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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.


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no stopping christmas

The tree is up!

We managed to assemble and decorate the tree, it turned out nicely!

our tree

here is Pepper photobombing our tree

The feathered birds looked right at home in the tree!

I might add some ribbons but it is looking good. At night it looks “glowy” like the rice lights had extra brilliance. See?

from day to night

from day to night

We also hung the ornament chandelier we got. -kind of missing a few more ornaments here and there because we have run out of ornaments. But it can hold on its own, maybe next year we add more. For now it would look like that, plus a few more ribbons. -For that I have to run to the neighborhood bookstore to get some ribbons.

awaiting ribbons

awaiting ribbons

The dining table also got a Christmas touch.

feeling festive!

feeling festive!

Yes we have bunnies on the table.

That’s about it for the Christmas decorations. Finishing up in time for our Friendsgiving this weekend!

Christmas is right around the corner! I am so excited for the holidays! 

 

 

 


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Holing up

We had some minor home fix its and additions that had us holed up at home for the whole weekend. Good news is our bedroom ceiling is all patched up. –We had to damage the ceiling for our air conditioning unit to fit (there wasn’t enough space). While it does not look pretty, due to the fact that we did not restore the “original state” since we had to make sure that we can get the unit out in case we need to. That was day one. For that I am quite thankful.

By the evening, we hurriedly went back to Landmark-Makati in hopes of getting those (darned) white Christmas balls that we were supposed to get last week. Again, there were none. Arrggggh. So, we thought maybe it wasn’t really meant to be. We just have to get the white using other Christmas decor.

In the end we managed to complete our Christmas décor hunt. In our chosen colors- red, aqua and white.

red white and blue?

red white and aqua blue decor- say hello to our feathered Christmas birds!

Hopefully by Nov 30 our tree will be up.

Day two, we are back to sawing, painting, sanding, cleaning up sawdust, and plaster. We smoothed out plaster, wiped out wood glue, installed a hook for the Christmas chandelier, permanently placed the clock by using screws this time and not with command strips. #adulting

By night, we got this neat ladder/trellis type shelf up. –This is going to be decorative/storage space and emergency sampayan (indoor clothesline) in case of rainy days! We also had hooks attached to it so we can hang a swag for Christmas.

our multitasking ladder shelf

I am loving our newly made multitasking ladder shelf!

Not bad right. I am quite pleased with how it turned out! Also just in time for our upcoming “Friendsgiving”! -We called our close friends for a little get together before everyone gets too busy with the holidays. 

Then we went out to Akira to celebrate. Having a Izakaya night on a Sunday. We deserved it for the hard workday/s. hahahaha!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

I am very much excited to decorate and get the tree up for the festivities!