2017 Week 45: Baguio and Manila Errands

October 30 – November 4, 2017

October 30

My brother said he wanted to see the tiles that I was eyeing so that we can have a better estimate on how many pieces should be purchased. And so off we went back to the tile center on Monday.

We also dropped by a shop that specializes on glasses for quotations on the following: glass top for the dining table, sliding glass door to separate the shower area and toilet in the bathroom as I don’t want to use a shower curtain, glass doors for the bookshelves, and bathroom mirrors. And it’s expensive. Everything is expensive hahahaha! So, I need to prioritize which one to get first. I’m guessing it should be the sliding door hehehe but this is the most expensive of them all nyahahaha!

↑ Quotations for the sliding glass door, glass top, and book shelf door. Parang glass top lang ang mabibili ko for now hahahaha. Yung book shelf kasi, 3 na ganon ang kailangan ko eh wahahahaha. Tapos yung sliding door, ganon din talaga kamahal?! Kaloka! Pero bet ko pa rin hihihi.

Next stop was lunch at Good Taste, as always hehe.

After a super late lunch, my niece and I continued with our canvassing tasks while my brother went to the wet market to buy stuff for November 1.

My niece and I went to a furniture shop to check out customized cushion and seat cover for my simple sofa. They quoted us with almost Php 6K for the materials and service. 6K?!!!! That’s almost as good as buying a new sala set, I think. I just need the damn cushions with removable seat cover so that I can launder it once in a while. Kaloka. I tried to ask a tailoring shop if they sew cushion covers. Yes daw. I just need to provide the cloth. Php 250 per piece for the sewing service eh I only have 2 pieces because the foam I want is a rectangular one, one for the seat and one for the backrest. Hah! So off we went to shops that sell cloth. Average per yard for seat covers is at Php 200.00. Next was to check Uratex foams hehe. After computing, I’ll spend almost Php 6K for a foam, 2 sets of seat cover, and 1 queen size 3-inch Uratex foam that is good for 2 sofas. Ayan, semi-DIY na nga lang hehe. I’ll check Divisoria for the cloth.

This year, I’ll be more generous with my gifts to my young nieces, nephew and grandchildren. I’m getting them several items from their wish list which I asked them to put together. I want them to have at least 3 gifts to open on Christmas hehe. Our family is not really into gift-giving because of budget constraints. But it’s also nice to have them experience it  at home once in a while. And so before going home this day, my niece and I went to SM to start scouting for potential gifts. We were able to buy a few items so yey for that. Let me just say that it’s really more challenging to shop for boys than for girls. Or sadyang hirap lang ako dahil sa limited budget ko hahaha!

We went to McDonald’s for dinner and went home after.

October 31

I lazed around the whole morning and then I spent the rest of this day wrapping the gifts that I already bought. I used old newspapers as wrappers tutal pupunitin rin lang naman if bubuksan hehe.

November 1

Undas. We cooked a little and us siblings gathered at our parents’ home for lunch. We also lighted candles, offered prayers and flowers. No cemetery visits for us because as practiced by our elders, our loved ones who passed away are usually buried in our backyards.

For the past days that I went to town, my niece and grandchildren always watched me get ready so they were pestering me to put some make up on them too. I’m not an expert. CC cream, powder, lipstick lang naman. Minsan konting ayos ng kilay pag sinipag. Pero gusto rin daw nila so sige pagbigyan. And pictorial after hehehe.

↑ Niece.

↑ Grandchild 1

↑ Grandchild 2. We were laughing here because I asked her to crisscross her legs and she kept on almost falling hahaha!

↑ Kanya-kanyang posing na gaya-gaya rin hahaha. Same shades used on all 3 because I don’t have a make up collection ya know. Hehe.

↑ The serious nephew. Medyo wala sa mood na dito hahaha!

It was time to go back to Manila in the evening. I requested the BF to meet me at the terminal so we can spend even just an hour or 2 before I leave for Manila. We had dinner at Andoks to kill time.

Weekend

I went to my colleague’s salon for a rebond. To be honest, I already want to stop it but the unruly hair can’t be tamed. Ang hirap ayusin hahaha. So let’s see again after 1.5 years hehe.

I also went to the mall to continue with my shopping. I was able to buy shoes for the nephew. Ang mahal to think na naka-sale sya huhuhu. But that is fine. There may be an event next year where he’ll need leather shoes so at least he’s ready hahaha.

I also dropped by the grocery to replenish the ref.

The end.

And done with my backlog hehe. Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 44: Baguio Errands

October 23-29, 2017

Basic cardigans were on sale at H&M when I dropped by the store.

↑ These were on sale for Php 599.00 each from the original price of I think Php 799.00. Still expensive but the quality is good (hopefully) so I bought 3 in basic colors hehehe. I want the rest of the colors but I need to control myself from going overboard hahaha!

I took a leave on October 30, so I went home to Baguio early morning of October 28. Aside from October 30 being sandwiched with the holidays, I need more days to spend in Baguio form some errands.

October 28

We went to different construction shops to look for tiles, paints and bathroom fixtures. I am repainting my room and finally pushing through with the installation of my room’s bathroom hehe. After a million years, mayayari na rin! Ubusan nga lang ng pera. Huhu. Pero sige na para matapos na.

I saw some prospects and I was satisfied with all of them. I showed them to my brothers and they all agreed that those are good choices. Sana maganda rin kalalabasan once everything is installed.

↑ My companions that day. We were not able to finish the viand. I forgot to ask whether their servings are to share or for single order, hence the amount of food for 3 people hehe. We brought home the leftover.

↑ The fixtures that I’m eyeing.

↑ My peg for the bathroom’s wall tiles. These are a bit expensive but there were no other tiles calling me so as of this writing, this is what I’m getting.

October 29

Spent most of the time this day sorting through my things because I need to empty my more than 20 year old cabinet since I want to apply polyurethane varnish to it to preserve it. I had wall problems aka water seeping into my walls and my cabinet got wet so molds were forming. The saddest thing is that, most of the pictures I kept in that cabinet were ruined huhuhu. Those were my graduation pictures! Hay yay yay.

I also need to vacate my room and transfer all my things to the other room in preparation for the repainting. You see, 5 years ago, I made the mistake of painting my room with several colors hehe. I now find it too “busy” and not really relaxing, hence the change of heart. It’s expensive, but I want a room that has a more peaceful vibe. My chosen color now is whipple blue from Boysen/Titan. It’s bluish-gray in their catalog. I hope it’s as pretty when it’s already applied in the room. Crossing my fingers.

I went to attend mass in the afternoon, and then some quality time with the BF after. For a change, there was no need to rush to catch a trip back to Manila. And since we had the time, we went to John Hay this time! We had dinner at the Bistro at Hill Station and then coffee after at Starbucks.

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↑ Busog lusog hehe!

The end.

2017 Week 43: Eating, BDJ Event, and a Baptism

October 16-22, 2017

I am so behind in my weekly blogging. Work is still keeping me busier than usual and even though I have some time to blog, I just don’t have the energy to do it plus I don’t want to open my laptop anymore when I’m at home hehe.

And so here’s an attempt to document the past weeks.

Last October 21, a friend and I went to Malate to try out Sinsun Samgyupsal. They serve unlimitted BBQ and shabu-shabu. These have different rates. We opted to have the pork and beef BBQ. We paid Php 580.00. And there goes my first no-pork violation hahaha.

We then went to Shangri-la after and dropped by the Belle De Jour event (launch of 2018 BDJ planners). My only purpose was to buy a planner because there’s a 20% discount when you buy it at the event. There were some freebies but some weren’t already available because that was late afternoon already. We were able to get Potato Corner fries in a teeny tiny cup, and Pascual yogurt. I added the yogurt in my smoothie the next morning and it was soooo yummy.

On Sunday, October 22, I attended the baptism of my new godchild. He is a former colleague’s baby. She’s my nth godchild. I need to update my list of godchildren hehe.

Here are some pictures.

↑ The Samgyupsal entrance

↑ We are seated at the right side upon entering the establishment. That’s the left side.

↑ Some starters. This is unlimited as well.

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↑ Egg dish

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↑ Grilling! Not in picture are the cup of rice and the greens which we used to wrap all these meat. So yummy!

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↑ Soup. Also unlimited.

↑ 2018 BDJ planner

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↑ Cake in a jar – souvenir from the baptism

↑ Ice cream for dessert! It was unusually hot that day.

The end.

2017 Week 42: Weekend With Friends

October 9-15, 2017

My work has been more hectic the past week. More projects were added to my plate to oversee. And it has all been issues left and right. It pisses me off most of the time but I know that this too shall pass. But it’s still draining all my energy and skewing my sleep for the past weeks.

Anyway, moving on.

I met with my babies last October 14 for an afternoon of catching up and supporting one of them in her journey to becoming a financial advisor. Babies because I was their big sister when they first entered the work force. One even calls me mama bear haha. We’ve known one another for about 10 years now. While we are all busy with our own lives, we make it a point to at least meet once a year hahaha. We would like it to be more often but our schedules don’t align most of the time. To compensate for that, we have our private FB group chat where we catch up once in a while.

I am proud of what they’ve all become. Each one is writing her own colorful story. And whatever paths we choose for our lives, I know that we’ll be cheering for each other forever.

On Sunday, another friend and I was supposed to join a fun run. However, it was drizzling when we left Pasig, and then the shirts that we signed up for weren’t the ones issued to us. Nagka-ubusan daw. We were disappointed further because prior race day, my friend had a hard time locating the correct place to claim the race kits. All contact numbers weren’t working. All office locations indicated in the website were closed some years ago. Kaloka. It was only when she remembered to email both organizer and sponsor and the sponsor was able to provide claim details. But it was already too late, so the next option was to claim it during race day. But on race day, that’s what happened. So we decided to not just join haha.

We went to look for a breakfast place instead and ate to our hearts’ content hahahaha!

After breakfast, we went to Divisoria where I purchased a Christmas tree and Christmas tree trimmings! I’ll use it for the Baguio home. It’s my first time to put up some Christmas decors after my parents were gone hehehe. And I am excited. I’ll bring home the stuff on my next trip home.

I spent a little over Php 3,000.00 for a 5 feet Christmas tree, ribbons, flowers, leaves, balls and lights. If in the mall, the 3K is not enough hehehe.

Finally, we bought some pears and apples for prices that are way cheaper than the malls. Hay malls haha!

SK Update: Bookshelf

Ongoing project for my home office/mini-library.

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

My brother already made 2 of these. I need one more. Or maybe not. Again, just very basic. No fancy designs. At first I wanted a glass door – the sliding type. However, I want to open the whole bookshelf if it needs general cleaning so that may not be a good idea. Maybe a glass door that’s not sliding will still work. I can also actually leave it open but then the dust…so I think enclosing it is still the best option.

See those books on the second shelf? Those are my Sweet Dreams books which I bought mostly from eBay in 2006 hehehe.

Other updates:

  1. Dining Table and Chairs
  2. Sofa | Side Table
  3. Clothes Cabinet | Bedside Table | Console Table
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