I guess I wouldn’t be truthfully called a blogger because of the lot of backlogs I have ever since I started blogging in 2005. Well actually, blogging was very convenient for me back then: college papers, the Filipinos’ craze for the new social networking site Friendster, having a long distance relationship, and spending overnights at computer shops around Baguio City, where I spent my college years and the last few years of my stay in The Philippines. I was newly introduced to the magic that is brought about by the Internet. Yes, there was no Internet connection in our province during those times, and so when I first stepped out of my promdi life and embraced being a college student at a foreign city, the world wide web was my best friend.
I was so into writing journals online because that was my only way to express and record my everyday life as a nobody in UP. Although eventually I met friends and loved being in the theater org, I still go overnights at session road’s coffee shops for PHP 100 til 6am. Ahh, good times.
I stopped updating online when I thought I had nothing to write, and left my blog on a complete hiatus, uncertain of my return. But now that I am on leave for a year, I guess I can constantly post anything about everything whenever I can, just like now- the little girl’s asleep after I gave her a bath and fed her. Now time for some me time, and this is it.
As promised, here are some photos left in my hard drive since 2012. Feel free to take a glimpse of my life in the past couple of years:
I guess there should be a separate blog post about the YOLO (as we call ourselves) crew’s year end Vancouver crazy vacation from the last week of December 2011. I’m not even sure if I remember everything from that trip but all I could remember was the feeling of mixed excitement, anger, frustration and fright. It was a one of a kind experience, and hopefully the last of us. I’d rather spend my New Year’s Eve at home with family, than with friends in the middle of a dark zigzag snowy road. Yes, another blog post.
It was our band’s first break outside Edmonton. Finally, somebody outside of our comfort zone believed we can pull off a 3 hour- 3 set show. Headcakes was Barkada Grill in Red Deer's house band once a month, performing full house every, single, time. It was a blessing to us, and we are so thankful of that. Hopefully this 2014 we could be on the road again. I'm really excited for this year.
I met this man, who is now the father of my little girl. We are still together to this day, and are having plans of getting our own place soon.
One thing we’re most thankful for is being able to perform together with famous Pinoy bands who visit Edmonton and give us a good show. In 2012 Bamboo was here and we are selected to front for him. Great experience, I must say.
My sister graduated from college. I am so proud of her :)
Here’s us on our first camping trip. It was most def fun that we decided we should do it every year.
Months after the Bamboo gig, a friend saw my picture in a Filipino newspaper. Kalurks! I wasn’t able to save a copy, though. Too bad :’(
I got the privilege to watch Linkin Park Live in concert in 2012’s Sonic Boom Festival. I also saw bands such as:
We celebrated our birthdays together for the first time. It was also one of our last few times going to the club. We both figured we’re not into that anymore.
I love The City of Vancouver so much that’s why I pay tons of visit there. Also, my bestfriend Franz lives/studies at The Art Institute of Vancouver so I visit him from time to time. Here we are enjoying ourselves at English Bay:
I was one happy kid when I found out Max’s is having their first ever franchise in Vancouver. I felt like a kid again.
The menu is the same as the one in The Philippines! It felt like we were there!
I remember having dinner there a couple of times than Nando’s chicken. Hahaha Pinoy na Pinoy lang talaga ang Peg ko :)
Rode the Seabus for the first time
Welcome to Quayside!
The boys tryna imitate the Gangnam Style MTV on Quayside stage
We don’t get fresh fish in Edmonton so seeing these was joy :))
Up to Grouse Mountain we go
I saw a Grizzly Bear in the flesh for the first time!
Believe it or not, but next to us is a cliff. That foggy thing around us is fresh air. It was so nice to breathe there, I tell ya
Aaahhh the joy of being at the Vancouver Night Market :)
I wasn’t with the boyfriend during this travel, but I promised myself I’d take him here. We’re planning to celebrate our anniversary this year in Vancouver.
Vancouver Street Art. #nofilter
This is New Amsterdam Cafe, where it is LEGAL to smoke pot. I just took a peek, coz we have no idea where or how to get weed in the city. We don’t want to look stupid, so we said maybe next time.
This trip was fun while it lasted :)
From left: My bestfriend Franz (who lives in Vancouver), My close friend Jet, me, Madelaine, and my close friend Ninia
One big great news for our family in 2013 was me giving birth to the first grandchild of the Esteban-Reyes clan, Xyreyn Amaya. I will be having a seperate post of how it happened (not the conception) but for now let me indulge you into cuteness as I flood this post with never ending photos of my now 15 day old baby. Happy New Year, y’all!
These photos have been sitting in my hard drive and are waiting to be uploaded since forever. Since I have more time now, let me show you some of the photos I’ve kept since December of 2012 and the beginning of the year:
Getting ready to head out, our hotel room, my 2nd visit home.
'December Avenue' Band performing at Saguijo Bar, Makati, Philippines
A trip to BenCab museum, Baguio
A first time having my self portrait done by Baguio artists, Tam-Awan Village
Yes, I know. Christmas is just around there waiting. And because I feel like I need to write something, I decided to state a few of the things I want to have, which I think I would give myself rather than having these as presents for the holidays. See, I never really receive such expensive gifts (which I will illustrate later on) ever since I was a kid, unless I buy it for myself. I guess that Sephora smokey eye brush set was the most expensive gift I’ve received (wait, I’m trying to think of one right now), and that was for $50. We’re talking about Christmas, so those pair of Rayban aviators the boyfriend gave me (and also the pairs of Jordans he got for me) doesn’t count. Lol
Wait, you might think I am bragging, but hell no I ain’t. If I am, this wishlist would not exist. Like any other normal girl, I am sometimes materialistic; that’s just how living works, you work for money. I used to be part of the workforce (just recently filed for leave, though) so it sucks being broke, and not being able to afford the things that I want. Just please spare me, if you think this post is getting cocky. Hormones, guys. It’s not me, it’s the hormones. :))
So here’s my wishlist, not in particular order:
A new Macbook/Imac.
-I think my Macbook Pro is slowly dying on me. It has been with me since I was in the university and now I think it’s becoming too slow. I’m thinking of having an Imac, though, because now that I’m guessing I’ll be busy working from home, or posting youtube videos, I might need a desktop, not a laptop. Plus I’ve never own a desktop before, so I think It would be kinda cool. :)
A new Ipod classic
-It’s funny, but this has been a lifelong dream of mine. I don’t care about the new Ipod, I just want the classic one. I got mine a couple of years ago at a pawnshop for $50. It served me a good 3 months until I noticed the battery dies pretty fast, like 30-minutes-after-use fast, and it’s so depressing to not listen to any music whenever you’re in the bus, walking home, doing grocery or just enjoying listening to music. Maybe if I don’t get myself a macbook pro this season I can work with a new ipod classic. That would be sweet.
A good blender/juicer
-2013 was the only year I had no excuse to get fit. I needed to eat and diet was impossible, so right now I am unbelievably huge (the most depressing stage in my strive-to-fitness, or should I say #balikalindog program, to date). These days I hear a lot of fitness regimes, and I wanted to try one, which is juice detox. I’ve seen some amazing transformation from people using this step so I want to jump in the bandwagon. And besides, I love juice, so why not. A good blender or juicer is not just $20, and I sometimes can’t believe the price of the one I want; it’s depressing.
A kickass oven
-Since I moved back to my parents’ house I can’t bake anymore, which is so frustrating because I just discovered the inner chef in me. I was never fond of culinary before but when I had my own condo I had to cook since it was very practical and yes, I enjoyed it. I have yet to explore more recipes and cook something to prove myself I am not just a housewife who knows how to make bread, and so being that our oven at home does not work eversince we lived here in this house (circa 2009), I wanted a new one. My youngest sister is also fond of baking, and I guess it would be a fun bonding time with her, don’t you think?
A year long gym membership, with a trainer.
-I never had a professional trainer before. I was even shy talking to other people at the gym and never made any friends, so I basically just did my thing there- going on treadmills and ellipticals, the abs workout then to the shower then go home, meaning I never had someone really look if I am doing things the right way. My way of working out worked for me, but I think it would be nice if I have someone watch and guide over me and never let my motivation go away. Plus I think I’d lose more weight coz I won’t have any reason to cheat. Lol
Some good winter boots
-My UGGS just won’t do it. It was a dream of mine to own such, because I thought of it as an accessory. UGGS, as we all know, are expensive as fuck, and I regret owning one because little did I know about the horror they bring to animals (must read: http://www.peta.org/blog/animals-skinned-alive-uggs/). I wanted to return my pair but unfortunately I went through a lot just to buy mine, but I promise not to get one anymore. Instead, I’ll prefer the Hunter brand- I know it’s pricey too, but I think they deserve to be that expensive because they ought to provide good quality, as I’ve heard from reviews.
-I only have one, and it was my boyfriend’s birthday gift to me last year. I never knew anyone that loves watches but only owns one, except for me. Funny, you may think, but no one actually believes I love having watches. There’s a story behind it though: when I was a kid my Aunt (Daddy’s youngest sister) came home from working in Hong Kong. She gave me a plastic watch, the first I’ve owned ever since we went bankrupt. I was so happy, and I said to myself I would take really good care of it. So I just kept it, and never wore it. For some reason I lost the watch. I never knew who took it, I never found it. It made me sad knowing I’ll never own one again. The next I owned that I treasured was this watch the boyfriend gave me. I wear it everyday.
A new mattress, complete with a board and frame
-I have back problems and I was advised to get a good mattress to help me relieve the pain. The one we have is my boyfriend’s, and it’s only been a year I think but it was just handed down to him from his friends when he used to live with them. It was a guy’s couch, I mean I’m okay with it, it’s just that having a new one would be better coz it’s cleaner, right? (that’s the pseudo OC in me)
There’s just so much I still want to get but they’re doable- I think I can get those once I battle out my laziness and go to Target or Costco, or if the boyfriend would be nice enough to get those for me. In contradiction, I’m cheap, a couple of Yankee candles would actually make me jump for joy. :))
I am a self- declared foodie, and I only judge cuisines when I have tasted them variably. For many may years, I started my quest of finding good food not only in the Philippines but also in Canada. I may not have travelled the whole world in search of good food, but at least I have started and not planning to stop anytime soon.
Real talk: I love exotic food, and I do not condemn their traditional way of cooking. Each country has their own culture, and with that they have traditions on food preparation.
Real talk: I don’t understand why people nowadays are disgusted by how food is prepared. Example: Such judgements on traditional Asian way of cooking are highly condemned.
If all we know, modern food preparation was not evident in ancient times. I bet our ancestors were not accustomed to sanitation and proper way of food handling as same as today’s.
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Today at work I was talking to Toshi, one of our maintenance guys here, about the Yolanda victims. He shared this story to me, and I was deeply moved. If a lot of our fellowmen would be like this boy, the world will be a better place.
Toshi taught me ‘Shinto’, and I will remember it for the rest of my life.
"It reminds me of a phrase that I once learned in school, a capitalist theory from the old man, Fuwa [Tetsuzo], chairman of the Japanese Communist Party: “If Marx comes back to life, he will have to add a phrase to his book, Capital, and that ‘Communist ideology is only successful in Japan." -Ha Min Than