Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 2016 - late post 1.2.2016 entry

- my new year gift for myself... I slept it off the whole day! 
- feeling the new year blues a bit cos im unable to talk to mom and dad and sister. I was able to talk to biboy, though. Unable to visit lola yesterday cos i fell asleep. Felt alone but thats because of my own doing. Yesterday jen told me to join them at kwagos for some new year drinks. But just didnt feel like it. Before going home for work, i asked her if she's going home already. She said she's not sure. "Baka may puntahan pa daw sila ni chamita"... :/ thought bubble: hindi man lang nag aya.. Napaka exclusive naman ng friendship nung dalawa... --> jelly friend over here... Matty feels lang. Hehehe... Anyways, it's just a feeling. And this will go away soon. Hopefully. Im just lonely today, i guess. So later, im going to splurge...
1. Buy the expensive shampoo
2. Dolce latte later
3. Probably watch a movie  
4. Eat at applebees in BGC
5. Gimik in BgC- tentative

The Holidays: 2016
Events happening this year/ planning to do:
1. South Korea- January
2. Kwebang Lampas- Jan
3. Mt. Pulag - Feb ?
4. Cambodia - May
5. Surfing, La Union- March
6 Bagan, Myanmar - Nov.
7. Zambales ?
8. Baguio ?

Others: 
1. Apply for US visa
2. Look for a work in POEA
3. Hopefully to have my solo travel
4. Wish to travel with a guy friend
5. Jam on stage with my djembe and old bandmates
5. Hiking, trekking
6. Make an artwork
7. Meet new people
And meet old friends too
8. Will be happy
9. More positive vibe
10. Will not be hopia. :)

Restaurants:
Peruvian cuisine- Don andres
Turkish - FETA med.
Lebanese- Teta grill
(And more...) :)

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Recapping 2015


1. Medical Mission with Some great medical professionals from Michigan, USA. Thanks to my TIa Trining and Tito Romy for encouraging me to join them. Met amazing people and befriended them. I hope to join them again this year but chances are small. Im not sure if they will allow me again to have a long days off. Let's see.

2. I'm unable to go to the beautiful island of Calaguas but was lucky to be able to choose Caramoan as my place of destination. It was an epic getaway for me and my roomie. :) the most beautiful place i've seen so far. :) just wait for me, Calaguas... Who knows, i might just pay a visit over there. :)
3. Cambodia didn't happen in November, but my Cebu trip did, along with officemates, friend from previous work and 2 white dudes. I know, it's a motley crew. I was expecting more but i had a great time. 
4. I bought my own Ukalele and learned some pieces like Somewhere over the Rainbow, I'm Yours, etc. I'm not ready to play on stage but, heck, im glad i learned this instrument. It's cute. And it's a good stress reliever too. 

5. I did go out on a date with this french guy who lives just a few blocks away from my place here in eastwood. He seemed nice. We had a nice, civil conversation. But for some reason, we're not even friends now. We just saw each other once. My ego got hurt a little bit but i know it's normal. Oh well. I've moved on.

6. Yeah, i have a little saved for my trips in 2015. So i'm going to continue that. :) 
7. And yes, i've met interesting foreign friends. I met him last November with his friend. Super happy i met him in person. He's not exotic but he's funny :)

8. I did use my big camera on my trip but unable to use much. 

I almost forgot about this list i made. I'm glad i read this post and realized i did make things happen.

So.. Here's to 2016! :)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

#2015bestnine

Ert's post-wedding joyride- missing MARIAS (July); after work tambay with the fax team- my breakfast club buddies :) - (all year round) ; Mt. Maculot with GANENY- we conquered the summit! (September) ; Bus ride with dad to visit lola bats (Febuary); Enjoying the company of Maam Marrah and the gang (katas OFW, haha- December); tagaytay with long time friends in PS- love these guys (September); goofing around with Stephen :)(November) ; after-work bonding with the Minor Surgery team- medical mission, Antique- best ever team (Febuary); gave way to  Kaye's buffet addiction with Hicee :)- (March)... Nine is such a small number for all the best things that happened in 2015! - kulang to!

Thanks y'all, for being part of my 2015! 

Hello, 2016!

Monday, December 07, 2015

I'm so clueless, i feel like crying. 

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.

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 :)