Junction Hostel - Affordable Staycation with an Unsual Quirky Vibe


Last February 2015, a newly opened hostel in Makati named Junction Hostel. Located in the heart of Makati. Near the Red District, A-Venue Hall and Saint Paul Makati are the nearest landmark if you're going to find this quirky, hip hostel. They offer a very affordable price for their rooms. Backpackers traveling in Manila have new options for their hostel accommodation. It'll be more enjoyable and fun stay in a hostel if you are comfortable in the place, has clean rooms, and very accommodating staff. 


Mind you that there is no lift/elevator here. Don't worry, they just have till 3rd floor, so using the stairs is not an issue. I immediately fell in love at their lobby/common dining/playroom/reading room. They have bean bags for sitting and just to have a chitchat with friends and fellow travelers.


American-Indian inspired hanging tent, so cool eh? Nicely done wall art plus the pastel colored sitting area.






Tv room and lounge area. Backpackers can share stories of their travel with fellow travelers or you just want to watch a movie with them, it's all welcome here,


This room is shared by 4 people. 26-B is a twin room and 26-C is a queen room. With only 1 bathroom shared with these 3 rooms. There's also a sink, shared by 4 people. This whole room is more like a family room type. They have rooms for 10, for 4 and queen and a twin room. All bathrooms are shared by 2-3 rooms.





Common area on the 2nd floor.


FYI, I am no way drunk that night. Just being funny here,lol.




Junction Hostel room rules caught my attention (who wouldn't anyway?)


You'll be surprised that how in the world that this trailer gets inside the building? Well, during the construction, while the building is still open. they managed to put inside this very old, rusty trailer then made it a really great looking food truck. American and Filipino breakfast are served here for 200 pesos each.

Overall, I really enjoyed my staycation and I will definitely be back anytime soon. Backpackers from any parts of the world will enjoy their stay here, not just because of the clean rooms and homey place but they have a very accommodating and friendly staff.

Thanks, Junction Hostel!

Read more about Junction Hostel -->> Here

Authentic Chinese cuisine: Mandarin Palace Seafood and Shabu-Shabu Restaurant


The reason why I love living in the south is that we have an extensive array of good restaurants. And one of these is Mandarin Palace. Found in the stretch of BF Homes Aguirre. Open from Monday to Sunday 10:00 am till 12 midnight.  They offer authentic Chinese cuisines and mouthwatering dimsums, they also have private dining rooms for groups or  have a dinner date with your partner. 


For starters, we had Prawn Hakaw. Now, this is a great way to start the meal. I mean, it should be the soup though but in Mandarin, they offered us their best dim sum. (4 pcs for 128 php)


Shrimp Siomai (4 pcs for 88 pesos). The best seafood dim sum I ever tasted so far.  


Fish Lips with Mixed Soup (300 for small, 450 medium and 600 php for large serving). Yup! It's made from fish lips. And surprisingly it tastes good!


Fried Squid with Salted Egg, a must try here at Mandarin Palace. You can really taste the salted egg yet it doesn't overpower the taste of the squid. 


Deep fried Seafood Roll (500 php for large serving). What I like about this, it's not greasy/oily (because it's deep fried). I only had a bite of this because it has mayonnaise inside and I don't eat any food with mayonnaise. 


Salt and Pepper Spareribs (600 php for large serving). Don't be fooled with the chilies on top of it. It just gives a little kick of spice (just a little). I like the tenderness of the pork and enough balance of saltiness. I love pepper on any dish so this is one of my fave here. 


Seafood Roll with Almond, another must-try dish. Some of my friends liked without the almond but me, I want lots of Almond.


Peking Duck (900 pesos, I hope my memory serves me right).


Wrapped Peking Duck Skin. After chopping the duck they made sure that all parts of it will be eaten just like the skin.


Minced Peking Duck with Lettuce and Hoisin Sauce. Sauteed Peking Duck that will be eaten by wrapping in a lettuce with this sweet sauce.


King Fish in Mango Sauce. I was a bit hesitant trying this, because I rarely eat King Fish and this one is good. Thanks to it's sweet Mango sauce.


Chicken Curry. Very mild curry taste and this is a great way to introduce a curry dish to kids, and I guarantee they will like this. (forgot the price of it)


Yang Chow Fried Rice (200 for small, 300 medium and 400 for large serving). Very generous serving with lots of shrimp.


Mandarin Palace also offers exotic food such as Frog Legs. This wasn't on our list of food to order, but because a friend mine, Nicole asked the manager and offered us to try their deep fried frog legs. Not all of us in our group is their first time to try this Filipino exotic dish but we all didn't miss the chance of tasting one or two legs of this tiny frog. Taste? Just like chicken wings. And I loved it, I had 3 legs actually, lol.


Mango Sago for desert. A Filipino desert and I love the sweetness of mango. I suggest to have a little more sago as I am a big fan of of it, lol.

After almost 2.5 hours eating all these succulent and flavorful dish, I honestly don't know how am I able to survive all these foods. Very generous servings. Thanks Mandarin Palace for a tummy-full of happiness.

For more info:
Table reservations is recommended as they are always full house (everyday). Call 02-2469069 loc. 104.
Located at 142 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, ParaƱaque City.


Skin 101 introduces Revlite



What is REVLITE?

The RevLite emits light in rapid, short pulses at high peak energy for impact feels like no more than the snap of a thin rubber band. As the light shatters the pigment and diffuses the lesion, the spot will turn gray or white for a few minutes as the skin absorbs the energy. Any post-treatment discomfort will feel similar to a mild sunburn, and any redness will dissipate within a day or two as the skin returns to its natural color.



What REVLITE can do or skin?

Brown spots on the skin may often be and wrinkles. Freckles may have been cute when you were a kid, but now these melanin deposits are looking more like the aging remains from too many days lounging in the sun. Freckles, sun spots, liver spots – whatever you call them, they’re technically known as “pigmented lesions” and they form when melanin concentrates in one area of the skin, usually as a result of overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.



Skin 101 has 10 branches. The nearest to my place is in Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa. they al so have in Market Market, White Plains, Valle Verde, Pasig City, Sm City Sta. Rosa, Sm Supercenter Muntinlupa, Sm Taytay, Sm Fairview and in Sm North Edsa. 

More on my Diamond facial and Revlite review soon. 

Pasta and Pastry at Paume's Pastry House - BF Homes Paranque


You'll always see new cafes, restaurants and pastry shops around BF Homes Paranaque and the newest and a 6-month old cafe is Paume's Pastry House. This homey vibe pastry shop is located at #29 President's Ave. BF Homes Paranaque.


At first, it has been just a pastry shop that sells cakes, cookies, pasta, sandwiches and coffee, however, as what the demands of most customers, they added rice meals (specifically Filipino dishes). Most cafes in Metro Manila are incorporating Filipino well known dishes. As what Chef Carol says "We're giving our customer a reason to stay longer in our cafe so we offer meals not just pasta that kids and young at hearts will enjoy". The design interiors of the pastry shop are from Chef Carols' grandma's house in France. 


This salad is for our starter. It has fresh green with sweet almonds.


Roast Beef Sandwich. First bite, you can really taste the those thinly sliced beef. What I don't like it is that I can taste the mustard, which I really don't like on a burger or sandwich in any way. However, I know I can request to remove the mustard next time so I can enjoy this sandwich. My Chichi enjoyed most the fries, lol.




Croque Madame. 


Carbonara with Bacon bits. Me and Chichi enjoyed this as this is one of our fave kind of pasta. Just enough saltiness from the bacon.


Pesto with grilled Chicken. An oil based pasta that has the balance of basil and olive oil. Surprisingly, Chichi liked it. Not all kids would want to eat an oil base pasta as they would only eat a classic spaghetti, carbonara and lasagna.   


Love seafood? Try their Vongoli Olio.


Our fave on all these 4 pastas, Lasagna Forno. Cheesy goodness at its perfection. 


Salted Caramel Latte. I love the strong coffee taste on this. 


Iced Milo for my Chichi. Who doesn't love Milo anyway? Lol. 


Choco Eclair to start of desert feast. 


Too bad I wasn't able to taste even a small bite of this delightful Snicker's Cake. They all dig into this cake and I wasn't aware that they were all having a bite of this. 


Nougat Cake. A must-try desert. 



And to finish our meal, a Cheesecake with Blueberry sauce is heavenly. I can finish this 1 slice or even two I think. 

Thank's To Paume's Pastry House! We all had a full tummy after all these yummy meals and deserts. So everyone living in Las Pinas, Paranaque and Alabang visit them soon and you will never regret dining here. 

ACER gives you a 5 in 1 device: #PullitOff with Acer this School Year!

ACER gives you a 5 in 1 device: #PullitOff with Acer this School Year!

At this millennial age, many of us wants and needs to be connected all the time. There's so much gadgets are in the market that you can choose from and ACER gives you a 5 in 1 device. A laptop and a tablet at the same time, how cool is that? 


PRESS RELEASE



It’s back-to-school season again! Ready for long study notes, endless reviews, challenging projects? Global tech titan, Acer got you covered! #PullitOff this school year with Aspire Switch 12, Aspire Switch 11 and Aspire Switch 10 E! 

Acer Aspire Switch 12 is an intuitive and immersive 5-in-1 device that can be used as a laptop, tablet with keyboard or not, or even as a desktop PC through its 5 modes—notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop. Aspire Switch 12 is powerful in terms of computing abilities, responsive and vivid graphics yet consumes low power, thanks to its new Intel® Core™ M processor and smooth-running Windows 8.1 operating system.Its big, 12.5-inch display screen, protected against accidental bumps and scratches by Corning® Gorilla® Glass keeps up with the always-active student lifestyle. Its full HD display lets you see everything as clear as a whistle regardless of angle or extreme lighting condition. The touch-screen display has anti-fingerprint capabilities to prevent those unappealing smudges from splotching the screen.



Need a buddy that is as versatile as you? With Aspire Switch 11’s unique Acer Snap Hinge™, you can flip, rotate, or detach it in a snap. Its invisible force of magnetism lets you detach the tablet seamlessly and snap it back on whenever and wherever you need it. The spacious chiclet keyboard is perfect for taking down long notes because it assures comfortable typing and solid tactile feedback. Supported by six touchpad gestures, Aspire Switch 11’s Precision Touchpad guarantees gestures as fluid as touchscreen gestures.



Express yourself freely with Aspire Switch 10 E’s range of trendy colors that work perfectly with its dynamic shape and elegant textile-pattern texturing. This 2-in-1 runs on Windows 8.1 and features all the Microsoft Office programs1 you need to get home works done. Its Intel quad-core processor and 12 hours of battery life make the Aspire Switch 10 E the ideal tool for group studies. 

The Aspire Switch 10 E also comes with the Acer SwitchLock™ that lets you lock this keyboard dock’s HDD so it only works with the tablet part. Protect all you HDD data by snapping the tablet off the keyboard and snap it back on to unlock it. But Acer doesn’t stop by just offering an absolutely stunning digital device. From May 25 to June 30, 2015, buyers of an Aspire Switch 12 or any Aspire Switch 2-in-1 netbooks will get an Instax Mini 8 camera absolutely for free! 



Get an Acer Iconia W1 2-in-1 netbook and get a FREE Smart Bro 4G Pocket Wi-Fi. Acer’s processor and 12 hours of battery life make the Aspire Switch 10 E the ideal tool for group studies. The Aspire Switch 10 E also comes with the Acer SwitchLock™ that lets you lock this keyboard dock’s HDD so it only works with the tablet part. Protect all you HDD data by snapping the tablet off the keyboard and snap it back on to unlock it.

But Acer doesn’t stop by just offering an absolutely stunning digital device. From May 25 to June 30, 2015, buyers of an Aspire Switch 12 or any Aspire Switch 2-in-1 netbooks will get an Instax Mini 8 camera absolutely for free! 



Get an Acer Iconia W1 2-in-1 netbook and get a FREE Smart Bro 4G Pocket Wi-Fi. Acer’s promo in partnership with Smart Communications runs from May 15 to June 15, 2015. Students, get ready to #PullitOff! Acer knows you need the perfect school buddy you can count on to help you get those grades you aspire for.

For more information about the exciting Acer Aspire Series and other 2-in-1 devices, visit the Acer Philippines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AcerPH), follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils), or go to www.acer.com.ph.


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