Dec 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

From our family to yours, 

***fireworks photo courtesy of theweddingprojects.com

Dec 30, 2010

More of Christmas Day: Christmas at SM Sucat

A post-Christmas post: :)

Just wanna share with you the fun that we had at SM Sucat on Christmas Day!


You can definitely feel Christmas in the air. 
As the song goes : 
"Dressed in holiday style.In the air there's a feeling of Christmas.
Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile"
And see it everywhere you look. 
Who wouldn't, with these big big gifts in the middle of the ground floor? 



And below is Simon with cousin Carlo having fun

THANK YOU
GOD AND PAPA JESUS, 
FOR THIS WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON!

**collage courtesy of picnik.com


Dec 26, 2010

Perfect Christmas

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After so many years of being a call center agent and after so many years of missing Christmas after Christmas, I finally got to spend Christmas eve with my family. This is the perfect Christmas for me. As I said of my FB status, benefit of being a SAHM - happiness!

We didn't cook much this year, only for the kids,  because Christmas day will be spent with the in-laws. My father and mother brought from the province native chicken, which we made into tinola,  and fried some for the kids.We also had spaghetti and lots and lots of  buko salad. And our Christmas feast is complete. 


Highlights of the night: Sam slept on us on Christmas eve but wouldn't let go of his gift even in his sleep.  Simon was excited trying on his new blinking shoes and the smile on Basti's face was priceless when he saw that he got a K-Zone December issue from one of his ninangs.

Christmas day, we went to Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church to say our prayers and then spent the day with their uncles and aunts at SM and at their Grandma's house. I have yet to upload photos of moments captured there. 

It was the simplest, most stress-free Christmas that I had and yet it was the best. And that's because for the simple reason that I was there, happy celebrating it with my kids and love ones. 

Dec 23, 2010

Merry Christmas From Three Little Boys!!!

A special greeting from my boys, courtesy of Basti through Paint: 


I purposely disconnected the internet connection so they couldn't play online games, but they refused to stay away from the computer. I found the three of them, heads close together, making what seem like a Christmas wishlist through Paint. Basti, the eldest, is the captain of the ship while the two youngest nods their heads in approval. 

 Basti says he wants a PSP and a hundred pesos. 

Sam wants a new Tom and Jerry DVD.

And Simon, well, Basti assumes this is what he wants. A Sponge Bob DVD. 

Dec 16, 2010

All Dressed Up for Christmas: Bamboo Organ Church


The Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church in the parish of St Joseph, famous for its nineteenth-century church organ made almost entirely from bamboo, is all dressed up for Christmas! 


The Church and its vicinity is one our favorite spots in Metro Manila. The whole environment has a small town atmosphere and is relatively peaceful and clean. We just live nearby so I should know. The police station, fire station, barangay hall, the church, a small wet market, a couple of ATM, and private and public schools are just steps away from each other. No malls yet, I hope they won't put one up here (and it's nearly impossible to since it's a residential community) or else it will lose its authentic small town charm. 

Every year the streets are adorned with Christmas lanterns like this: 


Stars glitter on the roof of the church museum: 


And the hundred year old trees are adorned with countless bright stars:


 And this year, they put up a tiange (flea market)  at the top of the Bulwagang Ezequiel Moreno and set up this special Christmas tree:


The church is a sight to behold. Sorry if the pics are not of the highest quality but the church really is amazingly beautiful at night, so much that you won't ever forget it's Christmas!



A BLESSED & MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!!!

Dec 12, 2010

Of Sick Mommy and Hospitals

I had been sickly lately. And I hate myself for being that. I missed two very important occasions because I was sick. First, Basti's First Communion (yeah, move on, I know) and yesterday, Sam's very first Christmas party. I don't know what happened but just as we were about to head out the door to go to the party's venue, nausea so extreme hit me and then I found myself throwing up uncontrollably. Nah, I'm not pregnant. Must be something I ate. Good thing, sister dear was around to take Sam to the Christmas party or else I wouldn’t have forgiven myself for being the cause of my son's missing his very first Christmas party.

I'm lucky I was not taken to the hospital, but I was tempted to ask to be taken. For some reason, unlike other people, I don’t mind hospitals. It's the expense and the inconvenience of being taken to the hospital that bothers me. I know hospitals are there to make sick people well, and they are not offensive to me. I have been hospitalized three times in my life due to illness when I was younger. Those were the times when nurses still wear immaculate white uniforms and have caps on their heads to boot, and trendy fashionable medical scrubs are unheard of.

The most recent experience that I have of hospitals was just a few months back. My friend Gracie underwent a gallbladder operation. After what seems to be hours of waiting, doctor finally came out of the OR, fresh from taking off his surgical scrub holding a small metal container. No one prepared me for what I saw. There on that container was Gracie's gallbladder and the doctor was showing it to us, to me! I have never seen any organ fresh out of a human body before! I almost fainted but I held on to my seat as the doctor showed her mom where the tiny little stones blocking her gallbladder were. And that means opening up the gallbladder right before my eyes. As much as I love Gracie, I can’t say I love that part of her right then and there, LOL. And the stones were so small, how could it have caused so much pain, and cost her so much! Well, we all know the answer to that, forgive me for asking.

The only sad experience I had with hospitals so far is when my friend Tina was hospitalized. Whenever I'm sick and away from my boys, I think of my close friend Tina. She's a super mom. She finished her MassComm degree while being a hands-on mom to a seven year old and taking care of her household all by herself, no help, and still had the time to visit me at home. Amazing woman. Just a few days after graduation,  she got sick, got admitted to the hospital, went into a comma, was revived, went into a comma again. Now she lay in a vegetative state. It was like a roller coaster of emotions for us who witnessed her go through all of these. Now she had been brought home and is being taken cared of in a makeshift hospital room in their home. It has been five years. I miss her so. Her body is there but her mind was not. And every time I'm sick, I think of her and will myself to be well. I wish she can will herself too. I terribly terribly miss her. She was enjoining me to set up a preschool. Yes, it's a sad story. Even now, it makes me sad.

Aside from that, I am glad I have a positive feel for hospital and I hope it stays that way. I pray that it stays that way. Hospitals now are different. Some are like hotels already, especially the more expensive ones. Nurses look good in their nursing uniform scrubs and doctors are more approachable, especially the young ones. And of course, with technological breakthroughs everything is done with more precision, faster, and more comfortably than before. Well,  even with all that,  I wish I won't have to be sick again. Gotta take care of myself better. Hmmm, let me make that my new New Year 's Resolution. Being a mom, even our bodies are not ours alone. We gotta stay healthy not only for ourselves but also for those teeny weeny tots that depend on us. Right, moms? 

Dec 6, 2010

Simon's Second Favorite Video : Lollipop

So, Basti had his First Holy Communion yesterday. Sad to say, I was a no show on my son's important event. I had a severe stomach problem that prevented me from going to church. What horrible timing. So it was just his Papa and him.  I still can't get over the fact that I wasn't there for him but then he's a great kid, he understood that I was sick. He looked so handsome in his white polo and slacks and he kinda looked different when he came home. I'll be posting pictures of this important event in the next few days. Taking of pictures was not allowed so we have to wait for the official photographer to deliver the pics.

Meanwhile, let me share with you another one of Simon's favorite videos on YouTube, Lollipop 


Dec 4, 2010

Anxiety Attack!

A very short post today. 

All of a sudden, I'm having an anxiety attack. I don't where this feeling came from, what's the root of this anxiety. Possibly because I'm anxious (nay, overexcited?) for tomorrow. 

Basti will have his First Communion tomorrow.  Another big step for my 9-year old. He had his First Confession last Thursday, and I got teary-eyed as I saw my child sitting in front of the priest reading out and confessing his sins. 

I can't imagine myself tomorrow. I hope I don't shed a bucket of tears or else Basti will be embarrassed. He's been acting out his "big-boy-not-a-mama's-boy" stuff lately. 

Yep, tomorrow's gonna be a big day. Have a good weekend everyone! I'm off to Baclaran to find good stuff at the most affordable price. 

Dec 3, 2010

Mommy Moments: Last Christmas!

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Hello again, mommies! Christmas, oh, Christmas is near! The year just passed by like a blur, don't you think? Last year, I was not able to spend Christmas with the kids. This year, I'll be with them to celebrate this entire season of joy. I hope I'll be able to attend Simbang Gabi each and every morning. That would be such an accomplishment for me, haha. 

I have only a few photos of the Christmas season last year. Our digicam malfunctioned and we had to rely on my husband's cellphone for pictures. So what I have for now are the photos of my kids last December. I don't if I had posted this already here, I can't remember. But then, the joy of my kids in these photos sums up the joy that we had last Christmas and the joy that the season brings to everyone. Merry Christmas  everyone!



Nov 28, 2010

Simon's New Favorite: Old McDonald Has A Farm

Simon is crazy about this Old McDonald Has A Farm video. We have played this over and over again, probably more than 50 times in You Tube the last few weeks.


Baby and Me Event by Philips Avents

This is happening today. Good for pregnant and new mommies.

Nov 26, 2010

Big Things!

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This is our entry to today's Mommy Moments: Big Things!


Kuya Basti with the Transformers


See that big Shoe? Last year at the Manila Children's Playground in Luneta.


Big rocks at the BluRoze Farm in Lipa.

More Big Things at Mommy Moments!

Nov 24, 2010

Breaking the Friday Habit

Just to break off the habit of becoming a Friday blogger, haha, let me share with you some things this early Wednesday morning.

First, my Facebook status for today:
Since I became a SAHM and started earning a living online, I begun to understand how much a US dollar really costs. I begun to equate the US dollar not only to its Peso equivalent, but to the time it takes me away from my boys. A dollar earned could mean a few minutes, half an hour, an hour or maybe even more (depending on the difficulty of the task) spent away from them. Now most of the time, I think in terms of dollar, of what it can buy and  do for me and my boys. I don't earn that much because I only work when the kids are asleep or not around, but believe me, every US cent counts. I begun to think like this, "How much is this kilo of rice? Or the pedicab fare? It's almost a dollar. A dollar  that I worked for, or 30 minutes or so of my time spent away from Simon or Sam or Basti."  
          Exaggerated ba? Can't help it. 
So, I guess, this is what our OFWs feels and so much more. So for us here, left behind, why don't we think in dollars. Because when it's converted to peso, it seems like it's too much or so much that it's easier to spend. 
So this Facebook status, due to character limit,  was just converted to this:
started earning online & I understood how much a US $ really costs. Now, I equate the US $ not only to its PhP equivalent but to the mins & hrs it takes me away from my boys. I begun to think in $, of what a $ can buy & do for me and my boys. I guess, this is what our OFWs feels and so much more. So for us left behind, why don't we think in $, 'coz when it's converted to peso, it seems like it's too much. 
I wish I could say more on Facebook status. So glad I have a blog.

On to the next topic:

I'm excited about Saturday because my all-time favorite kids' show will be returning back on air. What else but BATIBOT! Hooray! When I was a kid, I never missed an episode of Batibot.

I wish they still have Pong Pagong. 


I have already set the alarm for 8:30 Saturday morning and am all set to switch the channel to ABC 5.

It's something to look forward to. My bestfriend's sister and nephew will have a mom-and-son role in one of the segments. Can't wait to see them on Batibot.

Nov 19, 2010

So Little!

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It's Mommy Moments once again! Today's theme is So Little! 

What I have is a photo of Sam when he was so little, just a few days old!


This is a very special photo for me because this was taken by my bestfriend, Ning, (who's also my eldest Basti's godmother) when she visited me and our new baby Sam five years ago. In this photo, Sam's just a few days old. This is one of the first digital photos that I have, something that I did not scan but was sent to me electronically and it just sits in my inbox all these years.  

Meanwhile, that same day, Basti got a gift from Ninang Ning because the day the picture above was taken happened to be Basti's 4th birthday, and taraan... He got little toys from Ninang! Can you see the smug look on his face? Seems like he's thinking, "Wow, the toy trucks are not for the baby, it's for me!"

Basti, 4 years old on this photo and already a big brother 

See more of the Little Ones at Mommy Moments.

Nov 12, 2010

Mommy Moments: Favorite Color

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Basti's favorite color is red. How do I know? I asked him. His first answer was red, and then he changed his mind to blue.  Basti is a blue person, Sam is a red person, and little Simon is the sunshine yellow in our family.

I checked on our photos and Basti has so many "red" pictures.  So today would be Basti's day.


One thing's for sure. He doesn't like the color pink. We have a pink food container at home which he refused to take to school just because it's pink. He said that pink is a girl's color and the boys at school might tease him.  Hayss, my little boys is growing up and is already being burdened by peer pressure and the issues of stereotyping. Gonna watch out for more, we have a long long way to go.

Nov 11, 2010

Oct 29, 2010

Mommy Moments : Before and After

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Today's Mommy Moments topic is Before and After.

The pictures that I chose were taken two years apart, in 2008 when my youngest Simon was born and in 2010 when Simon turned two. Only two years, how they've grown. 


More  of  Mommy Moments here.

Oct 27, 2010

Nine Years of Being A Mom: Happy Birthday, Basti and Sam!

Basti and Sam celebrated their birthdays last week. Basti turned nine and Sam turned five. We had two separate small celebrations for them. Celebrations that were just simple but holds deeper meaning for me as a mom. 
  
Gosh, nine years as a mom. I suddenly feel older now that Basti is nine. In just a few years, he'll be a teen-ager. Good luck to me! :) There's something different when a child turns nine. When you're nine, you're officially not a baby anymore. For me, it is the age where a person starts transitioning from being a child to being a teenager. Thus, Basti will be getting more responsibilities this year and the years to come. No more "he's just a child, he doesn't know what he's doing" excuses for not-so-good behaviors.  

Meanwhile, Sam turned five, and I am so proud of my little boy. Sam's speech is delayed and still can't construct his own sentences, but he can express himself in so many ways. He knows so many things (like tinkering with the computer, cellphone, gadgets at the house and stuff), knows his numbers and letters, and knows how to write already. He just started school last September in community preschool just a few steps away from Grandma's house. Sam knows that being a five-year-old, he can't be treated like a baby anymore. He stopped drinking his milk in a bottle and started drinking milk out of a glass (I know, it's overdue). He's acting like a big brother to Simon at home, too. He talks to Simon the way Basti would when he's trying to put Simon to sleep. He's been doing a lot of things that I'm really proud of, small things that makes me smile, makes me happy, and he's improving a lot on his linguistic ability. 

The earliest, most distinct memories I have was when I was nine, when I was in Grade 3. I remember that this was the stage when I discovered the joy of reading. We just moved to our new home and there was a Canadian-owned library just for the residents of the community.  So it is very important for me at this point and onwards to focus on what my kids will remember and will look back on when they're older. Happy memories equal a happy person, right?  If I have had good and pleasant memories as a child, I want my boys' memories to be better and happier, and that's what I'm going to work on as a mom from now on. 

To my two boys, Basti and Sam, Happy Happy Birthday! Mama and Papa and everyone in the family love you very much! May you be happy and contented in the love that's being showered to you and may you give back that love to other people. Happy Birthday Boys!

Oct 22, 2010

Free Business and Livelihood Training Sessions Oct 29th

For mommies and daddies who would like to learn and earn this coming Christmas. 





Oct 16, 2010

Nuffnang and PLDT myDSL Special Screening


“The Social Network is to Facebook, 

as PLDT myDSL modem+wifi is to 

Guaranteed Instant Connectivity, Anytime, Anywhere.”


This is what I hope and wish my connection would be. I haven't really tried PLDT myDSL before but I heard from friends it's really good which leaves me kinda wishing we're not under a contract with my ISP right now, lol.  All the internet cafes that I used to frequent before (when I don't have a connection of my own yet) all used PLDT myDSL, and I must say that the money I spent was well worth it because of the fast connection. I was able to do more in the amount of time that I actually paid for.

These are the features I would like on my ISP and guess what, PLDT myDSL has them with their PLDT myDSL modem+wifi plans.


Oct 14, 2010

K-Zone, Learning How to Send and Email, and Cartoon Network

Last night, I taught Basti how to send out an email. He so badly wanted to join K-Zone Where Kidz Rule Win It Contest. All kids got to do is send out an email, or text message, and snail mail to K-Zone with their details and the choice of toy they want to get. All entries will be raffled off on October 28, 2010.

It was fun and kinda amusing to watch Basti scroll on the page where the choices of toys are posted, and listen to his reasoning as he weigh his option on which toy he wanted to have. He opted for the Battle Striker.


This is Basti's first time to join a contest like this. He loves K-Zone and often asks his Papa and Ninongs to buy him a copy. There was one Christmas when all he asked from one Ninong is to buy him the latest issue and some back issues of K-Zone. Good thing now that they have a website, where Basti can go whenever he has "Computer Time". I hope Basti wins. His birthday is fast approaching and winning would be the perfect gift.

So we opted to send out an email. He already knows how to log in.  I taught him where an email address goes. He asked what a subject line is and  what  "CC" means. Hmmm, I said, to make it simple, "You put another email address there if you want to send the same e-mail to another person. In this case, you don't have to send it to anyone else, so we don't put anything there. CC- Carbon Copy." "Ahhh", he said with a smile. We put in the details  required to qualify. He clicked Send and I taught him to check on sent items if the e-mail sent was there. All these he did with an excited look on his face.

So with the email done, our trip to K-Zone's website brought us to the Cartoon Network. Although, this site is one of Basti's, and especially Sam's favorite site for games, Basti never really explored before the possibility of being a member of the CN Club. Basti wanted to sign up when he saw he can create cool avatars, and so we did. Aside from creating their own Avatars, members can play cool games on the Cartoon Network site and even earn CN Beans which can be exchanged for goodies. The good thing is that CN asks for Parental Consent. So before Basti could join I had to give my consent through an email they sent me.

These are two great sites that Basti loves. I enjoyed the experience of being able to share Basti's interests and by being with him as he signed up for the membership and the contest, not only was I able to make sure of his safety online, the experience also served as bonding moment with him.

Oct 11, 2010

Happy Thoughts' Little Big Club Live in Concert Contest

Here's something to get excited about! Especially for Mom with young kids out there. Paula of Happy Thoughts is giving away 3 VIP Center Complimentary Tickets (every two weeks from October 11, 2010 to December 13, 2010) to the THE LITTLE BIG CLUB LIVE IN CONCERT. The series of shows will showcase our kids' favorite characters like BARNEY, THOMAS AND FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER, ANGELINA BALLERINA, PINGU, FIREMAN SAM and NAUGHTY NORMAN. The 10 shows will run at the ALIW THEATER in Pasay City from December 16-19, 2010.




And it's so easy to join. Just head on to Happy Thoughts  for the mechanics! Hope I win and hope to see you there!

Oct 9, 2010

Mommy Moments : Hairstyles

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This Friday's theme for Mommy Moments is Hairstyles. I have boys so this should be easy. Basti's hair is naturally straight, while Sam and Simon's are curly. 

Being a busy mom, truth to tell, my in-laws are the ones who take care of my boys' hair. Too many times, they just come home from a weekend with grandma with their heads shaved like a bunch of Buddhist monks. 


Sam  and Simon like their heads shaved especially in the summer.

Meanwhile, below is Kuya Basti's cleanest hair cut to date. He already looks like a teenager in this picture. A few more years and he'll be one. Hayzz. 


More hairy stories at Mommy Moments. 

Oct 4, 2010

Missing Blogging

Haven't posted anything in more than a month. So caught up on working at home and on being a full-time mom, taking care of the kids and just enjoying each moment with them. Today, I decided to blog-hop to my heart's content. I miss dropping EC's, Adgitizing, missing everything about blogging. Haven't been to any parenting events, either. I'm checking on my boys' photos that I can share on Mommy Momments on Friday. Hayzz, time management is the key. Hoping I'm good at that. Well, you'll see more of me I guess in the next few days or weeks. For now, got to go back to the laundry. Awehehehe.

Aug 29, 2010

The Boy's Favorites

The boys have new favorites. While Basti is Justin's number one fan, Simon is probably his youngest fan of Justine Bieber. He dances to the tune of Justin's Baby like crazy and belt out "Baby, baby, oohhhh!" like a pro.

Here's a video of of the song that I have been hearing and seeing over and over again for the past three weeks at home. I find myself humming to the tune every now and then. I'm still really thinking about the appropriateness of this video for my 8-year old. But then, I think, for Basti it's only all about the melody, the tune, and the rhythm of the song.



Simon's first favorite cartoon character is Spongebob Squarepants. He calls him "Pombob".


Meanwhile my Sam has a new favorite game --- it's an Ed and Eddy game at Cartoon Network but for some reason I can't find the game anymore. I was trying to get a screenshot of that. Oh well, maybe next time. 

Basti and Simon loves music, but Sam loves games more and loves experimenting with things around the house. Their differences are showing this early.

Aug 26, 2010

Simon is Two Years Old


Simon has just turned two! And has his first favorite cartoon character ever -- Spongebob Squarepants!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY! 
YOU BRING US JOY EACH AND EVERY DAY!



Jul 26, 2010

Our Bedtime Routine









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What's our bedtime routine?

The kids know that it's time to sleep when we turn off the lights. Everybody goes to bed and the kids will each have their own "sleeping tactics". Sam and Simon needs to drink milk before they go to sleep. Sam needs his Jollibee stuff toy and Simon needs whatever stuff toy he can lay his hands on as long as he has something like what Kuya Sam has.

Sam needs to be hugged, and need someone to really hold him tight for him to go to sleep. Simon needs a pat at the back, and the bottom. Basti sleeps on his own already. One thing about Basti  is that he needs to have a pillow over his head. So most of the time we need to watch him and take that pillow from his head so he won't get suffocated.

We try to make them as comfortable as possible and try to give them enough space so they can "maneuver" while they are sleeping. In the morning when we wake up, or even in the middle of the night, we will find them all over each other because they are so "malikot" in their sleep.

Very important, one thing that I discovered after attending the Johnson's Discoveries back in January and applying what I learned, is that my Sam loves to be massaged. So this is what I do most of the time for him so he will sleep better, and more importantly, so he would feel more loved and special. Simon would always look like he wanted one too, so I  try to massage the two of them as often as I can. Basti who thinks that he's not a baby anymore does not want to be massaged  but he loves the smell of  the Johnson's Bedtime lotion and powder. The smell of both is really good and relaxing, so they fall asleep easily and sleep soundly through the night.

The best part is waking up in the morning when Simon would wake up first, smiling his radiant smile, and there's nothing left to do but smile back and be happy!