2017 Week 34: 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.

We time

Spending some quality time at Don Henrico’s.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 33: Weekend Cooking | Virtual Jamming

August 7-13, 2017

The BF is singing in the background as I type this. I was surprised when he called maybe an hour ago. I was saying hello but he was not replying. After a few seconds, he was singing. Looks like he’s out with friends and they are jamming. Ok, so this is our way of “jamming” together too hahaha. I also sing along if I know the song.

His second song was a song I told him to sing for an occasion in the future. Looks like he still remembers. Very good. Plus pogi points hahahaha. And while he was singing that, I was just smiling and shaking my head at the same time and I had to stop what I was doing for a while eh kashe kinilig ako ng slight besh  😛  😛  😛 . Pagbigyan na.

The vegetables are still roasting in the oven. I still have one batch to go. Since I don’t want to eat pork this month, I decided to prepare some of my meals. While I love chicken, I don’t want to eat it everyday hehehe. Plus, I want some vegetables in my meals. It’s tiring. But at least I now have food for the whole week hehehehe. And I am able to road test the Hanabishi electric oven that I bought last week. So far, so good. I have not busted it yet due to ignorance in operating it hahaha!

I need to prepare a month’s worth of menu. This will surely be tough. I haven’t tasted anything that I cooked yet. Saka na if naka-schedule ko nang kainin hahahaha. It’s edible but I’m not sure if it’s palatable of other people’s taste buds. Cooking doesn’t really love me but now that I’m making the effort, hopefully maging friends man lang kami hahahaha. Dear future husband, don’t say I didn’t warn you, ok? I already did so many times hihihihi.

I also want to bake. This is what I want to do more than cook viand. But sugar, sugar, sugar. Hay. I’ll look for low sugar / low calorie recipes first, if there is such a thing. But then again, just thinking about the frosting, that’s a lot of cream already hehehehe. And it will be a sad-looking cake or cup cake without the frosting. That’s my dilemma hihihi. Any suggestions for a diet-friendly cakes and pastries? Thank you in advance!

We had a very long day at work last Friday. The team is getting bigger. We are now more than 30. Hence, the leaders need to re-strategize the team’s management. But first, we had to align our understanding on what each post is supposed to be doing. It was a long discussion but it was all worth it because we accomplished our goal. Plus, we had free snacks and dinner courtesy of the office hehehe. Nadaan na naman sa pagkain hahaha!

Friday Goodies

Pa-ration last Friday ni Mayora aka boss hehehe! Thanks, boss.

I went to my friend’s place again last Tuesday because the Palawan friend was here for a seminar so a get-together is a must.

I don’t have any other interesting stories except that the BF’s phone went bonkers 30 minutes ago, hence cutting our jamming. And I’m not yet done with the roasting. And there are still a lot of utensils to wash. And it’s already Monday again hahaha!

Thank you for all your blessings, dear Lord.

Have a great and blessed week ahead, everyone. Cheers!

Peace,

Mylene

Our (2017) Second Anniversary

*** Semi-cheese alert. Read at your own risk. 😛 😀  ***

It was 2 years ago today when we became BF-GF. While there are dramas once in a blue moon, it’s generally peaceful and I am forever thankful for that.

While we live in different cities and are not together often (in fact, we are away more than we are together in a year), we make sure to text each other everyday. If not, I don’t stop bugging him about it until he gets annoyed hahaha.

While it is a challenge to arrange date nights with him because of our conflicting work schedules, it’s what makes our few date nights more special. This was hard for me at first but it’s pointless to be sulking every time I’m disappointed because I realized that when you are in a relationship, you just don’t turn your back every time you don’t like what’s happening. You must strive to work on it. And working on it is a tiring process especially if at the end of the day, you still love him anyway and still want to be with him. Eventually, I learned to not fret too much about it. And when I did, it’s as if we signed into an unwritten and invisible agreement wherein every time I’m in Baguio and he’s not busy with work, it is a MUST that we have some “us time” even if it only means him accompanying me to the terminal and spending the remaining minutes in one of the food stalls before I board the bus. Heh.

Conflicting schedules? His day off is Mondays only while mine is on weekends. And so every time I go home, there really isn’t much time for us since he has work. Plus, I don’t go home often because it’s just too tiring to be travelling often. Imagine being on the bus all weekends? I can’t, well at least now that I’m older hahahaha. Aging…pffft!

While only a few people know about us, we are not bothered and we actually want this setup. We got together late in our lives so we want to work on strengthening our relationship first. I fear that it will become complicated if too many people are involved. And I’m glad that these few people who know about us are cheering for us too. A lot of them already volunteered to be our godparents on our wedding. Oooppps. Kung maka-pressure naman ang mga ito hahaha!

While I know that I will not fully get to know him in this lifetime, he has been consistently patient with me and my bouts of bitchiness, hence we’re still together now. And I thank God for that! Hahaha!

While it has not happened yet, the end goal is to be married to each other in the future. I check with him maybe once every quarter. Yes, I do that. For me, I don’t want to waste my time and effort (and his as well) if both of us are not aligned on where we want to be someday.

We are not perfect and our relationship is not perfect. But as long as we still both want to be together, and as long as this is God’s plan for us (which I know in my heart it is), then we will be ok no matter what. Looking forward to the days ahead.

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To my honey:

You are God’s greatest gift which He gave to me after losing both my parents. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.I thank God everyday for the gift of you.
Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for not being afraid of calling me out when I am out of line.
Thank you for arguing with me gently, and not just agreeing to everything I say just so I stop nagging you.
Thank you because there was no need to change much just to fit into your requirements of a relationship. Your requirements were really just simple – to love you and those you love. I hope I am fulfilling that.
Thank you because I still get to enjoy the same freedom I was enjoying when I was not yet in a relationship.
Thank you for everything that you’ve done for this relationship.
But can we have at least out of town trip please? Kasi o, ang pictures natin, yung mga puro lang tayo kumakain. Isipin mo, yun lang ang laman ng video natin sa wedding talaga?! Hahahaha! Joke! But you know that jokes are half-meant, right? Right?! 😀  😀  😀
Seriously, thank you for for being you. I love you!

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Re-posting some of our pictures in sequential order as I remember it haha.  😛

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie…whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

Spending quality time together over a few bottles of beer :p. See those frozen glasses? Pareho kaming napa-wow hahaha. Yes, first time namin makakita ng ganon :p.

Christmas 2016. Pardon the other hand. Nasa harap namin ang pulutan hehehe.

Some solos and the obligatory couple pic 😛

Ok. Ganito kasi yun. Reklamo sya ng reklamo tuwing pinapakuha ko ng picture kasi nakakahiya daw pero pag hawak na nya ang camera, trigger happy naman. Ako na yung nagpapahinto sa kanya. Hmp! Arti :p

Peace yo!

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.

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. 😛 😛 😛

Matic na sa kanya to take pictures of us bago pa ako magrequest hehehe.

And I realized that I only started posting our pictures in 2016. Waley pala masyado nung 2015. Kebs na haha. More pictures to come pa rin Hihihi.

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 01: Your Current Relationship

The system that we’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks looks like it’s cooperating now and so hopefully, there will be no more excessive overtimes. And so, I’d like to officially start my 30-day blog challenge today, September 21, 2016, less than 100 days before Christmas. What’s the connection? Hehehe.

Warning: long post. Did not expect it too.

So….

Day 01: Your current relationship. If single, discuss being single.

What a first topic to write about for this challenge. A real challenge indeed. But I’ll try still.

I am in a relationship now. He is my first. No boyfriend since birth (NBSB) until last year, few months after my 36th birthday. Yes, that long.

But I’d like to talk more about the years when I was not in a relationship. And the journey prior to being in one.

I have to admit that at times, I got frustrated. Some other times, I fear growing old alone. Family is family but they have their own lives too. It’s still different when you have your own partner/family. I experienced this fear the most when we lost our father, making us children parent-less. After our father’s burial and completing the 9 days novena, I felt so alone, confused and worried. I saw how my siblings and their families went back to their daily lives. As for me, I was just in my house, the house that I built because my parents promised me that they’ll live there while I have not yet decided to go back home. I had to force myself to go back to Manila so I can start reacquainting myself with my reality too.

But most of the time, I was ok. I was ok because:

  • A lot of my friends are single and never been in a relationship too. Some are even older than me. And they are ok, so that calmed me a lot of times.
  • I was in debt because of the construction of my house (my first sayote kingdom). This was financially demanding. All excess funds went to it so I wanted to just focus on it first. I didn’t want to be stressed with relationship responsibilities.
  • I had aging parents to think of and I somewhat appointed myself to be financially responsible for them because among us siblings, even with my limited resources, I was the most capable to do that.
  • I was having fun being single. After college, my parents let me be to find my own world and build my own life. I have been independent since then. There was no one to take into consideration when I decided on things. If I failed, at least I only have myself and my pride to think of. I felt that going into a relationship will be complicated for me.
  • I always felt that I was not ready to be in a relationship. I had too many insecurities and I always doubted myself whether I would be a better partner or not. This might sound that I’m too harsh on myself but it was what I really felt all those years.

Through the years, I have been pressured by relatives, and sometimes even my mom, to settle down. My one and only answer to them was “Umay to latta nu madanon ti tyempo. Nu gasat, gasat. (It will come at the right time. If it’s meant to be, it will happen)”. I was not bothered, but maybe they were, hence the pressure. In both of my parents’ wake, my and my brother’s being single were highlighted. In the Igorot culture, we have bal-iw or chants. It basically equates to prayers to Kabunyan (God). My brother and I were always mentioned in the elder’s chants. The way I understood it, they were asking our parents to look after us children, especially the single ones because we are alone now that they (parents) are gone. I was not offended. I do understand that they only had good intentions for us.

I also have to admit that when I lost my mom, I thought that it would be nice to have someone special to share those lowest moments in my life with. But then again, I quickly realized that it was better to be single during that time since I was a mess. I was alive but not really living. It was a very difficult phase for me, even if I was already in my thirties when I lost my mom. I’m sure if I was in a relationship then, it would be a mess.

The transition to being in a relationship…

They say that doing the novena is helpful especially when you want something badly. During the dawn (Aguinaldo) masses in December 2014, I prayed to God like I never did before. I honestly told him that I wanted to be in a relationship and that I believe I was ready to have one. Previous similar prayers will always include, “but Your will be done, Lord”. Not at that time. I prayed only for that for all the dawn masses I joined. But of course, God had other plans. We lost our father in January 2015, making me forget about this wish. I allowed myself to wallow in sadness and misery. I was out of the office for more than a month. I just stayed in the apartment all day doing nothing or watching TV, or went out with a friend on other days.

In April 2015, I encouraged myself to slowly move on with my life. I had to start the healing process. I started rethinking about my goals, now that my parents are out of the picture. I was at this point in my life when koya (I call him this because he introduced himself as kuya 😛 ) texted. And then I remembered my prayer in 2014. (Thought bubble: God’s answer to my prayer? God’s gift? God’s perfect timing?) But while my friend was convincing me to jump right in, I hesitated. I was facing new responsibilities yet again (sending my niece to school, helping my other niece with her overseas application, acting as the eldest in the family) and it was overwhelming. But I did enjoy exchanging texts with him, I guess. Proof? My phone bill doubled and it was due to a lot of sent text messages hehehe 😛 . But I still prayed for it though. I knew I did not want to just jump right in and jump out if I did not like it. It would be a waste of time and it would be unfair to him, and I will feel guilty for a long time or maybe forever.

We only went out once. The rest were all pure text exchanges. No, not even phone calls. Just text exchanges. We were both comfortable that way. But that one time we went out, I honestly did not want the night to end. I was comfortable in his company. He shared some memories about my mom. I didn’t know he knew my mom personally at least for a short time prior her demise. He never mentioned them in our text exchanges. While praying about him and about this new excitement in my life, I felt that I was beginning to like him too. And I started feeling that everything was just right. No hesitations whether I will be a good partner or not, but just a promise to myself that I’ll do all my best if I do decide to jump in. No insecurities. No what ifs. Just “he seems ok, I’m ready to give it a try”. And the transition from NBSB to in a relationship happened 🙂 .

It is a lot of adjustments even up to now. We were not part of each other’s lives that long and we had our own lives prior finding each other. During the first few months, I used to compare ours to the other couples. But then I realized that what’s applicable to them may not be applicable to us, so I trained my mind and heart not to benchmark. I was more at peace since then. I accepted that we are two different individuals trying to slowly merge our lives together. And it’s a hard process especially given our ages. He still has his insecurities, I have mine. But what’s more important to me now is that we still decide to stick with each other after every bump.

At this point, while I pray that the Lord guide us to be better individuals, it is still up to Him where He really wants to lead us to. And while I fervently hope that it will be a life together with him, I am ready for whatever the Lord has planned for me. After all, He’s still the project manager of my life.

But remember the thought about how nice it would be if there was someone special in my life to share that time with when my mom died? Guess what. He was there at the sidelines during the 3 highlights/lowlights in my adult life. Every time I remember this, I am always in awe and amazed at how God works. Anyway, he was there when I had my house blessed. This was our first meeting but we were not formally introduced. We talked for a while, but like what I shared here, I tried to play cupid for him and a former schoolmate hehehehe. BUT, I NOTED that he was SINGLE  😛 😆 . He was there during my mom’s burial mass. Our only interaction then was when I handed him the stipend for the priest. He was also there during my dad’s burial mass. Now, this is a little interesting. And I leave you with this story and photo 🙂 .

After lunch during dad’s burial

Friends and relatives were just taking the time to catch up since it is often a reunion of sorts with life events such as the death of a loved one. I was attending to the church community that time. Koya was nearby. Suddenly, one of them came near us, put her arms around each of our shoulders and told koya to introduce himself to me because who knows? We might be each other’s “the one”! Que horror and the awkwardness to the highest level! Hahahaha! Too close for comfort too!!! And if there is one thing that I don’t react to very gracefully, it is in situations similar to this. But I quickly reminded myself that I am the host and I just smiled while everyone was watching and I was waiting for him to offer his hand for a handshake, which never happened. I jokingly told the person trying to introduce us that maybe he was not interested. I tried to offer a handshake. I was getting more embarrassed because he did not accept it right away. I was also becoming more aware of my surroundings. My female cousins and nieces nearby were giggling and having the time of their lives, at my expense. But he did. And told me his name. Hahaha! Of course, I won’t forget that his neck and face were red, maybe from embarrassment too. Both of us did not expect that! Hahaha. And in my mind, if this was a test, he already failed 😛 . But of course, the universe had other plans proven by where we both are right now. Hihihi.

That someone who forced us to introduce ourselves to each other happens to be my childhood friend’s aunt, and who will eventually be koya’s source of my mobile number :mrgreen: 😀 .

Whew! This was challenging to write than I thought because it’s too personal than my usual posts hehe.

completefamily

My friend who was able to attend that house blessing, and who was my unofficial photographer, captioned this “complete family” last year when I told her about koya hehehe. That’s mudra, pudra, koya and me and I think my tito and Father in front of the 4 of us. Back view lahat  😛 . Taken in 2013. At na-miss ko bigla nanay at tatay ko.

2016 Week 30 Recap: Priorities vs Commitments

July 18-24, 2016

Work

Our HR department, who are the process owners of the systems we are deploying decided to delay it to two weeks because of employee readiness. According to them, not all employees have attended the training still. This impacts 15K+ employees and this translates to their payroll so it is really important for employees to undergo the training. Keri lang. We are slowly implementing what we can implement in advance. We will still get there in two weeks. Why in two weeks? Because we also need to time our implementation based on Payroll cut-off. Ours are days 7-21 for end of month and 22-6 for the 15th. So all implementations should be guided by these days to lessen/totally avoid risks.

Basta kami sa team, keep calm and deploy pa rin hehehe.

Priorities vs. Commitments

Eto medyo nawindang ako last week hehe. Months ago, I said yes to a 1st birthday party on the 23rd and a wedding on the 24th. Last Monday, my favorite tita messaged me to go to their place last weekend for their house blessing. I declined at first because I don’t want to be stressed of choosing between the events and going through the process of letting those people know that suddenly I can’t go to their events anymore. Plus, nakabili na nga ako ng dress na dapat susuutin ko sa wedding eh.

But I felt guilty. Event ng tita ko yun eh. I was looking forward to that event kasi milestone yun ng family nila. Yung tita kong yun and her husband, sila kasi yung madalas sa bahay namin talaga. Ilang years nang sa bahay sila lagi for New Year. Nung nawala yung nanay ko (na ate ni tita), sa bahay pa rin sila. Almost always present sa lahat ng invite ng nanay ko. Yung tito ko pa nga ang kasama ng nanay ko nung inaasikaso ni Mama yung house blessing ko rin (Oo, nanay ko talaga ang punong abala don. Hiyang-hiya ako kaso nasa Manila ako eh so di ko maasikaso talaga so sya na lang). At sila din yung nandon to guide us nung nawala ang mga magulang namin. So big deal talaga sa akin yung pagpunta/or di pagpunta sa event nila.

Come Wednesday, my officemate and I were talking about how to go to the venue. She mentioned that the wedding was on the 23rd. Nawindang ako at napakalkal ng FB messages. At 23rd nga talaga so conflict na sya don sa birthday party :(. Na-confuse ako sino na ipaprioritize ko since umoo na ako sa 2. Thursday night, my tita was asking me again if I really can’t go to their house blessing. Tinanong ko sya if magtatampo ba sya if di ako nagpunta. Silent treatment ang inabot ko. Mas lalo akong naguilty. Come Friday, I really felt uneasy na. I told my officemate that I was having second thoughts. Sabi ko, I think my best option was just to go home and don’t attend both events na lang. Ganon. Syempre drama-rama with my officemate. I decided until the last minute possible. Umuwi pa ako ng apartment para maglaba. Nakapag-games pa ako. Pero come 3AM, I decided to go home na. I remember nasabi ko in one of my blog posts na first come, first served na lahat ng events na pupuntahan ko, unless may sumingit na pang pamilyang ganap. Eto na yun. Family comes first. And so….

Weekend

Carrots...ng kapitbahay hahaha

Carrots…ng kapitbahay hahaha

Eto ang view nila. Tanaw ang garden ng kapitbahay hahaha. Carrots yung tanim. So refreshing! Surprise ang pagdating ko hahaha. Di ko na sila sinabihan. Kasi nga di ba, ni-silent treatment na ako hahaha. Anyway, so glad I made that decision. At syempre kailangan matulog sa kanila. Sa lahat ng galing ng Baguio (sa Atok sila nakatira), ako lang nagstay for the night hahaha. Single eh. Pero eto ka. Nung medyo naka-inom na tito ko, nagsabi syang magtatampo raw talaga sya sa akin if di ako matutulog sa kanila hahaha. Hokey.

The next morning, I need to leave early dapat for the 10 AM mass sa Baguio. Early as in at 7AM, dapat nakasakay na ako ng bus. Kaso alam nyo na, ang sarap matulog don kasi malamig lamig. Plus ang sarap lang tumambay sa labas at magkwentuhan habang nagkakape. Aga kong nagising eh. 6AM. Kaso kumilos ako 8AM at 9AM na nakaalis hehe. Buti na lang, nakasakay ako sa bus agad after 10 minutes of waiting siguro.

Bakit nga ba kailangan kong makabalik ng Baguio? Kasi may lunch date kami ng jowa ko hahahaha. Napakahirap magschedule with him since he works on weekends. Tapos may supposedly lakad pa sya ng Sunday night so lunch na lang yung option namin. Natuloy naman kami. Gusto kong kumain kami sa labas na kami lang at makapag-post anniversary celebration man lang dahil 1 year na kami last July 13. Akalain mo yun hehehe. While it was not always smooth sailing, milestone yun for us so big deal sya for me, kahit di big deal masyado sa kanya ang mga ganon. Ayun. Simple lang pero masaya naman.

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie...whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

I asked him to take our selfie/groufie…whatever. Sya dapat para mas malayo ako sa camera hahaha! Basa nyo nakasulat sa shirt ko? Yan talaga ang ramdam ko especially kahapon.

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko...pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

Hirap nung una kasi malaki raw phone ko…pero nawili nung kalaunan at click lang ng click :p

"Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?" Ay...baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

“Sir, bakit po parang ayaw nyong ngumiti?” Ay…baka gutom na sya pero pinagpicture ko muna yung server bago kami kumain kasi hahaha.

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Palaparan ng mukha, pasingkitan ng mata :p

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Tawang tawa ako dito kasi nahuli ko sya kung paano mag-selfie. May nalalaman pa syang tingin muna sa malayo, then tingin sa camera, smile, click. Kaloka! Hahaha!

Blessing in disguise din that I was not able to attend the 10AM mass. Don na lang ako sa 4PM na sakto, yun din ang schedule ng preggy friend ko. At least I was able to see her pregnant before she gives birth to her baby boy. Malapit na kasi yun!

Anyway, yun lang ang mga chika ko. Nobela. Have a great week ahead.

P.S.1. Napaka-aligaga ng morning namin because some friends are trying to book tickets for the Wicked show in February 2017. Upon opening dapat since there’s a 10% discount if you use Visa to book. Sayang din. Php1,645.88 yung final price after discount, kasama na dyan service charge. Yung original price ata is Php1,700++.

P.S. 2. Gusto kong manood ng SONA ni PDu30. Sang link kaya pwede? Hehehe.

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