Freeway x Juan Luna Collection Launch: Rediscovering Philippine Heritage through Fashion and Art

Yesterday, October 10, I was very privileged to receive a VIP pass for this year’s Freeway National Masters Collection Series launch. Held at the Lopez Memorial Museum in Pasig City, the event was teeming with activities in spite of the rain and heavy traffic. Along with fellow fashion bloggers, art enthusiasts, critics, and media, I was awed at how grandiose the celebration of history, art, and fashion was exhibited by a single affair. Freeway, a Philippine fashion trendsetter, has been showcasing the lives of prominent Filipino national artists for years now. This year, Freeway raised the bar in choosing to Read More …

One of my most embarrassing gifts received ever

Today, one of my Korean friends invited me for a dinner out. I accepted his invitation and we met in a mall in Makati around 4 PM. We dined in Kimpura, a fine dining Japanese restaurant. While eating, he presented me with a gift. “What’s the occassion?”, I asked him with a frown on my face while attacking my tempura. “You’re welcome. Can’t I give a gift without a special reason?”, he answered with his Korean accent. I left it at that. Then curiosity kicked in and I opened the paperbag only to be surprised with what I saw. Seriously? Read More …

White Day 화이트데이 (3.14.13)

Today, I woke up with several messages waiting in my Kakao Talk. I read three messages from a close friend:   Then I remembered. Aha! Today is White Day! Girls Day!   I learned about White Day in my Nihongo class in university. Our sensei educated us not only with the language, but also with the culture of the country. According to her, during February 14, Valentine’s Day, Japanese girls show their affection to boys by presenting them with candies and chocolate gifts. Exactly a month after, March 14, White Day (ホワイトデ), the opposite happens. Japanese boys are supposed to Read More …

Learning foreign languages through music

Aside from reading, one of my other hobbies is learning foreign languages. You may say that it is also one of my passions. I love studying how to speak in foreign tongues. If there’s a manual on how to parseltongue like in Harry Potter, perhaps I would like to get my hands on that, too. There’s something fascinating in learning another country’s language. More importantly, it is challenging to try sounding like a native. My native language is Filipino. Since I was a baby, I was trained to speak English. I have studied Japanese and Mandarin Chinese in my university. Read More …

Christmas is here!

Nine days before Christmas! Starting today, dawn masses or Misa de Gallo are being held in Catholic churches all over the Philippines. Filipinos in all ages wake up at an early hour to be able to attend a 4 AM novena mass. This mass will go on from December 16 to 24. For this year, I missed the first day of the mass. I went home around 1 AM already and didn’t have the energy to wake up at 4. 🙁 However, I will try to attend the remaining days. Going to church in the morning is nice yet a Read More …

Happy Pepero Day!

Yesterday, someone said, “Wait Monica,” while turning back and getting something. He returned with an outstretched arm, nudging an object in my rested hands. “For you,” he smiled. I looked down from his face to my hands. And saw a box of Pepero. I didn’t know what to say at first. I barely know him and even though I know that some people just give a gift to random people, I still feel shy about it. Another friend saw what I was holding and freed me from my thoughts. “In Korea, tomorrow is an important day,” he began lecturing but Read More …

Ramen: Irreplaceable Japanese dish

I think I have written in my previous posts my wonderful experience in the land of the rising sun. The country might be popular for Mario, Doraemon, Rilakkuma, Harajuku girls, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, Yui, Sumo,but for me it is the place for sushi, sashimi, tempura, and of course RAMEN. It might be embarrassing to admit but in my two weeks stay in Japan, I gained 5 KG. No joke. I guess it is a no-brainer that I loved the food there and even first class Japanese inspired restaurants in my country can’t compete with the taste of authentic Read More …

Seoul Fusion (Masil) – Korean taste in the metro

Two weeks ago my friend invited me to eat out. I replied that I was busy, and I really was, but after hearing his offer I thought twice. The devil. He mentioned he’ll treat me for samgyeopsal (삼겹살)! Now, I have already mentioned my undying love for this favorite Korean food. It’s just actually thick, fatty slices of grilled pork belly fat – I know what you’re thinking: unhealthy! The most common accompaniments for samgyeopsal are lettuce (sangchu; 상추) and sliced raw garlic, but very often the meat is served with other accompaniments, such as perilla leaves (kkaennip; 깻잎), sliced Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 25 (A recipe)

The best way to Monica’s heart is through her stomach. – Monica For those of you who know me, you can testify that I am very much a food lover. I eat more than three times a day, almost every three hours. I have this strange jaw exercise every few hours resulting to my eating habit. But oh, I’m not fat. In fact, I haven’t reach 45kg and yes, I’m abnormal. I eat almost anything (spoiled food and poison excluded)! I love to try different kinds of cuisines in different restaurants and places. Not so recently (a few years ago), Read More …

Coffee is not my cup of tea

tea leaves tea loves loves tea lives tea leaves tea? never. ~Uniek Swain In my previous post, I have already given the fact that I am a tea person. In this country, drinking tea is not that popular as to taking your regular Joe. There are so many people who love coffee, but thankfully, I am not one of them. Even when people my age started to take caffeine during high school, I did not follow the trend. I won’t be a hypocrite to say that I haven’t tried coffee before, I did, but just didn’t like it. I have tasted different Read More …