Never Say Never

Never Say Never

There are times when you need to move with the crowd and there are moments you need to be alone to CONQUER YOUR FEARS.

You will never know unless you TRY.

They might say you can’t do it , but you only need to HAVE FAITH IN YOUR CAPACITY and PROVE IT TO YOURSELF that YOU CAN DO IT.

No matter how long and tiring your journey was,

you can STOP,

BREATH,

take it SLOW,

find your pacing,

and continue to MOVE FORWARD until you reach the finish line.

Never say never!

You only live once! YOLO! 🙂

In a Christmas Rush

It’s Christmas time… 🙂

I know it’s November, but it’s Christmas time over here in the Philippines.  Immediately right after Halloween, Filipinos start to decorate their houses and the malls with Christmas ornaments, start to listen to Christmas carols, start their Christmas shopping when they get their Christmas Bonuses and 13th month pays, start to fill their Starbucks planner sticker booklet, and start to make a Christmas countdown. You can feel it’s truly Christmas when the traditional Christmas caroling and evening mass start every 16th of December.

At home, my cousin had to put up the Christmas tree by her own.  Great job! 😉  If I’ll have my own tree, I’ll decorate it with silver and fuchsia pink balls or hang in little cute Santas, candy canes, snow mans and anything cute.

Last Christmas, I received a Starbucks planner but I don’t have plans of getting one if I’d need to fill this sticker booklet just to get one.

Because Tis’ the Season, it’s time to use my Christmas mug for a warm cup of coffee and chocolate.  It’s just once in a year so use it. 🙂 I got this mug as a gift last December 2009.

Also, this week I had time to take photos at the mall where my work is located.  You fail to see what’s new because you pass through it most of the time (in my case, irregularly because I have irregular work.)  If I didn’t sit there, I would have not seen the pretty, red poinsettias in Corte delas Palmas.

The mall’s Christmas decors are simple compared to the previous years but I appreciate it thou.

Another one that I like about Christmas are the Holiday treats.  I went to Starbucks  the other day.  I like gourmet breads so I ordered  the Sundried Tomato Basil Bread which go along well with strawberry jam and butter.  Plus, they gave a small Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino. I’ll probably order a Peppermint chocolate bread and ginger bread man next time just for a try.

Besides coffee and bread, I like grocery shopping.  I haven’t seen any other specialty grocery store here in the Philippines other than Healthy Options.  I will surely enjoy Trader’s Joe and Marshalls.  I like the regular supermarkets and dry market but I love going to Healthy Options.  I get excited and my eyes feast on the organic and whole wheat products.  I try to be as wise as possible because every time I go there, I burn a hole in my pocket because the products are expensive.  Like the other day, I bought a few items there and in the grocery.  I took a snap shot together with the Christmas table runner and the Stash Pumpkin Spice Tea.  It’s a holiday tea so I bought it.

What I’m feeling  now is a Christmas rush.  I just want to enjoy this holiday season because who knows I might be abroad next year.

Gone are the cold nights and early mornings.  No white Christmas, no sight of genuine snow man, snow balls and smell of Christmas pine trees, no reason to wear thick sweaters, no baked ginger bread man and no pumpkin spice coffees, but nothing beats the warm Christmas season here in the Philippines still. 🙂

One Happy Sunday

Yesterday was one happy sunday although I missed church that day.  We went to the mall to celebrate my cousin’s birthday.  Speaking of malls.  Well, there are numerous malls in the Philippines.  I think Philippines must be the “Mall Capital of the World” aside from the “Texting Capital of the World”.  Heehee.  Snapshots here courtesy of my cousin’s cam.

Rockwell Powerplant Mall is one of the posh malls in the country.

We ate in a simple Japanese Restaurant there.

Nothing extraordinary.

We also tried a newly opened Tea store named Happy Lemon in Rockwell Powerplant Mall.

If there’s something new, most Filipinos will always dare to try it just for the heck of it. Oops.  😆 Milk tea stores have spurted out of nowhere nowadays.  People will even wait in a long line just to have a milk tea.  So that’s what you call tea culture.

Apparently, my cousins didn’t like the taste because they just didn’t like it.  If it’s my first time like in a restaurant, I always ask, “What’s your best seller?” or I order the one I haven’t ever tasted. 😉

I ordered one of the best sellers, Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese.  “You need to drink it by the cup so it will taste good”, that’s what I heard from the Happy Lemon staff. When I drank from the cup it tasted cheesy at the top and underneath is a jasmine green tea with a slight bitter taste.

1 thumb up for my order (because I should have ordered the lemon drinks heehee) but I realized that aside from its fresh teas, Happy Lemon is different from other tea stores.  They do not use added preservatives or artificial additives in their beverages.  Must have been our tongues are used to the sweet and flavored infused teas that we order from another tea store. 😉  I’ll keep in mind that I drink for health and not for the taste.

I still like Happy Lemon though and I’ll be going to try it again.  Thank you, it reminded me to be “Happy Everyday”. 🙂

Yesterday, my birthday.

Yesterday was my birthday.  I turned 28.  While some of the people I know who’s my age is engaged, married, has their own family and has a stable career, I am on the other hand is opposite. I am single (but committed) and starting to reach my ultimate dreams.  Sometimes it makes me think that by now I should be independent, living on my own but things are different here in this side of the world (I mean in my country).  Sometimes I even dread that I’ll be way past the child-bearing age.  But I believe there’s always a time for everything.  Right?  By that time I’ll be living in another country, having my own place, driving my own car and just starting a new and exciting adventure.

My plans for my birthday were to stay at home and buy a cake.  But things turned the other way around.

My relatives and I went to Kaya Korean Restaurant for lunch.  I had my favorite and healthy Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed veggies in rice with a spicy red pepper paste) and Panjeora (Squid and Leeks Pancake).

After that, we went to see the Human Body Exhibit.  Very educational.  My cousin’s bf paid for my ticket, so it’s free.:)

Then, we accompanied my grandmother for a doctor visit.

I bought Mango Bravo in Conti’s in Alabang which I was craving for a long time.  A towering cake with layers of meringue, choco mousse with cashews and mangoes, topped with mangoes again and covered with whipped cream.  Loaded with calories but because it’s my birthday I’ll give an excuse. 🙂

Then, got home tired, had dinner and finally excitedly blew my birthday candle and made a wish.

There were a great number of people who greeted me this year while some has forgotten, but it’s just okay.;)  Who I am most thankful for is God for giving me the best gift ever, another year of life to be the best that I can be, enjoy it, and live life for His glory.

So there you go, that was my simple birthday. 🙂

Cozy at Mary Grace

Lunch at Mary Grace

Last Friday, I was planning to eat lunch at a Seoul Seoul Restaurant near Alabang Town Center but it was closed so I ended up with Mary Grace.  I was torn between Mary Grace, and Pepper Lunch but I chose the former.  It’s my fourth time here. I like the place because of the relaxing ambiance and homey design of the resto and the service crew is efficient all the time. I love the cute writings under the table mirror written by children who love Mary Grace and the inspiring messages on the decors on  the walls.  They offer soups, salads, pastas, cakes and pastries “which they are known for the Ensaymada and Cheese Rolls”, hot choco and my favorite fruit iced  teas.  I had a citrus iced tea this time.  I was alone so I was like sad but I just enjoyed my lunch with Carbonara and a Lemon square for dessert in the little corner of that cozy restaurant.  I also took few secret snap shots.  Going here once in a while inspires me to have a home designed like that someday and to serve delicious and hearty meals for my family. 🙂

Thank you for the blessings!