How our garage sale paid for our New Year’s Eve Feast

I don’t know about your family, but in our family, we mark the New Year by cleaning the house like crazy. Since our mother is a hoarding fiend that saves even the tiniest of papers, the house tends to be cluttered by various oddities like barely-used electronics, trinkets, barely-worn clothes that are two sizes too…

Getting a boost from my Inspiration Wall

Sorry for the intermittent posting. Life, as always, has been tough for me this week. Got a massive dressing down from the boss last Friday, ensuring that my weekend has been ruined and ruined in the process. The weird, unreliable weather somehow managed to make bad things go to worse than one would think. While…

A Hot Spring Experience in Laguna

Included in my bucket list is to take a dip in a good, honest-to-goodness onsen. You know, the kind where I will strip naked (considering my fear of getting naked in front of strangers) and letting it all hang loose while soaking my body in a delightfully warm water…my worries and stress all melted away….

Sunday afternoon (Day 36/Project 365)

It’s my mother in law’s birthday today — so the Hubby and I spent the whole afternoon with them in Paranaque. It was very laid-back and relaxed. Spent time talking about music (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young/ Beatles/ Seals and Crofts/ England Dan & John Ford Colley/ Rolling Stones) with my father-in-law who is a…

What I really wanted for Christmas

There’s a lot of things that I hate about Christmas: the traffic, the crowded everywhere, mark-ups on items that used to be cheap and on sale, hyperactive Christmas carols, over-bearing relatives and the need to be nice to everyone just because it’s Christmas. Out of all the things that I find reason to gripe about,…

Manila Ocean Park: A great idea with poor execution

My family and I had great ideas for the past long weekend but my work obligations has made me the great vacation-pooper for the family.I spent pre-dawn Sunday being a first-class work slave, executing ideas for an event that is not my department’s doing. Anyway, to make up for lost family bonding time, we all…

Pleasant discoveries in the City of Pines

I like doing my travel research and what-not over the internet. I pretty much landed great deals and inexpensive surprises by researching on the internet alone. I eschews travel agencies (though I might finally tap one for my dad’s passport) in my belief that running on an agency’s expert hands on a non-complicated trip zaps…

Me and my mood swings

Following the highs of being with friends on Saturday afternoon, I was hit by an inexplicable sadness come evening. I became easily annoyed (much to the stress of the long-suffering better half) and pensive. Lest you diagnose me as crazy, let me assure you that I have long suspected as much… (haha!) Anyway, it might…

I’m MAD about these MEN…

Men, they’re a complicated lot. I think they should come with a user’s manual or an operating system for easy reference and usage. In my life, only three men matters. That would be my dad, The Hubby and my baby brother. And as fate would have it, the men in my life takes the cake…

Familiarity breeds contempt

Lemme tell you about family dynamics when you live in the Philippines. Family dynamics in the Philippines is akin to a curse which leeches itself on an individual for as long as she lives. Here it goes–in the Philippines, children live with their parents even past adulthood, siblings are expected to help each other out…