Posted by Patty Laurel on March 10, 2014
Posted by Patty Laurel
I still can't get over the prettiness of the brand new Early Bird Breakfast Club in Century City Mall. It's so pretty in fact that my camera almost gave up on me. I could've sworn I left our home with a fully charged battery---so I was shocked to find out that my camera was blinking even before the food arrived. I think this camera gets weak in the knees when faced with beautiful subjects. Hay, kaya pala palaging blurry kapag close up sa mukha ko! It's just too much beauty to handle in one frame DAW..Mwahahahahahaha! I wanted to give my phone CPR right then and there---"Don't give up on me Lumix! Stay away from the light! Marami pa tayong food shots, kapatid, marami paaaaaa!!!!" Obviously my camera lasted 'til noon and I was able to snap a lot of happy photos of our family brunch.
I'll always be a proud member of the Early Bird Breakfast Club! I became an instant fan when they opened in the Fort and now I'm cheering for them yet again as they welcome new breakfast lovers in the Makati district. As expected, the interiors in this new branch did not disappoint and definitely wow-ed me yet again! How could you not be impressed by this beautiful mural?!? Even the manliest of men--think Chuck Norris+Van Damme+Christian Bale+Patrick Filart (naks!!! Kasama si Filart?!)--would let out a gentle "Le Sigh" upon seeing this. And as an added bonus, they also have an outside veranda where guests can enjoy dining al fresco. The open dining area has it's own garden charm---it actually reminds me of Gwen Stefani's music video "What You Waiting For" (one of my favorite videos of all time!).
The food is just as pretty as the interiors---and it's not all about the looks, they're tasty and satisfying too! We are a family that LOVES to EAT (ahem, ahem Cecil and Patty are the leaders of the pack) so you could say we're very particular about the food we eat. Each person in our family (including the little tots) was pleased with their respective orders. The noteworthy ones were: The Yin&Yang Champorado (walang kamatayang pag-ibig kami nito!It's impossible NOT to order this!), The Katocino (Katsu Style Tocino! Crunchy Breaded Tocino--super yum!), The Signature Pancakes were a hit with the kiddies, The Men loved their Breakfast Steaks and Tapa, French Toast Fondue, but the BEST BEST BEST dish of all was their Nutella and Banana French Toast!!! Sure it sounds like a very Breakfast-y dish, but believe me you can have this any time of day and still be happy. Aside from their heavy All-Day-Breakfast meals, they have a wide range of drinks too :)
I love, love, love the Early Bird Breakfast Club and I guarantee you will love this restaurant too. Visit them now at the ground floor of Century City Mall Makati. Congratulations again to the wonderful team behind EBBC!!!
Posted by Patty Laurel on March 6, 2014
After weeks of planning, our all-wives island getaway finally pushed through!!! Wooohooo!!! Dani and Krissy are actually two of Patrick's closest childhood friends. They practically grew up with Patrick and have seen him through all his awkward phases. Every time I hear about their funny stories about Patrick I just LOL. My husband was such an adorable engots even as a child! Buti nalang pogi ka, Filart! Hahaha! Ever since Patrick and I got together, I was able to develop a close friendship with both Krissy and Dani. I just thank the Lord for real and genuine girlfriends who have my back no matter what (and hey, I've got their backs too!). It was nice to go on a getaway with the girls---to just spend the day lazing around in bed, eating chips and chocolates, talking about our funny newlywed adventures and adjustments, sleeping, eating, and chit-chatting again. Yes, buhay tamad talaga kami for the past 3 days! Hahaha! Thanks again Dani and Krissy for going on this cowboy adventure with me.
We stayed in Club Tara Resort which sits on the beautiful and serene Bucas Grande Island in Socorro. Here you'll find peace like no other, if you're trying to escape the chaos of Manila and want absolute silence then this is the spot for you. There's no internet, very minimal network coverage, and no TVs in your room---so get ready to be completely disconnected from the crazy world when you check in.
Just as a heads up though before you book, the place is not exactly luxurious..it's more for rugged travellers or backpackers who are ready to rough it up. The resort needs some sprucing up as most of the interiors are a bit worn out already. I really do hope some improvements will be made because the resort sits on such a beautiful island. It feels like a gem in the rough, a fixer upper that needs a bit of tender loving care to reach its full potential. I would recommend this place for nature lovers and big barkadas who are ready to do something "cowboy" and adventurous. If you're a low maintenance kind of person and you have a love for the outdoors, then you'll enjoy staying here!
There are no bars, no restaurants, not even a small sari-sari store can be found nearby----it's just you and the island. They have a simple home kitchen that serves lutong bahay meals but other than that, you won't find any other food source in the island. Although very humble, we really enjoyed manang's home cooked meals---all very tasty and delicious. For one dinner they served us Conch shell barbecue and that was quite interesting for me :)
Since the resort is located in a secluded cove about 45 minutes away from the mainland, the electricity tends to fluctuate from time to time. We experienced several brownouts throughout the day but the friendly manongs were kind enough to find ways to get their generator working. This is just something one should be ready to face especially since it's located in a very remote island.
The people in the island were incredibly sweet and friendly! Their kindness was so contagious. Every person we encountered in Surigao from the driver of the van to the manongs in our bangka to the staff in the resort---they all went out of their way to help us and make us feel so welcome. We made a pit stop at Gaisano mall before heading to the airport and the waiters in the cafe were all so pleasant and wonderful too. Ang babait talaga ng mga taga-Surigao!!! There's just something so peaceful and calm about the people here :)
For this quickie getaway, I packed all my favorite summer clothes from American Eagle Outfitters. I dropped by their Sm Aura branch last week and found so many cute but low key summer outfits. Even their bags and accessories are so boho-beach chic! You guys should really check out their current collection :) And I got my sunnies from Icon Eyewear in Glorietta. And my black bathing suit is from Naked Sun Swimwear (available in Certified Calm).
There are so many activities to do in Bucas Grande. You can enjoy kayaking, diving/snorkeling with the jellyfish, watching the fireflies at night, etc. All of these tours can be arranged via Club Tara. Unfortunately, it was raining when we were there so we weren't able to go on the island tours---but the locals say it's definitely worth it :)
Thank you again to Char Vilchez and Agoda Philippines for arranging this all girls getaway for us. If you'd like to plan a quick getaway with your friends, family, or spouses---book your next summer vacay through www.agoda.com now!
Posted by Patty Laurel on March 5, 2014
Posted by Patty Laurel on March 3, 2014
I have a few summer getaways lined up for the coming weeks so I decided to stock up on my travel essentials for the season. I dropped by CommonThread in Greenbelt 5 and here's my summer stash. I promised myself I'd only get 5 pieces, but I couldn't resist and ended up with 8! There's always something that gets me giddy in that store. Hihihihi!!!:)
1. CT Canvas Tote Bag with Leather Straps
Lightweight and roomy, you could fill this baby up with all your beach essentials.
2. CT Beaded Necklaces in Aqua and Lilac
Wear them separately or together over a plain tank, a tube dress, or even with a button down polo and it'll make you feel dressy but still within the beach vibe theme. I call them summer pearls! hehehe!
3. Leyende's Beach Bomb Cologne
This works for both men and women, so buy a bottle and share it with your dude. It's fresh and crisp, perfect for those cold summer nights.
4. Hoola Sunnies
I love, love, love these shades!!!!! They just bring summer to your face in an instant!
5. Lagu Beach Blanket
This is a smart beach blanket because it's sand resistant. I took a Lagu with me to the Gold Coast last October and it was the best thing ever!
6. Havaianas in Lime and Gold
I got two pairs this time, one for those days when I'm feeling bright and cheery (Lime) and another when I want to wear something neutral and basic (Gold/Tan).
7. Komono Watch
This watch says Hula Girl all over!!! It comes with a pretty gold face too and spells Island Girl Chic!
8. Luxe Miami
So I've never been to Miami and I don't think I'll be going anytime soon---but who cares. Daydreaming won't cost a thing right? I might as well review all the hotspots with this Luxe manual!
Posted by Patty Laurel
The Green Grocer & Curiosities home store is NOW OPEN!!!!! Now you can get your fresh and organic greens, fruits, meats, and other artisan food products anytime you feel like putting some good stuff into your bodehhhh. Okay, by "anytime" I hope you don't plan on ringing the doorbell at 3am!Hahaha!:) The Home Store is located at 12 Laurel St., Teoville East, BF Homes, Sucat, Paranaque. Congratulations again to the awesome team behind The Green Grocer, our dearest friends, Bebo, Nikki and Cholo! :) :) Thanks for bringing happiness to the South peeps!
Posted by Patty Laurel on March 1, 2014
Presenting the long overdue photos by the Cats (Sheila and Jorem Catilo) of our day trip to the RUINS in Bacolod! This is indeed a historical gem and a must-see :) I still have a whole backlog of posts for Bacolod (mostly foodie stories!) so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy our posing-posing pag may time (cringe...did I actually say "pag may time?!?!?!"). It was such a photogenic place and you know, our barkada...we're just so..photogenic too! So we couldn't help it! MWAHAHAHAHA! Yabang :) Seriously though, had I known earlier that this place was THIS beautiful, I would've at least worn a proper outfit! I was just wearing shorts and a tank!?!? Buti nga nakapag-necklace pa ako. Hahaha! Maaaaan, I should've worn a glamorous maxi dress for this one! Note to self, when in the RUINS dress like a Greek Goddess.
Photos by Catilo Photography
Posted by Patty Laurel on February 28, 2014
Win a pair of summer shades for you and your sweetheart from ICON! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
1)Follow@iconeyewear on IG
3)Tell us where you'll take your ICON shades this summer. Example "My Boyfriend and I will be traveling to Batangas and we would love to have some ICON shades on!"
Max of 3 entries per person. Contest ends on March 5. We are picking 3 lucky couples. The winners will be announced on the ICON IG page :)
This is open to Twitter and Instagram users. Please make sure your account is on public mode so I can view your entries.
ICON EYEWEAR is available in Glorietta 4 (near the cinemas).
ICON EYEWEAR is available in Glorietta 4 (near the cinemas).
Posted by Patty Laurel
There's a new bag brand I'm loving---JOAN AND KLAIRE! I have their black tote bag which I use everyday for my Pilates workouts and for running daily errands too. It's a dump it all kind of bag but still looks oh-so-chic :) It's also a very versatile travel companion as well. I grabbed some of their IG photos to show you just how cute their designs are. For more designs you can visit their FB page here. Thanks again Jackie for this cutie tote!!!
Posted by Patty Laurel
Posted by Patty Laurel on February 27, 2014
While drying my hair, i managed to design my own Kate Spade Saturday bag through www.saturday.com :) I love, love, love this customization service!!! I still have to come up with the moolah to actually buy one but who cares---this is already so much fun! Check out the styles I "designed" below! Nakssss!
Posted by Patty Laurel on February 26, 2014
Dropped by my favorite vegetarian restaurant in the metro, PIPINO, last week to meet up with my BFF Alessa. We've both been busy with work so it was great to catch up after ages (weeks can mean an eternity in girlfriend years). From all my past posts you've probably noticed that my PIPINO staples include: Lemongrass Tofu Skewers, Veggie Curry with Couscous, Veggie Tempura, Walnut Salad and their Taro Chips (how could you not order this?!!?). But this time I ordered something different, a hearty Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburger with Sweet Potato Fries---sarap!!!! It's surprisingly filling even if it's meatless. I also had an chocolate chip oatmeal cookie (made with wholewheat flour and coco sugar) after---and a whole medley of dairy free ice cream. Their ice cream flavors are: Dark Choco (Ale's favorite), Oreo, Fresh Lemon, Coconut (my favorite), Banana Sherbet, and Vanilla Graham. All are made using ether cashew, almond or coconut milk and are available for dine in orders. Aside from their in house specialties, PIPINO now offers bottled goodies too for you to enjoy at home. It's perfect for those lazy days when you just want to eat something tasty but healthy minus the stress of preparation. You can just twist the bottle cap open and serve straight with your pastas, salads, or sandwiches.Visit PIPINO at Malingap Street in Teachers Village QC or Jupiter Street in Bel Air Makati. Thanks again Ale for letting me try all your new products!:) I missed you so much and I wish our schedules will be able to sync better in the coming months! Huhuhuhu! The woes of being grown ups!!!