Dec 12, 2011

Dec 1, 2011

Nov 20, 2011

Wordless Weekend

Congratulations to my sister!

And here she is with her coffee cup

Cutest youngest sister

And this little girl who wanted to have her picture taken beside this fountain

Alexei's Again!

Bes picked me up from work yesterday. She had a 6am-2pm schedule and I had midnight-whenever. So since I knew that I was gonna stay late at the office anyway, I decided to wait for her instead. (Even if she got stuck in a bad case of slow-moving traffic and I had sudden init ng ulo bursts.) 

When I finally got in the car, and our petty argument was settled, the first thing we both said was "Gutom ka na?" We decided we were both in for another round of satisfyingly good meal at Alexei's so that's where we headed.

I ordered the Seafood Aligue pasta again but it wasn't available :( so they recommended their Chicken Penne. Bes ordered the Beef Stroganoff (again - you see, we don't get over good food really quick) and we also tried the famed Alexei burger. And this time, we stayed inside so I could take pictures of ze place!

Nov 16, 2011


This is the saddest news I've heard/read all week.

"We are dragon parents: fierce and loyal and loving as hell. Our experiences have taught us how to parent for the here and now, for the sake of parenting, for the humanity implicit in the act itself, though this runs counter to traditional wisdom and advice."
- Notes from a Dragon Mom, The NY Times

Nov 15, 2011

Alexei's Diner & Cafe

Bes picked me up from work earlier so we could grab a quick lunch before she goes to work and I head home to sleep. So we \went straight to Marikina and decided to just have a really late lunch at one of those quaint little cafes. I'm a big fan of the Marikina Food Trip blog and that's where I learned about all these great Marikina food finds (I've listed as a to do in my listography - not even halfway through this list) and one of which, is Alexei's Diner & Cafe.

Nov 13, 2011

Nov 9, 2011

Nov 6, 2011

The Bet

I am getting fat and it's not healthy. My stomach's all big and heavy and doesn't really agree with my arms, boobs, and legs. K, on the other hand, is so thin you'd think she wouldn't even have the strength to walk. for real.

So we have this bet going on. We'll each measure how much we weigh on November and again in February. (Originally, it was January but I though of all the glorious holiday feasts so...) Whoever gains/loses more weight wins.

And, here's how much we weigh (November 5, 2011)
I am at 114.

she's at 94.

I am heavier by 20 kilos flat. Holy holy holy.

If I win, she doesn't cut her hair for 6 months. If I lose, she gets to keep my payroll atm card for 6 months. It's fair, really. I like her hair long and not having my source of cash for those crap I continually feed myself with is the only thing that'll make me want to win.

Crap. Good luck to me. And her. But to me more! :D

Oct 22, 2011


I was really craving for isaw for, I guess, more than a month now. So when a couple-friend asked us if we wanted to join them for isaw at Aling Rosie's, girlfriend and I gamely agreed. 1, because, AGAIN, I was craving for isaw. And 2, (this reason she doesn't actually know), because I wanted to get out of the house and spend time with my friends.

I know, I know. When you get into a relationship it doesn't mean you shut the door off on your friends. But I'm really not the type to go lounging around in coffee shops and shopping in malls and drinking in bars with other people anymore. I've been reduced to this I'll-go-if-girlfriend-goes type. It's one of the signs of co-dependence, I know, but don't worry. I am still the same independent, non-submissive, totally assertive person. I just choose3 to spend most of my time with her. 

So anyway, our couple-friend, girlfriend's brother, girlfriend, and I went to Aling Rosie's for sticks and sticks and sticks of isaw ng baboy, isaw ng manok, and dugo. Yuuuum.

(Source: Calvalcade)

*Posting a picture to people who haven't seen/heard/tasted (BOO!) isaw befpre :) And also, for those people who have and love it and I'm pretty sure will crave/are craving for it too. :P

After Aling Rosie's, girlfriend and I took them to a nearby place for amazingly yummy milk teas - Moonleaf Tea Shop, of course!

Girlfriend and I were big fans of this tea shop ever since it first opened it's store in Magiting St., near the famed Maginhawa St. And even when they opened a much bigger store in Maginhawa, we still get our teas in the original store. And since we live in Marikina, we get our tea fix not as usual as we could possibly want. So when we saw the Moonleaf logo on a space in front of OLOPSC a few days before the store opened in it's new site in Marikina, we were beyond ecstatic!It literally is just a couple or (five) streets away from Girlfriend's house, and the hospital where she works, so, double yay! :)

Moonleaf Tea Shop - Marikina

Girlfriend ordering my favorite: Wintermelon Milk Tea (she got the Hakka Milk Tea)

The Marikina branch is patterned after the original one in Magiting St., minus the blackboard where the menu is written in (in colorful chalk s'yempre). Same white tables, black countertop and splotches of green color here and there. Plus, they also have the freedom board (cork board) where customers can post messages and what-nots from pens and paper they can get from the counter. Oh, a word of advice - if you plan to stay long, bring a cardigan or a shawl, or something if you easily get cold. :)

Anyway, it was a really really fun afternoon. Hoping we could do it again sometime this week, *fingers crossed*, if, of course, schedule permits. Sheesh to adult life and its accompanying stress. But yay to adult life and the paycheck that comes with it.

Oct 21, 2011

Winning on the web

Researching on a keyword I was assigned to write about led me to a website which had this pop-up:

so, I'm 1,000,001?

Don't these pop-ups usually say "You're visitor number 1 Million!" or "You're our 1 Millionth visitor!" I just can't help but LOL at this. I can't say enough apologies for visitor number 1M as, apparently, I am OVER him/her. :D

Oct 20, 2011

Of music, cups, scribbles, and puffs

Got in early at the office today. Meaning, I will be listening to awesome music from my friend Erika. She sits in the station diagonal (?) to mine and she plays some of the really good music I've ever heard in (?). I want to ask her the entire contents of her playlist but I guess that would be too much. :D

I don't think I'll get any work done this early with too much good music - it makes my mind wandering off to the land of creatives. La lala lala.

Photo courtesy of Lock

Now I'm dreaming of Starbucks Christmas coffee cups. And cold Christmas nights. And my pen on their tissue papers, scribbling, scribbling, scribbling. 

**By the way, I'm looking for Starbucks places that has designated areas for ahem, smokers, like me. Because I refuse to visit and patronize any store that doesn't have one. (And I'm sorry if this irks all the non-smokers out there, but please.) So, if you know of any, please tell! I've only visited the one in San Miguel by the Bay, and the one in Emerald.

Oct 14, 2011

Girlfriend's 25th

For Kacy's 25th, I made reservations at Isabelo Garden Restaurant for the night of her birthday. And we had the entire place to ourselves. With romantic background music, lovely ambiance, polite wait staff, and YUMMY GORGEOUS HEAVENLY food. (And I will not attempt to write the whole evening as God knows I can't write well enough anymore, so here are photos, instead. :)
The birthday girl :)

Isabelo Garden Restaurant
The hungry mastermind ;)
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Ali di Pollo with Bleu Cheese Coleslaw
Tomato and Ricotta Farfalle

Honey Bacon Pizza
Watermelon Sorbet

And the happily busog couple :)


(Will update this with Kacy's 25 shots later. We have to run, she got work in 30 minutes. :)

Sep 19, 2011

Email I sent to MetroDeal

I just want to complain about this VERY VERY VERY VERY rude sales agent (as i believe he is) I talked to on the phone last Saturday. I was claiming my iLeaf earphones and the people from Circuit City said I wasn't on the master list. I talked to their Supervisor (also another extremely rude unpleasant lady) who I had requested to let their contact person from MetroDeal (Rodel something - is it really the way you work, your field AEs not giving out their last names to your Merchants?) call me, as I was waiting at the Circuit City branch in Megamall. I was talking to Rodel and was asking him what will happen now, will I get my earphones, etc. He just said yes i can claim them now and it wasn't Circuit City's fault that my name wasn't on the master list. I wasn't even blaming Circuit City. I was just asking him to explain why my name wasn't on the list when I clearly paid over the counter for it and have my voucher with me. He then proceeded to just end the call so rudely. I was still asking him what his last name was because I told him that this will all go to my BLOG, FACEBOOK, and other social networking sites. But he just HUNG UP. Is this professional? NO. It doesn't matter whether you're talking to a polite/angry/irate/shouting customer. He just HUNG UP. My experience with MetroDeal is very very very disappointing, to say the least. I am a creative writer that works for a group buying site catering to Americans so I have a basic know-how of how sales people should be talking to the Merchant's customers. Rodel was extremely rude. I will not be doing any more business with MetroDeal, and will ask my friends to stop subscribing as well.

It's not worth it. Saving money for this kind of service. Just stop subscribing toMetroDeal. Try CashCashPinoy or Beeconomic, instead.

Aug 31, 2011

Haven't been

blogging lately. As obvious. I just feel so tired all the time. I actually opened this account just so I could try to wake up.

Oh, and I'm hungry. Have to remind myself to tell girlfriend my hungry tummy is craving for some Purefoods pork and beans. And a Hungarian sausage.

If you could throw in a couple of chips or some bread roll, it would all make for a nice English breakfast. I wish.

By Friedrich Nietzsche

1. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
2. He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
3. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
4. There are no facts, only interpretations.
5. Morality is but the herd-instinct in the individual.
6. No one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any.
7. Without music, life would be a mistake.
8. Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
9. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
10. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
11. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
12. We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
13. No victor believes in chance.
14. Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
15. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
16. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
17. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
18. The future influences the present just as much as the past.
19. The most common lie is that which one tells himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
20. I counsel you, my friends: Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
21. Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend.
22. God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
23. Success has always been a great liar.
24. Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
25. What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
26. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
27. When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
28. When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
29. Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.
30. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
31. What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.
32. Fear is the mother of morality.
33. A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
34. Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.
35. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
36. The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.
37. The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart — not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
38. What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
39. Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
40. We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.

Aug 18, 2011

Was browsing

the web earlier (as always) and realized just about how many people took the 30 day photography challenge and I thought "Hey, how come I've never seen/heard of a 30 day writing challenge?" So I Googled it, and found this:

30 day writing challenge:

Day 1 —Select a book at random in the room. Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.
Day 2 —Tell about a character who lost something important to him/her.
Day 3 —Write about the worst time you’ve ever put your foot in your mouth.
Day 4 —Write a story/excerpt to include the line, “Sorry, we can’t insure you for a journey like that.”
Day 5 —Pick a letter of the alphabet. Now imagine two aisles of your local supermarket. List everything found in those two aisles that begin with that letter of the alphabet.
Day 6 —Write about a person who would buy all of those items in Day 5.
Day 7 —What sets you apart from the crowd?
Day 8 —Tell your life story from someone else’s point of view.
Day 9 —What was your favorite childhood toy?
Day 10 —What do you want to be remembered for?
Day 12 —What is your favorite day of the week?
Day 13 —Write about a random picture you would find in an envelope of finished prints at Costco.
Day 14 —Elvis still gets 100 Valentines each year. Tell about one of the people who sent one.
Day 15 — Create a character who is falsely accused of a crime.
Day 16 —If we assume ghosts are real, what type of ghost would you like to see?
Day 17 — Write a short scenario set in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant.
Day 18 —Take a reader behind the wheel with the worst driver you’ve ever known.
Day 19 —Write a list of 25 (or just 5!) things you want to do in your life.
Day 20 —If you could go on only one more vacation in your lifetime, where would you go and why?
Day 21 —Find a job ad in the paper. Write about your life if you had that job.
Day 22 —You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand. How did you get this key? What does it lock or unlock?
Day 23 —Pretend you’re a cartoon character. What type of a character would you be? What would a day in your life be like?
Day 24 —Write about the longest amount of time you’ve ever gone without sleeping.
Day 26 —Write about your worst habit.
Day 27 —Make up a near-death experience (unless you have a real one).
Day 28 —You read about yourself in your brother/sister, girlfriend/boyfriend’s diary. What did you read?
Day 29 —You are at a cemetery reading gravestones. Write about one of the people you find.
Day 30 —Write a short entry that ends with the line, “The silver dust of moonlight settled coldly on the night.”

(from here.)

and I'm thinking when I can start this. Soon, Hopefully.

Created a

new board on Pinterest. The sewing board, as shown here:

I learned how to sew shorts and shirts and wallets when I was in grade/high school. And now that I cannot find any reasonably priced skirts around (thrift shops never always seem to have one I like/in my size), I decided I wanted to make a skirt of my own too.

The instructions seem pretty easy to follow so I'll give it a shot. Will let you know what happens when I get around to borrowing my Lola's sewing machine.

Wish me luck! ;)

i don't

feel really good today. Girlfriend did a pretty quick check up on me and said I was low in iron. Well, I have had my period for 4 days now and have not had a really good night's sleep. She told me I should take the Iberet I have in my pill case. But I'm a stubborn prick who doesn't really like taking in any kind of meds... except the ones that make you fall asleep (shh).

Although I think I really have to, this time. Everything gets blurry and I feel like the ground is shaking every time I stand up, so... sigh. Hope I'll feel a lot better later.

Aug 16, 2011

So if I hold your hand...

"Love is about grand gestures.
Love is about airplanes pulling banners
over stadiums, proposals on
jumbo-trons, giant words in
skywriting. Love is about going
that extra mile, even if it hurts,
letting it all hang out there. Love
is about finding courage inside of
you that you didn't even know
was there."

- Little Manhattan