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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

i hope all of you get to spend the holidays with your loved ones. remember to eat lots of pie and stuffing + drink to your hearts’ content. 🙂

as for me…i’m going to spend the next two weeks doing just that (except for the drinking part) + hopefully be able to find some time to squeeze in a little scrapping. 🙂 finished a couple of pages using  the Studio Calico Nov kit.

i promise to share them with you soon + watch out for a major announcement from me in the next couple of days (hehehe…any guesses?).

 

ok.

 

that’s it for now.

drive safely and enjoy the holidays. 🙂

…last Tuesday. didnt feel like going to work. been having regular asthma attacks since the temp started going down. was weirdly ok when we were in HK despite the biting cold but I started getting the sniffles a few days after we got back. oh well.

good thing I stayed home because i got to take Isa to the mall for a new dress and a pair of shoes (HK took its toll on her favorite white shoes) PLUS…

my first box of Studio Calico goodies arrived. 🙂 got my November kit and the Iconic kit (forgot which month it was for) + 2 sets of the Ali Edwards Today You stamps (for me and Tna). whoopeedoodaaaah!!!!

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waiting for the 2nd box to arrive containing my December kit plus a couple of add-ons and other stuff. 🙂 judging by the time it took for the 1st box to get here (it left Scarlet’s hands on 11.26 and it reached my local post office on 12.12), i’m hoping that the 2nd box will reach my doorstep sometime between 12.26 and 12.29 (according to april’s blog, they shipped the orders last 12.08). i just hope that the post office is still open during those days and that the postman clocks in to deliver me some mail before the year ends. {will just have to cross my fingers + toes}

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and while blog-hopping yesterday morning, i stumbled upon this —-

twilight

haha. so funny.

hubby’s about to finish reading eclipse. he loves werewolves. go figure.

lens-babies

yep. yep. 🙂

hubby got me these on our 2nd to the last day in HK — a Canon 55-250mm w/IS + a Fujiyama wide converter with macro attachment + UV protectors for each. 🙂

met this wonderful guy named Henry in a store along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and he gave us a wonderful discount. his wife is a Filipina and he has lots of clients from Manila (apparently, stores in Makati get most of their stuff from their store in HK). i could not help but be awestruck when I stepped into the store!!! the walls were literally packed with all brands and types of lenses. you name it, they got it! their stock ranges from the most expensive ones to the cheapest/most pocket-friendly ones. canon…nikon…sigma…as in lahat meron!!!! 🙂 oh if only I had a limited shopping budget!!!!!!

but i settled for these two babies and i am absolutely thrilled to have them. i already have the 18-55mm lens so the 55-250mm is a great addition to my “arsenal”. but i am more enamored with the wide converter with macro attachment. i can attach it to any of my lenses and i they would be converted to wide-angle lenses in a snap! plus, at its widest, the image would appear like it was taken with a fish-eye lens! then it also has a macro attachment so i don’t need to get a separate macro lens (although i already have the lens baby).

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this was taken with the 18-55mm lens with the wide converter. took it while i was seated at the head of the table. without the converter, romely (at the left) and glenn (on my right) would be left out of the frame. it would really come in handy in group shots in small spaces. no need for me to move back/away or for the subjects to compress just so they could all fit in the frame. neat-o! 🙂 hehehe…

hehehe…sorry i had to cut my last post short…ran out of time last friday as i had to rush to go to my company’s christmas part (ang aga ‘no?)…

and now, for the continuation ——

 

we stayed at disneyland and waited for the ball and fireworks display over at Sleeping Beauty’s castle. did some Christmas shopping for the inaanaks while we were waiting.  needless to say, the little girl fell asleep almost immediately when we got back to the hotel.

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btw, our suite was at the 24th floor and we got this spectacular view of the city.  this was what greeted us every morning —

view-from-the-24th

and just a few blocks away from the hotel on our way to the MTR station is a flea and wet market with stalls like this on almost every corner —

local-cuisine

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street-food

we love the Peking duck and the roasted pork slices!!!  we sampled different dishes every night…as much as possible, we didnt want to eat in big restaurants or fast food chains (although we had to go to McDonalds sometimes for breakfast + Isa’s food…didnt think local food would sit well in her tummy). the fruits and vegetables there are sooooo fresh and yummy. there was also this good noodle/congee house nearby and the food was very cheap! 🙂 and mark still dreams about the peanut-butter-filled-waffle we got in Mongkok (the peanut butter was warm and gooey and was freshly milled (?)/ground).

if you go to HK, we highly recommend trying the local cuisine. there’s nothing like getting a real taste of the place and it would definitely be “healthy” for your pocket. 🙂 simple rules to follow when eating out in a foreign country… (1) if the place is packed with locals, then the food must be good. (2) order the “best seller” or the one that the locals are ordering. (3) try to practice sign language before your trip. believe me, it helps. lol. 🙂

 

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day 3… opted not to go to Ocean Park. wanted to “relax” a bit and didn’t think the little one would get to appreciate it yet. we’ll just have to go back to HK again when she’s a bit older. so we headed to Tung Chung and took a cable car ride to Ngong Ping. the view was so breathtaking. you get a 360degree view of the mountains, the sea and the airport. very relaxing. 🙂

grabbed lunch at the Ngong Ping Village (rice noodles with satay beef. yum-O!) saw two shows – Walking with Buddha + Monkey’s Tale Theatre.  the main attraction there is the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha (the standing Buddha is in mainland China).

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the statue is made out of 202 bronze pieces and weighs over 25o tonnes. plus you had to take 268 steps to get near it. we “contented” ourselves by looking and marveling at it from afar. we didn’t dare risk our lives and limbs (plus sanity) by attempting 268 steps just to see it. it was large enough naman and we can marvel at it from the village.  dibadibs? 🙂

toy-soldier

so we strolled around the village. bought some trinkets for the officemates. mom got some snow globes. grabbed coffee at Starbucks (they had this one holiday beverage that isn’t available at home…but i forgot the name…darn it) and the little girl tried to tango with some toy soldiers.

daddy-and-isa

the rest of our holiday was devoted to (what else?!) shopping! 🙂 mark got me the coolest things (will blog about this tomorrow) and we saw this cool store with the cutest name (wink. wink.) —

isas-store

 

harbour-city

all in all…we had a wonderful pre-christmas vacation. got to relax a little bit and made one little girl very happy. 🙂

shopping-time

as in “back to reality” mode uli ako after being gone for almost a week. for those who didn’t know, i took a quick trip to hongkong with mark, isa and my mom. we just got back yesterday and it was truly wonderful! 🙂

departure

it was isa’s first plane ride so we were quite excited for her and her eyes were full of wonder as she boarded the plane.  she kept on tinkering with the plane manual and kept pointing to the other planes at the tarmac. but we were able to temper her excitement and she became quite comfortable on her first flight — so comfortable that she even put her feet up while drinking her milk! 🙂

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we took the early morning flight last sunday at the Clark airport (10 minutes away from our house) and reached HK in time for brunch. checked into the hotel and walked a few blocks to a nearby mall to grab some food. then headed to the station to take the MTR to central to catch a ride at the peak tram.

peak-sky-terrace

it was soooooo cold!!!! but isa didn’t seem to mind — unlike little old me who had to bundle up in several layers of clothing.

devoted the following day to disneyland (of course!!!) and isa found heaven. 🙂 we had to pry her away from the welcome sign/arc as she was soooo happy to see mickey mouse. lol! i had to tell her that the “real” mickey was still inside waiting for her. 🙂

disneyland

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isa loved the parade the most. she was even dancing along with the dancers and the band. 

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she was so amazed by the floats and the dancers that she kept on crossing the barrier and insisted on dancing in the middle of the street. lol. 🙂 numero unong pasaway talaga!!!  we could not keep her down and they had to send a “special bantay” to watch over her. hehehe…

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to be continued…

for those who already watched Twilight, remember the scene were Charlie was cleaning his shotgun and Bella told him that she had a date with Edward and Charlie told her to “Send him in” at the same time he cocked the gun into place? well, hubby TOTALLY LOVED that scene…and i think he plans to try it out someday…hehehe…well, judging by this picture, i think i might see that scene in action sometime in my future (although i think i would strangle him first before he could even attempt such a hare-brained stunt)

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a year and four months old but she already knows how to put on make-up. sigh. ganito na ba kaaga magdalaga ang mga bata ngayon??? 🙂

 

speaking of Twilight…i would like to “introduce” you to OUR very own bella swan who we missed during last Saturday’s Jam —

bella-flores-swan

…is how i would describe last Saturday’s event at Nette’s lovely home where we held the MLA/SH Christmas Jam.  and it really was — and here are the pictures to prove it. 🙂

xmasjam

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donna during her demo/class on glimmermist

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and donna…well…being donna (sorry, sis. hehe… couldn’t resist eh)

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my demo on alcohol inks

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cookie’s demo on acrylic sheets

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and our {captive} audience 🙂

 

i hope everyone had a wonderful time…coz we sure had one. 🙂 and congratulations to the winners of the challenges (regina for the CD album and issa for the acrylic layout).


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