It's a Date on Mother's Day :D

My sisters and Angelo celebrated my 7th Mother’s Day with me. We all agreed to just go to Megamall to have dinner and find a photo studio for our “Mother’s Day Pictorial.” Here are some of our pictures:

Apologies for the low quality photos. Apparently, the studio doesn’t provide soft copies so we just had those scanned. 🙂

Nini and Ging gave me flowers! Angelo wrote me a letter.

I never thought I’d end up as a mother – raising a child alone – at such a young age. I was your average goody-two-shoes-girl-next-door before all these happened. I’ve been to such a loooong and painful, but fulfilling, journey. Until now, I’m still learning. Everyday’s still a challenge. I never lost hope though, and that’s one of the things I’m so proud of.

Even now I still dream of getting married someday. In a beautiful church. I, wearing a long, white gown. My friends and family all around me. My groom waiting for me at the altar. My experience has taught me that God has a plan for everything.
Right now, all I can say is that I’m happy. I love the people around me, and I know they love me too! 🙂 
I will never trade them for anything else in the world.


– May J

Sweet Tagaytay Love

Packed our bags for two days of fun and quality time in Tagaytay. It was our first time to go on an out-of-town trip together, and I think it can’t get any sweeter… I loved every minute of it.

We’re in Tagaytay proper a little after 1pm. Checked in at Econo Inn, a small but modern hotel along Tourism Avenue in Barangay Francisco. We reserved their De Luxe Room with view a few days before, but we were led to a De Luxe Room without view! Better be sure and double check if you’re thinking of staying here. 🙂 Parking can also be a problem, but the guards were accommodating enough to help us find one.
The room size is just enough, complete with all the basics.
They also have a viewing deck, overlooking Taal Lake. Too bad it was foggy at that time, so the view wasn’t as clear as I have expected.

Tootsie’s Tagaytay
Forced ourselves to get up and went to Tootsie’s for our super late lunch (or early dinner?). Cholo’s friend, Hanna, runs the place and she entertained us with stories, and gave us suggestions on what to order.We tried Baby Back Ribs with Beans, Laing, Watermelon Shake.

We were also given complementary Palitaw for dessert. Real palitaw ha! Not the coffee ice cream topped one that disappointed us in a restaurant in Greenbelt a few weeks ago.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the common Tagaytay food destinations like Leslie’s and Antonio’s, I suggest you try it. You’ll love it!

Spa at Sonya’s Garden

After the hearty late lunch, our next stop: Sonya’s Garden. I specifically requested for this to be included in our itinerary because my body’s really aching for a massage for weeks now! I also read in one of the GirlTalk threads that they have really good, but affordable massage services there.

And besides, that’s going to be Cholo’s first spa experience, so it has to be really good. J

We availed of Sonya’s Signature Massage for 735 pesos for one hour. They also have Swedish and Shiatsu, but since those are also available in other spas, might as well try the best that they can offer, right?

The massage room is spacious, as compared to other spas I’ve been to in Manila. Each room has its own shower area, with complete sets of body bath and soap (I think it’s organic. Peppermint perhaps?) They provide towels and wrap around sarongs as well.

The massage is A-Okay for me. Nothing spectacular though it’s indeed relaxing, especially after a hectic week.

We weren’t able to take pictures of the place because by the time we got out of the spa, it’s already dark outside. And besides, both of us are already looking forward to rest our bodies after a long day.

Day 2, May 3


After checking out of the hotel, dropped by at Leslie’s for lunch. Pacquiao’s fight just finished so they don’t have much guests at that time. Still, we weren’t able to secure a table in the veranda, overlooking Taal lake. Too bad.

We ordered Ginataang Alimasag (my favorite!), and they were generous enough to give us one bowl of yummy Bulalo soup!

Panaderia at Sonya’s Garden

Drove at Sonya’s again after lunch to buy some pasalubong. Hanna suggested we buy their Cheese Hopia and Spanish bread and we did! Super worth it! My sisters and officemates loved our pasalubong.

This time, we had the chance to take pictures. I’d love to go back as a guest next time. 🙂

Asia Select in Subic!!!!

Last April 18 – 19, the whole ASI family went to Subic! This is our second company outing this year, first being in Caliraya with our sister company last month (talk about global recession, huh? 🙂

We rented a house in Captain’s Village to accomodate all 25 of us, then spent the whole afternoon in Camayan Resort.
So, anong ginawa ng ISO-certified headhunters sa Subic?
1. Nagpa-picture sa Veranda


2. Nagpa-picture sa loob ng bahay



3. Nagnakaw… este… namitas ng mangga (with permission sa caretaker yan ha. hehe)


4. Nagpaka-busy sa kitchen yung iba


5. … and nagpaka-busy kumain yung natira. (including me. haha)


6. Nag-swimming



7. Yung mga ayaw mag swimming, nagkwentuhan sa tabi ng dagat



8. Nag beach volleyball



9. Nag videoke




10. Nag tong its



11. (Uminom – walang evidence though. hahaha) Tumambay the following day



12. Nag-bonding ng todo todo!


I love my Asia Select family! This trip actually brought us closer, and hopefully, this could translate to a better year for all of us. Next year ulit!

My First Zip Line Experience

I’m never really an “extreme adventure” fan. In my lifetime, the boldest I have done is riding the roller coaster in Enchanted Kingdom! I tried it just for the heck of it, and with my uncle holding my hand until I was safely tucked in my seat just so I wouldn’t run. Hehe.

Yeah, I’m a coward. I must admit. 🙂

But then, we went to Caliraya last weekend for our company outing/team building and I fell in love with the Zip Line! It was super fun! So, this is how it feels. Peaceful and liberating.

– May J

DIY Puerto Galera Weekend Getaway

I’m back in Puerto Galera after two years! And nothing’s changed, I must say… still the same white beach that we enjoyed the last time. 🙂

This time though, i’m with a date! Who else, but my Angelo! This was our first out-of-town trip together for this year.

me and angelo waiting for the ferry from Batangas port

with us are Jessa, Madel, and Jessa’s former officemates from Moldex

We arrived Puerto Galera White Beach at around 3pm (too heavy waves on the way, i’m telling you… Angelo was so scared!), settled down in our room, and started enjoying the sun!

The following day, we hung out at the beach some more and tried snorkelling! My baby’s so brave, he even joined us and had so much fun with nemo and colorful starfishes!

getting ready to snorkel!

It was a tiring, but fun trip. A month later, it was in the news that a boat going to Galera capsized. Looks like this will be our last trip to this island. Or maybe next time, we’ll take the much safer Supercat.

Kilig Moment

Pano nga ba magka-crush? 🙂

It’s been a while since I had one. He was my officemate. And our other officemates teased me like crazy! Haha. But it’s a cute feeling. Besides, that’s about four years ago? Tagal na! Haha.

After that, and several failed relationships since, I thought I’ve outgrown this feeling already. Recently though, I’m beginning to think I’m developing this “something” for “someone.” No one knows about it YET. Kinikilig lang akong mag-isa. Hahaha.

Wala naman sigurong masama. Natutuwa lang ako sa kanya because he’s smart and he’s cool and he’s cute. Hahaha. Let’s see!

PMAP COnference and Awards Night, Bagiuo City 2008

The Personnel Management Association of the Philippines recently held its annual conference and awards night in Baguio City. I was one of Asia Select’s delegates for the 3-day event wherein HR Managers and Executives gather together to honor the best practices of companies and HR practitioners who excelled in their respective fields.

This year, Petron Corporation was awarded as the Employer of the Year. The HR Manager of the year also came from Petron. Ayala Corporation, on the other hand, won the HR Program of the Year.

This year’s PMAP’s theme is “Sa Tao Magkakatalo (People Make the Difference).” After attending several talks and seminars, I realized the importance of people in the organization. Employees, in order to perform at their best, should be properly motivated, amply compensated, and supported. And HR plays an integral part in maintaining harmony and effectiveness in its people.

Kudos to the organizers and officers of PMAP!

ajie, anne, and me at the Baguio Country Club Veranda

me, sir pepe, ajie, and anne at the Dinner hosted by Mr. Zulueta at the Cotterman Room of BCC

mike, gilbert, Mr. Zulueta, and Vhik

sir tony, me, vhik, and sir pepe at the BCC Ballroom

that’s me at the awards night…

the Asia Select Group on our way back to Manila – stopover at Isdaan in Tarlac

Singapore, Again!

I was in Singapore again last July 29 – 31. Unlike the first trip last January though, this time, it’s all just about business!! We barely had time to walk around and shop. Most of the time, we’re in just one hotel interviewing candidates.

It’s a pleasure meeting some of the icons in the Direct Selling Industry in Singapore. And I love our client’s office! Super sophisticated!

Aside from interviewing candidates through, we also met with some more people. We dropped by Marriot Hotel to chat with Atty. Leabres of Merck. she’s our successfully-placed candidate-turned client who’s very happy with our service so far. Natuwa naman ako when she said:

“She’s (me) very charming and sincere that’s why she can easily get the attention of good candidates. Yung iba kasi, turn off.”

Of course, it’s nice to hear good comments from these people. Makes me feel that I’m on the rigt track (kuno). Haha.

I also met with my client turned good friend Lisa of wgsn at the Starbucks in Centerpoint Mall. Hopefully, I’ll be off soon. Secret pa yan. Sana matuloy. Haha.
Jeanne, my good friend way back college also met me at Wisma Atria. She’s a Technical Writer now in Sg. I miss her so much! Grabe, bait ng abaeng to, sobra!
Syempre, we ate at Bon Tong Kee, home of the best Hainanese Chicken in Singapore! I also bought shoes in Charles and Keith. Other than that, tulog lang ako sa hotel. Hehe. It was a short but sweet adventure all in all.
Till next time, SG!
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