Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gastronomic Adventure : Hole In the Wall

Last week, we went to try Century City Mall's Hole in the wall. It's located at the 4th level of the mall, and simply put, it's a very nice food court full of good selection to choose from! I super love the ambiance, the food, and the music haha! I think they were still on soft opening, so most of the time, servers would give you surveys to assess your eating experience.



For our main meal, we chose to eat Badbird's Dirty Rice plate, which consists of their bestselling chicken, kimchi, and "dirty rice". Yum! 

I also tried Spruce, finally! Just say fresh fruit/vegetable juices, and I'm sold. I tried Ladyluck simply because beetroot is part of the ingredient,along with other fruits and veggies, and the taste is pretty awesome. 

For our dessert, we went on and tried the cookies from Scout's Honor :) We tried six different cookies, and our ultimate favorite would be the 1969!




Overall, it was a great dining experience. It gives a nice twist to  the idea  of a classic food court, and you'll have  many great food selection to choose from!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Current Favorite Beauty Products


Most of the time, I am guilty of spending too much time just reading beauty blogs and magazines lol. . I remember this time after I resigned from my job, wherein I just kept on reading product reviews to "move on". It's actually quite therapeutic,trust me. Because of this, I am constantly on the look-out for good beauty products that works for my skin. But, at the same time, I also really make sure to read reviews thoroughly  or to try out a product first before buying. Let me share with you some of the current beauty products that I've tried lately and fell in love with.



KIEHL'S ULTRA FACIAL MOISTURIZER
I used to have such oily skin back then! As in parang pwede nang kuning pangluto yung oil sa mukha hehehehe. I used to complain a lot about how oily my skin was, and my mom kept on warning me that I'll actually miss the oiliness once I get older. 
 I've  used the herbal moisturizer from Kiehl's for a long time, but then I was itching for change when I started to notice that my skin became drier recently, especially in the cheeks area. This is primarily because of some medication I'm taking, so my skin has become more of a combination type ; oily forehead, drier cheeks. Oh boy,did I actually miss the oiliness LOL. I was so taken aback and didn't know how to handle my dry cheeks, since I was so used to the whole oily/acne-prone regimen.

Thankfully, I was able to get my hands on this moisturizer! This moisturizer is one of the best-sellers when it comes to Kiehl's, also known as a counterpart for Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturizer. I've been using this for a few weeks now, and I'm really happy with this moisturizer, so far. 


BENEFIT'S BIGGER THAN BB 
This is what I use when I would be commuting since I love it's matte finish! This BB is also lightweight, and has just the right amount of coverage for everyday use. Also YAY for SPF 35! Apply this after sunblock :)

JUICE BEAUTY ANTI-BLEMISH CLEARING SERUM
I purchased this product a week ago, after hearing raves from the thebeautybeeblog. I love love this! It's organic, and it really helps eliminate blemishes, especially when its the time of the month again. Definitely recommending this if you struggle with blemishes, just like I do! :)

MAC MATCHMASTER FOUNDATION
A graduation gift that I started to use on my graduation day! Until this day, I am still a fan of the MAC Studiofix Powder, but this is another good foundie from MAC. I was initially apprehensive to try this foundie since it is in liquid form, but the MAC SA recommended this to me, and I fell in love with it! It's actually pretty lightweight, and it works well with my skin. I just use one pump of this and its already enough for my entire face. Also, I didn't get any breakouts from using this product. :)

Much love,
Nikki

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weekend Playlist

Just like many people, I do find joy in finding new songs to listen to, although these songs may not be literally new or freshly released. There is a certain happiness when you get to listen to a song you've been ignoring in your iTunes library for so long, and finally have that eureka moment once you get to listen to it. Although most of the songs here are those I've stumbled upon while searching youtube, the feeling of making yourself familiar with a good song is a sure wonderful experience. Here's my playlist for this weekend, which have been on repeat since yesterday. :)

1) Lucy Rose - Our Eyes
2) Lucy Rose- Shiver
3)  Imagine Dragons - Smoke and Mirrors
4)Justin Tebbutt- The Breach
5) IYES- Simmer
Hope you like it!
Much love,
Nikki

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 : My current TV series addiction

Hello! It's odd that my last post talked about something about my journey during unemployment, yet I find myself being unemployed once again! Like some of you may know, I resigned from my first job. Yes, it was really a short stay haha. Anyhow, since I have a lot of free time again, I decided to make  a post about some of the series that I'm currently watching and obsessing about. Just for the sake of saying it, until now, I still love Modern Family, and I watch Girls, 2 Broke Girls, and I'm so excited for GOT's new season!!

However, here are some new series that are worthy for you to check out!
Fresh off the Boat
(photo from hollywoodreporter.com)
To be honest, I originally didn't have high expectation from this series, but after I watched the first episode, I'm hooked! I super love this! It's about a Taiwanese family moving from D.C. to Orlando during the 90's. You have to see this show. It is so funny without even trying too hard. :)

Togetherness
(photo from collider.com)
When I watch episodes of this series, it's hard for me not to relate with any of the characters. I guess what makes me like this so much is that all the characters are in the point of their life wherein they are still trying to work things out on a daily basis, even if  they should be having so much more responsibilities, and secure with their lives.

Galavant
(photo from serial.com)
This is actually a fantasy musical series, so do expect a lot of singing. I've finished watching this series really fast since it only has eight episodes so far. This series is also pretty funny because of the ridiculousness of some of the characters hehe.

Hope you get the chance to check out any of the series!
Much love,
Nikki

Friday, January 9, 2015

Things I've Learned in 2014

Looking at my blog today would mean that I would also have to my face my irresponsibility and laziness to update the past year. I really plan on making my 2015 more productive, hence a blog post finally about some of the things I've learned the past year. Just like in most things, I just felt the need to do some proper closure of what the previous year has brought to me, before I can move on to other things in store this year. :)


1) Admitting or asking for help is not bad.
In my case, I used to be hesitant about asking for favors or questions to a lot of people. This changed when someone told me that there is really no harm in asking. And oh my, to this day, my motto in life has now become, " The answer will always be no if you don't ask." This applies to so many levels in my life!!! When it comes to job hunting, asking people about certain things or about their choices, and also in commuting, which leads me to my second lesson….

2) Even simple acts  of kindness really do matter.
Most throughout my job hunting phase, I've commuted mostly to these places I haven't even been before. And that means getting lost and asking a lot of people for direction. I am so thankful for the times I've asked strangers for directions,and all of them would always be game to help me out in their best possible way. Thank you,thank you,thank you! On another note, let me share this story wherein I exhibited kindness din hehe-- During one job interview, there were 3 of us in the room, and there was this guy who seemed to have forgotten his pen when we were supposed to fill out application forms. He asked me if I have an extra pen to borrow, and I gave him my extra pen. Sounds silly, but I could have chosen not to give him, if he was my competition for a job spot at that time! In the end, I got to talk to him when he returned my pen, and turns out that he was actually applying for another position in the company! Hahahah good thing!

3) After graduation, it's okay to feel lost.
I felt so confused after graduation, and I started to worry so much in the event that I don't get a job. Sure, it took me six months to land one, but I've honestly never felt so confused and hopeless during the whole unemployment stage. There were a lot of questions running through my head-if I chose another course, if I had been active in orgs, if I actually pushed myself more into doing the best I could when it comes to academics, and so on and so forth. And I really think it's okay just to give yourself more credit. It's okay to feel a little lost, as long as you are actually doing something to improve your situation, or answer some of the questions going through your head.

4) It's always good to have a back-up plan.
I made sure to apply to so many companies, and go to interviews as much as I can because it's always good to have a back-up. In case you don't get accepted, you can always opt to see what another company can offer. Trust me, I've been rejected so many times by companies where I really wanted to work, but it's all good now. It's just not meant for me :) Aside from that, when I was not attending interviews, I went home to my province every chance I got. This went on for months, going back and forth from Manila to Legazpi, and vice-versa! I think going home really made me not go crazy, since I was able to help out in our business and just enjoy being with my family.

5) Rejection feels bad, but it is just a redirection.
My mom send this quote to me every time I would receive a rejection notice haha! But rejection truly truly sucks!!! Until now, I still have this little bit part of bitterness with some companies haha! There's no escape when it comes to rejection, but it's always important to do better than what you were able to do before, and just move forward. There's still so many opportunities out there.

6) Taking care of your skin is a must.
Okay, so maybe enough with my job hunting issues and lessons, and let's move on to vanity! I really really think it's IMPORTANT to take care of your skin. I want to force other people I know to just use sunblock please since it's really important. I'm still in my very early 20's, but I love sunblock to death, and I know I'll thank myself later when I'm older for using it daily. Also, I have acne prone skin, so I really make sure to be mindful of the things I'm applying to my face.

7) Don't lose yourself.
Gahhhh! I had a hard time thinking of what to put, because I'm so tired of always hearing "Just be yourself," kaya "don't lose yourself" na lang! hihihihihi. I've read and watched Gone Girl last year, and it's hard for that film not to make any impact on anyone who's seen or read it. The lead character, Amy Dunne, talks about being pretending to be "the cool girl" in order to get a man. I love that part when she says that because it's really the truth. There are so many things we change, just because we wanna be though of as cool or in order for people to like us. Thankfully, I avoid being that kind of person as much as I can simply because I have a very little tolerance towards people who don't like my true self.


I've learned a lot more than these seven that I've listed before, and that makes me thankful for the things that happened in the past year, for the blessings, and the things to come this year!! :))

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feelings

Today, I realized how irresponsible I have been when it comes to updating my blog. Truth is, I have really felt a phase wherein I felt that there are really nothing that important for me to tell or to write a post about. But then, remembering one of the things that have really kept me going, I tried to reassess certain things in my life, including this blog. I have started this blog as an outlet for me to express or to write about things that I love, and also the random things that I have been doing in my life. For some time, I have questioned the goal of my blog, and I can honestly say that my mind has been able to process this question FINALLY. All I can say right now is that I would blog to share my voice, no matter how silly or weird it can be at times. Time after time, I have felt a certain connection with a blog writer once I felt a connection or a surprising connection that I share some similarities with a blogger when it come to beliefs, likes, dislikes, and many more. I would say that I want to have that same kind of feeling shared when a reader comes upon my blog. :)