9 THINGS I DID DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Guess who was caught up with so much work during the holiday season plus a lot of despedida party? Well, none other than ME!!! And that is the reason why I was not able to update this blog and my series.

So, I will just share to you the NINE THINGS I did to make probably my last holiday here in Manila more memorable.

1. I FEASTED ON GREAT FOOD
As most of you know, I am also a #foodie and I do most of my reviews on Zomato. And I wanna share with you my TOP 5 Restaurants of all time:

  • Bistro Charlemagne
    This concept restaurant by Little Asia that will make you feel like you are a king or queen even without a crown is owned by Charlemagne Lim and since the day they opened in Ayala Malls Feliz, I am not just a fan but more of a regular customer. They even featured one of my visits on their Social Media accounts!
    To know more about Bistro Charlemagne, you can check out their Facebook or Instagram account. You can also check out my review on Zomato.

    Crispy Fish Fingers – my favorite
    With Charlemagne, the owner of the restaurant

    Reese’s S’mores — my favorite dessert
  • Paradise Dynasty
    The home of 8 flavored Xiao Long Bao now has 3 branches — S Maison, Podium and SM Aura. But the quality of the service does not change and not to mention the quality of the food.
    My top recommendations are the following: 8 flavored Xiao Long Bao, Original Xiao Long Bao, La Mian (Scallion) and Charcoal Custard Lava Bun.
  • Teppanya
    Teppanyaki is the way of cooking the food on a metal grill at the center of the dining table. And it has became a concept already however, Teppanya is one of those restaurants that aims to elevate the Japanese dining experience as they have a lot to offer. Not to mention, they have a variety of both ala-carte and set meals.
    Teppanya is currently located in SM Clark, Evia Lifestyle Center and North Towers at SM North EDSA
  • Nanka
    I discovered this restaurant through my blogger friend, Jen Santana and she decided to bring me and another friend here one Wednesday afternoon as their send-off/despedida party for me. Nanka serves Japanese dishes with a twist of Latin and American style of cooking.
    To know more about Nanka, you can check them out on Zomato. And you can also check out my review here.
  • INT
    Is a hidden bar in Cubao Expo that is really serious in educating people about mixing drinks. If you will see their drinks list, the level of bitterness, smokiness and other factors is measured.
    To know more about INT, you can check it out here, also read my review on Zomato here.

2. I DRANK A LOT OF COFFEE
Admit it or not, we want to have a hot coffee that will help us get through the cold weather or probably a cup that can fight out our laziness and give you lots of good/productive juju.

But in my case, drinking coffee is a part of my creative process and without it, I am not gonna be productive at all. Drinking a cup is a must but whenever its planner season, “I should hold my meetings at a CBTL branch.” is a must.

Chocolate Nut Latte

3. I COLLECTED PLANNERS
I am that person who plans my day carefully, list down important life events and chooses to have an “all-in” journal/planner and organizer. And if you know me personally, I really love The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for a lot of reasons and one of those is their yearly planner, more known as The Giving Journal. And the journal does not just act as a planner wherein you plan your day — it also allows you to jot down notes, track/rate yourself on certain aspects, having weekly reflections and reflect on how your month went.

And I was able to collect a total of 43 planners. My goal was to collect 40 planners but I am grateful that I am pressing on towards having 44 planners until January 27. (Yup! You’ve read it, the stamping period is extended until the 27th so get some more stamp!)

One of the recipients of the planners I got from CBTL
My planner with my favorite drink — Chocolate Nut Latte
Look at that Gold Plate in my planner.

4. I REFLECTED ON HOW 2018 WENT
2018 was a very tough year for me — being tested in every aspect, my past failures falling like scabs and with a very uncertain tomorrow/future. However, as I look back at those things I wrote on the journal, I am grateful that God intervened and gave me so much opportunities to grow in every aspect where I was being tested.

5. I CELEBRATED IT WITH MY NEW FOUND COMMUNITY
To be honest, its rare to find a group that can set aside competition and focus on building up each other instead while helping out restaurants in our own little way. And since August, I’ve been hanging out with my friends from #WeLoveToEatPH. What started as a Group Chat to share our love for food grew and became a safe space where we can be honest and spontaneous at the same time. And lastly, supports each other in whatever way we can.

During our Foodie Meet-Up at Sartin
Foodie Meet-Up in Teppanya, Evia
Chateubriand Foodie Meet-Up

6. I CHOSE TO LISTEN TO MY BODY
I am that type of person who does not listen to my body well. Like to be honest, I have those days wherein I forget to put Sunflower Oil on my face or I forget to take care of my nails or treat myself over a massage or facial ‘coz I deserve it after all. And for the holiday season alone, I was able to have a great foot massage at Nuat Thai, two sessions of Acne Solutions Facial at Bench Skin Expert particularly at their Glorietta 4 branch look for Ms. Edna and Dra. Cha Zosa ‘coz you can ask them everything! And hair cut from Bench Fix Salon particularly their Glorietta 4 branch look for Choi! He is really the best.

7. I DID CATCH UP WITH MY FRIENDS OVER DINNER OR COFFEE
I must admit that I have those days wherein I just really wanna give-up or shut down from the world by deactivating all of my Social Media accounts ‘coz everyone and everything is so busy. However, I am beyond grateful for people who became my support and would take time to be with me even just for a couple of hours without touching our gadgets.

8. I THREW AWAY WHAT DOES NOT SPARK JOY ANYMORE
Because I am already moving to Bacolod, I needed to give-up a lot of the things that I am not using anymore or that does not spark joy to me anymore. I did let go of a lot of papers that are precious to me because whenever I see that particular pile, I remember how it all began. But, I know that I need to let go of them at some point. So what I did is, I did put them all together and I donated it to a factory that can turn them into papers again.
And I am selling those that are still usable like my books and some notebooks too.

9. I CHOSE TO GIVE BACK THE GLORY TO WHOM ITS DUE
2018 was the year wherein I almost did not attend church at all. But I fully decided that I will end 2018 and start 2019 seeking God. And I remember praying this prayer “Lord, may I learn to love like I have unlimited supply.” and to be honest, I realized that as I was praying those words repeatedly, I am sure I am capable of doing so ‘coz He is with me and He never leaves me.

My prayer for 2019

 This is my prayer for you as well.

So, yeah! This is how I spent my holidays. How did you spent yours? What are your goals this 2019? Share it at the comments section below!

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