Summer Knitting

Yesterday, I knitted while having lunch and coffee at Summer Cafe in Coron. It was a ray of sunshine amidst the gloomy day.  

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I ordered the cheesy omelette and americano. It was a delicious combination!

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For dessert, I headed to Pedro’s Gelato, a local ice cream joint in Coron. 

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I had the ube langka and mango sorbet. It was so good!

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Then, I visited the mangrove forest near the Maquinit Hot Springs. 

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It was fun to knit, be my foodie self, and explore nature all one day. Hope to have more memories with the things that make me happy.  

NAIA Work Day 3

Yesterday was day three of my four-day stint as a NAIA Buyer Services Representative. 

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I started my day with brekkie.  

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Then, I worked the empty halls of the airport. 

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I crocheted while waiting for VIP passengers.  

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I also hung out with airport colleague Jang. 

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Then, I transferred to terminal three for lunch and coffee. I had 1st Colonial sili ice cream for dessert and it was delicious! 

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I also served as lector during the noontime mass at the airport chapel.  

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After work, I offered eggs at St. Clare Monastery.  

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I also bonded with the dogs of Barkin’ Blends’ East branch.  

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I got a blind massage to cap off my day.  

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Here’s to more opportunities to balance work and life with faith, furry friends, and food! 

Going Up

Yesterday, I found this staircase at the hospital with natural light. I couldn’t resist taking a selfie in the sunny stairwell. 

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I knitted as I cared for my terminally-ill father. 

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Then, I joined my US and Canada-based relatives as they toured the village where we all grew up. I stayed here until I was twelve years old. 

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We ended the day with dinner with Tarlac-based relatives and more Filipino food! 

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I drove them in the rain, and I’m happy that we reached their hotel safely. 

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I enjoyed my relatives’ company, and their visit reminded me that there’s nowhere to go but up. In tough times, there’s family I can count on, and faith to strengthen me.  

NAIA Work Day 3

Yesterday was the final one of my three-day stint as a NAIA Buyer Services Representative. I watched the sunrise at the airport while knitting. 

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Then, I manned our booth and welcomed arrivals with a smile.  

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I had Jollibee’s halo-halo sundae and brewed coffee for dessert during lunch.  

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I attended mass during my break at the airport chapel.  

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Then, I got to finish crocheting this scarf during my shift. 

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I had maruya (fried sweet bananas) and brewed coffee at the cafeteria before close of business. 

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Then, I rode the bus to World Trade Center. 

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We had our debriefing at the venue itself. I was giddy to be back at Manila FAME. 

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After our meeting, we got to explore the fair.  

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All our hard work for the past three days was worth it once I saw the fair. I was blown away by the astounding exhibitors and the artistry of the Philippines.  

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I am proud to be part of this event, and I have a renewed love for country after this.  

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For dinner, I grabbed a beef bowl at Yoshinoya before calling it a day. 

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It was an honor to serve our country and witness the capability of our artists. I am proud to be Filipino!  

NAIA Work Day 2

Yesterday was my second one as a NAIA Buyer Services Representative in behalf of CITEM. I got to spend time again at the airport while observing passengers as they go about their day.  

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I got to crochet to entertain myself between guests, and during my breaks. 

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I also got to have halo halo sundae and coffee for dessert at Jollibee NAIA.  

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It was tiring, but fulfilling to finish my second day at work.  

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I am enjoying work so far, as I am already adjusting to the daily grind. This will be helpful when I start my day job soon at a company near home. 

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I can’t wait to start working soon, and this is the best way to learn how to get along with colleagues and stakeholders. Mabuhay! 

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Ella and Vivaldi

Yesterday, I spent time with my beloved doggo buddies at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe.  

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I was feeling cuddly with my favorite dog Ella.  

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I received kisses from Stitch the Frenchie.  

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For snack, I had the Chocnut Dinosaur froyo from Elait. This is my new favorite from this celebrated ice cream stand! It is delicious.  

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Then, I commuted to the Ayala Museum for a night with the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra.  

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I had coffee and knitted while listening to them play my all-time favorite classical piece: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  

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To combat stress and fatigue, I find ways to keep myself happy. Dogs, ice cream, and classical music are just some of my preferred pastimes. Surely, I’ll find another concert to enjoy, and another afternoon with puppies. 

Farm Saturday

Yesterday, I visited the GK Enchanted Farm with fellow Human Nature Core Advocates for a tour and immersion. This was my sixth visit to the farm. My previous tours were as a social business camper and with friends. Now, I am back as a core advocate with my own Human Nature Online Shop.  

But first I needed to fuel up at McDonald’s.  

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We met up at the Human Nature Flagship Store.  

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We were also given some nibbles by a fellow core advocate.  

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Then, it was time for our journey!

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We reached the farm at around 9:30am, and we started the tour.  

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Our bubbly tour guide, Gelai, is a graduate of the SEED School. She speaks French, English, and Filipino!

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I had a wonderful day of touring the farm, it’s various social enterprises, and of course, enjoying the delicious bounty of the earth!  

It was time for our ride back to the city.  

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And before going home, I enjoyed an early dinner of toasted naked longganisa at Breakfast Bin. 

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I needed the farm tour to realign myself with my values and to appreciate life more. I am proud to see the farm grow, and to be in the company of kindhearted friends.

Here’s to more goodness and opportunities!

1995

Yesterday, I went to UP Cine Adarna to go back to 1995. I was nine years old during that time, so I indulged on a childhood treat: bicho-bicho right outside the film center.  

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Then, I watched Sana Maulit Muli starring Lea Salonga and Aga Mulach. 

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It was released in 1995. It was a nostalgic trip back to the 90’s. Plus, it was a treat to watch a young Lea Salonga onscreen. 

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I had a lovely time, and I proceeded to some self-care at a spa. 

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I had early dinner at Breakfast Bin, where I had the delicious veggie skillet. 

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For dessert, I had matcha and banana ice cream scoops from Papa Diddi’s. 

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By the time I got home, I was inspired to finish knitting this cowl using yarn I bought from Rosario, Pasig

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It was time to continue knitting, so I chose a ball of Mandala Yarn from The Attic Yarn and Craftery. I carried on from there. 

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Sometimes, we need a trip back in time to appreciate the present more. I look forward to enjoying more vintage films in the future to inspire me to cherish my time.  

Brunch Bin

Yesterday, I had the toasted naked longganisa with brown talangka rice for brunch. 

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I missed my Maginhawa favorite, and it’s still delicious!

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For dessert, I had two scoops of Papa Diddi’s ice cream. I had cheese closed and barako- both flavors complemented each other perfectly. 

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I have my usual foodie finds, and I can’t go wrong with them. If you find yourself craving for a hearty breakfast and yummy ice cream in local flavors at Maginhawa, look for the brands above! You won’t be disappointed. 

Exploring Growth

Yesterday, I started my day with a pasta salad from Juju Eats. I had the Sicilian salad with pesto dressing. 

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Then, I went to Vista Mall Taguig for a meeting. But first, I explored this mall as it was my first time there. 

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I had a glazed donut at Bake My Day. 

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It was delicious!

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Then, it was time for my meeting at Coffee Project. 

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I loved the floral details in their interiors. 

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I had an oatmeal cookie and a tall brewed coffee (not pictured). Both were yummy and awakening! I will definitely be back at one of their branches. 

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I was feeling positive on the way back to Makati. 

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I stopped by Glorietta to check-out Lazy Fare, a local boutique that has been making waves on social media for their eco-friendly stance of manufacturing clothes using reclaimed fabric. 

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These reclaimed fabrics were rescued from landfills and turned into everyday basics for women. 

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I especially appreciate their inclusive designs which cater to different tastes and body types. 

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I bought a plain gray t-shirt and pink kimono. I only paid Php200 for both!

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I am currently exploring opportunities for myself this year, and beyond. I am also trying out new cafes, clothes, and places. I hope that there will be more possibilities for me this 2019! 

Working It

Yesterday, I had an early start as I had a meeting to attend. I had a fast food breakfast and some coffee to-go. 

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I realized that I was at the namesake building of my venue a few minutes before my appointment. Good thing I walk fast.  

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I was able to make it at a reasonable time. My meeting was a success! 

I thanked God by visiting Padre Pio at St. Francis Church.  

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Later during the day, I got to walk at UP... 

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...and indulge in some dirty ice cream! 

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I also bought a bamboo toothbrush from Rags to Riches. 

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Finally, it was time for late lunch with my best friend Luti.  

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I used my gift certificate from Sunnies Santa . I won a pair of Sunnies Specs from them last Christmas. It was certainly the highlight of my holidays! As a bonus, my gift bag also included a gift certificate at my favorite restaurant. 

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I got to knit while waiting for my friend. 

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I also had a flat white to perk myself up. 

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And I ordered a guacamole and salmon dip with taro chips to start. 

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Luti and I had rice bowls for our mains. We had a fabulous meal! Thank you Sunnies Cafe! 

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I am working on improving myself and celebrating small wins to motivate myself to keep going! Here’s to a productive year ahead. 

Christmas Treat

I treated our helper to some fried chicken and ice cream the other night. It was our Christmas celebration, and my simple “thank you” for all her years of service to me and my family.  

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I also brought her to Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe to meet my furry friends. 

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Helpers are indeed part of the family, and we should all take time to show them how we appreciate them. Don’t forget to thank them and get to know them better! They’re an invaluable part of our lives. 

Barkin Blends at SM North

Yesterday, I attended the grand opening of Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe’s second branch at SM North Towers. I had so much fun!

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I was greeted by Finn the golden retriever. 

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And I was drawn by their display of food for dogs! 

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Yes, dogs! You can date your dog here!

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Since it was their opening, I was treated to salted egg chicken wings and carbonara which are only available from their Sta. Lucia branch. 

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I totally dig their inclusive restroom. 

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Here I am with the owners, Ajie and Ate Tina, who have already become my close friends. 

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Their doggo treats are reasonably priced. 

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They also offer made-to-order doggo cakes!

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Finally, here are a couple of pictures with Bern, the main girlboss begins Barkin’ Blends. She’s wearing my Christmas present, a cowl which I have knitted for her. 

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I also got to cuddle their resident doggos, like my favorite Ella. 

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Here I am with Stark the pomsky...

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 ...Booster the Lhasa apso...

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 ...and Stitch the Frenchie!

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Here’s a sample of their doggo meal, the arroz  dogubana. 

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Buchie seems to like it!

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For dessert, I dropped by their neighbor, Elait. 

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They are known for their deaf crew and frozen yogurt and custard. 

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I ordered the strawberry mango cheesecake frozen yogurt and it was delicious!

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Props for using local dairy, Elait!

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I started knitting a new cowl while having coffee. 

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Later that night, I had soup and fishcake from Korean joint Samjin Amook. 

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I also had shawarma bratwurst and rice near SM Hypermarket. 

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I capped off my day with Bayani Brew...

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 ...and a 30-minute chair massage. 

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I will definitely go back to all the places I’ve been to yesterday, especially Barkin’ Blends and Elait! See you again soon!

Keeping Afloat

I used to meet my late friend Diane at Starbucks Gateway back in uni. We would meet here as this was halfway between my school, UA&P, and hers, the Ateneo. We used to sit by the window and admire the leather shoes and bags at PabDer. And our conversation flowed as our coffees got colder. We didn’t really mind, as we were there for each other. 

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I miss her still. She passed away in 2008, but I still commemorate her life whenever I can. Yesterday, I knitted at our Starbucks (by the way, happy 21st anniversary, Starbucks Philippines!), while admiring the shoes and bags at PabDer from afar. It’s Christmas, and carols are being played on the speakers. My coffee has gone cold. But the memory of Diane continues to warm my heart. 

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To cheer myself up, I bought a large mango float from popular chain Maxi Mango. It was delicious, as always!

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Then, I lifted up my intentions at St. Clare Monastery. 

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Adulting may be messy and unpredictable, so I keep my constants close because they help me stay afloat. I know that Diane is watching over me and our other friends, and that St. Clare is praying for my intentions.

I believe that good things will come my way very soon!

Staying Crafty

Yesterday, I claimed my blood test results from the hospital. I was surprised with their festive holiday setup, which added cheer to my day. 

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Thankfully, my thyroid test results were good!

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I celebrated with a stuffed crinkle from The Craft Central Cafe.  

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It was the best crinkle I’ve ever had outside of ADB!

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Then, it was time for me to buy Christmas presents at Human Nature. I also got a bag of garlic banana chips, which is a guiltless snack of mine!

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After paying for my gifts, I sipped some coffee while listening to Christmas songs in-store. 

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Human Nature still accepts usable toys to be donated to GK kids! Please donate your old toys at any Human Nature store. 

You may also support me and my family by making a purchase from my Human Nature online store. Thank you and God bless you! 

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I went to Papemelroti to check-out their new stationery. 

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I ended up buying this pocket calendar, which I need to plan my events and obligations on the go. 

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It is perfect with my analog planning style. 

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I took a Grab ride and knitted to my destination. 

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Finally, it was time for dinner at Bonchon. 

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And I was able to squeeze in some shopping at Daiso before calling it a day. 

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I am managing my tasks one day at a time. I use tools like my handy analog planner, rewards like stuffed crinkles, and to keep myself afloat, I spend my earnings from my Human Nature online store. Please continue to support my business, so that I can carry on with life knowing that I am also helping GK communities with every product sold. 

Steak Dinner with my BFF

I had a lovely steak dinner with my high school BFF Luti last night. We chose Steak to One because we also wanted to check out the weekend bazaar after our meal. 

We chose well! Our porterhouse steaks were delicious and even the iced tea was refreshingly good.  

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For dessert, I had Malagos chocolate ice cream from Papa Diddi’s. 

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Sometimes, we just need one friend who believes in us, and yummy comfort food to nourish us during tough times. May you also find that friend in your life, and may you continue to seek food that not only makes you full, but happy as well. 

Weekly Hits

There are things that I simply enjoy doing on a weekly basis. For starters, I HAVE to eat Breakfast Bin’s toasted naked longganisa with brown talangka rice every week.  

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I also need some Papa Diddi’s ice cream to make each week more delicious. This cup of joy contains their matcha and barako coffee flavors. 

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A brisk walk around the UP academic oval eases me into my tasks. 

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And a visit to St. Clare Monastery helps me focus on my life in prayer.  

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My life may not be perfect, but my constants keep me grounded on things that matter. What are your weekly constants? I hope that they also give you a sense of purpose each week!

First Day Showing

I watched Exes Baggage starring Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban yesterday. I have been a fan of their love team since I was a teenager, and their reunion movie was just perfect. I laughed, cried, and cheered along with the packed cinema on that beautiful ending. I hope that this won’t be their last movie together because their chemistry onscreen is remarkable. 

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I had this peaches and chocolate ice cream crepe from Crazy Crepes. It is one of my go-to dessert places, and it never disappoints. I savored my chilly lunch while processing the movie I watched all by myself. 

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Then, I finished crocheting this infinity scarf which I made using two shades of millennial pink. 

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Here’s to feeling the burn of the past and celebrating simple joys in the present! I look forward to better beginnings soon. 

Walking Well

Yesterday, I did some brisk walking around UP after lunch.  

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It was a cloudy day, and it was perfect for processing my thoughts as I digested some carbs.  

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After burning calories, I proceeded to UP Town Center. A couple of friends from school sent me this candid photo. I love it because I look self-assured. 

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I was actually on my way to St. Clare to offer eggs and pray for better opportunities.  

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I brightened up my day with a visit to Barkin Blends Dog Cafe for some cuddles with my furry friends.  

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And lastly, I had a candy cane waffle from Waffable. It was a delicious way to end a lovely day. I am optimistic that I will be able to have sunnier days ahead, and brighter breaks in the future. For now, I will enjoy my downtime and remain thankful for everything.  

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Uni Memories

I had a productive first week of work. It was overwhelming, like most adjustment periods. However, I was never short of colleagues to help me. It also helped that our office is still located near my uni, where there is a chapel, convenient food options, and space to process my thoughts during my lunch break.

I have been having Food Channel shawarma rice with cheese for lunch, and it is still delicious! I feel like a student again whenever I savor it.

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I have to visit our office’s new site and project manage its progress. I have to be organized and on top of things!

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Another food from uni which I enjoyed this week was the sticky cinnamon bun. It was comforting after a busy day.

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And I was also fortunate to have my college friend Ceetee with me for coffee that day! She also just recently started at her new office in Ortigas.

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Here’s to more opportunities at work, more happy college memories, friendship moments, and comfort food!