Saturday, April 30, 2011

Another Night At Sam's!!

My house helper of 9 months, Rhea had to leave the house because of some important priorities in her house at Bulacan. She's still young at 20 and her father asked her to come back home and have a break. Even I'm a bit reluctant, I have to say yes. It's her right anyway. Although she's not perfect as nobody is, anyway... I would say that she is kind hearted. I would admit scolding her several times due to her consistent mistakes but I would always thank her for giving my family a company when I'm away for work. April 28 is her last day and the first day of my new house helper, Elsa. So, since it's a Friday I decided to ask everybody to go out and have some fun. So for the nth time, off we go to Sam's Pizza Haus.

We enjoyed our dinner but....I'm a bit frustrated not having able to watch my favorite band, "The Dzyre Band". We really love that group because of their comic gigs. Anyway, there is always next time :)

Enjoy the rest of your week end!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Adventures Of Olongapo Jones

Today is a quiet day in the house. Me and kids agreed to just go out every other day (lol). I decided this way so that we can strike a balance with whatever things we have to accomplish at home like general cleaning, decluttering, fixing our cabinets, gardening and cooking. This way, we can have fun and bonding time within and outside the house. More importantly, we can fully utilize our time. Yesterday, we went to have hair cut at David's Salon. Mikz was upset as she claimed her hair was cut shorter than what she expected. But honestly, I love her hair style now. Thereafter, we took our dinner at Wimpys Restaurant and then I requested the kids to allow me to have a therapeutic massage at City Spa.

Today, we just did a little fixing in the house and cooked spaghetti for our afternoon snack. Browsing through my photo archive, I suddenly felt that I would like to make a post about the last show that we had seen at Ocean Adventure..."The Adventures of Olongapo Jones".

This is actually the newest show introduced by Ocean Adventure. It's a kind of "one act play" performed by Ameresians (American-Asians) with some showcase of acrobat skills and mascots appearance in a plot or theme aimed to create awareness and consciousness among the people about proper caring of our environment through proper waste disposal. I guess, they were successful to create an entertainment especially among the kids while at the same time sending their good message. The cast may not be the "perfect performers", so to speak but they had definitely done a great job.

You may want to drop by at Ocean adventure on your next visit to SBMA!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Day At Ocean Adventure!

Part of my planned activities this summer is to visit Ocean Adventure at Subic. I already made a promise to my kids long before I get back home. True to my words, we went to Ocean Adventure last Monday, 25 April. We arrived at Ocean Adventure around 11:00 AM and had a quick tour of it's facilities which lasted for more than an hour.

The place is clean and well maintained. The staff were all warm and accommodating. But what we enjoyed most were the four shows. Yes! there were four shows presented : The Dolphin Show, The Sea Lion Show, The Eco Adventure and the last but not the least, The Adventures of Olongapo Jones.

Overall, it was fun! We finally ended up at 4:00 PM. It was a very tiring day, I would say... but I guess, it's a memorable one. Kids were truly happy and that made my day :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dinner On A Black Saturday At Meat Plus

Having stayed in the house for straight 2 days since I arrived, as I badly needed a much deserved rest after that long and tiring trip, we finally decided to get out of the house and have fun. We went to see a movie at Times Square Cinema at Subic (SBMA). Mom was with us, so we have to choose a movie that will entertain her, so we decided to watch a Tagalog comedy film. After that, we had our dinner at Meat Plus, our all time favorite!

This restaurant inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is perhaps one of the most popular. Everytime we dine in at this resto, you will always expect the place to be crowded. Visitors from Manila who usually spend a week end get away to Subic will not have their days passed without dining in at Meat Plus. This restaurant has been operating in Subic since the US Military Base time and this resto has been well known for it's US certified Angus Beef. Visitors from Manila and nearby towns are coming to this restaurant as they find the meats here of high quality at an affordable price.

Kids opted to have burgers as they claimed that burger here is really tasty. Mom took Dori Fillet with rice and corn (1st photo) and I opted to have Oven Roasted US Beef Belly with cream of mushroom soup (last photo).

They also serve Rib Eye Value Meal (180g of Rib Eye Steak) at P405.00, New York Value Meal (180g of New York Steak) at P355.00 and Topsirloin Value Meal (180g Sirloin Steak) at P280.00. All served with steamed rice and mixed vegetables. They also serve cakes, salads, sandwiches and pasta.

Meat plus Cafe is located at Bldg 65 Sampson Road Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm Finally Home!!

It was a tiring journey back home. As the saying goes, 'Always expect the unexpected!" Well... I got a number of predicaments along this trip. First, I'm almost out of my room ready to go to the boarder when suddenly, it rains so hard. No choice then but to wait for almost an hour before the rain finally stopped. Secondly, my flight was delayed for 1 and 1/2 hour. My flight was supposed to be at 1AM but we only left Tan Soh Nhat Airport at 2:30 AM. Third, we're at Manila at 6:00 AM but there's a bit of delay again as the Pilot announced few minutes delay as the bay was still occupied. Finally, we were able to finish with all the Immigration procedures and checking out of our luggage but the last and the most annoying part of my predicaments was when I arrived at the Victory Terminal at Pasay. For God's sake, the place was crowded with passengers hoping to catch a trip back to their respective provinces. I was not wrong with my assumption that I'm going to have a hard time catching a bus at the Victory Terminal because it's a Holy Thursday and I knew that a lot of people will travel back to their provinces. I have to queue starting from the entrance of the Victory Liner compound until the ticket booth. Could you imagine, I was there at 7:00 AM and my bus only departed at 11:00 AM. To make the story short, I was finally home at almost 3:00 PM already compared to the usual time which is 10:00 AM. I cannot describe my feeling that time. I only had few hours of sleep and was very tired. The worst part was that I had a migraine attack and almost get fainted when I was at the long queue.

It was indeed a nightmare! But it's okay...I'm home now. My consolation was that, at least, I'm able to get back home safe and sound. Things like these can never be predicted and I guess, we should always be armed with enough foods, water and medicines to keep us going.

I just recovered from my very tiring trip. I had to sleep for a continuous 14 hrs to keep me feeling renewed again. Thanks God, it's over! :)


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm Going Home Today!

Tonight, I will be off for my flight to the Philippines. Yehheyy!!! I sound so excited but actually I was just home last January. Yes...I go home often (lol) whenever the situation permits. :) That's why my friends in the Philippines used to envy me. They said Philippines and Cambodia seem like very near to each other. Well.. actually it is! But...I just came to know that it's Holy Week in the Philippines and I will be traveling on a Holy Thursday. Whew...I was not aware of it. I'm worried about the traffic and the unavailability of transportation in Manila. I can imagine how crowded it would be in bus stations. Wrong timing, huh!

But since it's here already, I just have to prepare myself for any situation that may arise. Hopefully, everything would be smooth until I finally reach home. Crossing fingers!!

The long wait is over, I'll be home finally. Looking forward to see the family and my home sweet home!!!

Wish me luck!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Newly Adopted Pet

About two weeks ago, my daughter Miks was so excited to tell me that she just had acquired a new puppy from her uncle. The puppy is a pure breed German Shephered. This girl long wanted to have a new puppy since she only had Luca after the other puppy died months ago. I would say she really loves dogs. She loves to play with them. No wonder why all her pet dogs were really close to her. Unfortunately, some of them died due to sickness. Everytime she loses one, she would immediately think of acquiring one again.

So this is her latest puppy named KAFI. Don't know how she came up with the name (lol).

I'm just worried though after this puppy grows up, German Shepherds are really big in size and maybe hard to feed. I'm not sure how my daughter is able to take care of her.

Anyway, since she is enjoying it for now...I just wish her the best.
I wanted her to be happy... that's all that matters to me.

Welcome home KAFI!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Thoughts ....

Today, I have so many things going over my mind…..I prepared a list of things that I have to complete here before I go back home for my vacation. Day by day, I’m checking my list, making sure that I’m following it strictly. I don’t want to end up rushing and feeling exhausted trying to catch up with some things still left undone. I want to have a peaceful sleep a night before my flight.

Almost a week ago, I’m done with my “little shopping” for the things I want to bring back home. I already weighed my luggage and it’s already 15 kilos. I can’t add up more coz I don’t want to pay extra for my excess baggage 

I think I’m coping up with my list of task, quite well. Next, I will be preparing another “To Do” list for the things that I have to accomplish back home. Well.... it will not be all tasks, anyway. This includes my “leisure activities”, as well. Then another list must be done for our tour next month. I must do it this way, or else, I would end up messed up or if not, maybe a bit upset not being able to do all the things I want.

Planning ahead and making a list helps me get organized with everything. I’m used to this ever since and so far, it works.

Well…”Good Luck” to me…..

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vietnam Street Foods

When it comes to street foods, no one can beat Vietnam. Vietnamese people have a unique way of selling foods on the streets. But I would admit, I admire them for being hard working. Why did I say so? Could you imagine a lady driving an old motorcycle with a food card attached to it full of food stuff and other things used for selling foods? It’s overloaded to the point that you can hardly see the face of the person driving already. I could imagine them waking up wee hours in the morning, preparing and cooking all those foods and travel all the way from the nearby provinces to the Vietnam Boarder.

If you are new to this place, perhaps you would have second thoughts buying those “street foods”. Foods were not properly covered; some sellers used their bare hands when packing the foods. But as I said, it is their way of life, it’s part of their culture that expats, like me should understand. It’s just a matter of adapting ourselves to where we are.

I still find buying “street foods” an experience an expat shouldn’t miss. It’s fun. Foods are cheap and some really taste good. They have various ways of preparing and cooking the foods. As for the issue of sanitation, you still can find some vendors who are more careful in handling the foods so you just have to be keen on this.

As for my final note, I would say that buying and sampling their foods is a very good way of understanding the Vietnamese people, their culture and their way of life.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Can I Do This?

During my last visit to Duty Free at the Vietnam Boarder, I happened to see this cross stitch kit. My curiosity pushed me to have a closer look and check the design. Inside the package, I found a cross stitch pattern in a heart shape with cute pink laces. This is actually a heart shaped pillow case, then 2 pcs needles, the threads and the pattern for the design.

I find it so cute that I can't help myself but to buy 2 packages of different designs, even if I had doubts if I'm going to have the time to work on it. Well..I'm working 8 hours a day, doing all my laundry and ironing, cooking my own foods, and of course, blogging. :)

Sometimes I don't even have the time to blog hop even I really have that urge to read new posts from the blogs that I used to follow. But, I strongly believe in an effective "time management". Besides, keeping myself busy everyday will help me forget all the anxieties that I have and the boredom. I want to give this to my "Little Fashionista" as a gift. I think this is more special than the usual stuff I'm buying for her coz this is something that I will put all my efforts and time into.

I used to do cross stitch before prior to working overseas. Though I wouldn't considered myself an expert. I managed to make two on my own and some other designs that I have and being put on display in my house were gifts from friends and ex colleagues.

I just hope that I would find the time to do this and find a "little fulfillment" for myself.

What do you think? Will I be able to do this?

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"Kultura Filipino" is having a one day sale on April 14 and I regret that it's too early coz I'll be back to the Philippines on 21st this month. So, I won't be able to catch up with the "one day sale". Why I'm interested with "Kultura"? It's because they have a complete line of souvenir items which are uniquely "Filipino" and since I'm working overseas, their line of products would be a great "pasalubong" to friends of different nationality. Whenever I visit SM malls, I usually take a look at the "Kultura" section hoping to find some unique Philippine souvenir items. But sometimes, I find their products a bit expensive. It's fine if you only need to buy one or two items but if you have more than 3 people to bring "pasalubong" to, it would be a pain in the pocket. :) But in fairness, the designs and the quality of the products are unquestionable, thus explains the "price". That is why, I feel regret not being around on this "one day sale".

Anyway....there might be one again, soon.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2011

For My Little "Fashionista"

I bought these two items from GC Duty Free Shop last Saturday. I usually find it difficult to look for something that will fit her since this girl is so choosy with her clothes. Besides, we’re miles apart, so sometimes I’m a bit hesitant to buy her pants or shorts coz I’m not sure how fast she is growing or whether she has already gained some extra pounds (hopefully). But, anyway, I’m crossing my fingers that she would like these two items coz I find it cute, and I hope she also would.

I’m pretty sure at this early, she is already thinking of what clothes she would bring for her May trip to Saigon. I would be bringing her and her “kuya” for a short vacation there. I’m glad that finally I’m able to fulfill my promise to both of them. There’s no turning back coz their return tickets were already booked since last month. Thank you to Cebu Pacific for the “promo fare” (lol). I am equally excited even I’ve been to Saigon so many times already. This time, it’s different coz I will be with the kids. I think I will enjoy my trip more coz I am in the company of young…young people. So, I will also feel young…. Young at heart! (Lol) What do you think?

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Day Spent At The Duty Free Shops!

Since I'm free last Saturday, I decided to spend my day at the Duty Free shops located near the boarder. I was hoping to find some "cool stuff" which I could bring back home as "pasalubongs". Everytime I go back to the Philippines to take my vacation, I always make it a point to visit these shops and scout for some affordable goods. Well..the truth is, the prices of the goods being sold here are relatively cheaper compared to those being sold in the Philippines.

This was the first shop that I visited. This is the smaller shop where the goods you can find are mostly the usual stuff for the house like bed sheets and cute blankets, towels, home decors, kitchen items and there is a section for school items. Some personal stuff are also being sold here like bags, wallets, sleep wears, under wears, belts, etc. I love this shop coz this is where I can find the "pasalubong" that my kids love.

This is the bigger Duty Free shop. This has a complete line of goods ranging from grocery items, kitchen wares, house wares, accessories, clothings, bags and of course the usual duty free items like wines, cigarettes, perfumes, cosmetics and chocolates.

This is the free shuttle service which I never availed of since this usually brings the locals to the bus station or to a designated drop off point. Pity me...I'm an expat so I have to "endure" the rules. What is that rule? Well...I have to pass through the Immigration of both Cambodia and Vietnam just to go and shop at the Duty Free shops. Tsskk....tskkkk.

I'm not sure if taking photos is allowed here. In Philippines, it's not! I just manage to shot pictures during the time that there are no shoppers or sales clerks present around the area (lol).

Just to give you an idea of how cheap the goods are...I've read from one blog that a REVLON SILK COLOURS of any variants costs about PHP399 or $9.19 at Manila for one box as compared to the price in this duty free shop which is only about VND47,000 (Vietnam Dong) or PHP103 or $2.36. How is that for a savings?

This is the reason why I "endure" everything just to shop here (lol)...

Just Sharing!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Great Finds For Your Little Ones!

Time really flies so fast, 10 more days and I will be home again. I usually choose the month of April for my long leave because it's summer time in the Philippines and I can do a lot of outdoor activities with the kids. Just few days ago, I was having a casual conversation with my colleague who just came back from his vacation. A month ago,he was the one excited to go home to visit his wife and his 6 months old daughter. During our conversation, he mentioned to me how his life dramatically changed since he got married last year. He said he cannot go out more often now same like before. I know it's kind of hard for him and his wife to go out for dinner dates as they need to tag along with them their "cute little darling". He said, he and his wife have to take turns in eating as the other one should carry the baby. Because of this, they opted to stay home most of the time. As a first time father, he is not only concerned about their convenience in going out but also the safety of his baby when they drive around the city.

I fully understand his feelings as I myself is an "over protective" mom. Since I'm the type who loves to surf online stores, I decided to scout for some cosco car seats for babies which could somehow solve my colleague's worries about bringing her baby on their usual trips around the city and this is what I found... a unique eye catching design with all it's safety features.

Also because I would like to look for some "good stuff" for my almost forgotten "god daughter" whom I've never seen for years and who is now a toddler and attending to a pre school, so I think something that she can use in school would be a great idea. This is where I found this eye catching toddler rain boots which comes in variety of designs and colors.

This would be perfect since school normally opens on June and so is the rainy season. So these toddler rain boots will be the smart choice.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Treating Myself For A Soothing Massage!

After having been stressed out the past few days, not having enough sleep and all that..I thought of giving myself a break. The first thing that comes to my mind is to get a "good massage". I love the "Vietnam Hot Stone Massage". It's really very relaxing. It's a great way to pamper yourself after being stressed out from work or from whatever you're busy with. In fact, if your budget will allow you, this should be done on a regular basis. Well...for the nth time, I got it from Emchi.
This is not actually a spa, but just a normal massage clinic as they only offer full body massage. I'm kind of confused at first. I think in Vietnam, they normally call it "foot massage" but actually it's a full body massage with "hot stone". In Philippines, they really specify the kind of massage. If it's foot massage, then it's only foot massage, if head and shoulder, then it's really that, if full body massage, then you get a full body massage. I'm really into "massage" and I just love to try it anywhere. I tried it as well in Hoh Chih Minh City and it's the same, the sign board outside the place says, "Foot Massage" but actually it's a full body massage plus "hot stone". Not bad, isn't it? Actually, the Vietnam massage is so far the "best" in my list. I'm amazed how those pretty and petite Vietnamese massage girls can give a "hard press". I guess, they are really well trained. They would normally end up the massage with stretching and they really do it well. But for me, the best part is the "hot stone" massage. It's really soothing!

The price is not bad, it costs me $10 including TIPS. What I like best is that I don't have to travel or even go out of the building. It is located inside the building where I stay. So, I can straight away go to sleep few mins right after the massage,as I just have to walk a bit back to my room.

It's really worth it!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Thoughts For The Day!

Now...I begin to understand why a lot of people are hooked into blogging. I'm just new to this kind of thing. Well...I mean compared to others who had been blogging for years. I just started blogging since October of last year. Since then, my life had changed a bit. I begin to know and appreciate people from the blogosphere. Reading their blogs not only entertained me, at times, but I also get a lot of information especially about things which are totally new to me.

But one of the best things that I got from blogging is having a venue to open up my thoughts, my worries and my fears. After unloading it through my writings, I admit, I somehow feel better. For sure, someone out there could somehow relate and give back their personal insights to you and this is such a relief.

Just like the past few days, I've been getting a lot of stress...not from job but from people around me. Things get worse and worse each day. Sometimes, I couldn't help but feel upset and feel that sudden emptiness within me. These are the times, I would remember my old friends who used to give me a pat on my back when I'm feeling blue. But things changed... and sometimes, what we want to retain in this life cannot be possible. People come and go and so the events, situations, circumstances....

I guess...this is all part of life! We have to live up with the changes just like the title of my previous post, "The Only Permanent Thing In Life Is Change". But as the saying goes, "the show must go on" and so our lives. As long as we are staying here on earth, we cannot be free from pressures and stress brought about by the environment. We just have to live with it...

As what I always tell myself..."Just do my best, and God will do the rest!"
At the end of each day, it will still going to be me...and my cup of cofee!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inside My Fridge!

Living away from home is not that easy...your life style would always be different, and so your eating habits. Sometimes, I always end up eating breads, cookies, boiled eggs, fruits...and that's it! When I have the time, I cook...but moreoften, I normally settle for some "quick meals".

To keep my fridge loaded, here is what I normally buy:

When I woke up, and feeling hungry, I would just grab a bottle of soya milk or apple juice...for a temporary relief on my "complaining stomach", thereafter would I only start to prepare sandwiches or a simple meal for myself. Well.. that's life! That's why, I just make sure that what I'm getting are those that are nutritious...and I bet having one serving of yogurt a day is on top of my list for all it's health benefits.

Do you also have a healthy diet that works?

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