Posted on February 4th, 2011 by Kristel

This is it. This will be my blog’s home. I opted to choose a shorter name than my previous blog. There are still some tweaks that I am currently doing but this is where I will be posting my entries from now on. I hope you can follow my stories about my craziness and time-to-time adventures.

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Elbert’s Steak Room: Prime Rib Haven

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by Kristel

I’m back soon enough? Hehe. I’m trying to keep my word and write ever so often, all for sanity’s sake. Anyway, it’s no secret that I like eating steaks. I don’t particularly like beef, but when it comes to steak (and salpicao), it would be very difficult for me to say no. Hehe. Anyway, so Elbert’s Steak Room has always been on top of my list to try to for so many years (I think for 8 long years) so, during my birthday last year, I figured, there is an excuse I could use to spoil myself a little. Smile with tongue out So, luckily, the place was only a few minutes drive from where I am working so it was not hard to get to that place.

Pardon the anime looking excited to eat face

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Surfing in Daet

Posted on April 26th, 2015 by Kristel

Hi guys! Do you still know me? Hahahaha. I know, I know, it has been so long since I’ve written here. Believe me, I so miss writing and editing photos and putting up a blog post, re-reading the post, editing, saving and publishing. Haha. Sorry, I’m rambling. But really, I miss it all. The past few months have been so hectic. I seem to have been using that excuse about each and every hobby that I have but seriously, all I want to do during my free time is to lay down on my bed and doze off. I am not even keeping well with the news, local or international. Hay. That has to change really soon because my sanity is hanging by a thread.

Anywaaaaay. I’d just like to quickly write about my recent surfing experience in a new surf spot… while I can still remember the feeling. So after more than a year of surfing hiatus, I was finally able to do it again… unexpectedly. I did not know there was going to be surfing in the trip to Camarines Norte. A place called Bagasbas. I have heard of the place before but I did not know that the trip to Calaguas Island included a side-trip to Daet, where Bagasbas beach is.

My dorky stoked pose


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‘Til Then 2014! Hello 2015!

Posted on December 31st, 2014 by Kristel

Happy new year folks! Smile I miss being able to just sit down and think about things for a bit. It has really been a whirlwind 2014 for me, I could still vividly remember how 2013 ended and how I ushered 2014 and now, 2015 is here! Where did time go?

Truth be told, I find 2014 treated me really well. There were just so much blessings, I often found it difficult to ask for more. I wish I have the power to stop time though and just sit down and appreciate all the blessings which were given to me. The usual ups and downs were there but I’m forever grateful for the family and friends that I have. Smile

Anyhow, before I bore you with my 2014 photos, I want to close off 2014 with a run down of questions below. Smile with tongue out Just because. Haha.

Year-ender questionnaire:

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? A lot! Going to Scandinavia for one. Hehe. Still continuing to live by that “just say yes” way of life. I’m not sure if that’s getting me somewhere but it has definitely got me doing things I have never done before.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I was able to focus more on my health but I’m scared that it might not be the case by doing this gig I’m currently in. I’ll still strive to catch more sleep though.

3. Did anyone close to you die? No, hell no.

4. Did anyone close to you give birth? I can’t remember anyone close who did.

5. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? I won’t say it was lacking in 2014 because I definitely did a lot of traveling. So maybe, more adventure and thoughtful decisions.

6. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Travel in general. Smile

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Jumping from one career path to another. I don’t think I’m there yet by my standards but it makes a whole lot of difference when people believe you can actually do something that seems so farfetched.

8. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major, just the occasional colds or flu so I’m really thankful for that.

9. What was the best thing you bought? Material thing would be my so awesome camera! I’m still amazed by it. Haha. Non-material would be plane tickets, it’s always a good idea, people! Buy that ticket! Hehe.

10. Whose behavior merited celebration? Friends who have taken a leap to follow their happiness. Friends who give me great insights, even unsolicited ones. Friends who are family to me and have welcomed me to theirs.

11. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I hate it when people think that you owe them just because they are doing something that is supposed to be their job in the first place. That sense of entitlement just sends me over the edge, hay. Those people who lack humility. Tsk.

12. Where did most of your money go? Wahahahahaha. Am I even going to spell it here? Travel and food. It’s always going to be travel and food. LOL. Soon enough I hope something adds to this that is a bit more long term. Winking smile

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Honestly speaking, Boracay and Coron trips. Boracay because, I’m not kidding nor exaggerating, it is home for me and Coron because it was my first time to go to Palawan. I didn’t realize how much of a beach person I am. Hehe.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014? Magic’s Don’t Kill the Magic. Hehe. It’s catchy and awesome. Also loving Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:    
Happier or sadder? Definitely happier.
Richer or poorer? Debatable, are we factoring in inflation? Hahahaha. I hope richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Surfing, writing and photography. Also I wish I had done more research regarding purchasing a home. I would always be too lazy to do so once I reach my house because all I want to do these days is just lay in bed while watching TV series ‘til I pass out. Hehe. Too tired.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Hmmm…I wish I could get more productive if I aim to get out of the office earlier.

18. How will you be spending Christmas? Spent it quietly. Eve of it was spent in the office, Chinese lunch (buns buns buns!) then waited for midnight for some feast. Gulped 750ml rose wine which was awesome, and then rested. Smile Christmas Day was steak dinner with family. I think I’ve had enough of steak to last me for a while.

19. Did you fall in love in 2014? I have not thought about it and no, I’m not thinking about it now. Haha. When I am made to feel like it will matter or make a difference, that is the time when I’ll cross that freaking bridge. Smile with tongue out

20. What was your favorite TV program? The Newsroom, which sadly ended. A new one would be How To Get Away with Murder and The Flash. I am still hooked on Scandal, Elementary, TVD, The Originals, etc.

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope Smile

22. What was the best book you read? I can’t remember finishing any books this year. I know, boo.

23. What was your greatest musical discovery? Probably Magic, because I like reggae Open-mouthed smile. Ed Sheeran continues to be such a sweetheart though, singing around and melting people’s hearts. Hehe.

24. What did you want and got? I got to see a different (more awesome) side of Baguio. Bali was so much fun, so fun that I burned my skin pretty seriously. Quick Fuego getaway, going to Northern Europe which was 3 years in the making if I remember it correctly. Then that Tokyo trip – with so much food trip. Followed by that Kuala Lumpur trip – again, food tripping plus so yummy and cheap beer. Experiencing Masskara (an overnight trip!) in Bacolod, then Boracay (yey for beach!) and Coron. Smile

25. What was your fave film of this year? Nothing thought provoking, haha. I liked the Guardians of the Galaxy.

26. What did you do on your birthday? Birthday was work day for me, although I really prefer going to the office. Hehe. Steak lunch at a restaurant that I was meaning to try for so long – so that was good. Then, dinner with family at an ancestral home in Malacañang – which was something I wanted to try as well. That weekend was spent relaxing with home cooked meal (yey!!!) at a house in Subic, then a few days after was dinner with my siblings. Weeks after, I bought food and some booze for our Fuego outing.

27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? Lace I think. I loved apparel with laces although I still stuck it out with plain prints and solid colors Smile

28. What kept you sane? Hope I think. These days it would be any form of escape from daily routine. Hehe. A vacation planned would definitely be welcomed! Hay, I miss travel.

29. Which celebrity figure you fancy the most? Still Ian Somerhalder Smile with tongue out

30. Who was the best new person you met? Lots actually, hope some of them stay for some time Smile

31. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014? I just read this a few days ago “No one who ever gave his best regretted it”. Such a nice thought, and true too. Enjoy life. Make time for people whom you care about and who care about you. Value time and value people. Smile (Sorry I’m rambling).

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My Only Wish This Year…

Posted on December 24th, 2014 by Kristel

It has been ages since I have written a blog post that I found it hard to navigate my own blog page and Windows Live Writer. Oh my, I have to do something about that. Haha. These past few days have been truly a whirlwind for me, it was overwhelming. I was too busy that I haven’t even had the time to go around malls to look for gifts, eeeeeep! I hope I can do that in the next few days.

Anyway, my wish is that each and everyone of you get to spend Christmas with your love ones, enjoy the holidays! Smile

Photo 12-24-14, 8 17 19 PM

As for my only wish, well, I’m just praying and trying to put it out there. I’ve been good Santa, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Smile with tongue out I hope to be back posting blogs soon enough! Merry Christmas loves! Smile

Japanese Food at Nihonbashi tei

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Kristel

All this time I thought I already blogged about Nihonbashi Tei, only because it has been so long since I first checked this place out. It is seldom that I would even take photos of the food I eat whenever I visit. But after a long while of not eating there, I had to look for ideas on what to order so I visited my blog for reference. Lo and behold, I could not find an entry. Hehe. Hay, must be because my brain is all over the place these days.

Anyway, this Japanese establishment along Pasay Road serves reasonable priced delicious food, especially relative to restaurants in Little Tokyo. And, they have all sorts of Japanese food available (I can’t recall if they have okonomiyaki though), may it be ramen, takoyaki, katsu, teppanyaki, etc.

Anyhow, I am just going to do a quick rundown on the food which are usually ordered.

Okonomiyaki is usually ordered for snacks. Nihonbashitei’s version is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, served hot. A good appetizer to order, especially if you are really hungry.

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