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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everybody are having a great time. Let's just remember that we are celebrating the birthday of the greatest man who ever walked here on earth, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for this festive season.

Hubby and I celebrated Christmas at home. I didn't cook sumptuous foods for Noche Buena like we used to do here in the Philippines. It's only me and hubby and he said I don't have to bother myself cooking last night. We will cook on Christmas Day like Americans do in the US. So I heeded his advice and I just watched tv last night then later on went to sleep. You might think it's boring huh! But I think it's better so we don't have to eat a lot because both of us have already gained a lot of weight. Can't afford to gain more.

This morning, hubby handed me my Christmas gift from him. It's a cool cash worth P1k. It might not be that much but I appreciate it very much. He said I will be the one to buy anything I want because I might not like what he will buy for me. Now I have money for shopping. Then we went out to eat brunch at Chowking. It was my treat for him because I didn't buy him any gift, lol! It really surprised me that a lot of people were there. Then we went to the mall and I shopped while hubby went back to the car and waited on me.

We went back home and my youngest brother and his family were waiting on us to celebrate Christmas with us. So I cooked chicken aftritada, goulash and rice while my brother cooked tinola. He also brought with him the duck recipe that he cooked last night. I just served apple juice and iced tea for hubby. It was a simple meal but we were so full. I didn't have time to take photos of the foods because everybody were already starving. It was past 2 PM when we ate.

Here's our pic taken at Chowking while we were eating brunch. I asked the service crew to take this.

I got the orange chicken meal while hubby got the King's special

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

At Lingayen, Pangasinan

My brother and I went back to the Register of Deeds in Lingayen today to get a document that we need in processing the papers for the transfer of the land that we bought for our church. It did not take long to get it because I went there yesterday to request it and they told me to go back today to get it. My hubby did not go with us because he prefer to stay home and watch tv. Since it was still early, I asked my brother to stop at the capitol building to take pics. The capitol building is not that far from the ROD so my brother drove the car and parked it at the parking lot of the building. I got my camera and walked in front of the capitol building with my brother in tow and took photos of the giant Christmas tree. That Christmas tree is really huge!

Then my brother and I took turns to take photos in front of the giant Christmas tree for souvenir. It's not very often that we go there so we took the opportunity. I just want to feature here in my blog the capitol building of our province in Lingayen, Pangasinan. I am proud to be from this province.

Then we went upstairs to see the nativity scene just in front of the capitol. The images of the nativity scene are life size too. They really spent money for the Christmas decorations. My other brother told me that they even featured on tv the Christmas tree in the capitol.

We went around the landscaped surroundings of the capitol and I was really impressed to see how neat the landscape is. The grass and the green shrubs are well trimmed and there were a few wooden chairs there. The capitol building is surrounded with lots of Philippine flags and it added beauty to the surroundings. The capitol is elevated so when you're up there, you're overlooking all the other buildings around it.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Where To Spend Christmas

This month is already halfway over and in a matter of ten days, it will be Christmas. I think the days are running so fast. Hubby and I don't have any plans yet where to spend Christmas. For the past three Christmases since we were in my homeland, we were in Baguio every Christmas. Hubby wanted some changes. It's not that he got tired of going to Baguio because we both love it there but he said he wants to spend Christmas either here at home or maybe somewhere else. I've been wanting to take him to the north, somewhere in the Ilocos region because he's never been there. The farthest he went in the north was in San Juan, La Union. I've been to Ilocos region and the farthest I've been to was in Pagudpud but that was many moon years back. I want to go there again this time with hubby. Let's wait and see what will transpire in the coming days. I will write it here for sure.

Monday, November 26, 2012

At The Beach

We had a whole day brown-out last Saturday from 7AM to 5PM. Hubby decided that we need to go to the beach to escape the heat for not having electricity. Just imagine, whole day without electric fan, AC nor TV. That is so boring. We left the house around 8 AM with hubby, my youngest brother, my 2 nieces and 2 sisters-in-law. My other did not come because our small car can only accommodate that much so he decided to stay home and watch the house, lol!

We went to San Fabian beach which is a 45 minute drive from our house. The rent of the cottage where we stayed was only 150 pesos. It's cheap this time of the year. During summer, expect that the rent will be higher and that cottage might be renting from 300 to 400 pesos. The beach was not crowded unlike during summer. Lots of vendors flocked to our cottage selling different stuffs like dried fish, fresh fish, knives, etc. I bought boneless bangus, 5 pieces for 100 pesos. Not bad really. In the market, the price is 90 pesos for only 3 boneless bangus. I also bought squid for 100 pesos a kilo which is a lot cheaper than in the market. Then my sister-in-law and I split the cost of a bunch of fresh sari-sari fish for 300 pesos all in all. We had lots of fish and my brother cooked some of it and we ate it for lunch along with rice, ampalaya with eggs and ground beef and grilled hot dogs. We had a sumptuous lunch and as usual, we ate more every time we are at the beach. We had a nice picnic there.

Meanwhile, while waiting on our lunch to be ready, my 2 nieces were enjoying the beach. In fact they stayed there until it's about time for us to leave. They didn't mind the sun at all. Hubby and I didn't go swimming. We just wanted to feel the breeze and stayed at our cottage most of the time. We left the beach at 4:15 PM. When we got home, the electricity is back.  


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I love Floral Printed Dresses

I love floral printed dresses and every time I see a dress with flower designs, I would stop and take a second look. Why do I love floral printed dresses? Maybe because I love flowers, lol! I think the main reason is that floral prints are so bright and colorful and it uplift my spirit every time I wear them. I love bright and happy colors. I'm not very fond of dark colored dresses. It doesn't look attractive to me. No offense meant to those who love dark colored dresses. It's just not my type. I love to walk in the beach or in the resort on a bright summer day wearing my floral print dresses. Below are two of my floral print dress collection.

The first one is a bright yellow orange floral dress which I bought last summer. I love this dress because the fabric is so soft against my skin, very cool and I love the style too. As you can see, I'm conservative when it comes to choosing my dress. I just want a simple design, not too short and no plunging neckline. As a Christian, I should dress modestly and not show a lot of skin.

These two photos below were taken at Kultura Splash Wave Resort last summer wearing my floral print dress.

The second one is white and red floral print dress. A friend of mine in Texas gave it to me a few years ago. I lost count how many times I wore this already. It's obvious this is one of my favorite dresses, lol!. I wore this when we went to Pugad Adventure early this year. Below are photos taken there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gifts From My Friend

I was given these gifts by one of my friends when we were visiting Texas last summer. Actually, I wanted to blog about this before but I've been too busy then so I put it off and it's only now that I remember to write about it. Malou, one of my Filipino friends gave these gifts to me. I was so amazed that she knew what I wanted. I'm very fond of purses and also fragrances. Of course she would know because she's my friend and we used to roam around BX in the base when I was still working there in TX. That's one good thing of having friends. They shower me with their friendship and gifts too not to mention treating me and hubby to restaurants to our heart's delight. I was so intrigued what's inside the bag when Malou handed it to me. I was so curious to see what she gave me.

what's inside?
Well, I have to open it to see what's inside. To my delight, I found this white Guess bag. The tag price was still there. Maybe she forgot to remove it or she intentionally leave it there for me to see. The regular price of this bag is $90 but it was on sale for half the price for $45. Not bad. I love this bag! I used it when I attended a wedding last month.

 Guess bag for me
Next are my favorite scents by VS and B&B. I used to buy these brands because I really love their fragrances. Now, I don't have to buy because my friends have been showering me with lots of these.

Pink Chiffon shower gel by Bath and Body Works and Bombshell Body Mist by Victoria's Secret
Malou did not forget my hubby. She also gave him a very colorful shirt. Very nice of her indeed!

t-shirt for hubby

Thanks again friendship. You've been such a blessing to us. I thank God for friends like you. May the good Lord bless you more and more.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lunch At Taco Bueno

My hubby and I love Mexican foods. In fact, he learned how to make flour tortillas from scratch because he love tacos and burritos. It's been more than 3 years that we were out of the US so when we got back there last spring until summer, we were so excited to eat the foods that we were craving. We went to different restaurants and we ate to our heart's delight. We dined in a few Mexican restaurants and one of them is at Taco Bueno in Wichita Falls, TX. It was just a few minutes drive from where we stayed in our church.

I brought with me the coupons that I cut from the flyers. I got quite a few for me and hubby. I love using coupons because I'm able to save money. My hubby ordered crispy beef tacos, beans and fried rice and iced tea while I ordered crispy and soft tacos, beans, rice, guacamole and iced too. Hubby don't like guacamole because he said it looks like a baby mess, lol! So I used my coupons and save a few bucks. We love the foods there but nothing beats Filipino foods for me of course.

for hubby

for me


Friday, November 9, 2012

PR Went Up

Wow, I'm so ecstatic to see this blog has a PR2 now! I noticed it last night so I checked it with PR checker from different websites. The PR is valid so it's not just a glitch. I checked it again tonight to make sure and it's still PR2. It's been more than 2 years that this blog was nailed to PR1 and I wondered if Mr. G will ever increase it. Five years ago, this blog has a PR3 but then Mr. G ripped it off and dropped to zero due to those sponsored posts. I just kept blogging and posting once in a while and also joined Alexa blog hopping once in a while too, lol! It paid off and I'm happy. I would be much happier if Mr. G will restore my PR3 but thank you anyway.

Friday, November 2, 2012

At The Vietnamese Restaurant

Hubby and I love dining out and experience great foods at different restaurants. While we were in Texas, we had a great time eating the foods that we missed while we were outside the country. We visited different restaurants and ate to our hearts' delight. One restaurant that we went to was in a Vietnamese restaurant in Haltom City, TX. It's located beside the Oriental store where we buy Asian groceries.

My love of Vietnamese foods started in 2003 when my college friend took me and hubby to a Vietnamese restaurant in Stockton, CA. Their foods were really good and since then, I began to like Vietnamese foods. When hubby went to this Oriental Store in Haltom City last May, I've seen this Vietnamese restaurant beside it so hubby and I went to have lunch there. We both ordered chicken teriyaki and when they served our order, we were surprised to see our plates with very big servings which can feed 2 people per plate. The food tasted good and hubby and I love it. As much as we wanted to finish our foods but we were not able to eat it all. We had to ask for a bag to put our left over foods and took it home.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Wedding Of Jhun & Rose

A week ago, I did the pre-nuptial photoshoot of Jhun and Rose and I posted it here in my blog. Yesterday morning was their wedding at Prima's Resort. The unique thing about the wedding is that all of the bride's maids and the maid of honor are all married and I'm one of them, lol! Also, two of the groom's men are married too and that includes my hubby. The wedding ceremony started at 9:00 AM at the resort's garden. It was solemnized by a pastor.

While the bride was marching with her mom and brother down the isle, the groom was serenading her with a song. The groom has a very nice singing voice and so does the bride. During the ceremony, the pastor asked the groom first to share his testimony on how he got saved followed by the bride. To me that was so cool! I like hearing how people came to know Jesus Christ and accepted Him as Lord and Savior of their lives, After they were pronounced husband and wife by the pastor and had their first legal kiss as a couple, they had a duet. They rendered the song "Household of Faith" and their voices blended so well and was well applauded. The bride did the second voice. Some people said that it was their first time to hear a couple singing a duet during their wedding. Most of the time, somebody will render a special song to entertain the couple and the visitors. Here are some photos taken by my li'l brother.

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