Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Weeks That Were

Forewarn: There's no photos ahead. It's all words. So I hope you bear with me as I was just unloading baggage to release me and make me feel better. Nevertheless, it's not an intention on the other hand to pass it on to you as I don't wish you feel the same way as I do.

I'm all out of words, nothing to say. But my mind is full of stories to tell and concerns to address. I'm full packed now. Maybe I'm just all too stressed out thinking on things that I have in mind. I'm making paramdam here because it's almost 1 month after my last blog post. But I am grateful and thankful to those who stumble across my blog and patiently and took their time reading it. I know there are people reading here because of my ranking that is actively moving in numbers. Yehey to that!

Okay what keeps me busy from the past few weeks? Let me enumerate it because I too lost track. More than two weeks ago, both my kids were down with flu and hit with fever. My 3 year old's temperature went up to 40. I got scared. I brought them to their Pedia and antibiotics were prescribed. Oh gosh! The thought of that makes me weak. For one, my kids and I have a hate-relationship especially the youngest whenever taking in antibiotics. She dislike its pungent taste (yes, I tasted it) and in full force, with all our joined forces, we really and literally hold her like someone has to hold her feet, her hands and her head just to give her that 5ml dose otherwise she wouldn't take it or worst spit it. I couldn't afford to see my kids fighting with all their might, screaming and struggling for a dose of that medicine. It's not only stressful to us but more so to the kids. Second, antibiotics are expensive prescribed drugs and it's the last thing I would want them to ingest in their system. Besides that, I noticed from my youngest daughter rashes from her legs spreading to the body and arms which became more profound and itchy, to which the doctor told us is just heat rashes. I never mind for the first three days of medication thinking that the antibiotics he gave to my daughter is not only for the phlegm but for the skin infection/rashes (I read in the leaflet of the medicine) she had. I thought it may be the effect that the rashes gradually is coming out and because of the heat. On the 8th day, I sensed that it is not already the normal rashes though she don't have fever anymore. It's more bigger, itchy and red. So I went back to the doctor and blurted out measles! I got worried right away because she already had contact with my eldest daughter and what if she might get the virus? Luckily and thank God I can see no signs of rashes from Mariella since then. So I packed the things of my dear one and send her for the meantime in my parental's house in order not to pass on infection to the sister. We're missing her already. It's been a week of not seeing her and only talk to her daily through the phone as I speak. 

Another thing that keeps my motherhood so alive in between those happenings is I crammed for my eldest daughter's projects in school. Create an Alphabet book and using recyclable materials, make an illustration of a human body parts. After all the sleepless nights and the worries, I still manage to think of it overnight to be submitted on the next day which is 2 days late already. During the medication of Mariella, I didn't send her to school so not to infect her classmates thus the delay of her project's submission. The pictures of the Alphabet Book, I slowly collected it days before. But finishing everything was done overnight. Then there were school requirements to be bought for their 2nd Annual Family Day at school which was held last Sunday which was a whole day event and this week is there examination. I thank God still because it was a long weekend where I got to take time and rest a bit.

Have you guys watched the movie 'The Love Affair'? I am in awe of Dawn Zulueta's timeless and ageless beauty. Richard Gomez charisma is still undoubtedly remained despite her age. Kinikilig ako sa kanilang dalawa ni Dawn in the roles they played. And Bea Alonzo, very beautiful, fresh and she's very flawless. I was affected by the story because I can relate to it and it brought back bitter memories. I watched the movie together with my husband and I don't know what effect it had on him. But I'm certain that he can relate to it as well. No discussions done after because my eyes are all red when I came out of the cinema. My eldest daughter asked after if I cried. Of course, I couldn't lie because it's all over my face. We just laughed it off!

I'm not yet through. Work-wise it's manageable and it helps that my boss is very considerate. But what pisses me off are  people who are taking advantage of the opportunity that their favors are granted almost all the time and that they couldn't help asking for more. They are not yet satisfied of the help they are getting and I feel that they are making that generous person like a milking cow for their own needs. I know for a fact what they are asking help for because I'm also a mother. But I hope they should find a long term means to support the needs of the family and not to always ask money for whatever it is to other people on a regular basis. I don't know if they know what shame and gratitude is. They are not ill or disabled people who cannot find ways to sustain the needs of their family. And to think even their family in their own blood had already said to ignore them. 'Nuff said.

I feel that my PMS is somewhere down the road. Even a little detail affect my emotions. Recently, I posted something in a social media for my loved ones to see but it was nowhere to be found. It was deleted. Even if I don't want to feel anything for it, I felt hurt. I prayed that my hurt will just let go because it's not really a big deal after all. But I don't know. I felt a pinch in my heart. I got affected.

To end, I want to do many things to erase all these challenges that came my way lately. I'm thinking of pampering myself with facial and body massage, going to a retreat to embrace myself and meeting people who can be an inspiration for my everyday living, making memories with my family like going somewhere and doing the unusual stuff.

Thank you God for making my life not dull. I am not asking you to get rid of those unpleasant instances but I am asking for enough strength, wisdom, patience and heart to do all the things you let me encounter in this lifetime of mine. Everything that I have now -good, even the not so one- I thank you for I know you are molding me to be a person for others.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Women Can't Have Enough…

I finish the title phrase by saying shoes and shopping! I'm sure the rest of the women couldn't agree more should I say. Some women would add up clothes, bags, make-up in the long list of can't-have-enoughs. But I prefer shoes more, apart from home and kitchen furnishings and kid's stuff.

Last night, I took the opportunity to go "malling" in Abreeza while the hubby have something important meetings to attend nearby. And since I want to spend for myself muna because  it's my birthday naman, I took off finding a pair of ballet shoes that I've been wanting to buy. Ako naman talaga si Ballet/Flat shoe girl. Since I become a mom, this is my go-to shoe whether for causal or office attire. It's just comfortable and I can move with ease.  

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Aldo has an ongoing sale on selected shoes and accessories.
I got mine at Php800.00 (Regular priced at Php 1,595.00). 
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Payless also has an on going sale: Buy 2 (regular priced item) and get
Php500.00 off on the total amount.
(with a minimum purchase of Php1,000.00)

I love my haul from Aldo. I'm looking for a black shoe that would not look too casual when I use it for office. I was already eyeing this about 2 weeks na. I like it because it's the jelly type good for rainy days. I won't worry that much when it'll be soak in water because it won't destroy the texture of the shoe that much. Easy to clean too. It's pointy toe design makes it more formal even if it's not heeled. Not to mention the comfort it brings to my feet!

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The second (and third) find I scored are these casual flats from Payless. From the original price at Php695.00, I got this two items for only Php890.00. 

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I'm suppose to buy the red one but I love the redness more of Celine and the effect of the color on my feet. That is about Php899.00. I was thinking of buying it, but again guilt sinks in. Too much! Maghunos dili naman. If it's meant for me, I definitely will have it in the right time. 

So that's my shoe shopping spree! I hope you like my new purchases as much as I do. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Feeling Happy and Grateful @ 36!

Birthdays for me now at this stage of my life isn't anymore of grandiose feast on the table, spending bucks to have a party and receiving material things. I mean who doesn't want to be around with loved ones celebrating the special day in one's life and receiving gifts. For me, less is already enough for me. Maybe it goes already with the maturity and priorities you have for your life as we age. Those I mentioned are already a bonus. Simple celebration is enough for me by celebrating thanksgiving for the gift of life and good health God has given me, being around with my loved ones knowing that they are okay and happy, having a job, spending sometimes for my wants and being able to afford the basic needs for myself and my loved ones, spending quality time with them and grateful of God's abundant blessings. Of course, during the birthdate, I just want to have a simple dinner with my family for a celebration. And so that's what I did…

We dined at Grand Emerald Seafood Garden at the back of Victoria Plaza Compound. There are several restaurants in the vicinity and one of the famous Chinese restaurants found there is the Afhat Seafood Plaza. There are actually 3 of them inside the compound. However, I chose this time Emerald because I love and missed their complimentary peanuts. Very comforting, addicting and delicious! What I love is it is for FREE and refillable. In our case, we requested. And since we used their VIP room which can accommodate up to 14 persons for a consumable rate or minimum order of Php3,500.00, the waiters serving us would just check on our table and give us when they see we already emptied our peanuts without asking from them anymore, hehehe… Maybe they would just assume we will ask more of it anyway. Very good service! And of course good food! I love their Fish Fillet with Tausi sauce. I really enjoyed my dining experience and birthday celebration as a whole. 

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Photo grabbed from their FB page here.
I don't know though if their flyer special offer is still valid up to now
as this photo was published in their page 2014 of July.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Torn Feelings

God has been extra good to me and my family this year. I am beyond elated more than words can say. It's more of grateful and overjoyed on the things that's been happening to our family. God has been a good provider ever since we start our family. Indeed it's true that patience, faith and trust will find it's way to God's promise for us. My belief now is God directs our path ahead. Even if we don't understand why this happens in our life, we have to accept and follow His will for us. Most of the time, I am just surprised of God's goodness because He blesses us things that we didn't pray and expect. And now I understand why certain things just don't happen because God gives us the things He knows the best for us.

Why I am sharing this because I think God is so amazing, so generous and so loving. He is working things according to my desire and prayers. Lately, He is answering my little requests but there's only one thing left unanswered. It's gonna be a life changing thing if it's against my will. But I'm still hoping that God will consider my reason which I think is valid. It is actually a blessing that I'd rather wish it to other people who needs it more. I know, shame on me to turn down a blessing from God but I think I have enough for the moment and I see other people needs it more than I do. At this point, it's payback time. People have been good to me and my family. I think it's our time to share our blessings to those who needs it the most. It's actually a very nice feeling more than the bliss of receiving. Of course, it's nice also to receive gifts from other people and of God. But you know, the satisfaction, fulfillment and achievement of sharing surpasses everything.

It's my birth month and I still wish from God that my heart's desires are enough for a birthday present: good health for me and my loved ones, comfortable way of living, quality time with my loved ones, a stable job, enjoy and have a peaceful life and being able to hurdle life's challenges.

I ask and I'm sure I will receive… #bepositive #Godisgood

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Wonders of Having Great In-Laws

After reading Fleur's post here of Mommy Fleur blog, I therefore say I AM SO PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE LUCKY FEW. One of the best or shall I say an endearing trait which  all they have in common is their sincerity and they have big, fat and generous hearts. As in! Nakakataba talaga ng puso. Honestly, my husband's family side are not well-off. But despite their status in the society, they are as if they have more to share. I've witnessed how they are so selfless not only to their relatives but to other people whom they considered a family. Nakakahiya maging selfish when you are with them. Actually it's really inspiring to be one; to be more on a giver than a receiver. Because everything good follows when you do good to others diba? Domino effect kung baga. There's so much joy and fulfillment when you give.

The second best thing I love about my second family is that they are so humble, down-to-earth people. Nakakahiya again to be a braggart. They have been blessed with so much especially now that my husband and his two other siblings are very successful in their respective career paths and family. The two of them are working outside Philippines and my parents-in-law had the privilege already of travels in Europe pa talaga. Kasama na din kami sa nabigyan ng opportunity to tour London last year.

Third and definitely not the least, what's admirable about their character is that they have a deep and solid relationship with our Lord. Their faith is immense and when they worship sagad sa puso. It is their profound trait that shows how they are a person to others. Nakakahiya na maging passive lang with our faith and to just take for granted the power of what prayer can do. Personally, it inspires one to do our obligation (in a good way) to our God. I say obligation in a good way because it should not be a forced one. It should be done with an open heart. And that we should also pray to God that He may open our heart and mind to His wisdom and a spirit that is always in gratitude. 

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I am so blessed having this people in my life (missing in the photo are my BIL and SIL,
sibs of my husband). 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

#OOTD: School Year 2015-2016

There is no stopping now. She is already a legit school girl. I cannot contain my excitement as my daughter all dolled up on her first day of school last Monday. Of course, I don't want to miss her first two days in school that is why I took a leave from work in order to know how is its situation from the time the school open its gates for the pre-schoolers until they are dismissed from their 3-hour class. (On the first day, parents and guardians were allowed to enter the school premises. But on the second day, they already implemented their rules on NO ENTRY for visitors/ parents/or guardians. The part on NO ENTRY for parents or guardians of pre-schoolers, I'm kind of half-hearted on this because as a toddler, they don't know yet how to look over on their things especially if it's packing up time. On her second day, she already lost her eraser. Oh geez!). I am proud of my daughter. Without hesitation and with a sheer of guts and confidence, she willfully went inside and placed her things inside their provided cabinets and took her seat with the assistance of her teacher. I am thankful that somehow we taught her independence early on in little ways. Unlike her other classmates who were shy, refused to enter inside the classroom while others were wailing and clinging to their mothers and fathers. On the second day, she seemed confident enough because we just let her go by herself inside the campus and managed to enter her classroom.

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Second day #schoolOOTD:
Dress -Tommy Hilfiger (℅ cousin Sam including the backpack and lunch box);
 Shoes -Payless Shoe Source (a Christmas gift from her Mommy La);
Socks -Mother Care

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Fourth day of #schoolOOTD:
Dress -(SIL 'pasalubong' from London);
Shoes -Chicco (got it on sale at SM around Php400.00);
Socks -Burlington

I can't wait until she will wear her official school uniform. She's excited and so am I (*wink insert*). #mommyduties #schooluniform #schoolyear2015-2016 #motherofaschoolgirl

Going Local

Instead of hiring a large company to do a remodeling job, consider hiring a local remodeling contractor. You will be helping your community, and there are a few benefits for yourself when you hire locally. 

The contractor will often have ties to the community. Most will know the businesses that sell the items that will be needed to complete the remodeling project. He can sometimes get discounts where a contractor for a larger company might not be able to get a lower price and could even charge more money because it's a larger business. 

When you hire a contractor, you won't have to worry about dealing with the other workers who will be needed for the job. The contractor will oversee the job and make sure there are professionals who can do the plumbing, electrical, painting and other work. This is a person who will listen to what you want to have done. It's your home, and this is taken into consideration with the design as well as any extra details that you want to include. Since you only have to tell the contractor what you want, it can take a burden off of you through the remodeling. 

Local contractors usually won't have to travel long distances to get to your home. This means the job can sometimes begin earlier in the day, and the contractor can sometimes stay longer in the afternoon. The job will often take a shorter amount of time to complete with the added time dedicated to the project. Most local contractors won't charge as much as companies from another city because they don't have to use as much gas in a vehicle getting to the location. Word of mouth referrals often travel far in your own town, so you will likely be able to find more people who have used the contractor for work.