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Monday, July 30, 2012

San Sung Restaurant


Boylet and I are currently saving for something.  So, we decided to cut our expenses.  We opted to be frugal and simplify our lifestyle.   We choose DVDs over cinemas. We rarely take a cab. We don’t go out of town.  We seldom go to the mall (I did mention that window shopping is not my cup of tea).  He had his internet connection cut.  I hardly ever  shop for clothes and stuff.  He becomes contented with my 5-minute kneading rather than to pay for a masseuse.   I seldom go out for lunch and choose to savor Manang Shalala’s luto.  I associate myself with rich and generous friends (lol).  In grocery shopping, I only pick items which I really need.  I do some of his laundry. He irons his clothes.   We do the chores ourselves instead of paying for someone to do them. 

We save but we do not allow ourselves to be deprived.   We find happiness in simple things.  There are inexpensive ways to be happy.  Number one in the list…sleeping!  I can sleep the whole day without having a headache.  Boylet can do it too.  That’s one of the few things we have in common.  Talk about things in common, we both love to pig out.  We still dine out during Sundays.   And his favorite…Korean food! Thanks to TCAT Philippines. I was able to purchase  a voucher which entitles the bearer to dine at San Sung, a Korean restaurant located along Makati Avenue, a few steps away from my boylet’s apartment.     Two Bibimpop plus a set of side dishes for P250 is a steal, right?     

Our San Sung experience...(Photos were taken from Tcat Philippines)

Boylet consumed all the side dishes.





He also enjoyed the bowl of Bibimpop and the  seafood soup (I forgot the Korean name). Me? I was kinda embarrassed when the Korean owner saw that I did not touch my Bibimbop. Friends, I don’t eat veggies!




We ate here to have an authentic Korean experience.  I tried hard to use chopsticks too. (Panggap to the nth level!) lol.


Will I come back? I'm not into kimchi.  Boylet needs to force me. lol

Price
2 Bibimpop+set of side dishes (orig price P500)        P250
1 seafood soup                                                              250
1 San Mig Pale Pilsen                                                    50
Total                                                                         P550



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TRAVEL AND (making a) LIVING


I have mentioned before that I’m earning a salary which is only enough for my daily necessities ( I consider makeup as a necessity..lol).    It’s because I’m working in a government agency.  Yes, I’m a kawani ng gobyerno! I am not a minimum wage earner but compared to my boylet and friends who are working in  private companies, I consider my salary low.  However, I’m happy (Don’t get me wrong, boylet is passionate about his work but he’s a bit pressured).    I have a cool working environment.  We are like a family here.  I call my officemates tito/tita/kuya/ate.   My officemates are not bitchy.   My boss is not horrible.  The CEO is the coolest and sweetest.  And most of all, I like my job, albeit, not my dream job.

 I’m part of the Plans and Programs group.  One of the functions of the group is to validate reports submitted by regional offices. It means visiting regional offices.  It’s travelling and making a living rolled into one.  Now, you know why I like my job!

Last week, I was tasked to visit Northern Tagalog Region and Bicol Region.  What did I do there? I worked and had fun (on the side). Below are the snapshots.

                                      Buffet at Bali Kapampangan (San Fernando, Pampanga). 




I settled on adobong balut, calderetang bibe, chicken adobo,   tocino, tempura and lengua.  Adobong Balut is yum yum yum!!!





                                                            The magnificent Mayon




We stayed at Coastal View Resort.  It’s located in Sto. Domingo, Albay, 30-minute drive from Bicol Regional Office.   Nice view eh? We were not permitted to use the pool.  It looked dirty anyway!


                                                 Here’s  my room.  It’s big and cozy.










 The biggest turnoff…the dirty and clogged bathroom!  It’s really unforgivable. 



                     It’s a must to visit Cagsawa Ruins.  We also bought our pasalubongs here. 


Dream job...stay put! I’ll tour around the Philippines first. lol


Mabalos  (thank you) for reading guys!







Friday, July 6, 2012

PERFUME REVIEW: JEANNE BY LANVIN


 Can you remember Raspberry Bratsplash from Bench?  I was a fan of it back in high school. It’s sweet. I loved it but as I mature, my taste for perfumes has evolved.   Right now, I’m not into sweetie, girly scents.  I’ve been there!   Needless to say, I’m not into berry scents.  But hey, Jeanne from the house of Lanvin makes me want to strike out my previous statement.

Jeanne Lanvin by Lanvin is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women.  It was launched in 2008.   The nose behind it is Anne Flipo. Top notes are blackberry, lemon and pear; middle notes are peony, freesia and raspberry; base notes are sandalwood, amber and musk.


Verdict:

I must say it’s a girly scent for all ages.  It doesn’t follow, right? Lol.  Let me explain.   I’m in my late 20’s but my age doesn’t bar me from being bubbly and girly.  I consider myself a woman but there is always a girl in me.  I believe women of all ages, have playful and girly facet.  Jeanne by Lanvin captures this side of every woman. 

The scent is fruity.   It’s bursting with berries.    However, it’s not extremely sweet.  And that attribute makes me like it.  I describe it as soft, shy and refreshing perfume.  It does not upset my nose or my boylet’s.   For me, it’s a perfect day scent.  The staying power? Hmmm…average but better than Eclat d’ Arpege. 

As to the flacon, it’s lovely and feminine.  The atomizer’s cap has the mother and daughter insignia of Lanvin.  Inspite of its beauty, it’s a pain to use.  It’s  huge and heavy and the cap snaps off easily! But since it has an average staying power, I need to bring it in my bag. 

As a whole, I love it! I’m like 80% sure that you’ll love it too!  It’s a people pleaser!

Place bought: ChaScents (seller of authentic perfumes)
Price: P 2,100
(should you want to purchase, email me at chasenmae@yahoo.com)