An Afternoon at Paradizoo

Over the holidays my sister and I talked about taking the kids out somewhere during their vacation. We decided to go to Tagaytay and then visit Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite.

We wanted to take the kids to a place where they could run around and have fun and Paradizoo seemed to be a good idea after we checked out the blogs about it. A farm where you could roam around the gardens and interact with farm animals seemed good for the kids.

Sadly, the farm looks like it has seen better days. The features that the blogs we’ve read raved about were not as nice as they used to be. The playground was dirty – I could not imagine paying just for my nephew to use it.

It was odd that the cashier did not have money for change for our entrance fee. We had to go back just before we left to get our change and even at that point they had to look for money to give to me.

The butterfly area did not have as much butterflies as I expected. One beautiful butterfly got out and it was funny to watch the guy try to catch it with a net while texting at the same time. It’s like he didn’t even know what he was doing. I doubt thrashing the net on the tree was the way to catch a butterfly.

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Do you ever stop to think sometimes about what you’re doing with your life and the way you have been living it? Do you ever wonder if the reason why you do the things you do is worth it?

Recently I experienced something that made me think of just that. It made me wonder if I was working myself too hard at the office, if the sacrifices I have been making at work at the expense of my health is worth it.

A couple of weeks ago I had a serious health scare: I was brought to the ER because of severe chest pain, difficulty breathing and a massive headache. At one point I actually thought I was going to die.

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Why Why Why

This is what it feels when I go to work every morning:

Lately, work has become more and more stressful. It could be the fact that we have a new boss now and he means business, or the fact that with a higher position there is just bigger responsibility on my end to fulfill.

Sometimes I get so frustrated at the office because I feel like I am working harder and putting in more effort than other people. I feel like some aren’t even taking their jobs seriously and coast by on whatever mediocre quality work they produce. Let’s not even get started on the sense of entitlement that is going around and how things can sometimes border on the unprofessional in our work environment.

The OMG moments just keep on coming. It feels like there is always something that needs to be done that someone else should but did not accomplish. It is doubly frustrating when you get caught off-guard with it.

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Kalyeserye: Reinvention

As I have said in a previous post, I am an AlDub fan. I followed Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye (#TeamReplay) online during the week and on TV during the weekends. I was one of the people who tweeted whenever I could to support them and I was one of the millions who went nuts with the kilig moments that Alden and Yaya Dub had together that led to the record-breaking Tamang Panahon show of Eat Bulaga.

Slowly, however, the buzz seemed to die down after Tamang Panahon. I think that it is because Alden and Yaya Dub/Maine have already met and there isn’t much more that the fans can wait for after that. The show’s writers did what it could to give it a boost, the most impressive of which was getting Jake Ejercito (son of Joseph Estrada, someone who is not even an actor) to act as a third party between Alden and Maine.

I think that I stopped watching Kalyeserye for a while after the whole Jake thing. I felt that there wasn’t much happening and I wasn’t missing much. Lately though, I saw that they have made changes and it has made me want to watch it again.

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Queen P

I know this post is incredibly late, but I just want to blog about this.

I was at work when the Miss Universe 2015 pageant was being aired. I remember checking Twitter for updates because I didn’t have a TV in my office. I kept going outside to check the TV when something significant was happening like the selection of the Top 10, Top 5 and the announcement of winners. I remember thinking that I could tell Pia Wurtzbach had a strong chance of winning and I was hoping that she would.

When Miss Columbia was announced as the winner I went back to my office and started working again. I was surprised when people outside started shouting that something was wrong and something was happening. I stepped out just as Steve Harvey announced that the real Miss Universe was Miss Philippines. For some strange (OK maybe not that strange) reason, I cried. This is the first Filipina Miss Universe that I have seen in my lifetime and I could not believe it! Every year I watched the Miss Universe pageant and it seemed that every single time we were closer and closer but we never quite made it until Pia won it!

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Blake and Gwen

I don't think anyone saw this coming.

When Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton came out as a couple, they had just recently announced their divorce from their respective spouses. It felt a little weird for me because of that but then both divorces were announced when it was over, which meant the process started long before they came out as a couple.

I guess it isn't weird in the sense that maybe since they were going through the same thing and they work together that they would turn to each other and thus develop a relationship. It just was something I couldn't imagine until it happened. I mean, looking at stylish Gwen and straight-out country guy Blake, you wouldn't think that they would end up together!

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Bear with Me

Over the holidays, actress Kelly Frye posted a photo from the set of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. In the photo, she is posing with her “TV family,” i.e. Daniel Henney who plays her husband and four child actors who play their sons.

I thought it looked so cute and I began to wonder what it would look like if I were in the picture so naturally (or not) … I photoshopped myself in it!

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My Past Year in Music

Did anyone else try the Spotify feature that showed you what your year was like using the app? I did. The results, while surprising, gave me an insight on my mindset for the year: I have this habit of playing music according to my mood and I think the music I played last year showed what kind of mood I had (or wanted to have).

936 artists, 2,026 tracks, 15,000 minutes. Wow, that’s a lot of music. According to Spotify, I listened to a lot of Pop, Dance Pop, Pop Rock, OPM and Neo Mellow (whatever that is).

My Top Album, Artist and Tracks for 2015:

I was a little shocked by the top album and artist part. I knew I loved Josh Groban but I didn’t know that I loved him THAT much. If I streamed his music that much in the past year more than any other artist, then I guess I do. I was expecting it to be BeyoncĂ© or someone more from the pop genre but yes, I have to admit, I love Josh Groban’s music too.

I actually have Scott Michael Foster to blame for my addiction to the song Young Love by Mystery Jets featuring Laura Manning. He posted on Twitter that he was listening to this song and I had to check it out – I’ve been hooked to it for a while after that. According to Spotify, I even listened to it 52 times in one day. Wow, that is crazy! I was not surprised about Chandelier, Jealous, Leave Your Lover and Take Your Time being on my top list, but Young Love played that much? I did not expect that!

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A New Year Surprise

One thing I realized once this new year started was that my life has been boring. It has been the same thing over and over again: work-home-work…the cycle just goes on and on. I haven’t been out to see my friends in quite some time, and I have not indulged as much in things that interest me because I have either been ill or too tired from work (or worse, because I was both ill and tired from work).

Considering how mundane my existence has been, getting surprised and diverting from my humdrum norm is a big deal. I got that surprise on new year’s day, when my cousin and her kids suddenly showed up and startled us with a visit.

I can’t even remember the last time that I have seen my cousin and her kids. Safe to say it’s been a long time. My nephew has been busy with his band The Juans, and my cousin has been busy taking care of her youngest, who is now a college student.

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Kids These Days

I was talking to my sister about her daughter's school work when she showed me a piece of paper that she submitted to school about the coming elections.

The sheet of paper contained a drawing of certain presidentiables and how she described them. One was labeled corrupt and the other was some other negative but common description of that particular candidate. I asked her why she drew what she did and she said that it was what she kept hearing from the adults around her and from the news.

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