life of a cuddlebit

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adding a few not so DIY stuff to the home

Behind the couch table.

Have you ever heard of that? Thanks to Pinterest, I have. And I wanted one so that I can get a “display” table and some much needed extra space/storage for books. It looks so pretty and it is a great alternative to those without a lot of floor space to have a coffee table in the middle of the sofa set. 

the ones I have been eyeing at Pinterest

Since then I have pestered Kei to draw a “plan” for the said table. Sure this will not be a DIY-since we dont have the woodworking skills and tools, but I wanted to get a close to accurate shop drawing with measurements so that it would be easier for the one making the table. Less margin for error.

Also wanted the table to have electrical outlets on both ends so we can charge phones, place a lamp…etc.

Kei’s initial drawing of our behind the couch table -We went on to modify the drawer part. 

Once we have the drawing it is off to the furniture shop. It took about three weeks before it arrived, right before Christmas. It was huge.

Freshly delivered -we still have to find faceplate for the outlet. Our little tree fits right on the side!

Then the holidays came and we got busy and forgot about “decorating” the table, until now. We sorted out our books, bought some basic bookends and placed them on the table. We also moved our ceramic bunnies from the dining table to this ‘behind the couch’ table. They now guard our books. Freeing up much needed space in the dining table.

a pair at last-our ceramic bunnies

Next would be looking for lamps to be the accent piece. Just last weekend, we found it.

Minimalist arc table lamps with edison bulbs. 

Looking good on and off! So after a long while, the living room is looking a bit more homey/cozy.

our sofa as of the moment

We can still fit some decorative items in! -a few picture frames on the table would be good & maybe something huge for the wall would be nice in the future. 

Any suggestions for wall decor? That is all about our small home improvement for now. Till the next. 


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grey and yellow

I never thought about it that much but apparently I have been wearing the “grey shirt” daily. Not the same shirt of course but the same color. 

All grey, even my bed sheets are grey. *I think I have 3 more grey shirts are in the laundry basket.

Discovered it as I was sort of tidying my perpetually messy closet. Seems like I have outgrown my happy bright colored shirts, thanks to me getting fat.-Not that I am complaining. This is reason enough to get more clothes/shirts. 

Hence all the grey shirts. I dig my grey shirts, they are simple, neutral, inconspicuous and as long as the fabric is soft and comfy, I am good. They sort of became my personal work uniform. I do not have to worry about what to put on in the morning and how they look – I just toss on what is in my cabinet. Will just worry about what to wear on the weekends. Saving me time for the daily commute to work.

Also freeing up some precious morning time for my gardening efforts. On that part, the marigolds are in bloom again!

like drops of sunshine!

The flowers look so bright and happy. Summer is here!


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relieve the simple times

Yesterday Matti came over with a bag of tsokolate  from his recent trip to his Mom’s hometown and some (of his dad’s famous) laing!!!

So we got busy and made tsokolate with non fat milk. -That was our staple milk in the fridge. Paired the tsokolate with store brought ensaymada that we toasted. Kind of like a traditional Filipino merienda with some modern twist.

We stayed in front of the laptop, marathon watching Riverdale. Since we are all huge fans of the Archie comics back when we were still kids, we decided to see the Riverdale series. It has taken a darker feel and some alterations but we like it all the same.

riverdale

main cast of riverdale

Finished watching all five and is now eagerly awaiting the next episode.

After that we took Matti out for a stroll in our neighborhood, bringing him to one of our usual haunts: the sidewalk cafe. And then capped of with a quick visit to a old Chinese bakery where we got pasalubong for Matti’s family. After a while it was time for Matti to go home.

We stayed at home for the rest of the day just being couch potatoes.

*On a gardening update. The Sampaguita is now blooming profusely!

Five in bloom and more to come!

Five in bloom and more to come!


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weekend recap

This is how we spent valentines season. Because 1 day ain’t enough, and because we celebrate the day later longer than most people do. 

our valentines 2017 in a photo

our valentines 2017 in a photo

I started by being a bit early (Feb 8) and delivered chocolates and a single rose (made of soap) to surprise my best friend Jo, that ended with a fast food dinner.

On the day itself (Feb 14) Kei surprised me by giving me a small strawberry cake from the Breadery -I have no photo of the cake as I ate it all. Plus a dress from Zalora. In turn I gave Kei a cute Altec Lansing speaker to replace his old mini speaker that lost its cable.

Saturday (Feb 18) I took Kei out to go see John Wick 2, since he mentioned it too many times. But before going back home Kei gave me 3 sampaguita plants to add to my potted plant collection. -I will have flowers all year round, he says. I am looking forward to the day the buds bloom. Hopefully I can keep them alive. Ended the day with a dimsum dinner at a place near home and called it a day. 

Sunday is for both our families, we dropped by their place to give them cakes. Then capped off the weekend with a hearty dinner at Torch.

So that was our valentine 2017. How did you spend yours?

 


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travesty all over

Happy to report that I have been “healthy” eating a lot since I got market greens from Baguio.

I have made strawberry shrimp salad. Aka Pammy approved salad-that means its not exactly that healthy since I used quite a lot of butter on the shrimp. 

strawberry shrimp salad ala Pammy

strawberry shrimp salad ala Pammy -the cubes are cheese

I also made Sagada orange salad from Jo’s Sagada oranges.

Sagada orange salad

Sagada orange salad

Also cooked deep fried oyster mushrooms! -This is so yums! (obviously not healthy.)

deep fried oyster mushroom

deep fried oyster mushroom

After finishing off all the Baguio greens we got, it is time for CNY (Chinese New Year). Of course it is not CNY if we are not pigging out. *I am always pigging out. 

chinese style roast suckling pig

chinese style roast suckling pig

And because it is not a family gathering without family drama, I had loads and loads of drama. I think I had enough for a year, or five years even. That makes me very wary paranoid of family gatherings. Being made to feel inadequate by someone who turns out to be a hypocrite -is something that I could definitely do without. Maybe next year I will go hermit.

But not all is dour. My geraniums from Baguio that I thought would never thrive in Manila actually bloomed quite a lot even after subjecting it to stress due to travelling! -It adapted well to the warmer climate. 

My "stars and stripes" geranium from Baguio. My bestie Jo also got these.

A cluster of blooms from my “stars and stripes” geranium from Baguio. My bestie Jo also got this plant.

For now I will be seeking refuge from my tiny patio garden. Till the next post.


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on to 2017

I have been very much busy over the holidays and decided to go off to Baguio (again) to getaway from the city stress in time for my birthday.

Radars on Mt. Cabuyao

Radars on Mt. Cabuyao

Finished all of my office duties and went to the top of Mt. Cabuyao with Kei and by best friend Jo to experience the mountain and went to the famed Cafe in the sky. The next few days were spent strolling Baguio city till my birthday.

The dreaded 31. The last number on the calendar. I feel so old!!!

Significant changes is that my metabolism has slowed down and I am pudgier (I am having trouble on clothes sizes now) and a bit more mellow. My skin is still rebellious though. I still get breakouts. I still do not want to diet. 

That is the start of my year. Be kind 2017.


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made it

Happy to have successfully hosted a Friendsgiving! -Main goal being to introduce our good friends to our other good friends. And bonding with our friends that are “family” to us before everybody gets too busy with the holiday season.

I am happy to note that everybody “mixed” well! 

But due to my being busy having too much fun, I only have two measly photos. (sorry, no posting as both photos are group photos) It was a whole day of feast and games.

With a bit of twist into the traditional thanksgiving menu we came up with this. 

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As you can see this was a group thing. -On the bottom is our house logo. Yes, it is really meant to echo Pancake House! as our “loveteam name” sounds like pancake. 

That was our spread. We also played quite a lot of monopoly deal.

game on

game on

Right after lunch we played monopoly deal all the way till 7. Only stopping to have snacks, wine and coffee. There were a lot of laughs, stories and friendly banter.

We also had a new game to add to our game collection, care of our friend Stephen.

a new addition to our games.

a new addition to our games

While we never played it yet, this will be a good game to play on the next “game day” at home.

Thankful to have a “wonderful family of friends” to be with us in our lives. We sure are blessed.