Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time Marches On

March, another school year has ended. 

It seems like only yesterday the hubby and I were prepping Meg for preschool and now the little girl is not so little anymore. Entering the 4th grade next school year and ending the 3rd grade with an overnight Girl Scout activity, she shows us that she is a bigger and independent young lady.

Boy, I suddenly feel much, much older!

I am thankful that I am able to capture moments, even brief and fleeting ones, with my phone.

Photo apps are quite useful and I'm getting the hang of snapping photos in a flash. Some of the apps that I use are the phone's basic camera, Instagram for anything and everything under the sun, OpenSnap (resto related ones), and PhotoGrid.

These apps can make anyone feel like a pro! Well, ok maybe not a pro-pro, but these apps can help make photos a little bit more presentable, beautiful even. Beautiful and lasting photos. Beautiful and lasting memories.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Traffic 2015

Traffic when travelling to and from Manila isn't new, however, this past month it has been ridiculously heavy.

The short stretch from Vito Cruz Taft Avenue to Buendia Taft Avenue, usually a worry free 10 minute bus ride, is now an hour (if you're lucky) long agony.

Why, you ask?

Para daw dumaloy ang ginhawa. Street work involving large round hollow pipe like things made of cement, half of the street clogged up with vehicles and the other half littered with machines and men at work.


Well, at least all these public works are happening before classes and the rainy season starts.

So if you're planning to pass by that area, make sure you have a strong bladder and brace yourself for some heavy traffic.

This and That

The year is 2015. The sky seems grayer than usual. Probably caused by the LPA. I get up with a start. Wait! Saturday, it's Saturday! Good. The lines between the days of the week have blurred. Night is day. Day is night. Oddly, the only thing that makes anything feel real is all in the 4 x 2 gadget made of steel and glass.

Ok, enough with the drama. It's just another lazy Saturday morning and according to my phone, and my snoring bed buddies, it's time to get up and prepare breakfast.

Morning ritual done, I head down stairs with a pillow, my phone, pocket wifi, and chargers.

After boiling some water, I do a bit of housework. Even with only the three of us, the house can get a bit disorderly. The water boils just in time and I squeeze in half a lemon into a cup of hot water. Once I've cooked up a storm, I settle down on the couch and check my social networks.

And then, it's four hours later.


I'm embarrassed to say that this is how my Saturdays usually go. I still go about my duties as a wife and mother, but more often than not, I bond with my family with a screen (big or small) in front of us.

Most of the time, I don't have to step out of the house. My phone and the apps that I have has made almost everything a click/touch away. 

Whether it's to check my bank or purchase things that I want or need. Pizza, pasta, burgers or a salad? There's an app for that.

I don't buy newspapers anymore since the online versions are even more updated. To find out what's happening, I just check my Twitter feed. The world also seems smaller because I get to keep in touch with my loved ones who are miles or continents away, even if it is just via Facebook, Viber or FaceTime. Finding out what people I admire are up to is as easy as clicking ❤️ on their Instagram accounts.

Does a digital lifestyle necessarily mean a sedentary one? Not necessarily.

Although I don't get to go to the gym anymore, it isn't because I don't want to but because the gym I used to go to moved to a farther location - so I work out in the comfort of my own home with my workout playlist blaring.

Of course there are things that easily beat a social network or TV series catch up.

Fun time with my lovelies. Road trips. Concocting something in the kitchen. Window shopping. Coffee dates. Hand writing letters. Long luxurious baths. Using an old fashioned typewriter. Books. Human touch. 

I haven't fully embraced the digital lifestyle because I don't think I need to. Gadgets are there for a reason - to help make life easier for people. To innovate. To explore. For work. For play. But I live in the real world - with real people, real problems, real priorities. There may be a lot of hurt in the real world, but there's a lot of joy too.

I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Eleksyon 2013

Vote buying... Tell-tale signs of political immaturity and poverty.

If your vote can be bought, you dont deserve your democratic right, what you deserve is the awful candidate who you helped cheat.

Can you imagine how much more that person will have to take/steal in order to make up for all the purchased votes?!

Wait... You dont honestly believe that someone who had the gall to cheat their way into elected positions would have an honorable bone in their body, do you?!? All those promises she made? Whoosh!!! Gone!

Congratulations, you didnt just pimp your vote... You sold your soul and your future. Goodluck with that.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Top Notch : Mercury Drug

I want to take this moment to just express my appreciation for the top notch service delivered by Mercury Drug's branch personnel. I was looking for an antibiotic that ended up being unavailable due to a supplier issue, and their branch personnel made an effort to look for Ilosone DS and Ilosone for me. 

I am especially thankful to the personnel of the following branches:

  • BF Resort Las Pinas
  • Talon Singko
  • ATC-Madrigal
  • ATC Zapote-Alabang
  • Manila Harrison Plaza
  • Malate San Andres
  • Malate Taft Estrada

For your patience, kindness, understanding, and for providing me with service with a smile that kept part of me from totally losing it... I am truly grateful. :)

A cup of comfort

Have been sick for the past 2 weeks - it was caused by a lot of things, but stress played a big part in it.

So this morning, as I alighted the bus, I made a conscious effort to make this day a bit brighter and made a bee line for Seattles Best Coffee.

Thank you for my free cup of coffee (August journal treat), for warming up this old bag of fat and bones, and for bringing a smile to my lips with my warm sweet salted caramel mocha.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Trying Bloglovin' out :)

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Musings of a Weary Traveler

Today, I had to walk from the World Trade Center to Buendia-LRT station, I took a jeep from there only because I was conscious about the time.

I honestly don't mind walking (when wearing flats); the heat, pollution, uneven-constantly-being-repaired-roads, and the horde of commuters, stragglers, and strangers were the only things that bothered me.

I admit that discipline is an issue on the road - but to single out the "provincial" buses? That’s like using safety scissors to mow the lawn; it’ll get the job done, eventually, just not efficiently nor effectively.

Traffic and corruption is still rampant and aggravated by the unfinished public works, the unruly taxi, jeepney, kuliglig and pedicab drivers (yes, kuliglig and pedicabs on main thoroughfares), and don't get me started on the personal vehicles who insist on double- and triple-parking near and along the educational institutions in Manila.
Side comment: parking in Manila is a huge issue. Roads (inner or main) shouldn't be converted into parking spaces haphazardly by the barangays.
It seems the LGUs are making decisions without looking at the bigger picture. Yung kani-kanila lang, wala na silang pakialam sa iba dahil hindi naman nila ka-siyudad. Unfortunately, common folk like us cannot leave and take residence anywhere we please (e.g., move from San Juan to Manila), buy private vehicles, ride cabs regularly, transfer schools or jobs on a whim.

Maybe, these are just birth pains. Maybe things will work out.  Maybe they will see reason, or at least provide weary travelers with better options. On the bright side, I get my required number of steps done at the start of the day.

I’m just one small voice in a sea of taxpayers, regrettably the island is owned by the filthy and ridiculously rich.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review | Reading Kingdom

Reading Kingdom commits to helping and providing online resources for kids to improve kids' reading skills. This follows their patented six skills method for reading success, which include sequencing, motor skills, phonics (phonemic awareness), meaning, grammar, and reading comprehension.

Reading Kingdom is great way for kids of all ages to learn reading the fun way. So much so that kids wont see reading as a chore, but as an activity that they will love. Reading Kingdom is also a very useful tool for both parents and educators as it not only gives them different means of teaching kids, it also keeps them up to date with technological trends, and makes them a part and partner of children's learning.

Although we just started using Reading Kingdom, I find the site useful and interesting. I am currently working on having it available on our other gadgets to make reading even more fun and easy for my little girl.

I give Reading Kingdom 2 thumbs up :)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Review | Nivea Deodorant Invisible Black & White Clear Spray

Confession of a part-time drama queen!

At first I was unsure about the Nivea Deodorant Invisible Black & White Clear Spray --- I used to use other deodorant sprays before and I always felt let down. But Nivea's Deodorant Clear Spray turned my frown upside down! It got me and I am HOOKED!

48HR protection? CHECK! Gentle and Alcohol free? CHECK!! Stain protection? CHECK!!! Cool and Clean Scent? Check! Check! CHECK!

Bring on the sun and the heat, bring on the pristine white and jet black clothes! Nivea's Deo Clear Spray has got my back (well, my pits actually), so color me confident :)

Goodbye, ordinary and sticky deo-creams...
Hello, Nivea Deodorant Invisible Black & White Clear Spray!

Review | Celeteque's Brightening Multi-Benefit BB Cream

Meet my new kikay-kit-buddy, Celeteque's BRIGHTENING Multi-benefit BB Cream!

I can honestly say that Celeteque's BRIGHTENING Multi-benefit BB Cream works wonders! It gave great coverage, moisturized and blended well, and my skin was able to absorb the cream so the finish looked quite natural.

The Multi-benefit BB Cream complemented my combination skin giving me what they promised - a "smooth and flawless look"! Plus, the lasting effect of Celeteque's BRIGHTENING Multi-benefit BB Cream makes transitioning from a day to evening look quite effortless.

What I personally loved the most? It made my pores look smaller! Practically invisible!

Parting words... Grab 1 TODAY! :D