Is Tragedy The New Normal?

Devastating news everywhere. I learned just this morning that another Malaysian Airlines airplane went down somewhere over the Ukraine. There is speculation that it has been shot down by pro-Russia separatists, killing all 200+ passengers onboard including 3 Filipinos – a mother and her 2 kids.

This happens barely 4 months after another Malaysian Airlines plane went missing over the Pacific and still nothing is heard of the passengers, making every waking moment unbearable for their families, I imagine.

And a strong typhoon hit the country again, a big one for Metro Manila just two days ago, leaving a lot of casualties and thousands homeless. We lost power until yesterday and are still experiencing fluctuating electricity. We are more afraid of typhoons now because of the devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan that left the Visayas struggling to bounce back even until now. Read more ›

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Steveston Pizza at UP Town Center

The husband and I were on our way back to Pasig from the new house in QC one morning and we were taking the usual C5 route along Katipunan. It was already lunchtime so we decided to drop by the UP Town Center. Ayala’s newest mall along Katipunan boasts of new restaurants, one of them Shrimp Bucket that we have dined in twice already. This time we opted for something else.

The sight of prosciutto from a window poster made me convince him to dine at Steveston Pizza. I love prosciutto! It always reminds me of those vacations I took long ago in Hongkong Goldcoast. My sister would take home pizza from the local restaurant and the pizza was divine because of the saltiness of the prosciutto. When I asked my sister about it on my next visit, she said the place had shut down after a drug bust. After recovering from shock at the news, I had since been on the hunt for the best prosciutto pizza. I have not found it yet and it’s been years.

So there we were at Steveston (the name is a little tricky to pronounce)  and there was nothing on the menu but all kinds of pizza. Oh, and cesar salad and chicken wings. I liked how you can watch them put the pizza together at the bar next to the cashier.

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Takashi Japanese Restaurant at Pioneer Center

We love Japanese food (and I, particularly, ramen) and within the Kapitolyo area, we are big fans of Ramencool. We have also tried Cafe Juanita’s Haru. When we saw the newly opened Takeshi Japanese restaurant at Pioneer Center we decided to have our early dinner there.

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To Everything There Is A Season

The past two weeks were truly agonizing for me. I won’t go into much detail, but suffice to say I had screamed and wept and groaned and punched things.

A couple of days before everything just went awry, the song “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)” by The Byrds suddenly played in my mind. The lyrics were taken almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes.

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10 Things I Will Miss About Kapitolyo

Moving again. It’s still something I am strangely looking forward to, although certainly not to all the packing that comes with it. I’ve moved a lot since I was 19 so I can safely say I’m an expert at dumping all my clothes in several pieces of garbage bags (haha!), but I’ve never become so attached to a neighborhood as I have to Kapitolyo. Yes, I will not miss the house, but the neighborhood. You see, Kapitolyo, Pasig, is a combination of quiet residential and bustling food corner. We live in a sort of cul-de-sac with no annoying sounds during the day and only the singing love birds coming from our neighbors across the street. It almost feels like living in the province, except when you turn right down the road, you enter the busy East Capitol drive and you are immediately thrust in the middle of foodie paradise. Kapitolyo is not just all about food though, so I’ve compiled the top 10 things I will miss about Kapitolyo (in no particular order): Read more ›

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S Forever

If nothing on the photo below is familiar to you, then you are not a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan.

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I ordered this poster online from the US and had my sister bring it home just so I can have it mounted on our wall. I spent $2 on this poster but Php 2,500 to get it framed. :D

The husband and I are on the second episode of the sixth season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. This is probably the 50th time we’ve cycled through the ten seasons, and I don’t see us stopping. And I know exactly why we love this sitcom so much.

It’s set in the 90s, and we’re 90s people.

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Palm Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas

My nephew was visiting from Bacolod and we needed to get away from the scorching heat in the city, so we booked an overnight stay at a nearby beach. Batangas is the closest to “nearby” as we can get, and so I scoured TripAdvisor for resorts with the best reviews. Palm Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas came out on top. We made reservations via Agoda for a junior casita with an extra bed.

We were 5 in the party and were in high spirits on our way out of Manila. The map on their website was clear so we didn’t lose our way, but it was a long drive. Travel time was about 3.5 hours via Star Tollway.

The highway was undergoing major repair between the length of SLEX and Star Tollway so we were slow-moving at times, and traffic was expected in the towns leading up to San Juan since it was a Thursday. What took us by surprise was the mandatory “tourism” fee of P20/person when you reach the town. They say the fee collection is for the preservation of the natural beauty of the area for tourism. Shouldn’t the local government be taking care of that already from the taxes? Anyhoo, we didn’t let that spoil our day. Besides, we were greeted by a young vendor of suman with a wide smile and a very cheerful, albeit very loud, voice. That instantly lifted our spirits. Read more ›

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Birthday in Tagaytay: Calaruega Retreat House, Batangas

I realize I hadn’t posted about our side trip to Calaruega when we last went to Tagaytay for my birthday. Calaruega is actually in Batangas but it was a short trip from Wilson’s Place in Tagaytay. Calaruega has always intrigued me due to the numerous stories I had been told about beautiful weddings that were held there. I had never had the opportunity to go, and so when we decided to drive there on a whim, I was too excited. We were greeted with the breathtaking view of the countryside on our way there.

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The Dog In The Park

We went on our usual run at the park late this afternoon despite the headache I had suffered since after lunch. On our second round, we noticed this adorable white dog with brown patches tied to a bench. She looked like a cross between a spitz and a corgi. A girl in rollerblades was playing with her for a bit and and then left her alone. We figured the owner was just jogging nearby.

My headache turned into a dull throbbing that I had to sit down. I secretly also wanted to be near the dog. She was so well-behaved, just sitting next to the bench and looking at passers-by. It was hard not to notice her.

My husband and I took turns having her get to know us by smelling our hands and then we sat at the bench across from where she was so that we can keep an eye on her. A woman approached us and said that the dog had been tied to that bench for about 30 minutes already. She had witnessed how its human had put her there and left in a hurry. She was concerned that the dog was deliberately left in the park for good so she alerted the park security. Read more ›

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Why I’m Not Keen On Getting Pregnant After 35

My husband and I will be married for 6 years this year. Like most couples our age, we have been trying to get pregnant but have not had any success.

speculumOh wait – I had gotten positive results twice and miscarried both times in the very early weeks. The last one was very traumatic as I had never before been poked and probed with a very large speculum and three male nurses curiously looking on. It turns out that the doctor who was working on me had no idea what she was doing.

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