t the same. But, of course, I’ve tasted better ramen since and found myself onboard the ramen rave bandwagon—none other than ramen itself turned me into a convert. I like to call myself a… ramen ranger! Whenever I head to a ramen house, I can’t help chanting, “Go, go, ramen rangers!” Lol. Sorry for the millenials who can’t relate.

Anyway, so now I’m based in Manila (I just moved here two weeks ago) and this ramen ranger has yet to explore the best ramen around. Fortunately, I was invited by Ippudo—a ramen restaurant under the Standard Hospitality Group, the same company that introduced the epic Yabu House of Katsu (just my only favorite breaded porkchop, ever!)—to taste their newly launched ramen and I just couldn’t resist. I was invited to their newest branch, at Uptown Mall in BGC. Perfect, because my office is at BGC, too.

As if having ramen for dinner after a busy day at work wasn’t perfect enough, the weather seemed almost orchestrated to set the mood even more. And best of all, it was a holiday the next day! Ha! 

Everything about Ippudo was a set-up for a great ramen night. Like most ramen restaurants, I was greeted in Japanese as I entered and the servers barking Japanese greetings throughout the night transformed the atmosphere into a serious ramen realm. But, something distinct about Ippudo is the impeccable service that ensures your meal is always served promptly and precisely—a trademark of The Standard Hospitality Group. The entire meal was seamless. In fact, it seemed to go by so fast that I barely noticed I was able to devour my bowl... and a Wagyu Maki Onigiri! Oops! Superpower unleashed.