Monday, March 30, 2015

Photo Upload Weekend

Ugh... what an excruciating time to upload. i had 3 sets of photo albums to upload (as i am expected to do this weekend) and the internet is just... sooo... slow. Thank you, Smart Bro! What's up with that anyway?

Nevertheless, while savoring the sluggishness, i read some of my  previous entries on this blog and thought of writing again. nakakaaliw kasi. it's fun to read your own writing and correct your own grammar after (hehe.. and of course, reminisce on the past).

ok. i'm going to start writing again... i hope i won't get lazy.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

So far in 2015

.I read my previous entry about "activities to accomplish" in 2015. I realized i started early...
1. Medical mission
It was one heck of an experience. I learned a lot and met really nice people. Thanks to my tita trining and tito romy who encouraged me to join the mission. I was so nervous at first since i have been out of practice for a long time. I tried to prepare by reading my med surg  pocketbook and asking questions about usual cases on the mission. I was pretty scared too since i was assigned at a different house to stay apart from my tita and tito. they were all strangers to me. anyway, I was part of the minor surgery team and lucky to be with such dedicated, hardworking and most caring professionals. The first day was "toxic" since we were still formulating efficient ways to run the area (plus i was a bit sick due to nausea and vomiting from last night's dinner). Thanks to Dr. Gil, the captain of the ship, who lead us into the system. Also to tita Ching who managed the area and kept us in order. and to Tita Geraline, who, as i may say, the all around, super nurse. She taught us nursing techniques and refreshed our memories on how to do things at the OR. There were ups and downs, too, especially when dealing with the other surgeons. Each has their own styles and i had to adapt to it. I had to deal with myself being intimidated by them... And the pronounciation of the meds... The heck with Bacitracin! Hangouts aftershift: coffee with Tanj at King's cup, the priviledge to shop at Guaisano Mall (no where to be found in luzon), dinners with all the volunteers, "partying" with the "kids", chikahan moments with Dra. Camille, breakfast mornings with dra. Tamayo, tanj and Camille, and got a pic with a guy who played along with my silliness. It was a nice feeling.. Being a nurse again. :)

2. Ukalele
I still don't have my own. But Brando already started teaching me how to play the uk... Also i started watching tutorial videos on youtube.. So.. I learned "My Dog Has Flees" for tuning.  Haha. 

3. Date
Feb. 21, 2015- officially, the first time i .... It was a nice dinner at Cyma, a greek resto in eastwood. He was a total stranger so  we chit chatted over dinner. it was his treat. He looked ok... he's kind of cute: tall guy, medium built, big greenish doll eyes and pink cheeks. . we had dessert at some icecream place near the building i work at. My treat. Quits lang. He was polite and walked me home, took my number, shook hands and said good bye. 

He just sent me a message online the next day... And then nothing... He never asked me out again. What went wrong? Hrmmm. Was i tactless? I wonder if i lack content or substance.... Or probably he thought i was ugly.. Hrmmm or turned off since i almost always tripped with my high heels. Argh.. I was self-loathing for a week... Thanks to ert and my other officemates who listened to my lamentations... They gave me good advice. It's not that i'm ugly or whatever. I'm just not the one he's looking for. 

4. Summer Vacation
I am sooo booked to go to Calaguas/ Caramoan this May! It's me and my roomie. I'm not sure about my usual beach buddies. They havent booked their flight yet. I guess they're going to Sagada.. I have to have a flat tummy by that time to be picture worthy. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

The Holidays: 2015

Events and trips happening and/ i'll be planning for this year.
1. Medical Mission in Antique. - Feb
2. Calaguas Island- May
3. Ert and Vince's Wedding- July (note: the speech!)
4. Pagudpud- ?
5. Sagada- ?
4. Japan/ Cambodia- Nov
5. USA- why? one can dream to be there on Christmas... pffft. and if this doesn't happen. i shall put a smile on my face. see Christmas 2014.

others:
1. I'm gonna learn how to play the Ukalele.
2. I will go on dates. as i quote from Ert, "if it turns out you like each other, great. if not, at least you got to be friends with a cool guy." hmmmmk.
3. will save up for my trips. *control: mind over matter (shopping and extravagant food bingeing)*
4. will meet interesting foreign friend(s) and learn their exotic cultures.
5. i will use my large camera more (i hope) and stop complaining how heavy it is. (oh and have my lenses repaired)

ps. i found 200 pesos on my pants pocket. ayos!


The Holidays: Bawi

Saturday, 12-27-14
So, i did not have the happiest time in my life on Christmas Eve or Christmas day 2014 but i sure did made amends. after work, Carel and I went to the market where clothes are priced half compared to the malls and tiangges (in Eastwood and St. Francis Square). The market was HUGE jam packed with people! There were 2 atriums which made it more confusing. We may have not gone to the other side but i'm not sure. I spent P855 on 11 pieces of clothes. To me, it's already a great deal. I'm not big on brands anyway, so that's fine. The cheapest I bought was a 35 peso blouse which was super cute. i bought 3 identical designs with different colors. the most expensive one was the overrun Zara pants which cost P250. Good thing, i tried it on despite the ocean of people in front of me. Inconvenient, but i had to.

i have never appreciated pancit until that day. it felt like i was going to collapse due to extreme hunger. Thank goodness, there was a carenderia somewhere in the market. pffew!

I went back to the condo, happy. Satisfied. Fine, I sound materialistic. Sorry. But not so sorry. It's the Holidays for crying out loud.

Sunday. 12-28-14
BTW, i slept the entire day after the splurge in the market. Woke up in the middle of the night to do some chores and then slept again. What was i to do?

So, Sunday came. such a beautiful day. i had to go somewhere. was scrolling on Facebook and saw this  photography- themed cafe located in Maginhawa St near UP. I did go, tagging Jen along as she lives near the area. The place was so cute. It's really small but i love the concept. It was nice to hang out with Jen and made chikka about love and relationships. Argh. I'm fond of talking about these stuff, dreaming about it and traveling across the parallel universe with it... but it also frustrates me and pressures  me at the same time. If singlehood is for me, fine. It just saddens me a bit. I should at least try to be in a relationship once, right? Fine.

We had dinner at a cute place called Arty Cafe. It's interior looks like "The Early Bird". it's quite expensive but not as expensive as the menu in The Early Bird.

I returned to Eastwood at around 8:30 PM and met Maam Phame and her college friends @ Starbucks. They had lots of catching up stories.

And then, off we went to the Eastwood Park. While sitting and chatting about stuff.. these happened:
1. the Planet Zips guys were there again. Thought bubble: those toned muscles are hot.. but i'm guessing they're gay. but good looking really, i say, all three of them. it's just a thought bubble. they could be straight.
2. 1:00 AM and still these planet zips guys were still playing with their batons, hoola hoops and poi things... do they have a performance or something?
3. Megaword staff looks so young! they looked like highschool kids with ID's on and monitoring/ supervising the setting up of the stage for the 2015 countdown.
4. Are we in the dark alleyways in Tondo? Some wasted kids were fighting at the far end of the park. The -Kid- looking supervisor and some security staff pacified the situation.
5. A man with a different nationality was stalking mam Phame. It was so obvious! it's weird and scary. not because he's from a different nationality, ok? it's because he was stalking.

That was my Sunday.

PS. Monday morning, had a sort of photoshoot with my roomie. it's my Christmas and Happy new year gift to her.





The Holidays: the Scrooge

I was reading my blog entriy from last year's Christmas (2013). I was happy despite of being alone. Now, i am kind of regretting i was resentful and scroogey on Christmas 2014 due to the fact that i was ALONE AGAIN! It felt unacceptable and unfair... But i should have decided to be happy or made a little more effort to make myself happy... come to think of it... i did try.
1. I ate dinner lavishly in a Greek restaurant. Wait. "Lavishly" is an overstatement. Yes, the meal was expensive. Way expensive. But it was just OK. i had a fillet mignon.. the rarest beef i've ever eaten. there was still blood when slicing the meat.
2. Went window shopping at the night market. i didn't buy anything. didn't see anything nice (at that time when i was all scroogey).
3. i did not stay outside much as i did in 2013. Missed people watching. and animal watching.
4. had my dessert at CBTL. They ran out of beverages. I was stuck with the usual triple decker cake, which was yum anyway. can't complain.
5. Thanks, Ert, for keeping me company online. Thanks for the invite though. ( i was invited to their home on Christmas day. but i thought i'd just fall asleep and then wake up with my sleeping hosts at night time.)
6. oh, wait! i did buy myself a Christmas gift. i went to Fully Booked and bought a 2015 planner. :)

I went back to the condo, feeling meh. but.. oh well, what was i to do?

Moral lesson: Do not ruin your holiday next time. Let us practice positive mantra to shoo away unwanted feelings.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Longweekend


I have to blog this... I have to! Before i forget...

So, i had a pretty long weekend last week... I filed for leave last nov. 7 and 
 It got approved! :) Nov 7, that was a Friday... My Lola Estay's birthday too... Maam Phame organized an open house party as part of her work. I didn't feel like going. I just wanted to rest and sleep my sniffles away... But.....

Friday
.... I just can't sleep on a friday night. No way! I had my little rest and left for megamall at around 6pm to meet sir Harvey. I didn't see him for quite a long time. Took us awhile to arrive at the party because of the loooooong line at the taxi bay. It was worth the wait. We did a lot of catching up. When we got to the taxi, it was soo awkward to say where we were going. "San nga tayo pupunta? Kuya, sa Victoria Court po, sa Pasig..." *face on palm with shame*... The stigma!

We arrived... Ate the dinner buffet. I went back twice for the main dishes. Yeah, i was famished! I got to eat just one cream puff, though.. I loved the cream puff. So tasty. :) i didn't really understand the party... It was ok but it lacked something... I just can't put my finger on it ... but... It must be the band.... And the neon theme.... And the  photo area.... And the buffet with the flower arrangement... Or maybe the crowd? Ok.. So what? It was free anyway. :) i got to eat a lot.... Oh, the pasta was great! 

Sir jovan and the Gang arrived. How i missed those people. It was a rehab nurses' reunion party. :) we didn't get to catch up much bec of the loud music and photo sessions. The party was done at 3am. All of us were supposed to go to eastwood but the others have work later in the morning. I went to eastwood, mam phame tagging along. Went to starbucks and chitchat some more. I wanted to tell her my feedback re the party but she didnt ask.. So i kept my mouth shut. My sniffles was still there.... I didnt get to sleeep.. Mam phame went home 5:30am. I tried to sleep for my next adventure in a few hours.
Geez. Why didn't i wear heels.

Saturday
... The much awaited day.. My sniffles, still was there but my tastebuds were not impaired by it, thank goodness! VIKINGS DAAAY! Hoooorah! I arrived with seeing Kaye with 3 stacks of dirty, empty plates. She has been devouring since 10:30am. I arrived 11:30am. I came admiring the place. It was food heaven! Name it, they have it! I didn't get to eat everything but i was satisfied. :)
Bundat. 

After vikings, aiza went shopping.. I accompanied her as promised. She was satisfied with her purchaesd stuff. Good thing! Hooray, i just bought 1 thing.. It was a need , not a want. Aiza went home, happy..

I stayed longer at SM, sleepier than ever, waiting for my sister's instructions where to meet her and my relatives... I stayed at St. marc Cafe. Finally i got to have greentea latte  and a chococro. Yum. But i kind of forgotten how it tasted like. I was half asleep eating it. Sister said we'll meet at SM Aura.

Another eating spree. Met my relaives were at Mesa, Filipino contemporary cuisine. I ate fish and rice and..... i dont remember anymore. And then, starbucks....

And then, we stayed at my cousin's, played with chip the dog..

Sunday
...woken up by chip the dog.. I wondered who was trying to open our door. When i checked to see, it was him... The very excited puppy dog. I let him go up and down the bed. All of us woke up late. Richelle, kuya Eldie's better half, cooked a nice meal: chicken wings with bell peppers and sauce. Again, i had my construction worker appetite mode. :) we went off to Batangas.

Going back to San Miguel brought back childhood memories... The surroundings really looked different though.. Going to the farm used to be a long arduous experience, esp for the car. Used to have a very rocky driveway, like th moon. It used to be so rural with bahay kubos. Now, you'd see large houses like those you see in BF or Ayala Alabang... 

I saw again my Granny's old house, destroyed by the typhoon. The ruins made me think of the walking dead... Sad it's gone. I remember, when we stayed there for vacation, i always ransacked the old photo albums, and saw how my dad looked like when he was young.. And also my titas and titos and lolo and lola. I remember reading someone's old journal. It was reading someone's life. That's awesome. In a mysterious way. :) i remember lolo amd lola's dusty bed with the yellow and red quilt. I remember it was cold every morning... You'd hear a gecko go toookoooo, toookooo... And when you want to pee, you have to get out of the house and go to the scary loo.. I just realized it's scary now... It was creepy. It was creepy to think that when you go out to pee, a geckoo jump on you and will get stuck to your skin and wont ever let go. I remember playing with the fat frog stuck in the canal. I was looking at it all day... Tried to poke it with a stick to let it out... Superstition: if you try to play with a frog, your armpits will get rashes and it'll be very painful. Geez. I dunno, but it happened! I remember, the really angry mother hen, protecting her eggs.. I tried getting the eggs, poking it with a stick. I remeber that chicken's face. Like, grrrr face. Haha. Nothing happened to my armpits... I remember, my lola preparing a boiled avocado leaves, she said it was good for my asthma.. I get attacked by asthma all the time, sadly... I remember watching tagalog movies on local tv, specifically "dyesabel", on a wednesday night at 8pm with all the other kids from the neighborhood. My lola was the only one with a television back then. I remember going to the vegetable farm, looking at the picturesque view: the morning sun hitting the beautiful green landscape with the locals harvesting vegetables. It was like painting. I tried harvesting too... But i was out of breath because of asthma. Damn asthma. I remeber the coffee fruit... I was helping daddy harvest the red ones... I remember playing with our neighbor at their elevated bahay kubo. i have always thought it was the coolest thing. i felt like i was in a doll house. :)...  Aahhh, childood memories.... 
I called the place, Hacienda Juanita (my lola's name). It's not really called that.. It's just a nice name for the farm.it sounds expensive. Hehe...

Mang andong, the care taker, did us a favor, prepared coconut juice and meat, fresh from the husk... Ahhh. Super nice! :) then, we went to ate del's house (i think she's a relative, im not sure.). Food trip again. Turon, Lomi, caldereta... Hmmmm :) i met my long lost relative. I dont know why they remember me... Ate del's grown up kids, who may be mu cousins said, "...oo naaalala ki shempre sila.. Si ate rochie at ate anna..".. Errr, im like, yeah? So i just stayed quiet and pretended i remembered them too.. Maybe i do remember them...  But i dont know.. I was quiet.. I was sleepy.. I tried to stay awake... Eyelids, heavy... And then we left with our fat stomachs... The night was young. Mamang, our oldest tita, had bpnever been to Nuvali and it was time go show her around. Starbucks again. This time, i drank the cold stuff. Kuya eldie brought chip the dog with him... I volunteered to walk him around... Arggh.. I dunno how to tame a dog like cesear milan. He kept sniffing around and running in all directions and then stopping like he just got tired of doing what he did... Crazy dog.. But cute. I'm still a cat person. (Remembering Patches). Mom called over skype. Funny line mom said, "yung parang candy?", referring to the camera button on skype. :) haha..
First time to walk a dog.

Ate and i went home... Excited to post all the pics...  

Anyway, it was a heck of a weekend! Thank you! :) 

Monday... I was grasping for air... Sniffles and asthma and my almost cough. The AC was blasting on my head, thank you very much. My pale lips were dry and cracking, snuffly voice and pimply face.. An sleepy, sicky eyes... But i still got to work. :) amen to that :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pained

Hey, pig. I know how you feel.
Lesson learned: do not assume and do not expect anything from anyone...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend in Eastwood- late post 10/11/2014

Saturday
It was Hazelnut's special day because it was the day she was about to marry the love of her life. Too bad, i missed the chance to witness it. :( car issues.

Anyway, i slept early and woke up at 2:00pm bec janina and i planned to go bonding and pamper ourselves (pigout and go to a massage therapist). Unfortunately, she said it was raining so hard from where she was coming from. We decided to call it off. 3pm, i was hungry and bored, i had to go out. My roomie and i had our late lunch at Goodah, ate spicy sisig and unlimited rice. Wish the viand was also unlimited, oh well. Then, went to the tiangge. Thank goodness, i didn't buy anything 'cause im really on a tight budget until pay day! 

The stage was being set up for a show. I realized it was QC day. There were light dancers, poi dancers, illusionists and a line of bands playing for the event. The light dancers and illusionists were familiar. They showed up on "Show Time". Also the korean teenager, who was playing with his curved stick, whom i saw in the event, moon rise festival, was there too. There were a lot of kids doing the hoolahoop, imitating the girl who looked like an expert with it. It was fun watching them do their own ramdom stunts. i got to use my camera also. I missed twiking my cam :) i used manual mode, 50 mm. Yey! :) will upload stuff on fb when i go home to laguna.

Then we went to kfc to have dinner. Went back to the event area and watched The Dawn. They're quite really old. In one of their songs, they incorporated POT's song, 'Sige na'. I missed Karl Roy. Then there were fire works! Maam Phame sent me a text, saying she wanted to go to eastwood and have a drink. I was not up for drinking at that time, but what the heck. She came over at around 12mn, just after the fireworks. We headed to Jack's Loft. And so, we talked about stuff.. About people, places, current events, lovelife, career, meeting new people, advising each other off, venting.. Ugh, so many... I wasn't even tipsy yet. I just drank a small glass of white russian. I wanted bailey's but there wasn't any. Maam Phame, left me for around 45 minutes and met someone... A friend of hers while i stayed inside the loft, relaxing and facebooking.... Facebooking.... I want to quit facebooking too much...
White russian and strawberry daquiri...
She did some shopping. She bought 2 tops and 1 shorts. They were nice stuff. Oh, geez.... If only i could shop... But it's fine.. I didn't find anything that said, buy me buy me! 

I thought we were done. But she refused to go home. It was 3am already.. I told her to stay in eastwood until around 5am just to be safe. We ate at mcdo and killed time. Another set of endless conversation. And then we went to Kwagos to drink another set of alcohol. We ordered a bucket of tanduay ice. The sun came up and we were still chatting and finishing our drinks. 5% alcohol so it was just like juice... It didn't give me a tipsy. Thank goodness, no hangover too.

She left at 6:45am. I hurriedly went back to the condo to prep for my next hangout with Janina (since we agreed to move our RnR on Sunday). I showered and slept for 1 1/2 hours. I was at mcdo again @ 0927am.

Bonding with maam phame, check.

Sunday
RnR with Janina. It was my first time to hang out with her for 12 hours! We went to church at Padre Pio. Very solemn place... But we stayed outside. Failed to start the mass. Then, we went across the street at a spa. Massage only costs 200 pesos but no therapist was available yet. And so we canvassed for other different spas that offered affordable service. We ended up at Bikram Yoga. 320 pesos. Aaah it was nice... Favorite part was the head massage.. Always my fave.

I wanted to stay and sleep but i guess we weren't allowed to. The ground was wet when we went out, It rained. We walked, window shopped, ate pasta at bigoli, drank red velvet drink at cbtl, thought to buy the long black skirt i've been eyeing for a few days- still didnt buy it, went to the office to finish some required stuff and then, chatted the whole time going to and from the places we went to. 
While walking, saw this headless man, drinking...
Janina went home with her sleepy head. Me? I ate pizza with my sleepy head before going home.

Bonding with Janina, check.

Nail it!

Lurve my candy nails. Can't stop staring at it until now. It looks like chicklet, bathroom tiles or car paint.  It's pretty. Good job, Ate Bubbles. :) btw, just to mention, i think this was my sister and i's first nail polish bonding. So girly! 
Pampering thyself on a cushy couch with Ate Bubbles, doing my nails
We ate at Kai Japanese Cuisine. I've been hearing Mr. Ramsey babble about sea bass on his shows. Hrmmm, sea bass... Familiar.. So that's what i ordered. It was really soft and juicy. Like it melts in your mouth. I also got to taste several sushi ... Errr... Flavors! You call them flavors i guess.. Or types.. But they were really good. I like the one with cream cheese. Thanks to my sister's treat. My turn nest time.
That's what i was talking about. Cream cheese sushi!
It took us awhile at the nail salon. I panicked and thought i'd be late for work. I was still wearing my street clothes (shirt, skirt- pretty short for office, and slip-ons). I would have had not made it if i went back to the condo and changed... I just had to make do with what i have with a little twick. Since i panicked... I did panic buying of a pair of shoes that i think got away from being too casual. The shoe made magic and made my street clothes look acceptable for office. I just had to pull down my skirt a little bit to reach the acceptable length and wore my jacket. Magic!

Zombie mode. But i managed. :)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Annabelle

What a silly movie... But scared the crap out of me... But it was really silly.. Geez... 
Image above: from princess sarah memes on facebook

Back massage was awesome! It was just a back massage for 30 mins. The blind woman who massaged me was way better than Nuat Thai. (Still the best i experienced was from the touch of thai in pagsanjan). After the massage, the blind people outside were singing, "kahit konting pagtingin". And one pf them made a comment, "e pano yan, bulag ka?".. Ahahahhaha. Kuleet.

I was about to eat at St Marc's cafe when they sent me a text that they've arrived already. And so arvie, ria and i met at megamall.
Fancy fancy... I have to try one of these! - St. Marc's Cafe

Then we watched the horror film. Arvie was squeezing my arm so hard. We were both screaming ever so loudly, it's funny. Ria, i think, fell asleep on some portions of the movie. No reaction on the scary parts. 
i wanted to hangout more after the movie but it was getting late. So i just bought these Unhappy paos (see the frowning?)

Thank you, Lord, i made it home safe. :)