Tuesday, April 23, 2019

My Summer FUN!

The Holy Week just passed and I forgot to blog! Well, I am in the office right now, while everyone in the room has no work because of the earthquake yesterday. I thought of writing something instead of getting bored.

Anyway, I was able to scrap last week during the long anticipated Holy Week holiday. I started with doing my Project Life backlog of 2018, gathered my old paper packs and started my 2019 as well. 

I used my old stash... Simple Stories' Daily Grind, buttons, American Craft chipboard letters, assorted stickers, cardstocks, memorabillias and a lot more. I never get tired of doing my pages and looking at the memories we had created. Actually, I also found time to dust-off my old albums. I already made 5 books for my eldest Luigi, 8 books for my bunso Lorenzo, about 5 books for myself and the family, 2 finished Project Life books from 2012-2018 and numerous mini albums. My pages are still intact, except for some old plastic protectors.

It has been more than 15 years of creating and I am still excited to SCRAP!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Thank You 2018... Welcome 2019!

I'm late for my 2018 recap!

I was a bit disoriented with the blogging tools when I uploaded my 2017 Project Life post. Took me longer to upload photos, so I thought I had to spend more time for this post. And since today is my last day of holiday vacation, I went up to my scraproom to do my creative backlogs and I will not finish all my tasks unless I do this annual happy recap.

2018 was generally blissful and lots of family moments. We had a grand reunion in the Alicbusan's side... My Auntie Linda and Uncle Bill's family came home from USA. With that, my other cousins Reggie, Marilyn and Heidi from California, and my brother Louie and sis-in-law Hayk from Dubai, all came home to celebrate here in the Philippines. It was a fully loaded-2 weeks of memory making in February. Here goes...

My Alicbusan Family
Auntie Linda and Uncle Bill with their children and grandkids visited Corregidor, Bataan and the Banawe Rice Terraces, Mountain Province north of Luzon. And while they were here in Laguna, we had a day at Villa Escudero and a grand dinner at Aristocrat Restaurant in Manila. Aside from food galore, the family had the much needed time to catch up and make memories for the next generation. It was a blast!

My Lorenzo
Chuy celebrated his 14th birthday here at home. Very fortunate that my US family were here and so all the March celebrants also blew their candles with Chuy. But before that, Chuy had a toe accident and was rushed to the emergency room of LBDH. He played basketball on slippers that's why?! By June, we was in Grade 8 already. School was just okay and started to have crushes already. Chuy had his braces in July, it was about time he had them to check his ugly lower teeth.

My Luigi
Luigi turned 25 in September. 25 is a number but not with his ways, he is still a kid at heart who begs to play cards and talks to his dogs. This was photo was taken at Sandaime Japanese Restaurant at ATC Alabang and it was his first time to drive this far. Well, not bad for a new driver.

My Siblings
My brother Louie and sis-in-law Hayk had their annual vacation, of course. Louie went home twice this year. The first was 3 days only to meet the US family in February and the next was in May for almost a month. As always, we had a trip to Baguio with the two boys and our Mom.

My Escapades
I went to Seoul, Korea with the LB Scrapaholics in April. It was spring according their weather, but it felt like winter to me at 3 degrees. Explored a lot of places there like the Myeondong Streets where they have lots of make up stores and street food galore. Day 1 was a trip to their Everland, it was their local Disneyland in Korea. Day 2 was a trip to the Morning Calm Garden and the Nami Island, where a lot of Korean Novelas were shoot there. Day 3 was Hop-on-hop-off City Tour where we visited the Bokchon Hanbok Village and tried their native dresses, saw some Cherry Blossoms on full bloom, Namsan Tower was on fog and did not quite make it to the Gyeongbokgung Palace because it closed at 5PM. And the last day was a free day, where Timi and I explored the 11 floors of Daiso goods across the Myeongdong Street. I also met cousin Grace who was based their with her Korean husband and 2 beautiful girls.

What will I never forget about this trip?.. the VERY COLD weather which was so bad for my hands, the nice organic shampoo in Metro Hotel where we slept for 5 days, the very efficient internet system in the country, and the expensive food! Hahaha! Well, everything were just great experience specially spent with good friends.

My Work
On to my 4th year as the GE Head of STI College Calamba. I moved to a new room, so I have a more private and organized place now. 2018 was sooo good to me, I am now a regular employee of STI Educational System. On the other hand, that means more tasks, responsibilities and challenges which I feel optimistic and positive so far.

My Golden Year
I turned 50 in December! I wanted to do a lot, but I do not have the time. I have Mom and Luigi prepared the main dishes and Spice Jar's Aperitivo for the appetizer bar. I made stuffed owls and my cousins Janice and Maan gifted me with Tiger Haworthia give away plants. I have nothing in mind except to bond with family and friends over a great lunch. My childhood friends and neighbors, workmates and of course, my close relative all came to celebrate with me. 

My Family
My kids are almost grown up and Dodo and I are celebrating our 26th year of togetherness today. Life and family are two things I am blessed with and I could not ask for more. I just pray for the blessing of guidance, more years of happy memory making, good health for me and my family specially my Mom, travel and be united with my brothers this coming July and just the presence of our Good Lord in our lives.

Happy New Year Everyone!
May 2019 continue to shower us with
Blissful Moments as ever!
Thanks for looking, as always!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2017 Project Life

It's the Christmas Holidays... but it does not feel like a holiday! It has been raining since three days ago and we cannot even go out.

I spend the whole day facing my little laptop. First, I studied my lectures and made handouts for the coming midterms. Then, I made my OJT report using a new template. I cleaned up my files on my phone and eventually,  my 2018 picture folders on my storage. And lastly, I blogged!

Its time for my Project Life and 2017 was super late... here goes!

2017 Project Life... I used all my old stash. The most striking part here was I used diecuts for the months of the year. Life was really good and the year was full of happy memories, as ever.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

@ 50!

I turned 50 last week... 50 years of happiness, challenges, hardwork, accomplishments, contentment and just everything! 21 years were spent studying, 26 years were building a family, 18 years of Scrapbooking, 11 years of doing business and 9 years of teaching. 

And so, its time to give back the blessings through sharing and celebrating my happy 50 years... and a lot more to count! I did all the preparations from making the invites, sewing the eyes of the owls down to the menu selection. I wanted to do a lot more, but time did not permit me.

Every celebration highlights food... I had Spice Jar to cater the appetizer bar. There were different kinds of cheeses, cured meat, pickles, nuts, buscuits and bread. The dessert bar was made by Pola, an HRM student of our school. We had mango and strawberry cream, chocolate cake pops, cookie-fruit cake from a cousin-pastry chef and my special carrot bunt birthday cake. The main course were home made cooking by my Mom and son, Luigi. We had fresh lumpiang ubod, chicken tropical, pork caldereta, beef with brocolli, fried chicken wings and fish fillet with choices of dip, tartar, barbecue sauce and tomato catsup, japchai and chicken pesto pastas. And the fun begun!

Family and friends came to celebrate with me. Friends and bestfriends from certain phases of my life all came. Marife, a childhood friend way back pre-school and godmother of my first born. Mae, my confidante, cross stitching buddy and godmother of my second child. Timi, my crafting and shopping buddy. I love them all! My childhood friends while we were still living in our ancestral home in Crossing. My GE family who were very supportive at work and play. My cousins, Janice, Maan and Mayee who helped me thru all my planning. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

My cousins Janice and Maan, gave me Tiger Haworthia plants as my party give aways. I also sewed 40 pieces of stuffered owls, which I will share soon. Thanks to them!

It has been a week since I turned 50... but the love and thoughtfulness of my family and friends are still pouring. 

Best of all, I THANK the Good Lord for giving all these blessings to me. Without his love and guiding hands, I will not be here. Now my wish from Him, is another 50 years of life, hahaha! Honestly, I love my life! We make our own lives, but mine is simply tailored for me... I am an obedient daughter, a spoiled sister, a happy wife, a spoiler mother, a hoarder-crafter, a cool teacher, a leader and a happy child of God.

Thank you Lord for the 50 years!