2016 Week 31 Recap: Artsy Kind of Weekend

July 25-31, 2016

Last day of the month!

Work

While HR has delayed the go-live date, we started implementing some independent components this week. Good thing we did that because apparently, there was one system which had problems when we did the mock deployment. Kaloka. My teammate was able to fix it and we were able to close the testing last Friday. Ang galing lang talaga ng batang yun! Good job talaga sa kanya. I’m thankful to be working with  a quick and dedicated teammate.

Got my own domain

While we were busy with system implementations in the office, I was also busy looking for a company that offers hosting services for my new domain which I bought at GoDaddy for a discounted price of Php 53.64 (good for one year) last July 21 hehe. I’ll have a separate post about the whole thing in the coming days.

On another note, it looks like my internet at home is faster now. I just noticed it when I was downloading a video. Before, it takes me hours to download one. For the past days, it’s averaging at 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. Saya! Hehe. If this is in response to PDu30’s request/challenge to the telcos, then good!!! It’s about time we get a more decent internet speed!

Family

Awww, my almost teenager niece texted me yesterday to ask what facial wash she can use because she suddenly has pimples. I can’t believe these are our topics now. I miss those days when she would text just to tell me that she’s playing or watching TV. Iba na ang concerns na tinatanong nya ngayon hehehe. I just told her to try using antibacterial soap for now, to not prick them, and not cover them with her hair to avoid further irritation.

Weekend

I and some friends braved the rain and visited Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo earlier today. About lunch first, though. We met at Shangri-la Mall for lunch. We wanted to try Kettle Restaurant but it was already full by the time we got there at 12PM. This was our third attempt. One friend and I attempted 2x in the past, to no avail at both times hehehe. Mailap pa rin until now. We ended eating at Corazon, a restaurant that serves Filipino-Hispano cuisine. We were all satisfied with the food and their bottomless house iced tea!

Entrance to the museum

Entrance to the museum

Back to Pinto Art. We came from Ortigas so we rode a UV express bound for Antipolo at Starmall Crossing. Fare is Php 50/pax. We got off at Ynares Center and then rode a tricycle to bring us to Grand Heights Subdivision. We paid Php 60.00 pesos. There’s an entrance fee of Php 200.00/adult. I think there are different rates for different age groups.

While the property is huge, there are a lot of paintings, sculptures and art installations housed in 6 different galleries. Yes, that many. So I’m sure even people who are not so into the arts (like me hihihi) will have something to appreciate! Everything was a feast for the eyes! While it was showering the whole time, it was fine because at least it was a little bit cooler. The property is surrounded with trees but for some reason, it still feels humid. Maybe the air isn’t circulating much? Not sure. Downside was that, there was no sunset to watch hehe. I’ll share some of the art pieces that caught my attention in separate posts. It was a challenge to take decent pictures because there were a lot of people given that it’s a weekend.

There is a restaurant and a cafe when you get hungry. We were not able to check it out because we had no plans of eating there.

We spent around 3 hours but we were already rushing by 5 PM because we wanted to leave before closing time at 6 PM. If I were to redo it, I’d probably stay there for at least 5 hours so that I  have enough time to view and inspect each art piece hehehe. The place is also good for lovers as there are a lot of sitting areas by the windows and daybeds outside where people can rest for a while. Basta, the place is really beautiful.

Pinto Art Museum
Sierra Madre St., Grandheights Subdivision, Antipolo Rizal

Those are all for today. Have a great week week ahead.

New Home in the World Wide Web!

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Hello! Welcome to my new home in cyberspace. I finally got myself my own domain after procrastinating for years hehehe. I was itching to already get one since ealry this year so here it is. 🙂

There are still a lot of stuff to fix and I’ll be working on these on the coming days. I’ll clean up the mess in no time, that’s for sure hehe.

I’ll also have a comprehensive post about how I did the whole thing.

I’m excited to try all the stuff at WordPress. Hopefully, I’ll be able to put all these to good use in the coming days. Too much to learn but exciting nonetheless! 😀

2016 Week 30 Recap: Priorities vs Commitments

July 18-24, 2016

Work

Our HR department, who are the process owners of the systems we are deploying decided to delay it to two weeks because of employee readiness. According to them, not all employees have attended the training still. This impacts 15K+ employees and this translates to their payroll so it is really important for employees to undergo the training. Keri lang. We are slowly implementing what we can implement in advance. We will still get there in two weeks. Why in two weeks? Because we also need to time our implementation based on Payroll cut-off. Ours are days 7-21 for end of month and 22-6 for the 15th. So all implementations should be guided by these days to lessen/totally avoid risks.

Basta kami sa team, keep calm and deploy pa rin hehehe.

Priorities vs. Commitments

Eto medyo nawindang ako last week hehe. Months ago, I said yes to a 1st birthday party on the 23rd and a wedding on the 24th. Last Monday, my favorite tita messaged me to go to their place last weekend for their house blessing. I declined at first because I don’t want to be stressed of choosing between the events and going through the process of letting those people know that suddenly I can’t go to their events anymore. Plus, nakabili na nga ako ng dress na dapat susuutin ko sa wedding eh.

But I felt guilty. Event ng tita ko yun eh. I was looking forward to that event kasi milestone yun ng family nila. Yung tita kong yun and her husband, sila kasi yung madalas sa bahay namin talaga. Ilang years nang sa bahay sila lagi for New Year. Nung nawala yung nanay ko (na ate ni tita), sa bahay pa rin sila. Almost always present sa lahat ng invite ng nanay ko. Yung tito ko pa nga ang kasama ng nanay ko nung inaasikaso ni Mama yung house blessing ko rin (Oo, nanay ko talaga ang punong abala don. Hiyang-hiya ako kaso nasa Manila ako eh so di ko maasikaso talaga so sya na lang). At sila din yung nandon to guide us nung nawala ang mga magulang namin. So big deal talaga sa akin yung pagpunta/or di pagpunta sa event nila.

Come Wednesday, my officemate and I were talking about how to go to the venue. She mentioned that the wedding was on the 23rd. Nawindang ako at napakalkal ng FB messages. At 23rd nga talaga so conflict na sya don sa birthday party :(. Na-confuse ako sino na ipaprioritize ko since umoo na ako sa 2. Thursday night, my tita was asking me again if I really can’t go to their house blessing. Tinanong ko sya if magtatampo ba sya if di ako nagpunta. Silent treatment ang inabot ko. Mas lalo akong naguilty. Come Friday, I really felt uneasy na. I told my officemate that I was having second thoughts. Sabi ko, I think my best option was just to go home and don’t attend both events na lang. Ganon. Syempre drama-rama with my officemate. I decided until the last minute possible. Umuwi pa ako ng apartment para maglaba. Nakapag-games pa ako. Pero come 3AM, I decided to go home na. I remember nasabi ko in one of my blog posts na first come, first served na lahat ng events na pupuntahan ko, unless may sumingit na pang pamilyang ganap. Eto na yun. Family comes first. And so….

Weekend

Carrots...ng kapitbahay hahaha

Carrots…ng kapitbahay hahaha

Eto ang view nila. Tanaw ang garden ng kapitbahay hahaha. Carrots yung tanim. So refreshing! Surprise ang pagdating ko hahaha. Di ko na sila sinabihan. Kasi nga di ba, ni-silent treatment na ako hahaha. Anyway, so glad I made that decision. At syempre kailangan matulog sa kanila. Sa lahat ng galing ng Baguio (sa Atok sila nakatira), ako lang nagstay for the night hahaha. Single eh. Pero eto ka. Nung medyo naka-inom na tito ko, nagsabi syang magtatampo raw talaga sya sa akin if di ako matutulog sa kanila hahaha. Hokey.

The next morning, I need to leave early dapat for the 10 AM mass sa Baguio. Early as in at 7AM, dapat nakasakay na ako ng bus. Kaso alam nyo na, ang sarap matulog don kasi malamig lamig. Plus ang sarap lang tumambay sa labas at magkwentuhan habang nagkakape. Aga kong nagising eh. 6AM. Kaso kumilos ako 8AM at 9AM na nakaalis hehe. Buti na lang, nakasakay ako sa bus agad after 10 minutes of waiting siguro.

Bakit nga ba kailangan kong makabalik ng Baguio? Kasi may lunch date kami ng jowa ko hahahaha. Napakahirap magschedule with him since he works on weekends. Tapos may supposedly lakad pa sya ng Sunday night so lunch na lang yung option namin. Natuloy naman kami. Gusto kong kumain kami sa labas na kami lang at makapag-post anniversary celebration man lang dahil 1 year na kami last July 13. Akalain mo yun hehehe. While it was not always smooth sailing, milestone yun for us so big deal sya for me, kahit di big deal masyado sa kanya ang mga ganon. Ayun. Simple lang pero masaya naman.

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie...whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie…whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko...pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko…pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

"Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?" Ay...baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

“Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?” Ay…baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Blessing in disguise din that I was not able to attend the 10AM mass. Don na lang ako sa 4PM na sakto, yun din ang schedule ng preggy friend ko. At least I was able to see her pregnant before she gives birth to her baby boy. Malapit na kasi yun!

Anyway, yun lang ang mga chika ko. Nobela. Have a great week ahead.

P.S.1. Napaka-aligaga ng morning namin because some friends are trying to book tickets for the Wicked show in February 2017. Upon opening dapat since there’s a 10% discount if you use Visa to book. Sayang din. Php1,645.88 yung final price after discount, kasama na dyan service charge. Yung original price ata is Php1,700++.

P.S. 2. Gusto kong manood ng SONA ni PDu30. Sang link kaya pwede? Hehehe.

Pasyal Japan Day 3: Off to Kyoto

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2 | Day 2

Day 3: July 6, 2016

Today’s my mom’s 3rd death anniversary. I’ll just see you next month, mudra. Pramis.

Going back.

We checked out from Hotel Mystays in Tokyo and travelled to Kyoto via Shinkansen (Bullet train). From the Kyoto station, we took a bus going to Hotel Mystays in Shijo-Nishinotoin. Checkin then rest for a while before going out.

First stop was at Nijo Castle. Buzzer beater because we were the last batch to be sold tickets to. Nakaka-haggard kasi panay ang reminder over the speakers that the main gate will be closing by 6PM. So mabilisang lakad lang inside the palace and ikot ikot sa garden. They have a vast garden. Gets ko na kung bakit 5PM pa lang, nagreremind na sila about closing time. Sa lawak kasi ng garden, malayo talaga lalakarin mo bago ka makabalik sa main gate hehehe.

From the palace, we went to Nishiki market. Since it was already past 6PM when we arrived, most of the shops were starting to close. Yung tipong while walking, saktong sinasarado na rin ng shop owners ang main doors nila hahaha. Anyway, tingin tingin lang naman balak namin. My friend tried the takoyakowith ice cream. Masarap naman daw.

From Nishiki market, our next target was Pontocho. This is a place where restaurants open up/extend their dining area facing the Kamo River. We got off a bus stop but it was near a shrine naman, whose name I can’t remember right now. We just checked out this shrine for a few minutes. From this area, we saw a river and establishments that look like restaurants so that must be the Pontocho hehe.

From the shrine, we went back to the hotel. Pagod at gutom na. We just had dinner at a restaurant near our place. Medyo nakakatanga kasi you have to order “online” at their computer. No English translation. Nagamit ko pagka software developer ko years ago dahil hinulaan ko lang ang mga buttons based sa placement nila sa screen hehehe. Tumama naman hula ko at nakakain kami ng masarap na dinner hahaha.

End of day 3.

Pictures!

Bullet train. My wish is for my beloved Philippines to also have this type of transport. Tapos una, ung papuntang Baguio please hehehe. Or pwede rin kahit until La Union if terrain is a problem.

Bullet train. My wish is for my beloved Philippines to also have this type of transport. Tapos una, ung papuntang Baguio please hehehe. Or pwede rin kahit until La Union if terrain is a problem.

This is the entrance to the Nijo Castle taken from the inside na. Ang luwang ng grounds!

This is the entrance to the Nijo Castle taken from the inside na. Ang luwang ng grounds!

This was taken on the left side of the castle, medyo malayo na sa entrance. This was the most decent shot I had pala. Walang panahong maghintay na mawala ang tao since it was already close to closing time. Gaano ka-close? Mga less than an hour, ganon.

This was taken on the left side of the castle, medyo malayo na sa entrance. This was the most decent shot I had pala. Walang panahong maghintay na mawala ang tao since it was already close to closing time. Gaano ka-close? Mga less than an hour, ganon.

Part of their garden. They have beautiful and well-maintained parks. Inggit ako.

Part of their garden. They have beautiful and well-maintained parks. Inggit ako.

Panoramic view of one part of the castle. Again, this so far from the entrance na. The whole area is really huge. And so green :).

Panoramic view of one part of the castle. Again, this so far from the entrance na. The whole area is really huge. And so green :).

Nishiki Food Market. So clean and dry! Halos sarado na lahat.

Nishiki Food Market. So clean and dry! Halos sarado na lahat.

Shrine near Pontocho.

Shrine near Pontocho.

Lanterns and more lanterns!

Lanterns and more lanterns!

Panoramic view of the place where the bells are. The vertical post looking things are actually ropes. People pull those ropes to ring the bell, then say their prayers.

Panoramic view of the place where the bells are. The vertical post looking things are actually ropes. People pull those ropes to ring the bell, then say their prayers.

These are wishes or prayers written on paper this time.

These are wishes or prayers written on paper this time.

My dinner which we successfully ordered and paid "online"! :)

My dinner which we successfully ordered and paid “online”! 🙂

To be continued.

Day 4

Pasyal Japan Day 2: More of Tokyo

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2

Day 2: July 5, 2016

This day was dedicated for exploring Shibuya area, Diver City and Ueno Zoo.

Shibuya muna. We went there via train, as always. I love Japan’s transport system. Very efficient.

Picture taking with Hachiko, May pila para lang makapagpa-picture with Hachiko. Who is Hachiko? Here.

Afterwhich, we crossed all pedestrians at the Shibuya crossing. That crossing is indeed very busy! That’s one best place to people watch. Malilito ka na sa dami talaga ng tumatawid hehehe. We stayed there for about 30 minutes. Tawid lang kami ng tawid. At picture picture.

We checked out the Disney store. So many beautiful things for kids! Pero syempre mahal hahaha. Plus, yung totoo kasi, hindi ko talaga kilala lahat ng Disney characters. Walang TV sa bundok at di ko sila nakilala nung bata ako. By the time I heard about them, parang I was too old na to become too attached to these characters. Kaya rin pala wala sa itinerary namin ang Tokyo Disneyland and/or Disney Sea. Saka na lang if may kids na ako hehehe.

We also planned to have breakfast at Hello Kitty Cafe but the Shibuya branch has already closed huhu. The very helpful concierge in one of the malls told us that there is one in Diver City so we decided to just go there. Diver City is like BGC. It’s a newly developed area. Ganda! There’s a wide open space that’s leveled maybe with the 2nd floor of the buildings. You can stroll that area and is also the gateway to some of the buildings. Below it? The usual busy street. Aliw. May Statue of Liberty rin sa area.

When we got to Hello Kitty in Diver City Mall, nagulat kami sa sobrang liit nung space. No space to eat. Basta bibili ka lang ng maliliit na bread (not sure what it’s called) na may design ng Hello Kitty. We ordered na lang ice cream with the hello kitty bread. Green tea flavor syempre para masulit hahaha. So yun lang ang ipinunta namin don. Hahaha!

From Hello Kitty, we passed by Calbee+. It sells potato chips in different flavors. Since nabitin kami sa Hello Kitty, at tinawag kasi ako nung potato chips with Royce chocolate, sige na pinagbigyan na namin si Calbee+ hehehe. We shared a seat with a stranger. She also wanted to taste my order so she offered to swap 1 of her fries with one of my chips. Go! Syempre gusto ko rin. Imagine tasting 3 flavors in just 1 seating. I told her to get some more pero nahiya ata at pinanindigang isa lang ang kailangan nyang matikman hehehe.

Syempre breakfast pa lang yung sa Hello Kitty. We had lunch at the food court. I ordered ramen at one of the restaurants. I forgot the name. Mahaba kasi pila so pumila na rin ako. Masarap naman. Ang daming serving so sulit ang bayad.

From Diver City, we went straight to Ueno Park. Since late na kami nagstart that day and since medyo ine-enjoy namin ang stay in each place na pinupuntahan namin, di na namin naabutan ung ticketing office ng zoo. Di tuloy namin nakita ang panda :(. Pero di bale na. Naglibot na lang kami sa park. We were able to check out Toshogu Shrine since ito na lang ata ang bukas pa at the time we were there. In looking at some sites now, parang mas exciting pala don during cherry blossoms. Next time. The park’s is really huge. Di na namin na-cover lahat since kulang sa oras. I guess at least one day should be spent here if you want to explore the whole park since there are still a lot of temples and museums inside.

I love their parks. Full of trees, well-maintained and so wide and spacious. Ang sarap maglakad-lakad.

After Ueno Park, we dropped by Starbucks to grab some snacks and to rest a little. Nagsusumigaw na sa sakit ang mga paa namin at this point. We went home after for a much needed rest.

Pictures!

The sidewalk has a lane for bikers.

The sidewalk has a lane for bikers.

Picture taking with Hachiko

Picture taking with Hachiko

Panoramic shot of the Shibuya crossing

Panoramic shot of the Shibuya crossing

Disney Store

Disney Store

Panoramic shot of Diver City. Below this wide open space are the roads.

Panoramic shot of Diver City. Below this wide open space are the roads.

Statue of Liberty in Tokyo

Statue of Liberty in Tokyo

Look at the details of the signage. So creative.

Look at the details of the signage. So creative.

Ito talaga yung dinayo namin sa Diver City eh. Tapos ito ang aabutan namin...

Ito talaga yung dinayo namin sa Diver City eh. Tapos ito ang aabutan namin…

We ended up buying this. Desert muna...

We ended up buying this. Desert muna…

Then lunch hahaha. This is the only time I ate ramen. Ang dami nung serving. Sobrang nakakabusog.

Then lunch hahaha. This is the only time I ate ramen. Ang dami nung serving. Sobrang nakakabusog.

At one of the entrances to Ueno Park. Close na ang zoo :p

At one of the entrances to Ueno Park. Close na ang zoo :p

Toshogu Shrine. Daming tao. Di man lang ako nakatyempo to get a shot without people.

Toshogu Shrine. Daming tao. Di man lang ako nakatyempo to get a shot without people.

Omizuya (Water Purification Building). Those are used to wash your hands and rinse your mouth. There is an instruction about proper washing and rinsing.

Omizuya (Water Purification Building). Those are used to wash your hands and rinse your mouth. There is an instruction about proper washing and rinsing.

Wishes/prayers are written in these small blocks of wood.

Wishes/prayers are written in these small blocks of wood.

Stone pillars

Stone pillars

Pagoda

Pagoda

To be continued…

Day 3

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