COVID-19 Chronicles: My Birthday at home

2021 October

It's that time of the year once again and I'm lucky to be having it with the kids.

It's my Birthday!! Woohoo!!!

Happy birthday to me!! :)

COVID-19 Chronicles: Kids' Online Classes Begin Again

 2021 August and September

It's weird but it's the start of the classes again. Weird because we're used to classes starting in June, but because of the pandemic, the kids started their online classes in August (Dana) and September (Dylan). 

By now, we've had one year of this "new" mode of teaching and the kids have grown accustomed to it.  

For these two, they actually prefer it! :)

COVID-19 Chronicles: My 2nd Dose Vaccination Day

03 August 2021

August 2nd was supposed to be the day I am vaccinated with my 2nd Dose of Sinovac. But when I got to the Health Center, I was told that all vaccinations scheduled on that day were postponed. I had to come back the next day.  Weird. 

They did mention that postponing it for a day isn't a big deal. 

Since there was nothing else to do, I just came back the next day. 

COVID-19 Chronicles: My Vaccination Day

 05 July 2021

What's it like on Vaccination Day in our local district?

Read More to find out!

Cuatro - A Well-Loved and Cherished Pet

02 July 2021

Cuatro our beloved pet cat has died today.  It was such a surprise because he was visually getting better and then suddenly his health deteriorated and in a blink of an eye, he was gone.

Super Blood Moon 2021

26 May 2021

On this night, two special events happened. First, a total lunar eclipse and second, a super blood moon phenomenon. 

While I wish I had a decent camera to take pictures of this surreal phenomenon, I could only do with my smartphone camera hahaha

You could easily see the red hue in the sky and it's awesome and somewhat eerie to witness. 

A milestone: Dana's Grade 10 Moving Up Day

 18 May 2021

Congratulations Dana on finishing your Junior High School!!!

We are so proud of you!!

We love you!!!

Onward to Senior High School!

Celebrating the Kids' Birthdays with Sofia's Custom Cakes

2021 March

Though we do celebrate birthdays, we don't always go overboard. We just eat good food or maybe at the most, go out of town. With this pandemic, we have been on lockdown for a year and the kids are basically prisoners at home, it's imperative that we have some sort of birthday celebration just to keep their spirits up. So, here we have Dylan's Jurassic Park cake from Sofia's Custom Cakes

Patrick's Inurnment at La Loma Columbarium

2021 February 15

It is now 2 months since Patrick died. At first, we thought that we'd be more comfortable having his ashes in his urn at home. 

In fact, every morning, Dylan would greet him as soon as he walked into the room. I would often find him talking to him as if he was there. 

But, all things have their place so we decided that Patrick will also have his final resting place.

His is at La Loma Columbarium. 

Food Review: ErMeataño Meats

13 February 2021

Today would have been Patrick's birthday. It's been 2 months since he died. 

We had already planned a small birthday memorial among us but we were surprised when Marco, one of his friends from Top Gear Philippines, reached out to us and sent us this HUGE Smoked Meat dish in Patrick's honor. 

He said that he had always meant to send one to Patrick but after his stroke, he knew that this kind of luxurious slab of meat doesn't exactly meet Patrick's health and nutrition conditions. :)

So, on Patrick's birthday, we received this aromatic, hefty, juicy, flavorful and filling chunk of smoked meat from Marco. He had it delivered for us. It was his new business called ErMeataño and they offer these flavorful meats that have been smoked for as much as 10 hours! Can you believe that?!

I don't do the meats justice with my poor photographs, to be honest. What's funny is that we didn't really know what to make of it at first. HAHAHA I was thinking, "Should I still cook it in the oven? "Can we eat this as is?"

But the aroma really made our mouths water so we immediately put the slab on a plate and started cutting into it. The meat was really tender so even with a normal knife, the meat easily separates. The order also comes with their special barbecue sauce that's a perfect foil for the meat. It's a little sweet but tangy. 

You can't finish this in one sitting! We tried hahaha but it was really filling especially with rice! Patrick would have loved it!

We actually barely touched the other servings on the table, like that Pancit Bihon haha We all went for the meat! :D

While we did receive the meat as a gift, you won't go wrong if you try it yourself. We'll probably order during someone's birthday too :) 

Thanks Marco! Good luck to ErMeataño!

Happy birthday, Patrick!