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April 28 is a special holiday in Metro Manila due to the ASEAN summit. May 1 is also a holiday, making this another long weekend!

I reported to work early today because my ticket reservation is at 2 PM.

There are a few errands this long break. I brought home some work too but that’s fine.

I had baby back ribs and red velvet cake for dinner earlier this evening at Vizco’s, before heading home.

Soft, juicy and flavorful baby back ribs! Php 245.00 if I remember correctly.

Red velvet cake this time. Yummy too! Between Php 90.00-110.00.

Thank you Lord for a flexible work schedule which allows me to come home earlier.

Please guide the ASEAN country leaders as they get together for the summit. May they find common grounds for a peaceful relationship towards building a progressive nation. Amen.

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. 😛 😛 😛

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 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

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