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Manila 2016

My first and last visit to Manila for the year. No more leaves lah! 😭

After our trip to Boracay, I went to Stef’s office so that we’ll be together when we go to her condo at Rockwell. It was nice seeing her and Deane happily together. I was so touched that she took a day off to accompany me in picking a dress for Gid’s friend’s wedding. πŸ™‚

Day 1: Sleeping Balensya
Teriyaki Boy with the bestfriend! ❀ Did a lot of catching up. Gaaah, I already miss the Wafu Steak. :((

Sweet ending, thanks again Stef!
At night, I met Team Magallanes at Greenbelt. It was really nice seeing them! For the record, from our group there’s only 4 people still working at Accenture (Albert, Jaja See, Jaja D and Zen) *slow clap* haha I salute you guys. While waiting for Jaja and Albert (they were still at the office at 7 pm :|), we went to Ayala Triangle to look for a dessert place. We ended up at Amici, since the two haven’t taken their dinner yet and there’s a gelato stall inside the said restaurant. We had a fun night since we did a lot of reminiscing, old jokes were still funny. I really hope our Korea trip next year will push through!

 

Team Magallanes!
Time always well spent with these guys.
HAHA typical James!
Day 2: I did a general checkup, both medical and dental since it’s cheaper to do tests in the Philippines than in Singapore. I cried when they took a blood sample from me (I really hate injections ><). Fortunately the results were normal, I was kinda afraid before that I might have diabetes.

 

My kind of reward πŸ˜€

At night, Papa accompanied me to Nobu Hotel. Gid’s family was staying there for the whole week. When I arrived there, Ate Aimee suggested that we try the Casino. The guards asked for my age, when I told them I’m 25 they even asked for an ID to confirm it. Haha, so much hassle for looking young, kidding! πŸ˜› It was my third time to enter a casino, first was at Resorts World Manila; second was at City of Dreams Macau (both times I didn’t play and guards asked for my I.D. xD) For this time Gid and I played Baccarat (player banker game). We won several thousands from that game, afterwards I tried the slot machine with his sister.

 

Couple stripes!

We won! #chips
Day 3: Tan-Cruz wedding.

 

Have you ever looked at someone and realized how lucky you are to have them in your life? Well I did. πŸ™‚ #groomsmen
At the reception. Thank you Kit for curling my hair and for the makeup.
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With Gid’s UE friends, hello engineers. Congratulations Eric and Krizza! 
Day 4: Last day is Family Day.

 

Ashe baby chillin’ on the tiles =)) 
My original baby. I wouldn’t trade you for anything. πŸ™‚
Tres Marias. I missed these two crazy girls!
First time at Banapple. So glad they enjoyed the food. ^^

With the people I love the most. Family is everything. 
Venice Grand Canal
Jeje mode
Mandatory selfie *hint: look at the bridge*
 

Hello McKinley! I’m back… for now =))
On the way to the airport.
Trip going back to SG’s uneventful except for some immigration officers in the Philippine questioning my age again. They even joked that they’ll interview me. πŸ˜… 

I hope I’ll still be able to go back to Manila this year. ;_; *prays for more holidays*

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Many Happy Returns (of the day)

Last week was Gid’s birthday. I wanted to make it as memorable as possible since it’s his first birthday away from his family (last year they went here to Singapore) and as my boyfriend. πŸ™‚ I collected videos from his family, friends and relatives, I almost got caught when he saw a notification from one of his guy friends on my facebook messenger. *close call huhu*

On the eve of the special day, I was planning to sneak into their house and greet him together with his housemates. But they said that he’s at the living room, so we had no choice but for me to enter the house with his knowledge. :< I have to leave his gift outside as not to arouse suspicion.

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Birthday wishes from officemates πŸ™‚
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Sorry I have to leave you outside xD

As I entered, I told him that I’m going straight to the restroom.Meanwhile, his housemates were hiding in the kitchen while preparing the cake, the common room restroom was also located there. Kaye was already lighting the first candle when the kitchen door suddenly opened, we were both shocked and surprised to see the birthday boy. :(( He said that he followed me since I was taking too long to return from the restroom (my bad! grrr , epic fail man! =))). But still the show must go on, we proceeded as planned.

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Not-so-surprised birthday boy xD

Little did he know that I already planned another surprise for the weekend, and fortunately that one caught him off guard. >:D It was a staycation at Park Avenue Rochester hotel at Buona Vista. The hotel management upgraded the suite when they learned that I was planning a surprise celebration.The staff even helped me in decorating the room and executing my plans (three thumbs up, you guys totally rocked! <3)

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Post-celebration surprise haha! πŸ˜›
What it looked like:

We watched the compiled birthday video at night. I’m so glad I was able to edit it decently, somehow. =)) Messages in the video were a mixture of English and Filipino. πŸ™‚

Hoping that this will be one of the many birthdays that we will celebrate together baby! πŸ™‚

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Gideon

I want to write a poem
containing everything
that I liked and loved
about you.

But alas! Twenty-six letters
of the alphabet are not enough
to encapsulate even a single flake
of your being.

But still, l will try,
because this feeling
would not even let my head
go to slumber.

For all that has been and will be
one thing is for certain,
you, my beloved, is an
endless metaphor…

You are a wild fire that burns
my skin with every single touch.
You are the blood that rushes
to my lips to bring out the life in it.

You are the truth that shakes
the very foundation of my soul.
You are the beam of light that illuminates
the deepest abyss of my mind.

You are the faith that uplifts
this fallen spirit of mine.
You are the certainty that erases
every doubt in my heart.

I will stop here for now,
for elucidating you is a limitless venture,
just like my love: unbounded, inexhaustible, enduring
in this finite world of ours.

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My first poem for the year. I was torn between writing an ode and a haiku, but look where I ended up… writing a free verse! ^^;
Haha it took me this long to create a new one. I’ve been busy with work and dates for the past months. πŸ˜€

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Kismet.

This was a story of girl meets boy
and it was not a love story
from the start

It’s your typical chick flick,
where she fell faster than gravity’s pull
but has played the roleΒ of his pal

Pride was her sharpest sword,
inexperience his strongest shield
making it hard for cupid to do his job

A year almost passed,
both went their separate paths
with other people being their firsts

Nurtured by triumphs
and withered by bad decisions
they continued to grow apart

Then a sudden plot twist
has shaken things a bit,
making their roads cross again.

All they needed was a second chance
for the girl full of yesterday’s scars,
and for the boy haunted by past faults.

She didn’t see it coming,
the day those three words
slipped through the boy’s lips.

Was it really fate or not?
nobody can ever tell
both only knew they fell

This is a story of girl meetsΒ boy
and it’s a love story
currently in-progress. πŸ™‚

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This is my first attempt in writing a poem after a year. I wrote this in the wee hours of the morning so please pardon if it lacks artistic style or even coherence.

I’ll try creating another one in my free time. xD

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24th: A Year Before Silver.

March 22, 2015.

It was my first birthday away from home… Literally!!! I wasn’t able to celebrate it with my family and close friends that’s why I felt a little sad somehow. I suddenly missed mama’s cooking, especially her spaghetti and tuna carbonara. :((

Surprised!!!
I didn’t expect that there’s a surprise in stored for me come midnight. I was just chillin’ at the balcony when they asked me to go inside the room. Gid said that I should open the door after 3 knocks… Hmmmm.

Touched.😭

  

As I went out of the room the Happy Birthday song was playing as they greeted me with my birthday cake. 😭 There were balloons with my pictures at the hallway (one balloon flew outside, hope my picture won’t be used for personal gain, kidding!). Gid gave me a paperbag containing a usb drive and a white box. The usb drive contained a movie collage of my pictures with dedications and at the end was a video of me dancing on stage. (It was the most embarassing moment in my college life) 😑😑😑 On the other hand, the white box contains a silver pandora bracelet. 😳

Aha! Here’s the mastermind… xD
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Ate Vangie’s cooking was superb! πŸ˜‹
  
With officemates. Thank you for coming! 😍
 

I know it’s a little late to say thank you for this one. (post has been sitting in my drafts folder for months xD) You do know how to make me happy through your own ways. I wasn’t expecting anything that’s why I was really taken by surprise with all the effort you’ve put into this. I still couldn’t believe that you can do such a thing hehe. *pinches self* πŸ˜† 

Thank you! 😊

The best things in life are usually found when you are not looking for them.

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Let them.

Something to live byPeople come and go. That’s the harsh reality that I need to accept right now. It’s hard being the type of person who gets easily attached especially with relatives of friends and significant others. Maybe they’re not really meant to stay in our lives forever due to some circumstances. There will come a point that they will eventually pass through our livesΒ and maybe forget the bonds or connections that were formed.

But despite that, one thing’s for sure… That I will hold dearly in my heart whatever memory we’ve shared. That I will remember you as my second familyΒ whom I will cherish and look back uponΒ with a smile. That at one point in my life I sawΒ a happy future living with you.

This may be the end of your part in my story but remember that I will always wish you the best that life can offer wherever you are. πŸ™‚

Thank you very much for everything… πŸ˜€