January 30, 2013

Mosaic: Our Little Piece Of Heaven






 Entrance. Took this while we were waiting for Mark's shirt for the photoshoot.
 Such a nice view every morning.


 Pose pose muna while waiting for Mark's laundry.


Unfortunately, it was the only room available with a view at the time we rented it. Heck, I think it was the only room available! We're so lucky to have it though  especially when we rented it a month before. :)

Greenbelt 1 is a minute away! :)
The pool and jacuzzi for my workout.

The gym for Mark's workout.
The pool at night. Great view still!

Greenbelt at night.
Cosmopolitan inner-city living is a luxury few cities can afford. For all its detractors, Makati’s never-ending wall of glass towers, leafy parks and heaving malls have provided an ideal setting for work and play that not every city can provide. Enter the Brittany Corp’s Mosaic Tower. One minute from Greenbelt and five minutes from work, boasting a soaring view of Makati’s skyline, the Mosaic has proven the perfect location for work and and play. With a contemporary take on art deco architecture and a gorgeous mirror-laid, white and silk-print lobby, the Mosaic has all the style and the convenience you could ever need. With a gym, a pool and wi-fi to boot, it’s a home that has captures the essence of a professional and youthful lifestyle.



What: Mosaic Tower
Where: Legaspi Village, Makati City. In front of Greenbelt 1and behind Asian Institute of Management
Contact: (632) 584 1182 /Mobile No.: (63) 917 857 6494
For more info: 
http://www.vistamanila.com/Mosaic.shtml

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       Loving: our place
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January 29, 2013

For Winter: Packing Tips Part 2

Hello there! I can't believe I'll be going to Japan this Saturday! Gosh. I'm a bit nervous about the cold and excited at the same time. 
Believe it or not, it sometimes takes me days to pack for a long trip because I just can't finish everything in one sitting. Sometimes, my mind just go blank and I end up staring at my closet, waiting for it to magically toss me things I need for my destination. This trip to Japan is particularly tricky since I'll be visiting a country during winter and with snow to top it off! I went to Europe during autumn and Mark assured me that if I was able to survive the Alphs and Switzerland, I'll survive Japan. I've never experienced full-blown winter before, with snow and all, so I'm a bit worried about how I'm gonna dress up for it. Therefore, I'm going to make a short list/tips to serve as a guide for me and women like me who are a bit lost when it comes to packing for winter. :)
Note: We have 30kg baggage allowance so I'm able to bring a lot for this trip. You can always reduce the number of clothes or shoes you're gonna bring but don't forget the essentials!
1. Pack thick cardigans, shirts, dresses, skirts, leggings and pants
2.  Bring your winter accessories/essentials: gloves, scarves, hats, socks, stockings, thermal undergarment etc.


3. Faux Fur scarves and jacket. As an animal lover, I WILL NEVER, EVER BUY REAL FUR. EVERRRR. 
4. If you're staying in the country for more than a week like for my trip this Feb, pack lots of undies and bras. I prefer bringing lacey lingerie/g-strings as they are lightweight, space savers and easy to wash during trips. That's just me.
5. 2nd layer: Lots of knitwear and wool socks, wool cardigans, wool jackets, wool scarves etc.
6. 3rd layer: Leather jackets, faux fur jackets, parkas etc.
7. Leather boots for the snow, velvet boots or any comfortable footwear
8. Beauty regimen essentials, make-up, medicine etc.
9. Laptop, external drive, video cam, camera, chargers etc.
10. Put 'em all in a trusty luggage. 
11. Passport or maybe a travel diary and of course CASH!
12. Separate what you'll wear at the airport. Anticipate the cold and wear a wool cardigan, pants, scarf, leather boots and maybe your hat--some of the big, chunky pieces that would take up so much space in your luggage.

I hope these tips/list helped. If you want more packing tips, you can check out the first part: Hello Europe and Packing Tips Part 1
Enjoy!
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Millie

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Listening to : Smarter by Eisley
        Loving: Japan
             =(: I easily get cold

January 28, 2013

The Little Prince Hardbound Notebook

Look what I found! The cutest little notebook, Le Petit Prince Hardbound NB.
It's handy and convenient. 


Lots of space to doodle.
This is not really an organizer but if you like listing things, this is a nice notebook for you.

Neon pens for this space, perhaps?

What: Le Petit Prince Hardbound Notebook
Where: Powerbooks, Greenbelt
How much: P95 only!!!

I have this habit of collecting cute notebooks ever since I was in primary school. I specifically have a whole bag of unused notebooks, stickers and stationaries from 1997(!) in a closet. I think most Filipinas went through a phase of collecting scented papers, stickers and kisses that multiply despite not having any organs. For me, I collected anime stickers and notebooks. I don't know why but the scent of new paper sheets gave me such delight (addict much?). Once in a while, I still buy unique notebooks just for fun, so when I saw this Le Petit Prince NB, I just had to have it. Mark insisted that I get the moleskin planner version, but my friend Joel already gave me a Starbucks planner so it would be a waste not to use it. Also, baka magtampo ang kuya mo. Hahaha. 
I don't know if I'll be using this notebook anytime soon. It's too cute to write on, don't you get that feeling sometimes?
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Listening to: Blood by The Middle East
        Loving: Japan
            =( : stuff

January 25, 2013

January 20, 2013

Cibo: Our Favorite Restaurant


 Cibo, Alabang Town Center

Our blog has reviewed many a restau. Typically we focus on flavours, or the service and occasionally the ambience. Today, we’d like to do something different. In our excitement and eagerness to review the new and the fresh, we often forget the places we frequent: our local, our standard. So today, we’d like to salute Cibo, a place that hold more than a culinary experience for us. After a very difficult day, we realized how much of a gem Cibo really is.

We could tell you about the gorgeous Bellinis and Limoncello Spritzers. We could easily write about the scrumptious crab pasta, pate, their homemade mayonnaise or traditional pizzas. We could even gush about their new Brunch menu and their coffee - perhaps the only decent coffee in town. But everyone already knows that already.

Unlike other restaurants, Cibo holds sentimental value for us. It’s where we go when we’re down, when we need comfort, when we’re hungry and when we’re tired. It’s where we go when I need a decent coffee or a decent drink. It’s where we go for some time alone. It’s where we go when we entertain guests. Cibo has never disappointed, it has always delivered and always been there for us when we needed a decent feed.

For a restau to transcend mere food and become our little alcove is a rarity. Few restaurants can do that, especially a restaurant that’s cheekily opened up more than one venue. That we keep coming back and that we love Cibo without even realizing it is a testament to the subtle and nuanced skill of Margarita Forés in crafting a dining experience that has melded fresh produce, design, service and philosophy into an irresistible combination.

So to Forés, her kitchen staff and floor staff - we salute you. And we thank you.

 Our usual orders: Pate di Fegato for starters and my fave, Maiale Tonnato
Sometimes we have a salad and of course, Mark's mocha
 Aside from ATC's Cibo, we are also regulars in Cibo, Greenbelt 5. We frequent this branch during dinner time.
 After shopping, we often have our snack in Cibo, Glorietta 

Here are our usual orders/faves:
Millie's usual order: PANINO PORCHETTA
roast pig sandwich, Roman-style, crusty roll, 
3 sauces: apple & pear, red wine liver and Mark's fave, lemon mayonnaise

 POLLO ARROSTO LIMONE 
roast chicken, lemon, black pepper, parsley rice pilaf
PATE DI FEGATO CROSTINI
chicken liver pate dip, apple & pear fruit sauce, toast rounds

Recently, Mark has been ordering LINGUINE DI VALENTINO
crab, tomato, chili and cream on linguine
and I always have my CANARINO to go with my meals.



What: Cibo
Where: Glorietta 4, EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Alabang Town Center, 

              Rockwell Ground Level & Bimbi 3rd Level, 
              Greenhills, Gateway, Trinoma, Greenbelt 5,
              Eastwood, 1109, 1225
Website: http://www.cibo.ph/ 
               https://www.facebook.com/ciboPH
Operating Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
                            Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:45 pm
                            Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Cuisine: Modern Italian
Wine:    Yes, wine and cocktails.
Average dining cost: P800-P1000 for 2 people

Pros:
- Fresh produce, real italian flavours
- Extensive menu, covering the traditional and the modern
- Consistent flavours across all locations
- Kick arse brunch menu
- Good booze
- Great coffee
- Spot-on service

Cons:
- Too many cocktails will thicken the bill
- The place isn't a secret, so everyone's there come dinner time


Some pictures are from Cibo's Facebook page.
Hope this review helped. 
x
 Mark and Millie

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         <3: my puppies
           =( : my beloved little Rocco passed away...

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