A Date With Mom

After 11 years, we went back to Manila Ocean Park. You know me. I love field trips. Haha! It was a nice Saturday afternoon, when after eating at Makan Makan, we started strolling and capped it with fish spa - my mom's first time.

Our First Date as Boyfriend & Girlfriend

As I fondly recall May 7, the day when we started being in a relationship, I also write about our first "field trip." Hehe! In the Quezon Memorial Circle, we visited the Presidential Car Museum on May 11.

And since I haven't put my boyfriend's fluency in Filipino to the test, I at least let him read the local translation on the plaques. We had a good laugh whenever he stumbled upon a difficult word or restarted because of wrong sentence rhythm. Lol!

We also took the chance to visit the Quezon Heritage House. It was a guided tour, and TJ sensed that the young ones who were standing by for guests were hesitant to do an English tour. Our laughter broke the silence and we said, hindi, okay lang in Filipino! Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit pa sa hayop at malansang isda.

At ngayong nagdaan na ang una naming monthsary, umaasa akong marami pang dates tulad nito. 'Di kailangang lumayo. Basta magkasama, masaya! Hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin kaming ara…


Nang minsang tawagan ako ni TJ, narinig ko siyang magsabi ng "Wait lang ha, hi-headsetin ko na 'to." Teka, ano ba ang ibig sabihin 'pag hini-headset mo ang isang tao?

1. May gusto siya sa 'yo.
2. Natutuwa siyang kausap ka, kaya mag-eeffort pa siyang dukutin ang headset.
3. May mga kaibigan kang sinasabihan ng "Mamaya na tayo mag-usap. Pangit ang signal" at meron namang "Teka, maghiheadset lang ako."
4. Gusto ka niyang ka-duet sa Smule.

Therefore, may bagong classification ng mga taong importante sa buhay mo. Mahalaga ka kapag hineadset ka niya. Pero mag-ingat. Baka pagmulan ito ng isyu. Tignan ang ilang halimbawa:

Habang magkakasama ang tatlong magbabarkada:
Girl, kalurkey ka ha. 'Pag siya hiniheadset mo pero 'pag ako... Very wrong ka dun!

P're, napapansin ko 'pag nag-uusap tayo, palagi mong gustong may headset. Itatanong ko lang naman kung may paliga sa barangay, naghiheadset ka pa. Oo lang naman o hindi. Parang gusto mo isang o…

Simple Beauty Regimen

I didn't learn much about makeup until college. Taking up broadcasting then, I first had an idea about contouring but didn't apply it personally. It was because that sort of makeup with layers of foundation also served as protection against the harsh studio lights. For everyday use, I just preferred loose powder and lip gloss.

I wasn't also a fan of lipstick because it was a hassle when eating or drinking. But my love for lippies started when my friend Gianne mentioned about Happy Skin. With the shade Stay Happy, it was love at first swipe. Coral is just the color for me.

Today, let me share the updated contents of my kikay kit:

1. Glam Squad Eyeshadow Duo by Happy Skin
2. Glam Squad Contour & Color by Happy Skin
3. Snoe Body Ritual Recipes 5 in 1 Body Jelly in Honey Dew Melon Yogurt (Body Freshener,  Toning Body Serum, Hand & Body Sanitizer, Whole Body Deo, and Fragrance Gel)
4. Snoe Body Ritual Recipes Sweet Hair and Body Glaze with Acai Berry and Argan Oil
5. B…

Good News About My Eye Health

In February, I had a series of eye tests. It all started when I visited an opthalmologist to check if the glasses I've worn since more than a year ago are still good. Yes, they are. However, I frequently feel a foreign body sensation in my eyes so he prescribed an eyedrop solution. He also did a tonometry, using an instrument to measure intraocular pressure. Though still normal, mine was on the high end.

He advised that since two symptoms were present (pressure, "malalim na ugat sa mata"), two procedures could rule out glaucoma, a condition that can lead to blindness.

So I underwent what for me was like a difficult exam: Perimetry. It's for checking peripheral vision (lawak ng paningin), and I was asked to focus on the center light and press the switch whenever a star-like object would appear anywhere on the sides, top and bottom. It was tricky for me because one, it's hard to keep staring at the center and two, sometimes I wondered whether it was a real spark o…

My Best Friend's Beautiful Wedding

My friends' weddings have their own unique beauty, but I must say that Meline and Diwa's is for me, the wedding of the year.

It was a solemn ceremony at Santuario De San Jose Parish East Greenhills and an elegantly simple reception at Oasis Manila - Pavilion. They have good taste with every thing from the hotel to the makeup, wardrobe stylist, red motif for our dresses, souvenir for sponsors, wedding gown (the best I've seen, it doesn't look heavy or stiff!), photography, and what you know I love most: Food.

As one of the secondary sponsors, I felt totally at ease on that day and appreciated everybody's company, even when guests were from Meline's other circle of friends. They are also beautiful and nice! My partner candle sponsor was funny. All of the guy bunch were. It was also a great time for Meline's parents and me to catch up as we locked ourselves in their room. Hihi.

My parents were also there, which was reminiscent of Meline's debut. We were j…

What Matters Most

As we head on to 2019, it's high time to review our priorities and goals. This Christmas morning, I spent moments greeting my favorite people and listening to a previous Lenten message from Fr. Jerry Orbos.

Yes, his Lenten message is timeless and is relevant to the year that has been. Briefly, I'm drawn to the thought of living a blissful life. What matters most is peace with God, with others, and yourself. Fr. Jerry asks, what is the use of more money or more power if there is no peace in your family?

He also reminds us to stop hurting people. To extend kindness to everyone we meet for we won't pass this way again.

And 2018? It taught me to rise above failure, selfishness, and pride. There were days when I seemed driven, and some days when the only thing that kept me going was my faith. There have been battles and miracles, big and small. Humility and honesty were my key takeaways. It also taught me to value my parents and friends more. I'm happy to say that this yea…

Street Food We Tried in Japan

Aside from the meals I've mentioned in my series of posts about our vacation, we also snacked on some grilled and fried treats from food stalls: