Thursday Happiness

Jan 29, 2016

Happiness is:
1. Van is coming out today, fingers-crossed!
2. Caryl and Roy's wedding last Sunday
3. The wedding reception: the food, the wine and the company!
4. Done with first consultation for the thesis and its looking good!
5. My new haircut
6. The Biggest Loser contest in the office
7. Running and doing NTC exercises every lunch for 3-days straight!
8. Runtastic and Fitness app
9. Pandesal
10. The climb this Sunday, wooohooooo!


Pinoy Street Food: Betamax

Jan 27, 2016

Do you what a betamax is? Those are the forerunners of CDs and DVDs used as video storage and they are now largely obsolete.  They are rectangular black thingie with magnetic tapes inside.  And the street food above are called Betamax because of the rectangular shape and black color.  Betamax is made up of coagulated chicken or pork blood grilled in coal.  And dipped in spicy vinegar.  And yes, they are yummy, and yet, not for all, hahaha.  Are you feeling a little adventurous today? Then try one of these from your favorite street vendor!


Thursday Happiness

Jan 21, 2016

Happiness is:
1. Meeting our thesis adviser and having a very rough draft of my final thesis.
2. The car is almost here!
3. Studying how Uber works and praying that we can make it.
4. Nicholas Sparks' The Choice
5. Ramen at Ukokkei
6. Zumba!
7. A bag full of books. I love the smell of real books!
8. My gown for Sunday's wedding
9. Friends who come with you to choose gowns or lend you shoes!
10. Booking a hotel for our May Boracay trip.


Ukokkei Ramen Ron

My first authentic Ramen experience was in Ichiran in Japan and I know that nothing will top that. So when my officemates asked if I wanted to eat Ramen after a training and I told them about it, they were so pressured that I might not like it.  But, their fears were for naught.  The ramen was delicious! We almost didnt make it because they close at 230 to open again later for dinner.  We were at their doorstep at 2:28, but we missed the lunch platter.  We ended up ordering the Miso above, and while I didn't get the full Ramen experience, it was still above my expectations. I give Ukokkei Ramen Ron and 4/5 star.


Thursday Happiness

Jan 14, 2016

 Thursday Happiness
I am living with gratitude this year, and will start to list down things I am gratefull for.  I used to do this last year with my Wednesday Happy Thoughts but I have decided to make my own banner this year. So, here goes:

I am grateful for:
1. Call from  a bank saying my car loan has been approved. But, there are still documents to be submitted and such, so I will hold off on the jumping up-down for the moment.
2. Resuming my lunch time exercises, and Zumba 2x a week.  Muscles still sore as I type this.
3. Our house is yellow. So bright and cool, hahaha.
4. The Red Queen book series. Finished reading two books, now can't wait for 2017!
5. Two birthday celebrations at the office, meaning free lunches! Yummy dishes! #goodbyediet
6. Didn't need to do the laundry mid-week, thanks to my hubby!
7. Almost done checking Budgets at work!
8. Planning a birthday climb! I need a mountain, soon!
9. New office uniforms! 
10. Christmas party at my sister's this weekend! Looking forward to this!

These are just some of the things I am grateful for this week.


Positivity

Jan 11, 2016

This year, I vow to remove negative people from my life.  I am done trying my best to understand people.  If I am not good enough for them, then I am fine with that.  If they can't mind their own business, then it's their problem, not mine.  I will do what will makes me and my family happy. And if they are not happy with it, then to hell with them.  I have spent far too much time and energy trying to please them and by golly, they are so not worth it!

So for this year, let positivity flow! I will welcome only good vibes from the universe!


The Year that was 2015

Dec 31, 2015


My 2015 was indeed very exciting.  I had new responsibilities at work, and got to travel for some of it too.  Some aspects of my personal life were a little challenging this year, but whoever said it was going to be easy, right? And that's what makes it more fun.  Thankfully, I would rate this year a successful one because I would rather count my blessings. So, here goes my review:

January- Went to Japan for work and got to stay at Shangri-La Tokyo. Had a little free time and went to Shibuya Crossing, had authentic Japanese Ramen at Ichiran, some fun dash to Ministop, 7-11 and Family mart, and loved the trains and the stores!

February- Celebrated my 38th birthday, went on an epic 9D8N Singapore and Malaysia tour with the Superfriends.

March-Danniel's elementary graduation, Micko's 7th birthday in Batangas, and first climb of the year at Mt. Pamitinan in Rizal.

April-Went to Batangas for the Holy Week and went to the beach of course!

May- 4-day staycation at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas for Ishi's birthday, went to Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas and family outing in Liliw, Laguna with sidetrip to Nagcarlan.

June-Company offsite planning in Plantation Bay, Cebu and bucket list trip to Batad, Sagada and Baguio.

July-Bagyo in Baguio trip with the whole family and hiked Mt. Malipunyo in Batangas for 12 hours

August-Mt. Daguldol in Laiya Batangas with hubby for the first time!

September-Singapore for work, stayed at Fullerton Hotel and went alone to Mustafa Center to buy watches,

October- Company family day in Enchanted Kingdom

November- Danniel's 13th birthday celebration in Yakimix!

December- Trip to swim with the Butandings and climb the highest point in Cebu with the husband.

Yes, it was indeed an epic year and I am sure 2016 will be even better!


18 Years and Counting

Dec 23, 2015

To my husband of 18 years, you are my greatest adventure! 



Happy Birthday, Danniel!

Nov 26, 2015


Danniel celebrated his 13th birthday last Tuesday, and I now have two teenagers! (and I am now officially ancient, hahaha) For dinner, we went as a family at Yakimix in Podium, and availed of the birthday promo. So we paid for only 4 dining guests.  Unfortunately, they did not bother to sing to the celebrant, and when I asked, I should have requested for it.  And when I ask if he can just get a cake, I was told to just get from the dessert station. Duh! Good thing Danniel really begged me not to make them sing otherwise I would have thrown a fit!

Anyway, it was a fund dinner as it was the kids' first time at Yakimix. There was nothing spectacular about the food.  but the company of loved ones and the reason for the celebration more than made up for it!


Career Day!

Nov 16, 2015

Future Chef
Today is my daughter's career day at school and look at what she wore! Yes, she hopes to become a chef one day.  Good thing, her cousin is studying to be one so a costume was readily available. My daughter is 12 and she enjoys cooking. She prepares sandwiches for us every Saturday as her way of honing her skills. She also knows how to cook Sinigang (with adult supervision, of course) and she knows how to cook rice as well.

I just hope that she really ends up with the career that she will be passionate about. And us parents, we will always try to help her achieve this dream!


 

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