Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome the New Year with a Big Bang!

I was awaken by a loud shout from Deda this morning at 9am but I ignored her and went back to sleep only to get up in bed a minute later and realized that what she said was: "Nanganganak na si Louise!" (Louise is giving birth!). We were expecting her to give birth in two weeks' time yet but look:

She has five cutie little shih tzu puppies: 4 girls and 1 boy.

What a way to welcome the new year!!!

My 2007

The year 2007 has been a good year for me. There may be a few hurdles here and there but overall it still was a good year highlighted into:

1. Travels - I've been to two places I've never been to. I had my first ever trip to the USA in April. It was the sweetest! I enjoyed every minute of it tremendously. Who wouldn't when you were denied of a visit four times over? In August I went to Cebu with friends courtesy of the BBE! (You know who you are!!!).

2. My 12 year old cousin's hospitalization - Aj got into an accident in school, suffered a severe fracture and had undergone two major operations in June. It was difficult for the family to face but I know that from that experience, each one of us learned the value of acceptance, gratitude and appreciation to things and people that matter.

3. Social conscience - If there is one trait I am proudest to say I inherited from my dad, it is being selfless -- thinking of other people's welfare before one's own. I really think that no amount of lecture can hone a person's character. The most important factor that will characterize a person is his environment and the people around him. I am grateful that the most important persons in my life in my growing years made a great influence in me to be someone who is altruistic. They did not teach or force me to be one, though. They showed me how to be one so I grew up knowing that that's how it is supposed to be.

4. Food Trips - Looking back, this year has brought me to new food places and old favorite places I keep coming back to which is why I have gained so much weight but I'm not complaining because I've gained new friends, too.

To my family, friends and everyone who has been a part of my 2007, THANK YOU.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007


I've been hearing from friends about how good Excelente Ham is for like forever but it was only last night that I had a chance to satisfy my curiosity and finally tasted it! I had to go to Quiapo myself to buy... It was already past seven when we got there and there were less people in the store but there were lots and lots of ham.
I don't know about you and sorry to burst your bubble but for me Purefoods' Fiesta Cooked Ham tastes better.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Signed Up for PayPerPost

Out of desperation to get my hands on that MacBook and all things beautiful that money can buy, I signed up for PayPerPost. Who knows? It says that once this post is approved, PPP will pay $20 to me. Isn't it just great?

PayPerPost is a site that lets you get paid for blogging about the things you love. No wonder almost all the bloggers who want to earn without shelling out cash signed up for this. The site is flooded with opportunities with payouts ranging from $5 to as high as $250 for every approved post. It is an easy money, indeed! I am so glad Paypal is already offered here in the Philippines because PPP uses Paypal to pay out bloggers.

What's also great about PPP is its blog ethics. It is committed to keep your readers trust you with the posts/opportunites you take and bloggers are free to write that they are being paid for the post. It has a strict policy of full disclosure that clearly shows that truth in advertising is extremely important to them.

I am looking forward to meeting new friends in the blogworld. Also, I can't wait to take as much opportunities available to write about.

Friday, December 07, 2007

World Vision

Facebook, being the newest craze in the internet world, is one of the websites I devour my idle moments with. I enjoy browsing and playing with the many and diverse applications it offers, one of which is "Click a Day for Hunger". Through this application, I found World Vision. I visited the website and it more than made me interested. I got involved right away! I signed up and actually thought of sponsoring a child in Bolivia. Thanks to D for telling me that there is a World Vision here in the Philippines. Just my luck, there's a booth in Glorietta. Unfortunately, there was no available list of children to sponsor due to the huge demand of sponsors (Alleluiah!). Even so, I sealed the deal and paid P450.00 with a promise from the WV people that they will contact me as soon as the list is available. I left the booth with a smile on my face and excitement all over. I can't wait to pick my sponsored child. I just love the idea that P450.oo (about $10) a month for a child can make a big difference and I am so glad I am a part of it.

Now this is something no amount of MacBook or iPod Touch or iPhone or Louis Vuitton fixation can surpass. I wish I could have done this sooner.
For more information, visit (Philippines) or (international).

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Stairs

I took the stairs in our building today. ;-)

Is it gonna happen again anytime soon?


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Tagged: 7 Things You Don't Know About Me

I've been tagged by EAM. Thanks dear, for linking me up in your blog.

I picked some from my old Vox entry. These are seven things people don't know about me (except for my closest friends, of course):

1. I was scared of my father when I was a young girl. Just hearing his voice from afar got me all jittery. And believe it or not, all it took was the advent of SMS for us to have a real father-daughter relationship. I am now a daddy's girl, thanks to Globe that started it all! (And that's why I'm loyal to Globe.) :)

2. I have a love affair with magazines. I particularly like fashion, lifestyle, food, home & beauty, techie, and crafts & hobbies. That being said, you will never guess how many I have at home. I gave away some of the old ones but I can't seem to part with most. Tsk, tsk. The thing is the moment I have a new one on hand, I get overwhelmed by the glossy pages I don't get to read them all! I don't know if it's over-excitement or just plain laziness. Whatever!

3. I can stay for HOURS in the bathroom. Ironically, it is where I find solace. I can do just about anything there except eat (Okay, I brought a mug of coffee ONCE but was made a big deal by my aunt so I never did again. I became a laughing stock in our household that day. Mean people! hahaha). I bring books and magazines inside and I always, always have my phone handy because I love bugging people when I'm inside. I have a question. Is it bad that I pray there, too?

4. I still keep a personal journal. Yes, I do have this blog and more but nothing beats writing on paper. I guess this explains why I gotta have the Starbucks planner each year. I still have with me my diaries since college.

5. I wish on railroads while holding something blue. Up to this day, I have no clue why. Thanks to my college friends, I can’t get it out of my system!

6. I think that the perfect combination ever discovered is coffee and cigarettes. People who smoke can perfectly relate to this.

7. I keep track of every single thing a person has done me wrong and I pray profusely for that person to realize it. God is good!

Now it's my turn. I'm tagging Bexie, Lexie, Patty, Vera, and Jovi.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Akon Live in Manila

Me likey!

Goooood Morning!

I met up with a family friend at the airport at four o'clock this morning. She arrived from San Francisco and gave me this loot from my aunt:
I wish all Monday mornings are like this. I wouldn't mind waking up at 3am...

Friday, November 23, 2007


Yes. I got my Starbucks Limited Edition 2008 Planner today. Special thanks to Kokey! He's truly the best.boss.ever! Heehee! I love that we have a love-hate working relationship because he always makes up with things far better than I could ever hope for. Naks! I act like a total cheeseball......all because of a planner!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No More Cookies!

Call me a bitch or forgetful or lazy or anything but selfish. I dislike people who are selfish and I try in all possible way not to be one. It's one thing to say it to my face and another thing to announce it to the world. So calling me such is an understatement and hurtful. ...all because of a cookie.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Did this ever happen to you?

When was the last time you felt so embarrassed, and I mean naked embarrassed? Nope, I wasn't caught naked by anyone. I just felt like it because what happened is something no amount of cover ups can fix.

Last Saturday I went to the Rockwell Tent during the Urban Bazaar thingy. We left the house at past 3pm then ate at Pancake House before heading to the bazaar. I spent about two hours inside then had coffee at Starbucks before going home.

Guess what I noticed when I got home at around 9PM:

Geez! The irony of it is this is the biggest watch I own. My boss calls it wall clock. I don't know how stupid an impression I made that day to those people who noticed. HAHAHA! I'm sorry. Tao lang! I gotta go replace the g*dda*ned battery!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Payday Loan Quotes

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What are you waiting for? Get it now!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Christmas Rush

39 days before Christmas.


Every year I promise myself that I will start shopping for gifts early so I wouldn't go rushing but I always end up doing last minute shopping. I haven't been to a bazaar lately but I do plan to go to the Rockwell Urban Bazaar which will start tomorrow. The thing about hunting for gifts in bazaars, there are so many great items to choose from I always end up buying stuff for myself too, hence my budget dwindles!

Last year, I wanted to give personalized gift items so I did start cross stitching but halfway through, I stopped. I wonder where I placed all those stuff...
This year I haven't bought a single item yet which is nothing unusual. I'm at my best when I cram...or not. Hehe. Whatever! I probably have to start soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

LSS: Better Than You

My last song syndrome at the moment:

by Lisa Keith

Hey baby
It's you I truly adore
I finally found the peace of never wanting more
Singin' a sweet song of who and where I belong
I see a vision of a love that's more than strong
I feel so fine, truly divine
My dream has come to life, hey yeah
You're always there on my mind

'Cause when I need two arms that can hold me tight
A tender loving kiss that can make it right
Someone to chase the darkness into the light
I know it's true
Baby, there's none better than you

'Cause my love is true, ooh

Oh my dear I can't say the way that I feel
You're more than words, you're more than
Pictures can reveal
Sugar is sweet but with you it's hard to believe
There's nothing to compare you're all I want and need
Eternally I'm gonna see all that love can be
Yeah yeah
Heaven has given to me

And I know in time
Our hearts will be together
I see your smile and I see forever
Baby, baby
And our love is true
Ooh! Theres no one better, oh
Theres no one better than you

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lions For Lambs

I missed Beyonce's concert for this. Joke. The truth is I wasn't able to buy a ticket. Anyway, about a few days ago Joy's sister gave us tickets to the premiere of Lions for Lambs and so we watched.Lions For Lambs is a film that tells the story of a platoon of soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, a senator, a reporter, and a college professor. It begins after two determined students at a California university follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, their professor (Robert Redford) is both moved and distraught. As the two fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. a senator who is a presidential hopeful (Tom Cruise) is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Meryl Streep) that may affect the two students' fates.

The film went on for about 90 minutes and was mostly full of dialogues, more like a talkathon. Basically, it raises a question: What do you stand for? Yes, it sent its message across but honestly it should have gone a little futher than that.

It was directed by Robert Redford, by the way.

Belle de Jour Power Planner

Look here.

Now, I'm torn.

I saw the BDJ planner they made last year but I missed it because I was too busy filling up my Starbucks card with stickers for the ridiculously-overpriced-yet-IMUSTHAVE Starbucks planner. Thanks to my boss for filling up one for me, I was able to get two.

But really now I'm thinking, is the Starbucks planner worth it?


Guess what I just did.

I ordered five planners from the Belle de Jour team. One for me and the rest for my kikay friends. I can't wait to get hold of it!

And oh. Since I have already started filling up my Starbucks card (I now have 4. My boss has 4, too which he will give to me! Yay!), I'll just go on with it. If a girl can't have too many shoes, is planner far behind?


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Starbucks Christmas Traditions 2007

Finally... The long wait is over. Today marks Day 1 of Starbucks Christmas Traditions 2007. I hurried to the nearest Starbucks branch in Makati and tried the newest addition to the featured Christmas beverages --- Praline Mocha. It tastes like toffee nut with a hint of peppermint.
The stickers have a code already.

I took this photo using my mobile. I think this is better than the previous planner.

Monday, November 05, 2007

One Fine Saturday

I spent the whole Saturday all for myself. For over 5 years, I have not gone to the gym so I decided to go and went to Slimmers World in Greenhills. It was my first time to visit that branch and I liked that it wasn't as crowded as the Pasay Road branch where I used to go to. It was actually over-crowded in Pasay Road so I consume half the time of my stay there queuing up just so I can use the treadmill and stairmaster which are seldom unoccupied.

After going to the gym, we dropped by Starbucks not only because I wanted to have a caffeine fix but also because I wanted to see if the Starbucks planners are already available. Much to my disappointment, a sign with the words "3 days to go" is posted by the counter. =( Anyhow, I had a great time consuming my usual order: tall hot caffe latte and banoffee pie. Did I mention that before going to Starbucks, I had an early dinner of Tapa Queen at Tapa King? So there. I gained back all the calories I desperately tried to sweat out. At least I tried!

By the time I reached home, I was exhausted. What better way to feel better than a home service massage! I dialed Green Leaf and booked an appointment late that evening. The masseuse arrived later than expected but it was okay. I prefer a soft massage though but she massaged hard despite my early warning. I should have gone with The Gorgeous One to the spa upon her invitation early that day...

All in all, I had a super fine day!

A Realization

Have you ever realized that when people say you've changed, it is just because you stopped living your life...

...their way?

Sunday, November 04, 2007

This made me cry

Got this from my email.

Good day everyone,

I wish I were writing under different circumstances.

I would like to inform you that my wife Leslie Cruz was part of the
casualties in the Glorietta 2 Mall bombing in Makati City, Philippines. She
was supposed to have a minor out patient surgery at Makati Medical Center at

I had taken a leave from work to accompany her there. We dropped off our
daughter, Amber, at my parents place in QC to babysit at around 10am. We
then proceeded to Makati and was there at 1230pm. Since she had been fasting
in preparation for her procedure, she wanted to move around and listen to
some music while I grabbed a bite to eat. We parked at the basement of Park
Square 2, and headed for the Glorietta 2 entrance. We parted at the top of
the escalator, she turned right towards Filbar's while I went left towards
the restaurants. That was the last time I would see her.

Around 120pm, she had called me so that we can meet at the Glorietta 2 exit
just in time to make her appointment. As I made my way there from Glorietta
1 through the connecting hallways, and was about to turn the corner, I heard
2 deep thumps and the shock-wave from the blast hit me. At that moment my
heart dropped as I knew that the origin of the blast came from the same
place where we were supposed to meet. I tried getting to where my wife was,
but the dust was too much and it was as if I was staring at a white wall.

I still tried to convince myself that she was able to make it out, and that
after ringing her mobile without a response only meant that she dropped it
in the confusion. After 6 hours of searching from Makati Med. to Ospital ng
Makati, the blast site, and back again to MMC - with the help of all the
people I could get hold of, that I was able to get confirmation in what the
state of my wife was.

My Dad and Uncle signaled me in from the ER of MMC. My Uncle (who's a
doctor) asked me to describe Leslie's appearance to another group of
doctors. I saw in the eyes of one that the description made sense. Instead
of confirming it to me, they huddled together, then brought me to a small
examination room. It was only through a digital camera that I was able to
confirm (and deny) that she was indeed gone.

I have so many regrets. I should have met her sooner. I should have ran
instead of a brisk walk. I should have not chose to park where I did. I
should have braved the dust and went in the blast site. I should have ...

Today's the 4th day. It is still terribly difficult to breathe, let alone
wake up realizing that your source of strength, your best friend doesn't lie
beside you on your bed. That my deepest worry is when Amber starts asking
for her Mama.

I am glad that Amber's too young to understand the loss and pain. In time I
would like to tell her the details of how her mother died, but more
importantly I would like to raise her as how her mother lived - a loving
person, strong willed, decisive, caring, and nurturing. She has always cared
for her family and friends, and sacrfied her career for being a full time
mom and home maker.

As with all couples we had our ups and downs - none of which I regret not
going through. The sweet is never as sweet without the sour. For almost 4
years of marriage, we've finally hit our balance in life only to be taken
away in an instant. I have no regrets about our marriage. She has loved me
and Amber beyond her capacity. I will always love her.

It is my first time to write to egroup as I've lurked and watched emails
being sent to and fro. All I want now is that for each of the couples here
is to cherish each moment that we spend with our loved ones. Pretty simple
to say, very easy to take for granted.

Thank you all for the prayers. I would still like to ask you to please
include Leslie in them until her 40th day so that the path to God's kingdom
is well lit and she is no longer in the dark.


Carlo Cruz

Let us all pray for Leslie and her departed. It's a sad sad reality that our lives can be taken away from us just like that... so let's make the most out of it.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


I can't wait!

A Big Step

Thursday morning... I woke up early and prepared to go to Bulacan. I was initially dreading this day because of a small family issue but realized that I had to make a choice and it is to face them, even if I was all by myself.

Upon entering the doorstep, my lola and uncle were there. I greeted my lola. There was silence. Then my uncle talked to the driver and Deda. He gave them an earful. You see, I wasn't really the one involved in this issue but my cousins who I live with, my aunt in the US and those two I mentioned. I just had myself involved because I felt I had to make a stand and I was the one who first made a "retaliation" in their defense. I was in the kitchen with my other cousins and aunt when my uncle walked towards us. I thought he was going to confront me next. I was nervous but ready. And then I saw the look on his face. It wasn't anger towards me but it was a look that seemed as though he didn't know where to begin and which words to use. He was being careful and he was explaining. Him. That uncle of mine who I fought several fights with before.! I felt ashamed and relieved and touched and happy and sad all at the same time. It was a humbling experience. And there, we realized there was a misunderstanding. Still, it wasn't resolved as the other party refuses to make a communication. I sent an SMS to my aunt in the US to give them a call to clear things up but she hasn't.

Just being there to face them may be a simple task but it is A BIG STEP on my part. I am glad I made the right decision. It wasn't easy but it was all worth it. Why? Because they are my family and I love them and I would do anything for them... I hope they resolve the issue immediately.

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails."
-- 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

Friday, November 02, 2007


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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Shopcrazy's Ultimate Bazaar List for November

I got this from shopcrazy.

For those who are crazy over bazaars, this is for you.  

My personal faves are Karl Edward's, Rockwell Urban Bazaar and Christmas Wish Bazaar. I 
would really love to go to Cuenca Bazaar. Hopefully, this year.

Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall
October 26 - November 18 (Friday-Sunday)

KEI Tent, Bonifacio Global City, 32nd Street corner 8th Avenue (in front of MC Home Depot), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
November 3-4 , 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
For inquiries, contact Joan at 372-8453 or 374-3726.

Pacific Star Building, Makati Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
November 5-9, 27-29 (Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday)
9:00 am to 7:00 pm

World Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
November 5, 2007 (Monday)
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

November 9-21 (Friday-Wednesday)
For direct inquiry, contact 455-1242 (telefax) or 0918-491-4407 or via e-mail at

Megatrade Halls 1 & 2, 5/F SM Megamall Building B, Mandaluyong City
November 9-18 (Friday-Sunday)
Participation of export-oriented companies engaged in furniture and furnishings; free entrance to daily seminars conducted by renowned and respected personalities in the furniture and furnishings industry; wide range of world-class quality furniture and furnishings at affordable and reasonable prices

Renaissance Hotel, Makati City
November 10 (Saturday)

Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati City
November 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)
Showcases the latest trends in fashion, accessories, toys, gift items, Filipino Handicrafts, Christmas decor and many more for your total shopping experience. For inquiries, contact them through 0928-275-8655 and 436-3421 or e-mail them at

SM Mall of Asia Theater
November 11, 2007 (Sunday)
There will be booths with food fashion items all from India. Musical guests, cultural shows, and yoga sessions will also be part of the festivities.

Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City
November 11, 2007 (Sunday)

12/F GT Tower (Food & Art Galerie), Ayala Avenue corner Dela Costa Street, Makati City
November 14-16, 28-30 (Wednesday-Friday)
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
All original Zara, Dorothy Perkins, Club Monaco, Revlon, Billabong, Diesel, Givenchy, D&G, Esprit, Louis Vuitton etc. at MUCH lower prices than the ones in the malls!

Rockwell Tent, Power Plant Mall, Makati City
November 16-18 (Friday-Sunday)

Warehouse, Calle Industria, Libis, Quezon City
November 16-17, 23-24, 30 (Friday-Saturday)
9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Weekdays and Fridays)
Up to 80% off on branded toys, clothes, and shoes

Isidora Hills, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio, Quezon City
November 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday)
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Makati Sports Club, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
November 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday)

Cuenca Court, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
November 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday)

Valle Verde 5
November 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday)
Showcases the latest trends in fashion, accessories, toys, gift items, Filipino Handicrafts, Christmas decor and many more for your total shopping experience. For inquiries, contact them through 0928-275-8655 and 436-3421 or e-mail them at

Renaissance Hotel, Makati City
November 18, 2007 (Sunday)

Ateneo de Manila University
November 19-23 (Monday-Friday)

World Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
November 21-25 (Wednesday-Sunday)

Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)

Makati Sports Club, Leviste corner Gallardo Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
One of the most highly anticipated Christmas bazaars in the Metro. Sellers are strictly screened to make sure that your time at Christmas Wish Bazaar will definitely be worth it! It’s the perfect haven for Christmas shopping for your husband, boyfriend, kids, parents, and everyone else.

Sanctuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road , Forbes Park
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
9:30 am to 7:30 pm

Quezon City Sports Club, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Greenmeadows Clubhouse, Pasig City
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Makati Sports Club, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
November 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City
November 25 (Sunday)

Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall
November 29 - December 2 (Thursday-Sunday)

* Note: Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween and Family Squabbles

Every year I look forward to Halloween because this is that time of year when everyone in the family come home to Bulacan and gather together. We also get to bond with our friends. However with the issues we are facing right now, I don't feel like mingling with them but have I got a choice? I just have to face it. We all do. If it means turning a blind eye and deaf ears to every single word about to be said and circumstances that will transpire, so be it. In my case, I just have to be the bigger person and understand. Life goes on.

Oh well.


Mc Dreamy!!!

Watching the last scene in episode 4 of Grey's Anatomy Season 4 has left me dreamy, indeed!

Derek to Meredith (outside the elevator):

I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old, in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime. Mmm. Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay, I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time now. Deep down, you're still an intern, and you're not ready.

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Places to Visit in Spain

Planning on a trip to Spain? Here are the suggested places for you to visit:

MURALLA DE AVILA. Also known as "The City Walls of Avila", this is the highest city of Spain at 1,630 meters above sea level. Avila rests in stately slumber behind her perfectly preserved medieval walls. Avila is for walking so make sure you stay in the nearby hotels in Spain.

TORRE DE BUJACO. This tower is located in the City of Caceres where an amazing 30 towers from the Muslim period still stand and the most famous is Torre de Bujaco. It has a height of 25 meters and has an almost square floor plan.

Next on your stop is Barcelona. After you have settled in one of the hotels in Barcelona, do visit these tourist attractions:
SAGRADA FAMILIA. Antoni Gaudí's unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia, is one of Barcelona's many must-see monuments. It's also one of the most popular of Barcelona's sights with tourists. Check this out.
LA BOQUERIA. La Boqueria, also known as Mercat de Sant Josep, is reputed to be the oldest market of its kind in Europe. While that may or may not be true, it certainly ranks as one of the most impressive. This is the official site.

The GOTHIC QUARTER is what used to be known ago as the "Cathedral Quarter". The great gothic buildings which marked the high point of the city and its culture during the Middle Ages are to be found here. Here Likewise, are the remains of the ancient fortified walls and palaces built by the Romans on the "Mons Taber" such as, the temple dedicated to Augustus. More information here.

Your trip to Spain would not be complete without a visit to Madrid.

PRADO MUSEUM. The Prado Museum, which opened to the public in 1819 to house the Royal art collection, is one of Europe’s great museums. It houses a collection of over 4000 paintings, emphasising Spanish, Flemish and Italian art from the 15th to 19th century, and including masterpieces by Titian, Bosch, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Fra Angelico. The museum also possesses a renowned collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya.

BOTANICAL GARDENS. These gardens, a symbol of the enlightened period of the 18th century, formed part of the urban re-arrangement project in the area of El Pardo undertaken by Carlos III, who inagurated them in 1781. Just like the nearby Prado Museum, it was designed by Juan de Villanueva, and in the different areas visitors will find trees, flowers and plants from all over the world, as well as exotic species in the greenhouses.

ROYAL PALACE. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of His Majesty The King of Spain, who makes use of it for official ceremonies, though not residing there.The origins of the Palace go back to the 9th century, during which the Islamic Kingdom of Toledo built a defensive fort on the site, later used by the Kings of Castile. It was on this ancient fortress that the Old Alcázar was constructed in the 16th century.

I gotta save, save up. I hope I get to visit these places someday...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My Nail Salon Haven: The Nail Loft

I love manicures and pedicures. I love hand and foot spa more. I love massages. I love pampering myself and treating myself to these services after a hard week's work. About a couple of weeks ago, I read Brenda's blog about The Nail Loft and got really curious. I was anxious to try it there so last Saturday I had to ask a friend out to Jack's Loft in Greenhills which is near Nail Loft so we can have a look-see of the place first. We went inside and we were greeted by its courteous staff and the therapeutic smell of the place. There were scented candles and relaxing nature music in the background. The sofas looked comfy, too. Since it was already past 9pm, I just asked for their flier/brochure/pricelist. The price of their services are unbelievably low! Check them out:

I went back the following day. They have packages available depending on your choice. I had a Glamorize Me package with hand and foot spa at P550. What's more, they have complimentary tea and eyemask with cucumber. Their sofas are really comfy. It's really relaxing, I fell asleep. I think I am going to be a loyal client.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bomb Attack in Glorietta

Friday...It was supposedly a fine day for me... but then an hour after lunch in the office, we received a news that there was an explosion in Glorietta caused by a gas leak. I thought it was nothing outrageous but then after a couple more minutes I received phone calls and text messages from friends and family about the explosion. Our office building is a 5-minute walk from Glorietta and there are times when we go there during/after lunch break to buy things or eat. It's a good thing I never had plans to go there that day.

When I arrived home from work and watched the evening news on TV, I saw what just happened and it was only then that I realized how cruel and shocking it was. And then I remembered, I was there in that Starbucks coffee shop the night before! If you've been inside that branch, you will notice that the place is quite small and boxed inside. Anyone who's inside when the explosion happened would have suffered much and I'm hoping that they were not those among the 8 who passed away. And if Joy hadn't reminded me, I almost forgot we were just in that Luk Yuen branch the week before, too. I think I made an entry here of our delicious dinner. To this day, they still have no clue as to the cause of the explosion. Some say it's a gas leak, others say a bomb explosion. Whatever the cause may be, justice should be served.

Looking at the brighter side of things, I'm glad that none of my friends and family members were there during the incident. It's also good to know that because of the incident, people are more cautious now. And most of all, I'm so glad that before the explosion took place I was able to dine in Luk Yuen and got cozy in that Starbucks branch.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

One Dog Sold

I posted an ad in Girltalk for my shih tzu puppies to be sold. It was actually a bargain price but I just wanted them to have new loving owners and homes since we can't really give special attention to them all at the same time anymore. After two days, I was on my way to Baclaran to meet the buyer of one of the puppies. She was actually a cousin of the real buyer who is based in Iloilo. The transaction had to be done immediately because they had to arrange for the airline documentation so they can bring her with them to Iloilo on Sunday. I felt happy and sad at the same time seeing my puppy being carried away by the new owner. *Sigh* I hope she stays healthy and loving and playful forever.

Frigadee, thanks for your constant communication. Please don't hesitate to message me anytime for updates and feedback. I know you'll take good care of her. Please share her pictures with us.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blog for Money, Blog with Smorty

I am quite new to the new trend today: Blog for Money, Get Paid for Blogging, Blog Advertising, whatever they call it. Isn't it just amazing? I recently tried it and so far, so good.

After reading testimonials from online friends about Smorty, I was convinced that I have to give it a shot. So I registered and after a few weeks, my application was approved.

You can select what interests you and write about advertisers' products and services on your blog. What I like about Smorty is that it is different from other paid post companies in terms of the review opportunities. It connects you to the appropriate campaign to write on. Once you accept the offer, you will be given an ample time to finish the write up. Only after you have finished the job are you allowed to accept another job. For every approved blog you make, there is a corresponding amount in dollar equivalent that you will receive not on a monthly basis like other companies, but on a weekly basis.

Try it and be amazed.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Do you believe in angels? I never really have taken special attention to angels, especially to my guardian angel until today. Thanks to Anabel for bringing her friend over and we had quite a "session".

Like I always say, I am touched by the shallowest of things and I think I was teary-eyed the whole time I was listening to Bel's friend. I have always felt lucky my whole life and now I think "lucky" is an understatement. I should say that I am so blessed... and one of the greatest blessings I have been given is my guardian angel. I never really thought of those times when I'd rather stay inside my room doing nothing but talk to myself that my angel was there with me all along listening to me, laughing with me, crying with me... I have always wondered why I find joy in solitude and now I have it all figured out.

To my dear angel,

I know that a simple thank you is not enough to tell you how much I appreciate your "presence" but still, I want to say THANK YOU and know that it's from the bottom of my heart. Please don't ever give up on me. hahaha! Also, I want to give you a name... Any preference? Tell, tell, tell...

yours forever,

Monday, October 15, 2007

Save Mother Earth

Today is BLOG ACTION DAY with the theme ENVIRONMENT. For weeks now, I find myself incorporating the line "Save Mother Earth" in every applicable situation. If you have seen the documentary of Al Gore, An Incovenient Truth addressing the issue of global warming, you will be freaked as I was when I first saw it. It is alarming how we take little notice of our environment when every little thing counts.
What can we do to help? Here are some of the things I do:

1. Recycle. From used paper to paper bags to plastic containers to water.

* Used paper - My desk looks like a junk haven with all the used paper I keep so I can re-use the clean side for photocopying, as scratch paper, as fax paper, etc. When both sides are filled, I shred them so one of my bosses can use the shredded paper in his farm.

* Paper bag - I have a space in my closet for used paper bags and plastic bags. I promise to bring an extra paper bag when I go grocery shopping next time.

* Water - When washing dishes, make sure there's a basin in the sink so excess water can later be used to clean the bathroom floor or toilet bowl.

2. Unplug electronics from the wall socket when not in use. Did you know that even when appliances are turned off, they consume energy when plugged?

3. Minimize air conditioning. It's a good thing I can't stand a cold, cold room. When the room is already cold, I shut off the air conditioning and use electric fan instead.

4. Walk. When going to a place nearby, walk instead of riding a car. You save on gas and help eliminate carbon dioxide emission, you even burn calories!

5. Spread the word. Even to kids like my young cousins, I teach them to learn how to save and be earth-friendly.

How about you? What do you do to help?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I hate Sony Vaio.

About two weeks ago, my Vaio freezed up on me while I was surfing the net and playing. After that incident, I promised never to play with my laptop ever again. I thought the problem was just simple but when I asked Joy to bring it to Gilmore to have it fixed, I was told that I have to bring it directly to Sony. It won't boot anymore. Then I searched online and found this. Boo!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Birthday Greetings!

to Tita Tess.
You are one of the few aunts
with whom I can tell and share all my raves and rants.
They say that being on the receiving end is something to be grateful for,
but the truth is the joy is in the giving!
You make sharing an accomplishment.
I wish that all your wishes come true...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Crazy day!

Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or am I just sick? Today has been a terrible, terrible day for me. I was sick since last night. I never felt my fever shoot up in a loooong time. I have really heavy colds... I cough like a dog... I have a terrible headache... I didn't feel like going to work but I had to and it made me feel sicker. Funny thing is I still have the same HUGE appetite! I craved like a mad cow for anything I could think of. First thing I had after coffee this morning is a bag of dried mangoes. I ate half of it in the car on the way to work and finished the rest in the office. I savored all seven (yes I counted!) pieces of shanghai roll that I had for lunch. I even craved for my usual "lunch dessert" ==>> Mc Donald's french fries with mayo and brewed coffee! I originally planned to go home after lunch but I couldn't so I stayed. I met Joy by 5 at Luk Yuen where I had a delicious lapu-lapu fillet congee and hakao. I don't know anyone else who eats the way I do when sick. After our early dinner, I went to Mary Pauline and had my eyebrows threaded. I am sick as it is and I don't want to look sicker with my bushy brows. Then, I wanted to buy some fruits so we went to the supermarket and ended up putting extra grocery items in our cart. My favorite and best buy for the day is an Elle & Vire unsalted butter. I love it. And guess what, I had two servings of pandesal with my fave butter the minute I sat in our dining table.

It's a good thing tomorrow is a non-working holiday in observance of the end of Ramadan. I have the whole day to rest and crave and eat!

For Sale: Shih Tzu Puppies

Time flies so fast. I can't believe it's been over four months since Louise gave birth (second time) to four puppies. I had been busy all this time I never had time to even pick names for them. In a couple of days, I'm going to PCCI to have them registered. They are also due for their check up with the vet. Argh! I wish I'd feel better tomorrow so I can make things done.
I will be selling some of the puppies at a very reasonable price. If anyone's interested, please contact me.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It's joke time!

As Joy and I were giving the daily dose of sermon to AJ, my 12-year old cousin one night, he made a very irritating yet funny remark.
Us: Bakit ba lagi mo kinakalimutan mga tinuturo sayo sa
(Trans: Why do you always forget your lessons in
AJ: Dine-delete ko. Di ba sa computer pag puno na ang
memory, kailangan magdelete? Ilang gig ba ang utak natin?
(Trans: I delete them. Just like in computer when the
memory is full we delete some files, don't we? How many gigs do our brain
Us: AJ?!!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007


I thought I was making a progress... Just when I was able to control myself from buying Havaianas for several months now, I received a mail that limited edition Metallic Logo Havaianas are now out in the market. I went to Rustan's immediately to check and there they were in their divine existence! I had no luck finding my size in the color I wanted (black). The next day, I went to Moana in Power Plant and grabbed the last black pair available in my size! Yipee!Photo courtesy of Flair in the City.

Here's what I got:

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

This Just In

There will be two non-working holidays for this month of October:

12 October - end of Ramadan
29 October - not sure yet of the date but it's before November 1, for sure.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Ho. Ho. Ho.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

90 days to go...
before Christmas.

Have you decided on what to give me this year?
I'll make my Christmas wishlist