Saturday, August 16, 2014

Another Bangkok Experience!

It was my second time in Bangkok, Thailand and I just had a great time! The first trip I had was in 2012 with my scrap buddies Ytet and Timi. We visited a lot of temples, rode the famous tuktuk, and hunted the flower store in Chatuchak Market. Well, this time, I was with workmates Jake and Mai and I had more discoveries... 

The airport walk was soo long upon arrival, but I was not bored seeing those lovely flowers and orchids greeting us tourists. That pink taxi! We found it cute riding that hot pink taxi, but! We learned that it was not safe to ride them, because they are privately owned and drivers can easily fool you (well, our hotel owner told and warned us!). Finally, another temple tour at the city side.

I think, my second favorite food now is Thai Food! They were all over the place and whether they are in the mall, resto or sidewalk, they all looked delicious. Thai culture is so rich, we got to feel it in the airport just before we left for home. Made me think of planning another trip next year!

Every meal I had in Bangkok for four days were all with papaya salad, I love it! A Filipina friend Cel treated us for an "eat all you can" at Mukata, where she taught me how to make my own papaya salad. It was another experience.

Our third day was spent at Chatuchak Market (of course!). I needed to go back and find those flower stores  again. This time there were many of them selling flowers, BUT! they are sooo expensive, I couldn't buy much. 

Ok, it has been more than 4 months since I last blogged! I am still full with my thesis writing until now and... I haven't scrapped since early this year, so I really have nothing to post for now. What's pushing me now is to finish my research writing so I can go back to normal life and scrapbooking. 

Counting the weeks... TFL! as always.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lorenzo's 10th Birthday!

I was just so inspired with a lot of scrapbook pages and designs this past few days, and finally found a little break to work on Lorenzo's 10th Birthday photos. Let me share them with you...


As you turn 10 Today... Lorenzo asked for Lego-Chima party theme for his 10th birthday. It was so hard to collect Chima stuff, good that I found mini toys at Divisoria to fit his loot bags. And one more thing, I stick with the color pallet instead, to get a uniform theme rather than having those Chima faces posted. I used here DCWV pps and cardstocks, Simple Stories pps and stickers, WRMK tag, native twine and ribbons. 

Party Prep!..  Had this multi-picture layout to show the food, dessert table and program preparations I made for this celebration. Took me 3 weeks to get everything together and I was just happy! I used here DCWV pps, Simple Stories pps and stickers, Project Life card from Helga, native twine and buttons.

Our Party Guests... We are so thankful for our families and friends who came to celebrate with us. Here's a simple multi-picture page using a 3D paper, it gave depth and dimension to the photos. I used here DCWV pps, cardstock and tag. The title was a cameo cut out from my friend Helga.

Happy 10th Birthday Lorenzo... Time flies so fast and my youngest turned 10 last month. I used here DCWV pps and cardstock, wooden buttons, native twine, cupcake pin, AAS foam letter stickers and Simple Stories stickers.

Its officially SUMMER in the Philippines! And I am officially off from work. I am so excited for next school year, because STI Calamba will be moving to a new building. I am enrolled on my 6th semester in the graduate studies, and I'm taking my thesis proposal subject. I have been on a slow mode reading and researching for my proposal writing. The kids are finally out of school, Lorenzo is starting to get bored with the summer heat, while Luigi is getting ready for his on-the-job training in a restaurant. Well, I am anticipating  10 weeks of summer fun and heat, thesis proposal defense in mid May and happy bonding moments with the family again.

And Holy Week is coming... TFL!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Our 48th Sketch is Up!

The new sketch was designed by my co-designer Melissa Bonifacio and you can join the fun here. In the meantime, here is my version of the sketch...

You and Me... is a page about my Auntie Linda and my son Luigi. Its their little bonding time together at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. I used here AC cardstock, Echo Park- Beautiful Life pps, WRMK metal charm, Prima pearl blings, Petaloo flowers, native twine, Crate Paper wooden clip, DMC thread and Ranger distress inks.

Summer vacation is drawing near and I am just getting excited! Kids will be off from school soon and so am I (oh from teaching only)! Grad school is still on but on a consultation schedule only because I am now writing my thesis proposal. Life is a bit light, I hope!

Lorenzo's birthday was a boom with our friends and family celebrated with us. A month of planning on the decorations and theme, food and games were happily fulfilled with the great help of Jay, Mommy, Che, Maan, Jonjo, Janice, Ronald and Timi, or what I call my Creative Family! Here's sharing some of the preparations on the big day...

Happy 10th Birthday to my baby boy Lorenzo!
May you grow up to be a fine man with wisdom and faith to guide you always.

That's it for now! Thanks for looking peep!

Monday, February 17, 2014

FSCB Challenge 45!

Good Monday Morning everyone! I am just happy to be blogging again. 

This month's sketch challenge came from Kath Hernandez, its a simple but very versatile design. Here's what I came up with...

Snap Shots... a glimpse of how happy it is to have a sibling. Lorenzo and Luigi having fun and asaran while being together. I used here Simple Stories pps, stickers and overlay, cardstocks and cardstock stickers, buttons, native twine and my titles are from Helga's cameo. 

Days are moving so fast and valentine's day passed already, we are in the middle of the first quarter of the year, wheew! Been so busy with reading lately, and just recently, finished my comprehensive exams. Now I am down to my thesis writing and 6 units in the grad school. Boy it was really fast!

On the other hand, I am so excited organizing my son's 10th birthday party. He wants to have a Lego-Chima theme this time. Its a bit hard to gather Chima things to put in the loot and motif, so I decided to play with the color palette instead -- olive green, royal blue and brown. It will be a "little-grown up" party with the all-time food favorites of Chuy for the buffet, boy activity fun surprises and the latest fad of dessert table of goodies and sweets. Those are all that's keeping me on my boggling toes. Will post the outcome of all these craziness soon.

Meantime, let's enjoy Monday with a positive mind and happy thoughts. Thanks for looking as always!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Challenge #42 is ON!

Here's the first sketch challenge of FSCB for the year! The sketch is made by my co-designer Melissa Bonifacio and you can view the challenge here ...

I Love Us... a simple layout to remember Uncle Bill and Auntie Linda's recent homecoming. A little way for little Lorenzo to remember the love and bonding they had at 9 years old. I used here DCWV pps, cardstock, buttons, DMC thread, Jillibeans journalling sprouts, native twine, and Simple Stories journaling tag.

Oh life! Its January already and the year has so much to give... I am keeping a positive mind over my last semesters in my graduate studies, more teaching experience and endeavors with work as we move to our new school building in June, a little travel to discover new places and  healthy living and eating towards the rest of the time. I am leaving the aches of the past and counting them as a blessing instead. Otherwise, I am so ready for the horse this year!

Seize the day, TFL!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2013 Project Life

Finally finished my 2013 Project Life! It is a compilation of the year's different events, experiences and places visited. I really had a good time making this kind of album because it is very simple to make and at the same time complete in capturing all the memories. Well, I just feel a little disorganized because I used different themes of papers and embellishments. But anyway, here it goes...

Sorry for the quality of photos I got, it took me awhile to shoot them in the natural light because the light bounces because of the plastic pockets.

Well, I am now ready to hit 2014! Happy Project Life creating peeps!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello 2014!

I can't believe we are down to a couple of hours and we have to say goodbye to 2013... wheew, what a year!

According to Feng Shui,  2013 or the year of the snake will not be a good year. But I can say that it was not that bad for me after all. Here's looking back how the snake treated me over the past 12 months...

Our family remained banded and happy. The Carandang's had a successful reunion on April 7 after more than 30 years, it was celebrated in commemoration of Lola Goring's 19th death anniversary at Hardin Antonio, Tanauan City, Batangas. Relatives from California, USA, Dubai, and Mindanao came to celebrate with us. Another blissful birthday celebration for my Mom's 74th year on July 23. We are so blessed to have her with good health, strong faith and plenty of time for her apos. Speaking of apo, we have an addition to the Virtucio clan. Giorgina Marie daughter of my cousins Janice and Bugoy, was born on February 3. 

My little man definitely brought a lot of good news for 2013! He celebrated his 9th birthday on March 1. We had an impromptu preparations and he invited some of his friends, classmates and servicemates. Lorenzo got a silver medal for being an achiever in Grade 2. We are so proud of him, as he moved to Grade 3 in June.

Summer was always the best part of the year! My brother Louie and wife Hayk came home from Dubai  and  celebrated their first wedding anniversary with us. The whole family went to Hong Kong (except my hubby) in April. Day 1 was spent at the Peak where the kids saw Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum and went a little walking at the Avenue of the Stars. Day 2 was a whole day of FUN at Disneyland and the last day was a short stay at the Ocean Park. It was a well-spent bonding moment with the whole family and the kids will never forget this experience. And as always, our summer ended with a regular visit to Baguio City. It's our second home here in our country.

Another highlight of the year was the homecoming of Auntie Linda, Uncle Bill and Auntie Ann. They visited UPLB, Tagaytay City, Batangas City, our relatives in Tanauan, Batangas, Manila and the province of Bataan. It was really great to have them here in our home, a lot of catching up with stories and life, a lot of shopping and of course, bonding moments with them. I will never forget the morning talks of Lorenzo and Auntie Ann, where my little man was teaching her some tagalog words. And of course, our frequent dine outs which gave me extra pounds again. 

By the end of 2013, I have accomplished 5 semesters already in my graduate studies. This semester marks my last sem for my academic subjects and should prepare and pass my Comprehensive Exam in January. I took my mid-program evaluation exams in August and finished my Internship course and defense in September. I am still a member of the Board of Directors of the Letran Graduate School Council for the second time, just a little way to help and support our little circle in the grad school.  

I am on my 6th semester teaching at STI College Calamba campus. I am always grateful to this institution for their lingering support and trust. I am grateful about the gift of teaching and imparting the knowledge to my students and classmates in any way that I can. May the gift of wisdom continues to show me the path I always wanted to take.

After 13 years living in my house, we finally had the floors changed. For whatever reason that happened to my semi-granite floor, I don't know but we have to change the whole main floor of the house. Now its sparkling white and I love it!

My big boy Luigi turned 20 on September 26. He is now on his 3rd year in college and still working on his BS Hotel and Restaurant Management course. I wish him goodluck and finish his course the soonest time.

And of course, I celebrated my 45th birthday on December 1. I may have a lot of body pains and aches, and white hairs this year... but I promise to age with grace and happiness. I still scrap once in awhile, I only accomplished 59 12x12 pages for my boys and my 2013 project life. Nothing much on my creative side because I am focused on my studies for now.

And that was 2013!

I know I still have a lot to learn about stress, hard work and trials. I may not perfect them, but I promise to keep a positive soul and pray for blessings and miracles to help me survive life. I only hope that the good Lord will never leave me and I believe everything else will follow.

So bring it on 2014! I welcome you with open arms. 

Happy New Year Everyone! 
Wishing you all a prosperous 2014.