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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Yaya Experience

Back when I was a child, I was one of the lucky ones who, apart from the attention of my parents, had a yaya (Filipino/Tagalog word for nanny) who took care of me. I think I have had several through the years. Some of them I only remember by face while others I only knew by their first names. Sometimes I wonder how they are doing now, and hoping that they are doing well. I wonder the same about the yaya of my cousins, who I also got to know whenever I went on vacations at their homes. 

A few years back, we got the chance to be reconnected with the yaya of my youngest sister. She was one of the lucky ones who got to go back to school and moved on from being a nanny. My sister even got to attend her wedding along with some members of our family. Thanks to Facebook, we have been able to catch up with her and her family, who we lost touch with after the wedding. 

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Three in One Slimming Wand Review

One thing that has frustrated me to no end is my weight. Since having thyroid issues, it has become difficult for me to lose it. In fact, I think that I have been gaining more even if I have tried to do the opposite. 

I have tried everything: low-carb, intermittent fasting, daily workouts (even twice a day ones), but the weight is still here. While I have found out that my belly is bigger due to uterine fibroids, it still doesn’t explain why I can’t lose weight. I really don’t know who to turn to for help on this so at this point I am trying anything and everything as long as it doesn’t involve drugs or surgery. 


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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Sunday Update 8: Birthday Week

Today is the first day of the last week of February. The last week already! To think just this past week, it was my birthday week and now it’s all over! 

This past week also marked the 4th death anniversary of my former boss/mentor. Everyone at the office misses him dearly. His leadership, strength of character, and the way he supported his employees are unparalleled. I don’t think we will ever have a boss like him again.  


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Monday, February 17, 2020

To 4 Decades More

This week I turn 43. Wow. That’s a big number. I look at old pictures of myself and I wonder how I got from there to here. How this little girl who was starting school at the age of three is now in a job she’s been in for almost 20 years. I don’t think this little kid knew what she was signing up for when she started her path to growing up! 40 plus decades of life...it’s been a wild ride. Something that I am grateful to have every single day that I am blessed with it! 


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Sunday Update 7: Coffee Nights

Another week of February has come and gone. I can’t believe how the time is just blazing through this year. Just this past week alone has gone by so fast that I hardly even knew what I did before it was over.  

Work has been a lot for me, as usual, but I have been trying to balance it out with other things just so I don’t get too stressed out. I signed up for Audible and I’m on a trial period right now, listening to the book P.S. It’s Always Been You by Lauren Blakely as narrated by Andi Arnt and Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood who starred in movies such as The Longest Ride, Suicide Squad, Pacific Rim Uprising and The Fate of the Furious). So far, it’s been a good book to listen to while I’m on the road for work. I hope I can finish soon so I can listen to the rest of the set (apparently it’s a set of three books about the two lead characters from the first one). 
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Friday, February 14, 2020

My Stay at Seda Hotel Nuvali

My family and I have gotten into the habit of going on staycations these past few years. We started with Tagaytay’s Taal Vista Hotel then moved on to Summit Ridge Hotel and Twin Lakes Hotel. It’s not easy planning a vacation for a huge family. Everyone is looking for something specific in the hotel we want to stay in. We want to be in a suite together or at least be in adjacent rooms. The hotel needs a pool, a gym, spa, and a good restaurant to satisfy the needs of everyone on the trip. The rooms need to have a bidet in their bathroom, along with a tub. We prefer a hotel near restaurants or tourist spots we can visit. Most importantly, we prefer hotels with good service and clean rooms. 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February Playlist: Writing the Dream

Writing is the dream that I want to reclaim this year. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have several story outlines on hand waiting to be written. I thought that for my playlist this month, I’d share some of the songs that have either inspired me in my writing or evoke the feelings that best represent the stories that I’m trying to finish.

Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Writing the Dream

The one thing that I always wanted to be since I was a little girl was to be a writer. Specifically, to be an author/novelist. When I was in grade school, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew books and I remember I used to write mystery novels in notebooks back then with a Filipina lead/local version of Nancy Drew. I remember I even wrote in a story where the lead uncovered a major drug smuggling operation. It’s too bad I never kept those notebooks! 

As I got older, I started writing romance stories, again in notebooks. One story that stood out for me was fanfic I wrote about a version of me and NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre. I don’t think fanfics were a thing back then, but I was already writing them. Again, this was something that I didn’t keep, which is too bad since I really liked that story. I remember showing it to an older cousin of mine who told me that I really should be a writer.  

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sunday Update 6: Davao

If I can give one word to best describe what the past week has been for me it would have to be this: exhausted. 

This past week has been all about a trip to Davao for work to attend an industry-related convention with my boss and our directors, along with a couple of other co-workers. It was a trip that I was dreading for several reasons, one of these being my fear of flying. While I have traveled by plane several times, it has always been something that causes anxiety for me. I don’t talk about it much since it makes me even more anxious before a flight but I am often flooded with my fears when I am in an airport and on a plane. It takes all of my self-control not to show any panic and to try to look normal, which is part of what makes the trip exhausting for me.  
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Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Sunday Update 5: Kobe Bryant

It has been a week full of sad thoughts for me this past week. January was really kicking and screaming not to end even when so many people have wanted it to because of how much bad news was in it. I’m just glad it’s over!

Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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