Sunday, March 1, 2015

Glambox Middle East February Box

I woke up today and realized, we're on the last month of the first quarter of the year!  Oh geesh, ang bilis talaga ng araw.  I feel so pressured! Most especially because in a few days, it's gonna be my Mahal's birthday and until now I don't have an idea yet of what to give him. Though we've agreed we won't be giving extravagant gifts this year because we need to save up for something REALLY IMPORTANT (care to guess what it is?), I still feel like I need to give him something.  It doesn't have to be big, but gosh, I really am running out of ideas. Besides, we've been together for more than 21 years and I think I've already given him all possible presents I could give him (except for one..sniff).  Give me more gift ideas please.

Putting that aside for now, let me share with you what I got for the February box from Glambox ME.  

Glambox Middle East February Box 

When I opened the box, I honestly got disappointed to see not one, but two Nivea products. Not that I don't like Nivea, I absolutely adore their products. But for me the purpose of beauty boxes is getting the chance to try products that aren't available easily. I mean, I can easily get Nivea products even from the convenience store downstairs so why on earth would I subscribe to beauty boxes if I would only get products such as these?  Yes, I get these boxes for free (thanks GlamboxME and TishTashTalks) but I feel for the others who actually pay for the boxes. But maybe it's just me. Maybe I expect too much?  

Anyway, let's check what we have inside.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dining at Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Whenever me and my family goes to Subic, the trip won't be complete without having a meal at Sakura. I can say that Japanese cuisine is one of my faves, next to Filipino, of course.  So when Mr. X and I went home to the Philippines last December, Mom made sure I'll have my fill of Japanese food from Sakura.

while waiting for our food

Look at my face, can you see that I am so kilig? Not because I'm seated next to hubby, but because in just a few minutes, I'd be stuffing myself with food. Hahaha!

My I-forgot-the-name Ramen

I was feeling a bit under the weather that time and at the same time craving for a good, hot ramen so I ordered this.  It's so flavorful and has the right spicy-ness.  If you don't know yet, I like spicy food. I have some Bikolana blood in me, that's probably why.

California Maki

Seriously, what's a mean in a Japanese rest without having California Maki?

Tuna Sashimi

Between this and Salmon sashimi, I'd go for tuna. I think we ordered two of this. Don't ask why.

not sure what this one was, my guess is Seafood Ramen

We're tired of the usual Japanese salad so we got this instead. That's tuna, lettuce, cucumber inside a soft wrapper. I particularly like the dip.  

Uni Sushi

Don't even think that I ordered this one. This is my Mom's favourite. I don't think I will ever be able to eat it in this lifetime, or the next.

Ebi Tempura

I love that the batter doesn't taste like flour.  


My Aunt's favorite. I don't usually eat a noodle dish with fat noodles, but yakiudons are an exception.  


Another favourite of mine to order in a Jap resto. But for some reason, this was just so-so. Maybe I'd try their steamed next time.

Miso Soup

Mom's not into ramen but she'll definitely order a miso soup whenever she gets the chance. 

Wagyu Rice

Mr. X ordered this and when it came, I was "Where's your ulam?"  I know there are already beef tidbits, egg, etc mixed but honestly, I don't like my ulam mixed with my kanin. I even said "Ang lungkot naman ng food mo, to think na Php450 na yan?" Hahaha.

Wagyu Steak

Just so the hubby can escape from being bullied by me, we ordered for Wagyu Steak as per the waitress' recommendation. It tastes so good and the meat is so tender. But we didn't know it costs almost Php4000! 

And of course, for dessert...

Red Bean Green Matcha Ice Cream

Geesh, just looking at this photo makes me drool. I'd choose this over my all-time favorite Quezo Real ice cream from Selecta.

We were so in really busog!  I initially thought of grabbing some coffee from Starbucks after dinner but I don't think my tummy still has space left. We had to stay for 15 minutes inside the restaurant after paying our bill because I couldn't move!  Parang puputok ang tyan ko.  Which by the way usually happens whenever we eat there.

This is how our tummy felt like that night

Thank God for selfie pods, we had a good laugh taking our selfies:

Kami na ang aliw na aliw sa selfie!

Going back to the Wagyu Steak: When we paid our bill we didn't really check the breakdown but we kept the receipt. It amounted to almost 12k and we found it still okay because: 1) it's an authentic Japanese Restaurant, 2) we ordered a lot  (some of the food I wasn't able to take photos of because well, I became busy eating)  and 3) the food was really good.  The next day, Mr. X checked the receipt and to his shock, he saw that the steak costs almost 4k nga.  Kaloka!  So I told him, Wagyu is a special kind of beef because it comes from specially-fed cows. They don't undergo stress that's why their meat tastes so good.  To which he replied, "Yeah, di nga sila na-sstress. Pero nakakastress ang presyo nila." Hahahaha.

Note to ourselves: Check for the price before ordering just so we won't get shocked when we see the bill.

Still, Sakura is my favorite Japanese Restaurant.  They have an extensive menu and most of their dishes are for sharing. Their staff are attentive and accommodating and you don't have to wait too long for your food. Given that they serve authentic Japanese cuisine, their prices are affordable. Well, their Wagyu steak isn't but I think that's the usual pricing for anything Wagyu.  I am still months away from my next vacation in the Philippines but I already asked my Mom to bring me there again.  

Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Lot 5 Times Square Bldg. corner Sta. Rita Road
Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222
Olongapo City, Philippines

Here in Dubai, I haven't tried a Japanese restaurant that comes close to Sakura. Care to give me some recommendations?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream Review

I've always thought that my trusty hand cream can also take care of my dry cuticles, but I was wrong. I didn't know there's a different product designed for that.  Yeah, maybe I was living under a rock all along.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Give your cuticles some TLC. Specially formulated, this buttery cream taps Sweet Aand Cocoa Seed Butter to moisturize and soften your cuticles while Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil nourish brittle nails. Feel pampered and polished from tips to toes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse...

My heart got broken the other day.  I wasn't able to hold back my tears that I ended up crying while waiting for a cab going home. I was so hurt and disappointed that when I got home, I cried my heart out. I was asking God, "Why me?" and "Why do you have to let me feel this way?" I know a lot of people have it worse but at that point, all I know is that I'm hurt and that I cannot take another disappointment in my life. I cried myself to sleep which is actually a good thing because sleep makes me feel a lot better. I woke up hours later still feeling sad but a bit more calm. I'm still hurting and though I can't promise that I'd stop hurting, I will try my best to do something about this situation that I am in now.  I really hope things will get better. If not, I just hope I'd be able to accept it without being hard on myself.

Anyway, I'd talk about it maybe soon (or maybe not) but for now, let's talk about something that makes me forget the not-so-good things in my life.  

When I first got my hands on the first Happy Skin products, I remember secretly wishing that they come up with more products soon.  I specifically wished that they come up with a lip and cheek tint and my oh my, they did! Actually, what they came up with is far better than what I hoped for.

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse
(Php 699)
Pucker up with a power product that gives you double-duty beauty! The Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse is a lightweight product that can be worn both as a lippie AND as a blush! Wear it on your lips, or dot it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend for the ultimate flirty finish! Long-lasting and easy to blend, this 2-in-1 makeup must-have gives firmer, smoother, and better defined lips & cheeks to kiss!
I wished for something and they came up with something better!  That's how much they love me! Hahaha, I'm kidding. They knew that women love to multitask and so they want the same when it comes to their makeup.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Makeup Look: Amped Up Neutrals

And just like that, it's Sunday once again!  While my loves back in PH are still enjoying their weekend, us here in this part of the world are already back to work. If you don't know it yet, work week here in the UAE is from Sunday until Thursday and for weekends, we have Friday and Saturday. 

For today, let me share with you another (boring) neutral makeup look.  I tried amping it up with false eyelashes, which by the way is becoming a must-have in my makeup looks these days. For me, gone are the days when wearing falsies are only for special occasions. Falsies here are so usual with most women anyway and yes, I no longer have judgmental people around here when it comes to girls with makeup.

Sephora Smoothing Primer
L'oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation in Golden Sand
Makeup Factory Pressed Powder
Happy Skin Eye Need A Miracle Corrector
Happy Skin Lip and Cheek Mousse in Warm and Toasty (cheeks)
Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Contour Kit

Happy skin Eye Love View Eyebrow Pencil
NARS Pro-prime Eyeshadow Primer
Warm and Dark Brown Eyeshadows from Viseart Neutral Palette and Booty Call from Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette
K-Palette Long Lasting Eyeliner (lashline)       

Estee Lauder Lip Gloss

I hope you like it.

Have a happy and blessed Sunday, everyone!

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