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on holiday break

Excuse me for the long absence. All is well, I’m having a grand time and I look forward in ending the year with a bang!

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A promising 2014 to everyone! 😛

 

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i wish i was excited for Christmas…

While everyone anticipates the forthcoming Christmas Day my family and I cannot totally rejoice because we’re technically in the state of mourning though I’m very sure Uncle would have wanted to see us all happy. It’s been 7 days already since he passed away and I got to see his wake twice this weekend, I feel he’s at peace now, with no more pain and misery and I know we’ll be able to overcome this another family loss in due time. Other than his funeral on Wednesday would almost certainly bring a big hole in our hearts, he will be missed. Sigh!

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Fortunately even before Uncle’s passing away I sort of advance all my Christmas shopping, I made sure to save a portion of my very little earnings this year for family and friends. Though I earlier planned to save at least 75% of the bonuses I received I have no regrets that the big part was expend to donation and family aid, at least it went to something of significance this year. Anyhow, I had my second shopping weekend at the World Bazaar in WTC. Like last year, I had good finds at the bazaar which didn’t cost a leg and an arm. Phew!

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Just a few tips for those who are planning to visit:

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1. Make your visit during the weekday, preferably in the morning when people are lesser to avoid long lines and the massive crowd.

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2. Wear something comfortable and light –tee, short, leggings and flipflops

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3. If you’re shopping too many bring your own eco bag because the free bag isn’t a sturdy one for heavy stuffs

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4. Eat a heavy breakfast before you go to maximize your shopping time

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5. Get ready with your gift list so you won’t overspend on something you won’t need soon. These were only few of the things you have to remember, there are actually a hundred more things you need to take note including safety of your cash. Remember that pickpockets can be everywhere and nobody is spared.

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The World Bazaar is open until Dec 22 so plan your visit right away.

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And even before my money turned into nothing, I gifted myself (a bit). It’s something I’ve been wanting for the longest time; something that I know would be of future use to my future café. Hahaha. I got the gas range at 60% off, who could resist such tempting offer? At least this time I got my money’s worth. So, you think I’d better start a baking lesson soon? I’m excited to use it na. 🙂

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Btw, meet my new Crocband II.5 flats in Navy. It debuted during the World Bazaar and it didn’t disappoint, I didn’t get any blister on my first use. I’m assuming this flat would be more visible on weekends, laid-back weekends I suppose.

 

P.S. We’re south bound again tonight to attend Uncle’s last wake and funeral tomorrow afternoon, I know this would be another of those teary moment, another of those heartbreaking scene. Uncle, we will be strong just the way you want us to be and we will be high-spirited once more as we think of all the good times we shared. Uncle, soon as you have your life’s flashback don’t be bothered about the foot prints. Remember that if ever you’d find only one set, it was then the Lord carried you, in fact many times especially at your very lowest and saddest times. Last Sunday night I noticed that you have a copy of the  beautiful poem (Footprints In The Sand) hung outside the main house, probably this has inspired you many times.

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P.P.S. Because I have tons of work this season including those impending gatherings this week and over the weekend I might as well compress my posts in one –that is to save time and energy and so as not to forget those little details of everyday. I am still on my sandwich diet (diet daw o!) because the weekends are so getting and getting wicked with all the sweet treats and fats and carbo overload. 🙂

 

a sad goodbye in december

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has chosen me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I’ve now found peace at the end of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don’t lengthen your pain with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
God wanted me now – He set me free.

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Paalam Uncle, thank you for your bigheartedness, we will be missing you…

 

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On the first day of the Christmas month the whole fambam went to a “little” shopping splurge with yours truly, it’s my yearly treat for the kids other than this year was different because the oldies went with us. It turned out to be a family day too although Tatay can’t help his being “kj”, we had to rush so he won’t throw tantrums like a little kid. Hehehe…

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The Ayala Center was our default place to-go, well for sister and I, do I need to say more that our favorite shops are all here including the oldies preferred shopping mall na ang tagline ay “we got it all for you!”. In fairness I love Shoemart when I was growing up, there’s just this smell at the store which stays with you even after exiting. And I thought SM was the nicest shopping mall until I found Rustan’s fine-looking pieces of everything. And kids are fortunate these days because the options are becoming more and more unlike our time we normally get dressed in Cinderella pieces during Christmas and New Year’s Day. How time flies noh? Now that it’s my turn to give back I always mark Christmas as holiday shopping for my family…and friends alike. It’s the time of the year to set aside my own splurges so I can make some people happy. I am feeling generous so you know and it happens only once a year. 🙂

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Before we head home we stopped for a quick dinner at North Park along Macapagal Blvd., it’s another first for Tatay and gladly it didn’t disappoint. In fact he likes it there because they serve beers. Hahaha…

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We arrived home at around 10pm already, everyone was tired but smiling widely because they already received their early Christmas gift from me. And while everyone feels that way my baby B was unhappy because Momi and Dadi can’t just stay home, just wait for the Christmas rush to slow down Bunso, just hang on there.

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By the way, a day before the shopping binge I took them out for dinner at SM Dasmarinas.

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SAM as usual picked The French Baker because of the Hickory Spareribs and the sandwich person in me had my usual favorite here –German Sausage, just because I love their Potato Salad. ♥  And the rest had pasta and club sandwich and coffee to pair with.

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And since we’re there already we took the chance to pick up SAM’s Pancake House GCs she won during the Haunting Halloween contest. Yey!

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I love it that despite of what we’re going through right now, we have time to laugh it off and be normal as is. Like I always believe, it shall come to pass and we’ll all genuinely make merry once more. 🙂

 

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas :)

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I started receiving gifts as early as November and somehow it ignites my cold vibes about the forthcoming holidays this year. Yes, very unlikely of me because I’m never been this shiftless during the Christmas month. Probably because of the trials my family recently had, I felt that merry making is not appropriate at this time.

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Other than the gifts kept on coming…♥

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And coming…♥

And I felt I needed to start mine too, so, last Sunday I went out to shop for family and friends. I’m almost done and down to my second leg of gift delivery today. I’m targeting completion by next week so I can rest my crying wallet by now.

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Anyhow, I’m trying to be eco-friendly and handy this year by using brown paper bags from the supermarket as gift-wrappers. I ordered washi tapes to embellish it a bit. Credits to Jewel for the inspiration. 🙂

Later tonight is my first Christmas party this year and I’m looking forward to more celebrations and get-together with close friends and with my maternal family. A merry Christmas folks!

 

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Nov 24. The gloomy weather brought some unexpected rainfall that fateful afternoon. Leoncio and I were lounging at home when I received the unexpected call from my cousin W. I was in shock for a while but perceiving the urgency of the incident and that I needed to call home and the rest of the family I shook my head and regain my sanity right away. It’s one of that bad news you don’t want to hear either and you’d wish it’s not really happening. Uncle Mike had his second heart attack and he was being revived, many times, I was monitoring remotely the whole time and felt the grief of losing someone dear again. No, not this time, not yet, Uncle wanted to spend another Christmas and another New Year. He knows his days are numbered but not this quick. I burst into tears. I tried to quite down but I needed it out or else I might succumb to death. And yet another call from my cousin W changed everything else, after 13 doses of epinephrine Uncle went back to life. The magic drug saves him, praise God!

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Probably because I was uneasy and fidgeting while waiting for a miracle to happen, I forgot that we didn’t have any for lunch, so, just when I thought everything was getting back to its normal phase Leoncio and I went out to grab something to nourish our human body. We first thought of that affordable Korean buffet we passed by few weeks ago but it’s not timely to eat heavy besides I felt my taste bud was weak after what happened that day. We drove to neighboring Rockwell to release the tension a bit. It was a good move because I smell Christmas right there and there and for awhile I felt like a kid once more.

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The Power Plant Mall was all decked in orange this year, sparkling and Christmassy. I love. ♥  And people visiting the mall can’t help but fall in love with their giant Christmas tree. We chanced upon Santa Claus himself, I lined up to meet him close and personal and tell silently jolly old Saint Nicholas my only wish that moment.

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The Santa experience maybe fancy that way but what the heck, I’ve been a believer of Santa and his sleigh and his reindeers and his gifts all through my child life and I want to keep hold of it.

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We had late lunch at Mongkok later that day, in any ordinary day we could easily finish an order of fried noodles, rice toppings and dimsums but we felt cold, it didn’t help that the food was chirping hot when it was served. I felt full at once. So, after a few rounds at the new high-end supermarket –Market Place by Rustan’s, we drove home and call it a day. This day ain’t a fun day other than its still Sunday, though my love for this day suddenly fade a bit there would be more Sundays to look forward, to feel hopeful and to feel blessed.

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P.S. I switched to sandwich meals for weeks now, just preppin’ for big eats this Christmas month. 😀