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warming up

Done with Chinese New Year! -Thank the heavens! I usually breathe a sigh of relief after the CNY, because I am always loaded with a ton of work right before CNY.  *Also done with Valentine’s day. Kei and I opted not to celebrate on the date itself. We celebrated by going to our favorite ramen place. We also managed to spend time with my best friend and surprise her with some chocolates.

koi shaped nian gao -photo from the internet

I had the usual wear red,  eat out with the family, having nian-gao (tikoy), getting red packets, and watching lion dances.

After the CNY, the weather starts to feel warmer -there are days that are still chilly, and days that are hotter! I am not happy about that. Because hello breakouts and greasy skin! This means more trips to the dermatologist. 

But we have to make do with the weather right? I am doing just that by gardening.

maybe someday I can harvest my own peppers… -photo from the internet

I am now trying to grow bell pepper in my patio garden. As of the moment I have (very tiny) seedlings, hopefully I could make them grow big enough to produce our own bell peppers to use for cooking. Summer is so near!

 

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more white flowers

Remember the vinca sprouts I posted a while back? It has now grown and producing flowers!

white dwarf vinca flowers 

To think it only came from a seed packet in the supermarket! (last September!) The zinnas did not make it though. I got them to sprout but they did not continue to grow and they just gave up. Maybe it does not suit the temperature in my area.

I am quite happy with the way the my seed packet vincas turned out – it is smaller than the usual magenta colored vincas I usually see at gardens all around the metro. My only gripe is that on the seed packet it was labeled mixed – I thought I would get different colored flowers, but what we got is all white with a pink center.  If not for the pink center, it looks a lot like my sampaguitas.

Maybe I need to get more vinca seed packets to grow, in hopes for getting another color no?


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kind of a DIY bracelet

I am so late to the party but better late than never right? In my case, I am quite late and slow on curating my Pandora charm bracelet! 

As children my best friend and I admired bracelets be it chains, bangles, half chain but we had a soft spot specially for charm bracelets –those chunky and dangly ones that has some round bells on it always catches our eyes. We got ours right before college. We wore it for quite a while and then, it got lost and that was that.

By 2014 (I think) Joanna showed me her new charm bracelet acquisition. A Pandora bracelet was on her arm and she already had some charms on it. I wanted one of course! But I controlled myself by saying I cannot spend money for a new bracelet since my wedding is eating up all my funds.

Pandora collier bracelet 

Come late 2015, Joanna surprised me with a Pandora bracelet on my bridal shower. It also has a language of love charm on it too!

to the left: Language of love charm that came with the bracelet Jo gave me. Right: A two tone Bearhugs charm -the first charm given to me by Kei

Then after the wedding Kei got me the Bearhugs and family heritage charm. All of my Pandora stuff are treasured gifts!

two tone Family heritage charm from Kei

I left it at that.

I did buy a charm to give though! (this was early 2016) I got Jo a Elsa Crown charm.

Elsa’s crown- from the Disney movie frozen

It reminds me of her (high school) uniform color that is blue, and fits with her being a December baby, and that it is a crown! So she got that added to her collection. Her bracelet has a blue/green theme to it that the Elsa crown fits in nicely.

So back to my collection. I wanted my bracelet to have a mix metal look. No glass. No color. Just all metals.

There was a charm that I really wanted though I cannot seem to find it. The Disney frozen snowflake charm. – It was exclusively sold in Disney parks, and we don’t have it here in the Philippines. I loved the geometric lines of the charm and I appreciate that it was kind of like a “special snowflake”, plus being born in winter also makes it a nice charm to have for me. So, thought I could find it from online sellers (this was on 2016), but I never did.

Last year (around the end of 2017) I really wanted to add something  to it and started looking for a safety chain. I have been indecisive as to get it or not since the charm was a bit pricey, so I went about looking for a pre-loved one –with a good “history” of course. The owner of the chain has her bracelet full of charms and wanted to free up some space to fit in one more charm. I mulled it over and went about my usual “window shopping” and still did not get any…It was Kei that got impatient and ended up getting the chain for me as part of my Christmas gift.

Love connection safety chain

Upon looking a lot at the net I discovered that I can get a online shopper to find that elusive Disney frozen snowflake! But I have to wait for a month for it to arrive. I excitedly told Kei and Jo and they teamed up to get it for me. I am lucky, I know. I am going to have that snowflake by the end of January.

Disney Frozen Snowflakes Charm

I just got the charm yesterday! -On the Blue blood moon day! And It was beautiful!

My bracelet is now most predominantly silver. So I am setting my sights to add a new metal to my bracelet to add variety. I wanted to get rose gold-because it is cheaper than the ridiculously priced gold charms. And I really, really like the color. I have set my sights on the shining path clip in rose gold. I wanted to get a pair, so my charms doesn’t slide around. (It is annoying when they do that.) And maybe a spacer or two? Any suggestions?

Update: I bit the gold bullet. I went to ask for a pair of custom made 14k gold spacers from my trusted jeweler, Helen. I chose the design below as the inspiration. While mine won’t be legit Pandora, it is still 14k gold,  just more affordable for me – I can get it melted and re made into another trinket if I do get tired of it. *Will update once I get my hands on it. 

the 14 k twist gold spacer from Pandora

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for this (from) our own pocket. 

 


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month long

I already had my birthday but it seems like the weekends of January is a continuous month long celebration for me. I got gifts from my friends. Also got a lot of cakes. Two of those are very much special to me.

on the left Red Door Kitchen’s four flavor cake and Red Ribbon’s Tiramisu cake

Because one on the left was given to me by my cousin (who I don’t often get to see), and the one to the right was from my Care group friends! Both unexpected but so much welcome! For that I am thankful.

Kei also surprised me with a birthday dinner to this romantic restaurant named Ninyo that serves fusion cuisine and wine located in Loyola, QC. -By chef Nino Laus. It is one of Manila’s best kept (secret/s) restaurants, that has an intimate and cozy ambiance.   

Our gazebo by the garden and the creme brulee that was given to me. 

I did not get to take a lot of photos since it was already dark when we got there, sorry. (Just look at them up from the net) But take my word for it, their food was delicious! It was Filipino-Japanese-French fusion that was pleasing to the eyes and to the palate. Definitely recommended for anniversaries, birthdays and specially the upcoming valentine’s day!

Speaking of valentine’s day, this year it is so close to the Chinese New Year. Got anything planned already?


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a peep

Days had gone by so fast! It’s already mid January and I still feel like it was just Christmas yesterday. The holidays were a blur, time goes by so fast. I am already back at work and is already working  on my usual deadlines.

On resolutions… I will try my best to shun negativity from life and focus on the good. After all life is short, we all deserve to be happy.

*I was pleasantly surprised that I still get messages/questions regarding my wedding that was two years ago. I am thankful that my readers value my opinion. –it means a lot to me thanks!


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munching through the midweek

Its no secret that Kei and I love being a couch potato, and there is no better time to be one than now. Because holidays are the perfect excuse to sleep through the alarm and go about marathon watching my favorite series on Netflix, and just this week we got I-flix too.

We really enjoy watching Netflix’s Dynasty

But if you were to make me choose, I still prefer Netflix. Because I am pretty much hooked into Netflix’x Dynasty that is based from a 1980’s series of the same name. *I have never seen the 1980’s one.  We also still enjoy watching Riverdale and Designated Survivor.

Another thing we also do when watching our favorite series is we go all out! I cook tacos, pasta or any food that we both love for dinner. We also stock up on our favorite eats and even go as far as running off to the nearest coffee shop to buy a drink. *Peppermint everything! -More so that the holidays are just around the corner. I am fond of peppermint.  It is like having a cozy midweek date night at home.

Our favorites this holiday season.  From left: Yellow Tail Pink Moscato, Starbucks Christmas Tree Peppermint Mocha -or if we cannot go out we have Owl instant white coffee with peppermint, Lamb Weston Potato wedges that I pop in the airfryer for a “guilt free” version, and Tostitos that we dip into the creamy spinach dip! 

We look forward to it every Thursday (the day all the series I mentioned here have new episodes).  Kind of like a pick-me-up in the middle of the week and motivation to get it through (deadline) Friday, till the happy days of the weekend.

 


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on to the holidays

I know I have been out for a while. There were quite a lot of holidays, then catching up on workloads, home decorating for the Christmas, getting my name changed, gaining a god daughter and doing early Christmas shopping to avoid the holiday rush. It’s been chaotic but very much productive.

We have also just finished hosting Friendsgiving & Games 2017. So, this is now a tradition in our home. 

the potluck menu – everyone pitched in!

After lunch, the games are played. We have Taboo, King of Tokyo and Sushi go! It was hours of fun.

friendsgiving games

After that we shared something we are thankful about, and some more stories -the recent happening in our lives.
Like the last Friendsgiving, we only have a few photos. Well technically we only have one group photo and a solo shot of our good friend Matti.  (sorry, no posting as the photo is a group photo, and the solo photo is a solo photo- we do not have the rights ok?!)
Its officially December! Woot woot! Its on to the holidays for everyone!

And also Grateful

If you are feeling some December blues, or even depression, don’t fight it.
Instead, do something for yourself. Be reflective. Let the emotions exist.
And be encouraged that, like me, you can get to a better place, but it can take time. – Brad Feld