Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Counting Down the Days

We'll be counting the days to Christmas with a little twist this year. Thanks to Pinterest and the several artsy blogs I have started following this year, I created my first Advent calendar today. 

This is made up of tissue roll cores I have accumulated in the past several months, green construction paper to cover the holes, red felt paper for the stars and an old Christmas ribbon I unearthed from our storage box.  

There are 25 tissue roll cores represent the days before D-day. Everyday, I will ask my son to put a star on one of the rolls until we reach the top. By the time Christmas comes, this would be covered with stars. Neat huh?


Monday, November 5, 2012

Today I Am Thankful...

 .... for the good weather. Not too sunny but not rainy either.

 ... for the afternoon nap with Miguel, that is, if 4 hours of sleep can still be called a 'nap'. I have a hard time making him take afternoon naps so this moments are precious.

... for the yummy chicken soup we had today. It was prepared specially for Miguel as he was a bit under the weather with cough and colds. After several bowls of this and a few hours of zzzzs, he's good as new by the end of the day.

... that Daddy was able to come home earlier than expected. He had warned us that work will pile up starting this week and so he would be coming home later than usual. We are glad it didn't start today.

Thank you!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sweet Sunday

I woke up refreshed and renewed this morning after sleeping most of Saturday to catch up on some needed zzzzzs. I was in lalala land for almost 16hrs with a 4 hour 'break' in between. Sweet, right?

The first Gratitude Prompt from the Abundant Mama Project was posted today. It's a group I joined recently where I get positive energies from mamas from across the globe.  

By 10:30am we were in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel in Trinoma to attend the mass. Having a chapel within a mall is truly a blessing for mall rats like me. 

Lunch was a splurge as we went Greek at Cyma. Yumminess to the max!

Horiatiki Salad (Greek Village Summer Salad)

Steak Souvlaki
Pastitsio (Baked Macaroni) 

And for dessert.... a cup of our favorite gelato at Gelatissimo

 Roasted Almonds for me, Strawberry for the little fella, and Macademia Nuts for Daddy

Sweet Sunday indeed!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

For Our Dearly Departed

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Puppet Show

Our in-house puppeteer...

 ... courtesy of an old cereal box, scrapes of cloth and some finger puppets. Thanks to Mama Scout for the inspiration.

I helped cut the cardboard, Miguel painted it and Lola (Grandma) attached the curtains. A family affair indeed!

A few hours later, hubby and I were watching Miguel's first puppet show. So cute =)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Impromptu Story

Remember the notepad from my last post? I took it again. It's proving to be a very useful item.

This time Miguel and I drew random images in each pad.

Then we folded each piece of notepad and put in a container where we can shake it like they do on raffle entries.

Then we picked 3 pieces of the folded notepad. Open it up to reveal the drawings then we stitch up a story using the images that we picked.

Once I got images of a car, a headset, a flower, a mountain and fire. What can you make of that? Here's mine.

One day, we were in our car  on a trip to the mountains. Daddy was wearing his headset as he listens to some music as he drives. We saw flowers along the way. Once we reached  our destination, we set up camp and made a bonfire to keep us warm and cook some hotdogs. 
We're doing short stories right now as we are picking only 3-5 images at a time. Maybe later we can make it longer as we go along and as we add more images to our lot.
Do try it, it's fun.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mini Book

I saw a tutorial on how to make a mini book a few months ago and I immediately put it in my to-do list. But since I am not inherently creative, it took me a while to come up with something.

I used one of Grimm's fairy tales called "Simeli Mountain" simply because I was confident I could draw a mountain. I didn't think I could do 7 dwarfs or a big bad wolf but I was sure I could do a mountain.

In a nutshell, Simeli Mountain is a story about a man who found a mountain filled with treasures. There is a secret door that opens and closes when he speak the magic words. The villain is his older brother who, upon learning that he suddenly grew rich, beat him to tell him where he got his money. The older brother then went to the mountain himself and went crazy with greed when he saw the treasures. He spent too much time inside the mountain that he forgot the magic words and was trapped.  

To make my mini book, I used this notepad that my husband got from one of the seminars he attended previously. I used the reverse side so it's free of any characters, signs or logos.   

Since I didn't have a picture book to copy from, I had to call out (or maybe beg) my inner creativity so I can draw the characters and events from the story. 

After 10 pages, I made the cover page, put the title in it and sew it up.  

That's it, my first mini book. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Escape

No, we did not drive or fly to an out-of-town getaway. We're spending the weekend at my parent's house. It is less than an hour's ride from where we live but the place always makes me feel like we're miles away from the city. 

This is not the house I grew up in. I wish it was. Unfortunately the house I spent most of my childhood was a 2-storey structure located in a flood-prone area where the rain is not a pre-requisite for the streets to be submerged in grimy water.

Anyway, these weekend visits / overnights in my parents place is becoming a little too frequent in the past several months. And it's more than me missing my Nanay's home-cooked meals. 

It breaks the monotony of living in a cramped neighborhood. Wouldn't you love waking up to this scenery every morning? Or hang out under that big mango tree?

 How about lounging in this swing chair while you read a book? 

Or just simply give the little fella some room to run and explore?

It's definitely worth the trip.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Oh My Chicken!

My son came home from school last Thursday with his knitting set. He was supposed to practice his knitting skills but he was so confused. I felt so helpless because I could not teach him as I do not know know the first thing about knitting.  

And so I spent a good part of the weekend learning how to knit via the ever reliable You Tube. With a P15 purple yarn and a pair of wooden chopsticks as makeshift knitting needles, I was able to complete a small square by early Sunday morning. Now I know what a 'cast on' and a 'knit stitch' is. That is enough to assist my little boy with his knitting lessons.

My wooden chopsticks and my first knitted square  

Miguel has been quacking about his classmate being able to knit a chicken already so I decided to take it a little further. I looked for a simple chicken pattern over the internet and I found one via the Handmade Homemaker blog. 

After about 3.5hrs, I finished it!

Oh my chicken!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We Won!

I joined an online photo contest yesterday and after a few pleads for Likes from Facebook friends, my little boy's photo showing him harvesting some mustasa leaves (mustard greens) emerged victorious.  

Winning Entry

The contest was conducted by Little Acorn Learning, an online resource for guides and courses for holistic and nature-based learning for children and caregivers.The mechanics of the contest was pretty simple - submit a maximum of four (4) photos that can fall under the categories: Apples, Harvesting, Dragons, Courage, Leaves, Separation, Squirrels, Nuts.  

The photos will then be posted in Little Acorn's Facebook page where the community can go and "Like" a photo. Two photos with the most Likes from each category will win a free e-book of their choice. 

I already have their latest festival e-book (Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas) and I enjoyed going thru it. Since the contest was easy enough to do so I figured why not join? It could give me a chance to get my hands on another one of their nifty e-books. 

I had two entries, both under the Harvest category. Both were also taken from Miguel's class field trip in Batangas last year. (Related post here.)

I shared it in my FB wall and even sent private messages to friends and family requesting them to Like it. Hours later after the contest ended, Little Acorn Learning published the winning photos and my photo was in it. Happiness! 

Entry #2

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Buddy's: Home of Lucban Delicacies

How do you like your pancit? Ever had it with vinegar? Too weird for you? Try pancit Lucban and you might just change your mind.

I recently had a craving for these yummy tasting noodles after a cousin posted a deliciously looking plate of these delicacy in Facebook. Fortunately it was a sunny Sunday morning that day and we're psyched to have some family time. So I told hubby to get ready because we're heading out for some pancit Lucban lunch.

Buddy's is a restaurant which originated in Lucban, Quezon. Both my parents grew up in this little province and we would always see this restaurant whenever we visit our grandparents. Suffice to say, it caters to Lucban delicacies such as pancit Lucban, longganisang Lucban, hardinera, etc. But they also have other items on their menu like spaghetti, palabok, pizza, burgers, sizzling meals and more.

On that fateful day of my craving, we decided to try their Ayala Center branch in Makati. We even met up with my sister and her family so my little boy had a chance to have some serious playtime with his cousins.

The place had a feeling of fiesta all over it. Colorful kipings (leaf-shaped wafers made of rice) hang around the area. The seats have large sunflowers carved at the back rest.

As expected, the pancit was as yummy as ever. The distinct feature of this dish is that it is taken with vinegar. It sounds out of the ordinary but try it and you might just like it.

Pancit Lucban (2-3 persons) P175

We also tried the Longganisang Lucban and Kesong Puti Supreme Pizza. It was okay but not really spectacular. The pizza had thick crusts and the longgnisa on top tends to get out of place while you eat it making a bit of a mess. I like my longganisang Lucban on its own, fried and served with hot rice and calamansi.   
Buddy Pizza Supreme: Longganisang Lucban and Kesong Puti (Small) P125

Sago at Gulaman P40

Free Soup

For more info and contact details, visit their website at www.buddyspancitlucban.com.ph