Archive | October, 2011

Apple iOS 5 is so cool!

29 Oct

Yes! I have updated my Iphone 4 and Ipad 2, as well as my son’s Ipad 2, with the new iOS 5 by Apple. I didn’t have any problems in upgrading the software, and all the applications and files (contacts, messages, photos, etc.) that I have are still there after the update. So far, I am loving the updates.

I specially liked the iMessage, notification, multi-tasking gestures, photo editor/enhancement and camera upgrades (shooting using the volume button). I haven’t tried the iCloud yet. Will probably give you an update once I had.

iOS 5 rocks!


Ipod Nano 6G

26 Oct

I just love, love my pink Ipod Nano! Look how kikay it is! Hehehe… πŸ˜€

I’ve already removed all the songs in my Iphone and Ipad. All songs and podcasts will have a home in my Ipod. And I can listen to my music and podcasts whenever and wherever I go, even while working. πŸ˜€

Mineral Make-up

25 Oct

I’ve always wanted to put on a little make-up whenever I go out but unfortunately, I have sensitive skin. It’s hard for me to find a product that will not cause pimple breakouts even with the slightest brush of the powder. That is why I got interested with mineral make-ups, or MMUs. I have read that since these make-ups are made from minerals, they shouldn’t cause any irritation to the skin. So maybe these are the kind that I should try.

The Body Shop has come up with the Extra Virgin line of mineral make-ups. I bought the loose powder one in 302, that’s the natural color. I also bought a kabuki brush for it.

First time I tried it? I got a pimple on my forehead. 😦 But, I was thinking maybe the pimple came out because I’ll be having my period soon. So I’ll just stop using it for now and just had another go at it after. Will just give another update then. Wish me luck! πŸ˜€

Hello Kitty Die-cuts

24 Oct

A friend requested me to make Hello Kitty die-cuts to be used for her dear daughter’s birthday invitations. I used the Sizzlits and Sizzix Originals Hello Kitty Sitting with Bow dies to make 20 big and 30 pieces of the kitties. Whew! Making the die-cuts sure needs a lot of time and patience. But in the end, the output just made me and my friend happy.

GWEN’s 7th Birthday (Outing at Water Camp)

23 Oct
Another overdue post...

* September 18, 2011

The Husband and I initially planned for a big and grand party to celebrate our dear daughter’s 7th birthday. I psyched myself of being a party planner once again. I already planned the theme and the design of the invitations that I was supposed to make personally. Seeing that there would be lots of things to do and to plan, the Husband half-seriously asked the little girl if she’d rather receive a gift from us which would be something she really wished for and/or liked very much, and not have a big party at all. Amazingly, dear daughter agreed. When we asked if it’s really okay with her, she said that it is and she’d already be happy with just the gift. Awwww! isn’t she sweet? I felt that my baby is so mature.

Since there wouldn’t be a party anymore, the Husband and I decided to have an outing on her birthday, with cakes and banners and loot bags for her cousins, just so she could feel that we celebrated her birthday.

So we invited my side of the family, and we went swimming at Water Camp Resort in Kawit, Cavite. The travel to the resort was only 15 minutes because we went via the new Cavitex highway. There were lots of food prepared by my mother. We rented 2 rooms and a cottage in the resort so we were comfortable. I bought a cake and prepared a birthday banner and loot bags. I let the kids sang the Happy Birthday song first, then Gwen blew her candle. I really could tell that she liked it a lot. Afterwards, the kids ate and then went off swimming.

The resort had a lot of changes from the last time we were there. Another big swimming pool was added and of course, our new favorite – the Wave Pool! Oh we had a lot of fun there. The kids really loved it and they kept on coming back.

Before we went home, Gwen handed her lootbags to her cousins, and let each of them get a Squinkie ball from her Squinkie Gumball machine. They had a fun getting their prizes from a little ball.

At home, Gwen opened her remaining gifts from us. πŸ™‚

Happy 7th Birthday, Gwen! πŸ™‚

Cebu Trip

22 Oct
After almost 2 months, am finally posting our Cebu Trip. This is really an overdue post.

* Day 1 – 27AUG2011

We spent the long weekend of August in Mactan, Cebu. It was a good thing that we booked the trip in Cebu Pacific 3 months ago because airfare at that time was not that expensive. We got our tickets at almost 20K (there are 5 of us: 3 adults and 2 kids), including seat selection and prepaid baggages. When August 30 was declared a holiday, airfare prices skyrocketed. Had we not booked earlier, we’ll be paying for our tickets at twice the amount. πŸ™‚

It was raining hard when we departed for Cebu because of typhoon Mina. I was a bit worried that our flight might be cancelled because of the bad weather. But since the typhoon is affecting the northern part of Luzon mostly, we were still able to go to Cebu. The only problem we had was the 1 hour delay in our flight.

Before take-off in Manila

Near landing in Cebu with very nice weather

At Shang Mactan's Airport Lounge

Shangrila's Airport Shuttle Service

Finally arrived at the hotel

Hotel room pics:

We really enjoyed our stay at Shangri-la Boracay so we opted to stay in Shangri-la Mactan in Cebu. We hoped that Shang MactanΒ  would offer the same excellent service that we had when we were in Shang Bora. After all, our ultimate goal for this trip was to rest and relax. We even limited the places to go to just so we won’t be stressed and not get all tired.

Most of our first day was spent at SM Cebu. We ate our lunch at the foodcourt there and then shopped for souvenirs – Cebu shirts, danggit, and otap. We also bought take-out dinner from Chow King so we didn’t have to order room service.

* Day 2 – 28AUG2011

Our second day was packed. First agenda of the day was a buffet breakfast at the Acqua restaurant.

After a little rest, we headed to the beach for a swim. We didn’t spend a long time at the beach because Gwen suddenly had rashes on her face. Luckily we already took some pictures by the beach so we decided to just swim in the pool.

The pool was great. We spent a long time in the Main Wing Swimming pool because the Ocean Wing pool is deep for the kids. They couldn’t wear the vests as it wasn’t allowed, really didn’t know why. This got me irritated because in Shang Bora, the vests were not a problem. Anyway, we still enjoyed swimming, specially Gian and Gwen because there’s a squirt gun in the Main Wing pool which they hogged and played.

After the swim, we got back to our room and showered because we registered for the 10AM shuttle to SM Cebu, again! Well, we took a little tour of Lapu-lapu City.

– Early lunch at Shakey’s
– Mass at Basilica de Sto. Nino
– Queued to get a glimpse of the Sto. Nino
– Lit a candle beside the Church
– Spent a short time at Magellan’s Cross
– Back to SM Cebu to buy more otap and danggit and food for dinner
– A little tour at Lapu-lapu Shrine

We were very tired after our “gala” that I just wanna crash in the bed. But the kids still wanted to go to the Adventure Zone for some more play so we let them play for an hour. BTW, there’s a fee in their Adventure Zone unlike in Shang Bora, and make sure that your kids wear a long-sleeved shirt. If they have none, you have to buy their shirt there for P400, I think!

When we were about to hit the sack that night, the Husband and the little boy got hungry so he ordered room service – cheeseburger and fries.

* Day 3 – 29AUG2011

Happy 11th Birthday, Gian! πŸ™‚

We had our buffet breakfast again at Acqua Restaurant. I got a little birthday cupcake with a candle for Gian.

After eating and a little rest, we spent an hour swimming in the pool, and little time on the beach for some more pictures.

Then the kids’ stay at the hotel won’t be complete unless they play in the bathtub.

We again ordered for room service for lunch. We had Sinigang na Hipon and Beef Tapa, which were enough for all of us.

After that, the kids went to the E-Zone for just a short time until it was time for us to check-out.

And that’s our little getaway to Cebu. We had fun, really!

Our stay at Shangri-la Mactan was very good, although I think Shangri-la Boracay was still the best for me when it comes to service.


Birthday 2011

13 Oct

Happy Birthday to ME!!! πŸ˜€

I celebrated my birthday with the Husband only as the kids went to school. He planned everything and it was awesome for me. πŸ™‚

We travelled to Tagaytay for a quick getaway. On the way we stopped by Starbucks at Petron SLEX, and I was lucky to get a customer coupon in our receipt. That meant that I’ll have a free tall beverage on my next visit at any Starbucks branch. Even Starbucks had a gift for me on my birthday. πŸ˜€

We checked in at Summit Ridge, our fave hotel in Tagaytay. The Husband also called Seri Asia, the Spa in Summit Ridge, and made a 1PM appointment for a facial for both of us and also a massage for me. The day was a lucky one for me because they also have a promo in their services. It’s half the price for the massage, and a discount in the facials. Yey!

We had lunch at Antonio’s Garden Restaurant. What can I say? Everything at Antonio’s was FAB! The place, ambience, and the food was so delicious. Just look at the pics and I’m sure your mouth will water. πŸ˜›

For appetizers/starters:

Antonio's Farm Fresh Mesclun Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Cream of Onion and Potatoes

For the main course:

Grilled Certified Angus Prime Ribeye Steak, rubbed with Cardamom/Antonio's Steak Sauce

My plate:

Antonio's Steak with Mashed Potatoes

The Husband’s plate:

Antonio's Steak with Black Olive Rice

For the Husband’s dessert:

Poached Pear in Port Wine with Vanilla Ice Cream

For my dessert:

Panna Cotta Sampler

We’ll definitely go back at Antonio’s!

After lunch, we headed back to the hotel for a little rest and then we’re off to Seri Asia for some body love. πŸ˜›

Having spent my birthday with the Husband was truly great. It really was a grand day for the two of us. πŸ™‚


Thank you to all who remembered my birthday, who called, who left messages through text, email, my FB wall.Β  You’ve made this day more special for me.Β  Till my next birthday.Β  Ciao!