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Monday, December 18, 2006

The Christmas Crying Party

Well, things are pretty busy this month. Our community decided to have our traditional christmas party a week earlier. We all met last Saturday, Dec 16th at 7pm and had our traditional potluck style.
My son Miguel has been crying the whole party. I think he is not used to having so many people around. I am just laughing about it at first. Here's a clip to prove what I am saying.

He refused to play with other kids and prefers to play alone. Then he would tag my hand and would insist I sit beside him while he plays.
Is this just a stage? Now, Im excited that his cousins are coming over because that way he'll get used to having other kids around the house. Takot ba sya sa tao?

Monday, December 11, 2006


Now I am on my last leg. Who would have thought that I would finish this semester? (Who even thought I would enroll in fall 2006? ;))Even I doubted myself. But now, I have finished my final exams on two subjects, Nutrition & Dev. Psych. I will still have to deal with two more tomorrow. I just cant wait to have this done and over with.
Some good news, my sister in law, together with her kids & hubby are coming this 29th and we will all be spending our New Year's Eve on Disneyworld & Seaworld . It would surely be a memorable vacation. Our savings will be slightly depleted but I am sure memories will be priceless. It will be my son's first trip to Disney and I am so excited. I have shopped for his clothes so as to make sure he will be comfortable, he wont be cold and the like.
Funny thing is, someone offered (a.k.a. xgf)her house for us to stay. We called her to ask for discounted tickets (too bad none). H preferred that we get our own place. That way , we could all do our thing and besides, we are 6 adults and 3 kids. Talk about big family ei.. and her house is about 45 mins drive to Disney. Thanks to hotels.com, I think I have found a perfect place to stay.
Hmmm.. gotta study! Bye for now..

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


There has not been a day that I havent cried, shed a tear or two. It would just strike me at an unknown time, when Im driving, in the parking lot, in the restroom, in my classroom, in my bed. Anywhere, anytime. It could be at 3am, at 7pm, or 6am. I couldnt describe my feelings. It would be a tear which would then be a sob. It would be a sad thought then an angry thought. I really dont know.
I would call my siblings in the Philippines and I was hoping my dad would pick up the phone. I would look at his text messages and feel melancholic.
I just miss my dad.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

2 weeks

What? Finals will be in 2 weeks, how time flies. I havent even started reading Chapter1 yet. (joke)
I did not imagine going back to school would be that hard and challenging yet it is fun. Seriously, Im enjoying it. At first, I lovingly joked my hubs that I have plans of changing my career (from being a bank officer to a RN) I asked him his ideas on what if I go back to school and earn a degree in the medical field..err..nursing. Never mind if I have hematophobia but I know I just want to try and see for myself. (Besides, that's a very good excuse of letting me out of the house for 3 hours a day) Surprisingly, hubs thought it was a very brilliant idea and so I did my thing last May. I had to pass the entrance exams, have my grades evaluated ( our grading system has to match their sytem here like 90 is to A etc. ) I guess that left me with no choice but to go back to school.
Quizzes, presentations, hmmm..it scares me at first but Im getting used to it.
I guess being a student is not that bad. After all, we are students of this thing called life.
Meantime, I better start reading Chapter1.

Thanks to all those who left me a note regarding my dad. I still have crying moments, when I'm driving, when Im in the parking lot, when Im home, when Im in the grocery store etc. I know this is all a part of it. Knowing you're praying for me really helps. I truly appreciate it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

My dear dad

Warning : This is very sad. I just have to write now as I am again teary eyed.
This morning, I had a dream about my dad. In my dream, I was home when the phone rang. I picked it up. And on the other line was dad's voice, giving me instructions on a certain check, that it has to be deposited. I just cried..hearing him. I asked him how he was doing..and then the line was cut. And he was gone. And I cried, cried so hard.
Too bad I can't call him when I woke up. He passed away last September. Very untimely, as we were planning for his vacation here that month.
The last text message I got from him was during my birthday, where he wished me a wonderful year ahead and of course, his desire to be with his only grandchild M. He is a proud "lolo". During our vacation last April-May, he was so crazy with his "apo". When we left the Philippines, our phone calls would not be complete without him having to talk to M. My son would talk back in his goo goo gaa gaa voice, and some shrieks in between. It makes me happy in a way that at least Dad got to be with his grandson physically, even for just 6 weeks.
So when he was confined in the hospital last week of September, I had the urge to go home immediately. I left H and my baby M and flew home. That was the longest flight I ever took continously praying that Dad's gonna be ok and that we will all get through this. But then I was late. His liver failed and he had been revived twice but that was just it. Dad expired at 1030pm Friday night when my plane landed at 1010pm. At the airport, my cousins were unusually quiet. Not until I reached the hospital that my sister relayed the news. That was the saddest moment of my life. Ugh..
Good thing H and M followed me after 3 days. It was not a good flight for H (travelling alone with an 18 month old baby for 18 hours is unthinkable) but he managed to be with me. We stayed for 2 weeks in the Philippines. I got the chance to be with relatives & family & friends. And then, it was time to go back.
Until now, I still cry. I would have moments of crying when I start to think of him. My baby would look at me and that would make me cry more. I just miss my dad. I truly miss him.
I find peace in knowing that he is now with the Lord. I do pray that he is happy now that he is reunited with my mom and with God.
But still, I cant stop crying...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

i need to rest

Hello everyone. I have neglected this blog for sooo long. Whoever thought that the housechores are endless, that being at stay at home mom means being on call 24x7. Sometimes I wish I have work, maybe then I could rest (or have the right to) But then again..I dont want to miss his growing up moments. I get to see him grow right before my very eyes. It's a different fulfillment.
Last Saturday, I left my son to a sitter just to have that much needed rest. I ended up doing more, cleaning the house, helping hubs with his project (storage), and before I knew it, it's time to pick him up from his nanny. Ang bilis ng oras!


I got this email from a high school friend and I'm reprinting it. Funny is I have this book, "His need Her needs" collecting dust in my library. It was a wedding gift in 2003. I started to browse it and discovered a very sweet note from C. "honeymoon forever?" really..
Anyways, here it goes. It's a long email though. But it's worth the read.
How can a couple prevent adultery?
Dr. Willard Harley in his book His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage provides some answers. He has found that marriages that fail to meet a spouse's needs are more vulnerable to an extramarital affair. Often the failure of men and women to meet each other's needs is due to a lack of knowledge rather than a selfish unwillingness to be considerate. Meeting these needs is critically important because in marriages that fail to meet needs, it is striking and alarming how consistently married people seek to satisfy their unmet needs through an extramarital affair. If any of a spouse's five basic needs goes unmet, that spouse becomes vulnerable to the temptation of an affair.
First, let's look at the five needs of a wife. The first need is for affection. To most women affection symbolizes security, protection, comfort, and approval. When a husband shows his wife affection, he sends the following messages: (1) I'll take care of you and protect you; (2) I'm concerned about the problems you face, and I am with you; (3) I think you've done a good job, and I'm so proud of you.
Men need to understand how strongly women need these affirmations. For the typical wife, there can hardly be enough of them. A hug can communicate all of the affirmations of the previous paragraph. But, affection can be shown in many ways such as: kisses, cards, flowers, dinners out, opening the car door, holding hands, walks after dinner, back rubs, phone calls…there are a thousand ways to say "I love you." From a woman's point of view, affection is the essential cement of her relationship with a man.
The second need is conversation. Wives need their husbands to talk to them and to listen to them; they need lots of two-way conversation. In their dating life prior to marriage, most couples spent time showing each other affection and talking. This shouldn't be dropped after the wedding. When two people get married, each partner has a right to expect the same loving care and attention that prevailed during courtship to continue after the wedding. The man who takes time to talk to a woman will have an inside track to her heart.
The third need is honesty and openness. A wife needs to trust her husband totally. A sense of security is the common thread woven through all of a woman's five basic needs. If a husband does not keep up honest and open communication with his wife, he undermines her trust and eventually destroys her security. To feel secure, a wife must trust her husband to give her accurate information about his past, the present, and the future. If she can't trust the signals he sends, she has no foundation on which to build a solid relationship. Instead of adjusting to him, she always feels off balance; instead of growing toward him, she grows away from him.
Financial commitment is a fourth need a wife experiences. She needs enough money to live comfortably: she needs financial support. No matter how successful a career a woman might have, she usually wants her husband to earn enough money to allow her to feel supported and to feel cared for.
The fifth need is family commitment. A wife needs her husband to be a good father and have a family commitment. The vast majority of women who get married have a powerful instinct to create a home and have children. Above all, wives want their husbands to take a leadership role in the family and to commit themselves to the moral and educational development of their children.

Preventing Adultery: His Needs Now, let's look at the five needs husbands have.
The first is sexual fulfillment . The typical wife doesn't understand her husband's deep need for sex anymore than the typical husband understands his wife's deep need for affection. But these two ingredients can work very closely together in a happy, fulfilled marriage. Sex can come naturally and often, if there is enough affection.
The second need for a man is recreational companionship. He needs her to be his playmate. It is not uncommon for women, when they are single, to join men in pursuing their interests. They find themselve hunting, fishing, playing football, and watching sports and movies they would never have chosen on their own. After marriage wives often try to interest their husbands in activities more to their own liking. If their attempts fail, they may encourage their husbands to continue their recreational activities without them. But this option is very dangerous to a marriage, because men place surprising importance on having their wives as recreational companions. Among the five basic male needs, spending recreational time with his wife is second only to sex for the typical husband.
A husband's third need is an attractive spouse. A man needs a wife who looks good to him. Dr. Harley states that in sexual relationships most men find it nearly impossible to appreciate a woman for her inner qualities alone--there must be more. A man's need for physical attractiveness in a mate is profound.
The fourth need for a man is domestic support. He needs peace and quiet. So deep is a husband's need for domestic support from his wife that he often fantasizes about how she will greet him lovingly and pleasantly at the door, about well-behaved children who likewise act glad to see him and welcome him to the comfort of a well-maintained home. The fantasy continues as his wife urges him to sit down and relax before taking part in a tasty dinner. Later the family goes out for an evening stroll, and he returns to put the children to bed with no hassle or fuss. Then he and his wife relax, talk together, and perhaps watch a little television until they retire at a reasonable hour to love each other. Wives may chuckle at this scenario, but this vision is quite common in the fantasy lives of many men. The male need for his wife to "take care of things"--especially him--is widespread, persistent, and deep.
The fifth need is admiration. He needs her to be proud of him. Wives need to learn how to express the admiration they already feel for their husbands instead of pressuring them to greater achievements. Honest admiration is a great motivator for men. When a woman tells a man she thinks he's wonderful, that inspires him to achieve more. He sees himself capable of handling new responsibilities and perfecting skills far above those of his present level. If any of a spouse's five basic needs go unmet, that person becomes vulnerable to the temptation of an affair. Therefore, the best way to prevent adultery is to meet the needs of your spouse.
"You do not marry someone who you CAN live with, you marry someone who you CANNOT live without."


I do hope that I get to post something real soon. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Saturday, June 03, 2006

hmm..makalabas nga ng bahay!!!

ok, ok..eto na at hahakbang ako!!
ehem..naglalakad na po ako..at hirap na hirap ang nanay ko!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

ahhhh..ikaw pala si Jollibee!!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

leaving on a jet plane

Hi everyone!
I will be having my 1st plane ride to the Philippines tomorrow. A week after, Ill be celebrating my 1st birthday ! Mom and Dad are really excited! My Lolos and Lolas are also excited to see me! I can see that mom is a little tensed. She wants to give me the best party ever! I know that everything will be ok! I'll get to celebrate with all my cousins and mom's & dad's friends..& of course, I'll meet Jollibee! Isnt that cool! I promise to post a pic of Jollibee and me!
I have packed my bags with diapers, cereals & cheerios! Mom says she will give me taho for breakfast. Dad says he will feed me pandesal!
I'm all smiles now! I am just really really happy! You can see that in the picture right?
I hope Mom gives an update of whats happening back home! If she does not, you know she's just real busy..
Got to catch that plane! (and the party..)
With all my love,

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Malayo po ba talaga ang Pilipinas?
Ito po ang una kong pagsakay sa eroplano! Excited po akong makita si lolo at lola at pati na ang aking mga tito at tita at mga pinsan!
Hmm..tinitignan ko dito sa bintana sa labas ng bahay!
Baka matanaw ko ang Pilipinas!

Monday, March 27, 2006

overseas mom

I dont feel so good!
My sis (who volunteered to be a party organizer) and I are having a feud!
I can imagine the stress of H when he was here & I was in the Philippines organizing our wedding 2 years ago. This time, for my B's birthday, both of us just have to trust my sister and my inlaws. From the caterer to the venue to etc. And its difficult for me to let go!
I am too demanding according to my sis. She's too easy to please!!!Oh well!!
Gusto ko ng umuwi para ayusin ang party ng anak ko!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Last minute shopping at Destin for some pasalubong & pamporma!
Also, I already packed my 2 piece swimsuit which I bought last fall. Ang bruho kong mister wag daw akong magbathing suit sa birthday ng anak ko. Aalis daw ang mga bisita. Ang mokong na yun!
Pero allowed daw ako mag 2 piece sa boracay. kasi kaming 2 lang at walang kakilala. tama ba naman yun!
Gotta pack my bags!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Tuloy na nga!
They came in at 1100 am & how i jumped for joy! Alleluia !
Last week, when I started tracking the whereabouts of our passports, it amazed me that they can really tell where your passport was that time. Like, it was now at NC, that it was being processed at DC, that they will mail it today, that etc. It was so accurate. The online tracking showed also it will arrive on the 25th. And still it came a day earlier!
Woohoo...geez...we're really really really excited! Im going to see my dad again, now a real proud lolo ! Yehey!!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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Battle of the bottle..err..sippy cup!
The winner
And the winner is..tada..To think that the bottle belongs to J...teheheh..

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Gardening 101

Our lawn needs our help! H is in charge of the outside (maintain the lawn and the garage) while I am the boss inside (hmm..that seems unfair as I cook, clean, take care of B, laundry & blog..) I decided to take out B this time so he'll be under H's watch!

So we went to Lowe's and we thought that there was a party! Everyone was buying the same thing, mulch, plants, fertilizer, decorative items for the lawn, etc. Each has a home project to do. And this is ours..

H had to unload all 70 bags of mulch as B & I watched! I helped him by collecting the plastic and dumping it at at empty box. B's contribution, well, he donated his pamper's box.

Then, we scattered all the mulch in the flowerbed! I felt throwing away $2, literally!

In a few hours, the mulch was almost gone! We were worried that we still have to go back and get some more as we have not covered the flowerbed on the left side of the house. But the bags were just alright. H was good in his estimate. Otherwise, he might have to carry some more bags (work it out , H)

B was cooperative as he did not have any tantrums! He just enjoyed watching us ! Thank God!

Here's the boss posing for a job well done!

Till our next home improvement project! Next in line, Mom's flower garden!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I was tagged

Ive been tagged by Day weeks ago & Meeya days ago. Its nice to reminisce because pretty soon, my son will be a year old! How time flies, has it really been a year?

How did you feel during those first few days after the birth?

I felt super sleep deprived! Baby came out at 825am and all I wanted was to sleep after that! Thank God I was able to catch a few winks. My son's birth happened on the day my neighbor/friend had her daughter christened. It was perfect timing for our guests from Jacksonville as they dont have to drive again to see me. But when guests already started arriving at the hospital, it looked like we were having a party! It was a delight to see them but really all I wanted was to sleep that time!
I also felt overwhelmed! Having a baby absolutely changed my life! Cliche but very true!

How were you emotionally?

I was scared! Ive never seen a tiny baby before and to think he's all mine! How on earth can I take cake of him? I kept on praying and praying! And my, how he loves to cry! Then I remember the books Ive read , the videos Ive watched. Babies do cry because that is the only way they communicate. Also, like me, he's adjusting to his whole new world! With that in mind, I became ok.

Is there anything you wish people had told you about the postpartum period?

I am so blessed that I have friends who offered support and understanding at those times. And of course, Hubs took a month off from his work just to be with me. (He said he will help me with baby but then what he finished was his woodproject - a buffet table for my formal dining. Hmp! ) After giving birth, I think I was real crazy that time. I would cry easily and associate everything with my baby! A scene on the tv with a baby would make me cry. I stayed away from wathing baby story because I would shed buckets of tears afterwards. Slicing onions made me cry. ( I was still in charge of my kitchen you know. )

How long do you plan to breastfeed?

I wanted to breastfeed for 6 months but (thank God) I am still nursing at 11 months. A year is the maximum for me, I think.

Do you have any advice for getting through those first weeks of breastfeeding?

Yes! Breast is best! God designed our breasts to nurture our babies the best nourishment! Always remember the law of supply and demand. The more you nurse, the more milk you'll produce! Plus you have to really relax and let go of chores for the 1st week. It can get really painful but you'll get through it!
Oh, and the pain comes from your contracting uterus, engorged breasts and lack of sleep! They all happen at the same time! But again, you'll get through it!

Was there any stress between you and your husband over the baby?

None, thank God. I think it made our bond stronger. We know that we only have each other being miles away from our families. Yes we do have close friends nearby (our loving Pinoy neighbors na mga kumare at kumpare na ngayon) but that is still different.
Looking back, we knew we both wanted it that way! A tough lesson to learn but it made us bond really well.

Let's talk about your body, Did things get totally rearranged?

Not much. (I still have extra 10 pounds to lose though but I dont want to pressure myself. Im still nursing so I can still eat lots- lame excuse) In fact I had a hard time gaining weight when I was pregnant which made my ob-gyn worried. Praise God, my son was 6 lbs 4.9 oz and just right for me to have a vaginal delivery. But I like the big breasts now ( and so does Hubs- thats why I cant give up breastfeeding hehe)

Care to share how much you weighed before and how much now?

I weighed 125lbs when I gave birth, now I weigh 110lbs, still hoping to go back to 100lbs -my pre pregnancy weight!

What advice-or comfort-can you offer other new moms about their weight ?

It took us so long to gain those pounds. It might take a little longer to shed it off. But in time it'll come. Dont focus on that at the moment!

How important is it for you to have a work identity?

Hmmm..There are times I do miss working! I miss it in the sense that I love being a team player and a leader. I have worked for a decade in the banking industry and I can say I became what I wanted to be! Now that I am a stay at home mom (which is absolutely my choice) I say "Wow! This is a very tough job! I would consider it harder than having a career at the bank ." (which makes me want to go back to work..er.heheheh..)
At times when I do miss working, one look at my baby, a smile & a hug from him, I would totally forget about it! H is such a good provider that I am able to stay at home to enjoy and cherish baby's growing moments!

Was your baby a lot of fun right from the start?

Not at first. You really cant think straight when you lack sleep! And you can see that your house is a mess. That you havent done the laundry for a week. And that you will fold it afterwards. And that breastfeeding hurts terribly..
Oh, and he did gave me a scare when he had jaundice on the 4th day! The nurse at the hospital can easily tell from our faces that we were 1st time parents as it was written all over our face. We had to stay at the hospital for a night and that scared me again!
I remember looking at him on that 1st week and noticed how he loves to smile when he's asleep. And he does not smile when he's up (he cries of course silly) That smile on the 1st week...hmm..sulit naman pala !

What's your baby like now?

He is the best baby in the whole wide world! (Proud mama ba?) He has a routine which he follows strictly. He's so excited exploring, trying his best to walk and taste everything as he puts into his mouth whatever he grabs into. He eats the stroller, the leaves of my plant inside the house, the cd's..the blinds, everything! Even our slippers..nay!!
And he's very excited for his 1st birthday party and his 1st plane ride..that is kung darating ang passport--sorry meeya
, i still cant shake it off my system!

So there, thanks Day & Meeya!
Im tagging Marie and Apple. Hope you'll have fun filling it out as much as I had.

Saturday, March 18, 2006


I just love the thought that my son has a playmate J. J stays with us on weekdays. I just cant say no to our friend E who works Tues-Fridays. J's nanny is now in the Philippines for a short vacation. She might even attend our birthday celebration. J will be us with us only until next week.
Now I can imagine how it is taking care of twins. Doubly hard!! It's a good thing they both love to play and does not fight at all! Funny, they even kiss each other. And they both dont like playing with I, the only princess in our neighborhood!!
Imagine me having to feed them breakfast at the same time. Luckily, J's routine is the same as B. They get to play afterwards and watch a little tv. J is really glued on the tv set while my little one is more interested in his toys and starts to wander and explore! They get their morning naps and afternoon naps at the same time. And their poop time (ooopppss..excuse me) is also at the same time . Is their body intertwined or what?
Here's a picture of me having a great time!
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That great time lasted for 2 hours..as I's mom had to leave for an hour. She entrusted I under my care! --(walang bayad huh kasi mag kumare eh..hehe)
Yaikks, three babies and one mom on the house..I have to sign out now!
(hmm..i just remembered olive's blog ..i should pay her a visit one time)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Waiting In Vain

I am really worried..and so is H.
I have already made the downpayment to my suppliers--jollibee, cake, caterer, venue, soundsystem, ice cream cart etc ( thanks to my very reliable sister a.k.a. party organizer kuno) I still cannot stop looking at other children's parties and cannot help but gasp at their pictures (& their budget) Yeah, I make ohhhsss and ahhhss and wowssss, and I stop. (I scrape them all out when I tag them as "nice to have but I can live without".) Infact, the only reason why we wanted to celebrate B's party in the Philippines is to be with our families once again! (It has been 2 years 3 months since Ive seen my dad & my sis) Time spent with them will be truly worth it. It will be a very sweet reunion indeed!
That is, if our passports will arrive!
You see, the moment B was born I already wanted to apply for his passport. But H made all kinds of excuses like we do not have travel plans yet so why apply.
But last December, I started to check on how to apply at their website . I also downloaded the forms. I asked H to sign the form and bugged him literally that we should get it done.
It was January when we decided to celebrate B's 1st birthday party in the Philippines. That very day, we bought our tickets. With the promise that we'll apply for our passports that same week. The application form has been collecting dust for more than a month now.
H only had the time to deal with it 2nd week of February. That day, the receiving clerk said that it will come in 4 weeks time. I told him I checked the website and it said it takes 6 weeks to process the passport application. We suggested that maybe we should pay the fee to have it expedited. The man refused and said we will just waste our money. In 4 weeks, it'll be here.
And now, 4 weeks 4 days have passed and Im still waiting..waiting in vain..
And it has also been a week since I started answering back on my H's countdown to our vacation. As you know, every morning, as soon as H wakes up, he will say.. "20 days na lang" The next day, "19 days na lang". The day after that, "18 days na lang" I quipped, "wala pa tayong passport". That turned out to be a quiet morning for us!
I really have to call their 1 800 number. Kasi naman, inuna pa ticket bago passport. Yan tuloy!
Lesson learned! Passport first before tickets!
Makakauwi kaya kami? Abangan..

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Swing a ling

My best buddy J & Ninong R invited us at their house a few blocks away from our place! Since Mom and I love to take afternoon walks, we decided to drop by their house. Here's what we ended up doing!
Look at me! I enjoyed every inch of it!!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Muni muni

I just want a simple birthday party. Ok ok , simple is an understated word. An abused word.. for how can you really define simple.
I have so many ideas for b's party. I'm working on a budget though which makes it challenging. And the time..look at my ticker!
I dont like to cram that is why I planned ahead of time what to do with b's party. A pool party with our family, loved ones and friends is really fine with me. But being a member of n@w, i saw lots and lots of ideas. (and pictures in their webshots account --gotta stretch the budget)
Then I look at my plan, my budget, and I scrape such and such. I classify them as nice to have but not a priority. But the mamang sorbetero is a top priority!
But now, H saw the other webshots and wanted a tarp for baby, a giant cake to go with the theme and some this and that. I too wanted something really nice. Pero ang usapan nga lang eh jollibee , happy na!
I also know that spending b's 1st birthday with our families, the smile from the lolos and lola's , his aunts and uncles, and cousins..isnt that already enough?

Monday, March 06, 2006

The L's dropped by our house and invited us for a walk outside.
Beside me is I, my girlfriend (according to her) but I still have to think about it! I know Im still young! I have to finish my studies first before mom allows me to have a gf. I love kuya R though. He loves to play with me.
We walk every afternoon now that spring is almost here. The weather is at 70's which makes it perfect!
How I love my life!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I took my son outside. The weather is so good that we tend to enjoy the afternoon walks around the village!

I have to bring cheerios to entertain him though. He loves to munch them. Its his favorite snack. Add the yogurt too. Actually, he has not refused any food offered to him. I hope he stays that way as I get to give him greens like brocolli, grean beans and peas. He loves fruits as well! The only thing is he does not like his bottle! Still nursing at 10 months. I dont know how long I will last. Maybe a year is fine!

Oh and he has started to make his first step today towards the dishwasher. I called his name so he stopped. I can feel him walking anytime soon! He loves his activity walker too!

Pano kaya pag naglalakad na ito? Mas challenging siguro!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A short clip

Just want to share this link. It's my laundry day and I decided to take a break and watch my son. He loves to do the "mukhasim" face and munches slippers, the remote control and anything on the floor (eewwweeee) so I make sure that the floor is free from anything that might go in his mouth. And how he loves his leapfrog learning table! He loves to help me in my laundry by getting all the clothes from the laundry basket and putting them all on the floor. That's another video though. My back aches from picking them all up!
(hmm..nakita ko sa ibang blog, di ganito ang link..sa akin eto ang lumabas..! di bale na nga..)

Monday, February 27, 2006


Yup, I'm still here. Alive and kicking!!
This morning , H called me and said, 32 days na lang..as if I dont have a ticker in my blog! Hehehe, but really, could that be really that soon enough? Got to start packing then! All our luggages are in the guestroom now since H got it from the attic last weekend!
I have already started shopping for the pasalubong. Sadly I always have a hard time buying one for my mil. She is one of those persons who has everything. Really, everything! That is why it is so hard to give her a gift. I opted for shoes instead but H has been telling me his mom does not like shoes. I wanted to give her jewelry but she has lots also and is not fond of using them much. I am still thinking...I need to go to the mall!!
The pool party is also in place for my B's 1st birthday party. At first, we already had a resort booked three months ago. But just last month, they called my sister to inform her that they will have a renovation scheduled end of march which makes it unavailable for my birthday party! No way..! I had to ask my other sil in quezon city as well as my cousins to look for a new venue. Luckily, my sister found another pool in Imus. We have made the downpayment and I am just praying and hoping all is well! I have asked my sister to send me pictures of the site as well as a video. It looks alright though..
Planning a birthday party is just like planning a wedding! The only thing different now is both H and I are together now and I have to rely on my sis and in laws with the planning! When it was my wedding, H was still here and I was in Pinas so I was able to supervise every detail of my wedding! Now that Im here, it's a little hard but I just have to let go and trust that all will be ok!
I have also booked our boracay trip! Thanks to my friends( meeya, marie, toni and joy) who have answered my queries. Wag sana kaming mabuntis..Hahahhahaa..I will leave our little one with mil since it'll be hard to tag a 1 yr old baby!! Next time na lang anak huh..
However, I will surely bring our son and my sis on our Singapore trip! My sil is now based in Singapore and asked us to visit her. So that's 1 week less in our Philippine trip but it does not matter. Lakwatsa pa rin!
Geesh, I'm really excited!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Valentine's day

Today we found out why we should not go out on a valentine's day itself! Too bad we had to find out with hungry tummies..Huhuhu..We never ever once went out on the day itself (even with exes..) Now we know why we should schedule either a week earlier or a week later..Basta, never on the day again.
As usual, H had to make arrangements for a babysitter so that we could go out on a date minus B. It was already 7pm when we left him, I had given him his bath and so what's left was for B to eat his dinner ( his fave arroz caldo) and brush teeth, read books and then sleep!
Back on the date, we were both craving for japanese food so we went to Kobe. We initially wanted to eat at Perucci, an italian resto, but we did not make any reservations so as expected it was booked! We wanted to go to Sake house and they were also booked.
Kobe was good though. Its just that we had to wait for soooo long just to have our meal!
I got my flowers and chocolates the day after. It was spring flowers on a vase. Quite different from the roses he gave me. I warned him not to give me flowers this time! Sabi ko icash na lang.
Well, it was a good date! When we got to pick up B, he was sound asleep in his car seat! And when we put him in his crib, tulog pa rin!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

ive been tagged

Tagged by marie...

4 jobs i've had in my life
1. counter crew ng jollibee zapote at baclaran..
2. new accts/teller/sundries clerk /asst manager ng bpi
3. asawa
4. ina

4 movies i could watch over and over
1. My Best Friend's Wedding
2. Little Mermaid
3. Serendipity
4. Father of the Bride

4 Places I've Lived
1. Pasay City
2. Bacoor Cavite
3. Caloocan City
4. Florida

4 tv shows i love to watch
1. Nip tuck
2. Sex and the city
3. Friends
4. Dora the explorer

4 Places I've Been on Vacation
1. Philippines -Davao, Cebu, Baguio, Palawan, Mindoro, Ilocos, Batangas
2. Asia - Hongkong
3. US - CA, NY, NJ, Tennessee, Washington DC, Disneyworld, Seaworld, Universal Studios, Atlanta, Savannah, hmmm....
4. closet ko

4 websites i visit daily
1. Yahoo
2. Gmail
3. Inq7.net
4. Philstar

4 of my favorite foods
1. Sinigang na baboy
2. Sisig
3. Inihaw na Liempo
4. Sweets - tsokolate, brownies, pastillas, lahat ng matamis

4 places i'd rather be right now
1. Boracay
2. Palawan
3. Cavite
4. my bed

4 bloggers i'm tagging
1. irene
2. monet
3. jody
4. liza

Saturday, January 28, 2006


i had to call my colleagues s, c & e in pinas..i was surprised that tsismis has it that someone saw me last christmas , a branch manager, and they were all talking about why i did not bother to call or see them..i wish i was in manila that time..
kung ako yun bakit di naman ako magpaparamdam....sarap nun..
andaming kaso pala ngayon sa bank..makes me happy that i am spared from all those hold-ups, frauds committed, etc etc..thank you lord!..

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


my friend d stayed with us from 11am-8pm, she is also a stay at home mom like me..instead of staying at her house, she decided to bring her son and stay with us the entire day...she bought siomai though i helped her wrapped and steamed it. also, i cooked adobo..after a short while, e called and wanted to stay with us..we all had lunch here at my house.. good thing their sons j & s played with b..they all babbled and pretended they too have their own conversations..cute..
we then watched tfc! they've been here for more than 6 years so they do miss pinas..!
at 7pm, d quipped.." seeing you here at the house the whole day made me realize i am not alone..can you imagine saying goodbye to our banking careers and being a stay at home mom?"
it's a very hard job!"
i totally agree with her..who would have thought that i'm running the house and taking care of b 24x7..i know i do miss working and somehow i envy other moms with careers but i cannot just entrust my son to a daycare..not yet..!
my career can wait..career din ang motherhood di ba?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

i have my own phone!

this marks the end of an era..
i finally have my own cellphone ..
after 2 years of being a stay at home mom and endless arguments and battles, h insisted that i get one today..and only today! otherwise, i will never ever have the chance of owning a cellphone ever..(oh really?)
he had long been wanting to give me my own cellphone but i always always say no..i really do not need a phone as all my friends can reach me here in my house..plus the times i have to be out, he's with me..(obviously i dont have my own car also) so gastos lang yun di ba?
but tonight, he insisted i get one..he even had his colleagues call me to convince me to get the phone..m's words were "have we not taught you anything? when your man wants to give you something, just say yes and never question his motive"
and so now..i have my own cellphone..though i still have 14 days to return it..
see, im contemplating on returning it..what is wrong with me?

Monday, January 23, 2006

trip to atlanta again

we're back in atlanta this weekend though it has been only 2 weeks since we've been here..the 6 hour drive made h soooo sleepy but he has no choice..we've said yes to our bro-in-law to help him in his unit..and later did we realize that we were trapped..read on and you'll find out why..
initially, our bil asked our help to move some of his furnitures from panama city to his townhouse in atlanta..which is actually in lenox road, just 2 miles away from lenox square..we arrived at his house lunchtime only to find out that he will meet a friend and they will go to georgia aquarium..we've seen it already so we said no to his offer..plus, we came here to help him move right..?
so now that we are left alone, we decided to go malling after eating dimsum at buford hway..and i was amazed to see Lenox Square
boy oh boy, it reminded me of our malls in the philippines and how excited we are to see our country!
and the swiping of the card began..what with cute outfits for b, we just cant resist it. h even bought cap, swimming trunks, shades, a real cute shirt all for b..actually, pang birthday outfit na yun since we plan to have a swimming party for the little one..excuses....
well, di rin naman ako nagpahuli..i shopped till i drop! but i was controlling myself . it was actually h who was on the loose..i & b benefitted as mostly para sa amin ang binili ni h..i avoided the bag store....delikado si h..if he only knew..
but i did get a nice pair of shades which i sooooo love..h cant find one that suits him so he bought nothing..too bad..
late at night, we got to watch "memoirs of a geisha" i thought bil will babysit but naah, he wants to see the movie too so he's coming with us..and so is b..the movie started at 1030 pm so b was so comfy sleeping in his car seat..we took him inside the theater..thank god, he slept throughout the movie..how did he do that?..this is our first movie date if you may call it..and we did have fun.. with b in his zzzzss
at 12midnight..all h & i can think about was...guess what..manny pacquiao..my bil doesnt have tv so we had no way to watch his fight..all our friends are watching it right now..we decided to call my dad in pinas..he was in the middle of the fight..and he already got conflicting text messages..his friend said pacquiao lost while the other one said he won..all text messages were from the states..sabi ko na lang ke tatay itext ako pagkatapos ng game..
at 3am, he did text us the good news..obviously di kami makatulog ni h sa airbed..even b doesnt want to sleep in his playard..ang likot pa namang katabi nitong batang ito..
finally at 4 am, naibalik ko rin sya sa crib..nakatulog din..
we woke up at 10am ready to go back to chineses restaurant/ dimsum..
then, we shopped at their asia market..we were envious that they all got the different meats..we had to resist buying pork belly pero di success..we even bought pata..delikading..
we got back home at 8pm...
the first we did was to tune in to tfc..certified addict talaga!!!

Friday, January 20, 2006

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my 2 front lower teeth..& my messy room..hehhehe..

Monday, January 09, 2006

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hello everyone..im now 9 months old!..mom is busy planning mys 1st birthday party in the philippines..she's so thrilled! im gonna see my lolos and lola and aunts and uncles and cousins as well..and almost all of their friends..dad's excited as well..they have planned for so many places to see and so many food to eat..i heard them say sisig, inihaw na liempo, lechon, and seaside restaurant..

im gonna flash them my smile! how about this? should i make my smile wider, my giggles louder? hmmmm....

ill just smile!!ill try to melt everone's heart!!


Sunday, January 08, 2006

what do i do?

i've done my reservations for our vacation this end of march. now , im having seconds thoughts to extend my stay as h has to go back here after 6 weeks..he's got work while all i have is household work and b.. ive heard horror stories on travelling alone with an infant..(but according to meeya, having a toddler is worst.. ) how on earth can i go back here with b on my lap, a diaper bag to carry and a handcarry and a stroller....how do i get my bags too?..what if nature calls me on the plane , who do i give b for that wee wee time? .. hmmm.. if ill come back soon, i might regret it as h has already said yes for my extended vacation. plus i want to spend time with my family and friends..what shall i do?
maybe i should ask my dad to come with me or maybe ask my inlaws? or shorten my stay just like h..but 6 weeks is too short..tsk..i wish i could stay longer..

Saturday, January 07, 2006

tfc channel

finally, after 2 weeks, they got it installed..directtv is now at our home..and we've been glued to the tube for hours already..we've even moved the futon right in front of the tv..
h has been begging me to have a tv in our room but i, still refuse to say yes..although i already allowed him to have a cable ready in case i agree to his request (which is never..of course..)
i'd rather read than watch tv, or surf perhaps..but no, not a tv in our bedroom..
i dont usually watch tv except for nip tuck and dora the explorer..nor have i been a fan of abs-cbn or gma ..but now, hala..i dont know who the new singers in asap are..though i can recognize a few..and the news..syempre, feeling namin nasa quiapo rin kami while watching the coverage of poong nazareno..
we've started recording our fave shows too..of course, puro pinoy channels pa rin!
feel ko na talaga ang pinas..lapit na!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

my loving husband

god hears prayers..and answers them as well!
this morning, after talking to my sis--who was really hurt after the denial issue--asked me to go out on a trip with her..i told her, sure, once we're home, let's go fly somewhere other than the states..to make her feel better, i told her , "soon, we'll fly to singapore or somewhere" ..that way, she'll get a stamp in her passport other than the "denied" one..the plane fare...errr..i will have to think about that someday, somewhere..when i have my own work, which is, not now..not yet..hmmm..i prayed to god..
as soon as h came home and i told him the news..he said, "dont worry, we'll bring your sis to singapore..she'll travel with us..tell her not to be sad anymore.."
i was touched by h's gesture and by god's love as well!!!
now i really have to book our trip! me sideline pa..
bait talaga si Lord!!

you are not qualified

my dad and sis applied for a tourist visa..they had their interview today and it made me real nervous..i was praying the whole time and i just cant sleep.. oh well, good news for my dad but bad news for my sis..the consul told them my sister was not qualified...and my sister was really hurt because the guy just asked my dad one question and did not bother to check their documents..
i was trying to console my sister that she can try again..its just that she felt degraded..what we filipinos has to go through to get that visa..and it made her ponder what in the world made her not qualified when they did not even check her application/documents..
my dad is not happy as well..he was hoping that both of them will be approved..he relates that he can never travel alone..in fact he has never really done that, fly alone i mean..
looking at the brighter side, at least my dad has the chance to visit his apo soon...let's see what happens next!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

removing the tree

do i really have to remove this?

just last month, we were so excited putting up the ornaments after seeing s's beautiful christmas tree, we were so challenged to have a brighter tree as well..we got b's first ornament from a, a tiny "my little prince" christmas ball..we then had to find other ornaments that are meaningful, like our first christmas as a married couple ( i found a small blue frame so i placed our kissing wedding picture ). then our first christmas here with the beach as the background and now, with b in our lives, we found another ornament. we have b's pic in the letter O of the ornament JOY. we tried to be creative and found some trumpets as well..and little stars made of capiz..

and the stockings, we had one for b's first christmas and bought 3 more to hang for the NOEL sign ..green is for h 's mind, red is for me- the ever feeling sexy and yellow for my bil..i did not have the time to decorate them though..
well, i better start removing them and putting them in the attic..h will remove the christmas lights outside the house this coming weekend..as well as the wreath in the front door..our neighbors had taken their decors as well..
i'm in charged of the inside and h is assigned outside..
besides, b has been removing all the ornaments he can reach..and tries to eat them..
gotta clean up!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

planning b's party

i spent the entire day planning for b's party...i have called my cousins to book the resort and have asked/chatted with friends for some more ideas..i plan to have the invites printed here..i have a budget and i am sticking to it ..unfortunately, h is coming up with EXPENSIVE IDEAS..he would always comment, "ill work harder..so we can afford it.." he wants to have a videographer/photographer/lechon baka..etc etc..
dito na lang kaya ako magparty!!
but still, if we'll have it in pinas, it'll be special since we can brag our unico hijo and show him off to our whole families..
plus h is open to the idea that i can stay longer in pinas..of course he has to go back and work while he sends me the money..bwahhahaha..he agreed 2 weeks extra ..i was hoping for 2 months instead..baka malambing ko pa..he'll stay 6 weeks, i'll stay 8 weeks..how about 8 months? abuso na daw..heheheh..
excited na ako..

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

the blinds

h had to call in sick as he was not able to sleep last night..he had a terrible cough..since he was home all day, he installed the new blinds we bought from ikea..the one where i had a bad feeling..
true enough, he spend the whole day drilling, measuring, sawing..hmmm..the works..i tried to help him measure and cut the panel..when it was done,..naaahh..it was not good! it did not blend with our living room..worst, it took him the whole day to set it all up and now all he wants is to take it off again..putting the old blinds is reserved for saturday ..its 9pm now..its something to look forward too..hehehehhe..
i have been biting my lip for the entire day so as not to let him down. i just have to control myself..he does not feel good and letting me blah about it will make it worst..i just know..
he kissed me goodnight. then he said, "i should have listen to you..you're always right!"
buti na lang, magaling ako mag control!!
when you're married, sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut..except for some situations where you can't hold it any longer.. there is always a time for everything..
at least i got a kiss and i've made my point, without me telling him about it..

Monday, January 02, 2006

the atlanta trip

we just came back from our atlanta trip. we checked in at holiday inn express from friday till monday..it was so relaxing..i just love the room service as i do not have to clean up my bed ..
we arrived friday night after having a free dinner at cracker barrel..it was free because a fly landed in my mashed potatoes and swam in the gravy..their manager apologized, replaced it and did not charge me for it..had we shared bill my friends would had theirs free as well..their loss..hahahha..
back in atlanta , it was 40's..luckily, i had b bundled up as i checked the weather before i packed..he slept in his car seat the whole night and i did not bother to wake him up..
saturday morning , we went to centennial olympic park,i cant stop myself from trying the ice skates so i plunged in as h & b watched me..i am proud to say that i did not trip nor fall on the skating rink..i was too slow according to h and the video he took..it was fun..then we had lunch at cnn, then shopped at ikea..h and i argued over a window treatment..i am happy with my blinds in the living room but h insists on replacing it with ala japanese panel..i just know it wont blend with my furnitures but he insists..after all, he will be the one to drill the wall and install it..i dont like it but i gave in anyway..i asked him 10 times if he really likes it and he said yes.. our ikea bill is the highest among the 4 families.. we had 10 shopping bags kaya..haaayyy..
how can i forget to mention dimsum? we just love the dimsum in doraville. we had dinner saturday night and we came back the next day, right after the sunday mass at st thomas the apostle catholic church. their servers were surprised to see 8 hungry tummies (oh make that 12 plus babies) and they provided us with excellent service. it was just delicios and price is so cheap..really cheap..h cant stop munching their roasted pig and chicken feet..i am happy with my siomai and buchi..oh and the soup, spinach w tofu is baby's fave...plus congee..
after dimsum, we went to georgia aquarium. they claim to be the biggest aquarium in the whole world. this is a real treat..we stayed in their humongous aquarium and it was so relaxing to look at those sharks, whales.., we touched the stingrays, explored all the places and our favorite is the one sponsored by home depot, the ocean voyager!!b loves that so much that he fell asleep..the music being played inside the small dome lulled him to sleep..good for us!
we left the hotel monday morning and i cant believe our vacation is over..hanging our with our friends was special. hopefully our next vacation will be longer and more meaningful as we shall be with our families and friends..pilipinas, here we come!!woohoooo!!!