Saturday, January 24, 2015

Maginhawa Street's Gerry's Jeepney

Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is a popular place for foodies because it's an entire street lined up with various cafes and restaurants. Last week, during the long weekend, I finally got to visit the place with some of my friends from ONE LOVE. I love get togethers with those peeps!

I want to tell you all about Gerry's Jeepney, the place where we met and had dinner in. The restaurant serves Filipino food - good food though it's not the food per se that would make you remember the place. 

What then you ask? Well, for one thing, when you dine at Gerry's Jeepney, you better be prepared to...BOODLE FIGHT! 

Urban Dictionary defines this as "a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position." 

As you can see from our photos above, the food were served on top of banana leaves. The true blue  boodle fight eating style is using one's hands but we didn't. Buti narin because I don't know how! 

The second better reason this restaurant is worth blogging about is because it has an interesting theme - the Jeepney, the Philippines' iconic public vehicle and undisputed King of the Road. All the decors in the place speaks of the jeepney. 

The menu
Since there was 5 of us, we ordered the Monumento group meal

The table top decor

And the wall decors filled with signage you'd normally find inside a jeepney

Such a cute place Gerry's Jeepney was. I definitely want to come back and explore the other resto places in the area.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Where I was...

And I'm back to the blogging world after enjoying another long weekend! How did you spend the past days? Were you one of the Pinoys who went to see Pope Francis or did you take advantage of the long weekend to go out of town for a vacation? 

Me? Well I stayed in town and did a little bit of exploring around the city. 

Ryan loves coffee and so I asked him to try out another coffee shop in Makati. We went to Yardstick in Esteban St., Legaspi Village. 

Aside from the usual black and white coffee you'd naturally find at the likes of Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Bo's, Yardstick offers what they call concept coffee which is just a fancy term for special flavored coffee! Anyway more on this on another blog post. 

I also met up with Erin who just came back from her trip from Israel whom I promised I would treat to a massage. Erin loves getting a massage. We went to one of her favorite affordable spas in Makati - Touch and Heal. 

I had a bad experience with massages years ago where instead of feeling relaxed after, I felt like I had just finished an intense workout with my body aching all over and so ever since I've been iffy about getting a massage! But that wasn't the experience I had in this spa. It was so good that I somehow I fell asleep while I was getting a massage - a definite first for me! 

And I went to Maginhawa street in Quezon City! I commuted by the way and that's an achievement for me because I rarely go to that part of the Metro. I've read a lot about Maginhawa street being a foodie haven since it's a whole street lined up with various dining spots and I have wanted to go there for quite some time already. At least now I can say I've been there! 

My ONE LOVE peeps whom I shared my Maginhawa adventure with  (",) 
This is where we had dinner. I'll tell you a little bit more about this in another blog post.  

I normally just stay at home watching TV series online or reading on a long weekend but I had so much energy considering I was barely back to work after the Christmas break when another long weekend happened.

So that's where I was this long weekend. (",)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Reverse 52 Week Money Challenge

With the New Year comes new resolutions. What are your resolutions for the year?

Personally, aside from continuing the Good Reads Challenge for 2015 (where I have resolved to read 24 books!), I've resolved to become financially healthier! Well actually, I also started last year with this resolution.

For years since I stared working, I have been one of those people who've been living paycheck to paycheck. Yes I would have savings stashed in my bank account but after awhile the money I've put in there would start to deplete until my savings account was almost empty. Whenever I had a windfall of money (company bonuses, money from my sideline jobs, etc.), my first thought was not how to grow it but where to spend it.

I was an impulsive buyer who frequented the mall and loved eating out - that had been my lifestyle and I enjoyed it. My mindset had always been "I've worked hard for this money. I deserve to treat myself" and you know treat myself I did - here and there...

But then I saw this Sun Life commercial:

You know that part where the girl in the TVC asks herself "Upgrade today? Or upgrade for the future?" when she saw a nice pair of heels in a shop's window? That had quite an impact on me because I was just like that girl!

A second, closer and more honest look at my financial status and I realized you know if anyone asked me how much my net worth is, I wouldn't even be able to say "Bunny, I'm worth a million" ala Charlotte York.

Last year I decided to change that. One of the things I tried was to take on the 52 week challenge - an idea I got from Joei's blog. At the end of the year, the idea was that I'd be able to save over Php60k just by starting at Php50 on the 1st week of the new year!

Unfortunately, while it seemed like an easy enough idea to do, I didn't make it to the finish line of the challenge since as the weeks progressed, the amount of money I had to stash became larger and therefore heavier on my pocket even with a couple of lifestyle changes.

But I'm still determined to save up. And while I've been thinking of taking on the 52 week challenge again, I saw this article from Yahoo Philippines - a reverse 52-week money challenge! At the end of the year, the idea is I'd be able to save over Php13,000.

Sure it's a far cry from the Php60k the original 52 week challenge presented but I think this is more doable for me as a starting point. The objective anyway is to have savings at the end of the year!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Flashback Friday: A Walk Down Fashion Memory Lane

They say that one of the things one has to do to usher in the new year is to do some spring cleaning and organizing. Well since my soft files are easier to clean up than the clutter I've collected through the years in my room (Ha! Ha!) - I've been doing just that and I stumbled upon old photos of me.

What a walk down fashion memory lane just in time too for Flashback Friday!


The early days of fashion for me meant wearing pants often even for work. And leggings under a dress!   

Fast forward a couple of years later though and I'm not the same girl anymore. Somehow, somewhere I discovered there was more to fashion than jeans ala Andrea from the Devil Wears Prada - except she had help from Nigel.  

Andrea went from drab to fab!

Last year, I even made a resolution to update my wardrobe. And I have every intention of continuing that resolution this year. I have come to love shopping for clothes - whether at the mall or online particularly, I've loved looking through the clothes display in Zalora! They've got so many gorgeous outfits for young women to choose from! 

In fact I've already got my eye on a couple of outfits! New outfits means more OOTDs to share! (",)