2018 Week 7: Happy Chinese New Year!

February 12-18, 2018

Last Wednesday, February 14 was Ash Wednesday so I attempted to wake up early to attend mass, which I successfully did even with just a few hours of sleep.

I was soooo looking forward to the holiday last Friday. I was planning to leave the office early, which did not happen unfortunately. I was waiting for a ride home when I was startled because of the fireworks. Well, it was already 12AM, that’s why. Happy Chinese New Year!

My friend and I went to Binondo supposedly for some food trip. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people and all the restaurants are full. What were we thinking? Hahahaha! So after dropping by the supermarket that sells cheaper apple cider vinegar, we decided to just leave. On our way towards Binondo church, the parade has already started. We saw Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the reigning Mr. and Miss Chinatown. We went towards Quintin Paredes Street where we booked Uber to bring us back to Makati hahahaha. So titas. Suko agad sa crowd.

Calamansi

↑Calamansi in pots! I was amazed, but I was sad because it was expensive hahaha. The small one is Php 1,700.00 while the big one is Php 3,500.00. I’ll just buy a small one then let it grow haha.

Binondo (02-16-2018)

↑I was able to capture the reigning (?) Miss Chinatown but was not able to see the Mr. because we were busy navigating the streets to get out hehe.

Since it was already almost 3PM when we reached Makati, we decided to just avail of Dad’s merienda because of more choices (as always) for a cheaper price at Php 258.00 per pax.

We went home after because we got really exhausted because of the heat and crowd hahahaha.

The rest of the days were spent at home, except when I went to mass, to Din Tai Fung for takeout of xia long bao, and to the grocery for green mangoes!

ShangLanterns

↑Lanterns at Shangri-la Mall.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2018 Week 6: The BF’s Visit

February 5-11, 2018

For a change, it was the BF who came to Manila for a visit. I picked him up at the terminal last Monday at dawn. We spent the day in SM MOA for some window shopping, sunset watching, and meeting up with her nieces for dinner. We then proceeded to Shangri-la Mall so that I can introduce him to my high school BFF.

He had to go back home on Monday night though. It was a short visit but it was better than nothing at all.

RM (02-05-2018)

ManilaBaySunset (02-05-2018)

↑Manila Bay sunset. Sunrises and sunsets will always be magical to me.

The new director came on board last Wednesday, and so on Thursday, we went to the Glorietta site for several presentations. The bonus was that we had free dinner at TGIF hehe.

My teammates and I also went out to grab a drink at Whistlestop in BGC. On a Friday dawn. Because, why not? Hehehe. Nagsiksikan kaming pito sa kotse ni teammate. Nagkasya kami. Maluwag pa nga eh hahahaha.

StrawberryMargarita

↑Strawberry margarita. Yum yum!

CrispyPata

↑Pampabata. Another yum yum!

On Saturday, I accompanied my fried for the first maintenance checkup of her car. We spent 5 hours at the shop. Not the best customer experience. Lots of patience needed. But we commend the new employee who has been so accommodating and apologetic for the shortcomings of her teammates.

We watched Fifty Shades Freed in the afternoon and had dinner at Tramway only because we can’t decide what to eat hehe. The simplest is to go buffet so that you’ll have options and just pick those that you’re craving for at the moment. And Tramway because it’s friendly on the pocket at Php 258.00 per pax.

The end.

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.

iPhoneX

↑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.

GuardiansTheMusical

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

ChickenPorkAdobo

↑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.

JudeDeverauxSummerHill

↑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.

ContisBatangasAdobo

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

ChocolateCake

↑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.

NBSHaul

↑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!

BookSaleHaul

↑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.

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