Friday, December 28, 2012

Two-time heavyweight champion of the world

My pregnancy tracker says I am 30 weeks and 5 days pregnant today. I'd like to think that I'm having an easier time with this pregnancy. But there's also the effect of knowing what to expect. For example, I know my feet are going to swell eventually. I also know that I will be having trouble sleeping and will have to go to the toilet a lot. In other words, my expectations of being comfortable for the next 9 months have gotten quite low from experience. So technically, even if I'm uncomfortable already, I still feel like I'm having a blast. I'm able to trick myself like that.

Nine months of discomfort -> a lifetime of happiness
If there's anything that I'm sure of, it's that I've gained A LOT of weight. The last time we checked, I've gotten to (drumroll please) 143 lbs!

There's Baby No.2!
This was my weight when I gave birth to Malik 3 years ago. I was able to trim down to my pre-pregnancy weight after a couple of months, plus or minus 4 lbs. (more plus than minus, honestly), but I don't know if I can recover from this one. I've just been eating everything in sight. And the holidays aren't helping! Hay. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A lot to love

We just got ourselves a new camera. I like how things are turning out so far. Our pictures are better now (This doesn't necessarily mean that I'll get to post more often. I just hope so. We'll see.)

Malik in my office collecting gifts.
Here are some more photos of Malik at our annual Kids' Christmas Parteeh.

I don't think Malik knows what money does yet. 
Everytime he receives them, he runs to me to give me the "paper."
This set-up works great for us. To me, at least. Heehee 

Our son is such a goofball. How can you not love this kid?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This is you. This is me.

Now that I've decided to start a new blog , I should get around to finishing this post. I've uploaded some more pictures after the jump. Click to see Gladi some years and many pounds ago. 

The birth of Malik the Rockstar

On our way to White Island in Camiguin

My nephew Gabby's 1st birthday. He looks a lot like Malik doesn't he?

Side trip to Siquijor from a hearing in Dumaguete

Vacationing in Boracay courtesy of my former employers

Side trip to Singapore from Pao's conference in Malaysia

When Manila Ocean Park first opened (not much to see)

Best and most tiring days of my life with Malik the baby

Our wedding day

Malik as Simba. Hee.

Me carrying Malik...

...who looked like this unborn... 

...and this a year after. Awww.

White water rafting in Cagayan De Oro (while pregnant with Malik! We didn't know!)

Our baby shower

A (sort of) honeymoon in Bohol and Cebu

Malik goes to the mall for the first time

In Phnom Penh, Cambodia where my bag almost got swiped

Saling ket in Kuala Lumpur

In Siem Reap, Cambodia before the place became all tourist-y
I should have some more pictures here, like of the time we visited Pao's boss in Bukidnon or my first time in Bangkok. I'll come across them soon enough. Meantime, gotta go!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Kindle Paperwhite: A Review (Sort of)

I've had a series a technological glitches last week. First, I ran out of storage space at my old blog. Then my iPod refused to start, for which we had to take it back to the dealer's. And then my Kindle died. This one left me most devastated.

You see, I was in the middle of reading a book. So the natural thing to do was to look for a replacement. I thought of having one shipped from Amazon, but the model (Do people still use this word? Hee) that I liked will not be available until December 21st. I did not have the patience.

Turns out most e-readers are available locally from this store. I just had to SMS them, set a meet-up date and pay upon delivery. Of course I had to pay more than what I would have paid had I gotten my Kindle Paperwhite directly from Amazon, but that's just the price that I had to pay for literaly having very low EQ.

Anyway, this post is really all about the Kindle Paperwhite. I first thought of getting just the basic $69 Kindle because I was used to reading without a backlight in my old Kindle keyboard anyway. I'm glad I changed my mind because the backlight in the Kindle Paperwhite is just so damn awesome.

The downsides are that: 1) The Paperwhite is small and hence more difficult to hold. I liked the size of my old Kindle better; 2) I have to move my fingers when turning pages in the Paperwhite. I liked the page turn buttons at the side of my old Kindle better; 3) The Paperwhite is heavy. I wouldn't recommend getting a leather case for it actually. I just use a pencil organizer when it's in my bag so I don't scratch it -

- 4) The battery life on the Paperwhite isn't built for stamina. My old Kindle lasted two months without recharging. The Paperwhite lasts only around a month; and 5) the Paperwhite only comes with a USB charger, which means I'd have to find a PC or laptop before I can charge it. My old Kindle came with a power adapter and I got to plug it anywhere.

So to summarize, while older versions of the Kindle trump the Paperwhite in many respects, these do not matter to me as much as the Paperwhite's awesome backlight feature. I used to have to stop reading when it was Malik's time to sleep. Now I can go about my business even when all lights in the room are turned off. This one amazing convenience makes the Kindle Paperwhite a good buy, well, despite all other considerations.

- posted via BlogPress for iPad

Saturday, December 1, 2012


This year, we bought our very first Christmas lantern ("parol" in Filipino). We got it from the strip of stores along Gilmore Ave. Malik came with us, because the strip is not to long as to be overwhelming even for a child.

I've gained some weight, courtesy of Baby No. 2. Can you spy him here?

After walking back and forth for about an hour, we took home this one -

That's how its looks like unlighted, at least before Kuya Greg put it up outside our bedroom window.

We got this medium sized capiz lantern for P1,700. The next I day, I had to take a day trip to Pampanga (where most lanterns are made in the Philippines) and found out that they sold the same lantern for the same price. We didn't even have to travel 2 hours and spend on gas. Yey, Ironman.

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