And just like that, it's 2015! Time sure has been fast - I haven't even recovered from December yet, and here's January barging in on me already.
Let me backtrack a bit and write about some of the events that took place last month, starting with Michael's birthday! He actually had a two-day hosting gig which was too good of an opportunity to pass up on, as it was for the Heads Up Frisbee Open which was going to be held at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar all the way in Bataan. The good news is that he was allowed to bring company, and so Sloan and I were able to tag along!
I had been reading a lot about Las Casas and so I was definitely psyched to visit the place. I'm happy to say it did not disappoint: the houses were lovely and the facilities weren't too shabby either. But the best part about it all was the view: the mountains, the ocean, and the river all made for a scenic backdrop for the heritage houses and cobblestone streets, as well as the statues that depicted Filipino games and traditions. The houses, apparently, were transferred to Las Casas from their original locations and then restored.
The place is pretty huge but they have golf carts and jeepney shuttles that can take you around. But then, I strongly suggest walking instead so you can explore the place and really take in the view.
I love that they offer tours, cultural performances, and even workshops. There's even a place where you can dress up in traditional Filipino attire and have your pictures taken. But of course, I wasn't able to take part in any of those because I had to be with Sloan every second, and the boy wanted to be in the water every second lol. But I didn't mind at all. It was a great bonding opportunity for me and my boy, and I'm really thankful because he enjoys my company as much as I do his.
Of course, we'd also drop by Michael's spot at the event every now and then. Bilang birthday niya, syempre pagbigyan naman natin diba. Haha!
I'm really glad we got to go on this mini-holiday and enjoy this gem of a place for Michael's birthday. #happythankyoumoreplease :)
Some months ago I did a TV commercial - by that I mean I voiced one and not starred in one hehe. It was a mommy role, which was a change in the usual roles I get which are teenagers and yuppies, bilang manipis ang boses ko. But I was able to pull off this one and I was so happy about it! Kilig na kilig ako when I caught it on TV haha. This is one of my most favorite projects ever!
Let me take this chance to promote Sun Life's microsite called Brighter Life. It's a site filled with articles that share pratical tips on handling money and inspiring stories about one's financial journey. I contribute to this site once in a while.
I have to say that the stories I write really come from the heart and are based on experience, mainly because I am also learning along the way in my own financial journey. Becoming a part of Sun Life has been such an eye-opener for me, because I really had no idea about the existence of mutual funds before, while insurance was something I never really understood.
I remember asking Michael if I was sharing too much, worried that people might judge me for not learning about all this earlier and not having millions to my name. "But that's the point," he replied."People in the same boat can learn from your experience. Those who'd rather judge will always have something to say anyway."
And so I went ahead and wrote. I'm happy to share that my stories have elicited inquiries from readers, and that means my stories have served their purpose :)
I had this draft sitting in my dashboard for the longest time and I've actually forgotten about it. But even if it's been months since this took place, I still would like to publish it because it's about Michael getting a bronze in the 2014 Pan-Asian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu International Open!
This is the second time that Mike joined the Pan-Asian and I’ll say it again – I’m super proud of how he’s got the courage to put himself out there. Physically, there are a lot of strong competitors and many of them are years younger than he is. Mentally, it can be intimidating, especially since you're dealing with participants who come from different parts of the world, and then you have to remember everything you've learned in training.
Michael (right) with teammate Arjeg (left) and BJJ Master Fabricio (center)
This took place sometime in May, and I was actually not around for this one because I was at an out-of-town congress. I really felt bad that I missed it, but I sent him good vibes all the way from Subic, where I was attending Ad Summit Pilipinas.
I know Mike would’ve wanted a gold, but considering how he doesn’t have much free time to train as the others do, what with work and home stuff, a bronze is already a big deal. Congratulations, babe!
It's been months since "Begin Again" was shown in theaters and I still have a hangover from the movie. Apart from the lovely songs, I've been obsessing a little about the styling, specifically of Keira Knightley's character Greta. Indian costume designer and stylist Arjun Bhasin did such an awesome job!
These days, whenever I'd hit the stores, I'd try and look for something that resembles the stuff that Keira wore. Of course, it would be so much easier if I had a rockin' body like that of Keira's haha! But I scored a nice red dress recently which reminded of Greta's red dress in the movie so I immediately grabbed that one - buti na lang naka-sale! Haha!
So I'm posting the photos here so I have a quick peg I can refer to next time I go shopping. (At pwede na din peg ng katawan next time I get tempted to overeat hehe.)
Some weeks ago, I got an email invite from Nuffnang to the "P.S. from Aeropostale Kids Fair" at the UP Town Center Ampitheater. There was going to be a film showing and a fashion show featuring clothes from P.S., which is Aeropostale's line for kids 4 to 14 years old. It sounded like fun, and I thought Sloan might like it, plus the venue is near our place, so we decided to check it out.
And I'm so glad we did! There were food carts, game booths, and art activities like tote bag-stamping, temporary tattoos, and wall doodling. Sloan had a blast, and even Michael and I enjoyed!
I like that they made it a for-kids-by-kids kind of event. There were tween photographers covering the event, while the music was courtesy of kid djs D + Cash. Ang tataray! Kayo na, kids!
The highlight of the event was the fashion show. Of course, I zoomed in on the little boys' clothes, so I can get a peg for when I shop for Sloan. We tend to go for simple and comfy clothes for Sloan, since he's such an active kid, but it's fun to dress him up sometimes para naman japorms.
The stuff for girls are so cute! I wish I had a daughter because it would be so fun to dress her up! BUT. Not a fan of heels for little girls :(
Two tiny dancers stole the show with their breakdance/Michael Jackson moves to the tune of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful. Super adorbs! I uploaded a video on Instagram, check it out if you can :)
The event was hosted by the lovely Joyce Pring, and I really liked her energy and appropriate hosting, swabe lang.
Of course, while watching the kids on the runway, medyo nanawagan na din ako sa universe na sana tuparin ang pangarap kong makapag-commercial or makapag-model ng konti si Sloan hihihi. Hashtag Anabelle Rama!
It actually rained really hard when the show started but people stayed on to finish everything. The film showing (How to Train Your Dragon 2) did not push through - I think the electricals were affected by the rain - but nobody complained because we still had great fun!
Thank you Nuffnang for the invite! And congratulations, P.S. and Aeropostale! You'll find their shop at the ground floor of U.P. Town Center. Go and check it out!