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!

2018 Week 12: Weekend at Home

March 19-25, 2018

I went home on March 22 because I was on birthday leave for March 23.

Birthday muna. Some of us contributed an amount to treat our teammates with Ambers and Andoks goodies last March 22. I also received a card and a small gift from the team. I love the books! One of my teammates knows I am also passionate about personal finance since we’ve had conversations about it in the past because she’s also training to be a financial adviser on the side.

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↑Books from the team!

Then of course, the customary birthday dinner with the BF on March 23. Single celebration for the both of us since his birthday is March 24.

March 24 was lunch with the siblings and their kiddos and grandkids at Good Taste.

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↑Team PiLitz hehehe. PiLitz is from the combined name of our father, Pido, and one of the nicknames my mom frequently used which is Litz (short for Lolita, and besides her other common nickname, Lolit). That will be our team name moving forward unless other siblings have a better suggestion.

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↑Halo-halo to beat the summer heat. But actually, it was colder than usual that weekend.

After lunch, we went to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to check out if they have calamansi for sale. Unfortunately, they were closed on Saturday. However, my sister in law’s cousin works there so I was able to get the information I needed later that week. They have grafted plants for sale at Php 50.00 each. Perfect. I’m not just sure if this is the dwarf type. What I’m aiming is for the calamansi trees that can just grow on big pots so that it’s easier to rearrange the backyard if needed.

Our father used to frequent BPI when he was still alive and stronger. This is where he used to get all the citrus fruits he planted. It was good to visit again one of his happy places.

From BPI, we went to Ace Hardware in SM. I am looking for cabinet handles. Unfortunately, they don’t have stock on the handles I wanted. The search is not yet over.

I also learned that my niece has an ongoing training in Sitel. I am happy is an understatement. I am excited for her. And I am praying that this is the start of a better future for her and her daughter.

We spent the morning going over her contract and giving her some pep talk about how it is in the corporate world. And of course the discussion about how she should be handling her finances. I know I  go overboard sometimes because that is already her personal business but I just want her to start practicing good money habits as early as her first salary. The first few challenges I gave her were a) to start saving for her emergency fund, b) set aside a specific amount for her retirement, c) set aside a specific amount for her daughter’s college fund, and d) save up around Php 30k-50k so that she can build a small house.

The Php 30k-50k is more than enough to build a simple house made of galvanized iron for the roofing and walls and at the very least, rough cemented flooring. We’ll build it via bayanihan to save on labor. This is good for a start. She can always improve it when future budget permits.

Hopefully, these will all materialize and she’ll not be tempted with all her wants and focus first on her needs.

On Sunday evening after mass, the BF and I went to 108 Session Road to listen to some live bands over a couple of beers (for him). This is to pass the time while waiting for my 9 PM trip back to Manila.

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↑Clingy-clingy rin pag may time :p.

The end.

Happy Birthday To Us! (2018 Edition)

Birthday 2018 Edition

As always, I was on leave on my birthday so I went home to Baguio on the night of March 22.

Most parts of Baguio had a scheduled brownout on my birthday! The sad thing was that, I was not able to charge my phones before the brownout which started around 7:30 AM! The sadder thing was that it extended to 2 days and 1 night, instead of the original schedule which was just whole day of Friday. Nakakaloka ang walang charged phone hahahahaha. I think I can live with it naman. Medyo wrong timing lang because I had plans over the weekend and of course we rely on our phones these days for faster communication.

Anyway, going back.

Afternoon of March 23 was pamper myself hours. After that, I went to Starbucks to do some work, and charge my phones while waiting for the BF.

We went to Forest House as always, because of our free birthday cake hahahaha! It was a joint birthday celebration bilang March 23 ako and March 24 sya. It was just a quick dinner and we went home after. It’s a little frustrating because we cannot take too many pictures because we were both conserving our batteries. But other than that, it was still a good night of celebration.

We’ll see where we’ll be next year. Gosh, first birthday celebration na namin yun bilang mag-asawa nyahahaha!

Pictures!

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↑Dinner is served!

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↑Our 2018 birthday cake courtesy of Forest House. I asked the staff to put the year hehe. Here’s last year’s cake.

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↑Me with our cake.

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↑BF with our cake. This time, he opted to use his real name.

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↑Us with our cake. Guys, may take out naman kami. Di namin nasimot orders namin :p.

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↑Cheers to another year! Let’s drink to that!

Thank you Lord for blessing us with another year to enjoy Your gift of life. We are forever grateful!

P.S. Napasearch ako sa 2016 pictures namin. Ang awkward pa namin noon since less than a year pa lang kami and I was not really openly posting about us then. But for documentation purposes, I’ll post some of our 2016 pictures too! Hahahaha.


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Address: Loakan Rd, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone: (074) 447 0459

2018 Week 11: Ninang Duties | S&R Sale

March 12-18, 2018

First, happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! I miss you and Mama everyday! (March 20, 2018)

And for the updates…

It’s that time of the year again for the most awaited S&R sale. I did not physically go but I have enabler friends hehehe. I asked her to pick up some snacks, chocolates, honey citron tea and conditioner for me. I had to stop myself from buying all the things on sale. Bawal umiyak ang wallet.

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↑Honey Citron Tea which I have yet to try. I learned about this from Mommy Fleur hehe.

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↑Isingit ko lang ito. Not from S&R but a teammate shared it to us and it is so good! I need more of this!!!!

I went home last weekend for the thanksgiving celebration of my friend and her family. I tagged along my nieces. I had the permission to do so.

First, celebration for the baptism of her kids. I am a godmother to her last child. The church is in Rosario La Union and the celebration is at their residence at Camp 3, Kennon Road. They have a strategic location because it’s just 30-40 minutes away from both Baguio and La Union.

It was also their 10th wedding anniversary last March 14. One decade of staying married is surely something worth celebrating.

Lastly, it was her birthday last March 16 so another reason to celebrate.

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↑Me with the nieces.

We left their home early afternoon. My other friend and her hubby dropped us off in town so my nieces and I went to SM to window shop. I was able to buy new curtains that match the new paint in my room. It’s in light gray.

We also had early dinner before heading home. I slept early on Saturday night because I barely slept during my trip home and we had to leave early that morning. I woke up after 9 hours. Sarap.

On Sunday afternoon, I stayed in Starbucks SM to work for a while while waiting for the BF to finish his work and meet up with me. We just had dinner and then went to the terminal to wait some more for my 10PM trip.

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↑Dinner at Sizzling Plate along Session Road. We ordered their Australian porterhouse. I also ordered one sansrival which is still so good. Lamon pa besh!

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↑Goofing around at the terminal while waiting for my trip. We spent a few minutes listing down our potential entourage and potential principal sponsors. I’ll write dedicated posts for anything wedding-related.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, I can’t wait to go home again on Thursday night hehehehe.

2018 Week 9: Weekend At Home | Panagbenga | New Room Paint

February 26 – March 4, 2018

I went home to Baguio last weekend for some R&R and a special errand.

I left Manila on Friday evening and arrived in Baguio after 3.5 hours! I booked at JoyBus so that the route will be SCTEX and TPLEX without stopovers.

The very first thing I did as soon as I arrived was to check on my newly painted room. I love how it turned out. It’s waaaayyyy more relaxing than its multi-colored predecessor. While it was expensive to redo it, I’m glad I pushed for this project.

The color is a lighter version of whipple blue from Titan Paint’s brochure. The painters mixed 3 color options and my brother picked the best choice from there. Basta I loved how it turned out kasi ang aliwalas talaga and nakaka-relax yung color.

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↑Fresh paint.

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↑My black and white bathroom. Still need a divider. Ang mahal ng initial quote hmp.

I spent a few hours on Saturday morning putting things back in my room. I am so back in my room hahaha!

My nieces and one of my grandchildren went out in the afternoon for some Session Road in Bloom experience. But first, lunch at Jack’s Restaurant. My auntie met us too.

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↑The kid in the middle turned 7 last March 5, hence, she’s now included in the cast of the regulars who always come with me to gallivant hahahaha!

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↑Sundae for a hot day.

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↑Photo ops and a quick break from all that walking.

In the evening, the little ones went home with my sister and brother-in-law while my aunt, teenager niece and I stayed behind for the night market hihihi!

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↑Waiting for the night market to start at 9PM. Literal palang night ang simula nito hahahaha!

There were a lot of nice pieces but not for my size hahahaha. Saklap. But I was able to buy an outfit for my niece’s confirmation in April. Sya talaga nakinabang bilang ang payat nya hahahaha. Even my aunt was a little sad because wala rin syang mahanap na cardigan hahaha. Ako jogging pants na tig bente lang naman ang hanap ko. Merong isa wahahaha.

On Sunday, I invited some aunties and uncles for an early birthday lunch and for an announcement hihihi.

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↑My sweet nephew brought a cake, which unfortunately I was not able to taste as we got busy after lunch. Well, I ate two of the cherries hehe.

The BF and I had dinner before my 9PM trip. We ate at Pizza Hut because it is near the terminal and there were still seats available. We were on the right side of the city, and near the window, therefore we had a glimpse of the fireworks that officially closed the Panagbenga 2018.

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The announcement? Suffice to say that someone needs to take dieting seriously and that same someone also needs to start planning for a wedding  😀  😛 .

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↑12282018  🙂 #Maghahashtagdinbakami?

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

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