Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Would you Wear: Sandals with Socks

Good morning girlies!

The long weekend holiday is officially over and it's time to work our lazy asses of again hehehehe!

I've been seeing this (weird) trend in glossies lately that fashion-forward fashionistas have been wearing their sky high sandals with socks! Yeah.. you read it right. Sandals with socks. Spells like a perfect concoction of disaster, right? But this trend has been spotted in the runways of like Marni and Alexander Wang.

The last time I remember wearing socks with my sandals was circ late 90s when the Birkenstock was a popular footwear that time and I had to wear my favorite jeans with matching socks to go with it. Hahahaha!! I really can't imagine myself going all over again with it but this time, with legit sandals. Honestly speaking, i'm not fashion forward when it comes to style. I'm mostly the stick to neutrals, basics, and the safe ones when it comes to my wardrobe and this risk is not for me.. unless I'm an Alexa Chung or Leighton Meester who maybe can go with flying colors and not get judged by the fashion police hehehe! :)

Alexa Chung



Leighton Meester





One thing is for sure if you want to join the bandwagon: use the paper-thin socks (like those you see in the hosiery section and not the sweat socks you use in your gym or tennis classes hehehe!). And second, IMO, one must wear a heeled sandals and not a flat one to avoid looking a senior citizen :))


XOXO,
Ghetto B


Friday, November 26, 2010

Ghetto B Birthday Bash Part 4: Dinner at Claude's Le Cafe de Ville Davao

 Happy Friday Girlies!!!

It's the 5th day of the week... and I'm still talking about food and birthday stuff hahahaha!

Anyways, I was MIA last week because of work. Good thing was that the place where I went is a place where I have a couple of friends. :) I hooked up with them and told them I can go out after working during the day. Shobe, my good old college friend was based in Davao and we booked a dinner date together! It took us forever to decide where to eat.. until we sealed the deal on Claude's Le Cafe de Ville which is a French fine dining resto.



The open kitchen and the dining area. Love the warm and cozy ambience :) The courteous staff were even the ones who placed our napkins on our lap


Free Appetizer! The tomatoes are divine!!!!! :) The butter is delish. Yumm!



Pumpkin Soup 




Chicken Forestiere




Fetuccini of Salmon Carbonara




 Camwhoring while eating and catching up on life





Shobe treated me to dinner! I haven't seen her for YEARS! And now.. she's gonna be a momma! Just after being a wifey hehehe! :) Can't wait to visit her.. and her baby in the future!


XOXO,
Ghetto B

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ghetto B Birthday Bash Part 3: Dinner at Cerchio Restaurant and Lounge

Happy Wednesday Pretties! This is still my week-long food trip birthday special! Haha!

I treated my family to a special dinner one Saturday night. One my "musts" when we eat out is that we try something we haven't eaten yet.  Good thing that day, we were around the Tomas Morato area so I wanted to just stay in the vicinity. Last year, we ate at Romulo Cafe. This year and luckily, another restaurant from the creators of Romulo Cafe (which we love) came to life through Cerchio.

Cerchio (pronounced "tzer kyoh) from what I googled, means round in Italian.. which explains the circle designs in the resto. I made a reservation just hours before so I can be assured we have a seat. Upon arrival, there was valet parking so we didn't have any hassle looking for a parking slot. I loved the interiors, the lighting, the table, and the open kitchen. Cerchio takes pride in the fusion of Mediterr-asian cuisine (Mediterranean + Asian). Since we came from my cousin's 7th birthday party, we were still full so we just ordered a few.

Peking Style Chicken Tortilla Wrap

I love this one! Reminds me of a pritchon wrap :)


Grilled Shrimp with Pomelo Salad

I loved the shrimp and pomelo salad at Romulo cafe and this is like a cousin!
What makes this different is that there's a peanut sauce with cilantro (which I love)


Singaporean Crispy Squid Heads

Yummy pulutan over beer! Squids were crunchy with that sweet taste. Once you pop, you can't stop!


Beef Kebab with Rice Pilaf

The beef was tender and it's like eating shawarma beef with rice.



Grilled Salmon Teriyaki with Grilled Pineapple Rice

This is like your usual salmon teriyaki but still yummy.


Ghetto B with the family :)



Lady bug cocktail ring birthday gift by brother dear



We still have leftovers! Hehe! This is the facade of the posh Cerchio restaurant




Cerchio Restaurant and Lounge
76 Scout Limbaga St, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Telphone number: (02) 351-52-79



XOXO.
Ghetto B

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ghetto B Birthday Bash Part 2: First-ever Surprise Party!

Good Morning Ghettos!

I've been MIA for a week most of the stories I'll be telling in the next few days are birthday-related and food-related. This is the part two of my birthday story hehehe! :)

One my gazillions of wishes is to have a surpirse party. I was never surprised by anyone before. I always think of what the surprised person feels when she sees and hears the word "Surprise!!!" from her loved ones.. whether be it a birthday, congratulatory party, or anything.. as long as it's a surprise.


Lo and Behold..I got the first birthday surprise of my life! I clearly remember it was a tuesday night as I came home early to watch an episode of The Vampire Diaries. Zarah texted that she has something to tell me and I should not sleep. So by 9 pm, I texted her that I'm free to talk over the phone. Then because of my laziness, I didn't change my clothes yet as I was checking work-related emails. I was so into what I was reading I didn't notice the girls sneak in our house and they were singing Happy Birthday!!!!!


Crybaby me after the surprise



My Birthday Cake




Blowing my cake and posing with the balloons




Couldn't utter a word. I'm like frozen and pinching myself if this was indeed happening hahahaha!! I saw my birthday cake (with my Lady Gaga face in it.. which was my halloween costume), tons of balloons, and some alcohol and chips :) I was sooo happy I couldn't speak and tears just keep on flowing I'm looking like a kindergarten kid who just cried with a messy face hehehehe! :) I just knew from them that my family indeed knew about it and they just kept their mouth shut. The girls stayed till the clock struck 12 and were the first to greet me on the eve of my special day :)


Though I didn't have any big party this year, I was really happy having dinner with my family and friends and having my first-ever surprise! That's one bucket-list wish off my list. Yey!


XOXO,
Ghetto B


Monday, November 22, 2010

Ghetto B Birthday Bash Part 1: Dinner at Borough Restaurant

Happy Mondaya Ghetto Gurls! I'm back! After a week-long hiatus, I'm sooo back! Hehe! I've been very very busy with a lot of things. But I'm back and will be out again until futher notice hehehhee! :)

I know this birthday post is too late.. but I believe it's better to be late than never! Hehe! :) Food trip posts are meant to be shared to everyone so you can try good food and enjoy wonderful conversations while having a hearty meal. Anyways, for my birthday, I decided to stop throwing a small gathering at my place and just go out for dinner with my closest friends. I wanted to try something new and something all of us haven't been to. Then luckily, there's this new restaurant everyone's been buzzing about. Since it's new, I wanted to be the first one to try it first! I first heard of Borough thorough blogs like Manila Fashion Observer and Our Awesome Planet.

Just a quick background, the name Borough is inspired by the 5 boroughs of New York: Brooklyn, Bronx. Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. What's cool about Borough is that it is OPEN 24/7!!! Comfort food 24/7???! Yeah, you read it right! :) They have an entrance inside the mall. But after mall hours, they have an entrance at the side (when you exit from the basement parking). I guess since Ortigas Center has a good number of call center agents, they are targetting these yuppies to hang out in the wee hours of the morning when it's their "lunch break" from work :) I love the ambience because it's very laid back and conducive to talking. The wood planks which were hung on the wall is reminiscent of how NY restaurants are.. like the Borough signage when you enter. It's like how a NY subway station looks like.

We all decided to order and share everything on the table so that we can taste as many entrees as possible.

Brooklyn Cobb Salad
(Grilled chicken covered in melted Monterey Jack, over lettuce and tomato, topped with Bacon and Avocado)

Seared Tuna Salad
(Seared Tuna, Nicoise Olives, Hard boiled egg, Roasted peppers, Anchovies, Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, on a bed of mixed greens tossed with Balsamic vinaigrette)


Both salads we loved. But personally. I loved the Brooklyn Cobb :) Bacon, cheese, chicken, and greens was a brilliant idea hehehe!



Cheese-injected Portobello Pita Pocket
(Portobello mushroom oozing with Monterey Jack in a Pita Pocket)

We all love this! Reminds me of how Rachel Ray cooks ;-)
The mushroom and the cheese married perfectly!


Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
(Grilled cheese in homemade brioche bread. Served with creamy tomato soup)

I'm a cheese person so I love this. The tomato soup was a good combo.



BBQ Pulled Pork
(Pulled Pork in a homemade Hoagie. Served with coleslaw and borough chips)


Similar to the usual pulled porks we know. Pork is tender. I also love the chips.


NY Strip Steak
(Grilled NY Strip Steak, served with a side of Bernaise sauce and french fries)

We had our steak cooked medium rare. This did not disappoint us :) And the fries too!


Cola Glazed Porkloin
(Seared porkloin, served with chunky apple sauce, creme fraiche, and crispy potato pancakes)

This one is a so-so. Tastes good though but there are other options in the menu that I can order other than this. Too bad some of the entrees are not available.


Sole Amandine
(Sauteed in brown butter, spritzed with lemon juice, capers, and sliced almonds, served with green beans, and jasmine rice)

The fillet was cooked just right. It's was flavorful, juicy and not dry. Serving it with jasmine rice nailed it! :)



Rigatoni Ala Vodka
(Rigatoni tossed in tomato cream sauce and sauteed onions, laced with vodka)

Yummy!! I don't know if it's the vodka but this is great. Too bad when we ordered it again, it isn't available anymore.


Chocolate Chicken Wings
(Wings coated in cocoa and cinnamon, served with cilantro and sour cream)

I'm not into spicy food so this is the least favorite among all. I wasn't able to taste the chocolate in the wings and the cinnamon dominated the taste.



Mom's Milk and Cookies
(Chewy fresh baked cookies. Served with a pitcher of house blend cold milk)

We asked what's the best seller for dessert and they suggested these so we had to try


The milk is served in a creative way! We took our "shots" of fresh milk in each shot glass haha! All of us were able to try the cookies and one shot glass of milk each



Me and Chef  Kaufman of Borough. He looks like Dan from Gossip Girl! Heehee! :)
He was so nice and cuuuuute! After having pics, he was asking me if we enjoyed the food and a little small talk (which I enjoyed). Of course I said "yes!" with matching twinkling eyes haha!


Above all these, I'm happy to be with my closest friends for my special day :)



Borough Restaurant
Ground Floor of The Podium Mall
Open 24/7!!! :)
Telephone number: (02) 570-89-06


P.S. - Hope I can bump with Chef once again when I visit heehee! Such a cutie! :)


XOXO,
Ghetto B

Friday, November 19, 2010

Discovery: On Finding Fashion Treasure at Star Mall

Hello sunshines!!!

     One afternoon after a long day at the office, I did not feel like going home yet.  After all, no one was at home to greet me so I thought about spending the afternoon at a nearby mall.  I can do my usual round of "exercise," which is of course shopping!  I invited my friend to come with me, after seducing her with a free hotdog, she agreed to accompany me!  That statment--a way to a man's heart is through his stomach?  I think its applicable to both men and women! Hehe=)

     We decided to go to Starmall, the mall sitting in the corner of Edsa and Shaw blvd and in front of Shangri-la mall.  I so love this mall because everything here is just plainly affordable maybe because it caters to mostly the C Market but well, I don't really mind.  I am excited to shop buying lots and lots of items that costs 10 Php and 20 Php.

     But other than the shops that sells all items at 10Php and 20 Php, I also happen to stumble a pretty fashionable shop.  The shop's name is Joyo.  Here are the stuffs that I bought and boy was it a pretty fun retail therapy! It did not only make me happy, my wallet was in fact, still a bit fat after.  Plus, I got some extra to buy my friend the hotdog that I promised her.  She wanted extra jumbo!  But fortunately, the biggest one was just jumbo.  SO jumbo hotdog on stick it is for the price of *drum roll please*  12 Php, yes pretties only twelve pesos!  We have happy tummies for P12.00  In case you might be wondering what cheap hotdog brand it is? Well, it is Swift Hotdog.

Some shots inside Joyo Boutique in Star Mall



Anyway, back to what I shopped, here they are...*drum roll please*...

Headband with Gold Specks 99 Php

Headband with Pink Dog 79 Php


Choker with Silk Rose in Light Pink at 79 Php


...and because I just can't get enough, I had to get it in another color!

Choker with Silk Rose in Hot Pink at 79 Php


The last but not the least...The Uber cute Floral Ring that I got for 69.75 Php

I am happy and so is my wallet.

Joyo is located at the 2nd level of Starmall.  (Along EDSA, in front of Shangri-la Mall

How about you? Have you discovered any fashion haven that won't make your pocket cry?  Come on, spill the beans with me, pretties!


Till my next discovery!


Xoxo,


Ghetto S

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Contest: Tamera Online Giveaways

Hello sunshines!

     To be honest, I really did not know that there is a cosmetics online shop in the Philippines.  Not of course until, Tamera Online.  Tamera Online is owned by Tamera Szijarto who was a former title holder of Miss Philippines and a Computer Engineering graduate(Talk about beauty and brains!)  Last 2009, she launched this website being the first online cosmetics retailer.
    
     The ghettos received an email informing us that they are having a contest for both bloggers and non bloggers.  And because the ghettos love to share, right Ghetto B?  We are sharing this information to the world.


 GRAND PRIZE:

Benefit Ms Popularity + Benefit BadGal Blue Mascara + Benefit Eyeshadow in Snow Job + placed inside a trendy Benefit canister!


Blogging Beauty: Exclusive Giveaways for Bloggers


For the contest that is open to all fellow bloggers and beauty/fashion/lifestyle related websites, these are the mechanis:

*       Join our MAILING LIST at www.tameraonline.com. (3 points)
*       LIKE our Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tameraonline/58206351723 (2 points)
*       Write a blog post about a product from tameraonline.com you like or would like to try and why. Within your short paragraph, place a link to the product and a link to tameraonline.com homepage.  (8 points, has to include
product AND homepage links)
*       Post your blog entry on our Facebook Fan page. (2 points)

Additional Details:

*       All else being equal; winner will be determined by the number of Facebook LIKES.
*       Reminder: Your friends will be able to LIKE your post after they LIKE our Fan Page.
*       One major prize winner (see grand prize) will be announced by the end of the contest period. Please see tameraonline fan page to see the current prize to be won.
*       Contest runs from November 12, 2010 to December 12, 2010.
*       This contest is open to all bloggers. If you're not a blogger,
please join HERE instead.



So good luck pretties and don't forget that a you can always make your own sunshine! You have the power to turn any gloomy day into a sunshine-Y day full of warmth and love!


Xoxo,

Ghetto S

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Photo Journal: A Beautiful Afternoon

Spending one afternoon in a beautiful place with a beautiful friend laughing our hearts out...priceless!



Thank you, Lord for moments like these.




Xoxo,


Ghetto S

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sale Alert: Richwell Trading Warehouse Sale

Hello Pretties!

For all of you who are now beginning to shop for Christmas gifts for the little children, allow me to inform you that Richwell Trading is also having their warehouse sale!  You can find amazing toy brands a Barbie, Beados, Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels, Bakugan, Chicco, Etc.


SALE DATES are as follows:

Nov. 12, 13, 19
Nov. 20,26,27,28
Dec. 3,4,5
Dec. 10,11,12
Dec.17,18,19
Dec. 20,21,22

They will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for the weekend schedules and 1:00pm - 6:00 pm for the weekdays schedules.

Don't forget to wear comfortable clothes if you are on your way to shop there.  We must remember that it is a warehouse=)  And don't forget to bring CASH=)  Transactions will be cash basis only.

Click on the attachec picture to view the MAP.


Happy Shopping everyone!

This is Ghetto S, sharing some love and sale alerts!...XOXO

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sale Alert: Gingersnaps and JUST G Warehouse Sale

The word SALE is such music to my ears so I am happy to announce and share to all the GG Philippine Readers that Gingersnaps and Just G will be having its warehouse sale!



Where: Warehouse 19 Arnal Compound 2,M. Eusebio Ave. Pasig City.  Mondays-Saturdays
When:  Nov.12 - Dec. 29, 2010 Mondays - Saturdays except Sundays, Holidays and Extreme Weather Conditions, 8:00 am to 4:00pm.  (oops I know that in the world of journalism, its a serious crime to be late and the sale has started already last Friday and I am just telling you about it now!  But better late than never,  you still have more than a month to shop=)

Don't forget to bring CASH pretties because all transactions will be CASH basis only.

See you there!

This is Ghetto S Reporting...xoxo=)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yay or Nay: L'oreal Brow Stylist in Light Brown

Good morning friendships! :)

I have thick and dark brows ever since I was a kid. I'm even too lazy to pluck it every once in a while because everytime I do it, it bleeds! *eeew!* For some reason, I went to this parlor somewhere in the province while on a business trip and the person who shaved my eyebrows went overboard and made it soooo thin! :-( I just told him to clean it and not to finish it all off hahaha! I consulted my go-to person when it comes to makeup, dear Nikki of Askmewhats. Even she couldn't believe it that I my thick brows from just months ago became thin! She suggested that I use a slanted brush and a matte brown eyeshadow (good thing I have a dark brown one from L'oreal HIP's Shady).

Just last weekend, after going to church, I decided to drop by the weekend bazaar at the Big Tent near our village. There was this stall who sold cheap drugstore makeup from the States. Since I went before the bazaar closed, I was given further discount! I was eyeing the L'oreal 3-in-1 brow stylist in Light Brown. The seller was nice and from Php 250, he gave it to me for Php 200! It was a steal so I already grabbed it. If only I didn't have enough L'oreal HIP shadows, I would've bought some! He was only selling  it for Php 250!

L'oreal Brow Stylist in Light Brown

The L'Oreal Brow Stylist Package and it's anatomy when you remove the parts hehehe! :))




Yay's
  • Innovative product for having a pull-out tweezer, powder eyebrow pencil, and brow brush all in one!
  • I love the result! I do get the right thickness of the brows that I want and don't get to look a adolescent kid with bushy brows haha!
  • The shade complements me well. Even though I have jet black hair, it looks like natural on me
  • Very easy to use and multi-tasking. You can brush the brow hair, pluck some little ones, and fill your brows all the same time. No need to get a spoolie brush and a tweezer! :)
Nay's
  • I'm not sure if this is a factor but since it's a powder pencil/crayon, with just a few swipes, the pencil gets blunt easily. So I have to sharpen it again. And since the pencil is not that long, I think this will not last me a long time
  • I'm not sure if this is available locally since I bought this at a bazaar.

My eyebrows without L'Oreal eyebrow stylist



My eyebrows after filling and lining my brows




Sorry for the amateur pics! I have a very oily face that day and I'm too lazy to put on some powder and concealer so as to able to show my eyes hahaha! But do you see the drift? The result is lovely! Having thick brows makes a person look younger :) Even if im ____ years old now, I think I can still pass as a teener if I sport this brows :) Hahaha!


XOXO,
Ghetto B

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