fitness

#IAmUrbanBrave To Be Active Again!

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Last December, during outlet visits in the US, I mostly shopped for activewear with the mentality that 2017 will be my fitness year. And although this is something I declare every year, my level of commitment was on an all-time high. All the cute printed leggings and racerback tops with motivational statements that come in bright, neon colors motivated me even more as I started imagining my #gymootd and #wotd. 

Now, come April, I still haven't worn half of what I bought. *sad music* But lately, I find myself craving more and more for any kind of physical activity. Maybe it's because of the McDo fries and Coke float combo I have ever so often nowadays or it could be my constant back pains or the fact that summer is here once again and it's time to bring out the swimwear. Whatever it is, my motivation is back and I'm ready to be active again!
Working out is no easy feat, at least for me. That's why aside from cute gym outfits, I need a few other stuff here and there to help me reach my fitness goals. Good thing there's Urbanize, a one-stop shop for all our urban adventure needs. 

From travel to fitness to fashion or even to daily adventures, Urbanize has something to offer. Out of all the products and knick knacks that they have, I narrowed down my Top 5 favorites:






To know know more about Urbanize and the brands they carry, you can check out their Facebook Page or their website.

Love, Paola






food

Salcedo Market Saturdays

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On weekdays, Makati is a busy, bustling, overcrowded city filled with corporate people who go about their hectic corporate lives. But on weekends, everything slows down. Instead of groups of people clad in formal office wear, you'll find joggers, bikers, owners with their dogs and cute asian kids who are out to play in the streets and sidewalks. In fact, aside from malls, the only buzzing part of Makati on weekends are Salcedo Market on Saturdays and Legazpi Market on Sundays.

Took a couple of photos from our visit last weekend. We go here regularly even before we started living in Makati but I find myself enjoying it more now. Sleeping in is always a luxury I look forward to but I'm willing to give it up once in a while for these satisfying finds. Tita vibes.


Here's a quick tour of Salcedo Market from our last visit:

Pretty flowers are always the first ones to greet you as you enter the market.
I thought I like all things salted egg until I tasted this salted egg chicharon. Props for being creative, but this is the embodiment of the word umay, lol.
There are new and interesting fusion of dishes and flavors every week. 
Everything is environment-friendly!
This simple churro stand beat Dulcinea and La Lola as Spot.ph's best churro in Manila.
Our Salcedo Market visit is never complete without the fresh dalandan juice from this fruit stand. This is always our staple. Even in Legazpi Market, my parents and I always get our drinks from this fruit stand.
Though I spend the first few minutes carefully checking each kiosk out, I always end up ordering kebab, well done, no onions and with extra cheese and yogurt sauce.
For dessert, it's only ever a choice between taho or dirty ice cream. I guess taho won this time.
My mom is allergic to squid and I don't eat seafood so I always get that hesitant "Ano po?" from vendors whenever I ask them to remove the tako in takoyaki.
And if you still need another reason to love this place, almost every food stand offers free taste!

Writing this blog post at night, when I've decided to only have Koko Krunch for dinner, is a very bad idea. 

Love, Paola