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Dining at Max Restaurant in Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City Taguig

The way I spend my free time is very practical - it is to make sure that I make the most of it without spending too much. It shouldn't be beyond my budget, but is more amazing than my usual activities. After all, we have only once chance here. When everything is done, we can no longer enjoy being a part of this wonderful world. So we take charge of the little things that really matter in our lives.

When it comes to food, I prefer dining places that offer affordable packages that include the house specialty or something like that. No wonder I'm craving to dine at Max Restaurant before I start writing the next chapter of my first book.

For less than four hundred pesos (less than Php400.00), I had a chance to eat well-cooked chicken and my favorite lumpia. I used to order this kind of meal in other restaurants but I'm really curious about Max Restaurant's take on this one. Since my husband love to try their chicken meal, we headed to the dining area. Well, I'm really impressed with the taste of the chicken meal. The lumpia has a distinct flavor since the taste is like the usual Filipino dishes with the same way of preparation. I like that it makes me feel at home.

We love dining at Max Restaurant in Market! Market! and we will surely come back next week. It's located at the ground floor outside the mall near Mercury Drug store so it's very convenient for us. For a delectable and affordable meal like this, it's not hard to accomplish tasks in an enthusiastic way.

Do you like dining at Max Restaurant? I'm excited to know. Stay connected to join my adventure in this life.


I've been waiting for the best opportunity to try mutual fund investment that requires a lower starting capital. I haven't done it before so I want a product that's easy to manage and very affordable. Isn't it a good start to invest in mutual fund?

Luckily, we have the latest product to make our daydreaming on mutual fund investment come true - the Sun Life Prosperity Card.

As I've mentioned in my other post, Matteo Guidicelli, one of today’s most in-demand celebrities, is the perfect endorser of Sun Life Prosperity Card. When I attended the launching of the product, he earnestly mentioned that achieving success doesn't happen overnight. It includes years of undying commitment and perseverance. It's the same with mutual find investment, it's better to make it grow for years.

The Sun Life Prosperity Card is an investment card worth P5,000 which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by SLAMCI under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds. The first of its kind in the market, it has revolutionized mutual funds investing in the country.

It's simple. You just have to make your money work for you. In the long run, you'll earn cash even if you're sleeping. It's another passive income under your name.

To illustrate this point, Pama shared that a 91-day time deposit in a bank 10 years ago would have given 28% return; but for the same period, the Sun Life Prosperity Bond Fund grew by 66%, while the money invested in the Sun Life Prosperity Balanced Fund would have earned 155%. Meanwhile, an investment in the Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund gained 221%.

Let's face it: we want to secure our future. It's better to start doing it while you're still starting to build a career. “This is exactly why we want Filipinos, especially the youth, to start investing some of their money in mutual funds,” Pama said. “Instead of using up all of one’s money on trendy items that will soon be replaced by a new fad, why not invest it for the long term and watch it grow?” This is really interesting for all of us. If you've seen the television commercial, the two Matteos certainly highlighted that message in fun yet clear manner.

Catch SLAMCI’s latest TVC featuring Matteo Guidicelli on cable TV. To learn more about the Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing for a brighter future, visit Sun Life Prosperity.

Four Fresh Tricks To Find Your Passion in Life

We love to talk about your passion in life - that one thing that you really love doing these days. Many people believe that having a lot of personal interests provides a wholesome way to enjoy earning a living. It's a modern way of upgrading your career goals.

From the time I started working on this blog, up to this day, I still believe that there are useful tricks to find one's passion in life without losing focus on the status quo. Meaning, there's no need to neglect your present responsibilities while finding your passion in life.

Photo opportunity after attending Sunday activities
Here are 4 valuable tricks to help you find your passion in life.

1. Set one day of your life to analyze your personal interests

You'll need a lot of time thinking about your personal interests. It's your basis in finding your passion in life. It's safe to say that having quality time to evaluate your personal interests will lead you to the right way.

Start finding your passion in life from what's within you to where you want to be. It's easier that way than aimlessly seeking for something you haven't thought of loving in the first place.

Tip: There will come a time in your life that you want to look back and evaluate everything in your life's journey. Take one day to have an inventory of what you have now. Keep a list of all the things that you love to do aside from those related in your career. Take a cue from your favorite films, music and television shows. If you have already prepared a shortlist, choose at least three from the list and create a plan on how to widen your knowledge in those things.

Outfit | Off White Dress: Thrifted | Footwear: Rusty Lopez wedges

For example, if you have chosen photography as one of your three choices, try to set time to attend photography classes. It will enhance your skills in taking pictures and you'll enjoy doing it in the long run.

2. Try traveling alone once a year

Solo travel is very popular nowadays. It's one of the best ways to start anew - to embark on something that will change your life. It will help you soul-search and think about your dreams in life. You'll be inspired with all the things you'll learn when you travel alone.

Solo travel is one way to conquer the unknown by looking beyond the journey. It will never make you astray even if you don't know what to do, but will help you find a way by personally learning what you should do.

Tip: Try to set aside cash for a solo travel. Plan ahead. Six months before your scheduled solo backpacking activity, start saving money. Then, prepare a solid plan. I'm sure you'll enjoy this process even before you start stepping on the plane to a place that you have never visited before. Isn't it exciting?

3. Allow yourself to deal with different kinds of people

There are many ways to learn about something and to find your passion in life. All you have to do is deal with different kinds people and take note of the things that make you excited or those things that make you become creative. If you immerse yourselves with others outside your usual social circle, you'll discover amazing things. You'll get to know more about yourselves. If you are not active in your church, try to be more sociable and learn from other people. You'll also get ideas at school every time you interact with your classmates and friends.

Each individual is unique in our eyes. If we learn something new from each one of us, we begin to collect particles of knowledge that we cannot possibly accomplish in any other way.

Tip: Create a plan that will allow you to work with other people outside your office. If you love to travel, sign up in events that promote outreach programs. It will give you a chance to broaden your knowledge in dealing with a lot of people. You'll be able to build your self-confidence and discover your strength and weaknesses in life.

4. Perform tasks that you haven't done before

This sounds so simple, right? Just have a list of the things that you haven't done before. In most cases, we love to do something if we are good in doing it. How about those things we dream to accomplish, yet remained a dream because we failed to go for it? Let's figure it out and take action now.

The practice of doing things you haven't done before will boost your self-confidence because it will make you feel that you can do anything.

Tip: For instance, enroll in a baking class if you don't know how to bake and you haven't done it before. Or maybe, you can attend a dance class if you're not a good dancer. The goal is to conquer your fears. Try to deal with anything that prevents you from soaring high and achieve success in life.

Four Fresh Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

Life is all about experiences - good and bad ones. There are two opposing things in our lives and we can't just get rid of them. We experience joy, sadness, pain, pleasure, weakness, strength and more. They're all part of our existence. So what should we do to survive if things turn out bad at all? It's simple. We take the first step to accept that opposition is part of living in this world.

We face enormous challenges in this life. One of us now may be nursing a broken heart, others even are doing it silently because they have no one to share the story. Some people are having problems with their families and others are gloomy because someone left them in this world.

If we experience these challenges in life, we exert more efforts to eliminate all of it. We fight hard and strong. With mental and physical pressure hanging around us, we slowly lose control. Such mental and emotional strain affects our way of thinking. It attracts negative things. Stress or tension resulting from difficult circumstances may hinder us from achieving a happy and fulfilling life. How can we make sure that we are managing it well?

Here are the 4 new ways to reduce stress in your life.  

1. Take care of your health. Take time to rest and relax every now and then. Eat right and sleep well.

The usual occurrence of being stressed is feeling exhausted through overwork at home or in the office. Set your priorities before taking work assignments. If you work in a BPO setting like me wherein different kinds of people exist from different backgrounds, don't overwhelm yourselves with things that aren't practical at the moment. 

Avoid unnecessary drama. It will just drag you down. Be humble. Keep track of your productivity and understand your environment before doing anything. It will keep you safe from people who chose to be envious rather than enriching themselves.

Take note of the initial physical manifestation that you're already burnt out of the daily grind in life.
Tips: Take a deep breath. Marvel at the beauty of nature. Find a way to travel alone to relax and unwind. Explore the world to discover new ideas and experiences. Stop working. Have a break. Create a list of the things that you have never done before. Choose one thing that will change your perspective in life. There are endless ways to refresh your feelings, dreams, ideas and aspirations. Don't forget to maintain a low-sugar, high-protein diet.

2. Plan ahead to take one day of your life and be alone to experience serenity.

Outfit | Blue Long Sleeve Blouse: The SM Store | Jeans: Thrifted | Wedges: Market! Market!

Stressful experiences come from different life scenarios and it's our duty to identify each one. Once we identified the causes of our emotional burden, we can take precautions ahead of time. We will be able to sit down and plan how to eliminate those things that might ruin our personal growth.
You will feel relaxed when you stay away from the things that cause you trouble. It doesn't mean that you avoid problems, just think about the fact that they're just temporary and it can be solved in different ways.
Tips: Develop a habit of being alone once in a while, where you will not think about anything related to work and responsibilities. Eradicate interruptions. Create an area in your house that you can read inspiring books, meditate and watch comedy films. Sometimes it is necessary to seek happiness by engaging activities that are made out of it such as hilarious television shows and movies.

3. Keep a daily schedule for energy and focus. Make sure that you still have quality time with your loved ones despite your busy schedule.

If you push yourself to do a lot of things all day round, you'll inviting stressful moments in your life. Create a positive impact in your career by keeping a journal. Keep a daily schedule out of your short-term and long-term goals. Eliminate unnecessary activities. Simplify your life by avoiding things that are not necessary to your goals. It will drain your energy and you will never achieve anything related to your vision for a successful life.
Keeping a daily schedule is a way to remind yourself of the essential things to do to reach your short-term and long-term goals. It will help you avoid procrastination and be overwhelmed of unnecessary deadlines. Beat the odds by preparing a plan ahead of time.
Tips: Buy a notebook for your to take notes of your dreams and aspirations. You can create your personalized journal, too. Then, list down your goals in life. Write a daily schedule out of it before the week starts to make you busy again. In that way, you already know what to focus on and when to accomplish each task without wasting time worrying of unrelated duties.

4. Reward yourself. Don't neglect your duty to love yourself above all else. No one will do it completely for you. 

There are hundred of ways to make your life exciting once again. Don't delve on activities that will spoil your personal and moral development. Join fun activities that have something to do with your hobby or interests. Connect with other people that share your passion in life. You can join a photography class, enroll in baking courses and even study interior design to develop new skills.
Reward yourself by setting aside money for travel and shopping purposes. It's for your time to have a shopping spree. Since it's something that you saved from your income, you'll experience great things because you are going to shop and travel smart. After all, you'll only spend money after careful planning and not before you earn it.
Tips: Open a savings account for your shopping and travel needs. This is the perfect way to avoid debt and still enjoy lavish lifestyle once in a while. I'm doing this now and it really changed my life. It helps me avoid impulse buying. By saving for amazing activities outside work, I can plan ahead to visit the most popular places around me and even those that requires me to have a vacation leave from work. I can shop fashion items that I can only dream before.

Top Four Things I Learned From Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra

Refinery 29 is my favorite website when it comes to solid interview pieces about beauty and fashion. The team is remarkable in providing meticulously done interviews of amazing people across the globe. I was lucky to get a fabulous treat by reading a story about Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra. It was an inspiring experience so I want to share it with you.

Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra is a silver-screen superstar. She starred in the television show Quantico as Alex Parrish. The talented Indian beauty has also started making music. Lately, she was named the first Indian star to enter the Forbes list of highest paid television actresses in the world, after starring on American series, Quantico.

Here are the top 4 things that I learned from the television star. Let's talk about it.

Women pull each other down all the time. That’s our weakness. The boys come together — like bromance. Why can’t girls do it, too?
Well said, Priy. Indeed, men help each other. They stick together when there's a problem. That's what I noticed even up to now.

Women does the opposite - pulling each other down. I'm not really sure about the main reason that girls do hate each other sometimes but I really believe it is because of the tendency to share different standards on beauty. There's insecurity that was created out of the standardization of beauty in different ways. The best thing to do? Let's tell the world that each one of us is unique. Each has her own asset. Let's unite, too!

I don’t want a label. I don’t want a box. I want a legacy.

It's obvious that Priyanka is a perfect example of a woman with a vision - someone who knows what she wants in life. She has a sense of direction by just admitting to herself and sharing it with us that she wants a legacy. It's a greater purpose than being just another beautiful television star. That's what her legions of fans love about her.

I want to be able to conform, to evolve, and be whoever and go wherever. Just like everyone else.

Exactly the same reason I think differently. I don't want to stay in one corner and be the same person all throughout my life. I want to evolve and learn different things.

Do you love to take different roles in life? It's really worthwhile to do it. If you're down, try doing things that you don't usually do such as helping a group of people achieve community projects and serving as a volunteer in an outreach activity. Choose your own way of exploring the world.

There’s a saying in India, that drops of water make the ocean. You have just got to consistently work at it. Because no one’s ever going to give it to you.
This is very inspiring for me. It motivates me to give life to my vision by working smart all the time. Truly, no one will give you what you want. People tend to keep it for themselves. All you have to do is to show the world that you have a potential in everything. Don't be apologetic. Show your individuality. If you fail now, there's always another day to stand up and fight again. Start small. Then, make your dreams grow bigger. I know that massive success is a collection of little victories.

Images | Priyanka Chopra Quantico

Review on Seafood Island at Market! Market! In Bonifacio Global City Taguig

The last time I was in the Market! Market! area was when I decided to drink another cup of Pineapple juice served at the fruit section. For one whole week of eating cooked meat and rice, I decided to drink something sweet and fresh such as pineapple juice. Well, I'm supposed to sip avocado shake after lunch but it's no longer available this time. After drinking pineapple juice, I roamed around the area to enjoy the afternoon.

It's almost five in the afternoon when I decided to have dinner. My husband suggested to try a different restaurant for the day - Seafood Island. I'm really the one who loves to eat seafood, my husband just felt like it's good for now to stay away from the usual fried chicken and pasta dishes served at the restaurants inside the mall.

For less than seven hundred pesos, we enjoyed eating seafood in a boodle way. Think about rice and viand placed in banana leaves - and sometimes it's mixed for an exciting way to enjoy a meal. It's not a new concept for me since we used to do it in the province. For my husband, it's something unusual. Upon seeing the seafood mix that we ordered for dinner, he told me that they've been eating the same thing at home. It's like we will be eating leftover seafood. I told him that it's their way of serving food. We just have to enjoy it.

Luckily, the seafood mix is delicious so we're able to finish eating it. Personally, I like the taste of the rice that was mixed with the grilled fish, fried mussels, shrimp and squid with aromatic spices. I just miss eating seafood that I really enjoyed it all. As for my husband, he still enjoyed the meal since it's delectable after all.

Have you been to Market! Market! lately? Let's talk about it in the comments below. Take care, my friend.

Venice Grand Canal Mall Morning Visit

The beauty of Venice Grand Canal Mall is undeniable. It's a replica of the real place in Venice Italy with all the amazing places to visit during weekend. Lately, it's one of the favorite shopping destinations of many people.

Since I live near the place, I decided to visit it with my husband. We roamed around the shopping district one morning. Personally, I just want to look around and find new places to explore before my birthday.

We know that the Venice Grand Canal is very popular in Italy. Upon entering the mall, we were greeted with Italian music and friendly guests. At that time, the television series Dolce Amore, is on its last three weeks so I'm really thrilled. Everyone is busy taking pictures in all corners of the place.

It was a bright Monday morning so I had a hard time taking pictures at the bridge. Next time, I'll make sure that I got to try the Gondola Ride if it will be open to the public again.

For you to walk around the place, you need to be familiar with every corner of the mall. The Venice Grand Canal Mall has amazing restaurants for you to enjoy after walking around it. If you love shopping, you'll be amazed of their fabulous stores with popular brands from across the globe.

Have a glimpse of the beauty of Italy through the view all around the area. If I already felt good with the entrance, I'm more enamored with the mall grounds with the canal in the center. To think it's not yet fully operational as there are still people working to complete the project.

All in all, I really like the place. When it became popular early this year, I really promised myself to visit it. Now, I promised myself to try shopping and dining there on our next visit. Of course, I want to try the Gondola Ride.

Have you been to this remarkable place? Let me know in the comments below. I love to know your thoughts.

Talking About Train To Busan as a Global Sensation

Train to Busan is a global sensation. The film has legions of fans from around the world.

Even before I watch the movie, I had doubts about it. What will make it a perfect Monday night movie for me? I'm not so sure at that time so I just trusted my instincts.

Photo opportunity before watching the movie, Train to Busan at Glorietta Cinema

Indeed, Train to Busan captured my heart. It isn't just thrilling, scary and heart-wrenching - it's also remarkable. The cinematography is superb. Obviously, the people who love the movie noticed the candid plot and the acting prowess of those who played the characters of the story. The subtitles are also reliable, especially when I have to catch my breath as passengers of the train are struggling to stay alive. From start to end - you'll feel engaged with the zombie outbreak and hoping to watch more people saved from the horrific event.

After watching Train To Busan :)

Many people mentioned that the South Korean zombie tale is amazing.

It's like World War Z with a fantastic version. The heart-rending father-daughter story makes it more appealing to the  viewers.

I got infected - or should I say fell in love with the movie - as it's really worth my time. There are so many people inside the movie house even before we left and they're showing raw emotions after watching the movie. Someone cried in front of me at the restroom and she admitted that she was so affected of how the story was ended.

Are you planning to watch the movie? I'm not going to spoil this moment. Wait! Let me tell you that Gong Yoo is gorgeous.

Brown Velvet Dress For Sunday School

We know that modest fashion styling is an easy task. All you have to do is find a knee-length dress with sleeves to start your day. For those who love to wear skirts, you can also choose knee-length designs with amazing style and pair it with a modest top of your choice. After all, it's all about the design and your personal style.

Last Sunday, I attended our Sunday services at the LDS chapel near our place and I wore modest clothes as expected of me. Personally, following the clothing standards set by the church is an important way to show my great faith.

To have a comfortable Sunday service, I donned a brown velvet dress. I prefer the light pink wedges to soften the color combination of my outfit. I don't want to look too bright that day.

My attire is inspired with the modest clothing pieces of the past. Since I'm wearing a vintage piece, it's easy for me to showcase a semi-retro look. The design of the collar of this dress is really unique. Lastly, the modern-looking shoes and trendy makeup completed the look.

Chic Street Style and Comfort Combined

We know that street style is not so difficult to achieve if you have key pieces in your closet. For a polished and edgy look and you're in the mood to go outside the house through the rain, you'll need a reliable jacket. Luckily, I got one for the day out.

Our adventure of the day is to explore the other side of McKinley in Taguig. We want to visit the Venice Grand Canal Mall in style so I preferred to wear appropriate clothes for the unpredictable weather. Will it rain or not? That's how I perceive the day. 

My outfit is a reflection of my personal style - polished and edgy look - and it is so easy to pull off for a stroll in the mall. The blue long sleeve blouse is a Forever 21 piece, the jacket is a vintage find as well as the black pants and the footwear is Rusty Lopez.

We had fun the whole day of exploring the city. Even though the weather is not good, I still enjoyed visiting Venice Grand Canal Mall. Definitely, I'm coming back to try one of their Italian restaurants. I'm craving for pasta. Have you been to the place, gorgeous friends? Let's talk about it in the comments below.