End-of-the-Year party costume

One more week.

December 19th is fast approaching. And everyone’s been busy preparing for decorations, food, invites, presentations, and of course — costumes!

Our theme for this year’s party is …fantasy! It was supposed to be cosplay (costume play) but some disagreed due to costs. So yes, it was decided.

I eagerly scoured online for possible characters to play. I wanted something easy to find, cheap and instantly recognizable. It’s worth noting that Mickey Mouse is my favorite character. But I can’t play him (because he’s male?). So I chose his ‘wife’ Minnie instead!

Initially, I really wanted this:

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But then I realized it’s hard to find. And friends were telling me to customize instead by using home-made materials. Maybe this would suffice?

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That’s not me in the picture, by the way. I just wanted you to have an idea of what I will be wearing. What do you think? YAY or NAY?

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Christmas in my Country

It’s almost December! And at the same time, Christmas is just around the corner. I can’t believe how time flies so fast.

Christmas is one of the most-awaited holidays here. We do it in such festive way. Giant decorations and lights surround streets and alleys. Super sale and huge discounts abound. It’s not hard to find wildly adorned structures, completely filled with Yuletide feels.

Now let me list down the popular activities/food before and after our Christmas:

Simbang Gabi (Night  Mass) – mostly practised because of tradition. Catholics and alike flock to churches all across town and hear their early lecture at roughly 03:00 in the morning. Other parishes also hold evening masses, though this is uncommon. After which, you can expect to be greeted with the salivating aroma of native delicacies such as bibingka and puto bumbong, among others.

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Bibingka – No Christmas is complete without this. My ultimate favorite:  bibingka! This one is traditionally cooked in clay pots lined with banana leaves. Basic ingredients include rice flour, egg, coconut milk, sugar, margarine/butter and water. Almost always, you’d see a slice of red salted egg and grated coconut as your topping.

Puto bumbong (Steamed glutinous rice) – Another popular in this season. It is colored purple (which looks yummy) which came from a mixture of sweet rice and black rice. It is usually served with butter, sugar and grated coconut. Yep, just like bibingka’s. Another must-try!

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Noche Buena – probably the most fun-filled event. What can you expect? It’s dinner time! That dinner before Christmas, that is. Exactly on the evening of the 24th of December. Everyone gathers around the table, ready to dive into an array of delicious foods and desserts. These would include, but not limited to, queso de bola (ball of cheese), spaghetti (or other type of noodle), fruit salad, and the famed ham.

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Gift-Giving – or we normally say Kris Kringle or simply exchange of gifts. I don’t know with the others, but we do this after the noche buena. I would usually prepare small gifts for my nieces and nephews, with (kinda) big presents for my brothers, cousins and parents.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!! 

How to Avoid Burning Out

Essential tips to keep in mind; especially at this day and age.

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burnout.jpg“A good rest is half the work.” ~Buddhist Proverb

1. Remember why you started
What has inspired you to be on the path you are on? Anytime we forget our roots or the purpose for why we are in our current situation, it is easy to see our challenges only as difficulties. How many challenges have you overcome to get where you are? I am sure there are too many to count. It might be helpful to write down or say out loud the reasons why you started your endeavor. What was your intention? What was your goal? It is important for us to take a step back and remember who, what or why we decided to put energy into something.

2. You are not what you do
How do you identify yourself? Take a moment to reflect on how you describe yourself. Would you describe yourself as caring, generous or loving? Would you describe…

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Learning Japanese… the hard way

It’s been quite a while! I have been busy with extra-curriculars lately, that’s why. One thing I was working on was learning a new language: Nihonggo. And yes, I am an uber-beginner, like close to zero. Fortunately, there are tons of sites online for me to learn from. Honestly, I did have a hard time looking for the best, until my good friend recommended https://www.japanesepod101.comI checked it out, and found a lot of useful tools.

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I am currently done with at least 10 lessons out of 60 per season/module. And there are 9 modules each for absolute beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. So imagine how long it would take to finish each. But after listening (or watching, if you prefer) to one audio lesson, I realized it’s not bad. Actually, it’s stuffed with all the relevant phrases one would need to survive daily activities. I am impressed. I continued and went along with the flow of the routine. I cannot say I am conversant yet (way too early for that) but I am definitely getting the hang of it. More practice, for sure, and I’d be better.

Is anyone else learning a new language now? Care to share handy tips & tricks? I’m all for it.

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IS IT ??!!??

 

Vol. 3

October’s here! How are you feeling guys? Christmas is just around the corner and decors are everywhere. ..at least here in my country. We celebrate pretty early. We like it festive and big.

Anyhow, I want to start the month right. So let’s get this up and running, shall we??

CURRENTLY

Reading

pointers for driving a car. Yep, I am learning how to drive.

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Writing

this post

Listening

to Closer by Chainsmokers. Totally love the vibe!

Thinking

of what to grab for lunch. Suddenly craved for KFC’s fried chicken.

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Smelling

the strong perfume scent of my neighbor

Wishing

that my driving test will be successful. It’s a few weeks away though, but I started reviewing as early as now. Wish me luck!

Hoping

that October will be easygoing and less stressful.

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Wearing

our company shirt and shorts. It’s dress-down day.

Wanting

to buy jeans and jeans. It’s been long since I upgraded my closet. Season sale please come…..!

Needing

a great massage. And a check-up to the dentist.

Feeling

awesome. Just one more day!… and it’s (my) rest days again! Yay 🙂

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My A-Z of Bucket List 2017

Yes, you read that right: 2017.

For the past year, I felt like I was too focused at work. I kind of forgot to enjoy life and what it has to offer. I simply bounced along. But then I saw this:

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I realized it’s never too late to do something new. A new day presents another chance to change things. And since the bucket list challenge has been a thing for a long time now, I decided to blog my list online. I will be constantly updating this, as necessary.

A – ttend a beach party. It sounds like real fun.

B – ake a blueberry cheesecake, or any other cheesecake for that matter

C – uddle up with a special someone next to the fireplace, while sipping hot chocolate ♥

D – onate clothes that I am not using anymore; design my own house

E – mbrace imperfection ♥

F – ix my bedroom. Or fall in love. SOON. ♥

G – et married. SOON. ♥

H – ug a real panda. I adore them.

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I – ncrease my stamina and weight

J – oin a charity and sponsor a child’s education

K – iss someone special in the rain ♥

L – earn another language. Now working on my Nihongo skills. Please don’t ask my level.

M – ove to another country permanently. A] Japan, B] Canada, C] Austria, D] Finland. Suggestions anyone??? 

N – eglect negative people. They keep coming.

O – pen my own business. Torn between a cafe or restaurant. Or both??

P- ublish my own book

Q – uit procrastinating.

R – ead more books.

S – ee Santa Claus! Impossible? ……..Okay, how about skinny-dipping??  Or stargazing?!

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T – ake my mom on the vacation of her dreams.

U – nleash my hidden potential.

V – isit the top 10 tourist spots

W – atch fireworks at Disneyland/Disney World; watch my favorite boyband in concert; watch Adele live

X – Can I skip this? Pretty please? ………………………….Thanks 🙂

Y- ell at the top of the mountain. YOLO!

Z – iplining

 

What’s yours? I’d love to see how it goes for you and for me. Good luck!

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God’s Will — word and silence

Such a thought-provoking, engaging and worthy read. I thought I might share it with you.

When something happens to us or to others and we say it is God’s will, so often we aren’t just saying God meant for that to happen, but that it happened for a reason we know and can discern. As a result, an illusory structure—along with many unsupportable assumptions—is thrown over our life, and the […]

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