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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 ♥

 

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saturday the 13th

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After a not-so happy lunch at Uncle Cheffy we drove to S & R to check the Early Bird Sale, we spent a good two hours or more and ended up with only one fourth cart filled with chips, spread, laundry detergents and ring cakes which were sold buy one take one. I wanted to bring home bacons and cheese but Dadi wasn’t really on it because he finds it pricey compared to our new staple at home –Pampanga’s Best BBQ ribs and that we still had a good stack of cheese so he thought. I was drooling to bring home a Kirkland chocolate almond jar or a big pack of acai berries but it was too much for a splurge on a normal weekend. Anyhow, that Jules Destrooper Speculoos and Dulce de Leche spread was love. ♥

I love S & R but only second to Rustan’s Marketplace. On our way out we were held back of the heavy downpour, it was a bit unexpected. The rain was extended, when we got the chance we drove away from S & R and went ahead to BHS Central to get our coffee fix. We love Starbucks by all means but we’re always open to trying out other coffee players in town, the new ones especially.

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At the new building of Boni Central is Marks & Spencer Food, yes a food shop with all their best-tasting cookies and chocolates, apart from it was a coffee counter and its wide selection of pastries and breads. I had latte and Dadi had his Americano, we got a chocolate cookie and a decent looking bread of my choice, I forgot its name. The coffee was good but not that something you’ll go back again and again. It was fine. This is another out of topic segway, while waiting for Dadi outside of the café there’s this familiar handsome face that emerged from somewhere, I was holding my breath and waiting for his ka-HHWW to appear in limelight. I figured. It was none other than the fiancée, the Aussie Dyosa of all –si Anne Curtis! I was literally starstrucked for the first time. I felt I wanted to move but couldn’t, I want to say hi but I was blank, it took me some few seconds to finally recover and feel overly happy and excited. I never thought I was a real fan of Anne until then; she was so pretty and looks so nice in person. She was like a kolehiyala who was so kilig with her handsome date that night. 🙂 Even those passersby were stunned for a while before they finally reckoned and blurted out their excitement –sabi na eh si Erwan un! There were some who can’t just hide away their kilig and ran to catch the two, I wonder if they succeed.

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While we remained still and sipped our coffee to kill time, the rain outside was heavier and stronger this time. The looming typhoon was moving erratically and it feared us somehow, you know how the recent typhoons had hit the city badly, that even a rammasun can be so powerful and destructive. But because Dadi had work again the following day, we head home by 10pm. A bit weary except that we remained wary on the road.

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Killing time is pretending we’re on a different continent and video calling is our way to alleviate the homesickness 😀

The drive from Taguig to Mandaluyong was dripping wet; I was suspecting that some road maybe flooded by now including the paved parking space Winnie will be left overnight. I worried for our 14-year old wagon. By the time we arrived in Mandaluyong some part of the street was already ankle deep but we still found a rather safer ground for Winnie. I was a bit relieved. A few minutes more after settling down at home I heard voices calling Dadi, I was alarmed and even before I could mutter any, “ney binangga daw si Winnie” –that was it! My worries all came back and I had to calm myself after seeing our trusty car, wrecked and all. I felt sad, I felt sorry and I felt annoyed at the same time. I was yelling at the driver and even to the barangay tanods who initially responded. As if the story ended there, we all trooped to the barangay hall and for the first time in many years we got ourselves into this mess, an accident that we were not really involved. It’s been three weeks now and we’re still talking to the insurance agency, to these perpetrators for Winnie’s damages, I know it’s a long run and heaps of patience is needed.

As this happen, I feel helpless, hopeless and worthless for reckless drivers, they’re these societies killer on the road. I hope there’s a stronger law suit for reckless driving so every driver will be cautious enough.

 

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Jun 12. I somehow missed spending holidays with the husband –I mean wandering at the mall or to someplace nearby, we used to go on daytrips too when we feel like going to but with his current work sched our vacationing and dating became numbered. Sigh!

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During last year’s Independence Day we were at the MAFBEX event at World Trade Centre, it was our second year of attending this event however we failed to visit his year. We missed the foodie event because he had to work on a holiday, now you know why his current work is really annoying me…to the nines! 😦 And I’m seeing a lot worse soon as the café is up and running. Oh well, I’m trying to survive the schedule and all that’s why each time he’s free I make sure we don’t just sit and stare at each other at home –I need a breather, a turn into the mall or a decent kind of food to keep me happy and sane.

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We used to frequent Icings in Market! Market! for their affordable yet yummy baked treats –flavored muffins, English muffins, ciabatta and cakes. Take note that my personal favorite is Hearts on Fire. ♥ During its temporary closure we missed more the bread sale that happens every day few minutes before its closing time. And maybe because we no longer frequent BGC that much we have no idea that Icings was already up and running again, on a rather bigger location inside the mall and it’s now more than a bakeshop, a café is open this time. Since I had a full lunch at home (and the husband had his usual free lunch at the office, I assumed) we didn’t plan to eat anything heavy for dinner, a light meal would be just fine to cap off the day.

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Premium House Blend P75. I didn’t get to taste his coffee but I got the free almond biscotti, I liked its cake-like flavor other than its dry and crunchy consistency makes it the perfect coffee pairing. We went home with a pack of it.

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Banana Walnut Muffin P???, I forgot how much each cost but it’s inexpensive and substantial for its price.

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Spanish Sardines P155 from their Filipino Breakfast plate for the husband. Who says I’m the one addicted to sardine?  I told you we can survive months eating this and gourmet tuyo. 🙂

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Old Fashioned Spaghetti P170. The sauce was very classic, on the sweet side which I’m think would be perfect for kids. I loved it by the way.

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Classic Caesar Salad P165. Mixed green tossed in Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, bacon bits and croutons. I just find the dressing too average, I don’t know how to describe it but it didn’t passed my standard of Caesar dressing.

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I know our dinner choices are becoming repetitive of the last –pasta, salad and sardine, but we really like to keep it this simple especially that after dinner we have no more activity to exert ourselves. We’re just trying to balance our week day’s meals with what we’re having on sundates and family weekend dates.

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…and we’re happy to choose our battle versus food. 😛

 

 

Icings
G/F Market! Market! – New Wing
Carlos P. Garcia Ave
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
T. +632 728 3580
 

sundate no.25

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Sunday and McDonald’s has something that can simply put a smile on my face, the genuine kind. 🙂 I don’t know with you but despite its being classified as fast-food eatery and commonplace, I love the McDonald’s vibe especially on Sunday mornings when people take it slow.

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A month ago I was happy to savor McDonald’s breakfast once again, happiest actually because this doesn’t happen very often. It was in fact a date with the husband at our favorite branch. I don’t mind that the weather was a bit warmer when we where there, it’s a little bit windy still and I love the color of the sky. It’s too perfect despite the fact that I haven’t taken a shower yet, hahaha.

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Sunday + McDonald’s + Tagaytay = Perfect!

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More to Sunday love! ♥

 

 

McDonald’s
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Tagaytay
T. +63 (46) 860 1422
 

sundate no.22

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I promised the kids last year that we’re not visiting Sky Ranch anytime soon unless the commercial area is up and running. It’s only this Feb that we had the chance to come back, I know it’s a bit overdue because it’s been a big hit during the holidays but we purposely avoided the place because of the heavy traffic and commotion it caused the entire Christmas time. I’m always complaining whenever we pass by.

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Feb 2. As expected everytime I come home the kids would request a day out or much aptly a treat to their favorite coffee shop in Tagaytay. We’ve seen Krispy Kreme opening soon announcement weeks ago so I was thinking it might be open by now. I didn’t told anyone we’re visiting KK so when I suddenly asked Leoncio to go into Sky Ranch parking area that day he was somewhat surprised because he knew how I hated crammed full places. Fortunately that Sunday the people were less numbered and parking was trouble-free. 🙂 I’m seeing P’s big grin as we alighted and welcomed by the stunning Sky Eye. But first things first, I told him that we’re not going inside Sky Ranch, we’re there to dine at KK and doughnuts and coffee will be our mains. He was agreeable to that at first but kids would always be kids no matter what amount of channeling you’ve done. In short, our initial ploy didn’t work and he won again. Sigh!

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Before the Sky Ranch thing for the two kids –SAM & P (oh yes, I still dub Ate SAM as a kid until this day), I told them that we need to order and eat first so that KK won’t throw us outside, they might think we’re just using their chairs and tables lingering while catching up the Sky’s attraction. Hehehe.

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Krispy Kreme at Sky Ranch was perfect for toddlers and kids and grown-ups, it’s all-around because the outdoor (facing the Sky Ranch) was pretty spacious and the interior –cozy. I’d love to go back here probably on a weekday and lounge and people watch. Anyhow, because it was nearing Valentine’s Day then, KK had heart shaped doughnuts to go with the theme. We got a dozen to munch paired with coffee.

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Ysabel at her cutest! 😛

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SAM and P quickly finished their food and hurriedly left to enjoy Sky Ranch once more. But because we gave them a limited budget the Sky Eye ride wasn’t part of their visit this time. But the Sky Cruiser, which is one of the newest rides, didn’t disappoint the two. 😛 They can’t contain their excitement as they drove high above. They tried a few more rides and probably spent more time walking around the compound.

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Meanwhile, we take pleasure in Tagaytay cold breeze while our little baby loved the setting. She freely walks back and forth at the porch area and make OOTD a business. Hahaha.

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I know I should be spending Sundays alone with the husband but I’m finding it hard to say no to these kids, I love them to bits almost certainly the same way I love B, except that B is of course my baby love. ♥

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Oh, I got the kids belated Christmas gift, thank you for remembering Ninang.

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Just what I needed. 

By the way, we had a simple salo-salo at home welcoming the Year of the Horse last Jan 31. We had tikoy as customary (even if we’re no chinky-eyed and Chinese) which we shared with people who dropped by that day.

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A different take on tikoy again this year, shaped like Chinese jewelry pouch.

And here’s to my equally hardworking Oxens, something to read on and guide you in 2014.

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The year 2014 for the Ox sign bearers will be better than the usual years. It might not be the life charger but it will be much more beneficial than previous years. This 2014 can be used as a stepping-stone to a fabulous 2015. There will probably be no major changes in lifestyle for 2014 but if they will do the little things that will set them up for the following year, a potential huge 2015 can be the game changer the Ox sign bearers have been looking for. Do not be afraid to rely on friends because they will be the support that the Ox sign bearers will need.

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Seriously I’m not really bothered if the horse is faster than the ox, you never assume that victory is always connected with speed, hard work and discipline still top it all. I had a lovely sundate and no horse can ever kick and spoil it! Ciao! ♥