Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cheese Guan Yin: My Favorite Cheese Tea

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I’m not really a fan of plain tea itself but milk tea and tea concoctions... I love! Boba wintermelon milk tea is my ultimate favorite! I explore places for milk tea and I’m not stopping just yet. 😍

When I visited Singapore, I found out that the milk tea hype is still alive there. There were so many tea shops. Everywhere I looked, left and right, there was a shop at almost every corner! Woah~ this is my kind of place, man!

So for now, I’m gonna share with you one of my unique tea finds. Boyfie introduced me to Cheese Tea from LiHO. This was something new so I was quite intrigued by it.

The LiHo store in Suntec is an eye candy :D

Presenting Cheese Guan Yin...

Yummy Cheese Guan Yin topped with a heart.
The cheese topping is really cheese. It’s not like rock salt & cheese or cream cheese. It tastes like mild mozzarella. Yay! Melted cheese yummy goodness layered above this beauty...

The cheese topping! :D

For the tea in the drink, they used the Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) tea. Mildly bitter, it has a distinct taste to it. But once it mixes with the cheese, it becomes one yummy concoction. A creamy and indulgent drink! 😋


A mixture of cheese and tea: Cheese Guan Yin

This is one great Cheese Tea! For a cheese lover like me, it has instantly become my favorite! Yummy! But now, I’m back here in my country and I’m missing cheese tea more than ever. Bring me back to SG! 😭



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Godiva Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

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I’m on a quest to taste the different chocolates of the world. One of the popular brands that I wanted to try is Godiva ice cream. It’s actually because of Instagram that I have grown a curiosity about it. There are many posts of beautiful and towering ice cream oozing with chocolate! 

However, Godiva chocolate is quite rare here in my country. I don’t think there’s a store here. So I waited a long time to try the ice cream. Awww... but those IG posts  looked so yummy. (^_^)

But the universe has given me the chance to try it! When I flew to SG to see a Boyzone concert, I made sure that a Godiva store was part of my itinerary. Wheeee~

Finally, wish after wish comes true! Boyfie and I went to the Godiva store in Suntec. It was chocolate heaven! Eye popping selections graced the store... mostly of their popular truffles. 




But I was there only for the ice cream! There were choices of all dark, all vanilla, and mixed. Of course, I chose all dark chocolate! Hihihi~ :D

Now, finally, I have a contribution to the worldwide Instagram photos of Godiva ice cream! #godivaicecream 




It’s a beautiful swirl of chocolate! You can see that it’s artistically crafted. The chocolate drizzle and that edible Godiva tag gives the perfect finishing touch. Oooh... pretty! 



The flavor is full of surprises! It has a silky texture that’s gently sweet to the palate. Delectable ultra creamy dark chocolate! How do I describe it further? Hmmm... Exquisite. Delicious. Royal.

I just couldn’t get enough! The cone is full of ice cream till the very bottom. And when I finished it all, I felt sad that it’s all gone. Awww... But yeah... I’m happy that I finally got to eat such a beauty! 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

[Game Review] Perfect Match (Choices)

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

My usual reviews don’t include spoilers. But today, I’ll make an exception. Sharing about this episode with restrictions won’t do my emotions justice. Hey, I love this book! 


Perfect Match is a good book!
I’m writing about the “Perfect Match” book in the game “Choices”. Following Blood Bound, I decided to play a romance book for the sake of finishing chapters for ingame Diamonds. What I didn’t know was, it would become so addictive to play.  😂

So last warning, if you don’t want spoilers, scroll no further!

😂😂😂

I’m serious, this is your last chance...

Okay, here goes...

Review: 5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Writing and Gameplay:

The writing is very immersive! The play of words help you picture the scenes as they come alive with the art and music. As for the gameplay, the most important choice is the matchmaking quiz. The personality of your love interest will be determined here. It will influence the whole direction of the story. Which I think, is genius! More adventures is revealed in every chapter. As it was placed under the romance section, I didn’t expect it to evolve into science fiction. That is such a good twist! So, romantic science fiction it is!  


Can you smell the pancakes, too?

Art and Music: 

Art and music is everywhere in this book. The sceneries were on point. From the quaint apartments to soaring skyscrapers, it such an artistic achievement! The characters look beautiful, especially their clothes. With the music to put the right mood in, it becomes one great book!


Beautiful background!

This is my main character, beautiful in that dress.

Plot: 

It just started out with a matchmaking service. So I thought, hey this is like a story about falling in love through an app? I was skeptical at first, but finding out how the story unfolds is the best part. So, I stuck around and went to answer the questions about my ideal partner. There are a total of sixteen personalities, and I got... Rebellious! 

Yeah! Rebels rule!

“Yes! Yes!”, that was my initial reaction. The quiz figured me out to a T. Genius! 

Next was about meeting the match, named Hayden. You can choose how he looks like. The first date was awesome! I got so kilig and what can I say? Love at first sight? 

My perfect match, Hayden. 

Our first date was.... impressive! 
The book really toyed with my emotions and made it such an exciting experience. Now that is totally a winner! 

The first parts of the episode were about getting to know each other and going out on more dates. I initially thought that it would stay that way throughout all the remaining chapters.

He's just soooo romantic. Siiiigh~
But boy, I was wrong! Come halfway through, a major twist occurred! Hayden is a robot! Shookt! 

I was presented with a dilemma. I fell in love with an android and it’s too late to change my mind. Would you love an android? Someone who’s not human, someone with no soul? 

Yep, this book is also about mind boggling philosophies. I love it! I would’ve broken up with Hayden when I found out what he is. But my real life boyfriend (who likes everything AI) and I talked about it. He said if a robot is able to think for himself and develop his own personality, then it’s okay to have a relationship with it.

What would you have chosen?
So there you have it, that’s the reason why I still accepted Hayden as my MC’s boyfriend. 

And that’s where the plot really propelled forward. From becoming a fugitive to destroying a mega corporation, my character and Hayden went through all of it, up until the cliffhanger ending. For your sake, I won’t spoil the plot further. 😂

Conclusion:

The Choices team really exceeded my expectations with Perfect Match. It is everything I love in a story. And rarely do I replay the book and spend for some Diamond scenes. 

And I tell you this, that ending was full of potential and more conflicts for Book 2! Can’t wait! Airing this month, you guys! Yay!





Sunday, September 2, 2018

An Amazing Boyzone Concert in Singapore

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Year 1998. The song “All That I Need” was top of the charts. Boyzone was MTV’s Artist of the Month. It was then that my teenage self became a fan. I had (I still do!) the cassette tapes of their albums Said and Done to By Request. I bought all the magazines that featured them.I waited on MTV for hours just to see their music video come up. Ah the struggle! Kids nowadays don’t know how lucky they are! 🤣

I was in the province and there was no way for me to go see them whenever they had concerts in Manila. But it was every fan girl’s dream: to see her idol in person and watch their concert.

Destiny is full of surprises. Most of the time, it requires a long process of waiting. My teenage years passed and my fangirl dreams were put aside. Temporarily.

Now, 20 years later, Boyzone announced their farewell concert and I’m reminded of my dreams once again. The most opportune time has come. My last chance to see them in concert as Boyzone. I was definitely not gonna let it pass!

I flew to Singapore for this chance of a lifetime! It was such a blessing as it was a treat from boyfie! Yay! We went to Singapore Indoor Stadium together and all the while, I had a very overwhelming feeling of thrill and happiness! You know, that feeling of a dream coming true! 😍


The tickets: Boyzone live in Singapore Indoor Stadium

When the Boyz came up the stage and the music started playing, it was such a surreal feeling! Everybody clapped and screamed and danced throughout the show. I had the most awesome time! Oh, did I mention it’s my first time to be in a concert? Ah yeah... this one didn’t disappoint! #BZ25! Wheee~




And there they are for real! Ronan (who was officially my first crush everrrr!), Mikey, Shane, and Keith. I miss Stephen so much, too.


My view from my seat... it's actually nearer in real life'

The Boyz on stage! 

All of us at the audience all had a wonderful time! It was a great concert with incredible performers! Everything was well put: the lights, the sounds, the band... The production was marvelous! Me and boyfie enjoyed the show so much! Yay!

Some dreams take a long time to come true. And when it does, the feeling is absolutely amazing! Wow! Good job, Boyz! See you again soon!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Asia Pop Comic Con 2018 Day 3

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Asia Pop Comic Con was a blast! It’s my first pop culture event of 2018. And even if my schedule was crazy, I saw to it that I’d be there no matter what. It’s my first APCC, too! The reviews of past events were great, so I decided to experience this grant event for myself.

I attended day 3, A Sunday because… Well, it’s my only free day. But no worries, I enjoyed the event just the same. 

The APCC tix and badge

SMX was solely for APCC alone! 

The first area I went to is the merchant booths. Ever since I started into bookstagram, I started collecting bookish stuff and fandom merch. There were T-shirts, posters, hoodies, and other trinkets. Since this is a comic con, there were more superhero, anime, and comic stuff. But I spotted some bookish merch, too! 

Gotta get all the FMA merch! 

Gorgeous stuff!

What I like most about APCC is the lineup of guests. Even though I didn’t get to glimpse any of the celebrity headliners like Tye Sheridan and Finn Jones, I was able to see other famed artists. I met comic book artist Jonathan Lau (of Agent 47 comics) and Vera Chimera (cosplayer from Australia). Brian Muir (the sculptor of Darth Vader) was there, too. I visited his booth and greeted him with a nod, and he nodded back. Yay! 


Me and Jonathan Lau of Agent 47 (^_^)
...and he signed my copy of Agent 47! Yay!
With Vera Chimera

There were awesome cosplayers, too! 






Black Hood cosplay from Riverdale

Batman cosplay


Han Solo cosplay

Rey cosplay



Anna from Frozen cosplay

From my favorite series! Zuko and Azula cosplay :D

Reeve as Clark Kent
Cell as Moana 








Toy displays graced the event, as well. But I was too busy in the activities that I only got to take a few photos of them.


Amazon Wonder Woman

Woah! Look at all the details!



Hmmm... you may say the ticket is expensive. But I tell you it’s worth it. The sponsor kiosks were very interactive and fun! You wouldn't mind falling in line even if it's long.The ones that stood out to me is the Netflix booth, which I can say, is where I spent time the most. 




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I missed the events on the main stage. But before I went home, I decided to take a peak at the cosplay happenings. They were announcing the winners, already.


The APCC main stage is grand and beautiful!

The event was so great that time was so fast I didn’t notice it. The aisles were spacious enough to accommodate the large crowd. However, a day alone won’t be enough to fully experience it. There were more booths, merchant kiosks, the workshops, the main stage... there was so much happening! I really feel that I got my money’s worth. Yay! Next year, I’ll make sure to go for two days... or even three! Wheee~ 


My APCC haul! Worth every penny!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake

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Hey guys, did you miss my food blogs? Yeah, me too. I don’t even remember when my last foodie post was. But hey, my love for food never faltered, as you can see from my Instagram.

So you ask, what inspired me to write after all this time? That would be because of the Netflix show I’m currently obsessing, Sugar Rush. It’s a baking reality show where contestants are timed while making cupcakes, confections, and cakes. Yum! 

It left me craving for... sweet cupcakes! Nomnom! And I know just the perfect place to get them! The selection in Cupcakes by Sonja is just so aesthetically appealing and delicious! Back in the day, I wrote about  Red Velvet Vixen, Vanilla Sunshine, and Chocolate Surprise cupcakes. They were as unforgettable as the one I had last weekend. 

Presenting... Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake: 

Peanut Butter Nutella cupcake! 

It’s a beautiful sight, isn’t? What caught my attention is the creatively swirled frosting on top. I think it’s silky buttercream with some dark chocolate and Nutella hints. 


Oooh~ Yummy silky frosting


If you think the frosting is delicious, there’s more! The cake part is bursting  all throughout with peanut butter flavor. Plus, there’s a Nutella surprise in the center! I didn’t expect it so I ate all the way through without thinking of taking a good photo. So yeah, sorry for this barbaric picture, guys. Hahaha~


Just look at all the gorgeous Nutella center! 

Yummy! The peanut butter, Nutella, and a little bit of dark chocolate make a great combination! It blends well on the palate. It’s enjoyable to eat, too. It feels exactly like my childhood again! 

For a sweet tooth like me, this is just lovely. It’s cloyingly sweet towards the end, though. But yeah... this makes it just perfect for satisfying my cupcake cravings. Let’s see what flavor we’ll have next!


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