28 June 2010

Scenic Sunday #3: Weekends at the Park

Scenic Sunday

These are familiar scenes on a weekend at People's Park.

See more scenic views at Scenic Sunday.

25 June 2010

Food Trip Friday #2: Birthday Treat

My favorite treats from Blugre, Davao's first and finest coffee shop. My entry for this week's edition of Food Trip Friday.

On a tight budget

Time to work doubly hard because here comes difficult times. I am currently doing my Math homework right now because after having been to two different cities this month, I must now watch my spending habits. There's a downside to traveling and that's having to live with a tight budget after because of the dining and shopping we do while traveling. However, despite all the calculations and budgeting that I do, I still end up short due to unaccounted spending that I forgot to list down. Solving mathematical problems back then was easier though we didn't have Free math homework help than having to adhere to a strictly tight budget. So I must work doubly hard to get online work so I could come up with funds for my upcoming travel again.

Speaking of math, it's really nice to see that kids these days get free math tutoring to help them cope up with their math lessons. Back then, we really need to listen to our teachers' explanations carefully and understand what's written in the books.

24 June 2010

Wish there were more Wi-fi Spots in Davao

Internet connection has become a necessity but here in Davao, free internet connections can only be availed when you go to coffee shops or to SM. There is also a free internet access in the airport but you have to wait for your turn in case there's queue of people wanting to use it. I wish there are more wifi spots here in Davao like those you see in Manila. While strolling the Ayala Triangle Gardens, yes! where the Philippine flag inspired flower garden is located, we were surprised to see that Globe has a free Wi-fi service in the area. They also have free internet stations inside malls that shoppers can use when there's something they need to check over the web. How convenient that can be. I wish we have that here.

(The Philippine Flag)

(A closer look at the sun and its eight rays symbolizing the first eight provinces to rise against the Spaniards)

23 June 2010

Need to do some cleaning quick!

Our home is such a ghastly sight these days. The windows are covered with dusts, curtains needed to be changed, some appliances needs repair and the floors has to be scrubbed. My hands are really full these days and I can no longer figure out which should come first. The people at home are taking turns getting sick and this could be because the house is dirty. I easily get a runny nose whenever I clean the room because the dusts accumulate easily because we live near the highway so I am thinking about getting a portable air purifier cheaply so I no longer have to worry about the air that we breathe.

I have been doing overtime work the whole week so I am tired when I get home. I still need to organize my recent travel pictures and the posts that I need to do. I am still confused as to where I have to begin with all of the tasks that are at hand. Sometimes, I wish I could hire help just to get everything running smoothly.

Anyway, I will start with my room tomorrow morning then slowly move to my comfort room then to the kitchen. Hah! just thinking about those things is giving me a headache. I got to go now because I don't want to be late for work tomorrow. See you around.

21 June 2010

World Cup 2010 Fever

June started with the world getting loco over the World Cup 2010 and just like everywhere else, there's also a World Cup Fever at Cupcakes by Sonja. These are cute cupcakes with jerseys of different teams on top of them. Because they're too cute, you won't wanna eat them anymore.

I hope an Asian country wins the World Cup this year. But unlike most European countries, Filipinos are not so into football. The Philippines is famous for having a love affair with basketball. Despite the Filipinos having deficiency in the height department, there is an unexplainable love for basketball. I hope we realize that we have the potential in sports such as football where height is not a requirement.

Don't let the bed bugs bite

This is usually what I hear from a friend whenever we exchange good nights before going to sleep but a year ago, I realized that we can also take this literally because there was a time when our mattresses were infested with bed bugs. I had no idea what it was until I noticed that I got those rashes and itches from bed bugs as one friend has noticed. Right there and then, we had our mattresses cleansed with a certain pesticide that was meant to kill the nasty bed bugs. But more than that, my sisters and I needed to get an effective bed bug bites cure for ourselves.

Speaking of skin care, my sister and I go to different skin care clinics but she is persuading me to try her clinic since they are giving away membership packages that are really great on savings. However, I am not about ready to give up the convenience I get from my present skin care clinic because of its proximity to my office and to our home. My legs are in bad shape these days because I always get this insect bites from I don't know where, I notice this every time I sit on our couch so I am suspecting that it might be pest-infested again. Now, we know why they are called pests.

Ruby Tuesday #4: Santan

A Red Santan, this flower can be seen in many backyards here in our country. There are several other different colors of this flower but this photo of a red santan which I captured in Ayala Triangle Gardens is perfect for this week's entry to Ruby Tuesday.

20 June 2010

Must lose weight now!

I got hold of another seven-day diet program shared to us by a co-worker. I have been trying to lose weight for several months now but has been on a yo-yo trend. Whenever I lose weight due to rigid physical activities, I immediately gain back the poundage I lost. Sometimes, it makes me think about getting drastic measures just so I'll get rid of these fats. In about six months, I will be the Maid of Honor in my sister's church wedding. I had my measurement taken last month and was quite happy that I was able to shed off some inches. Though I still have plenty of time to work on it, I sometimes think about doing it the fast way. I wonder if bariatric food will work wonders for me.

After watching the A-team today, I was again reminded of the goal to become fit again when I saw Jessica Biel. Had I known back then that losing weight is this hard, I should have watched what I eat every time. I am afraid of taking those diet pills because they might have side effects later on or we never know our true state of health especially that I experience episodes of palpitation so I guess it's better to stay away from those pills.

So what's the best weight loss program for me? I already know that exercise works best for me but I am too lazy to do it regularly. I have no physical activity for two weeks now and I am worried that I'll gain more weight so I guess I better revive my badminton racket before that happens. Badminton, I haven't played for quite a while now and I missed playing. It reminds me, I need to do a separate post on that too.

Scenic Sunday #2: Happy Father's Day

Scenic Sunday

Happy Father's day to all dads out there. This scene was taken last weekend at Bonifacio High Street when me, my sister Jenny and our Dad had our afternoon snack at Sonja's Cupcakes. This is a very heartwarming scene, one that's perfect for today's celebration of Father's Day.

More at Scenic Sunday.

18 June 2010

Manila after one and a half year

We spent the long weekend with a short trip to Manila to visit my sister Jenny who works there. That Manila experience was far different from the previous visits that I had, the last time I went there was during our company's badminton competition about one and a half year ago. This time, I was lucky not to experience Manila's exasperating traffic gridlock. It must be because it was a holiday and a weekend.

Though we originally planned to go to Tagaytay, we have to scrap the plan because of Taal's level 2 alert. I haven't been to Tagaytay so I was in a way upset. I have not prepared much for that trip because I was so busy coming from General Santos so I had to prepare my stuffs to bring for that trip six hours before the trip so I ended up sleepy head during the entire flight and as I was in Manila, I realized I forgot to bring a lot of important things, my eyeglasses being the most important. My sister's housemate was heaven-sent because we fortunately have the same grade.

It was a short 3-day trip but I had a lot of fun experiences to share. More about my Manila experience in the coming days!

When one gets drowned in her work

My working station is an awful mess these days. Due to the several activities I have engaged myself into during the past couple of months plus the mandatory records management activity that takes up a lot of time considering the tons of paperwork that we do everyday, it seemed like my work backlog is growing bigger and bigger each day that I can no longer handle and manage it well. To solve this, I have listed down the tasks that I needed to do and figure out which is urgent and not so urgent and from there, I could make a schedule of things that I need to do. As much as I do not want to render overtime work, I have no choice but to work beyond the eight hours just so I could meet the deadline and to keep my tasks updated. I am itching to get rid of all the mess that sometimes, voracious me only has to grab an endulge bar just so I won't have to bother with a grumbling stomach.

Again, tomorrow I will be working on a Saturday. If I have a song playing in my head right now, it would have to be that song that talks about wishing to be a billionaire so freaking bad! But this is life so let's just live with it .

Food Trip Friday #1: Cake Party

My immediate supervisor celebrated her 46th birthday last week and since all the presents she got that day were cakes of different sizes and shapes, we ended up having a cake party for our afternoon break. Here are just three of the cakes we binged on that day:

It was indeed a sweet afternoon Food Trip.

16 June 2010

Team Pacquiao

For years, it had been General Santos City = Pacquiao. General Santos City is home to the world's No. 1 Pound for Pound Boxer (take that, Gayweather!) and every time we hear General Santos City, we remember Pacquiao more than we remember tuna. So on our recent trip to the City, we stopped by Robinson's since the Robinson's we have here in Davao City is only the Supermarket. The store that we frequently went to in Robinson's was Team Pacquiao, a clothing store owned by Pacman himself.

In the store, you will find this life sized poster of Manny Pacquiao which was taken during the weigh-in for the Dela Hoya fight. Also displayed in the store are some of Manny's prized possession like the Everlast boxing gloves with Manny's signature in it and the Boxer of the year award that he won. Being a visitor to this city and a huge fan of Pacman even way back when he was still starting out in Blow by Blow, I never left the store without getting a Team Pacquiao shirt with Pacman's signature in it. I then prodded my co-workers to buy a shirt too so we could wear it together on a Friday at work and all of them did. I wish I'd be able to see the man in flesh one day.

07 June 2010

Home sweet home

It's great to be back home! After four days, we returned from General Santos with our mission accomplished. The Southmin group was the over-all champion alongside NCR Housing group for our 2010 National Sportsfest that was held in General Santos City from June 3-5. The contingents from the different regions arrived early morning on June 3 in time for the opening ceremony later in the afternoon which was held at Sarangani Capitol Gym. It was a very long and exhausting four-day stay yet it was also a fun and learning experience too as we immerse ourselves with the culture and way of life of General Santos City.

The first thing that I instantly noticed when we reached General Santos City was its tormenting heat. I guess almost everyone got a darker shade when we returned because some of the activities required us to stay outdoors. I also now understand that General Santos City's main mode of transportation is the pedicab or a tricycle. When we first got there, I immediately looked for a taxi so we can get to our hotel faster but we were informed that taxis there are hired for a special price and there was only about two of them in sight so we had no choice but to ride a pedicab as there was no available office vehicle to accommodate us that afternoon. After several times of riding the pedicab, I have learned to appreciate it because it has a flat rate of 7 pesos no matter how far or near your destination will be unlike the jeepney here in Davao. It could be a pain in the neck though, I mean literally especially if you get into a smaller pedicab which cannot fit the likes of Bonel Balingit.

Another interesting thing is that we were amazed to find out how the 3d movie ticket at Robinson's Movie world would cost at a surprisingly low price of P111 only! Though we really would love to watch Shrek on 3d last Saturday, we cannot squeeze it in to our schedules so we have to forego that one. A 3d movie ticket at SM here in Davao would cost P250 so that's more than double the price at Robinson's in General Santos so I must say we really missed on one great opportunity.

Just across our hotel is the Plaza Heneral Santos so we took time for a walk in the park at night and was pleased to see the nice view of the park and the nearby establishments that we ended up having an instant photo walk that night and had fun taking snapshots of the lights and the beauty of the park.

It wasn't my first time to go to General Santos City but I can say that this time, I was able to experience the city more than during my first visit there and I loved the experience. It is indeed Magandang Gensan!

02 June 2010

Taking down my Gensan Notes

I am here in General Santos City to participate in our company's National Sportsfest which is going to be held in Alabel Saranggani. I arrived yesterday after more than two hours of road trip along with my other co-workers. The heat of General Santos City is incomparable even to the hottest temperature we experience in Davao. The heat is simply exhausting and torturous to the skin. So after a few hours of being exposed outside, I got myself a running nose and a dry and irritating cough.

The sportsfest will open this afternoon at 1:00 pm and I am just so glad that I am not among the players so that would mean I am not required to join the parade under the glaring and scorching heat of the sun. I am only praying that there will be no power outage this afternoon contrary to what we experienced yesterday afternoon while doing our aerodance rehearsals. It was suffocating especially that the committee has covered the windows with cardboard to prevent sunlight from coming in since the gym is airconditioned anyway but it did not prove to be advantageous during power outages.

Since I don't want to be remiss on my blogging duties, I have brought my laptop with me but the hotel's wifi zone is limited to its public areas so that would mean I have to go down every time I need to do something on the net. I was informed by my friend about the latest web host news and so I need to check on that too because switching to a domain has been a long overdue task for me.

Saranggani is known for its beautiful beaches, as one of the descriptions I have read a few days ago, its beaches can be compared to that of Boracay twenty years ago. To find that out for myself, me and some of my friends are planning to see the beaches in Gumasa after our events. I will be blogging more of General Santos later.