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

2017 Week 41: Weekend Support | KDrama | Warts Removal

October 2-8, 2017

We launched the system to at least 2,000 employees (1/8 of the total PH population) last October 7 so I had to stay home for weekend support in case the system decides it wants to cause us a little panic and headache after all the testing we did prior implementation. Thankfully, the system is behaving until now (knock on wood). Either nobody has used it yet or the system can be left on its own now. I prefer the later. Let’s see once the next pay period comes close when people start cramming for correction of schedules and punches.

And because I am expected to stay at home last weekend, I decided to visit the dermatologist for warts removal hehehe. The procedure was a little painful and smelly (hello burned skin). It lasted for almost 2 hours for the face, neck and chest area. And you cannot wet the affected areas for 24 hours. You also have to avoid fish, chicken and eggs. Since she mentioned fish, maybe everything seafood is also included. Ok. No skin care products except for the post warts cream (which doesn’t smell good haha) for at least 2 to 3 days. Tiis ganda talaga besh. But I also cannot ignore the wart that decided to grow in my eyelid. Medyo irritating sya at baka mas lalong lumaki so pinatanggal ko na lang. It’s also advisable din daw to have diamond peel after. Ok…

So what else is there to do if you can’t go malling? Watch KDrama! I started watching Love in the Moonlight hehe. Di naman lamay levels. I am disciplining myself to not watch until the wee hours of the morning. Until 12AM lang ang cut-off ko. 1AM, max na yun. I’ll finish by next weekend hehe.

Love-In-The-Moonlight

↑Image from here. Kilig much! Hihihi!

That’s it. The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 40: Weekend in Baguio

September 25-October 1, 2017

I went home to Baguio last Friday, September 29, after shift. I did not have any specific agenda but since my friend was also in town for the weekend, we planned to meet up for some food trip. BOOM! Hehe. And so, off to food trip on Saturday.

I brought with me my nieces para mas masaya kahit ang kulit-kulit ng bulilit.

First stop. Arca’s Yard. I’ve heard about this place a long time ago but didn’t get the chance to visit it sooner hehe.

It is one of those old houses converted to a restaurant.

After lunch, we went to SM Baguio to buy some stuff and look around. My niece rode the carousel.

Our high school guidance counselor saw us and we were so surprised she still remembers our names! We had a good time exchanging stories that lasted for almost an hour.

Next pit stop for dinner was Oh My Gulay (OMG). OMG is a vegetarian restaurant and an art space in one.

We called it a night after dinner.

On Sunday, my sisters and our auntie went to visit another aunt who is sick. She has been to the ICU in September but is miraculously out, alive and kicking. She stays in bed most of the time but is still strong, can still eat and walk a bit with some assistance. Apart from the medicines, I think it’s her willpower to live that she’s still strong despite being sick.

I went back to Manila on Sunday night, after a quick dinner with the BF. He was sick and can’t stay longer so he went home right after dinner. Hay isa pa tong mamang ‘to.

Pictures!

↑With my bodyguards…ay dabarkads  😀

↑Selfie pa more.

↑Arca’s Cloud tea. Ang sarap! With cream and honey.

↑Pumpkin soup. A little sweet. I’ll try to make this. Mahal lang kasi ang pumpkin hahaha.

↑Pesto pasta. Yummy!

↑Longganisa meal for the kiddo. Ubos nya yan. Big gutom ang growing kid.

↑Banana split for the teenager! Ito lang talaga order nya!

↑Their famous camote pie and what’s left of it before we remembered to take a picture! Hahaha!

↑My food trip buddies.

↑Igorot gongs. I wonder how much these cost now.

↑They also have an area for these padlocks.

↑The sisters.

↑Aba, nawiwili ang isang ‘to dito ah. No na next time.

↑The one in the middle was our Guidance Counselor in High School. And she still remembers our complete names hahaha! Tinawag talaga kami sa complete names namin nung nakita kami kaloka hahaha!

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↑Dinner at Oh My Gulay.

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↑This is called Heneral Kabute in their menu. Sarap!

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↑Super pitsy-peachy (crepe stuffed with peaches)

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↑Pancit gulay ni pepe. They really have catchy names on their menu hehe.

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↑We were there at night and it was quite crowded because there was an exhibit so it was hard to take pictures of the whole place.

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↑Dinner buddies. The guy is my brother. Natunugang lumalamon kami somewhere so hinanap kami hahahaha. Hindi pa expert ang shy na teenager.

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↑Sunday with my eldest sister, our nieces, and our grandchild. Kamusta naman ang mga lola hahahaha.

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↑Maiiwan ang mga bata dahil adulting ang mga adults aka we were visiting a sick relative that day.

↑My 2 sisters and our auntie (mom’s sister). Breakfast first at Jack’s Restaurant, one of my favorite restaurants in Baguio because of its affordable meals. And no, we did not plan our color-coordinated outfits hehehe.

Naabutan na itong pang week 40 ng another weekend, hence, happy weekend hehehehe.

The end.

What’s Cooking: Baked Fish Fillet

Baked Fish Fillet

Notes:

  • Recipe from here. This recipe had me at cream cheese hahaha!
  • It’s still a little salty for my taste. I think my taste buds adjusted and has lower tolerance for salty foods now. I will really really go easy on salt in all my future cooking, I think especially with fish because they absorb salt quickly.

My version:

Baked Cream Dory 1

↑The pack I bought is around 1 KL. I divided it into 6 pieces. I’ll add more mixed vegetables next time so that I don’t need to pair it with another dish.

Baked Cream Dory 2

↑Closer look. Cream cheese is love hihihi.

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