Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, Making Dreams and Magic a Reality

Love, dreams, magic and “A Happily Ever After“. Ballet Manila has once again awakened the dreamer within me, rekindling my passion for the arts and igniting my inner desires to be part of a Ballet performance. Aliw Theater has been enchanted once more as they showcase the beautiful and classical story of Cinderella and how she has reached her dreams. Together with Prince Charming, The Fairy godmother, Her Adorable animal friends and her evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella will make you and your family fall in love, laugh with the Stepmother’s antics and remember the good ol’ days when fairy tales were all you ever needed to watch and it was perfect.

(All photos were taken and edited by me)


I honestly never thought I would have this much fun. I repeat, THIS – MUCH – FUN. I wasn’t even able to look at the time on my watch or my phone. When the show started, I immediately had my eyes glued at whatever was happening on the stage — Clapping at stunts, cheering at moves, laughing at funny scenes, “Ultra Kilig” for Cinderella and the Prince. It sounds so cliche, but the show literally lasted like a blink of an eye. One minute, the curtains were just rising to begun and then the next, the cast were saying their goodbyes. I guess time really does pass by whenever you’re having fun. 


The moral of the story? Sneak out of your house at night and ride a weird but magical carriage to attend a party and meet some boys. . . Just kidding!

So if ever you’re wondering why I had SO – MUCH – FUN, here are the 5 things I loved about Ballet Manila’s Cinderella;


1. The Costumes and Props – I know, I know, costumes are always supposed to be beautiful whenever there are plays and concerts, but hey! Cinderella’s costumes were more leveled-up than other shows. Why? Well, not only were they colorful, magical and beautifully made, they were also part of the choreography and the story as a whole. From the brooms to the gowns to the glass slippers, each and every prop had a part in telling the story and the whole time I was watching, I wished I could also have some at home with me. (Especially those gowns)

2. The Acting and Dancing – There’s a really big difference with just dancing and just acting. You could determine if someone on the stage is just dancing or just acting and most of the time, It’s really difficult to do both. But with Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, everyone on stage was both Dancing and Acting— complete with the appropriate facial expression and the swift hand gestures that all mixed together with the scene of the story. Everyone was so immersed with the story that even the audience would think that they were also part of the story. (I know, I did.) You could really tell that the people behind the production were all well trained, had practiced real hard and is really dedicated to their craft. Bravo! 

3. My most favorite of all – The Stepmother – I laughed so hard when she started dancing at the beginning, not because she was doing anything wrong but because her stage presence was so strong that you would immediately notice if anything was changing in her facial expressions or appearance. The stepmother had brought color and fun to the show, not only with her amazing dancing but also with her funny antics that was intended to make you hate her but ended up making you cheer for her more. She was also very consistent, starting the show strong and ending it strong.

4. The Stage effects – One word, Three Letters – WOW. Not only were they eye catching and appealing, every stage effects had everyone on the audience clapping and waiting for the next big happening. From the interesting backdrops of the living room and the palace to the beautiful lights and sounds of the scenes, each element were crucial to the success of the show and Tbh, they did not disappoint.

5. Last but not the least, The Message of the story – “No matter how your heart is aching, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella did not fail on inspiring all of us, both children and adults to keep chasing our dreams and working hard to finally make it come true. See, if Cinderella never believed, then perhaps she’s still captive at that fireplace, working for her stepmother and sisters. Also, Kindness and Sincerity — Fairy godmothers and magical carriages aside, the prince fell in love with Cinderella not because of her flashy entourage and her “pak ganern” outift, but because she was real and that she wasn’t like any of the other girls at the ball — and also because of her killer ballet moves. (Hehe)


BONUSAudience Participation – I gasp and cheered when I saw the Prince with his soldiers walking at the Audience Aisle, dancing while holding Cinderella’s slipper and looking for his one true love. It was fun and interactive how he went to different rows and asked different girls to try on the Glass slipper, hoping to find the mystery girl she met and fell in love with at the party. Kudos to whoever thought of that, it worked!

Love, Dreams, Magic and “A Happily Ever After”, mixed together with creative designs and magnificent muscial scores, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella by Ballet Manila was short yet meaningful. Dreams, just like what Cinderella had really does come true, all you have to do is believe. (And maybe, have a Fairy Godmother.)

It was magical and at the end of the show, I had the chance to take a photo with the cast. Look at how adorable this photo is. 

Your dreams are certainly worth it and someday they may actually come true, but for now, just like me, rekindle your passion and dreams by catching Ballet Manila’s Cinderella at Aliw Theater on these dates – November 26 and December 3, 2016 at 8:00PM and November 27 and December 4 2016 at 3:00 PM.



PS : This would not have been possible without the love and dedication of Ballet Manila and ARC Public Relations. I would like to thank Ms. Krissy for the opportunity and for being fabulous at all times. 
Follow Ballet Manila @ Balletmanila on twitter and like their page on Facebook at Ballet Manila.

Follow ARC Public Relations on Twitter and Instagram @ ARC_PR and visit their website at ARC Public Relations.


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Ukay-Ukay Top Tips – Things you should remember when Thrift shopping

” I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” 

I know it’s not a popular opinion but I totally adore going to ukay-ukays (Thrift Shops) and rummaging for clothes that are not only fashionable but are also very cheap and affordable. I’ve heard so many negative things about this hobby of mine from other people but I never seem to quit it. Even though they’re pre-loved, I still find it so fun to do and I think at least once a month, I find myself going to my favorite branch. 


Some of you would eek with shock or disgust with the thought of thrifting, I mean come on, you’re buying a piece already owned and used by someone else. That must be dirty, you might think but hey, Fashion doesn’t need to be brand new. Fashion knows no brand.

For you fashion savvy, thrift loving people, I made these Top Things you should remember when you go to an Ukay-Ukay store. (Especially in the Philippines)

If you’re reading this, whether or not you’re a fan of ukay-ukay, I hope you  appreciate these tips. 

Before Going


– You got to make sure that the thrift store you’re going to is safe and located at a place really familiar to you. There are hundreds of Ukay-Ukays in Metro Manila. There must be more than twenty (20) Thrift stores fully operating in Cubao, Quezon City only. We should be careful of our belongings and money. You don’t know what might be lurking around those areas. Try reading about the ukay-ukay branch first and bringing a friend or two would be really helpful.

– Dress appropriately and accordingly! Its crazy hot in most stores. There is Air Conditioning in a few stores, but these don’t really work that well. If possible, look as basic and avoid wearing anything that might indicate wealth. Store clerks are vultures. They have the ability to change prices according to how much they think you can pay for it. Watch out! I used to visit ukay-ukays wearing boots and a coat and got charged really high (like 150) for clothes that were hanging at 50php and below. Total shocker!

– Make a budget. Allocate money thats meant for clothes and hide the rest. Most people get too overwhelmed by the price of the clothes they could buy that they spend more than what they planned. Dont be an over spender, (me) dont buy too much.


When you’re there

– Get ready for battle. If the branch isn’t packed with people, it’s fine to take your time in choosing and “rummaging” clothes. Explore the place and decide whether you wanna check out the bags section or look more at the coats and jacket areas. If the place is crowded, make sure you hold on to your finds so that they won’t get nabbed by other Thrift shoppers.

– Make sure you’re always checking your belongings. Keep your phone, wallet and other important items safe and tucked in your bag and if possible, avoid taking them out as not to attract any attention.

– Never leave your things at the baggage counter if it’s not being manned by a guard. 

– Prioritize the items on sale. Look for tags ranging from 20php – 60php first. Look for anything thats would suit your style or would look great on you. If there are none, move on to the next areas. 

– Dont worry about the smell. You’re sanitizing and washing that later on.

– Check every part of the clothing. Make sure that there aren’t any damage on the piece. Even the smallest hole or stain should be noticed. You’re buying pre-loved clothes not clothes that are supposed to be thrown away.

– Search every nook and cranny. You’ll find the most amazing pieces buried deep within the pile. For most thrift shops, clothes are hanged. You should check every piece if you wanna really feel the ukay-ukay vibe.

– Be sure to check the sizes of your chosen pieces. It may look really good but it would be a waste if it doesn’t fit you. 

– Lastly, Never try them on. These clothing have never been washed. They’ve been touched by other people and has reached who knows how dirty, places. Wear them only after sanitizing and washing the clothes.


When paying

– Haggle! Haggle! Haggle! If your total bill is 235php, ask if it could be 200. If the clerk doesn’t agree, ask if it could be priced for 210php. Meet halfway with the clerk. Haggling is a really great skill. It may not be as effective when you start doing it but after a few practice, you’ll surely get the hang of it.

– Smile and be courteous. Remember that they have the authority to lower and increase prices. 

– Make friends with the branch crew. If you’re going to be a frequent customer of that branch, it’s gonna be advantageous if you make friends with the crew. You can ask them to keep pieces for you that you still wont buy. You can ask them to look out for clothing that you might be interested in buying. And ultimately may be able to give you special discounts or bundle promos. Be friendly!

– Ask for an environmental friendly yet easy to use container to put your bought clothes at. Make sure you get them all home with you.


After Thrifting


Time to sanitize

– Remember : Do not mix your newly bought ukay-ukay finds with your dirty laundry.

– What I do is that I make sure to soak my finds with boiling/heated water. 

– Boil/heat a large enough amount of water and soak your finds.

– Then proceed with the proper way of washing your clothes.

– You can opt to boil/heat them two times to really clean them

– Dry and Iron


Now you’re ready to wear them.

Wasn’t that easy? Now Ukay-ukay doesn’t look that foreign and hard for you. After reading these tips I hope your love for ukay ukay would rekindle. 

Always remember – Style does not and will never depend on the price, branded or how brand new your clothes are. It’s all about identity and diversity. 

Now looking your best is as easy as a-b-c.

What did you think about these tips? Do you like Ukay-ukay? Did you think this post was helpful? Share it with me! Comments/rants/questions are welcomed below at the comments section. 
Let’s talk? Much love! – Chardy


Amor Bakery : sBread your love – Katipunan Branch

1. Nothing pains me more than going to my favorite coffee shops (To study for hell week, duh) and finding out that there are no more tables available for me. 2. Worst : Waiting 5 – 10 minutes hoping for someone to leave but getting your heart broken because no one does. 3. Worst than worst : Moving on and finding out that your back-up favorite cafe is ALSO full and no one has plans on making you study. 

Do you give up and not study? NO. You visit Amor Bakery.


If you’re tired of the usual hustle and bustle of Starbucks, CBTL and other coffee shops then boy, do I have news for you. 

Amor Bakery, as shown on the pictures below, has space for your whole lecture class. (Just kidding, but really, it’s so big.) Located at 297 Katipunan Avenue, Loyala Heights, Quezon city (They have branches also at Mindanao Ave, Binondo, Ongpin.) has 2 floors filled with tables, couches and areas conducive for your next alone-time studying or “Inarte”. 



I fell in love. And I know you will too, especially with this branch in Katipunan that recently Grand Launched the start of October.

Here are 3 Things I love about the Katipunan Branch.

1. The Instagram – Worthy Interior.


You cannot miss this. Their heavily thought of design is prevalent even outside the place. It becomes even more appealing inside, especially when you see all the lamps, chandeliers and book cases. (I looked really weird, taking photos of every part of the place.)


Every side is worth the shot, as each area has a different story. Tables and chairs are not similar in design and every table has a lamp and a chandelier to light up your world. (LOL)
and hey, the comfort rooms are funky too. (And also have chandeliers) 


2. Their Menu ( Food especially their Bread and Coffee.)

Imagine French Baker topped with Statbucks Coffe but better.

Wasn’t able to try everything but I’ll make sure to come back for more. Definitely going back for the cakes!

In the meantime, I got myself a taste of their Bread with spicy floss and the one with almonds and a large serving of Caramel Macchiato.


PS: Take outs are available and you don’t actually have to stay there to enjoy their delicious meals.

What about the costs? 

– Medium to Pricey.

Bread and Coffee are priced relatively the same as other coffee shops and bakeries. I found their bread cheaper and more satisfying tbh. (But hey, Try for yourself.)

3. The Ambiance

Yup. We have found it folks. No need to worry about studying as almost everyone who’s inside are busy with their workload/acads/org work and are too consumed with their laptops to even make noise. Ofcourse, we can’t really stop anyone from talking or making any noise as this is a public place but trust me when I say that, you wouldn’t really hear them as the place is really wide and their “fancy playlist” is balancing the sounds enough to help you focus on what you have to do. Productivity = Check!

You’re surely going to finish a lot of work here as the place is also OPEN from 7AM to 12 MN. No stress with hearing staff announcing last orders or closing time. 
CONCLUSION : Perfect for your next study session or for dates. (With your loved one or yourself)

Alas, because the branch had only opened early October, the place still do not have WIFI available for their customers. Cons – No access to the net and won’t be able to uplaod your gorgeous selfie. Pro – More time to study, less distraction and hey, more reasons to interact or chat with your friends without being distracted by your phones. Good thing is you asked me. 🙂

Ratings:

Interior – 10/10

Ambiance – 10/10

Food – 8/10 (Because I haven’t tried everytying yet.)

Price – 7/10 (Because of expensive coffee, but bread and cake prices are good.)

Space + Comfort – 10/10

Instagram Worthy Photos – 10/10

There you have it! I hope you found the place as lovely as I did and I hope you check them out! Nothing beats having to check out a place and being able to write about the experience. How exciting! 

Visit Amor Bakery’s Social media ccounts @ amor.bakery on Instagram and AmorBakery @ twitter.com

Thanks for dropping by! You should go visit the place and rate it for youself. In the meantine, you can go to the comment section below ⬇️ if you have any questions, concerns or stories you wanna share. Happy Blogging! 

If you’re feeling a little rejected and ready to say good bye to happiness,  check this post out – EMBRACING REJECTION

3 Things You will Love about White Beach, Puerto Galera

There came a time in my life when I needed to really just escape all the busyness and stress that school was giving me. You see, at first I thought college would be totally bearable and by that I mean, I only needed to study 3-4 hours a day and give enough effort in order to pass my classes. Boy, I have never been so wrong in my life. Each day was like more and more requirements were being given to us and every day it gets harder and harder. But enough about my academic rants, let’s talk about what I did in order to reclaim my burning passion for life and love. Ofcourse the obvious—and I know most of you do this as well, I traveled. Hooray Travel Buffs!

So me and a bunch of good friends decided to visit one of the most beautiful, very affordable yet close to the Metro (Drum rolls please…) White Beach, Puerto Galera.

*Note that our visit was only limited to enjoying the beauty of White Beach, other places in Puerto Galera was not in our itinerary.

– Getting there

From Metro Manila

Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:

Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest the Airport.

Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Then ride the bus going to Batangas Port and board the Outrigger ferry to White Beach.

– Taken from www.puertogalera.org


From Los Banos, Laguna

Since we were all UPLB students from Los Banos, Laguna, our first move was to get to Calamba City terminal. The Calamba Terminal had all sorts of jeepneys and vans that were going to a lot of places, we got into a jeep that was headed to Turbina Terminal. It was around 6 am but the place was already very busy. Every 10-15 minutes jeepneys would leave the terminal filled with people. After arriving at Turbina Terminal, we then transferred to a bus going to Batangas Port. This is where we then rode a outrigger ferry going to White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Costs and Travel Time:

Bus from Metro Manila to Batangas Port – Less than 200php (1 hour and less than 30 minutes)

Jeep to Calamba City – 20php (15 – 20 Minutes)

Calamba Terminal to Turbina – 10php (10 – 15 Minutes)

Turbina to Batangas Port via Bus – it was around 100 – 125php (I don’t remember this one very much) ( 1 hour and 30 Minutes and more depending on the traffic)

Batangas Port to White Beach via Outrigger Ferry – 500php round trip ( 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Passengers apparently also pay a 50-100php Terminal and Environmental fees but I suppose I was too sea sick to remember. But prepare for it just in case.

* Please don’t forget to confirm the date and time of when you will be returning. This needs to be schedule right after you arrive at the beach.


It was love at first sight. Not only was it the perfect escape for the broken hearted, it was also a perfect venue for Instagram and photography enthusiasts. No wonder almost every one was raving about how wonderful White beach was. The place was like no other. To further this thought I had to make a list (I love lists), and this list would have to show you how much Puerto Galera was worth the visit. Here is my top 3:

1. Puerto Galera Activities


The beach, with all the white sand and brilliant rocks, is full of people swimming, sun bathing and forming sand castles. Flags of different brands and products populate the sides of the beach while the stores, restaurants and lodgings are situated just a few meters away. In the day, visitors can opt to play volleyball, run around with each other or could also avail of the Jetski and other paid services like island hopping and cave visits available almost any where, You just have to look. 

At night, performances and concerts are held, all of which have various interesting things to offer. There are fire dancers and eaters that would amaze you and at the same time scare the brains out of you (if you come too close), Drag Dancers who are really fun to watch and some stores just play party music and allows customers to sing on Karaokes. The one we visited was at the isolated part of the beach, where bonfires were being made and friends get clingy to watch the stars.

2. The Beach

One thing I really loved about the place was that you are able to choose on which side of the beach you would like to hang out at. If you’re on a vacation vibe, the left most part of the beach, away from all the people and stores, is perfect for sun bathing and just chilling around. No one would dare bother you when you’re already lying down, facing the beach and taking your photos. Not unless they’re adorable dogs— who are roaming the beach, or birds. On other hand if you’re feeling social and ready to mingle, the activities side of the beach is flooded with people ready to talk to, hang out with or flirt with (hehe). The visit to white beach would not be as fun if you don’t meet anyone. Be friendly and smile whenever you come across people, I’m sure you wouldn’t leave the place without making a friend. Also those who are playing volleyball loves to invite other people to play with them. Be ready just in case.

3. The Scenery


Nothing beats the view of the sunset while you’re on a beach. Must be one of the most romantic things I would ever see. And hey, I believe there were at least 3 couples kissing all around me. Sucks to be single around them. Nonetheless it was a sight to behold and forever remember. The feeling of surrender and just forgetting about everything that was bringing you stress and pain was something I definitely would want to repeat 400 times. The sun set marks the end of the day but also the beginning of the night— something that beautiful shouldn’t ever be ignored.

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 

― Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Puerto Galera is without a question, one of the best. That’s one place crossed off on my bucket list. I don’t regret visiting the place and I would definitely come back for more. Not only did it help me recharge my heart for more studying, it also inspired me to visit and travel to more places around the Philippines. 

What about you? Have you been to Puerto Galera? Or do you have other places you find gorgeous? Tell me all about it on the comment section! I would love to hear all about your visit. Thank you for dropping by. Till next time. ❤️

Aren’t we all Lost Bread?  🍪🍫

Just one more week before our much awaited summer vacation, me and my lovely sister, Bianca decided to set aside our academic stress and exam reviewers to visit one of our favorite Maginhawa Street Food destinations — The Lost Bread.

If you’re not familiar with this place or have heard of it but has never been able to visit, you have to understand that this place (Maginhawa Street) is crawling with different types of food. Whether you’re looking for snacks to chew on while walking, desserts to take pictures of or a 5 star quality restaurants to fill your tummy, Maginhawa is the place for you. They have various stores that not only caters to your hunger but also to the foodie and blogger in you. This place not only attracts the people living around Teacher’s Village but also those from far away places like fairview, makati and even Los Banos, Laguna — just like me. I’ll make sure to post and tell you all about them later on but for now let’s talk about “The Lost Bread”.


I was already a fan of The Lost Bread even back when it was still operating at The Maginhawa Food Park but I’m loving it even more now that they have their own place. The Lost Bread has their main place located at #80 Maginhawa St (This is near The TotheNines store and beside RBys Steak and Shake and Westwood. They are open every Tuesdays – Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm and are closed every Monday. A Milkshake Bar is also available to every located at #91 Maginhawa St and is open every TTHS: 5 – 11pm and Fri and Sat : 5 pm to 12 Midnight.

You’re going to love the place when you visit. The Over-all design gives off a minimalist ambiance but also very cozy and comfortable to hang out at. It is very spacious and can accommodate large groups of friends as they also have tables in a semi-second floor area. The place is well-lit and is Instagram-friendly. Good for customers who love to take pictures of their food.

Speaking of food, we weren’t really able to try everything on their menu but I believe that what we had was enough to make you want to visit their store.


We ordered one of their famous shakes. This one is called “Bonfire” it’s a shake topped off with graham crackers and marshmallows with chocolate syrup. It’s a little pricey for 265php but certainly worth the money. I wasn’t able to finish it all so my sister and I shared.

We also tried their Maple Glazed Hotcake. This one includes different berries, nuts and whipped cream for 190php. Also worth the try but not recommended for those looking for a really sweet treat as it didn’t have any of those candies and syrup that the shakes had.


We spent almost an hour and a half hanging out at The Lost Bread and I can definitely say that it was worth the time and money. They didn’t have any WiFi, so story telling and bonding is encouraged. Their songs playlist was damn good, plus the crew was very friendly and service was great!

10/10 for taste and presentation! Do you think you’ll be visiting this place any time soon? Leave a comment!

Stay tuned for more food reviews! Thanks for reading!