Friday, May 27, 2016

Spoiler-free K-Drama Review: Descendants of the Sun

Annyeong haseyo!

Photo Credit: Initial drawing by Karlo G./ Spoiler-free K-Drama Review: Descendants of the Sun (http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Photo Credit: Initial drawing by Karlo G./ Spoiler-free K-Drama Review: Descendants of the Sun (http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)

If you haven`t been reached by the craze fan girls(and boys) all over the world are experiencing, "Descendants of the Sun" is a hit Korean drama which just finished airing last month. It has gained popularity not only in South Korea but also here in the Philippines. According to some online reports, the production cost was 13 billion or approximately US$ 11,047,010.00/Php 515,514,245.16. With such high budget, the whole team of "Descendants of the Sun" must have really worked hard to give the viewers the best TV series they possibly can. And with the widespread enthusiasm and passion surrounding this drama, I think they`ve gotten a flattering response from people around the world.

Descendants of the Sun: Preview - Version 1:

Genre: Action and romance
Episodes: 16 excluding 3 special episodes
Time: Approximately 1 hour/regular episode
Location/s: South Korea and Greece

Main Cast:

  • Song Joong-ki - Captain Yoo Si-jin (Call sign: "Big Boss")
  • Song Hye-kyo - Doctor Kang Mo-yeon (Call sign: "Beauty")
  • Jin Goo - Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young (Call sign: "Wolf")
  • Kim Ji-won - Army doctor First Lieutenant Yoon Myeong-joo 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Browhaus Manila: The Brow Salon Experience

Hello everyone,

Browhaus Manila: The Brow Salon Experience, SampleRoom.ph Browhaus Voucher Photo (Review at http://www.thegracefulmist.com/)
Browhaus Manila: The Brow Salon Experience, SampleRoom.ph Browhaus Voucher Photo (Review at http://www.thegracefulmist.com/)


Browhaus is a brow and lash salon which was founded in 2004 in Singapore and has invaded the Philippine market around 2008. It caters to your eyebrows and eyelashes` grooming needs. They have brow architects who were trained to professionally cut, pluck, thread and/or tweeze your eyebrows to provide you with a much more polished and precise eyebrow shape.

Besides brow grooming, they offer services like "Threading Complete Workout" which includes threading of the forehead, upper and lower lip, cheek, chin and sideburns and brow shaping, "Lash Services" such as Lash Removal, Lash Curl Up and Lashgraphy Color, and other services like "Eye Define" and "Lip Define". They also sell aftercare products, make-ups, and others for brows and lashes. You may visit their site to fully know more about their products and services.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Caffe La Tea - Vegetarian Picks

Hello readers,

Caffe La Tea - Vegetarian Picks (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Caffe La Tea - Vegetarian Picks Photo (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)

In this post, I`ll introduce you to Caffe La Tea, a cozy coffee, milk tea, and food stop with 10 branches in the country. Their store offers a great selection of food and drinks. Below are 3 out of 4 marked vegetarian foods they offer to serve.

Caffe La Tea`s Vegetarian Foods

1. Mojos

(Sliced Potatoes and Aioli Dip)

Caffe La Tea - Vegetarian Picks: Mojos (Php 119.00) Photo (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Caffe La Tea - Vegetarian Picks: Mojos (Php 119.00) Photo (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com)
These Mojos are actually appetizers. They had a taste of authentic potato fries but I felt like there was too much onion-like taste to it. It tasted odd combined with the sauce. My friend commented that the sauce tasted like it has too much vinegar. I didn`t quite enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Banapple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café)

Hello dear readers!

Bannaple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - "Bannaple" and "Ripe Mango" Smoothies Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Banapple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - "Bannaple" and "Ripe Mango" Smoothies Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)

Bannapple is a bakery and café which serves baked goods, cakes, pies, desserts, smoothies, coffee, and many more delicious food and beverage. Besides casual dining on their regular operating hours, customers can also reserve for a banquet room at their Katipunan and Tomas Morato branches. They have different branches in the country but their main kitchen is along Katipunan avenue in Quezon City (Metro Manila).

Bannaple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - "Bannaple" and "Ripe Mango" Smoothies Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Banapple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
When we arrived at the place, we had to wait for about 5 minutes because it was full-packed inside. While waiting outside Bannaple, we were already given a number for our supposed table and the menu even though a customer must go to the counter to order and pay (because in some cafés, customers just sit at the café from the time the menus were given to them, to ordering and up to paying).

Bannaple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - "Bannaple" Smoothie Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Banapple: Pies and Cheesecakes (Bakery and Café) - "Bannaple" Smoothie Photo (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)

I had the "Banapple" smoothie mainly because it seemed like the most "basic" smoothie to get since it was named similar to the store`s name. The taste reminded me of  frozen smashed bananas with syrup. I really like it because it was flavorful and really cold.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café

Hello readers!

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café: Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café is a quaint and small place that offers to serve a variety of delicious and tasteful Vegetarian food and beverage suitable for almost everyone even non-vegetarians. Some of the food that they offer are also suitable for Vegans.

I visited this place on my birthday since I wanted to start my day right by eating a healthy yet delicious food. I had their Carbonara and Calamansi juice since I had a cold that day.

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café: Regular Carbonara (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Their Carbonara tasted very delicious not only because I generally like eating pasta but because it was actually tasty and creamy. It was great, I throughly enjoyed the Php 80.00 worth of Carbonara with bread at the side.

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café: Calamansi Juice (Review at www.TheGracefulMist.com)
According to their menu, their Calamansi juice is "freshly squeezed". It was served right when I asked for it so I`m not exactly sure if it`s actually "freshly squeezed" since it was quite cold most likely because it was refrigerated. Nevertheless, even though I usually take in concentrated Calamansi juice, this was alright. Its price is Php 60.00.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sip - Hazelnut Milk Tea

Hello readers!

Sip Philippines - Hazelnut Milk Tea Review (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Sip Philippines - Hazelnut Milk Tea Review (http://www.thegracefulmist.com/)

I recently headed to one of my favorite milk tea stores, Sip. This time, I tried their Hazelnut Milk Tea. It has a taste that somehow reminds me of Milo. Its flavor is quite similar to their Chocolate Milk Tea. The store, a small place located in the middle of a busy and crowded mall was nice and welcoming. Despite the existing noise outside, it`s still quite a good place to study, work, or meet with friends. It has a bright interior design which resonates a cheerful atmosphere. It`s definitely a good place to go if you`ve been feeling quite isolated at home since you can do your school or work related tasks there, and bring your personal gadgets. (To see photos of the store, you may click here.)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Welcome to The Graceful Mist Youtube Channel!

Hello dear readers!


Good day! How are you doing? I recently uploaded a video in my Youtube channel to welcome all of you. In this channel,  I hope to upload videos about art, beauty, books, crafts, fashion, lifestyle, and travel. I have many hopes and goals for this Youtube channel so I`ll do my best to feature videos with great content. I also have different purposes why I created this blog and Youtube channel which are mainly based on faith, hope, and love.

I`ve always wanted to create a Youtube channel where I can consistently post videos about different things so starting this channel really excites me. I already have different ideas about my channel that I`m still trying to narrow down. Hopefully, you`ll be pleased with the contents of my future videos.

Please stay tuned for updates and upcoming videos! Thank you very much for reading. Have a blessed day!

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGracefulMist


Monday, October 12, 2015

A Message Before 18

"Dear 17 year old self,


You`re about to turn 18 in less than an hour. Before you reach the considered age of majority, please know that despite reaching legal adulthood, you shouldn`t lose the innocence of the child within you. Adulthood is not the part of life wherein one loses the innocence and purity of a child, it`s merely a part of life wherein one acquires heavier and more serious set of obligations and responsibilities which entails survival.

Keep learning, pursuing, and loving life. Just because life doesn`t require all fun and games from you doesn`t mean you can`t have joy. Joy comes from being able to feel contentment despite life`s struggles. Some people might dislike you and some may take interest in you, whichever, know that the one you must please the most is the highest being above.

People will often have a different say on different things. Despite this, look through the bigger picture when you view the world with tremendous curiosity. Little things may come in the way but always remember that life is more than just bits and pieces.

Take great care of yourself. There`s only a single you and you can`t get a replacement. Take care of your health, mind, soul, and heart. When you are confused, believe in facts rather than the changing feelings of a confused teenager.

Always remember the wisdom and knowledge you`ve encountered and known along your journey. Take your time in thinking through your life`s unresolved obstacles. Don`t rush things for temporary happiness. Always do things with eternal value to please an eternal being. Live life with faith, hope, and love."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sip Store - Honeycomb Waffle and Honey Milk Tea

Hello readers,

Sip Store - Honeycomb Waffle Back View (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Sip Store - Honeycomb Waffle and Honey Milk Tea (The Graceful Mist Photo)

I recently went to one of my favorite stores, "Sip". I went ahead and tried their Honeycomb Waffle for the second time and Honey Milk Tea for the first time. The waffle was really delicious and filling. It has the right size to fill up an empty stomach. The honey milk tea, like most milk teas I`ve tasted, was flavorsome.

Sip Store Farmers, Cubao Branch - Honeycomb Waffle Front View (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Sip Store - Honeycomb Waffle Front View (The Graceful Mist Photo)
The Honeycomb Waffle was served fresh from the waffle maker. It tasted more appetizing when it was hot so it`s better to consume it as soon as it`s ready. It was a bit burnt when I got it the second time I tried it but it actually tasted alright.

Sip Store Farmers, Cubao Branch - Honeycomb Waffle Front View (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Sip Store - Honeycomb Waffle Front View (The Graceful Mist Photo)

The front part of the Honeycomb Waffle looks like it was puffed inside by Honey. It reminds me of my memory foam pillow wherein whenever you poke it or touch it, the shape of your hand or item leaves a mark on the pillow but then it will slowly fade back to its original form.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits (Oat Tea and Natural Black)

Hello dear readers!


Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits - Oat Tea and Natural Black (The Graceful Mist Photo)

For July`s Snacks of the Month, I chose Town 82k Wheat Biscuits. These crumbly biscuits are so delicious. They are good for the body too since they contain wheat and dietary fiber. Town 82k Wheat Biscuits comes in different varieties such as “Oat Tea”, “Natural Black”, and “Original Wheat”. Last month, I had the opportunity to taste “Oat Tea” and “Natural Black” only.

These biscuits fill me up when I haven`t eaten a proper meal yet. They contain such a natural wheat flavor without being bland. Because they contain a good source of fiber and other good ingredients, I don`t feel very guilty munching on these snacks. It`s as if I`m just adding goodness to my body.  

Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits - Oat Tea (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits - Oat Tea (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits - Natural Black (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Snacks of the Month: Town 82k Wheat Biscuits - Natural Black (The Graceful Mist Photo)
Just looking at the photos of these biscuits makes my stomach churn. Unfortunately, I don`t think I can get another promo of these enjoyable biscuits because of the limited stocks that came with a "buy 1 and take 1" promo.