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All Of Me – Josh Kaufman version

June 16, 2014
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Haunting melody. Unforgettable lyrics. John Legend’s song as sung by The Voice champ Josh Kaufman. I love, love, love this song. The song of real love. What would I do without your smart mouth Drawing me in, and you kicking me out Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down What’s going…

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Remembering Papa

June 15, 2014
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Remembering Papa

All that I am and all that I will become, I owe to my father — the most loving, most selfless person in the world. I love you and I miss you, Papa.

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Batanes yellow rice – my newest guilty pleasure

May 31, 2014
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Batanes yellow rice – my newest guilty pleasure

I am a big rice lover; I tried to live without it for an extended period of time but I kept going back to it. I do try to keep it healthy by buying only the healthier brown variety and controlling intake. But my trip to Batanes this month totally wreaked havoc on my self-imposed…

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Trip diary: Bolinao, Pangasinan

May 22, 2014
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Can you imagine surfing in this kind of water? @_@

Note: Company trip, 15-16 March 2014 I always love going up north, especially during the summer months. Aside from a huge variety of things to do, the beaches are less crowded than in the south. As Manila is becoming hotter and more humid by the day, I did not pass up an opportunity to go…

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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

May 8, 2014
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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

A rundown of my language learning activities for the past few days: 1. Filipino – my boss will be back in Manila next week and I have a few more days to prepare for lessons. I’ve been meaning to make some more Brainscape decks for him and improve the existing one for adjectives to include…

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Finding the stoke in Bagasbas Beach

May 6, 2014
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With wahine extraordinaire, Mocha Vargas, pride of Daet. Hello Mocha, I am Caramel! ;)
Photo credit: Dhon Abril

After a very relaxing time at Calaguas, our group headed back to the mainland and we’re off to Bagasbas. Bagasbas Beach is only 4km away from Vinzons Port and should not take you more than a half hour drive. Dozens of commercial establishments line the street facing the beach, which is a long stretch of…

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Water from the moon: Surfing the Bono in Indonesia

May 5, 2014
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I hope that I can be good enough to surf this in the future. In the meantime, I will work on staying on top of the board!

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Calaguas for newbies

April 27, 2014
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Calaguas for newbies

I was in Calaguas recently and I would like to assure you that whatever raves you’ve heard of it, they are all TRUE! This place is truly awesome. In fact, it leapfrogged over Bohol and Boracay to claim the 2nd spot in my list of my most favourite Philippine beaches, 2nd only to El Nido,…

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Calaguas: Paradise Found

April 24, 2014
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Calaguas: Paradise Found

It was 2 hours past my usual lunch time and I was starving. My Jollibee breakfast was already gone hours ago and my stomach was complaining. I was bitch-slapped by a huge wave that left me wet and cold. I was drenched from head to foot in salty water that left my hair hanging in…

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Lakbayan Travel Map – updated

April 23, 2014
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Lakbayan Travel Map – updated

I’ve been to a few other provinces since I first posted this map. But I am still a “C Grade Traveller”. Anyway, I look forward to visiting more places soon and one of my immediate goals is to visit all the provinces in the Bicol region.  :) My Lakbayan grade is C! How much of…

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Bicol’s Pancit Bato

April 20, 2014
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Bicol’s Pancit Bato

I have just returned from a long weekend of sun, sand and sea in Camarines Norte. I’ve fallen head over heels with Bicol — its sights, its people and most definitely, its food. I was never a fan of coconut milk because of the “revolution” it creates in my stomach. And I only started eating…

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I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love

April 13, 2014
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I didn’t know I liked this song until Youtube infected me I was just listening to this Hungarian tutorial channel by Dolores Kostic and in the first video, this song was playing in the background. I don’t know why but instead of being distracted by the music, it actually helped me remember the phrases. I…

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Language learning update

April 12, 2014
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Language learning update

Bonjour à tous! お元気ですか?Ako, keri lang Just a bit of an update from the language learning front. I know that I haven’t been writing much about the topic since quitting my Alliance Française classes. But I assure you that I have not stopped studying at all. 1. Filipino/Tagalog - My tutorial classes with my boss…

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It’s always a good time!

April 11, 2014
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Did you see the weather forecast this week? The mercury is inching up. You know what this means, right? Summer is bustin’ out all over! I love summer and somehow, I associated it with the song “It’s Always a Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen (aka the Call Me Maybe girl). I…

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Tocino and bagoong rice

April 6, 2014
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Tocino and bagoong rice

I finally got my Twitter feed up and running, and I have a shoutbox/chatboard now — see the sidebar! not sure if the shoutbox is a good idea or not, but whatever. Anyway, on to the main topic of this post…I think that the bagoong (sauteed shrimp paste) is much maligned. Sure, it stinks so…

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A Jeepney asshole is NOT a pretty problem

April 3, 2014
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Forgive me because this entry might end up peppered with colorful language. I need to rant and I might not have enough energy to edit. ==================================================== This morning, I boarded a jeepney on my usual commute to work. I was the first passenger. Aside from the driver, there was a barker/fare collector in the jeep.…

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Write now

April 1, 2014
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Write now

This day did not start out well. First, I could not get proper sleep last night as I had an upset stomach from eating too much chocolates. Well, Aya didn’t want to eat these Bangkok chocolates and I hate that they’ve been in the house since January so I thought I should just try and…

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The Catalina Manifesto

March 31, 2014
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The Catalina Manifesto

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Longanisa pasta win and Bauan’s Londres

March 24, 2014
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Longanisa pasta win and Bauan’s Londres

My addiction to Lucban longanisa is no secret. I think it is perfection in all its garlicky glory. Tonight, I used it in my aglio-olio pasta to recreate 1st Colonial Grill’s Guinobatan Longanisa pasta. I tasted this pasta in February when we were in Bicol and it was love at first bite. All the flavours…

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Thoughts about my stint as an English reading volunteer

March 22, 2014
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Thoughts about my stint as an English reading volunteer

Teaching is one of our company’s activities for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Every Friday each week, my teammates, boss and I worked as volunteer teachers. Together with other volunteers from the company, we go to a public school in Taguig to spend one hour teaching grade 1 pupils how to read in English. Normally, grade…

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Animal Divination: Yellow Lion

March 19, 2014
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Animal Divination: Yellow Lion

I am not really into hippie-dippy stuff like fortune-telling or astrology. But sometimes, I like reading them and taking all these personality tests to see if they actually describe me. I learned about Doubutsu Uranai 動物占い – animal fortunetelling or animal divination – from Ate Jen. I have certainly never heard of the Japanese talking…

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Miss Alicia Keys

March 18, 2014
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Miss Alicia Keys

Oh look at that — a Grammy-winning artist moonlighting as a recruiter. Kewl! I can almost imagine the interview going like this: Some people live for the fortune So tell me about yourself Some people live just for the fame Why did you leave your job at your previous company? Some people live for the…

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Love Somebody – Maroon 5

March 17, 2014
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I haven’t been on Youtube in a long time. So I never really watched any videos of my favourite songs. But last week, I was slacking off a bit…and saw this video of “Love Somebody”. It is one of my favourite songs from the Overexposed album. The video is really unique — I love it. Touching and being touched by Adam Levine like that. Crazy sexy.

My first visit to Cebu (Part 1 of 3, Cebu)

March 11, 2014
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My first visit to Cebu (Part 1 of 3, Cebu)

I’ve never been to Cebu. I have heard lots of great things about it but I never had the chance to visit. Until Endre came to the Philippines for a month-long stay. Endre first visited Cebu last year during the Sinulog Festival. It was love at first sight for him. Cebu was so remarkable for…

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Taco rice bowl

March 10, 2014
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Taco rice bowl

My last kitchen experiment left me with lots more salsa than I could consume. I need to replenish my nacho chip supply, which for some weird reasons, seem to disappear into thin air in less than 24 hours after purchase. I found a very easy recipe in Yummy’s Meals in Minutes recipe book and decided…

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