It was a good one, 2017!

This year was a whirlwind for me. I was able to experience a lot of things, 20 year old something me will never imagine. My maturity somehow kicked in. My self confidence was tested, so as my patience and self drive. But most of all I was able to experience happy unforgettable memories and checked off a lot of things in my to-do-list.


I was able to visit Washington DC and New York with my family during early summer. It felt surreal! Going to NY was just part of a dream and because of my siblings It came true. I also get to see Lake Minnewanka and Moraine Lake here in Alberta during end of summer with the family as well. Such pretty places!


After years of waiting, I finally got the chance to work as a nurse. It happened 3 months before the year ends with the help of an old friend. Finding a job wasn’t easy that’s why I feel so blessed when this fell in my lap. Very much thankful for this person as well as to my employer for giving me the chance to show off my capabilities as a nurse. Two months after, I was given another chance to be a part-time employee from casual one.

Through the help of a former classmate and friend, I was able to obtain another job. A casual position as a nurse.

I feel really thankful and blessed for having these people lending their hands to help me.


From a chubby, unhealthy 165 lbs woman I was back on May to now an impressive 131 lbs woman, I can’t help but say wow and brag about it. With dedication and discipline, I was able to pull off kilos and inches away just by clean exercise and diet. No diet pills or drinks used. Everyone’s been happy with the result and can’t help expressing how glad they are.

Paano pa kaya ako?!


Driving is one of those that I have been trying to skip doing since 2010. But since my work was 30 minutes away from where I live, I was forced to drive myself to work. Even bought a car which made me love driving now.

Cooking is one of the things I know I have to eventually learn but didn’t realize it will start this year. The range of the things I can cook widened and I am pleased with the result. Tho most of it still needs work, they are still edible, or atleast to my family. Hahahaha.

Decision making and Prioritizing, still a work-in-progress but I must say that this was challenged mostly in the latter part of the year.

Meeting People/New Friends:

I met a lot this year because of work. I was able to meet new set of friends who are of the same age as me. They’ve been helping me to get out of my shell and experience the things Ive been wanting to do. I am in love with them 🙂



I met two this year. The first guy was someone who’s like very ideal for me, physically while the other guy was someone who I can be myself with. Unfortunately, they are both taken.

In this aspect, I also took a risk of letting my feelings out thinking that it will be reciprocated but since the timing was off, It didn’t push through. And the friendship fell off ten notches down.

It has been a challenging and fruitfull year for me. 2017 tested me well and made me an adult. I guess, I wouldn’t want to have it in any other way. Thank you 2017 🙂



New York Food trip!

Aside from enjoying the tourist spots and sceneries in the city last month, we also took the chance to eat some of the city’s mouthwatering foods.

I’ve heard good reviews regarding the Halal Guys’ food truck so I sort of made sure that we are going to have a taste of it. This guys have two food trucks located around Times Square. One is at the 6th Avenue while the other one is at the 7th and both are parked in the corners of the street. We ordered Gyro and Chicken over rice. This two meal costs 6-7 dollars each and can be shared by two to four person. I am giving them a 9/10 score as their food is really filling and awesomely delicious! By the way, their meal doesn’t come with a drink but it comes with lots of white sauce (don’t say no to this!) and hot sauce (a little goes a long way!) in separate pouches. Also, if you see them with a big line up especially during lunch hour, don’t be dismayed because the guys serve really fast.


Gyro and Chicken combo over rice

The City Kitchen which is connected to Row NYC is a mini food court outside the mall. As I said in my New York Part 1 blog, we tried and I recommend trying Dough and Whitman’s for breakfast. The doughnuts from Dough were massive in size and tastes good plus they have several flavors to choose from. We tried Whitman’s for breakfast before we left the city. It was a bit pricey (or at least for me) for breakfast but since their food serving is huge and appetizing, the price will make sense. They have several choices for breakfast such as omelettes and pancakes but their meal doesn’t come with a drink.

Sweet Churros which is located at the Food Gallery in 32nd Street. This handcrafted churros is something dessert enthusiast should not miss. Their churros is served depending on your choice of flavor. It is about 10 inch long, looped and can be serve with an ice cream. The churros is really soft and scrumptious and suits good with the soft ice cream. Price wise? Affordable!


Sweet Matcha Churros and Ice cream

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, oh this is the bomb! Among all the branches in New York we tried the one located in Greenwich Village. The branch has only limited seats and we were lucky enough that when we get there, there was no costumer yet. We ordered Seafood Pizza, Margarita Pizza and of course Artichoke Pizza. The pizzas were enormous that it is served with two paper plates. Among the three pizzas, my favorite was the Artichoke. It was so cheesy and so deliciously perfect! No wonder that locals lines up for this!


Front: Artichoke Pizza, Farther back: Seafood Pizza, Right: Margarita Pizza

We also tried Bibble and Sip cafe down in 51st W. The place was so packed when we got there, luckily we did not wait that long for a table. We ordered Matcha latte, some cold teas, a cake and a couple of creampuffs – Earl Grey and Matcha flavor. The foods were very instagrammable. The creampuffs were ok for me as I am not a big fan of matcha but if you are you’ll love them.


Bibble and Sip

Jeepney Gastropub. As soon as we came in, the crew greeted us warmly asking where we want to be seated because they also have tables outside surrounded with bamboos that will make you somehow feel the Philippines’ vibe. The menu was very simple and somehow confusing as they offer bottomless brunch then listed bottomless drinks underneath. We spoke to the lady serving us for explanation and as we all understood her, they are offering bottomless food and drinks for 30$ for a limited time. After finishing our first “light” meal which only cost around 20$, we decided to go for our next order. The lady then told us that it is not part of the “bottomless brunch” anymore which made us feel furious. The lady did apologized to us but did not bother to come back to our table anymore and had somebody to take care of us. Food wise, there is nothing fancy with it. Not even mouthwatering. We paid way bigger than we ate and left the restaurant with tummy still not full. This supposedly enjoyable experience turned to be a disappointing one.


Jeepney Food Entree

Jollibee, the highlight of our New York food trip I guess. Haha. This was actually an impulsive decision we all agreed on. It was already past 9pm when we left to go to Woodside where it is located. The place was packed with mostly Filipinos having a taste of home land. We ordered Chicken joys, Palabok, Spaghetti and of course Peach Mango Pie. It is already given that Jollibee tastes delicious but what surprised me is their portions. They have twice the serving comparing to Philippines and Las Vegas branch! It was such an enjoyable experience.

That’s it for now!


New York Pt. 2

New York Trip Pt. 1, click here!!!

We visited 911 on our third day. It was a sunny weather yet the atmosphere was really gloomy and saddening especially while looking at the names of the people died in the attack. We went to DUMBO Brooklyn after. I guess this was my favorite of all! Aside from being Dan and Jen Humphrey of Gossip Girl and Captain America’s neighborhood, I like how quiet the neighborhood seemed to be. Very far from the glitz and congested Time Square. The place is also very instagrammable with frescoes hiding in some streets and bricked buildings almost everywhere. I also enjoyed the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn/Park where the boardwalk was my favorite part of it as you’ll get to take a photo of Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge in just one shot. After relaxing at the park, we braved the heat and walked at the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a lane for bicycle riders and a lane for walking which is so packed. It was hard to find a spot to take a picture while hoping your phone won’t fall down the highway. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by at Bryant Park. It was also packed with people resting and having a meal by the nearby restaurant but what made me like this park more? It has free Wi-Fi and has a nice public washroom.


DUMBO Brooklyn

The next day, we went to SoHo. Most of the stores made me feel very Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City as the stores are those expensive brands that Carrie and the girls’ loves. We visited Kate Spade which was the first (I believe) store in New York built in 1996. We also saw Bloomingdales, where Rachel Green of F.R.I.E.N.D.S worked. After eating lunch in SoHo, we went to see The Flatiron Building and went to Grand Central Station, again another place in NY that a lot of movies were taken. I was too tired when we get there but I still felt that “Shocks I only see this in the movies and now I am here!!” feeling. Afterwards, we had a quick stop at Washington Square and New York University on our way to Artichoke Pizza then had a quick photo-op at a street in Greenwich Village. TIP: It was a couple of blocks away from Artichoke Pizza, it is a blue painted bricked wall in a corner street. It is very instagrammable, swear! haha.


Flatiron Building

On our last full day in New York, we left the hotel early for our Liberty tour. The Battery Park is where the Ferry port is at. The Ferry was a bit enormous, quite pleasant and equip with life vest in every levels plus there is a food stall inside and lots of seats. While at the ferry, we get to see the view of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan buildings and Manhattan New York from afar. Liberty Island is the first pit stop. The island is massive and spotless. There are also places to sit on incase feeling tired. We rode again the ferry which comes every 20 minutes per island and went to Ellis Island which was the gateway for immigrants in the past.


View of Manhattan from Liberty Island

We left the port, passed by Bowling Green Park, and walked to the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl which was very tough to take a photo because of people standing in-between the two statues.

We went to see the Wall Street and heard the mass at St. Patrick Cathedral that afternoon. Afterwards, we strolled along Fifth Street and stopped by the famous Tiffany and Co. No we did not stop to buy but we stopped so I can reenact Audrey Hepburn’s scene in her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was a bit hard to take a picture because there were a lot of people walking plus it was still gloomy that time so the lighting was a bit off.

This trip is really one for the books! So happy to get to experience this with my family ❤

That’s it for now!



New York Pt. 1

Going to New York has been in my bucket list since I was little, and now, I can proudly say that this dream came true last month.

This is going to be a long blog post so I’ll cut this into two parts.

We rode the train from Union Square in DC (Washington Blog soon) going to Penn Station in NY. While still in the train, my mind was already blown by the fact that I am already in the Big Apple. After we got off, I  noticed how fast pace the city is. I thought this was only because we were in a train station but soon as we exited, there were a lot more people walking. My adrenaline rushed quickly that I just walked as fast and attentive as I can going to our hotel. I even forgot how tired and sore my feet were.

We stayed in Row NYC which is located about 5 minutes’ walk to Times Square and 2 minutes’ walk to a subway station. The hotel has nice modern interior, clean and has polite crew. They also clean rooms every day and changes towels which made me like the hotel more. This hotel is connected to City Kitchen which has a variety of foods to choose from. I definitely recommend trying donuts from Dough and Whitman’s for breakfast as they have big servings for a right price.

After resting, we went to see the famous Times Square. The movies are not kidding! The billboards are really huge! The lights are really entertaining as they bright up the place. The red stairs was packed with people so I did not had the chance to sit nor step on it. We kept coming back there during the whole stay but none of those days that I see this without people.

IMG_7510New York Times Square

Around Times Square we saw the HOPE and LOVE SIGN which are very hard to miss as they are really huge in size.

We started the next day getting lost at Central Park (kidding, only a little bit!). This huge hectares of land is pretty amusing. People won’t get bored strolling here, just tired as I think to get to experience the whole Central Park you need to allot your whole day in it. Our first stop was at The Great Lawn then went to see The Belvedere Castle and had a view of its nearby lake. The Ramble which has small hidden falls and lovely benches which has messages engraved in it. The Bow Bridge, which has that romantic vibe. The Bethesda Fountain where the last scene of The Avengers was shot and The Bethesda Terrace where Chuck and Blair got married in Gossip Girl. The Cherry Hill Fountain which they said is the fountain you see in the TV show FRIENDS. The beautiful Conservatory Water where we had our morning snack which by the way the chocolate brownie in the refreshment booth in here taste really good! We also had the chance to experience Central Park Mall and Literary Walk which is always used in movies and TV shows, you know that wide park where there are benches facing each other and performers and photographers are everywhere… Friends with Benefits and Glee had some scenes taken there.

blognyBow Bridge in Central Park

We went out the park and saw Solomon Guggenheim Museum which is located just across the street then walked a little more and reached The Metropolitan Museum which is another Gossip Girl location.

That afternoon, we went to see Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock. The view from the observation deck is awesomely breathtaking and very instagrammable! You’ll get to see the whole Manhattan… New York rather and you’ll see all the tallest buildings there is in the city. Aside from the view, I loved the blinking lights in the room on the second floor of the deck (totally recommend if you like lights!!!) We check out Empire State Building afterwards but did not bother going up as it has somehow same view as the Top of the Rock plus the lobby was so packed already with people wanting to get in.

QKUJ0955View from Observation Deck

That’s it for now,