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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween at Fully Booked

Maybe we’re going to miss the Halloween events this year so just in case you’ll be High Street tomorrow, you may want to bring your kiddos here.


Margarita Ysabel

…is the newest addition to our family.

Welcome home baby girl! 🙂


not in my best mood

Because Leoncio needed to work yesterday and today (well, eating most of the long weekend) I was left immobile. I was upset of his unexpected schedule and it didn’t help that I was home in Cavite. Typhoon Ofel hit badly again while water supply has been unavailable since Thursday so it adds up too much annoyance on my part. Sam and I were able to bathe earlier at a relative’s house whose water supply isn’t supplied by the local water district, how inconvenient it was on me. And to tell you honestly I am not enjoying my meals, I wanted something better than sinigang na baboy at sinigang na isda, it tasted the same for me. And despite my resistance to fast-food I give in to Jollibee breakfast yesterday morning after seeing my scrambled eggs too dry, too appalling for my eyes; I don’t know whose effort was it. Sorry but I am complaining this time, I want a good and decent meal please. Spare me with some baked something; I want a pasta dish too.

Care to ask what made me busy the entire two days, two things here –the TV which I don’t really like and getting online which helped me to kill time. Thank you for the fast connection SmartBro, you didn’t fail me this time. Oh, this caught my attention last night while the whole family gathers around and eagerly watched the final episode of Walang Hanggan.

SAM and J playing sungka, it’s a long forgotten game especially that these days the young ones would prefer online games.

Ang sungka ay isang larong may tablang ginagamitan ng sungkaan[1] – isang laruang tabla na kabilang sa mga mankala na may labing-anim na hukay – na nilalaro sa Indonesia (Borneo), Singapore, at Malaysia. Tinatawag na Tchonka, Naranj, Dakon o Sungka na nilalaro sa ibang mga bahagi ng (pangkaraniwan na sa Java), Sri Lanka, Maldives, katimugang Thailand, Pilipinas at Marianas. Nagmula ang pangalang “congklak” mula sa katawang Indonesia para sa mga maliliit na kabibeng tinatawag na sigay, na karaniwang ginagamit na piyesang panlaro. <source: wikipedia>

I don’t know how wasted Sunday will be, I don’t feel any good. 😐  But I have to be thankful that B never left my side, she’s always giving Momi that puppy look which I cannot resist. Aw!


accidental reflections

I went home late Monday, well maybe a little later than my usual arrival at home because I was hold by a very good chat with one of my office colleague who happened to be a good friend “formerly”. The stress on the last word was meant and there’s a different story about it a decade ago. Now that we are no longer good friends, in some way I regret things had happen and the friendship had to let go. Today we may no longer be friends either but somehow, someway we remain civil and once in a while we engaged in small talks until yesterday.

It was me who initiated the conversation as I was having problem with an account. For the very first time I know I have to do it because she’s the person who could probably address my concern. I was right all along; she willingly helped me with all the details and proceedings I have to go through. I was relieved and I couldn’t thank her enough. Other than helping me resolve my problem our discussion went beyond. I realized that we are facing the same dilemma –the same problems and challenges that involves the more personal side. I was surprised as she freely shares me those things, I didn’t expect her trusting right away. Though she knows a bit of my problems the same way I’ve known hers, I didn’t know she’s running into a bigger one this time, bigger than mine of course. And all the while, she never let anyone figured out how big is her responsibility right now. She was a fighter like me, a pleaser by all means, probably that’s the rationale why we felt we are in the same boat. We ended our well-rounded chat roughly an hour or so and there’s one thing I can’t deny, I miss the friendship. And if I could turn back the time and have to choose betweens I will pick those real people around. Those who don’t look as sensitive as the others around but within their hearts they are compassionate and someone to be trusted. Life can be like that deceiving but when it is, it’s better!

Happy Friday folks and enjoy the long break! 🙂


staying healthy

Enjoyed these bounties from Monday-Wednesday, I feel healthier again this week!

Lucky Me makes instant Pancit Canton 🙂

Steamed Brocolli flower


One more sleep to go until the much-awaited long weekend, hurray! 😀


downtown Binondo

Mention Ongpin and I would probably say food haven. Authentic Chinese cooking and delicacy abounds on this side of the city. Sunday, despite missing the museum visit I persisted that we should go downtown to have dinner. Husband and I missed dining at Estero for the longest time, so we had it in mind. But when we arrived at Ongpin, traffic was bad and parking was a big headache. After a few turns, we found a pay parking space nearby Benavidez St. Since it’s just a few steps away from Wai Ying I asked the husband if we could have light chows, probably dimsums only. But soon as we were seated we can’t help ordering rice and noodles. Hehehe 🙂  We stuffed ourselves so much that we need to set Estero another time.

From Benavidez St., we walked en route to Binondo Church also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz. Since its Sunday, mass was being held and like the usual we dropped by to say a short prayer. Nearby there’s a procession and some street dancing which we didn’t bother to check out because of the heavy build up of people and vehicles. I was guessing maybe it was to give honor to San Pedro Calungsod, our second Filipino Saint who was canonized on that same day (Oct 21). It was an honor for our nation to have known Catholic martyrs like San Pedro Calungsod and San Lorenzo Ruiz and I cannot say more except that I am proud of my race!

We didn’t plan to go to Divi but the husband was more willing to walk, he was telling me that we need to do it to burn the extra carbo we had had. Actually it’s a routine for us to check Divi market whenever we make visits at Binondo. And the timing was perfect because it was almost closing time, the best time to haggle for fresh fruits and vegetables. The price drop normally happens from 6-7pm so imagine my happiness when my P200 got us 10 pieces oranges, 5 Fuji apples and 3 medium sized broccolis. 🙂

Given that we were already at the heart of Divi, I requested husband if we can check out 168 Mall. Not that I’m intending to shop it’s more of I just wanted to look around and probably get something that is reasonable priced. Despite my reluctance of the brand now (hey, I used to be a fan of this clothing line) I have to check it for peace of mind. And I’ve gone up to their 3 stalls in 168 until finally found one. My size at P300 only, happy!

On our way back to the parking space at Benavidez St., getting something from Eng Bee Tin is a must. I used to be a big fan of their Ube Hopia until it gets too sweet for my taste. I now love their Hopia Kundol (the Hopia Baboy before) better. We also got Special Peanut Tikoy Roll, Special Ampao Sesame and Raisin Bread.

I got thirsty and I needed to buy bottled water, at Shoppers Mart the Korean ice cream bar was like yelling at me. So I totally forgot the bottled water and got two of Melona flavored ice bar. Had the Honey Dew and Mango flavors, between the two ice cream bars husband and I like the Honey Dew as it tasted the real fruit. At P25 only I would be partial to Melona over the premium chocolate ice creams bars.

Arriving home that day we felt tired but fortunate to have witnessed another beautiful day. Now, I’m looking forward to spend the forthcoming long weekend with B. 😛