Indeed, It Was A Happy Christmas 2011!!! :D

“Happy Christmas” was what I used to greet my family and friends during THIS very festive Season!  Yes, I replaced “merry” with “happy” because you know, that’s how the British say it!  Eh alam niyo naman ako, I’m in love with EVERYTHING U.K. kaya syempre, masyado kong kinakarir ang pagkaka-FEELING BRITISH ko!  Wahahahaha! 😉

This year’s Christmas was quite different for me and my family.  Let’s just say that we kind of had “new” traditions — starting with our venue.  Instead of spending Christmas at home and my Lola Vic‘s (who passed away last February.  May she rest in peace!) house in Quezon City, we spent Christmas Eve at my sister and her family’s condo unit.  Aaand we finally had Noche Buena!  Yep, it was our first time to celebrate it (we usually go for New Year’s Media Noche), and it was FUN!  FUN!!  FUN!!! 😀

Sabi ko, parang pang-Starbucks ad lang! Haha!

We started our Christmas Eve by visiting our parents. 🙂

My niece and her Starbucks cup...

...as a complement to her Serenitea JUMBO cup! CUUUTE.

Our Christmas Eve entertainment was my niece's favorite: Mickey Mouse!

...and other Christmas-themed animations! Loves it!

If you notice, you'll see that we all wore Mickey Mouse shirts!!! ♥

wacky shot - DAW! =))

My niece made sure to write her name on the window for Santa to see! Spell adorable.

ta-daaah!

BEFORE Noche Buena...

...AFTER Noche Buena! BUSOG! Thank you, Lord.

And then of course, there was "gift time." Look what I gave my sister and niece: matching shirtdresses! Mwah.

But wait, there’s ONE MORE…

After months of searching, look what I finally got (for myself — haha!)  this Christmas:

Originally priced at £18, it was reduced to £13.50 because of Marks & Spencer's 25% off jewellery promotion. (In the Philippines, I got it for only Php2,150 with 15% discount. Yay!!!)

M&S' Platinum Plated Royal Ring

This is the closest replica (with good quality) I've seen by far!

It’s a bit pricey for something fancy (uyyy, rhyming!) — and when I say “fancy,” alam niyo yung mga nabibili sa tabi-tabi tapos may label na “fancy”?  Fancy earrings.  Fancy necklace.  Fancy watch.  Fancy jewelry — na japeyk!  Chos!  Anyway, I guess it’s priced as it is because it’s Marks & Spencer AND it’s Platinum Plated.  And based on my “research,” Platinum Plating “is also used in the jewelry industry because its luster is much purer compared to silver or gold, which enhances the brilliance of gemstones, such as diamonds and rubies.  Platinum plating does not discolor or oxidize, and it is hypoallergenic, which means that it does not react with the human skin like gold and other metals can.”  Oha, A+ for EFFORT!  Hahaha!  But anyway, like I said, I’ve been looking for THIS — FOR MONTHSSS — so I still consider this purchase worth it!  Besides, “at £13.50, rather than the £250,000 Catherine‘s ring is reported to be valued at, we’d call that a bit of a bargain.”  Heehee.

A perfect (personal) gift for Kate Middleton‘s self-proclaimed NUMBER ONE FAN — moi.  Ayiieee, yun naaa!

But of course, aside from the celebrations and presents, we still didn’t forget the real reason behind the Season: Jesus‘ birthday! 🙂  My family and I attended Mass, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say once again:

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!  We love you.

Indeed, it was a Happy Christmas!  Next stop: a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 😀 😀 😀

Until then…  xoxo.

A Time to $pend

Ecclesiastes 3 already said it, there’s A TIME FOR EVERYTHING.  To paraphrase it (and make it even more redundant):

to everything, there is a season. 🙂

And the Christmas Season?  I say THIS Season is a time to SPEND a lot of cha-ching, cha-ching and  some ba-bling, ba-bling!  Ain’t that right, Jessie J?  Hahaha!

Since last Thursday (December 15th — aha!), I’ve been spending a lot of time at malls.  I know, I’m such a slacker when it comes to buying Christmas gifts that I wait for my 13th month pay before I even start crossing out names from my “Christmas presents checklist.”  Ayun naaa!

Anyway, I’m glad to say that I’m ALMOST done with it.  See?  “Almost” being the operative word.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  But still, progress IS progress, people!  You can’t complain about that — especially if you’re one of the people I’ll be giving those presents to!  HA HA HA 😉

But why am I rambling to the world again about my Christmas shopping spree?  Simple — because it hit me.  It hit me that I was able to spend THAT amount of money in just A FEW DAYS, which I tried earning for a few months — heck, even waited for A YEAR!!!  It hit me that the amount I spent in a few days can actually sustain several families for a month (maybe).  And thinking of that made me sad.  And it’s making me crazy.  RIGHT NOW.  RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT I’M TYPING THIS!!! @_@

But wait.  It also hit me that I spent “blood, sweat, and tears” not just for MYSELF, but for other people as well.  Especially MY FAMILY.  And I guess that qualifies as something that made me happy.  Actually, “MAKES” me happy.  Present tense.  Bow.

Of course you can say that spending money isn’t really necessary when it comes to giving Christmas “gifts.”  True.  But you see, that would’ve applied to me before — waaay back when I was still a student…  waaay back when I was still unemployed…  and waaay back when the only “gifts” I ever gave my family were “I love you’s” and DIY stuff.  Heehee.  That’s why I made a promise to myself that once I start earning my own money, I’ll always give “something” to my family.  Of course there are still the “I love you’s.”  Hindi na tinatanong yun.  But you know, let’s not be hypocrites here.  Who doesn’t want receiving actual “material” gifts from time time, right?  Don’t get me wrong.  My family’s NOT pressuring me to give them “something material.”  NOT AT ALL.  It’s not them, it’s ME!  Hahaha!  But seriously, I hope you’re getting my point here.  It’s all about giving back.  Period.

So to my “Christmas presents fund”?  Is it a BIG AMOUNT?  Yes, at least for me.  But is it still a BIG DEAL?  Not so anymore.  I guess sometimes, you just really have to look on the BRIGHTER SIDE of things!  Besides, pera lang yun. Napapalitan, napapaghirapan (waaah!)  But putting a smile on someone’s face and making them feel that you actually took the time to think and exert some effort to give them the awesome-est Christmas present you could ever imagine?  That’s PRICELESS, man!  Heck, that’s even HAPPINESS!!! 😀

So remember, spending MONEY won’t make you happy…

BUT

…but spending TIME — especially FOR and WITH those you love — will.

So this Christmas, make it a point to not just spend money, (seriously, don’t overthink it), but also “spend” a lot of TIME, EFFORT, and most importantly, LOVE for everyone you meet — especially for those who are very dear to you (i.e. your family).

(Moral of the lesson: Thy 13th month pay is ONLY meant for buying gifts, presents, and whatnot.  So if you think that you can save some of it, well…  THINK AGAIN.  Mwahahahahaha!)

Happy Christmas everyone!!!

Hugs and kisses from your resident Lady,
Mikhaela Georgette xoxo

P.S: This video might just make you feel better (and give you “inspiration” along the way!)

Presenting…  Jessie J featuring B.o.B. 😛

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Jingle Bell ROCK!!!

In this blog entry, I’d like to take a “short” (and quick!) trip down memory lane.

Destination: just this (past) weekend! 😉

First stop:
“Blogoversary”

First of all, I’d like to greet my blog a HAPPY SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! 😀  I actually started this blog on December 11, 2009 ON IMPULSE that’s why I wasn’t THAT consistent at first (you can check out my blog history on my sidebar if you want proof!  Haha!)  But anyway, I decided to publicize it THIS YEAR, and I got hooked — line, sinker, and all that jazz!  I kind of declare 2011 as my “blogging year.”  Having said that, cheers to mooore years of “consistent” blogging!  Yay me!

Next stop:
Jingle Bell “ROCK!”
(Hence the title.) 

And then there’s our company Christmas party!  Last Saturday, my company held our annual Christmas Party at Hard Rock Cafe, Glorietta and my golly!  Many “unexpected” things happened…

Hard Rock Cafe logo

Image via Wikipedia

…starting with the pre-party!  Let’s just say that in between getting stuck in traffic for two hours (!) and walking the not-so-short distance from the parking lot to the venue wearing my four-inch heels (!!!), “something happened” at the parking lot.  I’m just glad I was with one of my close friends, Val (she’s the “only” witness AND I, thaaank herrr!)

I’m also happy that I was able to park my car PROPERLY!  Whew!  Whew!!  WHEW!!!  Hahaha!

The Lady and her car. Chos!

Now, let’s go to the actual party!!!  Like I said, Val and I were late for two hours (thanks a lot to the Zobel traffic!), but when we arrived, people were eating already.  Hahaha, nice timing!  Prizes were given.  People were nominated.  Games were played.  Wait, what — people were nominated?  NOMINATED FOR WHAT?  Well, there were two: “Best Dressed” and “Star of The Night.”

I, for one, got nominated for the former.  At isa lang ang masasabi ko: SAAN NANGGALING YUN?!

Wahahahaha!

NakaKALURKEYT MIDDLETON!!!  Kasi naman, this is what I call THE “KULTO” LOOK!  Black na black — parang pang-Halloween lang!  Pero kasi, BLACK AND METALLIC ang theme namin eh!  KALURKEY talaga!!! =))

Good thing I have a co-nominee from my department, Marj (who’s also my current seatmate!)

With you Marj by my side, it wasn’t THAT kalurkey anymore!  Meganon?!  Joke lang.  I sound like some freakin’ conyotic-speaking kolehiyala.  Define ANNOYING.  Hahaha, PEACE! 😛

Overall, it was one heck of a Christmas party!  I seriously had fun!  Ika nga, it doesn’t really matter “where,” BUT with “who” you’re with!  And with my awesome office friends?  Oh it’s always gonna be a GREAT TIME with GREAT PEOPLE!  Yebah!!!

Introducing, the AWESOME PEOPLE OF CDP:

with Angela and Val

Val and Ms. H

with my “milk tea” buddy, Mark

with CJ

with sexy Kimmy

with Gian (a special shoutout to our IDOL PATTY Laurel!!!)

hahaha.

with KC (a.k.a. Ms. Lucky! She always wins stuff!!!)

with the beautiful Mao

with Maica, Mark, and Val

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  Which brings us to…

The last stop:
 Nyoy Volante and The Rhythmic Circle

Nyoy Volante and his band 🙂

The after-party was all about a violin, singing (President and CEO included!  Haha!), a violin, jamming, and did I say A VIOLIN— ist?!  HA HA HA

Let’s just say that a few minutes after they started playing (and after our boss started singing!), all eyes were also on the person on Nyoy‘s right — including mine:

Need I say more? ♥

 Siya naaa!  Siya na talaga ang HEARTTHROB!  Talented pa!!! ♥♥♥

Lagot-lagot ako nito kay Reed!!! Pa’no ba ‘to, panibagong blog entry na naman ba?  Haha!

‘Nuff said.

😉 😀 😛