Monday, November 11, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 387 - Wish List

This post should have been intended for last week. Unfortunately, my laptop messed up. I lost the photos transferred from my camera. I can't figure out what went wrong. I downloaded a number of software recovery files. The few that captured my lost files eventually required payment to fully recover my photos. The other free software that provides free recovery cannot capture my files. I gave up after several days. I accepted that my hours of hardwork are gone. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 386 - Positivity

So much to be grateful from the past week. Some surprise from the mail, meeting a great friend, a cousin who voluntarily assisted me for an errand, accomplishment from work and looking forward for a quick holiday. Aside from the Christmas vacation, I love the short holiday for All Saints and All Souls Day. It's a much needed breather before the upcoming season comes to a full swing. I get to see some family members and fulfill my annual day out with my mother. On top of my quiet time with the family, I'm hoping to finish a long overdue report. If things will fall in place, I'd like to start anew after the holiday break. I really need to wrap up this task.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Book Review : The Odd 1s Out

I've seen fully stocked copies of The Odd 1s Out in Fully Booked early this year. I always browse a copy and leave it on the shelf later. It was interesting but expensive. Fast forward to the Manila International Book Fair last September, I decided to finally purchase. I still find it expensive even with the discount. But reviews from Goodreads convinced me to purchase. I still had doubts but after finishing the book, I think I got my hard earned money's worth. At this point, you can already feel the direction of my review. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 385 - Better That Way .... with a book giveaway

She does everything she can and everything she can't

Facebook and Instagram memories sometimes do the trick. A past status message or photo upload is more than enough to unearth a never ending saga of realisation. Past struggles, accomplishments, great times with the family, silliest adventure with friends, rare travel opportunities, farewells, failures, frustrations to a shallow reshared post. I get reminded of life years ago.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Louis Vuitton Travel Book Series: Venice by Jiro Taniguchi

I've been stalking websites of luxury brands for as long as I can remember. Even if I knew I can't afford anything from their merchandise. It started with Hermes, which I later discovered produce its own line of books. A few years ago, I learned that Louis Vuitton has its own line of publication. Unlike Hermes which showcased a glimpse of their history and design process, Louis Vuitton ventured on travel books. I believe it's because of Louis Vuitton's origin. The fashion house and luxury retail company started with trunks and luggage. Everything was attributed with travel and voyages. 

Louis Vuitton released several books featuring different cities. The series I've been wanting complete is the Travel Books, which showcases partnership with renowned contemporary artists. One of my favorites is Jiro Taniguchi's version of Venice. 

Jiro Taniguchi started as a manga artist. He is best known for his 90s comic book, The Walking Man. His drawings and story telling approach lean on the unconventional style, less dialogues, tame and quiet characters. He often focuses on showing the daily lives of a typical resident. Another distinct trademark of his works, his emphasis on scenery, landscape and structures. 

Jiro Taniguchi's accomplishments and awards outside his own country no doubt, made him more than deserving to be included in Louis Vuitton's Travel Book series. Beyond his talent, another reason why I love Jiro Taniguchi's version is because of his own story behind Venice. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 384 - Concerns

Current state : Cramming - It never stops every weekend. Pending works hoping to be completed and freelance works with additional requirements. While trying to figure out how to squeeze in everything, I'm in the company of a movie channel, chips and another temptation of refilling my glass of Coke. Food and movie in the background have been my company every time I work from home. I think I can live with this work set-up forever. Yes, I'm getting serious of working from home. With all the traffic and inconvenience from the shortened train operations, I would most likely to accept an offer that allows flexible working environment. It will emerge least costly, both for the employer and employee. Lesser operational costs for the employer, lesser transportation costs for the employee. We are not even factoring in the cost of time yet. But as always, this is way far, at least for my own reality.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 383 - Above Anything Else

Expensive - This has to be the best word to describe last week. Everything started when the train line servicing the eastern part of the Metro broke down. I thought the suspension of the train's operations will only last overnight. On the succeeding days, the suspension was extended until weekend. An announcement was later issued that partial operations will push through. Quite a hassle, but better than not having any train at all. As of typing this, another advisory was made. Even partial operations are not possible. My life on the next months will change. I have to strategize my commute to work. I have other concerns at home, work and life in general. I can't believe that even my travel to work needs to be taken seriously. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Restaurant Review : All4u Unlimited Grill and Shabu Shabu

Last week, a family member celebrated his birthday. It has been a tradition from the maternal side of the family to celebrate birthdays in a nearby buffet restaurant. It's either in Vikings, The Alley or Buffet 101. But truth to be told, I rarely join because I know my capability. I will only overeat ad overstay in the Japanese section. :p But last weekend, I was forced to join because everyone has noticed my continuous absences. :p I have been skipping celebrations for quite some time. I joined them at All4u Grill and Shabu Shabu at SM Masinag. It was my first time to try this unlimited grill place.

Where to get Police Clearance in Marikina City?

A few weeks ago, I have the need to secure a police clearance for a school related application. In my years of working, this was my first time to secure a police clearance. I thought the NBI clearance suffices in most cases. The usual move, I searched information of where and how I can secure the clearance within my hometown. The existing information posted online led me to the PNP Office situated at the Bulawagn ng Katarungan (DOJ Building). This is the building behind the City Hall.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 382 - Compensated

Last Sunday of September, still can't catch up. Nearing the last months of the year and everything from my end remains unstable. My freelance works are all done. I hope everything turns out well, no more revisions to address. Other than revisions, the challenge of freelancing is the uncertainty of professional fees. Even with the presence of a written agreement, settlement is always at the mercy of the client. This reminds me of a past client whose project ended last July. It's been two months and half of my professional fee remains pending. I'm praying she will settle before the year ends. Hopefully, it's not in the form of partial payment again. I'm not sure how other freelancers address this predicament. If my lone source of income is freelancing, I would be already be in deep financial mess. This is something I wish to bring up to companies and individuals availing the services of freelancers. In as much as freelancers do their best to abide with your deadlines, please do your share by compensating on time.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What to expect at HMR Trading Haus Cubao

This wasn't the first time I visited a branch of HMR Trading Haus. I remember three years ago when my cousin brought me to its Cubao branch. It was nearing Christmas in effect, there were overwhelming selections. There are the usual Christmas decors, bed sheets, toys, perfume, clothes, kitchen tools and materials for arts and crafts are everywhere. I ended buying rolls of gift wrappers, which lasted for three years and some Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 381 - Doubts

The constant sight among shopping malls until the end of this year - The third to the last quarters of the year usually mark my much awaited slow down at work. All reports were submitted, I'm gradually preparing for another full swing of data gathering on the succeeding year. But this year, life made other plans. Everything is so much different. Like today, my colleagues already went home. They took advantage of the surprise suspension of work and classes, in celebration of the National Family Week. I decided to pursue working because the one-man-team in me has deadlines to survive. I'm praying that everything gets done before the end of this week.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Korean Drama Review : Cross

I've been meaning to watch Cross ever since I learned that my Korean girl crush, Yang Jin Sung was part of the cast. I saw BTS photos from her Instagram account and since then, I've been looking for online streams. Unfortunately, the series already ended when VIU uploaded all the episodes. Nice, one! :p I didn't google any synopsis of its plot. In my mind, I just wanted to see Yang Jin Sung again. When I started the series, I totally forgot about Yang Jin Sung. My attention was diverted to the lead actor, Go Kyung Pyo. He was a revelation for me. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 380 - Heal

Friday the 13th - In as much as I want to diminish the thought that this spells bad omen, the experience last Friday was one for the books. Less than an hour before everyone leaves the workplace, Manila experienced an intensity 3 earthquake. While everyone was rushing to leave, I stayed for a few minutes to sort my things, back up files and send emails. I was about to leave when I felt my table moving. Another shake, another threat. At some point, I thought I was dizzy because I have been deprived of sleep. But I heard announcements asking everyone to vacate the building. The sudden crowd of commuters was not a surprise. Added to this, I was anticipating the suspension of the train's operations. I also wanted to reach home early, but I have due dates to beat. So off I went to the mall not to shop, but to fulfill some grown up's responsibilities. It was a good decision because the train's operations resumed after having dinner. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

2019 Manila International Book Fair : My Finds from Fully Booked and National Bookstore

It's that time of the year again. Sounds Christmas, but for serial book hoarders like me, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is a national event we never miss. There was a time when I went to all book fairs like Big Bad Wolf and National Bookstore's Book Binge Bazaar. From my experiences, the Manila International Book Fair remains as my favourite. I prefer the collections in this book fair, even if Big Bad Wolf offers wider selections. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 379 - Unexpected

Similar from last week, I'm trying to accomplish everything before Sunday ends. Editing photos for a client, who requested for a Christmas themed shoot. In the Philippine business setting, planning for Christmas on September is quite late. Most start as early as June. I have other freelance writing works that need to be accomplished and this blog post to upload. Weekends are never enough for me. Or just like the previous weekends, I spend much time sleeping. If I were to choose, this is how weekend should be spent. Saturday is strictly devoted for catching on sleep. Sunday is for blogging, taking photos and some freelance writing works. Another day is needed to relax and watch some movies or drama series. :p But extended weekends happen once in a blue moon.  We have to pray and wait for national holidays to land on Friday or Monday. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Book Review : Pretty City London by Siobhan Ferguson

I've always loved the idea of seeing long time and credible bloggers converting their work to print. After years of following their blogs, I'm happy that their talent and hardwork will finally be showcased in one publication. Saying this made me remember the same situation in the academe. Having publications is an indicator of academic excellence. But tbh, academic related publications do not capture same interest I have with my favorite blogs. :) 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 378 - What I needed

I was home alone the entire weekend. The family went out for a quick trip away from the city. I wanted to join but the last minute, I decided to sleep. :p I needed that rest and I don't regret it. Added to this, I have pending freelance works. I planned to spend the weekend wrapping up these tasks. Unfortunately, sleep overpowered me. So here I am, at 11:06 pm, attempting to finish this post and hoping to at least start some of the real work.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Custom Necklaces

I've always liked anything monogrammed. In my opinion, monograms serve as classic and timeless pieces. It makes anything special and unique. Monograms also make it as a perfect gift, regardless of age and gender. More so, to individuals who seemed to have everything. 

Delicious Foods To Serve On A Moving Day

Moving becomes stressful and complicated enough without knowing what you’re going to eat on the day of your relocation. With all the physically demanding tasks to accomplish, your body needs sufficient amount of food to sustain your energy level throughout the moving process. Moreover, if you ask your friends or hire a moving company to help you move, it would be a great idea to repay these people with some food.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 377 - The Desire to Revert

Strong winds without the rain, this was how the past week ended. Everyone was rushing home because it's long weekend and the weather manifests upcoming thunderstorms. I had the chance to go home early last Friday, but for some reason, I ended spending so much time in my laptop. It was already past 7 when I decided to leave. I somehow regretted this because I realized, I have errands to attend. I rushed to the train station and the last minute, I managed to squeeze in a trip to Uniqlo. :p

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 376 - Mess

I had a great time before the week ended. Accomplished presentations, reports and a great meal with friends at the newly opened Popeyes. When I woke up on Saturday morning, that familiar sting of sadness made its presence again. I sensed a series of crying episodes. It will take a lot of time and struggle to get back on track again.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Popeyes opens in SM Manila : Is it worth the wait?

A few months ago, I saw announcements from my Facebook feed that Popeyes will reopen in the Philippines. I was thrilled! It eventually subsided when I realized the possibility that its location might be somewhere in BGC, Ayala Avenue or Mall of Asia. Much to my surprise, I learned its first few branches are near the workplace.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Korean Drama I Love : Touch Your Heart

The last Korean drama I watched was Sky Castle. The story line was heavy, serious and heart breaking. In effect, I wanted a lighter and feel good drama for my next series. I started watching Touch Your Heart last February via VIU. I was in sync when it was still aired in South Korea. I enjoyed the first episode because part of it included a spoof from my favorite, Descendants of the Sun. I eventually stopped watching because my colleague highly recommended Sky Castle. I somehow regretted this because Touch Your Heart made it to my list of favorites.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 375 - Overflowing Thoughts

Some statements that remained with me the past weeks 
You do not have a right to tell anyone how they should cope with pain.  - A round of applause!!! Something I've been meaning to shout out. This statement came from a netizen, who shared sentiments on the controversial catfight between two female celebrities. I'm sure fellow Filipinos are familiar with this "national" issue that overpowered the outbreak of dengue hemorrhagic fever.  

Friday, August 9, 2019

Fully Booked BGC

Almost a week ago, I had the chance to leave the workplace earlier. Roads heading home were flooded so I decided to divert and visit the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). As always, this means having a trip to Fully Booked.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 374 - Trying to be fine

Weekend Situation : trying to be healthy with grated corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, calamansi (to replace lemon juice), grated cheese and lots of Cayenne pepper 

In the midst of what I thought as a quiet weekend, something happened. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Shake Shack Philippines : A Review

I've been wanting to visit the BGC area for Shake Shack. I'm willing to take the inconvenient route to Taguig only for this most awaited burger joint. I planned everything weeks ago, but nothing materialized. Until last Friday, I had the opportunity to leave the workplace earlier. So off I went to see my friend A for another food escapade. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Product Review : Megan Exfoliating Foot Mask, a cheaper alternative to all foot peeling masks

It was another payday Friday when I found myself inside Watsons Gateway branch. I was wandering along the racks of beauty products when I saw this brand of foot peeling mask. It only costs Php 99, way cheaper than another brand I previously tried. Without much expectations, I bought the pack and used it a few weeks ago. 

Warning : Undesirable photos ahead :) 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 373 - Gloomy

I finally have a weekend when all I did is to stay home and rest. It has been raining the entire weekend and as always, I enjoyed the cold and relaxing weather. It's quite a surprise that I didn't avail of Grab Food Delivery. (Much to my wallet's relief) I opted for the usual street food sold by our neighborhood stalls, some chips and ice cream with the family. It's all unhealthy, but I'm all happy. Speaking of being unhealthy, my back pains made its presence again this morning. Though more tolerable, I have a feeling I got it from prolonged sleeping. When I was still consistent with exercise last year, I was spared from any kind of body pain. I felt better even if I have not achieved my normal BMI. These days, laziness and changes at work are giving me reasons to set aside exercise. Though my body keeps on sending me signals that I needed it. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Restaurant Review : The Great Buddha Cafe Binondo

Two things I look forward whenever a work week ends. Weekends spent with the family and a great Friday night. A chance to score a great deal from the mall, a slice of cake, tall glass of iced fruit tea and more often than not, a great meal with friends. Last Friday, I had the rare chance to eat out with some workplace friends. We decided to visit Binondo and try The Great Buddha Cafe. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 372 - I needed it

The past week's theme, I'm thankful it was over. It was filled with both expected and unexpected tasks. I was so occupied, it went to the extent that other concerns became irrelevant. If there's anything rewarding other than accomplishing tasks, it's the Friday night dinner with friends and weekend Binondo trip with my cousins. We had noodles, dimsum and capped off with some late night humorous conversations. I can't even remember the last time I laughed that hard. I needed that.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 371 - Words

Life the past days has been so disorganized. I'd like to believe there is enough time for everything. It's just that my strength and energy share a different perspective. I checked entries from my planner a year ago, life was so different. After a day at work, I can squeeze some exercise before going to sleep. I was on the way to achieving my ideal body weight. My BMI is almost nearing its normal state. Christmas happened, I enjoyed the few lbs I lost and some unexpected changes at work entered. I easily felt the additional weight. With my current state, I'm not sure if I can still carry out my routine last year. The exhaustion each day is calling me to sleep or stress eat.  My unexplained body pains are making its presence again. This habit has to break. I don't want to feel like a sore loser again.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 370 - Comfort

This weekend's theme was food. Make it more specific, comfort food. It started when I saw a unopened bottle of Tostito's Salsa Con Queso at home. I bought the perfect partner, a bag of Tostitos chips. The racks of chips were calling me to try the Chunky Salsa. And just like that, my Php 500 is almost gone. :D To my consolation, everyone at home was happy. Those who didn't like oozing taste of cheese enjoyed the sour and spicy kick of Salsa. It looks like my family found another expensive habit. :)

Thursday, July 4, 2019


I have no intentions of blogging today. But I arrived home early and not in the mood to exercise or have my usual quick run. I felt the urge to blog because I'm feeling restless. I'm overpowered with thoughts and worries. 

Tips for preparing a long motorcycle trip

Friends from abroad are just starting to experience the summer break. Most of them will most likely have their vacation, out-of-town trips and road trips. Some have the resources to book a trip to another country. For the rest, they opt for local or out-of-town trips using their own vehicles. Having your own vehicle has its own benefits. But since not everyone can afford owning a vehicle, a cheaper alternative like motorcycles can be used 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 369 - Adjustments

One task down, another one for the week. I'm not sure if I can get used to this. My body is also making its struggle felt. I have my share of  headaches and as of typing this, another case of lower backache. While I'm loving the colder weather, it does not seem to help me these days. I have to mention, the interruption in water supply is another adjustment to begin with. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 368 - For the better

This post was intended for last week. But much of my thoughts are confined from everything that happened this week. So much changes and adjustments came with the additional responsibilities. Days before the last weekend, I've been rendering additional hours for work. Unfortunately, those efforts became useless. I still failed to comply with my deadlines. I gave up, went home early last Friday and gave myself some rest. I worked on the wee hours of Saturday and soon enough, I completed everything. Unlike most people, I find my working pace whenever everyone is asleep. The silence and stillness of night till dawn never fail to complement my productivity.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 367 - Halfway

I'm feeling unproductive lately. I'm stuck on the same task the past weeks. I have more than enough time, but I can't seem to find my momentum to accomplish everything. I'm nearing my deadline and I have no choice but to finish everything this week. I swear, I will silently celebrate once I completed this task. :p But seriously, I'm beginning to feel worried. I hope everything gets better this week.

This weekend was Father's Day. We celebrated at home with our favorite dishes from Miguel and Maria. It's another favorite hometown restaurant. I should blog about the place soon. But since my family are not in the mood for going out, we opted for Grab Food Delivery. I'm so thankful for Grab Food. More than convenience, I guess it's the reliable friend of introverts, anti-social and lazy people like my family. :p We had paella, crispy pork belly, vegetable salad and my favorite, baked salmon in honey, garlic and cheese. I'm quite afraid this will become a bad weekend habit.

Friday, June 14, 2019

6 tips to help nurture a young child's reading habit

Even in this age of multiple screens and live streaming, reading is still considered a major milestone in child development. It is no surprise that many parents are anxious to encourage their kids to read, and make sure the habit sticks. How to go about it? Read up for 6 quick tips to help parents teach their children about the joys of reading. 

5 tips for first-time solo backpackers


Backpacking solo for the first time is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Traveling alone to a new locale is already startling, more so if you are deliberately staying away from some of the usual “conveniences” of travel such as hefty luggage, staying a 5-star hotel, and being bussed around with a tour group. To help banish the anxiety and help you truly dive into your next adventure, read on for 5 of our best loved tips for first time solo backpackers! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Some thoughts lately : Distrust

A few days ago, I was consoling a friend who underwent another heartache. In the middle of our conversation, I shared my sentiments about groups and advocates aiming to uplift the rights of women. I didn't expect that coming. I guess it was triggered by my friend's unfortunate situation.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 366 - Midyear Break

The past week was something I look forward. I had a three-day mandatory leave from work. As always, I made plans and half of it didn't push through. :p I took home some work from the office. I gained a freelance work, which I thought I can accomplish over the weekends. I was aiming to complete a five-day morning run. My ending, only half of the tasks were completed. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 365 - Farewells

I've been looking forward for the past weekend. After months of waiting, my family was able to celebrate the 70th birthday of my mother. I secretly invited my auntie and cousins, who live away from the city, to surprise my mother. Everything was perfectly executed with the help of my cousins. I always love the role of spearheading surprises and creating some tears of joy after. 

Best Things To Remember When Moving With Your Family To Your New House

As much as possible, families don’t want to move from one location from another because this task will require time and effort from them. Usually, they’ll have to scout for the best moving company NYC, inquire about their services and costs, and shell out a specific amount of money to pay for their services. Families will still have to keep track of the NYC movers they hire to ensure that none of their valuables are damaged during the move. If you don’t want to be stressed and be covered in debt, always remember the following things when you’re moving with your family to your new house:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 364 - Photo Dump from last week

Hometown Hits! Pelina Shoes: Cheapest Ballet Flats in Marikina City

My cousin never fails to discover the best finds within my hometown. She has been my reliable source whenever I needed hometown recommendations. A few days ago, she has been telling me to visit this local shoe shop and factory. On one weekend, I agreed to visit after accomplishing an errand. I was hoping to purchase a pair of black mules. I underestimated everything. I was brought to a heaven of ballet flats. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Beautiful Sunday # 363 - Values

If there's anything that made the past weekends, it's GrabFood. Food delivery is life on weekends. I used to be contented with late night burgers and early morning breakfasts from McDonald's. But when I discovered more choices from GrabFood, weekends became more sinful. :p For a minimal delivery fee of Php 50, I can enjoy my favorite fruit shakes, ramen, dimsum from my neighborhood food joints. Sometimes, it appears expensive because I have to devote tips to the riders. But being able to enjoy food within the comforts of home is priceless. It's still cheaper because I don't have to take the hassles of going out. <Introvert mode on>

Saturday, May 18, 2019

4 design tips for older homes

Getting to build or buy a brand-new house is a dream for many prospective homeowners, but oftentimes the reality of acquiring a residence proves to be rather different. A variety of reasons can push buyers to purchase an older house instead of a newly constructed one, but in the end, almost everyone faces the challenge of redecorating and personalizing their not-so-new home. Short of ordering major renovations and remodeling, homeowners can employ some clever decorating tricks to spruce up their older houses. Here we have four relatively simple and inexpensive design tips to turn a preloved house into the home of your dreams.