It may not seem like it but yes, apparently this is the english name of this local (as in this town only, 10 min away from our place) chinese restaurant that…

Apologies for this late post. We had a despedida dinner for the Dela Cruz family who are moving back to Manila this December last Saturday. The Mercados hosted…

Kuya went home today with broken eyeglasses and a minor cut near his right temple. While playing four square in school, his friend threw the ball at him but…

As Basti calls it, this is “our usual”. We always ask them what they want to order and he responds by saying this. Our usual means three bowls of ramen, two…

The Christmas countdown begins with this beautifully decorated Advent Calendar made by Ally in her First Communion Class today. It's never been a tradition in…

Ally's first performance as part of the second grade choir! They had an elementary school assembly from Kinder to Grade 2 and the choir was asked to sing a few…

Mandarin is an amazing language to learn, made easier with the use of pinyin (translating the chinese characters in roman alphabet). There are so many words…

It was the first really cold and brrrrrrr day in Beijing for us which only means one thing, it's winter time! Lunch date was at this hotpot place in Wangjing.…

Really proud of these two. When we're still downstairs cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner, they ask if it's ok for them to go ahead with praying the rosary…

The kids are making their list, checking it twice and hoping to be nice! Basti wants this mailed ASAP and has asked me where he can mail their letters so that…

To say that this dish is spicy is an understatement. OMG! The sauce, the chili, the tofu are all tongue numbing spicy. But surprisingly good! The closest to…

Well, it's not really hidden but you get what I mean. :) Ally helped make breakfast today by cooking pancakes, Disney style. =)

Found this sign on the side table inside the ES library which read “Redecoration by Ally and Mikayla”. Of course, I asked the librarian what this meant. Turns…

Shanghai - Hubby had a taste of this popular shanghai dish recently. I do not know how it is different (or if they're the same) from the more common Hainanese…

View of Shanghai's skyline in the evening and at dawn, taken during hubby's early morning run. Nice! Photo credits c/o hubby. Xie xie ni!

It's the annual LES Family Math Night where students go to school to do different activities that emphasize math concepts. It's for Grade 2 students and below…

It's true what they say that God works in mysterious ways. This time through our children. Ally is attending First Communion Class every Saturday and they have…

We watched the third trilogy of Pacman vs Juan Manuel Marquez at home via Pay-Per-View. A lot has been said about the win being controversial. I will not add…

Hard Rock Cafe, Bejing - Double date night with the Mercados to watch an improv comedy show with the Chicago All-Stars Improv Group who are in town just for the…
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