November 28, 2011

Noel Discovery Bazaar

Doctor was out again last Saturday so instead of going home we went straight to Noel Discovery Bazaar at World Trade Center. This is one thing that I always look forward every Christmas season; I’ve been here for five consecutive years.

I always love bazaar because you can find unique and cheap stuff so your money can go a long way. Surprisingly, at 12 noon the place was not jam-packed so it was not really hard to shop. Aside from clothes and gifts that I have bought, here are the things that I’ve got.

1. White Board + Marker (P100) – I bought this to preoccupy my son while I’m busy doing my thing and this really works. After their (hubby and son) booth hopping for free taste they just sit near the stage and wait till I finish.

2. Cars Puzzle (P40) – the puzzle is too complicated for my son so I ended up finishing the puzzle.

3. Santa Headband (P50) – I want to buy 3 pcs but my husband doesn’t want to wear this on Christmas Eve so I only bought one for my son.

4. Angry Bird Tumbler (P100) – for hot and cold drinks.

5. Passport Holder (165) from Hello Anya – I only bought 2 pieces and this is the reason why I want to go back to Noel Discovery Bazaar because I forgot to buy passport holder for my son (may passport din nga pala siya)  

Entrance fee: P50

Bazaar Schedule 

Noel Discovery Bazaar – December 9-18, 2011 at PICC Forum Tent
                                       December 21-23 at World Trade Center

World Bazaar Festival – December 2-18, 2011 at World Trade Center

Handog Ko, Aklat Mo: A Christmas Book drive

I went to National Bookstore yesterday to buy some gift wrapper, Christmas wrapper and paper bag and when I’m about to pay my stuff, the cashier asked me if I want to purchase books as donations. I didn’t know that National Bookstore has this Christmas book drive since 2006. 

The book is only P69.75; the cashier will give you sticker and tag where you can write your name and put it in the book and Christmas tree, then drop the book in their drop boxes. So if you want to donate some books to public institutions, this is the best way to help them and share your Christmas blessings.

November 26, 2011

What to Wear this Christmas?

Christmas is fast approaching and people are so busy putting up their Christmas tree, finishing their gift list, grocery, and most of all looking for their Christmas outfit. Yes, Christmas outfit is top of our list. We cannot deny that women love to dress up on this special occasion and we all want to be fabulous and glamorous.  Looking for Christmas oufit is difficult but with the help of Gray&Ousbourn online site your life would be easy.

Gray&Ousbourn offers fabulous designer brands so you can never go wrong with their outfit; they have plenty occasiowear for special occasion, holiday, casual wear, smart wear or even party wear. So, if you still do not have an outfit for your Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, check their online shop now and be amazed with their large selections.  Some occasionwear are on sale so you can be in style for a fantastic price. Designer occasionwear outfits are available exclusively at Gray & Osbourn.
These outfits make me so excited this Holiday.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Day is a major holiday in USA and they celebrated this event every fourth Thursday of November since 1863. When I was still working, this is the only holiday that I have no work, as in 2 days without work. But even though we do not have Thanksgiving Day here in the Philippines, I printed out some worksheet for my son. He keeps on saying that this is a chicken and not turkey. Hehe!

ako nagcolor ng purple and blue turkey

ako din nagcolor ng turkey after he did the pasting part
Happy Thanksgiving Day!


November 23, 2011

Christmas Books and More

Last Saturday, I went to hospital for my check-up but my doctor was still out of the country. I was there last last week and forgot to ask the staff why the doctor is not available. Anyway, sayang ang tollgate and gas so we went to mall.

After eating our lunch, I went to Booksale to buy some books for my son and here’s what I got for P210. I plan to buy Christmas books only but my son gave me another book, “When I’m Big as Freddie” for P35. “The Bear’s Christmas” really caught my attention because it looks familiar to me, I opened the book and it made me smiled because I’ve read this book when I was a kid.

Knowing my son who is so obsessed with crayons and coloring books, I bought new stuff for him. I do hope this will last for few months. I like these coloring books because it has illustration so kids can imitate the colors on the picture.

November 21, 2011


Coloring is one of my son’s favorite activities so I always buy coloring books and crayons and I can’t remember how many coloring books and pack of crayons I already bought for him. 

There are times that he can finish one coloring book in one week using one color for each page. I just let him scribbles and doodles for as long as he is happy, our walls are living proof that he really loves this activity. But this did not stop me for giving him crayons and coloring books because I believe that there are benefits in coloring.

Right now, he always colors broadly over the picture, colors goes beyond the line and most of the time he will only use one color. But I am still hoping that time will come that his movement will become more precise and smaller and he will learn to use appropriate colors for each illustrations and pictures.

Coloring develops hand strength, grip and coordination. I’m not an expert but I’m trying to teach different techniques in coloring, up and down, side to side, circular motion and most of all staying in the lines, little by little I see some improvement but if he is not in the mood, he won’t listen to me.

Using the same worksheet, my son gave me different result.

I got my worksheet in

November 15, 2011

Jack O’ Lantern

This is a late post of our Halloween activity, I’ve got the materials here. You can read a lot of version of Jack O’ Lantern but I like Carissa’s version and I would like to share this even it’s no longer Halloween.


post daw namin sa wall

I am Jack O’ Lantern
My Lights will shine so bright
For I’m a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what’s right
My nose is like the cross
On which our Saviour died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide
My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Saviour so!
The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from afar
My color, it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God’s own son
And so on Halloween
Let’s set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God’s Love is all about!


I’ve seen this floating restaurant on TV few years ago and I’ve been meaning to go here but it is too far from our place so I was thankful when I saw Isdaan on our way to Victoria, Laguna but it is still under construction for almost three years (been there last September 2011). Whenever we go to Pangasinan our stopover is always Hacienda Luisita, this is where we usually eat if we are hungry so Isdaan is really out of way.

Finally, I was able to visit Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac on our way home from Baguio. You will not miss the place because you will see the big statues of fish. =)

The floating restaurant is really huge so we took our time to tour the place and take some pictures. This is the best place for stopover and break from long drive.

You will see the famous Tacsiyapo Wall where you can vent your anger by throwing and smashing plates, cups, and even television, of course it is not free.

There is also San Kilo Bridge Challenge, where you can take home one kilo of fish if you can cross the bridge without falling.

We ordered half kilo grilled tilapia and rice for our quick meal before braving the traffic and three expressways (SCTEX, NLEX and SLEX). There are also musikeros (musicians) who serenade diners but this is one thing that I really hate, (ayaw ko ng may istorbo pag kumakain ako + you have to give tip pa). Like what I’ve said before, sometimes we have to pay extra for our family picture.

My husband always eats here if he has business trip in Baguio so I am aware that there is nothing special about the food but I love the ambiance.

November 14, 2011

Day 2 in Baguio

After our La Trinidad Tour (Bell Church, Strawberry Farm, Easter Weaving Tour) and Tam-Awan Village, we passed by Lourdes Grotto but it was really hard to find a parking space so we no longer get off the car.

Then we went to Mines View Area for our last leg of the tour and as expected, Mines View Park is always crowded. Sometimes, we have to pay a minimum fee just to have a family picture. =)

P50 for 4 shots
P10 per shot
 secret of our 24hrs trip, "buhatin ang mababagal maglakad"=)
Next stop is Good Shepherd, Baguio trip won’t be complete without buying our favourite ube jam and drinking my husband favourite juice.

We skipped Botanical Garden and went to Wright Park and The Mansion, it has Christmas decors already.

Last stop is Camp John Hay for our lunch but we did not take our lunch (weird), we’re not hungry yet because we stuffed ourselves in HotelVeniz Grill buffet breakfast. After picture taking we decided to go back to Manila.

 Goodbye for now Baguio!

Belle De Jour 2012 Planner

Thank you Patty Laurel for my Belle De Jour 2012 planner. I’ve got this package a few minutes ago and I was really curious where it came from, signed the form and got my package.

I was excited to know what’s inside and I have to unwrap three plastic wrappers. Then finally, I saw Belle De Jour 2012 planner, I was really jumping and shouting “yehey” and even my son joined me, he also jumped and shouted ” yehey”. 

I did not know that I won the contest but I was really grateful, the last Belle De Jour Planner that I have was a gift from my last Christmas Party at the office. This is the second time that I received a package from the contest that I’ve been joining.

November 11, 2011

Tam-Awan Village

If you are going to Baguio, do not forget to include Tam-Awan Village in your itinerary, it is a place where you can have a glimpse of Cordillera village life and commune with nature. The village has seven Ifugao huts ( Anaba Hut, Bangaan Hut, Batad Hut, Dukligan Hut, Kinakin Hut, and Nagor Hut)and two Kalinga houses (Lukkong Hut and Bugnay Hut). The Ifugao huts are very simple, it has no nails and hardware but it can lasts for many generations.

We do not know how to get there we just ask for directions. There is no signage or guide so sometimes we feel that we’re lost but we just kept on asking for directions, so we’re happy when we reached Tam-Awan Village, we’re not lost. Teee-hee!

Entrance fee: P50 adults, P30 senior citizens and students, P20 kids below 12yrs old
Opening and Closing Hours: 8AM-6PM

Going to each hut is not easy; you have to go up and down and pathway is narrow.

Tam-awan village has café, craft shop and art gallery. There are also artists who can do caricatures, minimum of P100 per head and minimum of P300 per couple. Tam-Awan village is also a venue for workshops and art exhibits. You can also stay in Anaba hut, Love Bug hut, Duklingan Hut, and Lukkong Hut for a minimal fee. I would love to try that on my next trip.

Just in front of Tam-Awan village is the Arko ni Apo, where you can find wood works and metal works of Benhur and Boom Villanueva.