It’s that glorious time of the year when we see relatives we don’t even know existed, non stop meal preparations, scavenger hunt for the perfect gift for our loved ones, glamming up for three four five reunions, house decorations and who will ever miss out on binge drinking? What could possibly be a more perfect excuse?
As you may have notice on my yearly post regarding Christmas – we always celebrate the birthday of my aunt. This time, at Acaci at Acacia Hotel in Alabang.
Okay, so I don’t know why the picture is a little bit distorted. Anyway, food was good. I love how bright, sunny the ambiance is. Standouts for me would be the lava cake and the buttered garlic shrimp of course.<3 And, this is the first time wine was included in the one round set of drinks. – Grabbed! 🙂
This year is quite different. We didn’t have the salubong in our house. It’s a bit sad that we weren’t able to do our tradition knowing it will be my last undivided holiday. But what can I do? there were 2 situations that we are experiencing at the moment: we didn’t have help and all of us in the family are sick and my brother just got out of the hospital the day before Christmas. My sister, her husband and their new baby was also advised to stay at home.
BUT! Gift giving and family pictures is a must of course.
So it’s just us four. ❤
And since everyone was not quite feeling well, and the parents are sleepy already, we opened the gifts at 11pm. Haha. 😀
Thank you officemates. ❤ Booty Band from Ms. Rose as our exchange gift, ‘hello eco bag from Ms. Rose too, utensils from our GM, Bath Origins hand sanitizer from Rhina, Blue Pouch from Loreen, Room and Linen Spray from Marfori, Purple Scarf from Olive, Peach Scarf from Shaun, Personalized Keychain from Arrian, Cord Organizer from Wendy, Pink Eco Bag from Erika, Notepad from Liz, Pen & Bookmark from Cross, Mermaid Pen from Aileen, Mug from Veron, Glass with Chocolates from Jamie, Puto from Cathie and Lengua from Neli. Thanks, guys!
Thank you, former officemates! ❤ Gray Top from Ms. Grace and Hubby, Lip Gloss and Brush from Lei, Notebook from Ms. Donns, Keychain from Virge and Lip Tint from Ms. Lolit.
Gray Sweater from Ninong Al and Ninang Irma, H&M Dress and Sunnies lipstick from Ninang Baby and 3 books from Ate Ivy. ❤ love them all!
Thank you Roxy for the earrings & salted caramel crunch, Ninong Jobee for the perfume, Pillowcase from Tita Achu and Echo assorted items from Alex and Good! ❤
My mom knows my style so well. ❤ in clothes! Hihihi. ❤ Thank you for the matching white vest and shorts, ma! and personalized pouch. I cannot never have too many personalized items. ❤
Thank you, siblings! I can really use them. ❤ Corduroy Pants from my brother, and highwaisted shorts from my sister and hubby! ❤
Rattan bag also from my Mom! ❤ now, all I have to do is to plan a beach getaway!!
Thank you, J1 loves! ❤ Uniqlo white top from our exchange gift, CMG pouch from Nicole, China blue lotion from Jaja and Marc, reusable bottle and pouch from Pam and Crinkles from Panda. Thanks, guys! ❤
Last but not the least, my aid in keeping my now unruly hair most of the time, Babyliss hair iron from my love. ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you, babe!
My handsome date during our traditional christmas buffet at Cafe 1228 at New World Hotel. ❤ ❤ ❤ This will be the last time we will be spending Christmas early! I love you so much.
J1’s Christmas get together at Locavore and a very tita moment followed at Plantation Bar. ❤
Lunchies Christmas thing at Happy Garden Cafe. ❤
Christmas Dinner with my previous officemates at Conti’s. ❤
I sometimes wish we could all go back to when we were all complete. Everyone was enjoying each other’s company with my sister, undivided holiday too. With Ate Eulah here in the Philippines, with both my grandmas alive and ‘ta alice. 😦
But all negative emotions aside, thank you thank you thank you for all the gifts. 🙂
See you all next year for a more memorable Christmas! ❤
Palawan can never and should never be traveled without devoting a day for beach! Ain’t that right? so you know where we spent the day huh? Sand and sun.
First Stop: Kayangan Lake
Where the famous overlooking view is at. You should have a wonderful photographer friend with you, our tour guide was a failure. Thus, it’s almost impossible to see us in this picture. Haha
We had to go down and up, to reach the actual Kayangan Lake.
And if you swim just a bit more, you get to swim under a big rock or cove or something until you reach the Hidden Lagoon.
This is CYC Beach – it was a bit small, but it’s peaceful and white and serene.
We had an amazing seafood fest in front of the ocean. ❤
And they got to look around and explore in the Skeleton Wreck part of the ocean..
We ended the day with a relaxing hot spring experience at Maquinit Hot Spring.
I’m glad I have my ❤ with me all throughout.
THEME: Boho Inspired
VENUE: J. Cuppacakes in SM Jazz Mall
We printed out name plates for each guests that are carefully seated on top of their plates with floral designs (perfect for the theme) and with the couple’s hashtag. Floral crowns are also placed together with the name plates. ❤
We made a photobooth frame from illustration board and decorated it with floral designs too with Kiss the Miss Goodbye printed out too.
We also made a sash for the bride to be. ❤
Ana’s surprise face. I may not be able to show you the video — but she cried! Mission accomplished!
And just some of the food that we ordered. ❤
Some games from our shower: What’s in your bag, Pin the Bra and some Icing on your face.
Late Lunch for the Bride to be.
Ana and her table of goodies.
Some group photos. ❤
If you’re looking for a Korean Restaurant, there’s one along Jupiter Street right around the corner — DONG WON. It’s a meat shop slash restaurant. It smells a bit funky since the fresh meat is also where everyone dines.
A little catching up with the bestfriend and the boyfriend.