Friday, December 31, 2010

mommy moments

I’ve been joining Mommy Moments for almost 2 years now. I started participating in this meme on January 18, 2009, and I think I haven’t missed a single entry since then. Chris even gave me 3,000 Entrecard points last year as a token of gratitude for having had the highest number of Mommy Moments’ entries for the year 2009.

I’ve said this before that Mommy Moments is the only meme I’ve joined since I started blogging actively during the last quarter of 2008. That’s because I’m a busy work-at-home mom, and I only have time for just one meme. Mommy Moments is also aligned with my blog’s purpose, which is to document my child’s milestones. I was able to do that with some of the photos of my son that I’ve shared every Friday.

Now, let’s get started with this week’s theme. I’ve just gone over my list of Mommy Moments’ entries for 2010, and my runaway favorite is “Lights, Camera, Pose!” It’s an accomplishment for us moms when we’re able to capture our children’s cutest, nicest pictures, and I think I’ve done that in two of my photos for this theme, which I posted last August 6, 2010 and which I’m using again for today’s “Most Memorable Mommy Moment in 2010.”

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My husband is a certified movie buff. His growing collection of VCDs and DVDs is a tangible proof of his fascination with movies. It’s the same reason, too, why he bought a big TV when he moved to our condo unit in 2008. He wants to get a cinematic feel when he’s watching movies at home.

I know he plans to have his own home theater someday, and to help him get started on this endeavor, I’m doing my own research on what items we need to make his dream come true. Scouting for home theater décor and accessories on the Internet is not easy as there are too many choices. I guess I’ll just make hubby decide which ones he likes for his dream home theater.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Because it’s been our tradition to celebrate Christmas with the entire family, all four of us (Justin, his Dad, me and his yaya) trooped to my parents’ place in Dasmariñas, Cavite last December 24.

We actually did not have a Noche Buena because we really intended to have our Christmas family get-together on Christmas Day itself. That’s because we still had to wait for my father’s older sister (Auntie Mameng) who has celebrated Christmas with us for several years now. She’s our original Santa Claus.

It’s from her that I inherited the habit of giving gifts to family and friends on Christmas Day, no matter if I’m not able to buy anything for myself anymore. LOL! Christmas is giving, right? So I give ‘til it hurts! Ouch! But I’m happy to share my blessings with the people I love; that happiness is my Christmas gift to myself.

First things first, we needed to eat. Here’s what we had for lunch on Christmas.


Of course, we had our photos taken beside our sumptuous Christmas feast.

Ed, Tetcha and Justin

Ate Cristy, her husband Kuya Jhun and their children Tin-Tin (oldest), Hazel and Ron; Ate Ayie is missing in action!

My younger brother Dennis, his wife Meg and their daughter Em-Em

My younger sister Meann

Auntie Mameng and family

All of us!

After eating, we proceeded to the living room for our traditional gift-giving and exchange gifts. We took more pictures of us before that, though.

The cousins

The couples and the single again

Gift-giving time!

Time to open the gifts

So happy with what I received! Thanks, Tin!

Justin playing with his new toy

Exchange gifts!

Then, it was singing time!

Isn’t it obvious that everybody wanted to sing? My son hogged the limelight, too. Never mind if he sang the same two songs over and over again. LOL! We all wished there were more karaoke machines to accommodate everyone.

As you can see from the pictures, we all had great fun on our Christmas family reunion. We’re all looking forward to a grander Christmas celebration next year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

My four-year-old son got to experience being Santa Claus for a day to the kids in my parents’ neighborhood. Since we cannot consume all of the sweet treats that we received as Christmas gifts from friends, we decided to have them distributed to these children instead. My parents added more goodies inside the small plastic bags that my son handed out to these kids.

Justin also helped his lolo (grandfather) in giving coins to the children carolers on the night of the 24th and to the other kids who knocked on my parents’ door on Christmas Day. Hopefully, playing Santa Claus last Christmas had instilled in my son the value of giving and sharing.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Friday, December 24, 2010

I got the surprise of my life today when we arrived at my parents’ place in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Since my younger sister moved there, a lot of things have changed. The house underwent major renovation. The living area was extended, the cooking and washing areas have been moved to different places, and there are new furniture items inside the house. Everything looked great; not a single hinge spring needs to be replaced, although interior painting is not finished yet. They now have a WOW Magic Sing, too, that I really love! Believe me if I tell you I spent more than 2 hours singing my heart out. Belting out nonstop melted all my stress away! Even my son had a grand time singing with Mommy.

Are you now convinced that Mommy and son are having a great time?

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Like most Filipino families, we, too, observe some Christmas family traditions every year. One of those traditions has something to do with food. Each year, we make sure we have Christmas ham served during Noche Buena. Yesterday, hubby brought home Purefoods Fiesta Ham that we simply had to try for our midnight snacks last night.

Noche Buena isn’t complete without Purefoods Fiesta Ham

Another family tradition during Christmas is giving gifts. Every Christmas, I make it a point to prepare gifts for each member of the family. Christmas is the time of the year that I can play Santa to others. This is actually a tradition that started when I began earning my own money and was inspired by a dear aunt who played Santa during Christmas to us when we were young and until now. A good portion of my 13th month pay is spent on buying Christmas presents for those people on my list.

Some of my Christmas gifts, the rest have already been transported to my parents’ place in Cavite last Sunday

And of course, Christmas is celebrating with those we love. In a few hours, we will be heading to my parents’ place in Dasmariñas, Cavite to spend Christmas with them. My son is already excited to see his grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, and most of all, the gifts he would receive from them. LOL!

Christmas is really the season to be jolly, so I’ll forget about work and car insurance rate today and tomorrow. Is that okay, Boss?

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

We spent three days and two nights at Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center (Boracay Regency) last November 26 to 28, 2010. We availed of Philippine Airlines’ PALakbayan LITE package that includes air fare and hotel accommodation with complimentary buffet breakfast. We had to pay Php10,000.00 per adult and Php5,000.00 per kid.

We were billeted in a Deluxe Room that has the following amenities: one queen-sized bed and one single-sized bed, sitting area, cable television, minibar with refrigerator and balcony overlooking the swimming pool.

The room also has an in-room electronic safe, an electronic room key, a telephone, an alarm clock and a coffee- and tea-making facility. High-speed Internet access is also available, but there’s an additional charge. Their bathroom amenities include hot and cold shower, towels, hairdryer, a secondary phone and Boracay Regency toiletries.

Guests are assured of prime beach space when staying at Boracay Regency because this hotel has the longest beachfront in the island.

Guests get to try different restaurants at Boracay Regency, too, such as Seabreeze Café, Zhu Asian Cuisine, Christina’s, Regency Food Plaza, MO2 Wave Bar, Gazebo Grill and Garden Pool Bar.

What we had for lunch (Day 1 and Day 2) at Seabreeze Cafe

At Gazebo Grill

At Zhu Asian Cuisine

This hotel also has swimming pools, a gym and wellness center, a business center and a mini shop. You can call Boracay Regency for special discounted rates, or you can check out their website for more information. I’m just not sure if they have opted for managed hosting for their website, but that’s beside the point. You can also reserve online if you like.

Their swimming pools

We would have stayed longer at Boracay Regency if we could, but work awaited, so we had to be home after 3 days of rest and relaxation at Boracay.

Boracay Regency Beach Resort
Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan
Located at Station 2, in the middle of Boracay's long stretch of white sand beach
Telephone Number: (63) (36) 288-6111-117

Manila Sales Office
Boracay Regency Corporate Center
1212 A, Mabini Street,
Ermita, Manila
Telephone Number: (02) 5238707 , (02) 5238708 , (02) 5232899
(02) 5284706 , (02) 5284995

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