My co-workers, Sarah and Jona, and I are regulars at local bazaars.
More often than not, we end up buying more food than we had planned!
This year’s Christmas bazaar is no exemption. Since the bazaar will be there until Sunday (November 30 was the first day), and we went yesterday (where there was a huge downpour!), here’s a quick post about what you can expect from it. This is by no means an extensive description of the entire bazaar. Instead, here are pictures of booths and stalls that caught my eye.
How was your Christmas?
I have come into terms with the fact that I won’t be able to blog properly until everything goes back to normal (hopefully during the first week of January!), but I found just enough time to squeeze in an update post. Here are the highlights of our Christmas, 2015!
Christmas Eve started with me meeting my SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) Team PH friends — in other words, my work friends. We met for lunch where we, ten tenen tenen, exchanged gifts! We had lunch at Cafe Teresita near GMA Shrine Hills, which is owned by the owner of Jive Highland Resort. Why we ate there? It’s a long story! I’ll tell you about it in a post especially devoted to the one about our trip to Buda. Abangan!
I got this oh-so-wonderful gift from Julie, our colleague from La Carlota, Negros Occidental:
A beginner’s calligraphy set + a couple of brush pens!
So I’m giving up on dieting this month.
Even though money is kinda tight (I forgot to include my World Vision kids’ noche buena in my budget plan! Sorry guys that I sent it literally at the last minute!), thank God there is no shortage of food around here. Thank you Lord for the generous givers around us and for the occasional extra money to enjoy food!
So even though I won’t be losing weight anytime this year (and may even gain s’more kilos – – even my puns are food – related gah), I’m just thankful the there’s always food on the table despite the sky-high medical expenses haha.
For the first time since I gave birth in 2012 and started working from home full-time, I’m finally having a taste of the lovely thing called “Christmas Bonus” again.
I don’t really need to include this picture… Wala lang!
Which only means one thing. Time to start Christmas shopping!
Have you visited a Christmas Bazaar lately? I have (and have written about it in a previous post) and bought several things in spite of my vow to not buy anything before December.
In fairness, it was almost December last Saturday so I decided to forgive myself. I just set a meagre budget (and went just the littlest bit overboard) and off I went.
I went there with my work gals, Jona and Macy.
Grabbed this one from Jona because my groupfie game needs work (I already look haggard here because this was taken after bargain hunting)
Sarah was supposed to be going with us but she had a headache and had to stay home #buntisproblems. Originally, we wanted to visit the bazaar to buy sweaters and stuff for our Christmas getaway. We also wanted to buy matte lippies. Well, we went home with neither. There were gorgeous sweaters there but their price tags weren’t “bazaar prices.” And then there were no matte lippies at all.
I went home with these instead:
Within budget! Haha
I was supposed to be on a spending fast this month not just because Christmas is coming but because we’re on a tighter budget now. Papa is on a lot of medication, still undergoes dialysis, and just had a minor surgery last Saturday.
However, when I learned that the annual Christmas bazaar is happening over the weekend, I just wasn’t able to say no. (Don’t worry; I didn’t spend a lot! I set a budget — and stayed within it. Woot!)
Today is the Christmas Bazaar’s last day so instead of showing you what I bought, I decided to post pictures of the things that caught my interest. If you’re in Davao today, you still have a chance to catch the last day! From what I’ve heard, it’s usually best to go to bazaars during their final day because prices of goods usually go down.
I wasn’t able to take a picture of everything (because the area is so big and there were so many booths), but these are some of the stuff sold there:
Have you visited a Christmas bazaar lately? What did you buy?
All photos taken using a Huawei Honor 4C.
So it’s exactly a month before Christmas today.
Can you believe that? I can’t.
Wasn’t it just yesterday when we prepared for Christmas 2014 and I was still excited at the prospect of all those desserts because I wasn’t lactose intolerant yet? Or how my dad was so excited for all those savoury dishes because he wasn’t undergoing dialysis yet? Funny how much things change in a year, no?
Anyway, let’s not dwell on the sad things (read: food restrictions) because Christmas doesn’t just revolve around food. It also revolves around gifts. Of course I’m totally kidding, but since gifts are a fun thing to talk about, why don’t we talk about them? Here are the things I want to have for Christmas!
1. A Blank Planner
Here’s a confession: I bought a Certified Positive last year (I started using it in 2013) and even gave away a couple of copies to my readers. And I loved my planner. I used it religiously — until I started attending real estate classes. I was able to find time to update it occasionally — until I got a full-time job with Stay At Home Mum. And then I had to study and prepare for my board exam. Let’s just say the last time I got to write something in it was in June.
(I did pass the board exam, though!)
I’m not giving up on a planner this year. However, I think my best bet would be a blank, un-dated planner so that I can continue using it even if the month — or year — has already expired. I have my eyes on this:
And while you’re at it, this matching desktop calendar too:
2. A New Tumbler