Food, Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

♪ Have Yourself A Yummy Marriott Christmas! ♫

One word: BUFFET!!! ♥

My friend Maxine invited me and our other friend, Carol, to finally “taste” for ourselves what Marriott Cafe has to offer!  Yuuum! 😀

“Bright, bold and upbeat, this modern all-day dining restaurant captivates food lovers with its engaging open-theatre kitchens.  Indulge from the vast sumptuous buffet of local and international favorites or order from equally irresistible a la carte menu.”

Macarons, anyone?

As you can see, nakaKALURKEYT MIDDLETON!  I didn’t even know where to start…  and HOW TO END!  Wahahahaha!  Kalurkey talaga! 😛

And to make it even crazier (in a good way, of course!), we were able to meet the executive chef, Chef Mike Brammer:

Thanks Chef for the champagne! 🙂

But I think the highlight of my night was the PALAWAN HONEY WALNUT ICE CREAM!!!  And yes, this is me screaming for THAT ice cream!!!  It was TO. DIE. FOR!!!  Aaahhhh! 😉

You seriously can’t CAN’T try THIS ice cream when you eat at Marriott Cafe! ♥

And the best part is?  The Cafe makes it all from scratch!  Simply delish!!!

Having said that, I just want to say THANK YOU once again to my friend Maxine for this wonderful dinner!  All I can say is, GOOD FOOD.  FRIENDLY STAFF.  And yes, THE PALAWAN HONEY WALNUT ICE CREAM!!!

But seriously, if you’re looking for some place to dine in during this Holiday Season, I suggest you try Marriott Cafe.  Definitely TWO-THUMBS UP! 😀

Have yourself a merry little Christmas! See ya!!!

Marriott Cafe is located at Marriott Hotel, Resorts World Manila.
For more information, you can check out Marriott Hotel’s official website.

Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

My Christmas Photo Blog

SIGH.  Don’t you just love Christmas?  Well, I DO!  That’s why I decided to make this random photo-heavy post for a not-so-random Season!  Just a warning though, the following are (raw) pictures of Christmases past!  So yeah, photography skills NOT YET included!  Hahaha!

Whether at home or outside…  from Santas here, Christmas Lights and Trees there…  the Christmas Spirit sure is everywhere!!!

And then of course, you have the different celebrations!  From the routine and simple ones, up to the grand family reunions, not even the Grinch can steal MY Christmas from meee!  So what exactly do I do during the Yuletide Season?  Well, I…

listen to the Philippine Opera Company (POC)...

(This is a simple compilation video that I made!  Sorry for the mediocre editing skills, but I did take all the videos myself so I hope you enjoy watching them!  And of course, I hope that you feel the Christmas Spirit as I did!)

enjoy Greenbelt's holiday ambience...

also give (rather than receive)...

just look at the smiles on their faces = PRICELESS!

have my "Christmas moment" with my parents...

sing my heart out in the house where no one can stop me...

drink "coffee" with my cousins on a chilly December night...

attend my friend's debut...

with the debutante, my friend Minnie 🙂

eat a Christmas-themed chocolate...

watch a live (Darren) CRISSmas concert...

receive a "something useful" gift on Christmas Eve...

But most of all…

spend Christmas with the most important people in my life: MY FAMILY!

Having said that, meet my lovely cousins and sisters, and of course, my oh-so-adorable niece!!!


Now, for my wish list?  I actually have only one:

Can you blame me?  Wahahahaha!  Just kidding.


Marked on the Calendar, Reviews, The World (TRAVEL)

Planners Here, Planners There, Planners Everywhere!

One of the things I love about the Christmas Season is none other than the different PLANNERS offered by most establishments here in the Philippines!!! 😛  Mapa-bakeshop, bookstore, coffee shop, clothing store, kahit nga yata si manang sa suking tindahan…  halos lahat may offered na na planner tuwing sasapit ang PaskoTama ba?  Hahaha!

Anyway, I’ve been really planning on making a post about planners (now that’s a lot of “plan” in one sentence!)  since last week but luckily, made this “job” easier for me! 😉  This week, they’ve rounded up a list of the Top 25 Planners of 2012.  You can check it out here.

Three of my planners actually made it to the list!  Namely the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner, Papemelroti 2012 Planner, and Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner!  Yay!!!

But I think the more important troubling point here is…  WHY THE HECK DO I NEED not just one, not just two, but THREE FREAKIN’ PLANNERS , you may ask?!  Okay, let me defend myself. 😀

First, I’m very O.C.  And not just any O.C.  As in the serious kind of O.C.  Some of you may be shocked to know this, but I actually have O.C.D. or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!  Oo, yung “disorder” kind.  But no biggie.  I’ve been living with my O.C.D. self for more than a decade now (I started showing symptoms when I was in fifth grade) and I’ve learned how to “manage” my life with it.  Yun nga lang, sometimes it can be really tiring…  time-consuming…  and yes, sometimes it requires THREE PLANNERS!  Wahahahaha!

Moving on…

The Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner

I just got mine (in bamboo) last week, and that’s actually my seventh Starbucks planner.  Ever since I had my hands on my very first Starbucks planner, wala pang taon akong naskiskip!  So yeah, blame it on “tradition” kuno!  Hehe.  But seriously, if you’re a natural coffee drinker anyway (who just happens to choose Starbucks), then spending moolah shouldn’t really be an issue.

So for those complaining about how pricey these planners cost…  kayo ah!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  Obviously, you’re just going to Starbucks just. so. you. can. get. the. planner. 😐  Puh-lease.  I don’t mean to sound rude or anything, but I’ve been drinking Starbucks ever since I was in sixth grade.  Hence, may planner man o wala, nag-staStarbucks talaga ako.  Kaya kung nagrereklamo kayo, edi ‘wag niyong buuin yung stickers!  Ganun lang kasimple!  Case closed.  Tapos!

O siya, peace on earth na ulit!  Hehehe. 🙂

Papemelroti 2012 Planner

I just started using Papemelroti’s handy-dandy planner this year (2011), but I’m still not sure whether or not I’m going to buy one for next year!  But c’mon, at P19.75 each + its adorable designs + convenience (it doesn’t take too much space inside my bag!) — and not to mention that it’s eco-friendly since it’s made of recycled paper, THIS IS DEFINITELY A STEAL!  Okay, fine.  I’m getting the princess-y one!  Heehee.

Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner

2012 will be my first year to use a Belle du Jour (BDJ) planner, and the only thing that made up my mind is next year’s theme: TRAVEL!  As you can see on the picture…  Oh it’s travel-inspired, alright! ♥  PLUS it doesn’t hurt that it has tons and tons of coupons that can score me discounts ALL YEAR ROUND!  ‘Nuff said.

So…  Starbucks planner? CHECK!  But you see, my Starbucks planner is my “home planner” — meaning, it always stays at home.  I don’t know.  Maybe because I write more personal stuff in it?  Harharhar.  Now it’s just down to what gets to be my “bag planner.”  Papemelroti’s or BDJ’s?  I need mooore convincing.

Thoughts, please? 🙂 😉 😀

How about you?  What’s going to be your 2012 planner?
Sound off in the comments section below!