i told my self that i will not give me the right to come back here and start writing again until i transfer to and finish extracting all of our vacation photos from my portable hard drive (a christmas gift from honey!) and put them out into our on-line album. so finally, i finished the whole process just this week! i'm so glad that i was finally able to decongest my didi (my two and a half yo powerbook) and that she can finally "breathe" now that she'd coughed out about a gazillion of files and photos from her hard drive :)
i'd really like to pick up from where i left off but that would mean writing a whole lot of backlogged thoughts, events, emotional roller coaster and so many things in between! so scratch that idea and maybe i can decently come back into scene by simply summing up what we've been up to and where we've been the last 6 months. but i won't do it just yet. definitely not in one shot! i figured the trip to thailand and all the other places deserves separate entry.
9 Manila days
moving on... december found me back in PI to spend holidays with my family once again. i broke my own record (again) this time. my december trip was indeed last minute, much like last november of 2005 (for the wedding preps and honey's graduation) and july 2002 (when honey surprised me saying he has to meet me in toronto... to marry him!).oh, and forget december 2005 since it wat an emergency. and like my other unplanned trips, this time is far more shorter compared to the ones i did: i had 3 weeks for november 2005 and 2 weeks for my civil wedding in july 2002. this time, i was home for 9 (yes. nine! nueve! siyam!) days only. i don't know how i did it. it was the most tiring trip (and did i say shortest?!) i've ever done so far. i had the longest flight going back home which took me about 24 hours (i'm serious!) to reach san diego. usually, i don't feel anything on my travels to PI but excitement... i always get sleepless nights prior to start of my vacation and a complete no sleep the night prior to my departure. but you won't hear me complain a thing. however, i think i'm always "malas" on my flights back. just like this most recent one. when i got booked, they said i'm taking "special" flights--since i can only be away on a very strict time frame-- (to and from) that Korean air offer only on holidays. i had two lay overs. a 7-hour stop at incheon, seoul and a 3-hour stop in narita (my first in japan). and to make it even more depressing, i had to leave on new years eve!! i was hoping to leave on january first (as in daylight, not midnight!) but no flights were available unless i'm willing to stay til the 10th! i thought that was very mean, right? i was sooo sad to find myself inside the airport waiting for my midnight flight while watching the fireworks outside to finish. mean. mean. mean. the other passengers were clapping and ohh-ing and ahh-ing at the sight of every single colorful fireworks. the devil in me wanted to yell "shut up!" at them so badly.
i promised myself i'm not doing it again. i'd do 9-day trips again but not those kind of "special" flights anymore.
so anyway, what did we do with the 9 days i had?
EAT! yes. we ate at nine different places in 9 days! what's up with the number nine, man?!
we had this humongous king crab in schezuan sauce from Crustasia by Red Crab at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall after meeting up with fellow july w@w bride Nikki and her husband Dan
dinner at Zong in Corte de Las Palmas in ATC with the kids, mama and titas... we can never go there without orderng the ever favorito, pan fried chicken encrusted in salted egg, yummm!
lunch at Genji! after a whole day of shopping madness in Greenhills
we actually joined the crowd and stood in-line for some krispy kreme doughnuts and we were intrigued on what the craze was about at Cupcakes by Sonja ... you can find both now sitting wide on our hips!
another big, fat crab experience at the Hula Hula, still at the Westgate in Alabang. Crab Maritess is the bomb!
dinner at Cibo in ATC. nothing too fancy but we loved our pastas!
a late intimate dinner at the Skyline, Vivere Suites. We love this place and making plans to go there has become our habit. This is where we found our musicians for our wedding, The Serenate Strings, and we fell in love with the place eversince! We started collecting their stuffed animals given out together with the drink of the month since 2005 :)... it's always fun going back there, definitely highly recommended!
we ate at Congo grille in SM Sta. Rosa. We were really left with not much of a choice since we were rushing to eat in order to get to the movies in time! food was ok... not really happy, but it was ok. i'd prefer jollibee over that, though, had the line been shorter.
what a lengthy update! just looking back at those food alone makes me want to jump out of the bed and shop for crabs! kahit crab legs lang! but it's 11pm. darn it! ignore hunger and go to sleep.... laters!