Vince my nephew

       This cute little boy is my nephew. He is son of my sister but my husband and I, treated him as our own son. There are times that he is with us. He called me “mama” while my hubby is “papa”. For eight years that we are married we don’t have our own baby to treasure but I know in God times we will have. 

       Anyway going back to my nephew (Vince). We love him because he is very energetic and talkative through he is only 1-year-old. Sometimes I don’t understand what he saying but I am happy listening to him. He is the one who makes me happy whenever I’m sad. 

       For his age Vince is good doing these things. Eating with his fingers, helping and wearing his clothes, I find it cute whenever he turns page of every book. He loves to sing and dance.  My husband and I where very thankful to his parents because they let Vince to stay and sleep with us. He was easy to take care through there are times he is having tantrums but its normal.

Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel

          Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel located at Barangay Camaysa, Tayabas, Quezon. It is called the charming town of Tayabas, Quezon, twenty-minute ride away from Lucena City by car or jeepney and I think it’s about two and a half hours from Manila by south bound bus. This resort and hotel is the perfect tropical paradise. Once you get in, you’re for a vacation that refreshes and invigorates even the most jaded souls with the legendary Mt.Banahaw looming in the distance. It’s reveal in the cool waters of spring-fed swimming pools.

          Some of my high school classmates and I had a get-together after the alumni at Nawawalang Paraisao Resort and Hotel. We celebrate there because it’s convenient for more of us. Our get together, great way to share memories, catch up with news and rekindle friendships and etc. High school life will bring back memories and fill our life with happiness.  This is the first time we meet my high school classmate based on the different countries. It’s a great feeling to see familiar faces from one of the happiest periods of my high school life.

          Everyone’s of my classmate doing a different thing but one thing we have in common is leading a happy family life. Some are in the corporate, some have their own business, architect, teacher, some are stay at home, some are still single .Generally, we all are thankful for the blessings and times like what we are having to see each other again to catch up, recall the happy past we had and just be there and have fun with everyone else.

Suman

             Suman is a native Filipino food in Quezon, Province. Suman is a rice cake originating from the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often steamed in banana leaves or buri/buli leaves.  They have two different types of suman here in Quezon;  sumang malagkit ( rice cake/sticky rice) and sumang balinghoy (cassava). It comes in as many different forms as there are provinces, but the basic recipe is waxy (sweet) rice wrapped in leaves, then cooked. In Tayabas, Quezon (my Province) Suman is the ritual gift of hagisan. It is cooked with great enthusiasm by Tayabenses because Hagisan is an opportunity to share their prosperity. Bundles of suman are gaily tied in the pabitin, which is made out of a special kind of bamboo called bagakay.

          Anyway about suman, everyday I wake up early in the morning because of the suman vendor. This vendor name Michael, he was very early in the morning to sale their suman product made of rice cake (sumang malagkit) here in our Village. This suman cost P3.50 per piece. This is my breakfast food together with hot coffee. I really miss to eat suman, because I remember my grandmother, she made fantastic sticky rice.

sumang malagkit (sticky rice)
sumang balinghoy (cassava)

 

 

Lunch @ Buddy’s Restaurant

         Buddy’s Restaurant is all Filipino Foods. The main branch of this Restaurant is located province of  Lucban, Quezon. This place is very popular in Quezon Province for this yearly Pahiyas Fiesta Festival. They have a branch in Makati and more branches somewhere in Quezon Province. They have a two branch in Lucena this is located at SM Lucena and the Quezon Avenue. Anyway about the Buddy’ Restaurant Pancit Lucban (Quezon Finest Product) and Pizza is a famous food in this Restaurant.  Buddy’s known to many offers the best taste of Pancit Lucban with it’s good and thick and savory sauce that makes its so delicious, full of it’s ingredient that makes good taste to others.

         Anyway, my friend Michelle (officemate) inviting me to lunch in Buddy’s Restaurant, located at Quezon Avenue, Lucena City. We also ordered Lechong Kawali, Sisig , coke and leche plan for our dessert  that also good in taste and one of my favorite menu here in Buddy’s Restaurant.

         The kiping decoration is a brightly colored, leaf-shaped wafer made of rice paste (exclusive and originally for buddy’s only). It is considered an integral part of the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon. And they have a chair with sunflower design; it looks beautiful and very attractive to the customers.

          This is me in the photo 🙂 , they have the artificial tree decoration with beautiful light at the center of this restaurant. It looks very nice and attractive to the customers.

SM Advantage Card

               Finally i had the time to renew my SM Advantage card. This is valid for two years from date of application, renewable for another two years. I have no time to renew for almost 5 months. Then last week finally i did it, it. Renewing is easy you only have to visit any cashier’s counter of SM Department Store and just pay P100 renewal fee using cash, points or any other tender. Then present the receipt and my old SM Advantage Card to the Customer Service Counter and my new card will be ready in just a few minutes. SM Advantage is SM’s customer loyalty program that rewards members with points every time I shop in SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket and other SM retail establishments inside and outside SM Supermalls. The points earned can be used to redeem practically anything sold in any of those stores.

               Aside from reward points, SM Advantage also offers numerous members-only privileges such as exclusive sales, discounts and freebies inside and outside SM Malls.

               Here’s my SM Advantage card when I renew it SM gave me SM Advantage Value Perks. SM Advantage Value Perks have many discounts items inside when you used it to buy at SM.

 

my SM Advantage Card

 

my SM Advantage Value Perks

 

inside the SM Advantage Value Perks

 

Sister’s bonding in Enchanted Kingdom

                Enchanted Kingdom is the world-class theme park in the country. It is located in Santa Rosa CityLaguna. It has a land area of 17 hectares(41 acres). The park is managed and operated by Enchanted Kingdom Inc., formerly named Amtrust Leisure Corporation. Enchanted Kingdom is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

               We have a four sister in our family and I am the eldest among the four sisters in the family. Then I decided to plan that we bonding in Enchanted Kingdom together with my three sisters. They have many rides and more attractions that we visit inside the EK. And they have a fireworks display during weekend and Philippine holidays.

                   One of the freakiest and scariest experience rides in EK is the Anchors away… When I ride it, I feel pulling down, especially when I seated the last row. The secret of this ride is to “let go” and scream!! But if I see this rides its make me easy and comfortable.

Anchors away

The Biggest ride in enchanted kingdom is the Wheel of Fate (Ferries Wheel). When I riding this,   I will see and enjoy the view of the whole theme park and beyond. I feel that this is very comfortable and enjoying rides.

Wheel of fate

Rio grande water rapids it is a wet and wild adventure and when you ride this you bring extra clothes.

Rio grande

I don’t ride the space shuttle (roller coaster), because I feel scared and nervous :-).

Space shuttle

This is the three rides most embarrassing experience in theEnchantedKingdom.  We really enjoy and lots of fun inside the EK.  Here are some other photos taken in EK.

 

Nilagang Baboy

               I don’t know how to cook the food, but yesterday i try to cook nilagang baboy for our dinner.  I decided to search in Youtube, and then I follow the instructions and  all the ingredients needed in this menu. Honestly this is the first time to try to cook by helping of  youtube video.  I don ‘t know what is the result of my menu, whether it is yummy or not. I know i follow the right instructions, after a minute my hubby tried to taste my nilagang baboy and his reaction is glad just because i got it the right taste of my menu. Anyway, starting today i will cook, because the youtube is here to guide me and to teach me :-). Thank you youtube!

Package from CANADA

               We received an early Christmas presents from Jocson Family; my sister-in-law, her husband, and their four kids. They gave us t-shirt, soap, Colgate, perfume, Nike rubber shoes and my favorite chocolate. Me and my hubby really enjoy everything in it. We greatly appreciate the time and thought put into the care packages you send. Again thank your for the early Christmas gift.

Christmas decoration at SM Lucena 2011

             Christmas is coming; my hubby, Vince and I went to SM City Lucena to see the nice Christmas decoration of SM Lucena, every year they have a beautiful decoration. Today they have a giant Christmas tree where  SM shoppers can take souvenir photos. I haven’t attended SM Lucena launching, but I feel the spirit of Christmas and make everyone shopping experience at SM more enjoyable. The Christmas season has officially started at SM Supermalls.

A view of Christmas tree at SM Lucena
Other decoration at SM Lucena

Vince and Jollibee

Vince is the number one fun of Jollibee. He joined Jollibee’s Trick or treat last time in SM Lucena. When Vince saw Jollibee mascots on the trick or treat they have a great big effect on Vince. He thinks that Jollibee and friends are his friend. Vince is only 1 year old plus so he can’t talk much. That’s why he called Jollibee as beeee, beeee a long be pronounced 🙂  everytime Jollibee is around. He often watched Jollibee and friends in  Youtube and he loves watching Jollitown. He loves the theme song of Jollibee, Vince makes dance and jump for joy.

Vince during trick or treat in SM Lucena (with pumpkin costume)

Vince and Jollibee together with my hubby