We went on an out of town trip to north with J last month. This time, we travelled with my sister. I don't think I can sustain the long trip alone looking after two kids inside the car especially that my little girl is triple the likot from LJ when he was her age. Honestly, I don't know where she gets all the powers to do that! So terrible.


Since it was my sister's first time in Vigan, we are obliged to tour her around. In the morning, we had the usual breakfast at the hotel and let her try the empanada and the sinanglao at the plaza. After filling our tummies, we hired a kalesa. We roamed around the famous tourist spots of Vigan. While J was busy chatting with our tour guide, he mentioned something new to our ears which is the Secret Garden. But since we only rented the kalesa for an hour we decided to use the car for the rest of the tour.


We took photos first before leaving the hotel. Look how giddy my little girl is, trying to run around in circles. There are alot of hotels in Vigan but we opt to check-in the most accessible hotel in Calle Crisologo. 



We went around Vigan's different historical places and enjoyed the fresh air despite the scorching heat that time. Pardon my oily face here. 


After our kalesa ride we went to Baluarte, and good thing we were just in time for the animal show. We missed it the last time we went there. The little boy got scared with the animals bigger than him especially the ostrich but he was able to identify some of them and so with the ginormous dinosaur statues.




After getting creep-ed at the animal show we went looking for the Secret Garden. Mind you, we had a hard time looking for the Secret Garden because it was never called the Secret Garden but instead Hidden Garden! We were already at the verge of giving up as we had to go back and forth from the Vigan supermarket to Baluarte looking for the Hidden Garden only to realize we haven't reached the destination yet. The little girl fell asleep inside the car while we were busy looking for the Hidden Garden so it was only LJ, my sister and I who went inside.


Hidden Garden is a mini-zoo, plant nursery, restaurant and souvenir shop in one. If you want a fine dining around Vigan, this is a must try. Unfortunately we weren't able to try their restaurant because the little girl was still sound asleep. I admire the cleanliness and the landscape of the garden. They have a wall full of photos of famous personalities who visited the garden already.




They have few animals for their mini zoo. Since I am not good in identifying different animal species I couldn't tell what kind of animal species they have there. I only know the collective words which are birds, turtles and few fishes. It would be much better if they indicated the names of each on the cages.



We went around the area enjoying the serene ambiance of the garden. They have mini tables and chairs for photo ops and you can really feel the nature from the place. And speaking of nature, since they have bamboo trees, LJ who is so sensitive to sounds got terrified with the sound of screeching swaying bamboos! He was wailing like a hog and running around in circles. So I asked my sister to bring him back to the car while I finish taking photos.

 

Our last stop before going back to the metro was the Bantay Bell Tower. It was again a perfect timing since the lighting was good and it wasn't too hot anymore. The breeze was perfect overlooking the city of Vigan on a sunset. 



I would love to go back to this place if given again the chance because you will appreciate their rich culture. 


Agree?




The past few weeks were a very busy one, so with LJ's vocabulary. From the time he was able to converse well with us, he couldn't stop talking every.single.day. I imagine myself that I am inside a boxing tournament where every move I make there is someone narrating. He is just 31months old and is now very talkative how much more when he reached 4 years old and I have to answer all his why's? Whew! Still, I am so glad that there is a big improvement when it comes to his vocabulary as each month goes by. Apart from what others were saying before that he was a pathetic little boy because he cannot yet converse well at the age of one! 

Right now, there is a slight change of the "no" word. The "no" word is slowly making a shift to the "yes". Also he can now add "ing" to some the action words like taking, eating, running, sliding, and etc. 


During lunchtime, he was having slight tantrums when he doesn't like to finish his food. The usual thing I do was ignoring him to minimize the stress and fight. 
LJ : Oh no, mama help Dodo dow (down). Help pweese (please)?
Me : Why baby? 
LJ : ER (cr)! Help, help trouble trouble!

Oh.my. Seriously? He really said trouble? But why?



- o - o -

We were playing inside their room. He had all his cars lined up on top of the bed and suddenly some fell on the floor.

LJ : Oh no! Mama, help car! Trouble trouble!

Again? Trouble. Ok. Fine. Maybe he meant was he was in big trouble. 

But I just realized that maybe he kept on hearing the same music every. single. day. Maybe he has LSS? Maybe some of you knew the song "...and I knew you were trouble when you walked in... Oohhh! Ooohh! Trouble trouble trouble!"




Hello mommies! How are you doing so far? I have been meaning to attend the Mom and Me event this weekend and guess what? I am coming! I won the tickets yesterday and I belong to the last 5 winners. Yey! Papa Jess has been so good to me. Now I am excited! I will now have to decide on what date I will attend to. 



This is the schedule of their activities. I still have to decide yet what date to choose. Mommies and daddies too, if you are not busy you can join the event and have fun with your tots. I'm sure it will all be fun. 

Anyway, yesterday on my way home I dropped by the grocery store to buy some thing. When I went inside I was carrying a small plastic bag and I deposited it at the grocery counter, then went on to pick up some items. Then went straight home. Guess what? It was only after two hours that I realized I left something at the grocery counter! I don't know what to call it but I guess the effect of anesthesia with me. Oh I have to exercise my memory. *Sigh*

To the mommies who will come, I hope to see you there!

For more info of the even visit their fb page here : Mom and Me
Twitter : Mommy and me

When I was a kid, I always remember my dad who usually tells us every summer that he will teach us Karate lessons. It went on and on and on until such time that I began to accept that all he said was a lie. As I time passes by, I also learn not to hold on the words and hope on big pictures. It gets frustrating when you expect on things to happen according to the word you hold on but never will. Sometimes people tend not to keep their word. 

Lesson: Expect.Less


We all tend to be preoccupied on some unimportant things that we forget to appreciate even the smallest things we have. More often than not, we tend to neglect them especially the important people in our lives. It is only such time that it is slowly drifting away that we realize the value of each of them. 

It is never wrong to appreciate every people in your life no matter how words can become a cliche so as long as they know that every little thing they do matters a lot to you.

How do you show appreciation?

I wanna take a pause from my mundane domestic duties today. Yesterday I was torn to go to the opening of SM Aura or going to the meet and greet of #fastandfurious6 cast at Glorietta this afternoon. But since I will tag my kids along so is the meet and greet at Glorietta instead. It was never a wrong decision after all because we get to see the F1 Lotus car in the flesh. We went to MOA last weekend which will be in a separate post to see the F1 car at the carshow but unfortunately no F1 Lotus car was there. While we were walking en route to Mc Donalds, my little smarty pants blurted out and said, car! At first I thought it was just a ginormous toy car displayed on the center asile and when I saw the front wheel it finally sank in that it was the F1 Lotus Car! And we took some photos. Yey!

Here are the photos from my instagram:





Went straight to McDonalds as my cranky boy is already hungry. Why McDonalds? Well, a bit self-serving to me because of what the happy meal can give me--Hello Kitty toys. It's the childhood thing in me that I can't outgrow so please don't hate me. It is only the simple joy that I have right now aside from  the tots.





I made a promise to the little boy before when he was taking a bath that if he behaves i'll buy him ice cream. He was excited to go out and was even rushing me, his tita and A to get dressed. He was already helping me put on the shoes of A. 

On the way to the mall, while we were inside the cab, the little boy said, "mama trapik (traffic)? Oh no stop sign!" Then he whacked the window of the cab. Oh.em.gee. Temper. He doesn't like the cars to stop and wants to keep it going. Fine. As usual, I just explained that the car needs to stop to give way to other cars on the opposite direction. Good thing the cab driver was a bit sport. Whew. 

After we finished our meal, went to the activity center to see the cast of fast and furious. Boy, it was packed with people from all sorts. I began to wonder where do these people came from? Anyway, me and my sister were ambivalent on going out and going straight home or to wait to see Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel. We made a mistake not choosing to go out because there was a car mob and for sure the little boy's eyes will feast with joy seeing the pimped cars roaming in the streets. 

 



But before we went home, was able to take photos even if Dominic was small as an ant from my camera phone. Lol. 

Now I am excited to watch the movie. I am sure my little boy--my date will enjoy it. 


I have been always preoccupied on keeping the house tidy, cook decent meals, and making sure that the kids has taken their vitamins. I too become stressed out. Believe me, being at home is way to stressful than working in the hospital. My kids gives me mind wrecking words that I couldn't understand that I have to do mind reading sometimes. A mother's job is an unending task. 


They.complete.me.

What do you look forward to?


This morning I came across my cousin's facebook and she shared a page which caught my attention. A baby in dire need of a liver transplant at a small age diagnosed to have biliary cirrhosis. If you have kind hearts let us all help spread the word and if have extra amount you can send some and help them raise php 4M for the operation in Taiwan.


Let us all help save this little angels life. 

Please visit their FB page here and their website here. You can also send donations thru gofund here.
If there's one thing I have to thank for my existence, is my mother. If not for her, I didn't get to experience what life has to offer. My mom is not fond of fancy celebrations on special occasions. I don't have any recollection that we spent mother's/father's day the way others did. I didn't even recall that my dad made it special for my mom or by surprising her with gifts. All I can remember is every mother's day we always give her letters which I don't know if she kept  some of it. She has always been a simple woman and I am her opposite in some ways. But I have always looked up on her and until now I still haven't figured out how she was able to manage to raise the four of us. That, I am so thankful and proud of her.

I spent the mother's day and our 42nd monthsary with the kids because J is on  a week business trip. Nothing fancy also just an ordinary day not even a queen just for one day. #wishfulthinking I had alot of chores to do but I spent the whole day trying to relax and spare myself from domestic duties. So the entire day we just had a lazy instant meal not even a take-out (whew). In the afternoon me, my sister and the kids went to the church to see Papa Jess and did grocery shopping afterwards. 

These are some photos from my instagram account:

I let the kids watch their favorite, Ishime (Einstein). I love how they interact with the video and the simple joy it brings. 

Me and the little monster at the church a bit sleepy already didn't care to smile anymore.

"What tat mama?" Then, he was already engrossed with the angry birds flashing on the tv screen at the grocery store. #nganga

One knocked out baby while roaming around the grocery. Tired. 

I am thankful for my kulit kids for giving me the opportunity to become a mother. I wouldn't be called a MOTHER if not for them anyway. For the joys and pain they brought me has become my strength to be a strong woman and mother to them. It also made me realize to be not only the better but to be the best I can be.

To all mom's out there I hope you had a wonderful mother's day. Cheers!

Please don't hate me for not giving my son chocolates and candies. I just feel it's not yet the right time for him to enjoy it. But as usual J has always been the softie when it comes to the kids. Everytime LJ gave him the kawawa look he would always give in. 

One afternoon the little boy got bored he asked for something to eat. He asked for cookies but since it was nearly dinner time, told J not to give them anymore. But hey, since he was eating chocolates, he offered it instead. Hmp! He gave LJ one piece and since he finished it in an instant he asked for another. Because he knows where we hid the food which is basically inside the fridge, he then opened it.

LJ : Boboy, more kokokik (chocolate) pweese (please)? 
J : No more, we will buy tomorrow.

LJ then opened the fridge and rummaged then finally got what he was looking for.

LJ : Boboy, magik (magic)! He was so delighted when he saw some chocolates hidden inside the fridge. 

Oh no. Boboy lied. 

-- o -- o --

My son is now currently doing pretend play but sometimes when he gets bored, he would ask J to play hide and seek with him. There was one time he tried to play with his life-size inflatable toy. He tried to hid it under the curtains.

LJ : Hide nanar (banana). One, two, three. Found you!



I was amazed on how he is so creative when it comes to playing. He imagines some weird objects at home to be airplanes and cars.

Till my next TLC.
I have been meaning to go to Salcedo/Legaspi Village Market/s which are open during weekends. The purpose of going to these markets was to buy fresh produce which are not found in malls and markets and the gastronomic experience with the family.

It was a weekend that J wasn't so busy and finally we pushed through. But because everyone of us woke up late, meaning 10:00 in the morning, we arrived there past lunch already and was the peak of the scorching summer heat. My little girl was still sleepy but my little boy and J went to the playground already while my sister and I went around the stalls and my eyes feast with the fresh produce they were selling. Pardon some of my photos, lost some of it because my fone didn't cooperate with me.



After roaming around the stalls, I got hungry and realized that since we arrived late some of the menu were already not available so I ordered food that I don't prepare at home. LJ enjoyed the freedom of playing in the park along with other kids. As usual, he is scared of heights so whenever he came past thru the stairs, he takes precautions by holding the rails (well at least he knows how to take precautions).


Hoping to have more weekends like this.


My aunt attended the Philippine Pediatric Society Annual Convention weeks ago. If I remembered it right we were the ones who usually come with her to attend the convention here in Manila (we were still living in the province) and because she doesn't have a family of her own, she tags us along with her every time and that was more than a decade ago. If there's one thing I am thankful for being in a family of physicians is that I have supply of vitamins for my tots--yearly supply. Eversince they were born I didn't spend much on their vitamins and I only buy if they ran out of their alternative. I get a supply of milk, rice cereals and expensive skin care products from them. She was our pediatrician when we were kids and became the pedia of my kids when we were still in the province.

We didn't get to visit her at the hotel but we meet up on the last day of her convention. We picked her up at the the PICC and went to Mall of Asia for our dinner. Their love for food is our way of family bonding. I think it is very obvious from what we ordered during our dinner.

The little girl fell asleep already en route to the restaurant. Took pictures while waiting for our order.


The waiters served our ginormous dinner just in time. We ended up taking home doggy bags because we can't finish everything anymore. My little boy enjoyed their food as well as the little girl. My niece who is very fond of my little boy became my instant babysitter because she was the one feeding LJ that night. One thing I noticed from the restaurant is they don't have high chairs for babies. I had to feed A sitting on my lap which was very inconvenient because she grabs everything from the table. I'm just not sure if all their branches are the same. 

My niece and the little boy was amazed with the small artificial fishes swimming up and down the tubes. 

They were having conversation when randomly my niece asked LJ,
I : LJ, what's you favorite color?
LJ : Led (red). 

Seriously I'm not sure if it's his favorite color though he gave the right answer to the question. Oh my little boy is growing up so fast.



Agree?


It's May already and it's mother's day month! Last labor day I went to meet a friend at MOA with my little boy. I'm glad that he wasn't that cranky to come with me to meet his godmother.

First day of the month isn't so good because J and I had a fight. I was giving him cold shoulders because I was really disappointed. To cut it short, we argued like we were high school kids. When there was already silence in the room and I was crying, LJ went out of the CR after finishing his bath and saw me sad. He immediately asked, "Mama, sad?" I couldn't lie to the little boy and I said yes. Tears were welling my eyes and falling from my cheeks again. He wasn't even dressed up, sat beside me and was trying to calm me and kept telling me to stop crying. He was busy looking for my cellphone thinking that it would make me a little relieved and happy. He went to his dad and told him, "Papa, talk." He meant to talk to me and somehow change my mood. He went back and forth to me and his papa and he stroked my face and my head and was trying to calm me. I felt so loved that time by my son. I can feel the sincerity of how he wanted me to be happy that time. That made me cry even more. 


After moments of our silence and my crying, I remembered what Mommy Fleur said here, "ang pride parang panty lang yan, pag di mo binaba walang mangyayari." Then, I tried to calm J and was doting him. My point in my argument was not be right but for him to know what made me feel disappointed and somehow not to have the same conversation again. A mature person is the one who faces all the consequences of his actions not walking away from it. "What you don't know won't hurt you" doesn't apply to me. 

Good that we slept the night off setting aside the arguments and we were both laughing of what happend. We get to see the soft side of our son and was really surprised of his love for his parents at a young age. 

Let me share with you these wonderful thoughts.

There is nothing wrong in accepting your faults and saying sorry. It helps to unburden yourself from too much pain in your heart. 



Well said. Sometimes pride is always the culprit in destroying relationships. 


A couple should work on having a better relationship rather than walking away from it.

How was your Labor Day?






Follow by Email