Friday, April 29, 2011

Yes! Its Another Barbecued Chicken Entry: Reyes Barbecue

I told you I love barbecued chicken!  So it should come as no surprise that I would feature Reyes Barbecue in a post.  It was only a matter of time anyway.  =)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Your Friendly Mang Inasal Eatery

There is not one person I know that has not eaten at a Mang Inasal establishment.  Quite understandable since they provide great food at such an affordable price!

Monday, April 25, 2011

STYLE FOR LESS: Lacoste’s Summer II Shopping Bag vs. Landmark’s Bag

THE SPLURGE: Lacoste's Summer II shopping bag (USD100)

Who hasn’t heard of Lacoste, that highly expensive US brand with an reptile for its logo. 

Lacoste came out with the highly anticipated Summer II shopping bag – roomy enough for all your purchases and knick knacks.  Grab yours now for USD100 (or approximately PHP4,500*.)

Source: Lacoste website

*Conversion rate used: 1USD to PHP45

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the Spirit of Lent

The Average Jane joins our nation in honoring the spirit of Lent.  This is a good time to reflect on our sins and be thankful for the sacrifices Jesus made for us on the cross.

In the spirit of this season, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite favorite poems that I received from one of my very dear friends, Khyme.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Different Kind of Kenny Rogers Dining Experience: Kenny's Roast & Grill

Kenny Roger's Roasters is a staple in almost all major shopping malls here in the Metro.  With their usual servings of roasted meats plus mouth-watering sides served in a fast food format, you can bet their stores are always filled to maximum capacity during lunch and dinner services.

But bet you haven't heard of a new concept they have in place at Power Plant Mall?

While the family was strolling along Rockwell center, we came across Kenny's Roast & Grill, a more upscale version of Kenny Roger's Roasters.  Being the curious cats that we were, the family decided to have lunch here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

REVIEW: Feeling Nostalgic at Ya Kun Kaya Toast

I am on a mission…

A mission sort of personal and nostalgic in nature…

My quest?

To find out if the kaya toast being served in Pasig is the real deal…

My weapon of choice?

An empty stomach and photos of the subject from the original Singapore brand. (sorry, my James Bond-esque car is in the shop for repairs.)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

FAB FINDS @ SimpleJoys

Another concept store from the people who bought you Regalong Pambahay and EGG [exciting gifts + goodies], this time carrying various hair, jewelry and other fashion accessories -- I present Simplejoys!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

FAB FINDS @ EGG [exciting gifts + goodies]

I so LOVE the store EGG [exciting gifts + goodies].  And who doesn't?  Blending unique, crafty treasures with timeless, elegant pieces, this is truly a must-go store for me every time I find myself in a mall carrying a branch of theirs.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning

I've been a huge fan of Amy Tan ever since reading a copy of her Joy Luck Club.  I then proceeded to collect all her other books and have been a loyal follower since. 

After a brief hiatus, she comes out with Saving Fish from Drowning.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I mentioned in an earlier post that I was very fortunate enough to have won a Sony DSLR camera from AXN Asia!  Wooohooo!!!

And like all other photograghers, I too have been bitten by the bug -- the security bug that is -- in the quest to protect my new baby from the harsh elements.  But mind you, I didn't want just any ordinary boring black camera bag (I swear this is such a musculine world we live in).  I wanted pizzazz!  I wanted color!  And I wanted one with a zipper!

Many a weekend found me in various malls searching for a bag that would fit my needs and preferences.  I never could find one that caught my eye until I came across this!

The aha DSLR camera bag!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Breakfast Fare at Floating Island Restaurant

Being a true blue Pinoy, I've always had a fondness for anything "insert possible viand here"-silog.  And I am definitely not alone in this sentiment.  Breakfast simply isn't complete without it.

I used to forgo breakfast a lot when I was still working, usually opting for a large steaming mug of joe at the office to perk me up before that start of another hectic day.  I know it's a bad habit but I was living alone that time and well, eating solo at the dining room table didn't sound too appealing to me.

So any chance I had to grab a bite with my mom during a regular workday is a definite treat.  And one such workday did find us in Makati Medical Center (MMC) early morning catching a bite to eat before heading to my medical appointment.

Good thing though, as we have discovered Floating Island Restaurant, located at the new annex wing of MMC.

Monday, April 11, 2011

STYLE FOR LESS: Kipling's New Rita Bag vs. Landmark’s Esport

THE SPLURGE: Kipling's New Rita Bag (USD78)

Kipling has long been known for their durable bags.  My mom loves them!  In fact, she seldom uses any other brand.  They offer such versatile models and designs that my mom uses it whether for casual or office wear. 

Grab this New Rita bag for USD78 (or approximately PHP3,500*.)

Source: Kipling website

*Conversion rate used: 1USD = 45PHP

Friday, April 8, 2011

REVIEW: Max’s Restaurant Still Sarap to the Bones

Everytime I have lunch or dinner at Max’s Restaurant, I always order one thing and one thing alone (sorry, I’m a creature of habit.) – Max’s Fiesta Plate meal!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CONTEST ALERT: Project Vanity's Avon Blowout

Who doesn't know Avon and its amazing products?  If you're like me and would love to win exciting Avon merchandise, go on and join Project Vanity's Avon Blowout!

Photo from Project Vanity

Click here for full contest mechanics.  =)

CONTEST ALERT: Win Annick Goutal Items from Manila Fashion Observer

Weddings are special events for loving couples wanting to spend the rest of their lives together.  Regardless of the headaches experienced leading to the event itself, couples look back at the event preparations with smiles on their faces and fond memories.

Photos celebrating these precious wedding memories are whats needed to win these precious Annick Goutal merchandise from the Manila Fashion Observer.

Photo from Manila Fashion Observer
 For full contest mechanics, visit the Manila Fashion Observer here.

CONTEST ALERT: Win Victoria Secret Goodies at Divine's Memoirs!

To celebrate her daughter's graduation, Divine's Memoirs will be holding a special Victoria's Secret giveaway.  Just follow her instructions and get a chance to win these fabulous prizes.

Read full contest mechanics here.

Forever 21 Makati to Open on April 8, 2011 (UPDATE!!!)

***This serves as an updated post.  Please read the following additional final paragraphs for updates.***

Forever 21 is opening its Makati store on April 8, 2011!  And if this isn't enough to keep you hopping off your seats, they're giving away Php500 F21 coupons to the first 250 people in line for the opening.

And no, they did not mention what time they'll be opening their doors.  Good luck to everyone!  =)


I am writing additional information regarding the Forever 21 Php500 coupon to be given away to the the first 250 people to line up their Makati store on April 8.  Info was obtained from their FB shoutout last April 6, 2011.

But now, I've heard a report stating that the Php500 coupon is for the first 500 shoppers who will spend Php2,500 or more on items tomorrow, not as was originally reported (please refer to The Plump Pinay's post). 

Still no official word or update from F21.  Ano ba talaga?!  Don't keep us hanging!  =)

PROMO: Starbuck's Chairman's Choice (April 7, 2011 only!!!)

To celebrate the 90th birthday of Rustan's Corp founder, Ambassador Tantoco, on April 7, 2011, Starbuck's customers will get to enjoy a complimentary 3-pack VIA Ready Brew with their handcrafted beverage order.

Offer is for April 7, 2011 ONLY!!!   =)

BAZAAR ALERT: Rockwell's Urban Bazaar (April 15 - 17, 29 - May 1, 2011)

Another great bazaar brought to you by Rockwell!  Be sure to catch their Urban Bazaar on April 15 to 17 and April 29 to May 1, 2011!

BAZAAR ALERT: Coachella at Rockwell (April 8 - 10, 2011)

Be sure to drop by Coachella at Rockwell for your bazaar fix!  =)

Monday, April 4, 2011

REVIEW: Eating Fire and Drinking Water by Arlene Chai

Arlene Chai, a well-known Australian-based writer of Filipino descent, came out with her second novel, Eating Fire and Drinking Water in the late 1990s.

Having read her other work, The Last Time I Saw Mother, which I so genuinely enjoyed, I eagerly picked this one up and set about savoring my new found find.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield as 27 Year Olds? Impossible!

Most women my age (around the late 20s and 30s), carry such fond memories of an idealic place known as Sweet Valley in California, where twin sisters Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and their tight knit group of family and friends, live and experience the everyday dramas of teenage life.

SALE ALERT: Kamiseta Mall Sales (March 31 - April 2, 2011)

Catch sure to drop by Power Plant Mall and Mall of Asia for Kamiseta's sale!

So lovin' it!  =)

STYLE FOR LESS: Birkenstock's Suede Vaduz vs. Unlisted Sandals

THE SPLURGE: Birkenstock’s Suede Vaduz

Birkenstock, a well-known name in the shoe business, started selling these adorable, comfortable sandals in the 1960s. One of the well-known models is the Suede Vaduz selling for USD110 (or approximately Php4,900.)*

Source: Birkenstock website

*Conversion rate used: 1USD = 45PHP

SG | An Aerial View of Sentosa Island

Sentosa is a well-known island resort in Singapore. They're quite famous for their expensive luxury landed properties, exquisite hotel...