Monday, February 28, 2011

Smile

My money is on the photo booth industry. I have not been to a party in the last year that has not had a photo booth around. Those devices are just everywhere! Although I can't say I'm surprised we didn't think of this sooner. We did, a long long time ago -

Photo from Verging on Pertinence. They have the cutest baby!
We just thought of a new way of enjoying printed photos 'tis all. My problem now is how to organize all of our photo booth pictures. Our stack is getting thicker every month. An old school photo album (Does anyone even use this word anymore? Haha) will probably do. In the meantime, why don't we take a look at some samples -

Afro Malik: "Ah-ha-ha-ha. Staying alive! Staying alive!"

Genius Malik: "In how many ways can you arrange the letters in the word "FINANCIAL"?"

Dear DSWD, We're good parents! Promise!




Fine, this isn't a photo booth picture, but this is what happens "behind the scenes." 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Party Animal

We've been making the rounds of children's parties. Too bad I haven't had the time to write about them individually, but I will try my best to make up for lost time by posting some photos here.

First off was Calleigh's 1st birthday party in Quezon City. Calleigh is Malik's 3rd degree cousin (Calleigh's mom Mishee is Pao's 2nd degree cousin).



It's odd what I remember most out of Calleigh's fun birthday bash are the breads shaped like lechon and tilapia (among others). Haha Winner!



Calleigh also invited the funniest Jollibee ever. Para siyang naka-drugs, promise. Will upload a video of Calleigh's Jollibee soon. You'll see.


Next was the 3rd birthday of one of Malik's girlfriends, Bea. Bea is my officemate's daughter. She's such a princess. She wore a pretty pink birthday dress and had pink nail polish on. Plus, Bea's birthday was the first birthday party I attended where you could get your nails and hair done for free. She had a "salon station"!



Malik made a new friend that day. Folks, meet Dominique. Ang gwapo niya no? Sabi na nga eh. The rule that "People of the same level of attractiveness gravitate towards each other." applies universally, even to kids!



And then last week, we went to Zwei's 7th birthday party over at Tivoli. Zwei is a familiar face in this blog because he's the son of our close friends, Mike and Mitch.

Zwei is the cool fellow to your left, in the cowboy hat. Asteeg.
We let Malik line up for face painting in Zwei's party, for the first time. But to ease his delicate skin into this birthday party ritual, Malik got painted only on his legs -

We wanted to have Plankton painted on Malik's leg, but the face painter said he's too young and may be moving a lot while she's painting, so we went with Superman instead. The face painter obviously does not know my son. What do you mean "moving a lot"? 
 

Look at our little boy all well-behaved. He thinks he can join the games already but he's really just saling-pusa. Haha
Malik: "When do I get to join?!"

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I will carry you

My love affair with vintage has been rekindled, I don't know why. Lately, I've been finding myself drawn to boxy, all-leather sling bags - the kind our mothers carried in the 80s. This time, I won't mind if the bag has actually been carried in a former life. In fact I think I'd appreciate it more if the bag were an authentic vintage piece, like these -

Emanuel Ungaro  (PhP1,500)

Furla (PhP1,800)

Elbief  (PhP1,888)

Daks London (900)

random brand (PhP800)
All of the above are from a vintage store over at ebay called 52 Sundays (Catchy, right?). I especially like the vintage Ungaro, but think the Php1,500 selling price may be too much for a used bag. What do you think?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bagong Luma

You folks know, I love vintage fashion. I love that our lolas always looked "proper" in those days and I am fascinated by the effort that went into looking that presentable (Can you imagine how much time they must have spent making those beehives out of their hair? Amazing.). Although I adore vintage fashion, I cannot make myself buy used clothing. It's just not my cup of tea (at least not yet). So I show my support for vintage by following blogs like Sally Jane Vintage, Dear Golden, and Fancy Fine and oggling at these ladies' fantastic vintage finds.

Thanks to local fashion retailer Bayo, my problem has been solved. Lately, Bayo's been churning out vintage-inspired clothing. I've purchased some dresses from their collection and I'd like to share them with you -

 





The prints and cuts of these dresses are as close as they can get to authentic vintage. You should also know that Bayo's been selling these types of dresses for some time now, which may mean that vintage has caught the attention of the brand. I hope so. At least now I can get my vintage fix without having to deal with the vintage smell, and well, my fear of a vintage ghost following her vintage dress. ;p

Retail prices begin at PhP1,195

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall

After a year of living in this apartment, I finally have a full-length mirror at my disposal. Previously, I just wore whatever looked good in my head and prayed that they would still look good in real life. I never actually saw my outfit before heading out the door. Our only mirrors in the house consisted of a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and another one in the living area that could only cover my upper torso. So if you thought all this time that it looked like I was getting dressed in the dark, I probably was.

The beauty of this contraption is that I can now take outfit shots like so -

Shirt: Hanes / Scarf: SM Department Store / Stacked Bracelets: The Bead Shop & Accessorize
Jeans: Lee / Belt: YRYS / Shoes: Converse
The downside is that, I'm not much of a fashionista anyway. I wear the usual black slacks, matched with heels and an office top on weekdays and on weekends, well, the above is basically it. Pffft.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I can do all things

It's been a while since I last uploaded a video of Malik, you know, for entertainment's sake. This doesn't mean that the little boy's been boring us lately. On the contrary. We're actually amazed by the amount of information that he's been able to absorb since he turned one year old. This may of course be common in other one-year olds, whose language and motor skills are developing exponentially at this point. It's just that I look at Malik's accomplishments differently because he is my son. I'm such a proud mom!

In this video, we'll witness some of the tricks that Malik is able to "perform" at the moment. You'll notice that he starts to sing and dance to "Sit down, sit down, you're rocking the boat" in the beginning but stops before the song is finished. We also try to make him do 'Good Boy' towards the end - which request is supposed to make him fold his arms across his chest - but we failed. Malik often likes to leave us hanging like that. Oh well. Maybe next time.

Monday, February 21, 2011

G.I.G.A

I'm a fan of products made by G.I.G.A* Ventures - a company that began as a husband and wife garment-importing business,  that has now expanded to sourcing and distributing all-natural lifestyle products. Giga sells soaps, aromatherapy, baby and  pet care items made from ingredients like virgin coconut oil (VCO) and beeswax. I have not tried the soaps but have given some away as presents (The peppermint soap smells so good). I am, however, a fan of the following -

My poging poging son Malik and yes, that bottle that he's holding.
Giga Baby Insect Repellant Spray (PhP165) - Unlike the VCO-based lotion that we previously used, the scent on this one isn't overpowering. The smell actually reminds me of Nenuco and there's value for your money here too, since a bottle will last about a month. If you decide to try this out, remember to specifically ask for the Giga Baby Insect Repellant because Giga also has an insect repellant for adults.

Giga Baby Cold Rub (PhP85) - Remember when we were kids, our parents would put Vicks Vaporub on our chest to make us feel better when we're sick? Giga's Cold Rub serves the same purpose except it's milder because it's made with VCO.

Giga No Pain Balm (PhP85) - This now occupies the space in my bag that was heretofore occupied by White Flower and Advil capsules.

I've been an unpaid endorser of the No Pain balm since I discovered it some months ago. I used to use old-school White Flower for my migraines, but found that the No Pain balm is so much more effective. I especially love that I don't smell old when I use it and it doesn't sting even when I slather an insanely huge amount on my temples. 

Malik: "Giga, hindi lang pang-pamilya. Pang-isports pa."
To learn more about Giga and find out where you can purchase their products, click here.

Photos (except those of the poging poging baby) are all from Giga's website. 
* G.I.G.A stands for 'God Is Good Always'. Awwww.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I have an excuse

Dear Followers, I'm sorry for spamming your Dashboards with antiquated posts that are dated as far back as 2009. I have an excuse. It's because I'm working on turning my blog posts into a book, which will not happen with my old blogging platform over at Multiply. So for the last two days, I've been busy copy-pasting my old Multiply posts into either this blog or the pregnancy blog that I created for the purpose.


The process is tedious and I am seriously hating Multiply right now for not telling me that they can't do this when I signed up for an account. Ugh. I hope you bear with me though. This should be quick and relatively painless.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

B&T Mexican Kitchen

I like cheese. I especially like fried food with cheese, which is why I like the Frito Burrito over at the B&T Mexican Kitchen -

Wait. This is not the Frito Burrito. This is a photo of Malik and me. Teehee
Now this is the Frito Burrito, made with Carne Asada. "Carne Asada" is just a shmancy term for beef cut into cubes. This is okay, but the next time we go I'll probably have the Barbacoa or shredded beef, which is much tastier. Will also try the Frito Burrito "wet" the next time. This means they'll cover my already fried burrito with salsa, guacamole and some more cheese, melted with a hand-held torch. Nomnomnomnom.
We also had -

Quesadilla with Chicken Chipotle - I'm not a fan of the chicken chipotle. Found the chicken dry and the taste too "exotic." But in fairness to B&T, my feelings towards this dish may also be due to the fact that I was already full by the time this was served. 
Crunchy tacos - two with Barbacoa and one with chicken. I repeat. I loved the Barbacoa. I will try it in my Frito Burrito next time!
Prices (around PhP350 for a dish) are the same as in Ristra's but B&T gets plus points in my book because it's nearer our home and parking is easier. Other than these personal preferences, however, you'll notice everything about B&T will remind you of Ristra's. This blog says B&T is owned by a former Ristra's partner. They apparently had a falling out and that explains that. 


B&T Mexican Kitchen is located at the Sekai Building, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan. They're in a building just before Charlie's. Look to your right when you're heading towards Santolan Road. When you see Masuki, you've reached your destination. Enjoy!

P.S. Sorry for the crappy pictures. As you may have guessed by now, I just appropriate Pao's phone for when I feel like blogging about the places that we go to. Anyway since this is a personal blog and no one's getting paid for anything, the crappy pictures serve their purpose no? Aprubs.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Live Curious

Like I said, my sister will not approve of my parenting style. She does not like exposing her kids to "germs" and if she had her way, I'm sure she'd rather lock her children up in their house and wrap them in plastic. Haha  As for my parents, well, I remember only one instance in my childhood when I was allowed to play in the rain. I feel so deprived because of this. So my goal is really to let Malik have a childhood that is farthest from my own. He should travel a lot, learn how to use a skateboard, and play with kids on the street until I holler for him to come home for dinner.

Luckily, Pao and I agree that the best way to teach Malik is to let him explore by himself. I have not read a single parenting book so I really can't cite proper authorities for what I'm about to say. But my theory is that, to raise successful individuals, the key is to encourage curiosity. Consistent with this theory, we allow Malik to -

Run around the house all sweaty
Play half-naked (he's a boy anyway!)
Sit on the floor after running around the house all sweaty and half-naked
Watch a little NBA TV
Watch some TV after sitting on the floor and running around the house all sweaty and half-naked
Write on things...
... but only with water!
Climb on things...
... but only under adult supervision!
Swim in a sea of colorful balls
And throw those balls around if he likes
Malik is becoming Malik-ot and Makulit now. He likes to tug at things, drop them on the floor (possibly to see if they will break or not), and push on buttons of electronic equipment. All of this is okay because I observe Malik still knows when he's supposed to behave. We've never had to spank him (thank God!) and it surprises me how he knows he's doing something that upsets me because I tell him so. Bright kid, this Malachi.
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