December 12, 2014

On Top of The World

It was such a great experience to do things you have never done, or thought you would ever do, Thanks to work, I was able to have dinner at 71 Gramercy, and have a photo taken with one of the greatest entrepreneur in the country.
Yes, I had a photo taken with Mr. John L. Gokongwei, Jr. The Founder and Chairman Emeritus of JG Summit.  It was such an honor! I wish I have even a little of his courage to start my own business someday.

November 20, 2014

Top 3!

Last night, we had a small celebration at home because Danniel and Ishi are both Top 3 in their class! They were  both Top 4 last quarter wso this was indeed a double celebration. What a joy to see my kids excel in their class. Kanino kaya nagmana? Ahem.

November 12, 2014

Fat, I am.

I randomly clicked on 2 pictures on my tablet and what do you know, they are photos of food! Yep, I mostly take photos of what I eat nd looking at the photos, it is no wonder that I am fat!
A chocolate fountain take-out ( uhu, that's how its done in my house, hahahaha) is so blatantly unhealthy at my age and family medical history but that does not stop me, at all!

And do not be fooled with the salad plate above: it was my plate #4 at Dad's World Buffet! 

Oh well, they say that people who loves to eat are the happiest people so there is that! I may be fat but at least I will die happy, heheheh!

October 12, 2014

Little By Little Day 6: Family Time

Spend more time with my family. Quality time.  Not when I am tired from work, or tired from school.  But to be there both in body and mind, not hooked on my tablet or phone.  Hugs, cuddles and kisses.  These are the reasons why I work and study hard: to give happiness to my family.  And I can have it now too.  I just need to be a little more present.

October 11, 2014

Little By Little Day 5: Love Your Body

Accept your body, but don't ignore your health.  While I want to be thin, I must not lose hope when I don't get that even when I go to the gym everyday.  I might not be thin, but at least, I am fit. And I may still get thin someday, I won't lose hope.  I tend to be discouraged when I don't see the physical results, but I must remind myself that its the fitness not the thinness that counts!

October 10, 2014

Little By Little Day 4: Be Kind

I am not kind. But I will try to be kind, most especially when I don't feel like being kind.  I know I can be kind when I am aware of it.  But during those times when I don't think about it, I don't think I am kind.  I am a little harsh, a little frank and a little abrasive. This must change. 

October 9, 2014

Little By Little Day 3: I am Good Enough

You know what, I should also know my self-worth. Some people makes me feel inadequate.  So I think I should always tell myself I am good enough. Sometimes, I need to be reminded of that.

October 8, 2014

Little by Little Day 2: Say Something Good or Nothing

One of my problems is that I am quick to criticize.  I know its bad and that I should always focus on the good things first before opening my mouth and saying something that usually is a criticism.  So what I vow to do, is to try and just shut up when I can't find something good to say. 

October 2, 2014

Little by Little: Day 1: Patience

Today, I examined myself and realized that I am not a very patient person.  I always want things right away.  In restaurants, I want my order to appear right away.  When I call my son, I want him to drop whatever it is doing and come to me.  When I talk to people on the phone, I want them to reply right away.  Same when I do email correspondences.  So now, I will try to have a little more patience, and realize that people are doing their best, and their time is important too.

Little By Little in 31 Days: A 31 Days Writing Challenge

I chanced upon from and decided to join the online writing challenge for 31 days.  So, I picked one topic and vow to write about it everyday.  My chosen topic is about inspiration and I call it Little by Little in 31 days.  Basically, it will be about small things that I will try to change in myself, until I become a better person.  It's actually hard because then, I would have to look at myself and my faults, and try and change them.  I hope I can do it too! 
This picture was taken last year when I climbed a mountain called Pico de Loro or Parrot's Beak.  It really tested me, and I even climbed that huge monolith behind even as I was really afraid.  I used this photo to illustrate how even little things can make us move mountains, where in this case, the mountain are my bad habits. 

So goodluck to me!

October 1, 2014

Regrets, I Have A Few

Here are my what-ifs:
1. What if I took Engineering instead of Business Administration in college? I was qualified for the former, but was influenced to take up the latter.  Hmm, what would have happened to my career?
2. What if I knew about the UPCAT back then? Would I have qualified?
3. What if I knew about the PMA? Would I have made it?
4. What if I didn't get pregnant right after college? Would I have made better choices? 
5. What if I knew about scholarships abroad then? Would I have qualified?

If I knew then, what I know now, then I would probably have taken up either Engineering or Accountancy.  I would have tried to get into UP, or at the PMA Academy.  Then after college, I would have tried to apply for one of those scholarships abroad and further my studies.

But you know what, I can easily let go of those what-ifs, knowing that the choices I made then resulted in me having three great kids, and this life.  It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse too.

So yeah, I have a few regrets, but as they say, too few to mention. How about you? 

September 30, 2014

Wish List

Christmas is just around the corner, approximately 85 days and it will be upon us.  And I am making a list.  It's okay to be selfish sometimes so all of the items on this list is just for me.

  1. A Kindle. Yes, mine was stolen and I really would rather read books on a Kindle than on my Samsung tablet or IPhone.
  2. A running shoes. Any brand will do.
  3. A pair of jeans.  The last time I bought for myself was 2 years ago.
  4. Sunnies. Any brand will do.I want a branded durable one so that I dont have to buy a new cheap one everytime.
What a short list, hahaha.  I think that is just what I want right now for myself.  But if I were to make a list of things I want for my family, then its going to be a long list indeed.

September 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ehms!

A sister from another mother, bestfriend for life: that is Ehms to me.  She is one of the two best friends that I have, which is more than one can ask for in this life.  Happy (belated) birthday, Ehms! And thank you for being a true friend on land, on sea, on top of a mountain, in and out of the Philippines; in sickness and beautification, and in all things secret.  Who would have thought I would find a true friend in you 21 years ago that first day in college? Ayan, nabisto na age mo! Thank you sa dessert!

September 3, 2014

My Mom's First Massage Experience at Rilassante Spa

My mom told me she have never had a massage in her entire life! I was actually surprised to hear it so I vowed to correct the injustice.  I took her to Rilassante Spa, one of my favorites, and had her try their Shiatsu massage with hot stones.  She super loved it!  I accompanied her to the room until she had lain down. and then she came out an hour after all sleepy and super relaxed.  We vowed to do it more often!

September 1, 2014

Kikay Bonding

This is something that I will have with my daughter, these kikay bonding moments.  Last Sunday, after our Ace Water Spa day, we went to have her hair treated (hot oil) and me for my pedicure.  We were smiling to each other silly at it.  I know that I need to treasure these moments with her, as she is growing up really fast! Simple joys!

August 29, 2014

Why Do I Travel?

I was just thinking about this yesterday: why do I love to travel? Why do I get so excited at the prospect of going to a new place, visiting the best they have to offer, eating their food, even when I am almost always only on a budget?  Do I need to travel to escape my dreary life, and maybe lull my self to think that my life is exciting? Truth be told, I don't know. What I know is this: I will travel as much as I can, because if not now, then when?

August 28, 2014

Filipiniana Costumes

Today is culminating day for the celebration of Buwan ng Wika at my kid's school and they had to come to school wearing Filipiniana costumes, and bring Filipino food.  They wore the above costumes, and brought Biko and Kutsinta.  I just hope that the school teaches them that Filipino pride is more than just wearing the clothes and eating the food, but its a good start.

The baro at saya costume was borrowed from their cousin who used during a school dance, and the magsasaka costume was recycled from one of their school presentations.

August 20, 2014

What's in my mind...

If you can read my mind (but I cannot imagine why you would want to) here is what's going on in it right now:
1. What is that ice bucket challenge where they dump cold water on your head for charity? I really don't want to know. But why dump water on your head? Why not just give to charity?
2. I love Spotify. 
3. I wish I love writing my school papers as much as I love writing in my blog (where nobody is bound to read it).  Then I wouldn't have to worry about deadlines.
4. Sometimes, you just want to curl up and read a good book.
5. Why can't my husband understand when I say that I need to go up a mountain? It's the same way that he feels when he wants to grab a couple of beers!

6. I wish exercise is as easy as eating.  And I wish that when I realize I lose a pound, it does not mean I can eat a burger, after dinner!
7. I do not like to think about Jovito Palparan. Two mothers are there without their children and some people are calling Palparan a hero? I will stop just right here.  I really do not want to talk about him!

8.  We pay 32% in tax and yet when it rains, we are flooded.  I am okay with paying taxes as long as basic services are delivered.  But what the hell are we getting for giving the government our money?
9. I wish some people would read To Kill a Mockingbird.
10. I wish I have money right now to bring my family out of town for the long weekend.  But I don't, so we will most probably just stay home. Bummer.

There are more things going on in my head, but I have to go now and write those papers!

August 18, 2014

How To Make Graham Balls

So I saw a post on Facebook about Graham balls and it said making it was so easy, I decided there and then to buy the ingredients and have my kids make it.  So the ingredients are a can condensed milk, a pack of marshmallows and graham crackers.  This is where I went wrong!  I should have bought crushed Graham and not the crackers so we wouldn't have a hard time crushing the cracker! And then my second mistake, I poured all contents of the can of condensed milk, and realized too late that I put too much! So it was so mushy we had a hard time forming it into a ball.  But the kids had a blast, and that's all that matter!
The happy kiddos, who are scooping the mixture to their mouths when I wasn't looking, had a blast.  And they want to try again.
I guess we will have to try again until its perfect, right? 

July 21, 2014

Wealthy Beyond Compare!

I only need a few things in my life: a roof over my head, food on the table, and the smiles of my kids, and I am all set.  With their smiles and our family being complete and happy, then I am wealthy! I may not be financially wealthy, but money is overrated.  What we all need is family and love, and I am thankful everyday for it!

June 27, 2014

They Grow Up Too Fast!

The photo on the left are just some of their ID pictures taken for school purposes, and here they are now last summer.  They grow up too fast! My first born is now in college, Danniel is now in Grade 6 and my little girl is now in Grade 4.  I know they won't be babies forever, but they will always be my baby.  I love it that they still cuddle with me and give me sweet kisses before going to school or to bed.  I know enough to enjoy and savor it because I know they will grow old soon. Hay, the perks and pains of motherhood. And I will give up anything just for these wonderful kids!

June 20, 2014


I saw this quote on Instagram and just had to share it, simply because this is so true for me.  I really love budget traveling, and sometimes, I really do not worry about money.  Instead of putting it on my savings, I would rather spend it for travel.  At least when I am old, I would lots of memories to last me my twilight years!

June 19, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Jose Rizal!

I wish that our youth continue to know about your story and emulate you.  They are, after all, the future of our nation!

May 30, 2014

Making Kids Drink Tablet Medicine

His face while looking at the crushed medicine on a shot glass

My kid just had his circumcision and he has to take an antibiotic for one week, and pain killer as needed. The pain killer is in capsule form so I just take the powder out, put it on a spoon, and add add a little water so he can drink it in liquid form.  The tablet which is as big as a capsule is a different matter all-together.  On the first day, since he is already 11, turning 12 this year, I told him to try and swallow the tablet.  He couldn't! He ended up gagging it, making me so irritated! So what we did, and what we are doing up to now, is to crush the tablet using a long-nose plier, then we put it in a shot glass with a little water so he can just drink it.  And yet, he still takes forever to drink it! Then we had to wash the shot glass with more water until it is clean, and he would have to drink it each time.  It is tedious, but still, it gets the work done. My friend told me to try using a banana and to insert the tablet inside but I know that it won't work.  He takes forever to chew his food, and he can detect onions to spit it out so I know this won't work.  Good thing we only have to do this 2x a day! Unfortunately, making him drink his meds every morning has made me late for work the whole week. Ugh.

April 14, 2014

Fruits of Summer

There are some fruits that really reminds me of my childhood and 2 of them are here: star apple which my husband brought home, and the sampaloc which we picked on the way up to Mt. Gulugod Baboy. When I was a kid, summer vacation means having enough time to go up a tree to get these fruit, including duhat, sinegwalas, mangga, kasoy and a whole bunch of other fruits. I wish my kids can have these memories as well, and not just of summer spent at home, playing with their handhelds.

April 10, 2014

Fasting for Lent

I am on a no-meat diet for Lent, and thankfully I am surviving! When I attended a luncheon in Makati last Monday, the food was great, and perfect for me.  They served fillet of atlantic cod and it was great! For dessert, they served this pudding of some sort that looked too good to eat! I posted these photos on IG, loving the perks of my job! 

March 31, 2014

A Halo-Halo Kind of Day!

It is a hot 32 degrees in Metro Manila right now and if you ask me, its just the perfect day for a halo-halo. And if its halo-halo, Razon's is one of the best. With only ice, milk and leche flan, I still cannot imagine how it can be that good. But anyway, let us just sit back, relax and enjoy this little respite from this heat!

March 19, 2014

PUPCET 2014 Results: Waiting Game

My son is one of the thousands of graduating high school students who took the PUPCET, in the hopes of qualifying to one of the country's top universities, and the only one with the cheapest tuition fee. And I am one of the thousands waiting, together with the parents, for the results of the exams to come out.  I wish it is March 24 already! My son will be celebrating his birthday on March 25th and he will have his graduation on the 27th, and I pray fervently that it will be a triple celebration.  I am looking at the PUP Website daily since Monday, in the hopes that I can will my son to pass.  So good luck to all of us who are in this waiting game together!

I will post the link to the results here once I see them! Goodluck!

March 13, 2014

My Budding Artist!

Another artwork by my daughter one school night.  She was doing this instead of answering her  Math and Sibiki homework. Hay, I now know what she loves most! I hope I can find more ways to encourage her in this passion!

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am not a chocolate and flower kind of girl, even when my husband and I were still dating.  I am more practical, hoping to get a rice cooker or an electric fan which lasts longer that flowers, and are more useful too! But I also gets tickled getting flowers like the one he recently gave me after a huge fight!  And though we are low on budget (read: very low) he still gave me this cute heart this morning, and sheepishly greeted me a Happy Valentine's Day with a kiss and a warm hug. It really does to a girl's heart to know that she is loved!

I wish that ladies out there also find the one that will complete their lives, not because she is incomplete, but because she never knew she was until he came!  Happy Heart's Day everyone!

January 21, 2014

My Little Artist

For a school project, my daughter drew this dream house. And I just had to sure it because I love how colorful and pretty it is! She gives lots of attention to the details, and her color compliment each other. And the cute smiling sun is just an extra bonus. Yup, she is my little artist!

January 20, 2014

January 15, 2014

Revisiting my 100 Memories

Pico De Loro
I am just writing an update on my bucket list. And writing some more.

1. Visit my relatives in Catarman, Samar.
2. Travel outside of the country.-DONE and doing it again!
3. Travel to Sagada.
4. Buy my first DSLR.
6. Receive a paycheck without any loan deduction.
10. Ride a roller coaster. Done at Star City last November 2013!
13. Publish a book, or a collection of my blog posts.
14. Get married in church, or by the beach or in a garden.
15. Get a tattoo. Permanent. Done and have since got 2 more, and is probably getting some more this year.
16. Go to Hong Kong Disneyland.
17. Buy a set of jewelries. Done but still want to buy some more.
18. Build the second floor of our house.
19. Pay-off the housing loan.
20. Lose 10 lbs before my birthday.
22. See the Banaue Rice Terraces.
23. Learn how to dance. Am doing Zumba but still cant dance to save my life :p
24. Try helmet diving.
25. Experience bungee jumping. Or maybe not, ha ha.
26. Try para-sailing.
27. Have braces for my overbite.
28. Learn how to swear in 5 languages. But not use it.
30. Wear a dress to work.
31. Ride an ATV.
32. Ride atop a jeepney.
33. Go back to school. Doing! Currently on my second semester.
34. Try Yoga.
35. Dance Zumba!
36. Go on a trip alone.
37. Try belly dancing.
38. Buy a kindle. Bought one and lost one. Hmm, will buy again.
39. Gaze at a sunrise atop Mt. Pulag.
40. Get drunk on a beach.
41. Drive to work. Done! But with my husband beside me. Must qualify this to drive alone to work, hehe.
42. Speak in an assembly.
43. Win in an online contest. Done!
44. Get promoted at work. Done and hope to have another promotion soon!
45. Wear colored contact lens.
46. Buy one designer bag. Or gifted, in this case.
47. Go on a retreat.
48. Visit a province on a whim.
49. Go on a buffet treat with the whole family.
50. Run a half-marathon.

Hmm, will add more soon!