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A Taste of Tokyo

by angel
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites, Travel |

Konnichiwa, Candy Girls!

Have you ever looked forward to visiting a place so much, and then when you got there, it exceeded all your expectations? That’s how I felt when I visited Japan for the first time. I immediately fell in love with the city’s organized chaos, the mix of modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, their rich heritage and culture, and most especially, THE FOOD! Everything I tasted was heaven on my lips. Let me share some of them with you.

Breakfast: Sushi at Tsukiji Market
We got up early on the morning of my sister’s birthday to have a sumptuous sushi breakfast at Tsukiji market, where the hole-in-the-wall restaurants serve only the freshest sushi. The lines were super long but it was definitely worth the wait! (Please excuse my bagong gising look.)

The sushi chef assembles the sushi right in front of you and drops it straight to your plate.
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These authentic Japanese sushi are all very simple (not a lot of extra ingredients) but extremely fresh and flavorful. We loved it so much that we went back a few days later!
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Lunch: Ramen at Tokyo Skytree
When we visited the Tokyo Skytree, we had some delicious ramen at the food court.

It tasted just as yummy as the ramen they serve in Manila’s best ramen places!
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Dessert: Cheesecakes at the Cheese Garden
Cheesecake aficionados will love this spread at the Cheese Garden in Tokyo Skytree. #thisiswhyimfat
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Snack: Gelatos at Disney Sea
After walking around the whole day and going through the different rides, we developed a craving for something cool, sweet, and creamy.
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Dinner: Tempura, Gyoza, and Yakitori at Ginza
This unique tempura from one of the restaurants in Ginza was sweet and crunchy.

The gyozas were huge—twice as big as the gyozas we have here!
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Palate Cleanser: Iced Green Tea
I’m a big fan of all things green tea, so I just had to stop and try this.
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Take Home: Assorted Snacks
We stopped at different convenience stores every chance we got so by the end of our trip, we had a whole luggage full of Japanese goodies!
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I guess you can say it was one of the most memorable and filling trips I’ve ever had. I will most definitely be back!

Angel O:)

P.S. Check out some of the places I visited in Candy‘s March 2014 issue (page 38).

Bruno Mars: The Philanthropist

by angel
Friday, March 21st, 2014
Posted in Candy |

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Just this afternoon, I caught a glimpse of half-Pinoy pop superstar Bruno Mars. He wasn’t singing his hits or busting out some dance moves. Instead, he was giving a check for $100,000 (that’s about 4.5 million pesos!) to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163. The money will be used to help children who lost their homes and families after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda. Way to go, Bruno! :D


Are you watching his concert at the Arena tomorrow? I wish I could but tickets were sold out fast! I guess I’ll just be listening to his album on loop tomorrow night. :(( :musicnotes:

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Wishing for a miraculous gift of free tickets,

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Happy Weekend

by angel
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites, What's Up |

Happy Monday, Candy Girls and Guys!

Don’t you just wish the weekend could last a little longer? Here are some things that made mine extra special:

Watched the movie Bride For Rent with Dyan and Ayessa last Friday night. It was hilarious! I just love Kim and Xian together. So many feels!

My guy and I prepared a yummy, healthy lunch of sweet and sour shrimp and salad last Saturday…
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…but we had to have our dessert too, of course! This delish chocolate bar from Sam did the trick!
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On Sunday morning, I ran 10-K at the Anawim fun run in Pasig with my college friends, then had breakfast at Milky and Sunny.
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Gotta give the footsies some well-deserved TLC with these products from The Body Shop. Perfect after a long run!
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And in the evening, I had a blast bonding with my nieces and cousins at a family gathering. Aren’t they adorbs?
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It’s always fun spending time with my big, wacky, wonderful family! (Photo courtesy of my Ninong Frank)
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It almost made me wish the weekend didn’t have to end… But hey, there’s always next weekend—and it’s a long one, too. No school/work on Friday! Woohoo! What are your plans?

Have an awesome week! :)

Angel O:)

My 2014 Reading List

by angel
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Rap, Get Inspired, Let's Talk, What's Up |

Ever since I got my new e-reader last Christmas, I’ve been holing up in my room and just reading. The Kobo Glo from National Bookstore is such a great buy for bookworms—it has a backlight so you can read in the dark without hurting your eyes and bothering other people in the room with you, and you can store tons of e-books with its 2GB storage (expandable to 32GB MicroSD). Plus, the bright red color of my Kobo just makes me want to read more! Haha!


Here are some of the books on my reading list:

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
I’m a huge fan of different types of series (my current favorites: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games) and this one’s next on my list. I’ve already read the first two. Can’t wait to read the next three!

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The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian series that’s been compared to The Hunger Games. I’ve started reading the first book and I’m hooked! I hope to finish this before the movie comes out in March.


Attachments and other books by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve been hearing a lot about author Rainbow Rowell and her books. Former Candy EIC Ines says she loved Attachments so much that she even tweeted the author.


The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Two best friends get into two different schools—one for Disney princesses and another for villains. A friend recommended this to me and the plot intrigued me.


The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)
A crime fiction novel by one of my favorite authors—I’m there!


Can you recommend other great books I can read this year? Anybody want to start a book club?

Bookworms, unite!
Angel O:)

A Healthy New Year

by angel
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites, Get Inspired |

One of the things I vowed to do this year is to live a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who can eat whatever they want and not gain a single pound (If you’re one of them, I HATE YOU! Haha, just kidding. No, I’m not really kidding.) Every year, my resolutions have to do with losing weight—but once I achieve them, I slip right back into my old habits and gain all the pounds back. So this year, I decided to focus less on the numbers in my weighing scale and more on the changes I need to make to be my healthiest self. Here are some of the things I’m taking on that you might be interested in too:

1. Start a yoga practice.

Not only does yoga strengthen the body and improve flexibility, it also helps me become more relaxed and meditative. I just signed up for my first set of 12 classes at Urban Ashram Manila. (They have branches in Brixton Street, Pasig and Bonifacio High Street). You can choose from a variety of classes for different levels. My and Marla’s favorite is the FNR class for beginners: Flexibility Not Required!
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Their teachers are awesome, too. Three of them are my very good friends. That’s Martin and Nica in the photo below—I wish I can achieve their perfect form! Candy‘s very own writer, Chinggay, teaches there as well. :D
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2. Eat more fruits and veggies.

I just started making my own salads with organic vegetables from the Good Food Community. Not only do I get fresh and pesticide-free goodies straight from the farm, I also get to help the local farmers in their community.
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3. Be a juice junkie.

I recently found out about the benefits of juicing fruits and veggies after watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead starring Joe Cross. Juicing allows you to absorb the nutrients faster, without having to stuff yourself with greens. Check out some of his recipes here. My current favorite is the Mean Green!

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4. Join more fun races.

I love running, but since I’ve been doing it for such a long time now, I have to find ways to keep myself motivated. Hopefully, I can join more exciting runs out of town, and maybe even abroad!


Now I’m not saying I’m giving up chocolates, sweets, and all the other so-good-but-so-bad-for-you foods, but I’m hoping these little changes will improve my overall health and well-being. What healthy habits are you committing to this year? Share them with me in the comments below! :)

Angel O:)

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