31 Dec 2009
in Musings Tags: musings
May I just say that I am back, of course with a gazillion photos to go through after a week-long vacation in the province where I saw lots of my friends and family. The holidays aren’t over yet though and I have three more events to go to, as far as plans are concerned.
The Sun broadband was disconnected without our knowledge the entire time I was in the province. We only found out when we got back to Manila; thus, the absence of posts starting from the day we got back, which was about 10:30 in the evening of the 29th. The drive from Pili lasted approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes, that includes a side trip to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Naga City to check on the car’s registration papers; a side trip to the little town of Sipocot in the search for the now non-existent Bigg’s Diner (we ended having lunch in some other unknown diner); 45 minutes of MY turn at the wheel in Andaya Highway where I practiced shifting from first all the way to fifth gear (hehehehe); a number of restroom stops and a final stop-over dinner at Shell Station along SLEX. As expected, lots of traffic everywhere – from Gumaca all the way to Skyway Stage 2 roadworks. I was on mobile websites the entire time we were in Bicol, thanks to free wi-fi at all establishments, from CWC to Cereza to Avenue Square and all over SM Naga, as well as establishments like Gelatto’s and Starmark Cafe. Heck, even the place where Ryan had the car washed had free wi-fi. This is worth mentioning because in Manila, wi-fi is NOT free everywhere. Starbucks especially sucks!! All my internet access was done through my mobile phone which, may I say, was chosen carefully and [proven to have been] wisely. My Nokia 5630 Xpress Music has both 3G and wi-fi capabilities, which allowed me to use wi-fi when there was a network available and connect through Globe’s 3G when I was staying at my parent’s home which is in the heart of almost-nowhereness. May I just say that the P5/15 minutes of browsing PER SITE sucks. I would go on my mail and click on a link to Facebook, i.e. so-and-so person made a comment on a photo of you, click here to view whatever, and I would be charged P5. This is not fun when you spend P30 on 5 minutes and you could literally hear the ka-ching-ka-chings in your head.
So anyway, this is my LAST post for the year. One hundred fifty five (147 public and 8 private) posts later, it can be said that it has been a productive year in terms of blogging. Angkulet dot com is six months old! Now that I’m fully aware how much time and energy is expended on blogging, I have more respect for bloggers out there. Though this site is not meant to generate any kind of income, $0.0003 made so far from the Google ads you see in the right navigation panel, this site exists primarily to serve as documentation to my otherwise utterly boring housewife and stay-at-home-mother life. So let me say that it makes me happy when you guys leave comments and you tell me that you get new things/ideas/inspirations from the posts that I make. It makes me happy when the people or things I blog about take some time to leave comments, like Harry Best, Sanuk and Jasmin Chan of Momo.
What is in store for 2010? More photos of course! Photos of my little family and the adorable Angkulittle. Hihihihi. More music, more movies, more theatre, more shopping and hopefully more travel. More, more, more! Hahaha.
I have to go through a lot of photos and post them on my Flickr. Due to the huge number of data I have to go through, I will need a lot of time. I have a lot going through my mind too and I need to write them down to get them off my head. Huge number of data in my head too. Peace of mind is priceless. Though I think the first post for 2010 should be a review of 2009 and goals for 2010 for is that not traditional?
We borrowed one of my sister’s three house helpers and that has helped a lot. We are practically almost done with [I believe another traditional] New Year’s cleaning and she has saved me from two days worth of ironing. Hoorah for that! As some form of payment, I made her watch Angelica Panganiban’s I Love You Goodbye yesterday at SM Marikina’s Cinema 2 while Ryan, Lia and I did the groceries at the supermarket. I am supposed to be washing towels and sheets today but I am so hung over from the 2010 kick off party with my Rep family last night. I just want to sit here and type my thoughts away, in between cooking and serving food at Cafe World hahaha.
New Year’s Eve will be spent with my parents and my siblings and their respective little families while New Year’s Day will be spent with Ryan’s parents. Some of my Rep friends will be spending the weekend surfing at L.U. and I would really like to be with them if not for the Travel Factor’s New Year’s Party happening at Circa in Eastwood City Libis on the evening of January 2nd. On second thought, I do not think the newly-claimed-from-the-garage car can stand another long drive to La Union so soon after the Bicol trip. Ryan tells me we have to replace all four tires. (There goes a chunk off the 14th month pay )
My Facebook is being overwhelmed by photos of drinking and partying and I really believe I am almost at my drinking quota. This has been a tremendously fun holiday season for me. I think its safe to say that this has been my best holiday season ever! Even the Bulao family reunion was astoundingly successful! It seemed to me that the food was uberly delicious and the kids had so much fun! No matter that I could not recognize half of them. Being the daughter of the eldest of the Bulao siblings, I had difficulty telling who was cousin and who was niece/nephew. Tsk tsk.
Maybe I am enjoying this holiday season because I had absolutely zero expectations of it. I will remember to have the same zero expectations for next year. It is always nice to be pleasantly suprised. Can I make that my 2010 mantra? Goal, to be always pleasantly suprised.
31 Dec 2009
December 3, 2009
Babies absolutely love being naked. Lia especially hates putting anything on, be it shoes, hats, diapers, shirts, shorts, pants, onesies, dresses, jackets. She hates putting any piece of clothing on. I tell her it’s not possible to go out naked because her parents will be accused of being irresponsible. This is her having a wonderful time, just being a baby.
28 Dec 2009
One of my best friends from high school and through the years. Though we we were only classmates for one year in sophomore year, we had lunch together almost everyday for the rest of high school. Though we went to separate universities, we stayed close. I love you my dear. I only have best wishes for you and congratulations to Neil. I wouldn’t miss your wedding for the world.. and you know it.
See you at one-thirty in the afternoon at the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Do not, I am warning you, do not, make me cry.
It is your big day… and I am truly and immensely proud of you…. Cheers to many years of friendship, love and togetherness. I will always be here for you, no matter what.
26 Dec 2009
Social Hall, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Elias Angeles St. Naga City at 5pm
25 Dec 2009
24 Dec 2009
I do so many things with Lia. Well, it’s just the two of us here at home all day so.. I am glad she is all about helping out. You’ve seen the photos of Lia helping me out with decorating her Christmas tree. Here she is helping me out with wrapping presents. This girl!
Yay! We're gonna wrap Christmas presents!!
My girl is ecstatic about wrapping presents! So ecstatic that she is all blurry. Hahaha!
Excitement just makes me all duckied up! *clap clap clap*
“Baby girl you need to stay still so Mama can take a decent non-blurry photo of you…”
Uh okay, here I'll stay still. Very still.
These photos were taken November 30th.
23 Dec 2009
Trend Labs Christmas Parties through the (married) years.
Bronzed Christmas 2006
White Christmas 2007
Red Christmas 2008
Blue Christmas 2009
22 Dec 2009
So I’m trying to decide whether I should just do my own hair and make-up for this vintage- slash Grecian- wedding I’m going to at the end of the month. I’m looking at these real interesting hairstyles and making me think, dang, it looks like I can’t do any of these on my own. My hair is too long and too thick. My arms ache when I do it on my own.
The hairpieces are deliciously cute! I’m sort of partial to the one with the simple headband but I do not have bangs. Maybe I make one?
Okay, more choices slash photos to follow. I have to rush off to a fitting and lunch.
22 Dec 2009
in Travel Factor Tags: Christmas 2009, Christmas Party, friends, Travel Factor
It’s a Sporty Christmas!!
TF friends took some time to celebrate this year’s Christmas with a little sporty party last December 16th at the Batcave. It was the most fun Christmas party I have been to in years! Thanks Kaladkarins!
21 Dec 2009
Today is a slow, quiet and lazy day. I have no real housework to do today because Ryan and I finished them all this weekend. I am thinking I should do some packing. We are driving to Bicol early morning on Wednesday. We will be spending a week there – my entire little family with the little dog.
We drove over to Cubao Expo last Saturday because I needed shoes for the office party last Sunday. Yeah, I’m so uninterested in shoes that I have to go out and buy a pair every time I have to go to some party and buy it too just the day before. I got myself the most comfortable suede stilettos I have ever had my feet in. Amazing really. Afterwards, we drove over to North Susanna Village in Commonwealth Avenue to have dinner with Tin and other friends at Lizzie and Onin’s house. I brought the camera, like I always do, but neglected to take photos. Sad. First time over at Lizzie and Onin’s house and we did not have any kind of difficulty finding the place, thanks to Lizzie’s very specific directions. We are really friends aren’t we? I love you Liz! :*
Sunday was housework all day because Ryan’s parents were coming over to babysit for us while we attended the office party. Of course, the house had to be clean! Hahaha! Ryan was required to arrive earlier than all the others because of some briefing or walk-through or whatever, so I decided to have him drop me off at Megamall where I shopped for shoes for May’s wedding. As expected, I found my shoes in the usual store. It’s where I always end up buying my shoes! Amazing. I did not want to head over at Megatent Events Venue early so I decided to watch Avatar. Yeah! First time to watch a movie alone again in years! And yeah! First time to ever pay for my own movie ticket and because of that, I was shocked to find out that movie tickets at Megamall now cost P172. Dang, the last time I went to see a movie alone, it was in Market!Market! and I paid P90 for my ticket. Amazing, really.
Today is a day Lia and I stay home. I am wondering if I should take her out for a walk around the village but the skies are gloomy and it looks like rain would fall any minute. I guess we will do a rain check? We are going out tomorrow after all, have lunch at Eastwood because Ryan’s mom has some sort of Christmas party at Somethin Fishy and she asked if we could bring the baby so she can “show her off.” I have to go pick up my dress too for May’s wedding. I don’t have time to pick it up on Wednesday. I also need to do a teeny weeny bit of Christmas shopping. I haven’t found the perfect present just yet for a couple of people.
I am excited about driving home. I hope we wouldn’t have any problems on the road. My sister’s maid might be coming along with us on the drive since my sister’s family is also going to the province. The entire Sorita family will all be together at my parents’ house this Christmas. Exciting! The last time this happened was probably back in 1999! Wow, that was ten years ago.
We will probably just hang out over there in Bicol. Do the usual CWC thing, maybe go to the beach, see my friends… maybe attend my batch’s 10th year reunion… Maybe, just maybe… because I failed to register, hahaha!
And then, last but not the least, attend one of my best friends’ wedding on the 28th before finally driving back on the 29th. We will spend the New Year here, maybe with Ryan’s family. It would be nice to see some fireworks.