what's new?!?

flashes flashing!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

hiskulmates met

Reconnected in fb and reunited in Dubai,
hiskulmates met!

When: Oct 15, 2010
Where: Umm Suqqeim 2 Beach, near Burj Al Arab
Who: Myself, M. Alabastro, S.M.Ombrete, and L.Sapao

Sunday, September 26, 2010

winter is here

Dubai is starting to get a cooler weather today.
It's a great time of the year.

Winter is herrrre!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

☺happy me☺

YAY, I am so, so happy today. JUST h A p p Y!!!
And here's to a happy me, EvERydAY!

Monday, September 13, 2010

shaken up

Sept. 11, 2010---
We headed off to Fujairah on a coaster ride when, suddenly, we got into an accident through the Industrial area of Sharjah. Thank God, we were all fine. It was my first time, ever!
Shaken up, we decided it was no-good to go anymore and headed back to Jumeirah Beach by the Marina Walk. There we had fun fun fun and called it a celebration of life!
God is so,so good!

Monday, September 6, 2010

yay, it's business

No more denying. No more hiding. I am skint. I am like knocked over and under and there's no sense of thinking back why.

Troubles drain me of energy lately and I can't just lie down and cry. I'm not gonna draw you into every hella drama I had, anyhow. Enough of them and I wanted to go out my way to skip them, I thought. But financially struggling on top of everything, gritting my teeth was all I could do. And so a week ago, I suddenly thought why not sell a bit of my great but unused ukay finds and non-ukay peices online to make some money on the side.

Yay! It's business.

Thing was, I didn't really know how the way to go about setting up my own 'dot com' so i decided making another blog. I have published it already but there's nothing like 'shopping' carts and 'shipping' links yet. I am still working on it, anyway. I got to post few pieces though. I swear there will come more in time and setting up the domain will fall right into place. For the meantime, I ask all my friends to check it out and maybe they know another friends they could tell to. Every friend knows another friend and that's how it's gonna work out, I hope. Later on, i might not only be a solo-preneur because I am thinking of asking my closest friends to join with me here. But for now, I'm like make-it-yourself-happen and I just have to believe I can do better in business. *smiley-face

Now, setting in motion my www.jumblesalelimited.blogspot.com!

Monday, August 30, 2010

i call it bitter-sweet

Two weeks back:

Paduday: Te, guess what?
Me: What?
Paduday: Muuli ko. Mag resign ko. (Am going home. Am resigning)
Me: Hmmn...murag I know why and you know what.
Paduday: Yes! *laughed
Me; As innnnnn?! Buntis ka? *TSK-ed TSK-ed (Dead serious?! You're preggy?)
Paduday: Hahaha. Kay dugayan man ka gud! (Because you are too slow!)
Me: Hayyyyy. But ohhh congrats! (oh-so deep sigh)

I am not happy she's going to make me a lola again. 
But I am happy she's so happy.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

rough and tough

I am so messed up and totally broke.
YES, Broker than BROKE!

I am having such a rough and tough time of my life right now.
Worst thing of all, I am working, but I have nothing.

My family has always been living a simple and ordinary life. But I have always in my mind, am going to take the complications of comfort anytime.


Here I am - taking the complications of the simplest i believe comfort-and-such i am being and having:
a) single and free and on my own
b) working abroad
c) holding credit cards

Yes, I call it comfort-and-such being single and free and on-my-own.
Because I feel like I have the whole world for myself and I can smile smugly when my married friends and relatives and whomsoever argue with their hubbies over something stupid and end up hardly finding either ways of staying or separating.
The complication is, I see myself happy but desperate now. I am in an open relationship when all I want is commitment. I am happy because I love him; not sure if he does really love me, anyway. I take the risk and I don't know where is this taking me in the end.

Yes, I call it comfort-and-such working abroad too.
Because not only is a great way to see the world but also is a way of soaring off and breaking-free. Above all, I earn far higher salary compared to working in my country. Little did I know, 4 years can pass incredibly quickly and I see there is really nothing I can brag about when I come back home.

And oh, Yes, isn't it comfort-and-such to happy-go-shop even without money? The more credit cards, the happier I USED TO be. Now, believe me, the complications overload is killing me. I want to be debt-freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Oh Heavens, please help me.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

today's sentiment

"You've got to make choices in life. and then guess what happens after that. you have to make more choices, and more after that."

YES, Just like that!

Monday, July 26, 2010

me turns 31

So i say goodbye and good riddance to 30...
31 hErE i coMe!!!
Few consolations, *yeaaah!:,)

1) I may be old but I will still always be the youngest in my family.Ahihihi
2) When I was younger 30+ was OLD, now I feel 31 is YOUNG. LOL!!!
3) I get wiser as I get older. Oh-huh!
4) There is only one option to not turning 31, that is death. *eyes popping
5) I have him, my boss, that's so making my day! *wink
6) I am in love. Yes, I am.

So I say, "Welcome 31!”

Thursday, July 15, 2010

me sobs

Been crying my heart out since last night. I just have to vent again or else I'm going nuts. I have these occasional quiet yet nagging fears and doubts.

Have you ever felt like history could repeat itself and that you dont feel right about? Geeez...I can't just keep my past behind or must it be a red flag?!?
*tears making a wet trail down my face now and again...

I know that my doubts and fears put off what could have been a wonderful time but i don't know why do I worry a dozen of little things about that's freaking me out.

me sobs...I need some huggs :-((

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

my ff turns 1

Just todAaay.
and ff is what i call this 'flashes flashing' blog, by the way.

Hmmn...what am i supposed to say?!?
Okay, you, yes you, I love all of you. You is anyone who gets to read this, anyway. And You, you gotta celebrate with me today.lol

They say,
Life is not easy. Ohwell, blogging makes it easier, anyhow.

Here's to a more blogging years to come!
Happy birthday my ff!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

if only there was a road map to success...

Photo Credit: speareducation.com

I would have run down there or jump over even.

I may sound so hasty but no, am not. I only want certainties in life. But i also know, I can only wish. There are moments in your life when you seem to get what you want and you want to keep it forever.

Success, however, takes work and more prayers. Even so I talk and dream big, I need to lie everything low and just stroll down.

God bless my way!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

i have visited the queen elizabeth 2

Not the Queen herself (lol) but the legendary cruise ship named after her.

Wikipedia says it is the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners built for over four decades before the construction of the Queen Mary 2, which is now owned by Nakheel (a division of Dubai World).
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Elizabeth_2

Isn't it greatness do we call to get a chance of stepping onto? Oh boy, it really is. Just great!

and there goes the snaps...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

it's the mothers' day today!

This is a post to pay respect and love to my nanay who passed away when I was just 2.

I may not remember your company around and your face even, but there doesn't have to be anything else more important that I have always been and will always be so thankful than

bringing me out to see the world.

Thank you, Nay!
I love you, all my life! *tears

party friday

It was a 3-in-one. Like 3 parties-in-one friday!
wild wadi wild rides, a krazy-LIMBO dance, and a dinner party. wHEwww!
A wild wadi wild friday! [with the roomates]

 The wild up-and-down-hill ring rides kept us thrilled, chilled and super excited plus the fantastic view of Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Oh sweet blast! Thanks to Belen. She's the master blaster we gotta ride! *wink:,)

A krazy LIMBO dance friday! [with the officemates]

 We never knew it was a LIMBO-themed party until the disco train ended to a krazy-LIMBO showdown.It was hosted just-for-fun and thanks to Mr. Earnshaw, we had a real fun 'wine & dance' time. For the record, it was the first krazy dance Fichtner party friday, by the way. *LOL

*can't wait to upload a video here*

A Don Corleone and Bacardi friday! [with the hanggaws]
 Photo credit: metropolitandubai.habtoorhotels.com

It was a welcome-back dinner to welcome the newest hanggaw to the Hanggaw's family. Now, we must call him 'hanggaw marshey', I suppose. What do you, hanggaws, think?!?Hahaha.

four glasses of 'two oceans' + 4 bottles of 'bacardi' = Oceanic bacardi inside my tummy

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

the dinner

Pergolas-Al Murooj hosted a casual dinner for Fichtner again last night. The lavish buffet (themed orient express, as it was) had something for everyone and we had a fine time.
Photo credit: dineoutemirates.com

The dishes were elegant and the girls were lovely of course.


and see the next post for more photos...
the next time we're down there, bbqs won't definitely be missed!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a pdq trip

the demanding bride's rule #1:
Hanggaws must be at the wedding; Pam to be the MOH and myself to be one of the BMs

*Needless to say the booking, cancelling, re-booking, confirming, re-confirming, issuance and re-issuance*

22nd April---
We headed out figuring it like for the bouquet? the love storytelling? the heavenly beach? the pictures? the surely out of the UAE's savory foods? the get-together of long-missed friends and umm...whatever. But certainly, of course, to pronounce and sugarcoat 'that's what friends are for'!
The rule of the trip: MATULOG sa plane! and yes, we did.

23rd April---
We landed safely in the sublime city of Lapu-lapu, Cebu. Here I met the sweetest angels of pamyoks. What an oh-so adorable threesome---Bea, Chloe, and Baby X plus the lovely family. I want to exaggerate the whole family's cozy-warmth and graciousness here that I seemed to have had an instant dear family for 3N/4D i heavenly love.

24th April---
the highlight---the wedding, finally!
To look our best, we went to do our hair and nail polishings early in the morning. And yes, of course, we looked great and lovely. Yayyyy! here are the pictures so giving us justice *wink

And, by the way, I did meet my long-missed college friends, Raezel and Pam (aka tiyan---one of the BMs too).

What an enchanting beach wedding, I'd say. I wish I could have camcorded our barefoot dancing performance. It was a perfect rock'n roll by the beach!

*censoring the sentiments of 'back into love love love'. You know who you are when you get to read this,anyway:,) Ahaiiiz, they make a lovely couple, y'know!

25th April---
When and which is why the trip was the finest!
1. A bbq lunch at Matias' with the lovely capas---certainly the no.1 in the where-to-eat list that's not to be missed. Yummm!
2. the ever favorite Oishi Manju + green mango shake from thirsty. Ohh sweet Cebu!
3. The Back Up Plan movie daiskii and I watched for a good laugh. Fun fun!
4. the meeting up with joyceee + the burger steak in jollibee. Who-hoooo!

26th April---
The panic-buying of PASALUBONGS (most for myself though). I gotta have my favorite bingka from Mandaue (All thanks to Robert for doing a lot of favors for me), mangoes, lanzones, seringuelas, dice, tikoy, piyaya, masa real, ngo-hiong, danggit, and the hair chuchu's from watsons for moi. The KFC's gravy that's so out-of-the-world was a dream-come-true for pamyoks this day. Hahaha.

And damn quickly, the return flight!
Nausea and headache was like killing me when we reached the airport up until we boarded the plane. For the record, it was the first time in my whole life that I puked (to no dose of hardcore consumed). Yuckky! 

Pamyoks, diverted from extreme emo, turned out to give her sympathy for me and kept her dramas on hold. Thank you loads, hanggaw!

Today, I am back in the office safe and very well. And I thank you, God!

Friday, April 23, 2010

which is why i love hongkong

We get to connect. We get to post and we get to chat to kill time until we get to fly to sugbu.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

nina in chi garden at the lodge

I was alone in the house and bored like hell y'day. All I was thinking about the day was the word 'party' when out of my fb-ing popped a message from used-to-be-a-roommate, Mariel, inviting me to a Nina's concert. Tired of being the couch potato that I always am, I tagged myself along.

The evening was almost perfect. A night-out with acoustic love songs live was indeed a blast except that Nina's appearance anchored us till 12 midnight. Yes. We, sure, waited for 4 long hours before she came out. It was the first time in a LONG time I managed to stay out until 2:30 past midnight.

and the flashing snaps...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

update to the offer

According to my internal guidance system, it's a No Go.

After putting all the pros and cons of my current and offered job, I feel like I'm better off staying oooorr wait for a really good offer to step up and enough to get me out from a hella credit card trouble, at least.
And here's my email that said it all,

Hi and good morning [the offering boss],

First of all, I am so delighted by your job offer. Many thanks.

While I find the work, the way you and [the referring friend] explained, to be self-progressing and meeting my interest and exposure, I have uncertainly decided talking to [the current boss] on the matter up until the moment as I don’t know just the right decision to make considering, mainly, the following:

1. Commitment – [the current company] has always been very good to me, especially [the current boss]. I so value how they kept me after all visa headaches I gave them when I first joined here. For the same reason, I felt compelled to rather wait until the project is finished and/or signaled for a termination than tender a resignation.

2. Salary Offer = To be frank and honest, I see a little difference with the figure too. It would be a complete shift of the base and I note Abudhabi’s accommodation rate is of no equivalence, most possibly higher, compared to Dubai nowadays. To that end, I see [the amount] as my level of indifference.

The job, responsibilitywise, plus the opportunity of working with you guys are very appealing to me. However, after much thought of the above, I am sorry to feel like today’s maybe an inappropriate time to leave and have decided not to accept the offer at this time.

Your confidence in me is sincerely appreciated and it was a pleasure being recommended and having had a discussion with you. Anyways, I hope you will still keep my CV on file and will possibly consider me in the future should there be a need at a favorable time.

Again, many thanks for welcoming me and I am hoping only the best for you and the entire [the offering company].

Best Regards,


the reply,

Hi Neli,

Thanks for your long and frank email.

I fully understand your position.

Rest assured, I will keep your CV on file for future opportunities. Please let me know as soon as your circumstances change. I'm sure we can find an opening for you in the future.

Thanks and Best Regards,
[the offering boss]




Promising, we're gonna make our way to mariano's wedding.
Hasta la vista, Cebu!

*blueprinting fun times(limited for a day or two)...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

happy birthday, yam!

Obviously, i'm old 'cause here's a next generation so coming up. My beauteous neice, Yamyam, has turned 15.

Yamyam and the protectionist kuyas

hAPpY biRThdAY, YaM!

Hope you have a “yum” birthday, and by yum I mean bukayo and tira2-filled and a great one! Hahaha.

I wish you everything that’s wonderful! 
We ♥ you so much!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

i wanna go prank someone!

Today's April Fools' Day!
Go prank everyone or get pranked like me! whoaaaaaa

In the first place, I didn't know it so there's no way I could have skipped. Here's what happened in the office a little earlier today.
Our senior secretary, Roshan, asked me to come to his table and here went the conversation:

Roshan: Hmmn...[serious face] how long do you want to stay or do you want to stay longer here?

Me: Why? [confused]
Roshan: Because... [staring at his PC]
Me: Because why Roshan?
Roshan: Because one of you and Arlette has to go
Me: Really? Who said like?
Roshan: the boss
Me: Ohh...okay let me go. Arlette will stay.
Roshan: Okay, Arlette has to stay, anyway.
Me: Yeah.Actually, i have an offer from Menchie's company and I'm just thinking hard whether or not to accept
Roshan: [starts to laugh]...today's april fools' day, april fool!
Me: whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa [jumping out]
Roshan: Now, something has came out huh!
Me: [jumping non-stop and kickboxing Roshan this time] whoaaaaaaa...that was in all honesty. God I hate you Roshan! I hate you...I hate youuuuuuuuu!

Now, y'see?!?
Hell, i wanna go out and prank someone!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

dashing thoughts

Photo Credit: stevewright.info
I have thoughts to dash off, actually.

1. WHETHER or NOT to accept another job offer (definitely a complete shift of the base)
2. WHETHER or NOT to carry on the flight booking---making my way to mariano's wedding
3. WHETHER or NOT to apply for a personal loan
4. and there's still plenty to number off

However, it's past bedtime now. I need to shut down, say a little prayer and drop off.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

a sweet and refreshing treat

I've got a 3-hour sleep last night from a 3-day sleeplessness and I have to say there is nothing quite like a sweet and refreshing facial pampering to look my best after all those nights.

Cleanser + Scrub + Toner + Aromessence Oil + Whitening Mask 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

my current mood

Photo Credit:www.failads.com
Today's a day when I could really be productive doing some works.
But i just don't feel like it.
 *loving the funny baby*

Monday, March 22, 2010

feeling like a zombie

boredom and sleeplessness have zombie-fied me.

sleepyheaded. blockheaded. dull. dispirited. sluggish 
and so-so dead to the world today.
I wanna go hiberna-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-te!

a cup of coffee is not helping me. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

sweet d&g

Someone please tell me this isn't cute?!? :P
Thanks to my roomate, Cecilia! 
I soo heart it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

what is so big deal, people?

I am thirty. I am single. I am not hypocrite.

Married and single-but-no-longer-available friends, relatives and officemates aaalways and dont get tired of aaaalways asking me, "WHY are you still single?"

"Why nOooooooOot?", I always answer with a smile.

I said I am not hypocrite and yes, I sometimes(if not always)worry.
but do I have to defend myself, by the way?!?

Hellooooo...what is so-so and oh-so big deal, people?
It's not like I'm the only one,ey! annnnnnnd
Don't expect me telling either,

"I dont want to get married" Because of course I do. 
"Single is better than married" Because neither is better.

Okay, granted I so become sensitive today. Perhaps I've been hearing waaay too many wedding bells? Hmmn...likely!

But then again,

Simple, people!
Singleness doesn't make me less of a woman, deal with that or I'll keep repeating. I'll go about enjoying every moment because I know everything will fall right into place---
in HIS time.

annnd one more thing I wanna tell you, people.
What is so much better than single who is always up and ready to mingle-and-gamble-and-waggle-and-back to the cycle?!?
Seasons change, y'know?! Ooops:-))
But oh well, I always hope the cycle to end to settle with the one true mutually ♥'s commanded, of course!
And this, I pray!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

hello again fogie!

Fogie visits again today, blanketing the streets of Sheikh Zayed to Jebel Ali (far as I see)

Thanks to Arlette, she's taken real great photos for me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

foggy tuesday morning

Here's a little bit of foggy Jebel Ali today.

viewed from the sixth interchange

roundabout...left to Dubal and right to our office

Sunday, March 7, 2010

wedding bells everywhere!

But not for me...not even close *sigh*

Yes, wedding bells are ringing for my especially close and blushing friends. It's the loudest ring going on Dubai and everywhere today. Oh My! What a grand!

Everyone seems to be busy planning for a perfect and dream wedding.
Paragraphs of excitement, needless to say. But ahaiiiz, it makes me figure and ask myself, will I always be a bridesmaid?!?
Oh Lord, please no! Of course I want to get married too.
Please swear to me...one day I will! *wink*

Now ladies and gents,meet the lovely brides and grooms-to-be!

manay and her honeybunch teban---come April!

the censored sweeties---come April too!

shining balagcha and her shining payos---anytime within the year

pamyoks and her rockstar russ---come January 2011

Congratulation friends and cheeeeers!!!