I was supposed to list down only 12 goals, but I've written down 23 birthday wishes last time, so I guess it should be fair if I list down 23 goals.
So here goes my list:
1. Open up an online stock trading account - I've been writing it down on my planner, I have also printed all the forms and have the complete documents on hand, but I never get to send it. I should do it soon!
3. Increase my savings - According to an article, I should be saving at least 10-15% of my net income. I'm planning to save more.
4. Improve on photography - Having a blog made me conscious of the pictures I'm taking. Though I'm nowhere near the term 'expert', I could say that my photography has improved a lot lately. I'm still a noob in taking people pictures (that's why I stick with taking pictures of food), I should improve on it.
5. Be more eco-conscious - Becoming a Lunti officer made me conscious of which products I should be buying. Moreover, it has helped me become more health-conscious (though I always pig out) and environment conscious. I plan to influence more people by posting more Lunti-related stuff.
6. Travel more - This year, I went to Baler, Cebu, and Bohol. I'm not much into traveling but I would like to travel to more places next year. A travel abroad would be much better (if budget will allow it).
7. Exercise more - I enrolled myself this year to 360 Fitness Club. I'm still thinking whether to enroll again next year or try another gym, maybe a yoga class will do. :)
8. Buy new rubber shoes - The rubber shoes I'm using is not really for running / exercising. Though I love shoes, I'm more into stilettos and espadrilles lately.
9. Be more organized - My room looks like a war zone, really. I haven't got time to fix everything. I guess I shouldn't be afraid of throwing away stuff I don't need anymore.
10. Buy a coffee maker - This plan has been going on for quite a while. I should take canvassing more seriously.
11. Get a new phone or laptop - My phone is getting slow and I never owned a laptop in my entire life (honestly!).
12. Enroll in a language school - I should be studying Spanish this year, but some circumstances didn't allow it. I plan to take it up next year. :)
13. Start a new sport - Well, there was never an old sport to start with. I'd love to try target shooting or archery (to tame my temper issues)
14. Get the PEx food club recognized - More food trips for us, more members and hopefully we get recognized by PEx. ;)
15. Maintain my financial records - I'm so OC with finance (being an engineer has its perks). I hope I could keep with my OC-ness til the end of the world.
16. Maintain this blog - I just started blogging last July 2011, with a month hiatus. Every blog post is a challenge (most especially if I have a deadline to beat) and I would like to share more of my food adventures (or my personal thoughts) with you guys.
17. Have a regular beauty routine - My current routine is just my nail spa visits. I seldom have a facial that's why I'm having breakouts lately. I should give myself some me-time and have a beauty routine.
18. Watch movies (even if I had to watch alone) - I have missed so many movies this year because I don't have somebody to watch with. For the first time I tried watching a movie alone, and it wasn't so bad. :)
19. Think of another investment option - Saving and investing should not stop. It feels good that I have invested early, and I can't wait to invest more.
20. Think for a million times before deciding - My life is a bit spontaneous, and I tend to do things that I know I'll regret later. This is a same old cliche but I should be practicing this.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who remembered and greeted me last Christmas. But of course, I would like to give my love to those who gave me Christmas gifts! (yeah, bias, I know). :)
Having recently posted my book collections, I was so touched that some of my friends thought about giving me something that would add to my collection. I was REALLY touched by the gesture since I NEVER received books as gifts (I once received a book, it was a little prayer book I think, I never got to read it and I think I lost it).
I would like share with you the latest additions to my book collection:
1. Diana The Making of A Saint by Ted Harrison
Thank you, Andrew, for remembering how much I love Princess Diana. I'm going to read this soon.
2. Pugad Baboy 5 and 6 by Pol Medina Jr
Pugad Baboy 5 is bookmarked because I'm currently reading it. Thanks a lot Boink and Nobita! :)
3. Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob Ong
This is the latest book from Bob Ong. Thanks for this Jay! :)
All gifts are well appreciated but these are the ones that seem so special. Again, thanks a lot!
I love coffee. I cannot survive without coffee. I cannot imagine a world without coffee.
Though I still have to buy myself a coffee maker (there are so many options that my brain freezes whenever I have to choose ONLY one) and still have to win the lottery so that I could buy myself an espresso machine (my ULTIMATE dream), I'm indulging myself to instant coffee.
Here are some of my recent purchases, which I bet some of you have already tried. :)
If you haven't, you should try it.
1. Hills Bros Coffee
This coffee was recommended to me by Kenny, because her dad loves it. I got so curious and got myself two jars. A jar costs around Php 300. I love the aroma of Hills Brothers coffee that it makes me want to drink more.
2. Taster's Choice
I bought the original label though most labels are now branded with "Nescafe Taster's Choice". This is a bit expensive ($14.08 or around Php 600), that I have yet to taste the difference with number 3.
3. Nescafe Gold
A bit more pricey than the local Nescafe (Php 218), but I like the bigger granules. It's as good as having brewed coffee.
4. Starbucks Frappuccino
I used to see this in groceries but I haven't got one since a Starbucks store is always nearby. Since it was quite a bargain ($1.29 or around Php 55), I bought it. :)
Are you a coffee addict like me? Which ones have you tried?
I recently invited the Northies to pay me a visit and have a food trip at Il Mercanti at Metrowalk. I haven't been to any food bazaar since most of the food bazaars open at midnight, and I don't have enough patience to starve myself til midnight (I would also have a hard time going home after). Good thing Il Mercanti starts at 7pm to 4am, from Thursday to Saturday.
Having just opened a few months ago, it was not too crowded. We easily found seats for our group. Stalls are not too close with each other, grills are placed outside the tent.
There are so many stalls to choose from that one visit is not enough to try everything. However, here are the stalls and the food I've tried:
1. Carmencita's Pasta Boulivar Chicago Pizza and Pasta
The first stall that got our attention was the one selling Chicago deep dish pizza. A slice costs Php 130 each on any flavor.
I bought two slices (I think one was Supreme and another was was White Cheese) for everyone to share. It was quite impossible for one person to finish a slice. Oh God, it was satisfying!
2. Amburger Cafe
A fellow food club member recommended that I should try the juicy burger, which Amburger is known for. Called Juicy Lucy, the cheese was inside the patty.
Juicy Lucy Gorgozola
I got Juicy Lucy Gorgozola (Php 240), which was also huge that I had it divided into four.
The patty was so thick, I could say that the patty was made from pure beef, but the meat was a bit tough for me.
3. The Frap Bar
I was getting sleepy, and I'm glad I've seen this stall. I got myself Hazelnut Venti (Php 85). I actually requested the barista if he could add more coffee on my cup, I wish he really did.
My friends also bought goto, potatoes in cheese, betamax, crepe, and MedChef cake (which I regret on not buying).
There are so many choices that I have to go back, the sooner the better. :)
Whenever we have team lunch outs, we always go Chinese, and once again we went Chinese and had lunch at Mongkok Dimsum and Noodles.
Mongkok is one of the usually crowded restaurants in Rockwell Business Center that we were asked to come earlier although I had already called for reservations.
What I love about Mongkok are the huge servings and it's affordability, that's why I opted to have my birthday lunch last time.
Mongkok has so many dishes to choose from, and here are some the delicious dishes we have tried:
Everyone loves siomai, so we ordered Mongkok Siomai (Php 80 for 4 pieces)
The siomai is so addicting! If only I could get more..
We ordered Fish Fillet with Taosi (Php 270)
Fish Fillet with Taosi
I would always ask for a fish fillet dish whenever we go Chinese, and this is my usual choice. I like the tausi sauce that I mixed it with my rice.
We also got Boneless Chicken with Lemon Sauce (Php 260)
Boneless Chicken with Lemon Sauce
I'm a chicken fanatic and I think this is one dish that never goes missing in any Chinese meal. This is a very simple but yummy dish. :)
One of the surprisingly delicious dish we had is the Salt and Pepper Spareribs (Php 270)
Salt and Pepper Spareribs
If I were to try cooking Chinese, this might be the first one I'm going to cook.
Of course, we ordered noodles. And we got Cantonese Chow Mein (Php 260)
Cantonese Chow Mein
The noodles are so thin, but the sauce is so good that my tummy got heavy right away.
We ordered two kinds of fried rice: Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 160 for small) and Mongkok Special Fried Rice (Php 240 for large)
Yang Chow Fried Rice
Mongkok Special Fried Rice
I have tried both and the fried rice was already a meal itself.
I love Mongkok! I love that I always end up feeling so stuffed after eating. I like that it's so affordable compared to its neighboring restaurants. However, it can really get so crowded during lunch that the number of staff is not enough to pay attention to all the customers. I hope they add more staff to address this problem.
Nevertheless, I will keep on coming back.
Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles Ground Floor, Tower 1 Rockwell Business Center Ortigas Avenue Pasig City Contact No.6614152
Other branches include SM Mall of Asia, Robinson's Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza Mall and many more
One of the books we were required to read during high school was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a French writer and pilot. It was said that the novella was based on his experiences in the Sahara desert.
I was wondering back then on why did our teachers assign a novella for us to read while they were already giving us uber-thick novels like Les Miserables, The Good Earth, Jane Eyre, etc. Little did I know that this book would have a great impact on me.
Let me share with you lines from the book, and I hope you will see why I recommend this book to adults.
"Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.
" The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her...I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her..."
"To conceited men, all other men are admirers."
“When he lights his street lamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower. When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep. That is a beautiful occupation. And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful.”
The flower had once seen a caravan passing. “Men?” she echoed. “I think there are six or seven of them in existence. I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes their lives very difficult.”
“To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
“If you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life.”
“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on. “One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me.”
“I shall look as if I were suffering. I shall look a little as if I were dying. It is like that. Do not come to see that. It is not worth the trouble…”
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
I love reading. I read whenever I get a chance to do so. I read in whatever format: PDF, java format (yes, I have books on my mobile phone) and of course, the actual books.
I used to buy books on book fairs or book sales during college, but I started buying brand new books when I started working.
I love collecting books by author, title or series. I also love collecting magazines. My collection is still a work in progress, as I still refuse to buy complete sets since it would kill the fun. But I hope I could complete something soon. :)
Here are some of my collections:
1. Diana books
I am a big fan of Princess Diana, and I love collecting her biographies. So far, I have the following books: - Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton - The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown - Love from Diana by Michael Joseph
2. Nicholas Sparks books
I have read most of Nick Sparks' books on PDF, but I have the following: - The Rescue - At First Sight
3. Pugad Baboy
I love Pugad Baboy! I usually get a bit crazy whenever there's a Pugad Baboy edition missing on my shelf. I have the following: - Pugad Baboy 7, 8, 19, 21, 22, 23
4. Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
I have seen a complete set but I wanted to buy individually. I have the first two books: Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (bought recently). I still have 4 more to collect!
5. Bob Ong books
I have read everything (by borrowing from a dear friend) except the last two books. So far I only have ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!
6. Kris Aquino Magazine
I love Kris Aquino! I'm not sure if I have bought all the issues but I still don't have the very first one. If you know where to find the first issue of K Mag, please let me know. :) and oh, I have an issue signed by James Yap. :)
I also collect other books by different authors and I also buy OK magazine every month (I'm still thinking if I will get a subscription for OK).
Note: I wasn't able to take a picture outside the resto because I was really, really hungry!
I had an another pig-out with my friend Andrew recently, and we always end up eating kebab (haha) this time we went to Behrouz Persian Cuisine.
Behrouz Persian Cuisine is a simple Persian restaurant located at Metrowalk. It was included in Spot.ph's top ten Middle Eastern haunts in Manila.It's been a while since I've been there because I would always go to Stackers whenever I'm in Metrowalk. Since my friend and I recently had burgers, we tried kebab this time.
Want to eat Persian style?
The interiors of Behrouz is so simple that one would think that it's just an ordinary canteen (no offense meant here though). But what was eye-catching is the platform where customers can enjoy eating Persian style while having a shisha.
For lunch, I ordered Chelo Kabab Kobideh (Php 270)
Chelo Kebab Kobideh
Chelo Kabab Kobideh is a complete meal with Basmati rice, 2 pieces of beef kebab, butter and 2 grilled tomatoes. The kebab is usually served covered with Basmati rice. And man, a serving of Basmati rice is enough for two people, but I finished the whole thing myself. Yes, I was that hungry.
My friend ordered Chelo Kabab Makhsos (Php 350)
Chelo Kebab Makhsos
Chelo Kabab Makhsos is also a complete meal with Basmati rice, 1 piece of beef kebab, 1 piece of beef tenderloin, butter and 2 grilled tomatoes. I could say that my friend loved the kebab since he also finished everything.
Overall, Behrouz is a must-try for authentic Persian kebab. I love that the kebab was grilled just right, and I love the overwhelming Basmati rice! I was supposed to order additional butter but thought otherwise since I should not be eating too much fat. Meals are a bit more expensive than other Persian restos but it was worth it.