I don’t remember ever posting about what happened to me over a Christmas holiday break but there’s always a first time. I know I have a tendency to write a long post but I’m trying to preserve memories here.
It was a quick 2-week break for all of three of us. No work and no school. I wasn’t in the mood for all the Christmas hoopla because I was still stressed with our moving. It was only when I finally brought out the decors and shopped for Christmas gifts that I felt it’s really Christmas. Shopping certainly has its benefits, eh? LOL.
I brought out the old Christmas decors only on the 16th of December. No, I wasn’t following the Simbang Gabi sked but it was only then that I had the energy to tackle last year’s mess. It took me one night to put some Christmas touch in our new home. Not much. We still have no big Christmas tree. Just this old tree previously owned by my husband’s lola. We’ve had it since Noah was a year old. I’m sentimental like that. It’s more special this year because Noah decorated the tree himself. It still sits on top of the bar counter.
December started with the three of us attending a birthday party. The party set me in the mood alright because I had to shop for gifts. Browsing through the stores certainly got me excited–thanks to the Christmas decors and songs being played.
Last Saturday, my sister-in-law treated Noah to a photo shoot at Blow Up Babies in Serendra. It wasn’t a first for Noah as we took him to The Picture Company in Rockwell when he was only five months old.
It was a fun pictorial even if coaching Noah was quite a challenge. He was jumping and running around because of excitement. But after a while, he became a bit shy perhaps realizing that all eyes were on him.
I was a stage mother taking behind-the-scene photos while my husband directed Noah’s moves– also a stage father. Noah had four sets: Cowboy, Rock Star, Cars, and Family.
I don’t have the prints and files yet but here are the outtakes:
The shoot lasted about 40 minutes while the selection of photos took longer. We have yet to claim the prints this coming Friday. I can’t wait to show you all the photos!
I’m an avid Instagrammer and so are you. But did you know about Instagramers Manila? It’s a community of Filipino Instagram’ers from all over the world that tell stories through photos every 9PM on Instagram.
If you’ve seen the hashtags #IGersManila #9pmhabit — that’s it. They’ve been meeting regularly during Instameets but it’s only now that the group is having its own Photo Exhibit sponsored by Globe. It’s a photo exhibit of Instagram snapshots taken during their photo walk sessions at the Bonifacio Global City, Luneta Park, Manila Bay, and Intramuros.
I’m a member of this group albeit not active on Instagram but I’m proud to support their activities. This November 30 until December 1, the first ever Philippine Instagram Photo Exhibit will be held at Glorietta 4, Ayala Center in Makati City. See you there!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies 30 November 2012 11:00AM
We decided earlier that we would be having a small party at home for Noah this year. A small party meant our immediate families, a few relatives, and some friends. But when I finished the guestlist, the number totaled to 70. That’s still a lot for a small party. I planned on inviting them to our house by batch: families for lunch, relatives for merienda, and friends for dinner. That sounded not too practical as I knew I’d end up very tired and would be spending more. Then, I thought of getting a hotel suite and just inviting them over. That didn’t seem convenient to everyone but would be cheaper for us.
And then I remembered how Noah enjoyed the Jollibee mascot at his cousin Jam’s 1st Birthday Party. It was the first time that I really witnessed him have fun at a birthday party. Actually, that weekend he enjoyed three birthday parties that made me decide to finally schedule a kiddie party at Jollibee. So we did.
There were 70 guests and most of them were family, relatives, Joshua’s bandmates, my best friend’s family plus my mom’s friends at church. This was a “small” party so I wasn’t able to invite our churchmates and most of my friends. (Ang dami pa rin! Sorry, guys. Bawi kami sa 7th Birthday party. Planado na. Haha! Joke.) Continue reading Noah’s 3rd Birthday | A LEGO Jollibee Kiddie Party
Since this Bangkok trip was all about family, we didn’t go out much except for trips to the mall and the grocery. On the first day, Josh and I went on a date in the evening as I still had to work in the afternoon. We went to that new mall in the corner of Ekkamai. My sister and her family live somewhere along the Ekkamai Road which is like Makati Avenue. I find their condo very convenient as it’s near the BTS — Bangkok Mass Transit System— their version of our MRT. You can walk or ride a cab to the BTS Ekkamai Station.
The Gateway Ekkamai mall is located along Sukhumvit Road near the BTS Ekkamai Station. Each of the train station have malls like we do here so it’s really very convenient. We got to the Gateway Ekkamai at around 7:30 pm so we didn’t expect to see much. Good thing the stores close at 10 pm so we had enough time.