Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Just Another New Year

What is the best way to spend the days leading up to the New Year?

Do LOTS of stuff!

Cook up a storm

Momsie asked me to make side dishes for a family dinner on the 28th. Since her stove conked out the day prior, I made corn and carrots in garlic-butter sauce... and basil-olive oil grilled eggplant.

After slapping on some sunscreen (aka olive oil, dried basil, salt and pepper), the eggplant slices lounged on my stove-top grill for 2 minutes on each side until they were buttery soft. Sold out on the dinner table!

Throw around a few balls with your family

Family (nuclear + in-laws = one big FAMILY) went to MOA to throw a few balls around. Fun!

Clean up your humble abode

When I arrived here in Manila a week ago, I just dumped all my stuff on the floor. After several days of shopping, all the stuff accumulated on that same spot until Jeni and I had to evict the squatters... Which we did successfully but with much effort and many tears. Mwehehehe...

Stuff your face with a few regional delicacies

Tati brought home some crack...err, butterscotch from her trip to her hometown. Being a self-confessed BS (bullcrap or butterscotch...both apply mwehehehehe!) addict, I stuffed my face with one pack of the sweets and promptly went into a sugar coma. And, yes, that is a fly on my shirt. Coz I am SO full of sh*t (oh YOU are SO wishing it were true, aren't you?!? Libre lang mangarap... tingin muna sa salamin, kafateed!)

Hit a few balls around with sticks

Before we bid farewell to our current neighborhood (moving out early next year), we decided to check out a few local spots and chanced upon a billiard hall/bar/ktv thingamajiggie. They have about 8 (I think) billiard tables, two private KTV rooms (think Prov or a less classy Red Box) and cheap drinks (frozen margarita = 130 bucks. San ka pa?!?) - more than enough to make us stay more than two hours (and have a little too much to drink).

Have fun... and win a few stuffed toys in the process

So since Jen and I had nothing better to do in the last few hours leading up to putukan (*shudder*), we decided to spend those hours at Time Zone. Two hours later, we ended up with three new toys to add to the "babies" taking up precious real estate on my bed. Now Rocco won't sleep alone.

Alone no more...

Whose idea was THAT?!? I plead innocent, your Honor...


2008 - the year that was. It was so NOT uneventful for me. It was this year that...

... I made the move from educator to full-time corporate pain in the behind

... I weeded the men from the boys

... I also weeded the "stay" from the "go"

... I gained weight but gained more friends

... I fell in love again (heehee)

... I experienced snow!

... I said farewell to all that needed to be let go

... I chose to hold on to what needed to be held on to

For 2009, I wish to...

... move into a new place early in the year

... move on with my career (yes, move being the operative word)

... move on with my life (again, move is the operative word)

Yes, fifol of the world... 2009 is the best year to make a HUGE change in my life and I intend to do just that.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of my life this year. You know who you are. Thank you... you all made me who I am and who I am not.

Happy New Year, everyone! Now excuse me while I plug in my earbuds. The firecrackers are getting a wee bit too loud! Hehehe...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Dream Summer Escape

I need time out. I need to destress. I need to detoxify.

I need to escape and I found the perfect place.

Antulang. It takes my breath away...

I want to stay at the Pool Villa. By my lonesome or with a special someone...

The outdoor jacuzzi would be the perfect place to cuddle while stargazing.

The Secret... come to Momma!!!

(photos from the Antulang Resort website)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Seoul Train part VI - Seoul Long, Farewell!

My gas, atat na atat nako umuwi. Kagabi pa lang, nag-empake nako.

In less than 48 hours, I will be leaving Seoul. I had fun while I was here and I will miss a lot of things.

When I come back, I definitely know what I want more of:

  1. Street food
  2. The subway
  3. Chilsung Cider
  4. Seasonal fruits (persimmons, kiwi and strawberries)
  5. Soju
  6. kalbitang
  7. ice cream
  8. Lotte Crunky chocolate bar
  9. Technomart
  10. Shopping, shopping, shopping!

Goodbye Seoul! See you when I see you...

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Seoul Train Part V - Korea Sparkling

Korea Freezing!

It's freaking -11C right now... and windy too.

Not that I'm complaining... I love the cold. It's an energizing change from the heat and humidity of Manila. The weather is good for walking around and observing the locals. Heck, I can even use the stairs to ascend to our 7th floor office without breaking a sweat!

Well, much as I love the weather, I also have to protect myself. Freezing to death isn't a nice way to go (on second thought, what is?) So I'm glad I have my anti-it's-so-freezing-cold-you-might-freeze-your-nose-off-weather arsenal!

Meet my tulo-ang-sipon-sa-sobrang-ginaw minions:

My Balm Soldiers

No woman (and men too!) in her (his too) right mind would go around without lip balm. The wind is a bitch and staying unprotected has very ugly (and painful) consequences.

I adore the mositurizing qualities of Blistex Complete moisture (blue tube). Imagine your dry, chapped, cracked and bleeding (eeeew) lips are pieces of steak and the balm is like butter. Slathering it on is so good, it's almost orgasmic!

Mint is #1 in my list of lip product flavors (second being strawberry) and so I lurve Burt's Bee's peppermint lip balm. It was a Christmas present from S last year and it's still alive today! I think this is a bottomless tube, as I have been painting it on my lips for 11 months now. Le miracle balm! Hehehehe...

Cherry is not one of my I-like flavors but Nivea Lip Care in Cherry lends a nice color to otherwise pale lips (blame the cold).

And in case you're wondering...yes, I slather them on at the same time. Sequence is right to left. Harhar...

Purple/Pink trench from Banana Republic

When I saw this in the shop, I fell in love with it. I showed it to my mom and gave it her stamp of approval. I heart this coat. It's so un-wintery (color-wise anyway! All I see here is black, gray and all shades of brown) and a bit funky... like something a grandma with three-foot long needles would knit. I sometimes get asked by the college kids here, "where you get your coat?" and I tell them I bought it in Manila. Their eyes widen and they gasp "You have Banana Republic in Philippine?" (Yes honey, we have Louis Vuitton too!) Priceless!

Black Trench from J. Crew

This wasn't one of my choices when I was shopping back home. But another Banana Republic dress I saw (and bought) went well with this so I this sucked out resources from my wallet too. I heart the buttons on the sleeves.

On the inside...

The lining is done in silver and hot pink. I lurve!

Pale pink metallic jacket from

This winter-worthy jacket, I got from the mall... on sale! Whee! I'm not particularly fond of pink but my other two color choices were black and gunmetal... Color is so my thing. So pink it was. It's filled with goose down (according to YuMi) and should keep me warm when we go snowboarding. I hope it does. I'd like to have fun, not freeze my butt off thankyouverymuch!

Neck neck mo!

Many people forget about protecting the neck when the weather is chilly and the wind is blowing (blast-freezer is the first thing that comes to mind) but I'm not one of them. I brought two pashminas from home in two colors: hot-pink (yes, I am not a fan of pink!) and sky blue. They kept me quite warm even at -5C temperatures but they're no match for the chilly gusts. For that, I got myself a 9-foot long black muffler from Bean Pole at Shinsegae mall in Non Dae Mun (more on that shopping trip in another post). It's so long I can wrap it around my neck and still have enough material to cover my mouth, nose and ears... and make a swimsuit! Well, maybe not the swimsuit...

Bean Pole = Ralph Lauren?

It's wool and woven in an intriguing pattern, quite unlike the ones I saw at Zara. My other color choice was white but there was no way on Earth I could maintain something white. So I snapped this black one up and didn't think much of the price until I converted it to USD...then to peso. F%cking sh*t! Maygaaad! Buti na lang it's soft and warm... I sleep like a baby in the bus when I wrap this around my neck. Instant pillow!

HeeYong says Bean Pole is like their local Ralph Lauren. Yessiree! I believe that now! Oh my aching wallet...


On a not-so-totally unrelated note, we went to E-mart to get some groceries. Passing thru these scanners, I beeped! I was surprised so I emptied my pockets of metal and still I beeped. The girl manning the scanners frantically tried to communicate to me (in Korean, of course) what the matter was. After about five minutes of frantic Korean (hers), English (mine) and hand gestures (ours both) I discovered the culprit.

Not following directions!

Haller! Nakalimutan ko lang naman gupitin itong lintek na tag na ito na may RF thingamajigee sa loob. Hey, I bought this the day before I had to leave Manila. I just threw it into my suitcase and got it dry-cleaned here. Gimme a break! Mwehehehe...

Yes, it's my beloved purple/pink trench. And it got me into trouble!

Love is such a female dog sometimes...


Listening to: One Step at a Time - Jordin Sparks

We live and we learn to take one step at a time

There's no need to rush

It's like learning to fly or falling in love

It's gonna happen and it's supposed to happen

That we find the reasons why