p.s. from aeropostale launch at up town center

Saturday, November 29, 2014

What makes a kids fashion show successful?
It’s when the kids watching actually beg you to shop the clothes and the brand afterwards!

That’s exactly what happened during the PS From Aero fashion show held at the UP Town Center a few days ago:


ootd: welcome astogroup!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hi guys! This ootd is extra special because it's the first time I'm introducing my newest (and so far) one of the best sponsors I've ever scored for my blog...ASTO GROUP!

What's so special about Asto Group is that they not only sell unique and stylish clothes from all over Asia, it's also a hub for emerging fashion designers in our region and independent designers all over the world. The people behind ASTO are also super nice and professional.

At Asto's website you get to shop pieces by designers such as Christopher Nguyen, About Alexander, Karl Alley, Isumi, Sylvia Chung and many, many more.

Also, their pieces are extremely well made and affordable. You can get tops for as low as $17 plus they ship for free and accept returns worldwide. That's how you know they believe in what they sell.

First piece I'm featuring from them is this avalanche top by P Sella. I love easy to wear slip-on sleeveless numbers but this one takes it to the next level. I love the artsy collage that immediately sets it apart from mass produced pieces. The fabric they used is also highly commendable. It looks and feels expensive + the neutral color palette makes it so versatile. Expect to see this over and over again :P

asto group fashion blogger
leather joggers street style
p sella avalanche top
hat street style
olive joggers street style
asto group street style
jogger outfit
To see more of what the ASTO GROUP offers, visit their website at: www.astogroup.com

p sella top from asto group | forever 21 leather joggers | zara shoes | rebecca minkoff mini mac shoulder bag | romwe hat

photos by anagonzales.com


#LiveInLevisPH - customize your jeans!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Have you been searching for the perfect pair of jeans? Dreaming of the perfect wash or those perfectly ripped and distressed boyfriend jeans that look so comfortably lived in? 

Finding a good pair that matches your personality and body type perfectly can be short of a nightmare.

What if I tell you that Levi's is making it possible by setting up a free customization stall???

AAAhhhhh, freak out mode!!!


Yep, the most trusted name in denim set up a customization lab a few weeks ago where there brand ambassadors John James Uy, Brent Javier and Robbie Becroft shared their significant Levi's pieces, specially customized to fit their distinct personalities. During the event, guests were treated to a unique customization lab, where a team of designers, sewers, embellishment artists, and cutters were present to customize each piece according to their specific liking.


This was set up to promote their latest campaign called #LiveInLevisPH

Levis are a classic that can transcend generations. Now make it even more lovable by customizing a pair to your own liking to guarantee that it'l be your new favorite. Something you love so much, you can live in it everyday!


Drop by the SM Mall Of Asia Atrium from November 20 - December 14, 2014, spend at least P3,000 on Levi's items to get exclusive access to their customization lab!

This is an event you'll definitely not want to miss!

For more information about Live in Levi's, visit: Facebook.com/Levis.Philippines.
GIVEAWAYS:

backjoy "straight up campaign" launch at bluewater day spa

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Massage over a movie. How can you say no to that?

I can't. :P

Both are my weakness that's why I found myself seated in a La-Z-Boy at Bluewater Day Spa a couple of days ago for the launch of Backjoy's newest campagn called "Straight Up".

The afternoon was all about comfort as Backjoy introduced it's new line of products to us.


Backjoy is all about spine health. They create products which help correct and improve our posture. 

For us to better understand the way it works, we were all given a pair of StandRight flip-flops:


The StandRight line of footwear features "Active Stabilization Technology": which help users walk correctly (through the natural gait line system) and improve their posture (through an integrated system).

"The natural gait line system is the pattern of the foot efficiency created when the feet meet the ground in stance and step for normal alignment and function.
Foot efficiency depends on the way the bones and joints in the foot move in relation to each other. These components work together to provide the body with posture, support, balance and mobility when you stand and walk."

Did I mention how comfortable they are???

Oh my god, they are, you'll feel it immediately once you slide a pair on!


Aside from StandRight, Backjoy also carries Sit Smart which  I think is their first product (?) and I'm pretty sure you've all come across it in the malls?

Sit Smart is a nifty little seat which help relieve pain and allows you to sit in comfort for extended periods of time. Perfect for those with 9-5 corporate jobs.


And lastly, my favorite of all the "Sleep Sound" category which features the Sleep Pillow.

The Sleep Pillow uses a patented layered technology that automatically floats the head in optimal sleeping posture which aligns the neck and reduces back pain.

It's made with a combination of down + memory foam (I think that's enough reason already to get one :P down + memory foam, nothing beats that!) that just feels really good once you sink your head into it. I used it to sleep last night and I woke up feeling really nice :)

Also, it has a removable cover with 2 sides: a plush (warm) or smooth (cool) side!


Visit Backjoy Philippines at these branches: Ayala Cebu, SM Fairview, SM MOA, SM Megamall, SM Annex, SM Cebu, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Magnolia.

for more info on Backjoy and their complete line of products, visit: http://www.backjoy.com


big is always better

 Diamonds, boobs, butts. 
Except maybe hair. 
Big is always better. 

When it comes to clothes, I like it big and roomy with enough space for me to move around in. 

Realistic outfits that allows the wearer to live and function normally during their daily exploits.

For someone with a busy schedule like mine, easy is the operative word and I can't think of an easier to put together outfit than this one...wait okay maybe a slip dress + birks would be easier but this is pretty simple too.

All black.

And to break it apart, a cozy oversized blazer in gray...which is so neutral, I think it can practically go with any color under the sun.

oversized blazer street style
celine nano street style
black pants street style
gray blazer street style
So...do you like 'em big too? hehehe :P

h&m gray blazer | sm woman top | warehouse trousers | topshop sneaker slip-ons

photos by paultheprguy.blogspot.com

singapore: fullerton bay hotel, clifford pier, marina waterfront

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've been meaning to publish this post earlier but I got so busy with work and preparing for another trip! I'll be celebrating my 35th birthday (eek!) at the end of this month and me and Dennis are celebrating it in Taiwan!!! (yay!)

Anyway, back to Singapore...

Last time I was here was before Universal Studios and Marina Bay Sands were constructed so there really wasn't much to see aside from Sentosa and Orchard. I thought by now they would have expanded the tiny city for more places to explore but no. :P Marina Bay is just a walk away from Suntec City Mall (where I used to eat my favorite on-the-go Chicken Rice at CareFourr grocery) :P

It's really easy to go around Singapore, their public transportation is very efficient and if you take a cab (which I don't recommend, super expensive), everything is pretty much just 5 minutes away from Orchard..because of this, the location of your hotel shouldn't matter so much. You can get a cheaper hotel away from Orchard and still be able to see the entire Singapore in 4 days.

Okay anyway, on our 2nd day in Singapore, we attended the wedding of my cousin in Fullerton Bay Hotel.

We were supposed to join the shuttle provided for wedding guests but we were running late so we decided to grab this black car that was already waiting outside our hotel...our bellhop said it didn't cost much more than a regular taxi...um, no. Regular cabs already have a flag down rate of around 3.20 SGD (110 PHP) + .22 cents every 350 meters + toll fee if you happen to pass one of those (which you probably will), this black car charged an additional 10 SGD!!! For a less than 10 minute ride, we ended up paying something like 43 SGD/ 1500 Php!!! Very expensive, lah! But it was a wedding so, nevermind...


Fullerton Bay Hotel is located along the Marina Waterfront. There's a tunnel you can pass through from Fullerton Hotel.


Once you exit the tunnel, you end up here:


One of my favorite places in Singapore which is part of the Marina Waterfront. From here, you can capture a beautiful view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel...(told you everything is nearby. :P )


There's also lots of nice cafe's and restaurants you can have a romantic date in...


During my stay, I also noticed a lot of these cute graffiti bear sculptures on display (too bad I wasn't able to check what they were about..)


Here's the bridge leading up to Fullerton Bay Hotel:


And my grandma's OOTD :P She told me to take a "candid shot" of her. It doesn't seem like it's her first time...to think she's 80! What a trooper!


At the pier, there are boats you can hire to take you around the Marina, it's a great way to explore  different side of the city:


And here's the Fullerton Bay Hotel which I immediately fell in love with. It has the feel of a posh, old-world yacht club. I really enjoyed having my coffee in their al fresco area:


The lobby: I love visiting Singapore during the Holiday season. Despite not being an entirely Catholic country, they don't scrimp on the decorations, especially on Orchard Road, I've seen it decorated for Christmas on 3 different occasions and all were impressive. Inside the Fullerton Bay Hotel + some other nearby hotels/malls, you'll find a lot of these giant Tiffany Christmas Trees:


The wedding reception was at Clifford Pier which is fairly new and just opened last May 2014.

Back in the 1930's, this historical landmark used to be lined with numerous hawker stalls. This is where most of Singapore's pioneers would disembark from their ships.


Some of my relatives...it's funny how seniors love to argue. Was asking them to pose for a shot but they were so caught up in their debate, they weren't paying attention to me. I have a lot of photos of them looking like this... hehe!


Our menu for the afternoon:


Started off with Seared Scallops...super good! Love the saltiness of the roe against the balsamic. Scallops were perfectly cooked. 


Roasted Butternut Squash Pureé - also really yummy. It had spiced pumpkin seeds and ARGAN OIL! I usually just use that on my hair, first time to try it in a dish but I have to say I really liked it despite it being a bit on the sweet side...


Organic Sous Vide Egg - I'm not really a fan of truffles (omg, yes, Im not, haha, I find it a little too overwhelming) so I didn't really like this dish..


This was heaven in the mouth (sounds awful :P) - 18 hour Braised Short Ribs... melt in your moth goodness. One of the best dishes I've ever tried. Yum! We also had a fish option (which was also excellent but I was on vacation so I decided to go with the beef, good decision!)

Chocolate Tart - I found this a little bit too sweet for my taste but everyone else liked it


After the heavy meal, we also had Afternoon Tea (which I forgot to take a photo of). On regular days, the Clifford Pier is open at 3:30pm - 5:30pm for afternoon tea. If you're on a budget and want to experience this place, I highly suggest visiting within those hours. You can enjoy your tea over live jazz performances and the spread they provide is quite nice and very extensive.


There you go...Fullerton Bay Hotel, Clifford Pier, Marina Waterfront. 3 Places which are not usually on the regular Singapore tourist radar but quite nice to visit if you want a pretty atmosphere to relax and indulge in.

Check out my other Singapore posts:

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5 treats this christmas season at greenbelt

Monday, November 24, 2014


The "Christmas Launch" was held last November 19, 2014 at Greenbelt 5's Fashion Walk.

It was an intimate event held to kickstart the lighting of Greenbelt's Christmas lights and decorations, the Silent Auction and several other activities set to spread the Christmas spirit to their shoppers.


I haven't been feeling the "holiday cheer" but after attending this event with all the twinkling lights, fireworks, bubbly, a Christmas orchestra, and a generally generous atmosphere amongst everyone there, I gotta say, it has crept right back in and here I am right now writing this with Michael Buble's Christmas album on loop! :P


Christmas is all about giving back (and of course, receiving too!:P).

Here's some activities to look forward to at Greenbelt this holiday season that will surely get you in the mood to celebrate and give thanks to all the blessings you received this 2014:

  1. The Silent Auction - Launched this same day, the Silent Auction aims to raise funds Habitat for Humanity's Bohol Program which aims to rebuild more than 5,000 homes in Bohol that were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda, Sto. Niño de Paz's Little Sisters of the Poor (for the elderly) and Ayala Foundation's Sibaltan Women of El Nido and CENTEX (centers of excellence in public education that promote music, visual and performing arts). 
- bid on paintings by Clarina Gonzales, Dan Fajardo, Tokwa Peñaflorida and many other exciting and emerging artists with a starting price of just P4,500!
- bid on overnight stays at premium hotels for a fraction of its original price
- bid on designer clothing and shoes by Onitsuka Tiger for as low as P1950
- bid on an OMEGA constellation clock for just P30,000

+ lots more and don't forget, proceeds go to charity! That's some guilt-free shopping for you! ;)


2. The Christmas Station - a one stop shop venue for all your Christmas shopping needs! Located at Greenbelt 3's Right Wing, the Christmas station will include a:

- Christmas Market -purchase from participating merchants and customize your Christmas bags! Make each gift unique and personal. Themes change every 2 weeks, beginning with a food market, followed by a beauty market and lastly, an apparel market! + GET FREE gift wrapping services for purchases above P2,500 at the WRAPPING STATION!


3. 12 Days of Christmas Treats - random Greenbelt shoppers will receive different treats for 12 days from December 12 to 23!

4. Wish List Station - for every purchase of P5,000, P10,000 and P25,000, shoppers get to choose from a list of items as a Holiday Treat or you can opt to donate to charity instead (nothing like giving back to make you truly feel the spirit of Christmas!)


And lastly,
5. Designer Christmas Trees - after all, what is Christmas without Christmas Trees? Designers from the Greenbelt Filipino Zone were given fresh trees to decorate! See them on display at Greenbelt's Fashion Walk. You can even bid on them and take them home for your entire family enjoy.

There you go, 5 things to look forward to at Greenbelt this Christmas!

To further help you get in the mood, here's a playlist of Michael Buble's Christmas Songs (one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time :P)


And before you go, don't forget to join my giveaways!

preparing a child for success + giveaway

Friday, November 21, 2014


Nothing can prepare you enough for parenthood. No book, no TV show and definitely no expert. When it comes to parenting, I believe that there is no such thing as a (professional) expert. We are our own child's expert and being a parent is a learning experience unique to every child.

I wasn't ready to be a mom when I got pregnant but after giving birth, everything just fell into place. My daughter taught me how to be a parent. She taught me how to love unconditionally and to live life the way it's meant to be lived. She is my daughter and my life coach. Despite being given to me a mere 8 years ago, she has already gifted me with so much. When she was born, I was re-born as well. She is the most precious gift I have ever received, a blessing that I would like to world to see.

I believe my daughter is destined for greatness. To equip her with the skills she needs to tackle her  life ahead, I make a conscious effort to develop her Multiple Intelligence daily.

Multiple Intelligence is all about being Body Smart, Brain Smart, and People Smart. It's not just about getting good grades in school but in life as well.

My child is naturally timid so to help her get over her shyness, I enrolled her in Football class and schedule regular playdates with the kids of my friends. After the first few weeks, I immediately noticed a change in her demeanor. Because she learned a new skill and met new friends with the same interests, she became a lot more confident and self-assured. (Boom! That's a 2 point combo right there! :P)

Being able to witness your child bloom is the most priceless feeling in the world. It makes everything worth it and that is why it is very important that we expose our children to different experiences and keep them curious.

For more insight into parenting and how to develop your child's Multiple Intelligence, watch this quick video of Mika Lagdameo-Martinez: a woman who became a mom early but would not have chosen it any other way.


As a co-parent, I would like to help you develop your child's Multiple Intelligence by hosting this giveaway for you!

Joining is easy, just complete this sentence and tweet:
“I choose #MultipleIntelligence because __________. http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2014/10/what-is-multipleintelligence-giveaway_7.html #MIXsarahtirona” then fill up the Rafflecopter form below:


sample tweet:“I choose #MultipleIntelligence because I want my child to grow up to her full potential. http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2014/10/what-is-multipleintelligence-giveaway_7.html #MIXsarahtirona”

Prizes to be won are Mercury Drug and Toys R' Us gift certificates plus a special gift pack that will truly enhance your child's Multiple Intelligence. Everything is worth over P2000 and I will be picking a winner weekly so Good Luck and keep joining! :)

giveaway: win tickets to bloggers united 8!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

8 is believed to be a lucky number and I believe so! Bloggers United has never been this HUGE!

For our 8th installment, get to shop the closets of celebrities like Kelly Misa, Jacob Benedicto of PBB, Kiana Valenciano, Gabs and Alyssa Gibbs, Divine Lee and many more!

Plus "US", of course, your old favorite bloggers :P


And this time around I really need your help to organize my house, my life and my closet! :P


Hope you guys buy all my stuff cause the state of my house and closet is reaching very dangerous levels already. Last week when I was packing for Singapore, a bottle of lotion fell on my head! (hahaha, #truestory). So, please help me, I cannot find anything anymooooreeee!!! :((



Will be selling lots of brand new with tags + one time used clothing from brands such as ZARA, TOPSHOP, BERSHKA, SUITEBLANCO, FOREVER21, STRADIVARIUS, NIKE, ADIDAS, H&M, ROMWE, JEFFREY CAMPBELL and many more at really low prices. Basically most of the stuff you see in my past #OOTD's will be up for sale! :)
So thank you already in advance! :)

Also, because we're partnering with OLX.ph this year, we've all decided to "level up" and sell more than just clothes! I'll also be selling almost new gadgets, speakers and iPhone/MacBook accessories!

If you can't wait and would like to shop/see some of the items I'll be selling, I've already uploaded a few to my OLX page. You can check them out HERE: http://members.olx.ph/brandedforless79


And here's more reason for you to shop!

Take a photo of what you bought (hopefully include something from me :P) during the event and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX for a chance to win an iPHONE6, a GOPro HERO 3+ and H&M gift cards!!! Don't forget to tag @olxph @bloggersunitedph!


To make things even easier for you, I'm giving away 10 pairs of tickets to #BU8xOLX so you can save your money solely for shopping!

To join, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below:


Will choose 10 winners via Random.org so you can share this special event with your BFF's just like us!

Can't wait to see you all again!!!

Special thanks to our sponsors:



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Saturday, November 29, 2014

p.s. from aeropostale launch at up town center

What makes a kids fashion show successful?
It’s when the kids watching actually beg you to shop the clothes and the brand afterwards!

That’s exactly what happened during the PS From Aero fashion show held at the UP Town Center a few days ago:


Friday, November 28, 2014

ootd: welcome astogroup!

Hi guys! This ootd is extra special because it's the first time I'm introducing my newest (and so far) one of the best sponsors I've ever scored for my blog...ASTO GROUP!

What's so special about Asto Group is that they not only sell unique and stylish clothes from all over Asia, it's also a hub for emerging fashion designers in our region and independent designers all over the world. The people behind ASTO are also super nice and professional.

At Asto's website you get to shop pieces by designers such as Christopher Nguyen, About Alexander, Karl Alley, Isumi, Sylvia Chung and many, many more.

Also, their pieces are extremely well made and affordable. You can get tops for as low as $17 plus they ship for free and accept returns worldwide. That's how you know they believe in what they sell.

First piece I'm featuring from them is this avalanche top by P Sella. I love easy to wear slip-on sleeveless numbers but this one takes it to the next level. I love the artsy collage that immediately sets it apart from mass produced pieces. The fabric they used is also highly commendable. It looks and feels expensive + the neutral color palette makes it so versatile. Expect to see this over and over again :P

asto group fashion blogger
leather joggers street style
p sella avalanche top
hat street style
olive joggers street style
asto group street style
jogger outfit
To see more of what the ASTO GROUP offers, visit their website at: www.astogroup.com

p sella top from asto group | forever 21 leather joggers | zara shoes | rebecca minkoff mini mac shoulder bag | romwe hat

photos by anagonzales.com


Thursday, November 27, 2014

#LiveInLevisPH - customize your jeans!

Have you been searching for the perfect pair of jeans? Dreaming of the perfect wash or those perfectly ripped and distressed boyfriend jeans that look so comfortably lived in? 

Finding a good pair that matches your personality and body type perfectly can be short of a nightmare.

What if I tell you that Levi's is making it possible by setting up a free customization stall???

AAAhhhhh, freak out mode!!!


Yep, the most trusted name in denim set up a customization lab a few weeks ago where there brand ambassadors John James Uy, Brent Javier and Robbie Becroft shared their significant Levi's pieces, specially customized to fit their distinct personalities. During the event, guests were treated to a unique customization lab, where a team of designers, sewers, embellishment artists, and cutters were present to customize each piece according to their specific liking.


This was set up to promote their latest campaign called #LiveInLevisPH

Levis are a classic that can transcend generations. Now make it even more lovable by customizing a pair to your own liking to guarantee that it'l be your new favorite. Something you love so much, you can live in it everyday!


Drop by the SM Mall Of Asia Atrium from November 20 - December 14, 2014, spend at least P3,000 on Levi's items to get exclusive access to their customization lab!

This is an event you'll definitely not want to miss!

For more information about Live in Levi's, visit: Facebook.com/Levis.Philippines.
GIVEAWAYS:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

backjoy "straight up campaign" launch at bluewater day spa

Massage over a movie. How can you say no to that?

I can't. :P

Both are my weakness that's why I found myself seated in a La-Z-Boy at Bluewater Day Spa a couple of days ago for the launch of Backjoy's newest campagn called "Straight Up".

The afternoon was all about comfort as Backjoy introduced it's new line of products to us.


Backjoy is all about spine health. They create products which help correct and improve our posture. 

For us to better understand the way it works, we were all given a pair of StandRight flip-flops:


The StandRight line of footwear features "Active Stabilization Technology": which help users walk correctly (through the natural gait line system) and improve their posture (through an integrated system).

"The natural gait line system is the pattern of the foot efficiency created when the feet meet the ground in stance and step for normal alignment and function.
Foot efficiency depends on the way the bones and joints in the foot move in relation to each other. These components work together to provide the body with posture, support, balance and mobility when you stand and walk."

Did I mention how comfortable they are???

Oh my god, they are, you'll feel it immediately once you slide a pair on!


Aside from StandRight, Backjoy also carries Sit Smart which  I think is their first product (?) and I'm pretty sure you've all come across it in the malls?

Sit Smart is a nifty little seat which help relieve pain and allows you to sit in comfort for extended periods of time. Perfect for those with 9-5 corporate jobs.


And lastly, my favorite of all the "Sleep Sound" category which features the Sleep Pillow.

The Sleep Pillow uses a patented layered technology that automatically floats the head in optimal sleeping posture which aligns the neck and reduces back pain.

It's made with a combination of down + memory foam (I think that's enough reason already to get one :P down + memory foam, nothing beats that!) that just feels really good once you sink your head into it. I used it to sleep last night and I woke up feeling really nice :)

Also, it has a removable cover with 2 sides: a plush (warm) or smooth (cool) side!


Visit Backjoy Philippines at these branches: Ayala Cebu, SM Fairview, SM MOA, SM Megamall, SM Annex, SM Cebu, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Magnolia.

for more info on Backjoy and their complete line of products, visit: http://www.backjoy.com


big is always better

 Diamonds, boobs, butts. 
Except maybe hair. 
Big is always better. 

When it comes to clothes, I like it big and roomy with enough space for me to move around in. 

Realistic outfits that allows the wearer to live and function normally during their daily exploits.

For someone with a busy schedule like mine, easy is the operative word and I can't think of an easier to put together outfit than this one...wait okay maybe a slip dress + birks would be easier but this is pretty simple too.

All black.

And to break it apart, a cozy oversized blazer in gray...which is so neutral, I think it can practically go with any color under the sun.

oversized blazer street style
celine nano street style
black pants street style
gray blazer street style
So...do you like 'em big too? hehehe :P

h&m gray blazer | sm woman top | warehouse trousers | topshop sneaker slip-ons

photos by paultheprguy.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

singapore: fullerton bay hotel, clifford pier, marina waterfront

I've been meaning to publish this post earlier but I got so busy with work and preparing for another trip! I'll be celebrating my 35th birthday (eek!) at the end of this month and me and Dennis are celebrating it in Taiwan!!! (yay!)

Anyway, back to Singapore...

Last time I was here was before Universal Studios and Marina Bay Sands were constructed so there really wasn't much to see aside from Sentosa and Orchard. I thought by now they would have expanded the tiny city for more places to explore but no. :P Marina Bay is just a walk away from Suntec City Mall (where I used to eat my favorite on-the-go Chicken Rice at CareFourr grocery) :P

It's really easy to go around Singapore, their public transportation is very efficient and if you take a cab (which I don't recommend, super expensive), everything is pretty much just 5 minutes away from Orchard..because of this, the location of your hotel shouldn't matter so much. You can get a cheaper hotel away from Orchard and still be able to see the entire Singapore in 4 days.

Okay anyway, on our 2nd day in Singapore, we attended the wedding of my cousin in Fullerton Bay Hotel.

We were supposed to join the shuttle provided for wedding guests but we were running late so we decided to grab this black car that was already waiting outside our hotel...our bellhop said it didn't cost much more than a regular taxi...um, no. Regular cabs already have a flag down rate of around 3.20 SGD (110 PHP) + .22 cents every 350 meters + toll fee if you happen to pass one of those (which you probably will), this black car charged an additional 10 SGD!!! For a less than 10 minute ride, we ended up paying something like 43 SGD/ 1500 Php!!! Very expensive, lah! But it was a wedding so, nevermind...


Fullerton Bay Hotel is located along the Marina Waterfront. There's a tunnel you can pass through from Fullerton Hotel.


Once you exit the tunnel, you end up here:


One of my favorite places in Singapore which is part of the Marina Waterfront. From here, you can capture a beautiful view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel...(told you everything is nearby. :P )


There's also lots of nice cafe's and restaurants you can have a romantic date in...


During my stay, I also noticed a lot of these cute graffiti bear sculptures on display (too bad I wasn't able to check what they were about..)


Here's the bridge leading up to Fullerton Bay Hotel:


And my grandma's OOTD :P She told me to take a "candid shot" of her. It doesn't seem like it's her first time...to think she's 80! What a trooper!


At the pier, there are boats you can hire to take you around the Marina, it's a great way to explore  different side of the city:


And here's the Fullerton Bay Hotel which I immediately fell in love with. It has the feel of a posh, old-world yacht club. I really enjoyed having my coffee in their al fresco area:


The lobby: I love visiting Singapore during the Holiday season. Despite not being an entirely Catholic country, they don't scrimp on the decorations, especially on Orchard Road, I've seen it decorated for Christmas on 3 different occasions and all were impressive. Inside the Fullerton Bay Hotel + some other nearby hotels/malls, you'll find a lot of these giant Tiffany Christmas Trees:


The wedding reception was at Clifford Pier which is fairly new and just opened last May 2014.

Back in the 1930's, this historical landmark used to be lined with numerous hawker stalls. This is where most of Singapore's pioneers would disembark from their ships.


Some of my relatives...it's funny how seniors love to argue. Was asking them to pose for a shot but they were so caught up in their debate, they weren't paying attention to me. I have a lot of photos of them looking like this... hehe!


Our menu for the afternoon:


Started off with Seared Scallops...super good! Love the saltiness of the roe against the balsamic. Scallops were perfectly cooked. 


Roasted Butternut Squash Pureé - also really yummy. It had spiced pumpkin seeds and ARGAN OIL! I usually just use that on my hair, first time to try it in a dish but I have to say I really liked it despite it being a bit on the sweet side...


Organic Sous Vide Egg - I'm not really a fan of truffles (omg, yes, Im not, haha, I find it a little too overwhelming) so I didn't really like this dish..


This was heaven in the mouth (sounds awful :P) - 18 hour Braised Short Ribs... melt in your moth goodness. One of the best dishes I've ever tried. Yum! We also had a fish option (which was also excellent but I was on vacation so I decided to go with the beef, good decision!)

Chocolate Tart - I found this a little bit too sweet for my taste but everyone else liked it


After the heavy meal, we also had Afternoon Tea (which I forgot to take a photo of). On regular days, the Clifford Pier is open at 3:30pm - 5:30pm for afternoon tea. If you're on a budget and want to experience this place, I highly suggest visiting within those hours. You can enjoy your tea over live jazz performances and the spread they provide is quite nice and very extensive.


There you go...Fullerton Bay Hotel, Clifford Pier, Marina Waterfront. 3 Places which are not usually on the regular Singapore tourist radar but quite nice to visit if you want a pretty atmosphere to relax and indulge in.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

5 treats this christmas season at greenbelt


The "Christmas Launch" was held last November 19, 2014 at Greenbelt 5's Fashion Walk.

It was an intimate event held to kickstart the lighting of Greenbelt's Christmas lights and decorations, the Silent Auction and several other activities set to spread the Christmas spirit to their shoppers.


I haven't been feeling the "holiday cheer" but after attending this event with all the twinkling lights, fireworks, bubbly, a Christmas orchestra, and a generally generous atmosphere amongst everyone there, I gotta say, it has crept right back in and here I am right now writing this with Michael Buble's Christmas album on loop! :P


Christmas is all about giving back (and of course, receiving too!:P).

Here's some activities to look forward to at Greenbelt this holiday season that will surely get you in the mood to celebrate and give thanks to all the blessings you received this 2014:

  1. The Silent Auction - Launched this same day, the Silent Auction aims to raise funds Habitat for Humanity's Bohol Program which aims to rebuild more than 5,000 homes in Bohol that were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda, Sto. Niño de Paz's Little Sisters of the Poor (for the elderly) and Ayala Foundation's Sibaltan Women of El Nido and CENTEX (centers of excellence in public education that promote music, visual and performing arts). 
- bid on paintings by Clarina Gonzales, Dan Fajardo, Tokwa Peñaflorida and many other exciting and emerging artists with a starting price of just P4,500!
- bid on overnight stays at premium hotels for a fraction of its original price
- bid on designer clothing and shoes by Onitsuka Tiger for as low as P1950
- bid on an OMEGA constellation clock for just P30,000

+ lots more and don't forget, proceeds go to charity! That's some guilt-free shopping for you! ;)


2. The Christmas Station - a one stop shop venue for all your Christmas shopping needs! Located at Greenbelt 3's Right Wing, the Christmas station will include a:

- Christmas Market -purchase from participating merchants and customize your Christmas bags! Make each gift unique and personal. Themes change every 2 weeks, beginning with a food market, followed by a beauty market and lastly, an apparel market! + GET FREE gift wrapping services for purchases above P2,500 at the WRAPPING STATION!


3. 12 Days of Christmas Treats - random Greenbelt shoppers will receive different treats for 12 days from December 12 to 23!

4. Wish List Station - for every purchase of P5,000, P10,000 and P25,000, shoppers get to choose from a list of items as a Holiday Treat or you can opt to donate to charity instead (nothing like giving back to make you truly feel the spirit of Christmas!)


And lastly,
5. Designer Christmas Trees - after all, what is Christmas without Christmas Trees? Designers from the Greenbelt Filipino Zone were given fresh trees to decorate! See them on display at Greenbelt's Fashion Walk. You can even bid on them and take them home for your entire family enjoy.

There you go, 5 things to look forward to at Greenbelt this Christmas!

To further help you get in the mood, here's a playlist of Michael Buble's Christmas Songs (one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time :P)


And before you go, don't forget to join my giveaways!

Friday, November 21, 2014

preparing a child for success + giveaway


Nothing can prepare you enough for parenthood. No book, no TV show and definitely no expert. When it comes to parenting, I believe that there is no such thing as a (professional) expert. We are our own child's expert and being a parent is a learning experience unique to every child.

I wasn't ready to be a mom when I got pregnant but after giving birth, everything just fell into place. My daughter taught me how to be a parent. She taught me how to love unconditionally and to live life the way it's meant to be lived. She is my daughter and my life coach. Despite being given to me a mere 8 years ago, she has already gifted me with so much. When she was born, I was re-born as well. She is the most precious gift I have ever received, a blessing that I would like to world to see.

I believe my daughter is destined for greatness. To equip her with the skills she needs to tackle her  life ahead, I make a conscious effort to develop her Multiple Intelligence daily.

Multiple Intelligence is all about being Body Smart, Brain Smart, and People Smart. It's not just about getting good grades in school but in life as well.

My child is naturally timid so to help her get over her shyness, I enrolled her in Football class and schedule regular playdates with the kids of my friends. After the first few weeks, I immediately noticed a change in her demeanor. Because she learned a new skill and met new friends with the same interests, she became a lot more confident and self-assured. (Boom! That's a 2 point combo right there! :P)

Being able to witness your child bloom is the most priceless feeling in the world. It makes everything worth it and that is why it is very important that we expose our children to different experiences and keep them curious.

For more insight into parenting and how to develop your child's Multiple Intelligence, watch this quick video of Mika Lagdameo-Martinez: a woman who became a mom early but would not have chosen it any other way.


As a co-parent, I would like to help you develop your child's Multiple Intelligence by hosting this giveaway for you!

Joining is easy, just complete this sentence and tweet:
“I choose #MultipleIntelligence because __________. http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2014/10/what-is-multipleintelligence-giveaway_7.html #MIXsarahtirona” then fill up the Rafflecopter form below:


sample tweet:“I choose #MultipleIntelligence because I want my child to grow up to her full potential. http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2014/10/what-is-multipleintelligence-giveaway_7.html #MIXsarahtirona”

Prizes to be won are Mercury Drug and Toys R' Us gift certificates plus a special gift pack that will truly enhance your child's Multiple Intelligence. Everything is worth over P2000 and I will be picking a winner weekly so Good Luck and keep joining! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

giveaway: win tickets to bloggers united 8!

8 is believed to be a lucky number and I believe so! Bloggers United has never been this HUGE!

For our 8th installment, get to shop the closets of celebrities like Kelly Misa, Jacob Benedicto of PBB, Kiana Valenciano, Gabs and Alyssa Gibbs, Divine Lee and many more!

Plus "US", of course, your old favorite bloggers :P


And this time around I really need your help to organize my house, my life and my closet! :P


Hope you guys buy all my stuff cause the state of my house and closet is reaching very dangerous levels already. Last week when I was packing for Singapore, a bottle of lotion fell on my head! (hahaha, #truestory). So, please help me, I cannot find anything anymooooreeee!!! :((



Will be selling lots of brand new with tags + one time used clothing from brands such as ZARA, TOPSHOP, BERSHKA, SUITEBLANCO, FOREVER21, STRADIVARIUS, NIKE, ADIDAS, H&M, ROMWE, JEFFREY CAMPBELL and many more at really low prices. Basically most of the stuff you see in my past #OOTD's will be up for sale! :)
So thank you already in advance! :)

Also, because we're partnering with OLX.ph this year, we've all decided to "level up" and sell more than just clothes! I'll also be selling almost new gadgets, speakers and iPhone/MacBook accessories!

If you can't wait and would like to shop/see some of the items I'll be selling, I've already uploaded a few to my OLX page. You can check them out HERE: http://members.olx.ph/brandedforless79


And here's more reason for you to shop!

Take a photo of what you bought (hopefully include something from me :P) during the event and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX for a chance to win an iPHONE6, a GOPro HERO 3+ and H&M gift cards!!! Don't forget to tag @olxph @bloggersunitedph!


To make things even easier for you, I'm giving away 10 pairs of tickets to #BU8xOLX so you can save your money solely for shopping!

To join, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below:


Will choose 10 winners via Random.org so you can share this special event with your BFF's just like us!

Can't wait to see you all again!!!

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