I recently bought myself a Sony NEX-5N interchangeable lens camera after some months of deliberation. I got a loaner unit of the Sony NEX-5K for review from Sony Philippines last summer and I really loved it. So after some serious thought I decided to order the newest model from the US. I got it for US$699, which is the SRP over there. Here in the Philippines, the SRP is P44,000. The difference is almost P14k. O_O
Anyhow, the camera didn't come with a memory stick so I did not unbox it right away. I waited till I was able to buy one so I can use it right after unboxing.
I'm chronicling every step of the unboxing so I can put everything back inside if needed.
Time really flies. I still remember taking my son to Powerbooks in Greenbelt for the launch of the first Foldabots Toy Book a few years ago. He's an avid K-Zone magazine reader and he'd cut up and assemble the free Foldabot in every issue.
This year, we're already up to book 4!
The event host was clad in a Foldabots costume.
Of course, Foldabots creator Jomike Tejido was there.
Before anything else I just want to say that this is my first post using my new Sony NEX-5N camera. Hehe. I got it just a couple of weeks ago because I ordered it from New York. But enough about that... I'll talk about the cam in another post. :p
Since I've went on ahead and featured the Starbucks Planner 2012, I'll continue on with some of the food and drinks Starbucks Philippines has in store for everyone this holiday season. :)
First of all there's the Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll (P50, pictured above). It's served with butter and jam. I like it because it has the taste and texture of foccacia bread but none of the oiliness. One roll is quite filling and it goes really well with a cup of hot coffee.
Then there's Turkey & Chicken with Apple Stuffing on Whole Wheat Walnut Bread (P140, pictured above) for a touch of thanksgiving. It's a mix of sweet and savory with a bit of crunch.
Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-grain Bread (P140, pictured above) is my favorite savory offering this year. The ham tastes just like the honey ham we'd have at my mom's house in the US during Christmas time. There's yummy gooey mozzarella cheese too. This is actually just half a serving. I want to go back to Starbucks and have some more already. XD
This is a returning favorite from last Christmas... the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie (P55 per piece, pictured above). I love cookies from Starbucks because they're always nice and chewy, just the way I like 'em.
Got a sneak preview of the 2012 Starbucks Planners last night thanks to the good folks over at Starbucks Philippines.
Instead of the usual three designs we see every year, there's now five. Well it's actually just one design but it comes in five different wood finishes: Poplar, Bamboo, Cherry, Spruce, and Oak. Not only that, it's also packed with a free sleeve which doubles as something you can put other stuff in.
We got to take home Oak and Spruce.
Each planner now comes with a serial number too for security reasons.
Unboxing one reveals the entire package wrapped in plastic.
I spent last Friday night at Opus in Resorts World. People who know me know that I hate going out on a Friday night because of the insane traffic. RW is far from where I live to boot. But this is Shu Uemura, my most favorite beauty brand of all time... so how could I say no, right? :D
Opus was transformed into a make-up atelier for Shu Uemura x Wong Kar Wai. Wong Kar Wai is a renowned film maker from Hong Kong who's collaborating with Shu Uemura for a limited edition make-up collection this holiday season.
We had wine and canapes while waiting for the main program.
I took the opportunity to go over the make-up table and check out the goods. These premium edition Dance in Glitter false eyelashes are absolutely to die for!
Had a return trip to Bo's Coffee at SM Megamall when I did a feature about local coffee places. Good thing I got to try food and drink that I haven't had before. :D
First there was Espresso (P95, pictured above) and Biscotti (P100 for a pack of 12 pcs.). Personally I like dipping Biscotti in hot coffee. The Espresso is deep and rich. The slightly sweet, nutty, and crunchy Biscotti is the perfect match for it. This is hands down the best Biscotti I've ever had. :)
If Espresso is too strong for you, you can opt for Caffe Americano (P110) with Big Breakfast (P280, pictured above). Big Breakfast is comprised of toast bread slices, corned beef, scrambled eggs, links, and bacon. Caffe Americano is good old-fashioned brewed coffee without the frills. Yummy and filling! :D
For a sweet snack or dessert there's Caffe Mocha (P110) and Lemon Meringue Pie (P90, pictured above). The pie has a light citrus taste and airy texture. It's also not overly sweet. Meanwhile, the coffee has a nice touch of chocolate.
I took part in Studio SnR's Bobbi Brown make-up workshop last Oct. 15, 2011. I posted about the registration and enrollment a while back. I'm just really so determined to learn all kinds of make-up techniques. In fact, I just enrolled in another course for January 2012. This is actually Studio SnR's 2nd Bobbi Brown workshop. :)
Before anything else, we had to get ourselves swatched to that we'll know what our correct shade of foundation is. This is usually tricky for most people as we usually end up with something lighter or darker than our neck. A good thing to try would be the stripe test (pictured above on Shen). Get three shades that are closest to your face and neck and then swatch one stripe from each. Blend one at a time. The shade that "disappears" into your skin without a trace is your perfect shade. I'm a Beige, and that applies for all the Bobbi Brown foundation lines. :D
The pre-requisite for Bobbi Brown's 10-Step Beauty is skin care. My face was cleansed and moisturized prior to make-up application. Eye cream was applied too so that concealer would go on smoothly.
Step 1. Corrector / Concealer - Concealing dark undereye circles, pimples, and other flaws is the first step in applying make-up the Bobbi Brown way. We used the Corrector and Concealer combo featured in Bye Bye Dark Circles. Thank goodness they confirmed that I bought the right shades. You put on the orangey corrector first to cancel out the dark areas and then top with concealer to lighten and "lift" the area.
We spent the weekend at Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga a couple of weeks back. One of our friends had a membership which allowed us to avail of special discounted rates for accommodations and recreational facilities.
We got a Standard 3-Room Villa for around P5,500+. It's something like 50% off the regular rate. We stayed there with some friends so it's really good value if you're splitting costs. The villa is a bungalow with 24/7 centralized air-conditioning. There's only one TV and it's located in the living room.
There's a bar and kitchenette which comes equipped with a kitchen sink, a small refrigerator, and complimentary consumables like coffee, tea, and sweeteners. There's actually a small room in the kitchen area with a single bunk bed and its own toilet (in addition to the 3 bedrooms) in case you brought along your driver or helper.
There are 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, closets, night tables, and complimentary bottles of water. One of the three is the master bedroom and has its own bathroom. The bed is not big enough for a family of four and can only accommodate 2 adults and one child tops.
Since I'm in my experimental Korean phase in terms of make-up, I visited Skin Food and bought a couple of products last week. Everything in the store sounds so yummy when you read the names aloud.
The products are kind of pricey and so I couldn't really haul in too many. I settled for Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base (P975, pictured above) and Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder. For the purposes of product review however, I'll talk about Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base in this post (I'll get to the powder in a future post).
Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base is a liquid highlighter with a pearly finish. According to the bottle it gives pink and gold highlights plus a natural glow to your complexion. You can wear it alone or under foundation / BB cream.
The shimmery white liquid has a rather thin and fluid consistency that is much lighter than liquid foundation or even lotion. It actually feels nice on the face.
Christmas is fast approaching and if you're like me, you probably have a loooong list of kids to give gifts to. Why not give them educational toys and board games like Monopoly, Game of Life, and Cluedo?
TIP: I usually give a nice board game to siblings to they can all share and play together while I get to save. :P
Anyways, you might want to check out Gentle Star Trading's Warehouse Sale happening tomorrow and all throughout this whole weekend. It's in Mandaluyong City and so the venue is pretty central. They accept all major credit cards too so you don't need to bring gobs of cash.
For more information, you can call 638-8630 or 631-4395.
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We took a quick dessert stop at Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt during our trip back home from Fontana a couple of weekends ago. I've heard so many good things at this place so I was quite excited to finally try it.
It's a quaint and cozy place, perfect for chillaxing with friends. There's free wi-fi connection too.
There are a lot of tables and chairs. My guess is the place can accommodate around 40-50 people tops.
My daughter ordered a medium sized cup of plain frozen yogurt (P90, pictured above). She doesn't like toppings and flavored yogurt variants. She always has her froyo plain.
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I got a Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router for review a few weeks ago. I've used several brands in the past which includes an older Linksys model (circa 2007), D-Link, and TP-Link. They were all similar in the sense that you just plugged them in and they did the job of connecting several gadgets to the internet all at the same time. That was it.
The Cisco Linksys E1000's box alone was impressive already. It certainly looked a lot bigger than the current router we were using which was TP-Link.
The router's design is very modern and streamlined. It struck me as very state-of-the-art and actually reminded me of a spaceship somehow.
The package includes the Linksys E1000 wireless router, an installer CD, a quick installation guide, an ethernet network cable, and an Energy Star power adapter.
We went on a mini-vacation with The Club last weekend and stayed overnight at Fontana. After we checked out, we decided to have lunch at Iguana's Mexican Cantina (formerly known as Zapata's Authentic Mexican Restaurant).
The restaurant is very dimly lit and bar-esque in terms of ambiance. There's a Mexican flag displayed on the wall too. The crowd was rather family-oriented when we went since it was a Sunday.
My daughter decided to have a Quesadilla (P145, pictured above). She opted to have the regular one which is filled with cheese, onions, and jalapenos. I asked the server to hold the jalapenos because it may be too hot for her. For an additional P50 or so (I don't really remember) you can choose to have it filled with cubed chicken or beef.
The Quesadilla had lots of gooey cheese inside. My daughter loved it so much she finished the entire order by herself.