My new kitchen

Decision has been made! And I can't make any changes anymore. This is what my future kitchen would look like.

What do you think?

Color for my kitchen cupboards with backspash tile with black appliances.

Granite kitchen countertop in tan brown color with island.

Kitchen floor tile is the same as the backsplash.

This picture is the model home that we looked at.
This is what the whole kitchen area would look like.
Please disregard the color of the cabinet and appliances in this picture.

The party was a success!

Hubby just celebrated his birthday and I gave him a party!

This is the first time I had a party where I prepare/cook all the dishes [palabok, chicken alexander, pork barbeque, pork liempo, baked salmon and mini cheese cakes]. Somebody brought fruit salad and I bought him a birthday cake. Notice anything about my menu? ",)

This is also the first time where we have 13 adults, 3 teens and 5 kids in the house. It's a little crowded but glad to say that there's a chair for everyone! And there's enough food left for take home.

It's a good thing its a little windy that day, so its not too warm inside the house with all of our guests.

We had a movie night that day too. They watched Fantastic 4 and All my life [starring Aga Muhlach]. And the party was over since most of the people who attended have work the next day.

Litratong Pinoy #5: Pag-aaral

Walang liktas ang mga anak ko sa pag-aaral nung kami ay nagbakasyon nitong Hunyo sa Pilipinas.

Ang litrato ng aking dalaga ay kuha sa Calgary Airport habang hinihintay namin ang amin paglipad patungong Pilipinas. Ang litrato naman ng aking binata ay kuha habang kami ay nasa Zambales.

Ito ang aking pang-limang na lahok sa Litratong Pinoy.

Moving again [soon]

When Hubby and I got married, we moved to an apartment in Makati City. Then in less than a year, we moved to our own home in Paranaque City. After 5 years, we made a major decision to moved again. This time its from the Philippines to Canada. We lived in 2 places while in Ontario and then recently relocated to Alberta. Before the year ends, we will be moving again.

In all our moves, we just did it by ourselves. We rent a truck and pack/move all of our stuff with the help of families and friends. The move from Ontario to Alberta was the only time we seek professional help. And it is much more convenient to have movers to lift our stuff. So on our next move, I will be hiring professional movers again.

My future kitchen

What do you think of this color combination?

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  • Granite counter top: black mixed with some brown and black kitchen appliances.
  • Kitchen backsplash: dark brown [matches the brown in the granite counter top].
  • Kitchen floor and front entry hallway: lino
  • Carpet for the living room and bedrooms: 32 oz. 100% BCF satin treated Nylon carpet with 7lb underlay.

"Enjoy it"

Ever since 9/11 happened, airport security had gone through a lot of changes. One specific example are the limits of liquids/gels/creams/lotions that you are allowed in your carry-on bags. Any liquids/gels/creams/lotions in more than 100ml containers are no longer allowed.

What I don't understand is that some passengers take this personally. They don't want to get rid of their toothpaste or shampoo or lotion. I would understand if it is a perfume. And I personally do not take perfumes from passengers even if it is over the limit. Simply because I know it is very expensive. But I would always tell them to put it in their checked bags next time as they might not be able to get away with it.

We used to have a big blue bin where we put all confiscated items. These were sorted out and everything that is new is sold at an auction and the money goes to charity. Or some were donated to the food bank [like unopen can drinks] for the homeless people. Screening Officers are not allowed to take these items as it is a ground for termination.

To us Screening officers, these confiscated items are garbage! We have no interest in these items! We have no use for your items. And it is degrading for us when passenger say "enjoy it." We are simply following the rules provided by Transport Canada. And we definitely DO NOT "enjoy" using them as we are not allowed to take these home. And hearing passengers say "enjoy it" changes our mood and drive to work.

Now, we are no longer using the blue bin. Everything goes straight to the garbage. So even the homeless people are no longer benefiting from these unused items.

If something was confiscated from you, you do have 3 options:

  1. You can leave it with a non-travelling family/friend.
  2. Or you also have the option to check your bags [that is if you haven't reached the maximum checked bags].
  3. Or you can mail it to yourself! [Which might costs more than the confiscated items as it is based on weight]
But based on my experience, once people know how much its going to costs them to do #2 and 3, they willingly leave their confiscated items behind.

Brothers and Sisters

The LA-based Walker family is an ordinary American family. The adult siblings -- Sarah Whedon, Tommy Walker, Kevin Walker, Justin Walker, and Kitty Walker -- try to live up to their parents' expectations. Alongside their mother Nora Holden, Nora's brother Saul Holden, Sarah's husband Joe Whedon, Tommy's wife Julia Walker and mysterious Holly Harper, the Walkers struggle through their everyday lives.
I am currently watching this series... Not a very good one, but I just like the sound of TV in the background while I was unpacking, cleaning the house and/or re-arranging the furnitures.

The Walkers are one big happy family who can't seem to keep secrets from one another [except for the dad]... they confide with each other... and with their busy schedule, they still managed to have dinner once in awhile. Even the topic of sperm is a topic for dinner conversation.

They fight a lot, really a lot, and they don't care if they are in public places. Despite all that they manage to stick together and support each other. And on family emergency, they are always there for one another.

The show touches love, relationships, infidelity, family issues, family business, and "the other family", politics, addiction and dating... and a whole lot more.

Photo Hunters #18: Water

I love roller coaster rides but you can never make me cross over
this suspension bridge with or without the icy cold water.

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge, Drumheller, Alberta

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Litratong Pinoy #4: Itay

Ang aking mag-ama ay maligayang nakababad sa dagat.

Ito ang aking pang-apat na lahok sa Litratong Pinoy.

The last 6 days!

Here's a recap of our first 4 days... and the next 5 days...

Day 10 to 12 - Iba, Zambales

After the wedding, its time to hit the beach. We left noon time in Paranaque and headed to Zambales. We took the new SCTEX [Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway] to Subic. The highway was basically empty, I don't know if its because of the toll fee or because its a holiday. Anyway, we reached Subic around 3pm, had a late lunch and headed off to Iba in search of a resort.

After looking at 3 resorts, we ended up at "Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat." We got the VIP room for the price of their standard/basic room! We really got a good deal since the whole resort was isolated. They even have a pool with slide that we got to use for free but there's an additional charge during peak season. The only problem is because its off season, their restaurant is basically useless as they don't store any food unless its pre-ordered ahead of time. It's a good thing that Jollibee and Chowking are just 10 minutes away. Another problem is because they are not located along the main road, they don't have internet access.

We checked in around 5:30pm already and hubby and the kids hit the pool while I try to arrange for our dinner. They did manage to serve us with fried rice and sisig. That's it!

On our second day at the resort -- We had a late breakfast at Chowking and we also ordered take out for our lunch and dinner. Then hubby and the kids hit the beach while I stayed inside the room watching TV! Would you believe that its my first time to watch TV since we reached Manila?

I really missed the beauty of our coconut trees!

On our third day, its check out time. We left around 11am and went straight to Subic for a late lunch at Yellow Cab. And then we proceeded to check out the new theme parks but ended up dissappointed. We only have 2 hours before closing, I feel that the entrance fee is too much for the 4 of us.

And because of color coding, we can't go back to Manila before 7pm, so we ended up at SM Pampanga to shop for more kids stuff. We left 6:30pm just in time for me to reach Makati at 8:15pm for a late dinner with my high school friends at Yoho in Greenbelt 5. Hubby and the kids decided to go to Timezone while waiting for me.

Day 13 - Thursday - Errands

We went to our bank in Makati to closed our accounts with them... then proceeded to Masangkay to meet another friend and drop off some pictures for my parents... and then hubby went for another massage at MOA while I shop for some toys for hubby's nephews and niece.

Then we had dinner with hubby's family at Las Paellas in BF. I love their paella and lengua. Though the paella is a little bit salty. But nevertheless, they are both my favorite food!

My 2 favorite dishes!
We were so hungry that I almost forgot to take pictures.

Day 14 - Friday - Packing day

We had lunch at my brother-in-law's new house at Raya Gardens. And the kids had some cousin-bonding time!

Patricia with Miguel holding Rafael and Patrick is holding Alex.

Kristine [sister of Rafael] is too camera and people shy to join the group.

Later we proceeded to MOA [again] for my massage followed by a dinner with my friends at Seaside Macapagal.

And then its was time to pack. We got 3 luggages and 1 box when we reached Manila... now, I still got 3 luggages plus 3 boxes and another small luggage to be check-in. This is because of the new weight limit per bag imposed by the airlines... what used to be 70 lbs per bag is now down to 50 lbs per bag. Arrrgh!

Day 15 - Saturday - Time to go back to Canada

Since I was packing till about 2am, I woke up at 10am and had to prepare and leave an SPA behind, make photocopies of IDs... and still did some repacking since 2 of my luggages are overweight! Haaaayyy....

For our last meal in Manila, we had Lengua and Paella [again] and some banana-Q! Yummmy!

Our flight left at 5:30pm [30 minutes behind] and we arrived at Taipei around 7:25pm. Since our layover was 4 hours long, I've arranged to meet my cousins and their family at the airport. It was really good to see them after 7 long years. My kids had fun playing with her kids! For me, this was the best part of my vacation!

Patrick, Patricia, Heather and Jarred

We left Taipei at 11:35pm and arrived at Calgary 11:35pm [and still saturday!]

15 days of fun, pampering, shopping, and lots of laughter with hugs and kisses, and non-stop eating!

15 days of no laundry, no cooking and no house chores for me! Yey!

But it didn't spare us from doing homework! Yes, both my kids have school work that needs to be done. You will see them doing homework while waiting for our flight at the airport, while on the plane and even at night while in Zambales!

And so that ends our trip! It was all a dream come true!

Tag #26: First and Last

This is a long overdue tag from Meeya.

Participants: 1. Me and Mine 2. Creative In Me 3. Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. All Things Me 7. Because Life Is Fun 8. Mind Bubbles 9. Something Purple 10. Stripe at Yellow 11. Vanity Kit 12. Em’s Detour 13. Big Eyed Gal 14. The Chronic Shopper 15. Vital Sighs 16. Maver 17. CODPG 18. Working It 19. MyParty.Finds.A Home19. Jo's Precious Thoughts


First real job
:: Citytrust Banking Corporation

First screen name
:: None

First funeral
:: One of my best friend's mother's funeral.

First pet
:: None. Never had a pet.

First piercing
:: Ears, when I was born.

First tattoo
:: None and no plans!

First credit card
:: Citytrust Mastercard

First kiss
:: I was 20 years old when I had my first kiss.

First enemy
:: I can't remember.


Last car ride
:: Today.

Last kiss
:: 2 minutes ago, before I published this entry. ",)

The next 5 days!

Here's a recap of our first 4 days in Manila.

Day 5 - Wednesday - Another movie night

Spent time with my best friend, M at Glorietta. We watched "Sex and the City" while hubby did his own thing at the mall waiting for me. And later had dinner at the food court. I ate at the House of Mini's, but sad to say, its not the same as before. I didn't like my food this time.

Day 6 - Thursday - Another family day

We had to take a trip down to downtown Manila to see my papa, brothers and sisters, and nephews and nieces. Can't believe how much they've grown! They are now teenagers!

Later in the evening, its the Despidida de Soltero y Soltera at my in-laws house. More beso-beso and more food and non-stop chitchatting. Here's our menu for the night:

Lechon is fresh from Cebu.

Morcon with vegetables and Sweet and sour fish fillet

Pasta and Beef with mushroom sauce

Day 7 - Friday - Dinner with friends

We decided to booked a hotel for the night before the wedding. My in-laws just have so many guests from abroad and province that its getting a bit crowded at her house. Besides, I want to look fresh for the wedding with less hassle.

So we got a room at Bayview Park Hotel in Ermita. They have the poorest service that I have ever encountered!!! I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone!

Later in the evening, we met up with Junnie, Linnor and Jerry at Greenbelt 5 before proceeding to meet our college friends at Greenbelt 3.

Day 8 - Saturday, June 7, 2008 - The WEDDING DAY!

Patricia and I had our hair and make up done at the hotel. Her first make up had all this glitter that doesn't look good on camera, so I had to have it redone.

Patricia didn't like the flowers on her hair.
I bought Patrick's barong at Kultura Filipino at MOA.

Cousin Alex [1.5 years old, the smaller kid in this picture],
still jetlag and walking on his own.

Patricia guiding the other flower girl [Annika is 1.5 years old]

Reception followed at Teatrillo... And this is what I've observed --
  • As soon as the couple enters the reception area, they proceeded to the cake cutting.
  • There were love birds in the room but they did not release them.
  • The bride no longer throw the bouquet nor did the groom throw the garter. They handpicked a couple to pass the bouquet and the garter. Both of whom are getting married later this year.
  • Instead of the normal newly weds going to each table to have their picture taken with the guests, the guests have to go to them to have their group picture taken before proceeding to the buffet table. This did minimize the crowd at the buffet table.
  • And it seems that the traditional tiered [layered] cake is also out. Instead they had a personal size cake done for each of the principal sponsors.
  • Pictures of the couple taken before and after the wedding rites are shown via slide show during dinner.
  • One hour at the church and two hours at the reception... and the party is all over! I remember my wedding lasted longer than that!
Here's a picture of the newly weds in their first dance as husband and wife.

Day 9 - Sunday - Tour guide day

Today, we are the tour guide to hubby's cousin, M, from the USA and her friend, E. First, we took them to Tagaytay and took pictures of the Taal Volcano... then we had lunch at Josephine's... then I booked them for a body massage at night at Marionnaud and we did some shopping too! M loved to shop. She bought shoes, bags, clothes and sleepwear from Zara, Marks and Spencer and our very own, SM. For her, the prices are really cheaper here.

Then we ended the night with a late dinner at Seaside Macapagal. But we ended up not happy since the market is already closed and we have limited choices for our 10pm dinner.

It has been a fun day for both of them since they've been in Manila for 1 week and they haven't really done any shopping since my MIL kept them busy with family reunions and gatherings and out of town trips...

We got home past midnight already and they only have 3 hours to sleep before they have to go to the airport to catch their flight.

More updates to follow...

Home, Sweet Home

Hello to all my blogpals!

We just arrived tonight... and though our vacation was really short... it was well spent! And now, back to reality!

Updates and pictures to follow...

TT# 43: Movie Marathon #7

13 Movies/TV series that got me hooked

Everything in this list are highly recommended!

And from the 80s...

I had a good laugh watching season 1 and 2 of this sitcom... I love Balki!

And a few episodes from these TV series...

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