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!

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.

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.

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