Dec 2, 2015

Hola España! (My Spain Itinerary)


Spanish culture has been part of Filipino lives ever since the colonial times. Going to Spain is like visiting your foster mother country that you haven't seen for years but still feel the intimate connection. Apart from the language, it is obvious that we inherited their architecture and food, thus this trip will be an appreciation of ART and GASTRONOMY! Spain was also influenced by Romans and Moorish architecture. Not only that, according to the web, the top restaurants, in fact the OLDEST RESTAURANT, in the world could be found in Spain! 
What are we waiting for? Vamos!!

Overview:
Trip from Nov. 20 to Dec. 10, 2015
Departs Manila to Barcelona and leaves Madrid to Manila

Barcelona->San Sebastian/Bilbao-> Andalusia (Seville, Jerez, Granada)->Valencia->Madrid
Spanish Art + Gastronomy appreciation

Barcelona (Nov. 21-25) 
Nov. 20- Departure from Manila to Barcelona (approx 24 hours)
Nov. 21 - REST DAY

Nov. 22- Arc del Triomf



Restaurant Sant Pau by Carme Ruscalleda (Three Michelin star)
Carme Ruscalleda is said to be the only woman in Spain to receive three Michelin stars.


Nov. 23
-Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park and Casa Batll
ó
These colorful mosaic scenery designed by Gaudi have been used for a local magazine cover!





Nov. 24
-La Boqueria (market)

I'll pack up some local food to eat during my trip. La Boqueria is a popular market to go to!



Nov. 25
 -Madonna Concert (Palau Sant Jordi)

If you have the budget and the Queen of Pop is here? Why not?




San Sebastian-Bilbao (Nov.26-28)

Nov. 26-27-La Concha 
The most popular beach in San Sebastian!


Restaurant: Arzak (No. 17 at World's Best 50 Restaurants list in 2015)

Nov. 28
-Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum
The wave architecture was designed by Frank Gehry.
Guess what? I immediately thought of Ron Weasley. LoL #HarryPotterFanswillgetit



Restaurant: Nerua
Located in Guggenheim Museum. The entrance to the place is through the kitchen! WOW!






Andalusia: 
Seville-Jerez-Granada(nov. 29-Dec 2)


Seville: Nov.29-30
-The AlcazarThe Andalusia region was highly influenced by the Moors. The Alcazar is one of the Moorish palace built.


-Barrio Santa Cruz: Seville's Most Charming Neighborhood
Vibrant houses and cafes! 




Jerez: Dec. 1
-Learn Flamenco!


    -Sherry Production at Jerez de la FronteraAfter the knowledge I obtained during my beverage class, of course I won't pass this!



      GRANADA: Dec.2
      The Alhambra
      Another Moorish caste built in Spain.


      Valencia (Dec. 3-5)

      Dec. 3
      -City of Arts and Sciences
      Cultural and architectural complex composed of L'Oceanografic, Museu de les Ciences, Palau de les Arts, Hemisferic



      Dec. 4
      Restaurant: La Pepica
       
      Paella was said to be discovered in Valencia. Earnest Hemingway used to eat the dish here in La Pepica!



      Dec. 5
      Shopping at 
      Mercado de Colon
      Oh come on. How can a shopping place look like that?




      Madrid (Dec.6-8)


      Dec. 6
      -Ayuntamiento de Madrid
      This is just their CITY HALL!!! And it used to be their post office. *jaw drop*
      Spain's architectural buildings aren't just majestic, they are still functional now.



      -Puerta del Sol
      -Heart of the city. It's their zero kilometer point. (Like what Rizal Shrine to us)


        Dec. 7

        -Prado Museum
        One of the biggest museums in Europe and home to artworks of lots of artists.


        -Royal Palace
        It could rival Buckingham Palace in my opinion. But unlike the Buckingham, the royals do not reside here. Instead, this place is used for state ceremonies and such.






        Dec. 8
        -Restaurant Botin (oldest restaurant in the world)

        According to Guinness Book of World Records it's the oldest restaurant, established since 1725



        Dec. 9 -flight from Madrid to Manila


        Budget (estimated prices)


        And that's it! Hope to visit Spain soon!
        I'm already prepared for flamenco I guess! HAHA!



        Love, 
        MoMo

        Disclaimer: Photos, except the last two, are not mine. 


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        Sep 8, 2015

        Icings & Toppings: Your Personalized Pastry Selection


        Hello there!

        Last August 26, we had the chance to celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Brand Magazine and with its famous covergirls such as Gwen Zamora, Glaiza de Castro and Rhian Ramos, be with my blogger friend Elle from SimplyCaramelle, and indulge in these sweet treats by Icings and Toppings Bakeshop!

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        Aug 24, 2015

        Meet the leaders from different industries at Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015



        Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers.

        It features:
        Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy 

        Opening reception Conference programme 
        Over 15 local and international high level speakers 
        30+ sponsors 
        1 Hour of Speed Networking

        What will you learn
        · Market Analysis 
        · Digital Marketing 
        · CRM · Strategy
         · E Commerce 
        · Going Global 

        Why you should attend
        · To grow your business 
        · To meet investors 
        · 300 APAC Audience 
        · Maximizing cross border e commerce


        Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region and beyond. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media.

        #AECoE is not just about learning, empowerment and inspiration but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking. Speakers confirmed are as follows plus 10 more awaiting for their confirmation;

        • Constantin Robertz- Managing Director, Zalora
         • Lars Jeppesen- CEO, Tech One Global
         • Jacqueline Van Den Ende- Managing Director, Lamudi
        • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber
        • Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Club Filipino
        • Subir Lohani- Managing Director,
         • Chinkee Tan- Book Author and Radio Host
        • Robert Yupangco- CEO, Yupangco Group of Companies
        • Frederic Levy- Founder & CEO, CashCashPinoy
        • Camille Montejo- CEO, Tree Top Adventure Inc.

        Moderators;
        • Chris Kiklas- President, EmLogis
        • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creativoices Production
        • Spanky Enriquez- Corporate Communications Consultant

        Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo.

        For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph

         Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks, Elegant Lunch, Speed Networking, Conference and Expo.)


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        Aug 21, 2015

        Tree Top Adventure presents "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing" on August 23, 2015 at Subic Bay Yacht Club






        On August 23, 2015 at Subic Bay Yacht Club, here comes the  
        "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing"
         brought to us by Tree Top Adventure. Four speakers; COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez, The "Voice Master" Pocholo De Leon Gonzales and Public Relations Experts; Cherry Burwell and Jeoff Solas will discuss the following;

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        Aug 19, 2015

        Your Rainy Day Fashion Footwear: Strap Sandals from Neko Hub!




        Admit it. These rainy days could limit our choice of things to wear. Don't wear white. Don't wear flowy skirts.
        Don't wear rubber shoes. Or you'll end up home with soaked feet.
        Boots? If you can afford the DocMs. That rubber boots? You are not a grade schooler anymore.

        Strap Sandals? DEFINITELY!

        And don't go anywhere, Neko Hub 's got these strap sandals for your fashion and rainy day needs!

        WHY BUY STRAP SANDALS?

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        Jul 31, 2015

        Foodstagram: Midyear Cooking!


         Midyear classes are from Mon to Fri so I only have my time off during weekends. Most of the time I'm stressed because everything's fast-paced and what we like to do whenever we are stressed? Eat!!! Well in my case I have to cook my meal haha! So I introduce to you now my Midyear cooking diary! Most of them are pasta dishes as I'm experimenting on sauces and I had borrowed a pasta book from my friend.

        I'm posting my dishes over my Instagram and if you want to get the recipes of these don't be shy to ask on the comments below!

         1. Spaghetti with Red Wine and Tomato Basil Sauce


        Cooking notes: Basically I bought a 500g pasta and used like 300g for this, 3/4kilo of fresh tomatoes and other essentials for making a tomato sauce, dried basil,  plus hint of red wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon for more savoury finish. I like the combination of the red wine and tomato sauce because they go very well and you'll love the "kick" in the end. No-meat! Only used 3/4 of a can of Shiitake mushrooms on this!

        2. Spaghetti with Peanuts, Garlic and Cream Cheese Sauce



        Cooking notes: As I said on the caption, this is a no-cook white sauce! You just have to put all purpose cream, grated cheese, one clove of garlic, peanuts, milk, salt and pepper in a blender until smooth. You should leave some crushed peanuts for the topping. It should be creamy, garlic-y with crunchy peanut bits. It's addicting, I swear.

        3. Penne with Spinach and Mushrooms in Three Cheese Sauce



        Cooking notes: I found a pasta and sauce promo pack. It includes a 500g Penne Rigati and 1kg of Three Cheese sauce for a whooping 100php (around $2.20)! I just used 300g of Penne for this dish. Bought one bunch of spinach for 5php (next time I'll use two bunches) and used my leftover Shiitake mushrooms from my first dish. This already fed a family of four for dinner! See, you don't have to spend a lot for a great dinner!


        4. Baked Penne with Three Cheese and Mornay Sauce



        Cooking notes: I used the remaining Penne, Three Cheese sauce and made my Mornay sauce from scratch. Mornay sauce is basically milk and cheese white sauce! First I cooked the pasta then I put it in a microwave safe container, cooked the red sauce with hotdog bits. Then I mixed the sauce with the pasta in the container. Next I cooked the Mornay sauce then poured it on top of the pasta. Pop it in the microwave oven for few minutes and you're good!


        5. Choco Mousse



        Cooking notes: After those savoury dishes, we need to end this with a dessert! I made a Choco Mousse for my last day of midyear class. Shared it with my friends too! It's made of crushed graham base. For the filling, you just have to heat up sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and water. Top with cream and chocolate chips!
        Such a sweet ending!

        Hope you'll be inspired to whip your own dishes! Promise it's so fun and (ful)filling! Haha!
        To keep updated with my food adventures and designs, follow me on Instagram at @itsmoriela!

        'Til next!

        Love,
        MoMo

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        Jun 7, 2015

        Project Runway Philippines Season 4


        The prestigious search for the next Filipino fashion designer is back with new set of contestants, new guest judge and new power!


        Are you excited for Project Runway Philippines Season 4?

        Read on!

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        Jun 3, 2015

        Styles Studio Salon & Spa in Banawe St.



        Let's face it. We are in constant search of a salon we can really swear by. A one-stop place for our pampering needs, a hair stylist that knows the best cuts and color for our hair, applying quality products, and affordable.
        Looks like I might have found one.
        Read on girls, Styles Studio Salon and Spa might be your next relaxing retreat.



         
        Styles Studio Salon & Spa is located at Antonia Mansion, #690 Banawe St., Brgy. Siena, Quezon City. It's beside BPI Amoranto branch and in front of North Park.
         We had a couple of turns around the area just to find the place, but once you found it. You're in for a treat!


        First off, they have nice interiors. It looks clean and organized. You can feel the studio theme.
        Reception area
        The place is not too big, just enough for a handful of customers. So I suggest that you go there early or set a schedule. Plus, parking might be a problem.

        Hair services area

         This is my fave area. The foot spa couches! Other salons just have this little chairs and washbasins. Here the sink is attached to the floor, you have enough room for your things while watching TV and having your foot spa.

        Foot Spa area

        Products they use
        Colorful nail polishes and swatches!

        A blogger invited me to try out their services at a P500 discount. I'm with my family that time since I have a fashion event later that day too, so they also tried their services. We all had Styles Studio Signature Foot Spa and Pedi (P349), then for my hair, Hair Color Loreal (P799) , my mom had Hair Color Ordinary (P499).

        It was my first time to get my hair colored so I was bit scared of how I'll look like after. But I was really excited to see the results!



        Okay that's my BEFORE look. Remember. You'll be surprised later. HAHA.

        I just wanted a natural looking color to start, so I chose only among the brown shades. My choices was the Dark Brown Intensive or the Medium Brown Intensive. I chose the latter (like Jessica Alba's) but the stylist told me that my hair is so black and if I want to achieve the Medium Brown Intensive, I should pick the Light Brown Intensive instead.
         At first I hesitated, since I think it's like brown-blonde, then I realized that he surely knows about it so I agreed.



         He also offers to have my hair cut. Again, I hesitated since I'm not really into changing my hair style, then I agreed, but HONESTLY, he really did cut my hair... and I didn't notice the change and lived up his promise of just "styling" or "trimming" my hair!! So happy!
        Seriously, how many hair stylist just broke that "trimming"promise before, right?




        My mom getting her pedi and haircut.
         Contrary to my mom, she really wanted a short cut. But we were in a hurry that time so she didn't had the chance to have it cut shorter after the coloring. But my mom and my dad loved their foot spa. Hmmm it's my turn to see why!


        Well they have multiple steps in their signature foot spa, aside from foot soak and sole scrubbing, they use lots of products on your foot (in which we don't complain because they smell so nice). They have foot scrub and a foot mask, where they put it and cling wrap your leg and your leg will feel cool! Then they'll but a hot towel that relaxes your leg. Oooh. That's our fave part!




        Then they'll put moisturizers which smells like bubble gum. (IT'S SO NICE!!) And starts the pedi. I picked Tahiti Brown for my nails.
        After the treatment, our feet really felt soft and supple!
        My parents told me that they enjoyed it too
        , considering the price, it was all worth it since they really took care of your feet and put lots of products. They even said "hindi sila nagtitipid sa ginagamit nila". 
        Plus, the people there are friendly, that once they knew that I have an event to attend, they were asking what color I'll be wearing so they could suggest a nail polish.



        Tadah! Happy feet! I'll recommend their foot spa! A MUST-TRY!!!

        Now for my hair, behold, look first at my BEFORE photo.
        Done?

        Okay here's my AFTER look.



        When I saw it I blurted out, " my hair is so sexy, like sexier than me!!".  And the stylist was right about the hair color, and he even made sure that the color will stick to my hair.
        It's a good first hair color and it feels like natural!

        The verdict:
        Styles Studio Salon & Spa 's services are worth every peso, not to mention they are more affordable compared to other salons in town. I could say that because I've tried other competitive and famous salons, discounted or not, and we left like we just achieved half of what we paid.
        Styles Studio might be a little far from us (I'm from Pasig, BTW), but my mom and I are sure to return to this salon soon, since we could really feel the quality products and service are almost the same or even more and we get our money's worth and the pampering we like to achieve.

        To know more about Styles Studio Salon & Spa, visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/stylesstudiosalonandspa


        Love lots,

        MoMo



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