Wednesday, April 25, 2012


today i am reminded by that recent post of the hubby on facebook.

for the past few weeks, i've been pondering on getting a brand new smartphone in the form of either a samsung galaxy s2 or an iPhone 4s.  the hubby has been discouraging me, telling me i don't need a high end phone.

there is someone i know who has all the latest gadgets -- you name it, he has it -- only to find out that he has unpaid bills and loans everywhere. his kids are being supported by his parents, he still lives with his parents and his businesses are supported financially by his parents.  yet he blames his parents that he isn't successful.

there is someone i know who has been working her ass off for decades.  she doesn't have savings but she has helped all her siblings finish school, has built and managed her own business and is well-respected by her peers.

there is someone i know who has married and had kids as a teen.  after two failed marriages and half a dozen kids, she finds her true love.

there is someone i know who was the darling of the boys in her prime.  pretty, great personality.  at 40, she remained single.  happy, i hope.

there is someone i know who took care of somebody else's kids since they were babies. she considered them like her own.  

there is someone i know who worked his way to the top.  he is now rich and powerful but is considered a social climber by people he thought were his friends.  they said his money couldn't buy breeding.

there is me.  i have a fairly-paying job (if that's the correct word) that helps support my little family.  i have an imperfect husband who helps me most of the time with his business and taking care of the kids.  i have kids who are active, healthy, wonderful, annoying at times, intelligent, athletic, God-fearing, loving.  i don't have everything i need.  all the more i don't have everything i want.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

family matters

i've been blogging about my little family, which are, my hubby and my two kids.

but not often about my original family, which are, my mom, dad and brothers.  include ima and my eldest nephew.

last night i had a long talk with my mom.  and then my eldest nephew who is staying with us most of the time this summer.  i ended up sleeping around 2am because of this.  but was well worth it.  i realized a lot of things about my little family.  that most of the decisions i make about them are affected by the original family.  truly, one's values are created and implanted inside the family.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

cool school

the little girl's entrance exam results at the little big man's school were released yesterday.  we went in for interview and were so happy to be told that she topped her test in reading with the highest possible score of 9.  her math is 8 (above average) and her language is 6 (average).  

the guidance councilor told us that per her assessment, the little girl got a 4 (average) as to her ability to keep up with the school's system of education but was happy to find out that her test results showed otherwise.

so, it is official.  she's going to big school and there's no turning back.

Big school

Sunday, April 15, 2012

tooth to go 2

the little girl's first milk tooth to fall out... fell out yesterday (saturday) while she was playing.  she proudly raised her unattached tooth as if in victory.  tonight, we're putting it under her pillow for the tooth fairy to find and give her something in exchange.  she's so excited for the fairy to find it!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

tooth to go

on september 25, 2008, i blogged that the little big man was 6 years old and a couple of months old, his first milk tooth fell off:

for the record, the little girl, today at 6 years old and a couple of days old.  her first milk tooth is about to fall off.


the kids and hubby have recently become hooked on that tetris game on facebook.  now the kids here include our nephews.  

so today the hubby told me this conversation between the little girl and the nephew:

yessss, naka-t-spin din ang pinakamagandang babae (the little girl, who just turned 6 years old last week, referring to herself, finally able to execute a proper t-spin in tetris)

baket maganda ka ba? retorts 8-year old nephew

baket pogi ka ba?  .......(short pause)..... basagggg!  (the little girl's curt reply)

Friday, April 06, 2012

6th on a high

the little girl celebrated her 6th birthday yesterday.  the occasion fell on a maundy thursday and weeks ahead, i already had it figured out that we'd just go to the mall, eat at a nice resto that she's never eaten in before, get her birthday cake and go shopping.

a lot of things did not fall into place though.  

we realized a few days before that the car registration has expired at the end of march so we had to commute.  well, we rode a cab.  

it turned out that there were no malls open.  metro manila was a ghost town every year during this time so what (the heck) were we thinking!  so we directed the cab to go to nearby qc memorial circle where the hubby and i knew there were nice restos at least.  

once there, most of the restos were CLOSED as well.  how lucky can our birthday girl get?!  i did not want to give up and not make her special day a fun day.  hubby argued we should just go to a nearby mcdonald's or jollibee where he was sure the kids would have fun.  but i was insistent that we go somewhere we don't usually go to.  alas, we found a bacolod chicken inasal packed with people right beside the max's resto which was also closed.

so we ordered.  and ended up not happy with the food either.  the hubby cooks way, way better than what was served us.

i was frustrated as hell. 

so we walked around under the trees while the kids tried to have fun.  we watched some parkour guys practicing until somebody directed us to the kid' play area.  that's when the  F - U - N started.

Julla's birthday on a HIGH