Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 15, 2015: Seven years

Seven years ago, during our honeymoon (a 3D, 2N stay at a hotel in town) we decided to have dinner at this seafood restaurant at a mall. We stepped out of the lobby to hail a cab to take us to our destination. There was a heavy downpour complete with lightning and thunder. The bell boy at the hotel had difficulty hailing a cab for us. SO we just decided to return to our hotel room and order room service! 

Forward to 2015, I asked hubby what he wanted to do for our 7th anniversary, he told me "do you remember that seafood restaurant we wanted to eat at during our honeymoon? Let's have lunch there!" Now truth be told, I had forgotten and had no idea what he was referring to. He had to refresh my memory.

Fish & Co


Shrimps Fettucine

Prawns Sambal

Fish n Chips


Then after doing some shopping, we headed over to the famous HK dimsum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan. Usually it is very crowded and there is a long queue to grab a seat but fortunately for us we got a table right away. Probably because it was in between the lunch and dinner period. 



Vermicelli Roll with Shrimps
Pork Dumplings with Shrimp
Mango and Pomelo Pudding
Their famous Baked Buns with Pork BBQ
We were stuffed and quite full - a day well spent to celebrate our seventh year of wedding bliss. The true key to my happiness is being well fed.

A full tummy = a happy wifey!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Hola!

Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams Manila
Yes I'm still around!

Coping with the intense heat which is something I don't really cherish.

I take three sometimes four showers a day because my active sweat glands are firing on all cylinders. 

So I find the least warm place in my humble abode and try to entertain myself as beads of sweat march down my back, my forehead and well basically just be a ball of sweat!

Downstairs with my laptop on the dining table along with the rice cooker in one corner and my bottled water on a coaster, I do my online tasks. 

I'm grateful for a laptop I can take anywhere, my current 'obsession' is to read eBooks online. But since I am cheap I settle at the free section or opt for the one month free trial version. In essence, it is a good thing since I get to accelerate my reading speed as I have one month to read as many books as I possibly can.

Late evenings, it is movies time for me as I have a long list of films to watch stored on my hard drive. 

Just a short update to give a shout out to my very few readers, yes I'm still here doing my best to survive summer 2015.  I'm doing what I love best so I guess I can't really whine, that much! =)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Family that eats together, gain weight together?

Yes, it has been a week since my sister went back to where she works. 

Yes, we ate a lot during her visit. We went to her fave restaurants as well as tried new ones. 

Yes, there were times we were so famished we forgot to take pictures of the food and ourselves.

Suffice to say, we were filled to the rafters. And as proven by these pictures, we were all smiles and had so much fun doing what we do best ... eating!

Barrio Fiesta, SM Megamall Atrium Wing


 The Francos @ HK Chef, Macapagal Avenue


ABE, SM Megamall Fashion Wing

These photos also prove how much weight I've gained so it is best to moderate my hunger pangs and eat less. As 'exercise' is not part of my wide vocabulary, I guess I have to thank the hopelessly warm, humid and very hot climate as I sweat profusely nowadays. 

Heh! I never thought I would openly admit to 'liking' this terrible weather. Truth is, I am miserable and definitely loathe this sweat inducing climate that has made its hot and sunny presence in full blast in our beloved nation. 

Ugh, time to take my second shower for the day!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lenten Break


Despite the long holiday for Lenten break, I am staying put in Metro Manila and watch as the bus terminals, the airports and the port area are crowded with travelers off to their provinces, or going out of the country.

I was brought up in the era where the Holy Week meant going to mass, visiting churches for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, listening to the 7 last words, reciting prayers at the Stations of the Cross. So I always feel so darn guilty when I find myself 'enjoying and having fun' during this sacredly solemn period.

But we are in the year 2015 now and time has evolved and people have also adapted new rituals and traditions during Holy Week. It is just fine for me as the going goes 'to each his own'.

But I'm a traditionalist so I'm sticking to my conservative beliefs and values. Besides, the sister dearest is flying in tonight so I have the perfect excuse to stay in Manila. 

Let's all have a significantly meaningful
Holy Week 2015.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Peek a boo @ The Peak

On this last day of March, the sun is scorching hot. The weather app on my smartphone says that the current temperature today at 4:26 PM is 33 degrees Celsius! But they say that the tag-init season has not yet officially started. So expect it to get hotter in the coming months. Nice, NOT!!!

So I'm using reverse psychology and thinking of cooler places I'd rather be right now, this very instant as sweat beads form on my forehead and my back is soaking wet from perspiration.

I'm posting pictures of our visit to the Peak in HK on the third day of this year. The Peak is a favorite place of mine to visit. It has a fantastic view of the whole city state. The climate is very pleasant. It can be reached through different forms of transport like buses, taxis and its famous Peak Tram. 

On our way up we decided to take a double deck bus, boarded on the upper level and enjoyed the long and winding road to reach our destination.





Once you reach The Peak, there are many attractions that will divide your attention. You can dine at the numerous restaurants, you can go shopping at the The Peak Tower mall and you can go to the several viewing decks to admire and soak in the gorgeous view. 





The climate was quite chilly but it did not stop us from going further up to the Sky Terrace 428 Overview for an even picturesque view of HK.

Once there you can avail of the Hong Kong Sky Tour which is an interactive touch screen audio tour. It is free for Sky Terrace 428 ticket holders.  You can listen to an audio tour that explores the architecture, cuisine, culture and history of the state.





As the sun was setting for that day, it got really cold up there so the parents decided to go down and have coffee at the mall. We stayed behind but it was time to don our beanies and gloves to protect from the chilly wind.




Eventually it was too cold for comfort so it was time to descend and say farewell to the Sky Terrace.



To warm our tummy from the cold weather, we all had really yummy hot wanton noodle soup.



With our stomachs full, it was time to join the very long queue to board the Peak tram. It was freezing cold by then as the evening air enveloped us but I totally loved it!!!




Friday, March 20, 2015

Flashback Friday

Yesterday at around 1 pm, I got a Whatsapp message from sister dearest along with this picture: "Back in London after 20 years!"

This image of WHSmith was taken at London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

Yes, she is correct. It has indeed been 20 long years since we stepped on UK soil. Yet I remember it quite fondly. 

November 1995 - my parents and I were based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While my sister worked as an associate editor in a travel magazine based in Singapore. She was sent by her company to cover this huge travel trade fair in Earl's Court, London. So we decided to meet there.  Dad stayed behind in Dubai since he was working so Mom and I flew to London via British Airways, I believe it was a six hour flight.

It was my first time in London. My mom and I explored the sights then would meet up with sis for dinner. After the trade fair was over, she took some days off. It was freezing cold but we all had so much fun. We watched "The Phantom of the Opera", "Miss Saigon" (Monique Wilson as Kim) and "Sunset Boulevard" on West End.

It was a short visit but packed with exciting adventures, good food and happy conversations.  Just enough to add to our warehouse of well cherished and pleasant memories.

P.S.
WH Smith was the bookstore of our youth. When we were based in Brussels, Belgium in the late 1970s, we bought all our books (Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew classics) from that store. Seeing that image brought back fond childhood memories for me and it seems for sister dearest, too.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Artiste

This is a continuation of the previous post which basically expounds and lauds D's new found skills. He has also dabbled into creative art and this includes photography as a hobby. Besides, isn't everybody into taking photos, nowadays? But he has a keen eye and tend to 'compose' pictures from an alternative angle than the usual images. And I am not just saying that because he is my hubby, other people have commented on it. :D

He has also mastered the use of Corel Draw and has come up with banners/posters which come in handy in the course of his work. Case in point, he is the one who designed this banner from scratch (mind you!) for their recent photo exhibit at the Adamson University Art Gallery.


Last Sunday, I was beaming with pride when we attended their photo exhibit. The main theme was the province of Marinduque but it also featured other photos and art works by eight faculty members of PUP. 

He composed the "Artists Note".






It is a small gallery and the crowd who visited were just a handful but it is a start. A passionate hobby that has captured his dedicated heart. He can be quite meticulous when he puts his whole heart, body and soul into a project. I should know because I tend to take a back seat and can only offer my unwavering support.