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The Big “C” Strikes Our Family

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000

I don’t know if it’s just me who notices this, but it looks like the dreaded “C” (cancer) has been affecting more and more individuals these days. Sadly, my mom is one of those.My mom noticed the early signs of “C” last summer. We went to the hospital to have her mammogram but I advised her not to undergo biopsy first because it might just me a normal cyst. We agreed that in case the cyst would grow, she would undergo the biopsy--> wrong move! I did not realize that even on this situation, my mom would still be selfless and weak when it comes to herself. Every time I check on her to ask how she was doing and how her cyst looked, she would always say it looks normal. Doesn’t look like it’s growing. However the real situation is this - it has continuously grown little by little, she was afraid to undergo biopsy, she is afraid of the expense it may cause us. When we had on our regular holiday break last December, I was sooo shocked when I saw her cyst. The little calamansi sized bumped already grew into a hard lemon fruit . L It was so devastating.They found Dr. Robin Navarro, who they said have cured a lot of “C” patients and thank God is just almost an hour away from my parents’ place. It may sound odd but this doctor promises that “C” can be cured by eating lots of bulalo and 6 half boiled native eggs a day. Of course he also prescribed some medicines buy the idea just sounds skeptical. On her first consultation, the doctor mentioned to my dad and aunties that my mom’s condition is critical and that he is not sure if his medication will work on her since 90-95% of his patients who got cured were those that had internal “C” (liver, lungs, etc.). Again, this was another devastating news for the family. All we could do was pray that my mom would be healed by God through this doctor.It has been more than 6 months since that first consultation and so far the doctor’s medication seems to be working. Praise God! It will be a forever journey for my mom and for all of us but we will continue to support her in every step of the way. Your prayers will help too!BTW,  hubby and I have pledged that a portion of our earning from every catered events will go to my mom’s medication. So to our clients and upcoming future clients from our business, thank you for your support! J [...]



Tips on how to get your dream home

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:57:00 +0000

A lot of people have been asking what we did to achieve our dream home. The thought of buying a house actually started when we saw one of our friend on a photo with their new home. We never realized that we could actually have our home at early 30’s but since our friend was able to achieve that goal, we said, why don’t we also give it a try.  So I called up my friend, congratulated and then asked her where they got their home. She gave me her sales agent’s number and I called up this agent who then gave us a tour at Antel.  Tip no. 1, don’t think you can’t buy a house yet, even at a young age, unless you’ve tried checking the housing rates/options against your financial capacity.We immediately fell in love with the place. We decided to buy a lot after that meeting. As per their agent, down payment of 10% will be payable in 18months with 0% interest. The rest could either be paid via their in-house financing scheme in 5 years (not a good choice) or through bank, loanable amount to be paid at max 20 years.When the completion date of our down payment came to a close, we started thinking about our possible options. We could either sell the lot and then just work and migrate in another country (no one we knew was interested to buy our lot at that time), just settle the rest through bank and then find a construction team to build our home (stressful choice for us since it is not easy to find a trustworthy construction company unless you know of someone reliable who can vouch for them), or change our plan from buying just the lot into a house and lot (our choice). Tip no. 2, once you have found an option that fits your budget, do not hesitate to go for it!With our chosen option, we had to complete 20% down payment of the total house and lot cost after the 18th month payment is done (scheduled last month payment of the 10% down payment for lot only) so they may begin the house construction. We complied and after the long wait of document processing, which took them about 3-4months, they started constructing our home following our chosen model unit. We got our housing loan from Metro Bank, the bank which is somewhat affiliated to Antel Corp. Tip no. 3, as much as possible get a bank that is affiliated with your construction company for smooth transaction.As soon as the house construction began, we made it a point to follow-up with them once in a while so we would always be informed about the status of our home. As per Antel’s project plan, the construction of our home would take about 6-8 months. And true to what they said, the house did get finished in exactly 8 months’ time, just enough time for us to move in and enroll our kids to their new school. Tip no. 4, if you have kids, make sure your chosen home is located near a good school and completion/turn over date is scheduled during school break. Other establishments such as church, police station, hospital, wet market, and the mall should also be near the vicinity of your home. Thank God our home is just a few distance away from those that I have mentioned above. ☺We never thought that we would be able to have our dream home this soon but through God’s help and love, we did! Tip no. 5, most importantly, always pray and seek God’s assistance in guiding you to the right path in every decision and action you make in life. ☺ [...]



Finally, Our Dream Home

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:00 +0000

I remember during my childhood days, every time I go on a travel with my family, I and my big brother does this game where we point at any beautiful house that we pass along the road trip and then we go say “akin yan”. The more pretty the house you point at, the better. At that young age of 6 or 7, I was already dreaming that someday I would also be having my own beautiful home.Thank God for blessing me with such wonderful parents. Even if finances were difficult, they ensured that I would be able to finish my studies in reputable schools.  I could clearly see that they strove so much to make sure I and my siblings get the best education there is in the northern part of the country.So I guess backed up by good education, lots of moral advise from my parents, and so much blessings and guidance from God, I and my hubby were able to achieve another milestone in our family, our dream home.As simple at it looks from the outside, this home will always be filled with laughter, love, and joy. J [...]



Party Planning on a Budget

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:54:00 +0000

Here we go again with another birthday preparation. September 18 marks CJ’s 7th birthday. I no longer have enough time to begin the prep as early as I would have wanted to because we are putting lots of thoughts on our budget. Since we recently moved to our new home (will create a separate post for this blessing) and we are consistently helping our mom sustain her medicines (again, this deserves its’ own post), budget is always a big factor these days.We normally spend a good amount of money for our kids’ parties. But with the above situation, I told myself that will try my best to limit the budget to only 30k or less.We have so far decided to have the birthday venue at a local fast food restaurant, Jollibee. Why Jollibee you might ask? (1)They always have the best party hosts around and program will always include a cute dance number with Jollibee and the crews, (2) the venue is just near our home, (3) everyone especially the kids love their food, (4) and they do not require corkage fees in case you would like to bring in side entertainments such as the photo both and dessert table. With that, venue, food, and party host are already checked.I would not want to spend much on decors this time due to budget constraints so I am very particular about having the decors setup on the stage area only. I have already gotten in touch with an event stylist who is very accommodating and willing to do my requests. Seems that she would be able to deliver my expectations. Décor now checked.Next, the dessert and cakes – yes you read that right, the birthday girl requested cake with a capital S lol.. Our dessert will always be showcased on our parties – so, of course, this is checked. I have already envisioned how the dessert table would look like. I’ve listed what sweet treats to include on her birthday party. So far it looks like we won’t go over the budget.I wanted to hire Jive as additional entertainment on her party. However thinking about the cost and considering that Jollibee + crews will also be dancing, I think we could defer this for another party.  But we’re planning to add Twirly on the mascot since CJ has a Twirly stuffed toy that she always plays with. So having this additional mascot on her party would definitely make her big day extra special.By the way, the SSD, invites, and thank you labels are ready! Here’s they are :)My next project would be the backdrop for her dessert table. J [...]



CJ’s Unique and Extra Special 6th Birthday Treat

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:21:00 +0000

We wanted to make CJ’s 6th birthday as special and memorable as her sister’s but spending another big amount for our youngest daughter was not in our plan. We asked her how she wanted her birthday to be celebrated. And here’s a list of her requests : (1) she wanted to have lots of presents like her ate, (2) she wanted to play in the playground with all her friends, (3) she wants a Lalaloopsy doll for a present, (4) and she wanted my cheesecake for cake blowing JI was at first thinking of having a school party for her, keeping in mind that we can’t go over a 10k budget. I don’t think she’ll get as many gifts though if it was gonna be a school party since not all parents would have time to buy a gift for her. So I said we can do all your birthday requests except for that second one. She agreed!What we did to achieve all her requests, excluding request no. 2, was to have her and her sister play the entire afternoon at SM Mall of Asia’s Cosmic Kidz’s four-story indoor playground (nanay Tessie looking after them), while I and hubby went shopping for her presents. :)                                                    Photo credits from Our Awesome Planet  Soon as we reached home, she each opened her gifts and then did cake blowing on top of her requested cheesecake. CJ was so ecstatic and said that it was the best birthday ever! Ate Missy said she also wanted to have that kind of birthday party next time. JTell me about your unique birthday celebrations too! [...]



DIY Projects You Can Do to Cut Cost on Your Birthday Party Budget

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000

Most moms planning for their kids birthday party would love to get ideas on how to cut cost on their party budget. I am no expert here but still I would like to share what DIY projects I did to make sure we do not go over our budget for our eldest daughter’s party.  Themed Pinata / Candy  shower– This one is easy to make. Instead of buying those ready-made piñatas worth P300 - P500, I would rather make it myself. I made this (with help from my dad, auntie, and cousin) just a few days before the party. The materials were bought months before.I followed the steps from this link : http://www.makermama.com/2012/10/diy-castle-pinata.html Materials used : Biggest Kellogg’s cereal, candies (from the grocery store), crepe paper, Elmer’s glue (from National Bookstore)Party decors- To make sure we are following our Shabby Chic Princess theme, I made Paper flower/rosette table décors for the dessert table – I started doing this 2 months prior to the party. I only had time to make those paper rosettes after work and on weekends. I love how it came out!I followed the steps from this link : http://www.theidearoom.net/2011/01/tissue-rosette-kissing-balls.htmlMaterials used: Crepe paper, styro balls, glue gun and glue sticks, Elmer’s glue(from National Bookstore), small pink tin can pails, paper straws, ribbons, pearl beads (from Divisoria).SDD, invitations, map, menu list, wishing note, dessert/candy labels, name tags– All done using Adobe Photoshop and my God given creative skills hahaha. Thank you Lord! J If you don’t have this software or cannot find one, there’s a free software called Paint.NET that can also help do the job for you.Audio-Visual Presentation- This one you can make using Windows Movie, easy to make too! I made mine using ProShow Gold. You just need a compilation of photos, a song fit for your child, and some captions.Aside from those I have mentioned above, you can also DIY your party favors, loot bags, and balloon decors. My piece of advise is just to enjoy doing what your doing! :)  [...]



Missy's 7th Shabby Chic Princess Themed Birthday : Part 4

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000

Following the original post, here's our comment and rating for our face painter/glitter tattoo, photo booth,  and giveaways/favors:7. Side Entertainment : Face Painter/Glitter Tattoo - Groove Paint and Party Needs(c/o Kath and Prince)Rate: 10They also arrived at the venue on time so soon as guests started coming in, they were there to do body painting and glitter tattoos. Both artists were friendly. If you check their fb page, you'll see na mabenta talaga sila at ang gagaling ng mga work of art nila. Di ka mapapahiya sa mga guests mo. J8. Side Entertainment : Photobooth – Medium Rare Photobooth (c/o Basti)Rate:10This came out FREE from my hubby’s good friend. It’s like a surprise gift kasi di rin kami nasabihan na dadalin ng friend ni hubby ang business niya sa party. J He just got a photo of Missy from the pre-birthday photos that was shared on our fb and viola, may template na. Output came out great at never nabakante ang photobooth. Dami rin props to choose from. J9. Giveaways/Favors/ Themed letter standees with Missy's name for the dessert table - Handicrafts Atbp. (c/o Grace)Rate : 10Handicrafts Atbp. were always reliable when it comes to personalized wooden favors. So although it was a little pricey for our budget, I didn't have to think twice. I just gave here the design and the result came out all beautifully. We filled each mini caddie with candies, cookies, pretzels, and cotton candy - all of Missy's favorite sweets - she really has a sweet tooth I tell you! [...]



Missy's 7th Shabby Chic Princess Themed Birthday : Part 3

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:36:00 +0000

Following the original post, here's our comment and rating for our party host/magician and kiddie salon:5. Party Host w/ Magic show - Lhen PeraltaRate : 10Talking to Lhen was always a breeze. Although Lhen did not arrive on time due to a party schedule from another event which I was aware of, she had a substitute (also wearing a princess costume) to take care of the party while she was still out. So when Lhen arrived at the venue(in snow white costume), parang dalawa pa tuloy ang host namin. :)I did not really get to notice how she was as a host since I was busy with our guests but some of my mommy guests did give good raves about her hosting skill. Lhen and her substitute host got the attention of our guests as guests were are attentive all throughout the party.6.  Side Entertainment : Kiddie Salon - Lhen PeraltaRate : 10 ++++Every time I made suggestion on the kiddie salon, Lhen would not hesitate to say “yes, we can add that” etc. I wanted those tulle like cloth on top of their setup and also wished they had like those big Barbie doll head as display. They didn't used to have those but due to my request, they bought those items and included them on their salon setup. She even had two pretty attendants who were both accommodating. J [...]



Missy's 7th Shabby Chic Princess Themed Birthday : Part 2

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000

Following the original post, here's our comment and rating for our photographer/videographer and our desserts:3. Photographer/Videographer/Pre-birthday Photo Shoot - For Keeps(c/o Jet Lamosa)Rate : 9After learning about For Keeps from GirlTalk, I immediately got in touch with them to book for our date. They were very accommodating and their packages were not that pricey. I think they were just starting to build their market online, hence the rate. They were very professional. They made sure that they were on the venue on time.  Kuya Jet never stopped taking photos. It's like dun mo ma-rerealize na mahirap pala ang trabaho ng artista kasi dapat laging nakangiti here and there sa photos. lol :)The MTV styled video and the photos were amazingly beautiful. All happy moments were captured. :) Also, they delivered the photo and video too quick. Night of the party, kuya Jet already emailedme four photos. Super bilis!:)I rated them 9 because they did not ask me to choose what photos would be included on the print out and the softbound photo album. There were I think 5 photos that almost looked the same. I so wished those other shots were printed instead. Overall though, we are still happy for getting their service and still want to hire them for our future events. :)4. Sweet Treats/Dessert Spread/Cake - My Chocolate Heaven (c/o yours truly)Rate - 10++++ :)On the cake, am so proud of myself that I was able to execute a 2-layer all edible princess cake for my daughter.For me it looked so simple yet elegant. Would you agree? :)On the dessert spread - all my guests said bitin daw yung White Chocolate Strawberry cupcake. The Red Velvet mini bundt cakes and Carrot Walnut petite fours were a hit too! BTW, those are both the birthday girl's favorites.The candy bar setup looked so cute. Thanks too to Jacq of Party Boosters for lending me her beautiful white rosette table cover. I didn’t ask for it pero they brought it baka kailanganin daw. So super thank you again sis! It matched my DIY floral table decors perfectly well. [...]



Missy's 7th Shabby Chic Princess Themed Birthday : Part 1

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:34:00 +0000

Following the original post, here's our comment and rating for our event stylist and venue:1. Event Stylist : Party Boosters (c/o Jacque Tan)Rate : 10+++++A super thank you to Jacq for doing more than what we've agreed on. This is our third time to get her service. All her works are well executed and she has the friendliest staff too. :)I just told her how I imagine the venue to look like. The photos would speak for itself. See how she amazingly transformed the resto to a beautiful girly themed room? All my guests were at awe. Got a lot of praises sa ganda ng setup ng venue.2.Venue/Food – Ristorante Bigoli, Eastwood LibisRate : 9Another good find was this party venue. At first, we were hesitant to push through to having our party here because of the wide open space at the middle of the party area. But after the event, hubby and I both concluded that we did made the right choice. Their staff were all courteous and helpful. Food  was superb, guests get to have unlimited sodas and iced tea from the dispenser, they also have unlimited delicious bread sticks for everyone, and party packages/head is cheaper than other restaurants.I rated them nine just because of the sound system. But other than that, everything is okay. [...]



Missy's 7th Shabby Chic Princess Themed Birthday

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:10:00 +0000

I know this post is way overdue. But I think this one deserves to be included on my blog to help other moms in preparing for a girly themed party such as this.I started planning for my daughter’s party a year before her birthday. While others, like my hubby, feel that it is absurd to plan for a party this early, I believe that starting to plan ahead of time has lots of pros than cons. A few of my reasons includes:1. You'll have ample time to check the internet for ideas2. More time to scout for suppliers that can give you good deals at reasonable price3. You can spread your budget and pay down payment of each supplier one per month so that  it won’t feel like you are spending a huge amount for that one special day4. You'll also have time to do your DIY projectsIn case you’re a working mom like me, I know you'll agree with all those I've mentioned above. :)I would say all my chosen suppliers delivered as we expected. Let me talk a little more about them one by one on separate posts. :)Our suppliers and their ratings :1. Event Stylist : Party Boosters (c/o Jacque Tan)2.Venue/Food – Ristorante Bigoli, Eastwood Libis3. Photographer/Videographer/Pre-birthday Photo Shoot - For Keeps(c/o Jet Lamosa)4.Sweet Treats/Dessert Spread/Cake - My Chocolate Heaven (c/o yours truly)5. Party Host w/ Magic show - Lhen Peralta6.  Side Entertainment : Kiddie Salon - Lhen Peralta7. Side Entertainment : Face Painter/Glitter Tattoo - Groove Paint Party Needs (c/o Kath/Prince)8. Side Entertainment : Photobooth - Medium Rare Photobooth (c/o Basti)9. Giveaways/Favors/ Themed letter standees - Handicrafts Atbp. (c/o Grace)I will also share my DIY projects on a separate post. Thanks for the read! [...]



Promos for South areas (Cavite, Las Pinas, Alabang, Paranaque, Sucat)

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:40:00 +0000

Hi everyone! It's been almost two years since I last visited my blog. A lot of things to share but will start with a quick post for our business. Since we are now living in the south, we would like to expand our market in these areas. :)

We are giving away 20% off discount to clients booking within July with events happening in the south (Cavite, Las Pinas, Alabang, Paranaque).

Share the good news to your friends too!


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School Birthday Party for Missy at 6

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:52:00 +0000

Never really had ample time to visit back my blog. But I think this one deserves to be posted and shared. We just held a surprise school birthday party for our eldest daughter and it was a success! Thanks to Hostess with the Mostess for the amazing ideas and inspirations!You might not believe it, but we did this party with a strict budget of only Php5,000 ($115). :D Here are the party details :   happy birthday missy...!chef missy wit her jr. chef buddies!getting facinated with their cupcake kits :Dkids at work..praying before meal time :)and a birthday greeting from the school. thanks!! [...]



Review on a Purchased Deal : Ristorante Pia y Damaso

Thu, 26 May 2011 04:36:00 +0000

P300 for P600 worth of Food and Drinks at Restaurante Pia Y Damaso in Greenbelt 5!Comments :This was our first attempt to eat at a resto in Greenbelt 5 and our first time to consume a deal bought from any groupon site. We first went here the day I bought the voucher. My bad, I didn't notice that the redemption date should be a week after pa. So anyway, we were already there and we already consumed P800 something bucks for a meal that I'm sure my hubby can do better at. With that, I was able to prove that the write ups I've read about this resto was indeed true. I instantly agreed that they we're not good at their main courses. When we returned at this resto a week after, we consumed P600 worth of voucher on desserts,where they are well know for talaga, siyempre this means we ate dinner somewhere else na.Lol.BTW, we devoured on Sisa's Dementia and Ibarra's Kiss. :)Rating (5 being the highest) : 3.5 for the main course but hats off to their desserts, i'll give that a rating of 5 :)Ristorante Pia y Damaso, Greenbelt 52/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St. , Legaspi VillageMakati City, Metro Manila (02) 729-5511 * Images taken from Our Awesome Planet and BlueLawByAnna [...]



Review on a Purchased Deal : Focaccia Italian Restaurant

Thu, 26 May 2011 04:23:00 +0000

50% OFF! Enjoy Pizza, Pasta, and More Mouthwatering Italian Food from Focaccia Restaurant. Only P250 for a Food and Drinks Voucher. (P500 Value)Comments :I'm so happy that I discovered this pizza house. It's my top pizza store outlet at the moments. Their pazzo rollios are mouth watering.And they have a hefty serving of their argula and alfalfa sprouts. It's a sooo worth it purchase!You can follow this link for another post I made about Focaccia.Rating (5 being the highest) : 5++++Focaccia Italian Restaurant A. Venue Mall Branch Ground Level, A. Venue Mall7829 Makati Ave. corner Valdez St., Antel Lifestyle CityMakati, Metro Manila, PhilippinesPhone Number: (63 920) 921-8891, (63 2) 729-9403The Fort Strip Branch Katipunan Circle cor. 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global CityTaguig, Metro Manila, PhilippinesPhone Number: (63 2) 475-3724*Images taken from the Serial Tripper [...]



Review on Purchased Deal : Benefits Style Salon

Thu, 26 May 2011 04:21:00 +0000

Only P249 for Hair Keratin Treatment for all hair lengths at Benefits Style Salon (valued up to P1,000)

Comments :
Last week, I went to Benefits Style Salon at Libis and enjoyed this hair spa deal together with my SIL . It was actually me and my sweetie's advance birthday gift for her.hehe.. Again, service is great.:) Their team at this salon was very accommodating. Not sure if it's just part of the deal but we we're also given complementary iced tea once we arrived.

Going there is just a little difficult though especially if you haven't been to Libis area. Good thing my SIL knows this place very well.

Rating (5 being the highest) : 5+


Benefits Style Salon
2F Fashion Square Bldg. Eastwood Citywalk, Libis, QC

Call the following nos. for reservation:
Phone #:
(02) 421-6961
(02) 421-6965
Email: benefitstylesalon@yahoo.com
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Review on a Purchased Deal : Shokuji Restaurant

Thu, 26 May 2011 04:19:00 +0000

Only P250 to Enjoy Succulent Sashimi, Crunchy Maki & More Healthy Japanese Treats at Shokuji Restaurant! (Original Price: P500)Comments :Me and my sweetie were supposed to spend this deal on our 5th wedding anniversary. But since, we didn't have the luxury of time to visit Shokuji's branch in Makati on that day, we decided to visit this place after a working day.This is one deal that was really a sure value for our money. The service was great. Crews were nice and attentive to our requests. I so much enjoyed eating their Shitake Beef Rolls. Just hearing the name makes me want to come back and order it again. I still can't get over the taste. The sweetness of the sauce was just right, the mushroom was juicy and the beef was cooked perfectly. I love how the taste come all together in my mouth.Yum!Yum! I also enjoyed their Gyoza! It was soooo tasty. Since this is one hidden resto at the heart of Makati, you won't really find this place crowded even if the area is not that big. They also have a small area where you can have a small gathering for i guess 20 or 25 pax?Rating (5 being the highest) : 5 ++++Shokuji Bar & Restaurant G/F LPL Center San Agustin cor. Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati City Tel. (632) 812 9235 [...]



What a Lazy Afternoon..

Thu, 26 May 2011 04:16:00 +0000

It's a rainy stormy Chedeng day this afternoon.. and it makes me feel kinda lazy.. Just a little (don't worry). Anyway, since the storm is up, want to share this laaaazy song with you from Bruno Mars. This nice and light song. Really funny. You better watch the music video, it hilarious! I like it! A lot!The Lazy Song by Bruno MarsToday I don't feel like doing anythingI just wanna lay in my bedDon't feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anythingI'm gonna kick my feet up then stare at the fanTurn the TV on, throw my hand in my pantsNobody's gon' tell me I can'tI'll be lounging on the couch just chilling in my SnuggieClick to MTV so they can teach me how to dougie'Cause in my castle I'm the freaking manOh yes, I said it, I said itI said it 'cause I canToday I don't feel like doing anythingI just wanna lay in my bedDon't feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anythingNothing at all, nothing at allTomorrow I'll wake up, do some P90XFind a really nice girl, have some really nice sexAnd she's gonna scream outThis is great(Oh my god, this is great)Yeah, I might mess aroundAnd get my college degreeI bet my old man will be so proud of meBut sorry pops, you'll just have to waitOh yes, I said it, I said itI said it 'cause I canToday I don't feel like doing anythingI just wanna lay in my bedDon't feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anythingNo, I ain't gonna comb my hair'Cause I ain't going anywhereNo, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, noI'll just strut in my birthday suitAnd let everything hang looseYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahOh, today I don't feel like doing anythingI just wanna lay in my bedDon't feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anythingNothing at allNothing at allNothing at all [...]



Review on Purchased Deal : ACT Dance and Arts Academy

Fri, 06 May 2011 04:42:00 +0000

We got two vouchers for ACTS from Cash Cash Pinoy. The deal says "Only 175 for a Dance or Fitness session at ACTS Dance & Arts Academy! Comments : I bought this because the deal said that you can use it for classical ballet. When I called act academy to schedule a session for my two girls, they said classical ballet is not included on the deal. If you look at the description at CashCashPinoy, it clearly stated that classical ballet is part of their open class offering. I tried to do a refund on CashCash but they just suggested to give the voucher to a friend. So disappointing. I need to comment out the post I previously made for this deal. Am just so grateful that after a couple of email exchange with Cash Cash Pinoy, they extended there service a bit by taking time to discuss this deal with ACTS. So thank God that my girls were able to consume the vouchers we bought. Special thanks to my sweetie for accompanying our girls to their ballet session and to my two SILs for coming with them. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go with them since there were no available weekend schedules for their pre-ballet class.Here are some fun pics:)More pictures from our fb page:)Cheers! [...]



Baking 101 with my daughters

Fri, 06 May 2011 04:17:00 +0000

I almost bake every night. And my girls have already gotten used to seeing me in the kitchenwith what they call "my stuff". My girls, specially missy, usually goes to me and asks me tonsof questions when i do "my stuff". Questions like "what are you baking today mommy?",or "what is that?" and "what does it do?" (while pointing to an ingredient i've justadded on my mixing bowl) are just some of her common repeating questions.Now, once missy sees me do "my stuff" she always tells me that she wants to help.It's fun coz i feel like im starting to breed a future pastry chef here. lol.Oh well, here are some pictures of me and my girls..on the kitchen..doing "my stuff". :)mommy pouring milk while missy stir the egg yolks missy explaining to me what she's doing:)here's cj as she gets excited to see her sister use "my stuff" :)cj as she tries stirring the ingredients Cheers! [...]



My first edible Cherry blossoms

Fri, 06 May 2011 04:12:00 +0000

I'd like to share this site i recently discovered. The instructions was so easy to follow and I was so happy that i was able to do my cherry blossom decor so easy as a-b-c:)

Here are some pictures of my project. They almost look so real!
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My Baby Models :)

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:43:00 +0000

One of the activities I did with my girls last weekend was to take pictures of them while they model some of their hand me down dresses from their ate Asia. thank God I don't need to think about buying them new dresses for a little while :)Here are the edited version of their shots:ate Missy in a rose garden paintingCj having fun on her imaginary garden (described by ate Missy when i showed this to her)And their raw pictures:You can view more of their shots on our fb page :)Cheers! [...]



A Review on Our Purchased Deal/Groupon Vouchers

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:36:00 +0000

Just want to share my review from the deals that we've consumed so far. Hope this helps you in deciding where you want to put some of your extra money. :)Cash Cash Pinoy1. 50% Off! P200 For P400 Worth of Delicious Food and Drinks at Gino's Brick Oven Pizza!! Comments : I the found the pizza quite small for my craving appetite.. The Bianca Verde was definitely delicious though. We also ordered some donuts from Cello's (Gino's wife) and i sooo enjoyed all the flavors. I specially like the Choco Oreo and Cheese :) Rating (5 being the highest) : 3My picture was not that good so I borrowed this one from The Tangled Web 3. 77% OFF! Only P350 for a Haircut at the Manila's premiere luxury Philippe's Salon in Sofitel Plaza Hotel!! - scheduled next month4. Only P500 for Balinese Coffee Scrub + manicure, pedicure and Luxury Foot Treatment at Islands Massage! (instead of P1350) Comments : I was not able to bring my camera when we went here. The place was okay but I did not expect it to be that small. The lobby/reception area is where they do the foot treatment, manicure, and pedicure. The one who handled my foot treatment was good. But the pedicurist left the right thumb on my foot swollen for days:( If I could suggest, it would be nice to have a television or magazine on their lobby/reception area. Rating (5 being the highest) : 2.55. Only P300 for ANY eXtra-Large Pizza plus 4 Iced tea at Sicilian Express!Comments : We've bought several times from Sicilian Express. So when I came across this deal, I did not hesitate to grab one :) I looove their pizzas! My recos : - White Pizza, Cheese Margherita, Pizza Cinque Formaggi Rating (5 being the highest ) : 5+++Ensogo1.Only P299 for Teeth-Cleaning Service at K Dental Studio, Ortigas, Pasig (value at P600) - Comments : scheduled next monthEbay Kuponan1. 50% OFF on Assorted Petite Cream Puff Box (14pcs), Valued @ P 280 Comments : still awaiting my voucher. Should be on my email by tomorrow :)Metro Deal1. P250 instead of P500 for an All-Day Pass to Spash Island, the Ultimate Water Adventure Fun Park in the Philippines - Save 50% Comments : We got 12 vouchers last March. It was the best! We've been at this place last year. They were able to perk up this place in just a small span of time. New twists added were the following : a. Their wave pool already has floating boats which you can use when the wave is not turned on. b. They have rock climbing and zipline near the Harbour area c. The entire place is tiki theme inspired - I'm not a big fan of this tiki idea though. I mean, were not in Hawaii right?? Rating (5 being the highest) : 5+++2. P345 instead of P1150 for a heavenly Shui Hilot Triple 90 Min. Combo Massage & Foot Treatment at Shui Hilot Healing SpaComments : scheduled for next week. I got this deal from my aunt and mom but both have no time to relax. So I and my hubby are consuming this deal instead. I believe we do really need one once in a while. Cheers and more deals to consume! lol [...]



Me at 30

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:15:00 +0000

I'm officially 30 and at the same time celebrating my 5th wedding togetherness and happiness with my sweetie! A lot of things to thank God but not enough time to blog it all since I still got lots of brownies, cookies, and cakes to bake this evening.:) But some important highlights / blessings I would say would be the following: I have 2 beautiful, sweet, and caring daughters The business we started 3 years ago is continuously growing My pagibig housing loan application has already been approved as of yesterday My job is doing great. just recently earned another certification last month (http://www.prlog.org/11414205-misnet-consultants-gets-talend-certification.html) I recently finished paying one of my bank loan and by next month will be finishing another one:) One more left and we'll finally be debt free! weeee.. We've already started investing on mutual funds since last year I have a loving, caring, and hardworking husband who's always been there to support me.I know all these happened because God loves me so much and I know he will always be my provider. Of course life sometimes has its ups and downs but everything will always turn out great in the end because God is there and will always be there for us no matter what. :) So thank you Lord for my 30 years of existence and am excited to see what more plans you have for me in the next 30 or more years.:)Praise God! [...]



Pazzo Rollio! My latest food find :)

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:41:00 +0000

If you're one of those pizza lover who enjoys your pizza with veggies, I encourage you to try Focaccia's pazzo rollio!

Focaccia is one of the best pizza store offering paper thin crust pizzas here in the metro. What i love about their pazzo rollio is that:
  • it has the right amount of saltiness(unlike yellow cab's na mejo salty for me),
  • there are lots of different cheeses on top,
  • they give you so many alfalfa and arugula leaves unlike other pizza outlets na para kang nang limos ng gulay dahil kakapirangot lang ang inilagay.
  • there are tons of flavors to choose from
  • it's fairly cheap!
  • and of course their pazzo rollios just smells soooo deliciously tempting good!
Not sure about their other dishes though. I tried one of the appettizers, Bruschetta con Pomodoro, but i got disappointed. I feel like i can make something better that that.

Focaccia has two branches here in Metro Manila. We always go the the Fort Strip branch in Global City. The resto's size, just enough for probably 25 or so pax. We've never seen this branch jam packed though.(image)



Links for 2010-07-16 [del.icio.us]

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT

  • Missy and CJ's Baby Gift Registry
    So glad that our girls are now registered at Rustan's and Toy Kingdom! Thanks to GT about this idea. Initially I thought gift registries are only for soon-to-be-wed couples, baptisms/dedications, and first birthdays. Well, I was wrong about that:)
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Links for 2009-01-18 [del.icio.us]

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

  • Our new gadgets from Globe Telecom's 3-Day Sale at Glorrietta!
    I have been applying for a globe plan 800 thru the corporate package than was sent at our office last October. But since, we haven't got our units (their sales representative always tells us that the units are out of stock), i declined my application with theme two weeks ago. Good thing we passed by the activity center of Glorrietta yesterday. We were amazed to see one of their packaged plan which attracted us to enter the activity center. The package consists of a 1 unit SGH-M150 slim Samsung phone (Postpaid Plan 800) plus 1 unit of SGH-L770 (on a Prepaid Plan 500 load balance) with free Samsung Mini-Speaker and a 7.2 mega pixel Samsung Camera! lol
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