Christmas Wish List: Cookbooks

I’m no gifting guru, but maybe you have a friend like me, someone who doesn’t cook but loves cookbooks.  These are the top 2 on my wish list and I bet your friend will love them too:

Cravings: Recipes for Al the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen shares recipes of her favorite things to eat in the most entertaining way possible — with stories of their everyday life and a lot of self-deprecating humour.  You can view sample recipes on Amazon, like this one:

 

 

It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow

My Ross passed on her copy of GP’s first cookbook, It’s All Good, and it turned out to be exactly my kind of cookbook filled with my kind of recipes.  This means that many of them are so simple they can hardly be called recipes at all.  It’s All Easy promises to be more of the same, and I know this because it’s got the word “easy” in the title.

 

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Eslite Spectrum

ESLITE stores can be found all over Taipei, but Eslite Spectrum feels special because of its unique location on the grounds of Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, which was converted from an abandoned tobacco factory.  My friends and I walked all the way from Taipei 101, crossing the park to get to Eslite, and the walk itself was enjoyable.  We passed Ecology Pond, which is an oasis right in the middle of the city.

The Eslite building includes a large bookstore, a department store filled with young artisans and creative brands, vinyl, DIY workshops, traditional Taiwanese tea shops, and lots more eye candy.  Everything is gorgeous as well as expensive!  We had dinner at a Thai restaurant called Kiki Thai Cafe (inside Eslite) and we enjoyed everything we ordered (except the stinky tofu which served only as dinnertime entertainment).  *Sorry to have zero photos to share, but please google “Eslite Spectrum Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to see more of what it looks like!

After eating, we walked around and just enjoyed the open grounds by some abandoned and rather creepy warehouses, pretending we were in a horror movie.  Elite Spectrum is so beautiful and one of my favorite new places in Taipei!

All Home

Have you been to ALL HOME?  I had the chance to check out their Quezon City branch not too long ago, and the place is huge!  It’s four whole floors of everything you need to build, furnish, or improve your home. Continue reading “All Home”

Perla, a Coconut Oil-Based Laundry Soap

Did you know that Perla is under new ownership?  Procter & Gamble has sold the brand to a local, family-owned corporation.  I got to meet Perla’s new owners, and I’m happy to report that they are passionate about rebuilding and growing the proudly homegrown brand.

Perla soap is a world-class product that deserves to be distributed internationally, but for now, it is only available in the Philippines.  Perla’s composition is 50% coconut oil + glycerin, a natural moisturizer, with no harsh chemicals added.  As a kid, I remember our helpers specifically requesting Perla to do the laundry, since it was (and still is) hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin.  And just recently, I learned that it’s so gentle, a lot of people even use it as a bath soap, or facial soap for pimple-prone skin!

  • Perla gently and effectively cleans the clothes you love
  • Acts as a natural fabric softener
  • Whitens whites and prevents color fading
  • Helps make your clothes last longer

And if you need more convincing, Perla also supports the livelihood of Filipino coconut farmers.  Coconut oil is a precious commodity that is always in high demand, which means it is also expensive.  But Perla’s new owners assure us that they have no plans to change the original, premium formation of the laundry bar, with 50% coconut oil.

I was over the moon to receive about a year’s worth of Perla, and although they don’t have this in detergent powder form yet, you can grate half a bar of Perla to do a full load with your washing machine, no fabric softener needed.  Tried and tested!

Perla is available at leading supermarkets nationwide.

 

Pursue Your Passions Without Going Broke

Ever since I can remember, it’s always been more important to me to pursue my passions than to make a lot of money.  But obviously, the ideal would be to do both. Continue reading “Pursue Your Passions Without Going Broke”

How to Make Your Own Boxed Floral Arrangements

I finally made it to one of School of Styling’s workshops, and it was so much fun! Continue reading “How to Make Your Own Boxed Floral Arrangements”

Marketa

Marketa is the Philippines’ first online lifestyle marketplace.  They aim to provide the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises with a platform to sell their products online. Continue reading “Marketa”

Off the Beaten Path: Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Manila

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see your city in a whole new light, and today I’m excited to share a list of things to do in Manila from a rather unlikely source.

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Weekend Snaps: Road Testing the Chevrolet Trailblazer

I have a confession to make:  I don’t drive.  I’ve enrolled myself in driving school a few times, and I even have a driver’s license — but I’ve never actually done any driving except around the village where I grew up.  This used to embarrass me a bit, but I’ve since learned to appreciate Continue reading “Weekend Snaps: Road Testing the Chevrolet Trailblazer”

How to Grow Organic Vegetables in Your Own Backyard (or Balcony)

One of the life goals that I share with my husband is to grow our own organic vegetables for our family.  So when we received an invitation to join an Organic Urban Gardening Workshop at Continue reading “How to Grow Organic Vegetables in Your Own Backyard (or Balcony)”

Lego Certified Store Opens in Manila (Updated)

What is a Lego Certified Store and how is it different from other stores that sell Lego products?

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Tempur Breeze #BestSleepEver

When you think of a luxurious bed, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s Tempur. Continue reading “Tempur Breeze #BestSleepEver”