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I never thought that I’d be addicted to any console games ever.  When I was a little girl we had the Game and Watch and the Nintendo Family Computer later when I was a bit older.  But unlike my brother I was never really into it.  I would play but just for a little while.  I was never good at any of the games anyway.

I liked playing the DS but just the same I only played my favorite games like the Diner Dash and Cake Mania and that’s it.  But… a big but… since I tried playing Guitar Hero on the Wii, I suddenly became a fan and would desperately want to play every chance I have.  Tian and I played together.  At times he’d be the lead and I’d be the bass and vice-versa.  Naturally, he was the better player but I tried my best to keep up.  It was really engaging even if we were just using the WiiMote.

Tian had been contemplating on buying the Guitar Hero World Tour kit but ever the practical person that he is, he ended up not wanting to buy it since it would cost a lot.  It would have been really cheap to order it online but then the shipping cost is expensive.  But last night, after some egging from me, he decided to buy not just the guitar kit but the Guitar Hero Band Kit complete with guitar, drum set and a mic. 

So after coming from a party, we rushed to Technical Care Center at Mirgab and grabbed the Guitar Hero Band Kit for the Xbox.  We bought the one for the Xbox360 and not the Wii because it has digital sound whereas the Wii is only stereo.  In short, we wanted it to sound more authentic.  We drove home as fast as we could.  I got Xianelle ready for bed while Tian set up the band, then we played until past midnight.  So I guess we’ll be spending more time playing because we are so ready to rock!

It’s been really difficult for me to write for the blog since I started working.  There’s just so much to do and the weekends are just too short.  So I am quite lucky to be pounding on the keyboard once again although there are still a lot of things to do.  I guess my chores […]

Remember our Readers from Wales who loved Xiane’s Happy Pizza photo ? They’re back!

Hello again, From Wales.

We wanted to share out Christmas photo with you! This was taken at the company christmas party.

"HAPPY Christmas"



It’s always a delight to hear from our readers…HAPPY Reading!

As 2008 comes to a close, we give you, our families and friends the San Juan Year End letter.  As you know, it has been an ongoing "tradition" of ours since 2002.  And although year after year, Tian and I always push each other into writing the Year Ender, it has always been him who […]

We’ve only spent the Holiday season in the Philippines once since we had Xianelle.  No doubt it was one of the best and nothing comes close to spending it back home.  However, we are here and have to make the most of it.  I never thought that we’d be having a very busy holiday despite being here in Doha.  So far this is the busiest we’ve ever been since we got here.  We’ve had several friends come to our house for dinner before Christmas.  On the eve of Christmas and Christmas Day itself, we had 2 sets of guests.  We didn’t try to invite a lot of people as we didn’t want to spend to much time preparing (though we still spent quite time!). We invited our friend Mel from Angeles and my Tita Irma on the 24th. While we invited Tian’s childhood friends and neighbors on the 25th.

On the 26th we attended 2 parties in just one night.  One was a children’s party at Ray’s Reef while much later that evening a party at a friend’s house.  It was great to be going to these parties.  All three of us had a great time.  It was nice to be with friend whom you consider your family away from home and it was also good way to meet people.

I was hoping to invite a few more friends to our home before the New Year but unfortunately there wasn’t time anymore.  I am keeping my fingers crossed though that I’d finally be able to invite them the next time I get the chance. 

On the 31st, we decided to just stay home and wait for coming of the New Year.  A friend joined us for dinner.  Then we spent the evening calling our families.  On New Year’s day, we went out to hear mass and then went to a party at a friend’s house where we stayed until midnight.  It was really nice to be reunited with friends once again.

Today, the 2nd of January, we visited an aunt at her place where we had lunch.  We then proceeded to City Center and checked out some stores.  Although a lot of stores are on sale, I only managed my hands on a few pieces of clothes which I’ll be needing when I go back to work.  Then when we felt our stomachs rumbling we ran off to our favorite Applebee’s.  The Applebee’s staff had a very warm welcome for us as usual.  They were so glad to see us, especially Xianelle.  We spent an hour or so dining there and our daughter Xiane did her usual socializing as well.

The last two weeks have been pretty busy with us inviting friends and being invited by friends as well.  It definitely made our holiday interesting and a little less boring.  Now I couldn’t believe that a month has passed already and we’ve only got a day left before I go back to work and Xiane goes back to school again.  The holidays are over and it’s back to reality once again, that is having to wake up early and juggling work and my daily house chores.  But surely work and school we’ll be keeping us all busy and before you know it, it will be our annual vacation once again.

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