Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Wait Is Over

After weeks of anticipation, I finally got A’s Missoni crib set!

Tadaaaaah!

Up close and in actuality, the colors are more vibrant than what it looked like on Target’s website, so I was really happy when I saw it.  And the print–*sigh*–I have to say, it’s really gorgeous.  The purply, zigzag-y, floral-ly print is so pretty, yet at the same time modern and strong–kind of like my little girl.  Haha!  Unwrapping this package and seeing the wonderful design really made me soooo excited to dress up A’s crib right away!

And here is what it looks like:

Unfortunately however, while the fabric is truly beautiful, to be honest, the quality of the crib set bumper is quite substandard.  After one washing, the filler got so soft, the bumper would not stand up nicely and would sag against the crib walls.  I had to tie the bumper tightly just so that it would stay upright.

I was thinking that I may bring this to an upholsterer just to have it stuffed a bit more–so that I can get more use out of it.  Otherwise, sayang naman if it looks really droopy. Masisira yung look!  Hahaha!

Sadly, the quilt also had a hole in it :(.  While I was tempted to have it returned, I figured that I’ll just have it sewn nalang and cross my fingers that it comes out unnoticeable.  I didn’t want to take the chance that the quilt would be out of stock.   Haaaaay, the lengths I would go through for a crib set!!!  Hahaha!

Despite the setbacks, though, I still think this Missoni crib set accomplishes the purpose I bought it for–to prettify my little girl’s room.  I wanted a design she could grow with–something not too girly, dainty or child-like.  At the same time, it is a visual feast for her mommy’s eyes :).  Hahaha!

Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to afford a real Missoni bed set for the H and moi.  That’ll be my next project!!! :P

Pink Elephant

We got A her first sculpture this Christmas :)  It’s from Jomike Tejido’s Wood Menagerie series.  Here it is, proudly displayed on her bookshelf:

This kinda reminds me of Elmer, the patchwork elephant. So cute!

The cool thing about this sculpture is that the top part can be removed, and there is a “secret compartment” inside.  A can hide her little trinkets there.  It’s kinda like a treasure box.  I remember loving the idea of hidden treasure when I was little.  I’m sure A will too. :)

 

Achy Breaky

I did something today that I haven’t done in a loooooooong time.

I exercised!

Yup, I did :)

I took the plunge and joined my sissies and my cousin for an intense 60-minute work out at barre3.

IT.WAS.KILLER!!! But I survived :P  Hahaha!  (Although I bet my muscles will be soooo sore tomorrow morning.  Boo :( )

I think I may actually do it again! :).

Note to self though: Must get cuter workout clothes.  Bwahahaha!

Off To The Farm!!!

I don’t know about you, but the days leading up to Christmas were crazy hectic for me!  With work and social commitments piling up, and a never-ending amount of gifts to shop for and wrap–it was all getting a bit much (which also explains my extremely long hiatus from my blog)!  I was starting to feel really overwhelmed, and honestly, I was also feeling a bit ashamed that I was forgetting what the real reason for the season is.

I am very fortunate, though, that the powers that be have a way of bringing me back to reality, bringing back my sanity, and enabling me to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

How, you ask?

I took a road trip down to our farm :)

Road Trip!!!

My Lola L, in her lifetime, purchased some land in Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija.  Before, the farmers who tilled this land used to call it Lupang Sinumpa because the soil was very arid, and could not bear any fruit.

Today, however, to say that the land is productive is a complete understatement.  Not only does our company grow most of the herbal plants that go into our products here, but this farm is also the first and largest organically certified farm in the Philippines!  Galing, right?  It is something I’m very proud of–and the farmers are as well.  Not only do they now have a regular source of income, but they are living proof of how a useless piece of land can become a blessing through hardwork and perseverance.  Their story is truly a wonderful and inspiring one to tell.

Welcome to LAC!

I can’t tell you how much I love coming down to our farm!  I was so excited that the opportunity presented itself just at the right time when I was getting very stressed with work and life in general :(.  I was there with my family to celebrate Christmas with the farmers, as well as to see the recent developments and new areas in the farm.

What I appreciate the most about LAC (which stands for Leonie Agri Corporation), is that the pace is slow, and time seems to be at a standstill.  The air is fresh, and there is A LOT of greenery around.  It’s difficult to not feel relaxed in such lush surroundings :).  This was definitely what the doctor ordered :).

When my family arrived, we were immediately treated to a refreshing round of Tanglad Iced Tea (Lemongrass).  I always look forward to this welcome drink because it always does the trick of quenching my thirst, and for some odd reason, it also makes me feel really comforted–kinda like wearing an old, familiar t-shirt. Weird, huh?  But anyway, nobody knows the recipe of the iced tea except the LAC staff.  It’s a well-guarded secret :).

Healthy and Refreshing Tanglad Iced Tea

After freshening up a bit, the farm general manager, Farmer A, took us on a short tour.  We started out in the main area, where they planted an herbal and medicinal garden named after my grandparents.  I noticed they also did some landscaping and made a fountain area and gazebo.

Herbal Plants

Medicinal Plants

Looking at this fountain makes me feel really serene

The shady gazebo can be used for picnics or for employees who want to take a break

After this area, we boarded a kuliglig (or at least I think that’s what it’s called), which is a make-shift transportation hauled by a tractor, and went on to tour the rest of the farm.

All aboard!

Here is what we saw:

I love the vibrant color of this flower. So happy!

Aside from herbal plants, we also grow organic vegetables and sell them exclusively at SM. This is the area where we grow our lettuce.

Most of the areas in the farm are named after Biblical passages. There is great spirituality amongst the people who work here. Yet another reason why I love this place.

Doesn't this tree look like it came straight out of a horror movie? True enough, the older farmers would recount stories of seeing a white lady by this tree. Spooky!

A front view of our "ride".

This is one of the main attractions of the farm. It's called Salmo Uno (Psalm One). It used to be thick with talahib (tall grass) until one day, as the farmers were digging, they found a well spring and the ground started filling with water! They were so amazed at the abundance of water that was gushing from the spring because for so long, the land was extremely cracked and arid.

Because of LAC's success, many have tried to replicate its business model. The farmers and management have so generously made it a point to "give back" and train other farmers in the area so that they can learn organic farming. These are the kubos where they house the trainees.

Signs of progress and development everywhere!

We also raise organic animals in the farm--goats, pigs and wild boars :) According to Farmer A, organically raised animals are clean, quiet, and tame.

We ended our tour back at the main area, just in time for a sumptuous lunch of fresh salad, pakbet, fresh steamed lapu-lapu and organic lechon.  It was very simple, but verrrrrry yummy fare :).

Lunch was followed by a short program by the employees, where they danced, sang and entertained to everyone’s delight.  Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces really made me think about my so-called “stressful” life, and suddenly, it did not seem so stressful anymore.  When I saw how these people, despite their poverty, were so happy enjoying simple pleasures, it made me feel really ashamed of how I sometimes tend to take what I have for granted.  It also made me think about simplifying my life and going back to the basics–God, family and health.  Boy, do I have a lot of contemplating to do for the coming year!

Definitely, this experience was such a “kick in the bu_t”–the wake-up call that was long overdue.  All I can say is, thank you, Lord, for making me see.  I went home that afternoon feeling more relaxed and at peace than I had in a looooong time.  Amazingly, I saw this on my way home as well:

It's a sign!

God, truly, has a sense of humor :).

 

My Future Blogger

Snapped this picture of A typing away intently on her dad’s Mac.  I thought it was so cute!  It immediately brought a smile to my face :).

Looks like I have a future blogger here :).

10a Alabama

Tucked away in a quiet nondescript street in Quezon City, is a gem waiting to be discovered.  It is an artist’s haven–a place where creativity and ingenuity thrive.  I am talking about 10a Alabama in New Manila.  If you’ve not had a chance to pass by, it is definitely a place that’s worth a visit–especially if you are into art and handcrafted things.  I myself finally found the time to make my way over this weekend (after hearing so much about it from my artist friends), and one thing’s for sure–I will be back!

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Coordinates

Starting early with my gift wrapping this year totally did not get me anywhere :(. Hahaha!  As expected, life happened, and now I am scrambling to wrap the remainder of my presents with just 14 days to go till Christmas.  Haaaay!  Talk about photo finish!  *Sigh*

Anyway, as promised in my previous post, I just wanted to share with you how my efforts at eco-wrapping turned out.  As you will see, I used 3 different kinds–the fuschia and silver one are store bought, while the printed one is from old magazines.  I  usually like my wrapper to coordinate, and not all be the same.  It makes the effect look much more impactful, especially when I bundle the gifts together.

For some reason, I like experimenting with colors that are not in the usual holiday palette.  This year, I opted for a “Sex In the City” theme–hence, the fuschia, black and silver color scheme.

Watcha guys think of the gift tags? :)  I just took one of our family photos, photoshopped it a little and had them printed!  Instant personalization!

Now if only I can hit the slow mo button so that the next couple of days allow me to do some catching up!


Quirks Marketing Sale at ava.ph

Right on the heels of my online purchase, I get a text from my friend Oliver that Quirks Marketing is on sale starting today at ava.ph!  Woohoo!

Now you can shop limited quantities of DwellStudio Crib Sets, Bags, Onesies, and Travel Cases, and Kaboost Portable Chair Boosters and OBaby Strollers!  If you’ve not yet completed your Christmas List, here is your opportunity to do so! I’m sure the deals will be great!

Because it’s been so rainy lately, and the traffic has been extremely horrendous, this is the best way to get some shopping done, without having to step out of your home!  Don’t wait na…shop now! :)

Early Morning Happy

Aaaack!

I hate it when something that makes me so happy makes me feel so guilty at the same time :(.

This morning, as I was checking my Facebook account, I got an alert from Stylecaster that stocks of Missoni items were recently replenished at Target stores and Target online.  During the launch of this collection a couple of months ago, while I valiantly tried to compete with the gajillions of web shoppers, I unfortunately just ended up with a knit tunic top for the little one.  Medyo epic fail ang efforts ko :(.

This time around, I decided to browse through the Target website to see if the items that I originally wanted were already available.  The point was to just “check and see”, but what really happened was I “chose and bought”! Haha! *Sigh*

And while I feel a slight twinge of buyer’s remorse,  I really can’t deny how ridiculously thrilled I am with my loot as well :).  Haha!

So here they are…my early morning happy… :)

 

I bought the entire crib set for A!  I couldn’t resist!

Missoni Exploded Floral Crib Collection via target.com

This is what I got for moi :)

Missoni silk scarf via target.com

Can’t wait for little bro to bring these home!  In two weeks my purchases will be here!  Woohoo!

Pinoy Eats World Guerilla Dinner # 9 (Part 2)

As soon as the H and I arrived at the “super secret location”, we were greeted by Chef JJ Yulo, one of the forces behind Pinoy Eats World.  He led us to a table that was occupied by 5 other people–all of them unfamiliar, but welcoming faces :).  After introductions were made, the conversations started to flow more smoothly, as we all buckled up for the evening’s feast and festivities :).

Table decor

Our multi-course menu--with codenames to keep the mystery going!

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