I’ve been inactive for sometime because of work and the wedding planning. Now that I’m back, I’d like to feature my first skin care clinic, my go-to mall and two go-to places for the best Korean food experience in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
DISCLAIMER: These establishments didn’t pay me to advertise their services. I am just very satisfied with their services and products that’s why I’m blogging about them. If you wish to be featured in my blog, please contact me through my about me page. 🙂
Today’s plan was actually to go to Living Skin Laser Center at StarMall, Mandaluyong for a Diode Laser Hair Removal. I’ve been planning to go since the last quarter of 2015 and I’m glad that FINALLY I can have my first treatment today.
Yep! It was for my underarms! And what a way to start the year, huh? I’ve heard about IPL hair removal from my co-workers early last year and ever since then I became curious about it.
I’ve never really tried waxing or anything aside from plucking and shaving. I am also the type who doesn’t want to follow the trend. I was also very conscious in putting my arms up. I dread wearing a sleeveless or any clothes that would reveal my underarms. Yeah, we’re not just talking about hair removal here.
Living Skin Laser Center offers Diode Laser Hair Removal and Whitening for P1000 each session. I inquired about the treatment several times that the staff already recognized me when I visited the clinic this afternoon. It was painless and quick! The session only took me less than 30 minutes. The staff actually said that it would only take 15 minutes but since I got so comfortable with them, I took the time to chat with Julie.
Julie is my therapist. She graduated from TESDA and she handled the session with care. She was very respectful and nice. She was also friendly. I felt very happy with our session that I gave her a tip for a job well done. 🙂
I’m actually the type who always have high expectations on services that I pay for and receiving a good customer service is essential for me. That’s why I’m very happy with my first laser session and I’m blogging about it now.
So, that’s that. I’m not gonna take a picture of my armpits but I just remembered that they did before we started the laser treatment. 🙂
So, on to our next trip! We were actually sidetracked by this cafe that Ino and I usually pass by. It is located in the Ground Floor of Cityland Condominium in Mandaluyong City near Crossing (EDSA Shaw.)
Here’s how the front of the cafe looks. I was too shy and nervous that someone might grab my phone and steal it because we’re outside that’s why I wasn’t able to adjust my camera phone’s quality. It was a quick shot because we haven’t asked the owner’s permission yet when we took this photo. There were some people who were also passing by in front of the shop that’s why I even felt more embarrassed.
This was our spot this afternoon. We dined in at around 5-6 PM. We were in a hurry and got so mesmerized by the food that I haven’t thought of taking some pictures at that time.
Coffee, Bingsus, Mochi, Cakes, etc. The cafe is loaded with customers!
We’ve been talking about this cafe because it is always close when we pass by and when we had the chance to check it out, lo and behold… It is OPEN!! Hahaha!
We know that it is a Korean Cafe. What we didn’t expect was that Mr. Kwon, the owner of Cafe 7ate9 would actually serve our order. We ordered their Original Bingsu because the Mango Bingsu is unavailable. We also ordered a Blackberry Cheesecake and a Mochi to complete our merienda.
Have you ever tasted heaven? I haven’t. I guess I’d never really know what it was like to be in heaven. But the mere taste of this yummy Bingsu made me think that people with heavy problems and loneliness won’t feel any problems or loneliness at all when they get a bite of this yummy Original Bingsu by 7ate9. It’s creamy, chewy and delicious! It is not that sweet but it takes away your stress and you won’t get enough of it. The Bingsu costs around P250, the mochi is around P30-35 and the Blueberry Cheesecake costs around P150-180 pesos. I’m sorry because I really can’t remember the prices. 😥
Mr. Kwon was very nice and easy to talk to. He’s very approachable. Though I can sense that he’s a bit shy and uneasy when I kept on asking him questions. I told him that I teach English to Koreans and disclosed my company’s name. He might be nervous or uncomfortable because he didn’t expect that a customer would strike up a conversation on that day. Regardless, it was a nice experience.
It actually sparked a motivation in me. Lately, I’ve been getting down and stressed out with the recent turn of events in the office. For the fourth time, I didn’t get the promotion that I’ve been eyeing since last year. I guess it was high time for me to give up that dream for now and enjoy the teaching experience. After all, the reason why I’m in this industry up to this date is to just have fun and share my knowledge to my students.
What with all the ease that the company is doing to make the teachers comfortable, I guess I also need to give back by exerting effort that the students deserve. I also deserve to enjoy the ride and veer away from all the negativity that I’ve been holding on since last year. I guess, I just have to accept it. It wasn’t meant for me and I will deserve a better shot at something next time. After all, I’m going to settle down and be with the person who appreciates every part of me.
So much drama, huh?
Anyway, Ino and I had an all Korean food trip for our Sundate. We went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall in Shaw, Mandaluyong City to have an early dinner.
Shangri-La was my go-to mall when I was a kid. Back when my Mama Babes, my aunt and legal mom, was still alive, we would often go to that mall every week to go grocery shopping at Rustan’s and shop clothes at Crossing’s. It was in the 1990’s and everything was smooth sailing and perfect. But then, things happen and she’s now resting in peace in heaven.
I’ve never felt more comfortable and at home elsewhere. I was actually quite curious about the fuss in SM Megamall when I was younger. My cousins rave about it. My other cousins would rave about Landmark and Glorietta, but I never really appreciated those places unlike Shangri-La.
Everything felt in place when I’m at Shangri-La. I guess it’s because I still feel Mama Babes shopping with me in that place every time I go there. I always feel secured when I’m at that place and I just can’t really explain how I feel when I’m there.
So, yeah. My family and relatives used to go to St. Francis to hear the 12 o’clock mass. We like grabbing a bite at the food court and hanging out on Sundays. It was one of the memories that I treasure the most.
Korean food has been my comfort food since I started working in the ESL field. It’s my go-to food when I’m stressed out. It may be a bit pricey compared to an ice cream but the comfort that it provides after a long day is worth every penny. Legit Korean restaurants are very homey too. They provide variety of side dishes before they serve the main meal that you ordered. I am pretty picky when I eat Kimchi too. I love fresh Kimchi and Fishcakes. 🙂
My biological mom and I like eating at Honey’s Kimchi since I was young. Honey’s Kimchi was our go-to place when we want a heavy lunch with a delicious soup. We used to order their Chicken with Bean Sprouts meal often.
I discovered Honey’s Kimchi’s Kimchi a few years back. My biological mom and I never tried Kimchi although it was one of the best-selling food that they have. Hello, Honey’s Kimchi nga di ba?
I’ve known my biomom as a picky eater. She doesn’t like unconventional food. She’d always say no to foreign food. And it was just recently when she started liking Tokyo Tokyo’s California Maki and Chinese restaurant’s Hakao.
I invited her to eat at a Korean Restaurant at Escriva, Pasig City once. However, she didn’t enjoy the food as much as Ino and I did and she just ended up eating the fried chicken that we ordered at that time. So, basically she didn’t appreciate Korean food that much so we just ordered a safe meal for her.
I guess, I got the trait of being a picky eater from my mom. But these days, I’m trying to challenge my taste buds to some new taste experience. And ever since I started working for a Korean company, I developed an acquired taste to spicy foods. I also became so eager to eat vegetables because of so many Korean dishes that I cannot live without now.
One of the best Korean dishes that I love is the Bibimbap.
I am not a solid fan of vegetables when I was young. I am picky in eating Filipino dishes most especially if those dishes have vegetables in it. But ever since I started eating Kimchi and since discovering these awesome dishes, it just became a part of me, — A part of the Korean food experience that I always happily share to my students.
So, Ino and I went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall’s food court. We basically have Bibimbap as our main dish and a side dish of Kimchi for dinner.
The elders are not my relatives. They are just customers. I took this picture to show how the stall looks like. I’m not really sure if I should call it a stall or a restaurant but anyway, here’s how Honey’s Kimchi looks like.
This is the mouthwatering Bibimbap of Honey’s Kimchi. It was so delicious but tonight, the rice was too watery for my taste so I had a bit of a hard time in mixing the ingredients together. All in all, I still recommend their Bibimbap. 🙂
For the top view, here are the ingredients of the Bibimbap. It was so nice but I wasn’t able to mix it right so the Gochujang was too spicy for me. Friendly reminder: You have to have a glass of water when eating spicy foods like this.
So that was how my Sundate went. I got a bit dramatic with some stuff but I’m glad to share every bit of it.
This one is a long post but I hope that you enjoyed reading! 🙂