Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Little Fan

It was such a bad idea dropping by at Ayala Center after attending PASAP BOT (Board of Trustees) meeting yesterday what more with Alex in tow. The mall was so crowded with teenagers and even adults alike. Why? Because the PBB Big Four were having their mall show. My daughter Alex also wanted to squeeze in her tiny body with the crazy crowd just to see these teen housemates turned celebrities. She was so persistent and was almost at the verge of throwing tantrums because I was trying to pull her away from the crowd. Boy, was she so unstoppable! She had to climb Ayala's huge planters and pushed her way in between people's legs so she could take a glimpse of these teen idols especially her favorite, Beauty.

Guess, I have no choice but to just allow her this first hand experience in being a fan. Sigh! It was just unfortunate that I failed to bring my camera so we have to make use of Magee's camphone. But, from where we're standing, we couldn't really take a picture of them. Instead, we just took pictures of Alex, the five-year-old fan.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

@ 9 Weeks

Went to visit my OB yesterday despite experiencing the wrath of Frankie all over the city. So I was told that I am already 9 weeks pregnant. I went through the entire drill again (bilangkad na sad ang beauty then gi-IE)...but I can't complain. Afterall, this is something I really wanted. The sad thing though is that my OB strongly forbids my daily dose of caffeine not even decaf. Shocks, how can I ever make it through my shift without coffee? Still, I have to be an obedient preggy and follow what she says coz I know she's just after my health and that of the baby.

We're really excited and we can't stop talking about it day in and day out. The little girl has been super lambing lately and I often find her caressing my not-so-big tummy.

I'm not really feeling any signs of pregnancy yet like nausea and vomitting. I just hope that this pregnancy will be a drama queen episodes or morning sickness. I just want to be perfectly happy and comfortable all the time in this 9-month ordeal.

So help me God.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Sign

I never wanted to take the test yet coz in the past, I was overly excited and in the end it is still negative. But it's been almost two months since I'm missing my period. And I have this unusual craving for food particularly green mango with bagoong...well I'm not really sure if it's really unusual coz I am always this "matakaw" when it comes to food. But then again, I am also having irregular mentruation from time to time. So I just set aside the test kit after contemplating and staring at it for a long time.

But this morning, I stared at the test kit again and decided to take the test. Hubby already left for work while Alex and the yaya is at school. It was just me and my sister. I went inside the CR and peed. Placed some urine sample in a little cup and put around three drops at the test well.

Then I waited for 5 minutes for the result to appear.

Go figure it out....

Yeah, it's a positive sign! I can't help myself from shouting with excitement. My sister even asked me..."naunsa ka dha te?" I was grinning from ear to ear when I told her the good news. Well, I've been waiting and praying for this to happen for quite a long time now. Alex often include this in her prayers every night. Another baby...another bundle of joy in the offing. It's time to pay my OB a visit to really confirm. But the pregnancy test kit guarantees 100% accuracy in the result. Yehey!!!

Feeling the Pinch

I used to enjoy doing the grocery but lately when all the prices of commodities are soaring high, the grocery is one place I dreaded the most. On my latest trip to the grocery, I only had few items in my grocery bag with a receipt of one thousand pesos plus plus. These are what I got in my bag: a kilo of purefoods hotdog, a small bottle cooking oil, 6 pieces burger patties, 6 pieces burger bun, a bottle of rubbing alcohol (biggest size), a pack of biscuits, a kilo of powdered orange juice, sandwich bags, bottle of 250ml shampoo and a tube of 250ml conditioner. Geezz, I didn’t even get to buy the basic commodity like meat, fish and rice.

My lola would often tell me stories about how things are simple and inexpensive back in her time. She has a lot of things in her possession that are really cheap. Imagine an original painting of a famous artist displayed at her dinning room which costs only 35 cents and her pair of bakya slippers which she still uses until now for only 1 cent. My lola would tell me that their life may be simple back then but they have the abundance of mother nature’s produce.

Gone are the days when almost all household would stack one sack of rice in a month. Gone are the days when a regular household can afford and cook special meals. It’s just horrifying to see almost all prices gone up. Though some can still afford to splurge from time to time, my family would start tightening the belts. In this time of crisis, we can’t afford to waste food, water, electricity, gas and money. With the house amortization to commence really soon, I’m starting to feel the financial pinch. Though I try not to stress about it too much coz there’s really nothing I can do to lower down these prices but I have listed down some strategies that might help in small and big ways.

* Cut on unnecessary purchases on material things like clothes, toys, gadgets etc.

* Instead of eating out at some fancy restos during weekends, prepare meals at home for the family to enjoy.

* This I started doing...instead of buying at the office canteen, pack up lunch and/or snacks to work. It’s good that we have a microwave oven at work.

* Limit use of appliances like television, dvd player, computer, electric iron, electric fan, lights and the fridge (which has to be defrosted every week).

* Yard sale (this will happen prior to the big move)...To clean up the closet and at least have some extra cash for some of my projects in the new house like landscape, new curtains etc.

* Ditch using car and start a trend of riding a bike in going to the office or elsewhere...Why not? We could save on gasoline, minimize pollution and good way to exercise.
I hope the government will also do something about this increase in commodities aside from giving away P500 bucks to less fortunate Filipinos which I think is just a temporary remedy. Why not come up with long term solutions to problems like implement compressed work schedule for some companies and government agencies. This will lessen fuel and electricity consumption.
Well, I'll think of some more creative ideas on how to deal with this pinch and update this list. Feel free to share some...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Double “Surprise” Celebration

JPL’s birthday surprise

The plan was for Anabelle to meet with JPL and share her marital problems. JPL didn’t have an idea that we’re cooking a surprise birthday for her. We would show up into their meeting place with our gifts in tow. The strategy was really effective as she was really stunned.

Anabelle’s surprise baby shower

Without Anabelle’s knowledge, we also took the opportunity to welcome the little bundle that’s growing inside her tummy for 6 months now. She was also surprised with our gifts and wishes. I find the cake I ordered at Creole really cute.

Though we miss a lot of kaberks during this gathering, it was still fun. We hope to have another round of this gathering hopefully with complete attendance from everyone in the guest list. More random pictures below...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Salute to the Fathers in my Life

Here's to all the fathers in this world and to the awesome daddies in my life.


Beyond being a husband, you’ve played a great role in being a good dad to Alex. In between being a rock star and being a drug pusher medical representative, you always find ways and time in perfecting that daddy role. I thank you for embracing our little girl with so much love and care. I’m sure that you will always be her idol, her bestfriend (next to me) and the coolest dad in the whole world.

I will always be proud of you whether you’re a well-respected human resource manager or the sari-sari store manager. My childhood may not be that perfect but it has been a happy one despite the occasional spanking and scolding from you. Albeit stern in your manner of discipline with your girls (including myself), I think your message has been delivered and accepted pretty well. We are what we are because of you…God-fearing, well-mannered and smart offspring.

Thank you for welcoming me into your wonderful and unique family. From the very start, I always feel accepted and at home. Though we don’t talk that much, I will always be grateful for all the support and kind gestures you have afforded our little family. You will always be that “wonderwall” we could always rely on.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Big Move Postponed

So the big move will have to happen in August. I would have wanted to move as soon as we get our permit to occupy (PTO) from the developer but hubby insists working on with the house interiors first before we finally move. He doesn’t want to transfer with carpenters around working on the tiles, cabinets or the kitchen. He already asked his architect friend to look at the house and the plan will be complete by this month. We’re actually very excited.

I felt relieved, more of jumping with joy especially that Alex will have to spend two more months in her old school. At least that will solve my dilemma for a while and Alex will have the chance to say goodbye to her close friends in school. Today, we dropped by her school to finally sign her up. To our surprise, we saw the huge banner (more like a little billboard) of their school with her face in it together with two of her friends – Hera and Jazz (partly hidden). I was so proud to see my little girl in the banner… I mean, who wouldn’t? Of all the kids enrolled in their school, only three of them were chosen to be in that ad.

Anyway, I can’t help but let Alex pose in front of the banner/billboard.

That's ME in the center.

The little girl was also proud to see her face in that billboard. But I hope the fame doesn't gets into her head...feeling sikat na gyud ang bata. Haha!

Anyway, we’re now excited to go shopping for her school stuff. Essentially, it’s just her school shoes and some new socks since they will start wearing their uniform on the first day of school. The kids will also be provided with a uniform school bag which is part of the initial fees we paid. I guess there’s no need to buy a new bag for her. But we’ll see…maybe the little girl might ask for a new one when we get to the mall.