My Gratitude Journal

Blessings and gratitude for mommy life, friends and family fun days

Boodle Fight Night

Boodle Fight Night

I had my first Boodle Fight meal. I can’t believe that I have never engaged in the style of eating before, especially since I am Filipino. It was a great and delicious experience.

Boodle Fight is a Philippine military style of eating a meal. It’s a style of eating that celebrates camaraderie and brotherhood (or in our case, sisterhood). Banana leaves are laid out on the table  (usually a long table) and food is served in a pile in the middle. No plates are used. You use the banana leaves that are on your side as your “plate”. You also don’t use utensils. You use your hands to eat which is called Kamayan. Kamay is the Filipino word for hand. Traditionally, Filipinos eat food with bare hands which is a a centuries old practice. It’s messy but fun.

So how did this Boodle Fight Night come to fruition? Well, every year, my friends and I get together for our birthdays. This year, we decided to do wine and game night which later turned into seafood night and eventually turned into a Boodle Fight night. As you can see, we added wine to our Boodle Fight.

We had king crab, shrimp and corn on the cob. We also added some roasted garlic to the pile. The sauce was delicious and even a little spicy.

There were only 5 of us. Boodle Fight is best when done with a big group of people. However, our little sisterhood of 5 women  was perfect for this night. We had plenty of food and even some leftover shrimp and corn.

What a great way to celebrate camaraderie with your friends.

Today I am grateful for sisterhood, camaraderie and Boodle Fight Nights.

Camden Market

On our last day of London, we spent the day at Camden Market. Sabrina lives in Camden Town so it was just a brief walk. Before going to Camden Market, we stopped at Blue’s Kitchen for a burger. My burger was delicious and so were the chips!


After lunch, we were off to Camden Market. I enjoyed the atmosphere. All the shops and stalls had quirky, interesting and artsy items for sale. All things related to fashion, art, music, etc. There were also places to eat. One of them was Cereal Killer Cafe. They offer over 100 different cereals. You can order different types of milk and toppings to go with your cereal. The memorabilia inside the cafe is from the 80’s and 90’s. If you are a cereal lover, this is the place for you!

His face tho!

It was fun exploring Camden Market. Here are some of the interesting things we saw:

Statue of Amy Winehouse


Art tiles


I love these lamps. Sabrina asked me what I want for Christmas and I told her to bring me one of these from London!

We spent the night at Sabrina’s flat. It was my favorite place to sleep because it was her flat. I felt so comfortable and at home. It was a small space but I loved it! We spent the night talking, talking, talking.

I brought a care package to Sabrina and in it was this picture which she framed and put in her room immediately.

The little ringbearer

November was such an eventful month but because I’ve been in a rut lately, I was feeling uninspired and therefore, didn’t post much at all. Also, I stopped my self hosted blog so that made me even more uninspired to post. Well, after my trip to London and Paris, I got a surge of energy and inspiration.

So back to November.

Josh was a little (or not so little since he is 9 years old) ringbearer for my cousin’s wedding. My cousin, Apie and his wife, Rosie, got married the day before Veteran’s Day. It was a beautiful ceremony. The wedding was elegant and they went all out. Josh was excited to be a ringbearer for their wedding.

Josh looked very dapper in his tuxedo. I was a little nervous because he doesn’t like to take pictures and therefore, he doesn’t smile. He usually makes a funny face which is his normal expression in his pictures. I’m lucky if I get a picture of him with a smile. I told him that because this is wedding, an important event, it is important for him to smile while he is walking down the aisle and taking pictures. Well, I am happy to report that he had the biggest smile ever while walking down the aisle! I will never forget it. He also did a great job smiling in all his pictures. He was authentically so happy.

I love this picture!

We had a great time at my cousin’s wedding. We danced all night. They did a beautiful job. All their planning and preparation paid off. What a beautiful day and wonderful celebration. I was so happy to be a part of it and so honored that they picked Josh to be their ringbearer.

I am grateful for FAMILY…