28 November 2009

Back to the Basics

I was so dead on doing my Christmas shopping since I paid my credit card bill yesterday and I figured that I can do major swiping today. Well that's aside from the fact that shopping gives me natural high.

I have also decided to replace the Chucks that have been borrowed forever by that despicable soul (yeah rot in hell damn you!) who lifted it from my shoe rack during my grandmother's wake.

So there I was at the Shoe Salon counter in Trinoma, handing out my pink plastic (haha yes my credit card is actually pink) to the cashier and que horror! It was declined! Apparently, it takes two banking days for my balance to get cleared. Thank heavens for EPS!

Nothing spectacular about the Chucks. It's just your good old conventional white sneakers.

I'm loving the paper bag by the way. Teehee!

Oh and I also bought this at 50% off from Artwork since I'm running out of basic shirts.

Suffice to say, I haven't done any Christmas shopping. Better luck next weekend *eggroll*

21 November 2009

Oooh the Perks of Being Single...

...is that you don't get to consider another human being when making decisions and setting your schedule. No I haven't been spending much on clothes, shoes, makeup and all the kikay stuff. Instead, my credit card swiping restraining ability has been put again to the test because of...



Yesterday I booked myself, Rupert, Ann and Mel (thank heavens for kaladkarin friends) for a trip on May 2010 to this place:

I have been fantasizing about Coron since my mom has been blabbering about it for like forever. Then Bob went there last year and I have been drooling on his pictures on Multiply. Being the beach bum that I am, I just have to set foot there!

Background on Coron:

Picture from wikipilipinas

"Coron Island, a part of the Calamianes group of islands in Philippine frontier of Northern Palawan, boasts a staggering array of magnificent seascapes, jaw-dropping scenery and world-class wreck diving – virtually a platter of adventure for the intrepid.

Coron Island is best known for the eight out of twelve Japanese supplies shipwrecks that were sunk by the United States Navy during a massive air bombing campaign during World War 2. These ships were sunk at depths of 10 to 43 meters and some of the wrecks are 160 meters in length, with most of the ships still intact (a dive at the Irako Wreck, a Japanese refrigeration ship reveals pots and pans in its galley.) The water is incredibly clear and perfect that you’d be able to spot different species of fish like the yellow fin tuna, groupers, scorpion fish and lionfish. Beautiful corals and more fish inhabit other wrecks like the Okikawa Maru, Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, and the Olympia Maru amongst others. The best part of diving in Coron is that it is not overrun by tourists; it was so that Coron was considered as one of the world’s best kept secrets in wreck diving – the high concentration of wrecks in one area, the water quality, and the spectacular marine life puts Coron on top of any global diver or adventurer’s list.."


Joanna's must do for this trip: SNORKEL --> Conquer the fear of God-knows-what's under the water.

Now since I am also going to Hong Kong in July, I would be living like a pauper starting now. God help me.

19 November 2009


I stumbled upon a Multiply automail and read Chelo's post about Colorgenics. Since I was in no mood to use my brain cells yet this morning, I decided to procrastinate again.

Analyzing Joanna's very complicated persona:

Name: joanna
Date: 11/18/2009
Colorgenics Number: 51207346

You are longing for some love and affection at this time - not that you have been deprived of tender loving care - but there are times when everyone needs to try something new or to go 'somewhere' else to perhaps experience that little extra 'understanding'.

You are a fighter and always on the defensive. You always need to be sure that your position is safe and established. When you finally make a decision you will pursue it to the bitter end in spite of all opposition.

Circumstances are holding you back, forcing you to back off and to forgo all the pleasures, fun and games for the time being. But this is only a temporary situation and before you even know it the situation could change.

You are pretending that the situation around you doesn't matter, but the effort of trying to conceal your emotions and anxieties is resulting in untold stress. The existing situation is disagreeable. You feel unwanted and lonely and you would really like to associate with someone whose ideals are as high as your own. You want to be above the standard of mediocrity and this need to be needed and that need to need has almost become an obsession. You are trying to magnify the need into a compelling urge. You would really like to tell the world how great you are but no, you are holding back because you feel that your peers may treat you with contempt. This is a great pity because you have in fact a unique quality of character, but the continual restraint that you impose on yourself makes you suppress this need for others and you pretend you don't really care. You treat those who criticise you with contempt. However, to be honest, beneath this assumption of indifference you really long for the approval and esteem of others.

You are greatly impressed by individuality and have interest in people who have outstanding qualities. You try to imitate those people that you admire and their characteristics, hoping that you will be able to display similar qualities in your own personality.

Get your own personality analysis here.

15 November 2009

Around the World in a Day

Shopping and eating that is!

I went to the 43rd International Bazaar 2009 at the PICC early today ang got a sampling of the different cultures around the globe.

In a span of three hours I've been to Korea...



...(plus points to the 2 yummy French guys - don't look for them here I was too embarrassed to take their photo after loitering in front of their booth for so long)


Hahaha. This is the closest I can get to trotting the globe.

Anyhow I managed to make a few purchases.

Puma bag (Germany)

L'oreal Elseve and Garnier Moisturizer (France)

Lush Soap (U.K.)

Rosary Bracelet (Syria)

I also got to sample Paella from Spain, Samosas from Turkey and Sticky Rice from Vietnam!

See? It doesn't take that much to travel around the world right? *wink*

14 November 2009

Boracay Food Diaries: Fishbar Cafe

It was our first night in Boracay and we were so terribly hungry (so hungry, we would consider isaw as gourmet) that we cannot think of a place to eat. Since our hotel was practically smacked in the middle of D' Mall, we were quick to decide to settle for Fishbar Cafe.

Since I would gobble anything junk, I was quick to decide to order the house specialty:

Beer-battered Fish and Chips (PhP 330)

Apparently Ann and Cat also were into Fish and Chips and ordered the same. Narod was the only one who diverted from the pack.

Garlic Prawns (PhP 420)

For the drinks I tried the Surfer's Choice which is a concoction of frozen iced tea and lemonade.

Surfer's Choice (PhP 80)

Okay so what do I like about this place? Servings were humongous! I was starving like crazy and yet I was not able to finish my meal. As for the taste, well I would still take Fish & Co.'s Fish and Chips anyday. Fishbar's was kind of bland.

I give Fishbar 3 /5 starfishes.

13 November 2009

Boracay Food Diaries: Jonah's Fruitshake

It boasts of being the best fruitshake place in Boracay, Jonah's Fruitshake has never failed to appear on all the blogs written about food escapades on the island.

Conveniently, and probably strategically, located on the shores of station 1, it is probably your best pick to hydrate after a good swim and being basked under the scorching rays of the sun.

Its claim to fame is the Choco Peanut Banana shake (Php 90)

We tried other variants (and yes they are all different haha):

Banana Mocha, Choco Banana Vanilla, Coffee, Choco Peanut Banana (Php 90 each)

My verdict? The sizes were huge (which is a good thing)! I was not able to finish mine. But then again, I found my shake too sweet and for someone who was practically raised in sucrose, too sweet is indeed too sweet! I should have probably tried the fruit variants as maybe that would have probably refreshed me more. Also, they do not serve house water; probably a strategy to purchase mineral water.

I give this place 3.5/5 starfishes.

12 November 2009

What Made My Day

I found this wrapped in a nice orange gift wrapper on my desk this morning. What a nice way to start the day! It was really sweet of my officemates Welai, Bob, Jon, Chevy and Al to do such. I love them to the nth level! (Yeah I'm very easy to please haha)

11 November 2009

Boracay Food Diaries: Real Coffee and Tea Cafe

Since I got to eat a lot during my vacation, I decided to make a review of the places I have sampled. I will be calling this set Boracay Food Diaries.

Let us begin.

I got curious about that small nook that served as Aga Muhlach’s tambayan when I saw his movie with Anne Curtis titled When Love Begins that I vowed to look for it when I go to Boracay. Stumbling on entries by Anton Diaz on his blog Our Awesome Planet, I found out that it was one of the must try places there.

That small nook was called Real Coffee and Tea Cafe located in a small alley at Station 1.

There’s nothing spectacular with the structure and interiors of the place but it has that laid back feeling that would want you returning. The three days we stayed at Boracay, we ate our breakfast there twice.

What we had:

Banana French Toast (Php 130)

Jack's Omelette with Pesto (PhP 295 - with brewed coffee)

Fruit Platter with Yoghurt (~Php 150)

Zesto Pesto with Cheese (~Php 180)

And of course, I would not want to leave without trying their famous calamansi muffin (but since I was so full, I just had it for take out).

The only problem is when they have lots of customers, orders tend to be served a tad slow. Good thing they have really good food compensating for the service.

I am giving this place 5/5 starfishes.

08 November 2009

Starting the 25th with a Blast!

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Ann, Cat, Narod and I landed in Boracay on my birthday last November 5 after almost four hours of travel from Manila to Kalibo to Caticlan. We checked in at Hey Jude Resort Hotel located at station 2 and is a stone's throw away from restaurant's row at D' Mall.

Beach, sunsets, food, booze and most especially friends. I am happy. This will be a good year. :)

04 November 2009

Heypi Bertdey!

I'll be turning a quarter of a century tomorrow and I am celebrating it with a bang. Hello white sand beaches of Boracay!

Okay, I just hope that the rain would stop today so as not to have any inconveniences for my flight tomorrow. It's already a bummer that we were bumped off the 9 Am flight and we had to be delayed for 3 hours wasting our precious day and spend it on a 2 hour transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan when we could have been basking under the golden rays of the sun already.

Tickets: check
Hotel: check
Bikini: check
Sunblock: check
Party spirit: One big fat check!


"It's my birthday, we're gonna party like (coz) it's my birthday"

Enough of the emotional turmoil. Every issue would be resolved with shots of tequila. This is my week and I won't let anything or anyone ruin it.

P.S. Gifts are most welcome thank you very much. *wink*

01 November 2009

Mickey Here I Come!!!

I am super dooper mega excited for July next year! I am very thankful to Tres (college friend) for informing me about Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare promo while in the middle of our chat last October 31 at midnight. Okay this was actually quite strange that Tres was telling me about Cebu Pac's promo when he is a flight attendant of Philippine Airlines. On impulse I decided to book me, my mom and my two sisters to Hong Kong. And after five looooong hours of perseverance, I managed to get this:

I booked four tickets (MNL-HKG-MNL) for a cheapass total price of PhP5876 (USD 125)! That's less than PhP1500 each person. I blurred the details for security purposes.

I think this is destiny as the power fluctuated minutes after I got the booking. Also, my internet connection was down the morning of Saturday and just got back today. It is written that I set foot on the land of Jackie Chan next year!

OMGEE!!! I'm finally going to see Mickey! *jumps up and down like a three year old*

The Underground River Experience

After being done with the convention itself, we made a side trip to explore a truly remarkable wonder of nature. We left early morning last Wednesday and headed to this place:

From the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Website:

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most distinguished biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It is known for scenic natural beauty, intact old growth tropical rainforest, interesting wildlife, pristine white sand beaches and a spectacular limestone formation that possess a most impressive cave system. The main focus of the PPSRNP is an 8.2 km long underground river that is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World.

The PPSRNP is currently managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa on a program centered on environmental conservation and sustainable development. It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a Local Government Unit. It has been cited as an example of best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism.
The PPSRNP has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is the Official Nominee of the Philippines in the global search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. As a natural area, it has attracted an increasing number of scientist, environmentalist, protected area managers, students, wildlife enthusiast, photographers, and nature lovers. It is a source of pride and a key element in the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular and of the Philippines as a whole.

The sites were truly breathtaking and will calm any stressed individual.

I am so loving Palawan that I vow to go back...and this time I'm going swimming. Bummer.

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