Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010!

It's finally time to say goodbye to 2010. I was sooo busy juggling work and household duties the entire year that some important family events were celebrated with very little preparation, like the twins' 3rd birthday and Keith's birthday. Babawi ako next year, pramis!

There were several plans that unfortunately didn't materialize: new home and new 2nd home. Oh well, it's those things that makes you stronger and wiser.

I got this laptop. Got a digicam. I was assigned to a new LOB with more direct reports. I signed up for a new account in a social networking site.. said goodbye to our Tanay farm.. said hello to a gray fortuner. Other than those things, everything's the same - same suking tindahan.. same grocery.. same doctors.. luckily, the same yayas.. same favorite mall and bars.. and same old cellphone, mwehehe.

What's good about 2010 is that the family had very few hospital confinements as compared to previous years. And of course the highlight of my 2010, and probably one of my most unforgettable experiences, is our impromptu roadtrip to Ilocos - to see the Pagudpod beach, Bangui windmills and Vigan cathedral. During that trip I realized that the Philippines is really beautiful. We have everything here - from the bright city lights of Ortigas to the pristine white beaches of Boracay and Palawan.. to the cool breeze of Baguio and Tanay.. to the natural wonder that is Chocolate Hills and man-made wonder Banaue Rice Terraces.

For 2011, I fervently pray for a prosperous year with hopefully no more disappointments. I pray for good health for me and all my loved ones. Let my heart's desires be fulfilled this coming new year! Amen.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Xmas Shopping

Every year, I try to beat my previous year's gifts in terms of value and cost. I think for this year I overspent bwahaha

I am always on the lookout for good quality items at low cost. Since I was busy with work, I didn't have the time to xmas shop. I decided to order online. I got Victoria Secret body spray from an online seller who sold it the cheapest. Later, I learned that 168 sells the same for less than P10/bottle.

I got a chance to go to Divi- only one time this year. I went to
Anding's to get the inaanak toys (around P100 each), and 168 for over 80pcs of trinkets as little gifts (around P7 each).

For the family members, I got them shirts from Folded and Hung warehouse store in Riverbanks (around P350 each). I also got RL polo shirts from Greenhills tiangge at P350 each.

For the twins, I got them a pair of Chuck Taylors during the Converse warehouse sale (P1,400 each). We also got them Lego (regular and Duplo) at 50% off from the Megamall sale (around P900 each).

I got two pairs of shoes from Greenhills tiangge at P290 each. To which I was told by a reliable source that it was also being sold at Pasig Palengke 3rd flr at P250 each. har har har.

I got corningware microwable ceramic dishes at less than P100 each in Makro. I have confirmed with my own eyes and wallet that Puregold sells milk the cheapest. We also got the wines from Puregold.

So that's xmas shopping for 2010. Hopefully, I will have more great finds next year :)

Happy Holidays everyone! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Down with English Measles

It all started on Sunday- after Trick or Treat at Mega and Miguel's 1st birthday party at Valle Verde. We got home at around 8pm. I felt tired and I had chills. I checked my temp and was surprised to see 38.3 in the thermometer. I never ever get sick, you know. I took paracetamol and called it a night. Monday was Nov 1 so we went to the cemetery. I had on-and-off fever. Tuesday, I went to work and my officemates started to notice rashes on my face. I went to the clinic and the nurse said my temp was normal and that she couldn't see any rash (roll eyes). I went to see a doctor, and she said the same thing as the nurse- I was okay,no fever, no rash. Wednesday, I went to the ER of Medical City. I was getting worried because my fever was not going away. I also noticed many little sores inside my mouth, and suddenly I was sensitive to light, as in nasisilaw akech. My CBC came back as normal, so the doctors sent me home with paracetamol as medicine. As for the rash, they said it could just be bungang araw, okay fine. Thursday, I developed cough and colds. My throat was so painful. I felt I had sores all the way down to my throat. I had no appetite, and I really felt sick. I went to see a different doctor and had another CBC. My platelet count was okay so it was not dengue. After work, I went straight home, I thought I was going to collapse. I asked Keith to take me to the hospital. We went back to Medical City, and the doctors diagnosed me with measles. I had bloodshot eyes, vomiting episodes and LBM. I was confined in one of their isolation rooms and was discharged on Sunday. I was advised not to report to work for a week, and to continue my bedrest at home. We sent the twins and the yayas to my in-laws because measles is contagious. You'd think I was ecstatic to be home alone for a week? Naku, hindi noh! I felt so weak that I was just really in bed 24/7. It was pathetic. It has been a week now, and I am slowly getting my strength back. Yesterday, Keith took me out and brought me my birthday gift (ahihi!), then we watched Unstoppable at Promenade, had dinner at Tender Bob's, then met some friends at Jalapeno in Home Depot. It was so nice to be out of the house again! But I miss the twins terribly. We're picking them up after this Pacquiao-Margarito fight...

Friday, October 01, 2010

Lancer GLX 2002 - For Sale

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

EMMA Philippines, 2nd Leg Regional Competitors Challenge for 2010

Held at the Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hills in Fort Bonifacio. Keith joined the SQ competition category and won 2nd place. Congrats Hunny! :)



He tied with the 1st place for Over-All score, but the deciding factor was the SQ score, where he had a 4-point difference from the 1st place winner.

Special thanks to Rocky Gonzalez of Mach2Audio, and teammates Parc Cruz and Chris Berenguer. Not to mention Kuya Dodong of Dodong's Premium Auto Detailing Services for the detailing works where everybody got a perfect score in Cleanliness :P

Endless Susan Wong songs and Moonglow on repeat finally paid off! Congratulations to Hunny Bunny and to Mach2Audio. Mwahhugs! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss Universe 2010 Winners

From my friend Dong who is vacationing in Macau. The results as follows:

4th runner up Philippines,
3rd Ukraine,
2nd Australia,
1st runner up Jamaica,
Miss Universe winner is Mexico.

Im gonna watch this tonight! :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cats, Now and Forever - Live in Manila



It was girls night out when my mom treated me and SIL Mau to watch CATS at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP). OMG, I think the tickets were ridiculously expensive. Then my mom told me some of her amigas go abroad just to see the play. Ok, fine. Lea Salonga stars as Grizabella, leading an international cast.

I didn't know what to expect from this play. There were many surprises for me. The costumes were impressive, from wig to shoes. High-tech the stage props. They had magic tricks and acrobatics, which was very entertaining. The cast mingled with the audience during the play and intermission. One verse was sang in Filipino, which was quite funny because of the accent. Also because of the accent it was difficult for me to follow the story because I couldn't understand the words. Thank God Lea sang so clearly and it helped that her song was a familiar song. Overall, I would say the play was okay. I was surprised to see many kids watching, then a friend told me CATS is pambata. I also saw many dads sleeping, bwahaha.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Craving for some Craving's

Wow, look at our eyes... It's a dead give away we've been working so hard, lol!



Moi, Mau and Inah at Craving's Shangri La. I had salmon, and buffet salad. Yummm! :)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Dong!

We had dinner at Kanin Club in Technohub, and had drinks in Mikedee's.



Keith, Moi, Dong, Peen and RJ. Si Peen lang po ang buntis dito.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Vito and Carlos!

We went to MOA for Cosmic Kidz, and had lunch at Burgoo. I got their birthday cake from Red Ribbon. It was very very tiring, but fun. Next year, I will prepare in advance. Today went by so fast...





Thank you Lord for blessing us with Vito and Carlos :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Justin!

Today is Justin's birthday. We had dinner at Uncle Cheffy in Eastwood.



Bought him a shirt from F&H as a birthday gift. One of the store clerks thought Vito was Baby James Yap, Anuvaaah.

The twins are musically-inclined. Here they are, playing the piano.



Can you see the harang that means - "Bawal dito. No Trespassing." Hehehe.

Hey, it wasn't my idea! :)



Akala mo kung sinong mga behave, hehehe.



Photo op - Vito, Carlos and Moxi.



With Raki. He was pakitang gilas. People gathered around to watch his tricks. :)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Family day at Shangri La

We went to Shang to hear the 11am mass. We want to expose them to many people so they don't get scared and/or shy. The plan: church-hop every weekend :)



Can you see how much they've grown??



Tried the carousel, and they loved it!



Hindi obvious sa pic, coz this is how they pose for cam - serious mode, lol. :P



We also had snacks at Cerealicious Cafe. Yummm! :)

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Babysitting

How do you get 3 toddlers to behave?



You give them crayons and a whole bunch of paper!



This will keep them busy for a while - like 10 mins, lol.



After that, you put on your best DVD and watch with them :)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Prince of Persia

Sorry I have stopped blogging on the movies I've watched because I've been very busy lately with work and household duties. Some of the fabulous and not-so-fabulous movies we've seen on the big screen include 2010 (I like), Avatar (didn't like it), Sherlock Holmes (nice), The Book of Eli (also nice), Iron Man 2 (mas gusto ko yung 1; I couldn't understand Mickey Rourke when he speaks). So, anyway, today I am writing about the movie Keith and I watched this afternoon - Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time.



Well, at first, I didn't really want to watch it because I thought hindi bagay kay Jake Gyllenhaal ang long hair, c'mon. When I first saw the movie poster, I thought this was a spoof or comedy film and he reminded me so much of Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories, mwahaha! But Keith said maganda toh, 10 out of 10 (daw accdg to Clickthecity, lol). So, I agreed and met him at Galleria, cinema 4.

The verdict: Okay, pwede na, hehehe. It was entertaining and had many twists. But I couldn't stop thinking that Orlando Bloom could be a better Prince Dastan, hehe. Pwede din si Tobey Maguire, Marc Wahlberg, or si Sasha Vujacic of the LA Lakers.. Augh! Kahit na sino wag lang si Jake Gyllenhaal! Pasensha na, hehehe

There are some movies you can watch on DVD like Shutter Island (nice), but Prince of Persia is recommended to be seen on the big screen. Enjoy! :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ask, and the Universe will conspire for you to get it

I Secreted this my way... The Lenovo IdeaPad S9/S10e Netbook





Ahahaha I love it! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Twins' favorite pastime



Swimming is the twins' favorite pastime. With today's hot hot weather, I can perfectly understand why! We don't even put warm water anymore...

They love to play in this inflatable pool, where they can be themselves, splashing all the way and throwing water at anyone who passes them.

Unfortunately, they do not like public pools and Vito does not like the beach. So, for their 3rd birthday, I am planning to host a swimming party for them. Oh my, that's just 33 days away! Perhaps, it will be a good idea to bring the inflatable pool, in case they decide not to swim in the swimming pool. :P

This kiddie pool has 3 rings which Keith likes to inflate by himself. He's the only one in the family who could inflate it using his own breath, amazing. Haha!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Hunny Keith

Hunny Bunny turned 29 today. There was inuman at his parent's house. His dad also celebrated his 50th birthday :)



Chocolate cake with yema filling from Shoppersville - only P300, winner!

Shoppersville Bakeshoppe
355 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, QC
426-1247; 426-1246; 920-8050





Friends for life - LS Bros and Strike Team



I cooked spaghetti, beef with brocolli and this special lemonade. Recipe courtesy of JalepeƱo :)

They consumed 25 cases of beer, watda ?? Keith was so drunk, mwehehe! Hope you had a great night! Happy Happy Birthday Hunny! :)

Hunn's Birthday 2010

Keith finally took home the car after 2 weeks. He had sound system installed on it that costs - only God knows how much! Happy Birthday Hunny :)

When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said, "I just want to hear mass". He is not the type who attends mass every Sunday so I welcomed the idea. I called the chapel in Megamall and asked how we could do the Offering. They informed me that there's no need to be scheduled. Anybody can just bring their offering, and line up during Offertory.

Chapel of the Eucharist Lord
SM Megamall Atrium, 5th level
638-8801


This is my first time to do Offering and I didnt know what to prepare. I thought fruits would be safe. Priests love papaya diba, hehe. So I prepared 2 baskets of fruits - one for me and one for Keith. I wrapped them with yellow cellophane - this is what I see during TV healing mass. Oh I forgot to take a pic!

Anyway, we decided to attend the 5PM mass so that we could have dinner after that. We reached Megamall at 5:15PM. The chapel was jam-packed! Vito didn't want to go inside, he got scared - we think he is claustrophobic (but why?). Poor Vito and his yaya just stayed outside, walking up and down the escalators. Later, Carlos got bored and wanted to go outside as well. After the homily, Carlos went to me and pulled me out and he kept saying "monkey! monkey!". I couldnt understand so I turned to his yaya who told me that Carlos was bugging her to play at Kidz Republic. Ah yun lang ba?? Okay! Hehe. I called Vito's yaya and asked them to follow. I said, "30 minutes lang ha kasi matatapos na yun mass" .

Kidz Republic
SM Megamall, 5th level
5560958


Rates:
30 minutes - P120
1 hour - P170
unlimited - P300
guardian - P70
socks - P25

When I went back to the chapel, I didnt see Keith. Oh no, the Offertory has started. Waaaah! So anupaba, I waited for him na lang. :)

After the mass, Keith and I waited for the bugoys outside Kidz Republic. They still had 11 minutes to play. When they went out, they were jumping and super happy but you can tell they were exhausted when they asked for water. We changed their sweaty shirts and gave them water/milk. They super enjoyed it! They love the slide, the ball pool, tubes, trampoline. I love that everything is covered in foam, and the place is really child-proof.



I told Keith I made reservations at Gotti's. We've never eaten here, but I heard very good feedback from my PIC Mau. Plus, when I checked Munchpunch for the rates, they are affordable.

Keith is a big Mafia fan, so this is the perfect place for his birthday dinner. We ordered The Godfather and Bugsy's Garlic Cheese pizzas.



Moi with The Goodfella Meatballs.

Gotti's
SM Megamall Atrium, 4th level
634-0348






Happy Birthday Hunny! May you have many, many more birthdays to come! Mwah mwah! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Elbow Room Lounge in Metrowalk

Today, we had our teambuilding at Elbow Room Lounge in Metrowalk. We booked VIP 3 for the event. We feasted on pizza, chili chicken, nachos, calamares and sauteed beef with garlic.



After dinner, we didnt waste much time and started right away with the games. We had nice prizes up for grabs so everyone was excited and in high spirits. I had 2 games and 3 FGDs lined-up for the night. We played Bring Me and Charades. As for the FGDs, they were focused on Trust and Teamwork - Trust Walk, Build A House and Count The Beans.




We also awarded the top performers for Q1. After the programme, some played billiards...



and others went for the karaoke...



Others went home and called it a night. We stayed for a while to watch the live band.



It was truly a fun night! Too bad, I didnt win any prize - I was the host. So, until next time! :)