Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Anthony Bourdain is in Manila

Couldn't believe my eyes too when I read that Anthony Bourdain is here in Manila. Well it's about time he paid us a visit, hehe! Keith is a big fan and watches his show everytime.

Read what Chef Tony has to say about the Filipino fans. Anthony Bourdain's blog.

Here he is with Chef Gene Gonzalez of Cafe Ysabel.

I would love to snag a copy of his itinerary. Any mall tours? Hahaha Would love to get an autograph too hehe.

Oh, Bobby Chinn was spotted in Salcedo Market last Saturday. Sayang, I'm no longer in Makati.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Butterfly award

Thanks to Pheng for this blog award. :)

Once accepted, the rules would be as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog;
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you;
3. Nominate 10 other blogs;
4. Add links to those blog on yours;
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs;

Now, I am passing this award to Divine, Sheryll, Jacque, Con, and Mec.

Have a nice week ahead! :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy 7th birthday Ron

We attended my cousin slash inaanak's 7th birthday party at Village East Clubhouse. It was well-attended and all of our relatives in that side were present.

Ang daming food, as in tignan mo lng, mabubusog ka na hahaha! I ate cheese sticks, chicken lollipop and the home-made choco cake that my tita bakes - ay grabeh super sarap neto. I also had chicken salad, Charlie's pritson and a slice of pizza from Pizza Hut. Aside from the catered rice, pasta and the different kinds of ulam, there were also foodcarts like Buy The Bucket, cotton candy and sorbetero. There was also a seafood bar/grille that serves super sarap sugpo and tuna. Hindi ko na nga na-try but Keith feasted on them. Free flowing din ang softdrinks and beer.

Their program hosts were two clowns and one of them did a ventri act - si Kermit the Frog yung puppet nya. Pure Tagalog the spiel. Dumating din si Mickey Mau mascot - pinoy version ni Mickey Mouse hehe. Dami kids and dami din prizes, toys and ahem yung lootbag nila looks very familiar hahaha same ng lootbag from the twins birthday :P Of course, tuwang tuwa nanaman our yayas kase they were able to bring home lootbags and balloons.

Vito and Keith

Carlos and Moi

Vito and Moi, playing with a diecast blue car we got from the party.

Keith with Carlos getting curious with the SanMig Light. Oh-ow.

The kids were invited to swim at the pool after the program, but we decided to stay na lang inside the clubhouse and play with my younger cousins. It's always fun to have family gatherings. Happy birthday Ron! May the good Lord continue to shower you with His blessings. Wishing you more birthdays to come! :D

Happy Birthday Ires!

Today, we celebrated Ires' 31st birthday at my parents house. It was a potluck celebration. I cooked beef with broccoli, chopseuy and rice. Chelley brought andoks chicken, Peen brought lumpia and lechon, Gyp brought special bibingka and Ires brought cake. Dong brought her laptop with Kabuki photos. Missing today's event are Polly and Malou. Sayang coz all-girls pa naman kame. Once in a blue moon lang mangyari na absent lahat ang boys hehehe.

To Ires, we wish you good health, a happy family life and success in your chosen career. May God continue to bless you and may you have many many more birthdays to come! We love you very much! :)

clockwise: peen, gyp, ires and sean (yup she's breastfeeding him here), chelley, dong and moi

After lunch, we watched The Fast and The Furious on cable while burning the pics on CD. Dong went crazy over Vin Diesel. The other girls were super kilig din. Hey did yah know he has a twin brother?! Anyway, she got all excited when I told her there's a new Fast and The Furious movie, all-original cast, dubbed as "The Fast And The Furious 4: London Pursuit". Tapos she asked us - napanuod nyo na ba ang Mac Spain. HAHAHAHA! She meant, Max Payne. Nabulol ang lola nyo. Super funny talaga, haaay peen, walang ganyan sa States! :D

More pictures here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DIY furniture projects for Mang Erning

Front porch bench

Divider photo display

with an artificial ficus tree

Living Room coffee table (preferably in black finish)

Living Room side tables

Kitchen table

Kitchen trolly storage

Bathroom and kitchen wall fixtures

Bedroom drawer

Kiddie drawer

Storage for toys and books

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Carlos was given the go signal to go home tomorrow so Keith and I went to watch a movie for that much needed R&R. We watched Tropic Thunder.

It stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr, among others. Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey appears in the fim too. I also saw Jennifer Love Hewitt, John Voight, Toby McGuire and Lance Bass (of N'Sync).

The movie was sooo kulit. Some scenes were so OA talaga.. it was hilarious hehehe. One scene made me laugh so hard i cried. I am so mababaw, hahaha! It's not something I would recommend to the kids though. But it's a fun film and makes you laugh out loud. :D

Pneumonia not again

Same time last year, Carlos was confined in the hospital for Pneumonia. It was his very first confinement since being born, only three months old. You bet I was distraught.

Last night, he had an asthma attack. At 12:30AM, I nebulized him with 2 Ventolin nebules, 30 mins apart, but that didnt help. I decided to take him to the ER. At 2:00AM, he was nebulized with combivent and two ventolin nebules, 15 mins apart. He developed slight fever (38.6 degrees) and was immediately given 1.2 Tempra Drops (he weighs 13 kilos). By 6:00AM, he was okay and we were discharged. I bought the home medication from Mercury outside the hospital. On our way home, as in 15mins into the trip, I heard him wheez and noticed he was having a difficult time breathing. Shocks, not again.

We brought him back to the hospital. Experience taught me that this requires confinement. Lab tests showed he had a mild case of Pneumonia. I was sad coz I thought last year was enough. After 5 days in the hospital (Oct 17-21), he was discharged and advised to continue medication at home. The nurses and doctors adore him coz he is such a cutie, waving hello, making beautiful eyes and the flying kiss.

This is his 3rd confinement for the year (sob). He's been sooo exposed to the hospital scene that I will not be surprised if he chooses a medical field when he grows up. "Attention Dr. Carlos Silvestre, to the NICU please" hehe. In the meantime, much care is needed so that he wont be hospitalized again.

His home medications are:
Ventolin nebulization - every 6 hours for 4 days (8am-2pm-8pm-2am)
Prednisolone - once a day (8am)
Himox drops (amoxicillin) - three times a day for 4 days (8am-2pm-8pm)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Body of Lies

Keith and I had another moviedate and this time we watched Body of Lies, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

The story is nothing new. It revolved around the war on Iraq, and how to stop it. Watch out for Mark Strong. He is really good and his business suits are sooo ganda. Oh, and his name in the film is - Hani. Natatawa tlaga ako when Leonardo calls him /Hunny/ hehehe! The movie was okay, but I have to say I liked Leonardo DiCaprio better in the 2006 film, The Departed.

Instead of our usual movie snack na Burger King, I got us Chef d Angelo one whole pizza, KFC fries and Nestea Iced tea. It made the movie experience much more enjoyable! Til next time! :)

Hello God

What a sight! The Mango Farm is really a magical place! :)

We had our wedding reception here and pictures of the place bring back good memories :) Photo taken from The Mango Farm blog. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

An afternoon in Mega

Our family made pashal at Megamall today. We brought the twin stroller with us this time. We were confident that the twins will ride it na, compared to our Glorietta trip some months ago. My brother also had a check-up at The Megaclinic.

The Delos Santos-STI Mega Clinic
5th level, Building A
Tel No. #6379661-62
Open everyday (even holidays), 8am-9pm

While waiting for my brother, we let the twins walk/run outside the clinic where a mass was being held. Some teenagers in "weird" outfits were passing by. The twins would stare at them, and run to us. Scaaared, hahaha. Apparently, there was a convention of cosplays that day at Megatrade Hall 3. Shempre I couldnt relate! My brother had to explain it pa to me.

Cosplay Mania 2008

We wanted to make usisa coz some of the costumes were really asteeg. But super dami tao at Megatrade Hall so we had picture taking with some of them na lng. Wawa Carlos coz he got afraid when the red guys moved.

So we decided to leave na the 5th floor and go to Sbarro for merienda. Vito saw some pushcars outside Sbarro, which can be rented for P50/hour. Lately kase the twins are going gaga over the steering wheel. They love to drive! My mom put Vito in one of the parked pushcars and let him vroom vroom away, while we wait for our orders. I love pizza, yummm!

After eating, Carlos tried the pushcar too. Naku, ayaw na umalis!

My dad suggested we go to the arcade he saw at the basement. I intended to buy just two tokens, one for each, para lang masabi na they were able to try. My dad gave me P100 and said "Ubusin yan lahat". Anuba. Spoiled ang mga apo. So I paid the cashier and got sixteen tokens, wow. E di Vito was ready na to drive this red car, nka-porma na sha. When I put the coin in the slot, the car went up down up down. In an instant, ayaw na nya, he cried and gusto na magpabuhat. So Carlos na lang took his place and he super enjoyed it! He would cry, scream, freak out when the ride is over. Super sulit ang tokens kay Carlos, hehehe! :)

My dad bought two balls from a store near the arcade, and said, "O ayan na lang". He knows Vito loves balls! Super spoiled talaga the apo! So while Carlos and his yaya were checking out all the rides, kami naman ni Vito played with the ball. Super enjoy the twins today, and me super pagod (his yaya was on day off). Sarap to bring the twins to the mall. Sa ngayon, kase hindi pa sila nagtuturo, hahaha! I love my twins! :D

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Twin Hearts and Mcdo

Dong, Peen and I had breakfast at Mcdo today. The girls picked me up at 6:00AM for an - emergency meeting. Apparently, Popeen's already feeling the pressure of the wedding preps, ahahay! Not to mention, the nursing exams she needs to prepare and review for.

We updated each other and made chikka about the wedding - which is only five weeks away. She's getting hitched at Twin Hearts Parish in Quezon City. I cant be too excited.. remember what happened the last time!

Peen is leaving for the US three weeks after the wedding. Forgot to ask her what she thinks about the financial crisis abroad. Isa pa, walang Dong sa States! Dong who is always just a phone call away. Peen could not have chosen a better Maid of Honor :)

Kka-miss talaga Kabuki breakfasts at Mcdo, just like the good old college days. Oh did yah know that the coffee is refillable until 10:30AM? We didnt! 17 years of being Mcdo customers and we didnt know that the coffee is refillable!

I'm leaving you now with The Consecration Prayer of the Twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary :)

"O most loving hearts of Jesus and Mary! We venerate you. We love and honor you. We give and consecrate ourselvd to you forever. Receive us and possess us entirely. Purify, enlighten and sanctify us to that we may love you, jesus, with the heart of Mary, and love you, Mary with the heart of Jesus.

O heart of Jesus living in Mary and by Mary! O heart of Mary living in Jesus and for Jesus! O heart of Jesus pierced for our sins and giving us your mother on calvary! O heart of Mary pierced by sorrow and sharing in the sufferings of your divine son for our redemption. O sacred union of these two hearts! Praised be the God of love who united them together! May He unite our hearts and every heart so that all hearts may live in unity in imitation of that sacred unity which exists betwen these two hearts.

Triumph, O sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary! Reign, O most sacret heart of Jesus! In our hearts, in our homes and families, in your Church, in the lives of all the faithful, in the hearts of those who as yet know you not, and in all the nations of the world. Establish in the hearts of all people the sovereign triumph and reign of your two hearts so that the earth may resound, from pole to pole with one cry: 'Blessed forever be the most sacred heart of Jesus and the sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary!'"

Twin Hearts Parish of Jesus and Mary
Daily Mirror St. West Triangle
Quezon City

Friday, October 10, 2008

If I had $100M, I would...

donate some to Caritas Manila.

Then, go to Palawan with my entire family.

Buy a House

with a cute Powder Room

and lovely Kitchen

Breakfast Nook

Formal Dining Room

Entertainment Room

Kids Room

Masters Bedroom

Masters Bath (right side)

Masters Bath (left side)

Walk-in Closet

2nd floor Living Room


and perhaps a Garage, with some cars ;)

Photo credits:
http://www.moveinthecity.com (house)
http://ratemyspace.hgtv.com (interior)
http://www.theinspiredroom.net (twins room)
http://www.1-ads.net (parasol)
http://designawards.files.wordpress.com (entertainment room)
http://www.damncoolpics.blogspot.com (garage)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Public speaking

I attended a training recently, and the speaker shared that a survey in the US revealed that more people are afraid of public speaking than dying. Can you believe that?

If you want to be a great leader, you must be good at public speaking. And to be good at public speaking, you need PRACTICE. You can read tons of books on how to be an effective public speaker, on how to stay calm, on how to handle tough questions, but the best teacher is experience.

I guess you can start talking in public places, like a Tour Guide. Right. You get to travel for free and share interesting stories where people would go "Whoa, who knew?!" or "Wow, really?!" I think it's cool to be a Tour Guide. Like Carlos Celdran. I've always been intrigued with old Manila and would love to go to one of his Intramuros tours.

I can be a Tour Guide myself. I love talking and travelling, hehe. Everyday is a different day. Yes, I would want it for a job, if only it can support a growing family :P

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Keith, holding baby girl Moxi.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Eagle Eye

Keith invited me to watch Eagle Eye, and I immediately said yes. We watched the last full show at Galleria. It stars Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson and Billy Bob Thornton. I loved it because the bida has a twin, hihi.

Aside from that, the movie was action-packed. It lasted two hours and I didnt get bored for 1 minute. Kainis lang sometimes coz they seem so helpless noh but shempre ganun talaga sabi ni Direk, hehe. I couldn't count all the cool hot cars they blew up, waaah sana akin na lng! Two thumbs up for this. I'll watch it again if I have free time. :)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Louis Vuitton Batignolles

If someone would ask me which of the LV bags is the one for me, I'd say its the Monogram Canvas Batignolles.

Named for a famous Parisian market, the Batignolles is an effortless blend of everyday practicality and signature Louis Vuitton luxury. Classic Monogram canvas is stitched into a fluid, versatile shape, and finished with sleek golden hardware and sumptuous natural cowhide trim.

This hand-held tote in Monogram canvas offers a spacious interior to hold essentials and functional features such as an interior flat pocket and a phone pocket.

This bag is perfect for my height, size and kikay personality. Its shape is perfect for the many things I carry. Its durability is perfect for my active lifestyle. I LVOE it! :)

Since no luxury bag is cheap, I'll be asking the Universe to help this baby find its way to my hands. Mmmm, I can already smell the leather. :)