2018 Week 18: House Blessing | Food Trip | Passport Appointment | Unimart

April 30 – May 6, 2018

I am so happy that I was able to secure an appointment for the BF’s passport renewal. I started checking the site almost everyday, at different hours since March and was not lucky since then. There were no available dates since June. On April 30, I tried again in the evening hoping that this time, there will be slots because April is about to end. And boy was I lucky! Hehe. I was even able to change the schedule to a week earlier because when I double checked with the BF in the morning, there was a conflict with his schedule. Luck was on my side that day. I was thinking that most people might have gone to long breaks as May 1 was a holiday, hence slots were still available in the morning hehe. Anyway, I am just thankful he now has a schedule. Hopefully it goes well from here.

My friend had her condo blessed so another friend and I went to her place. The place was small so her visitors were in batches hehehe.

From the friend’s condo, we proceeded to Ayala the 30th because my other friend hasn’t been there yet.

We were feeling a little hungry (because that was already a few hours after lunch) so we went to Cafe Breton to grab some snacks. Here were our orders:


↑We shared one order of sausage platter with toast and each of us ordered caramel liegeois. All yummy but also super calorie and sugar loaded hehehehe.


↑We shared this order of blueberries and cream crepe. Super yummy!

After that, we went around the mall to check out the shops.

The plan was to also visit Estancia mall too but for some reason, we took our sweet time going around Ayala and it we just realized that it was already closing hours.

We were hungry again so we went to Capitol Commons to search for a place where we can eat. This time, we ended up in Peri-Peri.


↑Grilled chicke, mac and cheese, pita bread and salsa

On the way home last Saturday, I saw that Unimart has already opened! And so on Sunday, I went to check it out. The place is big and spacious too! It seems that the imported goods are cheaper there.  But the lettuce I bought was more expensive than in Rustans huhu. But anyway, at least I now have another alternative where I can shop that’s nearer the apartment hehehe.

The end.

2018 Week 17: Team Building | Resignations

April 23-29, 2018

Highlights of this week. Two members of the project team I’m handling tendered their resignations. Ones’s last day was last Friday, April 27. The other one is already on terminal leave as of this writing. The other one who just got married on April 1 has plans but she is yet to let us know if her and her hubby’s final plans in the next two weeks.

This is one event which is inevitable and we just have to be strategic about it so as to keep the team sailing.

We also had our team building last Friday, April 27. We went to Quest Adventure Camp in Teresa, Antipolo.

The area is 11 hectares, with 8 hectares already developed. Bet na bet ko ang ganito ng negosyo. San kaya ako makakakuha ng limpak na pera pambili ng kaharian hahahaha.

We got the day tour package which is less than Php 1,500 per person. Not sure if this is a group rate though. That fee includes facilitators, AM and PM snacks, lunch, and use of facilities from 8 AM to 6 PM.

We started the day with warm up exercises and Zumba. We moved on to the wall climbing, rappelling and zip line activities. I did all three. It was my first time to do wall climb and let me just say that it was not love at first try hehe. I have done more hardcore rappelling (in a falls) and zip line (Dahilayan Park, Bukidnon) in the past so I know I will still enjoy these activities.

We had a quick lunch before we started with the obstacle courses. We were divided into 2 groups. There were 13 obstacles on the ground and 2 in the pool. Pabilisan ng oras ito mga bes. The activities also required upper body strength the most.

In the end, our team won yehey! No price, only bragging rights hahaha. They were laughing at our chant in the morning kasi sobrang olats naman talaga. But in the end, kami ang nanalo bwahahahaha!


↑Lots of mango trees. This may be purely a mango plantation before.


↑Trying out the wall climb.

We were back in the office at around 8 PM and we went to Hugo for dinner and drinks because of the teammate’s last day. Ang tagal lang talaga ng service that night. Super gutom na kami.


↑Hugo Grillery for dinner.

On Saturday, ayan na ang body aches. But that did not hinder me and my friend to go out hehe.

We first went to Uptown Mall to try Tim Hortons. I enjoyed their Iced Hot Chocolate and Italanio Bagel. Ang sarap ng bagel.

All schedules for Avengers were full so we went to SM Megamall. Ang haba rin ng pila! We went to Shang where we were able to get tickets for 9 PM yehey! We did some window shopping to kill time. We also had dinner at … to avail of the 10% discount given when we bought the movie tickets hehe. Happy tummy with steaks, saffron rice, chicken, sausage and roasted veggies. Di ko naubos lahat so may instant ulam ako the next day hehehehe.

I liked the movie! Nakakabitin lang hahaha. Pero ok lang. May Philippines sa credit pero baka aerial scenes lang.

I had a massage on Sunday just to help ease all the pain brought about by the team building hehe.

And that’s it.

Quest Adventure Camp

Pantay Quatro, Sitio Buhangin, Antipolo – Teresa, Dalig, Teresa, 1880 Rizal (just 45 minutes drive from SM Masinag.)

(02) 876-7339
(63) 928-257-1613 | (63) 926-035-6143

2018 Week 16: Execution Leadership Sessions

April 16-22, 2018

It was my mom’s birthday last April 20. If she was still with us, she would have been 70 years old already. I miss you, Mama. I have a lot of stories to tell and questions to ask. Kaso waley ka naman na. Anyway, keri ko ito hahaha.

I think the only other highlight of last week was that we started studying the book “Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done”. So far, I’m liking this activity because I am learning a lot. Wait, it would be better if I make a summary of the things that resonated with me each week in another blog entry so everything is consolidated.

And other than that, I can’t think of any other significant update. Hala! Wala rin akong social life last weekend. I just spent the entire weekend at home doing nothing, well, sometimes playing and watching YouTube videos. Ang init naman kasi. Ang hirap kumilos hahaha. There goes my lame excuses again.

And so, the end.

2018 Week 15: Anything New?

April 9-15, 2018

Wala na akong maisip na witty title haha.

April 9 was a holiday, therefore I had another day in Baguio. I started checking out Baguio wedding suppliers and I got so confused because there were a lot. Napagod ako just by looking at the list hahaha. Sumakit pa ulo ko. So tinigilan ko muna.

I went back to Manila in the evening na.

The following day, I was not feeling well so I opted to stay home and rest. Sayang ang leave pero ayaw ko ring ipilit.

The rest of the week was dealing with issues after issues.

On Thursday also, I had to cram with all the reading assignments for the Execution sessions.

On Friday, I had to talk to my boss because I was not feeling good about everything work-related. I was relieved after that talk and I’m glad I did it.

The weekend was spent for domestic chores plus a dinner with a friend on Saturday. We went to Bag O’ Shrimps in Megamall. We enjoyed the food! Ang sarap ng timpla ng shrimp. However, it is best eaten talaga if kamay without the plastic glove hehehe. Pero sa sarap, ni-takeout ko yung sabaw together with 2 or 3 shrimps pang-ulam the next day hehehe.


↑There is an additional payment when you add corn and sausages.


↑Dynamite na hindi ko keri ang anghang kahit may cheese.


↑Sweet potato fries.

The end.

2018 Week 14: Book Club | Ninang Duties (Again)

April 2-8, 2018

My boss enlisted me in a “book club” in the office. Basically, we are a group who will discuss the contents of the book “Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done”. There are assignments every week and we are expected to participate in every discussion. It’s an activity that needs a lot of brain cells. For instance, for our first session this Thursday, we have a reading assignment of around 60 pages. Then there are 3-4 questions we need to answer. Ganern. I know it will help me grow. Matinding focus at intact na brain cells lang talaga ang kailangan hahahaha! But ultimately, the expectation is for us to be able to apply the learnings from the book. That’s why the facilitators are insisting that it is not just a “book club” hehehe.

I went home again for the weekend to be a godmother to my niece who just had her confirmation on April 8, 2018. It was on the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Their confirmation was officiated by Bishop Victor Bendico of the Diocese of Baguio.

The parish officers prepared a simple lunch after.

In the past, I know that the fiesta was a big event in the parish. However, this year, it was just low-key. I’m guessing that it’s because of the upcoming blessing of the church because the target completion is in the next 3-4 months hopefully. So I guess, that’s where the big celebration will happen.

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↑The confirmandee.

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↑The confirmandee and the ninang.

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↑The confirmandee and her mom and her little sister at the back. May topak si bunso. Gusto atang mag-McDo pero lahat kami tamad nang pumunta sa town. Ayun, ayaw magpapicture.

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↑Falling in line for lunch. Ayaw pa rin sumama ni bunso.

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↑Ayan, medyo nawawala na topak. Konting inarte na lang hahaha!

After lunch, I went to look for the BF para magpaalam na uuwi na kami. Naabutan ko sila sa likod ng church na nagpipictorial. Aatras na dapat ako (shy ako) pero nakita na ako ni Father at ng mga elders at tinawag ako so no choice but to go near them. Ang awkward hahaha. Shy talaga ako. Pinagpiyestahan kami. Picture daw. Gusto ko magpapicture pero syempre sa phones lang namin. Pero hindi. Naglipana ang mga cellphones left and right. Bakit? Di ho kami celebrities hahahaha.Picture din daw with the ninongs and ninangs. Ha? May ganon na agad agad? May nalalaman pa silang hawakan ang bulaklak daw na nakalagay sa bilao hahahaha. Nakakaloka ho kayo hahahaha. But anyway, we still had fun. Lalo na sila hahahaha.

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↑Ayan ang pabulaklak sa bilao nila. Pinapabuhat sa akin yung nasa tabi ko kaso ayaw ko hahahaha!

The end. Have a great week ahead.

P.S. All shots are from the iPhone X which I won in a raffle promo last year. Yes, finally after more than 2 months in my possession, naiset up ko na rin sya hehehehe. Haven’t explored yet most of the features but I’m loving the battery life so far!

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