Thursday, July 31, 2008

Describe My Day

Hi Pat! Thanks again for the tag!

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

GailAdi/Momeen/Emmyrose/Dennis/Dette/Jirl/Janny/Nanay Belen/Carol/ Something Purple's cucina / Vanity Kit / Mind Bubbles / Stripe&Yellow / Something Purple / Em's Detour / Changing Lanes / Pit Stop/ Shopaholic Ties the Knot/ On A Wonderful Day Like Today / House Everything /


1. have so many deadlines coz the big boss will be abroad the whole week next week.
2. am wearing a pink checkered blouse and a black skirt (but too lazy to wear make-up).
3. plan to go home as soon as my sundo arrives! hahaha.
4. decided to turn over some of my work to my officemate (i just can't manage to do everything anymore)
5. want go to the mall and window shop (but CAN'T!)
6. want to sleep early (again!) ~~~ hubby is getting frustrated with me! hehe.

Tagging everybody in my blogroll!

Good News Today

Just received a text message today from my good friend Lucy. She told me that she's finally pregnant after 1 year of being married. I'm so happy for my friend (and envious too!!!). Wish God would grant that same special grace to Hubby and I soon!

And to prepare for baby #2, my friend Shirley (my new diet buddy) and I agreed to support each other in our weight loss plans. We saw each other this week and then plan to see each other again next month - dapat 5 pounds lighter na! Haha! We also plan to text each other often to remind each other about our regular exercise routines and diet plans. So bring out those yoga mats and exercise DVDs! Go, go, go!!!

A Big Hug

We attended the general get-together with Bishop Javier Echevarria in SMX last Tuesday. I was with my husband, Zoe and yaya. This priest ("the Father" as we would call him) last visited Manila 10 years ago. I'm just so glad to have been given the chance to see and listen to him again (we were seated so close to the stage!). As he was talking, I really felt as if he was talking to me lang (even there were thousands of people present) about what to do with my life. It felt like a big hug from him ~ a really comforting one like that of a real father and daughter.

It was something I really needed. :-)

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Series of Miracles

With all the problems we are all experiencing, I'm glad to have found some things which were a source of happiness for the past days.

1. Our electric bill is down by about 2,000 pesos this month! Yey!
2. I received some online money. Hopefully will keep coming even with the downgrade. Funny, my other blog got a higher rank.
3. Been getting new job possibilities still. (essep essep!)
4. Zoe's feeling better compared to last week.
5. Hunny is staying put!!! No more talks about transfers (at least for the meantime)
6. Bishop Echevarria is here! Will see him again tomorrow and I can't wait! ~~ Blessings abound!
7. Was able to shop with success! Got hunny a new Nike shirt last night at half the price! Got Zoe a nice brown pair of shorts and 2 leggings. Got myself a nice striped blouse that fits! Hahaha.
8. Hunny made for me the yummiest egg sandwich and beef and brocolli last weekend. He's such a sweetie!
9. MIL sent us morcon and batchoy yesterday. Sarap!
10. Will see my sister again tomorrow. :-) That's a feat!

Health is Wealth

Health is definitely wealth. It may sound like an old saying but it's true. We've already lost some relatives and friends to cancer and how I wish I could have helped them avoid getting sick or at least to helped them to feel better and get well during those grueling days and months of sickness.

One of the bad encounters we've had with cancer was the case of my dear grandmother. I still remember the time my grandmother arrived from the province. I had just seen her a few weeks before that and she was somewhat feeling weak already because of something we didn't know about yet. I guess she couldn't take the pain anymore her so she decided to come to us to get further medical treatment from the doctors here in the city. We immediately had her checked by the doctor and prayed for her to get well. If I had know about alternative cancer treatments, I would have suggested to my family going to an alternative cancer center where my grandma could undergo an alternative cancer treatment relative to her sickness. It may have worked for all you know. She had liver cancer, you see. And it's a sad, sad story since she succumbed to her sickness only a month about her diagnosis. She didn't live to celebrate Christmas that year and it was the saddest Christmas for my family.

7 Random Things About Me

Thanks Kelly for this 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.

1. My Gold's Gym membership had just expired this month and I'm so disappointed that I wasted a lot of money on that (not using it, that is). Now I'm back to step 1 at losing weight.
2. I started wearing eyeglasses when I was in Grade 5. I think it's because of the crocheting and reading I've done during those years.
3. My first alias/codename was Queenie (eeeekkkkk!).
4. I'm a cry-baby! Even up to now...
5. I always get migraines. It started when my mom got sick.
6. I would love to get pregnant once more but dread the day they open me again (caesarean kasi).
7. My favorite food ~ spaghetti carbonara! Yum-yum!

Now tagging these 7 people: Juliet, Jona, Hailey, Jan, Jesse, Mai and Nikki!

Getting My Groove Back

I've been feeling so stressed at work lately that it has taken a toll on my health and also my skin. I've also been particularly busy with work because of the many deadlines that I have right now. I stay until late at work to finish my job, go home late and thus, sleep late too. Worse, I still have to wake up very early the next day to avoid the traffic. Because of all of these, my body just gave in and I was down with flu for most of the weekend and I had to stay in bed for hours. With me getting sick, I also felt as if my face is already very coarse and dry! Oh no!

Since I don't think I can drop by my dermatologist for my facial and diamond peel soon because my busy schedule, I just plan to return to my beauty regimen which I've neglected doing for the past days or so. I've always believed in Natural Skin Care and in using Natural Skin Care Products since my skin is very sensitive. After cleaning my face, I always apply a moisturizer to revitalize my skin. I only use Organic Skin Care Products on my face because my face tends to dry easily and get pimples whenever I use products with artificial or strong chemicals.

Hopefully, with this beauty regimen, proper diet and enough sleep, I've return to the beautiful and healthy me soon!

All Mixed Up

PLAYERS: CHIKAI Fun.Fierce.Fab Me,Myself+2 Kidd Designs Ozzy's Mom Shopaholic Ties the Knot On A Wonderful Day Like Today House Everything

1. Are you pregnant? no, not yet
2. When do you want to get married? already married
3. Do you curse a lot? nah
4. What are your favorite books? books by agatha christie, charles dickens, jane austen, among others
5. Do wish you were with someone right now? hubby and zoe
6. Who were the last three people that sent you a text message? carla, cynthia, hubby
7. Are you happier single or in a relationship? in a relationship
8. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? yes
9. Do you wish someone would call you? yeah, need an important call back from HR
10. What is bugging you right now? my deadline today and my leave for tomorrow
11. What's something you wish you could understand better? not what but a who -- my boss hahaha
12. If someone doesn't like you, its usually because...? i'm stubborn maybe
13. Do you have a wild side? no naman
14. Kissed someone in the last twenty-four hours? hubby and zoe again!
15. Have you lost friends in the past year? well, no really lost but maybe we've just been too busy
16. What were you doing at midnight last night? dreaming in my zzzzzz's

Thanks Pat! Now tagging: Jenny, Tet and Jacqui!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Missing Those Good Old Days

When I was just dating my husband, he would sometimes pick me up after work on Fridays and we would head to a resto bar for some dinner and then for a few drinks. We would sit on those counter stools at the bar and talk for hours. We never ran out of topics to talk about. We could talk about anything under the sun.

And then on weekends, we would often go out on dates like watch a movie or go around the mall to shop and then later head to the nearest coffee shop. We would again sit on those extra tall stools at the coffee shop and talk for hours and hours over a cup of coffee. Now, I can't imagine how that cup of coffee lasted for hours when now I finish my coffee in just a matter of seconds! I guess, it's different when you just want to be with a person, it doesn't matter if your coffee has turned cold or if the price of the coffee is three or four times than your regular cup. The important thing is the time spent together.

I guess that's the reason why my husband has been planning on buying some kitchen bar stools for the house. It's like giving us a cozy nook where we can talk on early Sunday mornings or something like that. And that would be like re-enacting our courtship period all over again. By not stopping to spend time together talking, we will continue to see and understand each other's views and at the same time, retain that attraction we have for each other, that is, more than physical attraction that we had at the beginning. I guess that's one of the secrets of our marriage: communicate and openness to each other's feelings.

Free-range Kids or Bubble-wrap Kids?

Here's an interesting article that made me think about my parenting style. I am leaning towards being overprotective that I limit my child's power of imagination?

If you're interested, then read this article...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pretty in Pink in the Office

Wearing this set would probably make me look forward to going to work on Mondays. :-)

Zoe's Favorite Toy

Thanks Jacqui for this tag!


Here are the rules:Post a photo of your baby with her/his first ever favorite/comfort toy. Write some details of your fondest memory of your baby and her toy. This will make a good moment when your baby grows up! Lastly, don’t forget to add the link to your website’s at the end of the page. I’m sure many moms would love to see your sites, too!

Amelie’s mom, RD and CN’s mom, savenathan, Great People Make us feel we can become great, Everything That has Breathe Praise The Lord, Surviving deployment, Simple Life, Simply Me, Asawa’s Love Book, Pinaymama’s Diary, Just Life…, A Mother’s Journal, Dion’s Mom(Jona), PinayWAHM, Loyna’s Life’s Endless Possibillities, Can of Thoughts, Designs By Vhiel, Anything and Everything in Between, D’ Cooking Mudra, My Life in This Wonderful World, My Precious, Just Me.. Eds, My Colorful World, Spin180 Wisdom City MY Happy Place IamDzoi ClikTrik I Love the Thirties Coffee Table Conversations On A Wonderful Day Like Today House Everything

Here is one of Zoe's first favorite toys: her Winnie the Pooh stuff toy. Zoe got this toy from her cousin Ate Dimple. She found it sitting on top of their dusty old piano in their home during one of our visits. Since Hubby's eldest kuya saw that Zoe liked it, he immediately gave it to her (that is, without telling Dimple). I guess that's alright coz Dimple is already 22+ years old already. Now Zoe couldn't sleep without this toy around.

Tagging Pat and Ai!

Get Lucky

One of the rich Chinese bosses in the office and I were talking the other day about traveling to the different countries in the world. She was a frequent traveler and she told me that she tries her best to go and check out the casinos in each one of those countries she has been to. Even locally, she really enjoys going to the casinos with her family and other friends regularly. Although I'm not so familiar with the type of games in the casino, I told her that if she really likes playing in the casinos and she has the money to spare, then she can even try her luck with the best online casinos. I added that now, one does not even have to go out of the house to play in the casino. She didn't believe me at first until I showed her the site on the internet where she saw that anyone can play the different games in the casinos. Indeed, you need not go to Las Vegas or anywhere else to play for the excitement and fun or, in the case of many folks, for real money.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Spruce Up Our Home

I will be receiving a hefty bonus by early September and one of my plans is to buy a few items of furniture to spruce up our house.

For me, one of the major areas in the house that needs some sprucing up is our dining room. You see, our dining room already has a beautiful eight-seater dining table made up of Narra and Mahogany wood. It was especially designed by my Dad and we had it custom-made by a furniture maker. Since this dining table cost us a fortune when we got it a few years ago, we decided to delay buying more furniture for the dining room until we got the budget. Anyway, with my Dad's permission, my husband and I had our eye on buying a couple of buffet cabinets. These will be perfect for the two sides of the dining room next to the big windows. We can make use of these cabinets to store some of our silverware and other items such as tea sets, plates, cups and bowls. Having those cabinets can be very helpful indeed since you have your utensils and bowls at an arm's reach. It helps you avoid from having to stand up and go to the kitchen to get an extra spoon or whatnot.

Another plan is to also buy buffet furniture for the big bare cream wall that's next to our kitchen. We were inspired by the buffet table furniture that our friend Owi and Tintin had in their new house. We went there for dinner last Christmas and instead of having all the food on the dining table, it was beautifully lined up on the buffet table and anybody can just get a second helping if they want to without disturbing the other guests. Owi and Tintin's table was a nice wooden piece with a floral arrangement on top. It definitely looked fabulous. Wish we could really find and buy something similar to that.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Coffee Break Ver. 1.28

Jan wants to know - "How much sleep is enough to keep you rejuvenated for the next day?"

For me, I would need at least 8 hours of sleep to be "sane" the following day. Oddly, if I go beyond the 8 hours (like when I take a nap or something), it's almost automatic that I get a migraine afterwards. It is as if my body is telling me that I shouldn't be napping and that I should be making use of my time better. :-) So, I rarely take naps since I would rather stay awake than suffer a migraine. Plus, coffee for me should always be taken as soon as I wake up, otherwise, migraine din!

Thanks Jan! This was interesting to write about. :-)

Just Today...

I had been feeling pretty tensed at work for some reason and felt my heart tighten and my temper rise...

So I told me friend that I didn't feel so well. She asked me what I need to do or what medicine I need to take to cure it. I said ~~~ "The cure for my blood pressure? RESIGN, I think that's what I need to do." She laughed and then paused coz she knew that it was a joke half-meant.

But ain't it true that most of the diseases that people get are mostly coming from the pressures of work or the stress in life? Well, I'm just in my early 30's but I sometimes feel as if my body's getting old and so stressed out already. Maybe I need a lifestyle change or maybe a change in jobs. But when oh when will that come? :-)

Construction Troubles

I was talking the other day with my friend who is a bank manager. He was telling me about his client who was engaged in the construction business. I learned that in the event that a client fails to follow the agreed payment or funding schedule to a construction company, the construction company should not hesitate to get the service of companies such as Prolien to protect them from losses. With Prolien, they can be advised if they can issue the necessary liens and stop notices. Apparently, his client was very good construction planner and very wise in business. To safeguard the profitability of his projects, he makes sure that all of his business ventures are covered with contracts with specifications regarding payment schedules and guidelines and if they fail to follow the agreement, they already know what legal action to take. Since he assures his clients his good services, it is only fair that he in turn should put safety nets for there could be instances that a client may end in default with regard to payments for some reason or another.

Duty Free Goodies

As planned, I was able to buy Zoe a new pair of Crocs kid size 6-7. They didn't have any other girl color available so I had to settle for a red one. It turned out just right. In fact, Zoe already used it the next day (even when she was feeling a little sick). Can't wait to put the many jibbitz I've bought for Zoe long time ago. :-)

For hubby, since he said he didn't want another Lacoste shirt, I just got him a 125 ml Polo Black (already his second bottle). I don't know what is it about guys (particularly Kapampangan guys), why they always have to look and smell good. :-) Actually, that was one of my lasting impressions when I first met hunny -- that he smelled really GOOD! Hmmm :-)

For me? I just got canned goods, tons of imported coffee and creamer, chips ahoy, and Betty Crocker's instant mashed potatoes. Nah, didn't find a Crocs Malindi with my size and we didn't have time to check on the washing machines so I guess I just stuck to grocery items. Hehehe. Honestly, I'm reserving my money for a new digital camera since mine got lost in Australia. Any suggestions on which brand/model is good?

Lost in Translation

My uncle from Germany decided to avail of a housing loan here to refinance their new property in the countryside. Processing their documentary requirements was such a hard thing since all their official documents like their statements of account, income tax returns and proof of salary where all written in German. Poor bank manager, she could not decipher a single word that was in their documents. She would have wanted to go to a translation agency to fast-track the loan processing of my relatives but bank management wanted my uncle to be the one pay for the translation from German to English plus with the requirement to have all of the loan documents written in German authenticated by the German embassy. Because of this, it took a longer while before everything was submitted and approved by the bank. We didn't realize that it would be that hard for my uncle to apply for a housing loan.

Sing With Me!

James Taylor

Every day it's getting closer
Going faster than a roller coaster
A love like yours would surely come my way

Every day seems a little faster
All my friends they say go on up and ask her
A love like yours would surely come my way

Every day it seems a little stronger
Every day it lasts a little longer
Come what may do you ever long for
True love from me like I longed for yours baby

Every day seems a little closer
Going faster than a roller coaster
A love like yours would surely come my way

A love like yours would surely come my way
Every day

Every day it seems a little stronger
Every day you know it lasts a little longer
Come what may do you ever long for
True love from me like I longed for yours baby

Every day seems a little closer
Going faster than a roller coaster
A love like yours would surely come my way

Every day....

Another Source of Help

In this day and age, people have been making financial security a top priority for themselves and for their families. And since we are living in times wherein no one can predict the future or how long our lifespan will really be, parents or adults are now more open-minded and wise about their properties and to whom they will entrust their properties to. With this, their children or legal heirs will already be secured in a way since they can count on the aid their future inheritance may possibly render for them.

For example, in my uncle's family, he made it a point to reveal more or less the major contents of his last will and testament in order for his children to be knowledgeable of their future inheritance from him as their father. Thus, in case that they need major source of financial help in the future other than what they have on hand, one of the options that they can take is to apply for heir loan. This is one of the choices one can now take for unforeseen events that lie ahead.

Rollercoaster Ride

The past few days have been such a rollercoaster ride!

My golly, I have been so busy and feeling not so good. First off, my husband had to be in Baguio for 3 days. Then my sis arrived from WYD Sydney with the sad news that my digital camera got lost in the crowd (hu,hu). And then today, my daughter suddenly got sick with fever and threw up twice (pls. pray she gets well soon!). I'm so worried but I couldn't go on leave na since I already was on leave yesterday to see my sister. And my work in the office is already piling up and I've got so many backlogs na. Whaaaa!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hubby's Late Birthday and Early Christmas

My dear husband definitely enjoyed his weekend.

On Saturday, he received this belated birthday gift from some friends:

Then on Sunday, I thought he deserved an upgrade so I got him this:

And he's one happy kid. :-)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Photography 101

When I say it's 101, it's really 101 because it was Zoe who took these pictures using my cellphone cam.





When I Grow Up - Part 3

We spent the whole afternoon laughing coz Zoe wouldn't stop singing! She's really so serious about her singing, nagcoconcert may tono na ha! Gamit nya ang pampukpok ng mga shapes nya (I dunno what you call it). Manang-mana ata 'to sa sister ko (she's from UP Conservatory of Music and a Music Teacher by profession).

Her opening number...

Belting out some high notes...

Encore! Encore!

Bravo! Love it!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

WYD Update

The 2008 World Youth Day is currently ongoing. As I've posted before, my sister is one of the lucky people who flew to Sydney to attend the event. And if plans push through, she was even in the ship that brought Pope Benedict to Sydney Harbor -- his first public appearance in Sydney. Prior to the activities, he stayed in a retreat house to rest and recollect.

Here's a clip I got from (hoping to catch a glimpse of my sissy) -- it made me feel so very united to the Pope! He's already very old but just look at the strength God gives him to make this trip.


Hi everyone! A felt a sudden need for change today so I decided to change my blogger template into this (minus my lilypie!). Still grappling with my blogroll so pls. bear with me! Will try to update my list of friends as soon as I finish my duties at work.

I hope you like the new look (although it medyo looks like my other blog pala)! Oh sya, ta-ta!

p.s. Thanks again to Polish-ed Ai!

New Look

Thanks to Ai for telling me where to find free templates. I recently tried one out for my House Everything blog and I found it so cute! Lookie HERE.

I'm also hoping to find a new template for my On A Wonderful Day Like Today. If only I have the time to save my widgets and all.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I Heart Josh!

Hubby and I watched the All-Star Game last night in ESPN. The game lasted for about four hours. If I'm not mistaken, for the last time, the game will be held at the historic Yankee Stadium. It's because NY is building a bigger and nicer stadium next to the old one. Tama ba Hun? Dream kasi ni hubby (at ako na rin) na makapunta sa NY to watch MLB. Die-hard Yankee fan kasi sya. :-)

Anyway, as part of the tradition, someone sings "God Bless America" before the bottom of the 7th inning (I think). Suddenly, Josh Groban came out and sang it for the people. HE WAS AMAZING! I also love his All-Star 08 shirt with "GROBAN" written at the back! I heart you Josh! Listen...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Some More On Zoe

Zoe is getting more and more talkative each day.

For some days now, she loves to say "Mama, mama, mama!!!" Paulit-ulit, as in! To someone who doesn't really care, it can be pretty irritating to hear. But to me, it's music to my ears!

Plus the other day, while holding her dilapidated Thumbelina book she clearly said "FLOWER", pointing at the picture of the flower in the book (see arrow on pic below). Immediately I felt like a crazy, sentimental mom. little baby is definitely growing up.

Flame of Friendship

Hi! I almost forgot to post about this one. I got this award from Jane and Chat! Thank you so so much! :-)

A symbol of spirit of unity. The burning icon of love. Undying picture of hope. The hot symbol of oneness. And now, it’s your turn to flame yourself! Meet new friends. Discover friendship. Make bonds.Copy this post starting from the PICTURE ABOVE to the end and add your blog on the list below.

Let’s start FLAMING!

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Passing the flame to Agnes, Nikki and Juliet!

40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

I had been re-reading some of my notes from the course of philosophy which I took not so long ago and chanced upon my paper on Humanae Vitae. It was very timely since I just learned that we are celebrating its 40th anniversary because this encyclical was given to the world by Pope Paul VI on the 25th day of July, the feast of St. James the Apostle, in the year 1968.

Here's the opening statement:

The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.

The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings.

I would also like to quote this part of the document addressing Christian couples which might interest most of you (inking in red the parts I like)~~~

25. And now We turn in a special way to Our own sons and daughters, to those most of all whom God calls to serve Him in the state of marriage. While the Church does indeed hand on to her children the inviolable conditions laid down by God's law, she is also the herald of salvation and through the sacraments she flings wide open the channels of grace through which man is made a new creature responding in charity and true freedom to the design of his Creator and Savior, experiencing too the sweetness of the yoke of Christ.

In humble obedience then to her voice, let Christian husbands and wives be mindful of their vocation to the Christian life, a vocation which, deriving from their Baptism, has been confirmed anew and made more explicit by the Sacrament of Matrimony. For by this sacrament they are strengthened and, one might almost say, consecrated to the faithful fulfillment of their duties. Thus will they realize to the full their calling and bear witness as becomes them, to Christ before the world. For the Lord has entrusted to them the task of making visible to men and women the holiness and joy of the law which united inseparably their love for one another and the cooperation they give to God's love, God who is the Author of human life.

We have no wish at all to pass over in silence the difficulties, at times very great, which beset the lives of Christian married couples. For them, as indeed for every one of us, "the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life." Nevertheless it is precisely the hope of that life which, like a brightly burning torch, lights up their journey, as, strong in spirit, they strive to live "sober, upright and godly lives in this world," knowing for sure that "the form of this world is passing away."

P.S. I really hope to please my mom (who's already in heaven) with this post. Humanae Vitae was her main thesis reference when she was doing her masteral studies. She presented a thesis on "Teaching Value for Human Life". Ever since she died, this encyclical has become close to my heart.

Another Rainy Day

It's another rainy day today. I went through a whole lot of traffic this morning and arrived almost two hours late for work. While in the car, my husband and I were already contemplating on making a U-turn and head back home. He was telling me that if only he had no important appointment today, he would have chided me to just stay at home, cuddle up and watch the All-Star Game which starts today in the Yankee Stadium. It was so tempting! You see, my husband is a baseball enthusiast. He even logs on the web to update himself on the latest baseball and football scores. He also likes to look for football picks and college football picks in the website of addict sports.

Too bad, we really had to go to work today.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

`Arney, `Arney, `Arney!

Do you know what this means?

Zoe would wake up very early in the morning and shout (while jumping) "`arney, `arney, `arney!" That's "BARNEY, BARNEY, BARNEY!" My dear Zoe --- Barney at 5 in the morning!?!! Wohohow!

Yep, she's definitely addicted to Barney. She watches Barney at least twice a day. Though she also like to watch Horton (the movie), her love for Barney is way up THERE (pointing to the heavens)! And this is all our fault. Early on, we got her those Barney DVDs and Barney stuffs.

Hmmm... at least she now knows how to say book, hop, and sissy (Baby Bop), among other things. She also mimicks Barney while he counts backwards (10-9-8...). She shrieks when he wiggles his tail! Plus she loves to sing along during the Old MacDonald song (ei-a-ei-a-o!). Oh well. :-)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Before and After

Taken in November 1998 (Mines View Park, Baguio City):

Taken in June 2007 (Clarke Quay, Singapore):

Gained 20+ pounds along the way but the love is as fresh and as burning as before. :-)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday Social

Tagged by Hailey - thanks sis!

Saturday Social Question:
How do you keep the spark and excitement in your relationship / marriage?

My Answers:
For the wife -- always try to be pleasant, beautiful and charming. That's your part in keeping your husband in love with you.

For the husband -- never take for granted the small things that your wife does for you haha (quoting my hubby when he saw me typing this!)

Together - Talk, talk, talk and in doing this you need not spend lots of money on trips and restaurants. Never forget that you are a wife or husband even before you became a mommy or daddy. Your kids will grow up and get a life of their own but you will be stuck together and married for the rest of your life.

Saturday Social Rules:
Post your answer to the Saturday Social question(s) in your blog. Be sure to put in a link to this entry and the blogger who tagged you too!

Come back HERE, sign Mr. Linky and why not leave me a comment too.

Tag your friends… better yet, tag a stranger (what a great way to meet someone new!)

You can tag 1 or 100, it is up to you. The more you tag, the more you will meet.

Visit other Saturday Social participants by clicking their names in Mr. Linky.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Your Personality Type: The Individualistic Doer

Your Personality Type: The Individualistic Doer

Individualistic Doers are self-assured and very independent persons. They are quiet and realistic, very rational, extremely matter of fact persons. They strongly cultivate their individualism and enjoy applying their abilities to new tasks. But they are also very spontaneous and impulsive persons who like to follow their sudden inspirations. Individualistic Doers are good and precise observers who register everything which goes on around them. However, they are not so sensitive as regards interpersonal relations and are surprised when they occasionally rub someone up the wrong way with their direct and blunt manner. They are not particularly fond of obligations; but if you give them space, they are uncomplicated, sociable and cheerful individuals.

Individualistic Doers enjoy challenges - action and the odd kick are simply part of their life. They love tempting fate and many people of this type have risky hobbies such as skydiving or bungee jumping. This also applies to their workaday life. Individualistic Doers are in top form in critical situations; they can grasp situations, make decisions and take the necessary steps extremely quickly. Hierarchies and authorities impress them very little; if a superior is not competent, they will have little respect for him. Individualistic Doers like to take on responsibility. They have a marked sense of reality and always find the most suitable and expedient solution for a problem. They resolve conflicts openly and directly; here, they sometimes lack tact but are also very good at taking criticism themselves.

As friends, Individualistic Doers are loyal and devoted; they only have a few friendships but many of them last a lifetime. People enjoy talking to them because of their optimistic attitude to life and their ability to listen. However, they prefer to talk about mutual interests and hobbies rather than about theoretical or philosophical issues - they are not tangible enough for them. They need a lot of freedom and time to themselves in love relationships but, at the same time, they are also very tolerant towards their partners. It happens very seldom that Individualistic Doers fall head over heels in love. They are far too rational. They prefer to pick their partner on the basis of mutual interests and preferences which they want to share with that partner. Individualistic Doers are not particularly fond of effusive outbursts of emotion. They prefer to prove their love by their actions and expect the same of their partner. Whoever wishes to tie an Individualistic Doer to himself needs a lot of patience. It takes some time before this personality type is willing to get involved with another person.

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The Big Read

The Big Read - books you've read.

I snagged this from Tin's site and found it very interesting.

The directions are simple:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible - more or less

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - I've read a lot but I swear I've forgotten most of it - was a Shakespeare fanatic back in high school
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell <-- only the movie, hahaha!
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - tried to but fell asleep haha
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - saw the movie but gotta go back to Book Sale and see if they still have the book
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - scanned through it lang
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen - my personal favorite among the Austen books
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - got the dvd movie only
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - my sis likes this a lot
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - yes!

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - my sixth grade book report!
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Pat, Tracy, Mari and Hailey - you want to try this too?

Thursday Bug Tag

thanks pat for this interesting tag!

1. complete this phrase: “if only i could..”- go on leave today!
2. did you get enough sleep last night?- nope! hubby is in subic so i was adjusting
3. what were you doing before you slept last night?- read a book, prayed
4. first thing you thought about this morning when you woke up?- thank you God for another day
5. do u ever wonder why the sky is blue? -hmm.
6. did you ever try to skip meals?- yes
7. lights on or off?- on since i gave birth
8. are you afraid of the dark?- not so much.
9. favorite hangout/s?- the mall
10. people you can’t live without?- my whole family
11. what are your plans for tonight?- go home early, hubby won't be back til friday
12. favorite song when you’re sleepy?- lullabys
13. do you love someone, right now?- yes.
14. are you a giver or a taker?- given and taker
15. if you could choose another name, what would it be?- hmmm, can't think of any right now
16. last text message from?- my sister
17. stuck on a desert island & could have only one KIND of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?- spaghetti!!
18. favorite tv commercial/s?- zoe likes the meaty ginisa mix commercial. LOL.
19. if you were dead and your soul was given another chance, what would you do first?- live again?
20. if you could choose your eye color, what color would you like to have?- grayish green like the ones of the cover girls in the sweet dreams pocketbooks
21. what are the things you always bring?- my cellphone, a rosary, money

care to share this tag? ai and raf? i guess it's still thursday in your place.

Hair Woes

I always admired those women on television who always had nice, beautiful and shiny hair all the time. They always seem to be effortless in terms of their hair. I envy them because my own hair is constantly experiencing the opposite. My hair is so hard to maintain and has a tendency to become dry and limp.

Apart from the airconditioning in the office, my hair is becoming dry and limp also because of the air pollution in the business district of which I am regularly exposed to. And because of my very busy schedule, when I take a bath in the morning, I only manage quickly shampoo my hair and then let it dry naturally. I don't have time to apply anything else much less blow dry it into a certain style. What I only get to do is to brush my hair again when I get to the office and then before I go home. It's really pathetic because I know that I should be taking care of my hair and my overall personal appearance more especially that I constantly face very important persons at work. Looking good all the time is definitely a plus point when it comes to the big bosses at work so I should not be taking it all for granted, right?

And so I've been thinking. What can I do to resolve my hair woes? Well, I think that other than going to the salon for an intensive (not to mention expensive) hair treatment, I think I should find the time to take care of my hair by using more regularly a Deep Treatment Conditioner. By using a conditioner, hair becomes so easy to comb and it also avoid breaking and unnecessary hair fall after shampooing and conditioning.

I found many great hair products on It's so easy to order and you don't need to go out of your house and office to buy these wonderful items that could transform your hair from dry to beautiful.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Last Hurrah From My Cam

Here's a last hurrah from my camera (some recent pics of big-eyed Zoe). You see, my camera is off to Australia and will only come back 2 weeks from now. Hehe. Actually, my sister, who's leaving for Sydney tomorrow night, will just be borrowing it for her WYD trip. :-)

Come to think of it, my cam will be a witness to all those memorable WYD activities. Buti pa sya! LOL.

Ate, bring our family pics so Pope Benedict can all bless them! Happy trip and au revoir!

Viva Il Papa!


Sometimes, saying SORRY and I LOVE YOU is enough to let someone know how much you want to understand, how much you want to be better and how much you want to make the other person happy.

And that's all based on my own personal experience.

Ditto hunny.

Online Find...

I recently have been looking for a replacement for my old eyeglasses. My pair has been with me for almost three years now. It's already old and needs to be retired soon! So while browsing online, I found these Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni. I even heard that Zenni Optical was on FOX news!

Here's my pick:

Would you believe that this is just one of the many Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses? It's a great online find!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Getting Ready for Baby #2? Think Baby Names!

You Like Names That Are Classic and Timeless

You prefer quality names that have stood the test of time.

You don't like anything that's trendy today and outdated next year.

Names are important to you, and naming someone should not be an social experiment.

You are the type most likely to name someone after a family member.

Some female names you might like: Andrea, Elizabeth, Hannah, Julia, Marie, Nicole, and Victoria

Some male names you might like: Aaron, Benjamin, Christopher, Jonathan, Matthew, Thomas, and Zachary

On The Brighter Side of Things

Actress Nicole Kidman recently gave birth to a baby girl named Sunday Rose. I think it's rather a cute name. :-) And although miles away, I am secretly happy for this couple for every new baby is such a blessing!

Found this at Keith Urban's site:

Sounds like he's one proud daddy!

How Do I Like My Hair?

When my husband and I were just dating and getting to know each other, my friends would often ask him about what he liked about me. I guess to play safe, his answer would often be regarding my physical attributes. And one of his many answers to my friends would be about my long black hair. He would always say that he liked that my hair was nice and long. When I heard that, I started to feel conscious about my hair and how it looks. I always made sure it's always presentable and nice for my then-boyfriend.

This is true even up to present and I guess more especially now that he is my husband. I am still very careful about how my hair looks. I just know that physical attraction is still important even if we are already married. So I always keep my hair nice and straight. I had it treated and rebonded last April so I make it a point to take extra care of it because all those chemicals can dry one's hair. I also have been looking for the best kind of shampoo and conditioner in the market. You see, my hair tends to get tangled up whenever it's washed so I wanted to use a good shampoo and conditioner to avoid any hair fall. Many times, the other products I've tried just wouldn't do the trick.

Of the products I've heard about, I want to try out Bumble and bumble Alojoba Shampoo and its partner, the Bumble and bumble Alojoba Conditioner. These products are said to be proven to give you healthy and shiny hair every single day. You can buy them in different sizes from the travel size to one litre. And when you buy a combination of shampoo and conditioner, you may even be offered a great discount. What's more, it's readily available online. Just go to to order now.

All This Talk...

...about earthquakes and doomsday is making my heart pounce and I hate it.

So please -- help me feel back to normal. Otherwise, I think I would need to check with a cardiologist soon.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Quote From Dad

I was googling for some of my family members and friends and somehow stumbled into this one~~~

A quote from my Dad -

"Excellent teaching is not just imparting knowledge or developing skills. It is about meaningful experiences which are also excellent way to learn correct attitudes and values. Significant memorable experiences that you can provide your students are most effective, more lasting, and are deeply rewarding."

Wow. How inspiring. I'm a proud daughter.


I have a friend who decided to resign from her job to try out her luck in another country. She felt as if there was no future for her in her present job. She also had the ultimate desire to get out of the rut and make it big somewhere else. She had a friend who a few years back also left to migrate abroad. When that friend of hers got there, she went to study about the real estate business and became a successful broker. And so, my dear friend was inspired to travel across the globe to do the same too. Initially, I told her to be wary of getting into bad business with the news about the Nouveau Riche Scam going around. I told her that the news could be true and that the Nouveau Riche Scam could send her as worse off than how she is now. Anyway, she trusted her own instinct and so she left already last year for the United States.

I recently heard again from that friend of mine and she was happy to tell me that she will soon be quitting her present job because she had been studying and training in selling real estate and will soon be a broker like her friend. With this good development happening to my friend, I felt so happy for her. Good thing, there was no real Nouveau Riche Scam at all. All is well with her and I hope that she becomes much more successful someday.

Zoe's New Word(s) of the Week


You should see her run to the door and shout "ice cream!" whenever she hears that jingling sound of the bell of the mamang sorberto who pass by regularly infront of our house!

Budget Tips Anyone?

Many people have been feeling their belts tightening lately due to the rising prices of gasoline and basic commodities. These days, we would rather stay at home and just play with the baby rather than make a trip to the mall. Ordinarily, our weekends would be spent going around the mall, eating out and shopping. Now, we prefer to skip that. I personally blame myself as the money manager of the house for not being very budget-conscious in the past. And when I hear about how other people save, I feel so guilty for not trying hard at saving from the very beginning of my married life. My own personal budget has been in havoc these days that I can't wait for the next payday to come. Now, every cent counts since we don't know what's in store for us in the future.

Here's some of the other things we've been trying to do to save a little, save a lot:

1. We haven't eaten out (on a fancy restaurant) since my husband's birthday last June. Yeah, we miss eating out very much since we usually go on dates every week. Good thing my husband received meal coupons from the office this week. Yipee, we can now eat almost wherever we want to.

2. At home, to save on food expense, I asked our helper to cook only one viand for every meal instead of two or three as we usually do. It actually works without sacrificing our nutrition. We used to really eat a lot in the family because my mom before was never satisfied with just one viand each time. When there's a soup-based meal, there always have to be something dry like fried fish or chicken. No wonder we were all gaining so much weight! Now, vegetable-based viands are the highlight of our weekly menu.

3. We've let go of all our industrial fans and replaced them with our ordinary electric fans. I heard from somewhere that those industrial fans use up so much electricity. Even before, Zoe used an industrial fan and this was on the whole day. So one day, we decided to used bring down our extra ordinary electric fan and set aside the industrial fan. Let's see if this has an effect on the next electric bill.

4. We've stopped doing the grocery at Shopwise and SM Hypermart (until further notice, that is). Since last week, I've been comparing prices of our regular grocery items and found out that it's still so much cheaper to buy in Makro rather than in these other stores. In addition to that, Makro is only two minutes away from the house so I have no reason to prefer it over these other stores which are so much farther away. Now, I swear to do my commodity shopping in Makro.

5. Speaking of Makro, I've resolved to buy in bulk for applicable items. If I could, I'll try to buy wholesale toys for Christmas and wholesale school supplies for the kids at home. Just got to remember to bring it all out when it becomes needed.

Do you think these small things can all help? Care to share some more tips?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Cut Back On The Caffeine

Times must be really hard. I heard this week that Starbucks is closing down some 600 stores and letting go of many employees.

Talk about cutting back on the caffeine. Literally.

On The Boat With The Pope

My sister just got an email from the organizers of the WYD Sydney 2008 informing her that she had been picked to be one of 100 participants from 30 countries who will be joining the Holy Father in the Papal Boat-a-cade on Sydney Harbour.

Here's the sked:

Papal Arrival
- 2.45pm, Thursday, 17 July 2008

Welcome and arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on Sydney Harbour, followed by a Papal welcome at Barangaroo at 3.30pm. From 4.30pm, the Pope will travel through the streets of Sydney via motorcade in the Pope Mobile.

How lucky can she be! I'm so happy for her.

Great News!

Great news for all business owners and advertisers!

Are you aiming to increase your business profits? Are you looking for a good venue to spread the word about any product or service that you would like to offer in the market? Then one of the best ways of promoting your business and products nowadays is through an effective online information dissemination campaign. Of course, there are a lot of many ways of spreading the word about your business online. However, cost can be an issue in some instances. But don't you know that you can now build your pool of customers without spending too much? For example, you can visit

With the help of this great site, you can start a worthwhile campaign of your product and company at a very low cost. So why break the bank for your promotional needs when you can easily advertise on budget? There is a whole network of bloggers connected worldwide who can channel the way for you to meet your future valued clients.

Can I Be Slim Again?

Can I be slim again? I asked my husband that question only recently and he smirked.

Some people say that if a guy wants to know how the girl they are courting would look like when they get married, then one way would be to look at the girl's mother. Years back, a guy who was trying to woo me blurted out something to that effect to my mom and my mom gave him the bad look. Why? It's because my mom was big and I, on the other hand at the time, was ultra thin. My mom told him, as if trying to defend me, that I take after my dad which means that in my dad's family, they are quite slim. My mom resisted the fact that I would end up as huge as her when I get married and get pregnant. You see, she loves to eat but hates to exercise. She used to be thin too in her younger days but when she married my dad and gave birth to me and my sister, her size ballooned uncontrollably. Of course, during those times there were no liposuction california which she can undergo to get rid of those unwanted fats. Sadly, she never had the chance to regain her original weight.

Fast forward, some ten years from that time, here I am, married and now a mother. I've gained around twenty extra pounds since and now having a hard time taking it off. I know that there are very competent medical practitioners in the United States, such as Abbott Krieger and Lloyd Krieger who developed the specialized breathing surgery, whom I can go to avail of a beverly hills cosmetic surgery procedure. However, until such time that I get the courage to go under the knife for beauty reasons, I would have to stick to a rigid diet and to my regular exercise routine. I think I need to be slim again unless I want to be as big as my mother.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Random Qs

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
~ Started to work for Metrobank (still here up to now!)
2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?
~ I have 50 things to do work!!
3. Snacks I enjoy:
~ carbonara and pizza- snacks ba 'to? :-)
4. Place where I lived:
~ Cainta and sometimes Quezon (for summer vacation in my lola's house)
5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
~ I can do a billion things!
6. People I want to know more about:
~ peeps in my blogroll - grab this so I can know more about you!!

Thanks Jenny and Pat! I enjoyed this!

Help With Putting Up Business

My husband has been aching to resign from his current work and just put up his own business. He told me that he has had enough at work already and that the company he's working for sadly has been losing focus on its main mission and vision. In addition, having his own business would mean he can make use of his management and creative skills to earn money for the family. Besides, he will be his own boss. And if he works very hard on making the business work, it could be the start of a brighter future for our family.

Anyway, if he does finally decide to leave the company, we plan to avail of small business loans. By getting a sum of money to start a business, we can easily move from being a two-income family to a single-income family that is until his business begins to earn. Applying for a loan is quite easy. You can find available financial lenders online who offer unsecured loans and who can guarantee an approval within 24 hours. Isn't that great?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Me and My Child

Thank you Hailey for sending me another interesting tag.

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Rules :

1. Start Copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy”.

2. Choose the photo(s) of you and your child(ren) that you would like to share in your blog, with a small story/explanation about when and where the photo(s) was/were taken.

3. Add your blog name and url blog, then leave your url post in here. And I’ll add you to the Master List.

4. Please help spread this tag by tagging your friends as much as you can.
5. Please come back again to copy the update of the master list, often. This process will help new participants to get the same gains as the first participants.

Master List : 1. Juliana’s Site 2. Moms…..check nyo 3.PinayWAHM 4. Surviving deployment 5. Live Love Life 6. HotMomma7. a {GIRL} for all status 8. BaReFooTeD Me, 9. Uncomplicated 10. FunFierceFabulous 11. Hailey's Domain 12. Hailey's Beats and Bits 13. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 14. House Everything

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Here's my picture:

The story behind it --- This was my very first picture with Zoe. I had an emergency caesarean delivery in UST on September 09, 2006, Saturday at 3:31 p.m. Before giving birth, I handed my old camera to one of the nurses and asked him to take pictures of my delivery. My OB didn't allow my husband to be inside the delivery room and instead was told to wait outside. He was alone and had no clue how long my delivery would take. Anyway, I was asleep the whole time and only regained consciousness when I was already in the recovery room. Someone whispered to me "Baby girl po"... After hearing this, I again fell into deep slumber.

It was my husband who saw Zoe first. She was brought out of the delivery room and was shown to him from the nursery window. Unfortunately, none of the nurses was able to take at least one picture of my delivery. My OB was so strict I guess and didn't allow any unnecessary chatter and movement.

Anyway, per the hospital's policy, the mother is the only one allowed to go inside the feeding room to breastfeed her new-born baby. Visitors shall only be allowed to view the baby through the nursery window. You cannot take the baby out until the day you are discharged. So when I could already stand a bit (after 2 LONG DAYS!), I begged my husband to "drive" me to the feeding room so I can see and breastfeed the baby. I brought my cellphone with me in the feeding room and secretly took pics of me and my baby. Here's that pic. As you can see, I couldn't take a decent picture with my face in it. Other mothers kept coming in and out of the breastfeeding room that I was only able to take a few snapshots.

Show me your pics:






Looking at Myself

Looking at myself at the mirror, I realized how much my body has changed ever since I got pregnant, gave birth and took care of my baby. Motherhood has its many glorious effects but as in the case of many women out there who had been pregnant, my body has never been the same as before as when I was younger and still single.

During the ninth month of my pregnancy, my weight topped up to 165 lbs. My belly was so big and my arms and legs were all swollen. My nose was huge and my cheeks were all puffed up. My breasts also ballooned that I had to buy new clothes that would fit. I so hated to look at myself in the mirror because I felt that I was so ugly. I even didn't want my husband to take my picture prior to my delivery because I didn't want to have any remembrance of how I looked like then.

Anyway, after I happily gave birth to Zoe (what a lovely baby she was!), my body slowly began losing the excess weight. My nose returned to its normal size and my arms and legs slowly regained its original appearance. However, my feet, tummy and breasts had not totally returned to its original size until now. I still had to buy a new shoes and office clothes before I returned to work since none of the things in my closet fits. If you just know, it hurts so bad to be saying good-bye to my old clothes since most of them were investment pieces. Do you think that a California breast reduction or tummy tuck beverly hills can be the solution to my situation? I've heard of many celebrities undergoing the same plastic surgery treatments specially after having a baby. No wonder many of these new mothers look like they never had a baby at all a month after giving birth. Oh how I wish I can also undergo these procedures! If only I had the guts!

Arts and Pottery

I've always been interested in arts and crafts since I was young. I always fancy myself owning a workroom where I can create artworks and masterpieces. How I wish I able to draw nice pictures or create wonderful sculpture. But since I realized that I'm really not so good in drawing or in making works of art fit for the museum, I'm looking at other options for myself. And so lately, I've been more interested in ceramics and jars. This interest grew on me after reading about this book on pottery and other related crafts.

If you're into learning new crafts and arts like me, one of your options could be to take up lessons on pottery. Making jars and clay arts are just fun and exciting since you can freely design your work as you wish. Your finished products depend on how you shape the clay on the potters wheels and before you know it, you already have a lovely piece of jar.

To get started, it's nice to invest on some pottery supply and on a good ceramic pottery kiln. I've been browsing online and can't wait to make my purchase soon.

Yaya's Birthday Tomorrow

It's Yaya Cat's birthday tomorrow. She's just 19 years old. So young but very mature and nice.

This in one of Zoe and Yaya Cat's early pictures...

Times flies so fast!

Listening to the Radio

I've been looking for a gift my husband for several weeks now. You see, his birthday and Father's Day had already passed and I still have not bought a gift for him. I've been long delaying buying him a gift because I just want to get the perfect one. At first, I was thinking of getting him a new white gold men's bracelet but when I mentioned the idea to him, he told me that he wasn't so fond of jewelry. Anyway, one of his other interests is listening to music. He doesn't really sing but loves to listen to the radio and collect music to be stored in his MP3 player.

In the regard, I've been eyeing on buying him this new wonderful thing called Polk Audio I-sonic ES2. Being a music lover, I think this is one of my best gift choices for him. With this, he can now listen to his favorite new country music stations. He can even listen in to Florida High Definition Radio stations whenever he wants. Wouldn't it be good to be able to take advantage of this new HD Radio Technology?

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