Dec 19, 2014

Love Actually Speed Dating Event

One of the few things you want to receive this holiday season; not just about the bags, shoes, concert tickets or money, it's love actually.

  NAILED IT! Haha!
 Anyway, last November 29, Saturday, I was invited to see how this speed dating works courtesy of Cherir Life Events in Love Actually: A Christmas Speed Dating Night.
 Participated by 20 pairs of young, single male and female professionals, ages 25-35, this event is just perfect for the nearing Christmas season, even picking a romantic place like Cafe Ysabel for the said event.

Ever since I handled a function, I can't help but notice a resto's interior!

 It was a new and exciting experience for me to observe how this happen real time. I didn't have a clue of how this would work and what happens later. I'm just familiar to those dating we used to see in movies, so lame and scripted situation, usually by teen couples.

Well here I got to see a real deal in a faster way so... I really don't know! Haha!

So to break the ice, they did a Strings Attached challenge where in ladies and gents were given a string and they have to find their match and should tie the strings to their index fingers.

After that the participants looked less awkward to each other, so the speed dating follows.

Each of pairs were given four minutes to get to know each other. Once the time allotted is over, you move to the next person.

Sparks or friends? You decide! But it has to be mutual though. You are not allowed to exchange contact numbers/info unless you're a match. But with the given time you can exchange names, work and little something about yourselves.

  During that time the room was filled with different "dating talks". You know, like one pair look like at ease with each other they laugh everytime, while the other are so discreet they look like discussing business instead of dating! Haha!

       Lucky I was just observing and taking pictures, because being a participant would really make me nervous. Under time pressure type of dating, meeting 20 new and different people all at the same night, and realizing how well you are in remembering those 20 names, oh well, I think it's a fun challenge too. I see that some participants were very good in keeping up the conversation while some were experiencing dead air moments.

After the speed dating proper, the participants were told to sit back and relax (Hey! It's tiring too!) while watching some clips from the movie "Love Actually" while the organizers are tallying the scores and later on, will award the guy and girl with most number of "sparks".

     Since I'm just going around and taking pictures, I happen to talk with some of the participants regarding their experience after the event. Some guys said that it was really a challenge to remember the names, and all they can remember are the tiny bits of everyone.
However, interesting thing I heard from women is that the length of the "dating time" varies to the person. If they like the person, they find too short 'cause they want to talk more.

Nevertheless, the participants seem to enjoy the event. No pressure! Just meeting new people and making new friends right? It's just a bonus if you happen to have match but then, end of the day, it's all about fun and experience! And participants who got most number of "sparks"got to take home chocolates too. And all of them got calamansi cupcakes from The Citrus Baker!

Is it a match? 

Hope these ladies and gents won't be alone this holiday season. Who knows? Maybe they have found their match!

Stay updated for more speed dating events! Visit Cherir Life Events Facebook page! :)




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Dec 7, 2014

The 5th Taste

I wasn't really fond of Japanese food since all I know about them is sushi and wasabi which flavors don't appeal to me much haha. Just recently I discovered some Japanese dishes, including a whole lot more variations of sushi, tonkatsu, karaage, and tamago. Seeing that they are now "harmless" to my taste, I feel exploring more on them!

Here's The 5th Taste, a resto offering modern Japanese cuisine in P. Guevarra St., San Juan . I had the chance to try out their bestsellers and guess what? I loved them so much I want to go back with my friends to eat there again! Seriously!

So what made me say that? Well, initially I got intimidated since I was just starting to appreciate the cuisine and tasting like 8 Japanese dishes is just overwhelming to me. You know, in my course you don't just eat, you dine and experience.

The 5th Taste is located at the second floor of Tamayaki.
The place looks simple and sophisticated with modern, wooden furnishings. I like how the ambiance feels comfy and open, that bringing a large group is really a cool idea.

Here's the menu of what we tasted.

Soup starter is the Deconstructed Miso Soup
Miso broth, silken tofu and pork floss
Tofu and savory taste with that distinct taste of miso broth. Not really fond of the taste but I like how it was "deconstructed" so that the flavors could come out individually. But for me, it's nice that we started with soup because it readies our stomach for the succeeding dishes and some of them are fried.

California Maki Furai

 My fave! I used to skip on these, but now I wonder why because I loved them! Goodness of the California rolls, but fried and drizzled with yummy Japanese mayo. (BTW, loving Japanese mayo now too). These are also quite much for one person I think, for me, so share away!

Tofu Steak

The crowd fave during that food tasting was this Tofu Steak in Mirin sauce. Crispy on the outside but soft (tofu) on the inside which blends well with sweet, tangy Mirin sauce. You will never forget the mouth feel and the lingering taste of this!

Kani Salad Pizza

Worth a try especially if you want something healthy and fresh and you're not allergic to crabs. Light taste with shredded kani, fresh cucumber and carrot ribbons, mozzarella and Japanese mayo. Like the idea of "healthy pizza" plus it's also good for sharing! I would go back for this and let my friends try this out too!

5th Taste Lasagna

Layers of pasta, bolognese, cheese and Teriyaki bechamel
Lasagna! With Nori in between! I have a friend who loves Nori so I think I'll let her try this one. Same lasagna taste but with that hint of seaweed taste.

Mirin Chicken ala Pobre

Basically, it's like chicken teriyaki but instead of teriyaki, it's mirin sauce. Savory and quite salty but the veggies blends well to neutralize the taste.

          Jalapeno Cream Cheese Onion Tonkatsu

                Tonkatsu! Like the Japanese slaw and the jalapeno cream cheese onion sauce! Not overpowering, the blend of spice and creaminess is okay to the taste.

                                                     For our dessert, we had Sansrival.

Melt in the mouth, sweet goodness. The portion size is quite good. I hope they'll have more dessert options like mochi or brownies!

Overall, my 5th Taste experience was great. The food and the taste wasn't overwhelming, considering I'm just slowly venturing into Japanese food. The food appealed to my taste and preference. The price is a bit over the student budget but I recommend going there in groups because some are good for sharing!

They have variety of Japanese meals; soup, appetizers, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, ramen, and as also seen above so you have lots of choices depending on your diet. The serving is worth the price in my opinion.
You just might have problem going there or finding the place but, I could say that if you're nearby or passing around the area, spending your lunch or dinner there with friends would be a good idea.
      For a budget of P150-P300/per person, yes, I'll go back there with my friends soon! Knowing the taste profiles of my friend, I know they will also like the food here!

Whatcha think? For more info, check out their FB page! The 5th Taste < >



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Nov 12, 2014

Cadburry Sweet Endings: #TeamFrenchVanilla

College life is just full of deadlines and requirements. As HRIM students, we spend most of the time in the kitchen; cooking savory dishes and baking sweets or just inside the class, tasting wine and being familiar to the French terms related to wine production! That's why part of our bucket list is to go to Europe, especially France to experience French dining and culinary culture. Sounds pretty fun!

But even having so much things to do, we don't miss dressing up and have our girl time after class! And look what's our theme today? Paris Street!

What would be a nice match for our French-inspired girl time? Cadbury French Vanilla!

Enjoy the light exquisite taste of Vanilla cream-filled chocolate with the new Cadbury

Dairy Milk French Vanilla. You can just imagine sitting in view of the Eiffel Tower while 

savoring this delicious treat! Try siting in a quaint café while enjoying the sites and this 

new flavor.

Sweet and posh! Perfect for us stylish girls who love sweets and cooking!
They also have Chocolate Mousse flavor, and hmm.. that also sounds sweet!
Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla and Chocolate Mousse are available beginning

November 2014 in the big and satisfying 180g pack for an SRP of only P180.00. Hurry 

though because these delectable sweet endings are yours for a limited time only. 

                                                              But still, go #TeamFrenchVanilla !

  Have sweet endings with Cadbury Dairy Milk!


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Nov 9, 2014

Love Actually: A Christmas Speed Date Night

Christmas is in the air. Have you gotten your (only) wish this year? Make this holiday season a celebration worth-remembering! From their first speed dating event, #DOTD: Date of The Day, here comes the next speed dating event you shouldn't miss if you're single. This November 29, Chérir Life Events takes inspiration from the hit romance-holiday movie, 'Love Actually' for its upcoming Speed Dating Event.
This affair will cast 20 ladies and 20 gentlemen and will attempt to weave various stories of fun, laughter, friendship and perhaps, love!
‘Cast’ Requirements: 1) Male and Female 2) 25-35 years old 3) Working professional/ Self-employed 4) Amazing story to share about yourself 5) Looking for equally interesting stories, new friends, or love of your life
They have perfectly chosen one of the most romantic restaurants in the metro - Cafe Ysabel, San Juan to be the setting of this event.
Dating fee is Php 1,200 which includes a lovely dinner, drinks, fun activities and of course, 20 Christmas dates!
What are you waiting for? Start your interesting Christmas story here: Event registration is strictly required. All interested participants will undergo a screening process. Here are some testimonials from the first speed dating event:

For more details, updates and latest announcements, visit Chérir Live Events on
You can also reach Chérir Life Events on mobile at 09178944297 or email through
Media Partner: Sponsor: Celestino's Bakes Cheers! MoMo

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Oct 6, 2014

The Girl Who Waited for that magic Blue Box

"The girl who waited, you've waited long enough."
- 11th Doctor (Doctor Who)

Hello there!
My love for personalized items is just great that I want almost everything to be designed by me if I could. Isn't cool to be unique? Plus if you have the talent and creative juices then, why not?

That's why I felt happy when I got an email from offering me a chance to try their customizing website. I didn't think twice especially that time I really wanted to have a Doctor Who shirt. Fandom is calling and creativity is overflowing, I took the chance!

One of my fave story arcs in Doctor Who is the Pond's family timeline. It's where I started watching (Season 5) and that very first Doctor Who episode just captured my heart.
Amy Pond is just a wonderful character and I think many could relate, especially being the girl who waited. Haha. Yes, pun intended. 

But I realized I need to get over the 11th Doctor feels, since Capaldi's coming as the 12th. Saying that he would have a fierce and rebel character, I tried to match it with my outfit. 


Custom Shirt from | TARDIS pouch designed by me Miss Bella Mode | Betty leggings | Black boots

Whovians would easily spot my tarp pouch right away. In fact when I first brought it in school (UP Diliman), three of my classmates in a class talked to me and said they're Whovians too! Oh how giddy I was to meet people who are in the same fandom as me! That's one reason I designed this TARDIS tarp pouch. Yes, it's from my shop Miss Bella Mode

TARDIS tarp pouch is 8.5 x 6 inches. If you already visited my shop, you see I also sell tarp wallets 3.5 x 5.5 in. This time I decided to make a larger one to fit my notebook fillers, ball pens, phone, wallets and a lot more stuff that I need for school. So whenever I need to change bags or go out somewhere near but want to bring my school essentials, I just bring this pouch!

Of course, to make it more personal, I put my name on it... in Gallifreyan!!

I don't need to think hard for something to match my outfit, because all I need is to design and stitch this tarp pouch! (Or not really that easy). But hey, it isn't just about fashion and matching, also functionality and convenience. Being a student, that's what I look for!

If you want to have your own TARDIS pouch, just drop by my shop Miss Bella Mode and send a private message! Or if you have any inquiries, just comment below!

Anyway, for my shirt, like what I said I got it from !

Here's an overview of their website and services!

What I liked about their website is that it is easy to use, especially their Design Lab where you will create your own custom stuff!

I am very creative person (yes, self-proclaimed haha), but I'm not good in drawing. That's why I'm fond of this types of interface where you could just drag and drop elements!

Here's how you could create your own custom product!

Choose a Product

They have wide variety of products to customize like shirts (which have a lot more variety depending on your style), phone cases, bags, mugs. For the shirts, I like how they have different types of shirts (baseball shirts, toddlers, round neck, v-neck, sweatshirts etc.) and available in diff. colors and sizes.

                                                                 Choose your Design!

For my shirt, I picked Custom Women's Blank V-neck and uploaded my design as a photo. 

Once your photo is uploaded, you just have to click it to put it in the shirt. Then you could resize and put it within the design area.

That's one thing I also liked about this because it warns you if your are resizing or moving it outside the printing area. 

Basically, here's what mine looked like.

Here are other examples!

They also have a prepared designs!

Let's see, I also like Sherlock...

and I want to make it black.

I put a "Get Sherlock" custom text below the prepared design!


I also tried other stuff like this mug, and being a Harry Potter fan too...

Well, this website just brings out my fandom love and love for designing!

Visit their site at !

Visit my shop too at !

Hope you had fun!


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Sep 22, 2014

Date of the Day: Speed Dating Event for Professionals

        Now you're on late 20's, could you really say that you're "happily single" in your age?
Maybe 5 years ago. Unless you just want to focus on your career or have to finish your goals in life, I'm sure you don't want to end up an old hag with 12 cats.

    Time to meet young, single professionals in the Date of the Day event on September 27, 6-9pm at Cafe 1771, El Pueblo, Ortigas. It is open for limited number of ladies and gents, ages 25-35!

    Socialize with a handful of selected applicants and singles alike. Applicants undergo background check to ensure safety of the participants. Explore a different kind of dating. Not many do this kind of thing and this might be a memorable experience for you! Lastly, this is no pressure! Just have fun and you could bring along your single friends too!


" Happily single but ready to mingle? 

Join our speed dating event exclusive for young professionals! 

If you or know someone who is interested, kindly complete the application form in the link below for a selection process. 

Preferred rate is available for early birds! 

For inquiries, contact Glory de Leon at 0917-5214339." You might just find your match!

Love, MoMo

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