Archive for April 2009
couldn’t sleep again last night. my back really hurts and no amount of tossing + turning + loud groaning could solve my predicament… so, i opened up my Artbin-full of CHA goodies and played with some AmericanCrafts (cardstock + pps from the Backyard Line + stickers + thickers + flairs + felt and plastic accents + rub-ons) —
felt better after two quick layouts AND the mojo stayed put…so i took out my ScrapbooksHawaii April kit (Homecooked) and made these —
there are a handful of these kits available and ready for shipping to your doorstep. (also still available — Pocket of Sunshine + Dawn + Grad). email me for your orders. 🙂 and do check out our DT gallery for some inspo. 🙂
i am soooooo into butterflies right now. i keep reaching for these from my stash (makes me think that maybe i should just leave them on my scrap table. lol) —
what about you guys? what scrap stuff do you keep using over and over and over again? 🙂
[yey. Friday na bukas!!!]
[sorry for the slight delay. had to finish a TON of paperwork in the office before my very looooooooong vacation. 🙂 ]
so — i assigned the numbers 1-9 to the names on the list of Philippine scrappers who ordered/bought a First Kiss kit from ScrapbooksHawaii (note: there is a separate raffle for Hawaii scrappers) —
and let the random number generator do the work —
congratulations, LEE and BEA!!! each of you will get a set of these from ScrapbooksHawaii —
pls. email me your addresses so i can ship these out to you asap. 🙂 thanks!!! 🙂
already set the date with my doctor ( may 8 ) … unpacked all of miggy’s new stuff for cleaning + washing (along with some of isa’s stuff that miggy could use like the bird’s eye diaper cloths, socks, mittens, white tie-sied suits, onesies … and yes, i’m not afraid to dress my son in pinks or yellows…uso naman ata…lol)
so excited to file for maternity leave…only 9 working days to go for me (although i’m really really tempted to already file it by the end of this week) sigh. i want to do so much stuff back home … rearrange furniture (have to move the crib out of isa’s room) + get isa her own bed + organize isa’s toys + bake + clean our closets + tend to my herb garden…
yeah…i’m on nesting mode according to marisa.
+ mojo is in high gear for the past couple of days and i need to take advantage of that — finished a couple of layouts last night…sharing with you some of them —
(materials: kraft cardstock, Pebbles paint, Martha Stewart butterfly stamp, top boss clear embossing ink, HeroArts white embossing powder, HeidiSwapp mask, Prima tape + bling + flower, lace, AC thickers, Zig pen, thread, UHU liquid adhesive)
so in loooooove with the HeroArts white embossing powder. it’s so fine (small or fine details really show or pop out) . it’s so white!!!! and it really melts easily.
(materials: black cardstock, patterned paper – ScenicRoute and Fancy Pants, 7gypsies gaffer tape, K&Co. journaling card/die-cut, AC felt accent, alphas – AC and Jenni Bowlin, Zig pen, pop dots/foam tape, WRMK eyelets)
in other news…
will be drawing two names later in the day from the list of those who bought/ordered a ScrapbooksHawaii First Kiss kit. two very lucky scrappers will get the chance to win a set of these courtesy of MakingMemories —-
neat, huh? 🙂
finally got to play with my SH march kit…yummy papers in uberlicious colors 🙂
materials used: kraft cardstock, Sassafras Lass pps (Pleasantly Puzzled + Memory Lane), BG rub-ons, Sassafras Lass chipboard, AC thickers, Zig pen, Prima bling, AC ribbon, thread
materials used: plain cardstock (true teal), AdornIt pp (Treasured Motif), PinkPaislee pp (Engaging), AC ribbon, MME stamp, Sassafras chipboard, Versafine ink, AC sticker, thread, AC flair, Zig pen
there are still a few March kits left with me. email me if you want one. you can see the kit contents/details here
had to go to the lab yesterday for some tests requested by my OBG. was only intending to have a regular ultrasound done but the doctor was kind enough to accommodate me for a 4D US — i’m on my 35th week and 4D ultrasound is usually done during the 30th-32nd week. the older the fetus gets and the bigger it grows kasi, medyo mahirap ng kunan ng tiempo ang face kasi baka hindi na gumalaw.
reached the lab a couple of minutes before 8am but I was already no. 20 on the list! sheesh… andaming nagpapa-ultrasound!!! yikes. so i just proceeded first with the other tests before my turn for the US. thank God I brought some magazines (scrapbooking, of course!) and my trusty iPod (and watched a couple of episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill).
it was already almost 12nn when my name was called (hindi man matagal ‘no?). and we couldn’t get a decent shot of miggy’s face for the 4D. he kept placing his left hand and right foot by his face. puro toes and fingers lang ang malinaw sa screen. so the doctor told me to walk around a bit and even grab some lunch nearby.
but even after eating and drinking lots of water + walking around the lab, miggy wouldn’t still show us a clear picture of his face.
all in all, it took 8 trips to the examination room and more than 8 hours in the lab before we could even get the pictures shown above. and by this time, even miggy was already frowning. naiinip na rin siguro and napagod sa kakakulit namin sa kanya. lol 🙂 even my friend who was working at the hospital across the street got to finish his shift and was able to swing by to see miggy in action.
just a few more weeks to go and I would get to kiss those chubby cheeks myself!! 🙂
went home very tired (had to drive myself to the lab and to the drug store and back home) but excited to show Isa the pictures of her baby brother.
well, the whole point of this trip was to just simply relax and enjoy the cool weather. we just wanted to escape the heatwave that was enveloping the metro (40 degree weather in some areas but it was a nice 28 degrees in tagaytay) and unwind after a very hectic month for us.
but what is the point of relaxing if one does not sample the best that the place has to offer in terms of food??? yep. yep. yep. food!!! 🙂 so when we booked our hotel reservation, little ole me also booked reservations at sonya’s garden and antonio’s farm.
so after a good night’s rest, off we went on the road to nasugbu to grab lunch at sonya’s last thursday. and for just P610 net per head, sonya’s did not disappoint.
oh if only i could finagle the recipe for their salad dressing!!! yum-O talaga!!! sa salad pa lang busog na kami. we kept asking for more bread and salad toppings. ehehehe… 🙂 and the little girl had a blast running around the garden being chased by her Mamu. after two hours (it was a leisurely lunch. lol), we trotted over to the Panaderia and loaded up on spanish bread and hopia (love the cheese and the mongo) before heading back to the hotel.
[look at us. matching tummies pa!!! hehehehe… pero in fairness, lumiliit na yung kay mark because he jogs + hits the gym when he can]
we were supposed to join the Visita Iglesia but we decided to forego it after being stuck in traffic for almost two hours. cars were barely moving on both sides of the road and we figured that we could be stuck there until midnight if we pushed through with our plans. we then took advantage of the pool at the hotel to keep the little girl occupied and happy. it was quite windy as the pool is at the rooftop. but it didn’t look like the little girl minded at all —
woke up bright and early the following day…grabbed our complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel…and headed on the same road towards nasugbu for antonio’s farm.
we were quite famished when we got there (not so major traffic along the way…but traffic nonetheless). for our starters, we got the seafood platter/sampler. yummy and very fresh oysters + mussels + shrimp. mmmmm-mmmm… hoarded most of the oysters while mark and isa loaded up on the shrimp. we also got the refillable dalandan juice. (we like it better here than the one we had at sonya’s. it’s sweetness was just right and it seemed like it was 100% dalandan…no sugar added.)
mark and my mom loved the house salad with whipped Roquefort cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. but i liked sonya’s better. mas gusto ko yung dressing. although it was still good. but i looooooved the soup.
for our main course, we got the herb roasted rack of lamb with rock salt garlic potato fries which isa loved + roasted duck breast infused with truffle seared foie gras on braised red cabbage + grilled chillean sea bass. now we know why people troop all the waaaaaaaaaaay here. man. food was that good. 🙂
and as if that wasn’t enough to fill us to the brim, they brought us desserts. [burp!!!] 🙂
we took our sweet time and lingered until almost 3pm then headed off to check out Paradizoo Farm…
…where Isa was able to take a ride on a miniature horse + we also got to see some camels, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, ostriches, sheep and an albino carabao named Tisoy. 🙂
then saturday rolled over and it was time to head back home. good thing we were pretty scared to join the mad rush on sunday and we reached pampanga in just under 4 hours (that includes stopping for lunch and a little window shopping). it was really a great (albeit short) trip and i wish we could go back again someday (probably with baby miggy in tow). 🙂
so how was your Holy Week? 🙂
…somewhere south of manila. 🙂 after reporting for work last tuesday (after a 3-day weekend), we packed our bags and headed out after breakfast yesterday to scenic Tagaytay (touted as one of the most pleasant cities one could visit here in the Philippines and where one would see a panoramic view of Taal Volcano).
we made good time…didn’t encounter any heavy traffic (thank God for the Skyway + the fact that most people were still stuck in their offices yesterday) and reached Silang in time for lunch at Leslie’s. oh my. the best bulalo talaga ever!!! 🙂 and Isatot even wolfed down a couple of spoonfuls of their yummy laing. lunch was even made more enjoyable because of the string band that serenaded the diners with a wonderful selection of love songs. they were so great that we had to give them a small tip. pramis. malamig talaga boses nila and we thoroughly enjoyed singing along with some of their songs. you have to check them out. 🙂
after lunch, we headed over to One Tagaytay Place — one of the newest hotels in the city. was able to get reservations online last week. it’s still in its soft opening and the staff are still trying to get into the groove of things. but they’re so welcoming and accommodating. the price is not bad either. we were able to get a deluxe room (one queen sized bed + extra bed with a small dining area and a sofa, equipped with two LCD screens and cable TV + wifi) for just P6,800 a night. the room even comes with a welcome drink + breakfast + buffet dinner. not bad eh? 🙂
to be continued…