Month: July 2014

An Open Letter to Isaac

Dear Isaac,  I do not know how to start this letter. I am staring at my moving stomach and about to cry again. You always make me cry, but in a good way.  Long time ago, long before I even met your Tatay, I thought to myself that I don’t want to have kids. I tend to gain so much weight, so I thought being pregnant is such a bad idea. If you look at me now, anak, I am 72 kilograms. That’s waaaay heavier than my 55 kilogram self when your Tatay met me. A few months before I met your Tatay, I was 25 and been single for a while, I told my mother, your Lola Fe, that maybe I should just adopt. I was starting to worry about myself. I was starting to think that maybe I will never get married because being young, pretty, and single for three years was not a good sign. Your Lola of course told me that it was a crazy idea. Sayang daw ang magandang genes. Aba’t anong klase, ano? …

Recipe: Corned Beef Hash

I have been cooking a lot since we moved to Makati. We figured it would be cheaper to cook rather than buy food all the time. This is one of the few recipes that I started cooking here. It’s easy and doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare. Jeff called it corned beef hash, so let’s call it that. 😉 You will only need very few ingredients for corned beef hash, and you can easily find it in your home. This is best as baon at school or work. Or merienda at home! Ingredients: (makes 6 servings) 1 can corned beef (I used the Highlands brand because it’s on sale in Landmark) 2 pieces medium sized potatoes egg onion garlic Steps: 1. Peel the potatoes. 2. Using a cheese grater, grate the potatoes and drain the extract. You can use a piece of cloth to squeeze out the extra liquid from the potatoes, but since I don’t have cloth, I used paper towels which worked fine.  3. Chop the onions and garlic, and put it in …

Jet 7 Bistro Launch

My friend Faye has been telling me about this new restaurant along Timog Avenue in Quezon City for a while now. But because we used to live in the south, Quezon City felt like a very, very far place. We moved to Makati last month and now QC doesn’t seem too far anymore. Photo from Jet 7 Bistro’s Facebook page.

The J’s Anniversary Hits: Stilts Calatagan

It’s been two and a half months since our second wedding anniversary. I am just writing about this today because a lot of things happened to our family the past couple of months. Not to mention my pregnancy that causes so much laziness. It’s mostly my laziness, I guess. Haha! For our second anniversary, we decided that we will just go somewhere near because both Jeff and I are worried that traveling might not be very healthy for me and Taglet. He suggested we go to Stilts in Calatagan because he’s been there for a company outing. I visited their website and the place looked nice, so I said yes. Photo from http://www.stiltscalataganbeachresort.net/ Our anniversary falls on Easter Sunday this year, so we decided to travel a few days earlier. We left early morning of April 14. According to Google Maps, Calatagan is 123 kilometers from the house and about two-hour drive. We took the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road before turning left to Calatagan. Here’s the map from their website. It was actually easier for us when we followed …

Na-friendzone ka na ba?

I think I was, kaso hindi pa uso ang salitang ‘friendzone’ noon. O diba, contrary to popular belief, pati kaming girls nafe-friendzone. Not to mention, kaming mga chix hahahahahahaha! Oh, please refer to the photos below to prove my claim. 😛 (Hindi pa uso ang selfie, madami na din akong selfies. LOL!)   Back when I was 22 years old, and maybe 22 pounds lighter. Hahaha!  It was a little after college graduation and I was just coming out of a bad breakup. I started hanging out with this guy in the office. It was friendly, until we would regularly exchange messages, he would call me, or drive me to my house. We would watch movies and eat out. He would sometimes bring food he said he prepared for me. So I thought, yeah, maybe we have something special. Months passed and to my surprise, he suddenly and sort of announced that he has a girlfriend. Uhmm, so where does this put me? I’m like, WTF diba? Ano yun? Paasa much ganun? I never really talked about this friendzoning incident. May time pa na pumunta …

Big But Budget Weddings

Last night, my husband told me to write something about budget weddings. Apparently, he is kind of concern about the whole big and expensive wedding trend in the Philippines. You see, Jeff and I got married in 2012. We had about 230 guests and about 50 people who helped us make our wedding possible. To top it off, we (only) spent around P400k. Well, P400k is still a lot of money, but hey, at least it’s not P1,000,000. Haha! So what was our secret on spending less for our wedding? I am not really sure. We initially allotted P500k for the wedding, to which my parents strongly disagreed. You know, I come from a not wealthy family. We are not really poor, but we just get by everyday. And my parents came from a time where you can just spend P5,000 for a wedding. That’s in the early 80’s by the way. So imagine my parents’ horror hearing P500k. Maybe I can give you a few tips to spend less. I am not quite sure …