How to Stay on a Diet during the Holidays?

I actually don't know how to answer that question. If you noticed, I've been eating a lot of sweets. I have a valid excuse you see, it's the holidays! (*grin*)

But I have another reason why I'm confident because I discovered arizona weight loss recently. It looks really interesting. There are a lot of items that will be provided such as the following:

- HCG Diet manual this is an electronic manual that contains all guidelines and instructions for the diet.

- A 4-6 week maintenance diet that is a detailed weekly instructions to keep the weight off

- A Spreadsheet so that you have a way to keep track of and plan your daily meals. I got excited because this is emailed as an electronic copy.

- Recipe books which includes over 400 recipes. This is also emailed as an electronic copy.

- Follow ups will be scheduled weekly with Dr. Bird which also includes vitamin/fat burner B12/MIC shots.

- Direct email correspondence with Dr. Bird throughout the entire dieting proces

- All HCG supplies (hormone, needles, etc.)

These are the items that are needed to go on a diet. And the Arizona Weight Loss Program is providing everything for you. I've read about good reviews about this program so now, I'm confident that I can eat whatever I like and still feel good about myself. After all, we are on holidays and it is a perfect reason to binge. (*grin*)

Baileys Truffles

is loooooove!


I tried the dark chocolate truffles and I almost forgot my name. LOL! Just kidding, of course!

But, I would say this one is to die for. Unfortunately, I had to hit the treadmill after eating a piece, but it was DEFINITELY worth it!

Happy Lemon


Unfortunately, Happy Lemon didn't make my tummy happy when I ordered their Cocoa with Rocksalt and Cheese a couple of weeks ago. I liked their roasted milk tea though, when I ordered it a couple of months ago. So it means only one thing - I should stick to milk tea from now on!

How about you? What's your favorite drink from Happy Lemon?

On Vacation Mode

Yup, that's what I'm feeling right now. Because I'm really on vacation. After our office Christmas party last December 21 (which I will be posting soon), we were on vacation ever since that party. I love, love it! I will post more about our holidays but for now, I'm looking for a couple of bus rentals from AllAboardAmerica.com. My Mom is planning to go on a road trip soon and she was hoping if I could help her find the perfect transportation for her. This company has been providing wonderful services through charter bus tours and travel experiences all over America. Something that Mom needs. They've been offering southwest bus tours with more than 5,000,000 miles yearly and for more than 75 years already. This company is amazing! I can't believe that it's even older than me. My Mom wanted to make sure that she deals with a stable company so I'm definitely recommending this to her!

My Mom loves to travel and I guess I got that from her. I can say that my whole family got that from her. We all love to go out especially now that it's the holidays. So, I better go now and will continue to go on a vacation mode. Because time is flying by so fast and before I know it, I'm going back to work.

Hello Panda!

I was craving for more sweets today. I have the reason to binge anyway - it's the holidays!

So I had Hello, Panda!


I loved this since I was a kid and now my little girls are loving it too.

Can someone stop me from EATING!? I can imagine my weight after the holidays. I better stop now! Or not.

5th Christmas Party for 2011: YFC Friends in Tagaytay

Last December 17, 2011, we braved the rain and went all the way to Tagaytay to meet my YFC friends to celebrate Christmas!

Guess where we had lunch?


Yes, you guessed it right! We had lunch at Sonya's Garden!


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Good and healthy food + Good Old Friends for Years + Happy Kids + Chilly Weather = Perfect Christmas Quick Get Away.

See you again girls!!!

Arnott's Dark Chocolate Marshmallows

Another sign that we are on a vacation mode is that we are eating these type of food - Chocolates, chips and more. And recently, we discovered this...


Arnott's Dark Chocolate Marshmallows. This one is REALLY good! I'm not into sweets that much but, boy oh boy, I got addicted to this in particular.

After we finish one pack, I'm planning to go back to the grocery to buy more. (*grin*)

Merry Christmas from my Family!

Finally, the day that we've waiting for, came - Christmas day! So, I'm just going to drop by here to greet you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!


I can't believed I prepared for this special day for months. But, I believed that it was all worth it. All of us are having a GRAND time! Hope you are too!

Enjoy the holidays, everyone! (*wink*)

Serenitea's Holiday Drink

It's been months since I last had milk tea. I missed it terribly. So earlier, we got free time and went to Serenitea to purchase my favorite Okinawa Milk Tea. And look what I got!


It's so nice, right? They changed their caps into a holiday theme. I love, love it!

As for my milk tea, I'm definitely getting another drink in the next few days!

4th Christmas Party: School Party

We felt really fortunate for being able to watch our little girl's Christmas presentation last week.


After the presentation, we joined her and her classmates together with other parents for salu-salo in her classroom. Our little girl and her classmates all had a blast! They went happy with so many loots from their classmates.

It was indeed a Merry Christmas party!

Sport Trophies

Are you looking for sport trophies where you can get online? I found a really interesting site called Awards for Anything where they offer different types of trophies, medals, awards, plaques and more. I haven't seen any site like this. They almost got everything when it comes to trophies. A stop shop where you can just pick from a huge selection. If you are on a rush, you can even have your orders customized within 24 hours. They have promos like FREE shipping, FREE engraving and FREE logo setup. Take note that free shipping only applies to orders $99 or more. The selection of trophies looks like these are of good quality. And you can be assured that their engraving are 100% error free. You won't have to worry about the staff making mistakes.

3rd Christmas Party for 2011: CFC Household

Last December 9, 2011, we met with the CFC household to celebrate Christmas with our families.


We had dinner first. Each family brought food so we had asian salad, pansit, hotdogs, barbecue, and 2 types of yummy cakes - cheesecake and chocolate sansrival. It was a sumptuous dinner! Right after dinner we started the kids' exchange gift. The girls love their loots!


Mini tea set for the Ate.



Andie on the other hand got a mini doll.

Right after the kids had their exchange gifts, the parents started playing white elephant game.

It was defnitely a FUN Christmas party! ♥♥♥

2nd Christmas Party for 2011: College Friends

For our 2nd Christmas Party for 2011, we went all the way to San Pedro Laguna to meet up with Hubby's College friends.



We were surprised that the traffic wasn't too bad at all. We left Manila around 6PM and arrived Laguna past 7PM.

The food was greeeat, thanks to Jia for preparing!

As always, we had a great time with our friends. See you again next year!

1st Christmas Party for 2011: Twitterrafia at Shakey's El Pueblo

Just like last year, my friends from Twitterafia and I decided to have our Christmas party early. This year we had our Christmas party last November 27, 2011, the last Sunday of the month.

We had it at Shakey's El Pueblo. As always, it was a FUN party!






As for our activities, aside from the games from Shakey's, we had the kids' exchange gifts and the Daddies played the white elephant game.

The kids loved their loots! Alex got the barbie jewelry box from Bianca of Jody while Andie got My Little Pony set from Dom of Peachy. Thank you guys!

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This is our second year already and looking forward to more Christmas parties with the Twitterrafia!

MIB is Back!

Oh WOW. This is so exciting! MIB is REALLY back!


I can't wait for May 25, 2012! Woooot!

Our First Night Out at Opus

Thanks to our friend who works in Hennessy, we were able to get free tickets to their special event at Opus last month.



We partied all night, drank as much Hennessy as we wanted and ate those yummy mini burgers, mushroom and more. Boy, we enjoyed it so much!



It's been a while since Hubby and I did this. And I'm so glad we did.

Opus is located at the 2/F, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila.

Attended Two Baptisms Last Weekend

Last weekend (Dec 10 and 11), we were invited to attend a baptism. We were so thankful that both of the baptisms didn't fall on the same day!

December 10, 2011: First baptism was at the Christ the King Parish.

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Reception followed at Kidzville, Podium. This place is actually new. I've been waiting for a play area to open in Podium, finally Kidzville is now open! Kids can play there while Moms and Dads shop. Perfect!




They have an area where Mommies can have a quick foot spa while your kids are playing. Kids can also have a foot spa here.




While having their picture taken at the photobooth.

When it was time to go home, the kids were having fun that they didn't want to go home. So we promised to go back again next time.

December 11, 2011: The second baptism we attended was at Grace Park Parish. It was the baptism of the baby girl of Hubby's childhood friend.

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Reception followed at their home. We had a sumptuous lunch plus the lechon. I ate a whole lot that I needed to hit off the treadmill after.

It was a fun weekend and I'm so glad we were able to spend it with our good friends.

Are you Curious why Mommies Don't have Enough Time?

Check this out!



I know that there are people who don't really understand what do SAHM's do everyday. This article is perfect! That's why I look up to stay at home Mom's out there. It's no joke to tend to the kids 24 hours a day. It's really a dedication to do that.

Kudos to all stay at home Moms! (*wink*)

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Fun salo-salo at the little girl's school today :)
2. Two Baptisms over the weekend
3. Christmas party with the Household
4. More loots for the little girls
5. Get together with Hubby's childhood friends
6. Lechon :)
7. Lootbags from the little girl's classmates and friends
8. Planning a movie date with the Hubby
9. Angry bird loots
10. My Mom got our Christmas gift early

To know how this started and credits of the header, click here.

The Winners' Twins

I LOVE the reflection from Didache yesterday. Here it is...


I love the part where it says...

It’s OK to mourn and get stunned for a while until you gather back your senses. But this has to have an expiry date. Are you overwhelmed with your problems? Is your marriage tearing apart? Are you buried in a mountain of debt? Have you lost your job? Has the news of your sickness paralyzed you? Seek God’s wisdom and find out what needs to be done. Then take action!

Definitely an eye opener for me.

My Mom got our Early Christmas Gift!

WOOT!

Artscow never failed to deliver! Not only on time, but they delivered our gift for my Mom early. They also did that last September when I sent my Mom a birthday gift.

Check out a few pages of the PB that we gave my Mom for Christmas.

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It's a compilation of our activities last year when she was here on vacation.

Someone is very happy! I'm glad she liked it! (*wink*)

Mommy Academy's Countdown to Christmas

Before we gets very busy with the Christmas holidays, let's all check this out!


Sign up for the 42nd Pedia Talk Live entitled “Christmas Countdown” on December 17, 2011, 8:00 am at Dusit Thani Manila. Find out how pregnant moms can eat healthy during this merry season. Plus, know the secret to celebrating the holidays on a budget ! And, discover the true meaning of the Christmas story from the Bible.

The fun starts at 8 am to 12 noon. Please call 825-6564, 825-7454 and 826-2604 for more details.

I can see that this is going to be so much fun - for Mommies and kids too!

My Unforgettable Massage at Shui Hilot Spa

Hubby and I went to Shui Hilot Spa a couple of weeks ago for a much needed massage.

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It's been a while since we had our massage and we were so happy we did. What I love about our massage is that it's the ancient art of Filipino massage dating back to the first Philippine civilization 500 years ago. Yes, it was that "old" and traditional which we both loved it so much. It's a must try!

Check out Shuihilotspa.com for more details about "hilot".

Happy Sunday!

The Xmen First Class

We had a lot of free time yesterday and since my little girl is done with her exams, we decided to watch Xmen, First Class in DVD.


It was definitely a nice movie. Surprisingly, the little girls enjoyed watching too. Too bad we didn't watch it in the movie house. Here are more details of the movie:

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz (screenplay)
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend that you watch it too!

The 6th Christmas Toy Fair at the Megatrade Hall

This is going to be a fun activity for the kids!


The 6th Christmas Toy Fair will be at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, from 10:00am to 9:00pm, December 16 to 18, 2011. They will be giving away raffle prizes too! This is perfect to include in our Holiday activities.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

I can't believe it's Wednesday again! Time is flying by so fast these days! I hope you are having fun because I am!

Happiness is...

1. Christmas shopping with Hubby yesterday
2. The best Chicken Tonkatsu and Katsudon at Yabu
3. The Frosting game, I'm hooked!
4. Dinner at Papa John's
5. Get together with College friends
6. Rest day last Sunday
7. Almost done with gift wrapping, 4 more to go!
8. Home cooked meals
9. I had Serenitea twice last week!
10. Had our last videoke for the year last Friday

To know how this started and credits of the header, click here.

Let's Not Give Up this Wednesday!

I saw this video posted in my friends wall in Facebook.



Nice song, right? Will definitely share it to the little girls later! (*wink*)

Finally tried Toast Box in Manila

I honestly fell in love with Toastbox in Singapore when we were there last year. So I prayed hard that they open here in Manila. Little did I know that they will open early this year. Yebah! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to visit their first branch in Greenbelt. When I saw their branch in The Fort, I noted that I would visit this branch one of these days.

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So one holiday, when Hubby and I went to St. Luke's Global, we decided to finally try Toastbox. WE wanted to try everything! You see, we didn't know when we will have an opportunity again so we ordered a LOT!

Coffee...

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Kaya Toast...

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and rice meals...

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Hubby had fried chicken while I had the Hainanese Chicken. We were sooo full after. We didn't have lunch anymore!

How did I find their food? Well, I still miss the thinly sliced kaya toast from Singapore. It wasn't bad though, I would prefer the one in Singapore but, it satisfies your kaya toast craving. Well, for a few days, that is!

How I wish I could re-create the dishes at home though. I better start checking out the Online Colleges that can be found here, and have
culinary classes. This is what you need to check out when you want to learn how to cook great food like this. I will find time and see how it goes.

Toastbox is located at Greenbelt, The Fort and Trinoma!