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random happenings|dec 2013

*Another of that overdue post…

 

This year’s Christmas prepping got me seriously –financially and physically because I was always out in the run albeit my drive to shop as early as December 1.

Let me recount the ways,

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I’m not a fan of Greenhills Shopping Center despite its proximity to my office building but once in a while I do visit to get something important or have my nail made or have dinner at the favorite Chinese eatery where Spareribs Rice is the best. And every year I made sure to peek at its COD display. Last year’s theme is Christmas in the Orient, a story of a brave woman who volunteered to join the army to defend her country against the raiders. I bought some good overruns at the night market too other than that I have no reasons to keep on coming back because it would just spell g.a.s.t.o.s!

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We drove to Paseo de Sta. Rosa to shop at those favorite outlet shops, name it Levi’s, Nike, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Gap, etc. However, we find the stocks a little odd for the Christmas season and there’s hardly any good piece to take home. Even the husband went home a bit frustrated because the stocks at Nike suck!

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And like last year there were Christmas displays at those prominent subdivisions, the Candy Land in particular was literally an eye candy to everyone.

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We were in Tagaytay already by dinner time and because we’re famished from half day rummaging those outlet shops, getting a decent dinner was our main concern that night. We ended at RSM for reasons I don’t know, probably because the group wanted some steaming beef shank –the famous Bulalo of Tagaytay. Don’t tell anyone that it’s my first time at RSM, hahaha, we didn’t know that the place is big. Tho the food is a bit bland to our palate. Later that night we drove to Uncle Mike’s wake and stayed until the morning.

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The fambam went to Monte Maria to attend the healing mass of Fr. Suarez. We’ve been doing this regularly every third Sunday of the month, we joined the multitude in praying and like everyone who have faith we have high hopes that Nanay would soon be healed and recover completely. We had lunch at The Classic Savory in Summit Ridge for the second time with Tatay, the first time was a pleasant one especially that service was fast however, we left the restaurant dissatisfied and unhappy this time. Service was very slow and the food was tasteless aside from its being cold when served. We should have tried Rai Rai Ken for a change.

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We were home once again to attend the last night of Uncle Mike’s wake. There were too many people that night and my maternal family was in complete attendance.

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It was Uncle Mike’s funeral and it’s one of those gloomy days, I wish we could all turn back time, I wish it wasn’t really happening. We bid goodbye to our dear Uncle at passed 3pm and had a little salo-salo back at their house soon after. *Reminder to self: I still need to do a separate post about the funeral.

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Tho I wanted to bring home again all the presents I received this year (from colleagues, dear suppliers and friends) and let my dear Bea do the unwrapping once again I opt to unwrap some so I won’t be bringing home everything including those that wouldn’t be of so much use. On a second note, any form of gift still excite me to bits, I’m always like a kid fascinated with those Christmas boxes. And I love them all! Thank you to everyone! #feelingloved ♥

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Nanay finally had her Stress Test after a series of consultation with her new cardiologist, Dr. Dans. We went together with her to give her moral support and to shop later on. 😀 We rummaged S&R in Aseana once again and chanced The Big Holiday Outlet Sale at SMX where I scored some pairs of Havaianas, tho not really the cheapest.

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Last minute shopping at S&R Shaw with Sam and Leoncio, it was our first time to visit this newly opened branch and as expected people were flooding the place as early as 9am. We bought home some staples for Noche Buena including my stash of  Tillamook cheese. 🙂

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I was back at work after Christmas Day, I feel stuffed and requested Leoncio that we drove to our favorite place to go when in dire need of comfort food. A peeping hot soup from Eat Fresh.

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One of my colleague celebrated her birthday at the office during the last day of work for 2013, happiest of birthday to you new Mommy, enjoy motherhood. I know it’s a dream come true.

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Leoncio don’t normally tag me along especially when it involves errands for dear Winnie, so I was a bit surprised when he invited me to join him at Wheelhaus before the New Year. I thought he already found the replacement mags which Winnie badly needed, I’m agreeable that a new set of tires would be due as well but I was in shock when the supposed P25k budget doubled, kaya pala ako sinama because I would be needing to pay more. As if I can say no when the senior mechanic was telling that we need to replace this and this. Por Dios Por Santo!

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And because I enjoyed another 9 days off after the 28th, the kids were very happy because we frequent Tagaytay, we frequent Starbucks, we had pizza and more. They’re the happiest whenever I’m around because Ninang would be treating them over. Hahaha.

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I love that long vacay because I had more time for Bei and Boi, I had more time to cuddle Bei during her sleeps. It was just a little dull because the husband had to be away for a couple of days to visit my in-laws back in Ilocos.

And despite of all the hubbub of the season, despite the damages (on my pocket), despite the bitterness (do I have one?), issues and other hateful occurrence during the Christmas month I won’t change anything and would rather do the same thing all over again. I love Christmas that way. 😛

 

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