Monthly Archives: February 2009

A Night To Remember

It’s been a long time since I went to a club or disco (not really sure how the young ones call them nowadays), watched a live band, went bar hopping and increased the alcohol level in my body.  🙂

Last night was the first after so many years. Long ago (yes, it seems so long long ago), hubby and I love to go out for night gimmicks – whether it’s just the two of us or with friends.  Sometimes, it’d be watching a live band, sometimes go dancing, sometimes watching concerts… and of course at times just hanging out in a bar for drinks (though I really don’t drink much which eventually became nil since my first pregnancy and my acid reflux attacks thereafter).

Last night, we brought a visiting friend from Canada for a night out, and another friend (who is very familiar with all the club joints here in Manila as part of his work) joined us. First, we had some light dinner, drinks and watched a live band at Spicy Fingers in Greenbelt. Then, we went to Mint (in Fort) for some drinks and finally, went disco dancing at Embassy (in Fort) until 3:00 in the morning.  Since we had to bring home our friend, hubby and I arrived home almost 4:00 in the morning.

I felt I’m really getting older. While at Embassy, I found some of the music didn’t really match my taste for dancing (though there were some good ones), and I don’t think I could dance as well as before anymore. Haha.  I also wasn’t used to the flashing and blinking lights anymore. At times, it gets too much I feel like getting a headache but luckily, it never came.

In any case, it still was a great night for all of us. It was especially a special one for hubby and me, as it relived the good old night outs we used to have together. Nowadays, we go out but for more quiet gimmicks like  movies, dinner or drinks at a friend’s house.

I realized, once in a while, it is nice to do some of the old fun activities that we used to share. It adds spice and spark…. 🙂



Filed under Let's Have Fun!, Marriage & Relationships

On Love and Relationships.

This would have made a good entry for Valentine’s… but since I only had time to view Dee’s tag the other day (been busy lately), it’s as good as a post-Valentine entry…

Thanks, Dee, for the tag.

This is about why I love my husband.

It’s actually an easy and a difficult question for me. Easy, since there are a lot of things, small and big, that I can list down as to why I love him. Difficult, because all these things put together still doesn’t seem to be enough to quantify what makes me really love him. Because it’s not all about just these things, it something more which I can’t quite really capture in words.

For someone I have known for twenty-six years (since grade three), and someone I have romantically been with for nine years before marriage, and someone I have binded myself to in matrimony for eight years, all the good and bad moments together have made the definition of love transform through the years in a deeper meaning. It’s not all about the feeling and the companionship, but it all translates to commitment.

I love him because he brings out the best and the worst in me, making me learn and realize things about myself I wouldn’t have without his honesty. I love him because he has been my best friend ever since. I love him because despite what he is going through, he is still always considerate and thoughtful about how me and our kids are doing. I love him because he is such an excellent father (and would be an even better mother than me) to our kids. I love him because he is a great husband in so many ways. I love him because he always ensures that he gives us the time we need with him despite how busy his work is.

I love how he stands by his principles. I love his passion, his enthusiasm, his positivity and his love for life.  I love how he keeps his word. I love that he knows his priorities. I love how he is committed to be of service for HIM and our spiritual community. I love his thoughtfulness, his dedication and his funny-sweetness. I love his child-like mischievousness and naughtiness.

And after all things said and unsaid, I love him simply because I DO.

Now, I’d like to tag all of you reading this as I’d like to know why you love your husband (or your wife)…


Filed under Love & Sex, Marriage & Relationships


I’m quickly taking a breather… as I log in to my blog tonight.

I feel overwhelmed thinking about upcoming activities, projects, chores, tasks, etcetera, etcetera. I used to be so good in multi-tasking. Now, I only seem to be able to focus on one thing at a time. Yes, one step at a time before moving on to the next… Otherwise, I end up stressing myself. Is this part of getting older or what?

There are times my mind just blanks out if I try to think of so many things at the same time… I’m not sure if that’s an accurate catch but that’s how I feel sometimes.  That’s probably why I easily get distracted. Need to focus.. focus… focus… zzzzzzzz!

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Learning = Photo Fun!

I’m officially done with my second day of photography classes last night.  Four more to go. The class was supposed to end at 10:00pm but we ended at 11:00pm. I didn’t mind though. It was fun and interesting.

This is the first photography class (ever) that I attended. Years ago, I never thought I’d be attending such a class, as photography wasn’t exactly on my list of things to learn…

Well, I love to look at photos and ever since I also love to take photos of different subjects – my family, kids, friends, travelled places, accessories (for our business), events and parties.  But that was it. All for posterity’s sake. I never considered myself to have the eye of a good photographer. It was my other sister who took lessons before and whom I know to have that “creative eye” for it.

But since studying Digital Arts three years back and working with Photoshop since, I started to appreciate good photos more. I enjoyed looking through artistic photographs, and became more interested. Not to mention that I also became interested to know how to capture  good photographs which I can make as subjects for my paintings.

And now here I am… and enjoying it!

We submitted our first photo project last night. Although we get to choose our own subject or theme, it still was a very difficult one for me having to consider all the criteria needed for the photo. I took a thousand photos (literally) of different themes in the last three days before I felt satisfied enough to submit one. Yes, we had to choose and submit ONLY ONE! The selection process actually gave me a headache.

This was the final selection I decided to submit…

It was good to hear all the critique – both good and bad. The good points, of course, made me feel good about what I did right, and the bad points didn’t actually bring me down but made me feel better since I got tips on what things to improve on.

And I believe that is what learning is all about… being open-minded and wanting to know where and what to improve on… and there will always be room!

Can’t wait for Day 3 on Friday… 😀


Filed under Me, Myself and I, Photography

Fashion Snapshot #1: Asian Finds

fashionsnapshotI don’t consider myself a “fashionista” but I do appreciate and love certain fashion novelties.  There are a few fashion brands, items and shops where I really love their stuff!

And so I just thought of doing this “Fashion Snapshot” segment in my blog where I feature some items I bought or found or would love to have…  and of course, the shops whose merchandise I love!

Most women, if not all, love jewelries and accessories. I have yet to meet one who doesn’t.

From our online accessories business, I have known quite a number of ladies who collects jewelries, real or faux. Some love to collect those unique or one-of-a-kind, others love those vintage-styled, some like those made from sterling silver, and for those more financially blessed, they go for the real deal.

The photo above shows a (synthetic) turquoise earrings and pendant set in 92.5% silver with very small gemstones. It was a present from my parents during my recent birthday.

Well, I was actually the one who chose this. They asked me to come with them to Alabang last Friday, and had me choose what I liked from Asian Finds (they were on sale from Feb. 9 to 15). I especially love the detail on the pendant (and even the backside of it).

I love their earrings, pendants and bracelets with semiprecious stones or synthetic stones set in sterling silver. I especially love and prefer those made with Turquoise and Black Onyx, even though my birthstone is Amethyst.

If you’re not familiar with Asian Finds, it is a small shop at the Upper Ground Floor of Alabang Town Center selling mainly jewelries and a few other accessories. Very nice jewelries I should say. Most of their jewelries are priced from Php1,000 up. A bit pricey for some, but I guess price is relative.

You’d be surprised how fast most of their items get sold. That’s why as my sister would put it, “if you find something you love, better buy it immediately… If you think about it for a few days (even just for one day or sometimes even just hours) before buying, chances are when you go back, it’s already sold.” And it has been true!

Asian Finds also offers lifetime free cleaning. 🙂


Filed under Fashion, Shopping & Beauty

Kanin Club

One of my sisters had a craving to eat out with the whole family (our side of the family) last night, and so we went to Kanin Club at Westgate in response to her invitation.  It was our post-valentine dinner.

Kanin Club is usually full on weekends, so despite arriving early in the restaurant, it was, yes, already full and we had to wait (for 30 minutes or was it more?).

By the time we were seated, we were all hungry. It was my first time to eat there so I wanted to take photos of the food we ordered. Unfortunately, hunger made everyone lunge at each served food, and there was no chance for me to take any photos… else I might suffer their hunger wrath… Hahaha.

This was the only food I was able to take a photo of… since everyone was satiated by then.

This dessert is a Kanin Club original. It is a modified version of the usual “turon” as we know it. It is like a “halo-halo” in a roll. It has bananas, purple yam jam, macapuno strips and monggo beans wrapped and deep-fried in a rice paper roll (with melted sugar and sesame seeds on the outside), and served with ice cream on the side.  Very delicious!!!

The other dishes we ordered were :

Bagoong Rice – fried rice mixed with bagoong (salted and fermented shrimps).

Sinangag na Sinigang – fried rice with the sinigang flavor.

Squid in Salt and Pepper – calamari, quick-fried to a crisp in a zesty mix of salt and pepper.

Binukadkad na Tilapia – whole, deep-fried, crunchy tilapia.

Crispy Liempo – light and crunchy pork belly strips ready for dipping in three kinds of sauce.

Crispy Dinuguan – spicy pork stew flavoured by vinegar and pork blood like European blood sausage modified to contain crispy chicharon bulaklaka and crispy pig internals.

Tom Yum Goong – hot and sour Thai soup, with shrimps, squid and mussels, flavored with freshcut lemongrass, limes, mushrooms and chilies.

Kanin Club’s Vegetarian Delight – banana blossoms and three kinds of mushrooms, with wheat vegemeat and tofu, sauted in vegetarian oyster sauce.

Pad Thai – the Thai national dish : stir-fried rice noodles with egg, Thai fish sauce, chili, bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, tofu and topped with crushed peanuts.

I loved their Crispy Dinuguan and Crispy Liempo along with the Bagoong Rice and Sinangag na Sinigang. I couldn’t have any of the soup since it was hot and spicy, and my tolerance for spicy food is very low. The squid and the tilapia were also good. The Pad Thai noodles were very “thai” and may be an acquired taste for some people (such as me).

Definitely coming back for more!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s one of those mushy days again especially for lovebirds… but for those who are single and consider themselves “loveless”, don’t fret… think about your family and friends who love you dearly and whom you love in return. Valentine’s day is all about love and it doesn’t have to be just about romantic love.

Two days ago, I received a very sweet Valentine greeting from my eldest daughter.

Here is the card she made for me and hubby…

Despite knowing it was a school project, I was still really touched. She was very proud of her Valentine’s gift for us… 🙂  For me, it’s a very simple effort from a five-year-old but very meaningful.

It just goes to show we don’t need fancy and expensive gifts to make our loved ones happy this Valentine’s. 🙂


Did you know?

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas.


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