Monday, December 12, 2011


Ever since my birthday (November 8), seems like everything happened so fast. I resigned, got a new job, assigned to work at Gaudi, Serendra, was transferred to Tapella, Makati when I felt at home already with the previous one. I go day by day without noticing that I couldn't catch up anymore. And now, It's almost Christmas and I haven't done Christmas shopping yet. I don't think I'll ever have time to go Christmas shopping. I got one day off a week which I prefer to spend by staying at home, resting and spending some quality time with my family. Everything was kind of a rush. I don't even think if I ever thought of these fully and finally. I mean, right now I am feeling so tired. I go to work early. Of course I have to wake up early to spend a little time with Ashley, bathe, dress-up and spend time sitting my ass of on a public vehicle just so I could go to work. It really sums up my time. Sooner it would be a month since I got into this new path. I haven't felt it to be so worth it as of now, but who knows... It's too early to judge.

And now I miss my old and still friends. We were so inseparable. I am too far to spend time with them. The good thing is, I get to spend more time now with my parents. I go to their house during my 4 hours break. I am hoping for it to be worth it.

So anyway, I'm not really complaining. I'm just weighing everything that is happening. I don't take down good opportunities. Never.

I'm keeping my fingers cross.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

something I made/wrote from the past

I was organizing my laptop and kinda deleting some files I don't need anymore. Then I found this.. I'll copy-paste na lang. Hahaha! I remember typing this back when it was Archie's first day at work, graveyard. And I'm a little too bored and trying to get a good night sleep. Anyway, here it is.. :)

Fact about me Day 1
HI. –Simple word I can’t say or I’d rather proclaim that I’m not used to say to whomever and wherever I am. I’m not that typical being who approaches first. Today is the first day/night –or whatever you may prefer to call it, I prefer to specify it as Archie’s (my husband) first day at work of the week in graveyard shift. Aside from the fact of being unapproachable shit, I am not use to sleeping alone. Whether it is with Archie or a friend or any of my family member, as long as I am staying alone in a room, I swear, I can’t sleep (not unless, I’m that sleepy). So anyway, I blogged about this new place inside BF homes before named, Cosa Nostra. Still the best air-conditioned place for me. Why? Who wants a bucket of beer paired with smoking in an air-conditioned place? So we decided to have a few drinks.. two bottles as planned, turned into 4 bottles. Still fine though. ;p We had San Mig Apple flavored beer –tasted like Cali Shandy if you know what I’m talking about,  assuming that it could help put me into a fast sleep. I end up typing this blog Ha Ha, not funny. We had Tanduay Ice afterwards, anyway.  I thought of blogging random facts I could discover for the next coming days of this week. Facts for day 1 : I am not an approachable person but I am not saying I’m snobbish, I cannot sleep alone, I am a self-proclaim frustrated blogger, I tasted San Mig Apple flavored beer today July 11, 2011 and I like my first bottle and the second was just a so-so. It has 3% alcohol fyi.
Archie just called and told me about a scheduled meeting in Wee nam kee tomorrow.
As I was typing I noticed my hands are abnormally dry. Or dry omit the “abnormally” word. I was expecting to have hands like this with all the cleaning and shit I did today. And last fact, I blog about things I just notice like how weird it can be. I cleaned 1 chiller and left the others unclean just so I could keep myself busy for the next lean days at work busy. 
I just set my phone’s alarm clock hoping I wouldn’t press “snooze” when it alarms. Opening shift, yes. I am also expecting danggit for breakfast by Rean and also expecting Pinakurat by Andrei. Ha Ha Ha. J
Good Morning! It is 12:00mn, seriously
There’s so much things also happened at my workplace which I prefer not to include in this blog. All I can say is that, I need to wear my complete uniform, report to work on time and anticipate what will happen next. Good Night, Folks! J

Day 2
“Look at us, running around, always rushed, always late. Is that what they call human race? But sometimes we slows down to fall pieces into place” – Switched
The moment I got up on our sofa after watching the movie “Switched”, I got my sleeping clothes. Fact#1: I wear over-sized t-shirt and boxers for sleeping. Prior tonight, my friend, Andrei and another from work Rean –the two I am with last night, was out at work earlier than scheduled. Tuesday’s original plan was to have dinner with god-knows-who people from work at Domino’s Pizza. Fact#2: I’ve never had Domino’s pizza my whole life yet. I was about to sana but didn’t pushed thru. Instead, Andrei and I went to Banahaw Healing Spa, BF Homes branch. He treated me for a massage. Head off to ruins afterwards and ate dinner. He had Creamy tuna garlic pasta while I ordered Spicy Spanish style pasta and we had deep fried snickers topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. More like the famous wicked oreo of Manila Polo Club. J Tastes good, knowing that the place wasn’t that nice at all. I bought 3 pirated dvds. Ha Ha Ha. ;p Switched, How did you know and Limitless. As I reached home, there my very adorable Ashley welcomed me with her Mamita. She’s growing a lot of teeth already. Fact#3: Ashley grows fast I can’t do anything to stop it. We picked up Mari from his swimming lessons and as soon as we reached home, I fed Ashley and put her to sleep. So there comes watching Switched.
And now I am feeling a bit sleepy. I am waiting for Archie to call me. Oh! I almost forgot, Archie had his interview at Wee Nam Kee restaurant just like I told you at Day 1. He is expecting a call back from WNK. I think they’ll discuss his rate first. A little bit higher than what he is having at his current job. I thought it goes that way, really.  He’s qualified, I’m confident about that – Fact#4. No doubt. I am really hoping that God provides us, especially him whatever he deserves. J

Fact about me Day 3
I stayed in bed sleeping until 1pm. waking up in an empty house, hungry. Mother and Ashley went grocery shopping Ashley’s Wowa and ate lunch there. Archie had bought something for his scooter. It was pass 1pm when Archie got back home and we had lunch. Every day I eat lunch like it’s an afternoon snack. It’s always late. –Fact#1. Seem like I get to feed myself right after I fed loads of strangers. We call them guests in our restaurant. Ha Ha Ha. My work goes like that and my body has to deal with it.
So now, I am listening to my make-me-feel-happy and chill playlist in iTunes (I listen to it as well while dressing up for work). There you can find my John Mayer. Ha Ha. Possessive like that. And also Colbie Calliat, Sugarland. Some from Samantha James and Jason Mraz. As I check on my twitter account (click here to follow), I then find out that #embassyforever is trending.  The Embassy Super Club that I have been clubbing and spending blurry yet fun nights and kinda summed up my whole adolescence. –Fact#2. It is where epic moments happen. Like it is where I met a bunch of people and had fun times with them even though I don’t get to know their names. Ha Ha Ha. And how could I forget spending nights with my closest friends, dancing and drinking our hearts out. But yeah, change is the only permanent in this world in can happen to anyone, anything and any time of the day.
So let us talk about changes in life.. is it a good thing? Does it help you mold as a better person? For me, a person needs to know how to accept changes in their lives and how to absorb and how to see the other good side of changing. It is not always both to hurt you and to disappoint you rather it makes you a better and stronger person than you are yesterday. I have been to a lot of changes –Fact#3. First and obviously I changed physically. Everyone does and will. No one should stop themselves from changing physically. We are human being and it is part of our life. Second, my surname changed. From Laboriante I am now a Pineda. So much hassle for my documents and even to the simplest two things – my email and signature. But then again, everyone will get married and will renew their documents and even their signature. My decision base has changed. It is not for me anymore but for my little cutesy family and especially to the little adorable one, Ashley.  And trust me, a lot more!
The secret key to change is acceptance and a little bit of contentment. J
Day 4
I just wanna stop blogging about Facts about me. Instead, let me tell what I did today. Fact#1 – HAHAHA, I know right. Anyway, I love sale! Today is the 2nd day or my rest days. Papa picked me up and Ashley to have lunch at Robinsons and to have my lost bag back at the same time. First, let me tell you how I lost my bag..well, I’m not pretty sure how it got stolen haha. So yeah, someone from the robinson’s admin office texted me a few days after I lost my bag, telling me to go to their office and bring 2 valid ids. To cut the story short, I got my bag back. My things inside are there except my money. (What do I expect, right?)
It’s mid-year freakin’ sale!!! Everything was 10-70% off. To tell you the truth, I wanted to get everything I want and see. But I only went home with 1 pair of beige ballet shoes from Liberte, an owl necklace and Lots of cute clips for Ashley. I was about to get that floral tube dress I like but it doesn’t fit me nicely so we had to part ways Ha Ha Ha! I had so much fun with my family. It would be more fun if Archie’s with us but he has work today.  Not to mention my happy tummy today! Always whenever I’m with the folks.
So there you have it. Doodles and Good night! J <3

~~It wasn't really finished but, hey, spare me I'm tired. HAHAHA.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween also known by Hallowe'en or All Hallows Eve, is an annual holiday observed around the world on October 30 or 31st, the night preceding All Saint's Day. Much like a festival honouring the dead.

Here in the Philippines, you can see masses' effort on dressing up in their cute, sexy and scary costumes. Both grown-ups and kids. Aside from dressing up, the typical activity done during this special holiday is the trick or treating. 

Halloween 2010 vs. Halloween 2011 - more like a 3 months old Ashley vs. 1 year and 3 months old.

2010- Didn't really dressed her up but she wore a bumble bee headband 
This year...
Night before her actual trick or treat, we tried out her bunny ears.

Her Pumpkin costume. She was supposed to wear this during her Halloween Parade in Hillsborough but then we got confused with the time and didn't get to join the parade. It's fine though. I don't want her wearing that costume at 1:30pm sweating and irritated. Hehehe. That costume was too thick and enclosed. She was cute with that pumpkin, for sure.

And so, she wore a Ballerina outfit for trick or treating. I love this outfit!  She was comfortable wearing that tutu. And look at her
treat bag - Hello Kitty! LOL.
Last 2010, Ashley has no idea what trick or treating is, she was just there staring and having an affair with her pacifier. Hahaha!
Such an innocent baby.

Who can tell me that time that the next trick or treat with Ashley will be like these

Walking and almost running under the heat. She was excited and thrilled! As if she knew what she was doing and as if I will allow her to eat all the candies she got from the houses. Hahaha! 
And so I told her to behave and gave me this pose. She learned that behave pose in Gymboree.

Her face when her Lolo carried her and she can't go down to walk nor run. Too funny!

Of course, it wouldn't be a trick or treat without giving treats to the kids. Ninang gave away candies to the kids every year and this year nangs gave popcorns along with the packed candies this year. 

Last year was like this...

And this year...

Ashley kinda helped out giving away treats to the kids. :-)

2010 decorations vs 2011


Here are some cute costumes and unique decorations from the houses I've seen and captured...
twins wearing a fairy costumes.

Here comes Spiderman!!!

Ashley as a Ballerina and Carmela as a Pirate
A walking iPhone Man! :D
Let us not forget Happy the "Supedog"

This house is a genius. They made up a life size Plants vs. Zombies game and gave away Taho as a prize.

We also celebrated Ninong Ben's birthday that night though his actual birthday is November 1st. 


And then went to Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina rhe next day.



When we were in the cemetery, GMA news approached our family and interviewed some and took a video.  The reporter even made us sing "happy birthday" to Ninong Ben. It was funny. We just ate and prayed. It was a little reunion. 

It was nice to pass by The Philippine Centre for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Inc. after visiting cemetery. It really made me feel good and relieved. It is a non-stock and a non-profit organization. The church is very quiet which gives the atmosphere a solemn feel. I recommend people to go there and pray if ever you have things to ask. I prayed and held his hand not quite that long but part of my prayers were for him to help me to mold myself and be able to be worthy enough for the people surrounds me. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Feels like the day is so much faster than hour lately. So I thought I shall make the most of it and take advantage of the time where the possibility of spending time with my family, husband and Ashley can happen.

Today is her 5th session in Gymboree. Though I didn't took pictures at Gymboree today, they have a new teacher which I don't know if she would be their permanent teacher. They did sang, dance, climb up the stairs, jumped, walk through a bridge, popped some bubbles and pushed the air log. And as usual, we had fun!!!

It was kind of a Tuesday's ritual to be with my parents and sister, spending time with Ashley and bringing her somewhere she can extend playing after her Gymboree class. Her Grandparents' arrived Gymboree in the middle of her class to fetched us and grab some snacks somewhere.
She loves playing with bubbles
missing to make a bubbles cause she's too excited to blow.

But this! TADA! :-)

We head off to Festival and ate at Kenny Roger's. (I missed Kenny!) It was Ashley's second time dining at Kenny Roger's and her Second time as well to play in the mall. The first one was in Timezone 

and now, Pixie Forest. (If I'm not mistaken) 
She was kinda refusing at first on trying out the airplanes, cars and the swing but she did enjoy it when she has someone with her.
Hence, her Dora doll!
It was hard cause rides are for toddlers and no one is able to fit the sizes. Hahaha! But My sister is an exception. LOL. 

SEE? :p

I was pass 5pm and Ashley is starting to throw fits so we decided to call it a day. She didn't nap, that's why. But before that, I took this shot first cos I find it cute! :-) I'm glad she agreed to pose with this after her mamsy and ninang posed first.

Her fairy photo. :-)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pet peeve for the month of October

As I've blogged before about my biggest pet peeve for Plastic people, I have now found a new biggest pet peeve yet called "the incompetent others"

I haven't blog anything that is happening about work now cause there's so much to talk about and I don't know where to start and I don't know if I do have to blog about those shits. But to cut the story short and talk about my work, I am very very and sincerely tired physically and figuratively in all aspects. From scheduling, break time,  co-workers, dealing with the kind of people whom I consider belong to my first pet peeve blog and all. Tired of all the dramas, tired of all the being so famous cause of the things I've never done my whole life, tired from non-stop working and exerting unappreciated, unseen efforts and hard works. Tired from thinking and feeling who the real people are, trying and taking chances to understand why some people like that exists. I'm tired dealing with all the dramas and falseness.

If you are now puzzled why these issues are being revealed just now, to tell you now as well, we just lost 4 employees in a month span. How can that be so possible? That 4 staffs were the kind of a "yes, maam. yes, sir" kind of people. And since 2 employees out of the 4 employees were from back of the house. Some should make an adjustment, that's us! It was so hard and tiring to work where you were the only one who exert effort, only one who does the job at it's best and care the most. How could an 8 staffs inside the kitchen can produce 100,000 + sales a day during weekend? That is obviously insane and lack of manpower.

So why is that? I now thought of I should probably be the next, despite of all the hard work and efforts, someone would somehow, someday will surely look at the lamest thing you've done and turn it into a big issue that'll cause you to keep away from the job. If you know what I mean. Keep away from their hidden business/agenda. Something wrong is happening here. So wrong.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I am running out of inspiration or subject for blogging. Aside from Ashley and what I did for the past few days, what I ate and where I spent my days, I have nothing to talk about. I guess I am changing my blog title from "Virtual Journal" to "Virtual Scrapbook" eh? But I bet sooner or later after doing that I will change it again. 

I find writing and blogging calming. It calms me every time I write and so much easier when I type. And I miss the scenario where I click on my google chrome's 'open new tab button' and go click and open my, hit the 'new post' and just type and the words and thoughts were like flowing and flowing so easily. I just missed it.

The time I got a nice subject for you guys, my readers, my followers and random online searchers could learn something good from me not only just scrolling and scanning photos from my blog. :-)

Hope It'll be that soon! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vacation Leave Summary

I was not really planning to file a 1 week leave from work last September25-October1st, how I wanted to get off from work when my birthday comes in November. Hahaha! But since it's my Lola's 80th Birthday and I was assigned by the family to cook for her birthday, I had to do so. 

September 26th - Bahay Kalinga
This year, my Lola decided to spend her pre-celebration in Bahay Kalinga with the 100 lolo and lolas. So I spent my first day of leave gathering all the equipment, tools and ingredients I need for cooking. First thing in the morning, we visited Ashley
too bad, Ashley's having siesta when we arrived.

I gave her her dora doll her daddy bought for her.

then we went straight to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients. 

We serve them Chinese-style Adobo -it is similar to filipino adobo with just an extra fragrant of star anise- and Lumpiang Togue. 

Here are some pictures in Bahay Kalinga...

 We had Japanese Food for lunch that day after doing grocery shopping. Please check my blog about the Japanese food.

September 28 - Lola's Birthday (her official) at Max's
It was raining hard cause of the typhoon the day before Lola's actual birthday, but still the family cannot be stopped by the rain. It wasn't raining that hard that day. We just had a simple lunch for Lola in Max's Restaurant, Robinson's Manila. The mall was hot, walang aircon eh!  hahaha. The mall was just using generator for the lights. There were even no escalator and elevator functioning. Such a hassle bringing Ashley's stroller all the way down and up the escalator. Lol! 

Someone's eye-ing to play with the cake

my sister and brother - enjoying their crispy pata!

please excuse the blurry photo. I guess the cam was not set to auto focus. hehehe

Tita Wena's Part I - Slicing of the cake

went to Roxas Blvd to visit and take a look at the place for lola's birthday.

Ashley giving her ninang a Hi-five while daddy's kind of struggling with their position. hahaha!

This is our "up hands" pose! :D


These bell peppers was the hardest one and needs to be prepared thoroughly. 
First step is to simply grill the bell peppers. These are roughly 3 inches long only which made it harder to prepare. I grilled 200 of these.

Once grilled, you let it cool of course then you have to peel its skin. After doing so you have to make a small slit to each peppers, just enough for you to take their seeds without ruining its shape. After that procedure, you stuffed the pepper with taco-beef. Chill it for few hours and do 3 basic breading procedure: Flour, Egg and Breadcrumbs. Then chill or store until it is set, then that is time you'll deep fry them peppers. :-) I know, right. Difficult. 

gonna be look like this. :-)

loads of tomatoes and onions!!!

And for the last highlight of my vacation leave, Lola's birthday celebration with family and friends!!! This year's her 80th and my Tita decided to have a Mexican Feast themed party for lola. My husband and I were up early in the morning even though the party starts at 7pm. We were finishing preparing foods and cooking. At 4pm we started the buffet set-up and set-up for tables and chairs. 

Grilling Skewers!

Setting up tables and chairs

Archie, my husband and Mikee, my cousin - doing some final touch w/ the foods.

My sister was in-charge of the decorations.

Done already. Waiting for the centerpieces.

buffet set-up

My Mexican Menu for my Lola's Birthday


Beef Taco Salad - 

Pepper Rellenos - Bell pepper stuffed with taco beef and cheese

Cheese Quesadilla - Tortilla flour stuffed with ranchero sauce, lettuce, salsa and cheddar cheese.

Main Course:

Chicken Enchilada - Layered Tortilla flour, Enchilada sauce, grilled chicken, sauteed onions and cheese. Topped with cheese sauce, sour cream and grated cheese.

Chili Beans - Red beans and Chorizo with ground beef in thick chili-tomato sauce

Filete de pescado - Crispy cream dory fish marinated in spices and topped with pomodoro sauce.

Chicken Jalapeno - Grilled Chicken fillet marinated in jalapenos and cilantro. 

Amigo's style chicken skewers - Chicken cubes marinated in our special adobo rub paired with tomato and red onion. 

Mexican Red Rice - Rice sauteed in our Pomodoro sauce.

Lola and her Mexican Birthday Cake from Aggy's sweets and bakeshop.

Here are some pictures of family and friends...

from left to right: My sister Jaz, Jay, My husband Archie and Me.

from left top to right: Papa, Me, Renz, Jaz, Tito Evan, Tita Wena, Adee and Ethan.

Amigos and Amigas!

Tita wena, went home from states to make this event  happen! :-)

Cousins! :-)

It can never be a feast without Lechon

Lola and Ashley matching gold outfits. hahaha

Relatives with the celebrant

they keep on coming back for more. eh. :p

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Moving on, I have 1 day left til I'm back to reality. Saturday, we went to Kowloon House in Q.C to attend Archie's nephew's dedication. We also went to Folks' house to pick up some pots we left at the party and to check out Papa's new baby!!!

Lack of sleep photo. Hahaha!

gloomy weather makes ashley sleepy and well behave


Sleepy driver

Papa's baby

It was indeed a fully-booked vacation leave. I didn't even felt being relaxed the whole leave. Hahaha! Went back to work on a Sunday - another peak day and busy day for me. No time to rest and relax. Hayayayays! Anyways, That's it for now! xx 

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