Thursday, July 28, 2011

After reading the Foodie Wifey Mama's post on Pancake House, I just had to go and eat there. Good thing there's a branch nearby so my cravings were curbed.

Trivia: Did you know that they used to have a branch in Tutuban Center, Divisoria? I used to eat there tacos there with my Tita Jing 

The Menu
Reminiscin again eh? I want to order almost everything on their menu, good thing there's their "Bestseller's Meal" where it includes all the food I want to munch on: Tacos, Fried Chicken, and Spaghetti. Oh, it includes a glass iced tea as well

The Meal
The Breakdown
1. The spaghetti sauce was delicious, it was the sweet pinoy style and very generous with ground beef and cheese. A fluke in this branch? The pasta was overcooked so I wasnt that happy. I like my pasta al dente. They were so overcooked they're sticking to each other.

2. The chicken was the juciest I ever ate. But there's something with their "timpla" (mix) that makes the chicken a bit sour. Do they dip in to vinegar to tenderize it? Another fluke perhaps?

3. The tacos are salty and lacking in true taco flavor. I could count the pieces of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and meat inside because it was too few. And they should not claim that they have the "best tacos in the world" because the taco seller right across our street sells better tasting tacos (with more filling mind you) at 25php per serving.

I did not stop there.. I still want to give pancakse house a chance so I ordered their waffle. Thinking that hey, maybe if I ordered something from their resto name they can redeem themselves.

Yes, a crispy waffle
THE waffle saved them (except the syrup). It was cooked perfectly crisp on the outside and soft in the inside. I also want to know what butter they used because it tasted numnumnumnum yummy I could order their butter for take out. Please tell me what butter they used.

I was however, disappointed with their waffle syrup. It tasted like ordinary sugar/water mix and then diluted with more water. It tasted like sweet water. Not the mapley kind or even the basic Kao syrup kind. Wait.. it tasted like WHITE syrup. I guess I should request for their chocolate syrup next time.

Will I eat here again? Yes I will, for their waffle, and I'll prolly bring my own syrup thank you

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I am constipated. Haha. I suffered constipation ever since I can remember and pooped only for once a week. Too much information yes yes? :p But it's true, that's prolly the cause of my bloating and Im all so thin but have a big tummy. After reading thru forums, I discovered that I need to have more fiber in my daily life so that I can get an RPM (regular poop movement) and also lessen the cholesterol and fats. I take C-lium in capsule form 5 capsules/2x a day because I cannot tolerate drinking a husky jelly fibery drink

Fatty - yes
Bloated - yes
Constipiated - yes
Acne prone - yes
Acidic - yes

Here's what I read with the Psyllium fiber

Psyllium husk Benefits

Psyllium husk
Psyllium is quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb Atkins-style diets. It is very difficult to get enough fibre in a diet when you eliminate the carbohydrates in cereals, whole grains and fruits. Psyllium capsules are an easy way to take care of this problem. It fills you with fibre, reducing appetite without overstimulating the nervous system; a much healthier approach than formulas containing ephedra such as Herbalife or Metabolife.
Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the Plantain and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health. It contains a spongy fiber that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system, making it an excellent choice for healthy dieting. Psyllium can provide the fiber that is missing on low carbohydrate diets. Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fiber; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only 5 grams of soluble fiber. Only recently have scientists learned that soluble fiber has unique effects on metabolism. Just take one or two capsules with a glass of water or Yerba Mate diet tea, half hour before meals. The herb also provides a feeling of fullness that is helpful before meals. Psyllium is one of the simplest, healthiest and most effective herbs for weight control.
Psyllium has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.
Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.

In a study of people with ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disorder), psyllium seeds were as shown to be as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in decreasing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a physician may recommend the use of psyllium as a bulking agent for mild to moderate cases of diarrhea from either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (another type of inflammatory bowel disorder).
Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterollaemia. Soluble fibers such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Studies reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown psyllium to be quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.
Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
For those simply wishing to improve digestion and intestinal tract health, a single capsule per day is all that is needed.

People interested in Psyllium husk also read about these herbs:

Psyllium husk Herb Information / Side Effects

Latin Names: Plantago psyllium, Plantago isphagula
Common Names: Sand Plantain, Flea Seed, Ispaghula, Psyllium Seed, Indian Plantago, Spogel
Properties: antidiarrheal, demulcent, emollient, laxative
Indicated for: Constipation, Diarrhea, High cholesterol, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Cancer, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Haemorrhoids, Diabetes, Hypercholesterolemia and Obesity. Treatment of dysentery, catarrhal conditions of the genito-urinary tract, inflamed membranes of the intestinal canal etc. The oil in the seed embryo contains 50% linoleic acid and has been used as a preventative of atherosclerosis.
Do not use Psyllium if you have a bowel obstruction or a disease that causes narrowing of any part of the digestive tract.
Diabetics should avoid Psyllium if they are having problems keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Take with plenty of water.

Q. Can C-Lium Fibre be mixed with any beverage?

A. Yes. C-Lium Fibre can be mixed with water or any of your favourite beverages, for example fruit juice, iced tea or soft drinks. Ideally, C-Lium Fibre should be mixed with liquids that are cold or at room temperature and should be taken immediately after mixing. Mixing C-Lium Fibre with hot drinks should be avoided. [return to top]

Q. How does C-Lium Fibre help maintain healthy cholesterol for a healthy heart?

A. C-Lium Fibre is a natural fat absorber that helps remove LDL “bad” cholesterol from the body while encouraging HDL “good” cholesterol.

The body converts cholesterol into bile acid as part of its natural process. The psyllium husk in C-Lium Fibre has the ability to bind with bile acids which are then excreted in the stool. This results in the body converting more cholesterol into bile acids that are also absorbed by C-Lium Fibre. This continuous process helps lower blood cholesterol which in turn assists in reducing the risk of heart disease. [return to top]

Q. Can C-Lium Fibre help me lose weight?

A. Yes. As C-Lium Fibre is a natural fat absorber it can help remove unwanted fat from the body without the use of chemicals or metabolism enhancers. This process is a gradual process that requires regular intake over several weeks and months. [return to top]

Q. Will taking C-Lium Fibre cause me to rush to the toilet?

A. No. C-Lium Fibre has a gentle laxative effect that will not disrupt your regular routine. It is safe and effective for on-going daily use without harmful side-effects to your body. [return to top]

Q: Can children take C-Lium Fibre?

A: Yes. Children often suffer from digestive irregularity due to lack for sufficient fruit and vegetables in their diet or erratic toilet habits. The dose for children should be half the adult dose: one teaspoon (half a sachet) or 5 capsules daily with sufficient intake of water throughout the day. [return to top]

Q. How does C-Lium Fibre help improve digestive regularity?

A. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables help increase your fibre intake and improve digestive regularity. But if your lifestyle does not allow you to do this, then take a fibre supplement such as C-Lium Fibre will provide you with all the high quality dietary fibre that your body needs.

Here's a FAQ taken from C-liums website
Q. I have stomach ulcers and always acidic, can C-Lium Fibre help?

A. As C-Lium Fibre absorbs a lot of gastric acids, it allows your body time to heal itself. One of the reasons why we suffer from reflux is because we do not digest food properly, or worse do not eliminate waste properly. C-Lium Fibre helps clear the colon and improve digestive efficiency.

The American Heart Association together with the USFDA have allowed food manufacturers who add psyllium husk to their product (the ONLY ingredient in C-Lium Fibre) to make the following statement of claim: “Eating soluble fibre from foods such as psyllium husks as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, together with regular exercise, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” [return to top]

Q. Why is C-Lium Fibre helpful for diabetics or people who need to watch their blood sugar levels?

A. C-Lium Fibre has a low glycemic index. This means that when taken at least 20 minutes before meals C-Lium Fibre can help slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood which is helpful for diabetics, especially those with Type II diabetes. [return to top]

Q. My elderly parents both suffer from constipation, is this common for senior citizens?

A. Constipation is common complaint among senior citizens. As the body ages, the efficiency of the digestive system also declines. Reduced mobility also compounds the problem. Elderly people, as well as those convalescing from sickness, can find relief from increased fibre intake. Fibre supplements such as C-Lium Fibre make it easy to add high quality dietary fibre to one’s daily diet, resulting in better digestion and overall health. [return to top]

Q. Is C-Lium Fibre safe for pregnant women?

A. Most pregnant women and post-childbirth mothers experience digestive irregularity or some form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) due to the natural changes in the body. Increased fibre intake with C-Lium Fibre, can help maintain digestive regularity. C-Lium Fibre is 100% natural with NO chemicals, preservatives or sweeteners – no worries for mother and child. [return to top]

Q. How is C-Lium Fibre different from oatmeal and other fibre products?

A. Not all fibres are the same. C-Lium Fibre is considered the “mother of all herbs” and the “Rolls Royce of fibres”. By comparison, one teaspoon of C-Lium Fibre is equivalent to 14 tablespoons of soluble fibre from oats. C-Lium Fibre swells fifty times its size when in liquid. C-Lium Fibre is 100% plant material, with no additives, no preservatives and is gluten free. C-Lium Fibre provides positive results within 7 days. [return to top]

Q. How much fibre do I need everyday?

A. A heaped tablespoon or 5 capsules, twice-a-day of C-Lium Fibre consumed regularly everyday will help digestive regularity, maintain healthy cholesterol for a healthy heart, assist with maintaining healthy blood sugar and absorb unwanted fat. [return to top]

Q. Is C-Lium Fibre safe?

A. C-Lium Fibre is very safe, and is used by millions of people throughout the world. Psyllium husks have been used in Europe since the 16th century and in southern Asia for centuries as part of ayurvedic medicine. C-Lium Fibre is not habit forming and can be taken every day. C-Lium Fibre has no harmful side effects. [return to top]

Q. What should I do if forget to take a dose?

A. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if you remember the missed dose when it is time for your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Do not take a double dose. [return to top]

Q. What precautions should be followed while using C-Lium Fibre?

A. Remember that vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble vitamins so you need some fat in order to get full benefit of those vitamins. Take vitamins at a different time of the day than C-Lium Fibre.

If you have rectal bleeding, history of intestinal blockage, difficulty swallowing, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease, or if you are on a low-sugar or low-sodium diet, contact your doctor before taking C-Lium Fibre.

C-Lium Fibre is safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women, however it is always prudent to let your physician know what supplements you are taking as part of your routine health checks.

Do not take digoxin, salicylates (aspirin) or nutrofurantoin within three hours of taking C-Lium Fibre. [return to top]

Q. How do I use C-Lium Fibre?

Stir one heaped tablespoon or one sachet into a half glass of water or your preferred beverage and drink immediately. Drink an extra glass of fluid soon after. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Take once a day ideally in the morning. Avoid taking immediately before bed. For maximum fat absorption benefit take 30 minutes before meals. Maximum dosage: two sachets.

You can also mix C-Lium Fibre with your favourite juice or flavoured drink or with your breakfast cereal and oatmeal as it suits your taste of the day. You can even add your Vitamin C or B-complex supplement to the mix.

Take 5 capsules twice a day with liquid. Drink an extra glass of fluid soon after.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. For best results take a total of 10 capsules daily (equal to 5 grams of dietary fibre). Add more capsules to suit individual metabolism and fibre needs

Regular daily intake recommended. Should be consumed everyday as part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. [return to top]

Q. Where can I get C-Lium Fibre?

A. C-Lium Fibre is available throughout Singapore at Guardian, Watsons and NTUC Unity as well as other reputable drugstores. Contact the DKSH Consumer Hotline on +65 6471 0888 for enquiries. [return to top]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Got this from a fellow gtalker the ever so nice babyjapnrs of The Pink Thought Bubble because I was on a lookout for a light, non comedogenic foundation that is in a convinient plastic pump form. (My current HG is Bourjois, but that will be on a different post)

I still use this on a daily basis because of how light it is and how lovely it feels on my skin making it look airbrushed. But in my opinion this foundation is more of a tinted primer than foundation. It has sheer coverage and when I try to build it up it ends up being cakey. So thumbs down for it trying to be a "concealer"

My skin is going through a peeling stage and when I use this, the peelings are really obvious so to those with dry skin, do not, DO NOT use this. But this will be best for oily skinned women because it has superb oil control and I only blot once during the day when using this foundation.

I like this foundation because it does not aggravate my already existing pimples and while on this foundie, does not generate new hoard of acne as compared to others. It's tagged as non comedogenic so that's another ++. This is not all in one and this is not one step. This will be probably one step if you have good skin already, but for me who have pimples and scars, and dark circles, a separate concealer is needed.

Im using the shade "tone" which is for NC20-25.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Update 10-30-2011: Think I found an HG material. This works the same as expensive brands like Shiseido and Shu Uemura and Kanebo's whitening skincare line. 7 days is all it takes for that rosy white complexion. (If you are fair in the first place like me) but if not it will take years + glutathione intake

So while buying diapers for my baby at the local drugstore, I was looking for something that can make my skin "rosy white". I used to be an avid and loyal user of Pond's whitening creams since Highschool and stopped because I was trying out a lot of different products. But I won't forget my HS Economics teacher told us. (He's a guy, he's straight and has a girlfriend, and yeah he's cute too haha) He showed us his picture when he was in highschool and he looked sooooooooooooooooooooooo dark and ruddy. But seeing his face back in HS, he has this glowing rosy white complexion that suits his mestizo features. (LoL at him not using whitening products on his arms though haha!)

He told us that he just used Pond's everyday and letting the cream be absorbed through his skin, he even gave us a demo on how to apply! I'm sad that I can't remember the name of this teacher though :)

So long story short. I bought a bottle of Pond's Flawless White Day Lotion. Why not the cream? Because the cream is in the pot and I find it unhygeinic, this one is in a convinient pump.

You all know how my zits look like and those nasty acne scars. I'm gonna use this in conjuction with M2 Skin Refinish and Differin.

 I got 2 weeks to make my skin clear again.

How about you? Have you tried any of Ponds whitening products? How about different brands? Can you suggest anything else to try? :)

Love lots!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Have you ever felt so hungry that you think you can eat more than you can chew? Haha.. that's a very loopy question I'm sorry. Anyway, I was so hungry that day that instead of having my usual lunch at Piadina (their cheapo daily special hehe) it was packed full so I opted to try out the burrito at Army Navy Burger and Burrito. I got their chicken burrito, special fries (cheaper version: McDonald's twister fries), and special iced tea (which at a steep cost, tastes exactly like Wendy's iced tea)

Now we all know words are not enough.. so here are the food pics and review up ahead.

This burrito is HUGE. Twice the size of Mexicali's (twice as delicious as well)
It's jam packed frmo top to bottom with rice, spanish beans, onions, tomatoes, meat, and more. It comes with a lime sauce and a mayo-garlic dip that tastes quite similar to a shawarma sauce.
The fries are tasty, crispy, and well cooked,. Even if I was full from the Burrito I was still able to finish this

For a typical burger joint, Army Navy is pricey. But you get your money's worth with the size of the food and also the taste. So maybe if you get certain cravings, you can try and eat here. As they say in their catchy slogan "Come in hungry, come out happy" Well I came in hungry, but came out barfy from all the food I ate. HAHAHA


Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

I think I had this for breakfast over a week ago, when I was addicted to Blenz' Belgian Iced Choco (Dark) for a week. To be honest, most of their coffee drinks are bland and seemed to be lacking in sweetness, but their shaken teas and iced chocolate are to CRAVE for.

Iced Choco Regular: 145php, Cheeseroll:65php

The warning sign is soooo true. It's really delicious!
Now you have two options, Milk or Dark. I prefer the Dark one because it brings out the true taste of the Belgian chocolate and you can even bite bits and pieces of belgian chocolate. It's sweetness is just right and it has something that makes you want to sip over and over again. If you're a fan of iced chocolate, this is a must try.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Selling my iPad... :) Reason? Upgrade of course hehe... You wont find this deal anywhere else...

Click the ebay link for more info... will post actual pictures later this evening

Friday, July 8, 2011

You can find it obvious that one of my favorite drugstore brand is Maybelline, their range of affordable mascaras, foundations, and lipsticks are really great. I am not a fan of their blushes though.
Well if you have read my previous post below, I went for a quick trip at Watson's to grab a cheapo foundation.

SRP: 199PHP (Refill) 299PHP(with Compact)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Watson's store is just across our office and whenever I have free time in the morning I scour around for great buys.

On the lookout for an affordable powder foundation, I immediately grabbed Maybelline's newest offering for the Southeast Asian Market which is the Clearsmooth Complete Powder Foundation.
I also got a nivea pinkish boost lipgloss because I want to achieve the perfect no-makeup makeup why does she look so pretty look. (Haven't yet, when I do I'll post an FOTD)

Maybelline Refill 199PHP, Nivea Lipbalm 175php

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's so obvious that today is a day where I have the day where all women have days during their time of the month! *laughs out loud* that's why I thought of asking you my dearest blog friend, what brand do you use if it's your time of the month as well. (If you are a girl of course!)

I used to be an avid fan of Modess cotton no-wings because how it does not irritate me, but it's hard to have a feeling like you are wearing a diaper because of how thick and bulky it is. I tried Whisper but it gave me rashes. So now my favorite brand of napkin is Kotex Luxe. It's so thin, comfy, and makes me feel dry and not bulky that I love it so much I HOARD being afraid that they'll discontinue it.

This is not a paid ad, nor did I get free napkins haha.. I buy mine at the supermarket or Watson's.
Once I run out of my stocks (soon) I will try these one with designs... I don't understand why there is a need for bright and bold patterns though, it's not as if we're going to put it on display after use HAHHAHAHAHAH

How about you? What brand do you use?
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