Friday, December 28, 2012

Revisiting my 2012 Wishlist

well... this will be my form of a comeback for promding chamimay! hehe hopefully my energy's enough to help me sustain keeping this blog up and to continue documenting my little family's little craziness... :-) i feel so OC not being able to move on with the more recent blog-worthy posts because i feel like i have soooo much bloglog already... so let me just start with this little lame update on how well i've stick to my 2012 wishlist... hehehe

here's what i wrote 11months ago... my current comments are in red


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i know February's about to end tapos ngayon lang ako mglilista ng wishlist ko for 2012.... well i have all these things in mind at the start of the year, i just wanna have it documented so i have some checklist to lookback to at the end of the year.... as of this post i was able to tick off one from the list already!! so let's see how far i'll be able to commit to this list... :-)



Trips:
1) Merloquet!!! been drooling about this waterfalls since 2010...

 - my number one in this list! hehehe and definitely not a disappointment!!! we've finally made the trip! and the mere mention of the place will definitely get me raving about it again!!!

 - and to top that, was even able to create a post about our suuuper fun trip! here's the link: MERLOQUET!!!

 - that's 1pt for me here! hehe





2) Malamawi beach!!! that white beach beyond sta cruz island.... that white beach in Basilan... :-)

 - this one's a major fail... more like the initial planning of the Merloquet trip which we kept on rescheduling until we can no longer go for it... hehehe... will resched this sometime next year or next next year perhaps... :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sampateek, definitely for the healthier you!



Welcome to Sampateek, the premier online destination for those who have decided to take charge in improving their overall health through lifestyle modification and proper diet. Sampateek is a fun, easy to use web applicationgeared towards helping you achieve your healthy eating goals by embracing a lifestyle that is not only healthy, but also fun!
It's a well-known fact that faddy diets and weight loss programs do more harm than good, and the vast majority of diet programs are only intended as a short-term solution. We at Sampateek believe that adopting a healthier lifestyle shouldn't have to mean giving up the things you enjoy in life, or restricting yourself to a set menu of bland dishes.
Our very name is derived from the French “sympathique”, meaning a gentle, even enjoyable approach, and with an array of tools, tips and support from specialized nutritionists, we aim to help you make this a positive, fun and natural transition – at your own pace!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10hours of sleep needed everyday

i think it's about time i have to do my "i'm sorry" post... hehe i owe this to those who still find themselves visiting my blog (feel na feel ko na marami kayo noh? haha!), specially friends from BC Bloggers, because despite my blog standby i still try to keep my existence felt in the weekly Commex, thus you guys still end up here with my 2wks old of blogposts and nothing much to comment anymore... :D hehe... :-)

so yeah, im soooo sorry.... :-(

it's been 3weeks since i found out i'm having baby no.2... and despite my "im tough" behavior, this 2nd pregnancy is draining soooo much of my energy... how? i don't know exactly... i always feel fatigued and in need of sleep... so during sleep time for pao at night i also end up snoring as well. I don't get up to do the usual things i do before going to sleep, and that includes keeping this blog breathing... for 3weeks sleep is my only routine at night... no more blogtime... i just hope it won't be like this for the rest of the 7months before THE day... :-) 

indeed no 2 pregnancies are the same... :-) i'm still adjusting with this one, i initially thought it would be easier this time because i've already gone through the first without so much stress... i'm becoming more maarte about a lot of things... which shocks me too, because i always try not to cause any inconvenience to anyone but now sometimes i think i do... specially to the hubby who needs to stretch his patience some more now hihihi... :D i feel bad a lot of times thinking im causing anybody to do an extra effort for me... and to my little boy who loves to be carried but mommy sometimes have to say "no" because he's too heavy now i always end up with a very uncomfortable backpain... :-( 

sigh... i've turned into a maarte and emotional freak now... i just hope it's because im having a girl... hehe fingers crossed!!! 

oh well, this should have been a quick post but looks like i've said so much already... :D i'm pretty sure i will still be sleeping at least 10hours everyday for the next month, but i hope i'll find a way to update this blog still... :-) i'll be more of a lurker now i suppose... until i'll find a good rhythm to maintain my online life, playing with my boy, crazy yearend work, and trying to be comfortable while growing another baby inside me... :-) and i hope you guys won't still tire coming over... :-)


Monday, November 12, 2012

Hi-5 Holiday this Dec2012!

hello... posting a friend's press kit... wish this was during my trip with my boy this December, but we're gonna miss it again... :-( but hope you guys can check it out!!! :-)

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Hi-5 RETURNS TO MANILA AND CEBU FOR A HOLIDAY ADVENTURE THIS DECEMBER
The latest hit stage show “Hi-5 Holiday” will delight young audiences at theSM MOA Center Stage and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel


Fans of Hi-5 are in for a treat this December when the Hi-5 gang make their way to Manila and Cebu to take them on the holiday of a lifetime! Returning with their latest stage show “Hi-5 Holiday”, Stevie, Casey, Lauren, Tim and the newest Hi-5 friend Dayen, are set to transport audiences to the most fun filled place in the world – “Hi-5 Island”, where they’ll experience adventures from surfing big waves to dancing with penguins, from jiving in the jungle to taking a trip under the sea. This exhilarating stage show performs at the SM MOA Center Stage from December 15-16, 2012 and at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel on December 23, 2012. Tickets are now on sale.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

pao's monthly evolution during year1

got this idea from an Oprah show before... take photos of your kid in the same piece of cloth every month and see how he grows... :-) my sister did this too with Uno... i tried to religiously do this every month but failed on the 10th... 

anyways, here's an attempt to summarize that monthly craziness we do every morning of the date of his bday... it started as a quiet activity, to a laughter-filled 15min then turned into something where a wrestling match need to happen just to keep him still for a few secs and stay within the frame hehehe... :D

the piece of clothing used was a Magdalo shirt given by my bro, pao's ate chuchay and tita alyn when the pao was still 5months inside me...

can you spot the difference.... i can't... specially from the 7th to the 12th month.... :-) but can you? i guess this little activity will be more effective if a onesie was used... will take note of that for the next baby... hehehe :D

black&white version, with red color accent (to highlight the Magdalo logo)

colored... i hate how the lighting differs in all photos... :D


Saturday, November 3, 2012

zambo 4 u!


i'm trying to compile in one blog all posts about Zamboanga City created by travel bloggers who ignored our place's negative image and spend a day or 2 here... :-) thanks sooooo much! 

I'm collecting them all here: Zambo4u. please try to visit their posts because they're full of very helpful details about our place... :-) and if you find the guts, please visit zamboanga city too!!! it's actually safe here.. :D



Thursday, November 1, 2012

will you help me? :-)

reach 100 GFC followers? :-)





and reach 30 Networked blog followers? :-)



all before end of 2012! haha! just some wishful thinking... :-) 


i don't do giveaways and all that, i just hope to have fun followers whom i will definitely follow back! :-) 

...for what? wala lang, this year i made new friends online through this blog, and i want to meet more! :-)

i sound desperate... i know! hahaha but it wouldn't hurt if you would help me di ba? :D

mwuah! salamat!!! :D

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

zamboanga hermosa festival street dance video

still not done with the zamboanga hermosa celebration posts (hehe)... here's a snappy vid of the streetdance competition done by the guy who conceptualized our wedding vid. :-)


- video by Dexter dela Pena (he does wedding vids too!)



Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Fiesta Pilar Streetdance

this happened thursday, October 11, eve of the Fiesta Pilar.... too bad for my itchy feet i can not go and watch and shoot, it's a workday... i was only able to experience this once, back in 2009 (and well i guess when i was waaayyy younger when my cousins would bring me to watch hehe)... but the Hermosa Festival coverage will not be complete without the streetdance, so i just resorted to zamboanga's good photogs for photos, i just really really want to share how fun and colorful our Hermosa festival celebration is... and how much we (both Muslims and Christians of Zamboanga City) adore Our Lady of the Pillar...

here are wonderful photos of the streetdance by sir Jess Andrew Yu.




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

the waiting time: labor daysssss!

i've been wanting to blog about this last year after giving birth but pao's the priority.... our birthing part had a little story in it which i think is worth sharing... :-) 

i was admitted Oct 7 afternoon. After i made final habilin before i go on leave i headed to ER. i was not feeling any pain, no water bag burst, nothing. when i was wheeled in inside OR i was actually asked by the midwife why i was admitted already, i just said my OB says so hehe :-) i'm not sure now if i was immediately induced but i remember i've gone through the process twice but still end up feeling no pain at all, not even a pinch kind of pain... nothing! Oct 8 came and we were all hoping that would be THE day since it's a good number for chinese (pero di po kami chinese ha hehe)... but i guess pao was still having fun inside hehe... during this time i've already lost count how many pregnant women came in the Labor room and left to give birth.. i was beginning to feel the frustration. the DR ladies instructed me to walk and do bends... didn't work still... i've already seen and talked with all the DR nurses and midwives, and i think almost all of them had spent 2 duties with me in there..

Oct9, last resort was done to induce my labor... 8hours later finally my 1cm progressed to 4cm, enough to check on the baby i suppose. Stat CS was scheduled immediately after meconium was found... i was under anesthesia the whole time i can barely hear them before i went blank... then went back to a groggy consciousness hearing my anesth say "charm gising na, ikaw ha kinain mo lahan ng pagkain, ang liit ng baby mo" haha! i remember my thoughts then, i was like "oh no! mana sa tatay!!!" then i went blank again... hahahaha! :D

and while all these are happening to me in the labor room (Oct7-9!!!), the hubby and family and friends had been finding ways to entertain themselves in my room, fighting boredom and anxiety hehehe :-) here's their little photostory... 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Miss Zamboanga 2012 winner


sharing photo of this year's Miss Zamboanga (pageant was held last night, October 4, 2012)

ENHORABUENA Señorita Christine Macasarte Juaton de Ayala. 
MISS ZAMBOANGA 2012

- photo by Raymond Pontillas - 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga website

i have noticed that my blog's getting hits for searches with keyword "Ciudad Medical Zamboanga website". since i'm an employee, might as well share it here to help those who happen to end up in my site. :-) Here's the link:



It's more FUN in the Philippines official video

just as i'm getting my kaladkarin groove back i saw this! eeeeekkk!!! all the more i can not contain myself anymore! hahaha i'm so excited to be everywhere na ulit and this time with my new little travel buddy! he's still a travel virgin but will only stay that way in less than 60days from this post! weeee! 

on the video again, we have to give it this time to Philippine's Department of Tourism!!! after several mishaps in the campaigns sent out before, this video simply redeemed DOT! clap clap clap! :D 

to use my buddy ezra's words: "this vid is awesome. if i've never been to the Philippines, i'd pack my bags and go!"

urgh! i dunno how to make this video look bigger in blogspot, anybody help please? :D

i hope though that DOT would tap travel bloggers too! a lot of things about the Philippines became documented and available online because of those who are eager to share their wonderful experiences in all the islands! can't wait to be part of the moving crowd again who's everywhere trying to discover more off-the-beaten path wonderful places and stuff in the Philippines! yeba!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

my boys: my greatest adventure!

i had been tamed, finally... by these 2 "little" boys that are completely mine as much as i am theirs... :-) i had been wishing for this day, that i can finally say that i am soooo in love without hesitations, without anything to hold me back. :-) aahhh... bliss! 

i feel at peace and happy and excited everyday with my boys... it's like being in a new place with your best buds and more... i've been away from them for the 2nd time this year for 2 days which made me realize that i don't want to be anywhere without them... wish i can pack them with me all the time hehe :D

imagine the thrill of travel plus I have my happy pills with me... that would be totally awesome!!! ...but even without going anywhere, our ordinary days together are already filled with awesomeness, the kind where you look forward to the next days even before the today is done... :-) hope it will stay like this forever... looooove! :-)

the 2 days without the mommy plus the "rainfull" weekend bonded my boys really well... made me a bit jealous hihi :D

one of our perfectly ordinary weekends where we revive worn out toys back to a fun-filled life. :-) 




Friday, September 28, 2012

Fiesta Hermosa 2012 (Zamboanga Fiesta Pilar) Activities

Got this list from Ciudad de Zamboanga (Full)'s post. I am highlighting what I have been wanting to experience during this year's FIESTA HERMOSA 2012! (the rest are activities of other organization within the period of the Fiesta... i have not deleted them from my post) hope this helps! 


“Cosechas de Zamboanga”
Trade Fair
September 30- October 14
8AM – 7PM
Plaza Pershing 
 - hope to find something interesting this time... :-)

Lechon Festival
October 1 – October 14
8AM – 7PM
Plaza Pershing

 - this one's new... i wonder, though, how the Muslim in the area would react...

La Isla de Sta. Cruz
October 1-12
7AM,8AM & 9AM
Isla de Sta. Cruz 


 - will there be any activities during these schedule?
HERMOSURA GLAMOUROSA 2012 
October 1, Monday
Astoria Plaza
Grand Astoria Hotel Sucabon 


 - is this a fashion show?

WOW Zamboanga
Cultural Show
October 1-8
6PM-onward
Paseo del Mar 

 -hope i could watch even for just a few minutes (dear hubby, please don't be such a grouch and let me have my few min there to shoot for blog's sake hehe)...

JOE, A Filipino Rocksiccal
October 2&3
Tues. & Wednesday
Oct.2- 10AM, 2PM, 5.30PM
Oct. 3 – 10AM,2PM
Zamboanga City Coleseum

 - is this a musical play? i would love to watch the 5.30 show (after work yeba!) but urgh that's a Tuesday nga pala and we have a scheduled meeting... so Zamboanga-produced plays, i will still have to catch you some other time...

30th Chabacano Song Festival
October 5
Friday, 7PM
Garden Orchid Hotel

 - too many late nights away from pao, but this would be an interesting show, considering i don't dig deep chavacano words hehehe... but really, i think this is one of the good part of the festival because this will definitely hightlight what's "us". ;-)


“SOLAMENTE ZAMBOANGA”Visual Arts Exhibit
Back to Back show featuring
International known Artist
Rameer Tawasil and New York
Based Zamboangueño Enrico
Tobias.
October 6- November 6
6PM
Garden Orchid Hotel 

 - this is a one-month exhibit so i suppose i can sneak a visit in one of my "me-time" after my Sat class... :-)

REGATTA DE ZAMBOANGA
October 7,
Sunday; 8AM-onward
RT Lim Boulevard 

 - im soooo gonna hate myself if i'll miss this year's Regatta again... been a promding Zamboanguena for the past 3years but i keep on missing this activity (trips and the pregnancy were the excuses nyaha!)

MASCOTA DE ZAMBOANGA
October 9
Tuesday, 7PM
Orchid Ballroom, Garden Orchid Hotel
 - this would be a nice show... i want to see beautiful interpretations of Mascota. :-)

WOW SARDINAS
October 10
Wednesday, 5PM
RT Lim Boulevard 

 - i don't really want to be part of the activity but i want to shoot... :-) i hope this time they would place more rice than just crackers so it would be prettier in photos... :D

HERMOSA STREET DANCE COMPETITION
October 11
Thursday, 1PM
JFEM Sports Complex
 - office day, office hours... so i'm giving up all hope of any chance to take photos... 

FLOAT PARADE
October 11
Thursday, 1PM
JFEM Sports Complex

MAIN PROGRAM OF THE FIESTA
October 11
Thursday, 3PM
JFEM Sports Complex

Maga Letrato de Zamboanga
Photo Marathon
October 12
Friday, 9AM-9PM
Ateneo de Zamboanga University
 - is this a photo exhibit or a photowalk? I know the World Wide Photowalk will be on October 13, but I wonder what this one is...

Noel Cabangon
ALL HITS Live! In zamboanga
October 19
Friday, 8PM
Orchid Ballroom
Garden Orchid Hotel
Noel Cabangon
 - i'm a fan!!! and a good artist's concert in Zamboanga is definitely a treat for me... just having my fingers crossed that there will be no office activity on this night... :-) yey hubby's interested to watch too! no need for compromises nyaha! 


Procession, Novena and Mass (October 3-11)
Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar Procession & Mass
5AM–Procession(Cathedral-Shrine)
6AM – Holy Mass
5PM – Novena Mass
6.30PM – Mass (Fort Pilar Shrine)

Feast Day of Our Lady of the Pillar 
October 12 Friday
4AM – Diana/Holy Rosary at the Shrine
4:40AM – Mañanita Mass
6AM ;8AM;10AM – Mass
3.30PM – Grand Procession (Cathedral to Shrine)
4:30 – Mass
5:00PM – Pontifical Mass
6.30PM – Mass

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

why do i love being a mom?

do i need to explain pa? hehehe :-) just look at this picture... this was taken when Pao was less than a week old (4 or 5 days i think)...and he had been giving us this "i'm so happy" smile ever since... 

his looks and size may have change one year after but not a day passed without this smile! even during his uneasy nights due to teeth growth and slight diarrhea he still smiles like this... even after mommy went away for 2 days he still gave me this smile...
i had always been trying to be a toughy... trying not to get too attached to any person emotionally just to ensure i have my walls up so i won't get hurt in any way... but this little man right here changed all that. i used to hate feeling emotionally vulnerable but i don't mind that anymore... :-) somebody had taught me how to open up to love, and this boy is teaching me that indeed loving is such a wonderful thing to experience in life and it's ok to feel even the nasty feelings attached to loving. :-)  gulo ba? hehe

being a mommy is one of those things that a woman should have in her "things to experience before i die" list... it's as exciting as traveling to new places and more! :-)


- BC Bloggers Meme September 26,2012 -



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

paotime: july-august 2012

my OCness again... i feel like i can not move on with other stuff i want to blog about until i've covered July-August paotime (yan ang epekto ng ngtatamad-tamaran hehe blog backlog galore). anyways, this is more for personal consumption and for families and friends too... so please bear with me... :D

i find it crazy that it feels like he's a big boy all of a sudden... it makes me happy and proud and sad at the same time... his first birthday's almost here kaya siguro nagsesenti ako... :D

this is a very photo heavy post... :D

from top clockwise:
1) gigil time... actually just say the magic word "strong" and he'll do this (if he's in the mood haha)
2) very aware of the camera already... he does this sometimes when he sees me with the cam pointed at him
3) our singing moments!!! super loooove!
4) and yes, we had lots of blanket tent playtime too! :-)

from top clockwise:
1) tita leila gave him his little guitar already but he still prefers the big one...
2) July-August was the time 4 teeth tried to come out... although he didn't really had a hard time but there were uneasy nights, he preferred to sleep in my arms only... but glad that was over... he has 4 more teeth growing now (his 11th month), but no drama in any form anymore... :-)
3) my crazy boys... and daddy really had to join the pao inside his playpen during one of those blackout nights jam session... :-)
4) the daddy insisted on teaching the pao how to color already... to my horror he initially let him use the color pens in the 4th photo above... lines of different colors were all over the paper and pao's legs and arms and sando... haha!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

DIY: homemade bubbles!!!

i know ready-made bubbles are cheap these days... but nothing beats the fun of preparing the solution first, the trial-and-error part where you try to make the solution work, and the actual play! :-) since we've spend our long weekends in my in-laws my mind had been acting crazy thinking for things to do while there...and just in time i saw some gumamela flowers and the rest... well, here's the rest.... :D
what you'll need:
gumamela flowers
soap
(adding a little shampoo will help!)(we used powder that time but i remember using bareta years ago)water
container
papaya stalks

Friday, September 14, 2012

books

my bookworm side had been revived! and i've been so giddy about it for the past days, i miss the high you feel when you read... i stopped reading for almost 6 years because of an incident with an ex-boss before which i allowed to affect me (yeah, loser over here! hehe)... but now that i got the groove back, will definitely not let anything stop me again. 
When reading a book you never know where the journey will take you. (Photo & words from The Book Connections)

...and just because i love to blog and create lists, let me have this little space for the books that i've read, watched the movie version, started but didn't get to finish yet, and those i wish to cover. this will be a dynamic blogpost since i will be updating this list for read books (specially since i can not remember some books iv read already), additions to the list and whatever... :-) 

Read
1) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee  
2) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

3) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
5) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
6) Things Fall apart - Chinua Achebe 
7) The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles) - Anne Rice
8) Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles) - Anne Rice
9) Memnoch the Devil (Vampire Chronicles) - Anne Rice
10) Servant of the Bones - Anne Rice


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga's MRI & Digital Mammo Machines

first day of "ber" season and all of us in Ciudad Medical Zamboanga are excited for the launch of 2 new machines to serve Region 9! :-) these are top of the line... those needing to be scanned with Mammo and MRI need not go to Manila or Cebu! 

(hehe this post sounds like a paid ad but its not... im just excited for the 2 launch in the next 2months! and im excited dahil lumilevel up na ang healthcare services dito sa Zamboanga!)



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

5 blogs i regularly read

i decided to finally join in BC Bloggers' Meme... mainly because it's easy to create the post for this week's topic because i don't need to dig for some photos, which i don't have the time now... :-)

anyways, here's 5 blogs i regularly stalk! haha! they're good mood uppers! my happy blogs actually... :-)

1) Color Me Katie - trust me, you'll get hooked with her blog too! it's very much original and fun and happy and sooo positive! :-)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

my boy lollipop!

well, another proud mommy moment for me... hehehe  not really because he's eating lollipop now, but because he figured out on his own what to do with it after his daddy lolo handed him an unwrapped lollipop... 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY’S ROCKIN’ ROAD SHOW


now here's a show that i really really wish I can take my boy to... he'll definitely love all the characters kasi right now he's loving anything with a face... :-) well, fingers-crossed i hope i'll be able to get us plane tix on sale soon... :D

please read on.... and please take your babies there! :-)

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DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY’S ROCKIN’ ROAD SHOW STARS MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS IN HILARIOUS, HIGH-ENERGY ADVENTURE

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, Feld Entertainment’s all-new live stage production starring Mickey Mouse in a fun-filled road trip and talent search adventure, performs at Smart Araneta Coliseum from September 15 to 15, 2012!  Spotlighting favorite Disney characters such as the ever-lovable Tigger; Cinderella and her comical stepsisters; and Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story; Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show unfolds through an original, laugh-out-loud storyline that whisks audiences away on a wacky journey.


Produced by Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, the show revolves around a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable road trip as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald spontaneously attempt to round up amazing acts for their talent show. Thanks to Mickey’s fantastical bus, they are able to soar over mountains and plunge underwater to complete their search for performers. Through the incorporation of a giant video screen and multiple scenic projection panels, audiences are able to enjoy a truly visual experience as the scenic backdrop takes them through country hillsides, a cactus-filled desert, a royal village and other picturesque locales.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

my fave prenup photos namin

i was cleaning up some folders and found these photos again after more than a year... wasn't able to blog this pala... :-) so for no occasion at all, i just want to have these photos here in my blog... :-)

we've known each other since highschool so it was not difficult at all to decide what our prenup photos' theme would be... although we just met the 2 Cworks photog who came that day (Francis and Cecille) and although it was kinda awkward to make silly poses in front of people you just met, i'm glad the shoot still turned out fun and the photos we produced simply got the light and fun feel that i have in mind... :-) 

Monday, July 16, 2012

sunshine you are my sunshine!

this post is a bit late already... this "sunshine you are my sunshine" song was a major hit to our baby some 2weeks ago pa... but since our jam sessions happen almost everyday now, singing anything from "twinkle twinkle little star" to "ten little indians/paopao" to "sampung palaka" with the little guitar given by tita lelang, i would like all that to have a little documentation here... :D


his fascination with guitars can be traced to as far back as his first day in the house... i think his inexperienced sight noticed the only thing hanging in our bedroom wall...everytime he looks at that wall with the guitar he never fails to show some reaction. his daddy plays it for him and he would just stare at his strumming... he also had some good 30min guitar session with tito lian some months ago... he just stare at the guitar while he played it.... so thank you tita leila (and your friend) for letting me have my own guitar!!!



fave song for the now... :-)





Thursday, July 12, 2012

happy that babyboo's loving books too!

i've been building up a stash of children's books (mostly pre-loved) for my boy hoping that he too would learn to love books... and feel that it can take you to different places and time too! :-) despite all the digi-books, i still love the feel of real pages flipped and the smell of aging paper just enhances imagination further (adik ba? hehehe)

we were occasionally reading books to him and he would always end up not really listening but grabbing the book and wanting to flip the pages on his own (which he still unable to...) kaya last night was really a 'mommy's-teary-eyed-sa-tuwa-dahil-baby-made-her-proud' moment when he grabbed a book and gestured that he'd be seated on my lap and we'll read the book together without the grabbing... :-) 

i posted this in my FB account:
"proud sweet paomoment tonight... part of his pre-bedtime routine is to pull out all his books and flashcards and create a mess on the floor.... but tonight, after creating the mess, he picked The Three Billy Goats Gruff and asked to be seated on my lap... i read him the book and for the first time he was not trying to grab it from me, he just sat there and listen and touch the photos... :D may kasama pang tawa na kakaiba hehehe :-) ♥♥♥"

just an old reading/book-grabbing session photo kasi my camera was not within reach during last night's happy reading session.... :-)

kusina xprmnt: cabbage-okra medley

here's a simple recipe i learned from a former officemate... it's soooo simple anybody can whip this up... but if you're into okra you might not be able to appreciate this... this is definitely going to be part of my diet plan... cheap, easy, and filling.. :-)

some nutrition facts for the ingredients (trying to convince myself cabbage is nutrients-filled hehe):



here's how simple this recipe is

Ingredients:
1 cabbage
7pcs okra
1 red onion
1 teaspoon olive oil

1) cut the onion, cabbage and okra as shown in the picture.
2) saute the onion until it looks caramelized. 
3) add in the cabbage and okra. continue stirring until cooked.

Remember: DO NOT PUT SALT, PEPPER or ANYTHING ELSE. the combination of the natural taste of the onion, cabbage and okra will give this medley the kick! :D


by the way, got this recipe from Ezra who also got the idea from Ray Labay. :-) thanks you guys! miss ya much!




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