August 30, 2008



Thanks so much sis ConCon for the award.

Rules of this award are :
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

I am awarding this to:

ConCon - for being a nice always make me laugh when we see each other
jacque - for being a supermom and super businesswoman
ayn - for starting our n@wie chapter, I wouldn't have met wonderful sisters if not for you
dada - for being a true friend and for being an inspiration
doc joey - for being a superb blogger. you make me want to always keep up with my blog
mec - you have a gift with words and I really admire you for that
lizette - for being full of surprises

preggy tag

I was tagged by mommy concon!


Moms Who Played Along: Mai / Yen /Eds / Vannie / Fun.Fierce.Fab / Bojoy / bonz / Pinaymama / Sheng / Carol / Cee / Jacque / cOncON / jeng

Preggy Facts:
1. Who did you first inform about your pregnancy and how? My Husband. He was waiting outside the comfort room when I did the pregnancy test. He was elated when I showed it to him. It was Mother's day so it was very timely.
2. Maximum weight? 190 lbs!
3. Cravings? Nothing particular, I ate everything ; )
4. Aversions? None.
5. Morning Sickness? Once lang.

D Day Facts:
1. Number of Kids/Deliveries? One
2. NSD or CS? CS pero nag trial labor pa ko for normal delivery.
3. Girl or Boy? Boy
4. AOG (age of gestation) on Birth? 36 weeks
5. How long in labor? six hours

I'm sharing this tag with all the mommy bloggers from Pinay Bloggers.

August 29, 2008

How Do You Discipline Your Kids?

This my entry for the PPBC 7th Edition: How Do You Discipline Your Kids? posted by theworkingmom

The word discipline comes from the Latin word "disciplina" which means "to teach." It involves teaching the child right from wrong, respecting other people's rights and the behaviors which are acceptable and which are not. As there are many forms of teaching, there also are many forms of disciplining.

For us, we really started discpiplining our son when he was about 10 months, as this was the time he started to talk and communicate with us through his words and actions. Even though sometimes he would just stare at me, wondering what I was talking about, I would talk to him about how to properly do things. I do not think that there is really a right age to start on disciplining children. It is an ongoing process and as our children grow, we also learn about their behaviors.

Discipline begins at home and as parents, we try to set an example of doing the right things. We also try to be firm when we set rules. At Joaqui's age, he now begins to throw tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants, and no matter how hard it is to stick to the rules, we try to just distract him on other things and when he has calmed down we explain to him the reason for our actions.

With regard to spanking as a form of discipline, for me it has no value to very young children and can affect their sense of security and self-esteem.

Although discpline is a joint effort for both me and my husband, my husband is more of the disciplinarian. He is the "moderator" in the house and he tends to be more firm when saying no, especially to Joaqui.

Discipline is also a way of showing our love to our children. Good discipline always has a goal of helping to develop a child who is self-confident, self-disciplined and to feel secured and loved.

August 26, 2008

Did I marry the right person?

It's not that I'm asking...but a friend emailed this to me and I thought of sharing it in this blog.

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON? During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?" I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?" Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind. Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love... because it's happening TO YOU. People in love sometimes say, "I was swept off my feet." Think about the imagery of that expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU. Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage. At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else.

This is when marriages break down. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious, but sometimes people turn to work, church, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. The answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could and TEMPORARILY you'd feel better, but you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this): THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND. SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the expression "the labor of love." Because it takes time, effort, and energy and most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage. Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable. .. you can "make" love.

Love in marriage is indeed a "decision"... not just a feeling.

August 24, 2008

Tagged: Thrilling Twenty

Tagged by Apple.

The rules are simple...1. Answer this question--WHAT CHEAP SNACK WOULD YOU BUY FOR TWENTY BUCKS?2. Take a pic of it and post it on your blog.3. Link back to Cez's site.4. Give Cez a shoutout so that she can include your thrilling-twenty in the round-up.
And here's my thrilling twenty snack...

Lucky Me instant pancit canton and Kool-Aid strawberry juice. I really don't know if this would be worth P20, but it is my favorite snack ever since I was in college ; ) I would put egg and sometimes leftover hotdogs or luncheon meat on my pancit canton...not for the weight conscious I guess ; P

I'm tagging Kitts, Meng, Dada, and Lissa.

August 22, 2008

abstracting and Chili Willy's.

There was a buzz among fellow n@wies just three weeks ago about home-based jobs and although I am already working home based as a medical transcriptionist, I am still open to other opportunities that I can do at home. Agnes posted something about being a home partner abstractor and this got me interested quite a bit. I have heard of this type of job and there were fellow MTs who were abstractors before, but I really have no idea of what they do. So I decided to try and emailed my information sheet and the required essays, and I was lucky enough to be included in the free training program yesterday. It was not as simple as I thought it would be. Abstracting is objective writing and an abstractor has to be direct to the point in writing the needed information from the articles. The training lasted for a day, and there was still a prequalifying examination. We will be informed on Thursday if we pass the prequalifying evaluation. I am ready to take this challenge if ever I would pass the exam as I know that as with all jobs, it would be difficult at first but practice makes perfect. Good luck to me!

After a day of information overload, I asked my hubby to have dinner at Chili Willy's at Robinson's Pioneer. I have read it here and since we are both suckers for Mexican food, we decided to try it out. It is located at The Forum Al Fresco and since we do not frequent this mall, we had to find our way there and somehow got lost...duh! We ordered Calamares with Green Chili Aioli Dip and Texican Combo Plates of Baby Back Ribs with Mexican Crab Cake and Grilled Pork Chop with Chicken and Chorizo Enchilada. My meal wouldn't be complete without dessert and we had Mexican "Mock Fried" Ice Cream Choco-Hazelnut. Their food was yummy! They also have a lot of food choices. I was raving about the Mexican crab cake because it was soft and tasty. Jeff liked the Enchilada and the "Mock Fried" ice cream. Chili Willy's is definitely worth checking out. While eating, we were already planning our next visit there and the food that we will order next...hahaha. Now writing this blog entry makes me hungry ; )

August 18, 2008

What makes me happy? What makes me sad?

Got a tag from Toni....

Start copy here:
Here are the Rules:
1. List things that makes you happy and what makes you sad..
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know...Toni, Jeng, You

What Makes Me Happy?

My family especially my hubby Jeff and son Joaqui makes me happy.

Good times with good friends always puts a smile in my face.

My accomplishments in life makes me happy.

Chocolates and other sweets make me happy.

Travelling, cooking, blogging, surfing the net and playing with Joaqui make me happy.

What Makes Me Sad?

When I see children being maltreated or children who are hungry, I feel very sad.

I feel sad when I did not do the things that I should have done.

I am sharing this tag with Emz, Rocks, Doc Joey, Concon and Mec.

August 14, 2008

I love the whole world

Me and my husband love this advertisement of the Discovery Channel. I did a little research on the song used on this video and it is actually a summer camp/children's folk song called "I Love the Mountains" and the tune for "I Love the Mountains" is modified from that of the song "Heart and Soul" by Frank Loesser (lyrics) and Hoagy Carmichael (music). Discovery Channel wrote extra verses and new lines for their campaign. I hope you all enjoy watching this as much as we do.

August 12, 2008

blog makeover

Well it's really not a total makeover, I just wanted something new on my blog. I had a light load on my work today and decided to change the way my blog looks. Most of the time, I do find changes quite refreshing and re-energizes me and gives me momentum. I hope I will blog more often, anyway I hope you like jengspeaks' new do. ; )

August 11, 2008

Do People Like Me?

This caught my interest and I got it from Doc Joey's blog

People Definitely Like You
You are very well liked, and many people admire you.
You are friendly, well mannered, and fun to be around.
Of course, you're not perfect... but that's okay.
Your friends are usually willing to accept you for who you are!

What People Don't Like About You:

People don't like that you're not very interesting or engaging. You often bore them... and yourself.

What People Like About You:

People like that you take the them to get to know them and make a connection. You make people feel important.

People like that you don't gossip or talk poorly of others. They trust that you will speak positively about them too.

People like that you take responsibility for your actions and admit your mistakes. They appreciate your maturity.
Do People Like You?

August 10, 2008

party planning mode

Yup, it's on. Time does fly really fast...Joaqui will be turning two in four months and being the overly excited party planner that I am, my notes are done for Joaqui's 2nd birthday. Since I promised my husband that our son's 2nd birthday party would not be as elaborate as his 1st, we have decided that we are having a Jollibee party, for obvious reasons...I don't know a kid who doesn't like Jollibee.
As early as now, we have scouted four Jollibee stores and have inquired party details with all of them. And I have also inquired other party details that can be included that are not in their package (hahaha), so my real plan is really not just your ordinary Jollibee party (kaching!).
As my n@wie friends Jacq and Con would put it, front ko lang daw si Jollibee...hahaha.
Wish me luck on this ; )

while mommy was sleeping

Since Joaqui's previous yaya left, I was the one who is putting him to sleep, and so even with a new yaya (yes, we have a new AND better yaya) Joaqui still prefers me to put him to sleep. It is then that I discovered the early indications what Joaqui would become when he grows up during our before-going-to-sleep routine. When it's bedtime and he had his milk, we would play a little and then I would pretend that I am asleep and would just watch him secretly. My son never fails to amuse me with his antics before he dozes off. I don't know if he tires himself to sleep or bores himself until he falls asleep...; )
Joaqui can become a doctor. He has early fascination with anatomy. While I am quietly lying down and pretending to be asleep, he would identify body parts by poking my eyes, touching my lips or checking my nostrils (this one is a little gross).
Joaqui can become a priest. Sometimes I would catch him singing "alleluia" in different tones. There is the high-pitched alleluia and the low-pitched alleluia. This sometimes is accompanied by a gesture with his hands mimicking a priest giving a holy water blessing.
Joaqui can become an accountant. I never thought that he was listening to me when I teach him how to count. Just the other night, he was counting by himself...wan, tu, three, por, payv, veven, eight, ten. Now, I think just like mommy, Joaqui isn't good in Math...skipping the numbers six and nine...hehehe.
Joaqui can become a broadcaster. He would recite the things or the words that he would hear from us (especially from me) like "no, no, no, no!", "ma na" (tama na), "nap na" (enough na).
I think that as Joaqui will grow older, it would be more and more difficult to sell sleep, but I am enjoying this mommy moment and I can't wait to discover more before-going-to-sleep routine with him.