Spring Fling

I was actually going to put "You're So Pine" as this blog post's title but I might lose you all right after... Hahaha! These were taken at Tagaytay by my cousin and fellow K-drama fan, Tricia!

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a beautiful week. :) Here's another outfit post featuring my ensemble during the Green Fashion Revolution event last Saturday. We were asked to wear something eco-friendly or any style that resonates with the earth. My top-of-mind theme was the Spring season hence this OOTD. Yay to more salmon tones!

On me: top courtesy of Unarosa | stripes buttondown courtesy of Unarosa | shoes courtesy of Native Shoes (available at Res Toe Run)

That particular event day was pretty long for Deo and I. Those who've seen our Instagram stories can attest to this! :p We didn't have much time to hold a decent shoot, so I packed this whole ensemble with me to our South trip the next day. Hahaha!

Please don't judge, I only wore them again for 10 minutes. #bloggerproblems

I know some of my friends have done the same thing at one point in their blogging lives! How about the rest? Have you experienced this #bloggerproblem, too?

Anyway, these two tops I'm wearing are part of Unarosa's Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. I love how versatile their releases are; you can actually mix-and-match pieces for a total new look! I'm surely wearing these separately next time and I'll share some techniques with you.

From being a go-to place for bold and "by-the-book" smart casual, formal, and corporate wear, Unarosa has adapted to the current fashion needs of millenials. You'll spot more colors, structures, and prints in their new designs. So even if you're off to meetings or other gatherings, you will never go boring nor under-dressed anymore.

To top the brand's revamp, they got Jessica Wilson as their newest It Girl, embodying what a true Unarosa woman is. Aside from being a renowned model, she graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in history and economics, and now works as a Product Manager of an international beauty giant. #GOALS

Photos by Tricia Villanueva

Make sure to visit your nearest Unarosa store and shop! Your closet deserves new pretty babies, I swear! ❤

Your Favorite Brands + Shibusa 渋さ at Row 101 Summer Pop Up

I'm going to this year's Row 101 Summer Pop Up! ;)

And you better be there, too, because Deo and I are bringing Shibusa 渋さ all the way to Whitespace, Makati! To everyone in the South, we're excited to let you taste our sushi and pizza selections!

Set your reminders for Row 101 Summer Pop Up, happening on May 6 to May 7, 2017 at Whitespace, Pasong Tamo. Enjoy 40 brands from lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food entrepreneurs! You'll surely have a great time in this one-of-a-kind shopping experience with all the unique finds, quality products, and interesting items to add on your list of wants (and needs!).

Celebrities and bloggers like Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia, Vern and Verniece Enciso, Janina Manipol, and Chie Filomeno are part of the pop up, too. They have surprise booths so make sure to watch out for this! Vloggers Say Tioco, Joyce Sola, and Genzel Habab will be there to talk about their favorite things as well. :)

Deo, Ava and I went to the media preview of Row 101 Summer Pop Up last week, and some participating brands showcased their offers for the main event.

A quick rundown of my favorites from the media preview: Etude House, Tony Moly, Leaders, Shop Katre, and The Poppy PH!

Say hello to our fellow food concessionaires: Mr. Churros, Boulangerie 22, Bahn Mi, Sunflower Kitchen, and Baba's Kitchen.

For convenience, Row 101 has made sure to partner with several nearby buildings, giving over 100 parking slots for guests to use. Valet service will also be available.

Block off May 6 - May 7, 2017 for the Row 101 Summer Pop Up weekend! We are really really thrilled to see you!

Hustle Harder

In case you haven't heard it yet, Merkanto: International Street Food Hall, the main house of Shibusa 渋さ is currently under renovation. Several changes are coming your way to make the whole Merkanto not just a food hub with great food, but an extra aesthetically-pleasing place to fit the social media feeds of millenials. ;) Stay tuned for our grand launch in June 2017!

BUT our operations at Shibusa 渋さ is still on-going. We're continuously accepting sushi platter orders for delivery or meet-up around the metro. We're also set to participate in some bazaars this May (more details about that in my next blog post). Aside from those, we're working on new meal releases. The pillars are unstoppable so get ready! ❤

On me: top courtesy of Unarosa | H&M army buttondown | distressed denim shorts courtesy of Penshoppe | Hello Kitty plimsolls courtesy of Flossy Footwear

On top of our Shibusa 渋さ responsibilities, Deo and I have been more active on our respective blogs - attending events + coming up with exciting content which we'll share with you all soon. :)

Photos by Deo Montuerto

Restless but happy. Exactly what fuels us to hustle harder. I guess that's the thing about dream chasers - you won't feel too tired despite all the work, as long as you're fulfilled. 

Have a productive yet fun week ahead! 

Staycation at Jinjiang Inn - Ortigas

It may seem fun and glamorous, but being a restaurateur actually requires a lot of hardwork, perseverance, and a strong heart to surpass all the challenges. As a start-up, we're too hands-on and preoccupied with the business that we forget to plan out for long breaks and holidays.

According to our industry friends, foot traffic in restaurants are relatively low during Holy Week, that's why we decided to pause our operations and take the days off to relax with our loved ones. Deo and I had no plans prior to Shibusa's announcement, so thank heavens there's Jinjiang Inn - Ortigas, who hosted our "city" getaway!

Our stay here was lovelier the second time around! Our first visit at Jinjiang Inn was with our blog family for our Christmas staycation. Back then, we didn't get to fully explore the hotel because we got caught up with stories, food, and a bit of booze. :p

Jinjiang Inn is a business boutique hotel situated right at the Ortigas Business District - near companies, shopping malls, and restaurants. They have 95 rooms to accommodate those staying in for business or leisure.

We were given the Business Room with amenities like cable TV, in-room safe, wide working table, and fridge. Aside from all those, what I loved most was their cozy bed; leaving it was almost impossible.

My claustrophobic self was also delighted with their huge shower room - complete with toiletries, towels, and hair dryer.

Deo connected his hard drive to our room's Smart TV and we watched two of our favorite movies - Chef and Begin Again. Ahhhh, exactly our kind of staycation! <3

Jinjiang Inn also offers FREE Wi-Fi internet access to their guests. Again, whether you're a business or leisure traveler, you'll find this feature very helpful so you'll stay connected! :) Speed was fairly fast - I got to download my favorite Weightlifting Fairy episodes in my Viu app! So happy!

At the lobby, landline phone and desktop units are available in case you need to use them. Usage is also FREE!

Gotta love Jinjiang Inn's location! We got to explore the streets of Kapitolyo for dinner. The movie "Chef" made us crave for Franklin's, so we headed to the nearest ribs place to satisfy our tummies. Glad RUB was still open!

Our stay also included breakfast buffet at Five Spice Asian Bistro. They offer decent selection of food, and they can cook eggs (your choice of omelette type).

Another note-worthy part of our staycation was their generosity to permit us to do late check-out. Double yay!

Overall, we had a lovely time at Jinjiang Inn - Ortigas. With their convenient location, affordable rates, good amenities and hospitable staff, we're definitely booking here again.

San Miguel Avenue, Lourdes, Ortigas Center, Pasig
+63(2) 638-1111

Up and Up

Just two weeks back, I can still wear my parka while strolling around the metro. Took this ensemble during our trip down south. Now, I can barely breathe with layers, and I'm not even exaggerating. Ang init! Summer season's definitely here!

On me: parka jacket courtesy of Oxygen | sleeveless top courtesy of Unarosa | skirt from Metro Department Store (available at UP Town Center) | salmon low-heeled pumps courtesy of Parisian Shoes and Bags

Anyway, since we've launched our humble food abode, I've been getting a lot of emails and Instagram DMs about how we started the business, any tips for those who want to build one, and that they're curious and excited to try out our dishes. I've decided to dedicate a blog post to share some of my answers and insights - because after all, your Ate Arnie is always ready to help you grow and achieve your dreams! ;)

But before anything else, sing a few lines from Up & Up with me, will you? This song runs in my blood whenever I need a little more push in life. :)

And you can say what is, or fight for it
Close your mind or take a risk
You can say it's mine and clench your fist
Or see each sunrise as a gift 

Figure out your passion.
In our case, Deo, Chef Monty and I are big foodies and we share the same love for Japanese food. The three of us separately dreamt of putting up a restaurant before we reach 30s, too. We're lucky to have a chef on board, plus Deo and I are also very hands on in the business. 

This is quite a cliche, but if you're passionate with what you do, daily work's never going to be a burden.

Take risks.
Be brave. Get out of your safe zone, or else you'll stay there for the rest of your life. 

Positivity is key.
You'll go through a lot of difficult times when you're chasing your dreams, and experience moments when you'll ask yourself if everything's still worth it. Just remember the "why's" of your journey and use the challenges as your fuel to success.

Build relationships.
Build good working relationships with the people you'll encounter - not only with the business owners, but also with the crew.

Be wise.
Even after earning, only spend for what's necessary. It's okay to reward yourselves with new stuff from time to time, but double (or triple) ask yourself if you really need that new dress, gadget, or what-have-you.

Practice innovation.
Always challenge yourself to create new things. In our case, we won't stop coming up with more dishes for Shibusa 渋さ to delight each of our consumers. :)

There's no perfect formula in chasing your dreams, but the list above works for me and my pillars. YOU are always welcome to visit me at Shibusa 渋さ, and let's chat and talk about the world over sushi, pizza, and yakimono. Got you, fam! <3

Shibusa 渋さ
Merkanto: International Street Food Fair
38 Mayaman Street, Diliman, Quezon City.
Open from Tuesday - Sunday, 4:00PM-12:00MN