Shopping Fast: April Report

Note: I started my self-imposed shopping ban on January 1, 2014. I made it official online through this post, and called it a “shopping fast.” I also shared there the reasons why I took the challenge and laid down some rules to guide me while on it.

Shopping Fast: January Report
Shopping Fast: February Report
Shopping Fast: March Report

Another month has passed, and I’m still shopping-free. I’m starting to be proud of myself. Haha. But seriously, it’s not easy. I still go to the mall and get to see pretty stuff, from clothing and shoes to fancy jewelry and household items. Every time, I’d just look at them with delight and warmth in my heart and that’s it. I admit sometimes I’d get this urge to buy them and give up on this self-imposed challenge. But when I’d think about what I’ve started so far, I’d get motivated enough to move forward.
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Cafe Breton Favorites

Back when I was still a working student living with my aunt in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, I was able to dine at Cafe Breton – Paseo de Sta. Rosa for a few times. I was always with my older cousin then (hello Ate Hazel!) and she was always the one treating me as I still couldn’t afford it with my meager student allowance. My order would always be this dessert crepe filled with fresh mangoes, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with rich chocolate sauce. It’s called La Pinay.

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Cafe Breton’s La Pinay, P180

Yesterday, when we were in Tagaytay and checking out The Cliffhouse, I suggested we dine at Cafe Breton so I could order my all-time favorite there. You bet it was the La Pinay crepe. Haha. Good thing my three companions composing of my husband and my parents were understanding. So, my mom and I shared the crepe and all four of us ordered drinks. My parents both got cappuccino while the husband settled for an ice cream shake (chocolate).

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Where to Go on Valentine’s Day

I’ve always been fascinated with couples who really find time and exert efforts to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most romantic and fun way. The hubby and I are not one of them, though. From our boyfriend-girlfriend days to now that we are a married couple, we have celebrated Valentine’s Day simply and away from the hype and the noise. I remember he’d just send me flowers and chocolates and if we’re both free during or after the Valentine week, we’d have dinner together and that’s it.

For the past five years or so, I was doing part-time work on Valentine’s Day itself. I would be at this lovely ancestral home converted to a fine dining restaurant (that’s La Cocina de Tita Moning to you) attending to couples who were to enjoy the best dining experience ever. Sorry, I’m biased that way. Haha. Oh, and if you don’t have plans yet, you might wanna consider getting a reservation there and see for yourself.

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Winter in Manila

Obviously, I’m just exaggerating. Winter in Manila? It won’t happen in this lifetime, unless there’d be a change in our country’s location in the universe. But we can always have a cold weather, like what we’re experiencing the past weeks. Isn’t it fun? The drop in temperature outside (which averages at 18 to 22 degrees Celsius) makes me wanna sleep all day. Not bad, especially if I don’t have work to attend to. But I have, so I guess I’ll just reserve the enjoyment for before and after-office hours only.

I can think of tons of things to do during a cold day. Most of them can be done inside the house, no need to go out and spend money. Like cooking and baking. Or reading books. Or having a DVD marathon. Or listening to music. Or better yet, playing a musical instrument like a cheap keyboard piano. Or simply cuddling with my husband. You get my point.

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Lucky Edel

I’ve always been unlucky when it comes to raffle draws and contests especially during Christmas parties. I remember in our office, I’ve only won once or twice in the raffle and those were small prizes only. But as they say, sometimes the universe will conspire to make you a winner. And I believe it because I’ve experienced it very recently.

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Just after Christmas, I won in an electronic raffle organized by the owner of one of the blogs I religiously follow. The prize was a lovely neckpiece from an online seller called House of Heirloom. I was so thrilled when I learned of it. I mean, it doesn’t happen every day. Haha.

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Trying Times in the Philippines and How To Help

Recently, the Philippines, specifically the Visayas, has been a victim of two major calamities. Last October 15th, Bohol and Cebu were hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds of people and destroyed billions’ worth of livelihood, properties and infrastructures. Just last Friday, a super typhoon named Yolanda washed out several parts of Leyte, Samar and Palawan which left thousands of people dead and livelihood, properties and infrastructures ruined as well.

Watching TV these days is just plain depressing. It’s like my heart is breaking into pieces every time I see footages of the devastation in the Visayas, the gloomy expressions on the faces of the survivors there. So terrible. Even the hubby has the same sentiments over this. He can’t stand watching the news for long without saying a sad phrase or two.

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