All posts by Mai Dela Cena

Flower for Me

This morning before hubby and I go to work, my daughter, Erin, rushed inside our room and gave me a beautiful violet flower. She said “ Mommy oh, flower for you! Love kasi kita eh!” (at three years old she can talk clearly and no “bulol” words unlike her cousin who is a year older than her) then she smiled at me. Isn’t that sweet? I asked her where she picked that flower and she answered “kay Ate Delia!”. (lagot!) She is their grandmother actually because she’s my aunt but because most of the people in our compound call her ate, my kids call her ate too.

I got it from her and put it behind my ear, then she left our room. Outside, as we bid goodbye to our kids, she asked where the flower is. I said I left it inside our house, she cried, yelling that I should have not removed it from my ears until I get to my office. So to pacify her, I went back our house and here we are:

Me in my office uniform plus the violet flower with my Cien (obviously not in the mood) and my sweet Erin girl


Mother’s Day Lunch Out at Red Palace Restaurant

How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Hubby treated me and my mom (and of course with the kids) in this newly opened Chinese restaurant in SM Taytay. My eldest brother tagged along since he also had some stuff to buy in SM Department Store. We arrived at the mall just in time for lunch and as expected there were lots of customers waiting for available table. While we’re on cue, the hostess gave their menu and asked for our order. Their foods were somehow the same with Super Bowl and since hubby and I usually dine in there (Gateway Branch), he immediately chose the foods that we knew my mom and kids will like.

Before, the only family restaurant you can see in SM Taytay is Max’s and Pizza Hut. And people usually lined up in them but last Sunday, the crowd was divided. In Red Palace, I noticed that most of their customers were chinky-eyed like hubby. (Now what am I expecting, it is a Chinese Restaurant after all) Hubby tried to order a mug of beer for him and my brother but the waiter said that liquor ban was currently up because of the election. With his dismay (and with me and my mom’s delight), he opted to order a can of Coke instead.

Beef with broccoli, Yang-chow, Crispy lechon, Chicken barbecue (Ciren’s special request), Special Siomai
Because it was Mother’s day, the restaurant gave stemmed roses to mothers who dined in their restaurant. And here’s what we got:

After feasting on the food, we went up to the department store because hubby said he will buy shoes for our kids. He went straight to his favorite brand of shoes, Florsheim. As expected, it cost way too much for me and my mom but hubby insisted that price doesn’t matter as long as it  is durable and can be use for a long period of time. Well, I couldn’t agree more with his statement, because our kids’ shoes are still in good condition up to now and the only time I get to store it in their boxes are when the shoes doesn’t fit  anymore. Some of my Erin’s shoes are getting near to her little sister’s shoe size while with my son; some of his cousins are waiting for them.

 Floreshiem shoes for Ciren and Erin, Statement Tees for my little Cien, Barbie and Ben 10 watch for my 2 toddlers, Beverly Hills Shirts for Erin and RL Shirt for Ciren
After that mini shopping, we decided to have some Ice cream before we went home.

Noticed my Cien? She struggled with her uncle and insisted on getting down the floor to walk. (Few months from now, we expect her to be running along with her siblings by then).

edited today, 05/24/2010. thanks to J for the correction=)

Summer Outing in Loreland Farm Resort

After several times of planning and re-scheduling, our Accounting department finally visited Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo. Our client Mr. Ryan Mariñas and his family own that very nice and spacious resort and he personally invited us (for free!) to visit the place and have fun.  (You can book Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City with Traveloka, though, if you can’t go there for free.)
Wonder why he invited us for free? Well, it’s because of the good customer service that we gave to him every time he has a project with us. He did not only offer free entrance but he also reserved 2 cabanas for us. Actually, he offered us room accommodation but that was if we opt for an overnight stay which is very much impossible because most of us have kids and families and overnight swimming will be very inconvenient for us.
It was just a department outing and we are only seven in the Accounting section so we were allowed to bring along companions. I brought my eldest son with me and had a hard time leaving the house without my 2nd daughter noticing her brother and me.
Assembly time was 8am and we just met up with my officemates in front of the Unciano Hospital. From there, we rode at my colleague’s Vios car and just 15 minutes away we got in the vicinity.
At first, we parked the car outside but then the guard said that we could bring it in inside the resort itself. It was very convenient for us because we got lots of stuff to bring in. We parked almost next to our assigned cabana.
Our assigned Cabana #1 and #2
Since our entrance and accommodations were free, we decided to have a potluck for our food. We had Carbonara, Adobong baboy, roasted chicken, salted eggs with tomatoes, green mangoes with bagoong, some junk foods (with my son’s delight), softdrinks and a gallon of mineral water. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of all that stuff (you know I had with me my little one).

Loreland Farm Resort has numbers of pools and there are lots of other amenities available for their guests. However, there is one activity in there that are appealing to their patrons and that is their very own version of Zip-Line. For Php100 ($2) you can go from one end to another with the use of a harness. (Actually I’m not sure about its distance). Zip-line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or upscale resorts, where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes course.

One of the guest trying out the Zip-line

Zip-line is also known as a flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing and is  consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley. Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment. They may be short and low, intended for child’s play and found on some playgrounds. Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy.
source: Wikipedia

***No one in my colleagues dared to try it though.

We dipped in several pools and walked around the resort for some picture taking. Good thing my boss loves taking pictures and actually served as our paparazzi, as an evident today in the office, we saw that most of his shots are candid (he captured all our ngiwi, tawa and takaw mode).

Antipolo is also famous with their OL (overlooking) especially during the night where you can see the city lights and enjoys the cool breeze. But guess what we saw and captured in our camera.

Overlooking the polluted city with smoke and other not so lovely view.
Now that is the latest version of OL in Antipolo. Harming Mother Nature is really becoming rampant nowadays. If only we know how to love and take care of it, we will still have our little ones see the real essence of our environment years from now.

We ate again and packed our things at around 4pm with some of our left over in our bag. (We got lots of it since 2 of our voracious eater officemates did not make it).

 Glimpse of Loreland Farm Resort with my son Ciren King

That day we had so much fun especially my son who wouldn’t get out of the pool even when the sun was all up. Imagine, staying under the pool and scorching sun at 12noon up to 3pm. No wonder my mom got very surprised when she saw us. Here’s how we look like:

Sunburned and toasted

Just a Heads Up

I know I have been MIA (missing in action) for quite sometime in my blogs. But I’m back and I’ve got more posts to come. I’ll be blabbing about our company department outing, of course our Mother’s Day celebration, a few notes about my online gigs and updates on my kiddos. Not yet done with photo watermarking so hope y’all get back on my nook.
Meanwhile, just to give you something interesting to look in this heads up post of mine, here’s the latest picture of my daughter Cien Riley who is celebrating her 11th monthsary today.
That’s how bad her hair is during early mornings.. (bad hair or not she still looks cute right?)


First Award for My 3rd Blog

Thanks to sis Hanna for this award!

Rules for this:

1. Post the logo on your Blog. Link back to the person who sent this to you.
2. Pass it to 12 bloggers that inspire you!
3. Link the bloggers and let them know!!

Passing this award to the following sissies:
Hits and Mrs.
a dreamer
Drama Queen (super mag-emote)
Everything Nice!
Golden’s Diary
It’s a Beautiful Life!
just simple thoughts
Keeping it frothy
my baby rj