Monday, January 30, 2012

Mandy Navasero: Catanduanes Photo Tour


    Yearly, my mom travels for her Batanes Photo Tour, for 2012 she has a new photo tour in store for fellow photo enthusiasts and globe trotters, who loves traveling. Having traveled to Catanduanes a week ago, she is now on her toes to promoting Catanduanes - Mandy Navasero, Catanduanes Countryside Photo Tour

     Schedules for April 13-16 and May 11-14, Sleep on three hotels and try Bicolano dishes @P19,500 inclusive of all.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gamer girlfriend + Advanced birthday surprise and CATS!


      I always look forward to weekends, Saturday’s spent with my man, it was our regular RnR at his place for a gaming session. He actually let me try Demon Souls and Amalur: Reckoning, you see my BF is a hardcore gamer/ gamer geek and recently in his Facebook status updates is mostly about his gaming journey with Demon Souls, how freaking hard the game is and I was able to experience it myself and now I understand his “frustration”. First of all, the controls are different, you will be using the L and R button’s for attacking or defense, and then the d pad to switch equipments /skills and potion and then the analog stick to move. It was overwhelming and hard! Let me rephrase that, it will eat your soullllllll! (haha). Not to brag or anything, my BF’s best friend Jon only lasted a minute, I for one lasted an hour. So it’s not that bad considering it’s my first time. My class is Royalty, which both uses magic and long rage weapons.

     What I love about these kinds of games is customization, here’s how my character in Demon Soul’s look like (see photo below).



     Pretty plane jane right? All through out the game I kept screaming like a scaredy cat and told Martin that I wanted to rest for a while. He recommended that I try Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which I enjoyed more over Demon Souls and also because my character looks way better (hehe). See photo below





     I think Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is the game for me, it’s much more light hearted and slightly plays the same as Demon Souls only easier. This is just the demo only, release of the game will be sometime in February for PS3. I played almost the whole afternoon, and after that we were able to catch Sherlock Holmes on HBO.

      For lunch, I cooked burger patties, luncheon meat and egg sarciado (no photos sorry),  unfortunately, the burger patties was burned (almost charcoal like – haha), the fire was to high and I did not set it on low. My man kept on complaining about the patties (sorry babe, next time will make better patties for you), but at least the saving grace was the egg. We tried a new drink stall at a nearby grocery which I will be posting in my other blog. Before heading home, I was caught of guard by his advance birthday gift which was really sweet of him.


     Someone was extravagant that day (thanks love!), will make a review of this sometime this week. And while I was taking a photo, this cat always wants to be the star (see photo below).


     Martin has a very, VERY noisy cat named Tigger…..


    We both had a blast and missed each other dearly, I can’t wait to spend time with him again this weekend!

     Hope you guys had a great weekend too~


     Till then!




Girl Bonding + My first sauna experience


    Before this week ends, I am eager to post my girl bonding with my dearest friend Stacy. She accompanied me to Quezon City last Tuesday and after my meeting she insisted that I stay over at her house to hang out, it’s been a while since we last saw each other.

     It was my first time to visit her lovely home and it was really unique, it reminds me of Tagaytay, the stairs was something (I didn’t take a picture of it since, I didn’t want to invade her privacy). We had lunch first cooked by her mom (which I will be posting in my other blog). Anyway, it was pretty neat that she has her very own sauna and jacuzzi at home, I asked permission if I can take pictures and she obliged. It was also my first time to try it and after experiencing it, I felt so relaxed and stress free. My skin also felt so good and my face didn’t oil up that much that day. WOW! (hehe)

Friday, January 27, 2012

DOVE shampoo + NIVEA Lip balm

      Hello guys, I’m back from my regular programming. I’ve been recently posting about my travel and food adventure in my other blog, I hope you guys check it out.
       In other news, during my travel to Catanduanes here, here and here             I saw in one sari-sari store selling sachets of the new DOVE shampoo. I wanted to buy it but it was raining buckets and I was still coughing really bad. Our tour guide Juriz said that she has a friend working for Unilever, and the DOVE shampoo is the competition of L’oreal. Arriving in Manila, I went to Shopwise to see if they already have it and they do. At first they didn’t have it in sachets yet, I was able to buy one at Gateway with my best friend Stacy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Some announcement


   Hello everyone! It’s been a while, I’ve been so busy lately but I can’t wait to post my new adventure that happened last week. But before that, I’ve decided to make a new blog, dedicated for my travel and food adventure. You can add me or check out my blog namely, Adventures Of A Lady Explorer at Wordpress. Don’t worry, I will still be keeping this blog for other random babbles I share.

    I’ve been thinking if I should also post my travel and food blog here in Inside A Cat’s Mind, but then having a dedicated travel and food blog would be useless if I post it here as well. I hope that my loyal readers would follow my other blog.


  Till then!




Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NO TO SOPA/PIPA: Spread the word!


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   Have you dear readers heard about the latest news about SOPA/PIPA? You can click the link for a more detailed article about it. Here’s a video too: 

Monday, January 16, 2012



    First it was the Frappuccino craze, and then there was tea! But among all those new drinks popping out, there is still one drink that has been enchanting and fulfilling my drink craze time and again…. QUICKLY please!

    I remember back then when I was in high school or elementary in St. Scholastica’s College, there used to be a Quickly restaurant near our school. They also have food items there and my sister and I usually have our dinner there after school. Now, it seems that Quickly is just a drink stall in most malls. Quickly was brought here from Taiwan. 

    This is one healthy beverage that I keep coming back to. I specifically love their Taro, well it’s the only item in the menu that I always order.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekend Food trip


     It’s always a treat when my Man and I go food tripping on weekends. Aside from spending some quality time, we put our sleeves up and critique’ the food we eat. Food is a serious business, LOL! Last Friday, we met up to watch Sherlock Holmes at Walter Mart (Chino Roces, near Don Bosco). Just to compare which has the better cinema between Cash and Carry and Walter Mart. We were happy that both has Tater’s in their cinema’s, but the one at Walter has a very slow system. We availed of the Major league combo and upsized our drinks to 22 oz for P10 each.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tech talk: Android Apps–NOOM


   I’ve been recently raving about NOOM – a health fitness application. I first tried out Calorie Counter but found NOOM to be much better. I love the workout feature where it counts the actual calories lost when you do a certain exercise, like biking, stationary biking, dancing, etc.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Random Thursday + CATS


  Random Thursday is how I can describe my day yesterday! First, mom accompanied me to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. You see, my pain tolerance is bad, the dentist was good and had light hands, it’s just me really who has a problem. Who knows anyone who cries just having their teeth cleaned? Egad, I wanted the earth to eat me up that moment.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Food review: Taclings!


     I’ve always been curious about the food stalls along the hallways of SM Makati. It was the Christmas shopping rush and Martin and I were so hungry and decided to have some appetizer. I bought us Taclings! I always see these small taco’s at Banchetto when it was still in Emerald Oritgas. This costs only P50 each, just choose from beef or tuna filling. I chose the tuna and my man chose beef.

Food review: Bar-B-King


    Food tripping with my man is always fun! We rarely eat at expensive restaurants these days so our mantra is to scout for cheap but really good food. When we are in Makati, we either eat at Food choices or SM Makati food court. Last month (yes, this is a back log post) Martin and I ate at Bar-B-King again. He said that their barbecue now tastes much more yummy and 2 pcs of pork barbecue with java rice costs only P100 (no drinks).


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Take a Whiff: Her Bench body spray–Tickled in Pink


    I’m currently loving the body spray from Her bench, Tickled in pink! I bought this at Shopwise for P120.95. It was my sister who introduced me to Her Bench body spray’s. I was actually planning to buy the So In Love, but it was only the Tickled in pink that was available at that time. The scent surprisingly lingers until the end of the day and it somehow reminds me of the Juicy Couture perfume.

Date on a Monday


     Having meals is best when together with family, friends or even your significant other. Last night, my Martin and I met up at Walter Mart to have dinner. He was gone for a few days from his Singapore trip and he was so sweet to have bought me pasalubong. For our food options, we were thinking of whether to eat at Mongolian grill or Karate kid, but because I was craving for Ramen, Karate kid it was. I’ve already dined here a couple of times and one of my staple orders is always Tofu Furai or Fish Katsu. I was disappointed with their beef ramen, so this time I was risky to try their Tempura miso ramen. I would’ve opted for the fish katsu but I didn’t want to eat rice that time.


Monday, January 09, 2012

It’s more fun in Batanes –Mandy Navasero Batanes Photo Safari


      With the new slogan of Department of Tourism: “It’s more fun, in the Philippines!” A lot of people are coming up with their own version why it’s more fun in the Philippines.

       With that in mind, let me say that, It’s more fun in the Philippines – because of BATANES! I went there a few years back, and I wasn’t really thrilled to go there at first. But then, after going to different destinations like Marlboro Hills, seeing the lighthouse, all magnificient and breath taking. Let the pictures speak for itself.

Photos taken by Mandy Navasero


Saturday, January 07, 2012

Currently playing: Nintendo Wii–Just Dance 2


    Games can be a source of entertainment, stress reliever and for some a fun way to exercise! My Martin lent me his Nintendo Wii because he rarely uses it, he’s also very supportive of me losing weight which is the real reason why he lent me the Wii. So I can just dance, to Just Dance (game) LOL!

     It’s not just because it’s the New year that I’ve decided to seriously lose weight but more of long term reasons and what girlfriend doesn’t want to look good for their significant other right? I also downloaded an app for the android called the Calorie Counter, which basically measures the amount of calories lost when you do a certain exercise. It also measures the calorie intake of your food. I will probably blog about that app soon. Anyhoo, going back to the Wii, is my daily workout. I’ve played all of the songs already and I really wish my man can find a copy of the Just Dance 3, so far the only copies sold are for the Xbox, BOOO!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Manila Bulletin 2012 AD RATES


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    Publication date: January 20, 2012

    Deadline for Materials: January 17, 2012

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Home cooking: Pork Cutlet steak


     Thinking of recipes for the household is the hardest. I was pressured because of the time, I needed to cook something fast but good at the same time for my family. I decided to make pork cutlet steak. I bought the meat at Shopwise, 1 kilo costs P235 pork cutlet.

      Ingredients used where:

  • 1 kilo pork cutlet
  • onion and garlic
  • herbs – oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soysauce
  • pineapple bits and the syruo as well
  • red bell pepper
  • butter
  • sugar

Kim n’ Chi + Cucina Spanish food


      A few days ago, my man and 2 of our friends were supposed to meet up for a catch up date before he would leave for Singapore. It’s not permanent though he’ll be back after a week, and I will definitely miss him a lot. One of our friends (Stacy) wasn’t able to make it due to unfortunate events. So it was just me, Martin and Che.

       I’ve been seeing Kim n’ Chi since it opened but never attempted to try it. But this time, because I was craving for Ramen, I tried their spicy seafood ramyon. The price is pretty reasonable and they didn’t skimp on the seafood as well. My total bill cost me around P150 or less I think or maybe less than P200 (back log post sorry). Upon ordering, you will be given a disk, just like the one in Happy Lemon.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A pink themed gift and random shopping


     I received another package/gift yesterday from another blogger friend, who has always been generous and thoughtful. We rarely see each other these days, but I promised her that I soon as I have work again, I’ll treat her out. Anyway, thank you dear Lady E for the sweet and the BESTEST gift ever, here’s why.


Skin care: Celeteque Brightening facial wash


     Pictures sometimes can be deceiving, my skin can look like it’s smooth but it’s not so much. Aside from having oily skin (face), one of the consultants at Clinique during Lady E’s birthday party mentioned that my skin easily (upon cleansing) gets acidic (red/dark). That always happens right after I wash my face with my preferred facial wash. I did some research and found out about Celeteque’s brightening facial wash (crossing my fingers that it would work). And no kiss ass testament, it DOES work!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Sisterly love and Made up Hair styles


     Good morning my dear readers! I have a series of posts coming up, but for today, let me share with you a post about hair styles and sisterly bonding. My sister Amanda and I are the closest among our other siblings, being the closest we can be bad enemies too, haha! We’ve fought a lot when we were younger, but one of our major arguments was a year ago. It was almost a year of no talking and me swearing to never let her in my life anymore. It was on her birthday that we said sorry and promised not to fight ever again. Ever since, we became much more close than ever.

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