A Cali Kinda Christmas

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Hi, cutie. Hope you’re having a great night. Just a few holiday pictures from my parents’ house.


You know me… Couldn’t keep my hands off the camera for long.

Posing with a mango and the Christmas grub

My brother brought these egg tarts

Ham for the fam

My mom made enough mac salad for a small army

Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish

Me and my mom

One of my bro’s tattoos

Hey, lil’ bro

A few neighborhood yards really get into the spirit

Too. Much. Good. Food.

I shouldn’t still be hungry but I am. Oh, well. Only one thing to do about that (eat!). πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Paris B says:

    Oh my! Look at all that lovely food πŸ˜€ And your mom looks lovely! πŸ˜€ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Karen!
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  2. Lacey says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!!! The food looks delish. Hope that you had a wonderful day!! xo
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  3. iceempress says:

    Maligayang Pasko – merry christmas in Filipino πŸ™‚ – to one of the best bloggers out there πŸ™‚

  4. Hafsa says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Those houses are no joke! You and your family are adorable πŸ™‚ Hope you and your loved ones had a great day!

  5. Samantha says:

    Oh my gosh that pancit looks delicious! If you could… You should totally post the recipe!

  6. Jen says:

    Great, I’m stuffed but now I’m craving mac-n-cheese. Thanks a lot! (Merry Chrismas!)

  7. Ruby17 says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! πŸ™‚ Had pancit also! πŸ™‚

  8. Marian says:

    Yum, the food looks delish and your mom is cute as a button! I’ve gotta say….it was fun, but I’m glad it’s over : )

  9. Pamela says:

    Thank you for sharing all these fantastic photos! It’s Christmas all over again for me! xoxoxo

  10. Karo says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!
    My Mom cooked too.We love her food!
    Your Family are adorable!
    Have a nice day!
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  11. joyce says:

    Merry Christmas to my favorite beauty blogger! Just discovered your blog last month and I regret only stumbling on it now. Also had pancit during the holidays. Best wishes for 2012.

  12. shushu says:

    I love the christmas decorations !!
    I spent christmas eating dirty chinese buffet with my lovely hub. A tradition that has been going on with me for a while πŸ™‚

  13. Marina says:

    The food definitely looks yummy! Merry Christmas, Karen! x
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  14. chryztyne says:

    merry christmas, Karen!

  15. Krystal says:

    Mmm, Pancit and egg tarts? I like your Christmas dinner.

  16. Hazel says:

    your mom is so adorable! mmm i had yummy mac salad too. i’m hella picky with my mac salads! there was hella filipino food too so i didn’t eat much πŸ™ oh, and not to be hella stalker or anything but i live close by! more closer to cabello on the regents side lol πŸ™‚

  17. Vonvon says:

    So yummy food! I want the prawns next to the Mac salad!

    And I know my daughter will love the Disney-themed decor with Tigger and Mickey Mouse in Santa costume!

    I cooked and hosted some friends. We had turkey with stuffings and cranberry sauce again. On my daughter’s request. And chocolate cake for dessert! πŸ™‚
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  18. Dao says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! Your mom is adorable and look at the food! I want it to be Christmas all over again!

  19. DalaLuz says:

    It’s like a reverse Christmas miracle, how every year I can eat all that food and somehow still find myself a bit peckish… :p
    Thanks for the picture peek into your life again, it all looks so colorful and your mom looks sweet πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi DalaLuz,

      What did you guys eat this Christmas?

      • DalaLuz says:

        My brother had a new girlfriend who is vegan, so they ended up making the Christmas dinners for us and our parents, quite delish. Vegetarian sushi, gingersalad, soup, green thai curry, thai salad wraps and cinnemon icecream with warm apples and pear. And loads of munchies!

        • Karen says:

          That sounds really, REALLY good. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to cook a few vegan food dishes, and I’ve spent the last few days drooling over vegan food blogs.

          How many siblings do you have? Is it just you and your bro?

          • DalaLuz says:

            I have 5 brothers, and I am the only girl πŸ™‚ I guess that’s why I started so late on the whole beauty and make-up thing, my mom was way too busy to make time for such frivolities to begin with and on top of that I would have much rather been a boy myself :p I refused to were dresses, girly colors and demanded my hair to be cut short, but I gave up my dream on being just like a boy when I found out that I was unable to climb in lamp posts or kick a ball (in Europe soccer is not a girl’s thing like in the US).

            And the vegan thing was really good πŸ™‚ we are vegetarians ourselves, but unfortunately I just can’t imagine life without cheese, milk, butter and eggs but no harm in trying out some nice recipes every now and than!

  20. Chris25 says:

    Wow, your neighbors went all out! The only thing I did was stick a stocking to my front door. πŸ˜›

    Did you get the photo I emailed you?

  21. Alix says:

    What awesome pix! Thanks, Karen!

  22. Phoebe says:

    It’s almost 2am here in Manila and your post made me crave for pancit! LOL Happy holidays Karen! πŸ™‚

  23. steph b says:

    Whoa! The neighbors are hardcore! And please pass the pancit.

    • Karen says:

      The neighbors are no joke when it comes to lights. Usually my dad does an elaborate set up on the roof, but he didn’t get around to doing it this year.

      Here’s a scoop of the pancit along with a lemon wedge and green onion!

      What are you up to today? We’re in Redding visiting with El Hub’s parents.

      • steph b says:

        Chilling out today. Went for a walk along the river, bought a pair of shoes, braised a brisket. All low key, but thoroughly enjoyable.

  24. Puffnstuff says:

    Oh YUM!! Especially the pancit!!

  25. CC says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!

  26. Liz says:

    Pancit bihon! That brings back really happy memories for me. I was stationed in Cubi Point in the late 80’s and loved the beautiful countryside, the genuinely nice people I met, and the FOOD! OMG the food.

  27. Barbara says:

    Egg tarts!!

  28. peach_ says:

    I love all the neighborhood decorations and oh goodness, the FOOD! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! πŸ˜€
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  29. Chelsea says:

    Looks like you had a good holiday! Your mama is so cute! I love her smile!

  30. marisol says:

    Your mom is adorable. You’ll have to recommend a few spots for filipino food in our ‘hood. I haven’t had it in ages. I hope you had a great Christmas!

  31. Katz says:

    Pancit Bihon will never be absent during the holidays. We had lechon paksiw, pork humba and beef caldereta for Christmas. too much meat and not enough veggies…sigh. But they were oh so good. I hope you still get to taste those Filipino dishes.

  32. Nina says:

    You and your Mom are adorable together!

  33. Mariana says:

    Cute pics (food looks so yummy!) and Merry late Xmas πŸ™‚


  34. Anna says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos!

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