Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

December 8, 2015

All the way from the US of A!

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Snail Mail!!!!

Nothing beats a nostalgic feeling like getting mails in the post box. Awww.. Kevin and Grace are just really kind and thoughtful. God willing, one day I get to visit them in the States too :-p

Don’t mind the white smeared addresses as it’s meant for security purposes against, ahem ahem..

What a nice little holiday wish and greetings the old fashioned way, and I love it! Here’s Kev and Grace’s message for me,

Hi Pam,┬áSince things are getting pretty chilly here, they must be warming up south of the equator. I’m so glad you’re able to pursue something new and experience a new place. May your holidays be full of cheer and may the new year bring you every blessing. Take Care, Kev & Grace.

Isn’t that sweet? I definitely need to start writing more snail mails too and I’m even considering maybe I should start collecting stamps again!

I’ve added the card up to my “inspiration” wall, cos the card is just so adorable right with birds with hats perched on branches. So cute bah!

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December 26, 2014

Tagaytay Vacation. #day2 #boxingday #ChristmasinTagaytay

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7:30AM – Started the day early and drove down to Bag of Beans! Breakfast Buffet for Mommy dearest and I. Although I was still full from the buffet dinner we had the night before at Taal Vista Hotel, I couldn’t miss the chance to let my mom try out how cool the ambiance in this restaurant is. This is still my favorite breakfast place, even better than Antonio’s!

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9:30am – After breakfast, thanks to Google Maps GPS, I was able to find the Puzzle Mansion! Apparently this place has the world’s largest collection of puzzles and even got in the Guiness Book of Records for this. Hm. I was actually disappointed that it wasn’t exactly as LARGE as I thought it was going to be. The place I meant. Entrance ticket was 100 pesos per person. And it was just 1 hall which had all the puzzles framed up and stacked upon each other which was why I thought they could have done better. The picture below though, behind us is the LARGEST puzzle in the world. Which was pretty cool. It really was very large, with 250,000 pieces if I’m not mistaken.

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By 12:00pm – We proceeded towards the infamous Sonya’s Garden. Although the place has a very cozy feel with lots of antique and vintage feels to it, I was not very impressed. Especially the fact that they do not serve ala carte food in their menu. More buffet! AAaaargghhh.. It’s actually a bed and breakfast place, nicely arranged with a garden landscape. I guess nothing much to rave about their food then. So we skipped lunch, just took pictures of the place. In which I also have to say, I was so dumb enough to forget to fully charge my Lumix baby. So I was stuck with low quality photos from my Cherry Boom Boom.

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This is called the “Proposal Garden” where there’s a private table set up for I guess people who wants to propose? But where’s the surprise in that??

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13:30pm – Onwards to Caleruega! I’m impressed by Google Maps! It managed to get me to the Church! Let me just say, it was pretty risky driving in Tagaytay with very poor and unstable mobile network signal. So I’m glad I got both Smart and Globe in case I could switch between the two. Smart had better connections obviously.

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Poor mommy had to walk all the way up the hill to that little chapel where I went April last year with Lauren, Marky, Kimster and the bunch. I’m thankful that God gave her strength and she was still able to walk around with me so much. I do feel pity for her cos she had to do so much walking, which was why I decided to get the car since that was the best option and she could just relax, sleep and rest while I drove her around.

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Mandatory Caleruega Photo! Closer to nature, closer to God!

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And of course, the beautiful Caleruega Church. Awesome view. I just wished there were less people though. All our photos were filled with photo bombers behind us. There was even a wedding going on that day we were there. I mean, why would people choose to get married on Boxing day?? Really people. Aaanyway, because of the wedding, I wasn’t able to bring mom to explore the inside of the church.

On our way out of Caleruega though, I was rather annoyed by the kids who were begging there. I mean, I have no problem with them begging, but the fact that they actually block the road on the way out, with a string and two kids would stand at each end of the string and when you’re suppose to pass it to exit, they’d use that stint to stop you and try to get money out of you. Tsk. Really spoils the tourism points here. No trying to sound mean, but I really think those managing the church should do something about this.

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I cannot begin to explain how horrible traffic was at Tagaytay. I mean, it was insane. A usually 7-minute drive from our hotel to Taal Vista would take us a little over an hour! That happened last night. So naturally, I would expect the same thing today on our way back to the main road from Caleruega. It was horrible, I think mostly everyone was heading towards the sky ranch and thats whats causing all the traffic. Well, after passing through the sky ranch, I decided to drop by Robinsons to get a knife so mom could cut up the fruits we bought. Oh my goodness, the traffic there!!! I had to wait in the car while mom went ahead to get the knife and some drinking water. That also took a while since mom had to line up among many crowds in the supermarket too!

After we managed to get out from that place, which was a little over 6pm, we headed onwards to RSM Lutong Bahay for Bulalo! I mean, you get to Tagaytay, you have to eat Bulalo di ba? So there we were, and I was glad we were early because there was still parking and when we left, the place started really filling up. I knew about this place from the last time Factset’s CSR team came by this place for lunch after an outreach program. I saw that the place looked pretty decent, and I just didn’t remember it was actually a really big place! Look at the whole backdrop behind us! What I didn’t enjoy from this experience, was the band that serenaded us there. They didn’t ask permission from us whether we wanted them to serenade us and didn’t even had the courtesy to ask us if we wanted any particular song. They just played, and then didn’t leave us until we tipped them! Talk about being bluntly rude. ­čśŽ

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Well, we left around about a little after 8pm, after also visiting their little souvenir shop where I got some coin pouches as pasalubong for my roommates. Mom also got some as gifts for cousins and relatives left back home. Aunty Lumih and her family is helping out with taking care of nenek while mom is here on vacation with me.

So that sums up our day 2 Christmas vacation and bonding with mom. I’m pretty glad that we pushed through with this Tagaytay plan. It was quite nice being able to travel around in our own timing.

December 12, 2014

Team AM CAP-DAS Gift Exchange! #Christmas

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With Chloe, Mart, Vanissa, Danica, Kaizz, Irah, Blee, Jamie and Lauren!

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Yay!!! I got everything on my wish list! And most of us got what we wished for too! Eventhough a few of us couldn’t make it, we still manage to have lots of fun from this little gathering and exchange session.

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My secret Santa was Mart!! The dude got me a reading lamp that I wished for and even included my magnet bookmarks!! woohooo!!! This photo above was when he was describing the name that he had drawn from the list and he said I was friendly, and important on events and birthdays hahahaha. But most of all, I was someone that the team looked up to as a big sister. Aaawww…

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When thw exchange was over, I had more surprises when we got back from the meeting room!!!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!

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December 24, 2006

Family Christmas Eve. #verylatepost #tradition #throwback

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