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Friday, November 28, 2014

Coffee-Mate's Be Your Own Barista

It is without doubt that we Filipinos are considered as coffee lovers. A huge chunk of the market is devoted to drinking coffee. And why not? It wakes us up in the morning so we feel alert, it boosts our productivity in the afternoon and it sustains our creativity during the latter part of the day. I can verify these statements as a coffee addict myself.

So when I got invited by Nuffnang to a coffee making workshop with Coffee-Mate, I was quick to confirm my attendance being a fan / follower of the brand. Aptly called “Be Your Own Barista with Coffee-Mate’s Barista University”, I knew that I would learn more about the art of making coffee and discover what goes in each cup.

Staff members from Coffee-Mate // Registration Area

I felt like a student again since it was a school set-up, with fellow bloggers as apprentices and seasoned baristas Stephanie, Shiela and Lloyd as our professors.

My recipe book and personalized apron to equip me the whole day

Lloyd, Shiela and Stephanie with host Eco Sala

Nestle’s Marketing Manager Ms. Kristine Salumbides, our Head Master, welcoming us

They demonstrated how to prepare recipes with Nescafe Classic coffee and the creamiest ever Coffee-Mate. We were taught how to make a “Creamy Latte” and “Yin Yang or Yuanyang coffee”. Adding Coffee-Mate to latte creates a foamy and creamy texture bringing out the froth and rich taste. Yuanyang is a popular beverage in Hong Kong and is a mixture of coffee and milk tea. Incorporating Coffee-Mate enhances its aroma and flavor.

Stephanie preparing Creamy Latte

Shiela doing Yin Yang Coffee

Yin Yang Coffee with black sago

Staff members handing over samples

It’s time for the individual test. Instruction: Create your own “Creamy Caramel Macchiato”. They even suggested to complete it with coffee art by using stencils. Voila! My humble creation. 

Recipe for Caramel Macchiato

There was another test but this time it was a collaborative effort where we were tasked to do a “Creamy Cookies and Cream Iced Coffee”. All the challenges made the class more fun and interactive. Presenting Group 7’s “Teacher’s Pet”.

Our group’s Cookies and Cream Iced Coffee called “Teacher’s Pet”

The group: me, Jill, Clarisse, Rodel

Taste test from the judges

CO/OP Manila (Lifestyle Store and Café), the venue for the event, served us lunch. All the hard work definitely paid off.

It was indeed a sumptuous meal

Graduation time! Prizes were up for grabs and the awarding ceremony kept us excited to know who’s in the honor list.

Group 2’s “Sticks and Stones” succeeded in the group challenge.

Dani Barretto won the “Most Number of Likes” for her photo entry while Nicole Andersson bagged the “Most Valuable Blogger” award.

It’s not school without a class picture right? The group photo culminated the activity.

Say #creamiestever *click* 

The event made me realize that having my own signature coffee is easy-peasy and very accessible too with the creamiest ever Coffee-Mate. You can also try doing these coffee recipes at the comfort of your own home anytime you want to and however you please, hot or iced. 

Thank you Nuffnang PH and Coffee-Mate for the experience. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All views and statements are the author’s own

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sage's Fave Five: The Cure Songs

A huge listener of "The Cure" here. My go-to band whenever I need some New Wave fix.

The Cure's Twitter page

5. Pictures of You

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are all I can feel

If only I'd thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I'd thought of the right words
I wouldn't be breaking apart all my pictures of you

There was nothing in the world that I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world that I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart, my pictures of you

4. Friday I'm in love

Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday Wednesday break my heart
thursday doesn't even start
It's Friday I'm in love

Dressed up to the eyes
It's a wonderful surprise
To see your shoes and your spirits rise
Throwing out your frown
And just smiling at the sound

3. In Between Days

Yesterday I got so scared
I shivered like a child
Yesterday away from you
It froze me deep inside

So come back, come back, don't walk away
Come back, come back, come back today
Come back, come back, why can't you see?
Come back, come back, come back to me

2  Just Like Heaven

"Why are you so far away?", she said
"Why won't you ever know that I'm in love with you?
That I'm in love with you?"

You, soft and only, you lost and lonely
You, strange as angels
Dancing in the deepest oceans
Twisting in the water
You're just like a dream

Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes
And found myself alone, alone, alone above a raging sea
Stole the only girl I loved, drowned her deep inside of me

1. Boys Don't Cry

I would say, I'm sorry
If I thought that it would change your mind
But I know that this time
I've said too much
Been too unkind

I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness
Plead with you
But I know that It's too late
And now there's nothing I can do

I would tell you that I loved you
If I thought that you would stay
But I know that it's no use
That you've already gone away

Misjudged your limits
Pushed you too far
Took you for granted

Make-up by One Direction

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feeling Gypsy

Bohemian is a term referring to those who live in peculiar ways: nonchalant free-spirits. 

Nowadays, the word is used to describe a trend, sometimes called gypsy style, characterized by floral prints and flowy materials. 

The irony of how it is carefree and now restricted to labels. Like a product lifecycle, we are in the process of evolving and somehow we learn through it.

Okay before I sound geeky here, this post is really about comparing outfits that are of the same flair. The photos above were taken a few weeks back while those below were taken months ago.

On the "dark" corner: it's navy blue floral pants, black sandals and tassel necklace.

On the "light" corner: baby blue pants, silver sandals and bronze necklace.

In my opinion, it is way better to wear pieces that lean on the darker palette. Piling on the right accessories helps too!

So you ask why do I have two pairs of boho pants? I don't know. I have the tendency to buy things on impulse. The next time I am tempted buy something, I need to ask myself these questions: Do I really need this? Do I have a similar item in my closet? Can I style it in many ways? Will it be able to transcend time?

What do you think? 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2013 Food Chronicles

Check our 2013 food adventure by clicking on the links below:

8 - Bizu
19 - Burgoo 
27 - Don Henrico's
30 - Papa John's 


4 - Burger Bar
17 - The Spaghetti Factory  


3 - Pancake House
10 - A Veneto Pizzeria 
 14 - Aristocrat
17 - Vanilla Cupcake Bakery 
21 - Bulgogi Brothers 


2 - Watami 
7- Caramia 
7 -  Bonchon
9 - Cupcakes by Sonja 
17 - Kanin Club 
28- Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters 


17- Spiral (Sofitel)
20 - Heaven and Eggs
22 - Bigoli 
24 - Cukay's Red Velvet Cupcake 
29 - T.G.I. Friday's 
29 - MU Noodle Bar  


7- Bon Appetea
8 - Brothers Burger 
14 - Tokyo Bubble Tea
20 - Happy Cream Puff 
21 - Dakasi 
23 - Chubby's + Wings N' Things 


13 - Wee Nam Kee 


2 - Bubba Gump
2 - Namnam 
15 - J Cuppacakes 
21 - Soi 


2 - Happy Lemon
3 - Krispy Kreme
6 - Serenitea
12 - i Tea
16 - Teriyaki Boy

9 - Jamba Juice
New Zealand Natural

6 -Wendy's
22 - California Pizza Kitchen

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