[WATCH] A GATSBY-THEMED BIRTHDAY BASH

The Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila was transformed into the sparkling glory of the 1920s by Kathy Sy King and her team from Events Styles.

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Greens, Juice Bar and Meatless Options at Hillside Cafe

Adding this to my list of happy, vegan-friendly restaurants that I must frequent! Since I went on a lifestyle and diet adjustment in August of this year, one of the challenges (aside from strictly preparing my own meals) was finding easily-accessible restaurants that served plant-based, organic food.

Go Salads is good but my tastebuds started looking for something different, specially now that I’ve tried almost everything on their menu. To be fair to Go Salads though, I’d say it’s my new “fast food” now because when you walk into their store or stall, they get to prepare your salad, sandwich or green smoothie in less than 15 minutes.

Back to Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar.

The only branch they have presently is at Mo. Ignacia, which is surprisingly just near the seminary I go to. I like that the place isn’t so huge. It’s very quaint, perfect for meetings, dates and catch-up sessions. Their salad servings are huge, good enough for two, I would say but if you’re a vegetable monster like me, I’m sure you can consume the entire plate by yourself. I ordered the Superfood Salad (which has kale, mixed greens, quinoa, beets, carrots, malunggay flakes and a vinaigrette dressing) and the Hillside Greens Smoothie (which has spinach, moringa, mango, banana, chia seeds, coconut meat and coconut water). Sophie and Kath ordered the Aglio Olio Pasta and the Tropical Smoothie. Watch the video below and do visit Hillside Cafe! 😀

Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Place: Happy Garden Cafe

A few VLOGs ago, I told you that I switched to the plant-based diet as recommended by my doctor due to a lump that grew out of nowhere. While I am out of danger (thankfully), it’s been tough adjusting to the lifestyle change. I’ve always loved vegetables; I’ve never had a problem with my greens and fruits. However, I also love my flavored fries (hello Potato Corner), my Chicken Joy from Jollibee and ugh… CHIPS. The cheesy ones in particular. So imagine my dilemma when I was told that I cannot eat any of those. I can’t even have dairy. Good-bye cheese platter.

So for the past three months, I’ve just been having a lot of the greens, mushrooms, root crops and my daily barley supplement. The weight loss has been very obvious to the point that people have expressed concern over it. I’m okay, I’m fine. It’s just that I don’t have meat. And dairy. And processed food. And pancit canton from Lucky Me. 😦 It’s also been tough not having a lot of restaurant or fast food options. The only vegetarian “fast food” I know is Bodhi at Megamall (because they serve halal food) and Go Salads and Pho Bac near GCF. This diet change meant I’d have to always prepare my food, source the ingredients and cook them myself.

One evening after seminary classes, Dave and I went looking for a good place to eat that serves vegan/vegetarian-friendly food. Since we end our class at 9pm, most of the ones we checked out were already closed. Happy Garden Cafe along Jupiter Street was the only one that opened til late so we decided to check it out. Watch the vlog below:

AICI LIFESTYLE WORKSHOP SERIES EVENT COVERAGE

The recent Lifestyle Workshop Series hosted by the AICI Philippine Chapter brought together women from different career tracks all bound by the goal to improve themselves through additional learning. The workshop entitled “The Joy of Beauty” featured image consultants Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, Rita Dizon-Dayrit and Patricia Pronstroller-Tolentino.

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AICI Philippine Chapter President Minette Sison

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Delby Bragais (Founding President of the AICI Phil. Chapter) gives a short talk on the benefits of being an AICI member

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The speakers with the new members of the AICI Philippine Chapter

Below is the video coverage of the event:

HOSTING ERVIN AND DONNA’S WEDDING

Join me as I take you through another behind the scenes peek of a wedding work day. Donna and I have been communicating mostly on Facebook since she and Ervin are based in Germany. You seriously have to check out their prenup video by Forevermine Films!

***SUPPLIERS***
Ceremony: Mary The Queen Parish
Wedding Singer: Charlene Ramos of Madrigal Singers with Pede and Joey Aguda
Venue: The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion
Caterer: k. by cunanan catering
Video: Mayad Studios
Photo: Gerald John Esguerra of GJ Esguerra Photography
HMUA: Eds Go
Wedding Gown: Jazel Sy
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Entourage Gowns: Adora Couture
Flower Girl Gowns: May Buendia Palabrica of Macy’s Dollhouse
Bridal Robe: La Tercera
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s shoes: Hugo Boss
Wedding Prep Hotel: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Bridal Car: Bridal Car Philippines
Strings: The Manila String Machine
Ceremony and Reception Stylist: Events Central By Anna Winstel
Bridal/Ento Boquets/Boutonnieres: Anna Winstel Chow of Events Central By Anna Winstel
Photobooth: baiCapture
Crystal Chair: Windsor Crystal Chairs
Cake: Hearts and Bells
Host: Ingrid Nieto
Invitation: Paperbug
OTD Coord: Christine Aguda of Events by Tin and Co.
First Dance: Edward A. Sera Jose Jr.
Fireworks Display: Dragon Fireworks Incorporated (Daynes)
PS Gifts: Chocolate Confections
Prenup HMUA: Chinky J. Tanjangco and Peter Adrian Tiri Soloria
Prenup Video: Michelle and Herwin of Forevermine Wedding Films
Prenup Stylist: Aira of Styling by Aira Franco