Sunday, May 26, 2013

And the winner is... Lego!

When I was younger, I've had my share of being a Lego geek. Little did I know that I'd be unconsciously passing on the love of Lego to my now 5 year old daughter. I first bought her a basic set and now her collection of Lego Friends is getting bigger and bigger, or should I say, more and more expensive. Looking back, I regret giving away my Lego toys to a niece who doesn't care about them at all. I was already in Highschool when I finally let go of my collection, but I was still clueless then as how much of an investment they were pala. Anyway, now that my daughter loves Lego and the sets of Lego Friends available (both here in the Philippines and those that we saw when we went to Legoland in Malaysia) weren't as diverse as those sets for boys, I tried buying some Mega Blocs sets. Besides, the pegs are compatible anyway. But both me and my daughter didn't need much time to conclude that Lego's instruction manuals are more organized, easier to understand, and the pegs are smoother and easier to put together. Sure they have the Hello Kitty, Dora and Barbie series, but having to stick decorative stickers are just too time consuming. So there, we love putting together our Legos and Mega Blocs and we enjoy creating our own designs and "communities", but both of us Lego geeks are convinced that if there's a contest on such toys, Lego bags the trophy. :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My God is Faithful

... thank You Lord for keeping my husband safe and healthy. It's been a long one week trip for him to Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan, to the 12 hour boat rides to and from Cuyo Island, then to Iloilo, and plane ride to Manila. ... thank You again, dear faithful Lord for answering our prayers of protection. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pigging Out at Yakimix

I've never been intimidated with online groupons as long as the site, the company and the merchants are credible. Since I've become a member two years ago of a couple of groupon sites, I've purchased deals from yoghurts to hotel accommodations to buffets. Recently, we've used up the four Yakimix Eat all You Can buffet deals I've purchased in First it was a date with my husband Romy last Friday. The other two vouchers I used to celebrate with my Mom for her birthday. It was only P399 per pax instead of the regular adult rate of P520. And because my daughter had to come along with us, and because she's 3.8 feet tall right now, we availed of the regular child rate which is at P320. We enjoyed both occassions we ate there. I'm for all the sushis and makis. We enjoyed the shabu-shabu, too but if only for the fresh salmon, I'm solved and happy. :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Because my husband works in the Department of Education, May is a busy time for them. This is the month that they visit schools in remote areas in time for the Brigada Eskwela, a government project that ensures schools are being cleaned, repaired, prepared for the school opening in June. This year, my husband is assigned to Palawan. Not in the touristy Puerto Prinsesa, but in an island called Cuyo. In my research, this is the location of an award winning Judy Ann Santos movie, Ploning. I liked the photos that I saw and it really looks tranquil and clean there. I just dont like the fact that my husband has been away from us since Monday and the thought that he'd be here over the weekend, that's 3 days from now makes me miss him all the more. God, thank you for keeping them safe, comfortable, healthy and well-provided for. I know that You will be with them every second and that You will not allow any harm to befall upon them. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day 2013

We celebrated Mothers Day yesterday. But days prior to yesterday, my 5 yr old daughter Aliya has been so excited about the day by preparing gifts, buying a card of her choice and even writing her own dedication. She even helped daddy decorate our living room, even banning me from going downstairs lest I preempt their "surprise." Oh, how I love motherhood! Thank you Lord for this opportunity and privilege! Halleluiah!

Elections 2013

It is May 13, 2013. Today we got up early to practice our right to vote. I am praying for the victory of our senatorial candidate, Bro Eddie Villanueva. May the Lord's will be done.

Thursday, May 09, 2013


When I was still enrolled as a Film Student in college, the word surreal always comes up in my lessons on movies and scriptwriting. But I never really understand its essence until this week. My uncle Tony's death captures what that word really means. Surreal. That's how everything seems to be about this whole thing.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

On Kumon

My daughter took up ballet classes last summer. She enjoyed it and she looks so cute in her tutu and ballet outfits. She liked attending her classes but when it was over, she didn't miss it. She didn't even ask me to re enroll her, so I guess it was just passing fancy. But we're glad she got to experience it. This summer, since she's not interested in the workshops that her school was offering, we tried Kumon. She's on her 1 and a half month as of this writing and she's going grrreat! The teacher said her progression is excellent and she passes her regular assessment tests Lord willing, sana all the time talaga. So what can I say about Kumon? It indeed is effective! She was only into CVC words before she started Kumon classes and now she's into compound words already. She's done with the other more complicated combinations like "sneak", "snake", "bear", "made", "giggle", "wobble" etc. I hope she gets to enjoy it more and that even if her June classes start, we'd still be able to continue her Kumon studies and enjoy it at the same time.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Goodbye Uncle!

An uncle of ours died of lymphoma today, aside from other health issues. It breaks our hearts to see him go. It breaks our hearts to think about the family he's left behind.