To: My Totoro Love

By: emelieempire on Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 0

Blush, blush
My love,

This letter is long overdue, and it has been tumbling around in my mind for weeks now. So, I think it is finally time to put my thoughts on a digital paper and tell how I feel about you coming into my life. I do not know if you like love letters because I have not asked you about it, but I hope this brings sweet smiles and giggles to you. (I would yell out of too much kilig if I have one.) I am not so good with talking about my feelings sometimes, but I do not want my thoughts to go unsaid.

The past week was relatively challenging for me, as you know, and thank you for being there all throughout those times. You have been there digitally and emotionally close to me and I am very thankful for that. In this era where we, independent women, rising from the ground and dominating the fields that were only meant for men before, I am very lucky to have found you in the most unexpected place and unpredicted time. You are my hard rock and my good friend; fit for me and only for me. (Selfish alert hehe :P) You are the sweet frosting on top of my cupcake which adds up more flavors to my taste buds, to my life’s journey.

Separated by continents and oceans, being apart from you is more difficult than I ever imagined. Most days I find myself fantasizing how you’d look in an actual person, how you’d talk to me face-to-face, how you’d show your affections, how you’d touch and hold me and many more. At night, I lay down and imagine you are here with me. These thoughts make me ache and yearn to be with you someday. It is funny how I just can't stop thinking about you.

I do not tell you often enough but I have such an unending respect for you and the way you carry yourself in this world. You are true to yourself and I admire you for that. Your heart is caring and kind. Your eyes are so captivating. I could get lost in them forever. They are like depth of bluest ocean that I love getting drowned into. You are the loveliest and sexiest thing in the world and I could not be more attracted to everything about you. Your voice is so damn sexy in my ears that I want it to be the only voice I hear everyday. Thank you for being you. 

I believe that the perfect time will come for us to be with one another each day and everyday of our lives. And for sure, by that time, I will be so grateful to be able to wake up next to you every day, and will be so ecstatic that yours are the lips I get to kiss and body I get to hug before I nod off every single day. I was bitter last couple of years when it comes to talking about emotions and feelings. (I even made this sarcastic post.) I think I am not like that anymore today.  I know Foxy has been pissing you off lately. I hope she learns her training as days pass by. Do not forget that I am just right here willing to cheer you up in times you are irritated with day to day misfortune.

Today as I write this letter, it seems like you are right here with me. I feel your hand holding my hand, your fingers in my hair, and the soft breath of your kiss on my cheek. I miss you every day, my love. I cannot wait to finally see you soon.

Your Queen

SM Seaside City Cebu DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY

By: emelieempire on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 0

Hello everyone! I have good news for you. Exciting offers are up for grabs!

Cebuanos can now have a chance to turn their travel plans into a reality when they join SM’s latest promo in Cebu – SM Seaside City Cebu DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY – as SM continues to offer new and exciting ways to make shopping more fun and rewarding!

From February 1 to March 31, mallgoers can avail an instant P100 discount from participating brands and a chance to win a trip for 2 to one of five Asian destinations, like Japan South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or China.
Here’s how: 

Step 1: Download the SM Supermalls Mobile App and register.

Step 2: Click on the Coupons Tab to see the list of participating brands.

Step 3: With a minimum single receipt purchase of P1,000, get a P100 discount instantly!

Step 4: Redeemed e-coupon becomes the e-raffle entry for the Asian country trip for two.

In partnership with Philippine Airlines and PAL Mabuhay Miles, winners will also be getting additional mileage points when they fly via this promo.

Over 250,000 Filipinos have subscribed to the SM Supermalls Mobile App because of chances like this. Download it now to get yours!

Visit for more details.

1. What is DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY?
Download, Shop & Fly is an in-app digital couponing campaign that rewards SM Supermalls mobile app users instant P100 discount from participating brands and a chance to win a trip for 2 to one of five Asian destinations: JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, or CHINA, starting February 1-March 31, 2018.

2. How do I download the SM Supermalls mobile app?
User has to go either On the App Store or Google Play Store and search for “SM Supermalls” and install.
The SM Supermalls mobile app is compatible to at least Jellybean and iOS 7 devices only.

3. How do I participate in DOWNLOAD, SHOP & FLY promo?
User needs a strong and stable internet connection when using the mobile app.

Digital coupons will be automatically be available every time the user logs on to the SM Supermalls app.

Simply tap the digital coupon in the Coupons Tab to see the list of SM Seaside City Cebu’s participating brands. Each coupon offers P100 discount instantly with a minimum single receipt purchase of P1,000. Every redeemed coupon becomes an e-raffle entry for the Asian country trip for two.

4. How many times can I claim the coupons?
Each coupon can only be claimed once during the whole promo duration.

5. Who are qualified to join this promo?
All registrants of the SM Supermalls mobile app.

6. Can I avail the Download, Shop & Fly coupons in other SM malls?
Promo is valid for SM SEASIDE CITY CEBU mall only.

7. How will I know if the promo is still ongoing and valid?
The coupons will be labeled as promo ended and will not be redeemable any more.

8. Until when may I join and claim my prize?
The Download, Shop & Fly promo runs from February 1 until March 31, 2018 only.

9. How will I know if I win the e-raffle for a trip for two to the following Asian destinations: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and China?
Winners will be notified via registered email and mobile phone. The list of winners will also be posted on SM Seaside City Cebu’s official social media accounts and mall posters.

10. When is the raffle draw

11. If I didn’t win the raffle in the first draw, can I still win in the succeeding draws?
Customers’ e-raffle entries not drawn will still be valid across all draws.

12. Is the prize convertible to cash?

13. Who do I contact for more information and other concerns?
Call at (02) 876-1111 or email us at

RAI RAI KEN Favorites

By: emelieempire on Sunday, February 4, 2018 | 0


I love Japanese cuisine because it is usually fresh and healthy. Japanese are very particular when it comes to their food. Most of all, I like their sushi a lot. Sushi is a Japanese dish of specially prepared vinegared rice, usually with some sugar and salt, combined with a variety of ingredients, such as seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits. Its looks mainly captivate me to like it and most of all, its taste. There are some Japanese restaurants that have got under my skin and that I love to return to. Restaurants that instigate me because of the place, the people, the light and often if not always, the food they serve. In this post, I will talk about Rai Rai Ken. It is the number one in my list and that is why I reserved a space for it in my website.

What is RAI RAI KEN?
Before going into the core, let us define what these words mean. (Yes, I did my research. You are welcome. Wink!) 

Rai Rai is an old Chinese word for “welcome” and Ken for “restaurant”. These words are enunciated especially if someone wants to go to an appealing, fascinating and scrumptious food place. In the Philippines, it was in 1993 when Benjie (the owner of the restaurant chain) decided to put up his own restaurant at Bautista St. in Makati City, Manila.  It was named Master Chow before and was serving Filipino breakfast and other Karinderya foods. Then they started to offer Ramen or Japanese noodles in their menu.  The success story started there.

As of 2018, Rai Rai Ken blossoms into a fresh upgrade. These can be noticed by looking at their logo design. A much fluid and ascending stroke signifies the brand direction of delighting their customers into higher level. The color schemes are much stern, calm and fresh which transcends to their interior design and feel of the store bringing the customers to a much engaging but relaxing mood that compliments to their improved product offering. Talk about Millennials and Generation X! Most of all, they adjusted their menus to capture the taste buds of Filipinos.

Chefs preparing my food.

What are my favorites?

When Rai Rai Ken is mentioned, it is usually associated to Ramen. Well, their Ramen is pretty good at least for an Asian girl like me, but apart from that, they also serve other menu like ippinryori, teriyaki, teppanyaki and many more. Some of them give me hard time to pronounce properly, lol. The following are my picks.

1. Ramen
I love sipping its soup. Ramen soup is made of the soup base as well as the added flavor. A soup base is almost always from pork bones, shellfish, beef bones, fish, or even vegetables. It was said that for ramen craftsmen, original flavors were produced after doing hundreds of trial and error experiments in combining soup base and the added flavors.

What is your choice?

2. California Maki
I love sushi! Just look at the picture! :P


3. Tempura and Gyoza
…because who doesn’t love shrimps? (Except to those allergic to this food.)
Yes, Gyoza is a crescent-shaped dumpling!

4. Mungbean Sprout
Tawgi is one of the Filipino foods I always choose because of its high potassium content plus it tastes like very fresh noodles. Crunchiness in every chew.

Tawgi mo diha :D

5. Beef Teriyaki
The meat is broiled and glazed with soy sauce and little bit of sugar. It is the sauce that makes the taste mouth-watering and delicious for me.

6. Tori Karaage
If you are wondering what in the planet this is, then this is equivalent to the fried chicken dish we Filipinos always love.

Rairaiken is the first Ramen House established in Japan in 1910.
In the Philippines, Rairaiken started in 1993 and has been the Market Leader for 20 years.
Know more about them at

Cheers! :P
Let me know what are your favorite Japanese cuisine as well!