PARTY!

WARNING: Picture-heavy post.

Before Christmas, my company had our "Year-End Party." Last year, everyone in my group of office friends were able to attend but this year, only Macy, Ram and I were able too. It surely would have been more fun with more friends but it was a blast nonetheless! (*^^*)

The party was held at the Intercontinental Hotel. I think this year, there were fewer teachers who were able to come. >_<

The first thing I did was to snap pics, of course. Well, after picking a table really close the stage, actually. We wanted a better view of the program this year. Last year. we barely saw anything.lol


The beautiful teacher Liza and her sister.

Teacher Patrick, my luscious cousin teacher Cathy and teacher Josh.

Teacher Macy and teacher Leah.

I just really wanted to take this picture. lol

Tech Resty!

Teacher Ram, Lala and Macy.

Teacher Richard, Macy, Ram and Koji-san. Hehe. Not the soap. Hahaha.

Do you guys know why I took this pic? Ask Macy and Ram please.
Hiro-san, Tomo-san and Mr. Newcomer. I don't really know his name yet. ><

Choose one.XD

Teacher Lory.

We also had a photo booth that everyone abused. lol

Registration.

Teacher Ivy's opening number. She danced to the tune of Who Am I by the Casting Crowns.

And everybody's favorite part of the night--eating time!!! <3
This year's buffet was WAAAAAAAAAAAy better than the last two years! The. Best. Ever. My tummy was very happy.

I had to hurry to take my food because we were asked to go to the buffet table by table. So, I was only able to take pictures of the cakes.

This was my favorite. I loved it. Yum... Calories. XD

Our masters of cermony, Rainier and CJ. Sorry about this very flattering picture, CJ. lol

GGE48... Or what's left of it. XD

Macy volunteered for the beer drinking contest. I asked my student who she think won and she said, "the girl with the beige dress." See Macy? Everyone thinks you're a drunkard. Haha. XD

In the end, Mr. New Staff won the contest. He downed everything in 3 seconds. o_o

Yukito-san opened the next event, That's My Sensei. In that contest, teachers had to crossdress and perform. It was totally hilarious! Back to Yukito though, he totally looks like his Korean idols, doesn't he?XD

My favorite pair of the night Teacher Liza and Yamamoto! <3

Some forgot to shave their legs.

And some didn't. XD

There was this couple too!!!

Who's this pregnant lady?! Haha.

We all love that mustache.

It's all so eerily natural for Migietsu. XD

And her though partner.XD

The GnGn admin staff then performed a little number for us after all the contestants performed.

My friends and I decided it was a good idea to go outside and camwhore. We literally took dozens of pictures but I'm only posting very few! You guys, if you want the pics, come get it from me personally .XD





Who's the best payphone model?! lol I didn't have a lot of pics because I held the camera. But I'm not really photogenic anyway. XD

Here's the only pic you will see of me that day. That might be a lie. lol

The camwhore girls. Haha. Feeling model talaga sila. Promise.

Told you it was a lie. Here's a very blurry pic. WHO TOOK THIS PICTURE?! Haha. I was going to send this to our student. >< This is teacher Aljie. She joined the That's My Sensei contest too! ^^

Hahaha. Lies, lies. Me and teacher Bunny.

I couldn't take pictures of this event because I also joined. And nobody took my picture. lol We had two winners in the end! I didn't win. orz

Teacher Liza and Yamamoto won the That's My Sensei contest. Truly well deserved! I would show you the video but uploading takes too long. :(

Well, that's it for now. Sorry about the hurried post! I'm typing in between classes.XD

See you all soon!

xoxo,
Jona





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Liz Lisa Happy Bag 2014 (LizLisa 福袋 2014)

From http://ventonline.jp



Maybe not a lot of you are aware that I'm fond of the gyaru brand, Liz Lisa--I know, I know I may be too old for it at 24 but... NOT REALLY!!! :D

I have waited every year for the reveal of their "Happy Bags"  for new year. I've never gotten one though, because I've never been to Japan and I'm afraid of shipping prices and tax. On top of that, I don't have a Plastic so it's like, 100% impossible for me to obtain one. TT_TT

Anyway, this year's trunks are soooo awesome. To tell you the truth, I like last year's trunk without the florals (So this year, JugeETTA's trunk is better imo)... But this year's is so cute too!!! ; 3 ;

Behold!

Photo taken from http://lizlisa.com

You can see that they have three pretty trunk variations this year! I haven't been able to ask a student of mine translate everything here but the Boston Bags will have 3 items, the Big Totes will have 6 5 and the Trunks will have 9. Gawd. I want those trunks!!! ; 3 ; But I'm leaning towards the one with BROWN leather details. ; 3 ; *nosebleed*

I hope someday I can get my hands on one of these!!!

Well, that's all, really. Sorry this wasn't such a useful post! XD

xoxo,
Jona

P.S.
They are already accepting reservations for these bags! Get them while you can because they get sold like hot pancakes!

Reserve trunks here.
Reserve totes here.
Reserve Boston bags here.
Reserve Boston bag and tote sets here.

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HY

HY is a Japanese band from Okinawa. A student of mine introduced them to me years ago. They are awesome! Not only do their music sound great but the meaning of the lyrics are just so awesome too. I want more people to listen to them, so I'm sharing a medley I found on YouTube to you guys. ^^


Please listen to this 12-minute medley and tell me what you think! I really, really love them! <3

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Manila Ocean Park

*Warning: This post is picture-heavy!

It's not my first time here, but I still always enjoy myself whenever I visit. (*^^*) This time, though, I was visiting with my cousin Lai, and out student, Mori-san.

This is just a random photo of the activity center... XD

This day, we were going to see about 5 attractions. We first went inside the Oceanarium.

Mori-san... What are you doing? o3o

Pretty! I've always loved this but I've never been able to take the "perfect" picture of it. ><

Used flash. Sorry, Mr. Alligator. Or is this a croc? I'm not really sure.

They are larger than they seem! XD

The Oceanarium always fascinates me! No matter how many times I go, I still feel happy and snap pictures like there's no tomorrow. Here's a fraction of what I actually shot!!!

They are too serious, aren't they?

Here, fishy, fishy, fishy! Saltwater fish are beautifully colorful! <3

Please don't disturb him. He's currently suffering due to a recent breakup.

Lai and Mori-san. We arrived early at the park so it was almost empty. We ran to the tunnel right away as it has always been difficult to snap a picture here without anyone else on the scene! XD

A school of fish above my head. I must be a mermaid.

This fish never moves... Except its eyes, that is. ; 3 ; Creepy as you-know-what!

An eel. Yeah. No silly caption for this one. XD

Can YOU see the fish among the corals?! I bet not!

Fish should never take drugs.

Do you know what this is? This... This is a shark baby. And yes, it's alive. o_o This was the first time I noticed this display! Probably because there weren't too many people. XD

I want to get an aquarium like this for my future-home. <3

Err... OOTD? Haha. XD I don't know what's happening to my face here. XD

A shark. Obviously.

The Oceanarium ends with the shark display. I wish there were bigger sharks! However, my student who works in an aquarium in Japan told me that sharks like the Great White have to swim forever to be able to live. So, it's impossible for them to stay inside a little tank like this. ><

Very, VERY, cute sweets spotted at the souvenir shop!

Mori-san dreams of becoming a jeepney driver one day. Hahaha.

Next stop, the Jellies exhibit! I also love this area. I think I love all the areas, actually, except for the Talking Penguin Show (the name was something like that). XD

These beautiful creatures can kill you. Oh yes.

My ultimate favorite display in this area!!! <3

It was the first time for me to visit the "Birds of Prey" exhibit and I loved it!!! Up-close interaction with these birds are precious. <3


Majestic!

"What are you looking at, human?!"

Mori-san is begging this bird for a photo.

I think I make a cute bird too? Haha. XD

It's lucky that my cat of a cousin wasn't preyed on today.

Mori-san, still unable to convince the bird for a photo, bribes with a mere feather.
The bird was like, "I have a lot of those!"

*I refer to it as "the bird" because I'm not exactly sure what bird it is. >_< Sorry!

The next area we visited was the Mirror Maze (it was something like this). I'm sorry for being so uninformative today. Haha. XD I took our group shot out of all the shots the attraction crew so graciously took for us! <3 Thank youuu. <3

How many of me do you see?

The next attraction is the Trick Art museum. It was also my first time here~! <3 So much fun! BUT I was so tired after. Also felt like I mopped the floor with my clothes after I was done. Why, you ask? Well, see for yourself. Hahaha.

We actually pushed him off.

Afterwards, we had a serious discussion about whose fault it was. Lai wasn't so concerned.

I don't think Mori-san thought I was heavy. His head could carry me effortlessly.

Lai was a bit heavy though! Hahaha. XD

But, Mori-san is Superman.

There were SO MANY pictures we took! SOOOOO MANY. But I can only show you a few. :( So, I think you must visit the Trick Art Museum yourself!

The final attraction we visited was Trails to Antarctica. The highlight of this attraction is being able to feed the penguins--where you have to pay an extra 500 pesos (including about 30 shots burned on a CD). :|

But, you know, I've never seen a penguin this close soooo....


I was a bit disappointed coming back to this part of Trails to Antarctica. The "snow" used to actually be white and there weren't any anti-slip mats that made the place look so messy. :| Yes, it's for safety but it really beats the purpose of having a white winter wonderland all tropic residents want to experience. This area needs to be refreshed. 

We took more than a couple of shots here but my camera lens was starting to get foggy. So even this one, one of the first pictures I took, was blurred. XD

And oh, the temperature inside is -15 degrees celcius, according to one staff. We lasted maybe 5 minutes inside. They will let you borrow some sort of coat when going inside but we didn't want to wear them because we know (based on previous experience) that they smell funky.

And about 5 hours later, it's time to leave! There are other attractions that we didn't see but I was pretty satisfied with what we did. :P

Next year again, MOP!

Which attraction do you want to visit? Tell meeee~

xoxo,
Jona

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