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Brewing Point Dance Studio together with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – QC presents… Zumba Christmas Party in the Club!

Great fun had by all, drinks, food, laughing, talking, making new friends and of course… ZUMBA!!!

I’m so proud of my sister, Madelle Paltu-ob  for running this event successfully! [7 months pregnant and still on the go!]

Mommy and Daddy, we appreciate all the love and support!

Thank you to the Zumba Family: Madelle Paltu-ob, Florian Enriquez, Via Bonoan, Nick Menjares, Robert Caguimbal, Tess Embuscado, Armi Piamonte, Tal Uy-Chan, Richard Salas, Lei Valle, Johnny Tolentino, Pepper Lozada, Ruby Garcia, Marie Bonifacio, Hester Kho and Tanya Aigner [all the way from Germany]!

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Thank you to our DJ, photographer and videographer [ wow ☺ ], Prince Paltu-ob!

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391057_10150454063217157_998252003_nA big thank you to all for making it such a special night! So so so fun! Great energy from everyone! Love love love it!

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Congratulations to all those who won awards! Thank you Xenical Club New You, Brewing Point Cafe & Enriquez Security Services for the prizes!

Zumbalicous Bod Award: Ann Yap!

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Best Dressed of the Night: Pepper Lozada

383215_10150451350302157_790818456_nZumba King of the Night: Johnny Tolentino

378077_10150451350477157_828306475_nZumba Queen of the Night: Giselle Gonzales

389984_10150451350427157_799367215_nA fun night indeed! Can’t wait to have another Zumba Party. I hope next time, we can do it in Makati/Fort area or Republiq!

Here’s a video [Clips By: Prince Paltu-ob, Editing By: Me] ☺ Enjoy watching!

Ditch the workout, join the party!

I have great news! David Velez is coming back to Manila, Philippines this January. There will be a Basic 1 [January 21-22, 2012] and a Basic 2 [January 20, 2012] Zumba Instructor Training. Register now at www.zumba.com!

Master class with David Velez will be on January 22, 2012 7:00pm at Best Western Premier Hotel F1 Bonifacio Global City!

Happy Holidays! ☺

 

 

Last December 18, Brewing Point Dance Studio had a Rooftop Zumbathon for the benefit of Real LIFE FoundationThe Real LIFE Foundation is passionate about providing a better future for underprivileged Filipinos by giving them access to a good education and transforming their communities through community service.

Here is a photo of the scholars who jammed with us that night. ♥

This is Camille Larrauri, our Filipino-Spanish guest Zumba Instructor from Fit Squad LA! I love the way she leads a class. She’s very precise in her movement which makes it so easy for the first-timers to get right on it!

A big thank you to Brewing Point Dance Studio for hosting this event. Thank you to our Zumba Instructors: Madelle Paltu-ob, Kristie Enriquez, Robert Caguimbal, Nick Menjares, Chanel Padilla, Tess Embuscado, Donn Yambao, Florian Enriquez and of course, Camille Larrauri. Thank you Joshua Bonifacio for helping us set-up. Thank you Prince Paltu-ob for the lovely photos. Thank you Xenical: Club New You and Brewing Point Cafe for your support. Thank you to all those who came and shared the Zumba love with the scholars of Real LIFE Foundation.

Looking for a way to make a difference in the world? Visit www.igivetolife.com to learn more about how we can help our Filipino youth.

I love my small group. We always do fun and crazy things together. Last Christmas, we dressed up as Christmas ornaments. This year, it’s Christmas Around The World [Thank you Ms. Marie Bonifacio for this great idea and for hosting a wonderful party!]

Introducing…

Carla Bonifacio the Igorota from the Philippines

Marie Bonifacio from Japan

Kristie Enriquez the Flamenco Dancer from Spain

Linny Lareza from the Outback of Australia, Carla Mariano from Sweet Home Alabama, Dar Unson from Texas

Varsha Daswani from India

Mel Rada from Egypt

Joseph Bonifacio from Africa

and Joshua Bonifacio from Australia

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

Yummy food from around the world: Each person was asked to bring food from their “own” country.

After dinner, we picked out cards from a basket and prayed for the missionaries from different parts of the world.

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

To all our missionaries around the world, this was our little tribute to you. Merry Christmas!

Then… We danced Jai Ho [ ? ]. Should I post the video? Haha.

I love to travel and explore new places! I came across this article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and I wanna do it all!

25 things to do in the Philippines… before fantasizing about exploring other countries!

1. Go white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro.

2. Visit Batanes.

3. See Mt. Mayon up close.

4. Swim with the whale sharks in Donsol.

5. Climb Mt. Pulag and be awed by its sea of clouds.

6. Dive, swim and explore Palawan’s underground river.

7. Hike and let the view of Mt. Pinatubo crater take your breath away.

8. Party in your bikini in Boracay.

boracay9. Surf’s up! Choose your wave—La Union, Zambales or Real, Quezon.

10. Missed out on the pristine beauty of Boracay 15 years ago? Visit Malapascua, Cebu.

11. Dive and see the rich marine life of Anilao, Batangas.

12. Travel back in time—go to Vigan.

13. Let Bohol wow you with its many offerings—the Chocolate Hills, the tarsier, the Loboc River Cruise, old churches and the beach.

chocolate hillssnorkling boholtarsierloboc river cruise14. Go high! Drive to the Mountain Province of Sagada. Check out the caves, the hanging coffins and enjoy the laidback lifestyle.

15. Grab a Viaje del Sol map, visit Ugu Binyan’s pottery studio, eat at Kusina Salud and unwind at Casa San Pablo.

16. Spend an entire week up north. Take a road trip from Manila to Vigan, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Aparri and Isabela!

17. Try wakeboarding in Camsur.

18. Check out Malate, Old Manila and all their secret spots.

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19. There are many reasons to love Davao. Kublai’s artworks, its proximity to the beach, the tasty pastil and juicy suha. And did I mention that it’s a smoke-free city?

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20. Spend a weekend roughing it in Anawangin and Capones in Zambales.

21. Check out our colorful fiestas and document them with your camera. Ati-atihan, Dinagyang, Masskara, Sinulog, Higantes, Panagbenga and more.

22. Pick your own strawberries at the Strawberry Fields in La Trinidad, Benguet.

23. Go to Pampanga for sisig.

24. If it’s too hot in Manila, grab a few friends and take a quick trip to Tagaytay.

25. Enjoy a food trip in Iloilo. You’ll never go hungry in this city.

Kristie: What is Zumba?

Kids: It’s a dance, Ms. Kristie!

Kristie: Yes that’s right! And dancing is a form of exercise. Who among you exercise in school or at home?

4 year old Asher [son of Alvin Patrimonio] proudly exclaims, I do! I do! I do! He then drops to the floor and starts doing push-ups!  So cute [and strong]!

Kristie: Why do we need to exercise?

Kids: So that we can become slim [even little kids now worry about their figure], healthy and strong!

I had a lot of fun this morning with the preschool students of Victory Christian International School! I love teaching kids [I was a preschool teacher]. Here’s a video of the adorable kids dancing to the song The Freezer: 

Packed with specially choreographed routines and the latest music, like hip-hop, reggaeton and cumbia, Zumbatomic classes increase focus and self-confidence, boost metabolism and improve coordination.

To learn more about the Zumbatomic program, visit www.zumba.com/zumbatomic

If you are interested to bring the Zumbatomic program to your school, send me a message: kristieenriquez@gmail.com

My brother, Karl Enriquez, was working as a Chef in Abu Dhabi and he was scheduled to come back to the Philippines on November 1 [for good, because he is getting married to his fiance, Van Rarang, soon]. But our Hongkong trip is from October 28 to November 2. We were sad that he wasn’t going to be able to join us again [he missed Taiwan, Coron and Shanghai].

Little did we know, a surprise was waiting for us in Hongkong! We arrived at the hotel… and there he was at the lobby! No wonder Marc was extra excited for this trip [he knew about it all along]. His room mate is back! We missed you Kuya!

During our first day, we explored the city, shopping and food trip here and there.

All vintage looking photos were taken by Marc Enriquez.

We also visited Victoria’s Peak! The Peak tram was a good ride up the mountain, the steepest I have been so far.

2nd Day: Hongkong Disneyland

It’s my 3rd time to go there, but I still had a lot fun, especially with Maia and Bella! I love the parade, the kiddie rides, the Lion King Show, the Golden Mickeys Show, the character greeting and the fireworks at the end!

The picture below shows Joshua and Karl acting like the zombies and scaring people.

3rd Day: Ocean Park

Sisters. It is the secret sympathy, the silver link, the silken tie, which heart to heart and mind to mind, in body and in soul can bind.

It was my first time to see a real panda. So cute! It looks like a stuffed toy!  It just kept eating and eating and eating.

Dolphin Show!

Bella was so happy to see the dolphins! She was smiling and clapping when the dolphins jumped out of the water!

We saw Danie! We were supposed to go out with her the night before! But we were so tired from our  activities during the day. We didn’t get to experience the halloween party at Hongkong. Oh well, there’s always next time!

During our last day, we just walked around and shopped a bit more!

Happy lemon. Chocolate milk tea with cheese and rocksalt. Yum.

Thank you Lord for blessing me with a wonderful family. Left to right: Marc, Maia, Karl, Josh, Van, Prince, Bella, Madelle, Kristie, Florian & Jun.

I love this photo of Maia and Bella. So sweet!

Mommy and Daddy, thanks for this trip! I love you!

Last April 28 – May 2, 2011, my family and I visited Shanghai for the first time. Like most tourists, we went to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, Huangpu River, Qui Bao Water Town, Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Museum and the Bund.

The weather was great when we were there–cool and breezy.

Maia looks so adorable in her bear coat.

Towering high above Pudong New Area, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of  the outstanding landmarks in Shanghai. The tower is 468 meters high, the highest in Asia and the third highest in the world.

There is a revolving teahouse and a sightseeing platform, where we got to see a panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong New area. We were also able to go skywalking on the glass floor. What an exhilarating experience. I felt like I was going to fall!

Huangpu River Cruise – Beautiful view of the city at night!

Qi Bao is a small water town within the Shanghai city limits. It is full of small shops that have many interesting things with great low prices, and with many many food shops selling so many kinds of Shanghai snacks.

One of the stores was selling this! Keychain pet. I feel bad for the fish!

The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.  The word ‘bund’ derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning, when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. It became the epitome of elegance during Shanghai’s history as a city of trade. Now many attractive new constructions have been erected in addition to the historical buildings.

Madelle and her two lovely daughters, Maia and Bella. I love this photo [taken at the Shanghai Museum]. Madelle used it as her entry for the “I Love Being An Aprica Mom” online promo.

Here’s her entry:

Prince and the Princesses
by Madelle Enriquez – Paltu-ob

I am 24 years old. What have I become? Do I like her? Am I the person I am destined to be?

Pregnancy came to me unexpectedly. All of a sudden, I had to stop doing what I loved doing the most – dancing. I always had a dream in my heart to be a person of great influence. I always thought I was going to do it through dancing. Now, I had to put that aside and make way for my baby. I took time to prepare for her… But nothing prepared me for what was to come. Motherhood really changed me. It was a lot of hard work, but all worth it. I thought I would be able to go back to dancing already, only to find out that I’m having another baby! Bella was born and I can’t believe we have 2 kids. As parents, we have our good days and we have our bad days. The bad days are outweighed by the joy they bring. Every time Bella cries, I am given a chance to be more patient. Every time Maia becomes difficult, I am given a chance to show more love. As for that dancing dream, it may not come to pass now. But I can see my eldest dancing her heart out every time she hears music. I can hear her singing her lungs out every time she gets the chance.

Today, I am 27 years old. I am a person of great influence to my 2 princesses and I am married to a Prince. 

I am back to dancing.
I am blessed. 
I am loved. 
I am appreciated. 
I am thought of.

God has a plan for my family. And it is beyond my understanding. It is beyond my vision. I can only take one day at a time and choose to be hopeful. This is only the beginning.

Beautiful flower garden outside the Shanghai Museum.

My mom, Van and I were the only ones who went to Yu Yuan Garden because we didn’t want the kids to get stressed – the road going there was packed!

Yu yuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the Old Town of Shanghai. Pan Yunduan spent twenty years and all his savings building it to please his parents in their old age.

We grabbed some dimsum and stinky tofu on our way back!

Chinese hats. Bella you’re so cute! Can I pinch your tummy?

Shopping at Nanjing Road!

I wanna go to Beijing next!

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