It has been awhile since the last time I “documented” my bonding sessions with friends, so thank God for my Saturday last April 27 because it was definitely one for the books — or this blog for that matter! Haha!
It all started at lunch time when I attended the graduation party of my high school friend Talitha and her sister Jenina. From being our valedictorian in high school to now graduating from med school, Talitha is someone we’re really proud of!
Of course what made the celebration even more exciting was the attendance of our other high school friends and one of our favorite teachers — all while filling ourselves with sumptuous Chinese food from Hong Kong Chef Restaurant! Yuuum!
After that, Abby, Chona, Dexter, and I had a “spontaneous” trip to The Podium and it was such a milestone for me because…
a) it was my first time to drive along EDSA without any of my sisters! I’ve been driving since 2008, but I’ve always dreaded driving along EDSA. Whenever I had to do so, I made sure that I was always with one of my sisters… kaya big deal talaga ‘to, friends! BIG DEAL talaga, ‘to! But I’m glad that I was able to share it with yoouuu! HA HA HA
b) it was my first time to go to The Podium! Like seriously! I’m NOT an “Ortigas” person, you know?! And since it was my first time, I really didn’t know how to go there… so imaginin niyo nalang ang kaba ko while driving along EDSA! Thank God we arrived there safely! Heehee.
Once there, we also saw our other high school classmates Jez and Reg.
We stayed there for at least four hours — or at least I did because Paul finally arrived and we were off to another place…
…my Idol Tinah‘s new “home!”
Tinah‘s also my high school schoolmate but she’s one batch higher than me. We reconnected a few years ago… which all started because of our “interest” in running. Speaking of which… Although it’s not yet obvious right now, I’m planning to train for a run this coming May — and hopefully get back in shape, too! Wahahahaha!
Seriously though, I’m training for this:
I’m doing this because Malate Catholic Church has always been very dear to me — and not just because Malate Catholic School (or MCS, where I spent my elementary and yes, HIGH SCHOOL days!) is a parochial school of the aforementioned church. I’ve been a MALATEAN all my life in every sense of the word. I studied at MCS, lived and continues to live in Malate, and it’ll always be part of my personal history.
On the other hand, Malate Catholic Church IS part of our history. It was built in the 1500s (during the Spanish period), survived World Wars, but most of all, it was, is, and will always be a place where Catholics can go to and talk to Him.
Anyway, you can see that if there was a “theme” for this day, it’d be HIGH SCHOOL! My entire Saturday was filled with nostalgia, laughter, food, and of course, FRIENDSSS. Eight years may have passed since we all left our beloved Alma Mater and went on to our own separate journeys, but I’m glad that we still get to do this NOW. Wherever life takes us — Pasay, Ortigas, Japan, or Canada (literal pala daw!) — one thing remains: there was, is, and will always be a school by the church of Malate… that in return produced the “Malateans” we are today.
But aside from that, one of the things that made that day blog-worthy was how we all looked like with our blue-and-red ensemble! =))
See? How can you not “document” a day like that? Hahaha!
And oh! If you’re wondering WHERE this took place, it was at Diamond Hotel’s Corniche restaurant:
“…Corniche offers an exceptional breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet spread and an extensive all-day a la carte menu. The buffet selection is composed of Asian, Western, Japanese, salad, and dessert stations, all meticulously prepared by culinary experts. Featuring signature cakes and pastries for dining and take-out orders is a cake shop at the Corniche entrance.”
That’s pretty much it. I just had to make this quick and simple. So again…
Happy Birthday, Carol!
May you enjoy your day (even though I know you have exams in law school!)
We love you.
I love you.
First of all, I’d like to greet the debutante, Rossell, a HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!
Anyway, the last debut I attended was more than three years ago… and that was the debut of Rossell‘s Achie Minnie. In fact, I also blogged about it on CandyMag.com! You can check it out here. Time flies sooo fast that I can’t even fit into the dress I wore for Minnie‘s cotillion! Wahahahaha!
Going back to Rossell‘s debut, it was truly a night to remember! And based on this post’s title, you can already tell what its theme was: TRAVEL! ♥♥♥
Actually, Rossell‘s Achie Minnie was my very first featured traveler when I started my 2012 blog project — click here! So no surprise there at all because their family truly loves traveling.
From the invitation…
down to the cake!
Everything was truly lovelovelove.
Plus, I was able to catch up and DANCE (haha!) with friends I haven’t seen in a looong time! Perfect night, indeed!
Special mention goes to my seatmates during that night: Stephanie, Bianca, and John! Heehee.
And of course, thanks to my friend Carol for my dress that night!!!
And that’s it! Once again, I’d like to greet Rossell a HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Thanks for inviting me! From The Lady to another lady, may all your wishes come true and I wish you all the best in your studies and future career — Doktora Rossell diba? Hehe. Stay gorgeous and sweet. Love you!
Ate Mika xx
*without starring in a musical! =))
Go to Vietnam.
Duh. You really didn’t think that this is about ze musical, did you? Well if you did, sorry to disappoint you! We’re kinda going for the literal meaning of words here… Besides, I don’t think anyone can replace the Lea Salonga! NEVER!!! *fangirl mode insert here*
Anyway, one of the first things you’ll notice when you go to Vietnam is their public transportation — motorbikes/scooters!
Travel with your fellow misses.
Traveling with family is always special. Traveling with friends is another kind of special. But when you travel with both your family and friends… what more could you ask for?
Yep! I traveled with two of my sisters and three of my college friends! In good company, indeed!!!
Be the best tourist that you can be (i.e. tour the place for at least EIGHT HOURS!).
Thank the heavens we went to Ho Chi Minh (formerly called Saigon). Why? Well obviously, if we went to Hanoi (the capital of Vietnam, btw!), I might as well use “Ms. Hanoi” in my title! Haha! Anyway, tama na nga ang pilosopohan. Time for some major sightseeing!!!
We availed of Buffalo Tours‘ Full Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour:
“A holiday in Vietnam is not complete without a tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the city is still frequently referred to, is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast-paced metropolis full of contrasts, with street vendors selling fruit and vegetables next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. Amazingly, the city’s history dates back only 300 years. For quality Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon tours, Buffalo Tours has you covered.”
The Reunification Palace
“This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.”
Binh Tay Market
“The name ‘Cho Lon’ can be roughly translated as ‘Big market.’ Although the whole district lives up to its name, a visit to this market really drives the point home. Selling everything from hats to dried squid, you are sure to enjoy a walk through the maze of stalls in this bustling market.”
In this factory, I finally found the perfect artwork to put in my room! Spell happiness!!!
Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House, and the Peoples’ Committee Building
“Built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, the 800 seat Opera House was used as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used for performances. The structure was restored in 1995. The Opera House is located on the historical Dong Khoi Street which is home to many boutiques and fine restaurants. Just around the corner are the iconic Rex hotel and the beautiful Peoples’ Committee Building.”
The War Remnants Museum
“Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.”
The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office
“Built between 1877 and 1883, this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably, every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. Her two forty metre towers, topped with iron spires, still dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.”
Eat the Vietnamese way.
Va-va-Vietnam! Ang sarap-sarap ng pagkain! Ang mura-mura paaa! I swear, EVERYTHING you eat in Vietnam is guaranteed to make you satisfied! Gastronomic with a capital G! And don’t even get me started with ze famous Vietnamese Coffee!!! @_@
From my hotel breakfast…
our city tour lunch…
PHO! PHO!! PHO!!!
down to their Vietnamese coffee!
ANG SARAAAP TALAGAAA!
Arm yourself with your MATH SKILLS.
Who wants to be a MILLIONAIRE? Well, your wish can be granted in Vietnam! The đồng (or VND) actually has A LOT of denominations… with mind-blowing figures! And since math hates me as much as I hate it, I kind of got dizzy whenever I had to pay for some things that caught my eye! Hahaha!
But don’t get excited too much! According to Wikipedia, “the đồng currently ranks as the second least valuable currency in terms of exchange rate.” When we were in Vietnam, US$100 was around 2,840,000+ đồng. ”Around” being the operative word.
Still, ang astig lang ng usapan minsan ‘pag tinanong ka kung magkano ang nabili mo tapos ang sagot mo, “Mga 1 million LANG!” Kalurkey much!!!
Fall in love with an American soldier.
THIS… I still have YET to try! Now if this really happened, you could finally call me The Lucky One! *cough*Zac Efron*cough* ‘Wag lang sanang blue eyes nga, tapos cross-eyed naman! Wahahahaha! Naging choosy pa eh noh?!
And that’s how you can be MISS SAIGON (The Lady‘s version): Go to Vietnam. Travel with your fellow misses. Be the best tourist that you can be. Eat the Vietnamese way. Arm yourself with your math skills. (See if you can) fall in love with an American soldier.
To my travel mates, did I miss anything?
If so, then sound off in the comments section below! Peace out!
Intrigued by the title? Well, my latest domestic trip pretty much revolved around those Words Of Wisdom…
…but before I tell you all about THAT trip, have you watched the parody movie A Tale of Two Cities and Three Friends? It’s actually a local indie film released early this year, and its synopsis is quite relevant to this post.
So if you still haven’t watched it, the synopsis is about three friends who went to two cities (DUH — what a stupid introductory sentence! Haha!).
Anyway, they arrived at the airport ON TIME, underwent the usual airport protocol, found seats near their boarding gate… sat still there until it was already near their boarding time. When they realized that it was already past their boarding time and they still haven’t heard anything from the airport announcements, they assumed that their flight must’ve been delayed. And so they waited… and waited… until it was too much. It was really odd to have a delayed flight just like that, so one of them decided to finally ask an airport staff. That’s when they found out that their plane had already taken off and they were left behind at the airport! x_x
Of course it was a total bummer, but one missed flight wouldn’t stop them from pushing through with their trip. They immediately went to the ticketing office inside the airport, booked the next flight (even though that meant spending half of their pocket money!), and attempted to get their luggage BUT they were told that those could just be redirected to their next flight. And they believed it.
When they finally boarded the next flight, it turned out to be 2 hours delayed! Yes, TWO FREAKIN’ HOURS! Upon landing on their first destination… surprise, surprise! Their luggage was missing! Turns out that the airline failed to “redirect” their luggage to their destination, and the three friends were forced to spend one whole day without any of their clothes! Of course they decided to buy toiletries at the nearest store, and considered THAT action as their “first lemonade.” But c’mon, mamon! Take a bath, but wear the same clothes for more than 24 hours? Survivor Philippines ba ito?!
Okay, their luggage arrived just before lunch THE NEXT DAY. From then on, they “traveled” happily ever after…
Aaand you caught me! What indie film synopsis was I blabbering about? Indie film?! More like hindi film — dahil hindi talaga yun film! Hahaha! That “synopsis” you just read was exactly what happened during my trip to TWO CITIES in Bohol and Cebu, with my two friends Carol and Maxine.
That’s right. Those things happened to us!!! And when faced with those kinds of scenarios, we turned to “words” for help — our Words Of Wisdom. Having said that, let me enlighten you more with the aforementioned WOW.
Mika: “KEEP CALM…”
Since we were able to score round-trip tickets to Cebu-Manila and vice versa at very reasonable prices, our original travel plan was take a plane to Cebu, ride a ferryboat to Bohol and stay there for 3D/2N, and then go back to Cebu for an overnight stay.
But when we found out that we were left by our plane (1/8 of the blame goes to the airport; the rest is on us! Haha!), there was nothing left to do but to KEEP CALM. And how did we do that? We decided to just buy the next direct flight to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Of course that time, there was no promo. So we had no choice but pay the original price — which kind of defeated the purpose of buying our “promo” fares because when we added the total price of ALL our tickets, it seemed like we paid the original price from the very beginning. Right.
Mika: “…AND CARRY ON!”
When we finally had our NEW boarding passes, we tried to get our luggage but the airport staff reassured us that they could just change the sequence number, blah, blah, blah. Edi syempre we had no choice but leave everything to the travel gods…
And then when we were already on our plane bound for Bohol, our flight was delayed for TWO HOURS! I repeat, TWO HOURS!!! Okay, CARRY ON.
Carol: “WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE!”
Upon arriving at Tagbilaran, my friends and I were even joking that our luggage must’ve went straight to Cebu…
…turns out, hindi pala joke yun! Grrr!
Nasa Cebu nga ang mga luggage namin! This time, hindi na namin aakuin ang pagkakamali! Ibang usapan na ‘pag sinabi sa inyong “ililipat” ang sequence number whatever, tapos hindi naman pala magagawa!
Kumulo talaga ang mga dugo namin! Lalo na siguro ako at nasabi ng mga kaibigan ko na hindi na daw talaga mapinta ang mukha ko! And to make things more lemon-y, our Tagbilaran flight was the last flight for the day! P***** ***** **n! Oops, sorr-eh. PEACE.
So anyway, since our airline doesn’t have Cebu-Tagbilaran flights, our luggage had to go back to Manila, and then from there, fly to Tagbilaran — THE FOLLOWING DAY! Since we were so hopeless, we just decided to buy toiletries at the nearest drugstore AND try to survive for the day…
…tadah! Instant SWEET LEMONADE, made from 100% BITTER AND SOUR LEMONS! Wahahahaha!
Extra squeeze: When traveling, ALWAYS include your first articles of clothing in your carry-on bags! No exception!!! —Credit goes to my friend Carol. Heehee.
We stayed at Bohol Bee Farm in Panglao, Bohol and I must say, I felt like I went to a detox retreat or something because everything was organic! Not that I’m complaining, thank you very much!
Plus, their ice cream was to die for! My favorite flavors are malunggay and tsokolate (made from cocoa tablets!) YUM!!!
Maxine: “HAVE F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Recover)”
Now, we’re on the “tour” proper. When our luggage arrived just before lunch the following day, we were finally able to kick-start our “travel plans” — the PLAN B version!
My friend Maxine was able to find a Van for Hire, with Kuya Rommel as our driver:
Having said that, we went to the following places:
THE BLOOD COMPACT SHRINE
From Bohol, we rode a ferry called SuperCat to get to Cebu. The entire trip took almost 2 hours, but it was smooth sailing so no biggie!
Aside from checking into our hotel, which was Cebu R Hotel, the first thing we did upon arriving in the Queen City of the South was — guess what — go malling at Ayala Center Cebu!!! But can you blame us? We’re all self-proclaimed mall rats anyway! =))
We actually watched the movie Battleship there and then in the evening, we went to Marriott Hotel Cebu to have our buffet dinner! Thanks, Max! SIMPLY DELISH!!!
But wait, there’s mooore! After dinner, we went back to Ayala Center (isang tumbling lang siya from Marriott, btw!) to meet our friend Biboy. We all found it so funny to meet in Cebu after NOT seeing each other for yeeaaars! Talagang sa Cebu pa nagkita-kita eh noh? Iba talaga ang mga college friends ko!!!
The following day — our last day in Cebu — we attended Holy Mass at BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIÑO, visited MAGELLAN’S CROSS, and ate lunch at CASA VERDE (which serves different kinds of steaks at very affordable prices! Awesomesauce.)
And that’s how we FACED EVERYTHING — by simply enjoying our trip! I think even the clouds on our flight back to Manila would agree…
Now the next thing to RECOVER from is figure out a way to be NOT broke! Haha! I swear, my friends and I were so surprised to realize that we spent A LOT on this trip… halos triple nung nagastos ko sa Brunei, which was my latest international trip. Must have something to do with using the same currency and not thinking about conversion, etc? Oh well, perang papel.
And that’s it! Whew, right??? But just think about it… if all those things from the start of our trip hadn’t happened, then this blog entry would’ve been entitled “Bohol and Cebu” or “My Bohol and Cebu Trip.”
Honestly, that would’ve been plain BORING! And who needs boredom when you can have fun, right?
Exactly! MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES it is!!!
Weird title? Heehee. But yeah. Even though this is already considered a “late” post, let me tell you first about my Manila adventure with my two friends Mark and Maica, one fine (spontaneous) day…
Last week, we went to the heart of Manila with the hope of having a one-of-a-kind bookstore experience: the MV Logos Hope. As self-proclaimed bookworms, the three of us traveled all the way from Makati just to have our hands on very rare, but cheap finds! But lo and behold, it seemed that we lacked in the “research” department because when we finally arrived at the gate, we were told that the ship’s closed on Mondays! On MONDAYS!!! And we went there on a Monday. Fuuudge.
Since we didn’t want to “waste” one whole trip (not to mention “excitement”), we decided to go to the Manila Ocean Park instead.
And that’s when ALL THE FUN started!!!
MANILA OCEAN PARK
It was already my second time to go there and honestly, I didn’t even think that I’d be back when I went there the first time! Oh well. I guess this spontaneous “excursion” was another proof that it doesn’t matter WHERE you are… what matters is WHO you’re with! Ahem!
Plus, it was nice to see Maica HAPPY after finally seeing penguins in the flesh! Trust me, you don’t know how much she loves ‘em!!!
As for me, I kind of “penguined” out when it was my turn to feed them… that’s why I could only get as close to a penguin like THIS:
Good thing there was also another attraction to SMILE about inside the Trails to Antarctica part of the Park: SNOW VILLAGE!!!
After that, we decided to try a five-minute 4D movie (thanks to my insistence!) located at the mall outside the Park.
But wait, there’s more…
Once at the lobby, I suddenly saw a familiar “sight” — Mr. Carlos Celdran of Walk This Way fame!
ME: Carlos Celdran!
CARLOS CELDRAN: Hi, how are you?
ME: *smiling like an idiot* =))
I swear, I’ve been planning to go to one of Mr. Celdran‘s Manila tours since time immemorial, that’s why seeing him in person even before availing of his tour spelled only one word: STARSTRUCK! Hahaha!
I plan to FINALLY avail of his tour THIS YEAR and of course by that time, I promise to have my picture taken with him already. Don’t worry… knowing me, you’ll read all about THAT on THIS beloved blog of miiine! *more hahahas*
Lastly (for that Monday), I realized that with happiness comes PANIC MODE! On the way home while on the jeep, I witnessed my very first “snatch” encounter! I don’t want to rehash the details anymore, but I was ThisClose to being the victim! I’m just really relieved that it wasn’t me, but still sad for THAT lady… Overall, it was truly one OMG moment for me!
Nakakalokang OMG MOMENT talaga that it made me avoid public transportation for a week!!! I’m starting to get back to my usual “commuting ways,” but Mayor Lim, do something about THIS for the sake of my fellow Manileños, Taft Avenue, and the City of Manila in general! Please and thank you.
The following day (Tuesday), we finally stepped foot on the MV Logos Hope (we’re so full of HOPE, no?) with our other friends Angela and Jen.
Inside the MV Logos Hope were BOOKS (duh), a cafe, and hundreds of volunteers! Actually, volunteering for the ship is NOW part of my bucket list! So when it gets back to our shores, I’ll definitely apply! Hehehe.
And there you have it! After all that’s been said and done, I realized that no amount of carbon dioxide (sad but true) can stop me from exploring the streets of my beloved Manila!
As posted inside the MV Logos Hope,
My answer? Might as well go somewhere you’ll always keep coming back to (THAT song was right after all)…
…and for me, that’ll always be my hometown: MANILA. ♥
I love malls. However, I only go to those located in Makati (Ayala Malls and Power Plant), Manila (Robinsons Place), and Pasay (MOA). Other than those malls are considered out of my “territory” if I may say. So when Kanebo Philippines invited me again to another event in Megamall, I was so looking forward to a so-called “adventure!” Oo, isang malaking adventure na para sa’kin ang magpunta sa Megamall! Hahaha!
Of course, no adventure’s complete without sharing it with someone! So I asked one of my best girlfriends, Val, to go share this “adventure” with me.
The first stop of the “adventure” was the BEAUTY part = the Kanebo event. Having said that, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks (again) to my friend Noriko Hanajima of Summit Media and Yannie Valencia of Kanebo Philippines.
Anyway, Kanebo Philippines held a mall animation featuring their Kate line — which is already my favorite makeup line! SWEAR!!!
Plus, Val and I were able to get free makeovers courtesy of Kanebo Philippines‘ Suzzanne Tan and more freebies!!!
Aside from the Kate line, one of my favorite Kanebo products is their Freshel White C Mineral BB Cream. I first used it two days ago, and I instantly fell in love with it!
I use the one in Natural Beige (but there’s also the Medium Beige shade) and for those BB cream junkies, this is definitely a MUST-TRY product!!! Today, I’m glad I was finally able to own one whole tube (after receiving a free sample from the previous Kanebo event I attended! Heehee.)
The second part of the “adventure” was the FOOD AND DRINKS part = Bubble Tea and Happy Lemon. Since I don’t get to go to Megamall that often, I wanted to try “something” that can be found there, but not in the malls I frequent.
Okay, there’s a Happy Lemon branch at Power Plant but still, this was just my second time to try it. AND my first try wasn’t even “happy!” For some time, I wasn’t a fan of Happy Lemon because I got disappointed when I first tried their Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese. I thought it was too overrated and tasted just like any ordinary iced chocolate. But today, that changed when I finally tried their Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese!!!
Oh well, to each his own. But yeah, consider me a fan already. HA HA HA
And the third part of our “adventure” was seeing our (former) officemates and lovebirds KC (with her family) and Leo at Megamall! Stay in love, you guyysss. ♥
Looking forward to my next MALL adventure,
No, this post doesn’t have anything to do with The Medical City. But with the milk tea craze we’re having right now wherein almost every word that ends with “ty” is replaced with its homophone “tea,” I say WHY NOT?!
Anyway, this post is pretty much a “personal” one because my only goal’s to document TODAY and make it immortalized in this big, big, WORLD (wide web! Haha!)
Today’s a one-of-a-kind day because it was one of those days wherein I had to go to work, do something in the morning, and once I was done with it, the rest of the day was ALL miiine! I just had to go back to the office in the afternoon to log out, but whatever. This happens once every three months. Believe me. Hahaha!
So today, I pretty much spent A LOT of time with my equally pretty girlfriends Val, Jaquie, and Jian. ♥♥♥
Having said that, lemme give you a rundown of MY day…
First, I ate breakfast at Banapple, Ayala Triangle Gardens with Val.
At around 9am, some people were still just “starting” their days at work, but Val and I were finally done with what we had to do in the office. Hence, the first stop of our FREE day AND the most important meal of the day: BREAKFAST!
Next, time for some girl bonding at Lunula Nail Salon & Day Spa, Paseo Center with Val and Jaquie.
LADIES, if you know California Nails & Day Spa, I suggest you also try Lunula Nail Salon & Day Spa for they actually have the same owner! Aside from that, there’s no doubt that the girls and I truly enjoyed their services! We’ll definitely be back.
Last but not the least, it was time to have some Serenitea with Val and Jaquie (again), and then with Jian afterwards!!!
First thing’s first. YES, there’s finally a Serenitea branch at Greenbelt 3!!! Unfortunately, they don’t serve snacks in this branch, so be prepared to go hungry. (No chicken chops for you and me! Boo!) But still, Serenitea IS Serenitea. So having their newest branch in the heart of the business district means yay for me, and yay for all milk tea addicts in Makati!!! HA HA HA
And of course, JIAN!!! My friend Jian and I haven’t seen each other in like a year and a half that’s why THIS DAY was a VERY SPECIAL one! Of course we bonded over milk tea, chicken pops, onion rings, even chocolate-covered potato chips and all that junk! =)) Anyway, the reason why I don’t get to see Jian that often is because she’s very busy attending to her nursing duties — hence The Medical City. Hehehe. So there, you already know why that’s the title.
Or as Jian put it, The Medical Citea — in honor of one of the best drinks in the world!!!
WHO GOES TO BRUNEI?!
That was the question most people asked me and my two friends Carol and Marta when we suddenly decided to book a trip to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
Brunei is the seventh country I’ve been to and I’m glad I was finally able to cross it off my bucket list! (Click here for a complete list of the countries I want to travel to. Haha!)
Anyway, my trip to my seventh country was also a trip with a lot of “firsts”:
- obviously, it was my first time there (and I think last? Chos!)
- it was my first abroad trip with my friends (I didn’t consider my Hong Kong trip with my other college friends back in 2007 because there was a “school” business involved)
- it was the first ever trip I paid for using my own hard-earned moolah (from airfare, hotel, and even pocket mahneeyyy!) Just like what my friend Dyan said,
“The best things in life are supposedly free but there’s a sense of fulfillment and pride in saving up enough money to treat myself to a well-deserved vacation.”
Yes, ako na ang natututong tumayo sa sarili kong mga paa! But still, I wouldn’t mind having “sponsors,” you know? Hahaha!… what else?
- Oh, it was also my first time to feel tired for NOT doing anything!!! To know why, I’ll prefer it if you just ask me in person! =))
Honestly, I don’t even know how to start this blog entry… Let’s just say that if SERENITY (and I’m sooo NOT talking about the milk tea place!) is what you’re after, then Brunei’s the place for you! But if you’re into “busy” cities (just like most capitals), then Brunei’s a whole different story! Gets?
Okay, good. Having said that, I’ll just let my pictures do all the talking. After all, the following places are pretty much the only tourist-y ones you can go to in Brunei.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Royal Regalia Building
Istana Nurul Iman (Royal Palace)
Jame Asr’ Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Hotel & Country Club
No, I’m not saying that you should pass up the opportunity to go to “The Green Heart of Borneo.” Experience din yun noh! What I’m saying is Brunei isn’t your “usual” bakasyunan. It can be a little boring at times, but c’mon mamon, it’s also dubbed “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures” — in short, ‘wag talaga kayong mag-expect! Wahahahaha!
Kidding aside, enough about ME and BRUNEI for the title of this entry speaks for itself. This trip wasn’t just about Me and Brunei, there were also My Friends! And as cliche as this may sound, it’s true. It doesn’t matter where you are… what matters is the people you’re with! Oha, meganon talaga Carol at Marta!!! Looking forward to our next trip! (At oo, may sequel na agad ang Brunei trip namin — SOON! Hehehe.)
Now, going back to the first question… Who goes to Brunei? Err… I don’t really have a definite answer to that. After all, TO EACH HIS OWN.
But this I can leave you, my dear readers. You’ve heard of the newest tourism campaign of the Philippines, right? Well, THIS is proof of how true that slogan is!
Call me biased or whatnot, I don’t care! But yes! It truly is… no doubt…
MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!
The Lady is now OUT!
In this blog entry, I’d like to take a “short” (and quick!) trip down memory lane.
Destination: just this (past) weekend!
First of all, I’d like to greet my blog a HAPPY SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! I actually started this blog on December 11, 2009 ON IMPULSE that’s why I wasn’t THAT consistent at first (you can check out my blog history on my sidebar if you want proof! Haha!) But anyway, I decided to publicize it THIS YEAR, and I got hooked — line, sinker, and all that jazz! I kind of declare 2011 as my “blogging year.” Having said that, cheers to mooore years of “consistent” blogging! Yay me!
Jingle Bell “ROCK!”
(Hence the title.)
And then there’s our company Christmas party! Last Saturday, my company held our annual Christmas Party at Hard Rock Cafe, Glorietta and my golly! Many “unexpected” things happened…
…starting with the pre-party! Let’s just say that in between getting stuck in traffic for two hours (!) and walking the not-so-short distance from the parking lot to the venue wearing my four-inch heels (!!!), “something happened” at the parking lot. I’m just glad I was with one of my close friends, Val (she’s the “only” witness AND I, thaaank herrr!)
I’m also happy that I was able to park my car PROPERLY! Whew! Whew!! WHEW!!! Hahaha!
Now, let’s go to the actual party!!! Like I said, Val and I were late for two hours (thanks a lot to the Zobel traffic!), but when we arrived, people were eating already. Hahaha, nice timing! Prizes were given. People were nominated. Games were played. Wait, what — people were nominated? NOMINATED FOR WHAT? Well, there were two: “Best Dressed” and “Star of The Night.”
I, for one, got nominated for the former. At isa lang ang masasabi ko: SAAN NANGGALING YUN?!
NakaKALURKEYT MIDDLETON!!! Kasi naman, this is what I call THE “KULTO” LOOK! Black na black — parang pang-Halloween lang! Pero kasi, BLACK AND METALLIC ang theme namin eh! KALURKEY talaga!!! =))
With you Marj by my side, it wasn’t THAT kalurkey anymore! Meganon?! Joke lang. I sound like some freakin’ conyotic-speaking kolehiyala. Define ANNOYING. Hahaha, PEACE!
Overall, it was one heck of a Christmas party! I seriously had fun! Ika nga, it doesn’t really matter “where,” BUT with “who” you’re with! And with my awesome office friends? Oh it’s always gonna be a GREAT TIME with GREAT PEOPLE! Yebah!!!
Introducing, the AWESOME PEOPLE OF CDP:
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Which brings us to…
The last stop:
Nyoy Volante and The Rhythmic Circle
The after-party was all about a violin, singing (President and CEO included! Haha!), a violin, jamming, and did I say A VIOLIN— ist?! HA HA HA
Let’s just say that a few minutes after they started playing (and after our boss started singing!), all eyes were also on the person on Nyoy‘s right — including mine:
Siya naaa! Siya na talaga ang HEARTTHROB! Talented pa!!! ♥♥♥
Lagot-lagot ako nito kay Reed!!! Pa’no ba ‘to, panibagong blog entry na naman ba? Haha!
One word: BUFFET!!! ♥
My friend Maxine invited me and our other friend, Carol, to finally “taste” for ourselves what Marriott Cafe has to offer! Yuuum!
“Bright, bold and upbeat, this modern all-day dining restaurant captivates food lovers with its engaging open-theatre kitchens. Indulge from the vast sumptuous buffet of local and international favorites or order from equally irresistible a la carte menu.”
As you can see, nakaKALURKEYT MIDDLETON! I didn’t even know where to start… and HOW TO END! Wahahahaha! Kalurkey talaga!
And to make it even crazier (in a good way, of course!), we were able to meet the executive chef, Chef Mike Brammer:
But I think the highlight of my night was the PALAWAN HONEY WALNUT ICE CREAM!!! And yes, this is me screaming for THAT ice cream!!! It was TO. DIE. FOR!!! Aaahhhh!
And the best part is? The Cafe makes it all from scratch! Simply delish!!!
Having said that, I just want to say THANK YOU once again to my friend Maxine for this wonderful dinner! All I can say is, GOOD FOOD. FRIENDLY STAFF. And yes, THE PALAWAN HONEY WALNUT ICE CREAM!!!
But seriously, if you’re looking for some place to dine in during this Holiday Season, I suggest you try Marriott Cafe. Definitely TWO-THUMBS UP!
Marriott Cafe is located at Marriott Hotel, Resorts World Manila.
For more information, you can check out Marriott Hotel’s official website.
SIGH. Don’t you just love Christmas? Well, I DO! That’s why I decided to make this random photo-heavy post for a not-so-random Season! Just a warning though, the following are (raw) pictures of Christmases past! So yeah, photography skills NOT YET included! Hahaha!
Whether at home or outside… from Santas here, Christmas Lights and Trees there… the Christmas Spirit sure is everywhere!!!
And then of course, you have the different celebrations! From the routine and simple ones, up to the grand family reunions, not even the Grinch can steal MY Christmas from meee! So what exactly do I do during the Yuletide Season? Well, I…
(This is a simple compilation video that I made! Sorry for the mediocre editing skills, but I did take all the videos myself so I hope you enjoy watching them! And of course, I hope that you feel the Christmas Spirit as I did!)
But most of all…
spend Christmas with the most important people in my life: MY FAMILY!
Having said that, meet my lovely cousins and sisters, and of course, my oh-so-adorable niece!!!
Now, for my wish list? I actually have only one:
Can you blame me? Wahahahaha! Just kidding.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! ♥
I’ve been spending my past weekends at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA). I even have a “secret” parking space at the parking lot already because that’s where I ALWAYS park whenever I’m at the aforementioned mall. I swear, dun talaga ako lagi nag-papark! Kung anong floor at saan dun… SECRET!!! Haha!
Don’t get me wrong. I love going to other malls, too. During weekdays, you’d most likely spot me at Glorietta or Greenbelt — because my workplace is just minutes away from them! During weekends, I usually go to MOA and/or Robinsons Place Manila! Emphasis on the “and/or” because there are really days that I go to both malls in ONE DAY! I call it my very own “mall-hopping!” =))
But anyway, I think November 26, 2011 tops my “weekend mall gimik” by far. Why? Simply because I spent both DAY and NIGHT at MOA! Hence the title: ako na talaga ang MUKHANG MOA! Wahahahaha!
MOA by DAY
I woke up extra early that day (3:50AM) to prepare for one of the things in my bucket list:
Yep! One of the things I want to do before I die is RUN FOR A CAUSE! And yes, I was finally able to do that by participating in the HSBC Anniversary Fun Run, which raised funds for the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), “a not-for-profit, professional Philippine organization that promotes the love and habit of reading in Filipino children in line with its vision to build a nation of readers.“
It was my very first run, and I’m happy to say that I survived! Of course I couldn’t have done it without my friends Danica and Tinah:
By the way, the (raffle) grand prize was:
Of course I did NOT win! Oh well papel. At least Danica and I had our consolation prize:
CHOS!!! Hahaha! And that’s it! But just because I’ve crossed “run for a cause” off my bucket list, doesn’t mean I won’t do it again! Of course this was just the first of (my) many runs! Mooore runs to cooome!
MOA by NIGHT
After the run, I went home to catch some ZZZsss. But when the sun finally set, I went back to catch my friend Marta‘s birthday dinner at Yakimix!
Aside from celebrating a birthday, one of the things I loved about this night was our “instant” college reunion! Gaawwwd, I simply love these people! It’s just like college ALL. OVER. AGAIN!!!
Sooo… Thanks a lot Henry Sy! Thanks for making one awesome place where people can spend good times with great people — MOA!!!
Bonus: Did you know that Henry Sy‘s net worth is around $7 billion AND Steve Jobs‘ net worth is around $8 billion*?
Wala lang. Ang taray lang ng SM! Lumelevel sa Apple! Chos! =))
*The aforementioned people’s “net worth” is different from that of their companies’.
*all together now*
CHRISTMAAAS IS HEEERE! ♥
Yes, IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR once again! And if you still haven’t noticed, even my blog is being one with the Season! Heehee. So let me take this opportunity to be one of the first peeps to greet you: SEASON’S GREETINGS EVERYONE!!!
You see, the Christmas Season and I, we share a very deep, personal, deep, special, and DEEP relationship! Oha, oha! Wala nang lalalim pa sa relasyon namin ni Christmas! Hahaha! Kidding aside, I don’t know… I just feel really HAPPY whenever this time of the year arrives. It could be the nostalgia I feel that dates back to my childhood days… maybe it’s the awesome, lovely, and special people I spend it with… OR it could be the traditional lights and sounds show the city of Makati (my “work” town) showcases every year:
“Spectacular Spectrum” at the Ayala Triangle Gardens
happens every night, 6-9PM (until December 30, 2011).
Kahit ano pa ang dahilan, isa lang ang katotohanan: I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS!!!
So, in honor of my undying affection and love for the Season, I made a simple video (note: SIMPLE being the operative word! ) using “Christmas is” by Regine Velasquez featuring Jim Brickman as background music — which I consider one of the best Christmas songs ever made! It truly captures the real essence and meaning of the Season!
Please lang, panoorin niyo. Effort din maghanap ng pictures at mag-edit sa Windows MovieMaker noh! Wahahahaha!
Anyway, here are more pictures with SOME of the awesome, lovely, and special people I spend Christmas with:
At akalain niyo, on this very same night… during our dinner…. LOOK WHO WE SAW:
If that’s not “Chistmas” destiny, then I don’t know what is! Haha!
Having said that,
“Christmas in Our Hearts,“ anyone?
Most of the time, no one wants to be called “low” anything. But if there’s going to be an EXCEPTION, I think “low maintenance” will be our best bet!
And you betcha! I, Mikhaela Georgette, am a self-proclaimed low-maintenance girl!
Not convinced? Very well. Let me tell you why The Lady considers herself low maintenance for some reasons. Haha!
Let’s start with DOES NOT REQUIRE CONSTANT PAMPERING. First word: MAKEUP! Don’t get me wrong, I’m “interested” in makeup. But you know, I don’t really “love” it (obviously, I DIDN’T say “I love makeup” in the previous sentence) that I can practically live WITHOUT it. Call me a “late bloomer” or something, but it wasn’t until I was 18 and was about to graduate college that I actually started using it. But even now, my makeup routine will always be Pressed Powder. Blush. Lipgloss (or sometimes when I’m in the mood — Lipstick). Tapos! I don’t even use concealer or mascara. Sometimes, eyeshadow gets in the mix, but that’s mostly reserved for very special occasions. Yung tipong pang-debut or wedding! Heck, I didn’t even wear makeup during my first Junior-Senior prom! I don’t even wear makeup when I go to work — at least NOT everyday! Wahahahaha! Loser, much!
But anyway, the Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. rule every night before dozing off will. always. be. a. NON-NEGOTIABLE! And the occasional visit to your trusted derma is a must, too. But then again, I don’t even visit the derma that often! Ah basta! I-try niyo nalang, pwede ba?! Hehehe.
Now for the next word (or in this case, a phrase): PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! Yebah! When it comes to “going places,” I actually call myself a “versatile passenger.” Yes, I drive. But I also commute! Be it a bus, jeep, taxi, LRT/MRT, at kahit padyak pa ‘yan, game ako diyan! As long as I get to and fro my destination SAFELY, walang arte-arte si Mikhaela Georgette noh! Kung pwede nga by horse, why not? Feeling prinsesa pa’ko kung magkataon!
Now let’s move on to ONE WHO IS GENUINELY HAPPY TO ENJOY THE COMPANY OF OTHERS. I guess being “someone who is easy to please” is included with this one! But then again, who needs “pleasing” when you’re lucky enough to have AWESOME PEOPLE (e.g. family and friends) to spend your time with? No need to spend moolah. Kahit simpleng kwentuhan lang, solve na’ko! Actually that’s one of my most favorite parts when I hang out with those dear to me… Yung tipong hindi mo na napapansin yung oras sa sobrang enjoy nilang kasama! At dahil diyan, *drama mode* I LOVE YOU MI FAMILIA Y MI AMIGOS! Thank God that we’re all “low maintenance” in our own unique ways! Mwah, mwah, mwah. ♥
But wait, I also have a NON-NEGOTIABLE with this one: “ME” TIME! Sometimes, you need to be alone… to reflect… to feel “independent” (if you aren’t already!)… and TO GENUINELY ENJOY THE COMPANY OF Hotties from Faraway Lands — ergo, MOVIES! Plus BOOKS and THE INTERNET! Seriously, I can watch a movie in a movie theater all by myself or sit in a quiet corner inside a coffee shop (or milk tea place) with a book in hand, and it’ll still be all good for meee! Thanks a lot to artistic licenses and whatnot. Hahaha!
Just a little DISCLAIMER, though. I may be one of the most low-maintenance girls you’ll ever meet… BUT I’m also one of the girls with the “HIGHEST STANDARDS” you’ll ever know! Paaak!
Having said that, paki turuan niyo na nga lang akong maging HIGH MAINTENANCE, please? HA HA HA =))
…to my FRIENDS. For taking the time to greet me, whether it was through social-networking sites (Facebook and Twitter), text, and in person. Reading your messages, whether short and simple OR more elaborate, truly brightened my day! I truly have the most awesome set of friendsss! You guys rock! So for that… Thank YOU. ♥
…to my FAMILY. You never fail to surprise me! Aside from the “material gifts,” I also want to thank you for the GIFTS of friendship, support, and most importantly, LOVE! I love yoouuu to bits! Again, Thank YOU. ♥
…and most of all,
…to GOD. Thank you for the last 21 years. And of course, for the next SIXTY or more!!! You are truly my Best Friend, Brother, and Father all rolled into one! In this 22nd year of mine, I can’t wait to face the challenges You have in store for me, AS WELL AS the triumphs You’ll give to me. Whether good or bad, I know that I can face them ALL because You’ll ALWAYS be with me! So God, Thank YOU. Thank YOU. Thank YOU. And a trillion mooore Thank YOUsss. I love you. ♥
This is it you guys! Wala na ‘tong urungan… Adult kung adult na talaga si Mikhaela Georgette!!! Hahaha!
♪ HAPPY, HAPPY 22ND BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! ♫
From the bottom of my ♥,
I, Thank YOU.
Last Monday, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed… well, the right kind of wrong — I think! Why? Because while I was on my way to get my caffeine fix for the day, I was suddenly interrupted by two angels straight from Brazil and Japan respectively!!! Hahaha!
Okay, fine. I’m talking about Brapanese actors-slash-models Akihiro Sato and Fabio Ide. *squeal*
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t really get starstruck that much (except if you’re Kate Middleton!) Simply put that way back in college, my school was a “breeding ground” for celebrities (teka, kasama ba’ko sa mga yun? SYEMPRE HINDI! Hahaha!) Anyway, I’m already used to seeing them because they were everywhere: classrooms, the cafeteria, hallways, libraries, parking lots, even restrooms! Besides, tao rin lang naman sila TULAD KO at TULAD MO! So what’s the BIG DEAL, right?
Yeah, I thought so too.
On that fateful Monday, I realized that there is a “deal” in fangirl-ing. It may not be “big,” but it’s still a DEAL nonetheless.
The deal is that fangirl-ing is FUN. Yes, I repeat: F-U-N.
Why “fun”? Simply because I was with my friends… and when you’re with your friends, you know that ANYTHING can happen! And when I say “anything,” kalokohan is included! Kalokohan. that. spells. FUN!
Alam niyo na… yung mga pa-simpleng sulyap… tapos ‘pag ready ka nang magpa-picture, aatras bigla. Pagka-atras, biglang tawanan! At hindi lang basta-basta tawanan — MALAKAS NA MALAKAS NA TAWANAN! Oh diba, other than LAUGHTER, what else can you use to measure FUN best?! WAHAHAHAHA!
Pagbigyan niyo na kami… kasi naman, bibili ka nga lang sana ng kape, bigla nalang may sasalubong sa’yong Akihiro at Fabio! At higit sa lahat, nalibre pa yung kape mo! Whew. Oh well papel. That’s one of the perks of working in the country’s “business district” AND in one of the business district’s awesome-est buildings! CHOS
But anyway, let’s go back to fangirl-ing. I swear if I hadn’t been with my friends, I WOULDN’T have given in to my inner fangirl-self…
…but I swear if I hadn’t given in to my inner fangirl-self, I would’ve REGRETTED it too — BIG TIME! Miss the opportunity to pose beside two freakin’ hawt guyysss? No way, man! Kaya friendsss, THAAANKS! Fangirl-ing wouldn’t be complete without you!
That’s right. FUNgirl-ing won’t be the same without thy FRIENDS.
After all, encounters like this can make you truly think that there are “MANY FISH” in the sea…
…so don’t go sulking over one “fish” — real or not! Wahahahaha!
Lastly, being a fangirl isn’t limited to being a fan of “guys!” It can just simply mean that you’re A FAN. Period.
Let me share with you my other “fangirl” moments:
Just a friendly reminder though:
It’s okay to give in to your fangirl-selves every once in awhile… but sooner or later, be sure to SNAP OUT OF IT! Besides, just like anything else (yes, caffeine included), “too much” is bad.
Yes people, too much fangirl-ing is dangerous to your health!!! So best to do it moderately.
And since we’re already on the topic of being a fangirl, I’m encouraging YOU all to grab a copy of the newest book of Candy Magazine‘s Assistant Lifestyle Editor, Marla Miniano:
Fangirl is available wherever Candy Magazine is sold.
Fangirl is Ms. Marla‘s FIFTH NOVEL. Amazing, isn’t she? Anyway, I’m already done reading it and I give it a rating of: ♥♥♥♥♥
So grab a copy now and sympathize with Summer (the protagonist) as she experiences the wonderful world of FUNgirl-ing!