2017 Week 48: Milestones | Party Preparations | International Bazaar

November 20-26, 2017

Work

We were able to deploy to all employees one of the systems we’ve been working on. I say I was in luck with this deployment. For one, we were running late with all the approvals to to have it deployed. We need at least 3 days lead time to coordinate things. I did it just the day before. Next, it was Thanksgiving week in the US and some of the approvers were US-based. But they approved still hehehehe. During the deployment, we discovered that there was a wrong folder name in our checklist. I asked if we can treat that as an emergency type of deployment. The implementer was in a good mood and he said yes hahaha! And so we were able to deploy on time! Whew.

The project team went out for dinner the next day to celebrate this milestone. The boss was with us so at least we were not restricted with the Php 150.00/head budget hehehehe. We ate at Mr. Choi in Robinson’s Magnolia. I ate still even if I can’t taste the food.

↑ Rice with cheesy sauce!

↑ Buttered shrimp

↑ Fried rice with sauce and Beef broccoli

↑ Chicken which we got for free because our boss has a Mr. Choi card hehe.

On Friday, the officers went out again for a working dinner. We went to Banapple in Gateway this time. We had to deliberate who to give awards to this year and we did that over dinner. It’s good to do this sometimes – get out of the meeting rooms and do your meetings outside. You just have to ensure that you are able to do you agenda.

Weekend

On Sunday, a friend and I went to the International Bazaar at the PICC Forum. We bought our tickets the week before. We were there as early as 9:30 AM but there were already a lot of people! Our main goal was to buy chocolates from Switzerland because it was on sale for Php 100.00, which we were able to do but had to endure all the pushing because there was no organized line hehe.

We also tried some of the food from the different countries. I bought a French sandwich, a Syrian baklava, Vietnamese iced coffee (my favorite when we went to Vietnam some years ago!), and fried spring rolls. They were all good as per my friend. I know they were but sadly, I can’t taste any of them to enjoy the flavors! Sad life, that moment hahahahaha.

We were giggling like kids and amazed at how some of the people there are “experts” when it comes to bazaars because they came ready with all their trolleys and big shopping bags hehehe. As for me and my friend, we only brought our own eco bags haha.

We went back to Shangri-la to watch Coco. I cried a bucket because it was all about family – both living and dead. And because of that movie, I vowed to always have something prepared for November 1 hehehehe. Whether that’s only fiction or not, I’d like to think that on that special occasion, our loved ones do really visit us.

The end. Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 47: Our Own Summit

November 13-19, 2017

It was supposed to be a very long weekend in Manila due to the ASEAN Summit but coincidentally, it was also our department’s annual summit! Since we have colleagues coming over from some parts of the globe, and logistics have already been arranged, everything has to push through. The upside though is that at least we don’t have to juggle too much with work as most of our team’s clients are also on vacation. So at least we have full attention on the summit, because our days were also full with all sorts of meetings!

I attended 3 days of the summit. Most days were challenging to the brain cells but all days were also overflowing with food hehehehehe. We also had the chance to meet and bond with our corporate boss, and some colleagues who we just mostly get to interact via email or calls.

↑ We had a hands-on activity and since the trainer doesn’t know everyone, he gave us names with a little trivia about them. The names are references to the folders we should be accessing. I was Ada Lovelace at that time. I had no idea who she was until this piece of paper hehe.

Our IT head required us to sit down with non-team members to network more during breaks. While I was looking forward to these breaks to just keep quiet because I still had sore throat and I fear that I will eventually lose my voice from too much talking, I just had to comply. My voice was with me all throughout. Whew.

On the second day, we had dinner at Jade Garden in Glorietta. My oh my! I can’t forget the prawn salad and the Peking duck! Kaya pala mahal si duck kasi ubod ng sarap, well at least yung natikman ko hehe. Everyone was also commenting how good the prawn salad was, even our western colleagues! Hanggang ngayon iniisip ko pa rin at sana makakain uli ako don hihihi.

↑ Prawn salad – not sure if it’s the correct name but this is so yummy!

Overall, it was a productive week for the group.

I stayed home on Saturday to rest again and do some household chores aka laundry (again) because I am running out of work clothes (again).

On Sunday, a friend and I went to Tesoro’s Handicrafts in Makati to buy tickets for the International Bazaar 2017 which is happening on Sunday, November 26 at the PICC.

↑ Our ticket!

We had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Glorietta. I think my stomach has issues with chicken wings of those types. Yesterday was the second time I experienced stomach problems after eating chicken wings. I am not sure if it’s because of the flavors or how it’s cooked because I don’t get the same from for instance Jollibee chicken wings haha. Choosy masyado ang tyan ko ata.

↑ I forgot to take pictures of the food sa sobrang gutom hehe.

I went to mass then dropped by the derma for an appointment.

I was also lucky that a therapist was available last night so I had 2 hours of a badly needed massage.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Pahabol na kwento: A former colleague who had lupus and has been frequently in and out of the hospital for the past 3 years is now gone. So sad especially for his wife and young kids but at least no more pain for him. His youngest is my godson. Don ko naramdaman na the kid is now partly my responsibility bilang inaanak ko sya. When I shared this to another friend, ganon din pala yung naramdaman nya nung namatay din ang kumpare nya.

Rest in peace, pare.

Grabe talaga ang buhay. So unpredictable. We just have to make the most out of it.

2017 Week 46: Weekend with Friends and Kids

November 6-12, 2017

Because I am writing about this week 2 weeks later, I don’t remember all the details hehe.

On November 10, we went to a potential vendor’s office to observe their operations. Theirs is a family business, so we also met the dad and the sister. But they already have a handful of clients. Good news is that our project sponsors felt comfortable with what they saw and so hopefully we can now move on with the next steps of the project.

On November 11, a friend and I attended a 1st birthday party in Jollibee. After the party, we went to her place because another friend and her family is visiting her. We had dinner of pasta, lechon, and rice. We had melona and snickers ice cream (I didn’t know about this until that day hehe) for desserts. We also had some drinks that night. Mostly cold, and so when I woke up the next morning, I had sore throat hahahaha. I guess it was also triggered by the 3 consecutive nights where I had lesser hours of sleep.

On Sunday, I met up with another fried for lunch. We went to Italianni’s because she has a voucher for the restaurants under the Bistro group hehe.

↑ Spinach and Artichoke Formaggio

↑ Sicilian salad

↑ Chicken Italianni’s

After lunch, we went to a Honda dealer to check out the BR-V. Ang guapo ng sasakyan. While it’s 7-seater, it’s not still enough for a big family hehe. Pero mostly single driving, ok sya. I’m not the one buying. It’s my friend who’s considering now. Ako, mga few years more pa as I have other priorities at the moment.

From Honda, we went back to Shang for some snacks/dessert at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Yes, sugar overload. The desserts are expensive though, so I don’t think I’m going back here soon.

↑ Green apple coated with chocolate

↑ Cheesecake coated with chocolate

My friend went to her next appointment while I stayed a little longer for some shopping for personal items. I went home after for a much needed rest as I am not yet feeling better at this point.

The end.

2017 Week 40: Weekend in Baguio

September 25-October 1, 2017

I went home to Baguio last Friday, September 29, after shift. I did not have any specific agenda but since my friend was also in town for the weekend, we planned to meet up for some food trip. BOOM! Hehe. And so, off to food trip on Saturday.

I brought with me my nieces para mas masaya kahit ang kulit-kulit ng bulilit.

First stop. Arca’s Yard. I’ve heard about this place a long time ago but didn’t get the chance to visit it sooner hehe.

It is one of those old houses converted to a restaurant.

After lunch, we went to SM Baguio to buy some stuff and look around. My niece rode the carousel.

Our high school guidance counselor saw us and we were so surprised she still remembers our names! We had a good time exchanging stories that lasted for almost an hour.

Next pit stop for dinner was Oh My Gulay (OMG). OMG is a vegetarian restaurant and an art space in one.

We called it a night after dinner.

On Sunday, my sisters and our auntie went to visit another aunt who is sick. She has been to the ICU in September but is miraculously out, alive and kicking. She stays in bed most of the time but is still strong, can still eat and walk a bit with some assistance. Apart from the medicines, I think it’s her willpower to live that she’s still strong despite being sick.

I went back to Manila on Sunday night, after a quick dinner with the BF. He was sick and can’t stay longer so he went home right after dinner. Hay isa pa tong mamang ‘to.

Pictures!

↑With my bodyguards…ay dabarkads  😀

↑Selfie pa more.

↑Arca’s Cloud tea. Ang sarap! With cream and honey.

↑Pumpkin soup. A little sweet. I’ll try to make this. Mahal lang kasi ang pumpkin hahaha.

↑Pesto pasta. Yummy!

↑Longganisa meal for the kiddo. Ubos nya yan. Big gutom ang growing kid.

↑Banana split for the teenager! Ito lang talaga order nya!

↑Their famous camote pie and what’s left of it before we remembered to take a picture! Hahaha!

↑My food trip buddies.

↑Igorot gongs. I wonder how much these cost now.

↑They also have an area for these padlocks.

↑The sisters.

↑Aba, nawiwili ang isang ‘to dito ah. No na next time.

↑The one in the middle was our Guidance Counselor in High School. And she still remembers our complete names hahaha! Tinawag talaga kami sa complete names namin nung nakita kami kaloka hahaha!

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↑Dinner at Oh My Gulay.

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↑This is called Heneral Kabute in their menu. Sarap!

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↑Super pitsy-peachy (crepe stuffed with peaches)

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↑Pancit gulay ni pepe. They really have catchy names on their menu hehe.

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↑We were there at night and it was quite crowded because there was an exhibit so it was hard to take pictures of the whole place.

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↑Dinner buddies. The guy is my brother. Natunugang lumalamon kami somewhere so hinanap kami hahahaha. Hindi pa expert ang shy na teenager.

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↑Sunday with my eldest sister, our nieces, and our grandchild. Kamusta naman ang mga lola hahahaha.

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↑Maiiwan ang mga bata dahil adulting ang mga adults aka we were visiting a sick relative that day.

↑My 2 sisters and our auntie (mom’s sister). Breakfast first at Jack’s Restaurant, one of my favorite restaurants in Baguio because of its affordable meals. And no, we did not plan our color-coordinated outfits hehehe.

Naabutan na itong pang week 40 ng another weekend, hence, happy weekend hehehehe.

The end.

2017 Week 28: 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!

Frazzled_Cook_GrilledSalmon

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.

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