Monthly Archives: May 2015

Photo of Yourself 2 Years Ago – Day 05 of 30-Day Blog Challenge

Two years ago, I was still slaving my life away at some hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. It was my first job as a cook after graduating from culinary school. I call it, “baptism by fire,” because I had a taste of what life in the kitchen is truly like. Well, guess what: now I’m an online worker. I don’t wear a chef’s toque and jacket to work. Actually, I could log into work in my undies… in the nude, even.
Oakwood Horse Playing 2013

Cooking is still my passion, but I discovered, the hard way, that I was not born for the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong; I learned a lot of things from working in the kitchen. I’ve had a lot of fun, too! But I love weekends off and my social life more. And, believe it or not, I’m seriously earning more just staying at home. Imagine I came to work at 07:00AM and left at 10-11:00PM, since we were very short-staffed and I was a very slow worker. Haha! What can I say? I love to take my time in cooking.

French Macarons at Oakwood

I don’t remember how many cakes and pastries we are making every day, but I know they were a lot. Some of my colleagues would tell me that our workload was 10 times harder and heavier compared to other hotels they’ve worked for. They also told me that when I transfer to a different hotel, I would miss working this much. Nah. I don’t think so. Haha!

Oakwood Eating Ice Cream

This is what kept me going on: a bowl of New Zealand Ice Cream that I get to eat whenever I want (or when the boss was not looking). Haha!

Favorite Photo of Your Best Friend – Day 04 of 30-Day Blog Challenge

Jennifer Marigmen is my best friend. We’ve been best friends since high school. Our friends even call us “Neggy and Noggy,” since we’re both cursed with a dark skin complexion.

Jennifer Marigmen - my best friend

I have a lot of friends, but Jennifer is the only person I can call my best friend, and I take that word seriously. I’m not the type of person who calls every new person they meet their best friend. The word “best friend” is as sacred to me as saying “I love you.” I don’t say it much, but when I do, you’ll know that it’s genuine and straight from the heart. And I love the fact that we may not see each other as often as we used to, but when we do go out, we always have fun with each other’s company.

The reason why this photo of her is my favorite is because it was our first time to travel out of town together. It was April of 2014 when we decided to spend our Holy Week at Potipot Island in Zambales. Her 2013 had been rough since she had lost both of her parents just 7 months apart because of cancer. She’s one of the bravest people I’ve ever known, second only to my very own Nanay. Instead of sulking and blaming the world for her loss, she managed her grief by developing a stronger relationship with God. She made the right choice. Loving God is the most rewarding relationship you could ever commit yourself to.

Your Favorite Store – Day 03 of 30-Day Blog Challenge

If you notice, my last entry for this 30-day blog challenge was published October of 2014. I have been very busy with procrastinating (Haha!), so I had no time update my blog regularly. I’m continuing this blog challenge this year and I hope I’ll get to finish it this time. Wish me luck!

Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City Taguig

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For Day 03 of my 30-day blog challenge, I was tasked to write about my favorite store. It took me a couple of minutes of thinking before I finally realized that my favorite store is the Fully Booked branch at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It’s the biggest bookstore I have ever seen. It’s so big that it even has its own Starbucks and White Hat inside.  You’ll lose your mind just browsing at the huge collection of books you can buy. I love Fully Booked more than any other bookstores in the Philippines. Their space is quite modern and they always have the best books around. Now that I’m living in Malabon, the nearest branch to us is at SM North EDSA The Block. It’s 2 hours away from home, so I couldn’t just casually drop by and hangout at the bookstore.