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It’s been more than a month since I last updated this blog and I am back in Manila from my US vacation.

Currently, I am still stuck in my bed trying to gain strength from what happened during my arrival here in Manila. I never thought I would feel weak after my several trips to different states and only Manila has given me that.

After a 16-hour layover in Portland, I’ve taken my 10-hour flight to Narita, Japan for my last leg of my trip. The flight back home was delayed for almost an hour since we are waiting for other passengers who will be arriving from New York. I was planning to freshen up but I don’t think I have enough time to do all I needed to do so I decided to just to take some light snack at McDonald’s before boarding.

We finally take off after waiting for more than 30 minutes from boarding time. Our flight Manila was on time (based on the delayed schedule) but we can’t descend due to air traffic and availability of the runway. There has been more than 5 airlines arriving at the same time and we have no choice but to stay on air for more than 30 minutes. And as soon as we enter the terminal, we felt like we were in hell!

Traffic, No AirCon, Edsa Revolution situation (trust me, I’m not exaggerating), Luggages take time to come out, no carts – the terminal is just the WORST!

I know they’ve been renovating (which seems like forever) but why not utilize other terminals for the mean time? Why do we allow multiple airlines to arrive at the same time and use the same terminal! We passed by Terminal 3 and the situation is peaceful. Also, do we really need to turn off the AC when renovating?

If we wanted to turn around the look and feel of NAIA then shut down the terminal and focus on renovation!

Sorry, no photos that I can post ‘coz my iPhone just run out of battery (I’m too tired to reach for my camera) and I am so focused in getting out of this hell.


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Janna is celebrating her 1st birthday this April hence the reason why I am flying out. Unlike her brother and sister, I can’t tell if she’s lucky to be celebrating it in the US since most of her guests are grown ups because unlike here in Manila that we have tons of kids to invite, we don’t have that much people that we know in Michigan. Guests will be coming over from different states.

With that, my sister is doing it on her own… the props, invitations and the giveaways. I was thinking of telling her about postcards so she can include it on the souvenirs that the guests will be taking home after the party but I guess we don’t have the much time anymore.

Oh well, I can’t wait to see my kiddos. I am counting the days, few more days and I am flying!


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Wasn’t able to watch Oscar’s as I needed to go out to get some stuff. I’ll be leaving soon for US and I need to work on a lot of things and I only have my RDs to buy all those “habilins”.

Anyway, here’s the list of winners in case you want to know.

86th Academy Awards winners
Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Feature
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

Best Cinematography
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Directing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)

Best Documentary Short
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)

Best Film Editing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)

Best Original Score
Gravity (Steven Price)

Best Original Song
Let It Go – Frozen

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)

Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)

Best Live Action Short Film
Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)

Best Sound Editing
Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

Best Sound Mixing
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)

Best Visual Effects
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

Best Original Screenplay
Her (Spike Jonze)


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Each time I travel, whether if its domestic or international, I always make it a point that good music is playing on my iPod. Normally, I name each playlist based on the place I’ll be visiting and the year.

Now that I am about to go for another journey to visit my kiddos in the US, I am planning and looking for good songs to include on my playlist. It’ll be nice to walk around with some music that would give you good vibes and with american audio headphones.

So if you guys saw me walking around Manhattan dancing, forgive me ‘coz I’m just having a blast!


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The last time I had lunch in Shangri La mall’s new wing was when I ate at Green Pastures. Like what I said on my post last time, I never got to enjoy the food I ordered as I was so full when I decided to eat that time. I don’t know why the same thing happened when I decided to try another resto some few days ago.

It was Monday, my rest day, when I got the chance of going out again and buy some stuff for my Kiddos. I am flying out soon so I am starting to buy some items for my nieces and nephew as “pasalubong”. Since I was in the area, I decided try this joint whose famous for their Buttermilk Chicken.

Upon arrival, I went shopping first just to make sure that I’m tired and with empty stomach before having lunch. So just before my feet started aching, I went to the 5th Floor of Shangri La East Wing to try this American set up restaurant.

I started my meal with a hot Clam Chowder served in a Sourdough bread. The soup is creamy with generous amount of clams and flavors. I love pepper so I’ve asked for a fresh ground of pepper on my soup. Though it was good, I still prefer the Clam Chowder in S&R.

The drink I ordered was a carafe of Green Tea. It was good, nothing special but I would just stay with water if I decided to visit the place again.

Lastly, my main dish arrived – Buttermilk Chicken.

I love chicken. Whenever I dine in any restaurant, I would always look first at the chicken section of the menu. With so much craze going on in this Buttermilk Chicken, I expected too much especially if I’ll be paying for more than the bucket price from some fast food chain.

Anyway, my chicken arrived around less 10 minutes after I finished my soup. It comes with 3 corn muffins, gravy and syrup. I ordered a cup of rice just in case I won’t be able to enjoy my Southern style meal.

I wanted to love this chicken but I just can’t. Again, I don’t know if it’s just me that I have full stomach from the Clam Chowder I have eaten or the chicken doesn’t have an appeal to me at all. It’s cooked, well seasoned, crunchy, huge serving but I just can’t appreciate it that time. The gravy doesn’t complement the taste of the chicken even if I mixed it with the syrup. I still prefer Jollibee over this.

The muffins are not good as well, or maybe, again, it’s just me. Yeah muffins are supposed to be not moist, but it should not be that dry. The good thing is, it’s not sweet at all. I only finish 1 piece and my rice is half full.

I wanted to give this restaurant a second try if ever I get a chance to visit the mall again. Maybe next month.


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