EAT MAKATI: WHITEBRASS


Just a couple of steps from my office, you’ll see whitebrass in the streets of Jupiter.

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Some quiet and comfy restaurant enough for a cozy date night with my frood. ❤

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Pork Jowl Crisps (Php 150) – Deep Fried Pork – Can you imagine small portions of bagnet? Well, try this one and you’ll find out. ❤

DSCF0465DSCF0466 BBQ Chicken (Php 250)Grilled Chicken Fillet / Calamansi based BBQ with Roasted Garlic Rice. This one is a keeper. ❤ I liked this dish.

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Shrimp and Olives (Php 275) Shrimp, Olives and Anchovies – Let’s just say we have a winner on our table! Everything that we ordered right here is worth the money.

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EVERYDAY: BRIDAL SHOWER for ANA


THEME: Boho Inspired

VENUE: J. Cuppacakes in SM Jazz Mall

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We printed out name plates for each guests that are carefully seated on top of their plates with floral designs (perfect for the theme) and with the couple’s hashtag. Floral crowns are also placed together with the name plates. ❤

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We made a photobooth frame from illustration board and decorated it with floral designs too with Kiss the Miss Goodbye printed out too.

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We also made a sash for the bride to be. ❤

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Ana’s surprise face. I may not be able to show you the video — but she cried! Mission accomplished!

And just some of the food that we ordered. ❤

Some games from  our shower: What’s in your bag, Pin the Bra and some Icing on your face.

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Late Lunch for the Bride to be.

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Ana and her table of goodies.

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Some group photos. ❤

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TRAVEL: SAN FRANCISCO


Obviously, outlets are a priority. 😀 We went to livermore, about 30 minutes from San Francisco City. ❤ Ready your wallets! Aside from 40% – 70% discount, they also give you coupons for the day that gives you an additional 10% – 20% discount on top of the usual. ❤

Then, we went to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, alongside Pier 39.

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It is one of the busiest tourist attractions in San Francisco. You’ll see souvenir shops and specialty stores in both sides of the streets on the way to Pier 39. 😀

I also got to try Lotus Biscoff Coffee. ❤ ❤ It’s so good!! Perfect to combat the windy nights of SF.

We also went to Ghirardelli Square

It is now the home of a stylish collection of shops and restaurants—one of the most pleasant places to stroll and shop in the city. Wind through passageways and across plazas to visit an assortment of boutiques and gift shops, or relax with bay views from a selection of restaurants. If you have kids along, you probably have one destination in mind more than any other: the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

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I am 110% you’ll be overwhelmed inside their chocolate shop!

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Of our downtime moments. ❤ We also bought tickets for the Cable Car. 

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You can buy them at Pier 39. We bought it for $7.00, a single ride ticket. You can buy it for $21 where you can hop on and off the cable stops around the city for the day.

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We hopped off at the last stop, Union Square. It is the commercial hub of the city. Many major hotels and department stores are packed into the area surrounding the actual square. Numerous upscale boutiques, restaurants, nightspots and galleries occupy the spaces tucked between the larger buildings.

This is where you’ll also find the famous Cheesecake Factory with an overlooking view of the whole Union Square. The restaurant is situated in their roofdeck but be sure to make a reservation. Or if you’re planning to have lunch there, be sure to be at restaurant around 10. When we got there about 12:30, we were already 23rd on the list. WOW right? So no. We did not wait.

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Okayyyyyy… so my favorite of all SF Spots —- Palace of Fine Arts

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It is the last remaining structure from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this classical looking building is beautifully situated on a lagoon that reflects the mirror image on the surface of the calm water, while ducks and geese drift by. (planetware).

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Ofcourse, you can’t visit this place without going to Napa Valley, famous for Wine Tasting.  It’s known for hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region.

They actually have a wine train where you get to visit at least 5 wineries. But we opted to just visit 1 — V. Sattui Winery

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This particular winery offers 5 wines for $20. 😀 Good deal right? You can choose from a long list and they will also help you choose and recommend based on your preference.

Finally ticked off Napa Valley on my list! But I have to bring judey here. :/ He should be here.

Want to know another first time for me? Sleep in a yacht!

It’s a real work! It’s nice to experience it but I wouldn’t want to sleep in one again. I don’t normally get sea sick or car sick — but sleeping on a boat is like floating for hours and hours.

And finally, the movie famous — Golden Gate Bridge

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Connecting San Francisco with Marin County and other districts further north, the Golden Gate Bridge was, at one time, designated the greatest man-made sight in the United States.

Hope to be back again, San Francisco! ❤ There’s still a lot I haven’t seen. :/

BOOK: THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED LOVE by BECKY ALBERTALLI


Third book for 2018. ❤

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Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

  • This tiny thread connecting me to a total stranger, it’s the kind of thing that makes the universe feel smaller.
  • I wish I were the kind of person who knows how to fill a silence.
  • But that’s the thing I’m most afraid  of. Not mattering.. Existing in a world that doesn’t care who I am.
  • My heartbeat is probably making those giant zigzags.
  • Fun exists wherever you make it.
  • Sometimes that’s just what happens. People grow apart.
  • There’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring about what people think about you.
  • We like who we like. Who cares if someone doesn’t get it? That’s a good thing. Less competition.
  • I don’t think my heart wants to stay in my chest.
  • I am entirely made of butterflies.
  • Change is fucking hard. It’s fucking tragic. Change can go fuck itself. Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.
  • But you know, there’s an upside there. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something — and then you actually get it? It’s magic. It’s butterflies and haziness and heart eyes, but underneath all that .. there’s this bass line of I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this is me. I can’t quite articulate the sweetness of that feeling. It’s finding out the door you were banging on is finally unlocked. 

BOOK: IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A SECRET by MISA SUGIURA


It’s my second book for the year and it awakened my high school and college memories.

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Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend.

When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore anymore.

Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy… what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.

Some of my favorite lines from the movie:

  • With a face like your favorite love song and a body like fireworks on the fourth of july
  • People think they’re unique, but they’re really stereotypes. It’s just the way they are. They want to be in a group and they’ll sacrifice their individuality to fit in.
  • From Sana’s mom: I can want all kinds of things for you, but I only know that you can do your best. I am teaching you to see the world the way it is, not the way you want it to be. That’s my job.
  • Everyone – even an ugly oyster – has the power and beauty inside. But sometimes they keep it a secret. and sometimes it takes patience to find it.
  • If you’re nobody together with someone, doesn’t that make you a somebody? At least to each other? that can’t be bad right?
  • While I stand there with my heart bang-bang-booming like a bass drum.
  • Feeling like I’m going to levitate and float away in a pink cotton candy cloud.
  • Find your stride. Find a good pace and stick with it.
  • Anything for you, doll.
  • Because the reality is that life can be hard, and awful and sometimes all you can do is keep working at it. But there’s hope. There’s a future together.
  • GAMAN – it’s about stepping up and choosing which hardship you endure. And enduring it with grace because of something important, like honor or family or something important.
  • My heart is her home. ❤

One,  I can never understand how sana’s mom can endure that pain everyday. If you are looking for a light read that also tackles racism, judgement and stereotyping and love from all sorts of gender.

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 4


Terrible sadness floats in the air.. because it’s our last day in the city.. since it was Ash Wednesday, we heard mass at St. Monica’s Chapel

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Also, before we left.. we checked out some stores and I’m just really really glad that even in some parts of the world… MY brand, my brand is highlighted in different stores. ❤

Side note: Please patronize Champion Authentic Athletic Apparel and Champion Life!

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And some paparazzi shots from my cousin as well. ❤

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It’s official … New York City has my ❤

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 3


Our third day starts with a trip to THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886.  It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.

Each person has to pay about $14 for the ferry. Mind you, the line was super long and going inside the boat has a little bit of stampede situation since there was no proper line.

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Also, the priority here is for you to go inside first for you to grab a seat inside. If you’re like me who easily gets cold… you have to stay inside. When the temperatures drop and its hella windy outside, the cold is terrible. Upon reaching the island, you can freely roam the island and take good pictures..

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The ferry boats are scheduled to arrive every 30 minutes so if you’re done taking pictures, there’s also a cafe and restaurant slash souvenir shops in the island while you’re waiting for the boat.

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After our trip to the liberty, we were so hungry and feeling a bit under the weather (literally).. so we took our lunch at Fridays near Wall St. 

Wall Street is one of the world’s most famous streets. Historically known as the center of New York’s financial district, Wall Street is often associated with wealth and ambition in America.

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One of the Financial District’s most famous symbols is the ‘Charging Bull’ Statue (The bull represents a bull market, a constantly rising market).

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I know you are familiar withe 911 bombing that left thousands of casualties.. we went there to pray and pay our respects. Twin Towers of World Trade Center.  You see the square hole in the middle of the water? That’s where the building used to stand.

After which, we also visited the mall with a unique architecture across the memorial building — Westfield Mall World Trade Center

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It has has roughly 365,000 square feet of retail space, which once again makes it the largest shopping mall in Manhattan. It just opened last August 2016.

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And on to my second favorite part of NYC — Brooklyn Bridge.

The bridge is really something. It has this majestic feel that captures you in an instant. It is lovely in all ways. It looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers. (see here)

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And the last stop for today —- DUMBO. (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in the Newyork City Borough of Brooklyn. The area known as DUMBO used to be known as Gairville. It encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

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I love you, again and again.. New York City. ❤

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 2


The second day of our visit was a lot more better – no rain and no luggage in toll. A better morning walking the streets of New York..

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And we are going to the most photographed, scenic, well used scenery of park – CENTRAL PARK 

 

Yes, it’s the most famous park from the movie Maid in Manhattan, Enchanted, Spiderman, Men in Black, Eat Pray Love, Bridewars, Night at the museum, Devil wears Prada, Hitch, 13 going on 30, Sweet Home Alabama, Two weeks Notice and You’ve got mail among all the other movies. Have I pysched you up yet? I have to say — It’s just so beautiful. ❤

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Central Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the five boroughs, no matter the time of year. The 843-acre destination is Manhattan’s most famous park, full of trees, gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and vistas.

 

Then, the BETHESDA TERRACE AND FOUNTAINwhere Blaire and Chuck got married in Gossip Girl. 😀 

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The two-story terrace, which overlooks the Lake and southern sections of the Ramble, features intricate carvings that represent both the times of day and the four seasons. At the center sits Bethesda Fountain—also known as the Angel of the Waters—a biblical allusion and also a celebration of the water system that first brought water to New York City in 1842.

 

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Central Park is probably my most favorite part of New York. ❤

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We walked over to the metro to go to the nearest station to GRAND CENTRAL STATION. It is the most complex station that links route 4,6 and 7 at all times.

 

Do you know the movie Friends with Benefits where there was a flashmob dancing to closing time? GAH. I am there. ❤

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And so, there’s this famous burger place that everyone thinks can match up to In & Out so ought to try it out right? It’s SHAKE SHACK, baby!

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Like any other grilled burgers, it’s unnervingly satisfying!! But I have to say, I’d go for the In & Out burgers but Shake Shack fries is so much better. The milkshake is good too! 🙂 Uhh. Burps.

Next on the list? EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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The world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that’s floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. We only paid to be on the 86th floor, which is the main deck for $39 with tax already although you can still try to go to the 102nd floor. But, you can see everything from the 86th already, so no need to pay for extra. ❤

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From the empire, next stop is about 20 mins away.. Next stop, FLAT IRON BUILDING

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The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago’s Daniel Burnham as a steel-frame skyscraper clad in white terra-cotta. At 21 stories and 307 ft (93 meters), it was one of the city’s tallest buildings.

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Just right across from the flat iron building. . . EATALY

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Eataly is an Italian market place that has all sorts of chocolates, pastries, a cafe and a grocery in one! ❤

And, BTW — I tried their gelato! Italians are not just about the pasta. right? They are famous for their gelatos too! I tried their Stracciatella and it was di-VINE. It was creamy and so, so, so good though it did not taste like hazelnut at all. 😀

After finally getting some walls to separate us from the wind outside and celebrating with a gelato and their famous hot chocolate.. we went to SOHO, NEW YORK

So, get this — I was about tired as a monkey at 9 in the evening so I wasn’t able to take a picture. But this place is a prime shopping center where all the branded stores are. They are lovelllyyyy. ❤ Since no one is buying that night.. we walked about 30 minutes before we reached our dinner destination.. KARAKATTA

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This is the nearest place though I mentioned that we had to walk for about 30 minutes before reaching this place. Sadly, the wind was blowing so hard at 3 degrees. It’s a good thing they have ramen and can serve us hot soups, right? so, good choice all in all…

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TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 1


Even now, I cannot fathom the next words I will be typing…. I’VE BEEN TO NEW YORK! 🙂 Oh.my.heart. I am officially in love with the city. One cannot erase what you’ve seen and experience.

So to start telling my story… Undoubtedly, we land in JFK Airport from LAX.

We boarded an airtrain from JFK Airport. An airtrain links you to the MTA New York City buses and subways which will basically take you all around the city. We spent $8.00 for the card. After alighting from the airtrain, we boarded an MTA train again to go to our Airbnb.

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It was a Sunday when we arrive but we were so hungry. It was raining and it’s 9 degree Celsius. :/ So we decided to eat first at Starbucks and head for mass. Can you guess where? …. SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL

It is decorated with Neo-Gothic style. It is the seat of the archbishop of NY located on the east side of Fifth Ave between 50th and 51st streets in midtown manhattan, directly across from Rockefeller Center.

The church was majestic. It looked so classic an vintage and elite all at the same time. The carvings were carefully done and very intricate.

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And, since I’ve mentioned awhile ago that the cathedral is across from Rockefeller Center… 

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Also one of the most famous landmarks in NYC, it’s running on 22 acres that features 19 commercial buildings. It is also a popular destination for all the events happening in the city. Do you remember the Home Alone 2 scene where Kevin McCallister is standing infront of a giant christmas tree and wishing for his family to return? well, that’s where this is. The famous lighting of the Christmas Tree every year that is being aired all over the world? It’s here. You can actually also go up, TOP OF THE ROCK where you can see the skyline of the city. But for us, we didn’t go there since we will be doing that at the Empire State Building — which is due for another post.

So after we’re settled in our Airbnb, which is at Upper East Side (well, hello elites), we head out for some lunch. and since we were dead tired from all the walking, we decided to stop by the nearest restaurant we could find from where our Airbnb is. It left us with… trying our first and last NYC Pizza.

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It’s a self service restaurant with pizza pans lined in front of the counter so you can choose what flavor you like. And I tell you, 1 slice is enough for 1 or 2 persons!

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After our late lunch.. we head to THE MET  and ohmygod. Who here watches Gossip Girl and their famous MET Steps? and only the coolest and most IT girls are allowed to seat at THE steps. Haha. (Feeding my college heart with Gossip Girl Achievements! ❤ )

Even the streets leading to the museum is Insta-worthy. When we were walking to the museum, we could see there were 2 V-E-R-Y long lines on each end where the entrance is. BUT, BUT, but.. the lines move pretty quickly! so, don’t fret. Though, I suggest you go in the morning so you can take a look around more. The museum is huge.

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So, my favorite part of the museum is… the one with all the God Statues.

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Some of the other parts of the museum…

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After hours of looking at everything spectacular, we uber-red back to Airbnb and went to K-TOWN .  We ate at KANG HO DONG BAEKJONG in K-Town which received a two thumbs up from Anthony Bourdain.

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I don’t exactly know what we ordered but everything was good. All korean food is G-DOUBLE O -D Good. After a festive dinner, we head to the very lit and eye poppin TIMES SQUARE 

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Everything is so colorful and bright and sunny and alive and active… This is why the city absolutely never sleeps. There are random people performing, friends having a night out and just-all-sorts-of-people. ❤

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Okay! So you I know you’ve seen the M&M Store in facebook right? and the Hershey’s Store where all the giant chocolates are? We went there! 😀

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I swear I loved New York on Day 1!

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BOOK THOUGHTS: THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG


Chapter 3: Build Confidence and Destroy Fear

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  • All confidence is developed. No one is born with confidence
  • Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement fertilize fear. Hesitation only enlarges & magnifies fear. Take action promptly. Be decisive
  • Don’t build mental monsters. When you remember situations of any kind, concentrate on the good part of the experience
  • To think confidently, act confidently
  • Managed motions can change emotions
  • Think: People are alike in so many ways than they are different. So if the other person is basically like me, there’s no point in being afraid of them.

HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE:

  1. Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Recall your little victories and accomplishments
  2. Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank.

HOW TO CONQUER FEAR OF PEOPLE:

  1. Get a balanced view of the other fellow.
    • Every person is important. You are equally important as the people around you.
  2. Develop an understanding attitude
    • Try to empathize with the person. If someone lashes out on you and make a scene, try to understand the life he has.
    • Think: Underneath, he’s probably a nice person. Most folks are.

HOW TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU SAY ‘I’m confident’

  1. Be a front seater
  2. Make eye contact
  3. Walk 25% faster
  4. Speak Up
  5. Smile Big

 

Chapter 4: How to Think Big

  • Everyday there are more signs of expanding opportunity
  • How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments
  • Probably the biggest human weakness is self-deprecation – selling oneself short.
  • You’re bigger than you think. So fit your thinking to your true size. Never, never never sell yourself short
  • To think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive images
  • Before complaining, ask yourself, ‘Is it really important?’
  • Think big and none of the little things can hold you back

Four ways to develop the big thinker’s vocabulary

  1. Use big, positive cheerful words and phrases to describe how you feel
  2. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people
  3. Use positive language to encourage others. Compliment people personally at every opportunity
  4. Use positive words to outline plans to others

 

See what can be, not just what is.

  • Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything.
  • It isn’t what one has that’s important. Rather, it’s how much one is planning to get that counts
  • The price tag the world puts on us is just about identical to the one we put on ourselves.
  • Practice adding value to thinks. Look for ideas to make things worth more.
  • Practice adding value to people. Remember, to bring out the best in a person.
  • Practice adding value to yourself.

 

Chapter 5: How to think and dream creatively

  1. Believe it can be done. When you believer something can be done, your mind find ways to do it.
  2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind
  3. Ask yourself, ‘How can I do better?
  4. Ask yourself, ‘How can I do more?
  5. Practice asking and listening
  6. Stretch your mind & get stimulated

 

  • When you believe, your mind find ways to do
  • Man belongs where man wants to go
  • Make it a point to soak up all the good ideas that you can
  • Be an experimental person. Break up fixed routines. Expose yourself to new things.
  • Be progressive, not regressive
  • There is an endless room for improvement
  • It isn’t so much what you know when you start that matters. It’s what you learn and put to use after you open the door that counts the most
  • Capacity is a state of mind. How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do
  • Do what you do better and do more of what you do
  • There is no limit to what we can learn by asking and listening
  • Let yourself be exposed to ideas of other intelligent people
  • Your mind will create a way, if you let it

 

 

THOUGHTS: KDRAMAs


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Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo

If you want a light, fun, no-drama, all good series, this one is for you. I love how Bok Joo can simply be just herself, completely. Without the need to act womanly, to eat like a construction worker and to act sheepishly just about every single day.

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Goblin

I have to admit, it was a fad that I can’t miss to see for myself. Thus, I embark to start watching it. At first, it didn’t interest me because of the constant return of the past (which bores me instantly). But with patience HA-HA, I was able to get the hang of it — not only that but I got HOOKED! I was especially fond of the bromance between Goblin and the Grim Reaper. It was so fun to watch the love-hate relationship between the two that ended into a real friendship. And the candle idea of calling the god, I like that. 🙂 Being able to call the god that everyone fears as your own anytime, anywhere is such a benefit. THOUGH, I hated the ending. Based from the story, it was her second life already, which means, she only has 1 life left to live. The troubling thought that occurs in my head now: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO GOBLIN AFTER HER THIRD LIFE? IS HE TO LIVE ON HIS OWN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE? because the girl has used up all her 3 lives? SAD.

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Descendants of the Sun

I know Song Hye Gyo from Full House. I watched fullhouse when I was still in High School. I wanted to give it a try since I loved fullhouse. Additionally, she is just too pretty. Did I mention that the guy was pretty handsome too? Another bromance hit for me between Big Boss and Wolf. 😀 😀 Wolf doesn’t have a pretty face but that’ll do. I can still remember the scene in the cafeteria. (all ranks, lower than I, close your eyes…..). BUT, for me, there were a lot of boring parts (war..)

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The Heirs

GAH. This, I love right off the bat!!! Lee Min Ho or not. The house at the start? Man oh man… Every girl’s dream. ❤ I love their flirty text messages before he knew that she was living in his house. His persistence, effort and just the thought that he keeps on fighting for her spells LOVE. I think this will always be one of my favorites.

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School 2017

This, I watched without any referral. I went with this, eyes closed. 🙂 It was not bad, there wasn’t a good laugh either. It was a good distraction.

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Strong Woman

Just like Weighlighting Fairy, the woman leads this story.  Imagine being extremely wealthy, handsome, famous for owning a business that fit your personality? livin the dream. yeah? It was. It really was. I smiled so often when the guy was showing his affections for the girl. He didn’t dare hide. He expressed his feelings and he placed effort in chasing his bodyguard. ❤

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Legends of the Blue Sea

I think, I THINK —- it’s because I fell in love with Lee Min Ho during the heirs (that’s why I was interested to watch this). This too, was a light one except for the parts of the crazy murdered. And BTW, How evil is the mother? killing 3 of her husbands! Again, the house is ❤

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Cheese in the Trap

It was definitely confusing at first. Trying to figure out the what’s inside the characters was a bit hard. All in all, it was okay. I ahd fun watching it. But it’s not something that I would want to watch again.

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Fight for my Way

Perfect case of bestfriends turn lovers. How will you move from being friends? How can you be jealous when you absolutely have no right to be? Will you follow if your girlfriend tells you not to pursue your dreams? Love the antics of the two here. Also fond of their little group and how close they are. ❤

BOOK THOUGHTS: The Magic of Thinking BIG


***I’m only on Chapter 2 and I find myself nodding while reading every line. I’m sharing you the most important ones from what I’ve read so far….

Chapter 1: Believe you can succeed and you will

  • Belief is the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life
  • A person is a product of his own thoughts. Believe big and grow big.
  • Believe in yourself and good things will start happening.
  • Those who convert opportunity into reward will be those wise people who learn how to think themselves to success.

How to develop the Power of Belief

  1. Think success, don’t think failure. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success.
  2. Remind yourself regularly that you are better that you think you are. – Never sell yourself short.
  3. Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.

 

Chapter 2: Cure yourself of Excusitis, the failure disease

The Four most common forms

1.‘But my health isn’t good’

  • The perfect specimen of adult life is nonexistent. There is something wrong with everybody
  • The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude with two arms everytime.’

HOW TO CURE:

  1. Refuse to talk about your health
  2. Refuse to worry about your health
  3. Be genuinely grateful that your health is as good as it is
  4. Remind yourself often, ‘it is better to wear out than rust out’

 

2. ‘But you’ve got brains to succeed’

  • Two common reasons: We underestimate our own brainpower & we overestimate the other fellow’s brainpower
  • What really matters is not how much intelligence you have but how you use what you do have

HOW TO CURE:

  1. Never underestimate your own intelligence and never overestimate. Concentrate on your assets. It’s how you use your brains that counts
  2. Remind yourself daily: ‘My attitude is more important than my intelligence’
  3. Remember that the ability to think is of much greater value than the ability to memorize facts

 

3. ‘It’s no use. I’m too old. Or too young’

  • What matters is how well you know your job. Age has no real relation to ability, unless you convince yourself that years alone will give you the need to make your mark

HOW TO CURE:

  1. Don’t be age conscious.
  2. Don’t take advantage of your new gold bars
  3. Get used to having older persons working for you
  4. Your age won’t be a handicap unless you make it one

 

4. ‘But my case is different. I attract bad luck’

  • Just concentrate on developing those qualities in yourself that will make you a winner

HOW TO CURE:

  1. Accept the law of cause and effect
  2. Don’t be a wishful thinker. Success comes from doing those things and mastering those principles that produce success

 

EVERYDAY: DCA CHRISTMAS


It’s becoming a yearly tradition yet we were not prepared! Scouted for the venue on the spot. Good thing we found a table for us at… Fridays! 🙂

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Attendees: Ms. Lolit, Ms. Grace, Ms. Donna, Ms. Minnie, Ms. Sonia, Leigh, Jane, Myself and the significant other. ❤

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And for supper, I ordered the Black Calamari Pasta. ❤ We also tried exchanging gifts and three things, like every year. We had to bring Php 500 worth of any gift.

I received a black wallet from XOXO and I gave a Zara Perfume. We also won a bag of cheetos from the Three things which the boyfriend ate on his own. 😦

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Until our next Christmas, Loves. ❤

EVERYDAY: 60th of Baby


It was indeed a surprise. 🙂 I think this is the first time I actually witnessed a ‘supposed to be’ a suprise party come to life and actually bring tears! Good job for the liars in the family. 😀

Venue: Azumi Botique Hotel

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The celebrant and her gifts.

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Birthday Celebrant and her current officemates

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The Birthday Celebrants and her Long Time Friends

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The Celebrant and Relatives

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The Celebrant and the young ones. 🙂

GAMES: Guess the Song, Get to know Baby

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And lastly, blowing of the candles….

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Happy Birthday, Nang! We ❤ you!