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a merry christmas|2014

And so it’s Christmas

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We were home in Cavite on Christmas Eve even if the 24th was already a holiday, you know that last minute Christmas rush, the holidays wouldn’t be complete and happy without it anyway. Say that we even managed to have dinner at S&R Macapagal despite the store closing early that night, I feel so Christmas already with clam chowder, so babaw lang! 😀 And for a moment I thought we’d spent Christmas on the road once again because the husband ran out of gas, it’s a lesson learned, never take chances because most gasoline stations closes early on Christmas Eve and I bet it’s the same on New Year’s Eve. Arriving home, we had to rush wrapping some more gifts so it’d be ready in the morning. We forced the kids to sleep early so dear Santa can finally drop off his presents, the bigger kiddo a.k.a. SAM was snooping the entire night. Well, I think she’s at that stage right now where she just needs to believe to old Saint Nicholas so she can get her wish without any tough ordeal.

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Like the past Christmases, we need to be up early for the traditional gift opening, well, the kids of course were the star of our Christmas and their huge and expensive gifts.

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And what do you know, Santa was extra generous this year because I got a box too, for the first time in many years my Christmas present came just in time for Christmas Day and my smile was ear to ear. 😛

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I also got the kids initial gift (?), so I’d expect a grandeur one from the “Mom & Dad”?

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Definitely not our Astro Boi…Big Boi or Pompeii? 

And because I became busy during the last few days of work I had so little time to check the mall for the big B’s gift so she ended up helping Ysabel unwrap her huge box. But my big B had her early Christmas gift as early as November –that three new handsome looking pups was more than enough to make her Christmas a merry one.

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Margarita Ysabel, our little miss ♥

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Gian Paolo, our still baby boy ♥

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Samantha Angela Marie, our fine lady ♥

And what is Christmas without showing off the kiddos new collection, I know it’s too lavish these days especially that some kids doesn’t even have a decent tee to wear or totally with nothing on but we’d just like the kids at our house to experience the same thing we did when my sister and I were growing up –new clothes, new shoes, new toys, etc.

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I know my parents were a bit spoiler the reason why we never really felt deprived, and tho it may look extravagant and uncalled for to some, well, haters gonna hate and losers gonna lose more. Sorry, but it’s the season of the year to dress up and be merry and make the kids super happy, so, I think splurging quite this one time shouldn’t draw too many questions and raised eyebrows. 🙂

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So, I wouldn’t list anymore what the kids got from Santa, everything is lurve, that’s it!

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And like the previous years we have visiting cousins and nephews and nieces on Christmas Day.

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We had a decent spread to feed guests even tho we didn’t really observe the customary Noche Buena.

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Leoncio and I were able to squeeze a late lunch at Mahogany Market on Christmas Day, first-timers to sample what Mahogany is famed for. We had an order of Bulalo and Caldereta, I’ll give a thumbs up for the flavorful Bulalo from Alegre’s Canteen (as recommended by Jewel during her visit to Tagaytay) other than the Caldereta was a far cry of my very own concoction, love your own, hehehe. We didn’t stay really long at Mahogany, we’re actually there to buy B’s “ulam”, our special treat to her for Christmas –beef ribs for a soupy meal at home.

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By eve, we drove back to Tagaytay for the annual coffee feast with the maternal. Traffic was heavier and annoying, even the alternate Mahogany Drive was clogged with too many Christmas goers. I was estimating the time because Leoncio had work the following day and seeing the horrible blockage and all was enough for us to make a turn. We’d probably won’t enjoy too because the favorite coffee shop would be jam-packed, seats would be too hard to reserve especially for a bigger group like us, and coffee would be bland and warm. 😦 I assumed we made a good turn because we ended up to another favorite spot in Tagaytay, thank you Bag of Beans for accommodating us and our last minute requests.

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We had bottomless brewed coffee, hot mocha, caramel cappuccino, white mocha, pancakes, lasagna, pizza, burger and their signature raisin loaf and shepherd’s pie.

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It was indeed a merry night despite our decreasing number every year. One day we’ll celebrate Christmas in complete attendance once again, I’m dearly hoping.

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A Merry Christmas still ♥

 

B’s day out at the dog café

I’ve been following the lady chef behind Whole Pet Kitchen way back her Food Styling Manila blog, I was a fan and a regular reader, and what really got me hooked was that post about feeding dogs at the animal shelter in Mandaluyong one morning. I admired the lady more for that. 🙂 It’s one of my reveries up until now to do the same because my heart cries everytime I see stray dogs rummaging garbage for food. And tho at present we have two semi-adopted Aspins whom we supply sawdust from the supermarket, I learned it’s a healthier option rather than the regular pellets, I still look for the day I can do the same kindness Giannina did.

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Giannina Gonzales now the lioness of Whole Pet Kitchen had come so far after the opening of the first dog café in the Philippines and Wishbone a.k.a Jack had been headlining newspapers and TV shows, the duo had been the prominent sight of my IG feeds and facebook and I can’t wait to meet them both. If you’ve been reading the blog (this nameless & shiftless blog) you’d know by now that my baby B turned 7th last July but because we’ve been into a busier schedule we skipped giving her a grand party, we just brought the big B to Army Navy Tagaytay few weeks after her birthday. We thought she loved the burgers there better than anything else, and just because they had al fresco seating it can’t get any way fur-pect to spend a leisurely sunny afternoon with my loves. ♥

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I’ve known to be someone who makes plans and trips and promises, and everytime I’m home to my big B I’d always give her something to look forward to. It’s like promising your kid a new gadget when she makes it good in school, for my big B it’s more like getting a McDonald’s trip or a new collar or a new toy as a reward for not peeing on the second floor. 😀 But because any 7th birthday is important and significant I want hers to be memorable, something she’d recount over because she was with Momi and Dadi and with the kids and Lola.

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The trip to Whole Pet Kitchen happened almost three weeks ago by now, so pardon me if there would be lapses here because my memory isn’t sharp as before anymore. I remember us arriving at past 2pm, and that Sunday afternoon we were the first to arrive. We got the best seat by far and for a while we had the entire store by ourselves. I was looking for Jack when one of the store assistant told that he would be arriving later that day. I scanned the menu and asked my party to choose their pick, not too heavy I reminded them because we’re eating decently after at BHS. I asked recommendations from the store assistant while ordering B’s food, finally I settled for an order of Jack’s Lasagna and Banana Oat Muffins for her to munch later on. I got her Yogurt Cooler too, which she didn’t enjoy really. I forgot my baby B doesn’t loves much the cold drinks and prefers to drink water only.

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And what do you know, even before our orders were served Jack and Giannina made an entrance already. B was fuming like a mad dog after seeing Jack behind the glass doors, and for a while the duo stepped back from entering their own store. I had to calm down B and told Dadi to let her, she’d eventually love Jack and I was right. I don’t want to it label it aggression but B at times had this mood to dislike other dogs maybe because of the dominance she always had back at home. But she is now way dangerous okay; she’s never been into fight and never attacked any dogs to date. She was the one being attacked in the past, by a black lab, and we assumed it’s one of the reasons why she hated the black ones.

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Anyhow, back at the café, this was how B and Jack greeted each other, Jack was so handsome, a real furball!

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Mr. Jack, can I take you home na? 🙂

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Not long, a German shepherd arrived with her humans, B made loud woofs once again but was intimidated by the size of the new guest. To pacify her I went on spooning her lasagna, she loves restaurant meals by all means and she’d  ate it with gusto if you’d feed her like a kid. Ambisyosang frog!

By mid-afternoon more visitors began to arrive until the place was packed, the rest were even advised to wait at the dog park near Café Ysabel. Since the dog café is limited at the moment because of the little space, I suggest you come earlier with your pack or schedule your visit on weekdays. I’m doing the latter on our next visit or rather block the whole café so my baby B can freely strut and wiggle. Tita Elaine is sponsoring anyway. Hahaha.

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And if you’d care to know what we had from the Pet Love’s Menu, take a peek.

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Triple Chocolate Milkshake for the kiddos P148. This is quite big and I was telling the kids that they should have shared the drink because Kuya P finished only 1/3 of his.

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The kids got Woofles each, the Double Choclit ala Mode P208. Chocolate and warm waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, a bit expensive for its size.

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We also had two orders of Lalalasagna P258. Layers of Bolognese meat sauce, spinach, cheese and pawsta.

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I only wished it wasn’t swimming on that meat sauce, thank you.

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And an order of Sammie, Piggy in the garden Sammie P228. A unique BLT with sautéed onions on a waffled baguette, amongst our orders this was the one I enjoyed, big portion as well.

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And this was the princess’ Doggie Meal,

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Jack’s Lasagna P88. Semolina lasagna sheets, organic VCO, pork liver, beef, carrots, homemade yogurt, swamp cabbage, tomatoes, basil, cheese. Now, that sounds too healthy and organic! There’s no doubt that my own furball loved this to bits, next time will have to double the order. Beside was the Yogurt Cooler P48. I forgot to capture the muffins but it looked good and B loved its flavors as well.

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A closer shot.

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Our bill almost hit 2k with just that, quite steep I know, but it’s not happening everyday or like every weekend, birthdays are always special and anything for B is endless. ♥ Oh, we totally forgot to buy her a small Paw Cake because the crowd was already overwhelming then and the mini-dogs beside us were making noises by now. It was a bit uncomfortable already that I missed to even have a decent photo with Giannina and Jack, or even a small chat. We’ll be back but not sooner than I can only hope for, because the big B lives south with the parental as you all know.

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Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli & Bark-ery
349-D C.M. Recto St., corner P. Guevarra Street
San Juan, Metro Manila
www.facebook.com/wholepetkitchen
www.wholepetkichen.com
 

B’s birthday day out

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We haven’t yet really celebrated my big B’s 7th birthday tho during our visit 3 weeks ago we gave her a day out bonus. It’s the usual fare with the kids minus the whole fambam because I want it to be minimal, and I want B to have all the attention this time. Before we drove to Yellow Cab I told husband to drop me off first at Savemore supermarket so I can buy B a simple birthday cake. No birthday is complete without a birthday cake, right? So when I spotted a caramel flavored one at Iko’s which B could also eat (chocolates are no-no for dogs) I paid for it right away. I thought it’s nicely done considering its cheap.

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At Yellow Cab we picked the outdoor sitting so B can sit freely tho it had its disadvantages because B gets distracted from people passing by. We could have dined at the semi-outdoor area but the climate was quite humid that afternoon, not so good for our birthday girl. And like the usual, the kids ordered to their heart’s content, we had pizza and pasta, and quesadillas from the neighboring Army Navy. We skipped ice cream despite their pleading, I told them that we’ll grab one at the supermarket later that day –the salted caramel  flavored one.

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My B of course enjoyed her Classic Burger from Army Navy, she ate only half of it and took home the other half for Boi. Yes, we’ve thought her well the value of sharing. Dadi forked her some bites of pizza as well. While B radiates a happy aura that day she was feeling sick inside and we had to give her antibiotics soon as we got home. And for the past three years, it may just be coincidence or just my being paranoid at times, B gets sick and gloomy whenever the birthday month is nearing and Momi isn’t happy about it any more. 😦

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We dropped by at Summit Ridge so B can make the most of this day out, on her normal grind she loved to wander around the open space other than this time she really felt weak and tired and preferred to lie down on his Dadi’s lap while they watched the performers that night. She even ignored our ice cream fight and doesn’t even asked a single scoop. My Poor baby! We decided to drive home before 9pm so she can fully rest.

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Back at home, the kids were excited of her cake and they blew the candles on B’s behalf. B was already in deep sleep this time and we don’t want to interrupt her dreaming as she made quivers and leg twitches. I wonder what her dream was. Well, I hope it’s not a fight with a dream burglar bunso. 🙂 And yes, we’re still celebrating her birthday this August. We’ll bring her soon at this dog café so she could sample a real restaurant meal cooked rightly for her. I hope we could bring Boi as well only that I fear he might broke everything around. Sigh!

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Still, we wish you a happy birthday Bunso, i wish you more healthy years and fun days to wiggle about. ♥

 

happy 7th Bunso!

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Bea, I know you long for Dadi more than you long for me and I can’t blame you enough because Dadi had sacrificed so much for you when you were just a little puppy. He cleans your poo and pee, he sneaks out of his office to check on you and feed you. He shares his pillows with you. He bathes you and brushes your teeth. He brings you to the Vet, he walks you and he runs with you. He shares with you his cone of ice cream, his burger sandwich, he actually thought you to eat almost everything that is edible and palatable because he treats you as his own, his very own fur-baby. Sometimes I feel jealous that you love him more

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…but as I see the two of you connect I’m happy the way it is, the happiest paw-Momi you know because two of my loves dearly love each other and that the two of you would stick forever no matter what. As you turned a year older again today Bunso, may you overcome the natural signs of aging like Momi does. May you stay hale & hearty, giddy and bouncy and all. And may your feisty spirit lives on beyond infinity. You would fur-ever be my fur-baby, the one that taught us not to take ourselves so seriously; the one who made our lives more interesting and the one who loves us unconditionally.

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Momi is sending virtual hugs and kisses to you, and I hope the weather would be good this weekend so we could go off somewhere and celebrate a little.

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Happy Bark-day Bei Bei! ♥

 

sundate no.27 + moki’s 25th

If I can find the same opportunity back in my hometown I’ll probably think twice this time and consider living in the south, for good. Maybe it’s the added consequence of being old; you want to spend more time with the family and with people that matters most including the unfriendly neighborhood. Hehehe. Seriously, I always look forward to driving home on weekends other than the husband’s work schedule is not permitting us this time. He works 6-days a week and holidays are not spared, so every time we’re home we make the most out of it no matter what.

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Apr 13. The kids love it when I’m home because Sunday means going out, and eating out, and coffee dates and if there’s extra budget our little big boy can laze at Timezone or Sky Ranch and play. During Palm Sunday, we brought the kids at McDonald’s for a nice change from the usual Starbucks routine. Tho they’re more accustomed to Jollibee, because Jollibee’s store is nearby, our love affair with McDonald’s remains big even if we have to drive a little far off more. McDonald’s has always been a good stop, my family loves McDonald’s including my two B’s.

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Timely to our visit was McDonald’s newest offer, the BFF Bundles which was basically designed for sharing. If you have seen the commercial, you’d probably raving and loving it by now. It’s one of those McDonald’s commercials that’s worth seeing and hearing over and over again. The #BetterTogether campaign was a nice move from McDonald’s and Coca-Cola because it promotes happiness, friendship and shared moments in the real world, meaning minus the gadgets and everything digital that makes us busy during meals.

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We got the BFF Burger Bundle because we all heart burgers ♥, and our personal choices were the Big Mac (for Kuya P & Leoncio), McChiken for Ate SAM and McDouble Deluxe for me. I don’t know with you but the two huge serving of BFF fries were too much, I think. We ended finishing one only.

Its P599 price (bundle for 4) is value for your money ONLY if you’re all getting Big Mac under the BFF Burger Bundle, apart from it I don’t find its worth to stuff yourself with fries. Nakakalunod ang fries, promise! 😀

The day before this sundate with the kids, I had a busy day off.  But despite the many errands and activity that day I enjoyed every minute of it because I was home and around.sundate no.27_5

I was able to spend time with my adorable B, I had the chance to do her bathe again after missing it many times. The househelps had been doing the odd job ever since B started living with the parentals, tho occasionally the husband would take turns doing this when we’re home. B loves the water but hated being bathed and that explains her unhappy face when these photos were taken. My big baby is going to be mommy again, oh my!

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My cousin Moki was celebrating his 25th also that day so we went at their house to celebrate in the afternoon.

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I love occasions with the maternals because it gives me that sense of belonging. Tho we have issues and small rifts at times it never put any scar to the close knit we have. Blood remains to be thicker than water for us and I wish it would stay that way forever and ever. 😛

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It’s a habit also that when there’s an occasion we’ll squeeze a little after party of our own. The birthday boy wasn’t able to join us because he still had visitors at home and we ploy them also that we’re going Las Pinas, that far that’s why even my cousin Irish didn’t bother to join up. 😀 Little did they know we’ll just laze around Tagaytay and have coffee and a little fun?

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My dearest cousin JB went with us. JB is one of my closest cousins in our pack because we’re just of the same age (ehem) and we grew up together and he’s ever comical persona makes a perfect company at all times. Seriously, he’s presence will be missed once they totally migrated to the land of milk and honey. Aw!

 

hay buhay!

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*my view during Black Saturday and Easter Sunday, i miss the serene sunset and the carefree beachgoers…

After vacaying for 7-days I’m shortly back at work, and what welcomed me was a big chaos, kumusta naman di ba? It was an exhausting Thursday and Friday, I’m dead beat. I don’t know what’s there for me this weekend other than I really, really need to recharge to brave another Monday. The life of a corporate slave, I’m beginning to despise it more and more.

I wish they had a word for being happy and sad at the same time because that’s what I feel this very minute. 😦