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“But our love it was stronger by far than the love

   Of those who were older than we—

   Of many far wiser than we—

And neither the angels in Heaven above

   Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee…”

– from “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe




Serendra Piazza: A Food Trip ^^

Serendra Piazza, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Yey! haha i actually only wanted to do this challenge coz it’s my first time to use the maps. hahaha normally, these things confuse me,lol ^^

Lately I haven’t really been living up to the “foodie” part of my blog — I’ve been focusing much on writing poetry and fiction and sharing photos of travel and nature. So, I’ve decided to use this prompt as a way to make it up to you (those who follow my blog for restaurant reviews/ food porn) ^^

Our destination: only the ultimate foodie paradise in Metro Manila — Bonifacio Global City ; Serendra Piazza, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Let’s go on a little food trip, shall we? ^^ We’re doin’ it my way: DESSERT IS SERVED FIRST. ^^

1) First stop: Cupcakes!

I’ve already made a post about cupcakes by sonja, click the link for more cupcakes. ^^

pistachio berries and cream

pistachio berries and cream

This is just one of my favorites! We’ll also have Berries and Cream, Red Velvet Vixen and Bunny Hugger Carrot Cupcake cos they’re awesome.

Ok, that’s it, enough! Quit stuffing your face with cupcakes coz our next stop is just fantabulous!

2) French Macarons and Royal Pudding at Chez Karine


So we have dark chocolate, pistachio, lemon, earl grey, choco mint, strawberry and my favorite: salted caramel! ^^


Muscovado Royal Pudding.. ahh the soft set custard pudding with dark caramel at the bottom.. pretty little jars too. And yes, you can take the jar home.. ^^

So it’s time for lunch but the sweetness doesn’t end here! I bet you never had a sweet burger before 😉

3) Lunch: Murray and D’vine — burgers, sliders, and damn good wine


If you happen to be in Manila and somehow specifically craving a heart-shaped burger, lol, then now you know where to get it. ^^


Murray and D’vine is what I’d call a win-win situation. Why? Well, for starters, their slogan says: “Burgers, Sliders and Damn Good Wine” so you know it’s the perfect dating place when you’re in the mood for something not too fancy but not too low-cost either. Yeah, their gourmet burgers are pretty pricey compared to other burger chains here in the Philippines but IMHO the price is still pretty decent. After all where else can you find a place where the equation: [(girl gets wine + heart shaped burger) + (boy gets beer + sports channel + burgers) = everybody happy] exists. ^^ — It’s ok, math confuses me too. ^^





in case you’re wondering, yeah, I believe all of their burgers are heart shaped, except for the sliders and yeah, they tasted good too ^^

4) Dessert — again! : Gelatissimo


chocolate truffle and forest berries are my fave flavors… a definite must-try ^^


I bet you’re tummy’s pretty damn full by now so let’s spend the rest of the afternoon walkin’ around and doin’ my favorite past time. I WILL SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP . ^^

I’m bettin’ you’re hungry again.. And that your arms are aching from carrying my shopping bags.lol ^^ How about we sit for a while and grab a slice of pizza

5) Sbarro @ Bonifacio Global City


My fave Chicago White Deep Dish Pizza ^^

So I know this place with the best cheese rolls and ensaymada in town…

6) Mary Grace Cafe


More bread? ^^ Don’t worry, I got it covered.

7) Le Petit Artisan


bamboo charcoal bread
well, i’d have to say though, i prefer the macarons at chez karine!

Oh no, don’t you dare tell me you’re full now ^^ We haven’t even gotten to dinner yet!

8) Filipino Cuisine — Sentro 1771





On the menu: Dried fish spring rolls, glazed ribs, Beef tapa with bagoong rice, Green Mango Salad and Sinigang na Corned Beef

Don’t worry, no more desserts ^^ promise. But how bout some pica pica and mojitos instead? ^^

9) Shots: New Orleans Bar & Resto



Sizzlers and nachos and some mojitos ^^

And of course, you can’t leave without bringin’ a little sumthin sumthin home with you ^^

10) Krispy Kreme

Let’s go all out and get some donuts ^^ Wherever you are in the world, you gotta love your original glazed


Writing Challenge: Map It Out

I hope you enjoyed spending your day with me.^^ Glutton!
xo, kz

Daily Prompt: Quote Me / A List of My Fave Quotes ^^

Yes! An excuse to share little nuggets of wisdom that I’ve accumulated through the years… lol. no seriously, just copy pasted this from my FB. you see, my life can’t possibly be ruled by just one quote! it just CAN’T ^^ when i get caught in a particular situation, i pick a specific quote to match it. some days, i make my own.lol well, here are a few.. (yes, a few!) ^^

: ^^

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. – Coco Chanel

“You know how torturous it is for me to find shiny things that aren’t intended for me.” Blair Waldorf

My friends, there are no friends.
Coco Chanel

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d walk around naked at all times.”
Betsey Johnson

trust is like a mirror. u can fix it when it’s broken…
but u can still see the crack in that motherf*ckers reflection._Lady Gaga

“A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags… oh yes… oh yes. “
“You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better. “_Confessions of a Shopaholic

“It’s better to be alone than to be miserable with someone.”
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” — Marilyn Monroe

I despise the rituals of fake friendship. I wish we could just claw each others’ eyes out and call it a day; instead we put on huge radiant smiles and spout compliments until our teeth hurt from the saccharine sweetness of it all.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the
only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is
great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what
you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t
settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you
find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better
and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you
find it. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

and taa-daa….according to um, people, i’ve said some of this stuff at one point… I’m calling them


“im carrying the weight of the world on my pretty little shoulders…”

“you have no right to complain. remember, you’re not pretty.” (ok i was a bitch. must’ve said that during my mean days aka college or something and whoever she was, she must’ve deserved it too.lol) ^^

the Bible says “love does not keep records of wrongs”. but that’s the Bible. (yes i’m a vengeful soul)

“don’t you hate it wen your ex’s or bf’s ex is hotter than you?but don’t you hate it even more when you finally get to see them and they turn out to be ugly?”

“omg! i’m sweating in my ralph lauren jeans…”

how i blame jude deveraux for my great expectations of love and romance…since my pre-teen years, she made me believe that love should be so powerful it would span centuries, worlds and souls… so i guess it’s all that vs. finding a truly decent guy that exists here and now,getting his attention, snagging him,and making sure he doesn’t stray..

“in order for a relationship to really work, u gotta trust ur man the same way u trust ur image stylist.”


“You have the worst taste in men.” _a guy friend

Guy troubles?
“Padi, dai pagparaproblemahon… boto lang yan! hahaha” (Don’t worry too much about it. It’s just DICK.)
_a girl friend

BUTTERS: “uh, well, yeah, im sad, but at the same time im really happy that somethin could make me feel this sad. it’s like… it makes me feel alive ,you know? it makes me feel human. the only way i can feel this sad now is i felt somethin really good before… so i have to take the bad with the good… so i guess what i’m feeling is like, a beautiful sadness.”

“Man is a marvelous curiosity.When he is at his very best,he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel;at his worst,he is unspeakable,unimaginable;and first and last and at all times he is a sarcasm.Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the noblest work of God.This is the truth I am telling you.And this is not a new idea with him,he has talked it through the ages and believed it,and found nobody among all his race to laugh at it.”_MARK TWAIN (from SATAN’S LETTER)

– Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.
– I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me Superman.
– All right, brain. You don’t like me and I don’t like you, but let’s just do this and I can get back to killing you with beer.
– think Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I’m around.
-Homer to Aliens: Please don’t eat me! I have a wife and kids. Eat them!

and the ultimate

“the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” _the moulin rouge

(no really, this is the one quote that i truly, absolutely, wholeheartedly believe in..the rest is just..well.. quoted ^^)

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

was there a quote here in particular that “moved” you? lol


Daily Post: Stroke of Midnight

At the stroke of midnight
You stroke my……
Outside were loud
Jolly passersby.
Through the night
I heard fireworks roar
While we played around
On the bedroom floor.
“Happy Monthsary”
You whispered in my ear.
No place I’d rather be
Than with you, right here.
From midnight til dawn
Making fireworks
Of our own.

Where were you last night when 2012 turned into 2013? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

Daily Prompt: Dear Leader

oh-my-effin’-god WHERE DO I START???

in no particular order:

1. poverty and unemployment – college grad, check. impressive transcript, check. connections, none? sorry, kid, no job for you ^^ not even a shitty one.
2. poor educational system – self-explanatory. and how is it that even the “best schools” have become nothing but money-making institutions with incompetent boobs as educators? ><
3. health care – as a nurse who used to volunteer in government hospitals, there were plenty of times when we had to "improvise" and "use our creativity" due to lack of hospital supplies. i mean like making 2 holes on iv tubes to use as O2 nasal cannula! i'm no florence nightingale but every shift, i find myself worrying about where the 60 patients (yes!) i'm handling are gonna get their next dose of antibiotics cos they're like this close to finishing it but can't afford another capsule! i find myself wandering off to the other wards to beg for one if they have a spare.
4. flooding – when there's heavy rain, there's always flood outside our house. in fact, there's flood in the entire goddamn subdivision! and this is supposed to be one of the “nice ones” ><
5. corruption – ahh now that isn't up to the leader entirely… i mean, the temptation's always gonna be there… and if they're bad persons, nothin' much we can do about it… but i really hope that this coming year and the next and the next, people in my country would be wise enough to vote for the right candidates..

for years my family has been forcing me to live in either the U.S. or Canada. My father always said there's nothing for me here. And if only I didn't find this country so damn beautiful, I would've left…

so this 2013, i'm not expecting a miracle, really… i'm not that naive. but maybe, just maybe, some improvements can be done… pretty please, dear leader, please do something about it… cos if you don’t, i just might not be here anymore…

and i don’t like the cold and snow very much. 😦

Weekly Writing Challenge: Wrap It Up

I’m very grateful to the Daily Post for giving me a fantastic excuse to tell you about my Top 10 blog posts that I want you to check out without making it seem as though I’m begging you to read them. lol I’ve only started blogging mid October 2012 and already I have like a gazillion posts! So I can’t help but think some of the new followers might’ve missed out on a few stuff coz they’re buried way deep. I look at my Top Posts and Pages and I couldn’t help but notice that they’re all from the photo challenges. And while I’m still thankful and I do love pretty pictures, it just seems kinda odd coz this was never a photography blog ^^ (I mean, who am I kiddin’? lol) So I guess what I’m saying is, the following are my Top Posts and Pages, i mean FOR ME, just for me… regardless of what the stats and readers say. Ah well, who knows, you might like ’em too ^^

1 Dear Mom – because writing this prompt made me cry.
2 A Letter to 14 year old self – because in my own mind, I gave myself really awesome advice. ^^
3 A Picture Paints a Thousand Words – my very first post with words that rhyme. So this is kinda what started all the poetry in this blog.
4 Longing for Summer : the Caramoan Getaway — simply because it’s my first ever blog post. 🙂
5 100-word Story Challenge – this was the day I decided that my blog isn’t gonna be all sunshine and smiley faces… it should also be a home for my dark, sad fiction. Expect more of it. 🙂
6 An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse – given by the Daily Post to be written under time pressure so I really really enjoyed making this ^^
7 Play Lexicographer – because I want you to look up Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome in the dictionary or Google it.
8 Be the Change – because this sorta helps define my goals with this messy, all-over-the-place, anything-under-the-sun blog.
9 Today is Fix-it Day – remember when Daily Prompt asked us to create our very own holiday? Well, this is what I came up with. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we celebrate it? ^^
10 What to Eat in the Philippines and What to Eat in the Philippines 2.0 – for some reason, I worked extra hard on these posts and they took a great deal of my time. lol

Looking at this list has just made me realize how much the Daily Prompt and Weekly Writing Challenge has helped me. Awesome. ^^

Daily Prompt: Forever Young

If I would be given the chance
To have all of eternity
To sing and dance,
Hold on to my beauty,
And live a million lives,
I think I’d rather not…
Alone exploring the unexplored,
I would be sorely bored;
Tasting the untasted,
But my existence, wasted.
I’ll watch with a tearful eye,
As everything withers and die…
I’d be living life without the thirst,
‘til it’s time for you to leave me first.
I’d be forever young
But tell me, for who?
I’d rather swim in the depths of hell,
Than live forever without you.

If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

Daily Prompt: Me Time

How about a few words that rhyme
About the Daily Prompt: Me Time
Yes I feel like an ass
But I couldn’t let this one pass
I promised the Pirate I’d make him chuckle (apparently, he was brought down by my last post)
Plus this one’s pretty easy to tackle

Ick! WTF. Did I just write that?? It’s like a rap song gone bad ^^ LOL

Saturday mornings for me
Could be anything I want them to be…
Stay buried deep in sheets, or rise early
And make a pot of tea.
Watch old black and white movies,
Even put on some bad TV;
I could go out for some ice cream
Listen to some music and daydream.
Grab my bikini and hit the beach;
Some days, I take extra load and teach.
I could always take a writing assignment
Or choose to just chill and live in the moment.
I could hop over to my granny’s,
Then we could get our manis and pedis.
I could paint, read Vogue, curl up with a book
Or cuddle with my designer clothes in my little nook. (weird aren’t I?)
I could shop, cook, make DIY stuff;
Some Saturdays, though, are a little tough…
These are the mornings of silly affairs;
Put on a fancy dress and fix my hair,
To go to brunch, talk to people I don’t know,
Stuff my face with quiches, smile, put on a show.
But my favorite Saturday mornings
Are from sleepovers from Friday evenings.
Prancing about his room in his baggy old t-shirt,
Watching him fondly on his computer,
High with the scent that’d usually linger…
Smiling in memory of talks that last all night
And the stuff that happens in between pillow fights. ^^