We Finally Tied the Knot!

Yes! We finally tied the knot last Saturday, September 29. It has been a crazy weekend for me and Keen. I'm writing this article as we board our plane for Japan. I just figured it might be too late if I post this after our honeymoon.

We are just overwhelmed with love and gratitude from everyone who came and congratulated us. A huge shoutout to our parents for their love and support. Also, many thanks to our families, friends and loved ones. Many of whom came from different places just to celebrate with us. Special thanks to our coordinator Liz and her team. Their work was simply splendid. Everyone gave many positive feedback about the program, decor, etc.

Also, a huge thank you from me to ex boyfriend and now husband Keen. Your surprise dance number with the 'Let's Go Boys' truly made the celebration more special. To quote my mom, they forgot they were hungry when they saw all of you dance. I'm still laughing every time I see the videos.

And most especially, thank …

Counting the Days

A few days from now Keen and I will be saying our I Do's to each other. People have been asking how we feel now that the date draws near. We feel excited and overwhelmed at the same time. And there's this inexplicable feeling that stirs us inside, like constant butterflies in our stomach.

We barely had nine months to prepare. But I'm grateful for all the blessings that came our way to be able to pull it off in a short time.

I pray for a successful and meaningful event. More importantly, I pray for a blessed marriage that comes after the ceremony and celebrations.

The wedding stamps the beginning of a happy ending, the start of forever. And so now we begin counting the days until we finally spend a lifetime together.

Photos by Keir Ashley Lim

Goodbye Dear Tree

I wrote this one time when I heard about the news of our dear bamboo tree being cut down for the works to be done in our creek. It's sad to say goodbye to things that we have been attached to. What more difficulty it is to say goodbye to a living thing that has been a part of our lives. With its shade gone, our neighborhood feels empty and exposed. I feel so melancholic about it. This is my poem for it, to remember it always...

Goodbye Dear Tree

It had always been there
Since I could remember
It was planted long ago
By a fellow neighbor who
Loved nature so
He died protecting it

Tall and strong
Yet pliant and humble
Its shade has been caring
Strong and protecting
Even as heat rose
In the years that came

We have seen it grown
Towering over us
Green and soothing
A pillar from nature
That creatures came home
To its simple stature

But alas one day
To save man from its doing
News came that it had to be
Cut down for our safety
Replaced by stones
Stacked hard and cold

I couldn't do an…

Dealing with Difficult People

We always have this one or two coworkers whom we never like or get along in the office. Sometimes it makes you question what's wrong with yourself. Why is he or she treating you this way? But when you hear other people saying the same comment about them, you feel a sense of relief that you're not the only one putting up with all the drama this certain person is giving you.

But that doesn't change the fact that you have to deal with them. One way or another, your paths cross. You get astoundingly long narrations in their emails. You hear some irksome comments from them. You receive unnecessary criticisms rather than constructive feedback. The list goes on.

In a company that's full of varied and complex personalities, it is inevitable that some people won't get along with each other very well. But that doesn't necessarily mean they have a terrible attitude or what. Their personalities simply don't match with everyone.

Now we go back to the dilemma on how to d…

#KaonSerye: Modern Japanese Street Dining at Sukidesu

Keen and I have been going to Aurora Quezon street to buy fresh buko juice and we have been passing by this new Japanese restaurant in the area. It wasn't anything fancy but it looked nice with all the street dining feels. We tried to eat there twice but the place was always full. Finally on our third attempt, there was a table for two available.

The restaurant was called Sukidesu. Their place was small and a bit cramped. But everything else looked decent and the staff were attentive despite being busy.

Keen and I looked at the menu and we were really surprised with the very affordable prices. Their gyoza was only 45php and chicken karaage 50php. We ordered both with a bowl of ajitama ramen and sukidesu maki.

Ajitama Ramen
Ajitama ramen was served first. The serving was just enough for one person and its price. The soup was surprisingly good too. As you can see in the photo the broth is rich and the eggs were done perfectly. Keen and I agreed it was next best ramen in town. And fo…

Wedding Countdown Reflections

Keen and I just celebrated our 27th monthsary. It's going to be a few months, more like a few weeks, before Keen and I will tie the knot. There are many words to describe how we feel - ecstatic, excited, nervous and pressured.

We are very ecstatic and excited about our wedding. Since we started our relationship, here have been plans already about marriage. And now that the date for the wedding has been finalized, we can't wait to begin the rest of our lives together.
Of course, we can't help but be nervous and pressured as well. We only had less than a year to prepare everything. Although we do have our trustworthy wedding coordinator to help us out which is quite a relief.
We also feel blessed to have gone this far. We've had many blessings that allowed to afford such a celebration. Although we've allocated many resources for this celebration, we remind ourselves that what's more important is what comes after the ceremony: married life.
They say that staying i…

#KaonSerye: Project Paella

Keen and I were searching for a new place to dine in town. We've been passing by Torres Street before and saw Soul Kitchen  and this new restaurant beside it, Project Paella. Since Keen wasn't up for some salads or wraps from Soul Kitchen, we decided to try Project Paella instead.

Keen wasn't a fan of paella because of previous experience. However, he was willing to give it another try since I like paellas, especially Paella Negra.

The place was small but the space was maximized well. It had a modern industrial interior design. Keen and I sat in front of their open kitchen where we could see the chef flambé.

The menu was simply comprised of a small variety of tapas, paella and dessert. Keen ordered Valenciana while I had my favorite Paella Negra. The we added Gambas since I wanted something spicy.

I thought a P180 per plate of paella was quite pricy. It turns out the serving was more than enough for one person, at least for Keen and I. Keen enjoyed his paella which had a g…