Dec 13, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 6

C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G


David Levithan's Every Day. 
It has been on my reading list and I am ready to get my heart broken again.  

W R I T I N G
After this post is talata sa bibliya for next week's segment.

L I S T E N I N G
Some UK top 20 songs. 
Sam Smith is  on now with his new song, Writings on the Wall.

T H I N K I N G
About how I might possibly get my heart broken again.

S M E L L I N G
Berocca and rice. 

W I S H ING
Two extra tickets for next year's Wanderland music festival. 
I want to listen to Bon Iver live.

H O P I NG
Whatever this is that I am feeling, hope it will pass. 
I am just starting to feel comfortable with how things are.. 
Do not complicate.

L O V I NG
My none- intentional ombre.

W A N T I N G
To get this company's Christmas party over and done with. 
I hate performing.

N E E D I N G
Longer days this week. 

F E E L I N G
Light headed, dazed and confused...got me feeling like...


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Nov 29, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 5

C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G

Library of Souls. It has been on the last 70 pages for almost a month now and still counting. I want to finish it already so I can move on to the next book on my reading list

W R I T I N G
A trivia segment on Christmas Carols. 

L I S T E N I N G
Justin Bieber's Purpose album. Now on my 15th song.

T H I N K I N G
About my uhog galore moment because of heart break last year. The memory keeps on popping up on my timeline which got me thinking...

S M E L L I N G
Fabric Conditioner and lemonade. 

W I S H I N G
Warm bath and a good back massage.

H O P I N G
For all my scheduled segment to push through this week. Monday started with cancellations and I hope it is not going to be a streak.

L O V I N G
My being motivated to finish some scripts early

W A N T I N G
For extra free time and some ice cream cake or anything sweet right this minute.

N E E D I N G
My person.

F E E L I N G
Nervous, cold and hopeful.


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Nov 23, 2015

Dear Planner...

2016 is fast approaching. I have plans, lots of plans especially when it comes to sorting my priorities, thoughts and issues.

The last time I owned a planner was 3 or 4 years ago. It was a gift given by one of my close friends, Lorie. It was given around February but I only got to use it almost half of the year. I was a student back then so it mostly contains reminders from school, home works and some mommy duties. It wasn't really that helpful because back then, I thought owning a tablet is better. Why? Here are a few of my acceptable-before-but-a-little-lame- reason now that I am of age to think so...
First - My handwriting is okay but I don't know, I was expecting more on like caligraphy-ish because I find it more appealing and artistic. I was thinking that the effort that I put in designing my entries back then makes my entries more doable. I ended up skipping weeks of entries which made it less useful. Second - I was never satisfied with how I make use of it so it wasn't really a planner but was used mainly as a plain old notebook. Thirdly - I keep forgetting all my jotted notes because I keep forgetting to bring it, it gets dusty after some time. For those reasons, a tablet I thought was more reasonable since it has auto-reminder with cute fonts (hehe, the kid that I was). After 2 years of owning a tablet, it did not fail me because it did the job that I want.

Fast forward to year 2015, 5 months after I got hired as a segment producer, change of heart nanaman ito. Although I still have my ipad and there are some apps that cute enough for planners, i wanted to go back to basics for next year although this time, it has to contain inspirational quotations to help me get by every time I feel stressed. It has a dual purpose, it should help me prioritize and remind at the same time, it should be my motivation

Here are some planners which I think would be awesome to own next year, will help me keep pushing til the year end.

BAN.DO PLANNER

CERTIFIED POSITIVE PLANNER
THE DAYKEEPER 2016

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE PLANNER

I AM VERY BUSY BAN.DO PLANNER


This are all combinations of things that I wanted on a planner. If this will all be rolled into one, I'm the happiest. For more info on each of this planners or journals, you can check it here with some other choices. 

Nov 22, 2015

Of Triggers and Kali

A good couple of weeks ago, I made a short segment about sir Michael Bugnosen. He is a self defense instructor focusing mainly on Filipino Kali technique and handling of fire arms. Due to the lack of footage, I would still want to share a few things I learned about Kali.

Filipino Kali, it is a traditional martial arts from the Philippines and it's becoming popular not just in the country but in foreign ones too. According to some researches done, this is a good technique for self defense especially that you can use ordinary things that we use everyday such as cellphones or ball pens. I got the opportunity to interview sir Micheael Bugnosen, a Kali trainer and I get to see the techniques and moves used. For most parts, the moves was quite familiar and on the latter part of my interview, I did found out that a Cordilleran dance was incorporated. They often use the Karambit, a kind of knife usually used by farmers to cut palay. It is double-sided blade and with the help of the round handle, it's easy to get a grip.
Aside from Filipino Kali, gun, which is what's mostly used in some countries for self defense, was also part of the training.Sir Tony from California is a gun enthusiast and was here for pleasure and took the time to teach us safety tips before using a gun. He is a professional musician by the way and he also learned a few Kali moves. 
After the interview, I was asked to try it and here are a few of my behind the scenes.







I kinda look bad-ass here but I was trembling on the inside. I did like 4 shots, 3 missed and one inside the target (not bad for a first). I could have done better if it wasn't a pistol, too big for my hands. The feeling was exhilarating though. 

This was done at Westpoint Shooting Range in Tuba, Benguet. The use of the facility is free, you just need to pay for the bullets used which is 18 pesos per piece. I would want to learn more both on how to use a gun and the Filipino Kali. I think it is about time considering the world that we live in. 


                                   




Nov 20, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things

Ditz Revolution

1. This 10 Happy Things Button. No need to get fancy with pictures, no ma'am, got no luxury time for that.

2. Grey's Antomy S12. Hooked.

3. Got to meet sir Joel Cruz "The Lord of Scents".

4. Tamarind bombs. I have been craving and I seldom get to buy and eat 20 pieces all in one seating.

5. Zero by Chris Brown.

6. My Elyu travel just to interview a farmer. An hour of travel from outside Baguio is enough to help clear the mind.

7. 6 hours of sleep.

8. H2o therapy. No, not 8 glasses but getting there.

9. My easy transition from pissed-off to game on face.

10. Adele's Hello.





Aug 30, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 4


C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, another suspense novel.

W R I T I N G
Proposals for next week's segments. So far I have 2 out of 15.

L I S T E N I N G
Some random lite jazz music on K-lite fm.

T H I N K I N G
About how I should be grateful for the job I have but being ungrateful for it at the same time because it eats up most of my time forPia.

S M E L L I N G
Smokes.

W I S H I N G
To be a Wahm again.

H O P I N G
For Monday to get by quick, it is the hardest day of the week!

L O V I N G
Motivational thoughts, keeps me going.

W A N T I N G
For my long over due check to arrive.

N E E D I N G
More motivational thoughts and longer mom time.

F E E L I N G
Emotional. First day still sucks after 12 years of having to go through monthly periods. I cried today and will most probably will again tomorrow.


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Aug 29, 2015

Hello.


Yes I am still here and still planning to keep this blog active. My gosh. Life has been that busy lately. Right at this moment, I am a bit surprised that instead of scripts, here I am, updating my blog when it feels like it has been years ago since my last post. 

As mentioned before, I started working full time again. Took me two months to know the ropes of the operation. My work as a segment producer for a morning show has been my main focus for almost eight weeks, now that I am a bit familiar, I can now comfortably go back to being a mom (seriously) and some other stuff like blogging and teaching part time. 

Despite the pressure and stress that I am getting from my current job, I feel proud and happy after all, this is my first 'real' job which suites my chosen course na pinaghirapan ko ng four years. 

I am not stopping here though because as soon as I can squeeze in a few hours of my time, I am planning to take up a short course for web design. You'll know when I am done as soon as I get this blog revamped. I won't give up blogging you know. 

Now for the next days to come, I will be cleaning up my phone because it has like a gazillion pictures from 2 months ago and these are mostly pictures taken from some of my segments. I know that most doesn't have the time to watch in the morning, probably too busy or just doesn't feel like it so I decided to make separate posts from those segments and blog about it instead. 

This is it for this post, will start working on my blog posts and segments for the second week of this month. Wish me luck! kBye.

Jul 19, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 3


C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Started with the first few pages today and will hopefully stick up to the very last page.

W R I T I N G
Finishing the reviews which is way long overdue. I think it will remain on the drafts folder for a couple more days because I will be going to bed after this for that 4 a.m. call time tomorrow.

L I S T E N I N G
E-MO-TION: 2015 album of Carly Rae Jepsen. Favorite song on the album so far is All That.

T H I N K I N G
About going for a 10 mile jog this week. I miss running.

S M E L L I N G
Amag because of the almost 3 weeks rain and fabric conditioner.

W I S H I N G
For a sunny or kahit gloomy basta hindi maulan na week.

H O P I N G
For a more fulfilling week. Last week has been good despite some segments being dropped but I learned though I am still testing the waters.

L O V I N G
That 12 hours of sleep which I thought I would never.

W A N T I N G
Ice cream cake everyday. I wanna stress eat.

N E E D I N G
More motivation and less negativity from people. As much as I don't want to be surrounded with such negativity, kailangan ko ng cameraman para mabuo segments kaya walang choice.

F E E L I N G
Bloated.Again.


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Jul 6, 2015

Music Monday #12: Hermitude

Chill vibe, makes me wanna move in a pa-demure kind of way. 
Have a fantastic week guys & happy Music Monday! 



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Jul 5, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 2

C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G
My work notes from last week.

W R I T I N G
Two blog posts and 15 proposal for 3rd week's segments for July. Started working as a segment producer for a morning show last week so yay to me!

L I S T E N I N G
All The Way (Milkman Remix) by Timeflies

T H I N K I N G
About possibilities for the next coming days. Working with new people with lots of experiences on their own field is intimidating and scary at the same time.

S M E L L I N G
Salpicao and fabcon from yesterdays' laundry.

W I S H I N G
To be able to come up with impressive proposals for next week and the research will be done right after this post.

H O P I N G
For less wind and rain tomorrow, yung saktong ulan lang okay na.

L O V I N G
That I was able to get through my first week of work.

W A N T I N G
For less juice on my procrastination because I am totally thinking about skipping my proposals kasi bumabagyo, sarap lang magkukot.

N E E D I N G
6-8 hours of sleep plus more of my creative juices.

F E E L I N G
Bloated again and it feels so cold tahnyt.


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Jun 30, 2015

Why I Prefer Traditional Education Over Montessori for My Child

Ever since I can remember, the only type of school that I know of is private and public. It was only recently when  I got interested in learning about which type of school is suitable for my kid. For 3 years, my child studied at a public school, from preschool to grade one. My mom is a grade 5 elementary school teacher and the school where she's teaching is where my daughter also went to. Despite it being a public school, I can say that my daughter still is being monitored thanks to mom but it was just not enough.

Upon choosing my my daughter's school, there were a lot of things to consider like the location which should be near our place as much as possible. Next is the 10:1 student-teacher ratio (this is very important for me),the tuition should be depending on our budget and some other minor things such as the school's curriculum etc.

A couple days ago, my sister and I were talking about Pia's new school. I told her that Pia seems happy although I know it is too early to tell. I told her about perks of enrolling Pia to a private school, mom told her that if Pia was able to adjust well, they might also move my niece to the same school as Pia's. I told my sister that it would be great if that happens rather than moving her to the Montessori school mom mentioned before. When the sister told me that Montessori schools are better and more expensive, that's when I did some research.

In a nutshell, Montessori schools allows the children to learn at their own pace and follow their own interest. Children are self taught and with mixed age group. With those the mentioned, traditional education is just the opposite.

I have been raised and schooled at a traditional education set up. I did try both private and public and so are my sisters and my cousins. No one in our family and relatives tried going to a Montessori maybe because it is still uncommon during our time (gosh I am old!).

The idea of self study for my daughter is a good training. My daughter loves to draw and I would want her to enhance that skill but so is learning her subjects which traditional education offers. Also, if a parent decides to move her child from Montessori to traditional school, will the child be able to cope? Being a mom, you get to have a lot of time observing my child's capabilities and weaknesses. She works well with smaller class size, she does love to learn but she easily loses interest and gets easily intimidated with older kids. I want her to work well with other kids her age just like I did with traditional schools.

Although I like the idea of Montessori's education flow and I think it very suitable for preschool kids, traditional is better for me. Here in the country, one thing that matters to most parents is whether they can afford to send their kids at a private school. Whether it is an academy or Montessori or traditional private school, it just comprises maybe 20-30% of the total decision of a parent.

I think all types of school are great, parents just have to know their child and know what suits well for them.
Pia with cousin Gefi and mudrabels on the background

Jun 29, 2015

Music Monday #11: Till It Hurts

That beat on the chorus part is just dope! Happy Music Monday!

 


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Jun 28, 2015

The Sunday Currently, Volume 1

C U R R E N TL Y...

R E A D I N G
The Escape by David Baldacci. I have been into mystery novels lately, sole reason why I am a couple of books ahead for my 2015 reading challenge.

W R I T I N G
Something about traditional education and Montessori schools for another blog post.

L I S T E N I N G
Playlist on 8Tracks entitled 'That Snowboarding Playlist' - the song currently playing is Anna Sun by Walk the Moon.

T H I N K I N G
Sorting schedules for next week. I will be working full time this coming Wednesday and I have to work some things out with my work schedule and mama duties.

S M E L L I N G
Fried fish and buttered rice.

W I S H I N G
To get my first day of work over and done with.

H O P I N G
For a better weather especially in the afternoons.

L O V I N G
That I get to make time writing and thinking about posts to publish here.

W A N T I N G
A back massage and waking up not feeling sore. We need that magical mattress that we saw at a shopping network from Japan.

N E E D I N G
A hug and some bioflu.

F E E L I N G
Bloated, red day is coming anytime.


Original Link Up: Lauren's Blog

Jun 26, 2015

On Requirements, Waiting and Such

I love job hunting and hoping on landing the job but when it comes to processing requirements, I totally find it a bit of a hassle. Imagine the long queue on several government offices such as SSS and PhilHealth to have some papers processed and the challenge there is not actually about the processing but the waiting part. The balik ka na lang mamaya mga pagkatapos ng isang oras the second time around is what ticks me off.

 

See, I am about to start a full time job in less than two weeks and to tell you the truth, I have been processing some requirements for almost a month now. I like that some documents/ requirements can be processed online now like the NBI clearance. In all fairness, I was able to process it in just 2 days. I did a little bit of waiting though because the computer froze while I was doing the bio metrics so they had to contact some people in Manila, average waiting was supposedly 15 minutes but I had to wait for a good 2 hours for it to be fixed. I also had to wait for 15 minutes at the bank for the payment of my clearance which compared to before, the payment was done at their office. I find it okay, I do not mind paying additional 40 pesos so long as I get to have it 2 days least. You can follow this process if you want to apply for your NBI clearance which I think is what the office prefer.

As for the rest of the requirements, like my transcript for example, the waiting time is two weeks. My fault yes, I heard that from several professors when they saw me processing it five months after graduation.

I actually did complete all the requirements a week ago but just today, I received another text from HR asking me to submit 3 other requirements again taken from government offices. I still have a few days to submit and I am really hoping that the need for long waits is not that necessary anymore.

Jun 24, 2015

Ciudad Elmina, Fishing Village

A lot of firsts happened to me this year, as I keep saying I am always grateful. The start of the year has been great and I intend to keep this streak till the end of the year for a more positive 2016.

So a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated papa's birthday differently. See, me and my family usually do the usual birthday celebration, kain sa labas, rent ng movie, movie marathon hanggang mag-uumaga. This year was totally different except yung kain sa labas part. As per usual fast food, we decided to go to another city para mas intense.

First stop, a short visit to Manaoag church. It has been a while since my parents visited this church so we did a little bit of a tour and selfies for sns purposes. Hours after, we were supposed to travel a bit to a restaurant googled by the sister which was supposed to be near the church. We ended travelling further because google maps gave the wrong calculation on how far the place was, we ended up in Dagupan City. My father, being the most ma 'PR' person sa family asked a restaurant recommendation to the driver of the van. The planned restaurant where we intended to have lunch was further than we expected so the driver recommended a better restau which is also a fishing village. So when the driver dropped us off to this view, we were just in awe.


This is the outside part of the restau. We were ushered inside the main fishing village and the staff was friendly, less accomodating maybe because it was scorching hot that day, nonetheless the service was still great.










the view from where we are seated
The food was good, mostly lutong bahay which is already common in Baguio. I was a bit disappointed though because they do not serve halo-halo which was supposedly expected given the hot weather. They serve smoothies though so good enough.


Of course it's not called a fishing village if we are not allowed to fish. We did try but no luck. Maybe if we started fishing early, we could have caught one. It did require long patience and with the heat mixing in, an hour of trying will already prove that you are one patient person. If you're lucky (and patient), you get to take a kilo of bangus (milkfish) for 180 pesos. There is also a boat which anyone can use for free!



Papa has been fishing for almost an hour here. Mama tried but gave up after 10 minutes.

Oh my gosh, the breeze was just oh so relaxing.


So if you and your family decide to try out something new from outside Baguio City, this place I greatly recommend. Look, a little something something for the kids to enjoy... err look at.:)


All in all, it was great experience. Despite the scorching weather, it was fun all in all especially since it was a first for the whole family to be spontaneous.

goofing around with my kid. :) 

mi familia :)

Thank you so much mamang driver, we owe you one for this marvelous experience kasi if not for you we should not have found this awesome place! :)


Jun 23, 2015

Insidious Chapter 3, a Review (sort of)

The movie got me like:


Well maybe just a little bit but it did at some point haha! I am a bit picky when it comes horror movies, ayaw ng kurni and these movie installments were nothing near baduy that is why it got me hooked. The first and third installment really scared the crap out of me, the kind where it is not going to give me nightmares like what the first Paranormal Activity did. I feel bad not being able to watch it on the big screen (priorities) but the comfortable couch was a give away so 24" screen is workable.

I liked that Elise Rainier is back once again (she kinda reminds me of grahma), her gift/ ability is not something I would not want to have like ever though. This installment did shed some light on some scenes from the first two. No spoiler coming from me so for fans who haven't seen it yet because life just gets you, this movie will help you forget some real life horror story gaya na lang ng kalagayan ng gobyerno ng 'pinas at pag gusto makalimot saglit sa pagtakbo ni Binay, go na, watch mo na toh.

Also, before I forget, a line from Elise that sticked na ikinarelate ko, "Love is just delayed pain." We all die and the person who was left behind has to suffer all the pain. Not gonna dwell on this much but I totally agree with Elise.

Although the ending of the movie did not give clues for a fourth installment, I am hoping. :)
Kbye.

Jun 22, 2015

Music Monday #10: Colours

Today, I was thinking about how to get by with  the 'Monday blues' which in most cases, cannot be helped no matter how prepared someone is. For moms who has to do a lot in 2 hours every morning like prepare baon for my kid, bathe her, feed her (and with some nagging on the side for her to finish her food in 30 minutes) and then after that, my time to prepare and make sure to be on time for my daughter's 8:30 class.

Considering the scenario of road constructions happening everywhere in the city, beating the traffic jam is one hell of a challenge.

I was considering sharing a list of things that help me get by Monday but opted for this meme instead because anyway, music always helps when it comes to helping me soothe my nerves during stressful times of the day.



Song Title: Colours
Artist: GroupLove

The original song is much slower than this, I like this better when I heard it on 8tracks. I am liking the beats/electronic remixes recently. I get to concentrate more on whatever I am doing without having to belt out some songs randomly played which I often do with pop songs. With this genre, I get to head bang while typing or cleaning or whatever.

Well hope you enjoyed this one! Enjoy the rest of your Monday!


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Jun 20, 2015

On Good Schools and Being Grateful

Before this year, struggling financially is typical for a graduating student. I completely remember telling my sibling na dadaan ka muna sa butas ng karayum bago mo makita ang pangalan mo sa tentative & final graduating list. I remember being furious because I just paid 3k tapos after 3 days we have to pay something again kyeme sa isang subject or para sa graduation. They would have made a list for those para hindi hassle.

Anyway, I got through that thankfully. Fast forward to 6 months after graduation, I patiently floated resumes hoping to land a job related to my course. With good luck and long patience and perseverance *char*, in two weeks, I have a job waiting for me but  will leave you hanging for now because this post is not about that. ;)

This post is about another achievement that I consider as a mother. I finally had Pia enrolled at a private school. This was a promise I made, that after I graduate, it is my daughter's turn to go to a good school. Well not that her previous school is bad, it's just that my daughter needs extra push when it comes to her studies and having to go to a school with 30+ students per class won't help her enough. As for my guidance for her schooling, I can't give my hundred percent considering that I have to work and it just feels like she needs more than what I can provide as per time.

So it has been two weeks and my daughter is enjoying her new school. It is a Christian academy and that is what I really liked about it aside from the school having a manageable class size. My daughter only has 7 classmates, 8 in total for grade two which is just awesome. They had their first homework this week and my daughter brought her book home. It was a Christian book and they were asked to read a story about Adam and Eve and had to answer some questions about it. I just wanted to share this because after returning the book to her teacher, my daughter told me that night to buy her the same book because she wanted to read the stories about the bible and Jesus. This made me feel good about our decision in moving her to a private school despite the expensive tuition which was of course expected.

Me and D did thought this through even before Pia started going to school but did not push through then because I was also a student that time and money wise just won't fit. Now that me and D made it happen, the money that we pay for her schooling is more fulfilling than the material stuff that used to be where my salary goes to.

I have been a mother for 7 years now and as I grow older, I am starting to realize the things that my daughter mostly needs and a having a good relationship with God is on top of my list and a good education is next to it. I am grateful because I get to have both for my daughter at this school so yes, a happy and grateful mom here.

Her first day of class 2 weeks ago.





May 14, 2015

Book Review: The Girl on the Train (some spoiler alert!)

Lately, I have been into reading mystery, thriller and suspense genre. Compared to before, I usually finish one book every 2-3 weeks or more. From last month, I finished 6 suspense novels and I just started my 7th book with this genre 2 days ago.  I think all books are worth the read but there is that one which sticks and deserves a review and that is this book right here. 


Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Published Date: January 13, 2015

Synopsis:
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? via Goodreads
Well, it is indeed my favorite book this year. I liked it because it was fast paced. I could have finished reading this book in one day if I don't have that much mama duties and family errands. Three days is not bad for a wahm like me.

For the first few chapters of the book, the story took a little slow to really catch my concentration and when it did,I just cannot stop reading. The part where Rachel had a complete blackout, when she was tracing back memories after getting home with some bruises and a cut on her head, the same time Megan went missing, that's when I cannot stop reading.

For most of the thriller/suspense/mystery books that I have read lately, I usually have a clue on who the culprit is but not on this one. This is why it deserves a review despite my lack of vivid words to describe the emotions I got from this book.

I liked all the characters but my favorite is Scott. Those rise and fall emotions, felt it all for him. Although I did thought of him as a suspect, there was a reason for him to be, deep enough to commit murder. Let me now stop from here because if I don't, I might spoil the whole story for you which I tend to do when I make book reviews.

As to the part where it will forever change the way I look at other people's lives, not much impact on that for me, not really.


My Book Rating:
5/5


May 12, 2015

Side Trip: Manaoag Church

During summer time, having to stay in Baguio is the best thing to do for someone like me who's not a summer person. Yes the city does experience the heat but electric fan and halo-halo is the only thing you need, after all, the warm weather only lasts a couple of hours in a day. Going to the beach excites me yes but it's not a goal I would want to do every summer unlike most people I know.

During the past weeks, my facebook timeline is flooded with people clad in bikinis at the beach. I do envy them but not enough to make me want to save up and go. Not even enough to do that balik alindog program/plan. 

You know, I was thinking that maybe I was some kind of bug that just stays under a rock for most of her life during my past life. I swear, for most of the time when going out is really needed, I have to drag myself up just to prepare. 

So once in a while, if I go to the province or other places for that matter, I think it would be nice to blog about it. 

A good couple of weeks ago, me and pops and the kids and the siblings went to the province, to my papa's hometown. It was the first death anniversary of my aunt and with this includes a mini reunion. We stayed there for 5 days and oh my goodness the heat. Felt like I am being roasted. It did not stop me though from enjoying. The feeling of being roasted was worth it all if my family is having a good time.

After 5 days of lamon hits sa bahay ni lola, it was time for us to head back home. I did miss the cold cold weather plus there were some things that needs to be done asap so our vacation was cut short.

We dropped by Manaoag Church which we always do every time we visit Pangasinan. We might go to Manaoag again this coming weekend for fudra and the older sister's birthday (hopefully). If it does push through, I would take pictures of the interior and exterior part of the church . There were lots of improvement on the exterior that's worth sharing so for the mean time, enjoy the pictures of us being happy and grateful and making wishes on the floating candles.






May 11, 2015

On Brows and Looking Good

Another post just before the sister comes over for beer. It's Monday, give us some slack this early. So last year, around September, I remember so clearly because that was the time I started my TV internship at ABS. That was also the right time (I thought to myself) to be a little more conscious with my looks.

I know the basics in make up but I would not want to have it take most of my time in the morning so I opted to just choose something that I can maintain and needs a little touch up for the rest of the day and the brow was decided.

Me and bunso does not really care about how bushy our eyebrows were. We remember when the older sister was always fussing about her eyebrows. I did try to do something about my eyebrow when I was in high school but I got tired because it was so bushy and all over the place so I gave up. For the rest of my university years, I kept my looks on the down low. Like not putting any kolerete at all, not even lip gloss. My siblings and mom was always bothered about how I look. Was a bit annoyed that it bothers them when all I wanted was to be simple and invisible.

I just decided to change that outlook during my last semester. Got me conscious knowing that I will be working for a few months with reporters and people whom I occasionally see on TV.

A day before the start of my internship, it was a good timing as well because it was payday. Overnight, I changed how I looked. From having hair color, to buying beauty stuff such as bleaching creams, lip glosses and an eyebrow kit. I also bought a few pairs of jeans to change my not so form fitting ones.

It has been months since I started maintaining how I look. It was not like a major major transformation, I just did a few basic touch ups like the one for my eyebrow. I did the honor of taking a picture of my before and after eyebrow look.
If you do have the time to browse through my posts from years ago, I might have posted some pictures of me with my Betty LaFea brows. It was unappealing. I did realize how a good shaped eyebrow can make someone look pretty. It felt that way for me apart from the positive comments I got from people and bunso which I think influenced her to try the Brow Studio's brow design like I did. Every four weeks, I go back to the studio for my brow clean-up.

My brows is the only part of my face that needs spending monthly in order to look good. I do buy other beauty products for the face but it comes in jars and bottles that lasts for 2 months and anyway, clean-up is not that expensive. The part where I need to schedule an appointment and the need to prepare with no other appointment in mind is the one that I consider a nuisance. Aside from the brows, I started making sure to not go out if the hair is not blow dried. I also shampoo every after 2 days and I do take a shower the night before sometimes just to make sure that my hair is soft and manageable the next day. I also started doing the no-heat curls which mom loves because according to her, it looks natural. I also apply lotion every after shower and not just when I go out. I tried drinking 8 glasses of water, making efforts to not just look but feel good as well. 

Lessons learned: looking beautiful is not my goal but instead to look presentable. I do not like to over do and be stared at because of that obviously too much effort before going out. Looking presentable does draw respect from people and it feels nice to feel kyot once in a while. 



My Take on #TTCT

Yesterday was mother's day so I pampered myself on the couch with cups of instant coffee (creamy white) and with movie marathon for the rest of the afternoon with typhoon Dodong on the background. Included on the list was 2 missed episodes from Grey's Anatomy, Still Alice and the last one which supposedly was planned to be watched with the siblings weeks ago but never seemed to happen.

For people I know who watched it already, most made a comment abt the movie being non-sense, wala lang daw, in short, disappointing. Now that I have seen it, I can say that it was a good movie and I liked it, recommend it even.

Will not delve into details about the movie but this question I would want to talk about.


I know that you have been through this right? Coz I did. 

I remember those days when I was just dazed and emotional. I turn the radio on really loud. I would dance around the room after bottles of san mig apol, would jump up and down the bed and then would bawl for minutes, lots of minutes. I then would set a deadline when to get over that person. At first a month and then a couple of LOTS of months.

Now where am I pointing at you ask. 

May phase kasi para makalimot.

First phase.You feel and sometimes act crazy. Yung eksena at litanyang "tang-ina, ayaw ko na ng ganito. Hindi na ako magmamahal. Okay naman buhay ko bago siya dumating. Ano ang point ni Lord, bakit pinayagan niya pa 'to? Ilang beses na pero iniwas ko kasi I am too old for high school love life drama tapos ngayon na sinubukan ko ulit i-open heart ko, lecheng sinaktan naman. Wala pang explanation, iniwan lang ako sa ere. Xet." sabay lagok ng beer.

Believe it or not, I did go through this phase. Puts a smile on my face pag naalala ko eksenang yan. May pa stalk-stalk ka pa nga sa facebook diba? Yung nagtatalo isip mo kung ia-unfriend at block mo ba siya. Sabi ng ilan, immature ka daw pag ginawa mo yun. Agree ka naman pero parusa pag friends pa din kayo sa SNS kasi nakikita mong ang bilis niyang maka move on. Putting salt on the wound nga sabi nila. Pero wag ka, kinaya ko, yung stalking phase siguro e nag tagal ng more than a month. 

I did stop when I saw he's happy with someone else na may bago nanaman siyang winish ko sa sarili ko na true love na niya. That fast yes. Naawa na ako sa sarili ko e. Ma re-realize mo na lang na yung akala mo real, parang wala lang pala sa kanya. That was my turning point.

Second phase. Life goes on. My favorite phase sa moving on. 
Wala e, alangan namang tumunganga at mag emote ka habang buhay diba? Anjan ang family, friends na may natitira pang pasensiya na nakikitang umiiyak for the longest time (yan ang friends na for keeps). I did manage na i-unfriend siya sa facebook. Walang bitter bitter sa pusong nasaktan. 

I did eventually get over that person. It took almost a year and as per a borrowed statement "..nagising na lang ako isang araw, nakalimutan ko na siya." Eto na yung phase na napaka gaan sa pakiramdam. 

Does that mean your heart is ready to fall again? Ay syempre, tao ka lang. The good thing about hurting is you learn. What I learned is, you don't plan for the future kahit gaano pa katagal kayo. I, just let it be. I take every love that I can get, it might not be enough pero I think what's important is the love that I give. I give what I have pero I make sure to leave some for myself. Plus the older you get, the better you understand. 

Yung eksena kung pano maka move on, oo tadhana nga siguro na makilala ni Mace si Anthony. Tadhana nga na halos muka ng scripted pero yun nga yung surprising diba? Yung taong darating para tulungan kang mag move on, hindi man kayo tinadhana para sa isa't isa, may forever friendship ka naman. 

Yung mga taong nagsabing walang kwenta yung movie, yun yung mga naniniwala pa din sa happily every after, mga fairy tales. Sila yung mga taong hindi pa nasubukang umibig ng deep.

You know what the weird thing is? During those 3 phases, I enjoyed those bitter-felt-moments. While I was going through it, in most times, I am grateful because it "might" be the last time I get to feel it. Part of my lesson is to know how to deal with people and to not easily fall for them.

May 8, 2015

Fondant Cake by Divine Sweet Delights

My daughter celebrated her 7th birthday last month and from what I have heard, this age should be extra special. With that, I decided to spend a little bit more on the cake. Usually, in every occassion for that matter, we buy cake on the day of the celebration at either Red Ribbon or Goldilocks. These two are the most popular go-to for cakes in the Philippines. Here in the city alone, there are a couple of bakeshops which makes pre-made cakes like Sunshine Bakeshop or Tea House and they do serve quality cakes but the designs are limited.

I did try choosing a design from one mentioned bakeshop and on the picture, it shows a fondant cake. We had it ordered 2 weeks in advance as per their rule. Imagine my disappoinment when it arrived, instead of fondant, it was an icing cake. I never ordered from them after that.

This time,I relied on google on where I can find a good fondant cake maker. Mama suggested a cake maker who made a fondant cake for my niece but the location of the bakeshop is a bit far from where I live so I relied on my research. Amazingly, I did find the facebook page of ate Divine. The designs are so cute, it made me so excited.

Me and my daughter made plans for the design and it turned out pretty cute and elegant at the same time. Ate Divine was very accomodating and she also gave suggestions on how to make the cake cute-errr.


It's a chocolate cake, a bit moist. It is fondant so it is super sweet but the chocolate I think compliments the sweetness. I also ordered seven cute cupcakes and that is with additional charge.

Everyone loved it including Papa who is not that fond of cakes. 



Pia loved it most especially! If you want to order with your choice of design, just send a message on facebook to ate Divine, search for DivineSweetDelights.