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How I spent my last valentine as a single

I kept the days leading to valentines busy. (Not only at work.) I sourced/created/assembled my bridesmaids kits. It includes a letter, our love story, color palette, their roles, details on the day, and  something sparkly-earrings/something sweet-chocolate covered biscuit/something pretty-face mask for the bridesmaids.

*This is not usually done in the Philippines. We got the idea from the US, as some brides assemble kits for their bridesmaids. I decided to make my girls kits to inform them of the wedding details and place a smile on their faces.  

ready to be assembled kits!

My ready to be assembled (bridesmaid) kits! 

To give you a better view of all the paper inside… I customized everything! Save for the huge pink box. Those are store brought. 

the stationary

my customized stationary designed and made by me! =)

A better photo of the kit. As taken by one of my soon to be bridesmaid. Thanks for the photo Gwen!

A better photo of the kit. As taken by one of my soon to be bridesmaid. Thanks for the photo Gwen!

Gave my bridesmaids the boxes and they all loved it! *I am happy! All the effort was worth it!*

On the course of the week I also managed to do some catching up with all the lovely people in my life.

valentine week

valentine week

I had a lovely Fri-date with my best friend Joanna (we call each other Lupet). Finally watched a movie (that thing called tadhana) with my workmate.  Had dinner with the family and got a lot of sweet (valentine) gifts!

But, not everything is rosy. My eye infection is back again, diagnosed on Feb 9 and is currently under medication until (hopefully) next week.  So I’m wearing my glasses (nerd mode) the whole time!

And as always, Kei and I spent the Valentine’s day late. We celebrated it on the 15th. Kei took me out for dinner at 22 Prime. (Wow! I know! Too bad I don’t have decent photos as the place was dim. ) 

Photo taken from 22 Prime's Facebook

Photo taken from 22 Prime’s Facebook

For all the troubles valentine brings, I made sure Kei also got something.

Kei's TMNT Donatello

Kei’s TMNT Donatello

I got him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Donatello toy. Very unique right? hahahaha!

*The toy was his childhood frustration. He wanted a Donatello toy,  and told his dad he wanted the purple one. But for some reason his dad mistakenly got him a TMNT villain (kalaban) toy! That made him very sad! 

 

So, that was my week.

My last valentine as a single. ❤

 

 

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St. Marc Café

I love eating desserts. More so if shared with friends!

When our blog buddy and foodie friend Matti of like reading on trains excitedly told us our next meet-up will be at SM Megamall, we only have one thing in mind. We must check out St. Marc Café, and we did.

taking one's place in the queue

taking one’s place in the queue

I am smitten by the display case, with the artificial food, they look cute/good to eat!

take your pick!

take your pick!

St Marc Café is the Japanese equivalent of Starbucks. We found a “tambay” (hang-out) place, if only the place was not that packed.

I really wanted to get the strawberry heaven.

took a picture while waiting

they really look nice, no?

While waiting in line, I took photos of the cafe. The orange/grey/wood interiors remind me of Hermes.

a lot of people

a lot of people

There was a lot of people so, I left Kei and Matti in hopes that I can find a seat for the three of us. With luck, we managed to get seats. After waiting for a while we finally got our order.

order of the day

order of the day

Our order consists of three chocoro for each of us (55php each), one royal milk tea (150php)  for Kei, one matcha latte (150php) for me, a Mango fantasy parfait (250php) for Matti and a strawberry heaven parfait (250php) for me.

We started with the chococro, loved it! It was warm, buttery, flaky and crisp with a generous amount of rich semi melted chocolate (made from blended Ghana and Ecuador beans), we finished it in a few minutes!

closer look

closer look

I am sort of skeptic with strawberries as most strawberry desserts tend to be syrupy sweet or tasting artificial. But, the strawberry heaven has real strawberries (frozen and diced)! Not sweet at all and with the (sour) fruity acidity. It even has cheesecake and conflakes for texture.

*I also tried Matti’s Mango Fantasy and I also liked it. The soft pudding is awesome.

Since St. Marc Cafe originated from Japan, I wanted to try their matcha latte and was quite glad I got it. They did it just right. Not too sweet. Kei is also happy with his royal milk tea.

We would definitely be back!

marc

  •  Be patient. The queue can get very long and the chococro has a very high demand. The result: chococro runs out and you will have to wait for chocoro. But the chocoro is worth the wait in my opinion.
  • Sadly, we did not get to try the strawberry daifuku chococro. They ran out.
  • Better to go here as a group some to fall in line and some to scout for seats. The queue/food can take a while, as well as clearing up the table.

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


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oh yeah!

Bring on the fun! Weekend is here!

I’m off to take a stroll at the mall, maybe paint my toes purple, pig out, watch a movie or just make a huge dent on the couch with a glass of wine in my hand because I’m classy like that and watch Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Weekends are for indulgences and chocolate. Cheers everyone!

 

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes


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my awesome Mum

Its my Mums birthday today! *I am looking forward to another awesome dinner. We are the type of family that celebrate birthdays.*

And when it is her birthday the first thing that comes to my mind is  Rocky road ice cream.

photo from christines-cuisine.blogspot.com

photo from christines-cuisine.blogspot.com

She loves that stuff, she can finish of half a tub of ice cream in one sitting. I think that alone is a feat in itself. I can only eat 3 scoops of ice cream and I get tired of it. 

My Mum is my most loyal ally and at times my worst enemy. I got her sharp tongue, freckles, panic attacks and a rather short height.  I am always in awe of my Mum. For me, I can never be a quarter of who she is, or what she does. I can also never be as beautiful as my Mum. She is the most selfless, giving, kind, loving, and positive person I know. She can find the positive in every situation, its something I am trying so hard to learn. She says all the right words in every situation. Her beauty radiates in her wisdom, determination, calm, and perseverance. She might not be physically beautiful but hers is the rare kind of beauty. It’s internal. It radiates from the inside out. It draws people to her. It’s the kind of beauty that I also want to have never fades.

 

She stood by me when the times are tough. She has stood by me through every sickness, bad grades, skinned knees, bad relationship/s I have been through. She looked like she had been dragged through hell and back when I got pneumonia and ulcer at the same time she has been by my bed side without any sleep for 3 weeks. She was the one who cried when I got my impacted tooth surgically removed. (this happened twice, I had 3 impacted teeth removed) She is also the one who was with me through the worst depression inducing surgery of my nasal polyps. And still the one who accompanies me to the dentist, E.E.N.T., family doctor and dermatologist till now.

My Mum also got into a huge argument with my Math teacher for my poor grade. The teacher made us copy the test questions from the blackboard, I copied it and solved it like everybody else but the question I copied was actually wrong. (due to my poor eyesight, that time we did not know I had myopia) So all my answers are wrong because all the questions I copied was wrong.  She petitioned for me to get a re-take this time with glasses on. I actually freaking passed. * the school the printed out test questionnaires after my unfortunate experience.

When ex-BF#1 and I decided to call it quits. She is the one I turn to for advice. She has been the shoulder I cry on. I could hear the pain in her voice when I told her ex-BF#1 cheated on me. The friend I vent to. When ex-BF#1 almost got us killed in a road rage incident, my Mum is the one I tell every sordid detail to. But even with all that she never put him down. No negative word. Mum was hurt, angry, upset, not at him and his family but at the way he/they treated me.

She is not a christian, she is a Catholic. But she prays with me. She always lets me know I am not alone. She is the reason I am resilient as I could be. She helped me face the world. She always picked me up, while never, ever putting anybody else down.

 

My mum is one tough mommy, she is selfless. Just last year she had hysterectomy and appendectomy at the same time. Through the whole healing process she is always worried about our day to day activities. And we always come home to her smiling and saying how did your day go? just like nothing happened.

 

My Mum is very compassionate. Having a full time job, being a nurturing mum to child with Cerebral Palsy (that’s my 26 year old little brother, imagine having to carry/look after him), a loving wife and business partner to my moody dad (blame that on andropause) , a supportive mum to my reckless college junior little sister, a kind mum to a rebellious me, plus a very patient grand mum/caretaker to five pet rabbits. She is always busy with doing stuff for us. (meals, packed food provisions, medicines, materials we need, occasional treats,  etc.) Most of the times we never really paid attention to what she does and yet, I know everyday would be chaos without my mum taking care of us.

 

I can also never guess what my Mum would like. I always fail when I go buying clothes for her. She is picky with fabrics. But if there is one thing  I always know is when my mum is going to scream. She screams for a lot of reasons: driving fast, the manicurist tugging her cuticle with a nipper, whistling kettle, a speeding motorcycle passing our side… etc. I can never have a boring day with my mum. We can stay at home wearing ratty pajamas and talk for hours, play chess, watch the television, eat ice cream, grab take-outs, sleep and sleep some more.

A family photo.  L-R Me, Little Sister, Dad, Mum

A family photo. (L-R) Me, Little Sister, Dad, Mum *little brother not in the photo.

Mums, Happy Birthday! We love you very much! 

-Your firstborn

 

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. — Tenneva Jordan

 


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feb 16 is our valentine date for 2014

A Sunday! Right after church and fellowship, Kei brought me to Buenisimo for a late lunch.

Buenisimo. Muy bien!

Buenisimo. Muy bien!

Kei really planned for this! I was ecstatic! We had the whole place to ourselves! We arrived at around 2pm. Really late for lunch and too early for merienda.

But its ok since the wait staff’s only focus was us. Nice! The staff are really helpful and friendly too! One of the wait staff even volunteered to take a photo of us.

 While waiting for the food, we sort of looked around their restaurant.

DSC04806buenisimo inside

we did not get to explore much… because the food is ready! That was fast! 

We are given complimentary bread with balsamic vinaigrette .

so good we asked for another

so good we asked for another

Followed by Caesar salad.

beautiful presentation!

Beautiful presentation! I was encouraged to eat veggies… even if I don’t really like veggies. 

And our all time favorite paella!

paella

loving this paella! 

And lastly grilled salmon.

artful and tasteful at the same time

artful and tasteful at the same time

Washed everything down with fresh dalandan juice.

the photo taken by one of the wait staff

the photo taken by one of the wait staff (earlier while we were waiting for the food)

And done. Thank you buenisimo! We then headed out to the neighboring restaurant lola, to get desserts.

Yes, that is right. Lola same as the filipino/tagalog word for Grandma. 

really loving the look of the place

really loving the look of the place

Lola is actually a cafe and bar.

chalkboard menu

Lola’s chalkboard menu

The whole place is modern, and cozy. reminds me of all the stuff I see in pinterest! And back to dessert.

We had a banoffee pie to share.

banoffee pie

banoffee pie

We ended up finishing it in less than 10 mins. hahahaha! loved that it was not too sweet, perfect!

While on the topic of Valentine’s day. I would also like to share what Kei gave me as valentine gift this year.

strawberry basket!

a strawberry basket!

Which is unique as well as practical. Everything on the basket are stuff I like! Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I sort of collect owls, a anime drawing of me and my lovely pet rabbits, a magnet reminder for forgetful me, a fan, chocolate and three red roses. The best thing about it,he didn’t have to go to Dangwa (flower capital of manila) and jostle with the crowd for overpriced flowers that would wilt. No overspending for us! yey! *He said the whole gift costs exactly 1000 php.  Awesome and creative! 

 

For those interested in the restaurants, here are the details. 

Buenisimoby Café Ysabel is located at 24 Scout Tuazon St. corner Scout Lozano, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City

Telephone No.: 410-5050.

 

 Lola Cafe+Bar is located at 99 Sct. Lozano St., Quezon City, Philippines

Telephone No.: 501-2620 Closed on Mondays

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. (I am not a food expert or critic.) This is not a sponsored post, Kei paid for this (from) his own pocket.