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Our Favorite Fried Chicken Turns 70!

by guest
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Posted in Blogroll, Candy Bites |

Max’s Restaurant has been a witness to many Filipino families’ milestones through the years. From christenings to debuts, from wedding receptions to wedding anniversaries—Max has been a part of it all. It was such an honor to witness it celebrate its 70th year in the food industry at its first branch located in 21 Scout Tuazon St., Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.

No event like a Max's Event!

No event like a Max’s Event!

Respected people from diverse fields, all came together for that “perfectly seasoned, satisfyingly crispy, and delightfully comforting” fried chicken we have all come to know and love. We were welcomed with classical music, delicious appetizers, refreshing drinks, polite servers, and a grand buffet of the restaurant’s most prominent dishes.

Making our mouths water for 70 years

Making our mouths water for 70 years

One of the evening’s highlights is the Max’s Modern Museum, an impressive and eye-turning feature of the whole celebration. It comprised of various memorabilia of the well-loved restaurant such as its uniform from the previous years. An old menu of the restaurant, a promotional postcard from the founder of Max’s Restaurant, Maximo Gimenez, and old family and business portraits are some of the many things that were displayed.

Original Postcards

Original Promotional Postcards

The Original Menu

The Original Menu

Max's Family Portrait

Max’s Family Portrait

From a home cooking café to an international restaurant chain, Max’s Restaurant has come far and has it’s loyal customers to thank for it. I cannot wait to see more of their milestones. Congratulations to your 70 years and counting, Max!

—Alyssa Sobere, Candy Council of Cool Batch 16

Dear Candy Girls,

Around this time last year (OMG LAST YEAR?!), I packed my bags and flew to the other side of the world. My destination? Pamplona: a beautiful, idyllic little town in Northern Spain, where I was to be an exchange student for a semester.

Was it amazing? Most definitely.

Was it easy? Most definitely not.

Was it worth it? I wouldn’t have missed this opportunity for anything. And with all my heart, I wish you’d choose the same.

1. It’s a new experience.
You’ll get lost — a lot. You’ll rappel down a mountain. You’ll buy a milk carton and find out it was actually a carton of sugar by accident because you can’t read the label in Spanish. You’ll be doing things you never thought you will be doing and it will be awesome.

2. Travel. Adventure. Bucket List Crossing.
The Philippines is composed of 7,107 different islands. Europe is mostly one big chunk of land, which means it’s a lot easier to get around, hopping from country to country. The Eiffel Tower, Trevi Fountain, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, Aurora Borealis, and Santorini couldn’t be more within reach.

3. You can immerse yourself in their culture.
Okay, being a tourist is great. But actually LIVING in a different country is completely different. You’ll be able to memorize the streets and find your permanent spot in the park. You’ll get to know that Chinese man who sells you Siomai. You’ll find your own hairdresser who totally gets you even if you’re using 80% sign language to communicate. You’ll find that 100 Montaditos is the place to be on Mondays cause you get the 2nd Montadito for 50 cents.

4. You’ll gain new perspectives.
Chances are you’re not going to be the only foreigner around. You’ll meet people from all around the world. They’ll bring their unique views with them. Chances are, they don’t know their views are unique, and you don’t know yours are. It’s surprising, eye-opening, and you’ll mature a lot because of it. Missing this Asian crew!

5. You’re young.
You’re fit enough to go around. And you’re basically still game for almost everything that would come your way. And you can still enroll in school. I went to the University of Navarra which is THE BEST UNI IN SPAIN EVER (only slightly biased).

6. You’re old (enough).
You can take care of yourself. Time to say bye to yaya and learn how to do the laundry. (And hem your pants! #shortpeopleproblems)

7. No Rush
You have more than three days to see the country. You’ll see that beautiful mountain view and not be in a rush to take the perfect selfie with it. It will blend into your daily life and you’ll appreciate it much much more.

8. Refresh
It’s like living a completely new life. When in (insert country here), do what the (insert nationality here) people do. Helados all day, everyday.

9. You’ll miss the PH
No Taho here. The beaches don’t really look like Boracay. Buko Juice is actually a craving. You’ll miss your mom and your dad and your sister and your dog. Coming back to the Philippines would be the best homecoming ever.

10. Do something big


Bianca Mascenon
Fashion and Beauty Assistant

Follow me on Instagram @biancabarbiedolls or add me on Snapchat (biancalecxis). See you there! 

Let It Grow

by bianca mascenon
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Posted in Beauty & Trends, Blogroll, Candy, Get Inspired, Pretty Girl |

My hair is naturally curly. And by curly, I mean big, poofy, frizzy, pre-makeover Mia Thermopolis kind of curly. I super hated it — blame it on the buhaghag or the muscle pain after blow drying or how straight hair seems to be the norm — and for years and years, I’ve resorted to getting it straightened, relaxed, and rebonded. I’d love having it straight, but then comes the days when I’d wish I could just wear it curly, because nothing is more annoying than having around two inches of curly roots when the rest of your hair is straight. One faithful day a couple of years ago, I just decided to put my foot down and embrace the curls.

When you’re ready to ride the waves — it’s as big a commitment as chopping off your hair — turn to this guide, and let’s do this!!

Get a Perm
The fastest, easiest solution for your curly on top and straight at the bottom strands? Perms. Grow out your curls about a few inches long so that your stylist could see their size, and ask them to replicate your curls on the straight portion of your strands. The catch? You do have to grow it out a bit, cause perms can’t reach that high on your head without risking scalp burns. Also, sometimes your stylist would advise you to take care of your hair’s health first before it undergoes another harsh chemical procedure, either with treatments or *sigh* time.



Learn How to Braid
Get on Pinterest, and learn every single braid possible. French, Dutch, Rope, Snake, Waterfall, Twist — there are so many! Some braids will help conceal the root curls and make your rebond last for a couple more months. Some braids will reduce the fluffiness. Some braids will help you get through the period where you just don’t understand what’s going on with your hair anymore. Next time, I’ll try to share some of my braiding tricks with you! :)



Take Care of your Hair
Get treatments, avoid heat styling tools, make sure your hair is ready for the curls. Stop brushing the curls out. Try to avoid using shampoo everyday. You can skip the shampoo every other day and just use conditioner, or you could try dry shampoo. Curls usually dry up faster, so it’s good practice to start taking really good care of it now.



Patience is Key
This will take time, but be strong and don’t give up (I ran to the salon three months in to straighten the roots, and I was back at square one) because the feeling of finally getting your curls back and knowing how to take care of them is the #best.


Remember, if Harry Styles can do it, so can you. ;)


Let me know about your curly hair stories in the comment section below!

Bianca Mascenon
Fashion and Beauty Assistant

Follow me on instagram @biancabarbiedolls or add me on snapchat: biancalecxis for more behind the scenes snaps!

Spanish girls are some of the most fashionable girls I know. They’re striking, bold, and fearless when it comes to fashion and beauty. After living in Spain for a few months, I’ve picked up a few things that I will take to heart for years to come. Now, I’d like to share them with all you Candy girls.

Always look good.
Easier said than done, eh? The trick is to just add in a pop of effort, even in your laziest days or that trip to the grocery. Put on some lipstick, or wear those pretty shoes. You wouldn’t want to bump into your crush by the vegetables in your PJs, right? (No, of course this hasn’t happened to me countless times. Of course not.) #OhHiAlexFromTarget


Spanish girls are masters of accessories. In my first week in Spain, girls everywhere were wearing bold chunky necklaces, pretty hairbands, classy sunglasses, and toting the cutest bags. The best part about it — with which I was in total awe of — was that none of the accessories seemed to overpower them. They wear them all with such confidence, and they look amazing. Accessories? I want more!!


Buy the clothes you want yourself to wear.
Take it from the land of Zara, Stradivarius, Mango, Suite Blanco, and more. There are days when all I want to wear to school is an oversized hoodie, sweatpants, and fuzzy bunny slippers. But I didn’t have any of those with me, so I wore a leather jacket, skinny jeans, and booties instead. (#win) After school, I went home, changed into PJs, and watched a whole season of One Tree Hill. (#doublewin)


Mascara goes a long, long, looooong way.
There was this girl I met in the restroom one day, and she asked me *completely random* if I had any mascara. I said no. She was shocked and asked why. (Uhhhhhh.) She told me that I should always, always wear mascara. Best tip I have ever received, ever. Mascara opens the eyes like nothing else — wear as much as you can without clumping!


Love the Weather App.
Where I stayed, the weather was unpredictable. Sunny one day, raining the next, biting cold for the next week and a half. Here in the Philippines, it’s almost always H-O-T. But from this I learned to take external factors into account. Of course you don’t wear heels when hiking (unless you’re Taylor Swift) or wear a dress when your friends want to go play volleyball (but then again, why not?).


Have fun!
YAAAS. Getting ready should be fun!! Be bold, be bright! Go wear that red lipstick and rock that tulle skirt. Enjoy the process of getting dressed, and enjoy wearing your outfit. It’s no secret that something wonderful happens when you love what you’re wearing — chin up and smile, girl!

(via The CW)

Bianca Mascenon
Fashion and Beauty Assistant

Sister, Sister, Sister

by kaye
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Posted in Blogroll |

They say home is where the heart is and these days I find it to be especially true. I’ve always liked spending my weekends at home alone, reading, or catching up on lost sleep, but I almost never get to spend any time with my family during the week so it’s been a blessed relief to get to hang out with my sisters (AKA the only people I ever feel truly myself with), even if it’s doing something as mundane as sitting around the kitchen, eating while exchanging stories about the funny people in our lives, or laughing at some ridiculous thing on the internet. It’s been difficult to find things to laugh about as of late, so we take every opportunity we can, I think.

A few weeks ago, my youngest sister Trina went to her prom and my other sister Ela and I were very excited for her, as older sisters usually are. While Ela and I are usually indifferent to things like teenage rites of passage (because we’re introverted and curmudgeonly and basically 60-year-old biddies in 20-year old bodies), mostly we were excited for the opportunity to haul out our old prom dresses and take goofy pictures.


Please don’t laugh at my prom dress; 2006 was a very dark time for my sense of style. :|

Valentines Day has come and gone and while it’s okay to celebrate with your boyfriend or girlfriend (or bemoan the fact that you have none), I hope you also know that platonic or familial love isn’t any less important than the romantic kind. Give your family a big hug for me, Candy Girls! :)

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