Category Archives: Updates

When your husband buys an expensive tub of ice cream…

My husband wanted to buy a php381 Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tub of Cherry Garcia yesterday at Rustan’s.  Php 381 isn’t cheap. It’s almost the daily minimum wage of a waiter in the Philippines.  I don’t think that an … Continue reading

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Question: Should I marry someone even though I feel there might be somebody better out there for me?

I dated a guy who was great on paper for 2.5 years. He was smart, had a great job, was very responsible, and said he will love and take care of me for the rest of his life.He was also … Continue reading

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Updates: A Cranky Sunday

The entire household has the cold. Yaya was patient zero. Then came baby girl. Hubby got struck yesterday. And I’ve been experiencing mild sore throat today.  Baby girl can’t go to school due to the cold. When she sneezes, she … Continue reading

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To the best band there is… I’m so sorry and I cry with you…

My husband shook me awake last night, “Linkin Park is dead.” “What do you mean it’s dead?” I groggily asked. Mind you, I was already half asleep by then.  He showed me the article, “Chester Bennington is dead due to … Continue reading

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I’m happy I had kids late

There’s a lot of young mothers in Manila. Many of them already have one child as teenagers, often due to callous attitudes towards contraceptive and the ignorant belief that that getting pregnant will not happen to them.  http://www.bbc.com/news/av/embed/p053y66t/40060748 I got … Continue reading

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Review: Bijin Nabe Hotpot in S Maison Mall

We were at Conrad Hotel’s S Maison Mall for dinner last night because of the Toy Convention, and had the opportunity to try two of their restaurants: Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo Hotpot Restaurant and Tsujiri Macha for desert. There … Continue reading

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No means no

My daughter is 18 months old.  And for an 18-month old, she has a good memory.  Just imagine, two months ago, we brought her to Kidzoona Robinsons Galleria.  Today, as we go to Galleria, she holds my hand and tugs … Continue reading

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HR Mode On

Since my HR assistant left, I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing and orientation. My heart breaks whenever I see another single mother who’s been beaten or cheated on by her ex boyfriend, and cannot seem to get her sh*t … Continue reading

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Late Night Discovery

Some good and bad news: Bad news: I’m not yet pregnant. Even though so many people are chasing me for a second kid.  Good news: I just got my period last night! Wohoo!  How can that be good news? Well, … Continue reading

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Lesson of the Day: Engagement

I read an interesting article by Business Insider, “My 11-year-old son auditioned at Juilliard, and we both learned a lot about how top performers practice.” As I read the article, I can’t help but ask, “How engaged are we really … Continue reading

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There’s been a lot of movement in the office…

…so apologies for not updating as often as I should. Just this week for example, I’ve let go of two people. One for extreme negligence, habitual absenteeism and tardiness and complete disregard for work, while the other is because she … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Single Mothers

There are many single mothers at the place I work in. A lot of them had their first child as a teenager, and most of them in their 20s. Who are the fathers? Well, half of them did not take responsibility, leaving … Continue reading

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Today is one of those challenging days. 

One of the biggest issue surrounding a worker in Manila is that it’s very difficult for them to keep their professional and personal life separate.  Especially as women, we have accepted our fates as responsible breadwinners, burdened mothers, martyred wives … Continue reading

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Wives: We are the Problem!

I am a part of a popular mommy group. Many of them complain about their husbands. A few complain of their husband’s addiction to video games. “I am exhausted and take care of the baby 24/7, while his nose is … Continue reading

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Money Can’t Buy Class

The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Celebrities and attendees have a chance to WOW everyone with their interpretation of a theme — this year it was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons — and show off their … Continue reading

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My Husband’s Walking the Baby

It’s 2:30am and my husband is walking our 16-month old baby. Baby slept a tad bit early and woke up at 1:30am, fresh from her “nap” and pushing for some action. So husband took the bullet and is around the … Continue reading

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A Sister’s Advice to a Brother on his Wedding Day

Dear Brother, Welcome to the married club! Finally, you’ve decided to get married! And if you wonder why I’ve been less opinionated as of late, know I do so because I wanted you to make the most important decision in … Continue reading

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Mommy Review: Gymboree Magnolia

Like many mothers, I have enrolled my baby on both Gymboree and Kindermusik. For Kindermusik, my baby has finished a semester and one unit in two of their branches. For Gymboree, we have only availed of their Php 600 trial … Continue reading

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Make the Right Decisions Before You Get Married

It’s a week before my brother’s wedding, and his greatest problem yesterday was what type of Tempur bed to purchase. Apparently, there’s three types of Tempur Beds — hard, soft, and softest. My husband and I have the standard Tempur bed … Continue reading

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Dad’s Words of Wisdom: Being Hands on in Business

When we got married, my husband’s father gave us a very small business to manage. It was supposed to be our “bread and butter.” When he gave us the business, it wasn’t cashflow steady. It was not profitable and we were running at … Continue reading

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Second Chances

A friend of mine told me that his son was sullen and depressed following a failed marriage. He married young at 21 years old, at a time his now wife was 3 months pregnant, much to the chagrin of everybody. … 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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The Cookie Test

My husband tells me that he comes from a family that doesn’t say “Thank you” a lot. He chides my family for being overly polite and for saying thank you too often that it almost comes out as fake and meaningless. … Continue reading

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A Reason for Everything

I believe that there is a reason for everything. When things don’t go our way, there’s usually a hidden plan behind it. I remembered when I was in Taiwan, I applied for a marketing position in DeBeers, one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Prenup?

My brother is marrying his girlfriend next month. While other men experience the 7-year itch, brother has chosen to forget the itch and actually put a ring on it. And when two families get together, there are legalities both sides … Continue reading

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Health is Wealth

I have a tummy ache ever since this morning. It must have been the McDonald’s Spaghetti I ate for my midnight snack last night. To make it worse, I can’t drink any medicine since I’m breastfeeding. So while my butt … Continue reading

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The Alleged Evils of Peppa Pig and the Importance of Censoring your Children’s Shows

Peppa Pig burst into existence last May 2004. Peppa spoke in a British English accent and the show revolves around her adventures with her family and friends. But a lot of psychologists warn of the dangers of watching Peppa Pig without … Continue reading

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The Chinese Way of Teaching the Staff

I’ve previously shared my experience with a negligent staff in my blog. Aside from the earlier listed offenses, she misplaced an important document, an aircon and ducting certification in one of our branches, which is crucial in getting back my construction … Continue reading

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I don’t mind that my baby is not “beautiful”

“(Our baby’s name) is not pretty, but at least she is kiao (smart),” my mother-in-law said. She says this often to anyone who will listen to her. While many mothers may feel scandalous for their own babies are called ugly or not … Continue reading

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The Price of Negligence

I have a 30+-year old assistant who has been with me for two Christmases. She is a single mother to a young boy, and was left by her boyfriend of 7-years who impregnated and soon married their ugly yet flirty neighbor. When … Continue reading

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Parenting a Strong-Willed Daughter

My daughter had a very public meltdown in a Christmas bazaar yesterday. She sucked her breath for a long time, to the point that her lips started turning purple, and then cried hard as loud as she could. To be honest, … Continue reading

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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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Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line Today, I’d have a sales staff go home mid-day because she didn’t feel like going to work. She has a headache, and decided to just go home despite the store having no reliever for the day. The … Continue reading

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Being an Entrepreneur is NOT Fun

I interview a lot of job candidates who knock on my door after a failed business. Just yesterday, I interviewed an area supervisor wannabe who said she sold off her chicken feeds and dog food business because it was “too stressful.” … Continue reading

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The Grass is Greener from the other Side?

My friend lives in Corinthian Gardens, one of the most expensive addresses in Manila. And owns a heated pool. His household expenses go above Php 100,000 (or USD 2,000) per month, which for me is a bit preposterous given that the … Continue reading

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Talk is Cheap.

One of the most frustrating things I experience is being lied to. People lie to me everyday. Now when I say the word “lie,” I mean this in the strictest sense. A lie is a false statement. There is a deliberate intent to … Continue reading

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My kid is starting school next month

  A recent study reveals that a child’s intelligence is inherited from the mother. That means, if the mother is smart, usually the kid is also. And while I don’t believe in it fully — there’s so much that genetics can do — … 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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Yaya Left Us…

The good thing about raising in the Philippines is you can hire a stay-in babysitter who will take care of your children while you are at work. We call them Yayas. In Manila, there are yayas for newborn babies, and yayas … Continue reading

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My Pregnancy Journey

My mother-in-law asked me to not get pregnant until after our USA trip in November 2014. “We’re going to Universal Studios (in Florida),” she advised, “It would be a pity not to get on many of the rides just because you’re pregnant.” … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Pregnant When You’re Not Yet Ready

Since I’m in the topic of motherhood, I’d like to talk about the rampancy of unwed single mothers in the Philippines. To place it in context, I work in a business that hires a lot of women. Since our products cater … Continue reading

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One of the Most Tiring Things about Being a Mother…

…is to be the recipient of so many “helpful” advice. I kid you not. Ever since I became a mother, I had to wrap my head around well-meaning advice givers who seem to know better how to raise my child. One … Continue reading

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The Problem with Being a Former Expat in the Philippines

I’ve lived overseas for almost 10 years before coming back home. There was a time I moved from Hong Kong to London, from London to Hong Kong then back to the Philippines in a span of four months, with luggage … Continue reading

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How Motherhood Changed Me…

I remember going back from the hospital after giving birth to our baby girl. It was such an overwhelming moment. You feel awash with a sense of responsibility. That it’s no longer about you anymore. That it’s now about HER. To be … Continue reading

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All Failed Relationships Lead You to the Right One

The first guy I dated worked as a waiter, became a restaurant cook and ended up to be a holistic masseuse in Japan. He was a high school graduate who felt he was inferior against college graduates because they have a degree and … Continue reading

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How do you know you’ve found the Right One?

Answer: “You just know.” And before you strangle me for giving you a typical B.S. answer, let me implore you to think more about how deep that answer is. First, majority of people who’ve found The One say it, and say it … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety

I think God made babies so cute and so helpless, so you have no choice but to take care of them. My baby is now almost 7 months old, and is entering her separation anxiety stage. According to BabyCentre, separation anxiety is a … Continue reading

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Protected: Updates: Nope, we’re NOT sick. 

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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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Updates: Sick but Alive

It is a pain to be pregnant and be sick. You are always extra careful on the type of medications you can consume. For example, for headaches, I cannot take Advil, and must go to the drugstore and buy Tylenol … Continue reading

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Who said women were practical?

“Hon, I want to buy a cashmere scarf,” I cooed to my husband after joining my friend RBF to a high-class party. “Okay, how much is the scarf?” asked husband. “Oh, it’s cheap,” I said. “It used to be Php … Continue reading

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I’m Pregnant!

After suffering a miscarriage last January, I am happy to announce that I am once again pregnant. We are keeping it a secret yet from our folks because we don’t want to share the happy news, and again suffer another disappointing … Continue reading

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Stalkerish Much?

Unlike many women, I like accompanying my husband everywhere he goes. My mom used to go with my father everywhere so history repeats itself. A friend used to tell me that the one time that my father went to Europe without … 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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Traveling again

Cebu Pacific is once again delayed. We don’t mind though. That’s the price you pay for saving a few bucks. So what’s our schedule now? After waking up at 5:30am, we are on our way to Hong Kong for a … Continue reading

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Which one is which?

After a while, you realize stereotypes may exist for a reason. Just to juggle up your mind, who do you think owns these sinks? One is my husband’s and one is mine. Now which is which? 🙂

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Brain Dead

After a hard days work, I can’t help but plop to bed, laze around and play Candy Crush. I know it’s a time waster but after interviewing new people for sales positions, talking to manpower agencies and negotiating for mall … Continue reading

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Overheard in Santorini: what happens when an Indian woman walked into a shop…

An Indian girl goes in Santorini shop 1. “How much is this bag here?” She asked. The bag is made out of simple linen and says “I love Santorini.” “It is EUR 5, miss,” the shopkeeper said. “It’s on sale.” … Continue reading

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So How Does It Feel to be Married?

June 14, 2014 We are two weeks into our marriage, and I’m writing this entry enroute to Amsterdam, our first stop on our extensive 3-week European honeymoon trip. So how does it feel to be Mrs. XXXX? For one, it’s … Continue reading

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The Tinghun List

Praise the Lord that my future in-laws are so good. As per Chinese tradition, they are gifting me with a semi-traditional engagement party (tinghun). Whereas in many Filipino-Chinese families, tinghuns are no longer mandatory, they’re still definitely a nice to have. … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep # 5 – How to Pick Wedding Favors for your Guests

Kate Aspen had a nice Spring Breeze Palm Tree Bottle Opener which I found at Pinterest/Etsy. Since I have a few overseas guests, and we’re always in the need for a nice bottle opener, hubbie to be and I felt … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep #2: Secure a Venue for the Wedding

Wedding preparation is harder than I thought. Having organized a gazillion events back in university, at work and after work in at least four countries, I thought organizing a wedding should be a piece of cake. “Why the hell would … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep: Step #1 — Secure a Date for the Wedding

Wedding preparation is not as easy as everyone thinks as I’ve already listed down here. A lot of people focus on the happy day itself without realizing all the pain and drama that comes beforehand. The first step of wedding … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep is NOT a Fairy Tale

Most women dreamt about their wedding since they were young. They’ve leafed through wedding magazines, pinned their favorite colors and motifs on Pinterest, and started random conversations with, “If I got married…” No, not me. Actually, the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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“How do you know if he’s the One for you?”

When people ask me if I am sure about my boyfriend-now-fiancee, and why I said yes to his proposal despite the turmoil that’s happening internally within my family, my best answer is this. This pair of hot pink/gray rubber shoes … Continue reading

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Boyfriend Proposed…

…last weekend. It was during awarding, at the largest and most prestigious car show in the Philippines. My company’s car won third place, while his won second. After receiving our prizes, he gave a short speech about how I was his … Continue reading

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I’m Different

I worry about things most women do not worry about. For one, I worry about money and income, and how to become financially independent. When I think about salary, I think about how your compensation is worth the time and … Continue reading

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Fights Happen When You Don’t Listen

Yesterday, Boyfriend and I had an argument.  Basically, the context was that two of my friends got engaged after only two months of dating. I pointed out to Boyfriend that I was jealous that my friends’ respective boyfriends were so … 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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What I think about the US Not Wanting to Raise the Debt Ceiling…

Idiots.

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I’ve been in a bad mood these days…

The thing I hate the most about the Philippines is the lack of freedom and voice that I’ve enjoyed versus when I was living abroad. Overseas, I wore exactly and stayed out as late as I wanted, but here in the … Continue reading

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Purity Ring and MORE

Last weekend, Boyfriend, with all the solemness he could muster, gave me a purity ring. As you all know, Boyfriend and I have been attending Christian pre-engagement, pre-marital counseling. As part of our curriculum, we were asked to preserve our … Continue reading

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Holiday Today…

And am here at Boyfriend’s shop working. Yes, I could be out shopping. Having lunch with friends. Or just sleeping late. And yet, I find myself hanging out by myself at his shop. That my friends, is what you call … Continue reading

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One of the Best Things about Being Filipino…

You guys all know just how badly I complain about the Philippines. People can be lazy and inefficient. Parts of the country are dusty and dirty. There’s tons of corruption as evidenced by a lot of vote-buying action during election … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

It’s been raining really hard in the Philippines the last couple of days. So much so that despite the August 19 and 21 Holidays (Quezon City Day, and Ninoy Aquino Anniversary), we were able to enjoy a vacation up until … Continue reading

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Dark Clouds Hanging Over Our Heads

It’s been no secret within the family that my little brother doesn’t like le Boyfriend.  For one, they are two different people. My brother is one of the most polite, indirect people I know. Ask him to decide between A … Continue reading

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HKUST MBA Finance Club Questions & Answers

1) What are the most important advice you can give to the next year club committee?    Pick the right leaders. If you pick the outgoing candidate who’s all talk but no action, the club will suffer. That’s what happened the … Continue reading

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The Sharkini

The things people do or come up with. Just today, I encountered the Sharkini, a USD 100 swimsuit that looks like a shark bit through your dullish gray one-piece, and can be custom-fitted based on your measurements. Anyway, I think … Continue reading

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Reprint: Love is a Decision, not a Feeling

Are you with the right partner? During a seminar, a woman asked, “How do I know if I am with the right person?” The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so she said, … Continue reading

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Semi-business Guangzhou Trip

It’s a semi-business, semi-shopping mission with my mom and my aunt.   That’s what entrepreneurial Filipino-Chinese do. The easiest way to make money is to source it cheaper in China and then resell back in the Philippines.   Which is … Continue reading

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Updates: Church Outreach on a Rainy Day

Boyfie and I went out for a church outreach project in Paco, Manila yesterday. It was to give some food and spread the Word of God to 110 street children residing by the squatter area in the railways. It was raining … Continue reading

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How do you know if you’re meant to be?

“Why did you pursue me?” I asked Boyfriend as we spent our seven month-sary yesterday. “I asked. And you kept on saying ‘Yes,” he answered. “And the rest, as they say, is history.” I wonder if a lot of romances start … Continue reading

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Is Dating Dead if You are Fat?

I met a Filipino-Chinese woman yesterday who co-owned a macaroon bakery with her sister. She had pale beautiful skin, a kind face, and long hair.  She was also, by her own admission, overweight. “My auntie said I am not ‘kaisiao-able’” … Continue reading

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Times Flies When You’re Having Fun

I’ve been quite busy the last couple of weeks. Basically, a lot of it is spending time with Boyfriend, but more often than not, we spend most of the time together working. You see, we’re both in the car after-market … Continue reading

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Any Suggestions?

The problem with having a blissful love life is that you cannot really find anything to bitch about. Which makes for a more boring blog. It’s been days since I’ve looked at a blank screen, and yet, nothing popped up. … Continue reading

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Update: Three Months and Everyone’s Pressuring Us to Get Married!

Boyfriend and I had been blissfully dating for the last three months. At this point in time, he is now automatically invited to family events and dinners, and vice versa. The funny thing though, everyone around us — my mom, … Continue reading

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V-Day Trumps ALL!

My boyfriend and I decided to shy away from the usual Valentine’s Day festivities, and celebrate this special day yesterday instead. So yesterday, he picked me up at 4:00pm, and took me for a luxurious 1-hour massage at the Discovery … Continue reading

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You’re Perfect… Now Change

I met a really cute guy yesterday. Let’s call him IR. IR is in many ways a geek. He likes drafting, cosplaying and making his own anime figurines. IR is smart, as he graduated from the top university in the Philippines. … Continue reading

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The ABC of Success

A wise man once told me, there’s the ABC of Success: A for Ability: To be a success, you have to be able. Competent. Good at what you do, whatever that can be. You can be the best blogger in the … Continue reading

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Updates in the new 2013 year

I haven’t really been posting much. Blame it on the slow Internet, or the fact that I don’t get to stay home most evenings. But yeah, I’ve been a lazy blogger. A part of it is because of fear. Having … Continue reading

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One of the Greatest Lies You’ll Ever Tell Yourself —

— is this: “If he/she loves me, he/she should love me for who I am. For better or for worse. No matter what I look like.” Why? Was it because he/she is always there for you? It’s true. You love … Continue reading

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Giddy

“I love you, hamster,” he said as he touches my hair. “Love you too,” I reply. Yup, this is nice. Correction: it’s real nice. It’s amazing though how this is so different from my last relationship. For one, I really … Continue reading

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Guard your Heart. Take it Slow.

How do you slow down a fast-tracked relationship without making things awkward by having “The Talk?“ Brother is concerned that this new guy and I are moving too fast (See below post). Unfortunately, NewGuy has a reputation in the industry … Continue reading

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Dear Future Hus…

Dear Future Husband, Given that we’re now together, it would be important for both of us to communicate our needs to each other. I daresay it may be challenging to actually look into ourselves and see what it is exactly … Continue reading

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Holland Tulip Flowers

Holland Tulip Flowers

Got this surprise yesterday…

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I Like the Fact…

I like the fact that he celebrates a balanced woman. The fact that he wants a woman to be intelligent and capable, and to help out with the family business whenever necessary. And not just to be a simple “housewife” … Continue reading

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Is He Moving Too Fast?

I met a boy. Around a month ago. How I met him was super cheesy. Don’t laugh ha. We were introduced via email by a friend. Being an articulate person, he wrote in a way that piqued my interest. You … Continue reading

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Today is my One Year Anniversary

Exactly a year ago, last September 11, 2011, I boarded a plane from Hong Kong to start my MBA exchange adventure in London Business School. On September 11, 2011, I arrived in London that afternoon, to be picked up by … Continue reading

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Only in the Philippines

Let me tell you a story. Whether it is true or not, I will not confirm as this is a public blog. But all I can say is, if it is true, then it only happens in the Philippines. A … Continue reading

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