Monday, July 4, 2016

A Closer Look: 2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner | Mid-Year Review

Hello lovely ladies!



As you can tell, I chose to use one of the "most talked" about planners in the Philippines, the 2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner. I was hesitant to get this because it was quite difficult to decide whether this planner is worth the price or not, but after a long deliberation, I finally bought one for this year. Most of my yearly planners only cost more or less than Php 100.00 (approx. USD 2.50) so it was quite a stretch to buy a planner about 6 times the price of my usual planner.


The Graceful Mist: 2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner, Booklet, Stickers, Bookmark, and Lifestyle Card Picture
 2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner, Booklet, Stickers, Bookmark, and Lifestyle Card Picture - (Review at  http://www.thegracefulmist.com/)

The 2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner which costs Php 598.00 (approx. USD 15) includes a booklet which contains over Php 40,000 worth of discounts and freebies with BDJ coupons, lifestyle card which can be activated online, 2 sets of label stickers, and a magnetic bookmark. 



2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner - Lifestyle Card (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com/)
2016 Belle De Jour Power Planner - Lifestyle Card (Review at http://www.TheGracefulMist.com/)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Beyond the Comfort Zone | Sharing a Part of Me

Beyond the Comfort Zone, Sharing a Part of Me by @TheGracefulMist (Read at www.TheGracefulMist.com)

During the past few weeks, I`ve been getting the vibe that it was time to share a part of me to the people around my real life. Sharing a blog, a part of one`s self, is not an easy thing to do for a person like me living a reserved and guarded life. However, I`ve been noticing that to actually be successful in blogging and writing, I needed the right readers and sincere supporters.

Monday, June 27, 2016

🏆 Memorable Moments: Top 3 Unforgettable Scenes from Descendants of the Sun 🏆

Annyeong Haseyo!


During the past few weeks, I`ve shared with you my top favorite sweet and funny scenes from the Korean drama "Descendants of the Sun". For this post, I`ll finally share the most unforgettable scenes in the series.

1.) "Meeting Him Again"


Despite the recent parting of Captain Yoo Si Jin and Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, this scene raised the hopes of the viewers. This first reunion of the couple is melodramatic, sensational and just amazing. The slow motion while Captain was walking closer to Dr. Kang Mo Yeon is just awesome. Also, the song  "Always" by Yoon Mi Rae which was played is so fitting to the scene.

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Important Lessons I Learned from Vista Land`s Financial Awareness Seminar

Vista Land`s Financial Awareness Seminar - 5 Important Lessons - Picture(www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Vista Land`s Financial Awareness Seminar: 5 Important Lessons by The Graceful Mist - Picture (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Recently, I attended one of Vista Land`s Financial Awareness Seminars. It was educating and motivating. It wasn`t all about being rich and gaining money. It was also about being wise even in minor decisions and gaining knowledge regarding real estate investment. Below are some of the important lessons I acquired:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

🏆 Memorable Moments: Top 5 Funny Scenes from Descendants of the Sun 🏆

Annyeong haseyo!


Descendants of the Sun is a Korean drama that has gained a lot of admirers in the world. Despite being aired for only 2 months which started on February and ended on April, the admiration for this drama is still very prevalent most especially in Asia. Last week, I shared with you the "Top 5 Sweet Moments from 'Descendants of the Sun'" but today I`ll share with you the funniest scenes I have seen in all of the 16 episodes of this TV drama.


1.) "Red Velvet"


This scene reminded me of a popular Youtube video which features a performance by a Korean girl group in an all-boys school. It was really amusing which made this specific part really comical. It may be a part of the Korean entertainment industry`s culture to feature different artists and groups for a specific group of people like the performance of "Red Velvet" for the military.

Friday, June 3, 2016

🏆 Memorable Moments: Top 5 Sweet Scenes from Descendants of the Sun 🏆

Annyeong haseyo!


Descendants of the Sun is a Korean drama that first aired on February this year. It has gained widespread popularity all over the world. Last week, I shared with you a review of this drama. For this post,  I`ll be sharing with you my favorite sweet scenes from this TV series.


1.) "Forget This"


Despite the thrilling activities going on, this scene is particularly the top sweet scene on this list because Captain Yoo Si Jin (played by Song Joong Ki) showed his loving care and comfort towards the abducted Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (played by Song Hye Kyo) especially when he covered her eyes and told her to "forget" what was about to happen at 1:30 to 2:22 [of the video]. If you remember their first split in the drama, Dr. Kang Mo Yeon expressed that she and Captain may have different ideals since Dr. Kang Mo Yeon`s a doctor who diagnoses, treats and heals people while Captain Yoo Si Jin is involved in a profession that may require him to kill. This scene is appealing as it showed Captain Yoo Si Jin`s thoughtfulness and protectiveness towards Dr. Kang Mo Yeon`s sensitive feelings and "innocence" regarding the situation.

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.