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Happy List No. 5

I think I speak for the rest of humankind when I say “we all need a little happiness today.” What’s a better way of spending the weekend than sleeping in, eating some comfort food, and watching movie after movie on Netflix? Nothing. Nothing’s better than relaxing on a weekend. We all have five days in a week to hustle at work, go through our usual routines, and work our asses off Monday through Friday. We all deserve to relax on weekends.

  1. Oscar-nominated movie marathon. So far, I’ve seen Ladybird, The Shape of Water, Get Out, The Greatest Showman, Dunkirk, and Darkest Hour. I have yet to see the rest of the Best Picture list, but so far, I’ve loved every single movie I mentioned.
  2. Saoirse Ronan. Ugh. I love her. She’s a great actress at such a young age. I don’t think I’ve seen her in any film and thought she lacked in delivery. She always delivers.
  3. Fresh flowers on the dining table. Or basically just fresh flowers in the house. I love how it brings color to a white and grey-themed house, especially since the colors and textures pop out more.
  4. Black Panther! Wakanda forever.
  5. Starbucks’ Ice Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls. Because those little pomegranate pearls burst in your mouth and add a little more flavor to your tea.
  6. Hallmark romantic movies. Don’t judge. I’m in a cheesy, romantic mood lately and watching sappy Hallmark movies (yes, they’re sometimes silly, yes, they’re predictable) make me very happy.
  7. Miniso’s Aloe Relaxing Moisture Soothing Gel. I use this after washing my face, especially since the skin feels tight and a little dry. This is very soothing, to be honest.
  8. 5 am drizzles. Because you feel a little chill and you just want to crawl back in bed and sleep.
  9. Cleaning email inboxes. Because yes. De-cluttering is life, even if it means going through your emails.
  10. Mark Hamill finally has a star on the Walk of Fame. Fucking finally.
  11. Waking up before everyone else on a Sunday morning. And I just hang out in the kitchen and make a fresh pot of coffee. The smell wakes me up immediately.
  12. Driving around on a rainy night and listening to an acoustic playlist. Imagine sitting in the car, driving around on a Saturday night, listening to Crash Into Me or One Headlight. I need more nights like these.
  13. Discovering a new/alternative route on the way home. At least I won’t get lost on my way home now.
  14. A strong wifi connection. I love our new service provider. Yesss.
  15. Reconnecting with old friends.
  16. Discovering meditation. Trying to find more things to add in my self-care list. Relaxing my mind is such a hard task but I’m trying. Trust me.
  17. Calligraphy. I’ve always been told that my handwriting is pretty. I’m trying to learn and practice calligraphy because I find it very relaxing to doodle on empty journal pages.
  18. Chris Evans + beard. *Insert pathetic ugly sobbing sounds here*
  19. Seeing re-runs of shows I used to watch when I was a little girl.
  20. The smell of my Mom’s crispy fried chicken. It might not be Jollibee’s Chicken Joy but it tastes so damn good I could cry.

Might not be a long list but these things kept my sanity during a roller coaster ride of a week. What would be on your Happy List? 🙂


The Sunday Currently vol. 27


Picked up on The Mark of Athena again. I started this a few years ago but due to a very busy schedule and then not having the motivation to read again, I never got to finish it. I was going through some books in my (now tiny) shelf and I’ve decided to finally finish this one so I could move on to the next in the series.


This entry! And I’ve posted entries at least once or twice in the past month so I’m making progress, guyth.


I’ve recently picked up on some meditation and motivational playlists just to try to make myself a better person. It’s all in the mind, I believe. Sadly, my focus and mindset have become poorer and poorer over the past couple of years. I’m listening to podcasts and playlists that might help me focus on the things that matter.


Small business ideas. I’m currently facing the ugly truth that this move to the new city might be the best thing to happen in a long while, but it’s the most expensive since my workplace is so far from here. Transportation costs increased significantly, so I’m thinking of small business ideas that might help with the additional income.


The whole house (especially the kitchen) smells amazing the entire day. I’ve been cooking since lunch this afternoon, and as I type this, there’s chicken roasting in the turbo broiler. So far, I’ve smelled meatballs in mushroom sauce (for lunch), Korean sesame wagyu ground beef  (such a mouthful, but I didn’t know what to call it haha), peach cobbler, and now the garlic and lemongrass roast chicken.


It’s the 25th of April. Just one more month to go.


A good and productive work week!


An old Pagudpod shirt and light denim shorts I got a year ago from SM.


Family. Friends. Food. Life.


This Taiwan trip to push through. (Still this.)


An actual camera. Not just my phone, but something I can use that would yield high quality, clearer, more crisp photos.


Hot, (literally) because summer’s about to start. Heavy, because I’ve been drinking so much water lately. Plus, I’ve been cooking and eating a lot too, so who am I to complain…



And this.  (I binge-watched her channel because she’s funny and she’s a good cook. I love her kitchen too.)

And this, since yesterday.  I love her, and she’s such a good makeup artist.


How was your weekend? Here’s to a chill week ahead for all of us. 🙂

The Sunday Currently is the brainchild of Sidda Thornton

Gastronomic Adventures: In Which I Don’t Even Hide My Love For Food

Admit it. We all love a pretty Instagram photo of food flatlays. I’m a sucker for pretty food aesthetics on IG and Pinterest, especially if they’re well-put together and has a particular theme. But let us also admit that apart from the pretty photos, we just love food in general.

If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you know I post a lot of photos about food I’ve tried in several establishments as well as stuff that I make at home. Thinking back on late last year and this year, I have a handful of photos I haven’t shared in the blog. Maybe one day I will make a proper food post, or better yet follow the food blog I’ve started with my siblings though we haven’t posted anything yet. We’ll get into that more later.

But here. Enjoy some pretty decent stuff from my gastronomic adventures. Enjoy!


Shabu-shabi Ichiban (Circuit Makati)

We love this place. We usually go around lunch time on a Sunday so it’s not so crowded yet at that time. What I love about it is how you have the freedom to choose your set, your drink, your soup, etc. I personally love the tonkotsu soup, tantan and spicy szechuan. We’ve tried some others and though equally good, it’s just a matter of taste preference.

Their tuna and salmon sashimi are very fresh. You can tell how fresh their veggies are by how crisp and green they are. Their ebi tempura are freshly-cooked when served. The only thing I didn’t like were the edamame. I mean, I love them but the restaurant seems to have forgotten that they’re supposed to remove those stringy things at the sides. It was so hard to eat because each time you have one, you have to be bothered into taking the stringy things out. We just end up not eating any edamame at all, which I think is sad. Other than my love-hate relationship with Shabu Shabi Ichiban‘s edamame, everything’s good.


BBQ Chicken & Pizza (Vista Mall, Molino)

We discovered this place one Saturday afternoon while buying stuff at All Home. We tried their kimchi ricespicy dduk-bbokihot bibimbap, and yangnyum chicken. The food was pretty good, though I’m a little disappointed about their service. After taking a little bit of time going over their menu, we discovered they have cheaper choices with their bento boxes and none of the staff bothered to suggest them as additional choices. My brother said maybe because they’re a lot cheaper than what’s in the menu, so they’re not exactly “offering” the bentos. Oh well.


Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

Okay, listen here.

Nachos, fried calamari, poutine, mushroom chicharon, vesuvio, spaghetti seafood olio, shrimp a’limone, vongole olio, quattro formaggi, Mama Lou’s special (pizza with mangoes and prosciutto).

That is all.

Bonus: Try the watermelon fruit shake because I said so. You’re welcome.


St. Marc Cafe (Evia Lifestyle Center)

After a very heavy meal at Mama Lou’s, we couldn’t resist stopping at St. Marc Cafe. What was originally a plan to have an after-meal coffee turned into an ice cream and coffee party, with the entire family occupying around three or four tables over such a fun gastronomic Sunday. The menu is a bit pricey, but with very generous servings and excellent tasting dessert, I think the Php 150 ice cream in a waffle cone is worth it.


Vikings (Megamall)

Obviously, these are just cute little tasty things from the dessert buffet, but we all know what’s in Vikings. Steaks, turkey and stuffings, the sushi and sashimi section, japchae, seafood chowder, cold cuts for finger food, smoked salmon and capers on toast for my favorite appetizers. There are a lot of food to consider at Vikings that even their dessert buffet makes you feel giddy.


The Coffee Project (Vista Mall, Molino)

I’ve always wanted to enter this place but either there’s no time or there’s no time. I finally had the chance last night after work, when I was supposed to buy stuff at the supermarket but ended up having late dinner first. I liked the iced cafe mocha but not so much the garlic and sausage pasta. It was too oily for my taste, too sweet and not much of the salty-garlicky taste I love in longganisas. I wasn’t too sure my taste buds understood what this thing was trying to say, but they definitely did not agree with each other.

And now, some stuff we had at home. Hey, my family’s very into food and we just love making and sharing good food creations. I especially love waking up early during weekends, putting on a fresh pot of coffee, looking in the fridge and pantry for potential food menus for the day (I sound like a Food Network chef but I am faaaaar from one hahaha huhu).


Gong xi fa cai! We had hot pot at home for Chinese New Year and we hung out with family and relatives. It’s always fun spending time and catching up with everyone while we stuff our faces with food!


New discovery from China: TOFU SKIN. And they taste so good.


I was sick for about two, three weeks (on and off) so last weekend, I made myself some fish tofu noodle soup. So good, and will always be a favorite.


What do you do to leftover tinapa (smoked fish)? You make it into a spicy tinapa pasta! This one’s very easy to make. Just debone the smoked fish, cut cherry tomatoes in half, chop up some garlic and parsley, drizzle a little chili oil…voila! Squeeze a little lemon juice if you like and it gives a little freshness to it.

Have you discovered any new food establishments lately? Tried new recipes? Favorite food blogger or Instagrammer? Share the details so I can check them out as well. Send links of your food posts, favorite food blog posts, or just talk to me about food. 🙂


Memory Keeper No.1

I’m almost 100% sure that someone else has thought of making some sort of memory keeper post, so I’m not taking credit for this at all. But I would like to start this blog series of documenting bits and pieces of my life that I can look back on a few months or years down the road. It will be like my Happy List series, only a little more detailed. At this point in time, we all need a little happiness to look back on instead of the painful memories that hound us everyday. I’d like this to be my little share of spreading positivity around.

  • The way my Mom says my name when she has something nice to share about her day. It makes me want to keep that tone of her voice in my head and remember it for always.
  • My brother isn’t too big on socializing and/or initiating social activities, so when he asks if I want to go see a movie or have lunch somewhere, I get a tad too excited. We only see each other on weekends because of our work schedule, so this is always a happy memory for me.
  • When I wake up early but in a very good mood. I linger in bed for a while, feeling blessed about the new home and waking up to a new day. I like the feel of cool, crisp sheets under me and the warm fluffy throw over my feet.
  • The smell of fresh coffee being made in the new coffeemaker I got for Christmas. It perks me up even before I have had a drink of it.
  • Early Saturday mornings spent at the rooftop, watching the sunrise turn the sky a soft orange, pink, blue and purple.
  • I like waking up early on weekends and drink my coffee while I sit at the dining table, catching up on emails and blogs and such. The house is quiet when everyone’s still asleep.
  • Spending Sunday brunch with family and relatives. It’s such a joy to hear loud laughter and endless teasing.
  • My mom has a ratty old chair that she likes sitting on. It’s some sort of recliner but not as comfortable as a La-Z-Boy. Anyway, she loves sitting on it while watching TV. Not five minutes later, she would be softly snoring away. I always try to make her get up and go to bed for real, but just watching her sleeping makes my heart melt.
  • That funny moment at a restaurant when everyone stops as soon as food arrives and takes photos for Instagram. It used to be just me, but then everyone started doing it and posting food photos on their IG that now, it just looks funny when we’re in public.


It isn’t much yet, but my mind was going through the events of the past two weeks. I hope I can keep this series going in order to spread some positivity out there. Maybe you can start your own Memory Keeper series too, yes? Share the link with me if you ever start one.

Happy weekend, folks.




The Sunday Currently vol. 26


Sadly…nothing yet. I haven’t started a reading list for this year, so if you have book recommendations then please let me know!


Slowly easing my way back into the blogging world. I have plans for this year, like adding a food blog and such, so hopefully that plan will finally push through.


My recent Spotify playlists consist of 90s tunes, coffee house jazz selections, and some new pop tunes just to keep myself updated.


Of ways to be a better person. It sounds very cliche and corny, but I literally am thinking of how I can improve this year. So many bad habits to let go of, some new things to try. That’s what’s on my mind a lot these days.


My cousin gave me a vial of essential oils to help with my weekend-long migraine. It smells of peppermint and lavender.


It’s the 25th of April. For reasons.


I have a good week at work. I’ve got trainings to go to, tasks to finish, reports to submit, so hopefully I survive without too much casualty.


A plain peach Forever 21 shirt and boxers.


The new house! Like I mentioned in my previous post, it’s a little slower than planned, but the house is coming together nicely. Maybe another week or two and we’d finally get everything done at our new home.


This Taiwan trip to push through.


More hours in the day for sleep. More days in a weekend, and less work days.


Sleepy. Very sleepy. It’s 11:24 pm on a Sunday and it has been a very long, productive day.


Embarrassingly so, Hallmark romantic movie after another. Don’t judge me.


How was your weekend? Here’s to a chill week ahead for all of us. 🙂


The Sunday Currently is the brainchild of Sidda Thornton

Life Lately vol. 5

Tonight is the very first time in months I had time to write. New Year’s was two weeks ago (Happy New Year, by the way!) and to state the obvious, this post is way overdue. I think most of you have already published their year-end reflections, yet here I am. In my defense, we moved from one city to another, and we’re still in the process of putting things together.

Things are moving slower than expected, but that’s understandable. We’re choosing which ones to splurge on and which ones to hold back on expenses. Say, painting the house. We figured we would pay professionals do the tile work and everything else that comes with building a bathroom, but we’d save money by doing the paint job ourselves. We’ve done it before at the old house, so that’s not really something alien to us. We’ve let go of some furniture, and decided to purchase some new ones as necessary. It’s all just a matter of deciding which ones to spend money on, and which ones to work on ourselves.

Anyway. Life lately. Right.

2017 was not the best year, but it wasn’t so bad either. After months and months of being stressed and overworked, I’m finally happy with work and the way things are going for me in the office. My boss is ze best. My co-workers are ze best. My work load is tough but not impossible. Sometimes I think about how I used to sit in the toilet at work and cry at 8:30 am because I felt like I was drowning with tasks. Everyone was breathing down my neck and I couldn’t breathe. My anxiety was off the roof and I was very depressed. I still tear up just thinking about those days, and I will never not be thankful for this new chance.

Last year was also a year of many realizations. Not all good, some are habits that I need to break. Sometimes it takes years to realize something about yourself. But maybe because you’re either unaware about it or you’re just denying it.

  • My patience has gotten shorter over the years. Last year was the worst. And with a shorter patience comes the horrible temper. I know I’ve annoyed/hurt/offended some people, especially my family, but it wasn’t something I did intentionally. I just feel like I’ve become more outspoken last year, which meant I had more unsolicited opinions.
  • I was and still is at my worst, health-wise. I need to watch what I eat, choose better food intake, lose A LOT of weight, stop eating my emotions away (I stress eat, okay), exercise, exercise, exercise! I should get back to working out and keep the momentum.
  • I didn’t get to finish a single book last year. Shame! I used to be such a voracious reader. Now I’m too lazy to read, which is both a depressing and disappointing realization.
  • The older I get, the more I think about death.
  • There are so many assholes who get fame and credit when there are so many more wonderful human beings who deserve to be noticed.
  • I was extra clingy and needy last year. Heh.
  • My skin is at its worst. I wish I had my skin like back when I was 18, and I wish I took better care of it over the years.
  • I have a love-hate relationship with blogging. Lazy today, motivated tomorrow. Once I get the laptop running, my mood shifts. It’s sort of annoying and frustrating, actually.
  • Sorta want to vlog. But I have the most boring life and I have nothing exciting to vlog about. I should stick to watching other people vlog about their exciting lives.
  • No Game of Thrones until 2019. Yikes.
  • I’m not usually very good with change, but I’m very glad we moved to another city. There will be a lot of adjustments and sacrifices, but all in all, the change was good for everyone.
  • I have a renewed love for writing.

Hopefully I get to write more here. I used to always write for whatever random reason, but procrastination is a thing and it ruins my writing mood. I’ll do better this year. Here’s to hoping for more new adventures, learnings, new discoveries, and all in all an absolutely fracking wonderful 2018.

How’s the first half of January going for you? 🙂

Life Lately vol. 4

I feel like all I’ve done lately is rush about finishing tasks/errands, cramming six months worth of packing into just a month, and dealing with stress to the highest levels. My emotions have been teetering between happy and sad, angry and ecstatic…it’s definitely not healthy for my head and my heart. I can’t wait until the day we finally, finally move into the new house and just enjoy the task of decorating according to our taste and preference. It will happen soon, of course. I just need a little extra patience before it does happen.

So lately, life has been about:

  • Packing A LOT of my stuff in boxes AND throwing away stuff I don’t need. I’m actually doing this with eyes closed, otherwise I would only end up keeping things that I don’t really need. It also made me realize that I have SO MUCH trash kept in every corner of my room, and it doesn’t matter how they were organized in drawers, shelves, cabinets. They’re still stuff I no longer need.
  • Contacted The Book Stop Project because I will be donating one balikbayan box filled with books. I decided against selling those and opted to donate them instead.
  • Spending a little more time with the family. This is both happy and sad because we go out and eat, which is one of our favorite bonding moments. And the sad part about it? We go out and eat.
  • On that note, I seriously NEED to get back to working out.
  • Looking at cheap flights for 2018. Hopefully once the chaos have died down, I’d like to go back to Switzerland, or go to Paris, New Zealand or Copenhagen. I haven’t gone out of the country in a long time and the itch to travel has gotten stronger than ever.
  • Looking into new career opportunities, but also not really. Just toying around with the idea of finding something other than my current career, but then again, I’m also quite happy now than I was in recent years.
  • Trying to continue German language lessons.
  • My anxiety and depression is at its worst this month.
  • Not having the motivation for ANYTHING lately. I noticed that the more chaotic it gets at home (aka more packed belongings in boxes, renovation plans, etc etc), the more I am losing my motivation for anything.
  • I spend more hours on Pinterest now (for home decor/renovation ideas) than I did when I joined years ago.
  • Being salty over the smallest things.
  • Being salty over people.
  • Being salty everyday.
  • Photo walks.
  • Watching cheesy, corny romantic Hallmark movies (I know you’re judging. Don’t judge. It actually makes you feel nice, warm and fuzzy. Just ignore the cringe-worthy parts.)

Also, here are some shows/films I’ve seen recently. If you’re interested, you might want to check some of these out:

  • Stranger Things (season 2)
  • Godless (season 1…Jack O’Connell is soooo fine)
  • Outlander (season 3)
  • Designated Survivor (season 2)
  • Punisher
  • The Mist (I haven’t finished watching and I’m still trying to figure out if I like this or not)
  • Alias Grace (this is soooo good)

I’ve lost interest in The Walking Dead but I’m still into Game of Thrones. So sue me.

What have you been up to lately? 🙂


Thoughts From A Coffee Shop

I value my weekends alone at a coffee shop. I’d like to say I spy on people and wonder what they think of the book they’re reading, but I really just stick my earphones in and shut out the rest of the world. It’s the one place I can spend hours in that’s neither my room nor the kitchen. And this week, I’ve been stressed on different levels that I think I deserved that tall iced double mocha and the French toast.

Right now, I’m sitting at the corner booth of Fundamental Coffee and is halfway through the huge bottle of water, a fourth left of my iced double mocha, an empty plate of what used to be my salmon benedict, and still a huge chunk of my French toast. I have had the most trying and stressful week that I don’t give a flying f*ck that I’m overeating my way through Saturday.


I’m obsessed with flat, grainy edits for my photos. Don’t judge my amateur photography style because flat, grainy edits float my boat.

Please ignore my being sidetracked, but the salmon benedict is so good. I’d like to have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I can, but that would be six poached eggs in a single day and even the food lover in me thinks that is way too much! The French toast is very good too. It’s not too sweet, the cinnamon isn’t too overpowering flavor-wise, and the bread was just thick but soft and chewy. The iced double mocha is good as well. Nothing too extraordinary in my opinion, considering I’ve had my fair share of iced mochas in the past. It has that nice sweet and bitter taste of dark chocolate, which for me is better than an all-too-sugary drink.

I’m trying to sound like a proper blogger with all these food descriptions, humor me.

I can feel that I’ve gained so much weight recently because I’ve been stress-eating again. Food is comforting and it makes me happy, but it’s also the absolute worst. I know, I know. I should use another outlet. Maybe clean the whole house when I’m stressing out, which would make my Mom very happy.


This French Cafe Lounge on Spotify is very relaxing. 10/10 will recommend.

I love weekends…I think we’ve already established that. It’s the only time I get to really take a step back and de-stress…to separate personal life from my work life. Sometimes when I have time to leave the house and be elsewhere, I end up more often than not, at a coffee shop. I love the smell of freshly-made coffee all around. I love the smell of food being prepared. I love taking advantage of those little corner booths where I can pull out my laptop and just spend hours going through blogs, articles, YouTube or Netflix. I think I deserve this time alone, where I can think back on what happened the week before; to think of what I should be doing now; and to think forward on what’s coming. I’m trying my hardest to find ways of not worrying over the littlest things. It’s been a struggle, but I’m learning. I’m so used to thinking about a lot of things all at the same time…to be in a constant state of worry. But I’m slowly learning to keep myself in check and just take the more important ones first and worry about the rest later.

Even now, this blog post is all over the place, telling you how my thoughts are all over the place.

How do you all do it? What’s your favorite way to de-stress? Teach me, senpai. 🙂


Introspection No. 8: Big Changes & Burning Bridges

I come from a family of four: my mom, brother, and my sister.

At least that’s how I say it is. My dad left us when we were very young, and my mom had no other source of income since she gave up a 9 to 5 job to be a full-time housewife. My dad was a very good financial provider, though my siblings and I never knew my parents were having problems up until my dad left for the U.S., with promises of bringing us there too. So much for empty promises, I guess. He left us when we weren’t even in our teens. My sister, our youngest, was only 2 or 3 back then. The first time we heard from him again was when I was already working.

To cut a very, very long and dramatic story short, my dad was, and remains to be, a (insert expletive here), a (another expletive here), and most especially a (penultimate expletive).

I’m very sure one or two of you would tell me that “he’s still your father and should be treated with respect” and “at the end of the day, he’s still your dad.” All I can tell you is that “I respect your opinion and I thank you for your advice, but at the end of the day, no one will ever know what kind of hardships we went through growing up. There’s a reason for all the hateful thoughts about my dad, but then again, I personally have forgiven him last year. It’s just that I’d rather not have anything else to do with him and leave everything else up to God for whatever judgement he gives this person.


Point is, my parents have finally come to an agreement. We’re moving somewhere else and will be somewhere no one in my dad’s side of the family will ever see us again. Burn those gods dang bridges that should have been done years ago. Except that it’s them who always seem to worm their way into our lives one way or another. But finally, finally, we’re about to be free from this nightmare that we’ve been living for years and years.

Big changes are coming. This is the first time we’re moving somewhere a bit far from where we work. It’s going to be very tough adjusting to a new environment, a new commute, a new house, a new life, so to speak. But we’re embracing all these changes because these will bring something new and better for us. My mom deserves all the happy things she should have been given years ago. My brother can let go of his somewhat delayed anger towards my dad (he was my dad’s favorite, being the only boy). And as for me…I just want to be rid of all the negative vibes surrounding my family. It would be very good for my mental health and sanity. I’ve been so consumed with the anger and depression over my family’s situation when I was younger. Now that I’m older, I choose to be happy than depressed and hopeless. No one wants to live that kind of life, and no one can turn it all around but yourself. Myself. I choose to live better.

The thing that keeps us hopeful, though, is the planning for the new house. It might be smaller than our current place, but we’ll make it work. My mom and I spend hours talking about our plans, design dreams, and secret wishes. It makes me happy to see my mom so happy. This finality between my parents is more for my mom’s happiness than ours, I guess. She was our champion, and she will always be loved. So to see her excited gives me such a thrill. I love her to the moon and back.

Anyhoo. I’ll post more updates once we’ve started renovating the new place, and once we’ve moved in. We’re hoping to get it done before Christmas, so I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that things will go as smoothly as we hope for. As for you, I hope you have a great weekend and a good incoming week. 🙂


The Sunday Currently vol. 25

Ah, Sunday.  After two weeks of having long weekends, we’re back to the normal work schedule tomorrow. On a happier note, the -ber months have started! If you’re Filipino, you know how important this is because it means we’re about to start the Christmas season. Jose Mari Chan is again being invited to guest on TV, and Christmas in our Hearts is once again invading the airwaves. It has become a running joke for Filipinos now, but it’s true, isn’t it? We just love the Christmas season, and having entered September means we’re just a couple months away from singing Winter Wonderland.


The Holy Land: An Illustrated Guide to its History, Geography, Culture and Holy Sites by George W. Knight. It’s my brother’s and he left it on the side table so I took borrowed it. He has a habit of leaving his books lying around. This one, because it’s an illustrated guide, shows us photos of the Holy Land now and where the historically famous spot are. There are pronunciation guides too, which I find very helpful.


This blog post.


The season 8 Game of Thrones soundtrack. I love it. Especially Dragonstone and Shall We Begin, which are both Daenerys Targaryen-centered, and everyone who knows me know I’m not a Daenerys fan. But this track is absolutely majestic and hits you right in the feels. Ramin Djawadi is a musical genius and he deserves an award for all his work.



I’m watching Prince of Egypt because why the hell not.


Who should I pay in order to get snow in this country? (STILL APPLICABLE)


The Better Goods hand cream from Bench called Ring Around a Rosey. I’m addicted to the smell because it’s fresh and light and not too overpowering. It’s only Php49 which is surprisingly inexpensive for such a quality smell.



One of my travel plans push through for next year. I don’t think I would be able to travel this year since I just got my passport renewed, and there’s so much stuff happening right now that it’s impossible to just pack and leave. That, and also because I have no vacation leaves left for this year. Heh.


The rest of the year will be good to me.


A graphic tee I bought in Malaysia and ladies boxers I’ve had since forever.


Old Town’s White coffee in hazelnut flavor, which someone gave us from Singapore. I’m drinking it using my fave witty Regalong Pambahay (?) mug.



Fish tofu from the Singaporean grocery near my place, and some homemade chili shrimp and crabs in a bag.


A consistent workout routine/schedule. I slack off most times, I know. I need an extra push to get off my ass and just do it.


Sleepy. What’s new.


Carina‘s new blog post – New Music – 8 tracks

I’m going through Bae’s and LA’s blog roll actually.



The Sunday Currently is the brainchild of Sidda Thornton