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Happy List | May 2017

Oh my! It's been a while since I last blogged an OOTD. With all the events and lined up posts, I try to seek for that perfect balance so my blog won't look like a commercial space. Through my OOTD entries, I get to talk about anything personal and less on brands. After all, I started Raid My Closet 6 years back as a virtual diary. :)


On me: pink suede dress from Zara | bag from Mango | scarf (turned headband) courtesy of Penshoppe | necklace courtesy of Unarosa | watch courtesy of Komono | Adidas Stan Smiths


How did your May 2017 go? Mine was a month of sweet surprises. Here are some reasons why:

1. Anniversary with Deo. Life with Deo is something else. With him, I had feelings that I never knew existed, and discovered a whole new level of capacity to love. I've found all I've prayed for.

2. Unexpected blessings for Shibusa 渋さ. In case you didn't know, our little restaurant is under renovation since April. Though the decision is for the better, my partners and I were a bit worried because our sales will be affected.

However, opportunities started to flow for Shibusa 渋さ - as if our operations never stopped. Through prayers and a lot of hardwork, we were granted temporary spaces in bazaars and weekend markets, which covered all our expenses.

Aside from that, since Shibusa 渋さ is situated in Quezon City, we're really very happy that we got to showcase our best-selling dishes in Makati and Pasig. Humbling experience!


3. Events and blog projects. Non-stop hustle with Deo every day! Exactly how we like it! :)

4. V L O G ❤ I won't spill too much details, but finally, I got to film my very first episode! After two years since I got ABS-CBN Digital's proposal, I'm finally giving it a GO! Youtube, here I come!


5. Family time. We barely had enough rest since 2017 started because of our restaurant operations and blog duties. But come to think of it - the renovation of Shibusa 渋さ might be a blessing in disguise, because we got to pause from work and spend more quality time with our family. This is what we all truly need.

I hope you had a fruitful month, too! If things didn't go your way, you have June (and the coming months) to fill with glitters and sunshines.


See you all at Bloggers United 13 this Saturday, June 3! I'm bringing so much clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and makeup for you guys!

PLUS: Shibusa 渋さ will be there, too! It will mean the world to us if you'll try out our sushi rolls. <3

Whitespace, Makati | 10:00AM

Vivo V5s - Newest Perfect Selfie Phone

Looking for a mobile phone that can give you the perfect selfie? The new V5s from top five global premium brand Vivo is finally here! With this phone, you can take the "selfie game" to greater heights!

Vivo V5s is fit for the needs of millenials, working professionals, and people from all walks of life. Here's why it's called the "newest perfect selfie phone."



20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture /
13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture
 V5s can give you crystal clear, high-resolution selfies, wherein all the details are astonishingly visible.

Ultra-high-definition mode
Which can render stunning ulta HD images of up to 52 megapixels

Group Selfie Technology
This feature allows up-close panoramic landscape panning effects in capturing a group without squeezing in or missing anyone. Best part? It supports both portrait and landscape orientations!


Selfie Softlight Technology
Provides lighting effects similar to those in a professional photography studio, with an enhanced night mode for clearer and more fabulous selfies taken at night or in poor lighting conditions.

Beauty Mode 6.0
This feature works like a skincare tool that automatically detects your gender and applies beauty touches accordingly. Anti-haggard selfies!

5G-ready capacity
V5s can give you a more stable Internet connection so you can upload that awesome selfie in an instant!

4GB RAM, 64GB ROM (Expandable up to 256GB)
Perfect for games and applications, and can let you store up to 302 films, 20,000 songs or 26,000 pictures, and other documents.

App Clone
If you have 2 different accounts under one social media account (ex. professional and personal accounts), V5s' App Clone is for you! The said feature currently supports important chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, BBM, Zalo, and Viber.


Also, the V5s shares the elegant and sleek design of the V5 series, with slimmer bezels and a large 5.5 inch display in 2.5D coming gorilla glass that gives impressive video-viewing effects. Vivo designers also gave the V5s an amazing new look with finer details, as the U-shaped cover lines make the back cover look even more premium and high-end.

Other notable features include a smart split 2.0 that enables the V5s to keep two tasks on screen at the same time, an eye protection mode that filters out all the blue light and makes the screen light softer, and a 0.2 fingerprint unlocking.

Gotta love the Vivo V5s! Visit these sites for more information:

Penshoppe App: Your Guide To Everyday Fashion

The long wait is over! Staying in fashion has never been easier. Penshoppe goes mobile as they launch the much-anticipated PENSHOPPE APP!

Whenever we don't have operations for Shibusa 渋さ, my nights usually revolve around binge-watching Kdrama or browsing through online shopping applications. But for the latter, I only shop from brands that I'm familiar with. There have been cases of expectations versus reality with other shops, on top of size, fabric, and delivery issues.

Thank heavens, the Penshoppe App is finally here!


Keep yourself up to speed with the latest trends in casual fashion. These are what you can expect from the Penshoppe App:


Catalogue
Updated with the latest collections, right as they come out!

Store Locator
In case you'd like to try the clothes on first.

Wish List
To make you feel more inspired to save up for that dazzling piece!

MyPenshoppe Loyalty Program
Where you can enjoy perks like for every P10.00 earns you 1 point, which can be used to redeem P100.00 e-vouchers for your next shopping spree!


Even if they just launched the app, Penshoppe is already working on more features. Soon, this can be used to register online for promos, get first dibs on the next launches, or even gain entry to exclusive Penshoppe events.


Download the Penshoppe App now! Available in Appstore and Google Play for FREE! :)

We Got This by Toby's + An Exclusive Promo

"We got this!" 

This has been our mantra whenever we're bound for something big and challenging. And to be honest, those three words really work for me.


Now, Toby's Sports used these encouraging words as part of their national campaign to promote sports and an active lifestyle. "We Got This" highlights an individual's journey to achieve success in whatever sport or fitness activity he takes on.


They released a compelling video that examines the mental and physical hardships - from aching, calloused body to a state of frustration and self-doubt - upon which every success story is written. I'm sure you can relate to the scenes, too!


“When you take on a new challenge or set a new goal for yourself in the realm of sports and fitness, you undergo several hurdles that make you want to give up. #WeGotThis is our rally cry to keep them going; to let them know that as the leader in the sports industry, Toby’s Sports is not just here to provide them with the right gear, but to also give them the support they need to succeed. Simply put, we have their backs every step of the way,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports. 


Aside from "We Got This", Toby's Sports has also officially launched its e-commerce site, where customers can have the best shopping experience from the Filipinos' favorite sports retailer, even beyond mall hours! :) At www.tobys.com, we can browse through product information and photos, and shop unique sizes without having to go from store to store.

The best part? If you need to return products, you may do so via your nearest Toby's Sports store or LBC branch.


EXCLUSIVE PROMO 

In line with the new campaign, Toby's Sports' online store will be giving away limited edition #WeGotThis statement shirts to its first 100 customers today. Hurry and click this before stocks run out!

About Quorum Group of Companies
Quorum Group of Companies (QGC) has been at the forefront of the Philippine sports industry since its establishment in 1978. Over the course of 39 years, QGC has expanded its interests into specialty retail and distribution. QGC’s retail arm, which operates under Quorum International Inc., has four brands under its belt—Toby’s Sports, a sporting goods store; RUNNR, a running specialty store; Urban Athletics, a cutting edge sneaker and street wear store; and Move, a fitness specialty store. QGC’s distribution arm, Sports Resources Inc., is the exclusive distributor of a wide array of top international sports brands in the Philippines.

About Toby’s Sports
Toby’s Sports is the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, having delivered the best in sports and fitness products to millions of Filipinos for 39 years. Established in 1979, Toby’s Sports is included in the Hall of Fame of Most Outstanding Retailers by the Philippine Retailers Association. Toby’s Sports, which now carries over 100,000 items from 150 trusted brands in various sports, currently operates over 50 stores across the Philippines, as well as an ecommerce store (www.tobys.com). Toby’s Sports is part of the retail arm of Quorum Group of Companies. For more information on Toby’s Sports, follow us in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NOTE: Toby’s Sports and the Toby’s Sports logo are service marks of Quorum Group of Companies.

7 New Dishes to Try at Amici

Amici is definitely one of my favorite Italian restaurants since high school - whether with friends (before night-outs) or with family (after hearing Sunday masses). If you're set to dine there anytime soon, don't forget to order their newest dishes! I swear I loved Amici even more after tasting those!


Spinach Artichoke (P285.00)
Irresistible appetizer! Deo and I couldn't stop munching on these parmesan coated pizza crust wedges, served with creamy spinach artichoke dip. Yuuum!


Bacon & Cheese Gnocchi (P368.00)
NEW FAVORITE: Gnocchi (pronounced as Nyokki) is a traditional Italian style pasta pillow made of potato. Amici's gnocchi pasta is homemade from scratch!

Honestly, I haven't had any gnocchi dishes from other restaurants yet, but I'm totally coming back for this! Thebomb.com!


The Italian Burger (P368.00)
How can you go wrong with this choice? Their beef patty is mixed with Italian sausage and seasonings, topped with fried onion rings, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato between butter toasted brioche buns. An order comes with a side of potato wedge fries!


Pasta Nero (P398.00)
I find other squid ink pasta dishes too strong, but Amici's version has just the right balance. Pasta Nero has squid ink and pomodoro sauce mixed with spaghetti, topped with crunchy calamari and garlic aioli.


Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza (P468.00)
This is recommended only for those with higher spiciness tolerance. High five! They serve this pizza with honey on the side to make it more palate-friendly.


Seafood Diablo (P378.00)
A sure delight for seafood lovers! It's a plate full of clams, scallops, tomato and cream sauce on spaghetti, sauteed with chili flakes and chili oil. 


Bistecca Striploin Steak (P795.00)
I'm sure my dad will love this mouthwatering dish! Don't get overwhelmed with the price, as this, too, is good for sharing! You can choose among two sides: rice pilaf, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, or sauteed mushrooms.

Aaand finally, dessert! In case you didn't know, Amici and Caramia are under one group! If you haven't tried their gelato offers yet, then you're missing out big time!


Matcha Gelato and Salted Caramel Gelato (P90.00 per scoop)
I finished my cup of Salted Caramel Gelato even if I'm not a huge fan of sweets. So mark my word, this is truly good! :p


Thanks so much, Amici, for the great feast!

Visit Amici at the following branches:
Tomas Morato | Alabang Town Center | SM Megamall | Ayala Triangle Gardens | Greenhills | SM North EDSA The Block | Venice Piazza

Tickles | Gift Ideas for as low as Php29.00

I was literally smiling like a kid while strolling around Tickles last week! Indeed, happiness has always been the brand's guiding principle since 1979!

North people, rejoice! Tickles has opened their new flagship branch at SM North EDSA! This is definitely your one-stop shop for quirky items and fun knick-knacks. Scroll down for my favorite finds and gift ideas below P1,000!



Starting off with this PUGTATO CHIPS pillow. My heart must not melt... oh my gosh.


This coming Mother's Day (or Father's Day in June), you can reward your folks with a sash! I'm sure your parents will love to flaunt this everywhere!


Inspire yourselves to save up! They have a lot of cute designs and purposes to choose from - like for wedding, travel, shopping, and more.


No boyfriend/girlfriend? No problem! Go ahead and cling with these until you fall asleep! Hahaha!


For your BFFs: Unicorn stuffed toy (or choose from other characters in their racks)


Best P80.00 deal ever - Ballpen with Fan! You can get one for yourself, and a lot more for your whole neighborhood! :p


Make your rooms more alive with these hanging toys!


Bought these nautical decors for my bedside table! The lighthouse serves as a candle holder, by the way! I feel more inspired to work because of these. :)


Note that this is a bit above P1,000, but can delight your hearts for life!

Aaand my ultimate MVP (Most Valuable Pillow, haha) - this big chicken which reminds me of my favorite fastfood chain :p I'm sure you know how much I love Jollibee! Hahaha!


Oh, and I also scored these, not over P60.00:
Memo Pad Post It - P55.00
Dove Facial Cleansing Wipes - P52.00
Pink Feather Pen - P40.00
Hair Ties (Assorted) - P29.00

From wacky food-themed plushies and witty pillows, to funny eye masks, they know exactly what will tickle the fancy of the Pinoy market. You'll find affordable gifts which relate to someone's interests - whether it be a pig or a panda, plushie, pillow, phone case, and hugot items!


Go ahead and shop from Tickles! They're located at SM North EDSA, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Power Plant Mall, SM Megamall A, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Robinson's Place Manila, and Ayala Center Cebu.

Thank you, Tickles, for the lovely shopping experience!

Cream Silk #SummerHairExpert with Kim Jones

I really think I'm meant to be a tropical girl. I love going to the beach, and we're lucky the Philippines is gifted with beautiful islands! We'll never run out of destinations and activities to experience during this season.

Now, we're at the peak of summer and I'm pretty sure you've already had your dose of sun, sand, and sea! But did you know that your sun-kissed hair can turn into sun-damaged hair in an instant, especially if unprotected? If you have this problem, you'll notice dry and brittle strands, dryness, and frizziness in your crowning glory. Such a big no-no!



With my loves Pax and Ava | Photo by Charles Rudolfo #CharlieShotMe


Don't worry - Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is here to address your ultimate summer hair concern! You won't have to splurge in salons to get a hair treatment, as the Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is a daily treatment conditioner inspired by the power of three expert treatments, namely: hair spa for damage repair, hot oil for softness, and keratin for smoothness and shine. Exactly what we need, ladies!


Along with my blogger BFFs and fellow Modern Filipinas (naks!), we graced the Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue event, and spotted Suyen Salazar (hair stylist to the stars) and Kim Jones (digital creative, beauty icon, world traveler, and the epitome of a Cream Silk Platinum woman).


Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of Kim Jones! She's probably my definition of #goals! For us to achieve the perfect summer story, Kim curated and gave us tote bags with her beach essentials inside - like Mandala towel, beach hat, and of course, Cream Silk products! I'll show you the loot on Instagram soon! :)


Tested and trusted by celebrated experts in the beauty space, Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is one beauty essential every Modern Filipina should never travel without.

Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is available in 10ml sachets (P7.50), 180ml (P140), and 350ml (P259) tubes in leading drugstores, department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Manila X Featuring William Singe and More!

The ultimate style and music event is back! This year, Manila X is ready to bring the hottest style trends and the freshest musical acts in a bigger and better festival!

Witness the revolutionary experience at this year's Manila X, happening on May 27 (Saturday), 7:00PM, at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Makati City. You can't afford to miss this - mark my word!


Why? Aside from spotting the most stylish trends, a lot of talented artists, both local and international, will be there to perform. Here's a rundown of the country's brightest performers:

Bamboo | KZ Tandingan | Kiana Valenciano | Sam Concepcion | Curtismith | Jess Connelly | Franco | Saydie | The Juans | Tukar Sinati | A-Team


Yup, you read that right! A-Team, which Deo's a part of, will be there! Watch the video above to see how badass they are!


Also included in the line-up are the metro's hottest DJs: Tom Taus, Ron Poe, Patty Tiu, and Carlo Atendido! To top off the list, international YouTube sensation Willian Singe will be there!

Deo and I are SURELY coming! See you there!


To learn more about Manila X, visit their official website or check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.