Kushikatsu Daruma: Buy 1 Take 1 Happy Hour Promo

Deo and I are obsessed with Japanese food! I'm sure you know that well! ;)

We love trying out new and old Japanese restaurants to further immerse our palates with our favorite cuisine. Kushikatsu Daruma is one of the spots that we've been wanting to visit, and we're happy that our insane schedules finally permitted us to try them out last week!

Kushikatsu comprises of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. While the concept sounds straightforward, to learn how to cook a proper Japanese skewer requires at least a month of intensive training in Japan.

Kushikatsu Daruma serves 36 highly addictive skewers, ranging from pork, to beef, to chicken, and vegetables! All perfectly crisp and cooked well!

My favorite kushikatsu skewers: Classic Kushikatsu, Camembert Cheese, Onion Leeks, and Prawn.

You might've seen this "No Double Dipping" signage once (or twice!) in your feed. Kushikatsu Daruma lives by this rule! In Japan where meals are shared among strangers, hygiene is of prime importance.

What's in this controversial sauce?! We just know that this mysterious umami sauce is sweet and tart. Even the franchisers don't know the ingredients. This special sauce is regularly flown in from Osaka to Manila in order to guarantee a truly authentic kushikatsu experience.

Our Japanese food immersion's not complete without trying out their rice bowls! 

Gyudon with Cheese. Ordered this again when we went back to Kushikatsu! Really love it!

And Deo got the Oyakudon. Yum!


Nope... unfortunately, you still can't double dip your Kushikatsu skewers! :p However, we can all enjoy their Buy 1 Take 1 Happy Hour promo for Chu Hais (Japanese mixed drinks/cocktails). They also have a price drop for local beers. 

 We tried out several Chu Hai flavors but my favorites are Mango Blackberry and Apple Cinnamon. You can get both for only Php280.00!


Kushikatsu Daruma
Uptown Place Mall (2nd floor)
36th Street Corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

OPPO F3 Selfie Expert: Picture-Perfect Memories

Admit it - mobile phones aren't just for communication and productivity, but also for vanity purposes. Beyond the processor and technology used, holla if you're more concerned about its photography features! ;)

Honestly, I haven't used any Android phones for the past two years so this is quite a big jump. I finally found the phone to trust for my selfies and groufies (goodbye monopods!), no other than the OPPO F3 Selfie Expert


It's my first time to encounter 2 front cameras in 1 phone. The OPPO F3 has a 16-megapixel selfie-focused main camera paired with a wide-angle sub-camera perfect for group photos.

It also offers a beautification selfie feature, which basically adds an instant filter for a fresh look with every snap. I'll show you some samples soon!

With OPPO F3, nobody gets left behind. You can now fit your entire barkada in a single shot without a struggle AND without a selfie stick/monopod! The secondary camera is twice the size of a selfie camera's field of view. How amazing is that?! All you have to do is press the "group" icon beside the shoot key.

Even the rear camera promises high quality performance - fast focusing speeds without any blurring.

Can I just add how stunning the color is? My OPPO F3 is in fiery red; it gives that oomph to any outfit or flat lays I have!

And to those asking about its specs, the OPPO F3 has an octo-core processor supported by 4GB of RAM and a 64GB ROM. It can accommodate two Nano 4G SIM cards and one micro SD card to expand the memory up to 128GB.

Purchase this lovely phone for only Php16,990!

Inside the OPPO F3 box are the following accessories: charger, earphones, micro USB cable, SIM ejector tool, documentation, and a free phone case!

For more information, visit OPPO's Facebook page and website.

Anne Curtis for Shiseido The Collagen

Honestly, I've never ever tried taking in any beauty beverages nor tablets before. At 24, I thought I didn't need it and I got scared of the possible side effects. However, I recently got introduced to Shiseido The Collagen Drink and learned so much - I'm now a convert and drinking my 4th bottle! After all, we know that Shiseido is a trusted brand and a world leader in cosmetics technology. ;)

Here's why I'm finally taking in Shiseido The Collagen Drink and why Anne Curtis-Smith LOVES it!

Shiseido The Collagen Drink works deep within your skin.

#TeamNoSleep because of Kdrama marathon? We're all guilty of this! :p All the beauty supporting ingredients of this drink will enhance your overall appearance. So on days when Anne doesn't get her beauty sleep, she drinks this and her eyebags aren't so visible anymore!

If we were to get scientific so you'll be more encouraged, here's an example. This drink has GABA - a natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety and sleeplessness. Gaba is able to counteract signs of aging like wrinkles.

Shiseido has unique patented beauty ingredients, Lingonberry and Amla, that will make our beauty wishes come true.

What is Lingonberry? What can it do for your skin?

Lingonberry is a superfruit that contains powerful antioxidants. Your skin will love you for using it because of these benefits:

• Help neutralize the effects of the sun's radiation
• Maintains normal functions of skin cells
• Reduce redness and skin sensitivity
• Promote tissue regeneration
• Has anti-inflammatory properties
• Promote a healthy, moist, glowing skin
• Rehydrates and regenerates skin

What is Amla? What can it do for your skin?

Amla is an Indian gooseberry, particularly known for its good effects on hair and skin. Check out its benefits below:

Lightens the complexion. Amla has vitamin C and antioxidants, which bring a natural glow to your skin.
Anti-aging Effects. It diminishes wrinkles and fine lines.
Exfoliating and cleansing agent. With an abundance of antioxidants, amla is a great cleansing agent for the skin.
Skin brightener. Indian berry has special brightening effects on the skin.
Treats acne and pimples. Amla is an excellent blood purifier, so it fights off micro-organisms under the skin, which causes most of the breakouts by infecting the skin.
Skin toner and tightener. Vitamin C increases the production of collagen cells in the skin; hence, it restores soft and firm skin and prevents sagging.
Repairs damaged tissues. Quickly assists in getting rid of dead, dry and scaly skin.

Here are the other ingredients of Shiseido The Collagen:

Low molecular weight fish collagen • hyaluronic acid • ceramide • GABA • Ornithine • Moisture peptide • Vitamin C • Vitamin B2 • Vitamin B6 • Vitamin E • royal jelly

Here are the SRPs of Shiseido The Collagen:

The Collagen Drink (50ml) - Php229.50
The Collagen EX Drink (50ml) - Php254.50
The Collagen Powder (126g) - Php2,499.50
The Collagen Tablet (126 tabs) - Php3,499.50
The Collage EX Tablet (120 tabs) - Php6,799.50

It's always so lovely and entertaining to see Anne Curtis-Smith. We got to know more about Anne in the event, too, like her favorites, beauty regimen, and thoughts about anything under the sun! <3

Totally adding this to my daily skincare regimen! Thank you, Shiseido!

Cheers to a beautiful new you!

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