2017 Week 49: Parties

December 4 – December 10, 2017

We had our team party last December 8. The theme was throwback high school so we had to wear our high school uniforms. Venue was at Annix’s House of Kare-kare in Quezon City. Their kare-kare and crispy pata are good! Even our foreigner boss liked it.

It was a night of raffles, presentations and of course, recognition of the employees of the year. I did not win the grand price, but I won a Php 200 Sodexo GC nyahaha. Panggrocery na rin.


↑My raffle winning and my improvised high school uniform hehe.

I needed to shop for a dress on December 9 for the party on December 10 and so I forced myself to go to Megamall early night. My friend volunteered to go with me. And forced because what I really wanted to do this day was to sleep and sleep more! I always had a hard time looking for something to wear at year end parties, that’s why sometimes in the past, I opted not going because finding something to wear stresses me out hahahaha. And so it’s the same case for this year. I won’t go if I don’t find something on Saturday night hehe. But surprise! I was able to find one.

After shopping, my friend and I went to Din Tai Fung for dinner. It was quite late so there were no more long lines. This restaurant is famous for its xia long bao. I always wanted to try it but the long lines every time I pass by the restaurant discouraged me. Good thing the universe conspired with us this day. Look at what we had! Hehehehe.

↑Taiwanese Kao Fu (Stewed spongy gluten) – this is really good! Php 245.00

↑Xiaolongbao! Php 355.00 for 10 pieces.

↑Dandan noodles with spicy sesame and peanut sauce. My least favorite among our orders. It’s too spicy for my taste. Php 175.00 per bowl.

↑Sweet and sour pork. Php 485.00 for sharing (Php 255.00 solo)

↑Golden lava salted egg yolk bun. This is so good! Php 85 or 90.00 for 2 pieces.

We had the company’s year-end party on December 10 at SMX. I attended this as well in the hopes of winning a raffle. Plus Bamboo and Ely Buendia were the main guests. I did not win anything (as always), I had shoe malfunction (the downside of not using shoes frequently), but I enjoyed Bamboo and Ely’s performances. It was good to sing along because most of the songs they sang were familiar to me hehe.


↑Bamboo on screen! Can’t get too close to the stage as there were a lot of people already.


↑Ely Buendia. We are closer to the stage when it was his time to perform.

The end for this week.

2017 Week 48: Funerals and Work Issues

November 27-December 3, 2017

I have a lot of backlogs again. But let me just itemize what I recall from this week.

  • We attended a PMI tech session last November 28. There were a lot of learnings, plus of course the yummy dinner.
  • There were deaths in both sides of the family. I know both so I wanted to visit both. The uncle from our mother side’s burial was Saturday so my going home was a timing and I was able to attend it. The other uncle on our father’s side was supposed to be buried on Sunday but the family rescheduled it to Monday. At least we were able to go there on Sunday and stay for a few hours. If there is one thing I learned from losing both parents, it is this: the presence of relatives and friends really do help in comforting the bereaved family. It’s because the people who usually come are those who have been touched by a departed loved one and it’s good to hear stories about them during the wake. So I really make an effort to visit relatives and friends in times like this.
  • Work was extremely frustrating. I almost made a drastic move on Saturday because it was so stressful. I’ve had my share of stressful days but this is the worst in recent years. I was supposed to be on leave on December 4, however, starting Saturday night, we were in a call discussing an issue. We were done at 3AM on Sunday, just enough for me to get ready since the van we rented was going to pick us at 4AM as the other funeral was 3 hours away from home. I was composing emails on the way while there was still signal. In the afternoon, I was back in the call with them and stayed in the call as long as signal allowed when we were already travelling back to Baguio. I just dropped out of the call when I went to mass. I was a little guilty because this was supposed to be family time but I was too tired and sleepy to go around with my siblings. I remember I was just sleeping at my uncle’s sala the whole morning. Good thing that there were still a few people visiting in the morning haha.
  • The day’s saving grace was a very quick date night with the BF. Quick because I had to travel back to Manila because of the issues. We just went out for dinner. I was able to unwind a bit and not think about work even just for a short while.

↑Some relatives from Mama’s side.

↑Clingy much.

↑Dinner is served.

The end for this week.


Backlogs coming in 4…3…2…1…

Wait, parang mali na naman ang bilang ko ng week number ah. Anyway, time to catch up with posts hehehe.

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