Christmas Wishlist for 2014

Beauty, Fashion

It’s that time of the year again, when Manila traffic gets 10x worse, malls are overrun by demented people doing their Christmas shopping, brands are on sale practically every day and everyone is just panicking about what to give away on Christmas day.

Which is why it’s also time to post a Christmas Wishlist, just because it’s fun and you want to make things easier (or more difficult – depends on how you look at it) for those who intend to give you something for Christmas.

I’m sharing my 2014 wishlist with you guys, just because I feel like it.  No you’re not compelled to get me any of these. Haha!  I actually make this list annually to see if there are things from last year’s list that I’ve crossed out and what I would like to have next, or if there are any that I no longer want.

BUT, I digress.

Let’s start with wakeboarding things:

Wakeboarding items

In case you are astonished, yes, I wakeboard on a regular basis.  Yes, this is why I’m so tanned nowadays.

1. Liquid Force Weekender Wakeboard bag

I’ve been wakeboarding for more or less a year now, but I only ride at least once a week.  Yet, I still do not own a wakeboard bag.  Weird right?  A wakeboard bag fits your board and the binds (the shoes for wakeboarding) and makes carrying your gear easier.  Somehow I never got around to buying one.  I don’t think I need one, but it would be nice to have one.

2. Bern Matte Black Helmet 

I already have a helmet which, in my opinion, makes me look like a Mario character, so I would prefer one with a visor just so I don’t resemble those mushroom-ish characters.

3. & 4 Hyperlite Process Boots and Clear Systems

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I had these in my wishlist last year too.  I’m updating the model, though again, it’s not a priority.  It would be nice to have one but I don’t really think I need one.  When it comes to wakeboarding, you don’t need top of the line gears to improve.

It wouldn’t hurt to have these though. 😛

Now we’re done with that kinda out of place category, let’s talk about girly things on my list.

Should we start with bags?

Bags

1. Large Givenchy Antigona Conkca Golborne leather in Oxford Black

Sigh.  This is a carry over from last year’s list, but instead of a plain black one, I switched to a three-tone model.  This will be on my list until I get one.  I just know it.  I don’t even care about the fact that everyone and their moms have at least one Antigona in their closet.  HAVE to have one.

2. Phillip Lim Pashli Bag

Another carryover, except they now have one with a sling strap and it’s all black.  So much better IMO.  One large pashli please!

3. Louis Vuitton EPI Petite Malle

The season’s It bag, thanks to Nicolas Ghesquiere, Louis Vuitton’s new creative director.  Even last season’s monogrammed version caught my eye, but if it comes down to just one, I would love to have the black and white one from the Fall 2014 collection. ❤

4. Vintage Chanel Jumbo Quilted Flapbag

Another one of those bags that I will never stop wanting.

“Dear mom,

Please put me out of my misery and get me this for Christmas.

love,

Erika “

If you think we’re done with accessories, think again.

J Makitalo Jewelry

One of the Filipino designers that I really admire is Joyce Makitalo.  I met her at an event back when I was still working in Mega and I just love how she layers her necklaces, usually the pieces are from her own collections.

I stalked her instagram and picked out the ones that calls to me.

Aren’t her pieces gorgeous?

Definitely worth investing on!

Last but not the least, we have beauty products!  Don’t be surprised if it’s only a small number.  Most of the holiday sets don’t really tickle my fancy, and the ones I do like, I’ve already snapped up. haha!

So here are some beauty stuff that are available year-round and locally.  This might even give you ideas on what to give to your makeup loving friends.

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photo from makeupandbeautyblog.com

MAC Strobe Cream

I know I know, it’s another MAC product, but how can you not love MAC when they come up with amazing things like this?  This is a moisturizer + highlighter in one.  It will breathe life into dull skin and make you look alive and glowing.

You apply this like you would a moisturizer and apply makeup on top.  The shimmery particles in it will make your makeup base luminous.

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photo from non-optional.blogspot.com

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

This French moisturizer has a cult following for good reason. Or should I say reasons? It’s not just a moisturizer, it also works as a primer and makeup remover.  The famous Samantha Chapman of the Pixiwoo sisters swears by this moisturizer, and one of these days I will definitely give it a try.

Having dry skin, I am in constant need of a decent moisturizer.

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ZOEVA The Bag Brush Set

I CAN’T EVEN.

JUST LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS THOSE BRUSHES ARE.  THERE ARE 24 OF THEM IN ONE SET.

I DIE.

Give me this for Christmas and I will love you forever and ever and everrrr.

Okay maybe not, but you get the point.

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So that’s it for this year’s list!  I’m not actually expecting anyone to get me any of these, I just really enjoy making lists.  I like giving myself a good incentive to work hard. haha!  So this should be a pretty good inspiration for 2015.

Cheers!

Erika

Gastronomy: Mad For Pizza

Food, Reviews

I always forget about food when I start talking and writing about makeup.

Every now and then I snap out of the haze and pay attention to what I am eating. 😛

Today, we’re going to talk about pizza.   Yes, pizza.

I mean, why not?  Everybody loves pizza.  Especially when you get to pick the toppings that goes to your pie crust.

Enter picture, Mad For Pizza:

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photo from Mad For Pizza Facebook Page

Mad For Pizza (MFP) is a casual restaurant located in Il Terrazo, QC.

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The place has simple interiors and casual ambiance that will make you feel at ease once you step inside.

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Right upon entering, you will see their pizza bar and the list of their ingredients posted above the counter.

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You can have all 100++ ingredients in one pizza for only P280.00

No, I’m not kidding, and yes they have bleu cheese.  Your eyes are not deceiving you.

Mad For Pizza also have other items on the menu like rice meals, appetizers and even regular pizza items.  But hey, you can’t come here and not have the DIY pizza.  I’m kidding, but I’m pretty sure you get the point.

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They have a pretty extensive drink menu.  You can order margaritas, cocktails, imported and local beer from the bar.

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Here’s a view of the restaurant from the bar area.

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I also checked the pizza bar before ordering my own DIY pizza.

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So many ingredients! 😮 If my friend wasn’t with me, I would have taken forever to pick the toppings.

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Please don’t ask me what was on my pizza.  Diane and I picked so many ingredients I can’t even remember anymore. Haha!  I do remember that they will ask you pick your choice of crust, and we picked the herb parmesan crust.

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I think kuya was laughing because there’s waaaay too many toppings on my pizza.  That or he enjoys making pizza a lot.  I choose to believe the latter.

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While waiting for the pizza to be baked, they served the other items.   This is the beef stew pasta.  It’s only 198.00 and it is good enough to be shared between two people.

This is a really unique pasta dish, and I’ve never tried anything quite like it.

Think of your regular beef stew, made a little richer and with more tomatoes and ground beef instead of meat chunks.  Add pasta and that’s pretty much what this dish is like.

I’m not a big pasta fan, so I didn’t have high expectations from it, but I actually liked this dish.  It’s very tasty and it has a generous amount of ground meat so it doesn’t feel like you’re just eating pasta with the sauce.  I hate the feeling of eating pasta without any toppings, and this one sure didn’t lack in toppings.

The sauce to pasta ratio was on point too.

This is perfect for those who want to to try a different pasta dish but isn’t into the usual marina pasta sauce.

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Then the Buffalo wings arrived and I just goggled at how huge the serving was. 😮  That order was only P268.00 but there’s actually half a kilo of chicken in there.  Talk about value for money!

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I don’t like spicy food so I wasn’t keen on trying this, but I sort of had to because Diane wouldn’t be able to finish it.

It wasn’t spicy at all so I enjoyed eating this.  If you do want your wings to be flaming hot, I’m sure you can ask them to make it extra spicy.

As for me, I like it just the way it is.  The chicken was fried perfectly and it is very juicy and flavorful.  You just can’t go wrong with chicken wings.

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Say hello to Diane and her humongous frozen iced tea.  The iced tea was really good!  MFP makes their own iced tea and I’m pretty sure they put a generous amount of honey in that drink.  It’s sooo good, I’d go back just for their iced tea!  I can’t believe it’s only P88.00!

Oh, before I forget, I did Diane’s makeup in this photo.  She’s my favorite makeup canvas and it works out because I love doing her makeup and she doesn’t mind me putting makeup on her whenever she sleepover at my place. 😉

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This is me, with my equally humongous margarita.  This was good too! I think it was only P120.00

I couldn’t finish it because I have really low tolerance for alcohol and I still had to drive back home after eating. MFP 17

The pizza finally arrived!

sorry, the pasta looks like a mess already.  We got really hungry waiting for the pizza so we started eating because it takes about 10 minutes for them to prepare the pizza.

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Looks good doesn’t it?

I love MFP’s pizza crust!  It’s very thin and crunchy but it’s not oily or soggy.  I don’t know how they achieve that feat, considering the amount of stuff they allow you to schlep on your pizza. It’s also great that you can choose the type of crust that you want.  (they have herb, parmesan and plain)

Diane and I really enjoyed our pizza and see that whole pie up there? It was gone in minutes!

I think Mad For Pizza is a great pizza place, even for vegetarians because they can pick out their ingredients.

I’d totally recommend it if you’re looking for a new place to try with your friends.

I’d advise you to skip the desserts though.

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I was excited to try the Banoffee cubbler and Panna cotta because I was assuming that they will have good desserts as well.

Sadly, both the cubbler and panna cotta fell short from the mark.

The banoffee cubbler was so sweet, it was like someone dumped a  jar of sugar in it.  I wish they can adjust the sweetness and freeze it before serving.  I think that will make this dessert a lot better.

I love panna cotta even though I’ve had my fair share of flop pannacotta orders.  This was definitely a flop.  It was very watered down and it was even more jiggly than gulaman.   Granted, this is really cheap at P88.00 but I would rather pay more than get this really watered down jelly.  Skip these, you’re better off ordering the shakes.

Other recommendations:

Tennesee pork spare ribs and Amboy Angus Beef Belly in Adobo sauce – I went back with my parents a few weeks back and ordered these to share.  Both were pretty good and worth ordering again.

Overall:

I think this is a good place to dine in with a big group of friends because they can easily accommodate big groups.  The food is pretty good and they have generous serving size at affordable prices.  Just avoid the desserts and stick to the beverages if you want something sweet.

Service is okay, but the servers tend to be a inattentive even though the place isn’t very crowded.

That’s it for today guys.

I’m working on a beauty post next, so do stay tuned for that one.

Thanks for dropping by!

xx

Erika