An Open Letter to the Man I Will Love

So while I was searching through YouTube on strategic planning for one my MBA papers, I stumbled across one of Simon Sinek’s interviews about leadership and how he related it to how a woman falls in love with her husband and he mentioned about the little things. I thought, “Hmm, what little things would make me fall in love with a person?” Well it turned out that I have alot to say on the topic, lol πŸ˜‚. Good stuff. Hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!! 😊 XO, A

Hey You,

We haven’t met yet, or we have but we don’t see each other that way yet, but I’d like to let you know that I am so happy that I love you.

I’d like to let you know, it wasn’t the flowers that got me. Or the chocolates and the random gifts. Or your dorky smile. Or your cuddable frame. Or your dad jokes. Nevertheless, I appreciate all those.

It was the way you looked at me when we talked. The way you listened when I spoke. How you remember things that I forgot I told you about. The way you spoke about the mundane things in life with such vigor like it was your greatest day yet. The way you taught me things I never knew without making me feel like a total dumdum.

It was when my strong personality did not faze you but rather attract you because you knew the challenge was getting me to like you beyond flirting and bravado. You knew I didn’t know how to play games and I was a horrible flirt but you still managed, that got me.

It was the little things you do when we’re around friends and family. When you’d put your hand on my back when you know I’m being my ill-humoured self from all the teasing, letting me know you got me. It was you getting along so well with my family going so far as to hang out with them even without me. And on gatherings, when you’d squeeze my hand under the table while everyone is having a great time just because.

It is also the little things you do when we’re together, just us. When you would tell me you were going to be late because you know how I feel about getting stood up. Or when you’d very much ask to reschedule if you knew I would be waiting too long for you. You know how much I value time and I love that you respect that.

When you’d let me go through doors first or look back if you happen to be far ahead to see I haven’t gotten myself lost in the mall we always go to. When you’d save the last piece of steak because you know I’m a carnivore. Or when you know to warn me that I can’t have eggs because I’m allergic. That you’d gladly have a second serving of egg if I’m stubborn and have to order a meal with egg on it. When you hold my hand or put your arm around my shoulder even if you know so well I am most likely sweaty already, but you still do.

It was also our bad days. When we’d disagree on things and you’d be the better man to make sure we end the discussion like adults. When I have had a bad day and take it out on you and you so calmly make me realise that that isn’t how I should treat the people I love. It was on rough days when you stepped up to show that you still choose to love me even if you were annoyed, that got me.

It was on days when we could not meet and you know I’m a workaholic. That you’d message to ask if I was home and send encouragement on extra challenging days. When you had the best advice when I was stumped, it was then I realised I always wanted to hear your take on things because I always found it refreshing.

When we couldn’t bear not to see each other, that you would wait for me on the bar with a drink, watching your favorite sport on TV just like dad. Then we’d have late dinner, catch up with alot of yawning in between because we both had a long day but still enjoy each other’s company.

It was the most boring days we had together that got me. When we had spent so much time together we ran out of stuff to say that we just sat there, lay there, shoulders touching enjoying the silence. And it was alright. Those were the days I realised I felt safe with you.

You got me not because of your charm, humor, good looks or accomplishments. You got me because you have a big heart and you taught me that kindness is possible even in the little things.

You knew if I was asked whom I would choose between the man who loves me or the man I love – I’d always choose the man who loves me that I can come to love. I’m glad it was you.

With Lots of Love,

Me

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Baking Cinnamon Rolls for the first time

It’s been raining non-stop here since last night and almost the entire metro cut classes and work short(except for me, I worked from home today) because of the floods it was causing. Since everybody was home and I was really hungry, decided to finally give baking cinammon rolls a shot after my shift. 

Initially wanted to try the Pioneer woman’s recipe but it called for 8 cups of flour and I don’t think I had THAT much in stock at the moment. So I googled some more and found a recipe from The Stay at Home Chef. You can find the recipe Here.

Loved the recipe because it was easy, simple and it wasn’t messy to prepare. Believe me I can be messy when it comes to baking. Made a couple of ingredient swaps because preference πŸ’πŸ» (or that was the only thing I had here) and I’ve listed them below.

  • Instead of white sugar, used Brown Sugar
  • Instead of Butter, used Margarine
  • Whole milk to Soy Milk

I was almost tempted to not include the egg because of allergies but I thought I might botch the entire recipe so I included it.

The instructions said to bake at up to 20 mins but I had to extend to 30 because I wanted to make sure it baked through the center.
Must say it turned out looking good. πŸ‘… 

πŸ’‹A


Our Stay at Hotel Elegant @ San Juan, La Union

I’m usually not the kind to go on a trip on a long holiday because flights and lodging are usually more expensive but this time around, the family managed to go on a road trip to San Juan, La Union thanks to my cousin who’s been to the place already and booked it for us through Hotels.com.

The place is pretty new as they opened around December 2016. My cousin stayed here once so I was pretty optimistic this was a good place to stay since Manang was willing to come back here.

Location

It’s a 10 minute drive to San Juan beach – famous for it’s surfable waves and about 2 min drive (7 min walk) to CSI City Mall.

Parking was ok, could fit around 8-10 cars (3 columns) at the front of the property.

Price and AmenitiesΒ 

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The family room booked had 2 bedrooms with a double bed and cabinet for each, a huge bathroom with heated showers, cable tv, a kitchen, dining table, 3 air conditioning units and WiFi. There weren’t any elevators so a little exercise going up to the 4th floor.

The bathroom was clean and had a bidet which is one of the first and major things I check and judge whenever I stay somewhere new so a Yehey for me. 😊

Pretty neat for around Php 5k a night and we were 5 on this trip. Pretty good value for your money. I’ve managed to take home one of their flyers (and found it folded in one of my bags weeks later, lol) and included it here for your reference. πŸ™‚

Service

They were pretty quick to addressing most of our requests. For some reason the door to one of the bedrooms seemed to lock on its own and the key to it wasn’t included with the keys lent to us so we called front desk to assist. Within a few minutes someone came up with the master keys to unlock so I liked that.

Extra pillow, blanket and towel for my bro was brought up in due time as well.

Overall, I liked that the place was quiet, clean and well priced. If I came back to La Union, I would definitely consider booking here again.

Blogging Seriously

If you have been following my blog or happen to have read a few posts that I was confident enough to share on my other social media platforms, you’d notice that I do this mainly for fun – a catharsis really. But then adulting happened and I’ve seen so many articles already about blogging being a legit avenue to make some extra income.

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Hello again Singapore: My 4D3N stay in SG this 2017!

The last time I traveled to Singapore was 2014 for a tour when I was in college. Everything back then was arranged for us so there really wasn’t much freedom. Told myself I’d come back and fortunately, I came back last March with my colleagues at work.

This trip was a total DIY and glad to say that we were able to save ALOT on lodging as we stayed at one of my colleague’s relatives.

One of the things I enjoyed in this trip this time around was we were able to explore the city-state using their bus system. Last time I was here, I used the train for the most part and you couldn’t see much if the line was mostly running underground.

Take a moment to enjoy the photos I compiled and I’ve laid out the Itinerary after πŸ™‚

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