Short Detour to Memory Lane: Best of 2012

In just few hours, it's time to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013! So before we formally welcome a brand new year, I'd like to take a short detour to memory lane and reminisce some highlights of my 2012.

1. College Graduation - one of the things that I am so grateful for. I graduated on time and with flying colors.

2. Seeing some of my favorite international celebrities IN PERSON like Lucy Hale, Mario Maurer, Leighton Meester and of course Ian Somerhalder my love!!!!! :))) I was just watching them in the television before. I never thought I'd see them in person. WOOOOWWWWWW!!!

At the Philippine Fashion Week
3. Travel and adventures - my year won't be complete without travelling (I can't take it if I won't be able to travel. I'LL DIE. hahahaha)

Besides these highlights, of course I am very grateful on how my 2012 generally turned out to be so good. I have loving and supportive family and friends. I am surrounded with awesome and beautiful people. In short, I was so blessed. To those who were part of my life in 2012, THANK YOU! Let's all embrace 2013 with happy and positive thoughts!!! :)))


Blogger's Diary 12.28.12

Dear blog,

I thought loving and giving too much is only applicable in a romantic relationship, not to mention its adverse effects. Even in friendship, it is a bad idea to love too much. This may sound vey cliché but I guess some people are right when they say "Do not give your 100%. You need to save some for yourself."

On that note, one of my New Year's Resolution is to love and allocate more time for myself. I also need to eradicate my attitude of getting too attached to someone. Sometimes there's a tendency that I compare the things that I am doing for other people and vice versa. I can't help but ask sometimes why other people cannot return the same amount of love or whatsoever. I know it shouldn't be that way but.. I just think too much.


Christmas via Skype

CHRISTMAS - it's the time of the year when I used to be giddy in opening Christmas gifts and receiving "aguinaldo" from family, relatives and friends. Now, Christmas is the time of the year when I am missing a lot of people, especially loved ones in abroad. BUT..thankfully there is SKYPE! We were so far yet so near.

With just few steps, we were able to celebrate Christmas the "Skype way".

1. Skype with Tito Hilbert, my bibo and pretty cousin Julia who are living in South Carolina

Julia showing her Gangnam dance moves
2. Skype with tita Rowen and cutiieeee Carmel who are in Chicago, Illinois

3. Skype with Tita Helen and my twin cousins Andre and Andrew who are in San Francisco California.

To those who celebrated Christmas away from their loved ones, I hope you still had a wonderful Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS! :))))


Happy Birthday Kuya Nix!

To one of my favorite/best orgmates ever, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Kuya Nix!! You're getting older naaaaaa. Before anything else, lolokohin muna kita..and... taaaadaaaaaaahhhhhhhh hohohohoho!!!

"I'm so awesome!"

Soooo gwapo and payat ka pa diyan! Anong year ba yan? 19 kopong-kopong (tama ba spelling?) hahahaha. :))) Joke kuya!

Kidding aside, thank you soooooo much kuya nixon for always being there for me - a friend, an adviser, and most specially a big brother. You know how much I love you and kuya ico as my big bros. Just a text/tweet away, I'll be there. :) I really love spending time with you especially during our random movie days, pig out dinners and our never-ending okrayan and "intellectual" discussions (naksssss!)


Thank you for the years we spent as orgmates in UP! :) When I first saw you and I was still an applicant, I was intimidated and afraid of you. When I became an official Sandiwan, I'm glad na kinapalan ko ang mukha kong makipag-close sayo. Kung pinairal ko pagiging mahiyain, baka hindi tayo ganito ka-close at hindi kita naloloko o nabibiro ng ganito ngayon.

You always remind me as one of the "camwhores" in the org. Whenever we have org events, you are one of those who want to have many solo shots (photo shoot mo eh hahaha).

see??? :p  *I hope this .gif file is working properly*

Also, you are the living proof of "I will graduate on time no matter how long it takes" (yey ilang months nalang, masusuot mo na ang sablay mo). You are also one of those who are very confident to claim na "matalino ako eh" and "ang galing galing ko talaga". In a weird way, you don't sound annoying to me. You make me LOL everytime you utter those words. LOL again.

"ang galing galing ko talaga!"

Okay last na to. I wish you nothing but GENUINE HAPPINESS!!! Looking forward to spend more years with you kuya! :) I hope you'll be this (photo below) happy always. HAPPY BEERDAY BIRTHDAY! :) Labyuuuuuuuuuuu!!

P.S. Since it's your birthday, pagbibigyan na kita. Sige na kamukha mo na si Mario Lopez. YUN OHHHH!

Happy Birthday Bianca!

Happy happy birthday Bianca!!! May the remaining days of 2012 and the coming 2013 be more amazing for you! :)))

Now that you're in college, I hope that you know how to discern which is right and wrong and most importantly know your priorities. It's okay to party, to drink or try and explore new things. Been there, done that. I know how it is to be a college student. Just know your limitations. I trust you enough that you'll deal with it properly. :)

One more thing, it's okay to have a boyfriend. *wink* HAHAHA. As long as.. (read again what I said above). Anyway, happy happy birthday again dear cousin! May all your wishes come true! I hope that whatever you lost or missed the past years, may they be filled with love, happiness and contentment in the years to come.


TALES OF A FOODIE: Say cheesecake!

Today was supposed to be the "end of the world" according to the Mayans. But hey! I'M STILL ALIVE and KICKING here! :)))) I'm just so happy that nothing bad happened to me and my loved ones. :)

Okay moving on from that "end of the world" thingy, I had a random movie day with one of my best friends Bahm. We watched Upside Down starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst. Besides from my favorite part of watching Jim Sturgess (my babyyyyyyy), one of the best parts while watching the movie was eating this ohhhh sooooo yummmeeehhhhhh raspberry cheesecake!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH I LOVE any food with cheese. I'm guessing I was a mouse if ever I had a previous life. hahahaha.

I have no idea where this ohhhh sooooo yummmeeehhhhhh raspberry cheesecake was bought. All I know is it was a gift for Bahm's mom. AND WE ATE IT. Oooooppppppssssss. ;))))


A Birthday Like No Other

Whew! Another year has passed! I can't imagine I'm alreadyyyyy twenTEEN-one years old. Can you believe it? I'm still a teen. Woot woot!! (insert confetti, balloons and fireworks here) hahaha. Kidding aside, I thought this day would end just like any ordinary day again. BUT, THANKS TO MY FAMILY and FRIENDS for making a way to make me happy and feel special! Special mention to Bahm and Tabs for their sweet surprises. :)))

Thank youuuuuu sooooo much friend (Bahm) for this very cute cake!!!

Ever since I watched the movie Tangled, I always wanted to fly some sky lanterns. Thank you Tabs for making one of my wishes come true!!! Nag-effort ka talagang panghanap ako ng sky lanterns! :* (Plus, thank you for the other surprise. hihi. Kilig much!)

I love my expression here! Super happy! I hope I can be this happy everyday! :)))
Ayan ha, nag-blow na ako ng candle at nagpalipad pa ako ng sky lantern, ewan ko nalang kung di pa matupad yung wish ko. Lord, please please please grant my wish! :)))) hihihihi.

To those who remembered my birthday and greeted me - may it be on facebook, twitter, instagram, text message, phone call, etc., THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Every birthday greeting made me feel so loved and blessed. :)


Blogger's Diary 12.18.12

Dear blog,

It doesn't feel like it's my birthday tomorrow. I don't feel any excitement. Is this a sign of getting older? Or am I just feeling what has been missing in my life? As much as I want to live by this quote from One Tree Hill "Instead of focusing on what we don't have, why don't we focus on what we do have?", it is very hard to divert what I am feeling now.

I hope something good will happen tomorrow. A sweet surprise? A wish come true maybe? Haaay I really don't know. I should have planned a solo out of town trip for my birthday before so I could contemplate and clear the things that cloud my mind.

TALES OF A FOODIE: Of sweets, Asian and Italian delight

One of the things that put me at my happiest is food. I keep on saying in my blog how I love to eat and discover different food establishments around the metro. And I think, this is also one of the reasons why I am Winnie the Poor and why I am broke in my allowance sometimes. huhuhuhu. But as a defense mechanism, I spend money on food which I think is not a waste of money. At least hindi ko ginugutom sarili ko diba?

Just like what I said in my previous posts, Katipunan is one of my favorite hangout food spots.

Location: 318 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

I already ate several times at Flaming Wings and but the main reason why I keep coming back is because of its dessert - WICKED OREOS!!!!. It's weird that I just blogged about it now. hahaha

Location: 5/F Oracle Building Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

It was my first time to try this Japanes resto in Katip with my classmates/friends to celebrate the last day (December 12) of class in ED253 for 2012.

We ordered:
Pork Gyoza, Roku Ramen, California Maki and Tempura

Personally, I liked the food (but I'll give minus points to the ramen because it was too salty for my taste). Also, food is good for sharing. Anyway, basta food ang usapan magkakasundo tayo. :)

Location: 2/F Regis Center 327 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Food is always my first resort after a stressful day. So after my presentation in ED203 last night, I thought of eating right away the moment we were dismissed in class. The result? A well-deserved dinner for doing a good job and being commended by my professor in my report.

PeanutButterCompany offers various food from sandwiches to pastas. Just what its name says, it is famous for its peanut butter as a main ingredient in its dishes. To know more about Pb Co., just hit the blue link above. :)

Pb Co. Combo: Classic Pasta with Pb Sandwich and drinks (125) 

December, oh how I love thee!

Every December, the UP community cannot help but feel excited because a lot of events in the university are being held such as the Pag-iilaw, the Oblation Run and the Lantern Parade.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend this year's Pag-iilaw due to conflict in schedule (wow busy? artista? hahaha)

"The Oblation Plaze is decked in lanterns and lights at the Pag-iilaw 2012, held last December 5. The Pag-iilaw is a UP tradition which marks the start of the Christmas season in the university. Photo taken by Jun Madrid (UPSIO) at the UP Diliman Oblation Plaza, Quezon City." Source: University of the Philippines' facebook page

Di man ako nakapunta sa Pag-iilaw, bumawi naman ako sa Oblation Run and Lantern Parade!!! HAHAHA. It was my first time to attend as an alumna of UP. Alumna talaga ha? Pero feeling student pa rin ako (This is one of my mantras - you have to feel young so you'll look young. Nakksssss naman!) :)))

Below are some photos of the Oblation Run and Lantern Parade. I was with my orgmates. Both events were held last December 14 at UP Diliman. 


Happy Birthday Mommy!

Happy birthday to my grandma who doesn't look like her age and her beauty radiates from within - the reason why we call her Mommy Lily instead of "Lola". :)

Pardon my puffed eyes, I cried before that shot was taken. LOL :))))

CLUE: If you are curious about her age, here is the equation: (Multiply my age to 20 then get its square root) + (my fave number multiplied by the number after it) = ???? -- GO FIGURE!!!! HAHAHAHA :))))

Again, happy happy birthday Mommy! Love you!


Happy Birthday Deng!

To one of the most loyal and supportive friends in this world, my best friend since grade school and the most protective friend ever, wishing you a happy happy birthday!!!!! :))) I know you are enjoying your Kuala Lumpur vacation while I am writing this post. You deserve it. You really deserve to be happy. :)

Even though we rarely see each other, we both know that nothing has changed in our friendship. We've been through a lot and I can't get any prouder of our friendship. Nothing or no one tore us apart. And nothing or no one can ever do such.

Happy happy birthday Deng! Thank you for being one of the most amazing friends ever!!!! Love you sooooo!!!


TALES OF A FOODIE: Oinkyyyyy Days

Dinner with my orgmates at Don-Day Korean Restaurant, Malingap St. UP Village. Photo via instagram and instacollage

Anton's late birthday treat at YakiMix, The Podium

 Photo via instagram and instacollage
Eat all you can/buffet dinner = PIG OUT DAYS!!! Aaaaaaahhh I love love love eating! What happened to my plan of taking the road to fitness or road to gaining back my 2009 body??? Hello fatness na ba?? Waaaahhh I need to exercise and add more laps in jogging!!!


Happy Birthday Friend!

Happy happy birthday to one of the best-est friends ever - Bahm.

Friend!!! I can't believe another year has passed and we're still "hopia" level (you know what I mean). haha. I know it sucks but remember our mantra? "It will come. SOON." :))) Happiness is on its way. :))) For the meantime, just enjoy whatever you have today. You are blessed with so many good things and loving people including your family and friends (ehemmm).

Two years ago, we were this..

..we were college students aiming to graduate at one of our country's prestigious universities. Now, we made it (nauna lang ako ng isang sem sayo). I'm so happy you'll finally get to wear your sablay come graduation rites. I know what you've gone through in college yet you never gave up. I admire you for that. You can finally bid your goodbyes to Physics and Math! :))))) yahoooooo!!!!! Really friend, I'm so happy for you and of course, I'm proud of you :) *insert please pursue your med dream comment here*

Moving on, I tried not to make this post a cheesy one but sorry friend, you know me well. But no matter who I am, you accepted my flaws and shortcomings. You never judged me. Instead, you get along and tolerated my cheesy, jologs side (as much as I tolerated your creative photo shoots).  hahaha now we're even. :p

But seriously, thank you so much for the long years of genuine friendship!
No matter how crazy this world gets, no matter how ugly or candid our faces can be..

..no matter how "sabog" or wasted our faces are..

..you always got my back, my side, et al. Happy birthday! Cheers to more years of friendship, crazy nights, random trips and spontaneous adventures :) I love you friend!


Happy Birthday Tito Hilbert!

To my techie and one of the most amazing titos in the whole world, wishing you a happy and awesome birthday!!!!

I admire him so much especially on how he (of course, together with tita Pam) raised his two lovely children -Julia and Mikkel. Also, he is one of the most patient persons I know (our Skype conversations can attest to that) - when Julia is acting up as a super "makulit" and "pasaway" child. hahahaha.

Moreover, thank you tito for keeping your promises. When you asked me what "pasalubong" I want when you came home in the Philippines, you really made the effort to buy them even though they are a bit hard to find. hehe. When we went to Ilocos, you promised that we will visit Vigan and some beaches. Just when I thought we wouldn't be able to see these places due to a short time, you still found the time to bring me there. Lastly, we had a deal that if I graduated in college with honors, you will pay my Palawan trip and you sure did. These are just some of the things that made me appreciate you more and feel how lucky I am to have a tito like you. How cheesy can this blog post get? hahaha must stop now.

Again, happy happy birthday tito! I hope to see you again soon.


Happy Birthday Tita Mhu!

To the funniest and craziest tita in this side of the universe, happy happy birthday!

Thank you Tita Mhu for adding spice and fun in every single conversation we have. You never run out of stories especially during our "chika" moments. hahaha! That's why.. never a silent moment whenever we're together. :))) More so, your loud personality echoes how kind your heart is. Love you Tita Mhu!!! :**


TALES OF A FOODIE: Belgian Chocolate Feast

If there's one thing that could narrate my day today, my sweet tooth can do the talking. Aaaaahhhh I love chocolates! My cousin and I went all the way to Makati just to visit and try Chocolate Fire.

We ordered:
-Solid Love Heart (25 pesos each)
-Lemon Lime Summer Leaves (40 pesos each)
-Dipped Pringles in Plain, Cheese or Sour Cream Flavor (15 pesos each)
-Strawberry Strawberries (20 pesos each)
-Almond and Dried Apple in White Chocolate (180 pesos each)
-Dipped Fresh Strawberry (95 pesos each)

Yeahhh. I know the price is not budget-friendly. :( BUT for the sake of  a "chocolate experience", we tried it and thankfully, the chocolates were worth-tasting. The chocolate used was not an ordinary one. They used Belgian chocolate. According to BelgiumChocolate, "For over a hundred years, the Belgian chocolate making tradition has become the world standard for luxurious desserts. Each year, the country exports over 100,000 tons of chocolate from its over 2,500 chocolate makers - carrying on a tradition of hand-made recipes, Belgian chocolate combines high quality cocoa with hand-made recipes to produce a unique flavor."

Chocolate Fire is located along the busy street of Makati. For more details, you may visit Chocolate Fire's facebook page or their website: Chocolate Fire.


One Blissful Night

Better late than never. Belated Happy Halloween!!!! 

Never a boring or dull moment with these people: my family plus our "adopted family members" (the beks- Tabs, Thon and Bahm)

Attendance Shots!

Group Pic No. 1

Group Pic No. 2

Group Pic No. 3

AND FINALLY.. featuring the cast of Becky Nights: Buern Rodriguez, Divine Lee, Matt Gozun and Jake Galvez!!! :))))

Yehesssssss!!! Level-up na naman ang blog ko! hahaha. This is my first ever blog post containing a .gif file. Bravaaaaaa to me! hohohoho :)))))