Friday, December 16, 2011

Our First and Happy.. (Anniversary) at One Tagaytay Place

Posted by Alei at 12/16/2011 0 comments
After being broken and left behind last year, I was able to cope again. Only time heals everything and it blew so fast. I don't want to sound so in love, but I am. This would be first post that I would be talking about my boyfriend alone. Sounds too high school? Then let's call him my beau. Here is a rundown of how we started.

We became friends (through my ex), chatted almost everyday, shared a lot of each other's life stories, exchanged love and life advices, went out twice and before we know it, we fell.

The funny thing is that, we were both on the verge of liking someone before we turned out to be good friends. I even bought him a souvenir from my trip to Singapore to show my appreciation for our friendship. During his birthday, he treat me out. Neither of us gave meaning on the times we had fun with each other's company, at least not for me. Only my sister gave me suspicious antics about his intention. I never expected what we have would extend beyond friendship, really, considering a lot of differences.

Just say never and you'll see. This was my Facebook status a year and three days ago, when he confessed what he felt for me. I still felt just as happy today as we celebrate our first anniversary. He dropped by 1 am to fetch my things and after work we had dinner and went home. The next day, we went to Tagaytay with two of his friends, Gayle and Joseph.

At the hotel lobby

Rooms are equipped with veranda for a view of Taal Lake.

At the elevator with Gayle

Dinner at Josephine Restaurant. Its kind of pricey but a must try.

It was so rainy and cold outside, no need to turn on the aircon at the car.

Buffet breakfast

Still foggy the next morning. We saw only a portion of Taal Lake from our room due to the thick fog that obstructs the view.

It was all blowy at the lower penthouse. We did not dare swim at the pool.

We were unable to get outside during our stay, not even at the Picnic Grove. The gloomy weather made us lazy to get out. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our stay. We stayed in two connecting deluxe rooms for only Php 3,200.00 for each room with buffet breakfast for two. Its worth every penny and we saved a lot, more than a half since published rate for a deluxe room is Php 6,800.00.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Breakfast at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Posted by Alei at 4/19/2011 1 comments
I and my bf meet at around 10 am. It was kind of late already but, we both haven’t had our breakfast. We were thinking of where to eat when I remembered my free coupons at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf from my BDJ planner. There was a breakfast meal set coupon that entitles you to get a set for equal or lesser value. Sounds good right? We were looking forward to use it and we had the perfect time.

It was my first time to dine at CBTL. My bf ordered Eggs Ben(enedict) and I settled for Salmon Scramble. Both were priced 229 pesos. It’s quite expensive for a breakfast if bought with their regular prices. Our set comes with a choice of tea or coffee. I went for Strawberry and Cream, my bf picked brewed coffee. The foods were served a little less than seven minutes.

Salmon Scramble
Rosemary Foccacia bread topped with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and our special dressing. I have it paired with Strawberry and Cream tea. It smells yummy and sweet but it does not taste as much. It's a tea anyway and I'm not really a fan of it hehe.

Eggs Ben, which is basically eggs benedict on rosemary focaccia, with a couple slices of bread and butter and jam. My bf love it, as much as I did.

Both breakfast sets are really a must try. It's a best way to start the day. :) Thanks BDJ for the coupon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Job Hunt Is Haunting Me

Posted by Alei at 3/19/2011 0 comments

Hey readers! I am still alive. I am temporarily staying in Manila with my niece. Internet connection is limited. I only rent at the nearby shop just to go online.

As soon as I woke up yesterday, I felt glum. Exactly three years ago, I had my march along the aisle for my graduation rites. Since then, I am a bummer for three years and still counting. Time passed and so most of the opportunities I could have seek. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Momentarily, I stopped musing over the past. I have a scheduled interview that I needed to look forward to. It made me convince myself to strangle myself early from bed. It was the fifth week of my job hunt. I am almost losing my high spirit towards work. It’s not easy looking for a job especially that I am not a fresh graduate anymore. I had been to eleven interviews. Majority of them haven’t contacted me if I were dumped or qualified for the position I have applied for. It’s stressful knowing that after all the efforts I exerted for every appointment, I’m always told to just wait for a notification if I were to proceed to the next step. Waiting is grueling without even having the assurance that it would be worth it.

I am not quitting yet. My only hope is hope. It is the only thing I have now. And if I quit, clearly, I choose to fail. I am being dragged by the fact that competition for jobs are going to be higher this March, graduation month. If by any means I am so unfortunate, call centers would be my last option. Studying for a second course has never left my mind. My relatives are not amenable about it, but I still plan to take short courses if they can suffice my shift to another industry.

If I have no interviews, my days usually pass without something to do. It is nerve wracking thinking of how bored I am and how the coming days are going to be. I’ll be back in Manila tomorrow. Next week will be my 6th week of the hunt. I am still perfectly sanguine having the thought that I am not the only person going through this dilemma. A lot more are out there unemployed, even more in need of a source of income. They might have families to feed, more necessities to be responded. I am still lucky.

Hello next week! Please be the best to me. Who knows, the approaching week will be what I have waited for, hopefully.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teriyaki Boy Gateway Branch

Posted by Alei at 2/17/2011 0 comments
We were supposed to eat at Red Crab last Saturday but their buffet promo ended already which made us settle for Teriyaki Boy instead.

Just as always, I let my bf pick the foods for us. He's a connoisseur of restaurants haha. Here's what we ordered.

Chashu Ramen - 150 (Regular)
(It is served with roast pork slices or chashu, Japanese fish cakes or kamaboko, hardboiled egg, nori strips and bokchoy or pechay. Pour in a Japanses teapot of shoyu, a light Japaneses soy and pork-based broth with a hint of ginger and seaweed or konbou.

Suki Beef Teppan Don - 160
This was what my bf ordered for himself. The beef is so tender. The rice felt slimy because of the raw egg yolk. It was delicious nevertheless.

Katsudon - 160

Ika Fry - 150

California Roll - 125
I so love their roll! Usually, when we eat, I would haggle with my bf so he would eat more of the food I don't like so much. But, in this case, I was able to eat half of the serving. Good thing, there was no cucumber(as I don't eat it). The rice is incomparable from the other two maki rolls I have tasted in other restaurants. It was superb. :)

For the drinks, we ordered bottomless iced tea. We were glad that their service is good. They were aware when our glasses needed to be refilled already. Thumbs up! The only thing I would complain was the ventilation. It was warm. Or maybe, it was just because we where beside the window and the sun is at its peak that noon time. ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

North Park Noodle House Trinoma

Posted by Alei at 1/22/2011 0 comments
A day before our planned date, my bf asked me where would I want to eat. He was craving for Chinese cuisine that's why we settled for North Park Noodle House. He thought of SuperBowl but then, we have just eaten there a week before.

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken

Chicken Feet
I wasn't able to eat it. My bf ate it all, unaware I haven't ate a single piece. ;)

3 Kinds Mushroom w/ Broccoli
I love this dish. Or was I just a bit biased? Mushrooms are my favorite.

Shark's Fin Siomai

Fresh Prawn Dumpling

Prawn Dumpling Noodles
The soup is sumptuous. I enjoyed it even at the last spoonful of it.

After eating, we felt like we gained some pounds already. We were really full. We went out for a stroll at the mall then had a coffee at Starbucks and we even bought a cake at Red Ribbon. It was our first monthsary and we decided to buy a cake every 16th of the month. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sakae Sushi; All Day Sushi Buffet

Posted by Alei at 1/20/2011 4 comments
It’s been ages since I ate a sushi. I remember we made some when I was in college. Unfortunately, it was a failure hehe. With my bf craving for Japanese food, we went to Sakae sushi at SM North Edsa Annex for sushi overload. They have all-day sushi buffet, 399 pesos for adults and 199 for kids. It comes with free miso soup and a choice of hot or cold bottomless green tea. They have no left-over/no sharing policy for the sushi buffet. Sub charges will also be imposed on food wastage. You may also grab whatever sushi plates you want and just pay for it depending on the number and color of plates you consumed.

Purple plate – Php 39
Yellow plate – Php 59
Green plate – Php 79
Red plate – Php 99

The sushi conveyor belt fascinated as it was my first time to eat there. I feasted on my eyes on the parade of sushi beside me. They all looked tasty. Yum! I let my bf get the sushi he fancies. He’s been twice to Sakae Sushi at MOA.

A single piece sushi is quite a mouthful. It is overstuffed with rice. After eating a few, I felt full already.

I wasn't able to take photos of all the sushis we've picked at the conveyor belt because I was helping myself to the food haha. Here are some of the sushi varieties. I wasn't able to name some of them.

California Mini Maki

Tamago Sushi


(this is definitely a must-try)

This is my most unforgettable part of our sushi overload, Japanese Ginger. It is said to help cleanse the palate. It has antiseptic properties, and was originally eaten with sushi to counter the ill effects of bad fish. It is somewhat sweet and minty.

We enjoyed our meal and was able to finish more than 23 plates. Imagine that? we were only two. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Job Fair Schedule 2011

Posted by Alei at 1/19/2011 3 comments
Leading Industries Career Fair
by: Magnus Eventus, Inc.
January 19 and 20, 2011 from 10 am to 5pm
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

Philstar Career Guide 2011 Jobfair Series
by: Philippine Star
January 25- 26, 2011, 10am to 6pm
Megamall Megatrade Hall 1

14th Metro Job Fair
by: AdExhibit, Inc.
January 28- 29, 2011 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Trade Hall, Star Mall, Mandaluyong City

City Job Fair At The South
by JobQuest
January 26-27, 2011
Festival Supermall

14th Metro Job Far 2011
by AdExhibit
January 28-29, 2011
Starmall Trade Hall

Good Job! Job Fair Roadshow Leg 3
by Neotrade Enterprises
January 31- February 1, 2011
Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao

Good Job! Job Fair Roadshow Leg 4
by Neotrade Enterprises
February 9-10, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center, Makati

"ADHOC: Unveil Reality"
by UP Junior Marketing Association (UP JMA)
February 26, 2011
World Trade Center Tent

Immediate Hiring Part 4
by Island Exhibit Link
February 23-24, 2011
Trinoma Activity Center

City Job Fair
by Jobquest
February 24-25, 2011
Starmall, EDSA - Shaw

The 2nd Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair
by AdExhibit Link
March 14-15, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center

Ayalaland Sales Recruitment Event
March 18-19, 2011
10 am- 8 pm
Glorietta 5 Activity Center, Makati City

The 2nd Job Search at the Starmall
by Island Exhibit Link
March 18-19, 2011
Starmall, EDSA-Shaw

Good Job Job Fair Roadshow
by Neotrade Enterprises
March 19-23, 2011
Robinsons Galleria

City Job Fair
March 24-25, 2011
Robinsons Metro East

MEI Baguio Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
March 30-31, 2011
YMCA Function Hall
Baguio City, Benguet

3rd MEI Mega Job Fair at Starmall
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
April 7-8, 2011
Starmall EDSA-Shaw

Summer Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
April 13-15, 2011
Victory Central Mall

Job and Career Expo 8
April 27-28, 2011
Trinoma Mall

Job Fest 9 and 10
Glorietta Activity Center Ayala Center Makati

16th Retail Careers, IT and Services Job Fair
by Island Exhibit
May 11-12, 2011
Trinoma Activity Center

Southern Job Expo
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
May 12-13, 2011
Starmall Alabang

Career May Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
May 18-19, 24-25 2011
Eton Cyberpod Corinthian
Ortigas Ave. Cor EDSA QC

The 2nd Leading Industries Career Fair
by Magnus Eventus Inc.
June 29-30, 2011
Glorietta Activity Center

Apply Here! Makati City Job Fair Part 2
Host: Island Exhibit, November 9-10, 2011, Glorietta Activity Center

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

Posted by Alei at 1/06/2011 0 comments
2010 is really so yesterday, how time flies. Sure, 2010 wasn't the greatest year for me. A lot had happened especially those that I did not expect. There were heartbreaks. There were smiles. Memories were created, most of them I will never forget. I smiled, I cried. I have been to the good, the bad, the worst and the better. I have grown. I have become smarter. I have learned from my mistakes. What happens in the past stays behind. Blaming what had happened won't change anything. Complaining of whatever mishap that I have experienced is useless, instead, moving on and doing something about it is the only option. I'm leaving the past already, armed with the lessons I learned, I will make 2011 better.


This is so me Copyright 2010Think Pink Credits to Gisele Jaquenod Modified by Alei