Monthly Archives: December 2011

One last post for the year!

Only two hours away ’til 2012 and I am cramming in a blog post to wrap up the year. My, what an interesting 12 months it has been. I thought I couldn’t make it out alive but here I am–warm,  safe, and surrounded by my loved ones. I truly am grateful.

2011 has been a roller-coaster ride for me. Now, what did I learn on this bittersweet journey? Allow me to tell them in bullets:

  • Love your family and stick with them. They’re the only people who’ll accept you no matter how screwed up you are.
  • They may be annoying at times but trust me, mothers really know what’s best.
  • Never take your health for granted. Jog, eat your greens, and rest. You’re not getting any younger.
  • Life is unfair. It always has been, actually. You just need to know how to ride with its bumpy turns.
  • Do not blame others of your own mishaps. Assess your choices–those are probably the culprit.
  • Use your detractors as stepping stones towards success.
  • There’s nothing wrong with being opinionated. You just need to keep your comments filtered from people who can’t handle your honesty.
  • One can find the perfect cookie if you don’t look for it.
  • Too much communication and affection can suffocate. This applies to all types of relationships.
  • It’s never too late to appreciate The Beatles.
  • Social networking sites aren’t evil. However, it’s best to use them sparingly and with caution. Think before you click is key.
  • Kids are good conversationalists. Talk to them.
  • You don’t need to wait for the new year to roll over just so you could straighten up your mistakes.
  • Try to learn new things more often. Or, re-engage with the things you love doing.
  • Your religious faith doesn’t define who you are.
  • The only person you can depend on is yourself.
  • “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” -Conan O’Brien

Have a great 2012, folks! Cheers to new blessings and challenges to conquer!

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The thrill and fear of starting over

If I were born American, I’d probably be kicked out of my parents home six years ago. Hah. I’m lucky I grew up in the Philippines–a land where mothers and fathers keep their offspring until they’re practically wrinkly and toothless.

For years, I’ve been used to being fed, roofed, and cared for by my parents. We may have our fair share of misunderstandings but I’m always the one who raises the white flag. After all, it’s their rules and conditions that always must matter in the household.

I’ve thought of moving out a number of times. You know, those times I’d feel I’m being leashed inside my own house. I’m an adult, I’d say. But I’ve never really made a move to pack up and go. I couldn’t. My heart wages no.

Spankin’ new 1-peso coin

But yesterday, I’ve finally decided to jump into something I’ve been planning for  more than a year. And boy, was it the biggest, most crazy-scary decision I have made in my life so far.

I have less than 9 weeks to bid my family and friends goodbye. Temporarily, of course, if everything goes according to plan.

Yep, March is the new New Year for me.

P.S. Blog title is borrowed from a colleague’s Tweet. He couldn’t have coined it better.  Thanks, Arj.

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Meanings and digits

1990s: The long, arduous wait to open gifts at the stroke of midnight.  Being forced to get some shuteye at 9 PM. Woken up with a whispered, “Merry Christmas, baby!” Picking out new clothes. Sitting on the floor, excitedly tearing away gift wrappers from presents. 2-week vacations. Ampaos, lots of it. The whole family kneeling down in prayer. Christmas parties at school. Neatly arranging presents. A Barbie doll from Italy. Family.

2000: Gabber-Gab. Fussing over presents to give. Cheesy the Dog. 13th month payout. Innumerable parties. The Mayan calendar. Godchildren you never knew you had.  Endless lists. Savoring what’s left on your Christmas break. Oatmeal cookies.  A legit excuse to get drunk. Picture frames. Wishing for your loved ones’ safety and health. Family.

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Be kids and let kids be kids. It’s the most wonderful feeling this yuletide season.

Oh, and one more thing: Easy on the booze, bud.

Happy Christmas, folks!

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This will make do.. for now

Dearest Irene,

I wish I could personally tell you the words you are about to read on this post. But because we live miles apart and you’re probably busy getting wasted tonight, this will have to temporarily make do.

You know, I’m quite fortunate in having a great friend like you. I don’t have a lot of peers but the handful of guys like you is enough to keep me sane. Life is truly unfair–no question to that–but it is bearable with people like you around.

(By the way, I’m borrowing your Facebook photos for this entry. I picked out my favorites off your profile pictures album and there’s nothing you can do about it. I love you.)

So, you turn 25 today, huh? Pretty scary phase, if you ask me. But knowing you, you’ll be dodging life’s travails with ease and poise–and in high-heeled leather boots.

One of the best things about you is that you’re excitingly unpredictable. You’re either trekking in the mountains..

..Or descending skyscrapers without the aid of an escalator (because you’re too cool for that. Hello?!).

Someday, I’m gonna have the guts to adapt that risk-taker attitude of yours..

..And we’ll take on each challenge bravely and with an open mind–while laughing our butts off.

Random funny memory: Remember when I invited you to sleep over at our place? We stayed up all night talking about almost about anything. Then we got on Chatroullete. My, my, my. I didn’t know you had a thing for random strangers! We succumbed to fits of giggles so much that my father had to hush us up.

I think our next-door neighbor wasn’t too happy about it, too. Oh well.. We only get to be young once in this lifetime so might as well live it up until we can.

What I’m trying to say is, I may not gift you fancy presents on your special day but hey, you know I always got your back, right? May this blog entry remind you how special you are to me.

Happy birthday,

A

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It’s all yours!

Out of the handful, valid entries for my first-ever blog giveaway, the box of Classic Belgian cookies goes to..

Congratulations, Sabrina Gayo! You’re taking home these scrumptious, baked goodies from Kate Bakes! I am envious! I’ll be contacting you via e-mail today for the arrangements.

Thanks to all those who joined! I’m probably giving away another one soon. I kinda felt bad about my other close friends that didn’t get one. They’ve been expressing (even claiming it!) their desire for these cookies. And I fully understand them. But hey, there’s always next time, right?

Happy Monday, everyall!

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First-Ever Blog Giveaway: Cookies from Kate Bakes

I have totally gone insane over cookies–and I’m passing this insanity to you.

For the past week or so, I’ve been dabbling on the idea of giving away a little something for the readers of this blog. And since it’s my first time doing this, I wanted it to be special. Something that I would love to have for myself but would rather give to others.

And when I say “I would love to have this for myself,”  I mean it. I was even at the verge of calling off this giveaway and have these cookies ALL to myself. Do you know how hard it is to open my refrigerator at home and be greeted by a box of unopened Kate Bakes cookies? Excruciating.

Classic Belgian

King Callebaut

Butter Pecan

Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut

Sugar-free King Callebaut

One lucky reader (drawn randomly via Random.org) will get a dozen Classic Belgian cookies from Kate Bakes. I only have a handful yet loyal readers  (naks) so if there’s any comfort to that, there’s less competition. Even joining is easy. Just:

  1. ‘Like’ Kate Bakes Facebook page here.
  2. Leave a comment on this post to count in your entry.
  3. Plus points if you click on the Facebook and Twitter share buttons below.

Deadline is on December 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM. This is open to Metro Manila residents only. The winner will be announced the next day and will be contacted via e-mail. Good luck, fellow cookie freaks!

KATE BAKES | Facebook | Twitter| E-mail: iamkatebakes@yahoo.com | Mobile Number: +639087729930 | Price list

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The Kate Bakes Cookie Cult

I’ve been staring at my laptop screen for the past 2 hours and I cannot think of a way on how to jump-start this post. All I know is that I want you folks to know that the photo below is THE BEST COOKIE I’VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF EATING IN MY LIFE.

And no, I am not exaggerating. Just look at that beauty. LOOK AT IT!

Hi, sexy.

Before I formally introduce my new-found cookie addiction, allow me give you a back story on how my passionate and not-so-secret affair for these baked goodies started. I’m going make this short, I promise. I just think that all great love stories should always kick off on the right foot. And this, my friends, is a love that will last forever. I guarantee it.

November 6, 2011 – It all began on an impulsive decision to troop to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2011 held at the Rockwell Tent in Makati. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, really. No goal in particular. But after ending up with a pair of wedge sandals (and accumulating a bag-full of brochures, calling cards, and stickers), I hurriedly headed to the nearest exit before I wipe out the remains of my wallet.

Then I spotted Kate Bakes‘ booth. I stopped on my tracks. It was something so difficult to pass out on. The woman manning the booth stretched out a tin can–it was filled with cookie bits. I reached inside and the next thing I know, I was buying two more cookies for the road. Win!

I was excited to have the boyfriend taste this inexplicable goodness. So excited, I was skipping back to our meeting place. Everything was a blur–all I remember now is that we sat there together by the fountain, wolfing down our cookies. And the rest was history.

The person behind Kate Bakes deserve a pat in the back, I thought. So I sent her a text, thanking her for baking such exquisite treats. I also asked her if she could send  in the photos and a price list so I could share it on my blog.

Imagine my delight when I received this text message last Friday:

Wow. What an awesome way to to end a tiring work week! Thanks so much, Kate. This was so unexpectedly delightful!

After meeting up with Kate so she can hand me the “goods,” I opened the parcel and shared it to three of my closest office friends. Me saying that they loved it is an understatement. Kesi even said that she have “never been this emotional about a cookie before.” Hah. Beat that, Chips Ahoy!

Kate Bakes’ Heavenly Cookies are especially made with only the finest premium ingredients. Trust me, it has everything you’ll ever want on your cookie. You’ll understand this insanity once you’ve sunk your teeth into it.

To Kate: You have created something really, REALLY special here. I hope you don’t mind if I have unintentionally put together a cookie cult of some sort.

Guys, I think one of you good souls out there deserve a piece of heaven this Christmas, so I’m giving away a box of Classic Belgian cookies on my next post. (What am I thinking?!). Stay tuned.

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