2014 Yearend Report

I resolve to be more mindfully thankful in 2015 and so I want to end this year by listing the things I’m grateful for:

1. Zero emergency hospital trips for my mom

2. Better health for the entire family

3. Stronger faith in the Lord

4. Successful projects for WhiteHat Copy

5. Precious time with old friends

2014 gratitude list

                                                                     Thankful for Your blessings

6. Meeting new friends

7. Business opportunities for 2015

8. Firsts (Trip to Pico de Loro, Blogapalooza, Once upon a Milkshake, Makeover)

9. Good books

10. Surprise birthday party from great friends

Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015

Thank You, LORD! I offer 2015 to You. Salamat po.

Paskong Pinoy sa Pinas

Nothing says Pasko to me like piping hot bibingka and colorful puto bumbong. The delicious steam wafting from the makeshift pugon melds beautifully with the cold December breeze creating a symphony that spells Christmas in Pinas.

This scene brought me back to the holiday of things amidst the crazed busyness of the season. Between rushing office deadlines and buying last-minute gifts, the Grinch in me pokes its ugly head questioning the wisdom and necessity of running around trying desperately to have a merry, festive season.

puto bumbong

Puto bumbong is best served with margarine and muscovado sugar.

Good thing good cheer is all around despite holiday traffic and incredible mall queues. And my go-to local delicacies never fail to satisfy.

bibingka

Special bibingka served with salted egg and cheese

So, the next time you see me turning green and growing facial hair, remind me to stop and smell the rice cakes.

Maligayang Pasko!

Philippine Madrigal Singers In Excelsis

The Philippine Madrigal Singers opened their Christmas concert In Excelsis with “Ding Dong Merrily on High”. The power of their vocals tempered by the beauty of their harmony wowed the audience that filled the Cultural Center of the Philippines on December 21.

Christmas hung in the air like a warm, comfortable blanket as the Madz regaled the crowd with a nice mix of hymns, carols, and OPMs like “Hodie Christus natus est”, “Hark! The herald angels sing”, and “Sana ngayong Pasko”.

They also premiered three songs that night, “Christus Natus”, “Hintayin mo ako sa Pasko”, and “Pasko para sa atin”.

Their glorious voices made me feel like I was being treated into a rare peek into heavens watching angels worship our Maker. It was Christmas as it should be.

Philippine Madrigal Singers In Excelsis

Philippine Madrigal Singers opened Part II of In Excelsis with the classic crowd-pleaser “Grown up Christmas List”

My favorite part in every Madz  performance is when they let their silliness out. The “Pinoy Snow Medley” arranged by Krina Cayabyab mashed up popular carols “Frosty the Snowman”, “Let it snow”, “Winter wonderland”, “Pasko na namang muli”, and “Noche Buena”. The snowman slash lechon guy dancing was a hit! I’m still laughing my head off thinking about him now. LOL

In Excelsis was a magnificent concert except for the absence of “Carol of the bells” from the repertoire. It would have made my night perfect but, well, Madz was perfect so all’s good.

Hope to watch them live again soon minus the terror of watching them from so high up in the cheap seats. Time to put aside a “Madz fund” hehe

Nice Things at Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

I was thrilled to win an invite to Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014 from DPOP after blogging about the first ever Professional Blogging Summit. DPOP events are a must-attend!

This was a day of firsts for me so I came early. I was excited to see how my first makeover would turn out.

First stop was to get my hair done at the mobile hair salon jointly sponsored by Cream Silk and Blo Blow Dry Bar.

Alex from Blo Megamall gave me the curls I've always wanted.

Alex from Blo Megamall gave me the curls I’ve always wanted.

I then headed over to Lay Bare Waxing Salon‘s kiosk for eyebrow threading. Since this was my first time, I decided to do it before getting my makeup done. I didn’t want the tears to ruin my mascara. Lol

Holding back the tears lol

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be :p

And for the finale, Skinfood treated me to a delicious makeup session. All their products smelled as heavenly as nature intended. I went home looking and smelling yummy!

Che from Skinfood Glorietta gave me the star treatment.

Che from Skinfood Glorietta gave me the star treatment.

As if the day hasn’t been great enough, Saladbox treated us to a buffet of goodies. I picked Chocolate Lip Balm from Regatta, and Skinfood products: Black Sugar Perfect First Serum; Black Pomegranate Toner; Black Pomegranate Voluming Serum; Black Pomegranate Emulsion; and Black Pomegranate Cream.

My Saladbox

My Saladbox

I was so delighted with my made-up look, I had to take a couple of selfies :p

Selfie at DPOP's Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

Selfie at DPOP’s Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

All smiles on my way home from the Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

All smiles on my way home from the Saladbox Beauty Fair 2014

Now, to relive all the special treatment I got from the Saladbox Beauty Fair, I’m gonna go and give my Skinfood loot a try.

I’ll keep you posted. Hanggang sa muli!