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.

2017 Week 14: Rest | Shopping Through Friends

March 27 – April 2, 2016

Work
Our boss treated the whole team to a slice of Mango Bravo from Conti’s. The cake is for the 3 of us who celebrated our birthdays last March. Thanks boss and employer.

And let me just commend Conti’s Robinson’s Magnolia pala. When we ordered, we requested 3 of the cake slices to have candles but I think the staff forgot so no cakes with candles were served. When we were paying the bill, our boss provided feedback to the manager (looks like she’s the manager). The manager took the names of the celebrants and then a few minutes later, they brought out another cake with candle for the 3 of us. Winner customer service. And so, I had another slice of cake which served as my breakfast the next day. Ang healthy hehehehe.

The extra cake 😀 😀 😀

We were invited by HP Philippines to their event on Friday. It was held at Fairmont Hotel. I was not too excited about it because payday Friday is a deadly combination to go out early and into one of the busiest business districts in Metro Manila. But it is work and maybe there is something new to learn.

They talked about their new offering called Device as a Service (DaaS). The gist is, you go into contract with them and they provide all device requirements, take care of support and maintenance, until asset disposal by the time you need to refresh your devices. All assets they provide will not be part of your assets list though. Something new indeed but it was another team from our company who would have benefited from it.

The food was great though so that compensates the need to wake up early and be stuck in traffic on the way back to the office. Nadaan na naman ako sa food hehehehe.

Fairmont1

Hotel lobby

Fairmont2

This art is entitled “Ylang Ylang” but I cannot read what it’s made of in the picture.

Now the shopping part. S&R was on sale last week. A friend’s site/office was beside S&R Shaw. She showed me what they bought. I asked her to buy me spam tocino. She asked if I want to split with her a pack of Dial soap and Treseme conditioner. Yes, of course. Dali kong kausap.

They went back the next day. Pepero was on sale. E di buy me too, please ang peg ko.

Another friend is vacationing in Canada. They were at an outlet store. She saw an Adidas Superstar and she remembered that I was looking for one when we were in Japan last year. She messaged me in FB. I don’t know but for some reason, I woke up at around 5:30 AM, an hour after she messaged. Susko talaga. Ewan ko kung bakit nagising ako bigla eh normally, tulog na tulog ako at this hour.

She was willing to buy one for me. Enabler ang friend ko hahaha. I told her I was now lemming for a Stan Smith with gold, blue, or red print. If it’s not in those colors, that’s fine, no need to buy. But it looks like they were going around outlet stores because a few minutes later, she was able to buy one in gold. Hihihi! The shoe is now in her balikbayan box on its way to Manila. But I will only see it after 8 weeks hehehe.

Weekend

I was not really feeling well so except for doing the laundry, I was sleeping, playing games or watching TV most of the time while drinking water with ginger.

I planned on checking out the S&R sale myself but aside from not feeling well, thinking of all the shopping done on my behalf made me abort the plan. Nakakahiya na talaga sa wallet ko.

I cooked one of the span tocino pala. Parang too sweet? Or maybe it’s just me. What I don’t like naman about the other variety is it’s too salty for my taste even if I get the one with less sodium.

Lastly, I need to take dieting seriously now. As in SERIOUSLY. Paano ba ito?! Hay Mylene, push!!!! Bahala ka. Kung hindi, ikaw rin mahihirapn o mamomroblema.

The end.

O sya. Have a great remainder of the week.

2017 Week 5: A Quick Visit to Cavite

January 23-29, 2017

Weekend

Saturday was spent mostly at home and a few hours at the mall.I was looking for nude shoes but nothing caught my attention. However, I tried checking out the items on sale at Kickers and was able to score one that I like that’s discounted for 50% so I just paid Php 1,420.00. I know Kickers is expensive so I don’t normally check out this brand. But it’s good to know that they can give discounts as high as 50% because there is another pair that I tried but it’s more expensive so I did not buy it. Maybe some other time if I get lucky.

shoes1

New shoes which I hope will last me for years. I have high expectations for this brand given that their normal prices are expensive.

On Sunday, a friend and I went to Cavite to attend our other friend’s son’s baptism. It was held the Holy Family Church at Lancaster New City. If I remember correctly, this was the location of the reality show “I Do” some years back.

Anyway, we got lost because we boarded the wrong bus at the South terminal plus the conductor forgot that the driver should drop us off somewhere along the way so that we can ride the correct bus. We had to go back via a mini bus (the conductor called it baby bus hehe). We eventually found the place.

However, because of the several transfers and the expensive tricycle fare goint to the chapel, we realized that it would have been better if we just took Uber.

The reception was at Kinamot Restaurant that’s also in Lancaster. We feasted on at least 5 Pinoy dishes. Busog lusog to the max. I liked the ambiance because it’s a picnic by the nipa huts.

We left right after lunch. This time, we tried Uber because all buses were full. Luckily, there was one available. While it’s more expensive, at least we were back in Manila by 3 PM.

We got off at MRT Taft and proceeded right away to Baclaran to buy some goodies.

We went home after for that much needed rest before another work week.

Firsts

First time to ride  the famous mini bus in Cavite.

Mini bus

First time in Lancaster New City.

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The Holy Family church. The cross is made up of clear glass so that’s natural light coming in.

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Kinamot Restaurant which is along the road going to Lancaster New City.

Discoveries
Healthy You Trail Mix

My search for a trail mix go years back when I was still so into hiking.

I cannot find any until recently at S&R. However, I did not like the one I bought.

Last week, I chanced upon Healthy You Trail Mix so I bought one to try.

HealthyYou1

I like this better because the nuts are unsalted hence, you won’t easily go thirsty. Plus I think it’s cheap at Php 180.75 for 450g. That’s less than Php 400.00 for close to 1 kl which is still cheaper than when you create your own trail mix.

It’s exclusively packed for Robinson’s Supermarket but I hope it will also become available on other supermarkets.

The end.

Have a great week ahead, or at least what’s left of this week hehe.

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