My Week in Photos #13

Checking out the new coffee shop, Craft, down the street from my parents house

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Digging the reclaimed wood furniture

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Split pea soup for dinner (recipe from David Lebovitz) – my first time to make it!

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Yogurt, granola and strawberries makes a healthy-ish breakfast

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Waiting for my turn at the cashier

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Christmas display at Shangri-la Plaza mall. I wish I had brought Bea along to see it!

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Drove to Anilao for the weekend. Two lolos (grandfathers) vying for the little one’s attention

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Sorting the shells and corals

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Look at that face!

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Wrinkled fingers from soaking in the water too long, trying to get Bea accustomed to swimming

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Siesta time!

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Blessed to be able to wake up in a place with this gorgeous view

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Life in the middle of stones and dead corals

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Missing the husband, who stayed home

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More photos soon!

Sig

My Week in Photos #12

A sunny break in between the downpour that started the week.

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Someone finally slept the whole night in her bed! Unfortunately, she was back to climbing over me and into our bed the next night.

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Waiting for my turn at the endocrinologist’s clinic. The doctor said I have to have a lifestyle change because of my borderline diabetes. In other words, time to move my butt and exercise!

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Breakfast at Pi to celebrate my father-in-law’s 76th birthday. Anyone notice how often we’re at that restaurant?

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I had Eggs Sammy, or eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. As usual, I preferred what Julio ordered – caramelized spam with kimchi rice.

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Just a few more weeks, and it’s Christmas already! I decided to put up our holiday decorations so that the 2 months or so that they’re on display will make it worth the trouble of putting them up.

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Dusk at the Veloso household, with all the Christmas lights on

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More next week!

Sig

My Week in Photos #11

Wow, November’s going by pretty quickly! Here’s what I was up to the week of November 11 to 17.

Cooked pad thai for the first time. It’s definitely worth a repeat but next time I’ll add more hotness to it.

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Got stuck in traffic. I should have known better than to drive down Katipunan on a school day, close to dismissal time.

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Someone got a treat for dessert!

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Attended a homeschooling seminar. Bea’s only two years old but we have to start thinking about her education. I’ want to choose homeschooling over conventional school but am getting A LOT of opposition.

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Bought my little girl two books. I used to read Sally’s Secret in the school library when I was a kid.

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Here in the Philippines, there’s a saying that you should stop somewhere else on your way home from a wake so that the spirit of the recently deceased (or any other spirit, for that matter) won’t follow you home. Being the scaredy cat that I am, I was more than happy to stop for coffee! Although, in hindsight, the peppermint mocha I had probably contributed to my inability to fall asleep right away that night.

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Dutch baby pancakes for Sunday breakfast. This recipe called for apples but I only had pears so used those instead. It turned out so yummy! I really liked the gooey-ness of the honey at the bottom of the pancake. It has to be served upside down, which I forgot to do so the plates were quite difficult to clean after.

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One of the several graffiti walls at The Collective.

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Another wall at The Collective on Malugay Street, Makati City.

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Wings for lunch at Wingman

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A great way to end the weekend – a foot reflexology massage at Footzone!

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My Week in Photos #10

Given that I always post this series a week later than I’m supposed to, I thought it better to change the name of this series to My Week in Photos.

My week started with a trip to a car shop. On our way back to Manila from Baguio, we were rear-ended by another vehicle. I had to wait until the next Monday to have the damage (which was minimal) assessed and estimated by a mechanic.

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This little girl is getting so big so fast!

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Fried chicken and biscuits for dinner – I can’t remember where I got the recipe from!

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I wonder what these two are up to…

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Chicken and waffle breakfast at Pi

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I wish Bea had been with me to see this train going around the third floor of Eastwood Mall

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First night in her toddler bed – but right beside ours. I wish I could say she slept there the whole night. That’s still a work in progress.

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Apple scones for Sunday breakfast

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All dolled up for a busy Sunday!

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My Life This Week # 7

Last week turned out to be my cheat week. I’ll have to get back on track and be good this week. I promise to try to eat better this time around!

Dog walking in U.P.

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Mommy-and-me pink rubber shoes

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Bitter gourds growing in our “garden”

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Didn’t know what else to cook for dinner so I bought ready-to-cook BBQ pork chops and threw together a salad of fuji apples, corn and arugula with roasted sesame dressing. And of course, a bottle of ice-cold Corona to wash it all down.

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Lunch with Julio and Bea at the new restaurant in the neighbourhood, π Breakfast and Pies. Their compost cookies were pretty good, BTW.

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Eggs Benny at the same resto

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Waiting at the new Starbucks at 151 Shaw (or was it 515? I don’t remember)

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At a friend’s house, this amazing chandelier made out of capiz balls and roots

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Dinner with some good friends after ages of not seeing one another!

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Lazy Sunday breakfast – poached egg with chorizo, corn and croutons. Recipe from Serious Eats. That’s Bea, stealing a crouton from my bowl. She loves bread!

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My Life This Week #3

More like, My Life Last Week!

One of my sister’s many bridal showers – a cookbook shower! Awesome idea.

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Bubble fun!

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Attended the last of several real estate seminars I signed up for.

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Went grocery shopping with the little one, who didn’t take her afternoon nap.

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Rainy Saturday dinner with my in-laws (and my nephew’s Thomas the Train collection).

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French toast with a strawberry-mascarpone topping for a lazy Sunday breakfast.

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Visited one of my  friends and her newborn daughter. So precious!

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An afternoon blogpost writing (and gossip) date with my two best friends. Coffee and cake. What can beat that?

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My parents hosted a despedida de soltera for my sister – a farewell-to-singlehood party traditionally thrown by the bride-to-be’s family. That’s my husband, Julio, grinning at the camera.

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Stay tuned for the next installment in this series!

Sig

My Life This Week #2

Another week gone by. Same old, except that I turned 33.

Here’s how last week went:

An attempt at eating healthy.

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A birthday gift from my husband – a not-so-subtle way of telling me I need to start exercising?

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Lunch with my parents and sister – but honestly, I chose the restaurant for its tomato-cheese fondue and to-die-for coffee pie!

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Birthday dinner with Julio. I love sashimi and uni. Except maybe I had a bit too much. Enough to make me not want to look at it again. Or, at least, not until next year.

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Merienda with two of my best friends at The Royal Picadilly, our newest go-to restaurant. And cocktails at 3:00 in the afternoon? Why not!

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A rainy but lovely Sunday morning spent with the little one at a cafe then a bookstore.

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Stay tuned for next week’s installment of My Life This Week!

Sig