Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Dream Come True!

It's 5:00 in the morning.  I have been awake since 4 am and I can't seemed to go back to sleep anymore.  So many things are on my mind.

So I thought, as I am already wide awake, might as well make use of the time and energy.  So here I am, writing a post.  As early as 5 o'clock in the morning.  For the first time since I started blogging. hehehe.... 

This post is about something that got me excited for about two weeks now.

August 2.  Barely a month after my 38th birthday, I got a surprise.

On August 2, Pat attended a meeting with the Department of Tourism in Cagayan de Oro City.  He arrived home around 11pm. We were about to sleep. Lights were out.  When suddenly, he remembered something that he was supposed to show me.  He took something from his bag.  And handed it to me. He said, "check that out".

So, I looked at it. It was the new brochure of the Northern Mindanao Department of Tourism.  Pat said he was given an advance copy of the brochure.  Because of something special. :-)

I browsed it.  I was looking for Iligan City.  And was happy to see my city included in the brochure.
Then Pat ask if I see something familiar.  I have to look at it about 2 times before I realized what he was talking about.

And when I saw it, my reaction was : "Haaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!".

I got goosebumps.  Really.

Then I got excited.  Then I was like staring at it what feels like an hour (it's only really a minute, hehehe).  I couldn't believe what I am looking at.   I saw myself staring back at me!

It's like MY DREAM came true!  Well, at least one of my frustrations.  hehehe...

I am a self-confessed frustrated model.  I wrote one about it in my May 2011 post.   Check out my post My Modeling Stint in Germany.

This time.  It is a modeling stint in Iligan City. :-)

To give you an idea, below is a scanned copy of the portion of the brochure where my picture can be seen.

Can you recognize me?  hehehe

This picture was taken by Master George Tapan.  I cannot anymore remember when though. I think it's in 2008.  He was in Mindanao to take pictures that he wants to use for his proposed project.  And Iligan City was included in it.  I just actually tagged along with Pat.  I just wanted to see what happens during an actual photoshoot.  But at some point,  they lacked some models.  As I was already there, they decided to use me.  Hehehe... 

The project didn't pushthrough though.  ;-(

So, it was really such a surprise for me to see myself staring back at me in the brochure.  Up to now, I still cannot contain myself.  It sure is a dream come true.  ;-D

Monday, August 13, 2012

Now Open for Business :-D

I am supposed to write blogpost about the previous travels but I got busy the past few weeks.  It has been almost a month now since I last posted.

Have finally started my business! Just, one of my businesses, actually.  Hehehe.  Though just a small step yet.  I've always wanted to get into the food business yet I never got the  guts to start one. 


Last month, my friend, Jedy, who is into the food business, accepted my proposal for a consignment.  I'd prepare the food (snacks and desserts) and she sells them.  Since I still cannot have my own store, I want to try the consignment first.  And on Wednesday, July 25, Jedy asked if I could make a mango float for 30 persons which she will use the following day for an event.  Since it was such a short notice for me, I told her I'll try and text her if am able to make the mango floats. 

However, since it was my first time to prepare the mango float in individual packs (I usually prepare them in big containers, for family consumption), I miscalculated the ingredients.  So, I was not able to make 30 packs.  So, I texted Jedy I could not deliver her order. 

The following day, since the individually packed mango float is already there, I thought of doing an introductory selling of my mango float. Not much profit just so I'd get to introduce my mango float business. :-)  I brought some to my office to sell it to my office mates.  I was very happy to learn that they like my mango float!   My husband also brought a few pieces to his office.  And his office mates  also like the mango float!

Last Friday, August 10, I prepared another set of mango float.  However, Jedy's stall at night market will not be open on Saturday.  Pat thought of his friend Langging who owns a barbeque eatery near the public plaza.  He called her to arrange for a consignment.  And luckily, she agreed.  Yes!  

Hmmm... this could be a sign that I am on the right track.  :-)

So, why mango float? 

Well, mango float have been the favorite dessert I like to prepare at home.  Plus, I have always been frustrated with the mango float sold in restaurants/ cafes here in Iligan.  It is so commercialized, most of what you see and taste is the Graham crackers. 

Unfortunately, though, I forgot to take a photo of the mango float I prepared.  Next weekend, I will be preparing another set.  So, I'd make sure I will already have a photo of my mango float, hehehe...

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