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Life Notes

Shopping for the Hubby

Light snow accumulated in our lawn.
The thick snow in our backyard.

0005. Feature Photo above: Winter Wonderland

It took some persuasion for me to push my husband to get up and drive us to the Market Mall for his yearly wardrobe shopping. The snow piled up so much from yesterday’s light snow I almost didn’t want to go out. But you know what? The snow is pretty. I detest the cold, but when I see snow sparkling in the sunlight, it made me forget for a bit of my hatred for winter. Mustering up the courage and layering on many clothes for warmth, we were able to spend a few hours at the mall for what I call a couple “date”. No errands, no appointments, no work waiting at home. Just leisure strolling and shopping for his clothes.

0006. Coat fetish

Shopping in Market Mall, Calgary
Choosing a coat for the hubby.

I didn’t realize I like looking at men’s clothes. I’m not sure if I I have the eye for men’s fashion but I did enjoy seeing my husband trying one coat after another until we were handed one we both liked on him. Kudos to the Asian assistant, who assisted us patiently going from one end of the store to the other, just to find the right coat for us. By the end of the day, my husband got a Vince Camuto coat, 2 Old Navy shirts, a couple of Jockey shirts, and a Bucketlist journal.

I, on the other hand, got a simple 2017 planner, a panda bookmark, and a cute orange stress ball.

Life Notes

Victory in DnD!

Dungeons and Dragons boardgame
First "Descent" boardgame Victory.

0004. We Have Descent to Victory

It’s our first board game (and victory of the year). Yay! We lost the same campaign before from not being used to the app mechanics.

I wasn’t a Dungeons and Dragons player before. Playing “Descent” made me practice how to manage competitiveness in an immersive fantasy game widely different from playing video games. It’s a religion of its own once you get the hang of it.

Here’s to more board games for 2017! Any board game recommendations for me?

Food Journal, Life Notes

The Cranes Start to Fly

The First Crane Has Landed
This is the first paper crane for the year (and for this artsy project).

Happy New Year everyone! I was supposed to make this post yesterday, but my husband and I attended a fun and food-filled evening of a get-together with family last night. We went home around midnight and just jumped into bed. We were to well-fed (hehe) and conked out from singing karaoke, talking, and well, eating more.

Oh, and for your information, I don’t do karaoke. I just sing along with everybody else. šŸ˜€

This entry is a start of a 1000 crane challenge I imposed on myself for the following reasons:

(1) I want to do something artsy. I felt deprived! I was able to do some artsy stuff this year but I felt there weren’t enough. This year, I want to have a bit of art on a regular basis. Thus, the origami crane thing.

(2) I find romance in the legend of folding 1000 paper cranes. According to the legend:

After being diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation, Sadako spent her time in a hospital folding origami paper cranes in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish. Her wish was simply to live. Source: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – Wikipedia

There’s no loss in trying to fold 1000 paper cranes right? Plus, it will be a good art project to have all cranes displayed on a large frame once they’re all done. It can be a good living room decorative.

(3) My paper cranes can become a constant companion in my wanderings, work, chores, etc. They can be my partners in crime in photography.

To no further ado, here are my first paper cranes for the year.

0001. The Crane Has Landed

The First Crane Has Landed
This is the first paper crane for the year (and for this artsy project).

Our 7-ft Christmas tree will possibly be taken down in a week, depending if we feel like it. So a crane has taken refuge on its needles and hanging trinkets, becoming a decorative in itself, colorful and fragile, a small beauty preparing for flight.

0002. It Smells Too Good

Freshly Baked Goods is the Best Scent for Any House
Creamy Red Velvet Cupcakes. I need practice with putting frosting though.

The house smelled of freshly baked cupcakes. Yum! I made Red Velvet Cupcakes that had cream cheese with white chocolate filling and cream cheese frosting. Here is the recipe I used for it.

Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 1 pkg Duncan HinesĀ® Red Velvet Premium Cake Mix
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 container Duncan HinesĀ® Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350Ā°F. Grease muffin pans or line with paper baking cups.
  2. Prepare batter according to package directions.
  3. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups. In small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and egg; mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and coconut.
  4. Spoon about 1 Tbsp cream cheese mixture onto batter of each cupcake.
  5. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes following package directions. Spread cupcakes with frosting.

0003. The First Big Chow of The Year

Chips and salsa
Chips and Salsa before the first Big Chow of the Evening

It’s a fact. Befriend a Filipino family and you discover just how much food they can make (and chow) in every special occasion. We love reunions, get-togethers, fiestas, and the likes. And food is the most important aspect of every occasion. We got an invitation from our Tita for a New Years dinner, and true enough, there was so much food we were invited to take some home. Just check out how much we chowed down.

New Year's Feast
New Year's Feast

New Year's Feast
New Year's Feast
New Year's Feast

And here are family and friends enjoying the food and company.

2017 New Year Dinner

2017 New Year Dinner

And so to my family and friends from other places, I hope you had an awesome 2017!!!