Something, Something

Well, hello, hello, hello! It’s been a while, right? A lot of things have happened since then. The last three months, especially, was humbling, sobering, painful, and heartbreaking for me. Sometimes I can’t help but think that when people say “When it rains, it pours,” they’re definitely telling the TRUTH. 

Right now, I am just trying to value life even more. I realize that we are here to be of service for others, and as much as I can, I try to live up to it. 

In the meantime, I’d like to thank those who read and liked my blog post and, most of all, followed my blog. I am again humbled. I hope I’ve shared something valuable to all of you. This may be my last blog post for the year, however. I know it seems anti-climactic, but I’d rather look forward to the next year, when I have great plans brewing for this blog and for everyone who never tires to drop by and share their thoughts. 

And even if you’re not asking, I’m turning 30 exactly a month from now! 🙂 Blow the birthday candles with me, okay? 


Austin Inn: A Thorough Review

It’s been two weeks since I arrived from Hong Kong, and I remained quiet. I got sick, really: acute tonsillitis. It was terrible I couldn’t swallow well, and I had high fever for a couple of days.

But everything is bright and happy once again, so her I am. Besides, my husband’s been bugging me to write something about the trip. I’ll just begin with a review of our accommodation.

I already talked slightly about it here. I’ll simply tell you my real impressions about it.

There are a lot of things I like about Austin Inn. One, the room and inn descriptions are accurate. In fact, what you saw in the previous blog post, that’s basically how the room looked like!

Second, the location is awesome. Only a few steps away is Austin Station. Around 5 to 8 minutes’ walk is Jordan Station. Along the way, you can pass by Temple Street, which is famous for its night market. On the right side of the building is a bus station to and from the airport. Groceries, bakeries, money changers, subways, more bus stations, eateries, restaurants, and even fancy jewelry shops are within the vicinity.

Third, the manager was simply cool. When we arrived, the room wasn’t available yet (we arrived early than the checkout time), but he allowed us to leave our things so we can start our tour. When we came back, the room needed some cleaning, though he let us relax and freshen up in the room. We officially came home around 9, and by then, all our things were already brought inside the room, and the unit was squeaky clean. He left us with slippers, and the bathroom had its own shampoo and towel. He was incredibly easy to talk to, and he made sure his guests were all satisfied.

The Room

The room is pretty small, and yet it’s common among a lot of Hong Kong accommodations. After all, space is at a premium in the country. Austin Inn’s units are nevertheless, clean, comfortable, and strategic, which all make up for the room size.

The Price

One of my foremost considerations in choosing this is price, and I think it’s practical and sensible. For two nights, I paid only 5,000+ for a three-person bedroom, and that already included AirBnB and cleaning fees.

Will I Stay Here Again?

Definitely. I also recommend it to anyone who’s planning to visit HK soon.




Win a Trip for Two to Bohol

Pit Senyor!

Just came back from the last novena mass for Sinulog, and after all these years, the feeling still remains the same: ecstatic. The crowd, as usual, swells to hundreds, but it doesn’t matter. Every mass always feels intimate.

Sadly, I won’t be able to join Sinulog this year. I just don’t think I can stand the walking and the peeing (yes, I tend to pee a lot of times when I’m out of the home). But for those who are excited to join the revelry, I encourage you to join Bo’s Sinulog digital photo contest.

Here’s how:

Bo's Coffee Digital Photo Contest

How to Join:
  1. Like the Bo’s Coffee Facebook page:
  2. Upload a picture of your best Sinulog 2013 Getaway, and tag Bo’s Coffee on the photo.
  3. The photo must be taken with the participants holding any Bo’s Coffee beverage, at one of the Sinulog 2013 Cebu activities (ie. Cebu Marathon, Grand Parade, Photo Contest, Short Film Festival, Fireworks Display, Choral Competition, Sto. Nino de Cebu Parish Mass, etc.).  You may refer to this link for a full list of Sinulog 2013 activities:
  4. Write a caption on the photo, which answers this equation: “Sinulog 2013 + Bo’s Coffee =”. Photo caption must be in one to three sentences only. Only one promo entry will be allowed per person.

So easy, right? But before you do a lot of clicking, it’s best to pay attention to the guidelines and the selection process. Now that should increase your chance of winning. 🙂

Go paint the town red, yellow, and all the colors you love–and don’t forget to take that “off to Bohol” Bo’s Coffee snapshot.


No Beef, No Pork


A couple of weeks ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life: stop eating pork and beef. So far, I’m doing just fine.

The road toward it wasn’t easy. It took months of mind conditioning. For months, I had to skip red meat when we buy our groceries. My efforts, fortunately, are paying off. I no longer crave for them–not even siomai, Virginia hot dog, and humba.

But what is this doing to me? A lot of good things, really.

  • It makes me feel lighter. I don’t feel bloated every time I’m through eating.
  • It actually helps me in portion control. I loved red meat, so I always ended up consuming more than I should.
  • It allows me to explore other dishes and ingredients, such as more fruits and vegetables into the diet. It even got me back to juicing. Besides, my aunt’s tuna lumpia and rellenong bangus are to die for.
  • I feel less lethargic.
  • It’s helping me deal with emotions more effectively. I am an emotional eater, and almost always, I dine on red meat to enhance my mood. Right now, I’m channeling my negative emotions to something else, like cleaning the house or journaling.
  • I’m helping Bernard as well, since he also likes to lose weight and be healthy.
  • I definitely believe that I’m helping save my health and the environment.

I’m planning to wean myself from chicken soon too, especially after what happened to my sister (I’ll talk about this in the coming days). Hopefully even before I reach 30, I’ll be a full-fledged pescetarian or, better yet, vegetarian.

PS: I would like to thank my family for their support. It definitely helps when people around you believe and respect your decision.



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I’m Back!

Well, I don’t know if I have been really gone. One thing is for sure, though. I wasn’t able to blog a lot for the past few weeks. It turns out they were the trying times, health-wise. I haven’t fully recovered yet, but I feel WAY BETTER than two weeks ago.

Anyway, there are so many things to share, to talk about: my birthday, some of my crazy DIY plans, upcoming trips, and NY resolutions, among others.

They would have to wait, however. I still have to watch an uber-cool movie with hubby. Mind you, I haven’t been able to spend a relaxing weekend for quite some time. It’s not that I’m complaining, as I’ve been working. But it’s a cool welcoming change.

Till next time.