A month ago, we surprised our “super-friend” with a baby shower.
We originally wanted to book a hotel room for it, but the rates were too high (at least for me because I volunteered to shoulder half of the rate hehe). Because I was the self-proclaimed gala organiser of our group, I tried to look for cheaper options. I tried searching for cheaper hotels but either they lacked a swimming pool or the rooms were too tiny.
Until I decided to look for a condominium unit through AirBNB.
I have had an account with AirBNB for I think 3 years now, but I’ve never used it. But when I tried to look for condo units in our city (Davao City), I was surprised at how many choices there were for all budget ranges. I immediately spotted several ads that fit my budget and, at the same time, were pretty enough for a baby shower.
I booked a 2-bedroom condo unit at Camella Northpoint for, guess what, just P2,500 a night!
I know it’s already Thursday, but how was your weekend? I need to ask you that because last weekend, I had a blast celebrating friendship!
I celebrated my birthday early this month, and because of our hectic schedules, I never got to celebrate it with my girlfriends. So we planned to stay overnight in a hotel, just a night of fun and bonding. But life happened and it got postponed and postponed until my birthday was already too far away lol. So instead of my birthday, we just decided to organise a baby shower for our dear friend who will be giving birth next month. 😀
Also, instead of a hotel, I decided to book us in a condominium unit. It’s a lot less expensive than a hotel and I figured we would need a bigger space to host a party!
My preggy friend, JM, knew of course that we would be staying overnight, but all she expected was a slumber party and nothing more. My conniving friends, Hazel and George, and I kept everything a secret. But it was not the original plan. We (actually Hazel) only thought of it a couple of days before the day! We only had a few days to plan and we weren’t able to visit the condo unit in advance, so we were planning blindly. And when Saturday came, we only had a couple of hours to whip up a bash-ready place.
But I think we were able to pull it off. Success! Here are some pictures:
More than a month ago, I think a couple of weeks after Yuri’s birthday, I met up with my girlfriends, Hazel and George, to watch the movie, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis.
Well, it was supposed to be Hele. Until a series of unfortunate events (conflicting schedules, conflicting mall locations, et cetera) led us to cancel Hele. Instead, we ended up watching Batman Vs. Superman. Wut. It was waaay waaay below Hele standard, but hey, at least we were entertained for almost 3 hours.
Because Hazel and I were there at 11 and the movie didn’t start until 2:30, we started to eat an early lunch. We looked for a restaurant that none of us have ever tried before, thus Dong Juan.
I spent my weekend in Kidapawan and Magpet, North Cotabato to attend the wedding of my dear friend, JM.
Grabbed from JM’s account
In our circle, it’s George who got married first and I was her bridesmaid. (How I wish I already kept a blog then!) I remember tearing up when I saw her cross the aisle – hey, my best friend was getting married and I was (am) relieved it’s to a man who, I know, will always be faithful to her. I pray Yuri and Andrei will grow up to be good friends, too!
And this time, it’s another very dear friend, JM, one of the most reliable friends I’ve ever had. I’m so glad I met and am friends with this person who is beautiful inside and out. Like George, I’m happy she’s getting married to a man who will protect her and cherish her.
When you’re working 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday and have to attend another 8-hour seminar on both Saturday and Sunday, saying that a couple of hours of foot pampering is a welcome idea is an understatement.
Well, thanks to my friends, I was able to get a fab foot spa on Sunday night — a lovely downtime in between hectic weeks.
One of my close friends, JM, is getting married in a couple of weeks (woah!) and my friends, Hazel and George, and I planned a little pampering sesh for her. They’re organising their wedding while she’s working and studying so some footspa would surely relax her spirits. And it did!
It’s great that we had our foot spa (and mani-pedi) at Nailaholics Abreeza because we experienced not only a relaxing (and pretty!) atmosphere but also excellent service. Here are some pictures:
Me and the bride-to-be!
A wacky Hazel and me!
Can you spot my reflection?
Wow I haven’t blogged in, like, forever!
Believe me when I say I haven’t had a single minute of “freedom” last week although it was certainly a blast! Even poor Yuri felt the exhaustion of the week as he slept until 9:30 this morning. And I had to wake him up because I was running out of laptop juice and my charger was left downstairs!
Here is how last week went:
Practice for our village carolling. We (village officers, youth officers + anyone who wants to join) always sing carols here in our neighbourhood to raise money for our annual Christmas party. We always look forward to joining because it’s so much fun! It’s even more fun this year because the youth officers this year are very kalog and the energy levels are sky-high.
Some of the officers (little boy excluded) #teamRED
First day of carolling! I prepared and arranged the songs to be sung. Then Yuri and I rushed to a nearby department store to buy some gifts. We got home just in time to eat dinner and get ready to sing some Christmas songs and bring some Christmas cheer (chos).
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.