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.


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






↑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.




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


↑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.


↑Man-made snow aka kula ng sabon hehehe.


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


↑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.


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


↑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 41: Weekend With Friends

October 9-15, 2017

My work has been more hectic the past week. More projects were added to my plate to oversee. And it has all been issues left and right. It pisses me off most of the time but I know that this too shall pass. But it’s still draining all my energy and skewing my sleep for the past weeks.

Anyway, moving on.

I met with my babies last October 14 for an afternoon of catching up and supporting one of them in her journey to becoming a financial advisor. Babies because I was their big sister when they first entered the work force. One even calls me mama bear haha. We’ve known one another for about 10 years now. While we are all busy with our own lives, we make it a point to at least meet once a year hahaha. We would like it to be more often but our schedules don’t align most of the time. To compensate for that, we have our private FB group chat where we catch up once in a while.

I am proud of what they’ve all become. Each one is writing her own colorful story. And whatever paths we choose for our lives, I know that we’ll be cheering for each other forever.

On Sunday, another friend and I was supposed to join a fun run. However, it was drizzling when we left Pasig, and then the shirts that we signed up for weren’t the ones issued to us. Nagka-ubusan daw. We were disappointed further because prior race day, my friend had a hard time locating the correct place to claim the race kits. All contact numbers weren’t working. All office locations indicated in the website were closed some years ago. Kaloka. It was only when she remembered to email both organizer and sponsor and the sponsor was able to provide claim details. But it was already too late, so the next option was to claim it during race day. But on race day, that’s what happened. So we decided to not just join haha.

We went to look for a breakfast place instead and ate to our hearts’ content hahahaha!

After breakfast, we went to Divisoria where I purchased a Christmas tree and Christmas tree trimmings! I’ll use it for the Baguio home. It’s my first time to put up some Christmas decors after my parents were gone hehehe. And I am excited. I’ll bring home the stuff on my next trip home.

I spent a little over Php 3,000.00 for a 5 feet Christmas tree, ribbons, flowers, leaves, balls and lights. If in the mall, the 3K is not enough hehehe.

Finally, we bought some pears and apples for prices that are way cheaper than the malls. Hay malls haha!

2016 Week 52: Holiday Break Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2

December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2016

December 30, 2016

We had a jam-packed schedule this day.

We went to Manila Ocean Park in the morning. Lucky for us, our company partnered with Manila Ocean Park for a promo of several of their packages. While they have their own promo, the one offered to our company was still cheaper at Php 450.00 for 6 attractions. Original price for this was Php 2,800.00. I didn’t know that Manila Ocean Park is this expensive already.

Anyway, our package includes the Sea Lion show, Shark and Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Oceanarium, Trails to Antarctica (Penguin Exhibit, Snow Village) and the Symphony Evening show. We were not able to watch the evening show though because we left after lunch.


First in line for the Sea Lion Show


At the Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. We were allowed to touch the back of a ray. The little girl is hungry, hence can’t smile :p


Entrance to the Jellies Exhibit. The little girl is still not in the mood hehehehe.


Groufie by the mirror with the jellies hehehe.


Hello jelly!


Oceanarium…Hello fishies!


Entrance to the Trails to Antarctica. The little girl is now smiling because we’re having lunch after this stop hahaha!


Nanny to these kids..They were watching the penguins.


Hello penguins! You can enter this enclosed area but you have to pay Php 500/3 pax and Php 100 for each additional pax. Medyo expensive so next time na lang.



Next was Manila Zoo. Entrance for non-Manila residents – Php 100.00 for adults, Php 60.00 for children below 4 feet.

While it was nice to see all the animals in the zoo, we can’t help but feel pity for them because most of these animals should be in the wide open spaces. Plus, we think that they are not really taken cared of based on their looks.

Also, while it was nice to see an elephant in the flesh, I feel sad for Mali because he’s alone in his cage and he’s been like that for decades! I wish that they find a better place for him or that they improve his living space. It’s all concrete!

But despite these, it was still an educational trip especially for the kids.


Our only picture at the zoo that’s in my phone hehehe.

We went home after Manila Zoo to rest a bit and complete our packing. But we went out again at around 6:30 PM to visit MERALCO’s Christmas lights display since it was just 20 minutes walk from the apartment.


MERALCO’s setup is more sophisticated now as compared to when I visited it 2 or 3 years ago.


The Holy Family


Gaya-gaya :p


Thank you, MERALCO!

By 10PM, we are already on our way to Victory Liner Cubao terminal in time for our 11:30 PM trip back to Baguio.

End of Manila – Tagaytay trip.

Special thanks to Uber and technology which allowed us to conveniently reach our destinations and without me having to worry whether the other group reached our destination as expected. We were 10 in the group, 11 at some point so I had to always book 2 cars. Expensive but nevertheless, this setup gave me peace of mind.

Part 4

2016 Week 52: Holiday Break Part 2

Part 1

December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Manila – Tagaytay Trip (December 27-30, 2016)

Last year, I, together with nieces, cousins, an aunt and uncle visited my brother in Tagaytay. It was a short trip but we really had a blast. Last November, I was contemplating on doing a repeat but was still undecided until mid-December because while it will be a blast, it will also be tiring and all I wanted to do during the break was to hibernate and do some errands for the house hehehe. But my other brother was also contemplating on bringing his family to Tagaytay and maybe visit Manila Ocean Park and Manila Zoo so we just did it.

The final cast: me, my 2 nieces, my brother, his wife, his 3 year old kid, my cousin’s 2 kids, my aunt, my aunt’s daughter.


Pasyal Tagaytay 2016 edition.

We left Baguio on the night of December 27 and arrived in Manila at around 5 AM. We got down at Victory Liner Cubao so that I coud secure our tickets going back to Baguio for December 30.

December 28, 2016

We rested for a few hours at my apartment and then prepared again to go to Tagaytay. We reached Tagaytay before 1 PM and lunch was waiting for us hehehe.

We visited People’s Park in the Sky this time as most of the cast have not been there yet.


View from the top


They went ahead on their own to take pictures by this huge pineapple.


Our turn


My brother’s family. Yes, Gysher? Any problem?


Sunset as we were leaving People’s Park. So happy I was able to catch this!

We dropped by Starbucks San Jose after for our annual dose of frappuccino.


It’s hard to take a groufie at night. End result? Incomplete hehehe.

We went home for dinner. I asked my brother to just buy cow meat for bulalo which will serve as our viand for all meals at their home so that it would be cheaper. I was trying to cut as much cost as possible hehehe.

December 29, 2016

On December 29, we left Tagaytay at mid-morning. We had ube halaya with us courtesy of my brother and sister-in-law. Thank you!


Thank you, brader and mga ate! Sa susunod uli hehe.

We were already waiting for a bus when my brother mentioned that he needs a printer. I have mine which I have not used for more than 3 years and he can borrow it. He went back home and we asked him to bring along her daughter so that she can join us in Manila.

We were supposed to go to Manila Ocean Park but it was already mid-afternoon and I’m afraid we won’t be able to maximize our stay there.

The adults then went to Baclaran to check out some goods. I therefore conclude that it’s better to go there in the morning when most shops are open so that you’ll have more options to choose from.

We went to S&R Shaw after. I just want to show them the place, buy chicken for dinner and chocolates for New Year.

We went home to a crying 3 year old hehehe.

To be continued.

Part 3

2016 Week 52: Holiday Break Part 1

December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!! Hello, 2017! You truly are here already hehehe.

Anyway, catching up on my blog posts. Here are all that happened over the holidays.

Trip to Buguias, Benguet

As mentioned in my previous post, our mom’s uncle (his dad’s brother) passed away last December 23 and so we had to postpone our Tagaytay trip and go to Buguias instead last December 26. Buguias is one of the municipalities in Benguet and it’s 4 hours away from Baguio via Halsema Highway. But I think it took us more than 4 hours because my uncle drives slower than most and it was also raining that time due to Typhoon Nina so the roads were slippery which makes driving harder. My brother, my sister and I went, together with some of my mom’s brothers and sisters.

I was dreading that trip because of the cold weather but I was also excited to see relatives who I’ve not seen for a long time. I’ve seen some of them during my parents’ wakes and it was good to see them again despite the circumstances.

What I admired the most in that community was that alcoholic drinks and gambling were not allowed in the house of the bereaved family. We did not see drunk men which is common in other areas. People just went there to really be with the family and mingle with other relatives and/or acquaintances.

They also have what they call presentation sessions wherein, they presented the family tree. It was my first time to experience that during a wake and I think it is a good practice so that people would have a better understanding of how they are related to each other.

An uncle hosted us for the night so that was a relief because we were able to sleep soundly in bed, complete with thick blankets hehehe. It was just a challenge going to their home because the pathway was really muddy. One wrong step and you’ll fall on the mud or slide and bring along with you the people behind you hahaha.

The burial was last December 27 but unfortunately, mass was not to start until 2 PM and it was already too late for some of us who were travelling to Manila that night so we just left earlier.


My reward for going to Buguias. Lots of views such as this along the way.


Garden views too.

Part 2

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