Last long weekend was quiet but fun. The hubby and I were mostly at home. We went out on Saturday with my PILs to attend the anticipated mass at the church we frequent and then dine out for dinner after. On Sunday, we drove to Malabon to my MIL’s brother’s place to visit him and his big, happy family. We did nothing on Monday; we just tried to re-energize ourselves and prepare for the coming work week.
Last Tuesday, which was a special non-working day for Manila-based workers like me, I engaged in two activities that allowed me to think, move, sweat, be patient and have fun all at the same time. I’m talking about baking and biking. Wow, those two rhyme beautifully, huh!
In the morning, together with my ever-dependable husband, I replenished my baking supplies over at Makati Supermart – Alabang where I found out prices are somehow lower than at SM Supermarkets. Don’t just take my word for it, try shopping there some time and see for yourself.
The hubby and I celebrated my birthday last Saturday simply and quietly. I was expecting for a surprise from him but he didn’t have any. Haha. He failed me this time, but it’s no big deal. He just told me to get something for myself when we went to the mall on my exact birthday and paid for it. So, what did I buy? No, I didn’t get the military challenge coin online I saw last month that would have started my dream coin collection. Instead, I got two things: the dress and the pair of shoes I had been eyeing for weeks. Yes, I finally have them now. Good things really happen to those who wait.
If it was a red velvet cake for the hubby for his birthday, this time I made myself a no-bake blueberry cheesecake. I got the recipe from a friend’s blog and the cake turned out to be good, but not good enough for me. The crust broke when I sliced it (I overdid the sugar) and the cake itself wasn’t as smooth as I’d liked it to be. (Yes, I think I really need to get an electric mixer soon.) The taste was fantastic, though. The canned blueberry filling I bought from the supermarket wasn’t too sweet which I thought was a good thing as it balanced out the flavors of the cake.
Today is November 30, a legal holiday in the Philippines being Andres Bonifacio Day. This morning, I woke up early to prepare for our Cavite trip. Together with my two siblings and the fiancee, I checked on mom and dad and did a little inspection of our kitchen that’s currently undergoing a makeover. Our house was quite messy with all the construction materials being kept inside (for security purposes). My parents were doing good, as always.
After having our simple lunch of Andok’s roasted chicken and rice, I stayed outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air. It was a humid afternoon. The soil in our little garden looked dry but all the plants were amazingly healthy. I even saw some newly-installed compost bins at the far end of the compound we were in. It was a refreshing sight and somehow it gave me a happy feeling. Before we went back to Manila, I took a nap with the fiancee at the loft of our house to get some rest.