September 25, 2009

Mommy Moments - That's My Favorite

Joaqui is at an age where he does not actually verbalize his favorites, but there are a lot of things that he wants to have or do over and over, so I take it as a cue that some of these things are his favorites.

One of his favorite foods is pizza. He likes to eat pizza and he can actually tell the specific brand of pizza by their logos. He knows Pizza Hut, Shakey's and Yellow Cab. This picture was taken the first time he ate pizza, which was at Sbarro's. Now his favorite pizza is from Yellow Cab because when I ask him if he wants to eat pizza, he would say, "Yellow Cab!"

His favorite past time is to read (or should I say look at pictures) and be read at. Even newspaper : )

One of his favorite books is called Mighty Tugboats. It's a story of five tug boats' adventures.
And his favorite thing of all...a cross. He likes to hold a cross, imitating a priest or a "sakristan" in the church. He would often walk around our house holding a cross, seeing this from the church whenever we hear mass and sometimes would imitate the priest blessing holy water. He also knows church songs and he likes to go to churches. Where ever we are, he would ask us to make him a cross from straws or from paper. In this picture, we were at a birthday party and with the party hat, he looks like a pope or a cardinal. : P

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September 18, 2009

Mommy Moments - Treasured Pictures

Since Joaqui is our only child for now (and I hope he'll have a sibling soon ;P), I had a hard time choosing which photos to post for today's theme. We have so many photos of Joaqui, but these two pictures are really close to my heart.

This was taken a couple of weeks after we brought Joaqui home. He was holding his daddy's hand and this picture reminds me of how happy and blessed we are for having our baby.

This was Joaqui's first studio pictorial, taken at Child's Play. He is such a happy baby and even now as a toddler, he never fails to fill our lives with joy and laughter.

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September 16, 2009

tagged by sweet shelo

Thanks to Shelo for this tag.

Do you think you're hot?
Oh yeah! LOL

Please upload your favorite picture

Why do you love this picture?
This picture was on our wedding day and I was very happy on that day, and I felt that I was the most beautiful woman at that moment. ; )

When was the last time you ate pizza?
Yesterday. We ordered pizza from Yellow Cab.

What was the latest song you've heard?
SheWolf by Shakira

What are you doing while working on this game?
checking my email, working and playing farmville in Facebook

What is your favorite nickname?

What kind of person are you?
I'm complicated no matter how hard I try to be simple. I'm emotional and I am never afraid to let others know how I feel.

What is your favorite song?
Tanging Yaman, a church song

What is your favorite food?

What is the most stressful thing to you?
Doing something I don't like

Mention the 3 must-have items in your purse.
wallet, cellphone, makeup kit

What is your favorite color/s?
I like pink and red

What is your not full-filled-yet dream?
Having our own house, having my own catering business and traveling around the world

What is your favorite city to stay?
I don't know yet...haven't been to all of them yet. ; )

I'm tagging Beth, Chris, Twinkie and Clarissa.

September 13, 2009

2009 UAAP Cheer Dance Competition

I'm not in college anymore, but I enjoy watching the cheer dance of each of the participating universities in UAAP. I think that college students today are very fortunate as the UAAP cheer dance competition gets bigger and better every year, with this year's contest still being sponsored by Samsung.

All participating universities were awesome and it's like I'm watching cheer dancers from ESPN and our the UAAP cheer dancers are definitely at par with the cheer dancers from the U.S. I was rooting for my alma mater, University of the East, but they did not bag a place. University of the Philippines was 2nd runner up, failing to defend their title; Ateneo De Manila University was 1st runner up; and the 2009 Samsung UAAP Cheer Dance Competition winner was Far Eastern University. The FEU Blazing Pep Squad received 225,000 pesos cash reward and will have to defend their title for next year's cheer dance competition.

September 12, 2009

learning the ropes on discipline

I have sort of thought of myself as a laid back mom because I don't easily sweat the small stuff, but lately as Joaqui's curiosity on things around him is heightening, the one thing I am more concerned about being a parent is instilling discipline. I sometimes tell myself that he's just two years old and he is doing what other children are supposed to be doing.

This made me realize that as our first born, most of our parenting methods are trial and error. What works for one child may not work for another, and so I have come up with a few simple methods on how to discipline him effectively.
  • I state my instructions, rules or expectations clearly without yelling.
  • I offer him simple choices.
  • I have learned when to ignore tantrums and instead direct his attention to a more positive behavior.
More importantly, I try to be consistent by having a few rules and enforcing them every single time. I even ask other members of the family and caregivers whom we live with to also enforce these rules. Discipline is more than what to do and not what to do, but as a parent I am conveying my values and trying to teach him by being a good example myself.

September 4, 2009

Mommy Moments - Dress Up Day

There were only a few times when we had Joaqui wore a costume and I think I have posted all of these pictures before, but I hope you will still enjoy looking at them.

This was Joaqui dressed up as a superhero, particularly Robin, when we attended a costume party. The picture on the lower left was when he asked me to tie a white cloth on his neck to make as a cape because he was pretending to be a superhero.

This was the first Halloween costumes he had. I bought two costumes, one as Robin Hood and the other as a Pirate, but he had worn the Pirate costume at the Halloween Activities in Glorietta last year.

This was the latest picture of Joaqui dressed up as a Congressman...ooopppss...I mean a ring bearer at his Lola Nene's 25th Wedding Anniversary (lol). Modesty aside, I find him very handsome in his Barong Tagalog and with that serious look on his face, he looks more like a young politician here. ; )

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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September 2, 2009

15 books

Tagged by Dada in Facebook.

Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose.

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  2. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  3. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  4. The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
  5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  6. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child
  8. 'Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  9. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  10. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  11. Drowning Ruth: A Novel by Christina Schwarz
  12. The Moon is My Friend by Chie Litiatco-Acosta
  13. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  14. Pugad Baboy Series by Pol Medina Jr.
  15. The Life of Mary As Seen by the Mystics by Raphael Brown