A simple birthday celebration

I definitely had a HAPPY birthday this 2011.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Simple things make me smile.

This year, it was as simple as having dinner with friends at home, having lunch out with friends, take-out food with family, an afternoon with the kids, a meal with siblings, and a dinner date with my husband.  Of course, it all din’t happen on my birthday, these were spread out throughout the week.

First off, we had an intimate dinner at home with friends for the September celebrants.  I cooked Baked Garlic Chicken and Artichoke Dip served with multigrain chips.  Had california maki from Cold Storage.  Friends cooked baked spaghetti and bought DQ Oreo ice cream cake!

My little helper...Grated the cheese for the Artichoke dip. Then started eating it! She helped with mixing all the ingredients and putting our McCormick spice!
My helper getting bored while waiting for ingredients. She helped with the marinade. Used a lot of garlic, spices, and olive oil for the chicken.
Again, I forgot to take a picture of the food before it was eaten! Aaargh!
So stuffed! (Tin and Jaimes, miss you guys!)
Candle blowing of the mouthwatering cake by the celebrants.

Then early lunch with friends…

Lunch at Healthy Shabu Shabu.
Our meat and seafood combination...we kept eating and eating yet it seemed it was never ending.

Then late lunch at home with family…but of course, I didn’t eat anymore…well, I ate dessert.  I never skip dessert! 🙂  I’ve been wanting to try Amber food since I’ve heard good things about it, so we had that for lunch.  (Tasted their food, wasn’t that great for me.)

The entire afternoon was spent with the kids.  Just playing and having fun.  Oh, let’s not forget, the eating part too!  We had an afternoon snack…cake, pancit, and pichi-pichi!  I know you’re thinking, “eat again!?!”.  I’ll use my birthday pass here 🙂

Kids blew another birthday cake given by my friend Cathy. Lexi accidentally held the fire so she didn't want to go near winnie the pooh candle anymore. Then Chesca started getting some icing using her finger! Lexi loved it that Barney sang Happy Birthday too!
Our little merienda with the kids. Pichi-pichi, Mrs. Polly's choco cake, & pancit...coffee for us moms. Lexi's first time to eat cake, look at her go!

Then off to dinner at Gaudi with Rick as I’ve been craving for their  steak for quite some time.  Just haven’t had the chance to go, so now, we made time.

Started off with bread...then our chorizo pasta arrived...oh so yummy!
Our steak finally arrived! 700+grams just for us!
Want a closer look? 🙂 It's pre-cooked a bit so it doesn't take that much time for you to cook it.

After dinner, we had a short trip to Fully Booked to walk off our heavy stomachs.  We also got some coffee to help.

But then, the night wasn’t over…or shall I say, the eating wasn’t over!  As we were parking our car at home, my cousin-in-law arrived with some goodies! yehay!!!

My cousin-in-law Audrey dropped off my midnight snack! 🙂 I had to make room for these 😛

After a couple of days, my siblings wanted to celebrate too…so we decided to try out Bonchon Chicken.  Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures of that.

Overall, this birthday celebration of mine was major eating!  Let me rephrase that….major eating and NO exercising for an entire week! 😛   But I’m not complaining…I thank God for all the blessings 🙂

Now it’s double time for me to lose all those extra calories I took in for an entire week.

Wish me luck 🙂

Happy Birthday to all the September celebrants 🙂



Mrs. Polly’s can be found at the top floor of Robinson’s Galleria.  Real moist chocolate cake.

Amber take-out telephone number: 531-0746, 533-1111, Edsa Branch.  They charge P100 for delivery.

Cold storage has several outlets, got our california maki at wilson branch.

DQ (dairy queen) ice cream found in most malls.

Gaudi at Serendra.

Healthy Shabu Shabu at Robinson’s Galleria.

Health & Beauty – Olay Regenerist Night Cream

I was in search of a night cream to keep those fine lines and wrinkles away.  Saw Olay regenerist and told myself, why not give this a try.  And here’s what I thought about it:

– Not too thick, texture was okay.

– Not fragrance free, there’s still a bit of perfume smell but tolerable (unless you’re really very sensitive).

– You’ll only need a small amount to cover your face and neck.

So you see, overall, it seemed it was a good buy for me.  But why din’t I continue using it?

– It left the skin a bit sticky which I can’t stand for the entire night.  Then in the morning, my face was too oily.

– It came in a pot which I din’t like the idea of dipping my fingers in everytime.

Pot of Olay Regenerist night crean...yes it's lavender.

So I went back to celeteque advance.  When I’m done with it, Philosophy would be the next product I’ll try.


Olay can be found in Watsons, Mercury Drug, and Department stores.  You’ll have to ask it from the sales ladies because they don’t keep stock on the shelves.  It’s around P900 per pot.


Fab Finds: Ikea Table, Chair, & Stool

A couple of years back, I purchased a green stool at Ikea in Kamias Rd. QC and a pink rectangular table and chair at
a store in White Plains Rd QC that carried IKEA items.  And only now did it really come in very handy…Thank God!

I needed a table and chair for my toddler but was in search for one that wouldn’t give her big bumps on her head in case she fell or hit it.  The usual ones I’d see at the malls were either made of metal or too small (wouldn’t grow with you).  That’s when visited the Ikea stores or stores that had Ikea items.  Loved the colors, loved the weight, and loved the size.  Din’t love the price too much though 😛

Just earlier today, even my father-in-law was sitting on the pink chair and used the table for reading the newspaper.  So you see, it’s even useful for grown-ups 🙂

Kids use it for reading, coloring, writing, painting, eating.

Ikea Kamias: 632-925-2863.

White Plains:  forgot the name of the furniture store, but it’s near the gate of St. Ignatius.

Bonding with kids at Cafe 1771

One Friday afternoon, we decided to take a break, sit back, and relax while having coffee at Cafe 1771.  But then coffee became a heavy snack instead 🙂

A friend of mine, Faye, and I checked out Little Gym at El Pueblo in Ortigas Center.  We were interested in their gymnastics program for our kids.  After our trip to the Little Gym, we decided to hang out at a cafe in the same area (Cafe 1771).  The kids loved the place as it’s interior was very colorful and cool to the eyes.  But of course, they still wanted Mc Donald’s nuggets and orange juice.

So we bought some Mc Donald’s take out for the kiddos and cafe food for us two moms.

This is how the restaurant/cafe looks.
This was our noisy, messy table...good thing it was in the middle of the afternoon so we weren't disturbing too much people. Notice all the McD's!? 😛
Lexi enjoying her chicken nuggets...she stuffed everything in her mouth!
Our yummy mommy food!
Their bestselling pizza with arugula. We requested it on the side so kids could eat the pizza.
This is one portion of the restaurant under the stairs...the kids called this their "castle". They even ended up playing with the store manager and called her Princess Jasmine.

The kids had a great afternoon out of the house.  It was a good way for them to burn their energy and become creative with their pretend play having not much to play with in the restaurant.  Good thing, after burning all their energy, they were fast asleep, and we didn’t have to fight over taking their afternoon nap 🙂

Cafe 1771 has a refreshing ambience…an energetic, relaxing, feel to it.

Restroom was amazing!  Interiors were awesome.  And boys bathroom was separated from girls.

Parking wasn’t a problem.

Food was tasty.  Good selection.

Remember, Friday is no straw day in that area…so our iced tea didn’t taste as good 😛

For sure, we’ll be back….may it be with kids or not.

I hope you enjoyed your Friday afternoon too! 🙂