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Still Out of Breath From Pre-Christmas Week!

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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).

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We skipped carolling that night because Mama, Yuri, and I attended Robinsons Homes’ Christmas party #realestatebrokerlife. We learned they also altogether cancelled the carolling because it was raining.

Atm #selfie because I'm #hungry hehe

Atm #selfie because I’m #hungry hehe

I look like I have blonde highlights here because of the lighting, and I think it looks really pretty! Maganda raw magpaparlor ngayon kasi masaya ang mga parlorista hehe.


Second day of carolling! In between, I ordered last minute gifts. (As of now, I still need to buy a few more! Wah!)

No tag, no problem!

No tag, no problem!


We were supposed to attend another Christmas party, this time by Santos Land Development Corporation. However, we decided not to go because the weather was looking bad (Typhoon Onyok was about to make its landfall in Davao Oriental that night). We decided to just join the carolling while it was not yet raining (it rained later that night at around 10 pm) and I was a little glad I still had time to pack my things for my weekend getaway.

Rain rain go away!

Rain rain go away!

Oh I think I haven’t told you about that one yet! My friends from work and I organised another weekend getaway, this time in the mountains (the last time was in a beach in Samal Island).

We got home at around 9:30 that night (we were able to raise P15,000 from three nights of carolling) and after putting Yuri to bed, I started packing my things. For the first time, I don’t even have a packing list before a trip! It was a really hectic week for me (all those things plus work — it’s always hectic before Christmas week — and emergency shopping trips and wrapping gifts made time an expensive luxury for me). Thank goodness Yuri slept soundly and allowed me to pack my bag at the last minute!


If I can describe this trip in one word, it would be challenging. For starters, there’s a storm and it’s going to make a landfall here in Mindanao! And we’re going up to the mountains of all places. But none of us wanted to cancel the trip because all of our schedules are already jam-packed. Also, Lenz has already arrived from an 8-hour trip from Cagayan de Oro and nakakahiya naman sa kanya hahaha (#insidejoke).

So while I was packing my things at midnight (I was supposed to go at 6 am!), I was also constantly checking updates from Pagasa. Thank God they post updates very often. At maybe around 1 am, I read the update that the typhoon weakened further into a low pressure area! Thank you Lord! Although it was still raining, I was confident enough that we will be blessed with a pleasant weather.

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Haven’t worn an outfit like this since forever. Bye Onyok! #ootd

The road to Buda. Almost zero visibility thanks to the combination of fog and rain

The road to Buda. Almost zero visibility thanks to the combination of fog and rain

I will not talk about the trip in full detail here (it deserves a full post!), but let me just say that it’s challenge after challenge after challenge! With that said, I had sooo much fun and am super thankful we went.


We got home from the trip at around 2 am (I was still tired and sore) but I still had to prepare for, guess what, the village Christmas party this time. By the way, that was the first time I was away from Yuri overnight, but he didn’t even notice me when I got home. He did meet me at the gate but only to tell me that he’s going with his Iya (grandma) to the nearby grocery. Err okay!

After napping and taking a shower, it was time to go to the party. For the first time, I was able to join the games because Yuri was no longer afraid of loud music and, therefore, free to run and play. He just sat with the other kids (for the first time) and ate with them (for the first time). So this is how it feels to have fun in a party hahaha!

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That was the gist of my week last week. And what a whirlwind week it has been and I had the time of my life! I was (am) also discovering a new Yuri right in front of my eyes. And nothing beats the feeling of Christmas spirit everywhere. Merry Christmas everyone! How was your week?

PS: Did you watch Miss Universe this morning? I watch it every year and this one is one for the books. Congratulations, Pia!

PPS: Sorry for my hair in the featured image. We just got out of a 3-hour bus ride!


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  • Reply Renz December 22, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Busy indeed but I’m sure you had fun in doing all those! 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your little one!

  • Reply berlin December 22, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Busy week, whew! but everything looks fun and great. Have a merry Christmas celebration in your house and in your village 🙂

  • Reply Kim | Mom On Duty December 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    What a busy week! I had a super busy one with all the Christmas parties too. I don’t think I had one weekend in December where we didn’t attend a get together. All good, though!

  • Reply edelweiza December 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I miss carolling. I used to join one every Christmas season back in the province. Merry Christmas, Maan! 🙂

  • Reply Jackie December 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, you weren’t kidding when you said you were busy! But glad it all turned out fine.
    Merry Christmas to you as well! And about Ms. Universe, too bad about Ms. Columbia’s humiliation… congrats though to the Philippines 🙂

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah) December 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I miss caroling! It’s not very popular here in Manila kasi. Hay! Good to know you’re all safe from the storm.

  • Reply Madz December 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Oh wow! What a productive week! I love the calligraphy on your gift cards!

  • Reply juvy ann December 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Oh that was a busy week indeed. December is always the busiest month of the year. Dapat dagdagan ang araw ng December. Happy Holidays Sis!

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos December 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    You had a busy week indeed. We are also busy finishing our Christmas list. OMG in two days pala Christmas na. We need to buy more gifts pa.

  • Reply Neri Ann December 23, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    My week was also super busy plus the fact that I have work. No holiday off! I am also looking forward to the kids who will go caroling at our house.

  • Reply Denice December 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Busy week! I super miss caroling since we do it sa choir. Mommies really have a jampacked schedule talaga during the holidays!

  • Reply Kharla Canta December 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Same! being a mommy plus the holidays is a real trip!

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