Speak It Out

Work is my commitment. Learning is my passion. Faith is my strength. Love is my life.

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Location: Manila, Philippines

The name Ardythe:good war (Anglo-saxon); flowering field (Hebrew); spiritual prosperity (Swedish); Norwegian goddess.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Wooden Puppets of Jakarta Indonesia

I went to Jakarta, Indonesia last year to attend the wedding of my best friend. I got there several days before to check the city.

I happened to come across this and I would like you to check it out. The puppets are handcrafted and made with passion.

Some of the photos are uploaded in my facebook account and facebook has a problem as of now but I will share them soon.

Visit this workshop and enjoy the puppet show. I purchased some puppets too.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Weighing Love

The first person that you loved may not be the one you loved the most.

The person you love  the most may not be the one who loves you the most.

The person that loved you first may be the person who loves you the most.

"Be an Abigail. Remember how each decision can turn your life around, for good or bad. Be wise." - adapted

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Spam comments

There has been several comments on my posts which I consider SPAM.

There are still some real comments though.

I do not post a lot these days, but I keep track of my blog.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I was reading about thank yous and this one came up:
emotionally-abusive relationship

7. If Your Partner Always Holds you Accountable if Anything Goes Wrong

6. If Your Partner Puts you Down when Other People are Around

5. If Your Partner is Exceedingly Jealous

4. If Your Partner Expects you to do Everything

3. When Your Partner Manipulates you

2. When Your Partner tends to Isolate you from Others

1. When the Partner is being Verbally Abusive

It is painful for both of you, but more on the person being abused, as he/she has become more dependent on the other  one, that he/she forgets to love himself/herself.

One has to fill up the love tank and it cannot be nourished back if it is not refilled. The first person do that is the abused one, and it starts by loving yourself.

Saturday, December 21, 2013


I loved a lot. I may have loved too much. But I love(d) deeply and wholeheartedly.

I have trusted. I have been betrayed. I trusted once more. Yet some things were kept from me. I managed to find out without really trying. The quote from Ibong Adarna keeps on reminding me "Walang lihim na hindi nabubunyag."

Cover-ups, I also had my share.

I have decided to move on. I know I cannot forget. But I can make the best of what I have. YOLO.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Free Accommodation"

I went to Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX) last Friday, 15 June 2013. I was there for:
1. Curiosity
2. I like food expo
3. Food products
4. Utensils and equipment
5. Free food and drinks!

There was a booth that offered raffle coupons. I filled up around 4 of them, if I remember right.

I got a text that I was selected to stay in Puerto del Sol. I have to claim my gift certificate in their office in Renaissance Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Since I am familiar with the place, I thought this could be true. But I had to bring my husband and stay for 90 minutes of AVP presentation so that we could choose from their chains of hotels and resorts. I thought 90 minutes is too long. I did not go and they continued texting me for a few days.

I got a call that I (and my husband) won a free stay at Canyon Woods and we have to claim it at their office in ACT Tower in Buendia Ave., Makati City. Again I am familiar with the building. There would be a 4-hour presentation so that they could offer/present all their hotels and resorts to us. But there was no follow-up and I also know that is not the actual office of Canyon Woods. Just a promoter of their resort, perhaps?

Sunday night.
I googled about those two and found them to be a hoax. The "winners" would have to pay a booking fee. Also, they are not affiliated with the said resorts.

I got a call from Club Ultima and she said that I was referred by someone who stayed in Crown Regency Cebu. Hmmm, I don't know anyone who did stay there or refer me. The club's office is at West Ave., Quezon City. Also, there is a 90-minute presentation. This Club Ultima called me several times. They have a Yesterday, I asked if I could come with a friend instead of my husband, she said no. I asked why not, when I was the one who filled up the form, she said that's how it works. Remember, I was supposed to be referred here

Common denominator:
- attend as a couple, bring valid IDs
- no money involved
- long presentation
- free food

But I did not go to any. At least not my time nor money was wasted for these hoaxes.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

A Review of Rama Hari

Rama Hari is adapted from the Indian epic Ramayana. Since I would be talking about the performance, I will focus on that.

The show just ran for more than a week at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, from November 30 to December 9, 2012. Singers were the voices of the lead characters. The performance is more about the ballet dance. The music was done by Ryan Cayabyab. I apologize I forgot the conductor. The chorale was Concert Chorus.

The dance, music and songs were good. Though there were some problems regarding the sound system, i.e. the lapel mike of the one singing for Hanuman was not working. but when he was off-stage, it was replaced. The lapel mike of the one singing for Rama was choppy. The stage set was very simple. Since there was a translation of the song which was projected at the stage top, I would say that the translation is not accurate. Moreover, when the verses/lines of the songs were repeated, there were no more projections. Yes, there were foreigners among the audience.

Though I did  not give it a standing ovation, I hope this dance will open doors to local performances that the Filipinos would appreciate.

For more information, read http://www.clickthecity.com/events/details.php?id=16504


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Excess Baggage?

This was supposed to be published February 2010, but I had some internet connection problems.

I usually travel within the Philippines, like twice or thrice a year, for personal and business purposes. For business, we use PAL since it is required. Perhaps I have become accustomed to having a baggage allowance of 20kg.

My flight last Monday from Davao to Manila used Cebu Pacific Air. I forgot that their allowance is only 15kg. Mine weighed 21kg. I only had Php400 in my wallet. plus an ATM card. The charge is Php100/kg. I still have to pay the terminal fee of php200 since I am in Davao International Airport. The lady at the check-in counter would not allow me to hand carry the other bag even if it weights only 7kg. She said it is too big. Reading the guidelines, PAL has a measurement of 44 inches of hand carry, while Cebu Pacific has no guidelines on such. My other bag measures only 25 inches.

The ATM at the airport is out of order by the way. I had to call friends who would be departing on a later flight to let me borrow money.

I really found it very troublesome and unfriendly.

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Review on RJM

This was published last year in my multiply.

It has been quite a while since I blogged. Been busy with Facebook. Hahaha! Plus, I got married, hence the very good excuse for being busy. Wedding has been good, marriage is fine. :)

I am here to give a feedback on our wedding video. It was shot by Photos du Monde Philippines (they had great photography by the way and I am very happy with it.) However, video editing was costly so I had to look for another. I have met with Gem Ruiz, he showed me good samples, but one of the video cameras was in HD version, while the other was SD. Mr. Ruiz only had SD but he was nice in treating me as a client. He managed to convert the tapes from the SD camera to CD format. Next, I had someone from UP Diliman but he was bound for Singapore so I just asked him to convert and transfer the HD tapes to CD. He did so. :)

However, I had our wedding video "edited" by RJM (Digital Photography and Videography). I was hoping the outcome would be good. the price was Php6,000, way higher than Mr. Ruiz's. When I watched the video, I was not happy with the way it was edited. It was like they got the video from only one camera. I had six tapes, three for each camera. To think that they had my tapes for two or three months, and when I was about to claim the video, they were not yet finished with it. I texted them my feedback and I did not get any reply, at all. Bad customer service and bad outcome. Tsk tsk tsk. I watched the video with my mother and my sister, who is getting married next year, and the latter is not satisfied with the product, thus she rejects the idea of having RJM for her wedding.

As my husband watched it, he said they did not edit, they only compiled.

Monday, April 02, 2012

A Weekend at Acuatico

Having been away from my family, and because we enjoy swimming, I decided that for my vacation, we would go swimming at Acuatico. It is a beach resort located 4 hours from Manila, but the long trip was worth it. This resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, caters to client needs and everyone who goes in never leaves unsatisfied. They have great food, courteous staff, nice accommodations and clean facilities. They also have other recreation such as play room for toddlers, dart boards, table tennis, basketball and badminton courts and even spa.

We stayed here overnight so that we can also relax from the drive and from the busy life.

Selected some photos for posting here but more are available at my multiply site.

The "floating bar"

The infinity pool