2017 Week 52: Happy Holidays!

December 25-31, 2017

Gosh, few hours left, 2 hours and 16 minutes to be exact, before we bid goodbye to 2017! I’m completing my last post for 2017 before sweeping the house and going up to my sister’s place to join them and the kids for bonfire, bbq, and roasted marshmallows while we watch the fireworks of faraway neighbors hehehe.

And so here goes.

December 25

Stayed home and prepped the house for my guest hahahaha. Went out in the afternoon to fetch my friend. She joined a Banaue-Sagada tour last weekend and they arrived in Baguio early evening of 25. She’s spending the evening at our home, hence the delayed Christmas dinner and gift giving hehehe.

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↑Fiesta dinner. Wala pa dyan ang fruits and cake. Pero minsan lang yan. Hehe.

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↑Kids and their gifts. Minsan din lang ito hahahaha.

December 26

Dropped by the church where BF works to introduce my friend to him hehehe. Went straight to the terminal for her afternoon trip back to Manila.

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↑Goofing.

From the terminal, I went to SM to buy some gifts for the siblings.

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↑Played a prank on my sister, hence her looks on the smaller pictures hihihi. I replaced the contents of the box with her daughter’s cellphone. But I gave the real contents to her after a few minutes. On second thought, I should have given it to her the next day hahahaha! Ganyan lang talaga ako. Brutal kung magmahal hahahaha!

December 27

Date night with the BF. We visited Christmas Village at the Baguio Country Club and then dinner after at Gerry’s Grill.

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↑Man-made snow aka kula ng sabon hehehe.

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↑Picture with the Nativity cast. Pinagtyagaan namin ang pila dyan. Mahaba. Then naabutan pa kami ng break time hehehe.

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↑Dinner is served.

Stayed home the rest of the days.

December 31

Went to mass and then treated the kids later to an early lunch at Jollibee. My 2 nieces and I went around for a while but went home early afternoon because for sure, transportation will be harder in the evening. Plus, I was so sleepy I needed a nap before the bonfire session haha. And so I slept for almost 3 hours and when I woke up, wrote this post.

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↑Off to mass. Mga di itsurang yagit for now hahaha!

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↑Jollibee after mass. The nephew and his dad joined us.

Ok, my time’s up. The kids came here again and it’s time for a late dinner.

But before lamon, I’m off to sweep the floor first. It’s a habit that my mom has been doing through the years. It’s symbolic of “sweeping away” all the bad vibes and welcoming all the good vibes of the new year.

Happy new year! Cheers to 2018!

2017 Week 33: Weekend in Baguio 

August 14-20, 2017

I went home to Baguio last weekend for some family time.

I went out on Saturday with some of my nieces for some errands which I was not able to do in Manila.

We dropped by the grocery to buy some food.

We also dropped by Ace Hardware to check out their paints. I am planning to repaint my room but I can’t decide which color is best for the long term. I’m leaning towards blue/grey/bluish grey. There are many shades. I don’t know which shade I want.

I made the mistake of painting my room with several shades of blue and green. But the multicolored room is turning out to be not the best especially for small rooms. It just feels so “busy”. I want something that has a calming effect, hence the repainting plans. Plus, it looks dirty because of the sealer they’ve used before with cracked walls. I talked to my brother about it and fortunately, he learned something from a carpenter and there’s a remedy to conceal all those unsightly patches. Whew.

It was my grandchildren’s christening last Sunday and I was one of the sponsors. It was good to be home again after more than a month. The uncles and aunties were not complete but at least other cousins still joined us.

I made a quick trip to the hangar market to buy some vegetables – Baguio beans, potatoes, zucchini, broccoli. I wanted to buy more because it’s cheaper there but it was too heavy.

The BF and I had a short “we time” aka dinner before my trip back to Manila. I opted to return earlier even though it was a holiday on Monday to get some rest.

Enjoying her ride.

Someone’s enjoying the ride. Php 35.00 for around 3 minutes.

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Spending some quality time at Don Henrico’s.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 12: Birthday Celebrations | Realization | Family Bonding

March 20-26, 2017

Work

I’m not sure if there were other issues reported since I left the office last March 22. I’m not checking until now. I just asked some of my teammates to do this and that shoud issues arise. I was touched because they asked me to just enjoy my birthday leave and they’ll take care of everything while I was gone.

Thank you, teammates. Malay nyo paggising ko bukas, feeling generous na ako at bibigay na ako sa ice cream na hinihiling nyo hahahaha!

Weekend

My “weekend” started last March 23. Thank you, boss for approving my request. I was supposed to work from home on March 24 because of the newly deployed system. But upon learning that there were no issues since I left, I requested my boss to just extend my leave on the 24th. Thanks again, boss!

I have a separate post here for our birthday celebration just because.

On Friday, I brought my niece with me on my errands. She did not have classes so she was free to join me. Her teenager sister had their last day of exams last Friday so she cannot join us.

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Kulitan with the kulit

On Friday night, I told my niece that we can go out on Saturday morning to buy ingredients so that she can bake something that she knows. Ano ang sagot sa akin ng teenager? Ayaw daw nya at di nya feel mag-bake kinabukasan. Naloka ang titang naninibago sa teenager niece hahaha.

But since I still wanted to bond with her kasi teenager na nga and I want to get to know her teenage self, I still asked if she would like to go out on Saturday. Mas gusto daw nya yun. Since this day was for her, I asked her what she wanted to do. Food trip daw. Hanep na yan. May nalalaman na silang food trip ngayon.

So food trip it is on Saturday, but not before she completed her chores at home in the morning. We were able to eat/buy and eat at home 5 out of 8 in the list.

Look at the list! I asked her to be more specific where to eat those kaya ganyan kadetalye hahaha. Wrong spelling lang si siomai :p.

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Ang mahiwagang food trip list 😀 😀 😀

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First stop at Jack’s restaurant for fried chicken and lumpiang shanghai.

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Next stop was at McDonald’s for caramel sundae.

Syempre ang bunsong sutil, di talaga yan magpapatalo sa ate. We asked her to just stay home on Saturday kasi nga naisama ko na sya ng Friday. Aba hindi daw kasi wala naman daw syang nakain sa mga nasa list nung Friday. Iba raw kinain nya. At mas nauna pang maligo at magbihis kesa sa aming dapat lalabas hahaha!

Pero how can tita say no? I’m taking advantage of every opportunity kasing clingy pa sila sa akin because I’m sure darating ang time na di na sila sasama sa akin hahaha!

But actually, the original plan for Saturday was for us to hike Mt. Cabuyao. However, someone died in our barangay and as per practice, we cannot just pass by their home anytime, especially that the burial was last Saturday afternoon. As in, pag dumaan kami don pag uuwi na, we have to make sure that at least na tapos na ang libing. So wag na lang muna. Maybe we can do that on Holy Week instead.

Sunday was lunch with siblings at Good Taste. Ang dami ata namin na-order at medyo malaki ang bill ko. Pero sa dami ng inorder namin, mura pa rin yun sa lagay na yun hahaha. It is always noisy when my nieces and nephew are together but it’s a happy noise so I can tolerate that hahaha.

My childhood friend who now lives in another municipality in Benguet was in Baguio with her son so we met up at church and I asked her to join us for lunch for more chika time hehehehe.

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Baby B! Medyo big boy na.

About my realization…the moment I arrived home on Thursday, I felt something that I have been waiting to feel comfortable about for the longest time. I guess it means I’m now ready if ever it happens. We’ll see how it turns out this year.

Ok, I think that is everything for last week.

Happy Birthday to Us!

Birthday 2017 Edition

I arrived in Baguio in the morning of March 23 just in time to catch the early morning mass at the Baguio Cathedral. After that, I went to Vizco’s for breakfast. Of course I also ate my birthday cake which I ordered myself :p.

I went home to sleep until 12 noon.

I requested the BF that we go out for dinner to celebrate our birthdays. His is on the 24th. We cannot think of anywhere to go so I suggested that we just go to Forest House again, the same place that we went to during our birthday dinner last year. I thought of going there because maybe we can make it as a yearly tradition and they have a free slice of birthday chocolate cake with a beautiful design so no need to order dessert hihihi.

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Early birthday surprise from my teammates last March 22! Not just once but twice akong kinantahan hahaha.

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What it was like when we arrived at the restaurant. Beautiful evening for a sumptuous birthday dinner.

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Happy birthday to us! 

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Birthday cake. If we’ll have this again next year, I’ll ask the staff to put a date or at least the current year hehehe.

“Tita, The School Met Us to Discuss Graduation…”

Feeling ko Friday ngayon. Leave kasi ako bukas kaya siguro ganon. Uuwi muna ako sa aking sayote kingdom sa Baguio. Magha-hibernate on my birthday.  😀  😀  😀

Anyway, iba ang gusto kong ikuwento ngayon.

Last week, nagmessage sa akin yung pamangkin ko.

“Tita, ni-meet po kami kanina sa school about graduation. 2K daw ang graduation fee pag hindi mag-aattend tapos Php 6,500.00 pag mag-aattend.

Pusang gala. Shocked is an understatement. Bakit ganon kamahal ang fee na yan?! Ginto ba ang gagamiting panulat sa diploma?!

Nung nahimasmasan ako, inusisa ko kung bakit ganon kamahal. Binigyan ako ng breakdown nung Php 6,500.00. Tapos dito raw sa Manila ang ceremony para sama-sama lahat ng Informatics graduating students. Not sure lang if nationwide kasi kamusta naman ung mga by air pa ang travel di ba?

Pero hindi pa kasama dyan ang fare and accommodation ng mga isasama nilang kapamilya. Napa-OMG uli ako. Gastos, gastos, gastos ang lumilipad sa isip ko. Hahaha! Hanggang pang tuition lang kasi ang naisama ko sa budget ko eh hahahaha.

Pero syempre gusto ko pa rin mag-attend sya ng graduation at gusto ko syang rumampa sa stage ‘no! Culmination din kasi yun ng lahat ng hirap and sacrifices nya. Single mom pa sya at neneng-nene nung nagka-anak. I’m not privy to their set up ng magulang nya pero given na yan na mahirap i-balance ang everything.

Buti na lang sa May pa ang graduation kasi may OJT pa sila. So may time pa para mag-ipon kasi syempre di lang naman yun ang gagastusin nya. May pamasahe pa sila ng nanay nya, damit, sapatos, muk-ap at syempre pang-buffet! Hehehehe. Kailangan kasama ang pagkain. This is a celebration!!!

Pero yung totoo, nung nagsink in na sa aking graduation na nga ang pinag-uusapan namin, naiiyak na natutuwa na na-eexcite ako. Ganito siguro din ang naramdaman ng nanay ko nung ga-graduate na ako ng college hehehehe. Pero akalain mo yun, 2 years na pala since nagstart sya with her associate degree.

At na-touch naman ako kasi sabi ng nanay nya, ako na lang daw ang mag-eescort sa kanya. Pero hello! Big no. Ate ko pa rin syempre. Tuition lang naman ang galing sa akin. The rest ng gastos, kanila na. I’ll have my chance with my own kids in the future hehe.

Pero dahil shocked pa rin talaga ako sa babayaran, sinabihan ko na yung isang pamangkin ko na ate nya na ihanda na nya ang pamasahe ng nanay at kapatid nya hahahahaha. Tapos sinabihan ko na rin ang kuya ko na i-sponsor ang sapatos hehehehe. Nasabihan akong stage mom ng kaibigan ko nyahahahaha!

Then sinabihan ko yung isang tita namin na mag-ipon na sya ng pamasahe nya para makasama sya. Tapos naisip kong mag-Tagaytay na rin kasi di pa ata uli nakabalik ang ate ko don after ikasal ng kuya ko. Oha. Budget na lang. Walang budget pero nakapagplano na nang dahil sa excitement hihihi.

Pero ito ang winner. A few hours later, may pinakitang email sa akin ang boss ko. Good news for a potential windfall. Pag natuloy yun, solved ang budget hahahaha.

Pero yung talagang totoong totoo, sobrang thankful ako na nagpursigi sya kahit nasermonan ko sya ng bongga the first time she did something offensive. Sobrang galit talaga ako that time pero nanalig pa rin akong di naman na siguro uulit so pwede pa ang second chance. And again, I’m glad I did that. Otherwise, di ko rin ma-eexperience ang ganitong klaseng happiness and excitement. Iba mga bes. Hehehehe.

Thank you, Lord for guiding us all in this journey.

Bow.

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Hello po! Ako po ang anak ng Mama ko hehehe. ***Grabbed from my niece’s FB. Not sure if design yung black borders hehehe.***

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