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Milestones: January 2017

I rarely draft resolutions at the start of the year because more often than not, I will forget about them by the fifth or 6th month. But I am quite pleased with how January went for me that I vow to follow through with some of the best practices I’ve started. I’m also including significant events that happened to cap off what has been a great start for my 2017.

Dear Diary

Chan’s belated Christmas present was a Starbucks planner and because I already had one, I decided to use it as a journal instead. It’s been a while since I last kept an offline outlet for my thoughts so this was a good habit to revisit. I’m actually finding it quite therapeutic. In fact, I used it to scribble my thoughts after watching the Goblin finale several weeks ago.

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Breezing through January

How cute is this Dymo label on my USB?πŸ˜€ I’ve always wanted to own a LabelWriter since forever but since it’s not a necessity, the thought keeps getting pushed back for more important stuff. I’d probably ask this as a birthday gift, noh?

I think this month is off to a good start for me. We’re on track with our savings for the 52-week challenge (my sister is keeping tabs!πŸ™Œ) and I just learned how to make GIFs via Photoshop again. Haha! So now I’m creating GIFs like crazy for my favorite scenes from Goblin. Who knew this could be so much fun?πŸ˜‚ #newlearnedskill

Anyways, the busiest days of January for Cebu are finally behind me as Sinulog 2017 concluded over the weekend. We didn’t go out and preferred to be #TeamBahay instead. Surprisingly, stricter measures implemented by the local government failed to put a damper on the Cebuanos’ penchant for celebrating the city’s biggest yearly festival. Sure there were some mishaps (Paintensity) but it was, however, more orderly compared to the previous years if we are to believe first-hand accounts of people who took to the streets. #Nosignalweekend was less of a concern since we still had wi-fi at home. Now can traffic go back to normal as well?

Speaking of traffic, my new shift has done wonders for my transportation expenses lately. Since I live near the office, whenever traffic becomes impossible (no cabs, snaking queues at jeepney terminal), I always choose to walk home. This has allowed me to save almost 50% of what I usually set aside as my transpo budget. And just yesterday, because of the non-stop rain in the morning, I had to walk from home to the office to avoid being late. I get to squeeze in some fitness goals on top of this whole saving-up thingy. Haha!

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Starting 2017 in K-Drama Land

We started the year by hauling ourselves off to SM Seaside thinking the crowd would be manageable. I should’ve known better. When bored at home, people these days flock to malls out of habit. Queuing for a cab was a hellish experience (thank goodness for Grab!) not to mention my sister wasn’t feeling well that day due to indigestion. Good thing we managed to squeeze in a few minutes of playtime for Zack who was raring to try Sky Play.

If there’s one thing I’ll miss about the past few days aside from the abundance of food, it would have to be the time we spent watching K-dramas. Oh yes, no Hallmark movies this time. Most of the US shows we follow are slowly returning from winter break while here we are refusing to leave K-drama land. Haha!

I guess we have Descendants of the Sun to thank for that. When we introduced it to Isa around the last quarter of 2016, no one expected it would suck her back into watching Korean dramas. She enjoyed it so much that we began reviewing every Kim Eun Sook-penned dramas after starting with A Gentleman’s Dignity (hilarious, I tell you). Currently, aside from Goblin which I’m completely besotted with, we’re halfway into City Hall. The latter’s an interesting take into small-town politics which I’m sure many of us can relate to.

By now we have become experts in what we call Kim Eun Sook tropes which tend to recur in each of her dramas. I may actually blog about it one of these days if I can gather enough material for a list-icle. In the meantime, we’re off to continue our K-drama backlog. (Huhu, sorry #OneChicago!)

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Oh My November!


Have you recovered from the surprises the month of November had sprung on the country and the whole world? I think I’ve ranted enough on Twitter so I’ll spare my blog the negative vibes. πŸ˜‰ That said, I’m very excited to see what the last few weeks of the year have to offer. 2016 has been a year full of surprises. It has not been financially rewarding but I am thankfully getting by. One only needs to appreciate the good things happening around, no matter how trivial they may be.


And speaking of good vibes, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to finish a book much less continue something that’s part of a series so I am happy to note that I just started with Book 4 (A Chesapeake Shores Christmas) of Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores. The books are the source material for the TV show of the same name which recently concluded its first season on Hallmark. Fondly referred to as a light and heart-warming read, Woods presents her stories like a continuing narrative of a small-town community revolving around the O’Brien family and the people connected to their lives.

The first book, The Inn at Eagle Point, revolves around the eldest O’Brien daughter (Abby) and the circumstances which brought her back to Chesapeake Shores. The second one, Flowers on Main, focuses on another O’Brien sibling (Bree) who’s recently back in town and eager for a fresh start. My favorite of the lot (for now, at least) has to be Harbor Lights which tells the story of how the eldest O’Brien son (Kevin) found a second chance at love after a personal tragedy. While they’ve made several modifications to the story for its small screen adaptation, I kind of wished several parts from the books were retained for more drama.


I haven’t started with Gilmore Girls’ A Year In The Life and everyone’s been buzzing about it over the weekend. Real life just got too busy these days and I barely even have time to finish my TV series backlog! I’ll most probably get to it during the holiday season so that gives me something to look forward too aside from Hallmark movies. Hehe!

I finished The Crown though. And there’s my recent “recommend a foreign rom-com flick” for the month, Casese Quien Pueda. I haven’t even written anything about Nostros los Nobles and it was so much fun!


I went to Fully Booked earlier today and saw the 2017 planners on display. My gaaahhdd, I wanted to buy at least two!!! How is this possible? πŸ˜€ I know my finances aren’t exactly in tiptop shape these days but December just ropes you into feeling okay to splurge on things.

That said, it’s officially the last month of the year!Β Let’s make it count, people! πŸ™‚


Planner Envy: Get to Work Book and Everything Is Possible

It’s the season of planner shopping once again and while it’s tempting to jump into the “I collect stickers” bandwagon, I realized there are other creative planners more efficient and affordable than several coffee drinks combined.


The Get To Work Book is my ultimate planner dream. Although quite bulky (and expensive), you’d be inspired to take notes and plan your day because of its vertical weekly columns. It also contains sections large enough to fit a To Do list even on a jampacked day. Even better, it works well with acryllic stamps. Unfortunately, there’s no local seller for this. My manager, who uses the 2016 Work Book, had to order hers from abroad.


Which brings me to my current planner, the Everything Is Possible from BDJ. I started using one for 2016 and although I may have skipped several months, I’d prefer it in a heartbeat over the coffee shop planners. What I love about the EIP are its sections asking for your specific goals that year. If you feel like writing them down, you can always look back fondly 12 months later to see if you’ve made any improvements.

I’m no planner nerd but keeping one allowed me to better monitor my tasks and never miss out on an item from my To Do list. Not bad for efficiency, huh?

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