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Seda Vertis North

Admittedly, we barely have time for leisure since Deo and I became restau-preneurs. Given our insane schedules for our careers, especially with all the operations for Shibusa 渋さ, we parked our planned trips in and out of the country to focus on the business. So whenever we have two full days to spare (which rarely happens), we book for staycations to get our much-needed R&R.

A few months back, we had our dose of staycation at Seda Vertis North. We didn't get to go around that much because they were still making developments around the hotel. Even so, we had such a pleasurable experience with their available amenities and really courteous staff. We loved our stay so much; we're craving to go back!


Anyway, a lot of facilities have improved since our last visit. The lovely team behind Seda Vertis North got in touch with us for a tour and preview. I knew I couldn't miss it! If you're curious why I admire Seda Vertis North so much, just keep on scrolling! :)
  
Why should you book Seda Vertis North for your next staycation?

Seda Vertis North is the finest luxurious hotel
with the highest comfort standards in Quezon City.


They're the biggest in the area, with stylish accommodations, superb flavors, grand banquet, meeting venues, and a lot more. Strategically located in the economic hub of Quezon City and just an hour-and-a-half drive from NAIA or Clark International Airport.

In here, you're bound to have a remarkable hospitality experience, which Deo and I can attest to! ❤

 Top-notch Accommodations


Deluxe Rooms
32sqm area equipped with modern amenities, a spacious shower room, 40-inch LED HDTV, media panel, iPod docks, FM stereo, executive work desk, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities, and electronic in-room safe 


Premier Rooms
48sqm area, studio-style, with a bath tub and all the Deluxe Room amenities

Club Rooms
Has the comfort, convenience, and concessions of Deluxe Rooms with Club privileges - ideal for travelers who want an extra touch of exclusivity, personalized service, and attention.


Corner Suites
64sqm space perfect for families or business travelers. There's a sizable living room, separate master bedroom, connecting room, en-suite bathroom with a large walk-in closet and bath tub.

Presidential Suite
Didn't get to take photos but it's an 128sqm space with a master bedroom, guest room and living room, bath tub, kitchenette, and Club Lounge access.

Royalty Treats at the Club Lounge


The Club Lounge offers daily Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails, all-day coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic beverages, iMac stations, work tables, reading materials, a wide-screen LED HDTV with cable channels, and secretarial assistance.

Access to the Club Lounge isn't included if you availed of the Deluxe Room, but I heard you just need to add Php2,000.00 if you want to experience all these VIP treats. :)


The fully-equipped meeting rooms are situated in this floor, too.

Wide outdoor pool, gym, and spa


Tip: Their pool area's the nicest OOTD spot! :p


Spacious gym, sauna, spa (Deo, we badly need this lol)

One of my personal favorites at Seda Vertis North, the Straight Up Roof Deck Bar!


I'll probably still go here even if I'm not checked in! If you're looking for a speakeasy roof top bar - not to mention, the highest in QC - with a spectacular view of the skyline, Straight Up is the place to be! They offer awesome music (not too loud to keep you relaxed), great drinks, and delicious pica-pica. I can't wait to bring my friends here!


Another reason for me to go back: the best White Sangria I've ever tasted! ;)

Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour! I highly encourage YOU to experience staying at Seda Vertis North. It's one for the books; you won't regret booking here!

Seda Vertis North
Astra cor. Lux Drives
Vertis North, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 739 8888
www.sedahotels.com/vertis

Thoughts of a Young Entrepreneur

Hello guys! How's everything going for you? Whether for school, career, and personal life, I sincerely hope you're doing great. :)

If you were to ask me, August gave me a pretty tough first week. May or may not be the ghost month or Mercury Retrograde to blame. But more importantly, the heavier challenges we faced gave us business and life lessons that we'll carry on forever - most weren't even taught in school.

For the dream chasers and aspiring young entrepreneurs, Deo and I collated a few learnings we've got in running a business in our early 20s. Thought of sharing some with you to (sort of) prevent future heartaches and make you stronger. ❤



On me: customized denim jacket courtesy of Penshoppe | teal cami dress | bag courtesy of SM Accessories | sandals courtesy of Marikina Sole


Find your passion.
 
Cliche but very important. Before we started Shibusa 渋さ, Deo and I know a bit about the kitchen but our careers then weren't related to cooking at all. Only Kuya Enrico graduated from culinary school and worked in the industry for a couple of years.

However, since the very first training day for our nano restaurant, Deo and I loved every moment and found ourselves excited for every waking day dedicated for cooking. That's also why we man Shibusa 渋さ daily - from doing market errands to actual operations.

Assess what you're passionate about. If you haven't found that out yet, try different things. Be patient, and then you'll discover the thing that makes you the happiest eventually.


Take risks.

Taking risks can entail a lot of sacrifices. In our case, Deo and I had to leave our full time jobs to focus on our business. We had to live a bit below our means because of our investments. Yet jumping into this field was the best decision we've ever made. No regrets at all.

Keep healthy partnerships.

Like in relationships, you must know, or better yet, have the same values as your business partner/s. Since Shibusa 渋さ is our first venture, we limited the partnership to Deo, Kuya Enrico, and I. What's great with this is that we know our individual strengths and weaknesses, and we know how to complement one another.

Partnerships also exist with customers, staff, vendors and suppliers. Keep a healthy relationship with these people because they take part in making your business successful.


It's not easy to start a business,
but maintaining and sticking with it is even more difficult.

Major decisions, finances, handling people, and circumstances beyond our control. No matter how hard we try to strive for perfection each minute, not everything will go our way.

In less than a year of operations, Shibusa 渋さ faced extreme highs and lows. From a successful launch, steady stream of customers, healthy cash flow, and loyal fans, to a major accident that affected our business (we had to close down for 2 months), operating on a limited budget, and having to deal with rude business people - we realized how crazy the lives of restaurateurs/entrepreneurs are because we experienced those first hand.

Despite all those, we never lost hope. We actually even proved to ourselves how much we love Shibusa 渋さ and that we're not giving this up. We discovered abilities we never knew we're capable of doing, developed strength to see how far we can go. Because of those failures, my relationship with Deo went to a deeper level and we became hungrier for success (in a good way). After all, if you are afraid to fail, then you're not ready to win.

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty." - Theodore Roosevelt


Have a strong heart. Never give up.

That says it all. <3

I've so much more to share but I still have to prepare for today's operations. I've been getting requests for this particular topic so I hope you learned something from this lengthy post! :p

Feel free to visit Shibusa 渋さ from Tuesday to Sunday, 5PM-12MN, at 38 Mayaman Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. We'll be there until August 19! I'd be happy to see your sweet faces there!

'Til the next one! Shine through, loves! xx

Maybelline Color Jolt Matte Lipsticks

Intense color, intense pigment, intense matte. Maybelline allows us to step up our lipstick game with their Color Jolt collection!

I got to swatch and try the range a few days back and totally fell in love with the results! Each shade is packed with 3x more pigments and has a flocked tip for a perfect, precise application. Enjoy the preview below!



Application Tips
 
1. Lightly squeeze until the product comes out.

2. Use the precision tip applicator for a clean, effortless, and intense application.

3. For more intensity, add a second coat. You can either apply the same color or a different one for a more personalized look.


Show Off Nude
My favorite among all the shades! I wear this almost everyday.


Baby Mauve


Don't Pink With Me


Flaunting My Pink


Vanity Violet


Bittersweet Mandarin


You Red-Me


Vamp Red

Here are some close up shots of the actual swatches to help you choose!


From nude, to all sorts of pink, to the deepest red shade, you can create a fierce look to flaunt this season!

For only P299, you'll get 5ml (0.17 fl oz) of highly pigmented and matte lipsticks. Personally, I think the Maybelline Color Jolt collection is worth trying! :)

Grab your Color Jolt Matte lipsticks from Lazada and at Maybelline counters nationwide.

BonChon's K-tastic Treats (+Bok Chicken?!)

Annyeong! As you know, I'm crazy about anything Korean! From my daily skincare routine, to drama, culture, and of course, food. It's super fun to live a K-tastic life! :)

If you've watched my first vlog episode, you might have found out that aside from Reply 1988, my ultimate favorite K-drama is Weightlifting Fairy. The cast made Bok Chicken look (and taste) so good and rewarding, I wanted to have my own dose of it. The closest I could get to it now is probably through BonChon's delicious K-style Chicken. SWEGGG!



Since college, BonChon's Soy Garlic and Spicy drums and thighs are my favorites; I never ordered any other mains than those. Didn't get to try the rest in their menu because I just really found myself craving for those alone. Anymoo, a few days back, Deo and I graced BonChon's event to try out their best-selling offers and it was such a refreshing treat!

Gangnam Bao


Get it either steamed or fried! Both variants have 100% real tender juicy chicken meat handcrafted with BonChon's best-selling soy garlic glaze. Soft, creamy, delicious!

Jjampong Spicy Noodle Soup


Because of our insane schedules, Deo and I were both feeling under the weather during the event. Yet sometimes, all you need is a hot and spicy noodle soup to kick the incoming flu away! We're so happy we got to try this Seoul-ful delight! It has Korean hot pepper flakes, BonChon's special spicy seafood broth, egg noodles, and topped with crispy fish poppers.

Bibimbowl


Heard this has been a crowd-favorite at BonChon! Bibimbowl dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (very Love in the Moonlight, haha) where Bibimbap is considered to be a royal court dish. Deep-fried to perfection and mixed with sauces like Original, Fiery Spice, and Creamy Curry. This dish has mixed rice garnished with a full assortment of well-seasoned ingredients and flavorful components.

Korean-Style Chicken (Soy Garlic, Spicy, Honey Citrus, Crunchy Garlic)


Not your ordinary fried chicken as it is freshly hand-glazed with a selection of signature fusion of Korean flavores. Again, the closest I could get to Bok Chicken! Lol

Bingsu (Matcha Vanilla, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Brownie, or Mango Cheesecake)


A much-celebrated Korean dessert which is made of ultra-fine, powder-like snow ice, sprinkled with bits of fruits and various toppings, drizzled with syrup, and topped with premium Milky Kreme. My favorite's the Strawberry Cheesecake!


Now, I have more reasons to go back to BonChon! They don't only offer delectable Korean dishes, they'd give you the whole package of experiencing Korea. BonChon has actually revamped some of its stores into a Modern Barn, plus the staff's uniform makeovers, and improved lighting inside the store! K-tastic!

It's time to visit your nearest BonChon branch! See you around! ❤