Friday, February 28, 2014

G's Birthday Party Teaser

Here's G with the presents that he got:

Thank you everyone!

He's one happy boy :)

Here's a preview of the preparation/setup:

More pictures soon and watch out for my supplier/s review and rating.

Extra - my outfit a couple of days ago:

Top: no brand, from bazaar
Skirt: Mango
Shoes: Aldo

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Last Week

Quick outfit post. 

Last week's outfits:

Top, Skirt & Blazer: Forever 21
Shoes: Ever New

Top & Skirt: Mango
Shoes: Michael Kors

Top & Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Coach

Felt like a walking catalogue for Forever 21 and Mango hahaha! I didn't realize that I was wearing a top and bottom from just one clothing store until I posted the pictures.

Happy hump day :)

The 52 Week Money Challenge - Other Versions

Original post here.

As I've mentioned before, I took the 52 week money challenge in order to save money. At first, it was easy to save but with the amount incrementing by Php 50 every week, it's becoming a bit hard to manage and produce the needed amount to save. So, I made other variations of the challenge which I think may be easier to achieve.

I know that there are lower values/increments (5s, 10s, and 20s) but it will only give me a small amount by the end of the year. I want something bigger so I created these which will produce a fair amount of savings by the end of the year.

The first one that I made starts at Php 50 but the increment will be every month (by Php 50 also). It will only total to Php 18200 by the end of the year but I think it will be easier to achieve:

It can also be done in reverse, start with the big amount (Php 650) first then end with the smallest (Php 50). Why? Because come the "Ber" months, most of us will have more expenses (especially during December) and it may be a bit hard to save a bigger amount when we have lots of things to buy.

If you want a bigger amount come December, the increment can be done every 2 weeks (still by Php 50):

Another option is to save every pay day (every 15th and 30th) or every month. The every pay day scheme will have an increment of Php 250 every month. This is one of the easiest because the amount needed to be saved can be set aside immediately once you receive your salary every 2 weeks:

The last one that I created is the every month scheme. This is the easiest. Once you receive your salary, whether it be on the 15th or the 30th, immediately set aside the amount needed to save. This one starts at Php 500 and will have an increment of Php 500 every month. You can also reverse this if you think you'll have a hard time saving a big amount during the "ber" months:

You can actually make your own scheme depending on the amount you want to save at the end of the year or the amount you want to keep every week or month. The main goal here is to be able to save a big amount of money by the end of the year.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Saturday Fun Day at Greenbelt

Me, my mom and G went to Greenbelt a couple of Saturdays ago. We were going to attend the 1st birthday and dedication of my cousin's daughter at Bubba Gump in Greenbelt 3. The party starts at 2 pm but because we wanted to go shopping first, we went to Greenbelt at 11 am :D

I wasn't able to take any pictures from the party :(

Anyway, we browsed the shops at Glorietta, Landmark and Greenbelt 5 first before going to the party. Then after the party, we went back to Greenbelt 5 and Greenbelt 3 to shop some more ^_^

We went home around 8 pm because G was already bugging me to buy him the shoes that he saw at Zara but his size was not available. So I just told him that we will go back when his size is available already, good thing he agreed :p

Top from Promod
Skorts from Forever 21
Boots from Call It Spring
Bag from Louis Vuitton

She wanted to buy this as her "everyday" bag

Shirt from Lacoste
Pants from H&M
Shoes from Gucci

Here are our shopping finds:

Mom's shopping find: Tory Burch flats for everyday use (to replace her old fitflop)

G's new shorts

My shopping find:
Michael Kors shoes at 55% off!

Zara linen flowy top
On sale for only Php 995 (from 2995)

How about you, were you able to find some great items lately?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lunch at Alex III

We've (M and I) been passing by this Alex III restaurant at Matalino street for the longest time and last week we decided to try it out. It's been a long time since we last dined there so we weren't sure if the menu have changed.

There were a lot of delicious food that I wanted to order but since I know that M and I can't finish all of it, we just ordered the usual (all time favorite) pork barbeque. We also tried their sinigang na pork ribs (pork ribs in tamarind soup). The price is affordable since the serving is big (good for 2), the barbeque only costs Php 199 while the sinigang costs around Php 350.

They serve mostly Filipino food so the dessert made me a bit excited because they have bibingka and puto bumbong. Too bad that I wasn't able to order any of their desserts because I was already full.

Here are some pictures from the menu:

Here's what we ordered:

The meat of the barbecue was soft so it was easy to chew and it goes well with their barbecue sauce and java rice. The soup of the sinigang is sour and spicy, just the way I like my sinigang soup :) We weren't able to finish the pork ribs though because it tasted a bit old/malansa.

All in all, I would recommend this restaurant because of the variety of Filipino food that you can order and its affordability plus their waiters are very courteous and attentive.

Alex III
29 Matalino St. Brgy Central, Diliman, Q.C.

726 4444 / 724 0882 / 724 7794

*They also have branches in Wilson St., Tomas Morato, Fairview and Robinson's Galleria.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Black & Gold

I used my cracked nail polish again, this time the color combination that I used is black and gold with gold being the base color and black is the cracked one.

I am so happy with the result, the colors are very contrasting so the differences in color can be seen through the cracks.

Speaking of nail polish, I was supposed to use my metallic gray/charcoal gray orly nail polish but I can't seem to find it. I know that I brought it to the office but when I wasn't able to go to the nail salon I know that I brought it back home. I have already search my drawer but it is not there. I also searched our house but it was not where I know I last left it :(

It is so sad because the nail polish is not that cheap (almost 400 pesos for 1 bottle) and I think I have only used it less than 10 times. I don't know if somebody got it or I really have misplaced it :(

Moving on, let me just show you my outfit a few days back:

Top: Cache Cache
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Aldo

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Valentine's Week

Outfit shot from last week... Valentine's week :)

Blazer: H&M
Top: Forever New
Skirt: Warehouse
Shoes: Ever New
Ha! Caught with my mouth open and about to talk

Top: no brand, from bazaar
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Aldo

Dress: Gap
Boots: Zara
Bag: Louis Vuitton

It's Friday tomorrow! Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bali, Indonesia Shopping Finds

Shopping for beach clothes and accessories is so much fun in Bali because they have a lot of outlet stores. If you love the beach then you will definitely love shopping in Bali, they offer great discounts for all beach items and accessories from great brands like Roxy, Quiksilver, Hurley, Volcom, Billabong, O'neil, Rip curl and a lot more!

Here are some of the things that I was able to buy during my Bali trip:

Volcom bikini at 50% off and Roxy bikini bottom at 70% off from Bali Surf Outlet

Lacoste shirts for G at 50% off from the Lacoste store in Beachwalk.

Hurley shirt and board shorts at almost 50% off from the Hurley outlet store

These were not on sale but the price is definitely cheaper than the prices here in PH
From the Quiksilver store in Kuta square

These souvenir items bought from one of the locals at Pura Tirta Empul are a bit expensive. More expensive than the branded items that I got.

50% off at Pull & Bear in Beachwalk

Almost 70% off from the Billabong outlet store

Three food baskets (one not in picture) for only 90,000 rupiah.
Bought from one of the locals at Goa Gajah Temple.

The only downside in shopping at the outlet stores is that they have an additional 3% charge if you pay via credit card. Also, shopping in Bali is incomparable to Bangkok, Hong Kong and the US but still, there are a lot of great things that you can buy in the outlet stores if you have the time and the patience to look.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bali, Indonesia Trip - January 2014 - Day 2

Day 2 was spent visiting the temples and other sights in Bali. We hired a van with a driver that will drive us around bali. We paid him 550,000 IDR for 10 hours and an additional 50,000 IDR for every hour in excess (not included are the parking fees and entrance fees). We started our day around 9am and ended around 11pm.

Our first stop was the Batuan Temple. Before entering the temple, everyone was required to wear a sarong or malong. The people in charge them will let you borrow the sarong for free but they have a donation box near them and in case you want to donate, you have to write your name and how much you donated in their log book. Anyway, we were hesitant to wear the sarong because it was a very, very hot day but we have no choice because it was required.

Here are some pictures that we took at Batuan Temple:

Next stop was the Goa Gajah (Elephant cave). It looks like the icon of the game application Temple Run. If you go out of the cave and go further down, there is a river that is surrounded with big trees and a big buddha. It is hard to recognize the big buddha since it is already torn into pieces caused by an earthquake years before.

After taking some pictures at Goa Gajah, we went to Ibu Oka to have our lunch. Their specialty is roasted pig. Very similar to our local lechon but they use spices or curry for flavoring. I don't eat curry but I was able to tolerate the taste of their lechon (although, I got sick later on that day and I suspect that the cause was the curry and spices). I really like their crispy pork and pork skin. The food was also not that expensive - 60,000 IDR for a plate with crispy pork, 1pc pork skin, sausage, pork meat with curry flavoring and rice - but we always had a hard time computing how much is the cost in Philippine Peso hahaha!

grabbed from S' instagram

After eating lunch, we then went to Pura Tirta Empul which is a place where people bathe in holy water. Of course we did not try to bathe there but just took some pictures. Near Pura Tirta Empul also is one of the vacation houses of Indonesia's president (according to our driver).

Next place we visited was their rice terraces of Tegalalang and Ubud. It is incomparable to our own Banaue rice terraces but still, it is a sight to see. We just took some quick pictures then headed on to our next destination already. However, the driver told us that we won't be able to make it to Uluwatu anymore because it is already late and it will be dark by the time we get there. So my friend S just asked him to bring us to Ayana Resort/Hotel to check out their famous Rock Bar (a bar on the cliff of the mountain). 

Last stop was dinner at New Moon Cafe in Jimabaran. Since I was already not feeling well and just wanted to throw up and sleep, I decided not to eat dinner anymore and just rest so that I can recuperate and enjoy the activities for the next day.

grabbed from S' instagram