Monday, December 21, 2015

Can't Wait for Christmas Day

Still a few days more before the Christmas Day but the girls can no longer wait. They opened a few items under the tree and was able to take photos of their excited faces while opening their present. It is truly priceless seeing my kids this way. I am happy for them celebrating the Yuletide Season with lots of gifts coming from friends and loved ones. What a lovely sight.

My elder daughter smiles from ear to ear.

Look, a Mickey Mouse shoulder bag! :)

My baby daughter got an elephant toy.

When I was a kid, Christmas was simpler. Me and my brothers were not showered with many gifts. However, there was always a fest in my grandparents house where we grew up. My aunt would prepare my favorite buco salad and gelatine and cook a lot of delicious food like ginataang bilo-bilo, pork caldareta, pansit, etc.

This year, we are celebrating the holidays in my province again. Like any other Filipino families, Christmas season is the time of the year when most of my extended family members gather for a small reunion. My aunts, uncles and cousins will visit us and we visit them back also. On Christmas day, the kids will knock each door in the neighborhood for some coins and sweets. It's gonna be fun!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tokyo Diary (Part 2)

This post is mainly about cosplayers I saw at Tokyo Disneyland during the first day of the Halloween Festival there. I thought I'd rather make a separate blog entry focused on this topic than make my first installment very heavy with these images. I swear I took too many that editing them, or I mean, re-sizing them took sometime for me to finish. I was too shy to ask each of them for a photo op so I just snapped a photo in every direction. Good thing is, the Japanese love photos very much, they don't care if you take some frames, and they will even smile at you if they see you taking their picture.

The funny thing about that day was, hubby and I didn't have any idea what was going on, seeing a lot of teenagers and youngsters in full costume, following famous Disney characters. The day before that, we were supposed to go to Shibuya for shopping and photo op with some Harajuku girls. The plan didn't work 'cause the girls got tired from going around Ueno Park alone.

When we arrived at the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland, we noticed almost everyone wearing a costume except for us. We felt out of place until seeing other foreigners in normal clothing. At the ticket section, we learned that it was the opening day of Disneyland Halloween, come in a Disney costume and free entrance to the park is granted.

Spotted Alice in Wonderland and other characters from the story.

These girls are so cute or I better say 'kawaii' in  Japanese.

The couple from the Arabic folk tale Alladin were present too.

And so were Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

These guys are a hit these days.. Star Wars!

My baby daughter's favorite.. Minnie Mouse!

More Minnie Mouse ladies!!

Aww.. this Mickey Mouse couple look adorable.

Lastly, these charming young women in a classic Minnie outfit.

There is no doubt that the Japanese started the rise of cosplay. I really admire their effort dressing up in full costume regardless of discomfort or chilly weather. One day, hubby and I will go back to Japan to finally walk the streets of Shibuya and get the chance of seeing people in ganguro, yamanba, and mamba fashion. Plus, get a side trip to Kyoto to see a beautiful geisha and for me to wear a kimono.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tokyo Photo Diary (Part 1)

Without a doubt, my husband and I both agree that Tokyo is the most interesting of all Asian cities we've been to. I have been to Hong Kong and Singapore, hubby has been to Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea, but nothing is as mesmerizing as Japan. The food, technology, culture and the people are all very interesting. I can't rave much now as I'm rushing to finish all my pending posts in the draft, anyway, just enjoy the photos.

This. A very light traffic in Akihabara at around 7:30 in the evening. Love it!

I carried my bay daughter for hours while looking around Ameyoko Market. Ouch my arms.

Sunny morning at Ueno Zoo, looking forward to see the Pandas up close.

Sorry my panda photos are blurry. Eto nalang.. first time to see a live giant tortoise..

and these very tall pink (or orange) flamingos.

Still in Ueno Park, I want to see this scene again plus the cherry blossoms.

The highlight of this trip is a visit to Disneyland! Woohooo!!

I spy the Disney Princesses.

I love their costume. So extravagant.

This could've been a perfect shot if not against the light.

It was so crowded tho. Wahaha!

Each daughter had a Mickey Mouse dinner to cap off the night.

Tired and cold yet very happy. Indeed, the happiest Halloween, ever.

Now missing our sakura panda room at Mitsui Garden Hotel in Ueno.

On our first week back in Manila, hubby would kid about him having a hard time in the bathroom because we're back to our ordinary, no buttons and music toilet. Hope to book tickets to Japan again next year. Gotta make use of my multiple entry visa. Our plan is for me and hubby to re-visit on our own, without the kids. I know there's still too much about Tokyo that we need to experience or explore. I can't wait till the day I fly to the Land of the Rising Sun again.

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Change Of Sets

If you've ever been in a play or have seen one one stage, then you probably know that the items in the scenes don't get moved on their own. They don't stay on the stage through the production, either. There are usually people behind the scenes who will work to change the sets, but it's often easier with theater casters that are placed on large pieces. These are small wheels that can help to quickly transport sets when the curtain is down. They are also used when the actors and crew are taking items into and out of the theater.

One of the types of casters looks like a turntable. It makes it easy for items to be turned around a corner and to possibly shift to another direction while they are still on the stage to create a different look. There are two plates on top of each other with a swivel between them. They are often used with welding tables and other workstations when sets are made before they are assembled.

Swivel casters come in various sizes. Most can hold up to 200 pounds each, making them ideal for moving heavy items as long as the weight is evenly distributed. Each piece is about four inches in height. There is a soft rubber on the wheel to allow the caster to roll of various surfaces. Since more weight can be moved, they are often used to transport items over a larger surface. The wheels can swivel in order to move items up and down ramps or through hallways that might not have a lot of room. Smaller casters are two inches in height. There is a braking system on each wheel so that the item can be stopped or left in one place without being moved as easily.

A triple wheel caster dolly holds more weight and can be used for sound systems and the electrical items that sometimes weight more than the typical set pieces that are used. A larger clearance area needs to be available as the caster is larger. The weight capacity for the dolly is up to 600 pounds.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Christmas Message

Hi everyone! I still have another blog entry featuring our Tokyo trip but I really feel like sharing this message first which is all about the real essence of Christmas and why we celebrate it.

Wishing each one of you a very merry Christmas. May your homes be filled with all the attributes of Jesus; lasting peace, unconditional love and great joy. Rejoice because unto us a Savior is born!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mom & Girls' Tokyo OOTD

As it was mid-autumn when we went to Japan last month, I packed tights, jackets and booties for me and my daughters for a 20° to 25° weather. To my surprise, it was much colder in Tokyo during our visit. The temperature was around 16° to 18° in the morning, 20° to 24° in the midday and 10° to 14° in the evening. I had to layer 5 pieces of clothes for my baby daughter, 4 layers for my elder daughter, and 3 layers for me. If I only knew, I had put my old leather coat to use, as well as the girls individual coat.

The girls were so cute and twinning in their Gap denim jackets.
On the other hand, I was all chilly in my Forever 21 cardigan. Lol.

This is my first time to post a mom and daughters style for autumn. What do you think?

I am not a fan of the very cold weather but I love dressing up for it. I like it that I can layer on my clothing and play with textures. My family is heading for a long vacation to Turkey again next year in late winter to late spring. I already started filling our suitcases with sweaters, coats, jackets and some knitwear as early as 2 months ago. Believe it or not, I also did some shopping online and had the items I bought shipped to our address in Turkey. And oh, talking about online shopping, I am currently tempted to take advantage of the mad discounts and jaw dropping deals at Zalora's Online Fever. The holidays season is just around the corner. I gotta buy the last few items in my Christmas list. Ciao for now!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Askim's 7th Birthday

I now have a 7 year old. This sentence, I should repeat in my mind over and again in order to fully understand what does it really mean. Feels like just yesterday when I delivered her via C-section at Makati Medical Center. Now she is at 2nd grade and foot size is almost as big as mine. Last September, we celebrated her 7th birthday at Chili's in Greenhills, something that I would like to be published here so I can also share it to our family in Turkey and she can get to read it in the future.

Mi familia. I wrote about my daughter's Pinkie Pie fondant cake & cupcake tower here.

The party setup of the restaurant was simple, following the My Little Pony theme.

The girls each received a My Little Pony stuffed toy.
The boys got Baymax neck pillows (not in the photo).

There were games, lots of them, to be able to finish all the prizes I bought. Lol.

Food was served in a buffet. The choices include our old favorite classic nachos, buffalo wings, spaghetti, big mouth burger bites, french fries, and fried cheesecake,

The cupcake tower was so tall that hubby had to carry Aşkım in order to reach the fondant cake.

Thanks both to old and new friends who came to the party.

Thank you to every kid who participated and made the party a fun one.

To our neighbor..

Aşkım's schoolmate..

And relatives here in Manila who showed up.. thank you very much!

Dear Aşkım,

It is a great pleasure to be your mom. Seeing you grow from a tiny and cute little baby to a beautiful kid that you are right now is just amazing. I love it that you became a sweet, friendly and bright girl. I hope you continue learning all the knowledge you can get and apply all the positive traits you observed from church and home.

I love you so much.



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pinkie Pie Fondant Cake & Cupcake Tower

We got My Little Pony as a theme for my elder daughter's 7th birthday in September. I know I have been meaning to write about it here in my blog, but I just got to publish the ones from our Singapore trip first. I'm all done with it so now it's time to talk about this Pinkie Pie fondant cake which I ordered for Askim's big day at Chili's Greenhills. I initially thought of getting an 8" fondant cake with 5 of the major characters from My Little Pony. Things changed when I saw some inspiration from my cake supplier's IG account. I finally settled with a 6" Pinkie Pie fondant on the top of a cupcake tower.

Covered in fondant is a chocolate ganache cake inside.

This 3 layered cupcake tower has exactly 70 pieces of mini cupcakes.

My elder daughter was absolutely happy with the cake I bought for her.

For those who are interested with my cake supplier, it's Niji Desserts, the same supplier whom I ordered the flowers and fairies cake on my baby daughter's 1st birthday. For reference, check the details of her Facebook, Instagram, Email, etc. in my previous post HERE. Miss Banaag, the owner, is very creative and easy to transact with. Her cakes don't just look beautiful but they taste very good as well.

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. I paid P5,000++ for the cake and cupcakes above.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

LDS Quote of The Day

"Because you are His child, He knows who you can become. He knows your fears and your dreams. He relishes your potential. He waits for you to come to Him in prayer. Because you are His child, you not only need Him, but He also needs you."

-Rosemary M. Wixom

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Universal Studios Singapore

With our recent trip out of the country, hubby and I made sure that we had an entire day dedicated to visiting Universal Studios, a theme park located at Sentosa Island in Singapore. Also, we scheduled it on our last day so that we could easily leave our hand luggage at the visitor's lounge and head to the airport and catch our plane back to Manila right after. Everything worked well as planned and sharing a bit of story of our visit.

This was around 10 in the morning. The park can be packed with both local and foreign tourists.

Checking the map, the girls were giddy and ready to go around.

It was a hot day. Thanks goodness they had strollers that could fit 2 kids at the same time.

This Puss in Boots ride had the longest line. I waited a lot for hubby and Askim to be done.

This area looks like somewhere in Eygpt. Your highness Queen Nefertiti, where are you?

Passing by Sesame Street, we spotted Abby Cadabby and asked for a photo op.

It was a day well spent at USS. This photo was taken before taking a taxi to Changi Airport.

Until next time, Singapore! :)