Monday, November 30, 2009

"We got it all for you!"

That's the slogan of the SM Malls. I truly believe that you can buy (almost) everything you need at their malls.

At THE BLOCK, SM North, they don't have a giant Christmas tree.

Instead their activity center showcases a Christmas village. You have a winter cafe, a toy factory, an elf house among others. In the center on the mounted stage, there is a sleigh where I suppose Santa Claus can entertain kids. But he wasn't around when I took the picture, he's probably still at the North Pole.

While at the main SM North mall and all the way to The Annex, these red balls and giant red snowflakes added to the festive atmosphere.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

So after I was done with errands at Rockwell, next stop was Glorietta mall.

These bells and Christmas balls adorn the lamp posts located at the center island of Ayala Avenue. They probably are well lighted up during evenings but traffic is horrendous in that part of town and I don't really go out at nights. :D

I didn't want to roll down the windows of the taxi for fear of getting my digicam snatched so it is a bit blurry. I also couldn't get a snapshot of some of the belens on top of the buildings along Ayala Avenue because there wasn't any traffic. hehe

These orange parols were the main Christmas decors inside Glorietta 4.
They were hanging from every nook and cranny of the mall.

This is the Christmas tree near the Ascott Residence (formerly known as Oakwood Suites) entrance to Glorietta 4.

Across the street is the imposing Glorietta 5 Mall which I haven't set foot in.

I just wanted to take a picture of the giant Christmas tree.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I hereby declare that from this moment onwards, I shall only post happy, positive entries to lift up my spirits. Let's spread some Yuletide cheers! I was in the Makati area for some errands so I took photos of their Christmas decors. These pictures were taken at the Power Plant Mall (Rockwell):

Their giant Christmas tree is a sparkling vision in red. The mall's ceilings were adorned with dangling red wreaths like decors which weren't too overpowering.

I've never associated panda bears with Christmas. But this display proves me wrong!

By the way, some of the larger pieces do move mechanically. At first I didn't notice it because it is quite slow. Then I almost screamed when a large panda twitched! :D

Of course, reindeers are important fixtures this festive season. How else can Santa Claus deliver our gifts?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Stressful Sungit Situations (SSS)

  • I've been under a lot of stress lately.

  • My computer has mood swings.

  • Sometimes it switches on ... other times it doesn't.

  • I have no idea what is wrong with it.

  • Money is a bit tight that I cannot afford to get it fixed.

  • I'm grateful that D lets me use his PC kasi he's at work naman.

  • But his PC has very basic programs and I miss using mine.

  • Speaking of repair, another major source of stress is my effort in ttc (trying to conceive).

  • A recent check up reveals I need (to put it bluntly) to get myself fixed, as well!

  • But I still need to wait till the next cycle for more conclusive tests.

  • My doctor seems upbeat so I guess that is a good sign.

  • But I can't help myself from worrying!

  • She also told me to lose some weight and exercise more!

  • Although I like to emphasize that weight gain isn't the major reason for my
    infertility, so there!

  • So I'm hungry most of the time and super sungit in the process, ha!

  • As I type this post, I can hear my stomach grumble.

  • My next check-up is scheduled a few days before we travel.
  • .
  • All of us are going to Singapore to visit my sister for the holidays.

  • D & I will be gone for 2 weeks.

  • I really wanted to stay longer!

  • Because I really miss having my sister around.

  • But D's break begins December 19 and classes start Jan. 4, 2010.

  • I know, I can always extend my stay but I'm married now.

  • And married women don't leave their husbands to cope on their own.

  • Even if I know for sure that D can survive by his lonesome self.

  • So yes I will return to noisy neighbors, leaking sinks and stress myself all over again.

  • In the meantime I am not yet in the mood to pack.

  • Nor in the mood to get it on kasi who knows we might get lucky? (daw!)

  • I'm simply tired, hungry and masungit.

  • I thought that bringing out the Christmas decor would lift my spirits.

  • But it doesn't help at all.

  • Blah!
  • Saturday, November 07, 2009


    Ever since I got married, I noticed that I've gained weight! I'm not really blaming my husband for being a good cook and feeding me well. I guess I have no one to blame but myself. But the good thing is that I I don't really give a hoot about my weight nowadays because (1) I'm married now (2) I'm at the age where weight gain will permanently attach itself like a leech and (3) I can always use the "preggie" look to my advantage.

    So I've adopted a way to hide my unsightly bulges - wear dresses if possible the loose "maternity" variety. But no I don't buy them at the plus size nor maternity section of stores, no way! Some of these dresses have been in my wardrobe for the longest time. Others were hand me downs from my sister (who lost weight while I ballooned!) and the rests I bought with my 'earnings'.

    Two little black dresses - the one on the left with the spaghetti strap is a hand me down. While the shiny black velvety type was my standard 'formal' wear for ages.

    These 3 dresses are all hand me downs. The aqua dress and the chiffon printed greyish dark pink dress are now getting a bit small for me to squeeze into. *Gasp*

    I wore this black dress with embroidery to my 'despedida de soltera' lunch. While the dark blue flowery dress is the very first dress I bought way way back when I was still in university. Yes it is that old but thankfully it still fits!

    These two dresses are recent purchases which I bought at Landmark in Trinoma. They have the cutest dresses in the market.

    The one on the left is a woolen type dress I inherited from my sister. While the abstract printed purple dress on the right was bought just yesterday! =)

    Silver Lining

    When it comes to investments, most people prefer to stick to the proven monetary metal - gold. But did you know that buying silver coins is just as lucrative? Silver has become a highly valued industrial commodity due to its unique properties like strength, malleability and ductility.

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    So this precious metal does have a silver lining, after all!

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    Curry, anyone?

    After having a string of fish dishes for our meals, I decided it was time to get some protein into our system. So I cooked beef curry.

    It is fairly easy to cook. Boil some water to tenderize the beef (I used beef brisket cut into tiny cubes). I usually do this procedure first since it can take several hours for the beef to be soft. That's why I am amazed when I watch cooking shows and their beef is instantly tender for consumption. It takes me forever to make my beef as tender as possible. I don't like struggling with my fork and knife to cut meat. Heh!

    A few hours later, I sauteed onions and garlic in melted Dari Creme (lite) then added the beef along with chopped bell peppers, carrots and potatoes. Pour some water to let the veggies simmer for a few minutes. Once cooked, lower the heat to blend in the curry paste and constantly mix all the ingredients till the sauce thickens. At this point, you can add more water if you want more sauce and season it to taste. Although frankly the mix itself is already flavorful so I do not season it, anymore.

    The secret ingredient here is the instant curry sauce mix. I use Japanese curry (mild). It was one of my sister's pasalubongs when she last visited. Basically it is curry paste which is conveniently packed in a box. One box contains 4 medium sized squares. I don't like the curry flavor to overwhelm my dish so I just use about 3 tablespoons of the paste. I can make 2 dishes from one square of the box. It also states that you can use lamb, shrimps, chicken, pork or beef for your dish. Japanese curry tend to be milder in terms of its spicy flavor and it doesn't have that thick, heavy scent from the Indian variety of curry.

    Here's a picture of the finished product. Kindly excuse the presentation but that's leftovers from our dinner, last night. =)

    Monday, November 02, 2009

    Frame me

    I usually have my eyes checked every 2 years. I notice that I have a rather conservative taste when it comes to picking eyeglasses. Most of my frames were either black or brown with no extra side trimmings. While browsing the Internet, I came upon the New Arrivals at Zenni Optical website. They offer 1.57 high index lens for as low as $8 Prescription Zenni Glasses. Their frames are pretty trendy and modern just like their Holiday Fun Eyeglasses. I wonder if I will be bold enough to wear something as colorful as this bright red stained glass pattern frame. Who knows?? :D

    Sunday, November 01, 2009

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