BOOK: Inevitable by Angela Graham


GOODREADS: After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon. When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

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Angela Graham made sure that whoever reads this, will want to read the next one. Good Job on the cliff hanger!

So this is not about Logan, but damn do men, cheating when they have someone who truly adores them. Cheating men are such pigs.

Back to the story — The story wasn’t really captivating. In gist, Cassie had a crush on her neighbor, Logan who turned out to be a playboy. He has a son though, who Cassie got close to. They spent their entire time playing House with each other & eventually fell in love. Until after a certain night where Cassie was ready to actually give in, Logan said some stupid things about wanting only her body but then, Cassie got into a car accident.

I just feel like it is missing something. You know how when you cook or eat and the food is okay but you can’t really pinpoint what? if it lacks salt or pepper or something else? That’s what happened here. It didn’t bore me to death but there wasn’t really anything there too — no drama, no conflicts, no love but just enough banter here and there.

  • With you, I welcome it like a breath of fresh air, but it’s still very new to me.
  • She was everything, and for the first time in my life, I knew I would never want anyone else.
  • This was love. Unconditional, all-consuming, mind-blowing love.

 

It’s a 3 out of 5 for me. If you have a copy, read it. But it’s not a book I would go out of my way to recommend.

EAT TAGAYTAY: Pamana


A proper date to celebrate what we normally wouldn’t celebrate. 😛 actually, just my excuse to try something new. 🙂

Pamana is a restaurant run by the Ongpaucos which highlights time tested family recipes that was handed down from one generation to another. It’s a classic Filipino dishes with somehow a twist.

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The main dining hall is on the second floor. Though there are also a few tables outside and on the first floor. We opted to sit in the main dining room.

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Crispy Adobong Pusit Calamares — Php 325 This dish deserves an astounding OH-MY-GOD with a very eaky squealing voice. This innovation is definitely one for the books. A must try and will surely be a repeat order every time. ❤ ❤

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Okoy Bites – Php 225 Okay, this may not be completely new but I love that it’s in bite pieces already. It’s certainly still crispy but I would have wanted something with more meat or veggies in it.

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Binagoongang Bagnet — Php 365  I am always down for some binaggongan. What I liked about this dish is how it remained crispy despite having some sauce at the bottom of the plate. I was disappointed however of how little sauce they provide. It seems the dish is just Bagnet, not Binagoongan.

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I think there’s a lot of food to go around, that’s also the reason why there’s so much food left after we can barely eat another spoon.

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With my hubby. ❤  ❤  ❤

VENICE


It’s been awhile! You noticed? 😛 Blessing your feed with this unnecessary photo paired with some quote that I need to keep reminding myself. . . 😀

It’s okay to have setbacks and the need for do-overs. 

Move forward, take baby steps then change will come. 

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BOOK: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno


GOODREADS: That’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

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I abhor the characters. If you’ve been cheated on, don’t read this book. It will open up your scars and break into tiny little pieces. I happen to have a lot of issue about the book.

  1. How selfish is Molly’s Mom to actually publish her daughter’s open heart like that?
  2. Stupid, Stupid, Selfish Molly. You don’t go have fucking sex with someone else when you’re in a relationship. And no, don’t even begin to tell me that they are broken up. Two, you don’t go on top of your boyfriend’s brother for christ sake!
  3. Patrick’s disgusting selfish desire to hold back Molly from something she is good at and something that can actually be good for her. Let the woman decide, asshole! And do not diminish the idea right away! You absolutely had no right.
  4. Gabe, gabe, gabe, gabe – Don’t go fooling around with your younger brother’s girlfriend. Sure, admire her from afar. Don’t trigger anything or flirt. Geez.
  5. Stupid, Stupid, Fucking Molly. If there’s a book your mom wrote about flirting — it definitely came from your real life experiences.
  6. Idiotic Ego of Patrick and Gabe for trying to get to each other’s nerves and caring only if they win in the expense of a person’s feelings.

 

The story started out with this third wheel conflict and it ended unresolved. I was hoping at the very least of Molly’s black soul that she will pick someone. She already broke both of their hearts, yet no one won at the very end. She betrayed the universal girl code several times even after making a dozen promises. She does not deserve any pity.

The book was alright. As you can see, I was invested in the characters and cursing each one. I think I would have loved the personality of Gabe in a whole other context not concerning Molly.

Sometimes you have to decide which stories to tie up at the ending, and which ones you have to let go. 

EVERYDAY: Mother’s Day ’19


This is one of the most important days every year where we can treat our moms extra extra special. ❤

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The parentals. 😀

Zong’s food was the perfect match to this eventful day. ❤

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The two mothers in our life. ❤

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Let everyday be Mother’s Day. ❤ ❤ ❤

TRAVEL: Coron ’19


It’s my second time and apparently, Coron doesn’t disappoint. Other than the fact, that I wasn’t able to actually go under water, I still enjoyed being a bystander. 😛

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Majestic waters of Coron, Palawan. ❤ ❤ ❤

We are actually here because my cousin, my brother and his girlfriend’s first time here.

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For the first day, we had our second prenup. You wouldn’t believe what we had to go through. I suggest for everyone travelling the beach, make sure not to wait for the water to be low tide. Dang! such an experience.

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Kudos to this team who was so patient, so bubbly and energetic. I was so hesitant to try them at first but the outcome was just how we requested. 🙂

As you can see, the hubby to be is so happy to be with me. 😀 HAHA. We are now about to start our day at the beach!

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At the famous spot where every freakin’ tourist has a picture.

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This is where they enjoyed their time in the water at Kayangan Lake. 

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And here, we had lunch at the Green Lagoon at a floating bamboo house. ❤

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We had a lot of free time in our hands. Most of us swam, some kayak, snorkel and everything in between.

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The Green Lagoon at its finest. ❤

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And a picture at the Maquinit Hotspring. ❤

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I will be creating a video to capture what transpired during the trip. ❤ ❤ ❤

Until next time! ❤

EAT MAKATI: GAJA KOREAN KITCHEN


Here’s another Korean Restaurant you can try within Poblacion, Makati! 😀 Yay for some amazing food within our range of lunch proximityyy!

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Okay, since I was with my officemates, I wasn’t really able to try the core food items that they are offering since we stuck with their lunch menus. . .

For Appetizers, we chose K-Taco for Php 320  – housemade kimchi tortilla with korean pulled pork and pickled vegetables.

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I was a bit hesitant cause I didn’t really like the taste of kimchi but this one is really good, actually. Kimchi was there but barely. The vegetables are just perfect for the meat. However, the tortilla was already soaked with what sauce they placed in there so when I picked up mine, it fell right through. — Delicious, nonetheless.

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Buldak Dosirak Meal for Php 249 — Barbecued marinated pieces of chicken with melted cheese.

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Jeyuk Dosirak Meal for Php 249 – Stir fried pork belly and vegetables in sweet and spicy sauce

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Bulgogi Dosirak Meal for Php 249 – Thinly sliced marinated sirloin.

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Ojingo Bokkeum Dosirak Meal for Php 249 – Stir fried squid and vegetables in sweet and spicy sauce

Everyone was raving about their own dish! Value for money? Defnitely. Everyone was sooo full and satisfied with the taste and the size. Each Dosirak Lunch Menu comes with Kimchi, Eggrolls, Dilis, veggies and rice.

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Black Sesame Creme Brulee for Php 220 – Black sesame infused custard topped with caramelized sugar.

I thought this would be a weird tasting dessert but I was wrong! It was actually nice but the caramelized sugar on top made it too sweet for me.

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Gaja is such a winner to all of us and we all agreed we need to come back for more. ❤

BOOK: Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme


GOODREADS: ‘Bobby Gugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen, only neither of them were gay, so far as Bobby knew. But when Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby’s entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.’

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If you are looking for a very light read, this is it! There’s no too much drama, no sudden twist, no surprise just romance between two guys who came out late in life, trying to figure out how to look for their own rainbow in this multi colored world.

  • Now I found you and fuck the rainbow. It’s like I’m walking into the sun. The sun makes the rainbows so the way I see it, that’s better. I’m just scared and I need you.
  • You’re allowed to be scared, Bob. But I got you . . . Okay? I love you. It’s me and you.
  • I’ve got all I need with you. Home, babe. You give me a home.

 

EVERYDAY: Father’s Day ’19


Father’s deserve to be celebrated too! I’m too guilty of this. I am grateful for my mom for everything that sometimes I often forget fathers do their hardwork.

We had some Italian food, pastas and pizza are the best!

And some more family pictures to make it seem a legit celebration of dads!

BOOK: When we Collided by Emery Lord


GOODREADS:  ”In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.  Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.”

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Mainly, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness and to teach us a thing or two on different mental disorders but if I am completely honest, No. I didn’t like the story. I wasn’t drawn to it and definitely not invested in the characters. 
 
Vivi is this ball of energy, a sunshine to others and a friend to everyone. Before the said summer, she was acting out of the ordinary and was diagnosed bipolar and tried to kill herself in order to feel something, anything. Jonah is acting parent to his younger siblings while her mother grieves for the death of his father. Together with grief, he has to grow up, take care of his siblings and look after their family restaurant. 
 
Some of the lines that stuck with me:
  • The natural world makes the finest architects, designers and artists look like silly amateurs. 
  • He’s the ring to my Frodo, the wardrobe to my Lucy prevensie. His presence in my life sets me on my journey, and I can feel it, a vital mission pulsing in my bones. 
  • But life surprises you. It tells you to close your eyes and blow out the candles, and then sometimes smashes your face into the cake before you can even make a wish. 
  • Well sometimes the universe gives you back, when it doesn’t want you yet — it just wants to remind you that it could, if it wants to. 
  • He looks at me with a look of amazement, like I’m a whole galaxy, glittering and vast and uncharted. 
  • How about you just let me be me and I’ll let you be you. We’ll feel everything we feel and not apologize for it. 
  • He said the measure of the man is in those decisions. Do you keep yourself and your family in safe harbor always? or do you move forward and brave the storms? 
  • Each broken person is different and there is no right way for everyone. Just a whole lot of wrong ways. 
  • No matter what heaven you believe in, your time on this earth will end. What I’m saying is that you should listen – really listen – to the slosh of the waves and the distant call of pacific birds. You should fill your lungs with ocean air, while you still can. 
  • Sometimes you have to scream to be heard and sometimes you have to open your lungs and let the words fly because they are inside you. 
  • This is going to ruin a few days. It might make some weeks harder. A few hard weeks in a great, big life. 
  • Sometimes trying to make things better makes us better too. The point is, I’m trying to create good things in the midst of bad. 
  • Maybe we are dying planets, jonah being drawn into the darkness. When we collided, we bounced each other back into orbit. And now we have to do that – we have to return to our own paths because that’s what we gave each other. 
  • That’s the thing they never tell you about love, just because one ends, that doesn’t mean it failed. 
  • A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is and then it’s gone. And exchanging the truest part of yourself – all the things that you are – with someone? What a slice of life. One I’ll carry with me into every single someday. 
  • There are thousands upon thousands of other stories. One is that it’s hard sometimes and maybe the path isn’t perfect but you get there. Some difficult weeks in wonderful lives. 
  • Keep talking. Because even when it doesn’t feel like it, more best days are always ahead. Claim them. 
 
What are the two things I learned from this story? 
 
One is that you can certainly have a bad day, a bad week or a bad month. But you can still have the best life. 
Two, not all relationships are meant to last. But each person that you can encounter teaches you something, they have a purpose in your life. 

EVERYDAY: Cecil’s 60th


Life is always a celebration right? so when you have the chance to thank the heavens for 60 years of life on this earth — you do it. You do it with the people that matters to you.

So here’s a rundown of what happened:

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The celebrant in an all-white outfit.

Of course with some of our close relatives.

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We had some games, some trivias and some video that the celebrant is currently watching.

There were some band and some dance instructors to entertain the oldies. 😛

My family. ❤

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And my love, ❤

Happy Birthdayyyy, Nang!

Venue: Marqui, BGC.

EVERYDAY: NATIONAL MUSEUM


Finally! ❤  A reasonable quality time with my hubby to be. ❤

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In the world of art, paintings are what really fascinates me. More than being jealous, I really admire their craft, the strokes and how each one of them can create something close to reality with just a brush and clouds of paint. ❤ ❤ I only wish to be like them.

On a sidenote, what do girls have to do to teach the boyfriends to be IG Boyfriend? Hahaha. Just look at the photos I take of him . . .

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compared to what he takes . . .

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Hahaha. A Manual on it please?

EAT BGC: SHAKE SHACK


Sometimes, only sometimes. . . we get to have employee benefits, only small ones. . and this time, we get to try the new Shake Shack before it opens to the public.

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Shake Shack Philippines was brought by none other than the Tantoco Family. It’s located in Central Square, BGC.

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I ordered the Single Shack Burger for Php 250 which is amazinnggg. It was juicy and delicious but compared to the one in NYC that I tried, the size is a bit smaller. And you can never eat a burger without fries right? I ordered the Regular Fries for Php 130. But the one I couldn’t refuse is Salted Caramel Milkshake for Php 190. Simply, THE BOMB. I can down the whole thing if only it didn’t give me a brain freeze. 😀

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When the long line is over, I’d like to try again with my judey. 😀

EVERYDAY: Maia Sonia turns 1.


Hello to another God Daughter! ❤ A double celebration this is! A Baptismal slash First Birthday to rejoice!

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This little chinky eyed baby girl’s name is Maia Sonia. ❤ The daughter, second child of my friend, Maf.

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An afternoon filled with food and stories to catch up on. 😀

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BOOK: Where the Forest meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah


GOODREADS: The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

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CAPTIVATING. The Story is simply captivating.

Where did this little girl come from? Is she a changeling? Should I be scared? Is this some sort of sci-fi fiction? Does she have powers? and why in the hell is this girl so smart?

As I kept on reading chapter after chapter, I felt nothing but pure curiosity how this story unfolds, what secret ursa is keeping and is she really from another universe? Man! Ursa got her story figured out! From her earpood and hetrayeh to the quarks!!

In a way, everyone needs to be more like Ursa. She is stubborn, knows what she wants and fights for it, courageous, strong willed, resourceful and curious about every little thing! AND, she sees the joy in all places! ❤

This is my first time to read a Vanderah and I’m sure as hell won’t doubt to read another one. ❤ (Two days too! )