Indian Cuisine at The Cafe, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

While Deo and I are on a strict diet plan, we make sure to satisfy ourselves with real good food on our rare cheat days. We had our well-deserved lunch at The Cafe, HYATT City of Dreams two Sundays ago, and we devoured on their big feast of Indian cuisines.

The Cafe is the main dining space at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila. They can house up to 315 guests with a range of seating options, from cozy circular booths to private and semi-private rooms to standalone tables in the heart of all the action.

Guest Chef Ajith Kumar from Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, New Delhi joined the team at The Cafe, bearing spices and recipes for Indian favorites rich with aromas and complex tastes. So lucky we got to taste some Indian culinary gems such as Paneer makhani (cottage cheese simmered in tomato sauce spiked with fenugreek), Maas ke sooley (smoked lamb with raw papaya) and Kerala prawn masala (Tiger prawn with coconut curry leaves with ginger and chili).

Take a look at our gastronomic fete!

Imagine these on your dishes! So good!

To complete the buffet experience, we also got to try out other international grubs! Hoarded from the Japanese station, of course! My ultimate favorite!

Name it, they have it! Caviar, dimsum, cold cuts, cheese - The Cafe has complete counters for Italian, Grill and Griddle, Asian, Deli, Comfort Food and Favorites, and Pastry!

What sets The Cafe, Hyatt apart from others is that they have an interactive show-kitchen restaurant where experienced chefs perform live culinary theater at vibrant cooking and buffet stations, with hot dishes prepared on-the-spot to ensure freshness and optimum flavor! Totally love it!

The Cafe’s buffet rate starts at Php1,388 net for lunch and Php1,888 net for dinner. To reserve your table, call 6911234 local 1662 or book online here.

Thank you so much, City of Dreams Manila, for having us! Looking forward to the next one!

Always On The Bright Side

Life can really get hard and exhausting at times, but there’s no reason for you not to keep going. For someone who’s been through a lot, believe me, tough moments might make you lose hope. The hardships will eat you alive and giving up might be the easiest way out. But what I’ve realized from John Maxwell, in one of his books, is that your thoughts will determine what you become in life. To quote, “What occupies your mind and what you think means more than anything else in your life.”

On me: top courtesy of Style Flick | white high-waist shorts from Mango | Deo's SD cap | Adidas Superstars | phone case courtesy of Edge Grind (designed by Deo)

Since my dad got hospitalized, I’m left alone in our house everyday for over a month. And I’m never accustomed to that. Imagine waking up and going home to an empty space with deafening silence after long hours at work - you can’t blame me if I sulk as I sip my coffee and question about my existence in our dining area. It’s scary, to be honest, because swimming through negativity will only drown you. It won’t help anyone grow. Ever.

How timely because our company president shared with us some parts of John Maxwell’s book during our meeting last week. What struck me the most was this - “Be careful what you set your heart on, for you will surely get it. Be careful what occupies your mind, because it will greatly determine what you will become tomorrow.” It was the wake up call I needed to stop myself from sulking. Arns, you’re a ball of sunshine, remember?

To do this, change your thought process. Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today. Always be on the bright side. You have it all in your hands.

Photos by Deo Montuerto

To better days! ♥

Kathryn Bernardo for Air Optix and Julia Montes for FreshLook

There’s no other duo who can best represent Air Optix Colors and FreshLook Color Contact Lenses than the renowned young celebrities, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. I’m pretty sure the fans are very happy because, finally, after 5 years, they’re back together! They were launched as ambassadors of Alcon, a global leader in Eyecare, last July 10, 2016 at the Robinsons Ermita Activity Center.

Filipinas will definitely love Air Optix Colors and FreshLook Color Contact Lenses! They’re designed to enhance dark or light eyes and bring out one’s natural beauty. Whether you need to have yours prescribed with vision correction or not, the two brands can definitely accommodate you!

These contact lenses are made with a unique, smooth surface and feature a technology that combines 3 colors-in-1 to blend naturally with the color of your eye. How awesome is that? :)

If you’re not yet too familiar with the two brands, here are their differences:

Air Optix Colors is made up of proprietary silicone hydrogel material which allows plenty of oxygen to pass through the contact lenses, therefore making them perfect for LONG-HOUR WEAR.

Kathryn Bernardo’s the new face of Air Optix! She mentioned how perfect the brand is for her and her morena skin because they have an extensive color selection - from subtle enhancements (pure hazel, blue, green, grey and brown), or for bold and striking eyes (brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey and sterling grey).

Meanwhile, FreshLook Color Contact Lenses use the classic hydrogel material. They’re best for EVERYDAY WEAR (daily disposable lenses). Julia Montes endorses FreshLook!

During the event, Kathryn and Julia talked about the things they love about the brand and educated the crowd about the proper use of contact lenses. I actually learned a lot especially that I don’t wear contacts! After this event, though, I’m totally considering to try it out soon!

So excited to wear my own picks from Air Optix Colors and FreshLook Color Contact Lenses!

Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates:
FreshLook Color Contact Lenses: Facebook | Instagram 
Air Optix Colors: Facebook | Instagram

Maybelline's V-Face Contour by Face Studio

Even if I only know the basic how-to’s, I feel overjoyed whenever I receive makeup loots! My friends know how delicate I am with the products I use for my face, so I make sure that whatever I apply won’t harm my skin. Maybelline’s one of my most trusted brands, and they’re unstoppable from bringing us the best makeup lines at affordable rates!

I’m trying to master the art of contouring, no matter how daunting this could be. Good thing Maybelline recently released the V-Face Contour by FACE STUDIO! It’s their very first contouring line, ready to help us achieve that slimmer, perfect V-shaped face and sharper nose.

Maybelline’s V-Face Contour by FACE STUDIO will help accentuate our facial features in a quick and easy way. Aside from achieving this in just a few steps, what I love about this line is that you can wear this look everyday without looking too overly made up! Exactly how I like it! :)

Totally love this makeup loot! Maybelline has the best surprises!

V-Face Duo Stick (Php499.00)
Available in Light, Medium and Dark

V-Face Duo Powder (Php499.00)
Available in Light, Medium and Dark

Use these products to contour and highlight for precise contouring and radiant finish. How?

(1) CONTOUR - Apply dark shade along hairline, hollows of cheeks, jawline, side along jawline and sides of nose bridge

(2) HIGHLIGHT - Apply highlights along the high points of your face, blend with fingertips

For better results, use the V-Face Powder to set.

V-Face Duo Blush Contour (Php399.00) 
Available in Wine, Red, Pink, Peach and Brown

Use this to blush and contour for a rosy finish. How?

(1) CONTOUR - Blend dark shade along hairline, hollows of cheeks, jawline, and sides of nose bridge

(2) BLUSH - Apply blush along cheekbones to add rosiness to your skin

(3) HIGHLIGHT - Add a rosy glow by patting on the lightest shade on the high points of your cheek

Looking forward to share with you my next look featuring this product line! ❤ Whether you’re into contouring for a daytime look or a fierce, glammed makeup for a night out, Maybelline’s V-Face Contour by Face Studio is perfect to use for any look you want!

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Join the challenge and show us your instant sharper nose and slimmer, selfie-ready face by uploading your instant transformation on Instagram! Don’t forget to set your profiles on public and add the hashtags: #EasyContouring #InstantSharperNose to win special prizes from Maybelline!