Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ano ang Meron sa Miniso

Ilang araw na lang papasok na ang Ber months, eto mabigat pa rin ang puso ko! Charot! Pero bago ko isipin ang ber months, let’s stay in August. August pa naman! So, ang ganap – na curious ako sa Miniso. Nakikita ko lang to sa mga blogs, sa mga make up bloggers in particular, at nagkataon naman na may Miniso na dito sa SM Masinag. Kakabukas lang nito mga bes kaya sariwang sariwa pa ang tindahan! Mabango pa at amoy bago ang lahat!

Pag kita ko palang ng entrance nakyutan na ako. Well lighted ang store looking from the outside. Sana lang LED lights ang gamit nila para environment friendly. Napa isip din ako, hmmm..mukhang Japan 88 at Daiso ang kamag anak nito. So hindi na ako nag atubili. Pinasok ko ang tindahan to satisfy my curiosity.

First impressions – cuteness overload! Bakit nga ba everything about Japan is cute? Hindi ko ma explain pero habang nag iikot ikot ako sa loob, halos maduling ang mata ko hindi alam kung saan una titingin. Ang gaganda ng mga anek anek dito. Ang sarap hawakan at damahin lahat! Napaka ganda talaga ng Japanese art. Simple pero....rock?! :)


Kapag alam mong made in Japan, magdududa ka ba sa quality? Sympre hindi. Japan eh! Sinampolan kong tingnan ang isa sa mga bagay sa loob at kahit hirap ang mata ko na basahin yung maliliit na sulat tiningnan ko talaga kung made in Japan. Oo made in Japan nga daw nakalagay. Wala lang, baka kasi may naligaw na made in China. Hindi sa sinasabi ko na panget mga made in China ha, wala ko sinabi na ganyan, ang sinasabi ko lang basta made in Japan, Japanese, pag made in China – eh di------ Chinese!! Hahaha!


So nag ikot pa ko sa store, kahit wala naman talagang planong bumili. Making sure na lahat ng kanto at aisles madadaanan ko. Halos lahat cute at maganda. Ang pinaka mura ay tag 99 pesos, not bad ha! Mag eenjoy ang buong pamilya mag ikot ikot (at sympre bumili din kayo ha) dito kasi may pambata like toys, tuwang tuwa ako dun sa Minions na stuffed toys, may pang mothers like kitchen chenez, may para kay Daddy na mga tools ekeks, at make ups at pampa beauty na magugustuhan ni ate! Teka, may mga items din para sa mga techie!

Osha! Di ko na  masyadong hahabaan at dadamihan ng pictures tong post nato. Baka maumay kayo, wala naman kwenta, wala din naman akong readers, hihihi!

Though super ganda ng things from Japan, wag parin kalimutan na tangkilikin ang sariling atin! Cheers!

xoxo,
Claire

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Long Weekends and My Dirty Shoes

I’m blogging from home and I’m so happy! This is awesome! Two consecutive long weekends is something employees like me really need – even if it’s just a staycation. I don’t have a lot of things to do besides my usual plan to finish watching those Korean dramas and some studying/reading, but the fact that I could spend a lot of lazy time looks really appealing.

The other day on my way to work, I noticed that my shoes was dirty. It’s made of fabric and I would not want to wash it by scrubbing with soap and water because it’s one of those cheap from the mall and if I try to clean them it might shorten its life. So I wear them dirty. And I don’t want to buy new shoes yet.

I have read somewhere that people judge you by your shoes. I did not give it much thought until this time, when that shoes of mine got distractingly dirty. It’s gray and been using it since February when my cousin paid it for me when she was on vacation from Dubai. It’s one of my most comfortable shoes so I wear often and it has endured the sun, rain, the spits, dog poops in the streets, and my heavy heart since then. Tough shoes, right?! No signs of breaking down, except for those dirt.

that shoes!
I walk a lot. Every day to work, I walk for around ten minutes to the transportation terminals, depending on my speed. Sometimes during lunch breaks at work, I’d go to the markets (both public and super) to buy groceries and fresh fruits, walking under the midday sun. Imagine the dirt my shoes has collected all this time?


I wear shoes to protect my feet. I assume that’s also the reason why most wear shoes. And the ground where it touches all the time is not the cleanest space on earth.  Maybe some people wear shoes for other reason besides protecting their feet, and if they get both benefit that would be awesome. I am not obsessed with shoes. I can live with one pair of shoes in my lifetime but since life does not go that way, and people, especially women, having only one pair of shoes for all my life’s event does not sound ---- what, normal?!


So what am I talking here?! It’s just to let people know that it’s not fair to judge me if they see me wearing dirty shoes. I keep my feet clean, and the inner parts of the shoes, I wear socks when needed, and promise my feet are not perfect but nice, and they don’t stink! My mind may be dirty some times but I have a clean heart and I have nothing but good intentions and faith in humanity. I promise!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Kamusta Ka, Yung Totoo?

I have used these words a lot lately in instant messaging to ask some few friends how they've been doing. I only ask this to those who I really care about. Those I have not heard anything in a long time. Yes, I am aware of their Facebook activities, but I don't trust the newsfeed. For sure, what people post in social media is not even one fourth of what happens to them in real life.

When someone ask me "kamusta ka?" (that's how are you in Tagalog) my automatic response is "Okay lang" (I'm fine). That is always the case. Even if you know the person is not really okay, they would tell you they are okay, like it's a programmed automatic response. So instead I ask them "kamusta ka, yung totoo?", and some of the answers were I know from their hearts. It was such a relief that these people were honest about their feelings, and I'm glad that they trusted me, so I need to keep those conversations private no matter what. At these times when life hits us hard, all we need a friend who listens, and I just happen to have one. 

Finally, I was able to buy myself a laptop this first week of August. Even it's the most basic one my money can afford, I finally have something to use for my school and other internet stuff I can use at home. But just after a week I bought it, a virus tested my patience. It really ruined my week and I don't even want to go over the details! ;p And it taught me another life lesson.

School is starting to give me a little stress so I need to remind myself again and again that the learning and experience is the most important why I enrolled MBA and not to pressure myself for a high grade! (I used an exclamation point) Did I mention why I went back to school again in the first place? Oh, it's because...how do I say this...Nagsasawa na po kasi ako sa mukha ng mga kasama ko sa araw araw, gusto ko makakakita ng iba naman mukha bukod sa pamilya, katrabaho, at yung mga matagal ko nang kaibigan, Ibang mukha naman!!!! Kidding! I love you all! :D But seriously, sino bang normal na inday ang ayaw ng MBA degree?

So kamusta ako, yung totoo? How am I, really?  My heart is  still heavy. I don't know when this heartache will be over but I'm really working hard to keep my spirits high, my attitude positive and my disposition all good to make my everyday living as best as I could. I'm learning to be grateful with the things I already have, and I feel like God has heard my prayers.

Until next time! xoxo -- Claire

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lafang All We Can! Inday and Dodong's Viking's Experience

Dahil birthday ko, sinamantala na namin ni Dudung ang birthday promo ng Viking's na matagal ko nang plano pero di natuloy tuloy, ewan ko ba, pero this year natuloy na! One week bago ang aking special day, pina reserve ko na ang romantic table for two sa SM Marikina branch, ganun ako ka atat! Mahirap na maubusan, isang taon na naman ang aantayin ko, tumatanda nako hahaha!

Third time ko sa Viking's, yung first and second parehong libre lang,  at first time naman ni Dudung, so may konting briefing at tip ako sa kanya na hindi kami kakain ng madami bago ang lafangan, kaya lang hindi nakinig ang Dudung, kumain pa din ng rice. Kebs lang ako! Hanggang sa dumating na ang sandali na naka overwhelm ng aking sikmura!


Photo above: Upon entrace, itey ang bubungad. Ang shala ng place. Sosyal na ito para sa inday na tulad ko. Habang kumakalam ang aking sikmura at lumuluwa ang mga mata ko sa pagtingin tingin kung ano ba una kong kakainin, natuwa naman ako sa lighting effect ng place, at ang furnitures na kung pwede lang ilagay sa bag ko baka nagawa ko na. Ang taray ng ambiance. Happy ang Inday!


Would you believe na gulay ang una kong dinampot? Why o why? Nabasa ko kasi yung title, tapos naalala ko yung movie tungkol sa ambisyosong daga kaya ayan na curious ako sa lasa ng pagkaing may nakaka confuse na spelling at mahirap i pronounce. Ratatouille.  In fairness pag aaralan ko lutuin yan. Pasensya na nga pala sa malabong pic ;D 


Una ko ring pinuntahan itong  carving, dahil cheatday/birthday sige na sagarin ko na sarili ko sa laman ng sangkahayupan. Photo above ay si kuya sa Carving Station na may pagka suplado. Gusto ko lang naman ng roasted turkey, ewan koba sour face binigay nya sakin. Ayan di ko tinakpan mukha nya sa picture, bahala ka!!!! Bwahahahah!


I must admit na hindi na ako ganun katakaw. Noong bata pa ako kaya kong kumain hanggang tatlong rice sa mang inasal, pero dahil tumatanda, nagbabago ang lahat, at hindi na rin talaga ako pang buffet. So dapat sulitin ko ang mga kakainin ko.


Picture above is the shalang Sushi station. Napaisip ako medyo malaking space ang kinain nya, ganun ba kahilig mga Pinoy sa Japanese? Guys, hindi ako kumain ng anything galing dito dahil di ko talaga trip ang sushi. Nagandahan lang talaga ako sa mga ilaw kaya panay ang lingon ko tuwing dadaan ako dito. Hindi akma ang binalot na ewan sa kanin sa panglasa ni Inday!!! Hahahaha!


Mahilig ako sa soup, pero ewan ko ba bakit di ko naisipan kumuha kahit konti. Dahil siguro mas na tempt ako mag mirror selfie kasama ng mga crush kong ilaw dito sa side na ito, at ngayon ko lang napagtanto at medyo nagsisi ako na hindi ako nag soup. Well, there's no sense in crying over the missed soup...


Eto naman ang drinks station. One tip na natutunan ko from "buffet experts" wag daw panay ang inom para di ka mabusog agad. Pero ang sasarap ng mga drinks nila. Ganun pa man, sinunod ko yung tip, sympre gusto ko masulit ang bayad namin kaya pinigilan ko ang urge na tikman lahat sila lalo na yung beer.


Winner ang baked oysters, kaya lang ang nakaka disappoint ay ang medyo matagal silang mag refill. At pagka refill na ubos kaagad sa isang plato lang. Nakakasama ng loob ha, yung feeling na gustong gusto mo yung food pero pakiramdam mo pinagdadamot sayo??


This is heaven on this side of the earth! Joke lang, dessert station yan! Hahaha! Medyo nalungkot din ako ng konti kasi parang hindi na kasingdami ng dati yung sweets na pwede mong pagpilian. Na sad ako kasi walang creme brulee at hindi ko na pinansin yung leche flan. By this time, busog na rin ako pero yung puso ko tumitibok sa mga pagkain nato. Na inlove nga pala ako dun sa avocado na may cheesecake, ang sarap, as usual nalimutan ko yung pangalan at apelyido! :D



Gusto ko pa sanang tikman lahat ng nakikita ko kaya lang hindi na talaga kaya ng sikmura ko. Yung feeling na yun gusto pa ng bibig mo? Minsan kasi talaga sa buhay may mga bagay na hindi na dapat pinipilit dahil hindi na dapat. Dapat tayo makuntento sa tama lang, hind yung porke vulnerable ang paligid sasamantalahin mo. ;p

Nahahalata nyo na malamang yung matindi kong pagnanasa dun sa ilaw ;p. Anyway, sa laki ng place medyo hindi ko lang feel yung mga area ng table for two kasi medyo dikit dikit. Of course intindihin natin na this is business at kelangan nila i maximize ang space para maka accomodate ng maraming customers para mabawi naman nila ang kanila operating expenses. Need din nila sympre na na mag take advantage na paliitin ang variable expenses para naman hindi lumiit ang kanilang contribution margin para naman kahit hindi peak season maka break-even man lang sila na mas okay kesa loss. Pag masaya ang negosyo, mas masaya ang BIR! Hahaha!


Balik ako dun sa dikit dikit na table for two. In my opinion, hindi masyado ideal place ang Vikings kung doon kayo magliligawan ha, matao at medyo maingay ang lugar, pang food trip ng pamilya at barkada talaga! Pero kung gusto nyo doon mag date hindi ko kayo pipigilan!

Teka, mahaba na masyado itong post ko. To sum it up, was our "eat like a Viking" experience good? Ako okay lang, si Dudung sabi nya nasulit naman daw nya yung binayad namin na P 774.90 Vat inclusive. Not bad diba?

So sa December 14, SM Megamall naman ang plano namin. Viking's get ready! Until next time. See you!!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello My Birth Month!

Where did the past six months go? I bloody can't believe it! Maybe it's because nothing monumental has happened in my life in the last six months. But then I'm glad that things were better compared to 2016. I'm happier! :)

I feel the need to blog about my first half of 2017 though nothing life altering experience had happened. So what do I blog now? I don't know :D Maybe I just need to write something as an introduction to my birth month July, which I'm hoping to have a free time for a few posts :)

I have celebrated two milestones this June. Two ten years. First, is our tenth wedding anniversary. My gosh, we've been annoying each other for ten years! Hahahaha! 

Second, ten years as an employee to this company. See, I'm a very loyal person. It's about time that my loyalty gets some reward (wink :)

Another milestone (yes I can consider this a milestone) happened to me this June is my enrollment for an MBA in a nearby university. I have been thinking about getting an MBA degree since late last year, and now I'm officially a student. Yey!

Why did I do that? Of course, the obvious reason for most is for career advancement. But that is not my number one reason. It's not that I stopped dreaming of stepping up the corporate ladder. I still do. But that's not the main focus. Really. I went back to school to challenge myself. To step out of my comfort zone, something that I have not seriously done in the past years. School was never my comfort zone.

It's just that one morning I woke up and realized that comfort zone was scary. I was scared. I realized I was stuck and not moving anywhere. Things have changed and I realized that part of me was still the same person I was ten years ago. Shy, no self-confidence and unsure of what and who I wanted to be. Charot ng drama! It's about time I should take some challenges! And please do pray for me to finish my MBA. Please please please! :)

I know that education is no guarantee to success but one thing for sure is that it will open up so many possibilities and opportunities to me. It will expand my horizon and here is only a beginning of a better life not only to myself, but to anyone I could reach out with my knowledge and experience gained from outside of the circles I have been in for many years. Oh ha, see?! :)

Well, I think I'll be doing just fine (I have to have faith in myself).

Well, that's about it. Ooops wait, before the month ended, we finally went to Lamesa Eco Park. Not a shala place but I've been planning to check it out for a long time and it finally happend. I love parks and I was very happy albeit the hot weather.

This was my best pic, thanks to my husband who's finally learning how to take me nice photos (at least to me they're nice)


Okay? So hello my birth month July! I hope everything will turn out okayer than I wanted it to be! :D






Saturday, June 17, 2017

Today, Ten Years Ago, We Got Hitched

Opo, today is our tenth wedding anniversary! Bilis talaga ng panahon! I don't really know how to sum up those ten years in a short and sweet blog post, but I will try anyway... :)

Kagabi bago matulog binati ko sya thru fist bump: "Oy 14 na bukas, akalain  mo yun! Hahaha!"

This morning he hugged and greeted me "Happy Anniversary" while I responded him with "Ten years, akalain mo yun"

Ten years down. Lifetime to go, sabi nga. Ang masasabi ko lang talaga "walang forever". Wala naman talaga. You just have to stick together through whatever. Dapat siguro i phase out na yung  mga fairy tale stories na yan, mali ang tinuturo nyan sa mga bata! Hahaha!

Kidding aside, the first years was easy and very happy. It was that romantic feeling that made you believe that love was really powerful.

But the past few years was the rough road. The pressure to keep up with the expectation of the people around us was the worst. And it was only later that we realized it was wrong to live with the expectations of these people. It did not help nurture our relationship and I guess it never would to any married and not married couples out there.

Our marriage was very far from perfect. We have been through our lowest lows and highest highs, and I've said and done horrible things to our relationship but I'm very happy we made it here. Going strong, I really hope so, but as of this writing everything about us is fine. The butterflies are gone and most of the time we're just like best friends living under the same house but we're doing just fine.

We may not be blessed with a baby, but don't worry about us. We're fine! :)

I won't offer any relationship or marriage advice to anyone because all relationships are unique. But as of the moment, my husband and I are still together, fighting and working for that "forever" na sinasabi nila. Wala naman kasi talagang forever, lifetime pwede. Pero sa panahon ngayon ang relationship madaling mabali parang peanut brittle na galing sa Baguio.  


I wrote this post on 6/14/2017

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