Summer fest (food)

Every year, at the start of summer - this could be sometime between June 20-22 - the kindergarten where my son goes to organizes a Summerfest joined by the kids' families. We would pitch in food, drinks and tokens and then sing and eat - a bonding of sorts. Above would be apple cake, a variation of Apfelstrudel and cinnamon favorite but I'd prefer cinnabon.

For this year, it's a bit nostalgic too as one of the pedagogues (Gabi) has to leave for another job. She's been one of the two who tapped my older son's potentials - to send him straight to grade 1 instead of a preparatory class. She recognized the inquiring attitude in him that's why she advised me to say no to preparatory class. She's also the one who requested for some puto. :)

These are the puto I baked, I tried coloring some with pink and they were the first to go when served. I'm sure the kids were the ones who took them. ;) See more puto photos here.

This year, the weather cooperated well, we were able to stay outside without rain or cold winds - it was pure sunshine so we stayed the whole time at the garden, the kids performed a special number about a caterpillar turning to a butterfly. We also gave Gabi potted plants and herbs for her garden! (I want all those that she got lol).

A regular in every summer fest - grilled sausages! Name it we got it! Bratwurst, Käsekrainer, Frankfurters, Berner Würstl and a lot more...but no, we don't have canned Vienna sausage. :D The other pedagogue's husband was kind enough to be in charge of this portable grill...we've been using this for 4 years now.

No rice served...just potato salad, macaroni salad and lots of condiments for the sausages. 

Summer fun! Tomorrow is the last day of school, I'd surely be having lots of time out with the kids! ;)



Investment real estate

One of my biggest regret is never having an investment real estate early on in Tagaytay. It's a city 20 minutes near the town I grew up on and is now one of the booming restaurant business and real-estate capital in the Philippines.
My mom works for the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), a government deparment responsible for governing and supervising the exploration, development, utilization, and conservation of the country's natural resources. I have fond memories of going with her and colleagues to tree-planting activities all over the region. Those were the times also that I developed a liking for greenery and tree-laden areas...just like Tagaytay.

(View of the Taal Lake from high-up Tagaytay)

Although Mom's job is to handle the payroll, she gets to participate in other areas as well. When we (older sister and I) were kids we would help her count the money that goes in the envelopes to be given the employees every fifteenth and thirtieth of the month. Teehee!

It is also their department who are responsible for giving out land titles, much like the W.D. Schorsch Commercial Real Estate is a commercial real estate firm that specializes in United States General Services Administration (GSA) projects. Both provide expert advisory, development, management and brokerage services to any organization or individual involved with the government in commercial real estate as an owner.

It's really a convenient thing, since mom's there she'd be able to help me with the paperworks and all things needed to buy a piece of land.  


Country style TV Bank

I never liked the combination of yellow and brown ---- in clothes! Speaking of the combination in interior is a different matter. The country-style TV Bank in nut wood here totally complements the yellow wall. I love the homey feel, I'd certainly enjoy a day with my book and a cup of tea in here.


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