TWG Tea: Red Lantern Tea Mooncake Collection

Posted on Wednesday, 20 August 2014

TWG Tea, the world’s finest tea brand, launches the Red Lantern Tea Mooncake Collection of eight intricately crafted tea-infused snowskin and traditional mooncakes!

My brother and I paid a visit to the TWG Tea in Shang recently to get a box of mooncakes for ourselves and the family. 

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I’m so happy that TWG Tea finally opened here in Manila. I used to always go to the ones in Ion Orchard and Marina Bay Sands whenever I went to Singapore. Now it has become so much easier to get my afternoon tea and macaron fix.

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For the love of cherry blossom-themed anything. These made me miss Japan so much!

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One of my favorite macaron flavors from TWG! You can’t go wrong with salted caramel.

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My sweet tooth was very much satisfied. <3

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Talk about food coma. After ordering a bunch of macarons, my brother and I couldn’t help but try the mooncakes out as well. 

The first mooncake that we tried was Moonlight. It had such an interesting texture. I thought the addition of sesame seeds is genius… or maybe I’m just biased because I love sesame (black sesame, sesame oil, sesame seeds, etc.).

Some of the suggested tea pairings for this mooncake included Midsummer Night Tea, Number 12 Tea, Chocolate Tea, London Breakfast Tea, 1837 Black Tea, Vanilla Bourbon Tea, Napoleon Tea (one of my faves - I actually ordered it on ice as you can see in the photo), Earl Grey Gentleman, and Maharajah Darjeeling.

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Salted caramel and Napoleon Tea are my TWG Tea weaknesses, so the Aurora mooncake was an absolute winner for me! I swear I could eat this everyday. I personally prefer the texture of snowskin mooncakes since they remind me so much of my favorite desserts, but the shelf life of traditional ones are much longer.

Suggested tea pairings include The Bellini Tea, Blue Lotus Tea, Weekend in Moscow Tea, Silver Moon Tea (in photo above), Creme Caramel (also one of my personal faves which I order on ice), English Breakfast Tea, New York Breakfast Tea, Brother’s Club Tea and Singapore Breakfast Tea.

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TWG Tea mooncakes are entirely handmade fresh daily by their master pâtissiers, using only the purest, noble ingredients and accented with the myriad of flavors and aromas of their signature teas.

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TWG Tea offers a set of four Traditional Mooncakes that retails at P2,088, while a set of four Snowskin Mooncakes retails at P2,188.

Both are elegantly available in the Red Lantern Mooncake gift box. Each mooncake in an individual Red Lantern Mooncake gift box retails at P468 and P498 for Traditional and Snowskin Mooncakes respectively.

Below are the description of the mooncakes in case you’re interested in buying for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival!

TWG Tea Traditional Mooncakes

Red Lantern - Wrapped in a perfectly baked golden brown crust, the delightful surprise of mixed almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia and pecans enveloped in a smooth lotus paste infused with the illuminating combination of jasmine, exotic fruits and sweet spices of Red Lantern Tea.

Emperor - An opulent representation of the Yin and Yang, this elegant golden brown crust embraces the harmonious balance of a luscious red bean paste adorning a delicate and aromatic Matcha Nara heart, whisked from the most prestigious tea estate in Japan.

Constellation - This iconic signature of mid-autumn festival holds within a golden crust a smooth and elegant Singapore Breakfast Tea infused brown lotus filling, a scattering of roasted melon seeds and an embedded salted egg yolk heart. A timeless favourite.

Moonlight - Encased in a lavish, brown crust, this exquisite TWG Tea mooncake is filled with smooth black sesame paste infused with Pu-Erh Prestige and sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds, enveloping an aromatic sesame paste heart.

TWG Tea Snowskin Mooncakes

Aurora - Perfectly sun-kissed yellow snowskin mooncake heralds the arrival of radiant mid-autumn days ahead, filled with salted caramel mousse infused with Napoleon Tea and a refreshing surprise of pear marmalade encased in a white chocolate heart.

Serenity - Adorned in a paradise blue snowskin, this alluring mooncake brings in the calm tides of a tropical oasis, filled with a classic kaya mousse infused with Vanilla Bourbon Tea, delicately graced by coconut crisps sprinkled around a strawberry filled white chocolate heart.

Pure - An ethereal satin white snowskin mooncake encases a smooth milk chocolate mousse infused with fruit and flowery notes of 1837 White Tea, revealing a heart of tangy blackcurrant marmalade and white chocolate.

Illumination - Concealed in a black snowskin, this exquisite mooncake reveals a brilliant composition of a light nutty praline infused with signature 1837 Black Tea and an oriental burst of glowing orange marmalade in a white chocolate heart.

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Obligatory teapot selfie.

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TWG Tea is only offering the mooncakes this August until September 12th, so do pay them a visit soon! The Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival is already on September 8th.

TWG Tea can be found in Greenbelt 5, Resorts World Manila, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Century City Mall and Central Square, Bonifacio Global City (opening today, August 20) 

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Sheen: Gold Glimmer

Posted on Sunday, 17 August 2014

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(Time Depot Casio Sheen watch, Chicwish dress, Michael Kors bag, Kate Spade ring, Le Bunny Bleu oxfords) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

There’s nothing like a gold watch to complete a whole look. I almost never go out without a watch on my wrist nowadays, and I’m thankful that there are watches out there that can serve as *the* statement piece for my outfits.

Obviously, I’m not a fan of piling on accessories or “excessorizing”, and usually just go out with my basic pair of earrings, and a watch of the same metal as my jewelry. The new SHE-4800G-7A watch has genuine SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that are able to compensate for the simplicity of any look. Been wearing it everyday since I got it from the Time Depot store in Shang! It also comes in rose gold and silver, if you’re not a fan of gold. Was originally eyeing the rose gold one, until I realized I don’t have a lot of rose gold jewelry to match it with. Still gorgeous though (photo here)!

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San Francisco May 2014 Part 1

Posted on Thursday, 14 August 2014

Annual summer trip with the whole family! My brother had a year-long internship at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, so we didn’t really see him for a long time. Well, my mom and I visited him in Chicago last October 2013, but it was only this May that all six of us were complete again. It’s been 10 years since my last visit to San Francisco too! 

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On our first day in San Francisco, I met up with Kiks, one of my best friends in college. He’s been taking his master’s degree at an art school over there for about a year now, and is actually on a summer vacation here in Manila as of this writing! My brother’s flight from Wyoming got delayed so I had the whole morning free to do whatever I wanted!

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Kiks brought me to Mission District, a rather hipster neighborhood which I instantly fell in love with.

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Bright yellow pants! I belong here.

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We didn’t expect the weather to be so warm and sunny that morning that we immediately had to take a break from all the walking within the first 30 minutes of our meeting.

Dandelion Chocolate along Valencia St. was our first stop! Kiks had an iced chocolate and I had some sort of chocolate-coffee hybrid drink which was absolutely glorious.

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So many pretty, photogenic places in this area.

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Taken at an overpriced barbershop. If I lived in the US, I’d probably just DIY everything! Don’t want to spend $50-100 for a simple haircut, lol.

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Mission District is known to have the largest concentration of street art and building murals in the city. Can we have something like this place in Manila, please?

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Día de los Muertos? San Francisco’s Hispanic neighborhood is also on Mission District. 

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Clarion Alley is a small street between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. Here you can find immensely colorful murals…

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And houndstooth patterns on the floor! 

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I am too pastel for this wall.

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"These hearts are dedicated to some members of the SF community who died. If your name’s here, you’re dead. :)"

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Voldemort, is that you?

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Normally, I’d be grossed out with giant insects, but…

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I found a rare flamingo!

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The area is also notable for vintage-inspired furniture…

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…and bikes, the hipsters’ vehicles of choice.

Ever since I got hooked on Yowamushi Pedal, the idea of biking appeals to me so much. I never learned how to properly bike as a kid, but I’m set on starting in the near future.

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So pretty! I want to own one of these.

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Density was one of the independent shops that caught my eye. Good grammar is indeed sexy! 

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This reminded me so much of my friends who never go out without lipstick on.

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I bet you read the “shiiing” part out loud.

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Sock it to me! Let me have it!

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A trip to the most artsy neighborhood in San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without some third wave coffee.

Apparently, they have a rule sheet at their back alley which reads, “Please be respectful of our Caledonia neighbors by not talking about annoying hipster topics, or who you f*cked last night. You shouldn’t do that anyhow, but our neighbors actually can hear you.”

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Not talking about annoying hipster topics… is so hipster!

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I wonder if you’ll get checkered tan lines if you stay put in this area the whole day.

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One of our last stops before I had to head back to my hotel was FLAX art and design. 

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Arts and crafts supplies heaven right here. The possibilities are endless if you have this many available materials! 

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Somehow, I wasn’t surprised to see pink hair, tattoos, and patterned tank tops after going to The Mission.

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Our the way back to my hotel on Geary St., Kiks and I passed by Christopher Clark Fine Art since they had Mucha lithographs. Spazzed like crazy people because we (and our little college group) adore Art Nouveau!

Aaand that, my friends, was the most hipster morning that I’ve ever had in my life. Stay tuned for more San Francisco goodness in the next couple of weeks!