19 August, 2017

Love at first sight is real.

Japan ❤️

I never believed in love at first sight til this trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Aaah, Japan. It was absolute love at first sight. I feel bad that it was never in my list of must-visit places and I don't even know what I was thinking that I even had second thoughts about going to this wedding. Because when I was there — grabe, speechless. Japan is one country that I see myself coming back to. If the universe will let me, I'd like to visit every year. Heck, I was even toying with the idea of retiring in Japan.

While I have not seen much while I was there because I only got to spend a few days in Tokyo to attend the destination wedding of my couple friends, Japan has still swept me off my feet. There is nothing not to love about this country, from the people, food, make-up, weather, fashion, architecture, their multilevel malls, the subway, books in vending machines, their trains, authentic sake, the culture, narrow alleys, street art, how they preserve their culture and their history, their shops, even their toilets! I could go on all day!

Clarke Quay

Captivated by Clarke Quay
I can't help but think about a portion of Pasig River when I was at Clarke Quay and Riverpointe. There's a portion in Makati going to Rockwell that can be turned into something like this.Ö I'm sure that it would have been a huge hit here in the Philippines. It's just too bad that Pasig River isn't exactly something that would draw people in.

Going back to the trip :)
I'm not too sure how long Joe & Kelly have stayed in Singapore, but I found it so cool how they're like locals already. We had dinner in Marché at Somerset. It can be tricky at first, but I liked the concept of the restaurant and I can't wait for them to come to Manila sans the strictness. I find it strange that at this day & age where every business takes a lot of extra promotion from social media shares, I was told that taking photos isn't allowed inside. Thus, I got nothing of Marché to show you guys.

My friends brought me to Clarke Quay. We did walk a lot and it was all cool. Walking just seems to be a lot more fun when you're in a different country.

The Turkish Man who sells and flips ice cream in Clarke Quay is both a charmer and a performer.

Zobel Represent.Ü Joe + Russ + Nicolo

Brewerkz, I'll be back.
Beer was never my poison of choice because it makes your belly big. However, you won't ever hear me say no to it when on a trip, much more if it's craft beer.Ü Joe took me to Brewerkz. He and Kelly say that  Brewerkz  is the ultimate beer place in Singapore. Vince, another friend of ours, told me that it's one of his favorite places in Singapore and he never fails to go there whenever he flies to SG.

Craft Beer is always And, Brewerkz didn't disappoint. It was bustling with locals and tourists and we're lucky that there were still seats for us. If you're the type of traveler, who, like me, enjoys a drink or two when traveling, you might want to check out Brewerkz. You'll love their signature and seasonal beers. The Honey Apricot Ale and the Black & Blue Berry Mead were my favorites.

Brewerkz Beer Sampler: Pick any four beers of your choice.

And more craft beer to enjoy :)

With Nicolo, Kelly, and Joe.

The evening didn't end at Brewerkz. After everything we had, we still managed to save room for Twister Fries. Yup, we walked some more to go to McDonald's to get Twister Fries, which at that time, we no longer had in the Philippines so it was such a treat when I found out there were Twister Fries in Singapore. Please don't judge me, lol.

If only I had extra days to spare, we would have gone to more places but it looks like I will just have to visit then again soon. Knowing that you have friends-friends in another country that you can ring anytime to hang with is such a huge comfort. So, if any of you guys will be in Manila in the nearer future, be sure to let me know. We read each others' blogs and I'm sure we're all getting to know each other pretty well. I'd love to meet you in person during one of my trips or one of your travels. I think that'll be awesome. ☮..Peace + _Love + Spreading Some Travel Vibes. RUSS.

11 August, 2017

Things I Love Sundays: My 2016 People of the Year

TIME must have started this. It used to be Man of the Year, but in 1999 Time made it Person of the Year. We see this everywhere — other magazines and organizations giving awards to game-changers or paying tribute to those who made a difference. Many bloggers have adapted this as well. Albeit a month late for this, I take inspiration from them to share ( and to immortalize ) who I'm most thankful for in the past year. These are people who positively affected my life in the past 12 months. There are new people that I am blessed to have known and become family. Some are good friends who have constantly been with me through ups & downs, thick & thin.

2016 People of the Year

I have always wanted to do this, but I guess I may have been putting this off for years for reasons that I cannot remember. I'm glad that I'm finally doing it now. As cheesy-queso as this sounds, I want to immortalize the feeling of how blessed I am to have been given the chance to work with them, to be friends with them. When you're adult-ing, you choose quality over quantity. I am lucky to be surrounded by brilliant people with good hearts. Without further ado, friends, I want you to meet the my 2016 People of the Year.

JFS & Gigi Z
Today, you guys will finally see the face behind the name. Or. I have talked about him in 2 other posts but never mentioned his name. You can read about his story plus the family that I have been talking about in this post.

Looking back at some of 2016's best moments - indulge me on this.Ü * Reunion of sorts.

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JFS & Gigi Z
Today, you guys will finally see the face behind the name. Or. I have talked about him in 2 other posts but never mentioned his name. You can read about his story plus the family that I have been talking about in this post.

JFS & Gigi Z
Today, you guys will finally see the face behind the name. Or. I have talked about him in 2 other posts but never mentioned his name. You can read about his story plus the family that I have been talking about in this post.

Missing these guys .... #GoodTimes

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JFS & Gigi Z
Today, you guys will finally see the face behind the name. Or. I have talked about him in 2 other posts but never mentioned his name. You can read about his story plus the family that I have been talking about in this post.

Food has always been one of the reasons why I wanted to travel. Food and travel are like milk and cookies, they always go together. And, it's always a pleasure to eat good food. The discovery of new culinary experiences always give me a different kind of sensory thrill which I always found in every city and country that I go to. ☮ Peace + ❥ Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.

Food Trip: The Best of 2015

13 March, 2017

Things I Love Sundays: Unplugged.

I didn't go home a couple of Saturdays ago. Well, it's no secret that I am an extrovert. I enjoy being around and with people yet there are moments when I crave for some quiet and peaceful time, alone. It is not something that I often get unless I impose it, which I did a couple of weeks ago. Sure, I like to hang with my friends, share stories, and catch up. I'm fond of night caps and late weeknights with colleagues. I dig long breakfasts. Yet three weeks ago, I had way too much of un-wanted chaos and noise. It did drain the energy out of me. I reached this point wherein I simply longed to take a break that sort of "people-fasting", to shut down, and just itched for everything to go on a complete halt.

Alone Time.

Of course - these things don't happen with a snap of a finger so the choice to not go home for a couple of days was a good one. No one knew where I was. There were no traces of me in social media for at least a good 2 days, but really, I was just in the city. But I tell you, that one selfish moment that I yearned brought me solitude. It may have been for just a few days, but it was glorious. And now, I promised myself to carve out mandatory weekly or if I'm lucky enough, daily me-time hours.

If you're curious » »» »»» nope, I didn't do anything out-of-this-world, but I was tempted to travel solo somewhere but I knew it would be 'bitin'. Being the responsible human being that I am, I can't just leave work and YOLO away... that would be super fun though.Ü My Mom thinks otherwise. I did little, me-time stuff and I liked it. I won't be surprised if I find myself booking a flight and going somewhere, alone. This is something that I have been wanting to do for the longest time, but I guess I'm just scared to do it. However, taking inspiration from my word of the year — courage, it may just happen one of these days.

I came across Think Simple Now and I love how they described alone-time as something beautiful and healthy. We all know how others frown upon solitude because most people think that it's lonely. That's just one way to look at it. Here's a snippet from Think Simple Now's article.

"There is a power in being able to find contentment in solitude. Bacon ( Francis Bacon ), wasn't far off when he ascribed god-like powers to the people who can enjoy solitude. If you are able to be happy alone, then even in the emptiest times in life you can find peace and even joy. I'm not suggesting solitude is better than being with people. Simply that it’s impossible to completely avoid aloneness in life, so it’s worth having a strategy to find joy in those moments. Enjoying solitude can also give you an independence that makes you less desperate with friends and less likely to cling onto lousy relationships."

P had his solitude, unplugged moment too. He went on this tour slash trek to one of the mountains here in the Philippines. He went with this group wherein he didn't know anyone. While there's a part of me that felt that I should have been with him climbing that mountain, I just could not get myself to be a clingy and demanding person. That was his much-needed, sacred me-time. If situations were reversed, I'd want him to respect my time alone, too.Ü Anyways he came back re-charged and all jazzed up.

Have you ever craved for me-time? What things do you enjoy doing alone? I like taking long walks. I can also spend days worth learning how to do make-up ( from YouTube, of course ), but next month or next next month, I'm gonna try to squeeze in taking make-up lessons.  Peace + Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.

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