Monday, May 21, 2012

Been thinking about you a lot lately. I don't know why or how it all started. All I know is that you've been constantly in my thoughts and in most of my conversations with one of my closest friends (one of the few whom I told about "us"). I remember the days you fetch me after my class or the nights you drive me home. I remember the kulitan and the de-stressed feeling from random small talks and the surprising wisdom in more serious conversations. I remember you. I remember us. In the gym. In the tambayan. Along the halls of Melchor Hall. Driving through the Araneta traffic. I miss you. I miss us. 

 So tell me please, because I'm dying to know, do I ever cross your mind?

FOOD: Shaker's Chicken and Mojos

My brother got his first salary from his internship today. Yey for him. HAHA. So after celebrating the Holy Eucharist at Midtown, Manila he treated us over at Shakey's for lunch. Yey for us!

I really love Shakey's Chicken and mojos. Sinful but delicious!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Is something I never fully had.

I never fully believed in myself and the things I can do. I think that most people expect too much from me and I always end up disappointing them :/ These people include myself. I am almost always apprehensive of the judgement from the people around me. It scares me too much to focus on simply just doing the things that I love and the things that needed to be done. Sometimes, I feel the strong desire to do good that it overwhelms me so much I end up simply just failing. I wish to face life with confidence.

I wish to go through the days with the courage to do the things the way I want it done without having to worry about what the other people would think of me.

I vow to be feisty, inspiring, exciting and contagious! So help me GOD.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Harry Potter Book Lockets

Two of my friends will be celebrating their birthdays this week and I don't have gifts and outfits for them yet. :((((( Thinking of buying this one for K though. She loves Harry Potter, although I'm not so sure what she feels about funky accessories. I asked J to fish which HP book she liked the most and I'm planning to have it shipped to her house on her actual birthday. :)

The Legend Villas

Every year my uncle gets a free overnight stay with breakfast buffet for two at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong. This year, he gave his privilege to my brother and me as a graduation gift. :) Sweet.

It was not your ordinary hotel. Not the usual ridiculously luxurious vertical high rise hotel. The Legend Villas is as the name implies a spacious compound of luxurious villas in the heart of the metro. As you enter the place, you will be welcomed by the Lola Maria restaurant of the hotel. I'm not a morning person and I don't usually eat much during breakfast that's why I opted to give up the free breakfast buffet to Mama and Daddy so I won't be able to tell if the food was great. I read about it from foodie blogs though and I heard the food and the ambiance were 4 out of 5 stars. But do watch out for an update because I'm really thinking about coming back just to try their lunch buffet. :)

There's free use of the gym, swimming pool and jacuzzi for all the guests. The gym and the pool area are open 24/7 but you have to sign a waiver should you be using them beyond 6PM because there will be no lifeguard by then. The rates are pricey but the place is not as luxurious as its price tag says it should be. The Legend Villas give its guests a homey but stylish ambiance with its Spanish inspired interiors. Simple but complete. Functionality without sacrificing style. 

We got a Premier Villa for ourselves. It's a 2-level fully air-conditioned villa with a spacious bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a mini bar, 2 flat screen televisions, 2 landlines, and a private jacuzzi! Hell yeah (just for the private jacuzzi)! It was nice of the hotel to provide plates, utensils, an electric stove and other kitchenwares for free. Room service is available from 6AM to 10PM. The only downside for me is that there was no cable TV during our overnight stay but the internet connection was ridiculously fast! I was able to download 7 episodes of SUITS in 2 hours! Wild. :))

The best part of the stay for me was having the private jacuzzi all by myself that night. Oh yeah! :) It was my much needed ME time. :)

I enjoyed my stay but I say the accommodations was not worth the price tag. You don't stay in hotels just to have a place to sleep over at, you pay the price for the luxury of the place. I have access to cable TV, unlimited internet connection, more stylish kitchenwares, phone lines, hot and cold water, and AC units at home. I wouldn't pay 7000 pesos/night just for that.There are a number of other hotels that an offer more for the same price.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Of Undying Persistence and Personal Calling

Erap must have really lived to become a public figure.

The news about former president Estrada transferring to Sta. Mesa has reined in the prime time broadcast for days now. The news reports did not hide the fact that this is a political move as the former president is planning to run as Mayor of Manila at the end of Lim's term.

I have to admit, I found it ridiculous how one man, as old as the former president, would still be this persistent to pursue his career in politics. Having been elected and eventually impeached as president of the Philippines, who would've thought that he'd still want to go back to being a part of the local government unit.

Today, he registered as an official voter of the said municipality. He has also allegedly paid his taxes in the LGU. You've got to admit how admirable his persistence is. The local government and being a public figure must have been what he believed is his calling.

As a fresh graduate from the University of the Philippines, I have started my search for my own calling. That profession that will make me want to wake up early in the morning. That profession that I was carefully crafted to be good at. That profession that will bring out the best in me. That profession that will give me direction. That profession that will provide for me and my family.

I am an Industrial Engineer but I never allowed titles and degrees to limit what I can and cannot do. I want to be able to envision BIG DREAMS and transform them to great realities. I want to be able to use the knowledge and the abilities that the Lord has blessed me with to make a difference in other peoples' lives. I want to be able to use these blessings to live a life that could give glory His name.
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