Sunday, December 28, 2008


Decembers are always the busiest month of the year. For everyone.

And I was. 

What kept me pretty much occupied:
1.  Chrismas basket sales tracking (25,000 baskets across all stores).
2.  The head office christmas party (this costed me a weekend and a dead toe nail becasue of dance prctices)
3.  Taal's birthday and binyag
4.  Gift hunting
5.  Christmas!

I will post an entry for each topic above.  I just need to get all my files together, we are still on a long christmas break and most of my files are in my office computer. PLus i still need to get the photos from my sisters.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

UNO - Unang Lalaking apo, unang taon sa mundo

The Inspiration:  The Godfather 
The Concept:  Italian food.  Long table. Big family.

The Invites were ready as early as October

The Venue was reserved as early as November.

The Attendees:  Immediate Family anf closest friends 

The Menu:
Foccacia Bread with balsamic vinegar+olive oil dip
Green Salad (blue cheese dressing)
Osso Buco
Tomato Fetuccine with Tahong
Chicken Galantina 
Grilled Assorted Sausages with marshmallow

I would say this was again another last minute prep as we just finished the plan a day before the event.  All we knew was that we will have Taal baptized, then we will have a lunch celebration after since binyags in Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish are
 scheduled at 1130am.

But there were dozens of things to do that morning. the pick up of baloons, the pick up of the contis galantina, the registration in the church, the seminar (which we chose not to attend), the food prep, etc. etc. etc...

I guess we're used to last minute activities, we pulled it off alright. Except for some booboos:

1.   no white hat after the baptism so we used hie wash cloth instead. (my bad, didn't know we needed one.  Taal was just wearing maong and a white shirt!)

2.  the old church lady reprimanding us from missing the seminar 

3.  the part when we realized we left the sausages and the lettuce at home and ask our old yaya and another helper to go home and get it only to come back with Celery instead of lettuce!

The day ended with a new haircut which made taal say goodbye to his rockstar hair and hello to his nwe totoy look...

More photos here: 

Monday, December 8, 2008

i like to move it move it...

the more and more i think about it. 
the more and more i want to leave.

I imagine myself moving to a new home. 

Cleaning a new bathroom.
FIxing ada's new cabinet
Cooking polvoron in my new kitchen.

Life is tough here and i am hoping it'll get better once we get to leave.
Maybe sooner than i thought.. or maybe later than im hoping for...

photos from here.

Weekend P's

Weekend projects:

1.  Palitaw
I was not able to take  a picture, but my dad ate almost half the batch! Plus take home pa. 

2.  Painting 
After uying the art materials (paints and sketch pads and brushes, etc) last October, We finally got the chance to do some painting! And It was too much fun that we finished all the 20 pages of the sketch pad and filled up almost a wall along our stairs.  Thanks to Julie for her share of fun of 3 and 1/2 art works.  May i will try to take a closer photo of each just to share with everybody.  I think we will do this again.  A very good de-stressing activity.  Its just nice to see your hands filled with paint after painting.  Ada started from basic houses and flowers, pero she started doing abstracts after 3-4 basics... 

3.  Polvoron
Our Saturday night out in Pergola and Ruins in BF was spent buying Polvoron ingredients and some DVDs and PS games.  

But it was only last night, after dinner (around 9pm) when i got to work on Kyan's polvoron.  Yes its his because he requested for it.  And bugged me the whole day to do it.  So i did.  Finished by 10:30pm.  And here's the result.  It actually tastes good.  And i was so happy after.  Thanks to ada and manang for the assistance.  Ada helped in the molding and Manang did the wrapping.  Julie and Kyan did the eating, and Taal too! 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Excited para sa LP

Ito ay isang litrato na kinuha ko nuong nakaraanag taon.  Nabungi and aming panganay na si Ada.  Inakala ko nung una na ito ay ikalulungkot nya dahil talaga namang ngipin sa harap ang naalis.  Ngunit kabaligtaran ang nangyari! tuwang tuwa sya na kinailangan kong hulihin ang kanyang kasiyahan. At ito yon.  Sobrang excited sya sa ibibigay ng Tooth fairy sa kanya.  Aba valuable ata ang front teeth!

Para sa kaalaman lang ng lahat, P50.00 ang natagpuan nya sa ilalim ng unan nya kinabukasan. malaki na yun para sa pitong taong gulang na batang Pilipino! 

Gandang huwebes sa lahat!! 

Friday, November 28, 2008

I think i'll print this in a big canvas and post it in thehouse... made this just this afternoon...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I guess i really have to accept the fact that the camera does not love me as much as I love it. 

 I mean I love taking photos but seems like the camera don't love taking pictures of me.  I rarely find a good photo of myself.  And my sisters and my husband will agree to this.  There maybe some pictures where I look good but its either  blurred or out of focus.  Just like he samples below:

Oh well, I love being behind the camera anyway!  So i'll just stay there. :-)



Been meaning to share this since the employee sale post. The dress from the sale is the dress i wore during the Tomas Morato Cocktails.  I'll post another entry about this.

The theme for the Rustans Fresh Tomas Morato was "FIRST".

And I have a couple of "firsts" as well:

1.  For the first time in 6 years, after 5 store openings, (Shopwise Araneta, Shopwise Antipolo, Shopwise HP, Shopwise Sucat and Rustan Fresh Cebu), the Tomas Morato branch opening is the very first one i attended where in I did not take pictures.  I told myself, "this time, i'll be a guest.  

2.  First time that I actually dressed-up for the cocktail party. I usually jsut wear
 something corporate or in extreme cases, a costume (HP opening motif was retro,
 and hell yeah I wore a retro outfit)

during the HP opening circa 2005

Me and Cheryl during Tomas Morato cocktails

3.  First time that I did not buy anything during the private shopping for VIPs.

4.  First time that I did not report for the first opening day to help out (bagger, customer service personnel, pager, etc).  For a lot of reasons, 1) it was my bday; 2) i was sick; 3)my husband wont let me out of the house. 

Days before the opening ofcourse was hectic including waking up and being in the far northern manila as early as 5am for pep rallies and other store preps.  And up until now, even a week after the event, i'm still sniffing and coughing and sniffing and coughing...

There is indeed, always a first time for everything.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Top 10 Pinoy Desserts:

Ang 10 sa paborito kong panghimagas...

1.  Minatamis na  saging (samahan pa ng gatas at yelo!)
2.  Barquillos
3.  Sagobe (saging, sago, gabi, at bilo bilo na hinaluan ng ube para maging purple ang kulay, sa ibang lugar, ginatan ang tawag dito)
4.  Palitaw
5.  Sinukmani (malagkit na kanin na niluto sa panutsa)
6.  Tira-tira (titirahin talaga ang ngipin mo sa sobrang tamis nito)
7.  Sapin-sapin 
8.  Sago't Gulaman
9.  Leche Flan
10. Pastillas

Anu pa?  isip pa kayo!! 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Marumi para sa LP

Duming umaabot hanggang ilong! Heto si Taal, ang aking anak, habang ninanamnam ang sorbetes na tsokolate.

Magandang araw sa lahat! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Employee's sale

If there's anything i love aboutworking for this company , its the EMPLOYEES SALE!  I just got an email about an employee's sale for one of our sister company'swell-known signature brands.  The sale is running from today up to Thursday.  And its strictly for employees only.  Its only from 9am to 6pm! And each batch only have 20 minutes to shop.  Wow! that's gonna be hard! But i hope all worth it. 

I just hope i get to have the time to check out the items.  Office hours kasi...

Curious? Here's a clue: the "brand" starts with the last letter...

Friday, November 14, 2008

8 in 2008

Ada's 8th birthday today.  And i feel bad that i ahd to work.  But I rpomised to be home early.  Sabi nya "may araw pa?".  Yes Ada, I will get out of here ASAP.  

Gave her 4 gifts this morning.  And tomorrow, we will buy her Sanuk.  Weird coz she don't want any party.  She said she'll just wait for her Daddoo so we can eat out and celebrate. 

That's my girl.  Tipid di ba!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kinagisnan para sa LP

Mahilig kaming kumain

Obvious ba?!

Yan ang kinagisnan kong pamilya.  
Mahilig kumain. 
masaya. (nga ba?!)

Mukha naman eh. 

when house wares turn to gadgets

Check this out! Seems like our thoughts some 20 years ago are all becoming reality...
Remember that exercise you had in school, maybe grade 1 or 2, when the teacher asked everyone to think of their own futuristic gadget?  And everyone's "invention" seemed too impossible to exist.  I remember mine, a pillow that plays music.  Yeah I know, how simple! But it  sounded high tech then.

Anyway, here are some stuffs to check out.  Found this thru stubmleupon site. 
Nice to stumble on some of these items and maybe bring it home...  Maybe in Taal's generation, these won't be so high-tech anymore.

salt and pepper mill suspended in mid-air

a digital pot that displays the soil's condition (temparature, humidity etc..), 
it even shows the plant's "moods"!

This one, i just like the over -all design.  Not so high-tech. 
But can you believe this costs US$595??

More items here

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shopwise Crazy Sales Week 6

Last crazy week for Shopwise 6-week anniversary sale! Best time to do your Christmas Shopping! Go to the Shopwise store nearest you to avail of these offers!! 

Shopwise Alabang
Shopwise Vito Cruz
Shopwise Libis
Shopwise Araneta-Cubao
Shopwise Antipolo
Shopwise Harrison Plaza

Pinoy Top 10: PInakamagagandang Lugar sa Pinas (para kay Ana)

PINOY TOP TEN ENTRY: Hindi nakalista sa partikular na pagkakasunod-sunod.  Kung anu lang ang unang pumasok sa utak ko:

1.  Manila - Hahanap hanapin mo pa din ang polusyon dito.  Ang mga mini-stop at Starbucks na halos nasa bawat kanto

2.  Baguio - sarap matulog lang ng matulog ng matulog, syempre lalo na kung may katabi ;-)

3.  Vigan - ang mga lumang bahay at pagkain ng emapanad at longganisa!

4.  Pagudpud - halos 2 buwan din akong nanatili sa bayang ito.  Katahimikan at malinis na hangin. Plus the beach at mababait na tao

5.  Los Banos - my home away from home.  Walang katapat sa puso ko.

6.  Coron, Palawan - araw, isla, tubig, at buhangin. Hay, dito kami nag honeymoon ni mister

7.  Boracay - kahit sobrang commercialized na, isa pa din sa pinakamagandang isla sa balat ng lupa (at tubig)

8.  BF paranaque - dahil nandito ang halos lahat ng kailangan mo.  TUbig lang ang medyo wala. Pero malapit na magkaron! Yung iba may linya na ng Manila Waters. "Salamat kay PGMA at VP Noli de Castro sa pakikipagtulungan ni Jun Bernabe, magkakatubig na kami"  with matching poster ni GMA with the blue hart hat (or is it yellow?)

9.  Tagaytay - KAsalan 2007 venue.  :-)

10.  EL Nido - ito lang ang nasa lsitahan na di ko napuntahan pa.  Siguro pag yumaman na ko. pero maganda daw talaga dito eh.  Sana lang....

Monday, November 3, 2008

Questions from Bea

THE RULES: People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves. Tag 8 people. Those who are tagged cannot refuse. You cannot tag the person who tagged you. Continue this game by sending this to 8 other people.

1. What would make your day worse?

-the outcome of the on-going budget meeting

2. At what age do/did you wish to marry?
-i was planning not to actually, really... 

3. What's your all time favorite song?
-better days (dianne reeves) never fails to lift my hope up. 

4. Have you ever shoplifted? 
- yep. from the University Bookstore, takip ng ballpen

5. What are you doing right now? 
-having my afternoon coffee and taking a break from the morning's stress

6. Is there someone you're thinking of right now? Who? 
-yes, my husband who's ina far away island

7. When you encounter a sad moment, what do you do?
I go out and wish i can spend money.

8. If you win $1 million, what would you do? 
-pay all my debts
-give money to all the ones i love
-buy a house 
-read this post

9. What is your biggest fear? 
-losing a loved one

10. Is it okay to be numb? 
-sometimes it is.

11. How do you cope with boredom? 
-i imagine.

12. Is there someone you love who has hurt you in any way? Who? 
yes, there's no hurt if there's no love.

13. What is your ambition?
-to own a supermarket

14. If you have one wish, what would you wish for? 
a long vacation - same here.

15. Given a chance to make someone love you, who would it be?
-lewis hamilton (haha! crush ko sya ngayon)

16. Do you believe that dreams do come true? 
-maybe yes, maybe no. Its just nice to dream. sarap eh. no limits.

17. What would you do if your answer in #15 reads this?
nyek. as if.

18. Marry, boff, kill: Blair Waldorf, Regina George, and Sharpay Evans. 
-Mean Girls
-HS Musical
-dunno the others...

19. What songs would you like to be played at your wedding? 
-I wanted APO HIking Society, pero oks lang coz Makiling was there.. (haha)

20. When you die, what is it you'd like to be remembered for? 
-MAMA MIA, here i go again! my my how can i resist you!
-or "Ahpi's tipid tips"

TAG: Ibyang, Kei, Melan, Mike and Bloss

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kadiliman para sa LP

Isang litrato na kuha sa Coron, Palawan.  Isa sa pinakamasarap kunan ng litrato ang paglubog ng araw, kung saan nakukunan lang ng camera ang mga objects na natatamaan ng ilaw.  Siguro, nahuli lang ako ng ilang segundo, purong itim na ang litratong ito, malapit na kasing dumilim. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shopwise Shopcrazy Week 5

This Oct 28 to Nov 2, Its Power of 10 in all 

See the rest of this week's items on sale CLICK HERE

Christmas decor 2008

The husband will be gone for 2 weeks starting on Sunday. And my plan is to turn the house from its current dull stage to a festive abode. Went looking at artificial trees last weekend in Ali Mall, but they just seem to "ordinary".

Had some time surfing the web and came across this really cool site and made my creative juices come out... Sharing some rally cool ideas:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sampong pinakamasasarap na Pagkaing Pinoy

1. Kare-kare
2. Sinigang
3. Ilocos Empanada
4. Longanisa (ng iba't ibang bayan, vigan, lucban, alaminos, etc..)
5. Leche Flan
6. Chicharon
7. Tapsilog, Longsilog, Tocilog, at iba pang mga SiLog
8. INihaw, inihaw at inihaw!
9. Lumpiang Sariwa
10. Bistek

Iba pa: Pares, laing, ginataang kalabasa, ginataang crabs, adobo ni Nanay, togue gisado, dinuguan, puto, pastillas, sagobe, palitaw, Etc etc.. OMG ang dami!!

Kulang po ang listahang ito. Hindi lamang ito ang pinakamasasarap na pagkaing pinoy pero eto nga ang pinakanaalala ko ngayon. At para sa kaalaman ng lahat. Gutom na gutom na ako ngayon...