INSTABITS : June 2017

Now that midyear classes are finally over, and I’ve finished computing my students’ grades, I have some free time to update my blog. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of July. The first half of 2017 went by in a blink of an eye.

I started the month off by going to UPD to pick up some documents. Afterwards I went to Eastwood to meet Raf for dinner. Since I had a few hours to kill before he got off work, I decided to try the famous black froyo from BLK513. They had so many flavors of syrup and toppings to choose from that I had a hard time picking one, but in the end I went with the strawberry cheesecake which was pretty good.

Raf and I went to Tagaytay one weekend and we decided to check out Museo Orlina. There were lots of intricate glass sculptures and interesting pieces inside (you can see some of them in my IG stories video at the end of this entry).

Beautiful view from Tagaytay

Wall art at The Lake District where we had lunch. We need more of this in our lives ūüôā

Spiced fries with ice cream and chocolate. It’s like appetizer and dessert mixed together

Tio Ben passed away last month. He went very quickly and quietly so we’re thankful that he didn’t suffer. The wake was held at my aunt’s place in Tanauan and his funeral mass was at St.John The Evangelist Parish. Goodbye Tio Ben, we will miss you.

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INSTABITS : May 2017

It’s almost the end of June so I should probably finish this entry that’s been sitting in my drafts. May was a pretty eventful month, but this entry’s not too long since I’ve mostly been posting on IG stories these days. You can still see what I posted there since I compiled them all into a video (which you can find at the end of this entry).

I ended my last INSTABITS with photos from our office workshop in Camp Benjamin, which took place on the last day of April. Here are two more photos from that event:

Before leaving the resort, we took advantage of our free time to explore the farm. We had to cross this pretty bridge to get there. This was also where my week 14 self portait was taken.

On our way back to LB we dropped by Nuvali to have lunch at Wing Stop.

Amie and I went to UPD to request and pick up some documents on May 10. The last time I was in UPD was about a year ago, so I felt a little nostalgic. We passed by NIGS, which was where we spent a huge part of our MS life.

After finishing all our errands we went to UP Town Center to grab a late lunch at Ramen Nagi. It was my first time in UP Town, so I was pretty excited.

After a long day of walking around UPD, Amie and I rewarded ourselves with some ice cream.

We met Jason in UP Town and we decided to do a bit of shopping before we head back home

I ended up buying a new pair of running shoes. I still love my bright pink ones, but these were on sale and they were too comfortable to pass up :p

My parents celebrated their anniversary this month.¬†I posted this cute photo of them pretending to be captains ūüėÄ

As part of their celebration, we went to Estrella de Mendoza in Laiya for a quick beach resort getaway

Since I’m so behind on my 52-week project, I grabbed this opportunity¬†to shoot several self portraits at the resort. I packed about 5 outfits for our 2 days there :p I wore this one for week 16/52.

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INSTABITS : April 2017

We’re in our last¬†few weeks of classes here in the university, which means lots of work for all of us. As a result, I haven’t been updating my IG as much, so this entry’s going to be shorter than usual.

The postcards I’ve been waiting for finally arrived last month. The Vancouver one is from Brinks (from her one-month visit to Canada) and the¬†one from Malaysia is from me, I sent it to myself during our trip there last March (blog entry here).

Aprille celebrated her birthday this month so I posted this picture of us from a few years back

I ordered this clay mask from Althea back in January but I was only able to test it this month. (Watch my IG stories below if you’re curious to see how it looks :p)

I went for a medical this month and one of the tests required me to fast for three days. No red meat, chocolates, raw fruits and veggies allowed. Before I got started I decided to have one last sinful meal at Seoul Kitchen

Ezra had her birthday on the 18th so I posted this picture of us from our cruise last February (blog/vlog here)

My favorite brother-in-law also celebrated his birthday this month. Welcome to your 30’s Kurt!

Camille and I had merienda at Boards Up one afternoon. They have a wide selection of board games you can play while you’re there. We decided to try Exploding Kittens. It would have been a fun game if there were more people playing with us.

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INSTABITS : March 2017

Hallu everyone! We’ve entered the second quarter of 2017, where did the weeks go?¬†Anyway, it’s time for my monthly Instagram dump. I’m proud to say that I’m¬†posting this earlier than usual ūüôā

On the first day of March, I received a text from Dustin telling me to wear black to the office #ootdbeshies

We were craving Greek salad so we decided to get some takeout from Chubby Habbi’s

Amie, Dustin and I went to SM San Pablo to watch a movie and discovered that The Face Shop was having a 5+5 sale on face masks. Of course Amie and I took advantage of it.

Ma’am Ivy invited us to their house for dinner one evening. Her husband is a great cook and they prepared spaghetti aux crevettes and boeuf bourguignon for¬†us. So so so yummy! Thanks Ma’am Ivy and Sir Junjun!

For International Women’s Day one of my students gave me this balloon ¬†ūüėôūüéąūüéȬ†Thank you!!

Some colleagues and I went to Malaysia for a conference last month (blog entry HERE). Dustin took this photo of me at NAIA. We had to leave our house at 2am so most of us had less than an hour of sleep.

This was the view from our Airbnb in Penang¬†‚̧

On our first night there we had dinner at the food court in Queensbay Mall. It was called Queen’s Hall.

The next day we somehow all found ourselves wearing black. This time it wasn’t planned.

We rented bikes to explore Georgetown. Of course I chose a pink one :p

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INSTABITS : February 2017

The month of hearts ‚̧ It was indeed full of love because Ezra and Kurt¬†visited us and finally had their Philippine wedding this month ūüėÄ

Ezra arrived first on February 1 and immediately¬†showered me with kisses. She went with me to the office so she wouldn’t¬†succumb to jetlag and end up sleeping the whole day.

She brought all these games for me, yaaaay~ I’ve already finished Until Dawn (which she had to force me to play because I was too scared), Life is Strange and Project Diva X. I’m thinking of starting Akiba’s Trip sometime soon.

Ezra’s first request when she arrived was for me to take her to Seoul Kitchen¬†because she missed their cheese rappoki so much

It’s been over a year since we went on a family vacation with Ezra so my parents booked a short Asian cruise while she was here (watch the vlog HERE).¬†We arrived in Singapore a day earlier (where we would be boarding the ship) so we could explore the Gardens by the Bay ūüôā

There were so many colorful plants there!

We had tickets to enter one of the two domes in the park. We had a hard time deciding which one to go to but in the end we chose the cloud forest which was breathtaking.

In Malaysia we saw that McDonalds had lychee ice cream, so of course we had to try it.  Two thumbs up!

Family portrait during formal night of our cruise. The Filipino staff on the ship kept coming up to talk to us because¬†seeing my dad’s barong made them homesick.

Garcia sisters in black and white. (Del Rosario na nga pala si Ez …) The dress that Ezra’s wearing is actually the same one she wore when she got married last year. She was happy to have a chance to finally wear it again.

One of our ports was Penang. We joined a tour which took us to the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Our guide also took us to Lim Wah Thai to go souvenir shopping. Here I am chillaxing with the Lim Wah Thai bears

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INSTABITS : January 2017

(I know this is extremely late since it’s almost the¬†2nd week of March, but my February was pretty packed so I didn’t have time to finish this entry.)

My first post for 2017 was¬†this family photo we took in Bangkok’s Art in Paradise museum. We had a lot of fun taking photos during our visit there, which I’ll probably share on my blog sometime in the (not-so-near) future.

My mom took this shot of me at the new Central World overpass in Bangkok

Even though I still had some sidequests to complete, I decided to finish Final Fantasy 15 just before¬†we had to go back to work. The ending was … ok I guess.

I got to try my first CBTL drink this year. I forgot what I ordered but I remember liking it.

One exciting thing that happened to me in January was the Color Manila Run. Dustin convinced me to sign up for the 10k and I’m proud to say I survived.

Of course we took loads of photos during the event

So kulayful!

I ordered three new liquid lipsticks from Colourpop and they arrived last January. This one’s Bumble. I like the color but I’m not a fan of the matte formula – it’s too drying on my lips.

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INSTABITS : December 2016

HAPPY 2017 everyone! Here’s my final Instagram dump for 2016.¬†As promised,¬†this entry¬†consists of more people and less food. (But that doesn’t mean I ate less last¬†month – in fact I pigged out quite a bit over the holidays)

Warning : December was packed with activities so this entry is pretty long

As you may know, I’m a HUGE Final Fantasy fan (this¬†blog’s URL should be a giveaway – it’s the name of Selphie’s final weapon in FF8), so I was pretty excited when FF15 came out.¬†I asked Brinks to get me a copy and I spent the first weekend of December holed up in my room exploring Eos with Noctis and the gang. (In fact, most of December’s free time went into this game.)

December marked the end of the first semester, which meant lots of work for us teachers. Dustin and I rewarded ourselves with pizza and milk tea after an entire day of checking.

Since I had some free time, I decided I would bake a few things for upcoming Christmas parties. Dustin came over to help out so of course we ended up baking matcha goodies.

We made white chocolate chip matcha cookies for the first time and surprisingly they turned out alright. I would have preferred them sweeter, but  the people who ate them thought they were fine the way they were.

Dustin, Jason and I went to SM Calamba one evening and had dessert at Krispy Kreme! We tried their holiday donuts. They were good but I still prefer the original glazed.

After two months in Japan, Amie’s back, yaaaaay~

My parents love having my friends over so, just like last year, they threw a Christmas party for them.

My mom and I bought these antler headbands to get us all in a festive mood during the party. Nine of us for the nine reindeer in the song – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen¬†and Rudolph ūüėÄ

(I started using Boomerang last month :p)

Of course we¬†had a gift exchange during the party ūüėÄ Thanks everyone!

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