December 30, 2014

Breakfast at Antonio’s

Whenever we go to Caleruega, we always passed by Breakfast at Antonio’s because it is just located along Aguinaldo hi-way. I noticed that the parking is always full so I was really curious to try their food. Aside from that I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews but I’m also aware that the price is not affordable.

Last Christmas we were in Tagaytay for early mass so I suggested to my husband that we eat our breakfast at Breakfast at Antonio’s after the church service. Past 8AM we’re on our way to the restaurant and good thing there was no traffic yet. 



We went inside the restaurant looking for table but the staff informed us to wait at the waiting area. My husband registered and we waited for our turn. I don’t understand because there are so many available tables and it took us so long to be seated. It is first come, first serve basis. 



While waiting, I checked the bakeshop where you can buy breads, jams, cakes and many more for pasalubong or take out. But I did not buy anything because we still have brownies and desserts at home. 



After 30 minutes, the staff called my husband’s name and ushered us to our table, which is best place in the restaurant. Our table is beside the large windows covered with screen where natural light and gentle wind comes in. #anglamig 

Since it was our first time it took us so long to browse the menu, we ordered Housemade Pork Sausage P375, Golden Waffle P205, Housemade Sliced Bacon P375 and brewed coffee P180 (refillable). 



They served the coffee together with three types of sugar and milk. If you are not coffee drinker, I guess the P180 cup of coffee is not worth it. My husband just finished two cups of coffee. 



The Golden Waffle was served with maple syrup and butter, a simple meal for a price of P205 + 10 SC. Nothing special in their waffle. 



My Housemade Pork Sausage was served with hash brown, housemade toast and two eggs cooked depending on your preference. I chose scrambled egg. 



The Housemade Sliced Bacon was served with two eggs and rice. 



I was glad because we enjoyed our meal, honestly I wasn’t able to finish my food, I was already full after eating half of everything. I tried my husband’s bacon and I proved that it is really housemade, di siya kalasa ng mga nabibili sa grocery. 

Except for the coffee and waffle, you will understand why the meal is on pricey side. The food is not just an ordinary meal + the atmosphere of the restaurant, ang sarap lang magbreakfast. I can say that it is still worth the experience.

Breakfast at Antonio’s 
Aguinaldo Highway, 
Barangay Bagong Tubig 4120 
Tagaytay, Philippines 
(046) 413 0738 
7AM to 9PM daily

December 29, 2014

Night Sky Cinema in Nuvali

I can’t remember what year Night Sky Cinema started but I know that we wanted to try it. Unfortunately, we always have scheduled trip on showing dates so it took us so long to experience it. We’re supposed to go last November but when I’ve learned that they will show scary movies, ayawan na. Knowing me, I don’t watch horror movies. Hehehe! 



We were looking for rubber mats day before the trip pero namamahalan ko sa P800 so wag na lang. We have no idea what time the movie will start but the gates will be opened at 4PM so we left the house at 2PM to avoid the traffic, so we cN secure parking slot and nice spot for the movie.


Parking space in Nuvali Fields
No traffic so we were there before 3PM, fortunately the gate was opened past 3PM so we went to Nuvali Fields immediately. We were able to borrow rubber mats at 4PM just leave your ID. 





There were food stalls too if you want to buy food and drinks. We brought some snacks and drinks but no rice meal so we had early dinner there bago pa dumilim. My husband bought BBQ and Sisig Meal at P65. 


Kanya-kanyang pwesto
The program started at 4:45PM and the first movie was “Rise of the Guardians”. Remember our advent calendar, we missed “Watch your favorite Christmas movie” activity so nagawa din namin. Hehehe! 

We already knew the list of movies so even we already watched it, we still went to Nuvali because watching in open field and under the night sky is a different experience. Since it is December month, we brought some blankets and jackets but honestly it was not enough. Nilalamig pa rin kami, I should wear hoodie kasi nilalamig ang aking face. 



We just finished the second movie which was "Home Alone" and we went home already and baka maging yelo na daw kami sa lamig. Lol The third movie was “The Holiday” so hindi na pang 6yrs old. 

By the way, if you upload your pictures on instagram and put hashtag #nuvali and #nightskycinema they will print that pictures for free. I uploaded two photos only at ang bagal ng net. 

The next Night Sky Cinema is on February, I’m not sure about the date yet. Admission is free.

December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

Only three days left and we have to say goodbye to 2014 and say hello to 2015. But before that I want to share how did we celebrate the holiday. Honestly, I love this holiday season because of the long non-working days. I can’t remember yung last na may mahaba na vacation. So even we have no travel trip, I’m still happy because walang pasok si hubby so we have more family time. 



We always have simple Christmas celebration, my husband invited again my in-laws to have lunch in our place last December 24. It started last year so I think this will be a yearly thing. I only cooked Roast Chicken, Salted Egg Shrimp, Ham, Brownies and Buko Pandan good for 12 persons. Ooops, hindi pala buko pandan kasi wala buko, Nata de Coco + Green Gulaman lang pala laman. Lol I prepared small prizes for our mini raffle and we had exchange gift worth P100.



Our family of three had early dinner because my son was so excited to open his gifts. 




The following day, we went to church in Tagaytay and had breakfast in Breakfast at Antonio’s. We went home immediately because we wanted to avoid the traffic. 



How about you, how did you celebrate your Christmas?

December 27, 2014

Olaf Party

I know that Christmas is already over but I still want to share my son’s Christmas party last December 19, 2014. As I mentioned in my DIY Olaf Hat post the theme is Olaf/Frozen Party. I know, some of you will raise eyebrows dahil sa walang kamatayan na Frozen theme. Hehehe! But kids love Olaf, Princess Ana and Princess Elsa. 

I was happy because parents can join the Christmas party so I asked my husband to take a vacation leave so he can come with us because this will be the last Christmas party that parents can join. We’re requested to wear something white, blue or aqua blue. 



Everything was organized by the active moms in school, the fee is P300 per kid and additional P150 for extra food which is Shakey’s meal. You can also pledge for additional food and I brought brownies at the party. Kids brought pack of candies two days before the party for the loot bags. 



I was amazed when I saw the backdrop of the party, super talented ng mga nagprepare and no doubt that our section won the “Best Christmas Decor” from preschool to college. 


Photo from our FB group

Photo from our FB group
Thanks to one mom who pledge for Olaf mascot sobrang tuwa lang ng kids. 



My son was very happy with all the gifts and prizes that he received.






December 26, 2014

Mrs. Fields Sugar Cookies

I just realized that having an advent calendar is not easy because we have to do an activity for 24 days. There are times that we missed doing an activity because we’re too tired already like “watch a favorite Christmas movie”, “record yourself singing a favorite Christmas song” and “bake Christmas cookies”. 

I can’t remember what date is the "baking cookies" but my son wanted to make a Christmas tree cookie so even I was really tired last December 23, we still baked. Good thing I have instant cookie mix which I bought when we had Field trip in Subic



It was my first time to try Mrs. Fields instant cookie mix and I followed the direction but I don’t know why the dough is too runny so I can’t use the cookie cutter and rolling pin. 



I ended up using scoop again to make a cookie but my son wanted to have a Christmas tree cookie so my husband put the dough inside the cookie cutter and I baked it with cookie cutter. Hehehe! 



Well, my son was happy and finished his Christmas tree cookie. Now I was looking for cookie recipe where I can use my cookie cutter and rolling pin.




December 23, 2014

Artist Olivia d’Aboville Makes the Holidays Bloom with her Eco-friendly Masterpiece

One day to go and we’re celebrating the most favorite season of the year which is Christmas. I’m pretty sure that most of us would be busy preparing for Noche Buena but if you are looking for Christmas activity this holiday for your family, do not hesitate to visit Sky Park of SM Aura Premier. There will be light show every hour from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM from November 16 to January 16, 2015.

French-Filipina textile artist Olivia d’Aboville
SM Aura Premiere partnered with famed French-Filipina textile artist Olivia d’Aboville, showcasing the artist’s art installation called Giant Dandelions. This light show is unique because most of the materials used are recycling materials. 

Press Release 

Christmas is all about caring. It’s that time of year when people go out of their way to please those who they love the most. For famed textile artist Olivia d’Aboville, there is nothing nobler than caring not just for loved ones, but for the one thing that nurtures us the most, in more ways than you can imagine. Olivia believes that this Christmas, it’s time to care for something most of us often neglect: the environment.

Olivia is a staunch supporter of environmental efforts. A young French-Filipino artist based in Manila, Olivia specializes in tapestry and textile structures, adapting various techniques to create her own woven forms. Even when she was still a design student in Paris, recycling had already been a major component, if not an influence, on her pieces.

Recycled Art & Green Design

A forest made up of 90 larger than life light flowers where people can freely walk through and take photos. 
“I do a lot of recycled art and then progressively incorporate different materials to my work,” Olivia shared when asked about the nature of her art. “Plastic is really an element that I like working with, and also the fact that I am a textile designer makes everything I do have some sort of textile technique within the piece.

”From plastic spoons to water bottles and cocktail stirrers, she is drawn to mass produced objects, manipulating and recycling materials to create new work. She is very sensitive to light, fluidity and movement and is mostly known for works inspired by the theme of the ocean. The use of LED lighting is systematic in her works.

In partnership with SM Supermalls, Olivia d’Aboville recently found a new home for her spectacular art installation called Giant Dandelions. 

A Dance of Plastic Blossoms

With close to a hundred colorful giant flowers made from recycled water bottles, the SM Aura Skypark lawn was recently transformed into a bed of vibrant, chromatic visual and aural feast. A forest made up of 90 larger than life light flowers, the Giant Dandelions are a brilliant masterpiece where people can freely walk through, take photos, and just be plain captivated.

“The set up is very much influenced by the peacock. That’s what we tried to recreate by working with a lot of blues and greens. We started in the center and the lights will dissipate and change color,” shared d’Aboville when asked about her interactive work on display. “We’re also influenced by the music. When the music is more whimsical, you have these little lights coming along, blinking and changing colors.

”The installation features flowers of different heights, from 160cm to 210cm high, with dandelion heads made from approximately 9,000 recycled water bottles cut and connected to one another by a nylon weave. Each flower is also lit by a color changing LED strip.

A Sustainable Ecosystem

The art installation was in line with SM Supermalls’ efforts in promoting environmental awareness and eco-friendly sustainable development.
The Giant Dandelions were launched in line with SM Supermalls’ efforts in caring for the environment. SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation, does its part in supporting communities, providing them opportunities to take part in recycling efforts.

An example of such is a project implemented back in 2007. With the Trash to Cash Recycling Market, SM had continuously raised awareness on environmental efforts and provided a public incentive on recycling all waste materials properly. Having gained widespread participation from customers and communities, the initiative is held simultaneously in all malls every first Fridays and Saturdays of the month. This remarkable project allows market patrons to exchange waste and recyclable household items for cash and useful household goods.

Truly a sight to behold, Olivia D’Aboville’s Giant Dandelions is a main attraction that’s not to be missed. The light show is set to music playing every hour from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM from November 16 to January 16, 2015 at the Sky Park of SM Aura Premier.

For more information about the SM Supermalls Christmas celebrations, visit or follow the #MerrySMChristmas hashtag and the @smsupermalls account on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Holiday Baking with my Son

Most of the time I prefer baking alone to avoid spills and mess. But baking is one way to bond with my son since he loves mixing. It also one way to teach him in reading, following instructions and measurements. 



Thank God for instant mixes because it makes my baking life easier. Last Thursday, our advent calendar activity is “Bake something for someone special”. The timing is right because we can bring the brownies in his school Christmas party. 



We love this triple chocolate brownie mix of Ghirardelli, I’ve been buying this for years already. My son read the instructions and mix all the ingredients which is egg, oil, water and instant mix while I preheat the oven and transfer the batter in the baking pan. I bake another batch of brownies the following day. 



The Christmas Party theme is Olaf/Frozen so I printed cupcake topper for decorations. 





Click here and here for the free Frozen printables.
P.S. The brownies are really yummy. First time na makatikim nito, gusto ng umorder ng brownies. But I always say, instant mix lang yan. :)

December 22, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is the time of giving and thinking what gift to give is already a challenge especially if the person is not close to us, if the budget is limited or if you think the person has everything.

If I’m having a hard time in buying gifts, I always buy food because I know people love to eat. I can make homemade gifts like what I did two years ago but I was busy as a bee this year so I just bought gifts. Sharing to you the gifts that I bought this year that won’t hurt your pocket. A gift that you can give to teachers, classmates, school services or officemates to show your thoughtfulness. 



I saw this M&M box when we went to Subic Duty Free after our Zoobic Safari trip. I find it so cute so I bought few pieces. I printed this M&M Christmas poem which I pinned years ago. Click here to download 



“As you hold theses candies in your hand and turn them, you will see the M becomes a W, an E and then a 3. 

E is for the East where the star shone so bright 
M is for the manger where the baby Jesus slept at night 
3 is for the wisemen bearing gifts, with which they came. 
W is for worship, Hallelujah! Praise His name” 

A pack of kisses and all you have to do is stick a Christmas tag or stickers. 



Can of cookies. I printed a tag “Calories don’t count on Holidays! Guilt free dessert” Click here for the free printables. 



You can also buy gifts in Marks & Spencer, you can find gift for as low as P65 with free wrapping pa (paper bag).




Remember 

May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love - LO Baird

December 20, 2014

DIY Olaf Hat Costume

My son’s Christmas party theme in school is Olaf/Frozen so they were asked to wear touch of blue, white and aqua blue. He wanted to wear aqua blue and I went to different malls to check for aqua blue shirt/polo shirt but I couldn’t find anything. I was trying to persuade him to wear blue or white since we have that at home. And to finally convince him, I made a DIY Olaf Hat Costume

I don’t know where I can buy felt cloth so I bought felt paper, but sadly I couldn’t find black/white felt paper in four National Bookstore that I’ve visited. Good thing I remember his firefly costume so I used some materials of his costume to make his Olaf hat such as black felt paper, brown ribbon and the antenna. 



I got the idea in this site, but there was no template for everything. I just printed the Olaf picture, got the eyebrow pattern and drew shapes for the eyes and nose. Fortunately, his dad has white cap from fun run freebies. 




Materials 
Felt paper 
Fabric paper for the nose 
Oslo paper 
Brown Ribbon 
Wire 
Glue 
Glue gun/ glue sticks 
Scissors 
Cotton for filler (nose) 

I trace my pattern in felt paper and oslo paper. 



Cut and paste everything together. Place cotton inside the nose. Cover the wire with brown ribbon. 



Attach everything to the cap using glue gun. 



I made three circles for his white polo shirt. I sew the circles so it won’t ruin the shirt.



My son was happy with our DIY Olaf Hat Costume.