Weekdays are busy days for me. These are days for my never-ending chores, mom duties and blogging. I also get to teach the kids few informal lessons and practice their fine motor skills and also limited screen time. But for two days in a week, I try my best to make them busy having fun and just be kids. And these two days are the so-called weekends. When I was a kid I always look forward to weekends because it was the time I get to play all day long and watch cartoons. If given also a chance, we watch movies in cinemas and dine out in fastfood chain and just spend the usual family day.


I love weekends. Who doesn’t anyway?

I am sharing with you my top three reasons why I look forward to it.


Rest Days. Who says SAHMs doesn’t deserve a rest day? As what I have mentioned, weekdays are the busiest for me so I try to allot two days in a week to be carefree wherein I can just close my eyes for the towering laundry, dirty dishes at the sink, tons of unfolded clothes and messy floor. If I cannot have a pampering sesh at least I freed my hands from the mundane chores at home and spend a not-so me-time.


Cheat Days. When I was kid I always look forward for weekends because it was the time when I get to eat ice cream at play with my siblings and cousins. Now, I also want my kids to experience the same thing. I try my best to treat them with ice cream on weekends so that they have something to look forward to. It may not be the ice cream per se but the thought of us spending time with each other is the most important part. I also try not to keep the kitchen so busy and as I said in number 1, I allot weekends for rest day and just eat take out foods or dine out. I also let the kids watch their favorite sesame street CD’s and cartoons.


Gadget-free Days. I must admit that I am quite guilty on this part. I need schedule as to when to hold the Ipad, cellphones and the laptop and at least minimize the time spent on social media and online games. In my pursuit of setting a good example to my kids, I also need to discipline myself. But I am slowly getting there. I remembered one family which I observed while I was on queue at a certain fastfood chain yesterday. The father was holding a tablet and from afar, it appears he was busy with social media. The kids on the other hand were also preoccupied with their smartphones. When the mother joined them, few minutes later she was also holding her tablet and made herself busy with it. For thirty minutes that I have been observing them, they only spoke few times and my guess; it was only due to the food they ordered and again the social media. I felt bad about it for some reasons. One, the time they spend with each other should somehow be spend having a good conversation with their teenage children. The parents are setting example that there is no place that they could get their hands on their gadgets other than communicating. I may not know their reasons but what I know is they are missing a huge percentage of their lives.  

How about you? What do you look forward to on weekends? Share yours.
“He should be potty trained already.” This was my mom’s statement about my fifteen months old son then few years ago.  I was living with my parents that time when I gave birth to my daughter. My mom was the one who started to potty train my son together with my then nanny while I was trying to recover from my CS operation and nursing my daughter.

Dodo was completely potty trained at the age of 26 months. It was a great fulfillment but the process wasn’t glorifying. I expected too much from him as a toddler and I have regrets of it up to this moment. The should-be fun on potty training was lost because I never looked at it as fun in the first place. I looked at it merely as stage that we both have to accomplish without enjoying it.


Now that I am in the process of potty training my daughter, I promised myself that this time would be different. I won’t let pressure overwhelm me and we should both enjoy it together.

Tips on potty training:
  • Ensure the readiness of your toddler physically, cognitively and behaviorally. Look for signs that your toddler can now pull down and up their underpants, remove their diapers and can sit for few minutes without fuzzing. Make sure also that they are able to follow simple instructions and can identify pee and poo. Check for the consistency of the stool, if they have constant formed stools and don’t poop in the evening, then they are physically ready. When they are also uneasy of having poop in their diaper and if your toddler is also inquisitive when you go to the loo and frequently asks questions about it and it’s signifies their readiness for the training. When I was potty training my son, I seemed to miss the cognitive part. He wasn’t able to identify the pee and poo yet and what mom did was she constantly makes my son go to the loo without educating him what they were doing. I wasn’t really prepared to potty train him yet because I wasn’t equipped with facts on how the training goes without the stress on it. So I ended up getting frustrated as to when he will be able to do it properly. I wasn’t also emotionally ready for the accidents during the process so I get furious and he gets terrified every time it happens.
  • Remove nappies in between. This way it would be easy to make them use the potty while they are practicing how to control their bladder. Make sure though to keep a rag handy or a mop to dry if there are untoward accidents.
  • Be an example. Children love to imitate what we do. So if you can tell them what you do inside the restroom this way, you are educating them while they process on how they will do it on their own.
  • Ritual and routine. My kids have rituals when they are about to go. Dodo would run inside the room back and forth while A presses her tummy on any flat surface. You need to be keen with these rituals and instead of dropping their poop inside the diaper; you may want to place them in their potty and continue the ritual there. They also love to follow a routine, and most likely when they get used to it, the moment when they need go sets a time in their daily routine too.
  • Sing a song. A loves singing these days and the only way she won’t be bored sitting on the potty is for us to sing a song while having fun doing it.
  • Praise them for a job well done. These tots love to be acknowledged for a job well done. It is also their assurance that they are doing it right as well as the love from their parents.

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It is not bad to compare notes in rearing a child as well as the developments they make. But let us make it as a guide to properly raise them well not to pressure us on what are we supposed to do. These processes may or may not be applicable to your children as they have their own unique personalities. Let us not be overwhelmed by the pressure to rush things. Let them be kids and let us just have fun being a parent and enjoy every single way. I will not be a hypocrite and tell you that motherhood is easy, it is hard in the true sense but it is not a hindrance to spoil the happiness that should’ve been.


Happy potty training mommies! I hope my tips would help you. How about you? How did you potty train your tots? Share yours.
So I am still awake in this godly hour and eating pineapple upside down cake. We just finished watching movie and I put back the little girl to sleep. I apologize though if I have bombarded you with press releases the past days. I was just busy trying to finish a book. You know the feeling of not putting it down and just simply continue reading right? But if I can only do it more often while sitting on a lazy boy with a hot tea or coffee beside me everyday, then it would be bliss. But it doesn’t mean the little rowdy kids in my house doesn’t give me equal happiness, in fact we practice already moments of silence everyday wherein each of us would read books. I read a novel while the kids would scan and share each other’s books. And yeah, I love watching them, it’s just total bliss.


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This cyber place of mine is two years already today. Hurraaaay! I am also a year older and wiser today. While Boboy was preoccupied of prepping for my birthday trip, it’s just so funny how he blames his runny nose for confusing him as to when is my birthday. Well, I guess I have to live with the fact that he really is an epic fail for surprises. Aren’t you Boboy?

Anyway, this day I would like to make pledges to a happier me as I continue with my journey towards my 100 happy days (follow me by the way on instagram).

  • Stay away from negative people. Hide all the negative entities from all my social media. I must admit that my life revolves in social media but it just pains me eveytime I see statuses on facebook about unnecessary rants and bashing of other people. It’s just way out of my league already. I mean, isn’t exhausting to see things like that and how much more being preoccupied meddling people’s lives? I couldn’t imagine a life of a bully person.
  • Read more books especially inspirational books. Being stuck in a rut inside the four corners of my house with tots to take care of, I think I needed some other ways in order for my mind to keep on track. I am not saying I am close to being schizophrenic but I need something that will keep my parenting more fun and more inspiration to have a good relationship with my family.
  • Write from the heart. The only way that I will be able to write and compose a tasteful post is when I write from the heart. As what we always say in nursing, in order to take care of our patients well is we should be empathic rather than being sympathetic.



That’s all for now, time to get some beauty rest.
Architectural photography is a specialized photography of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and are accurate representations of their subjects. This photography is chiefly concerned with the accurate portrayal of the structure than the artistic merit.

However, and much like any other photographic discipline, it is for me more akin to an applied science where the artistic inclinations of the photographer should be given much leeway in order for him to create his own applications, and so it goes “to each his own” in this genre of photographing.


I am not a pro nor is a hobbyist, I just enjoy taking pictures of anything and everything there is to take pictures at. In this enjoyable state, I have always been intrigue by how architectural subject’s aura is affected by the play of the light especially during the night. How a seemingly harmless building becomes a haven of fear during the night, notice how most structures that are not well lit gives you the creeps… well I wanted to capture a picture that embodies such feeling, but time never gave me the opportunity to do so, thus here’s a more lively attempt on night time architectural photography. Here’s hoping though that someday I will be able to share with you a picture with a more dramatic flareand inching towards “the creeps” if not a total creep show.



The subject herein is the Meralco building, which is located inside the meralco compound and is facing Ortigas Avenue and the business district. It was and is still is considered one of the more prominent buildings in the area.
The Meralco building, which has retro architecture, houses the Meralco Theater. The theater is a favorite venue for musical plays. The theater, which can accommodate 1,000 persons, has a revolving stage more than six meters in diameter, an orchestra lift that can accomodate a 60-piece ensemble and full sound, lighting and projection equipment. Aside from musical plays, Meralco Theater also holds classical concerts, ballet and even movie premiers. (wiki) the theater was once known as Meralco auditorium.
Jose Maria Zaragosa designed the Meralco Theater. It was inaugurated on March 22, 1969. The theater is still considered as one of the most modern and fully equipped theaters in the country. Its capacity is half of that of the CCP, but meralco theater is arguably with better acoustics, Aurelio Jugillon, former dean of the UP College of Architecture was the acoustic designer and he used the theater as an example of good acoustics. The building’s inauguration was marked by performances of the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow with renowned dancers Raisa Struchkova, Alexander Lapuri, Boris Khoklov, and Vladimir Levashev. (source

Oh by the way, noticed the unfinished building in the left most portion of the picture, that was suppose to be the central subject of the shot but somehow it didn’t work out the way it was envisioned so this picture became the final cut, PEACE y’all.

Lastly, here are some tips on the theme:


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