Christmas with the Apat na Sikat

Monday, December 31, 2012

It was a pleasant surprise when we got a message from Vanj saying she'll be in town for the holidays. This is one of those rare occasions when the four of us see one another and catch up with each other's lives. No matter how crazy the schedules are, we're able to squeeze in an impromptu gathering. We all met up at Ivy's place. She whipped up a simple meal and I brought a cake. It's like celebrating my birthday all over again!

 

They we're requesting for Banapple's cheesecake however the store was close. This was the next best thing.


Tapioca once bought this cake for my nephew's birthday (yeah, a pink cake for a guy). The cake was yummy. It was not overly sweet and the sponge cake was not dry. No umay factor, too.


I love that Goldilocks is improving it's cake lineup unlike Red Ribbon. I recently discovered that Red Ribbon has taken out the blueberry cheesecake from the menu. Sigh. First, it was the New York cheesecake. Now the blueberry. What's next Red Ribbon?!?!

. . . Ivy's special carbonara

 buttered toast . . .

Simple yet delish meal prepared by Ivy..

the apat na sikat with Rhian . . .

We got bitin with all the chikahan so after 3 days, we continued the session at home. Unfortunately, Anjee couldn't make it as she had to leave for Ilocos. This time we had an inuman session.

. . . with tanduay ice

Tapioca prepared the pulutan :-)

  chicken with leeks . . .

 pan-seared pork chop with dry rub . . .

 . . . baked potatoes with butter and herbs

 
buttered mushroom . . .

Vanjee commented that the dishes reminded her of China. She said it was exactly the same way Chinese made their dishes. Well, what can I say? Tapioca's cooking is mostly influenced by Chinese.

We drank merrily while eating and watching No Other Woman. The three of us haven't watched this movie yet.  So glad I watched it with my girlfriends. I rarely (make that never ever!) watch Pinoy movies especially with Tapioca. He abhors Pinoy films. But with my girlfriends around, he's left with no choice but to make nasty comments about Anne Curtis hahaha!

We really missed each other so much we continued the bonding session the following day. We went to Eastwood and attended the Sunday mass. For lunch we headed to Food Junction. Vanjee missed Filipino food and I missed my favorite bulalo. Sorry but no more food photos. We were hungry and busy with the kwentuhan and finding out the latest chismax. We did get a souvenir photo at the Eastwood City Walk with these fake Chistmas trees and snow.

. . . vanj and yours truly

Ivy the photographer not included. The girls and I spent lots of time together but I think it still wasn't enough. I was kinda sad when we bid each other farewell. I know they're just an email/sms away but it's never the same when you're with each other's company. 

I can't wait till we see each other again. I miss you already! 

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Making Our Christmas Tradition

Friday, December 28, 2012

We celebrated Christmas at home with just the two of us and our adorable kitties. Tapioca didn't have work so we spent the rest of the day doing what we do best - nothing! This is our first Christmas as husband and wife. I thought it would be great to make our own Christmas tradition by having a family photo. We didn't put up any Christmas decor for fear the cats will destroy them. The only festive spot in the house was this door with the wreath I bought from Bicol (Mochi and Sunday can't reach it haha!). That's where we had our pictorial.

. . . Mr & Mrs Tapioca

with our babies - Mochi & Sunday . . .


I'm loving this spot in the house. I know this is going to be hard to keep so before it goes away, I had a photo op with Mochi :-)

. . . healthy christmas

In lieu to dieting, we had pesto pasta and fresh garden salad with homemade vinaigrette.

Tapioca's gifts to me:

new shoes ! ! !

They were on sale (buy one take one). He really knows how to spoil me *giddy*

new purses ! ! !

My passion with tiny purses is back. When we went shopping I went crazy with all those cute little purses but I restrained myself. Tapioca allowed me to get two. How nicey? You know he was very generous to me and I feel ashamed I didn't have anything for him. Well, as of the moment I can't afford his dream PC. But I told him one day I will buy it. Until that day come . . . .

Here's more gifts from friends . . .


. . . yummy polvoron from Aldwin & Angela

pretty photo frame from dirk & nina . . .

I really love this frame. It's unfortunate though that it can't stay in it's place. Mochi knocks the poor thing over twice. Good thing it didn't break.

. . . digital clock from marj

I always wanted to have this digital clock. It serves as a back up alarm clock when our cellphones are dead. I also like the temperature meter. It tells us that our air conditioner is doing its job. Also, we can now see the time when it's night time and all the lights are off. No more scrambling for the phone to check the time. Love it!

immersion blender . . .

Just like the digital clock, I have ticked off another item on my wish list. I can use this to whip up cream, mix home made salad dressings, puree ingredients for soups and so much more. Can't wait to break this in!

. . . in hot rockin' pink-alush ! ! !


This is the logo/brand for the immersion blender. They're available at SM Department Store. Aside from immersion blenders, they also have cool kitchen appliances like rice cookers, oven toasters, hand mixers, etc in different colors. If you like to put a pop of color in your kitchen, then this is the brand to look for.

paper shredder . . .

For my home office, the paper shredder. Tapioca got this from a second hand store. Tried shredding a couple of papers and it stopped working so we returned it to the store. Unfortunately, since it was on sale it's the last of its kind. Lesson learned: never buy any electronic equipments from a thrift store even though it has a warranty. For furniture - yes. but electronic equipments? Never again.

. . . sandwich maker

From Tapioca's list, a sandwich maker. It's brand new (thank God!). First, I thought, we won't have any use for this. I like toasting my bread in the oven toaster or over a hot pan. Then Tapioca introduced me to the wonders of the sandwich maker. Now making grilled cheese sandwich is easy, convenient and quicker.


It has room for 2 sandwiches. I can make 2 sandwiches in one go. Neat!!!

He also got his dream mouse pad.

razer goliathus gaming mouse pad . . .


So that's it folks, our simple Christmas showered with gifts from loved ones. Thank you generous friends for remembering us! How about you? Did you get what you wish for this Christmas?

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Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


This photo was taken during our Baguio trip earlier this year. The pine trees evokes Christmas so I edited it a bit and came up with a holiday photo.

May this season brings you joy, peace, love and abundant blessings. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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'Tis The Season

Monday, December 24, 2012

It's the time of the year again where everyone's calendar is fully booked with events and parties to attend to. Despite the crowd, the chaos, not to mention the horrible holiday traffic, the celebration must go on. I myself had a fully loaded weekend for December. As much as we'd like to attend every party, there are things that will always get in the way.

For the 2nd year in a row, Tapioca got sick. I don't know but he seems to be at his weakest during this season. It's a good thing though it started a few weeks before Christmas or else we'll be having porridge again (like last year). Then, another relative - my uncle passed away. This is the 2nd time a family relative died on December. You know, times like this when everyone around you started dying, it makes me feel so old. And speaking of being old, I just turned 30!

This is suppose to be the season to be jolly but God wanted me to have a little bit of happiness and a little bit of sadness so I can be more grateful for everything life has come (and will be coming my way). Let us also not forget about the true meaning of Christmas.


Tapioca and Jellybean at the roof deck of One San Miguel Building in Ortigas. Check out the background - city lights, more buildings and Manila's pollution.


With my former team and colleagues. 


Gifts. Bought them all in one go.


We also threw a pre-Christmas party at home. Fun times.


Surprisingly, we're all able to fit in our tiny apartment.

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Kuya Onad and Ehmie's Wedding

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The uncle of my long lost bff tied the knot yesterday with his partner Ehmie. Tapioca and I were honored to be part of it. The ceremony was held at the Pasig Church but we didn't make it so we made our way to the reception at Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood City.

. . . jellybean and ron-ron

I was able to see old friends, neighbors and relatives I haven't seen in a while. I was really glad we made it to the wedding kahit reception na lang.

cocktail area . . .


. . . table setup

table #14 . . .

. . . seats for the entourage

for the newly weds . . .

. . . the cake



There was audio/video presentation.

the samson/peralta family . . .

. . . ariane and michelle
 
Gosh, these two were all grown-up and looking very pretty. 

The spread:

 
 bread & butter . . .

. . . young corn with red &  green pimiento

 chicken salad with fusilli pasta . . .

 . . . beef yakitori

 mixed veggies . . .


 . . . fried wonton


 fish fillet in white wine sauce . . .

. . . roasted chicken

pork teriyaki . . .


 . . . beef wellington sliced

beef wellington whole . . .


the dessert spread . . .

These were gone in a flash. The guests loved the desserts.

In fairness, everything tasted pretty good. Tapioca and I were all curious about what beef wellington tasted like since we always see it being served at Gordon Ramsey's Hells Kitchen. I've been checking out places where they offer this kind of steak and we're glad to find it here at Richmonde. Though the pastry was a little soggy, the meat was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Perhaps we should check out their lunch or dinner buffet one of these days. I hope they offer the beef wellington, too!

After the food and program, more more picture taking.



. . . wedding favors

The wedding is suppose to be about the groom and the bride however since both of them were in demand on that day, we weren't able to take photos with them using my camera so let me just share the video made by Ariel Javelosa. Please click here.

Age is nothing but numbers. It's never too late to find the person who you will spend the rest of your life. If you click on the link and watch the video, then you'll know what I mean *wink*wink*.
 
This wedding also paved the way for a reunion with my childhood friends. It marks our 20++ years of friendship. All of us are now happily married. My bff Shenna, was the first one to get married and now has a little boy named Carlson. It's funny because we seem to have the same taste for guys. We loved them big-boned!

shenna, jellybean, ron-ron & xandra (not in the photo) - we are the chubby chasers! LOL!



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