Que Pasa: Naga City’s Hippest Dining Destination

Being away from home has its benefits. You become more independent, responsible, and self-sufficient. However, it can also be lonely, being away from your family and the place you’ve known your whole life. Whenever I visit Naga, I always get this feeling of excitement and loneliness. Most of the time I am excited to see and hug my family and friends, but the the day won’t end without me feeling sad for missing out on so many things in my hometown. Whenever I go out, I would often search for familiar faces. Then suddenly, the whole city would feel so foreign to me. I’m a pretty sentimental person and losing touch with my childhood and all the memories and emotions that come with it can be disconcerting. So, in an effort to stay in touch with my roots, I visit old and new places.

Last month, my sister and I visited Naga to check on our babies–our doggies Lily and Pochi. So while in the city, we decided to visit Que Pasa. When I was younger, Naga only had very few restaurants, but now everywhere you turn there’s a newly opened cafe or boutique. I’ve been seeing nice photos of Que Pasa on social media so I was really curious. However, I’m not the type who easily takes secondhand info so I always check things out for myself before recommending them to people.



True to what I saw online, Que Pasa is indeed an Instagram-worthy place–a heaven for the creative freak I dare say. Outside you’ll see a weirdly beautiful time-worn facade, giving the diner a more rustic feel. Inside, however, you’ll see a combination of contemporary and traditional  designs. Walls are filled with works of art by Naga’s best. Even the water dispenser couldn’t escape from their creative hands!



But for me, the one that took the cake is the restrooms. Que Pasa is the first in the country (as far as I know) that provides three restrooms, namely Que Gayon (girls), Que Guapo (boys), Querebels (gay lingo for ‘whatever’ + rebel wordplay). This is pretty progressive thinking from a region that’s fiercely Catholic.




I must admit though, I was completely uninformed about the kind of food being served that Que Pasa, but I was so sure they offer laing or gulay na natong in Bicolano. And I was right, however they serve it as side dish. In order to eat, you have to select your main course, your preferred rice, sauce, and sides. I didn’t know this from the get-go because no one guided us, although there was a sign board with instructions on how to order. I only knew about it after I was done ordering LOL. It would have been nicer if one of the staff who greeted us have told us about the process, or at least directed us to the sign board. I’m not sure about you, but when it’s my first-time at a certain restaurant I’m usually nervous, preventing me from seeing important details, like how to order haha! 😛



So after the confused staff handed me my orders, I proceeded to pay at the nearby counter. You can order your beverages there as well. That day I was with my family so I paid about Php 1,300 for 8 people. Not bad at all. We ordered baby back ribs and tuna for our main course with Cerveza Negra and I-forgot-the-name yellow sauce; laing and grilled veggies for the sides; and laing rice and pimenton garlic rice.



My relatives and I loved the ribs and the tuna as well as the grilled veggies. The sauces were terrific! I have a pretty high standard when it comes to laing though, because my mother makes the best gulay na natong I kid you not. Que Pasa’s was okay. Our only complaint was the rice was too oily for our taste. The oil kinda overpowered the flavor. Nonetheless, the whole experience gave us value for our money so I was satisfied.


Would I recommend Que Pasa? Absolutely. It’s family-friendly and has gorgeous interiors so it is perfect for families. But I would advise you to ask for guidance from the staff in case you get confused like I did haha! More than half of them are very young so I guess they were just shy. There are customers who do not wish to be bothered so maybe that’s why the staff were hesitant to help out. At night time, the restaurant opens the bar, making it a great place to hang out with friends after a day’s work. For now, I’m giving Que Pasa a 4/5 stars.

The restaurant is located along Barlin Street, just right beside Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Have you been to Que Pasa? Share your experience below! :)

GIVEAWAY: Show Your School Spirit with Printpedia PH!


Show your support for your school by wearing personalized t-shirts from Printpedia PH! They are a printing company based in Metro Manila that specializes in school spirit items. From shirts, sweaters, sports jugs to cards and tote bags, they can print on anything. They also accept custom designs for any kind of occasion–so if you need a personalized business card, an artsy shirt, or unique giveaways and souvenirs for guests, feel free to send Printpedia PH a message. One of the owners of the shop is a former schoolmate so I can vouch for the quality of Printpedia’s products. :)

Just right on time for the UAAP Season, don’t you think?

To celebrate the successful launch of Printpedia PH, they are giving away the adorable canvas tote bags below as well as gift certificates! Please read carefully and follow the instructions below to qualify your entries. Good luck!

Giveaway Mechanics:

1. Follow Printpedia PH’s social media accounts and mine.
Facebook: Printpedia PH, Metamorphosis by Daphne
Instagram: @printpediaph, @dafnyduck
2. Repost this giveaway with the above photo (first photo) on your FB and IG accounts from September 14 to 30, 2015 using your own caption. Make sure to tag Printpedia PH on each of your posts to earn points. No minimum and maximum reposts required so share away!

Example Caption: Get a chance to win @PrintpediaPH goodies! Visit http://daphnebenosa.com/giveaway-show-your-school-spirit-with-printpedia-ph to know how to join!

3. Additional points will also be given if you follow Printpedia on Shopee.ph. http://shopee.ph/printpediaph
4. FINALLY, comment your Facebook and IG accounts below as well as the links to your reposts so we can check your entries! :)

Please note that reposts with the most likes/shares on Facebook and Instagram will earn advantage points. Entries with the three highest points at the end of the promo will be declared winners. Your entries will be screened by the owners of the shop.

Scoring System:

FB Page Like – 5pts
IG Follow – 5pts
Repost – 1pt
Creativity of Caption – 5pts.
Most Likes/Shares – 5pts.
Follow on Shopee.PH – 5pts.


1st – Owl Canvas Tote Bag + Printpedia GC P200
2nd – Owl Canvas Tote Bag + Printpedia GC P100
3rd – Printpedia GC P200
5 Consolation Prizes of Printpedia GC worth P100 each

Aren’t they cute? :)

JORD: Carving the Path to Sustainable Fashion

I used to hear the term ‘Sustainable Environment’ at school and read it on the news a lot, but I haven’t really given it any thought until recently. But with Emma Watson embarking on a new fashion challenge, which is to create a full outfit using eco-friendly brands, I have become more conscious of what I wear. We see pictures of the devastating effects of climate change online (even the refugee crisis the world is currently experiencing is an indirect result of it) so it is important that we rethink and re-evaluate our choices–and I’m starting with ACCESSORIES.


Wooden watches are becoming popular nowadays but I’ve always hesitated on purchasing one because I’m concerned about their durability. Thank heavens for JORD for sending me this beautiful timepiece to review. The company is composed of artists, designers, and business professionals who create one-of-a-kind watches. Because the timepieces are handcrafted by skilled artisans and made of aged hardwood and quality automatic and mechanical movements, their products are built to last.


The watch box alone made me think of many ways to use it. Aside from storing my watch, it can also be a jewelry box or a place to put those little notes I get from friends. It’s really well made and I like that it is also crafted out of wood.


I decided to match the watch with my new paisley dress. One great thing about neutral colors is you can pair it with almost anything. I chose the ELY Maple watch so I can use it for various types of outfits. It is surprisingly sturdy despite it being made of wood. The wristband has steel hinges so they won’t just snap. The enclosures are made of steel as well.


But how about the sizing? JORD has a ruler which you can print to measure your wrist size. The ruler is pretty accurate and the instructions are very clear. I measured 16.5 and it fit perfectly when I wore it! I’ve already received several compliments from my boyfriend, friends, and family after they’ve seen me wearing it. It not only looks chic and sophisticated–it’s also environment-friendly! :) The store also carries several styles and colors. They also have items for men.


These photos were taken just outside a seminary in Naga. I’ve always wanted a picture there because the structures are pretty historic. The Cathedral, along with the seminary, was built during the Spanish occupation, and I am glad my hometown has preserved some of its treasures.

Wooden Watches by JORD


Wood Watch from JORD | Dress from Avery’s Closet | Heels from Forever 21 | Bag from Parisian


So what fashionable steps have you taken to protect the environment? Share your thoughts below!

Do the L’Oréal #ExcellenceFashion Challenge

Growing up in the province, I used to help my parents and relatives color their hair. I loved drawing as a kid and I would always pretend that I’m painting on a canvas. Surprisingly though, I never tried doing it on my own hair until recently. L’Oréal Paris PH sent me a bunch of their new Excellence Fashion hair coloring kit to try out. Since it’s my first time, I relied heavily on the instructions manual and chose a shade that’s close to my hair color. Incidentally my hair was in dire need of retouching so this challenge was just perfect.


Prep Work


Before doing anything to your hair, ALWAYS do a skin test first. Some people can be hypersensitive to chemicals so it’s a must that you do not skip this process. It is recommended that you do the test 48 hours prior to application. All you have to do is take a cotton-bud and apply a small quantity of unmixed Protective Cream Colorant behind your ear. Cover an area of about 1-2 cm2 and leave for 48 hours without washing, covering, or touching. If there is no abnormal reaction (itching, redness, or swelling), then it’s safe for you to use the product. Otherwise, wash immediately and refrain from using the product.



Now since I didn’t develop any allergic reaction from the test, I proceeded with the first step—which is the Pre-Color Care. Each box of L’Oréal Excellence Fashion contains a Protective Pre-Serum to protect your hair from damage. Please note that if your hair has not been colored for 3 months or at all, the serum and hair colorants should be applied on dry hair. Apply the serum from roots to tips. Each box is good for short to shoulder-length hair so if you have long hair like me use 2-3 boxes. Leave it in while you color.



The box contains gloves so make sure you wear them before mixing the colorants. The next step is to pour the Creme Colorant into the Developer bottle. Put the applicator cap back, then shake the mixture vigorously. Afterwards, twist off the tip of the applicator cap to prevent the bottle from bursting and overflowing. Before applying the color mixture, make sure to cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothing. However for aesthetic purposes I didn’t do it, so I ended up looking like a hobo afterwards. My white tank top had lots of browns splattered across my chest and back–not a good idea haha! So once you’ve done that, apply the color mixture to your roots. Part your hair into small, even sections using the applicator tip or a fine-toothed comb for an even color.

Lastly, spread the mixture by massaging it all through your hair until fully saturated. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes. If you have coarse and lots of grey hair, leave the mixture for 5-10 minutes more. Be sure to dispose of the color mix properly—pour the contents down the drain and throw away the empty bottles. Doing so prevents the bottle from bursting and causing damage.



When rinsing, use warm water. Massage your head gently while washing off the color. When the water runs clear, you can now apply the Protective Conditioner all over your hair. Leave it for 2 minutes then rinse thoroughly. The Protective Conditioner helps protect your new hair color and its natural shine, leaving your hair silky soft afterwards. You can also keep the conditioner for the next time you color. As for me, I use it every day after each bath.

I was kinda getting bored with my long hair so right after I was done coloring, I went straight to the salon and had my hair chopped. And this is the final outcome:


Do you like it? I know there’s not much of a difference but at least the hair color looks more even now. I do not look like I’m sporting a fake ombre anymore. Haha! Now that I’ve done the challenge, I’m passing it on to you my dear readers:

Do the #ExcellenceFashion challenge and document your process on your own blog and Instagram account. Comment the links to your posts below and tag me @dafnyduck on Intagram. I will be choosing the top 3 entries and L’Oréal Paris PH will send winners special prizes. We are excited to see your before-and-after looks, so color away! <3

Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Expo: A New, Beautiful You Awaits

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished that you won’t age? I do, sometimes. Being young has a lot of benefits, otherwise we won’t have a bevy of anti-aging products lined up in department stores. There’d be also no need for makeup. Unfortunately, we do not live in Utopia. Each day, our cells age, causing fine lines and other unsightly skin conditions to appear. This is further exacerbated by pollution, poor lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits. This is why skin care companies keep on creating products that help slow down the aging process.


Last week, I was invited by Nu Skin Philippines to check out their ageLOC Expo in Ortigas. You might remember that I once did a review of their facial scrub and toner in 2011, and I loved those products. During that time, Nu Skin is a pretty young direct selling company so supplies were scarce, prompting me to use other cleansers when the ones I had ran out. Unlike other direct selling companies operating in the country, Nu Skin focuses on health and wellness. They regularly collaborate with more than 75 scientists in order to come up with effective products.


Recently, Nu Skin has introduced their newest line of products. Called ageLOC Transformation, this complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways. The lineup is composed of the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22, ageLOC Future Serum, and ageLOC Transforming Night, which I was able to test. I must say I was really impressed with their Cleanse & Tone product. The staff told me that it is water-based, which means you do not have to wash your face with water when using it. Yes, it’s that convenient!


Aside from the Transformation system, I also got to try their ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II. Nu Skin also carries the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa and the Tru Face products. The Galvanic Spa System is an at-home spa that is small, smart and powerful. Since every part of our body is different, the device features different application settings for the face, scalp, and body. It has patented self-adjusting currents and interchangeable conductors to enable the user to alter the settings. For best results and optimal performance, Nu Skin highly recommends that you use their specially formulated products with the device to facilitate the transport of the products’ key ingredients to your skin. The ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels helps remove impurities, restoring the skin’s natural vibrancy. After experiencing the Galvanic Spa System, my skin has never felt so rejuvenated and supple. Results, however, may vary so the staff told me that they recommend using Galvanic Spa twice a week.


Me trying out the ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II

On the other hand, the Tru Face Line Corrector helps smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. The Galvanic Spa Body Shaping Gel helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment promotes healthy, abundant-looking hair. I felt I was in a real spa when I tested the products. As expected, they were gentle on the skin and smelled really good.


After the “royal” treatment, I proceeded to the main hall and did more tests. This time I wanted to know my body age as well as the number of skin caratenoids in my body. Apparently, I am a very unhealthy woman based on the results, which means I have to take my vitamins and supplements seriously. Haha! It was quite depressing, but the bright side is I now know what to do to improve my health.


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Nu Skin Philippines by following them on Facebook (/nuskinpils) and Twitter (@nuskinph) or visit www.nuskin.com.ph. Have you tried any of their products? Share your experience in the comments section below! :)


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