My Tita Nena Vargas Tantoco gave me one of these candleholders. It’s made out of trees that fell from typhoon Glenda in Sta. Elena.

Glenda Candleholder (1)She taught the gardeners how to make it and they make them during their spare time. Tita Nena sells them and she buys some from the gardeners and it goes to the Sta. Elena employees fund. Isn’t she amazing?

Glenda Candleholder (2)I visited her in Sta. Elena and saw reindeers made out of the trees that fell from Glenda

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She has a new design which is a Mother and Child also from the remnants of Glenda.  How beautiful!! For orders Pls call her secretary Baby Perez at +63 939 905 2676 or +63 917 832 6540Mother and Child by Nena Tantoco Glenda remnants Sta Elena Employees Fund

Focusing on the creatives of the celebration we had,

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These were all done by Ina Colayco Bautista in a span of one days planning!  AMAZING! From design to printing :-) They turned a simple surprise celebration to a super amazing Die hard themed eventIN C Designs (3)

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It is not written here but IN.C came from Incy which was how Ina’s dad used to call her :-)  So it could mean “Incy”  or INa Colayco :-)  Ina studied graphics design from Parsons New York City which explains her creativity.  She is also OC ( obsessive compulsive ) but maybe that is not from Parsons :-)  But I think it is good and can only mean that she is meticulous about what she doesAbout INC Design Studio

Ina is in charge of the creatives and the back office responsibilities and Nich is in charge of marketing and production.  If a couple can work together successfully, they can be married happily too :-)  ina and nic in c designsINC design studios clients

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 Last Monday, we had a plan!  Which we all put together in two days for a Wednesday celebration :-)  It’s all TEAMWORK! :-)  And this was the plan taken from our WhatsApp group ” THE GOLDEN AN PLAN”

Here is the plan….. You take the Golden “AN” and put it in the TAN truck! ( haha!! )
Seriously – for Wednesday we are all set!!!! So glad everyone is game!!!!
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NedNED Bootcamp die hard INVITE  Tuesday after the last class in aero room, I will decorate so when Ned goes to work on Wednesday it is there na

Die hard b bootcamp ned polo club gym( Thanks to helpful people from the Sports and Games office and the gym –  Edna and Mico )

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Then let’s all meet at 720 am by the stairs of the ladies locker room

Bootcamp polo club die hard 2015then lets all go up together to the aero room and shout SURPRISE!! haha!! ( corny ba?)

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bootcamp ned die hard 2015 champagne after class, we will all go to the back parking by the badminton – my van will be there with driver so we can all go together and not worry about parking. We will go to MAPLE in San Antonio Forbes. Laura already reserved the place. Ty Laura and EA :-)

bootcamp Die hard surprise party Ned Maple restaurantI will bring a cake/dessert and Nelson and Siuping can bring it during dessert and we can sing and he will blow.

From Maple – my van can bring everyone back to Polo. KKB tayo but lets not let Ned pay :-) Okay? THATS THE PLAN! :-)

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The plan worked out very well and smoothly and we were able to come up with all that in a day’s planning!!!  Every single one contributed for the celebration!!!  So much fun!!

The Birthday Boy with his poster at the back
Ned Hourani Bootcamp die hard MapleTaken from Die Hard the movie :-)die hard bruce willis bootcamp theme party nedThanks Ina for all the wonderful creatives!!!  It really set the mood and tone for the celebration NED_Movie poster2 We had special guests who joined us :-)  Dra. Vermin Verallo who also trains one on one with Ned!  Three times a week! She is 76 years old and very strong probably stronger than all of us :-)  dra verallo ned bootcamp die hard mapleNed scheduled a breakfast with his friend from the states, Rene!  So we were happy to adopt him for the day as a boot camper :-)  Ned and rene bootcamp die hard mapleLaura’s kids joined us as well – Gavin and Madison – they took the place of Juampi who could not joinkids laura bootcamp die hard ned mapleBreakfast at Maple!!!  As a tip, please use the salt and pepper shakers to season your food.  I am sure they put those there because they did not season the food, you have to do it yourself to your liking :-)  Maple breakfast menu die hard bootcamp nedThe Big Maple BreakfastBig Maple Breakfast Maple San antonio forbes bootcamp die hard nedEggs Benedict that had no muffin since it was out of stockmaple eggs benedict die hard bootcamp nedHuevos Rancheros – a bestseller and it looks so good but Lance did not share this with us! haha!!

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Truffle Omelette Souffle!!  How unique!!! and yummy!truffle omelette souffle maple bootcamp die hard ned 2015We shared this and cut it like a pizza :-)truffle omelette souffle maple bootcamp die hard nedPrime Rib Tapa – another unique dish and one of the bestsellers in MaplePrime Rib tapa maple bootcamp ned die hardChicken Fried SteakChicken fried steak maple bootcamp die hard nedmaple breakfast part 2 ned bootcamp die hardMaple Belgian WaffleWaffle maple Forbes bootcamp ned die hardChicken dish which I cannot find in the menu -it was for the kids so it must have been in the menu DSC05965Fruit Brûlée

The cake that started this all!  I was going to bring this to bootcamp class because I knew Ned liked it and then from there decided to make it into a more complicated celebration :-) fruit brulee MArilen Lopez die hard bootcamp party ned mapleLeana our SGV and treasure who audited the bill and collected from us – she was so ready she even had a plastic bag with change in case she needed. Ang galeng!! haha!!Leana Faralles SGV Die Hard Bootcamp ned mapleGiveaways from Laura – of course from VMV Hypoallergenics. Armada and Boo Boo BalmVMV Armada giveaway bootcamp die hard nedGroup photo!! Happy Birthday Ned!!!BOOTCAMP NED Hourani 2015 maple die hard

 OMG!!! Thank you Guia Santos for this Yummy Almond Yema Sansrival topped with grated Queso de bola from Shine Bakery.  I gave her a can of Pringles and she gave me this! I’ll always send her Pringles haha
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Go past the Henry Hotel and there are three houses one after the other.  It’s the furniture and home accessories store of Eric Paras called A11

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 So glad to bump into Eric, owner of A11 and designer for the Henry Hotel Manila.  He lives in the compound so he occupies one of the houses and then he rents three for his furniture and accessory shopArellano 11 ( A11) by Eric Paras (6)

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I went to the balcony and saw this!!  An idea for the bamboo being cut by the gardener :-)  You can leave it outside so it will dry to this color instead of the dry green color :-)  Arellano 11 ( A11) by Eric Paras (82)

Across the home of Jojie Lloren :-)Arellano 11 ( A11) by Eric Paras (83)

 Look for Christine the Sales Manager :-)  Open everyday from 10am to 7pmArellano 11 ( A11) by Eric Paras (56)

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Since the Henry Hotel is part of a compound of homes and occupies only 6 out of the 15 houses there, there are still other residents and other houses there

Like Jojie Lloren :-)  This is also where he meets his clients.
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 All the houses in the compound look the same but the ones renting may have changed or refurbished them a bit so they all have their own unique character

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There is a gallery there but we were not able to enter since it was closed the time we were there
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If you walk around the gallery, there are many works of art around the perimeter
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