Holiday Greetings 2010 From The Cruz Family

22 December 2010

Let us all remember that Christ gave us this special day of celebration...
Embrace the warmth of Christmas in your heart and soul and spread the goodwill all around.

Merry Christmas!
from: The Cruz Family

Christmas Ball for 2010

Every year, we are graced with one of the most prestigious, amazing and rockin' Christmas Party. We started joining this Christmas Party last 2008. It started with a Hollywood Theme that was held at the Intercontinental Hotel. 2009, was one of my favorites, it was a Pirates' Christmas Ball, and we were partying in a cruise ship.

2010,  my husband was part of the group who prepared for this year's theme. Those sleepless nights and tiring weeks of preparation were all worth it. Come to think again, it's always worth it.

The much awaited Christmas Ball for 2010: Titans' Christmas Ball.
We didn't put too much effort on our costumes... we've been busy with various activities for the past month. But still, we were able to produce outfits that matched the Titans' Theme.  

Hair: thanks to my sister Les
Accessories: from my mom
Make-up: no make-up at all 
 Photobooth here, there and everywhere!
It was a wild night of unlimited drinks, food and dancing. A Starbucks Coffee Bar, Fiorgelato, Krispy Kreme, for the coffee lovers and for those who has an appetite for sweets.
The band was great! It was awesome! We Danced The Night Away to the music of the 80’s (Pop-New Wave), 70’s and the 90’s hits.
Route 70 Band and The Authority Band lead by Juan Miguel Salvador. December 2005, the Authority Band won the Global Battle Of The Bands represented the country in London.
To complete the night, our World of Warcraft Guild was united, the best part, with new players. One of our guild members won the grand prize for Best in Costume, he came as the Cracken and won an iPad.

Now, that's totally W0W!!!

Baguio Trip 2010--- Green Baguio

18 December 2010

It was a long trip, but it was a relaxing. This trip was also my son's first time to travel up to the Northern part of the Philippines.
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Baguio City is known to be the "Summer Capital of the Philippines" because of it's cool climate and also famous being the "City of Pines" because of the Pine Trees found all over the city.
Baguio City, the only city in the Province of Benguet, is 250 kilometers north of Metro Manila. It is located in the south central part of Benguet and nestled on a 1,500-meter high plateau in the Cordillera mountain range of northern Luzon. The city, which has an area of 49 square kilometers of prime property, is highly urbanized. It has a rugged and sloping terrain dotted with pine trees.-source-

For the record, this was not my first time in Baguio. I've been traveling this land since childhood, with my family, some friends and now with my 2 boys. But it has been a long time since my last visit. I looked forward to this trip. Baguio has been the palace, the kingdom of Mother Nature for me. In my whole life, it's the only place I've traveled to with the coolest climate. I know there's a lot out there that can be the ultimate haven for Mother Nature. Baguio City is the one for now or at least until the moment I get to travel some place else.(LOL)
When traveling by land, one of the things I like to see is the spectacular view of nature. Like this waterfalls along Kennon Road. It was breathtaking. My son was amazed to see it up close, well almost. He would often see it in books, imagine the joy this simple body of water brought him. The nearest he could get to a mountain  which he can only see from a afar. The smell of fresh air and the sight of a clean environment. I really took note of the things that I greatly appreciate that my little boy can also connect to.
Greens we don't have in Manila.
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Every travel whether by air, land and sea is considered as a rare moment. Like what I've mentioned earlier, this was not my first time in Baguio, but this recent trip made me feel that I've never been to Baguio at all. That my friends made my travel more exciting.
There will always be something new waiting for us on our next trips even on our tenth visit. It was a tireless trip. Thank You Lord...  Nature has brought a relaxing vibe for both  my body and mind. Another thing I learned...

Nature is also food for the soul.

Total Encouragement

14 December 2010

Early today, I received another photo contest notice,  and it was already too late because I saw it 2 weeks after the closing period. This morning, a person close to my heart and who has been very supportive with my interest in Photography asked me to check it out again, hoping  it might still be open. I asked this person: "who's going to join this Photography Contest?" he said, YOU!  Okay... I was a little hesitant because I didn't know anything about it. And so I checked the link, the website I was given and found out that it was for National Geographic.

In all honesty, I was overwhelmed by this whole thing. Thing? because I couldn't even describe it. I was literally talking to myself: "Wow, really, me National Geographic?" I don't think I'll even make it (LOL). I need a better  set of equipments, but I know, the experience alone is going to be all- worth it. 

I joined one Photo Contest back in July 2010, it was my first, I didn't win the grand prize, but I was thankful that my photos were still chosen and it was quite a learning. Anyway, I would still have joined Natgeo photo if it wasn't too late. Everything has its tough process of getting through. But  I believe that there will always be a breakthrough moment for all of us. Maybe someday, a photo of mine will make it. 

For now, all that matters to me is the effort and support this one person has showered me once again. The encouragement coming from this special person pushing me to join, was outstanding.  He showed that he will always believe in my potential. National Geographic is one of the sources that pulled my interest in nature and life ever since childhood.  I didn't dream or see myself joining National Geographic, never in my life. One thing I've learned from this person  and in this fast, extraordinary and rare moment was to continue on believing in myself, to aim higher and use that mark as an inspiration to mature  for the betterment of my Being. So...
Thank you Dad...

For a time, I thought I was just good for the small community I grew up in. Now, once "chance" knocks at my door again, I must grab it immediately. Whether the outcome is going to be disappointing or successful,  I take every chance as an opportunity for improvement and learning.

Terrible Friday

11 December 2010

I had a long day... long day waiting, waiting in traffic. Katy Perry to my ears while staring at some bumper, well, I was hoping that if I were to stare at some bumper, an interesting sticker would light things up a bit. But so sad... it was just a plain, rusty bumper. My Friday was pretty terrible. I started my Friday like any of my ordinary Fridays. I woke up, prepared breakfast, woke up my son, he dressed up for school, ate breakfast, brushed his teeth. At 10am in the morning, usually,  traffic along Ateneo is light to moderate. But this morning, this morning was far different. Both lanes of Katipunan Avenue were heavy. It was so bad, the line of cars went all the way to White Plains, the tunnel going to Libis and even the sides streets were full. My usual 15 minute drive extended to about an hour and 30 minutes.

After our long journey going to school, we finally made it.  But my adventure didn't end there, I had to go back and do some errands, and these were very important errands. Groceries, Bank, Petrol, and I haven't even taken anything yet since I woke up. Friday is an important day for me. Not only because it's the start of the weekend, but at this day, I get to use the car. And we all know that having a vehicle around  makes those errands easier to accomplish. I was driving... then the school secretariat called and told me that they will be extending for the day.

Note: pull over if you need to use your cellphone.

I was thankful in a way because I will have enough time,  I know my son is in good hands with his teacher. I relaxed a bit, took a different route. I was about 10-15 minutes away from my next destination, when my car came to a halt and got stuck in traffic once again. This time, it took me another 1 hour. I can do the groceries some other time, the bank can wait, but I need to put in Gas and I haven't taken anything since I left the house. Since the traffic was not moving, I decided to park near a Sari-sari store, and bought some munchies. I had breakfast in the car while waiting. I was a few minutes away from our house, so I skipped the groceries and went straight back home.

I know I'll be dealing with the very same traffic situation by the time I  pick my son from school, so I whipped up some tuna, hot rice and a bottle of Coca-Cola just in case I get stuck in traffic again. This my friends was an extraordinary experience. Any street, any main road, any loop and turn you make, traffic was terrible. And my hunch was right, I ate lunch in the car. We got home  from school around 3pm.

Driving manual is the safest yet it is the most tiring with the constant shifting of gears. My plans for the day were ruined. All I wanted to do when we got home was to lay down on our soft mattress and hug the softest pillow on the bed. Left my blogs with nothing. I skipped Food Trip Friday, a restaurant adventure story from our Baguio trip, upload photos in my Multiply and even passed on acknowledging some friends on my last shoutout on Facebook.

I hope traffic will not be as bad for the rest of the weekend. I lived in Quezon City for almost 7 years and counting, but I've never encountered something this bad. To count, it's just 30 minute drive to and from my son's school at any day.

But today, life gave me an additional of 3 hours and 30 minutes to make a little of  my Friday extraordinary.

Can't wait for Saturday, I wonder what's in store for me?

Let's all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thoughts On A Tuesday: No Bag and I think I left my ♥ in Baguio City

07 December 2010

I totally forgot! I promised a few weeks back that I will be posting about the bag I wanted to purchase as a birthday gift for myself. Well, I do apologize for keeping you. I've been busy, busy, busy. So much changes were made with regards to our plans this holiday season. So I started with a new list. Just over the weekend, I went out and shopped for some Christmas Gifts. Well, the malls are open until 12mn, but hell with the crowd. If you want to beat the weekend rush,  it's best to go shopping early in the day. Just like what they say: "The early bird catches the worm". Not only you'll have a relaxing time shopping, but you will also be the first to  dig in with new stocks. With that, my weekend was pretty productive since I started early. I was able to buy some time to visit the salon and I was able to shop for a dress for an upcoming party.

The bag? There's no bag yet. Since Baguio, everything was left hanging. By the time we got back, all I wanted to do was to unpack, rest a bit, and obviously, I got a little hangover. With the pine scent in the house, our cool morning and evenings.... I think I left my in Baguio City. 

New Knife Set

03 December 2010

In one year, I lost 2 Victorinox knife pieces. It's either I left it inside the cake box, then threw the box after, and sometimes, by just recalling, I throw it accidentally in the trash. It came in a set of 4. I use those knives for cake cutting, for steak and as paring knives. The sad thing, it was a good set from my mother-in-law which she handed over to me. I'm really bothered, I want to get new knife sets, same brand and style.

Pine Cones Make Wonders

02 December 2010

I spent my long weekend with my family in Baguio City. Also known as "The Summer Capital of the Philippines" and "The City of Pines". One of the things I looked forward to in our trip, was to be able to pick some fresh Pine Cones. It brought back some childhood memories.
I grew up with my mom arranging pine cones as Christmas Decorations. My dad as a traveler around the country, would often bring home large amounts of pine cones for my mom. Some we would sell, but most are for keeps. And when I finally got to travel with my mom to Baguio, of course, picking up pine cones has become a highlight and enjoyment.
This year's set of decorations are more personalized. While picking up pine cones, I even called my mom just to tell her "mom, I'm picking up pine cones!" Pine cones, as they dry up releases a certain pine scent. The colder it gets, the more they'll make your home smell like Christmas. To be able to preserve the cool aroma, I  use essential oil in pine. A few drops will make it work for another year or two.  Being able to travel to Baguio was such a blessing, especially when the Holidays are getting nearer.

Extraordinary November 25th

25 November 2010

You know what made this day extraordinary? To start, Thanksgiving Day  2010 is celebrated on the other side of the globe on this date. November 25, marks the calendar that we are exactly a month away from Christmas. To add, it's my birthday and I'm sick with a really bad cold LOL!  My birthday dinner was canceled, I couldn't cope with this heavy feeling stuck in my brain. My eyes all watery and I'm still dazed with the medicines I took the whole day.  This world isn't perfect, that's how life goes, it's still something  memorable. A thought that I can  look back to and might just make a day fascinating just thinking about it.

Nothing will stop me from thanking the Lord, who gave me a colorful year, and yet another to look forward to. I would also like to thank the people who greeted me on this special day... Thank you for remembering.

With all that has been mentioned, like I said, I may be sick on my birthday, but it's something worth remembering. Tomorrow is a busy day but  I know it is going to be a fulfilling one. Thanksgiving mass to start my weekend, lunch with my boys in celebration of my birthday, will go shopping after.
And then... I will start packing for our 3 day vacation! 
Yes, God works in mysterious ways...

Photo: Jon San Pedro

The Lady Bag

22 November 2010

Let me get this straight, with regards to my post title, I'm still confused.  I was never really into this kind of things. All of a sudden, I want more bags. But for some reason, this time around, I want it because I know I deserve it.  So far, my eyes were set for either a Mahogany Coach Bag and a Nine West sling bag. But  I was told that the Coach Bag will cost me php11,000 (which I think is still cheap). Even if I can afford it, 11K for a bag is too much and it's not practical for me, I have so much priorities in line, so I passed on Coach. With one option left, I immediately made it final to buy the Nine West sling bag.  But again, to my surprise, there were no stock left for me.

I didn't really feel disappointed, maybe it wasn't for me... but it made me sad, because I seldom get opportunities where I can spend a little for myself. Especially, I had to wait for my birthday just to be able to justify that "hey, there's an occasion, it's okay to spend". As I was telling my husband the idea of buying myself a birthday gift, and while walking along a MANGO store, I made a quick glance at their window display, and found the most amazing line of satchel bags...on SALE!!! and on the other side, a Lacoste shop  awaits.  Now, I'm back on having 2 options once again. 

1. a MANGO satchel bag
2. or a LACOSTE sling bag

Come and visit after a day or 2 and find out which one...
Special thanks to my Ninang (Godmother) for another stunning bag. It's her birthday gift for me.   I love it!
*Believe me, after this, it will take me years to make my next purchase.*

An Inspiring Song On A Beautiful Sunday

21 November 2010

Find Yourself: Brad Paisley
Listen to the song here:
sweet nothings
 When you find yourself
In some far off place
And it causes you to rethink some things
You start to sense that slowly
You're becoming someone else
And then you find yourself

When you make new friends in a brand new town
And you start to think about settlin' down
The things that would have been lost on you
Are now clear as a bell
And you find yourself
Yeah that's when you find yourself

Where you go through life
So sure of where you’re headin'
And you wind up lost and it's
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it's really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

When you meet the one
That you've been waitin' for
And she's everything that you want and more
You look at her and you finally start to live for some one else
And then you find yourself
That’s when you find yourself

When we go through life
So sure of where we're headin'
And we wind up lost and it's
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it's really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that's when you find yourself

You Will Always Be The Other Half of Who I am

18 November 2010

I'm the type of person who wants to give gifts with an extraordinary touch.  I found this pair sweet and rare. 
A mere key chain it is, but what a treasure to be able to express how important these are to me and what it symbolizes. A bottle opener, I will always be here to give you a lending hand, support  and strength in whatever you'll go through. I am always here for you... and without a doubt, I know that smiling face signifies true happiness, a loving guarantee that trust  and faith will lift us both up and we will always do everything together no matter what. Without you, I am a nobody, I will never be the person I am today.

Thank you for leading me towards the path to capture and experience life's greatest gifts, discovering the secrets of My BEING.

Oh Christmas is Here, Christmas is Here!

17 November 2010

Over last weekend the 3 of us, namely my husband , my son and yours truly, spent our weekend shopping for Christmas decorations and setting up our Christmas Tree.
My little boy's been waiting for this since summer that he made Christmas lights to be part of his wish list. We didn't fill the tree as much for the moment. 
Since we changed our them e from Silver and Blue back to Red and Gold, we want to take it easy this time by putting the right decorations that will make our tree simple yet elegant to look at. 

 By the way, I added some butterfly ornaments this year... It made our tree look modern and sweet. And to make Christmas different, we decided to put an Angel on top of our tree instead of a star. Our son will give us the honor midnight, 24th of December and as we welcome Christ on the 25th.

The sudden change of theme was inspired by our new home. Remember, we moved to a different place early this year. You know what they say, new home, new beginning, new life full of new opportunities. So why not, it's been 2 years sticking with Silver and Blue, Red and Gold would add more life to this new chapter in our lives.

My Favorite Eat, Pray, Love Quotations

16 November 2010

I have a different set of  beliefs and learnings in my life that motherhood brought upon me. But I will never forget the heart of a woman who strongly believed  and is still believing in change and embracing life's little secrets.

It was heartwarming to be able to see my imagination into clear picture as I watched Eat, Pray, Love. For every line read in the book itself, I stop and wonder what was it really like as I  try to place myself in her position. It moved me. It was indeed an extraordinary story.

"Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed."
-Elizabeth Gilbert

"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced
life."
-Elizabeth Gilbert

"Ruin is gift, ruin is transformation"
-Elizabeth Gilbert
"We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace."
-Elizabeth Gilbert

"Your treasure - your perfection - is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart."
-Elizabeth Gilbert

"You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight."
-Elizabeth Gilbert

It's time for me to read on and continue her tale... COMMITTED A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Wacky Night

15 November 2010

sweet nothings
Poppa went fast asleep, but Momma and Franky were still up and have been pretty wacky on a Friday night.

It was a total stress reliever after a whole day of scrubbing and washing. My arms went berserkly painful,  but my little boy kept me away from feeling the discomfort. What an angel...

A Mother's Hope To Travel Someday

Personally, I look at traveling as an opportunity to go on an adventure, for new discoveries, a learning curve and a chance to appreciate life beyond the usual. So ironic when I have a  valid passport and a visa that would last for the next10 years, but I haven't been anywhere my whole life.

People think I've done some traveling  with how I relate to their travel stories. With that, it only proves that being not able to travel doesn't make you less of a person. I've met travelers of different types. Some are yes, disdainfully proud that it will make the so eager listener uncomfortable. And I would conclude that the real travelers doesn't really brag about the places they've been too. In a conversation, it will just hit you by surprise, and it's great knowing a person with such attitude and personality, his or her stories will make you feel like you've traveled with him or her too.

I have hopes and plans on when and where to travel someday... I'm not rushing and I try not to keep it too high but dreams will always be there to inspire me everyday. The moment I chose motherhood, I knew that it's not going to be easy. Sometimes, opportunity is already right in front of us, but our instincts as parents overpowers me and my partner on choosing a more practical purpose and thinking what would be best for the family.

I opened myself to be flexible and agreed for the possibilities that most of my plans as a person are going to be set aside at least until when I know everything my son needs are all going to be provided. If you might ask, where do I want to go? To be honest, while making this article,  first thing that went inside my mind, was to be thankful and grateful if God will grant us the chance to have time and extra funds without touching our savings. The location won't really matter as long as I'm with my family.-photo source-
I know,  I will be able to travel someday... and with those who are dear to my heart.

Elegance ♥'s Simplicity

09 November 2010

Personally, I'd go for being Elegant than all out trying to be Fabulous. Elegance is always defined with simplicity at it's finest. It doesn't require too much from a person. At the same time, it teaches us both men and women to carry ourselves with grace and style.
Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance. ~ Jon Franklin  
and  that  
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

*I didn't use the term Class or classy for this matter because it is used more of a gauge.

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2 Years Already?

If there's something I need to think through over and over again, that would be the reasons why I missed on  my blog's (Sweet Nothings) anniversary. I just realized that last October 24 was my blog's 2nd year, and not a single shout out or post about it. What was I doing then? Hmmm... Looking at my calendar, I was out enjoying an International buffet with my 2 boys. Well, that saves it. That's a pretty good reason right? Anyway, this website may not be the same as to how it was running between 2009 and middle of 2010, but that doesn't mean my life became boring. As a matter of fact, more exciting things was happening while my passion for blogging was dying down a bit.

Maybe you noticed I have less posts about my son. It's for his protection. I don't want everything to  be exposed. Not that sharing stories about your kids are bad, this is just me.  To add, I don't have personal posts such as sharing my recent take on my hobbies, especially photography. Since I'm not out to become a professional or to make money out of it, I decided to keep that part of myself private.  I am always the point of comparison. So I need to protect myself from other people's shameful act of being insecure. I don't want to be dragged to this kind of horror. And yes, laying low on my posts helped. They stopped but I could still feel how curious they are, it shows. Now, they're totally clueless. Hahaha!

I'm trying to get back on making blogs again.  Let me begin my journey  once more by following the pace I started back from 2007-2008. Continuing its real purpose and function, more of an online diary. Simple but exciting blog posts and with no pressure at all. Living and loving life, sharing my special moments and dreams. Thank God for Blogging, I was able to introduce this other part of my life as , Killahhhqueen,  Momachie,  Enchie. 3 significant roles. 
 As a friend to everyone
A mother and wife
 and Being a True Person both online and personal.

I wonder where I'll be if I didn't blog...

Us Stay At Home Moms

08 November 2010

Thoughts on my mind on a Thursday, a post entitled Thoughts On A Thursday dated November 4, 2010. Yeah that one, if you were able to read it. Well, I came up with it not because I fought with somebody or I'm hitting on an individual. These are words, thoughts I was able to put together hearing people talk about topics that concern Stay At Home Moms. May it be from a t.v show, a relative, a friend, or even from a total stranger.
To clear some statements with the last post I made... and obviously I had trouble on choosing the right words, I felt that my post may have become offensive for some. Let me start by thanking the people who were able to understand my point of view. Thank you for keeping an open mind.

That post was made out of pure honesty. Some people think if we Stay At Home Moms have the luxury of staying at home, we also have the luxury of time and they think we're also being lazy on the side. Like I said earlier, my thoughts were inspired by individuals I heard talking about it and I'm just giving them my answer through this blog.

I know the value of hard work even I stay at home and I don't need to experience it just to be able to understand.

For us Stay At Home Moms, it's harder because we are the ones balancing and maintaining a home for our family members who go to work everyday. "There's No Place Like Home" right? Thank your moms for  that. In the office,  you follow basic procedures. It's there in black and white all you have to do is to follow and practice it. Then every 15 days, you get your payment. 

Us Stay At Home Moms, we don't have a sheet of paper with procedures to follow. Hard work doesn't apply to us (or at least for me). EXTREME SACRIFICE are the terms to be used. It's a gift to be able to create a home  or at least we Stay At Home Moms try to reach that close-to-perfect environment we all want to go home to.

Us Stay At Home Moms, we concentrate on molding each family member on becoming a good person and  we will never stop, not until our time is through.

In the office, you have retirement  waiting. Us Stay At Home Moms, we don't get anything and we are not expecting to get something return.

In reality:
We do it everyday, we get used to it throughout the years, that's why it looks easy.  

Deep inside: 
From the very beginning, a mom's heart, mind and body was naturally made ready. Total acceptance. One should be passionate about it. Yes, there are times when we think... what if? We're only humans, we have dreams too.
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It may look like it's a big luxury, but the truth is simple, put everything I've shared together, us Stay At Home Moms are called experts on managing our lives well. Our role keeps us happy as long as we know that each member of the family is happy and fulfilled.

Thoughts On A Thursday

04 November 2010

It's very disappointing when some people think that staying at home 24/7 is a complete luxury. With the act of balancing, it's not. We do it everyday, we get used to it throughout the years, that's why it looks easy.  

With all the understanding and adjustments we need to make ... deep inside, it grants us (stay at home... moms) the gift of patience, passion and love to remain happy and satisfied.

15 in 15

This is actually a Facebook tag... interesting to make sharing easier... It's being able to think of 15 movies in 15 minutes.

Here are the rules:
  • Don't take too long to think about it.
  • Fifteen films you've seen that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
  • Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what films my friends choose!
  • (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note).
1. Eat, Pray, Love
 2. RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous)
3. Lord of The Rings Extended Version
4. The Ring
5. The Grudge
6. 28 days & 28 Weeks Later
7. Transformers
8. Christopher Nolan's Batman
9. Fight Club
10. Iron Man 1&2
11. Big Fish
12. Harry Potter
13. Shawshank Redemption
14. Chronicles of Narnia
15 .The Prestige

The top 2 movies are the recent ones I've seen. Both movies are fun to watch. The rest are my all time favorites. And since I'm already sharing my thoughts on flicks. The Hobbit just got its green light to continue production. If you haven't seen the Extended Version of LOTR, save it. Watch it after The Hobbit then try connecting everything. The 1st Part of the last Harry Potter installment (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) is going to be shown this month, and another adventure from The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) is also set to be released.

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03 November 2010

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Lazy Blogger---Not!

Okay fine, I'm guilty as charged, it may seem that I've become a lazy blogger for the past month, but really, I just wanted to spend more time with my family and myself. Not only that, I was also spending time with my parents following up on our latest mission that I'm about to unveil soon. I went back to visit my Alma Mater St. Paul College QC, now a university. It's life working without the pressure of posting or documenting everything at once.
With my mom, a picture taken recently, just to let you see how I look at the moment. Still the same only with longer hair and bigger thighs hehehe!
Now 3rd Street of St. Paul Quezon City. See the tall building to the left, that's their Hotel and Restaurant Building. Gosh!
Enjoying time at Tom's World and Timezone. Tried so hard on getting this Mr. Krabs doll. Here's what I gotta say, cheater!cheater! It's impossible to even get the doll hanging with all the bumps the machine is making. I've been out with my 2 boys almost every weekend and minus my camera. Oh by the way, Canon fixed my basic lens like it's brand new. We ate in several restaurants, old and new. It was fun, delicious and entertaining. Another thing that kept me busy was the World of Warcraft. Since the World is about to change in a few months, I try to accomplish whatever I can in order to make the most of the present environment of the game. I was also following BlizzCon 2010 online.
With the long weekend, my family spent time Trick or Treating with my husband's cousin Perry and his daughter. Again, we were in and out the mall. We've been in Toy Kingdom like 3x in a row because we were fixing Franky's Thomas train, adding tracks and stands to make it higher, then we will add tiny Christmas decors hoping we could build something like the train from a Coca-Cola Christmas commercial.

And to end, I've been busy in the kitchen. I failed my first brownie attempt but I got successful with my first Moist Chocolate Cake. Love it!love it!love it! Other than that, I've been making plans with husband too.  My birthday, presents, preparing our Holiday list, a possible travel to visit toot!. 

God has been very gracious, thank you Almight Father for this life you have blessed us with.

My Favorite Lens Broke

13 October 2010

2 years. This is a 2 year old lens. Too early to have it fixed. They say the life span of a properly maintained lens or kit would last up to 6 years maybe even 10. My favorite lens got busted. If you'll remember in one of my shoutouts on Plurk: Somebody borrowed my camera. Since it's for a photography class and with full support coming on my part, I didn't hesitate anymore. I understand the need when it comes to these kind of things. But when it was handed back to me yesterday, sad to say, it didn't return in good condition. There were a lot of things to consider, but #1 the person  who borrowed it is not an expert yet. Like me, I rely so much on the basics. And it took me years to fully utilize my camera's features, and this is also the reason why I haven't moved to a higher unit. Yes, I do have spare lenses. But I always come back to my basic 18-55mm. For me, it's the most balanced lens I've ever used.
Even between another SLR with a better lens, I still choose my basic18-55mm. This baby has brought  out so much in me as a picture enthusiast. I can't say as a photographer, because I still have so much to learn and to experience. And as a full time mom, it's impossible for me to embrace that path at this time. The EFS 18-55mm gave me my most memorable shots too. Remember the photo contest I joined 3 months ago?
It was my first photo contest, with just a basic kit I was able to take a clear shot of what they call a once in a lifetime event. How? What? 18-55mm can take this image? Well, there was a bit of creativity and resourcefulness pulled on my part. Another category was THE CITY LIGHTS. Of course my shots weren't as clear compared to the professionals who joined the contest. To be honest, I was the most "kulelat". Meaning: last in the competition, with less equipments at hand. I really didn't have any intentions of joining. I was there to take pictures of the event. But the whole feel lured me to join. Seeing people with cameras inspired me to try.  Gladly, my shots qualified. It was very fulfilling. So guys, don't be ashamed to use your basic kit. Show them what you got with less equipments. This will truly test your eye in this field. Today, my husband will bring this lens to Canon Marketing Service Center in Makati. If the cost of the repair will be as much as buying a brand new lens, most probably, I will get a new one or upgrade to another lens then still have this 18-55mm fixed. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Thoughts On A Tuesday

12 October 2010

It's drizzling outside. For a Tuesday, somewhat middle of the week, I have so much things to finish. Plans that has been rescheduled over and over again. It's just a harmless drizzle, I can work through the day commuting (considering that our car is color coding). Don't wanna rush just because I need to beat the color coding cut-off time.

On a Tuesday, I'm also going to get some pampering: a facial, manicure and a pedicure.
On a Tuesday, I will take a picture of our new toooot! 
On a Tuesday, I will visit my hometown, and have a wonderful afternoon with my mom.
On a Tuesday, my son doesn't have school, so will take advantage of the free day.
On a Tuesday, will be having home-cooked Bulalo (Beef Bone Marrow Soup) for lunch!

The weather is perfect for everything. It's not hot, but the sun is still smiling through, the food matches the semi-cold feeling the drizzle brought us... spending the day with my family, treating one's self... It  will surely be a one colorful Tuesday!


lovely tuesday

It Was Just A PictureThen

07 October 2010

NO it's not our anniversary...I made this post because the other day, a good friend of ours posted a picture from our wedding on Facebook. Digital cameras were already out that time, but not as enhanced and not as popular compared today. In fairness, that single photograph  magically drew back fun memories from our first special moment as husband and wife, our wedding night.
Our wedding was not as grand but the celebration itself was very tight. Friends from both sides gathered together as one. It's one of the things that made our wedding different. Our friends were total strangers to each other, but that night, we saw how happiness worked its ways, how everybody blended in as if they knew each other. Nobody felt that he or she was being left out. A table consisted of different people , and they were talking and having fun.
sweet nothings
(Hindi pa uso ang photobooth, kaya group picture na lang)
Now this picture is already a treasure. Something that will remind us all the time, that hey, we did great! it was fun a night, our friends loved not only the food and the souvenirs, but also being able to celebrate with the rest--- the bride and groom's friends... it was an unforgettable evening for everyone. Every time we see our friends, from the music circle, high school, college and even our childhood friends, everybody never misses on mentioning about our wedding, and that was 6 years ago.

Foggy Night In Tagaytay

04 October 2010

It all started with a text message last Thursday afternoon. Our friend Ricky, circulated a message of a possible meet- up over the weekend. Since it was also Rachel's birthday and my husband also needed a break after being hospitalized a few weeks back, we thought, yeah, it is a good idea and a  perfect activity. It wasn't really  planned, and that's the fun part. Saturday afternoon, we all decided to dress up and drive to Sta.Rosa, Laguna. At first, it was a choice between Paseo De Sta. Rosa, then Nuvali and even Enchanted Kingdom. But 2 of our friends were already in Tagaytay, so we all agreed to go all the way to the lovely city of Tagaytay. When we got there, it was already gloomy and a bit cold, but that didn't stop us from roaming around. While waiting for the rest of the guys, my husband and I decided to take our son to Paradizoo. 
While doing our snake photo op, in just a few minutes, the fog started to set in, and it came with a pouring rain. We had to end our short trip to the zoo immediately. Driving to the restaurant took us quite sometime because of the fog covering the road. As we approach our destination, with our friends waiting, the area started to get clear.

Began our wonderful dinner and enjoyed the whole time with our close friends. While eating we noticed that the fog was setting -in once again. This time, it was getting thicker. We almost stayed over night thinking it would be best not to drive with the weather. But we were not prepared, so we waited until finally we could see the road clearly. 
When foggy circumstances pops out and you're in the middle of the road, immediately go on hazard , slow down then put your lights on high beam. If you can pull over please do so, with caution. This was not my first time to experience fog in Tagaytay, but definitely, my first time to see it thicker than ever and at night time. Every car was on hazard driving slow. It was dangerous because the cars approaching were only seen with their headlights, when they're already a few meters from our car. It was crazy! We even missed the turn we're suppose to make going back to Manila. My husband drove on our way home, since he is used to this kind of scenario, he drives in San Francisco in zero visibility.

The weather was actually just right, it wasn't too cold, it's just the fog making the drive complicated, but over-all , it was a nice evening.

I Dream For A Chevy Cruze

29 September 2010

Not only I dream for this Chevy, I will add this to my wish list too. Of all the things to dream about, I never really considered a car. May it be second hand or brand new. But when I saw this Chevy Cruze, finally, a vehicle made it to my list. I love how deep they made the color red. Not too catchy, but very stylish and elegant for a lady- driver. Another reason why I want this is because of its name---CRUZE--- for those who know me...well, you know what I'm talking about. (wink) A feature that would probably catch your attention is the space this car has to offer. And being  a family person, space does matter to me. And when you have plenty of space, comfort and safety follows. Let's see... we have plans on buying a new car soon, but as a family, we opted for a bigger vehicle. This will definitely just stay under "my" personal needs and most probably, I will suggest this car for my sisters. Yeah, my dad will buy my younger sisters a car one of these days, let's just wait and see.

Sunday Activity: Shopping for Flowering Plants

27 September 2010

One of the things I enjoy every Sunday is relaxing and planning things for the house. Since we now live "in a house", it's more fun and there are plenty of options, activities to do with my family. So yesterday, I asked my husband to accompany me to a nearby place to buy flowering plants. I have been on it a few months ago since we transferred. I need at least 3 or 4 pots to make my laundry area look nice. And to my excitement I even forgot the lady about the name of the flowers I just bought. (haha!)
Anyway, I was able to buy small pouches of the flowers for 25 bucks each. Then I asked them to plant it by 2s in a clay pot. I'm not good at taking care of plants, and most especially flowers. My first batch died immediately a few months after.
 When I got to the area, I asked the sales lady to choose a flowering plant for me that don't require too much sun and water and that can be both for indoor and outdoor purposes. It was a great choice, I've been seeing this plant everywhere, and I was told that it grows and blooms fast. This was also the very same plant planted at my late father-in-laws grave. It will look stunning once it branches out. My next project is to fill the small garden by our bedroom window with shrubs and I want a plant that grows small, purple, flowers. I didn't buy it yet, because I still need to measure the area. 

Imagine put them together, side by side, it is going to be an instant Lavender field- like by our window.

2's Awesome!

19 September 2010

Just this Saturday, 4 things in 2 sets came by surprise. 
1. A dvd box set of 28 Days and 28 Weeks Later. I have been looking for this set for a very long time. Finally, I was able to find one, and if I didn't ask the sales lady, I will never know. It was the only copy left on the shelf, so I think it was really meant for me. These 2 Zombie movies are my favorites among the long line of Zombie flicks made. The thrill, the unexpected surprises, the zombie attacks, stories of different individuals working together and against each other... it was just too good.
2. Feeling all sluggish and lazy this morning, the 2 Blackberries I saw on my computer table woke me up. My husband started using a Blackberry when he moved to a different company 2 years ago. He was required to own one, so he got his first Blackberry then.  The other one? Hmmm... What do you think? As always, one of those is the old BB of  my husband. This is what I'm talking about they just come. The other one may not be as new , but with proper care, still looks good. Let's just put it this way, I'm officially carrying 3 cellphones in my bag right now.  My Sony Ericsson P990i, my tiny Nokia from SMART (which I got recently) and now a BlackBerry® Curve™ 8320. Honestly, I don't need it, but in times like these... WHO CARES!
Smiley Face

Franky's Weekend Birthday Celebration

18 September 2010

If Franky's birthday celebration for the past years were simple, make this one the simplest. Yet, we will make it the most memorable.

Birthday Graphics

Weekend? my husband and I decided to make our weekend extra special this week. For the upcoming birthday of our son, we came up with several plans to have the whole weekend just for Franky. To begin, today, we will be going to all of his toy shops at the Greenhills Shopping Center and make him choose whatever he likes. Actually he's been requesting for a Ben 10 watch. Another, is a Superman Costume. He now likes Superman more than Spiderman, or maybe because Superman can fly.
Then after, we will be bringing him to SM Megamall to have a good time at his favorite play area, while playing, my husband and I will proceed on buying more gifts for him. Tonight, we will have dinner and off to see The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Franky likes this movie, everytime he sees the preview on television, he stops with whatever he is doing and he gives his full attention.

Kids, they always make it unforgettable every time they get whatever they want on their special day. True? based on my experience, one of my unforgettable moments as a child was when I got my first Barbie Doll. And even up to now, that experience is one of the most talked about, especially when I recall my childhood days with my parents and siblings. And we want Franky to have those same unforgettable thoughts. That someday we will have our own conversation, recalling his first favorite moments as a child. At this age, it's going to be easier for children to register special events, especially if it is their birthday. By the way, the celebration continues until tomorrow. we have another set of activities, starting with lunch at Johnny Rockets!

What If... The Zombie Survival Guide

15 September 2010

Did it ever occur to you what if, a real Zombie scenario will happen? I thought about it several times,  even brainstormed with my husband (who's also a fan of zombie flicks) of things we must do in preparation for such event. But really, we don't want that to happen, ever! Let's see, I've seen a lot of Zombie movies--- Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, I consider Quarantine as a Zombie flick and of course what can be "Zombier" than 28 Days and Weeks Later. Enjoyed it? kinda, it's the "what ifs" that's going inside my mind. 
 What if this Zombie thing really happens? Funny part,  it is going to be a whole different story when it happens here in the Philippines. Imagine, MMDA's walking like corpses, Jeepney Driver's reaching for you, some half- naked stand-by carrying a bottle of beer walking in a weird manner, your neighbor with a broom or "pamaypay"dragging herself towards you.
What if I am the one stuck in the movie, running away from the Zombies, where will I  get my melee and ranged weapons. It's not easy to carry those things if it's real. What if...
What if I go to a supermarket and stock up on supplies, how will I do it, what store will I go to? 
What if  I get stuck in a mall or in a highway inside my car, should I go out or remain unnoticed? Well, Max Brooks was thinking the same way and created the ultimate Zombie Survival Guide, Complete Protection From The Living Dead. This reading started by defining key words that is going to be helpful in the later part of the book.
From the best tactics, positions, locations, weapons, armor and even vehicles to use this book explained everything well and "wisely".
 Let me share the Top 5 Lessons For Surviving A Zombie Attack:
1. Organize before they rise.
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection: tight clothes and short hair.

A story behind the cause, future effects and worse case scenarios and the "temporary solutions" in order to survive. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet and keep alert! as how Max Brooks described it. I gave emphasis on temporary, because in cases like these, the only thing that is permanent is the thought that you need to live no matter what. Most of the time, you will be running around.
 And in my hands is a copy of another Max Brooks special. World War Z--- An Oral History of the Zombie Wars. A New York Times Bestseller and intended to be in full picture by 2012 with Brad Pitt as lead role.-source-
World War Z is a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdote. Brooks designed World War Z to follow the "laws" set up in The Zombie Survival Guide, and explained that the guide may exist in the world of the novel as a precursor to the Zombie War.-source-
 
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