This New Restaurant In Podium Is The Closest Thing You'll Get To An Authentic Italian Experience In Manila!

This New Restaurant In Podium Is The Closest Thing You'll Get To An Authentic Italian Experience In Manila!

After our Italy trip last year, I found myself craving Italian food even more. Unfortunately, it was challenging to find a restaurant that served authentic Italian food here in Manila. While there were restaurants that can cook up a mean pizza, nothing came close to legit Italian food: simple, fresh, melt-in-your-mouth heavenly.

Thankfully, the food gods heard my prayers—an authentic Italian restaurant in Manila is born! Enter La Vita Ristorante, a new restaurant in The Podium that caters to people looking for legit pasta, pizza, wine, and more

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#DearDiary: Dawn Is Nearing

#DearDiary: Dawn Is Nearing

I stare at the ceiling and sigh.

I toss in bed yet again, grabbing another pillow, carefully placing it in between my thighs.

I try to think of happy thoughts, but all that comes in my mind is a list of things I’ve yet to do. It’s long. And endless. I do not know where to start and how to begin.

I feel like I’m running out of time.

Constantly.

What am I chasing after?

Has life always been this fast-paced?

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Cebu Pacific told everyone of their piso sale in advance—we just didn’t notice

By Joshua Young

When did you find out about Cebu Pacific’s 3.3 piso sale? Most of us heard about it online the day before. But the airline actually told everyone ten days before that—we just didn’t notice it!

In their February 21 promo video on the #CEBSuperSeatFest, you’ll see people dancing on a March 2019 calendar. It isn’t very in-your-face, but the dates match up perfectly. And when I saw the video tonight, that’s when it hit me.

The yellow color for March 3, Sunday, stayed the same all throughout, even as other dates shifted from grey to orange to teal. This was no coincidence—it was an Easter egg that we all missed! (Or did some people realize ahead of time, and keep the secret to themselves?) Cheers to the Cebu Pacific social media and marketing teams for paying attention to those little details.  

Photo from Cebu Pacific Air

What else does the 46-second video tell us? Well, all the dates that light up in blue will have special sales going on. That’s every single day from today until March 31. Every. Single. Day.

So if you missed your chance at 3 Peso flights, check out this post to learn how you can score big on Cebu Pacific’s promo fares for the rest of the month—and maybe the rest of the year. There’s a bunch of tips for beginners, and pro weekend warriors can pick up a few insights as well!

Never Had Yourself Tested For HIV Before? Here's Everything You Need To Know!

Never Had Yourself Tested For HIV Before? Here's Everything You Need To Know!

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend—a public health practitioner—picked me up from work. I had just hopped into his car when he casually mentioned that he was going to be on radio the next day—a morning show had invited him to talk about the new HIV and AIDS law. What?! I exclaimed. That’s awesome! I was so excited for him! I’ve always been so proud of him for his dedication to the Philippine healthcare system. I was also ecstatic because he was given a huge platform to educate and spread awareness.

But on our drive home, I realized that I’d never taken an HIV test, even though I supported the campaign against HIV stigma and discrimination. I even encouraged other people not to be ashamed to get tested. After all, we get all sorts of health-related tests done: breast exams, eye exams, urine tests, etc—so why be ashamed of an HIV test, right?

“But why have I not taken it?” I asked myself. Then began a series of monologues inside my head. “This isn’t right. I have to practice what I preach!” I knew I wanted to fully support the advocacy, so I decided that I wanted (read: needed) to have a test done. “Very well then. I’ll take the test. Tonight. And while I’m at it, I’ll educate myself more on the issue, too.

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Macao Imperial Tea Is Now Open At Capitol Commons!

Macao Imperial Tea Is Now Open At Capitol Commons!

This afternoon, as I was eating a bowl of ramen, I couldn’t help but think—God, I love being Asian.

I mean, how can one NOT enjoy Asian cuisine, amirighttt? No one can deny how amazing the food in our side of the map is: Rice! Sinigang! Sushi! Laksa! And of course, MILK TEA!!!!!

One brand that has captured the hearts of many is Macao Imperial Tea. Everyone’s been raving about (and Instagramming) it, so I really wanted to try it out myself, to find out if it’s really worth the hype.

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Grander Than the Grand Canyon

Grander Than the Grand Canyon

I can still remember how my knees trembled as I stood on the edge, overlooking the valley, soaking it all in. The perfect gradient of pink, orange, and blue. The quiet skyline. The million-age rock formations standing still. Majestic. Wise. I was in love with Creation—how it made me finite and infinite at the same time. I remember whispering a two-word prayer in my head, over and over again: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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[An Open Letter] I Grew Up Being The Crush Ng Bayan’s Best Friend—Here’s What I Learned

[An Open Letter] I Grew Up Being The Crush Ng Bayan’s Best Friend—Here’s What I Learned


Growing up, I never considered myself a “pretty girl”. I knew I looked average (or on good hair days, maybe even above average. Wink.)—but never crush-ng-bayan-worthy. Back in the day, there wasn’t Instagram yet—so my past time was spent flipping through teen magazines, admiring the models on the pages, wanting to be just like them. They were just like the crush ng bayan in our school. Fair and flawless, with long, straight hair and a pretty set of teeth. But I was none of those: I am dark-skinned, my hair is wavy, and before getting braces, I had a crooked smile with two prominent front teeth.

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The Other Side Of Love: A Public Diary Entry

The Other Side Of Love: A Public Diary Entry

Love isn’t always butterflies, and sunshine, and twirling and dancing. Love isn’t always an Instagram-worthy picture. Sometimes, love is two people crying together, holding each other’s hands, asking Jesus to take the pain away because everything is just too much to bear. It’s withstanding storms. Accepting each other’s past. Having faith to move on. Together.

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What To Expect From UNIQLO's Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

What To Expect From UNIQLO's Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

A self-proclaimed UNIQLO couple (we often wear head-to-toe UNIQLO outfits!),  Josh & I were so happy (delighted! ecstatic! overjoyed!) when we got passes to the exclusive preview of the upcoming collection . Keep reading to see this season’s hottest picks!

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'I Will Always Have Paris' : On Finding Inspiration And Post-Vacation Blues

'I Will Always Have Paris' : On Finding Inspiration And Post-Vacation Blues

You need “boring days” to appreciate the “exciting days”. Bland food to enjoy the scrumptious. Lonely days to look forward to connection. A creative block to feel the surge of ideas—the high that comes with a light bulb moment.

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