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L’Oreal True Match Foundation: True To It’s Words

Want to look fresh without that lagkit feel on your face? Read on!

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As an on-the-go mom, I want something that will keep me fresh and looking good all day long! ๐Ÿ’• @lorealparismakeupshop was true to it’s words when they said that True Match Powder Foundation has a matte coverage and 8-hr oil control formula.

This product gave me a matte coverage but wasn’t able to cover my skin blemishes. What I love about this is I was able to have an oil-free face for the whole day without any touch ups! It is lightweight, too! ๐Ÿ’•

Smell was superb! (as I mentioned on my IG story the first time I got it) What was nah for me is the double sided puff, it looks soiled after a few days of use so I ended up using my foundation brush.

Will I purchase this? There’s a lot of product out there that can also cover my skin blemishes but YES, I need something that will last this long on my face, has SPF & Vitamin E and won’t clog the pores on my face! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Spicy Tuna & Mushroom Carbonara

Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium sized red onion, minced

1 Century Tuna hot & spicy flakes in oil (180 grams), drained (set aside 1 tbsp for garnishing)

1 can Jolly Mushrooms pieces & stems (198 grams), drained (set aside 1 tbsp for garnishing)

McCormick dried Basil leaves

1 small can Carnation evaporated milk

1 Nestle All Purpose Cream (250 ml)

1 cup Eden cheese, grated

salt and pepper

1 red chili, chopped (optional)

Amigo Segurado spaghetti pasta (500 grams)

2 cups pasta water

Contadina olive oil

Marca Piรฑa parmesan cheese

Procedure:Cook pasta according to package instructions. Set aside 2 cups of pasta water before draining.Heat pan. Add a little bit of olive oil. Saute mushrooms. Sprinkle dried basil leaves. Set aside.On the same pan, saute garlic and onion. Add evaporated milk, all purpose cream, pasta water and grated cheese. Once it simmers, add tuna and mushrooms. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat after 3 to 5 minutes.Mix pasta with cooked white sauce. Garnish with tuna, mushrooms, red chilis (optional) and parmesan cheese.

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Alimasag with Misua and Patola

Ingredients:3 cloves garlic, minced1 medium sized onion, slicedthumb sized ginger, sliced1 tbsp cooking oilsalt and pepper”Patis” fish sauce500 ml waterfish sauce500 grams “Alimasag” crabs, crack each piece in the middle 1 medium size “Patola” sponge gourd, peeled and cut crosswise1 small pack of misuabunch of green onion leaves2 pieces green chili (optional)

Procedure:Pre-heat pan. Once pan is hot, add cooking oil.Once cooking oil is hot, sautรจ garlic, onions and ginger.Add crabs and sponge gourd. Continue sautรจing until parts of the crab turn orange.Add water to the pan. Once boiling, add salt, pepper and fish sauce to taste.Add green chilis and green onions. Turn off heat after 3 minutes.

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Namba Food Station: Your next Japanese Food Stop

We went out for groceries last night and decided to eat out after. It was already 9:30 pm and we chose to eat at Namba Food Station, a new Japanese restaurant at Venice Piazza.

There’s only a couple of people dining inside since it was already late. We proceed to order at their self-ordering counter. We ordered: Spicy Ramen, Aburi Salmon Belly Don, Katsudon, Tempura, Gyoza and Chicken Gizzard Yakitori. Yes, we were really hungry! ๐Ÿ˜…

I checked out their shelf of Japanese goodies while we were waiting for the food. So if you are craving for these goodies you can drop by at Namba Station to buy some. They also have a function room and washroom inside.

Here are snapshots of the food we ordered. I forgot to take a picture of the Gyoza and Chicken Gizzard Yakitori because I was already devouring my Salmon Belly Don when it was served. ๐Ÿ˜…

I love Salmon! However what was served was entirely different from what’s on the menu’s picture. It was delicious though. ๐Ÿ˜Š

A huge serving of Katsudon which the kids were able to share and enjoy.

We also enjoyed their tasty and crispy Tempura. The Gyoza was also approved by the kids and the Yakitori was husband-approved. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Namba Food Station is definitely a new must try restaurant at Venice Piazza. You get to satisfy your Japanese food cravings for a reasonable price and legit Japanese food taste. The Instagrammable place was a bonus. We will be back soon to try out their Gyudon, Rolls, Sushi and Sashimi. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค
Namba Food Station is located at the ground floor of The Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig.

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Shazam! Movie: Family and Fun Rolled Into One

We went out on a family movie date last night and watched Shazam!. The kids had seen the trailer and been waiting for it to be shown here in Manila ever since.

Billy Batson is a foster kid searching for his mother. He runs into an ancient wizard named Shazam (short for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury) while being chased and escaping school bullies. Billy was chosen by Shazam to be his new champion. Upon calling his name, Billy was transformed to an adult superhero. It’s a roller coaster ride for Billy as he struggles as a superhero who still doesn’t know what his powers are and as a foster kid adjusting to his new home and school. He endured it and became a viral sensation all thanks to his new found friend at his foster home, Freddy. Meanwhile, evil Dr. Sivana who stole the Eye Of Sin and became the Sin’s vessel was in search of the new champion so he can acquire his powers. I’ll just leave it all here so you can catch it in cinemas! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a great movie with an unexpected plot twist in the end.

Kids will definitely enjoy seeing this DC film. It’s funny, family-oriented and action-packed. Not to mention the great story plot and movie effects. It’s definitely a family and fun rolled into one movie.
Don’t leave right away once the credits start showing. This movie might be having a sequel, we’re crossing our fingers! ๐Ÿคž
Shazam is rated PG-13 and currently showing at all cinemas nationwide.

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Iyah’s Ice Cream Milkshake

So the boys were craving something for dessert after our late lunch yesterday. We passed by Iyah’s Ice Cream Milkshake (2L Vista Mall Taguig) and they decided to try it. The photos and price was too good to be true. Then they handed us our orders and tasted it, it was really what’s on the photo and it was a taste of a legit milkshake!

TSince it’s overloaded, the milkshake keeps on spilling. Good thing they have tissues placed at the counter so you can immediately wipe the excess off. It would really be nice if there’s some sort of plate to catch what’s falling off so you can still eat it. lol

Iyah’s is definitely HAPPINESS WITH EVERY SIP! ๐Ÿ˜‰Here’s their Menu (photo grabbed from Zomato):

FOther branch locations: http://www.iyahsmilkshake.com/branches.htmlIf you’re interested in franchising, you can visit their website at: http://www.iyahsmilkshake.com/franchise.html

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Keeping Our Rice A-Ok This Summer Season

Ever since the summer started, I was having problems on how to prevent our cooked rice from spoiling. The weather now in Metro Manila is spiking up to 34 degrees celsius. Whenever I cook rice, it only lasts for 5 to 6 hours.

I came across this article from Philippine Rice Research Institute on how we can prevent spoilage of cooked rice. Oh well there’s no harm in trying, right? I’ve been doing this for 3 days now and YES, IT WORKS. Not only did it prolong the freshness of the rice but it improved the aroma as well. So here it goes.

For every 4 cups of rice, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar after you’ve added water. That’s it! That’s the secret on how to keep your rice fresh. Based on experience, it still tastes good and smells fresh after 8 to 10 hours (without refrigerating). If there’s any left-over rice after that 8 to 10 hour period, I refrigerate it for Sinangag (fried rice) the next morning.