2013 was a year of firsts. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you’d know how I never do recaps of the year. But after the eventful year I have had and almost zero blog updates, here’s a rundown of all the firsts I have had this year via Instagram posts (@teeshue if you haven’t followed me yet, #shamelessplugging). :p
Eat where I’ve never eaten before.. :)
Stackers Burger Cafe
Happy Cream Puff - Ate here with C after work and it was a prelude to another fight.
Mirae Korean BBQ - This was also the first time C treated me to dinner with his own hard earned money. I’m so proud of my entrepreneur boyfriend! :)
Zong - We had our V-day dinner in their Alabang-Westgate branch.
La Vie En Rose Sweets - Ordered macarons from the lovely Cara Funk (also an excuse to finally meet her!). :)
Sumo Sam - C was craving for ramen while we were in Nuvali so we went here but it was so disappointing! Seriously, don’t even bother.
Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mitsuyado Sei-men - also the first time I got to try Tsukemen :)
Picasso at New Horizon Hotel
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka - I only ever eat here whenever I’m with Mizzah.
Cecil’s Cafe - This cafe is hard to find but totally worth it! Very shabby chic. I insisted to try this when we passed this cafe on our way to Nuvali from Tagaytay.
Manila Maki - Ate here with Nicole! Catching up with friends is so much fun.
Tutto Domani - For ate Bie’s birthday. Super yummy!
TGI Friday’s - And whew! A girl who used to pursue C works at the branch we ate in. #habanghair
Buona Vita Italian Restaurant - for our fourth anniversary. We both enjoyed the Baked Oysters the most.
Shinjuku Ramen House
Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie
Casa Verde - my birthday brunch in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Bakerzin - and birthday cakes in Gardens by the Bay. :)
Little Tokyo - After work cravings are very bad for your waistline.
Le Petit Cheri - One rainy night, I finally got C to try it with me. But it wasn’t worth the effort I put into persuading C.
Bugsy’s - Steak, buffalo wings and drinks with Gin after work.
Just Thai - which is basically Just overpriced Thai food. C picked me up from work since I had a really bad head ache and I turn grumpy whenever my head’s pounding. He would normally resist eating Thai food (unless it was from Som’s) but you don’t piss Grumpy Cat, yes? :D
T&C - After more than four years of being together, we still have our firsts. :)
First “bed of rose petals” moment with C. This have been a rocky year and sad to say, this was just one of the major fights we are ever going to have. We did make up three dozens and tons of rose petals after. But it wasn’t the end of fighting.
C had a sunflower costume made for the very first time! We have an inside joke regarding sunflowers and this was his way of saying sorry. :)
First nail spa date!
After not celebrating four consecutive V-days, C “kidnapped” me for our 5th V-day. He knows I don’t like crowded places so he decided to bring me to Zong in Alabang to have dinner. I’m low key like that. :p
C bought me a kite we could fly on a spontaneous trip to Subic with friends (which is also the first time the two of us went to Subic together). I have never flown a kite before and it was such a fun experience. :)
C and I broke up - for real. After months of nonstop fighting, I guess we finally hit our lowest point. I know I did - there are things I will forever regret doing.
We went on a road trip the day we decided to try again. Granted, this was not the photo but whatevs.. :)
I couldn’t find this Hello Kitty Happy Meal anywhere and C drove all the way to Calamba, Laguna to find a McDonald’s that still has this. Thanks C! :)
We baked Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting - well, C mostly did while I supervised. :p
Our fourth anniversary! This is the first time the two of us to be in a relationship this long. :)
First plane ride and foreign trip together! We went to Singapore for a week for my birthday using only our money. So fulfilling to be able to do so! :)
Spent half the day in The Spa
I got my room renovated - and I used my own money!
I said goodbye to my sky blue walls and old study table and bookshelves.
And hello purple and white, (kinda) shabby chic bedroom!
The first time I got a postcard in the mail from a person I met online. Hi Tisha! :)
First Easter chocolates from the office!
Employee Friday! Fun Fridays in the office.
Archery lessons sponsored by the office as a reward for our team being on time (at least almost always).
First time on a business trip!
Paintball activity for our team building
The very first time I went on a beach trip (Puerto Galera) with just one girl friend - using my own money.
The very first time I ever attempted to surf!
Finally tried to use coconuts for coco meringue and chococo cupcakes (yes, that’s how I like to name my cupcakes)
Brazo de mercedes cupcakes! I will try to make a nice batch of this but for now..
Rose cupcakes, also known as the moment I learned how to pipe leaves. Haha!
My first ever cupcake orders!!! Thank you Abbie for this. :)
Macheeco bars! Mango jelly layer over a cheesecake with chocolate cake layer instead of a crust. Om nom nom.
Grabbed a bottle of Rose Water in Singapore and it was the first time I tried to use it. Of course, I just had to pipe the rose cream frosting into rosettes.
First time to use Ferrero in a cupcake!
I made a rainbow cake for dad’s birthday! A nice departure from dad’s birthday cake last year. Although admittedly, it doesn’t look that nice but it was a big hit with everyone. Yay!
The first time I (slightly) achieved getting my macarons to have feet!
Biggest batch of cupcake orders so far! Sure, 50 isn’t a lot but this is the first time I got an order for 50! This was for Pepper Snow’s christening (which, as it turns out, is also my inaanak). I made two flavors adorned with pink and purple (it was the color theme) fondant toppers.
First time to have at least four different flavored cupcakes in one box! I usually sell a minimum of 6 pieces per flavor but since Ayesha and Angge ordered a box of assorted cupcakes at the same time so I thought of mixing them all up. :)
One box contains three of each: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Cookies & Cream Cupcakes, Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes, and Chocotella Cupcakes.
First time to pipe a rosette cake — Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. :)
Brownie cake with Nutella filling and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Reindeer Cupcakes - Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Christmas Tree Cupcakes - Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
Snowflake Cookies - Mac and I gave out bags of cookies in the office.
Chanel-inspired Cookies for my girls - Hi Mayeh and Mizzah
Calamansi Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting & Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting
First time to buy and wear boots! (Rain boots - at that)
The first time I paid for my own tuition fee - I enrolled myself in baking classes.
Bought my most expensive bag/luggage to date! And a good thing too..
The first time I was out of the country for more than a month (in total)
Singapore - for my birthday week with C
Dubai - for a long layover
Denmark - for three weeks
Hong Kong - for a week with my family
Macau - We were in there for Christmas Day.
First time to see snow, aka the Winter Wonderland experience
Finally bought a Fujifilm Instax camera. Woot woot! A promise to take more photos in an equally fun (hopefully, greater) 2014. Happy New Year! :)