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Saturday, June 25, 2016

#AMPRDigitalAppreciationNight at Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge

Last June 23, 2016, Thursday I got the chance to join AMPR's Digital Appreciation Night for food and Mommy bloggers in Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge. AMPR hosted the event for about 30 bloggers to introduce the PR company's services, brands, and clients. The night was a simple celebration for bloggers and AMPR team while enjoying Cuore's artisanal food.

The program started with an overview of AMPR's company and brand. They highlighted on their successes and milestones in different products and brand they have worked with. Some of the popular brands that they work for are Goodah!, Gardenia Bakeries Phil. Inc., Uratex, Acer, Happee among many other. The highlight, however, of the night was the gastronomic adventure offered by Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge.

Cuore pronounced as Kwo-re is italian for heart. Heart being the center of every dish at Cuore. They take pride in providing a complete dining experience. Armed with remarkable service, passionate service, and a home-y feel to their restaurant. The ambiance welcomes and encourages conversations, food conversations, social gatherings and social events. I would consider it for some intimate gatherings like birthday celebration, proposal, and just hanging out with friends. What is also the bistro's signature are their #hugot or love infused menus, which is perfect for everyone whether mending a broken heart or celebrating love.

My foodie-mates Nhessie Agustin, Anne Marie, and Aci

Now to the highlight of the night, the gastronomic adventure provided by Cuore. They serve international cuisines and put in their own personal touches to give it a twist and memorable-factor. All dishes are also beautifully plated and curated with refreshing flavors, that will definitely make one feel oh-so good.

Savory Bites: Spinach and Cream

Childhood Sweetheart: Cuore's 3 Cheese Brick Oven Pizza

All my Love: Cuore's Best-Selling Roasted Chicken with Side Salad

The One Who Got Away: Cuore's Fries Nachos

Appetizer: Where our Eyes Meet. Squid Calamari with Salsa and Mayo dip

Chix n' Chips: sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Cuore's Panna Cotta
Photo courtesy of Dutch Fairy Ph Anne Marie Celso

Cuore's Churros. Super yummy and a perfect combination with vanilla ice cream. It was also served warm and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. hihi! Sakto din ang tamis so mapapakain ka ng madami!:) 

Summer Camping. Cuore's version of smores. It has a bread pudding at the bottom with marshmallow on top. It will really remind you of your first camping trip or the first time you roasted a marshmallow in the beach. 
Thanks AMPR, Gardenia, and Cuore Manila for the wonderful night. I had fun knowing about AMPR Events and Marketing, Gardenia's new products, and Cuore's delicious treats!

Beauty Review:MeNow Kiss proof Soft Lipsticks

Hello! So for my first post as soon as I announced the blog site's changes is a make up review. Been really shy about posting beauty reviews because I always feel awkward when I do selfies and product shoots but what the heck, I just want to share some of my cheap finds with you all. Hopefully, it can help you find the right product for you!:) hihi! Wishfully thinking, of course. So anyway, there has been a raved in our office about the MeNow Kissproof Soft Lipsticks.

I first got my two MeNow Kissproof Soft Lipsticks last December 2015 after seeing It's me Mamanee tried its long lasting and smudge proof effect. I was really in search of a lipstick that will stay a lot longer on my lips cause I have a tendency to smudge or "eat" it leaving me with my pale looking lips. You don't know how many times people thought I was dizzy because of my pale skin. Anyway, the first two lippies I got was #15 and #16.

MeNow Kiss Proof Soft Lipsticks is made in China and it promises a long lasting, smudge and kissproof matte soft lipsticks. It also states in its box that it hydrates the lips.

Here are my swatches:

Then I got two more MeNow Kiss Proof which are numbers 6, 1 and 13. I am not so much into reds so I gave up number 16 and stuck to my favorite number 15. I always wear number 15 when I teach and its really a great help cause I don't need to retouch over and over in between classes. It keeps me from looking pale but gives off just a nude fresh look.

This is number 15 and what I wore during the Goldilocks Birthday Caravan at Enchanted Kingdom.
 My current favorite is number 6 because it fits my lips natural color. I am not as confident to wear red lipsticks so number 6 is just the right color. Not so much nude, but not so red too. (gets nyo ba yun?) haha!:)

Looks really natural and fresh. Mukha naman akong buhay diba hihi!:) 

For some of the red lines of MeNow Kissproof, I tried number 1 and 13.

MeNow Kiss Proof #1

MeNow Kiss Proof #13

My thoughts on number 1 and 13: Number 1 is like the color of aratiles. If you're a Filipino I think you'll know what that is. It's a shiny red lips with like glittery color to it. Its redness is also not as loud and it comes close to a maroon shade of red. Number 13, on the other hand,  is perfect for night outs and events. You would really stand out while wearing it while downplaying your eye make up. I like that its matte and it really hightlights the shape of my lips. I am just not a red lipstick wearer but I think I can pull this off for a special occassion.

These are the swatches, haha sorry I take #awkwardselfies but I hope it gives you an idea on how it looks on fair complexion like mine. 

General thoughts on MeNow Kiss Proof Soft Lipsticks:
  • A must try and must have for every girl
  • Any age can find the perfect shade for them
  • Long lasting
  • Smudge Proof
  • Dries quickly
  • Kiss Proof!
  • Affordable
Tips on using MeNow Kiss Proof Soft Lipstick:
  • Put it on horizontally on your lips so you can cover your entire lips evenly. 
  • Matte lipsticks have a tendency to dry your lips so make sure to prep it up with balm or use balm after using MeNow Kissproof
  •  MeNow Kissproof isn't retractbale as it may seem so it needs a sharpener. 
  • Do not put on too many layers of the lipstick because it has a tendency to cake or solidify. 
  • Let the lippies dry first before testing its smudge and kiss proof feature.
That's it, I am hoping to get hold of more kissproof lipsticks, if my budget permits so I would update this for you too! If you have tried MeNow Kiss Proof soft lipstick what would you recommend me to get hold of next? Thanks, and hoping to hear your suggestions!:) 

#ChangehasCome to ThereyouJho

          Just a random thought I had while contemplating on my blog. It seems I haven't written anything with content since I was always posting PR stuff. (Yes, yes, I became that kind of blogger, not that anything's wrong with that, but it just wasn't me) So after months of reflection, and the motivation to do it, I decided to transfer my mommy blog into another site. It's been publishing posts for about a month now, and although its slow and steady I think I have a better direction and goals now. Check more of my motherhood stories here: Playful Life with Kids

            So what happens to THEREYOUJHO? For a few weeks I have been thinking whether to get rid of this or just let it die its natural death. Though it did not feel right just looking at it without real content and so I decided to think this site through.So here goes another risk I'll be starting with ThereyouJHO. I have decided to stick to my core. I would still be writing about my motherhood journey on Playful life with Kids and keep this site as my lifestyle blog which will include what I like to do in my spare time that does not include being a mom or a wife. haha! If that is even possible! Anyway, I've decided to just post my food trips, travels, hobbies like music, movies, and books. I also decided to have the guts and confidence to review makeups and maybe share some beauty tips too. It sort of is a way to keep the child in me present, so I won't forget who I am before I became a mom and wife. Not that I am separating myself as a mom but it gives me an individuality and my identity. I think having those will make me a better mom and wife. Hopefully, you'll still join me in my journey and share your journey with me too. Let's all be in the know and in trend with how it is to live as a woman in the metro. Enjoy and talk to you soon!:)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: Querna Dose

Have you ever read a book and felt amazed, bothered, surprised at the same time? Or that moment when you had to just pause after reading that one or two paragraph out of the book because you just had to absorb the beauty of it? Or have you ever read a book that revealed so much about yourself and the world, especially about love and all its form? That is what Querna Dose is all about. 

Querna Dose is a novel written by Celine Rose Cristobal Gano, a Financial journalist and a graduate of Management of Financial Institutions at De La Salle University – Manila. By the way, she was my classmate way back in grade school. (Yes! Stage friend! Proud of you, Celine)

Querna Dose is about a story of a certain priest named Father Art inside a prison for a crime he did in Sta. Monica, Romblon. The story revolved around the struggles of different people Father Art came across inside the prison. One of which was Paeng, a young man who finds himself in the chaotic world of drugs inside the prison. Their worlds collide but the story unfolds as to how one would try to save a person not wanting to be saved.

Querna Dose challenges us to think about who we are in the world and how we are with the people who are different from us. It makes us understand ourselves and the actions that we do without being righteous against people who do things that are against our principles. It teaches us to love without asking, and love even when it is impossible to do so. Love in all its form is useless without knowing its true source and purpose. It is only when we can love another person until it hurts can we really say we have loved. And only then can we know how strong and capable we are of this unconditional love.  Finding this love means struggling, failing, and most of the time doubting. We start doubting everyone most especially ourselves and some of the times, the Supreme Being. The hardest times of our lives are the true test of our capacity to love and we should embrace that experience. Just like the characters in the novel, learning to love and be loved was the real story behind the cruel world of prison, and people just have to see it harder.
So if you think you know what love really is, at kung Bakit nga ba nakaunat and mga braso pag yayakap tayo? Then I dare you to read this novel, cause there is MORE to Love than what we know.

Here's also a Q&A with the author Celine Gano:

Bakit Querna Dose?
Querna Dose kasi mundo yun nung main characters na sina Paeng and Father Art. Sa rami ng nangyayare sa paligid, I thought it’d br interesting na magfocus lang sa particular world dun, which is yung querna 12b nga (dormitory na walang gang, as explained sa book)

Bakit sa bilibid?
Parang interesting for me  na pagsamasamahin yung mga characters sa ganun kagulong mundo. Parang umikot kasi sa mga broken people yung kwento  kaya san pa mas appropriate silang dalhin kundi sa lugar na puro broken – ang Bilibid.

Anong inspirasyon mo sa book?
Ang inspirasyon ko dun ay isang personal experience ko with a certain someone in my life of having a hard time accpetiong others for who they are, nagging struggle tuloy sa akin to love them dahil di ko mahawa yung first step man lang, which is ang tanggapin sila. The book was a product of the wisdom na natutunan ko from that certain experience. The lesson from that experience kasi liberated me, hence is the book.

Bakit nila babasahin ang Querna Dose? 
 Kung gusto nila ng tipo ng kwento o ng libro na parang nakikipag-usap lang sa isang kaibigan about what’s important in life, basahin nila ang querna dose

Message to readers
Sana pagktapos nila basahin yung libro, mas matuto silang magmahal at mapalapit sila sa source of love.

  For more information about Querna Dose, please like their FB Page here: Querna Dose - Isang Nobela
Watch the book trailer here: Querna Dose - Trailer



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