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I feel quite compelled to explain my absence, especially when I just started posting more regularly than before.  Mostly, I’ve been quite busy commuting from Manila, Philippines to New Jersey, USA.

With a trip that was 10 years in the making, August 21, 2014 marks as Le Beau’s first time picking me up at the airport purposely.  I’m quite thankful for my mom and my boss for helping me afford the long time off in time for Le Beau’s birthday.  I’m ecstatic how things have fallen in place.

Carlallan at JFK

It is quite annoying that Delta forgot to load my luggage along with others in the DTW-JFK leg.  But who am I to complain?  The string of good and blessed fortune just keeps coming; I can only be humbled by it.

I didn’t really announce to most people that I am going on this trip.  In the process, I missed at least two grad school parties, a get-together with my management trainee batchmates, and a handful of end of season sales in the Philippines, when I usually shop for holiday gifts.

Not to brag or anything, but it’s pretty much worth it.

Carlallan at Goethals Bridge

Whilst I continue to battle jet lag and the ceaseless energy my nephews and nieces have, I will do my best to update the blog and not bombard it with the cheese that is ever present throughout my stay.

A good friend said I am in cloud nine.  In my opinion, clouds are an understatement.

❤️❤️❤️

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Packing for summer

Given the somber tone of my previous post, let’s talk about something lighter this time.  And yes, even more trivial compared to what is going on in the world.

Let’s just call it what it is:  a clothing dilemma.

My upcoming trip to NJ is 10 years from the date I first visited the place.  Heck, the US of A!  It’s another intercontinental flight for me.  While I enjoyed the tail end of winter in Paris, I am now preparing myself for the East Coast Summer.

There’s only one problem:  I am not a summer girl.  Hahaha.  I am more of fall/winter person.  Maybe spring.  I love layers, long clothing, basically bundling up a comforter while the rain pelts outside.  So for this summer trip, I am quite lost as to what to pack.

Naturally, I went to Pinterest, and it didn’t take long to find a really good outfit post.

Packing for Summer

I don’t know if you’ve heard about traveling as a Filipino. If you’re going to a place with relatives and friends of friends of friends of friends (it’s not even an exaggeration), you have to leave room for padala.  And these are not ordinary goods/items; they don’t give just a bundle.  It’s a lot of Filipino stuff that will occupy majority of your luggage, which is why most Filipinos travel with a luggage and a box in tow.  The box just contains padala.

I haven’t been here for 10 years.  I have so much padala and I want to keep it that way.  The goal is to fill check in luggage allowance with gifts and giveaways, and pack everything I will need for three weeks in my carry on.  With this list and outfit combinations, I think that’s possible.  Right?  I do however have to give due consideration for my undergarms and hygiene kits but that will hardly take up space.

Two cardigans and a maxi dress, I knew I was sold.  I wonder if Le Beau has plans to go to a formal place, so I better throw in a black dress in the mix.  And maybe good heels.  You’ll never know where you’re headed.

I am excited to see him.  And it’s not just because I get to be with him.  I haven’t seen my nephews and nieces in their natural environment, and it would be fun to babysit the new baby.  So yeah.  It’s a huge bundle of excited emotion for all the different reasons.

I can’t wait to fly.

REVIEW: The Descendants (2011)

The first thing that I found I had in common with Tita Maggie, is George Clooney.  I remember that day well.  We were in the kitchen and I was telling her why Grey’s Anatomy is a must see for her.  She then started crooning about ER and I said one person made that show great.  We simultaneously cooed, “George Clooney.”

That’s exactly what happened last Friday night.  After discovering I have completely lost my voice to fatigue, I made myself comfortable and started playing The Descendants.  Mr. Clooney played his part so well that my heart repeatedly broke.  And Hawaii never looked better.

The movie starts with a narration of Honolulu-based lawyer Matt King (Clooney).  He is the sole trustee of a prized piece of land on the island of Kaua’i.  His wife was in a motorboat accident that rendered her comatose.  Now, this “back up” parent has to learn to manage all the balls in the air:  his two daughters who are growing increasingly more difficult to deal with, his family who urges him to sell the Kaua’i property, and the citizens watching his every move.

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Chuchi the Jumping Machine

My adorable niece has discovered the joy of jumping.  :)

This was taken during our Holy Week vacation in Baguio, which was also in time for Kai’s first birthday celebration.  While waiting for the rain to subside, Chuchi saw this trampoline in the middle of the mall.  Bianca was so sweet to accompany her inside.  It was her piece of heaven for 10 good minutes.


Baguio photos coming soon!

Day 7: The Past Summer

Day 7 is a song that makes me recall my last summer.

Since this year’s summer hasn’t quite settled in yet, I will find a song that will make me recall last summer.  But last summer I didn’t do anything!  Hahahaha.  I basically geared up for a July visit to Coron, Palawan, which was, to say the least, the most amazing time our family has ever had.

So I guess that’s what I’m giving a song to. :)  Perhaps we can consider this trip as late summer?


Blue October is the bomb!


I suddenly miss Palawan.