Category Archives: loves

New other blog

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Apparently, I have already reached the memory limit of my first 6 year long blog. I could always upgrade and pay for premium but because I’m a cheapskate – and frankly this is really more for me than anything else – I have decided to just make another new (free) blog. I hate that it’s a completely new one but hey, I’d rather make an entirely different one for free rather than shell out money. 
So, here goes. I am transferring to another blog. Welcome. At least, for the next 6 years or until I exceed my free memory again.

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The Happiest 5k: Color Run 2017

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I’m no runner but I’m all about fun and this Color Run was the definition of F-U-N.


It was some weeks back when I saw their ad and I immediately invited some of my girl friends to join. Basic 5k fee was P850 but with shipping and admin fee, I paid a total of P1020. A bit steep (I can do without the headband, tattoo and even the unicorn medal we got at the end) but it was for a good cause – for the children of Unicef – that I didn’t mind.

 

The basic package included a shirt, bib, headband and a gold ‘Happy’ tattoo. I had it shipped to my office and received it 3 days before the run.

 

Since I was coming from Laguna, I woke up at 3am and met up with my friends at around 530am. The first wave of runners started at 545am and we ended up with the 4th wave. Saw some girls with similar high socks as me. Hihi. There was a bit of a program with hosts Anne Curtis, Coach Rio and Eruption but we were too far back to actually see. There was also a concert at the end but us titas skipped this. Haha!

 

Before long, the run started! As you can see, there were a lot of people and according to Anne (feeling close), about 10,000 people joined. Isn’t that awesome? Photos will show how fun the run was and it’s so amazing that you get to enjoy yourself while helping out children. There was even a 500m dash for kids!


 

There’s a station every kilometer which first had a shower station (I figured they needed us wet so that the powder would stick on us?), then the colored powders and last was the bubble station. It was so fun! And even for a non-runner like me, I still got to enjoy it because really – I can’t emphasis this enough – it was really about having fun. No competition or pressure to finish the race in 10 minutes (is that even possible?). Me and my friend would alternate between jogging and brisk walking. I actually felt good that she was more out of shape than me. Hahaha! Kidding aside, everyone was really just having the time of their life in this run.

 

Before long, we finally reached the finish line (and we weren’t the last ones which was my only goal) and were awarded with our unicorn medal. Honestly, I didn’t know we had a medal. I thought that was for those who availed of the ‘deluxe package’ but hey, it was a nice surprise. Last would be you get your own packet of colored powder to be used at the concert grounds.

 

And here’s how I looked before and after the race. So colorful and fun and so worth waking up early in the morning for!

 

I highly recommend you join this color run the next time they have it. It’s really, super duper fun and you get to do something good for others! Some tips: 1. Baggage area is available at the grounds for your bags, 2. The colored powder is easily washed off with water or even wet wipes, and 3. There are available porta-potties at the venue though don’t expect them to be clean. For more info, please visit the official websites or social media of Dream Machine PH, Unicef Philippines and Run Rio.

Meet Ashley

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I’ve wanted a new cat for months since our old cat left us. I miss Luna of course but I was hoping to get a new kitten soon. Didn’t want to buy so I asked my mom to look for one in the streets or somewhere, you know a cute kitten. Imagine our luck when she found the most perfect, most adorable one all the way from Rizal. 

Meet Ashley. Took me awhile to think of a name for her since I usually base my pet’s name on the first impression I have of her/him, like in the case of Toffee or Luna. Even though it should’ve been obvious to name her something like Ash (abo, grey, get it?), it didn’t automatically come to me.

My friends say she looks like a Russian Blue. I couldn’t care less. I love her to bits! She’s super sweet and playful and clingy, just the way I like it! She “calls” me for two things: food and cuddles! 


I’m thinking I wanna spoil her starting with buying stuff for her – after a visit to the vet, of course – like kitten milk formula (P399), pet wet wipes (P50) and wet cat food (P60 each). Bought these at PetExpress. She doesn’t particularly like the milk formula so might try adding it to dry cat food to make it mushy and easier for her to eat. 

Still had some leftovet cat litter so I just bought some deodorizer (P159 at South Supermarket, cheaper than online at P200) plus bought her a toy for P66, though she’s a cat so she prefers bottle caps and simple ribbons to play with. Haha! 

After my Color Run at SM MOA, decided to make a side trip to Cartimat,every pet owner’s supposed heaven. Wanted to buy more cat toys, litter deodorizer and wet cat food. Unfortunately, the prices were disappointing! Totally not cheaper than buying from the grocery or online. There’s a bit of savings but not drastic. My cats toys ranged from P60-90 while the cat food was P50-55 (P5 cheaper but that’s it). Even the Whiskas brand was cheaper in groceries. So I don’t think I’ll be “hoarding” again from here.


To end, here’s a cute photo of her sleeping :))))

Grocery tips

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1. Always have your produce reweighed. I saw in a Facebook post how S&R’s produce had a lower price when she had them reweighed so I did the same for my banana and sure enough, from P34 it became P24. 

2. Keep your eyes on the cashier monitor. I usually do this when shopping but for this time, I was a bit distracted and later on, found my P24 banana to have been scanned at P29. The price per kilo was different. I should have told the cashier but I only noticed it afterward. Our law states that the price tag on an item should be followed.


3. Never underestimate a small grocery store. I usually assume that Rustans, S&R, Shopwise or SM have the best variety of products but when I visited our local, tiny WalterMart in Laguna, found these babies! Flavored liquid creamers for P50. Yummers!

I also love South Supermarket for their packaged seafood (clams, squid, crab sticks for only P130/pack) and even their roti! 

Halo-halong discoveries Part VI

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Booky App. I’ve had this app for a while but never used it until I saw they had a Buy1, Take1 deal for Ippudo’s Pork Buns, which I’ve tried before and loved! Finally, I decided to put the app into good use. Basically, you just download app, check the discounts or the B1,T1 tab for interesting deals then when you’re at the resto or store, swipe the app to claim. You only have 10mins to claim from the time you swap so better to be there already. Staff will help you if ever. Other deals I found interesting were from Blk513, Cinnabon, Sushi Warrior and Yo Panda.


Auntie Anne’s B1,T1 promo. For the month of August, Monday to Wednesday, 12nn-2pm, my favorite pretzel was on Buy1,Take1 promo. Didn’t want to eat too much calories so only bought 3 times. Enough to last me for a year of not buying anymore. Haha! 


Novo finds. Always in awe when I find awesome items in Novo like these P10 adorable stress balls, mini walis & dustpan at P25, pet collar at P25 and fruit jelly candies (with super cute packaging) at P8 each.


Grocery finds. I love going to Rustan’s supermarket because they always have some great discounted items! My favorites for this trip were the 50% off chicken cold cuts (paid P29), 75% off red dragon fruit (paid P32) & on sale 400ml Clean & Clear conditioner (P140). I also try to avoid drinking cow’s milk because of its high calories & almond milk is a good alternative. More expensive but only 20-30 calories per 250ml, if unsweetened. This Kirkland almond milk (P150) bought at my office was my choice  for this week. Cute packaging, noh?


Dragonfruit love. Speaking of, I’ve always loved dragonfruit ever since I tasted it way back in Bangkok. But it’s quite expensive so I’m happy that I chanced upon a sari-sari store near my home which regularly sells them! At P120 to sometimes P150 per kilo (P220/kilo in grocery stores), this was a pretty good deal so I usually hoard. I also discovered another way of eating it. Instead of peeling, I just scoop it out directly. Like ice cream! 🙂 


Healthy eating. “Trying” being the operative word. Some of my favorites are grilled cheese, fresh salad, seafood & shitake mushroom pasta & anything with salmon. 

New thigh tattoo

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So I lied when I said I was done with tattooing. Haha! I wasn’t exactly planning on getting another one, it kind of just happened. Blame it on boredom. But, I am very happy how it turned out. When the thought of getting another tattoo latched to my brain, I knew that I would add it to my first thigh tattoo (because I found it too small and frankly, I’m running out of canvass). But how? As I was scanning the net, I came across designs on octopuses and their tentacles fascinated me. So I decided to get something similar.

I again contacted Frances since she was the one who did my thigh tattoo and I wanted the tat to be consistent – something that would look part of the mandala, a design that is organic to the first tat and kinda “grew out” of it. It took about a week for everything to be scheduled – from me explaining to Frances the design I wanted, to her drafting the designs and to us scheduling the session. She actually prepared two designs – one with tentacles and another with her own design. I ended up choosing the one she personally suggested. It was so pretty!

 

I showed up at her shop in Robinson’s Galleria and the standard procedure commenced – I signed a waiver form, she showed me the new and unopened needle, then we discussed the placement of the tat. I explained that I wanted more of the design to be on the right side of the mandala for more visibility and less on my inner thigh (because I know that would hurt as hell). I also had to think of what color I wanted it to be in. Initially, I wanted it to be black, same color as the mandala. But Frances explained it might look too messy. She was visualizing it to be in dark red as it would look very feminine on me. She also suggested that if I really wanted it to be in black, that she would accent the tips of the design with red. Since she still had to draw the design on my thigh, I had a few minutes to contemplate. She used a special red pen to draw the design – the design needed to be drawn “free handedly” – and as she did, I realized how pretty the red looked on my thigh (just like my foot tat). So I told her I wanted it to be in dark red. When she started inking with the dark red, I found it too dark so she combined a little red in it and that was the color we used.

 

Of course, the inking still hurt, especially on the design near my inner thigh since the skin there is thinner. I had a book and Netflix to keep my mind off the procedure. She mentioned that doing solid lines will always hurt more compared to just filling in with colors. Finally, after 1.5 hours, she was done! I love it! The more I look at it, the more I like it.

 

For some reason, it seemed this tat healed faster than my other ones. Perhaps my body is getting used to being inked? After care was the usual cleaning with baby soap and slathering anti-bacterial ointment combo (I used my leftover ones from last March). I think I won’t be getting another tattoo anytime soon. At least, for this year.

What’s so great about being 30-something anyway?

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I saw this college student. There was nothing special about her. Just your regular kolehiyala. But for some reason, I suddenly told myself: Thank God I’ve graduated from that phase in my life. It was such an unexpected thought that I realized that I am much happier with where I am now, and that includes my age.
 

So it got me thinking: what’s so great about being 30-something anyway? I’ll tell you. A lot! These are just my personal experiences and thoughts. Of course, every 30-something adult has their own lives to live and circumstances to face and so the following points will not be applicable to everyone. And also, let’s face it, adulting can sometimes be hard and totally not fun. Even so, being 30-something for me is a great time to be alive because:

1. I am now earning my own money. And not just any money, but more-than-enough-money-that-I-can-be-a-blessing-to-others kind of money. Money that can buy not only what I need but also what I want. Having an ATM that doesn’t reach 0 pesos is awesome and a blessing (which should not be taken for granted).

2. I know myself better. I now know what I want in terms of the kind of job I like, the relationships I intend to keep, how I enjoy myself, activities that I really want to be a part of my life, where I want to spend my time, how I dress and all these things. I guess when I was younger I didn’t exactly know which direction I wanted to go or what I really wanted to do. I don’t know everything, I don’t have answers to every question, but I know myself enough to get me through the day.

3. I have chosen my closest friends wisely. When I was in college, I tried to fit in this group of friends simply because they were my batchmates. They were awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I just felt I didn’t fit in. I tried to keep them even after I graduated college. Once, on a road trip, they started doing marijuana. Nothing against (medical) marijuana but during that time, I was really uncomfortable with the idea and so then and there, I decided to cut them out of my life. I haven’t seen them since (though we still keep in touch somehow because hey, they are really nice naman). I guess as you grow old, you tend to keep those friends who are precious to you and have known for such a long time plus those others whom you just click with. The rest, I cut out from my life completely.

4. I don’t feel guilty anymore – doing things that I love, ignoring toxic people, spending my money the way I want, living my life the way I want to live it, staying at home and doing nothing, saying no to people. When I was younger, I’d always feel guilty if I didn’t fit in this mold that society or the media or my family or my well-meaning friends had for me. I missed one church service? No worries, it happens. No family yet? I don’t care and so should you. I don’t drive my own car? I hate driving. I just bought another bag? Hey, it’s my money. All these cookie cutter expectations don’t bother me anymore.

5. I have learned to ignore. 2010 for me was a year of learning and one of my favorite truths then which I have taken to heart until today is this: no matter what you do, someone will always have something negative to say about you. Heck, even Mother Theresa has bashers. So why would I expect not to have any? Thus, I have always reminded myself of this basic life truth and ignored those kinds of people or negative comments that come my way. I don’t like back stabbing or bad mouthing other people. But it happens to me. Since I cannot control what other people say about me – whether based on truths, half-truths or just plain gossip – what I can control is how I react. As long as I know that I didn’t do anything ‘bad’ on purpose, I choose to react by ignoring them and by just being me.

6. I have more exposure. Because I’ve been in the workforce longer and because I am able to travel both for work and pleasure, my eyes have now been opened to more experiences and problems of the world and seen more places and known more people from different backgrounds and cultures. It really does change you because you know that there’s more to this world than just the Philippines and the Filipinos. Full disclosure: because I’ve ‘dated’ a number of foreign men, Pinoys now suddenly bore me. Haha!

7. I understand that the world doesn’t revolve around me. In connection to the above, gone are my emo days when I would drown in self-pity because of this and that. This life that we have is much bigger than you and I and I have learned to embrace this truth.

8. I acknowledge the fact that I will die. Maybe in 30 years or in 5 years but also possibly next year or tomorrow. No one knows. As a youth, you think you’re invincible and don’t usually think about death. But now, this is something I constantly remind myself so that I don’t take things for granted. Or so that I’ll stop being sad or upset or depressed or angry because those emotions, though valid for a limited period only, are just wasting my time.

9. I now have a routine. Which I like because I’m a routine kind of gal. At the same time, this is also the perfect age to change that routine and completely do something else. Especially for singles, being in the ‘middle spectrum’ of life, it’s totally possible to do a 360 degree turn and pursue something else that you want.

10. I do what I want. Under the premise that I am not doing anything illegal or hurtful to other people and the like. I know that I am still bounded by the rights and wrongs of society but still, I realized that I only have one life to live (which might be cut short, see item #8) so why not live in a way that I want to live? It’s not always easy, it can get frustrating but really, I’ll eat that donut if I want to even if it has 500 calories. I’ll hold his hand because it feels good. I’ll go to that country because I want to see a part of the world that’s totally different than mine. I’ll ignore that annoying text even if the other person is waiting on me. Let me be.

Given the above, I am not saying that I have everything figured out. I’m just trying to live my life to the fullest – in a way that I think is best for me – and not waste what was given to me. I’m still included in that group of people who are still grappling the meaning of their life. But now with more class and poise.