Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weekend Tidbits

Happy midweek, lovelies!  Here's a (late) post on how my weekend was.  Hon-some and I, along with my parents, drove all the way to the PICC Forum for the 45th International Bazaar 2011.  My mom and I literally went through all the stalls!  Here are some of the stuff I got:

I didn't get to find this dried cuttlefish on our trip to Hong Kong last August.  I was delighted to find it in the bazaar.  The small pack contains some barbecued chicken patties which I got at the Singapore booth.  Perfect as Hon-some's baon to the office.  Too yucky to take pictures of because I had already placed them in the freezer, I also bought packs of Hungarian and Kielbasa sausages.  I'm thinking penne pasta right now...

I also got this four-pack of Bundaberg Lemon Ale.  I had my first bottle at Marcia Adams.


I got this soothing pack from a stall which was incidentally owned by a parent from my former workplace, The Learning Connection.  I have yet to try it but it appears to be great.  You microwave it for 2-3 minutes and it just soothes your sore muscles and aching shoulders.  It can also be frozen to be used for fever and burns.
I looked at all my purchases and I thought, "Loads of food stuff and a soothing pack?!?!"  No clothes, no pairs of shoes, no bags.  I'm such a wife...

After the bazaar, we went to Kanin Club for dinner.  We totally heart the Seafood Kare-Kare there so much that it's a staple every time we order.  In fact, it's become like a utensil.  We have our spoon, our fork, our knife, and our Seafood Kare-Kare.  :)


We also had to try their Crispy Pata.  The prawn crackers reminded me of Kuya Germs (teehee!).
I hope your weekend was just as fun.  Enjoy the rest of the week, lovelies! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The One That Was the Weekend

How was your long weekend, lovelies?  Ours was very laidback but eventful just the same.  On one of those days, Hon-some wanted to avoid going to the malls and suggested we go to this secondhand goods store (ukay-ukay) nearby.  He and I have been wanting to go there for the longest time especially every time we pass by the store and all of the parking slots are filled up no matter what time of day it is.  Well, we found our chance (and a good parking slot) last weekend and all I could think of was, "Why did we wait this long before going here?"

You see, the place isn't your typical ukay-ukay.  Sure, it has clothes, shoes, and bags but it has also got cool toys and boardgames, Little Tikes play equipment, fishing rods, dinnerware, kitchen appliances, home decors -- all sourced from the USA.  You will unearth some good finds, believe me.  Take a look...
I was browsing through their book collection without really meaning to buy anything.  You see, I'm on a book-buying ban.  I've been buying books left and right for some time now and my "To Read" list is really piling up.  But when I saw this book, I just couldn't resist.  For starters, I don't come across a lot of really good teacher resource books on mathematics plus...
...when I saw these at the back of the book, I knew I had to get it.  And at PhP80 (about $1.80), I just couldn't let it go.

I also found this Picture Lotto game for the same price.  The store had this entire wall of board games.
When I opened the box, I noticed there were only three lotto cards but all six double-sided boards were complete.  I figured I'd just scan the boards, cut the pictures up, use Mod Podge to stick them onto tagboards and then I've got lotto cards!

But these...these are the best finds I got....

I just couldn't believe my luck!  I've been lusting over these for years now because they aren't available where I live and I just found a box full of these patterns at only PhP50 ($1.16) each!  I got patterns for baby clothes.
Women's clothes patterns

I don't really make plush toys but these are just too cute to pass up!

Up to this day, I still look at my sewing patterns lovingly.  Hahaha!  Anyway, Hon-some and I knew that for most people, long weekends are equal to out-of-town escapades.  But we're trendy (haha!) so we do staycations.  Still feeling thrift-store high, we went to Binondo (Chinatown) that night for dinner.  Travel and parking were heavensent!!!  We ate at this place we have been missing for so long...

Looks familiar, TLC peeps?

Unbelievably tasty porkchops (and noodles) at Tasty Dumplings!!!  Hon-some and I couldn't stop saying "Na-miss ko 'to" as we wolfed down our meal.  The porkchops still does cartwheels in our dreams. :)

It's my mom's birthday today so, as an early birthday gift, I treated her and the rest of my family to dinner at Pino along Maginhawa Street in UP Village.  We ordered the pica-pica platter which had wasabi onion rings, tofu balls with cream cheese filling, lemongrass skewers, fries, calamari, and longganiza-topped nachos.  We also ordered this tasty green salad (I forget the name), Kare-Kareng Bagnet (whose bagoong just melted beautifully into the peanut sauce) and Red Wine Adobong Tadyang.  Everything tasted great that I forgot to take pictures!  Hahaha!

Anyhoo, to end this post, my long weekend ended with my brother giving me my holiday gift early...

Here's to an even longer reading list!!!
Enjoy the rest of the week, lovelies!