One of those Days

"What's your problem? Hmm?" (Sophie at 3 months)
When everything and anything can make me feel so... down. Like all the happiness has been zapped out of me. It might be burnout. It could be just me plainly whining. I don't know.

What triggered this depression bout, you ask? It's a number of things actually. Sophie not wanting to eat, and vomiting the measly amount of food that she takes in when you force her to eat. The househelp staining one of my few precious blouses, a result of washing it -- a yellow-orange blouse -- with the red-colored clothes. Hubby coming in for lunch, declaring he's so burnt out with life and that he will rest today, absenting himself from this afternoon's work and evening school classes.


Something worthwhile

It's been more than a week since I last had an entry here. It was a busy week, filled with activities that involved family bonding and preparation for Sophie's 2nd birthday (less than 3 months to go!). While I can't bring myself to do a decent post, I never failed to check my Facebook account. It keeps me updated with what's happening to my family and friends who are here or abroad, and even keeps me updated with current events, courtesy of news feeds from a well-known broadsheet. I have been lurking for a while too, in Pinoy Bloggers' FB group so I could find activities I can participate in and eventually, blog about. One such thing snapped me out of my week-long blogger's block (my take on writer's block!): HotelwithHeart.com's Pencil Project Signature campaign.


Lo Siento

two words.
that's all I need
for me to be okay,
and for the hurt to go away.
should I cling to my pride?
or set my feelings aside?
must it always be me
who has to say,
"I'm sorry"?


Her Dada's Girl

Sophie, as I have been told many times, is my mini-me. Well, that's in the attitude part. So much for wishing that she only inherits everything that is good in me... :P

Anyway, Sophie has gotten her Dada's looks. See for yourself:

Relatives, friends, even Hubby's officemates had said so, though Sophie's Dada always answer back in reply: Hindi ko talaga makita yung resemblance e...

They also share the love for chocolates and ice cream. (But I love those too!) Both also love the water, dipping and splashing in the water on every chance they've got. And oh, they sleep the same way too! 

Sophie is also malambing (affectionate), another trait that is so like her Dada. She loves to be kissed and hugged, and likes to hug everyone around her.

That's it, I've ran out of things to say regarding my two loves' similarities. Maybe when Sophie gets older, I will have more stuff to share with you. ;)

Happy Father's Day Dada!
♥ Sophie

Hymn to Isis

For I am the first and the last
I am the venerated and the despised
I am the prostitute and the saint
I am the wife and the virgin
I am the mother and the daughter
I am the arms of my mother
I am the barren and my children are many
I am the married woman and the spinster
I am the woman who gives birth and she who never procreated
I am the consolation for the pain of birth
I am the wife and the husband
And he is my rejection
Always respect me
For I am the shameful and the magnificent one.

--from Paulo Coelho's Eleven Minutes


Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan

This Sunday, June 12, 2011 the whole nation celebrates its 113th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence with the theme: “Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan.”

Photo courtesy of The Official Website of Mati

Program of Activities

Program: “Watawat ko, Iwawagayway Ko” Nationwide
Date:1st-2nd week of May

Program: Display of flags, bandalas and tarpaulin banners along major thoroughfares of Metro Manila
Date: May 21-June 30

Program: “Araw ng Watawat ng Pilipinas” with VP Jejomar C. Binay as GOH
Date: May 28, 8:00 a.m.
Venue: Alapan, Imus, Cavite

Program: Replication of Kalayaan 2011 activities nationwide
Date: May 28-June 12 DILG (Lead agency)

Program: Replication of Kalayaan 2011 activities abroad
Date: May 28-June 12 DFA (Lead agency)

Program: “Sinekalayaan”
Venue: Rizal Open Auditorium, Rizal Park, Manila
  • June 10: Intramuros | Directed by: Eddie Romero | Starring: Fernando Poe Jr.
  • June 11: Panaghoy sa Suba: The Call of the River | Directed by: Cesar Montano | Starring: Cesar Montano, Juliana Palermo, Jacky Woo
  • June 12: Aishite Imasu 1941 (Mahal Kita) | Directed by: Joel Lamangan |Starring: Judy Ann Santos, Raymart | Santiago, Dennie Trillo
Program: “Parada ng Paganyaya”
Date: June 11, 7:00 a.m.
Venue: (Rizal Park send off venue)

Program: “Musikalayaan” Concert
Date: June 11, 2011 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Open Air-Auditorium, Rizal Park, Manila

Program: “Mga Pampamahalaang Programa at Serbisyo”
Date: June 11-12 | 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal: A Lights and Sound Presentation
Date: June 11-14
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila (Free admission)
Guided Tour: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Tagalog Version: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

Program: Simultaneous Flag-Raising and Wreath- Laying Ceremonies
Date: June 12, 7:00 a.m.
  • Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park | Manila – President Benigno S. Aquino III
  • Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine- Kawit, Cavite
  • Barasoain Church | Historical Landmark, Malolos, Bulacan- Speaker of the House Sonny Belmonte
  • Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion-Manila North Cemetery- Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin
  • Gat Andres Bonifacio National Monument- Caloocan City-DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo
  • Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine-San Juan City, Metro Manila – Sen. Teofisto TG Guingona III
  • Pamintuan Mansion, Angeles City – Sen. Francis Pangilinan
  • Davao City – Sec. Lualhati R. Antonino
  • Cebu City – Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia -
  • Other areas to be designated by the Chair, Kalayaan 2011
Program: Blowing of fog horns, sirens & church bells
Date: June 12, 7:00 a.m.
All sea vessels and churches nationwide

Program: AFP Static Display
Date: June 12, 8:00 a.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: AFP Kinetic Presentation
Date: June 12, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: PMC Drum and Bugle Team Exhibition
Date: June 12, 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: PMA Silent Drill Exhibition
Date: June 12, 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: PNPA Slow Drill Exhibition
Date: June 12
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: “Parada ng Kalayaan”
Date: June 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila

Program: “Siklab ng Kalayaan” (Special Fireworks Display)
Date: June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: Vin d honneur
Date: June 12
Venue: Malacanang Palace

Program: Kalayaan Book Sale
Date: June 11-12
Venue: Rizal Park, Manila

Program: Free LRT/MRT Rides
Date: June 12 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Program: Printing of Kalayaan Souvenir Magazine June

Program:  National Media Coverage and Promotions

Program: National Summit on Flag Advocates
Date: July 2011

Program:  Continuation of the nationwide Rollout of the Flag and Heraldic Code Advocacy Workshops
2011-2012 (year round)


A Gift for Him

My then-boyfriend-now-hubby and I were together since our sophomore year in college. He was my first boyfriend and my last. I can seriously say that I could not picture my life without him, for he had grown in me. Before we officially became "us", we were friends. I can even say, we're the best of friends. By some unknown force, I trusted him with everything that I have, including the pain of my past.

I just knew that we would end up together. And indeed, we did. By some stroke of fate, our daughter came at a most unexpected time. We weren't ready yet but still, he manned up and faced the responsibility. Though the order of events leading to us having a family life became jumbled, he tried to put everything in order -- he proposed clutching nervously, but beaming, a diamond ring, on bended knee by the Greenbelt Chapel. With God as his witness, he vowed to give me and our unborn child the best life we could possibly have.

I believe, he made true his promise. Even when later on, we found out that our angel Sophie is a special angel. He never failed to be the good provider, doting father and the sweetest husband that he is. Oh, have I mentioned he was still a law student when everything happened? He had taken up an 8AM-5PM work on top of 6PM-onwards-classes. In my eyes, he is SUPERMAN. His reserve for power? It's just, Sophie and me.

This coming Father's Day, I would love to give him something special. It is our way (Sophie and I) of saying Thank You... for everything. We do hope we continue to be his inspiration, and that may he always have the strength to accomplish all of his tasks. Most of all, we hope that he never forgets how much we love him so.

This blog post serves as my entry to Dainty Mom's Contest: Dinner for 2 at Chef Tatung's Private Dining.


Giant Balloons in BGC's Passion Parade

Last Saturday, we had the chance to catch the first-ever giant balloon parade in Bonifacio Global City. We came in really late because we went to celebrate Daddy's (father-in-law) birthday with relatives from his side. I thought we wouldn't make it, but we managed to see the balloons before they were installed in High Street. Without further ado, here are the pics.

Jiggles the Balloon Lady

Jacqueline Callanta (a.k.a. Jiggles the Balloon Lady) and her team created these delightful giant balloon sculptures. Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet spearheaded this event which aimed to showcase the passions of people communing in Bonifacio Global City.


1st Bloggers Buffet at Carol's Texan 5

I started out blogging fairly recently. I created this site so I can have an outlet where I can release my pent-up emotions and to have an avenue where I can publish the products of my creative juices. What I didn't know is that being a blogger opens up a whole new and exciting dimension. I could join contests held by fellow bloggers, I could even earn if I wish to. But most importantly, I could influence someone of his/her choices, be it regarding a restaurant, food or other services that can be availed out there. Still, there's another horizon I haven't explored and that's attending an "official blogger event". ;)

When I read about the 1st Bloggers Buffet that will be held at Carol's Texan 5 and to be sponsored by TenMinutesTops.com in cooperation with ClubTravelNOW.org, I decided to try my luck as well. Besides, I also want to try this relatively new resto. I have read from fellow bloggers that Carol's Texan 5 offers the best chicken and ribs this side of Manila. Checking out their menu, I saw this:

Reasonably priced, right? You have the option to dine at their resto located at 2F 713 J. Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan or have it at the comforts of your own home, just dial (02) 727.3843 / 0922.485.0154. However, they only deliver to San Juan, Mandaluyong, Ortigas and Pioneer only.

Having a party or any social function? Carol's Texan 5 also offers the following choices:
  • Event Food Booths (Got an event? Carol's Texan 5 booths are available for hire.) 
  • Party Trays (Order trays of your favorite Carol's Texan 5 dishes for special occasions.) 
  • Functions (Hold events at Carol's Texan 5.) 
  • Kiddie Meal Sets (Order meal sets for your office and kids parties.)

Browsing Carol's Texan 5 menu makes my stomach grumble. Anyway, I hope I'll make the cut. I would love to sample their offerings. And doing so with new-found friends in this Blogger Buffet will surely take the experience to another level.

Carol's Texan 5
Address: Carol’s Texan 5, 2F 713 J. Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan
Delivery: (02) 727.3843 / 0922.485.0154
Website: http://www.texan5.com
Fan Page: http:/www.facebook.com/texan5


How Motherhood Changed Me

I never denied that Sophie was unplanned. We had her at a time when both of us are in the stage where we only think about are ourselves, and how we can enjoy each other. But having Sophie in our lives had paved the way for a clearer vision of and direction for the future. I guess, what I had was indeed a "career change".

I had experienced working in an industry, albeit it was only just two short months. During those times, I had only thought about the things I will buy or where Hubby and I will eat out, once I take hold of my salary. It was an egocentric living, I admit. Also, there's that constant need to be together with my Hubby and that heady feeling that Hubby and I are the only ones that matter to each other -- as if the world revolves around the significant other.

Being a mom is an entirely different story altogether. It is a continuous learning experience to be selfless and patient. Patience is something that I am forever in short of, but I try my best to lengthen it; proverbial note to self is "Don't sweat the small stuff". I have drilled into my head too, that it is our daughter's needs (and sometimes wants) first before mine. Currently, I am trying to figure out how to do the intricate balance between doing that and not neglecting myself entirely...

And added bonus perhaps? Because Sophie is a special angel, I have learned to let go. An irony when you think of it, especially if you are a mother. As a mother, I manage everything -- her food, her bath, her playtime, her health, her well-being -- and the control freak in me is given free reign. But Sophie's condition has taught me that not everything, I can control nor the outcome, I can predict. I just have to grasp that idea that someone up there is in charge, and that I should simply surrender and just trust in Him.

Sophie is roughly only 21 months old. I am, but a new mother. I still have a lot to learn, and a good deal in me that can be changed.