She is Now A Lady!

Dec 20, 2014

Time indeed goes by when you are having fun! My daughter, my youngest child is now 10, and is almost a lady. I teared up a little when I saw her looking like one here, dressed for her Christmas Party! Can you imagine how I would feel on her prom, or her debut or worse, on her wedding?
Indeed, our kids grow up in front of our very eyes and yet we will always see them as our baby, because for us, they will be forever be.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Dec 17, 2014

Happiness is:
1. We now have a  van! Unfortunately, we don't have anymore money to go to Baguio, hehehe!
2. I am now officially a stockholder of Robinsons Retail! I am now trading online! A milestone indeed!
3. Survived Thursday and Tuesday with only 500-calorie intake. Wag ko lang maibili ng Gongcha mga kapustahan ko, hahahah.
4. Weekend in Taytay with my sisters and the kids.  Early Christmas thingie since they are going home soon.
5. Coffee. I missed this yesterday
6. Bulalo soup. At inamoy ko na lang ung ibang ulam sa dinner with the family last night.
7. New hearing aide for my mom.
8. Gift, gifts and more gifts!
9. My son Drexelle for being responsible in taking care of his siblings.
10. Looking forward our December 27 staycation!

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Crazy Hats with Crazy People!

Dec 12, 2014

We had one of our office Christmas parties and the theme was Crazy Hats. And these are the bunch of crazy people I work with! The party was fun: great food, great games and great food (did I say that already, hahaha!) It was exactly my kind of party, with my kind of people! 

Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Dec 10, 2014

Happiness is:
1. I am going to Japan! I hope, hahaha. Visa application to be submitted this week. Keeping fingers crossed.
2. Booked an overnight stay at Oakwood for the family. Staycation after Christmas!
3. Coffee.
4. Tiannge shopping in Taytay.
5. New shoes for the hubby!
6. Work is toxic, yet very challenging.
7. No more classes for the remainder of the year (but the requirements are piling up!)
8. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Super loved it!
9. We might be getting a lite ace van this week. Hope its a good one. That's the trouble with second hand vehicle, a tight budget and a big family.
10. Christmas is just around the corner! I can see it from here! Hahahaha

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10 Things

Dec 2, 2014

1. I was busy last week, I am busy this week and I am going to be very busy for the rest of the month!
2. Keeping fingers crossed for that Japan trip for work.
3. Almost at the finish line to get my MBA degree, and yet I am un-inspired to prepare for my thesis.
4.  Ehms will kill me, but I am having second thoughts about our SG-KL trip next year.
5. Happy to have opened my account at COL! Financial freedom, here I come! (hahaha, long way to go!)
6. Christmas is just around the corner and yet I am not feeling a bit Christmas-ey. Bleh.
7. Need to find time to research Mr. Maximillian Weber. Another bleh.
8. Bracing for tomorrow's long day of budget presentations. One more bleh.
9. Coffee. 3 cups a day.
10., Have thankfully gone back to the gym yesterday.

I am going to the movies! Thanks #NescafeCappucinoPH

Nov 19, 2014

I am going to see the third installment of the Hunger Games series: Mockingjay (Part 1) tomorrow, thanks to NescafeCappucinoPH and Nuffnang! I guess the odds was in my favor! Yahoooooo!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Nov 18, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Both Danniel and Ishi are Top 3, up one slot from last quarter. Ahem, proud mama!
2. Dined and wined at Gramercy 71.
3. Had a picture taken with The Mr. John Gokongwei! My first since working in his company for 12 years!
4. That steak
5. The view!
6. Wore a dress, hehehe.
7. Finished our quarterly briefing presentation.
8. Shopping at St. Francis Square
9. Finally opening a trading account.
10. Coffee.

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10 things

Nov 14, 2014

1. I survived a super hectic week! Multi-tasking!
2. I bought 2 dresses and 2 blouses today. I don't usually spend on myself so this a treat.
3. I want a wardrobe change. And a career advancement. Whichever comes first.
4. I want a car before Christmas. Second hand, maybe 20 years of course, hehehe.
5. I will not be able to survive a day without coffee. Rice, yes. Coffee. no.
6. I can only be polite to a certain degree. Piss me off one more time, I dare you. I double dare you.
7. I love jelly pens.
8. I hoard. anything. I bought 5 jelly pens in a span of 2 days.
9. I can be in a room of rioting people and still not notice anything when I am reading a book.
10. I feel sad after finishing a good book.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Nov 12, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Had my first Saturday class and met my 3 very enthusiastic professors and was in school until past 5pm which was very, very rare! And we already had homework too! Finally, professors that meant business!
2. Swamped at work yet very inspired to work because of the challenge.
3. Citi' appeciation dinner last night. Loved the food and the host Tuesday Vargas. Even had a photo with her.
4. Joined 2 contests despite #3! Multi-tasker!
5. Keeping fingers crossed that I can be a bigger part of my work team.
6. Korean soft tacos something, something. Hahaha, it was food sent to the office from a client and it was so yummy
7. My Inay for her thoughtfulness to make me a cup of coffee despite having to prepare the kids for school. Ako na ang pampered!
8. My husband for bringing me to the office and for picking me up despite having to take the long way. Ako na ang loved!
9. Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak and John Diggle. And the Lances. Moira, not much.
10. Dinner with the family, joking with the kids. Just simple things that are really the big things.

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Dad's World Buffet: A Gastronomic Adventure

We love buffets! Just the previous month, Ehms, Rona and I had an eat-all you can and kwento-all you can bonding session at Yakimix, first because Rona was leaving to for a study grant abroad and because we just love to eat.  This time, to celebrate Paul's new job, we tried Dad's World Buffet in EDSA.  We availed of the One Free Buffet for a Group of 4, so we ended up paying P666 each.
These are all my plates during this gastronomic adventure.  There was actually one plate of the salad that I was not able to take a photo because I ran out of battery. Can you guess which ones my favorite? Yes, the Japanese section.  I just love all the selection. 
The buffet comes with unlimited drinks so I guess each of us had 6 glasses of fruit shakes between us.  The place was big and the ambiance was okay.  There were also lots of people having dinner, and a group was going around to sing some songs per table. The waiters were attentive and would give us our drinks right away. 
Dad's World Buffet had both Kamayan and Saisaki, and a lot more food choices.  There was just literally too much food to choose from! I didn't even get to try other country's dishes as I was just happy with all those Japanese fare. The cake I had for dessert was also good. 
So, will we come back at Dad's World Buffet? No, But only because we want to try other buffet offerings out there. It was actually a great experience and was good value for money. 

You may check out their website for exciting promos: Dad's World Buffet


Nov 10, 2014

Luneta today, Paris tomorrow! 

It has always been my dream to go to Paris, with my best travel buds, Rona and Ehms, and it will happen too, just wait and see!
But in the meantime, we don't have any problems imagining ourselves in Paris while having a bite of the delicious Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mousse! Just a bite of the light and airy taste of chocolate flavored cream covered in delicious milk chocolate brings us right in Paris! Just a bite can transport us directly to the city of love, even when we are actually just here! Great, eh!

We are definitely #TeamChocolateMousse! Did you know that mousse in French means foam, and our happy ending means being transported to that romantic city, with just one bite! I love it!

NESCAFÉ Cappuccino is the most indulgent coffee I’ve ever had!

Like most coffee drinkers, I can't function properly, if at all, without my morning jolt of coffee.  But it can't just be any coffee! Thankfully, there is NESCAFÉ Cappuccino,the most indulgent coffee I've ever had! A cup is just the indulgence that I need to make my day!
Nescafe Cappucino is not just any coffee! It is frothy, and with the additional sprinkle of choco, it makes any coffee moment a truly indulgent experience! I take coffee in the morning before starting my day, and in the afternoon for that pick-me up, and any other time in between just to indulge.  The choco sprinkles in Nescafe Cappucino makes me feel I am not just taking coffee from a sachet, rather in an expensive coffee shop, but in the convenience of my breakfast table or office desk and with such an affordable price!
So let me count the ways why Nescafe Cappuccino is such an indulgence:
N-Nothing beats an early morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me up!
E-Escape from the dullness of the usual 3-in-1 coffee!
S-Satisfies your yearning for not just an ordinary cup!
C-Can't get enough of the chocolate-ness, with the choco foam and the choco sprinkles!
A-Affordable, yet so great! Value for money indeed!
F-Frothy, fabulous and fantastic! I said frothy already, but it really is!
E-Enjoyment in a cup! A truly enjoyable experience!

As a wife, mom, employee, MBA student, blogger and wanna-be-mountaineer, I have a huge appreciation for value for money, convenience and yes, indulgence. And when I find a product that satisfies all those criteria, then I couldn't be happier! Below are photos of my morning indulgence, before and after the choco sprinkles! Looks yummy and smells heavenly, right? 
How about you? How indulgent is your coffee?

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Nov 6, 2014

Happiness is:
1. That Ilocos trip
2. My officemate for letting us borrow her car for 4 days!
3. Bagnet
4. Empanada
5.Dad's World Buffet with Ehms, Paul and Noel
6. Drex is officially enrolled for his 2nd sem and the tuition fee is just P12 per unit!
7. Walking in the Heritage Village in Vigan
8. The Baluarte visit and the encounter with a bear cat.
9. Nanay laid to her final resting place. She will be missed.
10. The Arrow series. Done with Season 1 and halfway through Season 2. Hahahah!

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Vigan's Heritage Village

Nov 4, 2014

Last November 1, we went to Ilocos for a family affair, but the short visit also gave us some time to see the Heritage Village in Vigan City.  We have all been to Vigan before but my kids were too young to remember that.  So this was more enjoyable for us as we were all able to enjoy the sights and the shops!
Since it was a holiday, there were so many people in the Heritage village, and the shops and restaurants were full.  We were there at night and were able to see how beautiful the village was when lighted.  We also went back the following morning to buy some more pasalubongs, hehehe. We also ate empanada at Plaza Burgos because you can't go to the Heritage Village and not eat empanada, right? And it was as good as I remembered.

There was a fountain light show in front of the Plaza but we were not able to stay and watch because relatives were waiting for us back at the house for dinner.  But we promised to be back next year!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Oct 29, 2014

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.  It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.  Happiness is:
1. Sembreak!
2. Late nights and even later mornings.
3. A good massage
4. Saying Bon Voyage to a friend who is studying abroad for a short time. A not-so-surprise, surprise party!
5. I am already enrolled on my last sem of my MBA. Then Thesis, and that is not happiness :(
6. Watching the series: Arrow. Ang pogi ni Oliver Queen!
7. Extra Special Gourmet Tuyo in Spicy Olive Oil. And fried rice. Yummy!
8. My Samsung tablet.
9. Back to running, uhmm, walking I mean.
10. The nine days novena for Nanay.

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Goodbye, Nanay!

Oct 23, 2014

We bade goodbye to my husband's mother last week when she joined our Creator.  She lived a full life, and was loved by many.  She will be remembered with love and fondness, and she will always be in our hearts forever! Goodbye, Nanay, and may you be resting in the loving arms of our Creator!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Oct 8, 2014

Happiness is:
1. That Yakimix dinner with the BFF's last Friday.
2. Almost done with the semester after submission last Saturday. Just one more Saturday left! I can smell Freedom!
3. The two blouses I bought from Zalora.
4. My son took the entrance exam at Phil. Science last Saturday.  Hope he makes the cut, even though he is adamant he does not want it there.
5. The holiday last Monday.
6. Lost a total of (drumroll please) 1 lb! Hahahah!
7. Movies on my tablet
8. Done reading the Maze Runner.
9. Swamped with work, and still finding the time to blog!
10. Sugar-free Great Taste coffee.

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Angkor and Cambodia Beer

Oct 4, 2014

Part of any travel, aside from checking out the tourist sites and the local cuisines, include tasting their beer.  These are what locals drink and we did try them.  Hmm, they were different, a little bland for my taste, if I compare them with our local brands.  

I Want to Come Back Pho More!

Oct 3, 2014

Some of the Pho and noodles that we had during our Cambodia-Vietnam travel in February. A memorable trip indeed, a feast both for the eyes and the stomach!

The Love Affair with Bahn Mi

Oct 2, 2014

My husband fell in love, and had an affair with Bahn Mi or the Vietnames snadwich being sold on the street! The sandwich was made from a baguette, some cold cut meat depending on what you prefer, then some veggies of either carrot or cucumber and some leaves and then some sauce. He loves it spicy!
The prices of the Banh Mi are different too! We had them at VND40,000 (with water) or at VND15,000 on the street! 
The picture below was taken while we were walking and this lady had her basket laid out to assemble the sandwich.  Not for the faint of heart though as they assemble it with their bare hands! My husband didn't seem to mind, hahaha! 
That first bite, though! Hahahaha!

Two Bahn Mi in one night! One street after the other! We even bought one for take out to the airport. That's how much he loved the Bahn Mi! He bought it home to the Philippines, hahahah!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Oct 1, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Dinner date with Hubby at Jollibee. Lakas maka #throwback.
2. Sold our old car and looking for a 'new' one.
3. Maria Leonora Theresa movie date.
4. Done with all my school requirements for this sem. Submission na lang, then I'm free!
5. Yellow Cab Pizza and Coke. Perfect combination.
6. Starting my no-meat diet for October (except on Friday, hehehe)
7. Movies on my Samsung tab. Para na akong Zombie, hehehe.
8. Those new blouses from Zalora.
9. Almost done blogging about the February trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.
10. Putok and peanut butter. Sarap!

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Food I Would Never Eat in Cambodia!

I am adventurous. But only up to a point. I can eat food on the sidewalk, bought on the streets.  But I just cant eat these delicacies we saw while walking around Pub Street! Even for a bet, I wont! There were signs that says no to picture taking but we managed to take some when there were so many people looking! We also some of these being sold during our stop overs going to Phnom Penh.
Are these cockroaches? I don't know and I couldn't ask out of disbelief, hahaha!
I think we have here in the country but I don't know what they are called. Some kind of crickets.  I think I could eat these if my life depended on it.
Scorpions in wine bottle. No, thanks! They are said to be aphrodisiac or medicinal or something, but no thanks!
Are these snakes? For real? Or some kind of eels?  Is this how they feel when they see our bituka ng manok, betamax, etc being sold on the street? Grossed-out? Hahaha!
Scorpions or some other spiders! I don't think they will ever go down my throat! This I will definitely never eat! As if the onion leaves will make it appetizing!

Well, we saw some groups of foreigners eating them in Pub Street for a dare, and when we asked one them how it tastes, he said he can't say as it didn't stay long in his mouth! He was still spluttering from drinking too much water just to make it go down, hahahah! But I would definitely not eat them!

Shopping Some More at Saigon Square

Sep 30, 2014

One of the reasons we wanted to go to Ho Chi Minh city was to buy bags, and we found all the bags that we wanted at Saigon Square.  The bags here are much better than the selections at Ben Thanh Market.  We actually didn't buy any bag at Ben Thanh, and we bought at least 5 bag each at Saigon Square.
Please do not ask me how we got here as I am so bad at directions, but we passed by Saigon Square during our City tour that day before and the boys were able to find it back the following day on foot (or you may check it here). Or you can just take a cab as it is just so cheap here but just remember to have VND with you.  The place looks like our Greenhills or St. Francis Square and they have everything! Too bad I wasn't able to take photos as I was busy with shopping, hahaha! Its so cheap here! But as a tip: I suggest you convert your US$ to VND so as not to lose money in conversion.

So, anyway we bought a lot of North Face bags from US$20-25, as well as Kipling, Crumpler and some more 'pabili' that I can't recall right now.  Though I bought 20 kilos for each of us for the trip back home, I am still afraid that we might need to pay for excess baggage!

We are actually very happy with our purchases as we researches the North Face bags and they seem to be original, or in great quality.  The stall where we bought most of the bags is actually flocked by Pinoy biyaheras so we know we were good.

My First Zalora Philippines Shopping Experience

Sep 29, 2014

Full disclosure: I received a P1,000 Zalora online voucher for a writing gig that I did last month (and I used it for this purchase but this blog post is purely my experience that I am sharing with you).  It was valid for one year and I can use it to purchase any item online ( except for no-sale brands and non-sale category).  I already signed up at Zalora some time back but haven't had a chance to check out the site so when I received the voucher, I started checking out the items. And oh boy, was I glad that I did!

I first checked out the Jansport bags, then the clothes, then the shoes.  I actually had a grand time putting items on My Bag when I liked something, and then I would go back and remove it when I changed my mind.  I did this for 2 weeks, hahaha.  I was actually about to check out with some flat shoes, umbrella and wallet, but decided against them at the last time.  I had fun "window" shopping, hahahaha! It was quiet easy to remove and add items and when I logged on again last week, I checked out their women's clothes section and fell in love with these basic women blouses and bought 2. Then I finalized my order. 

Its so easy I do not have to show you how to do it. Even easier than buying from Metrodeal, hehehe. So before finalizing my order, I entered my online voucher in the box where its says " gift certificate or promo code" and Voila! I just had to pay P98.  There were may payment options but I opted to pay cash upon delivery. Then, on September 24, my order was placed and on-process.  A minute after, I received an email that my order has been confirmed and delivery (which was Free by they way for purchases above P1,000) will be in 1-3 days. That was a Wednesday. 

And surprise, surprise! By the following morning, I received an email that my order has been shipped, and at around 9-ish, they have arrived in my office! I paid the courier the P98 that I still owe them, sign some papers and went to my cube to check my orders! I was so excited! I took photos and then ripped the packaging to get my stuff.  

Unfortunately, they were too big! I ordered L because I am a large.  But my friend said that I should have checked if the sizes are in US because I would be a size smaller then.  Good thing, they offer free return or exchange. So I immediately called their customer service and asked for a free pick-up of the items.  I was instructed to fill up the form inside the package and indicate the replacement or exchange details so I changed my items to a M.  Then the girl said that they will schedule the pick-up of the item. 
I again received a email that my request for pick-up has been acknowledged. And the items were picked up by Friday afternoon.And then lo, and behold, the new items were delivered at around 2pm today, Monday. The woven blouses were in M sized as requested, and they came in this nice resealable bag.

So I again went to try them on, and now the size is just perfect.  I was so happy with my purchase because the quality of the blouses were great and because I actually just paid P49 for each because of the voucher, and the even the shipping was free! I thought  I would have a hard time exchanging the items but they were delivered just the following work day (pick-up on Friday and delivery again on Monday morning!) 
So, yes I was very happy with my first Zalora shopping experience and I am sure to go shopping some more.  Their prices are actually competitive.  Their Fila rubber shoes on sale are the same with we have here at Robinsons Galleria.  The Jansport bag on sale is even cheaper at P1,700.  And my orders even came with another Fab P150 promo code that I can use in my next purchase! 

And you can get 15% discount on your first purchase if you use this voucher: ZBAPz9R

Eating and Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Our full Day 5 and 6 were spent in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  We had the whole of Day 5 doing the tour and the whole of Day 6 to shop.  Out flight was due to leave at 1am of Day 7 so we really had a full day of shopping.  But on our Day 4 and 5, we already visited the night market in Ben Thahn which is the largest marketplace in HCM.  There were just so many things to buy, and many places to eat!
I can't believe that I didn't have that much photos of the stuff that can be bought at Ben Thahn market.  I think because I have my hands full with shopping so my camera and phones were stuffed inside the bag! In Ben Thanh, we were able to buy North Face jackets and hoodies, blouses and shirts, wallets and coin purses, ref magnet, caps and a lot more! 
We also had our lunch here having some more (what else!) Noodles! It was a fun and tiring day, and we went back to our hotel for a little rest, then we went out again to Saigon Square for (what else again?) shopping!

Dinner At Com Tam Cali

Sep 28, 2014

We had 3 dinners in Vietnam, and 2 of them were spent at Com Tam Cali.  First, because I already ate here with my friends in 2013, Two, because it was near our hotel and three, because it was good and the servings were huge.  I think a meal costs around US$4-5 per person and they have an English-speaking server so it was a lot easier to order food.

Yep, they serve rice in different flavors, and they accept dollars so it was also convenient. 

Saigon Opera House

Our last stop for the DIY city tour was a stop at the Saigon Opera House or the Municipal Theatre. I think there was something going on inside as there were ushers by the lobby.
The architecture was just beautiful.  I feel sorry for our own Metropolitan Theatre which sets in neglect while this one is so beautifully and functionally preserved!

In this area also was a beautiful hotel called the Caravel Hotel and premium shops like Louis Vuitton. 

Next stop: Dinner


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