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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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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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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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feeling like Christmas

Now that Halloween is done, it is officially Christmas! I am very much excited because this Christmas Kei and I can spend it as we please. (last Christmas we were stressed –due to the wedding and mostly catching up on sleep, and cleaning up our place. We never had any Christmas décor last year) So this time we can have a tree! And some Christmas décor too. I am excited!

the only thing that is "Christmas" ready are our couch pillows

right now – the only thing that is “Christmas” ready are our couch pillows. 


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a pasalubong pop

We have always dreamed about going to Japan, because we love the culture, the anime and their awesome food. But since we are not that lucky/or rich enough to go there we are contented to have pasalubongs from friends who visit Japan. *Japanese embassy please adopt us!* This time we got one from Kei’s brother. He works for a tech company in Japan (lucky him!) and is done with his Japanese work contract and will now be staying here in the Philippines for good (the same company of course). Its  a double win for us.

Here is the contents of the pasalubong bag.

pasalubong

not all of these are mine, I share this with Kei.

Not exactly extravagant in any way but hey it has our toys! I asked for the Daenerys Pop because I saw it on Amazon Japan. Pops are not that famous in Japan because they have their own version, the very detailed and posable Nendoroid. I like Nendoroids but I cannot collect them due to them being much pricey-er than pops. And because I have already started on pops and they do not have GOT pops… 

So here is my Daenerys that I have waited for!

finally after a long wait

finally after a long wait

The box is not in a good condition it has dents but it is still ok with me, after all it traveled a long way. The weird thing with this pop is that it came with a note and a receipt plus a business card with a map to the store that sold this pop.

If only I can understand the note...

I am loving the bunnies on the note! Now, if only I can understand the note… 

Japanese people really do things on a different level.

Time to unbox this pop! From the time I picked up the box I already saw the imperfections of this pop, but since this certain pop is real hard to find now, I cannot be picky. Adding to that is the fact that this is an old pop. Old pops = bad paint jobs and bad details. Oh well.

hair strand slightly detached, eye not

hair strand slightly detached, and is that an eyebag I see? oh the eye paint is not aligned. 

Let us view the turn around of this pop. Here we go!

doing the full turn

doing the full turn

Definitely not a perfect pop. I think this is the most imperfect pop I own right now. But its ok, I am still glad to have her.

Our Khal is definitely thrilled to be reunited with his Khaleesi!

reunited and it feels so good...

finally together!

Just for this time the sun rises in the west and sets in the east for the Khal and Khaleesi.

Sigh, Nothing like a good (pop) reunion. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!