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acbd1.jpgSaturday, Jack drove the gurls (KC, AB, LT and of course AC) and I over to the mall to “celebrate” AC’s birthday. She had invited two other gurls but they weren’t able to make it. I thought I’d do something different for AC’s birthday this year by having her invite 5-6 friends. My plan was to give each gurl a 20.00 gift-card from the “mall” but heck . . . there was a 2.00 surcharge for each card and since they didn’t have a 20.00 gift card (started at 25.00), it would have meant 4.00 extra per card. acbd2.jpgI decided to just give the gurls cash instead. Jack and I let the gurls wander around the mall for a good 2 hours but before that, we had lunch at Fresh Choice. Originally we were going to do pizza at California Pizza Kitchen but thought Fresh Choice would give them a variety and besides they can eat all they/we want. Jack and I went inside a few stores. I was a very good and didn’t buy anything! Jack needed an outfit to wear for this confirmation she was going to attend so she did some shopping. I would have liked for the gurls to stay a bit longer, but we had to be back for the Altar Servers’ & Parents’ pot-luck dinner. I’m sure AC had a wonderful time. I think they spent the most time inside Forever 21 and Wet Seal. I hope you had a great time AC!  (Click here for more pics.)

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daiso.jpgcalled “Daiso!” After “visiting” AC’s god-parents, they told us about this new Japanese dollar store where Circuit City/Good-Guys used to be near Serramonte Mall. Actually, most of the items are $1.50 but you can’t compare this to those “Dollar Tree” stores. Most of those typical dollar stores sell crappy merchandise but Daiso is so different from them. All their products are made in Japan and wrapped so neatly.  The only thing I had somewhat of a problem was that the packaging was all in Japanese . . . as for the containers, I couldn’t tell their “capacity”.  I think that’s why it took me longer inside the store because I was trying to understand the packaging/merchandise.  They sell stationary, gift wrap, plastic containers, kitchen gadgets, bowls, mugs, EVERYTHING you can possible want for cheap! Although most items are $1.50, there is quality in the merchandise they sell, especially their plastic containers. I have a “thing” for plastic containers. I had to refrain from buying too many “stuffs” because I knew I’d be back to introduce KV and Jack to this new store.  (Maybe both “Bruhs” CE or RS too might get a kick out of this store!) I bought some items that AC will be needing for her school trip next week so we could not have come at a better time to get some good inexpensive stuffs. I came out of the store about 29 buckaroos lighter. I think the best “find” I bought was one of those acrylic “magnifying” thingy to be used for reading maps. It was made for those hard-to-read maps. The hubs had been looking for one but now I found one, and it only cost $1.50! I had used that “reason” to justify my shopping spree! 🙂 On another note, I swear . . . I will never set foot at that Mickey D’s on the corner of Gellert across from Serramonte. Since we took or “I” took so long inside Daiso, we didn’t have anymore time to go to the mall as I had planned. I was going to take the gurls to eat there but it was almost 9:00 p.m. so we ended up going to Mickey D’s. First of all, they charge you for their honey mustard! Arghh! I like to dip my chicken wrap in the honey mustard (and fries too!) but they charge a fricken 27 cents. It’s not the cost really, but the “principle” of it. I didn’t even ask for any ketchup so they should have at least given me the honey mustard sauce. Secondly, they don’t give refills!! This is the only Mickey D’s I know besides the one on University in Berkeley that doesn’t give refills, but I understand the reason for the one on University is because it’s near a school so the students might take advantage of the drinks . . . BUT . . . I can’t understand why this particular Mickey D’s DON’T GIVE REFILLS AND WHY THEY CHARGE FOR ONE FRICKEN HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE (for my chicken wrap) I had to ask the employee if the owner was “Filipino” . . . and he said yes. I had suspected that! Not that we frequent that Mickey D’s here in Daly City, but that’s the last time.  (Photo of Daiso . . . courtesy http://girlsguidetocitylife.com/)

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Go Humm . . .

hum.jpgAfter work, Lea went with AC and me to drop off the statue of the Virgin Mary over to AC’s god-parent’s house. As I was parking in front of their house, I wasn’t sure it was their house because there was a brand spanking new Hummer parked in the driveway. That could have meant anything really, but since we only go to their house once a year, I wasn’t sure if I hum2.jpghad parked in front of the correct house. AC assured me we did. (Jane, if you’re reading this, the Hummer belongs to LN. I want one of these!) Anyhoo, we chatted for a bit and of course the gurls played with their 4 cats. They have 5 but the other one went inside the garage to hide from us. They have 4 American Curls and 1 Tabby. Pictured below is “Blue.” I forgot to remove the “red-eye” that’s why poor Blue looks possessed! blue.jpg

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coworkers.jpgErrr….what child? The last time I brought AC to work was about 3 years ago. Two years ago CE brought AC with her to the city . . . I don’t know why I didn’t bring her last year, nor this year; however, we wanted some “free” food so we “pretended” to have a child with us. How was that possible? We didn’t . . . first it started with SWG, AP and I going to get the free food at lunch time, then we somehow “recruited” the fellas. Those became our “sons.” I guess you might saycoworkers2.jpg we do anything for “free” food. BTW . . . our free lunch consisted of hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips, cookies & a bottled water. They had lots of activities going on with for the kiddies too. I sure wished I brought AC with me as this would have been her last year since she’ll be in high-school next Fall. I remember when I did bring her, we had her shred paper after paper after paper. (No wonder she didn’t want to go anymore!) Ha! Bril would have gone but she only took a 30 minute that day. I did bring her back a cookie though. 🙂

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hb-card3.jpgToday would have been Nanay’s 85th birthday. Although she is no longer with us, AC still “makes” birthday cards for her. (Nanay always treasured the home made cards that AC has made for her over the years.) Before going to bed last night, AC showed me the card she made for Nanay. I waited for her to go to her room because I knew if I read it, it will bring tears. I was right. . . it brought tears to my eyes (as always). AC and Nanay had a very special bond between them, especially since their birthdays are only 2 days apart. They were alike in so many ways too – – – namely both were “stubborn”! 🙂 Being the only granddaughter had something to do with it too I’m sure. AC knows and feels in her heart that Nanay will forever be with her. Anyway, happy birthday to my Nanay!

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catholic_cross.gifI got a call from KV yesterday afternoon telling me that her grandmother, whom we call Nanny had passed away at the age of 90. KV’s uncle had brought Nanny into the hospital that Saturday while KV was at our house because she had complained of some stomach pain. KV was told Nanny was going to be discharged that evening but it turned out that the hospital decided to keep Nanny. Because of “complications” which led to renal shut-down and age being a factor, the doctor took her off of life-support Monday afternoon. When I think of it, I’ve known Nanny just as long as I’ve known KV – – which is a good 29 years. Since KV grew up with Nanny, she was a “mother” to KV and her brother. I remember whenever I would go to KV’s house when we were in high-school, Nanny always asked how my mom (Nanay) was doing. I can still remember her smile. As we started our own family, I seldom ever saw Nanny but KV always had stories to tell about Nanny and “grandpa” who died 5 years earlier. KV . . . as we know, Nanny is in a much better place now and is no longer in any pain. Who know’s . . . she’s probably “chatting” with Nanay right now! 🙂 Take care, gurlfriend . . . I’m here for you. Remember that Nanny is at peace . . .

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mahal-na-birgen.jpgFor the past 14 years, AC’s god-parents (LN & MN) have been bringing the statue of the Blessed Virgin over to our house the week of AC’s birthday. In the beginning of my pregnancy I had a “problem” while I was carrying AC. As a “devotion” to the Blessed Virgin, she has been “visiting” our house the week of AC’s birthday by praying the rosary.   (This year I invited Rhona & TLL.  As for the “Bean,” this was her second year, but this time JB was able to attend. ) These “prayers” will always remind me of Nanay.  The last time we were together for this rosary was back in April 2005.  (Who would have known that she would be leaving us 5 months later.)  Even then Nanay was somewhat already “with-drawn” but I remember how she sat with us while we prayed. Before Nanay’s “illness,” she was always the one who would “prepare” for our Blessed Virgin’s visit by getting the table ready and the flowers, candles, etc. She always looked forward to the visit. It was Nanay who instilled in me our faith, and I in turn am instilling the faith to my own.

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