Hong Kong Day 3: New Year’s Eve

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Hi Bes. Hahah



Perfume Making/Customizing


Countdown found onΒ Happy New Year!Β .


Hong Kong Day 1

December 29, 2016. Arrival. No sleep. Street food. Hot soup. Milktea. πŸ™‚

HK Airport



Gold tongs at the bakery


En route to the hotel via train…IMG_3326IMG_3328IMG_3330IMG_3331


Beauty stuff heaven


Welcome drink


Hi. Going out now. Super dead sleepy. πŸ™‚


Waiting for my forever. Haha



Yummy egg waffle


No sleep. 😦


Hot soup for the uber cold weather!



Whut?! A photobomber with a baby. ;p


Home early. Itinerary. Need sleep. Goodnight. πŸ™‚

Five Hacks To Success

There is really no concrete formula to success, but I believe in tricks and hacks to success. Everything starts from a good foundation and good habits, and when combined will lead to success.


Start early. Your mind and body works better, and you accomplish more stuff when you start working in the morning. Office/business hours usually start at 9 am, so start working by 8.30 am at most. In this way, you know you are ahead of everybody, especially in sales, where you have competition. It is more advantageous and more motivating when you know that everybody is still resting while you start grinding. Hype yourself by drinking coffee, munching on a yummy dessert, listening to good music, and thinking positive thoughts.img_1296

Always be on time. You can’t be perfectly and consistently be punctual especially in the Philippines, where traffic is terrible, but at least do your best to give time allowance. Target to arrive thirty minutes before the appointment or target time, as it is better to be early than to be late. I allot two hours travel time plus traffic when I go to meetings. If you arrive too early, maximize your waiting time by doing some backend work. Since I’m in sales, I maximize my waiting time by reviewing my planner/to – do list, check and respond to emails, call a client or a business partner, etc.img_3463

Stay organized. I am such a big fan of planners and organizers. I write my schedule, my list of things to accomplish, my goals, notes, etc. Inside my planner, I have daily quotes to motivate me each day, and I personalize it to make me more inspired to work. I also use my phone to input my to do’s, so I have an easy access to my list. When you are part of a group pursuit, whether you lead it or not, write down all the details and your own deliverables and make a checklist, so you will not forget anything. Make sure that your plans are specific, measurable and time – bound. Β Other than making a plan, physically keep your things simple and properly in place, so that you’ll have a clear working space, and you don’t waste time on looking for things because they’re everywhere.


My 2017 Work Planner


Rest & reward yourself as necessary. Do not work your a** off to the point of forgetting to live your life. How would you be able to taste the fruit of your hardwork if you don’t allow yourself to relax and enjoy? Once in a while I travel, pamper myself to a nail and massage spa, and to a salon, and buy something for myself as a gift for a job well done. There is no other effective motivator than your own self.


Never let go of your passion. When you love what you do, it is much easier to move closer to success. Always chase after perfection and set high standards for yourself because you you know you can do anything when you put your heart into it. Be positive, and do not let anybody stop you from reaching your goals.

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HPE Storage Cup



Vietnam Finds

I didn’t really shop that much in Vietnam because I did not really intend to, but I was able to bring back home with me a few cool things.

Wool Cover – Up

Got this for 400K Dong (P880), though my mom got hers for 250K Dong (p550) only when we got back the next day! 😦 Haggling in Hanoi can be very tricky, I must say. Nonetheless, I love the color and quality. It’s thick, and it really looks nice with anything.


3 – in – 1 & Ground Coffee + Coffee Drip

Vietnam being the second coffee capital in the world, their coffee is my favorite! For 35K (P77) Dong Cafe Hue ground coffee and 5K (P11) Dong coffee drip, I feel like I’m still having a taste of Vietnam in my own home! So rich and delicious! I couldn’t remember how much the box of 3 – in 1 coffee was, but it tastes good! I only have one sachet left as of this writing. 😦


Longer Than Usual Mirror

80K Dong (176) for this mirror. I’m not really sure, but I haven’t seen a vertically long mirror in Manila like this. What we have is square – shaped, and half the size of this. I like the print, and it’s more convenient because reveals my whole face when I use it.

Woven Tissue Holder & Storage

I got this tissue holder for 250K Dong (P550). Aside from its design, I like it because it has a firm, thick and sturdy material. Others I’ve seen are lousy. My mom and I also bought a couple of pieces in pretty different colors & designs and sizes, which we also gave to our friends as Christmas presents.



Photo by my friend, Apple. I gave the smaller version as a gift.

Compact Plastic Utensils

I think this costs 70K Dong (P154), I’m quite unsure. This is perfect for me because I like bringing food to work, and I also like eating in the car. It’s light because it’s plastic, and very handy because it’s foldable. It already has a pair of spoon and fork, plus a pair of chopsticks.


I’m almost running out of coffee, so I hope I’d be able to find somebody who will go to Vietnam soon! πŸ™‚ There’s really nothing much to shop for in Vietnam. The best things from my trip were really more of the experience, people, culture, nature and food. πŸ™‚


December: Christmas Is Love

Christmas is my favorite season. It’s festive, and it’s the time to celebrate how good God is Β by giving back, and simply by being thankful.

December 1:


Funny quotes from my colleague, Mikki. πŸ™‚


Hello December!


Coincidence from the current book that I’m reading, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”. It was December 3, 2016 when I read that part.


December 4: Bumped into my good friend in Eastwood while waking my way to the church. Had coffee with Cris after the mass.

December 5:



Yummy dinner for my cousin’s wedding in Iloilo at Y2K Talabahan, Smallville.. Missing going to Iloilo regularly during my stay in my past company.


December 6:


Kuya Rodel’s Wedding at the Jaro Cathedral church with my relatives


HPE Accelerate Together event at Revel


December 8: Christmasy coffee at St. Luke’s after my meeting


December 9: Reunion with my Talent Acquisition/Recruitment friends at Rue Bourbon, Eastwood


Boomerang With Nico πŸ™‚

December 10: Feeding in Rancho, Marikina, a Women Nation Foundation activity


Joined by my beautiful friends, Cath, Issan and Apple.


December 11: At the wake of the father of our high school friend at Christ the King Church (reunion with my high school friends as well)


With Steph and Mary Anne


With my grade 3 bestfriend, “Myoo”. Never a dull moment with her. πŸ™‚

December 12: Dinner and wine at Poco Deli

with one of my closest friends in the office, who just transferred to a new company


All the best, CJ!



With Mikki in Ayala Triangle. Love the pink lights


December 17:


Another close colleague of mine who’s moving to a new company. This was her send – off lunch at M Cafe. Good luck, RJ!



December 18: Nice words again from Haruki Murakami, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”.



December 20: Pep Christmas party at Stockpile in Ortigas

December 22:

Brewing vietnamese coffee

Christmas dinner with Apple at Melo’s QC


Yummy baked oysters


December 24:


Shared this tribute in my previous post. Went to a friend on the day before Christmas to pay my respect to a good friend of mine, Jerico, who passed away.


Say hello to my snow man mug.


Christmas Eve


Merry Christmas! Love waking up to my nephews every Christmas Day.


December 26: Drinks @ ABV


December 29: Hong Kong Street Food Eating


No sleep! Early flight, and with only 2 hours of sleep, but I won’t waste my day sleeping all day!


December 30: Disneyland!!

Disney Parade

2016 has been rough. I’ve had my highs, and I’ve had my lows.Β 2017, be ready. πŸ™‚