Category: My Life

A Night for Ice Cream

Tintin posted a Facebook shoutout asking anyone to have ice cream with her because of the heat.  It was around 4pm and since I knew that she wasn’t busy at work (in Eastwood), I dared her that if she makes it to my office in Makati by 6pm, ice cream’s on me. And she agreed, even if it meant cutting work!

Then I realized that I also wanted pizza, and one great place that has that AND yummy gelato was Amici in Megamall. Halfway for both Tin and me. Perfect!  All this planning went on via Facebook. Enter other friends who were also commenting. Sagada buddy Anna, who also works in the Eastwood area, ended up joining us. Two other Sagada friends wanted to come but were unable to make it.

It was a fun girl-bonding evening, with some revelations, haha! Friends – old and new – are such joyous blessings!


Maybe I should move to a cold  or wet country.  I’m battling a cold now, which usually happens to me in hot weather.

I went to Paris in Winter and I was just fine.  I went to Sagada in December, swam in the falls and took ice-cold baths, and I didn’t get sick.  I sometimes dash through streets under the rain and nothing happens to me.  But the minute summer starts making its presence felt?  I get struck down by the cold virus. That’s an oxymoron there.  “Cold” virus in “hot” weather? Ha!

Up in The Air

HIGHlights of yesterday’s Clark and Subic trip:

15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

That tradition of a skydiver bearing the Philippine flag while the National Anthem is being played still gets me.

The first time we came here a couple of years ago, not a single balloon properly inflated due to strong winds.  We were so happy to finally witness balloons in flight this time around!

Night Glow

Too bad the wind interfered again so there was no night flight, but at least we still got to see a bit of a night glow.  This trip definitely made up for the disappointment two years ago.

Subic Treetop Adventure

Superman Ride

Dream come true! I was finally able to fly…sort of.  It was also fun flying with travel buddy Farah.  Now I can’t wait to do an honest-to-goodness zipline!

Supposed to be asleep…

…in preparation for leaving at midnight and a 2.30am bus departure.  But I’m wide awake.  Silly me – ate a ton of nachos and dip, washing it down with Coke.  Original plan was: Eat a bit of merienda so long nap won’t be interrupted by hunger, then wake up in time for a late dinner.

So now I’m in front of the computer, staring intently at the monitor, hoping to tire my eyes so I’ll get sleepy.  Yes, I am having a silly afternoon.

A Valentine’s Prayer

I remember a conversion with one of my friends, way back in our teens.  She told me that she prays for the man who is meant for her, that God would watch over him and keep him safe and well so that he’ll be okay when he finally finds her.  I no longer remember her prayer word-for-word, but here’s my reconstructed version – with some enhancements that fit our times today!

Lord, whoever is meant for me, please watch over him, make sure that he’s always good, that he’s always safe, that he won’t get in an accident, or get disfigured, or lose all his money; or worse – die or turn gay before we meet!

Well, it worked for her. She’s now married to a good guy. So all I can say is, AMEN!!!  It might do wonders for me too.  Check back in 10 years, probably, haha!

The (sort of) Offline Life

I haven’t been blogging lately. Not that I don’t have anything to say. On the contrary, there are now lots of thoughts and stories that I don’t know where to begin.  Not to mention finding the time to write them.

I ended the year with a blast, meeting a bunch of wonderful people and I’m glad that the bond is extending beyond that special place where we all met.  I’ve also been having a great time with old friends and work friends.  I guess that amazing connection with different people is my reward for everything I endured at work.  There were a few lemons, but out of those lemons came GALLONS of lemonade.

I am also happy with my travel schedule. I already have trips for February, March, August, and one in May is brewing. Instinct also tells me that some other spur-of-the-moment trips would crop up. Exciting!  I remember a statement that I came across one time: “Splurge on experiences, not things.”

As I wrote on another post, new online drug Twitter has claimed me.  And Facebook as well. It turned out to be the better complement to my offline life.  Oh, I’ll still blog because it keeps me sane, but it’ll now most likely be less than I did before. See y’all somewhere on the road! 😀

Heeding the Siren Call (Updated)

A few weeks ago, when my friend Tin was in Cebu, I had this dream:  I followed to Cebu, then we rode a bus supposedly going somewhere else in the province, but instead ended up at the Boulevard in Dumaguete.  It was nighttime and it was brightly lit, with all the lampposts glowing.

I played Freud and interpreted it as:  Dumaguete saying, “You have to come back SOON!”

I’ve always been a good listener – and a good seat-sale customer, so…I’ll be back in Dumaguete in March.  It’s PAL’s 777 sale’s fault, haha!  But seriously, it’s really on my 2010 travel calendar.  I won’t be spending a lot of time in Dumaguete itself this time around.  We’re going to Antulang (finally!),  so we’ll probably just go around the city on our last day, before we head to the airport.


On other travel news….

I’ve been on a wanderlust diet the second half of this year, and now I’m making up for it!  Bataan at the end of this month; and Banaue-Sagada at the end of December.  It will most likely be wicked cold on the latter trip, so I’m excited!  I’ve been thinking of how I miss wintry temperature recently, so the Sagada trip comes at the right time.

The Gypsy’s going back on the road. 😀



Ok, now it’s Cebu Pacific with a One-Peso seat sale.  I was able to book a Singapore trip for August – after trying for different countries on different dates.  Our original plan was an Indochina (Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam) trip for August, but no promo tickets were available on the schedule we wanted.

Yay! Making up for the wanderlust diet, indeed! 😀

Sunday with the Fam



Haven’t had one of these lunches in a long while.  The kids growing up and going in different directions had a lot to do with it.  In fact, most of them are not present here!  We jokingly dubbed this as the “seniors’ lunch”.

It was a nice lunch, and I especially enjoyed catching up with my niece (the one in white), who’s actually more like a cousin/little sister to me.  We’re only 7 years apart and tell each other things that we could never tell other members of the family, haha!  We went for a massage afterwards, which capped off a quiet, relaxing weekend for me. Saturday was spent at the salon for a haircut and foot spa.

Looking forward to another good weekend.  Some retail therapy may be involved. I hope not, hehe.


Random photo of the day


It’s late Friday afternoon, my brain is already on weekend mode, so I just took this photo of my desk in its current state.  Note the presence of two food items.  One I’m eating, the other an unintentional decor.  Can you guess which is which?  Haha!  Ok, ok, that fruit will be eaten soon, I promise.  Happy weekend, everyone!

Storm before the calm

Typhoon, flood, exploding transformers and sub-stations, ergo, blackouts… Disaster seems to be raining down Eastern Metro Manila!

Just as we’re picking up the pieces from Typhoon Ondoy’s onslaught, us residents of Marikina, Pasig, and Rizal are now facing several days’ worth of long power interruptions.  First, it was due to a transformer that exploded in Tanay.  Then it was compounded by the explosions of three sub-stations!  We just got our electricity back last Thursday night, and barely a week after, we’re facing darkness again.  All we want is for life to get back to normal as quickly as possible since it’s the best way to recovery.  This recent round of disasters is making it difficult for us to go back to the comfort zone of our routines.

Sorry, I’m just whiny today.  These recent events are really stretching my nerves to the limit.  It’s heartbreaking enough to see what has happened to my beautiful city over and over again as I travel to and from work every day.

More than ever, I am reminded of the importance of faith.  We just have to believe that this too shall pass, and that something REALLY good is waiting for us after everything we’ve experienced.  We are not given trials that we cannot bear.

And now it’s our brothers in Northern and Central Luzon that are experiencing what happened in Manila two weeks ago.  I really believe that one disaster after another could only lead to something exceptionally good. Can’t wait to see what it is!