5 Fun and Free Christmas Thrills

5 Fun and Free Christmas Thrills | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
The holidays are upon us once again and everything seems to be basked in light, warmth and cheer. Well, except for your wallet. Whether you've spent your entire bonus buying gifts for everyone or you're simply being practical, here are 5 fun and (almost) free activities that you can do this Christmas. Memorable holidays doesn't mean you have to break the bank.

Bengal Brew + Wolf and Bear Cafe

Bengal Brew + Wolf and Bear Cafe | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Wagging tails. Furry paws. Gentle eyes. Ready to go giddy all over? Pets are my absolute weakness, perhaps next to ice cream. When my best friends from Cebu came over to visit, I gave them quite a tour. As we traveled back to the city after a day trip in Tagaytay, we decided to rest and relax at this pet cafe we spotted in Cubao: Bengal Brew + Wolf and Bear Cafe.

Freezer Burn: Not Your Ordinary Ice Cream

Freezer Burn Ph: Not Your Ordinary Ice Cream in BGC | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
If you need someplace touristy that's only a few minutes from the airport and showcases great food and awesome dining, BGC is the place to be. It was therefore a no-brainer when I brought my kindergarten best friends from Cebu to Bonifacio High Street's newest ice cream place, Freezer Burn.

The term "freezer burn" may not sound palatable by the dictionary's terms but chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla turned things around by marrying artisan ice cream with hot snacks. But more than taste, their desserts pack quite the graphic punch. If I may say, they fit the definition of what we nowadays call Instagram-able.

Geek Chic: The Art of Dressing Smart

Gone are the days when all things nerdy scream unworthy. Geek is in! The recent shindigs, fashion runways and your favorite bloggers and influencers are proof enough that it’s cool to look smart and be smart. If you want in on this trend then you better bring out your pen and paper. Buckle up! It’s time to take some notes!

Level Up Your #PiattosTime and Win an Asian Trip

Although a full-blown sweets fanatic, I'm all for tangy and salty flavors too especially when it comes to chips! Growing up, I've come to love these hexagonal beauties that is Piattos and today I'm showing you three new ways to enjoy it (think marriage of chips and dessert) and how you can win a Southeast Asian trip for you and a friend!

Word Vomit: 24 and Unfiltered

Word Vomit: 24 and Unfiltered | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
I never thought there'd come a day when I'd cringe at the thought of my age but not for the reason that most people would think. I'm a year older now, 24 to be exact. It feels surreal because so much has already happened and yet so much hasn't. I feel like I'm in an "in between" phase. I think I know what to do and yet I don't. But looking back, 24 years is quite a lot of time and boy I never imagined it to be such a roller coaster.

So today, I decided to spit out some word vomit. Don't worry I'm not going down the Cady Heron/Regina George highway. Think about this as a more personal and casual post. A friend talking to a friend. Something a little more easygoing and unfiltered unlike my fictional, poetic and well-curated posts. This is more of me and my thoughts spilling. Just spilling.

Change The Way You See Friendship

Change The Way You See Friendship | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
If you told me that I'd make good friends by virtue of the internet, I would have laughed in your face. It's scary. That's dangerous. You're begging for trouble. There's a stigma around forging such connections through cyberspace and I for one can't blame people. But believe it or not I managed to find kindred souls, in most cases by happenstance, and this has changed the way I see friendship forever.

To the Guy I First Loved

To the Guy I First Loved by Anne Macachor | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Dear first love. There’s something about the rain that reminds me of you. 

Its gentle pitter-patter against my bedroom window brings me back to how I used to sneak out of our house just to spend a night with you at the park. You’d be in your usual graphic tee with that snapback worn backwards and a smile across your lips. You’d bring a bag of fries and we’d talk endlessly about random things until the sky shows faint cracks of light and we’d hurriedly head back hoping nobody noticed our little crime.