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The Young Guns

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I’ve always had a thing for older guys – mature, mysterious, confident and seemingly smart.

Case in point?

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My top 2 homeboys are George Clooney and JFK Jr. My obsession with the latter has been well-documented in this blog and he’s 18 years older than me, too. Let’s add to the mix that hot dude reading(In case you have never heard of “hot dudes reading” – check out Chuvaness’ post about it.) – I don’t know who he is but he looks like a MAN who is mature, well-read(HA!), cultured and look at that coat – it’s not too stylish and has the right amount of chic. My heart skips a beat and my ovaries quiver every time I see his photo.

But let’s not forget, my ultimate “lolo” crush of all time – the late great Paul Newman. SIGH.

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That said, the last few months I’ve found myself checking out younger guys. Not sure how this all started, maybe my Spain vacation opened my eyes to millenial hotties, but I hate to admit this but younger guys, especially those in their 20s are something else.

Here are a few of my favorite “cougar” preys:

1. The Real Madrid Team

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Save for Iker Casillas and maybe Alvaro Arbeloa, all of the guys in the Real Madrid football team are in their 20s and if that photo from last Christmas’ holiday dinner doesn’t prove to you that RM is a team filled with very attractive and strapping young men(sorry, if you’re looking for Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s not my type. LOL). In native parlance, walang sayang(maybe the left-most guy needs a major beard trim!!)

2. The Warwick Rowers

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Hat-tip to my friend Ross for introducing me to the Warwick Rowers. This is, admittedly, not their best photo but this is the most decent one I can find on the internet! FYI – these guys are part of the rowing team of the University of Warwick. Back two or three years ago, they needed to fund their varsity program and they thought of selling calendars. The catch? They’re all in their birthday suits but done ever so tastefully and since then, they’ve raised over GBP 200K!! They’ve produced Olympic rowers and also caused insanity amongst the female and gay population. I wish I could show you one of their behind-the-scenes videos because it is AMAZING(it’s quite NSFW – so let me know if you want me to send the link. LOL!)

3. ZAYN MALIK

I know, seriously? YES I’M SERIOUS.

And honestly? I went back to blogging because I could not stop talking about Zayn Malik to my friends the past 3 weeks(has it just been 3 weeks?!??!) and it has come to a point that I think they’re getting sick of it. So my way of dealing with it? I need to blog about ZAYN.

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Like the rest of the girls my age, I’ve only heard of One Direction from my friends’ daughters and nieces. I personally know them only as a group and only knew one guy – Harry Styles just because he dated T-Swizzle(that’s Taylor Swift ;). And that photo above was taken as a joke a few years ago.

But now? Oh Zaynnnnnnn!!! #zayncomeback

This all started when all that tween/teen panic happened as Zayn Malik quit One Direction. So many people posted about young girls in shock and anguish because of Zayn leaving. Girls sobbing in class, girls screaming and girls on the verge of suicide – WTF.

What is a “tita” to do but to google what the hell these “bagets” were going crazy over?

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DAMN. SON.

ZAYN MALIK, YOU ARE PERFECT. His brooding and mysterious eyes, pouty kissable lips and sexy facial hair did me in. I ended up googling him and one direction TO DEATH. I know, he’s 22 and he’s engaged to Perrie Edwards of Little Mix(#zerrie) but WHO CARES.

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Yes, Zayn, that’s exactly how I feel whenever I search you in google image. I KEED. But seriously, this boy is so HOT. No wonder girls were going crazy?!?!?! #cutforzayn

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And my trip to One Direction land also made me understand millenial trends – like those undercut ponytails and headbands

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Sorry guys, but this only looks good on Zayn. *sigh* #zayniloveyou

I normally wouldn’t find this type of hot mess attractive but even in hairstyles reminiscent of Johnny Depp’s character in Cry Baby which, BTW, is a movie OLDER THAN ZAYN……

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He can do no wrong! Even with is recent buzz cut. ZAYNNNNNNN!!!!

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And Zayn boy isn’t just a beautiful face, he’s also the best singer in 1D. Who’s going to hit the high notes NOW?!?! (I heard the song below while walking around S&R the other day and I started to sing along. It’s THAT bad but I have to say the album FOUR is pretty good as far as pop albums go)

Anyway, I’m also glad I’m no longer a teen because the interwebz is a place that encourages fan girl hysteria. like this. :D p.s. I also NOW get why girls go crazy over Harry, too – he has appeal but he’s not my type. HAHA!

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April 20th, 2015 at 7:52 am

Glossy ver. 2015 – It Takes A Village

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So let’s get right to it – here is my most recently updated “glossy”

I know most girls will understand, I have an armada of beauty products in my bathroom and dresser. I use different products depending on my moods or depending on what my skin or hair needs for that particular moment.

Skin prep

Bath/Shower time for me consists of shower cream or gel – my ultimate favorite is Dr.Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap. I heard they were available locally at Healthy Options before but I buy mine in bulk in the States, either at Whole Foods or Costco. The minty smell wakes me up in the morning and tingly feeling is very refreshing. I also use this when I want to feel really squeaky clean. If I’m in the mood for something more moisturizing I grab Palmolive Naturals’ Milk and Honey Soft Moisture body wash(I super love the scent!) or Delon’s Olive Body Wash. They’re both available locally and very affordable, too(S&R is having a buy one take one for the Delon body washes right now!)

I have since colored hair and I’m kind of obsessed with keeping it moisturized so I’ve been using Klorane’s Pomegranate color-safe shampoo. I buy this at Guardian or Manning’s in SG/HK(they were on sale for SG$ 28 for 2 bottles!! amazing!!). On other days, I still use Dove hair products as well as Zenutrient’s wonderful Argan Oil x Chamomile line – local and organic and it works!

My favorite hair care discovery of the past 5 years has got to be Dry Shampoo. I have oily, fine Asian Hair and I almost always need to shampoo my hair every day which is such a big No-no! But thanks to Dry Shampoos, I can go on a day or two without washi

As I’ve mentioned on IG, my most favorite hair care discovery of the past 5 years has got to be dry shampoo. I have oily, fine asian hair and I almost always need to shampoo my hair everyday and that’s just going to fry your hair. So whenever I see dry shampoo either in Sephora or some other drug store abroad, I have to get it. And believe me, I’ve tried so many brands but Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat milk is my FAVORITE. The smell is pretty good and it doesn’t leave your hair wire-y plus it’s not that expensive(as compared to the likes of Oscar Blandi or Living Proof). I hoard these whenever I see them at drugstores abroad!! It is so worth lugging 4-5 cans per trip. BELIEVE ME.

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For skin/facial care, I am still an ardent Clarisonic user. I use a variety of face cleansers – Beauty Formula‘s Tea Tree Exfoliating Facial Wash(For breakouts or PMS-ing skin), Fresh’s Soy Facial Cleanser(For times I feel like my skin needs some gentle care) and Aesop’s Amazing Facial Cleanser(For times my skin needs a refresher). For toning, I still reach out for Bioderma’s Sebium H20. I use Neutragena’s Oil-free Moisturizer for Combination skin in the daytime while I combine Dior’s One Essential Serum and Aesop’s Oil-free Hydrating Serum at night.

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For skin prepping, I’ve discovered a wonderful pre and post make up mist from Korean brand Innisfree(I know, the brand name!! LOLs!) and it’s called Mineral Glow Fixer Mist. Whatever it is, I love it. I spritz a little before putting on primer. Speaking of primers, I used to not care about primers but they’re amazing products. Primers smooth out imperfections like wrinkles and fine lines(I KNOW.) and also helps your foundation and other make up products adhere to your skin. I love Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer Protect which has SPF 30 sunscreen because I love dual purpose products. My new go-to foundation though is LM’s water-based Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation. It is very light and you only need a few drops for light to medium coverage. It is also buildable at times when you need to cover up blemishes. After foundation, I dab a little bit of Burberry beauty’s Fresh Glow under my eyes and high plains so can look…fresh :P It’s also nakaka bagets(girls in my demographic will love this!)

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A few more things to keep that “youthful” glow are MAC’s Lustre Drops, Benefit’s Watts Up and Armani’s Fluid Sheer. You put these on the high plains of your face – cheek bones, nose, chin, etc.

And not sure why I added these in this group but I love Vaseline’s Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant lotion – it’s best for people who hate sticky and thick body lotion. I also like the slight lip moisture of EOS lipbalms(love the packaging too!)

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I’ve started to put more effort in doing my eyes every day for work. It helps in making me look more like a serious adult, I guess. LOL.

Brows – I wasn’t into filling in my brows because I thought I looked like a tranny but when I discovered Happy Skin’s Eye Love View Eyebrow duo pencil, I was kind of hooked. It has a very fine pen at one end and a slight crayon on the other. And since I’ve dyed my hair several shades lighter than my natural color (and I’m scared shitless of coloring my brows as well), I went looking for a chocolate ash eyebrow pencil and the best one I’ve found so far is Dolly Wink’s! I also love my Nichido eyebrow gel – it’s cheap and it works. :D

Lashes – I have virtually none so I don’t really bother – but I am loyal to my Chanel curlash(because it’s horribly chic) and Armani’s eyes to kill mascara whenever I decide to focus on my lashes.

Eyeliner – I just discovered this but I used to use just a cheap Nichido taupe eyeliner but after reading something online on the best products as reviewed by an actual Sephora sales person, she swore by Marc Jacob’s Highliner gel eyeliner. I was a bit skeptical and then I was like schlepping around Sephora and decided to try it out, it is THE BEST. Stop whatever you’re doing and get this EYELINER – unbelievably intense color, this eyeliner doesn’t tug and glides on smoothly. It is like a gel eyeliner in pencil form and it’s waterproof and it’s always the right amount of sharpness. My favorite product RIGHT NOW.

Eye shadows – I’m a sucker for NAKED eye palettes. My initial favorite was Naked 2, it was just really my kind of colors and it’s easy to use plus it’s so worth the price. I decided to purchase the Naked Basics 2 to lug around in my every day kikay kit which is good for touch ups. The first time I saw Naked 3 online I wasn’t that impressed as the palette is mostly rose-toned and again, schlepping around Sephora makes you buy things and N3 is now my favorite – the rose tones aren’t too intense and you can build a nice day time look, while the darker colors in the spectrum allow for a dramatic night time eye. Very versatile! The Armani Eyes to Kill quad is also a nice compact to bring with you in your bag as it has range and depth as well.

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Lips – Unlike the intense reds I used to favor, I’ve shifted into a more nude/old rose/taupe range the past 12 months. I’ve been traveling a lot for work and I can’t just bring all my lipstick stack so I choose colors that I can use for business meetings as well as post-work cocktails/dinner. So my current go-to is the classic Armani lipstick in 502 while depending on my moods or occasions, I like to use Tom Ford’s Indian Rose, Armani’s Rouge Ecstacy in 575, Burberry beauty’s Rosewood, Shiseido’s PK 302. For nights out, I like those Armani Lip lacquers – intense color and not too shiny. If I want sheen, I dab Fresh’s Sugar Honey.

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Nails – Like a true tita, I am now more into neutrals and my new favorite is Dior’s Incognito. Lovely nude/pink which is a tad lighter than Chanel’s Rose Confidentiel. Perfect! I also still favor a few colors from Chanel like Tendresse, Frenzy and Secret. If I want a darker color, Jin Soon’s greyish blue is pretty and Chanel’s Taboo is a shiny version of the classic Rouge Noir. Of course, Seche Vite is the best top coat. BAR NONE.

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Fragrance – I like ro mix and match scents as well and these are in my current mix – Francis Kurkdjian’s Amyris Femme(I use this sparingly because it was a gift and a little on the expensive side – only for special occasions! LOL), Agua De Colonia de los Reales Sitios de Espana(If the name doesn’t say it all – it’s classic spanish-style cologne. I got this from the shop at the Palacio Real in Madrid), Le Labo’s Fleur d’Oranger(a little splurge gift to self – fancy but goes a long way!) and Fresh’ Hesperides (citrus-y but not too sweet, lovely during the summer heat!)

Samples

I LOVE samples! They’re the best way to try out things you wouldn’t normally purchase because you’re either too cheap or can’t figure out if it really works. It’s also good to use these when traveling. Here are some of my favorite haul.

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April 17th, 2015 at 7:12 am

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The New Journey

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Getting lost in Pamplona. This is where the pilgrims of el camino de Santiago walk through in this part of Spain. Lovely stroll around the neighborhood! #elcaminodesantiago #pamplona #apain #travel

Hello World, is anybody out there?

I know, it’s been almost a year and I haven’t blogged. No particular reason, really. Life just got in the way but everything is well and good. I can’t really ask for more.

Sunset dining @ magic hour, Bali-style. Beautiful! #rockbar #bali #indonesia #travel

Thank you to the followers who have sent their concern or questions about when I’m coming back to blogging.I did a lot of traveling, working and living the past 12 months. You could’ve seen that on my Instagram feed – IG was too easy. Just post a photo, write a witty caption and that’s it. But I guess, there is much to be said in prose than in photos.

This morning, I woke up and did my usual Saturday routine and errands and it just clicked – I must start blogging again. And this I’m doing as I sit on my chair at Chiyo’s Salon getting my hair did. LOL!

On the way up to Monsterrat. Lovely views from the train. #montserrat #spain #travel

There are so many things I want to share..I don’t know where to start.

But this comeback is for you, guys. And thank you for waiting patiently.

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April 11th, 2015 at 10:31 am

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Wanderland 2014

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Wow! Time flies – it’s been a year since the inaugural Wanderland in 2013. Remember how I had wished that Phoenix would hold a concert here? Wish fulfilled by the same people behind this event. Amazing that these kids are all under 25!!

2014’s Wanderland Fest is on May 17th. Envisioned to be Manila’s premiere music and art’s festival, This year’s event is carnival-themed and is organized by the kids of Karpos Media, presented by River Island and Globe. The venue will be at the Globe Circuit Events grounds at the former Sta. Ana Race track.

Headlining Wanderland is the American indie pop band from New York, The Drums, composed of Jonny Pierce, Jacob Graham and Connor Hanwick , best known for their ‘80’s style surf rock’ music. Others in the line up include international and local musicians Paper Kites, Royal Concept, Architecture in Helsinky, Franco, Techy Romantics, just to name a few. There will also be a showcare of live art by Anjo Bolarda, JP Cuison and Dee Jae Pa’este.

Tickets are originally priced at Php 4800, but from April 27 – May 10, Eager Wanderer tickets priced at Php 3,800 will be available at all SM Tickets and Ticketnet outlets.

See you in Wanderland!

Wanderland Music & Arts Festival 2014 is a festival by Karpos Multimedia Inc. , Presented by River Island, Globe and Co-Presented by The Bar, Fox and Star World.

For more information and updates about Wanderland 2014, visit our official website: Wanderland.ph and check out the following social media sites: Facebook/Wanderlandfest, Facebook/KarposMultimedia, Twitter/wanderlandfest, Instagram/wanderlandfest, Twitter/karposmm, Instagram/karposmm

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May 8th, 2014 at 7:37 am

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The Hunt for the Perfect Bolognese Recipe

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bolognese sauce recipe. Bolognese is basically the classic italian meat sauce often called “SpagBol”. It’s homey and filling. I had a very busy Q1 2014 but I decided one night last week to cook dinner for a change and focused on googling for a bolognese recipe.

Research has led me to so many recipes for this classic Italian sauce, I can’t seem to find a truly authentic one as I came across different variations but one over-arching ingredient shocked me! It was the addition of MILK – a meat sauce? with milk? you’re kidding me right?

Bologna is a town in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy best known for the multitude of agricultural bounty seen in their dishes rich with eggs, milk, cheese, butter, meat and soft wheat. Naturally, a sauce named for the region’s capital could not go without dairy. Also, further research led me to realize that milk helps cut down the acidity of the ground meat, making the ragu rich and creamy while the meat sublimely tender. and ORANGE!

I know, orange. Yes, you read that right. Classic Bolognese is more orange red than blood red emphasizing on the meat rather than the tomatoes and the sienna color comes from the milk. A-HA!

So why would I even post about this? I uploaded a photo of my spagbol on Instagram and everybody loved it and so many people asked for the recipe. So to make it easier, I decided to blog about it. LOL!

Anyway, after much googling, I picked to adapt Mario Batali’s recipe and tweaked it for what’s available here in Manila and my own personal preference. BTW, Batali is my favorite celebrity chef and he so happens to have trained in italian cuisine in a small town within the Emilia-Romagna region so I had a feeling he knows his stuff. :P

For me, cooking is an art so I don’t believe in perfect measurements. What I will show you is a photo stream of the steps I’ve done with a sort of measurement of the ingredients to go along with it. Hope that works! :P

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Prepared first the “soffritto” – very similar to the French’s mirepoix which is the base of all hearty soups and sauces. It’s basically celery(1 large stalk), carrots(half a large carrot), onions(one medium-sized red) and garlic(6 cloves – I KNOW! I love garlic).

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I added a variation of chopped chorizo de bilbao(1 sausage) and bacon(4 strips), fried them until brown and used the rendered fat to fry the soffritto for extra flavor.

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In medium high heat, saute the Soffritto until transluscent. That’ll probably take around 10 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t turn brown.

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Add the ground meat. In Batali’s recipe, he called for ground veal which is hard to come by here in Manila so I did a 1:1 ratio of lean ground beef and a somewhat fatty ground pork. At this stage, add back the fried chorizo and bacon from earlier and cook in high heat.

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Building a good ragu requires layers of flavor. Also, remember to brown the meat mixture and stir to avoid burning bits of meat.

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As soon as the meat is browned, pour in the tomato paste(half a tube/can), chopped canned tomatoes(I like the brand Capri – I used half a can), milk(3/4 cup – use whole milk) and white wine(1/2 cup – I used a sauvignon blanc). I also added some parmesan chips to add flavor. Heat should be brought down to the lowest possible temperature. Any cook will tell you, a good ragu requires at least 1.5 hours of a very slow simmer.

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This was at the 2-hour mark. I had adjusted a few times the seasoning according to my taste. I like it not too salty and I also like a good grind of black pepper. I also added maybe a teaspoon of dry basil and a teaspoon of dry oregano. If you have fresh, the better. For this batch, I cooked the sauce for 2.5 hours.

Note that a good sauce needs a finely cooked pasta as well. I’m still not Martha Stewart levels of making my own fresh batch of pasta but remember that the sauce waits for the pasta and not the other way around. So cook your pasta at the very last moment – make the water as salty as the sea and NO OIL in the water, PLEASE. Follow the box instructions on the cooking time. When cooked, I drain almost but not all the pasta water. I mix a pat of butter and a few teaspoons of parmesan to the pasta before I pour in the sauce. Here is the finished product!

Et voilà!

Obsessed with making the perfect bolognese and I think I got it! Based on @mariobatali's recipe but added half of a chorizo de Bilbao for taste. Secret of a good ragu? Whole milk! Who would've thought? #food #foodporn #bolognese #mariobatali

/pats self on the back. :D

ENJOY!

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May 2nd, 2014 at 6:18 am

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