Thursday, January 31, 2008

Found My Answer

From babycenter.com --

"Toddlers live large, play hard, and love big. When they get upset, they can start acting irrationally, just like adults do. And they often use emotional outbursts to clear out the bad feelings — which may feel good to them but isn't always easy for you. Before losing your cool, remember that your child's lack of self-control is normal and that he'll eventually learn what's socially acceptable by the way you and others react to his antics. Try to respond calmly and enforce the limits you've set so things don't escalate."

Zoe has been keeping us awake all week, playing endlessly, plus shouting and crying and looking for her yaya even at bedtime...

Now, I try extra hard to talk to her as gently as I can. Plus I learned that one of the effective tricks is to do a concert at night --- singing all my favorite songs (latin songs included) to her in order to put her to sleep. The songs "Salve Regina" and "Tantum Ergo" never fail. Even Hubby falls asleep with my singing! Haha! At the same time, it also puts my rather-rusty singing voice to the test. Pwede na ulit for recording! :-) LOL.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Don't judge a book (mag) by its cover (since you just might be the next one in the cover). Hahaha. Got this from Ai's blog.



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Random List of Food Faves

Since I don't feel like writing about anything serious today, let me just list down random restos and the food which I usually order there (sometimes without needing to look at the menu):

1. Pancake House - Panchiken, tacos
2. Shakey's - Manager's Choice pizza, Bunch of Lunch (do they still have this?)
3. Teriyaki Boy - Tendon, Cali Maki
4. McDo - Mc Chicken sandwich meal
5. French Baker - Spaghetti carbonara or lasagna
6. A veneto - Chicken carbonara, Seafood pesto pizza
7. Mongkok - Salt and pepper spareribs, siomai and yangchow fried rice
8. Chowking (if I have no other choice) - Beef brisket rice topping
9. Subway - Roastbeef sandwich with the works (alright, except mustard)
10. Conti's - Lengua estofado, Baked Salmon and Mango Bravo

Other restos which I like: Razon's, Lutong Macau (in Jupiter), Mandarin (Paseo Uno lunch buffet), Capricciosa, etc. etc.

I've been thinking about starting a food blog but I don't know if this is such a good idea... just listing down all these food names is really making me soooo hungry (and to think that I need to start on my diet!). LOL.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

World Youth Day 2008

I'm so happy for my sister. A few years ago, she was able to go to Rome. Then late last year, she was in Japan. Then this year in July -- Australia! I so envy her.

Yup, she already officially enlisted herself to the WYD 2008 to be held in Sydney, Australia! How I wish I can be there too. I remember the WYD here in Manila. I was just in college then. We (the Stella Orientis Choir) won the Gregorian Chant competition and thus got the chance to sing for the then Pope John Paul II in PICC plus we got to be part of the big big choir who sang in the Vigil Mass and Sto. Nino mass at the Quirino Grand Stand. Remember the song, "Tell The World of His Love"? Yup, we sang that song (with matching hand-action) a million times during that event. I love it!

That experience was so great, unforgettable and even life-changing for me. I felt that I could really make a difference in the world (and this still holds true, you know.) I still get teary-eyed when I remember that day when I saw the Pope for the very first time. Immediately you can sense how holy he was. I'm sure he will be (officially) proclaimed as a great saint some day, maybe even sooner than many people think.

My sis is definitely lucky to be part of this next WYD.

Have a great experience in Sydney chanting "Be-ne-det-to- Be-ne-det-to"!!!


Only 168 days to go!

My Simpler Life

I've been subscribed to My Simpler Life for several months now and I always find her blog very interesting, especially for a scatter-brain like me.

Just recently I read about her article, "Is Your Commute Worth It" and it struck me as very relevant to my daily struggles as a working mom.

Our home is currently around an hour away from my office in Makati. On not so lucky days, this travel time extends up to 2 hours or more. So that totals to around 4 hours of travel going to the office and coming home. Reading the article, I realized that all the back-aches and stress I've been feeling lately may not only be caused by the workload I have but also by my long commutes daily. Worse, I also contribute to my hubby's stress since I often let him drive me to and from work. Poor hubby!

If only I can do something about it. The article says it's not impossible. If there's a will, there's a way, right? Changing address may be out of the question for now, but there may be other job opportunities which are located nearer the home. If that happens, then I'll be able to be with Zoe more plus family life will improve since we'll be less stressed (at least as far as commuting is concerned).

So bring on those job offers! St. Joseph, tulong naman oh. :-)

Awards That Made My Day

Thanks to dear online friends Abie, Pam and Tet for sending something to smile about! :-)



I'm passing this award to paid-bloggers Apols, Kelly, Jody and Mari! :-) I'm just waiting a few more weeks before I join the club! :-) *getting excited*

Friday, January 25, 2008

Alert!

NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT. SOON.

Someone very very very close to me will be saying "I DO" this May!!!

Hush, hush muna about the details. :-)

Basta, I gotta look pretty and slim enough to fit in a nice gown by that time. Plus Baby#2 awaits (but not until I gain back my fighting figure daw so tago muna ako from my OB LOL)...


Help MEEEH!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Iloilo Adventure 2008

Caution: Loaded with pichurzzzzz!

Since I haven't been back to Iloilo since I was 2 months pregnant with Zoe, we decided to visit my Ate there again this year (thanks to Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare). We were there for just 2 nights and 3 days and was booked at Days Hotel (my first time and I love it there). And since yaya Cat is Illongga, I decided to bring her along and let her get some time off to visit her family in Maasin, Iloilo.

Our flight going there was at 8:30 am. It was Zoe's first time to ride an airplance and travel with us. Ang hirap pala ng may dalang bata! I had to bring so many stuff!!! Anyway, we decided to leave the Maclaren behind because it was stressful enough to be bringing all those baggages, not to mention all of my sister's bilins. LOL.

Here's Zoe at the Domestic Airport:



Zoe and Daddy on board Cebu Pacific:

The flight was very smooth despite the sky being a bit cloudy. We arrived with smiles! The new international airport is nice and clean! Though farther than the old airport, I think Iloilo should be proud of this airport:


Enjoying riding at the back of Ate Cat:

Hunny's officemate based there picked us up at the airport. After that, we borrowed the car for the next 2 days na. So lucky! We met my sister in St. Joseph's School where she teaches Christian Living and Music. We ate lunch at the new resto infront of it, Uncle Tom's:


After lunch, we bought Cat to the jeepney terminal that will bring her to Maasin. Zoe started to cry the moment her yaya left. Tsk. Tsk.

We proceeded to Days Hotel to check-in our bags and refresh up.


We went to my sister's house and then to SEAFDEC (not sure what this means) which is a few minutes from the city. Zoe started to feel not so good on the way and was developing fever and started to vomit in the car. It was so hard since we couldn't just turn back since a friend of my sister was waiting for us at SEAFDEC. Anyway, we tried to go around the place as quick as we can. Sayang, we missed seeing the meter-long bangus which they are culturing there. We only saw the turtles and different fishes and shells. I promise that we'll go back there next time.

Back to the city, we decided to ask my sister's doctor friend to take a look at Zoe's condition and see what we can do to relieve her. Oh wow. She was vomiting and crying like crazy. I felt so bad for her.

That night, we decided to cancel our plans to go out for dinner and ate at the hotel instead. My dad and sis bought food from the restos at the lower level of Atrium, where Days is located. They got us Batchoy, Inasal, BBQ, etc. etc. Namit!

The next morning, I went to attend mass at San Jose Parish. The mass was unusually long since they have an ongoing novena to Sto. Nino. The Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo is in honor of the Sto. Nino, whose image was given by an Augustinian priest from Cebu to the then parish priest of San Jose Church.

After mass, I returned to the hotel and we all went to take our free breakfast buffet. Food's yummy. After that, my sis and I went to take a look at some books at the BookSale at the ground floor of Atrium. She was able to find some nice titles there.

At lunch, we trooped to Breakthrough which is a must for every tourist in Iloilo.

Here are the "sights" in Breakthrough:


Zoe was still feverish so we also spent some time making her enjoy the cool breeze of the beach.


And then after, she enjoyed the "cool breeze" in SM City Mandurriao:


Though sick, she still managed to smile for the camera:

On our way back that afternoon, we encountered right infront of our hotel the Opening Salvo of the Dinagyang. Through not yet in their fanciest costumes, the people's drumbeats and dances were very appealing:



Later that night, my friend Carla arranged for us to meet with our other friends from Iloilo, Det and Philip. We left my Dad and sister in the hotel while we went to Smallville with Zoe for dinner in Bourbon Street. The food there was okay. Zoe particularly liked the seafood chowder. I heard that the owner of this resto and Days Hotel is the same. No wonder their salad looked exactly alike.

The following day, after mass, Carla and I went to buy some pasalubong in the Central Market. Then after breakfast, my Dad and sis decided to walk to Museo Iloilo for some cultural tripping. Hubby, Zoe and I stayed in the hotel since Zoe was still feeling weak. We were supposed to go swimming somewhere but decided to pass because of Zoe's condition.


At lunch time, we went to SM City again to meet with yaya and at the same time catch a glimpse of Lea Salonga who was having a concert in Iloilo that night. Too bad Lea just appeared for a minute without singing at least one song. Anyway, she wrote about this event in her blog so I understand it better now.


See how fast Lea appeared. We didn't even get a chance to go closer.


When yaya and Zoe reunited, all the fever of Zoe faded away. Grabe talaga ang magic ni yaya.

We had lunch at Afrique's which was a treat from Carla (sorry no pictures).

That afternoon, we went check out the ukay-ukays there (didn't get to buy anything though) and then we to my sister's house (Tawili) because they invited my dad to give a talk on Critical Thinking to the college girls who go there regularly during Saturdays.

While my Dad was giving the talk, we asked the yaya to put Zoe to sleep while we make a run for SM Delgado to buy our last-minute pasalubongs for the folks in Manila.

Then before heading for the airport, we walked to JD Bakeshop and Cafe for a quick dinner. Zoe was feeling so much better, thank God.

We reached the airport via taxi (Light of Glory taxi is so efficient). When we got there, we learned that our flight was delayed for over an hour. We managed somehow and arrived in the house before midnight. :-)

Until our next trip to Iloilo! :-) Thanks sis for taking care of us while we were there. See you next month!

Twenty Questions

Tet and Toni (and today also Maybelle - hi Maybelle!) tagged me on this. Sorry if this is super late.

Here's the rule:Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

1. At what age do you wish to marry? 26-27 but I married at 29.
2. What color do you like most? Pink
3. If you can have a superpower, what should it be? Read minds
4. Where is the place that you want to go the most? go back to Europe especially Rome
5. Which part of you that you hate the most? bilbil LOL
6. When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do? Cry and move on (oh and pray too like what Maybelle said)
7. What are you afraid to lose the most? my state of grace
8. If you win $1 million, what would you do? Pay debts and save the rest for the rainy days
9. What do you loved the most last year (2007)? I turned a year older (and wiser) - don't we every year? :-)
10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you. For Tet & Toni & Maybelle - cool moms, interesting bloggers and great friends
11. What is you new years resolution for your behalf? Live and eat healthier
12. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most? Not being at home with Zoe more often
13. Which type of person do you hate the most? Hypocrites
14. Which is your greatest asset? My brain?
15. If you had one wish what would you wish for? That I'm holier each day
16. How did you celebrate new year? Spent it with family
17. Name one of your body part your hubby or boyfriend tells you he adores. Go ask him pls.
18. It is already 2008, do you have a new year's resolution? Be more orderly
19. What do you look forward to in 2008? Hopefully another baby
20. Do you already have travel plans for the year? If our US plans don't push thru, I hope we just can go to HK by mid-year.

Pls. tag yourself if you haven't done this yet. :-)

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Award from a New Friend

Before I forget, I would like to say thank you to Hailey, my new blogger friend and co-Iskolar ng Bayan, for giving me this award. Thanks sis and kudos to our being full-time (working) moms...(with you having 3 kids, at that). I'm beginning to think that all is manageable in the end and that yes, I still want more kids in the near future!!! :-)





I'm passing this award to my co-working mommies Eds and Norm. And also to soon-to-be mommies Agnes and Nikki! Good luck on your pregnancies!

Linky Love

Moving on to more positive things, I'm posting this tag from Doc Joey. Thanks doc!

Cut and paste the following starting here.

I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog. You will have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. (Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes we hope it will be a long list!)It’s real easy! Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially! The benefits of Viral Linking:- One of the fastest ways to see your technorati authority explode!- Increase your Google PageRank fast- Attract large volume of new traffic to your site- Build your community- Make new friends!


I'm now tagging 5 people: Eds, Vannie, Pat, Pam and Kitts!

Thanks for commenting on my 'motherly-worries' post.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Would You Feel If...

...your 16-month old baby (not 14-month as previously posted) rejects you and clings tightly to her yaya instead?

I'll tell you. I felt frustrated and heart-broken.

For several days now, Zoe wants to be with the yaya and only the yaya. When we arrive home and find her awake, I could already see that it's gonna be a tough night. She just wouldn't let her yaya out of her sight even if I'm there. She even prefers to sleep in the maids' quarters or in the playpen with the yaya instead of with us in the room. When I attempt to get (sometimes even grab) her from the yaya, she cries like crazy and push me away (masakit physically and emotionally ito grabe).

Last night, I felt that I had had enough and in my helplessness, I tried to envelope her in my arms so that she will stay put and forget that she was seeking her yaya. No amount of distraction or sing-song could calm her. I thought after a few minutes this would stop but no, she shouts, cries endlessly and even pushes my face so hard that I too cried, shouted and had the impulse to push her away from me. I found myself saying to myself "ayoko na, dun ka na sa yaya mo". Her dad also tried to make her stop crying. At first, subtle lang, then when she tried to get out of bed, shout, bang the door and tried to reach for the knob, hay, her dad also didn't know what else to do. I embraced her once more and cried with her some more for another hour or so until both of us got so tired and fell asleep.

The next morning, she wakes up as if nothing happened. Her dad gives her again to yaya while mommy takes a bath and prepares to go to work. As I carry my bag downstairs, she goes to me and ask to be carried while I try to hurdle with my breakfast. Then it's bye-bye time once again.

I feel for my child. This situation is still too complicated for her - it's the yaya who takes care of her the whole day, feed her, bathe her, put her to sleep, etc. etc. and it's mommy and daddy who literally just accompany her when she sleeps at night (while they sleep too!!!). When you think about it, it indeed looks unfair to demand that she like us or at least like being with us since most of the day, her dad and I are away at work. She may have felt disoriented that we sort of "claim" her from the yaya the moment we arrive home that's why she develops these tantrums.

It's really heartbreaking but I don't know what else to do. I love my job and enjoy working but it pains me to see my baby experience mommy-less days in her critical growing up years. Do you think I'm selfish to want to work instead of being stay-at-home? I laud those mommies who decided to resign to be with their kids but sometimes I feel that I'm not as brave as them or that if I do it, I'll get lonely.

p.s. Sorry to be writing these personal rants. :-<

Monday, January 21, 2008

Favorite Love Song - Tagged by Jane

Thanks Jane for this tag!

~ Start Copy ~

Here are the rules:
1. Please write your favorite love song, and what's the story behind it?
2. Please include your name and your URL blog.
3. Share this tag to your friends as much as you can.
4. Copy from "Start Copy" to "End Copy"

*My favorite song is "Endless Love". Because I sang this song as a surprise for my love on our engagement party - Nyumix

*With me, my favorite song is Korean Drama Soundtrack songs My favorite are Winter Sonata, Lovers in Paris, Full House, Love Letter, etc too much i don't remember the title. Why? Because they all nice to hear over and over again - Juliana RW

*I have many favourite love songs, but for now I'd love to share with you "My Destiny" by Jim Brickman. I love the beautiful lyrics and melody. As hubby and I faced so many challenges during our wedding preparations, this song is just so perfect and became the highlight of our wedding. - Choc Mint Girl

*"I'll always love you" by Michael Johnson. Need I explain? It's just a timeless love song for me. - Juliana's Lair, My World and My Library

*I do have a lot of favorite love songs but the first one that came into my mind as I'm doing this tag is Masterpiece by Atlantic Starr. I can't put into words why I like it. I like it's lyrics and melody. Simple but touching. - My Simple Joys

*I'm no music lover so I don't know a lot of songs. Some songs I like but I don't even know the titles. So, I'd just probably go for "Say you love me" by I don't know who, haha. It was the song Jon would always let me listen to inside his car when he was still courting me ;p Kilig! - My Joys and My Charmed Life.

*My favorite love song aka our "theme song" has always been "Land of the Loving". Early on our relationship as bf/gf, we talked about having a theme song of our own. In one of those sweet moments, we agreed to have that song as 'D' song. The words of the song are very touching and somewhat "bagay" to our situation. Fast-track 7 years, this same song was our first dance song during our wedding reception. :-) - On a Wonderful Day Like Today

~ End Copy ~

2007 Summary of Events

Before I forget, allow me to post my personal recap of the year 2007. It was been an exciting year so it's just right that it be worthy for given at least one entry here.

January

Get-together dinner with Pat, Fred and other friends.
Yaya no. 1 left to take care of mother in Aklan
Got Cat, our present yaya on January 28 straight from Iloilo

February

MBA friend Arleen got married to her online bf from Virginia (hi Arleen!)
Went to Bulacan to visit relatives

March

Overtime galore because of performance bonus project
Bought Crocs for me and Hubby (join the club!)
Hubby started his LMDP class at Ateneo Graduate School
My mom’s 2nd death anniversary

April

Holy Week 2007 in UA&P
Enrolled Zoe in Blow Up Babies
My sister arrived from Iloilo for seminar

May

Birthday month of Vel, Tatay and Me
Tia Kikay passed away
Birthday treat at Brazil! In Serendra
Family summer outing with Pat and friends at Tagaytay and West Grove

June

Birthday month of Hubby and Francis
My Dad went to Rome, Italy and Germany
Hunny’s birthday treat at Conti’s Serendra
Hubby and I toured Singapore

July

Yaya Cat’s birthday
Enrolled at Gold’s Gym (buy one, take one promo)

August

Booked Cravings for Zoe’s 1st birthday party
Learned Photoshop and made Zoe’s invitations and tarp

September

Zoe’s 1st birthday party at Cravings Katipunan
My sister went to Japan for a Leadership Conference

October

2nd wedding anniversary at Mandarin Hotel
Hunny had car accident in General Santos City and was spared from major injuries
Attended annual retreat
Won 2 VIP tickets to the Josh Groban concert

November

Christmas Bonus, yehey!
Zoe’s 1st Trick or Treat
Start of Christmas shopping and sales
Started blogging at blogspot

December

Office Christmas Party at Kensington
First communion of Romel, our helper’s son
Christmas Day at home with family

I'm Back!

After a 4-day haitus from the blogging world, I'm back from our vacation in Iloilo. Sans the fact that Zoe got sick the minute she parted with her yaya (who left to go home to her folks for 2 nights), all went okay.

I'll be posting my pictures and stories in a while plus will try to do my pending tags.

Meantime, thanks to all blogger-friends who dropped by my site while I was gone. I hope you visit me often! :-)

VINA means...

What Vina Means

You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you.
You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night.
Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.


Hey, this sounds so much like MEEEH!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Isang Tulog Na Lang!

Isang tulog na lang and we will be flying to Iloilo for our annual family vacation with my sister. I'm so excited to go! It will be Zoe's (and the yaya's) first time to ride the airplane!!! Our yaya will momentarily separate from us when we get to the city since I allowed her to go straight to Maasin where her parents and siblings live. Our yaya's been with us for almost a year and she deserves to get some time off to visit her family. But I told her to meet us 2 days after that OR ELSE!!!! Or else, lagot AKO!

I might not be updating my blog while on vacation because I don't think my hubby will bring the laptop (sayang, our hotel pa naman has WIFI). Anyway, wish me luck!!! I hope I can handle taking care of Zoe on my own without getting any fits! She has been specially hard to handle these days. Ang kulit, AS IN!

See you again (online) next week! :-)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Love-Hate Tag

A tag from Vannie, Prettylifeonline, Jean, and Abie (did I miss out on someone?):

1. I LOVE to eat : spaghetti
2. I HATE to eat : pork or chicken liver
3. I LOVE to go : on vacation (SOON!)
4. I HATE to go : to work on Mondays (ang traffic!)
5. I LOVE it when : it's payday!
6. I HATE it when : I get migraines
7. I LOVE to see : Paris, New York, etc., etc.!
8. I HATE to see : pimples on my face (icky)
9. I LOVE to hear : Zoe talk, talk and talk
10. I HATE to hear : loud music

Thanks girls!

Feel free to snag!!! Have a great day friends!

Currently Looking For...

...Pope Benedict XVI's (aka Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) new book "Jesus of Nazareth". I'm not sure how much it is in National Bookstore but I've been eyeing on buying it online thru Betterworld.com (read about this in Tin's site).

I heard a lot of good feedback about it. So lemme think...



Should I order it now? Hopefully I can decide and be able to buy it soon! It will be a great book to start year 2008!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Zoe's Hair Look-Alike

For months, I've been wondering where Zoe inherited her thin-textured hair. I think I also used to have thin brownish hair but I don't have pics to prove it. My hubby also doesn't have much baby pics to show if they have a resemblance in terms of hair.

Then while browsing my friendster, I stumbled into this pic of Zoe's cousin Dimple with her Chong (my hubby). It's cute how some things run in the family:


Sans the eyes (which looks more like my sister's), Dimple and Zoe seem to have similarities in their hair and nose. Haha! So until I find a baby pic of moi showing that I look like Zoe, I guess these pics will suffice.

I'm A Godmother!

My friend Tinay arrived from Singapore this December to prepare for her daughter's baptism where I was one of the Godmothers. Godmother! Wow, compared to just saying "Ninang", the word Godmother sounds more serious, right?

Anyway, about two weekends ago, we did go to Crista's baptism and birthday party at Della Strada / Cravings Katipunan. Same venues are Zoe's baptism and birthday party.

They had a Tweety Bird-theme. It's actually kinda cute! :-) Zoe enjoyed the party! She was all over the place, dancing and chasing the balloons all around. And since they had a Tweety mascot, we had our usual photo ops for Zoe.

Mareng Tinay, thanks for making me Godmother to Crista. I'll try to keep in touch with you even if you'll be back in Singapore soon. Hopefully we can visit you again there this year or the next. Maybe we can even plan a trip together with our babies to HK Disneyland. How about that? :-)

Tinay and Alvin with baby Crista:


Ninang and Crista:


Tweety Brid-inspired cake c/o Shoppersville Bakeshop:


Zoe and Mommy with Tweety Bird:

Friend Award from Tet

Wow, an award! Thanks Tet for sending me this:


It's really great being able to get to know new friends from online. I salute all of my new online friends for being such good moms and/or wives. I get a lot of inspiration from your blog posts and kwentos. Hope to know you guys more in the coming days.

I'm passing this award now to Abie, Jean, Toni and Maybelle.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Another Foodie Discovery: Capricciosa

My hubby and I decided to go out for dinner after work one Thursday evening. After deliberating whether to eat at either Korean, Chinese or what-not, our feet led us to the 3rd floor of Greenbelt 3 to a resto called Capricciosa (near National Sports Grill).

My officemate has raved about this resto before so I thought we'd try it out.

Nice Christmas decor and a big Santa Claus statue welcomed us at the entrance plus the air smelled GOOD!!! I couldn't exactly determine what it was but the place smelled like a mixture of garlic and other herbs.

I immediately called up my friend and asked her for menu suggestions. She said that if we're going to have pasta and pizza, she suggests the Seafood Spaghetti and the Capricciosa Pizza in thin crust. The salads there, she added, taste great too.

Since it was our first time, we ordered what she told us, minus the salad.

After some time, the food was served and just in matter of a few minutes, our plates were squeeky clean. TAOB as in TAOB! I love it there! I couldn't quite explain the taste (basta masarap). I'm so happy that we have just made another foodie discovery!

Here are some pics:

View from our seats:


Sweethearts on a date:


Capricciosa pizza:



The Seafood Spaghetti:



Although the price is a bit "capricious" at around P500 each, I really hope we go back there soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Bit Affected

I'm not really a cosmetics fanatic but I suddenly felt a bit sad upon learning that Shu Uemura had died in Tokyo last December 29 due to pneumonia. He was 79 years old.

Maybe it's because I'm just beginning to like the Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O which I bought last November. This product is a premium, anti-aging and anti-oxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging. It features Green Tea Extract, known worldwide for its anti-oxidant properties. It leaves skin smooth and protected without stripping it of its natural oils and removes waterproof makeup. It smells good too. Now do I sound like a commercial? LOL.


I was so surprised to learn that this product has been in the market since the 1960's. Gosh, why did it take me so long to discover it?

Some Matches Aren't Made in Heaven

...at least for a dear friend of mine.

I've known of some people whose marriages didn't work out but this is one is something that I know about from beginning to sadly... the end. I "accidentally" introduced the guy to my friend while we were walking along the street one morning on the way to work. But I didn't mean for them to actually get married!?!

I guess some people can be really blind when it comes to LOVE and you can't seem to blame them for it. Even if all the bad signs are there, some people are lead to believe, to hope, to want that the LOVE they have is for real.

Too bad it had to happen to a good friend of mine.

Hey, I'll be here for you okay? :-)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Day In The Life of Mommy

On the last day of work for 2007, Zoe rode with his Daddy to pick me up in the office. She went up to my floor and saw where Mommy spents most of her day working (that's from 8:30 am- 6pm (or even later), M-F). I made her do the "mano po" to my bosses and wave "Hello" to my officemates. Maybe she was thinking, "so this is where you go when you wave bye-bye to me and disappear in the morning!".

Being in a new environment, I was surprised that she wasn't cranky at all. She even made a lot of noise (shrieking, laughing, babbling) that I was afraid that the big boss (as in our company's owner) will go out of her room to see who's the one making the commotion in the room. Haha!



While I arranged my things and turned off the computer, Zoe tried sitting on my chair and banging on the keyboards of the computer. Hala!! I think she felt right at home 'coz her Lolo would also make her play with his computer all the time.



"Baby, if only you knew that I would so much rather spend my time at home than in the office to take care of you. But of course, I have my reasons too for continuing working and it doesn't mean that I value you less or I am less of a mother to you. In time you'll understand it better. Mommy has to work because this is also part of her vocation plus it's a way to augment our family's income so we can have a better kind of life. So even if I'm a working mom, I'm still your Mom no matter what and your Dad and I love you more than anybody else on earth." :-)

 
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