Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Help

We're changing yayas for the 2nd time in four months. It's sad, because I liked Yaya Jean. She was very efficient, the type of household help who had initiative and common sense...

And more importantly, Malik liked her...

Yaya needed to leave for Bacolod today. She left on such short notice but we understood. Fare prices increase as the Holy Week draws near. So we just asked my in-laws if Malik could stay with them while we're at work. 

Our home felt different this morning. Malik wasn't in his crib, Yaya wasn't around to talk to him, and Ate Nene (our other help, Yaya Jean's sister) wasn't in the kitchen doing the laundry. 

I wonder if there's something wrong with how Pao and I run our household. Our kasambahays come and ago at an average turnover rate of 3 months tops. I remember when I was young, our helper Ate Sid helped raise my sister and I from kindergarten until we reached our teens. I wonder if we'll ever find someone who will love Malik the same way. It's just so frustrating. Hay.

Help

We're changing yayas for the 2nd time in four months. It's sad, because I liked Yaya Jean. She was very efficient, the type of household help who had initiative and common sense...


And more importantly, Malik liked her...





Yaya needed to leave for Bacolod today. She left on such short notice but we understood. Fare prices increase as the Holy Week draws near. So we just asked my in-laws if Malik could stay with them while we're at work. 


Our home felt different this morning. Malik wasn't in his crib, Yaya wasn't around to talk to him, and Ate Nene (our other help, Yaya Jean's sister) wasn't in the kitchen doing the laundry. 


I wonder if there's something wrong with how Pao and I run our household. Our kasambahayscome and ago at an average turnover rate of 3 months tops. I remember when I was young, our helper Ate Sid helped raise my sister and I from kindergarten until we reached our teens. I wonder if we'll ever find someone who will love Malik the same way. It's just so frustrating.Hay.

The Japanese Think of the Darndest Things

I steer clear of Saizen as much as I can, because that place spells certain budgetary disaster. There are just so many things there begging to be bought.  Some, I dare say, are works of genius - as in objects you don't really think you need until somebody else says, "Hey, you may want to get yourself one of these (all priced at PhP85 each)..."

A specially designed container for your Gilette Daisy, so you won't have to leave it lying on top of the lavatory

Quirky toothbrush holder

Lunchbox brush, because everyone needs a brush that's exclusively used for one's lunch box

Shallow slip-on container for your refrigerator, because your hand-dandy Mighty Bond tube can't lie next to your eggs

Ice tray for mini-ice. No functional advantage over regular-sized ice trays except these are more soshal-in.

Cold pack with velcro, because we're lazy like that

Clothes hangers made of pearls and beads, which are preeteeh but really very impractical

Hangers covered in velvet. Now these I would buy because they're great for odd-shaped t-shirts

Dippers with long handles, for those hard-to-reach plants at the end of your plantbox

Small envelopes - a great alternative to those red envelopes with Chinese characters written on them. Come to think of it, what do those Chinese characters say anyway? Hmmm.

Transparent umbrellas. I especially like the mint green dotted one, although I admit these would not be very useful in this weather.

Lots of origami paper! Yey.

I got the one with animal faces drawn in. I assemble them each night instead of mindlessly surfing the Internet. More on these later, but I'm telling you now, they're not the easiest projects to accomplish for origami beginners.

And finally, my personal favorite - plastic hooks for your plastic sando bags, so you won't have to tie the bag's ears around that rusty nail behind your dirty kitchen's door

I was good on this trip because I only bought the origami folding paper. I don't know how I'll hold up in my next trips, however. Saizen's literally just a stone's throw away from where I work. Maybe I should just keep doing what I'm doing now and skip going there altogether. Or...I could take pictures for amusement's sake until the security guards take me away. Yes. 

Man in the mirror

Malik had a grand time talking to the little boy in the mirror yesterday...

Interestingly, the little boy had a mom who looked exactly like me...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Man In the Mirror

Malik had a grand time talking to the little boy in the mirror yesterday...



Interestingly, the little boy had a mom who looked exactly like me...


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

Hey, hey, hey. I'm urging everyone to please join Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. later. For one hour every last Saturday of March, the entire world will switch off their lights in a show of solidarity against climate change.

If you're one of the faithless, who still believe that The Inconvenient Truth is really just an inconvenient lie, you can think of switching off your lights as your way of helping us augment our power supply locally. Remember, the hotter it gets this summer, the less water there is for hydroelectric power plants, which in turn results in more expensive power supply (from more expensive coal or diesel-fired plants.) If you turn off your lights, at least the cost of power goes down even for just an hour tonight.

For those with kids (able to walk already), you may want to ask your kids to unplug their Nintendo DSes, PSPs, PCs, laptops, and/or TVs and instead join Kids' Earth Hour, which starts at 6:00 p.m. today. From that time 'til 9:30 p.m., kids are urged to go out of their homes and play with other real-live-human kids outside under the bright moonlight. This is the best opportunity to introduce them to that game we used to play called 'patintero'. Plus you get to explain to them the importance of taking care of our one and only home in the universe.

For more on the Earth Hour, click here. For more on the Kids' Earth Hour, click here.

By the way, here's a more accurate poster for The Earth Hour. The one above looks great, but it's date is mistaken. Did you notice? Haha See you all tonight!

Senti

I regret not celebrating Malik's monthly birthdays. I guess we were just too busy being parents, that Malik's 1st through 3rd month birthdays passed us by like a blur. We only came to our senses this month. Hopefully, we get to celebrate Malik's birthdays every exciting month thereafter until he reaches the ripe old age of one. Monthly birthdays are really a cause for celebration, because man do kids grow up fast.

See, Malik's got his own health card. Previously, he was only associated with me, dad or our respective families. He's introduced as, "my son," "my apo," "my pamangkin." Now it's clear he's an individual, albeit small. That's his name right there, with his own Maxicare number. Yey.

Last week, Pao asked if we could give away Malik's old clothes to a homeless infant he sees near their office. I began weeding out Malik's newborn onesies and shirts, and soon realized that he's pretty much outgrown everything already. I put all of these in a plastic bag, ready to be given away. Only problem was that, I couldn't let go of them for sentimental reasons. Kasi naman, these were Malik's clothes.

You remember, he was this tiny four short months ago.

Don't grow up too fast, honey. *sniff* Not too fast.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

ProP 4.0

Proud Parent Update - Malik turned 4 months old on Thursday. Hoorah! He was in a crummy mood when we got home...

...but we went ahead and celebrated his birthday anyway. Lucky for us, Malik can't walk, much less walk out, yet so he was forced to participate in the festivities. Mwahaha

We had palabok and ready-made embutido. Not the fanciest party food, but it will do.

For his birthday gift, Malik got new shoes, which he did not seem to appreciate. Heehee

What is this Mommy? Can I eat it?

But they look good on him no?

Malik finally blew out his imaginary 4th month birthday candle, on a junior ube cake, which he also did not seem to appreciate.

What is this Mommy? It's blocking my view.

And before you know it, the day is done. That's that. Malik's 4 months old now. Happy Birthday son!

 

ProP 4.0

Proud Parent Update - Malik turned 4 months old on Thursday. Hoorah! He was in a crummy mood when we got home...



...but we went ahead and celebrated his birthday anyway. Lucky for us, Malik can't walk, much less walk out, yet so he was forced to participate in the festivities. Mwahaha
We had palabok and ready-made embutido. Not the fanciest party food, but it will do.



For his birthday gift, Malik got new shoes, which he did not seem to appreciate. Heehee


What is this Mommy? Can I eat it?


But they look good on him no?



Malik finally blew out his imaginary 4th month birthday candle, on a junior ube cake, which he also did not seem to appreciate.



What is this Mommy? It's blocking my view.

And before you know it, the day is done. That's that. Malik's 4 months old now. Happy Birthday son!



Senti

I regret not celebrating Malik's monthly birthdays. I guess we were just too busy being parents, that Malik's 1st through 3rd month birthdays passed us by like a blur. We only came to our senses this month. Hopefully, we get to celebrate Malik's birthdays every exciting month thereafter until he reaches the ripe old age of one. Monthly birthdays are really a cause for celebration, because man do kids grow up fast.



See, Malik's got his own health card. Previously, he was only associated with me, dad or our respective families. He's introduced as, "my son," "my apo," "my pamangkin." Now it's clear he's an individual, albeit small. That's his name right there, with his own Maxicare number. Yey.



Last week, Pao asked if we could give away Malik's old clothes to a homeless infant he sees near their office. I began weeding out Malik's newborn onesies and shirts, and soon realized that he's pretty much outgrown everything already. I put all of these in a plastic bag, ready to be given away. Only problem was that, I couldn't let go of them for sentimental reasons. Kasi namanthese were Malik's clothes.



You remember, he was this tiny four short months ago.



Don't grow up too fast, honey. *sniff* Not too fast.



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