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Cutie on a Sunday

Here are some random shots last Sunday.

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Baby kulit while scheming on my planner

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The cutie on his new car.. Notice the smile from both ears 🙂

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Enjoying the new broom broom 🙂

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I don’t want to just sit mommy, want to stand on it as well! – Baby Geoff

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Sorry, pic was blurred. Cutie was very impatient.

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I’m not sure why I’m wearing this turtle mommy – Baby Geoff

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A baby turtle-boy’s smile

 

Hope you had a nice Sunday too!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Playdate

My friends planned a playdate/mini reunion for the tropa last Saturday. I was kind of worried because it has been raining non stop 2 days before the actual gathering. Come Saturday, the sun was bright and shining, thus, the date pushed through.

I was supposed to prepare my cheesy potato marbles as a contribution, however, that morning, Rney informed me that no one was assigned to bring bread, which had me decide to prepare a spread as well. I prepared an egg spread and brought most of the necessary stuff that we need for a picnic. I brought along a knife because I requested for indian mangoes, 2 liters of water, salt, bagoong, Geoff’s choco drink and snack, as well as an extra pack of bread.

As far as I remember, the Pasig Rainforest Park was not that developed yet. I did not remember it having a zoo, or a lagoon where you can rent a paddleboat. It was a pretty straight forward park. I was kind of annoyed (at first) and amazed to see that it was currently being renovated, and as far as I can tell from the attractions/ statues that are being installed, it is going to be fabulous!

There was a minizoo, a spacious children’s playground, a lagoon for paddleboating (still closed), a lot of cottages (some are still closed), some commercial spaces with sink (at least, that’s what  Riza’s husband, Glenn, think), tennis court, basketball court, and last but not the least, the swimming pool!

The entrance to the minizoo is P5 for Pasig residents and P20 for non residents, while the pool charges are P60 for residents, while P100 for non residents. You would have to present a valid ID with the address, proof that you are indeed from Pasig. The prices are also for adults, I did not check the fee for kids.

For the minizoo, there was a monkey, owls, eagles (I don’t know the variety), reindeers, lots of warthogs, carabaos, lizards, snakes, horses and a few others that I don’t remember. Well, there was also this ostrich that my heart breaks for since it is clearly not in good health. Most of his feather is gone. Clearly, most of the animals are in a sorry state. Period. Hope the Pasig government can do something about it.

As for the families who went, there was Jeralynne, her hubby, Mike, and their only daughter, Lei. There was also Riza, Glenn, and their 3 children, Aldrin, Kurt, and Gianne. Jaimie and Rney was there, both single 🙂 Bine came late, as she had a previous engagement to attend to before. Anyway, we really enjoyed, Geoff was even knocked out before we left the venue.

Here are some pics:

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The gang, less Jak and Kuya Roni

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Mga nauna 🙂

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With Nanay Josu

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Ninang Jaimie and Geoff

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Ninang Rney with Lei and Gianne

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Familia Dayto’s wacky jump shot

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Single and ready to mingle 🙂

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Opeda Family

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Wacky daw

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Mga padre de familia

 

 

Hunt for Phone: Nokia Lumia 920

My first phone is a Nokia. It was a 5110, which I had when I was in college, year 2004. It was a result of hard work, being a part time service crew at the time. That phone lasted me 3 years, until I decided to upgrade it to a 3310.

As I base my buying preference to the quality of the brand, most of the phones I had since then was from Nokia. Currently, I am looking for an upgrade to something better. The craze about androids and iOS is kinda driving me crazy. So para maiba naman, why not look for a phone that has neither iOS or Android WITHOUT compromising the speed and output expected from a phone? Alas, I saw the Nokia Lumia 920, which was powered by Windows 8.

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My requirements for a phone is simple. The output of the camera should be good, I should be able to call and text with no technical difficulties, and it should have bluetooth and wifi. When we checked out the sample Lumia from Abenson, I tested the camera first. It was way better than my previous phone. It uses the Clearblack and Pureview technology that I really have no idea what it is about, but it definitely delivered the result I needed for a phone. It seems easy enough to use as it is Windows based, so I think it has everything I needed for a phone.

BTW, Abenson offers the best deals. I found out that I can use my Citibank credit card and avail of the installment plan at 0% interest. Not only that, it comes with a freebie! Well, the freebie depends on the store where you will buy it, but, dba? magandang offer na yun!

Nokia-Abenson 02Time to hit the nearest Abenson shop, or better, go for the Shangrila, Trinoma, or the Greenbelt branch to get a better feel of the phone and the best offers!

 

Samboko-date Experience

Yesterday was February 18, the day when we celebrated post valentines and our monthsary. Since everything was on a budget nowadays, yet we wanted it to be a bit special than fastfood, we opted to go to Eastwood and redeem my free movie tickets courtesy of my credit card. That way, we would be able to spend more on food.

Having spent forever in Eastwood as we both worked there for the last 9 years or so, I can say that I can only count the number of restaurants where we have eaten. Sure, I have tried all the fastfoods but not the high end ones (cheapskates kame eh.. haha!)

We decided to watch A Good Day To Die Hard. Overall, the movie was good, but not that special. Maybe because I am not such a fan of action movies. I am looking forward to Oz, The Great and Powerful. We had the usual popcorn and hotdog sandwich.

After the movie, naglakad lakad muna kami. Prior to the movie, we both decided to eat at Sambokojin. So ang peg namin, pagutom muna kasi Sambokojin is an all you can eat Japanese buffet. It was very unfortunate that I was unable to take a picture of the actual food that they serve. Na-excite ako kasi pers time ko eh.. Hihihi!

As for the service, it was SUPERB! Wala akong masabi, the waiters were so attentive and are always willing to suggest what the best food are, the “bagay” sauce combination, the soups to try and such. They are also ready to take away the empty plates as well as replace the grill even before you request to do so. Hindi mo mafi-feel na ignored ka sa restaurant na to.

Overall, for sure, Babe and I will be back. I even texted my friends to make sure that we all try it some time as I have not tried some of the other dishes yet. Gluttony lang. Haha! Pero seriously, this is one of the best dates that I have been to, of course, kasama ko kasi yung love of my life ko. 🙂 Belated happy hearts day everyone!

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Shrimps, those lovely shrimps.. Meron din tempura yan, kaso, no pics 🙂

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The dessert na lang.. Hehe.. There were also cake slices and ice cream. This is the dessert shots and mini cakes. By this time, hindi na ako makahinga.. 🙂

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The restaurant. Mejo hupa na ung crowd. It was a Monday kasi and past dinner time na.

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Busog, happy, and contented. I really love this date. Sa uulitin babe!

 

 

One of the Missions, Accomplished

Today, we were able to book the church where Geoff will be baptized. Yes, the baby boy will be turning 1 this coming March and we will be celebrating his baptismal as well. I have made several checklists (yes, checklists. It’s that many), so that I would know the things that needs to be accomplished. Let me include it on this blog as well.

1. Find a church and reserve it for baptismal. – DONE

2. Find a venue for the reception and birthday party. – DONE

3. Complete the requirements needed for the baptismal. Photocopy of the birth certificate, marriage contract, and the permit from the parish we belong to. – DONE

4. Pay the church fee.  – DONE

5. Prepare the lootbag contents and incorporate the One Piece theme. – DONE, no One Piece theme 🙁

6. Buy additional goodies for the lootbags.

7. Think and inquire about the souvenirs for the sponsors. – DONE

8. Babe to finish the invitation and souvenir format. – DONE

9. Brainstorm with Yayan re: invitations and buy the materials.

10. Make the invitations and send it ASAP. – DONE. Thanks Yayan

11. Create a design for the cake and order the cupcakes. – DONE

12. Finish the cake topper designs and have it printed out.

13. Pay for the venue and inquire about the balloons. – DONE. DP was paid, the rest after the party na. They also have baloons!

Hoping to accomplish most that does not involve money. Haha!

The Baby Loves Cakes

It’s amazing that our baby is able to appreciate most of what we give him everytime we celebrate his monthly progress. He loves cakes and cupcakes, chocolates, and oreo cookies. The messier, the better. So adorable.

Geoff's 10th month

Geoff’s 10th month

Geoff at 11 months

Geoff at 11 months

First. Ever. Prize.

I won!!!

This is the first time I won something as a mom and I am so excited. The only thing is, I need a Singapore address. The organizers will be sending that book via courier, thus the need of the address. I have tagged some friends who I know are in SG. Hopefully they will be willing to help out. 🙂

Do you see my name on the list? It's on the Feb 11 winners list!

Do you see my name on the list? It’s on the Feb 11 winners list!

My Ceramic Pan is Here!

I think I was able to blog that we recently purchased a ceramic pan from Ensogo. It came via delivery today and I am so excited to use it. I got interested with this kind of pan ever since that darn Home TV Shopping channel.

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On that episode, they were showcasing this wonderful pan. This pan, you need not wash as since it is ceramic, anything could just be wiped clean by a cloth or tissue. In addition, there is no need to add oil, which means, it is considered non stick!

This morning, I went ahead to “test” the ceramic pan. I made pancakes! Usually, I would have to put additional butter to the pan to make sure that it won’t stick. This would mean that the added butter would burn and usually stick to either the bottom or the sides of the pan. This time, that did not happen. The butter burned all right, but, it easily glided from all parts of the pan. Galing. I was able to cook sinangag and heated the veggies from yesterday’s menu.

If there was one thing that I didn’t like about it is that it really gets hot. I am thinking that it may be because it was more compatible for induction cooker. The tip of the utensil I used sort of melted. It comes off the pan, but that alone can be dangerous if not noticed.

Lesson Learned

January 19 was Pico de Loro day. My first dayhike since I got pregnant. Did you know? This was also my first day hike ever.

I decided to go back to hiking for health reasons. I have constantly gained weight since I started back to work. I pounds I lost found their way back to my body because I was irresponsible in terms of eating and I chose not to exercise. Going back, hiking was one of the means that I thought of in losing weight. As you know, I always loved hiking, and was doing it for 2 years when I was still single. I started late 2009, and made it a regular routine for 2010. I enjoyed it more on 2011 as I already have a steady climb mate with babe with me.

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This was me back in 2010. I stood on the same summit (?) in Pico de Loro

We planned for the day Piknikers style. We had to have a headlamp, extra clothes, trail food, packed lunch, and ample water supply. For logistics, we had to pay for extra as we had to take a cab. Initially, I was worried about the IT that was prepared, but we made good time as the traffic was really fast and we got there early.

For the climb itself, I was glad that not much has changed with the terrain. Pico de Loro also has these trail signs making it easier for mountaineers to find their way towards the peak. The trail still has the same steep ascent and the rocks (oh the million rocks) which made it really exhausting.

We started the trek at around 7AM (told you, we got there early. This was after leaving the office at 5AM). I found it easy enough, however, as we got deeper through the mountain, mas humihirap. Maybe because I am tired, pwede din na hirap talaga ako pag pataas, pero eventually, we all were able to get to the base summit by 10AM.

We picked a spot and ate our lunch. I initially decided, ayaw ko na akyatin ung second summit because I have done so before, kaya lang, I called my mom to let her know of the update and my decision, and ang sabi nya, “Nanjan ka na, hindi mo pa kukumpletuhin”, so there, I changed my mind.

Just like my first time, I did not go for the beak. As exciting as it was, it was too dangerous for me, and that I have my family to think of kung magkakamali ako ng tapak. We settled for a photo ops instead:

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Before we went to the second summit.

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A group picture on the same spot

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Thanks Vince, for the pictures. A group shot with the bird’s beak as a view

At around 1 PM, we decided to head back. This was where the fun started. Since the trail itself it not all flat or down slope, I had the most difficult time. Fatigue was also wearing me out. During one of our breaks, I decided to go ahead so that I can pace myself better. Little did I know that it would be one bad decision.

So I went ahead and got to the registration area. That was fine as I had plenty of rest before they got to where I am. After a few minutes, I decided to go ahead again. Confident that I was heading the right direction, I let myself dwell on how tired I am. I did not notice that there was a sign and as I walked farther, I noticed the absence of the trail signs. I even noticed that the path was somehow similar, but was getting unfamiliar by the minute. I only acknowledged the fact that I was lost after a few shrubs got stuck in my shirt. As soon as I realized that I was lost, I quickly head back, half running and half walking while cursing my stupidity. Imagine, ako na sobrang hard sa sarili ko pag me climb na wala ung ibang Piknikers. Kakahiya and all that.

I was able to retrace my steps and found the correct path, yun nga lang, mejo late na. It was around 4 PM na. Kinakabahan na ako. For one, I do not have the headlamp with me. I don’t have food. I don’t even have any freakin’ money with me. Just about half a liter of water and my clothing. For some weird coincidence pa, there was not much hikers left who were on their way down. Maybe, nakalagpas na cla, or andun pa cla sa kubo. I dunno. My mind was so set in going home. I was thinking if the others were looking for me and such.

Anyway, I was so relieved when I was able to see the highway. I was sooo ready to kiss the concrete steps had it  been that my knees were about to give in due to fatigue. When I got back to DOST, my companions did not even think that I was missing. They thought I was in one of the bathroom all along. Well, I got pissed at first pero, if I think about it even until now, everything was my fault as I was not reading the signs. Babe and I talked when we got home, and all is well.

So there. My almost disastrous comeback climb. I enjoyed it. I did. So much that we have another climb this coming Feb. 16. Will post about it after the climb. We’re both excited as this is going to be an exploration climb. Another first.