Philippine Holidays for 2015

It’s here!!! The list of Philippine Holidays for 2015 is here yahoo!! It is official and it has been proclaimed under Proclamation No. 831 section 2014 (click  here for the official announcement)

2015 is starting off with a long 6-day weekend because Dec. 30 (Tuesday), 31 (Wednesday) 2014 and January 1 (Thursday) and 2 (Friday) are all holidays.

Here’s the list.  I arranged the days so they’ll all be in order. I counted and there are 8 long weekends in 2015!

2015 Philippine Holidays

Not included in this list are the dates of the Muslim holidays of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha 2015 which shall be announced in the future by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) :)

If you want to see the remaining holidays for 2014 click here.

I think we’ll go back to Boracay or maybe try Bohol naman!

Happy vacation planning!

Recess by Chef Chris Locher: Where the Familiar Becomes Extra Special

Recess by Chef Chris opened last November of 2013 and is located in Jupiter St., Makati. If you are familiar with the famous panizzas in C Italian Dining in Pampanga well you’re in for a treat because Recess by Chef Chris serves these roll-up pizzas in new variants alongside familiar dishes that are well-loved and executed wonderfully.

I tried out the resto with Tiff, Conci and Patty during our lunch break. Us four are all working girls in Makati and so a lunch meet-up was perfect to try out this resto.

For starters, we had the Recess Salad. It was a light salad of mixed greens, grapes, apples slices, oranges, cherry tomatoes, and caramelized almonds. They were tossed with a grape seed oil dressing that brought all these fresh and light flavors together.


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Recess Salad Php 390


Next up were the Originals by Chef Chris! These are actually the Panizzas but they are calling them Originals here in Recess for business and official reasons ;) We tried out two kinds. The first is the Platinum.  A classic pizza flavor with tomato sauce, cheese, angus beef, bacon, pineapple and mushrooms. To eat the Original (or a Panizza) you have to tear off a strip of the pizza, then you take a bit of arugula, a bit of alfalfa sprouts then you roll it up and then you devour! Haha :D


Recess by Chef Chris Jupiter Avenue

Platinum PT 78 – Mini (good for 2-3) is 400; Regular (good for 4-5) is 790

We also had the Tito, which is part of Chef Chris’ Pinoy Originals and is a definite must-order!! What’s not to like in a pizza that has smoked bangus, tomatoes, red egg and onions. The red egg is wonderfully creamy and has melted into the cheese sauce perfectly. The bangus provides a smoky contrast to the creaminess and the onions give a nice kick. Roll a slice up with arugula and alfalfa sprouts and you have a perfect meal in a roll-up. It’s soooo good. This was one of my absolute favorite dishes that afternoon.

Recess by Chef Chris Jupiter Avenue

Tito – Mini (good for 2-3) is 400; Regular (good for 4-5) is 790

We tried a few more dishes but the standouts (other than the Tito) that afternoon were:

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On Learning New Things and Learning Always

Kuya is now in big school.  He is wonderfully enjoying every moment but he hates when school is out and yaya is not there to fetch him. He will cry AS IN. We have to teach David that waiting time is playing time or that he can go to the library or the mini-garden. We have to always tell him that yaya and the driver are on their way. Traffic is bad but they will be on their way. But still he cries. I hope this is just a phase. I was already doing 2nd trips in grade school because I loved hanging out with friends (tambay lang) so I pray this is just a phase and David won’t feel that no one is coming to get him.  But aside from that, he loves to go to school and he already has a best friend, Tikboy. When we ask him how his day went, he would always say “I love school”. We are so happy with David’s school and teachers too.  We know that he’s in good hands and I work harder everyday because knowing Kuya is happy in his school and where he is now really inspires me.

David First Day June 2014- watermark

Noah has just started with speech therapy. As much as his developmental pedia told us that he doesn’t really need it yet. We went on and signed Noah up for sessions at ALRES. He’s been progressing so well with his therapies that we want Noah to have more while he can. He goes to therapy now everyday attending speech, occupational and physical therapy sessions. Noah has become more “talkative” now, using sounds more than gestures to express what he needs. He’s already learned to make sounds when he wants to be read to or he wants to play. His speech goals now are not for talking yet, it’s for strengthening his oral muscles. I’m not going to bore you with specifics but it’s just amazing how there are tools nowadays to assist kids who have special needs. And I am in awe of the teachers who are so dedicated to their craft and who genuinely love the kids they teach. Just like with David, I work harder knowing that all the stress I experience at my dayjob is going to him and his kuya’s future.

David and Teacher R July 2014

When I step back, I look at the steps my kids take and I know that it leads them to different paths. David will have more or less the same experience I did growing up (hopefully even better and more fun).  Noah’s is unfamiliar and I learn with him and for him. I have always talked about our new normal and yes this is part of it but sometimes I feel like I’m looking at a map and I’m not familiar with the territory just yet. I still feel lost sometimes.  I see Noah working hard to try to take his first independent steps and so am I. We’re both wobbly and we’re still trying to look for support whenever we get knocked down.

Sometimes I look at other kids and at their parents and I wonder if they’re feeling the way I do and if they have the same worries. I always think that sometimes I am not strong enough for the life that I have been dealt with but there are days when I think that I can’t be living any other life than I have.

But we forge on and as my kids reach their milestones, I’m praying that I am able to reach my own milestones as well. David and Noah teach me so much about motherhood and about myself. When they grow, I grow  (and vice-versa). The road is long and far and there are a lot of lessons that still need to be learned. Nothing in my previous educational experiences have ever prepared me for motherhood. Or if there were, I wasn’t listening (daldal ko kasi e haha)

It is challenging for the most part. (Is there someone who just breezed through motherhood? I would like to get names, numbers and contact info because I need tips!!!). Sometimes I rise to the challenge and sometimes it takes a while for me to really figure out what I need to do. I think I am close to realizing that maybe there are just some things that I am not meant to understand too.  That life’s mysteries are sometimes wrapped in two payatot little boys.  Sometimes, when I feel stumped like a kid staring at his first pop quiz, I look at my two little boys and just think “Wow, I can’t believe I’m their mom!” And most of the time, that IS the answer.


David and Noah house June 2014

Also.. oh my god ang laki na nila!!

How about you? How’s motherhood so far?

Quick Reviews: 5 New Items for your Shopping List


You know you're a mom when a trip to the grocery is one of the highlights of the week. I love doing the groceries, it's a form of retail therapy but in this case everybody in the house is happy hehe :D Here are 5 things that I've tried, tested and tasted :D If you see them in the grocery aisle or freezer, why don't you give these guys a second look? I also have a short list of pros and cons per item too so I  hope it helps :) 1) Myra Vita Glow BB Cream - Php 99.00 Pros: Very budget … [Continue reading]



I have been following #GlendaPH on twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the past few days. Our office has been sending out regular weather alerts and have issued notices that staff can go home early. Sa totoo lang, nakakatuwa how everyone is taking typhoon preps seriously. At the same time, worry-wart me is stressed big time. I pray that those now affected are safe and recovery is swift. As with most of us, we all have shared #GlendaPH info over our accounts and so I'm sharing what I found … [Continue reading]