Earth’s Kitchen

Recently tried Earth’s Kitchen when we were about to watch Switchfoot’s free concert. The restaurant is known for their healthy menu, with most of the ingredients coming from locally-sourced farmers. We tried the following dishes from their menu.


Pomelo Salad – A refreshing appetizer. Loved that it has tofu with added more crunch to the salad.



Beef Bulgogi Soft Taco – this is love!



Mushroom Ravioli – Kesong Puti in a pasta, a good combination but the taste was just okay.



Shrimp Spring Rolls – Not a fan of Fresh Spring Rolls but this was good. The ingredients were not compromised and the sweet sauce was just right which complemented well with the spring rolls.


If you are looking for some healthy eats, this restaurant is a must try when you are in BGC.

Earth’s Kitchen is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


If you are a steak lover and wondering where you can eat steak at an affordable price, SALT Restaurant is a must try.

SALT is located near Power Plant Mall in Makati. The place is around a residential area and you might need the help of your Google Maps or GPS in order to find it.

When me and my office friends went in, we were the first customers at 6pm; considering it was Labor Day but after a few minutes the restaurant got full with customers, mostly families that came from Church or the mall.
SALT is known for their affordable steak which costs around 190 Pesos (yes you heard it right).

Their steak is cooked medium rare but if you like it well done, you may request for it and the staff will cook it for you.

I ate my steak as it is, the size is overwhelming but worth the price. as I had mine in medium, the meat was soft. This was also paired with their signature gravy and Potato Salad with a cup of Rice, the portion size was just right.

20160501_191522My friend ordered Grilled Cajun Chicken (as recommended by some food blogs), which costs 200 Pesos. The serving is also big and the meat is tender. The chicken was paired with their signature gravy and salsa. A good alternative if you are not a fan of steak.

SALT Grilled Cajun Chicken2For dessert, we were about to order Frozen Brazo De Mercedes, one of their best desserts but unfortunately it got sold out so the waiter recommended to try Tartufo Ball instead. Tartufo Ball is like a scoop of chocolate ice cream, with more chocolate inside the center. It was soft chewy and not too sweet.

I would like to come back again to try their Frozen Brazo De Mercedes, and another serving of steak.

SALT is located at 5887 Fermina Corner Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City. You may contact them at 621-5121.

Review: Jericho Cosmetics Mineral Serum and Eye Gel

This post will be the first time I am reviewing a beauty product. I am not a beauty blogger and I am not paid to do a review of this product as I have purchased the items with my own money.

I will be reviewing Jericho Cosmetics’ Mineral Serum and Eye Gel. This purchase was actually an impulse buy as I was spotted by one of their sales representatives while strolling around the mall; he was a good looking Israeli man and in fact (I think it is part of their sales tactic) that they persuade and chase a prospective buyer to try their products, which happened in my case and even if I said no, the discount given to me was too hard to resist and I gave it a try.

Jericho Cosmetics specializes in beauty products and skin care made from the Dead Sea, which is known for its therapeutic and healing benefits. All their products are made all natural, from the Dead Sea; it is also Paraben-free.

To start off, Jericho Cosmetics’ Mineral Serum is an anti-aging product which is made from Dead Sea minerals with Chamomile and Jojoba oil.  I was advised to use this once a week but I actually use it every night as part of my night time skincare routine.


I like how the product feels refreshing once applied on the face after cleansing and toning, and a little bit goes a long way. What I don’t like is the container; the pump is not really working and I need to open the bottle to dispense the product.


Their Eye Gel is actually my personal favorite among the two products. The Eye Gel will help maintain the skin’s elasticity and appearance around the eye area. This may also be applied once a week or every night after applying the mineral serum. It feels refreshing upon application and you can also apply it along the sides of your nose and the jaw line to keep it moisturized.

I am using both products for two months already together with the free products they gave me, the Anti-Acne Soap and Anti-Cellulite Soap. I’m not sure of the results but I can feel that the Eye Cream helped lessen the puffiness in my eyes but that’s actually it, the Mineral Serum somehow reduced the size of my pores I think but I’m not sure if it is really visible. I posted my before and after photos to see the difference.

PhotoGrid_1434975243049(Forgive me for this photo lol!)

I liked both the Anti-Acne Soap and Anti-Cellulite Soap. Though I must say the Anti-Acne Soap should be used only if you have breakouts as I find it too strong to use as a daily cleanser.

The products are effective and it helped improve my skin but sadly I might not purchase this again due to their products are actually expensive. To sum this up, the products may or may not be effective to all, it still depends on your skin type.

**Jericho Cosmetics can be found in selected malls. I purchased mine from their kiosk inside Cinderella in Glorietta, Makati.


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Personal Taste (2010)


* Son Ye Jin as Park Gae In
* Lee Min Ho as Jeon Jin Ho
* Kim Ji Suk as Han Chang Ryul
* Wang Ji Hye as Kim In Hee
* Im Seul Ong as Kim Tae Hoon
* Choi Eun Seo as Na Hye Mi
* Jo Eun Ji as Lee Young Sun
* Jung Sung Hwa as No Sang Jun
* Ryu Seung Ryong as Choi Do Bin


Jeon Jin Ho, a budding architect, is a straight guy who pretends to be gay in order to become a roommate to his Park Kae In, the owner of a mysterious house that has never been opened to outsiders. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out women’s feelings. Kae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn’t stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Kae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her?


This drama was gave me a refreshing feeling after watching it. Maybe since I can relate to Son Ye-jin’s introvert character, Kae-in as she struggled to find herself and to stand up against all the obstacles in her past which includes her family, her cheating boyfriend, Chang-ryul and friend In-hee as Jin-ho helped him to regain what she had lost personality wise as it initially began as a plan to get some ideas into the house Sanggojae by pretending to be gay and by becoming her roommate, which eventually turned into love. Jin-ho also has his own story as he wanted to gain back what was stolen from his family when he was a kid, and this is due to Han Chang-ryul’s dad stealing their business and everything that they had, in this part of the story is what I find it lacking, though it was tackled a bit but afterwards it was left a bit in the air, though at the end Jin-ho’s efforts paid off.

Lee Min-ho was really eye candy in the drama and I think he successfully shed off his Goo Jun-pyo image in Boys Over Flowers, I find him very manly though he had to pretend to be gay, the gay sequences were actually funny and suggestive but I didn’t mind

Son Ye-jin playing a character that is near her actual age (she’s 29) was actually good, but I think her best TV drama role in my opinion was in the 2006 drama, Alone In Love, I liked her character their to bits though in this drama you can see her effort in doing an character different from her previous works where she played dark characters or a femme fatale.

The supporting cast is also good as my fave characters were No Sang-jun and Lee Young-sun as the friends of Jin-ho and Kae-in respectively. Every scene that they had was really funny and well acted, I wouldn’t mind if I see them again in another drama

I also liked the chemistry of Son and Lee, which I had doubts before since they have an age gap of a few years but it paid off, especially when they had scenes together and when Jin-ho slowly fell in love with Gae-in.

Will I recommend this drama? yes, if you want to watch something light to forget your everyday problems, I think this is a good one to consider

Star In My Heart (1997) : The Review

Read Teaser Review here: Star In My Heart Review Teaser

Title: 별은 내가슴에 / Byeol-eun Nae-ga-seum-e
Also known as: Wish Upon A Star / Star in My Heart
Genre: Family, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 1997-Mar-10 to 1997-Apr-29


* Choi Jin Shil as Lee Yeon-yi/Sophia Jung
* Ahn Jae Wook as Kang Min Hee
* Cha In Pyo as Lee Joon Hee
* Jun Do Yeon as Soon Ae (Min Hee’s orphanage friend)

Ahn family

* Park Won Sook as Ms. Song (mother, dress shop owner/designer)
* Lee Young Hoo as Mr Ahn (father, Yun Hee’s father’s friend)
* Park Chul as Yi Ban (older son)
* Jo Mi Ryung as Yi Hwa (younger daughter)

Other people

* Oh Ji Myung as Min Hee’s father
* Sun Woo Yong Nyeo as Min Hee’s mother
* Maeng Sang Hoon as Heo Kwang Young (tailor)
* Kang Nam Gil as Han Jae Bong (tailor)
* Yoo Tae Woong as Joon Young
* Kim Jung Eun
* Lee Jae Hoon
* Seo Bum Shik


Yeon-yi was raised in an orphanage ever since her parents died. One day she gets adopted by her father’s friend which leads her to a good family but sadly she was mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister, similar to Cinderella. It was not until she met two men, Joon-hee who is kind to her because he resembles his ex-girlfriend Sophia and Min-hee, who is Joon-hee’s friend and a aspiring singer who truly loves her. This is the start of her journey to make her hard life turn around as she struggles to become a successful designer, and to find true love.

It was also one of the first Idol dramas that catapulted all of its lead cast into stardom not only in Korea but also in other countries like China, Taiwan among others.

If I had seen this sooner, when I was still starting into K-dramas, I wouldn’t mind some flaws that the drama had, since it was aired in the late 90’s but even if I just recently finished it, the flaws were overpowered somehow by the good acting and the OTP pairing of Ahn Jae-wook and Choi Jin-shil, in which while I was watching I really never thought that I missed this drama for a long time but it was still never too late to do so..

What did I like about this drama?

Aside from it was aired in the late 90’s ( My first Korean dramas were really the old ones from that era) I liked how they treated the Cinderella Story with a twist.
Yeon-yi here gets really bullied a lot, but she fights back whenever she gets the chance, to prove that they were all wrong about her, especially the fact that hurts her that she is an orphan, she was accused to be a playgirl, and her parents had a back story, though sadly it wasn’t discussed that much in the drama.

Another thing is how we get too see how Korean singers work back then, since aside from the Cinderella Story here, we also get to see Min-hee’s dreams as a top singer, as well as Yeon-yi’s friend Soon-ae who started as a club singer and then Min-hee’s back-up singer before being a solo artist, where we can see that being on top also had its ups and downs.

The OTP. I love it that both Min-hee and Yeon-yi had their own angsts that’s why I guess for me every scene of theirs while watching the drama has a certain sunk or magic. Whenever they had a fight, one will do something really special to make the relationship work, like the scene where Min-hee went to Milan just to see Yeon-yi and to patch up things with her, and also even if Min-hee’s parents were really opposed to Yeon-yi, since she an orphan and also poor, Min-hee did everything that he can, even to the point of sacrificing his career, just to be with Yeon-yi and marry her, aw…

The acting. From the leads down to the supporting characters where all amazing. I really hated Mrs. Song and her children, I-hwa and I-Ban to bits, and I applaud actress Park Won-sook for that, I really got pissed off by her, which shows how good she acted her role out. The last time I ‘ve seen her in a similar character was in Winter Bird (2008). This was also Ahn Jae-wook’s breakthrough drama, he acted in it pretty well, the attitude of his character and everything about it, though I think in my opinion Cha In Pyo’s character was more charismatic imho, but since I’m biased of the OTP, I’ll give it to AJW. Choi Jin-shil also played her character well, aside from Yeon-yi, she had another role here as Sophia Jung, the photographer ex-girlfriend of Joon-hee, and she both pulled off being innocent and sexy at the same time (thankfully both of the characters didn’t have to get a face-off in the drama- to avoid confusion I guess). As I said in my teaser review, this was one of her memorable dramas, so without thinking of what happened to the actress in real life, I think we should focus more on her talents that she showed here in the drama. Cha In-pyo has also impressed me as the Daddy Long Legs on Yeon-yi though he really helped her with the fact that she exactly resembles his ex-girlfriend. Cha has also scenes here where he speaks English and Italian fluently since its rare for Korean actors to speak English fluently, and Cha just nailed it perfectly.

You can also see Jeon Do-yeon here in one of her earlier roles, as well as Kim Jung-eun. I’m happy to see that from their supporting roles in this drama, they rose to become two of Korea’s Top Stars.

What I didn’t like about the drama

The side stories. I guess this what really gave the drama the flaw. Through the entire 16 episodes you can see some back stories that really didn’t help to provide the back bone of the drama. The first one was the story behind Yeon-yi’s birth parents, the reason why Mr. Ahn adopted her aside from the fact that her father was his friend. The first few episodes even gave me the impression the Yeon-yi was a possible child out of wedlock of Mr. Ahn, as Mrs. Song remembers Yeon-yi’s mom pretty well and how like the mother the daughter is also a “playgirl” but it wasn’t really discussed especially after Mr. Ahn accidentally dies in a car crash so still it was left hanging.

The second one was Min-hee discovery of her birth mom, who was an actress and is staying at a mental institution, the explanation why she was there and what really happened was explained though somehow I really wanted more on it, but Min-hee at least got the chance to meet his mother before it got too late.

The last one was Sophia’s appearance as well. Joon-hee helped Yeon-yi to become a designer because of the fact that she resembles Sophia. Sophia appears at around episodes 10-12 to explain what really transpired between her and Joon-hee and why did she left him, but still I got even confused on it as just what seemed like they both didn’t got over with each other and tried to get some closure , but at the end, we still didn’t get it.

The After Thoughts

I still recommend this drama to all Korean drama fans as one good K-drama classic, as I said that its flaws were overshadowed by the acting and the 90’s vibe of the drama, if you don’t mind the fashion at all. Some of the Epic scenes in the drama you can also see it being rehashed by recent K-dramas, proving that it is really one heck if a Classic and great drama that it was. After watching it 2 times in a month to be able to do this review, I just kept a copy of the drama in order for me to remember the good old days of K-drama, as I wonder where and when again good productions like this will come out these days

As an ending treat to this review, here’s the MV to Ahn Jae-wook’s song, Forever, the particular song that made him into a star and one of the highlights of the drama


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