Obsessing over this gorgeous girl! I rarely have girl crushes but when I do, they’re almost always doe-eyed brunettes.

Alessi Likes P5

A dimly lit set of photos to match my current mood these days. Recent events have had me finding solace in quiet off days, rooftops, street lights, and the muddled haze of fruity cocktails. It came to a point where I had to force a smile when the situation called for one, which I found unfortunate. These snaps are the products of all that introversion and attempted distraction. Sometimes all you need is a gloomy day, great friends, and lots of alcohol. I’m just glad to have emerged from a very bad week intact. I’m starting to feel better so far, I’ve learned to cut myself some slack and move on. At the moment I’m overcome by a terrible sense of wanderlust. I just want to go somewhere I’ve never been to.

(In case you were wondering about the title, P5 is the VSCO filter I used on all my photos posted. Obsessed with this filter right now.)

Alessi Likes Hungry Hound, and Food Reviewing

A quartet of over-edited photos in horrendous resolution to document a dreamy dinner at Hungry Hound, which I’ve meaning to visit for the longest time, and of which I haven’t gotten around (but really need to) start putting together a review for WIM. Favorites of the night include this salty, greasy breakfast masterpiece of poached egg, sausages, ham, corned beef and hash, and the infamous Duck Fat Fries. Niner Ichi Nana, the bar next door, is just as awesome, but I shall save that for another blog post.

My backlogs for WIM have been piling up, with opportunities for features sprouting left and right. I’m not complaining though, and I’m all the more surprised that I haven’t run dry out of ideas and methods to write. I guess passion is my fuel. Although I have been taking things slower these days to keep most of my content relevant.

Alessi Likes to Shift Perspective

What would you do upon an abrupt change of heart? My perspective on a lot things have recently shifted, making me reconsider the long-term plans I’ve made for myself. One of which is whether or not to go out of the country. I’m starting to realise how beautiful this country is, and I’m currently overcome with a very strong urge to visit each and every one of its many beaches - there’s just so much to explore. Then there’s the food which is a given, and the abundance of amazingly beautiful sunsets, and people who’ve become very much a part of me as the skin I live in. Life abroad sure holds much promise, but why leave when almost everything I have is right here? 

I still abhor the governance and blatant corruption, and think public transportation is a real screw up, and I’m now absolutely terrified to commute after all the scary stories I’ve heard about people being held up and shot in broad daylight on the street, but I guess there’s a trade-off for everything. This country still leaves much to be desired, but at the moment I can say I’m quite happy with my slice of Manila cake.

#personal  #life  #manila  

Alessi Likes Kessaku Japanese, and Iphoneography

Absolutely proud of how these photos came out for my WheninManila.com feature of Kessaku, shot entirely with my trusty iPhone. And still drooling over the creamiest, most heavenly-tasting salmon sashimi I’ve come across, along with their soft-shell crab, California Maki with Flying Fish Roe, and Symphony. Darn it, make that everything on the menu.

Alessi Likes Brasserie Girolle at the Fort

Brasserie Girolle is a breath of fresh air from your usual French restaurants that often give off an uptight and arrogant air. While the interiors of the place evoke all kinds of sophistication with its black-and-white palette and high ceilings, its food and ambiance say otherwise. The food tediously prepared as the French do, and the booze overflowing during happy hour (Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 12midnight) - I think I’ve found my happy medium.

Eggs en Cocotte (eggs cooked in water) - which may simply sound like hardboiled egg, but actually involves cooking an egg in a separate container filled with water, under layers of caramelized chalots and cream then topped with gruyere cheese. I was expecting it to be a runny, creamy and saucy, but was surprised to find the egg quite firmly baked.

 Salade de Chevre Chaud (Warm Goat’s Cheese Salad) - absolutely love the combination of juicy beets, crunchy veggies with a kick of crisp and tangy white cheese and candied walnuts and balsamic vinegar.

Brasserie puts all your preconceived notions of French food having to include some sort of odd raw animal/critter parts aside and instead give way for hearty, rustic cooking that involve long hours in the kitchen and a lot of love and effort.

 Boeuf Braise au vin Rouge (Braised Short Rib)

Brasserie’s take on Crispy Pork Belly

Their Boeuf Braise au vin Rouge (braised short beef ribs) are cooked for a good 8 hours for maximum tenderness and flavor, and are laid over a bed of pureed potatoes that are first roasted in salt then mixed with milk and butter. Likewise, their Crispy Pork Belly is roasted in white wine for 6 hours before having bricks stacked over them overnight to hold the flavors in better and to lock in moisture, before frying them all to a golden crisp the next day.

Steak Frites with Herbed Butter, which is apparently a staple in French restaurants.

All the effort and preparation put into each dish is evident in how the end product tastes. The beef incredibly flavorful and tender, the pork belly crunchy crisp and juicy, and everything else absolutely divine. I guess all great things do take time.

Chocolate Mousse with Chiffon crust

Terrine au Chocolat - velvety smooth and rich, sooo good.

Brasserie Girolle takes French food out of the “fine dining” mold and offers something more casual yet delectably hearty, high-quality and top notch. While its prices are quite steap and serving portions leave more to be desired, it is good to know that you are paying for a quality meal that is meant to leave you satisfied, not stuffed.

 Brasserie Girolle is located at the ground floor of Fort Pointe II Building, 28th St, Taguig (right across the Fort Strip and below URBN)

Contact Number: 856.6639

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrasserieGirolle/

engagewithlifee asked: Hello Alessi, I absolutely love your blog and the way you cast your words. Looking forward for more of your wonderful entries. Thanks for the follow and see you around! Hope to be friends with you. <3

awww thank you so much for the sweet words, faith! thanks for the follow as well, wishing you the best of luck in the fine art of dentistry ;)

Alessi Likes Flume and Sunday Mornings

I love Sunday mornings that call for sleeping in, sipping tea, and my most worn-in gray v-neck. This is one of those days where I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I should be doing. And to make things even more spectacularly chill than they already are, I think I’ve found the most ideal background music to compliment this lazy overcast morning.

Flume further concretizes my idea of Aussies being one of the coolest batch of creative minds around. His mixes, conceived from a wide range of genres including hiphop, house and indie pop, have that signature staggering progression that sound distinct yet at the same time cohesive, present in every remix and at varying degrees. Nothing seems too contrived or or thought of, just all seamlessly inspired melodies pieced together. There must be something in those Australian waters. Happy Sunday!

Alessi x NurseLife


I’ve actually written a lengthy entry on this particular facet of my life and stowed it away in my drafts folder, hoping to share it soon, then decided otherwise. I shall instead leave you with these photos, because at the moment I don’t know how much I’m supposed to devulge, and how much I should hold back on. All I really feel like saying now is that i have my good days and bad days, and that steady stream of in-betweens in which I earnestly attempt to tread.

Maybe home is nothing but two arms holding you tight when you’re at your worst.

Yara Bashraheel

(via cool-kids-cant-die)

Phase I.a.: Create a Concept - The Uniform

Now we continue with my project of Into-Mind’s “Building a Capsule Wardrobe.” (Part 1 here.)

The other half of the first step to creating a capsule wardrobe is to select a “uniform,” which basically refers to the first garment you reach for in your closet at the thought of getting dressed, as well as items that you can easily see yourself wearing. The common denominators of my uniform are obviously button-downs, v-neck shirts and a ton of denim in every variation of length and fit (although I’m partial to high-waisted skinnies and boyfriends); thrown into the mix are those viral loose strappy tanks, bottoms in interesting cuts and textures, your standard-issue crop top and something a little slutty for good measure. Proportions include: croptop - high waist jeans, button-down - denim, v-neck - statement skirt, stappy tank - skinny jeans.

From the way I see it, my “uniform” is to be the basis from which all other clothing choices will be selected and assimilated, which should make for a more cohesive and wearable wardrobe - composed mainly of items I like, which actually go well together.

Alessi Likes Weekends Off

Yep, my weekend was a pretty good one. After my Baguio plans fell through I was left with my trusty plan B, a good dose of faith and all the optimism I could muster, which fortunately resulted in an absolutely relaxing and fun staycation spent reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Highlights include but not limited to: stories shared over coffee, beers, and pasta, under the intervals of gloomy skies, stars and rain drops, as well as some much-needed solitary peace in the comfiest sheets, the fluffiest pillows, and the prettiest damn pool I’ve seen in a while.


Today I’ve decided to make a commitment to pursue my passions, to make time for things and people I love, make a conscious effort to eat healthier and make better choices for my body and well-being, to take the time to treat myself, to live in contentment, and to be brave enough to believe I can get whatever I want. Might seem a little too ambitious to contain such large-scale priorities in one paragraph, but I’ve always seen myself as that kind of girl anyways.

Two Grams of Zara



Just dumping some square-frames featuring random finds from what’s left of Zara’s mid-year sale, in which I practically trick myself into thinking slim-fit jeans can pass off as boyfriends in my stunted frame, among other forms of prodding (it has such a nice distressed color, it has all these cute little rips all over… the extent to which I coax myself into a purchase knows no bounds) thus resulting in a very untimely impulse purchase, and the unprecedented exercise of my principle to refuse taking shit from anyone (but that’s another story.)


How’s everyone doing? Sincerely hope everyone’s safe and dry. Personally very happy that power’s back in our place as most of the metro is still experiencing a wide-spread black out, and especially relieved that majority of the typhoon’s damage was on property rather than lives. Dealing with the #GlendaPH aftermath by checking out photos of uprooted trees and car wrecks Glenda had left in its wake and listening to a good dose of old-school JT. Had to go to work today (no surprise in that) as hospitals don’t really close regardless of whatever calamity goes down.

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