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2015 Blessings

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:36:00 +0000

This is late post, but I am still making it.  Most of my blessings in 2015 are experiences, realizations as well as time spent with loved ones. So here it goes :)

* I became a mentee of the 1st formal mentoring program in the company. It felt like different at first, but I learned to appreciate my mentor and the learnings I got from him :)

* Gian's 2nd birthday was celebrated with our extended families. Kids enjoyed their play time at Kidzoona in Robinsons Galleria.

* During summer, Reese did swimming lessons with her best friend Yana at Dominican College. She did learn the basics. I noted it here coz this is something I did not get the chance to do during my childhood, but somehow learned a little on my own through the "whole day" summer swimming to celebrate my childhood best friend's birthday every year.

* Learned to face uncertainty of leaving Emerson. June 30 when it was announced that Network Power will spin off. God knows how broken hearted I am but felt the comfort knowing things do happen for a reason. As of this writing, I still have not known it yet, but I have faith on the what is, and the what it will become!

* Have better understanding of how we can help our kids become independent and hopefully become street smart. Nevertheless, we are thankful that are kids are both smart.

* Learned to fight for what I feel and make us both realize that we have something worth fighting for. I've been through my darkest times and been blessed to have found what has been missing all those times. It is not easy, but the more important is the understanding that we both have now.

No air travel, no huge material things... but yes those are BIG blessings for me :)

Catching Up for Gian

Sun, 17 May 2015 02:29:00 +0000

My little boy is now almost 2 years and 2 months old.  He’s 93 cm tall and weighs 19 kilos!  So imagine that?!  A very huge boy that is so energetic and difficult to carry!I feel a bit guilty for not being able to write that much about him.  Facebook has taken so much of the updates, but I felt it wasn’t detailed enough for me to note his milestones or write some stories behind the scenes.Given that I have the time today, and need some distraction in life, I’ll do this now.So, these are the things that Gian can do so far: Counting 1-10 and also read the numbers Sing ABC, funny to note that the “L, M, N, O, P” part sounded just a hum given that it is the hardest part.Favorite Songs:  The Wheels on the Bus, Ten in the BedTV and YouTube channels & shows:  Baby TV, ChuChu TV, ABC Kids TV, LBB (Little Baby Bum), Pocoyo, Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little KingdomWords:No“Ayaw”“Babay”Oh no!DaddyMommy“Nanyt” (good night)“La na”  (wala na)AppleDogHorseyAteReeseBye, see you soon! (from Pocoyo)Also below are some throwback (past) photos that I was not able to post and would like to keep their memories...when you were baptized, pardon your sister's wacky pose! :p2 months, Lola Celia visit5 months, first time at the ER. not feeling well but still very cute :)7 months, trying on one of the boxes for our house move from Ibuna to Valentine.Acting mode! :)14 months, your first time to walk on your own captured at the mall almost 2 years old, vacation at Pico de Loroyour yaya's birthdayMom just hugging you during one of your playtime at Kidzvilleyour first formal attire during Tito Rap and Tita Arrianne's weddingThat's all for now. Gian, I promise to continue capturing your milestones in my blog so that when you already know how to read, you will have a wonderful time seeing this.  I love you anak![...]

Visita Iglesia 2015

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 06:50:00 +0000

For this year, we did Visita Iglesia in Bulacan, the province where I grew up with.  We were not able to get into 7 churches but all of those we visited have memories from the past.  With us were my mom, sis and niece. It was very sunny that day that even if we have brought some refreshments in the car, it seemed to be not enough to keep us cool. We made the effort to do it this year especially that Reese had her First Holy Communion few days ago.From our home in Guiguinto, our first stop was at the Parish of San Ildefonso. It is the church beside our school when I was elememtary at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School. It is where I had my First Holy Communion and where we attended several First Friday masses. Also, my sister and my brother got married here.Second stop was at the Sta. Isabel Church. My dad, aunts and uncles tarditionally go to this church every Easter Sunday to join the "Salubong" procession.Third stop was at the Barasoain Church, which is more famously known as the church at the back of the former 10-peso bill.  It is where hubby and I got married. :)Fourth stop was at the Malolos Cathedral.  It is where my sister and I were baptized. On our way going back to the main road, we passed by my grandmother's former home.  I saw my cousin Sheila at the store and we dropped by to see Tita Rose and Daryl as well.  We had another round of refreshments in the form of Coke Sakto :). We were all talking and laughing that I forgot to take photos.Fifth and last stop was at the Balagtas Church. It is where my brother was baptized.Then we went back home to eat Palabok that mom ordered along the way before we finally went back to our home base in San Juan.[...]

Gian's 2nd Birthday

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:16:00 +0000

My little boy turned 2 last March 25. Hubby and I skipped work to be with him that day.  We had lunch at Corazon and afterwards brought the kids to Fun Ranch and took advantage of the unlimited play tickets we got from a birthday party few months ago.  Since it was a weekday, the play area was like rented by us, not much kids around!Sunday came and we had our part 2 celebration with the grandmothers, uncles, aunt & cousins.  I planned on having the kids play at Kidzoona at Robinson's Galleria for an hour.  It was fun time not just for the kids, but also for the aunt & uncles accompanying them at the play area.  To date, for me it is really one of the best play area in the metro!Right after the happy and tiring activity,  we went straight to Burgoo inside the mall for lunch.  I pre-ordered to avoid the long waiting time for food knowing everyone was hungry and excited to eat.  Food was served in just few minutes after we were seated.  As usual, I forgot to ask for our photo to be taken at the beginning and hubby remembered just when all the food were gone! Oh well, we still have everyone in the picture which was more important :)Gian, this will be your remembrance on your 2nd birthday.  I know you had so much fun.  We love you to bits anak! :)[...]

2014 Blessings

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 03:09:00 +0000

I just watched the arrival of Pope Francis at Tacloban City airport on tv. Despite the rains and winds brought by a signal #2 storm, the people waiting for him were not baffled at all. Such a strong faith & hope that I envy all of them for being there to see our Pope in flesh!Taking advantage of the free time I have this morning and also the mood to write, I would like to note all of my blessings in 2014. So here are they:* My promotion last Jan 2014 - my new boss admittedly have overlooked this.  What I did was not to seek for it but have asked how my current role differ and what should I do more or need to improved on to become qualified for the job. He got reminded about it and at the last minute, he took action.* Gian's 1st birthday at Fun Ranch last March and Reese's 7th birthday at Kidzville last July - these were the 2 major events of the year for our family. Both celebrations where attended by loved ones and friends. The venues and food were also good!* Ava - we let go of HR (habanero red) to give way to the car that will give us extra seating capacity. We still opt to have a basic car which would be fuel efficient to drive to work daily. Hubby and I will probably get an SUV someday, but for now, we'd rather invest the money.* Looming - I learned a new hobby this year which was good. Although this did not last that long but I would like to take into account the tons of bracelet and loom rings I made. There's still youtube tutorials for other loom things I can do this year.* LEAP-A4 - Leadership Empowerment and Advancement Program for Asia, Batch 4.  I finished this mini-MBA and our team's project proposal "Seat Management" won 3rd place out of the 7 teams :) One thing I could have done better was to be brave enough in doing presentation in front of high profile audience. I should have listened to my teammates that I could do it given the fact that I got myself involved in the business process. Lesson learned...* 10th Year Service Awardee - I have never imagined myself working for a company this long! Emerson has been good to me and I would like to contribute more. Another bonus was that our GM whom I look up to celebrated his 25th year. He got assigned in Manila and what a good coincidence that these milestones happened during his stay with our country!* Trip to Ohio for the Supply Chain Conference - I was there last Nov 1-8 for the conference and business meetings. It was my first time to meet key stakeholders and visit the factory. Best of all,I did my presentation without being nervous. It made me feel more confident that I can do it! Another best part of the trip were the road trip to downtown, dining at Cracker Barrell, and the discount shopping at Target, Old Navy, Gap, and Coach at Tanger Outlet!* Family gatherings and games - we had 3 during the Christmas holidays: at Pansol Laguna with Torres' relatives, at Tita Lydia's home with my extended family & relatives, and at Nanay's house with hubby's extended family. Aside from good food and get together, games became good part of the celebration. Among the favorites were: Yankee swap, 20 peso winner take all, name the logo, and name the commercial tag line.* Family vacation at Pico de Loro - we went back for an overnight stay. It was Gian's first time. The weather was quite cool so we did not go swimming that much. The journey and the place itself were really good. The part that we don't like was the food choices and bad/very slow service. We therefore conclude not to come back.* Lego - I guess I found a toy that probably I enjoy more than Reese did. I am not really creative so knowing that those little pieces came with an instruction was very helpful! I got to enjoy the Brickmaster - Lego and Friends I gave Reese as a present and that's where it all started.* Getting back on track with finances - we have sold our car before getting a new one; sold Ibuna house that enabled us to pay our current house in full :) We are now in search f[...]


Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:29:00 +0000

Yes, this one too deserves a post.It's been awhile that I've been seeing those tiny round colorful bands at the mall, but was clueless what were they for. But not until I noticed the beatiful bracelets that our HR was wearing. They look so good on her that it made me really buy 2 set of kits and start learning it.  June 21, it was family Flu vaccine day and I did get a chance to read the instruction in the kit. I was able to do my first "Fish Tail" bracelet. I was quite excited about how easy it was that I also taught Reese how to do it.  That day, we finished 9 bracelets!Almost everyday after that, I was learning from the web and doing new designs using my 2 peg and full loom. My first love colors were metallic gold and silver.Looming happened 2 weeks before Reese's 7th birthday. So I thought it would be nice to make bracelets that she and I could wear that day.  And so I did and came up with "Dragon Scale" and "Frilly Braid" bracelets for us and some guests.The rest was history, I made a lot. Reese also got a Monster tail loom as a present that added some more to our collection :)Below are just some of the pictures of what I and Reese did. Some were not even captured and were given to loved ones!  Oh well, I am happy to have found this hobby :)And lastly, the little loomer.[...]

Reese's 7th Birthday

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 04:57:00 +0000

Looming has taken so much space in my ME time that I kinda push out blogging. Or maybe, Facebook has taken its toll on my interest to write since I could share a good portion of what already happened through picture posts. But anyway, my little girl surely deserves this post even if it was months ago, so here it is.Our little princess in the house turned 7 last July 5.  We celebrated her birthday with family, relatives & friends, and Reese's friends and some classmates (of course) at Kidzville Podium. I've chosen the place for its nice play area, although the party area had just enough space for the guests, but we made it worked :)Reese have chosen the most loved birthday theme of the year which was "Frozen". So I had to sourced out for items that will accentuate her theme. I found Elsa's dress on-line and accompanied Reese to Sonia Lee's store located at Luna Mencia St.  near Shaw Blvd. Since it was quite in demand, they have a dress that fitted Reese, so that was fast!  The backdrop, customized standees, table centerpiece and welcome stand were done by Party Packagers.  Big thanks to Willa for giving me good price and a nicer design :)Carrot flavored cake and 50 chocolate cupcakes were recommendations from Willa of Party Packagers.  They were delicious too!And for the prizes and ad-ons, I chanced upon Hearty's One Stop Shop by Syreen. She got a lot of cute stuff and was very easy to talk to.  I also got some items from Marius, cheaper but it's more difficult to get orders maybe due to his volume of customers.Going back to the Party, it started at 10:30 am.  Most of our guests were on-time :)Kidzville's in-house party magician was Marvin.  We requested for him since he did a good job on Reese's 1st birtday at Kidz Republic in MOA. He did fine this round, but I think I like his tricks better the first time.The Creamery was the in-house food caterer.  I liked all the food they served especially the creamy fish fillet. Also, the lechon from Abub's was so good. Thanks to the caterer for serving it for us.Party ended at 1PM.  Everyone seemed to have enjoyed, especially the kids.  The fun did not end there yet. Kids had an unlimited play to Kidzville too.  I could still imagine the twinkle in their eyes when it was announced.  The challenge left was for parents and companions to make them stop playing afterwards! :)Reese was so happy.  We were very happy for her milestone too. That Monday, her classmates were still talking about the party and referred to it as "best party ever". I often hear Reese saying something like "best ever", so I guess it's part of kids' expressions nowadays.To Reese, we are happy that you have grown up to be a kind and smart little girl. We hope you treasure these memories in your heart.  Dad, Gian and I love you to bits! Credits to JPatricio for all the wonderful pictures![...]

8th Year Anniversary

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:14:00 +0000

When I think about it, it's been 8 years passed since I said "I do" to him whom I chose to live with forever.  I could say that even without a travel or celebration, I felt complete just having him and our two best loved kids.On our special day (3rd wk of May), we went to Tagaytay and stayed overnight at Summit Ridge Hotel.  Both of us agreed that the place was just okay, not what we expect for its price tag.  Taal Vista hotel is still better where we stayed few years ago.During the day, we had lunch at Java Jazz since Trip Advisor gave him that idea.  I did like the "bistek tagalog" I ordered.  Their food is good for one serving.  Afterwards, we had coffee at Bag of Beans. It was my first time there.  Then, we went to Sky Ranch. Both of us are not good with heights so we went there for sight seeing & the view of  Taal.The highlight for me was our dinner at Marcia Adams. I really like eating in home-based resto because they usually serve better food and has good ambiance.Morning after, we had breakfast at Breakfast at Antonio's.  I like the place very much for having good food,  breath of fresh air, ambiance, and view of Taal.  As for him, his eyes feasted on the row of luxury cars that includes a Ferrari.On our way home, I got some potted plants including a sunflower to show to Reese.  We were still to get pasalubong until we had a phone call on an emergency at home.  Gian fell on his crib!  We rushed home and brought him to the ER just to make sure.  Thank God he was okay.  Our celebration is important to us, but our kids comes first.  To hubby, thank you for making our anniversary special always! We are together for life whether you like it or not! :p[...]

Bag No More

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:16:00 +0000

This 1st half of 2014, I got these:- Hedgren office bag- Nine West bag - gift- Kipling wristlet wallet- Kipling pouch- Michael Kors sling bag This is not me.  I can't seem to stop drooling over the sale on-line! I should stop browsing (Nordstrom & Kipling) to put an end to my whims!  Taming my "I want them all monster!" I should also stop thinking that those are my rewards for my 10th year in the company.  Omg!Update (June 12)Bought a sling bag at Mango due to its usefulness and it was on sale!  Sorry...[...]

Gian's 1st Birthday

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:37:00 +0000

Our baby boy had his 1st birthday party at Fun Ranch Grand Barnyard last March 29.We wore checkered clothes to fit with our theme.  Birthday cake - Barnyard by Luxe GoldilocksMagic and GamesFriends and Family celebrated with usWith the party hostGian's ref magnet souvenir from BulacanGian, I hope you'll see this when you grow up.  We love you so much anak![...]

Our Home

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:09:00 +0000

I was not able to write about how we got this huge blessing before but it's better late than never :)May 7, found itJuly 8, closed the dealBack in May, our previous home needs major roof repair. I urged hubby to ask our neighbor if he knows someone reliable who could do the job. We had bad experience with those who did our garage extension & repositioning of staircase. They were your typical construction workers who would take advantage of people whom they thought didn't know anything about construction, but they were so wrong!Going back to my story, so hubby finally gave in to the idea of asking around.  Our neighbor was able to refer a carpenter who could do the job, plus, he told hubby about a house that was for sale nearby.  Hubby went there to check it out first and just few minutes later, I was already with him. We both loved the place. It's a townhouse with side by side parking for 2 cars, a dirty kitchen and a balcony.  Best of all, everything in concrete so no need to reconstruct the 2nd floor.  All we could say is wow, it has everything we wanted!That same night, we went to the seller's house.  Hubby was the lead negotiator as he always does a good job and has better chances of getting the deal just like what happened to our previous home.  Good thing the seller seemed to like us. He did not post the property for sale online as he wanted to screen potential buyers more closely. He suggested ways how we could acquire the property and so we did. The rest of the selling process happened like the usual. The moment we were sure the deal was closed became realization of another dream come true...Then from there, improvements has to be made. The townhouse was 4 years old and was not used by the previous owners who decided to stay longer in the US. We did improvements on the dirty kitchen, re-lay out the sink and added roofing and clothes  line.  We extended the 2nd room upstairs to create a walk-in storage.  Repainted the house inside out and tadah... It looks brand new again :)We  moved to our new home last Nov 9 and had our house blessing last Dec 8, same day of the feast of Immaculate Concepcion.  The priest we got from the nearest church is an Italian (i think) and spoke really good Tagalog.   Family, relatives and some friends were present on this special day. 5 months later and I more than realized how much I like our home.  It got everything we need. Cheers![...]

2013 Thank You

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:40:00 +0000

I have lots of missed posting... But should not forego this one.  God gives us blessings everyday, big and small, which I am all grateful for.  Since listing them all would take me forever, I would just mention the major ones for 2013.Gian,  he was born this year and I fell in love with him instantly. He brings us joy everyday no matter how difficult things could be.  He is very much loved by us especially by her sister :)New Home,  this was an unexpected blessing from God, a very much welcome surprise! 6 months before, we were broken hearted for not being able to get the other house we badly wanted without knowing that something better would come.  All the undone repairs we endured from our previous home are no more now! We are very much enjoying our new home :)Yaya,  Gian's yaya is such a blessing to us.  She's the type who could do the work without me asking. With her, I have my peace of mind and was able to move on quickly with the 7 helper mishaps we had.  I hope in 2014, we will get the additional help we need and it will be a bonus if we get her clone!Holiday games,  I facilitated holiday games for our extended families both sides and also within my team.  Everyone had fun with the games & prizes.  But then I realized that it was really me who enjoyed all the prep and excitement ofseeing their happy faces.  I think this can be my fall back career ;)Flexi time,  I have not appreciated this much before, but now I really do. It helped a lot in joggling my time between Reese, Gian and cooking before going to work. I was also able to do my chores on the house move coz of my schedule.  Big help indeed!Good health,  the only sickness for me was when I was pregnant, I fainted during my OGTT. But other than that, I am very thankful to God for my good immunity system!  As for our family, we are thankful that no serious illness than viral infection this year.  I hope and pray for good health and safety everyday.2013, thank you for the many blessings from God. In 2014, I hope to become a better Me and I would pray harder to have the deep longings of my heart, something that cannot be seen by the eye.[...]

7th Year Anniversary

Tue, 28 May 2013 10:54:00 +0000

With so many things to do, think about and plan for, hubby and I squeezed in some time for our special day.  Since we now have 2 kids, hubby asked MIL to help watch over them so that we can have our simple date in the city. (Still need to add one more helper to complete our household).

First stop was to visit 2 bank branches at F. Blumentrit.  I can't divulge here why for now so this would remain a secret and will be part of future post if things push through.  I'm praying for what God wants  us to do here.

Then we proceed to our lunch at the new buffet resto in town, Guevarra's by Chef Laudico.  Food was good but I was not able to take a picture of the viand, just some portion of the buffet.

To hubby, cheers to our 7 years of married life. I look forward to more beautiful years of love and happiness with you! :)

Reese's Graduation - Kinder 2

Wed, 15 May 2013 04:37:00 +0000

Sorry for the late post, it's only now that I find the time and the mood to create this post.  We badly need additional helper at home before my ML finally ends...

My little girl graduated from preschool last March 23.  The ceremony lasted for less than an hour since it was made exclusive for preschool while the elementary and high school students had their own on a different day.  Overall, it was short & sweet and very organized, nobody could come close to take photos during the program. I could feel the traditional way of kid's discipline, the kind that I think kids nowadays need to make them tougher to face real life challenges in the future.

One thing I would like to comment about SJA school is that they are very conservative in giving recognition.  During the ceremony, only the 1st and 2nd honors were called upon the stage and parents were not asked to give the medal to their child. Academic awards were simply given to the student during graduation practice. No special awards at all, unlike the neighboring school that gives award to all of its students (which I also don't prefer since it defeats the purpose).  I am not a stage mom nor someone who expects an award for my child.  But I think, students who did very well deserve that form of recognition with their supportive parents or guardian. That's the only concern that I have.  I know, no school is perfect and despite of its flaw, I do like the teaching and values inculcated to their students.

Reese, congratulations!!! Good job anak in finishing preschool and to our surprise, getting an award. We know all along that your reading skill is better than kids your age.  We will always be proud of you, with or without it. :)

We had our little celebration afterwards at Robinson's Magnolia Ice Cream House.



Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:58:00 +0000

One of the things I am hoping for my 2nd pregnancy is to be able to provide breast milk to my baby for even 1 month. Before, I was able to give Reese the first extraction which is the more important, but my supply didn't last. This time, I've done my homework by taking supplement about 2 weeks before giving birth and also, getting a new manual breast pump.

Gian's hospital (which is the same with his Ate) unlike before is now pro-breast feeding. That really helps to begin with since I need to know how to handle the first few days when I don't have any milk yet. They gave instruction manual and also helped us feed the baby for the first time.

First photo is showing hubby feeding our baby using a soft medicine cup. The logic is that we should not give feeding bottle right away as this will discourage the baby from latching which is needed to trigger and sustain milk supply of the mother. That's something we both learned the first time.

My breast milk, like the first time, appeared on the 5th day after giving birth. Second photo is showing my first extraction, 3 oz in 40 mins. Yes, it's not that easy. But I have to try harder this time and hope that our baby will also help along the way. More important for now is that I have the first extract to give him to keep him stronger and healthy.

Our Second Child

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:25:00 +0000

Everyone, meet our new bundle of joy!

Name: Gian Andrei Torres
Born: March 25, by around 12 noon
Weight: 8 lbs 10 oz

Below photos showing Gian's Day 1, 4 & 5. He looks very much the same with his ate Reese when she was still a baby, kinda carbon copy :p

Preparing for ML

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:48:00 +0000

Written on March 21st.

Today is my last day in the office before I go on my maternity leave. I'm done sending my transition files and notes to my boss, already closed all pending action items on emails and have given final instructions to my team. :)

By tomorrow, it will be my little girl's graduation day in Kinder 2. That deserves another post entry which probably have to wait after I recovered from giving birth.

So what's the reason for writing? Before I finally let my baby boy out in this world, I would like to note the things that I will and will not miss on my pregnancy.

What I would miss?
* My non-gestational diabetes pregnancy experience. Imagine, no more counting of bread, rice, pastries, and frutis. I could eat ice cream, chocolate and cake.
* The baby kicks I got while intensely playing Candy Crush Saga!
* The compliments about me not getting too fat :)
* The concern and random acts of kindness from people even from those I do not know.
* Last but not the least, the PWD lane in Robinsons Forum Supermarket. I will definitely miss getting first in line all the time given that their regular lanes really pissed me off!

Now, here are the things I would not miss:
* My first ever "fainting" experience during the 2nd blood extraction for my OGTT on the 28th week
* The "always hungry" then afterwards "bloated feeling". I cannot eat too much.
* My swollen feet and getting prominent nose as my due date gets nearer.
* Lastly, the skin discoloration :(

I have created this list to somehow remind me of the whole experience I have. Not that I am complaining but more of acknowledging the good and the not so easy parts of this journey.

By the time I finished this entry, I already have given birth to a bouncing baby boy. And each time I look at him, I felt victorious on this pregnancy. Ciao!


Sun, 03 Feb 2013 08:25:00 +0000

I almost forgot to blog about this but it's worth remembering. Since I had gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, I had to have my OGTT twice this time. First was during my 3rd month which I happily passed.

Then, after several weeks I had my OGTT again on my 28th week last Jan 14.

I had fasting for 8 hours prior to the 1st blood extraction and had to take in that glucose in a bottle. After another hour, I had my 2nd blood extraction. The lady med tech did it on my right arm. The moment she inserted the needle, it already felt different. It seems that a major vein or ligament was hit and I suddenly felt that the blood in my head went down and my vision started to get blurry. I told her that I was getting dizzy. Then she call out to another med tech for ammonia. I smelled it but it didn't change how I feel. Then, both of them tried to pull me up so that they could lie me down on bed. They were asking if I have someone with me. Then, the next thing I know, I was already lying on bed across the lab room. It made me realize that I passed out completely and didn't know how I get there. It was my first time. I lost consciousness for 1-2 minutes and was not fully aware of what's happening around me.

Hubby was there. I knew he was a bit afraid since I was so used to the OGTT process and it was the first time I fainted. The resident doctors checked me up to see if everything were okay. After gaining my consciousness, I know I was alright. I was even able to continue with the test and had my 3rd blood extraction at 9 am that day which was done by the guy med rep who did the 1st extraction in my left arm.

I got the result at the middle of the week and visited my OB The results were good. It's confirmed, I don't have gestational diabetes this time! I was quite happy and relieved. Unlike before that I cannot eat any chocolate or pastry, this time I can eat sweets in moderation to suit my cravings. How sweet!

Baby Fair

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:53:00 +0000

After four hectic days at work, I took a little break and gave myself the time I wanted. Today, I went to Megatrade Hall first thing in the morning. I was set to get hold of the best buy baby bottles on sale at 40-50% off!

So after almost 2 hours of picking and analyzing, I got all the items I think our little boy will be able to use, and of course those that I could carry by myself.

Baby boy definitely have taken his fair share of blessings! And yes, I'm excited much!

Update: (Feb 3)
Went back to the fair yesterday but we cannot bring home the wooden crib. BIL helped us today by lending a bigger car. Bought additional stuff: wooden crib, mattress, quilted beddings, and steam sterilizer

2012 Blessings

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:36:00 +0000

Counting my blessings in 2012.

Getting pregnant. We're thankful and excited for the coming of our 2nd baby by 2013. And yes, it's a boy! Still fighting over his name though ;)

Promotion. I got a new job with the same company. But before that, I felt much appreciated by the people I worked with for the past 8 years!

Mimi. My new little ride has given me the comfort that I need especially now that I'm pregnant and my work schedule is flexi. She was even useful during my brother's wedding. :)

Happier marriage and family life. Hubby and I are closer despite of the little things that get into the way. We love each other more than ever! Also, Reese little troubles in school suddenly changed. She's starting to mature quicker than we thought :)

Safety. We encountered a huge fire at the nearby barangay during the wee hours of Christmas. Our family and home were spared. We prayed for those who got affected. Also, my close encounter with thieves was minor. Nobody was hurt and no big thing was lost.

Last but not the least, good health. No major illness this year with any of our family members. Thank You Jesus!

Christmas 2012

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:58:00 +0000

Spent Christmas with my family and relatives in Bulacan.  It was a simple gathering from mom's house with good food and fun games. I was in charge of the games and of course, prizes.  It was full of fun, a lot of us enjoyed it with the kids and young at heart.  Listing down the games I prepared for future reference:For kids:- bring me (shiniest 10 peso coin, longest comb, whitest hanky, new 1k bill, and smallest key)- stop dance- solve the puzzle- musical chairFor young at heart:- plastic balloon, blow with your nose- jack en poy 20 peso- winner take all- pinoy henyo-theme is pamasko[...]

Close encounter with thieves

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:26:00 +0000

I had my third encounter with street thieves last Nov 15 at around 7pm.  It was during my short jeepney ride from Gabby's going to Kalentong when I realized that the man sitting beside me slashed my bag.  I stared at him and didn't say anything. He went out of the jeepney together with the other thief next to him. I saw that my cellphone charger fell on the floor, but thought of ignoring it. He picked it up and left quickly. And that's it. Nobody got hurt and no other material things lost aside from the charger. I just told myself, he badly needs money. I hope he find good ways to earn it instead.

My first encounter with thieves was I think in 2002, when I was still working with COA in Commonwealth. It was pay day.  My colleagues and I were riding a bus when I quickly sensed that the 6 men who joined the bus were bad elements.  I encouraged my colleagues we should leave. And good thing we were quick in doing so, we were able to escape them.

The second one was in Jan 7, 2005.  I was very tired after work.  I took the fx in Mega strip with the rest of the rushing passengers without knowing that the two were thieves.  I was just few blocks away from my boarding house  when they declared a hold-up. I was brave in negotiating for my silver ring for it's sentimental value, but they still took it and also my 2.5 year old mobile phone, and little cash.  Looking back, I learned not to say a word. I shouldn't risk it really.

With these encounters, I always  felt Somebody is watching over me. He kept me safe and at peace. My silent prayers during commute are always heard. Thank You God for not leaving me at any point in my life.

What's Hot and New

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 05:07:00 +0000

Learned this concept of sharing during our Teaming and Visioning workshop last month.

So what's hot and new with me? First, I'm 4 months pregnant and we're all excited about having our baby next year! I don't have gender preference, all I pray for is a healthy and strong baby.

Second, I've got a new job. This one is not planned, but my baby was! So many new things to learn and also people to get to know too.

Lastly, hubby decided to get me my own miMi car. He would like to cut 45 mins of his time spent bringing me to office daily! Kidding aside, it's good to have this new toy knowing I'll work on a different shift. Plus, the free parking is also a deciding factor :)

Farewell to Rosemount

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:32:00 +0000

I've been part of Rosemount team for 8 plus years.  About 2 weeks ago, I had to bid the good times and my comfort zone farewell.  Like everyone who's been with a group for quite some time, I also have to say that it's been a difficult decision for me. 

As I tell my story to some of my closest friends and colleagues, I did asked God during my prayer for only 1 sign.  And to my surprise, it was given to me.  So I took all the courage that I have to go through that process of interviewing, anticipating and of course, patiently waiting.  Then it was over, I was hired for another job within the company.

Just 2 days before my last day with the team, to my supposed to be surprise (if only Dindo didn't have to tell me), my team and boss surprised me with a farewell party.  They started it by giving me a balloon boquet and leading me into the conference room with the rest of the team waiting for me.  I was so happy.  It was the time that I felt much appreciated after all those years.

They gave me a scrapbook with all the warm notes and wishes and to my delight, they even have notes coming from the favorite people I've worked with.  This is something that I'll treasure for the rest of my working career.  I thought I need to resign just to get something like this, but good thing I don't have to!

To my Rosemount team and friends, thank you for everything, for all the good and the challenging times.  If it wasn't for this team, I wouldn't be a better person or leader if you will.  I will definitely miss you and the work we've done together.  I hope that the team will continue to become stronger and wiser.  Good luck and God bless us all!

Home Resto - ll Piccino in San Juan

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:07:00 +0000

Since we've moved here in San Juan, we tried exploring some home based themed resto around the vicinity.  One nice discovery was Maimee's, and the latest is Il Piccino which was found through a deal site.All I can say is that we liked the food and the place.  I'll let the rest of the photos tell you why.the couplereminds me of our water tank during my childhood dayspate di fegatto on bruschette, so goodravioli of the day, their specialtyinsalata mista mediterraneooff the gril, lamb steakpork schnitzedgranitaspicy chocolate truffleprofitoroies with chocolate sauce[...]