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

2016 Week 9 Recap: Last Farewell

February 22-28, 2016

Work

The week’s highlight was that, we had our strategic planning at Discovery Suites last Friday, February 26, 2016. It was a challenge to wake up early in the morning since we are used to mid shift. While going to the venue, I was repeating my morning prayer where I asked the Lord to help us all actively participate in the planning session. I took 2 cups of coffee before the event started just to ensure that I don’t fall asleep hahaha. Thankfully, it was a really productive day for all of us. An added bonus was that, I got to experience how it was to look for venue for these types of things and how hotels usually handle things.

Holiday

The 30th EDSA anniversary was a non-working holiday. I planned on revamping my blog’s template but ended office work too late on Wednesday that I just slept the whole morning. I went out in the afternoon to withdraw the budget for our strategic planning session the following day as it was just credited to my account late Wednesday but did not see the email until Thursday.

In the evening, my friend and I had dinner at Circles Event Cafe for her post birthday celebration. We availed of their promo which was a discounted rate of Php1,280 nett. It’s still ongoing until February 29, 2016. Suffice to say that we enjoyed the food (we are very appreciative of any food hehehe) despite its limited selections as compared to other buffet restaurants. The ambiance more than made up for it.

Living Quarters

I got a new plant from my brother in Tagaytay. According to him, he got that from our father. It was one of his remembrance from him. I’ll see if it can survive Manila heat.

Weekend

"And life goes on, which seems kind of strange  and cruel, when you're watching someone die."

“And life goes on, which seems kind of strange
and cruel, when you’re watching someone die.”

My tita, cousin and brother arrived early morning of Saturday to attend my sister-in-law’s mother’s burial also scheduled on Saturday. After a short rest at my apartment, we traveled early to Tagaytay so that we can spend more time there and help out as needed.

Burial was in the afternoon. A mass was conducted before finally putting her in her resting place. It was also my first time to attend a non-Igorot burial and it was interesting to see the differences. I’ll try to have a separate post about it.

After the burial, we went to the view deck at the Sta. Rosa-Aguinaldo Highway intersection to check out Taal Lake. It was my cousin’s first time so we needed to bring her there. However, since it was already late afternoon, we needed to proceed to the pasalubong shop to buy some goodies before it closes.

The original plan was to go back to Manila early evening of Saturday, but my brother requested us to spend a night and so we stayed for a night and left Tagaytay mid morning today and went straight to my apartment to get ready to go out again.

We went to SM MOA to have lunch, spend a few minutes by the seaside and check out the department store. We then went back to Shang for Chatime and groceries for dinner and then went home. Now that I wrote about it, looks like we spent more time travelling/commuting than staying at the mall hehe. They left almost 2 hours ago.

While it was a tiring weekend, I am glad to be able to spend it with some family members.

I hope you all had a great week. Cheers to another great week ahead. Goodnight for now.

2016 Week 1 Recap: Holiday Break Part 2

December 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Part 1

Tagaytay Trip

As mentioned in my previous post, I promised a niece that I will bring her to Tagaytay. It almost did not push through because my brother’s MIL also just got out of the ICU. However, since we’ve already planned for it before it happened, and since they were already looking forward to our visit, we left for Tagaytay on the 25th.

The final cast (total of 9 – 3 adults, 1 teens, 3 almost teens, and 2 kids): auntie, uncle, their 2 kids, my 2 nieces, 2 kids of a cousin. My niece, the cousin’s daughter, and my auntie’s bunso are all of the same age so they relate well to each other.

Originally, it was just me, my 2 nieces, auntie, uncle and their one daughter but I asked the cousin if she’s willing to provide fare for her daughter so she can also come. My intention was for these almost teenagers to continue to bond more (we were all together at my cousin’s wedding too) by travelling together further down south. She agreed but we also had to bring along her brother, otherwise, he’ll throw tantrums. Fine with me, since the kid, though only 6 years old, can already take care of himself, plus his sister is there to see him.

We just went to Starbucks Tagaytay (San Jose) on December 26, together with the kids of my brother, primarily to see Taal Lake. After that, we went to Puregold for groceries. We walked since it was faster that way rather than wait for jeepneys and get stuck on traffic.

Cold drinks on a cold, windy day

Cold drinks on a cold, windy day

The next day, we just attended mass, had lunch at Jaycee’s, had more of Taal viewing, and bought some souvenirs.

I purposefully avoided the usual tourist attractions (hello Sky Ranch and People’s Park in the Sky) because I knew it would be jam-packed. I also wanted to spend more time with my brother’s family and accompany them with their nursing duties even just for a few hours.

SM MOA and Seaside

We left for Manila on the evening of December 27 and my auntie wants to spend at least a day in Manila, specifically SM MOA so we did that on the 28th. I had to look for a dress to wear to another event so I requested to be left alone for a while to shop hehehe. We met after 2 hours for late lunch.

After lunch, we went to the seaside for them to enjoy the sea kahit tanaw lang. Laking bundok sila at walang dagat sa bundok hehehe.

The perks of being with kids is that they don’t mind what other people think. Wacky kung wacky. Kaya kaming adults, deadma na rin. Pagod na pagod at parang nabugbog ang katawan ko kaka-wacky at kakaipit ng mga bulilit sa akin pero keri lang. Masaya naman.

Beautiful day to hangout by the seaside!

Beautiful day to hangout by the seaside!

Since it was a workday, I worry that the MRT might be jampacked so we left MOA minutes before rush hour. Naabutan pa rin kami but ok lang. At least, naexperience ng mga bata kung paano makipagsiksikan sa MRT hehehe.

Quick Shopping

I was not successful with my shopping in MOA so I decided to just continue it at Shang. I need a casual dress for a friend’s bridal shower. Need daw kasi nakadress and hair dress. Believe it or not, wala akong casual dress hehehe. Puro mga ginamit ko lang sa party party ang meron ako. Anyway, para ma-experience ng mga almost teenagers ang mall na yun, we stayed behind while the tito, tita and kids went home ahead.

Good thing I tagged them all along, at may mga taga pili ako ng kung anong mas magandang bilhin hehehe. I also had some Bench GCs (di ko alam san galing hehehe, baka freebie in the past) so we went to the store and let them use those GCs. Aba, mas matagal pa silang magdecide kung anong mga bibilhin nila! Hahaha!

Dropped by Chatime before going home for some milk tea. Side story: when my little niece was browsing through the pictures in my phone, she saw our pictures at Chatime and said madaya daw kami kasi di namin sila sinama hehehe. Actually, their sisters left some drinks for them but when we arrived at the apartment, they were already asleep so wala rin. Pero napaka-observant na bata. Di pwedeng magtago sa kanya hehehe.

Anyway, packed things that night for the travel back home to Baguio.

At first, I was worried of the logistics given our big group but thanks to the kids who are troopers, the proximity of the apartment to the MRT station and bus stop, and everyone’s readiness to walk even with their backpacks, that we all survived with a blast! We walked and took the public transportation to get around. We only took the cab going to Victory Liner terminal in Cubao.

Part 3

Dinner at Leslie’s on Balentyms

We immediately left EK after having our snacks of hotdog sandwich. We were expecting to reach Leslie’s after an hour but que horror! It was traffic. We were thinking at first that maybe it’s because it’s Valentine’s Day so many are on their way to Tagaytay for the night. But it was still unbelievable because traffic started just a few minutes after we made a right turn from Sta. Rosa. Huwell. There’s nothing we can do except to continue with our pang-ookray hehehe.
We saw a Ferrari! Ang taray ni Lolo. Bigatin ang ride. Si lola ay hindi mukhang lola. Siguro many years younger talaga sya hehehe.

One of the passengers of the Starex van in front was gay. Nagpapacute kay Sol ahahaha. Nginingitian at kumakaway pa talaga wahaha! Astig ka Sol. Isa kang magnet…gay magnet? Hihihi. Nung hindi sya tumitigil sa pagpapacute, pinakitaan namin ng L sign. Ang ganti sa amin? Pinakita lang naman nya ang kanyang flowers at balloons! Plural tsong. Hindi lang isang pirasong flower at balloon. Bouquet of flowers with matching elegant plastic wrapper at sangkatutak na balloons in different shapes and sizes formed into a design. Syet! Ni isa man lang sa aming mga babae walang flowers huhuhu. Wala. We are really losers…losers on the loose bwahahaha.

After 10 years, nakarating din kami sa Leslie’s. Good thing may available na upuan that time. Di pa ganon karami mga tao. Kaso naman, olats yung waiter na na-assign sa amin. Hindi attentive. Anyway, we ordered Bulalo, Crispy Pata, Kangkong and Ginataang Kalabasa, Sitaw at Hipon. Tsalap tsalap!

Habang naghihintay ng orders at para hindi maisip ang kagutuman, nagpicture-picture muna kami. Si Sol, nagkaroon ng love-hate relationship with my camera :p. Love nya pag maputi sya sa pic, hate nya pag sobrang itim wahahaha.

Sa kalagitnaan ng aming kaguluhan, bigla kaming may narinig na fireworks! Weeee! Ito yung isa sa balak naming hintayin sa EK e pero pinagpalit namin sya sa Leslie’s hihihi. Buti na lang may fireworks din dito. Nangyari lahat ng gusto namin. Di nga lang ako marunong kumuha ng fireworks. Low batt na kasi yung magandang camera ni Gelo :p.

Nung finally may food na, tahimik nang nagsikain ang lahat. Hindi na nakuhanan ng pic yung food kasi pagkalapag, kuha na agad wehehehe. Nung medyo nabawasan na ang aming kagutuman, kwentuhan at hiritan naman. Ito lang yung mga na-note ko hehehe (literal na ninote-nakasave ‘to as draft sa phone ko).
  • Kaya ako single ngayon kasi ganito ako kumain.
  • This is life.
  • This is single blessedness.
  • Love will find a way kaso wrong way tayo.
Quotable quotes from losers hahaha.
After ng dinner and bili ng pasalubong, sibat na kami. Temporary amnesia ako dito by choice hihihi. Ang natatandaan ko lang, muntik na akong mapaiyak dito ni Gelo huhuhu. Sa aking mga EK buddies, wag nyo na akong piliting ilagay dito. At wag na rin nating pag-usapan sa comments wahahaha.
After a few minutes of traveling, biglang nagtanong si Sol kung tama pa ba yung dinadaanan namin. Upon checking the place, mukhang tama naman so sabi ko tama. Pero bigla kong naalalang itanong kung nag-left ba kami after naming madaanan ang rotunda. Hindi daw. Bigla akong napasigaw ng “Mali! Papunta na tayo ng People’s Park. Balik”. Hehehe. Muntik pa kaming maligaw at mapadpad sa kung saang lupalop wahahaha.

Pagkatapos non, kanya-kanyang diskarte na ng pagtulog habang si Sol ay nagmamadali na sa pagda-drive. Di ko na namalayan ang iba pang pangyayari. Nagising na ako nung malapit na kami sa C5. Dumaan kami kina Emie para isoli yung sasakyan ng tita nya and lipat sa sasakyan ni Sol sabay harurot na. Late na sya sa kanyang date ahihi. Namamatayan si Sol nung una kasi nanibago sya sa sasakyan nya. Di daw sya sanay wahahaha. Take note, isang araw lang na iba ang nadrive nyang car ah hehehe. Ibinaba kami sa SM Pasig then kanya-kanya nang kumuha ng taxi pauwi. Sabay-sabay kami nina Gelo and Jen. Drop off ko na lang sila sa kung saan man sila bababa.

Home sweet home at around 12 AM or a little past 12. Sisimulan ko na sana magblog kaso inantok na ako. Nagawa ko lang idownload ang mga pictures from my camera at panoorin at balikan muli ang mga kwentong kaakibat ng bawat larawan. Neks! May ganun? Wahaha.

Road trip to Tagaytay

After Baby Ysa’s christening, some of us decided to go on a road trip to Tagaytay. We used Innover (Anne’s new Innova car) and Anne was the driver. Pey was teasing her how it felt so good to be simply a passenger (Pey, with Reboy, was usually our best friend-driver before). We had dinner at View Point, I shouldered a chunk of the bill as a treat to them due to my promotion. After that, we went to Starbucks for coffee. It was tiring but it was well worth it because we were able to have some fun and share laughter.
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