These are photos from past New Year's Eve celebrations. Since 2005, my family holds what we call the "Cooking Master Boy Showdown"...a little cooking contest between me, my dad, and my ate! :D Cea and Mom are the judges, and they also prepare the prizes. :) Other than for fun and to spice up our NYEs, in a way, this also gives mom the rest she needs from a year-round of cooking for us.
In the 6 years of this family contest, I have never won the top place. NEVER! I wasn't much of a cook unlike my ate, but I enjoy it. So I still join just for fun! ;)
Photos from this year's cook fest!
Chopping garlics in advance for my entry. I was worried because mom forgot to buy mozzarella cheese for my Baked Ziti! Improvise nalang!
Every year, to be honest, I am always prepared to lose. I always cook weird foods like mashed potatoes or omelette with a twist. Haha!
Ate's yearly "career" entry: may mashed potatoes side dish pa!
(she's super into cooking, she's even subscribed to Yummy Magazine!):
And another contestant, my dad na sobra "ibenta" ang niluto niya hahaha:
Tignan mo nagpapicture pa sa tree hehehe.
Woke up on the LAST DAY of 2010 and realized that there were new restrictions in selling fireworks and fire crackers in a lot of area, including ours. Mom and Dad went out to look for sparklers, trumpilio, and fountain--our simple yearly pailaw, but to no avail. I thought it's going to be a weird New Year's Eve. Then I realized that compared to the scary and mausok na paputok for the past years, I actually enjoyed just watching the beautiful fireworks when the clock struck 12! :) Nakaka-emo! Haha!
After saying goodbye to beautiful 2010, and welcoming 2011 with an open heart...we started with our Media Noche! AKA Contest's Taste Test segment na! Here's the complete entries for the night:
Dad's Pineapple Chicken:
Ate's Chicken Dish with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.
...With Root Beer pa! :D
And of course, my Baked Ziti!:
What a sumptuous meal! Everyone did a great job! And, to my surprise, I actually won!!! First time!
The contestants, in order: third placer Daddykins, second placer Ate, and the new CHAMP! :)
Benta lang si daddy hehehe!
The very objective and maselan judges! :D Mom and Cea: THANK YOU! Haha!
What I won, thanks to our bunsoy Cea for sponsoring the prizes!
And of course, I also gave everyone a surprise: Ipanema and Rider slippers, and Bench Fix GCs!
Super thank you to Loreal Paris Philippines, I won around P4k worth of GCs of said brands, plus around P5k worth of Maybelline and Loreal make ups which they promised to give to me soon! I decided to start the year right by sharing my prizes to the family! :)
Thank you Loreal for making the Crazy Gonzales happy! :D Heeh!
So tell me your 2011 wishes. :) For me, I pray that my business will take a step one notch higher to where it is now. A store? An expansion? A big collaboration?
I pray for more travels around the world, to explore, to learn, to live. With my Barx, with my Bullies, with my family.
...And I still pray for what's next... :)
Basta ngayon, benta parin sakin tong pic ni Daddykins, hahaha! :D
HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)
Yey sa wakas nanalo rin, hahaha!