No matter how many times I try to recall the entire year, I can honestly say that I remember the least from this year than all the other years past. It may have been because of bad health, horrible weather, or just plain mood swings and new people, lots of new people. It's not that this year was so anticlimatic. It did in fact have a substantial amount of once in a lifetime experiences. It just so happens that these experiences happened on both ends of the year and some splurge in the middle. Mostly though, the in-betweens just felt like I was on autopilot, like in a daze of some sort. Very cloudy. I can't really say I remember most of the words I said or what happened on what day, but I do remember feeling afloat.

Anyway, I wanted to do something I could look back on and maybe sort of remember if not what happened, then at least the feeling. So I came up with these images of what 2019 felt like. This creating images thing is beginning to make a nice hobby.

Still in my longest weekend of 2019-2020, so Happy Weekend!

5 TIPS for when you get ENGAGED

I've decided to write about weddings since it's the next phase that's coming in the near future. When Mark and I got engaged, it took a while to sink in. I was mostly in a high from the beautiful view of the mountains that after we got home, I didn't really know what to do. What was next? I was overwhelmed with so much feelings and I didn't know what the next step was until I took hold of my emotions and took things one at a time. Working on these little art images is also kind of soothing.

Here are 5 TIPS for when you get ENGAGED:

A Place to Date Your Artistic Partner

I know a lot of people that just want to dine in a quiet place with a nice view. And although the city has restaurants on top of buildings with a beautiful night view of lights upon lights, some of us appreciate the quiet indoors, the art of silence and solemnity stuck to a wall, painted or drawn by a person completely enamored by the idea of expressing emotions without words. This place is exactly it.

A while back, I wanted to relax and just dive into art after a long day. Mark and I decided to eat out where there's almost nobody around and just appreciate that silence. We went to Artists Gallery or Artists Haven Cafe in BF Parañaque. Online, they appear to register on these two names.

Address: 190 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1700 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 8825 8810

The outside itself stands out from the shops and restaurants surrounding it.

Psychological Stress and its Effects on your Body

Psychological stress occurs when an individual perceives that environmental demands tax or exceed his or her adaptive capacity.1 Operationally, studies of psychological stress focus either on the occurrence of environmental events that are consensually judged as taxing one's ability to cope or on individual responses to events that are indicative of this overload, such as perceived stress and event-elicited negative affect. 
Sheldon Cohen, PhDDenise Janicki-Deverts, PhDGregory E. Miller, PhDJAMA. 2007;298(14):1685-1687. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1685

Of Wine and Paintings - Sip & Gogh

A while back, Mark and I decided to celebrate our anniversary doing something new. If there was ever a great combo, it would be painting and wine. We chose to go to Sip & Gogh for the experience.

What is Sip & Gogh?
Sip & Gogh is an activity place where you basically drink wine and paint. badaboom tss!

Mt. Pulag Proposal - Sea of Clouds - Playground of the Gods

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Last January, we unlocked a life event! Mark had proposed at the top of Mt. Pulag, above the sea of clouds, the playground of the gods - the sunrise gradient on the sky with some stars left above,  complete with a triple rainbow masterpiece. 💘 💑 💞

Here's how it went.

Trapped Forever! BREAKOUT of ATC's New Mystery Rooms!

I've always wanted to go and try mystery rooms since they started a few years back but was never able to go due to having no actual matching schedules with nice humans. Long story short, I was able to go with a bunch of folks from the office, the only other people trapped in the vortex of same time-offs.

Why We No Longer Trust LAZADA

Lazada, before their recent update this year, used to be a reliable online shopping place to say the least. Transactions were easy with almost no extra charge except for shipping fees if the items were from other countries. Lazada help centers were actually helpful and item returns or cancellations, although lengthy were legitimate.

Here are the reasons why you should no longer trust the "new" Lazada:

Cheesecake for daaays: Your Customized Cheesecake

It all started with my mom talking about a cheesecake that her friend was raving about. A few years back, my friends and I were trying to find the best cheesecake made and I ultimately ended up choosing Cake2Go for their delicious Devil's Food Cheesecake. My second choice was Don Limone's which has since closed down like all underrated restaurants in the south. New branches built are far from home now.

A few months ago, this got my interest since it was supposedly customizable cheesecake dipped in ice cream, but all we had to go with was this blurry photo from my mom's friend because she couldn't remember the name of the place.

Stay Aware: How to Treat Hot Spots on Dog and Why This Happens

WARNING: Sensitive images ahead.

I recently had to bring my dog to the vet for what seemed to be a skin condition. I took my dog grooming on Saturday and all was well with the groomer being able to handle him without even having to put a muzzle on him, which was rare since my dog's pretty defensive when being groomed. He had a nice cut and looked like a baby seal.

From this:

To this:

Two days later, I noticed two little spots (about a half inch) on his body which seemed to be just irritated skin. I gave him a bath thinking his skin must have gotten irritated somewhere. It didn't look bad, just a little pink.