Korean Fan Diaries: 5 Must-Do's in Singapore to Relive Memorable Moments from Spy Myeongwol

Spy Myeongwol remains to be one of my most favorite Korean dramas of 2011 and for good reason. The story line hints on the perennial North & South Korea conflict in a unique, non-traditional way which according to some was actually inspired by true events. Seeing Han Ye-seul play Spy Myeongwol is always a delight. Her poise under pressure as well as the powerful stunts her character needed to deliver are so believable, I can't help but root for her every step of the way. And then comes the romance between her and Kang Woo played by Korean hearthrob Eric Moon. It seems like Eric hasn't lost his touch as a leading man ever since I first saw him in Phoenix or Firebird, a Korean Drama that belongs to my top 3 list of favorites of all time.

Aside from shooting in Seoul, Spy Myeongwol also flew to Singapore for a number of unforgettable scenes in Episode 1.  

You too can retrace the stars' steps from this popular Korean Drama by including this list in your itinerary when you go to Singapore.

1.  Stroll around Ion Orchard.

      Taken by Bibot Cerro for Timeless Confection

Remember that scene when Han Myeongwol was running after Kang Woo around Ion Orchard? She was trying to get the star's autograph but to no avail. No matter how hard she tried, Kang Woo evaded her every time. Don't forget this rather fascinating scene when you go around this prominent shopping district.

How To Get There: 
Ion Orchard

2.  Visit the Marina Bay Sands' SkyPark and Infinity pool.  

        Taken by Bibot Cerro for Timeless Confection

    Taken by Ren Luistro for Timeless Confection

If you have the budget of at least Php 13,000 a night, you can book a room at the world-class Marina Bay Sands just like Hallyu star Kang Woo.  You too can swim across the hotel's iconic infinity pool constructed on a gravity-defying cantilever! 

However if you want to scrimp on spending, there is always the Sands Sky Park Tour for a much more affordable fee. 

Sands SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Public Entrance: Hotel Tower 3 in the Porte Cochere area-off Bayfront Ave-Level 1
Price: Adults-SGD 20 or PHP 680; Kids-SGD 14 or PHP 476; Senior Citizens-SGD 17 or PHP 578

3.  Ride the Sampan at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

    Taken by Bibot Cerro for Timeless Confection

    Taken by Kaye Langit-Luistro

Just like Joo In-ah played by Jang Hee-jin, you too can have a taste of how some of our Southeast Asian neighbors live and transport stuff. Ride the sampan at The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands and experience history with a fashionable twist.

Sampan Ride 
Canal Level (B2), The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Price: SGD 10 or PHP 340 per person (Kids and Adults alike)
11 AM to 8 PM Daily
Last Ride at 7:30 PM

4.  Chill at the Event Plaza Promenade at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

                                                              Taken from raluistro's Photostream 

                                                                           Taken by Ren Luistro for Timeless Confection

Cozy up with your significant other and enjoy the spectacular Wonder Full Show for free! If you miss the nightly performance for some reason, no worries. Just like Kang Woo and Han Myeongwol, you too can simply sit on the steps and have some meaningful conversation with the one that you love.

Wonder Full
Free Show lasts for 13-15 minutes
Location: Event Plaza at the Promenade
8 PM; 9:30 PM, Sunday to Thursday
8 PM; 9:30 PM; 11 PM, Friday and Saturday

5.  Stroll Around The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

                                                                            Taken by Ren Luistro for Timeless Confection

   Taken by Kaye Langit-Luistro 

Stroll around this world-class shopping mall just like Joo In-ah and her chaebol dad, President Joo.  Cherish your time with daddy simply by dining out, talking or even shopping together if budget permits. Cheers!

How To Get There:


MOCHI CREME Japanese Ice Cream @ SM City North Edsa ♪♪♪

Right after the Etude House Pink Fair 2012 last week, Kathlynish and I saw some mochi being sold at a stall fronting Papemelroti. So this was what my blogger friend salmoncat was referring to, I thought.

Mochi Cream Japanese Ice Cream SM City North Edsa

I dashed to the freezer and asked the bubbly girl in purple hair to give us the Black Sesame (Php 65) and Azuki Red Bean (Php 65) flavors.

As expected, the fusion of ice cream inside the sticky rice makes for an entertaining, fun eat. Come to think of it, Mochi Creme shares a similar concept with Mikawaya Mochi Ice Cream except for the part that you can purchase Mochi Creme in singles at 3 SM Supermalls. On the other hand, Mikawaya is only available at Rustan's Supermarkets.

Yummy Mochi Ice Cream!

Mochi Cream Japanese Ice Cream
♪♪♪ Fantastic! It's on my list of favorites.

Mochi Cream Japanese Ice Cream 
SM North Edsa
1st level, Main Building
Fronting Papemelroti

SM Megamall
3rd level, Building A

SM Mall of Asia
2nd level, Main Mall


Summer Beauty 101 Workshop by Benefit Philippines!

Benefit Philippines invites you to an afternoon of beauty and laughter in Summer Beauty 101 featuring Celebrity Stylist, Alyanna Martinez and Chief Makeup Diva, Mica Tuano-Fuentes.

From brow mapping to makeup summer must-haves, learn how you can look your best even under the sun! That's not all! Covet some of the hottest summer styling tips to help you make the most of the summer season.

Summer Beauty 101 happens April 28th, Saturday, from 4 to 5:30 PM at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5.

Get free entrance when you purchase the Hello Flawless Make-Up Kit or avail Php 1000 worth of services at the Brow Bar.

Hurry before slots run out!


My Favorite Dara Park Wallpaper From Etude House Philippines!

Lovin' my newly downloaded Dara Wallpaper from Etude House!

 Doesn't she look sooo pretty?

Download this wallpaper for free from Etude House Philippines.

Play Etude!


MoMo Cafe @ Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati ♪♪

Dinner at MoMo Cafe

With a nice, cozy ambience, MoMo Cafe attracted a steady flow of diners in the Ayala Triangle Gardens including us. Perhaps it was because of the fact that the staff didn't drive late diners away but instead welcomed them with open arms. You can say, availability is key to a successful restaurant business. And we witnessed that first-hand when we dined at MoMo.

MoMo's Free Appetizers

Another glistening advantage on their part would have to be the free appetizers served almost as soon as you're seated down. Who doesn't want free stuff anyway? And for me, the appetizers had me on my first taste of the pimiento dip which reminded me so much of my childhood.

On this note, please allow me to share with you what we had that night at MoMo:

MoMo's Frozen Iced Tea: Green Mango Flavor Php 110

                               MoMo's Frozen Iced Tea: Raspberry Flavor Php 110

 Breakfast Filipino: Gourmet Tuyo, Capers, Dried Chili & Garlic In Olive Oil Php 320
One of their bestselling breakfast set meals. Truly a must-try!

"Mrs." Jones Spicy US Tapa Php 195
Beef Tapa served with fried rice, spring onion omelet, salted egg and tomato caprese and some homemade atchara. Another one of their bestsellers.

MOMO's! Spaghetti & Mini Meatballs Php 350
Al dente pasta in a mixture of chunky Bolognese and creamy cheese sauces and topped with fresh parmesan. Served with sourdough toast. Perfect for kids!

Creamy Crabby Seafood "Casserole" & Rice Php 395
A fusion of crab meat, mixed seafood, double-smoked bacon chunks, MOMO's special seafood cream, corn, peas and carrots with hollandaise sauce. Rich and earthy, the dish celebrated a symphony of flavors which to my opinion also became its waterloo. It simply had too many notes leaving us full in just a few bites. 

Here's MoMo's Menu for your reference:

MoMo's Refreshers Menu

MoMo's Breakfast Favorites Menu

 MoMo's House Specialties Menu

MoMo Cafe
♪♪ Good. It's worth a try.

MoMo Cafe
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Makati City
Operating Hours:
7 AM to 11 PM, Mon-Sun
Phone: 621-6162


Summer Workshop Alert: Maximize Your Brain Through Dynamic Recall!

Learn the art and science of memorization through Dynamic Recall's Maximize Your Brain Summer Workshop! 

                                Courtesy of brokenarrowstudios on YouTube

If you've always wanted to excel in school but don't exactly know how to accomplish this goal, then Dynamic Recall might help you.

                                                                    Dynamic Recall

Summer programs are scheduled from April 30 to May 4 and from May 21 to 25, 2 to 5:30 PM at Crossroad 77, Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City.

For more information, please call 514-5145/ 0919-9810624 or simply leave a message on their  Facebook wall.


Juice Of The Day (JOTD): Tipco Mangosteen & Mixed Fruit Juice ♪♪♪

If you've visited my site before, then you might have had the impression that I'm a big fan of Malee and Tipco Juices. Not only do they taste divine, but they are also packed  with vitamins and minerals without a hint of table sugar.

                              Tipco Mangosteen & Mixed Fruit Juice (around Php 120)

I found this same principle at work in Tipco Mangosteen & Mixed Fruit Juice. It was rather amazing how refreshingly good this drink was. With the tartness of the mangosteen at a bare minimum, a whole kaleidoscope of flavors was successfully highlighted.

At first sip, it had that delightful taste of orange while at the very end, I was intoxicated by the wonderful banana-lychee flavors. Although Bala considered it too exotic for him, I on the other hand, can't get enough of it.

Tipco Mangosteen & Mixed Fruit Juices
♪♪♪ Fantastic! It's on my list of favorites.

Next: Juice of the Day: Tipco Broccoli & Mixed Fruit Juice


Enjoying Day 1 of the Etude House Pink Fair 2012 at SM North The Block Atrium

They say that the best things in life are free and last Saturday, I together with two of my most loyal blog readers, Mars Cel and Kathlynish experienced just that at the Etude House Pink Fair 2012 held last Saturday, April 21 at the SM North The Block Atrium.

Courtesy of some free tickets from Etude House, we were able to take part in one of the most heartifying, prettifying and dream-like events--fit for any princess!

Because of the overwhelming love and support of its loyal fans for the past 2 years, Etude House Philippines hosted a two-day event filled with tickle me pink fun and merriment to the absolute delight of everyone who was there.

A huge fence bearing the signature ETUDE HOUSE colors acted both as a welcome banner and a barricade for the expected guests.

           Photo op at the Etude House Pink Fair 2012 @ SM North The Block Atrium

                                                                        Play Etude!

                                                                  Pretty Mars Cel

Cutesy Kathlynish

Isn't that the cutest car ever?

Etude House Freedom Wall

Upon entering the fair, a friendly staff gave us a board marker so that we can leave a message on the huge Freedom Wall.

                                             What I Wrote: "Saranghamnida Etude!"

Mars Cel's Message: "I Love Etude! Saranghae!"

Kathlynish's greeting: "I Love Etude"

Etude House Games In A Row

In true "fair" fashion, Etude House offered four types of games that caught the attention of all attendees.

First Up: Goal In! Pink Powder Spot!

The very kind staff helping us out every step of the way

Kathlynish ready for action!

Mars Cel got 2 out of 3! Very impressive!

Toink! My big q-tip fell along with two others...Oh well...

2nd Game: Sweetie's Spin

                                                       Kathlynish went up first. 

Mars Cel won a BB cream sachet in this game.

And moi?

I won a cute Bee happy pen!

3rd Game: Who Am I?

Sadly, all three of us didn't win anything in this rather trying game...

4th Game: Doll Me Up!


We decided to pass on this game because of the rather long queue. Too bad. Instead, I just took the time to capture some of the delightful prizes even on photos. 

                                                Etude House soap bars and BB Cream

Shinee Fans that all of us wanted to have!

Etude House Moistfull Soap Bars

Makeover Station taken an hour before opening

At around 4 PM, the station was brimming with pretty princesses!

Etude House products on the shelf

Pretty funny and helpful clowns who cheerfully assisted us during our next activity: Posing at the Photobooth courtesy of Smile and Pose Photobooth!

Kathlynish at the tickle me pink backdrop 

Kathlynish in a pair of cutesy pink heart-shaped glasses

Channeling Shin Chae Gyung in the hit Koreanovela Princess Hours

I think it's on the second to the last episode of Princess Hours when Chae Gyung was goofing around with Shin wearing wigs and stuff on her last night in Korea.

    Mars Cel in a cute headband with a pair of protruding rabbit ears as accent


Dumbo on my head

Vogue! Let's strike a pose!

During the whole course of the fair, Dara Park's videos as well as Shinee's were playing non-stop on the large screen to provide some form of entertainment to all Etude House fans.

With K-Pop star boy band Shinee on the screen

 Workshops/seminars were hosted by beauty queen Abby Cruz.

Etude House Philippines President Ms. Andrea Amadoms on centerstage

Skin Care Talk given by the extremely eloquent Mr. Boram Kim

Fashion Trends Update with Ms. L.A. Ferriols, Fashion Assistant at MEG Magazine

Make-over on the spot!

While going around the fair and all, we made sure to claim some wonderful freebies made available to all attendees.

Allow me to walk you through the freebies hotspots.

Free Magazines from Meg

Free Cornetto from Selecta

                  Pink stuff and everything!

And of course, everyone's favorite, cotton candy in pink!

Wow! Freebies galore!

And that's not all. The bubbly Ms. Faith from Events 100, also one of the the associates in-charge of the fair, handed me an Etude House Press Kit.

Thank you Etude House for always including us bloggers in your events!

See you again Etude!

Etude House Philippines