Friday, January 30, 2009

Arriving in KL

The title should actually be in past tense because this post is about our honeymoon hehe. And we've already flown in and out of KL as early as the second week of November last year. Most of the first day of our honeymoon was spent travelling. We were at SM Megamall by 7am to ride the bus going to Clark. Our flight was at 12:30pm that day. By 1:30pm, the captain announces that we are ready to land. WTF?!?! The travel time from Clark to KL was supposed to be around 2 1/2 hours. Apparently, "there's a very violent man at the back, and we have to return him to Clark. We cannot bring him to KL as this is going to be a long flight" (the flight attendants' explanation to us). Kaloka! When we arrived back at Clark, there were soldiers (?) boarding the plane to pick up the guy. Scary! Finally arrived at KL's LCCT at around 4:30pm. Travel time from airport to the city center was around 45mins to an hour. We just had enough time to checkin at the hotel, rest a bit and wander the city at night.

Here's us in front of the Petronas Towers. We had to take as many shots because we couldn't fit the two towers in the frame plus us at the bottom heehee.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 Philippine Holidays

Because of the wedding expenses (we haven't recovered yet), travelling will be limited this year. But that does not mean we wouldn't travel. It only means that we have to find ways to minimize our travelling expenses. The key to that is planning, planning, planning. Migs is already thinking of our summer outing. I'm already planning our road trip with the Flyfish Gang, although that will be mid of this year hehehe. Talk about excited! For those of you planning their long weekend getaways, let me share with you the the regular and special holidays for 2009 as declared under Proclamation No. 1699 from Malacanang.

Regular Holidays

Maundy Thursday - 9 April
Good Friday - 10 April
Araw ng Kagitingan - 4 April (Monday), Monday nearest 9 April
Labor Day - 1 May (Friday)
Independence Day - 12 June (Friday)
National Heroes Day - 31 August (Monday), last Monday of August
Bonifacio Day - 30 November (Monday)
Christmas Day - 25 December (Friday)
Rizal Day - 30 December (Wednesday)

Special Non-Working Holidays

Ninoy Aquino Day - 21 August (Friday)
All Saints Day - 1 November (Sunday)
Additional special non-working day - 2 November (Monday)
Additional special non-working day - 24 December (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year - 31 December (Thursday)

No date yet for the Eid'l Fitr. (The proclamation was signed 24 December 2008)

Although of course, we here at The Bank, don't really follow some of these holidays. Blech! And Joema's company follows some of the American holidays. So we really have to schedule everything and file for our leaves in advance.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Family Visits

When Joema and I got married, I asked him if we'll regularly visit our parents during the weekend. He said we'll visit but not regularly like every Sunday we should be at my parents house or every other weekend we'll be at his parents house. So on the first Sunday after we came back from our honeymoon, we made plans with our friends to have lunch. My father and mother texted me (separately) that they had dinuguan cooked for them. I only replied "Wow sarap ng ulam ah" and then told them we were going out to have lunch. Little did I know it was their way of "asking" if we were coming to visit. I only knew of this when we went to visit Tita Zeny in Pampanga and Mama shared that they were sad that Sunday - walang kibuan sa house, yung kasama lang namin sa bahay ang umepal at nagtanong "Uuwi ba sila Cris ngayon?" ahaha. From then on, I told Joema we should visit them (my parents and his) more regularly. Although we really can't do it every week, we try to visit them as often.


January in our family is special. My parents' wedding anniversary, both my and my brother's birthday are all in January. My lola's birthday and a cousin's birthday are also in January. Last Jan 6 was Nanay's birthday so we went to Bocaue. And then this past weekend, we made our way to Antipolo, it was my bro's birthday last week. We had dinner at a Chinese resto.

Happy beerday!

Papa and Mama

Yummy Chinese food

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Vegetable Dish

You know how I bragged about my adobo. Now, I'm going to brag about my chopsuey ahaha. I'm nearing my yearly annual physical exam again and I don't want to have to be told again that my cholesterol level is up so I told Joema we have to include vegetables in our diet. So when we went grocery shopping last weekend, we bought different vegetables. I'm so happy the finished product did taste like chopsuey. You see my husband is a picky eater and aside from that he really doesn't eat much (obvious naman sa katawan di ba?). Sometimes I have to force him to eat extra servings but when we had my chopsuey he ate a LOT! Yey for me! :)

ingredients for chopsuey

my plate

the happy hubby

Here's the recipe I followed, only I didn't use celery and sitsar; and added other vegetables like baby corn, cauliflower and red and green bell pepper. Again this is from my Maya cookbook (inari ko na yung cookbook..wala ng solian 'to!)

2 pcs chicken breast, deboned and cut into strips
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 eggwhite
1/4 cup oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 cup sitsaro, stringed
1 medium-sized carrot, sliced into rounds
2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4" lengths
1 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup water
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Combine chicken, salt, cornstarch, soy sauce and egghwite in a bowl. Marinate for a few minutes.
Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Saute garlic until light brown. Add in onions and cook until wilted. Add the chicken and cook until tender. Stir in vegetables and stir fry for 5 mintues. Add half of the water. Disperse the cornstarch in the remaining water. Add this to pan. Blend in the bouillon, sugar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until vegetables are cooked.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

To My Brother

Happy happy birthday!


When Joema and I were on our way home from Bulacan last weekend, he asked me if I feel homesick at times. I told him honestly that I really don't feel homesick even though there are times I am left alone at home because of the schedule of his work. But then I told him that whenever I see pictures of my family, I miss them so much especially my brother (although that's hard for me to admit hehe). So when I first got the CD of our wedding pics and started browsing on the photos, it was the first time since our wedding that I truly missed my family.

Sexy Back*

My Ninang Penny got married last January 3. It was a beautiful beautiful wedding. The reception program was a mix of different emotions. One minute I was teary eyed because of her dad’s speech the next I was smiling from ear to ear watching Penny and Pao’s first dance* (the first part of their dance was tango then the second part was Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back).

Here are some pics from their photobooth.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Say My Name, Say My Name

I’m getting frustrated with this whole changing of my maiden name to married name thing. First here at the office, my name’s already changed in the online directory but the IT department hasn’t changed my email address yet and my name in the Lotus Notes address book. Hence, people can not find me on Lotus Notes if they use my new surname. Plus I haven’t received my new ID yet. So I don’t have any ID’s with my married name on it. I don’t really plan on changing my driver’s license and passport yet. I’ve just renewed my passport and I don’t want to go to DFA again to have it changed. My driver’s license won’t expire until 2011. I’m planning on having my name changed on both IDs by the time they are about to expire. But now I think I have to have it changed because I went to my bank earlier and they told me that I need to present 2 ID’s showing my married name to have my account name changed from maiden to married. And I only have one – my company ID – which technically I don’t really have because they haven’t issued it to me yet. Are you still with me after all this blabbering? Argh! So what I can do as of the moment is just change my account from single account to joint account but retain my maiden name.

Monday, January 05, 2009

The Day Before The Day

Let me start the new year with my backlog posts about our wedding hehe.

The day before the wedding I was up and about really early because we had to fetch Grace and take her to our modista. Grace was really happy with her dress so she decided to have other dresses sewn for her. Good thing the repair of her maid-of-honor dress was done in less than an hour. After that, we went to Tria’s shop to get the body form. And we finally headed back home but before that we dropped by the bank (for Grace’s finances) and the salon (for our mani/pedi). See I don’t really have regular manicures and pedicures so I just had my fingernails cleaned and had a foot spa. Sulit talaga when sa trusty neighborhood salon namin dahil a little over than P500 lang ata nagastos ko for the two of us. When we got home, a hearty lunch was waiting for us. Grace had time to sleep for an hour before we all (me, Grace, my brother and mother – my dad has work) left for the hotel. When we were loading the boxes with our chocolates, I noticed that there were tiny ants crawling in one of the boxes. Hay, di na matapos-tapos ang mga langgam! Good thing we had a lot of extra holders so we just discarded the ones that were “infested” by the ants.

Marj was already texting me by 2pm that she’s already at Astoria. Sheesh we arrived there around 3pm. I surrendered most of our wedding stuff to Marj. We didn’t have time to talk much because she had another appointment after. So we bid her farewell and checked into our suite. I wanted to sleep for a few hours but wasn’t able to. I just lay there on the bed with my eyes shut but my mind wandering about. I don’t know what time Joema and his family arrived at Astoria because my mom was the one who gave them their room keys. And I really told him that we shouldn’t see each other before the wedding. Ang arte!

By 6pm, we fetched my dad to have dinner at Megamall and then Grace and I had more shopping to do. She bought new shoes for the wedding. The ones she brought were not really for formal occasions hehehe so I forced her to buy new ones. Then I bought black socks for Joema, some toiletries for me, and bottled waters and biscuits for us (we had this at the bridal car for the ride from the church to the reception). Before we went back to the hotel, Marj texted me about the projector that will be used the next day. There was some misunderstanding with Bim but everything was cleared that same night. She informed me that eveerything’s okay and that I should get some sleep. This was around 9pm already. But I had some last minute things done and probably slept by 11pm. Oh and just before we slept we were still looking for ants crawling around the chocolates hahaha.

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