I’m late into this whole sample boxes thing, I know. Ever since the craze started late last year, I had wanted to join. But I had a couple of problems with it. For one, although I liked the surprise element, I was scared of buying a mystery item. (I’ve never been the kid who was into that mystery toy collection). And I wanted to read beauty bloggers’ reviews on the boxes first. They get them for free so it’s only fair to let them do their job, right? :)
But I finally joined the
bandbox wagon! After a lot of self-debating, I bought a box from BDJ. The box I’m most impressed with. There are only three boxes that stood out — BDJ, Glamour Box, and Sample Room.
I liked sample room because it’s totally free. You sign up, they give you points, and you use your points to “buy” their selected items. You get more points for referrals made and product reviews. ”Try before you buy,” so they say. The glitch with it is, they’re always out of stock! Frustrating.
Glamourbox is the priciest of all, but their promise is sophistication. They carry high-end brands. Though it may be tempting to get these items for free, I noticed that most of the items in their boxes are super tiny samples. I did not want to end up with a bunch of sachets of perfume and lotions and stuff. I get a lot of those from walking in the mall already.
BDJ is cool coz it’s fun and simple. Their boxes have consistently contained really useful samples and even full-sized items that I really use and buy.
Yesterday I got my box delivered to my doorsteps!
I’m on the lookout for the perfect summer scent. In this cruel temp, I find all my EDPs too heavy and overpowering. Any recos?
I’m not sure how long this season’s going to last (it’s been raining lately in the afternoons but every other minute is still scorching). We’re living in crazy times. So ‘til I find my perfect light, breezy perfume, I’m using this.
The other week I braved Divisoria via LRT2. Woooaaah! When I was preparing for our wedding last year, I went to Divi five times (!), but I always brought a car. This was the first time I mingled with muggles and took the public transpo. I wanted to Avadra Kedavra myself!!! The LRT ride wasn’t bad, but the walking to and from the stations and the waiting for a connecting jeepney was horrendous.
Anyway. I went in search of a particular cup dispenser that Enzo needs for a set. We didn’t find any. But I did find these cute necklaces! Haha!
I think I paid only P100 for these two. I know, I should’ve gotten more. But by this time I was already grumpy and frumpy from our walk — we went from Tutuban to 168 to Divisoria Mall to Ong Pin —all on foot!
Want Divi tips? More after the jump!
Spent Labor Week at Boracay. The husband did an event there and I was his dakilang alalay. His event brought Daniel Matusunaga and some band guys, but if you asked me, it was already too hot for hotties. It was hellish hot. And sweaty. And tiring! But Boracay is a place for happy selfies, so here you go.
Yay for my 2nd baking gig for the year! :) After a chic wedding, something fun and kiddie naman!
Little cutie pie Emiko celebrated her first birthday with a colorful party and I made her cupcake tower.
Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with sprinkles. What kid doesn’t love sprinkles?! :) And a (global, haha) fondant cupcake tower topper just for the birthday girl!
I also made cake pops that also served as take away goodies for the guests. I don’t really make cake pops but Emiko’s mommy requested them. They turned out surprisingly good! I think cake pops are perfect attractions to any kiddie party. Confession: I made extra pops just for myself! bwahaha.
Thank you, Mommy Liz, for trusting in my yet amateur baking prowess! :) Hope you had a blast munching on them as I had baking your baby’s birthday goodies!
I don’t know if you’ve eaten something like this somewhere before, but I swear this is an original recipe! And I swear it’s good! The husband doesn’t like fish but he eats this dish with gusto. It is that good.
Made it again the other night for a quick dinner using leftover stuff I found in the ref. I still had 4 pieces of pan-fried cream dory fillet we had for dinner some nights ago, an opened pack of all purpose cream, and a bunch of fresh basil my mom grew and harvested. Badabing, badaboom, dinner is served within 5 minutes! I could beat Jamie Oliver in his game.
But even if you had to prepare everything from scratch, this dish is done in less than 15 minutes, swear. Perfect for days like these when it’s so hot, the last place you wanna be in is your kitchen.
Babbling now, so here are the deets:
Been hearing a lot about this nice little place and today for lunch, I dragged Enzo down to The Fort to try it.
I loved the feel of the place. Major colors were black, white, and wood brown — the three colors I wanted for my dream house! Good thing we went here, so I could show Enzo exactly what I had in mind when I told him I wanted an edgy, industrial shabby chic home.
We ordered roasted bone marrow for appetizer, roast chicken and braised beef for the main dish.
Sorry I’ve got no photos except for this sinfully decadent appetizer.
I couldn’t take more pictures pretty much after chowing this down, or move, or think, or feel! Evil, evil dish! But you know what they say about bad things— they taste so good! You bet I skipped dinner tonight.
We promised to go back to Wildflour soon. They have more (healthier) promising dishes we wanna try!
Summer is officially in, in case you haven’t noticed. Although I’m sure you have! It’s been so hot lately!!!
My summer cravings include going to the beach, popsicles, and avocado shakes!!! My mom used to make those when I was little. We used to have so much she’d pour them to plastic bags and freeze them—instant ice candies!
I still haven’t gone to the beach, and I have yet to make avocado shakes, so for the meantime, I changed my nail color!