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my daily thoughts and ramblings on motherhood, raising my kids, being a wife and everything else in between that matters in our life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

one year older, one year wiser?

One more day to go before I turn another year older, wiser? That I have to check. (haha) but I do like to think I got a little bit wiser from all that has happened the past year. I’ve learned not to do the same mistake again – as the cliché goes. But yes, it is true.

I looked back in my old blog about what I wrote about my 26th birthday. and it was more of a thanks/tribute to those who have been there to celebrate the day with me. If I remember fondly, I was celebrating a week before my birthday with a bunch of gigs and bonding moments with my friends. It was a blast and this year may not be the same as last year, but I am sure the people who matter, will be there.

I may not invite all the people from work, acquaintances etc. but really, when you do get older, you would chose to have those who were there (another cliché coming) in good and bad times.

I’ll have another blog post about looking back 26 years ago in my life. I’m past the 20-25 age bracket and moving up the 26-30 age bracket, so there must be something worth looking back on.

Friday, September 26, 2008

mommy's got a new toy

this is what i was plurking about yesterday.

that morning, i got the best ym message. our assistant tole me that our ISD is finalizing the turn over of my new laptop. whee! and i'm going to get it that afternoon.

this is what i actually needed since i can't lug around my desktop to all my meetings right? starting today, less papers for me to print. yey for saving the earth! now all i'm bringing is this baby and my usb drive.

so without further ado, i present you my new toy/baby:

but i still feel bad for leaving my desktop. it was the best. it was fast, great. and the monitor was amazing!

no complaints here.

i just hope the next peroson who'll use my desktop would take care of it and be the same level of OC-ness as i am.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

LP#26 Puti at itim

napaisip ako sa tema ngayong linggo. ang daming pwede gamitin para sa puti at itim...

ito ang cake ng aking panganay nung nagdiwang siya ng ika 3 niyang kaarawan. sa pagka-alala ko, eh hiniling niya na tsokolate ang kanyang cake. mabilis din naubos ito dahil sobrang sarap niya. kahit na sa anak kong hindi mahilig sa tsokolate (di ko rin alam kung bakit niya hiniling na yun ang bilhin) nagustuhan din niya ito.
ito naman ang salamin ko na ginagamit ko sa pag babasa. minsan na siyang nawala (na plurk ko pa ito) at sa awa ng diyos, nahanap ko na rin. nabaon lamang siya sa dami ng kontrata at papel sa aking tokador.

happy LP sa mga bumisita. :)

tagged: another 7 things about me

Thanks CEZ for the tag!

The rules:
a. List these rules on your blog.
b. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
c. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. You'll have to read on for my 7 facts and see who I tagged.

so, what's another 7 facts/things about me?

1. i had a boyban phase when i was in highschool. it was hardcore- from collecting all magazine clippings, recording all their videos, interviews (tv and radio) and to the point of joining a radio contest just to score tickets to watch them. yes, i was that baduy in highschool. of course, di na ngayon... hehe di ba ple?

2. in first year highschool, i was always mistaken for a lesbian. i had short hair, walked like a boy, talked like a boy, i was in every way boyish. but! i'm 100% a girl. i would get kilig with all my crushes but oddly, i never showed it. in short, kilig deep inside.

3. still on the highschool topic, i never had a hard time befriending boys when we had interactions in school. it was fun meeting people other than the same gender.

4. when i was in 2nd year highschool, we had an interaction with xavier. and guess what, hubby was my batchmate. but no, we didn't meet there. i only met him when we were working. fate? pwede!

5. i wanted to be a dentist. until i realized that dentists do surgery as well. and i stay away from other people's blood and needles. oh well..

6. my barkada has this special dance that if one starts moving, the rest unconsciously follows until everybody's doing it.

7. i'm scared to light the stove using matches. automatic gas ranges please?

feel free to grab this tag. :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tagged: why do we need friends?

We need Friends for many reasons,
all throughout the season.
We need Friends to comfort us when we are sad,
and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need Friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,
and treat us nice.
We need Friends to remember us
one we have passed sharing memories
that will always last.

Spread the Poem of Friendship. 1. Everyday Life 2. Words of Love 3. Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . 4. good thoughts, good trades 5. Ours and Our Kids 6. Jengspeaks 7. Jacque 8. Snippets of My Mind 9. Melisse's Domain 10. Seize The Day 11. Living A' La Mode 12. Gossip Gehl 13. Maver's Most Wanted 14. My escape 15. YOU!

now i'm tagging all the new friends i found in PLURK!

Thanks MAVER! Mwah!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

8 ways in raising a happy child


8 ways in raising a happy child

As a parent, we want our kids to be happy, tantrum-free, and worry-free. we all have this idea that as much as possible we want the kids to be the perfect little angels. but really, isn't the idea of perfect kind of boring? there isn't much to keep you on your toes and expecting the unexpected. personally, i don't find that fun at all.

i have two toddlers, two different personalities, two quirks, two likes and dislikes. so, what would help in raising them to be separate happy kids most of the time? has a few tips to share to mommies.

Learn to read the signs
Make room for fun
Help them develop their talents
Healthy bodies equal happy children
Let them struggle with problems
Allow them to be sad or mad
Be a role model
Teach them to do meaningful things

here are my own thoughts on the tips:

1. learn to read the signs:
> kids aren't expression deprived individuals. if you're in tune with your kid, you'll know what makes them happy, sad, fearful, etc. i remember kyle has this great fear for this novelty item, which we call poopoo man. it's literally a man sitting on a toilet bowl and with a face that's trying to push out one big chunk of poo. (think constipation).

we as parents should also know when to play with the kids. kids also want their own quiet time. a time for themselves in their own little world. i would often catch the two side by side playing but doing two different things, minus the fighting.

2. make room for fun:
> there's always a time in injecting fun no matter the situation. especially during mealtimes. what i do is, we do pretend play. my mom would often frown upon this since this is not within her parameters of table manners. it's not that we throw around food or whatever but we make use of the moment to come up with games, songs, stories etc to get kyle to eat, especially if he's having a bad day. this does not apply to keon for now since he's up for eating - anytime.

3. help them develop their talents:
> this is what i noticed with kyle and keon when it comes to their talents. kyle has this ability to get the melodies of songs after hearing it twice and tries to get the lyrics right and sometimes makes up his own. he also has the potential when it comes to memorizing songs, info etc. he may not show that he's listening but when you ask him, he gets it right.

keon on the other hand, at 1 and a half has showed interest in cars, and other modes of transportation. as long as it got wheels, he's going to study it and its details. same as his kuya, he has the talent in picking up things quickly.

so what we do is as much as possible expose them to the things they like and introduce them to different alternatives that would interest them as well. so far, things are doing great. i'm just happy that the kids are very much open to educational toys we give them. And of course, encouragement is key, you may not like what your child chose as a talent but, it’s better to nurture than to repress.

4. healthy bodies equal happy children:
> i think there's no need to expound on this. we mothers want the best for the kids and it’s non negotiable when it comes to providing the healthiest meals for the kids. But personally, I let them indulge in junk food once in a while so as not to deprive them.

5. let them struggle with problems:
> i totally agree on this. this helps in nurturing their independence and thinking. It may be heartbreaking for you to see your little tot, cry out in frustration and run to you for help. But sometimes, we just have to let them go and let them figure it out for themselves.

6. allow them to be sad or mad:

> yes, kids have feelings too and they need to vent out the same way as we do. Let them get mad, let them get sad. It’s ok. But the key here is to be there for your child to explain why they’re feeling that way and what they can do about it. It’s better to acknowledge the emotion rather than letting it be and leaving your child clueless to what he/she is feeling.

7. be a role model:

> a constant reminder from every parenting blog, website or even book would say that our kids will mirror our actions. When they see us do things, good or bad, for them it’s ok since they see mommy or daddy doing it. So as parents we have to be careful of our own actions in front of the kids. Worrying why your kid may be hitting other people? It might be this one instance when he/she saw you hitting hubby or your sibling. Kids are mimics, great ones at that, so if we want to instill good values and behavior, it should start with us.

8. teach them to do meaningful things:

> it may be the simplest birthday card, or a school project, as long as they put their hearts into it, it becomes the most wonderful creation ever. Our kids should know that in doing things, it should be from the heart, 100% meant or else it would show. Kids should be taught to think of others especially those who are not that well off compared to them, involve them in charity work as early as now. As what the elders would say: marunong lumugar.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Not your Girly-Girl

I have been subscribing to several fashion blogs, just reading about their latest get up, outfits, finds etc. makes me envious, giddy and drooling at the same time.

Personally, I have no fashion IQ at all. Hold up a picture of a Gucci bag and a Prada bag and I won’t be able to tell which is which – as long as I can’t see the logo i'm lost. I repear i have zero fashion IQ.

When I get to read Cosmo, Preview, Marie Claire and all those fashion magazines, I can’t help but dream that one day, I get to be one of those lucky girls that were given an awesome makeover, from head to toe. or just get to own that featured, dress, shoe, bag etc. oh yes even make up and those beauty products.

And since i said i have zero Fashion IQ, I’ll let you in on a semi-secret. I can’t walk properly in heels. Imagine a guy wearing heels. Yup, that’s how I walk.

Growing up, I hated wearing dresses and other girly clothes maybe because growing up in the 80’s and being forced to wear those hideous dresses was traumatic on every sense of the word. But, lets say the dresses and girly things kids wear and use now were the ones in style during my day, I guess I would be one of those girly girls. Seriously.

At that time, boys’ and men’s fashion were more appealing to me. Shirts, jeans, sneakers, etc. I wanted to won one. Remember the time when guys would wear low waist jeans? I had one. Remember when birks with socks were in? I wore that too, with shorts and polo shirt to boot. Tomboy much? Yeah.

So I guess, it’s only now that I realized that I have to change my perspective when it comes to dressing up. I think I have been too casual when it comes to choosing outfits for work, for play, for going out and for formal occasions. And I think it’s time to be a girly girl once and for all. i think hubby’s having enough of a boyish wife. I thin deep inside, he’s screaming for a wife that can knock his socks off and show off to the world, not the me that can be dragged to drinking sessions being one of the boys.


It does not mean it’s a total 360 degree turn. I still love my own fashion sense, it’s just that I need more “personalities” to play with. Haha

Now, where can I find those makeover contests?

Friday, September 19, 2008


the best people in the whole world. forlife bros and sis!

Today, I am...

Thank you Mel for this.

1. List 6 things that describe yourself today.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know.

Links: Creative In Me Little Peanut Me and Mine Pea in a Pod Sugar Magnolias Doll Me Up Deviously Creative IamDzoi My Happy Place To the Moon and Back Raising Sandy My Colorful World Working It MyParty.Finds.A Home. Em’s Detour Stripe & Yellow Something Purple Vanity Kit Mind Bubbles Living the Healthy Life As We Face Forever Feeling after the I do meme me my escape
Today I am...

Hopeful - that my kids get well soon
Looking forward - to my birthday
Praying - that we'll get through this little hurdle in our life.
Happy - with the way things are turning out at work
Relaxed - after a very stressful work day
Blessed - just as i was the day before and in the coming days.

Tagging anyone who wants to grab this meme.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

LP# 25: Ginintuan

paumanhin sa aking matagal na pagka-wala sa LP. natambakan lang ng maraming trabaho at nawalan na ako ng pagkakataon lumahok at maka kuha ng mga litrato para sa LP. ngunit ako'y nagbalik at sana simula na ito ng aking lingguhang paglahok.

eto ang aking lahok sa linggong ito:

hindi talaga ako mahilig sa ginto, at ito na lamang ang nagiisang bagay na may
bahid ng ginto na naisusuot ko araw-araw.
ito ay pulseras na galing sa aking asawa.
binigay niya ito sa akin nung kami ay magkasintahan pa lamang.
at ito na rin ang naging simbolo ng kanyang pagiging tapat sa akin.
sa susunod na lang daw ang white gold na singsing
pag dating ng aming kasal sa simbahan.

maligayang LP sa inyo! =)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

and in this moment i am happy...

i don't need any fancy wedding, a hundred and more guests, an elegant gown, high heeled shoes...
as long as in that moment i know i am with you, nothing else matters...

i am not asking for something grand, just the thought of sealing our love is worth it. and yes, you have to fulfill a promise to my grandma.

Friday, September 5, 2008

mommy takes a back seat on this one

hubby texted this to me last night:

kakatuwa si kyle kanina. hanap ka niya, tapos sabi ko nasa office ka pa, sunduin kita. sabi niya, i want to fetch mommy, come daddy let's ride the car. e sabi ko i'm playing basketball muna. tapos sabi niya, i watch you play basketball then fetch mommy.

it was such a proud daddy moment for him. one, he can converse with kyle properly, two, kyle can express what he wants and can use his logic and thinking in ways that are quite mature and advanced for his age. three, he can speak straight english.

and this moment i fully award to hubby. it's his turn in being a great parent.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

i'm blaming the disney channel for this

because the kids are hooked on watching anything disney, and with them requesting that mommy watch with them, i can't help but look forward to watching this:

and i sure hope this is not high school musical-ish.

i had a conversation with hubby about it last night:

me: bear, gusto ko yan panoorin.
hubby: ang alin?
me: yang camp rock na yan. pero sana hindi parang highschool musical ang effect.
hubby: ah talaga? mukhang ok naman, rock siya eh.
me: huh?

i was stumped for a while until i realized he was referring that the movie was about music and singing. ah.. rock nga. blame the hip hop fan to say this.

but yeah, i am looking forward to this. are you?

Monday, September 1, 2008

will you melt...

if you get a stare like this?edward cullen... how you dazzle the twilight reader in me. iheytchu!!

yes, i am still on my twilight fixation. after reading all 4 books, plus the controversial leaked unfinished book - Midnight Sun. i am totally hooked.

hubby knows that i am smitted with this vampire, who wouldn't when you get to read how he expresses his love and restraint in dealing with his love of his life - a human. how mind blowing can that get?

but of course, they did triumph in the end.

aak.. edward cullen... stop staring at me please... :P and no, this will not be the last of my twilight posts. nope, not at all.