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Useful tips from KakaoTalk in handling a typhoon like this. Everyone’s willing to help & it’s overwhelming. Thanks guys! 👍👌👏

Here’s another one. Keep the resiliency going! 😚😏😌

(Source: youtube.com)

Magic! - Don't Kill The Magic

Here’s something to uplift our spirits & to momentarily forget about the storm. Keep a cool head my fellow kababayans! ☔⚡😊😃😄

A message from LINE. Thanks friends!

Meralco cuts off power to some areas in Metro Manila

Please be advised & pray that this will be over soon.

TRUE! 😇👼👱👀Adiel Cloud Nuesmeyer @triplyksis | Websta (Webstagram) on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/133408940
Gloomy weather today because of the storm. Have to cancel my 2nd interview with a prospect client. I was hoping to bag it this time but the rain keeps getting on my way. I don’t want to risk going to their office because I’m afraid I may encounter flooded roads. Crossing my fingers that the weather improves by tomorrow as I have a date with my girlfriends. It’s been planned for weeks & for some reason, it gets cancelled everytime. I really want it to push through because I need to unwind badly. 😟 Wishing my husband would go home also. Thank God that his office is near our house. He doesn’t need to travel that far. As for my fellow Filipinos, please be safe. Have your rain paraphernalias with you, umbrella, raincoat & boots, anything to protect you from the storm. If you’re not required to go to the office or if you’re not doing something important, just stay at your homes & let’s all pray that we’ll surpass this, as always.

MORE RANDOMNESS

I don’t have an Instagram account so I’m dumping my photos here. Oh wait! Why would I do that? I just love taking photos of random stuff & storing ‘em on my phone so photo dump is a no-no for me. And there’s actually more where these came from. *Grin* 

The above pictures are what I’ve taken in the spur of the moment or whatever activity I have for that day.

  • PHOTO A: Mr. Parks Bread & Cake is where my heart truly is. *Kidding* both my best buddy & I love hanging out here. This is one of our favorite bit of spots here in the Metro. It’s a Korean shop wherein the cashier / owner is a Korean national too! They serve various pastries & coffee. I’m so crazy over their Cafe Mocha. The taste is mmmmmm perfect! 10 out of 10 rating. It’s not only the food that’s good here, but the place also. It’s so cozy & relaxing. When I’m here, it feels like I’m in Korea too because most of their customers are Korean citizens.
  • PHOTO B: when I say random, I mean it to the highest level. Whatever! Moving on, I have a thing for skies & I’m gaga over taking photos of them. Whenever I see them just like that taking my breath away, I’ll grab my phone & click shoot right away. I’m so proud of my shots that I want to do it over & over again hehehehe!
  • PHOTO C: isn’t it clear that I love Spotify? Lol! Oh well, for my #throwbackthursday I’m playing a Bring Back To The 90s playlist. Nostalgic it is! Brings back a lot of grade school & high school memories. Which reminds me, I have to check my FB to see juicy gossips about my classmates. Harharhar!
  • PHOTO D: Filipino dish that I cooked last Monday. It’s called Beef Mechado. Ingredients include beef, carrot, potato, hotdog, garlic, onion, tomato sauce & liver spread (to thicken the sauce). Cooking is one of my self-taught skills. *Clap clap clap* no one is willing to teach me so I have to step forward & learn it on my own. Voila! Achievement!
  • PHOTO E: items given to me by my client & teammate. The mobile cleaner sticker is from Korea & the sweets are from Japan. Never liked the latter though because I’m never a fan of beans. Yuck!
  • PHOTO F: and since I’m into cutie stuff, there it is! Never want to use it as a cleaner that’s why I decided to put it at the back & on my phone case rather than the phone itself. Cute isn’t it?
  • PHOTO G: there goes its partner! How adorable & lovely can you get? The Bride & Her King. Of course the other one is given to my other guy teammate. If only I could ask for it. Hmmmmmm, why ever not?
  • PHOTO H: the reason why I’ve taken this is because I was shocked that Ligo, a local sardines brand, has a can of potato chips. And its competitors are Lays & Pringles? Whew! Mind-boggling that they decided to extend their product into junk food. For me, it’s a major leap from being a sardines brand. All the more that I want to try it & see how it tastes & if it will succeed in the market. Next time! Maybe I’ll even write a review.
  • PHOTO I: what’s new with iOS 8 I wonder? Is it better than the previous version? Let’s see. I suppose it might disappoint a lot of users as usual. Agree or disagree?

Sharing our Engagement AVP 💝 thanks Nikk and Aia Photography for uploading this! Nice selection of song too! 😊😌😚👰👨👫💋💎💍💏💑💒👏💘

The Script - Superheroes

They always managed to make me smile with their songs. My heart feels like it’s melting when I’m listening to them. I’m loving their comeback single. Superb album cover too! (•◡•) 

A not-so-good experience with Kebabers at Katipunan goes like this: my in-laws & I went there to have our dinner hoping to satisfy our cravings for Kebab but we ended up disappointed & unsatisfied. Take note, it was already raining heavily but since we’re first timers, we didn’t mind at all. We were too excited to taste their food expecting that since they serve Mediterranean dishes, they will exceed our expectations. But it is by far the worst fastfood chain I have ever been too. The things that I don’t like about them are (1) BAD SERVICE: the crew (I ain’t sure if how many were there) took so much time preparing our orders. They’re a fastfood restaurant for crying out loud! When you say fastfood, orders must be served on the dot & musn’t make people wait. They didn’t have a lot of customers to begin with; (2) QUALITY OF FOOD IS POOR: of course when you order something, you expect that the dishes are at least newly cooked or somehow pre-heated. But in our case, it wasn’t at all. It was like our food was served the day before. What’s more frustrating is the fact that they took a huge amount of time preparing the meals. So how come? (3) OVERRATED: the prices are expensive & unreasonable as they have small servings for each meal; (4) UNAVAILABILITY OF FOOD: most of the meals that they have in their menu were not available. I don’t know exactly if it was because of the storm or the lack of stocks or that they were nearing closing time that they weren’t prepared to accommodate a group of five hungry people. Again, they didn’t have other customers besides us; (5) PLACE NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED: it’s not that I prefer a grandiose venue with good atmosphere at a time like this but theirs isn’t in a good condition for people to enjoy while eating. One of the corners of the ceiling is falling off. Then near the door, the floor is wet with so much puddle of water. Maybe there’s a hole somewhere on top where the water is coming from I’m not sure. The crew didn’t even care to bother if something might happen to the customers because they were not doing anything about it. So, I’m giving it a 2 (credit goes to how the food tasted) out of 5 rating (5 being the highest). Anyway, if anyone of you is planning to try Kebabers, think again! You might want to try other food establishments instead. But if you still insist on eating there, don’t say that I didn’t warn you. I don’t know if I can still say the same with their other branches. Hopefully not as bad as this one.👎😠😬😒😤😾🙀🙍

A not-so-good experience with Kebabers at Katipunan goes like this: my in-laws & I went there to have our dinner hoping to satisfy our cravings for Kebab but we ended up disappointed & unsatisfied. Take note, it was already raining heavily but since we’re first timers, we didn’t mind at all. We were too excited to taste their food expecting that since they serve Mediterranean dishes, they will exceed our expectations. But it is by far the worst fastfood chain I have ever been too. The things that I don’t like about them are (1) BAD SERVICE: the crew (I ain’t sure if how many were there) took so much time preparing our orders. They’re a fastfood restaurant for crying out loud! When you say fastfood, orders must be served on the dot & musn’t make people wait. They didn’t have a lot of customers to begin with; (2) QUALITY OF FOOD IS POOR: of course when you order something, you expect that the dishes are at least newly cooked or somehow pre-heated. But in our case, it wasn’t at all. It was like our food was served the day before. What’s more frustrating is the fact that they took a huge amount of time preparing the meals. So how come? (3) OVERRATED: the prices are expensive & unreasonable as they have small servings for each meal; (4) UNAVAILABILITY OF FOOD: most of the meals that they have in their menu were not available. I don’t know exactly if it was because of the storm or the lack of stocks or that they were nearing closing time that they weren’t prepared to accommodate a group of five hungry people. Again, they didn’t have other customers besides us; (5) PLACE NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED: it’s not that I prefer a grandiose venue with good atmosphere at a time like this but theirs isn’t in a good condition for people to enjoy while eating. One of the corners of the ceiling is falling off. Then near the door, the floor is wet with so much puddle of water. Maybe there’s a hole somewhere on top where the water is coming from I’m not sure. The crew didn’t even care to bother if something might happen to the customers because they were not doing anything about it. So, I’m giving it a 2 (credit goes to how the food tasted) out of 5 rating (5 being the highest). Anyway, if anyone of you is planning to try Kebabers, think again! You might want to try other food establishments instead. But if you still insist on eating there, don’t say that I didn’t warn you. I don’t know if I can still say the same with their other branches. Hopefully not as bad as this one.👎😠😬😒😤😾🙀🙍

The Art Of Forgiveness

Truth is, most people can’t easily forgive. It would take a long process before we forgive transgressions completely. It even depends on how deep the sins were committed or if we see remorse from the person who did them. Getting angry is what we normally feel when we’re instigated. It would count on the emotions felt before one can really understand & learn about forgiveness. There are 2 types of anger: Destructive & Constructive. Destructive Anger means holding resentment inside. Not being able to stand up to the issue you have with other people but when you do, you tend to do it in a destructive way rather than facing the matter yourself. Because of this, you will find it hard to reprieve; whereas Constructive anger is more of confrontational. It easily heals then leads to absolution. Both are actually methods that we must choose so we can master the art of forgiveness. In relation to this, the priest tackled about it in the homily in today’s mass. If we want our emotional & spiritual lives healthy, we must start within ourselves & work our way through the process. We usually feel exhausted when something bad is repeatedly done to us that we fail to see the essence of letting go & moving on. Since it’s already part of human nature, we have to do with what we have. If we only see that nothing’s permanent & everything has resolution, it’s easier for us to set aside any negativity & lead happy lives, free from resentments. It’s fulfilling when we come to realize that we’re at peace with everyone we know. So we must stop holding grudges against people & do the right thing now before it’s too late. ☼

My Saturday Morning

I was about to go out for my morning jog when suddenly the rain started pouring down. It really sucked big time because I’m eager to go back to my twice a week routine of running. Jogging helps me to perspire a lot keeping me fit & healthy. It is also my way of meditation as I can ponder on things that I did or will be doing on the coming days ahead. It makes me release & dump the stress & fatigue that I’ve encountered the past week. To my frustration, my husband taught me how to do HIIT instead so that in times like these, I can still workout inside our home. What is HIIT you may ask? Here’s something from Wikipedia: High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT), is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning. So, I did a ‘prisoner squat’ (as what my hubby told me to do). It is an exercise wherein you put your arms behind your head then you squat in 3 sets. You can do 10 seconds, 15 seconds & 20 seconds each set. Knees should stay over the centers of feet as you do this. Torso must stay upright as possible. This is to strengthen the thighs & legs & to lessen love handles. As you get used to the routine, you can progress & go as far as 20 seconds as you can. Me? It was too tiring as it is my first time. Both my thighs feels like they’re about to give in. I can’t stand or even walk without holding onto something. Not to mention the sweat that came out. It was twice as much as what I’m having when I run. But on the other hand, getting used to it & making it a part of my physical exercise, I’ll manage somehow. Anything for my goals of attaining a gorgeous body. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to become more fit. Goodluck to me then! 👟💃🏃🎽

Oh my, oh my! Can’t get enough of you! So cutie! 😍😗😘😙🙈🙊😻💋💕👄

Job Interview

Yey for me! I have an interview later! Hmmmm…but when was the last time I had it? I can’t recall when exactly but I think it’s been 5 years since my last. I’ve been a freelance for this long & I don’t know what & how to act on interviews. What to do? What to do? By the way, the company that called me is hiring me for freelance job & not for a full-time position. Whoppee! I have been thinking or planning these past few months to apply for a permanent job but being self-employed is really my cup of tea. I’m just not myself though. Has cough & colds for 2 days now. Hope that it won’t rain later so that I may able to pass through with it. Need to compose myself for now. All is well! 💪💼🙆