Getting over Grieving

I think there is no such thing as getting over of grieving. There are stages of grief. You just move  on in life with it. There will always be moments of sad nostalgia. Thru time happy memories will be more often if only you allow your self to recognize it. I still cry but also I find myself smiling when I think of her. 3 years since she passed away. Memories of her continue to haunt me. I am still learning to accept the haunting memories to be part of me. Still learning to toughen-up.

Mom you are already in peace.

Please pray for mine.

How to prepare for first time solo flyer

Last quarter of 2012 to mid-2013 I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a great boss and organization that allowed me to travel and e new friends in different countries. Once or twice a month I was out of the country for work travel.mak

I was welcomed to the team with sassy passport holder. A very useful organizer when you are always traveling by plane as you do not need to dig into your hand carry bag to get your passport and essential documents.

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Frequent flyer tips that I have learned by experience:

  1. Have a passport / document holder– put inside your passport, airline ticket, valid ID, money for airport fees, pen, map
  2. Prepare for customs – know hotel/residential address of your destination, flight number – departure and arrival, and passport number
  3. Have a backpack – it will serve as your hand carry, put inside your laptop, tablet, phone, earphone, book, jacket/shawl/scarf, snack, and other personal essentials
  4. Suitcase – put a tag or an identifier at your suitcase, surprisingly suitcase makers are not keen on producing varied designs on luggage.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes – shoes that you do not need to balance to walk, comfortable to have long walks, and easy to remove for some strict airport inspection Image
  6. Do not wear too much accessories – such as jewelry, watch, hat, scarf as it will be requested to be removed as you pass by the scanner. Instead put it in your hand carry and you can wear it once you arrived at your destination.
  7. Eat before you go to the airport – Airport food can be expensive and waiting can be long if there are delays. Though you can have free meals on the plane depending on the airline.
  8. You can request for blankets if you are cold
  9. Drinks are unlimited – Alcohol included!
  10. Check the movie choices at the pamphlet inserted behind the seat in front of you
  11. You can pre-order your food if you have preference – such as vegetarian, halal, or any diet that you have
  12. You can request your seat upon check-in – that is if there are still available seats that you can choose
  13. Get the WIFI password at the customer service area
  14. You can have tax refund in the airport if you buy items for a certain amount in a foreign country
  15. Airport currency exchange rate is usually higher and almost the same in most banks. Smaller currency exchangers in town have better rates
  16. If language at your destination is a challenge make sure to print address of your hotel (preferably with a map) written in local language and script. Image
  17. Pack smart casual clothes that are easy to match – not too casual and not too formal.
  18. Bring a swimsuit – most hotels have pools
  19. If you do not want casual talks with strangers put on your headphones and pretend to sleep or read
  20. If you want to make new friends just put on a smile!

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Have a safe trip!

What are your frequent flyer tips and experience?

Carpaccio Ristorante

Carpaccio Ristorante is a fine Italian restaurant along Yakal street Makati. Carpaccio Ristorante has a good ambiance and service. They offer pasta, pizza and meal dishes. Prices range from Php 300+ to 1,000+. They serve free bread appetizer, and bread sticks with three sauces of salsa, mayo garlic and pesto.

We ordered Pizza Emilio. It is stuffed with tuna, white sauce, tomato, lettuce, sandwiched in a very thin crust. Serving is good for 2 person. A good meal for healthy conscious people.

Carpaccio Ristorante is recommended for a date place if you want to spend on good food and good service.

Botan Restaurant

One Saturday as Pam and Poum was deciding what to eat for lunch and they passed by a cute signage at the back of Burgundy condominium along Buendia. The street is along the back of Makati Med. As curious explorers, they stopped by and went inside to see if the menu would appeal to them. Definitely the decoration and ambiance was appealing to Pam as it was bright, colorful, with flowers and dolls.

Botan is a Taiwanese restaurant and the menu has similar names of Filipino food. I think they named it after the Pinoy foods for the Filipino patrons to somewhat know what to expect. Pam and Poum ordered the mixed adobo platter with marinated beef, eggs, tofu and sticky rice with pork blood. It was presented on lettuce leaves and topped with a special sauce. It is not like the Pinoy adobo but maybe they named it adobo because of the beef and somewhat similar salty and sweet flavor of adobo. For Pam it is better than adobo because of the unique Taiwanese flavor.

Botan menu has unique Taiwanese food which adopted Filipino food names. Aside from their special adobo they also have special milk and fruit tea which are green tea based and black tea based.

Botan is unique as it is different from the usual burgers, chicken, fried, sizzling and grilled food found in every Pinoy street.