Archive for the ‘Fantastic Friday’ Category

Being the night owl that I am, I thought updating my thankful journal on a nightly basis would be easy peasy. I’ve obviously thought wrong because it’s been over a week since my last entry. *blush* So from hereon, I’m changing my post titles to an even more generic one – Thankful Log + date+entry number- ala Startrek Captain’s Log. *wink*

These are the events and things that have kept me in a state of gratitude these past couple of days:

(1) Piles of trays, bowls and baking/decorating utensils to wash. Weeheehee.

I baked and decorated 3 birthday cakes and 40 cupcakes between July 23rd and 30th. It’s always an honor to be asked to make a cake for a special occasion. I’m thankful for friends who understand and appreciate the beauty that is custom cakes. :D

(2) At a party we attended on July 30th, at least 4 people whom I have just met went out of their way to tell me, “Ang sarap ng cake mo!” (Your cake is delicious!). Compliments like that make all the hard work that go into each cake well worth it. *happy sigh*

(3) Tylenol Pain Relieving Cream – Let me just say that this is not a paid advertisement. Hee hee. :) 2-tier cake + 40 cupcakes = body ache. I’m glad I discovered a product that helped relieve the aches.

(4) The Smurfs 3D Movie – We watched the movie with friends. While some parts of the movie almost made me doze off, I loved hearing the laughter of the kids inside the theater. Word of caution: You’ll be singing “La la la la la la, sing a happy song” in your head way after the movie credits have rolled.

(5) My Little Munchkin is a Fish. – It’s a long story why my daughter ended up in the Fish class for swim lessons instead of the class/level before it, which is Minnow. After a rough first day, my daughter is having the most fun in swim class. She likes the swim teacher and there are only 4 of them in class. Alleluia!

(6) Office Max – For $0.24  – yes, 24 cents! – I was able to buy (2) 10-packs of Dixon #2 pencils, (2) 12″ rulers and (2) 24-crayons. No coupons needed! I will have to go back for more as the deal is only good until today, Saturday. :D

(7) Tubing on the Comal River – For the first time ever, we were able to go tubing on the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX. It was so much fun! The water was nice and cool and since we went on a Friday, there weren’t too many people. We will definitely do this again. I’m already looking for good deals on tubes. ;)

I have a busy week ahead of me. And I am just about ready to burst in excitement! Weee!

Cheers, y’all!  Mabuhay!

I haven’t been able to update the last couple of days. It’s been a busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday for me and my family, hence this 2-in-1 post. *wink*

Fantastic Friday #2

1. Free Morning – Much as I love being able to relax by the pool during my daughter’s swim class, I’m glad we have 3 pool-free days a week. It’s a win-win situation: happy for pool time and happy still for pool-free time.

2. Hobby Lobby Coupons – Thanks to the craft store’s 40% off coupon, I was able to buy an urgent must buy item last week at a very reasonable price. I never buy anything from a craft store without at least a 40% off coupon! Ha!

3. Bake Night – I baked the night away last Friday. I baked a chocolate cake and some pound cake. They were both a success. Whew!

Wickedly Awesome Weekend  #2


1) Piggy Piggy Oink – I spent most of Saturday decorating a friend’s birthday cake – a pig-themed birthday cake.

My friend collects stuffed pigs and the cake is the edible version of one of the stuffed pigs (with suckling pigs!) in her collection. I was surprisingly very calm and relaxed while I was decorating this cake. Even hubby noticed my (unusual?) calmness. I’m thankful that my friend trusted me with her birthday cake. It’s safe to say that the cake was “well-liked” at the party…and on Facebook – 39 thumbs went up for this photo! I love my FB friends! Hee hee.

2) Pig-Out Night – Oh.My.Gosh. There was so much food at the party we attended. One can’t expect anything less at a Filipino party. That’s just how we do it. ;) My first plate would have had my mom shaking her head at me: grilled pork, pork binagoongan, dinuguan and some out-of-place lumpiang shanghai. Hahaha! After I recovered from the shock of my first plate, I didn’t eat much else…except dessert and pancit.

3) Happy HourS – I had a blast hanging out with friends old  and new. Hubby’s crimson cheeks were an indication that he too had a blast at the party. :P


1) Play Date – My daughter had a play date. It brings me so much joy to see her having fun with her gal pals.

2) Mallorca – Friends brought a big round tray of Mallorca from Costco. It tasted so much like the Filipino ensaymada, only a lot denser. Yum!

3) Home Cooked Meal – I cooked dinner for Abby’s friends and their parents. In two hours (maybe less!), I was able to cook 3 dishes plus homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. ;)

4) Marie Callender’s Custard Pie –  We had this for dessert. We had it with the homemade vanilla ice cream. Perfect combination! *burp*

Cheers to friends, birthdays, good food and good company! God is good!


Thank.God.It’s.Friday!!! Do you love Fridays? I do! I’ve loved Fridays since I started going to school! Haha! It brings with it the promise of a wonderful weekend. Just how wonderful is all up to us. ;)

Here are the fantastic things I am especially appreciative of and very much thankful for today:

1) Plan B – When you make plans, do you make it a point to have a Plan B? Hubby and I want to watch the very last Harry Potter movie EVER. Unfortunately, our Munchkin Girl doesn’t want to, because the first installment of Deathly Hollows gave her nightmares. We came up with Plan A, which was to watch the movie with our friends. Plan A went pfft! But Plan B – ha! – Plan B worked like a charm, leaving 7 people (that’s 3 Harry Potter movie naysayers and their parents) very happy. Plan B = compromise = a good dose of happiness for everyone.

2) BOGO – A cousin of mine had a work colleague who thought BOGO was a brand. Hee hee. BOGO is short for buy one , get one.  My favorite kind of BOGO is Buy 1 Get 1 FREE, a close second is Buy 1 Get 1 half off. :D This morning, Hubby and I enjoyed a McCafe frappe each for the price of one. Buy 1 Get 1 Free! My kind of BOGO, I tell yah!

3) Being Ahead of the Game – Store displays now scream back-to-school.  Seriously, I don’t understand the rush. :P I’m not quite ready to think about school just yet. Haha! Anyway, I checked my stash of school supplies and realized that we already have on hand, close to half of the items in my daughter’s school supplies list. Woot!  I bought them last year at the time when school supplies were already on clearance. Proud moment for me. Wais na misis…that’s how we say it. ;)

4) A friend’s Update – I was laughing out loud in the car this afternoon, on our way to the pool, when I read the thread for my friend’s (Hi AbbyG!) uploaded photo on   That thread was hilarious! It felt good to just suddenly burst out laughing. :)

5) Exclusive Pool – My daughter had a playdate at the pool with two friends. When the sun finally started to set, everybody left, that is, except for us. And for a good 30 minutes or so, my daughter and her friends had the pool all to themselves. ;)

6. Look, Ma! No glare! – I love the fact that I am able to read in broad daylight, even when the sun’s shining summer-y bright behind me. No Glare = No Eye Strain = Happy Reader

I’m currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second book in  Stieg Larsson’s trilogy (the first was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I hope to finish the book soon so I can move on to the third book in the series and then watch the movie adaptations on Netflix. Never  mind if they’re in Swedish. :D That’s what subtitles are for!

Have a lovely weekend, y’all! Be on the lookout for blessings and remember to count them. Cheers and mabuhay!