Uniwide Shopping: Gift Ideas

Moving on, Uniwide is also heaven to anyone looking for reasonably priced gifts and knick knacks.

Some of my favorite finds..

Plain white ceramics. I was so tempted to get several ramekins but the ones available had no note that says that they are oven-safe.

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If you want to make your home more Christmas-y. This is the place to be

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Uniwide Shopping: Christmas Cards

Aside from ornaments, Uniwide is the place to be if you are on the look out for affordable Christmas cards. I only went Uniwide Sucat which is conveniently located 20-30 minutes from our place. I am sure the selection in the main branch in Coastal mall is at least 3 times better.

In Uniwide, you can find a box of cards for as low as 39 pesosesoses or more or less $1.

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I have been telling myself every year that I will make more homemade holiday cards but Uniwide is the universe’s way of telling me to postpone the plan. Why shop for, cut and paste materials if cheap but cute cards are easily available, right?

I got a box of 6 pop-up cards for only 39 pesos. That is less than 7 pesos each. The cover is simple

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But the inside is ta-daa!

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Cute eh?

I also got 4 boxes of these 5-fold cards for Aki’s classmate.

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Uniwide Shopping: Christmas Ornaments

This year, I promise to regularly update this blog and immediately publish posts that others might find help.

No, not really. Who am I kidding? Sometime last November, I was really planning on blogging about my Uniwide finds. The post could have helped last minute Christmas shoppers. Hopefully, my three-part Uniwide posts might help you 11 months from now.

Uniwide is my happy place. My world crashed when I heard of plans of its closure mid last year. Thank God it is still operational. And I am sorry if I caused panic buying.

I was in Uniwide Sucat several weeks before Christmas. The whole store was in holiday mode.

These greeted us at the entrance. I so want the snow-covered-looking tree! So help me God!

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I have been shopping in Uniwide for a couple of years now. It was only last year did I got overwhelmed with the wonderful and affordable ornaments on stock. Whatever your theme is, I am sure there’s something for you there.

Here are some of my favorites

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I got this for my friend Margie who likes the moon

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And this was for another friend who likes dogs

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Santa in sports team uniforms. I’d love to have a jujitsu Santa

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I should have gotten this for another friends who loves the color green. Bad friend me.

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The Wooden Family is Now Complete

These are our wedding cake toppers. I have had them many years before Franco proposed. I got them from a Palawan trade fair for less than a 100 bucks. When we decided to have a Filipino themed wedding,  I just knew that these cuties would make our cake much more interesting.

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They are displayed in the house ever since we moved in. For 4 years,  I have been looking for a little wooden boy to complete our family. I am so glad we found Aki’s perfect wooden match when we went to Baguio.

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Update: Top 100 Children’s Book of All-time Collection

Good morning! The neighbor’s rooster chorale has been practicing since 3AM!

Thank you to everyone who appreciated our 2013 family photos by Caslow Photography. I agree that the Booksale set is oh so lovely.

Speaking of Booksale, here is an update on our collection of top 100 children’s books. Except for the ones we got as gifts, we purchased almost all of the books from Booksale.

Please give me a round of applause because we now have 74! We did not go to Booksale last year as often as we used to but we still managed to add 20 books to the collection. Happy me!

ABC3D:  89
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day: Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz  7      
Amazing Grace:  86
Animalia: Graeme Base   19
Are You My Mother?:  P.D. Eastman       31     
Bark George     100
Blueberries for Sal:  Robert McCloskey  27
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?        14     
Caps for Sale:  48
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom:        24
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type: Doreen Cronin  40     
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Judy and Ron Barrett         5      
Corduroy:       29     
Counting Kisses 110    
Curious George:         37     
Dear Zoo;       78
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems         18
Eleventh Hour: Graeme Base      52
Everyone Poops:  Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum  21     
Fancy Nancy:  Jane O’Connor     26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner        28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder         65
George and Martha       97     
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman      22
Good Night Gorilla      25     
Goodnight Moon  3      
Green Eggs and Ham:  Dr. Seuss  4
Guess How Much I Love You       8      
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson  15
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Fun Finds from My Neighbor’s Garage Sale

We are holding a garage sale in the next couple of weeks. We will be looking for new owners for brand new and preloved clothes, toys, parenting and children’s books, Uniwide plates and a lot more. Going through each and every cabinet in the house is therapeutic. I feel so blessed and ashamed at the same time. Blessed because we have more than what we need. And ashamed because accumulating so much unnecessary stuff just isn’t right. I don’t think we will earn a lot from this sale but I am really excited. I look forward to seeing happy buyers who know they got a good deal. I look forward to seeing Aki wholeheartedly sell his beloved toys. This is one way of teaching him how to be entrepreneurial. And of course, I look forward to more storage space and less clutter in the house.

Here are some of the items I scored from a neighbor’s garage sale last October. I was supposed to blog about them last November but because of the Yolanda typhoon, I opted to delay this post.

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Jackets for 50 pesos. I got them for Ate Doring’s daughters.

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad and How to Kill a Mockingbird. Only 20 pesos per book.

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Scandalous shorts that I hardly wear. Hehe. Also 20 pesos per pair.

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Pieces of You Album by Jewel. This album has one of my favorite songs ever – You were Meant for Me.  Do you know this song? Anyone who has ever been brokenhearted can relate to this song. I can’t pick my favorite line because I love the whole song. In case you don’t know the lyrics, here it is

I hear the clock, it’s six a.m.
I feel so far from where I’ve been
I got my eggs I got my pancakes too
I got my maple syrup, everything but you.
I break the yolks, make a smiley face
I kinda like it in my brand new place
I wipe the spots off the mirror
Don’t leave the keys in the door
Never put wet towels on the floor anymore’ cause

[Chorus:]
Dreams last so long
even after you’re gone
I know you love me
And soon you will see
You were meant for me
And I was meant for you.

I called my momma, she was out for a walk
Consoled a cup of coffee but it didn’t wanna talk
So I picked up a paper, it was more bad news
More hearts being broken or people being used
Put on my coat in the pouring rain
I saw a movie it just wasn’t the same
‘Cause it was happy or I was sad
It made me miss you oh so bad ’cause

[Chorus]

I go about my business, I’m doing fine
Besides what would I say if I had you on the line
Same old story, not much to say
Hearts are broken, everyday.
I brush my teeth and put the cap back on
I know you hate it when I leave the light on
I pick a book up. Turn the sheets down.
And then I take a deep breath and a good look around
Put on my pjs and hop into bed
I’m half alive but I feel mostly dead
I try and tell myself it’ll be all right
I just shouldn’t think anymore tonight ’cause

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Family Photoshoot @ Timezone and Booksale

There is no denying that I love photoshoots. I am always the one behind the camera so it is really nice to be in front for a change. Every year, I look for new and upcoming photographers and hire them to take our pictures. See here for our past family photos. Our pictorials are always outdoor. Studio photos are nice too but the cost of printing is just too much. Plus you don’t get to take home all softcopies of the pictures. Lucky me, I won a free photoshoot from Caslow.

The theme of this year’s shoot is The Gift of An Ordinary Weekend. Locations were Timezone in High Street, Booksale and Dunkin Donuts in Makati Cinema Square. Getting a permit from Timezone was not a problem. I just sent them a message via Facebook and got the approval via email. The permit from Booksale was more troublesome. They normally do not allow photoshoots. The hassle and begging were worth it because our photos were amazing.

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Whose child is this????

We speak to  Aki in both English and Filipino but thanks to TV and school, he speaks English about 80% of the time. And his Filipino? Not so good. You forgot to tanggal the saksak. Mummy, are you ligo-ing? His English on the other hand, is 10 times better. The probinsyana in me, gets surprised every time I hear him say..

… I did not see that coming..

… I can’t believe my ears…

… My bad…

… I have a flavlem (problem)…. I am not having fun

… Here is the deal…

… Of course.. not!

… I can’t believe I am hearing this

…not helping…

 

Whose child is this????

This bothers me a bit because I want Aki to grow up speaking and appreciating both languages.  Maybe we should stop speaking to him in English and just speak Filipino all the time at home.

What do you think?

 

Light and Creamy Carbonara

Here is one of the last things I cooked before deciding to ban red meat from my diet. Being a pesatarian was supposed to be a form of penance and thanksgiving. My original plan was to try it during the Christmas season. I thought it will take much will power to stop stuffing myself with the holiday ham. But no, the transition was easy. And Ate Rache, who introduced me to the idea, is right. I feel lighter and calmer. According to her, when pigs and cows are being killed or start sensing that they are next, they release stress toxins or something that are passed on to us when we eat their meat. Franco laughed at me when I shared this to him but I think there is some truth to it. It has been a month since I started this new diet and I have no plans of going back to my old meaty days for now.

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Anyhoot, here is a creamy but cream-less recipe of carbonara.

About 8 slices of chopped bacon (I asked Ate Doring to buy the smallest and cheapest pack. She got me one from Pampanga’s Best)

1/2 cup water

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated

3 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk

Salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti (I used .40 kg pasta from Del Monte)

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