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End of Summer - Wall Climbing and Food Trip

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

To close the summer vacation with a bang, Via and I went wall climbing with my friend Becky. She loved it! After doing the kiddie wall to test the waters, she immediately asked to do the adult walls and quickly progressed to the wall with auto bellay. I only made 3 or 4 climbs as I had an elbow injury which I did not want to aggravate. Via, however, went from wall to wall to wall...she couldn't get enough of it.


  


We also went on a foodtrip to Denlim's Kitchen in San Fernando, Pampanga, This was a yearly celebration with my friends. The trip was more than a year in the making as booking to Denlim's Kitchen was hard to get. He is usually booked a year in advance. It was worth it though. Via watched as Den Lim prepared each dish and asked lots of questions. Then she runs back to the table to tell us what the next dish will be.




To leave your mark at Denlim's Kitchen, write your name anywhere...... except the chopping block where one of our party wrote his name!  

 


Our Food:


Bread n Spread (the spread is with "puso ng saging")


Summer Salad (with pinipig, walnuts, apples, singkamas, etc.)


Mussels 420 (420, as explained to us is April 20 when it was first served)


Shrimp Corrito



Broiled Salmon with Asparagus


Pasta Socorro



Caveman Shank



The super finale, Pugon Wrap (this was my favorite of all...super crispy liempo with buro and slice of tomato wrapped in lettuce)


Here's Den Lim preparing Caveman Shank before serving. It was all good and so worth it!

Looking forward to our next summer adventures!











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Summer of 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It seems to me that summer breaks are getting longer and longer. It's more than three months! I dread the time when Via's school decides to adapt the new school year from August to June. That will be 5-6 months break during the transition.

It's hard to find activities to occupy her during the summer. No matter what I have lined up, there are still days when there's nothing to do and she resorts to watching videos on YouTube. It's not like my own childhood when my Mother did not have to worry about how I would pass my time. I just spent the whole day outside the house playing with the neighborhood kids. It was a different time.

So what did she do this summer?

Guitar Lessons and Soccer Training

 


Swimming Lessons and Pilipino Camp in school


Badminton Training and Hip Hop Dance Workshop

 


Of course what is summer without going to the beach?



She learned to bike, attended birthday parties and visited Kidzania twice. I asked her which activity she enjoyed most in Kidzania. She said it was the Music Studio. She wants to be a rock star. Arrrgh!


 

She also finally got her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do and represented her school at the Ateneo Football Festival.


    


Whew! I never had that much activity in my time. The most was a Personality Development Course when I was in high school and swimming lessons in Grade 2.

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