Archive for March, 2015

March 31, 2015

The Tuesday in Holy Week. #notinspired #titlesmitles

No vgroup meet for tonight since its the Holy Week and everyone is preparing to go out of town for the long weekend coming up.

As for me, I just look forward to curling up in my bed and doing what I do best. Catch up on the many movies and TV Series I been missing out on! Since I didn’t have vgroup today, after work ended at 3pm I headed on to do some groceries and stocked up on food and especially snacks since the malls and most business establishments would be closed during the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. After getting back from the grocery at Welcomm, which is just about a few blocks down the road from McKinley Hills Woodridge, I got back to the apartment and got a hold of some of the series I needed to catch up on. I also managed to get a copy of the new TV Series that Dust recommended to watch last Saturday after music practice.

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iZombie! I loved that the main character is a lady, and the way they used “comic book” effects on the screen plays. It was interesting and also fun to watch. It’s only on the second episode right now so I have to keep up every week, at least something to look forward to since all the other series I am following now are on season breaks. Like Jane the Virgin, Switched at Birth and How to get away with Murder.

So my Tuesday evening was spent on TV Series again. I couldn’t do anything else anyway since my roommate was still in the unit and I just shut down when I feel so cramped up in this uber small apartment unit. Also continued with watching orange is the New Black series and I am excited to see whats next! Yay to looooong weekends!

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March 30, 2015

Belated birthday Kaizz!

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This young man just turned 21. Waaaaaat??

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March 29, 2015

KTown homies in Manila again.

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Finally managed to get the right timing to meet this girl! Hey Ams!

She’s here in the Big Manila city for a few days with her bf Chey attending a short seminar on weightlifting techniques and also the grand opening of a new gym in Pasig called “LiftHard”. So after church service, took a cab and went all the way to Pasig. Even though I wasn’t really familiar with the area, I had my very good friend, Google Maps helping me with directions and so I got there just a little bit before 2pm.

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Check out the awesome mural behind us! Nice touch to the gym 👍.

As soon as I arrived there, they had started the dedication ceremony and an Indian priest prayed over the gym and the connecting coffee shop beside it that belonged to the same owner. They also served Amber’s best food for the people who were there for the grand opening ceremony. There weren’t many people and it wasn’t like it was packed or what. The place is quite hard to find since they haven’t set up the Brand name and signage outside yet.

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So Ams and I just hung out there, catch up with each other’s lives and whats been going on the past few months since I last saw her in October 2014. A little furry friend joined us too! The chow chow’s name is Samantha! One of the guest brought her to the gym and it was her first time out so I guess she got a bit nervous which caused her to pee in the gym!

They also had some activities for the day, like doing some work out and winner gets a month’s free pass to the gym. I didn’t join of course as I wasn’t exactly dressed for gym. I even had my make up on from the morning’s volunteering at church. So Ams and I just practically chit chat throughout the time.

Around about 6:30pm, the owner Ken, started bringing out beer pong table and they were going to start drinking! At 6:30pm! Tsk.. so I suggested to Ams that I’d take them out to dinner since I’d know my way around other areas in Manila. Chey also needed to find a Maybank ATM so it was just fitting that I brought them to BGC High Street cos that’s where Maybank is! The other Malaysian part owner of the gym, Kirksman, tagged along with us to BGC.

It was just 20 minutes away and so we got to BGC through C-5 even before 7pm. Went around and was deciding where I could take them for dinner. I thought of good old Gerry’s Grill but wasn’t sure if there was any branch nearby Global City. So I took out the FourSquare App to see whats good nearby, and whaddya know? The Va Bene Pasta Deli place popped up and that was exactly the place that Amie wanted to go to because of her friend Thanis Lim’s recommendation! God is so good! He made everything fall into place at the right timing and location. I was pretty sure it wasn’t a coincidence 🙂

Since the FourSquare app didn’t specify that the restaurant was actually on the Cinema floor of the BGC Central building, we had to walk around for a bit to search for the place. It was jam packed so we had to wait in line for a seat for the four of us.

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I ordered the Salmon Potato Ravioli which costs 440 pesos I think, I couldn’t recall the exact price but I loved it though. I just wished there was more serving cos it was only 6 pieces of ravioli pasta! Although it was stuffed, still, for a petite woman with a big appetite like me, I could’ve had more!

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I couldn’t recall all that Ams had ordered, the specific names, but I remember this the most because it tasted so good! It wasn’t too salty like how most of the pasta sauce here are made. Its the spinach roll but I forgot what else is in it. I wouldn’t mind coming back for this!

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We finally got to eat at about 8pm and the price of that meal was a whopping 4,030 pesos! So we all just shared and paid 1K each since we all got to taste everyone’s order anyway. After dinner, went around Rustan’s Supermarket at the Lower Ground level and then walked around outside BGC Central where there was  Gourmand Food Fair going on. Lot’s of stuff to see too and Kirk kept saying how we should’ve just eaten the food at the fair! They had Angus Beef and lots of Dipping Sauces and even wine. Pretty cool fair and it’s the first I’ve seen being held here in High Street.

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By the time we were done strolling along the High Street, it was about 10:30pm. I went along with them to Metrowalk KTV because that’s where they were invited by their host, the gym owner Ken, to hang out for the night. By the time we got to the KTV at 11pm, the dudes were all drunk and shouting to those songs!! It was awfully hard to just chill and relax since that’s just how the Pinoys like to party! Hehehehehe…

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Good thing the night didn’t last too long, they were ready to leave by 1am and so I took off and said farewell to Ams, Chey and Kirk. Got home by 1:30am and off to sleep at 2am before I have to wake up at 5am! Woah!!

March 28, 2015

Factset Sports Festival 2015.

Woke up at 7am realizing that I could very well miss the shuttle from the office going to the Sports Festival Venue at Shaw Boulevard! Luckily, as always, Pinoys are not very punctual so by the time I got out at 7:30am, we still had to wait for the shuttles to arrive and finally depart for The Gatorade Hoops Centre by about 8am.

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Arrived at location just before 8:30am and the event was suppose to start at 9am, but yupp, you guessed it, we started the parade and opening ceremony only at 10AM!! Duh!!!

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The registration booth. One of the first to sign in!
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Awesome indoor bball court! Check out the quote by legendary Michael Jordan,

“If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Never quit.”

Well, it was a simple and straight forward ceremony. No dance number this time, unlike the previous one that I attended back in 2013, post here, but this place is definitely waaay nicer and cooler to hang out at.

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CAP-DAS team Represent!! With Pat A, Kaizz, Omar, Lauren, Irah, Jamie, Ros and Lionel!

I also got to shoot some hoops while I was there. Missed playing ball so bad, its been how long???

The last sports festival I went to we got free t shirt. I love how we get freebies attending these company organized events! This time, being one of those who register online and early, I got a free tumbler! I preferred a t shirt though but I don’t know with Irah, she was so freakin’ excited about getting this tumbler. It was the sole reason why she even bothered to attend the sports festival this day!

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March 27, 2015

Movie Night! #minireunion

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Dinner at Tim Ho Wan, Glorietta 4 with Marky, Lauren, Jaja, Carl, Myssa, Ralph and Kimster! The FUN ex Factset batch!

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Celebrating Jaja’s birthday two days in advance! Jaja and her cute little rainbow cake!

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Advance Happy Birthday Jaja!!! And thanks for the Tim Ho Wan dinner treat for us! What a blessing! Thank You Lord for Jaja!

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Watching the horror flick, Clown!

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Mercato Supper! With the gang after the movie and bonding pa more!

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March 26, 2015

Single’s guide to Marriage!

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Attending an awesome talk by the funnyman Pastor Dennis Sy!

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Group shot with the ladies!

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With Mycha, Ayi, Anne, Kimi, Tina, Vien, Junbee and Mayleen.

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We were seated at the balcony level which was a bit of a waste as we were too far from the stage and unable to engage in the games ans activities with others below. But still a good source of information and bonding moment with these girls.

March 25, 2015

Am I Jesus’s friend?

I love to think of Jesus as my friend, but friendship is a two-way street. I need to ask myself, “What kind of a friend am I to Jesus?” If I’m someone’s friend, I am going to care for our relationship. I’ll be mindful of things that could be hurtful or cause distance between us. Nothing has caused Jesus more pain than sin.

– taken from Lets Pray : Talking to God with the Words of the Bible.
by James Banks.

March 25, 2015

A time to Speak and a time to Hate?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7-8 NIV

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:   a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,   a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace

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This verse was going through my head as I reflect on what happened today. The confrontation I had to go through with my annoying roommate. It was definitely a time I wanted to speak out and no longer be silent. It was a time I could no longer love but just feel hate. 😥

It was not something I wanted to happen the way it did. I was hoping I was calmer, talked this issue over dinner with food before us. But she robbed me of that choice when she made her own decision without consulting me that she’d rather talk to me over email instead of seeing each other face to face.

Anyway, I feel very bad about how it happened. I’m sorry God for how I behaved, how I reacted and how unpleasant of a person I am. 😦

Lord, You know me better than I know myself. Forgive me Lord, I didn’t intend to harm her, I was just so frustrated that I was being accused, judged and misunderstood. And I know she feels exactly the same way as I do. But how can I help it if we are two complete opposites? How can I deal with someone who can’t accept me for who I am and won’t take NO for an answer?

Father I pray things will get better. I pray that she will not harbor ill feelings and will eventually forgive me too. I pray God that You will lead her and guide her to her calling. And may she grow up and mature mentally and spiritually. Be with her Lord, guide her and remove every deception, lie and confusion that the devil tries to place in her mind and thoughts, and may she find her true identity in You God.

In Jesus’ powerful name I pray, Amen.

March 24, 2015

American Idol Season 14!

Its the time at the beginning of the year when we get to see the next Super stars singers in the making!

I am putting my votes on this Quirky Kiwi! Joey Cook!

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Was just watching all her performances on Youtube and I really like her style! So I started following her on Twitter and whaddya know?? She followed back! 😝
‘slight fan girling’ moment there.

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I really hope America makes the right decisions this time and vote for real talent and not just fame.

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March 24, 2015

Jagabee Potato Fries!

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So I saw this potato fries selling in Mini Stop and I was curious to know if it was any good.

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This little pack of snack costs 36 pesos. Quite pricey if you ask me. And the taste test? FAIL.

It looked like regular deep fried french fries size but it was hard like chips and does not taste good at all! Urgh..