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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Someone's Always Saying Hello, Goodbye

Hello everyone!


In accordance to my ramblings two posts ago, I'm moving to a new space at sugar-baroness.blogspot.com



See you there! :)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Few More Months

All I need is a mile-long patience and loads of perseverance and this photo wouldn't go to waste:


Just hold on, KC. You'll get there.

Shifting Gears

I started this blog in 2007, in order to amuse and express myself while waiting for the results of the Nursing board exam. I used this blog as an outlet in expressing my thoughts and emotions aside from just amusing myself by writing about the things that I discover online. As I am looking back on the contents, I noticed that I was an angst ridden and shallow little twit who knew nothing better. Well, what would you expect from a girl who just turned 20 and was suddenly released into the harsh conditions of the real world? No one ever told me what was it like. And boy, was I in a rude awakening, hence the angst.

Although I could still type in crazy things just like the old times, I probably won't write about it that much anymore as I am now older and (hopefully) wiser. Life is too short to waste on harboring negativity towards others. It's ok to write about your conflicts with other people but it's better if you personally settle whatever issues you have. I realized that it is also important to give out constructive criticisms so that there would be improvement on the things that affect each one of us. One of the things I learned five years after the creation of this blog, is to live and let live. 

In short, the interests of this blog will now expand. It'd be cool to read some of the things that make living life worthwhile, aside from my insidious rants that a lot of people interpret negatively. And if I get round to writing about people that irked me, I would still maintain their anonymity but I have to congratulate them for annoying me so much that I have to blog about them again.

I was thinking whether to make another blog but sentimentality and separation anxiety kicks in. I maintained this for 5 years and it's be a shame for this to go down to waste. But then again, this change would be for the better.

Let's get this show on the road. :)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Todos Los Santos

Todos Los Santos or All Saints Day is celebrated in the Philippines every year on November 1 to honor and pay respects to our departed family members and loved ones.

Stained glass Crucifix

Our family's celebration of All Saints Day was very different from what we had during the past years because we lost our dear Auntie Simple this year. 

Photo taken from my cousin, Erika's Facebook album

She used to be the source of entertainment due to her vast knowledge of the latest showbiz chismis; her side comments on current events and anything that does not pass her approval always makes us laugh. I'm still not used to not having her around anymore but I'm getting there. I'm sure the others are also doing the same. The sadness is still there but everyone is moving on. 

We forgot to shoot a complete group photo!
L-R: Gomer, Charmaine, Auntie Nene, Auntie Guritte, CJ
Seated in front: Erika, Me

But in true blue Oville fashion, we managed to celebrate the occasion despite having glitches in the mausoleum. The usual potluck, trading of stories and joking around were the staple. I'm sure Auntie Simple would have also enjoyed that day if she's still with us.

The Meme Life

Ever since I got hooked on 9GAG, I always look forward to great memes because there are times that I find it funny because I can relate to it and sometimes it explains exactly what I think but can never say out loud. One of my favorites is the Kill Yourself/Yourselves meme. As Know Your Meme puts it:
Kill Yourself, also known in plural as Kill Yourselves (if more than one person is involved), depicts a man dressed in a suit and giving off a “stop” gesture with his hand. The meme is commonly used in chat rooms and social networking sites in response to incompetent and/or pathetic remarks, statements, or images, with the purpose of telling those who it is directed at that they should just kill themselves for having said or done something so pathetic.
Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Being the pakialamera that I am, there are a lot of Facebook posts that I want to flag down with this. However, I have to stop the urge because it's not going to be pretty because of a wounded ego due to public humiliation. I've seen a lot of these and it gave me headaches. Too much vitriol wastes bandwidth and ruins what should've been a fun way to connect with other people.

Memes are fun but sometimes you have to be careful because not everyone could understand it. The bottomline here is that you have to think before you click.

And as for me, totally relating with an internet meme is a sign that I have no life. Loljk.

*Photos belong to their respective owners as those are watermarked

Monday, 27 August 2012

I Am Now Ready For The Rain

When the skies look like this...


...rain is sure to fall at any moment. And if rain does fall really hard, the Taft Avenue looks like this:


Me no gusta!

I have experienced traversing a flooded Taft Avenue from the Manila City Hall to Pedro Gil and it's not something good to remember. I could still remember how I cringed as I took the plunge on the disgusting, leptospira interrogans infested water. Before I get started on enumerating the stuff I saw floating in the water, let me just say that this will never happen to me again. EVER.

Since I already know the areas where the flood is shallow (read: at mid-calf level), I decided that having rain boots is the best way to go. Problem is that I don't know a place that sells durable but cute rain boots for women. Good thing I remembered Plueys rain boots and I searched for local distributors online. That's when I came across Ready For Rain.


Ready for Rain offers a vast collection of rain gear for men, women, and children. I was thrilled to find lots of cute designs for the women's rain boots. My personal choice is Matchpoint because it has my two favorite colors, blue and green together with a tennis racket print. Ordering from them is such a breeze and they have a lot of payment options for you to choose from. I paid by credit card for faster transactions. Although I got my boots a week later due to weather problems, I'm still happy because I finally have these boots that can protect my feet from flood water. Goodbye, wet and squishy shoes! 

My new babies. Mrhrhr.

This is really convenient for me as I travel a long way from Taft to go to the hospitals where I rotate. Downside is that since the weather is erratic, I have to carry it with me when the weather is acting up. But the mere thought of my feet not getting is wet is enough reason for me to lug it around.

If you want a pair of these gorgeous rain boots, just go and visit their online store by clicking here.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

What Is Spaying and Neutering?

Here's the lowdown on spaying and neutering. I think that this is the best explanation on why we need to have our pets spayed or neutered. I got this off the Zen Cats Association Facebook Page.


I hope that everyone realizes the value of spaying and neutering their pets so that there would be no more "unwanted" animals on the streets. :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Wander Girl

I've been reading all over the net that one of the things that you should do before you get married is to travel and see the world. Right now, that's what I am aiming for, not that I'm getting married soon. It's just that during one of my trips, I realized that the world really has a lot to offer and I want to experience it for myself. Plus, it's one way of de-stressing and enjoying your hard earned money.

Here are some countries on my Travel Bucket List:

Japan

Cambodia

South Korea

Thailand

Spain

Greece

Although I can visit some countries sooner, I don't have the luxury of time. Not to mention, I still don't have the financial means for now. Haha. So I'm going to put this up and make this as my motivation to work harder so I can tick stuff off my Travel Bucket list.

A girl can dream you know. 

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Mashonda

This is my best photo as a junior intern, taken by my classmate, Cha:


As I was looking back on the photos of my past rotations, I realized that there are only a few photos that I took by myself. Unlike before when I was still in college, I was very eager to capture every moment on camera. Not to mention, I used to have a lot of self-portraits or the "camwhore" shots. I don't know but now I really don't see the need to take too much pictures so often.

I've noticed that the youngsters do this more frequently and with that I really feel old. Haha.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

San Sebastian Church

It's my final year in San Beda and I'm not even hanging out at school that much anymore so one day Charmaine and I decided to explore the different landmarks around Mendiola that I've never set foot in. One of these places include San Sebastian Church.


Honestly, in my four years in Mendiola, I never went in to San Sebastian Church until that day. Not because their basketball team annoys me but because I'm always in a hurry to go home and rest. So now, my sister and I took time to visit it.


According to UNESCO:
The Church of San Sebastian is made of a steel frame and panels and is known for its distinct characteristic - that of being the only neo-gothic steel church in the Philippines and in Asia.
The steel parts were manufactured in the Societe Anonyme's foundry in Binche, Belgium and were shipped to Manila.  On June 12, 1888, the first shipment of steel parts were brought to the Philippines.  For two years, the church was assembled with local artists and craftsmen joining the Belgian firm in applying the final finishing touches on this new church of steel.  The stained glass windows were imported from the Henri Oidtmann Company, a German stained glass firm.
My sister was awestruck and had to touch and knock at the walls to ensure that she's really there at the first ever steel church in Asia. It feels surreal that I'm already at a place that I only hear about in discussions during my Sibika at Kultura class.


We lighted candles and prayed for the family.



I have to say that San Sebastian Church is one of the prettiest churches I've visited. The atmosphere is very serene that it makes me want to pray with all my heart.

Sisterlihood Bonding Bag

Lookie here, it's our "sisterlihood bonding bag"

OZ, PH and US

Ate Richie bought it while she was scouring the corners Orchard Road. She thought that it's pretty cool for us girls to have a same bag. We named it as "sisterlihood bonding bag" in total mockery of the perky stuff we see at Facebook. It gives Ate Richie a headache if she hears how we say it. It makes Charmaine convulse but we do it anyway.

Soon, one sisterlihood bonding bag is bound to the US and one is bound for OZ. As for the last one, it's bound to stay here in the PH. But wherever it may go, it'll remain to serve as its purpose: *insert perky tone here* as a sisterlihood bonding baggie!

I'm A Proud Owner of a Pusang Pinoy

Since our cats are well-fed and well taken cared of, I often get asked if Chiyo is part Ocicat or even part Bengal. People get surprised if they find out that Chiyo is a Pusang Pinoy a.k.a. PusaKal (Pusang Kalye) because they think that he's too handsome to be one.

Chiyo, my boy.

Meet the rest of the gang:

Evil Kitty, the most evil cat in the block

Lord Derpington was adopted by my cousin, Gomer

May I introduce you to another one of our former cats, Powder? Unfortunately, Powie was cat-napped four years ago. What I like about Powie is her being a tuxedo cat, which is quite difficult to find. I really miss Powie and I hope whoever took her is taking care of her well.

Pow-pow

I just don't get it why others have to alienate PusPins from the rest of the cat family. It hurts me when people do not give so much importance to the PusPins because they're just THAT. I seriously wanted to punch that random guy in the LRT who said that he is planning to throw away the kittens he found on their yard "kasi pusakal lang naman yun". Pusakal lang? Are you freaking kidding me? They are still cats, you know.

Fuck you, that's what.

I'm not ashamed to say that our cats are PusPins. Being a cat lover, I do not mind if the cat I am taking care of has a breed or none and I look beyond the breed to see what I can do for a cat. That's what being a cat lover is all about, being able to give unrequited love to cats despite its form or breed.


From the CARA webpage

Posts on Facebook declaring their love for animals but act otherwise make me laugh. I feel sorry for them because they don't understand the joys of being a pet owner.

I'm done here. Kudos to those who have PusPins as pets. :)

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Best Liempo I Ever Tasted

Liempo or pork belly is a staple in the Filipino cuisine. I personally like this especially when there's just the right amount of fat in between the meat. I know that this is not friendly to your blood vessels but if eaten in moderation and accompanied by proper exercise, it's alright.

But sometimes, typical preparations make me veer away from eating this. However, this changed when I tasted Floating Island's Crispy Liempo in Sweet and Spicy Sauce.



It's actually a value meal bundled with everything, complete with entree, main course, drinks and dessert. All for 255 pesos.

The whole shebang

Cheesy Mushroom Soup

Banana Pudding


Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet voted this as the Best Hospital Restaurant. That I have to agree with. The place is clean, staff is courteous, food is great and most importantly, it's worth every cent that you paid for. They mostly serve Filipino dishes that would surely satisfy your cravings. This place surely makes you want to drag yourself to this hospital even if you don't want to. After a stress inducing vaccine or anxiety attack provoking medical exam, treat yourself to whatever Floating Island has to offer and your woes would surely be gone.

Visit them at:
Makati Medical Center
2 Amorsolo St. corner Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Monday, 2 July 2012

CNA Philippines

I've been meaning to write this post about CNA ever since I first stepped into their store but I was too lazy and that I haven't bought anything from them yet so it is totally pointless to do so. And I'm blabbering again. LOL. So let's start with this, shall we?

It was my sister Charmaine who told me about "this Korean store" in the University Tower, Malate. She said she saw it when she was on the way to Robinson's Place and it was packed so she didn't try to get in. But according to her, it sells accessories. And I, being a Korean accessory freak ever since watching Dream High, wanted to check out the place ASAP sans the crowd.

The old signage

When I finally had a chance to check it out for myself, here's what I saw and I nearly cried rainbow colored tears.

So colorful!

Colorful hair accessories FTW

Quirky headbands to suit your taste

Nail polish and other beauty products for everyone

Kpop Albums for all you fans out there

Pretty cool right?

As for me, I really like earrings because I feel that it kind of brightens up my face. For now, it's the only accessory that works for me in dressing up my plain white med school uniform. So I went gaga over the earring display.


Cute earrings for only 60 pesos

I bought two pairs of earrings and I was really thrilled to find out that it is hypoallergenic. Not bad for 60 peso earrings. I still have to try out their beaded barrettes because I can't use them for now if ever I'd buy now. I'm on delivery room duty so its awesomeness could not be seen because I have to wear a surgical cap.

Blurred photo of my newly purchased earrings

As for the price range, some items are fairly priced but some are too expensive (1,000+ for a barrette) for peasants like me. But then again, you won't find the exact same items in Divisoria so the steep price is OK because you'll get something unique anyway.

To find out more about this store, you may visit them at G/F Unit D University Tower, Malate, 1004 Manila or you may want to check out their Facebook page or the co-owner, Kring Elenzano's blog.

First 8 images from CNA Philippines Facebook Page. I don't know if photos are allowed inside the store so I did not attempt to take my own photos. :P

Totally Cute Signage

I was picking up my stuff and preparing to go home from a preceptorial with Dr Colmenar in St Luke's QC when I saw this at the back of his clinic room:

Ultracute!

It's so nice to see a child's artwork once in a while, don't you think? :)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Fabuland is Love!

I was inspired by my Ate Richie's blog entry to write about our old LEGO Fabuland set. It was one of our favorite toys ever because we get to build our own house according to our own specifications. Not only that, it is also our way of bonding because my siblings and I huddle together in a corner, trying to follow the instructions on the leaflet.

I found this amazing review by WhiteFang and I got all the photos there. WhiteFang's photos make storytelling easier. :)

The Fabuland 3683

The earliest memory that I have with our LEGO Fabuland set is when Daddy came home from Europe and he was building it with Ate Richie. And I remember that my favorite role was to spin the Ferris Wheel and the Merry-go-Round.

This image is found in the inside flap of the box
I wanted to have all of the characters found on the 2nd to the last page of the leaflet

Let me take you to a short journey back to my childhood. Meet Max the Mouse, Freddie the Fox, Clive the Crocodile and Lucy the Lamb:

Clive is my personal favorite

I gave each character their own personality. In my mind the characters are all good friends who live in their own houses. For me, Max is the playful one, Freddie is the pretty boy, Clive is the bad ass dude and Lucy is the pretty girl. My siblings and I loved to make up stories about the characters and their activities for the whole day. I think one of the reasons why I have a vivid imagination is because of this.

My mom keeps this at the topmost cabinet and only lets us play with it during weekends and summer vacation. But being the little devil that I am, I lock myself up in my room with a spoon at hand. Then I step up in the dresser to reach the cabinet, using the spoon to pry open the cabinet door. Then hours of total enjoyment happens!


And what's good about this is that LEGO lasts for a lifetime. My brother, Christopher, who is eight years my junior, was still able to play with this set even if some pieces got lost over the years. It was so sad that when we left our house in Mariquita, we had to give away some of our old toys, including our beloved Fabuland. While packing, I played with it for the last time and realized that you are never too old for LEGO.

Giving the set away is one of the most difficult things that I did but we just have to think that other kids will be able to make new memories out of it. Until now, Max, Freddie, Clive and Lucy remains one of the most important names of our childhood.

The entire gang in Fabuland

I felt happy when I found out that there are a few Fabuland sets for sale online. When I earn my own money (again) I will definitely buy a set because it's a part of me. I also want my future children to experience the joys of playing with the toys from my childhood. Not to mention that I want them to know that you can still have fun even if you don't have the fancy gadgets of today. I grew up in a time with no iPods, PSPs and computers and I still had the time of my life.

Lego Fabuland 3683, I will have you again. Soon. :)