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waterlogged

I type this with my rain soaked shoes, it is typhoon season again in the Philippines. The super hassle wet season.

Spent the past few days buried under a pile of work, so it is only now that I have the time to blog.

I have also pretty much given up on going RTW for the rest of my prenup gowns. I went about different department stores to look at their gowns but sadly, most of them have garterized back/s that I hate, so it’s a nay.

I do however found a shop that sell gowns that look pretty.

Case in point: Bellabianca. I really liked one of their gowns. (The one named chandler.) But they don’t have the color I like (pink) in my size.  So, I ended up fitting the (mint green) gown in my size (small). The other small size is grey, the color makes me look drab. So no thanks.

almost, but not quite

almost, but not quite

I find it pretty and a bit “elsa”-ish. (Elsa from frozen) Thanks to the blizzard beading and its color. 

As you can see even the small gown does not fit… It still needs alterations and I am not about to plunk down more for alterations. Sorry.

So, I have to face the fact that I need to go back to a mananahi. To customize the fabric, size and color I like. I also took a trip to Carolina’s at Glorietta to look for beads and fabric.

This time, I bought 5 packs of crystal ab flatback sew on jewel beads. I love sparkly stuff. 

And contemplating on buying fabric (that I like),  give it to the seamstress to get a gown made.

This is the pretty fabric that caught my attention.

thanks for holding the fabric Kei.

thanks for holding the fabric Kei.

I do not know what this is called. All I know is that the fabric is pretty!

All the more wanted to get a pink gown made. Sigh.

 

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omakase

So, we got creamed by typhoon Mario, to lift up our sunken spirits we are looking for our comfort food/s. Specifically something Japanese. 

It is no secret that Kei and I are huge fans of Japanese cuisine.

The food haunt I am about to share is also no secret. In fact it is very famous for its makimono.

I am talking about Omakase. This restaurant has a huge following and you have to wait to be served. But, we don’t mind.

We have kept frequenting the place. 

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Omakase (お任せ o-makase?) is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you”. (It is rooted from the Japanese “to entrust” (任せる makaseru?)). Usually used at Sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef.  Ordering omakase can be a gamble; however, the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish in stock at a less expensive cost than if it had been ordered à la carte. (Learned all about that from Wikipedia) 

Omakase’s Makimono is not exactly authentic as they put their own twist to it. It would be safe to say that they serve Japanese fusion cuisine. For this restaurant, We would happily say “omakase” and  leave the selection to them!  But we have our favorites of course. 

Here is a peek of their choices of their famous makimono.

this will give you a hard time choosing what you like to order.

this will give you a hard time choosing what you like to order.

We really took time to look at their selections as we liked most of them!

Their interiors are minimalist inspired and accented by cute kokeshi dolls.

We usually arrive here to get lunch, so there is a lot of people and we can’t really take a lot of photos. Sorry.

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inside omakase

They served seafood dumpling (assorted seafood wrapped in nori, deepfried and served with mayo and soy sauce) and our drinks (raspberry iced tea for me, and orange iced tea for Kei) first.

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Next came the jurrasic roll (Ebi tempura, ebiko, salmon skin, cucumber inside with unagi on top) followed shortly by the sukiyaki.

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All together in one photo: This is our initial order.

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On the next, we had a chicken bento, zigzag roll ( Softshell crab, tempura with Japanese-mayo-chili oil dressing) , gyoza and their omakase soup (wakame, kani, eggdrop soup).

round two

*I just realized we never got desserts here because we tend to over-eat!  

Eating here definitely brightened our day! Comfort food indeed. 

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  • They have branches at Tomas Morato, Libis, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Triangle Gardens and Greenhills.
  • Better to come early. Or repeat after me: waiting is worth it.
  • Worth the calories.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.


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thankful friday

Another week is done. Seems like the days are passing by quickly…

Art by Katie Daisy

Art by Katie Daisy

thankful

 

Let me count this  weeks joys:

1.) Kei and I met our friends/role models, Atchie Clarisse and Ahya Paul over halo halo! They gave us brownies and owls goodies! Plus life advice! Much thanks!

Brownies and Owls!

Brownies and Owls!

2.) Finally got new nail clippers for the rabbits my furbabies at home. We got this from Daiso at 88php! 

nail clippers for little pets

nail clippers for little pets

3.) Chatted with my cousin Jackie from the USA. She learned that I collect owls and sent me these two cuties to add to my growing owl family! I miss her and our random bonding moments + my super hyper little nephew. 

owls form atchie jack

Owls form Atchie Jackie

4.) Getting to and from work safely on the day the typhoon hit.

5.) Laughing every morning listening to The Morning Rush. Positivity to start the day.

 

 

Enjoy the weekend everyone!


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all is well (with the weather and bullies)

I hope everyone is well.

one of the roadblocks I encountered yesterday on my way to work

one of the roadblocks I encountered on my way to work

Made it to work despite the strong winds, yesterday. Thankfully, there is minimal flooding. We had power outage, and no LRT though. But, it is still manageable, found a (overpriced) cab to take me to the office. Finished my deadline. Kei went to the office to bring me back home and we hailed another (overpriced) cab. All is well.

Thank God.

 

While browsing the internet, I saw Selena Gomez’s response to online bullying.

selena's awesome response

Selena’s awesome response

Celebrities usually ignore trolls and haters, but sometimes these bullies needs to be stopped.

So, Selena responded to the bully who wished cancer on her saying,

“Honestly, I don’t speak up much because it’s simply always taken out of context. But I don’t take bullying well. I have seen too much to not say anything. The comment you left about cancer was absurd. How distasteful of a young woman. I have gone through that battle with fans and family members. You can dislike someone but to wish something that could happen to you or your family is uncalled for sweetheart. You won’t be winning ‘anyone’s’ heart that way. Trust me. Educate yourself a tad more. God bless love. Be an amazing woman. You’re beautiful.”

Wow such a classy lady. I am now a fan.

Bullying is unacceptable.

 

I have suffered from bullying in many ways, from bullying in school, on getting laughed at/ridiculed due to my appearance (i was a small,  scrawny kid with rabbit tooth and huge glasses). I always got teased. I had a few friends. My classmates made my life a living hell. I had to deal with that on a daily basis.

It was very tough. I hated school because of the bullies.

My grades are mediocre. I stayed at the library and read books. It was safe. Nobody ever was hurt or teased or looked stupid while reading books.

I was grateful for weekends, I get to stay away from the bullies.

I decided that I want to be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings. That is still my goal everyday. And now, I sort of pay attention to my appearance a bit. 

Of course there are still bullies everywhere. I just ignore them. 

 

 

**The grade/high school bullies of mine was now never heard of. One of them moved to the US. 

The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.” – Mary Elizabeth Williams


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here we go again

Typhoon season is upon us again.

Currently bracing for Rammasun (Glenda). It will make landfall in Manila tomorrow.

It is said that Glenda packs maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is forecast to move west at 20 km/h.

Time to prepare and stay indoors. 

 

For updates on the typhoon, click here.

Keep safe everyone.


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stay strong

It has been exactly a week.

Like the rest of the Philippines, I’m speechless and heartbroken at what happened last Friday (Nov 8, 2013).

It felt wrong for me to post on my own blog/social media as if nothing happened. So I kept silent for a few days.

We will rise from this stronger.

Stronger. We will rise again.

With God’s grace, Manila is spared.  Life goes on as usual. But I believe we should be actively doing our part to bring relief and comfort to those who are in need right now. Kei went to volunteer yesterday in DSWD-NROC National Resource Operations Center  (Chapel Road, NAIA, Pasay City) to help pack relief goods for the typhoon victims. For now, I have already sorted out my clothes to donate and hopefully, after work tomorrow I can volunteer too.

 

Here are the details if you want to help/volunteer for DSWD:

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Location: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
DSWD accepts cash deposits through their Landbank of the Philippines account
The account numbers: Current-3122-1011-84 Savings-3124-0055-81

If you wish to volunteer in repacking relief goods you may call 852-8081, 851-2681 & 0918-930-2356 for schedule.

Interested volunteers may go to the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department & back of Air Transportation Office). The Center is open 24-hours and volunteers may repack on shift.
 
 
As per Kei’s experience in volunteering for DSWD here are a some reminders from him:
1. You must register first, log in before you help and log out when you are done. -Age requirement of Volunteers – youngest age is 15, no max age.
 
2. This is harder than it looks – honestly when you see people repacking on the television it seems like a breeze, in reality it’s a lot of work, planning and coordination, you also have to jive well with people who you do not know. *Come in with “work appropriate” outfits- T-shirts and pants. Come in only with necessities – no need to bring your DSLR, di dito photoshoot…unless you are willing to risk your gadget getting lost.
 
3. There are people in the government who aren’t douchebags – although they are a rare breed, I’m glad that in my lifetime I’ve met people with actual hearts for the work they are doing.
 
4. There will always be douchebags in this country – there were people being caught, stealing relief goods…and stealing from volunteers, MAKE SURE YOU DONT BRING EXPENSIVE STUFF AND DONT PUT ON ACCESSORIES WHEN VOLUNTEERING.
 
5. Don’t go Volunteer just to get selfies – There were people who got kicked out for not helping and just taking selfies.
 
6. Bring H2O and your own water bottle – DSWD provides water and a drinking station, it’s going to be hot and sweaty in the warehouse, make sure you have your own waterbottle.
 
7. Be Organized – Come in with a buddy and don’t separate, it’s going to be easier if you come in organized, with a group, make sure you have a leader.
 
8. You can do amazing things if you put your heart into it – I just lugged around 8 sacks of rice on my own…until this minute, I still can’t believe I did it, although my back hurts right now.
 
 
  
Here are the details if you want to donate for Red Cross:

The Philippine Red Cross Manila Chapter: Gen. Luna cor. Victoria St., Intramuros, ManilaTelefax: 527-2161, 527-3595, 527-3594Mobile: 0917-806-8535E-mail: manila@redcross.org.ph
*You may donate through SMS by texting RED and send it to 2899 for Globe and 4143 for Smart. You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 and for Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

For cash deposits:

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Metrobank
Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift code: UBPHPHMM

For in-kind donation you may send it to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. You may also contact them to arrange donation pick-up.

*what to donate? -Money, Medicine, Blanket, Clothing, Food & water, Soap, Diapers, Napkins, Infant formula, Coffee..etc.

 

And if you can spare some for the animals that need to be saved too.

For those who wish to donate to PAWSPhilippine Animal Welfare Society:

Location: Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights Quezon City, Philippines 

Office Hours: 10am-5pm, Mondays to Saturdays except holidays

Contact tel. # 475-1688 (office hours only)

Email philpaws@paws.org.ph

BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
USD Account No. 3944-0021-61
PHP Account No. 3943-0086-11
Swift no. BOPIPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Swift no. PNBM PHMM
PHP Account 37-826-380001-2
(old number 072-830174-0)

Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO)
PHP Account No. 6250058159

Account Name for all bank accounts: Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
and email us – philpaws@paws.org.ph a copy of the validated deposit slip with a note “for disaster-relief -Typhoon Yolanda victims”.

For credit card or Paypal donations:
http://www.paws.org.ph/be-a-supporting-member.html

 

Not from the Philippines? You may send your Help/Donations to:

-My thoughts and prayers are with all of those families and friends who lost someone that they loved.-

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. -Psalm 62:8


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right back at you

For better or for worse, the dynamics of credit and blame are at the heart of every team and organization and make or break every career. Unfortunately, credit and blame are rarely assigned in an objective or fair manner, and individual psychology, team dynamics, and corporate culture all influence, and are influenced by, how credit and blame are given and received. Too often, people and organizations get caught up in “the blame game” and the wrong people get blamed for the wrong reasons at the wrong time. The result can be that people are demotivated and demoralized, focus more on organizational politics than on getting the job done, and are too afraid to speak up or experiment with new approaches.The Blame Game

 

I just got back at the office. Forgive me but I really need to get this off my chest. See the past few days has been a real pain for me.

Last Friday (Aug. 16,2013), was like a normal work day. Went to the office and worked overtime (even if I was the only one left) till 8:00 pm and on my way home I got mugged.

Saturday (Aug. 17,2013), still a normal half day – work day. Went to the office, finished my Physical Exam and waited for the editing team to get their job done. 12:00 came and Too bad they are still not done nitpicking with it, and the nerve they sort of expected me to wait for them. Sorry, but no. I left. I got soaked from the sudden downpour.

Sunday (Aug 18,2013) was a normal Sunday for me. Went to church and all. but I got home to this sight, our house now has a wading pool. apparently the drain is not working and instead of water going in the drain, the drain gurgles water to our home.

useless drain

useless drain

Monday (Aug. 19,2013), The Philippines encountered typhoon “Maring”. I did not go to work. Our house was flooded. Tire deep waters outside, Inside is a bit higher than gutter deep. Classes, Government offices are closed due to severe weather.

taken Aug 19 outside our home

taken Aug 19 outside our home

I tried to get to the jeepney stop. But no jeep stopped for me. Manila City Hall is not passable.

jeepney stop

jeepney stop

A speeding jeep, I did not get to ride.

lone jeep that passed me by after 30 mins of waiting.

lone jeep that passed me by after 30 mins of waiting.

Tuesday (Aug. 20,2013), The storm is still raging. Still flooded in my house. I cannot get to work. with the whole Metro Manila paralyzed, how the hell is some one going to work?! ( I have been looking at the news on the television, still looks pretty bad.)

When the first thing I saw outside is this still smoking motorcycle that the flood has freshly claimed.  I dare not go to work.

One of the many motorcycles that broke down in front of our home.

One of the many motorcycles that broke down in front of our home.

At exactly 8:40 am I got a text from my editor.

Editor: Hi! I know you didn’t close the issue last Saturday & the work area is flooded since yesterday. What are we going to do about this?

Me: I have been trying to call you using Viber since I am low on prepaid credits. I think it is best if you can talk to my supervisor.

**I was already trying to contact my Supervisor**

**I am under Graphics Department, not exactly a “staff” of her magazine. I am not in the office. My Supervisor is in the office that is why I am telling her to talk to him. **

Editor: It is YOUR responsibility. I think YOU should talk to your supervisor. Or talk to your Art Director on what you are supposed to do now.

**My Art Director is out of town since Friday. He knows nothing about what happened. 

Me: My Supervisor will be the one to assign who will layout the fashion section of the newspaper, since he is the one in the office. It is better if you talk to him to coordinate.

**Supervisor is in the office, Though He cannot do anything about the situation He is planning on assigning my task to anyone in the office.**

Editor: I am not talking about the newspaper. I am talking about the magazine, Did you get to close it? did you send it to press? is it being printed? I have no issue for this Friday.

Me: The final copies are not with me. Since they (her magazine staff) is still editing it last Saturday.

Editor: So where are they? aren’t you supposed to wait for them to submit to press? Its not my staff’s responsibility to send it to press, they don’t know how to do that.

***I was biting my tongue to keep myself from saying isn’t it your staff’s responsibility to give it to me on time? knowing they don’t know how to send it to press?***

Me: Agreed. But they should have given it to me on time. All the files are till in your department’s PC. If the flood subsides, I will personally head over to the office and send your magazine to the press.

Editor: Of course copy should always be submitted on time but there will always be times where there will be delays. You have to learn to be a team player and not abandon ship just because it is 12 noon and it is time for you to go. (She was pertaining to Saturday’s half day.)

***by this time, my prepaid load has run out.*** My blood is boiling! I was mugged last Friday because I stayed late to finish the task. while She and her staff headed out. Then you are asking me to extend my time that Saturday?! I didn’t even bother you with the detail that I got mugged and had a jack knife in front of my face last night because I thought it would be like I was being overly dramatic that I went home late. WTF.  Team player my ass!  Being team player means being concerned with the whole team not just your staff!  FYI: IT TAKES TIME(HOURS) TO LAYOUT AND SEND TO PRESS. I AM NOT A MIRACLE WORKER THAT WHEN YOU (EDITOR) SAY SEND, IT IS DONE. IT TAKES 3 OR MORE HOURS TO SEND YOUR MAGAZINE IN TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS!!!  FYI (again since you and your staff loves to use the word FYI so much): IT IS YOU AND YOUR STAFF’s RESPONSIBILITY TO MIND THE DEADLINE. IS IT BETTER IF YOU HAVE NO ERRORS ON THE MAGAZINE BUT YOU HAVE A LATE OR WORSE, NO MAGAZINE? OR A MAGAZINE ON TIME WITH FORGIVABLE GRAMMATICAL ERRORS?! OFFICE HOURS NOT ENOUGH?! ADJUST! I WONT GET RICH FROM OVERTIME PAY! I ALSO DO NOT ENJOY OVERTIME! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?

I then got a call from my assistant supervisor. They will send a truck to fetch me from home to get me to the office.  Off I go.

On the way. Take note that the person with the umbrella is walking on the sidewalk. the street flood is waist deep in this area and homeless kids are now happily swimming as the truck passed by.

On the way. Take note that the person with the umbrella is walking on the sidewalk. the street flood is waist deep in this area and homeless kids are now swimming as the truck passed by.

Riding the truck. On my way to get to the office.

Riding the truck. On my way to get to the office. This is on the higher side of the road.  To the right=deeper waters.

I had to pass through a lot of murky waters and hold my breath/pray that the truck wont stall and I be left stranded in the flood.

I also had help from a fellow office mate who happened to be on his way out to find prepaid credits. I asked him to also buy me some. Then sent this really long message with a lot of “suppression” of speech.

Me: Noted Ma’am. however I did everything I can to push for the deadline. I agree that there will be delays and certain sacrifices will have to be laid w/c is why I did everything in my own capacity to deliver my responsibilities on time. How do I send a magazine with no articles inside?! Under normal circumstances, work can be completed on Mondays, as noted on all previous issues. It is regrettable that we were not able to come to work due to severe weather. Similar to today. I want to come to work but circumstances are preventing me.

Ma’am I beg to disagree with your comment on being a team player and sacrifice. I stayed Overtime last Friday to finish the task required of me, despite people from the team including you heading out. I stayed to finish my task w/c resulted to me coming home late and unfortunately being mugged. Please understand that I understand being a team player and sacrifice. As for completing the mission, I just hope that in the future, other members of the team you and your staff would also think that I have a life/family to get home to. And unlike you who drives around, and can go anytime you want just send your articles thru email, I have to be in the office to do my job, and to top it all off I have to commute to and from work would also understand the same thing.

After a while she answered.

Editor: I understand. I’m so sorry to hear you were mugged, I hope you were not hurt. I have spoken to my staff that we have to adjust our schedule and make sure the magazine is closed by Friday. Saturday will be for minor corrections & sending to press. because come Monday, editorial has to start work on the next issue. It is also a lesson for me and my team that deadlines need to be strictly met. Lets continue to work on this.

***Even before, this was supposed to be the deal right? Deadlines are called that way because they are important!!!***

I then messaged the editor back that I am in the office. and has already sent the magazine, and is waiting for the Friday newspaper materials.

Then her editorial assistant miraculously was still alive messaged me that I still need to get the corrections and final copies from their department. I shot back at this one. minion, the nerve of you, NO ONE IS AT THE OFFICE! YOUR DEPARTMENT IS LOCKED! I DONT HAVE A KEY! DO I SMASH THE GLASS DOOR TO GET THE MATERIALS?

Me: Do you understand the situation?! Do you want me to send the magazine or lets just call it a day and I will go home.

Editorial Assistant: I was merely suggesting.

***Maybe you should think for a while before you speak!!!***

Apparently, the editor and her minion editorial assistant talked to one of my office mates to help them out with the newspaper.

Both of them are in the comfort of their home. 

I then have to get my materials from my office mate, who happily gave them to me as he is pressed for time for his own deadline. With his own editor at his side. 

after doing the layouts for some time… I got this from my own editor:

My Internet is down and it’s taking a long time to download the attachment. My editorial assistants can view the layout? Please. check  if you can. thanks.

Wow. I am speechless.  after telling me the values of being a team player, sacrifice and responsibility…

After I braved the storm/rains and flood waters to get to the office, to take one for the “team”. It is just that easy?

***I should have said sorry dear editor, I cannot make it to work. k thanks bye. ***

Well, no wonder your “team” cannot meet the deadline. You being a boss have set a very good example for us to follow.