Feb 28, 2010

The Little Boys' Favorite Songs

mommy moments

Music plays a big role in my boys' lives. My hubby is a frustrated singer, hahaha. He sings very well, and one of his hobbies is singing, naturally. He's fond of karaoke (those were the days!) and now Magic Sing. His whole family loves to sing too. As any Filipino family, my in-laws bring out their Magic Sing during special occasions and not so special occasions, like weekend get -togethers, and sing their hearts out like there's no tomorrow. Needless to say, my kids grew up with lots of music in the house, especially during weekends.

I don't know how to sing. I love to sing, but singing does not love me, LOL. So I'm glad that,  at least,  on the other side of the family,  my children inherited their love of music. Each of my boys has what we call as distinctly-their-own-songs that we used to sing to them when they were babies.

Simon, the youngest, loves Santino's May Bukas Pa. He knows how to sing the song, at one year old, complete with facial expression and at performance level. He loves it so much that we don't sing it when we're trying to get him to sleep, because instead of falling asleep, he becomes alert instead.

Basti's favorite song, the one we used to sing to him when he was just months old,  was Aiza Seguerra's Pagdating ng Panahon.

Sam had been exposed to many types of  music while growing up. He loves Jollibee songs, but when it comes to singing him a lullaby, he was so easy to please. Twinkle, twinkle Little Star was enough to put him to sleep. We just had to look him in the eye, with feeling and love and tenderness, hug him close, and he'd fall asleep. 

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PHILVOCS : Tsunami to Reach Philippines 1-2:30pm, Sunday

abs-cbnNEWS.com| 02/27/2010 5:50 PM
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) -- The first wave of tsunamis generated by the massive earthquake which hit Chile on Saturday will hit the Philippines at 1-2.:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"The estimated arrival time of the first tsunami waves is between 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Philippine Time) on 28 February 2010 (Sunday afternoon)," the Phivolcs said in its 11:30 pm bulletin posted on Saturday.

Dr. Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told radio dzMM early Sunday that alert level 1 was still up over the eastern coast of the Philippines.

He said Phivolcs is not yet recommending an evacuation of eastern coastal communities since they have not yet established how high the tsunamis will be.

As of posting time, he said the tsunamis that have hit some parts of Chile were only 1 to 2 meters high.

Eastern coastal communities

Based on the Phivolcs advisory, the following "coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean that should keep watch" are:

Batanes Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte


Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur

Northern Samar
Eastern Samnar
Southern Leyte

Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Davao del Sur

"While Tsunami Alert Level 1 means that no evacuation order is in effect, communities along the identified coasts are advised to prepare for possible evacuation. People from threatened communities are strongly advised to coordinate and follow safety instructions from the Office of Civil Defense and local disaster officials," Phivolcs said.

Solidum said a powerful earthquake that hit Chile in 1960 generated tsunamis in the Philippines 24 hours after the quake.

The tsunamis were 3 meters high in Luzon, and around 6 meters in Visayas and Mindanao. Solidum described these as not so high.

He said this may happen again with the magnitude 8.8 quake that hit Chile on Saturday.

Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo told dzMM early Sunday that the mayors of the province have been informed about the tsunami warning and that their contingency plans are already activate.

Evacuation centers and transportation are being prepared, she said. Hopefully, "our preparations will be sufficient," she added

8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile, Expected to Generate Tsunami In Hawaii, Russia, Japan, and Philippines

I was logged on my online job and accessing Facebook on the side, when I saw a post by a friend. I was asleep the whole day of Saturday Manila so I was relly clueless on what's going on in the world.   While I was sleeping,  Chile has been hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.  This sent chills through my spine.

I checked out CNN  for the latest development. Below is just one of the videos of the massive destruction.

An earthquake of this magnitude is expected to generate a destructive tsunami. As per CNN, "The earliest estimated arrival for a wave that could affect Hawaii is 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. ET), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center." 

It's 4:21am, Manila, and I'm really praying that everyone in Hawaii will be safe or that the damage will be minimal. Philippines is one of the countries that is under Tsunami warning, together with Japan and Russia. At this point, prayer and preparation means everything. I'm not sure what this all means. I'm not sure if it will hit Manila. But just to give an idea here's a map of the Pacific Region as copied from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center 

Number 1 is Chile, 2 Japan, 3 is Russia.  Hawaii is in that big blue ocean, and Philippines is right there below Japan. 

I'm scared. First, it was Haiti, now it's Chile, and earthquake of lesser magnitudes has been occuring all over the world intermittently for the past few months. Mindanao, at the southern part of  Manila was hit with an earthquake, early Saturday morning.

I had to stop whatever I was doing and hugged my sleeping hubby and boys.

Here's another video from CNN. I can't forget what the lady in the interview said. She said, it's close to watching 2012, like it's the end of the world. 

Feb 26, 2010

Visit Philfoodex At the Megatrade Hall

My officemates (Dessa and Pon) and I, went to Megatrade Hall this morning. We really had a good time hopping from one booth to another, sampling different kinds and types of Pinoy foods. I have so much to tell and to show, but right now I'm so tired from the trip back home, and I spent so much time downloading pics from my mom's cellphone. I never knew it could be this hard. How am I supposed to know that I have to buy a USB connector for this phone. Thought it works on blue tooth.  After a few hours of trying and almost more than an hour of chatting with tech support guy of Globe, I finally managed to send an MMS to my other phone, and I was able to download by logging in at globe.com.ph/getmms site. Yes, the other phone is not configured so all the pics goes to a temporary folder at the globe site for 24 hours. Thank God for this service. 

Here are some of the pics I downloaded, only 3 of them. I gave up on the others because resizing failed.

Yum! Yum! Halo-halo for only P20

Mangoes and fruits anyone? from all over the country

My favorite Okra freshly harvested from Tarlac. These are not for sale but is only on display for foreign visitors, but still,  I managed to persuade the exhibitor to give one bagful. Yahooo!!!

I'll be adding some more pictures tomorrow but right now I have to go to sleep. I stil have work at 1am. It is now 5pm. Huhummmmm. Sleepy.

Feb 25, 2010

To Kids Born In The 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's!!

While cleaning my Inbox, I chanced upon this email that was sent to me years ago that I never get to read.  This is funny but true!!!There are different versions of this email but this one was edited to appeal to the Pinoy in us. Read on.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1950's, 60's, 70's and early 80's!!

some of us
  survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne and drank San Miguel Beer (made in the Philippines )  while they carried us.

While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine,
 ate isaw, and didn't worry about diabetes.

Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood cove red with lead-based paints, pati na yung walker natin, matigas na kahoy din at wala pang gulong.
We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (lampin lang), and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads , sometimes wala pang preno yung bisikleta.
As children, we would ride in hot un-airconditioned buses with wooden seats (yung JD bus na pula),  or cars with no airconditioning & no seat belts (ngayon lahat may aircon na)
Riding on the back of a carabao on a breezy summer day was conside red a treat. (ngayon hindi na nakakakita ng kalabaw ang mga bata)
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle purchased from 711 (minsan straight from the faucet or poso).

We shared one soft drink bottle with four of our friends, and NO ONE actually died from this. Or contacted hepatitis.
We ate rice with star margarine, drank raw eggs straight from the shell, and drank sofdrinks with real sugar in it (hindi diet coke),  but we weren't sick or overweight kasi nga......
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, and get back when the streetlights came on.Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso , habulan at taguan.
No one was able to reach us all day (no  cellphones , no beepers back then). And yes, we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our wooden trolleys (yung bearing ang gulong) or plywood slides out of scraps and then ride down the street , only to find out we forgot the brakes! 
 After hitting the sidewalk or falling into a canal (sewage channel) a few times, we learned to solve the problem ourselves with our bare & dirty hands.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD's,  no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, and no Friendsters (and Facebooks, LOL)...... ...WE HAD REAL FRIENDS and we went outside to actually talk and play with them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents
. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words… masakit ba? pero pag galit yung kalaro mo.....ang sasabihin sa iyo… beh buti nga ! 

We played marbles (jolens/holen) in the dirt , washed our hands just a little and ate dirty ice cream & fish balls. We were not afraid of getting germs in our stomachs. 
We had to live with homemade guns ' gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband, sumpit, tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakitan… pero masaya pa rin ang lahat.

We made up games with sticks (syatong/satum), and cans (tumbang preso/bato-lata)and although we were told they were dangerous, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay. Paminsan minsan may nabubukulan lang.

We walked, rode bikes, or took tricycles to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to jump out the window! 
Mini basketball teams
had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't pass had to learn to deal with the disappointment. NO such things as childhood depression at damaged self esteem and all that stuff. Ang pikon, talo.  
  That generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! They are the CEO's, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.  
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. 

We had failure, success, and responsibility. We learned from our mistakes the hard way. 

You might want to share this with others who've had the luck to grow up as real kids. We were lucky indeed.  

And if you like, forward it to your kids too, so they will know how brave their parents were. 

It kind of makes you wanna go out and climb a tree, doesn't it?!
 Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.

My Alarm Clocks... Sure To Wake Me Up!

Wednesday is officially Sam's day.  Sam comes home every Wednesday to spend the day with us and then goes back to his grandma come nighttime. So every Wednesday, I don't go online. Wednesday is dedicated to Sam. He can play games in the computer the whole day if he wants, he can play around the house all day, and he can pretty much do anything he wants. On Wednesdays, he's the king of the house. Even his kuya Basti knows this. This is our way of making up for time he was not able to spend with us. Yesterday, however, we received great news that hubby will be going back to the day shift, and so this Wednesday, Sam stayed and did not go back to his Grandma's house. He wouldn't have to stay at his Grandma for the rest of the week, and hopefully he does not have to for a very long time.

Sam is such an affectionate child and it's so easy to miss him when he's not home. He's very noisy too, hahaha. Wednesday night, he woke me up at 11 in the evening. He kissed me all over the face shouting, "Mama, giying giying na!" (Mama gising, gising na! - Mama, wake up, wake up!). Yes, he's still bulol (tongue tied) at 4. Then, “Bilis, bilis! Hurry! Hurry!”  I missed that. I missed him waking me up so I won’t be late for work.  I sleepily mumbled, "Ok baby, Mama’s awake now".  Upon hearing this, he went downstairs, continued playing, and I… went back to sleep. I felt so sleepy and groggy; I did not have the energy to get up. I drifted to sleep again, and in just a few minutes, Sam was back in the room again waking me up…MaaaaaaaMaaaaa giiiiiiyiiiiing" in his singsong voice. (He always does the singsong tone when he’s saying something and I’m not listening, as if to tell me that he’s really being patient).  This time he wouldn't let go until I stood up. Holding my arms, he dragged me out of bed, and guided me through the door and down the stairs. I had no choice but to wake up though I'm feeling dizzy. Like a mother hen, he talks noisily, like a mom chastising a child. Both Basti and Sam gets mad whenever they wake me up and I don’t get out of the bed ASAP.  Yes, I have my two boys as my personal alarm clock and I  think my boys are developing a sense of responsibility with the task assigned to them every night.  They know how important it is for me to wake up on time so I could go to work on time.

Ain’t I lucky? They are more efficient than any alarm clocks I’ve ever had. They would  not run out of battery. They wouldn't stop until I'm fully awake, and plus,  I get a bonus of  wet kisses and warm hugs too!!!

Feb 24, 2010

My Thoughts On Tuesdays : Blessings, EC Ads, Philfoodex

Tuesday morning, after work, my officemate, Henny and I,  went to Megamall to do some grocery shopping. I was awarded with 1000 pesos worth of Gift checks that I can spend anyway I want as long as I spend it in SM, hahaha. Getting these GC's is one of the unexpected blessings which I am really thankful for. I do my job and I'm rewarded for just doing my job. It may not be a lot to some people, but with that 1000 GC I was able to buy 1 can of infant milk and diapers for Simon, growing up milk for Sam, and some bread and biscuits Basti can munch on. Isn't that great?

While Henny, my officemate, went to buy her keyboard protectors and mouse, I went to the Megatrade Hall, to catch a glimpse of what's happening there. There's a job fair and there's a long long line of applicants waiting to get in to be interviewed. I kinda felt ungrateful all of a sudden. I'm wanting to resign from work, and there, other people were lining up for a job. I'm so blessed. And I feel awful about myself.

Anyway, aside from the job fair, there's nothing to see at the  Megatrade Hall. That's understandable, because it's a Wednesday. Fairs and exhibits usually start on Thursdays. But the good news is that there will be PhilFoodex on Feb 25 - Feb 28. I'm excited over this. As you know, I love going to trade fairs and exhibits. Hmmmm, time to set up a date with bestfriend Ning. This is something to look forward to. 

When I got home, baby Simon was not around. Mama Tess, who takes care of the kids during the day, had taken it upon herself to spend the day with Simon at their house. This was fine with me, my mother was able to rest during the day since she'll be the one to take care of little Simon in the evening. 

I spent three hours online, doing my online job, planting and harvesting in Farmville in between, adgitizing and dropping ec's. It was while dropping Ecs that I was shocked to find an adult oriented ad on the EC widget right there on my sidebar. I can't remember ever approving that ad. After some investigation, I found out that it's one of those sponsored ad. I was aghast! I vowed I would be more vigilant and check those sponsored ads everyday. I don't want adult-oriented ads on my family friendly blog. While adgitizing I found out that Greetje GreetsYou had the same problem. She had to put a disclaimer above her EC widget.

Moving on, I think I was quite productive this Tuesday. I finally saw my kids in the evening and it was such a joy seeing and hugging my Simon, and my big boy Basti. I still missed Sam though. I can't to see him....

Feb 22, 2010

What's making us laugh this week - Sarah's New Sunsilk Commercial

Yesterday, at last, after almost a week,  I got all of my boys together. Then later on tonight , Sam will go back to his Grandma while Basti and Simon stays at home. It's good that today is a holiday. I almost forgot why. Today we commemorate the 1986 EDSA Revolution . And so Basti has no class and we'll be able to enjoy the rest of the day today as a family before Sam goes back tonight to his Grandma.Only for a day. Sob.

Yesterday, Basti got excited once again over Sarah Geronimo's new commercial. This new commercial of Sunsilk is what's making us laugh nowadays. It showcases Sarah as Jenny Raymundo in Sunsilk’s Hair Is Your Moment microseries. Viewers are asked for their votes on how the story will go. Watch the video to know more. This is the first of the microseries aired last last Sunday.

When Basti saw this commercial the first time,  he grabbed my cellphone and wanted to text his vote immediately and I wouldn't allow him. He laughed and laughed, urging me text in "Tumalon sa pader, mama! Tumalon sa pader!". I guess everyone wanted to see Sarah climibing over those walls. And I was right. So here's the video of the result of the votes. This was aired yesterday, Feb 21, 2010 in ASAP.

So what's next! Basti's wanted Sarah to see a ghost.We're excited on how this story will end. Ang babaw ng kaligayahan namin, hehehe!

Feb 21, 2010

Wanting to be a SAHM/ WAHM

Yesterday, Basti and I were supposed to go to the Bisolvon's Supermom Event at Fun Ranch. I was really excited to go because first, we have never been to Fun Ranch before, and my friend Krizzie says it's a super fun place especially for kids and for kids at heart (like me! ). Second, I was also hoping that I can take Basti with me because we haven't spent quality time together as mom and child for quite some time now. The past few weeks had been very hectic and the only bonding activity we had done so far is playing Farmville, Fishville, Cafe World and Happy Island at Facebook. This SuperMom event would be great opportunity for us to bond. I wouldn't want to go if I could not take him with me. I've been going to mommy events and bloggers' event alone and I don't want to do that anymore, because having my kids without me to share the fun lessens the enjoyment I'm feeling. After all, this is our blog, and it's supposed to be about us and not me alone, right? It's just seemed then to be such a hassle for everyone for us to meet at an event when I'd be coming from work and they'd be coming from home. For yesterday's event, I asked for a 4-hour leave so I go home and pick Basti up before we head for the event. I was really praying for the approval of that leave so we can go to Fun Ranch. 

But I guess, it was not meant to be. As I was about to go to work Friday night, my mother said she's not feeling well. That means she won't be able to take care of Baby Simon the entire night. She was feeling slightly dizzy. I have no choice but to stay home. How could I leave her alone with a one-year-old and an 8-year-old in her condition?  I feel sorry for my mom, that she has to take care of her apo at her age, but at this point, in our financial situation, there’s no other alternative. So, stay at home I did. And the intense longing to be a SAHM or WAHM surfaced again. While the kids were sleeping, I went online and spent night searching for other possibilities. I read and read other SAHM's blog. I learned, financially, it wouldn't be easy. But I know I can do it. I just need to lay the foundations first before I can totally go all out and leave my call center job. I still have so many things to learn, to discover, but I'm going to start now. 

So by morning, I didn't have the energy anymore to go to Bisolvon's Supermom event.  I wish I have the courage to leave my job and just work at home, like other WAHMs did. 

Anyway, if you wanna know what went on at the SuperMom event, you might want to visit Pehpot's  site. 

Feb 19, 2010

Installing Love

I got an email from an old friend of mine. I just want to share with everyone. Very touching. Read on...

Tech Support: Yes, ... how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process? 

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer:  Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready.What do I do first? 

Tech Support:  The first step is to open your Heart.Have you located your Heart?

Customer:    Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?
Tech Support: What programs are running ?

Customer:  Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge, and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support:  No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory  but it will no longer  disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed.Can you turn those off ?

Customer:   I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.
Customer:    Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer:  Oops! I have an error message already. It says,"Error - Program not run on external components."  What should I do?


Tech Support:  Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer:   So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files:  Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations. 
Customer:  Okay, done.

Tech Support:  Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will  overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer:  Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files.Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support:  Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool  modules back to you.

Customer:      Thank you, God.

Feb 17, 2010

The Last Air Bender : At last !

One of my favorite cartoon shows is TV 5's Avatar : The Last Airbender.  Actually Nickelodeon's  Avatar. I said TV 5 because I only get to watch Avatar at Manila's ABC 5 every afternoon before I go to sleep. I love the Tagalog version, and really try to follow each episode every day, when I'm not too sleepy, that is. Basti and Sam love Avatar : The Last Airbender too. So, when James Cameron's Avatar was shown,  we got excited thinking that it was the Avatar that we love. Everyone says that Cameron's Avatar is excellent but since it's not the Avatar that I want, I got biased, and does not want to watch it anymore, hahaha.

Imagine my happiness when I read at Yahoo! that the Last Airbender, (our Avatar!,) is set to show in May July. I'm ecstatic!  This is one movie that I and Basti is definitely going to watch. There goes the kid in me.

Here's the clip of the Last Airbender.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this Avatar is supposedly a darker version of the original cartoon show, but Basti and I wouldn't care. We watched most, if not all of M. Night Shyamalan's movies, and we  love them all.

Face Painting for Kids

Last Valentine's Day, we had a Opposites Attract Theme at the office. Our Department decided to just do some face painting.  That's me with the cat face on. Girls were painted as cats and boys were painted as dogs.

I like face painting. It's fun. Basti loves face painting too. Below are pictures of Basti 3 years ago with his Spiderman face. His Papa painted that. Basti loved it. Face painting has always been one of the many bonding activities of father and son in our family. It was one of the activities Basti enjoys the most.

Feb 15, 2010

Help Find Leo!

I stumbled upon this  on Pehpot's Make or Break Blog. A young man named Leo is missing. Although I don't know who he is or his family,  I am really bothered by this and my heart ache for Leo and his mom.  As young mom who always worry about my 3 boys, I can imagine what she's feeling right now. I am compelled to blog about this. My prayers are with her, her family and Leo. I hope they find him soon. Let us all help in finding Leo.

His Friends and family had set up a site for the updates on Finding Leo. Please go to the Help Find Allen  site for additional details and information.

Feb 13, 2010

TutuTina's One Million Thank you's Giveaway!

My internet connection finally worked the way it's supposed to! For the first time I was able to adgitize without any connection reset. Wow! For the first time, as in for the first time, it happened! And I was about to call them today. What a coincidence!

So while I was adgitizing (new word? not yet in the dictionary) I came across a blog mentioning Tututina's one million thank yous Blog Giveaway in celebration of her 1million views milestone. One million! I have a long way to go, hahaha. It so easy to join! I copy and pasted the mechanics of the contest from Tutina's site. Yes, i'm lazy and tired and sleepy!, Awake for almost 24 hours now. )

Here are the prizes and mechanics. I missed the 1st draw, but there's still a 2nd and 3rd draw.

1st prize - $15.00 and 3 months of free advertising!
2nd prize- $10.00 and 2 months of free advertising!
3rd prize- $5.00 and 1 month of free advertising!

Advertisements are in a special top spot and the winners will receive their prize money into a paypal account.

How to Enter:
It's sooo easy to enter! All you have to do is blog about this giveaway, and leave Tututina comment letting her you've done that. You must leave her your blog address or URL so she can see that you've posted about this giveaway in order for your entry to be valid. That's all!

Draw Dates:
Feb 12: 3rd prize
Feb 19: 2nd prize
Feb 26: 1st prize

Feb 12, 2010

Blogging On Hold

Why am I not blogging these days?

I discovered Farmville and it's taking too much of my time.I wish I had not started. I knew it. I knew I will be hooked. Darn!

My internet connection sucks and is not good for bloghopping, adgitizing, and EC dropping. I become frustrated every time I adgitize or EC drop because my connection gets reset. I'm about ready to call our ISP  and demand for a refund or termination of contract, which I'm sure (under the terms of service), is not possible. Maybe I'll call this weekend.

 Hubby was transferred to night shift and I and the rest of the family had to adjust to a new set up. Blogging and bloghopping is set aside for now while we figure out how to keep 3 little boys under one roof without their Mama and Papa keeping watch during the night. This new set up leaves me sad and lonely, and anxious for my kids who had never slept before without their Papa by their side.s Today, I cried because I miss my Sam so much. He had to stay with my MIL this pas week.

I found an online work at last and am now testing the waters so to speak.

This week had been hectic, busy, frustrating, and emotionally draining for me. I'm sooooo ready for the weekend. I can't wait to go out and enjoy the whole Sunday with the whole family!

Feb 8, 2010

Migraine Monday

Today is Monday. And as usual, as scheduled, I'm having my usual migraine attack. What makes it worse is that it feels like I'm also coming down with a flu. Sam is not feeling well either. He has fever, since yesterday afternoon. I will take him to the doctor later on today. It irritates me that when my child needs me ,I am not at my best. This should all be easy if I don't have migraine today. Plus, I have to worry about tonight's shift. Will I be well enough to make it to work tonight?

Yes, being a parent is not easy. When we became parents, our life cease to be our own. Our time, our energy, our resources become our partner's and our kids' as well. And yes our health. We need to be healthy, not only for ourselves, but for our kids as well. So that we will have the energy for our kids when they need us. I have been a bad parent I know. There were so many instances in our lives that I was not there, or had not given my best, when my kids needed me, because I was not feeling well. There were events and outings I was not able to attend. My kids are lucky that they have their father who's always there for us, and who's always present, always on the go, and who never seem to get tired. And now, I realize that I can't be selfish anymore. I can't be like this anymore. I have to make that change.For my kids.

Feb 5, 2010

Our Love Languages

mommy moments
My love language is physical touch. I love to hug my kids and hubby, and hold hands with them while we walk. My kids are always showered with hugs and kisses, sometimes welcomed, sometimes unwanted. Basti Simon and Sam always get a pat on their heads for a job well done and a kiss on their foreheads before I head out the door for the night. I hug them a lot so that they will feel loved a lot.

Sam love language also is touch. He loves to be hugged, and kissed. Although sometimes he resists, especially when he's playing and very active, he loves to just sit down on my lap or his tita's lap when he's quiet and relaxed. Which is something I never saw from Basti. Sam is every bit a child. When he's sleeping, he takes his best buddy Jollibee with him. He needs something to hang on to and would not sleep without it. When he was younger he would not go anywhere or sleep without it. I talked about it on this blog a year ago. When I apply massage on him, he gets really really quiet, and you can see just by looking at his face how much he enjoys being massaged. When he's sad and not feeling well, he asks to be picked up. Sometimes he would just hold my face between his hands and give me a wet smacking kiss on the lips. When he sleeps, he needs to be patted and he needs to be really close to his Papa. He loves to wrestle a lot.

Basti's love language is quality time and acts of service. I could not decide which one is more dominant. I think he loves it when we are alone upstairs just talking about what went on at school during the day. He listens intently to what I say and the times we are alone are the times he asks the most hard-to-answer, out-of-the-blue questions. Unlike Sam, he does not want to be touched. He does not want to be consoled or be hugged or be comforted when he's sad or angry and brushes all of us away, especially when he's crying. He just wants to be left alone with his misery, hehehe. He loves to spend time with me or his papa doing activities like cooking midnight snacks, playing games, watching DVDs, playing online games, even watching horror movies. He's old enough to prepare his own glass of milk, but sometimes out of the blue, he will ask me lovingly if I can prepare for him his glass of milk. He's very mindful of promises, especially of promises broken. He loves his Mama Tess because she takes care of all his needs, from preparing his bath, helping him prepare for school, to preparing his meals. He also loves spending quality time with his aunts and uncles at his Lola’s house. He likes going to his Lola’s house because people there are really what we call in Tagalog as "maasikaso" and "maalaga".

Simon's love language is words of affirmation. He loves to be the center of attention and his face beams when he's being praised. He knows when we are talking about him, like, he sways from side to side and flashes us his sweet smile. He would sing along Villar and Noynoy's campaign jingles and would wait for us to clap our hands in appreciation. He wakes up in the morning with a smile as if saying hello world, I'm back. He really gets mad when he knows we do not approve of what he's doing. He would cry his silly cry with only sounds  and no tears as if he's only acting. Then Suddenly he would laugh as if teasing us all. He's so proud of himself!

Feb 4, 2010

My Saturday Affair - February 6 : Art and Music Festival at the Megatrade Hall

I'll be spending my Saturday with officemates and bestfriend,  Ninggay. After work, I'll be heading over to ex-officemate's Krizzie's house for some bonding moments. And then after that , bestfriend Ning and I will be seeing each other, where else, but in our favorite place, Megamall. Why Megamall? Because Megatrade Hall is there! And what's in Megatrade Hall. Events, trade fairs, exhibits, which I love going to. For this weekend, here's what I found from MomCenter Weekend Planner.  

 We'll surely be dropping by. For now, I'll make this very short. I still have to look for pictures for Mommy Moments tomorrow. Topic would be Love Language.

Feb 2, 2010

Bedtime Discoveries : Bedtime A to Zzzzzzzzz

I have always said that Sam and Simon have the sleeping habits of a call center agent. They sleep very late at night sometimes until 1:30 in the morning. They wake up around 10am, and sleep again in the afternoon. You would think that after getting enough sleep in the afternoon and after running around and playing all day long they would not have the energy anymore and would be sleepy by 10pm. But no, sad to say, unfortunately for my Nanay and my hubby who takes care of them after I leave for work, they are wide awake, fully alert, until the wee hours of dawn, when everyone is dying to go to sleep and could not keep up with them anymore. I call Simon and Sam my call center babies. Sometimes I wonder if working at nights when I was pregnant had an effect with the sleeping patterns of my kids. Hmmmm. I have no problem with Basti since he's such a sleepy child and goes to sleep before 12 or even before that. I think that my kids wait for me to head out the door at 12 in the morning before they even consider calling it a day.

For a long time, I thought we are not normal. Especially, when our neighbors kids seem to be asleep already at 9 in the evening and my kids are still awake at 1 in the morning. Until I attended the Bedtime Discoveries: Bedtime A to Zzzzzzzzz at the Ascott Residences last Saturday. I learned that there are other mommies like me who have the same problem. Well, we are still not normal, but at least we are not alone, yehey!!  And I learned there are things that I can do to improve this situation. I love this event because I was able to identify problems that need to be addressed when it comes to the sleeping habits of my boys. I could tremendously relate to the topics discussed.

What I learned in this fun filled event?  

That babies produces 3x more hormones during sleep. That's why aside from nutrition and other factors affecting growth, sleep is one of the most important. Now I understand more the reason behind the siesta time our parents and grandparents imposed on us when we were kids. So deeper sleep our kids have, the better it is for them.

That my kids are not getting enough sleep. (LOL). As if I don't know this yet. Infants and Toddlers, like Sam and Simon, should have at least 14 hours of sleep. I think they're getting only 11 hours including afternoon naps. Close, but still not enough.

Quality and length of the sleep matters. Nighttime sleep is better than daytime sleep. But in kids like Simon and Sam, it's the quality and length of sleep that matters. It is important that they don’t have instances of awakenings once they sleep. 

There is hope! I can train them to sleep earlier through a daily bedtime routine.  Okay, this is easier said than done. But we need to start somewhere right? And we need help, from Johnson's, of course!

They have JOHNSON´S  Baby Bedtime Routine,   to prepare kids for bedtime and to help improve  the quality of their sleep.

I tried this on Simon and Sam Saturday night and  they love the massage. They seem to have relaxed quite a bit. Although they did not go to sleep right away, old habits are hard to break, I noticed less activity that night. The kids seem to be just contented lying in  bed tickling each other,  and for once, there's none of the running that goes around most of the time. Well that's a good start, don't you think?
For more info re baby massage, setting the tone for sleep, and Sleep 101, I'll be lazy and just  recommend that moms go to the   Johnson's Baby Bedtime Sleep Library. 

Huhummm. I need to go to sleep. Still have work later tonight. Must.have.good.night.sleeep.