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.

February

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.

March

Purplehood

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.

April

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

May

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. 🙂

Fam.♥

Everyone

June

Hello, Shoti

Atsi na si Shobe!

July

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

Bridesmaid

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!

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!

Too late for roses

We women have to stick together. Well, not too close together, or some fabulous single guy might think we’re not into men.

Goes a quote from some scrapbook sticker my best friend and I picked at the mall yesterday for our planner. It’s funny because it has become a yearly thing for my best girl friends and I to get together for some post-valentines day single girls night out where we enjoy great food, drinks and lots of girl talk and celebrate independence, freedom and being carefree.

B and A’s busy schedules wonderfully freed up allowing us to get together at CDO last night. We were also joined by three more fabulously single girl friends, Ate Di, Ai and Ate Mats, who all happened to be in CDO too, for dinner. So what followed was a fun single girls slash blog/twitter buddies reunion dinner at Siam, enjoying great Thai food, laughter, girl talk and snapshot moments. Fun times, fun times.

Photo collage effect by Photovisi.com

After dinner, we split up and the three of us, B, A and I headed to Cafe Macumba for some drinks and live band music. It felt like high school all over again when the bands played our favorite 90’s music. We were like our giddy high school selves, singing along to songs we knew by heart. More girl talk, more laughter.

We changed our minds about checking out a bar after we couldn’t get a proper parking space so we decided to cap off our night out with a midnight caffeine fix at Coffeeworks instead, which was a better idea because when we got there, the branch at Divisoria wasn’t packed and we got to have the place all to ourselves before the caffeine-seekers came trickling in. B loves their frappes while A and I went for their tall hot yummy concoctions.

Photo from Coffeeworks photo gallery

Heading back to B’s pad, we decided to have a movie marathon but we all fell asleep before the first movie, Tangled, was over which goes to show we’re not cut out for staying up until the wee, wee morning hours anymore, haha!

We enjoyed Sunday brunch at Pancake House and had our very filling share of their yummy pancakes, waffles and the best tacos in town.

Photo collage effect by Photovisi.com

After getting our food fix, it was time for errands, a.k.a. our little shopping fix where we ended up splurging on stuff we weren’t really supposed to get but did anyway because we are each other’s biggest shopping supporters. Haha.

So goes our usual weekend get together. Time flies when you’re having fun and before you know it, it’s back to the daily grind as another busy work/school week begins.

And I wonder when the next weekend getaway will be.

Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date

This is tricky because I think there is no such thing as a perfect date and if you ask me, it’s not so much about the date but who your date is.

I am rather tempted to say a candlelit dinner of Italian cuisine under the stars, with a string quartet playing in the background and fireworks as we toast champagne, but it’s too froufrou now that I think about it.

The closest thing to a perfect first date for me would be all about free-spirited fun, filled with laughter and interesting conversation.

Kind of like spending the day at an amusement park, channeling our inner kids and free spirits, having all the fun in the world with the crazy wild rides, eating all the cotton candy and ice cream we want, just being our fun-loving selves and not minding whether we look ridiculous with our messy, wind-swept hair, then ending the day with cups of coffee and dessert at a quaint cafe talking and laughing like old friends or kindred spirits and going home like it was one of the best and most fun conversations we’ve ever had.

Winning fluffy unicorns is optional.