Food · Travel

Aguirre Foodtrip (this comes with a vlog)

Vlog link here

My friends and I went around Aguirre to try out different restaurants. I wasn’t able to take photos (mostly because I was busy eating) but I was able to make a short video about it. Excuse the low quality editing and my unpleasant voice.

For those who prefers to be saved from that shenanigans, here’s a written review.

Just a heads up that this won’t be containing as much photos as my usual posts would, everything will be shown on the link below.

Aguirre is a long street in BF Homes Paranaque which is popular to food enthusiasts. Restaurants are walking distance from each other. It has a wide variety of everything you might be looking for: different cuisines, different ambiance, affordable choices, expensive choices and a whole lot more.

For this particular food trip, I guess my friend just picked his favorites and let us try the best on the menu. Credits to Jeremy (please if you’re reading this, comment below) for arranging this.

1st STOP: Mensakaba Geishu

Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5469302

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

We ordered chashu ramen, tantanmen black and 2 servings of gyoza. This is actually the best ramen that I’ve tried so far. I can’t say if it’s comparable to those in Japan but this is the one that I can most tolerate since I am not a fan of ramen.

Tantanmen ramen was a bit spicy but it’s the kind of spice that you’d crave for. I’m actually craving for ramen at this very moment, something that hasn’t happened before.

For our total that is 800 pesos, we got 2 bowls of ramen and 2 servings of gyoza, I can say that it’s a reasonable amount.

4 out of 5 stars for mensakaba geishu

2nd STOP: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

Address: 98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5195162

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 2:00AM

Uncle Moe’s specializes in Middle Eastern dishes which is dear to my heart. The place isn’t loaded up with fancy decoration. It feels raw and simple. No frills just like their menu.

We ordered Moussaka Melt, keema with pita bread and special beef shawarma. Among the three, the simplest is my favorite: Keema with pita bread. It had the right amount of everything for me which isn’t too complicated.

You also have to try their kebabs!

4 out of 5 stars

3rd STOP: La Chinesca

Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 7380724

Opening Hours: Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

La chinesca is a little, unseen restaurant in BF that is starting to make a name for itself. Their tacos serve as their own advertisement. No huge banners, no sales no anything, just a little taco shop along Aguirre.

Down side is that they have a small shop, a little too crowded for my own liking but their food makes up for it. You might need to wait a little to get a good spot but It’s worth it.

MUST TRY: TUNA TOSTADA (and check out their daily menu, you might find something interesting)

4 out of 5 stars

4th (and last) STOP: Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

Address: 178 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 4782849

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Of course, the last stop should be dessert. Larcy’s cupcakery cafe is one of those feel good cafes because of the light and well decorated ambiance. It’s bright and the decorations aren’t over the top.

I can’t recommend anything since all their cupcakes are good. Coffee is also okay but it’s not the best. I have yet to try their meals.

3.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

With a 2,500 Peso budget, I can say we were able to make the most out of it. I can’t pick a favorite among the three main restaurants (mensakaba, la chinesca and uncle moe’s) because they have a unique thing which sets them apart.

Mensakaba is the go to ramen place. Something to hug your insides on a stressful day. Uncle Moe’s is when you want to chill with your friends over food. Easy, light but still filling. La Chinesca is for your intimate dates (or taco bonding) and tuna tostada cravings.

thumbs up for everything.

VLOG POST HEREEEEEE:

Aguirre Foodtrip Vlog

Food

Mr. Roboto

Chicken is my all time comfort food but sushi rolls are definitely a competition. I’ve tried a few japanese restaurants which quite frankly, does not inspire me to write reviews (hence, the lack of food posts lately). However, my friends and I met up and ate here in Mr. Roboto which sparked forgotten love for reviews.

Restaurant details

Address:
Ground floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Opening hours:

Sunday-Thursday 11am- 9pm

Friday- Saturday 11am- 10pm

Contact number:

(02) 2469072, 147

Ambiance

Mr. Roboto had a quirky and relaxed feel to it. It was quite small but the tables didn’t feel cramped. There were enough space for walking and you wouldn’t think that other people would eavesdrop in your conversations.

The restaurant had a nostalgic vibe to it with its design. The walls were filled with anime we loved as kids.

Spot the animes you watched before! The song Mr. Roboto even played in the background.

Price

The food was reasonable for their prices. It may be a little above average but I think the price is worth it.

Service

The staff were attentive but not annoying. They were able to answer our inquiries and was polite and patient. On top of that, Mr. Roboto provides an iPad for you to see photos of their products which is really helpful.

Food

Food was great. We were able to try 3 dishes and all of them did not disappoint.

Photo above: Mr. Roboto

This is one of those tuna on tuna kind of thing. Bottom layer is a cucumber roll, the second layer is negi tuna while the top layer is aburi (torched) tuna. This one was a bit spicy but was still tolerable even for me who has a low tolerance for spicy food.

Photo above: Voltron

This was their take on the classic california maki. It’s a cucumber roll topped with kani salad and crunchy maki. The crunchy maki was actually entertaining to eat. It’s one of the best california makis that I tried. Two thumbs up for this.

Photo above: Mazinger Z

It’s a radish roll topped with spicy salmon and negi salmon with cream cheese and crispy salmon skin. It’s one of those “it’s too spicy but I will keep on eating because it’s good” kind of dishes. It has all the things that I dont like, raw and slimy salmon and spice but I would order this again if a friend shares it with me. Another thumbs up for this.

Overall thoughts

I’m glad I was able to try Mr. Roboto. My friends and workmates have been recommending this to me and it really did not disappoint. I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends. I can’t wait to try their rice bowls next.

Skin care

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Scrub

My love for lipstick both have pros and cons. One of the cons is that it leaves my lips dry and chapped.

I have finished my lush mint julep scrub and tried one of the youtube’s raved about lip scrubs: jeffree star cosmetics’ velour lip scrub

About the product

Lip Scrub “Pancakes & Syrup” from the Star Family Collection!

Use our delicious sugar based lip scrub to prep your lips before applying any liquid lipstick. Take a scoop out and rub your mouth in circular motions. Lick away excess (yes, it’s edible!) or wipe off with a tissue.

This product is: Vegan. 100% cruelty-free. Paraben & Gluten-Free. (30G. / 1OZ.)

Ingredients: Sucrose, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Fragrance (Pancakes & Syrup), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, CI 168 (Caramel).

Grabbed from jeffree star cosmetics website

Use

I think the small tub will last for a long time since I only swirl the pads of my ring finger on top of the tub and that’s enough for my whole lips.

It’s not as rough as the one from Lush but it has the same immediate effect. However, I feel that the effects wear off easily and more consistent use is needed. I forgot to use this for 2-3 weeks and that left my lips a little rough.

Effect

Initially this did leave my lips smoother and exfoliated. Lipsticks applied better right after this was used. However, I suggest this to be used regularly to get the full effect.

Overall thoughts

Currently using this one and I am not disappointed with the product. Bonus that JSC is the only one with this flavor for a lipscrub 🙂

Food

Ribshack

Among the list of food that can make me happy, ribs would be included among the ones on top.

About the restaurant

Pilar, Las Pinas branch:

PDC Compound, Rose Ave cor Aguirre Ave, Almanza Uno, Las PiñasT-Su: 4PM-12MN
(0917) 887-4225

BF homes, paranaque branch
71c President’s Ave cor Rufino St, BF Homes, Parañaque

Ambience

Ribshack has a western, cowboy-ey feel to it. Interiors are wooden and the lights are dim. I think this place is good for group bondings and celebrations.

Price

Price range from 100-800 Php but the servings are big and filling.

Service

The waiters are attentive and were helpful. They also have complete amenities for your enjoyment and comfort.

Food

Although they have a limited menu, I can say that it is well thought of. We tried their ribs and crispy bacon. The ribs were tender and juicy and they were not skimping on the sauce.

The crispy bacon was okay, I prefer the bacon without breading and good thing that I asked before dipping in the sauce since apparently it was siracha and I have low tolerance for spicy.

Overall thoughts

I would go back for the ribs. I would also recommend this to my friends. Two thumbs up for this restaurant.

Make up

Maybelline Superstay matte ink

I have been hearing good reviews about this lipstick so I decided, why not go back to my first love: reviewing lipsticks.

About the product

WHAT IT IS

SuperStay Matte Ink™ Liquid Lipstick gives you a flawless matte finish in a range of super saturated shades.

BENEFITS

Ink your lips in up to 16 HR saturated liquid matte. SuperStay Matte Ink™ features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades.

(From the maybelline website)

Price

I bought mine in Watsons mall of asia for 299 pesos which is not bad for a drugstore liquid lipstick.

Application

It is easy to apply and the pointed tip of the applicator helped. However, it took forever to dry (Roughly 5-8 minutes but it’s still sticky).

Scent and feel

It smells strongly like vanilla cupcakes and it feels tacky unless it fully dries, which takes time.

Color payoff

Shade: loyalist

It took me two layers for me to achieve the color that I wanted, although I picked a very light color it wasn’t very streaky but I just wanted the perfect application.

Longevity

I must say, it did stay for a long time. Photo below is when I first applied it.

The photo below is after I ate lunch. I had bacon and eggs that day.

It only removed the inside part of the lip but was still visible on the outer edge. I reapplied only on the center.

I had tempura and california maki for dinner and it looked like this:

Overall, it did last the whole day. This is probably the first lipstick to last me literally the whole day.

Overall thoughts

I would repurchase but probably a different color since this one was too pale for me. It is true to its claims and is very affordable. Two thumbs up.

Food

Witches Brew

One of the cons of being a south girl is that all the concept restaurants and stores are up north. Luckily, and finally, one opened up in aguirre and it’s a “harry potter” themed restaurant.

Restaurant details:

Location: ground floor, noah’s place, 330, aguirre avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Opening hours:

monday to thursday 7am to 11pm

Friday to sunday 7am to 12midnight

Price:

Price ranges from 150 up to 550 Php for food while drinks start at 65 Php

Ambience:

It does feel “Harry Potter”-ish but I felt that the other houses weren’t well represented. The place was well decorated with emblems and signs of Gryffindor. I did not see any trace of the other houses.

They also have robes and scarves that you can borrow to take photos with. They also have a corner solely for taking photos.

Ambience is 10/10 gryffindor themed.

Service:

The staff was well informed of their menu and was attentive to the needs of their customers. They weren’t annoying as well unlike the others who would pester you and ask questions from time to time.

Food:

The food was okay. It’s not disappointing but its not something I would range about. The serving was big and is enough to fill you up.

What’s interesting with their menu is the names of their food. It’s witty and entertaining.

They also have their version of butterbeer. It was okay, you can have it in an alcoholic or non-alcoholic version. I wish it was a little colder.

Overall thoughts:

It’s something a Harry Potter fan would want to visit but was okay. It wasn’t disappointing but I felt that they could offer more. Food was okay and the drinks were okay. 3/5 stars for me.

artsy · vlogs

PULSERAS by Kim and COMMON ROOM vlog

I am not a fan of frills and over the top design. For me, simplicity is beauty and elegance means less is more. When I stumbled upon Pulseras by kim I got obsessed with her accessories. Her minimalist designs made me fall in love with gold again.

My first pulseras by kim is a mantra bracelet which says flow. Since the day I bought it, I haven’t taken it off and it doesn’t fade or tarnish. I’ve worn this to the beach, to the pool, while taking a shower and even when working out, so for it to be still this gold I know that it really is 18k plated.

Last January 13-14, Kim had a pop-up booth in common room ATC where she would customize bracelets on the spot. I have been wanting another piece from her so I grabbed the opportunity to meet her and get another one made.

She was super nice!

Here are her details if you’d like to get one for yourself, she has nice earrings and necklaces too

IG: @pulserasbykim

Site: pulserasbykim.com

I also vlogged not only about her pop-up booth and customization but about one of my favorite stores in ATC, common room. Link of the vlog below.

pulseras by kim x common room vlog

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