Feb 28, 2013

February Highlight

Jake and the school President

The weeklong school celebration for the Chinese New Year commenced with students of section Acquaviva doing a Chinese presentation during the grade school assembly.

Jake and his classmates danced and looked very cute in their costumes. :) The parents were impressed at the outcome of their performance after having spent a week of practice after classes. Their performance was a fitting welcome for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Here's their dance... Jake is the one wearing a red top and black pants... (Please click the arrow below to view)

The assembly was capped with the same students from Acquaviva leading the entire grade school in singing the school anthem.

Here's a video of the singing... Check out 1:35 of the video where something happened... (Please click the arrow below to view)

From Way Back

Throwback Thursday

This photo was taken 9 years ago. Our eldest son is now in 3rd year college at DLSU, the second is graduating from Ateneo (Cebu) high school and that newborn in the pic is now in grade 2. He will soon celebrate his 9th birthday on March 11.

Where did the years go?

Feb 25, 2013

A Better High

I'm very thankful for our Instructor Kim's patience and motivation in assisting me as I learn to do the headstand... I'm getting there! :D

Feb 24, 2013

Touched the Relics of St. Therese Today

"The relics travelled from the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux, France.

St. Therese's relic, which consisted of her bone fragment, started her visit in the Philippines since 2000 and 2008.

She also visited the country in December 15, 2012. This year is her third visit and is expected to tour around 48 key places in the country.

St. Therese or Therese Martin was born in Alencon, France on January 2, 1873. She, along with her family, moved to Lisieux, where she was taught by the Benedictine Nuns of Lisieux. At the age of 15, Therese became a nun and dedicated her life in spiritual activities. Her life was written in her first autobiographical manuscript. She died on September 30, 1897 due to tuberculosis. She was then 24.

Therese was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925 and was proclaimed by the same Pope as the Universal Patron of the Mission on December 14, 1927.

On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Therese as "Therese of the Child Jesus" and a Doctor of the Universal Church." (Sunnex)

--- lifted from Sun*Star Cebu





Relics of St. Therese Now in Cebu

And Then There Were Four

This was taken a few minutes after the previous post. We've obviously ran out of things to do in the mall. Lol. We'll probably have early dinner at 530pm.

No Qualms

Our middle son, who is soon to move to the bigger city for uni (Cebu to Manila), doesn't mind posing with me for a mirror shot... 😆😜




Feb 23, 2013

Saturday Afternoon Chatime

... with Pa, Ma, hubby and youngest son (not in pic as he was the one who took the shot)...




When the Cook is on Day Off

... and nobody wants to takeover the kitchen, we go out to eat. Today we tried David's Kitchen where we had yummy salmon with arugula, salpicao (too salty for my taste) and (not so) knockout knuckles for lunch. In fairness, this resto's coffee press is value for money.





Our Cup Runneth Over

This family can heave a sigh of relief because it is now official. The results are out. Kyle passed the DLSU, Ateneo, and UP college admission tests! Three out of three. And we are so grateful for this overwhelming blessing. Even before Kyle took the tests last year, he has already set his heart on the same school that his elder brother, Matt, is attending. Matt is taking up Computer Science at DLSU.

When we saw Kyle pass UP's Computer Science program (photo of notice posted above), I could clearly imagine him as a software developer doing app development and other awesome projects. It is a course that almost guarantees (those who are very good at it) a lot of job opportunities in the country and abroad.

However, the school mattered to him (getting at DLSU) more than his degree of choice (Architecture, which, sadly, is not offered by DLSU). That is why he will pursue an equally excellent degree in Industrial Management Engineering with a minor in Information Technology.

I am glad that Kyle seems to have it all planned out. I think getting admitted by the other two great schools (University of the Philippines and Ateneo) are generous additional blessings and when necessary, are good backup options.

Two college sons... very very soon...

Feb 22, 2013

On the Brink

I see young kids here playing and getting rowdy. It's Friday and it's dismissal time after all. :)

They look like grade 1 or grade 2 students judging from their size... Where do they get such energy??? LOL

Years ago our second son, 16yo Kyle, used to be that little too.


Nestled Closely

Flashback Friday

Feb 21, 2013

Significant Decrease

We diligently try to cut costs whenever we could. And next to groceries and fuel, the expense that's major (but controllable) is power. Unless you have other options (like stay in the office or mall all day) the A/C is the best way to cope with this humid tropical weather. It's definitely a challenge keeping the consumption down.

Fortunately, January and February months are mild and some nights were cool enough for us to just enjoy the natural breeze. This morning I got hold of our newest VECO bill. And from last month, our current power cost dropped by 22%. Woot!

Not Much Difference?

Throwback Thursday

These are photos of my family with my MIL from 2006 and 2012.

Feb 18, 2013

Feb 17, 2013

Look For Less

Animated Time

Thanks to the internet, I came to know Den through her blog. She's based in Europe. It was a pleasant surprise when she and her hubby included Cebu in their vacation itinerary. That paved the way for an actual get-together. Amusing really. We have known each other for years but we only met each other last year. :)

Seeing her for the first time was like seeing a long-time friend.

Enjoying Our View

Thanks to relatives for another invitation... We're here again for lunch at Tea of Spring, Shangrila Resort Mactan.

On a Page of Cebu Yearbook

That's me and Ma with friend Dahlia on page 68 of the Cebu Yearbook 2012. It's a stolen shot of us (no models' fee, hehe) at Starbucks in Ayala Center Cebu probably during one of our coffee dates. I posted it here before the 2013 yearbook comes out. Lol.

Feb 16, 2013

Free Date

Our Saturday is booked. Nice time with kids who are purposely excluded from this photo to make it appear like hubby and I are on a date. Haha. Later, it's dinner with relatives.

At Cowrie Cove

At Cowrie Cove, a bit early for our dinner invite. :D

Feb 9, 2013

Early for Chinese New Year's Eve Buffet


We bought Manila-Cebu tickets for our sons for the holidays on Nov 1 and Christmas time this early to ensure cheap fares. It's something we need to do to avoid expensive travel costs during these peak seasons. Having (soon-to-be-two) college boys, expenses are bound to skyrocket and taking advantage of discounted fares is the way to go without sacrificing family time.

Feb 8, 2013

Preening But Nowhere to Go

I love that this salon has a separate area for mani/pedi... otherwise the basin of water used to wash the feet will be poured right into the sink used for shampooing the hair. *shudder*

Feb 6, 2013


Helping grade 2 son on his science research and taking a vanity shot... while in traffic.

Feb 4, 2013

Salamba Sirsasana On My Own... SOON!

This was last week's attempt at salamba sirsasana (supported headstand)... I practiced again doing the king of yoga poses this morning. It's taking long but hopefully I get to do it properly (aligned) on my own.