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Unexpected Hiatus

Hello!! How’s everybody doin?? I missed wordpress and I missed blogging!

This is actually just an update post, so if you’re not interested with me and my life in general, you can now stop reading this. LOL.

I’ve been a lot through the previous months until now, and I couldn’t believe I got this busy in my life right now, that I forgot to blog. It’s been more than a month since the last time I blogged here and yeah, sorry for the hiatus!

So what’s up with me, eh?

Since the Inks and Colors Year 2, I’ve been active to my newest hobby which is calligraphy. And lately, I’ve been addicted to watercolor painting. It became my stress reliever, really. Whenever I get stressed from work or in life in general, I just write or paint that stress away. I’m not yet good at it but I loved the fact that how art therapy really changed my life. Check out my IG acct for more of my artworks: @eatsleepandwrite

Yes, I changed my IG handle. I also planned to change my WP username as well, but it’s not available anymore. Sad.

Next is about my carreer. From the past few months, I’ve been applying for a promotion…i failed several times but just about last month, I finally got the promotion! Thank God! Tomorrow is my third week of being a supervisor and things are just beginning to sink in. I am really grateful for God’s perfect timing and yeah, God’s promotion is still the best promotion! All glory to Him!

Last is about my health. While I struggle with my carreer, I also struggle in terms of my health condition as well. My hormones went gaga until I had this abnormal uterine bleeding, which I didn’t expect at all because though the years, my period was pretty normal and regular. Last two months, I was diagnosed with PCOS and at the same time, Endometrial Cyst (which is luckily, super duper tiny at this moment). And at the course of my consultations, my OB (which is luckily a friend also – known her from my prev job) discovered that I have a polyp and it needs to be removed.

Things has been rough but I’m okay and thriving. I’ve been referred to another OB which I knew also (same clinic I’ve worked to). She’s been struggling on how to deal with my condition because she’s considering a lot of things. For the mean time, I’ll have a minor surgery on friday and I’m a lil bit scared but yeah. That’s how it is. I know I can overcome it because God is with me.

I’ve been planning to blog few weeks ago but I got caught up with a lot of things. It became really overwhelming and I keep on telling myself to stay calm and believe that everything’s gonna be alright. I am very positive right now despite my uncomfortable status (i’m nauseous AF at the moment, maybe because of the pills i’m currently taking).

So yeah, that’s all for now. If you are reading this right now, I hope you’re doing great. Good night and God bless us all ๐Ÿ™‚

Xoxo,

Yeye

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Binondo Food Trip..for realz!!

One of my blogger friends whom I’ve known for a lot of years already just had her vacation previously here in PH. Sissy Vanny never failed to meet me everytime she goes back here in our country, so sweet of her, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Jump off point: Binondo Church

This time, she’s now with her hubby, Slav. They’ve been to a lot of places before we met last week. We’ve thought of a lot of ideas where to go and spend time with each other, and we ended up going to Binondo.

It was my second time to have a food crawl at Binondo, but the first one I cannot consider a food crawl coz we only ate at a single restaurant. LOL.

So here we go! We were five at that time and we literally just went randomly to places where we can eat. Our first stop: ESTERO.

They called it estero because it’s literally beside an estero/canal. Estero is very well.known for its Frog Legs. Of course, the frogs did’nt came from estero, okay? Haha.

They have a paluto style — where you can choose your ingredients and the type of cook from those ingredients.

We ordered fried frog legs, mixed seafoods, and fried rice.

The verdict: the food is so so, nothing special and grand. Maybe because, I’ve eaten frog legs before that’s why I am not surprised? But anyway, we were able to enjoy our food.

We were almost full at our first stop so we decided to walk farther and look for our next stop.

We then saw this stall which sells fried siopao.

It looks like your typical siopao haha. Not fried at all! It’s just the bottom part that’s fried but you know what? I DEFINITELY LOVED THIS ONE.

The filling is absolutely tasty!! And, it only costs Php 20 each. Super affordable!!

Third stop is at this humble restaurant which is known for their fresh lumpia.

Obviously, we just tried their lumpia. We have to spare room for other food, you know. Haha

Lumpia’s taste is just like any other fresh lumpia that I’ve eaten. The only difference is, this one has a seaweed. And also, their sauce is unlimited. Haha.

The scorching hot temperature made me craved for my favorite Eng Bee Tin’s Milk.Tea! Everyone should try this ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re almost full but still wanted to try some other food. Lol. Our last stop is at Dong Bei Dumplings.

Dumplings is one of my favorite dimsum, that’s why I am so happy that we were able to eat here at Dong Bei.

We just ordered their Kuchai and Pork Dumplings. As expected, their dumplings are so good! The only issue I had is the soggy wrapper but that’s fine.

Over all, we enjoyed our Binondo food trip! If only we have a lot of space in our stomachs, we would eat at some other reastaurants. There’s still a lot!

Thank you Sissy Vanny for this epic Binondo Foodtrip!! And to Slav who’s very patient and on the go, kudos to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jap Food at its finest: Marugame Udon

Last friday, I and my workmate went to Fully Booked BGC to attend the demo workshops at Art Buffet event. We came at around 4pm, and sadly, the slots for the first demo was already full, so we decided to have our early dinner instead before attending the next two workshops.

I saw this Jap resto nearby and my colleague told me that this resto is often times jampacked. But at that time, the resto looked benign, so we went there immediately.

Photo by spot.ph. my photo was not saved.idk why ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Japanese feels!!!

Marugame Udon’s setup of ordering food is: you go to their counter, order your food from the menu, get your food, and then pay. It’s like getting food at a fastfood setup.

We got our food and had a seat. The ambience of the resto has a homey vibe. We had a comfortable time eating there.

I got excited when I was at the counter, I ordered two full meals! Hahah. Gutom teh? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Curry Udon, Regular, Php 170

Gyudon, Regular. Php 170

I got Curry Udon and Gyudon. I was surprised that I got these for only Php 340. Great deal, eh??

My colleague had a beef yakiudon and spam musibi.

Happy tummy as always!! And our pockets were happy too! LOL. We’re glad that we were able to dine at a legit jap resto who offers a cheap food. So sulit!

As for the customer service, their staff are so friendly and attentive to the needs of their customers. Kudos to them!!

I always say that you can never go wrong with Japanese Food. Thank you Marugame Udon for this great food experience!!! Arigatou Gozaimasu!!!

PS. I had a leftover gyudon so i took it home instead. Hahaha.

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My first time at Inks and Colors

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It’s been a week since the event, and I still got a hangover from it.

As you all know, I’m into Calligraphy right now and last year when I started my Calligraphy Journey, I joined an FB Group for Calligraphers called Calligrafriends PH. And few months ago, they opened a registration for their Annual Pen Meet which is the Inks and Colors. This year is their second year, and the event has gotten huge as compared to their first one. When I say huge, it meant a lot of sponsors and more featured artists included.

I was one of the lucky member who was able to join the event. It was limited for only 150 pre-registered people who will be able to have a seat at the said event. Also, I was able to virtually meet some calligraphers from the North Part (QC, Malabon, Valenzuela, Bulacan, Pampanga) and arranged a meet up at QC before going to the venue.

Fast forward to April 7, last week, we met up at McDonalds near Trinoma and off we went to Evia Lifestyle Centre, which is the official venue of Inks and Colors 2.

We came in early and while we wait for the opening of the event, we had our chit chat and prepared our artworks for auction.

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It is a fund raising activity for Levi Yohance Abundo, a preemie son of one of the AdMods of Calligrafriends.ย Proceeds will go toย Levi Little Lionheartย NICU fund! For more info, kindly visit their FB page atย www.facebook.com/LeviLittleLionHeart

Around 10 am, the event just started. We were one of the early birds so we got some additional freebies!

There were booths also which are open to the public

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The event started and there were several artists who did their demo. Every after demo, there were games and raffles happened. Of course, #TeamNorth got the energy! HAHAHA

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game na game po sila HAHAHAHA

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Abbey Sy, during here demo on Journalling and Calligraphy

We enjoyed all the demo of the featured artists! Now I am inspired to do so much other than calligraphy itself. Now, I am enjoying Watercolor Painting and I do hope that I’ll improve on it as well. As they said, Practice makes Progress ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyone got their spirits up until the grand raffle.

Lucky me, I still brought the lucky side of me from 2017. I won one of the major prizes! HAHAHAHAHA

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Photo courtesy of Sir Ryan Cruz

Special thanks for the AdMods, most especially to Mama Mee(L)! They really did a great job! Also, I was able to meet again my first ever teacher on Calligraphy, Mommy Lei (R) ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks also to all the sponsors!

@evialifestylecenter@tombowph@shoptokyofinds@artlineph@simbalionph@thecraftcentral@bdjbuzz@papelito2011@jacintoandlirio@dsnicoleonline@getfiled@fabercastellphils@mgstationeryph@sakuraartph@prestigepaper@zigphilippines@beehappycrafts@ferrywrites.shop@artegrafikadigitalprinting@des_artroom@dignophilippines@domsphilippines@rizzclaycat@marvyph@sevendaysofwork@eclations@rosaliemhato03@colorbuffetph@aurorasbox@heyhodgepodge@kaligrafiamnl@home_edited@theheartproject.ph@skinwitchph@handsatworkstudio@mommybiz.partyneeds@claire.calligraphy@artsy.lifestyle.ph@yankeeinks_ph@chayeegraphy@jhaamsey@iamicheem@sarah_writes@craftjunkiecharm@accezfashion@craftdepartment@artwhale.ph@qcraftdesigns@cpsouthbellas.ph

for without them, our event won’t be that bongga (sabi nga sa CPH haha)

imagine, look at our loots:

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san aabot ang 800 Pesos mo?

And here’s what I got from the major raffle:

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thanks @sevendaysofwork

But, aside from those loots and stuff, here’s what I am really grateful for:

We may not be able to get the GRAND PRIZE which is Tombow 96 ABT, we were still happy! My group really made my day and I am so happy that I was able to join their group. So much happy vibes with them!

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It is the friendship with them which makes the whole event awesome! We may came from different age groups, but the bond is really amazing. Thanks #TeamNorth ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking forwards to Inks and Colors, Year 3. Yey!!!

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Another Bistro Experience

Hi! It’s been a while!

These previous weeks have been really exhausting to me, but thank God for DST! Our schedule is now back to 6-3pm, so travelling from home to work, vice versa, will not be tiring as compared to my previous schedule so hopefully, I could go back to my blogging routine. Hehe.

So what’s up for today?

Few weeks ago, I was able to try another restaurants under Bistro Group. Yes, restaurants, because I’ve been to two restos haha.

The first one is at Fish and Co. located at Trinoma. We could have been to Bulgogi Brothers with J but due to unforseen circumstance, our date that day was cancelled and suddenly I advised my parents to date me instead. Haha. Since it was a Friday, I decided to bring them to Fish And Co.

This restaurant has been sitting for quite some time at Trinoma so we gave it a try. The restaurant is almost full when we got in.

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We placed our orders and waited for couple of minutes. The service was too slow but that’s okay with me at first.

The food was served one by one, and the last food that was served was for my mom. She got pissed. Haha. Luckily, the food were really worth the wait.

New English Clam Chowder in Breadbowl Cup, Php 295

White Fish with Pesto Parmesan, Php 395

This one’s yum!!!

Seafood Spaghetti Marinara, Php 350

Best Fish & Chips in Town, Php 425

Of course, we have to order their flagship dish which is Fish and Chips.

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What’s sad about our dining experience here were the following:

  • We were not given a complimentary drink despite the presentation of Bistro Card.
  • Their manager at that time was not attentive to our needs.
  • Their staff were not attentive as well, we have to get their attention twice or thrice.

It’s kinda disappointing to experience such, knowing Bistro Group has a good reputation when it comes to excellent customer service. I hope they’ll be reminded that even though their restaurant has been there for quite a long time, their service should be consistent. Just my two cents.

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Next restaurant is Texas Roadhouse, which was chosen by my friends when we had a meetup at MOA. We chose between BWW and this, and this guy won.

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When we came to their restaurant at Conrad Manila, we saw their staff dancing that’s why we were not attended immediately. After that, their manager welcomed us and offered us our table.

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We were welcomed by their freshly baked buns. Okay busog na kami, uwian na. Loljk.

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We then placed our orders and while waiting for our food, we had chit chats and entertained ourselves with their peanuts on the table. At first, we thought that it was just a display LOL.

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Our food then came….oh boy. The ribs were superb! It’s so tender it falls off from the bone. It’s not sloppy and the sauce just hits the spot.

We also ordered steak but I did’nt enjoyed it because they preferred it well done. I want it medium rare but oh well, it’s just I who wanted that temperature LOL

Sirloin Combo (6 Oz. Sirloin and Ribs), Php 1245

I also recommend their Cheesy Jalapeno Bites. So good!

Customer service wise, their staff were attentive and smiling at us. They were patient at our requests and that was great. Though I still love the staff we met at Buffalo Wild Wings Uptown Branch way back then. Si ate pa rin ang panalo. Haha.

Overally, we had a great dining experience (sans the price level of their food) at Texas Roadhouse. Our tummies were happy AF ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fish & Co. have a total of four outlest in the Metro. The one we went to was at their Trinoma Branch.

Texas Roadhouse is also located at Uptown Mall aside from their MOA/Conrad Branch.

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On Food Parks and whatnot

Nowadays, we can see a lot of food parks everywhere. It’s fun to know that they exist because they give people choices when it comes to variety of food selections. It also paved a way to some small businessmen to open a start-up restaurant, which is cool. I myself have a food dream of my own, like the others.

I’ve been to different food parks for I think, thrice already. The first was at a food park along Lilac Street Marikina (no pictures, those were stored at my old lappy.) then second at the Food Truck Manila along Kamias Road, Quezon City.

Then, I was able to eat at The Fatyard, near UP Los Banos together with my friends.

And just yesterday, me and my parents opt to eat at a Food park and here are our food that we ordered:

Seeing these pictures, it will make you think that eating at food parks is a great idea. But yesterday after our visit to a food park at Maginhawa street, I suddenly thought that is eating at Food Parks really worth it?

Sure there were lots of food parks around the metro but I only had a few visits.

What’s holding me back to visiting some food parks were the following:

  1. Food is quite expensive – though most of the food were affordable, but upon tasting some, I realized that I didn’t got what I paid for. Food is just so so, yet the price did not justified at all. take for example, that chicken wings that we ate at Central Park. It costs Php 199, for half dozen wings. SAME PRICE WITH FRANKIES. DI PA KO SINUKLIAN NG TAMA NUNG BABAE.ย  I gave 500 peso bill and she just handed me 300 pesos. though it’s just a peso short, but hey! they should gave exact amount of change!
  2. Lack of comfort in terms of temperature – I still prefer an air-conditioned, cozy restaurant.

Yesterday, we went first to Streat, but my mom complained about the park being mainit. we then transferred to Central Park.

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at Central Park, Maginhawa Street

3. Some of the stores do not accept Senior Citizen card for discounts. Self explanatory.

4. Some foodparks offer a lot of choices, it becomes too overwhelming. Too bad, some of the food that you want are not available. HAHA

Our first food park experience at Lilac Street was memorable and I loved the food that we ate there. Too bad, I couldn’t share some photos. I remember the juicy tuna panga that we had back then. ohhhhh.

Sadly, the following were not as good as the first. Maybe because I went at the wrong foodparks? or I just have high expectations when it comes to food in general?

How about you? Have you ever tried eating at a food park? where and how was it? Let me know your thoughts about eating at food parks.

 

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Another Calligraphy Workshop, bacause why not?

Yesterday, I joined another calligraphy workshop hosted by an IG friend, Jenny of After Seven Calligraphy.

From After Seven FB Page

This workshop is in collaboration with Wear His Word, a clothing brand which features Word of God and other inspirational quotes printed on shirts. The moment I saw Jenny’s post on Ig, I sent her a DM immediately. I was like, “okay, this will be interesting because of the collaboration with Wear His Word”.

And also, this will be my chance to meet Jenny in person. (You know I love meeting new people hahaha).

I know, this is my second time attending a calligraphy workshop (technically, my third because I also attended another workshop hosted also by Belle De Jour during their BDJ Launch 2018 — click this LINK for more details). But then again, I thought of having some kind of a refresher because I admit, I couldn’t practice that much because of my busy schedule, hence my calligraphy skill is not improving.

So fast forward to yesterday… I thought I will be late but thanks heaven above, I arrived just in time.

The table setup’s theme is so cool and lovely!

Jenny started her class with a short history of calligraphy, and she also told her story about her calligraphy journey.

Then we started with the basic strokes and alphabet drills. Letter per letter, we practiced. I know, I already have an idea with this session but I patiently followed through the same process again, and guess what?

I learned additional tips which I didn’t get from my previous workshop!

I’m glad to see a lot of individuals who are interested in doing calligraphy. I actually laughed when I heard my seatmate told her friend that she wants to learn calligraphy because she wants to write the names on the certificates to be given at their company ๐Ÿ˜‚

Too bad, our time was not enough, we weren’t able to go through the verses part. But that’s fine with me.

My before and after artwork.

Me and Jenny

Class picture!

Good thing about this workshop is that the After Seven team created an FB group wherein all students from Jenny’s workshops can join and share artworks/calligraphy pieces. But not only that, she also gives constructive comments on our works, so basically it’s like I have my calligraphy mentor right now ๐Ÿ™‚ she encourages us to do our “Homeworks” to make sure thay we’re still practicing haha.

Day 2 Assignment

Her workbook includes practice sets that comes with bible verses which we can practice on. I know that doing Calligraphy could help me spread His word, in a creative way. ๐Ÿ˜‡

I can say that my Calligraphy style has improved after the workshop. I hope I could get enough time to practice, practice, and practice.

Free shirt from Wear His Word!๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you Jenny of After Seven Calligraphy and Wear His Word for hosting this workshop! I learned a lot, really.

P.S. Thanks again Jenny, for considering me to your discount promo! so sweet of you โค

Follow Jenny at:
IG Acct – @aftersevencalligraphy
FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/afterseven/
Blog – http://www.jennyspacelyn.com