Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday: October Edition

01 Was not able to take photos today. But as I began October, I feel thankful that I feel motivated to face this last quarter. The photo above is something I noted to myself a week ago.

02 The joy of window shopping for furnitures , gathering some pegs and imagining my future office..

03 My kind of me-time this Friday night. I have always been thankful for alone times.

04 Being surrounded by fabrics make me feel like I’m in the happiest place on earth. Haha! Thankful that I managed to source all the fabrics I need for the wedding.

05 Super thankful for this day of quality time with my boss amo.

06 And it officially began. A month delay and thought of even pushing it back but the Lord is good! This space would soon be a place of my childhood dreams coming alive. Big dreams, tiny space, tiny steps, big God.

08 Approved designs. Changed shift today hence made room for more time to sideline haha!

09 Finally tried Yushoken ramen house!! Thankful for tonight’s catch up with an officemate. I missed coffee and dinner dates, spontaneous ones.

10 Overtime but was able to make time for some arrangements.

11 Blessed to have attended the annual Saved Festival. Pure joy to praise and worship that Man up there. Suppppeeerrrr blessed!

12 Another catch up night with two of my favorite people.

13 A long Monday but fulfilling one. Today I realized that I may not be very blessed with material wealth but with people.

14 I feel thankful and blessed with the lives of the five people working on this place. I’m sincerely praying for them and I would like to extend any help that I can.

15 Clients.

16 It will take quite some time but I feel excited.

17 I didn’t like how this turned out to be. But I am glad and thankful that finally it’s done!

18 I always feel happy for learning opportunities

19 Been looking for a copy since its release. And thankful for Sketchbook I got one! I just need a creative companion in this form.

20 What reminded me as I started my Monday. Thankful that even in random online arts I am reminded of things that I should do and accomplish.

21 This brand of coffee with the “packaging” and a “sweet” note is something that made my Tuesday. Oh thoughtfulness reaches deep.

22 Pan de sal mornings and bonding. Thankful that gradually or momentarily, it feels good to be at work with mornings shared like this.

23 Dinner with teammate and someone to vent out to.

24 Returning clients and my much needed me-time.

25 Aahh reunited with my high school barkada. So blessed with my set of friends! What a night of fun and laughter!

26 Talks over coffee on books, travel and life and of fulfilled dreams. Was able to watch a movie with the book club too. I love our book club!!

27 Feel-good for today, seeing these CBTL planners!

28 The collection’s coming to life, slowly.

29 Pamper day! Gel-ed fingernails and pedicured too!! Weee! Getting ready for my birth-month!

30 Thankful for budgeted expenses slowly being paid.

31 This photo is captured by a new phone! Yay!! …After more than two years and after seeing my old phone dying on me and timely enough something to use for our trip.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Dates

Hooray that October did not pass by without me having dates other than my sweet and understanding boyfriend. I like eating and trying out restaurants, not necessarily those munchpunch or or zomato or all those food blog worthy food and restaurants. More than the food, and despite my being introvert, I like catching up with people who are likewise willing to spend time with me. So the past month…

October 9

Finally ramen at Yushoken (Molito branch) with Noey!! What a catch-up before she headed to the US that time. Had coffee afterwards as well. Blessed to know and be friends with this pretty lady. Ever since I transferred to Alabang, she’s been one of the people I can be natural with hahaha!

I loooove their ramen!!! But I must confess I would have savoured it more if not because no spoon and fork available! Hahaha!
October 12
Quick catch up -- dinner at Culasa along Bautista and coffee at Starbucks with my two favorite people! I miss RV always!! Anyway, Culasa is such an overrated cafe! Overpriced everything!
Overpriced rice at Php40!!
October 13

I was on leave so it was a day of meeting people. I met a total of six people this day! It was both tiring and fun!
After some client meetings, and I was already at The Fort area, of course it was a much-needed catch-up with my former officemates Edna and Ave! I missed these two sooooo much!!! We tried Stacy’s and it was a charming and quaint place. Hence, the photos below. Loved what we ate, too!
Miss these two!
Missed my partner (in crime) so much!!
I am particular with Carbonara and glad I liked their version :)
On this same date, I had Potato Corner cheese fries and tried Baskin Robbins at Central Square Mall with Micah.
Love Jamoca!
October 23

Dinner with Xizelle at Recovery Food in Molito. It’s always fun talking to her! Also one of the people I can be natural with hahahaha! Aw I miss being teammates with Noey and Xiz!
Didn't like the food that much.
October 25

Birthday dinner celebration of Nik and Nel, our Berks’ October celebrants. It’s been a while since the last time I was with them and I definitely missed their company! We had dinner at Jayjay’s in Aguirre, BF and then headed to Tuballa residence for some booze and “Times are hard” card game! Haha! Babawi ako sa card game na to!
October 26

Gone Girl movie date with the book club! Gone Girl was our book club’s first book we discussed. We enjoyed watching the movie and we liked how it was adapted. We somehow enjoyed the audience’s reaction while watching hahaha! There’s a huge difference watching the movie already knowing what happens in the book. It was joy for us! Hahaha! We also had our coffee and dinner at Toby’s Estate prior watching and we loved the coffee! I love this group of ours – for the love of food, coffee, books and travelling. Also glad to know that one member continue to soar higher and fulfill her dreams!! So happy seeing people achieving what they want!
Flat White
And that’s all for October. Bracing myself for the last two months of 2014. It would be pretty hectic but wishing still that I could squeeze in dates with people who matter.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Comment: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbrath

Title: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
No. of pages:455
Published: 30th April, 2013
Read: October 24, 2014
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. 

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
As I began reading it I already had the idea who the real antagonist is and DISAPPOINTEDLY found out at the end of the book that I WAS RIGHT! It was a good feeling but I was looking for a real twist making me comment that the plot is somehow predictable. It is a book that made me interested on how the author would expound on the plot but it did not really have me hooked. There were parts that were dragging and I feel like there were loopholes. I was hoping for more gravity on the different characters of the book. I was expecting a better ending – one that has more impact. I didn’t even feel the climax of the book but I must say this will again be one of those that would be adapted in movies or TV series.
Bought this upon reading the back of the book review. To be honest, I wasn’t aware that it was J.K Rowling in pseudonym who wrote this. Her writing is still commendable coming from children to young adult genre. This book series, Cormoran Strike, looks promising. BUT Rowling has a really long way to go in this category.
Overall, it was still a good read. It is worth buying because it is still J.K Rowling and who knows when she will also be able to penetrate this genre, with this novel as her starting point.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fashion Friday: The LAST Oscar Dela Renta Spring RTW

Funny how I was thinking of posting my favorites of his latest runway show and then I read the sad news. I like Oscar Dela Renta for his dainty and feminine, polished and youthful designs. It is just saddening that this world lost another creative soul.  
His Spring 2015 RTW collection is to my liking because of the simple silhouettes and yet combined with the right pop of colors and patterns, they were joyous to the eyes. Below are some of the pieces and my favorites.

I'll miss his works definitely. :(

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SAVED Festival 2014

October 11, 2014
Smart Araneta Coliseum

My third time to attend Saved Festival and finally with my churchmates!! :) 

Booked our tix as early as its first day of release! And not to be dismayed it was an awesome worship night!!! It's the only Christian event I've been to that noone screamed "mooore moooore" towards the end, not because people are bored or bitin but because this event gave us a glimpse of how worshipping in heaven would be like - non-stop!! Victory Worship and Esterlyn bands lead the first part of the worship. A short message was delivered by Francis Chan. Finally, Israel Houghton lead the worship for the rest of the night. Waaahhhh gave me the same feeling of hearing them on my player. Such an anointed band! Blessed to have experienced this night.

With this pretty bunch! Wasn't able to see the rest of my churchmates!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With Andrea

Back when we were taking photos of these I was already composing in my mind a journal entry like "who says one can't enjoy summer in the city??" And who am I kidding now it's almost the end of the year but my blogging motto says "Better late than never." Haha!

After our learning experience at the Mind Museum, a hearty lunch at Elias followed through. We indulged ourselves on some Filipino dishes. 

Again, meet Andrea, Luke's pretty niece. It was her first time at BGC and what to do but stroll her around. It was a good thing that High Street had these stuff that made the place feel summery. We ended up abusing them and taking photos. 

We also did a lot of shopping all because of those back-to-school stuff. It was fun and tiring, oh you know how shopping goes. Thanks Boss Amo Luke for our treats!!

Our last stop during that day was in Cafe Pascucci. It's becoming a favorite coffee place for Luke and I. My favorite is their cream cheese pan de sal and I still ca't decide on what my favorite drink of theirs would be. Haha! We just had this time to relax ourselves from all those standing and strolling and walking yada yada yada...

It was a fun experience spending the day with Luke and Andrea. Looking forward to our next. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

September Lunch and Coffee Dates

Okay so I ran out of excuses for all the backlogs in my blog hahaha! Sometimes I still wish I could have the luxury of time I used to have on those active blogging days. Oh those were the days indeed. Moving on to what this post is about...

A compilation of my eat-out's with the people that matter last September! Ever since I started working in Alabang, spontaneous coffee and lunch dates declined significantly and so each time I had the chance to meet and eat with people I feel giddied. Haha!

September 20 - Cafe Adriatico and CBTL date after Manila Book Fair slash client meet-up with Arianne and Sy (who is not in the picture). It's an in-between book club session! We had fun (of course) at the MIBF2014 and the catching up too! 

September 26 - Yabu with the parents, my Fridates that night. It was their first time and they enjoyed it!! I like it when they enjoy restaurants other than those that offer Filipino dishes. My parents are typical. They especially enjoyed the unli cabbage and fruits hahaha! That night I felt like an only child! Hihihi. 

September 28 - The night prior to this, I already had steak but still craved for something meaty and so ta-daaaa! Racks!!! Happy tummy!! And the Coldstone dessert right after. Made sweeter having it with boss amo Luke. :)

September 30 - What a way to end September --  with my lovelies. A night of catching up as it's been a while. Hmmmm we should plan our next travel already. We tried Teddy's Bigger Burgers at Greenbelt, and we all got disappointed. Too pricey for a burger that was not really that big, too salty patty and dry buns. To compensate our dismayed taste buds, we had Gelatissimo gelato!  So blessed with this bunch of ladies. I will forever be grateful for having them.

And there goes some eat-outs, as I may have missed some eat-out, for September.