Thursday, December 27, 2012
It was mid morning when my nephews and niece arrived from their dorm to spend Christmas with us. Their parents are working overseas that's why they are with us. My SIL cooked spaghetti while I make fruit salad. My nephew bought 2 boxes of pizza, 2 buckets of fried chicken and since it was my nephew's 20th birthday, he bought her own cake. It was just a simple Noche Buena feast for all of us.
It was our family tradition to hear mass on Christmas Eve at 9:30 pm so we had an early dinner so we'll not get hungry most especially the kids. The mass took about 2 hours and we got home at 11:30 pm where we eat again.
On Christmas morning, my 9 yr-old niece opened her gift from Santa in their house and just like what she wished on her letter to Santa, she got the toy kitchen that she loved. It was early at 7am where kids (even if we don't know them) knocked on our door to ask for Christmas gift where we usually give money.
Later on, it's our time to drop my niece and nephew to their godparents where they also receive their Christmas presents.We then proceeded at my brother's place in the morning where my relatives and other kids are waiting for us. Aside from money, I also handed some candies and chocolates to kids and they always love them.
Our Christmas lunch was sumptuous as we all ate delicious foods cooked by me and my SILs. Oh BTW, my family and even our guests love my delicious fruit salad. In the afternoon, we went to relatives houses to visit them to give and receive our presents.
We always exchange and open gifts at night of Christmas day after we had our dinner. We put all our gifts on one big table and I call each one to open their gifts.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Anyway, here's her very short letter telling Santa what she wants for Christmas. She did not enumerate the gifts that she wanted, instead she browse the internet and took some photos, printed it on paper. She told me that it's much easier for Santa to know what she likes when there is a picture hehe. I guess Santa will not have a hard time getting her gift this year.
BTW, here's the list of what she wants.
1. Play kitchen set
3.My Little Pony toys
It was only last year when we gathered again after more than 10 years or so and it’s truly heartwarming to see them again this year. These are my college friends when we are taking up our Medical Technology course in FEU. Three (3) of them continued to study medicine after graduation and now they are doctors already. One is an internist and 2 are pedia doctors and I’m so proud of what they have accomplished.
Our over 7 hours of chit-chat is not enough to share and listen to our own life and love stories. Also, I didn’t have a voice that time due to sore throat but still I’ve tried to interact with them even if I’m having a hard time talking. One friend even shared all the wonderful blessings that our Lord is giving to her family and we’re all in awe while hearing all the miracles that is happening to their family.
I’m so happy to have them as friends and even though it was only yearly that we’re able to meet each other, our hearts are surely intertwined. With God’s grace, hope I’ll meet them Nov. or Dec of 2013.
Becoming more conscious when smiling, I decided to set an appointment with my dentist to solve my problem. My dentist told me that my gums and other teeth already receded and that makes the denture not on its place already. My dentist made a new one for me and after a week or so, I have my new teeth and that gained back my confidence to smile. I regretted not having been to her clinic much sooner but at least now, I can smile any time without hesitation.
There are practically many teeth or mouth problems that anyone can experience and all we need is the help of our dentist to resolve them. I also learned that TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome also known as “bad bite” can affect some people. It appears that the joint near jaw connected to the skull is inflamed and can cause severe pain, popping sound, chewing or biting discomfort, dizziness and many more symptoms.
A lot of factors can contribute to this kind of syndrome and having a misaligned or missing teeth are just some of them. I got scared for a while because maybe if I have not addressed my own problem probably it can lead to that if it became worst. We really need to aware of the health of our mouth and seeing our doctor from time to time just like a Fort Langley TMJ dentist if you suspect or already have TMJ can be beneficial.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Finally, I was able to wrap all the gifts that I will give this Christmas. It took me about 2 hours wrapping all of them and now our mini-tree got lots of Christmas gifts under it now. My 9 yr old niece is all set and excited for Christmas now for she already wants to know what Santa will give to her. I'm also happy that she knows what is Christmas and what are we celebrating.
I bet she'll be giddy to open lots of gifts on Christmas day for our family's tradition is to have exchange gifts on Christmas day. I even have a gift for my dog Sophie and I know she'll love it.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The key to successful move?
Planning and getting help.
Yeah right, it’s easier said that done for many but when you sit down and make a list of all the things that need to be done, I don’t think that you can go wrong when you have done that. It’s like making a grocery list but it’s a harder task.
When you have done that, you need to sort out and purge things that you will bring and will not to your new place. Chuck out or donate other things that you think you will not use in your new place. Doing so will make your move easier and you’ll create more space for the new things. Always put labels on your boxes for easier identification. We have done that in the past and it really helps a lot when you’re unpacking already.
Ask for help. Friends and family can always lend a helping hand but if you’re moving long distance or if you have tons of stuff that requires a big truck then hiring a moving specialist is always a good option. Thankfully, there are moving professionals that can help you with all your moving or relocation needs. If you’re in Montreal area, Martell Express, a demenageur montreal company offers commercial, residential and long distance moving. Asking for a quote and knowing more about what they can do will definitely make your moving on the right track.
Relocation is a daunting task but if properly planned and aided by professionals, I reckon our burden will greatly diminished.
My SIL is always the one closing our internet café during at night and there are already many instances when she’s been locking the door only to find out the next morning that she lost the keys. With my thorough search, it was believed that she forgot the keys inside the store. We have no other option but to bring the duplicate keys just to open the door and true enough the keys are inside the store. Fortunately, duplicate keys are still around, if not, locksmith will be our only last resort to have it opened.
Really there are times when we become forgetful in locking our car or house and leaving the keys inside. Thankfully, locksmiths like Locksmith calgary AB can save our day for they have special skills and instruments to do the job right. Sure, we can open our doorknobs if we try hard but most of the times, our locks become damage that we end up replacing the whole doorknob itself.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I was fortunate to capture the 12.12.12 at 12:12 pm date and time on my iPhone and it's a very rare occurrence and not very sure when it will happen again. They said that the date 12.12.12 was lucky so there's a lot of couples who got married today. Those that are delivering a baby via caesarian section chose to gave birth this day hoping that this day will bring them luck.
When I captured the date and time today, I didn't wish for anything, I was just excited to have seen the same numbers all at once.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
1. Gift for MumDepending on how many children mum has, you can purchase these gorgeous sterling silver rings that come in single, double or triple entwined. Each child has their name embossed onto them and there is also a variety that allows for your Swarovski birthstone to be set into the ring.
2. Gift for DadSo Dad enjoys sipping on a cool beverage from time to time wishing that he could play his old records…but instead the music comes from an iPod. Why not buy him a set of 6 coasters that have a cool, retro feel as they are made from original LP records. They are very unique and make a quirky gift for any Dad wanting to be transported back in time.
3.Gift for Big Kids and TweensYour ‘big kid’ will love their own digital camera with HD video as well. Stick to the tough models that can be used under water to 3m, shockproof when dropped from 1.5 metres and are also snow resistant in temperatures that goes as low as -10 degrees. They come in cool colours like metallic red and blue and have some great additional features to turn ordinary photos into works of art.
4. Gift for Babies and ToddlersWhat little kid (and big kid) doesn’t like bubbles? A bubble machine is the perfect gift to keep your little ones amused and in awe of such a pretty sight. With a carry handle for easy transportation, you will be able to take it everywhere you go. No more messy bubble solution as it is all contained in this battery operated machine.
5. Gift for GirlfriendAll girls love to be romanced, especially at Christmas time. For something really special and unexpected take your girlfriend on a sunset hot air balloon ride. With a champagne in hand, it will be a very special moment to remember.
6. Gift for BoyfriendIf your boyfriend is a music buff, you can’t go past a set of Beats by Dr Dre headphones. They come in really cool colours to suit any taste and they’re among the most comfortable and lightweight headphones on the market. They also fold away for easy storage and have exceptional sound quality.
7. Gift for TeacherTeachers can be difficult to buy for as you don’t always get to know them very well. This is where personalised mugs make it easy to buy for your child’s teacher. Printing ‘World’s Best Teacher’ or ‘Class of 2012’ will suit all teachers of every age group and subject. They will drink from it proudly and think of your kids every time they take a sip. With Christmas around the corner, there isn’t long to find that perfect gift. Use the ideas we have given you to set yourself on the right track this year.
Monday, December 10, 2012
We didn’t have cable to watch the live match of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 but we just relied on radio. We were on our way home and was at Mercury drugstore when my bro overheard from the store that Manny lost and got knocked out at 6th round. We’re shocked and of course we always wanted Manny to win the fight. Also read from my friend’s tweet that Manny lost.
It was only when we got home when we saw the delayed telecast of the match at GMA channel 7. I already know the result but I still wanted to see the action and the whole fight that ended Pacquiao.
I was screaming while watching on TV and could not believe my eyes. Marquez has a nice body form but Pacquaio is also mobile and quick but a sad turn of events happened.
The whole Philippines was shocked yesterday, Dec. 9th when our very own Manny Pacquiao was knocked out in the last few seconds of round 6 by Manuel Marquez. Their historical fight at Las Vegas Dec. 8th was unbelievable when Manny went down 1st at 3rd round while Marquez also went done in another round.
Here is end of 6th round where Manny Pacquaio was knocked out, almost lifeless. Arghhh.. thankfully he is ok now.
Image from Yahoo Sports
I admire Pacquaio for saying that he became over confident and he didn’t see the punch coming! Even if he lost he is still a champion for he has shown humility and accepts defeat. Too bad he’s still under contract and might have to go trainings and fight again soon. I hope he’ll just retire soon but with this kind of defeat, I ‘m sure he will not hang his gloves yet.
There’s no doubt that Pacquaio has brought so much pride in our country and he still deserves to be honored like a true hero!!
For us, you’re still a hero PACQUAIO! Not every fight you’ll win.
Gifts for my SILs- check!
Gifts for my nieces/nephew - check!
Gifts for my mom - check!
Gifts for my godchildren - partly check!
I'm so thankful that I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping this year. It's really good to have shopped early for I really hate Christmas rush where everyone is rushing to the stores to find a gift. I was in a rush last year so I end up buying some gifts that I really don't intend to buy because the gift that I really wanted was out of stock already. I still have few more godchildren that I wanted to by some gifts and since one is into baseball I guess checking out resportsinc.com for baseball gifts will help.
If I really can't find a gift for my other godchildren, I'll just give money instead. I'm sure they will also like receiving money so that they can buy something that they like.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
I woke up this morning at 7:00 am again. I think my body clock is already set to that time for I've been waking up at 7 or few minutes after 7. Usually I don't get up easily for I always watch TV first until 8:00 am then I'll have my breakfast.
This morning, I was able to watch the half part of my now favorite reality TV show Undercover Boss, even though the episodes are not that new. Just love this show for CEO of a company will go undercover to see how they employees work at their jobs and if there are more things that they need to repair or improve in their services or products.
I got up after the show and went to see my baby dog Sophie then had suman, a local delicacy for my breakfast. SIL went to the market and I did all the segregation and organization of the meat, fish and vegetable and that took me over an hour or so.
Gave Sophie a bath after walking her out for few minutes.I should have cleaned the garage but since it's becoming late already, I didn't do it anymore. Right after, washed Sophie's cage linen and her towel.
My chore doesn't end from there because, I still need to cook. Yay! It was already 11:30 am when I cooked our lunch. I fried the tilapia fish and cooked "bagoong" (shrimp paste) the stinky but tasty and salty to go with the eggplant or the tomato. My bro and her family ate at our house today and gladly we had very sumptuous lunch eventhough the meal is just simple. Thankfully, my SIL washed the dishes for I have no more energy to do that and I will not do that anyway hehe..
It was only after around 3 pm when I was able to check on my online stuff but didn't quite on the go to make some work for I have been exhausted the whole morning.
I 'm partly done with my Christmas shopping for my loved ones and godchildren but I still need to look for custom womens tees for my 9 yr.old niece. I'm sure she will love to see her name on a shirt. Gave her a personalized bag few years bag with her name and picture on it and this time I thought a t-shirt would be nice. Apart from that, I'm also thinking of what I will wear on Christmas day. Yeah, I want new clothes every Christmas!
There are lots of Christmas bazaars and tiangge already and I wanted to go to Greenshills soon for it's also one of my fave shopping destinations aside from Divisoria, SM and Robinsons. I just need to go there early in the morning when traffic and shoppers are not that many.
The other week, my mom came up to me asking if I picked all the chili leaves that she planted. She noticed that almost the leaves are gone that she asked me too if I put it on my Tinola dish?
I went out and to her garden and here’s what I saw. Oh my! I didn’t picked the leaves and I know who did it. It was my dog Sophie! I know she’s the one who ate all the leaves because there was once instance where I saw her eating them because she has an upset stomach. yay.
Thankfully, she didn’t eat the chili because for sure she will not like the taste hehe. Now, our chili plant has no more leaves and almost dying hehe.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wanting to catch up with the story, I decided to watched the other series on DVD up until Eclipse then went to see Breaking Dawn part1 in theater already with my nieces last Dec. 2011 and then I got hooked.
Afterwards, we ate dinner at Pepper Lunch and strolled the mall for an hour or so before heading home. We had fun and I'm sure my nieces are happier because I paid for the movie tickets and dinner hehe
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Anyway, I'm sharing it here because my brother won the 2nd place, Sculpture Category .. teehee! Awards Night was held at Ayala Museum November 9, 2012. I read that PSE received 150 artworks for both painting and sculpture categories.
SiningPSE : 2012 National Art Competition Theme: “Nagkakaisang Pilipino Para sa Maunlad at Masigasig na Kalakalan” (United Filipino People for Progressive and Active Trade)
PAINTING CATEGORY WINNERS:
SCULPTURE CATEGORY WINNERS:
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Monday, December 3, 2012
I had colds since Tuesday last week but didn’t pay much attention to it thinking that it will go away naturally. I just thought of drinking lots of water to wash away the virus that I got somewhere. I think it got worst on Wednesday when we went to Divisoria in Manila to buy some gifts and personal stuff. It was so cold at the new malls that I felt my cold become worse. Thankfully, I bought a cardigan that I used. We're so tired that day and when we got out it was so hot and humid. Coupled it with traffic and bad weather then it’s no a good day. I guess I got more virus at the crowded mall.
The next day, my cough and cold is becoming worst so I have no option but to drink Neozep. It was so hard for me at night. I was coughing and coughing and there are times that it’s only a dry cough. Come Sunday morning, I lost my voice already and too bad, I had a reunion with my college friends that day.
I still went at the meeting with sore throat and too bad I wasn’t talking that much because of my condition. I took some Strepsils to help relieve my sore throat but still it’s the same.
This morning, I still don’t have a voice but thanks to my ginger tea, strepsils and loads of water, I became better. I hope by tomorrow, I am much better for I hate being sick!
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Long overdue post but I’m sharing this anyway.
It’s day 2 of the Pinas visit of my cousin and her hubby. We stayed at Hyatt Hotel near Roxas Boulevard and on their first day, we went on a guided tour to Fort Santiago and Luneta Park.
Day 2: Oct. 27, 2012 (Saturday)- Taal Volcano Trekking Tour
My cousin got our reservations online via grayline and it was a guided tour. We we’re fetched by our tour guide around 9 am and went to other hotels to fetch other tourists that will come with us.
We stopped by Tagaytay City and our tour guide bought some pineapples that we’ll eat at lunch. We had snack at Café Maria and they tried their Civet Cat coffee and Kapeng Barako. Since I don’t drink coffee anymore, I just ate the buko pie instead.
beautiful view of Taal Volcano
We arrived Villa Amparo Resort in Talisay, Batangas at past 12 noon already and thankfully, it’s not raining that day. We rode this small banca and we got wet because of the big waves. That made the whole experience more fun and memorable.
After a bumpy and funny banca ride that took around 30mins or so, we arrived at the foot of Taal Volcano. We rode the horse that took us at the mouth of Taal Volcano. My horse’s name is Dustin and I keep telling our guide not to hit him hard when he doesn’t want to walk up the hill.
I wasn't able to time how many minutes it took us to the top of the volcano but it was more than 30 mins. I guess. The view along the way was breathtaking and I even saw some smoke coming from the volcano, which means that Taal is really active.
Finally we’re at the mouth of Taal Volcano! Breathtaking view!
My cousin’s husband even had the chance to hit some golf balls.
After staying for couple of minutes at the crater, we went down again with our horses. Rode the banca once again and went back to the resort and had late lunch at around 3:30 pm already. They served us adobong chicken, chopsuey, fried tilapia and fresh pineapples.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Laguna, Tagaytay City and Batangas also boast of greenery, landscape, fruit plantations and scenic beauty of Taal Volcano in Taal Batangas. I'll post about our trip there soon. Our trip has also made me think that I need to travel more to explore the beauty not just of our own place but that of the whole country.
How'd I wish I have so much money so I can tour many places in our country. I want to go to Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Batanes and more.
This morning, I went to the old office but forgot that they already transferred location.. Boo! I don't know what's in my head this morning that I forgot it again. Got in the office and I was served few minutes later after waiting A penalty is imposed since I'm already 9 days late. Yay! This will serve as a lesson for me not to forget my monthly tax payment. This is the very 1st time in many years of paying that I paid late.
Lesson learned.. Now, I have my bill reminders attached to our ref already so I will not forget.
Now, there’s more reason to just stay at home to play games with the family and for adults to enjoy online games with fellow gamers.
Friday, November 23, 2012
This post is long overdue already but I’m still sharing it anyway.
My cousin and her husband arrived in Manila at 2 am on October 26th and stayed at their hotel. I then meet them to have lunch with my family at Max’s MOA.
Right after lunch we head to FORT SANTIAGO by taxi and unfortunately the driver didn’t know its exact location so we asked along the way. Upon boarding off the taxi, a woman and a man immediately approached us but I declined to talk to them so we just entered Fort Santiago and pay for our entrance fees which I remember is only Php 75 each, much cheaper for senior citizens and students.
FORT SANTIAGO is located in Manila and was built by a Spaniard named Miguel López de Legazpi. in 1571 This is part of Intramuros , which means “within the walls". This fortress served as a base for Spanish soldiers during that time. This is also the place where our National Hero Dr. José Rizal, was imprisoned before he was executed in December 30, 1896.
I asked the guard or the man inside about the KALESA TOUR and he recommended the guy and the women whom we met outside. They turned out to be the driver of the kalesa (horse carriage) and the woman is a certified tour guide.
Here is what the kalesa looked like and it was pretty but the rent for entire trip to Fort Santiago all the way to Luneta is kinda expensive, of course they saw my cousin’s foreigner husband so I’m pretty sure they jacked the price up. We didn’t haggle for the price anymore so we hopped in the kalesa and off we go.
A lot of other tourists are looking and taking pictures of us while we are passing by. Our tour guide was fluent in English and was really good in touring us all over.
We went inside RIZAL SHRINE where some of his memorabilia are displayed.
I had goosebumps while viewing the dark prison cell of Rizal.
We passed by San Agustin Church and there’s an on-going wedding ceremony and Manila Cathedral but it was closed for renovation that time.
Of course is not complete without us posing at Rizal Monument. Thankfully, the place is now well-kept and there’s no more vendors roaming around inside. At night the fountains will be on along with colorful lights.
Our tour ended at the souvenir shop back at Fort Santiago where my cousin bought some souvenirs to take home and they also gave me a very nice South sea pearl earrings as a token.
Our trip was fun and full of historical trivia and we all enjoyed it. I hope all Filipinos will get the chance to go to FORT SANTIAGO and at RIZAL MONUMENT.