2017 Week 44: Baguio Errands

October 23-29, 2017

Basic cardigans were on sale at H&M when I dropped by the store.

↑ These were on sale for Php 599.00 each from the original price of I think Php 799.00. Still expensive but the quality is good (hopefully) so I bought 3 in basic colors hehehe. I want the rest of the colors but I need to control myself from going overboard hahaha!

I took a leave on October 30, so I went home to Baguio early morning of October 28. Aside from October 30 being sandwiched with the holidays, I need more days to spend in Baguio form some errands.

October 28

We went to different construction shops to look for tiles, paints and bathroom fixtures. I am repainting my room and finally pushing through with the installation of my room’s bathroom hehe. After a million years, mayayari na rin! Ubusan nga lang ng pera. Huhu. Pero sige na para matapos na.

I saw some prospects and I was satisfied with all of them. I showed them to my brothers and they all agreed that those are good choices. Sana maganda rin kalalabasan once everything is installed.

↑ My companions that day. We were not able to finish the viand. I forgot to ask whether their servings are to share or for single order, hence the amount of food for 3 people hehe. We brought home the leftover.

↑ The fixtures that I’m eyeing.

↑ My peg for the bathroom’s wall tiles. These are a bit expensive but there were no other tiles calling me so as of this writing, this is what I’m getting.

October 29

Spent most of the time this day sorting through my things because I need to empty my more than 20 year old cabinet since I want to apply polyurethane varnish to it to preserve it. I had wall problems aka water seeping into my walls and my cabinet got wet so molds were forming. The saddest thing is that, most of the pictures I kept in that cabinet were ruined huhuhu. Those were my graduation pictures! Hay yay yay.

I also need to vacate my room and transfer all my things to the other room in preparation for the repainting. You see, 5 years ago, I made the mistake of painting my room with several colors hehe. I now find it too “busy” and not really relaxing, hence the change of heart. It’s expensive, but I want a room that has a more peaceful vibe. My chosen color now is whipple blue from Boysen/Titan. It’s bluish-gray in their catalog. I hope it’s as pretty when it’s already applied in the room. Crossing my fingers.

I went to attend mass in the afternoon, and then some quality time with the BF after. For a change, there was no need to rush to catch a trip back to Manila. And since we had the time, we went to John Hay this time! We had dinner at the Bistro at Hill Station and then coffee after at Starbucks.

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↑ Busog lusog hehe!

The end.

2017 Week 35: Resting When I Can | Unstable Food Budget

August 21-27, 2017

Last Monday, August 21 was a holiday. I spent some hours cooking the vegetables I bought in Baguio. The rest of the day was spent just relaxing aka surfing the net.

Last Wednesday, I went to the grocery to pick up some items aka more kitchen appliances and kitchenware (steamer and Pyrex baking dish and mixing bowl because these were on sale) and roasted chicken for my packed lunch and dinner this week.

This is another long weekend but I just spent it in the apartment. I did some domestic chores on Saturday. The rest of the day was spent watching movies in Netflix. I’m taking advantage of the one month free access teehee.

After mass on Sunday, I dropped by the grocery store to buy some groceries again for next week’s packed lunch and dinner. I was able to steam the fish and vegetables. I have marinated the chicken and I’ll bake it tomorrow. In between cooking, I was also manning the washing machine. Talk about multi-tasking haha! It worked because I was done with both chores after 4 hours whew. The rest of the day was spent watching 2 movies again haha.

I was consistent in bringing packed lunch and dinner in the past two weeks, and I plan to do so as long as I can. However, I am always shocked every time I pay my groceries. It’s so expensive to buy everything in the supermarket. I wish there’s a nearer wet market in my place but there’s none. Therefore, I need to review and adjust my budget. I know I need to reallocate more for groceries now. I don’t know how much yet. Oh, I have an idea. I think it will help me if I record all I groceries for my meals every week. This will give me an average of how much I spend each week. Ok, yes, I’ll do that. This is also a practice for me in preparing a family budget in the future haha.

Steamer

↑ My new kitchen appliance. I’ve used it earlier to steam fish and okra.

Pyrex set 2

↑ This Pyrex set (baking dish and mixing bowl) was on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,300.00 for these 2 pieces.

Pyrex set 1

↑ Another Pyrex set (loaf dish and pie plate) on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,200.00 for these 2 pieces. I bought this two weeks ago, together with the oven.

DreamStove

↑ This is the gas range that I want. It’s stainless so no rusting as per sales agent. It’s expensive though. And all gas. I’m not sure if I should instead buy the model where it’s a combination of electric and gas. Which should I get? Need to research more.

Anyway, that’s it. Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 32: Saturday Work | Oven Shopping 

July 31 – August 6, 2017

Some of us had to go to work on Saturday because we are a bit delayed with the project. There are too many findings but I’d like to already deploy the system so that it’s out of our plates. Crossing my fingers for lesser bugs this week.

Weekend

My vacationing OFW niece came to Manila for some errand. Thanks to TNVS, I didn’t need to fetch her at the terminal. I just had to book and monitor to make sure that the route is towards the apartment and not somewhere else.

After mass on Sunday, we went to the mall to check out convection ovens. I just want to try to homecook my food and have some variety in food preparation. I’d like to have roasted chicken and vegetables, bake some cookies, cup cakes and baked mac and lasagna! I was with my friend and she let me promise her to make sure that I use the oven often hahahaha. Opo inay hahaha. I bought the Hanabishi 40L.

Hanabishi

My new kitchen appliance which I MUST maximize its use hehehe.

And let me just say that I am really a noob when it comes to baking hahahha. I don’t even know which basic pans and other baking stuff I need to buy hahahaha. My friend and niece helped me put together. So I also bought a mixing bowl, muffin pan, measuring cups, and lasagna and pie glassware from Pyrex. The items from Pyrex were bundled and on sale at 30% off. I’m planning to get the other glassware from Pyrex the next time they are on sale.

We also went to Dad’s for merienda. Since I am on a no-pork this month, I had limited options of what to eat. However, I was still full by the time we were done hehehe. Ang hirap magdiet talaga.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 23: Sales Hopping | Unplanned Shopping

May 29 – June 4, 2017

Work

After the vendor sessions, we needed to come up with vendor criteria to guide us in the vendor selection. There were many suggestions and nothing was finalized during that meeting. There were additional documents we needed to get from the vendors so it’s waiting period for us. However, the proposals were all in and I now need to create a summary of all the pricing.

The other project has picked up as well. I was able to discuss the requirements to our developers so that’s one thing out of my plate and we can all move on to development and test script creation in preparation for testing.

By the way, there was another opportunity for a speaking engagement for June 10. However, I had to decline because I’m going home this weekend and the topics are not one of my expertise. I need to spend time for research. So, next time na lang.

Whew.

Weekend

On Saturday, a friend and I visited some of the ongoing sales hehehe.

First stop was at Shoe Buffet held at Casa Filipino in San Juan. Well, I did not buy anything. There was one shoe I wanted but not available in my size so it wasn’t meant for me.

Second stop was at the Oster sale in their warehouse along Sheridan St., Mandaluyong. While I did not buy anything, my friend was able to buy a stick mixer with chopper and whisk that she was planning to buy for sometime now.

Ok, the next one is unplanned. However, we had a lot of time to spare while waiting for the Wonder Woman movie to start at 9 PM. We went around the shops to kill time.

Our last stop was at Rustan’s. Longchamp to be specific. Seriously, we just wanted to touch and admire the bags! But then, there was an ongoing sale! Some of their seasonal colors were discounted at 45% off. The others at 15% off and some colors at 25% off. Le Pliage red garance long handle, the one in my list of “wants” was on sale at 25% off. I bought one and paid Php 4,688.00. My friend got one in old rose too.

The sale is until July 2 or until supplies last. We bought ours in Rustan’s Shangri-la Mall.

They have increased their prices for the large long handle from Php 5,950.00 last year to Php 6,250.00 to Php 6,450.00 this year.

Longchamp Le Pliage Long Handle Red Garance

Hi. I’m red garance!

On Sunday, my brother and nephew came for a visit. Will have a separate post for the purpose of their visit hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, dildil asin mode on. Hahaha!

Going Around Baguio: Day 2

Day 1: April 28, 2017

Lakwatsa date: April 29, 2017

Today is not all touristy stuff. My tita, cousin and I met to go visit an ailing aunt.

Pit stops for the day:

*** Breakfast at Jack’s Mabini. Aside from Good Taste, we also love to dine at Jack’s for its affordable but flavorful meals. They have several branches in Baguio, one even along Session Road where we ate last month during the food trip with the nieces, but my tita wants the one in Mabini because they have bbq chicken which is not available in other branches.

*** Pacdal to visit aunt. Unfortunately, we did not know that yesterday was her scheduled dialysis so she was not at home.

*** Dropped by SM because my tita wants to check out those flowers on display. I went inside to use the restroom. However, I learned that there is an additional 10% discount when you pay or at least on line, about to pay on or before 12 noon.

Naloka ako! Nagmadali kong hinanap yung gustung-gusto kong lunch bag. It has 10% discount, plus another 10%! And then I found out that it has a lunch box, bottled water and spoon and fork pala when you buy it. Kaya pala ganon kamahal – Phhp 950.00. Nung una ko kasing nakita, akala ko, yung bag lang so sobra talaga syang mahal.

I walked around first pero binalikan ko kasi gusto ko talaga sya eh. The final amount  I paid after the discount was Php 688.5. If you remove the price of the lunch box and water bottle, below Php 500.00 na ang lunch bag alone, which is similar to the other bags I saw but didn’t like hihi.

Lock and Lock Lunch bag

*** Dropped by Porta Vaga to go to Assi Mart, a Korean grocery. My tita buys her tea there. I bought 1 box too. I also saw a cheese flavored ramen hehehe. I bought one so I can try it. Mahal lang. Php 65.00.

Korean tea

Ramen with Cheese! Update: I had this for lunch on Sunday and I made the mistake of putting all the sauce in the noodles. It was so spicy for my liking. I let it cool first before eating.

*** Went to Orchidarium again because my tita wants to check out the cactus. And fortunately for her, she was able to buy 1 bulb of Stargazer for only Php 100.00. It was a bargain because the shop got it from a plant whose stem broke during delivery. The other shop sells 1 bulb for Php 200.00.

*** Went to Good Taste for late lunch. Winner talaga ang lechon beans nila! And the cucumber lemonade.

*** We passed by one side of Burnham Park to look for strawberry taho. Waley. Baka sa umaga lang sila don at cooking time sa hapon hahahaha.

*** End of bulakbol with them. I went to Marbay to pick up the blouses I had altered yesterday. Hirap ng unproportional body. Doble gastos hahaha.

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