Chinese Lanterns

Kiong Hee Huat Chai!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Congratulations to a prosperous Year!

Positive! That’s how Chinese are.  Always positive that we will have a brighter and more prosperous New Year.  Anyway, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, I wanted to have a family activity na Chinese and since Liam likes his project time in school, decided to do some crafts for the New Year.

At first, I wanted us to make 3D Fireworks, but I don’t like Liam to use that much glitters yet.  I can’t handle that pa ata, ung kalat, ung takot na mapunta sa mata.. so I looked for something else and found Chinese Lanterns.   Not so tricky yet oh so Chinese..  🙂

Materials:  Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins
Materials: Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins

I have to pre-cut the papers lang, since I don’t want Liam to hold scissors yet.  So all they have to do is add the Gold sequins and put it together.

Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins...
Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins…
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here's daddy busy with his project. :)
Here’s daddy busy with his project. 🙂
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!

 

Never thought craft projects can be oh so easy. Need to be patient lang looking for the perfect project for us.

Stay tuned for our Chinese New Year Pictorial.. Happy Heart’s day!! 🙂

Holiday Pictorial

I was browsing through our photos in my iPhone when it suddenly hit me that time really flies so fast.  Looking at our Holiday Pictorials (2012 and 2011) there’s not much change except for the colors of our shirts and the most striking change that hits me… Liam grew up very fast! He looks so different already from the past year.

 

de Leon clan 2011
de Leon 2011 (Liam struggling, he wants to play and show off rather than pose for the camera)
de Leon Clan 2012
de Leon 2012  (Liam knows how to smile for the camera already)

Here’s our Family portrait naman.  As a portrait, I would say 2012 is better, pero personally, I like 2011 kasi candid sya.. 🙂

Our Family 2011 (yes, this is our family portrait last 2011)
Our Family 2011 (yes, this is our family portrait last 2011)
Our FAmily 2012 (diba matino na) hahaha
Our Family 2012 (diba matino na) hahaha

Of course photo opt with Wowo and Wawa should not be missed…

With Wowo and Wawa 2011
With Wowo and Wawa 2011 (Again, Lolo has to hold on Liam or else, nakakawala)
With Wowo and Wawa 2012
With Wowo and Wawa 2012 (Some things never change, kahit bigger na si Liam, Wowo still has to hold him tight, para di makawala.. haha)

I was so happy to see this din pala.. Dino was able to take our photo both years outside waiting for “pineworks” (Fireworks)…

Mommy and Liam 2011
Mommy and Liam 2011 (I have to hold him like this because he wants to go down and run, at wala syang shoes!)
Mommy and Liam 2012
Mommy and Liam 2012 (Liam’s behaved here, mejo tired na kasi and sleepy.. hehe)

Last!! Liam solo pic.. mawawalan ba naman si Liam ng solo shots? Not on Dino’s watch…

Liam 2011
Liam 2011 (goofing around with Wawa’s pillow)
Liam 2012
Liam 2012 (still goofing around, hehe)

Ang bilis ng panahon no!?? parang kailan lang I was just carrying Liam in my tummy, now.. haaay..

Anak, I won’t ask you to slow down for mommy, instead I pray to God that he make me fast so I can catch up with you.  I love you..

 

Well Spent Indeed!

Re-posting.. iWatermark for Windows is weird.. Had problems with my blog this am when I used watermarked photos from it. So much for watermarking.. It will take me a while to do that again. hehe.. Anyway…. here’s my post..

Ever since Liam learned to play, he never slept in transit (in plane, car or even in the ferry).  Last vacation was a different story.  Every time Liam’s in a car, he’s asleep.  I can still remember him fighting his sleepiness. Babagsak at babagsak pa din naman siya.

On our way home from our Family Party
On our way home from our Family Party
from NAIA T3...
from NAIA T3…
...all the way to Cebu.  Bagsak!
…all the way to Cebu. Bagsak!

Sayang lang we were not able to take other times pa na he fell asleep.   Every time we’re on our back home, for sure he’ll fell asleep within 5 minutes.

Naku! Taking photos should be one of my biggest resolution this year. 🙂

 

Well Spent Holiday Vacation

With only eight (8) full days for holiday vacation in Manila, I would say that we spent it well.  With the “to do” list Dino insisted for me to do.  Oh well, it’s only a few and most of it is in my head lang. hehehe  Anyway, we plan for Liam to enjoy this vacation and meet most of our family and friends.

We arrived Manila a day before Christmas.  I wanted Liam to rest for the day to recoup and be ready for the 8 days.  But my dearest boy not wanting to spoil the day by resting and not wanting to dismay his expecting audience, he showed off whole afternoon by dancing, acting, running  and playing guessing games with his Ninang Tita!

Opah Gangnam Style!!
Opah Gangnam Style!!

We let Liam open his gift after dinner, alam ko kasi na di na kame makakasalubong, since we are all tired na.

Liam opening Ninong Rene and Ninang Jane's Birthday Gift na naging 2nd Christmas gift! :)
Liam opening Ninong Rene and Ninang Jane’s Birthday Gift na naging 2nd Christmas gift! 🙂

Christmas day was spent at Lola Pasig’s (Dino’s Grand Aunt who lives in Pasig and stands as their Grandmom since Inay passed away).

Liam agreed to this pic with the promise to drive the new car! :)(de Leon family in blue, with Lola Pasig's family in red and Aguinaldos in Green.  )
Liam agreed to this pic with the promise to drive the new car! 🙂
(de Leon family in blue, with Lola Pasig’s family in red and Aguinaldos in Green. )

Dinner was courtesy of Ate Pen, she bought us Pizza and Clam Chowder Soup from S&R.

Either he was so hungry or he really loved the clam chowder.  Whatever it is, we're all happy that he liked and it and he ate a lot! :)
Either he was so hungry or he really loved the clam chowder. Whatever it is, we’re all happy that he ate a lot! 🙂

Dec. 26, Shopping Day for me and Ate Pen. We went to 168 and boy oh boy did I miss it!! Sayang lang, sa sobrang excitement, we forgot to take photos of us being there and we weren’t able to take photos of our loots too. Next time!  Liam, on the other hand, enjoyed his day driving new car (Lolo’s car; our van here in Cebu is the old car for him…), playing his alphabet mats and swimming in his inflatable pool.  That night we went to Paranaque to visit my sister and had dinner with them.

Lliam driving his "new car"
Lliam driving his “new car”
After Lolo pile his alphabet he will go to the stack and shout "kalat aten! Kalat aten!" ang bait no!?
After Lolo pile his alphabet he will go to the stack and shout “kalat aten! Kalat aten!” ang bait no!?

Following day was a slow one.  I dropped by my brother’s house in Pandacan.  Did not bring Liam since almost everyone there is sick.  I just dropped off our gifts and had a little chit chat with my SIL and my mom while Liam enjoyed his swimming time in the garage (again). (thanks Wowo and Wawa for the new inflatable pool.:) )

Having fun while waiting for his pool to be filled...
Having fun while waiting for his pool to be filled…
My little swimmer. :)
My little cute shokoy. 🙂

We went to Rockwell after that and was suppose to have dinner at Chili’s, kaso mahaba ang waiting list and we don’t like other restos there that night, so we drove back and ate at Buddy’s instead.  (another check sa to-eat list! hehe)

Ken, Liam’s ninong, met with us there and we had a long chit chat at home after dinner. As usual, being the best host that he is, Liam did not disappoint his ninong and showed off his fore talents! hehe (wala nanamang pictures!! tsk!!)

Dec. 28, a little me time.  I met with my friends, Joy, Mar and Kim in Rob Ermita for Lunch and movie date! We watched ‘One More Try” at nakakahiya lang ako at magang maga ang mata ko when we got out! I won’t say the plot was that nice, but the story was so touching. Oh well, kasi nga nanay na din ako! hehehehe

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Left to right: Mar, Me, Joy and Kim
Walang katapusan na kwento! Oh well, it’s been a year since we last saw each other

On the other hand, Dino and Liam had a father and son bonding same day. They went to MOA with Ate Donna and Wawa.  After which, they went to Manila Zoo.  We initially planned to bring Liam to Avilon Zoo, cleaner but farther but with the unpredictable weather, mahirap bumyahe with a baby.  So Dino decided to bring him to Manila Zoo instead.  They fetch me up from Rob Ermita after and he was so excited telling me about the animals he saw.  Hipopopopopothamus!

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Next Day, Dino decided to treat me to a date so off we went to GB5 where we had lunch at Krazy Garlic before we head to Ocean Park. (2 check marks on our to-do list).

At first, Liam did not enjoy it and got a bit overwhelmed.  But after a bit of cajoling from Dino and after the underwater aquarium, he was running about, back and forth, back and forth. Until kame na ni Dino sumuko at kumarga sa kanya palabas ng aquarium! hahahaha..

Sharks!! :)
Liam enjoying the Sharks!! 🙂
On the way out, Liam suddenly scrambled off from his daddy. Yun pala, he saw this little arcade.  Mas naenjoy pa nya to kesa sa mga isda!! hahaha
On the way out, Liam suddenly scrambled off from his daddy. Yun pala, he saw this little arcade. Mas naenjoy pa nya to kesa sa mga isda!! hahaha

Dec. 30, I was suppose to meet with Hyziel and Baby, my sisters way back from my dormitory time.  But my cousins decided to have a family reunion on this day.  I have to cancel my Antipolo trip with the girls and we all drive to Escolta Binondo to see my mother side of the family.

YES!! I know we are a bunch.. partida, this is only half. :)
YES!! I know we are a bunch.. partida, this is only half. 🙂
Liam's first Kalesa ride in Binondo.. :)
Liam’s first Kalesa ride in Binondo.. 🙂

We had dinner at CPK that night. I don’t know what’s with Chili’s laging puno! 😦  Before we end the night, we went to Cuts for Tots in Glorietta to have Liam’s hair cut.  Dino and  I decided not to go with them, so Liam won’t make arte.  Thankfully, all is well naman. Pero as my SIL said, it was a Stressful haircut.

Day before New Year, we had our annual Family picture.  This time around we all wore green. 🙂  Medya Noche was again courtesy of my SIL.  She prepared Bacon wrapped Asparagus and Pesto Pasta and ordered Sanwiches from Earl’s. YUM!!!

After 30 minutes of setting up.. hahahaha.. Happy New Year!! :)
After 30 minutes of setting up.. hahahaha.. Happy New Year!! 🙂

New Years Day, we  had lunch with Charles and Dinah Lim with their Kids.  Charles is one of Dino’s best buddies and Dinah is the first person I’m with during my dorm days. 🙂  That afternoon, we just relaxed at home and started packing Liam’s mini toy store. hehehe.. dami ng laruan e!! 🙂

Jan. 2, 2013, with a bucket of tears, we flew back to Cebu.  Can’t wait for the holy weeks.  Now that Liam’s 2, it’s easier for us to bring Liam back and forth na.

I know it’s too late to greet you happy holidays now. But definitely not late to greet you guys “Happy Chinese New Year!!” hahahahaha

From my family to yours! :)
From my family to yours! 🙂

Whew!! Finally I can post this long overdue entry.

Note to self:  Always take pictures, use iPhone if Cam is not readily available! 🙂