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Planning a Christening Party

Party's about to end. Time to have a family photo. :)

We normally don’t do parties. I mean catered parties. We do love get-togethers though. Pero the ones we had were usually eating out in restaurants, or hanging-out at home then pa-deliver ng Shakey’s pizza, Amber’s pansit and barbeque, or KFC bucket. For kids’ parties naman, we had a few fastfood/resto parties, but mostly we either went to a play yard or pool, and just had food delivered. But catered ones, my husband and I only had it twice, our wedding in 2006 and our firstborn’s baptism in 2007.

So fast forward 11 years later, we were faced with a choice of having a simple restaurant dinner or a big event. Our initial plan was to just have dinner with very few guests. But then, when we started choosing whom to invite, unti-unti nang humaba na yung list. So we decided: “Big event na lang. Last na naman to.”

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Paying Real Property Tax for the First Time

It’s tax season again. And in the case of real property tax, having shorter queues is not the only perk you get when you pay early. Most local government units give as much as 20% discount to those who pay earlier. For example, you get 20% discount if you pay on or before March 31 of the current year in Quezon City. In Calamba City, you can get the 20% discount if you pay on or before December 31 of the previous year for current year’s real property tax. Some local government units also give discount (usually 10%) if you decide to pay before each quarter ends. I wanted to get these perks so I planned to pay early. Continue Reading


Birth Story 4 – The Last Chapter

Our fourth child, Ysobel.

This is the birth story of my fourth child. For this story, I’d like to start days before the actual labor day. You see, the waiting game felt really long this time. One reason was that I expected her to be born earlier than the expected due date, which was July 5. And each day past this date felt longer. For days, I did a lot of walking, much more than in any of my first three pregnancies. I walked almost every night with my husband. I walked in the mall. I climbed the stairs. I even danced with my kids while watching Saskia’s Dansschool in Youtube.

Aside from walking, I also did some ‘turning’ exercises. I felt that she was facing forward because the shape of my tummy wasn’t round. And I’ve read that with this position, there is a higher probability of having cesarian. I would do my best to avoid that. I knew that I had good chances of having my third VBAC, and this position felt like a threat to that.

July 9, 2017. 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant.

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Birth Stories 1, 2, 3

I’m on my 39th week today with Baby No. 4, so I thought it will be a perfect time to talk about my last three deliveries. (I think “cramming” is more apt than “perfect time”. Hahaha.) Obviously, these happened years ago. So for now, I will be relying on memory, doctor’s notes and my personal contraction tracker. Here goes…

Birth #1:

December 23, 2006. 40wks and 1 day pregnant. It was a regular weekly checkup in Makati Medical Center. The reliever OB mentioned that she found signs of a virus during an internal exam. Why she did not see it before when I had a weekly internal exam, I have no idea. So right there, she suggested a cesarean to be done on the same day. At this point, I couldn’t wait to give birth already. With this being my first pregnancy and with the words “risks to the health of the baby” mentioned, we decided to go ahead with the scheduled cesarean. I really wished I at least got a second opinion. Oh well…  Continue Reading


Three Things My Mom Taught Me

My mom is a stay-at-home mom. And I’ve become more appreciative of that since I became one myself. All those years she spent taking care of my siblings and me, she taught us a lot of things. But for now, I want to focus on three things she taught me that are still valuable now as it was then.

She taught me how to pray.

“Lord, huwag nyo po sana kaming pababayaan.” It always started with this. I can still remember her and me on the bed before going to sleep saying this. She taught us that we can pray anytime. She taught us that we can lift our concerns to God, and that He will always listen. This is a very valuable thing she taught us.

When I became an adult, I learned that, in life, there is only so much I can do. I learned that there are many things I don’t understand. I learned that people, no matter how much they love us, are not perfect. But with prayer, I became more grateful for the blessings I received, and I’ve learned to be more dependent on God.  Continue Reading

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Good Experience and Better Choices in My Baby Planet

This pregnant mama is excited because My Baby Planet Ph is finally here! I am so glad that I still get to experience shopping for the little one in the oven. Nakahabol pa considering na last baby na to. 😊

The store officially opened last Sunday, March 19. I am grateful to my husband for bringing me there on opening day. He knew just how excited I was of this new store. On the outside, I was just smiling while observing people and looking at items, but on the inside, my brain was in giddy mode (from thinking “ang cute nito” to screaming “ay meron nito dito!”) Hahaha!
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The First Quest of the Analytical Couple

We made sure we brought this home.

Last week, my husband and I had one item in our bucket lists checked. We received a physically big check!

It was sponsored by Dataseer, a company that gives trainings on analytics and data science. We were given data from Grab (as in GrabTaxi), and the task was to make a presentation out of those data. We had to think of a team name, and so we chose “The Analytical Couple”. I’m not sure if it will stick (I hope not, hahaha), but for now, that’s who we are.
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Laughter Through The Years

Ivan's instagram post on our anniversary.

Last month, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. We’ve been married for 11 years and together before that for 7 years. To commemorate this special day, my husband posted this in his instagram account.

It was a coincidence that, a few hours before he posted this, I had a Trollbeads glass bead reserved. It’s from the Spring Collection “Kindred Spirit”. I chose the bead called “Love and Laughter” particularly because it was a really good way to describe our relationship.
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