2016 Week 41 Recap: Shopping + Eating and a Movie

October 10-16, 2016

Yes, all those this week hehehe.

But living quarters muna. My MERALCO bill was lower than usual! I only used 98 KWH from September 13 –  October 12. Edel said in one of my previous posts that it looks like bills are lower if they are below 100 KWH. And it looks like it. I’m cracking my brain what’s different during that period from the rest of the months. We had a lot of overtime hours during that period and so I do extended works at home. Well, the only thing I can think of is that, while I spent more time at home, I wasn’t able to watch that much TV. And so, it must be the TV…we’ll see this month hehe. I want to know because I want a lower bill!!!!

Anyway, moving on.

Movie muna since nag-iisa. A friend and I watched Third Party on Sunday. I did not expect it to be that type of movie hehehe. But I got entertained, and again, another movie with a realistic ending.

Eating naman.

We had free Starbucks on Friday to celebrate the team’s successful implementation last August. Yes, super delayed since the team is just lazy to go out. Besides, we were so busy in the days following that major implementation. But it finally happened on Friday. Yey! Thanks, employer hehehe.

On Sunday, I asked a friend to try out Krazy Garlic. I heard about this restaurant years ago but I don’t frequent Greenbelt plus it was always full of diners. Luckily when we checked it out, there was no long waiting line so in we went.

Our orders. Both yummy! But it’s a little on the expensive side, I think. But then again, our tummies were happy hehehe.

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40 Kloves Chicken. Php 595 but masarap at malasa naman hanggang loob.

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El Callos Capitan. Equally yummy! I forgot the price! But it’s less than Php 500.

I had a major booboo though. Citibank has a current promo when you dine here pala!!! Spend a minimun of Php2,500 and maximum of Php5,000 and you get 40% off! If we added some more orders to reach the minimum spend, we would have take out viands sana! But I only saw the poster after eating, and I was only able to see Citi’s text about the promo, only after eating hehe. Next time, I’ll be more conscious of these things! Sayang kasi talaga.

Shopping

I did all sorts of shopping this week hihihi.

I bought a 6-set travel luggage organizer from a former officemate. Reasons? 1) I was looking for one for the longest time but I find everything expensive back then so I delayed my purchase thinking that these will be less expensive after a while hehehe and 2) I want to support friends with small businesses. I buy from them when their products fit my need.

6-set travel luggage organizer priced at Php300. Quality-wise, this is better than what I’ve seen at Daiso for the same price. My friend also said that this is much better than what she saw in Landmark.

We went to MOA on Sunday to pick up the 2017 BDJ planners. I was a little disappointed because I ordered a customized one (with name printed on it, and had to pay Php100 for this). However, when we got to the claiming area, my and my friend’s names weren’t printed. They had an email on October 13 asking for confirmation because they changed the position of the name to be printed. I gave my confirmation before their set deadline but our names were still not printed. While they were able to do it during the event, the printing wasn’t polished because of course it was done in a rush. It doesn’t look like it’s worth Php 100. My niece’s planner’s name was better. The design she chose did not require name position change so hers was printed in advance. Anyway, I just really wanted to try the one with names so I availed of it. But maybe I’ll not do it for the 2018 planner.

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I’m not sure if it’s noticeable here but my niece’s name was printed nicely than mine. But still happy to finally have them hehe.

Anyway, I’m still happy I now have my 2017 planner hehehe. I still love the kikay and colorful design. It’s encouraging to write on it.

And since we were in MOA, we did some window shopping in some of the shops. I saw a red Kipling bag and I want one! But still too expensive hehehehe. And I just bought my Longchamp bag a few months ago, so no, not yet.

I asked a friend to look for cheese boki if she happens to be at Cash & Carry. I learned about this from Ms. Diane’s blog maybe a year ago and I have been looking for it since then to no avail. I even always check out all 7-11 stores that I pass by hehehe. So, last weekend, my friend was able to buy not cheese boki but cheese ramen. Kerin na rin. Still with cheese. I have yet to try it.

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Php165.90 at Cash & Carry Makati.

And the highlight of my shopping escapade, which really really really made me giddy and happy and almost jumping while showing it to my teammates hehehehe. I think I already mentioned it here a few times that I want the Adidas Superstar. I was finally able to buy an Adidas Superstar!!! OMG moment talaga when I chanced upon it last Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia. I know it was meant to be since I also checked out Adidas Gateway few hours prior hehehe. Also, for some reason, I was itching to visit that branch so I excused myself after our Starbucks session and asked to be left behind for a while. And the sales staff informed me that it was their last pair in my size for 2016. New stocks will be delivered in 2017 already. Haaayyy, so happy and my teammates were happy for me too because come to think of it, I’m also looking for this pair for a year now!  🙂  😀  😆  :mrgreen:

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Hi! I’m Adidas superstar. My new owner was supposed to wear me today but she decided against it because it was raining and she didn’t want me to get dirty right away 😛 😀 😆

 

I went to mass at Greenbelt. Today’s gospel was about praying persistently. As per the priest’s explanation, we need to pray persistently because this is the food for our soul. When we do this, we won’t become weak when we encounter trials. Instead, we will still be strong to face these trials because our prayers during the times we don’t have these trials made us stronger. Thank you, Father for that explanation. And thank you, dear God, for your endless blessings.

Have great week ahead. Cheers!

2016 Week 40 Recap: On Offset

October 3-9, 2016

Work

I only went to work on Wednesday to Friday this week. I was on offset last Monday and Tuesday from a much needed break from all the stress of the past 3 months.

When I got back last Wednesday, thank God that there were few items to check while I was away. And these were covered by my teammate who I heavily rely on on days that I am away. Why? Because he’s quick to understand things, a fast worker and knows that work is work and just does what needs to be done.

We also had a call about another project which I’ll be involved in. I am excited about this even though it’s tricky since I am still in the process of striking a balance between the projects I’m now handling. But matapos lang yung enhancements nung system na nagpasakit ng ulo ko the past 2 months, I’m good.

For the non-work stuff.

10.03.2016

I was still in Baguio this day!

I spent this day with the BF. Although it was his day off, he had things to do in the morning so we just met at noon and spent the time together until it was time for me to go back to Manila.

  • Lunch at the nearby karinderya
  • Visited Home Outlet to check out what they have for a comfort room. My room’s CR is not yet done until now but it’s something I want to finish by end of this year or at least early next year. I want the Toto brand, similar to Japan’s toilet bowls, but they don’t have it. I’m not even sure if that’s available in the Philippines hehehe. But I want that. There’s a new model of HCG where the bidet is already int the toilet bowl but it’s expensive plus it’s not what I want hehehe. I will visit other Home depots in the coming days. Hopefully I’ll find one. I don’t even know if that piece with “controls” is part of the toilet or it’s a separate accessory. Need to research.
  • Dropped by Japan Surplus (because it was raining hehe) to just look around. I saw microwavable clear glasses which I think are a steal but did not buy it.
  • Went to town for what else, more food!!! And 2 bottles of San Mig light. Ako ang nagyayang mag-inom just to release stress. Inom na inom na kasi ako matagal na 😛 . Mid-afternoon pa lang yun, san ka pa hehehe. We went to Pizza Volante, the same place where we had our first date. Incidentally, we occupied the same seats. Syempre na tatandaan ko pa ‘no  😛  😀 . Bundat na bundat kami after nito so kailangan maglakad-lakad.
  • Went around some of the ukay shops to look around. Did not find any good deal. Besides, I wasn’t really looking for something.
  • Went to SM Department store. He was looking for white shirts so we were mostly in the men’s section. Keri naman. Di naman awkward hahaha.
  • Went to Ace Hardware to of course look for more toilet bowls hehehehe.
  • Went to SM Appliance to check out their gas ranges.
  • Went to some of the shoe stores to look for my Adidas Superstar. Kay ilap ilap nitong hanapin.
  • At around 8PM, we walked to Victory Liner terminal because I was going back to Manila that night. Huhu. In fairness to him, sinamahan naman nya ako until makabili ako ng ticket at makasakay kahit antok na antok na sya.
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Spending quality time together over a few bottles of beer :p. See those frozen glasses? Pareho kaming napa-wow hahaha. Yes, first time namin makakita ng ganon :p.

10.04.2016

I was still on offset this day so I used most of this day to catch up with my backlog on the 30 day blog challenge.

I also spent some time filling out the Sunlife forms for automatic deductions of a specific amount for my investments from my BDO account. I like this setup better because it forces me to really set aside something monthly. Automation all the way.

Since tamad din akong magluto, I had food deliverd from Kenny Roger’s. I tried their no fry fried chicken. Masarap sya! Good alternative if sawa ka na sa roasted chicken nila hehe.

Weekend

On Saturday, I met up with my friend because I wanted to go with her to see the units for rent at Cityland Grand Central Shaw. She’s looking for a new place to move to that’s nearer her and her cousin’s work place and near an MRT station for easier commutes.

We went to S&R Shaw after for lunch and to check out if there are any good deals left after their sale last weekend.

Well, well well, I was able to buy a 900g Nutella for only Php324.95. Grabe ang mura! Dati more than 500 ata yung 700g nito. Di naman ako naghoard. Bumili ako ng isa lang hehehehe.

I also bought Market O’s real cheese chips. Syempre nakuha na naman ako sa chips. At nakain ko na sya. Lasang cheese chips naman. Pero I think it’s expensive at Php99 for only a small pack. It says 19.5 cheese, so di naman purong cheese talaga. May halong potato pa rin.

Eto sya. Bastay anything cheese, yummy for me hehehe.

Eto sya. Basta anything cheese, yummy for me hehehe.

I also pre-ordered 2017 BDJ planners for my friend and niece yesterday night. It’s 20% discount if you pre-order but you have to claim it at the BDJ fair on October 16. Since my friend and I are planning to go, might as well order now. It includes customization so we have our names in our planners. Can’t wait for this. I’ve been buying their planners since 2013 kahit hindi ko namna religiously nasusulatan lahat. At medyo mahal sya sa totoo lang, BUT way cheaper than the coffee shop planners naman. Pero masaya pa rin kasi if you have written accounts of your appointments eh. So ayun, I still buy hehehe.

On Sunday, I just went out for mass in the morning. I also bought some sticky rice pudding and cassava cake from one of the vendors at the church ground.

Takeaway from the mass: may awa ang Diyos lagi at hinding-hindi tayo pababayaan. Thank you for this reminder, Father.

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Sticky rice pudding and nutella for brunch! Samahan mo pa ng kape. Solved na solved ang tyan hehehe.

Took a nap in the afternoon and readjusted my budget a little to accommodate my Sunlife monthly deductions.

And lastly, do this blog post before calling it a night.

And so, goodnight everyone. Have a great week ahead.

2016 Week 39 Recap: Bug Fixing and Some Family Time

September 26 – October 2, 2016

Work

Since we discovered an issue in one of the systems last week, we had to deploy the fix right away on Monday. It was more peaceful the next days but we had to close the loop for all submitted issues since last week. We will also be working at the enhancements in the next 3 weeks which would hopefully reduce issues by then.

We also had a team dinner at Buffet 101 last Thursday to celebrate successes. Dahil sangkatutak na sakit sa ulo at dibdib ang idinulot sa akin nung isang system, ikinain ko na lang lahat lahat lahat hehehe. Busog lusog after that dinner hahaha. Di na ako makapag-isip at gusto ko na lang matulog hahaha.

I also had a call with my boss’ boss in the US. I’m working with him in one of his projects and he needs help with another project. Now that the big project that I’m handling has officially closed, I’m excited about this new project even though what I’m needed for right now just for one piece of the project.

Because of what happened last Sunday, I requested (or more of informed) the boss that I’ll be working from home. Ayaw kong pumasok, plus one of the deployment activities started at 11 AM so medyo nagtuloy-tuloy na until alanganin na yung oras ng pagpasok. I took a break and went to Megamall to destress a bit (oo, masama pa rin loob ko noon hehehe). Then, naalala ko yung post ni Edel about choco cro dahil nakita ko yung St. Marc Cafe sa Fashion Mall. So since madali akong maconvince pagdating sa food, dumaan din ako don at bumili hehehe. Masarap silang kasama sa kape and in fairness, nakakabusog. Naging breakfast ko for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The one with a yellow wrapper is the banana walnut choco cro while the one in orange is the plain choco cor. Both yummy!

The one with a yellow wrapper is the banana walnut choco cro while the one in orange is the plain choco cor. Both yummy!

Weekend

I finally was able to go home to Baguio!!!!! I did not book tickets in advance and I restricted myself from feeling excited too much in case I get disappointed again hahaha. But, thank God, finally, the coast is clear and I was able to go home!

Let me just say na ako ang hindi ready sa shortened travel time to Baguio. Joy Bus took TPLEX I think, which cut the trip to just 4 hours. Tulog na tulog pa ako pagdating sa terminal at kailangan pa akong gisingin at antok na antok pa ako while walking along Session Road hahaha.

Anyway, my first stop was, as always, Vizco’s hehe. I had this for breakfast. Baked rice. It had me at “topped with cheese” hahaha. And of course, their strawberry shortcake. Walang palya.

Baked rice. It may look plain but it is yummy.

Baked rice. It may look plain but it is yummy.

After breakfast, I went to MOFAMCO to deposit a small amount, and to get my ID sana pero nakuha na pala ng kuya ko nung May pa. Di rin naman ako inupdate kaloka.

Next stop was the black market to buy Victoria’s Secret body mist. Mas mura pa kasi don kesa mall price. Php 380 per bottle. But the new packaging is more expensive now. Php 500! Not sure why but it looks like same contents and formulation lang naman. Anyway, naghoard na ako ng 2 haha. Isa lang dapat dahil akala ko wala na akong mabibiling Strawberries and Champagne. Paglipat ko sa next stall, meron sa kanila amp! Binili ko na rin hahaha.

I went to the grocery to buy Huggies diapers for new born. Pasalubong ko don sa new baby ng friend ko hehehehe.

While on my way to the grocery pala, saktong may parade ng Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. I watched because I thought nandon mga pamangkin ko. Di naman kasi nagreply agad yung kapatid ko. Sisigawan ko sana yung pamangkin ko pag nakita ko eh hehehehe. Kahit ako lang ang gagawa non if ever hahaha. Kaso di naman pala nag-attend hmp!

On Sunday, it was family time. Nagrequest ang kuya kong maglunch daw kami. So go. Here’s a breakdown kasi saktong itong day na ito ung bullet your day sa 30 Day blog challenge ko.

Lunch kami sa Good Taste then halo halo for dessert sa Betty’s Kitchen hehehe. Di naman kami matakaw. Gusto lang namin magspend ng mas matagal with each other. Nagpapalusot lang ako. Matakaw talaga kami  😛  😀 .

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Our bunso and my pretty niece.

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The gang less bunso. Taga kuha ng picture. Mga gutom yung mga ayaw lumingon hahaha!

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Some of us while waiting for our halo-halo. The little boy is still warming up to tita hehehe.

Good Taste again?! Yes. Mura kasi hahaha. Syempre ayaw ko naman maging luhaan masyado ang wallet ko. Humihirit pa yung kapatid ko ng Starbucks pero saka na pag mas mayaman na ako hahaha! Pero siguro para maiba naman sa susunod, sa point-point naman kami  :mrgreen:  😛 .

But wait, naalala ko lang. Di ko nasingil ang bunso. Kanya yung drinks nung lunch eh. Lokong yun ah. Ilista na yan para masingil next month hahaha.

Ay kaloka, puro kainan yung tags ko hihihi. Meron pa yan this week hahaha.

Bow. Have a great week ahead.

Note to self: Buy a selfie stick.

2016 Week 38 Recap: The Good and The Bad

September 19-25, 2016

The Good

My boss approved most of my recommended usage of the extra hours I’ve incurred in the past, totaling to 13.5 days, except for 1. It’t tentative. So yes, my November and December leaves are covered. Yey for that!

The Bad

There were a lot of questions regarding the system we deployed last September 16. I was expecting that so it was fine. I have asked the team to do a weekend support. Not the entire day but at least 4 hours each day, and we start at 5 PM so that at least we still have most of the day to ourselves. More workload but nothing that can’t be handled.

What went wrong?

Unfortunately, we discovered an issue with the scheduling system. It was the worst issue that I have handled to date. While we know how to fix it, I cannot give a solid recommendation on how to handle those that were affected. It has impact to their pay. And with how the system currently behaves, we cannot extract a report that would say, yes this needs adjustment. There were a lot of uncertainties too. Before I went for a nap on Sunday morning, I was confident of the recommendation. When I woke up 4 hours after, I had doubts again and wanted to go another route. It was a long process of discussion before we were able to come up with a sane and final recommendation.

As for the fix, we have deployed it last Monday.

What else went wrong?

Bad behaviors. It concerns colleagues. It’s not even about the workload. I don’t give up on workload. I tried to understand that everyone was stressed replying to concerns since Wednesday so whatever disagreements about approaches and whatever hints of bitchiness thrown to me, I all tagged them as part of work and so I adjusted my approach, and extended my patience in waiting for resolutions. But maybe it all piled up, and eventually, I broke down on Sunday. I cried for about 5 minutes, during a conference call. I was on mute. I’m sure my neighbors heard me. When my boss was calling on me, I sent her a private message and told her to please allow me to break down for a while. She told me to not lose it. I won’t be able to think straight if I had emotional baggage. I didn’t care. I needed to let it out. I felt offended and disrespected. All the grudges I’ve been brushing off came back to me. I cried some more.

When I was calmer, I went back to the call and we started discussing the issue. And discussed we did until we had a solid plan by 9 PM. I was asked who discovered the issue. I told the boss me and another colleague. The first finding issued by another colleague was wrong. I was able to double check that already with HR. Laglagan na. Straightforward answers to straightforward questions.

At 8 PM, a friend was asking if I wanted to go out to unwind. I said yes. The ball was with the Dev team from 9 PM to 12 AM. I told them I was stepping out. It was the first time I did this. In the past, while waiting for them to complete their tasks, I just stayed with them in the call in case they had questions. Not this time. NO. While waiting for my friend’s text of her location, I was listening to their conversation (I did not drop off the conference call). I started getting headaches. Mali-mali ang mga pinagsasabi when in fact, we’ve discussed all those things in the past hours. Why???? Nakakainit ng ulo. I didn’t bother to correct them anymore. The other colleague who I trust stepped out a bit but he’ll be back while I’m gone so I know it will be fine.

I said I was coming back at 12 AM. Pero umiinom pa ako non. Deadma. I was back at 1 AM. Not even 5 minutes have passed pero napamura na naman ako sa frustration and disappointment. There were erroneous details that I needed to point out, details that should have been handled by the technical lead. Yamot. I could just leave it at that, but it will just be a problem anyway so I just corrected those.

When all things have been ironed out and I was satisfied that everything will be ok come implementation, I sent that email to my boss. I have composed that email in my mind since Sunday, few minutes after 3 PM, while I was crying out of frustration. Sending that was a relief. I don’t care if I don’t get a reply. What’s important to me is I was able to express my frustrations.

I skipped mass on Sunday. I knew I would say bad words later on in the day so parang ang ipokrita ko lang pag ganon. I just silently said my prayers and asked for forgiveness for missing my Sunday obligation.

Another the good

My friend and I went to Tipsy Pig Gastopub in Capitol Commons. Eto nakakatawang kwento. Ang lakas kong magyayang uminom pero di ko nacheck laman ng wallet ko. Sabi ko lang sa friend ko, don na lang kami sa nag-aaccept ng credit card para sure. Eh pa-order na kami sa Tipsy Pig bago nila sabihing offline sila. Grrr! So my friend and I computed our combined cash. Medyo nakakahiya! Hahaha. But deadma. Gusto namin pa rin uminom. We ordered one main meal, one appetizer, then 2 drinks each. Gusto ko pa nga ng more eh. Ang daldal ko lang kaya ang bagal kong uminom hahaha. Plus, ayun nga, the cash issue. When the bill came, halos magkasya naman yung laman ng wallet ko. May utang ako sa friend kong 20 petots pero ok na raw. Hahaha!

Getting tipsy at Tipsy Pig :-P

Getting tipsy at Tipsy Pig hehehe

My friend told me na that might be the last time we’ll see each other. She’s processing her fiance visa. Bigla akong napasigaw ng NO! Susko nagulat ako. Pero no talaga! Kailangan nyang magpakita bago sya uli umalis, tentatively in November. Huhuhu. I’ll miss her. But I’m happy for her. She said she has so many worries right now, one, what if it didn’t work out with her boyfriend. But I told her, it looks like it is meant to be. Because if it isn’t meant to be, the petition made to the US government should not have been approved in the first place. I’m praying for her. This is what she really wants. And comparing it with the last relationship she had 2 years ago, she’s more sure with this now. So I know it will all work out fine for them.

Ok. It’s the mid-week. Hope you have better days for the rest of the week. As for me, I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m on offset on Monday and Tuesday and hopefully, there will be no more issues to haunt me during those days. Can’t wait to turn off my work phone. I need to see my nieces. I haven’t seen them in a long time!!!!

2016 Week 37 Recap: Any Issues?

September 12-18, 2016

Work

We have deployed the system and the end users confirmed that everything is working as expected, and it’s been up since last Friday. Hoping that there will be no more glitches. I’m seeing 1 issue but it won’t actually happen if the end users update as instructed.

I have consolidated all the overtime hours we’ve accumulated in the last 3 weeks that we’ve been working nonstop on that system. According to my tally, it’s 13.5 days based on how we define In lieu earnings. I therefore conclude that all the mood swings, cursing and stress eating are justified hahahaha! I’m not yet sure if my boss would agree to my usage of those extra days. Crossing my fingers for a positive outcome because if that’s the case, my December leaves are covered and I have extra vacation leaves for conversion. Caching caching! Hehe. We’ll see.

Last Friday, we also attended an event for the company’s leaders. Binitbit lang ako ni boss. I don’t really like attending these things (my boss knows it) but I know I need to. Nagpakasutil ako ng konti and I told my boss I wasn’t going every time she reminded me about the event almost every day last week hehe. Maybe she only confirmed that I was going when my friend, who was also going to that event and graciously offered us to ride with her, called me up when they were near my pickup point. I was looking forward to the giveaway but they decided not to have one this year! How could that be??? It’s one of the highlights kaya! Chos! There were raffles too, but as always, I wasn’t lucky. Boo.

The event was all about company updates and the big idea competition. Unfortunately, our idea was not selected but it’s fine hehe.

My takeaway for from that day was a question which our VP asked us. “Are the things I am doing helping the company to grow?” If I were to relate it to my personal life, I can have this question: “Will this activity that I’m about to do contribute to the realization of my life goals?” I should be asking this often given that I procrastinate a lot and have the tendency to waste time hehehe.

There was also an after party with open bar. I ordered two shots – zombie and tequila something. Ayun, di naman ako nalasing. Parang wala naman kasing tequila yung isang drink. Walang kick. At wait, gusto ko ba talagang maglasing that night? Hahaha!

Weekend

Hmmmm…ok, I slept a lot. My body clock is still screwed up because of the too many long shifts we had in the last 3 weeks. I’m slowly trying to correct that though hehehe. So, I only went out on Sunday for some errands in Makati.

I also finally went to Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. And, there wasn’t anything much to see there hahaha. There were only a few shops, some in other malls. But I went there mainly for lunch hehe. Food again. I tried Wingstop’s classic wings in garlic parmesan, onion rings, and chipotle rice. Ok lang naman. Masarap naman lahat. I also had dessert at Florabel. I tried the frozen brazoo de Mercedes. I read it somewhere that it’s highly recommended. Well, I love sweets so of course I loved this. Not good for the health though hehehe.

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I just find Florabel’s place mat pretty.

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Frozen brazo de mercedes. Priced at Php 225 + service charge. Expensive but yummy!

There are still a lot of constructions within the area. Even Uniwide, the supermarket, is not yet opened. Yun pa naman isang sinadya ko pero ayun, under construction pa lang yung building kung san sya ipupuwesto hehehe.

Another mall near the area is Ayala the 30th. Eto sana magbukas na. It looks big so there must be a lot of shops, which of course will also be like the ones in other malls hehehe. Yun lang, this is just 5 minutes walk away from my apartment thus, I’m really looking forward to its opening. I read again somewhere that this was supposed to open last August but until now, no one shop has opened yet. But I think some shops will start opening in November, just in time for the holidays!

I went home late afternoon. I remember watching Mr. Right but I fell asleep in the middle so I did not get the whole story hehehe.

Until then. Have a great week ahead.

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