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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Now on The Fat Kid Inside | Celebrate Fried Chicken Day with These New Chicks on the Block

Your teeth sink into a flavorful crunch, sometimes salty or garlicky, other times peppery or spicy. If you’re lucky, the white meat underneath boasts a soft, plump and juicy contrast, completing one lip-smacking fried chicken experience.

What’s not to love?

Before this went online, the only other post on The Fat Kid Inside tagged “fried chicken” was Erwan’s Non-Fried “Fried” Chicken Pillows with Yellow Squash/Zucchini “Pasta” a.k.a Screw Nuggets recipe. While TFKI is all about eating healthy, delicious dishes, we also endorse the occasional cheat treat.

So here are a few relatively new players in the fried chicken arena—seven enticing options for your much-anticipated reward meals. Plus, it’s National Fried Chicken Day in the US on July 6—another excuse to join in on the fun!

Read the rest of the post here.

Prepare yourself for some serious fried chicken cravings.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MEGA June 2014 | Contemporary New York Dining 71 Floors Up

The month of June whizzed by so quickly. Proper sustenance somehow made up for the long work hours, which is why I have several food posts coming up! 

One particular dining experience, however, was actually for work, though it did not feel like work at all. For MEGA, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Carlo Miguel and sampling the food at 71 Gramercy, the restaurant atop the tallest building in the Philippines to date.

Check out the June 2014 issue to find out the must-order dishes (like the unforgettable Organic Honey Glazed Duck Breast!) and desserts (like the truly #Legit Chocolate Cake).

Sunday, May 18, 2014

MEGA May 2014 | Breaking Boundaries of Convention

Get a full dose of inspiration and empowerment from this month's MEGA.

The May 2014 issue celebrates beauty that breaks boundaries with MEGA's 10 Most Beautiful. With their talent, charisma, and stunning, unique looks, these women elevate our concept of beauty: actresses Andi Eigenmann and Mercedes Cabral; Asia's Next Top Model runner-up Jodilly Pendre and third placer Katarina Rodriguez; power belter Radha; photographer Shaira Luna; and fashion designer Charina Sarte. Completing the list are three multi-hyphenates: singer-songwriter, events/TV host, and alopecia awareness advocate Abby Asistioentrepreneur, blogger and creative genius Martine Cajucom; and model, DJ, artist and adventurer Sanya Smith. I was thrilled to have been assigned to write the features on Cabral, Rodriguez, Asistio, Smith, and Cajucom, who share refreshing perspectives of beauty and such intense passion for their respective crafts. 

MEGA has likewise outdone itself with this year's Annual Beauty Awards, a fun and informative read on "toys" for the grown-up gals--today's topnotch beauty and skincare tools and products for highlighting your best features and taking care of your skin.

The magazine also celebrates the beauty of life in A Not So Private Matter, an inspiring, brave and thought-provoking piece in which managing editor Sarah Santiago shares her thoughts on unintended pregnancy and the omnipresent choice to save a life. 

Read more in MEGA's May 2014 issue.

The CityLifeStylist


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MEGA January 2014 | Beyond Accessories: PoshDated's Jena Fetalino on Iconic Purses

Behind the scenes at the MEGA shoot

Stepping into PoshDated on Arnaiz Avenue is like drifting into a bag lover’s dream. The shop becomes even more fascinating as owner Jena Fetalino shares the history behind her exquisite finds--from her rare vintage Hermès purses to her timeless Chanel collection. Such iconic pieces are not mere accessories; they are works of art that demonstrate craftsmanship and quality. Fetalino adds, “They are also meant for those [who] want something that hearken back to the fashion from a different era.”

Read the feature in this month's MEGA.

The CityLifeStylist

Monday, December 23, 2013

Now on The Fat Kid Inside | The Potluck Solution

The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest, with reunions and parties to attend left and right, tasks to be ticked off Christmas checklists, and work deadlines that need to be rushed before the new year rolls in.

With a schedule that’s packed to the brim, many of us may not have the time to share our culinary creations in every single gathering. Good thing there are delicious, easy-to-order dishes that can save the day. I’m not talking about your regular fast food fare—these are homey holiday meals available for takeout this season. 

Read the rest of the post on The Fat Kid Inside.

Happy Holidays! 

The CityLifeStylist

P.S. Make sure to call ahead to place your orders or make a reservation! Links to the Facebook pages/websites of the featured restaurants are included in the post.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Surge of Literature, Art, and Photography in the Wake of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

For the past weeks, the Philippines has been grieving. After supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept through the country, devastating reports of lost lives, homes, and entire towns have emerged. 

Amidst these trying times, however, the world has become witness to the resilience and optimism of Filipinos. I've heard interviews with people from Tacloban City--one of the hardest hit areas--in which the victims themselves were the ones giving reassuring messages via the media. Survivors in Bantayan Island in Cebu, many of whom are also reconstructing their destroyed homes, said they consider themselves "lucky" for being spared from a storm surge. 

We have all extended help in our own ways, hoping the government and the private institutions that serve as a bridge are able to distribute the funds and relief goods efficiently. But as the people of Tacloban, Bantayan, and many other affected areas rebuild their lives, they are still in dire need of our support. 

One way to keep the aid coming is to grab a copy of Surges: Outpourings in Haiyan/Yolanda's Wake, a book featuring literature, art, and photography in the wake of the supertyphoon. According to the official Facebook page, the proceeds will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in some of the most devastated areas in the country.

Join the book launch on Thursday, December 19, 6:00 p.m. at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Entrance is free, but make sure to RSVP via text or email. Please refer to the poster for the contact details.

You may also check the Facebook page for more information on how to order. It's available for only 500PhP (15USD).

See you there!

The CityLifeStylist

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UNICEF Auction for Action 2013: Funding Play-Based Learning for Disadvantaged Filipino Children

Children have the right to play. Different forms of play--whether structured or unstructured--keep children healthy and sharpen their skills in listening, observation, self-expression and even decision-making. Playing develops their minds, builds their confidence, and fosters their sense of curiosity.

In the Philippines, studies show that three out of ten children under six years old have access to any form of early learning such as day care centers. Access is said to be lower in remote, conflict- and disaster-affected areas due to a number of reasons, one of which is the lack of resources.

To address this issue, and in time for National Children's MonthUNICEF Philippines holds Auction for Action 2013. Proceeds will benefit Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP), an education program that will give disadvantaged Filipino children a learning head start.

Apart from far-flung, conflict and disaster-affected communities, UNICEF also supports the SNP program in informal rural and urban communities. The home-based learning program can be set up in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree by trained day care workers or parent volunteers who can spend two to three hours a day for a minimum of ten months guiding children as they learn through organized play.

The auction, curated and presented by UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Oseña Paez, features one-of-a-kind creations by notable Filipino artists and designers including sculptor Ramon Orlina, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo, and artist, sculptor and designer Leeroy New, among others. (See full list of participating artists and designers here.)

The online auction on eBay is from October 21 to 27, 2013. Preview the pieces on display at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City,  until tomorrow, October 26, 2013.

The CityLifeStylist