At the end of the day..

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009

.. All I ever needed to do is count my blessings and thank Him up there.

"For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance"
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Despite neurotic schedules and budget attempts that seem to always fail, I am thankful for these people/things that keep me going -- sane, if I must say.

So if ever I might never tell you of my gratitude, I hope this piece does.

1. For my mom, who never fails to remind me that there will always be people who will be better than me, luckier than me, or some that may never be as lucky as I am. But that doesn't give me the right to step down on anyone's toes.

2. For my stepdad, who treats me as his most precious daughter, always there to listen to me, give advice, life and even money-matters. Ha!

3. To my friends, the BFF, who are there to simultaneously book Cebu Pacific seat sale trips, to listen to my non-sense woes, have ice cream with, have mani-pedis with, it is such an honor to be your sister-from-another-mother.

4. To Yaya Puppy, who prepares my lunch most of the time and drives me to the shuttle station when I'm too tamad to drive, he who gives in to all my whims, even if I spend my time playing Diner Dash 3 when we're together, thanks :)

5. To the office barkada, who  makes long working hours fly like a breeze everyday. Thank you for sharing all your wisdom to me. Me, who despite warnings, missed her flight to Cebu. To all the never ending laughs over coffee, hopia, chicken longganisa, and SMB Light, cheers.

And even if I faint in jealousy from all the lucky people I hear about, I will not exchange lives with anyone. La Desiderata. Whatever that means. :)


What to do in 2 days in the Queen City of the South --- Cebu

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

1. Since you’re traveling with a promo-fare ticket, miss your flight. You may rebook your flight by lining up at the Cebu Pacific ticketing booth at NAIA 3 and pay more than your 2-way flight. For just one way. 

2. Go home and sleep for 3 hours as soon as you got rebooked. After all, you’re bound to Cebu in just 4 hours.

3. Leave your alarm clock (celly) inside your bag and scramble for the doors when you wake up, gasp, LATE again for your flight.

4. Thank the heavens because you actually made it into this one.

5. Wake your friends (who are hung over from last night’s binge drinking at the Blu Continental bar in Marco Polo) as soon as you get to the hotel. Whine that you want to swim.

6. Swim. 

7. Stuff yourself to death at Café Marco. They do have the best buffet this side of the country, IMO.

8. Get a cab going to Tambuli Beach Resort. Prepare PhP 300 for one way. Ask Manong taxi to come back after a few hours to pick you up because it’s not at all easy to find a cab going back.

9. Pay PhP 350 for the entrance (daytour) and 50 for a towel and shower use. Shampoo and soap included.

10. Have fun in the sand. Or swim and get a bad sunburn. It’s 12 PM, after all.

11. Use the 300 (from the 350) for consumables. Beer goes well with sun and sand.

12. Head back to the hotel and get a massage at the Marco Polo Wellness Zone. The Hilot treatment is a surefire way to make you fall asleep with their excellent therapists. Get lulled in the heavenly goodness.

13. Fight the feeling of antok, revel in the smell of massage oil and eat something. By now, you really must be starved!

14. Hukad sa Golden Cowrie (Served at Golden Cowrie) is a good choice. They serve an array of really delish gastronomic delights, with which my favorites are:

a. Baked Scallops

b. Adobong Talong

c. Imbao (Halaan soup, totally reminds me of my mom’s cooking!)

15. Take a bath and meet friends from Cebu. Be snap-happy.

16. Have a few drinks with your roomies as soon as you get back while watching PBO on cable. The best!

17. Have another sumptuous, sumptuous, sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. After all, you will head back to Manila in a few hours.

18. Sleep because you didn’t get enough sleep.

19. Check out. 

20. Go to SM Cebu. A bag of unsalted danggit is about PhP 118 (SM Bonus), a pack of otap is Php 93.00 (Shamrock), a pack of Barquiron (yum!) is about PhP 63.00 and a pack of 200gm. Dried mangoes (Guadalupe brand) is Php 98.00. Indulge!

21. Get into the airport real early for fear of the traffic. Eat barquiron while waiting.

22. Ugh. Back in Manila. Back to real life.

Some of my suggestions if you're going to Cebu:

1. DO try their famous lechon. It's everywhere. Even in SM.
2. If torn among Tambuli, Portofino or Maribago, I'd say Tambuli. Value for money and better beachline.
3. DO try the Sky Adventure in Crown Regency Hotel. 1 ride and entrance fee costs a little less than a thousand. Inclusive of snacks.
4. DO explore The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. Great restos such as Hukad (see above), Roma Mia (Italian/pasta), Sunburst and Bigby's.
5.  Bring tons of sunblock. If the  weather in Manila is incredibly hot, expect the same in Cebu.
6. Book yourself  a day in Bantayan Island, Moalboal, or Hinulutungan. 
7. There's more to Cebu than otap. There's a whole range of dried mango products, danggit, barquiron, turones and products from neighboring provinces. Explore.
8. Most of all, ENJOY.



Summer shopping at Rockwell Urban Bazaar

>> Sunday, March 15, 2009

Made a side trip to buy some clothes, swimwear and shoes from the bazaar. As always, they never disappoint. When we entered the bazaar, the BF told me he'll do his own shopping at the mall daw because I was in a trance already. *wink*

I actually planned to set some time for thorough shopping at the Urban Bazaar, but of course, I had a lot in my hands the whole weekend so I only managed to be at the bazaar for not more than 3 hours. The bad thing with short shopping trips is that I rarely contemplate if I really need the really fab thing in my hand, so I buy it *almost* immediately.

Had I lingered longer than I have, I would have probably be so much, if not already, poorer, right this very minute. Heh. I've been really sad that the shoe I wanted from Pill had no more stock. Come to think of it, it was one of the *major* reasons I opted to go to the bazaar, actually.

With Cheena at the Rockwell Urban Bazaar

My buys from the bazaar:

Toiletry bag from: Trendy Traveller

Yellow coverup from Soak Swimwear

Zebra-print dress from Amour by Cheena Ng-Lio

Black Satin Pumps from Moonshine Garb.

I can't wait for the next Urban bazaar! =D



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