Sunday, December 21, 2014

Festival Supermall River Park

Before Festival SuperMall (or "Festi" to my family), we have to drive all the way to Makati for our weekly groceries, mass, and dinner bonding. But when this mall was built (and this felt like it was just yesterday), not week na hindi ako nakapunta dito. The Gonzales listen to mass and have our weekly worship in The Feast, located in Festival Mall's 2nd floor (next to Tony and Jackey). We also conveniently complete our groceries in Save More or Shopwise. Other than that, we just enjoy shopping, watch movies, and dining (Chef's Avenue!) in this mall.
Yesterday, I was lucky to be invited in the nearest event I've ever attended in my whole blogging career, haha! So I went to Festival Mall to celebrate the launch of the new RIVER PARK. There were performances by Kundirana and Rachel Alejandropremiere dance troupe Ballet Philippines, good food, fireworks, a 200, 000 twinkling lights show, etcetera.

But of course, the highlight for me is the whole new 2,300-square meter River Park, where I can overstay every Sunday while waiting for mass. They even encourage people to utilize the park for morning jogs. I can also imagine reading a book here, or take nice outfit shots. Haha! Check out the place at night:

Earlier, in between mass and worship, I decided to spend a few minutes to check Festival Mall's River Park ng daytime. To go to the area, you have to cross from the mall (exit from Mcdo / SaveMore)...

Among the dining concepts featured in River Park are:
  • Market Basket. Managed by the Chef’s Quarter Group of Restaurants, Market Basket takes the concept of the dampa and modernizes it by allowing guests to pick out the freshest ingredients sourced from farms. The restaurant specializes in contemporary Filipino and European cuisine. It also has a take-home counter for gourmet products such as freshly-baked breads and bottled condiments.
  • Chef’s Barrel. For those who want a night of drinks with their buddies paired with delicious food, there’s Chef’s Barrel. Also by the Chef’s Quarter Group, the restaurant is best known for its array of wines and spirits paired with classic European and American fare. Specialties include their Sausage Platter, their steaks, and the Pissaladierre, a take on the Italian thin-crust pizza done without cheese.
  • Asahikawa Bangaichi Ramen. The ramen craze is one of the most popular food trends today, and River Park offers a different twist to it with Asahikawa Bangaichi Ramen. Franchised to the country by the Tian Seng family that established My Thai, Asahikawa Bangaichi Ramen takes its inspiration from the cleaner, sweeter taste of the ramen of northern Japan. Specialties are longtime favorites such as shoyu ramen, miso ramen, and shio ramen.
  • Mati’s Meat and Breads. Managed by the Melo’s Group of Restaurants, Mati’s specializes in comfort food with a contemporary twist. Known for their steaks, the Melo’s Group brings these over to their new restaurant. Other favorites include Buffalo Wings, and JJ’s Special Tacos. 
  • Starbuck’s. Easily everybody’s favorite hang-out, Starbucks is the best place for diners who choose to cap off their night with coffee or tea.

Completing the line up and opening in the first quarter of 2015 are areBizu Patisserie; Rice Paper, a Vietnamese resto; Hog’s Breath Cafe, an Australian steak house, Planet Grapes, and Red, an all-dining and bar concept restaurant.

Serenading the diners earlier is acoustic king Jimmy Bondoc, while MYMP will be there tomorrow Dec. 28. Here are the other events:

It is even more beautiful in the morning! What I noticed and commend about this place is that security guards are everywhere.

Watched the sunset:

Festival Supermall is a premier development in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. River Park comprise the first phase of the massive expansion that Festival Supermall has embarked on and is set to complete next year. Exciting times for southerners! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BORAnagon Part 3

You know it's gonna make it that much better
When we can say goodnight and stay together. <3 i="">
-Wouldn't It Be Nice, The Beach Boys

Soundtrack in beach-mode even though barely 10 days nalang till Christmas! My most favorite time of the year! I love that everyone's celebratory, and generous, and positive! God, I even love the fashion / style during this season! Balot-na-balot is my thingHahaha!

But before that, my final BORAnagon post! Aka, not so balot-na-balot! Haha! While editing these photos, I can't help but go sentimental on how good this year has been to me! All I did was wish, go with the flow, and adjust to things I did not expected... And everything went (beyond) fine! :)

Had a collarbone star "test-tattoo" (henna) - okay ba?

I was thinking of my 2014 goal to go to more places as a blogger, and the "universe" gave it to me. One of them is this Boracay trip with old and new friends. In these photos, I was wearing ALL-CESA - from the water color fringe cover up, black 50s Monroe-ish cut swimsuit, and my insta-accessories metallic tattoos! Visit for your early summer shopping! I am happy to discover this brand that is willing to cater to all body types. I felt really good in their one piece, like a legit 50s curvy pin-up girl! ;)

Anyway, here's a summary of the other things I wasn't able to kwento in my other blog posts... 

We usually ride the tric to go to "civilization". 

It was raining since our first day, but no dull moments with this group. We spent HOURS in 2 Seasons Hotel for their 4 Cheese Pizza, as recommended by Angela, NA SUPER SARAP. We were so engrossed with each other's story (formed a secret circle, hehe), and forgot about the world and the fact the we were stranded. Haha! One of the trip's many highlights, for me. :)


But we didn't go all-out fancy, we also had Andoks' in one dinner (akin lahat niyang order na yan, hehehe). Super tipid, but perf. Especially umuulan, the sinigang was the BEST!

Boracay fruit shakes for life! I think we had one for each day in this trip! :D Safe ako, mango lang palagi:

And, of course, manggang hilaw with Pax:

In fairness naman, we were given kahit 2-3 hours of sun during our stay. Pag ganyan, takbo agad to swim or take our OOTDs. Mas lumamang si OOTD. Haha! Thank you to @christineliwag for taking my photos!

Spider House chill afternoon (till night) with girly drinks and fruit shakes.

And, of course, what is Boracay without the usual nightlife? :D Spent two nights in Station 4--a new bar with really good drinks, and also partied in Epic. I tried, guys! I tried! Hahaha! 

READ: Other Things To Do In Boracay
BORAnagon Part 2

Special thanks to Air Asia Philippines, Crown Regency Hotels, and Ms. Ana of PenserQ PR for this trip!
For more info and updates, visit Crown Regency Hotels Website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @crown_regency, and Instagram @crownregencyhotels.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beauty and Butter: Holiday Treats!

I always go to Beauty and Butter SM Megamall every month for my nails and foot spa (thus the #MondayIsMySunday hashtag). I will try my best to stop myself from this gel polish addiction, but this service is just so convenient and sulit! Went here again before Boracay and Bloggers United for my red nails (which feeling ko tatagal na till Pasko, haha!).

With my girls Pax and Sarah. More on Beauty and Butter Gel Polishes HERE.

Anyway, I checked out their Facebook page for current promos, and true enough Beauty and Butter will make the holidays even merrier and bright with the following:

1) Win Beauty and Butter GCs and Jelly Bag with their post-a-photo contest!

2) QTTICA Bundles, only at Beauty and Butter:

3) Freebies when you purchase their GCs! Perfect for Christmas gift!

 Visit Beauty and Butter for your much deserved break pre-Christmas! Also, congrats on their new SM JAZZ branch!!! Woot!