Dec 29, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
The story behind the photo? I bought Basti a red shirt to use for his dance presentation at school. I went home and had him try it on. And then the kids realized that we are all wearing red that Wednesday afternoon. Sam pointed to each one of us, looking very amused and on the verge of laughing, saying RED! And I grabbed the digicam and everyone hurried to get their picture taken with me!! Can you see us laughing? It was fun bonding moment through a blurred image of malfunctioning digital camera. I wish someone could fix this for me. Anyone there? I'll love you forever if you can!
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Another booth I found of interest is that of the KILUS FOUNDATION of PASIG. I was not able to take pictures of their stall or products but here's a sample from their site.
Dec 10, 2009
The cooking demo is what I enjoyed the most. Chef Tess prepared Teramisu, Shanghai Lava sticks with Salsa Dip, and Sweet Potato Cream Soup with Bacon Bits. Good food that are very delicious and very easy to prepare. All recipes Available at the Nestle CLub Recipes Page. I was really sleepy because I just came from work, but I really enjoyed the event because Chef Tess was so entertaining, witty, and funny.
The very next day, I tried cooking the Shanghai Lava sticks with Salsa Dip at home. It supposed to look like this : (photo courtesy of Nestle Club)
Good Health, Good Food, Good Times. That's What the Nestle Club is all about. Thanks for a wonderful time and good company!
Dec 9, 2009
To the greatest Dad in the world, Happy Happy Birthday!! Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for your patience, for your love, for your energy, for spending time with the boys, for staying up late at night watching over them while I go to work, for making sure they are asleep before you rest for the night, for waking up in the middle of the night to prepare milk for Simon and Sam, for spending time cooking their midnight snacks, for watching DVD with them, for taking care of them better than I can, for making sure they are fed and cleaned, and they have towels on their back.
Dec 6, 2009
Dec 2, 2009
Dec 1, 2009
Anyway, Simon loves the Christmas tree. He danced and bounced around it when the lights were turned on. When Basti and Sam came in from their long "vacation", they hovered around it and waited for their father to turn the lights on as well. The smile in their eyes makes setting up the Christmas tree worthwhile.
I edited the pix of this Christmas tree with Picnik. Sam chose the lights at the border. It made the picture darker, but that's what Sam wants, so what the heck. Hubby and I plan to put on more trimmings once we have the time, if ever we'll have the time, hopefully. Anyway, what will matter to the kids will be what'll be under the tree.
Nov 26, 2009
Manila , Quirino Grandstand
Dec 1 – December 31
American Women’s Club of the Philippines Bazaar
World Trade Center, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard,
December 1, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
DTI - CAR Trade Fair "Impakabsat 2009"
December 2, 2009 - December 6, 2009
Converse Mega Sale @ MegaMall
Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6, 2009
Paskuhan sa Megamall
December 3, 2009 - December 5, 2009
The 9th World Bazaar Festival
World Trade Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
December 4 – 16
Gift Lab: The Great Holiday Bazaar
Rockwell Tent, Powerplant Mall, Makati City
December 5 – 6
Noel Bazaar: The Special Edition
A. Venue Hall, Antel Lifestyle City, Makati Avenue, Makati City
December 5 – 6
Mega Balikbayan Expo 2009
Hall 2 Megatrade Hall
December 11, 2009 - December 13, 2009
Glorietta Park Tent, Ayala Center, Makati City
December 11 – 30
Super Brand Super Sale
December 11, 2009 - December 13, 2009
Manila Toys and Gifts Show
December 16, 2009 - December 22, 2009
Christmas Treats @ The Mega
December 18, 2009 - December 20, 2009
Noel Bazaar & Christmas Shop Expo
World Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
December 18 – 20
December 26, 2009 - December 27, 2009
4th Housing Fair
December 27, 2009 - December 29, 2009
Before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!!
Here's my Saturday Affairs for November 27 :
World Trade Center Halls ABC
A Venue along Makati Avenue
World Trade Center Hall C
holiday décor and gifts, food and organic products, garments and fashion accessories, housewares and furniture and furnishings.
November 27-30, 2009 Megatrade Hall 2
HELP OUR EXPORTERS! BUY PINOY!!!
Nov 20, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
As Basti was running towards us, some cute little girls were also running with him, shrieking and laughing when they reached us. One of them shouting, "Si Lyka po, crush po si Basti" (Lyka has a crush on Basti!) and off they went, giggling to their hearts content. And Basti went berserk saying to me, "Mama hindi totoo yun! "(Mama, it's not true!) . He felt so embarassed being the object of someone else's attention. I smiled and and thought to myself. " How time flies! Someone has a crush on him already. He's 8 years old and only in the second grade!"
I know girls mature earlier than boys. Basti squirms at the thought that someone has a crush on him, while the girls are very comfortable blurting out their feelings. The whole afternoon, I had to explain to Basti that a crush is just admiration, and that it is only natural for someone to admire another person. A question led to an answer, and answer led to another question, and I had a hard time explaining the differences of having a crush, of having a girlfriend/boyfriend, and getting married. And then I had to stop, and told him to ask his father when he gets home for a man's point of view. When his father came home, he was instructed on the proper way a gentleman should react to such show of admirations.
I could not help but feel amused and sad. Time flies so fast. In just a few years my little boy will be on his own, in highschool and college, and then will eventually get married. Oh, I don't want to think about that. For now, I'll just enjoy the kid in him .... for as long as it takes.
Nov 9, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
As a call center agent, and with my husband working and coming home late from work, I am guilty of the fact that our kids do not have much time to bond with both of us over dinner. I'm usually asleep during dinner time since I'm on the night shift and Basti's dinner is always prepared everyday by his Mama Tess who takes care of him and Sam during the day, and he usually eats dinner with his Nandy. I hope that midnight snacks are counted as family meals because that's when my boys and their father bond. ALmost every night before going to sleep, they would cook noodles, french fries, pancakes, or just nibble on foods they can find at the fridge. On hotter nights, they would make shakes using their Tita's blender. A few spoonful of Milo, bits of ice, and sugar, and voila!, they have an instant chocolate milkshake sprinkled with ...more Milo.
Though the kids do not eat alone, they usually don't eat with us. This thought, and so many others that nag my mind, have given me so many things to think about when it comes to sharing more quality time with my kids. Eventually, transferring to a day shift would be inevitable, with their Papa getting more and more overtime. I would have to make a decision eventually.
Also, in the flyer, was a stationary for kids to write letters for their parents. I showed the stationary to Basti and told him that he can write me and his Papa a letter but he declined saying matter of factly , "Wag na Mama, ikaw naman", shrugging his shoulders. He really feels so grown-up nowadays. Still hoping for a letter, I posted the stationary on the refrigerator door, saying matter of factly, " Ok, Kahit ano pede mong isulat". I was hoping that he will write down his wishes for his birthday. He might write down his wish to go to Enchanted Kingdom. That would be another great family bonding place with the boys.
Well, the letter did not came back to me. It was drenched to oblivion in the Ondoy flood.
Oct 15, 2009
Of course, let's not forget one of my favorite mommy events, with a lot of soul and information,
Oct 8, 2009
Fresh insights on Family Health and Parenting
Venue: Dusit Thani Hotel, Ballroom B
Time: 8:00am to 12:30pm
Tel: (632) 886-0333 local 112
Mom and Baby Care
2-5PM at the Infant's Section
RUSTAN'S Department Store, Makati.
Admission is free but pre-registration is a must.
To register, kindly email your name and number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call 7139435 to 38 loc. 143/130
and look for Jenny or Rina for more details.
Oct 2, 2009
Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair is on at Megatrade Hall 2 from September 30, 2009 to October 4, 2009.
Guava Jelly!!! Uhhmm Yummy!
by Kababaihang Masigla ng Nueva Ecija
For schedules of trade fairs and exhibits at the Megatrade Hall, pls go to Megatrade.com.
Sep 30, 2009
After losing so many things, I came to realize that the things I lost are things that I can live without and that I have so many junk in our house. Of course, I'm just saying this because we were able to save the more important ones like the kids’ clothes and toys, some appliances, important documents, and photos. The other ones that I've been keeping for years and not using, I came to realize I can live without. I am born a hoarder and never seem to be able to throw away anything thinking that I can use them later on. But at that time as I'm seeing my "hoards" floating in murky water, I did not feel upset. For me, it does not matter anymore. It is with resignation and acceptance that I've given them up and let them go. Perhaps it's for the best. Or perhaps there was no choice. But What matters is that my family was safe, and my boys were sound asleep upstairs oblivious to the danger that could have befallen them if the rain did not stop.
Now a few days after I decided that I don't need all that junk. If there's one thing that I have learned, in cases of emergency, life would be easier or it would be easier to save lives, if you only have a few instead of many things to save, because you might end up taking the less important ones. My husband teased me that with so many unimportant things in the house I could not decide which one to save first. And so the more important appliances , like the washing machine and refrigerator, floated around like a deserted ship in the midst of the ocean. So I’m keeping to the bare minimum, just the necessities.
For the next few days, I'll be going over all of my things, segregating the essentials from the non-essentials. The room upstairs which we keep as a stock room definitely has to be emptied now of all that things that has been sittin there for years. Clothes, bags, toys that have not been used for years definitely must go. For some reason, I had the deepest urge to clean out the house. That and to move to a new one. I am seriously considering taking out a housing loan through PAG IBIG soon. And I will definitely get a house with a second floor.
I am thankful and grateful to God that all my loved ones are okay. I say a prayer to those people who did not make it through this ordeal. I see many individuals reaching out to calamity victims and I feel proud that I am a Filipino. I am happy that my kids are safe and I congratulate myself that I was able to go through this without being hysterical. I've always hated the rain and this is one of the reasons why. Now every time I see the clouds heavy with rain, I hurry home. So that I will be there for my kids. The event that was Saturday will keep me paranoid for many days to come. And will keep me busy blogging the details of that day.
Sep 25, 2009
So, to my offline and online friends, Kriz, Philline, and Henny, welcome to the blogging world!!!!
Sep 19, 2009
Come to EXPO KID and experience active fun, learning, imagination-building, and just simply having a grand time with your kids!
Sep 18, 2009
I promised myself that I would not buy Simon a walker. Even when everyone were saying that I should get him one, I remained steadfast. I read somewher that using a walker does not help toddler in the process of walking. It just hinders the child's ability to walk at an early age. Basti and Sam used walkers when they were babies and i could not say that whether it did good for them or not since they were able to walk early on.
Also, using a baby walker is considered to be very dangerous. Canada had already banned the use of walker. I had a first hand experience with the dangers brought by the use of walker. There was one time when Sam was just around 8 months old, he literally walked out of the door while on his walker and got bruised all over. We had to have him CT-scanned for possible head injury. It all happened so fast and for that same reason, I don't want simon to have the freedom that his 2 brothers had. I know i'm being paranoid but with the experience that I had with Sam, I can never be too careful. There were more than 5 people in the house when sam walked out of the door a few years ago and no one was able to stop him because nobody realized that the front door was unlocked and because it all happen in a blur. Nobody expected that to happen. Up to now, at the back of my mind, I was thinking that it might be the cause why Sam had delayed speech development. But that's just me thinking.
But then, one day I got home, and found Simon on a cute yellow walker. Our neighbor, with good intentions, gave him her daughter's old walker, to my mother's delight. I can't refuse, can I? And so even though my heart skips a beat every time Simon walks around I cross my fingers and pray that he won't fall or stumble. Although I don't want him on a walker, my mother finds it easier to take care of her favorite apo, when he's just gliding around, because Simon's so heavy now. Also, from the look of Simon's face, he's totally enjoying his new walker! The look of delight on his face is (almost) enough to melt my fears away!
Sep 17, 2009
Doctor’s Orders - The Perfect Prescription for Your Family”, Mommy Academy ’s 34th Pedia Talk Live! will be held on October 17, 2009
But about a month ago, my young and beautiful officemate brought a copy of Twilight to work. I flipped through the pages in between calls and I found myself hooked. I read the book the rest of the shift, and was allowed by the owner to bring it home, as long as I'll bring it back the very next day. It was a gift from a friend and she could bear to be without it. I had already seen the movie but it was much better in print. The whole experience of reading again gave me a rush and made me feel good. It's like waking up from a good dream, and feeling very good about yourself the whole day.
And so, the fire brought by reading ignited once again, I asked my sister to lend me some books. She brought home Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and the Sorcerer's Stone. Yes, books turned to movies. Dizzy with excitement, with the sight of 3 books unread on the top of my staircase, I could not decide which one to read first, but then, since I haven't seen the Half Blood Prince movie yet, I decided to read it first.
I read during breaks, in between calls, on my way home, on the jeep. Not on the bus though because reading in buses makes me sick. When I got home, I still read some more before going to sleep.
Basti saw the books and was excited to read the Half Blood Prince. One day, he excitedly told me that he read the book already. What he meant is he went through it and read the titles of each chapter. Basti is only seven and I could imagine how hard it is for him to read the book in it's very fine print and complex words. When I'm awake he would ask me to read the inscriptions on the book, and more than thrice, I found him huddled over Harry Potter trying to read and decipher it all. I made a promise to myself I will buy him some more adventure books suited to his age.
The love of reading is something that I want to pass on to my boys. I was an avid reader as a kid. I started reading when I was in Grade three when we moved to a Canadian-owned mining site in the province, where there was a community library for all the miners' family and kids. I started with Dr. Seuss in Grade 3 and moved on to reading Nance Drew and Anne of Avonlea when I was in Grade 4. My mother and I fought a lot in those days because I refused to go to bed until I'm done with the book I'm reading. My mother would intentionally turn off the lights of our girls' bedroom so I would stop reading and sleep. I would then leave the door ajar so the lights from the sala would stream down to our bedroom and I'd position myself so I can see what I'm reading. This went on for many months until my mother discovered my strategy and closed the bedroom door diligently each and every night. I, then, would wait for them to sleep before I start reading again.
Although I do not want my boys to be like me. I would like to love books and hold them sacred as much as I do. I felt that the love for reading, indirectly, has given me some of the advantages that I enjoyed in life as I was growing up.
And so when I heard about the Manila International Book Fair, I was excited. On my way home from work yesterday, I passed the SMX Convention Center to take a peek of the Manila International Book Fair. I meant just to stay for just a few minutes and just see how an international book fair look likes. Never been in one. I meant to stay for only a few minutes and stayed for a few hours.
My head swum and my heart pumped faster than usual when I got in. There were books and books and books all around, and kids and people who all seem to be excited to be hopping from one booth to another looking for the best find.
I didn't bring any money with me, which is just as well or else I would not be able to contain myself and splurge on books, which would eventually leave me miserable since we are trying to stick to our budget, but I was still able to buy two sticker books for Basti and Sam, and a religious comic book for Basti for only P52. At the Lampara and Easy to Learn Booth, storybooks, sticker books, and coloring books are only P20. Exhibitors include Adarna, Lampara, Precious Pages, Rex, Vidal Publishing House, National Bookstore, among others, and there were so many more! For details, check out the website of the MIBF 2009. It was a wonderful experience to be surrounded by books of all sizes, shapes, topics, and genre and to be surrounded by people who share common interest.
When I got home, I waited till Basti got home before we started on the sticker books. Basti whooped out a shout of joy when he saw his comics of David and Goliath. A few years back, he got as a gift from the local library comic books of the story of Jesus Christ and Elias, and has been badgering me since then to get him more comic books of other Bible characters. I was not able to find him any until yesterday.
Basti and Sam had a good time, reading and putting in the sticker to their correct places. They huddled together and Basti tested his multiplication skills on one of the sticker books. I am so glad I went to the fair. I'm planning to go back again with the kids on Sunday.
Sep 15, 2009
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Just click on the poster for a better view!
It's best to bring friends along to share the experience. It's sad to be enjoying something good and not be able to share it with anyone you know. I'd be there early since I'll be coming from work and will stay for the parenting talks.
For details of the Love The Healthy Life, please dial the number on the poster.
So everyone, see you there!
Aug 18, 2009
Simon turned 1 last week! How time flies!
We had a small but very intimate get-together at the house where only family members on both sides were invited. It was a very quiet (with the shrieks of the kids in the background, how can it be quiet? hehe) but a very happy affair. It' good to see the kids running around the house with their cousins and together with their lolas and lolos. The birthday boy was asleep when the guests came in. He woke up with the sound of his uncle's, cousins', and aunties' voices as they huddled over him. I was thankful that we did not have a big party as we had with Sam and Basti because I was able to enjoy the day without any stress or hassle. I would say we spent good quality time with the whole family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON!
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF OUR LIVES!