It’s Almost Christmas

Eighteen days. That’s how long I’ve been out of the loop, that you have not heard anything from me.

A lot of things have happened since then. My brother is here after his short stay in Manila and from school in Singapore. I attended our neighborhood’s Christmas party, the husband celebrated his birthday, Chuck had his second adoption anniversary, and I shuffled in between banks to take care of finances because I want to welcome the year with fewer financial obligations to think of. I am still not eating any red meat, so most days I’m eating chicken (and still less on seafood). Soon I’ll get tired of it as well, and I’ll be a full-fledged pescetarian. Our small bakeshop is doing well, thank God.

Now I’m just waiting for Christmas to come. For the first time, I’ll be making cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes, to be exact. I promised my sister they will be awesome, so I’m learning as much as I can about how to bake them and, well, baking in general.

Let me tell you another thing too. A number of my friends had commented about the artworks we have on our wall.

Artwork series at home

Artwork series at home

There are actually 4 panels, and I got them here: http://ananien.deviantart.com/. That’s Patet’s artwork page.

To say that she’s creative is an understatement. She graduated cum laude in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts major in Painting last 2007 and used to work with THE Kenneth Cobonpue as a graphic designer. Currently, she’s a student and working on her “baby,” Hinilawod Comics.

Patet’s talents were already evident since we were in high school. I remember we’d approach her to create illustrations for shirts. She was accommodating and truly generous of her time and skill–she still is.

I asked her a couple of days ago if she’s still open to printing her artworks for others. She said yes. So if you’re interested, let me know. Who knows, I might give it away as my Christmas present to you. 🙂

 

 

Ready for Christmas?

When it comes to preparations, we’re a tad late than around 70 percent of the Philippine population, but, you know, it’s okay. The past few days weren’t really nice for me, and I wasn’t sure if there’s a good Christmas to look forward to.

Poor me, I underestimated the meaning of the season. It’s supposed to stand for jubilation, celebration, thanksgiving, and, most of all, hope. So yesterday I decided to cheer myself up a bit in our tiny household and decorate!

Check out what the husband and I had done. We didn’t spend much for the pieces. In fact, we’ve been using most of them for the past 3-plus years, including the Christmas lights. All in all, I shelled out less than 500 pesos; and I already bought a glue gun, some new Christmas balls and lights, glitters, and double-sided tapes (which have never been cheap to begin with):

I planned not to put up a tree since I don't have enough space to store it. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using  Christmas balls.

I planned not to put up a tree since I don’t have enough space to store it after. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using Christmas balls. That’s our handy living room lamp, which we bought for less than a thousand last year, and my ex-water bottle–the husband’s idea. 

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn't have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn’t have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

The poinsettias that never die. I "stole" the jar from my mom's kitchen.

The poinsettias that never die. I “stole” the jar from my mom’s kitchen.

 

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

I’m not yet 100 percent done, but I’m happy the way everything is turning out. As a  bonus, I hung out with the family today.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. I wish it's December 8 so my brother's here.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. December 8, please be here faster so we can be with our brother again.

Don't ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

Don’t ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

How about you? How are you doing with your Christmas prep?