Thursday, May 27, 2010

Free!

I have been credit-card free for six months now. My credit card of x years (applied for and used since I first started working) expired in 2009 and I have not seen the need to re-apply or to look for a replacement card. So, thus far, all of my purchases have been paid for in cash.

I had no idea being [trying to be] this liquid can be so liberating. I am not made to believe that I can afford things, because if the cash is not in my wallet, then I simply don't have the money to spend. I don't have a magic plastic contraption that buys things for me at my disposal. I am also spared the agony of having to wait for my credit card bill and the stress of having to come up with the money to pay for my debt. 

However, the thing I miss about credit cards are the freebies. For example, this month through September, you can use your BPI credit card to get free things from Pizza Hut / Pizza Hut Bistro when you dine in.

Pao enjoying a very free dinner

When you use your BPI credit card to pay for the following amounts, you get these food items for free:

PhP1,500 - Supreme Buddy Pan Pizza or Caesar Salad

PhP3,000 - Spaghetti Bolognese or Fettucine ala King (I couldn't find a photo in the website, so here's some random pasta for you. Haha)

PhP7,000 - Supreme Family Pan Pizza

Bongga, di ba?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Aha

You remember I was raving about NuDekor's wall stickers here and here? Well, I discovered that FUNctional in SM Megamall carries the same wall decals at half the price. The stickers sold at FUNctional are at PhP395 each to be exact, as opposed to NuDekor's PhP500 to PhP1,000 price range. Nyee (or Hoorah, depending on how you look at it ).

The packages in FUNctional indicate that some stickers sold in NuDekor's site are actually off-the-shelf wall decals sold by a Chinese manufacturer. See this photo here?

Spotted at FUNctional

It's the same 'colorful ring' design that I bought from NuDekor and put on my kitchen wall. 

Spotted at NuDekor

The rings on our kitchen wall

Some of the designs at the back of the stickers sold in FUNctional are also the same designs as those sold by NuDekor. It's a good thing the stickers that I bought were out of stock in FUNctional. I would not have stopped kicking myself in the bum for paying 100% more for the exact same product.

I wonder though who copied from whom. I'm hoping the Chinese manufacturer reproduced NuDekor's designs without the latter's knowledge. Otherwise, it would be inaccurate for NuDekor to say, as they did in this interview here, that they "make [their] own designs" and that "It takes roughly 2 weeks to design the graphics and another 6 weeks to print them."

* * *

P.S. It appears that the NuDekor interview has been updated to read: "We also have several suppliers now so we can add designs regularly. As such, some designs we just buy outright from the suppliers." This disclaimer wasn't in the interview before, but it sort of explains this whole fiasco.

Anyway, I'm thinking of buying a growth chart for Malik. Guess where I'd be going for that. Loo-li-loo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pleasant Surprises

I had to drag myself to work today. Well, I drag myself to work almost everyday, but today my feet were extra heavy. 

There is, first of all, the matter of Malik getting sick. I really just wanted to stay home to see to it that he's doing okay already.

Second, my cold is killing me. I've resorted to antibiotics because I've been dealing with a stuffy, sneezy nose for a week now. The decongestants/paracetamols/anti-histamines in my bag are no longer working. I swear, my purse looks like a drug store. I just want to stay home, drink enough water 'til I drown and seriously cleanse myself of this icky feeling.

But alas. Here I am, ocassionally blogging, but generally still slaving in front of the computer for yet another 9 hours today. It's just the way the world works.

So on days like this when we need inspiration to even get out of bed, thinking of the pleasant surprises in life may help. For example, who knew that beneath all this geekiness -

- lies this? Waaah.

Yun lang.

[Gad, I want to go home...]

Monday, May 24, 2010

About Time

I bought my first overpriced bag this week. Fi-na-lly.

I'm not going to pretend that buying this bag is no big deal for me. It is, seeing that I don't exactly think of its price as spare cash. I guess it took me so long to get myself one because I work hard for what I have. When you're not gifted, by blood or affinity, with a silver spoon in your mouth, you know it becomes difficult to part with your hard-earned cash.

I just figured: (1) Rather than spending hours online oggling, might as well just get it over and done with; (2) I need to satisfy my curiousity; and (3) I just gave birth, ergo I deserve a gift.

So now that I have one of these sitting in my closet, I'm torn between selling it already (because it isn't very different from all my other bags, in terms of purpose) OR getting more of it. Hala.

 I can imagine how purchasing these things can be addicting. Fortunately, I know the addiction begins only when you start treating a handful of them as a 'collection.' To depress the yearning, you have to have to listen to the voice of reason. That voice will be my sister, Gene, who is a mother of three and hence, is in a proper frame of mind when it comes to spending wisely.

One is enough...I think.

 * Comic from nataliedee.com. She's so funny!

All Better

So this is what happens when your baby gets sick. We shouldn't be worrying too much really. Malik just got vaccinated yesterday, and vaccines sometimes lead to fever.

I guess we were just caught off-guard. While I've had to deal with colds for at least 3x since giving birth, Malik has not gotten sick ever. Not when I was nursing him along with a very bad cold. Not after his monthly vaccines. Never.

Yesterday, Malik was having a grand time hanging out with cousin Mae, when he suddenly felt warm to the touch late afternoon. It didn't seem like he was bothered by it, but we were.

I've had to stay up all night to check Malik's temperature and give him his medicine. I now know how it feels when your baby's running a fever and your holding his little body against you so he can go back to sleep. 

Anyway, Malik's better now. His temperature is down to normal. Pao took care of him early today, so Malik and I were able to take a two hour nap together. Everything's going to be okay.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

All Better

So this is what happens when your baby gets sick. We shouldn't be worrying too much really. Malik just got vaccinated yesterday, and vaccines sometimes lead to fever.


I guess we were just caught off-guard. While I've had to deal with colds for at least 3x since giving birth, Malik has not gotten sick ever. Not when I was nursing him along with a very bad cold. Not after his monthly vaccines. Never.
Yesterday, Malik was having a grand time hanging out with cousin Mae, when he suddenly felt warm to the touch late afternoon. It didn't seem like he was bothered by it, but we were.


I've had to stay up all night to check Malik's temperature and give him his medicine. I now know how it feels when your baby's running a fever and your holding his little body against you so he can go back to sleep. 


Anyway, Malik's better now. His temperature is down to normal. Pao took care of him early today, so Malik and I were able to take a two hour nap together. Everything's going to be okay.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

If you can think it, you can do it.

We have to hand it to Manny Pacquiao. The guy is living proof of the tagline "Impossible is just an opinion." Our jolly 7-division world boxing champion just sets his mind into accomplishing something (anything), and does not stop until the job is done. And yes, he makes it all sound so simple.

Manny's accomplishments so far are mind blowing, especially if we consider where he began. We all know he had to drop out of high school out of extreme poverty. He left their home at 14 because Mommy Dionisia could not take care of him and 5 other children. Yet, he rose out of what seemed like a dead end life to become "The Greatest Boxer of All-Time," a most sought-after endorser, billionaire, real estate mogul, businessman, actor, singer, husband and father of four.

You'd think with all of these accomplishments under his belt, Manny Pacquiao would stop wanting to do anything more. I mean, if I were a 7-division world boxing champion AND a billionaire, I'd wake up at 12 noon, watch TV with the kids to sawa, and just lounge around my pool for the rest of the day.

But this is not the case with Manny, who just can't seem to slow down. No, no, no. While counting his money and possibly shopping for yet another set of diamond studs for Jinkee, he decides, "Well, I think I'd like to become a Congressman." Sure he loses the first time, but he bounces right back and runs again! And now, three years later, he is the "Honorable Gentleman from Saranggani, Manny Pacquiao."

Manny Pacquiao: Winner!

After having been proclaimed winner, Manny again decides, "Well, I think I'd like to take up law." So just like that, he begins taking steps toward this new goal. Did you know, he took the DECS high school equivalency exam and passed, making him qualified to enroll for college? He's been studying Business Management in a University in General Santos City since and apparently has been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities by the Cebu Southwestern University. Now he's "7-time world boxing champ Hon. Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao, PhD." Unbelievable.  

Friday, May 21, 2010

ProP 5.2 (The Close Open)

Proud Parent Update - Our handsome baby Malik the Rockstar is fast becoming everyone's bundle of joy. He's learned some serious baby skills this month, most of which are necessary to be considered "cute". For one, Malik has learned The Close Open. Behold -

With daddy this time -

He's also learned to laugh out loud, flail his arms whilst squealing in delight, and as always, spontaneously smile -

I may be considered a bad mother because of this, but yes, I allow Malik to watch TV sometimes. He likes it. Sandali lang naman!

And oh, Malik can now turn from tummy to back. We've seen him do it hundreds of times so it can't be just luck this time.

This month is particularly good to us because nearing 5 1/2 months, Malik has learned to sleep on his own at night. Previously, we had to swing baby Malik in all his 7.7 kg glory for close to 2 hours just to get him to sleep. He cries his lungs out in the process, of course. Now, we just gently tap his bum and sing him a lullaby.  He rolls around on our bed for about 20 minutes, flipping back and forth, back and forth, and before we know it, he's off to meet the sandman. Yey.

On weekends and at night, we like to read books - 

Menus, with full-color photos of food, are okay too -

I'm hoping though, that he won't be a nerdoks like me. Half-sporty, half-nerdoks like his dad would be much better.

That is all. Until next month! Rockstar will just be chillin' here in the meantime. Word. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

ProP 5.2 (The Close Open)

Proud Parent Update - Our handsome baby Malik the Rockstar is fast becoming everyone's bundle of joy. He's learned some serious baby skills this month, most of which are necessary to be considered "cute". For one, Malik has learned The Close Open. Behold -



With daddy this time -





He's also learned to laugh out loud, flail his arms whilst squealing in delight, and as always, spontaneously smile -



I may be considered a bad mother because of this, but yes, I allow Malik to watch TV sometimes. He likes it. Sandali lang naman!



And oh, Malik can now turn from tummy to back. We've seen him do it hundreds of times so it can't be just luck this time.


This month is particularly good to us because nearing 5 1/2 months, Malik has learned to sleep on his own at night. Previously, we had to swing baby Malik in all his 7.7 kg glory for close to 2 hours just to get him to sleep. He cries his lungs out in the process, of course. Now, we just gently tap his bum and sing him a lullaby.  He rolls around on our bed for about 20 minutes, flipping back and forth, back and forth, and before we know it, he's off to meet the sandman. Yey.


On weekends and at night, we like to read books - 



Menus, with full-color photos of food, are okay too -



I'm hoping though, that he won't be a nerdoks like me. Half-sporty, half-nerdoks like his dad would be much better.



That is all. Until next month! Rockstar will just be chillin' here in the meantime. Word. 


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mommy Trumps Ironman

It's my first Mother's Day celebration as a mom. Now that I am a mother myself, I propose that Mother's Day be declared a special non-working holiday nationwide. In the alternative, and to be fair to stay-at-home and self-employed moms, all mothers should be given cash prizes by the government today. This is for all the work we put in, in raising God-fearing human beings who contribute to society and whose giggles make all adult problems go away.

Today we remember that moms carry our babies in their wombs for 9 excruciating months. They put their lives on the line when giving birth. They wake up every two hours to feed our babies and take care of their needs. They do this even when, like our dads, our moms still have to go to work the next day to earn a living. Motherhood is a difficult job, for which we receive no additional pay and from which we can neither take leave nor resign. So to all the moms out there, thank you!

 

In the words of our handyman Kuya Greg, "Happy Mother Day" to you!

   

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