Friday, December 25, 2015

Lena: When in Eastern Europe

Since 2015 has been a ride of blessings and changes for me. I have taken the time to again visit our not so updated blog site -- Clara need some coping up to do for sure!

I really am so sorry on not being a diligent blogger. But hey, now that the holidays have officially kicked in; I may have the time to gush about my business and personal travels in Eastern Europe. Some writing therapy is happening now ;)

One main thing to be happy and thankful about - was when I recently joined a multinational company this September; and in a matter of several weeks they have been very confident to send me to do some important things in Europe for almost two months. Sweet trip!

My upcoming releases of blogs will focus in everything under the sun about Europe - and will for sure be a happy blog from my point of view ;) yay! I also will try to post my overdue blogs in all of my other travels ;) *crossingmyfingers*

Friday, December 20, 2013

Lena: You Should Fall For Someone Who Doesn’t Love You

Thought Catalog that Clara and I shared over funny personal email correspondences :) Quite a read!


You Should Fall For Someone Who Doesn’t Love You

Aug. 27, 2013
By Wes Janisen

It occurred to me the other day that there might be people in this world who have never known unrequited love, have never fallen for someone who didn’t fall too.

I know it’s rarer than a solar eclipse, but it seems likely that some have managed it; people who married their high school sweetheart, who got it right on the first try, who were seemingly born with enough innate confidence to walk right up to the object of their affection and say, “I think you’re great, would you like to go on a date sometime” and whose confidence was rewarded with a resolute, “Absolutely, I’d love to” and a Happily Ever After. The rest of us would be inclined to murder a couple like this if we ever came across them, but I maintain that they are the ones who are missing out. Everyone should fall for someone who doesn’t love them back at least once.

People who don’t love you can be found in many places. Pick the person in a brand new relationship; they can’t see more than five inches past the face of their new love, let alone far enough to see you pining away in the corner. Pick the girl you’ve been friends with for ages, the one who refers to you as a brother and will never see you as anything else. Pick the boy who flirts with everyone, sleeps with everyone, the one who doesn’t know what he’s looking for and never seems satisfied. He’ll do just fine, too.

This has to be more than a crush, more than just a fleeting attraction. Thinking they look cute when they smile, or letting your imagination momentarily wander when they touch your skin isn’t enough. You must love them with every fiber of your being, from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep, day after heartbroken day. Memorize the rhythm and cadence of their voice, the subtle gestures of their hands and each expression of their face, so when you’re asleep and dreaming of a world in which you’re together, it seems real. Feel your soul fracture each morning when you wake up and realize it isn’t.

Let the agony, the obsession, consume you. Nothing hurts quite as exquisitely as loving someone who doesn’t love you back.

Perhaps you think I’m crazy for suggesting anyone let themselves fall into this pit of despair, that I’m an emotional sadist of the worst variety. But darling reader, I assure you I’m not, because eventually something happens to every single person who loves someone who doesn’t love them back: they manage to stop being in love.

While it takes varying amounts of time, everyone finds their breaking point, that moment when enough becomes enough. It could be the third night you cry yourself to sleep, the fifth time they cancel plans with you to be with someone else, or the eighth night in a row you spend getting drunk alone. It can take months, or even years. But here’s what you’ll have once you get there:

After surviving that kind of ache, you’ll be so much stronger, so much more certain of yourself. You’ll see that all pain (physical, emotional, and metal) is a temporary state of being, not a permanent one. There is always a reason to go on, always a reason to fight for yourself.

You’ll realize that because you are not loved by one does not mean you are not loved by all. You’ll understand that love cannot be won like a teddy bear at the fair; cannot be stolen like a rare painting from a museum in the dead of night. You’ll see that real love comes first from within, not from anyone else. You learn that those annoying people who say things like, “real love comes from within” were telling you the truth this whole time, but you had to learn it for yourself. Don’t worry – you don’t need to tell them they were right.

Getting over unrequited love feels like having a blindfold removed – you suddenly see all the love you’ve had in your life this whole time, and you’ll appreciate those individuals like never before. You will be humbled, you will be grateful, you will be wiser.

Here’s the best part, though, about getting over someone who doesn’t love you: you realize that nobody healed your heartache, that you were able to fix yourself all on your own. And once you’ve proven to yourself that you can recover from that, you won’t be afraid to go looking for love again.

And again, and again and again.

And one of those times, you’re bound to be rewarded with someone who reciprocates every ounce of your unbridled affection, who loves you just as much as you love them, and that will be the most supreme feeling of ecstasy you can fathom. You’ll see that loving someone who didn’t love you back was totally worth it.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lena: Impromptu OktoberFest in Brotzeit ;)

After a very long tea time while I was finishig off an MOM (and ooh yes!, I'm kinda working on a fine Saturday night while my dear friend, Ria, is sipping her very hot Nagasaki milk tea), we then decided to walk out of Serenitea and grab something to eat. The sad part, the place's about to close. We went out of the newly added wing of our go-to mall (Shangri-La Mall) and guess where our feet took us :) --- Ola! Hello to Brotzeit!

Brotzeit is a Singaporean-owned German Restaurant. "Brot" means "bread" and "zeit" literally translates to "time" in German, so it does mean bread time which is usually paired or accompanied with a nice cold beer.

Spicy Beef Goulash has a similar taste to our local Menudo, I was a bit disappointed with the "spicy" name. My buds can't sense any spiciness -- but please bear that I'm kinda bias when it comes to such thing due to my high tolerance.

Four Cheese Sausages -- a total hit for us! We really love 'em especially the sauces that came with it. I will definitely get these again once I'm back here.

Part of the new specials that's why we tried it. This meal can feed 2-3 person (I'm pertaining to a girl's normal appetite *wink*). Meat's very tender and moist but lacks the overall taste of a good marinate or sauce. We were actually looking for the missing sauce that should have come with it but nada! -- that's the whole meal. We just decided to re-use the Four Cheese sauces. Well, it was still a good workaround for the Lamb Shanks :)

German experience won't be a good one if we won't try their beer mixes since it's Oktoberfest after all! :) I tried Bayrischer Longdrink (Original Munchner Lager with vodka and lime juice) while Ria tried Schwarzer (Weissbier with cola). All in all, our drinks were really good but we did arrive with the same conclusion - we can't finish 0.5 liter each! haha! Too much beer for us! ;)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lena: My 2 Minit Kari! :)

Finally! My very good friend just came back from his brief Zamboanga vacay and brought me some sweet oops spicy stuff! hehe! yey! I really dig Maggi Kari -- just in time for this rainy season :)

Kari anyone?! :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lena: Thank You Citibank!

Thank you CITI PRIVILEGES! Enjoyed my super fave Moroccan Mint Tea Latte! ^_^

Thursday, May 31, 2012


My friends and I managed to hook up with some VIP passes and CITI "invites only" on this most awaited CROCS Mega Sale. I'm not a major CROCS fan yet I still decided to come -- rainy season is just around the corner, my new grabs will perfectly serve our family a very good purpose! :)


Something to eat after a long 5-hour shopping!

To our awe, the first day intimate affair last night was a huge hit -- super big time! Super long lines -- we managed to get inside after a long 2-hour wait. Prior to that, we even encountered super duper heavy traffic due to the sudden and heavy downpour. But hey! Time really flies when you're with friends -- hanging out while queuing up! :) Plus, it's a major no-no to get out without buying anything -- just imagine the long and grueling hours you need to brave towards the magical store door of CROCS *wink*

More Details:

Invites Only: May 31
Public Event: June 1-2  (expect a long queue -- I'm guessing that it'll be a 3-4 hr wait this time)
Where: NBC Tent, The Fort
Store Hours: 10am-10pm

Mode of Payment:
CITIBANK only -- additional 10% off for straight payment
                       -- or 3 mos 0% paylite (minimum 10k purchase)

PRICELIST (Sorry, I don't have the Children's List)

**Not all styles & sizes are readily available -- TREASURE HUNTING mode! haha!

ENJOY and BEST OF LUCK! Hiyaaaaa! :)