INSTABITS : December 2014

First of all, let me start this entry by greeting everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It’s about a week late and I’ve already posted two entries on my blog this year, but it’s still the first week of the year so I want to wish everyone a joyous 2015.

I meant to have this as my first post for 2015 but I decided to get the Christmas party blogs out of the way first since some people were waiting for me to post the pictures from those.

December 1 was Joybel’s birthday and as a treat, she bought two GIANT pizzas to share with us.  Thanks Joy!

Red velvet cupcake and iced tea from Cocina.  I needed a break from all the checking so I asked Eden and Thea to come with me for a quick afternoon snack.

OOTD. Polka dots and lace. Two of my favorite things 🙂

I know I usually share the books I read at the end of the month, but this one is so amazing that I couldn’t wait 🙂  I posted a review of this which you can read HERE.

Another random OOTD

I received this adorable Charles Darwin coaster as pasalubong from Dustin when he went to Thailand for a conference.  I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to put a mug on that face.  I’ll probably just use this as decoration since it’s too cute 😀

Alex called this my “pang-binyag outfit”

December’s arrival  meant that it was time for our family’s annual visit to the churches in Kalayaan and Santa Cruz.  Ezra and I passed the long car ride by sleeping in the backseat and occasionally taking selfies XD

I was craving cheesecake one afternoon so my roommates and I went to Dalcielo for merienda.

The girls of C208, taken during IMSP’s Christmas party

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INSTABITS : November 2014

I meant to post this earlier but it was our last week of classes and  I barely had time to sleep, let alone blog.  We have finals coming up next week too, although Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby’s supposed to make landfall this weekend so I’m not sure what will happen to our schedule.  All we can do is hope and pray that it won’t be too devastating.

I watched the K-drama Doctor Stranger last month and developed a mild obsession with Park Hae Jin.  I’ve always liked him in Family Outing and I thought he was great in You Who Came From The Stars, but I especially loved him in this drama.  C’mon, a brilliant and hot doctor with a great sense of fashion? Who can resist that?

My  cousin visited me on campus one day and dropped off these brownies for our family.  Thanks Grace!

And later that week Ckloy brought me a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme. Diet? What diet?

Grabbed this photo from Brinky doodle. We had a very brief meet up at St. Therese one afternoon.

This is why my roommates shouldn’t leave me alone at the office.  I get extremely vain and end up taking lots of selfies.

Posted this for Throwback Thursday.  I found this while browsing some old photos on my laptop. Poor Ezra XD  This was taken back in 2010 when we had our little shoot at the National Art Center (blog entry HERE).

I bought this key cover at the IRRI bazaar.  The only problem is the “strawberry” is so large that sometimes I have a hard time unlocking my door.  It’s a small price to pay for having an adorable key 😀

Satur-date with Ckloy.  (He’s wearing huge shades because he didn’t sleep at all that night.)  I think this was the only time I went to SM Calamba last month.  I used to go practically every weekend, but lately I’ve been avoiding the traffic in Pansol (it gets especially bad during the holidays and summer).  I’m hoping they finish construction soon so that the roads won’t be as congested.

Ckloy and I watched Big Hero 6.  I loved it.  It was super cute and heartwarming 🙂  I want my own Baymax! (Ckloy fell asleep halfway through the movie, lol.)

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INSTABITS : October 2014

Finally found some time to sit down and put this entry together.  All my free time this past week has gone into watching this K-drama called Doctor Stranger.  I actually finished it a few days ago but I’m watching it for the second time this week.  (Honestly the story isn’t that great, but I love seeing Park Hae Jin on screen.)

My mom attended a party last month and came home with this pink balloon for Ezra and me. We didn’t think that a rubber bag filled with helium can still entertain us, but it actually made us feel really happy.

This past month, Sir Marvs, Sir Taps and Ma’am Chrys have been helping Amie, Joybel and me edit our thesis for journal submissions.  I’m very grateful because I know that they’re all very busy but they’ve taken the time to sit with us and go through our papers to give feedback.

A student of mine dropped by the office to give me this little guy for World Teacher’s Day 🙂 Thanks Aimee!

Saturday dinner with Ckloy at Seoul Kitchen 🙂

My room renovations continued throughout October and now it’s finally finished.  After almost 3 months I can relax in my own bed again 🙂

Don’t you hate it when Windows decides to update when you’re in a hurry?  This particular update took over 2 hours to finish!  I was already in a rush because I was late for my class, and when I shut my laptop off it started updating!  Naturally I couldn’t turn it off so I had to drive to the office with my laptop open next to me on the passenger’s seat.  And of course I couldn’t use it during my lecture since it was updating, so I had to resort to the whole “chalk and talk” thing.

UPLB celebrated its 96th Loyalty Day on October 10.  We joined in on the parade and the salu salu.

My parents went on a Japanese cruise last month and Ezra and I asked them to bring me back a magazine with Satoh Takeru on the cover.  My mom got confused and we ended up with Ryo-chan instead. Not that we’re complaining 🙂

Some of their other pasalubong. I really like the green tea chocolate daifuku and the furikake. Thanks Mom and Dad 😀

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INSTABITS : September 2014

October already?? I feel like September just flew by! But at the same time, so much has happened that I can’t believe that only a month had passed.

Rurouni Kenshin : Kyoto Inferno came out around the end of August.  Ezra and I were excited to see it but we waited a bit for the crowd to die down before heading to the cinema.  The movie was amazing! Satoh Takeru is the perfect actor to play Kenshin, and the director did a great job translating the manga/anime to film.  The fight scenes were so intense that they had me on the edge of my seat.

I was on a Kenshin high after the movie, and I couldn’t get enough of Satoh Takeru.  After 6 months of having Kim Soo Hyun as my lock screen, he’s now been replaced by Himura Battousai XD

One reason I love September is because it’s my birth month 😀 I had a simple celebration (blog entry HERE), but I still got a few pleasant surprises from friends and family – like this note that Davies left on my office door while I was out for lunch.

I also received a rose and a sweet note from Amie

And my favorite Sans Rival cake from the family 🙂

I was most surprised when I opened my email that evening and found an animated e-card from Princess Cruises 🙂 I love that they give their guests special treatment even months after their cruise ends.  (My parents are going on another Princess Cruise this weekend – I’m so jealous!)

Our dear friend Kat moved to Sweden this month to pursue her PhD.  It’ll be a while since we see each other again so we scheduled a shopping date at Festival Mall to spend some quality time with each other. We miss you Kat! 🙂

UPLB held its annual SyenSaya Science Fair this month.  I helped out as an exhibitor for one morning.  Our exhibit was “The Physics and Math in Origami” 🙂

I had fun at the event, and I even learned how to make these adorable origami bows

Borrowed Sir Taps’s Luffy during the exhibit

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INSTABITS : August 2014

We’re down to the last few months of the year.  September has arrived, so I expect that I will be hearing Christmas carols on the radio soon 🙂  I love this time of the year.

On the first day of August, Amie and I went UPD to visit Ma’am Cherry.  While walking around, we encountered several groups of freshman students on a campus tour.  Amie said I blended right in with the freshies and took these pictures to prove it.  What do you think? XD


After catching up for a bit, Ma’am Cherry took us to have lunch at ROC (Thanks Ma’am!).  I ordered their creamy pesto pasta, which was yummy~

These days, I’ve been playing around a lot with my Eyes on the 60’s make up palette from BH Cosmetics.  I love all the bright and fun colors.  Here I used pink and purple eyeshadow to match my dress 🙂

Random picture of Ckloy and me while waiting for our order at JCo.  We were celebrating our 8th year and 8th month together this day.

In my last INSTABITs entry, I mentioned that my iPod dove into a bucket of water while I was showering.  After burying it in rice for a few days, I checked to see if it would work again – and it did!  Yaaay~ Good as new 😀

Amie asked me to help out with the students’ assisted enlistment during registration this semester.  It was my first time as an enlistor.  I thought it would be chaotic, but it was actually pretty organized.

Our first day of classes was on August 11.  I try to look presentable and wear heels when I teach, but I’ve gotten so used to wearing flats and sneakers over the last four months that my feet hurt like crazy by the end of the day.  I have to train myself how to walk in heels again.

Ezra decided to start her PhD this semester.  I can’t believe that my little sister might get her degree before me!

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INSTABITS : July 2014

It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for my July Instagram dump 🙂

This was Ckloy’s pasalubong from Texas 😀  Most of my free time has gone into making good use of this baby. I’m currently playing Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends.  Ezra and I have loved that game since Bam introduced it to us almost a decade ago.

Date outfit for when Ckloy and I watched Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Brinks has been complaining that she never sees mocha ice cream at the grocery anymore, so when I found this,  I had to share it with her XD

My hair got some much needed TLC this month.  I used to go for treatments every month back when I had colored hair, but ever since I went back to my natural color my hair has been healthier and I haven’t needed it as much.

This is what my bedroom ceiling currently looks like thanks to Glenda. Read more about it in this entry.

Glenda aftermath at our house

There wasn’t much to do without electricity so I spent most of my free time reading ebooks.  This was one of the ones I finished this month, and I loved it!  It reminded me a lot of the Sea of Tranquility, which was my favorite book of 2013 🙂  I wrote a review for it which you can read HERE.  (This was the first book in the More series. I tried reading the others but so far I don’t like them that much)

Since it took a week for electricity to be restored at our house, we would occasionally invade my uncle’s house in San Pablo so we can charge our devices and go online.

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INSTABITS : June 2014

Hello hello!  I can’t believe that the first half of 2014 is officially over!  One more month before classes start again.

Anyway, July has arrived, which means it’s time for my Instagram dump for June.

Quick snapshot with our airport send off committee at LAX.  Every time we visit California, they’re the ones who take the time to pick us up and drop us off at the airport 😀 Thanks guys! Hope to see everyone again soon.

Raffy and Tio Ben spent a week with us this month and they visited me at my office one day (along with Ezra).

Ezra and I took them to see the Torii

Since it can get extremely hot and humid at our house during the day, Ezra would sometimes come with me to the office to enjoy our airconditioning.  There are usually 3 empty desks in my office and yet she insists on sharing my table. Tsk tsk…

I asked Ezra to take some pictures of me with the Space Needle when we were there last month, and this is what happened.

My BH cosmetics haul. I was only planning on getting the itsjudytime pallete (I love her!) but there was a sale and I ended up with a bunch of other great deals 🙂

Look who I found waiting to greet me at Taipei airport.  Kim Soo Hyun! ❤

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