Category Archives: Lists

Why I love the Philippine mall culture!

Whenever I have foreign guests flying into town, I book them in a half-day cultural tour in Intramuros and ask them to visit our big malls. “Come to SM Megamall!” I’d exclaim as I book them at the BSA Towers. … Continue reading

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My List of Baby Essentials – Here’s my list from my own experience. What’s yours?

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Top 10 Favorite Philippine-Based Sites For Children’s Christmas Gifts

Okay, I admit it. I’m a shopaholic. I love browsing through Zalora.com and Lazada.com, and since having a baby, I’m an active member of a handful of mommy blogs and shopping sites. Consequently, I discover various shopping sites catered to price-conscious mommies … Continue reading

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Why you should NOT come back to Manila?

Someone asked me in my blog what I regret the most coming back to Manila. To be honest, I’m pretty lucky. I got to spend one year with my father before he passed away from liver cancer, met a reformed troublemaker … Continue reading

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Baby Stuff: Stuff I swear by and can’t live without (From Sister-in-Law)

Update: I’m already on my 23rd week and entering my sixth month. Whereas my jeans and shorts still fit me two weeks ago, they now don’t. I officially start looking pregnant and from what I’ve heard, I will look even … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons Why Couples Divorce Very Quickly

It is every girl’s dream to be married. From the time they were young, they dream of wearing the perfect dress, walking down the aisle to a song they’ve picked from high school, looking to the crying eyes of her Prince Charming. … Continue reading

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To Share: Useful Video Links of Taiwan Tour

If you are not joining a guided tour, here are a few videos you can watch beforehand about Taiwan for your reference! All these are based from the six-day itinerary I wrote the last time at post: To Share: A Real-Life, Jump-Packed 6-Day … Continue reading

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To Share: A Real-Life, Jump-Packed 6-Day Taipei – Hualien – Jiufen – Yehliu – Taipei Itinerary

My family is planning a 6-day trip to Taiwan and they’ve asked me to prepare a customized schedule for them. Their tour agency suggested that they visit Sun Moon Lake and Alishan but I personally feel there’s more than enough to see just in Taipei alone. If … Continue reading

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What do you do when good people resign?

What do you do if two of your key people resign on the same week? For an office with only seven people, it can be disaster. Let me tell you, there is no worse feeling than getting a resignation letter … Continue reading

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Husband’s Guest Post — “My Wife Drives Me Nuts”

Does your mom, dad or sibling have a particular habit that just simply drives you nuts? Burping out loud, leaving the door open, cluttered mess… these sort of things? Now, take these irritations and multiply it by at least ten. … Continue reading

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My Husband Speaks — “Hello World!”

“I have something to tell you but don’t get mad,” my ex-girlfriend told me. “Because my ex-boyfriend went berserk when he found out about it.” “Unless you happen to be a professional drug lord kingpin or an axe murderer, I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s that time of the year again where I celebrate yet another birthday. As I looked back on my blog posts, I realized that I haven’t been blogging as much as I should. That’s what happens when you get engaged … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Why Women Are Still Single

I have a lot of single girl friends. And they’re worried. They’re worried that they don’t have anyone special in their lives. They’re worried that they won’t find The One. They’re worried that they’ll be single forever. I have a lot of girl … Continue reading

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Is Entrepreneurship FOR YOU?

It requires at least a 20,000 circulation for Summit Media to continue publishing a magazine. One of their magazine, “Entrepreneur,” boasts of a 30,000 circulation, a 4x pass-on readership, and a total monthly readership of 150,000. While this may not be impressive to some, … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to ME!

It’s that time of the year again where I celebrate yet another birthday. Honestly, I feel I’m growing old way too fast and find myself trying to hold on desperately to my youth. I mean, where the heck did my … Continue reading

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Yes, Looks DO Matter! 5 Ways to Look Better!

Let’s admit it. Physical attractiveness matters. In fact, it would be a complete lie if a person tells you that appearances means nothing, and even if you let yourself go, you can still make your partner’s blood boil really hard. … Continue reading

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A Consolidated Guide to Reasonably-Priced Service Apartments in Hong Kong

As I am moving out from HKUST this June in time for my internship in Central, I have been on the lookout for a few short stay serviced apartments in Hong Kong Island. I only have a few requirements, as … Continue reading

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Four Types of Men – Which one is your significant other?

A married classmate told me, there were four types of men you’ll meet in your life (Men: you can use this for women too!): 1) The man who loves you the most. 2) The man whom you love the most. … Continue reading

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Loving Rachel Zoe!

“To be honest, there are a million people out there waiting to see me fail. It makes for a better story. It’s what people want to see. They don’t like success stories. So I have to work much harder to … Continue reading

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So, why NOT HKUST?

I have earlier talked about the benefits of taking a full-time MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) here. Though many of the points are still valid seven months into the program, there are also harsh … Continue reading

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What I did in 2010… (Part I)

2010 had been a year of new beginnings and many changes. Here’s a brief rundown: January 2010: Trader and I had already been together for the last eight months and our relationship is rocky. We fight a lot because he … Continue reading

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10 Things I Want this Christmas

1) A customer-facing sales job in the sell-side… please, I ain’t smart enough for anything else! Haha, but honestly, it’s more of an ideal fit to my customer-focused, results-oriented personality. 2) A light-colored Bottega Veneta shoulder bag. Not that I’m … Continue reading

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The MBA Group Honor Code

In an MBA program, we have tons of opportunities to work in a group. Preasently, in the five classes we’re having in this 1.5-month half semester, we have groupworks done for three of them. A group is both an opportunity … Continue reading

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Easy Guide to HK Utilities: What if you’re moving out?

Before you move, you have to deal with terminating your contracts with your internet/cable, gas and electricity companies lest you seek to forgo your deposits and be penalized for the new tenants fault. Since I have already spent over an … Continue reading

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My Top 10 iPhone/iPod Applications

Yes, I am what you may consider an iPhone addict. Though my trusty iPhone 3G (NOT 3Gs) has been dropped a gazillion times, gone vibrator on me before, and hung a couple of times, it’s still working and I cannot … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to Us, Baby!

 As Trader and I remotely celebrate our one-year anniversary today (Yes, it’s been a whole year), we commemorate this special day about the 50 things about Trader and I that many probably don’t know. If you find it boring, no … Continue reading

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So why am I doing my MBA full-time again?

I’ve just finished watching An Education starring the upcomer, Academy-nominated young actress Carey Mulligan, and the suave charming Peter Sarsgaard. It was such a pleasure to watch, and really hits the bulls eye on the type of education we’d like … Continue reading

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Biggest Lessons in 2009

Trader asked me what my New Year’s resolutions are. His were to sleep earlier, play less video games and read more books. He’s just started getting addicted to video games and wanted to curb this time-wasting endeavor. “To be better … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to a 29 year-old me!

Last year, my parents told me that I can now officially date. Now turning 29, I’m dating this really nice guy, relocated to a new country and are celebrating by parent-sitting this week. My dad is constantly in my back … Continue reading

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Why am I not a fan of malabong usapan (complicated relationships)?

1)      What for? As if I’m still looking for somebody else. Isn’t it better to just focus on your significant other? Usually for those who still like to keep their relationships “complicated,” they’re still on the lookout for someone better. … Continue reading

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5 Observations about HK

My blog is often so text-heavy, you feel that you’re reading the encyclopedia (zzzzzz…). I often wonder how most of you can take it. Hence, here’s some photos of my observations on my 3-week stay so far in Hong Kong: … Continue reading

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3 Sri Lankan Misconceptions Debunked!

I’m back! Okay, I admit it… Sri Lanka was different from what I expected. I went in with a lot of misconceptions that were debunked as early as the first day. In fact, my real draw of Sri Lanka was … Continue reading

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What I Need in a Man

I WANT MORE Attention: I need to know you are present, hopefully in body, but especially in spirit. That means getting rid of the evil blackberry once in a while… Courage and tenacity to last: Nothing about the future is … Continue reading

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Top 5 Blehs of Fashion 2008

Personally think that I’m not your typical fashionable chick, but there are some trends that I just can’t help but cringe. Blame it on Lindsay Lohan, the Ashley twins, the grungy Mischa Barton and even Lauren Conrad. One look and … Continue reading

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Staying Sane in an LDR

Wow, haven’t I been posting multiple entries about my relationship instead of my usual feel-good, you-go-girl type of posts weeks ago. How fast things have changed, and how this bothers me. “You really like him a lot,” my girlfriend accused. … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned…

Do what you love with people that you like. That way, there’s no way you can lose.   The best way to get over an ex? Go cold turkey. Cut him off. Just let it go. Stop contacting him until … Continue reading

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28 and a Happy Birthday to Me!

According to my parents, I can now officially date. Back when I was younger, my parents encouraged me to focus on living my life first and keep my eyes open before finally choosing the One who will be with me … Continue reading

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Bonita’s Top 5 Interview Tips

Within 10 minutes, I have a pretty good idea whether I’d like to hire you or not. The fact that you’re in an interview with me means that you’re in the running, and a second interview means that you’re on … Continue reading

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Top 10 Brunch Places in Taipei

As spending a leisurely weekend morning with a friend or two is one of my most favorite pasttimes, I’ve been quite fortunate to sample some of Taipei’s best venues for having brunch. I’ve been wanting to come up with the … Continue reading

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How am I special?

Feeling a bit blue, I need to pop myself happy a bit. And what better to do than to make a slightly more narcissistic post than before? 🙂 As I was riding the MRT home, I asked myself, what made … Continue reading

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Goals

As I was studying in my childhood bedroom, my eyes fell on several pieces of paper taped atop my old study table. I felt nostalgic. Goodness knows how old I was when I first wrote those little notes. Specifically, they … Continue reading

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Raven’s Dating Tips

Dear Successful Date, Congrats on passing the first rigorous days/weeks/months! Reaching this point is truly an achievement and if you think dating is tough, you’re not the only one. Trust me, there are so many guys who manage to screw … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things I Learned (About Studying) This Week

1) Contrary to popular belief, the best place to study is still hands down, the library. Not Starbucks, NY Bagels or Dante where you can’t help but people-watch, but your good ol’ library where the AC keeps chugging along, and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Brownie Points

People say, if you want something, make a list and it’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think just writing things down makes concepts a lot more real, and suddenly the possibility of it happening shoots way up. Hence, I’m going … Continue reading

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27 and a Happy Birthday to me!

*Backdated October 16 — so do forgive me if a few things are already outdated: In light of this blog’s annual tradition, a brief rundown on how my year of being 26 is in order and what have or have … Continue reading

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100 More Things About Me

It’s typhoon day and I found myself finishing this list — at long last! It’s been over a year since I’ve come with a list — and at a point of being uber-narcissistic, am again recording my legacy by listing … Continue reading

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The End of 2006 — The Beginning of a New Year!

As 2006 has ended, now’s the time to look back and reminisce over the past year! Whereas 2005 was the year of intense organizational activities and social events, 2006 was the year of the self, career and a simpler lifestyle. … Continue reading

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