19 December 2013

completing my 25 books for the year

In January, i set a goal to read at least 25 books in 2013. and though there were a couple of months i had to put my goal in the back burner (who has time to read when one is planning a wedding?), i got back into reading this last quarter of the year. if you check out my goodreads profile, i read quite a bit around october until december.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Ays has completed her goal of reading 25 books in 2013!

Here are  the last few books i read to complete my goal, and a short note on my thoughts about them..

17 December 2013

filipino-themed christmas party

i think this year's theme was expressed more on the food, rather than on our costumes (eh..jp and i didn't have a costume, unlike last year's party). but it was still a lot of fun.

paella,pinakbet,brazo de mercedes and kutsinta
paella, pinakbet, brazo de mercedes, kutsinta

kaldereta, sisig

competitive: girls vs boys games

awarding of best costume


merry christmas from me and my friends here in singapore!

11 December 2013

party food: potato salad

the holiday season means that you'll probably be going to several parties. some people choose to have food catered, while others go the potluck route. for the first party we attended this month, i brought potato salad to share with friends.

Potato Salad with Bacon Topping

i can't say that it's the fastest salad to prepare, but it's really good. and friends will hopefully appreciate the effort you made in making it. the steps are really simple, it just takes a bit of time. check out how i made it.

03 December 2013

singapore life: the art of choping

I have never heard of the word "chope"* until I came here to Singapore. In the Philippines, we "save" or "reserve" a table, usually by having one person in your group sit and wait while the rest of you go off and buy food. It's not really recommended to leave something on the table, like an umbrella or worse, a bag. I've seen people lose their stuff in the foodcourt because they used it to "save" a table.


In Singapore, there's no need to have someone sit and wait, all you have to do is take out the all powerful packet of tissue and place it on the table. 

02 December 2013

collage monday: this year's wish list

Happy December and Happy Monday! Today, I'm sharing some things on my wish list.

I don't think we gave out our wishlists when we did our "Secret Santa" gift exchange during our grade school and high school years. We only set the minimum price of the gift. So I usually received gifts that I didn't know what to do with, and as a giver, I found it hard to buy someone a gift that I thought they would like (most of the time, they did. I stuck to useful stuff like planners and pens) When I started working, I felt kind of iffy about sending my wishlist to my Secret Santa. It's only in the past couple of years that I understood the power of the wishlist (or any list for that matter, but more on that soon). It's really practical for both sides: the giver saves a lot of time because he knows what to get, and the recipient gets what she wants.

They can be practical or not, but it's something we desire for ourselves. But whatever you receive this holiday season, whether it's in your wishlist of not, remember to be thankful. It's always the thought that counts, that people remember you and appreciate you enough to give you something.

What's your opinion on wish lists? Do you have one for this year?

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