Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Long Weekend

We started our long weekend last August 27 by celebrating the birthday of my sister-in-law (her actual birthday is August 28). We ate at CERCHiO in Tomas Morato. The food was yummy and the place was nice. Unfortunately, my husband was not able to join us since he was coming from Bicol that night.

August 28, Saturday, Antonio did not have Kindermusik. So we just stayed at home the whole morning and afternoon. My husband was not able to report for work since he was so tired of his travel. We just heard mass in the evening.

August 29, Sunday, we visited my husband's dad and Teia, the baby sister of my husband. Oh she was so cutee and so chubby! My father-in-law was telling Arch that Teia has friends in the neighborhood and my father-in-law mentioned a boy's name. Arch blurted out - "lalaki yun ah!" I laughed at him and said - "ang protective naman ni kuya...haha!"

August 30, Monday, we went to Megamall. We ate at Bigby's. The food was so-so. We bought toys for the little one - drums and xylophone since he loves music! =) We also bought shoes for him at Payless Shoe Source. Oh my, I miss PSS in the US. When I was traveling in the US before, I always buy shoes from them...I got good deals since I have sizes in the children's section so it was much cheaper! Hehe! After Megamall, we just dropped off Antonio at home and we went to Ahavia again! I know, I mentioned in my previous post, that we will have a massage every other month...Haha! We went back after 3 weeks =) I tried the Oriental Ritual and my husband tried the Anti-Stress Thermal Therapy. After the spa, we went to Cherry for our weekly grocery.

Looking forward to the next long weekend! Kailangan kaya yun?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

happy thoughts please

I am deeply disturbed and depressed with has happened to us...to the point that i was not able to sleep well for the past 2 nights. I do not even want to read the status messages of my fb friends...so much negativity! 

Since yesterday, I have been thinking of happy thoughts...good thing Venus Raj was in the top 5, so there is something to celebrate. But then, some were not happy about it. Oh c'mon, di ba kayo pwedeng maging happy for her or us? Yes, nakakapanghinayang, but still, we should be happy diba? =)

this morning, i saw this video from Chuvaness.com and it really made my day! =D sana maging happy tayo like them! =)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Favorites - TV Network

Ahhhh, another showbiz post! 

My favorite TV Network is ABS-CBN. But I am not hard-core ha like my brothers who do not watch ABS. I watch naman some of the shows in Channel 7 and I do not like some shows of Channel 2 like Wowowee or Pilipinas Win na Win. But I prefer Channel 2 primarily because of my crushes - Papa Piolo, Enchong Dee, and John Lloyd! Hay gwapo gwapo gwapo!

I wish I could see Piolo or Enchong in person! =) We saw John Lloyd before and believe it or not, we saw him (and Liz Uy) in El Nido...during our honeymoon! Haha! I have a picture with him on the background, but I will not post it na lang, baka di pwede! =D

Happy 21 months!

yes, we still buy a cake every 16th of the month! =p

Antonio's milestones:
  • Can say:
    • “see you!”
    • “hayu” for where are you?,
    • Nana for his Ninang Anna
    • Rose for his Ate Rose
    • Cog for dog
    • kult for yakult
    • kok for cold or Coke
    • No (when Diego or Dora is asking – Is this the __? He will answer No)
    • crok for cockroach
    • Down
  • My sister in law informed us that Antonio said “its okay” one time, though we have not heard it again.
  • Knows where his shoulders are
  • Knows the following shapes – circle, square, triangle
  • When you say make a circle, his arms will do a circular motion
  • Knows the actions for hammer, saw
  • He knows slow footsteps and fast footsteps
  • Hums a few notes of the Backyardigans theme song
  • Loves to play with his buckets as if they are drums

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bridal March

This is a showbiz post...haha!

Last night, I heard in the news that in case Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez will ask Ryan Cayabyab to have a song made for Regine's bridal march, Mr. C has already created a new arrangement for the song - Iniibig Kita. Waaah! I am so jealous! I so love that song! I wanted that to be my bridal march but that song was not included in the repertoire of the band we got. So if we will request that song, we have to pay them...since we do not want to pay extra just for a song, we just chose another one. Also, I believe the song will be given justice if the Madrigal Singers will sing it...haha! I think I am just giving excuses here.

But please do not get me wrong, I also loved and still loving my bridal march song (When God Made You), but the Iniibig Kita song has more umppph and has more drama. And whenever I hear that song, I feel kilig =)

Here are the lyrics of the song. Or you may also listen it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lscPTTMtWuc

Kulang ang araw at gabi 'pag kita'y kapiling.
Kahit ang bukas ay di rin sapat upang mamasdan lamang kita.
Labis kitang minamahal, pag-ibig ko'y walang kapantay.
Kung kaya ko lang abutin ang mga bituin t'yak ito'y gagawin.

Malaman mo lang wala nang ibang mas hihigit pa sa pag-ibig ko sa 'yo.
Walang ibang nagmamahal ng tulad ko sana'y paniwalaan mo.
Iniibig kita.

Kulang ang araw at gabi 'pag kita'y kapiling.
Kahit ang bukas ay di rin sapat upang mamasdan lamang kita.
Labis kitang minamahal, pag-ibig ko'y walang kapantay.
Kung kaya ko lang abutin ang mga bituin t'yak ito'y gagawin.

Malaman mo lang wala nang ibang mas hihigit pa sa pag-ibig ko sa 'yo.
Walang ibang nagmamahal ng tulad ko sana'y paniwalaan mo.
Iniibig kita. Iniibig kita. Iniibig kita. Iniibig kita. Iniibig kita.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Smell of Christmas

Whenever I tell people that I can smell Christmas, they give me a you-are-so-weird look! Haha! But I am teling the truth, I really can smell Christmas..however, if you ask me to describe it, I cannot! Sorry! Basta, I know that is the Christmas smell! Haha!

I still cannot smell it now because it is too early...but 2 weeks ago, my heart jumped a bit because of excitement. I realized that Christmas is so near na! =) I think it is time to start doing my Christmas list =D Woohoooo!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cookbook Kitchen

Days before our 6th anniversary pre-date, I was thinking of what would be our itinerary for the day. Will it be mass-dinner-spa or spa-mass-dinner? First option was okay since after spa, we will just go home and sleep =) Second option was also okay since we want to have dinner date without being 'harassed' to eat faster (because when we usually go out, we bring Antonio with us. Thus, we should eat and finish our food fast because the little boy will get bored and will want to explore the place). Since we want to have a real "date", we chose option 2 =)

After our spa at Ahavia Lounge Spa and hearing mass last August 7, we went to Cookbook Kitchen for dinner. Good thing we were early since almost all of the tables had been reserved already. We heard and read a lot of good feedback about the place even before but it was only that time we decided to try it out...and the reviews and raves were true!=) We ordered parmesan crusted white fish and porkchops with honey mustard! Yummy yum yum! =)

 We heard people from the other table praising these 2 dishes - adobo pasta and vigan longganisa pasta (or something to that effect)! So when we go back, we will order those! =D 

Cookbook Kitchen is located at 8 Socorro Fernandez St., corner Luna Mencias St. (near Shaw Blvd),
Mandaluyong City.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Spa Experience

Ever since we became "us", we have been to 5 different spas pa lang. First was in Nurture Spa in Tagaytay. We celebrated our first anniversary there last August 8, 2005 =) The massage was heavenly! Among the spas that we have tried, this tops the list! =) Super sarap!

Our second spa experience was in Suriya Spa at Crowne Plaza Hotel, the day before our wedding. Okay din. We really needed that para relaxed kami when we walk down the aisle. Haha! Third was in El Nido during our honeymoon, which was 2 weeks after our wedding! We enjoyed the massage but maybe because of the ambiance...kasi naman by the beach! =)

Fourth was in Island Spa at Jupiter Street, Makati. Okay sana yung massage but the masahistas were madaldal all through out! Haha! And may tv sa loob ng room, and Wowowee was on. Haha! Labo! Buti na lang mura! =) Then the fifth one was at the Spa in Fort. We went there last Feb 2008 to celebrate our first V-day as husband and wife...after that, nabuntis na ako! =) Siguro yun lang ang kailangan! =) Anyway, the massage was okay din naman...pero nothing extraordinary! I cannot remember it na nga e! Haha!

My husband and I rarely go out on dates na...so, I decided to treat him to a spa and dinner. Since we were celebrating our 6th anniversary as bf/gf on Aug 8, we went to Ahavia Spa a day before that.

I am not sure when Ahavia Spa opened. But when we started living (*again for my husband since he was a resident of San Juan since he was in elementary) here in San Juan in 2008, Ahavia is there already. And it is only now that we have tried their services. Hehe! To think it is just a minute drive from where we are currently living.

We tried the Ahavia Signature Massage as recommended by my sister in law. And it did not disappoint. For its price, it was really worth it. My husband and I are thinking of going back, maybe every other month just to de-stress! It would be nicer if every month, but we should be in tipid-mode! =D

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit thou who make me see
everything and show me the way
to reach my ideal. You who give
me the divine gift to forgive, and
forget the wrong that is done to me
and who are in all instances of my
life with me. I, in this short dialogue,
want to thank You for everything
and confirm once more that I never
want to be separated from You, no
matter how great the material
desires may be. I want to be with
You and my loved ones in Your
Perpetual Glory, Amen.

Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days. After 3 days the favor
requested will be granted even though it may appear difficult.
This prayer must be published immediately after the favor is
granted w/o mentioning the favor.

**For the past few days, I have been afraid...then I prayed this again starting last Sunday (I think the last time I really prayed this was 2008 and God has answered my prayer) until early this morning...by mid-morning, my prayer have been answered! =)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy Breastfeeding Month!

When I learned that I was pregnant, I armed myself with pregnant and mommy do’s and don’ts by reading articles in the net, personal encounters of n@wies, stories from blogs, etc. Through those stories, I was able to psych myself to breastfeed. I was really keen on breastfeeding our child, that I bought an electric breastpump even though it was way out of budget. Hehe!

I was not able to direct feed our son right after giving birth because I have inverted nipples and no milk was coming out then. So we had to give him formula. So I was psyched to breastfeed but I was not confident enough (lalo na to breastfeed in the mall, etc). Haha! I think a week after giving birth, I was crying when my son latches. The pain was really excruciating that I wanted to throw my son every time…and not only did I experience cracked nipples but my gosh, when my breasts were engorged…it was really ouchy! Ahuhuhu!

Thinking about it now, a year and 8 months of breastfeeding my son, I cannot recall why I chose to breastfeed or to stick with it. That even though my son was mixed fed ever since, I did not give up totally. I tell you, it was not easy, it was such a hassle, and it was painful! Hassle because when I was still working, I had to bring a lot of stuff in the office. My officemates often tell me that I am like an Avon Lady! And daming bitbit palagi! Also, I did not only feel physical pain but I was also emotionally hurting ha. Naaawa na nga ako sa sarili ko…tapos makakarinig pa ako na “gutom pa ata, tubig lang naman yan” Huwatt??

But after all those not-so-nice-memories I have experienced, if I will be given a chance to go back to the time that I gave birth, I will DEFINITELY still breastfeed my son! Siguro baka fully breastfed na sya! =) If you ask me why, I really do not know. I know I am giving my son the ultimate (sa aking pananaw lang po) nutrients , I know super nakatipid kami, I know the bonding time we are having is irreplaceable…pero it is beyond that that I cannot fully explain. Basta I know I am doing the right thing and I am happy. Period. =)

To those who have breastfed and are breastfeeding, kudos to you! =) To the soon-to-be-moms, please please try your best to breastfeed. There are a lot of breastfeeding resources in the internet, a number of lactation consultants here in the Philippines, and helpful mommies from n@w. And please do not mind the sakit...the sakit will not be even equal to 1% of labor pains or CS pains! =)