September 12, 2019

An Addictive Personality & Learning a New Language

This past April, while visiting at my friend Ekay’s house, she introduced me to a Japanese reality show called Terrace House. We didn’t even finish an entire episode, but it had piqued my interest enough that I decided to look for it on Netflix a few days later. I’m not sure how it happened, but suddenly I was watching it at every spare moment. I even downloaded episodes for when I was out of the house, and finished 3 seasons in a month. 😅 I’m a believer of the theory that what occupies your mind manifests in your life, so […]
August 22, 2019
Family Picture at a Wedding

A New Season in Sydney | Winter Wedding, Part 2

My sister is currently on their honeymoon, and I’ve only gotten around to posting about the day of the wedding. 👏🏽 Can I have a slow clap for being so good at this? 😑 Picking up from where I left off on my previous post, here’s a timeline of how things happened on July the 20th. Some photos of this destination wedding by Ry, some grabbed from the wedding suppliers, but most are my own. 05:30 I was soaking in the silence of the place as the sun made its way slowly overhead. My sister appeared calm, but I knew […]
August 20, 2019

A New Season in Sydney | Winter Wedding, Part 1

I left 5 days before the big day to help with whatever my sister needed. That meant errands, crafting, and just being there for her as she was about to transition into marriage.
July 8, 2019

Day 2 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge: (First) Recent Heartbreak | Remembering Bruce

Bruce had such a distinct personality even as a puppy. He came into our home with 2 full-grown Labradors, which made it all the more apparent. He was so tiny then; but when I set him down and let Chili and Kani sniff him for the 1st time, he stood his ground and even let out a few warning barks as if to say, “I’m not scared of you.” Within days, I knew he wouldn’t be like my other goofballs, with their in-your-face style of I-Love-You-So-Much. Bruce was somewhat aloof, came mostly when he wanted a morsel of what I […]
June 20, 2019

Mabuhaykers Log: Mt. Batulao

At this time last week, we were descending from the summit of Mt. Batulao, after enjoying the view and the slightly cooler breezes from the top. It was a relaxing trip for me as one of the rare times when I didn’t need to plan or drive! Husband and wife cycling team Mel and Julius picked the destination, set the meet up point and time, and offered their SUV for 5 of us to pile into. Going Blind The first thing I do when I’m getting ready for a climb is to check if my favorite Pinoy Mountaineer has been […]
May 31, 2019

Mabuhaykers Log: Ilocos Sur

It’s the last day of May! I’ve been home for just a handful of days since the RCS left for the US in April, then Masbate, Bicol right on time for my birthday on the 1st of May. A few weeks after that, we went to Candon, Ilocos Sur to perform at their 1st music festival. That last one, being the shortest of all the trips, is the one I’ve been able to sum up (somewhat poorly) in a short video. I’m writing this from Iloilo, while on another work trip, so for now, I’ll just share the link below. […]
April 4, 2019

How I Filed My Own ITR for the 1st Time

When I tried searching for the updated software, the 1st results were only the printable versions. I finally found the version 4 software here. Download, unzip, run, and install the offline eBIR forms software on your Windows OS. I recommend it over manual filing because it alerts you on missing, required fields, as well as does the computations based on the data you input.