July 12, 2016

Saturday Lakwatsa at S Maison

Last Saturday, we decided to check out SM's newest lifestyle mall - S Maison (at Mall of Asia Complex) and at the same time catch Ice Age Collision Course. The mall opened simultaneously with Conrad Manila, the new luxury hotel to open in Manila, last June 15. Conrad Manila sits atop the first two floors of the building which is the S Maison.

I am not really a mall rat but I like checking out new malls. For one, newly opened malls are usually not crowded, which I like. And second, I like to check out new dining and shopping concepts.

S Maison was understandably empty last Saturday. Not all shops are opened yet. The few open shops are: Fully Booked, Starbucks, True Religion and a couple of restaurants on the second floor.

We watched the movie at one of their 3 Director's club cinema. Movie was cute of course but I fell asleep in the middle of it. Shhh, don't tell my 9 year old, ok? :)

July 5, 2016

Hello 2016!

Okay, that's too late for a greeting this year. But allow me, please.

This year we made a big leap. We decided to move back to the Philippines. We have lived away from the Philippines for almost 10 years and so, moving back was a big decision for us.

When I visited my bank last month, a banker asked me if our decision to move back was because Mr. Duterte won the presidency.

No, it wasn't that. I wish it was as simple as that though.

We moved back for several reasons:

The employment offer for my husband was nice. But let me clarify, the offer was not as nice the employment offers abroad.

I wanted to do something for myself, something for my self-growth. Or something to that effect. Haha!

We wanted EJ to experience living in the Philippines.


{At Phnom Penh airport, taken before we flew to Manila}

We moved here just last month. I have to be honest and say that personally I am experiencing reverse culture shock. Yes, I was ecstatic about seeing my family and friends. I was also happy to be able to eat the food that I used to eat. But there's something that's making me feel unwelcome.

I don't know. But I am sure I will get over this.

So yeah, we're back in the concrete jungle that is Manila. We're no longer expats. Like I said, I am still adjusting to our life here. But surprisingly, our son EJ, has eased into his life here pretty quick. I guess kids make adjustments faster than adults.

Anyway, I have decided to blog again. I hope this time I can keep my promise. We'll see.