This week

3 May

I always want to get in touch with friends, just so we can be with each other, we can talk about serious and trivial stuff, and we can just stare at each other’s faces. As much as I want to do that, life can has a tendency to be so consuming that I often neglect to keep in touch with everyone. However, this week was super fun! I happened to have dates or meet-ups with relatives or friends everyday since last Sunday. All of these happy circumstances, as is the usual in this blog, involved food and merry little talks more on catching up with each other.

Sunday:

My sister wanted to buy a doctor’s coat in Bambang and she asked me to accompany her. When we were done, we decided that we will have dinner somewhere. She wanted to try Vikings at MOA. However, I am really trying to cut back on all the eating, so we decided to eat at Mann Hann instead.

We should have gone for the Megamall branch because (1) Diane had a little slippery accident when we entered the mall, good thing no broken bones (I had to catch the security’s attention that the premises was a customer hazzard) (2) Mann Hann and Conggo Grill (third choice) was closed due to an ongoing renovation (the leaky ceiling caused the slippery floor where Diane slipped). We ended up walking along the mall grounds close to the “By the Bay” area and that was where we found Buffalo’s Chicken and Wings. We had nachos as a starter and a sample platter of chicken wings (choices were New York’s, Sweet BBQ, and Garlic Parmesan) and NY dirty rice as mains.

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We ended the day with a trip to the Robinson’s Pioneer My Flawless branch for some in-dire-need facials.

Monday:

I wanted to go to the weekly aerobics session at the head office canteen but was not able to bring gym clothes to work so the plan was changed to either a meet up with friends or go home early. It was mainly the latter until Annetot sent me a message that she wanted to meet. She suggested that we go to Burgos Circle, which I was not familiar with. I also had to deliver her power bank orders. So, with the necessity to deliver her orders and the intrigue that comes with discovering a new place, the dinner date was set. There was an array of restaurants to select from, all of which looked really promising we had a hard time choosing.

Early that day I had pho for lunch (at Wabi-Sabi) so when Wrong Ramen was chosen, I was a little bit hesitant. However, the foodie adventurous side of me won over everything. I have heard and read of reviews about the place and with that, I really want to try their dishes. This instance presented itself more as an opportunity that was really hard to pass on to.

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I ordered Tantanmen, and it was AWESOME. The broth alone was soooo good. It wasn’t smoldering hot but the entire time I was eating while chatting with the Santiago couple, the temperature of my noodles and soup was right on the good spot. I highly recommend this place. My ramen experience is very limited but this, I think, is the best that I have tried so far. No more seasoning needed. It just hit the spot for me.

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To cap the night off, we wanted to get desserts. We went at a corner establishment ( I forgot the name) that served beers and steaks but, as per my friends, the place was really a restaurant not a bar. They were familiar with the old menu so they ordered a little pot of hot chocolate and it was heaven. Yum yum! I want to go back for more and I definitely will.

The cakes that were available were not so appetizing to go with the hot chocolate (Ill update later once I get the name of the establishment) so we decided to go to Bar Dolci, initially for the macarons but we ended up buying their gellato. We had 2 flavors each so I was able to try 6. Buko Pandan, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Pistaccio, Blueberry?, and I forgot the other one. Best artisinal ice cream I have tried so far.

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Tuesday:

I didnt have plans for this day and I was very open to meeting up with friends or go home directly to catch up on sleep (I went home past 1am the night before). It was leaning more on the latter but at around 4:30pm, a friend sent me a viber message saying he was free for our often-cancelled coffee-catching-up session. Because I had the new Dark Mocha Panacotta Frappucino for snacks, I asked him if we can have dinner instead of coffee and he agreed.

It was my first time at the Flying Pan. I have heard that they served good food however prices are a bit steep. I was craving for anything with rice that night so I ordered thier gourmet Tapsilog. It was good, better than the usuals, because it was made with angus beef. However, considering the price and the taste, it isn’t something that I will definitely go back for more.

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Wednesday:

This is the second week of the could-be-a-tradition Wednesday meet-up with the CIAD girls. We were supposed to talk about our summer outing but as always, we ended up talking about gossips and what nots. From the random topics that were being discussed, I was able to have a heartfelt one-on-one opportunity with one of them.

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Thursday:

Initial agenda was the usual, go home early. But I thought of going to a dinner date with my sister Gemille. So by lunch time, I sent her a text message saying I wanted to try the newly opened ramen place in SM Light. I asked her to come with me and told her it was my treat.

The reason for the invite was that I was still on a noodle high days after Wrong Ramen. I was game for more ramen! I was a little bit disappointed that we cancelled our trip to SM Light. It was because we had to buy some stuff for the house that I think we can only get (more options) in SM Megamall. When we were on our way to SM, I thought we should try something new. So, I guided my sister to the eating places in the Fashion Hall area. It was on the third floor where we found this ramen place called Rosanjin.

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They had 100php off all their ramen so we got the ramen, gyoza, and unli rice deal. Soup was not as warm and flavorful as I wanted it to be so I had to add soy sauce and chili powder. The only thing great about their ramen is the meat that came with it. It was so delicious and flavorful and I also liked the runny boiled eggs. Gyoza was just okay.

Friday:

I have been asking my BPI friends to come with me to avail of the breakfast buffet by Something Fishy in Eastwood and I was so happy that we finally pegged a date and it was the Labor Day morning.

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Something Fishy is part of me already. We’ve been in a steady relationship (hahahha!) for years so as long as it continues to operate, I will always come back for more. We ended the binge eating very early so we made a little walk around the citywalk bazaar (at the activity area).

Next on the agenda was to go to Baclaran. Maam Pre and I covered four malls and ended up buying a lot of stuff for 1000php more or less. Later in the afternoon, we went to the tea place of our friend in Malabon. For a quaint shop at a little town, the milk tea and food they were offering were great.

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Saturday:

I was planning on having my eyes checked for quite a while already and I planned to have it done this weekend. The previous day, the people that I was with at the milk tea place saw the garments that we bought. Because they were really a bargain, Des wanted to buy some for herself as well. So, I told her about my plans and she said she wanted to tag along and have her eye glasses replaced too. Truth be told, if it wasn’t for my appointment with Des, I would not have crossed that task off my list.

Our next destination was Baclaran for some thrift shopping. That was where we easily spent nearly two hours of our time. The last place that we went to, after picking up my glasses, was SM North Edsa. Earlier that afternoon, Des told me that she needed to buy an external hard disk drive. She had no idea what and where to buy so I offered to accompany her. We ended our Saturday with dinner at Shakey’s.

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All in all, this week was AWESOME!! Im so happy and privileged to have friends that I can be with to pass the time full of  fun stories, crazy antics, and valuable inputs. I really thought that was it but look at the “cherry” on top of my delicious “cake” of a week! Thank you Maya!

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March 2014: UP Diliman with the Siblings

6 Aug

For every little achievement or for nothing but quality time, my siblings and I make it a point that we eat out. Yes, that is how we bond.

One of the many restaurants that I often take friends to is the Chocolate Kiss in UP Diliman. This place being a favorite had to be in the list of our got-to-eat-with-sibs-here places. I am no connoisseur but the reason why I often go back is not because of the food, but because of the experience.

I usually go there in a cab which was how I got to the place with my sibs. But because of the seasonal visits, I panicked after a while of roaming inside UP and not finding the restaurant. At that time, a lot of the areas were barricaded for an event. That got me so confused. I decided that we navigate by walking instead. Good thing I know this shortcut to the resto that can only be accessed by walking. :) So we got off the cab near the oblation statue. Yay! Photo opportunity!

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And then we walked.

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The Chocolate Kiss is housed in the Bahay ng Alumni. This can be found across College of Fine Arts but when you ask around or when you ride the IKOT jeepney, simply tell the driver to drop you off Bahay ng Alumni.

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We enjoyed my usuals or staples namely Beef Strogannoff, Honeyed Baby Back Ribs, and Chicken Kiev. Not to miss out on is their House Blend Iced tea. Its bottomless so keep on asking for refills not only of the tea but of ice, honey, and calamansi. You will ask for more. Thats how good their iced tea is. For dessert, we had the chocolate cake and blueberry cheesecake. :)

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After the meal, we loittered for a bit and spent some time in the sunken garden to smell the grasses. :)

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Ofcourse, we had to take sibling selfies.

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During this time, I still had my red hair. Due to it being over processed (too much coloring), my hair was so frizzy that I often wear it like this.

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As I have said earlier, I go back for the whole experience. I cannot really say it in words but even if I have done this for a number of times already, every visit still makes me feel like repeating it over and over. It must be because I havent been there twice with the same set of people thus every visit is like a new experience. :)

Im Still Here!!

6 Aug

I have been meaning to write for some time now but life took over aka I procrastinated.

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So, to make up for it, I am posting stories about food trips I did with my siblings and friends from the last couple of months. :)

The Great February 2014

1 Mar

At the beginning of the year, I said to myself that it was high time to pick up the pieces of me, and continue to live life as happy as can be.

So to start it off, I went to get togethers with old, comfortable, and real friends.

The first of the many actually happened late January. It was a long overdue meet up with Team Netcom. Sad that all werent there to be with us because weekends are understandably days that should be spent with the family but super and hyper happy that Edison, Rosie, and I pushed through with it. Yay!

I have been meaning to check UP town center for a while so when they asked where to meet/eat, I suggested the place. Fast forward to getting there, we had a hard time choosing where to eat since every restaurant, just by looking at the interiors and the menus, promised a part of food heaven to a starving woman who realky really loves to eat, me.

When we passed by IHOP, I was silently praying “not here, not here” since I promised Arli that we will have our first IHOP experience together. And in the process of checking the entire building out, we also considered a burger place. But it seemed that the silent prayer did not work that moment. Maybe Edison was doing a counter prayer because he was seriously craving for some french toast. Thus we had a beautiful brunch at IHOP. We opted to get their breakfast samplers and just plain service water for drinks because we had to leave room for we also planned to go to Chocolate Kiss to get their house original and specialty iced tea and sample more of their generous offerings of really tasty cakes.

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The weekend after, I went to a fun early breakfast buffet with my sisters. It was supposedly a sibling day out because it was the week before my natal day but the brother was too sleepy to be bothered. So we let him be and left for Eastwood where we dined to our heart’s content. We also did some retail therapy and some window shopping by visiting the weekend bazaar near the restaurant and by going to Tiendesitas.

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I did not expect the reaction that I got from Arli because I went to IHOP with another set of friends even though I really promised to check the place out for the first time with her. It made me so guilty. So to make up for it, the next Saturday, (I had busy weekends, yes) we went to the branch in BGC, where we really planned to dine together. After the roughly two-hour eating and catching-up time, I went to accompany her in looking for a dress which ended becoming plural for an occassion which she would not tell me what. Arli! If you are reading this, how did it go? Chika on our next sesh together! Massage!

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The next day, Sunday, I had a date with Shang and her boyfie. When I heard on the phone, on my way to Megamall, that she was talking to somebody, I started thinking why was she with him in our meet up? Was she to tell me something personally? Hahahha! How silly of me. Anyhow, I have no photo of the food that we had (Rack’s sampler) but I have one with Shang and I. This was taken when we had coffee after dinner.

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The next meeting that I have was initially scheduled the week before. But because I decided to take a personal time off on the day, the day before, and the day after of my natal day, Joyful told me to have the meet-up on a Monday. Thank you for the Saboten treat! It was my first time and I loved the cabbages! Joke! I loved everything! Thank you!

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The personal time off that I mentioned a while ago was supposedly for two days but I decided to go for three. It was awesome!

The next weekend, my friend Buding stayed with us for the Saturday night in order for us spend some time together before she goes back to her work “place” and more. I went to the airport, late that Saturday morning, because I was expecting the usual smooth traffic. Was I so mistaken. I should have left two or three hours earlier. But since I busied myself with tidying my room, I got out late and got stuck in the EDSA traffic (Ayala tunnel) for nearly an hour. Good thing there was still an opportunity for the cabbie driver to take the SLEX route instead of the Pasay route to the Centennial Terminal.

It was a religious group’s annual event and I had no first hand knowledge of how crazy the traffic would be on that day because I think I was always tuck away in dreamlandia or lazying my bum off at home everytime it happens. Because of the traffic situation, we decided to go to CCP, where we watched Wicked (yay!), four hours earlier than we were supposed to. Thanks Buding for the treat. I know you had super fun and so did I! SUPER!

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That night while we were waiting for the show to start, I was texting with a friend to meet with us the day after. Good thing she was free for the meet up! Nina and Buding have not seen each other for years! Was it four or am I again exaggerating? But yeah, years! We first had coffee to give Xai some energy boost because she just came from work. Seriously? Work on a Saturday? (As if i dont do it!) and then had late lunch at Megamall Chili's. Conversations wih girlfriends is always fun. And its so nice to have people so dear, that you actually have not seen in years or months, and yet you talk to each other like you just saw one another yesterday.

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I really though that was the last of the many eating sessions that Ill have this month, especially now that I am really dieting and exercising. The goal is to get thin and yet I was eating, and eating, and eating. But the next week, I went to eat some nachos with melted cheese, chicken wings, and a lot of pasta in TGIF Greenbelt 3 with my BPI girlfriends. I really contained myself not to eat more. I stop everytime I feel I was satisfied and no longer hungry. That is why I always have take outs. :)

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I was getting the GM diet again this last week of February but was also cheat eating because the diet does not really work for people at work. You have to have something to supplement. So what I do, I will either buy something in the afternoon, or eat when I get home, or both. Because I accepted that the provided food was not enough and that I was ready to do a little cheating on the side so long I exercise, I did not experience the week-long headache that I had the first time I tried the diet.

The month long eat-outs didnt stop there! I planned to go to this vegetarian place a long time ago that Maam Emi have told me about but we do not push through always or was it because we really did not do the sit down and pin a specific date initiative? So when the opportunity to visit the place came, I made sure it was a go. I loved loved loved Wabi-Sabi and will definitely go back for more! And I so love the Collective!

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I was able to try Pink Wasabi which I accidently discovered while we were on our way out of the building! Even my siblings loved the mini cakes. They are definitely worth the try!

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To add to all the happiness that the place gave me, I discovered BSide! I was euphoric, ecstatic, and was unstoppably bubbly the whole time and was even chatting up the Pink Wasabi store dude incessantly about the mini cakes and about fliptop. The things that I did that night were proof that I was a noob and that I was not part of the “cool” people, but I felt as if I was because I discovered a place where real magic happens. :)

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I cannot put into words how happy I am now. I value my family – my mother, my father, my siblings, my relatives, and my awesome friends more than ever. How silly I was to over think things and not be contented with what I have in my life, for letting my feelings or “dreams” rule me, for letting my being lonely get the very best of me, and for letting other people’s opinion dictate how I think of things.

That many aspects overruled the self preserving attitude or nature that I have had since I was little and in the process, I neglected the many things Jah has blessed me with. But, here is the kicker, I am thankful to have experienced being deeply hurt again. It was an eye opener or an “awakener”? It helped me differentiate delusion, illusion, dream, reverie, lead ons, and assumptions from the realness of life. It made me stronger – closer to my self, to my siblings, my real friends, and most of all, closer to God.

My sincerest Thank You’s to all who have made my February soooo happy! I so love you!! Hugs and kisses from me!

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Turning a New Leaf

11 Feb

2014 started rough for me. But, as always, Im hopeful that everything will turn out okay and alright because this is also the year when I reach another milestone in my life, that is basically in a couple of minutes. More reason for it to be another awesome year.

I initially wanted to make a review post but I am totally not prepared especially since I plan to post this before midnight strikes. That kind of post will entail a little bit of preparation. So instead, I will share something that I have been doing for the last couple of weeks or maybe a month.

When the year started, I wanted to acquire new habits. A new routine that can somehow help me push through the day to day monotonous living, added is something (personal) that I am going though, and the many frustrations that I have with my professional path. It is like going through the menopausal period minus the hot flushes.

One day, I happen to stumble upon this article in our intranet entitled “2014 – New Year! Fresh Start!” which highlighted the 5 steps one can do to achieve a better year. I thought of going through the entry with the hope of finding something that can help me. And I was so glad that I read though.

1. Try being a little kinder. – It was said that this is one best method for inner development.

2. Be unspairingly honest about personal goals. – Make a list everyday of what you truly, deeply want out of life. Revise it repeatedly until you feel you are unflinching honest about your desires.

3. Radically forgive even cruel people.

4. Express gratitude daily.

5. Commit to civility. – Compose all communications as if you are sending to someone you love.

I am practicing all 5 but of them, I am very committed to expressing my gratitude daily. What I do is that the very first thing that I think of when I open my eyes in the morning is the three things that I am most thankful for for having. And the three things, if I have nothing specific to really thank for, will usually include (a) a new day, (b) family, and (c) real friends.

I also decided to keep a journal that I have been neglecting for more than a week already. But I promise to update it with daily entries tomorrow if not after I posted this article.

I also plan to make a Gantt Chart or first, a list of the things that I want to accomplish in this lifetime. I have been meaning to do this for years already but being the procastinator that I am, I havent one scratch paper with even an entry to boot. I have to have a semblance of order in my life which I think is very chaotic and topsy-turvy. I have to rein in and plan rather than acting out or responding only to whatever stimulus is given me. I have to know what i want, what I really really want.

I hope, as I turn into this new chapter in my life and before the first quarter of the year ends, I can accomplish all of my immediate personal deliverables.

Good bye and thanks to the old year and happy, glad, and excited for the new year. Happy New Year to Me!

A Very Humbling Review

6 Jan

The social media applications have this feature wherein they give a review of the things that you did the past year by showing the posts that got the most views or attention. So, me being intrigued, I jumped into the bandwagon and did the 2013 flashback.

Here is the link to my YEAR in RE|VIEW: https://www.facebook.com/yearinreview/geevie.lou.palec

After seeing the recap, I was very humbled. And to show that, I made this:

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Thank you so much 2013 for being so good to me and my family. I really feel that 2014 will be a great year as well and I deem to make it awesome!

Hopeful for 2014

31 Dec

2013 was a bit rough for me. There were a lot of constraints and impediments. However, even with all the struggles that I went through and am still battling with, I am not oblivious to all the blessings that came my way. I can still feel that I am loved.

So as every year begins, I am starting afresh with a plateful of faith and hope. I really wish 2014 is as great as it promises.

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Jehovah, I pray that you continue to bless me and my family with Your guidance, improved health, safety, and, strength. Bless me and my siblings with better opportunities at or with work, improve and strengthen our love for one another, and make your Holy Spirit work on us more to be better servants. We know You, we acknowledge You, and I know in the deeper recesses of our hearts, we want to serve You. Thank You for everything. Amen.

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I am really excited for the new year. I hope I get to be a better person, better employee, better colleague, better sister, better daughter, better friend, better kumare, better godmother, and be a better businesswoman. Better meaning more patient, more loving, more respectful, more committed, more determined, and more goal-oriented. I also hope to better my health and love life. Hahahaha! :) I hope I get to jog atleast thrice a week and be involved more with activities outside of work. Yes, 2014 is THE year!

Below is a picture that my brother took of me with our new favorite pillow that says “Find your happiness, Go there often.”

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