Day Forty One

One of my favorite persons celebrates his birthday today!

Carlo bids goodbye to his twenties as he turns 30 years old today.  The kids and I surprised him with a (huge) homemade birthday card, as shown below:

We wrote our messages inside and even traced our hands, including Clarence’s:

If you do not know Carlo, let me show you a little bit of insight.

He is the type of person who is very carefree and has a positive disposition in life.  I admit that this is one thing he influenced me on.  No matter what obstacle we’re facing, you can always count on him to make jokes about it and you’ll know that everything will be okay.  I have seen him break down a number of times, but it still doesn’t break his spirit.

He is an extrovert.  He is surrounded by people that he loves and cares about.  He has tons of friends, and I mean the real kind.  It is a running joke that wherever we go, he will run into someone he knows.  Don’t believe it?  Let me tell you a story.  When we boarded a plane in Macau, he saw someone he knew inside the plane.  Of all places, he saw someone he knew in another country.  Another instance was when we were walking in Munoz, Quezon City.  We crossed the street and the driver of a passing car suddenly stopped and called him.

He is also stubborn and spoiled.  As the youngest of five siblings, he is used to getting is way in almost everything.  As for me, I am the eldest of three.  Our personalities cannot be further apart, but we still find a common ground and that is why make such a great team.  There’s a lot of things and ideas that we differ on  and it’s also because of that that we learn so much from each other.

He talks endlessly.  Whoever said that men are quiet and women are talkative, they sure as hell have not met us yet.  If there is one person who can talk the entire time traveling from Tagaytay to Quezon City, that would be him.  It happened a couple of summers ago when he was stuck in the back seat of a Mitsubishi Adventure on his own and we were traveling at night.  All of us in the front seat (except for the driver, of course) wanted to catch a nap and he didn’t want us to since he was alone at the back.  So, he told us that he wouldn’t let us sleep and he was true to his word.

One thing I admire most about him as a person, and not just as my husband, is his people skills.  He has his own way of handling and talking to people and that’s what made him a great leader while he was working.  It’s also because of this that he is a great businessman and, as I like to call him, racketeer.  He can sell ice to an eskimo, I can bet on that.

He is also an awesome haggler.  I love bringing him to tiangges and bazaars since he can haggle down to the very last cent.  He has his own style, which I think should be patented or licensed. 🙂

I could go on and on, but this will do for now.  He will still have many more birthdays to come and more chances for me to write about him.  Maybe next time, I’ll add more dirt on him and not be so nice. 🙂

Carlo, I wish you a very happy birthday!  I hope that all your wishes come true and that you remain in good health always.  I love you so much! Mwah!!! 🙂

Day Forty

We ate at Zensho Japanese Restaurant for Carlo’s pre-birthday dinner.  Zensho is one of our favorite Japanese eat-all-you-can restaurants.  Because of their oyster motoyaki alone, it easily surpasses Yakimix for me.  Just sayin’.

There is no buffet table in this restaurant, they only prepare your food upon ordering so you’re sure it’s freshly prepared.  Among our favorites are miso shirin soup, oyster motoyaki, steak teppanyaki with beansprouts, tofu steak, kani salad, ebi tempura, and mixed sushi/sashimi.  Dinner buffet is at Php 695++ per person and their lunch buffet is Php 595++ per person.  They also have a la carte meals if you prefer that over buffet.  Their eat-all-you-can menu is limited compared to the a la carte menu.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I strongly recommend that you do.

Zensho Japanese Restaurant is located at 168 Tomas Morato Ave., South Triangle Quezon City.  You can reach them at (+632)929-1069.

Day Thirty Nine

I had an entire bookstore to myself today!!!  Well, not really…

I accompanied my husband, Carlo, today to a pre-birthday shoot of his goddaughter, Zellene.  She is the daughter of Carlo’s high school best friend, Rommerson, and his wife (and my good friend) Hazel.  She will celebrate her 7th birthday on March 31.  They rented out Fully Booked in The Fort for two hours just for the shoot.  We arrived there at around 9:00 a.m., which is an hour and a half before the store opening.

I’m telling you, as soon as I entered the empty bookstore, I felt like I had died and gone to book heaven.  The smell of new books just filled the air (and if you love books as much as I do, you know what I mean).  As soon as we settled in, I started roaming around the aisles like a kid in a toy store.  I was free to pick up any book and read while they were taking photographs of Zellene.  I could easily get lost inside that massive bookstore, which consists of FOUR floors.  Living there did cross my mind, you know.

It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.  Thanks to Carlo, Omeng and Hazel for giving me this. 🙂

Day Thirty Eight

Wow, my little boy turns nine months old today.  Time has flown by so fast!  He has grown so much especially now that he can stand on his own while holding on to something.

One thing you need to know about this guy is that he loves watching Barney.  Whenever I need him to stay put, I open up YouTube, search for Barney and Friends videos and he sits still and watches attentively.  As soon as he sees Barney, his face lights up and he would smile.  It’s really awesome how much he loves that purple dinosaur I used to watch when I was a kid. 🙂

Day Thirty Seven

I absolutely love Nancy Drew books!!!  I read them when I was a kid through my college years.  I remember asking my younger sisters to borrow them from their school library for me.  Once I get the chance and have enough resources, I plan to collect every single one of them.  So if you know anyone who wants to sell their Nancy Drew books, just let me know and hopefully, we can work something out.

Day Thirty Six

I am so addicted to books that I have loads of them.  When we moved to a different house, there wasn’t a bookshelf I could place them in so they are all stacked on the floor.  This is just half of my book collection, the other half is stored in a plastic bin.  I know I need to take care of them more, but until then, the floor is their home. 🙂