artsy · Food · lifestyle

Hello barista

My pile of reports that are waiting to be written brings me to different coffee shops. Here I am, again with a new coffee shop in BF homesCafe detailsIG: @hellobaristaAmbianceThe coffee shop is situated near lots of restaurants. It’s beside ribshack and is walking distance to eat fresh, conti’s and even pergola. It’s a dainty yet cozy spot where you can hang out for coffee and wifi.Their spot is very work friendly as they have sockets for every table. They have different heights of table that suits your needs. May it be for hangouts or work.WiFi is pretty fast too. I personally enjoyed the little knick knacks in their shop.Food/drinksI personally ordered the oddest/one of their best sellers, coffee strawberry sodaIt was okay for me. The hint of soda when you’re drinking bitter coffee was surprisingly complementing. However, I’d probably stick to the normal coffee when I come back.They use yardstick beans, BTW.Since it’s just their soft opening, the food choices weren’t as many. They had sandwiches. I ordered ham and cheese while my friend ordered the four cheese sandwichSandwiches are served with a side of chips. It was fine. I personally like the four cheese more. I hope that they have more food options soon.MiscallaneousAnother fun thing about this Cafe is that they conduct various workshops. Tune in their IG for schedules.Overall

I’d probably come back to work on my papers but I’ll eat beforehand and only order drinks. I’ll probably stick to the regular coffee kinds rather than the soda kind.

eco-friendly · Food · lifestyle

Cuppa coffee

I’m back. Slowly getting back to the groove of things. I’ll be launching my YouTube channel soon, hopefully with a giveaway, but we’ll see. Anyway, for now, as a come back let’s start with coffee.Cafe details:

CUPPA CAFE

479 Tropical Ave, BF International Village, Las Pinas

Open: 9am- 11pm

Dropped by the coffee shop as it’s in front of the clinic I’m working in. I didn’t stay that long in the shop but it looks dainty and I’ll definitely go back, maybe to finish my pile of reports.

The place is well lit and spacious. Enough for you to focus on what you’re doing.FoodI got myself a cup of cold brew with milk which is at 170 pesos. It’s fine but I was expecting a little more kick to the coffee. It’s just enough to wake you up.I love that they have attempts of being eco-friendly as they are using rice straws which are also edible. I took long to finish my coffee and it bent but if you’re the type to drink coffee fast (like about an hour and a half) the straw is pretty sturdy. Thumbs up for this!Another thing to note is that they also serve cakes, and based from their IG, food too.

I’ll definitely go back and probably stay longer to enjoy the place.

eco-friendly · Food · lifestyle · Yoga

I turned vegan for 12 days

I had my ashtanga teacher training a week ago and following the principles of yoga. AHIMSA, the most practical way of practicing non-violence is being vegan. The shala does not allow meat products inside.

I’ve been wanting to try plant-based diet for a long time and I immediately grabbed this opportunity to do it. Everything was handed to me, breakfast, lunch and dinner. So here’s how it went.

The meals

Breakfast was prepared by our teacher, a glass of smoothie and fruit, usually apple or orange.

There was one day when we were given vegan bagel and vegan butter and to my surprise it tasted really good, better than regular butter even. I’m actually on the hunt for this.

Lunch and dinner was by the sexy chef. I was surprised with the variety of vegan meals that they offered.

The first day we had vegan kare kare with vegan bagoong. The karekare was the same minus the meat while the bagoong was made of fermented fruit, papaya I suppose. I wanted the bagoong to be saltier but it was still good.

Another one that was interesting was tofu satay

The tofu was a bit fried and was served with peanut sauce with salad and rice on the side. It was surprisingly filling.

Another one that was surprising was the monggo. I’m used to regular monggo with pieces of pork, but this had langka (jackfruit) instead. One of the best monggo that I had.

Pasta was a common dish, some with peanut sauce, another as a tomato based pasta and as expected, pesto.

The vegan cheese was almost true to the taste. It just had a faint spice that makes it different.

They said that the vegan cheese was a form of yeast, I have yet to research on that.

The last day was amazing. We had vegan barbecue and curry with chickpeas and my heart and tummy was very happy.

The bbq tasted like real meat. It didn’t have bad parts or hard to chew parts everything was good. I just couldn’t stop talking about it.

What are the changes that I felt

For starters, my bowel movement was amazing. It was consistent in the morning and it goes just naturally. It always feels light in the morning.

I also felt stronger. It was a yoga teacher training which means it requires us to study, practice yoga asanas and practice adjustments all in 12 days. There was no hot water for shower and I showered at night. Usually, if have a cold shower at night, I’ll have colds the next day but I didn’t for the whole 12 days. Also, I forgot to take my vitamins throughout the training.

I didn’t have dysmenorrhoea as well, and not a single pimple was seen. I usually get one or two before my period but I didn’t.

However, I got hungry from time to time. Probably getting a little more portions would be good but that’s easy to solve. The pros outweighs the cons.

Would I become a vegan?

Maybe, I’m trying to transition or at least eat more plant-based meals and decrease consumption of animal derived products.

I’m not saying I would be, but I like to. I know how it feels and it feels good.

Maybe I should change my blog domain soon. Hehe

eco-friendly · lifestyle · Skin care

Honeybun Cosmetics Cleansing and Moisturizing Shampoo Bar

I have been looking for eco-friendly alternatives for the last few months. I started by using bamboo toothbrushes then metal straws and now, almost a hype, shampoo bars. I went crazy shopping for shampoo bars so expect a few of these reviews.

Starting off this series with HONEYBUN COSMETICS.

well this one is a bit tricky to get your hands on, I got this from a Facebook group I’m a member of. They sell korean skincare products and lately they have been producing their own product line. I have their EO blends which I love to use when I need to calm my nerves. They also have perfume imitations and lately the ever famous shampoo bars.

Packaging

This came in wrapped in cling wrap with a printed sticker on top. I wish it was wrapped in paper or a more eco friendly alternative although I kinda get why they had to put it in plastic.

Mine came in crushed. I was even scared that it might spill in my bag. The seller advised me to wet it and mold it back again.

Initial use

Unfortunately, I do not have anything to compare it with yet. It definitely needs some getting used to. It feels different than regular shampoo that is readily available in stores. It felt a bit rubbery and way too squeaky clean. I also got annoyed since I initially used it crushed (before I talked to the seller). It is hard to rinse off that way and crumbs of the shampoo bar got stuck to my hair. I had to wash my hair again and took me thrice as long to wash my hair.

A month into it

I’ve been using it for a month and I’m loving it so far. I found out tricks on how it will work. The molding it back helped a lot and I figured that you just have to rub it on your hands first before massaging it on your hair.

The rubbery feeling is still there but it feels less and just the squeaky clean feeling.

The time that I allot to hair washing was back to normal already when I got the hang of it.

I figured that you just have to use conditioner from time to time (in my case at least once a week).

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable (i remember buying it for 50-70 pesos)
  • Long lasting (given I have short hair, this could last me 3 months)
  • Smells good
  • Helps with dandruff (I did not have dandruff even if I switched)
  • All naturaL

CONS

  • Packaging – plastic (although the seller might sell it in plastic tubs next pre-order)
  • Not that durable- mine came in crushed but it’s moldable.
  • Smell is not long lasting but it keeps you smelling okay not fragrant but not foul either.

Would I recommend it? Definitely!

It’s the cheapest that I’ve found in the market so far and it works just fine. The seller is also nice and she takes in comments and improves all her products.

FB group name: Vizago Beauty Hub ❤️ (HJDSL Vizago Beauty hub)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/themakeupc/

lifestyle · Yoga

HIIT vs Yoga

If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I am a yoga practitioner, a yogini if you will but because of a friend, I was able to try HIIT as well and here are my thoughts.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. The whole point of high-intensity training is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. In order to qualify as true HIIT, you’ll need to push yourself to the max during every set. Rests are important in HIIT.

Exerpt from self.com

HOW IT WENT

So my friend, Jeremy, does hiit all the time and he brought me to his home gym.

The session started with stretches and warm up which my friend helped me with. The coach only went in when it was the actual workout.

The coach explained the sets that were prepared that day and explained the form and all before all the exercises started. Once everything was clear, he set the time (25 minutes) then everyone was set on their own to finish the set of exercises.

Boy oh boy, this was probably the most number of jumping jacks that I did my whole life.

Exercises consisted of 100 jumping jacks or single unders in intervals of 10 20 30 40 50 dead lifts.

After 25 minutes, a few minutes rest to hydrate and wipe up. Cool down and stretches were done.

HOW IT FELT

It was okay right after. I felt hungry and a little more energetic than usual but is still very tired. The next day was fine as well. I was able to go to work happy and finished my day just as I would any other day.

The 2nd day after though was a different story. I had back pains and my legs were a bit sore. This lasted for about 3 days, not to mention the fact that I only did half of the set.

YOGA
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

In this part we will focus on asana practice.

HOW IT WENT

Practices vary on how it starts depending on the teacher. Some practices start with encantations in sanskrit honoring the teachers. Most practices allow you to set an intention for your practice that day.

Teachers adjust the students when poses are not in good form.

Movements are related to one another, preparing you from one pose to another until you achieve your intention or peak pose.

Every movement is synchronised with the breath.

Practice ends in a resting pose (chavasana) followed by cleansing breathes and greeting each other after the practice.

HOW IT FEELS

Yoga relaxes and calms me after the session. There are also times when sessions would have the pick me up vibe to it depending on the class attended. My muscle pains and tension gradually decreased when I practiced more.

Overall thoughts

Personally, I would pick yoga over HIIT because of the gentleness of it. It also has other benefits in terms of mental and spiritual health.

However, I can see why people would like HIIT as a form of physical exercise. I can see that this would help you lose weight fast and the feeling of finishing the sets is quite fulfilling. It probably just needs some getting used to for me. It would probably be best to alternate these types of physical activities just to balance things out. 🙂 It really depends on your personality.

How about you, which one will you pick?