Monday, December 23, 2013


The other day, I got to visit Circular Quay and had dinner at The Rocks, in a German restaurant, Lowenbrau Keller. The place actually reminds me of the movies like Leap Year and Made of Honor. As the resto had German waiters and waitresses, it felt like I'm in Europe, and the band singers who were singing jolly and fast beat songs, also added the whole German feel.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peace rules!

It is not the season to be belligerent so I just kept silent.

Yesterday, at a coffee shop, a certain Madame cut in line. I really wanted to object, but you know, I did not want to spoil my day. I didn’t let it ruin my mood, even if that's the last thing you need when you have spent hours queuing at bank, ATM, cashiers, restrooms and taxi stand. Anyway, that bad moment was compensated with a great customer service at IRIE Gastropubliko.

Wishlist 2013

I am enormously grateful for all the blessings this year and I could not ask for more, not even freemason jewelry or a car. This year started well, had difficulties along the way, but I know it will end well. So now, my wish list will be:
- food and shelter for the victims of the war, the earthquake and the typhoon
- strength to recover so their lives will go back to normal
- education for the students will go back to normal
- be able to cope with the loss of their loved ones
- guidance for country’s President, Senators, Congressmen, provincial and local government unit’s leaders

 and most of all, I wish them LOVE, PEACE, JOY and HOPE.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wonderful world

I recently came across an article in CNN Travel featuring 50 natural wonders. From the list, I picked my top 3:




I wish I could visit these places someday and personally be awed by nature's never ending beauty. Now I just imagine being there, breathing the fresh air around while admiring the scene. What a wonderful world.

Christmas song

This has always been my favorite Christmas song. I heard it yesterday in a café and it lifted my mood up. This is a song, which I rather just listen to than sing along with it. I can just sit still and imagine happy thoughts while listening to it. I particularly like this version from Nat King Cole:

I survived the holiday rush yesterday, w/c ended with an hour wait for a cab, but I still got lucky coz an airport taxi was particularly looking for a Mactan passenger. Today, traffic will be worse as there are more shoppers, parties and Christmas events, so better leave early today as not to rush for our get-together.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Be patient

Traffic, long lines at department stores, restaurants, and taxi stands - these I wanna avoid this weekend but I simply can't. I need to go to the city this weekend do some shopping for gifts and meet up with friends. So before I go out there, I need to relax, breathe and load up with lots of patience, I will get there when I am meant to get there and it will be done when it's meant to be done.

And some inspiration before the holiday rush, really made me cry..

Almost ready

My documents are here and I am almost ready to go. I am so excited and I just can't hide it. It was such a hassle getting the authority to travel, but all is well now and I am so thankful. No need to be nervous anymore at the immigration, plus, my sister will be able to meet me at the airport. Now, I need to start packing and good thing there's no need for thick boots, thick coats or ski storage; I'll be packing shorts and sandals coz its hello SUMMER!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Give thanks

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

An article I've read made me realize that this quote is sometimes misleading. This could be interpreted that life is meaningless without the big breathtaking moments of our lives, when in fact, every breath we take is very miraculous. Most people tend to forget to be thankful for the ordinary things happening every second of our lives and I am guilty of it sometimes, so now, I'll try my best to start each day with a grateful heart and have a grateful attitude.


It's very interesting to know that Metallica had a concert in Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. It's not really their usual concert, with only 100 audience, who are mostly scientist as there are no permanent human residents there. Well, they just want to make another history, though they were just the 2nd group to play there. With the extremely low temperature, a classic breath builder at wwbw maybe helped.

If North Pole has Santa, then South Pole has Metallica!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I watched the three episodes of The Big Bang Theory season 7 and its witty and hilarious as ever. Raj's still very Indian, Sheldon is extremely Sheldon, and I love the Amy-Howard tandem in episode 3. Good job to the writers and I hope Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh) will get a nomination for a supporting role next year.

"Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!"


While on a boat to Cebu, I witnessed a spectacular view of a primary and secondary rainbow. It was the closest and most amazing view of a rainbow I've seen. Everyone on the boat was so amazed of the sight and I wish I had a Scouting Camera with me to capture it. The boat was at the perfect location that time to see it; with the sunlight at the back, and the raindrops in front.

Friday, December 6, 2013


Happy 60th birthday Papa Jun. Stay handsome and strong. I love you.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Sometimes, it's better to express you sadness or anger, coz if you try to keep it to yourself, you'll definitely go crazy. Hidden anger is dangerous, so be nice to yourself, accept that everybody hurts "sometimes", not really every day. So go ahead, be mad, be sad, and be hurt. There'll always be sad songs to make you cry, just like this one:

12 days

12 days before my Christmas starts and I still don't have the authority to travel. It's really discouraging knowing that, personal, international trips need to be approved by the Department head, which is unfortunately in Manila. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed; I know it will come just in time. I need to keep my mood positive these days, had enough bad days for the past few weeks and it’s time to get up and be ready for Santa!! But hmm, does Santa also visit the south part of the globe?