Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One Day without Shoes


I really do.
It's not good for my plantar fasciitis, but I really do love those shoes.
We've kicked off our shoes on April 5th to support their campaign of
"One day without shoes".

Not only do those shoes feel so comfortable, I love the concept of "With every pair sold, TOMS donates a new pair of shoes to a child in need.".

I remembered when I was a teenager that "espadrilles was a hit in the 80's-90's" And I remembered that my friends and I had matching colors to match. Haahaa. Anyways,the first time I saw Tom's shoes was at the mall and it just reminded me of those espadrilles. Then I saw on twitter and researched on it. I went to Nordtrom's and tried it on and Loved it! BUT most of all, I loved the concept of "With every pair sold, TOMS donates a new pair of shoes to a child in need".

Last Year was their 3rd Annual "ONe Day without shoes". So J.T and I walked the Streets of San Fro without shoes".

This year "One Day without shoes" was on a spring break again and the boys and I walked to the park, beach and was at LAX without shoes. And yes, I saw some people walking down the pier and LAX without shoes and we all smiled. Haahaa.

It's kind of gross haahaa, but when I think about the people especially the Children who does not have any shoes, it motivates me to help them even more.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Break '11

Spring break started on April Fools....No, seriously. April 1st was on Friday and I didn't have enough time to do some crazy pranks for the kids. However, I was still able to pull some pranks on them. I told them we were going to have cereal on friday. Which by the way they were not happy because cereal day is only on thursday. Anyways, Jake wanted Cocoa Pebbles ( placed real pebbles inside the box) and JT wanted Cocoa puffs, and placed (cottons). The boys started laughing. They thought they were going to eat eggs and pancakes, but I told them nahh, you are eating the cereal. They thought that was the prank.

Friday was also Lunch with someone special and
Portfolio day at school. Paul, Tito John and Lola ( my mom)
and I went to their school and had lunch with them
and looked and read at their projects and journal.

We are so grateful for all their accomplishments this year.

Obsession Du Jour

I love shopping, shoe shopping even better. And when I go to DSW, I feel like a little girl in a candy store. (minus the sugar) of course.

I love trying on trendy shoes and looking for classic ones.
THEN, I saw These BEAUTIFUL Pair of shoes.
A Sergio Rossi pair of shoes...

They were in the sale rack..(shockingly), and it was marked 80% off.
and it's priced $40.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I almost died and it was in my size section (81/2). HOWEVER
when I checked the size it was size 8!!!

And European shoes are totally diff. from American made shoes.
Those Sergio Rossi's were gorgeous and it was narrow and ran very tight and small.

I've walked around the store many times with those shoes.
I almost bought it.After all they said "Suffer for fashion"
But I had to give it up when I got to the cashier.
Maybe next time, they might have Mahnolos or Loubotin's there.
(Crossing my fingers)

Thanks Lola

My Mom came and visited us since Feb 3rd. She left on April 5th back home
to the Philippines.
We went to Las Vegas, went for walks at the park. shopped together,
she played reached for the stars and uno with the boys.
We went to Anthropologie while the boys tested the couch at the store
I miss my Mom already, we love her and shes the best Mom and Lola ever!
Thanks again for visiting us Lola. We love you. =))


After months of planning lunch together. My friend Luisa her cute son Jake and I met at BJ's.
in Cerritos. Since they moved to OC. This is where our meeting place is for lunch.
I am so happy and excited to see her and
her tiny bump. ( she's due late Summer).
She was also able to share that she's having a ....... SURPRISE.
Anyways, Jake is sooo cute and I loved hearing him say "never mind". Love that kid!
He's too funny.
We talked and talked and we were very good and did not order pizookie. I KNOW!
Maybe Next time!

Spring break to be continued......

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring has sprung!

Last week, my Mom and I went to Trader Joe's and bought daffodils. The next day it blossomed into these pretty flowers.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring yet?

Ever since living here in the U.S, I get excited duirng season change. I cannot say that winter is my least favorite since we live in Sunny So Cal! I would love to be able to wear some of those Winter coats...

Next month, Target is having a "designers comeback". Huffington Post " Target is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its GO International program by re-releasing 34 dresses from its past 17 designer collaborations. So if you missed them the first time around, boy, are you in luck! They'll hit stores and Target.com come March 13. And the best part? We've flipped through the lookbook (repeatedly) and none of the frocks are priced higher than $44.99."..

I want Proenza, Thakoon,Behnaz Sarafpour, Alice Temperly,Jovovich Hawk. I'm stoked!

Here's another spring fave of mine.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Incredibly talented...

... A D E L E

The first time I heard her song Chasing Pavements and Cold Shoulder, I became an instant fan! She is Uber talented young artist. Her voice is very refreshing and and very stunning.
So, when I heard her on the Ellen show last yr. and loved the song. It's AH-MAZING!

Well, because I can't "embed" the video. You can watch it here..

Then heard this song again while promoting the movie "I am number four".

I know... I know you all concur!! :))

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Angry Birds

The boys are addicted to the "angry birds" game. And I concur, sometimes while waiting for the boys from their Taekwondo class, I play the angry birds game. This morning on the way to drop off the kids at school, the radio mentioned about making a movie. Read here and check this out...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Valentines, Birthday, Birthday and Many more

What a very busy week we've had. Sent out lots of XOXO last Monday's Valentine's Day. The boys did not have school however, I still had to work that day. A Beautiful poem, red roses, lots of kisses and hugs make it "extra special". With V-day landing on a monday, we went to our family favorite restaurant Mimi's cafe with my Mom and brother.

Wednesday was my DH's Birthday. Since having kids, we decided to celebrate Vday with the fam, Birthday with the fam then a separate "date night" on a weekend.

Thursday was our friend Maria and her son's birthday. They invited us and met at her office, rode a limousine to "rock sugar" at Century City. The boys let their wiggles out while in the limousine and behaved well and ate dinner well. The restaurant was great and food was very interesting with different "pan asian" cuisine-ish taste,texture and very delish. If you love Cheesecake Factory and Grand Luxe Cafe, you'll definitely love this restaurant :}}.

Friday was a lovely date night with my DH. Rain, movie, popcorn and an awesome Mom to watch the boys. What more can you ask for.

What a way to end this lovely week. It started raining on Wednesday and what more can you ask for. xoxo

Monday, February 14, 2011

4 Months

Nooooooooooooooo, I am not 4 months pregnant. It has been a very, very busy 4 months in our household. My boys are growing up so fast that I could not keep up with the blogging world. I am sure everyone can agree that FB and Twitter are way much easy to access nowadays. Well blogging world, you should try to have an "app" so it would be easier for us to blog too. HA!

I will really try my best to update and post pictures as soon as I get my groove back. HA!
Hope you had a wonderful V-Day. xoxo

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted. Updates coming soon!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jack and Jack

Two of our favorite shows ended in May. Lost and 24 were one of our many, many favorite TV shows. Even though I was a little "lost" watching LOST, I still watched the Series finale and even threw a party for my DH.

24 - "shut it down"

Having said that, I still have some of my guilty pleasures on TV, too many to mention :)) and even though I am Team Edward.
I've started and will also always be Team Jack!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Lovin here we come!

I know...I know... It's almost end of the month, Eclipse has been out for a month and I am late with my Summer post.

We kicked off Summer Vacay and went to the beach with our friends

El Capitan Theater.

The next day we went to watch Toy Story 3 with
3 other families from Church.
Thanks again Laura for organizing this :))

We walked around the hollywood stars
and Mann Chinese Theater.

We were shocked we made it to Hollywood so soon. We went to Mann Chinese Theater to kill time. We didnt know it was Michael Jackson's 1 yr death anniversary and there were reporters and flowers on his "hollywood star"

After the movie we went to the Toy Story Carnival or Toy Story 3 Fun Zone.

There sooo many pics to post. There was bike contest,bean the alien,barrel of monkeys and art zone.

Food Truck or
Roach Coach

...NOT! These are not your typical Roach Coach! These are one of the best "Lunch Turck in LA". Kogi BBQ tops our list. It's Korean Beef tacos. For dessert the Best Hawaiian Shaved ice :)) YUM!

Take me out to the ball game....

MY DS enjoyed his first season of baseball. He played all around. His favorite part sliding down the home plate! Great yr for the A's!!!

Boogie Board

We miss the SUN! Jake said " I think the Sun is asleep". I know right!!! It's summer and it's been in the 60's here in So. Cal. But the weather doesnt stop the boys from going to the beach or jumping in the pool. They love boogie boarding this summer.

. Cach and her boys were in town from LV.We went to Irvine at Hedda's place,
went swimming
had Boiling Crab for dinner
and some awesome desserts!
We missed you Sharon and Toots.

With our first week of Summer Activities. It just wore us out.

Happy Summer!!!!

Got Password

It's not that I've abandoned my BLOG. Well, as usual I have been very busy with last day of school activities, Summer activities and Church Activities. I also forgot my password and email add. It's too hard especially when I am in the process of changing my old email add. Anyways, HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's starting

Oh heck yeah!!!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my Dad,
my FIL
and my DH.
We are blessed to have wonderful Dad :))
You guys are the best. We love you all!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Popped!

If only I could eat Chips for breakfast ,Lunch or Dinner.I would! But that wouldn't be healthy of course.
These chips are soooo addicting!
It's not fried
It's not baked
It's Popped!


I heart chips!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Hello Dahlings, I know... I know... Where have I been. I have not forgotten Eclipse of course. It's my favorite book (next to Twilight) I am excited to watch this Movie.

I'm sure you've heard about it, Breaking Dawn starts in October.

Monday, May 31, 2010

World Cup

We are excited for World Cup. I have picked my teams so are the boys.

And here's a lovely sight
when I go running to the beach
and on the way to work.

I've also printed the flags I picked for the World Cup.
Now, we are just waiting for June 11!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Shrek 4D

We have been wanting to watch at Gold Class CInema since Feb. due to limited seats, tickets sell out really fast! (Thanks to my brother). ON Saturday we took the boys and watched Shrek 4D.

Red Carpet to enter Gold Class Cinema

The Lounge area: this is where you
sit, eat and "pick up"
5 minutes before the movie starts.

The Menu

"pls push the button, if you want to order popcorn or drinks"

Don't forget to recline your seats, pillow and blanket,


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We left our Hearts

in San Francisco.....

Spring Break, Fun Time and Happy 10 Yr Anniversary.
Ohhh, we had a FUN-Tastic time!
We flew to San Francisco,( Thanks to Jet Blue $39.00 each way)
and stayed at the Fisherman's Wharf.
We did not rent a car and saved us $40.00/night for parking (whew!)
We took the bus, cable car,muni and train which was part of the City Pass.

View fomr our Hotel
When we arrived we enjoyed
seafood at Pier 39.

Jake: Mommy, what a Thong?

We did "walk the hilly streets of San Fo"

We went to California Science Academy

Fisherman's wharf.

I love my TOMS shoes. On our way back home, I joined the campaign. read here

Will post more pic.....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

What the....


I cannot believe, that I have not posted in almost 2 MONTHS??? WOW!. That is so NOT ME..LOL!
Been busy with school activities, work, Church act,
and extra curricular act. yada, yada.
Brace yourselves
here's what happened the past 2 months
or at least some of it



Our computer CRASHED!
(in Feb)
we don't know what happened, it wasn't a virus
BUT it has something to do with the power supply

The great news is that we have a
back up and saved all my pictures and files.
Grateful to have an awesome-software engineer-IT-husband!

Ha, I love this comic, I had to call my DH at work
and asked him millions of questions
he got home and the computer cannot be revived. Too sad!

Totally, they should start installing air bags in all the computers.

Anyways, here's what

what I/we've been up to, BTW
if you see an old news it's because I have not posted
for 2 months!

NY Fashion Week
has kicked off today ( Feb 11)

And a somber news hit Bryant Park with the news that
Alexander McQueen Passed away today - here

Ports 1961 offers a Moment of Silence for Alexander McQueen.

Catharine Malandrino pays tribute to McQueen click here

And Animoto pays Tribute to Mcqueen

Alexander McQueen

There were too many designers/pieces to post.
I've saved the vids in my faves
but could not find them, bummer!
I love the colors, the designs
Heart Truth 2010
Fashion for Haiti

Feb 13
Baptism, Birthday and Valentine's day
OH MY!!!

It has been a fun weekend at the M-household. Friday night, the boys' GPA, 3 Aunts (Barb, Becky and Brenda) and 2 Cousins (Sarah and Tom) came to visit us but especially to attend my DS baptism.

We had my DS's
"Favorite Things Theme"
His favorite food: It was a combination of
Hawaiian, Filipino ,American, Italian and Mexican
We catered a Taco guy and it was sooo good!!!

For the centerpiece I
wrote down all his favorite things, places, hobbies, games, family and
posted pictures too.
My dear friends brought some yummy desserts
that I did not even had a single bite.
My DS's cousin played the violin and
a friend played the guitar. They both did an awesome job!

After the luncheon we took them to the beach.
It was a beautiful day like 77 deg.

At night, we played one of J.T's favorite games 'Catch Phrase'
and Jake was sooo tired and did not want to miss the fun
he grabbed a pillow and slept under the table.

Happy to be 8 yrs old!

That week, my DS turned 8 yrs old
and we went to Benihana
for his
We got home and he had a "treasure" hunt for his presents.

Pinewood Derby

The past few months
JT ,his brother and Dad
had been so busy
building his Pinewood Derby Car.
J.T called it his Ben Ten car
and Jake called it The Other Ben Ten car
and he even made it to the Finals :))

Student Free Day

I dont know what it is,
not complaining about it :))
but once a yr, they have a Student Free Day
We went to DLand
saw so many of our friends.
We hang out with Steve and Suzi and the boys.
We also saw Karalea and her boys, classmates
and other Church friends.
During the fireworks
Jake fell asleep and we had to
carry him from the theme park
to the tram to the parking lot.
Because he was in a Deep Sleep, we could not wake him up.
Of course why will he wake up when
Mom and Dad can alternately carry him.

Anyways, I think during the "hand-offs"
his other shoe came off
and the next day
we told him that
We left it for Mickey as a Souvenir :))

I love to Read

Before Christmas,
the Vice Principal at their school
challenged the kids
to log on the minutes they
spend reading books.
I cannot remember if she mentioned that there will be
a price for whoever reads the most.
The boys Love, love, love
to read.
And for being at the top of their class in reading minutes
they made it to the L.A Clipper Reading Program
they even met
L.A Clippers' Marcus Camby, he read books to the kids
and the LA Clipper girls
danced a little.


Ahhh, remember those fancy shmancy
sneakers you wore in the 80's?
Well, I saw this from J CREW
and all of a sudden
it was memories from the past

Cafe Rio

I couldn't be more excited to have Cafe Rio in So.Cal!
And the best part, it's like 2 mins away from Paul's work!

So, the day Cafe Rio opened in Manhattan Beach, my SIL got accepted at Hoag Medical Center. She got us some Sprinkles cupcakes from Newport Beach. Congratulations!
The next day, I ran extra miles to burn those calories. And it is sooo WORTH IT!

Take me out to the Ball game!

J.T is playing baseball for the Little League and he is having a blast!
Paul is one of the Assistant Coaches (what's new :)))
and Jake and I get to go to the Snack Shack A LOOOTTT!
And I get to work at the Snack shack so I can get my $$$ back.
We enjoy watching and cheering for JT play baseball
and he is having a blast!


Happy TEN Years
In April
marks my 10 yr Happily wedding anniversay to
my very DH

I received an email from Ann Taylor and JCREW
for their Bridal Collection
and here's what I have to say...

Dear Ann Taylor,

Thank you so much for the email I received on Saturday ( in Feb). The message said "Our New Wedding Collection Unveiled". Where were you and J Crew (J Crew started their Bridal wear in 2005) 10 yrs ago when I was looking for a wedding gown. After 10 happily years of being married to my husband (April 8th) I still adore looking at Wedding gowns. Ann Taylor added on my checklist. However, even though I DO ADMIRE looking at these fabulous gowns. If I am a "Current bride"

I will not be able to wear it because I prefer my clothes to be Modest. :)) HOWEVER, this J CREW Wedding Gown came out in 2007. Thanks to Jcrew-aholics for this image. Glad she kept it for her records. I would love to see more "modest wedding gowns" in the future. Again, Thank you.


Cal. Adventure

Future Mechanical Engineer
A Long time ago
in a galaxy far...far...far away....


Jake is such a huge Lego builder.
Thanks to Lolo and Tito John
for the Lego Star Wars.
He BUILT these Legos

He's excited for his next challenge

Dr. Seuss

We had a combined RS BDay with another Ward and it was a Service project. Lisa made this awesome invitation and we get to decorate tables.

We had an awesome Church Act. Dinner. I also got a chance to decorate 2 tables. I picked Cat in the Hat and 1 Fish 2 Fish Books. Amber decorated the sneetches table.
It was a fun dinner activity and
we enjoyed to decorate the tables.

Future Albert Einstein

J.T joined the Science Fair for the first time
and won
1st place
in 2nd grade
was able to go to the
District Science Fair.
We're so proud of him!

His Science Project was about
Color and Light

Movie Nights:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The boys loves the books. We watched the movie and they loved it!
I don't know how many time they've read the books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid and
Star Wars

How to Train your Dragon

I thought this movie was awesome!!!
We enjoyed and loved the story.


A couple of weeks ago after we watched Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I asked the boys if I could just "pass by" Urban Outfitters for a few mins. They all agreed as long as I stay Max of 15 mins.It was painful to shop for 15 mins.
Anyways, 5 mins. later I got a call from Paul and he told me we have to go. The boys were laughing reading at these books.

And if you have not been to Urban and looked at the books you should not let your kids in there. Anyways, Glad my boys didn't see ALL of the books. WHEW!
Paul said maybe next time just go to
Well, that I am not complaining about!

Happy Easter
The boys set the table for Easter Dinner
they did a great job!

We hope you all had a Happy Easter
Happy Spring Break!!!