Holyweek Silence (L blogs#12)

Holy week has come and gone by so quickly.

My mother decided that this year we are going out of town and spend some quality family time. At first I thought it was a bad idea due to the fact that she wanted to go to Baguio. It is called Summer Capital of the Philippines for a good reason, in the end she won and we went on a 4 hours journey to said place.

When we arrived at our destination we had brunch and settled in at our hotel room. We were basically too tired to roam around the area.

The next day started with a nice walk to a restaurant that serves breakfast. It was a simple meal at a simple cafe. It was also a healthy option for the family. The restaurant is called Everything Nice and is located at the Camp John Hay Technohub vicinity. What I like the most about their rice meals is that they serve red rice instead of regular white rice. 🙂

A must try for tea lovers is their Lemongrass tea but I suggest drinking it hot.

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After that hearty breakfast we proceeded back to our hotel room and got ready. We went to the Lourdes Grotto. It is a compulsory activity when we visit the city.

I noticed a lot of young people taking selfies and photos.

I am not against such activity but too much of something isn’t really pleasing anymore. Specially in a place such as that.

After our visit we decided to go to Mines View Par but the traffic towards it was unbearable and we had to turn back and go straight to St. Joseph’s Parish because we were going to attend mass there.

The next few days were a blur for me and I can only say that the trip was relaxing and a great start for me because it is summer. 🙂

I still wish we stayed at home for the holy week because of the activities that was in store at our small town but I was happy to spend those days with my family.

So how was your holy week?

I’m sorry this is a short post. I have been thinking of writing another story but I have no time on my hands to do so. I promise to share it to you as soon as I finish writing any.

I miss scribbling.

‘Til next blogpost!

♥L

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Ramen Weekend (L blogs#10 and Reviews#11)

Last Saturday was a little adventure again for me, my high school best friend and my boyfriend.

That morning my boyfriend and I went to Robinsons Galleria to meet someone but it got cancelled when we were already there…

Growing my own Sea Monkeys

Before the meet-up was cancelled we strolled around the toy store and saw an interesting piece of toy that only costs 50 PhP. It is some kind of kit to grow your own sea monkeys/living creature. I like these kinds of toys, I like how it educates children and I am curious if it does really work or it’s just another bogus toy. It is originally priced at 350 PHP so I guess it works but I would have to try it out.

Erra’s Ramen Review

 

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Hot Ramen on a hot afternoon.

 

This isn’t the first time I visited this ramen joint, I actually went there a few years ago. I went back there because my best friend wanted to try this “internet famous” ramen.

Last time I went there the place was smaller and only had ramen and siomai on their menu. I may be wrong because I was with my boyfriend who sometimes hides tiny details about a place. That Saturday we were given a menu booklet with an assortment of dishes from ramen, side dishes, -silogs and even alcoholic drinks.

We ordered:

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Ramen. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of mine because I was too hungry to remember that I will take a photo of it. XD

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Tokwa’t Baboy (deep fried Tofu and Pork) and tapsilog (on the far right)

The ramen still tastes the same as the last time I went there. I like it. I am not a ramen expert to say anything about it in detail but for the price of the dish, which was only in the range of 60-90 PHP, it is well worth the price and taste.

 

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She couldn’t stop eating . XD

 

The place isn’t the same as those expensive ramen joints. Do not expect any air-conditioned room, a comfy seat and a place where they hired an interior designer to make the place look classy. The place is in the heart of Ermita/ Malate bar scene. Expect to dine with alot of expats when you decide to eat there. I do remember seeing a Vietnamese family sharing a meal the first time that I visited the restaurant but this time around I saw more expats than locals. It is at the side of the road and is actually the only place that was open in the area on a hot afternoon.

I do advise going there in the afternoon if you are like me who isn’t a fan of being in a crowded place because I assume that the place is jam packed during evenings because that is when the area is very active. If you are a social butterfly, then go ahead and go there in the evening and socialize with a whole lot of different types of people and also nationalities. Like I said, the place is full of expats and the area is actually a tourist hot spot.

I do enjoy the ambiance of this simple eatery. It let’s you socialize and observe what is around you and I guess it’s better than getting stuck in a room where you don’t know what is happening outside or around you.

 

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Empty plates and  no left overs.

 

Overall , the food is a great bargain for when you are craving for ramen and you don’t have enough budget to splurge. I cannot compare it to the other ramen available here in the Philippines because I deem most of the restaurants serving it as unreasonably expensive.

Will I go back again? Yes, for it’s affordable price the taste and the food itself is worth going back to.

Erra’s Ramen is located at Zone 076, 1755 Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

They do not have a website but they do have a facebook account and here it is : Erra’s RAMEN CART

 

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new ?  😀

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and that you also had a meaningful weekend.

♥L

The Booze Stole my Son book review (L reviews#10)

Wow! This is an achievement, it is my 10th review on this blog and I am happy to share this because it is a book review also featured in another blog.

If you follow me on social media I have already mentioned this. Here is my promise…the untouched version of my review. 🙂

A Mother’s Unexpected Inspiration

As the book title suggests, The Booze Stole my Son: Don’t Let it Steal Yours is a literary piece created by a mother who experienced the loss of her son due to alcoholism. She wrote her struggles, realizations, regrets, and thoughts about the disease in the hope of inspiring and educating other people about it.

What I like about this book….

The book is full of emotions, scientific facts, and some bible verses to back up all that the author is describing in her work. It gave light to Alcoholism as a disease and not just a social issue.

What I like most about this book was it gave us a glimpse of how it felt to lose someone you love so unexpectedly but could have been avoided if we took time to be with them. I also like that before and after every chapter there is this letter that the mother addresses to her son and it is relatable to almost everyone who has a mother or generally someone you treat or love as a mother (who doesn’t have one?).

As sad as the whole book may be I will spoil you that you would not want to put the book down in the last few chapters of it because it does have this unexpected happy ending or maybe some thoughts that would make you happy you read the book.

What I did not like are….

I had some urges not to continue reading this book. Probably because I myself have not experienced such great loss and I also have this short attention span but I think it was also due to some “dead” moments in the book. I warn you, some chapters are full of scientific facts and studies that may be too much for some people, like me, to read through. If you are not a believer of the Holy Bible and the scriptures you may not agree with some of the content of this book.

Overall,

I would have never thought of picking this book up if I saw it at an online bookstore or a traditional bookstore and to tell you all the truth I am glad I had the privilege to read and review this book. I never experienced alcoholism at first hand but I know a few of my friends who struggled with a loved one who is afflicted by this disease. As I read through the book I saw a clearer vision of how it is like to live with someone who is an alcoholic. It is harder when this person is someone you treasure, you turn a blind eye and believe in their deceitful lies to cover their illness up. I cannot blame anyone because trust is part of loving someone and this book is a clear example of that, love. It is rare to find such local author and book about this topic maybe because most of us are not proud of saying that I have an alcoholic family member but bless Ms. Au V.for sharing her story and her experience through this book.

I also have this little back story about this certain book and the author….

I actually received , via email , a reviewer’s digital copy from the author herself a few weeks after I finished reading her book. I have already wrote and submitted the review for bookbed as well.

I am posting this review on my blog because she reached out to me, I felt blessed and honored that she choose me and this is my way of saying my thank you. Based on our short email exchange she is a very kind lady and I admire her for sharing her experience to all of us.

I wish to help her and other Filipino authors boost up their reading audience because there is talent all over our small country.

I am not closing my doors to other nationalities’ books (of course I will only understand and read books that are written in English)  I am simply setting my priorities. 🙂 I still love to discover new authors and books from all over the world but like I mentioned I want to help my countrymen and women as well.

I hope to read one Filipiniana book per month and I am actually trying my best to do so. I encourage my fellow Filipino readers to do the same. 😀

Mayroong ibang libro sa bookstores na hindi baduy. You simply have to dig and search deeper. 😀

Have fun reading and I hope you get a copy of this book because it’s worth the read.

’til next post!

♥L

LSS(week #5)

I have been watching this Korean series entitled “Twenty Again”  and this week’s LSS is from the OST of this series. 🙂

The video I put up has English lyrics because I also don’t understand the Korean language and I know some of you want to know the meaning or what the song is about.

Song Title: 오유야유 Oh You Yeah You

Artist: Yoo Sung Eun (유성은)

Happy listening!

♥L

Social Media Update :) (L blogs #9)

hey everyone!

This post is going to be short and , hopefully , sweet (?) (haha)

I have gone back to using facebook for about a week now and I created a fb page for this blog. 🙂

and here it is : https://www.facebook.com/L-Chronicles-200266057007452/

If you want to be the first to know when my next blog post will be just like that page. 🙂

I have blocked myself from using facebook for almost 2 years now because it affected me and my daily life. Need I say addiction that later on turned into depression? There was so many dramas caused by using that social media platform and I had to step away from it and recuperate from such bad vibes it was giving me and my heart. I decided to go back for the sake of this page, to be honest. I want to expand my audience and most people told me to make a facebook page and now I am trying out their advice. I hope it is effective 😀

I hope you get connected with me on facebook. 😀

♥L

 

OH PS. Tonight, a review of a book I read is gonna be published again on Bookbed. I hope you also have time to read it. As usual I will be posting an unedited version of said review and the link to the bookbed article. 😀

LSS (week 4 )

I first heard this on the radio and thought it had a decent airplay here in the Philippines and I just found out my classic man don’t even know about it. This deserves more airtime on Filipino radio.

I heard this for the second time on NBA all-star weekend. I forgot which NBA player had this as his “intro” music for the slam dunk/ or whatever event that was contest and it still got stuck in my head for a day or two. XD

Song Title: Classic Man

Artist: Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur

 

Enjoy!

♥L

Our First and Last (Scribbles #6)

Disclaimer:

This is the raw version of my short story submission at bookbed.org with the same title.

Article submitted: February 11, 2016

Article posted on bookbed: March 6, 2016

Article URL: http://bookbed.org/2016/03/06/our-first-and-last/

I am sharing this unedited version of my composition because I want to inspire and make other people feel that they can also write and share their stories with the world. You don’t need to keep it to yourself if you know it has this “magic” to you then it might be something someone needs to read to help or inspire them as well. It’s called paying it forward.

I was once in your position. 😀

Title: Our First and Last.

I never thought I would have a chance to walk hand and hand with you on a Valentine’s Day weekend. Every Sunday is your day with her. I already accepted that I can only be with you on a normal day where everybody is busy with their own lives; through birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases and other special holidays I knew I had to spend it without you by my side.

You looked at me with those “Chinito” eyes that never fail to make me feel weak. All I could do was smile back and treasure this moment we have. A sunny day with no distractions or no phone calls from anyone that do not know my existence.

You called me last night to tell me that you wanted to spend this day with me. I tried to contain myself but inside I was screaming and jumping up and down for joy. Your voice was cracking while we were talking about when, where and how we will meet. I asked “Anung problema?” (What’s the problem?) You started to tell me that you are fighting with her for almost a week now. It was because she found out about your “deeds”, as we call it. You told me that she told you to stop it. She asked for space and right now you are complying with her request. All the excitement inside of me died down; Was I just a doormat to go to when you are feeling alone? Despite that, I still agreed on meeting and spending the day with you.

I was at your doorstep at around 10 o’clock in the morning. I did not put make-up on and only wore a simple shirt, a pair of jeans and sneakers. I was going to bring you to Tagaytay. The place where we first said we love each other. I do not know if it would make you forget everything you told me last night but it was well worth the shot. The drive there was silent. I did not know what to talk about and I can see that you were crying the whole night. I put out a smile just to reassure you that you shouldn’t be too sad and you tried your best to smile back but I know you were holding back tears.

We arrived just in time for lunch, you did not eat a lot. I told myself that eating may not be a way to make you happy. So I drove us to the Sky Ranch and asked you “May naalala ka?” (Do you remember anything?) You smiled and said “Oo naman, dyan ka nagprofess ng love mo para sa akin.”(This is where you professed your love to me) I frowned and sarcastically said “Ang gwapo mo naman.” (You’re so good looking). We both laughed and that time I knew you were trying your best to make this day memorable for me as much as I want it to be the same for you.

As we walked to our last stop, holding hands, you told me you love me. I answered back “Alam ko naman yun.” (I already know that.) Your grip on my hands got tighter. Before I sat down opposite to you; you hugged me tightly and whispered into my ears “I’m sorry, Jade.” I stopped but you gestured for me to sit down. I could see your worried face but before I could ask you what was that all about, our meal arrived and you ate quietly. I was now the one that did not have any appetite. “Hindi ba masarap yung inorder mo?” (Don’t you like the taste of what you ordered?”) was all you asked me. You devoured your whole dish and also my left over. After everything is consumed your face turned into the gloomy face you had when I picked you up this morning. “Halika na, uwi na tayo.” (Come on, let’s go home”) you smiled at me and I smiled back. We were still silent on our way home. I still had questions inside my head but I was concentrated on driving us safely home.

I dropped you off at your home, your mother was already waiting for you outside. I said my hello and she told me to take care. It was a short drive home but before I arrived my phone notified me that I received a text message. When I arrived it was the first thing I looked at. It was from you, this is what it said:

From: Mark (+639**325619820)

Message:

Magpapakasal na kami ni Phoebe sa susunod na linggo. 3 buwan na syang buntis. Pinili kong makasama ka sa huli kong Valentine’s Day na single ako. Alam kong hindi na tayo magkikita pagkatapos nito pero sana makita pa ulit kita. Sorry at hindi ko masabi sayo ito kanina. Ayoko lang masira ang araw natin. Mahal na mahal kita at hindi yun magbabago. You are and forever will be my last love.

(Phoebe is 3 months pregnant. We will get married this coming week. I wanted to spend my last valentine’s day as a single man with you. I know you will try your best not to see me anymore but I hope to see you soon. I’m sorry I couldn’t tell it to you earlier. I did not want to ruin this day. I love you and will always do. You are and forever will be my last love.)

I was right, I will never forget this Valentine’s Day; it was the first and last I will have with you.

If you want to know more about bookbed.org visit their website @ http://bookbed.org

Maybe you are interested in becoming a Cheer Reader or a Storyteller, like me.You can participate in the events the group has organized for book lovers, share your thoughts on a book or share your original compositions. They/We are a friendly bunch of people so don’t be afraid to share your talent or what you like doing sich as drawing, art, etc.

They haven’t bitten me for real XD maybe I just got bitten by the bookbed bug. IDK. lol.

Share your thoughts don’t just keep it to yourself. Somebody out there might be interested in it. 😀

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

’til next post

♥L

Another bookbed contribution (L blogs #8)

hey everyone!

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend for me and my emotions last weekend and it’s a mixture of guilt, failure, and giddy excitement.

I do not want to further tell you a personal topic involving someone else and posting it for public eyes to read but let’s just say ‘lil ol’ Lucille had a major slip-up on scheduling last Saturday. I’m still not over it and I am still angry at myself for such a big mistake. I hope to get over it and move on soon. I did all I could to rescue the situation but it is now out of my hands when it will be okay.

I still think telling it to someone made our plans unlucky.

Note to self: Never tell anything about your life to him anymore. I Think some voodoo brazilian magick is happening and it’s bringing you badluck in your life  goals and plans.

The excited feeling came on Sunday night. I was slightly positive for a good 12hrs after I saw this post. I actually knew that it will be out that day but I guess I really wanted to share it with my friends  and  family. 😃

I’m talking about my first bookbed.org short story contribution.

Again another streak of badluck is upon me. My tablet’s web browser isn’t cooperating with wordpress and I can’t seem to paste the url of the post on this blog post. 😓😓😓😓

I will be sharing the original unedited/raw version of the said story on my next scribbles blog together with the URL of the posted story at bookbed.org.

For now, I will now bid you goodbye because I’m starting to get annoyed with how WordPress and my tab are not friends.

See you tomorrow,

♥L