Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Varied Organic Food Choices at Rustan's Marketplace

Welcome 2015! Happy new year! I've been remiss, yet again, in updating HFTW. I've spent almost one month in the Philippines for the holidays and now I'm back in the Little Red Dot. So hard to do a recap of 2014. It has been an interesting year, one with heartaches, uncertainties, and yet a lot of emotional growth. How would you describe yours?

Festive Holiday Decor at Powerplant
No one does Holiday cheer better than the Philippines. :)

So I was in Metro Manila for a few days the first week of this year to get some errands done and we stayed at the Joya Tower in Rockwell. I'll be writing a separate post re the accommodation later on but let me just share with you, and I was very ecstatic, to find so many organic choices under one roof! I love, love, love it and it made me wish we were still living in Metro Manila.

Read more after the jump!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Little Girl Turns 5!

My little girl turned 5 a week ago! I know cliche, but how time flies! She had a Disney Frozen inspired birthday party at school and it was one heck of a blast. Imagine having a party for 40 kids! It definitely was not easy and was eventually scaled down in the end when the toddlers were separated from the group.

euna turns 5

I initially did not want to have a big party as she had a HUGE one last year. I did not want to spend too much but since we moved to Singapore and our little girl didn't seem to be having an easy time fitting in, I thought having a birthday party for her at school would make things better. On top of that, I had loads of free time, so why not?

Find out how I (with loads of help from my sister and in-laws) DIY'd a Frozen birthday party in Singapore after the jump!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Accommodation Review: Coco Grove Siquijor

It has been over a year since my family had our vacation in Visayas visiting Siquijor, Dumaguete, and then Sumilon in Cebu last February. There might be new accommodations now but last year, Coco Grove was the best option available in Siquijor.

One of the things that stresses me is arriving at any new place and haggling for a ride to the hotel/resort. So this instance, since I did not want the hassle anymore, I asked for Coco Groves's pickup service (charged separately). The van was already there waiting when the ferry docked in Siquijor and it was an uneventful few minutes ride to the resort. We arrived nearly dusk and so were greeted with this fabulous sunset.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

More details of Coco Grove Siquijor after the jump!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Observations from Yolanda

Days leading up to Yolanda, I was hearing news about it but was not really on top of the news. When Saturday rolled around, I was very surprised and saddened when I first saw the reports of both big media channels in the Philippines, GMA and ABS CBN. Certain by then that there will be several hundred casualties, at least.

The following days, I kept tabs of the news but barely any was trickling in. I'd google and I would wonder, "Where the hell is the news?". Where is the planned operations after? Where's the coordinated effort? Who's managing the relief and rehab operations? Why isn't he/she providing status updates to the Filipino people? What's being done? I kept mum over the issue for several days until Anderson Cooper's CNN Update. Nothing's being done in Tacloban, at least nothing in the scale that he is expecting. All hell broke loose after that. People were up in arms over that news. I was up in arms over that news. 

Some perspective: Prior to Yolanda, the country was glued to the Napoles case, the biggest corruption case in Philippine history shedding light on how public funds are being channeled right under the public's nose. You can read how that happens here