Weekend Finds by Kim (Week #34)

And here’s another ‘Aha!’ moment whilst having dinner with my family. I am introducing a new portion of my blog where I will do a fortnightly recap. This will include the things I will be able to scout, interesting activities which I will find worth sharing, feature of the new (and old) restaurants and food house I will visit, some life learning and recent discoveries… basically a bi-weekly update of all things I thought worth sharing.

This week is like no other week. From developing a new habit, buying new babies a.k.a. books to read, to getting myself some new investments. Although pricey and my expenses suddenly went high, my heart is filled with joy. I guess this is what prioritizing self-care does to you – doing the things you’ve always been scared to do, indulging yourself with favourite comfort food, developing new hobbies, renewing your burning passion to be a better version of yourself.

Books

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Paperback issue of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians from Powerbooks.

I’ve had doubts whether to grab a copy of Crazy Rich Asians or not because of the initial reviews I’ve seen online, but my instincts were wrong. When I finally saw the movie trailer and talked to few of my friends about their thoughts of the book by Kevin Kwan, I finally gave in, just in time before the Crazy Rich Asians premiere in the Philippines on August 22 (Wednesday). Now, I have to be honest, I couldn’t put the book down and I’m so hooked! I’ll be doing a review of this as soon as I finish reading it and will do the same after viewing the movie.

Tip: There are copies in almost all major book stores in the country but was able to buy from Powerbooks in TriNoma, Quezon City for only 399 Pesos ($7.47). Also, please don’t forget to bring your Laking National Bookstore Card because they honour that – sayang ang points!

(Updated: I have already watched the movie last 27 August and I have a NO SPOILER movie review/reaction vlog!)

Fashion

SandugoPulag” sandals for only 675 Pesos ($12.64), less 10% thanks to The Great Marilao Sale at SM City Marilao last Aug 17-19, 2018.

It will be less than 5 months before my first solo travel, but I’ve been preparing for it as early as now. Call it excitement, but it’s really more than it. I want to make sure everything will go as planned, even thought I know in reality it does not really happen at all. The first step I did? Secure a reliable sandals. I have never been a fan of sandals, but this particular Sandugo pair of sandals stood out. It’s called “Pulag” which reminds me of Mt. Pulag, the 3rd tallest mountain here in the Philippines.

Why did I choose to go for sandals instead of my heavy duty boots? One, it’s lightweight – I don’t have a check-in baggage allowance for my trip so I need something that wouldn’t be hard to sport around. Two, I don’t have to think about if it would look good on what I will be wearing. Every sandals I’ve owned would always go well with almost any outfit that I’ve worn. Three, I need something good for walking. I’ll probably bring a pair of running shoes with me but that’s it. Four, it’s on sale!

I think the fourth reason was the most important thing for me, as a very practical young professional. I actually didn’t realize that SM City Marilao has a 3-Day “The Great Marilao Sale” last August 17-19 (see here) not until when I was already there. I tried to look for other options, but my eyes were instantly set to those Sandugo sandals. Moreover, Sandugo has been a trusted brand of my parents – and I didn’t realize mum and I have the same sandals design not until last Tuesday when we went shopping and coincidentally wore our Sandugo “Pulag” sandals.

I’ll probably add climbing Mt. Pulag to my bucket list, and for sure will be booking with Trail Adventours for this. Check their trip information of Mt. Pulag here and let me know if anyone’s interested to join me before the year ends.

Food

Arnisia
Arnisia – grilled lamb chops with roasted vegetables and mint yogurt sauce. 450 Pesos ($8.43)
Kotopoulo
Kotopoulo – herb roasted chicken served with potatotes and roasted red bell pepper sauce. 315 Pesos ($5.90)
Gyros
Gyros – roasted meats wrapped in pita bread with garlic sauce, tomatoes, and onions. 250 Pesos ($4.68)

This was our first time to dine in a Greek restaurant, and boy, KOS Greek Ouzeri at UP Town Center did not disappoint at all. We’ve only known Greek food through dad whenever he makes Galaktoboureko, a Greek dessert of semolina custard in filo, and being the adventurous family that we are, we didn’t hesitate to try it out. Read more of our dining experience here.

*$1 = 54 Pesos

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