Thank you 2010

31 Dec

Hot Air Balloon Fest

Valentine’s Day







Romulo Cafe

El Nido


Conquering fears

Why hello there India!

Indian food overload

Smoothest flight and landing (Indian Air)

Landing on Bhubaneswar

Khandagiri Caves

Bumpiest flight and landing (Indigo Air)

Back in Delhi, a sigh of relief

Taj Mahal with minamahal

Hello kids!

On the way to Sri Lanka (Jet Airways)

The Indian Ocean

Meeting heroes

Meeting Sri Lankan mothers

Eating Sri Lankan bread

Mating elephants (Pinnwala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka)

My first ever train ride (Nagka-riot sa loob but the Sri Lankans protected us, thank you)


Global Towers

Back in Manila

The addiction

The enabler

“Uniting Filipinos Worldwide” right from this office

Mike’s tattoo

Lock-in meetings


Trick or treat!



More showbiz

Late night burgers

Think Tank

People I love

Star ng Pasko

2010 was a blast!

Happy New Year everyone!


Puwede pang humabol

25 Dec

Because I’m very easy to please, a monkey or a hedgehog will do…

Or any of these super kikay Barbie Basics.

All available at Toy Kingdom.

Caved in

24 Nov

David’s Tea House’s hot prawn salad.

And once again, white chicken with lotsa ginger sauce. I’m such a binge eater, I hate.

Addicted to…

22 Nov

Wa Ying’s soy chicken.

Divine ang kanilang ginger sauce.  Best paired with…

Wa Ying has branches on Benavidez St., Binondo and Ongpin. The Benavidez branch is open daily until 12 m.n. while the one in Ongpin usually closes at a much later hour.


11 Nov

Because Julia Ormond a.k.a. Yaya Lucy is still on vacation and Mike is super duper swamped with work, heto ang buhay ko:

At tagahabol sa makulit na bata.

Maru said, “Pichur! Pichur!”

And turned his back on me when I was about to press the shutter. Malokong bata.





2 Nov

Last November 1 at exactly 12 midnight, we went to Eternal Garden.

My Papa died in 1997 due to pneumonia that had complications due to diabetes.  If he were alive today, I’m very sure he’d be so fond of my son Maru and my brother’s daughter Casey.  He loved children.  Noong nasa high school ako at medyo na-late ako ng uwi, binibitbit ko ang pamangkin kong si Jana bago ako magpakita kay Papa para hindi siya magalit.  Dahil most of the time, nadi-distract agad siya ng mga bata.  Napapangiti siya.

Minsan, nagwo-wonder ako, na kung buhay kaya si Papa ngayon, kung magiging proud kaya siya sa akin.  Maybe. Maybe not. Because he wasn’t when he was alive.  Or if he were, he never really showed.

Aside from my Papa, we also visited my uncle, Tatay Juancho; his daughter, Ate Macy; Ate Macy’s baby boy Mark; and her brother-in-law Kuya Oscar.  In photo above is my nephew Johan, one of Ate Macy’s sons.

A few nights ago, I chanced upon old photos of Ate Macy’s family on Facebook. Grabe, nasa office ako pero hindi ko napigilang umiyak. She died in September 2008 due to liver cancer.  If she were alive today, she could have run as Barangay Chairperson in the last elections and won.  Everybody in our neighborhood knew her.

After several deaths in the family, I concluded that the number of times you’d get your heart crushed is in direct proportion to the number of people you love in your life.  Dahil kung hindi man sila mawala dahil sa kanilang mga pangarap, o maagaw ng ibang tao, death is inevitably inevitable.

The week that was

2 Nov

Yellow Cab

Ice Scramble

KFC Chili Lime

Wa Ying, Ongpin

Inasal Chicken Bacolod

Grabe na.

Distressed, de-stress

23 Oct

Gawd, the past few weeks have been godawful! Swamped with too much work (which, I know, ako rin ang may kagagawan) and now I have to finish a major, major project due Monday. Sobrang nai-stress ako, work has literally been breaking my back.

I was initially thinking of getting a massage and buying a memory pillow at SM to help my back.  But look what I ended up buying.

It’s a Parisian Junior size 40. I bought it just because it fits kahit hindi pa tinutupad ng SM ang kahilingan ko.

I also bought Maru a plastic dinosaur toy.  Maru’s fixated on dinosaurs, I don’t know where he saw them aside from Barnie and the Toy Story.  I wanted to buy him Rex, but it’s P3,500!

So I got him this instead.

A plastic triceratops, which he carries with him all around the house.

Okay, I know. Our house is a mess. And creepy. And it’s being claimed by the Laperals, I heard. Hahaha!

Oh and by the way…

20 Oct

…did you know that Kopiko 3-in-1 tastes so much better than Nescafe?

Plus it has a variant that uses brown sugar. I like!


House update

20 Oct


May tubig na sa lilipatan naming bahay. That means na-overcome na namin ang one major hurdle kung bakit hindi kami makalipat.  Ngayon, tiles na lang. At screen sa bintana. At finishing ng hagdan. At cabinets. At marami pang ibang bagay. Hay. Ang dami pa pala.

But I really, really want to transfer to our new house asap.  Dahil dito sa old house, may nakita kaming ganito.


Kating kati na akong lumipat!

Cheap thrills

20 Oct

Guess where I’ve been getting my high lately.

Cheap accessories bought in 168 for only P60 each.

Back from the rubble

15 Sep

Because I’m putting off work that needs to be done asap, I momentarily turn to my blog that badly needs updating.  I’m such a bad blogger, my last post was like what, eons ago.  So much has happened and I’ve been swamped with work and more work.  But I’m happy that the last two months have been reeeeeally good.

First, I landed a writing gig for an AVP that required travel to India and Sri Lanka.

Hurrah for free travel! But aside from traveling with Mike, the best part of this experience is meeting heroes from several parts of Asia that champion access to quality education in their countries.  More on that in another post (especially since I’m not yet done with the script!).

Second, since late January this year, I’ve been busy with projects that will hopefully fulfill my dream of writing for TV. Though I still can’t tell what the show is about, I promise that it’s gonna be a TV event that will make emotional wrecks out of people.  Chos lang, hahaha!  Seriously, I’m just too happy na umusad na kami.  And I’m lucky to be in the company of great and talented people (Riz, Gen, Reign, En, JC) who are willing to share opportunities to newbies like me.  I still have a lot to learn — as in a loooot — but the past few months have taught me immensely, it literally felt like going to school.

Another thing I’m really happy about is when last August, I was able to overcome my fear of, umm, pitching. If you had met me or knew me personally, you’d know that public speaking isn’t one of my strengths.  As in my mind always goes blank, I babble, shoot myself in the mouth and say really stupid or atrocious things most of the time.  Buti na lang I have great mentors (Thank you Sir Ricky, Sir Hen at the beautiful Riz) who served as inspiration and guiding light (wow lang).  Besides, I was really confident with the material we were pitching (Yay Ceres and Miyo!) to Ate Charo.

*Photo by Sonny Calvento

At tama si Ceres, music to our ears talaga ang salitang “approved.”

Another thing, I turned 31 last September 4.  Syet 31.  I’m officially a 30-something woman.  Taun-taon na lang gumagawa ako ng retrospective chuva about the year that was.  Pero so far, happy.  And that’s all, I thank you.

And as some sort of a birthday gift, Mike had an ambigram of our names tattooed on his left arm.

What can I say? Sweet. Flattered. Sign daw na wala nang atrasan. I love you Ga.

But what I’m really happy about is Maru.  He’s grown so much, he’s turning out to be a funny kid.  He always, always cracks me up, at kahit pagod na pagod na ako mula sa trabaho, pag-uwi ko ng madaling araw gising pa siya as though waiting for me to come home kaya we always end up playing.  He always welcomes me with his sweetest smile, the warmest hug, and the loudest, “Hi Nanay!”

Last Sunday, we took him to SM San Lazaro, which is the nearest mall to our place, just so he could walk around and play.  Mike took him to ride a motorized bike at tawa ako nang tawa nang makita kong kinikilig siya kapag nabubunggo ‘yung bike niya.

Na-amaze pa rin ako kung gaano siya ka-curious sa mga nakikita niya sa paligid.  Singkit ang mata niya, pero kapag may nakita siyang kinatutuwaan niya, nanlalaki ang mata niya at natutulala siya.  Gaya nang makita niya itong books.

Or while watching ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ which he’d already seen a gazillion times.

On my 31st year on earth, I can say I’m on the right track and I’m happy.  A little extra cash won’t hurt, pang-Full HD TV at SLR digital camera.  But really, I’m happy.

Teka, masyadong masaya itong post na ito. Parang ang perfect ng buhay, parang may…


Kidding. Now back to work.

Krista’s new man?

15 Jul

Ito ba siya?

Jeff Lim with ex-GF Janelle So

Kamukha ni Manny.   :p


13 Jul

Meet Kwak-Kwak and Doggie, two of Maru’s toys that Mike and I initially planned to use to teach him songs and the English alphabet.

Kwak-Kwak is a battery-operated puppet that “kwaks”…err, sings “Old McDonald” when manipulated.  Mike is Kwak-Kwak’s puppeteer, hence KK speaks English in falsetto and with funny Chinese accent (because that’s how Mike speaks English, hehe).

Doggie, on the other hand, is a stuffed toy and Maru’s sleeping buddy (together with Mickey Mouse).  I am his master puppeteer and he speaks with Irish accent.  He likes smelling Kwak-Kwak’s “arse” while he hates it when KK calls him Catfish.

Obviously, the plan to use these toys as educational tools went awry.  Because KK and Doggie kept on bickering, Maru eventually lost interest and decided to play with his other toys instead.

Sample impromptu bikerings of Kwak-Kwak and Doggie:

KK:  I’m a Peking Duck. I’m from China.

Dog: You’re not a duck. You have that orange thingy on your head. You’re a chick!

KK: I am? But I’m from China! (sad) I must be a “pekeng” duck.

KK: Hey dog! They’re going to make you into a hotdog! Hahahahahahaha! (KK has the funniest, most annoying laugh)

Dog: Oh yeah? Hotdogs are not made of dogs silly bird! But I know I’m hot.


KK: You don’t look like a dog. You look like a catfish! Catfish! Catfish! Catfish! Hahahahahaha!

Dog: (growls)

Doggie attacks KK and engages her into a bloody puppet fight.  The fierceness of their battle, however, eventually led to intense lovemaking (between the Irish dog and the Chinese chick, not of their puppeteers).  Happy ending.

* Disclaimer: Maru did not witness the lovemaking between dog and chick because he thought his parents’ puppetry was too idiotic to pay attention to.  So don’t worry, no innocence was lost…except perhaps KK’s and Doggie’s.

Who wore it best?

1 Jul

Baby James wearing a yellow Wayfarer.

Photo from Chuvaness

Or my son Maru, in a blue Divisoria Rayban, hehehe!