Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Look who's busy

While most people are busy shopping for gifts during this time of the year, Andoy is busy with something else... busy with the iPad! Hubby and I couldn't get our hands on the iPad when Andoy is playing his games.

Helping mommy collect earnings from the stalls in Snoopy's Street Fair

I don't really mind not being able to use it when Andoy is around. Actually, I enjoy watching him tapping and sliding his fingers on the thing. It's as if he's an adult already. I even downloaded a lot of games for him. There are a lot of educational games on the App Store that can help develop his skills. I downloaded puzzle games, nursery rhymes, animal sounds, alphabet games, number games and the likes.

Hubby and I just have one tiny bit of a problem... and that's taking away the iPad from Andoy when it's time to go to sleep :)
Saturday, December 10, 2011 | By: Jenggai

I won! Finally!

Last November 11, 2011, I saw a Facebook contest post from Smart Parenting. I just have to send a Twitpic of one of my favorite articles in their website. Only the first 15 entries will win so I immediately upload a Twitpic. I think I was the third valid entry. Yay! I was so happy because I know I am a sure winner even without the confirmation e-mail yet in my inbox.

You see, I am one of those few people who never won in any raffle draw or contest. I don’t remember winning any contest or raffle that I joined (not even a cake raffle, hmpf!).

I have been working for almost 12 years of my life (eight years in my present company). And in the 12 Christmas parties that I attended, I always leave each party empty handed, sigh… The latest was just last December 8 during our company Christmas party. Oh well, I think it’s not yet my time to win. Who knows? Maybe I’ll win the grand prize next year. Still keeping my fingers crossed (even my toes!) J

Going back to my first ever winning moment, I asked my hubby to go with me earlier today to claim my prize in Mandaluyong since I have no work in the office. We usually do not have work the day after our Christmas party. Amidst the pouring rain and “usad pagong” traffic, I finally got my prize! Yipee!

I got a Smart Parenting book on raising a preschooler and their special issue of smart pregnancy. I can apply the tips on raising a preschooler in a few months time when Andoy starts schooling next year. The smart pregnancy magazine I can only read now and will apply the useful tips in a few years time J

My winnings
Saturday, November 26, 2011 | By: Jenggai


After only seeing each other on Skype and Yahoo Messenger video calls for the past ten months, Andrei, my husband and I finally reunited. At exactly 11am last November 16, we're one big happy family again when we fetched my husband from NAIA terminal 1.

It was Andoy's first time to fetch his dad from the airport. He was squealing with delight when he saw his dad approaching us. He was screaming "Dad!" and was struggling away from my mom's arms to go to his dad while I record his reaction on video. The people in the waiting area laughed when they saw Andoy's reaction. That scene was exactly what I had in my mind for the past few weeks when the flight details were confirmed. It was indeed a happy day for our family.

 Running around while waiting for dad.

See the chipped vinyl tiles? Andoy said "Eeewww!" when he saw that, hahaha! I guess our airport really needs some improvements. Even kids criticize it :)

With Wowo, which is lolo in Andoy's dictionary, looking tired from chasing him.

 My two boys. Such a sweet scene :)

I am so grateful that we will be spending Christmas and New Year together as a family. We have to make the most of our time together because time flies so fast. We'll never know if in just a month or so, my husband will be leaving us again to board the ship.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Andrei turns three!

Yesterday, November 8, was Andoy's third birthday. We had a simple dinner celebration at my parents' house. I left the office shortly after lunch to help with the food preparation and to buy his cake. Before 6pm, Andrei and I went to the church to attend mass for thanksgiving.

Luckily, his dad will be arriving next week after a ten-month contract in the ship so Andrei will have a bigger post-birthday celebration on Saturday. I am also excited about his next party because I was planning to make it a Thomas the tank engine party. My boy loves Thomas. He also loves Lightning McQueen but he has been more inclined with Thomas lately.

From the look on his face, you can tell that he enjoyed his birthday celebration.

Happy birthday my little Andrei! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!
Thursday, November 3, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Andoy's halloween shirt

The first trick or treat activity that my little Andrei participated in was last year. I made him a ghost costume out of a white cloth. I do not want to buy him costumes being sold in the department stores yet because I'm not sure if he will wear it. Well, guess what? I made the right decision! He only wore his costume for approximately 30 minutes that we didn't had the chance to take a picture of him as he was crying and struggling to get out of his costume.

The 2011 trick or treat activity in our neighborhood was held last Sunday, October 30. A few weeks before, I was a bit worried that Andoy will not be able to attend because I know I still couldn't convince him to wear any costume. Then one day before the event, we went to Robinson's Metro East and I saw a lot of halloween-inspired shirts for kids! There are a lot of designs to choose from and they come in orange, black, gray and white colors.

I got him the gray shirt which says "Daddy's pumpkin" with an orange pumpkin below the caption.

I would have bought him the orange shirt which says "I love Mummy" with a drawing of a mummy but there are no more sizes available for Andoy. I sure am a biased mom! LOL

I didn't have any problem putting on this shirt on Andoy. Actually, he was even excited to wear the shirt because he thought we were going to the mall.

And here is a picture of Andrei, together with his cousins, who were all dressed up. And because he was scared of his own cousins with all their costumes and make up, he was reluctant to pose near them!
Friday, October 28, 2011 | By: Jenggai

One of my favorite photos

As Napoleon Bonaparte puts it "A picture is worth a thousand words". We all love to keep good memories in our minds and hearts and one concrete way of doing this is by taking a photograph. Looking at old photographs brings back memories of those special milestones in your life. Some may not be so pleasant but I'm sure most of them are those that you would always want to remember.

I like browsing through the pictures saved in my laptop every now and then. The picture below is one of my favorites. This is the first ever picture of my two boys together.

My husband left to work in a ship when I was only three months pregnant with little Andoy. The contract was supposed to be for 12 months only but it was extended to 14 months. Andoy was already 10 months old when he and his dad first saw each other. Andoy didn't even hesitate when his dad carried him. He must have thought he was looking at himself in the mirror, haha!

This is one of those priceless vivid memories in my heart and I'm looking forward for more.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | By: Jenggai

That Starbucks time of the year

One of the signs that Christmas is just around the corner is when Starbucks start taking out the red cups! It's time to fill up the Starbucks planner sticker card for that 2012 planner.

I don't really know when Starbucks started this annual red cups and planner custom. My first Starbucks planner is their 2005 edition. I just missed the 2009 planner because I was in my last trimester of pregnancy and eventually just gave birth during the sticker collection period. I wasn't able to drink much coffee that time. Too bad. :(

The first few years planners were so "sulit" because the coupons were almost all-year round. Most of which are free drinks! Those were the days!

When I opened my Facebook account this morning, I saw this from Starbucks Philippines' official Facebook page.

Yay! Just seven more days and I can get to taste my favorite Starbucks Toffee Nut Frappuccino again! I am not quite sure what other Christmas drinks they will feature this year in addition to Toffee Nut. Let's wait and see.

Much to my delight, I even stumbled upon a blog where the 2012 planners were featured. Cool designs and they even added more designs to choose from. There were three designs last year and now they have five. I like the pouches that goes with the planner. For a more detailed description, head on to this blog by

Head on to your favorite Starbucks branches on November 3, 2011. Save the date, my fellow Starbucks addicts :)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | By: Jenggai

One big thank you

After six days of confinement, my little Andrei is all well and back to his old playful self. I was so happy when Andrei's pedia called early morning of Wednesday, October 18, to inform me that the platelet count went up from 124 to 151. Although, not too high as we were hoping, at least it is already in the normal range. Dra. Jenny Santos told me that she will be giving discharge instructions to the nurses on duty so we can go home. One big hurray!

I immediately kissed and hugged Andrei and started packing our things while waiting for the nurse to give me the discharge slip to be presented to the billing department. After saying goodbye to the friendly resident doctors and nurses, we were able to leave the hospital after lunch.

All smiles at St. Luke's Medical Center lobby while waiting for lolo to get the car

My Andrei, a few pounds lighter

He was even able to attend his Ate Iana's birthday celebration in school

Many thanks for all the prayers and for the encouraging words. God is good and He always hear our prayers.
Sunday, October 16, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Asking for more prayers for my little one

I haven't had any decent sleep for almost a week now since my little Andrei developed a fever last Monday night. I didn't go to work on Tuesday so I can bring him to the doctor. The doctor's advice was to continue taking paracetamol and prescribed his usual asthma meds in case he will have an asthma attack. When we woke up the next day, the fever has not subsided so I decided to bring to the hospital for another check up and a CBC and platelet count.

The platelet count is 186. The pediatrician advised for admission for monitoring of platelets and for hydration by dextrose. However, when we arrived at the emergency room of Marikina Valley Medical Center, the doctors said that there are no more rooms available so we have to wait in the ER. There were a lot of patients lined up in the ER waiting for a room to be available. I talked to one of the patients and she said that she has been waiting since morning. I have been carrying Andrei the whole time since he is so weak. I can't just wait there and watch Andrei cry. My mother asked if we could transfer to The Medical City since Andrei's pediatrician is also accredited in that hospital but upon inquiring at The Medical City, there were already 67 patients waiting to be admitted since no room was available.

The pediatrician told us to just transfer to one of the tertiary hospitals in Antipolo. I declined and told my mother to just get Andrei's records and we'll bring him to St. Luke's Medical Center instead. I have nothing against small hospitals but I could not risk anything when it comes to suspected dengue cases. My two-year old nephew, the first and only "apo" that time, died of dengue in 2007. He was confined for several days at a tertiary hospital before he was transferred to The Medical City wherein, unfortunately, it was too late as he was suffering from internal bleeding already.

So we rushed Andrei to St. Luke's Medical Center where he was immediately attended to by the doctors and nurses in the emergency room. We were advised that the hospital has no rooms available that time so we have to wait in the ER until one becomes available. It's okay for me since they have already thoroughly checked Andrei and also found out that he has acute tonsillitis pharyngitis (ATP). We only waited for three hours before a room became available.

At the emergency room while waiting for a room to become available

My heart breaks every time I see him cry. I was always on the verge of tears but I had to stop myself because I do not want my mother to see me crying as she was the one who was more worried and had been crying on our way to the hospital. I had to be strong for my little one. It was harder for me this time because my husband is not by my side. Andrei was hospitalized last year due to bronchitis but I feel less worried that time because I am with my husband. The ship is currently in Fiji Islands where there is no cell phone signal. I could not contact him and let him know of Andrei's condition. That was one of the many things that I have been thinking about.

I have been trying to call and e-mail my husband's agency but to no avail. I tried sending a message to one of his crewmate in the ship through Facebook. Andrei was admitted in the hospital on Wednesday but his dad only learned of this Friday morning only. I left a message on one of his crewmate's Facebook account and asked him to tell my husband to call me as soon as possible if he happens to read my mail. I have been praying hard that night and on Friday morning my husband called me. Thank God! That's one worry out of my list. We were both crying while talking on the phone. He has been making Skype calls since Friday to talk to Andrei and to assure me that everything will be alright.

Aside from ATP, Andrei also developed a viral infection. He has been vomiting and is having frequent loose bowel movement since Thursday. I have not been worrying much about his ATP and viral infection because I know that the antibiotics will heal these. I have been more worried by the dropping of his platelet count and white blood cells (WBC) and his fever. I have been praying hard while the hospital staff extracts blood from his fingers everyday. Praying for better results, even just a slight improvement. But this has never happened yet. Just this morning, the pediatrician told me that his platelet count is down to 128 and WBC down to 3,560. These figures are below the normal range. When he was admitted in the hospital, his platelet count is 186 and his WBC is 6,900. Andrei has dengue.

We had to stay in the hospital until the platelet count is at least 180 to be sure. I need more prayers for my little one and for me as well that I can stay strong for my child. I have been crying every night. I hope tomorrow will bring us something to smile about.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Andoy and the PSP

My hubby usually plays with the PSP everyday but when he boarded the ship last January, I kept it in the closet. After all, Andoy is too young to play with it. I used to play with it, but without hubby around, all my time at home was devoted to taking care of little Andoy.

When Andoy was younger, he used to watch his dad play with it.

One time at my parents' house, Andrei saw my brother playing with the PSP. My brother lent him the PSP. Little Andrei was so happy. I saw how he enjoyed the toy. And so I decided to take the PSP out of the closet. Imagine how excited he was. Andoy and the PSP were inseparable that night.

The next day, we went to my parents' house for a PSP bonding time with his cousin Ate Iana. My parents' house went quiet for a while. No running and screaming kiddos. They were both engrossed in their games.

Friday, October 7, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Mommy's Hobby

During my grade school days, I would always ask my parents to buy me a book as a reward for being one of the top students in our class. I am glad that even as a kid, I always thought that reading books as an interesting hobby. Those were the days when the Sweet Valley book series dominated my world. In high school, teen romance novels were added to my collection. Reading books became a part of my life as I was growing up.

Back in the days when I was still single and have all the time in the world, reading a book would always be my stress reliever. I like reading children book series such as Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and Percy Jackson series. I always lose track of the time when I am reading especially at night. I could stay up all night reading.

Before watching a movie based on a novel, I always make sure that I read the book first before watching the movie. There’s always a lot more details in books. Reading helps widen one’s vocabulary and improve one’s imagination.

When I had Andrei, I only had limited time to read. Whenever there’s free time, I would always squeeze in an hour or two of reading. And since Andrei couldn’t sleep with the lights on, I would resort to reading an e-book from my phone.

I hope Andrei will grow up with the same hobby as mommy. =)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Mommy Moments - Parenting Tips

Being a first time mother, I know I still have a lot to learn about parenting. Parents play a big role in molding their children to become good persons. With my husband out of the country most the time, I have been left with the task of juggling my time between work and mommy duties. It was never easy. Raising a child is a tough job.

 Children look up to their parents and will most likely follow what they see or hear from their parents. My son still speaks jargon words but I was able to teach him to say "sorry" and "thank you". Whenever he accidentally step on someone else's toes, he would immediately say "soyi". Whenever, you hand him something, he would say "enk you". Even in the middle of the night when he can't keep his eyes open because he is too sleepy, he would always thank me whenever I hand him his bottle of milk.

These may seem like two simple phrases but hearing your child say these would mean a whole lot to a parent.

Friday, September 30, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Typhoon trauma

Just a few days after Typhoon Pedring left the country, another typhoon, Typhoon Quiel, is expected this weekend. I hope this one will not be as intense and destructive like Pedring as most of the affected areas have not yet recovered from Pedring's wrath.

Being an Ondoy survivor, it always scares me whenever we experience strong typhoons. The flood brought about by Ondoy last September 26, 2009 is one unforgettable experience for me. I had the biggest scare of my life that day. My husband left a little after lunch that day to try to help his nephew and niece who were stranded also because of the flood in Cainta. It never crossed our mind that we, too, will experience flood that day. Even though we only live a few blocks away from the Marikina River, we never experienced flood in our area.

We were supposed to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday so Andrei's cousins were with us at my in-laws' house. We were watching the people outside when we noticed the brown water on the street quickly rising. In just a matter of minutes, the water was waist deep inside the house (chest deep on the street outside). I stayed with the kids at the second floor of the house while my in-laws carried the appliances and furniture from the first floor to the second floor.

I was able to talk to my mom on the cell phone before the signal went off. My parents house is just two streets away from my in-laws. She and my other siblings tried to grab whatever they could save but most of the things were already submerged in muddy waters. Our relatives who are living just a few meters from the Marikina River literally swam to our house for shelter. They weren't able to bring anything, even clothes and food because the water rose too quickly that they had to swim their way out of their house. My mother told me that my dad and my youngest sister were not home and she could not contact them.

Not knowing where your loved ones during times like that is really scary. Luckily, all three of them were safe. My dad climbed on the roof of one house and stayed there overnight. My husband were able to swim to one of his relative's house to seek shelter and my sister was able to spend the night at our relative's house which is a few kilometers from her school. Amidst the fear I felt that day, I was really, really thankful that all my loved ones are still with me now. God is really good. He answers prayers.

Here are some pictures of our Ondoy experience.

The morning after.

See the muddy water mark? Half of the car was submerged in water. My dad parked the car a few meters away from the fence but the water carried the car to the fence which left an ugly dent in the bumper.

Who wouldn't be traumatized by this experience? This kind of calamity is preventable if only people learned to take care of the environment earlier. Why do we need this kind of awakening experience to learn? We have options. We do not have to learn things the hard way.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Back to basics

I wasn’t able to go to work last Tuesday due to Typhoon Pedring. I texted my boss before 8:00 am that morning to ask if work for that day is suspend. He replied that it’s not though I could file a leave upon my return if I couldn’t make it. I only have five remaining service incentive leaves so I really wanted to go to work because I am saving my SILs for Andrei’s birthday and for my hubby’s arrival in November. However, when I looked out the window, I saw the fierce wind and rain. I know I could get through the rain, but how about the wind? My three-fold umbrella could not stand that wind! And so, as much as I wanted to leave the house, I stayed home.

As early as 8:00 am, electricity had been cut off. That means no TV for Andrei and no internet surfing for me. Cell phone signal is not that good also so I couldn’t use mobile surfing as well. After lunch, I took Andrei to our room for his afternoon siesta. Although it was cold and rainy, Andrei is still sweaty. Good thing I was able to recharge the battery of his rechargeable fan/light. I was able to charge my laptop the night before so Andrei was able to watch Thomas and Friends from my laptop before going to sleep.

With no electricity and with my laptop battery drained, I found myself lying on the bed and staring at the ceiling. I can’t help recalling the days when the country had to endure the scheduled brownouts everyday. I was in high school back then and I remember doing my assignments beside our emergency lamp or candle and listening to my battery operated pocket radio. It was like being back to basics. And on weekends, me and my cousins would play hide and seek under the moonlight or ask our lola or tita for ghost tales. There were even days when we felt disappointed that the electricity was back on because we know that it was time to go back home. 

Life was simple back then. No cell phone, no laptops and computers. How lucky are the kids these days! But I am still thankful that I was able to experience such basic life as it made me appreciate the things I have today.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Sunshine Award

Thank you Michi and Mommy Jo for giving me my very first award! My apologies though for the late posting =)

The rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions.
3. Pass it on to ten fabulous bloggers and send them a message to let them know.

Favourite Colour: purple, pink, blue 
Favourite Animal: fish
Favourite Number: 8
Favourite Drink: water =)
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
Your passion: family
Giving or getting presents: both
Favourite pattern: stripes
Favourite day: Saturday
Favourite flowers: roses, tulips

I would like to pass this award to:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By: Jenggai

Day 4 - HK-Macau

August 22, 2011 - Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Day 4 is Ocean Park OR Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Five out of the nine people in our group are first timers in Hong Kong so it is but natural that they would choose to go to Ocean Park. I am one of the five but I chose to go with the other group to Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Not that I do not want to go to Ocean Park but I just couldn't stand to spend another day under the scorching heat of the sun. I could go back to HK and Ocean Park in another time... definitely in a much better HK weather.

And so we headed off to the Peak Tram station to ride the Peak Tram that will take us to Victoria Peak. One way ticket costs HK$ 28.

the steep tracks
view of HK from the Peak Tram

We bought tickets to the wax museum from Dragon Hostel at a discounted price of HK$ 140. Original price is HK$ 160.

Here are some pictures taken inside the museum.

Robert Pattinson aka Edward Cullen of Twilight

The Royal Family

Thanks Spidey for saving me!


Johnny Depp aka Capt Jack Sparrow

Marilyn Monroe (I think I look more like Annie here, LOL)

Sharing the stage with Madonna

Gaga fever!


We did a bit of last minute shopping after lunch.

Ooops! No, I didn't shop for any LV item. Just took a picture outside the store hehe!

We then headed back to Macau for our 10pm flight back home to Manila. 
Back to reality =(