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Where to find Authentic Hotteok (Korean Pancake) in Metro Manila

November 09, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Do you want to have a taste of Korea? Then have you tried hotteok (호떡)? These are sweet and savory Korean pancakes with filling and it's one of the most popular street food in South Korea. I recently discovered where to find authentic hotteok in Metro Manila.

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Infinitea Introduces Milk Tea and Fruit Tea Family Packs

November 06, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

We can now enjoy overflowing milk tea and fruit tea at home with Infinitea's Family Collection. 

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I had a Customized Cake made for Robin's Birthday

September 11, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Whenever Robin's birthday would come, we would normally have a short vacation somewhere. Because of the pandemic, we couldn't celebrate that way for this year. We didn't have any plans as well for his quarantine birthday because he is busy serving as a medical frontliner. I couldn't let his birthday pass without doing anything special so I decided to surprise him with an amazing cake.

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Sandy's Spreads and Dips

September 11, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

 Recently, I have discovered these delectable spreads of Sandy’s Spreads & Dips from my friends, and these are just so good to be underrated. Their spreads taste better than the commercial ones, at an affordable price point, without compromising quality. This is not a sponsored post. 

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Taste the World with Bakers Maison (Now Available on Foodpanda)

August 03, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Bakers Maison's bread and pastries with flavors inspired from all over the world can now be delivered to your doorstep with Foodpanda.

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Trying out Black Scoop Cafe's Swirls #BlackScoopAtHome

July 30, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


As we enter the phase of the "new normal," people opt to have their meals delivered and they do not only order for themselves, but also for their family. 

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Travelbook.ph to Close Down the Business

July 08, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


This week, I just received a message from Travelbook.ph saying that they are about to close down the business. It was sad news to hear them go, as I have personally collaborated with them over the past years by promoting some of their clients through this blog and through my social media. They were very fun to work with and communicating with them was flawless. I feel so bad to see them go. This pandemic has definitely hit us bad so much.
The last day of operations for the Travelbook.ph website and application will be on July 15, 2020. 
For more details about your Travelbook.ph bookings, cancellation and refund, and reward points redemption, click here
Thank you for all these years, Travelbook.ph. We will surely miss you.  :'(

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Drink Like a Boss with True Boss

June 28, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


When it comes to teas, my top choices are the ones from Taiwan. Lately, I have learned about fruit enzymes which also has a lot of health benefits. 

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Trying out Mudra's Best Longganisa

June 24, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Quarantine has brought us to discover new brands that are selling online. Recently, I came across this brand which was recommended by my friend, Chef Ollie Isidro.

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Wearing Contact Lenses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 13, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

During this COVID-19 pandemic, you may have wondered, "Is it safe to wear contact lenses?" We have always been informed that we should avoid touching our faces, especially our eyes during this pandemic. Wearing face shields are also helpful in protecting yourself from acquiring the virus (prevention of droplet transmission), so I thought that "I should avoid wearing contact lenses, and wearing eyeglasses would be better." If you thought of the same thing, then we are both wrong. 

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Affordable Makeup Discovery on Shopee: Focallure

June 03, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


You may relate with me when I say that most of us may have had an experience of spending hours on online shopping and adding things to cart because it was on sale, or that it was relatively cheap but it had good reviews. That's how I discovered Focallure. 

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Trying out the Strawberry Champorado and Filipino Breakfast at Le Monet Hotel Baguio

May 26, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


Before the pandemic started, Robin and I were still able to travel and celebrate our anniversary in Baguio City, Philippines. When we talk about Baguio, one of their must-tries is a unique strawberry dish. Recently, we learned about a new trend which is the strawberry champorado. It is available in Le Monet Hotel, located in Camp John Hay. We decided to make a reservation and have our breakfast there. 

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Enderun Colleges to Host Webinar on Investment Opportunities in Times of Crisis

April 25, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

During these unprecedented times, it is important to be equipped with economic and financial knowledge to acquire optimal coping measures and practices relevant to the “new normal” lifestyle setup

Enderun Extension, the continuing education arm of Enderun Colleges, conducts its first online investment conference entitled, “Investment Opportunities in Times of Crisis: Bracing for the Economic Impact of COVID-19”. The online conference aims to provide participants with insights, context, and strategies to help themselves adjust to the impending economic effects following the global pandemic. The webinar will be on April 29, 2020, at 3pm and will be held via Big Marker.

Enderun invites Jonathan Ravelas, Chief Market Strategist of BDO Unibank, to discuss and present valuable insights pertaining to the expected challenges, changes in market behavior, and anticipated risks in a post-COVID-19 world. Jonathan is a seasoned financial professional with the ability to provide timely market commentaries and outlook on the global financial markets and macroeconomic developments in both local and foreign economies.

The online conference is suited for individual investors, entrepreneurs, owners of SMEs, employees, and freelancers. The webinar is free of charge.


About Enderun Colleges

Enderun is a four-year undergraduate college and management school in the Philippines that offers a full range of bachelor’s degree and non-degree courses in the fields of international hospitality management and business administration.

Enderun is committed to the highest international standards of academic excellence. Students receive professional training from leading figures in the global business and hospitality industries. The faculty that oversees Enderun’s curriculum includes some of the region’s leading academics and industry experts. Even Enderun’s campus facilities, which feature hotel-quality appointments and integrated cutting-edge learning technologies, are in a class of their own.

The Enderun approach to education is unique, and highly differentiated. As a management school, it prepares students for leadership positions in the global business environment. Enderun students work closely with faculty mentors, who are themselves, industry experts, and professionals. Students also gain priceless real-world experience from intensive work internships both in the Philippines and abroad.

Enderun aims to graduate students with the academic training, professional competencies, and character required for success in today′s complex world, by offering international-caliber degree programs that combine management theory and practical experience in a values-rich learning environment.

About Enderun Extension

Enderun Extension is Enderun Colleges’ resource for continuing education. The Enderun Extension School offers an open and comprehensive curriculum with courses and programs to meet the interests and needs of a diverse public.

For those who want a competitive edge in the international job market, Enderun offers certificate programs in the fields of culinary, pastry arts, hospitality management, business administration, entrepreneurship, and economics. The certificate programs will help you enhance and stand out in your current role, advance in your career, or change careers completely.

Enderun Extension also offers a variety of workshops, short courses, and conferences. The school also offers courses for children who are budding chefs, hoteliers, engineers or entrepreneurs. Whether you are a foodie, a working professional, or an entrepreneur, Enderun Extension invites you to explore its different short courses.

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Trying out the new 7-Eleven Chef Creations Manam Express Sisig and Kare-Kare

April 13, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)


7-Eleven has recently released a new Chef Creations collaboration with Manam, featuring their best-selling sisig and kare-kare amid the community quarantine. With the ECQ and limited stores open, Robin was lucky enough to find and buy these for me. Yay! Let's try it out. 

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Buy a Mask and Help a Front Liner (NAYITEK)

March 25, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

In this photo, I’m wearing a NAYITEK nano-fiber medical mask. It’s a washable/reusable mask (good for 60-90 days) with 99% virus filtration rate.** With a quadruple protection filter, it has a high filtering efficiency, suitable for environments with heavy air pollution and virus ravages. Each layer of the filter element intercepts different harmful substances, a layer of skin-friendly membrane, hypoallergenic; 3D breathing space structure, double-layer micro-filtration layer, the best mask against COVID-19. Better than N95.*

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Fireside: New Items on the Menu and Unlimited Wine from 7 Different Countries

February 29, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Fireside is offering new items on the menu, and we were just recently invited to try them out. 

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Experience Sound Healing at Mysterium Philippines

February 26, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Have you been feeling a bit off lately? Moody? Stressed? Mercury is in retrograde again and we may all feel worse during these days (you may feel more frustrated, anxious, or impatient, etc.). Recently, I tried a new way to unwind and it's called sound healing. 
Sound healing is a practice that uses vibrations to relax your mind and body. It has been used for centuries already and is believed to relieve ailments, stress, anxiety, and even insomnia. Personally, I find sound healing to be effective for me whenever I am experiencing insomnia. I have a Spotify playlist for sound healing (check out my sound healing Spotify playlist) that helps me fall asleep; but recently, I decided to try and attend a live sound healing session. I must say, the experience was totally different and way better than simply listening to recorded music. 

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Texas Roadhouse

January 30, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Robin and I had our late lunch here at Texas Roadhouse one weekend when we attended an event at SMX. 

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casual dining,

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe Opens in Estancia at Capitol Commons

January 21, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory opens its second cafe in Estancia at Capitol Commons. I was invited recently to their media launch and was able to try most of the dishes that they offer on the menu. 

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Bridge Hotel (Cagayan De Oro)

January 14, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

During our recent visit to Cagayan de Oro, we stayed at Bridge Hotel. Sharing our hotel experience in this post. (Image courtesy of Booking.com

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Philippine Sommelier Association Presents Manila Uncorked 2019

January 13, 2020 Phantasm Darkstar 2 Comment(s)

Last December, I was invited to the Philippine Sommelier Association's event, Manila Uncorked 2019. It features wine classes, chef throwdowns, sommelier wine flights, and over 300 wine labels. 

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