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Oh the sista’s 30 something birthday. Uhm, during her birthday weekend we went to Divi Market to rally around like the throng of Pinoy shoppers who loves bargains, huge discounts and what else the happiness of shopping spree without selling your kidneys. 😀 But because it was a Saturday, almost always a market day for everyone, the crowd was like a nightmare, there were people everywhere and you can’t even get something out of your bag readily. You’re pushed to walk and walk giving you not much time to lurk over pieces of those P20 items or those 3 for P100 items which in a way can pass as a nice Christmas present with the right paper wrapper and ribbon. We didn’t really stay long at Juan Luna even if Nanay felt like spending more time, after haggling for fruits and veggies we headed right away at the comfort of the air-conditioned Lucky Chinatown Mall nearby, besides it rained that day so we had no choice but to cover and feed ourselves because we’re famished with all the sweats and stinky smell of the surrounds, don’t get me wrong I love Divi by all means but not during this season.

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So, the supposed Chinese-y lunch was discarded and we went to Max’s for some comfort food –spring chicken, lumpiang ubod, sizzling tofu, macaroni salad and tocino, yes, SAM and I didn’t let the chance go by without sampling the breakfast fare, our favorite breakfast chow to be exact.

Going home that day was the next challenge, Leoncio was supposed to pick us up but seeing the horrible traffic I panicked (ok, a bit only), it would be a waste of time and energy and gas. So, I thought that GrabTaxi was the only savior that day, thank God for zero booking fees. Wee! 🙂 It wasn’t too hard to grab one because it didn’t took long for me to get a unit, however, it took us like forever waiting for him when in fact he’s already at Jones Bridge and we already walked like halfway of Quintin Paredes St. so we could meet halfway. Traffic was that horrible and annoying. Don’t mind to ask how much it cost from Divi to Mandaluyong, it was like more than double because it was clogged everywhere, even the side streets. I somehow pity the cab driver especially that he remained calm the entire trip despite the bottleneck. Arriving home, we felt drained so instead of getting ready for our next activity we slept the entire afternoon. Good thing that the weather was colder now because they didn’t complain much about the humid Manila weather.

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Next, by 6pm we’re heading to Ayala Center, we stopped at Rustan’s Supermarket first to have a quick snack but ended eating a lot of sushi, sandwich, salad and fresh fruits. Rustan’s Gourmet-To-Go is Love!  ♥

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I needed to buy the kid’s Chuck Taylor because I’m running out of time. The next few weeks will be even busier with commitments here and there. And because I felt a bit generous or I maybe I just thought it’s always nicer to give than to receive , I bought 4 pairs of that old-school Chuck Taylor for SAM, Pao, Ysa and Che. I almost fainted seeing the bill because it means I have to cut some of my personal luxuries for the coming weeks. Hay! Kayo na ang naka-terno ng shoes this Christmas…we didn’t skipped the recently opened H&M in SM Makati, the 3rd branch to open this year and most likely would be my most frequent branch amongst. I was supposed to buy Ysa’s dress but the styles were so-so, we ended up with that denim blue overall which was too perfect for our little girl. I got her a hooded jacket too. And Nanay a knit-sweater to appease her gloomy mood because she had no size of that studded sandals. And some few pieces of gift item for my goddaughters. I’m almost penniless that day after exiting the mall, it was like I was robbed but what money can’t buy was the happiness of those people close to my heart. They’re happy I know. 🙂

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And as if we’re contended of just spending the next day at home, we drove to Paseo de Santa Rosa in the afternoon to beat another traffic jam and to shop whatever was lacking –shoes for Leoncio, dress for Ysa, pants for Pao and to delight my eyes with all that gorgeous looking tops from the favorite outlet shop. Found It! But was too hesitant to take home that Christmas-white top because it was way my budget but I really love it and I’m hoping someone could get it for me, please, my size is 16. We didn’t have too much time and we have to skip the Christmas bazaar near Nuvali, after a quick dinner at Kenny Rogers we drove home. All I was able to take out was the corn muffins and Japanese corn, I feel so deprived and kawawa! 😦

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Even our “special pup” at home is looking forward to Christmas Day! 😛

The following work week was gruesome and will be more gruesome especially that year end and Q4 is nearing, there were also issues hanging around but hey, no one is stopping Christmas and the rush and all the preparations, and parties and get-togethers, and more expenses. Christmas would always be that one time of the year when I feel so energized despite of all the chaos (counting here the ominous atmosphere at the work place) that may pop in.

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By the way, we were home again last weekend, we had coffee on Saturday night, Tagaytay was so cold already. The following day, Leoncio and I went on some we-time as we hit Tagaytay by ourselves alone, no rush Sunday –coffee, Mahogany market, cheap gas.

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Also, I went to SGAAA (alumni association) on Saturday to see my groupie and to plan more for our very own batch Christmas party. It was nice to be back at the alma matter only that the alumni activity was quite sickening for me because I find it disorganized, I hope they’ll be able to pull out a good team soon because the grand alumni should be seamless and all.

Oh and before I forgot, someone came at the parental house last Saturday morning, swear to God that I didn’t recognize him, I thought he’s someone from the barangay who’s asking for financial support or whatever, you know my Nanay is becoming the savior of these pesky people who’s thinking is we have this money tree of sort that anytime they need to they can easily run to her. When all but my sister and I assumed he’s just one of them, we were very wrong! I know I haven’t written any of him here because he was part of my past, naks! 25 years ago? Let’s go back a bit of high school, he was my one and only crush because he was cool and stylish, talk about new wave and he’s everything it! 😀 I even remember attending Sunday mass regularly because he’s there. And because he knew I crushed him he even sent me a letter way, way back, ok not the love letter I expected, it was sort of a friendly letter only, which I kept for years. Though for sometime it kept me wondering also that maybe some of my friends forced him to do it.  Even after finishing high school, I still find him cute? I still crush him until I found some cute college boys at the university. And by the time I landed a decent job in Makati I’m completely over him because I was crazy infatuated with Ely B. But what puzzle me now, what happened to him? What happened to the boy I crushed for a long time? Of course, he became a man, he became a husband and a father, only that life wasn’t too friendly for him, maybe because he too has his own time lag, he let go of the good opportunities, if ever there were. Maybe he made none-sense of his life during the early years and wasted too much on something, maybe he didn’t treasure people around him that’s why he’s left alone now. Really, I have no idea of what had happen to him and I’m no longer interested to know as well but it bothers me a bit because he looks so old and grimy, no trace of his being in good shape before. I somehow pity the guy this time but I leave everything to God now, may he find his soul back on track. Well, on a side note, I wonder now if he feel a bit of regret after seeing me, bakit naman kase naka-pajama pa ako when he saw me eh, he should had seen me in my boyfriend jeans and my newly ironed-curls later that day, I bet he’d feel more sorry of himself. Ikaw kase eh! Oh well, life is roller coaster and the world is very small so the chance of bumping with people in the past is very probable. He left soon after Nanay handed him a little cash, what a shame? 😦

So what do you know, this forthcoming weekend is very special, Leoncio and I will be marking our 9th wedding anniversary. There is one solid plan to date and I hope it would push without any holdup. And just in case I won’t be able do the anniversary post because I’m busy and drained by then, here’s something for you my dear husband.

Our 9th year came too fast, I was like doodling and dawdling and before I knew it another 365 days of our married life went by. I have many things to thank God this year, foremost, because He gave you a new job at the start of the year and He continued to bless me everyday at work despite the challenges, despite the frustration everytime I’ll receive my paycheck. But despite that little earnings this year, we never felt deprived, we were able to shop to our heart’s content, we were able to dine at our favorite restaurants and we were able to make short distance travels by and by. I thank God that we remained hale and hearty except to some flu and gastric disorders. I thank God that we survived the journey, even childless at this point, we never felt incomplete and miserable.

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‘Ney, I know in my heart we have a long way to go, we have too many more battle to win and we have too many roads to travel. And let me take this chance to say sorry for the many times I yelled at you for no big reasons at all, for the many times I ignored you, for the many times I acted egotistic, for the many times I excused myself doing the laundry and the dishes and for the many times you felt I put you down. You just don’t know how much I love you and how I value us, that waking up with YOU everyday is my only bliss. Happy Anniversary ‘Ney and may God continue to shower our marriage with trust, faith, loyalty and constancy. 

 

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If you’d ask, I have a very little circle of friends at work. It even became smaller as the years passed by because some already left, one decided to be a homemaker, something I’d so envy of, another one passed away already, which I’m missing badly, while some are still colleagues at work the friendship is questionable by now. In any case, you can’t please everybody and probably I became a “sore eyes” to one of them, the rationale of her talking behind my back and her under-the-table deals. Poor SHE because I have people around who’d warn me of her doings. 😦

Looking back, losing her was disappointing for a while because I trusted her and I valued our friendship but like I’d always say to dear self, I don’t need to waste my time thinking what went wrong. It’s not my loss especially that I still have the other two who remained to be our common friend other than I get to hang out most with the two because they’re both unbiased and unpretentious, unpresumptuous, they’re too cool in fact, no hang ups and they can deviate work and personal issues. So, I’m seeing myself going out with these two repeatedly.

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Mid-week at work two or three weeks ago, killing time at Segafredo near the workplace while there’s a heavy downpour. Because we were too serious with our subject I forgot to take photos of the sandwiches and pasta and coffee we had. It was my first time actually at Segafredo and I’m seeing myself going back to lunch out once in awhile.

The following day, ze Friday, the close female friend invited me to dine out after work, we’ve done this before, just the two of us after a hefty work week, we just wanted to have a tête-à-tête over a good meal, it’s like a little treat for ourselves because we think we’ve ended the week well, more than at par enough. My presentation was an achievement that week, some had commended it while the superior didn’t even bother to give me a pat on the back. 😐 For a change from our usual routine of going at the nearby Promenade, we decided to take it a little distant and found ourselves at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Because we’re not regulars of the big mall, we had a hard time picking up a dinner place, for awhile we considered getting some ramen or that famed baked bun with BBQ pork filling but both places had queues we can’t imagine. We’re old you know and thinning patience is very understandable.

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I spotted Osaka Ohsho and asked her if she would consider Japanese by any chance. You see, she is this close female friend with health issues too so I have to make my choice a lot like healthier everytime we’ll eat out. But the good thing with her she is knows her limit and embraces the word discipline with no buts and what ifs. Anyhow, because Osaka’s vibe looks very inviting and no queue at all we gave it a try.

I ordered our dinner with the close female friend’s approval of course. So to save time from getting a decent set, we had the Fuwatoro Set which was already good for 2 persons or 3 in our case. It comes with a Fuwatoro Teshin Han, two servings of miso soup and two servings of fruit.

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Our Mabo Tofu Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set P650. Premium steamed Japanese Koshihikari Rice enveloped in a fluffy egg omelets dome immersed in a sweet, spicy, & savory sauce with soft Japanese tofu, bell peppers, and ground pork. I so loved this especially the fluffy egg. ♥

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The set came with 6 pieces of original Gyoza. Gyoza is Osaka Ohsho’s signature, as they claim it’s the number gyoza in the world. Okay, I also love their gyoza because it’s meaty, juicy and tasty. And like what the rest had said, it’s really good and you can easily finish a set. I won’t mind going back to have gyoza alone, 12 pieces for me please and Kirin Beer! Hehehe

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Had an order of Beek Sukiyaki as well which came too sweet for our taste, I think they overdo the sweet soy broth here nonetheless my CFF enjoyed the noodles to its last bits.

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We didn’t order any cold drinks and requested house tea to wash down everything. It was a lovely dinner time with my close female friend, a.k.a. Mrs. C. We might book another dinner or coffee with the close male friend soon. The never ending catching up, you know, and mind you I don’t mind the small number of friends. 😀

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*the generous close female friend who insisted on shouldering the bill, thank you Mrs. C! 

 

 

Osaka Ohsho Philippines
3/F Mega Fashion Mall, SM Megamall Bldg. D
T. +632 631-7074
M. +63 917 828-5011
 

for Minerva

Maybe you’ve been waiting for me to write this piece, maybe you’d been waiting long to read something about us –about our friendship, how it’s been for the past 24 years.

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I don’t have a vivid recall how our friendship began, forgive the age here a lot had slipped of my memory already so I’d give my best shot to recall how you, Rosette and I battled the college life, how it was even after the university and how fate drew us back together and became colleagues at work.

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Maybe because our family names were in successive then we became seatmates in school, that’s De Dios-Diumano-Escalante, and because seatmates were normally the first friends in school ours bloomed naturally and deeply as years go by. That even before another D (De Guzman) entered the picture we already had established camaraderie amongst us, talk about the numerous trips at Harrison Plaza with another of our first, first friend, remember Mean Correa? She was probably the one who introduced Manila life and what it’s like outside school. Anyhoo, because she had to shift course after the first semestral we were left with each other once again. And yet, even after the first semestral even if you were no longer in our block we remained steady lunch dates in school. We all loved that chicsilog meal at the school cafeteria, and I remember how you’d always opposed our little splurge over a Goldilocks meal. But there’s no question to it that even from the start you love pizza heartily, we all do, who could ever resist that pizza-all-you-can from wayback, Pizza Hut was love! ♥

Our life in the university was not spared from frustrations, pain 😦  –in failing one major to another, I do remember how you cried buckets when you got that 5.0 in Trigo during the first sem, hehehe. Heartaches? Well, we’re both a little heartbroken maybe because the major crush was wooing someone or maybe that super crush didn’t even paid us a second look at all. Rosette got so lucky to land a boyfriend during our second year and eventually married the same healthy guy. Peace Darwin!

At the end of summer in 1990, I left the university tho not with flying colors, I was officially graduate but nowhere to go while you had to endure one more sem. Our colleagues, Rosette and Darwin, were by now fusing their expertise at the corporate world. While the two of us remained up-to-date with each other’s activity, we wrote letters and you had a number of visits at my hometown but there was no mention of your plans going abroad. In March of 1995, I was surprised to receive that letter from Taiwan and it was from you, I remember how you recount the life you had there, I thought it was all satisfaction and a pine for a bigger and greener pasture, little did I know you were there to fend for your mother’s medical needs, I was clueless until I heard from Rosette and Darwin that you shortly went home after your mother’s passing away. We didn’t get to see each other then, the letters also went occasional until we completely lost contact. It was sad but we eventually get used to it, I’d like to believe now that you got the best of your life during those years that we’re not in sync because I had mine.

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It was a long and winding five years, and then in 2000 we finally ran into each other again, nothing much had really change then except for the few pounds gained you remained to be at your jolliest. 🙂 Rosette and I were already colleagues at work back then and because you needed a post we pushed you hard to be in so we’ll make a happy trio once more. The work life for the past 14 years wasn’t all good vibes and friendship, this time we had our own share of dispute, falling out or whatsoever, things weren’t so easy just like the old days. We had petty fights that led us to become incommunicado for months. We had bad days except that we had a lot of happy times together to conceal the unpleasant ones. Our friendship was rainproof.

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And if I have to recall the last 14 years at work with you it might took me days to conclude this post, it would be never ending so I’d speak of the significant only, those that were unforgettable which I will forever cherish.

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Remember the time when we’re always flat broke even after getting our hard earned pay, we’d usually window shopped and later on get some cheap chow. There’s this one time when you pushed me to try out the food stalls in SM (those little stores in front of the supermarket in Megamall), I felt sorry for us because I felt like we’re eating rice alone but you remained positive and cheerful. From that day forward, I sensed our differences while you go for quantity I’d always go for quality. Admit it, you hated me for having that thought.

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Whoever referred to us that farm-resort in Antipolo was a big lie, remember our little outing turned a nightmarish to everyone? I remember how hard it was for you to shower…from the faucet, even with our aide because you can’t bend down obviously. Uhm, I think the belly was the problem here? 🙂

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Your rolling stunt at the entrance driveway of Limketkai one afternoon, how could we ever forget? 😀 You really know how to crack the ice esp when everyone is shiftless and dry.

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Your generosity would always be remembered. When you transferred to Sales and you started to get commissions and perks you didn’t forgot me. We even once conquered Rockwell at dinner time to make use of your free Burgoo vouchers which were valid only at that particular branch. We were naïve then and ordering was a challenge, we got ourselves that Country Fried Chicken which we thought was the best and exemplary but it turned out the average and bland, we’re nothing but the commoner back then and anything cooked with a twist wasn’t a hit at all not until you treated me to a hotel buffet. We braved the Makati crowd one day and went our way to Hotel Intercon’s Café Jeepney, it was nearing Christmas then so we thought it was also the perfect timing to shop a little for ourselves. At Café Jeepney I remember how we devoured a medium rare cut of meat, oh that warm succulent with that juicy pink center –it was love. 😛 Thank you for that posh treat and for the hair iron which you gifted that same year, I would be forever grateful to you and to your kindheartedness.

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It may be the first and last road trip we had but it was well-remembered. The sunset in La Union was once witnessed to our friendship and the waves that night at the shoreline was our only audience as we spoke about everything and anything under the sun. We’re happier even to find out that our spouses jibe, it was a plus point we thought because that meant one thing –we can schedule another trip in next to no time. But not all days are meant to be a happy one nor friendships are perfect, it has its own natural flaws because we’re very human in every inch. I admitted it even before how disappointed I was, how I felt bad, I was unhappy and I guess it was normal, I hope by now you know how I exactly felt that time. And like what I told people, that falling-out will set right on its own, and that no matter how wounded and pained we became it will heal naturally in time. And it did other than maybe some people were really envious of our friendship or maybe they were the selfish kind of friends who never liked me in the picture anyway. Well, I felt I was a threat for doing nothing at all.

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We had more than one million plans –from vacaying to simply eating out, tho I know some were really just our thoughts, I anticipated those. I’m trying to live positively and healthily you know. Don’t laugh now because it’s what I liked to believe after having too much for the last 14 years.

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There was a time when the sweet curls became very in and stylish and you’d always ask me to curl yours or merely straighten so you’d look and feel good about yourself. You loved to be styled only that you’re really very sluggish to do it by your own so I was always the very willing stylish, yes I can’t refuse your pleading generally. Now, I’d miss you most on occasions.

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In December of 2009, few days before your sickness was discovered you invited me to lunch out despite your very weak condition then. Walking was too hard for you and your steps were numbered but you persisted to go out because you forgot to buy me a gift, so, to make up you thought I’d be happy over a lunch treat. I was indeed very happy only that I felt bad seeing how you eat faintly. You’re not at your usual you –cheery and energized because the sickness was drowning you fast.

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Our long talks may have been few during the last months other than you never failed to smile or say hi or bid me goodbye each day, that despite your very bad health you remained in high spirits.

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We had too many memories, some may not be clear in my memory anymore but every workday with you was a memory to keep and ponder.

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And I have more than a million things to say about you, about our friendship, about our lives but I don’t want to hold you back, I want to set you free from any of this earthly things and daydreams.

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You know, it frustrates me when you think and say negatively of things, maybe because I always wanted you to look at the bigger picture and stay positive. Being sick and all was never been easy, but it’s never been an excuse to become lenient about life, you could have done it better my dear, I hate you for leaving soon.

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And you know what, I envy you a lot because people love you so much. Each one had something good to say, how you’d been so nice to them, everyone was so thankful that they’d know you once, everyone was sorry for what had happen to you and everyone will be missing you a hundredfold.

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Minerva,

I’d like to think that you just went on a prolong business trip, that you went on vacay somewhere around, I’d like to believe that one day you’ll come back in your bold old self not the sick one but as we marched you yesterday to your final resting place I know those will never ever going to happen, perhaps not in this lifetime.

My dear, from day one when I learned about your sickness I started to prepare myself that this would eventually happen. But preparing for the inevitable end was never been easy, I thought I was and I want to believe I was all ready for your departure. It just that it disheartened me that you didn’t say goodbye the last time you passed by but I know you long prepared me as well and you want me to accept it as peaceful as you are now.

We would forever be great friends no matter what, I’d be perpetually a second mother to your Chimmy and a good friend to your sisters if they’d allow me to. Your passing away was touching, it was exceptionally inspirational because you became an inspiration to many including me.

Minerva, as you leave and start anew –the everlasting one, this time I hope you’d see things in a different perspective, I hope by now you’d be able to tell between the disparities you’ve gone through. I hope you’d free people close to you to whatever resentment they’d been bearing at this turning point. I won’t ever forget you and your jolliness –it’s been a trademark of yours that’s why it won’t be the same again at the work place. Life was too short for you but it was been good.

And forgive me please for the times you thought I was harsh on you, forgive me for the distress it caused you. You’ve been a confidant all through these years that’s why you know me better than anyone else.

I’ll be missing you dearly. 😦

Elna

 

P.S. I am disheartened too to lose an avid reader in you, one of the very few who unfailingly reads this humble blog. I hope there is a wifi in heaven so you’d be able to read through my everyday journey and battle…

 

Happy Four!

What made my four year?

I fell over, I baffled, I wandered, I procrastinated, I failed, I stumbled, I hated, I cried yet I arise and continue to choose love over hatred and resentment, I continue to be happy despite of all the miserable events, I stay with the one I love and I remain true to life no matter how challenging my everyday is.

The past four years wasn’t a trouble-free journey, I may have few regrets about this and that, things I should have done or done better but I have learned how to live and embrace every downfall no matter how throbbing things can be. I’m thankful for every single morning that I wake up and take breathes, I have so much to be grateful that none of those miserable times can put me down. I may not have everything now but that won’t stop me from enjoying life.

2013 wasn’t a grandiose year to account, I travel less because we need to set aside for a special project that didn’t really progress right, I was busy at work trying to figure out how to make it big, I was occupied with family issues left and right, I was emotionally unsteady for reasons I don’t know, well, maybe that was a part of being 40 and old, a minion to my own kinfolk and a dud to my own league. 😀 Yes, the ways to win my own battle is laugh, and give a real nice shot, dream big and love much!

My four lovely years of blogging and travels, and sundates, and shopping remains thee I love, oh these earthly things how can I resist? I pray for another sunny year of breakfast dates, and family times, and mommy-times to my two B’s.

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Happy Birthday Blog, more to us! Let’s celebrate this summery month! ♥

 

 

 Happy One!Happy Two!Happy Three!

 

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I don’t have too many friends, that’s reality 🙂 , you can check me on facebook, on twitter and even on IG I don’t have too many on my list. My network is very limited if you’d ask but I don’t really mind, I don’t really care at all because I don’t believe that every person you meet or every person you had little conversation can be friends right away, right? Friendship for me takes a very deep beginning, a hard earned trust and respect and constancy. Not that I am picky in choosing my friends it’s more of I’m taking the long route to friendship, always.

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And these individuals were the very few I made friends long ago. Our friendship wasn’t the perfect one either, we’ve failed each other, we had falling out, we had some bad days, but those were the challenges that helped us grow and gave us the room to breathe. Let’s say we just don’t want to suffocate each other and we let out a natural bloom in our friendship to take place.

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Feb 27. I met with my college buddies once more. It was a date I piloted after R’s birthday in February. And since I recently marked my 40th I guess its timing too to puff that belated birthday treat. Unlike M, I don’t have the money to splurge in hotel buffets and I can only afford the mall type, so, we ended up in Tong Yang. Mind you it’s the newest branch and it looks classy in a way. Hehehe. R, M & I went ahead without D, the plan was to wait for D at the office so he can pick us up but M was already complaining and our very friendly elevator was shutting down by 7:30pm, 😀 so we pushed R that we should go, she drives anyway. We arrived just in time in Tong Yang, I love the interiors because it’s bright and the buffet area is clean and classified but I somehow dislike the seating area because it’s a little bit cramp but none that a good dinner and a good convo can fix.

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We had a good one, a satisfying one with all the shabu-shabu concocts and meats and breakfast items we grilled with much gusto. See, we’re real friends because we share the same liking for breakfast chow anytime of the day.

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And it’s not just that, look! we love our crabs in chili! 😛

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Dinner was secondary to this meeting because a good convo with really nice people goes first. There was genuine laughter, a special bond and yet there was freedom to be found. And I hold that belief that there is no such thing as a perfect friend or friendship, its crap you know, but there are really great friends who’d borrow your luggage and everything, 😀 in most cases you just don’t recognize them easily.

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To more dinner dates and friendship, cheers to us! ♥

 

 

TONG YANG Shabu-Shabu & Barbecue Restaurant
G/F New Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City
T. +632 4632625
 

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.

dec2013_8

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. 😛