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    Friday, May 30, 2008
    first and last

    Thanks, Jody for the tag :)
    Participants: 1. Me and Mine 2. Creative in Me 3. Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. Supermodel Wannabe 7. FunFierceFaboulous 8. A Sweet Taste of Life 9. My Simple Joys 10. In This Game of Life 11. Scribbles of My Life 12. ADD YOUR BLOG!

    * First real job: Accountant (Nestle)
    * First screen name: abrilata :p
    * First funeral: my uncle, dad's side
    * First pet: dog, i think!
    * First piercing: ears
    * First tattoo: none yet!
    * First credit card: JCB
    * First kiss: 1st bf (not hubby! shh....)
    * First enemy: baka yung mga kalaro ko nung bata pa ako. hehehe

    * Last car ride: last sunday from a birthday party
    * Last kiss: from the little simon and franco, before they slept

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    Monday, May 26, 2008
    y is for yanina
    this is what i am up to lately. and i've just ordered two books and cookie cutters with the thought of doing this for a long time from now on... :)

    made these today as a mini birthday treat. i hope she likes it! been practicing for a couple of days now in time for the little boy's 2nd birthday :)

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    Friday, May 23, 2008
    Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

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    Monday, May 19, 2008
    Tagged : Arte Y Pico Award

    Awarded by blogging buddyRoselle. Thank you very much, I appreciate it a lot!

    Now there are some rules, I need to pick five other blogs to get this award..

    For those of you receiving the Award, here are the rules:

    1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

    2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

    3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

    4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

    Make sure you visit the link above.

    I would like to present this award now to my very good friend and neighbor Haydee, dear friend Ralline, blogmates Shiela, Joy and Amor . Have a good week ahead! :)

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    Wednesday, May 14, 2008
    WW#5: My Boys

    In My Life

    There are places I'll remember
    All my life though some have changed
    Some forever not for better
    Some have gone and some remain
    All these places have their moments
    With lovers and friends I still can recall
    Some are dead and some are living
    In my life I've loved them all

    But of all these friends and lovers
    There is no one compares with you
    And these memories lose their meaning
    When I think of love as something new
    Though I know I'll never lose affection
    For people and things that went before
    I know I'll often stop and think about them
    In my life I love you more

    Though I know I'll never lose affection
    For people and things that went before
    I know I'll often stop and think about them
    In my life I love you more
    In my life I love you more

    In My Life... I love you most!

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    Tuesday, May 13, 2008
    rush hour in china
    better make sure you fit! well, at least the guards are helping! :)


    Monday, May 12, 2008
    a very last minute trip to Prague, Czech Republic
    this is one feat for the books. last weekend was ascension holiday and we had no plans for the long weekend. our family friends were set to go on a trip to prague - two families and a single - together. we, on the other hand, didn't quite plan on anything - we were home bound. well, we do want to join them, but the airfare was quite high and the overnight train trip was expensive, as well. so, we decided to just have a go to prague another time, under a more reasonable price ;)... but i have a mole on the sole of my feet, and if you know our pinoy pamahiins, people w/ that are lakwatsera's. and i guess, being lakwatsera by nature, the long weekend was too tempting to just stay home or within the country.

    so friday came and we still had nothing planned, i surfed the net, and looked at the airline websites again (as i've been doing for the past week). out of the blue i decided to check the flights from a different airport... and what do you know! i found the best flight schedule i could think of. i was actually looking for a latter date trip, but the dates weren't just right, so i consulted hubby, asked him if he could squeeze in two days of leave... he said he couldn't, i was sad. it was the perfect schedule for us, low-priced airfare, the little one was still free, the eldest was at a reduced airfare rate and the days and time were just right... although the weather forecast mild showers, still it was just perfect! i was still asking him the same questions until he finally thought maybe he can give it a shot. so he filed his leave and we're set to go! i booked the flights and the accomodation in a blink of an eye and told our friends who were already there that we're on our way to join them in the excursion, and we'll be staying for 4 days! yipeee! :)

    prague is just a beautiful city, #1 in our list right now. you see, we went to paris, and was really really impressed, and then we went to barcelona and barcelona topped paris for us. and now, prague is just at the top of our charts! the city is so rich in history, charm and is just amazing. from the old town, to prague castle, the vtlava river, the charles bridge and the entire city itself... is just full of history! it is indeed a gem of europe, one of the most beautiful cities, indeed and it was especially enchanting at night. and the food was great, too! :)

    we were truly blessed to be able to go and hear mass in the Church of Our Lady Victorious – where the miraculous Prague Infant Jesus is. it was the coronation feastday of the sto. nino, so many pinoys mostly from cebu were on a pilgrimage there and we even had free lunch because of the occasion. :)

    so if you're planning on touring europe, i highly recommend paying a visit to prague for at least 3 days. and if you're up for more photos, just click here for some images of the old town, the prague castle, the vtlava river, the charles bridge and much more! enjoy! it's one of my dream destinations come true, indeed! :)

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    Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Happy Mother's Day!!!
    Thanks, Jody dear, for the greeting! :) myspace graphic comments

    Sending warm hugs and sweet kisses to all my dear mommy friends and blog-mates. Wishing you a day full of love and wonderful surprises! Mwah! :*)

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    Thursday, May 8, 2008
    Tagged [Bloggers Around The Globe]

    I was tagged by Meeya - thanks, girl! :)
    Let all the bloggers around the globe come together in unity by blog linking. All you have to do is add your name to the list. Don’t forget to specify the country where you are from and of course, link your name to your respective blog. If you have two or more blogs, add and link ‘em all. Then invite 8 or more bloggers to do the same. Here we go!

    Julia from Philippines, Catherine from Malaysia, Shi from USA, Mitch from Philippines, Hailey from Philippines, Sexymom from USA, Liza from Philippines, Sasha from Philippines, Thess from Netherlands, Marie from Philippines, Evi from Canada, Christine - Marikit from AU. Christine - Strawberrygurl from AU, Meeya (Marikit, Memes, and Finds) from USA, April from Switzerland and YOU

    so to continue the trip around the world, i'm tagging Haydee in Switzerland, Lohannah in USA, Mich in Singapore, Joy in Australia, Marlet in Hawaii, Amor in France, Ralline in the Philippines and Hugi in India. :)

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    Wednesday, May 7, 2008
    I WON!!!! :)
    i'm soooo happy today!!! :))))

    i opened my gmail and saw a comment from Lou saying i won the contest she started a few weeks back. i'm so excited, this means big news to me because it's one of the rare moments of my life... i'm not very lucky at contests or raffles, actually, so i'm really thrilled! now, i can't wait to look for something for dear mommy who's currently in the US, feeling homesick and missing her friends in manila... the $100 prize money i plan to get something for her for mother's day this sunday, i'm thinking a bunch of flowers - i can't remember the last time i gave her flowers...and a little present, i wonder where i can order. this is really exciting! :)

    again, thank you to Lou and happy, happy, happy birthday to sweet, smart Antonio. wishing you more blessings, good health and answered prayers. you have made some people very happy this week :) mwah!

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    Friday, May 2, 2008
    public holiday thursday
    Yesterday was Ascension Day and Labor Day holiday here . We spent our afternoon in Chateau de Prangins that housed the Swiss National Museum for Western Switzerland. No picture taking was allowed inside so we only got to pose outside and only 3 photos were "postable" :). After the trip to the museum we went to the beautiful Tulip Festival in Morges, where the tulips are now in full bloom... below is MY shot, click here for more postcard-perfect photos :).

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