One item in my bucket list is to have my own vegetable garden. Imagine having a house with vegetable plants on the side, watering and taking care of them everyday, til we harvest them!
Yes, I really would like to try farm to table experience at home! Hehe.
Ryan and I have been planning to get a small lot for our garden for a while now but then a plot twist happened this year — our small business, ALLTREATS PH.
We had a lot of stocks last June that we need to move out of our house #1 and look for a place for a shop/warehouse. Glad we found a corner house and lot with space for gardening. Really grateful even if the house is still bare and needs some fixing.
Anyway, let me share with you our start up vegetable garden!
So on this side lies our vegetable garden. Even if we are just starting still, I’m happy to say that we have the following little vegetables here already.
Sitaw – Because Ryan and I love Adobong Sitaw, sympre hindi mawawala sa listahan! Hehe.
Sili – Ang pinakapaborito namin, sili! All our dishes have Siling Labuyo so better plant some.
Garlic – Of course, araw araw na gamit sa lutuin kaya may bawang! Susunod na din ang onions.
Luya – COVID-19 time.. We need to protect our voice, este our throat.
Kamote – Ryan just bought this in the market and planted it. And, nabuhay! Marami na sila ngayon. Nakakatuwa.
Kalabasa – Mama planted these. It’s now growing.
Malunggay – Mama planted this too! May inaayos na bahay sa likod namin at tinanggal ang malunggay. Hehe.
Kamatis – Yummy kamatis! Hindi pwedeng mawala kasi mahilig kami sa tuyo!
Ampalaya – Super baby pa to. Hehe.
Aside from these traditional way of planting, we are also now trying HYDROPONICS.
According to Wikipedia:
Super glad that Ryan is also fond of gardening. He was already searching for hydroponics even before and mentioned that he wanna try it someday, in our own garden. Glad that it’s happening now even if we still don’t have our own farm lot!
These are our first hydroponics babies! We have lettuce and pechay. These are the Day 1-4 photos. We are very much excited!
Sagada – been to Sagada but on a business trip. So, I wanna visit again!
Quezon – Went to Quezon for our CALABARZON Food Crawl
Banaue – been to Banaue as well on a business trip!
MOMENTS TO WITNESS
Watch the sunset over the ocean
Alone – 2018 – Watched one of the most beautiful sunsets over Diura in Sabtang Batanes during my solo trip
With my (future) husband– Never thought this will happen a year after my Batanes trip.. in Batanes still.
Experience autumn in Korea
Taste snow in Japan
Ride on top of a jeepney going to Sagada!
Quiet time and coffee by the beach
Stargaze while floating (again) in sea
Bonfire with my family in a cold place
Be engaged <3– OMG! This happened. Totoo ba talaga yon? Haha!
Be married by the beach
Walk/Dance barefoot under the rain 2018 – Experienced this in Batanes alone 2019 – Danced, jumped, played under the rain in Cavite with my Mama, cousin, and pamangkin. Ang saya!
Experience a sunrise 2018 – Watched one in Sabtang, Batanes
See the Northern lights
Witness a couple being engaged – 2019 (March) – Finally witnessed a couple being engaged under the stars! We went to a stargazing event and while we were lining up for pictures, a guy suddenly kneeled and proposed to her girlfriend. Haba hair! Nakakatuwa. 🙂
It’s still a day before 2018 ends and as I was rechecking this blog, I was wondering what I have been doing this year because I haven’t written here that much. Or maybe because I poured my effort on my other blog, visitmanila.ph.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote my 2018 mantra which is ‘Growth and Transitions’. True enough, I have had a roller coaster kind of year and most of the memorable things that happened to me are ‘changes’ that pushed me to go outside my comfort zone.
The month of letting go – LOL! If you are one of my closest friends, you would know how I struggled with my previous relationship which led me to build my heart a barrier to anyone who shows interest in me. But this month, 3rd week of the month, to be very specific, I just realized that I have been healed already. Like I can just laugh with all those years. Crazy me! Haha! Read my story here, LOL! Go Now You are Free
Baguio– First time to go to Baguio on a bus and mind you, not a blogger getaway this time. Haha!
27th birthday –And oh! One of my best birthdays as well. Mama and I walked at MOA’s seaside at 1AM, I guess?
Imus House – Started the construction of our 2nd floor. All my savings and salary went here. Haha! Worth it.
Rizal Technological University Talk – One of my tasks at work is to go to different school and talk about Travelbook and the referral program I handled before. I think this was my last campus tour before I resigned.
Got an insurance policy from Sunlife – Hello, adulting! Want to have one? Ask me how!
Asked my Mama to stop working – One of my goals in life!
Discipleship 2018 – Privileged to be part of Victory Church’s Discipleship 2018!
TravelBook Destination PH event – Above all my talks and events, this one was the best. I still remember how Steffi (in-charge for the event) asked me to make my talk long. So, I did impromptu contest with the audience, talk longer than my usual, haha! Really a memorable one. Parang nagho-host ako. Enjoyed it so much!
Takumi-san’s Birthday and Girlette’s last day at TravelBook-This one was so memorable because after the party for Takumi-san, our General Manager, we had a surprise for my intern’s last day at work. Medyo naging emotional but we ended the night with a very funny dance with the other interns! Haha!
My interns last day (Katrina and Danica) – Love them both! Friend Code Program will never be the same without them.
PCOS – Back in 2015, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I only have one ovary affected that time. However, since symptoms were I think in its peak, I decided to have it checked again. Thankful to my new Doctor at The Medical City Ortigas, I was given medication and was told of the things to do and not to do. See my 2017 PCOS journey here.
Mood Swings – Honestly, this was the month full of mood swings. One of the worst months this year. I just can’t control my emotions and I was always feeling down. I was also informed that the worsened mood swings because of the pills that I was taking for my PCOS.
Mama resigned from her job – I think more than the new house and new beginnings, this was my favorite. One of my goals in life. I just want my Mama to enjoy his life and do whatever she wants to do
Left Greenpark, Pasig for good – Pasig had been our home for around 6 years already and my Mama’s bosses are just so kind that they let us stay in one of their apartments for free.
Hello new home – I actually didn’t have that ‘naninibago’ feeling because I know that this will happen. Or maybe I am really good with changes. Haha!
First gala in Imus – After a couple of weeks, we started roaming around the area and because it was a Friday and there was a Food hub near Imus Cathedral, we decided to have a quick midnight snack.
Decided to resign from work
Adulting at its peak – A month after we transferred to Cavite, I was feeling a lot of adulting pressure. Mama doesn’t have work anymore so meaning to say all our expenses will be coming from me. This was the first month that I started to take budgeting really seriously and pushed myself to see the bigger picture of the things that I was doing.
Finalizing Iloilo vacation with Mama in July – Waited for this so long! Planned to go around Iloilo, Guimaras and Bacolod but..
The day before our flight to Iloilo, Mama doesn’t wanna go anymore. Yes, sad. Really. Goodbye tickets, hotel rooms. Haha!
Baguio with The Filipino Rambler – Allan tagged me along on his Baguio trip. We went to some tourist destinations, ate at one of the most picturesque cafe in town, went to Tree Top Adventure and reviewed the City Center Hotel Baguio. We had so much fun!
Sunlife Financial Advisor – Because I saw the importance of having a protection on every family, I decided to be a Sunlife Financial Advisor. We had an intensive 3 day seminar in Sunlife Makati. It was really education and fun at the same time. If you wanna know more, message me on my Facebook account.
Resigned from TravelBook.ph – One of the most difficult decisions I made. Though I love TravelBook until now, I can say I made the right choice.
Hello, Shopee Philippines – I’m back to my favorite job, acquisition! As of this date, I know I made the right decision. Many things happened mainly because of this transition.
Finalizing my Batanes trip – First of all, I was just so glad that my vacation leave was approved by my Manager thinking that I had just been with Shopee for like weeks! I also had so many last minute reservations and whatnot but I was so happy I pulled it through! I even made a blog about how to save for this dream vacation!
Sales – The month I realized again that I was really for Sales and Acquisition. Love my job! Starting to love Shopee as well. Hehe!
Solo travel in BATANES – Can’t believe that this childhood dream came true – plus my first solo travel! My 9 days and 8 nights are all worth it.
Tagaytay with the Titas – My Aunts from Masbate went here in Manila for a vacation. I was excited because this is the first time that they decided to travel together. They went to Tagaytay and roamed around Manila and Alabang.
Maybe because I am the only daughter and I don’t have a Father anymore and we’re stuck with each other? Haha! Joke, Ma. Labshu. It is because she is a Mother, Father, Sister, provider, and a friend rolled into one.
Anyway, part of my faith goals for this year is to establish a closer and deeper relationship with my Mama. In the past years, I hate to admit this, but I just realized now that I was not really paying so much attention to her.
I also can’t think of times that we stayed in a hotel for a staycation with just the two of us because it’s either we are together with my ex-boyfriend or cousin.
But last month, I was so excited to share that one of my goals na ma-solo siya in a staycation ay natupad! Huhu!
But since I have 1,350 accumulated reward points from TravelBook.ph (you can get this from your past hotel bookings!), and PHP 632.80 discount code, we only paid PHP 811.20 for a one-bedroom – beach view overnight staycation inclusive of amenities.
Yes, only for PHP 811.20!
Siglo Suites at the Azure Resort and Residences has around 160 rooms ranging from Family room, one-bedroom with the option of city or beach view. I highly recommend Siglo Suites if you’ll book a room in Azure.
Here are some of the things to do at the Azure Urban Resort and Residences with your Mama
Enjoy the wave pool with her (and some kiddos!)
The wave pool is activated every after 30 minutes so after minutes of waiting (I think it is really more than 30 minutes), Mama and I went to the left most part in the middle of the pool because the waves are much higher there. And there were a lot of people! From kids to teenagers, to grandfathers.. But we really didn’t mind! We just went there and Mama doesn’t want to get off my hand. Haha.I felt like a three-year old getting her protection from her Mama.
Pictorial by the ‘man-made’ beach Since we arrived late in the afternoon already, we weren’t have so much time to visit the man-made beach on our first day.And on our second day, after some papilit effect because she doesn’t want to wear shorts, she finally said yes to swimming! Yey! I know she really doesn’t want to wear shorts and I was just so happy because she step out of her comfort zone. Hooray!And yes, she enjoyed the beach so much! I was just her photographer most of the time. Haha!
Pamper her with face masks I bought some face masks days before our staycation so we can also pamper our face before we sleep. Yee! Didn’t want to post the photos with our face masks because we looked like ghosts. Haha!
Coffee, donuts (!!) and selfies by the bed We also had our convo night with a cup of coffee! :)One thing I always (want to) do whenever I have staycations is to sip a cup of coffee while I’m having my quiet time or reading a good book. But a good coffee with Mama is still the best, kahit na minsan nag iinisan. Haha!
Shop in the nearby mall So glad that the Azure Resort and Residences is just a kilometer (I think) away from SM Bicutan! We roamed around the mall, ate out, bought some groceries for breakfast and checked out some nice dresses. Hehe!
BONUS: Enjoy the room and roam around the resort!
At first, I felt how tired she was from our very looooong trip to the resort. She even said that she wants to go home nalang because our Grab driver took 30 minutes before he said that he can’t fetch us. Long story short, we booked another grab/uber from Ayala and prayed deeply to keep calm and just smile. Haha!
Anyway, we really had so much fun in this resort! Thanking God for the gift of time and rest! I also hope you’ll take that initiative and plan for a staycation with your Mama.
Go now and make plans with your Mama. I know she’ll definitely enjoy this place!