2017 Week 16: Holy Week Break

April 10-16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I was still on SL on Monday so I just went to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I left Manila for Baguio on Wednesday at 2 PM. Late na ako sa 30 minutes policy ni Joy Bus, pero late din kasi ang bus nila kaya siguro pinagbigyan ako hahaha. Pero pag siguro hindi late ang bus nila, naku siguro naiwan na ako!

A childhood friend was going back to Canada and he was having a despidida party that night. I was still undecided during the whole trip. But when I learned that my other friend was dropping by, we arranged to meet at 8 PM and go together to my other friend’s house. I reached Baguio at 7 PM and went to SM to buy some stuff because I forgot my Baguio cabinet key in Manila hehehehe.

We reached their place past 9 PM because it was hard to get a taxi grrr. It was good to see my friend looking healthy (he had health issues last year) and it was good to see him again! While we only chatted for a few minutes, it was good to reconnect with him and the rest of the people from my childhood who were also there.

Thursday was meant for doing nothing. My nieces came and played at home all day so my home was filled with happy shrieks (and sometimes cries hehehe). I just let them be. Ginawa lang namang swimming pool ang sala ko hahahaha.

On Friday, my niece wanted to bake so we went to the grocery for the ingridients. It was just a very quick trip given it was Good Friday.

My brother and I also discussed all the furnitures I want made this year. We took measurements of the areas so that we know the custom sizes of the furniture. I thought it will be just a simple task but it took us 3 hours to finish discussing and getting measurements for 6 furniture (seat, table, cabinets). I can’t wait for these pieces to be completed para naman mas magmukhang bahay ang kingdom ko hehehehe.

On Saturday, we hiked Mt. Cabuyao. I have a separate post here.

From Mt. Cabuyao, we went to a cousin’s house for her despidida party. Yes, another despidida hehehe.

My trip back to Manila was April 17 12:30 AM so I decided to just attend the afternoon Easter mass. I did some cleaning in the morning. The kiddos were in the house again. I just told them to stay in one of the rooms so as not to interrupt what I was doing.

There were a lot of shouting. I also sometimes shout when I correct their Filipino terms. I need to, otherwise they won’t hear me because of their combined loud voices hahaha.

After mass, the BF and I went to Good Taste for dinner. In the 4 days that I was at home, this was the only time we met. The Holy Week is one of his busiest so I stay out of his way as long as I can hihihi.

Some pictures!

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Swimming daw. That’s my empty living room!

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Hats on a hot day.

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Dinner at Good Taste. This was the only picture we had that night because we were discussing serious matters aka future plans. And no, we did not plan on wearing blue at the same time. Lastly, we did not eat everything. There were a lot of leftovers for take out. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

And that wraps up my Holy Week break.

Thank you, Lord for the time spent with family and friends during this break. Please continue to guide me as I decide for what I want in my future. Guide me so that the decisions I make are based on the plans you have for me. Amen.

2017 Week 13: 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 listΒ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€Β πŸ˜€

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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 forΒ last week.

“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.Β  πŸ˜€Β  πŸ˜€Β  πŸ˜€

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.***

2017 Week 9: Losses and a Birthday Celebration

February 20-26, 2017

Puyat days are hear again at work. Hay. After this, please sana magpakatino ka na, project, at please users, magpakatino rin kayo and be diligent in your tasks hehehehe.

Anyway, last Saturday, my friend and I went out to watch 50 Shades Darker. No black circles to cover some scenes this time. But I honestly cannot recall most of the scenes in the movie based on what I read in the book because I read books 1 and 2 in 2012 If I remember correctly. And yes, until now, I haven’t read book 3 yet pero from the movie, alam ko na sino ang salarin hahahaha.

After the movie, we went to Sambokojin for buffet to celebrate her birthday! Let me just say that we never learn. From our previous buffet sessions, di na namin nasusulit ang bayad namin kasi first plate pa lang na iilang dishes lang ang laman, busog na kami. So we agreed that the next time we would like to eat out, we’ll just go to places we haven’t tried before.

On Sunday, I went to my SIL’s place in Tagaytay to attend the funeral of her sister. Biglaang pagkamatay. Atake daw sa puso. She died a day before the 1st death anniversary of their mom, and my nephew’s birthday. Sabi ko nga sa nephew ko, matatandaan na lagi ang birthday nya kasi 2 death anniversaries ang kasabayan hehehehe.

Our bunso also went. Babang luksa kasi dapat para sa nanay nila last Saturday kaya pumunta don si bunso para tulungan ang kuya ko. Pero ayun, ganon naman ang nangyari. Yung funeral nila, we walked for about 2KMs to the chapel where the mass was held. Habang naglalakad, emote emote din ako kasi naiisip ko rin parents ko. Buti na lang ako lang mag-isa that time so walang istorbo sa pagmumuni-muni ko. Pero at one point, sinabayan ako ni bunso at nabanggit ang nanay namin. Ay sya rin pala, si mudra ang naiisip hahaha.

My college BFF’s father also passed away last Sunday. What a Feb. I often go to their home during college days during our long breaks in between classes. They opened their home to me and treated me as their own daughter kahit kaibigan lang ako ng anak nila. Marami-rami rin akong nakaing food sa bahay nila hehehe. Sila rin talaga ang nagpupush sa aming ituloy lang ang laban lalo na nung nahihirapan na kami during our thesis months. Thank you, Popsy for everything. I know that you are now with our Creator. And I know that even if you are gone, you will still be an angel to your kids and grand kids. See you on Saturday po.

March na. Ang bilis naman talaga ng araw. Bakit?!

2017 Week 8: The Good and the Bad

February 13-19, 2017

Belated Happy Valentine’s Day! How did you celebrate this day? Or are you the type who are not celebrating it since most days should be Valentine’s Day?

The BF and I just sent each other Valentine greetings via text and that was it. No dates, no fancy surprises, no plans of being together this day. We just went on with our day like any ordinary days. And I’m perfectly fine with it. I’d rather have a generally peaceful relationship than being extra/extremely sweet on special occasions but always arguing even on simplest things. But that’s just me.

Weekend

A friend and I were supposed to go out on Saturday to celebrate her birthday (February 19). Unfortunately, she had to rush home to Baguio because her mom was hospitalized. It has something to do with her heart but hopefully it doesn’t develop into something worse.

So I stayed home the whole day and did some cross stitching. My progress is slow but I’m more inspired to continue if I see the design starting to get clearer as I stitch some more hehehe.

I went out at night just to walk a bit. I finally visited Ayala Malls the 30th which is 5 minutes walk away from the apartment. There are still a lot of unopened shops. It’s the restaurants that are open. I saw some that I haven’t eaten yet but looks like these are more expensive so let’s see if my thrifty 2017 self will give in one day hehehe.

On Sunday, I attended the morning mass then met up with my cousin and her family for lunch. She flew to UK to be an OWF as well. She was my roommate for a year in college when I stayed with their family, hence I am close to her and her brothers. She was just in first grade then. Now, she’s an adult. How time flies. Really.

While it would be hard to be away from her family, I’m also excited for her because of this new adventure. She wanted this for so long. I pray that she will be successful in this endeavor, including her plans with her income.

I went with them to the airport to make sure that she gets past immigration without any problems. I’m waiting for her message now to confirm her arrival.

I went home after to what else, cross stitch again hehehe.

Windfall

I qualified for the Uber promo RIDE8TAKE4 so I had a total of Php 400 off in my Uber rides last week hehehe. Thanks, Uber!

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 4: Home for the Weekend

January 16-22, 2017

Work

Work is smooth sailing to date. But I’m beginning to have delays due to other meetings that were not factored in during the initial timeline planning. But I’d like to catch up first before moving timelines.

Weekend

It was our father’s second death anniversary last January 21 so I went home last weekend. I took the 6 PM trip last Friday so I arrived in Baguio at around 1AM. I like this schedule because it’s like spending 2 nights at home. I might be taking this schedule moving forward. Or earlier if work schedule permits and if the body is able to report to work early with a sharp mind hehehe.

We lighted a candle, offered prayers, prepared lunch and invited some relatives over.

After lunch, I played with the kids and we took a lot of pictures together! I’m taking advantage of this because once they become teens, they might think it’s not cool goofing around with tita anymore hahaha.

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Picture picture!

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Lambitin sa puno ng bayabas

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Pahinga…yung isa, sa puno ng bayabas at yung isa, sa hagdan ang trip.

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Look! Only one hand! πŸ˜€

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Mowdels!

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Belat…joke! Sino ang naiiba?!

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Yung sabi nila wacky daw pero ako lang ang sumunod…hmp!

On Sunday, I went to mass. The BF and I were able to go out after the mass for lunch. I also accompanied him to buy some goods at the market for him to bring home to his family in the province. *Cheese alert.* It makes my heart so happy to have witnessed that my BF has a generous and big heart. I know he has, but it’s still different if you witness it first hand. Hayayay! I said “Thank You Lord” in my mind and heart countless times that day hehehe.

After all the shopping, he went back to church and I decided to just go back to Manila earlier than planned so that I have more time to rest before another work week starts.

Firsts

I saw a lot of posts in FB about the Salted Egg Potato Chips and I was curious to try it. My boss brought 1 and she said she bought it from a classmate so I asked her to order one for me. She gave it to me last Monday. Gone in 2 or 3 sittings hehehe. I had to REALLY control myself not to eat it all in one sitting. The struggle was real.

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The BF and I ate at Kuya J. They already have a branch in Baguio. I know Kuya J has been around for a while but it was our first time to eat there. The food was good. We actually loved the sinigang na bangus which we ordered. But their service can still be improved. Well at least for the Baguio branch as I can’t really say the same for the other branches.

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Some solos and the obligatory couple pic πŸ˜›

I made a no-bake cream cheese flan! I really did! I myself was surprised hahaha. I don’t know and am not really interested in cooking/baking, you know. But the cream cheese called me. I even bought a baking pan to use hahaha.

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The presentation is blah but it is goooodddd! But then again, I’m biased to anything cheese πŸ˜›

Anyway, I just followed a recipe which I found in FB. It was easy to do. I even did it again at home for Saturday’s lunch but the one I made here was better and I have a hunch it was because of the cream cheese. I used Arla on my first try and Philadelphia last Saturday. I liked the taste of Arla better though. I’ll do this again and will adjust the caramelized sugar as it was too sweet to my liking. I will also try another cream cheese.

It was my first time to try Godiva chocolate. A teammate brought it back from his trip. Thank you! I don’t see this in SM though so I’m not sure where it’s being sold here in PH.

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Chocolate is always happiness! πŸ™‚

So that’s about it.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 1: Holiday Break Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

December 31 – January 1

Happy New Year!

Our new year was just low key. Lesser people than what we used to have in the past. But we still prepared a few dishes in case there are visitors on New Year’s lunch.

My niece will be joining a Math contest so I helped her review a little. Her reviewer contains all worded problems. Worded problems are now for Grade 1 students?! The questions are tricky that I cannot even get the correct answers on first attempt. Tsk tsk tsk.

I asked my brother to run to the grocery for the things we need the following day.

I went up to my sister’s place before 12 AM for the bonfire, bbq, hotdogs, marshmallows and fireworks watching. We don’t need our own fireworks display because a lot of our faraway neighbors take care of that hehehe. Thanks, neighbors! I did not take pictures anymore because I want to focus on just watching and enjoying those fireworks.

We siblings, except for my brother’s family in Tagaytay, gathered at my place on January 1 for lunch. My auntie, uncle and 2 of their kids joined us too. My cousin’s kid came over too.

I prepared salad. My other siblings prepared their own food and just brought it at my house for all of us to feast on.

I went out in the afternoon for mass but had to go home right away for fear that there will be no transportation available if I stayed out longer hehehe.

January 1 was spent eating, exchanging stories, sleeping and eating again hehehe.

Happy New Year again!

Bonfire 2017 edition.

Bonfire 2017 edition.

2017 Week 1: 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.

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First in line for the Sea Lion Show

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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

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

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Groufie by the mirror with the jellies hehehe.

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Hello jelly!

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Oceanarium…Hello fishies!

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

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

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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.

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Resting

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.

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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.

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

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The Holy Family

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Gaya-gaya :p

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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

2017 Week 1: 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.

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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.

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View from the top

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

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Our turn

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

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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.

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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!

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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

2017 Week 1: Holiday Break Part 1

December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!!Β 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.

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

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Garden views too.

Part 2

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