Category Archives: Babe

Happy birthday Babe!

Was spent all day at home. Lounging by the bed, feeling lazy all day. We had lamb steak for lunch and finally had the will to go out for a few hours.

We went to the 1Utama mall and decided to just look around. Knowing Babe, I knew that he wanted to buy something but is too shy to say. Either way, we went home with a game controller, an earphone for me and a floor puzzle for Geoff.

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Babe,

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I am so sorry that I have nothing material to give for your birthday, except urge you to buy something nice for yourself. Just remember that I will always be here to back you up and support you all the way. Always stay positive and generous to us (lol!). I love you, we love you. Madaming madami. Happy happy birthday Babe!

The Bittersweet Step to Betterness

I distinctly remember going through step 1, which was a 2 week separation from Babe. It seemed so long ago that we are now on Step 2 of 7. This may probably be the saddest and longest, but is also the second most important step of all in achieving our goals.

I am a “list” person. I like seeing things written – timelines, short and long term goals, even those pesky “payables” and grocery lists as it let me see things in perspective. It reminds me of what really matters, what needs to be prioritized, and the progress we are making so far. This somehow rubbed off Babe and I am sometimes amused with his love and hate relationship with it (lol!).

So as far as our list goes, as mentioned, we are on step 2. This is the saddest because we have never been apart each other aside from his 2 week stint before. We both know that it won’t be THAT lonely from where he will be working and thank goodness for technology for making communication and video calls possible, still, nothing beats being able to hug and kiss him, having him near. Konting tiis na lang talaga.

Today, I installed Skype. For those who do not know, Skype is an application which allows you to do video calls, send messages, and voice calls by use of an Internet connection. If you have enough credits, you may do a regular calls. Since we both have internet connection, we were able to talk and see each other at the same time.

Babe gave me a tour of his temporary home- his room, the lounge, kitchen, and everything else. This way, I am able to place an image with his stories even though we are not together physically. The call lessened my anxiety and loneliness. It even made me more determined and patient with our plans in the future. For now, Geoff and I are staying put until the time is right for us to follow and eventually move. Let me leave this image on this page. It is said that the more you think, vocalize, put into writing whatever it is that you aim in the future, the universe will do it’s best to align itself with what you desire.

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Our Yabu: the House of Katsu Experience

As we were about to leave the house one day, Babe received a call from his agency. He was asked to bring in his passport that day so that they could proceed to the next steps. We spent about 2 hours for the whole process to finish and left, only to find out that they forgot to ask for his pictures to be included on the document. We went back to submit the necessary requirements and decided to eat first since we were already running late. We both called in for a “half day” that day (lol).

Since we were already in Ortigas, I asked to have our meal in Megamall instead. At the back of my mind, I really wanted to try something new, thus I convinced Babe to try Yabu: the House of Katsu that day. Guess what, we were not disappointed at all. In fact, we both found the experience fun and satisfying. Something that we are already looking forward to eating the next time.

I knew about Yabu: the House of Katsu through the bloggers that I normally stalk. I was really curious to try it, however, I was also intimidated at the prices as it usually starts at P300 and above (I know, we are kuripot like that!).

Anyway, since it was an off peak hour, we were immediately seated and was given the menu. We both decided to play it safe and ordered pork. Babe had the Hire 180g set while I had the Rosu 100g set (both were 1 inch thick cut). I think the standard set usually includes the salad, japanese rice, pickles, miso soup, and a fruit bowl. Here is what my order looked like:

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The serving was huge, with unlimited cabbage and rice!

For the price itself, you get your money’s worth. The pork was really tender, the rice was delicious and the cabbage salad was really light, I can eat it all day. Unlike the regular miso soup that I have tasted before, Yabu’s was really tasty and flavorful. Really really worth every peso that we paid for it.

As for the service, it was above and beyond we have experienced so far. The place was not jampacked as most would describe the place to be, maybe because it was a weekday and we went during off peak hours. We were seated right away and all the servers were friendly, accommodating, and attentive to our needs. Even the manager took the time to talk to us and ask if we needed anything else, or if we wanted more rice and cabbage! I know this post sounds a bit exaggerated, but this was actually the first time we were really treated as VIPs. Maybe this is a sign that we should eat out in establishments such as Yabu.

Are we going back? Definitely! When we return, I would go for the seafood set. Lol!

Happy tummies!

Happy tummies!

Quickie Post

It is a first for our little family to wake up late ~ as it’s always Babe who rises last. I guess the quick trip to the bathroom at 4 AM to change diapers is the culprit, add up the fact that it’s such a bed weather lately, that we were still in bed at 11 AM today! Anyway, here’s a quickie shot of my most favorite people in the world. Too bad, I was not able to capture the synchronized stretching before this photo!

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Priceless.. I can’t imagine life without these 2!

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Morning selfie with Pig

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Happy tummy. Again, he wouldn’t part with Pig.

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Mommy, na-nuff na with pictures please!

Hello Palawan! The Activities

I know, I know, it’s been ages since I posted the last Palawan entry. I have posted our itinerary and the food trips you can do, this time, let me post about the our adventure during our stay in Puerto Princesa. BTW, I was not able to get photos of how wonderful the Honda Bay is. We opted not to bring any phones for fear of it being wet, and we did not want to buy an overpriced camera case.

Accommodation was courtesy of Balay Inato, which is along Manalo St., a few minutes from the airport. The rates are as follows, Php 1,200 for a double room and Php 1,400 for a family room. We stayed in a double room which I think is roomy enough for both Babe and I. Extension per hour is Php 50, which I think is very fair. The room is very standard, with a comfortable double bed, TV with cable, phone, T&B with heater, a boudoir, and a single table with 2 chairs. I highly recommend this place, since it is very accessible and most of the notable restaurants are nearby (Bona’s Chaolongan, Balinsasayaw, Haim Chicken Inato (same venue!), Ka Lui). They even make arrangements for the tours, just ask the person from reception.

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During our first day, we decided attempted a DIY tour of the city. Too bad most of the establishments close by 5 PM, thus we were only able to visit the Butterfly Garden.

Entrance to the butterfly garden is only Php 30 or 35 (sorry, I can’t remember!). In summary, the place is literally a small garden, that you can tour within 10 minutes. They’ll show you the butterflies that they breed and hatch, as well as other animals that you can find inside. They have a small gator, a bobcat, lizards and insects. There is also a trail where the Palawan tribe is.

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There was an interpreter and 3 palawano males. They described their usual activities, which was smoking, hunting, and the things that they use. They also have a pet snake which they let us pet 🙂

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After the trip to the Butterfly Gardens, it was almost 5 PM, thus, we no longer pursued the rest of the spots included in the City Tour. The places mainly are: Crocodile Farm, Iwahig, Baker’s Hill and Mitra Ranch. We grabbed a ride back to the city proper and went to the Baywalk instead.

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The highlight of the trip is the Underground River. This is the place that Babe wanted to visit last year. Of course, the mandatory shot beside the sign is well, mandatory (lol!).

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The Underground River is located in Sabang, which was about 2-3 hours away from Puerto Princesa. This is the second time that I visited the place, but the first time that we availed of a guided tour. I find it convenient but only to some extent. The guided tour normally costs around Php 1,300 to Php 1,500 and includes transportation to and from where you are staying, a buffet lunch, and arrangement of permits and schedules.

The actual tour of the river is only an hour at most. You will be spending time most in the transport as Sabang is quite far from Puerto Princesa. From the wharf itself, it will be another 30-40 minute boat ride, but rest assured that the trip itself is a wonder as you will be surrounded by islets, mountains, trees, and of course, the ocean. Once you get to the island, it’s another set of waiting game for your number (which will be arranged by your tour guide), for the mean time, take your time looking around as there are lots of monkeys and monitor lizards walking roaming around.

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We also availed of the Honda Bay Tour, courtesy of the 8 Dragons Tour. No pictures, sorry! We paid Php 1,100 per person which included the transportation to and from the wharf, lunch prepared by the tour guide, boat transportation and entrance fees to the island. It’s only a few minutes from the city and it’s a must to rent a snorkel set (Php 150) and buy lots of bread to fully appreciate the corals and fishes you will feed when in Pandan Island (very therapeutic, the fish feeding).

Back when I visited Palawan the first time, we were able to visit at least 3 islands, which included the Pambato Reef. Unfortunately this year, kuya tour guide informed us that the Pambato Reef is closed until further notice. According to kuya, the government needed to rehabilitate the marine life there and are not sure if it will still open to the public. We only get to visit 2 islands, namely Starfish and Pandan island. I loved how different it was now. Cleaner and more inviting. I guess, the local government is taking more measures in order to keep the island in top shape to attract more tourist without doing much damage to the environment.

If asked if I will want to go back, the answer will still be yes. Palawan is a place that is worth coming back to. The people are friendly, the spots are pristine. You can definitely see where the money you pay for goes to. I salute their local government for funding the solar panels and turbines for barrios that is too far for electricity to come to. I like the idea that they only allow the people from a certain place to do business from where the tourist spots are (like people who live in Sabang are the only people who can do business in Sabang, no outsiders) as it gives the families in that place equal opportunity to earn. So yes, I would love to go back and bring Geoff with us when that happens, our families even. And maybe next time, we will have a chance to visit El Nido and Coron as well. 🙂

The Year That Was 2013

Compared to the hectic outdoor activities in 2012, 2013 proved to be the most laid back in terms of travel. We only traveled outside the Metro only once (Palawan), other than that, we pretty much stayed at home. There were a lot of first as usual, but mostly, last year revolved so much around Geoff. In addition, I think the best description for that year is “GRATITUDE”. I am grateful for a lot of things, and I think photo blogging will better describe it.

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  • Geoff turned 1 and a catholic. We are so blessed and thankful to see so many friends and family members celebrating this milestone with us.

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  • Geoff had his first haircut. A bit traumatic for us, however, it did not stop the kiddo from having fun during his first visit to BGC.

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  • I won several contests from the blogs that I stalk. This includes the La Andi package from the Soshal Network, play and learn classes and GC from Bebengisms and One Dental Care, tickets to the Nido Discovery Center from AXA Philippines, and the best so far was the Palawan accomodation and tours by Akira and Everything Nice and 8 Dragon Tours. These blessings were overwhelming and until now, I am still grateful.
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How my phone looks like – Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

  • I finally had the courage to switch to a touch screen phone. I decided to stay with Sun Cellular since the service is okay and the price of the plans they offer is quite reasonable compared to others.

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  • Geoff attended a play and learn class for a brief period of time. It was such a shame that the commute proved to be harsh for both of us, but I am also glad that he was able to experience “a bit” of discipline and the concept of following rules.

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  • I finally got myself an oven and had my ups and downs in baking, until I finally triumphed. The purchase of this oven led to the creation of Nibbles. I was able to get back all the investment I made, plus a decent amount of savings as well. Through this, I also received a verbal commendation from a customer who said “ang sarap sarap kasi ng revel bars mo”. Such a heart warming gesture.

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  • I was able to bring Babe to the Underground River as our 2nd wedding anniversary getaway. It was quite funny since I booked our tickets as early as March. Come September, an emergency happened and we both thought it was best not to push through anymore, until I learned that I won free accommodation for 3D/2N and an Underground River tour for 2! We immediately rebooked the flight, this time through Air Asia Zest (they have reasonable prices and they were on time for both flights too!). My biggest thanks to Ms. Jenny and Sir Jeron of 8 Dragon Tours for the chance.
Flintstones, we're the Flintstones!

Flintstones, we’re the Flintstones!

  • I made my very first DIY costume for Geoff’s Trick of Treat. Well, Babe helped too. You see the strap, he stitched everything there. I did the skirt and patches, as well as the colors. It was a success, and we could tell that Geoff really enjoyed the event even if we were dead tired by the end of the day.

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  • It was also a year for friendship. Though we don’t see too much of each other nowadays, we are still as close as ever, especially now that our family is growing. Thank you Lord for these people, for without them, I would not be the person I am today.

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  • Babe and I only managed one climb this year. Muntik pa madisgrasya. I thank the Lord as well for guiding me through that ordeal. Indeed, never underestimate nature and everything in it.

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  • Last year also brought us closer to our families. Though not everything was as smooth sailing as we hoped, we were still able to overcome most of the challenges and accepted it as a means of making us and our bond stronger. I am thankful for them, for their continued support and love.

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  • We had several food trips, ranging from really budget to pricey type. I am thankful because food trips meant that we have money to spend, and that we are well enough to eat it. After all, food trips are expensive somehow.

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  • I am also thankful for this little boy (or baby!) as he continue to provide endless love and joy for Babe and I. We are thankful that he is healthy, sweet, and lovable. I also pray that he continue to be a voracious eater. I am hoping as well that this is the year that he starts talking.

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  • I am also thankful for my husband and my marriage. That even though it is not perfect, both of us are making the efforts to adjust and make it work. We were close friends for years, boyfriend/ girlfriend for months, and hopefully partners for a lifetime.

Here’s to a thankful look back at 2013, and a year full of hope for 2014. May you and your loved ones be blessed as well.

Hello Palawan! Food Trip

Sorry for the very long break that I took from blogging. We were yaya-less for almost 2 weeks, add up the quota I need to finish for work. So anyway, here is the second part of our Palawan trip, which is mainly about food.

Now, this trip was set on a very strict budget (due to some unforeseen circumstances) and each restaurant that we ate in was either due to the research that I did beforehand, or due to our own convenience at the time.

We arrived very early in Puerto Princesa, and was picked up by the Balay Inato shuttle at around 7AM. As we were still waiting for our room to be ready, we decided to eat from their restaurant. The breakfast was quite basic, nothing fancy. Babe and I had baconsilog and tocilog as their signature Inato Chicken was not available at the time.

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After the filling breakfast, we slept first as we came directly from shift. We woke up at around 2 or 3 PM in the afternoon and decided that we were both hungry (again!) and would like to make the most of the afternoon looking around and somehow visit some of the places I had listed prior to the trip.

As we walked to the main avenue (I am not sure if it even is the main avenue, but it is where most of the transport is available and commercial establishments are located~ please forgive my momnesia!)

Babe wanted seafood so when we saw that the Skylight Hotel’s Restaurant was offering fresh seafood, we went ahead and asked the person who was on duty. It was quite disappointing that everything was pricey, so since we were already there, and we already pestered kuya so much with prices, we just settled with their seafood platter, priced at 700+.

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Everything tasted so good, except we think that the crab was no longer fresh. For some reason, Babe’s allergy was triggered and he had to look for a drugstore for his antihistamine. 

We ended the day by going to the baywalk. We were still full from the late lunch earlier, so we decided to make “tambay” (LOL!) by the sea wall. We saw an ice cream cart with bread and relived our childhood. Bread and dirty ice cream? Heaven!

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Our lunch meals for days 2 and 3 were covered by the tour, but, I would like to make a special mention to the most wonderful purchase we did during our Honda Bay tour. The Rock Crabs!

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A few vendors were selling these during our stay in Pandan Island. For 550 pesos per kilo, you would probably get 5-6 pieces. We opted to get the 3 pieces kilo for 280 pesos due to the constant urging by Babe. Good thing we did as this was the closest we could get to a real lobster meal. Babe devoured his share during lunch that day, while I packed these 2 halves for my dinner pleasure.

One of the restaurants that I included in my list is the Balinsasayaw. It’s on the same street from where we were staying, so we only had to walk from the inn, to here. The place was really cozy and when the food arrived, it was love at first sight!

DSC_0263We ordered the grilled tuna belly and garlic shrimps. We paid a little or more than 500 pesos, but I swear, the food will not disappoint!

Finally, for the last lunch (Day 4), I asked Babe if we can try Bona’s Chaolongan. He agreed since the place was also nearby. Right after we went pasalubong shopping, we asked the trike driver to drop us in, and what I read about the price was right. Everything was cheap.

According to the posts I read, the must try was the Chaolong and the French bread (as pictured). Babe liked it a lot because aside from the gigantic serving, he also found it savory. I also liked the french bread. Too bad my palate was not that sophisticated to try a different delicacy. Though I found it yummy, I also found it weird at the same time.
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We were also able to taste the famous Chicken Inato from Hain Chicken Inato. As luck would have it, this is located right in front of our room! Too bad there were no pictures, but I tell you, this is more delicious than the traditional chicken barbeque or Chicken Inasal.

All in all, we probably spent 2-2.5K pesos for food during our stay. This budget may seem small, but I assure you, sobrang busog kami everytime and it’s something na hindi natipid 🙂

Hello Palawan! (The Itinerary)

Hello! Hello! It’s been a week since we returned from our second anniversary Palawan trip. Yes, a week since we returned to reality (LOL)! Though the trip was planned, we were unable to visit everything that I had on my list due to laziness and meager funds. Thanks to 8 Dragons Tour and Em of Akira and Everything Nice, Babe was able to experience the beauty of the Underground River.

We stayed in Puerto Princesa for 4 days and 3 nights. Considering that we wanted the trip to be relaxed, we only booked 2 days of our stay with tours. Anyway, here was what we did for 4 days:

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Day1: Early morning arrival from the Airport. We booked our tickets through Air Asia, and I must say, the airfare was cheap, but the service was fantastic. Not only we arrived on time, but was a little early as well. We were booked at Balay Inato (more details on the next posts) and slept until the afternoon. Upon waking up, we freshened up and looked for something to eat. We ended up at Skylights hotel, which has a restaurant as well. We stayed there at least an hour or 2. After lunch, we went to the Butterfly Garden. This was our last stop for the day since most of the tourist spot (save for the usual gardens and the baywalk) has an operating hours of 8AM to 5PM. For dinner, we ate at Balay Inato (Haim Inato) and had the best chicken.

Day 2 – This was the day we went to the Underground River. The tour ended at around 4PM or 5PM. I don’t quite remember, but we slept again right after we got back to the Inn. We had dinner at Balinsasayaw that night. BEST. DINNER. EVER.

Day 3 – We booked the Honda Bay tour. This was where we were able to buy and eat a rock crab or what they call pitik. More kwento about this on a separate post. This tour ended almost the same time with the Underground River. As explained by our tour guide, Sonny, the bangkeros were expected to be back by 5PM for safety reasons (their boats does not have lights, thus, are only allowed to go during the day). We had dinner at Haim Inato again (did I mention that their chicken was the best?)

Day 4 – The longest day is often the last day. The heat was really unbearable, so we only went out to buy a few things to give the family and friends back home. We ate lunch at Bona’s Chaolong, which was said to serve the best Vietnamese dish (Chaolong) in Puerto Princesa. Let me say that it was good, however, my tongue is not used to a different taste, thus, I found it a bit weird. We arrived in Manila about 15 – 20 minutes earlier than expected. We purchased return flights, so, we boarded the Air Asia aircraft again.

It was work day the very next day, so imagine how tired and sleepy I was during work. I will be posting about our expenses in another post as I go along the activities that we did during our stay.

These Past Few Days

A couple of days ago, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated some parts of the Philippines. Every time we would turn the TV on, feeds about what was left of the cities were shown. Thousands, if not hundreds of people and animals were killed, Millions of pesos worth of properties, businesses, and livelihood were destroyed.

Just like any other tragedy, however, relief operations and assistance from all over the country and the world, are pouring in. Even in the office, everyone is pitching in. Donations in cash, kind, and supplies are being collected. Babe and I will be bringing old clothes as well to help out.

For details on how to help out, feel free to check out the following photos. These were  grabbed from various FB friends to share.

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For the longest time, I am having trouble with time and time management. I always feel that 24 hours is not enough for the things that I wanted to accomplish. This coming weekend is not an exception. Waiting game the whole day for Babe’s order while hoping that we wake up a little earlier than the usual. He needs to have Leni’s (our car) aircon and some loose cables fixed. All these while I plan for other things. Hay. Thinking about it exhausts already me (lol!)

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Geoff is beginning to be more sutil (naughty). He does not speak yet, except for gibberish, however, it’s his actions that amazes me, both in an irritating and interesting way. He has this habit of testing my patience, always resisting whenever I tell/ask him to do something. He would throw a tantrum just because he feels like it, cries like there is no tomorrow and will halt in a beat. I have to really master the art of reverse psychology. I. DO.

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Speaking of patience, the same thing is also wearing thin (sometimes) when it comes to dealing with Babe, You ever hate the feeling of asking a question and being answered with the same exact question? Well, I sort of brought it up the other day and he promised that he’ll try his best not to do it again. We’ll see.

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The Starbucks planner season is here again! I am really lusting after either the orange or the mustard, BUT, I think the pink is not bad looking either.

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Photo grabbed from Animetric.com/ animetric’s instagram feed

Next week, I’ll start collecting me some stickers.

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One Dental Clinic, together with Bebengisms.com had this contest where some GCs were up for grabs. I entered Geoff’s photo and look!

dfggThey decided to pick all the entries as winners (LOL!). One worry that I have is if Geoff will decide to behave and sit on the dentist’s chair while having his teeth checked. You see, Geoff used to enjoy brushing his teeth, but for some bizaare and odd reasons, he no longer cooperates when we get to the brushing part. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the experience is an enjoyable one.