Last weekend, we celebrated Lucas’ second birthday. It was not as fancy as his first but I still proceeded with having a themed birthday. This year, we went nautical. We thought it would be fitting as he likes fish and we were planning to bring him to Manila Ocean Park.
As a mom, I did my usual planning but this time around, I was too caught up with raising a toddler. I resolved on getting this party in a box! Yes, a party in a box. It is basically your instant decorations for any special occasion. All you have to do is set it up. I checked this supplier, The White Box.
I sent them an email two weeks before the celebration and talked to them about how I envision the party. The main idea is only to have a breakfast party since we’ll be out for the weekend. We are doing it for the rest of the household and since he is the first app, we would want to involve the grandmothers too. The set up was really small. The package that we got was good for ten (10) pax. What is good about The White Box is that they can customize the package for you so you can add or remove the things that you need for the party.
Since I was planning to have a background decoration and some for the table, they gave us a package for the following: garland, tassels, fans, buntings, balloons, table runner and a cake topper. We finalized the transaction on the week of his birthday and I got the decorations before my need date! So fast and efficient. They are accomodating too!
I know you will be saying why do I need to find a supplier, these are the things that can easily be bought elsewhere. Well, for someone who has a lot on her plate, you would rather have something instant than go through the hassle of everything. To be quite honest, it was sulit because we get to reuse them for the next birthdays a few days after like my sister-in-law and I.
We did the ingress the night before. It was no joke setting up even if it came in a box. We had to think of how to put them together!
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It was all worth the pagod and puyat.
A few friends expressed their delight with the set-up. So if you want an easy, hassle-free way of doing a party, I suggest you check out The White Box.
Last weekend, I went to a Rustan’s event. This is the yearly Summer Fashion show and guess who was there?
No other than Bianca Santiago-Reinoso. Seeing her walk with Juano, I just went wild. It was legit fangirling. My officemates were like, “Sino siya?” I go, she’s part of the Baby Barangay and also part of Baby and Breakfast. Okay, okay. I know some of you can’t relate to this.
Think of it as: you, seeing your favorite celebrity, author, band, up close. Yes, that’s it. You muster up all courage to say hi. It is a bigger challenge to actually want a photo.
She is part of my mommy peg. I can’t say it enough. I also like her style, very laid back and comfy. She’s good in styling too. I am blabbing right now, forgive me. I can’t help it. Maybe some of you can relate, most of you won’t.
Here’s a photo of us. I want to be closer to her but yeaaah, sobrang fangirl ko kulang na lang ihug ko siya. OA pero totoo.
Other than Korean food (specifically grill) the other cuisine I usually crave for is Mexican. Tacos and nachos in particular. Maybe a burrito minus the beans. I also like dirty rice (is that Mexican?). Since I work near Maginhawa, I am always in a search for good food that doesn’t actually put a dent in my budget. Lagi kong sinasabi na basta sulit! I am willing to spend for food but not so much.
After yoga, I pass this corner with a food stall called Buen Comer. Obviously, it’s Mexican. I did my research and that they usually open from Wednesdays to Saturdays. I’ve been always wanting to eat here but I don’t have company. Even if I muster the strength to eat there alone, I can’t. I was thinking to eat there before yoga but I can’t because it requires you to eat an hour and a half before the class. There’s a risk that I may just vomit. If you eat anything it has to be light. How about after yoga? I usually go home straight because I am either too tired to eat or feel guilty.
So my husband and I took the time to try it out. At first, I was a bit sad. They weren’t there anymore! The street is under construction. What a hassle. I asked my husband to drive around to see if it is just near the area because their sign says “this way”.
Good news! They just moved inside the street. Similar to set-up. They have a stall set-up in front of the house and you eat in the garage. It was pretty much a self service thing. You order at the stall then wait for your order. My Mexican heart is happy.
We asked what their best sellers are and it’s the Kare-kare Burrito! I was really hesitant to eat that. Hello, kare-kare and burrito? Really. But my husband is just experimental so we had that and their Steak and Fries Burrito. Of course, we had to try their Nacho Potato Crisp.
Mostly everything came in fast. First was the Kare-Kare Burrito then the Steak and Fries. What took time was the Nacho Potato Crisp.
Fast fact: The fries and potato crisps are home made. This is the reason why it takes some time to have both served. The Nacho Potato Crisp, according to the chef takes around 5-8 mins serving time. Still not bad.
Let’s discuss the Kare-Kare Burrito. Guys, ANG SARAP. I never thought that it would be that good. It’s Kare-Kare rice + a little veggie + BAGNET. Yes friends, bagnet. It was crispy and glorious. It had the right amount of kare-kare flavor. Also, you can have the bagoong either spread in the burrito or have it separated. We had it separated because I eat kare-kare without the bagoong. I am weird, no need to tell me. My husband had it with bagoong. We were just both happy. The serving is good for two! Needless to say, we finished it. Simot sarap!
Next up was the Steak and Fries Burrito. It was so heavenly. Meat, fries and special sauce. The steak is meaty and the fries, it’s hand cut. Really filling. I was struggling finishing my share. The fries remind me of the Beef and Potato Burrito of Taco Bell. The potato is love. you can’t go wrong with the combo.
Both burritos are even more delicious with their home made sauces. They have three: the green one which is cilantro, then the red is hot sauce. I forgot what the white thing is. My favorite is the hot sauce of course. It matches my burrito.
Last but not the least, the Nacho Potato Crisp. The serving can be up to three people. It was just different from the usual nacho chips because its base was more on thinly cut potatoes. They use their special sauce on this. I have not much to say about this since we were quite full when we got to eat this. We had to take it home. Pretty much when my husband finished it up, he was happy. I made him eat some of the veggies.
Regarding service, they are more on the self-service side, we had to pack the left over food (the nachos). They have a designated station for it. You can also find utensils, gloves and paper bags there. You might also want to throw away your stuff after you eat. Not sure about it but maybe we just took a cue with the trash can being labeled.
Rating time. The food is great! Plus points for having stuff home made. Everything feels extra special. The serving is good enough for two! We were both stuffed after eating. Every time they serve the food they ask how was it probably we’re first timers. All I can say is that it was just delicious!!!
We went there a bit early just before the customers start to pile up. Everything was fast and the chef got to take our orders and explain the food. One time, I passed their area and there were a lot of customers, but I still here them explain all about their specialty. This is a plus! The chef is also very hands on. Everyone it just great.
If you want a bang for your buck? This is the place to be. Your Mexican heart will be happy and your tummy too. Here, you can share your burrito because definitely you’ll maximize your tummy space if you eat it alone.
Food – 4.5
Service – 5
Price – 5
As for the area, you have to scout for parking since this is a residential area. No worries though since people just come and go since it is not really a space that will make you stay for hours.
Tips: Bring someone with you to share your order. Go there before their peak hours. They open 4pm onwards.
There is our new adventure. I am definitely going to recommend it. Date night or friends night out this is a great place!
Buen Comer Poquellas 48 Mapagkawanggawa, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101
They say look for blogs that you idolize or read a lot. It may or may have an influence on what you write.
Lately, I have been seeing this “The Sunday Currently”. I think this was started by blogger siddathornton. It’s basically like a questionnaire wherein you fill it up. I am joining this bandwagon as I am struggling to actually find content for my own page. It may be due to the lack of planning the content or just forgetting all about it pretending that I don’t have the time. No judging!
Here we go!
READING. A reviewer being given by a friend. I am not divulging anything as of now but I need to do this and study diligently. I will also be reading the other books that I haven’t finished like “Another Day” by David Levithan.
WRITING. This blog. Trying to fill content.
THINKING. More on the homily today. It was all about providence and avoiding anxiety. This is all relevant to my current situation.
SMELLING. Nothing really.
WISHING. To be more organized and really commit to the plans I have for the future.
HOPING. To be more accomplished. I just realized that it’s the end of February already. The only thing I have accomplished is my yoga! What?
WEARING. Usual t-shirt and shorts.
LOVING. My husband has a new schedule of day-offs. Hurray for weekends!
NEEDING. To save. I need to be in charge of my finances. Stat.
FEELING. Good. I just watched Moana and it’s great! Lucas loves music. We love the humor.
CLICKING. Looking through pages for The Sunday Currently format.
New year, new me. Not. Before, I used to do my new year’s resolutions but now, I don’t. I just resigned to the fact that I follow it for the first week then just forget it the week after.
2016 has been a year of transition for me: from one job to the other, having a newborn turned toddler, becoming the head of the family, my parents’ transferring houses. It has been a year of adulting. Like what I always say, adulting is difficult. No one said it was easy anyway.
But this year, I want to claim it! As the year came to a close, a friend of mine said a little prayer. This is a different kind of prayer. It talked to my soul and to the thoughts that I had. With that moment, I felt that I was validated and the path was clearer. 2017 will be a year of focus and below are just some things I want to focus on.
I want to God to be the center of my life. I am no religious person but I want to ensure that this year (and every year after) will be all for Him. To say a little prayer every day and be grateful for the small wins and challenges. I do believe that He is here guiding every single decision or life choice I make.
The first few days of 2017 have been awesome. My husband and I go out and have dinner. I wasn’t fancy but it was great. We usually have the routine of going home, play with Lucas then sleep. We don’t even get to talk. Now, with my #marriagefirst project, we get to talk. We’re bestfriends and partners in crime till forever! I really want to continue to make time for one another or else, both of us might lose it.
Aside from my own family, I still take care of my mom and lola. They have actually moved in with us last December. It was a big transition and we are still adjusting. Upside, we get to save stuff from renting. Happy also that my husband is supportive with all this. If I have this #marriagefirst project, this would be next. I hope to document more family moments this year.
Keeping it small
They say that when you get older, you have fewer friends. I believe this. Through the years, I have learned that not everyone is your friend. In time, my number of friends reduced to some key people/group. This year, I plan to make time. I have to make it to a point that I meet up or at least send them a message. I actually started during the last quarter of 2016 and I have no plans of stopping now.
Moving to get fit
Let’s be honest, I am not doing a great job. I am currently binge eating now (having one order of squid balls, chicken chops and a regular sized drink from Chatime). I did purchase a yoga class pass. YES. I went to yoga, thrice already. Tomorrow is my fourth session. I need to make it count and not just negating it will all this food. Dear Lord, help me.
Save and invest
I started out with actually trying to settle my finances. I now have savings! It’s nothing much but it can get us afloat for a cut-off or two. I am also expecting to pay off the family debt this year and it will be amazing once done. A bit burden will be lifted off. I am looking forward to paying it off. Hello, achievement! Our next project is to start saving for our own.
Lead, create, inspire
These are the things that I want to do with my career. I just received some big news regarding work and it is interesting to see how this would all pan out for the rest of the year. Nonetheless, as a leader of a team, my goal is to be able to inspire them and with that create, build new ideas. Exciting but challenging times ahead.
This is the list which I want to focus on for the year. I believe with God in the center, everything will fall into place.