Category Archives: friends

A Trip To Paintland

One of my very dear childhood friends, Baby, came to visit us with her family this past holiday season. Once they were done traipsing around the country, they managed to give us a few days of “not doing much,” before … Continue reading

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Lunch at Antonio’s Grill

After visiting a friend’s grave site, we decided to head over to Tagaytay, where Antonio’s Grill is located overlooking the Taal Volcano, which is in the middle of Taal Lake. It was a good time for a leisurely lunch. Our … Continue reading

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My 2013 Challenges

I’ve been mulling over what to challenge myself this coming 2013. It’s definitely coming up in a few hours. So, here’s my list, and I hope I can look back to it at the end of 2013 with deep joy … Continue reading

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The Big Game Paella Event

It all started with a series of text messages between father and daughter. It went something this: Daughter: The Big Game is coming, Dad! Father: Yup! Daughter: Are you and Mom watching at the Cal Stadium? Father: Nope. Daughter: Well, … Continue reading

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The other day, I traveled my usual journey to take the BART at Millbrae station at the end of my workday.  Hubby had to dine solo this weeknight. I was going to meet up with some girlfriends for dinner in … Continue reading

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Cooking With Friends

Last Sunday morning, a few friends, Ray & Evelyn Tong and Marty & Terry Mahuron, came over to our house to make Paella.  We decided on a seafood paella with only some Spanish Chorizo to add another dimension to the … Continue reading

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The Gift of Your Time

As we all move to the climax of the holiday season, with the frenzy of invitations to this and that year-end gathering, the steady drone of retailers‘ desperate pleadings for more shoppers, the list of things to be checked off, … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

One evening a few weekends ago, we did not feel like going home yet after a comfort-food type dinner at Himawari on 2nd Avenue.  And so, we ventured over to the theater nearby and chose “In Time.”  The premise of … Continue reading

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