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Art Bar Art Fest 2020

This post was actually a super duper late post (di pa ba kayo sanay saken? Hahaha). I am actually trying to compose myself for tomorrow’s Graphika Manila coz it’s my first time going there. Hopefully, it’ll be just another art fest where we could meet different artists and see friends along attending the same event.

January 19, 2020, I attended Art Bar’s Art Fest to support one of my inspiration from Lettering, Nico Ng and also to watch Joly Poa do her florals live.

An art event wouldn’t be complete without being reunited with friends from the art community. Also, I was able to saw some familiar faces 😁

The highlights of this fair are

1. when We randomly saw Sir @erwin_mallari and had picture with him and

2. When I finally met @nic_the_ 😂😂😂

It’s always a fun and exciting experience whenever I get to attend art fairs coz of new learnings, ideas, and inspirations from such amazing artists.

Excited for tomorrow!!!

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Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

Yasssss. Finally, 2019 has come to an end. This year has been the worst in my 31 years of existence. I literally lost a lot this year: friends, my-almost-a-lifetime-partner, my self-confidence, trust from the people i look up to, my sanity… I almost left my job because of stress and pressure at work. My health was compromised because of all of these things. But you know what? I’m still proud of myself that despite all the losses, I still have my faith in Him, strong and intact. I DIDN’T LOSE MY FAITH IN HIM. After all these struggles, challenges, and set-backs in life, God has made me stronger than ever..He made me an OVERCOMER. I couldn’t be here right now if not for His grace and love. Thank You, Lord! This year has been a roller coaster ride and I am still grateful for everything. Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am right now. *sniffs*wipes tears*

As we all bid goodbye to 2019, I am leaving everyone this Life Verse of mine:

“but those who HOPE in the LORD will RENEW their STRENGTH. They will SOAR ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

-Isaiah 40:31

Let’s all enter the new year full of hope and trust in God knowing that He is in control of everything. We may not understand what is happening to us right know, but one thing is for sure, He has great plans in our lives. Let’s hold on to His promises 😇

Declaring 2020 a year of RESTORATION.

Blessed New Year everyone!

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Confident enough to help

Hi! It’s been a while!

Few weeks ago, I decided to go back to blogging, but my lazy ass won’t let me post something here LOL. Luckily, something monumental happened to me this past week, and I couldn’t help but share my story again.

Three years ago, I donated my hair through Papelmeroti. Click the blog post HERE.

It really brought joy to my heart even though I wasn’t sure if my hair was put to use, but nonetheless, the thought of giving it to those who are in need really gave me a sense of purpose. My best friend’s mom died last year because of Lymphoma. Now, I have a close friend who’s battling with breast cancer, and she’s only 28 years old!Really, Big C sucks.

So for me, donating my hair is the least I can do for them.

Last September 3, I did it again.

It took me three years to grow back my hair this long:

After my friend’s wedding last June (I was one of the bridesmaids), I started planning on my haircut and look for a possible donor, since Papemelroti announced that they won’t be receiving hair anymore.

I stumbled upon my hs classmate’s IG story and saw that she donated her hair. She then recommended me to visit Heads Salon by Volumed. Aside from the usual salon services, they’ve partnered with Hair for Hope, an organization who takes care of hair being donated, especially through Heads.

I had my appointment done through their website. Since it was a day off for me last Sept 3, i took this opportunity to have my hair cut from there. I want to experience it first hand hihi 😅

My actual schedule was at 12NN, and I arrived at Heads Salon around 11:30 AM-ish, but their friendly staff accommodated me immediately since there were no customers at that time. I started earlier than expected. They even offered me to have tea or coffee. Such a nice gesture from them.

I requested them to cut my hair long enough to pass the required length, and leave just enough hair…not too short for my liking, unlike from my previous haircut.

“Are you ready?” , said by the stylist.

Snip. Snap. And here you go:

I grabbed it and I was kinda sad because it’s not that thick compared from the first harvest. But then again, at least, I did it.

After my haircut, a lady named Pam approached me and interviewed me a little bit about my “Confidence Story” and took photos of me. I was surprised and felt a lil bit shy haha.

Hair for Hope costs Php 400 per session. May be pricey, yes. But it was all worth it.

Again, I am not sure if my hair did passed for the donation (because hormonal imbalance), but still gonna share this blog to spread awareness. If you know someone who can donate their hair, I am encouraging them to do so. A little help goes a long way. 😌

Thank you Heads Salon and Hair for Hope for the opportunity to help. Shoutout also to Dianne who recommended Heads to me 🙂

For more details about this Hair Donation Drive, you may visit Hair for Hope’s IG account: @hairforhope.heads and Heads Salon website: https://heads.ph

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your kind heart, to help my friend Charm in her battle. You can buy her merch (Tshirt and Magnets) through her FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/charmmorales90 and please do subscribe also to her Youtube Channel: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=r46ZOirY6mA no skipping of ads please 💯

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One eternity later

Well I mean, one year later.

I know I almost abandoned this blog. I never thought that blogging will be removed in my system. I told myself from years ago that I will not stop blogging because it has been a part of my routine for almost 15 yrs. but oh well.

I’ve been to a LOT of things for the past year of not blogging, and there were things that I did not want to share in this blog anymore. Right now, I’m in the state where I do not know how to start again. My desire for blogging again came back but I really don’t know where and how to start.

I’m lost.

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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 🙂

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? 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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 😩

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? 😂

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.