almost there!

HAPPY GIRL! I’ve been working on this for over a year now and FINALLY, De La Salle University – Manila  accepted my application for admission for Graduate Program! This is my fourth attempt, and God is really good.


Exam permit after completing about fifteen + requirements which I worked on for a couple of months. Woooooo.


THANK YOU for everything, you’re such a big part of this. Thank you for always going out of your way just to help me. <3

Screenshot_2014-07-18-19-46-59                                                                ALMOST THERE. Exam tomorrow. Best of luck.

**Updated post : Exam earlier!


time to endure this long agony of waiting and hoping for positive exam results! :)



Ra … men and stuff






How about some more food?

Isaw! Filipino favorite :)

IMG_20140629_171015 (2)

isaw at tenga sa may A luna. FAVORITE. :’)

I’m home alone today, might as well cook a bowl of pasta for no one. F*ck logic. Ako lang talaga ang kumain. :'(

IMG_20140704_105702Still, I wasn’t contented. I prepared more food! Again, for no one.

Corned beef and cheese sandwich, the walang-magawa version

Step 1: fancy cut slices of white bread and fill them in with desired palaman


Step 2: top the cover slice and fry. Just so the cheese would melt.


Step 3: Pig out.

Because I did.

Cinnabon’s Chocobon and Classic Cinnamon roll (again)

OOPPs, ERROR: Photo not found, can’t wait to eat.



What’s it like to be in my Cadbury world

Remember the Cadbury commercial song where there’s chocolate everywhere and people are plainly happy? :)

This is gonna be a long post, I guarantee it. It’s been a month of lazy days, thus no updates.

Yup, I resigned and this is my last photo of my ID. huhu. I’m very thankful though because being a technical support for ISP in Australia, I learned a lo, mate. Image

Excuse my dirty feet, but I wanted this pair so much but I don’t have money at the moment so Mahal bought it for me, so sweet! I know you’re not good at picking gifts, therefore I’m considering this as your advance birthday gift! <3 :)


Chatime’s Roasted Milk Tea and my favorite Oolong Tea . The taste of Roasted Milk Tea is not too far from the classic milk tea, it’s just a little stronger. The Oolong one is actually not my favorite but, of all the tea choices, it’s all that I want because of my crappy digestive system. I did a little research and it’s perfect for boosting metabolism, even better than the iconic green tea when your focus is to have a flat tummy. Green tea though is for over-all health, since it’s full of antioxidants – just like white tea.


I gave injustice to the perfect sunset by posing a selfie instead of capturing the moment. I was like I read recently that lighting is the ultimate cheat, oh hey this angle accentuates my jawline, oh crap no. I don’t have a visible jawline.


It won’t hurt to post some OOTD. *wink*


Thank you for this beige cardigan. I love the color and texture and the fact that it’s from you. <3


Pretty Tree! I don’t know what it is but it’s perfect for this hot hot hooooot summer. :)

@ National Center for Mental Health, Mandaluyong City, Philippines


Big bikes for big boys


Hello! sorry blurred ka :p


Wouldn’t it be nice if the world’s Cadbury?


Fitness time: Gym with Pat

I can’t take decent photos because it’s not a studio … it’s a gym.



To complement my training routines, I’m trying my best to stop eating ANY canned or processed food. Even energy drinks and bottled fresh juices are full of sugar so I’m staying away from them. Water is the only fluid my body needs.

My usual not-so-starve-yourself lunch/ dinner: Fresh calamansi juice and oatmeal with any fruit that’s on the table. I’ve been doing this for four months. Food is medyo boring when you want pizza and bacon SO BAD. How long can I last? haha.


But of course, cheat days!!! :D

Relax. Feed yourself. Do things you enjoy that make you move. You’re going to be fine. You’re going to look fine, and looking fine isn’t the most important thing there is. – Brianna Wiest … I’m such a big fan of this writer. :)

First time to try Cinnabon. Yummy and very savory but.. meh. :D


Favorite: Tokyo Tokyo’s Sumo meal!!

The couple store. By 10 PM, all of their customers were couples, probably because of the sumo meal. hahaha



Tempura and Chicken Karage20140626_214202


Food trip!!!!!!

FEWA – Wait, what’s the meaning of this??  Footlong with Egg Wrapped-Around?

Jumbo footlong hotdog with cabbage, cheese, ketchup and hot sauce wrapped with whisked egg we bought at my previous university… because going there to study is too mainstream. JK.


Tada! Submarine (yup, weird names) and apple punch on the background.


Okay, enough with the food and diet plans.

I think something’s wrong with me. Am I thinking too much? I’m slowly abiding to the social norms, I want to bring back my care-free self. These beauty standards are almost crap, I should stop fussing about the things that are not related to hygiene. *Share.*


Nobody is judging you as harshly as you are judging you, mostly unnecessarily. Everybody does this — it’s okay. But learn to be kind to yourself.

uhmm. VAIN?


Recently watched a basketball game with friends. :)


The world’s so much happier when you do happy things and when you’re with happy people. So cliche but true. :)

Double Cheese, please!


Hot Oolong Tea at our favorite Chatime

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he  can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being  human  and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t  going to quote  poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a  part of him that he  knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t  expect for more than  he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell  when he makes you  mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is  love to be had. Because  perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is  perfect for you. - Bob Marley (?!)

It’s been a while, so what happened lately?

All sort of things from the most mundane of stuff like cleaning my room and reminiscing historic stuff, catching up with my friends over tea, doing some painting, attending choir rehearsals and fixing requirements for my future self.


I have a hundred of “letters-to-my-present-and-future-self” when I was younger (oh wait, actually until now) and I found them in my mini treasure box that I’ve been hiding forever. Since I have all the time in the world, I read each one of them and I found this one that I can totally relate to now. I think I made this four years ago and now I can finally say I found him. <3 Cheesy. Image

Painting, flowers and ring. :) The roses withered a bit because, I understand, it’s been a rough and long journey for them. :( haha



 Love hard when there is  love to be had. <3


shake it off


Hi! It’s my graduation day. :)

There were a lot of goosebumps moments for me, and it was really strange because I was mixed in with younger students, it was alphabetical, and everyone was a stranger to me, even my left and right seatmates. Unlike, of course, my high school commencement exercises where I knew literally everyone, even almost all of the parents on the guest part of the vicinity. But for five hours I felt at home and warm in my cozy seat, after all.



The speeches were remarkable. They were worth-listening to.

Now I’m officially part of the knowledge society, and I am certain that I am properly equipped with the theoretical knowledge  and the hunger for learning. In the real world, it’s all about learning and drive. My teachers from nursery to elementary, professors from college and other significant people like trainers and coaches and mentors from the different organizations and affiliations and work I’ve been in were my backbone. I am now challenged to create a name that matters out of them.

I am thankful for all the disappointments and hardships and tears that I’ve shed all throughout my entire education, because that’s how I learned.


Anyways, I am a bit heart-broken because I didn’t bring my phone with me inside the complex, I thought they wouldn’t allow me in with it. Turned out, all of the students were taking selfies inside and I was like “pwede naman pala mag-picture” but then my mom was way outside of the premise. Plus, I wasn’t able to capture a photo of the academic robes professors wear that make them look like extras from a Hogwarts faculty meeting. They’re really cute. :pImage

I was in this long line to walk the stage and shake hands with a bunch of strangers to get our diplomas. :)


In the middle of the ceremony, after I marched the stage, a man wearing a barong went to our area announcing my name. “Pahinag, Kristel Catherine?”

and I was like “what the…”

So I raised my hand and confirmed “Sir, Pahinag.”

“Hinahanap ka ni Ms. Seril. Punta ka daw sa harap.”

NO WAY. My ginawa ba ko? My kulang ba kong requirement? Was I not supposed to be here?

With all the nerves that I can crack, I went past the spotlights of the auditorium to find my way to Ms. Seril, our dean when I was still studying.

There she was, that familiar face in her respective academic gown in the middle part of the first row.

“Ma’am? Hello po.”

“Di ka dumaan sa office, congrats.”

Turned out, she didn’t know that I was graduating because I nearly passed my Spanish class. hahaha. It was sort of relief because for the first time, the thought that I have settled everything academically sank in. Hahaha. Cheers to that, pat on the back!


Ate is not here in the Philippines, daddy suddenly had an emergency meeting at work and my younger sister was still at  school. Mommy was with me, though. Quite sad but fine enough. :/


Had lunch out at Shakey’s.


So, I’m done. After sixteen years of classroom education, probably one intellectual interest that sets my brain on fire is the ability to adapt and excel. That’s the most important thing I learned. 


1. Nursery and Kinder – 2 years

2. Good Shepherd Christian School – 6 years

3. City of Mandaluyong Science High School – 4 years

4. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – 4 years


So what now?

I’ll be submitting my requirements for Master’s. I really should.

Thank you God, for everything.