Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I Have A Dream

Something is wrong with my blogger I can't seem to upload the youtube video I am watching and loving this minute. It's the scene (starting/ending) of Mamma Mia with the song I Have A Dream.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Thanks Dinx!

As 2008 comes to an end and the year of the Earth Ox creeps in, I have my handy Paperblanks French Ornate Bleu Day Planner on my side ---thanks to you sis! (who now resides in far away Dubai)

Exactly printed to recreate the luminosity and look of classic era silk, this image pays homage to the Jacquard loom silk weaving tradition of Lyon, France, in the nineteenth century

Oh, it's so luxe! I am loving it ;)

Beautiful Sage

I know I've said it a million times to friends and relatives that I do NOT want another child. Why so? Well, because it's very difficult to take care of one esp when you are as hands on as I am (no comparison though to people in the U.S...hats off to you guys!!!)

I am still breastfeeding Santi at 17 months (and mighty proud of it!) 
Santi co-sleeps with me (I cannot fathom him sleeping elsewhere!)
Santi is pretty high need still... I can't explain it but he kinda demands a lot from me ;S

So... I know it's odd of me to say this but if I ever have a baby girl in the future (7 years from now?) I would want to name her Sage...don't you think it's cute to have Santi & Sage???! ;D

This is very much inspired by the TV series, Privileged.

Uh Oh Oreos

Something is up with Sanch. Lately he has been Mr. Grumpy and I wonder if it's because of:

a. Itch from chicken pox (although I have not seen him scratching at all... the Jar of Hope is doing miracles on his skin...I notice it is healing uber fast! Yipee!)

b. His cold is bothersome (I am seriously going with this)

c. He is going crazy watching Madagascar all day (well... not all day but most of the time he demands this now on the laptop).

You see, I am kicking myself from guilt because since his yaya left for the province, I have been relying on the good ol' laptop for cartoon movies to distract him while I do stuff. His first love is Kung Fu Panda...he could watch it all day if he had to. But thank heavens he is sick of it now so he has moved on to Madagascar...his favorite characters? The cute & cuddly (& crazy) penguins!

Now the difficult thing is, he cannot stop with just one show, he has to watch and watch and watch...and I can't seem to get him to do other things like play with his toys or look at his books. This is getting out of control so I already warned M to hide the laptops tom (we have 3 in our room) so it is 'out of sight and out of mind'...let's hope my plan works!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gossip Girl Giddy

That's right. I get all giddy watching character Aaron Rose when he goes after Serena on Gossip Girl. He is just such my kind of guy. Love him love him love him.

I love the fact that he is an artist.
I love that he rides a bike.
I love that he kept their engagement/wedding ring for years (because he was in love with Serena all this time) and surprised her with it.
I love it that he grew up in the upper east side and yet chooses life on the brooklyn side.
I love how he photographed her, made her feel like a goddess with his instillation art piece.
I love the way he looks at her.
I uber love that scene where he sends her a met her a map (a clue to where he is) and he meets her and kisses her in NYC while being filmed for the world to see.

Haaaaaaaaaay. That's what I call PASSION. I am such a sucker for these romantic tactics.

It is so very dreamy. Do those things happen in real life?!

(M I hope you read this one day :P)

Friday, December 19, 2008


You can't imagine how hard it was for Santi to pose. He just woke up and was very masungit :P We took tons of photos and these 2 were the best.

Happy Holidays from the INDIGObabies Santi & Benny with their Yummy Mummies Monica & Denise!

No-Help Holiday

Yes I seriously need a full Jar of Love for de-stressing. The yaya of Santi since February quit her job and my all around maid/cook got chicken pox last week (of course I sent her home because none of us here has ever had it and we do not want to look like a dalmatian this Christmas!).

Is it just me or why is it that everytime M and I lack house-help (we have zero now) we end up fighting about domestic issues? He rants on about how its supposed to be 'my role' to keep the house in order blah blah blah. (Btw, I totally disagree with him on the concept of roles...even Father Dennis backed me up!)

Forgive my bitterness but I how do I start on being the *perfect Stepford wife* when I was never the domestic goddess? 

-Do not count on me with cooking (I only prepare non-meat dishes because I can't stand blood and the stench). 

-I really never learned to clean or do the laundry since there were maids to do that for us. (Hence us choosing to stay in the Philippines because we know life is tough elsewhere) Gosh you should see our pile of laundry now! 

-Half the day I am breastfeeding Santi (yes he is 1.7 years old now) or attempting to make him nap more than just once a day! Actually, taking care of him pretty much takes up almost ALL DAY. When we wake up, we eat then play out in the garden...then get ready for lunch...then bathe and nap then play again until dinner. I only get to do work when he naps (1 hour or less) or when asleep at night which leaves me with less than 8 hours of sleep and almost no alone time mummy :_(

(I only started having a yaya btw last Feb and I got used to that routine. Loved the time I had to myself to exercise or eat in peace or have dates with M. Now it's a bit crazy again being full-time hands on...with no other help pa ayayay!)

So, I throw this question out to all you moms who have a clean home and great food to eat for husband when he gets home (with no help from maids). How do you do it without losing your sanity? 

A Healing Peppermint Christmas

Do you feel Christmassy? To banish the scrooge in all of us, you may resort to INDIGObaby's Jar of Love Healing Gel. Made from Pure Peppermint Essential Oil, this little fella is sure to lift your spirits in trying times.

This comes in handy when my 1.7 year old son Santi has the cough/cold/fever/flu. I just rub on his chest, back and feet. It loosens the phlegm and helps him breathe better. Any parent knows how difficult it is to see your helpless child bawl through the night when the nose is clogged with icky snot :(

I love the minty smell and sensation too on my forehead whenever I dab --- this I do for jetlag and stress. To top it all, this is entirely made from 100% pure ingredients. No yucky harmful chemicals for you and baby.

Refrigerate for that extra cooling sensation.

Only P300 per jar available at indigomanila.multiply.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I am moved.

There are a few times in my life when I have been absolutely moved by words I have read in books. Just recently I read this --

"Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
-Henry D. Thoreau

Beautiful, isn't it? This will be my inspiration for undying faith (in people and life in general) from this moment forth!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Tying The Knot

We did it! We had a beautiful and intimate wedding at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Caleruega, Batangas with the reception at my all-time favorite Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay. I am sorry for my blog leave! I really had so much on my plate-INDIGObaby, the wedding, Santi, and my new business venture... Manila Wedding Bees. Please spread the word to family and friends who just got engaged about us! We do wedding planning and coordination :) Yey!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Brown Belly Fisherman Pants

My good friend and fellow yummy mummy Noelle sells her fab Brown Belly pants in our INDIGObaby multiply site! I own an indigo pair myself and they are super! :D

Looking for free size pants that you could use when prego and even after pregnancy?

INDIGObaby carries Brownbelly's fisherman pants that are so fab to wear anytime of the year (when fat or fit!)

All pants P650 each.
Choose from these colors- aqua, indigo, black, khaki, brown and yellow.

To order click:

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

888 wedding

One of my best friends joined the lucky bandwagon and got hitched last August 8, 2008. Here's an inspiring on-site video by Threelogy which almost made me cry.

Oh, and the girl with the golden shoes...that's me :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August Leap

Dear Santi,

So many things are have happened this month --

We came out on Unang Hirit (a tv morning show) for INDIGObaby! You and Benny charmed everyone on the set as well as national television viewers!

Your Dad and I started 'dating' again. This is a homework from our pre-cana counseling sessions with the brilliant Fr. Dennis Paez. (I am so happy that he agreed to officiate our wedding!) Do you feel that we are better parents now because we are less stressed? I think we are a more cheerful family now because of little changes here and there. :)

Your Tita Jeri got married last 080808 and look at her little princess Sumi all dolled up for the event! Soon, you and Sumi will be running around whenever we meet for playdates.

The highlight so far has been this video---

I was able to capture your sweet little steps. This may not be the first time you 'walked' but it's the first for me and your Dad to see you do it (with much glee!) I felt pure joy witnessing your developmental leap right before my eyes!

Oh, dear, Santiago Andres - you are no longer that tiny helpless infant I gave birth to 15 months ago but please do know that you will always, always be my baby boy!

Love you always,


Friday, July 11, 2008

Wedding Bells & Blogs

Looking for inspiration online now because I am to meet with my florist tomorrow. Yes, gotta start bugging 'em suppliers. I have prepared flower pegs for her as guide to my all-white/cream motif. Someone is starting to have a master plan. Wee!

Let me share with you some wedding websites I am happy to waste my time with now that Santi is asleep (double wee!)

Wedding Magazines online
Martha Stewart
In-Style weddings

Wedding Blogs
Snippet & Ink
Style Me Pretty
The Little Blackbook of Wedding Vendors

Gee... I find it difficult to focus and I catch myself getting lost in these blogs of beautiful wedding ceremonies with their photographs. To save me from going astray, I post to del.i.cio.us whatever I find interesting or unique. If you have not used this way-too-cool-tool - you are so out of it! I love it! I bookmark everything there now and it really works for me. I have already tagged photos accordingly -for my photographer, cake artist, gown designers, etc.

For a sneak peak, here's the back view of Anna Ortiz's (Ugly Betty) Lhuillier gown which is my inspiration for my own white full-lace gown by Roselyn Lagdameo.

Just lovely.

I will work on an inspiration board when I have more time. Adios!

Thanks to instyle for the photo of Anna Ortiz.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Artsy Fartsy Baby

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Acrylic paint on canvass with wood framing

and we will turn it into a timeless masterpiece made by Filipino contemporary artists. C'mon...you know this will look so fantastic on your nursery!

Featured artists:

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Owner/Curator of Gallery Medusa
Read his powerlinked profile here and his friendster profile here.

Your very own masterpiece will cost you P5,000 (does not include shipping).
It's a fair amount for getting a bit of culture into your home.

To order please call Gallery Medusa at 7259285.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Walk This Way

A walking tour from 9am to 12noon under the heat? Are you crazy? Yes..a bit. Forget the temperature/perspiration/itch from the mineral make up/uneven skin tone after 3 hours and agony of carrying cranky Santiago....It was well worth it!

I am certain that you may have heard a lot about Carlos Celdran and his tours. Some of you may have even joined one, two or even all already! Believe me, after experiencing ample time with this humorous fellow (did he take up theater? I swear, he is such a good entertainer!), learning about our history and cultural heritage...you'd finally understand some things about you through never-been-told stories of our ancestors and just might be a tad bit more proud of yourself and the Filipino race. Uhuh, that's right, I am being patriotic here.

To those who haven't had the chance or might be too primadonna-ish, you have got to! Find an excuse to take some relative from the states, Australia, Dubai (or wherever!), they'll thank you in the end for a wonderful time. And even if you don't know anyone abroad, these tours are perfect for dates (triple hint M!).

We Get No Sleep

Sancho is back to his no-sleep phase again (all day from 6am to almost midnight) and it is draining the life out of me. I keep forgetting how exhausting it is during his sleep strikes. Now I remember why I do NOT want another child- Two words: Mommy burn-outs!

Polly Moore is a sleep guru that recommends parents follow their children's sleep cycle. I have been following this principle since Santi was born and yet he really does find ways to fight sleep. His pedia once diagnosed him with an over-active mind. (oh poor me!)

You see, I know when he is sleepy. I see the signs and then take him to bed and breastfeed him, he will feed for a bit and then all of a sudden he just turns and crawls away to the door of the room pointing outside and begins to wail. He does this a lot. We have to be extra careful too if we want him to focus on getting to sleep, no sounds or extra movement. It's a real struggle everyday, night and day.

In desperation, I asked his pedia for dear help. She advised for me to change his diet - no stimulants. (But I don't even feed him any!) Oh and I have to start giving chamomilla drops again every 4 hours because he is not getting enough sleep (me too!). Haay my junkie baby!

How do you give sleep to a child who doesn't want it? He is too interested in his world around him, I think. You should see him in the mornings. Still half-asleep he crawls to the door and makes noises as if telling the still-asleep mom & dad "I wanna go out and play! Wake up!"

My sister pointed out to me that the definition of his name fits his personality. Kabalarian philosophy has a site that gives pretty accurate name definitions.

Although the name Santi creates the urge to be creative and original, we point out that it causes an emotional intensity and a dominating nature that is hard to control. (high need child!)

The first name of Santi creates an intense personal nature.

For his nickname Sancho -An outdoor life also appeals to you and you could find much enjoyment in the beauties of nature. (this explains him not wanting to stay in-doors!)

Although the name Santiago creates executive ambitions, we emphasize that it causes a restless intensity that defies relaxation. (eeek!!!)

Although the name Andres creates the urge to be reliable and responsible, we emphasize that it limits self-expression and friendly congeniality with a moody disposition. (MOODY like his daddy!)

This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the heart, lungs, bronchial area, worry, and mental tension. (This is freaky. He has asthma!)

So, before you name your babies please check the definition first!!!

Oh Santi, I wish you had an on-off button.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Quick & Easy Crepes

Crepes is truly my most beloved dessert of choice. I would dare not pass up the opportunity to eat in Cafe Breton. Did you know they have 9 outlets now? Podium, Mall of Asia, TriNoma, Greenbelt, Pasong Tamo, Westgate, Tomas Morato, Tagaytay and Sta. Rosa. I have eaten in all 8 branches except for the one in QC. I really am a hardcore follower because I even used to frequent their original branches in Malate and the old Greenbelt. I always order the La Pinay (mango with Nutella) or the Funtastyc (banana with almond flakes and chocolate). Sloth becomes me when I order both and place them on top of each other for that over the top INDULGENCE. And forget about the calories!!!

Truth be told, I could eat crepes everyday! I have been doing so since I started making them myself at home. So, I'm going to share with you my idiot-proof recipe. (which I stole from the back of the Maya hotcake mix!)

1 cup hotcake mix
2 eggs
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water
mangoes (optional)
bananas (optional)
Nutella chocolate spread (a MUST!)

*Makes 10-13 servings

Beat the eggs slightly. Melt butter in the oven (never use the microwave! see why here) Add the butter, water and hotcake mix. You have to follow that order or else your crepes will turn out differently. Believe me, my sister and I have tried! Beat until all lumps are gone and cook on a non-stick pan like you would pancakes. Chop the mangoes, bananas or whatever fruit you'd like and toss it in with the yummy Nutella for your SUPER CREPE! Pretty darn easy, right?

Plus, making it yourself is a lot cheaper than buying from Cafe Breton. A big bottle of Nutella from Rustan's is P210 while the big box of hotcake mix is around P55. You add the eggs, butter and fruit....still way cheaper considering the fact that you can make 13 crepes per serving! There is a loooot to share for your whole family. Sancho and Benny love them crepes!

Oooh there are therapeutic benefits, too, to cooking or baking. It's instinctual for women, I think. No matter how bad a cook you are, food preparations may calm nerves. I like getting the lumps out of that mix and pouring it on the pan. There is an art to it and I think I've mastered it. ;)

Happy crepe making!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Indecisive Flowers & Calligraphic Abilities

No, the flowers aren't indecisive. It's me who is. I just thought the title would sound nice.

I am starting to get organized for the upcoming wedding and I can't seem to decide on what flower arrangements I want for my entourage! It's funny because it did NOT take me this long to choose my wedding gown.

I have accumulated some picks in theknot.com and bookmarked them in del.icio.us. And so, with simplicity and elegance in mind, here are my top four choices (for now):

1. Since I have changed my motif from aquamarine/torquise and yellow to plain and elegant CREAM (yes one color only!), I was thinking of sticking to white colored flowers as well. But then it might look too blah?

2. Hydrangeas are fabulous. I especially like this color combo below but I think they are not available locally. I've only seen photos from my aunt's multiply when she went to Sagada (Oh, darn, that's FAR!)
3. Lovely Peonies!!! So chic and sweet. Might be expensive. Must ask supplier.
4. Here is a unique take on the traditional bouquet of roses. Nice, yeah? I'm still deciding on the flower supplier - preferably someone based in Tagaytay already. (This would tremendously cut costs!) Honestly, if I had the talent...I would rather do-it-myself.

Yup, I'm on of 'em DIY brides. M laughed at my idea of using my own calligraphy for the invites. But to prove that I was not kidding, I bought calligraphy pens today and will start practicing tomorrow. Thanks to dafont.com, I have some classic fonts as guide. If things turn sour, I shall stick to my Assumptionista penmanship. That should do the trick.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Worried Sick

Dear Santi,

Tonight, you got me and Daddy worried sick. You threw up for more than an hour during dinner and we could not figure out the reason. Was it something you ate or drank? Should I have stayed home instead of my yoga practice? (Was I being a selfish mom?) I vow to watch you like a hawk (these days you put every little thing you find on the ground inside your mouth!)

You woke up from a nap crying non-stop in the afternoon. Never mind that your dad was there attempting to calm you, you were longing for my embrace and insisted that I carry you. I already knew then that my baby boy isn't feeling too well because you would not have me put you down. This is usually the case when you are sick. Extra extra clingy.

So, after dinner, I carried and sang to you until you slept in my arms. It did not matter to me how long I was standing and swaying there, all I wanted was for you to feel safe. I hope that there will be no more vomiting because it pains me to see you this way, my love. Each time you get sick, I always pray for your well being...even in exchange for mine. Please be well in time for Father's Day.

Love always,

*This is a pilot post of many many love letters I am dedicating to my son. Much-inspired by the review I read on "Love, Mommy:Writing Love Letters to Your Baby". One day, I hope Santi will be able to read all of them :)

Royce is HERE!

HALLELUJAH! What great joy it is to find out the Royce is finally available here in Manila! Chuvaness blogged about it and my mom ,who is one of her 'followers', reported to me --- You can buy Royce chocolates from Konbini Japanese store at Connecticut St. Greenhills.

What a coincidence! I'm there everyday now because of my classes at Pulse Yoga. Today, after Hatha class, I went to buy M a box of Royce potato chips dipped in chocolate (sinful!) for Father's Day :) I have tried this before and it is very addicting. Seriously, I could finish this in one sitting!
And for myself, I bought their Nama chocolate in Au Lait flavor. This, I haven't tried so my taste buds are looking forward to the elite chocolate experience!

Thank heavens I have some form of exercise..or else this will all go to my bums and thighs :O

Monday, June 02, 2008

Survival Tips: DFA Passport Day

1. Get an appointment through the DFA website. By doing this, you skip step 1 which is to wait in (a looooooooooooooong) line in a very humid basketball court to have your documents assessed. I'm so glad I did this! And I encourage everyone to do too...or else you might lose 2 hours in hell. (not kidding)

2. Complete all documents before coming. You need a completed application form which you can download and print from here, 3 I.D. photos in royal blue background (They are stricter now. You can't wear jewelry, headbands or even smile in the shot!), old passport, and what not. Make sure you have extra copies of your passport, ACR (alien certificate of recognition)- if you weren't born in the Phils., birth certificate and driver's license. Don't forget your ballpen!

3. Always ask questions. In the Philippine government offices, signages are either too small to be read or not there at all...resulting in confusion. I felt like a headless chicken in their flawed system. I even got lost and lined up in step no 1 (that humid basketball court) when I should've gone straight to the last step (the air-conditioned but still warm auditorium). It will save you time to ask the guard where to go.

4. Look your best. Why should you? Well, decent clothing, make-up and charm can really take you places. I noticed that because I looked more err...professional than the people next to me, the officers respected and responded to me. In 2 occasions, I did not have to go back in line (when I had to have some documents copied so tip#2 is very important!!!)

5. An extra person helps. They usually do not allow any other person to go with the applicant but since I argued that I was a breastfeeding mom and I needed a helper to carry my son while I do my business, the guard let her in. I didn't know my help would come in handy when she would line up for me in the next line while I was still paying or keeping Santi sane.

6. Bring baon in the bag. Expect to be there the whole day if you didn't get an appointment or half a day if you did. It was so smart of me to bring my brand spankin' new and beautiful SIGG bottle filled with agua from mi casa. This kept me hydrated. (I bought this from the Pulse Yoga Discovery Weekend at 10% off the retail price. It was on promo that day so it was good enough reason for another impulse purchase!) My help always brings crackers with her so, that helped too, when Santi got hungry.

7. That's entertainment! The long lines are a b!tch. A book or magazine may also help make time fly. If you are with child, please do not forget to bring his/her toy. He/she might die or boredom or kill you with kulitness. I got my share of Santi freak outs today in the auditorium. I saw people giving us the 'pity look' and even heard some whispers 'dapat paunahin na sila...kawawa naman'. But no, that didn't work. hehe.

See that?! This is only 1/4 of people in line for that final step (encoding after payment) in the auditorium. There in the middle is my all-around help, (my life saver!), Creslyn.

8. Passport delivery rocks. Yup, at the very end you have the option to have your passport delivered to your house for P100 through Air21 or LBC. My gosh take that option, it's worth the money! You wouldn't want to go back on the release date to line up AGAIN just to pick up your passport.

Haaaaaaaaay. Thank heavens it's over! I won't be going back in 5 years! (that is when our passport expires).

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Stork Studio

Ia Genato and Stan Ong of The Stork Studio took these wonderful shots yesterday afternoon. M and I agreed that each year, Sanch should have his photos taken by a professional to mark and celebrate his wonderful existence into our lives!
Look at this boy! He definitely knows where the camera is! My star in the making!

This is by far, my most favorite photo of the two of us. So much love going on here ;)

A fun shot! Jumping in attempt to defy gravity. What a work out for me!

This shot shows Santi's curious big eyes which I love. Everything about him I love!

For those interested in having their portraits done by Stork Studio, you may contact Ia Genato at 0920-9017131 or email thestorkstudio@gmail.com. They do amazing work! And word just got in that Ia prints all shots on fine art paper with every copy signed by her. Each print a masterpiece, indeed!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chow On This

Pizza to us is staple food. What could be more satisfying than eating slices of dough packed with veggies, your meat of choice topped with oven-melted mozzarella cheese. Totally comparable to a complete meal (whether you think its healthy or not).

I am thankful for multiply as I have chanced upon Sandy's Pizza weeks ago. There were lots of good reviews and I was willing to give it a try (even more so) when I found out that they are located in the same city. Neat. Delivery is so convenient. Don't you wish there were more establishments with delivery service? Like maybe if Haagen Daz had dial-a-pint delivery... ooh evil thoughts!

For our first Sandy's 'homemade' pizza, M and I tried the combination which had 'a little bit of everything'. This was P390 for a 14' inch, good for 2-3 pizza.

Ooooh yeah that was superb! I told M to hold his horses because I wanted to take a photo of it untouched but he could not help himself so here's that pizza pie missing one slice.
We tried the pizza margherita the 2nd time around (my sister's choice) and it was good too! The thickness of the pizza crust is jsut right. Not too thin nor too thick. Perfect the way it is!

If you live in San Juan, lucky you. You may call Sandy's Pizza for delivery at 7218334.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Importance of Marriage

This is a post written out of FURY.

My family bought Cebu Pacific tickets to Hong Kong (August) for the babies to enjoy Disney. Naturally, I booked and paid for everything (airline & hotel) online via my handy credit card. The last thing on my list was to add pages on my U.S. passport and apply for Santi's Philippine passport. The latter is giving me a major headache.

After collecting all the requirements needed for Santi --
1. NSO certified birth certificate
2. 3 photos with royal blue background
3. Mother's passport
4. Affidavit of Illegitmacy (because M and I are not married yet)

I went online to DFA Passport Direct expecting a hassle-free service. I have canvassed around. Most travel agencies charge P1,400 - P1,600 while this site only charges P1,300 for pick up of documents and delivery of passport to your home via Aboitiz to-go. I filled up the form, got a schedule of pick up, personal appearance at DFA, etc., After a few hours, I get a call from passport services:

Girl: Mam, do you own a Filipino passport?
Me: No, is there a problem.
Girl: Ayy... eh yung father ni Santiago. May passport? Baka siya nalang yung pwede sumama abroad.
Me: Yes but it its expired. But that's not the point. I AM THE MOTHER TRAVELING WITH MY SON.
Girl: Sorry but in your case we cannot process Santiago's passport application.

(This is where I totally bitched out on the passport service girl)

So, you see. The government makes it harder for people who are illegitimate or unmarried to live in the society. This is really unfair. Just because Santi and I do not have the same last name does not change the fact that I am his MOTHER! Well, the issue might be because I do not own a Philippine passport. If that is the case... What about Santi? Does he cease to exist and will not be able to travel because mom was born in another country and/or is not married (yet) to his father?

Hay. You know, only now I realize the importance of marriage and being LEGAL. It just makes things simpler.

Santi and I are outlaws.

Excuse me while I find out how to apply for a Philippine passport. BWISIT.

Monday, May 26, 2008

MMU means...

Mineral Makeup! Yes, after one year of hype...I have finally joined the bandwagon.

For my starter kit, I have invested in Monave and Everyday Minerals as recommended by my younger, vainer sister Dinx and Jen, my hot momma mentor/friend. I am very happy with the samples,baggies, etc. Yeah they have their MMU terms which I am quickly picking up. Hehe.

I guess this is me trying to be a better person. I tend to care for myself LAST as I prioritize Santi first. I know there should be a balance but I can't help it. So, this is a good start, right? Looking presentable whenever I can can jump start my yummy mummyness (not that I'm not!) But yeah, I've been totally putting off joining Yoga Pulse because 1. lack of funds and 2. still not that confident in leaving Sanch with anyone.

My big fear at the moment is having to attend a Pre Cana seminar which is a pre-requisite for the wedding. This is a 2 (full) day seminar from 8am-5pm and I am stressing over the whole Santi situation. Who will I leave him with for? If I take him with the maid, he sure won't be comfortable there and might disturb the class (they will not allow me for sure!) I am concerned about leaving him with my parents, the maid or anyone else is because he has never ever drank from a bottle succesfully (and slept after). Yup, I have managed to direct breastfeed him for over 1 year! I would've never imagined doing that you know. But I did.

You see, this is a HUGE problem. Should I pump and just hope that he feeds and konks out? Will leaving him result in trauma? C'mon..I never left him and leaving him suddenly for such a looong time (9 hours a day for 2 days) might just put some damage on him.

Look at me agonizing over this while my good friend is scheduled to leave for the U.S vacation sans her 7-month old baby for a full week. She plans to leave her with the yaya. Of course I told her she was CRAZY but what can I do...moms are built differently. I think it's just really sad that she will go alone because she does not know how to take care of her own baby! Saaaad.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Our Palawan Getaway

Our little family spent 7 days in Palawan from May 8-14 for Sancho's 1st birthday celebration. We couldn't have it any other way. Why spend so much money on a birthday party (obviously intended) for other people when you can spend it on the people that truly matter the most? Naks. The beach bum family conquers Palawan! We took Cebu Pacific because it is the cheapest option. The flight was an hour delayed though. That's the service you get for the price tag :P

Right when we arrived, we stayed in Casa Linda at Puerto Princesa. This is a clean and cheap pension only 2 minutes away from the airport via tricycle. Our bamboo inspired, air-conditioned room costs under P1,000 per night. M calls it 'spartan-like' amenities. Very basic. No wonder this place is famous within the backpacker community.

5 am the next day, we headed out to San Vicente via an uncomfortable, sardine-packed shuttle ride which lasted 6-hours because of all the stops (think jeepney ride). I can't complain because this is the cheaper way (P250 per head) as compared to renting a van which would cost about P3,500. San Vicente is the jump off point for several islands. There we took a 2-hour boat ride (should've been 1 hour but the waves were not cooperating).

We finally reached our destination- Coconut Garden, Cacnipa Island way past noon. It's a beautiful *super secret* beach resort with dormitory type rooms as well as private huts (no aircon here, just fan or none at all! Go au naturelle like we did, relying on the beachside breeze. An almost perfect island except for the food. Their menu consists of pasta, pork, beef, or canned tuna. You're in an island with no available fresh seafood except when there's catch which is rare I think. Strange. M says Palawan probably exports most of their seafood. We were supposed to stay for 4 days but we cut it to 3 days due to poor food selection. Sorry, can't live without glorious food! But I highly recommend this place for people who aren't so picky with food.

Nipa Huts with solar fan P860 per night only. For reservations text 09183702395. They have limited rooms / huts so best to call months ahead.

This is my favorite photo of the whole trip. We were low on diaper supply so M created a makeshift from his shirt! So fitting with Sancho's 100% organic top!

Sancho and mummy enjoying the only day the sun shined! Yes, I wasn't even able to swim because later that day it began to drizzle. Bummer. We made a mental note to travel in March or April and never in May because of the capricious weather.

Back in Puerto Princesa we stayed in Puerto Pension, another decent place made out of 'natural materials' for that exotic feel. Our small room costs P1,200- had air-condition and cable tv (yey!) plus free breakfast. It had better amenities than Casa Linda but we weren't so happy about the size of the room and location of the place. This is why we moved back to Casa Linda the very next day. Ha!

Culinary musts in Puerto Princesa

1. Kalui for their reasonable local food presented in an upscale manner. Reservation here is a must as they are always full for dinner. (369 Rizal Avenue, Tel. 933 2580)

2. Kinabuch, a stone throw away from Kalui, for the bar & grill type but very good food esp. their Pinakbet!
*Important fact: both Kalui and Kinabuch, a 2 minute walk away from Casa Linda! How convenient!

3. Vietville (I don't know why everyone was raving about it. They use Star Margarine for their french bread..yuck. Pho Hoa is heaps better!) just because it's a destination with a history.

4. Badjao Seafront - Sadly, I didn't get to try this but we hear they have good seafood.

5. Hainz Chicken Inato - Palawan's version of the Chicken Inasal. Take a 3-minute trike to this place from Rizal Ave.

I noticed trike drivers ask an average of P20 - P35 if you are Filipino but are not from the area. Locals pay only P6 per km :P I wonder how much foreigners end up paying?!

Places of Interests around Puerto Princesa
People ask us why bother visiting Puerto Princesa? Because it's the cleanest and greenest city in the whole Philippines! Also, it is the capital city of the world's last frontier! There is so much potential and we even are thinking of moving here in a few years!
Aloha House is an orphanage built by an American who is funded by an organization. To help raise money, they grow organic vegetables and even have organic farm animals. Have you ever tried organic bacon??? Interesting place. M went nuts and is now growing his own organic garden in our backyard because of this field trip.

Iwatig Prison Colony - There is a souvenir shop located inside their massive compound. M was able to buy and sneak out one of their orange prison shirts for P250. They warned him not to wear it in Palawan OR ELSE!

Kamarikutan Art Cafe - We enjoyed our quiet lunch here amidst trees and fish in the pond. Tip : wear insect repellent because there were tons of mosquitoes prowling about.

We skipped the Crocodile and Butterfly Farm because it was raining. My only regret is not being able to go to Honda Bay. We were looking forward to spending a whole afternoon at Dos Palmas (apparently the only resort at Honda Bay) for P1,800 lunch included. Sadly, the weather did not permit it. But I am hopeful there will be a next time :)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Great Mother Gene

I get a lot of questions on how I am able to raise Santi without letting go of my principles- no yaya, direct breastfeeding (no bottles and pacifiers!), co-sleeping and velcro babying and babywearing.

Last night a non-mummy friend asked "Don't you get tired of that set-up?!". Last week my sister-in-law-to-be asked, "Aren't there times when you need time apart? Because I certainly do from my daughter!" Two of my good friends are mix feeding their daughters because mummy #1 thinks her boobs are sagging already and she only had a 6-month goal to breastfeed while mummy #2 started mix feeding with formula by her 3rd week of life because she couldn't take the fact that she could not do anything else anymore besides breastfeeding. She told me "We have guests all the time at home. It just doesn't fit our lifestyle!"

While I respect their personal views, these talks with other moms make me wonder... is this style of parenting simply a decision I made or am I truly cut out for this? Do some women have 'it', the great mother gene, in them while others don't? Gosh, I feel like comparable to Mother Mary the martyr.

I am so blessed I am not alone in this journey of the road less traveled. My kindred sister and co-yummy mummy Deng shares my passion, dedication and sacrifice for our boys. We may be a minority but little by little I am certain we are shaping the future through them ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oh, Martha

I love you! You are a DIY craft genius!

Under her 25 Eco Chic Ideas for Your Home is this cork trivet which I think is a wonderful idea!

They don't just keep your wine from spilling and spoiling; corks can also protect your tables and countertops from hot pots and pans. 1. For a medium-sized trivet, collect at least 50 uniformly sized corks. 2. Stand them upright and arrange them into a tight circle. 3. Surround corks with an 8- to 10-inch metal hose clamp (sold in the plumbing section of the hardware store). 4. Tighten the clamp to bind the corks together and then trim the excess clamp with metal clippers. Cost: about $3
To jump-start my eco-living, I am going to collect those wine corks. Donations from alcoholic friends and relatives are welcome ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

1st Day of School

Santi goes to school!

This is a video of his free trial class at Gymboree, Polo Club. Denise and I took Santi and Benny a few days ago. No, I am not enrolling him because I find the tuition fees insanely expensive for playdates and activities I could do at home with other moms and babies. We might just brew something up for INDIGObaby!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Para Bos!

Today was quite an experience. I had some pending errands in my to-do list and wanted to get it done before the week ends so I, together with my help, braved the summer heat and took Santi for his 1st jeepney experience. I would have said 1st commute experience but last week we took the tricycle to the nearby grocery!

For only P7.50 per person, we got ourselves to Greenhills in one piece without much sweat (we left 9:45am to avoid the heatwave). There was an available car in the garage but it had no fuel plus, I was having a 'save-the-earth' hangover from yesterday.

Look at my little one- quiet as a mouse the whole ride. He was just observing everyone else. He was probably thinking "what the hell is going on here?" hehehe.

*The title 'Para bos' was inspired by Denise's college essay paper on her commuting experiences ;)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nutritious Camote Juice

During the Ladies & Babies Tea Party Bazaar, Santi & I were served the most refreshing juice - Camote Juice! I vowed to make for the house because it's easy, cheap and HEALTHY! These sweet potatoes are listed as one of the most nutritious foods in www.whfoods.org and even said to be the all-natural cure for Dengue!

Today I semi-walked to the market to do the grocery to buy some veggies. (I say semi-walk because mid-way I decided to ride the tricycle because it was HOT :P Poor Sanch sweaty and all!) Anyway, I was able to get Camote tops which is the key ingredient in the healthy Camote juice. It costs only P5 per sheaf!

So, here is the recipe if you want to try this at home--

Camote tops
Brown sugar or honey would be a healthier alternative

Boil camote tops then add the calamansi juice and sweeten with the brown sugar or honey. Add ice for a col, refreshing drink. EASY!

Oh and here is an excerpt on how nutritious this drink is!

Sweet Potato Contains Anti-aging Nutrients

Sweet potato is a health vegetable rich in antioxidants and other nutrients useful in maintaining a healthy body.

A new study conducted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea shows that sweet potato contains antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, isochlorogenic.

Antioxidants, known as the modern-day anti-aging nutrients, are phytochemicals or substances (mostly present in fruits and vegetables), which neutralize or counterbalance the free radicals that are generated by the body during normal metabolism.

Free radicals are the most vicious and toxic by-products of metabolism. When not neutralized, they can travel through the body cells, disrupting the structures of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and cause cell damages.

These damages are believed to contribute to aging and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cataract, and the like.

Sweet potato antioxidants are higher in the leaves than in the tops, but higher in the tops than in the roots and petioles.

Also, all parts of sweet potato, especially the leaves and tops, contain protein, lipids, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin A and C.

These nutrients are favorably comparable with those of other vegetable nutrients when they are boiled or used in their dry form than when they are consumed raw.

PFN No. 6482 July-September 2004

Source: FFTC leaflet for agriculture. No. 2001-34. Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC), 14 Wen Chow St., Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Cooperating agency for this topic: Rural Development Administration (RDA), Suwon, South Korea.

Sorry for the pun but...Go home and plant camote!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Timba Time!

Yup, I can't believe that they actually sell this in Canada for 60CND when I use the timba in the banyo for Santi's daily baths. And for what amount? I don't know..maybe P100 or even less from the local market? Gosh. What marketing can do!

Here's my local version ;)


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