Happy Hearts Day to all!


"The virtue of love is not to find the perfect person... but to love the imperfect person PERFECTLY.

"I want to REFRESH my mind, DELETE all my problems, UNDO my mistakes and SAVE the happy moments."

"I will never be your first kiss, first love, first valentine, first fight or first date... but I'm not in this to be your first anything, I just want to be your last."

"It's not going to bed with someone that proves you love them, it's waking up with them every morning and facing life's challenges together."

"The Notebook"


Just had a movie marathon of Nicholas Spark's movies in one day while multi tasking on doing laundry, cleaning, cooking (for our food for the next 3 days) and baking... I started with Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Safe Haven, and lastly, Message in the Bottle.

I love "The Notebook" the most. It made me cried a bucket! It was the best love story ever. I've been asking my husband to watch it but he won't since it's a love story. If you haven't watch this movie, it is a must!

My second choice was "Message in the Bottle"... it has a tragic ending, but still a beautiful love story.


2013 Blessings!

Thank you 2013 : Solo trip to Miami with a free cruise to the Bahamas with my BFF… Ice Festival at Lake Louise… Tax season… Summer trip to the Philippines… Family photo shoot… my birthday celebration at Club Paradise… Reunion with good-old-friends!... Tons of road trips… Hiking at Grassi Lake… Osooyos and Kelowna BC… 18th wedding anniversary… Another solo (short) trip to Taiwan… Bon and Jaypee’s wedding… More reunion…. and lots of dinner with friends... my new D7100… Jubilation dinner and show… hosting the year end party…

Going through my list, I just realized that I haven't blog a lot of them! Hence, no links available. Oh well...

Looking for more adventures in 2014!

Goodbye 2013... and hello 2014!!!

 


I will be busy the rest of the day today since I am going to host a New Year's celebration with 3 other families!   Hope everything goes smoothly.   Good luck to me!

2013  has been very good to me, and it involves 2 trips to Asia.  Family reunion... with tons of love, food, laughter, creating memories and stories to last a lifetime...  and tons of photos for keepsakes. 

Here's looking forward to more adventure in 2014!   Cheers to all! 


Season's Greetings from my family to yours!

 

This blog is 9 years old!


This blog is officially 9 years old this month!!!  I can't believe how far I have gone with this blog.  It started so innocent, and then I started making some money out of it... and then I stopped making money out of it...  and now, I don't know where this would lead me.

I gain some friends through blogging...  had conflict with some...  but it's the friendship that blossom that I cherished the most!   

Facebook has overtaken my blogging time...  but you will still me some updates every now and then... I'm planning on making it personal again... no more post advertising (for now)!   ",) 

Cheers! 


Taipei 101


Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center,
is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.
The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 till 2010...


It took me 45 seconds from the 5th floor to reached the 89th floor... I don't even feel the elevator moving until the door opens and I feel the pressure on my ears.







Taipei, Taiwan, October 15, 2013

This was my last day in Taipei, and I had to explore the city on my own. A bus ride, a train and another bus ride got me to Taipei 101. The mall is way too huge for me, and it carries all the expensive designer clothes, shoes and bags. If you love shopping, a day here is probably not enough for you!

Hello Kitty Cakes


Too bad I didn't get a chance to try these cakes... I was already so full from our dinner that I didn't think of ordering a cake anymore. :-( Besides, I didn't know what to order, they all look so yummy.

Now, I'm regretting it! I should have tried it and not think about my sugar level. Oh well, maybe on my next trip to Taiwan.









Taipei, Taiwan, October 11, 2013

More pictures from Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining here.

Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining

This restaurant brings back childhood memories... I love Sanrio products especially Hello Kitty, Little Twin Star and Zashikibuta. So having our dinner here is a must!

















Taipei, Taiwan, October 11, 2013

Modern Toilet

A visit to relatives in Taiwan, this is where they took us for lunch... Modern Toilet is the name of the restaurant. Do you think you will ever eat here?



Left pic: what greeted us when we enter the restaurant
Middle pic: our dining chairs
Right pic: bathtub for our dining table



Our hot pot soup...





Our drinks and bread...



And our dessert...

The food is actually not bad, and the price is right.

Taipei, Taiwan, October 13, 2013

Off to Taiwan


Again, I am going on a trip without my kids and my husband... the first time was to Bahamas last January 2013... this time I'm off to Taipei, Taiwan to attend my cousin's wedding. It's going to be a short trip since I can't leave my family any longer than a week.

Anyway, last time I saw my cousins in Taiwan were in the summer of 2008, during a 4 hour layover from our trip to the Philippines. It's time to spend more quality time with family.

So I'm off to drop off my kids to school and then I'm off to the airport to catch my flight at noon...  Lord, please keep me safe and bless me on this trip. Thank you!


The Old Ways




Ever wonder how they iron clothes during the time when electricity hasn't been discovered yet? This picture tells you how... By rolling the clothes on the "pin", one uses it's feet to move back and forth to iron out the clothes.





And this was the "palikuran" or bathroom. It got holes on them so that when you poop it goes straight to the pig pen which is situated just below the bathroom in most houses.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan, Philippines,July 2013

Food we missed in the Philippines



@ P.F. Chang, Alabang



@ Kainan sa Dalampasigan, Batangas



@ Josephine Restaurant, Tagaytay



@ Uncle Cheffy, Molito



@ Club Paradise, Palawan



@ Amelia's, Alabang



And some home cooked meals