Category Archives: Proud Achievements

Week 32 – Hiyaah!

So on this week, I was surprised when I received some sort of nudge in my shins. When I looked, the baby was kicking me, at the same time, shouting, “hiyaah!” (Yes, I was so engrossed with what I was reading that time, I did not notice his antics!)

Dunno where he got it, maybe some of the commercials, maybe even Disney, but it was adorable!


Week 30 – A Song For You

It took me a while to sort out photos. And another while to realize that I don’t have any for this particular week. Anyway, let me post a video instead.

It took me a while to understand what this baby was singing. To be precise, it took me a whole week to understand that he was singing “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Haha! Enjoy!

How to Get a Student’s Permit from LTO

I have been itching since forever to learn how to drive, however, since I have Babe to drive me around when we need to, I did not have a chance. However, I think this is the perfect time for me to learn, even if just a short distance when I really  need to, like going to the supermarket or any errand that would require superhuman strength (LOL!).

So anyway, before someone would teach me, I was required to get a student’s permit from Land Transportation Office (LTO). As we all know, this is the first step before someone could be a full pledged driver. So, I reseached well (both online and through circle of friends) as to where it is easier to get this permit. I am from Cainta, thus, I have the following options: Antipolo, Robinson’s Metro East, and Robinson’s Cainta.

I opted to go to Antipolo since I wanted to avoid the crowd in malls. I left home at around 9:30 AM. The directions were easy enough and the traffic was bearable. I was also armed with the requirements needed, and of course, a few things to keep me occupied while waiting.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Birth certificate and a photo copy of it.
  2. TIN ID
  3. A government issued ID
  4. Completely filled up form (yes, including your weight in kilos and height in cms. Don’t forget the second page of the form where the checklist is)
  5. A pen, in case you need to fill up another form because you forgot the second page. LOL!
My view as I was waiting for my name to be called. You literally have to climb the stairs up the container van and go single file as the walkway is good for one person only!

My view as I was waiting for my name to be called. You literally have to climb the stairs up the container van and go single file as the walkway is good for one person only!

Directions: From Ortigas Avenue, ride a jeep going to Antipolo or Tanay. Ask the conductor or the driver to drop you off in Ynares stadium. The drop off point is quite far, so cross the street where the stadium is and walk back in the direction where the island is. Make a rght turn until you come to another intersection with an island (there is a gas station and you won’t miss it due to the construction works on going) Cross the street again and walk to the direction where the construction is. You will see a field with an emission testing center. Right beside it is a gated compound with a container van. Go inside and take a look at the surrounding. You have arrived. 🙂

As I entered the open premises, there are signs everywhere, so it’s not really an issue where to go first, however, here’s what I did:

  1. Look for the information center. Line up as the person manning the desk will need to check your requirements. There are 2 desks, one for the student’s permit and the other for vehicle registration.
  2. After lining up, the staff will return your birth certificate along with the photocopy. He will put together the photocopied government ID and your TIN ID along with the form and will stamp it.
  3. Proceed to the mobile trailer and provide the form. You will then be asked to wait for your name to be called.
  4. Once your name is called (they will also announce the window you should go to), be ready to have your photo taken as well as your signature. Again, you will be asked again to wait.
  5. Next step is to pay the fee. The total amount I paid was Php 317. The breakdown of cost is available on the LTO website. Once done, you will have to wait for the last time and you are good to go.
  6. Last step is for you to claim your student’s permit. You will be asked for Php 25 for the plastic cover with the LTO emblem and sign a tally sheet as proof that they already released the permit.

My wait time in total was more or less and hour. I started the process at around 10:30 AM (I no longer included the time I spent for photocopying my IDs and filling up the form again) and was out by 11:15 AM or something. I was there on a Wednesday so I’m not sure if there is such a thing as peak or non peak hours.

LTO website:

Link to requirements

Progress: Geoff Knows his Letters

I have posted some of my concerns about Geoff’s speech here. Today, I am so happy and proud to announce that he is well on his way to progress. During the last few weeks, he took interest in learning his letters. He now knows the alphabet and could count until 10. He also knows several words, though he still needs time to develop his sentences.

Still, I could not be prouder. When we go out, he would often point at the posters and read back the letters and the pictures as well. So here he is, with a very rare moment that I am able to take a video of him:


Recipe: Oatmeal Scotchies

I received a cookie cookbook from my aunt a couple of months ago. This weekend, I decided to browse through it again and check if there was something easy to try. I found this sort of healthy treat and tweaked the recipe a bit since I was short on all purpose flour (APF) and brown sugar. I also added a bit of nutmeg for the kick I wanted in cookies. Enjoy!


Oatmeal Scotchies


1 cup cake flour (original recipe called for 1 1/4 cup APF)
1 cup granulated sugar (original recipe called for 3/4 white and 3/4 brown sugar)
1 cup butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups quick cook oats
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 tsp salt


1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla until mixed well.
2. In smaller bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3. Combine the butter and flour mixture and mix until blended.
4. Put the oatmeal and butterscotch chips last and mix until fully incorporated.
5. Roll cookie mixture into spoon size balls and place into cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other
5. Bake in preheated oven (375°) for 7 minutes (chewy) and 10 minutes (for crispy).
6. Cool in rack and transfer to an air tight container. 🙂