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Music Monday: Body Shakin'


One of the famous British boyband during the 90's. Mind you they even visited the Philippines.They are part of the MTV Most Wanted boys album.




XOXO

Singapore Food Trip: Bao Today


If you're in Orchard Road and doing some late shopping. Try stopping by Bao Today for some affordable dimsum treats.


Their place in Somerset is quite small. So I'll be guessing they're packed during lunch and dinner time. 

I find their service slow even if they're not full house.

I ordered their congee. Nothing special. They served it a bit cold. But my former roomie Sharon liked their dimsum. I had a taste of it and indeed it was good. I liked their drinks though. I had the avocado shake and I forgot the name of the blue drink. The blue drink is delicious! It has this bubble gum-like taste that goes well with the longan or lychee on top. Gula Melaka (coconut sugar if I'm not mistaken) as sweeteners.


I recommend trying their dimsum since it's their specialty. The shakes are also great. Service is average. Price range are affordable as compared to the surrounding restaurants available within the Somerset ground floor vicinity. In general, it's not really memorable. I would see myself stopping by if I'm shopping late and I need some food recharging.


Rating 2/5

No Travel Itinerary Is Always Perfect



Not all of my travels are perfect. More often, I have my own share of bloopers, getting lost, lost in translation, victim of rip-off and haggling fails. Nevertheless, it's all part of the adventure. Just always keep in mind to be cautious and safe. Don't do something that's mala-Locked Up Abroad. Make sure you familiarize yourself of the destination country's do's and don'ts, laws, culture etc. so you won't get in trouble. Always have a Plan B ready if some of the places you want to go to is not feasible. 


Enjoy and Travel!



Malacca, Malaysia Part 1


Malacca (Malay: Melaka)  is the capital of the state of Malacca, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Visiting Malacca is a unique experience with a rich historical and cultural background from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. The city centre was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, along with Georgetown, Penang.  - SOURCE

Bookish


Depressing. The only word that I can describe when bookstores closes. I grew up reading books. You can't blame me when I say, I love turning the pages of a book and smell of paper. So imagine my horror with the thought of selling our collection of books. @_@



Page One in Singapore. A few months prior Borders in Wheelock Place closed as well.
With the booming e-book industry, reading is now very accessible using smartphones, tablets etc. This is one reason I like e-books. I can have it all in one device minus the book weight. It's cheaper and at times free. I don't certainly see it as a replacement.

I stumbled upon this article in apartment therapy. We share the same sentiments. I can guess the writer reads more than I do, he/she has lots of sentimental memories with the printed word. 

So what do you think? Are books obsolete? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't


XOXO


Photo Source: Buzzfeed

Music Monday: PhilPop 2013


I've only heard about this PhilPop 2013 when a friend from FB posted an LSS moment with the song
entitled "Dati."

The First Philippine Popular Music Festival is a songwriting competition open to all amateur and professional composers who are Filipinos or of Filipino descent residing in the Philippines. The competition not only aims to celebrate the talent of Filipino songwriting, but to glorify the contributions of songwriters and composers to the Filipino music industry.  --SOURCE

The song was beautifully done. Modern, hip and nostalgic. It's no wonder they won PhilPop 2013. Congatulations.


Another entry that I noticed was from Mr. Joey Ayala. Who would have thought he's still socially relevant into this day and age. During the 90's, I was able to hear his songs on FM radio and watched his MVs on MTV (if my memory serves me right). His sound is distinct because he uses Philippines indigenous musical instruments. A soothing voice that goes well with slow songs.

Trivia: I was able to see him in person when I was still a member of the Philippine Gong Orchestra. There's a collaboration with UP College of Music's Musika Asya and PGO  for a performance in Cuneta Astrodome (o diba performer ako dati LOL). He's a simple and cool dude.



I think music writing contests should be done more often. This started in the late 80's but then it was held erratically. It's an on-off thing. There's no consistency, so nothing to look forward to.Staging music festivals are very feasible in our country. Even if we do it twice to quarterly in a year its doable. Though it largely depends on the approach and concept of organizers.

I remember writing about OPM being dead. I'm wrong. It's just obtunded. It severely needs a push, diversity, classification and airtime (in different mediums). At least something to make our kababayans aware what else OPM can offer.


XOXO

Singapore Food Trip: Soya Galore


I did some revamp for my weekly blogging. Since I was back-logged with lots of pictures from Singapore. I dedicated Friday for Food! Yehey! 

First off we have the Bean Curd Wars...

The soya industry in Singapore is a serious business. It's a fierce competition. Unlike taho in Pinas, it is served with caramelized sugar, tapioca and the beancurd. In SG, there are lots of variety available. So if it's your first time to try soya SG style it'll be a different experience. But it's delicious I tell you. First is the syrup. It's not caramelized at all but enough to give taste. I've got used to the lesser sugar lifestyle.

I frequent the store because it's the same block with our flat. It's very convenient especially in the morning when I need my soya milk fix. They have different soya delicacies. Of course, they have the beancurd in different flavors (strawberry, chocolate and plain). They serve it hot/cold and costs 1.10 SGD.

They use Canadian Soybeans. The reason why the soya is smooth and soft. The owner (I've read in a paper article) is a former banker went to Taiwan to master the art of soya. Their store is also a "factory" so buyers can see how the Bean curd are made. The place is clean and the storekeepers are very friendly.
Strawberry-flavored Bean Curd
I forgot the name of this food. It's interesting because the taste is a bit salty. All the while I thought it was sweet.

2. Mr. Bean


I go to Mr. Bean if I want to eat Mr. Bean Pancake with cheese filling. Delicious!

You can choose the sweetness level of you drinks and shake. I always go for 50% - moderate

                
I love how their pancake mix, doesn't give that moist feel after chewing. Their serving is big and puffy as well even if exposed to the room air. Unlike the ones from Jollibean.

Super favorite: Icy Chocolate Soya Milk Shake

3. Jollibean



Though their pancakes are not my favorites. I love their Iced Dark Chocolate Soy half sugar, my usual order. It's either my break time or after morning shift food. They have a stall in my former workplace. I also get to avail of employee discount! The "aunties" know me as a frequent customer that seeing me from afar they already know what I like. As if they are reading my mind. I think they "hate" me in a way. Because if its lunch time and the queue is long it takes time to make the iced drink. It causes longer queues. But it's OK, I still buy from  them hehehe.

The Regular soymilk, they serve it cold without ice if you want it cold. No ice tricks at all. You ask for a regular size it's filled to brim. Should I say SULIT!!!!

For tourists/visitors in SG, for a quick on-the-go snack, try their soya selections. It's healthy and nutritious. And cheap trick as well. Though for the well-known brands their prices are higher most of the time. But it's still worth a try. Though I can't confirm if it's Halal, the best that you can do is to look for the Halal seal and certification in the store. Better yet, ask the store personnel.


Great reads about the Bean Curd Wars...Click here and here. 



XOXO

Music Monday: Royals


My hubby's favorite song now. Currently the number one song in the US. To think Lorde is only 16 years old! She hails from New Zealand.  She sounds great (unique voice and writes her own songs). She's the girl to watch out for...



I should say, Joseph has a good music taste.


Linklovin 3 - Quit Day Job Then Travel


or DO SOMETHING ELSE.

If my situation right now has been the complete opposite, I would like to travel the world SOLO. How I wish I used my money wisely and saved up for it. But that's the thing of the past now. Everything that I know now are because of my past mistakes that served as life lessons. I'm also thankful that I've met a lot of people who are very open-minded. For me, living and working in Singapore was my game-changer. My perspective to life changed. I even remember Nerisa (my Malay colleague) that I think differently and very open to try other options.

Don't get me wrong, I love what I have right now. And if it wasn't for my day job, I couldn't have met my husband. What I want now is to travel the world with my family. Although not exactly the kind of travel that this link-lovin' folks did. We all have different choices.

What I want to happen is to work part-time on my chosen profession (if possible). Think of a business that could keep me occupied and earning. If a baby comes along the way, (I want to be hands-on with child-rearing) I have a fall-back. Of course, a planned travel from time to time won't hurt. Anyway this won't be happening all at the same time. I'm still open for other opportunities.

For all the single 20 somethings, let this links be an inspiration. I don't encourage to follow exactly what these people had done, because the truth is everyone of has different issues, upbringing and mind-set. At lalong di ko rin sinabing mag-resign kayo agad-agad sa mga trabaho nyo! Read and learn from the experts who have been there done that.

Ask yourselves, Hanggang dito na lang ba talaga ako? May iba pa ba akong kayang gawin?  Lagi na lang ba ganito? Bakit wala akong nararating? Bakit parang di nakakatulong ang mga taong nakapalibot sa akin? Evaluate yourself. Malaki ang mundo para mag-move on.

  1. The Poor Traveler
  2. Just One Way Ticket
  3. Wandering Earl
  4. They want to travel for the rest of their life

XOXO

The Devil Wears Sephora



My make-up look sometimes is a swipe of lip balm, lip-gloss or a VERY RED lipstick so I don't have to retouch during my shift. I've already declared blush application a "CURSE" for it brought me bad shifts (nursing superstition so bear with us 'cause it really happens). 

I have a make-up history though. I remember applying make-up to my dolls using mom's Pupa Make-up. Imagine her horror seeing her kit and my dolls. I'm always fascinated everytime mom applies make-up, so ginawa kong guinea pig ang dolls. So every time mom will receive make-up gifts I tend to look at it for a long time or apply it to my face. 

Fast forward during my PGO days that was 5th grade to 2nd year HS. Where we perform in various schools, churches and conventions. We can't afford to hire a MUA everytime we go out, so I pushed myself to learn. But I don't wear it everyday. I was still in Pinas where even before I step out of the house, I'm sweating the make-up off. Not even in SG where they have the same weather. I still practice doing it from time to time. I went a bit radical during college years by wearing bright colored eye-shadows only. I did get noticed and I don't care if it was a good or bad way. Then my seatmate Rina gifted me a Penshoppe Blush then Cherryl taught me how to apply it.


Wow! So colorful!
Super fast forward to the days that I can afford to buy my own make-up and Cecil introduced me to Sephora (Singapore). Though my first love is Bobbi Brown, Sephora has lots of options with its vast store of make-up, skin care, fragrances etc. But beware, if you ask for the sales personnel/make-up artists they will sales talk you to death (with demos of course!). The next thing you know you're buying a lot LOL. But in a good way because all of the recommended stuff are all great for my make-up shizzle. If you are the type of person who can't control how you spend, Sephora is a devil in disguise. Everytime I see its sign am mesmerized. Good thing I have limited money when I arrived here in the US.

Eversince I was educated by Bobbi Brown pipz, Sephora pipz and Ate Cechile (MUA during my wedding, actually it's more on asking a lot of questions) I became observant with how a make-up was done. Though I'm not too detailed with my observations, I leave it to the pros.

When my colleagues and I watched Oz the Great and Powerful. I just loved Mila Kunis' fiery and intense eyes. Turns out it was from Urban Decay. They released a pallette for Team Theodora and Team Glinda. Again it was sold at Sephora stores for a limited time.


While resisting Sephora, I stumbled upon Drugstore Princess' website.
Welcome to DrugstorePrincess.com – my name is Hilary Ball, and I am the real DSP!  I’m really happy that you found this blog, because the bigger this community grows, the more we’ll be able to learn from one another.  This site is meant to be like an online beauty magazine – pages and pages of useful information, helpful advice, and beautiful pictures to give you inspiration.  DSP is supposed to be an interactive site – ask your own questions, comment on others’, and share posts with others!  It’s impossible for one person to know everything – so hopefully I can teach you a few things, and you’ll learn things from others as well.   ---SOURCE

Don't get her wrong she also love Sephora and other high end items. But who doesn't want to save their precious money by using dupes from the well-loved drugstore products. Since I moved-in the US I can relate more to her favorite products.

I think Sephora is good to people who wants opinion on which make-up suits them especially the beginners and after beginner's level up. The make-up techniques that I'm using today, I got it from them. But you don't have to say yes to whatever they recommend for you. Just be honest that you only have a certain budget. They'll come up with something, trust me.



XOXO

Music Monday: It's Gonna Be Me


With the recent reunion of N*SYNC, my 90's boyband memories came all back to me. We had a great time back then. MTV is literally a music video channel, MP3 was just being introduced by Sony, we have audio cassette tapes instead of CD's because we have no CD player (both are expensive) etc. etc. Because of this, the VMAs was suddenly interesting again. 

Too bad the Y2K bug must have bitten me hard, that made me outgrow MTV, VMAs and EMAs. When in the past I wouldn't miss any of this award shows (including Billboard's, AMA, Grammy etc. just as long Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls are there). 

The N*SYNC performance was one of the saving grace of the show. Everybody knows that.
Miley you will never be a Britney.


Anyway, It's gonna be me was my one faves from the No Strings Attached album. I liked it for the cool music video, dance steps and my DC classmates used the song for a production number during Homeroom.






XOXO