Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Amnesia Girl

Nope, I haven't watched Harry Potter 7 yet. And yes, I rushed out of the office as soon as the workday ended on Friday so I could watch - My Amnesia Girl! [Warning: Some spoilers after the jump]

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's a date

I sense something's cooking. There have been cards like these lying around the house -

The other week, Mommy was busy sorting out these goodies. I helped of course -

Malik: "Mommy, parang kulang ng Silly Bandz ito."

Malik: "Uy apple flavored gum. Akin na lang."

So I'm putting two and two together and have come to the conclusion that we're going to a party later. I'm so excited! I've been to parties before (Remember this and this?) and I sure had a good time. I wonder who it is who'd be opening presents this time. Good for him!

Love lots,

Friday, November 26, 2010

PolliWalk This Way

Now that Malik is walking, it's time we got him a decent pair of shoes. He used to wear a cheap but functional pair labeled "Bebe" from the SM Department Store. But Malik's style of walking apparently requires a certain type of footwear. He stumbles if his shoes have a lot traction in front.

We've concluded that Malik's ideal pair of shoes would be soft-soled clogs, especially while he isn't walking on escalators yet. Crocs were an option, but I didn't want to shell out that much money for such ordinary looking shoes. It's great that I found these T-Rex clogs from Polliwalks. Aren't these the coolest? (I thought about using the word "cutest," but they're not really cute no? They're cool. Kewl, kewl, kewl.)

Polliwalks are easy to put on and take off. They come in fun and colorful animal shapes, and they have "footprinter bottoms," to make walking extra fun. They're light because they're made of soft foam.  And best of all, they're machine washable. Check these out -

Polliwalks Gator
Polliwalks Frog

Polliwalks Fish

For those who have baby girls, Polliwalks has "cute" pairs for your little one too -

Clockwise : Elmo, Oscar and Cookie Monster

Click here for more info.

(T-Rex Polliwalks, PhP1450 PhP1490 from Kid Sports Robinsons Galleria)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

ProP 11.4 - The Last

Proud Parent Update - I was supposed to upload this blog post last night, by way of my last and final Proud Parent Update. As it turns out, I forgot all about it. So I'm belatedly uploading it now.

You see, Malik turns one year old today. Hooray! The ProPs will be ending now, but that doesn't mean I will stop writing about my son. It's just that after the 1st year, it will feel kind of weird dividing Malik's life by months. He has the rest of his life ahead of him. That's a lot of months! So I figured, mommy will be here to keep notes about Malik's adventures as they arise.

Okay. Without further ado, I'm sharing pictures of what Malik looks like when he's sleepy for my last ProP. Enjoy the cuteness you guys.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Seriously guys, Mang Tomas and mozarella?

"New Lechon Pizza: Roasted pork and crispy balat ng lechon on mozzarella cheese and special lechon sauce."

Forgot to include the "!" in the end, which is critical because if there is ever a dish that deserves an exclamation point, this is it. Ewww.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ProP 11.3 - Finally

Proud Parent Update - If you see me these days, you may notice I have a certain glow. I'll let you know, this glow comes from finally getting some sleep at night. Yey! Malik has begun sleeping through the night at 11 months. As in I no longer have to wake up at ungodly hours to give him milk. Of course, Malik continues to roll around the bed when he's sleeping, pushing me (and waking me up) in the process, but still!

Best part of my day

Malik likes to sleep on my tummy now.

To celebrate this milestone, I decided to document Malik's sleeping habits at least for his first year. Warning: This will be a lengthy post. Then again, my blog, my rules. :)

Months 1 to 3: My gulay, Malik's first 3 months are just a blur to me. I don't know how we ever got past it. I was exclusively nursing for only 5 weeks, but those were the hardest 5 weeks of my life. As we all know, breast milk is light on the tummy so Malik was asking for milk every 2 hours at least. I'm surprised I did not lose my sanity.

Malik in his "New Person Smell" stage

Month 4: At 4 months, Malik switched from breastmilk to formula. I like to think I tried, but the supply eventually dwindled when I went back to work. In the sleeping department, formula appears to be a mother's best friend. Since it is heavier on the tummy, Malik only woke up every 4 hours.

Malik x April Boy Regino


Month 6: Malik began eating solids at 5 months. I expected this to stretch Malik's sleeping time by at least 2 hours but it didn't work. Rice cereal, Malik's first baby food, is apparently still light on the stomach. I was thankful nonetheless. Sleep, even if it was only for 4 hours at a time, is still sleep.

Month 10:  Honestly, after 10 months of sleep deprivation, I was beginning to not care anymore. My body has adjusted and I was at least able to function at work. However, at 10 months, Malik begun regularly eating table food and rice, so I was pleasantly surprised that he required less and less bottles at night. Two weeks ago, Malik's nighttime feeding was reduced to 1 bottle at around 5 a.m. Now, Malik drinks milk shortly before sleeping and will not wake up for nighttime feedings anymore. Hooray.

Malik: "See you in the morning. Zzzzz."

Come to think of it, looking at these pictures also tells us how our lives have drastically changed this year. No doubt about it. Raising a baby is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but it's also the most rewarding. By the way, Malik turns one in two days. Hang-bilis!

Malik: "Wake up, mommy. Time to go to work."

Malik: "Good morning."

Coping with loss, literally

I haven't been in the mood to write anything lately because I've been busy solving [what seems to be] a crime: I seem to have lost my iTouch. I vaguely remember leaving it in my cubicle on Friday and have actually spent the weekend under the assumption that my iTouch is safely cradled in its usual corner -

Scene of the [possible] crime. Do not cross.

However, when I came to work yesterday, I discovered it's not there! I have asked questions from potential witnesses like the utility folks and the security guards, to no avail. I'm actually hoping I just misplaced it somewhere. But the 24-hour window for finding missing persons, er, gadgets has passed now. I guess the sooner I admit that I will never see my iTouch again, the sooner I will be able to move on. Hay.

The value of my iTouch, which I've had for more than two years, has probably depreciated to zero by now. So what I am most agitated about it is the fact that I no longer have my Touch Closet -

Photo credit: Home Spa Goddess

I've taken pictures and recorded every piece of clothing/shoe/bag that I've bought in the last two years in that iPhone App. It's actually saved me a lot of time, since I browse the Touch Closet rather than my actual closet when coming up with my daily outfits. I've also been able to compute how much I pay for a piece of clothing on a price per use basis because of that application. Now I will have to find another way to nurture my OC-ness. Any suggestions?

Malik: "If you see this gadget here, please holler."

Friday, November 19, 2010

The only exception

The new logo of Philippine tourism, "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" bears a striking resemblance to the logo of Poland's tourism campaign "Polska". They use the same colors and font, and contain the same elements like that tree over the letter "L" and two squiggles at the bottom. Here, see for yourself -

Our Campaign

Poland's Campaign

The "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" logo and theme were developed by advertising agency Campaigns and Grey. Someone over the Internet (palakpakan!) discovered the similarities. Now everyone is aghast at this apparent infringement of copyright. It's shameful, humiliating and "no longer amusing" they say. Tsk,tsk.

Meanwhile, what I learn from this story is this: Do not infringe intellectual property because you will get caught. The world has gotten smaller in terms of how fast information gets around. Google will turn up evidence of your intellectual theft. Do not even attempt to do it. However, there is an exception to this general rule as seen in a recent decision of the Supreme Court. To the people in Campaigns and Grey, check if your artist may have also accidentally deleted a footnote. That will get you off the hook.


Finally took Pipo to the vet this weekend. I had to drive all the way to the North twice to pick up and then drop off Pipo but it's okay. Laban ni Pacquiao, so there weren't many cars on the road that day.

Doggie kisses.

Pipo's vitals are okay. No intestinal worms or *thank goodness* heartworms. He's been vaccinated against parvovirus and rabies, among others. Unfortunately, his SGPT is above normal this year. The vet says it's probably genetic (You remember we got Pipo from what I now realize is a puppy mill? *Boo!*). So we're giving him his usual dose of Jetepar for life. He's also switching to a senior's diet this year. My baby Pipo is all grown-up now.

We stopped taking Pipo to Animal House four years ago, because I found their service too impersonal. We've been seeing Dr. Ernesto Pascual (shown here) since. His clinic is in New Manila. I highly recommend him. His charges are reasonable, he's very competent and he'll tell you like it is. Let me know if you're looking for a vet. I'll give you his contact numbers.

Pao will probably kill me when he reads this, but after his visit to the vet, I took Pipo home with me to meet Malik. Briefly lang naman. He just walked around a little near Malik's crib so Malik can see him and then I tied his leash on the stairs already. Because of this exercise, I have come to the conclusion that Malik and Pipo will get along fine. But like I said, we'll have to wait five more years.

Malik: "Hey, where did that furry person go?"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Passive Dumpee

You may have heard, news is going around that Liz Uy is "seeing" the President. I don't know what "seeing," means. I sure as hell "see" everyone as I am not visually impaired but I "date" only my husband. Anyway, Liz is keeping mum on the matter. I feel for her.

Photo credit: U.S. News Las Vegas

On the one hand, going from dating John Lloyd Cruz to Noynoy Aquino is a huge downgrade. The latter may deserve plus points for being THE President of the Philippines but it's really useless pitting him against Lloydie in the appeal department. Let's face it. At a certain point in a woman's life, we like to think about bearing children and finding a suitable mate who will provide us good genes. Imagine the children that you will bear if you marry John Lloyd Cruz -

Photo credit: reality TV

Now imagine your children should your husband be Pnoy -

Photo credit: Wally Ibong

Uh-huh. On the other hand, who would want to do the honors of being that woman who turned down the most powerful man in the country? Willing ba si Liz Uy mang-basted ng Presidente? Oh no. I'm guessing she's keeping quiet until the President decides he's lost interest. I will call this strategy, "passive dumping." I hope she succeeds. Go Liz.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ProP 11.2 - Who me, worry?

Proud Parent Update - When Ford Prefect discovered that the earth was going to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, I imagine this was the expression on his face -


Malik wears this expression a lot. He will look like he discovered something important, will start babbling like he's trying to explain the discovery to us, and then stiffen up like that once he realizes we don't understand a word he's saying. It's cute, but also very unsettling. Is the earth in trouble Malachi? Tell us! Tell us!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Battle Plan

Came home Friday night to find three huge mosquito bites on Malik -

We had a similar mosquito problem while living in my parents' house. Malik was a tiny baby then, so all we did was cover his crib with a mosquito net and we were set. Malik is a lot more mobile now. He can't sit still, even for a moment. So we would have to be a lot more creative. So far, I'm using Zanza No from Chicco -

I will also be gas-chambering the bathroom. I have a theory they're breeding there, even though we never keep stagnant water in the house. I'm going to find you, you sneaky little b*stards. No one messes with my baby and gets away with it. Attack!

Monday, November 15, 2010


We're almost done with our preparations for Malik's 1st birthday party. Got some toys two weeks ago to raffle off to the kids. I'm keeping them in a bag, which I open every now and then because of this -

DIY Monster

You make body parts out of the felt, iron it on, and stuff the doll with cotton yourself -

The dolls come with their own birth certificate, so you can name them -

Chrisgel would approve. Also so tempted to just appropriate it for myself. I will name my monster, "Baggage." 

[Monster Making Kit, PhP399.75 from Toys R' Us.]
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