Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Creamy Tomato Spaghetti

I've been craving for some creamy tomato spaghetti and luckily, I have all the ingredients I need in the fridge! There are only 3 main components for this dish: tomato, spaghetti, and milk/cream. The full list of ingredients and procedures are below.

1 fresh tomato, chopped
1 cup = 140 g spaghetti (already cooked)
1/2 cup milk/cream
4 tbsp Parmesan
3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

1. Cook the chopped tomato for 5 minutes to let its juice out.
2. Add the milk/cream onto the chopped tomato. Let them simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally. Make sure they're mixed well and the milk/cream is thick, you wouldn't want it to be watery.
3. Add the cooked spaghetti and cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Transfer to a plate or whatever you want to eat it in.
5. Add grated Parmesan.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Nature Republic Hair Color Cream Wine Red and The Face Shop Pore Clean Cleansing Oil

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you had a good one! 

Today, I indulged myself a little bit by spending some of the Christmas money I got yesterday. I bought Nature Republic Hair Color Cream Wine Red and The Face Shop Pore Clean Cleansing Oil. 

Reading this article from Huffington Post totally encouraged me to try cleansing oils and add it to my beauty routine. So for today, I was originally planning to buy Nature Republic's Tea Tree Cleansing Oil that lessens blemishes, but unfortunately it was just a limited edition offer and they don't have stocks anymore. I was just walking around the store when I saw their Wine Red Hair Color Cream. I instantly grabbed it because I really love my hair colored any shade of red and it's been a long time since I last dyed my hair! It's priced at PHP 325 and I find it really affordable. So yes, I bought it when I was in impulse buying mode haha. 

Learning that they don't sell the Tea Tree Cleansing Oil anymore, I went to The Face Shop, my next choice of Korean beauty brand, to check out their cleansing oils. They have two variations: Pore Clean and Brightening. I picked Pore Clean because right now, having clean pores and a clean face overall is more important to me than having a bright and radiant one. Pore Clean has Cherry Blossom extract that cleans the pores by removing dead skin cells. It smells good as well. It's 200 ml and priced at PHP 895. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Face Shop FACE IT Velvet Skin Primer Short Review

Based on my previous beauty posts, I guess you could say that I'm a fan of Korean beauty products, and I sure am! That's why when I was deciding where to purchase my first ever primer, I checked out the Korean beauty shops here, like The Face Shop, Etude House, and Nature Republic. The one that impressed me the most was The Face Shop's FACE IT Velvet Skin Primer.

It gives your skin a matte finish and based on the times that I tested it before the purchase, I saw that it really makes the skin look smoother and almost pore-less. It weighs 30 g, pump-type, and priced at PHP 895. It's expensive but I think it's worth the pay. I'm so excited to use it!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9 Rules that Guide My Decision-making. What's Yours?

As I've already mentioned in some of my previous posts, I'm currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. There was a chapter that discussed how to improve one's Mindfulness, which according to the book is "the cultivation of conscious, nonjudgmental awareness"

Rubin shared her True Rules, a set of principles and beliefs that guides her whenever she has to make a decision and set priorities. After reading it, I was inspired to make my own list and this is what I came up with!

How about you? Do you have your own True Rules?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Happiness Project Quote #2

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bulgogi Brothers for Sunday Lunch Date with Mommy!

My mom and I are avid Korean cuisine enthusiasts and so we decided to have our Sunday Lunch Date at Bulgogi Brothers, a Korean restaurant. It was our first time there and we are sure to go back again and again!

The appetizers were quickly served and consisted of mostly vegetables: kimchi, anchovies, fermented radish, lettuce and carrots with some sweet & spicy sauce, corn, and sweet potatoes. Everything was really delicious but the ones I really loved were the kimchi and the sweet & spicy lettuce. They also have Tea of the Day. We were offered a whole thermos of Barley Tea which is good for digestion! 

After the appetizers, we were served the Bulgogi Bibimbap that I ordered. It was really good!! Every ingredient in it was served in huge amounts. There were various vegetables, lots of beef strips, and the spicy sauce was unforgettable. 

A short while after, our Beef Belly Barbecue arrived! We ordered it with lettuce instead of rice because we wanted to wrap the beef slices in greens. Our very nice server volunteered to cook the meat for us. But before that, she grilled the sweet potatoes and onions first. Korean barbecue restaurants usually serve their meat unseasoned. They give their customers the option to season their ordered meat and in Bulgogi Brothers, they gave us 3 types of flavoring for the beef: their original/signature spicy sauce, Ssamjang sauce which was my extreme favorite because it tasted sweet, spicy, and garlic-y, and salt. 

Our overall first dining experience in Buglogi Brothers gave us a really good impression of the restaurant. The service was excellent (server was attentive and nice, dishes were served very quickly) and the food was A+ in taste, variety, and quantity. The prices were reasonable and affordable too! I now have an addition to my list of favorite restaurants and we will definitely go back!

*Pardon for a lack of photos because my camera died halfway our stay in the restaurant :(