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A Taste of Bali

I wish it were the real Bali! Early this morning, we headed up to Tagaytay, a mountain city south of Manila. It was our company's annual team building, and despite my initial (strong) misgivings, I went anyway. The venue is called Bali Village Hotel, and as the name implies, it is patterned after Balinese architecture. There are slight similarities, as you can see from the photos below. Tagaytay is known for being windy and its cool atmosphere - it was a tad windy, and a bit cool, but it wasn't the same. The hotel premises were pretty nice, though. That's the ceiling of the pavilion where our main activities were held. I thought the lamps were pretty cool. That's the pool - no it wasn't that dark. I just don't know how to adjust the light settings! I didn't bring my suit with me so I had to be content with being dry all day. I want a house with a yard like this. Oh yes, there was beer - lots of it! An afternoon of good company and SML...what more

F1 in Singapore!?!

Am going out on a limb...I think that's the major theme of my life these days. Things are changing, and I am getting out of my comfort zone - not in a bad way, though. I just wrote about purchasing tickets to Siquijor to enjoy the beach for a week. Now, I just made concrete plans to go visit another "S" - Singapore! This is another city that I have been wanting to visit, but haven't been able to. For 2 years now, I have been trying to get to the city to watch the F1 night race . Guess what? The Year of Tiger is THE year! Right now, I am down with something so I am focusing on vitamins, cough medicine, and Berocca; but I am not bothered really. At least it's not prenatal vitamins (or some other medicine that will keep me from traveling in the next year) that I have to deal with! Anyhow, September is something to look forward to. The F1 night race is the first of its kind, and even if I wasn't able to go to the first ever race, at least I'll get

Siquijor Finally!

I have been wanting to go to this island in the middle part of the Philippines for quite some time now. When I got home from work tonight, I saw an e-mail from Cebu Pacific - SALE! Naturally, I had to check out the fares, and guess what? I can finally go to Siquijor! This is what awaits me: Hopefully, this is where I will be staying: I don't care if I have to starve for this vacation. I don't care if I can't shop for anything else. That beach is worth it! I am already imagining myself lounging in the sand...sitting on the porch...far away from the condo...far away from the office...no buildings...no elevators...no exit alarm s...nothing but the sand, the sea, and the SUN! The best part is that I can still do my work while at the beach...ah, I am finally getting to live my life!

Becocca

Nope, that's not a typo. I've been battling a bug since the weekend, and a friend recommended high doses of Berocca to beat it. So off to Watsons I went to get myself some of this magic fizzy things. Yes, despite it being called a placebo by some people, I think it has been helping. I still need more energy, though, so I added more coffee to my diet. Berocca + coffee = becocca! Seriously, this is one of those diets that work . Long hours at the office plus after work activities tend to take their toll, and with a cough and a cold, it is not easy. I would endorse this combination to anyone who cannot afford to become bedridden because of the flu, though. It's been almost a week and I am still standing. ;)

Little Projects

I am a person who works best with bite-sized pieces. Don't get me wrong - I love huge chunks. In fact, I often bite more than I can chew (both literally and figuratively). I do realize, however, that I get better results when I break down things (and food!) into smaller, more manageable portions. So...today, Monnette and I came up with little projects that we can work on in the next few weeks. (The idea came about as we were trying to ignore the fact that we were melting inside the cab that was stuck in horrible traffic all the way from Makati Med to Cubao to Eastwood. You'd be surprised at how much you can talk about in these circumstances!) Project 1: Go find Dr. Arroyo and pay him regular visits again. Dr. Arroyo was our dermatologist when we were in college. (Yup, Monnette and I have known each other for a while.) We had skin problems back then, and well, adult acne still wants to be best friends. Tomorrow morning - I will have recovered by then - I shall try an