hope you enjoy reading! - mae :)


Nov 15, 2010

Grand Lotto 6/55

Ang sarap sigurong tumama sa lotto.. half a billion is up for grabs ladies and gentlemen.. only if you know the exact 6 winning numbers in one combination.

And I will admit, I've been trying my luck too. Sayang naman,,

Sa office naman, sa team naman, me taga taya. Nakakakaloka, bawal ma-miss ang lotto!! Goodluck everyone.

TODAY I WILL BE A MILLIONAIRE!!! (Law of Attraction)

Nov 9, 2010

Heal Me Lord

The word STRESS is an understatement. I feel like Atlas with the world on my shoulder. Ever since I moved to the third floor, my world has changed. I am tied to the office I'm temporarily situated in. Talk about hundreds of emails everyday that even if I render 15 hours, it still not enough. Back to back to back worries and problems, every single day. Previous booobooos hunt all of us. Because of all those troubles, I've been very bad to some people and highly a bitch.

Heal me Lord, I don't want to be like them.

But soon, it'll be over. Thank goodness.

Oct 17, 2010

SM Alumni Homecoming 2010

It's been 6 years since my graduation, 10 years since I got the good news that I was accepted as an SM Scholar.

SM changed my life and my future. To this day, I am still very thankful for the opportunity that was given to me. I may not have met the friends I keep now, I may not have the same education as I had during college, I may be not working and not earning the same if not for SM. They didn't do everything for me, but their help and support was enough for me to see the bright future ahead.

To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sy and Family; who probably will never see this post, THANK YOU from me and my family. Our prayers for a long life ahead. May your family continue to be good Samaritans to all the Filipinos who need support in their education.

Mabuhay SM Foundation, till next Homecoming!

Oct 5, 2010

Boracay, Post Trip

Well well well.

God is good eh? Since Cebu Pac transferred our flight from Caticlan to Kalibo, they gave us free round trip domestic tickets for 7! Isn't that just wonderful? That means, we can travel anywhere in the Philippines and we all we just have to worry about is the hotel.

We will go back to Boracay, or may be Palawan this coming summer. Can't wait! More tan lines!!!

But allow me to thank the LORD for providing us. We can't make it happen without his intervention, always. Thank you to Las Brisas for taking care of us; they've accommodated so much of our requests and services, thank you to Southwest which my father found so refreshing that someone else gets to bring his bag for him, hahaha, thank you to Ellen of Jony's for her hospitality and for taking care of us. Thank you to my family and Marvin and Timo for making our stay just wonderful.

I love life!!

Oct 4, 2010

Boracay 2010

My sister once told me that we should start thinking of what we should give our parents on their upcoming 25th Wedding Anniversary - the ideas were Boracay, Singapore, HongKong, hotel overnight for all of us.

Well, you have a good guess of what we gave them, right? We planned this basically May or June of this year. Before we relocated here in Las Pinas, we have tickets and hotel reservations ready. I pitched in and paid for the cost of the tickets while my siblings and I shared the accommodation costs. Since this was a gift, my parents didn't know anything till late August. Come September, there were second thoughts from them whether or not to join. They were worried about food costs, and so many things that basically they're saying is - sayang ang pera.

Maybe they have come to the realization that I was a little angry at them so they decided to just go (hehehe). This is our first time here! :)

I can't tell you HOW MUCH my parents loved Boracay, especially my father. They so loved it that my father literally sleeps on the beach. You'll find him anytime, as in any time of the day, walking nowhere but the waters and the sand. He started loving pictures too. He wanted to have his picture taken just about anywhere. I'm so haaaaaaaapy. :)

This is FAMILY and LIFE

I love it!

Sep 22, 2010

Good or Bad?

Wow, today I officially embark onto another role. Role that I don't think I've been prepared for. Yeah, I may be a level 2 at this point but I've never been exposed to such decision making or managerial roles.

I'm scared. I always strive to be successful in everything I do, and even if this is the first time, I don't want to fail. Help me God to make it in this interim role. If not, don't let people laugh at my mistakes.

Well, if I don't make it, I will not be fired. I still get to do the things I do before, and be paid, the usual. But it will hurt my career though. Hehe. Anyway, I will just do the things I have to.
Have mercy!

Sep 15, 2010


I know I've been out of the blogosphere again. Sorry, just didn't have the means to.
But I'm back, hopefully for consistently a good time.

Hello Friends! Hello World!

Aug 27, 2010

HongKong Day 4: MongKok

We don't have anything else in our itinerary list. We failed to tour some other places but we didn't feel bad at all. We can't squeeze our time in, so we're thankful that we're able to spend wisely these past few days.

Today, with Marvin's parents, we went to MongKok for a little shopping. Beware though, if you don't know how to haggle, you'll be paying a lot more. It ain't cheap here contrary to what they're saying.

After shopping, the last leg of our trip was spent in HongKong Bay at the Avenue of Stars

this is where we watched the Symphony of Lights, our point and shoot is not that advanced, it could have been better perhaps..

If not for the hostage incident and our relationship with HK now, I would have planned our trip back as early as now! :)

Aug 26, 2010

HongKong Day 3: Food & Conclusion

I can't tell you how we found Disneyland to be expensive, of course including the food.
But, we're very happy to have been satisfied of our day. I would have regrets if we didn't push for this trip or this Disneyland experience. Glad we made it through the day! :)

we brought this brown mickey food holder, home. haha.

even the toothpick is packed with Disneyland label on it

our day concluded with a train ride that will go around the resort.
we just wanted to rest our tired legs and feet before we head home
I pray we all can go to Nevada for a bigger Disneyland Experience.

HongKong Day 3: Disney Inside 2

What else did we do in Disneyland?

i met mickey mouse!

and goofy

this was my favorite part. this is a simple 3D show that amazed me so much. Disney used live water, air, perfume, etc so everyone is whisked to reality more than being there and watching 3D. Example, we were watching Jasmine and Aladdin take their magic carpet, it was sooo windy and I can feel the air blowing - feels like we're with them. Another one was when donald duck tipped while holding a bucket of water, we got a fair amount of splash.. absolutely amazing.. :)

We took different rides, one of which was an inside roller coaster that made me wish I didn't try it. Nah, I enjoyed a little - it was just super scary. There was a warning outside that if you have heart problems, etc etc; you are not supposed to ride. There was also this Stitch Encounter where we get to see and talk to stitch LIVE, very impromptu that the kids thought stitch is just in front of them.

Ha! By now we are dead tired. Time for a great meal. :)

HongKong Day 3: Disney Inside

We don't know what's waiting for us inside. We can only navigate as much as the map tells us. So we kinda walk and stop if we see something that interests us.

we stopped by the Disney store where you could get all stuff Disney, of course!
a little expensive though. we'll we're a budget traveler so we only got a few things that will remind us that we were here once :)

our first tour, was that of ADVENTURELAND. We saw Tarzan's tree house here, we rode a boat, and saw some live shows

where to next??
oh, right. Disneyland is divided into three major areas, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland

Here's the facade to the Fantasyland.
We were greeted by castles, niches of different characters like pooh, carousel rides and mad hatters tea cup ride :)

Tomorrowland is all about buzz lightyear, stitch, and others :)

Since it's summer, we had the chance to see their Summer Parade.

We were on the wet side of the street. Disneyland has instructions and warning signs everywhere that if you want to stay dry, avoid the wet lane - basically that's where the parade is headed.

Fun Fun Stuff!

Thanks to Myds who told us to bring extra clothes. We came prepared. And the water was a relief from the heat.

HongKong Day 3: to Disneyland

Again, the way to Disneyland is fairly easy. With its popularity, it's not even hard to get directions. We took the MTR station from Tsim Sha Tsui going to the Disneyland Resort line. We transferred and took different MTR lines, but it wasn't difficult at all. Much like our MRT here, both trains (going to different directions) are on the same platform, so alight from the other, hop or run, and aboard the other train - you have to read though.

So from the red line, we transferred to orange line at Lai King, then hopped on to pink line via Sunny Bay

the train itself was soooooo cool because you know it's Disney. this MTR is made specially for disneyland. the train has every character inside. you don't have to spot the hidden mickey, it's everywhere!


HongKong Day 3: Breakfast

Our Day 3! is DISNEYLAND :)

But before that, since Disneyland opens around 9 or 10, it's just proper to have some breakfast first. We bet everything there is expensive.

didn't i tell you that they can prepare any toppings for their noodles?

here's my trying to be american-breakfast

We took the MTR at TsimShaTsui Station near our hotel, and near the restaurant where we had breakfast

Off to DISNEYLAND!! :)

Aug 25, 2010

HongKong Day 2: Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360 I believe is the term for the cable car. 360 because you can see HongKong on a different perspective. I was always under the impression that HongKong is full of tall building, no water at all (maybe at they shore, of course), and that I wouldn't get to see mountains, but I was wrong.

From Tsimshatsui, or Laguna City, you can take two means of transportation to Ngong Ping, fairly easy. You may take a bus or ride an MTR. Buses in HK have specific routes and they are numbered, so ride the appropriate bus that would pass Tung Chung, make a decent walk - and you're all good. If you decided to ride the MTR, Ngong Ping is very accessible, just get off at the last red line (I think) station which is Tung Chung.

with English signs, you will never get lost

can you tell that I'm a little scared? i'm afraid of heights and i thought i can do this without any support, apparently not. riding the cable car was not anything I imagined. it was soooooo way up high, with altitude, wind, not to mention the height - I was very sweaty! I even thought we can ride the glass car, where the floor is made of glass and you can see the land/sea through it! oh no! i'll probably faint!

the end of the cable car is Ngong Ping Village where you can eat, watch some show they have lined up and basically take pictures.

near the end of it is a stairway leading to the giant Buddha. A couple walks more and you'll be in the monks village. I call this one a sacrificial walk - not more than 200 steps I believe.

it's a shame if we failed to reach the top. the view was absolutely stunning.

We feel refreshed about the experience.
Thank you Lord.

HongKong Day 2: Breakfast

Today, we decided to visit Ngong Ping 360 and the Buddha. I have no expectations of the cable car. I just think it's fun to ride one so I kept blabbing about it.

We found a very neat place beside Ramada where they serve good breakfast. We know this is where we will be eating for the rest of our stay. I know most of you would think that we should have explored the streets more and probably try street food. But no thanks. I would rather stay safe for my own stomach and health.

very cheap breakfast selection. this is made of rice noodle, with egg and pork. they make anything with noodles!! you can top it with meat loaf, pork, chicken, you name it.

this is plain old instant noodle with pork on the side (not topping)

I liked it :)

Aug 24, 2010

HongKong Day 1: Dinner

After we settled our bags to our new hotel, we scouted and walked around the streets of Cameron, and basically the area of Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. I can probably blog HK streets some other time. It's wonderful how easy and accessible everything is. It's more like Melbourne where everything is on the grid, easy to find, laid out in front of you. However, I don't think Melbourne has dark streets and alleys for - I don't know whatever reason.

Anyway, you know I normally blog about food so here's how our first dinner looks like. I don't know the names so I'm not going to label them. Marvin and I don't eat in places where there is no English equivalent of their menu or if there are no pictures. Because they won't translate it for us! Anyway, we didn't enjoy this as much, and kind of expensive for both of us. The only satisfying meal here is the one in the middle that you get to dip in peanut sauce.

looks like lechon paksiw to me, but didn't taste quite well. the odd round thing on top is a mushroom.. a mushroom

this soup was very tasty but kinda odd not to taste like milk, don't ask me what they put in there

It's now time to hit the sack :)

HongKong 2010: Day 1

I thank my sponsor (StarTek) for making me fly to the west several times in return earning me several PAL Miles points. And 2 months ago, I realized my Mabuhay Miles are expiring so I have to use it if I don't want it to go to waste.

Since Marvin is flying to HK to visit his pregnant sister, I decided I could join too considering I now just have to worry about accommodation.

So after the proposal happening on the 21st which I still have to blog, and the HongKong hostage that happened yesterday (of all days!!!); today is when I fly to HongKong.

My Day 1 was actually more of traveling, getting to the HK International Airport, meeting Marvin and picking me up, riding the two level bus, taking an hour (i think) of travel to Laguna City where his sister is residing.

After the short visit to her sister, where his family is staying too, we moved to a hotel to settle for the night. Ramada was pretty expensive but we didn't have a choice as we didn't pre-book anything. We thought we could just find another place tomorrow.

It wasn't so bad really. We just had real trouble of speaking and talking to people - not that they can't understand English, but the way they talk isn't neutral like us. Their Chinese accent is so thick, most of the time, they don't speak English. You have to find ways to communicate - oh, you'll know what I mean, try to visit them now. :)