Oh February! It seems like a year to me but in reality, it was just about 4 months.
Remember when I was so excited to plan my wedding? Hahaha! Ino proposed on December 25 and a few weeks after that excitement took over me and I don’t know. I really don’t know what happened to me. I just started contacting people and making plans.
Now that four months have passed, a lot has happened and I’m not sure if I’m still that excited. We stopped planning for a bit and decided to continue our lives as it is. It was Ino’s request to take things slowly. I’m fine with that but it’s June… I’m going to have my first wedding gown fitting… erm… measured? this month.
And that’s an instant update about my wedding preparations. Well, we’re not doing any preparations lately so that’s that.
In light of this post, Ino and I met with Ira to have our wedding planned. We decided to meet Ira at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in EDSA Shangri-La Mall. We went there ahead of time, so we had lunch first and decided to order a blueberry cheesecake, a Pure Double Chocolate ice blended drink and brewed coffee.
We haven’t met Ira yet for the first meeting because we haven’t reserved a church yet. We haven’t reserved the reception as well. Well… I hope it will be sorted out soon.
This entry was originally posted on my WordPress account on February 1, 2016.
I’ve been inactive for sometime because of work and the wedding planning. Now that I’m back, I’d like to feature my first skin care clinic, my go-to mall and two go-to places for the best Korean food experience in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
DISCLAIMER: These establishments didn’t pay me to advertise their services. I am just very satisfied with their services and products that’s why I’m blogging about them. If you wish to be featured in my blog, please contact me through my about me page.
Today’s plan was actually to go to Living Skin Laser Center at StarMall, Mandaluyong for my Diode Laser Hair Removal. I’ve been planning to go since the last quarter of 2015 and I’m glad that FINALLY I can have my first treatment today.
Yep! It was for my underarms! And what a way to start the year, huh? I’ve heard about IPL hair removal from my co-workers early last year and ever since then I became curious about it.
I’ve never really tried waxing or anything aside from plucking and shaving. I am also the type who doesn’t want to follow the trend. I was also very conscious in putting my arms up. I dread wearing a sleeveless or any clothes that would reveal my underarms. Yeah, we’re not just talking about hair removal here.
Living Skin Laser Center offers Diode Laser Hair Removal and Whitening for P1000 each session. I inquired about the treatment several times that the staff already recognized me when I visited the clinic this afternoon. It was painless and quick! The session only took me less than 30 minutes. The staff actually said that it would only take 15 minutes but since I got so comfortable with them, I took the time to chat with my therapist.
Julie is one of my therapists. She told me that she graduated from TESDA while we were having a small talk (I was too nervous because it was my first time and I really don’t know what to expect so, I just chatted my way through the treatment.) She handled the session with care and she was very respectful. She was also friendly and nice. I felt very happy with our session that I gave her a tip (which I seldom do) for a job well done.
I’m actually the type who always have high expectations on services that I pay for and receiving a good customer service is essential for me. That’s why I’m very happy with my first laser session and I’m blogging about it now.
So, that’s that. I’m not gonna take a picture of my armpits but I just remembered that they actually did that before we started the laser treatment. Imagine my embarrassment to them. :/
So, on to our next trip! We were actually sidetracked by this cafe that Ino and I usually pass by. It is located in the Ground Floor of Cityland Condominium in Mandaluyong City near Crossing (EDSA Shaw.)
We’ve been talking about this cafe because it is always close when we pass by and when we had the chance to check it out, lo and behold… It is OPEN!! Hahaha!
We know that it is a Korean Cafe. What we didn’t expect was that Mr. Kwon, the owner of Cafe 7ate9 would actually serve our order. We ordered their Original Bingsu because the Mango Bingsu is unavailable. We also ordered a Blackberry Cheesecake and a Mochi to complete our merienda.
Mr. Kwon was very nice and easy to talk to. He’s very approachable. Though I can sense that he’s a bit shy and uneasy when I kept on asking him questions. I told him that I teach English to Koreans and disclosed my company’s name. He might be nervous or uncomfortable because he didn’t expect that a customer would strike up a conversation on that day. Regardless, it was a nice experience.
It actually sparked a motivation in me. Lately, I’ve been getting down and stressed out with the recent turn of events in the office. For the fourth time, I didn’t get the promotion that I’ve been eyeing since last year. I guess it was high time for me to give up that dream for now and enjoy the teaching experience. After all, the reason why I’m in this industry up to this date is to just have fun and share my knowledge to my students.
What with all the ease that the company is doing to make the teachers comfortable, I guess I also need to give back by exerting effort that the students deserve. I also deserve to enjoy the ride and veer away from all the negativity that I’ve been holding on since last year. I guess, I just have to accept it. It wasn’t meant for me and I will deserve a better shot at something next time. After all, I’m going to settle down and be with the person who appreciates every part of me.
So much drama, huh?
Anyway, Ino and I had an all Korean food trip for our Sundate. We went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall in Shaw, Mandaluyong City to have an early dinner.
Shangri-La was my go-to mall when I was a kid. Back when my Mama Babes, my aunt and legal mom, was still alive, we would often go to that mall every week to go grocery shopping at Rustan’s and shop clothes at Crossing’s. It was in the 1990’s and everything was smooth sailing and perfect. But then, things happen and she’s now resting in peace in heaven.
I’ve never felt more comfortable and at home elsewhere. I was actually quite curious about the fuss in SM Megamall when I was younger. My cousins rave about it. My other cousins would rave about Landmark and Glorietta, but I never really appreciated those places unlike Shangri-La.
Everything felt in place when I’m at Shangri-La. I guess it’s because I still feel Mama Babes shopping with me in that place every time I go there. I always feel secured when I’m at that place and I just can’t really explain how I feel when I’m there.
So, yeah. My family and relatives used to go to St. Francis to hear the 12 o’clock mass. We like grabbing a bite at the food court and hanging out on Sundays. It was one of the memories that I treasure the most.
Korean food has been my comfort food since I started working in the ESL field. It’s my go-to food when I’m stressed out. It may be a bit pricey compared to an ice cream but the comfort that it provides after a long day is worth every penny. Legit Korean restaurants are very homey too. They provide variety of side dishes before they serve the main meal that you ordered. I am pretty picky when I eat Kimchi too. I love fresh Kimchi and Fishcakes.
My biological mom and I like eating at Honey’s Kimchi since I was young. Honey’s Kimchi was our go-to place when we want a heavy lunch with a delicious soup. We used to order their Chicken with Bean Sprouts meal often.
I discovered Honey’s Kimchi’s Kimchi a few years back. My biological mom and I never tried Kimchi although it was one of the best-selling food that they have. Hello, Honey’sKimchi nga di ba?
I’ve known my biomom as a picky eater. She doesn’t like unconventional food. She’d always say no to foreign food. And it was just recently when she started liking Tokyo Tokyo’s California Maki and Chinese restaurant’s Hakao.
I invited her to eat at a Korean Restaurant at Escriva, Pasig City once. However, she didn’t enjoy the food as much as Ino and I did and she just ended up eating the fried chicken that we ordered at that time. So, basically she didn’t appreciate Korean food that much so we just ordered a safe meal for her.
I guess, I got the trait of being a picky eater from my mom. But these days, I’m trying to challenge my taste buds to some new taste experience. And ever since I started working for a Korean company, I developed an acquired taste to spicy foods. I also became so eager to eat vegetables because of so many Korean dishes that I cannot live without now.
One of the best Korean dishes that I love is the Bibimbap.
I am not a solid fan of vegetables when I was young. I am picky in eating Filipino dishes most especially if those dishes have vegetables in it. But ever since I started eating Kimchi and since discovering these awesome dishes, it just became a part of me, — A part of the Korean food experience that I always happily share to my students.
So, Ino and I went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall’s food court. We basically have Bibimbap as our main dish and a side dish of Kimchi for dinner.
So that was how my Sundate went. I got a bit dramatic with some stuff but I’m glad to share every bit of it. This one is a long post but I hope that you enjoyed reading it!