Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Family Day: Isdaan at Calauan

'Sunday is family day' - this is most probably true for all Filipino families/ Whether you eat out together, you hear mass, visit a shopping mall or just stay at home for that one day in the the week when all members of the family are at home.

Well, I got married to a guy who's family loves good food, great pictures and loooong drives (hahaha!) So Sunday, December 16, 2012 - everyone, well except of course for Kuya JP cause he rarely joins us for things like this (it's his thing, OK!) - went for an approximately about 1 1/2 - 2 hours drive from Tanay to Calauan, Laguna to eat lunch - yes, just to have lunch (yes, why not?!) and of course take pictures - at Isdaan Floating Restaurant. We left at around 10am and arrived there around 1:00. There were so many people - and a lot of Koreans, too! - since it was lunch time I guess so we had to wait for an available table or slot or whatever you call it. The Koreans in the entrance area, my father-in-law said were looking at and pointing to Arkin. Daddy told Arkin, "Arkin, hinahanap ka ng mga pinsan mo!" He really did quite looked like the Koreans, no wonder.

The place was obviously Thai inspired since the facade of the restaurant looks Bali-ish. I've never been out of the country so obviously I've never been to Bali but from some of the pictures I've seen, I think that's where the inspiration came from, or so I've heard. Lot's of Buddha inspired statues which was good for the kids, kept them amazed the whole time. It's a 'floating' restaurant so expect to see lots of fishes, which was again, good for the kids while we were just at the entrance and got in the wait list. I don't know on some days but that day was obviously jampacked with hungry guests and their waiting area didn't really much served its purpose, but I appreciate that they anticipated and provided "Little Tikes' toys for the kids.

Serving time was a-okay for me given the fact that the restaurant was teeming with people. Plus, we used the time to go around and take pictures with the kids. It was the service and the food that was not good. The place was too big to be accomodated by all the staff, crew and waiters, who were by the way, wearing filipiniana costumes and long sleeves on that scorching hot day! I pitied them, honestly! The food tasted really ordinary, nothing unusual or should I say special. I'm no seafood lover but I liked the food much much better from our Kainan sa Tabing Lawa restaurant in Tanay. And it was really expensive, I didn't saw the bill but I think we spent around 5thousand pesos for that lunch alone, which wasn't really that good, and had small servings. The food tasted bland, they served the glasses very late - as in we were all really, really thirsty already, and desert was served when everyone else has already lost their appetite. I would like to emphasize that on that particular day that we went there, it was obvious from the staff's faces that it was an extra difficult day for them, maybe because there were too many guests - I really don't know.

Okay, so now, are you ready for the pictures?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Summer in December

So, after my hospitalization, husband suggested that we do our first round of shopping. So who am I to decline that tempting offer? Besides, I promised myself I'd buy me some running shoes so that I can start my 'workout' right away. I'd make a separate post on my hauls that week because I haven't gotten my hands on a digital camera for weeks now so I don't have any decent picture to post bought but let me tell you that it includes - my new running shoes (which I have yet to use), cosmetics organizer, Raine's big ballerina shoes and Arkin's Lightning Mcqueen shoes.

Anyways, as usual, I left the twins with mama and my sisters and that's actually what this post is about. I saw these pictures of them in mama's laptop and they are sooo adorbs!

More pictures after the jump!

December makes me sick.

I've been feeling a little under the weather lately. It's almost Christmas I know! And not to spoil the spirit of this season or anything but December makes me sick, literally. Well, maybe because it's starting to get cold and people everywhere else are getting sick as well right?

The first week of this month I was hospitalized for less than 24 hours due to a really really bad case of gastritis. IV medications didn't even worked! I was writhing in pain on bed for 2 days already then when my mama told me that we should go to the hospital already and have me checked. Kenneth, my classmate from elementary was my nurse :) Good thing was, the IV meds finally worked and I was sent home right away. The twins visited me there of course and they kept on saying, "Mommy, doctor, wawa?" They were sooo cute saying that.

Then late last week I was feeling dryness in my throat - it's hard to swallow, even my own saliva. I thought I was getting better already because yesterday, the pain was gone but it came back today! And its worse than the first one. But I cannot NOT eat because of my stomach problem. I don't know what to do.

And then there's also my wisdom teeth, all four of them doesnt want to leave my gums :( They're ALL aching and I can't do anything! I don't want them to be extracted coz that would be painful!

And I have to stop blogging now coz all of these are giving me headache. Ok, bye!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Parenting 101: Potty Training

After reading a few parenting articles about potty training, I have came to a decision that I would not be the parent that would force my children to pee or poop in the commode. Yes, we consume 1 or sometimes 1 1/2 big pack of XL Huggies diapers every week. It's really expensive, I kid you not. We also buy those generic diapers from the market because I found out that they also have the same quality as Huggies, and they are cheaper because they contain like 30+ diapers per pack, and they come in pull ups! I definitely recommend 'Baby Love'. But of course that would depend if your kid is 'hiyang' to that brand. As for mine, only Huggies, Drypers and Baby Love touches their butts :)

Okay, so as I was saying - I have decided that we should not force the twins to use the CR for those necessities. Even if I don't potty train them now, they would eventually potty train themselves on their own. It's a sick reasoning but hey - I have two kids to potty train and all the household chores and stuff! No judging please.

I really can't remember when I started potty training the twins but I do know that Arkin was the first one who showed signs of 'readiness' to do so. I didn't started doing anything until he didn't want to wear diapers anymore so we let him roam around the house without diapers. At first he didn't want to wear anything, I think he feels 'presko' that way. But eventually, he agreed to wearing 'briefs' and shorts. I don't know who taught him to pee squatting down, I suppose it was the ex-yaya. So I had to teach how to pee like a boy, that is standing up. Thing is, he doesn't want to hold his penis when peeing. Knowing Arkin, he is the 'maarte' kind of boy so it might take us a while before we will be able to practice that. As for poo-poo, he would ask for 'diaper' and he would poop in his diaper.

Raine was the difficult one. My mom and sister in law bought her panties with princess and minnie mouse designs to start with. I would tell her that I will not put diapers on her so she gets to wear Minnie or Princess panties - but she should tell mommy or daddy if she will 'wiwi' so we can bring her to the CR to pee. Of course she's happy about it and she would proudly show off  her cute panties. But guess what, I realized it's not fun anymore when we ran out of panties and pajamas. It was really tiring when all you do is to mop off the small pool of urine your daughter left on the floor. I would always end up putting her into her diapers. We all know mom's can't just wipe and mop urine all day! I have a house to clean, laundry to wash (by hand!), clothes to fold, dishes to clean, meals to cook and another action star in the making kid in the house to look after to. I JUST CAN'T DO IT.

Until today. I don't know what got into my daughter but she is peeing in the CR - into the toilet bowl. And she even pooped there! One thing that we haven't tried yet with Arkin. She would say "Mommy, wet!" and that would be my cue to bring her to the CR. One thing I noticed particularly with Arkin is that he could go all day without peeing which I know is not normal and is not possible because it IS not normal. So what I did today that I have never done before was bring them to the CR after having their milk or after drinking water and kind of force them to pee. And there! He did pee! Looks like he was just holding his pee because he was so into playing.

Have I mentioned that it's a must for me to say "Good job baby!" or "Very good anak!" plus "Yehey!" all the time? Well I'm that kind of mom because I believe that it sticks to them and it does. Every single time that Raine pees on the bowl, she would say "I did it!" See how sosyal my anak is? 

It was of course 'extra' difficult to me. Everytime Raine would say "Mommy, wet!" I would also bring Arkin to the CR to ask him to pee. Or if Arkin would say "Mommy, wiwi", Raine would always always say the same thing. I'm tired. I haven't napped for a bit yet today because of this - and I failed to make them nap by 1pm so now I can't let them sleep because we have a scheduled bedtime and that would just mess up their sleeping time. But this method is working. So I'm gonna have to stick with it, nap or no nap. But really, I turn into a monster when I don't get my afternoon nap. So husband would just have to deal with it, after all, I successfully potty trained the twins today.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday, SuperTwins!

We have reached another milestone as Arkin and Raine turned 3 last November 22. Whew, that was fast!

This was my Instagram post for their birthday. I'm also posting the text cause I don't want to repeat it again :)

Time really is fast when you are having fun. You were just 'flutters' and 'bubbles' in mommy's tummy before but look at you now. Sometimes, you make mommy wonder how it feels like to have a twin because you two make it seem like its the best feeling in the world - having someone to play with, fight with, laugh with, cry with, throw tantrums with - I pray that you will never get tired of each other and you'll keep on looking after and that you'll continue to love each other more and more. You two make us very happy and proud! Happy 3rd birthday Arkin and Raine. We love you sooo much! 

And now here are some pictures from our simple celebration that night. Actually, we just ate and had them blow their birthday candles - that's the most exciting part for them and we had to repeat it for like - okay I forgot how many times already! 

Here is the birthday girl posing for the cam.

We made pilit Kuya to pose.

But he won't let go of the itouch.

Certified heartrob.

Look who came to give us gifts! 
Thank you Tito Julian!

Here's their birthday cake sponsored by our only visitors that day.

And now here we go...

And that's it! 

Happy birthday mga anak! 
Mahal na mahal kayo ni Mommy at Daddy!
Everybody loves you two!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary, Beih ❤

If there was one love advice that my mama ever gave me, it would be this:

"Kung sino yung unang boyfriend mo, dapat sya na ang huli."

Thus, growing up, I only had one dream when it comes to love, boys and relationship - to marry my first boyfriend. (My friends can attest to that.)

My first boyfriend was my first love, my first kiss, my first heartbreak, my first guy bestfriend, my first everything. We had to break up after 6 years, just so we can get married, and start our family with our awesome twins.

And now, 3 years after - I am living my dream, being married to my 1st boyfriend, who's now my 1st husband (HAHA chosss!).

Happy third anniversary, Daddy! I love you much beih 💑 to ever after 💗

Monday, September 3, 2012

(Changes + Breakdown) Forgiveness

I haven't been myself these past few days. My - I haven't been myself these past few months. And I think it was just last weekend when the much 'awaited breakdown' happened. It was like a stored body of energy that needs to be released - well, blown out of proportion I think - but we all need that once in a while. I guess. 

I have known for a fact that I'm not the type who's giddy about changes. They scare the hell out of me. Just imagine, one night of change in my sleeping pattern, I'll pay for it for one whole month.I'd be restless, irritable and sleepy all the time (not that I'm not always sleepy). I'm too scared of changes - they make me insecure, intimidate me, freaks me out - I'm not just adventurous. And by adventurous I mean a person who is  always too excited and always looks out for changes, for new things. I think the only 'new' I like are 'new' gadgets, and that's it. 

So like 1 hour ago before I started typing here - I was ready to lay out the 'cause' of my recent breakdown. Imagine - throwing plastic mineral bottles at my husband while he was sleeping, shutting the bedroom door like my 2 yo boy when he's having tantrums, and yes, crying out loud just because I think it's dramatic that way, and then realizing Blair Waldorf would never do that to herself (and it's one of the major causes of eye bags) - so I just cry myself out to sleep, just because I think that's more drama queen. But then again, I changed my mind. Well, for one my hubby just walked past behind me and asked me why am I still awake at this ungodly hour. For crying out loud - "You asked me to work in a call center, natural mag iiba tulog ko, tapos tatanungin mo ko kung bakit gising pa ako?". Thank God I just kept those in my thoughts or else it would start another fight, yet again. Like this morning when I told him I want an annulment (I know right?!) and I started crying again and he just started rubbing my back and yes you guessed it right - we had one of the best make up... make up conversations ever!!! Hahaha!

Ok. So I don't really know if it's just PMS or what - but I'm really glad I finally had the courage to vent it all out - somehow. Being someone who doesn't really have someone to talk to - or doesn't really want to talk about it, really. It's nice to have a breakdown - once in a while. But next time I'll try to be more calm.

And I'd just like to share this 'Prayer of Forgiveness' I saw online. I'm not saying I'm into this right away. But I'd be contemplating. I will be seriously reading this and think about it, for real. As to when I will practice it - I still dont know. It takes time. But reading this - it's a start :)

Prayer of Forgiveness
by Paulo Coelho

Hilal searches for inspiration on the golden walls, the columns, the people coming at this hour of the morning, the flames of the lit candles.
- I forgive the girl I was, not because I want to become a saint but because I do not want to endure this hatred. This tiresome hatred.
This was not what I expected.
- You may not forgive everyone and everything, but forgive me.
- I forgive everything and everyone. I forgive you because I love you and you do not love me. I forgive you because you reject me and I am losing my power.

She closes her eyes and raises her hands towards the ceiling.
- I am liberated from hatred by means of forgiveness and love. I understand that suffering, when it cannot be avoided, helps me to advance towards glory.
Hilal speaks softly but the acoustics of the church are so perfect that everything she says seems to echo throughout the four corners. But my experience tells me that she is channelling the spirit of a child.
The tears I shed, I forgive.
The suffering and disappointments, I forgive.
The betrayals and lies, I forgive.
The slandering and scheming, I forgive.
The hatred and persecution, I forgive.
The punches that were given, I forgive.
The shattered dreams, I forgive.
The dead hopes, I forgive.
The disaffection and jealousy, I forgive.
The indifference and ill will, I forgive.
The injustice in the name of justice, I forgive.
The anger and mistreatment, I forgive.
The neglect and oblivion, I forgive.
The world with all its evil, I forgive.

She lowers her arms, opens her eyes and places her hands on her face.
I move closer to kiss her, but she makes a signal with her hands.
- I have not finished yet.
She closes her eyes and looks up.

Grief and resentment, I replace with understanding and agreement.
Revolt, I replace with music that comes from my violin.
Pain I replace with oblivion.
Revenge, I replace with victory.

I will be able to love above all discontentment.
To give even when I am stripped of everything.
To work happily even when I find myself in the midst of all obstacles.
To dry tears even when I am still crying.
To believe even when I am discredited.

She opens her eyes, puts her hands on my head and says with an authority that comes from above:
- Thy will be done. Thy will be done.

I've read somewhere that true forgiveness means forgiving someone, even if that someone didn't even asked for forgiveness. I'd tell you this: I'm not that kind of person. I may forgive you, but I won't forget what you did. Ever. I have a very photographic, otographic (whatever you call it, I meant to say - I can remember what you said and how you said things!) memory. But I'm willing to take baby steps. Yes, baby steps.

Goodvibes everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Just an update!

Ive been meaning to write. Really. It's just that in between running after, feeding, bathing, playing and tumbling with 2 very hyper, energetic and inquisitive toddlers (i hate to say the word but yes- my babies are classified as toddlers now) - that and laundry, and folding clothes and of course sleep and loving my husband - I just can't find the time to squeeze in blogging. So I'm sorry but I guess it's safe to aay that I've got my hands full. No not just full. Overflowing!

So anyways, here's my twins now. Enjoy!

I know, thank God for Instagram huh?!