EAT ALABANG: PARMIGIANO


The place is open and surrounded by glass. It’s lit with sun so the entire place is bright, which is why I also like it. ❤ We had a reservation that’s why we were able to get a table. I suggest you do the same because while we were there, there’s a couple of groups which they had to turn down because the place was full and tables were already reserved.

Anyway, so we ordered a LOT. It seems like all Filipinos are – we are afraid to go hungry. 😀

Paella Negra for Php 690

Thanks to my husband, this is now one of my favorite food to order anywhere. I’m glad that the serving of seafood is very generous. The calamari was still crispy and the actual squid is not gummy and not just flour. The paella is flavorful unlike some where it tends to get bland. Love, love, love this. ❤

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Pasta del Parmigiano Pasta (Parmigiano Wheel) for Php 520

I didn’t get to taste this but according to my sister and brother in law, they really liked this. I think the serving can be for 2-3 if you ordered other food to go with this.

Tomato Cream Spaghetti Al Gambheri for Php 825

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4 Stagioni for Php 485 

This is basically veggie pizza – Tomato based topped with artichokes and mushrooms. This is a no for me. I’m definitely not their customer.

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Carnivora for Php 550 

Pollo Al Mattone for Php 720

There’s a lot of food I didn’t get to try. I apologize. 😛 Hahaha. BUT, a lot of good feedback.

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Serving is good for groups. ❤ Next time, I’ll stick to pasta and paella. ❤ Happy Birthday to me! ❤

EAT ALABANG: OOMA


Pre-game is strong! 😀 Another pre-birthday treat of my hubby is in Ooma. Okay, honestly we are to choose only from the Moment Group since a supplier gave us a gift card. Thank you. ❤

We ordered the Kani Salad for Php 295

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Love Kani. ❤

Ebi Tempura Maki for Php 255

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and Gyudon for Php 209

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Absolutely nothing special. I find it too salty and so-so.

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But heyyy, just look at my handsome date. ❤ ❤ ❤ I can’t believe I get to have a date with this one whenever I freakin want to. 🙂

THOUGHTS: Things I learned from my Ex


It’s 15 days before Heart’s Day and what better time to reflect on this. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still working on several of the points below but every person that you meet, every bond you’ve created, every memory that you treasure speaks volume and if you look at it hard enough, you’ll see that these experiences are bound to teach you something.

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  • There’s a life outside the relationship.

My friends used to tell me that when I first had a relationship, I forgot about them and that I was completely imprisoned by the relationship. It’s important to spend time with your partner but it’s also as important to spend time outside of your relationship, whether it is to set aside time for your hobby, spend a quiet time with your family, see your friends or whatever it is you like to do. Do it. Your partner is not your entire world. 

  • Learn to trust.

It may be difficult for someone who had an experience before, but your past is not your partner’s fault. If you love the person, trust that he will never hurt you intentionally just as you would not with him.

  • If you are truly important, he’ll wait.

Okay, this one. . . It’s a given. I was in High School. I was known for having the strictest parents alive. I had a school bus service in the morning and in the afternoon. Unlike the other students, I don’t get to socialize and go home whenever I want to. I can only socialize until a given time but I still had to ride with my bus. This certain suitor told me bluntly that the reason he stopped courting me was because I couldn’t get out of the house whenever he pleases. If he cares, if you’re important to him, he’ll spend time wherever you are, even if it’s just inside your house. 

  • Endings can mean a start something great.

It has to be. And that’s the only feasible explanation. God takes away a person because he has someone better for us. ❤ My marriage proves it. ❤ I am in a way, WAY better relationship now.

  • Appreciate the small things

You know how before it was taught to us that God appreciates the Php 10 from a beggar than a Php 1,000,000 from a Billionaire? It’s because the beggar gave everything he has. I was in a relationship before where my someone had to literally skip lunch and drink water from the cafeteria instead for a month to save Php 400 pesos to buy me a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts because she couldn’t save enough money to buy me cake? And honestly, it melted my heart. It’s really the small things that matter, the effort the other person gives. 

  • When you love someone, tell it to them. 

Life is short! If you feel it, tell it to them. If they don’t feel the same way, it’s okay. If they do, then great! Never miss a chance just because you fear rejection. 

From one of my most loved series and characters, ”If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you’re scared that it’s not the right thing. Even if you’re scared that it’ll cause problems. Even if you’re scared that it will burn your life to the ground, you say it, and you say it loud and you go from there”. – Mark Sloan

  • Never tolerate infidelity

Infidelity is breaking that sacred bond you have with your partner. A commitment is a commitment for a reason. I used to be in a semi-relationship with a guy that started when he had a girlfriend. He broke it off with her to be with me. But I realized, how will I be able to trust him to be completely faithful when I know for a fact what he’s capable of? Second Chances for infidelity is still a no for me. But it depends on your values in life.

  • Never pretend someone you’re not

This is pretty simple. If I pretend to obsess over football just because the guy I like loves football — Can I imagine myself pretending to watch football for the years to come? No. just be yourself. If you eat a LOT, eat a mouthful on your first date! Don’t starve yourself. Guys likes girls who are not as skinny as a skeleton! The relationship will lasts longer if you both feel comfortable with each other. 

  • Communication is key

I used to be one of those girls who would throw a tantrum out of nowhere. (I AM, rather) I have not been able to remedy this yet. HAHA. but most often than not, your significant others are not a mind reader. Sometimes, they have absolutely no idea what they did wrong so they will continue to do exactly that. For example, If I was scrolling my feed and I saw my husband liked his ex’s or his crush’s picture — I will  not mind him and I will intentionally be difficult. I won’t say anything. But, for him not to do that again, I will have to tell him how it made me feel so that he understands. (but this is me, still a work in progress though). Tell your someone how you feel. It’s better to express it than to hide it in the long run. 

  • Not one of my past is a mistake. 

People will come and go, whether it may be your partner or your friend. If a relationship failed, it may be that someone better will come along or that person or the relationship is meant to teach you something. Maybe your ex brought you back to your passion, maybe your ex helped you bloom, maybe your ex taught you to dance, maybe your ex opened you to a new world, etc. Maybe your past made you realize that everything has its reason and should be seen as an experience to learn from. 

EAT ALABANG: FRANKIE’S


It’s my Pre-Birthday Lunch! and because we are about to check-in in one of the hotels nearby, we decided to have lunch in Molito, Alabang and the hubby has been craving for frankie’s. TSS. (as if it’s his birthday) no. not a fan of wings btw.

He ordered a Half Dozen Classic Buffalo Wings for Php 130

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And I ordered the Boneless Salt & Pepper Chicken with Bleu Cheese Dip for Php 209

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And obviously, a side of French Fries for Php 100

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I will always be celebrating with this one from now on. ❤

THOUGHTS: Birthday Q&A


I have been searching on our very friendly and reliable Pinterest on what I can write about for my birthday. And I have been clicking non-stop and there’s way too many ideas there. 😛 Haha.

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One of it was answering questions by spelling out your name. Here goes:

V E N I C E D E L A C R U Z

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V – Last time I cried

January 16, 2020. Work is a sensitive issue for me. I cried because of something my mom said. She was trying to make me feel better about ‘it’ – SG

E – My Best Friend

My Mom. She may not be the usual type of best friend whom I tell every single thing to but she has the most effect in me. She may be the only person who can make me okay (about the stated issue above). She’s my rock. She’s the person that I look up to. I know every child must think that his/her parents knows a lot about everything. But truly my Mom does. She has a way for anything and everything. ❤

N – Favorite place to shop at

I’m not sure if it’s the age of E-commerce or old age, making me lazy to shop around in actual stores or if it’s my husband who I feel is impatient with me when looking around — but honestly. I cannot remember the last time I intentionally shop in the mall. I’m rambling. My answer is Zalora. ❤ Brands: Zalora, Zalora Basics and Something Borrowed

I – Have any tattoos or piercings? 

Yes, two. Just in my ears. I would love a tatt. I don’t know how I’ll handle the pain given I have a low tolerance for it. Last year, I was pitching the idea of tatt rings to my husband, he agreed. But now, he’s lying and telling me that he did not agree. GRR. So yeah. But I still have to do some research. I’d like a symbolic one with a very deep meaning behind it.

C – Who I like and why I like them

Let me just make it fair by mentioning someone public figure. I will not be able to do justice if I tell you it’s a friend of mine since you will not have an idea of who that person is. So, at the top of my head? Colleen Hoover. I’m planning to read my Nth book of Coho. and I honestly have not read any of her books that I hated. There. ❤ I love her simply because her works are not a waste of time. ❤ and definitely deserves to be on the reread list.

E – My Best Friend

My ultimate best friend and my everything all rolled into one. You know how you have best friends who you don’t talk to everyday, you have your eating buddy, movie buddy, kalokohan buddy, singing buddy and all? He is it. He’s my everything. He’s the one I tell every single thing to, he’s the one I tell all the new jokes to, he’s the one I tag in all the memes, he’s the one I forward quotes on facebook to, he’s the one I talk to in viber, messenger, text and comment section all at once. My husband and my everything. ❤

D – Hardest thing I’ve ever been through

I’d like to say that I’m one of the lucky ones who have not experienced any traumatizing death or calamity in life. For me, it’s the everyday battle of loving one’s self entirely, being content and happy.

E – My Best Friend

This is the third spot for best friends and I wouldn’t want to single out just one person when several of them deserve a spot. I’d like to mention most of my closest and consistent best friends are from High School. You know who you are. They are all so dear to me yet different altogether. (One very brand conscious and classy who laughs so loud, One who swears way too loud and punches way too much, One who doesn’t seem to have any bad attitude and loves to say truelaloo, One who remembers every single detail and advises like a licensed Psych)

L – One of my Insecurities

Easy. It all comes down to this. – Not being good enough. I didn’t pass the interview, because I’m not good enough. I didn’t get the promotion, because I’m not good enough. He has a crush on someone else, because I’m not good enough. I didn’t win, because I’m not good enough. I wasn’t chosen, because I’m not good enough. My skills is not good enough, my experiences is not good enough. I’m not good enough. I really have to work on this.

A – Why my last relationship ended

I wouldn’t say it was toxic. For me, at least. To put it bluntly, the relationship ended because that person blames the relationship for every single bad thing that’s happening in her life. Talk about Buddhism and karma.

C – Who I like and why I like them

Again, a public figure although I’m not sure if you know her. It’s Steph Claire Smith. She has the most amazing body without being bonesy, the most angelic smile and she sounds so genuine and true in her IG Videos. ❤ (P.S. Love her wedding gown)

R – Favorite Song at the moment

Best Days by Matt White is currently on replay since I used the same song in the SDE that I was editing. ❤ I’ll share it here within the week. 🙂

U – Where I want to be right now

I always want a getaway during my birthday. Unfortunately, there’s way too many things happening in the world right now – Taal’s pending explosion, Corona Virus and the like. So if you’re sincerely asking me where I want to be right now? I want to be in one the pretty Airbnbs in Bali with the floating fruit breakfast with my hubby. ❤

Z – How are you

If I’m being honest, I’m not at my best.  I feel so defeated. It’s been another year and I feel like I have not accomplished anything in one year. But physically, I have no ailments so I’m still grateful. 😀

EVERYDAY: Happy Birthday, Ma!


To the most assertive, strong-willed, terrifying person that I know, Happy Happy Birthday. ❤

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My mother, being selfless that she is spent her birthday renewing her children’s passport. Thanks for going with us, Ma!

And a delicious, tummy bloating dinner followed at Circles, Shangrila Makati.

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Thanks, Ma! We all love you! ❤

EAT PASAY: Nara Thai Cuisine


Thai is and will always be a safe place for me to try. ❤ I seem to love everything. It’s a never a hit and miss for me. Haha.
We tried going to the new Ayala Mall Manila Bay and settled for Nara Thai Cuisine.
I was not able to take a picture of the surroundings.
We ordered the following:
Pla Nil Tord Nam Pla / Fried Pla Pla with Fish Sauce for Php 650.

Chicken Pandan for Php 360

Fried Prawns in Sweet Tamarind Sauce for Php 750

Pomelo Salad for Php 380

Crispy Fried Shrimp Cakes for Php 350

Bagoong Rice for Php 245

Nara Thai Sampler for Php 395 (Fish Cake, Chicken Satay, Pork Wonton, Spring Roll & Pomelo Salad)

Prawns in Spicy Lemongrass and Lime Soup for Php 430

The place is good for occassions or dining in groups. 😊Food is delicious too. ❤ The winner for me is the Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce. (: can’t wait to go back.

THOUGHTS: Run at your own pace


We are not required to explain everything that’s happening in our lives to other people.

failed marriage, not passing the board exam, leaving a toxic relationship, finishing school at age 25, not having savings at 30.

We live this life differently. Run at your own speed

Charity Delmo

Such a helpful reminder. ❤

 

 

BOOK: P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han


GOODREADS: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

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Before Valentine’s Day and the release of the second franchise, I finished reading this as part of my reading challenge. ❤

I understand the hype for the trilogy  and I have not exactly read the third book but I liked the first one better. It’s a pretty easy light read but PK is exhausting and this second installment confirmed that I’m team john. ❤

I am definitely shipping for LJ and John Ambrose Mc Laren!!!! Chemistry between the two is undeniable and simple. It’s easy with him. He’s romantic and ideal and perfect in a sense.

What I didn’t like about the book was One, how confusing LJ was. I hate that she’s hung up on PK but still sends all those mix signals to johnny. And Two, that this PK is always choosing his ex girlfriend Gen. He may not see it as picking his ex over his present and that he’s only there for her as a friend but he’s not fucking considering how his girlfriend would feel. Right? Right? ‘I’m only there for her as a friend’ is total BS.

BUT, there’s a lot of things I liked too. I loved that the story line maintained the snail mail. It’s part of the charm of this whole trilogy. The letters of LJ and Johnny. ❤ just ❤ ❤ I love the USO Party  and the dance and dressing up. I can just imagine Johnny in his military uniform stopping in the driveway in his jaguar. GAAAHH. ❤ I love the idea of the pin, of how it symbolizes commitment to a certain girl back in the day. I love the snowball gift of johnny. It reminds you of the moment they shared when they snuck out and played in the snow. ❤ I’m not being bias but shit. I love all the conversations of LJ and Johnny. I don’t mean to exaggerate but literally all of them. ❤ ‘Thank for the save’. – ‘Anytime’ with a big grin on his face as they drive away. ❤ I love how people from Johnny’s school knows about LJ. ❤ I love how Johnny said, ‘Do you want to build a Snowman?’ I love the relationship of the father to his three daughters. I loved the moment he said, ‘It pains me that you didn’t come to me when things were so hard for you at school.’ Sometimes, a parent tries so hard.

SPOILER ALERT: I hate that LJ chose to be with PK. I hate that Johnny was left hanging in the process. I hate that Johnny had to say, ‘Did I even have a shot?’ fuckin breaks my heart.

I also like to commend J.H. of how the relationship was portrayed in the story. It exposes the character’s flaws. The relationship was definitely far from perfect unlike others with all love-love-love. As you read through the book, you can see how the characters learn to be in a relationship and their growth as a person.

Book Highlights: 

  • You only know you can do something if you keep on doing it.
  • People say the absence makes the heart grow fonder. I say proximity makes the heart grow fonder.
  • The thrill of a boy putting his hands on you for the first time.
  • Johnny: That peanut butter chocolate cake you baked was the best I ever ate.
  • It’s the little things, the small efforts, that keep a relationship going.
  • So what would you have asked for if you won? Johnny: Your peanut butter chocolate cake. ❤
  • I deserve to be someone’s number one girl.
  • Stormy Moment: What will I do now that peter’s not my boyfriend anymore? You’ll just do what you did before he was your boyfriend. You’ll go about your day and you will miss him at first but over time, it will ease. It will lessen. All you need is time and you, little one, have all the time in the world.’ It’s true. Stormy’s right.
  • I didn’t know you could miss someone even more acutely when they’re only a few feet away.
  • It can be tough with best friendships. You’re both growing and changing, and it’s hard to grow and change at the same rate.
  • What’s the fun in anything if there aren’t a few roadblocks to spice things up?
  • Stormy: You have to let yourself be fully present in every moment. Just be awake for it.
  • I don’t think a girl ever gets over losing her mom. I’m an adult and it’s completely normal and expected for my mom to be dead but I still feel like an orphan sometimes.
  • When you lose someone and it hurts, that’s when you know the love was real.
  • Jung: the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate.
  • People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world, they are everything. And then they are not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.
  • I know now that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all.
  • Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. Does it hurt? Sometimes. When you are real, you don’t mind being hurt.

Anddd, that’s it!! Can’t wait for Valentines!!! Noah is coming here. ❤

BOOK: Skylarks by Karen Gregory


Goodreads: Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house. So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy. But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver 

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It’s refreshing to read something like this. First, this is my first book where the heroine are 2 lesbians. I’ve read a couple of colorful books but it usually features both males. The story also brings me back to a certain point in my life where I was Annabel. The book was really an eye opener.

I appreciate KG’s effort to talk about relevant issues such as poverty, different social classes, political activism and inequality in general. The conversation was not heavy yet you learn something from the daily life and financial struggles and issues that were raised through the character of Joni.

I loved how KG built the relationship of Joni and Annie where it was not rushed. As you go through the chapters, you witness how their relationship grows from acquaintance to colleagues to friends to something mutual to becoming special and until their I-love-yous. Unlike some YAs where they meet and they instantly fell in love. like, what? How did you even? Not . like . that. at. all. The build up was perfect.

Some daily life struggles of Joni:

  • Not wanting to enroll or take another class or attend a seminar because she worries she doesn’t have any smart clothes & it would also mean she needs a decent haircut which would also cost her.
  • Her everyday clothes are old compared to the other students.
  • She has to go to the library really early to do an assignment because her laptop is busted.
  • Worrying about whether her brother can attend the school trip — it would cost them money
  • She checks the price of every single thing and knows them by heart
  • Not being able to shop for your groceries without looking at the price tag
  • It’s a luxury to be able to eat and leave the dishes on the sink because someone is there to clean it up.

Some of the highlights from the book:

  • We all have less because they always have to keep grabbing at more.
  • What’s the point in always looking at what everyone else wants and wishing you had it? That never stops, does it? Someone’s always going to have a bigger house or a better car or whatever. It’s best not to ‘make waves’.
  • Sometimes I wish the most important part of the day was still those playtime, running and shouting, the playground hot under our feet and our futures not even thought of yet.
  • There’s all these expectations that you will do something incredible but it doesn’t actually matter if you do, because someone else is always more extraordinary than you.
  • Having money doesn’t mean life is easy.
  • Even when everything is about crap as it’s going to get, you still have to roll over and get your feet on the floor.
  • When you love someone, it’s an act of courage. You have to let yourself take chances.
  • Courage will find you in the choices you make, to keep fighting, especially when there’s no guarantees.

Overall, it’s a 3/5 for me. It’s an okay read but it’s not something I will reread willingly. Although I’m thinking if I should pick up her other book, Countless. Should I?

BOOK: 2020 Reading Challenge


Okay! So I read a total of 24 books last year.
With all that is happening last year, and being able to surpass my book count, I’d like to dare myself to follow a reading challenge this year.
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I asked one of my colleagues, who also loves reading to choose a book for me. I gave her a list of 25 categories in which she would get to pick what book.
So aside from the books that I personally want to read, I’d like to follow the list below:
1. Book becoming a movie in 2020 – P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han
2. Goodreads Winner in 2019 – The testaments by Margaret Atwood
3. Less than 200 pages – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
4. By an Author of Color – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
5. A love story – The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
6. Title with 5 words or More – The Prisoner of Azkaban
7. More than 400 pages – City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
8. Famous Author you’ve never read – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
9. Set in Asia – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
10. Reread a Childhood Favorite – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
11. Genre you don’t usually read – Carrie by Stephen King
12. A book everyone is talking about – A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
13. Recommended by a family member – Normal People by Sally Rooney
14. About a Controversial Topic – Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
15. The next book in a series – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
16. Debut Novel – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
17. A book you haven’t read by an author you love – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
18. With a color in the title – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
19. A book about politics – Engines of Privilege 
20. By a Local Author – The woman who had two navels by Nick Joaquin
21. With two authors – Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
22. 2020 New Release – American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
23. A Book you saw someone reading – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
24. A Self Improvement book – The Subtle Art of not giving a fck 
Posting this here not only to share but my strategy to actually follow through. 😛
Currently, reading Skylarks now. After, will start with this challenge.
Mind sharing what you are reading now? ❤

BOOK: Truly, Widly, Deeply by Jenny Mclachlan


GOODREADS: Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in…well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance.

But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions! 

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I have to be honest but I will have to give this book a rating of 2/5 not because of the story or the writing but because it’s a waste of book money or should I say there’s a million other books worthier than your penny. Don’t get me wrong the story is okay. It’s a light read but something I will not reread or recommend.

  • All the best, coolest things in life start with nausea.
  • When I read, my world gets bigger and better.
  • Weird is the new normal.
  • Losing your identity in a relationship is really creepy and controlling idea.
  • Annie Demos, will you be my girl?
  • I’m going to make us some toast, and then we’re going to eat the toast watching endless episodes of friends.
  • That’s what happens in a relationship. You might love it. You might hate it. But you’ll never know if you run away from what you’re feeling.
  • Fight the fear, beautiful girl!
  • Never regret something that makes you smile.
  • Maybe that’s why people swim in icy water or climb mountains. Just so they can experience a mind blowing cup of tea afterwards.
  • When people are determined to tell you that there is something wrong with you, then you have a choice – you can either give in and believe them or you fight them.

And, Holy Shit! I forgot! Have I mentioned that the characters are bookworms too? Like the type who argues on the theme of the story, the characters in the book, the motives of the people in the story, etc.  Plus, they mentioned friends!!!! ❤

I also love the big grand love gesture. ❤ Bringing the person that you love to something that you both share on a personal level? Something uncommon and something that only you two understands? That’s love. ❤

EVERYDAY: Christmas 2019


I’m sure everyone enjoyed this Holiday Season! ❤
I’m sure we all gained weight, saw distant relatives, wrapped some presents, braved the mall for some last minute shopping, drank a beer or two and was filled with overwhelming joy.
This year, I felt like Christmas was a thunder! It’s a blur, a happy blur but everything happened in a quick flash. Everything was rush.
My first Christmas celebration is with my lunchies family. This year was extra effort since we had a movie – TV – Show themed party.
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In here, you will see Rhina as Agnes from Despicable me, Wendy as Tomb Raider, Myself as Elle Woods (notice my dog please! haha), Loreen as Mary Poppins, Olive dressed as someone from Clueless, Jamie as Edna Mode, Anna as Prof Trelawney from Harry Potter, Ms. Rose as Mario, Shaun as Malfoy and Cross as Captain America.
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Thank you Cross for my perfume in the exchange gift. Thank you Olive for the lotion, Ms. Rose for the hand towel, Wendy for the personalized notepad, Rhina for the Shorts, Jamie for the Chocolates, Shaun for the White Pouch, Loreen for the Notebook, Erika for the Pouch and Pen, Veron for the Mirror, Neli for the Notepad, Ms. Arrian for the Wine Holder and AFC for the notebook.
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Our Christmas with my MBA family. We were not complete since Ed’s partner experienced a labor scare and Migo, apparently overslept.
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Thank you for the Okada Bear from necky, cord organizers from Mel, pearl earrings from Alex and earphones from Good. ❤
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Next is my High school Best friends, combined! I’m glad our wedding bonded them all three. It’s nice to see them getting along so well. ❤ Hate is the greatest bond, I guess.
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I received a travel pillow from our white elephant while Jude got a photo organizer that can be displayed.
It will not be complete without our constants from my College group. ❤ We had plans to eat at Kpub in BGC and Idarts after but traffic got the best of us. We ended up eating at Hakata, in Glorietta.
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Thank you for the Mr and Mrs Mugs from SB, Notebook from Jaja and Marc, Belgian Chocolate and AC pendant from Tandem, Shower Gel from Pam and a box of Pastries from Panda.
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This year will always be extra special. ❤ This year is the first year we will be welcoming Christmas together at the stroke of midnight. This year, we get to spend Christmas with both our families. ❤
And he is now part of our yearly family photo. ❤ It warms my heart and brings an extra mile in my smile. Thank you for the driving lessons, babe. Haha. I’m sure you were solely thinking of this gift for MY benefit. right?
Thank you mother butler and father farty for my pants and top and refill supply of my foundation.
Thank you siblings for my friends mug and my tan top and pants.
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Thank you Ninang Irma for the pillows, rice cooker from Ninang Baby and Toaster from Ate Ivy.
Thank you also for the ferrero from Ate Elsa and a can of cookies from Tita Achu.
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But the greatest gift I received this year is my marriage with the love of my life. A lifetime bond and commitment to the person I want to spend everyday and the rest of my life with. I love you so much!
Happy Holidays, everyone! Wishing you all had a blast this season! ❤ ❤ ❤

BOOK: A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole


GOODREADS: Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart. Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.

The story, it’s beautiful. I just read Thousand Boy Kisses and thought that Ticole is somehow Coho. I loved it so I decided to test my new adoration and boy was I right! Now I just want to read more Ticole because I know it’ll be worth my time.

I love stories that teaches us something new. And in this book, I learned more about synesthesia. I learned about music and tempo and rhythm and classic music.

  • The idea of time, moving, us being useless to stop it.
  • Even if something makes you hate music, whatever it is can often be the catalyst for your next great work.
  • Manners cost nothing, son. Always be gracious with those who want to help.
  • EASTON to BONNIE: She’s good people. She’s my sister. But she’s more than that. She’s my best friend. Damn, she’s my compass. What the hell is the world without Bonnie? Because I will see you again. Look up, and I will always be there with you. And when it’s your time, I’ll be the one to come and get you.
  • I had made many wishes in my life, but Cromwell had been the wish that I never made.
  • Cromwell Dean was an enigma.
  • And like a forever raging sea, my heart never calmed.
  • Her laughter illuminated the room.
  • She was my silver.
  • Obstacles in life sometimes make you look at the world in ways you never did before.
  • Maybe you’re the guardian angel that has arrived to get her through all this.
  • She walked into my life like a tornado and knocked me on my ass. And I fell in love with her. Not just a little bit either. She became my whole world.
  • Cromwell Dean was my sun.
  • The girl, that with one single smile, still completely illuminated my world.

Let’s give Cromwell’s Father the credit he deserves. Yeah? First, he knew from the start that crom was not his son. But he gave him his unconditional love and unwavering support. He swallowed his pride and asked for the help of the person who got his wife pregnant. It must have been hard for him but for his son, he would do anything to achieve his full potential. Hands down.

And Cromwell? to hate his dad so much and blame him for robbing him off his childhood, lashing out and eventually finding out that your father has been killed? To think about the last things you said? That his father died not knowing that he appreciated all his efforts and that he also loved him back. That must have been difficult, the guilt eating you every single day and later finding out that he was not even your father? Whew.

I have to say that I admire how much Easton and Bonnie loved each other. The sibling love for each other is incomparable. The way they hold on to each other, the way they both get strength from each other and how they look out for each other. Wow. And this is ONE BIG SPOILER: Easton taking his own life and eventually saving the life of his twin sister for having a heart failure is BEYOND HEARTBREAKING. My mind is blown and heart is inconsolable.

The creativity, talent and passion in the whole book is truly felt. The lyrics of the song pierces the heart and stays there. The talent and their love for music is all consuming.

I have to say, now I am more freaking intrigued to read Ticole’s other books. ❤ ❤