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2016 : In Text and Photos

The year that was and the year that will be…

2016 is not the best year but it’s a year full of new beginnings and bittersweet endings. I’ve written my frustrations and unanswered prayers in my previous blog posts and I won’t rehash it anymore.

December of last year, I decided not to expect much on what 2016 can actually bring into my life. I promised myself to be more open-minded and just let life happen.

I made 2016 my travel year and indeed I got what I wanted — memories and experiences that made me realized how beautiful life can actually be. I went to places I’ve never been to and created new memories from the places I’ve been to before.

In 2017, I want a monthly travel plan like what I tried to achieve last year.

February 

  • Iloilo City day trip

March

  •  Church, Cebu
  • Cagayan de Oro 
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental 

April

  • Boracay Island

May

  • Bantayan Island,Cebu

August

  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Pagudpud
  • Laoag
  • Vigan 
  • Cordillera 
  • Baguio City
  • Tagaytay 

September 

  • La Carlota City

October 

  • Puka Beach, Boracay 

November 

  • Gary’s Punong, Silay City
  • Dumaguete City

December 

  • Don Salvador Benedicto 

Oh… the places I will go!

2016 taught me to embrace change and I had a surprise of my life when I got transferred to another program. It was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster but I’m glad that I was able to adjust. New team and new colleagues, I’m back to where I’ve started and it’s starting to feel like home.

I failed my 2016 goal but being top team for FCR last Q3 is not bad. A reminder that I don’t totally get what I usually want, TOP TEAM.  I remembered how my ASNP life was, great times with lots of achievements and recognitions. Oh well, I guess I’m simply glad that I met new bunch of people who became a great part of my 2016. 

I got new set of friends this year but still having great times with the old ones.

I’ve been to a lot of events for the first time.

  • Lights of Bago 2016
  • Boom: Music fest 
  • Boyce Avenue Concert
  • Tito Nonoy’s wake
  • RTNHS alumni homecoming 
  • Laboracay 2016
  • Site Recognitions 
  • Birthday Parties 
  • Give a Bag of Hope 2
  • Masskara Festival 
  • Random meet ups and get together
  • Empire : CVG Christmas Party 
  • HSD Gift Giving 

    It’s my first to open a passbook savings account and bought an insurance for myself. This is to ensure my future and be financially independent moving forward.

    Now, despite me going to the gym for the first time last October to be stronger and to shed off some excess fats I still cannot help but indulge myself to new restaurants and café.

    Top 10 favorite places to dine and chill

    • Starbucks
    • Vikings
    • Merkado 
    • Miren Café 
    • Manhattan’s Fleet Gastropub
    • Bob’s Café
    • Delicioso 
    • Bascon Café 
    • Calea 
    • Cantina Mondo 

    Food trippin’

    I am a food junkie who loves to eat and chill.

    Coffee and Alcohol 

    always been my refuge since my mind and heart usually have irreconcilable differences. 

    And vanity continues this 2017…

    9 Best Selfie moments!!! 😂

    Ain’t tired of my face… thank God for the gift of youthfulness. 😂

    I let God take the driver’s seat. I won’t push him anymore to grant my heart’s desires for I know that all good things come to those who wait. I won’t sulk for all the unanswered prayers. I won’t punish myself for the mistakes I did. I won’t live my life with regrets. I will stop holding on to people who doesn’t take an extra mile to be there for me and to show how important I am. I will not settle for less than I deserve just because I don’t have an option. I will stop having too much faith in humanity for it’ll just be another disappointing memory to bear. I will keep on controlling the beast in me because I know how asshole I can be. I should know better and be the bigger person no matter what. I won’t let my anger control me because it’ll end up with something I’ll just regret. I hope I’ll still be more motivated to write and let people know my other side. I hope to inspire others through my words and lastly, I hope to find the incomplete pieces of my life’s puzzle. The blank spaces haunt me, wanting to be filled soon.

    I don’t expect much for 2017. I’ll just embrace it as it unfolds another chapter of my life. Whatever happens whether it’ll turn out to be great or not I know for sure that it will make me a better person. I know I’ll be frustrated again, probably shed buckets of tears or worst encounter another heartbreaking moment. I’ll take whatever God’s challenge will be, as if I have a better choice. Anyways, I choose to chill and I will keep on choosing things and people that will make me happy. Life’s short as they say so why choose to suffer?

     Live and let go for life is meant to be experienced and discovered. Hey 2017, what’s up? I’m definitely ready for you.

    XOXO,

    Carol  😘

     

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    Posted by on January 1, 2017 in adventures, art, food, personal, travel, writing

     

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    The Day Before I Turned 25

    Minutes before midnight, I’m sitting alone waiting for the bus to finally come and take me home. It’s been a long spontaneous day for me.

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    It’s been a long day and I did crazy stuffs I won’t regret doing. I actually feel a little sad, well depressed is the exact word for no reasons at all. I’m sad because I’m getting older and nothing seems to be happening in my life — quarter life crisis thingy. I feel shitty today so  I decided to date myself after my friends turned down my various offers.

    Fine, since I’m stubborn I did go to the mall and unwind. I know I’ve been working too hard lately, I just need to breathe. I treated myself with an iced caramel machiatto and watched people. I miss people watching at dusk so I’m pretty much glad I was able spend at least 30 minutes of savoring my coffee as various thoughts cloud my mind. I also got my first sticker!  Yey!

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    I also did the unthinkable, walking in a notorious street alone. I went to Baywalk — Bacolod’s famous chill place to try karting. I’ve been an adrenaline junkie. My first lap was actually a disaster because I’ve crashed on tires but nevertheless it was frigging AWESOME! My smile was actually tattooed, yep I was smiling the whole time I hit the gas. It’s been my dream, to buy my own car and learn to drive. I wanted to be a race car driver… Herbie was actually my favorite childhood movie. Lindsay Lohan was amazing in her role. Blah blah blah. Haha

    Again, I had fun in the track even though I  had boo boos and been a major hassle to the caretaker. I want to try those car drifts. I want that freaking speed. I want it like I never wanted something before. It has been my dream…

    After my nerve wracking experience, I visited St. John Paul II tower. It was a humbling experience.

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    He’ll always be my favorite Pope.  🙂

    The view on top of the tower is actually beautiful. It reminded me of my Cebu vacation. I must say, this is staycation at its best.

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    Beautiful boque lights…

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    SM City Bacolod from the tower.

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    I swear, I could have tried this before but I didn’t take the risk.

    I stroll around SM City after my Pope John Paul II tower experience. I am not in the mood to go home yet so I used the movie ticket I won to watch Big Hero 6. It was a very nice movie I didn’t regret watching.

    It’s 12am. 

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    Happy silver year to me!

    I’m still waiting for the bus. It’s like waiting for eternity.

    I’m embracing a lot of problems this year.  Quarter life crisis taking its toll and life issues that will surely heighten my emotions once again. Oh God, I need you big time, this time.

    Anyways, let me take this chance to say my thanks to you Oh Lord for the never ending patience and blessings. Thank you too for giving me the wisdom to understand that life won’t usually go as what I’ve planned it to be and that circumstances really do happen to test my faith and trust in you. Well, I won’t easily give up. Your plans are way better than mine so whatever it is, I lift my uncertainties to you. Thanks a lot for not giving up on me for the past 25 years. I owe you a lot my Lord. Please guide me still in every decision I make. All in God’s perfect time, Amen.  🙂

     
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    Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

     

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    Express Thoughts.

    Coffee.

    I just can’t figure out how this cup can make my mind flooded by thoughts. Earlier today, I found myself in a room that made me awe. It’s this dream I have back then, it’s this dream that make me feel enormous if I pursue it and it’s the same dream I’ve let go for years already. The courtroom always give me that sense of belonging I never have ever felt in my existence. It’s like blogging too, I can feel the rush of passion running in my veins and slowing my heartbeat. It’s that moment when you know you’re in the right path.

    But not all dreams come true…

    I don’t want to be a lawyer anymore just because I want my life less complicated. I want a life full of adventures, excitement and fun but never a life spent mostly in books, analyzing and interpreting facts as well as defending those who needs your brains. Oh well.

    I’m not quite sure why I’m blabbing this right now. I feel like blogging after a cup of Joe I intake before my shift starts.

     
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    Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

     

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    12/07: Coffee

    “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” – Cassandra Clare

    Tonight, I decided to pamper myself. I was so frustrated or should I say I feel so dumb because I really have no freaking idea about our accounting case study. I feel so stupid. Oh well.

    Anyways, life is short to be frustrated and I’m not the types who easily quits. I just want to rest today and enjoy the rest of my December 7.

    I’m out with friends, sharing life stories over a cup coffee. I wish people will take time to reminisce the old times and catch up with good old friends.

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    It has been a long night. I’m still chilling…

     
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    Posted by on December 7, 2013 in life, people

     

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    07/31 – Day 251: Coffee

    To keep me sane on late night shifts… my favorite coffee in a sachet, Kopiko Kopiccino. Make your own frothe design after pouring the choco granules.

     
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    Posted by on August 9, 2012 in drink, life, work

     

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    05/03 – Day 162: Brew Me!

    I love brewed coffee.
    I love iced brewed coffee more.
    I love coffee.

    Okay, I don’t want to sound so poetic today but this iced coffee made my afternoon. I just sit back, sipped and chilled while surfing the internet.

    Lunch breaks like this is surely to die for. 🙂

     
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    Posted by on May 6, 2012 in drink

     

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    03/12 – Day 110: White Mocha Frost Monday

    The best way to spend your Monday is to catch up with a friend over coffee and recall the best of your college memories. 🙂

     
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    Posted by on March 12, 2012 in drink, life

     

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