Sep 30, 2009

The More Important Things In Life, Realizations Brough About By Typhoon Ondoy

It was an unforgettable weekend. A weekend that will be remembered for a long time. As my sister-in-law said, this calamity that struck us last Saturday comes only once in a decade. Hopefully. She remembers the last time their house was flooded that high, almost knee length, was in 2001. Ours was waist deep. I have never experienced something like this in all my life. I have been blessed and been spared from the worst, thank God, and only see this kind of things on TV. I am still reeling from the shock that was Saturday.

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.

My boys huddled together in our small room upstairs

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.

Free Seminars DTI-CLEEP this October

Sep 25, 2009

Our September Calendar

This is what's supposed to be our September Calendar. I like the way I designed this calendar. I cannot find a good calendar printout that will go into the lower right portion where the days of the month should be so I just decided to keep it bare, and just edit it with Picnik.

This is a very memorable photo for us because this is Basti's first studio picture. He's 3 months old at the time photo was taken. We used this photo for his baptismal invitation on February of 2002. I was afraid he'd fall from that small chair so that's my hand holding his legs while he laughed at his Papa. I remember how excited we were back then, as first time parents. We're still excited, of course, over our boys, especially over Baby Simon, but nothing beats the excitement and thrill first time parents feel.

In this picture, Basti looks very much like his brother Simon. I would say that Simon is a cross between Basti and Sam. I call my boys the Look-a-likes.

My Friends Online At Last!

I'm glad my friends just recently discovered the joys of blogging, and seem serious about it too. Now I'm not alone in my online world, hehe. Now I have people around me to talk with, and share my frustrations when my layout does not look the way I want it to. Now, I have someone who will understand my excitement when I find a really good site or widgets. I'm not alone at last!!! Yippeee!!!

So, to my offline and online friends, Kriz, Philline, and Henny, welcome to the blogging world!!!!

Sep 19, 2009

EXPO KID on October 3

Another fun Saturday on October 3, but this time it's for the kids!
(from my Inbox : Details of Expo Kid on October 3rd. Thanks Ms. Janice!)

Come to EXPO KID and experience active fun, learning, imagination-building, and just simply having a grand time with your kids!

Featuring interactive activity areas and all-day talks and activities showcasing some of the most progressive and creative kids activity providers today: My Masterpiece Multi-Arts School KidsAhoy, Multiple Intelligence School,
An Expo Kid Bazaar of 30+ vendors and exhibitors of unique finds for kids and everyone in the family. Expo hours: 10am to 8pm.Entrance Fee: P 25/head.*All proceeds from registration will benefit Mio Mendiola, a 5-year old boy fighting leukemia. (
For more details, go to See you there!

Sep 18, 2009

Simon On A Walker!

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

This month, it’s all about doctor’s orders at Mommy Academy ’s 34th Pedia Talk Live! Join in on a very interesting discussion about kids’ nutrition -- why breakfast is important, what alternative healthy snacks to give them, and what to do with high cholesterol levels, and stress management for moms. Also, find out who is the perfect Healer of all, the source of life, health, and all that is good.

“Doctor’s Orders - The Perfect Prescription for Your Family”, Mommy Academy ’s 34th Pedia Talk Live! will be held on October 17, 2009, Saturday, 8am to 12 noon at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila .

For hassle-free registration, simply log on to or call 820-5070 and 825-7454 (Monday to Fridays). Kindly note a minimal fee will be charged during the event to cover for event materials (handouts and materials).

Love of Books and The Manila International Book Fair

I have taken to reading again lately. It is a habit and a pleasure that I neglected over the years. I seem to have lost the love of reading, became suddenly deaf to the call of the printed word, when I got married and gave birth to my Basti. Life had been so busy as a young mom that I did not have time anymore to read, and the wonder that is Basti, and then Sam, and Simon kept me entertained for days, nights, and weeks, months and years. Eventually the love for reading has been replaced by other passions connected to my love for my boys (like scrapbooking, online blogging, mommy events, and DVD marathons with Basti and Sam). I still read though but not books anymore. I read magazine (i.e. parenting magazines), comics (because Basti buys them), and children's books for Sam mostly.

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

Decorative Box Making at PTTC

This is my first decorative box. I made it myself. Went to PTTC last Saturday and attended the DTI CLEEP seminar on decorative box making. What do you think? We were given our own tools and materials to work on. It was fun! And it's not that hard to do at all!

Sep 11, 2009

Sa Ugoy ng Duyan : A Mommy Power Special

To All Mommies, here's another Saturday of Fun!
Sa Ugoy ng Duyan : A Mommy Power Special click on poster for more details

Sep 5, 2009

Our August Calendar

This is our August 2009 Calendar. Yep, better late than never!... This was taken when Simon was just a few days old August of 2008. Sam was a little bit scared of tiny Simon back then. Now, a year after, with loud shrieks and laughter, they chase each other around the house, with Simon on his walker, leaving me breathless with fear! Arggghhhh!

Sep 4, 2009

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Sep 3, 2009

simon and the mirror

One day, Simon grabbed the mirror from me and started looking and staring at himself. He liked what he saw because he can't stop smiling!