2017 Week 17: Weekend Malling and Shopping

April 17-23, 2017

It was my brother’s birthday yesterday. Belated happy birthday kapatid!

Work has been generally peaceful, or so I thought. The storm came on Sunday, which did not allow us to sleep the whole night. Come Monday, bangag what else. KJ talaga. We can’t afford NOT to fix it because it affects Payroll. Soooo…..puyat kung puyat.

Pero nakakapraning because a friend’s ex- officemate collapsed last Friday in their office. She was brought to the hospital but she did not survive. The reason? They were so stressed the passed weeks because of an event. They were required to render extended work hours and report the next day on their usual work hours. Puyat + pagod + maybe other health issues = stressed much. And then here we were on Sunday….So guys and myself, wag abusuhin ang katawan kahit feeling natin kaya natin. Better be safe than sorry.

Anyway, weekend.

I went out on Saturday to apply for a PLDT myDSL subscription. I was thinking of not getting one anymore after my previous internet provider conked out due to obstruction in the area but I think I still need to have a connection at home. While I can use my phone, it’s still unstable and if work calls, I don’t want to rush to the office just to have stable connection. So there, hopefully, my application will be approved.

I met up with my friend because she wants to chill after learning what happened to her officemate. Actually, she came from the funeral parlor before we met and she wanted to shake off some bad vibes. We went to Chilli’s for some nachos, soup, salad and unlimited margarita.

On Sunday, I went to mass early and then proceeded to Baclaran after to get some goodies to be sold by my sister-in-law. I wasn’t able to buy briefs. Wala akong makitang maganda. Di ko na mahanap si nanay na pinagbilhan ko months ago.

I went to Megamall after to look for office blouses. Unfortunately, some of my blouses need to retire because while they are still usable, most of them are already showing wear and tear. Mga 3-5 years old na rin kasi mostly. Luckily, those that I found were on 20% discount.

I met with my friend again and we went to S&R this time. It was the last day of my membership yesterday and I wanted to buy the Ariel 3KG and Muesli before my card expires as I don’t have plans of renewing it this year hehehehe. Di ko kasi nasusulit naman at nakakatempt lang gumastos.

Then ayun nga, Sunday to sawa, work work work work work para sa ekonomiya. Pak!

Btw, sino excited na sa additional April 28 holiday?! Syempre isa ako don dahil more days to sepnd in Baguio again at magbutingting ng kung ano sa bahay.

Have a great week ahead.

Bow.

Clam chowder. This was sooo good. I’ll try to make one at home hehehehe. Masarap ang mga soup lalo na sa Baguio.

Salad – greens with chicken, potato strings and cheese.

Unlimited margarita. Cheers!

2017 Week 16: Holy Week Break

April 10-16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I was still on SL on Monday so I just went to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I left Manila for Baguio on Wednesday at 2 PM. Late na ako sa 30 minutes policy ni Joy Bus, pero late din kasi ang bus nila kaya siguro pinagbigyan ako hahaha. Pero pag siguro hindi late ang bus nila, naku siguro naiwan na ako!

A childhood friend was going back to Canada and he was having a despidida party that night. I was still undecided during the whole trip. But when I learned that my other friend was dropping by, we arranged to meet at 8 PM and go together to my other friend’s house. I reached Baguio at 7 PM and went to SM to buy some stuff because I forgot my Baguio cabinet key in Manila hehehehe.

We reached their place past 9 PM because it was hard to get a taxi grrr. It was good to see my friend looking healthy (he had health issues last year) and it was good to see him again! While we only chatted for a few minutes, it was good to reconnect with him and the rest of the people from my childhood who were also there.

Thursday was meant for doing nothing. My nieces came and played at home all day so my home was filled with happy shrieks (and sometimes cries hehehe). I just let them be. Ginawa lang namang swimming pool ang sala ko hahahaha.

On Friday, my niece wanted to bake so we went to the grocery for the ingridients. It was just a very quick trip given it was Good Friday.

My brother and I also discussed all the furnitures I want made this year. We took measurements of the areas so that we know the custom sizes of the furniture. I thought it will be just a simple task but it took us 3 hours to finish discussing and getting measurements for 6 furniture (seat, table, cabinets). I can’t wait for these pieces to be completed para naman mas magmukhang bahay ang kingdom ko hehehehe.

On Saturday, we hiked Mt. Cabuyao. I have a separate post here.

From Mt. Cabuyao, we went to a cousin’s house for her despidida party. Yes, another despidida hehehe.

My trip back to Manila was April 17 12:30 AM so I decided to just attend the afternoon Easter mass. I did some cleaning in the morning. The kiddos were in the house again. I just told them to stay in one of the rooms so as not to interrupt what I was doing.

There were a lot of shouting. I also sometimes shout when I correct their Filipino terms. I need to, otherwise they won’t hear me because of their combined loud voices hahaha.

After mass, the BF and I went to Good Taste for dinner. In the 4 days that I was at home, this was the only time we met. The Holy Week is one of his busiest so I stay out of his way as long as I can hihihi.

Some pictures!

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Swimming daw. That’s my empty living room!

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Hats on a hot day.

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Dinner at Good Taste. This was the only picture we had that night because we were discussing serious matters aka future plans. And no, we did not plan on wearing blue at the same time. Lastly, we did not eat everything. There were a lot of leftovers for take out. 😛 😛 😛

And that wraps up my Holy Week break.

Thank you, Lord for the time spent with family and friends during this break. Please continue to guide me as I decide for what I want in my future. Guide me so that the decisions I make are based on the plans you have for me. Amen.

2017 Week 15: Sick

April 3 – 9, 2017

I can’t remember any significant things that happened last week. Maybe there’s really none in the first place, except that I got sick. It started with headaches on Monday. I thought it was just one of those normal headaches I get when it’s all meetings in a day but I still got it on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. I was beginning to panic because it looks like it’s not flu. But on Thursday night, I already had fever, so it was flu after all. Whew. So the flu kept me home until Monday and I was able to do nothing last weekend except to nurse the flu. And I am still afraid to get myself checked at the hospital hehehe.

The end.

Have a meaningful Holy Week.

2017 Week 14: Rest | Shopping Through Friends

March 27 – April 2, 2016

Work
Our boss treated the whole team to a slice of Mango Bravo from Conti’s. The cake is for the 3 of us who celebrated our birthdays last March. Thanks boss and employer.

And let me just commend Conti’s Robinson’s Magnolia pala. When we ordered, we requested 3 of the cake slices to have candles but I think the staff forgot so no cakes with candles were served. When we were paying the bill, our boss provided feedback to the manager (looks like she’s the manager). The manager took the names of the celebrants and then a few minutes later, they brought out another cake with candle for the 3 of us. Winner customer service. And so, I had another slice of cake which served as my breakfast the next day. Ang healthy hehehehe.

The extra cake 😀 😀 😀

We were invited by HP Philippines to their event on Friday. It was held at Fairmont Hotel. I was not too excited about it because payday Friday is a deadly combination to go out early and into one of the busiest business districts in Metro Manila. But it is work and maybe there is something new to learn.

They talked about their new offering called Device as a Service (DaaS). The gist is, you go into contract with them and they provide all device requirements, take care of support and maintenance, until asset disposal by the time you need to refresh your devices. All assets they provide will not be part of your assets list though. Something new indeed but it was another team from our company who would have benefited from it.

The food was great though so that compensates the need to wake up early and be stuck in traffic on the way back to the office. Nadaan na naman ako sa food hehehehe.

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Hotel lobby

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This art is entitled “Ylang Ylang” but I cannot read what it’s made of in the picture.

Now the shopping part. S&R was on sale last week. A friend’s site/office was beside S&R Shaw. She showed me what they bought. I asked her to buy me spam tocino. She asked if I want to split with her a pack of Dial soap and Treseme conditioner. Yes, of course. Dali kong kausap.

They went back the next day. Pepero was on sale. E di buy me too, please ang peg ko.

Another friend is vacationing in Canada. They were at an outlet store. She saw an Adidas Superstar and she remembered that I was looking for one when we were in Japan last year. She messaged me in FB. I don’t know but for some reason, I woke up at around 5:30 AM, an hour after she messaged. Susko talaga. Ewan ko kung bakit nagising ako bigla eh normally, tulog na tulog ako at this hour.

She was willing to buy one for me. Enabler ang friend ko hahaha. I told her I was now lemming for a Stan Smith with gold, blue, or red print. If it’s not in those colors, that’s fine, no need to buy. But it looks like they were going around outlet stores because a few minutes later, she was able to buy one in gold. Hihihi! The shoe is now in her balikbayan box on its way to Manila. But I will only see it after 8 weeks hehehe.

Weekend

I was not really feeling well so except for doing the laundry, I was sleeping, playing games or watching TV most of the time while drinking water with ginger.

I planned on checking out the S&R sale myself but aside from not feeling well, thinking of all the shopping done on my behalf made me abort the plan. Nakakahiya na talaga sa wallet ko.

I cooked one of the span tocino pala. Parang too sweet? Or maybe it’s just me. What I don’t like naman about the other variety is it’s too salty for my taste even if I get the one with less sodium.

Lastly, I need to take dieting seriously now. As in SERIOUSLY. Paano ba ito?! Hay Mylene, push!!!! Bahala ka. Kung hindi, ikaw rin mahihirapn o mamomroblema.

The end.

O sya. Have a great remainder of the week.

2017 Week 13: Birthday Celebrations | Realization | Family Bonding

March 20-26, 2017

Work

I’m not sure if there were other issues reported since I left the office last March 22. I’m not checking until now. I just asked some of my teammates to do this and that shoud issues arise. I was touched because they asked me to just enjoy my birthday leave and they’ll take care of everything while I was gone.

Thank you, teammates. Malay nyo paggising ko bukas, feeling generous na ako at bibigay na ako sa ice cream na hinihiling nyo hahahaha!

Weekend

My “weekend” started last March 23. Thank you, boss for approving my request. I was supposed to work from home on March 24 because of the newly deployed system. But upon learning that there were no issues since I left, I requested my boss to just extend my leave on the 24th. Thanks again, boss!

I have a separate post here for our birthday celebration just because.

On Friday, I brought my niece with me on my errands. She did not have classes so she was free to join me. Her teenager sister had their last day of exams last Friday so she cannot join us.

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Kulitan with the kulit

On Friday night, I told my niece that we can go out on Saturday morning to buy ingredients so that she can bake something that she knows. Ano ang sagot sa akin ng teenager? Ayaw daw nya at di nya feel mag-bake kinabukasan. Naloka ang titang naninibago sa teenager niece hahaha.

But since I still wanted to bond with her kasi teenager na nga and I want to get to know her teenage self, I still asked if she would like to go out on Saturday. Mas gusto daw nya yun. Since this day was for her, I asked her what she wanted to do. Food trip daw. Hanep na yan. May nalalaman na silang food trip ngayon.

So food trip it is on Saturday, but not before she completed her chores at home in the morning. We were able to eat/buy and eat at home 5 out of 8 in the list.

Look at the list! I asked her to be more specific where to eat those kaya ganyan kadetalye hahaha. Wrong spelling lang si siomai :p.

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Ang mahiwagang food trip list 😀 😀 😀

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First stop at Jack’s restaurant for fried chicken and lumpiang shanghai.

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Next stop was at McDonald’s for caramel sundae.

Syempre ang bunsong sutil, di talaga yan magpapatalo sa ate. We asked her to just stay home on Saturday kasi nga naisama ko na sya ng Friday. Aba hindi daw kasi wala naman daw syang nakain sa mga nasa list nung Friday. Iba raw kinain nya. At mas nauna pang maligo at magbihis kesa sa aming dapat lalabas hahaha!

Pero how can tita say no? I’m taking advantage of every opportunity kasing clingy pa sila sa akin because I’m sure darating ang time na di na sila sasama sa akin hahaha!

But actually, the original plan for Saturday was for us to hike Mt. Cabuyao. However, someone died in our barangay and as per practice, we cannot just pass by their home anytime, especially that the burial was last Saturday afternoon. As in, pag dumaan kami don pag uuwi na, we have to make sure that at least na tapos na ang libing. So wag na lang muna. Maybe we can do that on Holy Week instead.

Sunday was lunch with siblings at Good Taste. Ang dami ata namin na-order at medyo malaki ang bill ko. Pero sa dami ng inorder namin, mura pa rin yun sa lagay na yun hahaha. It is always noisy when my nieces and nephew are together but it’s a happy noise so I can tolerate that hahaha.

My childhood friend who now lives in another municipality in Benguet was in Baguio with her son so we met up at church and I asked her to join us for lunch for more chika time hehehehe.

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Baby B! Medyo big boy na.

About my realization…the moment I arrived home on Thursday, I felt something that I have been waiting to feel comfortable about for the longest time. I guess it means I’m now ready if ever it happens. We’ll see how it turns out this year.

Ok, I think that is everything for last week.

2017 Week 12: Work Updates | Birthdays | Movie and Shopping

March 13-19, 2017

Today is March 20. Happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! Missing you and Mama always.

I received another news from my niece last week but that will be for another post.

Work

While it was not a seamless implementation because there were some things that we missed, we were able to fix what needs to be fixed. And it has been so quiet since after we sent out that advise that the system is already accessible. While I’d like to rejoice, I’m also panicking a little because I know that people will again do what they are supposed to do close to the deadline and that’s where questions will come in. And that deadline is this Thursday, on my birthday, where I so wanted to take a leave. The least I could do is to request their directors to upload and verify as early as they can.

On the other side of things, at least I’m now on a new project.

Weekend

A friend and I watched Beauty and the Beast! What a fantastic movie. Emma Watson is all grown-up and I must say, she’s a brilliant actress. And I didn’t know she can sing! I’m a little sad for the beast/prince because he has a little exposure as the good-looking prince hehehehe.

Since the birthday is fast approaching, we went to Dohtonbori Greenhills after for an early dinner. I saw their version of 4 cheese pizza in my FB feed last October 2016 and I wanted to try it since then and I finally had that chance last weekend.

We tried 4 dishes: Beef gyudon, Umigo okonomiyaki, Quatro Formaggi, and Mixed monjayaki. Everything was so flavorful and yummy!

Since I booked for a table reservation via the Booky mobile app around 3 hours prior, and since our bill reached Php 1,000.00, we were entitled to a Php 100 discount. A discount is still a discount!  😉

We went back to Megamall to look for some sweets. We were looking for ice cream when we saw Magnum and Magnum it is. I can’t remember the last time I ate this but it’s been more than a year for sure. And I’m good not to taste it again for years after last Sunday hehehe.

I checked out some office blouses and I was able to buy 2 out of the many that I tried. The blouses were also at 10% off so again, a discount is still a discount hehe. I need to replace some of the blouses I own because of obvious wear and tear…

I went home after to catch the Sunday shows until the wee hours of the morning. Bad habit on a Sunday given that Monday is a workday. Also, I saw some items in O Shopping that I wanted – the ilo multi cooker set and the Pasabahce dinnerware. Not good for my wallet. Today, I tried searching for reviews of the products but I cannot find one so my interest is slowly diminishing hahaha. Good! But I still want the multi cooker set hehehehe.

Anyway, pictures.

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By the entrance

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Some wall decors

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This is Umigo, the Five Seafood Okonomiyaki. I forgot to take a picture right after it was cooked. Cooking time took about 15 minutes.

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This is Quatro Formaggi, their version of 4-cheese pizza with pancake as the base. This is oh so yummy!

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Mixed monja. According to the server, this is usually used as a side dish when drinking and best taken if toasted. It’s a mix of vegetables and some seafood and we ate it straight from the pan.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 11: Monitoring Over the Weekend

March 6-12, 2017

It was one stressful week at work with all the last minute fixes due to findings even after implementation. Yung nagkaka-LBM na ako sa stress at di na ako nakaka-kain ng matino. Idagdag pa itong BF kong may sakit pero ok lang daw sya. Kaloka.

It was also a weekend of monitoring. Then wala pa akong internet sa bahay so I needed to go out on Saturday just to check on things. Then naalala ko nung Sunday yung sabi ng teammate ko na itry ko raw tumapat sa window baka mas malakas signal ng phone ko at magamit ko ang Personal hotspot. Ayun, gumana! Tsk tsk tsk. Napagastos pa ako nung Saturday! :p

So ayun, I just did my laundry (dahil paubos na ang mga malinis kong damit) and stayed home on Sunday to cross stitch all day. That was at least a little therapeutic.

The end.

Hoping for the best this week.

2017 Week 10: Internment | 50 Years | Panagbenga Finale

February 27 – March 5, 2017

I miss cross stitching in the mornings. The project we are working on was on its user acceptance testing phase last week so we were working with our testers for at least 4 hours per day. Most of them also work on graveyard shift so we had to adjust our shifts as well. It was tiring to be juggling more than 10 testers and addressing their questions one after the other. Pagoda cold wave lotion at hagardo versoza talaga. But I will do anything just to deploy this piece so that hopefully, it will be on its own moving forward and no need to baby it. Hay.

We still have the deployment before I can have a deep sigh of relief. Crossing my fingers and praying to all the angels in heaven that there won’t be glitches.

So there, no time for cross stitching because I opted to sleep and rest on my free time.

Anyway, moving on.

I was in Baguio last weekend yey!

It was my college BFF’s dad’s internment. Awww, Papsy huhuhu. I feel sad for my friend. And I am glad that I was able to spend even just a few hours with her and her family. It is her first loss of an immediate family member so I know what she feels even if she’s showing a strong stance. And I am so touched that her siblings still remember me because it has been years since the last time I have seen most of them.

After the funeral, I met up with my tita and her daughter to go to Session Road in Bloom. Session Road in Bloom is part of the Panagbenga Festival and for the whole of last week, Session Road was closed to vehicles to give way for booths selling different goods. There were a lot of people so that we just practically walked up and down Session Road, making a few stops to buy puto bumbong, ice cream, earrings for my maarteng niece, and singkamas.

Sunday was BF-GF time, well at least after his shift. He and some parishioners were invited to a 50th Wedding anniversary celebration at lunch time and he tagged me along. Good thing that I know the couple way back in the ’90s because we were schoolmates with their kids, so it was not so awkward going to their home hihihi.

But wow! 50 years! I am always amazed ever time I hear about couples who are able to stick with each other that long. That’s practically more than half of their lives. Salute to them.

After the BF’s shift, we went to where else? See Session Road in Bloom again hehehehe. But we were getting tired walking around with a lot of people also trying to catch the last day so we decided to just eat hehehe. We went to Max’s because this was the first we saw that was not yet full haha. But since I love their sizzling tofu, it was a good choice for me.

Just after dinner, the fireworks started! The fireworks was the finale to the Panagbenga Festival. *Cheese alert* Hay sobrang kinilig ako during this time. We were just in the middle of Session Road, holding hands, while watching the fireworks. Bow.

There was a concert going on too so we stayed for a while as we had spare time to watch and take some wefies before my scheduled trip.

And that’s it.

Pictures!

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May bunging sutil!

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Peace yo!

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We or he needs more practice for wefies hahaha!

2017 Week 9: Losses and a Birthday Celebration

February 20-26, 2017

Puyat days are hear again at work. Hay. After this, please sana magpakatino ka na, project, at please users, magpakatino rin kayo and be diligent in your tasks hehehehe.

Anyway, last Saturday, my friend and I went out to watch 50 Shades Darker. No black circles to cover some scenes this time. But I honestly cannot recall most of the scenes in the movie based on what I read in the book because I read books 1 and 2 in 2012 If I remember correctly. And yes, until now, I haven’t read book 3 yet pero from the movie, alam ko na sino ang salarin hahahaha.

After the movie, we went to Sambokojin for buffet to celebrate her birthday! Let me just say that we never learn. From our previous buffet sessions, di na namin nasusulit ang bayad namin kasi first plate pa lang na iilang dishes lang ang laman, busog na kami. So we agreed that the next time we would like to eat out, we’ll just go to places we haven’t tried before.

On Sunday, I went to my SIL’s place in Tagaytay to attend the funeral of her sister. Biglaang pagkamatay. Atake daw sa puso. She died a day before the 1st death anniversary of their mom, and my nephew’s birthday. Sabi ko nga sa nephew ko, matatandaan na lagi ang birthday nya kasi 2 death anniversaries ang kasabayan hehehehe.

Our bunso also went. Babang luksa kasi dapat para sa nanay nila last Saturday kaya pumunta don si bunso para tulungan ang kuya ko. Pero ayun, ganon naman ang nangyari. Yung funeral nila, we walked for about 2KMs to the chapel where the mass was held. Habang naglalakad, emote emote din ako kasi naiisip ko rin parents ko. Buti na lang ako lang mag-isa that time so walang istorbo sa pagmumuni-muni ko. Pero at one point, sinabayan ako ni bunso at nabanggit ang nanay namin. Ay sya rin pala, si mudra ang naiisip hahaha.

My college BFF’s father also passed away last Sunday. What a Feb. I often go to their home during college days during our long breaks in between classes. They opened their home to me and treated me as their own daughter kahit kaibigan lang ako ng anak nila. Marami-rami rin akong nakaing food sa bahay nila hehehe. Sila rin talaga ang nagpupush sa aming ituloy lang ang laban lalo na nung nahihirapan na kami during our thesis months. Thank you, Popsy for everything. I know that you are now with our Creator. And I know that even if you are gone, you will still be an angel to your kids and grand kids. See you on Saturday po.

March na. Ang bilis naman talaga ng araw. Bakit?!

2017 Week 8: The Good and the Bad

February 13-19, 2017

Belated Happy Valentine’s Day! How did you celebrate this day? Or are you the type who are not celebrating it since most days should be Valentine’s Day?

The BF and I just sent each other Valentine greetings via text and that was it. No dates, no fancy surprises, no plans of being together this day. We just went on with our day like any ordinary days. And I’m perfectly fine with it. I’d rather have a generally peaceful relationship than being extra/extremely sweet on special occasions but always arguing even on simplest things. But that’s just me.

Weekend

A friend and I were supposed to go out on Saturday to celebrate her birthday (February 19). Unfortunately, she had to rush home to Baguio because her mom was hospitalized. It has something to do with her heart but hopefully it doesn’t develop into something worse.

So I stayed home the whole day and did some cross stitching. My progress is slow but I’m more inspired to continue if I see the design starting to get clearer as I stitch some more hehehe.

I went out at night just to walk a bit. I finally visited Ayala Malls the 30th which is 5 minutes walk away from the apartment. There are still a lot of unopened shops. It’s the restaurants that are open. I saw some that I haven’t eaten yet but looks like these are more expensive so let’s see if my thrifty 2017 self will give in one day hehehe.

On Sunday, I attended the morning mass then met up with my cousin and her family for lunch. She flew to UK to be an OWF as well. She was my roommate for a year in college when I stayed with their family, hence I am close to her and her brothers. She was just in first grade then. Now, she’s an adult. How time flies. Really.

While it would be hard to be away from her family, I’m also excited for her because of this new adventure. She wanted this for so long. I pray that she will be successful in this endeavor, including her plans with her income.

I went with them to the airport to make sure that she gets past immigration without any problems. I’m waiting for her message now to confirm her arrival.

I went home after to what else, cross stitch again hehehe.

Windfall

I qualified for the Uber promo RIDE8TAKE4 so I had a total of Php 400 off in my Uber rides last week hehehe. Thanks, Uber!

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

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