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 […]
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.
January 24, 2019

QuicKation: Home(Base) Away From Home

Surf towns have a distinct, laid-back vibe, judging from my visits to La Union, Baler, and Hale'iwa on the North Shore of Oahu. Among them all, tiny Liwliwa has got to be the chillest, stripped to the barest scene I've experienced.
January 2, 2019

Day 1 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge 2019

I said I would write, so despite being out at work almost the entire day, I am cramming Day 1 of this 30-day challenge I’m taking on. I’ll be following the calendar below, which I downloaded 4 years ago. As you can see, the author of this graphic created this in 2015 😱 and it’s been sitting on my desktop since, ignored. I haven’t read all the topics, and I vaguely remember thinking I wanted each day to have an element of surprise. It’ll be a good exercise on writing the 1st idea that comes to mind and just rolling […]
December 31, 2018

Mabuhaykers Log: Magical Negros Oriental

On the 2nd week of December, we flew in to Dumaguete for 2 shows. On the 8th, we had a concert at the Luce Auditorium at Silliman University, followed by a Christmas tree lighting event at the plaza the next day. As with most of my work trips, so long as time permits, it doubled as a QuicKation, or so I’ve come to call them. Day 1 We were on a red eye flight, so breakfast was the 1st order of business when we arrived. While Casa Rubin prepared our rooms for early check-in, we ordered food at their restaurant […]