Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Face to Face

I wonder how these cats can manage to sleep with their faces only centimeters away from each other!
face off
It looks really funny and cute :) 
face off
Sleeping is serious business!

Monday, March 28, 2011


I just turned 30 last Friday!  Wow, 3-0!  I suddenly feel so grown up :D
Anyway, I'd like to say thank you to everyone for the wonderful birthday greetings :)  Also, thank you to Crowne Plaza for the beautiful birthday cake.  We loved it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ice cold Kumo on a hot summer day

Summer is officially here!  It was so warm the other day that I wanted to see how fast it would take for ice to melt :D
ice cold
I put a few ice cubes on the wooden bench outside and just watched as they melted.  It was a slow day for me so watching the ice was the highlight of my afternoon. Haha!  I'm kidding of course.
hiding from the heat
Kumo was keeping cool by just hanging out under the bench
i want to lick the ice
but he got curious when he saw the ice.  It's really funny because he had his tongue out in most of the photos I took of him that afternoon :D
nom nom nom ice!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Love letters

Chinese New Year is over but I found my self thinking and craving for love letter wafers.  When I was living in Singapore, these yummy treats were everywhere during the CNY!  I have never seen them before so naturally I was very intrigued. 
love letter wafers
Love letter wafers or "Kueh Kapit" are crispy thin wafers made from coconut milk and flour.  They are a lot like our barquillos except for the strong coconut taste and the auspicious words and symbols that are beautifully embossed on each wafer.  They are either rolled or folder into a triangle.
love letter wafers
So pretty!  I'm not really sure why these wafers are called Love Letters, but a Chinese-Malaysian friend mentioned that there is an old rumor that these cookies were once used to hide romantic notes between lovers.  Isn't that just sweet? :)  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I love tomatoes!

Do you like tomatoes?  I love them!
Cherry tomatoes
Aside from being an excellent source of vitamins and anti oxidants, they taste really good too. 
Here I have 4 different kinds of tomatoes.  I rarely see the "pumpkin" shaped ones (also known as Heirloom tomatoes) so I make it a point to buy whenever I see them at the market.
These taste the same as the regular round ones but the skin is just a bit thicker.
They are quite interesting to look at too!  In fact, I have a small collection of Heirloom tomato photos :)  I scanned this photo above which I took back in 2002.
chunky tomato sauce
Perfect for making chunky tomato sauce for pasta!  Yum :) 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Places to love in Baguio: House of Waffles

[UPDATE 2/2/14: Place in now closed] Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!
House of waffles
I was so happy when we decided to have breakfast at The House of Waffles in Camp John Hay.  I'm not sure, but I think this restaurant used to be Country Waffles.
Golden waffle served with butter and maple syrup.
Mexican Omelet
We also ordered a yummy Mexican style omelet!  It had jalapeno peppers, cheese, sour cream and tomatoes.  Served with toast and hash brown.  Our meals didn't come with coffee so we decided to drop by Starbucks which is just a few meters away from House of Waffles.
Starbucks, CJH
Iced coffee and juice.  We also bought a Baguio mug for our collection.  I was also looking for a sterling silver bracelet in the shop but sadly did not find a design that I liked.
Pine trees
Love the view :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Things that make me happy

Just another list of random things that make me happy :)  Happy Friday, folks!
furry ball shaped cats!
sleeping cat puzzle
Sleeping cat puzzle
cpk pizza
Free pizza! Thank you CPK and HSBC :)
perfect fried chicken
a box of the best fried chicken!
mirror photo
taking mirror photos
cute tomatoes
alien tomatoes
floral insoles
finding floral printed insoles at the P88 store!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cape Gooseberries

Have you ever seen a cape gooseberry?  The first time I saw one was about 2 years ago at the organic market in Baguio.  I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cocoon like covering.
It says gooseberry on the label, but I later found out that gooseberry is different from cape gooseberry (thank you wiki).
Inside the shell is a small round fruit that has a waxy texture.  It's hard to describe how it tastes because it has such a unique flavor... It's sweet, tart and sometimes also sour at the same time :D
gooseberry shell
Empty shells.  They remind me of the cocoon collection I had before.
All picked :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stone Temple Pilots in Manila

Dear Stone Temple Pilots,
 Why did it take you guys more than a decade to visit us in Manila?
STP in Manila
We are big fans here :)  As you can see, the coliseum was packed!
STP in Manila
It was a really great show!
STP in Manila
I just wished that your other songs such as "Big Bang Baby", "Lady Picture Show" and "Art School Girlfriend" were included in the play list as well :D
But thank you for singing "Interstate Lone Song"!  I hope I will get the chance to watch you in concert again :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

2 Months to go!

I'm getting married in exactly 2 months!  
2 months to go!
I'm not sure if we're 100% ready.  I mean, every time we check our list something gets added!  I'm really excited, but I am also looking forward to the after party so we can finally relax :)
the altar
We dropped by our venue over the weekend to do some last minute checks.  I still can't get over how beautiful the place is!    So glad we picked this place!  Btw, we'll be saying our vows in this altar :)  Too bad we can't bring Nugget and Kumo with us since the 3 hour car ride would be too much for them :(
hello kitty!
Thankfully, this little kitty said she will be coming :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sleepy Sunday

Lazy Sundays are meant for sleeping.
Please do not disturb!  Orange cat is busy sleeping :)
I find it really funny when Nugget sleeps like this!  It's like he really wants to be left alone.
The other day I took a sleepy photo of him and after a few seconds...
... Kumo jumped in for the pictorial
warm hugs for Nuggie!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

No day but today (Rent Manila 2011)

Freedom wall (Rent Manila 2011)
I remember watching Rent at the Music Museum with my high school buddy in 1999.  Monique Wilson played Maureen.  Michael de Mesa and JM Rodriguez were also included in the cast.  I loved the songs and the production was amazing but somehow the whole play did not have a lasting impact on me.  I guess the storyline was too mature for me then (?).  Maybe I was a late bloomer :D
Erman has been curious about Rent so last weekend we watched 9 Work Theatrical's production at the Carlos Romulo Theater in RCBC.  We were lucky to catch the very last show of the season... And it was a really great show!  I think the performers were more emotional.  Some were crying by the time curtain call came. 
Freedom wall (Rent Manila 2011)
Rent Rocks!  
Btw, I know everyone loves Seasons of Love, but this one (Light My Candle) is my fave song in the play :)
Video from Rent the movie with Rosario Dawson as Mimi and Adam Pascal as Roger
9 Works Theatrical's cast singing "Seasons of Love" On ASAP.  Anyway, if you are looking for a cheap abelton push at musicians friend just click on the link :D

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Big brother

Before we adopted Nugget, we had a beautiful gray cat named Cubi.
He was such a good-natured cat and adjusted to baby Nugget right away.  Too bad I can't find photos of Nugget when he was a kitten.
good eats
The two became very close.  They were always together!
Looking out the window side by side :)
waiting for kate...
Cubi and Nugget
spying on each other's tummies...  (Cubi seems to be a bit bothered by Nugget's Tummy in this photo :D)
cubi and nugget
competing for space on my lap...
or just hanging out.  Cubi died in 2007.  We all miss him, but I'm sure Nugget misses him the most.
Nug and Kumo
This morning my heart swelled when I saw Kumo and Nugget looking out the window together.
Nug and Kumo
There were rough patches at the start but now Nugget is acting like a big brother to baby Kumo :)


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