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Friday, January 31, 2014

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How We Celebrated Chinese New Year!

Ok so most people in Manila who don't want to bother celebrating along a crowd of locals and tourists in Binondo, have eating Chinese food as their way of joining the festivity.  Unfortunately my sister, her boyfriend and brother are those people.  I, on the other hand, had already lined up an awesome itinerary, with us having to go to Binondo, try authentic Chinese food, watch the dragon dance and buy tikoy, a sticky rice cake.

But since that's 1 verses 3, I had no choice but to go with their idea.

So we went to Greenhills, and hit this Singaporean resto, Crystal Jade to eat some Chinese food

The food my sister ordered were sweet fried eel,

fried rice

flavored and original (wasn't able to take a picture of) Xiao long bao

All in all the bill was around P1116.  It was satisfying and was enough for the 4 of us.

sister and boyfie

We also bought ube tikoy in this stall, and ate some yogurt before heading home.

To finally cap this Chinese New Year celebration, we ate fried tikoy with kiat kiat (orange) for dessert.

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

May this be a year of prosperous beginnings for you.
Publisher: Shy - Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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3 Awesome Keys to Happiness and Confidence that Could Change Your Life Forever.

This morning I had to remind myself of life changing principles and ideas in life that I've had heard and learned before.  And it always feels good to feed in sensible life lessons to jumpstart my day.

Here are the gems, as I may call them, that I want to share with you all.

1. The keys to happiness are:
- Focus on what you can do and let of the things you can't do.
- Be surrounded with high quality people who bring support, love and have your best interest in mind
- Have something to look forward to.  This will keep you excited in life.

2.  The keys to confidence are:
- Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
- Give yourself the assurance and right positive talk to weather you down during rough times
- Keep a good perception.

Makes sense huh?

Happy Morning everyone! <3

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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What we Easily Miss out in Our Journey through Life.

I haven't really told anyone this, but this is something that just came to me whilst getting lost in Hongkong and it's about finding your way.

Of course, it always happens. 


Getting lost and finding yourself back to where you started or to where you want to go

But more than that it is during the finding your way thing did I got the light bulb.  It is when you finally see a sign pointing you to a direction.  To the left or to the right, turning your way and moving forward, and you would notice that your anxiety would build up, as you move along that straight path, eager to find another sign that would point you to another direction.  And it's from point A to point B, do we spend most of our lives in.  I realized that despite the anxiety of not knowing or not being sure, we should learn to chill and appreciate the flowers and just enjoy the present moment that you're living.  Yes we've heard about this from many texts on books or on tv, but it's a different thing applying it

So this is something I need, and maybe all of you need to learn and apply.  To just chill, relax, and enjoy the ride while waiting for the next sign.

Just a friendly and a thoughtful reminder brought to you by Shy who loves to walk on foot

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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See Marikina Almost 2 years After the Flood

I was in Marikina a few days ago and while I was observing it keenly, I couldn't put myself to believe that this town was drowned by floodwater not too long ago.  Two years ago, a deadly typhoon started pouring in hard, drawing in floodwater as high as the rooftops.

To brush up on my memory, I revisited the photos, finding myself even awe-struck that such devastation happened to them.


Such resiliency indeed.

Images of Flooded Marikina Source: mabuhaycity
Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Scrumptuous Sundays in Legaspi Market

Ok.  What to do on a Sunday morning after church or a long sleep?  Why visit Legaspi Market of course.  Not so many people know this but if you have done a bit of traveling yourself, you know that in most Asian countries, tourists and local people alike hit the hawkers for some good, quality breakfast or dinner

Now it just so happened that Makati, baby, is the place to be.  For Saturdays, it's Salcedo market, and for Sundays, it's Legaspi.  Both markets are located in the heart of Makati, finding a home in  metropolitan parking lots.

Like Salcedo market, Legaspi market boasts of food from varied countries -  Persian, Moroccan, Japanese, Thai, Australian, are amongst others.  It doesn't have all the cuisines of course, but it has enough to make your palettes sing for joy.

Enough with the talk and on with the pictures.

For bohemian aficionados out there, this stall in particular is a real treat!

Pad thai anyone?

That's me getting curious and spying on a stall.

My sister's Belgian waffle.

My sister, and her waffle... and her other "waffle".

Awwww waffle love. <3

I did notice some sellers from Salcedo are participating here.  One difference I've spotted though is that this market also sells bohemian items, and a number of organic beauty products

If you're a fan of food, health, variety, and well, adventure, then Legaspi market is the place to be!
Publisher: Shy - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

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Why It's OK to be Alone.


Ok.  I admit it.  This is me trying to convince myself why.  Sometimes I would enumerate in my head these reasons but ended up sliding down to this cushion of sadness, and then snapping myself out of it again by remembering the list I've made just seconds ago, forgetting some points along the way.  And this goes on and on especially when I'm in places I haven't been to before or when I'm in a social event, like earlier there was a band playing right in front of Araneta Colliseum, so spectators including me crowd around them.  I happened to be standing at the back of 2 couples snuggling close to each other.  And you know how this situation feels. It was all the feels.  All the bad feels that is.

So here I am , low and bitter, trying to come up with a list - this time a written one - hoping in the end I could have a very good argument why it is OK to be alone.

- They say that successful people are masters of perception.  So instead of me branding my being solo as "alone" I should instead call it "adventurer" or "independent" or "empowered".

Not convinced: I'd surely be happier when with a company, and wouldn't trade a good conversation with a feeling of empowerment... whatever that means.

- When people have time to think negatively, they aren't doing what they're supposed to do.  A wake up call to get back to the essential which are pursuing dreams and fulfilling responsibilities for self an others.

Makes sense...

- Just because you don't have a partner who affirms your existence or who would remind you that you're loved, doesn't mean you're not loveable.  The lack of affirmation doesn't make you less of a person. If no one shows you that, it's a need for you to show it to yourself by loving yourself more.  Exercise, eat right, and again pursue your dreams.  You have a lot of things to do.  So get off the negaland and get back to your own.  Do your thing!

Spirits up! Up and awayyy!

So in conclusion, the pain of sadness could be a good determinant that you're not loving yourself enough. 

Focus on your time and energy on becoming a better and productive you and everything would be easier.

Publisher: Shy - Friday, January 24, 2014
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