Friday, 25 December 2015

Thank You 2015

It is hard to believe, but another year is coming to an end. As the old year winds down and the new one gets geared up, it’s time for reflection. The reflecting I should be doing is the personal kind, the type where I sit down and think about the things over the past year for which I should be thankful. Personally, I’m thankful for a lot of things. I’m thankful that I made it through another year reasonably intact.

I am thankful for all the blessing I got from 2015. I have experienced a lot of good times despite some bad times. I am thankful that I survived for the very hard personal decision that I made. It was so tough but I have no regrets.

I am thankful that I still have an awesome job that gives me freedom, time for myself and financial. I am thankful that my family is complete, still happy in spite of hardships.

I am thankful that I got the chance to have a summer getaway with my relatives, of course with the whole family.

I am thankful that I have experienced to travel abroad for the first time. Had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful and reserved island in the world. Where I was able to meet the man I fall in love with.

I am thankful that I am financially ok. Provided enough help for my parents. I am thankful that after long years of working in our company, I got the chance to receive GC’s for having good attendance record for 3 consecutive months.

I am thankful that I was able step out from my comfort zone after several years of being stocked in my previous position. I felt overwhelmed and trapped by boredom and fear coz I have finally felt that there is no more room for adventure and excitement in my comfort zone. I am thankful that I transferred to a new department where I have to take some risks and fears. But I have learned that the most of the greatest lessons in life are learned by taking risks and living outside of comfort zone.  

I am thankful for everyday life. For all the happiness and blessing from 2015.
All of these are good reasons to be thankful, but I have to say that most of all I’m thankful a new year is starting. I can’t wait to find out what I’ll have to be thankful for the coming 2016.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Soul Searching in Tagaytay

I feel so empty this past few days. And I don't want to ruin my day just because of  this negative feeling so I made a last minute decision. After my night shift, I decided to go to Tagaytay alone. Yes I’m furious, but I really wanna go. So I quick scanned Google, checked the place where I can go and checked map if how far is the place from the City Central.  

I usually go there with friends by car for coffee, Bulalo, feel the cool breeze and a nice long chat. This time it’s different, I went there by bus from LRT Buendia. It can be scary traveling alone, especially when you’ve never done it before. But, for me, growing old without experiencing everything I want from life is scarier.

More than that, solo travel gives me ultimate freedom. I wake up and it’s just me— what I want, where I want, when I want. In that freedom and infinite space of possibility, I meet myself. 

Here are the places that I have visited:

  • PEOPLE's PARK in the sky 

                   - formerly called Palace in the Sky. Entrance fee is 30.00. However, since it was already owned by the Government, the park is no longer maintained. I stayed there for 15 minutes only, just to take photos and see the whole place of Tagaytay City and Taal Lake from the top.


           - This is the most popular budget-friendly destination for family and friends in Tagaytay. Entrance fee is 50.00. The TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE Eco-Trail will lead you first down to the cottage areas facing Taal Lake and the majestic Taal Volcano. The trail will then pull you up to the boardwalk and bridges surrounded by wonderful trees and the fresh cool breeze of the highlands of Tagaytay. They also have horseback riding, zipline and cable cars. 
I tried the horseback riding coz I haven't done doing that for my more than 28 years of existence. 

  • BULALO experience 
                - Tagaytay is also famous for their very good bulalo soup. Bulalo is a Filipino stew made from beef shanks and marrow bones. It is native to the Southern Luzon region of the country. I had one for my lunch. :) I enjoyed eating while sight seeing of the Taal Lake.

  • Starbucks Tagaytay
          - This is where you find one of the most beautiful Starbucks branch in the Philippines. This Starbucks store is beautifully situated in a gently sloping terrain with a breathtaking view of Taal Lake. My phone battery needs to be charged and this is a perfect place to stay, relax and use electricity. haha. :)
I enjoyed the view while having a sip to my favorite coffee drink and eating my blueberry cheesecake. 

Those were only the few places that I have visited in Tagaytay during my solo travel. There are still alot of beautiful places that I want to go soon, hopefully, with the man I love. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

One Great Day


It seems much easier if people find their friends or partner with the same interests and characteristic in the way they have. They can feel better when others agree with them, and there is no need to argue to defend their opinion.

I believe that if people choose their companion with different personality, they may be more 
successful. People can learn different experiences which help them throughout their life.

I am glad that I have experienced to be with this crazy but wonderful friend of mine even in our busy days. Though we have different personalities, our friendship still became successful. One thing we have in common is our craziness. We laugh at our own mistakes, laugh over small things and laugh that we don't care about others. :D 

InterContinental Manila to close doors after 46 Years

I have had so many good memories at InterContinental Manila Hotel ever since I joined InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) last 2009. And now, this hotel which is one of the first 5-star hotels in the country, will be "closing soon". The hotel management contract ends on December 31, 2015.

The closure of the 46-year-old hotel, designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, was announced as Ayala Land Incorporated (ALI) unveiled its plans Friday, October 9, for a new commercial, mixed-use development. 
The hotel is regarded as the longest operating international chain hotel in the Philippines, which opened on April 11, 1969, also as part of the overall redevelopment plan for Makati City.

It also holds the distinction of being the first 5-star, deluxe hotel in the city and the second InterContinental hotel to open in the region. In 2006, it updated its 332 guest rooms and suites, incorporating traditional and modern Filipino design.

I am glad that I have experienced to stay in an Ambassador way in this hotel with friends using our employee rate before. We will never forget you InterContinental Hotel Manila. 
Salamat, MNLHA... Saludo kami sa 'yo! 
(Thank you MNLHA.. We Salute You!) 

Your excellent service will be forever cherished.


Friday, 9 October 2015

KPUB BBQ Restaurant Meat All You Can

I am a number one lover of Korean music, food, dramas and variety shows. It's not because I have a Korean boyfriend but I am really inspired with their culture even if I haven't met him.

My friend suggested to try a Korean Restaurant with meat all you can while watching KPop. He found KPUB BBQ Restaurant as number one Korean Restaurant that serves all types of Korean meat.

Their best dish is of course the Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) - it is a popular Korean dish that is commonly served as an evening meal. It consists of thick, fatty slices of pork belly meat. The meat, usually neither marinated nor seasoned, is cooked on a grill at the diners’ table. A common way to eat samgyeopsal is to place a slice of the cooked meat on a leaf of lettuce or a perilla leaf or both, with some cooked rice and ssamjang, and to roll it up in the leaf and eat it. It is usually called sangchu-ssam (Korean: 상추쌈). Cooked rice and other foods wrapped in Korean lettuce can also be called sangchu-ssam.

This is my Samgyeopsal version. Just wrap it twice and eat it all.. take note, do not bite it in half. You have to put it all inside your mouth no matter how big it is. :D


Monday, 13 July 2015

Family Outing

We had such a fun family outing before my brother in law go back to Dubai. Going resort or beach is my father's favorite. Usually, he don't come with us if we go mall or park. But if we go outing, he will surely like it.

I want to share our family photos while having fun at the hot spring resort:

(brother in law with my sisters, nieces and my father)

my mother playing with my niece Yoona

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Our family bonding

I believe that there are many things to be learned in life, such as values, manners, cultural traditions, so on and so forth. Personally from my experiences, I’ve learned so many that I can’t even recall. Aside from respect, courtesy, honesty, patience and generosity, one of the ones that I do value and that I can honestly say that I believe in the most is the importance of spending time with my family.

That's why I always make sure that even in my busy days, I will still have time to go out with my family especially with my mother.

I would like to share our bonding time photos recently:

with my siblings

with my niece Yoona and my mother

Being with my family makes me happier than I usually am and it’s something that I’ll always cherish, love, and believe in.

“Friends, come and go. But family? They’re forever.