Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

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:

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

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…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?!


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!!!)


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.

😉 😀 😛

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.