Hidden Food Haven around Makati Area

Admit it, we Filipino loves to eat. Whether there are rice, pasta, salads or even desserts and drinks. I roam around Makati area and found some interesting food spots that you might want to visit or even be your neighbor. So join me as I unravel the secret food haven around Makati area feat SMDC.

Our first stop is located at the SMDC Light Mall, may I ask you a question, Have you visited or seen a condominium with a supermarket, food/ restaurant stalls even Appliance store? Well, look no further, but SMDC Condominium offers a lot not just a safe place to live by but with a whole package like a nice amenity where your family can bond and you don't need to be on hassle going out of the building when you need something to buy. It is all in one building.

So much with SMDC facts, let's go back to the food inside the Light Mall. Our first stop is perfect for those people who are into burritos and tacos, we are in Art of Taco. It is located at 2/F, SM Light Mall, EDSA Corner Madison Street Mandaluyong, Philippines. They serve primarily Mexican food and they promise to give you great tasting Mexican food experience!



First, on the menu they served was Steak Soft Taco.  Made with Fresh Homemade Tortilla with Beef steak marinated in their secret Mexican sauce they added some lettuce, grilled vegetables and Freshly made Pico de Gallo. The customer also can choose their dips from a spicy to non-spicy salsa.



Same as the Steak Soft Taco, they also serve Chicken Soft taco which is delicious.

Filipino can't leave without a rice so Steak Burrito from Art of Taco is perfect! An 8 inches Tortilla with some imported Pinto Beans paste, a beef steak, garnish with lettuce, grilled vegetables, corn kernel for more taste they added Sour cream, Rice and your choice of salsa.

If you're asking what will be my best pick on their menu it will be their CRUNCHY BEEF TACO LOADED! Why? Because I have that perfectly crush taco with a lot of flavors once you bite it. A mix of beef, cheese, and fresh vegetables.

Let's move now to our Second food stop now is something sweet. Have you seen some bubble type of waffle? Eggettes& Co. Gives your ordinary waffle a twist. From a traditional sweet waffle to savory one name it, they have it. You can also customize your own waffle just ask their staff!

Eggettes & Co. is located at the ground floor of Light Mall near the entrance. 

Get a ride because we're moving to our next SMDC Condominium at Grace Mall, Cayetano Boulevard, Brgy. Ususan, Taguig. Our next stop is perfect for those who had limited time on preparing their food. Here is Hot Kitchen by Fresh Options.


They will Cook for you in no time. You can choose from their wide range of frozen meats and dishes. Pay at the cashier you can add some more payment if you want them to cook for you. Wait for it to cook and your good to go. See that is just an easy way to enjoy the food.


Unlike other ready-made food that you can buy on the convenience stores, Hot Kitchen by Fresh Options really ensures that all of their items and tasty and can be enjoyed by the whole family.



Making that said, I found a good catch at this store, You can have your own party without a hassle with them.Just Pick. Share. Enjoy your food. A hint you might want to try their Pata which cause for only 369 pesos add 20 pesos for them to cook it for you and whala your pata is already ready for your party celebration!



Let's ride again a car and I'll be bringing you to a place perfect for a Friday night out that is not too crowded. Here we are at SMDC Jazz Mall, where we enjoy some drinks at After All Bar and Grill.


After All Bar and Grill is located at 235 Ground Floor, Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Cor. Jupiter St., Makati. A perfect hangout venue for your friends and family with good food, good music. So are you asking what is the best pick here? Aside from that, I got to experience the best cook that they have, they also serve us their best menu which is the Sisig and Seafood Teriyaki.



Everyone in my group enjoyed the seafood Teriyaki, it does not have that smell of seafood but it is really tasty and tender. Their Sisig is the best because it is evenly cooked that does not have many onions, unlike other restaurants that I've tried.

After All Bar and Grill's Barista are the best, they formulated some mixed drinks for us, some are with coffee and some lime.





We all enjoy the rest of the night thanks to SMDCEats. Don't forget to watch my YouTube Video about this food crawl down below!


Glowing Skin with Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Loose foundation and Concealer


Are you looking for a glowing skin without a hassle of blending and easy to apply? Well, I found one, it is from Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Loose foundation and Concealer. Read along and I will show you how I got from this look to a more glowing youthful look.


PACKAGING


The packaging of this product is just in a paper packaging which is a plus point because it helps the environment and it is economical. If you're asking where you can put it when you open the pouch, well Ellana Mineral Cosmetics also have a jar container which is cost 199pesos and named EMPTY REFILLABLE MIRROR JAR 10G. I don't have one so I recycled my Nichido container.


Transfering the product to a container might be to messy so be ready with your wipes.



It is great that they develop their brands to be eco-friendly in terms of packaging "para ma help na din yung issue noting sa Global warming". You can buy the refills and place it on any jar container.


Ingredients

Polymethylsilsesquioxane Mica Methicone Titanium Dioxide Zinc Oxide Kaolin Magnesium Stearate Allantoin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Yellow CI 77492 Red CI 77491 Black CI 77499 Green CI 77288

Claims

It claims to have that dual purpose product can be used both as a foundation with buildable coverage or as a concealer and highlighter with promising coverage as well! I let you guys see later if the effective ba yung product.

Size: 

The content of the product is 8 grams of powder.


Longevity 

In terms of longevity, I tested this product with a primer and without a primer. First thing is with primer, I use the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer on the other half of my face.

Here is a picture of my bare face with moisturizer only
LEFT SIDE: with Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Loose Foundation and Concealer RIGHT SIDE: Moisturizer only
As you can see it brightens up the half of my face in just one layer. The application is easy and it is best used with a brush so that the product will be evenly dispersed. Below is a picture with 2 layers of foundation.


After I applied the product, it quickly set on my pores and nose. You need to blend it well using your fingers for a smooth blend. Make sure to put the product all over your face for an even flawless look.

A closer look at the product after applying to my face.
I tested this product for about 8 hours, the side of my face with primer still have the product, but on the side with no primer doesn't. The product did not last and it sits in my pores. Below is my face after 6 hours, as you can see pimple marks on my forehead was already seen and again the side with no primer set in my pores.


Availability

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics have their own website which where you can purchase your products . https://www.ellanacosmetics.com/ . But if you want to look closer to their product you can visit their branches at the following malls:

SM Mall of Asia
The SM Store
Beauty Section

Landmark Makati
G/F, Cosmetics Department,
Landmark Department Store, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

SM Aura Premier
SM Aura Premier,
McKinley Parkway,
Taguig, Metro Manila

Robinsons Galleria Atrium
EDSA corner, Ortigas Ave,
Ortigas Center, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Landmark Alabang
Alabang, Muntinlupa
Metro Manila

Landmark Trinoma
Ground Floor Trinoma Mall,
Cosmetics Department

SM North - The Block Watsons
3rd Level, The Block
SM City North EDSA,
North Avenue corner EDSA
Quezon City

Watsons SM City Fairview
SM City Fairview Quirino Highway
1118 Metro Manila

Watsons SM Aura Premier
26th Street cor. Mckinley Parkway
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Price 

Each Refill retails for 499 pesos



Shades Available:


  1. Radiant - Yellow undertone 
  2. Smile - cool undertone 
  3. Cheer - cool undertone 
  4. Revive - cool undertone Awake Warm / yellow undertone



Pros


  • You don't have to put any concealer because of its buildable consistency that can hide pimple marks, redness, and veins.
  • You just need to bring this powder and a lip tint and your good to go. 
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • It is a powder remember that it will add some dryness to your face so MOISTURIZE.
  • Not advisable on Dry skin type
  • Does not last for more than 8 hours
  • Messy transferring the product to a container

Am I going to repurchase this product? Yes, but you need to work out with your face condition. It should be moisturized properly because it is a powder foundation, there should be something that they can hold to. This product I need a perfectly moisturized skin or else you might see a little dryness and bumps on your skin.

Don't forget to watch my YouTube video about this product
Overall, I will say that this product is good! Coverage is buildable light-medium. It covers my veins and pimple marks. This product will lift up your face, it gives a radiant looking makeup. You just need to contour your face because it leaves my face a little bit of flat and one dimensional.

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics really promised there shoppers for a good cosmetics that will not clog pores and eco-friendly products. I love all the products from their collection! Watch out from more blog feature of this PROUDLY FILIPINO MADE MAKEUP BRAND that will surely surprise you!

SM City Manila celebrates Chinese New Year together with Snoopy. 


Kids enjoyed a fun-filled activities prepared by SM City Manila, all they need to do is present a single receipt of worth 500 pesos to the registration.



What are the activities? First you can hand paint your own Snoopy piece and color some Chinese New Year theme coloring leaflets.




  • Dress up and feel the Chinese vibe with the Cheongsan Dress. Make it perfect with Chinese temple backdrop. By the way don't forget to snap around on their Snoopy and friends Chinese New Year themed center piece! Located at the activity center.



  • Kids got surprise and excited to see Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie at the stage dancing! They also had a chance to have a picture with them.





  • The whole event was ended with a serenade from SM  kid winner Anastasia Sing some Mandarin songs!






SM City Manila and SM Supermalls event is always been entertaining. Happy Chinese New Year Everyone, don't forget to follow SM City Manila Social Media Account to get the latest dibs and promos!
The most sophisticated travellers set their eyes on the most luxurious destinations and covet only the most premium experiences and amenities: a relaxing cruise in St. Tropez, a ski trip in Zermatt, Switzerland or a weekend beach trip in the Bahamas.

When it comes to their preferred travel luggage, the most privileged clienteles demand timeless beauty that stands out, and dependable durability that supports their jet setting lifestyle.

Italian heritage brand Bric’s captures the perfect balance between breathtaking fashion elegance and reliable functionality with its core collection, Bellagio.

The vintage-looking Bellagio collection recalls classic travel bags and the tradition of elegant travel trunks, whose merit is the perfect recovery of such flavors in an item of groundbreaking functionality, strength, and lightness.

Bellagio is recognized by its vaguely squared shape with a somewhat retro allure, enhanced by leather details, like the straps that characterize the front frame and cover the corners.

Each piece from the collection oozes with functional style. The compact luggage’s exterior is made of high-performance polycarbonate trolleys in four sizes – light, convenient, strong, functional and handy. Smooth Japanese wheels, a convenient and ultra-light tow, a new TSA lock, leather-coated handles are just a few of the structural pluses of this line.
In order to satisfy the need for neatness, comfort and lightness, the interior’s structure has a soft lining with herringbone pattern; both compartments are closed with a zipper and hook respectively to allow perfect arrangement of items and clothes which ensures maximum storage options.

Meanwhile, a hook for the garment bag is provided, but the latter was intentionally not included to avoid too much weight in case this option is not desired by the client. A sleek and small hot-printed leather pocket is also included which bears the Bric’s name and recalls the company’s experience in travel items: Italian travel bags and fine leather goods since 1952.
Leather is used abundantly to enhance the precious craft manufacture of this product, also shown by the leather’s grain and by the exposed stitching in contrasting yarns. There are different colors available, all with tan leather trimmings: cream, blue, black and olive green. New colors: shiny red and shiny grey.

Ultimately, Bellagio simply embodies the harmony of fashion and function in its elegant range of trolleys characterized by utter functionality, deliberately designed and created as “cross-products” of Bric’s in that the selected colors allow matching with other Bric’s travel lines: Life for olive green and red, Magellano for black, and Firenze for cream.

These lines, in fact, offer a variety of carry-ons and semi-stiff trolleys in the same hues to perfectly match with Bellagio and thus create sets that fit all types of journeys and transfers and respond to various needs of modern travelers.

The collection is available in SM Aura Premier, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Ayala Center Cebu. Bric’s luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.
For more details about Bric's Bellagio collection, visit www.facebook.com/bricsphilippines.
Who said that the season of love is exclusive to romantic couples?

                             
Let’s change the game this year. After all, we learned how to love at home with family and friends. This Valentine's Day, there's no better way to celebrate love than to give love to people close to our hearts and even to strangers.

Spread positive vibes in ways you’ve never tried before! Here are simple yet meaningful ideas to share the love just in time for the sweetest season!

1. Bake cupcakes for bae instead of buying flowers and chocolates
Dark chocolates and red roses are so overrated. This time, be different and bake cupcakes for your loved one. Don't know how? No problem. The Internet has tons of baking recipes for first-timers. Believe us, whether you perfect it or not, your bae would be so 'kilig' with those cupcakes you baked from your heart.

2. Treat mom and dad to a relaxing massage and salon service
The ultimate superheroes in your life deserve a break from all the headaches you may give them. Give mom a new haircut and treat dad to a foot spa. Spoil them further with a relaxing full body massage to cap it off.

3. Call the nearest charity institution to ask how you can help`
Love grows in the family, so it makes sense to share it as one. Join outreach programs with the whole family (or even your friends!) to extend the love at home to those who need it the most. It's a different yet meaningful kind of bonding experience.

In the same way, donate your excess essentials to less fortunate individuals. This is a perfect way to give back and share the love this season, even to strangers!

4. Create new memories with a spontaneous trip
It’s a fact-- the most hard-to-forget memories are created on the spur of the moment. So skip planning and pack your bags! It’s time to unleash the adventurous spirit in you! Take a random trip with bae, friends or family. Drive to a place you have always wanted to explore. Or, book a flight to the destination you have never been. Celebrate love with adventure.

5. Practice proper hygiene habits (aka. don’t cause the spread of germs!)
Yes, you’ve read it right. Spreading love can be also lead to spreading germs. Avoid this by simply practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands regularly.

Love is in the air, and so are germs! When you touch, hug or kiss your loved ones, there's a big chance that you are spreading germs that could cause sickness.

Here’s an alarming fact from the first Philippines Handwashing Index (PHI); 7 out of 10 Filipinos say that they wash their hands after using the toilet but in reality, only 2 out of 10 really do. PHI is a breakthrough study recently commissioned by Safeguard.


Keeping your loved ones safe from germs is a healthy way of showing how much you care. When you express your affection, be sure that you are spreading love and not germs. Wash your hands with Safeguard and water to keep it clean.

Your first line of defense against sickness-causing germs, Safeguard is clinically proven to provide up to 24 hours of germ protection. Washing your hands with Safeguard means a healthy Valentine’s celebration.


Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)
Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180g (P 48.00)

Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00

Exciting offers are up for grabs!



Cebuanos can now have a chance turn their travel plans into a reality when they join SM’s latest promo in Cebu – SM Seaside City Cebu DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY – as SM continues to offer new and exciting ways to make shopping more fun and rewarding!
From February 1 to March 31, mallgoers can avail an instant P100 discount from participating brands and a chance to win a trip for 2 to one of five Asian destinations, like Japan South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or China. Here’s how:
Step 1: Download the SM Supermalls Mobile App and register.
Step 2: Click on the Coupons Tab to see the list of participating brands.
Step 3: With a minimum single receipt purchase of P1,000, get a P100 discount instantly!
Step 4: Redeemed e-coupon becomes the e-raffle entry for the Asian country trip for two.
In partnership with Philippine Airlines and PAL Mabuhay Miles, winners will also be getting additional mileage points when they fly via this promo.
Over 250,000 Filipinos have subscribed to the SM Supermalls Mobile App because of chances like this. Download it now to get yours!

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/SMMobileApp-GooglePlay

This year, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites lovers, family, and friends to indulge in a series of promotions and events throughout the joyous month of February. Shower your loved ones (or pamper yourself) with Valentine’s Day gifts at up to 90% off, surprise voucher codes and a chance to double your Shopee coins. 

Twice the love with 10 times the coins and surprise vouchers
From 12 to 13 February, earn coins up to 10 times for 48 hours leading up to Valentine’s Day. Additionally, a surprise P143 voucher code will be up for grabs for the first 1,000 lucky users on 14 February - keep your eyes peeled for it!

Valentine’s Day collections featuring gifts for everyone

This Valentine’s Day, Shopee will be offering curated collections featuring discounts of up to 90% off:

  1. Couple Collections
Enjoy great deals on paired products in Shopee’s couple collections, presenting items across various popular categories including Fashion, Accessories and Home & Living. Surprise your significant other or best friend with a pair of matching outfits or accessories.

  1. Anti-Valentine’s Collection
Celebrate being single and treat yourself to a gift this Valentine's season. Shopee’s Anti-Valentine’s collection provides a superb reason for singles to pamper themselves on this joyous occasion. Shop slashed prices on novelty items, statement shirts or decorative pieces to spruce up your bachelor’s pad.

  1. Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Getting the right gift can be tricky, so for those who are still undecided about what to buy for their loved ones, check out Shopee’s Valentine’s Gift Ideas - a diverse collection of suggested gifts for family and friends.