Christmas came a few weeks early :)

Alfred and I have already exchanged Christmas gifts for each other. For several years now, there’s really no surprise anymore when it comes to our presents for each other. He doesn’t like surprises, you see. So he usually just gets me something he knows I really want, and I also get him one that he actually asks for.

But I was still surprised when he offered to get this for me when I finally found a copy at Fully Booked Greenhills:

Β This baking book first caught my attention about two months ago, at which time I blogged about it here. I only saw an actual copy last Saturday, when I sought it out. At the same time that I saw it, I also found the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook.

When he saw that I was hesitant to purchase either books after checking out the price, Alfred immediately offered to get it for me – as my early Christmas present. The next crucial decision that took me around 15 or 20 minutes to make, was which one to get. Obviously this one won out, but it was really a tough choice. Both books gave tips for beginner bakers and offered plenty of recipes to choose from. I felt that Martha’s was friendlier for beginners and was actually more inclined to get that first, and then to just come back for ArtNSoul when I’m done with it. But there was something about this huge baking book that really just drew me in.

I have not yet taken it out from the FB bag since I brought it home. I want to be ready to tackle it when I do so. First I’ll be reading through it, and then picking out which recipes I’d like to try. Then I’ll prepare the environment for actual baking: starting with the oven. Maybe if I just clean it up, it’ll function better. At this point, I am shelving the idea of buying an oven because I need to prioritize payments for the condo. I need money to spruce it up a bit, and then finally rent it out. One’s that’s all set I can get a loan from mom or brother bear for a big new oven.

I have this other recipe book I’m itching to get, Anita Chu’s Field Guide to Cookies. It isn’t available here though and I haven’t mustered enough courage yet to ask a relative if I can have it delivered to his place and then he’ll bring it over when he comes home in a few weeks for his wedding. I mean, he’s going to be busy right, I wouldn’t want to add on to that.

Anyway, as for my present to the boyfriend, he got what he wanted too. A new watch!

It’s a Swatch Chronos with their new plastic/silicone (?) technology that makes this thing that looks ginormous so lightweight! It cost more than what I am ever willing to spend on one single watch so Alfred’s paying for the rest. We still consider it a present though.Β 

You should have seen how happy he was with it. πŸ™‚

I tried on some of the watches too, and I really wanted to take some of them home with me (lookup the Curvaleous and Color the Sky – this one reminds me of my previous blog layout). I seriously had to restrain myself. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a watch. I still have my old black beady Swatch that just needs a new battery. I can always just have that battery replaced if I really needed to wear a watch. I just wasn’t up to spending a fortune on the Curvaleous.Β 

We had to walk around the mall before Alfred finally finally decided to bring home that watch. I still had to keep my eyes away from the two watches I fancied so I wouldn’t be tempted to add them in to the purchase. Haha.

We had brunch at a Japanese restaurant before heading home. Salmon sashimi again, after so long!

Meet Frankie

Okay, so I’m not sure yet if I really want to call her Frankie, but I do know I want to give her a name.

Me: “Should we call her Makoy?” (After Ferdinand Marcos)

Alfred: “What about Ferdie?”

Me: “I don’t really want to name her after Marcos. What about Kiko for Francis Magalona? Or Frankie?”

Alfred: “How very Sharon Cuneta.”

Chuckles from both of us.

Alfred and I finally took the trip to Hidalgo this afternoon, with the rain and all. The FM2s turned out to be much pricier than we thought but we found this small stall (Shurdin) where the body was priced closer to what we thought. With the lens though, we still had to pay more than we initially thought, but more on the range of what I was willing to spend on a toy camera. So I still think it was a bargain!

Frankie is an FM, not an FM2. The stall had two FM2s, a solid black, and one with chrome, but manong couldn’t install new batteries on the black one, it wouldn’t budge! The chromed one’s metering wouldn’t light up, even with the new batteries. So though I really wanted the faster speeds on the FM2 (upto 4x higher than FM), I settled for the FM which had a better looking body hands down (less worn out look).

I’ve already been firing test shots but I don’t know how exactly they’ll turn out. I’m not even sure I loaded the film properly! I’m reading up on the FM, since of course, it didn’t come with an owner’s manual. And I will be taking her with me to the office so Archie could teach me how to get more out of her. πŸ™‚

So this has definitely lifted my mood more. I will not think about leaving my job for the time being, and I will hopefully learn to enjoy my new work family more. I’ve met my agents over the course of the week and they seem like a rowdy bunch. Real nice boys and girls that I can totally work with. This week I’ll get to know them even more. I guess that means I wouldn’t have to update my resume to be like those hard ass Manhattan resumesΒ after all, this girl is not going job hunting anytime soon. Hehe πŸ™‚

Anyhoo, I’m not sure if I’ll be getting any scrapping done tonight as I am really pre-occupied with thoughts of Frankie. We’ll see. πŸ™‚

Window shopping

Pardon the quality of the photo. This was taken with my phone camera, with a very unsteady hand. 

For the first time in a long time, I hung out with my friend Vanette at work this morning, before I went home. She had mentioned that the bazaar space was now being occupied by an appliance store so we went to check it out. We admired these 20 inch Sony LCD/HD TV’s that can also be used with a PC.

These would actually look perfect in my room! 

They are pricey, just as all LCD TVs are. There was this flat screen TV whose front looks like it’s a Plasma TV but it isn’t. Hehe. I’m going to drag Alfred over there tomorrow morning to show him. He’s been telling me that we should get a TV in the room for the longest time. Ours is the only room in the house that doesn’t have a TV. 

Vanette and I are in the same account again , but she does the schedules for those in the Clark site. So though we’re in the same family, we won’t really be dealing with each other professionally. She told me something today though, something that doesn’t make me particularly happy. I’m not at the liberty to share what it was about, but I will say that at this point, things are getting bleaker and bleaker. πŸ™


The other day I was watching How do I look? which is a makeover show where they would throw away the old “hideous” clothes of the target, and then three  accomplices would each shop for three different sets of outfits that the target would then choose from. There were these ankle boots that looked so beautiful off the woman, and looked even more surprisingly great on her. 

I’ve never worn boots in all my life. Not even wellingtons, haha. Sometimes when we’re out shopping, I admire beautiful boots but the boyfriend always steers me away from them. Yeah, they’re not exactly like me, not for my lifestyle and personality. But that shouldn’t stop me from trying one on should it?

Saturday Shopping Marathon

Wow – Saturday shopping marathon. My feet hurt! πŸ˜€

With only a few hours’ sleep, I went out with Alfred to spend some of his money. He’s been wanting to get a new pair of Adidas since last month but things got in the way. Yesterday, we were finally successful. πŸ™‚ And I actually like the pair he got this time. It’s black, with a shell toe. I wish I knew what model it is (Superstar 2, is it?) but I don’t. I’d have dug up a photo on the Net just to show you. Maybe I could convince to take a photo of him wearing it. Hehe.

I got to buy a couple of polo shirts for myself. Two more colors that I don’t have yet. I totally see myself wearing more jeans and shirts again at work. I was actually looking for a yellow shirt to wear to work on Thursday because we have a color coding theme week going on for this busy busy week that’s coming for us. I never wear yellow so I knew I gotta look for a shirt. Good thing Alfred remembered that my new sweater is actually yellow gold. That should do perfectly. πŸ˜‰

Alfred was supposed to treat me out to lunch or dinner because he’s ranked number for the last pay period (Yay Baby! So proud of you! :)), but we were so hungry when we woke up, we ended up eating before leaving home. And because we only had a few hours’ sleep, our energies were so low, we got tired easily. We decided to cut short our shopping spree and just head back home.Β 

Now since Ma had just come back from Bangkok, she and dad had plans to shop at the Duty Free Mall and I told them I wanted to come too. When Alfred and I got home, Dad was already dressed while Mom was prepping to go. I got to steal a few minutes of sleep before we left. Alfred got at least a full hour of sleep by staying home – he had to go to work at 8PM. I was so uncomfortable in the car – weird. It didn’t stop me from dozing off though, almost all the way to Duty Free.

There were so many people there shopping because they’ve got a big sale ongoing and the shops were open until midnight. We didn’t buy too much, but I did pick up a bottle of Bailey’s in mint chocolate and two packs of mini Reese cups! These seem to be my favorite items to stock on whenever we go there. Haha. As usual, we picked up some perfume too and this time we got cute freebie cosmetic bags – and I like the one from Esprit!

We didn’t go to the grocery section anymore because Dad was already hungry, and my feet already hurt. Besides, we were sure the lines at the register would be long again, what with the number of people shopping there. It was almost ten o’clock when we got to sit down for dinner. I was so full it got me even more sleepy. I was out the whole drive home. I had thought I’d be up looking at the city lights and Christmas decor along Roxas Blvd, but no, I bet I was snoring my way through them all! πŸ™‚

So there went my Saturday. The sun is up now and another day has dawned. In a few hours I will feel my nerves frazzled again after a long time of having been very relaxed. I am dreading my first day on my new floor (at work). Bless me!

Scrapbook Saturday #13 – my QP! ;) [plus Windows Live Hotmail news]

Having been at home all day, I had all the time to scrap a brand new layout – but I didn’t. I’ve completely forgotten about Scrapbook Saturday – and I find that ironic really. In previous weeks, mainly the ones where I couldn’t find time to squeeze in a layout or two, SS would be foremost in my mind when Friday night rolls in. Now – it just completely escaped me.

Perhaps it was the fact that I’ve been sneezing all day. Or that my nose is completely red from all the pinching and rubbing and wiping it has endured in the past 15 hours or so. Maybe even the annoying feeling I’ve got just above my throat. Whatever it is that’s caused this slight memory gap – I hate it!

So I am cheating with my 13th SS post. I’d love to direct you to my 200th post for the download link to the QuickPage freebie that I’ve posted to celebrate my blog’s milestone. πŸ˜‰ I hope you find use for it!

I’ve got WL Hotmail news after the jump πŸ˜‰


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