Stepping Out For A While

Ok friends, this blog is officially hibernating. It has been more than a month since I’ve put up a post, and I think it’s been a couple of weeks since I last logged in to write one. I learned that there have been a couple of readers who have visited the site (thank you!).

There’s a good reason why posts have been so few this year, and one word summarizes it: OVERWHELM.


Image from QuoteEssays

I started 2014 with a plan: make this space better, reach a wider audience (other than family and friends), and meet other like-minded bloggers (let’s be honest, most of them are ladies). So I did what I usually did when I want to do something: I researched the heck out of blogging. I read blogging books, read a LOT of blogs, listened to blogging podcasts.


That Book Challenge on Facebook

There’s this book challenge going around Facebook, and I’ve been tagged several times by friends. For book nerds like me, this challenge can be a hard one. Seriously, if you’ve read a LOT of books, it will take you a while to come up with just 10(!).

The rule goes like this:

I’ve been challenged to list 10 books that have stayed with me in some way, and tag people to do the same. Rules (there are always rules): Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just the ones that have affected you in some ways. [Then tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.]

Thankfully, I’ve already listed my Top 5 in a previous post, so I only have to come up with another five! And so, here is the rest of the books that have made an impact on me thus far:

1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold — My first encounter with the wonderful works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and magical realism. There are gruesome parts, but the best lesson is really how a few minutes can change ones’ fate.

2. Something Wonderful — This is another one of those historical romances I read in high school. This is such a romantic love story, that I wonder why it has not yet been made in to a movie. I think even hardened cynics would swoon to Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence’s love story. Plus point: you get to learn about British royalty and culture.

My Book Challenge 2014-Part 1

3. Kitchen Confidential – So, it’s not fiction, but really more of a behind-the-scenes look on what happens inside professional kitchens and the fascinating characters in the culinary world (not just chefs). When I read this, I felt like Anthony Bourdain was telling me the story, much like he does in his travel shows.

4. P.S. I Love You — No, it’s not the Cecelia Ahern book, though that was good too. This book of the same title is the first book in the Sweet Dreams series that came out in the 80s till the mid-90s. Raise your hand if you remember those good old Sweet Dreams books!

I read this the summer I was twelve years old, and to read this sad/beautiful story of young love cut too soon is memorable for me. I told this story to one of my classmates, and I literally cried while I was talking about it, I think she thought I was weird (hehe).

Thankfully, there was a happy ending for Mariah (the lead character) in Book #23 of the same series (Yes, girls! I remember!)

Part 2 of Book Challenge 2014. Sweet Dreams and Gone Girl

5. Gone Girl — This one is a recent favorite, because I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I’m praying that the movie does justice to the book. You HAVE to read this before the movie comes out, because I’ve seen some articles saying there were some plot changes made for the big screen.

According to the rules, I should tag friends to answer this challenge. If you’ve read this post, I tag YOU! Go ahead and list your own top 10 books on your Facebook page or your blog! Then let me know, ok? I do like looking at my friends’ lists and getting suggestions on what to read next. Enjoy and happy listing!

P.S. My top five books

Collage Monday: The 3 P’s

Hello, hello! September is almost over. Time flies by so fast, no? I don’t know what it is about this time of the year, but as Christmas approaches, I like to think about what the year ahead will be like for me. Truth be told, there’s a couple more things to do this year, but I really look forward to 2015.

Planners, Patterns and Podcasts

1 and 2 Simplified Planners from Emily Ley. 3 and 4 Day Designer. 5. Colorful Tree. 6. Hearts Mint from Etsy. 7. Pillow Cover from French Needle. 8. City Pattern from Etsy 9. The Read. 10. Stuff you should know 11. This is Your Life

Today’s collage is all about the 3 P’s I’ve been obsessing about for a few weeks now. They’re all related to my planning and inspiration for next year.


2014 Singapore Night Festival (Part 2)

When I started working in Singapore 8 years ago, I made a list of things I absolutely MUST-DO during my stay here. If you ask any OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) living here, most of them will tell you that there is only a limited number of places to see before you start venturing out to the neighbouring countries, or just stay at home.

I’ve taken out my list a couple of times already and have crossed off a couple of things, like when we walked the southern ridges, explored the SEA Aquarium, spent an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens, hiked at MacRitichie Reservoir and biked from ECP to Changi Beach.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Colorful posters in front of the Philatelic Museum

So for the second weekend of the NIght Festival, JP was nice enough to indulge me and go with me to visit the Philatelic and Peranakan Museums. Again, entrance fee was waived for that night as part of the Festival. It’s the first time in all my 8 years that I’ve stepped foot in these museums and honestly thought it wouldn’t be too interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. Let me show you a couple of things from that weekend.


Project Lunchbox returns!

Happy Friday, guys! So my doctor recently took me off the medication I’ve been taking for PCOS (I’ll talk about this condition at length in future posts). This means that I have to be extra vigilant about my carb and sugar intake, lest my symptoms turn up again. I’ve been bringing my own meals to the office these past couple of weeks, and I have to say, I think it’s helping a lot. Yes, it’s the return of Project Lunchbox!

Salad Combinations

I’ve been spending these past couple of Sunday afternoons prepping our meals for the week ahead, and it’s been really fun for me. Here’s a set I made previously. I posted this on my social media and some friends have been asking for the recipes, so that’s what this post will be today. Read on, and check out these salad combos!


2014 Singapore Night Festival (Part 1)

One of the annual events I look forward to here in the Lion City is the Singapore Night Festival. For two weekends in August, all museums in the city are open until 2AM, and visitors can go in absolutely FREE!

Local and foreign artists are invited to exhibit their works or perform. There’s always something interesting to see. Here are some pictures from the first weekend of the Night Fest.

National Museum of Singapore-Night Fest 2014

In front of the National Museum of Singapore


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