As part of our 2014 resolutions, Dino and I promised to travel with Liam more this year. Last holy week,(yeah I know, suuuper late post again) Our original plan was to go to CDO and let Liam experience the white water rafting then spend the rest of the holy week in Malai Balai (It’s soo nice there, promise! It’s like you’re in New Zealand). But our good friend, suggested that we do it some other time as there are many tourist and travelers during holy week. So instead of staying at home, I decided to book ourselves in a resort hotel nearby.
We booked ourselves in Best Western Sandbar Resort at Cordova Mactan Cebu (check out their official website). It wasn’t that pricey and they are the only hotel that did not increase so much during peak season (1K additional only). Swak na swak sa budget! 🙂
We also decided to go yaya-less this trip. Asked Ate Donna to do a general cleaning instead. Unfortunately, Dino was not feeling very well during the trip, so most of the photos you’ll see below are of me and Liam.
It wasn’t as grand as the Shangri-La Hotel, but it was cozy and we had a fun time together. As they say, it’s not important how expensive or how grand the place is, as long as we are all together, that’s what matters!
I’m so sorry to have neglected this site for 2 months (again!) It’s already 2nd half of the year and I would say we had a fruitful first half. Well, I think and hope nothing will beat the month of May. It was the craziest month I had so far.
We started the month with Ate Donna going home to Bicol for a week for her well deserved vacation. (After 2 years of staying with us without day offs – well deserved na diba?) She asked for our permission wuth 6 monhs lead time. So prepared na prepared na talaga kame. Hehe
Lolo came to the rescue and stayed with us for the whole week while Dino and I took turns taking leave to stay at home. It was really fulfilling staying home wirh Liam. That made me think and plan for my future as a WAHM. (fingers crossed)
As for Liam, I enrolled him in swimming lessons, but he didn’t like it (he only attended the first session). Good thing the school allowed us to transfer him to arts and crafts class. Whew! Di naman nasayang ang bayad ko ni Dino. Pero since it was a crazy month, I wasn’t able to document any of his work. Bad mommy moments ko to I know. I also bought him the May crafts box from exploresandbox (I will have a separate post for this) that he enjoyed very much
As soon as Donna came back, it’s time for Dino to leave naman for the US. He have a sales meeting he have to attend to there. (info: apart from his designation as Regional Manager for VisMin, he is also the one handling Columbia Sportswear for Southeast Asian countries that are also under our company – Ahem! Ahem! #proudwifey)
This time around it was my side of the family that came to Cebu. Originally, it was supposed to be my mom and 4 nieces (on summer vacation) who will come. My brother and sis in law thought of tagging along for a weekend with all the kids and my sis in law’s sister and her family. (read: 20 pax) Most stressful week I had so far (hope that will be the last too). Oh well, I was happy that I was able to spend time with them but the stress made me rethink of doing it again. Brrrr! (shaking head) Though I know in my heart na when that time comes, I will be excited all over again. 🙂
Liam, on the other hand, had loads of fun having his cousins around. Even though he got sick, he have good memories to keep. As my SIL, Leah, have said, ang ubo at sipon gagaling overtime, pero ung memories nya forever. 🙂
A few days after Dino arrived, it was my turn to take a vacay. I joined my cousins going to Hong Kong. This trip was bitter sweet as I’m really excited to go but also hate to leave my little boy. I cried a little the night before I left – super guilty ang feeling. It already occurred to me not showing up at the airport. Pero sayang naman ang tickets ko and Dino already told me that he can handle it. I also felt na it was time for Dino and Liam to have a bonding time. So off I went.
Among the 4 of us, it was just me who is a first timer in Hong Kong. I’ve been there before but it was for work, so it’s not counter. It was really a fun and tiring trip. It was a ritual among us cousins to be awake til break of dawn talking about everything and anything under the moon. Revelations time. It was really fun catching up with them. 🙂
May was indeed a fun, crazy, stressful and emotional month! Parang roller coaster ride lang. 🙂
I have a lot of things that I look forward to during our Christmas breaks and here’s another one from my long list – family reunion with my side of the family. I know after 2 years of blogging, it’s just now that am sharing photos of them. As you may have known by now, am really not a good a lazy photographer. I would rather absorb and enjoy the moment than taking pictures. heheh… I always leave that job – taking picture – to Dino or to my nieces (when it come to my side of the family). But my niece lost our files twice! First, her bag was snatched then 2nd time her memory card was corrupted. Talk about luck! Oh well, this time around I really did not stop texting her (read: everyday!) to upload our pics in FB. 🙂
So last December, we all agreed to do it in my 2nd brother’s house again. His house kasi is nearer to de Leon’s abode and they are the one who always cooks, I got it from them actually. I always bother help them in cooking as early as 8 years old. Anyway, sayang lang, 3 of my brothers were not able to go. 2 of them works abroad and the eldest have a late shift that day. Same goes with his kids (except his youngest son) and his wife, they were also not able to come.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s they are – My Family
Hopefully, next time all the other Apo’s will be able to join us. Anyway, Liam loves going to his diku’s (that’s what he calls my 2nd bro) house. He’s the youngest kasi among his cousins kaya super baby nila si Liam. Ako naman, pag andito ako, relax ako, since I can leave Liam with all her achi’s and ahya’s. hehehe.. So while the bagets are playing, the oldies naman kanya kanyang kwentuhan. We usually play exchange gifts but this year, nobody remembered to initiate! hahaha..
One of my favorite gifts that Liam got last Christmas came from my sister. She gave me all the Chinese paraphernalia (books, flash cards and writing papers) that yanyan used since she was in preschool. Cool no? My sis kasi is Ms. keep it all. Walang tapon sa kanya. hehe
Oh yeah! there are 2 more reasons why Liam loves visiting his Diku’s house. First is to see Kong kong (my 2nd SIL’s nephew), his playmate and also because, I let him indulge whenever we are here. Since I know he’ll be given candies and junk food there, I made sure that he had his dinner first before we left Kumati.
Sorry this is the only foto he has that night. A little boy made him cry. hehehe… Kong kong’s current Favorite toy is his ‘plane’ made of blocks. He doesn’t want anyone to touch or borrow it, not even Liam. He is not madamot naman, he lends everything to Liam except for the plane. While playing, kong kong put the toy at his back so Liam can’t reach it. After a while, Liam saw it and get it from his back.
Kongkong: WAAAAAAH!!! Mama Beth! Mama Beth!!
Liam: What happened?? (patay malisya ang loko)
Everyone burst into laughter.. hahahaha
I saw a post in FB before – what makes holidays (Christmas) special. For me, this definitely is it! 🙂
One of my 2014 resolution is “magtipid”. Well, am not really magastos, but I have a few weaknesses too.
1. Groceries and eating out
I never think twice when it comes to my cravings, cooking and baking. Every time I want to try a new dish and it calls for a new spice or ingredient, kaching! Walang isip isip!
When am out naman, I always make it a point to buy Dino’s and Liam’s fave food, kahit sang damakmak pa ang pagkain sa bahay. I just can’t help it, I want to make them happy lang naman.
I also have a bad habit of treating our staffs, especially if am the one who initiated where to eat and if i knew that it’s out of their budget na. Kaching!
Ever since Dino gave me my first pair, I never stopped loving and owning another pair. In total, I already have 10prs – 5 of which are still with me. Yeah, I give my old ones to my nieces and once to my MIL. 🙂
Now, I’m eyeing 3 more designs – Flora, Chada and Flare Slide. I already told myself that I don’t need it. Dino agreed to buy me 1 na nga pero am really controlling myself. Ok pa ung 5prs ko. Ahem ahem very good ako (thanks!)
I never came out of this store empty handed. Ewan ko ba, there’s always something I like in this shop. Kaya last that I went out, I really did not drop by this store! Ahem again.. applause naman dyan.
4. Last is our stores (not ours like Dino and mine but stores we’re handling here in VisMin)
I also have this bad habit of buying stuff from our stores even if I don’t need them. Ganun kagagaling mga staffs namen, pati ako nabobola.. O ganun lang talaga ako ka-gullible. Hehe
That’s just what I really spend on. Pero bigger percentage of all my spendings is in food talaga.
Anyway, back to my topic.. With this resolution in mind, I stayed away from Maldita and did not let my staff talk me into buying any of our products. BUT! out of curiosity lang, I dropped by Yosi Samra store. They just opened a branch here in Ayala Cebu last November 2013. Kakatawa pa, I really don’t know this brand, I asked my staff pa, ano benta nila puro cigarettes? She told me, “No, Ms. Juvs, I think they are selling ballet flats.’ Shunga lang talaga. hehehe
So before even stepping in the store, I was very firm not to buy anything. The store supervisor was very nice and accommodating. Pero kahit na I kept on telling myself not to be fooled. Hahaha
I first tried their snake skin line and it was really nice. Insole was super soft and di masakit sa paa. I checked the price, GULP! 2795. A bit pricey for a ballet flats.
Pero firm ako, so I gave the pair back to Josh (the sup). I am so firm that I even went around. Next, I saw their slippers. The footbed was soft also and it looks nice on my feet.
I even tried 2 prs since the first was too big for me. I almost lost my will power pero again, firm ako, so I returned both pairs to Josh and went further and checked their Croco collection (as per Josh, these are their new arrivals).
Oh no!!! All my will power went missing when I tried this one! I checked the price P3,795 Oh my gulay! Too pricey for a pair of ballet flats but it did not help my will power to come back. I just really LOVE this pair!!
Am glad I did not give in to Dino’s FitFlop gift, I was able to ask him to give me these shoes instead! YES!!! hehehe. Thanks to my Bobe for the early Valentine’s Day gift and date (of course I wore my new pair to our date! 😉 )
Happy new year to all!! I have a lot of things to posts but too little time. One at a time, I’ll get there too. 🙂 To lessen my blog lags, here’s the last installment on Liam’s 3rd party. I really thought I’ve posted about this already, kow! Am really getting old!! Anyway, better late than never.
As mentioned in my party prep post, we decided to have an intimate out of town party this year. We drove all the way to Toledo and checked ourselves in at The Ranch. Aside from the pool, they also have an aviary, botanical garden and a ranch where you can try horse back rising. I was super excited about this but we were not able to try any of it. Hehehe
We left the city a little after lunch, we thought it would only be 1.5 hrs drive as what Dino have read online but traffic was heavy at the reclamation area that day and we ended up driving for 2.5 hrs. We arrived around 5pm and the other facilities were already closed. So we just hit the pool before dinner. Since it was Dino who drove, he did not swim with us that night. Nanuod at nag picture na lang sya.
Dinner was so so. But at least they are not over priced. We weren’t able to go out anymore for dinner as next establishment near the resort is 20mins away and jollibee lang din ata ang meron. Hehe… After dinner, it was Liam’s favorite part na – candle blowing. I ordered his cake from Angelica’s – same as last year’s (see post here).
The cake was ok naman except for the fact that they forgot to put “mommy” on the dedication. Anak ng patola! Am the one who ordered and this is my only share, wala pa ako sa ‘love,’ part ng dedication! After I pointed it out, the attendant quickly saud that she’ll add the word mommy, I said ok and showed her where to put it. I clearly said to put “mommy &” before the word daddy. Here’s what she did….
Nataranta ata samen ni Lola si ate! Haha… Pero aside from this taboo, we all loved the cake. Especially the birthday boy who ate all the sugar candies. 🙂
One thing that’s not so ok in The Ranch was that their accommodation doesn’t come with free breakfast. We still had breakfast there para hassle free lang then we hit the pool again. Since Mr. Sun was really instense that day, Dino did not allow us to go to the aviary and horse ranch anymore. We all settled down in Lolo and Lola’s room until it’s time for us to check out.
We had lunch at Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya at the Crossroads on our way back to the city. It is a Japanese shabu shabu restaurant that Dino and I love and now the whole family loves it too. Liam even told us one time that he wants to eat there again. He said he wants to eat sa cook cook. hehehe Dino and I were not able to take pics (again), I’ll just update this post once I get photos from my SIL, Leah.
Overall, it was a great celebration. My son was uber happy with the trip and the ice cream party his Ninang Tita prepared for him. This made me realize that a party need not be super bongacious, what’s important is that everybody (especially the celebrant) is happy. That’s all that matters. 🙂
Merry Christmas everybody! 🙂 Hope you all had a nice one together with your loved ones. We had a simple celebration here in Cebu. Dino and I decided to spend Christmas here in Cebu for a change. We invited my in-laws to come over but air fare was too high already (since we decided to stay here the last minute na din) so everyone decided to stay put in our own cities. This is the first time we will spend it na kame lang. A bit nervous at first that Liam might not enjoy it, he might not have gifts to open and what I’ll prepare for Noche Buena. Pero everything turned out well naman.
So for the first time in my 34 years of year of life, I prepared Noche Buena all by myself. Sorry, did not do it by myself pala, I had Donna and Ate Lilia to help me pa din. When I was younger, I do help my sis in law (bro’s wifey) in preparing, but it’s always her who has the final say on what we’ll have. This past years naman, we always spend it with Dino’s family, so it’s my in-laws who takes care of the Noche Buena. 🙂
Anyway, here’s what we had for Noche Buena…
I baked Flan cake for the occasion, after all, it’s Baby Jesus’ birthday we are celebrating, right? and what’s a birthday celebration without a cake!? 🙂 (see the recipe here)
For our appetizer, I prepared my SIL’s bacon wrapped asparagus, she prepared this for everyone last year (see her post here). This is sooo yummy that I don’t want to share these with them, pero it’s Christmas and it’s the season if sharing. hehehe..
For our main course, I cooked Chicken and Seafood Paella paired with Lumpiang Shanghai. If there’s one thing I don’t like here in Cebu, that’s the salty lumpia warpper.. 😦 I think they do it to make the wrappers last longer. Pero we still finished everything. hehehe..
For dessert, I asked Donna to prepare Buko Lychee Salad. She’s been preparing this quite a number times this year already. That’s why I called this her specialty na. She knows the timpla already, not too sweet, not too bland and not too creamy din! 🙂
We had a blast. They all loved the food prepared. Liam opened a lot of gifts too (will have a separate post for this). Of course, we won’t forget to blow a candle for Jesus. 🙂
Ever since the hubs handled Columbia Sportswear brand, he goes to the US for sales meeting twice a year. One of which always falls on my birthday. 2010 was an exception (not the meeting date, but Dino did not attend since I just gave birth to Liam then. This year, Dino was able to fix his schedule so he can fly back to Manila night of my special day. At least for 2 hrs he will be able to celebrate it with me. Unfortunately, his flight was delayed and he was home few hours after midnight. Talk about irony.
Day before our trip, knowing that we’ll be out of town for my birthday, our Cebu staffs sent me a cake for my birthday. To Liam delight.. 🙂 As usual, my little helped blow the candle and he helped himself with a slice. 🙂 Ever since we came here to Cebu, our staffs never failed to make our day more special. I feel loved. 🙂
Morning of our flight, we decided to bake Calamansi cupcakes and Carrot cupcakes as pasalubong. I was so organized then, preparing one after the other. That’s why when the oven decided to break down on me, both recipes were half baked. GRRR!!! Anywya, Liam had fun doing it naman. Will just bake some more for Christmas. 🙂
Liam, Donna and I flew to Manila 31st of October for my MIL’s birthday. We were picked up by Lolo and Lola and dinner was waiting for us at home. My SIL, Leah, and his hubby, AJ prepared their famous Yogurt Chicken, Pesto Pasta and their luscious Chocolate Cake for Lola. To my son’s delight, he loved the Chocolate Ganache!
Every all saint’s day, I always help my mom out with the offering and all the rituals. But since I moved to Cebu and had Liam, I wasn’t able to this anymore. Even now that we are in Manila, I begged off since we don’t like bringing kids to such places. I’ll wait for Liam to grow a little more older before introducing him to that.
So what do we do on a free day. Leah and I decided to go to Ace Water Spa in Pasig. It was really nice and fun there. Liam loved it so much that he is still asking me if we can go back there until now. the water is warm so it’s ok to stay there for hours without worrying that the little one is getting cold na. There are so many babies there, even saw a new born in the kiddie pool with the yaya of course. We had a great time but not much pics since they don’t allow picture taking from time you get into the shower area until you are done. I appreciate this policy though. 🙂
On my birthday, we only stayed home to prepare for dinner. Liam, on the other hand, played and make himself busy. Since we are only staying for 4 nights, the in laws decided not to take all the toys out. This made me realize one thing, it’s true when other mommies say that imagination and creativity comes out naturally with kids when they have only few toys.
Lolo brought out the toy gun Liam got last Christmas, after playing with the gun (as a gun), it then became a horse, which later became an iron. hehe Liam loves (understatement) playing cars – REAL cars. He likes the steering wheel, the gear and now he met the pedals. Anyway, we were not able to bring any of his driving toys, so made use of the drawer handles. He said it’s his steering wheel and he has an imaginary kambyo (gear). Oh, by the way, there are 3 drawers on Lolo’s bed, one drawer is Hi Ace, the other is Pajeyow and the last one is Starrex. Funny little boy. 🙂
Before lunchtime, Ninang came down and do the stamp project with Liam, which later became their Tattoo. At the end of the session, Liam looked like a battered child with all the purple ink on his arms and legs. Ninang and I were not spared and have a lot of “tattoo’ on our arms as well.
That night, my in laws prepared some ‘handa’ for my birthday. noodles, chicken and pork spring rolls. My cousin dropped by to see Liam and of course celebrate my birthday with us. 🙂
The following day, we drove to Tagaytay and visited Leah’s friend’s farm to see the horses and the piggies. Liam just got up but he had fun seeing the plants and the animals there. We then had lunch at The Dining Room, Gourmet Farms. (see Leah’s post about it here). We then visited Lola Sexy’s (Ate Caro, Leah’s officemate) house and check out her Christmas decors.
After his afternoon nap, we went to see my side of the family. We went to Pandacan (my second brother, Jerry’s house) where my mom agreed to meet with us. You see my mom lived in very Farview (Fairview) and she usually stays with my bro. (hehe disclaimer agad). He enjoyed our stay there since he have a new playmate – Kongkong (my SIL’s – Jerry’s wife – nephew). They played from the time we stepped foot there til before we said our goodbyes. Sayang lang, since am not very good at taking pics, wala nanaman kameng pictures. Haist!!
Oh forgot to mention, Liam was so happy when he saw the tree being set up at Lola sexy’s home, Dino then agreed to buy one here in Cebu. This was already part of my plan, but was pushed back with all the happening here. But again, as my new matra goes, I refuse to live in fear, there are indeed a lot of reasons to love and life to the fullest.
All in all it was another well spent vacation in Manila. Til our next trip. 🙂
I would say this is the most indecisive moment for me. I have changed my mind over what we will do for Liam’s birthday for thousand times. That’s how indecisive I was. Wanting it to be perfect for him. I changed from school party – to a party in an orphanage – to Jollibee party – to a party with the neighbors – back to Jollibee party – then to a party at the garage – Finally!! to an intimate out of town party! YEY!!
We have decided of this 2 weeks before the actual birthday! Ang galing lang no?!!? hehehe.. Anyway, what’s important is that the celebrant will have a blast on his day! So final plan includes a tradition (not done), out of town trip, cake blowing, presents and a DIY Ice cream or Pizza party (definitely ice cream, since Liam loves this).
Tradition: Liam already is in the stage where he knows what Christmas is. So I wanted to start the Christmas Tree tradition, where we will put up our Tree on his birthday. I’ve looked for a peg and canvassed already, but with all the craziness the earthquake has brought, we were not able to buy and put up one. no worries, there will always be next year. Though, am still planning for us to put up some decors (this will be a project after we get back from our Manila trip)
Out of Town Trip; We initially agreed to book in Best Western Sandbar here in Mactan, but unfortunately they are fully booked. Am so glad I’ve had a chat with one of my friends here in Cebu and she mentioned “Gaite Ranch” to me in Toledo. Luckily, they are open and have available rooms. I checked with them after the calamity, they are doing good, so on we went.
Cake Blowing: Usually, I would have a cake ready in the morning, but this year, am really super disorganized I was not able to buy even a small cake for the morning. But, I was able to order a cake for Liam’s out of town party naman. So ok pa din. 🙂 By the way, this is what he wished for his birthday – A Birthday Cake! Sana every year yan lang request nya.. hehehe
For the cake, I wanted a Bug themed cake just because our not so little boy is into bugs and insects nowadays. So I printed out these pics for his cake.
Presents: I just wanted Liam to open presents, kahit pa mumurahin lang na items inside. So I bought some toys and wrap them individually. And I knew my SIL bought Liam books as presents already and for sure my MIL and FIL have something for our boy too.
Ice Cream Party: This one, I will let Leah of The Bright Spot, share with you guys what we did. Yes, she will be my guest blogger here. Excited much! She hosted an ice cream party for her friend’s family last August and I was so inggit. We are both sure that Liam will super like this, so we decided to do it for him. Well, what is a party without invitations diba?!?! I tasked Liam to prepare the invitations for his guests.
Liam personally gave these invits to his guest – Lolo, Lolo and Ninang Penpen. We weren’t able to take pics as we are in the office when he guest arrive our home. He immediately asked Donna to get the invits so he can give it to them. kakatuwa.
Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there’s something there
There, running my hands through her hair
Both of us thinking how good it can be
Someone is speaking but she doesn’t know he’s there
I want her everywhere and if she’s beside me
I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her everywhere
Knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching her eyes and hoping I’m always there
To be there and everywhere
Here, there and everywhere
Happy 4th wedding anniversary to my Bobe. Looking forward to more years of laughter, tears, fights, dinners, dates, WTD hours and lots and lots of love with you. Thank you for always being there. I love you.. 🙂