How To Give Great Gifts

Birthdays, special occasions and holidays are causes for celebration, but they can be stressful, too. Finding the perfect gift for someone, even if you know the person really well, can be challenging. Armed with a little knowledge about the recipients, however, you can find a great present that they will love.

Custom Jewelry

Jewelry is a classic gift. Almost everyone likes receiving something beautiful to wear. A custom piece designed specifically for a special person makes it even more meaningful. Jewelry stores near me Williamsburg VA, often specialize in custom work, choosing just the right gem stone and setting to make your loved ones feel cherished.

Gift Baskets

It’s easy to buy a prearranged gift basket for someone. Creating your own adds an extra touch. Find out what the gift recipient loves, and construct a basket of treats. For example, if your friends who just moved into their new home are wine lovers, you can always give them a couple of bottles of their favorites. Include a gift certificate to their favorite specialty cheese shop, and they have the opportunity to find something delicious to pair with the wines. Custom gift baskets go beyond a simple present and give the recipients an experience.

Personalized Items

People love getting gifts, but an item that is personalized with their name or initials makes it even more exciting. Recent graduates are likely to love a new briefcase monogrammed with their initials. Writers may enjoy a stamp personalized with their name or initials to use on correspondence or books that they loan to friends. Giving a present that not only reflects their wants or needs but also is marked with their name shows that you put a lot of thought into the selection. 

Being thoughtful doesn’t have to be stressful. Just a little extra effort and knowledge of the recipient is all it takes to give a great gift.

3 Epic Party Ideas

Looking for something new to try on your birthday this year? Check out these three fun alternatives to the typical birthday dinner. 

1. Bowling

If you have never been bowling on your birthday, it can be a blast! Whether your or your friends are good bowlers is inconsequential; just getting together to bowl with one another can make for a fun evening. Strap on your striped bowling shoes and get ready to roll a strike! What’s even better is that most bowling alleys serve food and drinks, too, making them a great spot for any birthday or celebration.

2. Mini-Golf

Another fun party idea can be to take your group of friends mini-golfing! Many mini-golf locations are themed in some way or have several courses you can choose from. If you call ahead and make a reservation, you may be able to find out what kind of special extras the location provides for larger parties. For your next birthday or celebration, be sure to check out what themed or blacklight mini-golf events new jersey (or your own state) has to offer.

3. Escape Room

Finally, with a group of 5-10 of your favorite friends, you can celebrate your big day through the bonding experience of completing an escape room. Escape rooms can be loads of fun because they require everyone to work as a team. You and your friends can solve puzzles and riddles, finding clues that will help you get through each locked room. Choose your favorite theme and really get into it by dressing up! Many escape room locations require reservations, so be sure to book ahead. 

Planning a party can be a lot of fun. But if you are tired of doing the same thing year after year, these three ideas can help you mix it up. Who knows, maybe this year you will start a new tradition!

Christmas 2018

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Merry Christmas everyone … How you celebrate Christmas so far? Our Christmas this year is different because the family is not complete anymore. My mother passed away last July. We missed her everyday especially my daughter but life must go on. So for this Christmas, we have only few foods to dig in. I made baked macaroni and fried chicken. My sister made buco salad, this is always present on the table of many Filipinos during this season. I bought muffin at S&R and my niece gave me this chocolate cake from her first ever earnings. Simple food but we satisfied 🙂

This is the normal Christmas for us simple food and no party at all … normally the family gathers during new years eve but this year will be different because of my mother’s loss. But hope we will have a blast this coming new year .. 

4 Great Gifts For Someone You Love

It can be tough to find the perfect gift, especially if you’re trying to avoid generic ones like cards, flowers and chocolates. Here are some gift ideas that are both compelling and unique!

1. Novelty Mugs

Novelty mugs come in all shapes and sizes, so you can definitely find something that suits your friend’s interests. For example, if they like a particular TV show, you can buy them a mug with a snappy character quote painted on it. If they enjoy animals, you can buy them a mug with a handle shaped like a tiger’s tail or an elephant’s trunk. The possibilities are endless.

2. Food

Who doesn’t love a gift that you can eat? You’ll need to make sure that you don’t trigger any allergies, of course, but as long as you have a basic idea of what your friend likes to munch on, you should be able to find a food-related gift that suits them. Think about things like spices, snack bags, meat rubs, veggie platters and fine wines.

3. Art Supplies

If your friend is an artist, something like specialty paintbrushes or high-quality sketchpads can show them that you support their creative endeavors. Even if they aren’t a natural Picasso, however, they can still have fun with things like watercolor sets, pottery wheels and adult coloring books. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Everyone deserves a chance to spread the wings of their imagination.

4. Gift Basket

Gift baskets are great when you want to combine the elements of several different gifts into one. For example, if your friend is a movie lover, you can stuff a basket with DVDs, popcorn, candy and nacho ingredients. If they’re a puzzle fiend, you can put multiple jigsaws into a single basket. Gift baskets are fun, friendly and versatile enough to suit any occasion.

These are just a few gifts that will bring a smile to the face of your loved one. Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary or general celebration, use these ideas to show someone how much that you care.

Three Unique Bachelor Party Ideas

When it comes to planning the perfect bachelor party, men sometimes need a little bit of guidance. Rather than succumbing to the stereotypical Vegas-style party to celebrate the groom-to-be in your life, try organizing something a little more unique. Here are three ideas that are sure to thrill your guests and jump-start your planning.

Plan a Golf Outing

Golf is the perfect bachelor party activity. The future groom can show off his putting skills while members of his party get to know each other. In addition to spending time on the green, a golf outing allows you to enjoy a delicious lunch, as well as a few drinks. This is the perfect way to ease into a night out on the town later in the day.

Go Hunting

Another great idea for a bachelor party is to plan a hunting trip. By booking through an establishment such as Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge, you will receive accommodation along with expert guidance. They even have staff who can assist with hunting for beginners, for the less experienced hunters in your group. This sort of getaway provides the perfect bachelor party experience for all men.

Enjoy Rest and Relaxation

There is no way you can go wrong with planning time for rest and relaxation. While men like to seem tough and uninterested in being pampered, this is just a facade. The perfect way to end a bachelor party trip is by scheduling some time for everyone to get massages at a local spa. You can even plan time for male pedicures if your groom is interested.

With these ideas in mind, you cannot go wrong when planning your upcoming bachelor party. Step outside of the box and plan something that the future groom in your life won’t soon forget!

Pasayahan sa Lucena 2018 Schedule of Activities

In few days Lucenahin will once again celebrate Pasayahan sa Lucena 2018. This is a celebration here in Lucena City wherein not only Lucenahin celebrate but nearby places also come to witness our celebration. And it is because the celebration happens every last week of May; many students are still on vacation so you could see crowded people especially at night during the time period.

Before Pasayahan was 3-day celebration from May 28 – 30 in time for the celebration of the feast of St. Ferdinand, Lucena City’s patron saint. As the years go by, it became a week-long celebration. From the first day of celebration, the streets of Quezon Avenue and other conjoining streets are closed for the tiangge. Performances of famous local bands are also held on different areas of the main street, and of course, food and beer are also flooding along the streets. There’s also this very colorful Flores de Mayo, where the members of Quezon Designers’ Association of the Philippines (QDAP) showcase the best of the best of their collection.

The main highlight of the celebration is the Grand Parade or Mardi Gras. It is a parade of huge and colorful floats of the participating companies and organizations, along with street dancing and marching bands. The usual starting point of the parade is at Pacific Mall Lucena going to SM City Lucena. The best float, best in street dance, and best in costume would be given some awards and cash prizes.

Here is the schedule of activities for this year Pasayahan sa Lucena


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4 Go-To Gifts for Your Secret Santa at the Office

Secret Santa is a classic party game for the holidays, especially around the office. Everyone puts their name in the proverbial hat, shakes things around, and draws a name. This name is the gift recipient, and the drawer is the Secret Santa. So, shhh—don’t tell. Here are a few go-to gifts for the name you draw at the office for the holidays.

Wax Warmers & Candles in Yummy Scents

Vanilla, lavender, ocean breeze, or fresh-cut grass—all of these are mellow, beautiful scents that most people love. So, make candles and wax warmers your go-to. Or, if you want to go the extra mile, find out that person’s favorite scents and go from there. Track down the kind of scents that will uplift their mood and make them smile.

Trinkets, Classic Collectibles, and Meaningful Keepsakes

Baubles and meaningful knickknacks are always a classic for Secret Santa parties. Why? Because most trinkets are, in some way, collectibles. Do a little research into your gift recipient and find out what they love. Snag a keepsake that evokes positive thoughts. For instance, if your Secret Santa recipient is religious, opt for a guardian angel trinket. If they love jewelry, go for an inexpensive, but beautiful, wholesale gold filled chain. Or, if your Secret Santa recipient is a bookworm, get a classic collectible of a literary must-have.

Office Supplies and Life’s Basic Necessities

Have you ever searched for a pen at your desk only to come up empty-handed? So has everyone else. If you want to steer your gift towards useful, professional, and practical, go with a bundle of must-have office supplies for their desk space. Pens, pencils, staplers, paperclips—whatever you think they need on a daily basis. It’s not the most thoughtful gift sentimental-wise, but those necessities will come in handy.

You Can Never Go Wrong with a Good Gift Card

Gift cards are go-to musts for Secret Santa. Why? Because, more often than not, you don’t personally know the gift recipient. Which means you can do your research extensively and befriend them entirely. Or, you could find out what they like, and get them a gift card to reflect their interests. Plus, if your recipient commonly goes out for meals on their lunch or dinner breaks, restaurant and eatery vouchers are always appreciated.

Unless you’re best friends with your coworkers, Secret Santa is always going to have an edge of awkwardness. However, with the aforementioned go-to gifts, you can take a bit of that edge off and make a better impression on the name you draw.

Thank You for Everything

So far 2017 New Year’s celebration was the happiest and memorable one for me. All my family gathered together to celebrate Holiday season. My sisters from Paris and Canada together with their family went home here in the Philippines to celebrate Holiday season.  This is not always happen in fact first time we celebrate New Year together. And the first time we got together again after so many years. 

Only few days ago that we celebrated New Year and what I remembered was just happiness. Normally, when I celebrate New Year, is only with my other siblings living here and now that my siblings from Canada and Paris was here to celebrate this special event was really blessing for the whole family.

I am so thankful for my siblings and their family for being so generous. My daughter and I received lots of stuff like clothes, shoes, school supplies, chocolates, cash and a lot more pasalubong and papasko. 

I want to extend my gratitude to my niblings. They were generous as well to my daughter and also my daughter’s grandparents for sending Christmas card and money. My daughter and I appreciate all your kindness. We can’t pay you back especially material thing, my daughter and I just pray that all of you will be guided and blessed by our Almighty God. Thank you again for everything.

Hello 2018

This time, we are saying goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018. I must say 2017 has been a good year for me. I didn’t get everything i need but I was happy that the year passed without any big issues.

Talking about 2017, I wish i did write everything so I could share here. Anyway, i guess the most memorable one was celebrating my daughter’s 10th birthday in Singapore. It wouldn’t be possible if not with her grandparents. My daughter is still in minor age so i need to go with her, reason why i was able to see the beautiness and cleanliness of Singapore. I am thankful to them and appreciate everything they are doing to my daughter despite of my relationship to her father.

2017, i reached my 40-year on earth. I thank God for my life and i pray that He will give me long life, double or triple of this number.

Anyway, other than getting 40 and visiting other country, I was happy for everything in 2017. There were good and bad things happened but I was thankful that God was there guiding us and now, we are here welcoming 2018. I welcome the new year with full of hopes and blessings from up above.

Caroling in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, one of the Christmas traditions is to do caroling. It starts once the dawn mass begins known as “Misa de Gallo” or “Simbang Gabi.” Carolers mostly children will be on their feet singing Christmas carols from house to house spreading the spirit of the season through songs. They are using handmade instrument using tanzans, empty can, spoon and other materials that can make sound.  Popular songs in caroling are Jingle Bells,  Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, Pasko na Naman and other tagalog Christmas songs. In return carolers receive money from the homeowner. But, not all the houses are kind enough to give money because some are saying “tawad” or it’s like saying forgiveness because the homeowner will not give money to the caroler. Caroling happens only in December so I think we should give money to the carolers because kids are happy even you give them little amount.

Have you experienced caroling when you were a child? I did this in my elementary days together with my cousins and friends. We were happy with the money we got for 9 days of doing caroling and divided equally.

Well, its been raining since the caroling started last Dec 16, I hope kids will drop by in the house and serenade us with Christmas songs. I hope weather will be good because its been raining since day 1 of December plus typhoon.  We hope for a better weather in the coming days because Christmas already in 7 days.