2018 Week 5: Pictureless

And here I am again, delayed in posting my weekly chika.

January 29 – February 4, 2018

Picture-less because I can’t find any captures in my phone this week. So maybe except for the daily grind at work, nothing special really happened hahaha.

We just learned that our team’s new director (our boss’ boss) will be reporting to work on February 7. His boss in the US will also be coming over. This means that we needed to prepare some presentation materials. Just the basic current project updates and the pipelines for 2018.

A new project manager joined the team starting February 5 so there were some orientation tasks for me (which until now I haven’t done yet because of schedule conflicts and priorities haha). He’ll be handling the big project which has a pipeline of activities in the next 2 years, or more.

It’s also performance evaluation season so it’s time to gather and review all documentations for 2017 to ensure that these are complete. This is the thing I dread the most. But for this year, I’ll ask the boss’ help since I did not handle the people the entire 2017 haha.

I had a severe case of LBM (sorry, TMI) last Wednesday so I had to go on sick leave. Severe because I had fever at dawn on Wednesday, which was so unusual. I suspect food poisoning. Not sure which food I ate triggered it. Since it started on Tuesday, it must be something that I have eaten on Monday or even Sunday. Ironic that my love for food also causes sickness sometimes hahahaha!

The weekend was spent doing domestic chores as always.

The end.

2018 Week 4: New Toy | School Play

January 22-28, 2018

I already got the iPhone X that I won from a raffle in September. I braved going to Makati last Friday just to pick it up. But it’s still in its box until now. Di pa kasi ako nakakabili ng case hehehehe. But worry not, it will be unboxed in the coming days.


↑You’re finally here!

Few days to go and January is up. So so fast!

I need my payslip. I’m confused with the amounts I got for my salary and the sick and vacation leave conversions I got. May namali ba sa computations!? And of course, I want to see my new tax after the TRAIN implementation hehehehe.

Last Saturday, we went to UP to watch a friend’s daughter’s school play. The play is entitled Guardians the Musical. School children from Nursery to Kinder participated in the play. It’s all about the story of grandparents Lolo Angelo and Lola Angela and about their goodness in their community.

It was such a delight to watch all these kids. Sari-saring klase ng bata. May bibo, may makulit, may deadma lang during presentation hahahaha. It’s also good to be reminded about love, respect, eating healthy, caring for the environment and other good traits.


After the play, my friend and I went to The Chocolate Kiss for a late lunch.


↑Chicken Pork Adobo. Php 195.00.

I went to Ayala the 30th after to do some window shopping and pick up some groceries. Wala talaga akong nashop. I saw some jackets that were on sale at Terranova kaso ang tagal magreply ng pamangkin ko kung anong gusto so umuwi na ako hehe.

On Sunday, I went to Megamall for mass and some more window shopping. no worries…wala pa rin akong binili hehehehe. Nanawa na ako.

Another friend wanted to meet up so she could give the Korean goodies for me. The loot contains some dried persimmon, few pieces of chocolates, citron tea, face masks and hand creams! Happiness! Hehehe.

We also saw the movie Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes. It was hilarious and just light. Perfect way to cap a stressful week.

I wasn’t able to do some readings this week because I was out both days last weekend. No time to bum. Plus, I have a lot in my mind lately that I’m distracted. This too shall pass.

Hope you all have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 3: New Housemates

January 15-21, 2018

Today, January 21, is our Dad’s 3rd anniversary in heaven. I asked the BF to offer petitions on his behalf during today’s mass at Divine Mercy. I think my siblings also lighted a candle for him at home.

My college nephew who stayed with me for a few weeks last year is back on training as part of their curriculum, hence he’s staying with me again, together with a friend this time. It’s a little challenging for me because I’m used to living alone but I have adjusted. And good thing that we don’t have the same schedules so I don’t have to worry with who gets to use the bathroom first hehehe. I had to rearrange the house early this week to accommodate all 3 of us without feeling cramped. Pero parang hindi ko na-achieve. Kebs na. Temporary lang naman.

My love for reading romance books is back. Well, I know it has always been in the background. It just took a backseat when I was so engrossed with all things online. I’m taking advantage by reading every chance I get and while I’m still in the mood. Last year, one of my goals was to read at least 6 fiction books. I think I was only able to read 2. At the rate I’m going this year, I think I’ll surpass my target last year. It may be double or triple the number.

I have a lot of e-books somewhere in my hard drive but nothing beats holding a real book and turning each page excitedly. One of these days, I’ll stop by a coffee shop and just read while taking coffee…that is…if I can force myself to get up and leave the house. Otherwise, I’m perfectly fine with curling up in the sofa and getting lost in the story.

So, obviously, I have been reading again this weekend, aside from taking care of the usual domestic chores.


↑This week’s read. This is a contemporary romance. Copyright 2016.

I went out on Saturday night for dinner because why not? Joke…walang laman ang ref ko kasi hahaha.


↑Conti’s Batangas adobo. Php 230.00 (if I remember correctly)


↑Choco overload cake at Php 145.00 per slice.

I dropped by at National Bookstore and was able to buy guess what? More books hehe.


↑National Bookstore purchases last January 20, 2018.

On Sunday, I visited Skin Rejuve Clinic for some TLC for my face. Arte arte din pag may time. I attended mass after and then went malling for a few hours before dropping by the grocery to pick up some items before heading home.

I am sad that Elorde Starmall has already closed pala! Huhuhu! I was planning to go back to boxing sana. Nailabas ko na nga uli sa baul yung boxing gloves ko eh. Kaloka! Anyway, I’ll think of a plan B.

And while I was at Starmall, I saw a Booksale kiosk. Alam nyo na siguro kung anong nangyari hahaha!


↑Book Sale haul on January 21, 2017. Let’s see how long I’ll be able to finish this. At the rate I’m going with 1 book per week, I should be able to finish everything that I bought this week in 12 weeks. I learned of Brenda Joyce in one of the forums before that’s why I hoarded her books today. Let’s see if I’ll also like it.

And that’s it.

Hope you’ll have  a great week ahead.

P.S. I hope that in 2 to 3 months time, I’ll be blogging how I lost some weight hahahaha! Kasi ang hirap talagang mag-umpisa eh hahahaha! So, good luck to me.

2018 Week 2: Back to Normal

January 8-14, 2018

We are busy at work organizing our 2018 project portfolio. It’s time consuming but we’ll get to the final list in time for sure.

One of my nieces (cousin’s daughter) is applying as an OFW. She started her application 4th quarter of last year so she comes to the apartment every now and then if she needs a place to stay. She was here again this week and I learned that she’s on the final stages of her application. She’ll be flying to the Middle East anytime soon. And so we went out for dinner last Wednesday. Pa-despedida ko na sa kanya in case we won’t be seeing each other again after.

We ate at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen at Ayala the 30th mall. We sampled two of their pasta and we loved it. The pasta were so flavorful.

↑Fried risotto balls for starters (risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella breaded then deep fried). Php 195.00. This is 6 pieces.

↑Penne Pesto Al Pollo (Zesty penne paired with grilled juicy chicken filet in basil and pine nuts pesto sauce). Php295.00

↑Vesuvio (mountain of rigatoni, stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, peas, Italian meatballs and egg). Php 495.00

↑Good luck, baby girl. Go ahead, explore the world, and work for your dreams. You’ll always be in my prayers.

I also received more Christmas gifts hehehe.

↑From a thoughtful teammate (well partly because he took a long leave last December and I had to take care of some things on his behalf as the need arises. Suhol kumbaga hahahaha). Chocolates will always be love love love!

↑From our landlord. They also gave a bag last year and I have been using it since then especially if I need extra bags when going home. I’m sure this will be useful to me too.

The weekend was spent doing some household chores, reading (and finishing another book at that) and catching the final day of end of season sales hehe.

↑Another book done just over the weekend. Another love story hehe. At the rate I’m going, I need to retrieve my ebooks hehehe. But really, nothing beats the joy of turning each page in a book. I just bought this and another book this week. Let’s see if I’ll complete the other book next weekend hehe.

The end. Have a great week ahead!

P.s. Kailan ba ang next holiday?! Hahahaha!

2018 Week 1: Happy New Year!

January 1-7, 2018

Happy New Year!!!! I hope your first week of 2018 was great!

I did not have any plans on January 1 but few days before New Year, an uncle asked our plans, and so instant January 1 lunch invite to all the uncles and aunties on Mama’s side hehe. Nasanay na kasi silang nag-iinvite ang nanay ko dati kaya siguro until now, hinahanap pa rin nila.

I forgot to take a picture of our pang fiestang handa sayang.

↑Eye to eye with the newest member of our extended family. Such a cute baby! Tapos umiyak sya after a few minutes na hawak ko hahahahaha!

I was on leave on January 2 so I spent most of the time cleaning the house and dismantling the Christmas tree. Medyo hassle pala yung type ng tree na nabili ko hahaha. I did it before leaving for Manila kasi baka nakatayo pa yun sa next na uwi ko nyahahaha.

I traveled back to Manila in the early evening. Akala ko naman nagsibalikan na ang mga tao. Aba, blockbuster pa rin sa terminal! Buti na lang umabot naman ako next bus. At buti na lang mabilis naman ang byahe.

And it was back to work on January 3 but I was already waiting for the weekend to come nyahahahaha!


I spent Saturday reading a romance novel at natapos ko maghapon hehe. For a change, I was able to resist tending to my Farmville.

↑Kilig kilig din pag may time. I tried looking for other books in several National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches to no avail. I’ll try the other branches.

I miss this kind of relaxation. I’ll try to read more books again, not just blogs. Actually, marami akong dapat basahin. Kaso mas kailangan ng mga yun ng mas matinding brain cells eh, kaso pag weekends, nakabakasyon din ang work brain cells ko hehehe.

I met up with a friend on Saturday evening for dinner. We ate at Gangnam Wings in SM Megmall. We ordered their chicken and beef bulgogi cheese fries. Ang sarappppp! Umulit kami ng order hihihi. No pictures sa sobrang gutom. It was my first proper meal that day eh hehehe.

I went with her after dinner to canvas for winter clothes as she and her officemates are off to Korea by the end of this month.

I also did some household chores. Some lang kasi di pa rin ako tapos.

I also went to the derma para sa kung anong anik-anik sa UA at fez.

And someone got too excited with all the year end sales at the mall. Too excited and was not able to resist hence she went home with some shopping bags hehehe. No regrets naman because I wanted all the items I got.

Ganito kasi yun. Sometime last year, I tried on some clothes in several shops. While I wanted those that I tried, I knew I won’t have the heart to buy them at regular prices kasi sobrang ang mamahal talaga hahaha!. Kahit magdildil ako ng asin, hindi ko pa rin maatim na bilhin! And so I just tried to check out if those items are still around during this sale. At nandon sila! As in lahat ng bet ko noon. Naloka ako sa tuwa! Hahahaha! Paano ka naman hindi mawiwindang eh halos lahat 50% off.

Yung isang nachambahan ko, jeans sa Gap. I am not sure of the exact amount pero I think between Php 2,500-3,000 siguro. Nabili ko sya ng Php 995.00 na lang tapos himalang may kasya pala sa akin don. Choosy pa ba ako? Syempre hindi na hahaha!

Basta, natutuwa na ako ngayon sa mga end of season sales hehehehe! I’ll do the same strategy again this year – fit potential buys and see if they are still available during sales. If yes and I was able to grab it, meant to be hehehehe.

Ok, enough about shopping. Susmio, first week of the year, gastos pinagkaabalahan ko hehehehe. But I have budget for that so I’m not worried. Pero kailangan nang tumigil kasi pag tinuloy ko pa, yun wala nang budget hehehehe.

Ok, the end for week 1. Hope you guys have a great week ahead.

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