2018 Week 10: Nothing Much

March 5-11, 2018

There’s really not much last week.

At work, we were asked to do a self-study on Power BI on our own time. It’s challenging to find the time but at least, there’s something new learned after the self-study.

I learned from my brother that a cousin in the US died. Sadness. He’s still young. Well, maybe in his late 40s or early 50s but still…Naunahan pa ang nanay. At sumunod agad sa tatay who also passed away in April 2016. Sadness.

I was hoping to score a flight when Cebu Pacific had their seat sale last March 8-9 but I wasn’t lucky. The site was down the entire time I was trying. Paasa lang.

I am going home for 4 consecutive weekends starting March 16 so I booked all the needed tickets in advance, so all good on the ticket front. Pocket money na lang hehehehe.

I found an Elorde Gym near the apartment (around 20 minutes walk) but I have not yet contacted them for inquiry. Susko ang balik alindog program ko di ko pa rin talaga nasisimulan. Kamusta naman teh?!

I informed my college BFF about my December milestone and she wants to come home. Sana nga makapagbakasyon sya and her family in December! I would really want her to be there!

I was supposed to start looking for wedding checklists but I got overwhelmed with the overflowing information so I did not continue hahahaha! Next weekend na lang uli if may time. I need a hashtag though, I think. I asked 2 friends to help me with that.

And that’s really it.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 9: Weekend At Home | Panagbenga | New Room Paint

February 26 – March 4, 2018

I went home to Baguio last weekend for some R&R and a special errand.

I left Manila on Friday evening and arrived in Baguio after 3.5 hours! I booked at JoyBus so that the route will be SCTEX and TPLEX without stopovers.

The very first thing I did as soon as I arrived was to check on my newly painted room. I love how it turned out. It’s waaaayyyy more relaxing than its multi-colored predecessor. While it was expensive to redo it, I’m glad I pushed for this project.

The color is a lighter version of whipple blue from Titan Paint’s brochure. The painters mixed 3 color options and my brother picked the best choice from there. Basta I loved how it turned out kasi ang aliwalas talaga and nakaka-relax yung color.



↑Fresh paint.


↑My black and white bathroom. Still need a divider. Ang mahal ng initial quote hmp.

I spent a few hours on Saturday morning putting things back in my room. I am so back in my room hahaha!

My nieces and one of my grandchildren went out in the afternoon for some Session Road in Bloom experience. But first, lunch at Jack’s Restaurant. My auntie met us too.


↑The kid in the middle turned 7 last March 5, hence, she’s now included in the cast of the regulars who always come with me to gallivant hahahaha!


↑Sundae for a hot day.



↑Photo ops and a quick break from all that walking.

In the evening, the little ones went home with my sister and brother-in-law while my aunt, teenager niece and I stayed behind for the night market hihihi!


↑Waiting for the night market to start at 9PM. Literal palang night ang simula nito hahahaha!

There were a lot of nice pieces but not for my size hahahaha. Saklap. But I was able to buy an outfit for my niece’s confirmation in April. Sya talaga nakinabang bilang ang payat nya hahahaha. Even my aunt was a little sad because wala rin syang mahanap na cardigan hahaha. Ako jogging pants na tig bente lang naman ang hanap ko. Merong isa wahahaha.

On Sunday, I invited some aunties and uncles for an early birthday lunch and for an announcement hihihi.


↑My sweet nephew brought a cake, which unfortunately I was not able to taste as we got busy after lunch. Well, I ate two of the cherries hehe.

The BF and I had dinner before my 9PM trip. We ate at Pizza Hut because it is near the terminal and there were still seats available. We were on the right side of the city, and near the window, therefore we had a glimpse of the fireworks that officially closed the Panagbenga 2018.

RM2 (03-04-2018)

The announcement? Suffice to say that someone needs to take dieting seriously and that same someone also needs to start planning for a wedding  😀  😛 .

RM1 (03-04-2018)

↑12282018  🙂 #Maghahashtagdinbakami?

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 8: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

February 19-25, 2018

I’ve seen a lot of posts about the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. Nainggit ako so pumunta rin ako after my shift last Tuesday. Daming books! I arrived around 2AM so medyo konti mga tao. I went straight to the Business and Economics section. Don ako medyo maraming nabili. I roamed around for 3 hours. Kung hindi lang ako antok at hindi worried na maabutan ng traffic, I would have stayed longer as in until mid-morning pa hehe. Kaso kailangan ko rin matulog eh haha. Ayun lang, di ko nachambahan yung pagrerestock ata nila. Everything that I’ve seen from friends’ posts na sabi ko hahanapin ko rin, di ko makita. Or siguro dahil sa dami ng books, hilong talilong din talaga ako hahahaha! I also bought a few items from the home and garden section.


↑First batch. 12 books. Php 3,180.00. Not bad no? To think na most of these are business books and most are also hardbound. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is for my niece. The rest is for me.

I went for the second time last Sunday. Huling hirit. This time, I visited the Children’s section and cook book. Marami pang books don. However, I can’t think of anyone to give it to. Puro activity books na ang binigay ko sa mga pamangkin ko before. I just bought two books for my niece who likes to read. When I went to the cook book area, naku hilong talilong uli hahahahaha. I wanted them all bigla! But I had to restrain myself and just picked up a few on baking and deserts.


↑Second batch. 5 books. Php 1,460.00. Because I love desserts and because my teenager niece seem to be interested in baking. It will be a great bonding time for us. The 2 thin books at the bottom are for my other niece again. She loves to read so I’d like to encourage her more by buying books for her, which I don’t mind because eventually, mahihiram din ng future kid/s ko hehe. Yun talaga yun eh :p.


↑Shopping bag. Naaliw ako sa quote hehe.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish reading all these books. Sana mabasa ko sila in this lifetime hehehe.

I think I will…I hope actually hahaha, because last weekend, I was able to finish one. So nabawasan ang unread stash ko, even if the book I read was not one of those I bought from the book sale. Pinahiram din lang sa akin. I need to return it na so binasa ko sya haha.


↑Last weekend’s read.

The end.

2018 Week 7: Happy Chinese New Year!

February 12-18, 2018

Last Wednesday, February 14 was Ash Wednesday so I attempted to wake up early to attend mass, which I successfully did even with just a few hours of sleep.

I was soooo looking forward to the holiday last Friday. I was planning to leave the office early, which did not happen unfortunately. I was waiting for a ride home when I was startled because of the fireworks. Well, it was already 12AM, that’s why. Happy Chinese New Year!

My friend and I went to Binondo supposedly for some food trip. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people and all the restaurants are full. What were we thinking? Hahahaha! So after dropping by the supermarket that sells cheaper apple cider vinegar, we decided to just leave. On our way towards Binondo church, the parade has already started. We saw Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the reigning Mr. and Miss Chinatown. We went towards Quintin Paredes Street where we booked Uber to bring us back to Makati hahahaha. So titas. Suko agad sa crowd.


↑Calamansi in pots! I was amazed, but I was sad because it was expensive hahaha. The small one is Php 1,700.00 while the big one is Php 3,500.00. I’ll just buy a small one then let it grow haha.

Binondo (02-16-2018)

↑I was able to capture the reigning (?) Miss Chinatown but was not able to see the Mr. because we were busy navigating the streets to get out hehe.

Since it was already almost 3PM when we reached Makati, we decided to just avail of Dad’s merienda because of more choices (as always) for a cheaper price at Php 258.00 per pax.

We went home after because we got really exhausted because of the heat and crowd hahahaha.

The rest of the days were spent at home, except when I went to mass, to Din Tai Fung for takeout of xia long bao, and to the grocery for green mangoes!


↑Lanterns at Shangri-la Mall.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 6: The BF’s Visit

February 5-11, 2018

For a change, it was the BF who came to Manila for a visit. I picked him up at the terminal last Monday at dawn. We spent the day in SM MOA for some window shopping, sunset watching, and meeting up with her nieces for dinner. We then proceeded to Shangri-la Mall so that I can introduce him to my high school BFF.

He had to go back home on Monday night though. It was a short visit but it was better than nothing at all.

RM (02-05-2018)

ManilaBaySunset (02-05-2018)

↑Manila Bay sunset. Sunrises and sunsets will always be magical to me.

The new director came on board last Wednesday, and so on Thursday, we went to the Glorietta site for several presentations. The bonus was that we had free dinner at TGIF hehe.

My teammates and I also went out to grab a drink at Whistlestop in BGC. On a Friday dawn. Because, why not? Hehehe. Nagsiksikan kaming pito sa kotse ni teammate. Nagkasya kami. Maluwag pa nga eh hahahaha.


↑Strawberry margarita. Yum yum!


↑Pampabata. Another yum yum!

On Saturday, I accompanied my fried for the first maintenance checkup of her car. We spent 5 hours at the shop. Not the best customer experience. Lots of patience needed. But we commend the new employee who has been so accommodating and apologetic for the shortcomings of her teammates.

We watched Fifty Shades Freed in the afternoon and had dinner at Tramway only because we can’t decide what to eat hehe. The simplest is to go buffet so that you’ll have options and just pick those that you’re craving for at the moment. And Tramway because it’s friendly on the pocket at Php 258.00 per pax.

The end.

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