Aliw sa Bag-iw (Baguio)

This trip was actually one of the many spontaneous outings that I had. We didn’t even plan this trip over a week. My brother just told me that he and his girlfriend would go on a trip to Baguio the following weekend. So I went to traveloka and booked a place that PK and I can stay in. And because it was Panagbenga Festival in Baguio, I was lucky enough to have booked a cheap but comfortable transient house.

We were actually having double thoughts if we would bring the car or just go on a bus. Ended up bringing the car because we fear of not getting home on time for work on Monday. (Alam mo na alipin ng pera. Haha chos!)

The usual places to visit in Baguio, of course, is in our itinerary. I was actually worried that Pk wouldn’t enjoy this trip because as I said this wasn’t carefully planned, we just packed up our bags and went on the journey. To my surprise, the moment we arrived in Baguio he was so excited and kept saying that he feels nostalgic of the place.

All the greens and browns all over it. It feels like we went back in time! Come to think of it; it feels like Baguio hasn’t changed a bit! The buildings we visited when we were younger were still there! Well, almost.

We only had a very limited time so everything was fast phased. We visited the Strawberry farm, Chinese Temple, Valley of Colors, and we ate at Good Taste for lunch which was actually so economical because it’s so cheap but the quality and quantity of the food were exceptional! Then at night we went for a walk in Session Road and we stumbled across this musician. What really caught my attention was this sign on his guitar case saying: “My dream is to sing all over the world.” and on the other side was a map and all the places he has been to was highlighted. He is such an inspiration especially to musicians like us! Btw, his name is Hideki Sakomizu from Japan! We bought his album, and he signed it for us. Great songs. Really a great musician!

So anyway let’s continue with our trip. ๐Ÿ˜€ So after Session Road we now went straight toย Baguio Craft Brewery and I have to say that even though I’m a beer drinker I cannot handle their beer! Haha! It’s just too tasty to handle.

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After that we went back to our transient house to pick up all of our stuff because my brother said it would be better if we just sleep in their hotel so we can wake up early the next day and do more activities. But unfortunately the lobby assistant noticed that we all got up in the room and started to call and confirm if we are to sleep in the room. Of course we wouldn’t pay the extra P1,500 (because it’s P500/head) so that night we slept in the car. Such a misadventure! And a waste of money for the transient but it was worth remembering so no worries!

The following day we ate breakfast at the Choco-late de Batirolย their specialty is the cacao chocolate drink and I hade Champorado with Tuyo. Honestly, this is the first time I’ve tried the combo but it really didn’t suit my taste. I still prefer tuyo with suka and rice.ย โ™ก

Then after that we toured around Camp John Hay. There are actually so many things to do around here, but we only went to the Picnic Grounds, Eco Trails, and The Butterfly Sanctuary.

To end our trip in Baguio of course, it wouldn’t be complete without exploring Burnham Park. My niece and I tried roller skating and I tell you, damn! This thing is SUPER HARD! It made me wonder how do people dance in these or even wait tables?!

All in all this spontaneous travel we did last weekend was sulit! Baguio is such a nostalgic place to be in. It reminded me of my childhood, and its unintentional aesthetic is perfect for your rustic taste. So pack your bags and go to Baguio now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Valentine’s Special

It’s the time of the year again! Marami na naman ang mga broken hearted na magluluksa. Kikita na naman ang mga flower shop at marami na naman ang benta ng Cadburry and Ferrero Rocher! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be jam-pack in malls and parks. ๐Ÿ˜€

Save the bucks, and time spent in traffic and lines, and spend your Valentine’s day at home!

Here are some list of things you can romantically do at the comforts of your fortress:

1.) Mani/pedi โค

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I imagine this would be very funny especially when it’s your man’s turn to have the pedi. ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

 

2.) Binge watch a TV series/a movie

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You can choose whatever you want to watch. Not satisfied with the movie you picked? You can change it at no expense! Popcorns you say? 90 pesos?! You can cook as many popcorn as you want for only 35 pesos for the corn seed and 35 pesos too for the butter.

 

3.) Cook your own dinner ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฒ

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My partner and I did this several times now and we created a stronger bond, we get to know each other deeper because we don’t see each other doing this kind of activity everytime. Just remember that whatever the result of your cooking will be, keep in mind that the important thing is it’s made with big love. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

 

4.) Play a game

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It’s kinda sweet too when he lets you win. ๐Ÿ˜

 

5.) Dye each other’s hair

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Give your relationship some color. Be spontaneous! Maybe you can get yourselves some haircut too. ๐Ÿ’‡

 

6.) Clean the house or do house chores

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I don’t know maybe after eating your dinner go and wash the dishes and while you are both at it go and clean the house too. ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

You see? Spending Valentine’s day in your home has endless options without spending a lot of money. The important thing is that you get to know and bond with your partner.

And always remember that you should show your love to your partner, or to your friends and family, e v e r y d a y!!! Not a single day less and not only on special occassions. Spend time with them on the most simpliest way and create wonderful memories.

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone. โค

 

(All photos used on this blog were grabbed from google.) Thanks for reading… heh heh heh.

/หˆambษ™หŒvษ™rt/

When people see me doing a report in front of a class, or give a speech about something, or even perform on stage, all they see is this confident empowering girl with an outgoing personality. But really, I wasn’t always like that.

Looking back when I was just a little girl my mama always made sure that I don’t go outside our mumunting bahay.ย So, yeah, I do almost everything inside our house! Everything! Riding the bicycle inside our house, playing with my cousins inside our house, or if I have the chance to go out, I am only a few meters away from our house unless we need to go somewhere else or go on a sleep over at my cousin’s place.

I think, growing up in this kind of routine affected me so much! I became an introvert. I was a very quiet and shy kid. To the point that whenever I join Sunday schools I just watched and I don’t remember speaking at all! And I remember roaming around the church alone and it’s okay with me. Elementary came and still it’s the same. When I was in 1st Grade, I cried whenever my mama would leave me in the classroom. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Until high school I am always the quiet and weird Erika. On top of it all I was diagnosed with Dextroscolosis and I had to wear a Milwaukee braces. Believe me that this made a big impact in my life. People gave me “that” look that made me feel like I am such a strange person. See pictures below; it may seem that it’s just that but being a teenage girl and gaining consciousness in our appearance, it was really hard. Because I feel like no boys would ever like me, not with this braces on.

Thinking about it now, I would probably just rock the lookย ย butย I wasn’t always carefree, I was so conscious about my body and my appearance.

But then one day, all of these insecurities were gone. I just started going out and made friends like I’ve always done it before. I started to believe in myself and know that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

Honestly, exposure has helped me conquer my fear of being in a spot light. And experience is one great way to learn. Because I think without these various experiences I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.

It’s something like this; I love doing school reports. I love speaking or performing in front of a crowd but I didn’t have any guts to do it back then. One thing led to another. I started joining performances in our church for special occasions, and then auditioned again for the next. In the classroom, I always do the best that I can whenever we have a task on reporting.

Although my childhood wasn’t the BOMB like others, I am always thankful that I went through that because somehow it helped me on being independent. My childhood, it helped me be an ambivert. I’m okay without people surrounding me and I’m good too when people are around me.

D E T O U R

Things just don’t happen the way you carefully plan it.

At 11am later will be my first job interview after quitting my first job last 2 years ago at the hopes of clearing my schedule for the Red Horse Muziklaban Championship. It just so happen that Muziklaban ain’t on the cards for us.

So I tried, and luckily I have an ever supportive partner and family, to pursue my long time dream… to have my own fashion botique. It did work out! Started small and eventually I get to go places, I meet with new people, and everything is alright. But we can never escape circumstances, can we? The business is good and I am totally enjoying every second of it! It’s just that the competition is so BIG and I’m just a smol wittle ewika trying to figure my way up. Y’know?

I was broken hearted. I feel like I’m abandoning what I’ve somehow worked so hard to establish.

I gave it some thoughts and realize that a little detour from what you originally planned out won’t hurt the success you are eagerly pursuing. THAT DREAM AND GOAL JUST ๐Ÿ‘ DON’T ๐Ÿ‘ CHANGE!!!

Maybe this detour will educate you more. Maybe this detour is where you will meet the right people that will help you nurture you dreams. Who knows maybe this detour will put you on a great timing once you go back on track. Who knows??? DIBA???

That’s why we should always be ready, with a grin on our cherubic faces ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡, from any changes, from any detours we may encounter, because things JUST don’t happen the way you carefully plan it.

Insecure.

They say that insecurity can eat you alive. Not unless you are the boss of it and not it being the boss of you, I say!

I haven’t posted a blog in a while because I wasn’t sure what to write about when things aren’t going smoothly and is not the way I plan it to be. First, closing our shop in Quiapo and opening a new one in Alabang and everything was wonderful and I have this positive feeling about it like I always do in everything and it still ended up bad. Then we had this bazaar that was coming up and it had me full of hopes thinking “this is it! Makakabawi kami dito. I can feel it. I also can imagine it!” But ended up as a BIG DISASTER! ๐Ÿ˜จ “Oh how bad can it be, Erika?” It was so bad that it’s the first time I had to sleep in the streets. The first time also that I am so darn tired and sleepy that I woke up with my hair dripping wet and I was shivering because of the rain. That bad!

My cousin asked me, “Teh, hindi ka ba napapagod?” “Saan?” I asked not letting that single string of lakas ng loob be cut off. “Sa ganitong work mo.” And I can feel that stinging pain in my heart it cuts.

I have this dream to have my own botique and to be a successful business woman someday. I am also aware that these big steps and risks that I’m taking come along side to side with hardship and pain. But I never expected it to deteriorate my self confidence.

I work so hard and I grab every opportunity that comes my way but it never seemed enough.

I started crying whenever I’m alone. I am always caught up in my fears that sometimes I feel like drowning in it. I am ashamed of myself and I feel like I’m not doing good enough. I started to compare myself…

You see, I was jealous of the people who can be better at something because someone had already started it for them.

I became hopeless.

I became insecure.

But you know what I’ve learned from this experience??? It is that life is a challenge but never a competition.

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NEVER a competition. A lot of times in our life we look up to someone and say “I will be that successful someday!” without realizing that the pressure of trying to achieve their achievements comes out of control and instead of making that person your inspiration… They become your insecurity. We feel this because we think that they didn’t go through any hardship similar to what we go through. Or maybe we know those hardship they went through but we cannot fathom how the hell did they go through it?! Like, I’m over here experiencing these and I cannot help but be a cry baby!!! You picture what I’m trying to say here???

I then realized that I had two options: 1.) To stay insecure and be bitter of other people’s strength. Or 2.) To think of what I can do to go on forward and wait for that next opportunity and never to give up on my dreams. ‘Fcourse I chose the latter.

It isn’t easy. You will sulk and mope. I sulked and moped. You will try hard to dig in deep into your guts just to make you think positively but will end up thinking you will be a failure. I did that too! I am not saying that I am in my ultimatum of success but I’m ready and fighting again to what I love the most. And if you ever cross this kind of situation in your life just go back to this blog and remember that you are the boss of your insecurity!

Making New Friends is Good for the Soul

Last November 18 we were invited to a friend’s wedding in Cabanatuan, and we already planned out our itinerary for the whole weekend after the wedding but little did we know that we’ll be joining another group of friends in that trip.2017-11-21 09.26.07 1.jpg

We were complete strangers all together in one apartment. And it feels so awkward to walk out of the room with people you barely even know and go on with whatever business you have to do.

Old and long term friends are for keeps, but making new friends is good for the soul! Here is a list of why I think having new friends is good for our soul.

 

1.) CLEAN SLATE

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In our daily lives, we have this unbreakable routine of going to the office, working, getting tired, getting a spare of me-time, and a little bit of rest, and then doing it all over again the next day. That is such a toxic and a little bit depressing overtime. Bleckh! Going out and meeting someone new is like a clean slate. It’s like breaking the rules and it’s so refreshing! Just a little bit awkward the first time, but give it some time and it’ll be fun.

 

2.) LEARNING BUT NOT IN A CLASSROOM/OFFICE

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Our second night in that apartment in Cabanatuan, after having a little bit of beer in our bellies, we got to tell stories about ourselves and learned about each other person’s experiences. And I think that hearing different stories from different people having different point of views is the best way to learn in life.

 

3.) YOU BECOME SMARTER

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Mingling with people whom you have no idea of who they really are is kind of a challenge on how and when will you react or adjust depending on what attitude they show you. It’s like, life is putting you in a test but in this test there’s no need for a pen and a paper.

 

4.) YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

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The feeling of nobody understands you or nobody else in this world gets the feeling of being in a situation like you is such a burden until you meet these strangers in your life that open up their mind and heart just like they’re reading your own. Come to think of it, billions of people around the world, and yet we really aren’t totally unique. We then realize after meeting new people with the same mindset or experience as we have that we aren’t alone after all.

 

Last but not the least,
5.) WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

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I’m just so amazed in my experience last weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‚ The first day we met each other, we were so timid in saying “Hey” or “Hi” but when the days passed by we became concerned with each other and we had so much fun in each other’s company that we are already planning out our next trip.

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So, the next time you go out on an adventure do not hesitate or do not be afraid to make acquaintances because sooner or later you’ll be making new friends. And that is good for the soul. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Feel free to share your experiences on having new friends and how did it help you become a better person on the comment section below. ๐Ÿ’•

Hello lovely unicorns and welcome back to my blogsite! It’s been a solid month and I haven’t written until now. Well, I’ve a lot to do and I haven’t really thought about what to write next.

So a quick update: I’ve been invited to guest in Net25’s segment show, Taumbahay, last Monday, July 31 for a quick talk about mix and matching clothes. And coincidentally (or it’s just the Universe answering to all my prayers hehe) our band, MAY, was also privileged to play on their other segment show, Letters and Music (will be aired next week).ย IMG_1838

Ever since in my college days my classmates would always tell me that I act so natural even in a nerve wrecking moment. And this kind of moment is one of those situations. It’s such a pressure to go live on a national TV. All cameras are pointing at you, the bright lights that make you produce sweat, and the aircondition that makes your hands cold as ice!ย IMG_1866

I may look serene and all gathered up but deep inside I’m trying to calm my excited heart (good thing I don’t drink too much coffee cause it’d be so hard to control a caffeinated heart ๐Ÿ˜‚).

How do I do it?

1.) Before the scheduled date of taping/show, I gather all the information about the show. What are we discussing? What are the scopes of the discussion? Who are our viewers?IMG_1909

2.) I do research about the topic. Ask for opinions of others, and read more about the topic.

3.) I practice and imagine, rehearsing all the questions given to me on my head and imagining ahead the situation.IMG_1908

4.) Stop being concious. It’s not wrong to state your opinion. The trick is to say “on my own opinion/in my point of view” to avoid confusion with viewers that you aren’t stating a fact. Alam mo naman, yung ibang mga viewers they know it all. Charaught! ๐Ÿ˜IMG_1845

5.) My professor once told us to “fake it until you become it”. Pretend you are not nervous and after a few minutes it will miraculously disappear.IMG_1820

6.) Always go for the natural you. ๐Ÿ’•

7.) Please know that you are SWAG *Kim Bok Joo face*! ๐Ÿ˜Žย So be confident, girl!IMG_1890

8.) Lastly, trust the people who believe and support you. ๐Ÿ˜

These tips are actually not limited to TV/Radio guestings but also effective in school and office presentations, or other discussion exposures.

Link: ( The video for Taumbahay haven’t been uploaded yet. Will update it again once it’s done. ๐Ÿ˜š)

Thank you again, Taumbahay team for having me! Next time ulit.

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