Calbee Pizza Potato Chips

calbee potato chips pizza flavor

Calbee potato chips pizza flavor

Calbee is a Japanese brand of potato chips. Today I went to Family Mart and bought this one, it’s the Calbee potato chips, pizza flavor. As you can see it has some Japanese text in the packaging.

The nutrition information label says that each package contains two servings of 30 grams each (approx). One serving is 160 calories so if you eat the whole thing it’s 320 calories. Ouch.

Calbee Pizza Potato Chips Review

The potato chips themselves are quite yummy. They are a decent thickness and I cannot complain about the crispiness of the product. Unfortunately, I did not like the taste. It was too mild. It didn’t taste salty or spicy. There was a slight cheesy flavor and a little bit of sourness, perhaps an onion flavor?

By the way, sorry for the bad quality photo. Here is a nicer picture from their official Facebook page:

While I personally did not like it, my 6 year old nephew loved the chips. He likes pizza and for potato chips he prefers pizza-flavored ones. I guess it’s simply a matter of taste and/or personal preference.

By the way, I have tried the plain Calbee potato chips and they are great.

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Ocampos Jewelry Review

I just got back from a shopping spree with a nice new ring from Ocampo’s Fine Jewelry.

Check it out!

ocampo's fine jewelry review

This is a 14k white gold ring weighing 2.7 grams with a 1.18 carat emerald-cut sapphire surrounded by tiny diamonds. When I say tiny I mean so tiny that I can barely see them with the naked eye. These are called brilliantitos locally. Derived from the word “brillante” which is the spanish word for diamond, brilliantitos means small diamonds.

Total cost for the original ring: 59,720 PHP (roughly 1,327 USD)

The display size for rings is only 5 so if your finger is bigger than a small child’s, you will most likely have to pay for resizing. Resizing cost me 6,850 PHP.

Total cost for ring and resizing: 66,570 PHP (1,479 USD)

The fact is, I had been looking for an emerald-cut sapphire for quite some time. Emerald-cut means that rectangle center gem you can see from the picture of the ring. Most of the time the local jewelry that I see have round or oval gems. Also, there are tons more diamonds than colored stones.

I was quite pleased to see this sapphire ring, it’s just my type. I bought it from Ocampo’s Fine Jewelry at Ayala Fairview Terraces. Previously, I had bought a pair of yellow gold earrings for my mother there. The salespeople are friendly and only “soft sell” which is great. I hate when salespeople are too pushy.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ocamposjewellery/ – I sometimes visit their Facebook page to see if there are any ongoing sales.

Zalora – https://www.zalora.com.ph/women/accessories/jewelry/ocampos-fine-jewellery/ – (update: sold out or no longer available) You can see some examples of their jewelry here and the prices. However, I personally prefer to buy jewelry from the physical store rather than online.

What you are reading right now is my personal blog. I have not been paid to review this product and I am not in any way connected with Ocampo’s Fine Jewelry.

Godiva Chocolates Heart-Shaped Box

This year’s post-Valentine’s day chocolates sale was pretty good, I managed to nab this Godiva gift item. The chocolates came in a super cute pink heart-shaped box.

godiva chocolates post-valentines sale

Godiva Chocolates in a cute pink box

When the box arrived (it was delivered to my home) I was very pleased since the packaging is so nice. As usual, due to the heat the contents had melted. However, the taste was still great so I have no complaints.

godiva chocolates heart-shaped box

The Godiva chocolates heart-shaped box, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The box came complete with a gift tag and also a small “what’s inside” card. As you can see from the picture above, it has 7 types of chocolates. There were two of each kind, for a total of 14.

Today’s Daily Writing Prompt: Price

Godiva chocolates tend to be rather pricey so I prefer to buy when there is a sale. In this case I bought during the post-Valentine’s day sale. It was (if I remember correctly) 40% off. 😀 I love that feeling of “saving” money.

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar Review

Tonymoly is a Korean brand of beauty products. Here is a review of my first purchase from them.

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar Review

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny review

This is the original packaging of the Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar.

This is a product that I really didn’t know much about. Before I bought this online from Amazon I had never even seen this solid perfume stick before, much less tried out the scent. However, the product is sooo super cute that I couldn’t resist.

I try to keep impulse buys to a minimum so instead of buying the whole set, I just bought Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar #2 (Momo Fruity). I figured that I can’t go wrong with light, fruity scents so this is probably a safe option, right?

When the package arrived I was very pleased with the design and packaging. It looked adorable! Obviously, this is the type of product that appeals to women who like this type of thing but people who are into the more “edgy” look will probably hate it.

It’s perfect for me.

Pocket Bunny #2 Momo Fruity aka Juicy Bunny

By the way, I should mention that there are three scents available: #01 Bebe Bunny (baby powder scent) #02 Juicy Bunny (citrus), and #03 Bloom Bunny (floral).

Tonymoly Hello Bunny

This is what the bunny looks like.

Mine is #2 and for some reason it seems to be called both Momo Fruity or Juicy Bunny. Either way it is #2 and the fruity/citrus scent.

Doing some research on the internet revealed that the original name of the product is Korean (duh!) which means I can’t read it to check for sure which name is more correct but judging from the photos of the products, they are the same thing just with different names.

I got it out of the plastic outer covering very easily and the perfume was in a twist up lip balm or lipstick container. Very nice, I liked it.

…but if you look at it more closely isn’t the bunny not smiling??? Whoa, is my cute little bunny unhappy or something? It seems to have a sort of “meh” expression. I would have preferred a grinning funny bunny. 😀

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar Scent

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny scentThe real test, of course, is the scent. I rubbed a bit of the scent stick on my wrist and it was very nice.

It felt a waxy, like a solid lip balm rather than a soft and creamy lipstick.

The scent was definitely citrusy and light. Maybe too light for me, so I used a little bit more of it on my cleavage and collarbones.

When I first applied I could smell the scent on my skin for an hour or so but after that it disappeared. That was a bit too light!

The next day I tried it again and added a LOT more on the wrists, back of the knees, inner elbow, collarbone, cleavage, behind the ears, and so forth. I basically went to town with the Pocket Bunny. This was a HUGE mistake. Never apply too much scent, it never ends well. It was gross! I had to shower to take most of the heavy scent off.

These days I still use my Tonymoly Pocket Bunny but with more restraint. A little bit on the wrists and collarbones is what I use and it smells great. The scent still does disappear after and hour or two but when that happens I can add a dash of scent again.

Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar Review – Conclusion

I bought mine at around $7 only which is great value for money. The scent is very light and citrusy. I think it’s more for young girls and those who like cute packaging. Overall, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars if I had to rate it.

Daily Post:

Leap – Happy Leap Year Day! It only happens once every four years so today so something special. Things you can do today that cost no money:

  • that friend you haven’t been in touch with for years? why not give him or her a call?
  • read that book that is on your shelf that you have been planning to read since last year
  • take a long walk and enjoy the sunset

Risa Chocolates review

Risa Chocolates is a brand of handcrafted chocolates that I had read about in several blogs. I ordered a set of chocolates from Marketa.ph where they sell Risa’s stuff. This was my first time to use Marketa and, to my surprise, I got my order very fast. Normally, when I order from Lazada or other online stores it takes them at least 3 business days to deliver. Marketa delivered within two calendar days.

Risa Chocolates review

This is the package that arrived. Teddy bear not included! That was just on my bed when I took the picture.

It arrived in a paper bag with a yellow gift tag, perfect if you want to give this as a gift. As I opened the package the items inside felt a bit warm. This is understandable since it was quite hot outside. I therefore put the chocolates inside the refrigerator before taking pictures and eating them.

Risa Chocolate Bars

Brown Butter Milk Chocolate and Coffee (Dark Chocolate)

Risa Chocolates review - my haul

Pastillas de Pili and a box of 6 pralines and truffles

This is what I got:

Brown Butter Milk Chocolate bar (P100)
Coffee (Dark Chocolate) bar (P100)
Pastillas de Pili bar (P200)
Half dozen truffle and praline box (P230)

This is a pretty big haul, enough for a one month supply of chocolates. Sadly, when I read the box and it said that chocolates are best eaten immediately. Noooooo! What about my diet? So, I will just have to share the chocolates.

I guess since they are handmade and fresh, they don’t have preservatives so they are different from brands I can buy from the store that last for months.

Risa Chocolates Half Dozen truffle and praline box

Closeup of what the chocolates look like

The box has assorted chocolates. The flavors were tipsy calamansi, quezo de bola, cookie dough, coco rum, dark rum, and classic truffle.

Here I sit, writing this while eating truffles and listening to Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” The truffles are incredible. They melt in my mouth and taste like happiness.

Disclosure: I only ate the two dark chocolate ones because devouring six in one sitting is way too many.

Risa Chocolates review- dark chocolate coffee

This is the dark chocolate coffee bar.

When I opened the dark chocolate coffee bar, a deliciously rich smell wafted up and made my mouth water. I bit into it and it was scrumptious. It’s bitter, earthy, semisweet, and smooth.

Rating: 5/5, would buy again and the price is very reasonable

Risa chocolates:
website – http://risa.ph/
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/risachocolate

Special note: This is a fully independent review. I have no relationship with Risa Chocolates or Marketa. I bought all the items here with my own money.


Today’s writing prompt:

Modern Families -“If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?”

I think they would find the internet extremely shocking! Like “what, you use this box to talk to people you don’t know? why?” Even if they could accept the technology part of the internet, I think they would be shocked at all the things that happen on the internet.

Bruges Belgian Chocolates Review

I recently bought Bruges Belgian Chocolates (http://www.bruges.ph) online. On their website, the handmade chocolates are so beautiful but the proof is in the eating. Do they taste as good as they look?

Bruges Belgian Chocolates Review

I ordered a 12 count box of their mint chocolates because mint is my favorite flavor.

My mom was quite surprised when she saw the delivery because she thought it was an enormous box of chocolate. The package looked big enough to contain three pairs of shoes. However, the package was just large cardboard box packed with Styrofoam on all sides and with two frozen gel packs on the top and bottom. This was to keep the items cold so the chocolates wouldn’t melt.

When the small box of chocolates was revealed, mother was like “oh my gosh it’s so small!”

It’s actually not small, it’s just a regular sized box with 12 mint chocolates inside. I really appreciate that they went through all this effort. I have had candies and chocolates delivered before that got melted before I was able to eat them so this was great. I wish the other chocolate sellers would also pack their product so thoughtfully.

Bruges Chocolates - Mint Pralines

This is “The M Collection” (PHP 789.00)

The box is super nice! I really like the cool green color and classic design. It looks like something I could gift to people and they would think that it’s worth a lot.

The box contains 12 mint pralines with 64% dark chocolate. Mint is a strategic choice for me. You see, mint with dark chocolate is an acquired taste because of it’s mix of bitter dark chocolate flavor and the cool/spicy mint. This is combination that makes the other people in my family want to hurl which is wonderful for me – no sharing! If I wanted to share, I would order their assorted pralines or caramel pralines, those are probably better crowd-pleasers.

bruges belgian chocolates review

The chocolates looked beautiful in the box and on the website pictures but the item I got was not as perfect as the advertising images. Above is the item as pictured on their product page. Below is what I got. So this is the difference between advertising and reality!

Bruges Chocolates Review

Having said that, the chocolates I got are actually still very nice-looking, they just aren’t perfect like in the product page.

So what about the taste?

I loved it. The dark chocolate + mint combination was very good, with both elements blending harmoniously. The size of each praline is perfect, large enough to satisfy but not so big that I get scared about the calorie content of each praline. The dark chocolate is rich and velvety. The mint flavor is cool but doesn’t overpower.

Rating: 5/5, would buy again

Candysan Review – Sweets and Snacks from Japan

Candysan is an online store based in Japan that will deliver snacks, sweets, and collectible Gashapon items worldwide.

The nice thing about them is that they offer singles. Like, if I want to try out some potato chips from Japan, I don’t need to buy a pack of 8, I can just buy one. This is a great way to sample snacks from Japan.

bourbon

This one is a baked snack that I bought from Candysan. The brand is bourbon and it’s a cake-like treat. Excellent taste, texture, and it was still slightly moist. 9/10, would buy again!

pocky

This one is my favorite – Chocolate Pocky with Azuki (red beans). It doesn’t sound too appetizing but I was blown away by the unusual and yummy flavor when I ate it. 10/10, the most perfect Pocky flavor I have ever tried.

super mario candy

This one is a Super Mario candy. It was very ordinary tasting, just a regular piece of candy with fruit flavors. Tasted like Life Savers. The packaging is great though, and it was a hit with my 8-year-old nephew. 6/10, very ordinary but good for themed or kids parties.

As for the Candysan website, it’s very easy to navigate and buying is straightforward. They have a good number of items for sale. The type of stuff they have are: candy, snacks, gashapon toys/items, limited edition figures/plushies, bento items, etc. They have a selection of the most popular Japanese snacks such as well-known brands like Pocky, Kit Kats, Meltykiss, and those DIY candy kits. I also noticed that they have a sort of mystery grab bag for sale where they give you a selection of snacks and sweets from their inventory but I personally prefer to pick my own stuff.

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Best Indie Fragrances Part I

Perfume is one of the things I am fascinated by and yet find very hard to shop for. In fact, I only have two perfumes that I love – Flower by Kenzo and Tropical Punch by Escada. That’s it. Every other fragrance has left me a bit cold. I mean, I like a lot of scents I just don’t love them.

This year I have started the journey to find the perfect perfumes – hopefully I can find at least 3 more perfumes that I can wear all day long and not get bored of them.

After haunting several department store perfume sections and leaving without finding the scent for me, I decided to cast my net wider and look try out some indie perfumes. Indie perfumes are those non-big brand perfumes that are are mostly sold online. Since I already buy from Etsy I decided to try out Alkemia.

Alkemia Perfumes Review

alkemia perfume oil

Alkemia perfume oil, 3 full sized (5 ml) bottles and 6 sample vials

Brand: Alkemia
Product type: Perfume oils
Where to buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Alkemia
Price: $12 for a 5 ml. bottle

The Alkemia online store on Etsy is so great. Each perfume has a full description that is very tempting. I had to stop myself from buying a dozen full perfume bottles because some of the descriptions made me fall in love with them. I was originally going to buy just one perfume to try out but I simply could not choose just one.

Store description: “Alkemia’s perfumes are blended with science, passion, and magic.”

alkemia persephone perfume

Alkemia Persephone perfume

Perfume description:

“Queen of the Underworld, beloved of Hades -Lord of the Dead, Persephone is the power that retreats beneath the earth every winter and bursts forth with radiant life in the spring.

Ripe pomegranates, dark red merlot wine, & a dichotomy of dark and solar ambers…”

Alkemia Perfumes Review – My perfume haul

For my first foray into the exciting world of indie perfumes, I bought three full-sized perfumes (5 ml each): Persephone Pomegranate, Blessed Bee, and Elixir of Aphrodite. These were the three that I thought I would like the most. Then, I took the plunge and bought five samples for $10. The five samples I chose were: Irrésistible, Magus, Vixen, Woods on a Snowy Evening, and Faerie Queene.

After I bought all of this I got a store message saying “We love to include free samples with our orders. If you have purchased one or more full size items and have two Alkemia scents that you’d like to try, please convo us with your choices… otherwise we will just surprise you.” I asked for a surprise and got Carmen 7 and Blackberry Noir.

All in all I now have a total of 10 new scents to try out!

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Perfume Oil vs EDT sprays

The first thing I noticed is that the indie perfumes available are almost all perfume oils. In department stores I like to buy eau de toilette (EDT) sprays so oils are a new experience for me. I read a bit about perfume oils so I knew before I got the items from Alkemia that perfume oils are much stronger than EDT sprays. EDTS contain a lot of alcohol and they smell very light. I actually really love spraying mine! Perfume oils, on the other hand, are much more concentrated so users only need to apply a very small amount on pulse points.

As someone who is not used to perfume oil, the first time I opened a bottle I was taken aback by the sheer strength of the scent. The scent impact is ten times stronger than an EDT bottle. You know how if you open an EDT vial, a soft, gentle scent wafts into your nose? A perfume oil bottle is like being slapped in the face with a perfumed glove.

Despite the strong initial impact, actually when I apply the perfume oil on my pulse points (I use the wrist and back of the knees), it’s really not too strong at all. In fact, compared to spraying EDT all over myself and my clothes, the few drops of perfume oil I apply is not as strong as the EDT spray.

Once I apply the oil, it seems to linger faintly on my skin for a long time but it does not stay in the air around me much. I asked four different people if they could smell me from 4 feet away and all of them said no – and that’s exactly the way I like it.

I absolutely hate when someone wears a very strong perfume that people can smell from a mile away. The Alkemia perfume oils are subtle and I can control the amount quite nicely.

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Persephone Pomegranate Perfume Oil

As a big fan of Greek myth, I absolutely had to have this one! In my opinion, this scent is very unique and lovely. It smells like pomegranate, merlot, and amber. I have never heard of a perfume with this combination.

I was quite skeptical when I opened the bottle. Putting it on my skin was a bit frightening, honestly I was afraid people would think I was stinky because the scent is so unusual. When applied on my wrist it is quite strong. However, after a few minutes it seems to be absorbed by my skin and becomes much less penetrating.

I would describe the scent as dark, sensual, and warm. I like it but I don’t quite love it. I tried it for one day and the scent was quite subtle for around 8 hours.

Verdict: 7/10, unusual and worth buying but I don’t love it

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Blessed Bee Perfume Oil

This is a discontinued scent by Alkemia. The store description stated they only had a few more bottles left so I thought I had better grab one before they ran out.

This perfume oil is supposed to smell like honey. In the bottle it is quite musky and strong. Applied on my skin it fades after only a few minutes and then smells faintly powdery.

Sadly, I could not smell the honey at all. Perhaps the honey scent blended with my skin chemistry in such a way that it got overpowered? Or maybe the bottle was old and the scent had faded? Not sure what happened but I did not like it.

Verdict: 3/10, smell too delicate, not compatible with my body chemistry

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Elixir of Aphrodite Perfume Oil

Another Greek myth-themed perfume for me, because I cannot get enough of Goddess-themed scents. 😀

This is a very complicated scent that according to the description is:

“Persian apricots dipped in orange blossom honey swirling with a sensual enchantment of peach and plum blossoms, mimosa, white star jasmine, ambrette, guiac wood, and vanilla musk.”

As you can see from the description above there is a lot going on here. In the bottle the smell is surprisingly yummy. It’s almost like something I want to drink up, perhaps like a fruit liqueur scent.

On my pulse points it also smells delicious. Not quite edible but something very lush and fruity. The smell is quite addictive. As I wore it, I kept smelling my own wrists because it seems to change every 30 minutes or so.

I have to be honest though, the Elixir of Aphrodite is a complex, delightful scent but I still don’t love it. It’s nice and fruity but too musky for me. Like, I could see how this would be perfect for other girls but not for me. I guess I am hard to please.

Verdict: 8/10, it really does smell like something Aphrodite would wear

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Woods on a Snowy Evening Perfume Oil Perfume Oil

This particular perfume was chosen by my 13-year-old niece.

Freshly fallen powder snow, juniper berries, hemlock pine, white needle balsam pine, flat cedar, camphorous evergreens, and icy aquatic elements

From the description given, this is not the sort of thing I would buy for myself but out of the 10 perfumes I bought, this is the one I liked the best. It just goes to show that descriptions aren’t enough – you have to try it yourself and something that sounds unappealing could turn out to be the best scent for you.

The scent of this one is sweet, clean and fresh.

Verdict: 10/10, awesome for everyday use

Alkemia Perfumes Review – Conclusion

I have tried out four out of my 10 Alkemia perfumes and so far I found one winner. The perfumes are of very good quality. I have not been disappointed because all of these indie perfumes have a unique scent. If you have the money, Alkemia is a good buy since they have a lot of different perfumes at a reasonable price.

I have already ordered another batch of indie perfumes (from a different perfumery) that I will review later.

Thanks for reading!

Unmasking Your True Self

Today’s Daily Post writing prompt is very interesting.

Masks Off

We’re less than a week away from Halloween! If you had to design a costume that channeled your true, innermost self, what would that costume look like? Would you dare to wear it?

Well, frankly, I wouldn’t wear a costume that shows my true self because I think that Halloween is all about fantasy, not truth. If I did… my costume would be a lazy, lazy sloth! That is my true self.

Sad, but true.

Alternatively, I could wear a child costume because I am really a kid at heart.

Thanks for reading.

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