Best Gifts

Most often, people find it difficult to find the best gift they could give to their friends and loved ones. I too have a had a share of this experience. I usually have a hard time thinking of something that I haven’t given them or anything that they can’t easily find nor afford.

It’s been three weeks now and I’ve been wanting to share the top three birthday presents I have received last month. These items may not be pricey nor unusual, but the stories behind it made it all priceless and unique.

1. Something I can afford, but not keen on buying: Havaianas flip-flops.

My circle of friends doesn’t usually give gifts to each other except during Christmas so I wasn’t expecting LAD would give me a gift. It just so happens that her officemate was selling a few last pieces and broken sizes of Havaianas slippers for a fraction of the original price. She figured it was a good deal and remembered I don’t own a pair. It was a blessing in disguise since I find it impractical to spend much for a pair of slippers.

2. Something poetic and funny (bordering to corny ๐Ÿ˜€ ): world pendant necklace

Anna (who happens to own an online costume jewelry shop, Love Spell Jewels), usually gives me free jewelry items. This time she gave me this lovely brass necklace with a world pendant. She handed it over to me and said, “I’m giving the world to you, Jen!” She’s the sweetest! Need I say more? ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Something I asked as a favor and something I couldn’t have in the next one year or even five years! 14 bills of different currencies.

I’ve been collecting keychains from all over the Philippines and the world. It’s either I buy it or it’s given to me as a present from friends and work colleagues. Later on I figured I wanted something different, something of value. Since my sister is a flight attendant, I asked her if she could keep some small bills of different currencies from her travels. I never thought she would take it seriously until she handed me an envelope with 14 bills of different currencies. I was so touched just thinking she remembered my simple request every time she’s on a flight. Awww…

So that concludes my top three best gifts. More than the gifts and the stories behind it, it’s the people that makes these all special.


Chill Factorโ„ข Colour Blast Slushy Maker: Does It Really Work?

Childhood dream… melted away.

I bought one of these Chill Factorโ„ข Colour Blast Slushy Maker worth PhP669.95 at S&R two weeks ago. To my dismay, it didn’t work despite leaving the cup in the freezer for several days.

I returned the item to S&R and had it replaced last week. Yet again, disappointed. So I finally gave up on it and decided to have it exchanged for another item this evening.

I guess that lot (specifically the green ones) was defective; not enough cooling liquid inside the cup wall. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Indeed Controversial: The Interview (2014)

I just finished watching one of the most controversial online film of 2014, The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. What were they thinking?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The film is indeed packed with controversy, insanely mad yet equally entertaining. Brace for raunchy comedic scenes and some morbidity despite the sensitive issues relating to North Korea and its Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. See for yourself.

To watch the full-length movie, just check out the film’s official site here.

In unison with Skylark, signing off…

Glad I did this before 30: Indeed an underwater garden

Still on Day 2 – Aug 21, 2011

It was still early in the morning and yet our first stop at the Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck already topped our island hopping agenda. The best was yet to come as we headed to the the Bintuan Coral Garden. Just the same, the sea was so calm but you’d be occasionally surprised with a school of flying fish ๐Ÿ™‚

It was indeed an underwater garden with a variety of hard and soft corals bursting in different colors. Bohol‘s Balicasag Island doesn’t compare to this coral reef at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

foliase or cabbage coral

devil's hand or finger coral

green table coral


the threatened clown fish

xenia soft coral

brain coral

this maze coral actually resembles a rotten apple ๐Ÿ™‚

elegance coral

mushroom coral

toadstool leather coral

flat cupcakes?

this purple staghorn coral seems to glow in the dark ๐Ÿ™‚

the biggest clown fish I've seen so far...about the size of my hand...

i bet it's telling me to back off...

To be continued…

Glad I did this before 30: The first shipwreck experience

Day 2 – Aug 21, 2011

We were hoping for a good weather the following day as we began the first of our three-day Calamian Islands hopping. Fortunately, it wasn’t too sunny and the water was placid.

boat ride to Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck

Our tour guide got loads of trivia to share during the boat ride. He mentioned that most of the islands were owned by private foreign citizens. What sucks is these islands were sold by the Tagbanuas only for a few thousand pesos!

if I were born & filthy rich back then, I could have bought this island

Our first stop wasn’t actually an island but a shipwreck [Lusong Gunboat]. I was really looking forward to it as I haven’t seen one and the tour guide mentioned that it actually sunk in shallow waters so you can readily see the remains of the ship. Relieved, my new Pentax Optio WG-1 camera was able to capture these great underwater photos! But of course, I had to do a little photo editing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Imagine the ship sideways teeming with corals and schools of fish. Quite frankly, I was too scared to get near and step on the shipwreck as it was kind of rusty. Haha…

But wait, there’s more….