The only photo I managed to get from Migi’s birthday today is with his signature awkward facial expression.

Birthday cake from @keihlasmom

And now I am officially a mother to a teenager.

I don’t know if he still did the candle blowing. But Meg had demanded to get over the candle-blowing as she wanted to eat the cake already. 

It’s like they’re officially over the phase in which candle-blowing is like the main event of a birthday.

Anyhow, thankful for these babies and family and friends. 🙂 

So what’s your purpose?

My dressmaking class in TESDA is nearing end. I think we’re only up to August. The classmates I get to be closer are these 3 young girls who are also from Consolacion. I mostly go home with them. 

One time they were discussing about getting a endorsement from TESDA, after graduating for, for work in MEPZA. So I asked them how does it work blah blah? 

After back and forth discussion, one of the girls asked me, “ikaw, ate, unsa diay imo purpose sa pagskuyla?”

I was dumbfounded, and was not able to reply. I enrolled back in February, but the class only started in June as it was slow to get filled up. In between, I forgot what was really the reason why I enrolled in the first place. 

They then gave me a confused look. And, I gave them back a more confused look.

“Rich kid diay ka.” One of them blurted out to answer the other girl’s answer.

“O. Rich kid bitaw ko.” I second the motion for lack of a better answer, and to end the discussion.

There are times that I underestimated them as they are 10 years younger than me. I felt like I know life better. But here they are making me feel intimidated for not knowing “purpose.”

On the other hand, I felt vindicated when I told one of the girls that the real reason why she enrolled to dressmaking is because she was just looking for a way to move on from her missing-in-action boyfriend. And, she said how did I know? Then the discussion was then switched to her struggle with her lovelife. Anyhow, I applauded her for making something productive instead of making “mokmok.”

Yaknow, I may not know about “life’s purpose” but I always have this hidden talent of seeing something from someone’s face especialy when it comes to boys and love and chismis. Kidding! I actually just bluff, and somehow it was spot on. 😂

Our classmate’s car broke down in Mandaue. This was one of the enforcer who helped usz I was trying to play cupid between these two. (I gave her a cropped version of this photo but no high hopes because enforcer’s in a relationship.)

SG 2017 Day 4

Yes, I’m not yet done. 😂

I wanted to see the crochet installation in Marina Bay, but we got lazy. I kinda loathe myself why I did not put a bit of effort to see it. 

Anyhow, this is probably the first time that I did not got to do a lot of eating at hawker station. When in SG, it’s always hawker over restaurant. Well, because cheap. 

But first, let me #bloggerpose.

I love the place we’re staying that we always airbnb here. But I hate that it has no nearby train station, and most of all no nearby hawker station. And the nearest one to it is a blahhh. Though, it has stalls with “awards” but it does not have the usual hawker favorites of mine: biryani, laksa, parata, chicken rice (or maybe i did not see it). The popular ones here in this hawker station is Nasi Lemak, which is an SG favorite dish that I could never get why they like it. You have all sorts of “salty” in one plate from peanut to the dried fish. 

Another bestseller here is this soup. Sorry, I forgot the name but it’s an Indian dish. 

But lychee drink & Kopi C were always there to save the day! 
The hawker station is Adam Road Hawker Station (and I’m sure I did not get the name right). Most of the nearby residents here are probably of Indian descent that most of the stalls here are of Indian food but disappointed that no one serves Biryani. (Gahhh, I sound so whine-y!)

Now let me take another #travelbloggerpose.

Our flight was still as midnight. We went to the airport, and drop our stuff at a luggage station for a fee. We got out, and went to Anana’s in Kembangan (long story but it’s in my must-do when in SG). It’s like a fastfood for chicken rice with many outlets. But sad and surprised that Anana’s no longer exist in the Kembangan station. But it’s renamed or rebranded. I was so sad to even take note of its new name. 

There’s nothing extraordinary with Anana’s except that it’s so ordinary that it feels like I’d eat there I’m like doing a legit be-local. This is what I always look forward to when landing in SG.

We went to Changi Expo after. It’s my first time in this place. And, the gem I found was this “dollar” store of chocolates which are staple of balikbayan boxes. I so wanna buy lots of them but Mark kept yapping I’d be bringing diabetes. Duh! @.@

Then we ate at Jollibee because I just want to taste our own Nasi Lemak version minus the dried fish and peanuts.

Yes. Beautiful women go for Jollibee.

I had my ezlink card refunded when we got back at the airport, and felt like a boss when I got SG$0.03 more than what’s in my tap card. But then lose them all on Bee Cheng Hiang.

Do you notice how their bills don’t get crinkled? 

SG 2017 Day 3

What having NO MONEY did to me in Singapore? Surprisingly, it’s not bad!

As I mentioned in my Day 2 post, a yarn warehouse gobbled up all my chicken rice money. With that, I deleted my long itinerary list. I decided to just stay at our airbnb-ed place, and crochet the dress which needed to be done by Friday. Anyhow, there’s no bad day with crochet.

In the middle of crochet, I thought of visiting a public library to finish my crocheting there, and also check if they have crochet or knitting books. But a friend messaged to meet for the best chicken curry. Who can say NO?!? 😍

This was at Queensway Shopping Centre.

I then tagged along with her to her office. She works for Seinnheiser. She definitely has an interesting workplace!

After that, there was a park and a bridge nearby which connects to the Henderson wave. I was thinking of trekking the bridge all through the Henderson wave which would end up in Mt Faber but thought of doing it another day with Mark.

I then proceeded to going to a public library as I originally planned in the morning!

I was so happy that I did go to their library! They have quite a lot of books about crochet and knitting, and so many other kind of books. Books that look good, updated, and not delapitated.  It was kind of surreal that this kind of thing exists for free (of course, not really free because SG taxes paying for it but not to overthink about it; it’s free!) For the 1st time, I got envious of this 1st world living.

SG 2017 Day 2

My Default top 1 thing to do in Singapore: MacRitchie Trail.

Encountered this baby crocodile. Sometimes, it would be a snake or a monkey. It kind of feel weird to see them when you know you’re in the middle of a city.

Singaporean is so OC, even their “kalibunan” (trail) is ISO 9001 certified. 😂 Signages every where! With that said, no one will ever get lost in this city because it’s like a failure in their design, and of course, OC people cannot take that. 
I was advised by a friend to check ONDORI, a yarn shop. I thought it was some local yarn shop located in the HDB. 

But it’s actually a YARN WAREHOUSE! And, it gobbled all my chicken rice and kopi-c money! 😭😭😭 (Gonna blog more about this in my craftynanay.com blogsite.)

I just rationalized that hey I don’t really buy bags, shoes, clothes, and other girl stuff. So I’m making it up with these yarns and gizmos! 😂

We went to Jurong East to meet up Pio-san and Cindy-san (coz they look like Japanese) who are expecting a baby!!! We’re all excited because finally!!! I pray for this baby! Thank, God!

I made a quick crochet crown. And, no photos of the final output! How bad of me! 😂

I love Jurong East. It’s my 1st time to be on that side of SG. Jurong East can be best described with this veggie bowl! The place is so green, with lots of spaces, and a pretty public library!

No photo of Preggers Cindy because “tinoohan” like that.

SG Day 1

First day in SG, I visited a friend in Telor Ayek ON MY OWN. And, as expected, I missed bus stops and got lost a bit. But it no longer scared me. SG people is too OC in their designing and labelling their mass transit for any one to get lost. 😂

After lunch, she walked me to Chinatown so we had no luxury designer brands as backdrop for our selfie.

My friend’s work here is to make Google richer. 😂
Chinatown for me is Golden Dragon Store.

I can just spent all my time here in SG. 

Then I walk to Plaza Singapura from Chinatown because according to google maps it’s the shortest route. It was only 1.8km though friend said it’s too far. 

Anyhow, google maps did not disappoint me. It brought me to Clark Quay area.

To Fort Caning area, which was a first time for me.

And finally to Plaza Singapura for more yarns… 

It’s kinda interesting how one’s interest will take us. The 1st time we’re here, it was all about running then we probably run all the running areas. Then, there was startup, and went to all startup hubs, then there was coffee, and went to all coffee places, etc. And this time, it’s yarns for me! 😂 

I wonder how each people’s interest will “shape” their travels or work or life. 

#titasofcebu: Pastry Shops

The last 2 weeks, I was able to catch up with friends. So I got to tag along with them to the new cafe / restos, which I was also curious to try out since seeing them a lot on my social network feed. The IG posts pressure was so high; though gut feelings said it’s going to be a disappointment. 

And, gut feelings did not disappoint.

1st cafe tasted

2nd resto tasted

The cakes / pastry are all the same generic as what are offered in all other pastry / cafe / resto of Cebu. So much investment in making the resto pretty but the serving is unimaginative boring. It’s like a pretty boy with nothing in between his ears. #chos

Not posting the names of the resto just in case they’ll get me as their celebrity blogger. 😂 And, hey they’re providing employment. 🙂

#kid1’s First Day High

…in High School is TODAY!

I told myself that when my kid would be 10-year old, I would really feel old. Then I let it passed. Then now I have high school (sorry, i’m not gonna call it grade 7.)… 

I should be making a long drama for this but I guess, it’s a sign; I’m really too old for my teenage rants. 

[Leyte] Day 6-8: Ormoc

As I said, I like small cities. Therefore, I love Ormoc. It kinda feels like Dumaguete minus a big university.

We stayed in Sabin Resort, which happened to be also the idea of people around Leyte. Maybe because it was the last week of May, it seemed that everyone was doing their last hurrah for summer that the resort was full. There were birthdays, conference, social events in the resort the whole time we’re there. It feels so fiesta. @.@

So the random stuff we did at Ormoc.
Mayongs. You gotta pay respect to the Ormoc delicacy aside from pineapple.

Lake Danao. Among the few lakes I’d been to, Lake Danao for me is the prettiest. I hope they can keep it as it is.

Rowing 😂

Ormoc Food Park. I was not much happy with the food. We probably picked the wrong stall. Anyhow, it’s still worth a visit. 

The blue skyline is just so pretty.
Diversion road. I was so happy to stumble on this road. I took a morning jog/walk on this road. This was just across Sabin Resort.

Fat Choi Tea House. Definitely, everyone’s favorite in Ormoc because dimsum. This place has deaf staff, which makes it more interesting.

Tambay at Ormoc Plaza / boulevard.

Last dusk moment in Ormoc.

Until next time… Thank you so much, Leyte!

[Leyte] Day 5: Why Does He Have a Statue?

I had meltdown on this day. Char. It could really get tiring on nth day of road trip especially with 3 kids: packing-unpacking-packing, loading-unloading-loading. Though kids are big enough now to do them on their own, and all I would do now is bark at them. 

Anyway, I love pocket cities. I dunno if there’s that term “pocket cities” but it’s how I categorize “smaller cities” in my mind. 

Pocket cities are like small enough for me to watch the whole city in a corner. Really, I just want to people-watch. People-watching is probably the equivalent of 10-Things-to-do of other people for me. I think it’s one of the things I like in Brillante Mendoza’s film, they made me feel like I’m people-watching. 

My breakfast corner in Jollibee. Voyeurism at colorful jeepneys, the Donut store, local stores, “recovering” structures from Yolanda, etc.
Lunch at Burgos Street again. This time it was in SurpRice. Sorry, I was not a big fan of it.

We had coffee at Libro before leaving Tacloban for Ormoc. If there’s one thing I love about Libro is it’s their “corner.”

We dropped by at MacArthur Park, our attempt to being culturally/historically relevant. And, The kids kept asking, “why does he have a statue?!?”

My kids are sadly so millenials. But then it made me think, “yeah right, why are we making a grand statue for a foreigner?!? Who were the people responsible making a big deal out of this man yet not much is said about the local Leyte heroes?” But char lang.