Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ninth Month-sary As A Couple: Leather!

The traditional ninth anniversary wedding gift is that of a pottery and willow while the modern counterpart is leather. And since we used pottery as a symbol of our eighth month-sary and we can't think of any willow gift ideas, we opted for anything leather for our ninth month-sary as a couple. 

Leather are sturdy, luxurious and rich-looking and this is what we strive our marriage to be when we celebrate our ninth year of marital bliss. So for our ninth month-sary thingy, we took a trip back to Volkswagen BGC for that "leather" touch. Nah, we are actually considering of buying a new car since our Isuzu Sportivo is already 4 - years old, and Red wants another test drive of the 2014 Jetta 2.0 TDI M/T Trendline!

The Jetta 2.0 TDI M/T Trendline looks elegant and classy, no doubt it is considered a luxurious, small saloon car in Europe and in other markets. Inside the Jetta, we were treated to a "leather" and Cardeol interior trim and a "leather" 3-spoke steering wheel, hand brake lever and gearshift knob! But that is not all. Red loves the comfortable driving experience! He said that it feels like driving a "race car" and yet remains very fuel efficient since the turbodiesel is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with Euro IV compliance. 

So although, I am opposed to owning a small car, I feel that I could make an exception for this Volkswagen variant! Its original price of Php 1.295 Million will be slashed off by almost Php 200 Thousand if we buy the Jetta before the promo ends this month. So, everybody, please have your fingers crossed for our ninth month-sary gift!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Philippine Independence Day and Our First Year Engagement Anniversary

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda -Isidro

Our Philippine Flag - inspired Wedding Reception Table Setting 
I love the Philippine Independence Day, a national celebration to commemorate the country's Declaration of Independence against Spain on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolutionary forces. It was during this day that the Philippine Flag, which symbolizes our country, was first raised and the national anthem played. On June 12 each year, I usually participate in parades and rallies and make miniature Philippine Flags as my way of tribute to those who have shown great courage in fighting for our country to give us the cherished freedom we now enjoy.

Engagement Day Photo in Bacolod showing Philippine Flag -inspired colors 
On a personal level, Philippine Independence Day is my favorite holiday. It was on June 12,1991 when I met Red for the first time, while I was participating at a rally in UP against the US bases. After two (2) decades of separation, Red suddenly appeared, and after dating for a year, has proposed to me and offered to give me freedom from loneliness and lots of love and happier moments together! 

Fruit Cocktail Cake - 2 eggs,1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 tsp. baking soda,
1/2 tsp. salt, 1 – 14oz. can fruit cocktail with juice 398mL, 2 cups flour, 
3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla

Yes (if you do the math! lol), today marks our 22nd year from the time we first met, and our first year engagement anniversary. To celebrate this day, we wore our identical Bacolod tee shirts and shorts with Philippine Flag - inspired colors (red, blueyellow and whitethat we wore during our engagement trip last year. Then I baked a Fruit Cocktail Cake and had dinner at home together (since Thursday is our car's no - drive day). 

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in 
which chance has placed us, but is always a result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation and all good pursuits - Thomas Jefferson
So with that "kiss" from Red and a sweet shared dessert, I  can say that I have no regrets losing my "independence" on Philippine Independence Day!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Banana Split: The Perfect Dessert For Couple Like Us!

by: Mhe-anne L.O.Isidro

Aside from Peanut Butter, Red and I discovered a special dessert for two, that will surely not cause a marital break - up (although it is called a split). With two spoons in tow, we could be on the same boat and enjoy this sweet summer's delight together. Banana Split

Banana Split is a dessert made of a peeled banana cut in half lengthwise filled with scoops of ice cream in a row between the split banana and served in a long dish called a boat. Hubby goes banana over bananas while I can't have it because it causes bloating and excessive gas in my stomach. But I go gaga over any flavors of ice cream, while hubby just crave for chocolates.

For our first summer as a couple, we were doubly lucky to have Banana Split for free, not once but twice, courtesy of Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine and Pizza Hut.

Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine Resto
2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan, QC
As a reward for making a video message for my mom last May 9, 2014 at the UP Town Center's Reel Love Booth, we were given a coupon for a free Banana Split at Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine, a resto that showcases the Kapampangan cuisine of Candaba, Pampanga [Philippines]. 

Pinac's Banana Split consists of a peeled banana cut in half lengthwise with three scoops of ice cream - mango, ube and chocolate and topped with red beans and macapuno. I guess I had all the ube (purple jam) ice cream and the macapuno while Red devoured the banana in no time as well as the chocolate and mango ice cream. Yummy! Surprisingly though, we didn't find Banana Split on Pinac's menu. With its taste, I believe that this Banana Split should be a mainstay!

Pizza Hut at SM Sucat

Pizza Hut Banana Split is a dessert consisting of three scoops of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream lined in row between the split banana. Like Pinac's resto, the Banana Split isn't part of Pizza Hut's menu, but it was served to us last May 27, 2014 as a reward for taking the Pizza Hut Feedback online survey in another Pizza Hut resto.

Banana Split is officially our fave Summer dessert!