Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Tea Fever: Chatime is Now on Wilson Street, San Juan!

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News Flash! Chatime is now open along Wilson Street in San Juan---as in they just opened this afternoon! As I blogged about before here, I discovered Chatime a few months ago and have come to love its authentic tea flavors. And now it's so nice to learn that a new branch of Chatime has opened in my neighborhood :)
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And it's even better than the Banawe branch because the Wilson branch is way bigger, and with more seating. However, just like in the Banawe branch, parking is still limited though. :( At night, you can probably park in the bank right across the street.
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Here's a shot of their menu as shown in the LCD screen (will still scan copy of menu & upload here). Please click to enlarge.
And here are their recommended drinks. We ordered the Matcha Tea Latte and the Pearl Milk Tea.
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It was my first time to try the Matcha and I loved it!
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As for my Splenda concerns, I was glad to learn that they will readily put Splenda in my drink. However, I have to bring my own Splenda though, which is fine by me :).
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Looks like Chatime Wilson will give the Serenitea branch just around the corner (along J. Abad Santos) a run for its money. We will definitely watch out who will be crowned the winner of this standoff. The tea turf war in San Juan is on! :) Cheers! :)
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If you're coming from Ortigas, Chatime Wilson is on the right side of the street. It's after McDonald's, which is on the left side.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gong Cha in Mall of Asia

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Since we were already in Mall of Asia (MOA) for dinner, we decided to try Gong Cha, the famous tea shop from Hong Kong, which has recently opened in MOA. I have read posts from Pinoy bloggers like Shoot First Eat Later raving about the tea from Gong Cha in Hong Kong. Let's see if it's really good.
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From their menu of bestsellers, we ordered the classic Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly and the Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3 J's. Actually, we already tried the Gong Cha House Special before and he didn't find it spectacular.

Like other tea shops, we get a choice on our desired sugar levels.
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Here's the rest of their menu (click to enlarge). Prices range from P70 to P110 for tea drinks.
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I must disclose that I'm seeing a nutritionist, with planned meals. While milk teas are allowed, my meal plans also quite limit me on what drinks I can order in tea shops like this and what goes into my drinks. Also, since I can only have artificial sugar like Splenda, I find it very convenient if the tea shop serves sugar alternatives. So far, only Serenitea gives this option. Happy Lemon and Gong Cha do not. I am also still on the quest to find a tea shop which gives a low fat milk option with their milk teas :) Since Gong Cha didn't give me these options, I guess that also affected how I liked the drinks.
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All in all, Gong Cha's milk tea drinks were good. However, I'm not yet quite prepared to say that they have the best milk tea ever. :)

And for other news, guess which tea shop will soon open in MOA--it's Chatime Tea!
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Gong Cha Mall of Asia
Unit 170 Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Sunday Afternoons: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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I love Sunday afternoons. They tend to bring interesting things, like going to a matinee show of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It's not really a traditional musical but it showcases the well-loved hits from the great composer's fourteen musicals. His most popular musicals include Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera.
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It was a pretty good show. The theater was packed! Ten minutes into it and my eyes were no longer dry from being touched by the rendition of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from Evita. I particularly liked "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera. There's really something different about listening to such songs being performed live inside a theater, with a full orchestra to touch you in a very different way. However, today's performance of "Memory" was nothing compared to Leah Salonga's performance in Cats when it was showing in Manila, which I was fortunate to see in August 2010.
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I would have wanted the performers to be in costume in order to better put the songs in context. But I guess that's not the concept of the show. And there were certain songs from musicals that I'm not familiar with, which didn't make me enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the other performances.
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After the show, went to nearby San Miguel By the Bay for some late afternoon shots and then to Mall of Asia for early dinner :) It was so nice to be out and about after days of rain from Typhoon Falcon!
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Thrifted sheer Victorian blouse
Banana Republic shorts
Tomato belt
SM clutch
Juan for Janylin shoes
Tomato sunnies
Bangles from Forever 21 and Regina

Wishing everyone had a lovely Sunday and an even better weekend! Cheers! :)

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is showing in CCP Manila only until 3 July 2011. For more information, visit Ticketworld here.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Old School Dinner with Friends

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I had a lovely weekend! After spending an afternoon in bed watching DVDs and a two-hour nap, I spent Saturday night with my high school friends CBZ in where else, T.G.I. Friday's in Bonifacio High Street (because nothing can be more old school high school than that!). It was nice to share good food and good stories, and being able to catch up with each other's lives, instead of us seeing each other only during weddings and parties. Some more snaps:
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Outfit Post
Vintage black blazer
Forever 21 V-neck tshirt
SM belt
Zara feather skirt
Vintage clutch
Gunmetal ballet flats bought in bazaar
Accessories from everywhere

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend :) Cheers! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Really Love My Sperry Top-Siders!

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I finally got my pair of Sperry Top-Siders :) I love how everything about it spells cool, casual chic. And I love the history of the brand too :)
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Sperry Top-Sider is a boat shoe designed way back in 1935 by Paul Sperry. Being an avid boater, Sperry came up with the idea of designing the Top-Sider inspired by the patterns of grooves and cracks in his dog Prince's feet. The Top-Sider has a leather upper-shoe with a pattern of herringbone grooves on the sole of the shoes. And by designing it that way, he solved the problem of risking injury on his boat's slippery deck. There are now quite a few boat shoe brands but Sperry remains an enduring classic :)
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But this doesn't mean that Top-Siders are just for people who sail or those who spend time on boats. For us city bound folks, that means they're great for the rainy season and in our tropical climate, it's perfect with casual weekend wear (especially with preppy polos) and serve as a good alternative to ultra casual flip-flops. For me, they can evoke nautical vibes and of course, cool preppy chic, like this picture here from Sperry's official site :)
The last time I checked, only men's styles and sizes of Sperry's are available here in the Philippines through Planet Sports. So since my dad was coming home from New York, he handcarried for me my pair :) I chose the Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe, the best selling and most classic style, in Navy Deerskin (US$74.95). The leather is super soft and it's a joy to walk in them.
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Align CenterAll throughout my weekends, I've been wearing and depreciating my Top-Siders to death. I wear it for running errands, shopping, doing the groceries, and lunching with friends. And for the summer, my uniform was my Top-Siders with button down shirts and shorts.
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Dockers button down shirt, Random shorts, SM woven belt, Charles & Keith bag, and Sperry Top-Siders
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Weekend malling at Trinoma Mall
American Eagle Outfitters t-shirt, Old Navy seersucker blazer, Old Navy dark denim shorts, Charles & Keith bag, and Sperry Top-Siders
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Lunch at Ayala Triangle Park
I ♥ NY T-shirt, Old Navy seersucker blazer, Old Navy denim shorts, Charles & Keith bag, and Sperry Top-Siders
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After grocery shopping
Ralph Lauren boyfriend polo, Random white shorts, Chicify tote, and Sperry Top-Siders
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You can buy Top-Siders in Sperry's official site or through Nordstrom, which accepts Philippine credit cards and even ships to the Philippines. Be sure to buy one half size down because the leather tends to expand. My Sperry Top-Siders will certainly be a classic pair that I will wear for years to come. And hopefully, this is just the start of a new shoe collection!

And because it's Father's Day today, here's a picture of me with my dad, who brought not just sartorial pieces like my Sperry Top-Siders to me but also a lot of unforgettable childhood stories, laughter, and a sense of perspective in my life :) Cheers! :)
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