In recent years, Shawarmas have gone to assume a reputation of being one of Filipino's favorite comfort foods. At the onset of its popularity, various Shawarma businesses were born across the country. One homegrown brand in particular, JM Shawarma, has great taste and humble origins.

JM's Shawarma

JM Shawarma's owner previously served as a restaurant manager in an Arabic restaurant based in Dubai. On his return to the Philippines, he decided to start his own shawarma business, launching JM's Dubai Shawarma's first store in 2013. They initially served authentic Dubai Shawarma to their customers. However, the management noticed that this recipe was not a landslide hit for the Filipino's taste bud. They reformulated their products to fit Filipino's preferences, ending up with their current signature taste. The rest, as we know it, is history.

As of now, JM Shawarma has grown to over 90 stores nationwide

JM's Shawarma

Last September 2018, JM Shawarma opened a new full blown stand alone store in General Santos City. It took social media by storm, thanks to its Instagram worthy interiors. During my most recent visit to my beloved hometown, I did not pass up the chance to drop by the new 'it' restaurant in the city. 

The JM Shawarma Menu

Although their wrapped Regular Shawarma is certainly the star of the menu, they have also launched other products to provide their patrons with more delicious choices. All of which were especially created to cater to the Filipino taste. Their menu now includes Shawarma noodles, Shawarma rice, All-Meat Shawarma, Nachos and the newly launched Cheesy Wraps. You can even customize your order with special add-ons. Their prices are incredibly affordable too. 

JM's Shawarma

The restaurant also features a juice bar where you can order your favorite Barefruit Guyabano healthy drinks. 

JM's Shawarma

The Food

We visited the store for a family dinner so we were able to try out a variety of products.

Regular Shawarma

JM's Shawarma

Shawarma Rice

JM's Shawarma

Shawarma Noodles

JM's Shawarma

Cheesy Wrap with Mango Salsa

JM's Shawarma


JM's Shawarma

Avocado Juice by Barefruit Guyabano

Barefruit Guyabano

The Restaurant

The store, located in General Santos' Valley High, is tailored fit for the restaurant checklist we unspokenly have today. 

JM's Shawarma

JM's Shawarma
See? Sockets! 

JM's Shawarma

Creative statement wall? Check. Grass wall? Check. Cozy seats? Check. Wide enough tables? Check. Good Lighting? Check. Accessible location? Check. Well ventilated? Check. Last but not the least, plenty of comfortably situated electrical sockets for times when you're running low on battery? Double Check.    

JM's Shawarma

The staff is friendly and accommodating. The restaurant is well maintained and clean. Service was fairly quick too. 

JM's Shawarma
My model for the day. Hi Coby!

The entirety of the menu is clearly displayed at the counter along with the product prices. The juice bar by Barefruit Guyabano is a nice touch too, offering healthy drink options to customers. 

JM's Shawarma
Can't believe these are frying pans. 

JM's Shawarma
The things you can do with a broken rice cooker pot.

It's also noteworthy that the decorative accents in the store are upcycled materials. (Upcycling is the way to go these days.) The lights (yellow) are made out of broken rice cooker pots. The statement pieces at the back wall are made out of old frying pans. Not too shabby looking right? You wouldn't even notice it. Props to the owners for being creative enough to come up with this. 


JM's Shawarma

JM’s Shawarma, is looking for partners in its nationwide growth. Do you have what it takes to be one of their franchisee? Visit their website or contact them at for more information. You can also contact them on their Facebook Page for updates.


JM's Shawarma branches can be found nationwide. For a list of all their branches, please see here

Have you tried JM's Shawarma before? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. 

Being someone's bridesmaid is a thing of honor. This means that you are one of the few women in the bride's life that she considers reliable. She wants you to stand with her as she leaps towards a new chapter of her life. That's something to be excited about, right? But sometimes, being a bridesmaid causes a tinge of dread for most women. Why? Mostly because bridesmaid dresses are notorious for being, for the lack of a better word, ugly. There's even a movie chronicling how silly bridesmaid dresses could get, remember the romantic comedy 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl?

Photo: Source

Why are Bridesmaid Dresses Ugly?

Experts say that bridesmaid dresses are so hard to get right because the bride has to worry about choosing one style and color of dress that would compliment each of her bridesmaid's skin tones and body types while also putting into consideration wedding finances, their personal preferences and the overall wedding theme. All these are in addition to countless other decisions that the bride has to make and the  huge amount of stress she has to endure. Some even claim that brides strategically place their friends in silly outfits to not draw any attention away from the most important woman in the wedding: the bride.

With everything else considered, ugly bridesmaid dresses are actually understandable and forgivable. However, every bride can avoid this tragic wedding cliche with these 9 dresses that your bridesmaids will thank you for.

This A-Line Sleeveless Chiffon Dress in Mint will go with every figure and skin tone.

Are your tastes a bit more sophisticated? You might want your female troop to look elegant beside you on your special day. This A-Line V-neck Chiffon Beaded Chiffon Dress will do the job. It is also available in Burgundy and Navy Blue. 

Birds of the same feather do not necessary flock together, so how about something customizable for every personality in your group of ladies? This Convertible Jersey Bridesmaid Dress in Sky Blue will be perfect for your squad. 

Want something a little bit understated but gorgeous at the same time? This Stunning Bubble Gum Hued Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress can be reused by your ladies for other events they would attend. 

Here's another low-key dress that your girls will love. Note to self: Simplicity is elegant, as shown in this A-Line Spaghetti Strap Dress with a long sexy split. The Grape color is to die for too, don't you think?

Are your tastes more on the girly side? Then you'll be perfectly fine with a Charming One-Shoulder Dress, especially if it's in this lovely Blushing Pink shade.

Don't want to dress your BFF's in floor length frocks? This Charming Knee-length number will keep them looking prim and proper without the floor length hassle.

If your friends are in love with Greek goddess look, then this Chiffon Off-the-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress is the one for you. The neutral tones and dress structure will compliment every body type and skin tone.

Would you love your beloved friends to look like a million bucks on your wedding day? This Black Beading A-Line Dress will make them look the way only a supportive best friend deserves to look. 

For more fantastic Bridesmaid Dresses choices, visit Angrila. Angrila has always been committed to the design of state of the art wedding gowns and has been one of the fastest growing dress manufacturers in the wedding industry. Their collection of gowns is available online and can be shipped worldwide.

Note: This post is sponsored. 

Ever saw a product being given extremely positive reviews and you can't wait to get your hands on it, hoping it'll be the answer to all your skin concerns? Well, that happened to me for Elujai's Propolis Mrryh Ample Light

The Elujai Propolis Mrryh Ample Light was raved upon by some of my friends from the Asian Beauty Community- Philippines. They said that it reduced their breakouts, lightened up scars and made their skin baby soft. My interest was fueled further with new Propolis products sprouting here and there. It seems to be a promising 'it' ingredient recently. You can only imagine my excitement when it got restocked at Dara Beauty Market, a local Kbeauty shop in Cebu.

Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light

First things first before we proceed with this review. A brief introduction for the star ingredient, Propolis

What is Propolis?

Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce from tree buds sap flows. When they combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives. as well as function as a natural disinfectant against bacteria. This property of protecting the beehives is said to apply the same way to our skin. (Source)

It is even said that Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra, ancient icon of beauty, started using propolis (then used as an embalming ingredient) on her skin.

Propolis Benefits:

  • It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral. 
  • It smoothens and softens skin
  • It is moisturizing. 
  • It soothes inflammations. 
  • It is free-radical fighting. 
  • It controls oil production. 

About the Product

Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light is an ample/ampoule which contains honey extract. It gives moisturizing abilities on the skin, prevents dryness and helps to manage moist skin. Also, it improves the condition of the skin and manages healthily with royal jelly extract, propolis extract and etc., because it stimulates the circulation of a cycle on the skin. Effects: Anti-Wrinkle, Whitening Functional Cosmetics.


Purified Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Denatured Alcohol, Niacinamide, Propolis Extract Powder, Red Ginseng Water, Green Tea, Shea Butter Extract, Bergamot Leaf Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Chamomile, Triethanol Amine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-6 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Adenosine, Sodium Iodide, Dipostassium Glycryrrhizate, Fragrance, Powdery Martian Extract, Manganese Berry Extract, Leaf Bend Flower Extract, Freesia Flower Extract

For more information about the ingredients, please click here.

How To Use

Apply 3-4 drops on clean face and rub or gently pat on entire face.

Price/Where to Buy

130 PHP at Dara Beauty Market

My Experience

Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light


The product comes in a 15ml amber colored glass bottle. The bottle also contains a dropper for hygienic and convenient application. The bottle doesn't seem full upon opening because some of the product is already inside the dropper. You can easily see that the dropper is made of cheap materials because it's not as sturdy as other droppers I have tried. Product is so cheap that I can let this go. I love the packaging overall. It looks elegant and is extremely photogenic. I do wish they'd package this in bigger bottles. 


I love the smell! It smells like baby powder and that may bother some people but I honestly love it. 

Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light


Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light is, by its namesake, very very light. You can even apply this during the mornings. The liquid is clear and a bit viscous but is not too thick either.  Texture allows it to be easily spread throughout the face. 

Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light


Dropper makes application easier. Product is easily absorbed by the skin. Immediately, I feel my skin is smoother and moisturized. I also noticed that I felt some soothing feeling on my existing pimples. It doesn't leave the skin feeling tacky too. 


I slowly incorporated it into my routine and it did not work for me at all. Not only that, after a few days of use, I had some tiny bumps and pimples all over my chin! I am acne-prone but I don't usually breakout in this area so I do not think that this is purging. Also, the pimples that developed were also itchy which is not common for me. Some were huge and some were small in size. I have to admit that it did moisturize my face and I did see how soft it made my skin. 

I decided to stop using it and my breakouts started to heal. I gave it another chance after a few weeks and boom, just like that, same effect. I woke up with new bumps and pimples on my chin area again.  😱 I knew I had to stop using it since my skin was reacting negatively. 

My breakouts were large and inflamed which is not common for me.

My Thoughts

  • Very cheap. 
  • Lovely bottle.
  • Comes with a dropper.
  • Light and is not tacky.
  • Moisturizes skin.
  • Smells like baby powder. 
  • Soothes breakouts.
  • Softens skin.
  • Made me breakout.
  • Not easily available or always sold out. 
Although Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light worked for so many people, it sadly did not work me. I wanted this product to work so bad because I love how affordable and soothing it is. I really love the powdery scent too! It did moisturize and soften my face but the effect is not worth all the breakouts that were popping out. 

I also wanted to thank this product. It made me realize that my skin does not receive honey based products well. In skincare, it’s beneficial to find out what ingredients your skin likes and what it loathes so you know what you want to avoid.

I still won’t discredit Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light. It did work well for a lot of people, so it might just work for you. If you’re not sensitive to honey, then it might be worth a try. If you are, then heed my warning and STEER CLEAR!



Have you tried Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ample Light before? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. All thoughts are my own. Your product experience might be completely different from mine. 

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Please excuse my attempt at having a clever introduction.

Remember when upside down photos were all over social media? Well, of course you do. These photos were, however, taken from Upside Down Museums from different cities. Ever since then, I couldn't wait to have one just like it in Cebu City. That is exactly what we got when Upside Down World Cebu opened their doors to the public on March 23, 2017.

With its accessible location and fun-filled offerings, Upside Down World Cebu is a perfect destination for friends and family.

The Museum

Upside Down World Cebu consists of 11 rooms where you can get your tupsy-turvy fun and have your creative juices flowing. Each room has a theme, mostly rooms we have in our own houses. You can be as creative as you can and let your imagination run wild. Don't worry if you run out of ideas though, their accommodating and friendly staff will be more than happy to suggest some poses and concepts for you. 

Guests are requested to take off their shoes before entering the museum to help keep the place clean. A locker where you can store your footwear and other belongings is free to use. 


The Living Room
The Library
Kid's Playroom
The Bedroom
The Marketplace
The Bathroom and Laundry Room
The Kitchen
The Dining Room
The Magic Room
The Game Room

Monthly Photo Contest

Upside Down World Cebu hosts a monthly photo contest. The mechanics are simple: Post a photo of yourself in their 11 themed rooms with the hashtag #upsidedownworldcebu. Nominees are posted every 24th of the month. Winners are determined by popularity voting done on their FB and IG accounts. Winners with the most creative photos will receive P3000

More Information


Adults - P250.00
Kids/Students - P175.00

Business Hours:

10am-9pm from Mondays-Sundays


Landline: (032)-234-7842
Mobile: 09177728670


2nd floor City Times Square 2 across Parkmall

How to Get There:

From SM City Cebu, ride a 01K jeepney going to Parkmall. Fare is 7PHP. Hop off at the Parkmall Terminal and go across to City Times Square 2. 

Note: For updates in schedules and rates, I recommend you to check out their social media sites or contact them at the contact numbers noted above first. 

Have you tried an Upside Down Museum before? Let me know in the comments below.

Sensitive and irritated skin will never be in trend. Unfortunately for us, due to our lifestyle and stress that is what most of us end up with. How often do you wish to go back to what your skin looked like when you were younger? Do you wish to repair all damages time have caused? Rovectin, a cosmeceutical skincare brand which comes from luxury cosmetic laboratory in Santa Monica, CA, USA, understands this sentiment.

They recently launched their Cica Care Product Line to target our skin concerns. The Cica Care Line consists of three products: Cica Care Purifying TonerCica Care Balm and the Cica Care Sleeping Pack (review here). I was lucky enough to be chosen by Style Korean to test out some of these products. One of which is the Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner.

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner
Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner

About the Product

The Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner is a gentle toner which refines and soothes irritated skin with madecassoside and panthenol. It enhances skin-related quality of life and tolerability from extremely stressed skin conditions. It is a toner packed with benefits for your tired and damaged skin. This toner not only helps cure damaged and sensitive skin, but its ingredients also help hydrate, whiten, and prevent wrinkles.


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Citrate, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Phosphatidylcholine, Madecassoside, Ceramide NP, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline

Active ingredients and functions: 

  • Houttuynia Cordata and Centella Asiatica - soothes and calms allergic skin condition
  • Madecassoside - helps regenerate skin cells to make the skin looks more supple, glowing, and healthy 
  • Ceramide and Panthenol - helps strengthen the barrier of the damaged skin

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner
The bottle is so sturdy!

How to Use

Use morning and night, after cleansing. Sweep over face and neck, avoiding eye area. 

Price/Where to Buy

1728 PHP or 32 USD at Style Korean. They ship internationally and offer free shipping for a minimum order total cost.

Though it may look pricey, the large size (260ml) compensates for it. Typical toners have 180ml of content at 1200 PHP. Calculating per milliliter:

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner - 1728 PHP/260ml = 6.65 PHP per mL
Other toners - 1200 PHP/180ml = 6.67 PHP per mL
Practically the same right?

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner

My Experience


It comes in  a sturdy plastic container that allows proper dispensing of the product. The container is also frosted which elevates the design to a whole new level. All necessary information are printed and clear. The 280ml product content is a lot too! I imagine it'd last me many months.


I was initially thrown off by the scent. It smells herbal-ly. But now, I have learned to appreciate this. It smells really clean (there is no such scent! haha, you get it). No fragrance is added though, so this is what the ingredients really smell like when combined. Others have indicated a lavender scent, which I honestly don't smell.

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner
My hands are dirty! Haha. I'm eating popcorn while I took this shot.


The Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner is watery - hence, a runny texture. I have to use it using a cotton pad. I waste too much product when I apply it using my palms. It is clear and does not have any additional colors.


Upon application, there is a slight cooling sensation. It absorbs unto my skin quickly, much quicker than my Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. I hate waiting for products to absorb since I am always rushing. I also feel that my skin is instantly hydrated too and that it is ready to absorb the rest of my skin care products. 

Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner


I noticed that after using this product for a few days, it calmed down the breakouts I had on my skin. Seriously, I have been so sleep deprived these days that breakouts are inevitable. It helped reduce some of the redness I was experiencing in my face as well. It removes impurities and dirt that my cleanser can't. I also feel that it soothes the irritated parts of my skin and is making my skin 'heal'. I find that it's refreshing to use, especially at night. I did not see an effect on brightening and wrinkle prevention though. 

My Thoughts

  • Hypoallergenic
  • No Parabens
  • No added fragrance
  • No Colorant
  • No Mineral Oil
  • Soothes Irritation
  • Contributes to skin healing
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Leaves skin hydrated
  • Calms down breakouts
  • Reduces redness
  • A lot of product with 260ml of content
  • Refreshes the skin
  • Smells herbal and can be overbearing
  • Needs to be applied using a cotton pad/ball
  • No noticeable brightening effects
  • No noticeable wrinkle prevention effects
  • Very pricey
I generally like the Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner. The pros are greater than the cons. I like how it soothes my skin and how it aids my skin's healing process. My breakouts are ever thankful. I also like how it feels refreshing and how it calmed down my pimples. I don't like how runny it is. I still prefer to use my palms in applying toner as cotton pads absorb so much product, which is a waste.

Although the Rovectin CICA Care Purifying Toner is an incredibly great toner, I find that it is also incredibly above my price range, though price is made up for by more product. If I had not been given a chance by Style Korean to try this out, I would never even have considered this. However, Rovectin is such a great brand and I completely support their brand's mission (see here).


Maybe if it goes on sale, perhaps around 50% off.

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Have you tried this product? How did it work for you? What's your favorite Toner? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: This product was provided by Style Korean for a review but all thoughts are my own and are not influenced by the brand and/or its affiliates.