Affordable, Moderate and Extravagant Date Ideas For All Occasions

at 3/24/2017 0 comments
Hi!Valentine's day is coming and I know you're running out of ideas on how to surprise or treat your significant others on Valentine's day. Tsk! Tsk! Don't worry, I'm here to the rescue. This blog post is all about ideas on how to make your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, bestfriend, etc. feel special this Valentine's day or shall I say..every regular day you like because everyday is Valentine's Day with your loved ones.

Affordable (Budget: P100 to P500)
within the meager allowance of a student

1. Make a card with a sincere letter inside. It will be much more personal if you can express your love letter using your own words. If you're not the poetic/writer type, simply check the web links below, copy the messages or improvise it.

2. Instead of buying a dozen of roses, give her 1 rose instead. Put a ribbon and a short sweet message on a piece of hand cut card.

3. Buy her favorite bar of chocolate and wrap it with a red Japanese (tissue paper) with a sweet note inside.

4. If you know how to draw, make a portrait of her and don't forget to add a little note too like "I love your smile" etc. or if you're running out of words, just click on the link above for ideas.

5. Make a DIY coupon or voucher on a piece of cardboard paper. Let her choose 2, 3 or 5 coupons while blindfolded or let her eyes close. The coupons contains promises that range from the mundane to the downright sexy, all depending on your willingness to do things for your love.

Examples of coupon/voucher:

  • This coupon is good for 2 days of loving full body massage. Redeemable until end of the month.
  • This coupon is good for one night giving you a foot massage. To be redeemed right away.
  • This coupon is good for one night of wild romance. To be redeemed when you're in the mood.

6. Buy instant pancit canton, cook it, and let her choose the movie she'd like to watch.

7. Plan a picnic somewhere. Buy junk foods or foods she likes, spread a blanket, bring a tripod for taking photos together, a wireless speaker to play her favorite songs and just talk about anything under the sun. (The key is to spend time together)

8. Buy a dozen of balloons and blow it yourself  or let a friend help you inflate it and surprise her after her class or work. Let a friend take photos of the event.

9. If you know how to dance, surprise her with a flash dance and before the flash dance ends, let an accomplice open a DIY banner with a cute message while the party popper pops.

10. Make a Love Trail. Be gone for awhile and let her worry. Let your accomplices give her pieces of chocolates with notes like ( To find your lover, go upstairs and you'll find a guy holding the next piece of note with instructions on what to do next until she'd eventually find you holding a flower, a stuff toy, a cupcake, a chocolate, or whatever you'd like to present to her).

11. Download a karaoke app and sing some of your favorite songs together.

12. Cook simple foods and eat it together with a candle light. Don't forget to give her a card and a chocolate or anything within the budget. It's still nice to let her have something to hold on to for keeps.

13. Visit museums or historical landmarks within your local area and do the honor of taking her lots of photos.

14. Visit Valentine's Day booths organized by your local community. Try their kissing booths, wedding booths, etc. for added fun. Just don't be a Kill Joy.

15. Visit your local state fair. Try on some rides, participate in games, eat popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy and bring a tripod or monopod for photos.
peryahan country fair photo source vatel manila credits

Moderate (Budget: P500 to P1000)
Not too much but sufficient enough resources

1. Treat your significant other to an eat-all-you-can / buffet resto.

2. Check into a motel, bring her favorite food and watch movies together. (depends on the level of your relationship)

3. Buy an inflatable pool which is good for two, drink your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and just spend time together.

4. Cook your significant other's favorite food or any food he/she would like to try. Listen to your favorite music while cooking and have a candlelight dinner for two at the comfort of your own home.

5. Take her to a bowling game or go to any arcade where you two can play and have fun.

6. Go to a local beach resort, bring food, play cards, and maybe take a dip or swim in the water depending on your mood.

7. Treat your SO to her favorite cafe. Check if the place have a WiFi and the place is Instagram worthy.

8. Go on a hiking or biking trip. Check your local area if there are places where you can do this.

9. Try bar hopping if both of you dig this kind of activity because some couples like to dance and drink also.

10. Treat him or her to a spa where they offer massage at night. This is great for couples who just want some time to relax.

11. Treat her to a  karaoke bar with private rooms, buy some drinks and sing your heart out.

12. Spend time with your significant other simply by engaging in a joy ride around town jumping from one place to another like trying that new cafe. (Applicable only if you have a car or motorbike)

Extravagant (Budget: P1000 above)
Sky is the limit

1. Plan a trip local or abroad. It depends on the budget.

2. Date him or her to a Go Kart racing track if your local area have one.

3. Treat your SO to an amusement park like Enchanted Kingdom, Star City, Upside Down Museum etc. and try different rides, foods and take a lot of Instgrammable photos.

4. Visit aqua-museum parks or the zoo if your SO is an animal lover.

5. If your SO is an adventurous type, try ziplining, paragliding, skydiving, snorkeling, diving, etc.

6. If you're in Manila, try concept restaurants and cafes like this!

7. Have a hotel staycation with pool amenities and take her to a night swimming and spa experience.

8. Treat her to a fine dining restaurant and dressed up for whatever occasion you're celebrating.

9. Watch your favorite 3D movies at IMAX if it's available in your area.

10. Go island hopping at Balesin Island, Amanpulo, Boracay, Palawan, because money is not an issue. LOL!

11. Treat him or her to a wine tasting session available at your local area.

12. If you're feeling Christian Grey, treat her with a chopper ride. Just make sure your SO is not aviophobia (fear of flying) or else....

13. Take him or her to a hot air balloon festival date. Just make sure to buy a ticket ahead the festival.

14. Treat your SO to a play or concert he or she haven't watched.

15. Take your SO to a shopping spree. Just be prepared not to get bored while she's checking out every store she likes. LOL!


What To Do Before, During, and After Chinese New Year?

at 1/26/2017 0 comments
I'm not Chinese but since my friends are mostly Chinese, I was able to embrace some of their traditions. I have mentioned before how superstitious I am so there's no wonder I love this yearly celebration. Below are the activities you should do prior, during and after Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017 - Year of the Fire Rooster)

1. Just like the regular western new year celebration, before the stroke of midnight, the house must be cleaned and dusted off to make room for a new beginning. The aim is to get rid of the accumulated bad lucks of the prior year.

2. Wear new clothes on Chinese New Year. This is to get rid of all the bad lucks from last year by having a clean slate. 

3.  It is believed that if you sweep away outside the garbage or dust on the first 3 days of Chinese New Year, all the good lucks will also be swept away. But you may sweep the garbage and dust inward by using a dustpan instead and throw it away after 3 days. 

4. No crying on Chinese New Year. That's why even if small kids are being mischievous during the celebration, they are tolerated. So, better laugh a lot on New Year's eve. 

5. Pay all your debts before Chinese New Year and no borrowing of money also. 

6. Wear a red color underwear on New Year's eve to ward off bad lucks.

7. Give "ang pao" or red envelopes with money inside as gifts but make sure the amount is not in odd numbers. For gift ideas, check my post here

8. Before Chinese New Year, make sure you have taken a bath or washed your hair because it's believed that if you wash your hair on the first 2 days of Chinese New Year, you'll wash every good lucks away. 

9. Watch Chinese activities on your local area. Chinese usually held a lion or dragon dance and a variety show during this time.

10. Buy lucky charms for yourself, for your home, or business establishment. If you have no idea what lucky charm you need, you may ask the store owner what are your main object of your lucky charms. They will be happy to tell you.

11. If firecrackers are allowed in your area, you may light up some fireworks or set off  a few firecrackers outside the house to ward off evil spirits or bad lucks from your home. In my case, I will turn up the volume of my speaker and play fireworks video from YouTube to imitate the setting off of firecrackers. 

12. During reunion dinner, do not use sharp objects like knives because it is believed that it will cut off your lucks.

13.Eat sticky rice or sweet sticky foods like Tikoy. So that, all the good fortune will stick to you this year.

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Malaya by Moira dela Torre Lyrics + Tagalog to English

at 1/26/2017 0 comments
malaya lyrics english translation tagalog taglish

Pasensya na, kung papatulugin na muna
(I'm sorry but I'll let this rest for a while)
Ang pusong napagod kakahintay
(This heart tired of waiting)
Kaya sa natitirang segundong kayakap ka
(While at this moment hugging you)
Maaari bang magkunwaring akin ka pa
(May you please pretend you're still mine)
Mangangarap hanggang sa pagbalik
(I will keep hoping until you're back)
Mangangarap pa rin kahit masakit
(I will keep hoping even if it hurts)

Baka sakaling makita kitang muli
(Maybe I'll see you again)
Pagsikat ng araw, paglipas ng gabi
(Until the day comes, until the night falls)
Kung di pipilitin ang di pa para sa'kin
(I will not insist on the things I can't have yet)
Baka sakaling maibalik
(Maybe I can have it again)

Malaya ka na, Malaya
(You are free, Free)

Isusuko na ang sandata aatras na sa laban
(I admit my defeat on this battle)
Di dahil naduduwag kundi dahil mahal kita
(Not because I'm a coward but because I love you)
Mahirap nang labanan mga espada ng orasan
(It's impractical to fight with time)
Kung pipilitin pa, lalo lang masasaktan
(If I'll force myself, It will hurt me deeply)
Mangangarap hanggang sa pagbalik
(I will keep hoping until you're back)
Mangangarap pa rin kahit masakit
(I will keep hoping even if it hurts)
Baka sakaling makita kitang muli
(Maybe I'll see you again)
Pagsikat ng araw, paglipas ng gabi
(Until the day comes, until the night falls)
Kung di pipilitin ang di pa para sa'kin
(I will not insist on the things I can't have yet)
Baka sakaling maibalik
(Maybe I can have it again)

Malaya ka na, Malaya
(You are free, free)

This song just reminds me of someone whom I've hurt deeply. This song is for you...
May you forgive me in God's time.

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