2017 Week 39: A Grateful Heart

September 18-24, 2017

Last week, Friday to be exact, was a very happy one! Some of us attended a company event last Friday. This has been a yearly event for about 5-6 years now. I am not fond of attending events like this but I know I NEED to attend so off I went. Who would have thought that last Friday would be very different from the previous events.

Why? Here’s my long list of the happy moments just for that day!

  • Getting made up by a friend for the Friday grind. She volunteered to do my and another friend’s make up for the event. There’s no need actually, but for a change, I graciously accepted when she volunteered hehehe.
  • Spending time with some team members and friends
  • Listening to the executives’ speeches
  • Seeing our projects in the big screens
  • Giving our best shot at the big idea competition. We did not win but that’s fine.
  • Free hotel food.
  • Bluetooth speaker as a freebie.
  • Meeting some colleagues in person after months of talking to them on the phone.
  • After party where I tried 3 different drinks hehehehe
  • Our boss’s pendulum and hele moment. Not once but twice!!! This was so hilarious! 😀  😀  😀
  • Learning from the team that our post implementation testers have finally signed off because all bugs have been addressed. Whew!
  • Getting a box of Ferrero chocolates hidden under the chair I sat on! It’s yours if you found it. I shared this with the team who were left on their own last Friday to continue the implementation hehehe.
  • Winning an iPhone X which I’ll be able to get once these gadgets land in PH. Yes, I won a major price!!!!!! After years of not being lucky in raffles, I won. I really won this time!  😀  😀  😀
  • But the best of them all?! Getting  a hug and a kiss from Papa Mike (VP of APAC, my crush since nene days hahahahaha) when I went on stage for the obligatory photo op for winning the iPhone. Jeskelord! Waaaahhhhhh!!!  😛  :mrgreen:  😀

I still cannot believe it. I spent most of last weekend reliving all the events last Friday hahahahaha! Haaayyyyy! TYL!

Friday grind

↑Friday’s grind.

Freebie and a surprise gift

↑Freebies!

Project

↑The project we recently implemented!

And the winner is...

↑This was the moment he said that the winner was from our team and there I was, still busy taking the best shot of him on screen. Moments later, I heard him say my name! I won!!!!  😀  😀  😀

It was so timely that the sermon last Sunday was about grace moments. Pag na-experience daw natin yun, unang-una, natutulala tayo because it is so unexpected. It is God working. We just “created” the environment for it to happen. Ganyang-ganyan nga ang na-experience ko last Friday. Grace moment. Na of course, hindi ko ma-eexperience IF hindi ako nagpunta!

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2107 Week 38: UAT Done | Rare Night Out With Friends

September 11-17, 2017

Testing is completed and we’re off to implementation. This is such a relief after all that we had to deal with at the start of the project. Whew!

I went to BDO last Monday because I received a text saying that my ATM was blocked because I may have used it in a compromised machine. My ATM card had to be replaced. Buti na lang free. But I will only get the replacement card after 5 banking days. Ang tagal. Parang 3 days lang ito  dati ah. Tsk. I also had to update my information by filling up forms. Required by BSP raw yun.

I met with 2 of my closest friends at work last Saturday. We used to go out frequently when we were younger. But so seldom these days hahahaha. All of us just prefer to stay home and spend time with our ow selves hehehe. Ganyan talaga siguro pag tumatanda nyahahahaha.

We went to Green Pastures at Shangri-la for dinner. It’s a farm to table type of restaurant. I ordered their ultimate lasagna. This is made of 3 cheese, roasted carrot puree and vegan mushrooms. It doesn’t have meat but still tasty and heavy.

I was also able to taste their caesar kale salad and garlic soup. Both are good. Average price per person is around Php 700.00. Medyo expensive lang hehe.

Ultimate lasagna by Green Pastures

↑ Green Pastures’ Ultimate lasagna!

We transferred to Starbucks for coffee (and tea for me) because we need more time of catching up hehe. We called it a night at almost 1 AM. Bitin pa pero inaantok na kaming lahat hahaha.

I just stayed at home on Sunday and binge watched in Netflix. Taking advantage while it’s still free! Hahaha.

No weekend cooking since I still have some leftover which I think is enough this week. Sana.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 37: Almost Over | Weekend Laziness

September 4-10, 2017

The project we are working on is almost complete. Well, at least the bulk of it. We are targeting to deploy on September 18 even though the launch is still in October. This is to ensure that everything is working in production prior October. Konting-konti na lang, makakatulog din ako ng maayos hehe.

It was a tiring week last week so I was lazy to be a domestic diva.

On Saturday, I woke up late and watched around 3 movies in Netflix.

I went out early evening to meet with a friend. We watched Love to the Stars and Back. The movie will make you laugh and cry.

Joshua Garcia is a promising actor. The kid has talent. This is his second movie I watched and in both movies, I really think he did great.

The supermarket was still open so I dropped by to pick up a few items.

I was really feeling lazy moving my butt last Sunday but I had to force myself because I still need to cook lunch and dinner for this week haha. So off I went to the supermarket again. And then I labored in the kitchen for at least 5 hours. I should really be doing this on a Saturday  hahahaha.

Some meals I cooked.

Baked Cream Dory 1

↑ Baked cream dory

Macaroni soup

↑ Creamy chicken sopas. Perfect for the rainy days! No hotdogs because I have extended my no pork drama as long as I can hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 36: Long Weekend | The OWF Niece is Back to Work

August 28 – September 3, 2017

Hello September!

And what better way to welcome the month than through a bonus holiday for September 1 hehehehe. Adulting is hard sometimes so these non-working holidays are helpful in easing some of the work stress away whew.

Anyway, the OWF niece who came home last June 30 is now back in the Middle East. The last 2 months have gone by quickly but as I always say to her, we need to make some sacrifices if we want a better future. Working for 2 years is long to be away from her daughter but it’s also unfortunately not enough to save much so that she can stay here for good. She just needs to focus on her goals and she’ll be home for good eventually.

Anyway, last Monday, which was also a holiday was spent cooking food for packed lunch and dinner this week.

The rest of the work days are hectic and it’s really sapping my energy so I was so glad for the other holiday last Friday, where I just stayed at home watching movies (aka 3 movies), while waiting for the time when my niece had to leave for the airport.

Last Saturday was spent in the grocery and cooking food for this week’s meals. I’m slowly getting used to this weekend activity hehe.

I went to the mall last Sunday after mass for lunch and a few hours of window shopping. I went home after to rest more. I also spent a few hour researching for bedroom colors, bathroom designs and home office designs. It’s confusing and it’s challenging the non-interior designer in me hahaha.

By the way, last Thursday, I received a text from BDO that my ATM was blocked because it might have been used in compromised ATMs. I need to sort that out this week. I have already used the few hundreds in my wallet hehe.

Lastly, I started another segment in this blog – the Grocery Expenses. This will only include all expenses related to the groceries I need for my packed meals. This is so I will have a better idea on how much I really need to budget for these meals. It’s only now that I’m bringing packed meals to work so I really don’t know.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Yellow Cab meal

What Sunday lunch was like. Yellow Cab’s MyMix. All my favorites in one box at Php 195.00, cheaper than when you need to get whole orders of each hehe.

2017 Week 35: Resting When I Can | Unstable Food Budget

August 21-27, 2017

Last Monday, August 21 was a holiday. I spent some hours cooking the vegetables I bought in Baguio. The rest of the day was spent just relaxing aka surfing the net.

Last Wednesday, I went to the grocery to pick up some items aka more kitchen appliances and kitchenware (steamer and Pyrex baking dish and mixing bowl because these were on sale) and roasted chicken for my packed lunch and dinner this week.

This is another long weekend but I just spent it in the apartment. I did some domestic chores on Saturday. The rest of the day was spent watching movies in Netflix. I’m taking advantage of the one month free access teehee.

After mass on Sunday, I dropped by the grocery store to buy some groceries again for next week’s packed lunch and dinner. I was able to steam the fish and vegetables. I have marinated the chicken and I’ll bake it tomorrow. In between cooking, I was also manning the washing machine. Talk about multi-tasking haha! It worked because I was done with both chores after 4 hours whew. The rest of the day was spent watching 2 movies again haha.

I was consistent in bringing packed lunch and dinner in the past two weeks, and I plan to do so as long as I can. However, I am always shocked every time I pay my groceries. It’s so expensive to buy everything in the supermarket. I wish there’s a nearer wet market in my place but there’s none. Therefore, I need to review and adjust my budget. I know I need to reallocate more for groceries now. I don’t know how much yet. Oh, I have an idea. I think it will help me if I record all I groceries for my meals every week. This will give me an average of how much I spend each week. Ok, yes, I’ll do that. This is also a practice for me in preparing a family budget in the future haha.

Steamer

↑ My new kitchen appliance. I’ve used it earlier to steam fish and okra.

Pyrex set 2

↑ This Pyrex set (baking dish and mixing bowl) was on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,300.00 for these 2 pieces.

Pyrex set 1

↑ Another Pyrex set (loaf dish and pie plate) on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,200.00 for these 2 pieces. I bought this two weeks ago, together with the oven.

DreamStove

↑ This is the gas range that I want. It’s stainless so no rusting as per sales agent. It’s expensive though. And all gas. I’m not sure if I should instead buy the model where it’s a combination of electric and gas. Which should I get? Need to research more.

Anyway, that’s it. Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

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