Leap Year Day

They say that you are supposed to do something commemorable on Leap Year Day… something that you normally wouldn’t do. So, what did I do yesterday… I played hooky!!! 😀

My husband surprised me by telling me that we were having a spontaneous day since it’s leap year day.  We both skipped work, grabbed lunch at this fairly new restaurant called Yabu House of Katsu over at SM Mega Mall the Atrium.  The lines there are usually really long but we were fortunate enough to be seated at once even with no reservations. While waiting for your order to come, they will give you a small bowl of sesame seeds and you are supposed to gently crush them before pouring in the sauce. A whiff of the crushed seeds is enough to whet your appetite and by then, I was already super hungry! 🙂

sesame seeds
pouring tonkatsu sauce...

They promptly served the food and their bottomless cabbage salad was so yummy! Their vinaigrette and sesame dressing even came in OXO bottles… very classy!

sesame dressing

We had the seafood katsu set and the rosu katsu curry set. I must say, the hotness of the curry was just right. The hubby usually dislikes curry but he gave his seal of approval for this meal. We will definitely be back to try the other dishes.

seafood katsu set
rosu katsu curry

After lunch, we bought a few things that we needed to buy since we were at the mall already. We just actually needed an air pump for the floaters and beach ball that we bought for our upcoming vacation to El Nido, Palawan. It’s our Baby Bears’ first time to go to the beach so we wanted to be prepared. We got an Intex electronic air pump that can inflate and deflate. It’s a bit bulkier than the manual pump but it is perfect for the lazy momma in me, plus it’s time-saving! 😉

Next, we got sucked into buying these large dragon bubble wands that we saw some kids at the park going gaga over.  Anything to make our baby smile is a must-buy! Besides, it’s only PhP100 or approximately $2 — cheap thrills in life! I also got sucked into buying the classic beach toys… it’s the usual shovel, digger, sifter, scooper that will surely give your baby the tools for a fun time in the sand!

all set to look for treasure!

And suddenly, there it was! I spied the chopping play set that I’ve been looking for ever since I heard about it from a friend and I was so glad that I found it there. The fruit set looks the most realistic vs. the other sets that were on display. They are stuck together by a velcro so when the knife passes through, they separate easily! Definitely a good addition to her growing kitchen collection. Hmm… maybe I see a future chef-in-the-making? 😉

mise en place

After all that loot, we had to go home and play with Baby Bear to check out her reaction to the new toys. She loved ’em all! It has been day 2 and she has still been busy tearing apart and putting back the fruits together. It’s also such a great way of teaching her the names of the fruits… a touchy-feely lesson sans the mess! 🙂 She has yet to master the art of shoveling but after our beach outing, I’m sure she will be quite the expert!

We capped off the day by having a quick dinner and catching the movie, THIS MEANS WAR. After Baby Bear was born, it had been awhile since we last saw a flick together and I must say, this was definitely a good comeback movie for us 🙂 We would have been laughing our socks off had we been wearing socks! 😉

It was all in all, a very good day. True, we felt guilty for playing hooky and we have to more than make up for it the following day by burying our heads in work… but if we had to do the day all over again, we would! While others were super busy making the most out of yesterday by finishing work, closing deals and dealing with irate clients or suppliers… we had a simple day… but it was commemorable because it was memorable for us as a family. May Leap Year Day come more often! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Leap Year Day

  1. thediplomaticwife March 15, 2012 / 4:37 pm

    How cool! The resto reminds me exactly of Katsusei… a resto we go to here for all kinds of katsu. Mainly for pork katsu because restos that serve pork here is rare. Thanks for sharing!

    • startupbabies March 16, 2012 / 11:24 am

      hi there, you’re welcome! maybe you can check out yabu next time 🙂 it’s all the rave here! love your blog… keep on writing and inspiring! 🙂

    • startupbabies March 4, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      thanks so much for the vote of confidence. i am deeply humbled. i have just started my blog last month so it is truly an honor to be nominated. it makes me feel inspired. your nomination means a lot! thanks for the big welcome into the blogging world. (*hugs!!!)

  2. Any Lucky Penny March 2, 2012 / 3:42 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments! I love children and little kids so I am looking foward in reading your blog 🙂 I’m actually going to do my Masters in Education this fall 🙂 Have a nice week!

    • startupbabies March 4, 2012 / 6:01 pm

      hi there, you have such a lovely name! 🙂 thanks so much and i hope not to disappoint you. good luck with your masters. your tips are most welcome in my blog 🙂 feel free to share them anytime as i am just a newbie mom and would greatly appreciate all your help. 🙂

  3. niasunset March 1, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    This is so enjoyable, I mean to read you. I loved is, Thank you, with my love, nia

    • startupbabies March 4, 2012 / 6:01 pm

      thanks nia dear! you are truly a Godsend! 😀

ni hao, thanks for reading. drop me a line, xie xie! =)

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