11.09.2014

SM Youth Loves A-Fash



As I have previously shared here, SM Youth invited A-Fash to be part of the #SMYouthRoadTrip. In celebration of the Pe├▒afrancia Festival, SM Youth visited Naga to bring out the youth spirit through rad clothing!


SM Youth features lifestyle brands such as Tee Culture, Markus, Tank, Character Tees, Tribal, Jag Thug, Lee Pipes, Ego Jeans, Fubu, Fresh Gear, Dickies Tykes, Vans, Bum, BNY, Zoo York and Many more! Having been a part of this HUGE project was such an honor for us.

 From September 12 up until September 21, the ├╝ber cool SM Youth Bus stationed at SM City Naga to bring their shirts for the youth and youth-at-heart. Who wouldn't want to take a look inside this bus? So enticing, isn't it? Haha! And mind you, the shirts are cheap - you can buy a statement graphic shirt for only P150! Of course I didn't let this opportunity go, I bought three shirts! (•‿•)





A week before the event, we picked clothes that we would want to style from the SM Youth brands. I choose two tops from Tee Culture. The first one is this floral tank top that I'm wearing here and the other one is a jersey top that I would be blogging about separately.


A mini fashion show was held on the 19th to showcase our styling for Tee Culture. Ateneo Dance Club also had a special dance performance for the audience. It was actually a fun bonding time again with my A-Fash family. 


Oh how I missed these ladies! Pioneer batch represent! (•‿•)



The event also served as our get-together, it's great having friends you can instantly relate with. Bonding ulit guys!





Thank you to everyone who dropped by to shop and watch us! And of course thank you so much to the SM Youth team - Ms. Yeng, Alex and Bjorn, for having us! What a great opportunity - til next time!

What I wore: floral tank top: Tee Culture; denim durangee and wrap-around long sleeves; thrifted

 Read more about the #SMYouthRoadTrip Naga HERE.

Shop from the SM Youth brands at the Boys Teens' Wear area of any SM Store now!

Like SM-Youth.com on Facebook and follow @SM_Youth on IG and Twitter for their updates.

Photos are from Paul Echano and Jamie Lou Borile
Thank you also to Nick Pahati for post-processing some of the photos.   
 

xoxo, 
  Didi


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10.18.2014

Avenue Plaza Hotel: Afternoon Tea

Honestly, I'm not a fan of tea but this experience changed that. Last September 16, Avenue Plaza Hotel held an exclusive event for the launch of the new sets of Afternoon Tea as well as the welcoming of the new chefs of the renowned hotel. The event was attended by the Luxe Club Members comprised of some key personalities in Naga and bloggers.
It was my first time to try Avenue Plaza Hotel's Afternoon Tea. I've been itching to try it since I've heard a lot of good feedback from my friends; lucky me I got invited not just to try one, but all of the three newly crafted sets.

Being the top hotel in Naga, Avenue Plaza Hotel provides the best accommodation and services. The ambiance of the place would be perfect for dates and family get-togethers. Plus, each corner is picture-perfect or should I say, very 'Instagram-able'! Haha.

So let's talk about the new and improved sets of the Afternoon Tea. The Classic was the first that was launched to the public a year ago and because of the demand for it, the hotel decided to improve the said set and add another two - namely the Exquisite and Signature Set.

Each set is served together with your choice of Twinnings tea and beautifully crafted pastries that would definitely entice your eyes and tummy. An array of pastries are served in each set and of course, the price also varies. But I tell you, with the mouthwatering pastries combined with the great atmosphere and service, it's all worth it!

CLASSIC (P580)

Coffee Panna Cotta, Mudcake, Baba Au Rhum with Pistachio, Boston Cream Cake
Double Chocolate Cookies, Oatmeal Dates Cookies, Avenue Mini Ensaimada, Apricot Dreams
Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Mango Crepes, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich
L-R: Boston Cream Cake; Quiche Lorraine
The Classic Set is the cheapest among the three. I personally love the Boston Cream Cake, Avenue Mini Ensaimada and the Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich. Their 'small-but-teribble' BLT Sandwich is so yummy that I had to go back to the serving table for my take two! Haha!

 EXQUISITE (P620)

Carrot Walnut Muffin, Mini Brioche Filled with Ube, Mango Yoghurt Terrine, Macapuno Pie
Revel Bars, Mocca Paris Brest, Ube Almond Macaroons, Fruit Tart
Swan Liver Mousse, Croque Monsieur, Smoked Salmon Sandwich
L-R: Smoked Salmon Sandwich; Macapuno Pie; Swan Liver Mousse; Mango Yoghurt Terrine
My personal favorite from this set is the Fruit Tart. I commend how they garnish each pastry. Look at that plating, their Liver Mousse is even shaped as a swan! I actually had second thoughts about eating them because I wouldn't want to destroy such pretty piece of art. But my tummy's the priority, not the eyes, so yeah. (^^,)

SIGNATURE (P680)

Silvanas, Macademia Cranberry Tart, Double Chocolate Pudding, Cream Cheese Brownies
Butter Scotch, Cinnamon Swirl, Profiteroles, Scones
Ham, Cheese and Salami Sandwich, Chicken Empanada, Quiche Florentine
L-R: Cinnamon Swirl; Butter Scotch; Double Chocolate Puddling
Lasty, the Signature Set. Since I'm such a sucker for cinnamon, you would have probably guessed my fave from this set. I also liked the Silvanas, Butter Scotch, and Ham, Cheese and Salami Sandwich.


Let me introduce you the powerhouse of Avenue Plaza Hotel's kitchen - Executive Chef Rudy Velasco and Pastry Chef Paul Oraa.

Both are respectable chefs in their expertise and from their experiences and achievements, one could say they are one of the bests - their cooking is a testimony.


Writing this post makes me want to 'experience the good life' once again, and over and over. Visit Avenue Plaza Hotel and try their Afternoon Tea Sets now!

Afternoon Tea is available daily at the Cafe Plazuela of Avenue Plaza Hotel from 2PM to 6PM. For inquiries and reservations call (054)4739999.

Thank you very much to the management of Avenue Plaza Hotel for inviting us and to Ate Apple of Soul Searching Soul for making this possible.

Photos are from my personal phone, Nick Pahati and Avenue Plaza Hotel's Facebook Page.

xoxo, 
  Didi


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10.04.2014

Turning a Year Older


Have you ever entered a room full of teenagers and you suddenly felt old? Well, I just experienced it the other day when I went to Mcdo - it just dawned on me that geez, I'm aging!

bracelets, Sassy Pink Shoppe iDesign by Juvybee

I turned 21 last September 24. Crazy how time flies so fast and a lot crazier how one day you just really feel like you've matured substantially! When you start to earn your own moolah, you would be more independent, more careful to make decisions down to the nitty-gritty of things esp money matters (coz you don't have your weekly allowance from your folks anymore. Haha!), and more aware of your actions.

Growing older means you become wiser. In retrospect, I made a couple of dumb decisions in my life and a trip down memory lane makes me laugh each time. One day, I'll figure out why the struggles of the past happened and however scary the future might be, I'm still on my way, in high heels, with a positive disposition.
Find inspiration everyday even in the simplest things and get that fierce butt going. That way, we will all age beautifully; let's keep celebrating life itself!

Photography and Postprocessing: Nick Pahati

xoxo, 
  Didi


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