Monday, February 19, 2018

WATCH: There's A1 Driving School, Then There's Ewan Driving School

"My feet hurt from all this driving," Josh told me while we were stuck in EDSA one hot afternoon.

"Don't worry, one day, I'll learn how to drive and then we can take turns taking over the wheel!" I said, confidently.

 "That would be great! But first, you must learn how to drive."

 "Oh. Right."

 That was the beginning of our new bonding activity called "driving lessons". Here's a recap of our first lesson three months ago. HAHA! Props to Josh for being so patient with me. My goal is to master driving this year. Let's make it happen! Enjoy the video! :)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Date-Worthy Ba?: Osaka Ohso, Home of the Flying Noodles and the World's #1 Gyoza

Hey, guys! :)

We're back for another #DateWorthyBa blog post, and this time, we're giving you a virtual tour around Osaka Ohsho—home of the world's #1 gyoza!

Hershey: The boyfriend and I went to SM North yesterday to do some last minute Christmas shopping (such procrastinators, we know) and decided to satisfy our gyoza cravings for lunch. We thought of dropping by Osaka Ohso because we've read 5-star reviews about their gyoza AND saw photos of their newest dish—The Flying Noodles—everywhere on our Instagram feeds.

Josh: I was more interested in trying out their gyoza. Frankly speaking, the flying noodles was something way beyond my imagination; as a traditionalist, I preferred my noodles in a bowl of hot soup, not suspended in the air. HEHEHE.

Hershey: Uhm you guys... for context, my boyfriend's Chinese so.......yup. HAHAHA.

Hershey: The interiors were cozy and the acoustics of the place was nice, too. It's a good restaurant to catch up with the bae or with good friends after a long day.

Josh: I like paying attention to the interiors of restaurants, and appreciated the artwork at the back--a geisha depicted in mixed media, atop newspapers-turned-wallpaper. 

Hershey: We requested some complimentary brewed tea. Yum! Oh, and check out the cute design on the chopstick covers!!

Truffle Gyoza (PHP 280 for 6 pcs)

Rating: 10/10

Hershey: When our eyes saw "Truffle Gyoza" printed on the menu, Josh and I—lovers of truffle, gyoza, and each other (hehe)—both knew we had to try that one out. A set of six costs PHP 280 while the 12-piece platter costs PHP 560. We got the one in six. 

The Truffle Gyoza tasted like HEAVEN in our mouths, we couldn't stop eating. I think we finished everything in less than ten minutes—it was that good. It was crispy yet lightweight, and had just the right amount of truffle.

Honestly, now that I've tasted Osaka Ohso's gyoza, I can't help but set my gyoza standards way up high. This one just takes home the trophy!!!

Josh:  We sorta regretted not ordering the 12 piece platter right after we polished the gyoza off! Hershey and I agreed that we could definitely finish 12 pieces separately (or was that just me). The earthy truffle flavor never overpowered the meaty elements of the gyoza, that's why. 

Alas, after we finished the gyoza and revisited the mouthwatering menu, that was the only time we noticed that gyoza could be eaten with soy sauce, chili sauce, and miso sauce, or a combination of the three. We learned something new about this amazing Japanese dish! 

They have other flavors too, like Original, Bacon & Cheese, and Chori.

Flying Noodles (PHP 370)

Rating: 8/10

Hershey: The first time I saw a photo of this Instagram-worthy dish, my curious self screamed, "I have to try this out!! Now!!"

We had the bacon & cheese somen because, duh. Bacon.

When the dish arrived, I took out my phone and went snapping away. Fifteen minutes into the grind, the boyfriend nudged my elbow and asked—no, pleaded—for me to stop already. In his words—"Baby, let's eat it na please, it demands to be devoured HUHUHU." I giggled and gave in.

The Flying Noodles reminded us of carbonara, which isn't a bad thing because I'm a #CarbonaraLoyalist ever since forever. It was served with mushrooms, egg and grilled salmon.

While it wasn't as spectacular as the truffle gyoza, it was a fun experience. We did get a bit umay halfway through (tip: one plate is more than enough for two people!), so we grabbed some spicy oil to add more flavor.

Josh: The salmon in particular stood out: it was perfectly cooked and probably the highlight of the dish. Overall, Flying Noodles was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. I'm wondering if this is the next ramen—only crazier? 

Are you drooling yet?

Obligatory couple photos!!! HEHE.

The entire lunch set us back PHP 708 (service charge included). Not bad! 


Hershey: A big YES! Josh and I will definitely come back for the gyoza. We want to try other stuff on their menu too, like the teppanyaki and the bento boxes. The staff were super friendly, and as I said, the acoustics of the place was nice, too (something that Josh and I really take into consideration since we love talking over meals).

Josh: Yes, we're excited to try the other flavors of gyoza!


Branches: SM North Edsa (Ground level, The Block) 
and SM Megamall (Third Level, Fashion Hall)

Happy eating,

Josh and Hershey

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

7 Unconventional Christmas Gift Ideas For Different Types of Girlfriends

Snatch the best gift giver award this holiday season by swapping the usual mug and calendar with these unconventional gift ideas.

Boyfriends (and besties), take note!

1. For the beauty vlogger wannabe

Price starts at PHP6,000
Shop for it at lazada

The secret to taking perfect selfies? Perfect lighting! Give your girl a ring light this Christmas so she can properly document her #MOTD everyday! (That's makeup of the day, fyi.) 

2. For the skincare lover

PHP 379
Shop for it here

Let's face it—skincare is life! Give the gift of clear skin this Christmas.

TBH, I've struggled with acne for as long as I can remember (Ugh, PCOS problems!), but I'm so ecstatic to share with you guys something that's really helped improve my skin (I swear this isn't a paid post!).

I've been using Beach Born's Witch Hazel Extract for the past month, and my skin's already started clearing up. Don't believe me? See it for yourself! Swipe the photos below to see my before and after photo, taken 10 days apart.

Blogging my acne journey with Beach Born reaaally soon! Watch out for it, please! :)

Here’s a confession: I’ve been dealing with pesky acne for 2 years now. #PCOSproblems 😩 • Acne can really affect your self-esteem, which is why I always put on concealer/ BB cream to reduce the redness on my face. Stop hating on #makeup you guys! 😊 • During my recent trip to LA, I noticed my skin started breaking out MORE because of the climate! (I honestly didn’t know winter could affect your skin like that!) 😓 • It was a good thing I brought with me the gifts @beachbornph sent me just the week before. I’ve been hearing good reviews about their #WitchHazelExtract, and how it can treat acne—and I knew I just HAD to try it!!! • I am soooo happy I finally found something that actually WORKS for me! Of course, my skin still needs a lot of improvement, but I’m just amazed by how my cystic zits calmed down in a week. These are the results after 10 days of consistently using this morning and evening. PLEASE DON’T JUDGE MY EYEBROWS HAHAHHAHA I swear I’m gonna book a threading session tonight. 😅😂😂😂 • I’ll continue to use this for the next 30 days to see more of what this miracle oil can do to solve my acne problem—and I can’t wait to share with you all my acne journey on the blog! • To every girl battling with acne (especially those with PCOS!), know that you’re not alone (we’re in this together!) and that there will be a solution to our problems! ❤️ You just really have to find the right product for you! • DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a paid post! I’m just really happy with my #BeachBornPH experience! ❤️ YAY FOR SUPPORTING LOCALLY MADE PRODUCTS!!! #SupportLocal #GoLocal • Blogging soon on
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3. For the girl who's sleepy 24/7

PHP 350
Shop for it here

Some people just can't function before having their morning coffee. That's totally understandable. The perfect gift to give them? This Instagrammable (and yummy!) bottle of cold brew from Man on the Moon. It's affordable, it's quality coffee, it's locally made, and it will definitely take you to the moon and back!

4. For the girl who loves liquor AND chocolate (but tbh now, who doesn't??)

I forgot how much this costs, but I remember it not being more than PHP 700 or PHP 800? Just DM them via viber for inquiries!

Shop for it here, or you call any Red Door Kitchen branch to pick it up or have it delivered.

Maricar Reyes Poon's choco liquor cake is one of the BEST cakes I've ever had in my life. No, this is not an exaggeration. It is so moist, so delicious—it's like Christmas in my mouth. Hahahaha. I am so addicted to this cake—I even bought this for my boyfriend's birthday two months ago just so I can have an excuse to eat it again. LOL.

5. For the environmentalist

PHP 500
Shop for it here

This one's the perfect gift for every tree hugger (TBH, I want one set for myself, too!).

Say NO to plastic utensils and switch to a greener option! This set includes a wooden spoon, fork, and knife, a wooden pair of chopsticks, and metal straws in different sizes.

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6. For the #AcadsIsLife Girl!

PHP 2,250
Shop for it here

Does your girl love to study? Let her read her transes and case studies fashionably with this super cute marble clipboard!

7. For the K-Beauty Obsessed

Prices vary
Recommended shops: Etude House, The Face Shop, Luke Skin

If your girl is into Korean skincare, face masks are the perfect gift for her! It's inexpensive (there are facial sheets that cost only PHP60) yet very effective.

I personally LOVE LOVE LOVE facial sheets (in fact, I'm wearing one right now as I type this article at 2AM. LOL).

Ladies, what's on your wishlist this Christmas? Comment below!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Girl Talk: Confessions of a Girl With PCOS!

Greetings from Los Angeles, Nevada! :)

It's 3AM and we're heading off to Arizona in a few hours, but I figured I could write a quick blog entry before I enter Dreamland!

Today, we're going to talk about menstruation. Yes, menstruation. I know it was a pretty taboo subject growing up, but hey, it's 2017—and it's about time women are given a voice on things that matter to them. Periods are completely natural, and talking about our red days is nothing to be ashamed of!

Okay now back to the subject. Just like thousands and thousands of other girls, I take birth control pills to treat my PCOS, aka Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (#DontTakeAwayOurPills !!!). 

Our condition makes it hard for us to lose weight, control breakouts, and oftentimes, track our cycle. Because of my irregular period patterns, I sometimes don’t know when my Aunt Flow comes in to visit for the month. It doesn't help that she throws a fit all the time, either. I swear period cramps are one of the most painful experiences ever!

Whenever I experience dysmenorrhea, I make sure to do these fool-proof steps:

1. Drink hot tea
2. Put hot compress/ a hot towel over my "puson" to ease the pain
3. Wear  soft, comfortable pads to make red days bearable

Okay anyway, this is a bit TMI, but I unexpectedly had my period while I was on a plane bound for Los Angeles. It came as a total surprise! (No wonder I was so moody that day!) But it’s a good thing #WhisperPhilippines sent me a few packs of pads the evening before our flight. Talk about perfect timing!! 

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With the Whisper Cottony X-Long Overnights, I had a comfortable (and thankfully, stain-free!!!!) ride all throughout the trip! ❤️  I super love how it’s soft, long, and comfy to use. Thank God 12-hour leak protection has been invented! LOL.

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Thank you so much, @WhisperPhilippines and @sampleroomph! You guys are life-savers! #AllDayNoCheck #SleepGoals #SampleRoomForWhisper #SampleRoomPH

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This Local Fashion Brand's Newest Collection is Every Barbie Girl's Dream Come True!

Like any sheltered doctor's child, I wasn't allowed to run outside in the streets with the neighbourhood kids.

My only playmates then? My library, my favorite afternoon shows on TV, and of course Barbie!

Believe it or not, playing with my Barbie dolls really taught me to be confident. As a little girl with a doll in hand, I knew that possibilities were endless. I could be whoever I wanted to be that day—a doctor, an astronaut, a lifeguard, a teacher, a fashion designer, and even a princess!

It's been years since I last played make-believe with my dolls, so imagine how happy I was when I heard that one of my favorite local fashion brands, Plains & Prints, partnered with Barbie for their newest collection!! Yep, the 7-year-old in me squealed with kilig!

Career-oriented and stylish, Barbie and her timeless elegance mirrors what Plains and Prints is all about. The Barbie Loves Plains & Prints collection features pieces inspired by iconic Barbie dolls from different eras: Teenage Fashion (1959), Parisienne (1959), All That Jazz (1968), Winter Concert (2002), Chinoiserie Red (2004), Mod Redux (2004), Ballet Wishes (2013), Blush Beauty (2015), Party Perfect (2016), and Soda Shop (2016).

Check out where Anne Curtis' dress above drew inspiration from! This vintage Teenage Fashion doll is a classic!

The collection was launched to the media last October 18 at SM Megamall. We got to tour around a LIFE-SIZE DOLL HOUSE, you guys!!

AHH! I got to be a Barbie doll for a day—what dream come true! 

Twinning outfits with my blogger friend, Ruth of!

HAHA why do I look like an awkward robot in these photos...??

We also got to see the collection firsthand! Everything's soooo cute, I want them all!

Plains & Prints ambassador, the gorgeous Anne Curtis, was also at the launch!

I also got to play a super quick game with her for work! Check out the video at NoInk!

Of course, we didn't go home empty handed. Plains & Prints gave each of us our very own limited edition Barbie dolls! Naturally, I chose a red-head Barbie!!! #TWINNING!

Soooo happy with my red-haired doll! You too can get your hands on one of these. Check out Plains & Prints for more info.

This Barbie-inspired collection will be available in all Plains & Prints stores nationwide starting on November 7.

For more information, visit

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Date-Worthy Ba?: Hiking For Two at Mt. Hapunang Banoi

One boring afternoon in 2011 gave birth to the blog you're reading today. A 15-year-old high school student on her sembreak , I thought it was a cool idea to start a blog called "The Diary of a Teenage Queen". (I still wonder why friends never called me out on the embarrassing blog title!)

I named it a diary to connect with people with similar interests, and jot down what I learned as I grew up. The blog is a journal—not just for me, but also for readers—to share about life with all its beautiful victories and heartaches, lessons and MMK episodes, plus everything in between.

And speaking of life and growing up, one area where I’ve matured in is love. After an abusive, toxic relationship, it took me over a year to find myself and trust again. But love—the patient, unselfish kind—finds you when you're not looking. I’m grateful I found Josh, and am very excited to go through all the little ups, downs, and surprises life has for us!

So to cut the super long intro short, I'm starting this segment called His and Hersh, where Josh and I share date tips for Filipino couples. We’re kicking off the segment with a post on our first-ever hiking trip together!


Hershey: Okay, to be honest, WE HAD NO ITINERARY. After blogging about being drained at work because of my inability to say no, I realized I wanted (read: needed) a break. So come Friday night, I nudged Josh, saying, "Let's go to Wawa Dam in Rizal tomorrow". Was I expecting a yes? Not really. But was I surprised at his answer! He said, "Sure. Let's go!"

Josh: Hershey refreshes herself when she visits water, whether seas or lakes. For this trip, she just wanted to show me around Wawa Dam and relax. But since I was the type of guy who crams as much as I could in a day, I suggested climbing one of the nearby mountains as well. Though she was quite reluctant to, we finally settled on Hapunang-Banoi, a peak that didn’t seem too hard for our first hike together. We also debated if we should leave QC at 4AM, but since I was a sleepyhead, we settled on leaving after sunrise.

Here’s how we got to Mt. Hapunang-Banoi:

6AM-7:30AM (about 1.5 hours):
From Cubao, we took the van/FX going to Rodriguez, Rizal, getting down at Eastwood (the village, not the mall!)

7:30AM-8AM (about 30 minutes):
From Eastwood, we took a tricycle to Barangay Wawa, the jump off point for the mountain. Here, we registered with the DENR and got a guide, who prayed for our hike and gave a short talk on climbing safety.

About Mt. Hapunang-Banoi

Mt. Hapunang-Banoi stands at a humble 517 meters above sea level. The peak is rated at 4/9 difficulty, a bit harder than Mt. Pamitinan and other nearby peaks.

The mountain actually takes its name from the eagles who stop by for lunch and afternoon tea! Hapunang-Banoi used to have a lot of monkeys for eagles to snack on. Once in a while, lucky hikers catch a glimpse of the majestic bird high in the sky, scouting around for lunch.

Hapunang-Banoi is home to people too! The locals used to burn down the forest, kaingin-style, to grow crops, but guide climbers for income nowadays. However, people still grow vegetables and fruits in the lower parts. We found their avocados very yummy and cheap!

The Hike

Our tour guide told us we needed gloves because of the rock climbing to reach the summit. We bought gloves at the stalls across the DENR Office at around 50-100 pesos a pair.

The hike started with a 15-minute walk through the village. We passed by a bridge that spanned Wawa river, and walked in the shade of trees towering over the footpath.

Hershey: Forty minutes into the hike, I realized I was—gasp—on the first day of my period! I was a bit prepared for it (always trust your instincts!) but was still in extreme pain because of dysmenorrhea. Josh kept asking if I wanted to hike some other time, but I insisted that we keep climbing, since we had already covered a fourth of the trail. THAT WAS A REALLY BAD IDEA.

Josh: The ascent from the base of the mountain was steep, and Hershey needed a break. We passed time watching rock climbers getting their adrenalin fix at a tall rock face, rappelling up and down. Below, pizza fails to cheer up the girl on her raging period. HEHEHE.

Hershey: I usually put hot compress over my puson to ease the cramps, but since we were in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, I had to push myself to keep walking. By 9:30, we got to a hut where vendors sold food and refreshments. Josh asked for hot water in a cup to ease my pain.

Oh, Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas were chilling in the same area too. HAHA!

Josh: This was at the junction between Mt. Pamitinan and Hapunang-Banoi. The local guides told us that the celebrity couple was climbing both mountains that day. They arrived really early, bringing a drone to document their hike. Looks like we weren’t the only couple on the mountain that day!

Hershey: Our guide wasn't kidding when he said the climb would involve A LOT of rock climbing. I've been to Mt. Pamitinan before, and I think Mt. Hapunang Banoi was far more difficult (though perhaps my dysmenorrhea played a huge factor in this, HAHA).

Josh: Overall, the steep parts of the climb are at the base and at the summit. The middle part after the junction is more of a stroll from one bamboo grove to another, with lots of rocky trails to contend with, but not much struggling uphill. Towards the summit, the trail disappears into a series of rock cliffs and formations. We really had to rely on the guide to know where to go.

Hershey: Oh, just me casually crying in the middle of the climb while Josh takes my most unattractive photos. (HAHA #ForeverADramaQueen!)

Hershey: After almost four hours, which felt like forever, we finally made it to the top! There are several perfect photo-op spots at Mt. Hapunang Banoi. Here’s the first one.

Hershey: And here’s the second!

Josh: The almost-360 degree view at the summit was simply magnificent. It was my first time to see the Sierra Madre mountain range, and the endless green-and-blue of forest and sky was breathtaking.

Hershey: This is what really happens in between photos: me crying from the pain and fear of heights, and Josh assuring me everything will be all right (and laughing because a grown woman is crying in front of him, 517 meters above sea level).

Hershey: I found the descent far more difficult. It began to rain really hard after we started down the mountain, so we were stuck in one place for fifteen minutes, cold and wet.

Josh: By some stroke of luck, it started pouring just before we arrived at the junction, where we sought refuge under the leaky tarps. After the rain let off a bit, we got back on the trail. This time, there were no more rocks to contend with. Instead, everything was muddy and slippery, so we took our time heading downhill.

Hershey: Finally, after four hours, we were back safe and sound. We also walked to Wawa Dam so I could show Josh where I went soul-searching a year before :P #Drama #ImSuchAWriter HAHAHA!

During summers, people flock to Wawa Dam to picnic and rent rafts to paddle upstream. But during rainy season, the rushing water is all you can hear. We headed back to take a shower and have dinner near DENR before commuting home.

Full Itinerary and expenses

6AM - Depart QC, take FX to Rodriguez, Rizal. (You can also take public transpo from Commonwealth and Ortigas areas)
7:30AM - Arrive at Eastwood Village, Rizal. Depart for Barangay Wawa via tricycle
8AM - Arrive at Brgy Wawa, register at DENR and get guide
8:30AM - Begin climb
9:30AM - Arrive at junction of Mt. Hapunang-Banoi and Mt. Pamitinan
12PM - Arrive at summit of Mt. Hapunang-Banoi. Lunch, photo op, rest, begin descent
5PM - Arrive at DENR, sign out, visit Wawa Dam, shower, have dinner
6PM - Depart for QC
8PM - Arrive at QC


Transportation: 50 Pesos for the FX ride and 60 Pesos for the Tricycle ride (special rate). Total is 110 Php for a round trip from Cubao.
Equipment: 50-100 Pesos for a pair of gloves.
Guide: 500 Pesos minimum. You can give more if you want! A guide is good for 4-5 pax.
Registration: 100 Pesos per person.
Food: Just bring a packed lunch!

The total per person is around 500 Pesos only!

Date-Worthy ba?

Hershey: If your girlfriend isn't on her period, YES! Kidding aside, I had fun with Josh! This was one mountain we conquered together, literally. It was the first time he saw me cry in pain, and he was very patient and helpful all throughout the hike. It was a bonding experience we've never had before. LOL.

Josh: I second Hershey’s comment!   

Tips for Couples / Lessons We Learned

1. Wear the right shoes.

Hershey: Because everything was unplanned, I wore the wrong shoes. Just a tip: DO NOT HIKE IN RUNNING SHOES! It was raining cats and dogs, and the mud was slippery, which made it difficult to descend. It's much better to invest in legit hiking gear that gives more traction. I’d recommend wearing open-toe sandals—the mountain was very steep so my toenails kept pressing against the tip of my shoes. Ouch!

2. Make sure you're physically ready.

Josh: We really wish we had prepared for this hike beforehand! Cardio is key in hiking, so try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking more in general, and integrating exercise into everyday routine. Some people have better cardio than others, so if you need to play catch up, get some exercise going before hiking.

3. During rainy season, start early to avoid the thunderstorms.

Josh: It’s best to start hiking early in the morning (around 5 or 6AM) to avoid the sun and rain. During rainy season, aim to finish the hike early to avoid the daily thunderstorms that roll around the Sierra Madre in the afternoon. For our climb, it started pouring by 1PM, so we spent a lot of time stuck in the rain and getting soaked.

4. Always be patient with each other.

Hershey: Patience is important in every relationship. I really appreciated how understanding Josh was towards me during the hike. Instead of getting upset about my complaints during the hike, he helped me climb steep parts and even offered to carry my bag.

6. Women are damn strong!

Hershey: After this experience, I realized just how strong and determined women are. I also look up to female athletes who experience period pain every month but still manage to train and compete regularly! RESPECT!

Are you planning to hike a local mountain soon? Let us know all about it in the comments section below! Don't forget to like Hey Hershey Blog on Facebook and follow @heyhershey on Instagram! 

Happy hiking,

Josh and Hershey