Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sand and Surf

I say, a weekend at the beach is in order when you've just gone through 3 case studies, 1 paper and 2 exams in one week. That was a lot to handle, at least for someone whose original intention was to study PART-time. Unfortunately, the part-time/full-time distinction has started to get awfully hazy lately. It sure feels like I'm doing everything else part-time. Pathooey.

Anyway, for the next few days, I choose to leave all worries behind and just enjoy the feel of the sand between my toes and of cold beer going down my throat. :) Any more life-altering decisions would have to be made later. We'll see. In the meantime, I'm set. I've got everything I need right here.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

What's new

... with Malachi? Oh, just these -

1) He's being extra-clingy lately. He likes to be carried a lot, mostly by me. He also likes to sit on my lap when I'm eating. This is a litte bit of a hassle because I can't eat a proper meal when he's scooping food into and out of my plate. But it's all good. Soon, before I even know it, he'll be a teenager who will hate me and who will ditch mom every opportunity he gets. :(

2) Malik's love for basketball has turned into an obsession. We have so many basketball courts/rings in the house -

This ring occupies Malik's time for most of the day -

And he has this miniature basketball court to play with at night -

I swear, we have photos of Malik clutching a basketball while asleep in the car. Will show you that when I have the time.

3) There are a lot of things that toddlers typically love but do not appeal to Malik. He is not fond of sweets for example (think cake and ice cream). He would much rather eat rice and ulam. Also in relation to No. 2 above, Malik doesn't like watching cartoons (think Nickelodeon and Disney Channel). He'd rather watch Balls or Basketball TV. He actually hands me the remote so I can switch channels. Odd.

4) Malik's appetite isn't as hearty as it used to be. Malik has favorite food now, which basically just rotates among boiled egg, miswa, and jello. In Tagalog, he's pihikan. I'm not too worried about this because I read that this is normal for most toddlers. They are, afterall, individuals, who have the right to develop individual tastes. But since Malik has lost a considerable amount of weight, I'm going to have to consult with the doctor just to make sure that he's still getting all the nutrients that he needs. (He's a photo of Malik asking for Jelly Ace. LOL)

5) Malik likes shades, whether mine -

Or Lolo's -

I've been looking for local retailers of Baby Banz. Mothercare used to carry them but I can't find any in store now. So we bought these for Malik for temporary use. P75 lang siya! -

I think Malik approves.
6) Malik's learning the alphabet but we're teaching him through the sounds that the letters make rather than their actual names. "A" for example is "ah," "B" is "ba" and so forth. I don't know if this is acceptable (Any child education experts out there?) but it seems to be working okay for us. I also figure, it will make learning how to read easier for Malachi. Will it?

7) And finally, Malik is friends with the iPad and the iTouch.

Our gadgets have a lot of photos of this sort, probably taken by Malik without him realizing it -

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Night cap

The couple of hours that I spend with this fellow at the end of my typical day -

- are worth more than the sixteen hours spent elsewhere.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Deja Vu

You remember, I posted this photo of Malik the other week -

I was browsing through my files in Dropbox and came across this photo, probably taken in April when Malik just had his head shaved -

Perhaps I wasn't paying proper attention. Maybe my son has a future career in architecture waiting for him. That, or a career in materials recovery. In Tagalog, magbobote.


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Monday, August 15, 2011

Army Navy

Army Navy opened a branch in Greenhills recently. Of course Pao and I were quick to try it out. (See photo of "Army Navy / urger + burrit" wall :p)

We got there near closing time so I can't really tell if the place is ordinarily this desserted. I loved the breathing space though. Sana ganito na lang palagi.

I give plus points for presentation. Kinareer nila ang army theme! Our food was served on these tin plates, which reminded me of an army mess hall. Inspired.

At ang beer ko (PhP60) may lime wedge. Clap clap clap. Anong sinabi ng Corona?

We had the burger (PhP145, add PhP30 for cheese or bacon), onion rings (PhP65) and steak burrito (PhP165, added PhP30 for cheese) -

I didn't like the burger mostly because it was sweet to my taste. I'm basically not a fan of confused food. You know, food that isn't sure whether it wants to be savory or sweet. Also, the onion rings are oily and kind of expensive for PhP65. But I would go back for the burrito. I actually already did. :)

In contrast to Ristra's, Army Navy's burrito isn't as packed with meat. The beans aren't that noticeable, which is good in my book. I also barely tasted the cheese. But the meat is tender and well marinated. As hungry as I was, I still appreciated the relative "lightness" of the meal. [Oi, this photo reminds me. Must. lose. weight.]

By the way, the menu also features tortilla soup (PhP110) which looked promising. Try it out and tell me if I should bother going back (again)!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

All's well

While in Greenhills, I tried out these Prada-ish brogues from Summersault ( and was surprised to find out that they can be quite comfortable. The size in the color that I want was a tad small, so I decided against getting a pair.

I was contemplating the wisdom of this decision even as I was already leaving the parking lot with my chicken breasts (and other recently
purchased animal parts, i.e. beef shank, pork chops etc) in tow. I was half regretting the decision, and half patting myself in the back when we got home. A few minutes later, the door bell rings and the courier drops these off for me -

Jeffrey Campbell Suebee platforms. I wish! :D

These are just Korean replicas that I got from Asian Vogue ( The real JC Suebees cost around US$140 a pair or close to PhP6000! These cost me less than 1/4 of that amount. Yahoo. (Here's a photo of the real Suebee platform -)

Asian Vogue has a whole lot of other platforms that I'm dying to purchase but I don't know if I can manage the wait again. Most Asian Vogue shoes are for pre-order. This particular pair, I ordered on July 16 and got a whopping 3 weeks after. Tagal! There came a point when I was dreaming about them already. Pfft.

I'm excited to wear these out. When you see me wearing them, don't you think that I've started throwing away Malik's college fund to Jeffrey Campbell. These are fakes ("replica" is only a fancy term that they use for knock-offs Hehe). Will definitely post an outfit shot soon. In the meantime, here's what I wore to the grocery.

Ah. Any errand is an excellent excuse to dress up a little, right?

[Blazer from Meg, Hanes white t-shirt, Kate Torralba x Paperdolls shorts, boys' socks from Mothercare, oxfords from Schu, and bag from ebay]

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Retail Therapy

Last weekend, while Ate G was taking care of the groceries, I wandered around Greenhills, hoping for some retail therapy. I haven't been in those parts of the shopping universe in a while, mainly because parking in Greenhills is such a b*tch. It turns out, parking isn't a problem at 10am. (I guess all you folks were still getting your beauty rests while I was burning a hole through my wallet. Yahoo or boo, depends on how you look at it).

Also, my shopping radius has been limited to malls and the occasional online stores, because I couldn't reasonably take a toddler to a tiangge. Now I'm reminded how everything is so much cheaper there.

Had I not recently received my credit card bill and hence, not recently come to the realization that I am broke, I would have gotten even deeper in debt. I'm sooo happy that I exercised some restraint, and also soooo happy that I was able to shop a little without feeling as guilty. So without further ado, here are what I brought home.

Blue palazzo pants (PhP600 only!) and cropped top (PhP150 only!) -

And of course, new Osh Kosh jammies for Malikai (PhP150) -

Mura di ba?!
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Friday, August 12, 2011

I spoke too soon

It turns out, Pao hasn't recovered from his fever yet when I wrote about it on Sunday. It also turns out that Malik caught the fever from his dad. Malik is so little and helpless. At some point, I got mad at Pao for getting sick in the first place. Hay.

It's so difficult to look after a sick child. It's emotionally and physically taxing. This explains why I looked so haggard-o versoza the last few days. Between work, school and a sick toddler, I was just so damn tired. I still am. I realize now how blessed we are to have Yaya Two and Ate G around.

Anyway, the point of this post is that we shouldn't take our health for granted. I am personally guilty of laughing out loud when someone tells me that at least I have my health. Now I know that there's really plenty to be thankful for when we're healthy. It feels good knowing that no one in your family is suffering from pain.

P.S. The boys are okay now. After 1 week, pwede na sila ulit maligo. Yes! Adios fever!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cabin Fever

Pao has not been feeling well lately. I honestly don't know why he didn't see that coming. He ran in the rain in the Milo marathon (10k lang naman, but still) and has been going on 10k runs after work. By Friday, his body upped and told him to slow down already. I don't know why he's missing the point.

Considering the circumstances, we've been holed up in our house. Instead of doing this (They're doing sit ups heehee) -

Pao and Malik basically slept all day -

- and lounged around in their pajamas. Here's Mr.Lazy for you -

I love these kinds of weekends, ordinarily. Between Pao and myself, he's really the one who can't seem to sit still. But this weekend was different because I had just hurdled midterm week and was hoping to celebrate with a drink or two or three. *sigh*

You know that episode in Modern Family where Mitchell couldn't go to a concert because Cameron was sick? I felt that way last night. Boohoo Thankfully, Pao's feeling a little better when he woke up today. Although I won't be able to grab a drink with him anymore, there's at least the remainder of the weekend to enjoy. And of course I'm happy that he's up and about, and back to teaching Malik his alphabet.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy happy Joy joy

It doesn't take much to make a child happy. Today, happiness took the forms of an empty soda bottle (my pasalubong from school) -

And some canned goods, stacked to his liking -

Life is THAT simple. Goodnight folks. :)

P.S. Kawawa naman si Christopher Lao. He has a Facebook fan page now. Haha

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm

I should be taking an exam now, were it not for the typhoon. I studied the entire day yesterday, reviewing for two exams this week that were conveniently scheduled 3 days apart. Originally.

Since classes got cancelled, I now have to take these exams one day after the other. This shouldn't be a problem if you're young, studying full time, and with brain cells that have not been impaired by alcohol intake. But when you're the opposite of all of these - like yours truly, for example - it becomes trickier.

Fortunately, my employer gave us paid time-off shortly after lunch, for humanitarian reasons. So I bought Malik a pair of Buzz Lightyear boxing gloves and headed straight home -

Tonight I'm gathering as many Malik kisses as I can, to last me my storm.

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