Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sebastian's Ice Cream

First of all, I would like to thank my random readers. *teary-eyed* I just saw my page views and it went to 11k! I did not even saw my page on its 10k mark. I was in a total hiatus mode and yet you guys...*speechless*. Hahaha! I'm sorry. I was busy with my work, and our online shop. I won't promise anything, but I will try. I will try and try until I succeed! Hahaha.:)

Anyways, belated Happy Lunar Year everyone! I celebrated Chinese New Year Eve by sleeping. Hahaha! Sorry. I'm not Chinese but I really like their festivals, charms, and especially food. *food* But on the first day of Lunar Year, my boyfie and I went to wandered for some ice cream stores around. Fermin was craving for ice cream and was curious about the unique flavors offered by Sebastian's. He was into it like a pregnant woman. T_T Hahaha!

Even if I had my airport duty that day, I still managed to wake up early and started my day by eating ice cream. Ice cream FTW! :)))

While waiting for boyfie, I checked what products had they offer.

Champorado at Dilis?! Ice cream Pizza?! Green Mango at Bagoong?! You must be kidding me. All are ice cream flavors! I dare you ang peg! Haha.

Here's the small shop at Mall of Asia. They also have other branches at Katipunan and The Podium. They have sets of chairs and tables inside or if you want some al fresco vibe, they have arranged tables outside.

The prices of the ice cream products is reasonable enough. They have a wide selection of flavors you can choose from! And it is so unique that it is only sold in Sebastian's. I was also shocked with the Hot Pot and Dimsum. I thought it was a real siomai and hotpot. But it was a hot pot of chocolate where you can dip the ice cream wrapped like siomai! Cool! :)

I captured almost all their ice cream flavors. I missed 4 tubs, I think. But I captured the best seller ones. Bestsellers are Sapin-sapin, Mangga't Suman, Vanilla Bean, and Butter Pecan. 

Fermin ordered Sapin-sapin (P100) and I ordered Once in a Blue Moon (P140 because it was artisan). OBM has blue cheese in it topped with honey and walnuts. Delicious! But it has a rich flavor in it that it makes me easily filled and overwhelmed. Fermin also commend that it is not as creamy as Cold Stone's but I think he's biased. HAHAHA! He also thinks I have weird taste because I love the OBM. I love it's salty and sweety combination.


While I was #selfie-ing, he grabbed my ice cream and tried the OBM, but he didn't like it. :o

Overall, I recommend Sebastian's for people who wants to experiment new flavors and exciting products. I was impressed with their creativity in their presentation and product naming. I suggest that they should work up on the flavors so that people won't be easily put-off from too much flavor. :)

xx Kaze.

Post Script:

Visit Sebastian's Ice Cream here:
Regis Center
GF Lobby Katipunan (in front of Ateneo)

4th Flr. near escalator, ADB Ave., Ortigas


SM Mall of Asia
New Entertainment Mall, 2nd Flr. (near IMAX exit)

Also, like their FB Page and follow their twitter @iloveSEBASTIANS for more info. :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

We can't stop

One of the many things you can't stop yourself is your passion and love for the things you want to do. For me, it's dressing up, putting on make-up, take pictures, sharing it and hoping others will be inspired by my style and gain confidence for it no matter what body type we are.

Thrifted Dress | Rajo x Parisian heeled boots | Just Kissed Accessories

Anyways, let's talk about my outfit first. I kind of channeled the 80's in this color blocking, neon-loving style. The boots are my fave fashion find recently. Even though I had it last months ago, boots never fail. Hahaha. I was really inspired to do some outfit posts since I was twerked by Miley Cyrus act from VMA. Hahaha. I was LSS-ed by her song, that's why my blog post is her recent single, "We can't stop."

And she's not wrong about it. We can't be stopped not only from partying and having fun, but also from chasing our true happiness and #YOLO-ing to new adventures or pursue our dreams.

We shouldn't be hindered by our circumstances. We have no excuses. If we really want something, the universe conspires to get it for you. Paulo Coelho once said, 

"An enthusiastic heart opens opportunities."

The time is not a limitless commodity. It's time to start and act up our own set of goals and dreams.

I think it's time to start now. This is a sign, our sign. ;)

xx kaze.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ilocos Trip: Pagudpud!

This is a very long overdue post. This happened last summer. And I know, its raining cats and dogs already in this month, but spare a time with me and enjoy the story of our journey. Who knows? Maybe you'll have that dream vacation very soon. :>

*insert Morgan Freeman voice* Last summer, we travelled the north to ourselves. No tour guides, no bus, no strict time. Just us three, Jilliane, me and Fermin crossing over....

We still rode a bus though. Haha! Public bus if you mean. :D May 6, 2013, at exactly 6PM, we travelled north via Florida bus. (P700/pax)

The excited gang. [L-R: Jilliane, Fermin, Kaze] JFK team everyone? :D

AFTER 12 hours of travel, with splendid stopovers ...

We were already in Pagudpud! We felt like it was a dream, we just slept in bus, and when we woke up, HELLO PAGUDPUD! Hahahaha. That feeling. :D
The bus will stop over at this Pagudpud plaza/statue. Expect cold mornings, [we arrived at exactly 6AM, el punto!] and tricycles who are eager to bring you over to the city.

PLANNING IS KEY. Beforehand, we already contacted our tricycle driver/mini-tour guide around Pagudpud in a cheapy, backpacking price. He is Kuya Jomar Villaluz, and his services are well known for backpackers. When we were in Manila, I even haggled via CP. Haha. #tipidproblems After compromising, we arrived at a friendly price that's good for us three. (P1200) That includes, service from Cathy's Homestay to the rest of the Pagudpud well loved sites. They also cater Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan tours. Just contact them in these numbers: 09203183945/09159074537. :)

When we got there, it was Kuya Jomar's brother who attended us. :) (Kuya Allan) He brought us to our home in Pagudpud, Ate Cathy's homestay first to unpack. 

Basic amenities plus AC in a beachfront setting. 1500PHP/night good for 3 pax! CHECK! Not bad!:)

After unpacking, we were hungry like a love song baby. #corny Kuya Allan brought us to Yzza's food stop to eat native viands and of course a hearty breakfast to fill the day!!

Before breakfast, picture first. ;) Hiihihi.

PIG FIGHT! Bagnet, Papaitan and Tortang talong for breakfast. ;) FTW!

I was excited to try the bagnet for the first time. I know its lechon kawali in Manila, but...but...it's not the same, I promise! :D I had a different feeling when I had my first bite. Or maybe I was really hungry back then. HAHAHAHA!

First stop of the day: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.

NOTE: BRING LOTS OF WATER. AS IN LOOOOTS OF WATER. Even though we arrived there at 8AM, the sun strikes at its highest! GRR. Even though we have our own umbrellas, it was really hot I swear.

It was a long ride from Yzza's to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Kuya Allan brought us to the entrance, and you will have to pay an environmental fee of P10/person.

You have to go down....walk a lot...(but you can ride a horse for a fee)...

And see this majestic formation created by the heaven above. ;')

We went at the back to fully appreciate the white rock. Even though it was really hot, we still managed to trek and #YOLO our skins there. HAHA.

SEE?? :D

When we have to go to our next stop, we just have to do this:

I love this trip. Much better if we were many!

Next stop: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

We were transferred to another tricycle when we were in Kapurpurawan, because, Burgos is quite far from Pagudpud, and Kuya Allan had alloted his gas just around the near places in Pagudpud. We paid the other tricy about 300php. We understand the situation and just go on. :>

It was really far. You have to make a long detour to get here. Wew.~

They have a mini museum there.

And pictures here and there...

Sight seeing there was relaxing. You can see the whole view of Pagudpud. Savor it!!

The walls there were irresistible. Haha! I need to pose like a pro fashion blogger there. :D

OH! Beware of souvenirs in Cape, I mean, when looking for souvenirs that are cheaper than the rest, look for it here:

Next stop: Bangui Windmills.

We were now back with Kuya Allan! Hahaha. It was a long ride on the sites. They were too far from each other, unlike Laoag and Vigan. D:

Look at our skin! Hahaha! #YOLO

We even goofed around there. Hahaha. Fun indeed. Nice technology. It was windy in Bangui so the windmills are perfect on their location. No swimmers there though. I think the sea is pretty rough to swim there.

YZZA'S EATERY IS EVERYWHERE. Hahaha. Even in Bangui. :D Dinakdakan, Dinengdeng and Bagnet! Of course I ordered the Bagnet. HAHAHA. We ate there looking at the windmills. ~

Happy tummy, happy boyfie. ;)

There are souvenir stalls there! Hoard! Now it's your time to shine, shopaholics. :)) Cheaper price than the rest. :))

Next stop: Kabigan Falls.

We paid 45php/each for the environmental fee and the tour guide. He just guide us where to go, it was a far trekking and walking. Wear a non-slippery/durable footwear! We passed a rice field, then hike, and arrived there. COLD WATER! 

Muscle spasms if you get wet after a long trek. :(( 

You can swim there for freee! But we didn't since we were on a tight schedule. Chos.

Next stop: Patapat Viaduct

We went there to experience the super breeze of Ilocos. Hahaha! I regretted that I wore skirt there. Good thing I wore a short underneath. 

Patapat viaduct is special because it has a foundation underneath, not the usual roads that are embedded at the side of the mountain. You get what I meant? :D Hahaha. This connects Ilocos to Catanduanes.

Next stop: Paraiso ni Anton.

Nothing much to do here.

Next stop: Timangtang Rock and Bantay abot cave/mountain.

This is the Timangtang Rock. "It looks like a bell", the local said. And its name derived from a bell's sound..Timang-tang!-tang!-tang! There you go. Hahaha.

This is Bantay abot cave/mountain. It is quite fascinating how the hole formed. And no, its not man-made. :)

You can hike up there and see the glorious sea on the other side. Lion King peg? :)

UGH. I was really scared there. And my skirt!!! Total distraction. Hahaha.

#YOLO moment

LAST STOP!! Blue Lagoon!

Hay. I still feel the excitement. Hahaha. I miss Blue Lagoon!!!! <3 <3

They're perfect for surfers. It was the best last stop! :D The white sand, wavy waters, its truly boracay of the north!

We went home and changed afterwards for our dinner in Emohrou. :)
While we were looking for Emohrou resto, we were amazed by this Saud beach. It was tranquil and quiet on that afternoon. With kids playing around the beach, we thought it was quite intimate.

Ate Cathy's homestay is a beachfront place in Saud Beach. If you want some quiet sea and sun bathing, then go for Saud! They're not as wavy like Blue Lagoon. Good for kids and families to play in the sun. :)

FEAST! Emohrou has big servings on food and also cheaper than any restaurant on Saud! We even researched for the price. Its good to go backpacking prepared. ;)

They also have a specialty drink: Pagudpud Sling. A combination of four seasons drink (or we thought it was), liquor, coconut strips and oranges. :) Perfect for after casual dinner with friends.

There you go!! That was my pretty summed up story of what happened to us in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte! How I wish I could go back there immediately. :(

Laoag and Vigan travel diaries are next! Our costing will be posted on the last trip of our North PH trip. Make sure to keep yourselves posted on my blog updates! :3

x kaze.