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!


Saturday, August 4, 2018

[Game Review] Blood Bound (Choices)

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I have always been a story devourer. From books to Netflix, I eat ‘em all. One of my current obsessions is the mobile game Choices. I started playing this about a year ago. Choices is about choosing your response to the story, and the events will proceed depending on your decision. 

The books need keys to open a chapter. The ingame currency that you would need to unlock specific scenes are called Diamonds. You can wait for free keys, which refreshes every two hours. Free Diamonds are given for every chapter finished or you can watch an ad. If you have extra moolah, you can always buy keys and diamonds via credit card.

The first Choices book that I finished was The Freshman, a heartwarming tale of a girl entering college and her crazy adventures. But that’s a story for another time. For now, I’ll talk about Blood Bound, a vampire-romance story. And don't worry, it's spoiler-free! 


Cover art is awesome!


I know, I know... it’s kinda clichΓ©. But I’m amazed at how the writers at Choices reimagined the legend of vampires. Set in New York city, it is a mix of both the modern and old times. It’s a new concept of clans and vampire evolution. And here’s the thing, thank God there are no werewolves!

Rating: 4/5 stars 


Characters: 

My main character is a young adult girl discovering the big city. Another feature that I like is the customization of your digital self. I chose to be a long-haired girl, a look perfect for the corporate world.

My main character's name is derived from mine.

There are a lot of love interests, depending on your preference. I chose the handsome CEO. Hihihi~ So my own kind of story is Twilight and Fifty Shades mash up. *wink wink*

The CEO, Adrian Raines. Handsome. :)

The supporting characters and villains can’t be customised, however. But you’ll love them all the same. 

It's girl power with Kamilah!

Oh! The dresses and hairstyles are beautiful! It was very tempting to buy. But yeah... expensive. 

Nice dress but expensive. :(

Plot:

The world building was good. It explained the existence of vampires per episode. So there’s mystery all throughout as you go into the story. That, and the suspenseful plot leaves you wanting for more. It’s so thrilling and action-packed! I want to talk more but there will be spoilers. So *zips mouth*. 

The romantic scenes are so kilig! Even the free ones which come with the book itself. However, if you want to build a strong romantic relationship and some steamy scenes, you have to buy it with diamonds. Awwww~



Writing, Art Style, and Music:

The narrations and character lines are written like a script. Some are serious and others are funny. But one thing’s for sure. The writers did an amazing job of getting me to cry or fear for my character’s life. It’s like I’m really into the book and living the story myself. 

The art and music are something I always look forward to. Choices is a book with visuals. Like, literally! The settings, the character expressions... they’re all in tune with the mood. The music, too, is the one best factor of Choices. And together, they all work together in giving an immersive story for you to enjoy. 


Conclusion: 

Blood Bound made me swoon over vampires again. It is a well-written story with a balance of action and romance. But the downside is it's expensive. However beautiful the dresses, bonus chapters, and romantic scenes... buying them with Diamonds can be costly. The game can be more expensive than real books. So if ever you buy Diamonds (like me), make sure you spend it wisely. 



Monday, June 25, 2018

[Book Review] Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Hi guys! For this post, I’m writing a book review. It’s my first time doing this and I’m very excited to share my thoughts with you. 

I recently joined Bookstagramers PH and it's the best decision I made! I feel that I truly belong in this group where we share our love for books. 

Bookstagramers PH has chosen Furyborn to be the book of the month for June. Shout out to my BGPH family for introducing me to this book! And it has such a beautiful cover! I love the play of red, gold, and black. :D

Furyborn is written by Claire Legrand. Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.  
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

I’m very much excited to join in @bookstagramers_ph Book of the Month. This is the first time that I will be reading a book by Claire Legrand. Loving the title and the cover! It speaks of royalty and revenge to me~ πŸ˜ƒ⚔️πŸ‘ΈπŸ» . πŸ‘ΈπŸ» QOTD: Physical books or ebooks? πŸ‘ΈπŸ» I prefer physical copies. They don’t strain the eyes after a long read. They’re also more IG-worthy. However, I’m running out of space in my room so I also go for ebooks. πŸš€ πŸ‘ΈπŸ» #BGPHJuneChallenge2018 day 3 : #junebookofthemonth #allthebooksjune18 day 3 : book and sweet treat #junebookstagram18 day 3 : Black and gold . πŸ‘ΈπŸ» #bgphfamily #Furyborn #clairelegrand #book #ebook #bookish #booklove #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookstagram #bookstagramersph #fantasy #allthebooksjune #chocolate
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Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5 stars)

Plot:
Furyborn feels like reading two books in one. I had a hard time switching my mind between our protagonists. The thousand-year timeline difference makes it unique. However, the first few chapters were dragging. If not for being BOTM, I would’ve quit early on. But I continued and I’m glad that I did. Because at 50%, I couldn’t put it down. 

Characters:
The author made lovable characters with beautiful names: Rielle, Eliana, Corien, Audric. The internal conflicts are genius, as well. One character is evil but tries to be good. The other is good but does evil things. One is too kind, another is deceptive. It’s those attitudes that propel the story forward into a web of conflicts and twists.

Writing style:
It took me some time before I adjusted to the style of Claire Legrand. The storytelling is on point. She tells it as it should. What I find lacking is the way the book should make feel. I didn’t cry or laugh or hated a character. The story is just is. 

Conclusion:
I’m giving this book 3 stars. The story and its world is an awesome read. However, there were dragging bits and it failed to emotionally move me as a reader. But overall, I’m still interested in how the story would continue from here. And I do hope that the next book would be better. 


Monday, May 28, 2018

Lethargic

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Lethargic


 Looking at the sky of infinity,
Evergreen fields and horizons...
 Time moving slowly.

Happiness or sadness unfelt.
 A heart frozen from strife...
 Raging none of life.

  Growing and roaring lethargy...
Inside this hole of scar.
 Cursing the way things are.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Unanswered Prayer

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Unanswered Prayer

Whispers and echoes
 into the void of nothingness
Sound traveling into vacuum


A scream of help
A shout of pain
A yell of hopelessness


Can someone try
to hear this excruciating cry
of an unanswered prayer?



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Getting Inspired: A Day at the BDJ Women's Summit: Women Redefined

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When I heard that BDJ is going to have a women's summit, I got excited and wondered if I should go. My life has become a hectic cycle of eat-sleep-work that hobby time has become rare for me. But I thought better and decided that life is about living, too. And what better way to rejuvenate that going to an event and meet like minded people.

The BDJ Women's Summit was so much fun! I got there late and missed the first two talks. But don't worry,  I still enjoyed the rest of the day. Themed as "Women Redefined", it tackled on being a successful woman in various fields. Yes, even male dominated careers.


The summit kit for Women Redefined
The speakers were awesome! The encouragement they gave us touched our souls...






The seminars were so good that I barely had time in exploring the booths. But anyway, I did just that after the talks...



And lucky me! I won in the Wacoal booth. Yay! There were a lot of photobooths, too. We got a lot of pictures from Lipault, Wacoal, and Sunlife. There were also foundations that were ready to accept donations. But most of all, I'm very much happy because I won in the raffle, too. Wheee~




But seeing all of my Bella besties made my day! I'm very much happy to see all of them again after months of me being MIA. And I also got to meet celebs like Antoinette Taus and Janeena Chan. What a lucky day! (^_^)


Me and my Bella besties

Here comes the most exciting part! Loot bag! Wheee~ It's wonderful that we were able to take a lot of things from this event. Aside from all the inspiring talks that is sure to get you motivated, you also get material stuff. The BDJ Women's Summit is a great event and I will surely go next time... and I won't be late, promise! Hihi~


The BDJ Women's Summit loot bag contents. The BDJ Planner is part of the VIP Special Pass.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The 2018 Belle de Jour Power Planner

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Hi everyone! The first month of the year is almost coming to an end. Have you decided on a planner yet? What do prefer? Formal? Artsy? Minimalist? Whatever you choose, it should reflect your personality so that you won't forget to write on it everyday.

For me and my hobbies, I always go for the Belle de Jour Power Planner. It has been a part of my life for eight years now. Year after year, it just improves. I always like the concept art and the contents. Not only that, being part of the Bella community has led me to meet a lot of people who became my friends, too.

So dearies... lemme present the gorgeous 2018 Belle de Jour Power Planner!

The 2018 Belle de Jour Power Planner

Yep, it goes with a coupon booklet, magnetic bookmark, and a sticker sheet! Sweet! The theme for this year is the Boho look. I love it! All the feathers, frilly dresses, dreamcatchers... The concept this year is awesome. 

Love how front and back cover are connected like that

I had mine personalized with my name. (^-^)/

Here are my favorite pages...

This page is empowering, right? :)

I always think about purpose and meaning in my life.

Of course, we all loooove the coupons! Wheee~


Here are the rest of the pages, real quick! Oh, they're fabulous!

This planner is so beautiful! It inspires me to be beautiful, too. So, have you decided to make BDJ your planner for 2018? (^-^)


Be beautiful, dearies :)


Sunday, January 14, 2018

The 2018 Starbucks Planner

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The acquisition of the Starbucks planner is something of a challenge to us. Getting the stickers (convincing friends to give up theirs if you have to!), gulping all the drinks (not to mention the calories), and making time for a store visit are the things you have to do. Yep. It's a quest, and only the successful is rewarded by this thing of beauty. 

 The 2018 Starbucks planner.
This planner is commemorative of their 20th anniversary in the Philippines. The design is exquisite and the leather cover makes it all worth the eighteen cups of coffee! The package comes with a calendar, a ruler, and an inactive Starbucks card.


All the goodies that come with it.

The original cover is great, too!
The message is heartwarming... awwww~

The insides are full of colors. The personal info page is just the beginning of this artistic themed journey. The monthly pages are uniquely designed, too. Take a look... 


Page one is already colorful :)

January is all about yellows

August page divider is my favorite

The daily planner pages... yep, it's horizontal


Of course, it wouldn't all be complete without the coupons! Yay! 



Year-round coupons

With that being said, lemme take you too a brief journey inside the 2018 Starbucks planner... 




Oh hey, if you activate the aforementioned Starbucks card this January, you can get the chance to win a year's worth of free drinks! Whee~ Yep, already on it...




Every year, I get the Starbucks planner. You know, it's nice to have something to remind me to get my life together. Hahaha~ Just like most of us, my life is nowhere near organized, too. However, it has been hard to let go of something that has become a tradition to me. Do you like the Starbucks planner, too? :) 



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