Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Up to speed

Two years and ten months at this desk job and I feel like I have forgotten how to think out of the box.

I know I mentioned in a few blog posts before how much I appreciate stability these days, but honestly, sometimes you gotta rock the boat to remember who you are and what you are capable of.

I'm taking another big jump! Next month, I'll be changing jobs and hopefully I will feel like I have found the career/work-life balance that I want. More updates when it happens.

For now, I will just share some photos to show what I've been doing these past few months.

A pretty wedding gift from Mansy!

Photo heavy post. More after the jump!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ooh, number 12!

Well whaddaya know?

My Lily of the Valley hat pattern is in the top 20 free knitting patterns on *teehee

I was wondering why there was a sudden surge in downloads... :)

May this inspire me to knit more these days!

Thursday, April 24, 2014



I've been remiss about updating this blog. So lazy!

This first half-year of being married still finds me busy and having not enough time to knit or sit down and read.

What's new?

I'm currently training to become a barre3 instructor. And I've settled into a nice little routine at work with my new tasks. I am consciously trying not to worry too much about most things.

What else?

Here's a lazy update c/o photos:

Marc's birthday spent at Hundred Islands

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekend picnic

Last Saturday was the 9th birthday of my nephew, and we celebrated it with a picnic in UP Campus.

There was cake, egg salad sandwiches, hotdogs, soda, cookies, and a lot of other yummy junk food. It was just our small family plus a couple of my cousins and their two boys.

It was a nice afternoon for some family fun, but the cherry on top was when my nephew said it was the best birthday he's had yet. :)

Some photos from the picnic:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FO: Brioche scarf

My friend Kathy is going to NYC at the end of the month and it’s going to be cold over there. She asked if I could make her a scarf that’s nice and thick to keep her warm. :)

modeled by Marc despite the heat

I used thick, milk cotton yarn and 6.5mm needles for a quick and cushy knit. I decided to use brioche stitches for this so it could be reversible.

I used the Chinese Waitress cast on, which I think is a good complement to the reversible aesthetic of the brioche stitch. I didn’t know what bind off method to use that would look like the CWCO, so I modified the JSSBO in order to achieve a similar look.

I knit it til it spanned 5 feet 3 inches (around my height).

I'll be posting a how-to soon for the modified JSSBO that I used for the bind off. I need better photos first :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Date Day

Marc and I finally pushed through with making use of the member-for-a-day card at the Manila Pen that our friend Rey gave us for our wedding.

The card let us have a 50% discount at any of the restaurants at the hotel, so Date Day happened!

We went for the buffet lunch at the Escolta restaurant and it was sooo good. I'm glad we got to experience that buffet at just 50% (thanks, Rey!) because even after the discount, our bill was a little more than 1,000 pesos. Eep!

After lunch, we went around the Ayala malls to walk our food guilt off. We maybe ended up at Glorietta 5 and I maybe ended up buying 3.0mm Addi circular needles to add to my collection. How'd that happen? lol

At around 3:00pm, we went back to Greenbelt to avail of the movie vouchers that our friends JP and Trish gave us for Christmas (Thanks, guys!). Yep, we're so lucky to have friends who give us awesome gifts. Which reminds me... Marc, we still haven't given them our holiday gifts! Anyway, as I was saying, we watched a movie -- Wolf of Wall Street. Awesome movie. And for the three hours it took, I didn't realize it even took that long. I only felt it after trying to stand up and finding my back starting to ache. hah

After that, we met up with my sister and Russ for dinner:

I look so pale here^^ I think I need to start wearing make up

After dinner, we went to their gig at Saguijo:

Capped off the night with a beer and then headed home. Marc and I didn't go to any other events after the gig because we had an early thing to go to the next day. In any case, date day was awesome as it was. 

I make it sound like we never have dates anymore, now that we're married, but it's kinda true. These days, we seem to prefer holing up and watching movies or catching up with TV series on our bed. Yeah, we're boring! Just kidding. We still do go out, but for now, we like spending more quality time together, adjusting to living together, and also learning more about each other. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Windy weekend

As if the Metro Manila weather wasn't enough for me, a few of us went to Pililia last weekend to have some much needed R&R. Well, it wasn't all play; my sister's band with Marc and a few of us went to our friend's family's resthouse for an ocular visit-- it's going to be the venue for their first ever music video shoot.

A few photos from then:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WIP: undefined project

The desire to make an open lace cardigan is back:

I've been swatching a stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's second treasury and modifying it to my preference.

Starlight lace (original ver)

Modified starlight lace

Instead of having different stitch counts for two rows, I modified it so that the stitch count is the same all throughout. The modification actually open it all up a bit. Though I am not sure if it's noticeable in the photos.

Here's to hoping I get my shit together and manage to make something out of this!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Colder weather

It's not like we get weather here as cold as in countries with winter, but it's been colder the past few days.

It doesn't make getting up early any easier, but I like how I get to wear my knit top without thinking twice. Small joys. lol

In other news, I got too see a couple of friends last weekend who I haven't seen since they left the country to pursue their masters degrees. Jenny from Spain, Red from China.

Red brought back a wedding gift for Marc and I:

One of the traditional wedding gifts in China is a pair of chopsticks for the couple. The man uses the pair with the dragon print and the woman uses the one with the phoenix. Can't wait to start using these in our future flat!

Colder weather means extra lazy bones, so I haven't decided what to do next. I'm thinking of knitting another top, maybe of my own design. I just have to choose a yarn from the stash, get gauge, and swatch. And on the sewing front, my sewing machine isn't cooperating; my presser foot seems to have somehow gotten misaligned and no matter how many times I tinker with it, nothing seems to fix it. Is it time for a new machine? Hint, hint, Universe!

Contrary to my usual impulsive self, I won't be jumping into a big buy for the next couple of months. We've been monitoring our expenses lately, and I don't wanna splurge on a new machine just yet. Getting another secondhand machine isn't as appealing as it used to be: For my next purchase, I want to invest in a brand new one, complete with accessories and a warranty.

Here's to hoping things fall into place in the next couple of weeks! And here's to hoping I somehow get back into the groove of updating this with more relevant stuff.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New hair color!

On the 4th of January, I went to the salon and had my hair color changed:

I am only posting a dark photo that was taken against the light because my face still looked tired from all the holiday hullabaloo last weekend. But hey, the lighting shows the change!

Truthfully though, it's just a lighter shade of brown in normal lighting. Not a big change, but I feel like I'm really starting a new year whenever I do something like this :)

Bonne année !

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FO: Gemini top

After more than a month, I have finally finished the Gemini top!

It's done top-down so the endless stockinette rows came after the lace yoke. This made for much complaining about the tediousness and all, but I think the meditative stockinette helped keep me sane during the holiday season :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Last weekend...

Here are some photos from last weekend. Because I said I'd try to post more, but am a little bit too lazy to write about what happened (is this cheating?):

1. Stood in line for the girls' CR at a gig. That was my view for ten whole minutes while the girl ahead of me was possibly taking a cat nap inside. She took that long.

2. New hair! I had my hair cut and dyed a lighter brown. It looks nice here, but that was 'cause the stylist blow-dried (blew-dry? lol) it. The day after, it started sticking out.

3., 4., 5. Our friends hosted a party at their compound. Fun night, woke up the next day with my first hangover for the year.

6. Family reunion with my in-laws! We played the White Elephant game, which my FIL hosted. Marc and I won about 6 gifts between us... It was a little bit embarrassing having to "steal" gifts from the relatives we weren't close to.

WIP update: I'm nearly done with the Gemini's body. Just a few more rounds of ribbing. All that is left after that is the sleeves :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Back at Work

Back at work now after nearly 2 weeks of vacation, and there's lots to do. Guess what though, I've been on Twitter and FB for most of the day. Sssh, don't tell anyone.

I was unusually chatty on twitter earlier, until someone said something that killed my vibe. Boy, can someone seem so self - righteous and self-involved on social media.

I'm not one to make an admirable list of resolutions, but there are a few things that I wanna adjust or start doing this year.

First of all, I wanna save up more, and at the same time, go out more. Is that even possible? Going out means spending more, doesn't it? How do other people do it? This is something I wish would magically work out for me and Marc this year.  

Another thing I have on my mind is being healthier. But I don't wanna go on a strict diet. We love to eat, so we gotta somehow find a way to not abuse our bodies too much. Maybe it's alright to eat junk and drink alcohol moderately as long as we continue exercising?

I also bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar so we can detox regularly. Ever since I got chikungunya last year, some of my joints have been feeling stiff. And that's not good for someone who likes knitting, writing, and playing guitar. Hopefully, the ACV habit will help.

My wrists are currently feeling sore these days, and I don't want things to get worse.

So. Today, at work. Not as many things to do as yesterday, but still busy. My desk likes pretending to be busy too.


l had leftover lechon paksiw for lunch and I don't think it agreed with me. Is it too early in the year to ask for an early out? lol

Happy New Year!

2013 feels like such a blur. And yet so many things happened!

It's a bit difficult to go into details right now. With my erratic entries, I feel like I will never be able to catch up and make this blog up-to-date. There's already too much I've missed.

Luckily, Google made it easier for me to sum up the year. Here's a short slideshow of random photos taken in 2013:

I stopped making major New Year's resolutions a few years ago. I find that it just adds unnecessary pressure in my life. So this year, I'm keeping it simple:

1. Update this site more. I feel like I missed a lot of things here, and it was mostly because I felt like what I wanted to write here wasn't so important. But now I realized that kind of mentality defeats the purpose of a personal blog. So now I resolve to update this space as much as possible, even with the "little things".

I went through an old journal from 2007-2008 yesterday and found that I used to write detailed entries about the simplest of days, and I wanna get back to doing that. It actually felt good reading about what the "normal" things I used to do were back in college.

2. Don't stress. Always take a step back and remember what matters most in life.

Those two are my main goals for this year. Simple and manageable, the way I want my life to be. haha

For smaller-scale goals though, Marc and I will try to save up more by eating out less and following the 52-week Money Challenge which we found going around FB:

Photo taken from this site

We will try this challenge, but will do it in reverse. We will start with the biggest amount and taper it down as the year progresses. Much easier and lighter, I think! That way, when the next holiday season comes around, it won't be so heavy :)

I'm still not quite back in the mindset of writing much here, so yeah, January's entries will most likely suck.

Happy New Year!!!