Showing posts from January, 2011

Whats Up for Chinese New Year?

On my previous blog, I did mention that in my work place, Christmas is hardly being celebrated as this country (Cambodia) is predominantly a Buddhist country.  What they are particular though is the observance of Chinese New Year.  As for me and for some of my colleagues, too ... Chinese New Year used to bring us a "boring atmosphere".  Why? Because, in our area, almost 98% of stores, eateries, restaurants and even small stores and shops are closed during this season.  You have nowhere to go.  So, I've learned my lessons from the past years.  Now, I make sure to buy everything I need before Chinese New Year season begins.  Also since our business market is mainly focused on the Vietnamese nationals, business is quite slow during this season as most of them opt to stay home and celebrate with families.
But of course, as the saying goes... "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".  Therefore we have to feel the spirit of this festivity.  How? ... by trying to celebrate…

Cebu Pacific's Great Deal

January 27 is the last day for Cebu Pacific's International Seat Sale! I extracted the following announcement from the email I received from Cebu Pacific. Who knows you might be interested as this I believe is a great deal.

CEB offers Japan, China, Korea seats as low as P1,888 The Philippines' largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) offers you a fantastic seat sale to mainland China, Japan and South Korea starting now until January 27, 2011 or until seats last.

CEB is the only Philippine low-cost carrier operating to all three major North Asian countries. This Korea, Japan and China seat sale offers the lowest fare available for those planning to visit these cities. For travel from April 1 to June 30, 2011, avail of P1,888 'Go Lite' seats from Manila to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

P1,999 'Go Lite' seats are also available for those going from Manila and Cebu to Busan and Seoul (Incheon). CEB's newest route, Manila-Busan flights will begi…

Guess What This Boring Day Had Brought Me To??

Maybe after you read the title of my blog post, you will ask yourself, "what the heck this person is talking about?"  A boring day? Who cares about my boredom?  But wait...I just want to share what this boring day had brought me to. After I check out from work, I decided to laundry my clothes which had been accumulating in number in my clothes hamper.  I was able to finish with my laundry just on time but because I'm not sleepy yet, I checked on some old DVD's stacked up inside my cabinet.  My search had brought me to watch again for the _nth time, my favorite of all times... "LOVERS IN PARIS".
"Lovers in Paris" is a Korean Novela.  It was a prime time series that was already shown on Philippine Television way way back.  I remembered that I was still working in the Philippines when this Korean Novela  was shown on ABS CBN 2. I developed a strong liking with this tele series and I'd been a strict follower of this.  I remembered the last time tha…

Visiting Pagoda with my Khmer Friends!

Two days ago, after having stayed in my room for straight 10 days, I had a chance to go out  for a walk with my Khmer friends and colleagues.  One of my close friends asked me to join them in a long walk to visit the Pagoda.  Since I also wanted to have an exercise, I said yes right away.  There we go on a long walk to their Pagoda.  It was a tiring journey on a quite hot afternoon.  After more than an hour of walk, we finally reached the destination.  It was a simple Pagoda built in the middle of  farm lands.  I wasn't able to have a picture taken as I wasn't able to bring any camera.  Besides, I am a bit worried that the the Care Taker there won't allow shooting of pictures as it is considered a sacred place. At any rate, the Pagoda we visited looks something like this :
Pagoda in Cambodia
Photo Credit : Googles Images /
The one we visited is much simple than the photo shown above but the structure is basically the same. I was invited by one of them to…

Tet New Year in Vietnam

Working out of my country had rewarded me not only financially but also in terms of knowledge and understanding on cultural diversities.  It is very interesting to know and understand other cultures.  Before I come to work in Cambodia and prior to visiting Vietnam, I knew nothing about these two countries.  I love reading history books but mostly, I'm just concentrating on Philippine History books only.  Now, at least I'm having the opportunity to know and understand other countries cultures by being there physically and witnessing the events before my very eyes.  I guess this is far better than reading books. 
What surprised me most is the discovery that apart from the international new year which is normally being celebrated on the eve of the last day of every year (December 31), some countries are also celebrating their own new years.  Apart from the Chinese New Year, which I think is known to many...there is also the Khmer New Year which normally falls on the second week o…

Missing My Home!

After being here at Cambodia for almost a week already since I spent my vacation in the Philippines, I still feel homesick.  I'm missing my home... so I just content myself browsing through the pics from my photo archive.

Fixing my home has been one of my greatest priorities.  I love to stay on a place where I can relax and unwind and enjoy bonding time with the family thus, I make sure that my house is always clean and orderly.  I love to read articles about home garden, decorating tips, and everything about home care.  It gives me such a great feeling and a sense of fulfillment to be able to satisfy everyone that stays within.

There's really no place like home!

I want to Learn Baking Cakes and Pastries !

One of the points that caught my attention when I did a book review of "Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin" was the so-called intellectual investment.  I strongly agree with the author on investing in knowledge.  This is a kind of investment na walang lugi.  Gaining more skills and knowledge is indeed a good investment.  Remember, business is not only about selling goods or products but also offering services.
Then suddenly, I remember my one big dream...that of learning how to bake cakes, cup cakes and pastries. I really feel envious with people who can really bake nice and delicious cakes.  Especially after seeing these nicely decorated cup cakes from Pinoy Recipe.Net ... I suddenly feel the urge to fulfill my fancy..."baking".

Photos courtesy of Pinoy
I've noticed that the trend now on parties like debuts, weddings, anniversaries and kiddie birthdays is making use of cup cakes rather than the usual cakes.  This really brings an attractive sight on the cake tabl…

Some Thoughts to Ponder!

"Some measurestheir lives by days and years, others by heart throbs, passion and tears; but the surest under the sun, is what in your lifetime for others you have done."

I read this sayings from one of my favorite books and I just decided to share this in my blog as thoughts to ponder....
It's really hard to go on  with life if you are keeping some pains in the heart, you tend to lose sights of your goals, you tend to experience self pity, be out of short, life suddenly becomes meaningless.  But as the saying goes, our life is not measured in terms of the pains that we experienced and survived in the past nor by the amount of time that we spend on earth, neither by the frequency of the times that we laugh and enjoy life but above all, our life is measured by how we became meaningful in the eyes of others.  By meaningful we mean how we bring meaning to the lives of other people.  It's hard to rejoice on someone else happiness if you yourself is in great pain.…

My Trip Back to Cambodia!

I took my flight late night of January 11.It was a pleasant trip! Everything went on smoothly except for some minor head aches and dizziness that I experienced because of the long trip.  Probably, the kids prayers helps a lot.
That Cebu Pacific flight was fully booked!  I'm surprised that this budget airline is being patronized by a lot of foreigners, mostly Europeans.  Tourists now are getting smarter and wiser.  They, too would love to stretch out their budget for the holidays.  For the Filipinos like us, especially for those frequent travelers, taking your trip via Cebu Pacific is a wise option, unless you really like to experience a VIP treatment and luxurious amenities on a more sophisticated aircraft by some airlines.  Maybe it would be good to experience this once or twice (Just for the experience! Lol...), but doing it on a regular basis will definitely kill your pockets!  Budget airlines like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia is such a big help to a lot of OFW's and middle cla…

Savoring My Last Two Days at Home....

Whewww... two days more to go and I'm off to take my flight to Ho Chih Min City.  After spending 13 days of vacation in the Philippines... I'll be back to work again. I'm having mixed emotions now... the pressure of trying to catch up with the last minute domestic jobs, working on some instructions for the kids to follow for the next 3 months or so, grocery shopping, getting ready with the things that I have to pack and bring back with me to my job site, and so on and so forth....
How i wish to stretch out every minute of the days so I could still prepare some sumptuous meals for the family, sleep and rest on my own bed, make "sawa" with the "Pinoy foods", watch more of the Philippine TV shows that I truly missed...  Lucky, with the 13 days in a row I had enough "eat outs" with the family and able to watch 3 movies with them as well...
But I have to face it, I need to switch back my mood from holidays to work.  This has been th…

Book Review - "Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin"

Last night, I just finished reading a book which I received as a gift from my daughter Mikz.  The book is titled "Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin" by Eduardo O. Roberto Jr. 

This book was written in "Taglish".  The approach was very light. The author, Eduardo Roberto Jr. was successful in making this book interesting for both the matured and the young readers.  This book mainly covered the basic principles of handling money, quoting some verses in the bible as a guide and included the author's practical advises based from his own life experiences. 
What makes this book unique and different from other financial books in the market is the fact that this book is not a book for those who would like to become "super rich". But rather, it is a summary of the biblical principles of money on how we can be financially literate, at the same time enjoying what we have.  In short, how can we be contented with what we have on biblical point of view.  While it's true tha…

Fun Day Tuesday 02

Last Tuesday January 04, we celebrated Mikz birthday but instead of the usual party thing, we opted for a more intimate celebration.  For one, it's second day of school for January 2011 and none of her friends and classmates would be able to come.  So we decided that instead of throwing a birthday party for her, we will just treat her friends out for lunch and the family will just go to see a movie after school hours followed by a not so late dinner at our favorite restaurant.  So there we go....
Mikz was joined by her classmates for a lunch treat and we proceeded with our plan evening time.  It was a simple birthday treat for Mikz but she ended up happy with all the arrangements.

Lunch at Wimpys with classmates

Dinner at Cocolime Restaurant  Bagoong Rice

  Beef Kare Kare

 Pineapple rice

 Grilled Boneless Bangus

 Pancit Canton with assorted meats

 Pork Sisig
We had a nice dinner at Cocolime and we went home really full.  I actually canceled another food item that I ordered coz I just felt …

Saying Goodbye to 2010!

Happy New Year to everyone !
It's been a while since my last post... that was when I took my flight back to Philippines last 29 December of 2010.  Yup.. I'm a kind of busy :) trying to catch up with last two days of 2010 and engaging in "bonding time" with the kids. I can compare myself with a bird who was just freed from a cage... that is how I  describe myself as soon as I stepped into my home town. On the day I arrived home, I just took a few hours of sleep and there we go to watch a movie and have a late dinner with the whole family.  How I missed the fun in Subic... dining out, going for massage, roaming around SBMA, buying stuff in the market... simple things that I truly missed.  Of course, not to mention the foods... I cannot describe how I terribly missed the Filipino foods.  Here are some of my favorites that I straight away cooked and  partake for the last few days...
 Crema De Fruta

Pancit Malabon

I just love to cook! Sad to say, I can't have the luxury o…