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My credit card bills (que horor!) have arrived and have been paid. I just realized that due to my shopping and eating habits, I have to do some belt tightening until the 15th. Well, there’s a bit of a spillover of my July expenses that will be billed by end month. So the big question is


What can a broke girl do? Something that doesn’t involve opening her wallet…


I need more suggestions, here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. Play golf (well, this involves opening my wallet but only to a minimum)
  2. Take pictures and attend photography classes religiously
  3. Exercise at home!!
  4. Watch everything about President Cory!
  5. Tweet, Blog, Facebook, Multiply all day (but some multiply sites pose a temptation to shop!)
  6. Beautification day at home (nails, hair and massage c/o Celebrity Nails
  7. Work and do more internet marketing campaigns
  8. Download and read e-books!!
  9. Clean my closet
  10. Go home and score some free food at home
  11. Do more of my in hindsight posts!

I need more suggestions… Please keep them coming! 🙂

This week has been all about golf (boring, NOT! hehe). I had to do some serious cheerleading / wifely duties since DH had a golf tournament in Cavite. The suburbs was not as bad as I expected and much to my comfort there were malls (thank God!) plus Tagaytay was only 30 minutes away YEHEY!!

The golf event was in Sherwood and I stole some shots while Venz was teeing off.

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road leading to the course

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Moo moo..

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My little pony

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Since Tagayatay was just a stones throw away, DH and I decided to try out Tagaytay restos as suggested by my
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. First stop was Santis Tagaytay (sorry no pics here, didn’t bring my cam). This resto is just along Aguinaldo hi-way, the place is small and very cozy, think log cabin + french shabby chic. Venj had French onion soup, which was yummy, (but he still claims that the FOS in Helmsley in NY is still the best!) and the lamb dish with Cabarnet sauce which are both very good. I had a swiss inspired dish which for me was a glorified prokchop w/ kechup dish. It was good, but something that our housecook or even myself do. Oh but iced tea in this place was good, with just the right hint of strawberry.

When DH made the cut (making cuts in golf means, a guaranteed earning for him) we had to celebrate, so up in Tagaytay again! This time we tried out Fire Lake  Grill in the Cliffhouse.

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The place by itself is date-worthy

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Salad (Blackened Beef w/ Greens and thai chili sauce), this made my week.Perfect for someone who wants the feeling of indulgence but is perennially on a diet (ME!)

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My DH’s 16 oz. steak, this is actually good to share but big boys have huge appetites! He got the Cowgirl steak that’s herbed rubbed and comes with foie gras butter.

I wanted to try the wines but Venz had an early tee time and we had to be back safely in Gen. Trias. This resto definitely deserves a second visit. The food was rich but not overwhelming and service (c/o Jun our server) was impeccable. Oh but I found the iced tea here too sweet. Hehe, I’m obviously obsessed with iced tea.

I had the privilege to watch my husband do what loves and does best on our last day. He may not have earned much but I’m happy and I feel very lucky to see, document and witness the love of my life living his dream.

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Most people dont know how much I indulge myself in books, and with the golfing (slash boring) trip coming up, I did my usual Fully Booked hoarding just so I’d be busy when he does his game and something to cushion my tantrums just in case I felt like having them. I got books which I’ve been longing to read. For starters, I got both book 6 and 7 of Harry Potter.

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Well, admittedly, I didn’t understand the film, oh ok, parts of it so it was pleasure to go back to the source. Honestly, I find that the book is more gripping than the movie, am not saying the movie was a disaster, it wasn’t. It simply  gave me the impression that the film could not stand alone, (without you reading the books or at least seeing the previous ones) but no genius could contain the length and depth of such literature in a flick, even a 3 hour film for that matter. I’m so glad the last installment will come in 2 parts, hope that gives justice to the DETAILS of the story. Enough of adolescent wizards and my film critic tendencies, don’t listen to me, I’m no authority.

Aside from Harry, I got books that somewhat reflect what I want in life now,

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I’m not at least YET on the family way, but I’d want to have a kid in the  future. And being the control freak that I am a little research here and there won’t hurt, which explains why I purchased the book.

I also got this, I’ve been wanting to get the hard bound and leather embellished version but my futile attempts were unsuccessful so I’d have to be content with the paperback version.

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The book cover says it all “My life in the pursuit for the world’s most coveted handbag, lame I know, but we all have our priorities. Mine is just a teeny bit twisted. My DH who’s usually NR over my ramblings, out of the blue asked me

DH: “Which of the 2 would you want to have first, Birkin or Baby”

ME: Thinking in my head, “man, tough question”, “why do you ask such questions?”

In attempt not to answer his question  directly (well, I wouldn’t want to appear such a baby-sick housewife, and moreover, I didn’t want to look too materialistic), I said:

ME: Whatever book I can open the easiest, fastest is what I’ll get first. (The books were wrapped in protective plastic btw)

My hands grabbed the “baby book” but it refused to open 😦 the scotch tape was just so secured in the book! Then I got the BHTB book and without much effort the adhesive glided off the plastic covering in an instant. I didn’t know what to feel. Was it what I truly wanted? Was it’s nature telling me that I’d baby sit bags better than babies? I don’t like the drama. But a real Birkin in my closet would make me really happy, and so would a baby.. hehe.

Anyway, in an effort to cheer myself up, I grabbed one last book I got and promised myself to try every single resto listed in the book!07272009145

It’s a sure handy book for eaters and non-cooks out there! The 2009 version is updated and includes new restos that you wouldn’t normally try without a slight pushing. And oh, scanning through its pages are comforting, made me forget the birkin or baby dilemma. 🙂


I never felt magic crazy as this

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I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea

I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Hands Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree

But now you’re here

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Brighten my northern sky.

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This is a week delayed, but we’ve made the half a year mark and permit me to use my DH’s words, “Happiness does not know what time means!”


To my life’s wish, my answered prayer and my fairy tale come true! Happy Anniversary! ♥ u!

I’ve always been the white girl, ask people do you know Anya and they’d probably know me as the the “maputi girl”. Blame it on my Chinese heritage my shade of whiteness (is there such a thing? just follow my lead hehe), is the yellow white, that’s often mistaken for being maputla or even worse anemic! With twisted white balances in point in shoot cameras, I often look like a modern day chinese snow white!

I’m not a fan of beaches so sunbathing is not an option, though there are a few tanning beds in Manila, I’m still skeptic about their sanitary measures and the threat of skin cancer still gives me the creeps. My options are limited in a gluta-invaded country as ours, good thing I found this in PCX Greenbelt

JergensThis variety of Jergens promises to create a healthy summer glow all year long. How? Just by using it as your daily body moisturizer. I’m in my 3rd day and I haven’t seen obvious results, however my skin feels softer and more supple. The maximum depth and intensity of the color will be reached after about one week of use, so will post my non-snow white pics (hopefully soon!). Just an added info for those of you who are willing to try out the product, it comes in 3 shades (fair, medium and dark skin, I chose the one designed for fair skin so it’s easier to work my way up the tanning ladder!) and its smell is tolerable when compared to other tanning prodcts (imagine raisins!). The damage quite cheap @400++

Pardon my shameless plugging! a girl has to earn! hehe 🙂

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My 3 years of driving was mostly spent with my trusty RAV4. From my corporate days to my retail job, the car was ever loyal and undeniably very reliable. But since I am on a stay at home stint since late last year, which means the rav has been home too, it became the prey for the prowling eyes of our abusive drivers!!! I dreaded the feel of their hands on my steering wheel, but I had no choice but to share (I know it sucks). My bratty self that I am couldn’t take it any longer, and after days of bratting around someone’s finally home!!!

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Some say it’s a mommy car, but I don’t care, haha! I got what I wanted! Thank DD and DH for the advise, funding and for trying to keep me patient when Toyota couldn’t release my unit on time. 🙂


Bratting around

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Wishlist as of 6/21/09

- A new ride
- Digital Photography Lessons
- A custom tailored evening gown
- An everyday bag (a Goyard maybe?)
- A real comfortable pair of black peep toes
- Sticker label for my business truck
- Drapes for our room
- A Hermes dogon wallet
- Vacation with DH
- Finally learn how to play golf
- Expand my nail spa's operation to Pasay
- A timeless clutch
- A gold / silver bangle/s
- Grow my hair long