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Dreams Come True

Last night, I found myself browsing through my archives again. I don't know what I was looking for, but I did enjoy reading some of my old posts. One that struck me was written in May 2008 , and I loved how that post ended. "One last thing - I really wish I could work from home full time." I loved that line because of one thing: I am working from home (or the beach or wherever) full time. I started doing it in 2010, and it is an excellent reminder that dreams and wishes do come true if you look for ways and wait. That being said, while my week has been rather crazy at work, I look back to that dream many years ago. Image via nicopierce

Mango Tree Bistro at Trinoma

A couple of days ago was a special day, so while it was a working day for the most part, I squeezed in some time to go have a nice meal. I'm easy like that. While I wouldn't say no to a carrera tag heuer, a near-as-authentic as can be Thai dinner puts a smile on my face. I'd never heard of Mango Tree Bistro before, but it was the most decent-looking place in that part of Trinoma, and the choice was perfect!

5 Things I Like About Davao

Davao is one of the cities in the Philippines that I had always wanted to visit, if only to experience the renowned peacefulness there. The Duterte family has been ruling the city for decades, and their strict methods have resulted in Davao being one of most desirable places to live in the country. Imagine how much fun that could be for a visitor! So when I got the chance to go there for a weekend, I didn’t really hesitate. I would pay (and am paying) for that weekend in more ways than one, but it was a good experience. To deviate from the usual way of how I write about my trips, I think I’ll do that things I like about [insert place] here thingie. Here they are, in no particular order.

Housecleaning Bratinella

Now don't get me wrong. I am not that useless around the house. My dad taught me, at an early age, to do stuff around the house. I learned how to fix a leaky faucet. I know (or knew) how to use a saw and a hammer (though my thumb did suffer at some point). I know all about concrete nails and  threaded studs . But, I just dislike cleaning the house. Sure, there is something to be said about manual labor and how it clears the brain and helps you de-stress. I totally agree with that, but having to regularly scrub the bathroom floors and making sure the bedroom floor's free of dust and hair...that's a totally different story.

Mr. Delicious's Artisanal Pinoy Wagyu Corned Beef

It was not too long ago when I first saw a photo of mouthwatering Philippine Wagyu Corned Beef by French-trained American chef Jeremy Slagle, who is better known online as Mr. Delicious. Needless to say, it was love at first read. And then sight. For a person who is a sucker for corned beef (not Argentina, sorry), I was enthralled by the thought high quality meat being used for one of my favourite brunch items. As luck would have it, I was invited to an event by a friend at Homegrown , where Mr. Delicious himself was serving up samples of the beef! Even better, he had a couple half-kilo packs of the corned beef with him, so I walked out gingerly holding this box in my hands. Under pouring rain. Oh yeah, there was a typhoon that night, and of course, I just had to be out.