Spotify Premium via Globe Load

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All that is written here are based on my experience and opinions on the matter.*

Ola! I’ll be taking a break for a while in the USA series of #LesVoyagesdeNica by sharing my experience in subscribing with Spotify Premium using my prepaid Globe load. I am really glad that Spotify gave us this option of using your mobile load as a means for payment. I am quite hesitant at first because they first offered the premium service using credit card. I don’t own a credit card, but I do own a debit card. So, seeing this offer that they have which is accessible for most Filipinos is really a convenient choice.

When I first tried this, I didn’t get the process of the subscription. I loaded my prepaid sim around 130php during my first try. However, my Spotify account kept saying that I have insufficient funds. It was totally frustrating. Thankfully, after seeing Spotify Cares post, and messaging them directly via Messenger, they gave me the steps on how to subscribe via Globe. It turned out that I needed 144.48php due to the 12% VAT added to the 129php.

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The steps were for (Globe users):

  1. Log in to your Spotify account on the web.
  2. Click the Get Premium option
  3. Choose your mode of payment: Credit Card, Globe/Smart, Online Banking
  4. If you chose Globe. Be sure that you have at least 150php prepaid load. Enter your mobile number.
  5. Wait for 2770 to send the PIN. Enter the PIN.
  6. Wait for the Confirmation message either on SMS, email or the web.
  7. Enjoy your Spotify Premium!

 

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There you have it! I do hope my experience will help you on your journey to musical happiness. Haha!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

USA Trip (Day 1-5)

 

Heya! I’m back again and this time would be about our 19 day trip to the United States of America! 🇺🇸✈️ If you followed my latest posts on Instagram then you would know what #LesVoyagesdeNica has been up to. Also, just last Wednesday, I posted the first of these USA trip blogs to come, just click here to check it out.

Our adventure began last May and after the stressful albeit exciting visa process for all 6 of us. We finally got to book our flights at China Airlines via cheapoair.com. Our flight itinerary is from Manila to Taipei, then Taipei to New York. It’ll be the longest flight we’ll take which topped our Israel trip and the longest number of days that topped our Asian trip.

*I will share the link of all the sites where you can purchase the tickets of our tour at the end of the blog*

Flight to Taipei

We went so early at the Terminal 1 of NAIA around 4am and the check in desk opens at around 7am while our flight is still at 10:35am. 😵 Terminal 1 is the oldest terminal in Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I kind of remember it during our Saudi Days where I would bawl everytime Papa left.

After we checked in, we had breakfast at the waiting area lounge, then waited for a bit and boarded to Taipei.
It is my first time to ride with China Airlines and I tell you. It was quite enjoyable! Though I would say, most of the food they served were pork. 😔 I don’t eat pork so it was really envious to see your seatmates chowing down on their meal. But since we didn’t indicate any preference on the food during our booking, we had to make do of what we can eat.

Touchdown #Taiwan ✈️✈️✈️ 4 more hours till the next flight. #LesVoyagesdeNica

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Medyo Ma Luo Ho 😂😭 #Taiwan #LesVoyagesdeNica

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China Airlines served us one meal during our flight to Taiwan. Plus they have TV screens too which made the flight not too boring. We watched a couple of movies then dozed off. I wished I just slept, cause after a few minutes of sleeping in the pilot announced our arrival.

Taipei Airport 

I didn’t get to see much of Taipei Taoyuan International Airport as we were on a 4 hour connecting flight to New York. We had to see were our boarding gate was before we get to roam around. There was a lot to see at the airport and we got to try out free tastings, free car racing video games and so much more. There were tiny museums of dolls and knick knacks all around. I hope we get to come back here in Taiwan and see more of this country.

After gallivanting, we changed clothes because…hygiene. Hehe. Then boarded for our long haul flight.

During the flight the airlines served us two meal courses, two to three snacks. They gave us two options on the menu which was really good since it was either chicken or pork or beef. At least we’ll get to eat!

JFK New York > Hotel Pennsylvania 

We arrived at night in New York and it was cold! Thank goodness I had a sweater and scarf prepared but my legs were shaking! After passing through the Immigration and seeing JFK. I didn’t really expect that there was no wifi. 😞 I badly wanted to tweet. Hahaha.

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JFK Arrival Area

We decided to take the subway and thankfully, the New York subway is almost open for 24 hours. I did Googled that on Taiwan, just tell me if I am wrong. Haha. We had to ask for directions as it was kind of a jungle to all of us. What is cool about JFK and like almost all airports we’ve been through is the train. They do have an Airtrain that you can freely use if you are on the airport and changing terminals.

We boarded the Airtrain going to Jamaica Station. Then bought the Metrocard tickets. Each Metrocard ticket can swipe for 4 people only. We bought two to swipe for 3 people each card. The thing about the Metrocard is that they are like loadable cards. You could load up to $100 and every swipe when you enter a station costs $2.75. When you exit, you don’t need to swipe. When we finally got that part our subway rides were smoother. Haha. It was truly different from every country we’ve been through.

From Jamaica Station you walk to Queens-Sutphin Blvd Station and there we boarded going to 34 St. Penn Station. There are signboards above the train telling you what the next station is, so you can chillax. 😂

In #NewYork… *cues in music* #LesVoyagesdeNica #USA

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We walked to our hotel which was just in front of Madison’s Square Garden and checked in at around 2am. It was a three star hotel, which in my opinion was not so bad at all. It was near the different tourist sites and near to almost three subway stations and to the Amtrak station. Though the facilities were old looking, we didn’t really encounter any issues at all. We ate our early breakfast/super late dinner at a gyro cart across our hotel and slept.

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Midnight strolling. #NewYork #LesVoyagesdeNica #USA

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Amtrak Station > New York Water Taxi > Times Square > Central Park > Empire State Building

It was a jam packed adventure that day so we headed to the Amtrak station first at New York Penn Station. Be mindful of train station names as they are quite confusing. We bought our tickets to Birmingham and headed out to see more of New York.

We hopped on the subway at the station of W 34 St/7Av then went down on the South Ferry Station (Whitehall St Station). Out there we were met by New York Water Taxi agents. Initially, we wanted to go up the Statue of Liberty but we were told that we should have it booked a month ago. Bummer! Still we had other options.

We chose the New York Water Taxi hop on hop off all day access ride. We’ll be able to see the Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, Statue of Liberty and get off at Times Square. After buying the tickets we walked on to Pier 11. There we ate our breakfast from a gyro cart and hopped on the boat ride.

Brooklyn Bridge ❤️ #NewYork #USA #LesVoyagesdeNica

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She is beautiful. #NewYork #USA #LesVoyagesdeNica

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On our last stop we were told that there was a free bus ride going back to the city for passengers of the ferry. So we hopped on it again and we down to see Times Square.

In the sea of people… #LesVoyagesdeNica #NewYork #USA

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If you have heard the news, just a few days after an 18 year old girl died and few other civilians were injured from a car that rammed them through Times Square. 😞 I do pray for the families of the victims and that justice may be given to them all. 🙏🏼 I can only thank the Lord for His continuing protection.

After Times Square, we walked to the Central Park and along the way enjoyed New York’s concrete jungle. Get that? Haha. Sarreh.

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A big secret garden 💚💚💚#USA #NewYork #LesVoyagesdeNica

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It was a huge park. I would suggest that you try renting a bike to see all of it. We rented two bikes, one single and onw tandem bike. I rode the tandem with my brother, cause I don’t know how to bike. Seriously, I really don’t and I’m scared of falling over. 😁😬

It took us an hour of biking and it was a good heart pumping event. My brother and I truly enjoyed that. For around $7-18 you can enjoy Central Park and it’s lush green view. You may also opt to rent a carriage or sleep under the trees which my grandparents did.

After Central Park, we walked back to our Hotel and napped until around 8:00pm. Then all four of us headed out to see the New York City lights. We didn’t really expect to see Empire State Building, my dad really wanted to check out Times Square once again. But we wanted to see a new view so we headed to Empire State.

We got there and learned that we could go up. My dad said, “Let’s go see the top. We weren’t able to at the Statue of Liberty, we might as well do it here.” 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 And so we did. We bought tickets up to the 86th floor only and it was around $34 for adults.

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The 86th floor, open deck observatory. #NewYork #USA #LesVoyagesdeNica

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After Empire State we headed home to rest for the night.

Bryant Park > Grand Central Station > New York Public Library > Coney Island > Chelsea Market

On this second day of touring, we headed out for a quick breakfast on Salt and Pepper which was beside our hotel and walked going to Grand Central passing along Bryant Park and the NYPL.

 

It was quaint park that was a perfect place for coffee and quiet book reading. After a few strolling, we headed straight to see the Grand Central Station. All I could say was that it was so beautiful. 😍 Magnifico!

Such a grand place. #LesVoyagesdeNica #USA #NewYork

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After being bedazzled by the Grand Central Station we headed out to see the NYPL. I remembered seeing this on the movie the Day After Tomorrow. Hehe.

It's going to be a good day. #NewYork #USA #LesVoyagesdeNica

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It was free to roam around and see lots of books! It felt like Belle entering the Beast’s personal library. ❤️

We didn’t stay too long as we had another place to go by and this would take us about an hour of subway ride. We were heading to see Coney Island.

We went down the 5 Av Station beside the NYPL walked underground to the F Train to Coney Stillwell Station. We had to ask for directions so as not to board the wrong train.

Warm and sunny. #LesVoyagesdeNica #USA #NewYork

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Reaching there, we were probably the only ones in long sleeves as we all felt cold. Everyone was on their swimwear and here we are fully clothed. Hehe. But we enjoyed sightseeing and even had cold coffee cause despite the cold winds, the sun was beamingly hot. We headed home once again on a long train ride then walked back to our hotel and rested.

Around 4pm we walked to see Chelsea Market. I finally got to see the apartments that I use to see on movies and tv shows. Those small quiet street red bricked apartments are IG worthy. Hehe.

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#LesVoyagesdeNica #USA #NewYork

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We enjoyed seeing lots of food at the market and there were different delicacies to try. After feasting our eyes we then headed back via a subway ride to our hotel and bought our dinner at Salt Pepper. Afterwards we packed our stuff another long ride the next day heading to Alabama.

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24 hour train ride to Alabama

We had our breakfast checked out before 11am then headed to the Penn station of Amtrak. It was really hard to carry 6 huge luggages on the escalator, but we managed.

We checked our luggages in the counter. Each passenger is allowed 2 baggages, strictly 50lbs each and two carry on bags. We had to remove the excess and put them on the baggages that had less weight.

Since we are going through Amtrak we waited on the waiting area for Amtrak passengers where wifi is free. We then boarded as soon as our train was announced.

It was a comfy ride and we brought food to eat at the train. They do have a cafe lounge where you can buy food and coffee. It was a bit expensive though. When you bring your own food you may only eat it at your seat. You cannot bring that on the cafe lounge.

The train is also equipped with free wifi so you won’t have to be bored and still stay in connection. They also have electrical sockets on board so you won’t have to worry with your battery going empty.

After that long train ride, we finally met my aunt and her family, who I haven’t seen in 5 years. It was a tear-jerking moment for all of us. We stayed at their house and they welcomed us with a warm meal that we all enjoyed.

We ended the day through a grocery shopping in Walmart and other stores in Trussville. It was my first Walmart shopping ever and I really like it that it was wifi equipped. Now I understood why some van living explorers on Youtube park on Walmart overnight for the free wifi. Hehe 😜

Meet Yuna, she loves me almost immediately I called her name. ❤️ #Alabama #USA #LesVoyagesdeNica

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The day 1-5 ends here first. Stay tune for a whole lot more of my US adventure!

Check out the links below:

Cheapoair
Hotel Pennsylvania
Amtrak
New York Water Taxi
Central Park Bike Rentals
Empire State Building Observatory
New York Public Library

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt! 

Special shout out to my IG photographer/brother, Nick for taking the awesome IG pics. 

Our U.S. Visa Experience

Hello! We are back from the longest trip we had so far since 2015 of #LesVoyagesdeNica. I had to take a week off since we came to cope from the jetlag and nights of sleeplessness from the differing timezones that my body had to recover from. I have so much to tell you of this trip, which I never thought would happen and so let us start from the beginning.

The U.S. Tourist Visa, it seemed a big deal to most Filipinos to be granted with such an opportunity. I have heard countless of stories of denial and being granted and it made this journey all the more exciting for all of us. There are six of us applying for the visa, two students, two seniors and two businessmen. I will share to you what documents we decided to prepare. Take in mind that acquiring the US Visa has no secret, our results may differ from yours and that this blog written will only give you tips but not the assurance that you’ll be granted with the visa.

Applying the US Visa seems really daunting, as they do not provide an exact list of what documents to present except for a photo (with very strict details on how it should be taken) on a white background, completed online DS-160, email confirmation, and bank receipt from BPI, your passport and a pen. I suggest that you take your photo on a studio at a mall and indicate that this is for US visa application. They do know the rules so your picture would be accepted when you submit it online. Do ask for a hard copy and a soft copy of your photo.

Now, that is the general requirements. But the process of applying is different. It took us almost a week or two just to complete all papers at hand both original and photocopy before we applied online. It is important that you have those before applying as you may need it during the process. Here is what we prepared: Take note that this may differ with others, you may add more documents to prove that your stay there is financially supported and that you will not illegally stay in the US. 

For students: Your school ID, latest grade results, school certificate that you are a bonafide student, enrolment certificate, school calendar, parent’s ITR, business documents (DTI), bank statements, credit card statements, birth certificate (proving your relation to your parent/sponsor).

For senior citizens: Senior ID, birth certificate, sponsor’s business or employment documents (ITR, salary, bank statements, credit card statements, birth certificate). If they are retired from a certain company you could add the documents of their retirement and pension they receive.

For businessmen/self-employed: Birth certificate, business registrations, DTI, ITR, bank statements in the last 6 months, credit card statements in the last 6 months, valid IDs, business permits. If you have properties such as land, house, car add their titles and photos. Add photos of the business as well that you owned. If you are employed you may add a letter from the HR proving that you are working there, your letter of vacation leave approved, salary from the past 6 months.

Those were the specific papers we prepared for each person. The general ones include latest travels, itinerary for your stay (include the hotels and planned airline tickets-DO NOT BOOK yet unless your visa is approved just indicate the names and address of the hotel and airline that you plan to use). If you are staying with a relative indicate their address and phone number, prepare a scanned copy of their status whether they are working, citizen, permanent resident and etc. If they are married to a US citizen,add their marriage contract as well and birth certificate to prove their relationship to you.Whoever is the sponsor or the one paying for the trip should have the most documents to prove that they are capable of paying for the trip.

These were what we prepared and carefully applied for online at their website. Be very sure to read carefully the instructions and if you have any difficulty you may call their telephone number and ask for assistance with a Filipino speaking agent. After I completed online the DS-160, I was guided by the Filipino agent to the payment. I had to print out 6 different bank payment slips for each person that I had to pay before 3pm that same day so my papers would be processed immediately after 6 hours.

Be sure to carry their passports with you when you pay for it at the nearest BPI and keep the bank receipt. Do not ever lose it. After payment, we decided to wait for the next day to schedule our interview and we did it through calling the embassy once again and have it scheduled with the Filipino agent. Passport, banking receipt and the DS-160 application should be all on hand as you call for the appointment. If you will be applying for a family  take note that it refers to IMMEDIATE family members only (dad, mom and unmarried sibling). You would have to make a separate call immediately for other members of the extended family (grandparents, niece, cousin, aunt, etc) that will go with you.

It was a long process for six of us and I had to make three separate calls due to the IMMEDIATE family members only rule. But I am thankful for the assistive agents who were really patient and attentive. You may have the same schedule interview for all and be sure to bring all documents both specific and general. DO NOT BRING any electronic devices at the day of interview. I suggest bring yourself, the documents, a pen and someone who could wait for you outside and carry your other stuff.

Be there at least an hour early before your time schedule. They announce the time outside so you would know if it is your turn. Dress well and appropriate. If you are a student, wear your uniform or a formal business attire would do. Then of course, add a lot of prayers to get your visa approved. We applied for a B2 visa which meant Tourist Visa. We were all nervous but then if you know that you are honest and will abide with the rules what is there to fear?

You will know immediately from the Consul whether your visa is approved or not. If you wish to get your visa expedited do not hesitate to tell it to the Consul so that they will jot it down and guide you on what to do. They will hand you a slip on what to do next. The process of getting your visa expedited meant calling the embassy again and having the delivery area changed to whatever is in the slip of paper given. The usual seven days of waiting could lessen into two or three during the process. We actually had our passport with the visa the next day immediately when the courier texted us that our passports where delivered.

We had so much joy to receive such good news and booked what we needed to book for our trip. I could still feel the excitement and tension when I think about that wonderful blessing. I am also glad that I could share it with you so that you get a glimpse of what could happen when you apply. They say that there is no secret in getting your US visa approved. Truly, there is no secret but then it wouldn’t hurt to listen to other’s experience and learn the good from it.

For more details on the application visit:

US Tourist Visa Application Experience

US Visa Application

US Embassy

I hope that this would help on your application and see the land of the brave and free!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

 

Nadai Fujisoba

Hello there! I said I would try to post more book reviews and yet here I am posting about food again. Haha! Well, well, but who wouldn’t love a good soba noodle soup right? So we gave out Nadai Fujisoba (SM Megamall branch) a try. Just to give you a heads up, my brother was not much of a big fan of Japanese food and I would prefer sushis and sashimis over ramen bowls. But somehow, Nadai Fujisoba truly was a savory treat for our family.

Before we jump into the food pictures and drool once again, let us look into the story of Nadai Fujisoba which I copied at the site (fujisoba.ph):

Nadai Fujisoba is the oldest 24/7 soba restaurant in Japan. In 1966, we built our first soba noodle store in Shibuya, which also serves as our flagship store.

During Japan’s economic boom, we built our stores to cater to on-the-run businessmen, and the community has continued to support us ever since. We serve more than 58,000 meals per day by opening our stores 24-hours.

You can find Nadai Fujisoba when you come to the bustling areas in Tokyo, like Asakusa, Ueno Akihabara, Roppongi, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro.

In 2014, we also started our first store in Taiwan, and it has went on to become a great success for our brand.

We believe that customers in Philippines will like our signature Japanese buckwheat noodle. It is our pleasure to bring to you the best soba noodle Japan has to offer!

There you have it, authentic Japanese soba noodle bowls at it’s finest! So here we go with the pictures that both you and I love to stare.

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Felt like we entered into Japan.

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One of their best sellers. 

My dad and brother chose this same meal and dad had the extra plain soba noodles.

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Potato Croquette

It had tiny meat pieces in it, it was okay but better if you dip it in the sauce.

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The extra plain soba noodles
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Chicken, Egg and Rice donburi

My brother never gets full without rice.

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Mixed vegetables. Yum!

My mom and I had this meal. We both were full and satisfied.

Overall, it was certainly a heavy meal for our family and we quite enjoyed it. The broth was really tasty and complements every ingredient in it. I specifically love the egg, that is half cooked and makes the soup taste a bit creamier when I popped its yolk. We truly had an enjoyable meal and not bad for Japanese food.

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

NICA’S READING NOOK: HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD

This post is long overdue as I have seemingly forgotten about it. The section of the blog, seemed to be forgotten too. Haha. I have noticed that most of my posts are related to food, which probably explains my widening waistline (of which I am trying to combat). Ugh. 😩 So, let’s get off food for a while and stick to books (hopefully, I can do that).

When J.K. Rowling released the latest of the Harry Potter series, every Potterhead in all corners of the world went cray cray. That includes me! Although, I am quite the poor definition of Potterhead. As I have not read any single HP book, which I promise to amend. 🖖 (Speaking of which, I am on the 6th Book)

Though my clumsy excuse was that I watch and rewatched all the movies. 🤓🤓🤓 I enjoyed every last bit of it and even dreamt of Voldemort at times (in a frightening way, of course). 😱😱😱

Allow me to share you some bits of  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. ⚡️⚡️⚡️

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*Disclaimer: To do those who haven’t read the book and wouldn’t want to get any spoilers. I suggest you stop right here and start reading the book. If however, you wish to continue, do so at your own risk.*

First off, this isn’t the typical book like the previous HP books you probably have read. This book is actually a script, a playwright of the theatrical act that was performed a year or so ago in London. It acquired lots of criticisms from some HP fans regarding the casting and how they didn’t look like the movie actors who played them on film.

Nevertheless, it is a big hit in the UK and all over the globe of Potterheads. 🎉🎉🎉 I find it actually interesting which really made me delve into the first seven books to get a more clearer picture of who, where, what, why and how did all of this happened.

The main characters are of course, Harry’s son Albus Severus Weasley Potter. We all saw him in the end of the movie when his dad, gave him a tiny bit of advice regarding his fear of being placed in the House of Slytherin. Apparently, he did end up there much to the chagrin of his siblings and cousins.

He, however in such a weird circumstance became close to Scorpius Greengrass Malfoy. Not just close, but best of friends. Though, Scorpius had his father, Draco’s looks, he had his mother’s kind heart and tolerance with Muggles and non-wizard folk. Also, he wasn’t the bullying type like his forefathers were in Hogwarts. He and Albus where the subject of ridicule. Stemming from the rumor that Scorpius might be the son of Voldemort.

It was funny to read how the tables have turned for the Malfoy folk. I would presume that if Draco’s old self would see his son falling head over heels for Albus’ cousin, Rose Granger Weasley, he would’ve preferred to die. But, all is well.

Draco was more tolerable and understanding having gone through so much shame and pain from the ideology of pureblood supremacy. Harry on the other hand, was a very known wizard and his fame was rubbing onto his son Albus who happened to inherit his father’s appearance. Which caused a great deal of strain to both.

Most of the original characters where in the Cursed Child as well. From Neville being teacher, to Diggory’s dad, to some surviving Death Eaters. But the main story involved a magical artifact that at the height of that period was being  destroyed. The time-turner. Harry was, if I remembered correctly, one of those tasked to do so. He, however had one left and confiscated by Hermione.

Aside from the time-turner was Mr. Amos Diggory badgering Harry to use it to save his son Cedric during that dreadful event at the Triwizard Tournament. Then we also meet a new character, Delphini Diggory (who really was Delphini Riddle). Daughter of the Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange. I really wondered, how in the world would Voldemort even thought of it when he really didn’t know what love is like.

I mean, he wanted all power to himself. Though he did regard Bellatrix as his most faithful servant, and I am pretty sure that Bellatrix would be fangirling over that fact that she and her Master had a tryst. Haha!

I also kept wondering of her husband, Rodolphus. Well, maybe they never really cared for each other and are only bonded for the sake of pure blood marriage and their dark desire to serve Voldemort. But, let us not dwell on that.

Delphini had that desire to go back and save her father from the very beginning. Before Voldemort’s first fall, when he tried to kill Potter as a baby. She wanted to stop her father to prevent it all from happening and retain his power. But like all, her plan failed, by the two most unlikely heroes named Scorpius and Albus.

Through the book, we see the disastrous effects of one meddling with time. There were different timelines with the most disastrous effects, one resulting to the death of a Hogwarts’ student. Eventually all was restored with Delphini captured and thrown in Azkaban. While Harry and his son finally settling their issues. It was nice to read of Draco helping out Potter and fighting together for their children’s lives.

Overall, it was a good read, which reminds me to continue with the 6th book now as I don’t want to miss a day.

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

Bingeing at Shinsen

Salut! It’s April and the summer heat is finally here in Manila. In a way to beat the heat here, most Filipinos go swimming at the beach or at pools. I set Wednesdays for my swimming days where I exercise and beat the heat as well together with my swimming buddy/boyfriend Sunny. But this particular Wednesday evening was a bit cold and we both were shivering at the pool and even after our swim. Good thing, there was a near Japanese restaurant called Shinsen at the Hampton Garden’s Arcade and to heat ourselves, we decided to get some hot soup for dinner!

It was a quaint and cozy place, plus the servers are so polite and assistive. We chose to seat on the sushi bar so we can seat beside each other. #cheesy Hahaha! We ordered California Maki, a bowl of Spicy Miso Soup and a bowl of Seafood Udon Soup. I forget to jot down the prices, really sorry about that. But here are the photos!

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All time fave! But I have to cut off the rice. 
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It wasn’t as spicy as I expected but it was good!
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Sunny had this and he sure did enjoyed it.
 

Overall:

We enjoyed our dinner that night. I loved the Spicy Miso it had a mild spice which is suitable for those who don’t really like spicy foods. Although, I wish they really lived up to the name of the meal. Nevertheless, it was a yummy meal. Sunny’s seafood udon soup was a bit sweet to taste but is balanced. He enjoyed his meal and finished it all up. It was well packed with seafood goodies too! The California Maki is pure joy for me, or is it I just love all California Maki. Hahaha. I hope you guys get to try Shinsen and enjoy yummy Japanese meals.

 

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

 

Fitness Update

* Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post by the apps that I will mention in this post.*

Hello there! Salut! I am back to update you all with my health and fitness quest for a more healthier me. If you have read my previous post, Challenging Myself, I stated there my quest to take off sweets and rice. In addition to that I am also striving to jog, walk and swim (at least once) every week. My jogging partner is none other than my dad who is such a good driving force to push myself to jog even if my legs seem falling apart. Haha! He also happens to be my impromptu photographer.

Go run. 🏃🏻‍♀️

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Taken last week.

When my legs' sweat flow like a stream. #satisfaction #jogging

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Taken today, I promise to post everyday of my jogging adventures. For my swimming, I only swim once a week to help with the toning and another exercise to enjoy. My swimming partner is none other than my boyfriend. Heehee.

Water and I. 🏊🏻‍♀️

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We go swimming every Wednesday afternoon. Then we walk home afterwards. I am also doing progress with the no rice meals but still on the process of lessening the sweets.

🍫+ 🌶#ProudlyPinoy

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🍫+☕️ #ProudlyPinoy

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I am really struggling on the thought of completely removing sweets. I so love cakes, frappes and chocolates. So, I am looking for alternatives and some “cheat” days to ease the process. Here is where Lifesum and the Apple Health app is such a big help. I learned of Lifesum from a Youtuber named, Olivia from LivsHealthyLife. She is a vegan who featured how she uses the app to balance her carbohydrates, protein and fat intake. I thought it was really helpful to use this app to monitor my intake and whether I can splurge a bit of chocolate for a snack as long as it is in within my caloric intake.

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My caloric intake and how many I burned from exercise and walking.

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Check out Liv’s channel on Youtube and here is where she featured the Lifesum app.

 

Another helpful app is the Apple’s Health app.

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I use this to monitor my steps and running distance. It synchronizes with the Lifesum app so it shows how many I burned from jogging and walking alone.

For now, I currently weigh 52kgs and have a waistline of 30 inches. Ugh! I plan to reach the 48 kgs goal and a waist of 26-25 inches. I hope I can make this!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

First Taste: Taco Bell

Hello there! This is a two days late post from last Sunday’s family lunch. Usually, when we don’t have any viand left at home, we eat out and this time we wanted to try out the new mall near SM Megamall called the Ayala Malls the 30th.

It was quite a huge place as compared to how it looks on the outside. Oh well, at least we have a new place to gallivant in case we get bored at Megamall. But this post is definitely not about the mall rather about a well known fast food chain in the US that I saw for the first time in the PH! 😍  TACO BELL *drools*

I was really ecstatic that we should try it out. Haha! Apparently on their site they have 4 stores already. Guess, I was a bit late. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop me since I saw their burrito menu and that sold me out to give it a try!

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You wait for the number on the receipt to flash on the mini screen at the counter. Also clean your own table. 

We tried out their burrito with rice, hard tacos and quesadillas.

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The tacos were a bit bland for my taste
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Quesadillas are two thumbs up!

I love love love the burritos. ❤️

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Yup, a bitten burrito. 

Overall: It wasn’t a bad experience. In fact we had a take out burrito and got a free one because we did the survey online. Haha. I’ll definitely go back for those burritos. 🤤

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

Challenging Myself

Hello there! Quick question, who here has read my blogpost last 2016? The Fitness Goals??? Hahaha. I know, I know I haven’t been faithful on that year and just after a week or so I lapsed. Anyhoots, it is always good to have a partner in your fitness journey to be inspired and motivated to push your limits. I guess, I have my cousin and a dear friend who joined me with challenge to thank for. Hehehe.

So, I am writing my first weekly challenge to take off sweets and rice on my diet. I would substitute my rice to some sweet potatoes or “saba bananas” or cardava bananas. But if there is no available substitute for rice, then eating the viand will do good. Tomorrow is the start of the first week and I will post weekly photos my meals as a proof that I didn’t cheat.

A side note: I will not starve myself on this challenge but will still enjoy a little bit of this and that. This is up until I get used to the situation. You should know that in a Filipino diet, rice is a staple. So this is truly a challenge for me, my cousin and my friend. I hope to make it this week and see you next Saturday!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!