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INSTABITS : January 2015

The first month of 2015 is officially over.  We’re now entering the month of love ❤

Just like the past two years, my first post for the year was a family picture taken on New Year’s Eve. (Which you may have already seen since I also included this in my December INSTABITS entry.)


Raffy wasn’t able to make it to our Christmas lunch because of the flooding in Pansol, but he came over after New Years to spend a week with us.  In this photo he’s concentrating extra hard to beat my score in 2 Cars (which he eventually did and now I can’t beat him).

This month I found a YouTuber who does amazing piano covers of popular songs and shares her sheet music on her website. You can check her out HERE if you’re interested. I’m currently trying to learn how to play her arrangement of All Of The Stars, Thinking Out Loud and Let It Go.

Amie, Dustin, Arvin and Symon came over one afternoon to hang out. We spent most of our afternoon playing Just Dance and Band Hero on the Wii.

Ezra, my mom and I went to San Pablo to pick up a dress and some sewing materials. This was right before the fiesta, so there were colorful banderitas everywhere.

I found this adorable iPod case at the San Pablo market while we were there :)

Ninang visited the Philippines this month, so we went to go see her in Marikina. We picked Ckloy up on the way there. Ezra didn’t like seeing us too cuddly so she kept her hand between us.

Lollipop land at SM Marikina

(Grabbed this photo from Ate Jo’s IG.)  Kurt also visited the Philippines this month. Ezra and I went with his family to pick him up at the airport, and he treated us all to a nice lunch at Saisaki afterwards.

After having lunch with Kurt’s family, we went our own ways for a while to do some shopping. Brinky lives nearby so I asked her to meet me at the mall.  Her whole body was in pain (from going Dragon Boating that morning), but she came anyway :D

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Totem Poles in Ketchikan, Alaska – Golden Princess Cruise Day 6

On our 6th day in Alaska, we explored Ketchikan, AKA The Salmon Capital of the World:



Like the newsletter tells us, Ketchikan is a great place to see authentic totem poles, so we signed up for a tour to the Totem Bight State Park.



 We debated on whether to see the Lumberjack show too, but we figured one tour was enough for the day


 We were fortunate enough to find ourselves on Rusden’s bus.  He’s definitely one of the best tour guides we’ve had.  He was funny, knowledgeable and very passionate about Ketchikan’s history.  He clearly loved what he does.  He even baked cookies for us the night before!  We were his first tour group for the season, so we were a bit special ;)

On the way to the park, Rusden pointed out something very interesting about Ketchikan – apparently, they have a lot of these stairway streets in town:


Do you see it? They’re actual streets with street names and everything, but they’re essentially just a flight of stairs.


 Here’s another one

Totem Bight Park was a short drive away.  On our way there, we enjoyed the view while Rusden told us stories about his experiences when he first moved to Ketchikan


We arrived at the park shortly




 It was extremely cold that morning!  We were totally unprepared!  I mean, I know that we’re in Alaska and all, but so far all the other places we went to (aside from Glacier Bay) had been pretty warm. I thought Ketchikan would be the same so I just wore a dress and stockings.


 My poor mom shivering in the cold while she listened to Rusden’s stories.  He gave us a brief history of the totem poles and explained what each one was used for.



 He also showed us the clan house where the Native Americans had their banquets, feasts and meetings




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Week 2/52 : Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places

Ezra, Kurt and I went around campus last Wednesday to take some photos and videos. We’ll be having a shoot this weekend so we wanted some practice. In between takes, I managed to squeeze in my self portrait for this week. Ezra helped me take this while Kurt was making adjustments on his camera. My hand looks a little awkward because she clicked the camera while I was adjusting my dress, but I ended up liking it more than the shots I actually posed for.

I actually had another picture I liked from that day, and I had a hard time choosing which one to include in my 52-week project. In the end I went with the one above, but here’s the other shot I liked:

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This was taken at National Art Center’s small chapel. I was experimenting with my flash and I liked the effect so I asked Ezra to help me take a few pictures of me. I like this one a lot too, but I prefered the simplicity of the other one. This one feels a little busy with all the plants in the background.

I’m not sure who said the quote I used in my title, but I really like it. I hate making decisions because I’m scared that the wrong choice will have severe effects on my life. I guess I just have to remind myself that God has a plan for all of us. I have to have faith that although sometimes it may feel like I made the wrong choice, things will still work out in the end as long as I allow Him to guide me :)

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Looking back on 2014

I’m finally posting this.  As some of you may know, I write a wrap up entry every year here on my blog.  I do it so I can look back on the important and memorable events which took place in those 12 months.  Here’s my entry for 2014.  Some of the items on my list are linked to blog entries I posted previously.  I’m still catching up on blogging so some of the later events don’t have entries yet.



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  • My highschool friends, Eugene and Cherry, were visiting the Philippines at the time and I was able to have dinner with them :D
  • IMSP held the first IMSP All Stars Concert to celebrate our 30th foundation day. I’m not much of a dancer but I had a lot of fun performing with the people I work with.



  • My first two thesis advisees successfully defended their work and passed, yay :D
  • Celebrated April’s birthday by having lunch at Baan Thai
  • Celebrated Ezra and Kurt’s birthday
  • Went to California for the summer.  Kurt took us to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and Little Tokyo on our first weekend there






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Awesome 2014 – SKDR Films Compilation

I’m still working on my 2014 wrap up blog entry (it’s almost finished, I promise), so for now here’s an awesome video that Kurt made for his YouTube channel. I’m present for most of it so I told him that this could serve as my 2014 highlight video as well.

Thanks for including lots of clips of me in your compilation video Kurt!  I look forward to shooting more videos and creating more memories in 2015! :D

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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 :D

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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Christmas 2014

As per tradition, our family held our Christmas lunch on December 24th.  We were worried that our guests wouldn’t be able to make it because it rained all night and some of the roads were flooded.  It took Mary Grace and Tita Bebeth almost 3 hours to travel from Santa Rosa to our place because the roads were practically impassable. Raffy and his dad made it to Calamba (from Marikina) but they were forced to turn back around because they were worried that they would end up stranded in the middle of the water. Our other guests from San Pablo were spared from having to pass through the flooding in Pansol but they were greeted by mini-river on their way over.  Our house is located at a higher elevation so we were fine, but apparently all the water gathered at the entrance of our subdivision, making it very difficult for people to enter/exit the place.  My uncle’s tire guard was actually ripped off his car because of the water current.  But at least they made it safely.

Of course, we had to take some group photos before digging into the food:



The Tan cousins, minus Grace who was still stuck due to the rain

We remembered that we had tons of Santa hats so we decided to wear them:


Someone suggested that we take a wacky photo, and this happened:


Over the years it’s become accepted that “wacky” translates to “let’s all cover Ezra’s face

As usual, the adults stayed in the dining area to chat while we young ones occupied the living room to play Wii Sports and Guitar Hero.



While the others were busy with Guitar Hero, I asked Deus and Gilbert to teach me how to play a real guitar.  They’re both really good at it while I have no clue what to do.  Amie had given me this adorable pink guitar for Christmas (since she knew I wanted to learn how to play), and I plan on making good use of it.

Ezra insisted that she didn’t need lessons because has a natural talent for guitar and singing.


Somehow I don’t think Deus believes her

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Iyah doesn’t seem to agree either


Poor cousins had to suffer


Deus’s and Ezra’s fake selfie, lol.  (I was holding the camera, but she stuck her hand out to pretend that she took the picture XD)


Here’s our version

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