Friday, August 22, 2014

REVIEW: Fernando at Coloane Village, Macau


One of the most highly recommended restaurants online in Macau is Fernando. We took a free shuttle to the Venetian, crossed their bus parking lot (on your left before you enter the hotel), crossed the street and turned right (going left would bring you to the direction of Galaxy) to the bus stop. We waited for Bus No. 9 which stops at Hac Sa Beach. We left Venetian around 11:15 am and arrived around 12:40 pm, no traffic, it was a weekday.

Hac Sa Beach final bus stop
We made the mistake of getting off one stop earlier because there where no signs, in English at least nor could we communicate with the bus driver where we wanted to go. No worries though, we walked about 2 blocks straight to the road and saw the final bus stop (pictured above) and the restaurant facade.


Fernando facade.
We almost missed the restaurant too because seeing the beach, a parking space, a walled compound and small stores lining the street made it so easy to see this humble entry way as just a bunch of trees.  Or maybe it was the hunger?! There are no visible signage outside the restaurant so just look for that bunch of foliage and go right in :)

Inside dining area
We got ushered inside past the open doorway, a dining area,  a wall of foreign currency, an al fresco dining space, an open bar and finally inside this charming dining area. We arrived a little before noon on a weekday which is probably the best time to visit this place as there is no line for waiting that is often reported online. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Galaxy Macau / Tsui Wah

Went out of our hotel to have midnight snack at the first Tsui Wah in Macau located at the 2F of Galaxy Hotel.


King Sized Prawns with Fried Noodles

"A noodle dish inspired by the classic Peking Sweet and Sour Chili Prawn. The noodles are pan-fried to a crispy and crunchy state, then mixed with succulent sweet and sour king prawns on top."

This dish is so good with just a hint of sweetness and the right amount of chilli that does not burn the tongue but keeps the taste exciting. The number of prawns in the dish was just right. It was served sizzling after a few minutes. The crispy noodles were perfectly done, if I may say so. I am definitely ordering this again and would recommend it to anyone who likes a hint of spiciness in their food. Also, the hot plate ensured the dish didn't grow cold or the noodles to become soggy.


Crispy Buns with Condensed Milk

“Crispy Bun served with sweet condensed milk”is Tsui Wah’s reinvention of a classic Hong Kong snack. Each freshly baked bun is richly coated with thick butter and condensed milk, giving it an irresistible taste that is crispy on the outside and soft inside.

Why order bread with condensed milk in a restaurant when you can just make it at home right? No. Their crispy bun has the right amount of crunch and chewiness, for lack of a better word. The sweetness of the condensed milk is balanced out by the slight saltiness of the butter and the bread. For a midnight snack though it was a bit heavy on the stomach. ;p

                                     

We really wanted to try their other food especially the jumbo hotdog but for 2 girls at midnight, it was just too much!

No one is allowed to take photos inside the casino but the interior was too beautiful and I had to risk it.
 Suffice it to say, a Chinese woman shouted at us from across the room telling so we innocently (and briskly) walked away as I put my camera away.
 Some website say the Tsui Wah is only open until midnight, but if I understood the Chinese sign correctly, they are open 24 hours. You may ask for water from the waitress but they'll serve it hot. I didn't know how to ask for cold water.


Peacock wall decor with rainbow changing lights.


We tried to wait for the diamond to float out but we didn't see it. I was wondering though if the koi swimming under the fountain were real.


 The drop off area of Galaxy with a stretch limo casually parked and several other luxury cars waiting.

This place is H U G E. As of the time we went, two other buildings/towers were still being constructed at the back. 


There was so much detail and preciseness put into the making of this hotel and I do want to stay here when I return to Macau. Also, because I want to try the rooftop wave pool.


You can take a free shuttle to Galaxy from other hotels or from the airport or the ferry terminal. Or you can take a bus because there's a bus stop right at the foot of the casino gate. Bus stops have posted details on their routes and it's quite easy to understand and figure out. From Regency Hotel at Taipa Village, we took Bus 21 but you can also take Bus 25. 














Monday, February 24, 2014

5th Philippine Pyromusical International Firework Competition

The second week of the six weeks of the 5th Philippine Pyromusical International Firework Competition was held last 22 February 2014 at SM Mall of Asia. Competitors performing were Spain and the United Kingdom. 


The show started with the BRUNCHU EXPERIENCE OF SPAIN. 

 This is my first pyromusical show so I was pretty much in jaw-dropped-eyes-big-and-glazed-giddy-as-a-kid-on-Christmas-morning stunned, awed and just all around happy watching the show. THIS, not including the fireworks display at Disneyland because that is just a whole different level of magic for me ;p
The fireworks danced in tune to about 5 or 7 songs, I really was not counting nor paying attention.
 Followed by a short break with a short fireworks show by Bonchon.
 The Jubilee Fireworks by the United Kingdom was a league better than that of Spain. The fireworks display was so much bigger and it was in tune most of the time. There were also a greater variety of fireworks used or at least it seemed to my amateur eyes.
 If I remember correctly, they both used Don't You Worry Child by the Swedish House Mafia. I'm not sure if this was a requirement for the competition.

 UK had hearts and double hearts fireworks but my favourite was the ball of gold glitter like fireworks with purple tips. Unfortunately, I was not able to take a good photo of it.
 Aside from the fireworks, it was also very nice to hear the kids screaming in awe and excitement whenever big fireworks come out.
Maybe, UK will be able to defend its title this year but then again, there's 4 more weeks and 7 countries more to go so it's really anybody's game still. 
For more details, visit the Pyrolympics Website The show is supposed to start at 7:00 pm although with us it started a little bit later. However, best to come earlier to get a good spot as people pile in as early as 5 pm. 
video
Short clip of the fireworks display of UK shot by my friend :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Brighter Than The Sun 2014



I like 2013 so much I'm feeling really positive for 2014 so I got my 2014 planner already (photo above). Actually I bought the planner from my recent trip in Seoul and I feel like it will bring me better luck for 2014 because, well, Seoul is my happy place :)

I can say that 2013 has been good to me. However, I don't feel that it is an accurate statement to make as this year has been been quite challenging not only physically - I don't think I've ever been so sickly - but emotionally and academically as well. Maybe I can say it has been a good year because when it was good, it was really good, and that got me through the rest of the year, good and bad experiences together. That said, I do hope I can get more free time in 2014 while keeping the successes of 2013. I would like to do more traveling and less working. HA! You know what they say, write your goals and watch them come to life. So again universe, my goals for 2014 is to TRAVEL MORE, earn MORE MONEY and get MORE REST. Thank you in advance :)

The curly haired kid with the orange jacket sat
on the girl with the pink jacket so they both fell.
Life is a matter of perspective. It is what you make of it. There will always be happy times and sad times. You'll get your heart broken. You'll fail. But you pick yourself up. You believe that it is not yet the end, and it really isn't. You can wallow in self-pity and drown yourself in all the awful things that has happened and is happening to you and get stuck in that dark abyss of sadness and failure. Or you can cry, bitch, whine, complain and then move on. Do something about what hurts you. Do anything to get you started. Do whatever it takes to be happy again. You deserve to be happy and loved.

The future looks bright but only if you choose to wake up to see the sun shining :)

Photo taken in Mt. Seoraksan, Sokcho, South Korea
I'm looking forward to sharing my South Korea trip and all the Korean beauty products I will be reviewing :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

REVIEW x SWATCH: Rimmel Forever Shape Mascara


Rimmel Forever Shape Mascara is a life changer! My make-up artist friend Finella Manuel got me this from her recent trip in Japan. After a quick search online, I've come to the conclusion that this is an exclusive Rimmel Japan only product. Rimmel Forever Shape Mascara comes in two variants, Super Long and Super Volume. I got Super Long and I need Super Volume. It is waterproof even on my bottom lashes and lasts a whole day on me. It literally keeps my lashes long and curled from morning until night without need of re-application. Not that I would advise re-applying mascara as this can lead to all sorts of makeup mishaps. 


It has a curved wand with short fine bristles. Admittedly I was apprehensive when I saw how seemingly clumped together the bristles were but I soon discovered their very effective use. Upon application, it doesn't feel like the brush actually touches all my lashes. However, I realize that the dense bristles allows for the wand to coat my lashes sparingly without clumping while "pulling" it upwards and giving it a curled effect. 


Bare lashes.



One coat of Rimmel Forever Shape Super Long Mascara. You can see that it has visibly extended my lashes already without particularly thickening it giving a natural look. I apply the mascara by wiggling the curved (middle) part of the brush sideways on my lashes while pulling the brush upwards. 
 This is 3 coats of mascara (could be more :) ). Yes I like to apply a lot of mascara especially if I don't have any eye make up :) You can see that it has added volume to my lashes without clumping it. 

I curled my lashes and voila. Drama drama drama. I usually curl my lashes before I apply mascara but for purposes of this review, I decided to curl it after applying the mascara. Notice how my lashes look thicker and longer? It has also opened my eyes and that is even without eye liner. Needless to say, I absolutely love this Rimmel Mascara and I am on the hunt for the Super Volume variant so I can layer them! :)

WHO SHOULD BUY:

  • Anyone who is in Japan (Please buy for me too!)
  • Wants longer lashes
  • Wants an affordable mascara
WHO SHOULDN'T BUY IT:
  • Who does not want long lashes (Seriously!?!?!)


Saturday, June 1, 2013

REVIEW: Beauty Bar Cosmetic Brush Cleaner

EVENT: Canmake Launch


On 9 May 2013, Canmake had a mini launch at Wine Museum to introduce their products to some bloggers and makeup artists. The nice thing about it was they did not only provide information about their products but they also let us test their products and give our own comments and suggestions. 


Canmake really has such cute pretty packaging!!!! I felt like a kid in a candy store with all the cute makeup they were passing around and using for demos!!! Best thing about it was we got to try them all!  I made sure to leave the event with full on kawaii makeup ;)

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