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TOT’s 11th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Executive Suite Stay + I ‘Like’ Hotel Elizabeth Tee!

Yes, I am joining because…

“I want to win the 12DaysOfChristmasGoodieGiveaways Overnight Suite Stay at Hotel Elizabeth from Trip or Treats.”


Hotel Elizabeth Goodie Giveaway from TOT


thank you fb friends

I thought 2011 will end without any surprise for me. 🙂 Well, I didn’t expect any especially these days when competition is much different like the previous year.

Anyhow, to cut it short, I got a big winning from Hit A Bargain! again. And I cannot wait to tell everyone that I would be visiting Boracay for the second time (most likely next year). 🙂

Now, let me thank the people who helped me win this piece –docgelo, Jena, George, Gen, B and SAM and to all the “fb friends” who took time liking my fb wall post.

Happy Holidays!


My winning piece

Winners Announced



my holiday rush

Forgive the season please, for my absence in the blogosphere and the lack of post these days, I am running right and left just to get things done before Christmas Eve.

Friday night I attended the companywide Christmas Party, was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to take home the LED TV. Nonetheless, I have more than a hundred photos to recollect that another corporate year had passed.

Anyway, Leoncio and I (together with my sister’s family and Nanay) had been out of town again last weekend to complete our lists. We’ve been to duty free shops to bargain imported goodies for the holidays + we make a side trip to outlet shops at Angeles. It was another priceless and fun weekend to end our holiday shopping, uhm did I say end? hehehe…

Following Monday, I had lunch with the “former’ and had dinner with my Piltea family. Later tonight, another party is getting readied. I don’t understand why it has to be these plenty? 😀 Believe me, I am not complaining in any way. I so love this season –the trimmings, the colors, the Christmas rush, the festivity and most especially the gifts!

I shopped a little behind this year so my gifts to friends are slightly late than my usual schedule. Don’t worry I am now in the middle of my list.

Meanwhile, I can’t keep my promise not to open any box until Christmas Day.

The “former” gift was very lovely!


Merry Christmas everyone dear and thank you for the gifts! 🙂



it’s our 6th!

As Christmas draw near the busier everyone gets –shopping, parties, gatherings, vacays and so on and so forth, everyone can cut his own excuse including me for being immobile since my last entry. I have quite a number of backlogs and I don’t even know when I can complete my Baguio series, my shopping trip last weekend, the birthday party, the Sunday night out with Bea. The list is getting longer and longer but because yesterday was a very special day I put up some effort today. 🙂

December 13, 2011 we marked our 6th! Yes, we are now 2,191 days married and we are still counting to double it or even exceed a lifetime. Since we both have work yesterday, we simply arranged a dinner-coffee date last night.

I had Greenhills, Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant Mall in mind, we prefer the latter. 🙂  And unlike before I am decided this time, I want pasta!

Without further ado, we chose to be served at Chilis. We don’t get to eat here every month ok, not even a year because it’s pricey but somehow with the big portions of the food you can still say its value for your money.

After browsing the menu, I placed our orders right away. My hunger gets bigger and bigger seeing tables next to us treating their selves to mouth-watering sizzling fajitas, fire-grilled steak and big mouth burgers. I can’t wait to start ours.

The set we had,

Side Salad, Caesar P230, Add grilled chicken for P90. Yes, we munched the same salad mix while in Baguio.

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta P375, it’s very flavorful and light enough for dinner.

Honey BBQ Ribs (half rack) P590, this plate is served with sweet corn of the cob and home-style fries, which I love! I want a full rack next time Honey! It was so good that I had most of it.

We truly enjoy dinner, it pretty shows! 🙂

By the way, I notice that Chili’s branch in Rockwell is named Chili’s too and menu is slightly different from other Chili’s branch. You can check it here. I have no idea if the regular Chili’s branch does have the Happy Hour promotion for local beers at P55 per bottle starting 3pm onwards. It’s a steal for beer lovers! 😀

Chili’s is truly like Like No Place Else

We didn’t order dessert despite the tempting selections we had. I almost wanted one but give up my wanting after realizing I need space for coffee later on.

After dinner we decided to have coffee like the usual nights and Starbucks would always be the favorite hang-out. Tell me who doesn’t, hehehe. A tall order of hot Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha concluded our date.

This cup made my 12th sticker, 5 more to go!

As we walked down at the parking area, I realized how a year had gone so fast for us and we had plenty of things to be thankful than not. Yes, we had a very tough year but it wasn’t bad at all, we survived and we continue to rise every fall down. And the most essential of all –we never give up each other and we will never be! 🙂

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary ‘ney!


December 13, 2010
December 13, 2009

I started blogging in 2008 but a very green-eyed creature hacked and deleted my post 🙂



Baguio 2011: Part I –things to do

Travelling to the City of Pines is one of my must to-do lists before the year ends and thankfully it happened even before the busyness of the holiday season occupies me.

Husband and I travelled on Friday night; we missed the comfortable Victory Liner ride because we didn’t expect the volume of commuter who would also be visiting that weekend. I worried that the 2-days itinerary I formerly set up may not be fitting anymore and another day of stay will be considered. While I was getting annoyed at the circumstances husband checked on another bus line.

We were also considered as chance passenger at Dagupan Bus Line except that we were timely because we were allowed to board right away. I felt relieved despite the discomfort of our seats (located almost at the back), I don’t really mind because my excitement win through. 🙂  After 5 hours and a half, two stopovers and engine seemingly to break down, finally we hit the city!

From the bus drop off point, there was light rain as we walked going to Session Road even so I never felt gloomy. How can someone be? With the chilly atmosphere, smell of pine and good food, I know our vacay would be one wonderful weekend!

And yes, a beautiful rainbow welcomes me back to Baguio! 🙂

Since husband and I were no longer first timers to Baguio City, I skipped a number of tourist spots from my list. I am back to Baguio to unwind and to delight our tummies with mouth-watering dishes –that’s it only and nothing else should delay my plans.

Ahead of this trip, I had short-listed the places we must visit, not because I haven’t been to those places other than I had reasons this time.

Our two day stay in Baguio went around this way, no fuss just pure bliss!

After a light breakfast in McDonald’s Session Road, husband and I left our baggage at La Brea Inn just across.

It’s our second time in La Brea and despite the competitive rates Hotel Veniz was also offering, I remain partial to La Brea because of its very ideal location, it’s very accommodating staffs and consistently clean rooms.

Besides I don’t need full amenities this time because we plan to spend more time outdoor. We did not check in yet instead went out after securing our things. It’s going to be the start of our exciting tour. 🙂

From Session Road, we accessed our first stop making use of the long concrete stairway of more than a hundred steps. Whew! I had to ask husband for three to four stops before getting at the top of the hill where Baguio Catholic Cathedral is beautifully located. If you’re like me who have difficulty in climbing stairs, you can use the access road behind the post office building. I wonder why we never used it anyway. 😦

BCC is considered as the biggest Catholic Church in Baguio and is the center of religious activities. And it’s always a must stop for us.

After a little prayer for safety and guidance, we took the jeep ride the going to Mines View Park, which is considered as the most visited park in the city.

I have to give the observation deck a visit and took a photo of me with the breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines and the surrounding mountains that unfolds before you. Still it shouldn’t be missed when visiting Baguio.

And aside from the horses, there are St. Bernard’s these days, which you can pose with for P50.00

Syempre, I didn’t let this chance passed oh I mean we, because husband became an instant fan of this big breed. I forgot his name eh. Though it was an added attraction to Mines View, I started to pity those St. Bernard’s (4 of them) because they seem to get tired of sitting all day. 😦

Another attraction to Mines View, you can rent Igorot costumes for P10.00 only and have an unlimited photo wearing it. Husband didn’t want this, KJ!

At the entrance to the park, you can find stalls that sells native handicraft such as wood carvings, locally made silver products and jewelry at Ibay’s, basket, brooms, sweaters, blankets and souvenir items –items that are similarly found in the public market.

Cordillera World is open to everyone and picture taking is encouraged for a minimal donation only.

There are also canteens, snack stores, and street vendors selling food and beverages.

A visit to the park should also be planned earlier during the day as the view may not be visible when the fog starts to move in during the afternoon.

Our next stop was the Good Shepherd Convent, which is within walking distance from the souvenir shops at Mines View Park.

The place is popularly known for their locally produce –strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittles. Though their products are also available at the public market I still prefer to buy my take back home here.

I bought strawberry spreads, jams and ube jams. And while taking a short time-out, husband and I had light snacks at the coffee shop.

Within the compound there’s also scenic views to picture around, there is also an observation deck where distant Cordillera Mountains are visible.

We didn’t stay long and hopped the jeep going to Wright Park this time.

Wright Park fronts the main gate of the Mansion so it’s easy to locate. It is also one of the many scenic parks in Baguio City which main features a shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the “Pool of Pines” and the park circle at the other end of the park.

How can someone like me resist a photo op when all that surrounds are tall pines trees, and pines and more pine. 🙂

From the park circle is a walkway which leads to a wide stairway made of stones that descend to an area where ponies are rented out.

Riding a pony is a favorite among children and adults and the place can really get crowded during weekends and holidays.

I read somewhere (?) that the stalls nearby sells overrun cheaper than those shops at CJH but I didn’t find any at all. Anyway, I wasn’t too eager to search all over because our wanting to get seated and fed suppress.

You know how I can mix up things when I feel hungry. I asked the cab driver to drop us to Camp John Hay and even asked him if he knows where 50’s Diner is located inside CJH. Well, he kept mum so I stay put. I asked him to drop us to Mile-Hi Center and that was it.

Soon as we alight, I never had a time to think twofold and when I first saw Mile-Hi Dinner I thought we came to the right place –the one I had exactly in mind!

The famished one I am, I scanned the menu right away and was looking for that fall off the bone baby-back ribs but I cannot find it so I had to get a different set. Husband and I enjoyed our first decent meal despite its being pricey and limited.

Lunch was quick because my feet were itching to check the outlet stores close by. Husband and I went store after store and the only store I can suggest is the one that sells Benetton luggages and Sisley hand bags. 🙂  I want one however, I have to hold back the idea of getting something for me besides we have a scheduled visit to Paseo where an outlet is located too.

We left CJH after some souvenir shots from the rolling hills and pine trees that are hard to resist. 🙂

From CJH, we took another cab and ask the driver to drop us at Session Road. I wanted something delectable this time, so, we stopped at Vizco’s to try their mouth-watering cakes. I was so delighted to taste fresh strawberries on top of my cake. It was perfect!

Back at La Brea, husband and I take an afternoon nap to make up for the wakeful experience during our bus ride earlier that morning. And before nightfall, we were already up again to witness the bustling city became lively as SLU faculties and students parade at Session Road.

It was one lovely Lantern Parade that we were fortunate to witness.

Come dinner we didn’t went far, Star Café is an old and classic restaurant along Session Road and I listed it, so, we dined to sample its Chinese cuisine offering. (I will do a separate post of all the restos and food we sample, so, stay tuned!)

Following dinner, I wanted something sweeter again. Husband and I walk on the road to SM City this time. I know we should skip this place but we have a favorite souvenir shop located at this mall. We walk around and grab a unique dessert for a change (?). Well, eating ice cream is best during the cold season. 😀

Getting idle is the least we wanted while on this vacay, so we left SM City and decided to walk down to Burnham Park. We later found out that half of Harrison Road was closed to traffic to give way to ukay-ukay vendors that night. I was more than elated to work with my thrift shopping power –I haggle for pre-owned leather bags while husband bargain for original rubber shoes which are still very good. Okay, I score an overnight bag for P500 bucks –it wasn’t that cheap but I think it’s fair enough because it was all in good leather.

If not for my sudden dizziness, we planned to stay out until midnight and get drunk (?). Not really, we just want a place to chill out while people watching.

Muching on Chef Tony’s popcorn while channel surfing

We went back to La Brea and call it a day. It was one hectic day to account. 🙂


Dec 7: Happy Birthday Josh!

Yesterday we marked Josh birthday at the office, it was a pleasant surprise that begin in the morning until lunch time.

My potluck share was the appetizing pork-chicken adobo while Mrs. F had scrambled eggs with cheese and bell pepper + hotdogs.

Bel and Janet shared fried rice and loaf bread. The morning cereals by Mrs. F too. 🙂

While everyone was having lunch Maja arrived with our surprised birthday cake, see how bowled over our birthday girl –she’s the happiest!

Chocolate Cake with yema icing from Bakerite Bakery in Quiapo. I love how the sweetness of the yema balances the chocolate cake inside. Namiss ko to!

It was another happy occasion with plentiful of photos to muse over.

Again Happy Birthday Josh!

Life is short – eat dessert first! Enjoy everything on your birthday!

Josh 2010 Birthday