Floral Ambitions

It’s been a long, crazy, sometimes lazy, sometimes painful month or so and I feel like I needed to disconnect myself in order to come back bigger and better. Sorry for that short hiatus.

My life has changed so much lately and I’ve been making some pretty big adjustments including moving to a bigger place, setting new career goals and setting new challenges for myself and for the people around me. I have learned that it is important to keep ourselves constantly excited and always looking forward to something instead of just going with the flow and seeing where life takes us. I have learned that the biggest sacrifices often yield the biggest and most unexpected blessings and above all, that life goes on.

Having said all of this, which by the way is totally unrelated to this blog post, I have realized that when life gets hard (like it always does), we all just need to learn how to stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes the answers to the questions we are looking for are in the most simple things, we just haven’t seen them yet. That’s OK though, we eventually do. I eventually did.

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Floral halter top: Let’s Stylize (@letsstylize)

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Bloom on,

Issa P.

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Not So Dirty Laundry

My summers are always a little behind in terms of Philippine weather well, either that or they always seem to be a little longer than expected (on account of visiting family). But if it means getting to lounge in a bikini regardless if it’s a gloomy or a sunny day, I really can’t complain! Life seems to be much better when you’re wearing something bright and playful, anyways.
For this beach trip, I was glad to have brought my Laundry Clothing crotchet bikini with me which coincidentally matched the pastel blue hotel walls perfectly. In reality, I wasn’t able to swim on this trip because… uhhh… anyways… but being to sport this piece for at least a few hours still made it well worth the trip!
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For your very own crocheted bikinis, make sure to get them from Laundry Clothing!

Follow me on IG for more exciting its-not-really-summer-but-it-kinda-is adventures- @issaplease

Smell ya later,

Issa P.

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Walk It Off

We are currently tired, confused and not to mention physically capable of devouring anything placed in front of you.

If it’s any consideration, at least your appetite is back and you are in bed with beautiful white sheets, fast internet and little baby cousins who love you and who you love back.

Tomorrow will be a long day so maybe we should get some shut eye

Also, it’s time we dreamed of something good again.

I am starting a new adventure today!  I am over the moon, pee in my pants, Im-gonna-burn-some-cash-on-interiors-weeeeh! Happy.

But mostly, I’ll get my clothes back. And my life back. And I’ll be in a “missing” distance from mudrabells keme keme. 

What an exciting day!

Go Getter

I am going places, I can feel it

I’m going to conquer my mountains, cross all my bridges and swim all my seas.

I am going places, I know it. Because I deserve it.

And when I’ve searched every corner and walked every road… I will see that all my roads have always led to you.

Whoever “you” is.

– Backpack na akong dala ana kay mahal kaayo ang overweight baggage 😂

Life is changing in so many ways and I never saw it coming. Suddenly I am changing life plans, game plans- things I thought were already set in stone which have now become bits of sand…

Am I sad? Yes, because I am human.

Am I angry? A part of me feels like it is coming.

But am I glad that it happened? With every bit and piece of my heart.

 

I don’t need to explain myself/ ourselves to anyone on anyone’s behalf because it has passed, we tried and at the end of a wonderful day… God made it happen.

One day we’ll be happy and one day we’ll look back at what happened and laugh or sigh over what happened and be grateful that it did.

 

I will be ok even if I am not completely OK right now. But I will be because I always find a way to be.

 

Sugbo Mercado Dos @ Ayala Business Park

 

In line with Sugbo Mercado‘s goal of being able to open food markets in different key locations in the city, their newest outlet at the Ayala Business Park is a clear sign that they are well on their way! Their second branch, which is located behind CIC Main and the MSY building which is also known as the “jogging area” of Ayala, still has everything we have come to love from their first branch which includes tents, ample tables and chairs, a laid back ambiance and that awesome sense of community that is hard to find anywhere else.

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I have always patronized this weekend food market because it gives closet or aspiring chefs the opportunity to put themselves out there and get an experience of how it is to run their own business. At the same time, it gives people like me the opportunity to explore my palette without going home empty handed. It’s a fair compromise for everyone plus, the view is great and the music is always on point!

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If you want to catch my vlog about how to survive a night at Sugbo Mercado, check it out here.

Another thing that I love so much about Sugbo Mercado are the interesting stories of each and every vendor. Everyone has their own story to tell and their own interesting back stories which I think makes the food taste even better. There’s always something special about our homegrown establishments which you can find out more about on their blog. Their first feature is about a good friend of mine and his success story about Hala Paella and Papa Churros which you can read more about here. They’ve only featured one so far but I am so excited to read about more success stories in the near future.

On their opening weekend, they launched with around 32 vendors and the list continues to grow with each coming week so forgive me if a few of these vendors might not be there anymore or if I’ve missed out on some. But in a nutshell, here is a list of the vendors I was able to meet and their corresponding links so you can check out their menu offerings and prices:

Of course, what kind of food blog would this be without some enticing food photos? Here are some photos of the food I was able to sample during the media launch:

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Herbed Chicken from Tausug Spices

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Quesadillas from Bueno JC Mexicano
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Seafood bowl from Fun Seafood Corner

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Paella Valenciana from Hala Paella

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Chicken Proben in Mediterranean & Japanese sauce

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Spicy lechon belly from Kuzina Guadalupe

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Taco Mac & Cheese from Macology 101
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Churros from Papa Churros

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Customized pasta from Yum-In-A-Box
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Hawaiian Pizza Cone
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Shaved Ice from Sno

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Pork belly from Eat, Meat, Repeat
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Pork bun from Pao Baw
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Pad Thai from Wokstarz

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Enchilada from Papagayu Azul

So far my favorites have been the Proben Deluxe de Cagayan in Mediterranean & Belgian chocolate sauce, the Hawaiian Pizza cone, John Lemon’s lemonade, everything from Pow Bao, Hala Paella and Wokstarz. I’ll definitely be back this weekend to sample more because you know… why not?

Sugbo Mercado Dos will be open on the following dates: 

Sugbo Mercado-IT Park: Wednesday to Sunday, July 6-10, 5PM-1AM!

Sugbo Mercado-CBP : Thursday to Sunday, July 7-10, 4PM-12MN!

For more updates, check out their official blog here

For business inquiries, find out how to join here

Also, follow them on instagram here

Stay hungry, Stay thirsty… Stay alive,

Issa P.

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