2018 Week 3: New Housemates

January 15-21, 2018

Today, January 21, is our Dad’s 3rd anniversary in heaven. I asked the BF to offer petitions on his behalf during today’s mass at Divine Mercy. I think my siblings also lighted a candle for him at home.

My college nephew who stayed with me for a few weeks last year is back on training as part of their curriculum, hence he’s staying with me again, together with a friend this time. It’s a little challenging for me because I’m used to living alone but I have adjusted. And good thing that we don’t have the same schedules so I don’t have to worry with who gets to use the bathroom first hehehe. I had to rearrange the house early this week to accommodate all 3 of us without feeling cramped. Pero parang hindi ko na-achieve. Kebs na. Temporary lang naman.

My love for reading romance books is back. Well, I know it has always been in the background. It just took a backseat when I was so engrossed with all things online. I’m taking advantage by reading every chance I get and while I’m still in the mood. Last year, one of my goals was to read at least 6 fiction books. I think I was only able to read 2. At the rate I’m going this year, I think I’ll surpass my target last year. It may be double or triple the number.

I have a lot of e-books somewhere in my hard drive but nothing beats holding a real book and turning each page excitedly. One of these days, I’ll stop by a coffee shop and just read while taking coffee…that is…if I can force myself to get up and leave the house. Otherwise, I’m perfectly fine with curling up in the sofa and getting lost in the story.

So, obviously, I have been reading again this weekend, aside from taking care of the usual domestic chores.

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↑This week’s read. This is a contemporary romance. Copyright 2016.

I went out on Saturday night for dinner because why not? Joke…walang laman ang ref ko kasi hahaha.

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↑Conti’s Batangas adobo. Php 230.00 (if I remember correctly)

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↑Choco overload cake at Php 145.00 per slice.

I dropped by at National Bookstore and was able to buy guess what? More books hehe.

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↑National Bookstore purchases last January 20, 2018.

On Sunday, I visited Skin Rejuve Clinic for some TLC for my face. Arte arte din pag may time. I attended mass after and then went malling for a few hours before dropping by the grocery to pick up some items before heading home.

I am sad that Elorde Starmall has already closed pala! Huhuhu! I was planning to go back to boxing sana. Nailabas ko na nga uli sa baul yung boxing gloves ko eh. Kaloka! Anyway, I’ll think of a plan B.

And while I was at Starmall, I saw a Booksale kiosk. Alam nyo na siguro kung anong nangyari hahaha!

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↑Book Sale haul on January 21, 2017. Let’s see how long I’ll be able to finish this. At the rate I’m going with 1 book per week, I should be able to finish everything that I bought this week in 12 weeks. I learned of Brenda Joyce in one of the forums before that’s why I hoarded her books today. Let’s see if I’ll also like it.

And that’s it.

Hope you’ll have  a great week ahead.

P.S. I hope that in 2 to 3 months time, I’ll be blogging how I lost some weight hahahaha! Kasi ang hirap talagang mag-umpisa eh hahahaha! So, good luck to me.

2017 Week 27: Another Weekend in Baguio

July 3-9, 2017

Hello hello! What happened again last week? Let me see…

Work

The third vendor that we are considering for our system requirement had their proof of concept presentation last June 29. Therefore, we finalized our vendor scorecard last week. I sent out the final version to the group for their ratings.

Some of the team members at work went out for lunch and then meeting after. Lunch was courtesy of employer. Thanks, employer!

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My order of grilled salmon with mango salsa at The Frazzled Cook. This is yummy! We also shared different flavors of cakes for dessert. 

The purpose was for us to brainstorm on our 2018 initiatives. Yes, it’s budget season once again, hence the bosses are collecting all initiatives from different groups so that costs are factored in. I personally think that we were productive because there were a lot of ideas gathered in less than 2 hours. Looks like the offsite meeting is effective. Sana maulit muli. Boss…. 😀  😀  😀

I went home to Baguio last Friday, after our meeting. It was my mom’s death anniversary last July 6 and we decided to have a simple get together last July 8. We invited her friends in church for a prayer service. Thank you, DMC community.

It was a fun time to be with family and friends again.

I went to mass on Sunday and traveled back to Manila in the afternoon so that I get more rest time. Iba na talaga ang tumatanda hahaha.

And that’s it.

Have a great week (or weekend) ahead.

The Frazzled Cook
Address: 78 Sct. Gandia St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 246 9069 ext. 267
Hours: Open today · 11AM–11PM

Dear Mama #4 – Happy Birthday in Heaven

Dear Mama,

If you were still here, today would have been your 69th birthday. But anyhow, happy birthday still. I miss you and Daddy. Lagi naman.

I have news for you. Ibulong ko na lang pag-uwi ko uli. Please continue being my angel, especially now that I would again be adulting much much more. Daming ganap, hirap magdecide hehehe.

Anyway, happy birthday again!

2017 Week 3: 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! 😀

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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 😛

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 😛

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! 🙂

So that’s about it.

Have a great week ahead.

Mama and the Cabinet

Shared this in my FB this afternoon while waiting for a cab/jeep to town. I also want to post it here.

Namiss ko bigla ng mas matindi ang nanay ko kagabi so nirerecall ko ang mga memories with her habang tinititigan itong cabinet. At naalala ko ang convincing powers nya 😀 😀 😀 .

Few days before Christmas 1998:

Mama: Bili ka ng cabinet mo para may remembrance ka sa DOST allowance mo. (sa mga boxes lang kasi nakalagay ang mga damit namin noon dahil hindi lahat kasya sa isang aparador lang hehe)
Me: Ay mahal ang cabinet.
Mama: Hindi, may tig 500 lang.
Me: Sure ka?
Mama: Oo, kaya bili na tayo sa December 23 para sabay na sa delivery ng gulay. Sakto si Kuya Jackson nyo rin ang magsasakay pauwi.
Me: Sige, basta 500 lang talaga ah.

December 23, 1998 – Balingit Home Furnishing

Tingin-tingin ng cabinets. Walang tig 500.

Me: Mama ang mahal naman! Asan ang tig 500?!
Mama: Tatawad ako.

At ang pinakamababang price na pwedeng ibigay sa amin Ay Php 2,300.00. 500 pala ha!

Me: 500 lang dala ko.
Mama: Magwithdraw ka na. Alam ko may extra ka. Ikaw rin naman gagamit nyan para de susi na mga gamit mo.
Me: Haaayyyy. Sige kung bukas pa ang bangko.
Mama: O umalis ka na at bilisan mo!

At nabili ang mahiwagang cabinet na buhay pa rin until now.

Ngayon ko na lang din naisip na baka nga nakita ng nanay ko ang libreta ko dati at alam nyang may extra pa ako kahit after ko mabayaran tuition ko kaya ang confident nyang pabilhin ako ng cabinet. Adik lang.  😛  🙂  😀

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I’m that cabinet in this story 🙂

On the other hand, jeep/taxi, wer na you? Magsasarado na uli ang bangko hehehe.

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