Monday, January 11, 2016


Usually, THE YAPPY BUNCH celebrates the coming of New Year in Yub's hometown in Quezon Province. But this year, his mother suddenly had a change of heart and felt like going to Manila on the first day of 2016. So that meant, no PALAISDAAN to end 2015 (poor Yub he he he he) BUT we will be able to spend New Year's Eve with my family. So muchos yey to that!


When we were kiddies, my Dad would usually take us hotel hopping after mass in preparation for midnight. But now, hotels and even the streets, have their own countdown parties that it is impossible to navigate our way around the Metro.

So we just stayed put and thought about what we're going to eat later.  Besides, we're too old to mix in street parties anyway. 

Oh yeah!!! We're all lazy AND old!

Ha ha ha ha ha! Kidding!

Ooh! Now THAT'S a cutie pie old guy!!

After mass, there was no need to stay long in Rockwell tent because their fireworks (like what they had in Christmas) will be at midnight. 

Based on the earphones that Andrei was wearing (even if it was not really connected to any sort of player), that is good news for him. Let's just say that even if he is not afraid of fireworks anymore, it's still his least favorite thing.

Going to the parking!

At this point Andrei was rushing us to go already.

When we got home, I went straight to the kitchen and commandeered the gas stove. 

My Mati lovingly volunteered again to help me!

My Mom's request for that night was a platterful of Sardinia Pasta -- my Dad's favorite.

And voila!!!! I was supposed to garnish it with diced tomatoes but I was waiting for it to cool down a bit.

While we were busy in the kitchen I told the boys to go outside and make some noise!

It could get VERY smokey during New Year's that I asked them to cover their noses. 

Are you guys familiar with "SPY VS SPY"?

He he he he he!

My brother took care of our firecrackers that night and got a lot of  "sparklers".

Don't worry Andrei, they're just sparklers and not judas' belt. My fart is louder than the poof that'll come out of it. 

"Okay Mommy!"

My Dad and brothers used to buy the very noisy firecrackers like the 5-star and "bawang". We even had a canon then that exploded with a few drops of gas!

But now, safety is indeed our priority. We still wanted to celebrate future New Years with complete fingers and toes.

Besides, the sparklers are like magical means to welcome the New Year! When I was a kid, I would usually sing "Bibbity Boppity Boo" while waving it around.

The "fireworkers" took a short break in order to finish our Media Noche!

Our New Year Spread!


All of the food here (except the desserts) were home-cooked by my Mom, my Kuya Jon, and ME!

Kuya Jon's perfectly grilled Angus steak! These were so thick, fatty, and juicy! SO YUM!!!!

Pork Barbecue!

Sweet and Sour Fish!

My Sardine Pasta with diced tomatoes!

White Rice!

Mashed Potatoes!

Macaroni Salad!

Caesar's Salad!

Grilled Asparagus!

For our NEW YEAR'S dessert, we have ube halaya, leche flan, and this tikoy like thing.

As usual, Mati cannot wait to dig in!

Our dining area!


Daddy and Mommy!

Daddy and Mommy with the little lords!

Check out Andrei. He's deciding whether or not he'll put bunny ears on his lolo....

Should I or shouldn't I?

Oh he did!

And he's happy about it!

Besides the Angus Steak on the table, Kuya Jon also grilled more and put it on the sizzling plate. He then topped it with Shiitake and Inoki Mushrooms that we're sauteed in Red wine.

Homer drools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry Kuya Jon! I have to admit that your meats now are much better than the roast that we had for Christmas. Ha ha ha ha ha ha h aha!

Mati certainly agreed as he zoinked a forkful or two for himself.


Before, my Gatdula family were all noisy and happily jamming food inside our hungry mouths every New Years. But when my Kuya Jay got married and I had THE YAPPY BUNCH, things changed in our household.

 Early on, my Kuya Jay said that we should all spend our Christmases together with my Mom and Dad and then the married ones will spend New Year's with the in-laws.

For the longest time, my Mommy and Daddy celebrate New Year's with Kuya Jon and Ate Jojit. When my crummy sister got married 2015, she also decided to spend New Year's with her husband's family.

With that I realized that my Mom, Dad, and Kuya Jon might get lonely and have a very quiet New Years Eve. Good thing that with my Mother-In-Law's decision, we got the greet 2016 with my family.

After which, I don't think we should ever leave them again for this supposed to be crazy night. My mother in law has a lot of grandchildren anyway to keep her company every New Year's whereas my parents would only have to contend with Kuya Jon (tee hee).

So yes. It has been agreed by the council that we will also be spending New Year's with my family always. We'll just visit Yub's family at a different holiday weekend!


See? Everything happens for a reason! 

Now my parents will always have to contend with THIS for New Year's!

Time to pray!

Mati gave his thanks for the New Year.

Of course, Andrei wanted to have a say too.

It's time to eat, drink, and be merry!

My messy salad plate!

Taste test! 

Egad! This was so buttery tender! 

My plate! My very delicious-tears-are now-in-my-eyes PLATE!

Later on, Ate Jojit called to greet us a Happy New Year and to tell us how she missed us.

"Awwwww we miss you ate Jojit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

But really, we're glad they're not here for New Years.


Mati and Kuya Jon enjoying all the food!

The Chinese Adonis and Andrei!

Mommy, Mati, and a photobomber!



Me and my boys!

My brother really grilled this steak to a medium rare perfection!

A toast for a more blessed 2016!!!!!!!!!

Mati: "It IS 2016 right?"

Yep. The wine is kicking in.


After a real heavy meal, we went outside to pop more firecrackers!

In just a few minutes, it's going to be 2016!!!!!!!!!

Firecrackers were going on full blast!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2......



"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?"

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days o’ lang syne!"

Honestly, when I hear this song, the question of Harry (from When Harry Met Sally) comes to mind...

Harry: "What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?"

Tee hee!

I so agree Harry!

Oh well....

HELLO 2016!!!!!!!!!!


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Your Kuya's Steak looks good. Parang tinalo mga steaks sa Restos. Happy New Year Jazz!

    1. And that is SO TRUE!!! This was just SOOOO good! Happy New Year too dear Erika!!!!

  2. Happy New Year to the whole Gatdula - Yap families!

    Hi Ms. Jaz, I'm from Qatar and finally natapos ko na ring basahin lahat ng posts mo. And I love them all! Nakakatuwa ka kasing magkuwento saka very detailed kaya entertaining na, informative pa :)

    Thank you for sharing your life to us readers...Can't wait for more posts from you :)

    God bless!!!

    1. Hi dear Cel!!! How are you doing there?

      Uy drop naman the Ms!! Ha ha ha ha ha! Hindi bagay sakin promise when you meet me. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

      Wow Qatar! How's the weather there? Did you have fun last Christmas and New Year's? Yihii! I'm so kilig that you read my ultra long posts! I hope hindi lumabo mata mo. Ha ha ha ha h ah! Yes it's very long and detailed because I don't want to forget anything and I really want to share it. I'm so happy you appreciated it.

      Thank you sooo much! You don't know how much you made me smile today!!! God bless you more and hope to hear from you more soon!!!

      Take care! Cheers!

  3. Hi Again Jaz :) Kilig naman ako sumagot ka kaagad :)

    Weather in Qatar is quite cool now pero pag summer season eh sobrang init! We had fun last Christmas and New Year but not here in Qatar, we celebrated it in Dubai with my husband's family :)

    And don't worry na lalabo ang mata ko kasi malabo na talaga sya hahaha!


    1. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha! Uuuuy pareho tayong kinilig!

      That's great! You have a different but cool Christmas. And at least you're with family kaya I'm sure it was extra fun and blessed for you.

      Hey baka nakita mo si Alden! Ha ha ha h aha!

      Thanks again! Mwahness!

  4. hi, ms jaz yap and to your husband, Im Rommel from Saudi Arabia, I really love your blog and I repeatedly read it once im not doing things here in the office since sometimes its a bit boring here. I hope you post a lot of good things since I miss the Philippines so much. I actually been waiting for your post this Christmas season since its kinda long time whem you post it. Thanks and Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to you and your family.

    1. Hi Rommel!!! How are you? Uy just JAZ ha ha ha ha ha! We're all friends here. At hindi bagay sakin promise. Ha ha ha ha ha ha h ah!

      Yeyyy! Thanks! I'm so happy that you read and appreciate my blog. Believe me, I really write from the heart because these are the special events of life with my family. I'm sure you know how it feels when you want to remember everything.

      When were you the last time in the Philippines? I hope you're doing great there. I'm sure there are also many fun activities (and food to eat) in Saudi! He he he he he!

      BTW, if you're a Dabarkads, do check out my OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY post. He he he he he he!

      Thanks so muchos for the Christmas wishes! Please take care always and God bless you everyday!! Hope to hear from you more!



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