Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Attempt to Lose Weight

Gained quite a few pounds from my UK trip.  Although I've lost a bit, I still need to lose some more :o  So, here I am, with my stationary bike (which I got from my parents) ;)

Wish me luck!

Monday, June 27, 2011

JJ is now 2

Last Saturday was Little J's 2nd birthday, and I spent the morning buying these at Divisoria—hubby had to go to work, so I tagged along :)

Balloons with "Happy Birthday" printed on it costs P40 for 10 pieces, so cheap! I forgot how much the sticks costs, but the party hats are P2 each or P20 for a dozen. 

Our original plan was to spend the afternoon (until night) at Manila Ocean Park with his cousins, but since it rained, we didn't want anyone to get stuck in traffic. Plus, it was raining so we won't be able to enjoy the fountain show :(  So, we went to Plan B, which was to spend the afternoon at Timezone in Greenhills Promenade:






And had dinner at Banana Leaf Cafe in the same area, capping it off with Hizon's birthday cake—Yummy! Oh, I got the HAPPY BIRTHDAY candles for P27 a set ;)

The kids swarmed towards the cake, all wanting to help Little J blow and eat the cake, too!

Here's Little J enjoying the icing ;)

Special thanks to Ninong Francis and Ninang Keri Zamora for taking care of us at Banana Leaf Cafe—they part owners for this branch ;)

And the highlight of the night (other than Little J's birthday) was a photo op with Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez haha... All the nannies wanted a photo with them, and since Mariel and I are friends, I was able to ask for one for them ;)

The night didn't really end as planned, as Little J ran straight towards the glass window of the restaurant and hit his head. He's been sick since Saturday night :( And I haven't been able to get a good sleep, because I've been checking if the pillows are propped up well for him to breather better—he has the colds, too :(

Happy 2nd birthday again, Little J :D 
Mama and Dada loves you very much :) Get well soon!

Friday, June 24, 2011

JJ Turns 2

Little J is turning 2 years old tomorrow.  How time flies!  Can't believe it's been one year since we threw him his first birthday party at Mann Hann in San Juan:

I designed the tarp banner myself :D

The kids had a blast with Jiggles the Balloon Lady
My uncle, did a fantastic job on the balloon decor, too!

Here's group pic with my side of the family:

Here's another one with my hubby's:

And here we are, attempting to blow the candles from Little J's birthday cake

Happy birthday, our little man :D

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Still Sick

Been sick since I got back, and I have been sleeping with a mask—just to be on the safe side.  Here's a photo of me that Little J took:

and here's a photo that he took of himself afterwards:

I sure am glad Little J has a strong immune system :D
Hope I get better real soon :(

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day Weekend

One of my very good friends, Peewee Reyes-Isidro, threw a birthday party for her daughter Chloe over the weekend.  Little J had a blast, along with my hubby who had a mini reunion with his friends.

He had fun at the mini carousel

Little J went straight to the painting booth

...where he got an Elmo design ;)

Father and son in "matching" shirts

...and here we are with the birthday girl and the hot momma :D

The next day, we had lunch at Cheesecake Etc

...where little J learned how to dip bread in his soup


We ended the night with dinner with my folks at Gyumon in Mile Long

Happy Father's Day :D

Friday, June 17, 2011

Store Check by Little J

Little J only gets to come with me to the store if I get to have the driver of my family or my in-laws.  So, that's really just once in a blue moon... like today :)

Here he is, all dressed up in his hoodie shirt, on the way to SM Megamall:

I wasn't able to take much photos of him.  He's quite the runner :)

Little J, thank you for coming with mommy to her work place :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Father's Day

I fell in love with this commercial while I was in UK.  This is one of the reasons why I started this blog, so that my son (and future kids) can read through this and know how our life was like with them :D

While surfing for the video above in youtube.com, I found this Asian version:

Hope you like these TVCs as much as I do.  They never fail to make me cry ;)
Happy Father's Day :D

Oh, and to our little J (and our future kids), we can't wait to browse through this blog again with you real soon, but not too soon, we hope.  You're growing up so fast. 


Monday, June 13, 2011

Friends in UK

Apologies for the one week hiatus.  Our last stop, which was in London, was fully packed.  I'm back now, and recuperating from the flu... sigh!

Anyways, this post is to thank all my "UK" friends for taking care of me and my family.  You made our trip extra special :D

NIKKI GO, my childhood friend ;) Thank you for squeezing us into your house, and for driving us around New Castle and York.

JOHN GONZALES, my new found friend :D Thank you to you and Alex for letting us stay at your beautiful home, and for driving us to Bicester Village. We had so much fun!

DOHN YU, my schoolmate from nursery to college (haha... it's been that long!).  We love the restaurants you recommended.  Keep me posted with you-know-what, you hottie ;)

PAUL TIU, my childhood seat mate (fellow bus rider).  Thank you for touring us around London, and bringing us to my mom's requests :D

MARJ AKIL, my colleague back in Chalk magazine.  It's been 8 long years since we've seen each other!  It was so great to catch up with you.

We all had a lovely time, thanks to all of you.
Hope to visit UK and hang out with all of you again soon :D

Friday, June 3, 2011

Arrival at Stockton

Day 2 of UK Trip: First up was breakfast at the apartel



This is their Full English Breakfast, served on a plate

We love their chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate, and brought some of the cookies with us for our trip to Darlington.

I ended my breakfast with banana topped with nutella ;P


Isn't this place so homey? Thank you to a friend whom I'll be meeting this weekend for the reco ;)

The corridor is just a bit narrow for big guys like my brother, but it will do.
This is us, on our way back to get our luggages to check out.

Took a cab to  King's Cross Station where we took the train to get to Darlington

At King's Cross Station—this is where "Harry Potter" and his friends took the train at Platform 9 3/4 ;)

Felt like I was more at the airport than at the train station

Back at the Customer Lounge—we had 2.5 hours of waiting time


The amazing view

We tried their Fanta Orange; it tasted more like real orange juice with the fizz :)

Touchdown at Darlington

While waiting for my friend, Nikki, to get her car

I played around with my camera to take shots of the 3 of us

Nikki and her "spare" car.  The car shop had to fix her "real" car:

Got to the pub for dinner




And of course, I just had to have their Fish & Chips ;P


My brother had their Gamut Steak, which was sort of like Christmas Ham back at our place in Manila.

While my mom had their apple-glazed pork with egg

So much dips and sauces!

Before heading to Nikki's place...

... we dropped by the hospital where she works

as an Audiologist


... and of course, we had to do some grocery shopping to stock up


Found this area with lots of cute birthday cakes!





Just had to share these adorable sweets :) Hope someone can do this back in our country, at this price or even cheaper, hopefully!


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