Our Christmas Fare, 2014

Hi ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here !

Let me  first greet you  a happy, productive, prosperous, and peaceful 2015 ! !

As for me, I think 2015  is the year my life changes, for the better, I hope.  I am a Microbiology   graduate, minor in Chemistry, and this spring, I’ll be graduating in Forensics Science.  2 majors, 1 minor. I’ve already found my mojo, so I think  that’s enough studying. I’ve had it. I’ve covered all the bases. I’m ready to face the world ! ! ! Or not. :/    But then, this post is not about  my future….. it’s about food, and my family’s Christmas celebration.

By the way, I’m sure you’ve all received WordPress’s Annual Report. Oh, my, my total number of posts in 2014 is, ta- da !  13  .  XD   This post makes it my 14th post……. which is a good thing , because , to me, 13 is an unlucky number. Superstitious crap, I know.  But, do you know that in the Philippines, no building has a 13th Floor.  If the building has 13 or more floors, the actual 13th floor is  designated as the 14th. Also, when they erect the stairs , they have this ritual of counting , from the lowest rung,  Oro, Plata, Mata ( which means, Gold, Silver, Death ), and the topmost rung should not end with Mata. ( Death ) The 13th stair  is Mata.   There you go… a useless trivia from me. *chants*  Oro, Plata, Mata, Oro, Plata, Mata, Oro, Plata, Ma….. Noooooo ! !

So, 2 days before Christmas, my Mom and I went grocery shopping  at the Filipino supermarket.  .  We saw Queso de Bola, a standard  Filipino food item  and lots of chestnuts… we bought a few pounds of chestnuts , but not  the cheese.

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On Christmas Eve, we went to Mass at 10 PM,  temperature was 33 F (~0C ).  Darn, it was cold !

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Those are  my folks in the picture. I had to walk back to take the pic.

I practically did all the cooking .,  the sweets the day before, and  I prepared the main dishes for our Christmas lunch. While  off  the family  went to bed  after  church, I was  alone in the kitchen rolling the pork ( lumpia) chopping onions, etc. etc., etc. At 2 AM, I decided to call it a night, I mean, to  take a nap for an hour or so…. but I overslept, and woke up at 9. .I had a meltdown.  Just because I volunteered to do the cooking ( as  as my Christmas gift to Mom who does the cooking all year round ) , it didn’t mean they wouldn’t lift a finger to help me.  I was the Drama Queen for an hour or so. ” Is it done yet ? What ? So what time do we eat ? ” That was when I blew my top. My brother and sister really annoyed me. But it was Christmas. So, I just gritted my teeth and calmly told them, ” You get to eat at 3  ! ”

All’s well that ends well.  So, here are the photos of our Christmas spread.

DSCN2420DSCN2425DSCN2421From right to left….. roast pork pork roll ( lumpia ), leche flan ( custard ) chicken macaroni salad, red velvet cake, buckeye, cheesecake, and refrigerator cake.

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.Above photo is Caldereta ( beef stew in tomato sauce and liver spread. Don’t think the liver spread makes the taste weird. It’s delicious. ) The roast pork goes with liver sauce, too. ( and I love liver spread sandwich )

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I wrote on my previous post that I’d cook my specialty, Paella. Well, I didn’t. We forgot to buy a major ingredient. Instead , I cooked Pancit a la Malabon ( noodles ) and fried rice. I didn’t bake fruit cake , either, a staple at any Filipino Christmas fare.

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By the way, the second photo of the spread has the pictures of ube jam ( purple yam ) and pie on a cloud ( the one with white whipped  topping  )

.DSCN2426That’s embutido… just pork loaf, and oh, yeah, you can see the ube jam.

DSCN2437 That one above are  lychees and almond gelatin.

DSCN2433Cheesecake, buckeye ( just peanut butter, powdered sugar, dipped in choco dipping )…. and you can see the refrigerator cake, and red velvet cake, and the leche flan.

And lastly, the wine.

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Okay, a few more pictures…. the opening of gifts. My annoyance at my sister disappeared when I opened her gift… a Kindle ! And dad gave me a new laptop ! !

DSCN2447DSCN2454So, I didn’t want to show myself because I was wearing pyjamas. I was so exhausted that I didn’t bother to dress up for lunch. I know. I ‘m a slob. Ha ha ha

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Oh, that’s my Mom’s photo when she was young, it’s random, but I thought I’d just post it here.

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And a Christmas pic of yours truly from 2 years ago… dressed up , you know. 001

So, that’s it…. my last post for 2014…. my 14th post. WordPress should take note of that.

 

Happy New Year to all ! PEACE ! !.

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119 responses to this post.

  1. All that food!

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  2. Have a GREAT 2015 Ren 😀

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  3. Waaaaaaaaaaait a minute! I was sure 13 was a lucky number? everyone says that :O

    I am coming over for your new years eve celebrations after seeing all the amazing food by the way, So please kindly make room? I’d like to sit beside the leche flan if you don’t mind thank you!

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    • Lucky 13 ! I know, right ? But definitely not in the Philippines… they really follow this superstition. The stairs in our house there ends in Oro !

      Ah, I wish I could invite you guys ! ! By the way, we don’t plan to do any cooking on New years day… maybe some fried chicken or something… and noodles… definitely noodles… tha’s for long life, y’know. And round things like, oranges, etc. We should have round stuff on the table. What’s it for, I have no idea.

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      • Oro, hum in Spanish that’s gold so I guess that’s alrite 😀

        So some max’s chicken and a pomelo on the table then yes? I can definitely bring that! 😉

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        • Max’s chicken ? XD ” The House that chicken built.” I think that’s the ad. You have that over there ?

          Andy, you should give me that roast chicken recipe, the one you just posted. I’m on the look-out for delicious chicken recipes.

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          • Ah you mean the bacon turkey? it’s literally just that, just a Bacon blanket on turkey and cook it nice and slow, it gives the turkey the crispy exterior. Ta da!

            Ya, we have one max’s chicken like literally 20 minutes drive from my place, the chicken is fried so good that even the bones are yummy, heck you can snap them in half with your fingers 😮

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  4. First things first. You mom is a stunner. I hope to compliment her myself some day, if you were to invite me over someday 😉

    Secondly, I have never celebrated Christmas as such. I mean not like you guys. But I have seen pictures of christmas tree and the gifts hanging from it. Thank you for giving a better perspective 😉

    Thirdly, congratulations. I have always told you that I think you are a fine young woman and will do splendid in whatever you choose to do.

    Fourthly, its great to see you in Philippines. Reason being a developing country like her could use your talents…

    And lastly, the food! You are going to have some veg food on menu, if you plan to have me over 😉 Or, fish is equally fine ( its vegetarian right 😉 ). So… Keep that in mind

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    • Thank you for the most wonderful words, Tatsat ! ! I think I’m blushing .XD

      Well, I live in California, and I’m American, but that’s a nice thought. I’m sure the Philippines have enough talents there. What the country needs are companies that will hire them. Jobs, jobs, jobs.

      My sister’s hubby is vegetarian. But he spent Christmas with his father in San Diego , California. His father is ill. If he was here with us, I’m sure there would be pure veggie dishes for him.

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      • Well then you set up such a company 🙂 I mean why not!

        Thats a relief 🙂 At least, I will have some company to share food with 😛 Would have been rather lonely with so many animal-eaters 🙂

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    • I was going to say the same thing, your mom was really beautiful. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Does that saying apply here? What I’m trying to say is you are both blessed with good looks.

      It’s really awesome sharing the festive period in the form of a post with the world. It’s just so warm and fuzzy, it’s great witnessing it in words and pictures.

      I totally get the banquet of food. My family is the same. When it comes to a celebration, we go all out with the food.

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  5. Right. That Christmas feast looks more like a banquet to me, so you’ve every right to feel a bit tired and eat in your pyjamas; Good for you. I also cooked the Christmas meal but it was not nearly as impressive as yours. we had the traditional turkey, which acquired some compliments, thank goodness, even if it is rude to speak with your mouth full. Thank you very much for your Blog posts in 2014. I always enjoy them and dread the thought of you ceasing blogging so that lose touch with you, but what can you do eh. I hope you have a lovely and wonderful 2015. You deserve it 🙂

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    • Juicy turkey with cranberry sauce… yummy . Minced meat pie or pudding ? What’s a traditional English Christmas feast, Peter ?

      Have a wonderful 2015 ! Cheers !

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  6. Thank you for your very wonderful posts through the past year and your kind words looking forward. Wishing you a most productive, healthy, and favorable year ahead. Eddie

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  7. happy new year. sarap ng mga handa, lalo ang caldereta.

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    • Sarap talaga nang Caldereta, 25cup ! I don’t know why Filipino food is not as popular as , say ,Thai food here in the US.

      Anyway, Happy New year, ! Anong handa nyo ?

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  8. Wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year 2015

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  9. Ren, as always, this is/was a beautiful post. We (the orples and I ) are wishing you the happiest of happy New Years. I hope 2015 is your best year EVER!. 🙂

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  10. Wow Ren! All that cooking. I don’t know how you did it. It all looks wonderfully delicious.

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    • Actually, they were all easy cooking… it was the lack of time that got me, oversleeping and all. It wasn’t that bad, really,… I prepared everything that I’d need the day before ( all onions already chopped, garlic minced, veggies washed and cleaned, etc. ). I guess that was my training in the laboratory , ha ha …

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  11. Very nice . . . I can feel the pounds piling on, and I’m not even there.

    Happy New Year to you as well.

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  12. The food looks so delicious! regarding 13, it’s also an unlucky number in Denmark (and most parts of Europe I guess). There’s no row 13 on most aircrafts etc. In Japan, China and Korea, I think it’s no 4 who is the bad guy. No 4th floors etc…

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    • I wonder why. Isn’t it supposed to be a Lucky 13 ? Oh, right ! I heard about no row 13 on most aircrafts. I think I’ll research on why 13 is unlucky.

      Cheers ! Mitzeemee ! !

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  13. HAPPY NEW YEAR 😊

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  14. Happy new year – those pictures of food have left my mouth watering!

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  15. amazing site hope you have a great new year an a groovy year to

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  16. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on January 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Oh my gulay, ren! All those pictures of food and you are trying to kill me! My tummy wants some!
    Wow it looks you had a great christmas!
    A laptop and a kindle, i had a kobo once. Its not the same as an actual book, but a kindle is better than kobo! Lol
    We had a lowkey christmas too. Nobody dressed up so it would be ok if you were in your pjs!!!
    I havent recieved a WP annual report in years! 😞 you know why?! Because im not G rated! Sad. They dont like me!
    Oh well!
    Have a wonderful day recovering from New Years!
    Happy 2015!!!

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    • I’ve been telling my folks I want a Kindle. The e-books are definitely cheaper ,,,, so now I can buy as many as I can afford it.

      It was rather an exhausting Christmas, Rebecca. I’m never, ever going to volunteer again. It was nice to see the fruits of my labor, though. ( at least in pictures, he he he )

      Well, even if you don’t receive a WP report, I guess you have an idea how many you’ve posted… multiply it by 365 days…. and you have the daily stats to look at everyday. I don’t receive the annual report, either, and I don’t know why. When I found out everyone had received theirs, and I hadn’t, it made me wonder why, like 13 posts a year means i don’t deserve to get one, ha ha ha.

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  17. Congratulations on your 14th and degree! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, wishing you just as a prosperous 2015 as it was in 2014!

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  18. Posted by supernova1c on January 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Happy New Year my friend. All the best for 2015 🙂

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  19. A very happy new year to you, Ren! May 2015 be full of joys.

    Must add, both you and your mom are such stunners 🙂

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  20. My comments seem to vanish here. Hope you got my last one.

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    • Omigosh… I found your comment in my Spam folder ! ! ! And my Notifications feature is gone… disappeared. So, I don’t know who has commented. WordPress’s going rogue again.

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  21. Happy new Year!!!

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  22. Happy New Year Ren, as ever you make my mouth water with such wonderful culinary treats. I hope you have the bestest year!

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  23. Happy New Year to you and your family 😊❤️ Sarap ng mga pagkain!

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  24. Ren, I wanted to greet you a prosperous new year! Looks like you’ve had a blast the past season. Andaming pagkain hehe..=) Stay beautifil..

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  25. Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!

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  26. ahmmm…seriously? you cooked all of those? I mean…waaaaaaahhhhhhh…ang galing!

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    • Seriously, I did…. but there won’t be a second time…. It wasn’t good to my health…. too stressful… oh, by the way, the velvet cake and cheesecake were store- bought, he he he. I forgot to mention that.

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      • still….oh my….he he…..maybe next time you can just do this the other way around…..bake the velvet & cheese cake and buy the rest of the food or let someone cook all of them LOL

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  27. Happy New Year Ren. May you have loads of success, happiness this year. 🙂

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  28. Wow . . that was really a great Christmas party you had, Renx 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, and may you have great successes in 2015!

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    • Christmas party was just us family, all 6 of us. Too much food, if you ask me. Anyway, have a prosperous and productive 2015, chris13jkt . Cheers ! !

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  29. You are absolutely brilliant Ren; your course, cooking, 14 posts, PJs……everything ! ❤

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  30. Ren, you are a wonder woman. What a beautiful gift for your family–I think of nothing more heartwarming and touching then to feed the people you love (even if the sibs are snarky and unhelpful at times–they’ll grow out of it). You’ve got a kindhearted soul the size of a planet. I hope your holidays were merry ones–and by the looks of the pictures, it was worthy.
    Happy New Year to you!

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    • Awwww, thank you, peakperspective. When I volunteered to cook, I chose the ones that were easy to cook, ha ha .

      Anyway, thanks for the nice words. have a great 2015 !

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  31. Posted by callmefrozen on January 5, 2015 at 4:44 am

    That was a feast you prepared, Renx. Annnnd, you look fab! Happy 2015 🙂

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  32. On the first picture what kind of food is it?

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  33. You are a master of many skills, the dinner looked so delicious, and it looked so beautiful! I am glad it turned out okay! I am so happy you had a wonderful holiday with your family…so did I! You Renxkyoko, have always been an inspiration to me, you really work hard to complete so many goals…I am proud of you! Thank you my dear sister, for your many visits and comments that really inspire me each day! You are always in my prayers and I know that your New Year will be full with so many amazing blessings, both worldly and spiritually. You are a wonderful friend! Hugs and blessings to you always!

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  34. Hi Ren, it’s been a while since I visited your blog. It does not even show on my reader feed. Anyway, I am glad that you still prepare Filipino fare. Embutido is a must on the table for us (I still have 3 rolls inside the freezer). I smiled at the oro, plata, mata…hehehe! Do you know that the place where I used to work doesn’t have 13th floor too?

    Good luck on the new venture and happy 2015.

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    • that’s why we like embutido… you can freeze it and still taste the same. The PAL building in Makati doesn’t have a 13th floor.

      Happy 2015 ! Glad to see you here.

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  35. Gosh – that food looks yuuuummmm!!

    Happy New Year – hope it’s a good one!

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  36. WHOA – What a feast!
    Red is a great color on you Ren.
    Happy New Year
    {Hugs}

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  37. Happy New Year ! 🙂

    Regards,
    Aliosa.

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  38. Such a wholesome post and what a wonderful present you gave your mum. Where did you learn to cook like that? Did your mother used to involve you in the cooking at home? What’s the secret?

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    • Hi, Malcolm Green ! The secret is in the recipe. I cooked the ones that were tried and tested… and have all my mother’s notes and tips. It’s almost like spoonfeeding. XD

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  39. I am currently on a diet plan. This is what really helped me with all the vicarious pleasures 😀

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  40. A little late but wish you a very happy and productive new year. Sending love and hugs your way, my favorite person, you’re incredibly talented with all that cooking!

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    • Thanks for the nice words, tea tales.

      Ha ha My mom is the talented one. I just follow her recipes , with all the notes and tips , and star ratings.

      Have a great 2015 !

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  41. Hope 2015 is going well for you 🙂 Thank you for all the visits. Here’s to post no. 14!

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  42. Posted by Manu Sudhakar Kurup on January 15, 2015 at 4:38 am

    The food photos were truly great. 🙂 I wish you a happy new year.

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  43. So much pinoy food! Yuuuum!

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  44. Lots of food! 😝 btw I really thought you’re from other country. Haha.

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  45. Lots of yummy food! I hope your 2015 is starting out well!

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  46. Ah, that last photo — you’re so pretty. ^_^

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  47. That’s a beautiful photo of your mom! And your photo is lovely too. Ganda! Have a great 2015!

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  48. ciao! happy and enthusiastic 2015.
    thebestdressup

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  49. Posted by Hari Qhuang on January 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my gracious goodness! What a feast! I wanna try everything!
    I have just googled queso de bola and wow, that is a ball of edam cheese! I had no idea!
    And you have lumpia there!
    The embutido looks gorgeous!
    I wish I had a better look of the ube jam (where are my glasses?!) but I am sure it is magnificent!
    I think I should try to make Filipino treats, after all this is new year and I should try new things (new for me)! 😀

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  50. I’m also a microbiology student 🙂 Great post and all the best for 2015 🙂

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  51. The food looked wonderful. Food and family. Best way to celebrate a holiday.

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  52. Happy 2015!!!

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  53. Now I see it, the leche flan. Looks so delicious!

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  54. You look gorgeous in pink 🙂

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  55. The food looks good. Interesting stuff about the 13th floor. Most buildings aren’t that tall where I live.

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    • Phiippine skyline is the 4th best in Asia, after Tokyo, Hongkong and Singapore. There’s really not much real state , it’s a small country, so structures are tall.

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