Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quality Family time

It's payday once again and I've been limiting on rewarding myself lately due to the bills I need to pay. This Christmas, I've decided to reward myself but not with material means but to treat myself and my hubby and kiddo to the Spa. Quality family time is the best reward. I remembered when my grandfather was alive, he would treat us to a shopping spree at a local mall and the next day, I would wake up and find him standing in the garden wearing his suite, complete with titanium cufflinks under the morning light. I enjoy moments like that with him and the Holidays just makes me miss +Papang even more. So I would not exchange any material means with the quality family time because my family is by far my greatest treasure in the world. And my memory with my grand parent will live on forever.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know...

... that on March 07 is Philosopher Emperor Day? In 161 A.D., Marcus Aurelius became the Emperor of Rome. He was a noted stoic philosopher as well as a wise and benevolent ruler, one of the few Roman emperors who were good rulers.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Can't wait for December

I called work yesterday and notified half day because we had a follow-up check-up. We waited almost four hours before our number was called. But the good news is, no dengue and no fever anymore. We'll do another test on Friday and hopefully final check-up on Saturday. Then I didn't go to work second half because I wanted to be the kiddo. We attended two kiddie parties and went home tired and happy. It was worth it.

Okay.. I'm going back to my strict diet again. I know, I know... It's just that it's very hard to discipline myself especially when I'm stressed. But this time it's real (hopefully) haha. December is fast approaching and we have major family event coming up. The beautiful, the better.

Two goals before the event: bangs and derma. It's been two years since my last bangs and I really feel it's time again. Plus facial for clean-up, tone-down and a firmer skin will be a major pamper. And speaking of pamper, a visit to the waxing salon is what I really need and a nice foot spa too.

We are planning for a movie night this Wednesday and hopefully will be able to watch it this time. Edward here I come!

My sister is going back to Dubai tomorrow and I hope she was able to do the things she needs to for the wedding.

Oh yeah, need to do my wish list for the kris kringles at work. Can't wait for December.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Super mom!

I was alarmed when the kiddo's teacher texted me yesterday. We urgently fetched the kiddo from school because she was not feeling well. We went to the doctor that afternoon and had urine tests. We were advised to take paracetamol for the mean time and go back the next day. So early this morning we went for a follow-up check-up. Did some urine and CBC test and was referred to a pediatric nephrologist. So we went to the National Kidney Institute as advised, and for nearly two hours of waiting, we got to see the doctor. And guess what... More tests. Urine culture and dengue test. It was one hell of a day for me. I nearly broke down this afternoon because of the kiddo's situation. She threw up on her sweater, kept complaining about dizziness and headache, plus I carried her around because she refuse to walk due to her fever. This is one of those amazing gifts all mommies posses when it comes to their child. As the kiddo always say... "Never say never!"

Thank God we got home safely. Now I got the whole day tomorrow to monitor the kiddo--meds etc. Then follow-up check-up on Saturday. What bothers me now is that kiddo threw up what she ate today. I hope her condition progresses tommorror or it'll be hospital again for us. Well, I hope not. Anyway, I think I need to research more on dengue, as in thorough research because the doctor says we are prone since we were already diagnosed last September. One of the tests this afternoon caught my attention--Dengue IgM is weakly positive and the other tests--Dengue IgG and Dengue NS1 are both negative. But I guess if NS1 is negative, I shouldn't be alarm right.

My rest day should have been a movie night out with my sisters and tommorrow is swimming time at Ace Water Spa. I guess that's not gonna happen =(

Anyway, I'm still thankful because the kiddo is safe here with me at home. And I'm thankful also for the super powers that I got hahaha. Even though I'm not a super hero, I can tell that I'm a super mom! And I got the kiddo to prove it.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Routine Life

I always think I'm busy all the time, but this time I'm busier. Not just from work, home chores, mommy duties but also from reading the book. I'm already half done with TORMENT, and the same as the first book, it's slow-paced. If it weren't for the story line, I wouldn't want to finish it. Anyway, I expect to finish the book this weekend and probably watch some series for a change.

I envy those people who feels the presence of Christmas because I personally don't. I haven't even put up our Christmas tree yet and the little kiddo is already asking about it. Sad to say but I think it's just a waste of time. Oh my. What happen to me? Where's my Christmas spirit?

So last week, we pulled a big surprise for mom and dad. My sister J came home for a 9-day visit last Thursday and we surprised our folks at 2AM! Surprise! Surprise! hahaha. It was a success! Anyway, we ate pizza and talked and talked... endless conversations. Anyway, we had to leave because we had work the next day. I hope sister J (with the help of my other sisters) can finish all the wedding plans before she go back. And this Thursday is set reserved for the zitros movie night! We are all gonna attend Edward and Bella's Wedding! In other words, we'll watch Breaking Dawn Part 1 even though sister J doesn't want to. We are all gonna literally tight her up in her seat haha!

When I came home 40 minutes ago, I realized, while I was removing my shoes, my life recently has been a routine. I hate it that way. Wake up-Breakfast-work-home late at night-sleep-wake up-breakfast-work-home late at night... it's just an endless and senseless cycle. I am again and hopefully not forever trapped in this rat race that I got myself into. I want adventure, travel, beach, music, concerts, violin lessons, eat-out, biking and more! More hype and action that keeps the blood pumping. Hopefully next year would a little less boring than this.

Another week before December comes and after that it'll be the start of the count down. Count down until MIL ans BIL arrival... Count down until my sister's arrival... Count down until Christmas.. Count down until New Year.. Count down until FIL's 60th Birthday... Count down until the Kiddo's Birthday... Count down until MIL and BIL's departure... Count down until my sister goes back to D... and Count down to whatever comes our way. Hopefully we'll always counting down to good news.

Anyway, I'm always thinking positive from my routine life. I'm still hopeful.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know...

... that on March 06 is Frozen Food Day? In 1930, Birds Eye Frosted Foods, part of General Foods, marketed frozen peas and spinach for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts. Flash freezing was developed by Clarence Birdseye. Which probably made a whole lot of people happy...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book review: FALLEN and BLUE BLOOD

I've finished BLUE BLOOD! Can you believe it? Just two days and I'm done. I know the book is not that long, compared to the twilight saga but I have to admit Melissa Dela Cruz (the author) really did a great job on this one. It really is a page turner.

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Okay here's my verdict between the the books. Let me start with the first book that I read:

FALLEN. By Lauren Kate. I had to admit I got bored in the first few chapters of the book because of the slow-paced story telling technique and sadly it goes til the end. It other words, paligoy-paligoy pa is her style of writing. If it weren't for the story and my impression of the main character, Daniel, I wouldn't have finished the book. Readers beware: this book will just leave you with more questions than answers! And that made me want to buy the next book (I mean really really reeeeaaallyy wanna buy them) and those are TORMENT and PASSION. But from what I read from the reviews, these next two books are page turners and that's what I'm looking forward to. Another thing, this book has a really really nice cover. All of them actually. This book also is a breath of air from the Twilight saga. Something different, something new (for me) and something to look forward to.

Next...

BLUE BLOOD. By Melissa Dela Cruz. I'm surprised that the author is a Filipino. She migrated to the US when she was 12. I think she was also a fashion writer before at Marie Claire and now residing in LA. Sorry. I also have the habit of reading the author's bio just to get some background and know their inspiration. Anyway, this also made me more curious. I like her style. Simple and not too over explained and direct to the point. Fast-paced but not too fast. I hope you get my point. Anyway, the book is a little of everything and I love the story. Like I said, it's page turner and it didn't leave me hanging on the cliff that much compared to other book. It's like craving for more adventure.

I don't want to elaborate more on the story part because that's for you to find out. But all in all, these are good reads. Looking forward on purchasing the next series this weekend.

Tomorrow is my day off from work. I'll take a break and do errands for the mean time.

Good night to all.

Yes, I'm smiling =) That's good right.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hooked on book and more...

It finally stopped raining. The night is covered with an eerie silence. Like everything is still... like time stopped and I didn't.

Been hooked with a book these past few days and it felt good to be reading again. I already finished the FALLEN novel and now I'm on my second book--Blue Blood. I'm ready to sacrifice my food money so I can get the Fallen novels---Torment and Passion. I'm really hooked into it. If Blue Blood turn out to be okay, I'll probably buy the rest of the series as Christmas gift for myself or maybe include it in my wish list so someone else can buy it for me haha. Saves money huh.

The word is out. Marry Me AMY'ss front-woman is having a baby. I sense the unofficial break-up. I guess it's really not the time for us...yet. And a friend from work asked me if I could help him publish his songs. One album to be released from an independent record label. I gladly said yes so I could have a project to look forward to next year. Hope things will end well this time.

I'm afraid. I don't know what's in store for me next year but I hope it'll be less tragic than this. Better home, education, food and endless opportunities. May God shower us with blessings.

....I re-read my post for spell checks and I notice something eerie about it. Maybe reading these books affected the way I write my entries. A friend once told me that if want leave a mark in this world, you need to accomplish three things... (1) have a child. Check. (2) Plant a tree. Not yet and not sure if I can coz I'm good with plants. And (3) Write a book. Deep down inside me... I feel the urge to be a writer. Somehow, I want to have a book published with my name on it. I guess that's why i have a blog. Does this count on the number (3) list of things I need to do to leave a mark in this world? Maybe.

Anyway, soo looking forward this Friday. Will let the word out once everything turn out well okay as planned.

More: Was informed that our papers was mailed. I guess, waiting time starts now.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know...

... that on March 05 is Online University Day? Established in 1995, Jones International University became the first U.S. university operating entirely online to earn accreditation when the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted it accreditation on March 5, 1999.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pasalubong!

It's 5 weeks count down til MIL and BIL's arrival and the kiddo is very excited. I'm prepping her up for their vacation. I told her to eat and sleep more so when she see her lola, she'll be healthier and taller. I'm thinking about our pasalubong =) Chocolates! And what I'm looking forward to is the Victoria Secret lingerie. I know I'm just using inexpensive lingerie for everyday use, but it'll be really swell if I have more to add up my collection of lingerie. Anyway, I haven't got word from my vacation leaves from work, but if I need to get off from work, I'll probably will even if they don't let me because MIL and BIL comes and visit us once in every five years so I can't miss for the world.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11

11.11.11

Wonder if it's really a lucky day today.

Oh well.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm lucky

I thought I'm gonna stay home today but we didn't. My mom asked us to meet them at Trinoma this afternoon. Kiddo and I went there early so she could go to the playground so me and sister zj stayed at Starbucks. We tried the Christmas drink---Cranberry white mocha frap but nothing fancy about it. Nothing compared to the Christmas drink two years ago. Anyway, spending the time in the mall made me less stressed. It kept my mind off from the money problems here at home. Then it made my wonder how lucky other people are... To have so much but yet still not satisfied.

I know I'm lucky because I have my own family and we are happy... And my parents and sisters to lean on when I need them. Yes, I'm lucky and satisfied. Thank you Lord.

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Help me

It's finally rest day tomorrow and I'd probably stay home (again). Please don't ask why. Anyway, I have things to do to keep me busy like play guitar, cook and watch The Vampire Dairies season one. They told me it's a good show and I'm quite intrigue. So since True Blood is still many many months away, I'll just keep myself busy with other shows. I have to remind myself to also watch Green Lantern. I saw it in the bus earlier on the way home but did'nt finish it because I need get off.

Thank God I can still write songs and poems. Last week, words just popped out from inside and I made three songs in an hour. Next thing I want to learn is to compose melodies. I haven't wrote a single note, ever. Hopefully, it'll come to me too.

Why do I have the feeling that my dreams are falling apart. And I'm deeply crushed about it. Help me.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know...

... that on March 04 is the birthday of the Television Hall of Fame? The Television Hall of Fame was established on this date. In 1984, the first people were inducted into the TV Hall of Fame: Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Morrow, William S. Paley, and David Sarnoff.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Presents

My sister's wedding is coming up. We've already accomplish half of the plans but there's still so many things to do and that's the venue, which is the most important and the invites. Of course, we need to confirm first the venue before we print the invites so maybe we can accomplish that this week. December is fast approaching and I just realized that I don't have a gift yet. It'll be a Christmas gift and a wedding present too for both of them. I'm planning to get something personalized so they can take it with them when they go back to Dubai. And of course, it's a-something that will remind them of us here back home. I hope there's still Free shipping on Personal Creations orders and get my order on time.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Random-ness

Muscle pain reminds me that I'm on my way to a healthier me. I'm in pain, but it's okay. Jogging jogging jogging. I think I'm doing a great job in motivating myself. It's the biggest challenge ever you know.

Rest day. Such nice words. For me it means, time to spend quality time with yourself, family or friends. So today I woke up early to start my morning jogging. But after 5 minutes, it started to drizzle. So I had no choice but to go back home. But at least I had a 10-minute jog. I continued exercising at home and hit the shower. I met with my sister A and Z, with mom at lunchtime in Caspari. We had our measurements taken and went to DV to buy the materials needs for the gown. Christmas is everywhere in DV, not to mention the people... Soo many. There's still a lot of things we need to accomplish for my sister's wedding and at least we're getting there. And oh btw, there are 'legally' married now. Mom and dad got the papers already.

It's raining again. Sleeping is recommended. I hope, no dengue anymore (knock on wood).

Yes, we have Internet. Sun pocket wifi is slower than the usual smartbro connection. But this is 3G, so I understand. At least I get to bring it anywhere I go.

We have a new dog. Arfie. He's still adjusting to his home (here), that's why he's noisy. I know sooner or later, he'll shut up so we can get a decent sleep.

We also have a new bird. Haven't seen it close-up but I think it's like a small parrot or something. Hubby found it outside he's office. I hope he'll live here. Kinda nice to have another bird. Yes, I said it (coming from a person who does not like animals/pets).

I'm thinking about the kiddo. We didn't continue her violin lessons anymore because I don't have money to pay for the tuition. Suck I know. She even told me that she wanted piano lesson, ballet and taek wando too... =( I believe molding the child during their early years is essential. There's so much I want to give her but I can't and it makes me mad. Sometimes she complains she don't have anything to do at home and those extra activities is perfect. Oh well. That's life.

2012. I wonder what's in store for me next year.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Smells like Christmas

There's a familiar smell in the air that I noticed on my way home 30 minutes ago. It's obvious that Christmas is in the air, but why am I not happy? Because it's year-end again and looking back, I thought I haven't really done anything this year. And quite frankly, it's been the worst year so far. I'm not sure if I'm ready to post my misfortune for the world to see. But at the end of the day, I believe there's still light at the end of the tunnel. Even though this tunnel I'm into is a very long one.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Kiddo won the "BEST IN COSTUME" at work. Special Thanks to MIL and BIL for the Tinkerbell dress (with matching shoes that lights up!) that they bought and effortlessly sent just in time for Halloween. Thank You also to my sister A for the blonde wig which matches the dress and my friend Milan for the head dress. Dressing her up was a breeze, because she really liked it haha. Thank you also my friends for the pictures.

And as for me... Isn't it obvious I'm a pirate? hahaha.. A corset over the black dress with matching boots was my get-up. Love this pic of us...

~ Trick or Treat 2011 ~

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