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New Year 2016

The start of 2016 was met with, ano pa ba, belt-tightening hehe. #InAKapsLife

Me: Honey ano ang handa natin for New Year?
Kap: Madami tayong gastos ngayon sweetheart. Yung simple lang sana mai-raos lang. Ang importante magkakasama tayo.
Me: Pwede ako mag-order ng lechon honey? Kahit baby lang?
Kap: Sige, paluto ka ng pata-tim. Parang lechon na rin yun. Saka pansit para long-life. Ok na yun.
And so, our Noche Buena fare was simple. We decided on chinese food.. na ewan ko ba bakit nahaluan ng dinuguan! ;)) Nasira tuloy ang theme hahaha!

Pata-tim, pansit, sweet & sour fish, beef with broccoli, and steamed lapu-lapu. Errr.. with dinuguan! ;))


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Recipe for a loving home: Combine a family with happy hearts, melt together & add a lot of love. Mix well with respect & trust, then add gentleness, laughter, faith, hope, and love. Pour on lots of understanding, and sprinkle with lots of kisses & dashes of hugs. Bake for a lifetime. Voila! :)


New year celebration at home. Being happy doesn’t mean you have it all. It means being thankful to the Lord for all you have. Thank you God for my family.  We are not perfect, but together, we make it work. <3



Before we went home, ligpit-ligpit. And the fruits in bloom session begins! :P



Fruit roundup – ama‘s tradition. Coin pasabog – the other lola‘s tradition. Plastic on table – Kap’s tradition! ;P Hay buhay!


At dahil new year, new look. Super happy with my new tablecloth & mats. Syempre pa, may matching plastic cover din kasi order ni Kap. :P Pristine white tablecloth from Rustan’s 5k, plastic sapin by Kap – priceless! @_@

My mom treated us to steak the next day. Wherever we want daw for our new year’s lunch to celebrate the coming of 2016, so the kids opted for steak at Highlander Steakhouse in Tagaytay Highlands – hands down their favorite steakhouse. Ang sarap ng may mommy, lakas maka-spoil! ;)

Highlander Steakhouse

Tagaytay Highlands, Belleview Drive, Tagaytay City, Cavite (046) 483-0820

Full house. Good thing my Lovey had the forethought of reserving a function room so we were able to dine in peace, and out of the cold. Thank you Bae! :-*



Arizona function room, good for 8. Perfecto! Bisi-bisihan.


Ang pinagbibisi-bisihan! :P



Kap leads the prayer. “Lord, ang dami na namin ngayon Lord. Ipinauubaya ko na sa Inyo ang aming pamalengke.. ang aming kuryente.. ang aming mga gastusin.. Hindi ko na kaya Looooord!” Trololol. ;))


The freshly baked breads with melted butter are always met with delight. A foreplay to what yumminess lies ahead.


We chose different sides. Kap got the spinach & rice while I had the mashed potato & assorted veggies. Then, hating-magasawa. ;P


The mudrabells didn’t want steak. Too heavy daw, so they each had the Seafood Platter 1,800 php instead. Consisted of a jumbo prawn, sea bass, and salmon with assorted veggies on the side. Pareho pa talaga ng pagkain! :P #BFFs


The rest of us each had the Prime Rib Steak Serving size: 7 oz. 1,600 php | 10 oz. for Ate. 1,830 php | and 14 oz. for Kap, me & my Lovey 2,350 php.


Different sauces available in peppercorn, mushroom, and red wine.


While my steak-loving babyson who has a HUGE appetite & eats for 2 (sometimes even 3), had the Prime Rib Steak 16oz. 2,950 php. Ubos!


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Blueberry Cheesecake 220 php/slice.


New year celebration at Highlander Steakhouse.

But Kap is right, mapa-simple man o magarbo ang handaan, what’s important is the people around you, celebrating with you, and making beautiful memories with you. At home or out & about, our celebration was the same. We were surrounded by family, and that’s really what counts. <3

Togetherness is a very important ingredient to a happy family life & strengthens the bond. You may not have it all together, but together, you have it all. <3

Waaaaaait! Pa-OOTD naman! May windblown effect eh. ;))



OMG. Kabilugan ng Buwan! Si Jane. Ang dakilang feelingera! #alembong O sya, laters baby!

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