Tuesday, January 22, 2008

St. Therese

I received an email last January 16th about St. Therese's pilgrim relics in the Philippines and I initially planned on visiting my cousins in Villamor Air Base where the shrine of St. Therese is located. But this morning, I was asked by Vel if I wanted to join them in St. Michael's Chapel to visit the relics and who says no to that?

St. Therese's Relics

St. Therese

Got a souvenir novena booklet and chaplet.

Monday, January 21, 2008

And then there were three...

It breaks my heart to even say this but truth be told: two of my shih tzu puppies died in one week interval. Sadness...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Onion Soup, anyone?

Before watching I Am Legend last Friday night, we decided to have dinner first and we chose La Maison in Greenbelt 5. We originally planned to eat at Chateau 1771 but the place was booked for the night. I first asked for their onion soup...
I forgot to take its picture before tasting it so pardon the "presentation". I'm almost halfway through but I thought it's a sin not to share with you. It's that good. I used my camphone to take these pictures so sorry for the low resolution. The best tasting onion soup I've tried is at Prince Albert Rotisserie and this comes close. I love it! To be honest though, I have cheap taste in food meaning I eat all sorts (but when I say it tastes bad, it really is that bad!) so it's best that you try it for yourself.
Complimentary bread (We finished half already. Again, forgot to take photos.)
Baby back ribs. Delish!
Pesto. Sadly, I don't recommend this.

They have this board hung inside.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Being 31

When I was younger, thirty one seemed so far away... I thought that a woman of that age would be so wise and knowledgeable, so settled in her life with a husband, children and a wonderful career. I had none of those things. I don't feel thirty one. I can't believe I.am.thirty.one. If I could stop the clock from ticking, I would. But then again, AGE IS JUST A NUMBER.

Anyway, I want to share with you 31 things I want to do/have/accomplish within the year - my new year's resolution and birthday wishes combined (in no particular order):

1. Lose weight. This has always been a staple in my MUST DO list. I don't always become successful but heck, to lose weight I must because I never want to hear comments from people saying "Tumataba ka." (
You're getting FAT.) with a matter-of-fact look on their faces like they have the most gorgeous body this side of the planet. Of course, there are some who say it subtly and joke about it like it's no big deal which is good. The truth is I try, I really do. One basic rule for people: NEVER EVER TELL A GIRL SHE'S FAT no matter how BIG she becomes because every girl already thinks, feels and knows it whether she's fat or not.

2. Go to the gym. Refer to #1.

3. Eat right. Weeeeeeeeeeeh. I hate that I'm always hungry. Always! And when I am, I crave for all sorts of food. So perhaps this time, I'd stock up on healthier options. Geez. I hate to even think about it.

4. Travel more. I'd want to use all the chances of vacation I can get to explore new places and embrace different cultures. Any takers? Heehee.

5. Read more. So many books, so little time...

6. Surround myself with good people. My mom always used to remind me of this ever since I started going to school and by far I think this is the best advice she has given me. She always says that I should choose my friends well and the people I hang out with because this is a decision that will define who I will become. It can either make or break me. Not that I have ever protested against her nor has she been against any of my friends but she told me that someday I will understand why she always tells me that. I knew soon enough. I love and appreciate all my friends because they helped me become a better me.

7. Get closer to God. I am a true blue Catholic as I was born and raised but I have nothing against other religions, too. I believe that religion should be based on faith.

8. Attend a fellowship. VCF or CCF perhaps?

9. Be more optimistic. I am a worrier so I tend to think and take things negatively. It's time for a cool change!

Buy "The Secret". I've been hearing raves about this and I can't wait to see what it can do to me.


12. Get myself that Louis Vuitton bag. Or a Goyard maybe? ...which reminds me to:

13. Remind myself of #11.

14. Learn a new language.

15. Cook. Would you believe that I have never cooked a real meal ever?

16. Give more. I'm a living testimony to the fact that when you give more, you'll receive more. I'm not rich but I'm blessed.

17. Pay it forward. When someone becomes a blessing to you, it shouldn't stop there. Be a blessing to others, too.

18. Invest more on classic pieces. I am an impulsive buyer and I intend to buy stuff that are trendy when I want it which is... always! From now on, this will not be the case...all year round. I'm not saying I won't buy trendy stuff ever, I'd just lessen it up a bit. =)

19. Learn how to drive. Got my student's permit already...that's a step...

20. Go back to writing a daily gratitude journal.

21. Have the courage to fight for the people who matter and for what is right.

22. Never lose the child in me. Being the panganay (eldest) in our small family (I have only one sibling) and the eldest granddaughter in my father's side of the family, I took it upon myself to play the role of an elder sister and a second mother to most of my younger cousins. I sometimes forget that just like them, I am a child too. I should loosen up a bit.

23. Visit a social services institution. Elderly people have a soft spot in my heart so hopefully I could visit Hospicio de San Jose in the near future.

24. Stop being a whiner. I will try my best to stop complaining and get things done.

25. Spend more time with my friends. Before the year ends, I will organize a get-together with the friends I lost touch with.

26. Be punctual. Okay, okay, I admit I'm always late. It's about time I do the waiting now...

27. Save P100.00 - P200.00 daily as one way to keep my task #11. I've been doing this for the past three years except last year. The first time I did, I used the money I saved from it to a Hongkong trip.

28. Smoke less. Oh yes!

29. Try not to hold grudges and be more understanding. I don't promise on this one but I will try my very best because I know that the heaviest burden a person can carry is grudge. The problem with me is I forgive easily but I don't forget.

30. Stay happy.

To everyone who remembered me this Christmas, New Year's
and on my birthday,
I can't say thank you enough but still I say,

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

I wish you Health...
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.

I wish you the Love of friends and family...
And Peace within your heart.

I wish you the Beauty of nature...
That you may enjoy the work of God.

I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...
For those things that really matter in life.

I wish you Generosity so you may share...
All good things that come to you.

I wish you Happiness and Joy...
And Blessings for the New Year.

I wish you the best of everything...
That you so well deserve.

HAPPY 2008!!!