Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12 months of my 2014 were AMAZING!

January 2014

Boom! US visa approved with 10 years validity. In 2013, I already set my mind that I will be going for vacation in the US by 2014. I learned that, once you set your mind to achieve your goals, it will happen, as long as you don't procrastinate.

Joined the Dubai Marathon and finished the 10k run.

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February 2014

I had a meeting with my friends and made a little fulfilling history for our 2014. We are hoping for more blessings to come.

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March 2014

You may find this shallow, but this pixie haircut has been a plan for the longest time. Finally, got it right. Hairstyle made in the US.

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April 2014

From March to April, I had a wonderful 28 days vacation in the US. It was the most amazing thing happened to me.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
Gatlinburg, Tennesse, USA

US Vacation 2014 Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee

Orlando, Florida, USA
Disney World

US Vacation 2014 Orlando, Florida Animal Kingdom, Disney World

Cozumel, Mexico
Got a chance to see how to make tequila and the history of Mayan Ruins.

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Belize City, Belize
Went to the museum, got to know a little of their history. The party in the beach was something that really stuck in my mind.

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Roatan, Honduras
I admit, I was tired walking, we didn't see that much. Though it reminds of Philippines. They have clear water just like in Palawan.

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May 2014

Finalist for the colleague of the month and my 2 friends won!

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June 2014

After weeks of over time, I finally bought my Casio PX-100, 88 soft keys, grand piano style.

July 2014

Meet my friend Ycheng and Ysla. They stayed with me for 4 amazing months and they are now back in the UK.

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August 2014

Bought this motorcycle and made it as tricycle for a little business. As the saying goes "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Helped someone I don't know.

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September 2014

Celebrated my birthday with my friends.

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October 2014

I met Mr. Flakes and new human friends.

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Bought a new guitar.

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November 2014

After more than a decade in Dubai, I finally attended a church wedding.

December 2014

I've met a new friend and tour her around Dubai.

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Finally, found a new hobby. Folding bike.

See you later 2015 :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Signed up for Dubai Marathon 2015

Last week, I posted in my Instagram that I will be joining the 2015 Dubai Marathon.  My goal for 2015 is to loss some weight and to tone my muscles.  That's why yesterday, I started preparing my infused water.  Wish me luck :)

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Monday, December 29, 2014

I had a fruitful day today.

  1. I woke up at 6am today and change my bedding set and put the dirty sets in the washing machine.  
  2. At around 7:30am, I went to the exchange to send money and used my folding bike as an exercise (win-win situation).
  3. Called up my family to chit-chat for awhile. 
  4. After the chit-chat, went to the gym for 30 minutes.
  5. Went back home to shower.
  6. Check the stocks online, chat a little bit with friends in Facebook.
  7. Went out again to buy some fruits for my infused water.
  8. 11:05am waited for the company bus to go to work.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Marina Walk, Dubai

Had a wonderful and memorable time today and I am looking forward for weekend rides for 2015 (except in summer).

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Abra experience

An abra (Arabicعبرة‎ abra) is a traditional boat made of wood.  See more (

After more than a decade in Dubai, I finally got a chance to ride in their traditional Abra that goes back and forth from Bur Dubai to Deira for only 1 Dirham.
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Dubai at 6:30am.

On my way to work and showing you a quick look on how beautiful Dubai is at 6:30am.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa Baby (in hanging-position-version)

Tonight, I decided to record myself playing guitar and piano with my own rendition of Santa Baby.  Unfortunately these are quick version as Instagram allows 15 seconds for each video.  #JustHavingFun

Folding bike enthusiast.

I am so ready to hit the road this weekend.  I made sure that I have the front light, reflector light at the back and in my back pack. Helmet perfectly fit.  Keep safe everyone!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

I want to ride my Bicycle.

Yehey!  I finally got myself this folding bicycle.  

3 important things happened to me when I sold my car in 2012; 

I was able to save more money;
Help the environment; and
Stay fit and healthy.

Now that I have this bicycle, it's time to commute with my bike via public transport and ride-around the parks in the city.

I will posting more pictures with my bike and I :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014


For Filipinos only.

PAG-IBIG is an acronym for PAGtutulungan sa kinabukasan:  Ikaw, Bangko, Industriya, at Gobyerno.

This was set up by the government for the contributors or members (working locally and abroad) in buying a home.  The required contribution is at least PHP100 per month (you can contribute a bigger amount).  OFWs can choose to pay a yearly lump sum.

What are the benefits?  As registered members who have contributed regularly for 2 years are eligible for a home loan of up to PHP6,000,000.

Also, your contribution serves as an investment tool because it earns dividends. 


Watch the 90-seconds Pag-IBIG fund explanation.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

What is the difference between SAVING and INVESTING?

YES.  There are differences.  

Most of the time, these 2 were used interchangeably.  But the goal are the same.  Understanding the difference of the 2 will help you achieve your financial goals. 

Setting aside some amount of money so you can use it when needed.  Some save it in savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposit, bonds and/or just keeping it in the electronic-fire-safe-heavy-duty-metal-drawer.

Using the money to buy assets with the hope of gaining profit is called “investing”.  Investment is not federally insured, you could lose some and profit some.

What are the differences?
  • Save if it is for short-term financial goals (like buying a car, for emergency fund, pay regular expenses, vacation and etc).
  • Saving is not the answer for long-term goals, consider the inflation rate.  It might lose the purchasing power over time.
  • Invest for retirement, child's college, long-term financial goal, purchasing lands (that earn. a farm).
It is important to know that Saving and Investing work hand-in-hand.  Save for retirement by Investing.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kanlungan cover (by Noel Cabangon)

Bought this Casio Privia PX-100 (88 lightweight keys) last May this year and I was hoping to improve my skills :)

Kanlungan is just one of my favorite Filipino songs.  This was written and sang by Noel Cabangon, one of the best Filipino artist/songwriter in the Philippines.

Excuse my mistakes, that's all I got.  

Friday, July 04, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2014)

Happy 4th of July!

Sorry for this late post :)  I have been busy or shall I say procrastinating after my vacation in the USA.

Oh well, here how it goes.

As soon as I got the confirmation that I was granted a US visa last January 2014.  

I booked a flight going to the US.  

Most of my 28-days in the US was in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thanks to MA who accommodated and toured me around.

Gladly there's a direct flight from Dubai to Atlanta via Delta Airlines.  That's me waiting to check-in.

I was kinda nervous as this was the longest flight I ever had.  16 hours.

While waiting, I was checking on my previous blog site if I had pictures from the other countries I visited.  Sadly, I don't have pictures in Iran and Hong Kong.

Oh well, I just have to take more pictures this time :)

Arrived safely in Atlanta International Airport at 5am.  It was so cold.

I've noticed from the airport that they have English signs` translated to Spanish.  I liked it.

I learned that, Spanish will soon (2020) be they're second language.

In that comfy room, was my first US #selfie

We went to other states too:
-Cherokee, North Carolina
-Gatlinburg, Tennessee 
-Orlando, Florida

Also got a chance to go for 7-days cruise via Carnival and visited the countries:
-Cozumel, Mexico
-Belize City, Belize
-Roatan, Honduras

I loved everything that I saw in the US. I know there's no such thing as perfect.  But I just fell in love in the place.  It's wonderful.  I will definitely come back.

"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends,
but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers.
The mind can never break off from the journey."


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Friday brunch with my girl friends

March is the International Women's Month.  I had a brunch date with my girl friends in Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

My kind of brunch.  Seafood, like the one in this picture are kinda expensive in groceries.  This is my chance to indulge with it.

After the brunch we received a voucher for 2 nail spa and 2 full body massage in Sister's beauty lounge in Mall of the Emirates and in Dubai Mall.

We don't have a picture though, but after all of these, we watched a Filipino movie in Mercato "Starting Over Again" a romantic-comedy movie and I gave them 2 thumbs up.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baybayin is the defunct Filipino script.

Yes.  You read it right, it is defunct.  Honestly, it was not taught during my grade school to college (1982 to 1996).  Until I met a friend who has a tattoo in baybayin.  I asked her about it and she told me the story.  I was like "duh".  How come I haven't heard of it.  Anyways, I don't want to blame the education system, I guess I just didn't care at all.

After a day of getting more information on this, I found out that we have organization in the Philippines, that are helping to raise awareness on this Filipino Script.  Mabuhay po kayo!

After all the readings in the internet and watching documentary about this script.  I decided to give it try.

I wrote in baybayin the "Lupang Hinirang", the Philippine National Anthem.

I landed to this informative website of Kristian Kabuay (  Please follow his website and other social media sites.  You can also follow PamanaDesigns in instagram to see the baybayin in art form.

I am hoping to master this script and able to write it without "kodigo".

Here is the documentary.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bread art

Gradient art from my toaster.  I therefore conclude that number 5, 6 and 7 are not edible.  I like number 3.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#TBT - Live, Love and Rock & Roll

Those were the days.  
The days when I was young and naive.  
Until one day, I woke up and realized that the market for the Rock Music in Manila was fairly soft at the time.  Instead, I climbed the corporate ladder.

"Forget the world, forget the people.  Just close your eyes and feel the music!" -unknown author