Showing posts with label pangasinan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pangasinan. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Summer in October??

Summer is everyone's favourite season, even in the Philippines where it is sunny almost all year round. We especially reserve that 'summer vibe' for the months of March, April and May. And our main activities? Food trips and going to the beach with family and friends. 

Now we don't have to wait for those months to come, because there's a new cafe in town that will give you a taste of summer even in the month of October. By The Beach Cafe is located on the shore of Nibalew beach in San Fabian, Pangasinan and the nearest land mark is the Coast Guard Sub-station. 

Summer vibes
Water Bikes and Teepees
Blue Lemonade
On top of the beautiful location, By The Beach San Fabian Cafe offers affordable rice meals, snacks and drinks. Here's a menu guide for you under their 'Comfort Food' category:
3 Cheese Pizza - Php90

Pica-pica Sampler - Php200
Salsa & Cheese-Jalapeno Nachos -Php120
Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings - Php175
Chicken Fingers - Php150
Sausage & Chips - Php80
Potato Fritters - Php150
Beefy Dynamites - Php120

Summertime madness
 'Charred Favorites'
Grilled Liempo - Php150
Pork Barbeque - Php150
Chicken Teriyaki - Php150
'All-Day Breakfast'
Bacon, Egg, Rice - Php120
Pork Tocino, Egg, Rice - Php120
Pork Longanisa, Egg, Rice - Php120

Perfect for friends and family
 'Cocktails'
Cuba Libre - Php100
Vodka Lime - Php100
Bubbly Daiquiri - Php100
Whiskey Ginger - Php100
SMB Pale Pilsen - Php75
SMB Light - Php75

Beach + Sunset = Love
 BTB San Fabian Cafe is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 5PM to 11PM. Make sure to bring a camera and charge your phone batteries for photo ops! Watch out for By The Beach Cafe's new offerings and take part in their Halloween Masquerade Party on October 28, 2017, Saturday at 8PM! Don't forget to wear your local spooky mask or head dress to get a chance to win a prize. 

That's all for now folks! So check out my Youtube channel, I also made a short vlog last month. Watch here: 


xoxo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer 2017

What's up guys? It is my favorite time of the year again! And to make this summer blog post different from the others, I am going to answer random questions asked by my friends and followers on Instagram and Twitter. While some of you might say summer is over, welp, I live in Asia where it is sunny almost all year round. So "weather" you like it or not, here we go!

Your favorite summer travel destination/s?
Bali, Indonesia! Because I had the best summer there back in 2013. Read my travel diary here. In my country, I would say the best ones I've been to is in Bolinao, Pangasinan and San Juan, La Union. I have never seen such clear waters like the one we have in Bolinao beach, and that really makes me proud to be from the province of Pangasinan. For my San Juan, La Union surfing experience read here.

The mountains or the beaches?
Beaches! Because I can't imagine myself, ever, hiking. I know there are a lot of health benefits in hiking and trekking, but also in sun-bathing and swimming. Isn't it? So yeah, I choose the beach. 

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Instagram @lvlygrey 
One-piece swimsuit or Bikini?
One-piece swimsuit, unless I stay and swim in a private pool villa like the ones we see in all those Maldives advertisements - then I would wear a bikini. But I am just not confident enough in a bikini and unfit for it, so one-piece swimsuit would do. There are actually a lot of designs you can choose from, my favorites are from Boom Sasoon swimsuit collection. Not so boring at all!

Give 3 summer must-haves.
Banana Boat Sport sunscreen lotion, the spray is less effective. Sunnies shades. Proper swimwear. Additional: A book to read, I suggest China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. Fresh coconut juice or any drinks for you to re-hydrate. A selfie stick or a partner, for solo travelers. Haha!

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Feature: Swiss Club Hotel
What is your summer anthem?
It's a bit outdated but I still like this song. "If I lose Myself - (Alesso remix) One Republic" in reference to my Summer 2015 experience, read more here. It is still my favorite summer jam. Okay, now I feel a bit nostalgic.

What is the best summer color/s?
Blue! 

Blog or vlog? 
Well if I were at the beach, it'd be a lot easier to just record clips for a vlog than bring my laptop there and write. But I like both and I've been posting vlogs on my Youtube channel once in a while. But, who knows, I might be a full time vlogger in the future!

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Photo by me using a handy monopod | Instagram @lvlygrey
Watch out for my new blog post next week! 
And if you have more time, you can read last summer's entry here.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jack Of All Trades

Yes it's true, we all have hidden talents! And sometimes, some circumstances in life make us reveal them to the world -one at a time or all at once. Join me in this journey as I enter the ever competitive world of beauty and makeup with these chosen primary weapons. *blows imaginary gun*

Real Techniques Base Brushes. This is my first set of brushes ever! Real Techniques is owned by Sam and Nic Chapman -they are sisters, professional makeup artists, and the duo behind a top Youtube channel. The function of this set is for complete coverage of base makeup. The core collection of the coverage essentials include:

From top to bottom | Photo by  © www.lvlygrey.com
(1) Buffing brush - UltraPlush bristles ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
(2) Detailer brush - precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long lasting shape and definition.
(3) Pointed foundation brush - unique cut for use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
(4) Contour brush - delicately applies highlighter to the cheekbones for sheer, soft-focus contour.

I am so loving #RealTechniques brushes at the moment, and I can't wait to get my hands on the two other sets for the eyes and for finish. Real Techniques brushes have a reasonable price that is perfect for budding makeup artists like me.

NYX soft matte lip cream minis | Instagram @lvlygrey
NYX soft matte lip cream minis. These lippies may be little and cute but they are also sure to give you a nice soft matte finish when applied to your lips. The shades from the photo above include (1) Moscow; (2) Copenhagen; (3) Vancouver; (4) Nyx liquid suede - Foul Mouth; (5)Nyx liquid suede - Oh, Put It OnAll dark shades, suits me! Shelf lifeNyx liquid suede - six monthsNyx soft matte lip cream - eighteen months.

 Another thing I like about NYX lippies is the fact that it doesn't make your lips feel like a desert, because of its cream base. You might just have to re-apply after every meal or after every heavy smooch! 

L.A. Colors - 5 Color Matte Eyeshadow | Freebie from @classy.colours
L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow. I got this as a freebie from one of my trusted online shops, go check them out on Facebook and Instagram. I would have to rate L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow's pigment a 2.5/5. Because of the need to apply more product to see it's true color or shade. Hence this, I use this palette for a natural-looking "no-makeup" makeup look. Sabi nga nila, "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." So once or twice or even thrice in a makeup artist's career, he will use products that will challenge his skills and strategy. Wow! I'm imagining a reality show similar to Master Chef but with a twist, and I will call it Master Makeup Artist or Makeup Diva! Hahaha!

Time for swatch-ing! Love these shades so much!
I got excited swatch-ing these lippies! Here are some of my looks using NYX lippies: Vancouver, Copenhagen and Oh, Put It On. You can visit my Instagram for more photos. Follow me at @lvlygrey! My dream is to try to swatch more lippies in the future and collect limited edition items. I am currently in love with MAC matte lipsticks and Kylie liquid lipsticks. I also like combining shades for a more fierce or a more toned-down look. Maybe soon I'll try lip liners for achieving the perfect lip shapes!

Start of a growing collection | Photo by www.lvlygrey.com
My mission is to help those who can't afford expensive hair and makeup services. Nothing in life is free of course, I have to earn a living. But I also want to be the fairy godmother (with budget-friendly hair and makeup services) like the one from Cinderella. It is prom season here in the Philippines and I want to make some young girl's dream to attend the ball all dolled up, full of confidence, positive vibes and encouragement. I also don't mean to compete with any of my favorite makeup artists here, they are all super talented! Like my friends and idols, #CJCuisonGlamTeam - Ms CJ, Mommy Ryan and Ms Carlos! I've been their client too and they are the best here. Let us make this world a beautiful place by loving and supporting each other. I have yet to learn a lot and I'm not even sure if I'd pursue makeup artistry as my main bread and butter, I'm a jack of all trades and my attention span is short. So who knows? I'm just happy to add this to the list of skills that I can confidently say I can do.
So thank you for reading this post and remember,
JUST DREAM BIG!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Day With Team What's Up Dagupan

Hashtag squad goals!

We always hear this phrase whenever we see group of friends accomplishing something rad, or anything worth the envy. Like traveling outside the country together, finishing college together, or just basically doing things you all enjoy with just one goal in mind. For me and my team, FOOD IS LIFE!! And photography, and coffee, and social media too! We are the team behind What’s Up Dagupan, spearheaded by Simon Vistro. What’s Up Dagupan chronicles what’s hip and hot in Dagupan City. It is a compendium of the news, events, culture, food, arts, language and music of Region 1’s “Pandaragupan” or gathering place, the Longest Grill World Record Beaker and the Bangus Capital of the World – Dagupan City!

So what does it feel like going out with the team?

From left to right: Mike Fernandez, Simon Vistro, Grey, Jec Mabasa. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo.

Last Saturday, we were invited to attend the soft opening of Gloria Maris Restaurant here in Dagupan City. The restaurant had a major revamp and it’s worth the five-month wait. Love the interiors especially the lighting, perfect for taking a selfie. They also added new dishes to their menu and we tried them all. Did you know that they now have pumpkin soup for appetizer? Okay, I admit that I didn’t want to try it at first as I’m not a big fan of the veggie. But to my surprise, the pumpkin soup even tasted better than the usual corn and mushroom. The tiny bits of seafood in it added a twist!

Spinach Tofu. Photo by Mike Fernandez

Then they served Spinach Tofu, which became an instant favorite of the group. Then came the super tender Shanghai Beef, Sweet Fire Chicken and Yang Chow Rice. But what excited me the most? The delectable Salted Egg Prawns! We see and hear salted eggs mixed with almost everything and turned into almost anything. Like Irvin’s salted egg potato chips and Fryday’s chicken wings with salted egg. But the Salted Egg Prawns by Gloria Maris Dagupan still tops my list. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water and my tummy growl. We took lots of photos of course, we want to be the first ones to share it with our friends. I took videos though, for my new baby VLOG on Youtube.

The new Gloria Maris Restaurant Dagupan City. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo

After our lunch, the boys had a relaxing spa session at Luxus Spa while I do some errands. We met again for dinner at Papi’s Grill – the first eat-all-you-can grill in Dagupan.

UnliKalot at Papi's Grill

So wait there’s more! After our dinner, Mamu and Papu invited us to join them at the newly-opened Bo’sCoffee located along Jose De Venecia road C5 extension. Yes, the Bo’s Coffee of Manila is now in Pangasinan! Sir Simon and I tried Artisanal Choco drink, it’s made from pure cacao and it’s so tasty. We also had carrot cakes and s’mores brownie. I can’t wait for you to watch the whole video on my vlog!

Thank you Mamu and Papu for the coffee and cakes! (Bo's Coffee)

A day with #TeamWhatsUp is a day to remember! We did everything we loved doing, it was a care-free, stress-free kind of day. Follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait for our next trip, so lucky to be a part of this group promoting the city and the entire province one post at a time!
P.S. We miss you Senyorita Myx!
x

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Eat In Dagupan City: Tramo Food Hub

Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Welcome to the Bangus Capital of the world! While there is no doubt about how good and fresh the bangus are here, one still tends to ask, ‘Where to eat in Dagupan?’ This city’s gastronomic tourism has improved over the years and innovation is the only way up! There are lots of local restaurants where you can find yourself salivating and wow-ing on food taste and presentation. But if you haven’t quite decided yet, I suggest you drop by the new Tramo Food Hub just in front of Pantranco bus terminal along M.H. Del Pilar Street, Dagupan City. 

Inspired by Baguio’s Ketchup Food Community, Tramo Food Hub offers wide variety of food and drinks to choose from. They have 16 food stalls in total, each serving up unique dishes. You can add twists but never the same dish, that’s number one rule!

Tramo from the word 'tram' - a rail vehicle. The location used to be one of the train stops of PNR (Philippine National Railway) back in 1970s.
For first time visitors, I personally suggest that you guys try Gino’s Sisig. For 79 pesos, you can have chicken / pork sisig, chicken inasal, lechon belly, and lechon manok – with two cups of rice each meal! Yep, sulit! And did I mention that you get to experience to eat using your hands? Filipino-Cebuano style!

I would also like to recommend Res.to J One’s best seller – Sinigang na Kalabaw! That’s sour soup with carabeef in English, ain’t it? Or nah? Haha! Anyway, you should try it for 200 pesos - good for sharing. Res.to J One also added a twist on the classic Pigar-pigar of Mangaldan and Dagupan. I am guessing they sprinkled a bit of cumin powder in it? Ahhh, must-try!

Early bird! Haha
Speaking of classics, Beats by Kuya Max offers bangus sisig and bistek max for 90 pesos each meal. Plus batchoy and lugaw (porridge)!

Kanto Boy is where you’ll find classic Filipino street foods: isaw, hotdog, pork barbeque, tenga ng baboy, kwek-kwek etc. at a price range of 8-30 pesos only!

If you’re seeking for new taste and healthier options, you won’t be disappointed with Opa! Greek Taverna. One of my absolute favorite from their menu is Chicken Souvlaki! Oh, I keep craving for it! Also try Roka Salad, see photo below.

Roka Salad by Opa! Greek Taverna
So from Greece, let’s go to Korea! Try Ajusshi Korean Shack‘s beef bulgogi, gimbap and kimchi! Annyeong-haseyo!!

The food industry is now crazy over salted eggs, so head on to Fryday’s food stall and order chicken wings with salted egg for the ultimate tasty treat!

Now aren’t you a little thirsty? Let The Hungry Panda conquer your thirst like how it conquered Tramo Food Hub. Almost everyone is lining up for its freshly-squeezed lemonade and mixed berry yogurt smoothie! But wait there’s more, The Hungry Panda offers fruit shakes, mixed fruit lemonades and fruit cups. Plus the Vietnamese sandwich Bahn Mi and Pizza bread! Watch my The Hungry Panda vlog here :) 

The best lemonade in the city from The Hungry Panda
For manginginoms like me (haha) who likes to chill at Tramo Food Hub and listen to live acoustic music, Sides Grill and Raw Bar offers ice-cold local and imported beers! Last Christmas I was kinda sad because I miss my family and friends back in Singapore, so to cheer me up a bit I ordered Tiger Beer. It’s like Singapore’s national beer, so yeah, it kept me sane for a while. Anyway! Other alcoholic drinks available there include Asahi Beer, Evan Williams Bourbon, Brew Kettle Beer, Jack Daniels, and many more. Cheers! 

The other Sides haha! Imported beers available here
To get updates and see more photos, head on to Tramo Food Hub’s Facebook page now! P.S. to other stalls I’ve not mentioned in this post, it only means I haven’t tried your food yet haha! Will update this na lang when I get to try yours na so don’t worry.

Tramo Food Hub is open every day from 3PM-11PM! I heard they’re plannning to open from nine in the morning na SOOOOOOON! 

So guys.. thanks for reading, my Tramo Vlog will be up on my Youtube Channel next month!
x

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Barista In The Making

Candid shot by my friend Adams
There is no such thing as too many coffee photos on Instagram, not even until one becomes a barista. We love coffee because coffee works magic! It helps us cope from last night's hangover, a jet lag or just another bad day.

I believe drinking coffee gives us a sense of pride (kind of).. For being adult, for facing life's ups and downs, for being independent? Or at least, it makes us feel and look like it. Fake it til you make it, that's how we roll nowadays.

Here's a simple analogy: You drink alcohol to lose yourself. Meanwhile, you drink coffee to keep your shit together. Ha!
Hearts everywhere, my original latte art design haha

Being able to make happiness in a cup has been one of my secret dreams. (Lovely Grey and her many secret lives! ) I can say that the last forty-five days as a barista felt like working at Willy Wonka's Factory, except for the musical part. And except for the fact that I actually work for a local coffee shop named Caffè Angelito.
I love discovering new flavors and making use of my taste buds' full potential. Although I haven't had enough time getting detailed info about the world's greatest, I can share with you that we're using neatly-packed coffee beans from Italy made of 60% Arabica and 40% Robusta. Crisp, black brown beans ground to perfection, a fair comparison to the world's best ocean sands. You know it's good to go when the crema starts to appear and dominates the top layer of an espresso shot. Oh, the lingering aroma of coffee!

To my surprise, working on milk with my newly-found amazing device, attached to the glorious coffee machine, called the 'steaming wand' - has been and will always be a true pleasure! The hiss and whistling sounds are music to my ears!
Latte art I did for Halloween

Its frothiness almost always / comes up as a gentle surprise

Eye-candy latte art / has its price
Writing this post surprisingly gives off a Lang Leav kinda vibe because it's close to my heart and, err, stomach.


There is no too much/ only a match
Made in heaven / made to last
Coffee and me / Me and coffee
Latte art with the help of chocolate syrup
I originally intended to include serious notes here, financial and career thingy. But what the heck, let's not ruin the mood here. I composed two freaking poems on the spot. Let's make this a coffee appreciation blog entry and make the poet in me happy!

I have yet to learn a lot on the latte art area, maybe just a matter of getting use to free-pouring and wiggling (only funky baristas will get this. wink*) But I'll get there. A hundred more cups of cafe au lait, a thousand cafe mochas, salted caramel and pumpkin spice lattes. Haha char! But yeah, I will get there. Someday I will make flawless free-hand pour rosettas!
Cafe uniform day
So they say you'll get to kiss a hundred frogs before you kiss a prince. Kiss a cup of coffee, get your shit together, pray and live a happy life kiddo. Thank me after I make your coffee, find me at Caffè Angelito Coffee & Juice Bar, Mondays-Saturdays closing shift around 3PM to 11PM.
Cheers
x

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blog Giveaway: Gold Tickets to Up North Music Festival


‪#‎BlogGiveaway‬: HAVE YOU HEARD?? On April 23, 2016, Dagupan City will be the host of the biggest music festival ever staged in Pangasinan! As one of ‪#‎UNMFDagupan‬'s media ambassadors, I will be giving away a pair of Gold Tickets for UP NORTH Music Festival to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do is follow these rules:

1) Post a photo with a caption of your favourite hugot line, a poem, or any literary verse that speaks about the pains of the heart </3

2) TAG US! @upnorthmusicfestival @lvlygrey WITH HASHTAGS‪#‎lvlygreyxUNMFDagupan‬ #UNMFDagupan and ‪#‎CSIMalls‬


3) Make sure your posts are all public on these social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can post your entries until April 6, 2016! 
Make sure to Like our official Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/UPNORTHMusicFestival 
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See you there
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