I once wanted to be an architect or a fashion illustrator. I used to love drawing houses, rooftops, and laying out rooms and sketching outfits. My Mom says that I doodled on the walls before I learned how to write. But then I fell in love with words, and arts took a backseat after that. Once in a while, though, I break out the pens … Continue reading Watercolor Waterloo
A friend and I found ourselves at Ayala mall at 11pm with no dinner yet. We walked over to that relatively new Korean bbq place at the Terraces that we’ve been eyeing for some time. However, after we flipped through their menu, we had to walk out and seek out another place. Their prices were ridiculous! More than P600 per person for a meal with … Continue reading Thanks, Kuya J’s Restaurant
I’m probably the only woman who has Lego toys on her vanity table alongside makeup and perfume. A good friend who is now based in USA brought home a Lego gift for me. Knowing my love for Star Wars – and obsession with Yoda – he picked a piece from the Star Wars Lego collection. It features Rey and her Speeder and Unkur’s Thug. It’s … Continue reading Lego-lese
Whenever I hear about women who are victims in domestic abuse cases, my initial reaction used to be to wonder why these women allowed themselves to become victims. Why don’t they fight back? If not physically – which is harder for obvious reasons – then legally, where they have a fighting chance. One violent incident, one punch, should be enough for them to pack up their bags and their kids … Continue reading Violence against women in Cebu on the rise
It’s been a while since I got in touch with my artsy fartsy side. Whenever I’m going through a tough time, I always go back to the pens and let myself bleed on paper, in words and strokes and lines and color. I went to a basic calligraphy class hosted by Charm Pia Tan at Craft CEB (Banilad Town Center) a few weekends ago. It … Continue reading Writing away the hurt
Not too many Cebuanos know that up in the hills of the town of Minglanilla, where the roads are long, narrow, and serpentine, is a sprawling, dense wooded area that has been around for 100 years. Osmeña Reforestation Project (ORP), an experimental and heritage forest, covers more than 2,000 hectares and populated by indigenous tree species, fauna, caves, rivers, and other water resources. It was my … Continue reading Osmeña Reforestation Project: Cebu’s Heritage Forest
Dear Metrobank, I just received a call from a lady who claims to be affiliated with you using a regular mobile number. She rattled off a long spiel about card protection, card errors, etc. Because my Mama raised me to be polite, I listened to her, although I was in the thick of writing a documentation report and wondering where this call was leading to since … Continue reading Dear Metrobank (an open letter)
It was by accident that I walked into this chocolate shop with a friend. We meant to have a bite and a coffee at J.CO in Ayala Cebu, but they were close at the time when we got there. We were about to walk away to find some other place when I spotted the cute and winsome cafe sign with the word “Chocolatier” on it. Nothing like the thought of chocolate decadence to stop me in my tracks.
Since they surprisingly have quite a a lot of food choices (I wasn’t expecting that) we asked the waitress what their bestsellers were. She recommended the White Chocolate Crepe. I was eyeing something with dark chocolate in it, but I went ahead and ordered the crepe, pairing it with Mocha Latte. Running through their tea choices, I spotted Chocolate Chai Tea Latte which intrigued me. Chocolate with chai tea and milk? I ordered a cup of that, too.