Monday, October 27, 2014

Make shift OMELETTE Recipe


Hey guys! Sharing with you my make-shift recipe on making a quick omelette. This one is perfect for those in a rush or really hungry(like me) and doesn't have the time to prepare much.

What you'll need:
  • An Egg
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Milk
  • 2 tbsps Unsalted Butter
  • 1 small tomato (cut to smaller bits)
  • 2 tbps mayonnaise
  • beans (optional)
 Steps:
  1.  Alright, the procedure is easy-peasy. Start off by heating your frying pan. Set to low heat. 
  2.  In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk and mayonnaise.Set aside.
  3. Add in the butter and toss the tomato bits. Stir for about a minute. You can stir in optional bits of your desired mixture (ham, spam, chicken, onions or anything you like).
  4. Add in the combined mixture of milk, egg and mayo. Stir until fluffy.
  5. Transfer in a plate. 
  6. For the beans: Cut into 2-3 inches and wash with cold water. Add a tbsp of butter in the same pan used for the omelette and toss the beans over. stir for 2 minutes and serve together with the omelette.
  7.  Serve immediately. Enjoy it with toasted bread or rice. :)

There you have it, - the  No-fail recipe perfect for your lazy self. haha
(And you can even score the ingredients straight from your fridge!)

Try it yourself and tell me how your omelette went. ;)

Til then,


Fayemos
 xoxox

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hollywood Dreams: A Day at Universal Studios, Singapore

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

Got to spend an entire day at the Universal Studios, Singapore with two of my favorite girls. Had such a great time and will definitely go back soon! For now, let me share (and take you) to you USS in six scenes. Enjoy! ;)


WELCOME TO 'HOLLYWOOD'.


 Starting the adventure with fuel (and by 'fuel' I mean food), we headed to Mel's Drive-In for an All-American treat. The restau's really quirky with a retro-vintage feel. It had vinyls, jukeboxes, bright lights, and some vintage cars parked outside! 

 Walking down the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, you can see a bunch of your favorite universal cast of characters from Marilyn Monroe down to Frankenstein, and even to Woody Woodpecker! You can also enter different shops and of course, enjoy a theatrical production at the Monster Rock. 

Nice try, Frankie!



GOTTA LOVE 'NY'.


Of all the areas in USS, it's in New York where I really had a good time. Aside from the beautiful and picturesque scenes everywhere you turn, it's where I found Steven Spielberg's live craft. I was totally blown-away when we entered the Lights, Camera, Action! production house hosted by Steven Spielberg. It was really awesome getting to witness a production taking place in an empty sound stage and eventually turning into a setting for a hurricane about to enter the city. Everything felt so real!

That's me and my mom trying to pose in a random spot just to challenge the idea of "everywhere-you-turn-is-picturesque". Well, it might just be the lights or my mere fascination. haha



BE TRANSFORMED AT THE 'SCI-FI CITY'. 


 Just a few steps away from NY, is the Sci-Fi City, the land of the autobots. From there, you can either ride the intergalactic Accelerator or go extreme riding the Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. We rode both and found ourselves trying to put back together our stamina.

(BB in Chevy form)

Since Optimus Prime was more like a tourist attraction than an autobot, I opted to strike a pose with Bumble Bee instead. (excuses. haha)



Above is a photo I took inside the 3D Ride. From the looks of it, I guess it's a sort of a weapon in Transformers.


A BLAST FROM THE PAST... TO 'ANCIENT EGYPT' WE GO.


And in a snap (actually a few meters walk), we're transported back to the ancient times. In the Ancient Egypt, you will see a lot of stone works and instantly feel a hotter vibe despite the breezy weather. 
At the main entrance of the Revenge of the Mummy.
Enjoy riding desert jeeps at the Treasure Hunters or go extreme in the indoor roller coaster at the Revenge of the Mummy and come face to face with a lot of mummies and ancient beetles!


FINDING YOURSELF AT 'THE LOST WORLD'.


If you're the type who goes to amusement parks to get wet or enjoy all sort of rapids-adventure, then this is the perfect place for you. Don't miss out on the thrilling river raft ride at the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. You can also catch a live water show at the Water World or simply have fun at the Canopy Flyer, Amber Rock Climb, and Dino-Soaring!

There are also 'Drying Pods' for you to dry yourself up after having been soaked at the dino land. 


SO NEAR, YET SO 'FAR FAR AWAY'.


 Your USS trip will not just be complete without a dose of ogre madness. Aside from Shrek's gorgeous castle, enjoy the 4D Adventure and feel the thrill as you join Shrek, Princess Fiona and donkey in a fairytale journey. 





 The fun doesn't stop there though. You can also visit Madagascar and a lot more shops and restaurants. Looking forward to come back here soon! (Hopefully with my little brother)

So there you have it! Visiting USS anytime soon? I hope you really enjoy as much as we did. and Don't forget your cameras to document all the fun! ;)


 
Much love,
Faye

Monday, June 23, 2014

A little too coffee





Made another vector-y lettering today. It has been my craze lately to create vector interpretations of quotes I can randomly think of. 
I had always been fond of doing lettering stuff since I was a kid and little did I know it will take more than a pen and paper to actually develop a thought into something (digitally) nice. 

Graphic Design isn't that hard after all. Just start from scratch, turn it into a couple of concepts, do a little abracadabra in the adobe suite and create an artwork straight from your vision. 

For starters like me, all you will basically need are a few things including: 
1. a Laptop 
2. Photoshop or any editing software you are familiar and capable of using.
3. and Ideas. (a lot of them)

So there you go. A coffee quote, teal background and a few vector coffee beans. 
Not bad for a beginner, right? (wink, wink!)



A photo of my iced mocha creation. #inspiration



Much love,
Fayemos

Friday, June 20, 2014

CHALK TALK: Things I learned in Kindergarten

Graphic Design by yours truly. ;)

Hey friends! Just a quick update we have here. 
Since I've been busy lately trying to connect with my little brother, I've pondered really much on the value of having (and appreciating) education.

Being a college graduate while constantly teaching my younger brother Kinder stuff is no joke. I have to talk real slow. I have to use both my hands in explaining things. I have to make up characters and build a story just to expound what I mean. I need to constantly remind him that sleep is much more important than watching Thomas and Friends. (and) I have to wake up extra early. 

Unconsciously, I'm learning myself from my little brother as well. I've learned that  reading can actually save your life; Being too colorful is messy; and in life, you don't need a lot of friends to have fun- all you need are a few true ones and you're good to go.

You see, whatever our reason maybe, as long as we live, we can't escape the learning process. And it's a positive change. We learn, re-learn and unlearn. It's even a fun experience. And although not all are privileged to go to school, it's not a hindrance in learning. We learn everywhere. 

So while studying or plainly living, we should appreciate the knowledge we get from this world. We may not know everything, but at least we can grasp a piece of it. Just like in kindergarten, we don't really have to take life so seriously. There will always be a lot of errors but we can fix them or at least accept them and do better next time. We don't need to be afraid of making errors. Instead consider them as another opportunity to learn even further. 

In life, you have to take fun seriously and appreciate whatever learning you have to live it better. The choices are all up to you. Remember, even kindergartens make choices. As much as possible, just choose the right ones and own up to it.



Much love,
-Faye

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TOP 10 MILK TEA PLACES IN BACOLOD


From the City of Smiles (and Sweets), Bacolod, I've come up with a list of the top places to have your milk-tea cravings fixed. Aside from Iced coffees and milk-shakes, milk-tea has been a go-to drink for people in Bacolod. Whether just for thirst-quenching or chilling purposes, there's a lot of reasons why milk-tea became a hit in 6100.

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So, in no particular order, here's the top 10 milk tea stations you don't want to miss out. 



1. TREAHOUSE
 Prices start at 85php for their classic milk teas.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word(s) "milk- tea", is wintermelon. And by far serving the best blend (for me) of such flavor, is Treahouse.

I also love their Barista's Secret and Honeydew Milk teas.



Don't miss out on: 
Red Velvet Crepes



Treahouse is located at the Dream 21 Bldg, 21st Lacson Street.










2. 365 MODERN CAFE
Milk teas start at 90php

Creating the perfect blend of Caramel, Almond and Taro milk teas for me, is 365 Modern Cafe.

Nothing beats a perfect cup together with a very cozy ambiance. The modernized feel of sophistication in 365 is what you will love while having a drink.


Don't miss out on: 
Blueberry Cheesecake



Find 365 Modern Cafe along BS Aquino Drive. In front of Northpoint Atrium Bldg.








3. QUALITEA
Milk Teas start at 80php. Qualitea rocks, at 100php. 

Having two branches in the city makes qualitea the most convenient milk-tea place in Bacolod. 

As my pick for their milk-tea, you can have their wintermelon and cocoa with rocksalt and cheese.
And lately, I've discovered their qualitea rocks in Matcha flavor. It's definitely a catch.

Don't miss out on:  
Shawarma Habibi



Visit Qualitea at 10th Lacson Street across Crave Burger or at Northdrive, Villamonte beside the Huan Thong Temple









4. ZENTEA

Milk teas prices start at 65php only.
Now who doesn't love Zentea?
Aside from being wallet-friendly, it is very accessible for students to hang out and chill.

I love their Choc-tea and Naicha Milk teas paired with pudding or pearls.


Don't miss out on:  
Red Velvet Crinkles Eruption




Spot Zentea at the Mainstrip Alley, La Salle Avenue. (Just in front of USLS Gate 2 exit)











5. MOONLEAF

Price of their milk teas start at 70php
As soon as moonleaf branched out here in Bacolod, it became an instant fave.

Must be their perfect blend of Hakka or Oolong Milk teas. Pair it with their Nata or pudding and you're good to go.

They currently have another branch open at Mainstrip La Salle too.
Catch their main branch at Vision Square, 21st St., San Agustin Drive











6. I LOVE MILK TEA

Milk tea starts at 45 pesos only! :)
This newly-opened milk tea shop is really making a hit in the city. With its wide selection of flavors, you sure will have a go-to drink in no time.

From what I've tried, I love their Royal milk tea and Classic Wintermelon blend.



Don't miss out on:  
Their milk tea pillows! :)




Catch I Love Milk Tea at La Salle Avenue, beside Jollibee.










*NOTE*
This has been the previous spot for Dakasi Milk Tea. However, the store stopped its operation and closed down so I had to replace it. Luckily, I Love Milk Tea came right on time. I will surely miss Dakasi though. (BUT--You can still catch them at the Smallville Complex in Ilo-Ilo)  :)





7. PEARLS AND BUBBLES

RSC Drinks start at 80php
Chill with your friends at Pearls and Bubbles. Having two branches in the city, they sure might've caught more people loving their blend.

From their array of flavors, I love their Oolong and Mocha Milk teas. Their sinkers are fine and not too tender.


Don't miss out on:  
Freedom Wall and Leaf Chairs! :)




Find Pearls and Bubbles at the Azotea, Mandalagan. Also at their second branch at the La Salle Ave.










8. SHARETEA

Price starts at 85php
With the widest selection I can think of in the city, Sharetea has everything you crave.

From their best-sellers and my personal picks as well, are the classic sharetea milk tea, QQ happy family, Taiwan and Cantaloupe.

Don't miss out on: 
Pepper Chicken! (and wasabi chicken too! )





Find Sharetea at 15th Lacson Street beside L'fisher Hotel









9. MANG CHA-A

Milk Teas start at 50php only!
Serving the most affordable milk-tea but with good quality is Mang Cha-a.

From what I've tried, I love their wintermelon milk tea the most. Pair it with grass jelly or pearls for an added goodness in your cup.



Don't miss out on: 
Yakult Milk teas





Find Mang Cha-a at SM City, Bacolod











10. TOKYO BUBBLE TEA

Milk teas start at 115php
Milk tea has never been this quirky. People in Bacolod are so lucky to have Tokyo Bubble Tea branch out at the city.

To the cafe serving thousands of little pearls (aka bubbles), it's always a great fix with a cup of royal milk tea or honey dew.

Don't miss out on: 
California Maki! :)





Catch Tokyo Bubble Tea at the Central City Walk, Robinsons Place, Bacolod




So there you have it, guys. Craving yet? ;)
I hope this post serves a bit of informational to you 
and feel free to comment or send me a message for other deets and questions. 

Much love, 
Faye

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Everything Strawberry

Welcome to my quick three-point guide on the top three places not-to-miss in the City of Pines, 
Baguio City, Philippines. 


             After 6 long years, so much has changed in Baguio and the change I must admit is really good. No wonder it still ranks one of the top summer getaway places in the country. Of all the magnificent cultural spots in Baguio, it is really a tough decision to make the top three choices. So, in no particular order, I recommend you to visit: Burnham Park, Strawberry Farm and Minesview Park.


1. BIKE, BOAT or BE an IGOROT 'round BURNHAM PARK.
            To start with, I suggest you check in at hotels (or inns) near Burnham since everything else will come in handy as it is close to being the heart of the city. From there, you will have a couple of options to begin with. Whether you want to rent the bikes, go boating in the lagoon, rent some roller skates, eat or rent igorot costumes, it's all up to you.

 
             From the wide array of bikes to choose from, you'll end up tired from trying all of them! But seriously speaking, you can enjoy riding a single bike from fancy colors you like or take the part in renting the one with the side-car. You and your companions will surely enjoy the ride. :)

For the bikes, it will cost you 50php per hour. 

            After an hour of biking, we found ourselves hooked to the talk-of-the-town, Strawberry Taho
It is common for Filipinos to eat this type of concoction made of soy, little sago pearls and sweet sugary syrup. In Baguio though, it has been a trend of adding an extra ingredient which is the queen of their harvest- strawberries! It's heaven in a cup! Cliche as it may sound but it really tasted a whole lot better compared to the ordinary ones. How I wish Strawberry Taho are sold all around the country too!

For 15 pesos a cup, it's all good.



             
               After the lovely treat, we headed to the side area of the boating lagoon to have a quick OOTD change. We rented Igorot costumes for only 10 pesos for a set complete with the top, skirt, head piece and accessories. We felt like natives in an instant! :)

             Meanwhile, you can try other activities we found not really necessary (since we've already tried them out years ago and nothing much has changed then) during our recent trip like the roller skating and boating. BUT  I still recommend for you to try them since your trip won't just be complete without the experience especially if it's your first time.


2. VISIT THE STRAWBERRY FARM; PICK THEM BERRIES.

            Off we proceed to another favorite spot of mine, The Strawberry Farm. Located a couple more of kilometers away from the metro, in La Trinidad part of Benguet, comes the vast plantation of strawberries. You can literally say it's Strawberry Land. 
           
             Given a few hours to digest this beautiful scenery, we made use of the given time for us to enjoy picking berries. For a basket, you can fill it up with the strawberries you personally handpicked and only charge you 400 pesos for a kilo you can fill. It was a fun activity you will really enjoy. 




            
              If you want to spare yourself from the hassle of picking and the unpredictable mud that might surprise you say (rainy time), you can opt to buy a sealed pack of strawberries at affordable rates. However, it's a different experience to handpick them on your own and carefully select the ones you'll be consuming. Also, the basket might look tiny for a kilo, but don't worry, your other companions can share the fun and divide the weight (for the same price) of the handpicked berries afterwards.


            From the farm comes a long array of souvenir booths having all strawberry goodies from biscuits to crinkles, wine, jam, coin purses, key-chains and everything strawberry. And along the streets are a couple more vendors of authentic strawberry ice creams. They use honey instead of sugar in making such so it's more tasty and healthy. If you're not a big fan but still want to try, they offer free tastes in little spoons and trust me, you will not just try-you will end up buying a cone of your own. 


3. ENJOY THE VIEW AT MINESVIEW.

              As the breath-taking view would make you feel cozy up in the mountains, so as the feeling of comfort taking a break from the city life. This ancestral house welcoming you upon arriving at the Minesview Park stores a lot of precious antiques. From the footsteps climbing up to the traces of the early settlers living in this area- are all visible in the way they presented the interior of their little museum. 



            Above you can see an old bottle of wine. I wonder if it's the first strawberry wine ever made and how good will it have to taste now. Below would then be the organic red rice the early settlers are proud of. Their harvest is really bountiful I must say. And also, a photo of an Igorot is displayed right there. The rest of the house is filled with molded clays and souvenirs up for sale.

Moving out and around the area, you can see a lot of vendors selling 'Everlasting' flowers. They look cute as garlands to me but I really haven't had the chance of asking what they were really for. 



             Then comes right after is the long line of the people wanting to take a photo op with this St. Bernard dog. It wasn't any different from any other family dogs except maybe of its size and its not common here in the country. Also, he is well-trained and really entertaining with his ability to make such cute and adorable moves.
 Look at him sporting a new pair of sunnies almost like mine! I want to adopt him!

And hey, if you thought Nicki Minaj is not a resident of the country, you might want to think again. The photo below shows the horse I called Nicki, sporting a pink hair and a colorful body outfit. Bet she could rap too!
 
Say Super Bass! :)

You can also ride Nicki and other horses. You can choose to just have a photo taken or stroll around the park with different horses. 

            So there you have my top three places in Baguio. Of course you can stick to the classics like: Camp John Hay, The Mansion, PMA and many else. Although I suggest you stick to more lively places for your second (and succeeding) visits since there's no much of fun in those places aside from having an obligatory photo as a remembrance or a proof you've been there. I'm not stopping you though. Also, I've heard of a haunted hotel, Treetop Adventure and a Dinosaur Island somewhere in Baguio and that, I might come back for.

Heading to Baguio any time soon? My next entry will be all about essentials and all you need to take note when hitting the road. Have a great day! :)


Much love,
Faye