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It’s not the destination…

27 Sep

I was supposed to go to the land of Bagnet a.k.a. Ilocos, with my mom and three friends for the long weekend.  We’ve been planning this for over a month, prepared our itinerary and reserved the hotel where we were supposed to stay.  The night we were supposed to leave, a super typhoon struck Ilocos. Are we a lucky bunch or what???

L.O.S.E.R.S.? Not!

Determined to push through with our plans, we drove until the province of Tarlac where we braved practically zero visibility and strong rains.  After a stopover breakfast at the walang kamatayang McDonald’s which for some reason turned out to be some wacky affair (I think they put something in the longganisa), we decided safety was more important than eating bagnet and seeing the Bangui windmills (waaaah!!! 😦 ) so we headed home.

But before you call us a sorry bunch, we did a little detour to the town of Malolos in Bulacan and checked out the historic Barasoain Church where the first Filipino Republic was first inaugurated.   The nice discovery was, was that there was a museum at the building beside the church.  So it we didn’t just to church viewing after all. Ha!

Barasoain Church

Eilleen suggested we eat at Chocolate Kiss.  While we we in Diliman, we passed by UP and went around the school and stopped at one of the buildings. I thought Eilleen and Joy simply wanted to tour us around their campus, until I realized Chocolate Kiss, or ChoKiss as it’s commonly known, is actually inside the campus.

It’s a popular hangout for faculty and some students evidenced by the fact that the place was full despite it being a holiday.  Needless to say, it was so worth dropping in to.

Chicken Kiev. Winner!
Aligue Pasta
Fish Teriyaki
Mushroom and Tofu combo
Chicken & Pork Adobo
Drink-all-you-can iced tea

I had the chicken kiev, onion soup and bottomless iced tea and paid just a little under P400.  Not bad for a yummy, hearty, meal.

We were a bit bummed we didn’t push through to Ilocos but still had a fantastic time looking for other great places to go to.  Just goes to show that it’s not really the destination, but the journey, that’s important 🙂

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Football fan girl

3 Jul

Been hearing so much about the football team, Azkals, for the longest time especially the Younghusband siblings Phil (who plays forward) and James (midfielder), even before the team won against Vietnam in the Suzuki Cup last December. 

Between the two siblings I’ve always preferred James (left),  finding him to be the more handsome brother – aren’t those warm eyes and that smile just utterly adorable???  Also, his preference for staying out of the limelight appeals to me, I guess since I’m the type who’d rather stay away from being the center of attention too.    Phil (right) however,  seems to be more into chasing the klieg lights of showbiz.

I’ve seen bit of their games here and there but it was only today that I actually watched an entire match and I was absolutely floored by James’ adroit skill in controlling the ball.  The stamina!  The skill! The passion!!! 

Even if he didn’t land a goal despite a few attempts, his assists were critical in putting some in which led to their winning 4-0 against Sri-Lanka.   Woohooo!!! *cartwheels*   He is sooo good.

Hence, my internet search for James and his pretty face.  So he has a pretty cute girlfriend.  No biggie.  No harm in enjoying the view, ei?

Guapo even if he’s all sweaty.  He cleans up pretty well too…

I will definitely watch the next game.  Can’t wait to  see James in action again.

photo source

Kaos and Old Penang: i ♥

14 May

When my brother was about to leave for Vietnam, I wanted to treat him and the family before he left.  So off we went to Resorts World to watch Kaos, the “Las Vegas meets Broadway” show which a friend highly recommended. And man, this was one show I enjoyed immensely!  The fantastic costumes, features and stunts were a sight to behold!

Early in the show, the acrobats from China swinging to the tune of Where is Love made me teary-eyed, beautiful as the scene was.  I think that was my favorite, simply because of how beautiful and delicate it was.   I didn’t want it to end.

The Human Time Machine was one of my mom’s favorites.  How this duo ran, hopped and skipped even blindfolded while balancing on this contraption also amazed me and made me grip my armrest every now and then.

My friend raved about the bare-chested duo, who she said she could watch exclusively, even if she missed the whole show.  That duo from Belarus definitely had amazing balance and flexibility.  How one guy managed to balance the other guy upside down, just using their shoulders and neck WITHOUT the use of their hands was truly spectacular.  And yes, their abs were wonderfully sculpted.  Naturally.  There was no shortage of bromance here 😉

The finale, of course was the sphere where motorcyclists would enter one after the other, with the audience gasping each time a cyclist would be added to the sphere.  It brought out the child in my senior citizen mom 🙂

The show boasts of lions and tigers.  But really, these animals were overrated.  They didn’t do anything special.  They just appeared in the cage and ate a piece of meat.  So much for being wowed by the wildlife.

After a fantastic show, we moved on to Old Penang, suggested by my brother.  He’s never tried it but wanted to since I think he was after some Malaysian/Singaporean fare.

Upon seeing Hainanese Chicken on the menu, I was done.  I just added an order or Char Kway Teo while my brother had some Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik which he loved, loved, loved.

some Hainanese Chicken loving

Char Kway Teo

Nasi Lemak

I looooved how juicy, tasty and plump their chicken was.  The noodles were good too, but I was too busy enjoying the chicken.  Their food tasted authentic compared to other restaurants.  I love discovering restaurants serving great food that I really, really like.  A fantastic end to an already fantastic day 🙂

Photo credits: spot.ph, our awesome planet

Quote(s) for the Day – March 8 2011

8 Mar

So I realized I haven’t made an entry for 2011 yet (and it’s already MARCH!!!).  Here are some inspiring quotes from Cozycot’s 100 Inspiring Women:

“…the good parts of life would be the strength to push you on in this harsh and cruel world. ”  – Peggy Heng, Entrepreneur/Blogger

“Don’t waste time being angry. No one can make you angry if you don’t want to be. One day spent angry, is one day you have chosen to waste. And you don’t know exactly how many hours or days you have left.” –  Janice Poh, Project Manager, Let There Be Light

I want to inspire women to step out and break out of the moulds they may be in and never let anyone pigeonhole them. I would like to encourage women out there to ‘dare to be different’ and take the path less travelled. No risks, no rewards.” – Estee Teo, Sales & Marketing Manager

I love what I do and I strongly believe that one should. I go to work to play.”  -Andrea Claire, Celebrity Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

“Real experiences of successes and failures while dealing with fear, anxiety and insecurity may occur at any point of our lives, but as long as there is a dream, a staunch belief, keep going and be willing to trial and error. Impossible is nothing.” – Ho Qing Yan Melissa Jane, Entrepreneur

So I’m trying to start a gratitude journal…

16 Oct

Last month, a recent acquaintance, Debbie, told me she was able to get over her depression by starting a gratitude journal and meditating.  I’m not sure about meditating since I heard it’s not as easy as people think.  So I told her I’d probably give the gratitude journal a try.

I first heard this from Oprah years back and she even said she found out that most of the things she found herself grateful for was for the FOOD she’d eat 😀 (I agree!!!).   I can’t remember now if I got the ‘list at least five things you’re grateful for, for each day’ from Oprah or from Debbie…

Anyway, I initially intended to keep a gratitude journal for a month and see if it’s something I can actually stick to.  I also wanted to post it daily on this blog but wasn’t able to access the internet daily so I wrote it on my phone instead.  Thank God for mobile phones with Word application.   Hey, another thing to add to my gratitude journal!

And just to bore you push myself to complete what I started, I am posting my gratitude journal for the first 15 days of October:

Oct 15 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. a funny blog I just discovered: Mykoreanboyfriend.wordpress.com
2. having plans for the weekend
3. receiving confirmation for our flights and cash advance. Our trip’s a go!!!
4. Ma’s roast chicken for lunch
5. being picked up right at my bldg and not having to walk all the way to the parking lot. (Thanks Kaye!)

Oct 14 Thursday

Today, I thank God for…
1. Toxic Glee version on early morning radio. Yeah!
2. Delamar’s bday
3. light traffic on the way to work. Great start to a long day.
4. all Chile miners being rescued
5. a free massage

Oct 13 Wednesday
1. Sunshine!
2. Finally finishing my monitoring report
3. Easy morning ride
4. getting help fr Operations
5. Getting quick feedback on hotel inquiries
6. Finding out a J-pop song title & artist I’ve been loving. Okaeri by Ayaka.

 

I will see you next month...

 

Oct 12 Tuesday
Today, I thank God for…
1. finally sending out a working itinerary for our Vietnam-Cambodia trip. Yey!
2. siopao
3. peace and quiet in my solo-but-too-big-for-me ofc
4. Anytime by Yuna Ito
5. working at my own, unhurried pace

Oct 11 Monday
Today, I thank God for…
1. attending a mtg in my boss’s behalf and marveling at the intelligence of two company presidents
2. one big shawarma
3. catching up with Thryza
4. being told my service was borderline ecstatic. Alright!
5. quick nap upon getting home

Oct 10 Sunday
Today, I thank God for…
1. laaaaazy sunday. Recharge!!!
2. leftover of sepie’s pokipoki
3. good movies: Freaky friday (I never tire of watching this. Chad Michael Murray was such a cutie) and Up
4. healthy healthy dinner: a huge salad
5. early morning kulitan on FB
6. pinning cities I’ve been to on Tripadvisor. More to come! 🙂

 

love those eyes...

 

Oct 9 Saturday
Today, I thank God for…
1. ice cream and choco crinkles – ever a great combination
2. good movie: Facing the giants
3. a dinner and movie feast with good friends
4. meaningful sharing
5. having a good laugh

Oct 8 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. finally trying out Big Better Burgers Shitake Teriyaki Burger WINNER!!!and treating my driver
2. an attentive audience
3. seeing someone with smart, beautiful, brown eyes and a great smile
4. finishing earlier than expected
5. No Friday meeting

 

I finally got to play this

 

Oct 7 Thursday
Today, I thank God for…
1. Daryl and Gerard who made the graveyard shift more bearable
2. finally Playing plants vs Zombies…and being given a copy
3. having a jacket for the freezer, I mean, that cold, cold room
4. my driver Ernie
5. treating Jhoany before she leaves the company
6. Dad taking my car out of the garage. Awww.

Oct 6 Wednesday
Today, I thank God for…
1. being productive
2. a chatty cab driver who I learned a lot from in a span of 30 minutes
3. girl friends
4. being single and not having a psycho boyfriend who would behead me
5. finally conducting training for a new prod

Oct 5 Tuesday
Spent the day on sick leave so I didn’t think there was much to be thankful dor. Still, today I thank God for…
1. giving me a best friend who is celebrating her bday today
2. just feeling dizzy and nauseous. Hey, it could’ve been worse.
3. home made pizza and salad
4. enjoying a good laugh with ma
5. knowing my mom cares so, so much about my health
6. a dinner invite fr a friend (which I had to turn down though. am sick)

Oct 4 Monday
Today I thank God for…
1. a good nap on the way to work
2. productive meetings
3. mcdonald’s
4. catching up with a good friend on the way home
5. having a (more or less) final sked for my biz trips. (Can we finally set our flights???)
6. being recognized by an old MBA  classmate (SJ)
7. the fact that my parents are still (relatively) healthy

Oct 3 Sunday
Today, I thank God for…
1. waking up at noon and not leaving my room till 2pm
2. John Tucker Must Die on cable (not much on depth but hey, i found it entertaining…)
3. spicy Spanish sardines for dinner
4. entertaining ma with Xyrene’s charming video
5. finally starting my research for my November trip

 

So ours didn't look like this, but it was great still

 

Oct 2 Saturday
Today, I thank God for…
1. fast Internet access which allowed me to post pics on FB and Multiply
2. having friends to invite to watch a play in 3 weeks.
3. pizza and banana split (wattacombination!!!) with the Amansecs and Eilleen
4. Sisblog101, the new team blog is up! And my essay’s there! 🙂
5. hanging out with childhood friends and their cutie kids.

Oct 1 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. being skilled and smart enough to accomplish a lot at work.
2. the yummy spinach & mushroom pizza and ziti @ Sbarro’s
3. the free ride with Kaye and her mom
4. easily getting a ride this morning
5. telling Kaye about my ‘Angel’s breath’ moment in high school and laughing till we cried.

Havin’ a bad day?

5 Sep

Amazing how a combination of roasted peanuts, caramel, nougat and chocolate can make all worries disappear.


Well, at least for a while 🙂 Love it!

O genki desu ka?

7 Aug

Last night, I received a text message from an unknown number saying: Dally-san, o genki desu ka? Kotegaeshi. Shihonage. Sankyou.  (Dally, how are you? (the rest are Aikido techniques.  Apart from the greeting, it didn’t make sense, really).

The sender is obviously someone I knew from college when I took up aikido.  Thing is, I wasn’t sure who.  In that group, one or two students studied Japanese, while two of our instructors moved to Japan. I also wasn’t sure if it was indeed someone who knew Japanese since o genki desu ka is a very common greeting a lot of foreigners know.

Just to see if it was someone who really knew Japanese, I replied: Sumimasen. Dare desu ka? (I’m sorry, who’s this?)  I received a long reply  in Japanese.  Ok, so he definitely knows his stuff.   After more exchanges,  I find out who it was – our instructors who moved to Japan were currently in town!  I gave them a call and eventually made plans to meet up on Saturday for dinner, together with whoever else was available.

I sooo love it when I’m able to get in touch with long lost friends, especially from two people who really made my college life fun.  I’ve been pondering about doing a physical activity regularly and I’ve actually considered going back to aikido (or swimming, badminton and running) and this might be a chance to try it out again.  I was also glad to practice my rusting Japanese even for a little bit with our exchanges.  Looking forward to catching up soon.