December 28, 2011

Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays!


Season's Greetings from my family
Hope we all have a blessed New Year. Cheers to more travels and discoveries this coming 2012!

Post Christmas Talk

Hello guys! How was your Christmas?

Same as last year, we celebrated our Christmas here in Phnom Penh. I wanted to pack my samsonite briefcase and go home but we've used up our travel quota already for 2011. So we are staying put in Phnom Penh for the holidays.

But just because we're not in the Philippines doesn't mean it has to be a sad Christmas, right?

Well, on Christmas Eve, we just stayed at home. We prepared Filipino fares like pancit, pork bbq, fruit salad, and chicken macaroni salad. EJ helped me bake a chocolate muffin for dessert.

Cheers!

After dinner, we had a fun time posing for the camera before EJ opened his presents.

Hubby and I

EJ and Dad

EJ and Mum

Our family picture on Christmas Eve at our tree was grainy. I couldn't fix it.

So on Christmas Day, before we went to Sofitel for brunch, we took a picture again at our tree. Thank goodness, it's clear.

But this one is better. LOL! This was taken at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra's lobby.

At La Coupole Buffet Restaurant

Yummy candy treats for the kids and kids at heart

Lobster, crabs, salmon, etc..

Pastries!

After the sumptous brunch, we headed to my friend's Christmas party.

The whole gang!

We feasted on this Filipino kakanin! Yummy!!!

And before the party ended, we had our Christmas exchange gifts! Thank you Ate Elms for hosting the party. And thank you so much for the gift. I love it!

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Have a Happy and Blessed New Year, everyone!

December 24, 2011

From our Family to Yours


Merry Christmas!!! May we all have a meaningful time with our family and those dear to us.

December 22, 2011

Building Memories

It's that time of the year when I love to bake. Last Sunday, EJ and I baked another batch of muffins.

We did blueberry muffins.

I don't know why it did not rise as much. I probably must have put too much milk? But it doesn't really matter how it looks or how it tasted because what's important for me is that EJ and I are building memories.

I remember when I was younger and when we were still living in Tandag, my mother used to bake muffins. I still remember the smell of the muffins coming out of the oven up to now. It's one of those priceless memories I have of my mother.

If EJ will have good memories of me when he is older, I guess that's one of the greatest mother's day gifts ever.

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It's two more days before Christmas. I am not sure if I will be able to blog before then. But if I don't, let me greet you guys a Happy and Meaningful Christmas! Let's spread the cheer and love around us. After all, Christmas is really about sharing and loving.

December 20, 2011

The Atomium at Brussels

Our day trip to Brussels, Belgium was short but surprisingly I felt we did a lot in that short span of time.

We took the 9am Thalys train from Paris. And by 10:30am we were already in Brussels! It was so fast! I love how the Europe train system is so efficient.

At the Brussels Midi Station, we bought a train card valid for one whole day use. We got a map of the city and their trains and immediately hopped on to the train going to Atomium. It took us about 20 minutes from Brussels Midi to Heysel station (Atomium).

Family picture at the Atomium
My family

Atomium in my hands
Atomium in my hands

Belgium Welcome
Belgium Welcome

At the Atomium
At the Atomium

Coin souvenir at the Atomium
EJ got a coin souvenir from Atomium

View at the Atomium
The view from Atomium

"A seminal totem in the Brussels skyline; neither tower, nor pyramid, a little bit cubic, a little bit spherical, half-way between sculpture and architecture, a relic of the past with a determinedly futuristic look, museum and exhibition centre; the Atomium is, at once, an object, a place, a space, a Utopia and the only symbol of its kind in the world, which eludes any kind of classification.

The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind." Source: http://atomium.be/History.aspx

Beautiful Place You Can Call Home in Manila

Here's another shameless plug.

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It's a beautiful and cheaper alternative to staying at hotels. And it's in a very good location - walking distance to SM MOA and SMX Convention Center.

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Here are the pictures:

Lobby of Sea Residences

1 Bedroom unit

Dining Area

Bedroom

Balcony with Makati view

Toilet

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Thanks guys!

December 18, 2011

It's the Week Before Christmas

Friday was the end of EJ's second term in school. Where did the time go? He's halfway through the school year already. One year and a half more and he'll be in grade 1. Wow!!!

Last Wednesday, they had a Christmas party in school. It was a potluck party and they invited the parents to watch their mini presentation.

They sang a couple of school songs and at the end of the program they sang Christmas carols. The kids were so cute.

After this party, EJ is so hyped up about Christmas already. I bought his gifts last Friday and had it wrapped in store. When I brought it home last Wednesday, he wanted to open it right away. LOL!

But the good thing about EJ is he really listens to us. We just told him that he can only open his presents on Christmas day. And if he wait some more, he might have more presents.

For now, he's ignoring the presents under the Christmas tree. But I, myself is so excited for him. I bought something he'd really love.

Are you finished wrapping your presents? Finished with the preparation?

We'll stay at home on Christmas Eve. Hubby wants to prepare Filipino food. On Christmas Day, we'll go to Sofitel for our Christmas Brunch and head on to my friend's house in the afternoon for a potluck Christmas party with friends in Phnom Penh.

Just like EJ, it seems I am so excited about Christmas also!

December 16, 2011

Little Treats

I can't stop gushing how much I am loving the weather here right now. It's cold but it's just the right kind of cold.

I haven't turned on the AC nor the electric fan at day time. I just open the window and let the cold December breeze in. I am expecting a drop in our electric bill next month.

This kind of weather though is hazardous to my "diet". Because it makes me crave for something like this...


Corn muffin in the oven


Tada! My corn muffin! It's perfect with a strawberry jam and a hot coffee. A perfect way to ruin one's "diet". But I love it. And besides, I have lost over 20lbs in the last four months already so a little treat here and there is most welcome. LOL!

December 15, 2011

How to Take Long, Stress-free Flights with Children

**This is a guest post written by Mr. Logan**

My wife and I are the proud parents of a ten-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son. We’ve been traveling all over the world with our children since they were babies. So, we know how difficult taking long trips with young children can be, whether you take a long trip in the car, on a plane, on a boat, or on a jet charter. We consider ourselves experts now at keeping our kids calm and collected while traveling, even when we have to take a 12-hour flight somewhere.

Here are five tips to help you easily fly across the globe with your kids in tow:

1. Book your flight as late in the day as you possibly can. If your plane leaves at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., your children will be a lot more likely to sleep through most, if not all, of the flight. If your children sleep through the flight, there’s obviously less of a chance for stressful situations to arise.

2. If you know that your children become anxious before or during a flight, do some breathing exercises with them. This may seem silly at first, but it can really help. Just taking several deep breaths in and out will calm your children (and you) down.

3. Always have things for your kids to do on the plane. You should have coloring books, regular books, and small toys on hand. Having stuff for your kids to do on the plane will help prevent them from getting bored, acting up, and feeling anxious.

4. If your children begin to misbehave on the plane ride, offer them incentives to change their behavior. For instance, you could offer to buy them a souvenir if they behaved well for the duration of the plane ride.

5. Prepare for jetlag. Children’s bodies are very sensitive to shifts in sleeping patterns. It may take them a few days to adjust to the time change. So, don’t be surprised if your kids start yawning while the family is out sightseeing!

Another One in the 'Hood

Phnom Penh may not have the fancy big malls of the big cities but what we do have here is the abundant choices of coffeeshops.

The city maybe small but I think every corner has one coffeeshop at least. We are really spoiled for choice. We do have local and international brands.

One of the international brands that has arrived in Phnom Penh is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

I am not sure when it opened but I am pretty sure it's just recently.

Last Saturday, we stopped by The Coffee Bean. It's in Phnom Penh Tower along Monivong Road.

I ordered a mocha latte, hubby had ice blended white chocolate and EJ ordered orange juice and brownie.

I liked the place because it's not crowded yet like my favorites - Brown (local chain) and Gloria Jeans (international chain).

I just hope they add more pastries. Last Saturday, their display cabinet was also bare.

I can see myself going back there for their ice blended fare.

December 14, 2011

For Sale: Large Format Printing and Signage Business

My brother wants to sell one of his businesses, Large Format Printing and Signage Business, because he wants to concentrate on his main business.

Anyway, I am helping him spread the word. He is selling it for Php3.6M (Negotiable). Included in the price:

Mutoh 1604 Made in Japan;5ft print width
Seiko V-64S, Made in Japan;5ft print width
One(1) seaming machine Made in Germany
Two(2) sets of computers
One(1) printing software
CCTV cameras and recorder
Office furnitures(tables/chairs)
Hot and cold water dispenser
Two(2) 2HP Panasonic split type aircon
Existing supplies
Renovation cost
Permits and licenses
Tools and Equipment(welding machine etc)

More details:

~Monthly average net profit from walk-in sales Php50,000+
~Operational, audit systems & procedures to run the business are documented & in place
~Well-trained, courteous and honest personnel.
~Nice location of printing shop with unlimited growth potential.
~With technical support and credit terms from suppliers.
~Just take over the business and start to earn.

Here are some pictures from their office.







If you are interested, you can see the ads here. Or you can message me.

Thank you!

December 13, 2011

Brussels Was Cold

I promised to write about our Brussels trip. But I am running late as it is already. So I will just make a short post, a teaser of sort.


I can carry the Atomium with one hand! Yeah, right! LOL!



Had to rest after all those walks!


As you can see in the pictures, I was already wearing gloves and brogues for my shoes. But I still felt the coldness pierce through my skin and bones. Yes, it was that cold! I should have followed my friend and bought minnetonka moccasins shoes she told me to buy but I was stubborn.

The temperature at that time was 9 degrees I believe. Too cold for me. I even cut short my visit to Mini Europe and stayed in a coffeechop because I couldn't take the cold anymore while EJ and hubby continued to explore the place.

For every mistake you make, you learn a lesson. And I did learn a lesson that trip. I should bring thick coats next time. LOL!

Christmas Village at Le Duo 2011

Christmas is really upon us. For a non Christian country like Cambodia, it's surprising to see that every establishment has a Christmas decor. But maybe, I really shouldn't be surprised. Christmas has become so commercialized.

Anyway, a week ago there was a Christmas Bazaar at Le Duo. They have also done this last year which my friends and I joined.

This year, I signed up early thinking I would have time to prepare all my jewelries. Unfortunately, I got so busy and never had much time prepare. I was ready to give up on my booth when my friend took over.

She sold some of her items and asked me to sell some of my jewelries I have made already. It was a last minute effort but I am thankful my friend, Ate Elms took over.

She did a good job with the booth presentation. Thanks Ate Elms. You're a saviour!

This was our booth. My friend's items were some Christmas decors and wardrobe hanger (is this the correct name, Ate Elms?) We borrowed a chair for her helper who manned the booth for two days because I did forget to bring my metal step stools. It would have been useful at that time. Oh well.

Of course, I need to have a picture. LOL!

I only had a handful of jewelries on display. Sigh.

It was a successful event but I heard it wasn't as popular as last year. If we are still here next December, I would surely join the bazaar again and make sure I am well prepared.

This year it was a case of "do what you can with what you have". I am sure I can do better than that next time.

December 12, 2011

Chilly Monday and Monday Tales

What a great weather we're having here in Phnom Penh today! Well, actually it's been like this for over a week now. The temperature reads 27 degrees at the hottest and 23 degrees at the coldest. But it feels like it's 24 degrees all the time. It's cold. I haven't turned on the AC nor the electric fan at all the whole day. And it's still chilly. Wow! I am sooo loving it.

Anyway, EJ is just home bound today. He has dry cough and we decided not to let him go to school today. He looks fine but he keeps on barking, I mean, coughing the whole time yesterday. Hopefully he'll feel better tomorrow so he can go to school. It's their Christmas party!

EJ hasn't been sick for a while and I think the reason he is sick now is that he's over fatigued. He's been having play dates left and right last week I joked that his social calendar is busier than mine! LOL!

He had four play dates last week. The last one was in Monkey Business last Friday with Osuke.



EJ and Osuke never fight. I like that about them. They have been friends for almost three years now. So I guess they know each other well already.

This week I am cutting down EJ's social activities. We will go home directly after school and maybe let him entertain his neighbor/friends once this week.

So instead of finishing a lot of tasks today, I took the time also to just let my body rest. It's a great Monday actually. I am grateful.

I plan to finish posting about our recent trip. I still have to write about Brussels and Dubai. I hope I can do that this week.

Hope you're having a great start of the week guys. Let's stay positive and smile all the time!

December 8, 2011

Was Humpty Dumpty Bad?

I accepted a Media screening invite and watched Puss in Boots at Legend Cinemas last Monday.

I haven't gone out much lately because I just have so many things to take care of. But last Monday, I decided I want to go out. It's good for my health and sanity that I go out once in a while and be with other people aside from hubby and EJ. LOL!

I did enjoy the movie in 3D. But I have my doubts if EJ will enjoy it as much. I was thinking we'd bring him to the movie house this weekend but I don't think we'd do that anymore. The movie is not exactly his kind of movies.

I can't speak for the rest of the kids though. Maybe they'd enjoy seeing Humpty Dumpty and Jack (of the Jack and Jill fame who's too old alreay, LOL!).

My favorite moment in the movie was when the main characters were in the clouds bouncing. I wish I could do that too. Hahaha!!!

Anyway, if you want to hear Antonio Bandera's voice and be entertained, go to Legend Cinemas at City Mall 3rd floor.

December 7, 2011

In the Land of Mickey Mouse

When we were planning our Paris trip, it was already understood that we will visit Paris Disneyland. I kept on saying that it's for our son. But on hindsight, I guess it's also for both hubby and I. After all, Disneyland is for everyone - kids and kids at heart.

Like the rest of our activities in this particular trip, I have already booked our Disneyland ticket online. I bought the ticket valid for 1 day in both parks - Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. The ticket price was 60Euro/adult and 54Euro/child (3-11yo).

Unfortunately, we were not able to even take a peek inside Walt Disney Studios. One whole day is not enough to explore two parks. So if you have more time, I suggest you allot two days - one for each park.

Paris Disneyland
Welcome to Paris Disneyland!

EJ reading Mickey and Duffy story
While waiting for our turn with Mickey and Duffy, EJ read the story behind Mickey and Duffy's friendship.

Big hug
Awww..big hug for Mickey!

With Mickey and Duffy
The mom and the dad need to have a photo with Mickey too. LOL!

Real snow or fake snow
My friend commented in my facebook page, is that real snow? I wish! It was just a fake snow. But it does look real in the photo, doesn't it?

Transpo at Disneyland
One of the transportation inside Disney.

Which way to go
Inside the maze. Which way to go EJ?

For love of cars
Love of cars. EJ and cars are inseparable.

Mickey, Minnie and Donald float
Mickey's float together with Minnie, Donald and Daisy.

Toy Story float
Toy Story float

Santa and his sleigh
Santa and his sleigh

Mickey show
Mickey show

Christmas tree at night
The big Christmas tree inside Disney

We went back to the city tired but happy. If we have more money and time, I would want us to stay there longer, probably three or four days.