My Splice Of Life: The Someday Jar

Sometimes, you find a book and at first look, you knew you’re going to love the story. Does this happen to anyone, or just me?

Anyway, reading more books and staying offline as much as possible is one of my bucket list/ New Year’s Resolution for this year. Before Christmas, I decided to stop by Book Sale and find a book I could read. Luckily, I found this book entitled “The Someday Jar” by Allison Morgan.

The story is about Lanie Howard, who works at her boyfriend’s firm. She was about to get married to her boyfriend, when she found her someday jar. Her someday jar is like her bucket list, that she promised to her estranged dad that she will do and finish before she gets married. Although she was having second thoughts of opening the jar, she finally decided to open and read her slips when she was saved by a stranger/fiance’s family friend from choking on a lemon rind. Yep. Choked on a lemon rind.

It was very light and funny. It focuses more on Lanie’s attempts to fulfil her childhood wishes, before getting married. Of course, there is romance involved in the novel, but it was subtly  done, it didn’t overpower the main theme of the story. There are a lot of scenes in the story, wherein I had to to stop reading and laugh until I could no longer laugh.

When you’re on the brink of death, I guess not only will your life flash back to you like a movie. Maybe you’ll instantly regret the things you have not done in your life because you wanted stability and stay in your comfort zone. Honestly, this book has encouraged me to tackle all or most of my bucket list for this year.

What I liked about Lanie is that she found the courage to continue with her someday jar, although Evan, her jerk of a boyfriend, and her mother is against it. Although some of what she have written in her jar is impossible or quite silly, she managed to finish them all.

Wes, the stranger who saved Lanie, was a swoon-worthy character. He was very supportive of her, even if he doesn’t show it. He had always taken Lanie’s feelings in consideration, unlike Evan.

Kit is the kind of best friend you’ll want. She’ll hate whomever you hate. She’ll make sure you look good and pretty by lending you her stuff. She’s also very supportive of Lanie with her someday jar.

I really enjoyed reading the story. If I could, I could have finished this in a day. But hey, I got to finish it, and love it.

Here are some of the favorite lines/quotes from the book.

“Do you ever worry that life is passing you by while day in and day out you’re focused on what you’re supposed to be doing, rather than what you want to be doing? Then, before you know it, you’re old and curled up on your deathbed, weigh ninety pounds, nothing but elbows and knees, consumed with remorseful thoughts that obligations and function controlled your life while you sat idly by and watched it happen. Feeble and unable to eat anything but chicken broth or ice chips, you think, Golden years my ass, I’ll never get the chance to shout my name from the rooftop and why didn’t I take advantage of my youth?”

“Call me Wes. I dropped the ‘-ton’ years ago, right after my boy band fell apart.”

“Stay. Stay because I might be in love with you.”

“Because every girl needs a candy cane.”

“Fear reminds us we’re still alive. Regret will dig us an early grave.”

“Promise me you’ll explore life. Promise me you’ll color outside the line.”





Food Trip At Kantorini

It’s been a long time since I met up with my college buddies. I think the last time we met up was back in 2016. We didn’t have a chance to meet up last year due to our busy schedules.

So we decided to meet up yesterday and go to a food park. We’ve been wanting to go to this food park in Katipunan called Kantorini,, and so we went ahead with our plan. Kantorini is a small food park situated near Ateneo. Its aesthetics is inspired by Santorini in Greece. And the since this is right next to a street corner, hence, it was called that name (“Kanto” (corner in Filipino) + Santorini = Kantorini).


Signage at the entrance


Greek vibe

My friends wanted to go here because it was featured in a TV show. I got curious as well. I checked the menus of the stalls there, and the food they sell sounds promising. Unfortunately, when we got there, only a handful of food stalls are open. Some of the open food stalls had really pricey food. We’re not sure if all the closed stalls are already for rent, or they’re just closed because they know that not a lot of people will flock the area on a Saturday night.

We decided to order at Pizzanista, Bingsu Desserts and Potato Hub. We first got our Mango Cheesecake Bingsu at Bingsu Desserts, which is their best seller. We got the large serving for the 3 of us.


Mango Cheesecake Bingsu

We liked how it was filled with so much mango bits. The ice was shaved very finely, and the whipped cream cheese topping has just the right sweetness. As my friend put it, the mango just takes away all the stress she had. This is actually the very first bingsu I was able to finish.

We ordered the sample platter at Potato Hub. I’m not sure what the toppings are, but it seems like spaghetti sauce, cheese sauce, and sour cream.


Sample Platter from Potato Hub


fries and bingsu

I like how abundant the sauce are. The fries were very filling, as we kept on eating them as we waited for our order from Pizzanista.

Although we ordered first at Pizzanista, our food arrived after we finished our bingsu and fries. I joked that our dessert is pizza and chicken wings. A lot of people were ordering at Pizzanista, so our orders came late. We ended up waiting for the chicken wings for 2 hours.

We had Quattro Formaggi pizza and Honey Mustard chicken wings.


Quattro Formaggi Pizza

I think they bake their pizza by charcoal oven. I like how the crust is charred. I was surprised how soft the dough and crust is. I love the savoury and tangy combination of the sauce and the pizza.


Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

As for the chicken wings, we waited for more than an hour for this to arrive. However, it was worth it. We ordered 12 pieces, thinking that the wings are small. But we were again surprised to see how big the wings are. I love how sweet and saucy the chicken wings are. It tastes good together with their sauce. I think we were too full from the pizza and fries, or the wings are just big, that we were not able to finish everything and ended up taking it home.

It was fun to hang out at Kantorini. It’s vibe is very relaxing for anyone who is stressed out from work or school. It’s both for people who just want  to go  on a food trip, and for people who  wants to get a drink or two. It would have been nice if there were more options, and more food stalls are open. I enjoyed my food trip here, though.

Coffe Shop Saturday: SweetBlooms Cafe

Sometimes, you find a little treasure when you least expect it. Just like what happened to me this week. I only went to Miniso in Gateway Mall this Wednesday to hoard buy some pens, but after I came out of the store, I found a new little cafe hiding in one of the nooks of the mall.

I liked how the cafe was designed, even if they only occupied a small space. Again, I was not able to take a picture because I was scared the staff would find me weird. I like how their shelves were filled with pastillas flowers. Not only were they displaying their product, but it also made the place pretty.

Since I was in a hurry last Wednesday after my trip to Miniso, I only ordered their Iced Cafe Americano. The coffee is not that strong, which is to my liking since I had acid reflux that time. I’m not sure if it’s because of the number of Splenda sachet I put in my coffee, but it was a little bit sweet. Well, maybe it is anyway.


So this Saturday, I decided to come back to this coffee shop. I was supposed to go to Megamall to meet my best friend for dinner, but she bailed out. And since I have so much time to spare and not much money to spend, I decided to stop by this cafe and order the other drinks and try out their cakes.


Because I still have acid reflux, I stayed away from caffeine and ordered their Strawberry Smoothie. I also ordered the rainbow cake because it looks cute. Honestly, I ordered a cake, because the last time, their unicorn cake caught my attention.


The strawberry smoothie tasted fresh. It wasn’t too sweet as I expected it to be. It was milky yet tangy and citrusy.

The rainbow cake, however, was on the sweeter side. The cream cheese frosting tried to balance the sweetness and tanginess of the cake. I like how vivid the colors of this cake is. It wasn’t only mouthwatering, it’s an eye candy as well.



The price for the drinks and the cakes are just right. I bought my iced coffee for Php 65, while the strawberry smoothie and rainbow cake were at Php 85 and Php 135. The place is also relaxing, as it was almost at the hidden part of the mall. I think it’s only new, so there are not many people hanging out there. The interior is cute and whimsical, which also relaxes my eye.

So for those who are in Cubao area and would like to try out a new coffee shop, give SweetBlooms Cafe a visit.