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Top Ten Tuesdays : Mid Year Blessings

Today marks the first day of July. July is the month before my birth month. July. Wait what?! Where did the first part of the year go?! Bilis ng oras! Should I post “Hello July be good to me” on Facebook now?.. Haha.

After a haircut, I decided to visit Camelite monastery. It was there while kneeling at the pew that I had a realization, these past six months were filled with blessings. I thanked Him for all of the blessings and lighted candles. This marks the beginning of a tradition every first day of each month.

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Since today is Top Ten Tuesdays, I’ll share what these blessings are thru this list.

 

Top Ten

Mid Year Blessings

10)Material Things

-I will not enumerate them.

9)New Job

-A new challenge. Compensates well too. Lol

8)this Blog

-it’s my brainchild, my creative outlet, very proud of it.

7)Physical Improvements

-the pain sessions are starting to pay off finally!

6)Friends. Both Old and New

brothers and sisters from other parents. My extended family.

5)Happiness

-contentment is key

4)Learnings

-discovered quite a few things about myself and life

3)good Health

-just coughs and colds, no major health issues

2)my Mom

-source of unconditional love and support. Yeah, yeah call me mama’s boy. I dont care.

1)the gift of Life

-without it I will not be able to enjoy all of the blessings listed above.

Often times we get caught up with our problems that we overlook the blessings we receive. Take a closer look into your life, Im sure you’ll see that you too are blessed. Have you thanked Him for them yet? Now is a good time to start.

Foodie Fridays : Ikabud

This post will feature two of my favorite words.

1) FREE. It’s the word that almost all of us love.

2) FOOD. It’s Foodie Fridays!

Yes, this post is about FREE FOOD! Cool right?! Hehe.

Tuesday last week, we celebrated what our team leader claims to be her 19th birthday at Ikabud, SM City Clark.

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This restaurant has been around for quite some time now, but this would just be the second time that I would eat here. See, I don’t usually go to restuarants. Id choose a karinderya over a restaurant in a heartbeat. Now you might be thinking that Im down to earth or something, ahhh, nope. That’s just because, I am kuripot. Lol.

I was one of the first to be there to make reservations, since we were going to be a big group of at least 20 persons.

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While they were busy ordering our feast, I was busy with blogger duties. Hehe.

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Cool kiddie chair. I tried sitting on it and I actually fit! Way cool! Haha.

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Dunno what this is called. Sorry. Lol.

The word rustic comes to mind when one enters Ikabud. Its a lot of wood and bricks. A stark contrast against the mall’s modern design. 

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Spot the flag

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The battlefield

We got aquainted with the menu and pretty much ordered what was written on it. Lol.

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While food was being prepared, Retrica and the podstick kept us busy.

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Then one by one, pieces of heaven began to arrive. Being the dedicated blogger that I am, I did not let them touch the food until I’ve taken a photo of it. Haha.

Warning. What follows will trigger pangs of hunger. Food Porn Alert!

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Garlic and Fiesta rice.

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Calamares

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Chicharon Bulaklak

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Kare-Kare

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Salpicao

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Stuffed Pusit

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Sisig

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Binagoongang Lechon

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Lechon sa Gata

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Birthday Cakes

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To wash all that down. 

The food was delicious. Made even better by the fact that it was free. Hehe. I filled my plate with portions of everything, ignored everyone and began to eat. Eat. Eat. By the time I was done I was so full that I suddenly felt sleepy. No wonder I’m getting fat. Hehe.

What better way to stay awake than to start another podstick session. If you haven’t tried taking photos with a podstick yet, you are missing out on a lot of fun! Its quite addicting, obviously. Haha.

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This post is about free food. It was. Because while I’m writing it I realized something, Its not just about free food. Its about relaxing after a tiring day at work. Its about making memories, building relationships, strengthening bonds that would soon turn colleagues into good friends.

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Alright! Verdict time! Here are my Unexpert Ratings for Ikabud. Five stars being the highest.

Food = ☆☆☆☆

Place = ☆☆☆☆

Price = N/A  (Thanks TL! Lol.)

Ikabud is located at the ground floor of the new wing of SM City Clark, Balibago, Angeles City.

Complete photo gallery at http://www.facebook.com/KingofWrongmistakes

The Perfect Week

To be entirely without fault or defect. Satisfies all requirements. Implies soundness and excellence of every part, element or quality. Flawless. Accurate. Perfect.  (credits to http://www.i.word.com/idictionary for making me sound so smart. Hehe.) Admit it or not, at one point in your life you worked or thought about acheiving even atleast a semblance of this word.

My younger brother proposed that we take on a Perfect Week challenge.  The idea is we will consistently publish works for one week straight. Had he suggested this a while back I wouldn’t have accepted it. I did not like challenges, they disrupt the status quo. That was before. Since late last year my views on this are slowly but drastically shifting. So here I am, writing this post for the first day of the Perfect Week. Challenge accepted.

The requirements to be perfect in this challenge are not impossible to satisfy, because they are objective. Writing this post takes me one step closer to being perfect. Yey! Hehe.

Sadly, the same can not be said for the parameters of being perfect in this world we are in, here perfect is subjective. Based on opinions and beliefs of the majority. In order to be considered perfect we need to have approval, a confirmation from the majority that we are indeed perfect. The definition is placed inside a box, making perfection generic. In a world obsessed only with subjective perfection its easy to lose sight of what is really important.

Each of one of us is unique. Made even so by our so called imperfections. Imagine a world where each of us are exact carbon copies of someone who we deem to be perfect. Scary. Boring.

For me, being perfect means knowing who you are and being comfortable with it. It means learning to accept  differences and not pass judgement. I’m not there yet, I’m still working on achieving this kind of perfect. If it means going against what is considered to be generically perfect, so be it. Id rather be unique than perfect. 

At the end of the day we all have our own definitions about the word perfect. You might agree with mine, you might not. That’s great! It means we are not all alike and that will keep things interesting.

One down. Six more to go.

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Roadtrip

After posting Perks, I knew right away what topic I wanted to take on next. There was just one minor hitch. Writer’s block. On my second post. Yey. Haha. So I thought, what to do when words fail?.. Pictures! Yep! This post will be made up mostly of pictures.  A visual diary. Problem solved! Lol.

We’ve known each other since the start of college. By 2007 our brotherhood took on the name Busy Boys,  and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Fast foward 2014, and here we were on a short breather from our day jobs going on a road trip up north, so begins our out of town adventure. 

Turns out our rented ride had issues. That was discovered on our stop over in Subic. We were at Pier One, looking for a public rest room but sadly we did not find one. Lol. On our way back, we found the boys pushing the car to make it start. The attempt was sucessful so we did not think much of it and went on our way. Guided by GPS, (thank God for technology!) the adventure continued.

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After a quick photo op at the town of San Marcelino, we picked up a couple of supplies.

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A good way to experience a place’s culture is to visit its public market. You get to meet and interact with the locals. We even met a vendor who was also a Kapampangan. One important tip though. Do not forget to pay for what you buy. I did. It was embarassing. Haha.

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Seafoods. Seafoods, and Seafoods!

Once done, we left the public market with heavy loads and lighter pockets. We were now ready for the beach, but apparently our ride had other plans. It would not start.  Again.

When the situation seems to play with you, play with it! Have fun!

Eat ice cream.

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Take groupies. (group selfies. Haha.)

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After an hour and half we were finally on our way to the beach. To be honest our expectations were quite low since we were informed that the place was fully booked. We were expecting a crowded resort. Oh boy were we surprised.

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Pine trees on the beach! It was like Anawangin but with cell reception and electricity. Hehe. The place was huge! Far from being crowded. We were stoked.

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House of Ezra

Crystal Beach Resort offers nipa huts, like the one we stayed in, and other traditonal Filipino houses to its guests. I find this set up very refreshing since most resorts now have hotel type accomodations. It brings you back to the simple way of living.

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We also had a tent. No one really used it though. Hehe.

Once settled, we all fell into our roles. One cooked, the others helped and I took pictures. Haha.

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Seafood grilling by the beach. Sarap! Our fresh water source is that old school deep well on the far right. How cool is this set up?!

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The resident Chef in action. Girls, single pa yan!

Now for the best part.

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Galit galit muna. Mangan tana!

Eating good food in the company of good friends while the sea breeze keeps you cool. It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had so far. Hunger satisfied. It was still quite hot to go out to the beach so..

Groupie time!

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Then they played cards. Me? I took pictures. Haha.

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After that,  we played with the camera.

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Sessions by the beach. This is the life. Lol.

Then it was swimming time! Leggo!

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We played games. Its was like being a kid all over again.

1)Pose off

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2)Bury-a-buddy.

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3)Ride the barrel.

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That ends our first day in Zambales. What happened during the night is for us to know, and for you to think about. Right boys?! Lol.

 

Day two started with this spread which was included in our accomodations.

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After breakfast it was time to explore and of course take pictures! This time we tried the photo app Retrica. Here are the results.

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Then it was time to leave. Or so we thought. Of course the car would not start. Again. Haha. Good thing one of our fellow guest helped us out and was able to get our very reliable ride to start. Now it was time to go.

All was well until we reached the exit to Subic. The car stopped. Haha. We weren’t really suprised about that, we just thought we’d reach Pampanga before this happens. This is very frustrating since one of us still has to go to work, one needs to shop for an anniversary present and all of us wanted to go home and rest.  

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When placed on a situation which you do not like but have little control on, instead of wasting energy on negativity, try to make the most out of it. “Mayli ka man o magbusit ka ala namang magbayu, edi mayli naka mo. Pogi ka pang akakit”. That’s exactly what we did.

Trip to Holy Land.

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We kept seeing these signs around so we decided to do some exploring. The place was nice and creepy at the same time.

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These three were walking ahead of us. Then suddenly they started running back like they were being chased by something. Instinct took over and I ran too. Without really knowing why I was running. Haha. I stopped when I realized I was the only one running and all of them were laughing really hard. Then I laughed too. Ang lagay ba eh sila lang ang masaya? Haha.

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After that episode we walked backed to the gas station to wait for our replacement vehicle.

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By 8:00 pm we were finally on our way home.

In the roadtrip called Life we get to experience a lot of things and meet a lot of people. Im glad I was able to meet these kolokoys whom I now consider my brothers from other mothers.

Overall, even with the car troubles, this road trip will go down as one of the great adventures I’ve taken so far. Looking forward to the next one. Boracay ba tayo next boys? Hehe.

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Crystal Beach Resort is located at Brgy La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales. For more details visit their website http://www.crystalbeach.com.ph 

For the complete photo gallery the Zambales adventure of the Busy Boys,  click this link http://www.facebook.com/KingofWrongmistakes.

The Perks (and pains) of Being Single

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“Single ka pa din?! Bakit??!” More often than not followed by the question, “Bakla ka ba?”.. If I get a peso each time I get asked these questions, Id have enough money to buy a car! Lol.

So to clear things, Nope. I am not gay. Im straight. Nothing against gays and lesbians, I’ve come to know some of them and they are good people.

Admittedly, I move differently than your stereotypical guy, Hindi ako brusko o macho, however I do not see myself having romantic relationships with the same sex. I also believe that I think differently than most guys. For me a guy’s “manliness” is not measured by the number of women he’s with or he’s been with, or by the number of hearts he’s broken. Being a man means knowing how to respect women, how to love and treat them right. Hence I do not chase girls just for the heck of it.

Okay. So why am I still single?..

I had different priorities in life. Ang lalim ba?  Lol.

My mom is single parent. I saw her do everything she can, to provide me with what I need. What I have, I owe to her. Now that I can, I would like to return the favor.

I want to prove to myself that I can be successful. I was not born rich. All that I will be having, I will have to work hard for. That will make achieving it, all the more worth it.

Being in a relationship requires setting your priorities differently. And as I’ve said, I had different priorities in life.

Next reason, Selfish ako.

Being single means not needing someone else’s approval. You can do what you want. It means not needing to solve riddles, like them saying “Yes” when they actually meant “No”. You don’t have to face impossible questions like “Mataba ba ako sa damit na ‘to?!” .  No one pesters you asking where you are, what your doing and so on. Valentines is just another over rated, over commercialized day. Need I say more? Selfish.

Eventually all of that gets old. You wake up one day thinking how it might feel like to ask someone’s permission and actually care if they’ll give it or not. How to work around impossible questions and tricky answers. To have someone genuinely interested about where you’re at and what you’re doing. How it is to spend on Valentines Day and feel good about it. How it is to be loved and cared for by someone other than your family.

Last reason. This one Im not really sure, so comments are welcome. Masyado ata akong mabait.

Being an only child, I grew up looking for friends. At my age now, Im proud to say that I was able to score great ones.

The thing is, it seems that that’s all that I ever get to be. A friend. Or worse, a brother. Saklap. Lol.

I  kept quiet. = Friend, eventually a sister.

I kept quiet but made extra efforts to make her feel special = Friend.

I told her upfront that I liked her and asked if she felt the same = she just wants to be Friends.

I told her that I liked her. She likes my Friend.

Again. Saklap. Haha.

A friend once told me, “Masyado ka kasing mabait, dapat may konting landi ka din, para maramdaman nila na may malisya at hindi pang kaibigan lang..”  

Alright. Enough reasons. Here’s what I do know for sure.

For the time being, I am single. Enjoying all the perks and going thru the pains. One day I won’t be. When that happens, I’ll take it one day at a time, making sure each day with her is better than the previous one. One day I will have my own family. I will be a responsible husband and father. I will take care of my family. They will  never experience what I went thru. One day.

Yes I am 26 years old. Yes I am still single. Yes I am waiting for you. We’ll meet each other soon, so be ready.