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A Wholesome Gathering: The Wholesome Table Introduces Filipino Dishes on the Menu

December 22, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, The Wholesome Table introduced its Filipino menu and I was invited during the launch. 

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Taal Vista Hotel

December 02, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, we stayed in Taal Vista Hotel when we attended their Christmas for Always celebration. Check out our experience during our stay here. as well as their upcoming promotions for the holidays of 2019. 

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Wee Nam Kee Introduces New Items on the Menu

November 28, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Wee Nam Kee has recently released new and exciting things on the menu. Together with some of the KTG family, we went to their branch in Salcedo, Makati to try their new dishes. 

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Christmas for Always at Taal Vista Hotel

November 25, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Christmas is just around the corner and as we welcome this festive season, Taal Vista Hotel does, too, through their Christmas for Always 2019 Celebration. 

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Tom N Tom's Coffee (Cebu)

November 13, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Before my flight back to Manila, my friends brought me to Tom N Toms where we had some coffee, bread, and played a game of Mobile Legends. Thumbs up for this place's good WiFi connection. 

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Meet Fresh Opens Its First Branch in the Philippines

November 11, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Meet Fresh, a known Taiwanese restaurant chain that specializes in fresh, natural, and healthful Taiwanese desserts including soft taro balls and herbed jelly has opened its first branch in the Philippines. I was invited during their media launch to try out some of their dishes before their grand opening.

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Lorenzo's Cafe (Ormoc)

November 08, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Right after we had dinner at Sutuwaki, we decided to have some coffee and dessert at Lorenzo's Cafe. It's simply beside Sutuwaki

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Sutuwaki (Ormoc)

November 07, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, I visited Ormoc for my medical-related work and our client brought us to Sutuwaki for early dinner. I was told that this was one of the known restaurants here. 

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Cafe Xocolat

October 30, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Cafe Xocolat has been my go-to cafe whenever I would visit Mysterium Philippines in Katipunan. This was also Robin's chill spot a few years back in their old location. Cafe Xocolat is now located on the Ground Floor of SMRC Building, Katipunan Avenue corner B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The interiors give a cozy, rustic vibe, that's perfect when you simply want to read a book while drinking coffee, or having a chill catching up with friends.

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Experience an Awesome Barkada Bonding with Greenwich's Pizza Making Camp

October 26, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, The Kain Tulog Gang (The KTG) had our weekend bonding at Greenwich where we learned how to make their new All-In Overload Pizza in their Pizza Making Camp. 

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Ying Ying Tea House

October 25, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Exploring Binondo has brought us to Ying Ying Tea House which was recommended to me by my friend, Mark (Eatsplorations.com). What I love about this place is that they serve Chinese food with a good serving size for its price. 

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High Grounds Cafe

October 10, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

High Grounds Cafe is my favorite go-to place whenever I want to play online games while with my friends. 

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Delicere

October 09, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Sunday dinner in Marikina has brought us to Delicere in San Roque. This is one of Robin's go-to spots and he recently introduced me to this place. 

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Japan x Rarindra Prakarsa

October 03, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Early this year, I flew to Japan for a week for a modeling project. I still couldn't believe that I was able to work with a well-known photographer, Rarindra Prakarsa. He held his first workshop in Japan as he collaborated with Francis Ansing--one of the people whom I admire a lot for his photography skills; not to mention that he was also the first person who lent me a DSLR as I was trying to learn photography when I was in college. Sir Rarindra and Sir Francis are very humble in person and it was such an honor working with them.

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10 Dove Street Confectionery (Cebu)

October 03, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

My friends brought me to this chic cafe for dessert when I visited them in Cebu--10 Dove Street Confectionery.

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Guesting for Pop Talk GMA News TV

September 30, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Finally had the chance to be the guest blogger at Pop Talk aired last August 24, 2019. Sharing the episode here on my blog post. #PopTalkCelebrityOwnedRestos #PopTalk

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LockedIn (Baguio)

September 26, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It's almost Halloween again and I would love to recommend this Escape Room in Baguio, Lockedin. Went here with some vlogger friends and had fun.

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Southeast Asian Dining at Red Ginger (City of Dreams)

September 26, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Tried out Red Ginger with my cousins when we were in City of Dreams. Sharing my experience here. 

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Hua Spa (Makati)

September 16, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 2 Comment(s)

Had my Aroma Wellness Massage with Oil at Hua Spa Makati and had a hassle-free booking through Travelbook.ph.

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Buffed Nail Lounge

September 10, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Had my quick fix at Buffed Nail Lounge BGC and had a hassle-free booking and experience through Travelbook.ph. 

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Ben's Cookies Philippines

September 02, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Had a chance to visit Ben's Cookies Philippines as well as experience rolling some cookie dough in their kitchen. Sharing my experience in this blog post. 

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Hop Inn Hotel

August 28, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

We decided to have a mini staycation at Hop Inn Hotel during the rainy season. We were able to avail their exclusive discount because of my Booking.com Genius account. (Above photo courtesy of Booking.com)

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Why Stupid People Think They Are Smart (The Dunning-Kruger Effect)

August 20, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

We all know that one person who speaks as if they know everything, or so much at least--or someone who speaks as if he or she is a veteran yet has so little experience. This psychological bias where someone believes himself to be smarter and more competent than they actually are is called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. (Above photo by photoschmidt/Shutterstock).

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Chivas Regal Master Class

August 17, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It's nearly time for Whisky Live 2019 and I would like to share my experience when I attended last year's Chivas Regal Master Class during Whisky Live 2018. Apologies for the late post. Whisky Live 2019 will be on October 18-19 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City. You can book your tickets here.

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Trying out the Batangas Lomi in Bauan Batangas

August 17, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

We were on the way back to Manila from Anilao and we wanted to try some Batangas Lomi. Googled for the "best Batangas Lomi near Anilao" and it led us here in Dad's, Bauan, Batangas (across AG&P building/office).


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California Forward: CPK Philippines Keeps the Good Times Rolling with their 8th National Pizza Days 2019

August 11, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Manila, Philippines – (July 26, 2019) California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous California style pizzas always served with a distinct California vibe, is celebrating National Pizza Days this August 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday) now on its 8th year run!  On these days, guests who visit any of CPK’s four (4) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for. 

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Ilonggo Food Fest at Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

August 04, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Finally! After two years, I'm back in Cucina again. This time, it is for their celebration of the Ilonggo Food Fest which is from August 1 to 18, 2019. 

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The Imaginarium Tarot Unboxing

July 27, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Unboxing of The Imaginarium Tarot Deck by CJ Francisco
Video Thumbnail Credits to CJ Francisco, The Imaginarium Tarot

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J.CO Sweet Rush Payday Treat

July 26, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

PROMO and GIVEAWAY!!

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Experience Fluffy Goodness in Every Bite with Fuwa Fuwa

July 18, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

The inauguration of Fuwa Fuwa happened last June 26, 2019, in their plant in Batangas, and I was lucky enough to be invited to this event. Japanese bread is really good and that's one of the things that I enjoyed when I was in Japan. I'm so glad that Fuwa Fuwa has launched in the Philippines and it's truly fluffy and good.

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Unlimited Korean and Japanese Food at Hodai

July 16, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Last weekend, we decided to try out Hodai's unlimited Japanese and Korean fusion dishes and it did not disappoint. 

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The Choice V

July 09, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It's time again to vote for your favorite food, restaurants, hotels, and chefs on The Choice V--brought to you by Our Awesome Planet and The KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) together with World Food Expo (WOFEX). #TheKTG

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My Experience in a Capsule Hotel - Nine Hours Hotel in Narita Airport (Japan)

July 04, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, I visited Japan for a modeling project. Since our (with some Filipinos I worked with) flight back to Manila was very early, we decided to spend the night at the airport. Good thing that they have a capsule hotel inside. I was finally able to experience it.

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Shtriga

July 02, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Photo credits: Ice is Black

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Waterside at Solaire Resorts & Casino Introduces Taco Tuesdays and Weekend Jam

June 26, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Waterside has recently invited us through Zomato for the launch of their Taco Tuesdays and to experience their Weekend Jam. 

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Soban K-Town Grill

June 20, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Richie (pickiesteater.net) recently invited me to a brunch meetup with some vloggers at the newly-opened branch of Soban -Town Grill in Bonifacio Global City. Sharing what he had here in this post. 

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ELM's Kapihan and Bar (Kapitolyo)

June 16, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It was a weekday when I got invited to have lunch at ELM's Kapihan and Bar in Kapitolyo with my foodie friends. Since it was just a few blocks from my office, I managed to sneak out and had a really good lunch experience here.

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Kawaii Tarot Unboxing

June 13, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Unboxing of Kawaii (Cute) Tarot Deck by Diana Lopez


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Healthy Premium Coffee with Joe Sip

June 10, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

I have been doing some coffee tastings lately and my most recent discovery would be Joe Sip coffee.

I was able to have a hand of their freshly grounded French Roast Robusta and their drip coffee (flavors: hazelnut and premium espresso blend). Developed by an artist and coffee enthusiast named Joseph whom I met just a few weeks back, I'd say this guy really knows coffee. 

Being able to have tried specialty coffee, I would say that Joe Sip can compete with these existing brands. The taste of Joe Sip had a good texture and had the right "sweetness" in it. I barely noticed a hint of sourness nor bitterness with the taste. (Did you know that good coffee shouldn't have a sour or bitter taste in it?).

One factor that affects the quality of the taste of the coffee would be due to the preparation--precision during the preparation. I may have gotten it right with my coffee press, but the drip coffee was out of my control. With that being said, I used hot water in preparing my drip coffee and it also tasted amazing; which also means that the filter used in the drip coffee was just right. The water didn't pass too slow nor too fast.

Joe Sip is made from real coffee beans which give its premium quality. It does not have any preservatives, sugar, nor creamer and other additives found from other instant coffee. Joe Sip is pure coffee, making it a metabolic rate booster (helps you burn a few calories) and mood enhancer (helps you deal with stress better). 

I definitely enjoyed Joe Sip. It's easy to prepare (despite being made from real coffee beans) because of the drip coffee, which is really handy especially when you are on the go or during travel. Definitely, an "instant coffee" made healthier. Also, best paired with an original honey-glazed donut. *wink* ;) 

Joe Sip Coffee delivers freshly grounded coffee beans to your home and work stations.
Facebook: Joe Sip Coffee
Instagram: @joesipcoffee

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Pinoy Hotdogs at Franks Craft Beers Manila (Resorts World Manila)

May 30, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


Never did I thought that something so American, like hotdog sandwiches, can be made very Filipino. Franks Craft Beers Manila was able to come up with their Filipino Hotdogs featuring the flavors, Bistek Tagalog, Chicken Inasal, and Chicken Pork Adobo. (Above photo courtesy of Franks Craft Beers Manila).

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Cream Silk

May 29, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

The New Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive revives your dry and damaged strands, and makes your brilliant browns, stunning blondes, and awesome ash strikingly vibrant.

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My Journey on Becoming a Professional Tarot Reader

May 21, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

I have been reading for my friends for quite a while now and I decided to take my tarot reading skills into another level.

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Caffe Freddo (BGC)

May 08, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

There's a new place to go for high-quality coffee brews in Bonifacio Global City. Caffe Freddo prides itself in offering a very unique selection of coffee, not found anywhere else in the metro. I was lucky enough to be invited to their media launch and attend their Coffee 101 class as well as try some of their dishes. 

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Trying Out The Tea-Infused Macarons at TWG Tea

May 04, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Following our dinner after having unlimited yakiniku, we decided to have some tea and dessert at TWG Tea. They have quite a number of flavors for the macarons but we decided to try out their tea-infused ones. 

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Luxury Facial Experience at Urbanessence with Travelbook.ph

April 29, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Recently, I discovered a new branch of Urbanessence in Marikina which offers affordable beauty treatment packages and a hassle-free booking thanks to Travelbook.ph.

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Motto Motto

April 23, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Weekend with my foodie friends has brought us to Motto Motto in Serendra as we were invited by Chef Kalel Chan. Their extensive menu of Japanese dishes is sure to sate your cravings.

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New Themes at The Dessert Museum Featuring Travelbook.ph

April 16, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Went on a date with my Instagram boyfriend at The Dessert Museum recently which features four new themed rooms. We also had our hassle-free reservation via Travelbook.ph

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Eat All You Can at Gyu-Kaku (Shangri-La Plaza)

April 12, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Gyu-Kaku, the worldwide leader in Japanese BBQ, is all set to satisfy you with their new eat all you can promo!

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Hui Lau Shan Opens in Manila

March 18, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Hong Kong's famous chain of dessert shops that specializes in mango has finally opened its flagship store in Manila. 

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Preso Tea (New Manila)

March 12, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

There's a new milk tea shop in town that's also known in Taiwan! This #Brew2Order brand has over 400 branches worldwide. Using an espresso machine to extract tea, comes Preso Tea. Their name came from espresso + tea, guys. Get it? Great!

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Get 10% Discount on Local Hotels with travelbook.ph and EastWest Bank

February 24, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Start your summer getaway right and score hotel discounts from travelbook.ph and EastWest Bank!
Enjoy 10% discount on Philippine hotels via your EastWest Bank Credit, Debit, or Prepaid Card when youbook from February 15 to March 15, 2019.
For more information, see promo Terms and Conditions.

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A Day in Sanya (China)

February 24, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Aside from going to Vietnam in our recent trip with Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo, we also went to Sanya, China. (See: Exploring Ha Long Bay for a Day with Star Cruises SuperStar Virgo)

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Hassle-Free Booking with Travelbook.ph Featuring Pink Parlour

February 05, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Weekend pampering has led me to Pink Parlour and  I was able to score a good deal as well as book an appointment with Travelbook.ph

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Six Doors BBQ Buffet

January 30, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

The first 3D buffet in the Philippines is here and we are lucky enough to be able to be one of the first people to try it. Sharing our experience in this post.

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