Manila Trip in February

I had been fortunate to have visited Manila/Bulacan thrice this year. Jed and I made a compromise that when he is traveling for work, I would join him (if this is at all possible) or I fly to Manila to see my family and friends. So far this year, I made three trips to Manila. Hmmm... Jed seems to be traveling a lot.

Jed and I traveled to Manila together. While I was waiting for my dearest family to pick me up from the NAIA Centennial Airport, my beloved husband was off to Melbourne.

So what did I do in Manila?

Oh, plenty!

There was a post Valentine dinner with my family at Mamou. I totally miss the great food in Mamou. There seems to be a lack of good cupcakes in Cebu, so I begged my family to pass by Cupcakes by Sonja's for dessert.

The next day, I found myself having early lunch with my brother at Shinjuku. My goodness, it serves one of the best ramen I have ever tasted. I tried to be fit by attending my most missed class in FF Platinum, Jheck's Body Combat. I passed by my former workplace and bugged my former co-workers. Makes me not miss the office so much after seeing how busy and dazed they were. That evening, I headed to Bonifacio High Street and reconnected with my my friends, Samantha and Malou. It was a special small group session led by my dear Samantha who is back from the US. I had the chance to catch up with their husbands briefly. My dearest sister waited for my small group to finish as I am staying in Bulacan with my family.

Tuesday was another trip to the Embassy. I met Melanie, Sheila, Marivic and Renee for lunch at Piquant. After lunch, I was bothering my former colleagues at the Trade department. Then I was with Butch and Princess and we were at Milkyway Cafe where I had a yummy halo-halo from Chef J Gamboa. Butch and Princess were there for a meeting. I was a "sabit." So while they were having a serious discussion about the Chef's Table, I was savouring my halo-halo.

I met my best friends in college on Wednesday lunch time. I begged Mia to meet at Mom & Tina's in Perea. Yes, whenever I am in Manila, I make it a point to eat at my favourite restaurants. On my way to Mom & Tina's, I carried with me two shopping bags-ful of window curtains from Landmark. For some reason, I cannot find a decent curtain in the stores here in Cebu as those that are sold in Manila. Back to my lunch at Mom & Tina's, I met up with Mia who brought along Mye with her. Neyza followed shortly and she ended up treating us for lunch. I had missed the malls, too, so I found myself checking out the new stores in Greenbelt 5 with Neyza. We took a break and talked liked old times over coffee and dessert. Then I dashed off to Trinoma where I was meeting my sister for a moviedate and dinner. We were laughing our hearts out while watching Confessions of a Shopaholic.

I said goodbye to my family on Thursday morning. As I had an early morning flight back to Cebu on Friday, I slept at my friend's Ding house which is closer to the airport. I spent mid part of the morning reading a book at the Starbucks in Podium. I also met up with my wedding photographer where I received our wedding album. Cheryl met up with me for lunch and we had the greatest time bonding. It was time for a haircut so I paid my stylist Angelo a visit. I want my hair shorter (but not too short). I love how the new haircut made my head feels lighter although the cut looks weird on photo. I was meeting Neyza for dinner in Bonifacio Street while waiting I sat inside Cupcakes by Sonjas and ordered two cupcakes. And I ate them all. Gasp! To make up for my very unhealthy snack, Neyza and I had dinner at the Healthy Kitchen.

Early Friday morning, I finally met up with Jed at the airport in Manila. I insisted on a breakfast of kaya toast and soft boiled eggs from this restaurant at the airport which I cannot remember the name. He agreed that it was really good. And then we were off to board our plane to Cebu.

A Lapdance

After watching the Oscars on TV, Chingkee and I were going on and on about how adorable, talented and handsome Hugh Jackman is. I am such a fan of Hugh Jackman! Swordfish made it to my list of most watched movies because of him. My phone reminds me of Hugh's birthday every October 12th. Sounds creepy, eh.

Chingkee mentioned Hugh gave Barbara Walters a lapdance in an interview which aired before the Academy Awards. As it didn't air here in the Philippines, I checked You Tube if someone already uploaded the video.

And here it is ---

It Starts With An "I"

This is one other thing that is going around in Facebook. I was tagged a few times but I put off creating my on, because it's damn hard.

There are RULES, which go --

Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 10 people. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real. . .nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

My Own Rule: Just answer the darn thing! And I am not obliging anyone I tag to answer this. I am tagging people who tagged me. :-)

1. What is your name: IRMA
2. A four Letter Word: IDEA
3. A boy's Name: INIGO
4. A girl's Name: ISABELLA
5. An occupation: INVESTMENT BANKER
6. A color: INDIGO
7. Something you wear: ID TAG
8. A food: ICE CREAM
9. Something found in the bathroom: IKEA BATHROOM ITEMS :-)
10. A place: INN
11. A reason for being late: INCONSIDERATE DRIVERS
12. Something you shout: IMPOSSIBLE!
13. A movie title: I AM SAM
14. Something you drink: ICED TEA
15. A musical group: IL DIVO
16. An animal: IGUANA
18. A song title: IRREPLACEABLE
19. A verb: INSPIRE
20. A type of car: INFINITI CARS

At Long Last , Our Wedding Album!

Jed & I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and we do not have our wedding album. The blame is on ME. I delayed choosing the photos, and I finally submitted what we want to Frank last November.

Duh!! Well, come on.. Choosing 120 photos from more than 3000 is one very tedious task.

Thanks to Frank Dizon of Imagineer Digital. You may view the album from Imagineer's Multiply site.

Twenty Five Random Things

This subject has been going around in Facebook, and my friend Grace tagged me in her "Twenty Five.." list.

Now here goes mine --

1. I am obsessive compulsive. It has gotten worse now that I stopped working. I'm probably driving Jed crazy with how OC I am at the house.
2. I was born on the year of the Fire Dragon.
3. I was and will always be a daddy's girl.
4. I am a south paw. And I'm very pleased that the greatest leaders, artists, athletes are left-handed.
5. I cannot haggle. I don't possess such skill. And that's why flea markets are not my thing.
6. I love the color pink. I thought I would outgrow it because it appears very childish, but no.
7. I love desserts, especially cakes and cupcakes. With marshmallow icing please.
8. Four years ago, I would not be caught dead inside a gym. Now, I visit the gym at least three times a week.
9. BUT that doesn't mean that I am fit... That is the greatest mystery: Why hasn't my weight been going down?!?
10. I read the Bible every day.
11. I miss my small group. I have learned so much about God, and life from the ladies in my small group.
12. My girlfriends are essential to my existence. They are a very important part of my life.
13. I keep my promises.
14. My ultimate comfort food is McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
15. My favorite shopping stores are Gap and Zara.
16. I read too many books -- even up to three at a time.
17. I would like to write about my experiences in Cebu, and compile it in a mini-guide book. Then I could move on to the next city after our time here in Cebu.
18. I am ready to be a mother.
19. I do not regret giving up my job for Jed.
20. I hold grudges. I need to work on that.
21. I surprisingly enjoy cooking now.
22. Birthdays, anniversaries, special holidays are very important for me and has to be celebrated.
23. Next to Jed, my mother and siblings are the most important persons in my life right now.
24. Jed is my answered prayer. The Lord knows he is the perfect husband for me.
25. Jed and I want to be a blessing to other people. We are a work in progress.
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