In Retrospect

More than an attempt at updating my blog, I think I need this to remind me of happy days before the midterm stress monster gobbles me up.


Constitutional Week

As usual, I was at the helm of prettifying our tent and that included waking up real early, showing up at the Children’s Park first and even helping putting up the tent. I didn’t play ‘varsity’ (haha) mixed volleyball like last year although this year’s tug of war was much more fun. We won over the sophies, the juniors and the super seniors but lost out to the freshies. Haha.

4th years

Tug of War!

Happily showing off our class shirt.



After Consti Week comes Purplehood. As 4th years, we had to organize the event especially held for the ‘super seniors’ or the 5th years. As if heading the ‘tent committee’ wasn’t enough, I was again placed in control to head the steering committee. What followed was a month of stressful, crazy, busy planning but well worth all the effort in the end.

Masquerade Ball

The Grand Ballroom (from our Asst. Dean’s Instagram)

With some of my amazing group mates.

With closest friends, N and F.


Another Meson Bonding

Another Meson wedding (the batch’s baby, Licka) which means another happy get-together with high school classmates.

Pre-wedding get-together at CommCen

Meson Girls

Meson with Newlyweds Licka and Jasser


Tatay’s Birthday

We got to celebrate Tatay’s birthday, albeit, belated in Missy’s pretty little house (not on the Prairie, haha) at Portico in Gran Europa, CDO.

Bee and Ashy made it there too. 🙂




Hello, Shoti

Atsi na si Shobe!


Davao Wedding Weekend

The fam (minus Potch) went on a road trip to Davao for my cousin’s wedding — the first in Tatay’s side of the family. Plus got to hang out with Bee and Bong at Damosa, which was just across our hotel, and we got a tour of the Freedom Park and some chika and laughter over some beers at MTS.

Bong’s coffee treat at Cafe Firenzo


Dramatic shot from the 12th floor of The Marco Polo. Haha.

Cousins. With the Best Man and Groom at Sta. Ana Church.

Back at the hotel after the wedding

Happy Birthday!

Celebrated my 29th birthday just the way I like it – dinner with the fam at my favorite restaurant in Iligan, good ol’ Sunburst. OMG, 29!

Thank you Lord for another year.

Oh, and another thing about July, I started running and discovered Rock My Run.

Image from Rock My Run

They have killer running mixes which keep me going during my run days, three times a week. Fast forward to August, I rocked my first 5K run!

6th place for female open category. Yay!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

It’s Week 12 of my PostAWeek Challenge and The DailyPost’s inspiration for their Weekly Photo Challenge is Red.

Here’s a round up of my favorite red things:

The red team.

The red Marithe+Francois Girbaud wallet is a Christmas gift I got for myself last year. Elianto’s nail color named Chili Red is one of my favorite nail polish shades. I’ve had the red vintage-y pair of earrings since my early years of college, it’s one of my oldest accessories. The two books, I got from Power Books in Cebu a couple of summers ago. I actually bought them because I  fell in love with their red spines and thought they’d look pretty in my bookshelf. Haha. And you know Shobe, my RedBerry, right?

Oh and here’s another redberry I love!

Redberry yogurt topped with blueberry, choco chips and almond. Yum!

Tagged: Ten Things I Love

This is a late response to a tag by Tessa to blog about the 10 things you love. B, Z and Kat have already blogged wonderfully and quite effortlessly about their ten loves. I put rounding up ten things I love on hold (and let this post sleep in my drafts) because I’m a big procrastinator like that. Haha!

They say the best things in life are free. Like these ten things I love which all came for free. Hee.

1. Marks & Spencer Almond Hand Cream. This is a pasalubong from my youngest sister when she went to Manila for an inter-school sports event late last year. She also got dear Mother another variant (rosehip, I think) of this hand cream. We weren’t expecting her to buy us something, but she did which makes it so sweet. It’s one of the things I have to have in my bag. I love that it’s so yummy-smelling I can’t get enough of it. Plus I love that just a little gob makes my hands soft and fragrant already. So until now, I haven’t used up the entire tube yet. I don’t have to worry about running out of it though because Marks & Spencer is in Cagayan de Oro already. My next tube won’t be free though. Haha.

2. Plurk. One of the best sites EVER, I guess I could rightly call this my tambayan in the WWW. It’s where the best people to make chika are — my Plurkada. As a matter of fact, I  have more fun plurking than texting. That sure saved me a lot in my latest phone bill — my lowest ever.

3. Kobo. This is every ebookworm’s dream! It’s a free app I downloaded on my BB. I loved it so much when I first downloaded it but I experienced some glitches so I deleted it. Recently, I downloaded it again (no glitches now, thankfully) and the wonderful thing is after reinstalling again in my phone, I still had all the free ebooks I downloaded before. I can’t wait to finish all of my Jane Austen books.

4. Mango watch. I got this freebie a couple of years ago when I got my first credit card. It was a special offer for their new cardholders — which was what made me really apply for the credit card. Haha. I wore it all the time, loving its dainty look.  I’m not really into feminine-looking watches, but this one’s an exception. Two years of constant use, however, wore the thin leather straps out, I’ve been forced to let it resign because it’s hard to find strap replacements.  What replaced it on my wrist as my daily watch is dear father’s silver men’s watch (the style that I  really like). He rarely wears it anyway and I think he’s also resigned to the fact that it has become “mine”. Hahaha.

5. Rimmel lipstick. I’m not a lippie girl, preferring my trusted tube of cherry Chapstick to lipsticks. But this Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in a light pink shade called Fancy is one of the few lippies I love because it gives my lips the perfect balance of color and shimmer and keeps it moisturized too. This was given to dear mother by a balikbayan family friend. And since dear mother isn’t into pale pink lippies (which I absolutely love!)  she gave it to me instead.

6. Starbucks coffee. Would you believe if I said I’ve never paid for a Starbucks coffee ever? All the times I had Starbucks coffee, either someone paid for it — bosses during business meetings or old friends I haven’t seen in a while back in Manila — or I got them as freebies. Yes, there is such a thing as a free Starbucks coffee! At least for my credit card’s tie up promo with Starbucks that lets me claim my free tall cup of coffee (or a pack of 3 Via Ready Brew sachets) for every purchase of a certain amount. Funny thing is, B has been my suki Starbucks date the two times I got to redeem my freebies. First in Cebu last year when we went there for a wedding and second when I went to Cagayan de Oro last month for an errand. Looking forward to the third time. This week, hopefully. 🙂

7. WordPress for BlackBerry. This is another free app for BlackBerry phones. All I need is Wi-Fi and then I can blog all I want on my smartphone! Maybe I should change my blog’s name to Chuck, Dee and Shobe. Haha!

8. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Cream. I love the luxurious scent of this body cream, which was a pasalubong from my former boss when he got back from the States last year. I’ve been using it sparingly, making it last long because I don’t know where to get another tube here if it runs out.

9. Who is it? BlackBerry app. This is another free BB app I downloaded recently. What is it? It’s this simple: it lets you assign different colors to contacts in your phonebook and when someone calls or texts you, your phone’s LED lights up to the color you assigned to that contact so that just by looking at the blinking light, you know who’s it from. The free version offers colors for 10 contacts though. Works just fine for me because I have just enough colors for the fam and the bffs.

10. Turquoise stud earrings. Speaking of bffs, one of the bffs, A gave this pretty pair of earrings to me after we attended a wedding. She bought it to go with her outfit to the wedding but she wasn’t able to wear it so she gave it to me instead knowing that I loved accessories, especially earrings, to bits. It’s become my most-worn pair recently. I love how it instantly brightens up my face (chos!) even when I’m looking tired and adds a fun pop of color to any outfit.

Now, it’s my turn to tag friends who haven’t done this yet. Hello, Aya & S! I think you’ll enjoy this too!

Chuck and Shobe

It’s Girls Talk time again!

In this week’s Techie Talk, GT encourages us girl bloggers to write about the gadgets we’d die to get our hands on or the gadgets we already own but still can’t get enough of.

I thought I’d shine the spotlight on my two techie loves: Chuck and Shobe – yes, I give my gadgets names – because while I am crushing on a few spiffy gadgets and even admit to falling in love with the red HP Mini Vivienne Tam  netbook when it came out years ago and the little red Sony Vaio P-series netbook, they’re not something I’m dying to get my hands on. I have after all, simple techie needs and  my babies Chuck and Shobe meet them wonderfully.

Chuck as you now is my ASUS EEE PC 900 netbook, named after Chuck from one of my favorite TV series Chuck.

I bought Chuck almost three years ago, a little after it came out in the market. It is a Linux baby which suits me perfectly because I don’t have to worry about nasty viruses. Being the giddy new owner that I was, I lost no time in building my music collection. Then two years ago, during my grandma’s wake I accidentally spilled a cup of coffee on Chuck’s keyboard. I thought I was going to lose Chuck. But thankfully, after a few months in comatose and I was able to get Chuck’s keyboard replaced and now Chuck’s back in action. Having lost all my files before, one of the first things I did after having Chuck back running was to build a music collection again. One of its two drives is now filled to the limit with my new music collection which makes me a happy camper because as long as I can enjoy my music, surf the internet, blog, watch movies and my favorite TV series and work on school stuff on OpenOffice, I’m good.

Shobe, which means little sister in Chinese, is my red Blackberry Curve.

I named my redberry Shobe because I like to think of it as Chuck’s little sister. I got Shobe the day after my little sister’s birthday in August last year. Shobe came as a surprise for me because I was quite contented with my Nokia before and had no plans of buying a new phone. Then the heavens intervened and I got the phone that I had only been dreaming of — in red! Okay, it was more like my credit card’s exclusive tie-up promo with Globe and really supportive parents who encouraged me to go for it. Haha. Still, I’ve got to thank God for such amazing timing.

What I love most about Shobe (aside from being a pretty red phone, LOL) is that it serves as a little stand-in for Chuck whenever I can’t bring Chuck along with me. With Shobe I can also enjoy my music, surf the internet and blog where there’s free wifi, and scroll through and work on my notes for school with its document reader. It’s already been eight months with Shobe and I still love my baby/BB/whatever to bits.

While I clearly spend most of my day facing Chuck, there’s no sibling rivalry here. I just Plurk/blog/surf the net more often than I text or call. But just the same, I still cannot get enough of these two.

Day 25 – What’s in your purse?

My default purse of late is this brown shoulder bag I found while rummaging through old bags. Haha. I forgot I even had this. I don’t care if it looks like a lola’s purse because it sure can hold a lot. There’s my almond hand cream which I can’t get enough of (it just smells so yummy), BB cream and the BB (haha), pressed powder, pen, coin purse, card holder, shades, lip balm and cologne. I couldn’t find my alcohol spray, so it’s out of the photo.

What’s in your purse?

WP for BB

WordPress for BlackBerry. Isn’t it the coolest thing ever?

No need to open the laptop for a quick post. Works just great for me since I hardly bring my netbook along with me anywhere except to the office. Now wherever there’s WiFi to leech, I can blog!

And it’s even perfect on lazy days when all you want to do is sink into bed. Such as today. I seriously do not want to get up yet. It’s the weekend for cryin’ out loud. But I owe my Election Law book some serious reading for class this afternoon. Ah well, the good thing is I can read in bed. And now, blog too. Life is still sweet.


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