Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kabuki at TPC The Fort

Before going to Tagaytay, my Kabuki sisters and I, together with our partners and kids, had a photo shoot at The Picture Company. I availed my free birthday shoot.

We had it at Block 2 Bonifacio High Street, otherwise known as their Fort branch. Call time was 10AM, and of course we started 12NN, ang mga pasawife! Hehe.

Here's the color coding per family:

peen and rj - maroon
jov and family - white
polly and family - blue
ires and family - black
michelle - green
malou and family - yellow
gyp - pink (due to insistent public demand)
dong and oli - brown

Here's the wacky shot:

Tagaytay Highlands

More photos here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

2008 Richwell Sale

I was finally able to visit the Kidz Kraze Richwell Christmas Sale! It's in a warehouse located on the street between Honda and Monark in Libis. I arrrived around 4pm, shopped for about an hour and went home with these goodies:

shelcore steering wheel toy - P450 (the twins love to drive!)
shelcore steering wheel toy - P450 (of course I had to get two)
fisher price sesame street stroller toy - P200
toy car [that transforms into a robot] - P100
toy car [that transforms into a robot] - P100
hotwheels tshirt - P100
hotwheels tshirt - P100
barbie woven mat with beach slippers - P100
barbie woven mat with beach slippers - P100
toy laser gun - P100
safety 1st toy - P75
safety 1st toy - P75
safety 1st toy - P50
chicco infant shoes - P50
chicco infant shoes - P50

That's 15 items for P2,000. Not bad! :)

There are other more expensive items at 20% off, but still expensive by my standards ahehe! (like P2,000 less 20% equals P1,600 for one item). It is interesting to note that in some items, its the box that dictates the price - the more dilapidated the box is, the cheaper the item is. I saw Barney items, Elmo, Dora, Mickey, Sesame Street. You can find Barbie dolls at P300, but the nice ones start at P400. There were lots of Barbie and Chicco shoes and sandals. Try to make silip inside the brown boxes because the items inside are usually the ones with the biggest discount.

When you arrive, get some plastic bags from the counter. They're free. Then, have your companion line up for you while you do the shopping. You can take turns lining up while the other shops. Testing is done by them and you cannot bring batteries inside. You definitely need wet ones and alcohol because some items/boxes are dusty. Oh and bring a fan, as in pamaypay.

Happy Shopping! :)

Nov 28-30
Dec 5-7
Dec 12-14
Dec 19-23

9AM to 6PM (Sat-Sun)
1PM to 6PM (Weekdays)

Creative Trade Center Compound
#6 Calle Industria St. Libis, QC
7431658. Cash basis only.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Three decades old

It's my 30th birthday and as a "gift", I was off-limits sa kitchen and was just locked inside the bedroom to rest, sleep and watch TV. By 3pm, I had headache from oversleeping, hahaha! I decided to go to the chapel. I offered a prayer of thanks and asked for continued love and happiness, harmonious family relationship, good health and success in all my endeavors. :)

Keith, together with the maid, cooked spaghetti with meatballs, chicken and pork barbeque. I also had choco mousse cake and strawberry ice cream. Ahhh, the life! Hehe.

30 years old? Hindi naman halata diba? Hehehe.

We had simple celebration with my family. My parents and brothers came to the apartment for dinner. All my good friends remembered and greeted me, esp Yas who called from Singapore. I really enjoyed this day and I owe everything to Keith for preparing everything and cooking dinner. Thanks Hunny! Looking forward to Tagaytay Highlands this weekend. :)

More photos here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our first christmas tree

Last year, we spent Christmas at my parents house. This year, Keith and I decided that we will spend Noche Buena in our own home, as a family. I said - we need a tree.

Wala tlaga akong idea how much it costs but sa mall, the more sossy kind is at P7,000 and that's for the tree alone. OMG! Finding a cheap christmas tree? Divisoria is the place to be!

On my way to Divi, I made a silent prayer that I will be safe and hopefully I will find a christmas tree below P1,000. As I walked my way to Tabora St, I saw a number of christmas trees displayed along the street. I asked for a pretty 6ft tree and manang said it is P1,900, hanggang P1,800. Mahal. This is just the ordinary type ha. I asked for a leaner tree and she said P1,100, last price is P900. Hmm.. I said, mag iikot ikot muna ako. O cge P800 na lang, she called out. I wasn't sure about buying a tree that's been exposed to the elements - shempre tabing kalsada lahat na ng usok ng sasakyan dumikit na dito, and naulanan/naarawan na rin sila.

I entered Tabora St. and sooobrang dami ng tao.. siksikan to the max! I made a detour at the back of one stall and entered a building. I noticed a lot of wedding gowns and evening gowns na super ganda. I asked how much, and the girl said P5,000 for the wedding gown with complete accessories. WOW! So eto pala ung sinasabi nilang bilihan ng cheap wedding gowns. Finally, na-discover ko na din! Hehe. Lumabas din ako agad ng building, after all, christmas decors ang pinunta ko dito hehe.

Wala mashadong christmas trees along Tabora St. puro ornaments lang like balls, poinsettias and garlands. A hanging santa clause costs P250; a christmas rug is P100. I walked further and reached Divisoria Mall. In front of the mall, I saw a vendor selling christmas trees na hindi nka-buka ang leaves. I asked how much the 5ft was. P450 daw, P400 last price. Ang mura diba. I asked him to open up the leaves. I wanted to make sure na hindi exposed ang central rod pag nka-open na ang leaves. So inayos ni manong and binuksan nya lahat ng branches/dahon kase nga I wanted to see ung buong christmas tree. And yun nga, manipis ang tree and mukhang "malnourished". So I said, Uhm sorry kuya hindi uubra, mashadong manipis eh. Mabuti naman at hindi nya ako sinaksak and he told me na ok lang daw. Whew, hehe :) remember, this is Divi noh!

I decided to go to 168 to check my options. On my way there, I passed by a store that sells gift wrappers. I got the glossy kind for P36 one dozen (P3 a piece). Mura, considering wrappers in NBS are being sold at P11 each.

Before reaching 168, I decided to go back na lang coz I was tired na, then I saw Jinhung Bijou Art, Inc. and noticed na teka baket ang daming tao dito. I saw christmas trees on display. I checked out a 5ft tree and saw the price tag. It said P999. Ok pasok sa budget. I was trying my luck and asked the manong if I can get discount and he said, ma'am P860 last price. I wasnt expecting to get a discount kse I am buying from a store, but of course I welcomed the good news Thank you God hehehe So I bought the christmas tree here, shempre I checked muna if complete ang parts bago ilagay sa box.

It was drizzling when I went out of the store so I made silong in one of the stalls along the street. The manong was selling christmas tree ornaments. I asked for purple medium sized balls which were being sold for P100/dozen. I made tawad and got them for P60. I also bought medium red poinsettias for P200/dozen (or P16.67 each). Super cheap na coz other stalls sell them for P25 each, and sa malls naman they are P40 each. I passed by Tabora again and bought big gold balls with silver glitters. They are priced at P150 for 6 pcs. I got them for P120.

I was ready to go home when I decided to buy a star for the christmas tree. I asked different stalls and their prices varied from P20 to P200, grabeh naman. I was able to buy the star from one of the kariton vendors for P40 (orig price P50).

All in all, I spent around P1,300 for the 5ft tree, ornaments and wrappers. What a great bargain! :)

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas everyone! :D

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Purple Oven

Purple Oven is a store that makes delectable cakes. Here are some:

8" dome cake - P650
8" sansrival - P475
8" oreo cheesecake - P700
8" classic moist choco cake - P420
8" granny's cake - P420

Purple Oven
St Peter St. Oranbo Pasig City
Tel. Nos. 6314221 and 9101363
Mon-Fri, 8am-6:30pm
Look for May

Iko's Bakeshop

A friend of mine got them for her daughter's 1st birthday and I was surprised how affordable their rates are:

6" round - chiffon P249
choco moist P269
8" round - chiffon P329
choco moist P369
cupcake P15 (marshmallow icing)
P12 (fudge icing w/ sprinkle)

Their contact number is 7471204. Look for Mylene.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wedding - RJ and Peen

I only have good things to say about Peen and RJ's wedding. All their wedding suppliers delivered esp their photo/video (Jorge Portrait Studio) and emcee (I didnt get the name). The food was good and the venue couldn't be better (Plaza Ibarra). The sequencing of church and the reception programs were perfect. Ang ganda ng wedding! It was entertaining, fun, personal, very emotional. Hindi serious and formal. There was pure happiness and love as 100+ of their family and closest friends were there to share the event.

I can say that Peen's family have become close to Kabuki. Madami na din napagdaan throughout the years. Her sister Lorelei wasn't able to attend (she's in the US), but Kabuki was complete, together with our partners, so although 1 was absent, 11 naman took her place.

Dami ako teary-eyed moments like when I first saw her in her wedding gown in the hotel (this is it na talaga) then, her bridal march in the church (i remembered mine) and lastly and pinaka solid teary-eyed moment was during her Dad's speech when he said that Peen is his bestfriend and that tonight was his bestfriend's wedding (hehe), then he segued into the My Bestfriend's Wedding theme song - The Way You Look Tonight. awww super nkka-iyak! Chelle, Gyp and I are super cry babies. The three of us were wiping our tears in my pashmina! It was a surprise song number from her dad. Super cool tlaga ni Tito Rey :)

I am so happy for Peen, she looked really beautiful last night. And despite all the drama before the wedding, everything turned out well last night. I didn't know RJ was iyakin! hehehe Super touching tlaga halatang he is super happy. Haaay, super saya talaga last night. I am very happy for the two of them.

It was definitely a fun night! Walang tatalo sa thank you speech ni Peen - "and thank you to Kabuki... very loyal." Loyal? Ano kame, fans club?! Hahaha! I'm now leaving you with a quote from Ires - "We are all looking forward to the next adorable addition to our growing Kabuki family. Here's to a happy home filled with love and many babies!!! Twins?" hehehe

More pictures here.

My speech in Peen's wedding

Hi everyone! My name is Jovie. Peen and I have been friends for almost 13 years now. When she first asked me to be her Candle Sponsor I felt delighted, but as the big day approached I was informed that I would be doing a speech. Being the shy and retiring type I was trying to think of ways of getting out of it, but have any of you tried saying no to Peen. Then I thought what could I talk about? I searched the internet and came up with some sayings that I would like to share with you -

Others would say that when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, its love, after marriage it is self-defense.. and, they say that before marriage a man will lay awake thinking about something you said, after marriage he'll fall asleep before you have finished saying it. Now, I'm sure that there are some of you out there that can relate to that.

RJ - Always put her first. Before work, friends, even basketball. Act as if she's the best thing that ever happened to you, because we all know she is. Always listen to her heart; if you're wrong, say you're sorry; if you're right, shut up. The best friend torch has not been passed, but extended to you. You better not drop it or you'll have to answer to Kabuki. Thank you for loving her even though she has her shortcomings. You know she loves you unconditionally and will be loyal until the end (and even after that). You have taken such good care of her so far, and anyone can see how much you love her. We can all say that you are the best thing that ever happened to her.

And Peen - What can I say? I am so grateful that you have found love and happiness in RJ. You are like a sister to me and I love you very much. You've always been there for me and I hope our friendship only flourishes in the years to come. I hope our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will be best friends so they can experience a lifelong friendship like ours.

My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will deepen and grow. The truth is, married life is no bed of roses. When times are difficult, I want you to look back to this day, your wedding day, and remember what brought the two of you here, and this will help you go through all those difficult times. Put God in the center of your marriage, and you guys will do just fine.

To love, laughter, and happily ever after... Congratulations RJ and Peen! I love you both very much!

DIY - wedding matches

I am so happy how these wedding matches turned out! Being the Candle Sponsor for Peen's wedding, I was also asked to make the wedding matches. I went to the Wedding Library in Megamall to see what's available. They only have silver and gold matches. The bride wanted pink/brown to match their motif. So I have no other choice but to DIY, hehe.

I made them using brown grosgrain ribbon and pink paper flowers. I bought the ribbons from Carolina's at P4/yard. I used two yards. I bought two sets of paper flowers (P25/set) and one glue stick (P5) from Simple Joys. Bought two matches from our suking tindahan at P2.50 each. Total cost for this project is P68. Not bad! :)

My friends loved it naman, esp the bride, so this is another DIY success story :)

Happy Birthday Lolo Papa Dong!

It's my dad's 64th birthday today and it coincided with RJ and Peen's wedding. Keith and I will miss his birthday dinner so I decided to cook him lunch instead. What happened was I was so sleepy and tired that he went na to our apartment this morning to play with the twins. I gave him our present and hitched with him back to their house. I cooked beef w/ mushroom. He was redecorating the garden, and it looks spectacular now.

Happy Birthday Papa Dong! Here's to continued good health, blessings and many many more birthdays to come! We love you very much! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

25 Tips On How to Stay Married

I am asked to give a speech on my friend's wedding, and I've been searching the internet for some inspirational words. I found a couple of humorous samples. Here's one worth sharing:

25 Tips On How to Stay Married
1. Always put her first - before work, friends, even basketball. Act as if she's the best thing that ever happened to you, because we all know she is.
2. Keep no secrets. Pool your money. Allow nothing and no one to come between you.
3. Pick your fights with care. Play fair. Show some class. Hurtful words can be forgiven, but they're hard to forget.
4. Fall in love again every day. Kiss her in taxis. Flirt with her at parties. Tell her she's beautiful. Then tell her again.
5. Never miss an anniversary or a birthday or a chance to make a memory. Memories may not seem important now, but one day they'll be gold.
6. Never give her a practical gift. If she really wants a Shop-Vac, let her pick it out herself.
7. Go to church together, and pray every day for each other and your marriage.
8. Pay your bills on time and make sure you each have a living will, a durable power of attorney and life insurance, lest, God forbid, you need them.
9. Love her parents as your own, but don't ask them for money. Never criticize her family or friends. On her birthday, send flowers to her mother with a note saying, "Thank you for giving birth to the love of my life."
10. Always listen to her heart; if you're wrong, say you're sorry; if you're right, shut up.
11. Don't half-tie the knot; plan to stay married forever.
12. Never go to bed mad; talk until you're over it, or you forget why you were mad.
13. Laugh together a lot. If you can laugh at yourselves, you'll have plenty to laugh about.
14. Never criticize, correct or interrupt her in public; try not to do it in private either.
15. Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.
16. Never fall for the myth of perfectionism; it's a lie.
17. When you don't like each other, remember that you love each other; pray for the "good days" to return and they will.
18. Tell the truth, only the truth, with great kindness.
19. Kiss at least 10 seconds a day, all at once or spread out.
20. Memorize all her favorite things and amaze her with how very well you know her.
21. Examine your relationship as often as you change the oil in your car; keep steering it on a path you both want it to go.
22. Be content with what you have materially, honest about where you are emotionally, and never stop growing spiritually.
23. Never raise your voice unless you're on fire. Whisper when you argue.
24. Be both friends and lovers; in a blackout, light a candle, then make your own sparks.
25. Finally, be an interesting person, lead your own life. But always save your best for each other. In the end, you will know you were better together than you ever could've been apart.

Remember to Forget

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.
Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.
Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1978 Events

Got this tag from Joanne :) Very interesting.. Thanks sis! :)

In 1978 (the year you were born)

Jimmy Carter is president of the US

US Senate votes to turn over the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999

Israel and Egypt reach a peace settlement at the Camp David Accords

The US and mainland China announce that they will restore full diplomatic relations

Members of Jim Jones' People's Temple commit mass suicide in Guyana

Pope John Paul II becomes the first non-Italian pope in centuries

Ted Bundy is captured in Florida

The first computer bulletin board system is created

Garfield debuts in newspapers

Ashton Kutcher, Kobe Bryant, Usher, Clay Aiken, and Nelly Furtado are born

New York Yankees win the World Series

Dallas Cowboys win Superbowl XII

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Saturday Night Fever and Grease are the top grossing films

"Night Fever" by the Bee Gees spends the most time at the top of the US charts

Diff'rent Strokes and Mork & Mindy premiere

1. What happened in the year you were born? Take the quiz by clicking the link above.
2. Post the result of the quiz in your blog.
3. Tag 5 people who you think are born on a different year than yours.
3. It would be interesting to know the age of your blogging buddies plus of course get to know a little about history few years back.
4. Add your name on the list below. Indicating also the year you were born.

JODY - 1977; (your name - birth year)

JOANNE - 1980

JOVIE - 1978


Tagging Divine, Sheryll, Jacque, Con, and Mec.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Twins at Galle

The twins have a check-up with their pedia today. When we reached the clinic at 10am, we were assigned the numbers #28 and #29. My goodness an daming tao! While waiting for our numbers to be called, we went to Galleria to have lunch.

We ate at Burgoo and had some pizzas and burgers. We ordered soup for the twins but they preferred sight seeing with their yayas outside the resto. We saw the Unang Hirit hosts - Rhea Santos, Suzie Entrata, Regine Tolentino. It made our yayas' day, hehehe.

After lunch, we went to Tom's World. Then the twins had their haircut at Hair Salon. It was definitely a fun day! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Makro great buys

Kka-tuwa to shop at Makro. Keith is a member and when I saw the Makro Mail this morning, I asked him that we visit Makro Cainta, which is very near our place. We brought the twins along.

Some items are really cheap. Plastic crates are being sold for P179 each. This is a good-deal, considering plastic warehouses I called sell them for P450 each. We also got a wooden utility shelf, which was priced at P299. Uber cheap na kase if you ask a carpenter to do it, you'll spend P350 and that's labor fee only. Another great find is the plastic hamper which is being sold for only P39. The Hallmark wrappers were also a great find. They sell at P11.67 each in National Bookstore, but in Makro it's only P5.90. Super sulit! The FM radio which we got for P299 is like a toy, hehe. It is compact and lightweight. Okay na for its price. We also got 2-pc braided doormat for P50. Nothing special, but we need this at home. All these for P1,000. What a steal! :)

Makro offers free membership and accepts all major credit cards.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Quantum of Solace

We watched Quantum of Solace today at Galleria. Well, I didn't like when one scene had back to back scenes with another scene that had no relation to the current scene (what term is that?) - example: Bond chasing enemies alternating shots with a horse race scene. Though some fight scenes have real hardcore mano-mano fighting, that didn't impress me much. Nakaka-hilo. Who punched who. Who shot who. Makikita mo na lang patay na ang kalaban. Duh. Hindi ko rin na-gets kung ano ang katuturan ng story. I mean, the plot wasn't original. I was expecting something new. Plus the Bond girls were not as hot as their predecessors (sorry), sana ako na lng noh! Hahaha... Isa pa, I was waiting the entire time where he would say "Bond.. James Bond", pero wala anohhh. I never understood why Pierce Brosnan was replaced as double o seven. He was perfect IMO. So that goes to show I did not enjoy the movie, but it was a movie date with hubby so ok na rin :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Rihanna and Chris Brown Live in Manila

It's all over the news, Rihanna and Chris Brown are coming to Manila on Nov 16 (Sunday), for a one-night concert at The Fort. I love Chris Brown music but I am not sure I want to watch the concert kase puro bagets ang nandun for sure hehehe, hindi na ata bagay makipag siksikan pa ako sa kanila unless of course dun ako sa platinum seat uupo noh! That's ten thousand three hundred pesos (P10,300) for one person. OMG. Maybe we can dine in one of the nearby restos and makinig na lng sa concert from there, ahahay! We'll see.. :)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Diarrhea with a vengeance

Vito was confined in the hospital for 6 days (Oct 30-Nov4) for Infectious Diarrhea. As in dun kame sa Medical City nag-Undas! This is his first confinement since being born. At first, the ER doctors thought it was Acute Diarrhea (lbm + fever), and was sent home with some medications. After a few hours, he had watery stool with blood streaks and he vomitted his milk. He was quickly brought back to the hospital for confinement.

Remember Carlos was confined same time last month for the same thing. He was confined for 4 days.

During Vito's first few days in the hospital, he would vomit his milk. Some babies with diarrhea become lactose-intolerant so we bought him Enfagrow Lactose-Free, but he wouldn't drink it. No choice but to give him his regular milk. Basta important that he burps after every feeding. Yogurt was not recommended. Although it has good bacteria, it is milk-based. Dairy products were bawal muna.

While in the hospital, he took the ff:
Erceflora basillus clausii (1 vial every 8hours) - this is good bacteria.
Amikacin (via IV) - this is an antibiotic to fight off the bacterial infection.
Zinc supplement (1ml once a day)- this helps reduce severity and duration of diarrhea.
Tempra Forte syrup (2ml) - paracetamol is given if body temp is 37.8 degrees and up
Calmoseptine (diaper rash cream) - every nappy change.

Eventually, his appettite returned. We would buy him Goldilocks mamon (yes, kailangan Goldilocks) and choco cereal. Balik na rin sha to his usual kulit and curious self. He would point to the door coz he wants to go out. We would walk down the corridors, with swero in tow, until he feels sleepy again. Time of the day? 3:00AM.

Vito was struck big time and he lost some weight. Infact, from an XL diaper, he now uses Large. :( Poor Vito, babawi kame!

His home medications are the ff:
Cotrimoxazole - 5ml twice a day until Nov 7, pref after meals
Zinc supplement - 1ml once a day

His stool culture showed the cause of bacterial infection was Salmonella. Damn you salmonellaaah!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Hidalgo Quiapo

Hidalgo. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Ahhh, this is the place where you can get your camera gadgets at a lower price. A haven for budget conscious camera aficionados.

I don't have the courage to go to Hidalgo and have no reason to go there. Here are some phone numbers of shops in Hidalgo in case you need to ask something:

24K - 7334564
Avenue - 7335474
Henrys - 7337723
Mayer - 7337598
Watsons - 7337697