30 March 2015

Post-mortem Treat

The first night of my last finals week as a sophomore student (please let me get to junior year) called for some good food.  Sophomore year was not only tiring physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  It came to a point where I was not even sure if I was prepared enough to take my final examinations.  I studied, well, I really did try my best to study and retain everything I was able to study.  The whole year was just a mix of super highs and super downs that sometimes, I began to doubt myself and my dreams more than usual.

So, to let go of the extra anxiety that finals week was about to bring, I decided to treat myself to some good food.  I've been reading about this new bistro in the Makati area, which supposedly served inexpensive quality food.  Gus picked me up from school and we decided to try it out.

The Plantation is located along Don Carlos Palanca Street in Makati.  If you're coming from Makati Avenue, cross Ayala Avenue, make a right on De la Rosa Street (PLDT Building), and look for Don Carlos Palanca on the left.  The place isn't hard to miss since it's usually full of people at night.  In case you're coming in for lunch, just look for the building which offers al fresco dining, a few meters away from Greenbelt Excelsior. 

When we got there, we had to settle for the bar area as the place was packed.  It was only around 8 o'clock but all the tables were already taken – couples, groups, enjoying their meals and having drinks.  They apparently offered its customers live band entertainment over dinner.  Perfect after office hangout place.

We started dinner with their Pumpkin Soup with Laguna Cheese.  The Plantation had five different kinds of soup on their menu plus the Soup of the Day so we thought they offered all five kinds.  I wanted to try their 3-Mushroom Cream Soup while Gus wanted to try the Clam Chowder with Baguette but apparently, the only available soup aka their Soup of the Day was the Pumpkin Soup.  You could say that we settled.  If you've been reading my blog entries, you can tell that I always almost need my soup for every meal.  

Pumpkin Soup with Laguna Cheese

07 March 2015

Stress Shopping.. NOT!

The past few months haven't been exactly, okay. There's the normal stress -- law school, but then again, there are also other unnecessary stress popping in and out from time to time. People deal differently with stress. Others breakdown, others eat to their hearts desire, others cry in one corner, while women, well, women like to shop.

Since law school, I've grown fond of shopping for.. highlighters and pens. Since law school, I've also grown accustomed to shopping for shoes and other things online. Because of our busy schedule, the lack of time meant no time to go shopping or less time to do anything else. So I started exploring online shops.

My first online experience was with Zalora. I actually wrote about it since I had a great first online shopping experience with them. After Zalora, I started exploring other sites like BeautyMNL, Luxola, and the online sites of clothing stores like Forever 21 and H&M. Online window shopping was the closest I can get to actual window shopping/shopping. But of course, for those of you who have actually tried online shopping, you know how tedious searching for different items in different websites can be. You can only open so many tabs in your browser before one tab hangs or you get confused as to what site you're actually looking at. Fortunately, I chanced upon this fairly new website that solves that problem.

It's like your usual online shopping site, only better. They offer a various range of products from clothes, shoes, electronics, and beauty products. They even have appliances! So what makes this better than the other shopping sites? Simple. They simplify your online shopping experience!

iPrice.ph gives you different products per page. Once you see a product you like, you click on it and the site takes you to the online shopping site that offers the product. For example, if I am looking for a dress, I just scroll down and click on the particular type of dress I like.

Once I click on the dress, it takes me to the website that offers the dress. From there, I can make the purchase.

If you want a particular brand, you can also browse the site by brand.

It's that simple. Find a product or brand, click, and it takes you to the online site that offers the product. No more googling or clicking several sites. Just one site, several products, one checkout.

If you're already a patron of a certain shopping site that caters to your needs, you can also check out iPrice for offers that may not be available at the specific shopping site you're visiting. Take for example, Zalora. I recently had to purchase shoes for my upcoming internship this summer. Zalora Philippines didn't have any promos at that time, and I haven't received any newsletter lately with promotional codes so I was surprised to find that iPrice.ph had a 10% discount code on their site! Sweet!

So for all online shoppers, or those who just don't have time to actually go to a store and shop, you might want to check out iPrice.ph for your various needs. Your one stop shopping destination. :D

06 March 2015

Where Do Broken Hearts Go Ba Talaga?

I went to Sagada to clear my head, breathe some fresh air and maybe some sanity back into my system. I expected it to be less of a vacation and more of a Let-Me-Find-Myself trip but the place was too amazing to not be noticed. Here are a few places we visited during our 1-day stay up in the mountains.

04 March 2015

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

It's been a while since my last post. Despite my strong belief that law school will NOT eat much of my time, it has. In between sleeping and studying, I find it hard to throw anything else in the mix. Writing, reading, traveling, and shopping for make-up has been put on hold, indefinitely. It seems like of all my loves, law has taken over everything else. 

Despite the lack of time for anything else, it seems that one other thing has found its way in my crazy, busy school life. I tend to run away when confronted with things I do not want to deal with so I ended up going on a spur-of-the-moment, That-Thing-Called-Tadhana-ish roadtrip to the City of Pines, Baguio.

What was supposed to be a soul-searching, drama-purge trip ended up as a foodtrip, which I did not mind at all. Discovering new restaurants/hole-in-the-walls has been a hobby put on hold because of school, and this little side trip/discovery was definitely refreshing.

So this restaurant I'm talking about is Good Taste Cafe and Restaurant. The cab driver recommended it when we were on our way to the bus station going to Sagada. He said a lot of people patronized the place and that it would be worth checking out. Since our bus was scheduled to leave at 1 PM, and it would be a long trip, we decided to have lunch there.

Good Taste looks like a cafeteria. Big, busy, steel bars/ledges for the serving trays. I wasn't able to get photos of the place since I wasn't expecting to write about it. We went there just so we wouldn't die of hunger during our 6-hour trip to Sagada. But the food surprised us.