Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Meet Ham, Beans, Husky and Peach!

New puppies <3 I have 2 more months with them before I send them to their new homes.

Husky's so happy!



Friday, June 06, 2014

Hello Kitty Cafe at Hongdae (Hongik University)

When in Seoul particularly in Hongdae or Hongik University, please do stop by the Hello Kitty Cafe. It's a character of its own and even if I'm not a huge fan of Hello Kitty, I managed to squeeze it in our tight itinerary. It's so hard to pass the opportunity up.

The first time we went to Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongade, it was already closed. So we made the effort to drop by Hongik University again so we can have their lattes and waffles with the signature Hello Kitty shape. It feels like I'm a kid again.


Annyeong Kitty Kitty! It was nice meeting you :)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I Prefer...Prefere Ice Cream!

It's been a month since my trip to Korea and it still feels like it was just a week ago when I came back to the Philippines to face reality. While sorting through hundreds of photos, I was surprised that I got to take really quick ones of this brand of ice cream I immediately fell in love with when we were at Nami Island.

Hi, birthday boy in a week!

The brand of the ice cream is Prefere. And I miss it everyday. So glad to see the ice cream link - http://prefereicecream.com/ - and I wish I'll have the right money (and strings!) to bring it here in the Philippines.


Lovely blueberry and raspberry colors!

And from that day on, green tea ice cream will never be the same. Ever. Again.


I miss you!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Of Fancy Things and Real Happiness

I've been denied of a car loan THRICE. And in those instances that I got denied, I can't help but sulk a little and just move on tirelessly (pun intended), finding my way in the streets of Manila with just my feet, my poor spatial skills and my wallet filled with coins and MRT cards.

I have to blame myself though for the sudden lack of confidence I get whenever I get denied. I've always equated success with owning fancy stuff, and case in point, a car.

But then this article made me realize that there's so much more to life than a 4-wheeled tin can. 

Indeed, happiness is not defined by the things you parade, but by the MEANS you have. And yes, I'd rather have healthy bank accounts, investments, an insurance plan that pays and be carless than live paycheck to paycheck with loans I have to pay for the rest of my life.

This is a good read - http://nomoreharvarddebt.com/2014/01/29/teaching-a-debt-perspective-to-12-year-olds/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ben's Cookies at Hong Dae

I have to admit that I easily get swayed when personalities I look up to say that "this is a good thing". I've been a huge follower of Chuvaness and when she Instagrammed one time a box of Ben's cookies, the picture of that big red box did not escape my mind.

While strolling along Myeondong on our first night in Seoul, I saw a Ben's Cookies booth, but it was already closed. 



Oh the irony of a shopping district where the stores close by 10 in the evening.

When we passed by Hong Dae on our second day, guess what caught my eye! After exiting the subway, a huge brightly lit Ben's Cookies store is waving its hand at me!


Indeed, a very soft, warm and delicious batch of cookies. The portions are huge!


Haaaay Korea, I miss you so much. 6 days (thank God we extended our 4-day retreat with 2 more sleeps) are not enough.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Korea in my Mind

After Dubai, I don't think I can ever witness such beauty that will surpass everything I saw and everything I did in that beautiful island in the Middle East. But then again, with another trip coming up next week, I have to lay my defenses down and anticipate, yet again, with excitement what Seoul has to offer to a first timer like me.

But let me say that I am thankful (and feeling quite lucky) that I have been able to apply for my travel visas on my own and got approved in the process. It's so easy to visit non-visa countries so it's a beautiful challenge to be visiting places that not a lot of people have the chance and the patience to prepare their entry to. This reminds me that I should renew my passport once I get back from Seoul so I can apply for Japan. Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar have to wait.

It's going to be a short 4-day trip in Seoul, but our itinerary is packed! The itinerary consists of a tour of Nami Island, Namsan Tower Observatory Spot, Dongdaenum shopping district, Yeoju Green Village (where kimchi making, Hanbok wearing, gensing plantation and Genting juice taking will take place), Everland!!!!, shopping at Myeongdong Street, a visit to National Gensing and Herb Center, Gyeongbok Palace, National Folk Museum and a pass through by the Blue House. 

I can't wait for Everland among many other things! And I hope there will still be remnants of Spring that I can capture on my Instax!

Photo from this link


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Excitement is an Overstatement

I never thought that this year will be my year of travel. After Cebu, Singapore and Malaysia, I'm quite pleased that the visa applications we applied for Dubai and South Korea have been finally approved!

Exciting following months!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Goodbye Biscuit: A Eulogy

It's been exactly a week since I lost one of my favorite puppies. Well, all my pets are my favorites equally, if there is such a thing.

You know which among the liter is the perfect puppy by judging the size. Biscuit, before I called him that, was the fattest and unarguably the cutest puppy in the pile.


I told myself not to get a puppy; just give them all away and find them homes since the 3 adult dogs at home were already a handful. But I knew in my heart that I have to make Biscuit an exception. I cannot possibly give away a perfect puppy even to someone I trust.

He was the most skilled in terms of sucking out milk from his mom, Cutie. He gets his way around successfully finding a nipple even if his other siblings have already started the milk party without him. The way his flappy ears fly in the air whenever he runs and plays with his other siblings is too cute for words. He takes his long extremities from Cutie, who breezes beautifully like a horse when running after a cat. Or a cockroach.

It pains me to mentally relive that day last week when he was accidentally ran over by ate's car. Everything happened so fast. One moment seemed like there was still hope. Next thing I knew, he was no longer breathing. Tears are all I have when I think about Biscuit and a smile on my face when I think about the happy times, his naughty antics and his perfect black coat. It's so dramatic, but who can forget such a beautiful puppy?

Missing you everyday, Biscuit. Happy is how I will always remember you.

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