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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vente Pesos

I am showing off my very own new generation Php20 bill courtesy of my darling sister who works at Bangko Sentral.

It has a different shade of orange than the old one and it really looked like play money (but hey, don't we all play with money?).

Just an observation, Manuel Quezon looked younger in the new generation version with a new hairdo that is similar to papa Piolo. The old money looks like the Lolo Manuel with a receding hairline.

And oh, the error that critics have been making noise of is the scientific name of the endemic animals. Here in the twenty bill, the Palm Civet should have been Paradoxurus hermaphroditus.

According to the Scientific Name website, the scientific name for every organism is comprised of a combination of two terms, the genus name and the species or epithet. Both of these terms are italicized and the genus name is also capitalized. 

Actually, I just realized that due to this 'error', my Php20 note has just become a collector's item.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Enoe's First Christmas

This is my Enoe's very first Christmas and we enjoyed it tremendously. But the one who loved it most is my daughter who couldn't decide which gift to open first or which toy to start playing with. Christmas is indeed for children.

Being just 10 months, I know my son had no idea what the happy commotion was all about, but I am certain he felt the joy of the season. For one, his Lola Mary and Lolo Lui came home just to celebrate the holidays with us.

By the way, this was our Noche Buena spread, cooked by no other than Mama - our sexy Chef!

We ate together as one family and sincerely felt the spirit of Christmas as the three girls who are taking care of our kids and our home shared the table with us. We had red wine which went well with the turkey but I struggled with 3 sips even if I already mixed it with coke and ice cubes. I felt my head spin and thought I saw Rudolf, The Reindeer.

We had a meaningful and happy Christmas. I hope everyone had a blessed one too.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

We're ready!

I am excited for Christmas Day. This will be my little boy's first Christmas and Eone's first too as a big sister. We're all busy with the preps at home - finalizing the menu for Noche Buena, cramming with gift wrapping, putting more lights on the balcony, and last minute shopping. Last night, Mommy-in-Law went turkey hunting so I reckon that'll be the table centerpiece on Christmas eve.

The children's gift have started pouring in too, from generous and thoughtful godparents and friends we all love and adore. Chos! More are on the way according to my tarot card, hahaha!

Anyhoo, Eone was talking about Santa the other day. Although she is not a keen believer that it is Santa who gives her gifts, she fancies the idea of Mr. Ho Ho Ho. So I am going to hang these stockings made by my darling sister and see if Santa comes to put something inside tomorrow night. Geez, a toy will not fit in here but an iphone will.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa from KL

This came from the mail today. It's from my colleague (and my son's godfather) from KL. What a pleasant surprise (although he told me he's sending something...)! I love receiving something from the mail, especially when it's a red box.

I opened and found this inside among other stuff for my other colleagues

I should put the present under our christmas tree and wait for the 25th before I open. But I am worse than I child when it comes to gifts; I can't stand not knowing what's inside!

Thanks Ric for being so thoughtful. I love the shawl. The embroidery and design is so Malaysian which make it even more unique and special.

So who's my next Santa?

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Name is Lucky

I am one heck of a lucky girl. Really.

Although I have had my share of misfortunes like the horrible hold up incident by the Ipit Taxi Gang, getting victimized by jewelry snatchers twice and pick-pockets twice as well, my good fortunes definitely outnumber the bad.

Take for example this incident few weekends ago when Mommy, Eone and I dined at McDonalds in Fontera Verde. After ordering food, I vividly remember getting Php1K bill from my wallet but put the change in my jeans front pocket after paying. The following day, we were on the road to Batangas when The Hubby asked me for cash (20s or 50s) to pay for the toll fee. I looked for my wallet and couldn't find it.

I tried to be as calm as possible; my first thought was I left it at home but my logical alter-ego reasoned out that it's impossible since I did not open my bag anymore when we got home the previous until we left early that morning. I tried my best to trace back the places and times that I paid for something and took out my wallet. And over and over, I end up with McDo.

McDonald's is a popular fast-food with hundreds of diners daily. The night we were there, it was so full we didn't have any parking space. There were also 2 birthday parties being held simultaneously. I knew my chances of finding my wallet were nil. Hubby said I better start calling the credit card companies and cancel my cards.

But I am not one to lose hope that easily. I tried to connect to the McDonald's website via The Hubby's iphone to check Fontera Verde's number. Nada. The signal (Globe) was weak and connection was very slow. So I switched to another game plan and called the delivery hotline and requested for assistance in obtaining Fontera Verde's number.

I called and politely inquired if anyone have found a wallet the previous evening. Instead of replying, the crew called in his manager. I repeated my inquiry. The manager asked for my name which I promptly gave. Then she said the most wonderful sentence of the day, "It's here po.".


It turned out when I paid for our food, I left my wallet at the COUNTER. Luck of all luck, it was the Senior Citizens lane and there was no lola or lolo after me.

If that's not lucky, I'd call myself blessed. I think I like the latter better.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Joys and Pains of Christmas Season

10 top things that make me realize Christmas is really just around the corner...

1. Traffic! The most festive time of the year in the Philippines is also the most difficult time to get from one destination to another without being stressed. I noticed the unusual build up as early as end of November, when all the huge malls started their annual christmas sale.

2. Rise in crime rates in Metro Manila. Yes, the crooks know everyone just got their Christmas bonus so they need to work double time to make sure they get their share too.

3. I have put up our Christmas decors, and so did my neighbors. Every city in MM has put up their street decors and major thoroughfares are adorned with lanters too. I particularly love the lights at Meralco. Well, they are the power distribution company and I bet they are not scrimping on energy.

4. There is a sale in almost every corner. Mall sales, bazaar, village sales, tiangge, warehouse sales and garage sales. All brands are selling at super marked down prices too. Just like the crooks, they want a share from your bonuses too.

5. Taxi devils drivers with horns (and fangs). All of a sudden they don't want to use their meters, choosy on the destination, and charge double.

6. Reindeer cashiers and baggers. While the santa hats being worn by the cashiers and baggers at Rustan's and Shopwise look cute and subtle, I find the reindeer headbands for the staff of a huge supermarket a bit overkill. We get the message that you want your people to 'wear' the Christmas spirit, but I feel sorry for some of the cashiers who struggle punching in the merchandise while keeping their antlers together. Makes me wonder what will the staff wear on top of their heads on Easter - a huge crucifix or an egg?

7. Wow, I have no garbage?. It is actually borderline funny and blood-boiling how the garbage collectors suddenly beef up their schedule during the last few days before Christmas in order to distribute their solicitation envelopes. In our village, during regular days they come every Wednesday and Saturday. Sometimes we complain to the Barangay when they don't come on schedule which is pretty often. But during December, they collect our garbage three times a week with different sets of basurero so they can give us different sets of envelope.

8. Everyone goes on a diet and it is called See-food diet. Company parties, family reunions, and get-togethers revolve around food and we all go around its axis. Aside from being pregnant, Christmas is the time when women have an excuse to over-indulge (read: pig out).

9. The 'heroes' are home. 'Tis the season to be merry and Filipinos are at thier merriest when they are home! December is the favorite month of Pinoy OFWs and balikbayans to come back to their motherland with their half-half children who can barely speak Tagalog (and are the center of attention in family gatherings because of their funny accent and pretty faces).

10. We The zombies hear mass at 4am. Although I don't anymore have the energy to follow this tradition, Misa de Gallo (Simbang Gabi) is one Filipino Christmas practice that I hope will last forever. When I was a kid, my sisters, cousins and I, tried to complete all the 9 dawn masses in exchange of a Christmas wish.

Do you feel Christmas already?

I hope amidst all these hullabaloo, we don't forget the real reason for the season. We all know WHO that is.


Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Shopping and Xiao Long Bao Sunday

The past Sunday was all about things unplanned and unexpected. Unplanned shopping and unexpected discovery of a new dining place.

First, we went to Focolare Carpentry Training Center to check their wood products. They were on a 3-day sale and we might find something useful for our home. We found a really nice 8-seater dining table made of mahogany wood but our current one was barely 10 months old. What do we do with a new set? In short, we ended up buying nothing but at least we now know a good place that offers made to order furnitures. Focolare, by the way, is a social project of the Focolare Movement for Men, Inc. - an international non-stock non-profit religious organization which aims to provide opportunities for out of school youth.

Anyway, as we were making a u-turn going back from Focolare, we heard this noisy Lady Gaga music blasting from somewhere. I thought, 'Wait, that noise was familiar and could only come from a sale!' And a warehouse sale of a popular kids' clothing store it was! The prices were so good I managed to complete my shopping for godchildren, cousins and nephews in one visit.

After my mini shopping spree, The Hubby said he wants to check out something from Anson's in Ortigas. But before we head to another hunt, I said I want to feed little Eone first. It's almost 5 o'clock and a late afternoon snack would be good to keep all three of us ready for more walking and shopping. It's been months since I last went inside Podium and thought there might be some new dining place worthy of trying.

True enough, we spotted this new chinese (or so I thought) restaurant at the 3rd level in front of Toy Kingdom. It is called Shi Lin and they have a theater kitchen showing off their chefs as they assemble dimsums and buns. Later on, we learned that Shi Lin is a Taiwanese restaurant known for xiao long bao.

They have only a few selections from their menu which was actually good (in a way) because it didn't take long (read: no discussions) for us to order.

Eone wants to have noodle soup as usual so we ordered Chicken Soup and Noodles for her. Note that there is an 'and' between soup and noodles? That was intentional because they served the noodles SEPARATE from the chicken soup. I'd recommend this one; the chicken portion is quite hefty.

Php130 for the ensemble

The Hubby chose to order Rice Pork Chop (he said this would be his dinner) while I went for the Vegetable and Pork Bun that I saw in the kitchen. Of course I also ordered the popular xiao long bao so I can compare it with that of Crystal Jade which was the best I had so far.

6 pieces for Php108. Not bad.

Since Xiao Long Bao is the house specialty, each table has a laminated instruction card that shows diners how to eat it.

Of course I followed the guide and immediately mixed my sauce which by the way was the same sauce I used for my vegetable and pork bun.

When my veggie and pork bun was served, I asked for a sauce and this was when I learned that Shi Lin is a Taiwanese restaurant and being that, Taiwanese cuisine uses ginger, vinegar and soy sauce in almost everything. No special sauce for the bun. That's sad, considering it was a bit a bland.

Php98.00 per order (2 buns)

After devouring the buns, I asked my little girl if she likes some dessert and ordered a cheesecake. What was served to us was a mamon-looking cake which made me doubt at first it was really a cheesecake. I was proven wrong, though, after Eone's first bite. To be honest, I only was able to eat a small slice.  (Server later came to check if the cheesecake was already served. She said she didn't notice us eating it. Well, my little girl finished everything within 2 minutes!)

a generous portion for Php95

Overall, I would say Shi Lin offers good food for a reasonable cost. The xiao long bao is delicious but not better than Crystal Jade. For light or afternoon snacks, the place is an excellent choice.

(Shi Lin Restaurant is at the 3rd Floor of Podium, ABD Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.)

Monday, December 06, 2010

I saw what you're wearing, but not your face

Two-inch heels, knee-high black socks and shorts? Hmmm.

I like her bag, though.

(The face-the-door tactic sure came in handy...maybe she didn't like what she's wearing either).

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Road Trip: Nasugbu's Munting Buhangin

It was one of those long week-ends and The Hubby REALLY want to go on a road trip. Our initial plan was to drive up north to Vigan or down South to Bicol but the 10 to 12 hours trip might be too grueling for the kids especially Enoe.

After considering dozens of options, we decided to take the kids to the beach. So off to Batangas we went.

The morning was kind’a gloomy and it really looked like it's going to rain but there's no way we are cancelling the trip as Eone was too excited already and was already wearing her swimsuit. True enough, as soon as we hit Tagaytay, it had started to drizzle.

We stopped at this new 'goto house' called All About Goto for a quick breakfast fix. Both Eone and Enoe love lugaw and I too, have not eaten goto (beef tripe congee) in months.

All About Goto - so small. Only 3 tables inside and 2 outdoors.


with egg... for both Eone and Enoe
After that quick meal, off again to our journey to our destination which is the Munting Buhangin in Nasugbu. It wasn't that far from Tagaytay (about an hour) and we got there a little before lunch.

The resort is nice and clean and for an entrance fee of Php170 for a day trip (plus around Php650 for the gazebo rental which can accommodate up to 10 persons), one wouldn't feel shortchanged.

However, the resort management could still improve their facilities by adding more toilets and shower rooms. Also, everything in that resort was with a fee. I was surprised when I was charged a fee for Eone's floater to be inflated. What? I paid a total of Php1500 for our entrance fee (incl. gazebo) and they couldn't blow air into a small salbabida (about 18 inches in diameter) for free?

Anyway, Eone had a great time splashing in the clean water and Enoe who gets nasty skin rashes when exposed to the sun (and heat) had a blast sight-seeing. It was his first time out of town!

My little girl who spent most of the day in the water...

My little boy who spent most (entire) of the day under the shade LOL!...

Munting Buhangin is located in Bo. Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas. Visit their website for more details.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Sorry Doesn't Make It Anymore....

What will you do if you win the super lotto and someone revealed to the whole world who you are? Me, I will run away, far far away, for dear life.

But hey, there is something worse than that. What if some irresponsible, mega excited socialite revealed your name and YOU ARE NOT THE WINNER!?? What do you do?

Read the story here.

Great job, Tim Yap! Nakakalurkey ka!

If the poor guy gets kidnapped, you should pay for his ransom.  Even if indeed Miko Morelos won the lotto, why would you announce it? Even PCSO is too cautious in disclosing who the lotto winner is (thus, I don't believe there was a winner, hehe)

Anyway, after all the trouble and possible threat to the poor guy's life, all Tim's got to say is this?

and this...

Would an apology suffice? 

I'm so waiting for Brian Gorrell to update his blog :-)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Dear Daddy,

You have been constantly in my thoughts the past few days, more frequent than usual. I don't know why.

Is it because it's just less than a month away before Christmas and I'm beginning to miss you more? It will be the second Christmas without you. For the second time, Mom will continue all by herself your annual tradition of wrapping and giving presents not only to family and relatives but also to less fortunate kids.

Is it because I'm getting hammered at work lately that I am feeling unsually tired and frustrated? When you were still around, you would ask me how my day went; you would patiently listen to my rants and laugh at my misadventures.

Is it because my two little bundles of joy are growing up fast and smart and wonderful without their Lolo Love? They'll be spoiled rotten by you for sure especially your princess Eone who happily shouts your name whenever she sees a photo of you.

I guess it's all of the above. The bottom line is the plain but sad truth that I just miss you.

Here is a video of you at the last party we had (2 months) before you went to heaven. You were singing (again) your favorite song, Constantly.

The lyrics of your favorite song best illustrate how we are feeling...

All day I'm walking in a dream
I think about you constantly
Just like an ever flowing stream
Your memory haunts me constantly

Shadows fall and I try to drive you from my mind
So you're no longer near to me
But my heart sees you there with me
Every sunset you share with me

The rain that patters through the tree reminds
Me of you constantly
Your name is whispered by the breeze and love birds
Bring your song to me

Just as sure as each star keeps burning
In the sky your love will stay a flame in me
A flame that burns so bright
Not only through the night
But constantly

Though we may be far apart
You're constantly deep in my heart

I love you Dad!

Your Kikay

Friday, November 26, 2010

Do you see what I see?

One fine day in Tokyo, which happened to be a public holiday, my colleague and I went for a walk at Ueno Park.

The park was filled with people, mostly families doing various colorful activities. Vendors too, were all over the park offering all sorts of colorful stuff. Japanese bowls, chopstix, clothes, and of course food!

Can you guess what's for sale here?

They're banana coated with chocolate and covered with candy sprinkles. The weather was so cold  the chocolate doesn't melt.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Want a Kiddie Language Dictionary!

"Mommy, I want pansal bread", Eone requested while we were driving home. At 4 years old, she still mispronounce a lot of words but pansal was very clear to me as pan de sal. Or so I thought.

Pan de Sal is so easy to get around Manila; almost all bakeries in every corner sell them but the best of course is the bread from Pan De Manila.

Food requests are almost always granted, so I said "Okay, we'll stop to buy pan de sal".

Upon hearing that, she went a little nuts. "No! I want pansal bread! Pansal bread!".

"Yes! That's what we're getting!", I exclaimed while parking in front of Pan de Manila near our village.

By the time I got the bread, she was almost crying, saying I bought the wrong bread. WTF!

So I asked her to describe to me what is a pansal bread. She appeared exhausted and frustrated by Mommy's ignorance as she said "Pansal bread, the one you sawsaw (dip) in chocolate! It's like this...", and then she drew a ribbon-like image in the air.

She wants a PRETZEL!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Japanese Sunday at Inagiku Makati Shangri La

I noticed I have been blogging a lot about Japan lately. Well, what can I do? I have been eating too many japanese food that the best topic to write about is anything japanese too!

Like last Sunday when we had buffet lunch at Inagiku at the Makati Shangri La Hotel with Raymand & Lily who are both godparents to our kids (and us to theirs). As soon as we started eating, our good friend Lily can't stop talking about us going to Japan together.

Was it because of the super tender and delicious US beef steak teppanyaki cooked on the spot? Or the tangy-tasty salmon in miso sauce? I think they did some kind of voodoo on these food because as soon as we tasted them, our brain cells started to get filled with japanese images.

For me the sushi and sahimi spread was were the most unforgettable. There were a lot of unique sushi creations that I've only seen in this restaurant. I love them! I love them so much I ate almost nothing but sushi and sashimi...

Well, almost. Because I wasn't able to resist the fried ice cream and the 'cabinet' full of desserts...

Eone was amused by the cotton candy machine which turns a Fox candy into a ball of floss!


The only regret I had going to Inagiku on Sunday was I did not get to take so many photos. In fact, I BARELY took photos! We were so busy eating and catching up that we just didn't care about pictures.

Indeed, great food is best enjoyed with great friends (with kids in tow).

Domo arigato gozaimashita mare and pare!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Saw What You're Wearing

Pwedeng mang-okray?

What I love most about going to Japan is that you can wear whatever you want and nobody gives a damn.

Look at her standing confidently against the door of the MTR...looks like she went to the gym and forgot her rubber shoes.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kidz Kraze 2010 (Richwell Trading Warehouse Sale)

Here's a warehouse sale your kids will literally plead for you to go.

Richwell Trading's annual Christmas sale offers up to 80% off on branded toys like Barbie, Dora The Explorer, Spongebob, Leapfrog, Vtech and many more! Also on sale are kids shoes, apparel and baby products like Pigeon, Safety 1st and Chicco.

Tip: The warehouse sale is at the Creative Trade Center at Calle Industria in Libis. There is an ongoing road repair (last week when we passed by) so there may be a slight to moderate traffic. This also makes parking a bit challenging.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Joy Ride courtesy of the Ipit Taxi Gang

(updated with photo)

A couple of years ago (a year after I got married), I became a victim of a car highjacking group called Ipit Taxi Gang.

I hailed a cab in front of the hotel where I used to work. When I got in, the driver told me to move to the innermost part (behind his seat) because his shock absorbers have problems. That was his drama - later on I would realize he wanted me to make space for his 2 other cohorts.

After making a U-turn at ADB and right at Ortigas, the driver stopped the car in front on the rotten-decaying-abandoned Philcomsen building and two other men jumped into the car much to my surprise (and later on fear).

They pinned me down when I tried to scream to catch attention. They made sure I saw their gun and commanded me to close my eyes.

They rummaged through my bag; I could hear them going through my things. When they searched my wallet, they asked me which of my ATM cards had funds. They reminded me not to lie or else I will get hurt. So I told them the Metrobank one had some funds and promptly gave them the PIN. After withdrawing money from my ATM, I was asked to remove all my jewelries and my watch (which happened to be an expensive one, a gift from my Dad who then just came from a trip in Singapore).

Closing my eyes in a way helped me relax and stay focused. I noticed that the goons threatened me more when I seem very afraid but when I respond to their queries casually, they seem to calm down too. Therefore, staying calm and even friendly to them became my game plan and it proved to be successful. After all, what choice have I got? Even if their guns are fake, they could beat me or strangulate me to death. I have no chance of survival with 3 men in a very compact place such as a taxi.

And sorry to say this but I also have no faith that anyone who would witness the crime to help me. That only happen in action flicks (and I know Mel Gibson is nowhere near Ortigas). Besides, after having experienced the passiveness of most Filipinos, I'm not going to keep my hopes high in that aspect.

What I did was to run several scenarios in my head, and started preparing myself for the worst. But to be honest, it never crossed my mind that I will not survive. My faith that I will come out of the incident unscathed was very strong that what played in my mind were scenes of me being reunited with my husband and family.

However, I was very scared; I felt my knees shake and my hands trembled like I have Parkinson's disease. Despite my fear, I vividly recall that I told the goons that I will give all the material things they want and I will cooperate just so they won’t touch me. I was very worried of getting raped, more than anything.

Being alone with armed, dangerous men made me feel very helpless and all I was able to do was to pray. Strange thing was I couldn’t finish any of the prayers. Confusion, panic and fear overwhelmed me that the prayers Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be were all mixed up in my head. And you know the joke that when you are in dire need, you'd be able to call the saints in heaven? That's very true. I implored help from all the Saints I can recall, even from Santa Clause, no kidding!

I was like their hostage for over an hour. We drove around to where I had no idea. My eyes were tight shut because when they asked me to close me eyes, I was keen on obeying everything they say - I didn’t even take a peek.

During the entire time, the crooks tried to engage me in casual, friendly conversation, perhaps to help me relax a bit. And boy, did I relax! Believe it or not, I did not cry at all when I was with them, although my hands and knees never stopped shaking. I remember them asking me about my cell phone, a new Nokia. They asked what model it was and how much I got it for. I then proceeded to tell them that it was free from Globe if you subscribe to a monthly plan, and I even went to the details of how to apply. Silly me, wasn't I?! Why would they buy when they can just take it from anymore?

Anyway, after what seemed like eternity, the driver finally asked me if I want to go home. I replied, "Yes, moron." "Please, yes, I want to.” But then it started to drizzle so I heard him ask again, "Ma'am, do you have an umbrella? We don’t want you to get wet" (in tagalog, of course).

Haha! These guys were funny. After stealing all my valuables, they’re showing concern of me getting drenched. But that was not the end of their joke. “Ma’am, we’re giving you Php100 so you can take a TAXI going home.”

The stupidity and irony of what they said made me chuckle, and then I mumbled an equally moronic response to the moronic statement…. I said. “Thank you.”

They actually thought I enjoyed the ride!

Lessons and tips from this ordeal:

1. Stay calm. Hard as it seems but keeping calm will help you think better. The crooks get nervous and fidgety too when we panic and we don’t want them getting fidgety with their guns, do we?

2. Don’t fight for your valuables. They are just materials things. Your safety, your health, your life are irreplaceable.

3. Do your best to get details of the incident as best as possible (plate number, identifiable marks, etc) and report to the police.

4. Pray.

It’s Christmas season and these criminals are aware you have just received your bonuses. They want a share from the fruits of your hardwork instead of finding a decent job.

So please stay safe everyone!

NOTE: I searched the internet if there are recent incidents similar to mine and here's what I found... this is the driver! It's been a long time but I will never forget his face.

growing old and still EVIL!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Big & Small Co. Warehouse Sale 2010

Here's another warehouse sale to keep everyone up and about all week...

The organizers made sure you won't get lost by giving not only a map but detailed directions on how to get there. Pag naman nawala pa kayo, ewan ko nalang :-)

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bitten by Crocs

I have been planning to replace Eone's favorite Crocs, a Mickey Mouse Cayman, since last month. You see, she's been using that red crocs since she was 2. We bought it at the Crocs outlet in Serendra on my birthday in 2008. My plan really was to get a pair for myself but I ended up getting one for the little girl.

We bought a pair that was bigger than her actual size to give 'allowance' for growth spurts. I was glad we did because her crocs were the only pair of shoes she's had that are still in very good condition. What do we expect, from all the running and jumping of a very frisky girl like her, we'd be lucky if her shoes are still in one piece after 3 months. This made me realize that even if a pair of Crocs is equivalent to 2 to 3 pairs of ordinary children’s shoes, in the end it's a good investment.

Her second pair of Crocs (Genna) was 3 sizes too big when her Ninong Jeff gave it to her as Christmas present also in 2008. It has become our running joke that Eone would be able to wear it when she turns 7 and that how thoughtful Jeff was in sending the gift 5 years ahead.

Anyway, now that we're almost ready to park the red crocs, I thought of getting a replacement first. I also want to get one for Enoe who seem to be eager to start walking already.

Having said that, I have been on the look for another Crocs warehouse sale. The last 3 sales at the Mega Tent were all jam-packed with people that I started feeling suffocated even before we entered the parking lot. So when I learned about this Citibank Crocs and Toys R Us warehouse sale exclusive to card holders, I did not think twice. It was at a much smaller venue and there were less announcements so I figured there will be less people. I was right.

We went yesterday which was also the last day of the sale. As expected, some designs were already sold out and colors and sizes were already limited. Still, I was able to get what I wanted plus an extra pair which I can give away on Christmas.

Guess how much I paid for these 3 pairs?

Php1,110. Yes, you are reading it right.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gingersnaps Warehouse Sale 2010

Have you started your Christmas shopping? Me, I haven’t even made my list (I better do it today).

Anyway, I’ll be posting here all Christmas sales (bazaar, warehouse, outlet etc) that I would come across so please visit often for updates.

I’m starting with my favorite brand of clothing for my kids: Gingersnaps. I am planning to go next week, and when I do, I'll post my review - and a list of great finds. :-)

Happy shopping!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tag a Log Trans Lay Tien

We had  a very late dinner last night at a small resto near our village. While waiting for our orders, I entertained myself by reading their travel magazines. I particularly browsed through a booklet-type travel guide called My Boracay Guide.

Look what I have found...

This is the result when English to Filipino translation was done by a foreigner. Or maybe the translation was written that way so foreigners can pronounce the words better and easier? I doubt. "Hinday" is so exaggerated and unacceptable if this was written by a Filipino.

Anyway, it's sooo close to how we play charades - sounds like and by number of syllables. Kakalurkey!

"Ca moose ta ka?"

Hahahahah! Should I reply, "Ma boo tee poe"?
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