Fun, Fun, Night!

Yesterday was my High School's 80th Grand Alumni Homecoming Day. I wanted to go there early to catch up with my batch mates but time and heavy traffic were not on my side.

So I arrived in Los BaƱos at past 8 p.m. I met up with Belle, my HS best friend near the UPLB gate. We ate a quick snack at Chowking Vega first then proceeded to the new location of UP Rural High which was quite far from civilization :p We got there at around 9:30 p.m.

Had a blast chatting with old friends and seeing lots of familiar faces

Ate a late, late dinner of yummy salad with ripe mango and spare ribs
(prepared by my good friend Chef Jeff)
at Arla's Restaurant (in Brgy. Maahas) around midnight
where hubby was waiting for me

Arrived in Alabang past 1:30 am and bought
balut (for hubby) and penoy (can't stand to eat sisiw, ewww!) for me

Took a photo of the lovely ring I ordered from my young friend Gracy
( and which she sent via her mom
whom hubby met with during their own event at Arla

Around two weeks ago, I saw a post in Facebook about a Johnson's Body Care Giveaway. I registered and sent invites to some of my friends. This week, our free gifts started arriving at our doorsteps. Here's mine:

I love the scents! And the cute little bottles make them ideal to bring along without adding bulk and weight to a woman's already hefty handbag (Yeah, mine weighs a ton! Go figure!)

Anyways, the promo says Until Supplies Last. So to all the ladies who have just read this blog post, visit now ... as in NOW! :)

I was invited to an Intel-sponsored media event yesterday. Since I would be submitting a writeup of what I learned there to one of the publications I write for, I can't post about it here.

[Jan 6 edit: You can now read the full article entitled "Your PC and your technology personality" at this site.]

But let me just share some photos I took of the food we were served at Restaurant Cicou (pronounced see-sue) in Hotel Celeste located at San Lorenzo Drive cor. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road).

I regret not being able to take photos of the delicious salad and soup we were first served. I only remembered to take out my camera when the third course came. Was having too much fun chatting with fellow writers and the PR reps of Strategic Edge, Inc. :p

Everything was yummy! The French Chef featured at the hotel's website, Chef Cyrille, lived up to the writeup about him :)

Enjoy viewing his mouth-watering concoctions ...

Prawn with fried glass noodles (a.k.a. sotanghon, I think)

Wrapped pink fish (salmon?) fillet with guacamole dip
(My seat mate and I thought it was wasabi at first)

Beef dish with a tasty sauce

Chocolate volcano and a scoop of ice cream in between pink cookies

Needless to say, all those present were so full by the time we finished lunch. That six-course meal is something you'd want to treat a special someone to one of these days ... (Paging my husband! LOL)

*Special thanks to Paula, Jinny and Ada of Strategic Edge for the invite :)


I have just reserved and paid for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ring that was crafted by a young friend of mine. I am very much amazed at Gracy's talents and I'm sure you will be, too.

Check out her unique creations at You just might find something too that would also touch a chord in you, as it did in me :)

A Gift to our Children

I have always acknowledged God's sovereignty over the lives of my children. And I believe that one of the best gifts I can give my kids is to pray for their present and future lives.

Here's sharing something I wrote on Helium about How to Pray for Your Children:

Parenting can be the best and toughest job there is. It can bring parents joy as well as pain. Among our many roles as individuals, I believe that being a parent is the one that can make us feel a true success or an utter failure depending on how our children turn out as adults in the future.

Please click this link to read the rest ...

I hope you can find this short article useful in your parenting life too :)

A Fitting Tribute

Last November 15, a friend and mentor who was also like a father to myself and my husband was laid to rest. Tito Joe Lamigo will forever be remembered by us as a loving husband and father as well as a faithful servant of God.

While he was still alive, Tito Joe told his children how a plane flew over and showered their path with flowers at his own father's funeral. During his interment, his daughter Lem arranged for a plane to scatter roses and rose petals too while Tito Joe was being laid to rest.

Here's the video I was able to take of one of the plane's passes.

Lem used this footage in a video she made for her parents on their 38th wedding anniversary which was celebrated 12 days after Tito Joe passed away. Watch that beautiful video here and be inspired by a love that will not be broken, even by death.

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