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A Very Informative Saturday

Last Saturday, I went to the Expo Mom event in Rockwell tent. I wanted to check the items they were selling, even if I am no longer pregnant. It was my first time to go to that area, and it was not that hard to find. Thanks to a website that I forgot to take note of, I was able to get there safely. Here is the route that I followed (should someone stumble upon my humble site):

BTW, I am from Cainta, so the directions will best be followed upon arriving in Edsa.

  • From Cainta, ride a jeepney to Crossing Ilalim. Make sure that it is NOT United or JRC. Otherwise, you will have a long way to walk. (Fare: P18 from Don Mariano)
  • Once in Edsa, ride a bus that will pass Guadalupe. If you are not a picky passenger, I suggest riding an ordinary bus as it is faster. Make sure that you hold on real tight as they go REAL fast. (Fare: P10)
  • Alight in Guadalupe. Usually, buses will stop in front of the Loyola Memorial Chapel. Walk away from the overpass, and turn right on first opportunity (ito ung mismong likuan right beside Loyola) walk straight and there will be a some sort of an informal jeepney terminal. Ask a barker for the jeep that will pass by Rockwell (business area lang. There are no direct jeepney routes going to the Plant or the Tent).
  • The driver will tell you once you are in Rockwell. Cross the street and ask a security guard for the building you need to go. The place reminds me of a mini Makati (or maybe because it is still part of Makati? I dunno, first time eh!).

The event started at 10 AM. I got there past 11 AM. I registered and got my swag bag. There were a lot of booths inside from various businesses. I went around and shopped (Yes, I shopped. Kumupit ako ng 1K kay Babe, and I am still feeling guilty). I bought crib shoes for a friend’s baby from Bugs and Kelly, baby snacks and a shirt from a store I forgot the name din (sorry!), a Firefly toothbrush, bakers twine from Paper Chic Studio, and refreshing beverages from Coco Quench. I loved the Basil Leaves and Honey combination.

At around 2 PM, I got ready to leave. I was supposed to go to BGC for the McCormick event but I knew it was supposed to start at 4 PM pa. Plus based on my phone conversation with Babe, ndi pa ata cia ready that time. I decided to stay. This was ok with me because the heat outside was really scorching. I stayed and was lucky that the program was about to resume. Better listen and amuse myself kesa mainis kasi hindi na ako makabili.. haha! Here is the program details for that day:

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I was able to listen to the Wilkins portion which was explained by Dra. Khamil Carrion. She showed how a kid’s food pyramid should be, the water intake, and how the food portions work when dealing with kids. She also discussed common mistakes when feeding as well as the expectations that are usually incorrect. I specifically find the “dream food pyramid” hilarious.

I was also able to listen to Dra. Aurora Trajan when she discussed about Cord Blood Banking, it’s advantages, and options through Cord Life. Too bad I am not pregnant, nor plan to be in the next 3-5 years.

There was then a short game and raffle (which I did not win), then the “talk show” style wherein the SoMoms Tin, Jenny, and Neva discussed the event topic, which was Momtuition. Simply put, being a Mom, regardless if it is your first time, or the nth child, it never is a waste to ignore that inner voice. Listen to it, act on it, if it comes out wrong, you have nothing to lose. At least, you are “kampante” that you listened to it. No guilty feelings after.

Then there was this talk by Coach Pia Acevedo. She talked about never losing that communication and connection with your child so that when momtuition kicks in, there is no difficult part in communicating something that you cannot directly point your finger at. She mentioned how you can share and show your feelings with your child, with all the aspects there is.

All in all, I find the discussions really informative. Too bad I was too hungry, and I have to meet with Babe sa BGC. I left the even at around 4 PM. Again, it was commute again from Rockwell to BGC. Here is what I did.

Walk to the direction where you came off the jeep.

  • Ride a jeep enroute to Ilalim. Ask the driver to drop you off to where you can ride a Jeep going to Market Market! Note: there are some drivers who are not that vocal kapag sinabi mo na ibaba ka somewhere. It was a lucky shot that I heard another barker on an intersection of the jeeps going to Market Market. (Fare: P8)
  • Ride another jeep. This time, the sign board will say “Gate 3” pero most of them will pass by Market Market. There will be a conductor asking for the fare, just remind him. The jeep will stop by in front of Market Market! itself. (Fare: P10)

I met with Babe in BGC for the McCormick event. By that time, I realized that I was not able to bring any hankie or towel, nor powder or comb. Haggard! It was really hot that day, so I can only imagine how I look like. Prior to Babe’s arrival, I called my brother to ask for the actual location. He texted me after 15 minutes, this was while Babe and I were taking a stroll of Serendra.

I personally like this area of the Metro. The ambiance is relaxing, kid and pet friendly, there are a lot of stores and restaurants, and it is ideal for exercising. Though at this point, I can only afford the stores in Market Market!, I can still see myself doing a bit of window shopping here in the future.

So here’s the funny part.ย So Babe and I searched for the venue and was quite surprised that we cannot find it. I called up my brother again to confirm the venue and time. All along, I thought it was the 7th of April. My brother then said, “April 6 pa lang.” Ay, bagsak ang mundo ko, pati ni Babe (hehe!). Sabi ko then, buti na lang, pwede pa din tayo manood ng movie. Kaso, when we got to the cinema, petsa! blockbuster ang pila. Dunno if it was because of Marian Rivera’s presence kaya naisipan ng tao manood after, or what. Pero dahil dun, we decided not to see Miggy and Laida anymore. Excited pa naman sana ako (LOL!).

We went around the mall for a few minutes. Got home ideas from the section for furniture and discovered the gift section. Meron na akong makukuhanan na mura and right materials for my crafts project, pati gift ideas. Happy na din.

We decided to go home after. Mejo haggard na ako sa maghapon kong liwaliw, plus I miss my baby already. Too bad, wala akong matinong camera, no pictures from the event and of our date. Next post: Geoff’s day out and his curiosity with water fountains.

Wai Ying Monthsary Date

Last Sunday (November 18), we woke up early as we really wanted to go to Divisoria. Considering that it was a Saturday following the payday, we were anticipating the “mob” (harhar!). Anyway, aside from the awesome finds that I was anticipating, Babe is also excited with the monthsary lunch we will have that day.

I ate at Wai Ying I think a couple of months ago as a treat from my boss. The rest of the management team went to Binondo one late evening to have dinner as a way of meet and greet. So lo and behold, nakarating ako ng Binondo ng wala sa oras. It was a fun dinner as i was friends with everyone, plus the fact that the food is reaaallly great! Here is a picture of us back then:

With the TW management, first timer at Wai Ying fastfood ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So going back to the story, I planned the lunch at Wai Ying and divi adventure with babe, i think, 2 weeks before namin makuha ung bonus. I have been reading food blogs about the said resto and it made babe more excited for Chinese food. Sabi nga nya, “Wow, chinese dishes for lunch with my chinese wife..” haha!

So we left at around 11AM, took the LRT2 bound for Recto. Once there, we rode the jeep up to Benavidez street. We have to walk, bandang dulo kasi yung restaurant. Once there, we were given the menu and here are the dishes that we had: Hakaw, Pork Siomai, Beef Curry Brisket (for me), Han Kok Soi (i think), and Honey Pork Ribs (for babe)

Pork Siomai – yum!

Hakaw! – Shrimp, shrimp, oh my yummy shrimp!

Babe and his Honey Pork Ribs ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s moi, with the beef curry brisket ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We were soooo full when we left the restaurant that we opted to walk to divi instead. Petsa! lapit lang pala. ๐Ÿ™‚

We no longer took photos as you know naman, divi is a haven for mandurukots and snatchers, so ok na kami sa paglibot and sa pagbili ng dinayo namin. I made a list para kahit papano, within budget pa din kami. Here are the purchases that we made: Seat cushions, curtains, bed sheets (oh yes, babe loved it, so when we go back next time, bili ulit kame! haha!), christmas tree, lights, and decors (yay!), and the ultimate lootbag contents for Geoff’s birthday/christening on March (excited much?!).

So yun, we were done by 7PM and since it was a Sunday, madali lang yung commute pauwi. We were able to catch the LRT2 again and a cab on the way home. We were able to set up the tree the same night, and yep, imagine Geoff’s amazement sa ganda ng tree namen (promise! ganda talaga :))

Ang aming Christmas Tree ๐Ÿ™‚ Bow!

We were unable to take a picture of Geoff’s reaction, pero babe and I are glad that he liked it. I think Choi liked it too ย kasi wala siyang sawa sa pagpitas ng christmas balls sa ilalim ng tree.

P.S.

Extra yung broom broom ni Geoff, ๐Ÿ™‚

Broom broom baby ๐Ÿ™‚

A Look Back On How My 2011 Was

2011 has been one of the most interesting, fun, and blessed year for me. Let me do a quick glance on how it was for me:

A back shot on my way to the peak ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mt. Kalisungan

 

January – I was still contemplating on what to do with my life. I ย didn’t know what I want, nor what I was looking for. Luckily, this was also the month when I was able to rekindle old flames of friendship with the Piknikers group. I was able to climb Mt. Kalisungan in Laguna and Mt. Cinco Picos in Zambales.

 

 

 

 

From one of the peaks – Mt. Cinco Picos

 

 

 

This was also the month when I vowed to be a healthier me. It was a good thing na nagkaroon ako ng climb buddies na naging malaki ung influence when it comes to being responsible to nature.

 

 

 

 

From the peak of Mt. Arayat ๐Ÿ™‚

 

ย  ย  February – Nothing special. I had a massage and a body scrub on Valentines day and the lady from the reception gave me a stemmed rose. Maybe because she thought it was pathetic to be alone during heart’s day (harhar!). Chaka pala merong dayhike this month. Mt. Arayat is what I would call, one of the most enjoyable climb for me. No mosquitoes and the weather at the time was not too hot.

 

 

Mt. Pulag from a distance, a view from the peak of Mt. Timbak

 

I also experienced my first hike in a very cold place – Benguet. Together with my fellowย Piknikers, we went to Mt. Timbak to witness the wonders of the mummies and what the locals would call the sacred burial grounds.

 

 

 

On our way to the Underground River

 

Before I forget, Rney (a very close friend), Bambi, and I went to witness the wonders of Palawan. Such beautiful beaches. scenery, and great people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dami ko pala gala ng February. Ngayon ko lang na-realize after back tracking and uploading a few selected pictures. ๐Ÿ˜›

March – Mejo pahinga ako nito sa dami ng bookings ko for February. Ito din ata ung month na bad trip ako kase merong nangungulit na paulit ulit lang naman ung sinasabi. Oh well, I can’t remember much but this month was so and so for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

On my way to the top – Mt. Makiling

 

 

 

April – The Piknikers scheduled a Mt. Makiling dayhike this month, as well as a beach getaway during the holy week. I was wasted during the Makiling climb but it was all worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the gang, pauwi na sa wakas! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

We also went to Calatagan, Batangas to spend the holy week. This was the first holy week that I spent away from home. ๐Ÿ™‚ This was alsoย the last month that I am to be considered as single. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

With Jeff, before I called him Babe ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

May – This was a special month. This was the month when Babe and I first realized our feelings for each other. It all started with a climb in Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Batangas.

 

 

 

 

 

Wet look! – From the peak of Mt. Cristobal

 

 

 

We climbed Mt. Cristobal as part of our training climb. This was the first time I climbed with non-stop rain and without Pik, Ton, or Bampi with us.

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Mt. Ugo!

 

 

June – This month, we climbed Mt. Ugo. This was considered a majorย climb as we had to do a traverse from Nueva Viscaya to Baguio. We were unable to see the view as we climbed this mountain together with the typhoon Falcon ๐Ÿ™

 

 

 

A formality in pictures

 

 

 

ย  ย  ย  ย July – This is Ms. Ae’s wedding month. We went to Tagaytay as the wedding and reception is to take place there. ย We went to Picnic Grove and Tagaytay highlands. And no, we did not get to eat bulalo ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August – We confirmed baby Gabe’s existence ๐Ÿ™‚ ย No pictures yet since he still looked like a gummy bear in the ultrasound reports. This was also Babe’s birthday month. I gave him a tool box as a gift ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Perez ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

September – My birthday and wedding month. This was also the month I resigned after a 7 year stay in Concentrix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoyed the dinner at Leslie’s

 

 

October – Monica and Ryan, college classmates and buddies got married. We attended their wedding and had a falling out with another good friend because of immature circumstances. We still enjoyed the day, though.

 

 

 

 

Our little baby boy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

November – Baby Gabe is a boy! We got what we wished for, and as an added bonus, he is healthy and all organs are developing and working fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

With the family, less Cyv and Naneng, who took the picture

 

 

December – Our first christmas together. We spent it in Tagaytay and Las Pinas. Looking forward to more christmases and new years together. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

As mentioned, 2011 has been good to me and my family. Babe and I are looking forward to the blessings of 2012. Starting from our careers, to baby Gabe’s firsts to come ๐Ÿ™‚

Mt. Arayat Dayhike

i attended Ton’s baby’s christening two Saturdays ago. The idea of a dayhike came from this gathering where the original plan was to do an overnight swimming afterwards. well, the overnight swim was canceled but not the dayhike. so we went to pampanga but met at sir pik’s house at around 12am that day. we arrived at nanay ruby’s house at around 7am to eat breakfast and started our trek at around 8am.

about to register

on our way up

serious mode

the view from the summit: white rock (?)

 

the view from the summit: bitukang manok river (wala lang, narinig ko lang)

some pictures with the rest of the group

 

going back: me in action.. haha!

And so they say that hiking is not for the weak and faint hearted. This is true. I knew that from the first time I experienced the hardships of climbing a mountain. Perserverance, discipline, respect and trust for others are some of the traits that one should have. Ako, I still consider myself weak and faint hearted. A lot of times, I think of giving up, kaya lang lagi na lang, pumapasok ung realization kapag nasa gitna na ako. Might as well enjoy the view on the way to the top. mahirap, madumi, and most of all, nakakakaba. Kaya ba ng katawan ko, kinakaya naman. Iba kasi ung satisfaction na mararamdaman kapag nandun na sa taas. magandang view, and most of all, yung luwag sa dibdib na tipong “shit, kaya ko pala!”

“Kaya ko to, i am so proud of myself” – mantra ni babing ๐Ÿ™‚

photos courtesy of mark estrella ๐Ÿ™‚