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Funfilled Weekend – Nuffnang Movie Night

Remember my post about correcting past mistakes here? Well, looks like I posted early enough to secure me and Babe free tickets to a special screening of XMEN: Days of Furure Past movie hosted by Nuffnang Philippines. The movie was held in the Shangri la Cineplex Cinema 1 last Friday (And yes, this was in the evening whilst our appointments were done during the day).

It was a night of firsts, from it being our first time in that mall, our first time to watch a free movie sponsored by Nuffnang, and etcetera. We lined up to register and were lucky to get good seats, and there was also free food. Aside from the movie itself, the highlight of my night was meeting Mr. Richie Zamora of the Pickiest Eater.

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Fangirl moment. Sayang his wife was not with him, would have loved to meet her din. They look like very nice people kasi eh.

Going back to the movie, it was a mash up of the 2 generations ofย Xmen who wanted to change the course of history for everyone. I won’t go into details anymore as it would be best to watch it instead. One thing is for sure though, I would be on the look out for the torrent download once the HD version has been released.

I am so glad I am a member of Nuffnang. I get to score movie tickets and let me meet the awesome people behind the blogs I frequently visit.

My Birthday Boy!

In a few hours time, my baby boy will be entering the toddlerhood stage. Quite bittersweet as time seems to go so fast and so slow at the same time. I still remember the vivid details when I first saw Geoff, while it was such a blur watching him grow. I am in such awe to see him run, climb, jump, laugh, cry, be naughty and sweet.

As we enter the “terrible two” phase, I pray for strength, wisdom, and guidance to make Geoff a better person in the future. As most mommies can relate, motherhood is not easy, and we are now seeing signs of mischief in those chinky eyes, truly, a test of patience. We are at a point where Geoff is no longer a baby we can leave inside a crib, or surround with pillows; Constant vigilance is what we are right now.

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Happy 2nd birthday my baby boy! May you grow up to always be the better person. Be kind, rather than nice. Be strong, yet be weak when necessary. Surround yourself with people who loves you, and would matter the most. Don’t be afraid to take risks, be adventurous and live life (with a little caution, of course!). Daddy and I will always be your number 1 fan, supporter, and cheer leaders. We love you, and will never tire of saying it. Makulitan ka man samin!

One last wish though. I wish you would tire of gibberish na and speak words that we can understand na, ok? I love you!

 

Week 8 – Geoff and the Disney Rug

This was taken after we got home from a meet up in Eastwood. The rug was won from the give away held by Didi of the Candishhh Tales. Since we only commuted to and fro, the rug was rolled throughout the trip. Look at the happy smile the baby had when he saw it for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_20140222_115405Oh, for the heck of it, I am not sure why Quack the duck was also in the rug. The baby made sure, all of them were lying on it. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Year That Was 2013

Compared to the hectic outdoor activities in 2012, 2013 proved to be the most laid back in terms of travel. We only traveled outside the Metro only once (Palawan), other than that, we pretty much stayed at home. There were a lot of first as usual, but mostly, last year revolved so much around Geoff. In addition, I think the best description for that year is “GRATITUDE”. I am grateful for a lot of things, and I think photo blogging will better describe it.

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  • Geoff turned 1 and a catholic. We are so blessed and thankful to see so many friends and family members celebrating this milestone with us.

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  • Geoff had his first haircut. A bit traumatic for us, however, it did not stop the kiddo from having fun during his first visit to BGC.

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  • I won several contests from the blogs that I stalk. This includes the La Andi package from the Soshal Network, play and learn classes and GC from Bebengisms and One Dental Care, tickets to the Nido Discovery Center from AXA Philippines, and the best so far was the Palawan accomodation and tours by Akira and Everything Nice and 8 Dragon Tours. These blessings were overwhelming and until now, I am still grateful.
How my phone looks like - Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

How my phone looks like – Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

  • I finally had the courage to switch to a touch screen phone. I decided to stay with Sun Cellular since the service is okay and the price of the plans they offer is quite reasonable compared to others.

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  • Geoff attended a play and learn class for a brief period of time. It was such a shame that the commute proved to be harsh for both of us, but I am also glad that he was able to experience “a bit” of discipline and the concept of following rules.

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  • I finally got myself an oven and had my ups and downs in baking, until I finally triumphed. The purchase of this oven led to the creation of Nibbles. I was able to get back all the investment I made, plus a decent amount of savings as well. Through this, I also received a verbal commendation from a customer who said “ang sarap sarap kasi ng revel bars mo”. Such a heart warming gesture.

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  • I was able to bring Babe to the Underground River as our 2nd wedding anniversary getaway. It was quite funny since I booked our tickets as early as March. Come September, an emergency happened and we both thought it was best not to push through anymore, until I learned that I won free accommodation for 3D/2N and an Underground River tour for 2! We immediately rebooked the flight, this time through Air Asia Zest (they have reasonable prices and they were on time for both flights too!). My biggest thanks to Ms. Jenny and Sir Jeron of 8 Dragon Tours for the chance.
Flintstones, we're the Flintstones!

Flintstones, we’re the Flintstones!

  • I made my very first DIY costume for Geoff’s Trick of Treat. Well, Babe helped too. You see the strap, he stitched everything there. I did the skirt and patches, as well as the colors. It was a success, and we could tell that Geoff really enjoyed the event even if we were dead tired by the end of the day.

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  • It was also a year for friendship. Though we don’t see too much of each other nowadays, we are still as close as ever, especially now that our family is growing. Thank you Lord for these people, for without them, I would not be the person I am today.

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  • Babe and I only managed one climb this year. Muntik pa madisgrasya. I thank the Lord as well for guiding me through that ordeal. Indeed, never underestimate nature and everything in it.

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  • Last year also brought us closer to our families. Though not everything was as smooth sailing as we hoped, we were still able to overcome most of the challenges and accepted it as a means of making us and our bond stronger. I am thankful for them, for their continued support and love.

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  • We had several food trips, ranging from really budget to pricey type. I am thankful because food trips meant that we have money to spend, and that we are well enough to eat it. After all, food trips are expensive somehow.

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  • I am also thankful for this little boy (or baby!) as he continue to provide endless love and joy for Babe and I. We are thankful that he is healthy, sweet, and lovable. I also pray that he continue to be a voracious eater. I am hoping as well that this is the year that he starts talking.

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  • I am also thankful for my husband and my marriage. That even though it is not perfect, both of us are making the efforts to adjust and make it work. We were close friends for years, boyfriend/ girlfriend for months, and hopefully partners for a lifetime.

Here’s to a thankful look back at 2013, and a year full of hope for 2014. May you and your loved ones be blessed as well.

Geoff the Schoolboy

Remember the prize I won from Bebengism’s blog? The one I mentioned ย here? Well, he started this Monday, meaning we are on day 2 of the trial school project. I say project because this will only last a month, being the prize I won from the contest.

The class is 2 hours long, 5 days a week. The MSP play and learn class is located in Katipunan, right above the Rustan’s Fresh supermarket. There are only 5 of them in the class, with 2 teachers (teacher Irene and teacher Alex) to guide and assist students. The classroom is also very child friendly, with fully padded walls, carpeted area, books, toys, and learning materials within reach. It is also fully airconditioned with a washroom that is a few feet away outside.

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They start off with a song, days of the week, weather, story time and such. There is also a play time and snack time. Of course, the kids have to be sitting down, which was quite impossible for Geoff. This changed, however, on the second day. He was able grasp then the teacher’s authority in a nice way.

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He is also looking forward to the time he is given star stamps. One of the teachers, Teacher Alex found his facial expression cute when it showed pride and happiness after being given one. Geoff also kept on referring to his stars when his Ate and Daddy asked him about it at home. And yes, panay pa din ang turo nya sa star even if nabura na.

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Initially, I am expecting faster progress lang naman in terms of speech. Geoff will be 2 next year, and I wanted him so badly to be able to express himself better kasi sobrang daldal na nya. This changed after the first class. Well, hindi naman changed, but nadagdagan but not in a manner na agad agad. I saw how the teachers adjust and how the kids learn, so in a way, I am positive these wonderful developments will be instilled by the end of the month.

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In addition, I think it’s great for Geoff to be with children his own age group. Though he is not as sociable yet as the others (Geoff being interested more in doing his stuff and prancing about in the classroom), it’s a nice change still, considering that he does not have anyone to play with at home.

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Considering the changes in Geoff, we still have to wait until the month ends. I really want to continue with this center kaso sobrang hassle ang commute (we are from Cainta), plus the schedule is hellish in the morning. In short, we’ll see. At this point, I am all praises.

Spaghetti Face Love

It’s no secret that I love contests especially if the prize at stake is something that Geoff can use, or if it’s something that I can share with the family. Anyway, I think it was last month when I joined a contest from one of the blogs that I regularly read, which is the Mommy Topaz blog. The contest was called the Spaghetti Face contest wherein I just needed to post Geoff’s spaghetti face and tag accordingly. Since the mechanics were so easy, and I managed to snap a picture of what exactly was needed, I joined.

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This was what I had as an entry ๐Ÿ™‚ Geoff loves spaghetti!

Shortly after the contest closed, Geoff was announced as the winner. Yay!

Side kwento:ย I got a bit worried about the delay in the delivery of my prize. I initially thought it was because of the storm so I just waited for a few more days. One week after, I asked Ms. Frances if there was someone who I can follow up with in Del Monte. She responded quickly and sorted out the issue. 2 days after, the prize was delivered to the address I provided ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a happy camper.

BTW, here is a snapshot:

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The box, prize basket, the arts and crafts set, Geoff and his clay lizard

Since Geoff is still too young to use the materials included, I kept it in my craft box first for safekeeping. I had him play with it for a few minutes, and I cringe everytime he steps on the watercolor set or attempt to bite the box of crayons. I had to give in to the modelling clay, and shaped him a good lizard. For some reason, he is fascinated with the lizards he sees on the ceiling outside. The funny thing was, he got disgusted at first, but decided to go ahead and pick it up then threw it away. And repeated the steps until he got bored with the poor clay lizard ๐Ÿ™‚

Hababerday Babe!

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.”

~ Loretta Young

Though we annoy each other a lot about very simple things, I want you to know that you are the most irritatingly and annoyingly sweet, generous, loving, and caring husband that I can wish for. Of course, hindi kasali yung pag ubos mo sa ulam everytime, but then again, I love you more for the appreciation that I get.

Here’s to more birthdays to come. Geoff and I love you very much. Mwaah!

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Gloomy Monday And What I Am Looking Forward To

I am on a holiday off again today. As much as I want to enjoy it, funds are low and I am still trying to figure out how I can squeeze in work at home. The recent no work days really affected my productivity, as I only have 2 days to finish everything.

Either way, as we were cooped up the whole weekend, it was bonding at its finest. Here is what the naughty adorable baby was up to:

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Yep. The camera flash is not Geoff’s favorite, but it is quite amazing how his logic sometimes work. On the 3rd picture, he managed to pick out the blue blocks out of all the others. He was also able to put it top side up. After arranging it as such, he faced us with his biggest smile, and clapping at the process. Ang galing lang.

Anyway, there’s a lot happening this week. My grandmom is coming home for a short vacation, the last payday that we will be paying for the car, our first dining experience at Vikings Marikina, and most importantly, this is also Babe’s birthday week.

I will try to do an update as these activities come, for now, I’ll leave it as is.

Back To Work (A Thankful Post)

It’s a Wednesday night, and it feels like Sunday because I was literally at home for the past 2 days. 2 days of flood water, sandwiched on a holiday that made stay at home instead. Lemme show how it looked like last Tuesday.

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At first I thought they were rescuers, until they came back from the neighbors. Turns out they thought it was fun to use the boat and check out the nearby houses. If someone to brave the waters, it is more of hip-deep in front of the house while it was waist deep on the street where the subdivision’s gate is located.

I am thankful that we were able to stock up before this calamity hit us. More thankful that watet barely touched the front door. Our situation is nothing to cry about compared to those whose houses went underwater, and worse for those who lost a loved one. I am thankful that we did not have to be sent to an evacuation center, and I am thankful that all our friends and families are safe. Thank you Lord!