Jan 30, 2010

No Fuss

by Linnor


The boys can spend their time meeting up with friends, walking around or playing at Timezone while I sit and enjoy my quiet afternoon at Starbucks.

Just give me multi-grain bagel with cream cheese, strawberry jam and butter to go with my tall brewed coffee, my phone and free wifi. :)

Stepping Out

by Linnor


The busy week plus having to nurse Jake's fever stopped me last Thursday from hiking at the park with cousin Mimi. Yesterday, however, I squeezed in the time to step out and do some calorie-burning 30 minute walk with her.

Having a walking buddy who engages in animated talk while sweating it out makes hiking fun. Amusing as well is the fact that we kept talking about food while we were trying to slim down. Hehe.  Also, the smell of yummy food wafting in the air from the nearby resto challenged our resolve to keep fit as if taunting us. Really amusing.

If not for the drizzle, I'm sure we would have gone several rounds more. We did 3000 steps. Not bad. Looking forward to the next session. Woot!

Jan 28, 2010

No Ice Pack

by Linnor

No Ice Pack
Well then, ziplock and ice cubes would do the trick. Jake is nursing a fever due to cough and I'm putting on my mom-doc's cap.

Mucosolvan, Meptin and Calpol are my friends now. And of course the ice cubes too.

Jan 25, 2010

Tats

by Linnor




Just checking in for a quick update after a long absence from blogging. This shot was taken during Cebu's Sinulog 2010 last January 17 (the mardi gras is usually on the 3rd Sunday of January).

Here I am with Jake, proudly showing off our tattoos. :) The elder and more daring sons opted for henna. 

Photo credits: iPhone, Color FX app and Photogene app

Jan 24, 2010

Chronicles of a Home Maker

by May

After the holidays, we didn't expect our lives to be really tough. On the first week, Zia got sick with fever as high as 40 degrees celsius. She didn't want to eat anything because she could not hold food long enough to digest it. Others might have panicked at the onset but I tried to keep myself together. I did a lot of researching, reading, and praying. Ice cold sponge bath, paracetamol, chicken arroz caldo, TLC, and God's mercy cured her on the fourth day.

On the second week, I asked my maid to go for her routine medical check up and to our suprise, the results showed that she cannot stay here in SG as per law. We were caught off guard as we needed to repatriate her immediately without having to wait for a replacement. I've been stuck at home since then. More expenses (air ticket for her and all the fees for a replacement) less income (since I could not work).

Now as a homemaker, I wake up 8am to prepare Zia for school (good thing somebody discovered breakfast cereals as it takes centuries to prepare her food and feed her...she's just too slow). Her bus picks her up at 10am and brings her home at 330pm...just enough time to take care of the little one (feed, bathe, and put him to sleep). When Zia arrives, I give her milk (Pediasure) if she's not hungry (they eat in school), and put her to sleep to continue her nap in the bus. Sometimes, she tells me she's hungry and wants to eat...that's the time I cook for her and put her to sleep after. She sleeps 3 hrs in the afternoon. When she wakes up, she does her homework (English and Chinese). I try my best to help her in both subjects but if it's not in the Chinese-English dictionary, I couldn't. Most of the time, it's her teaching me and not the other way around. :) At 6pm, I cook dinner. At 10pm, I put the kids to sleep.

My husband helps me by throwing garbage in the trash bin, washing feeding bottles, taking care of the kids when I have to do something, and others I can't do.

In spite all these unfortunate events, I still feel blessed as we are still together and healthy.

Jan 6, 2010

Not Just Yet

by Linnor


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 Pics taken at an Apple Store in Technohub (Diliman)
 
While most are already taking down their Christmas trimmings, we (or at least our family), in Cebu, are still not ready to take down the decors just yet. The Feast of Senor Sto. Nino, or Sinulog for those in the know of local fiestas, is coming up on the 3rd Sunday of January (17th this year).

It's kinda nice to let the good feeling linger for a few more days. :)

Viva Pit Senyor (in advance)!!!

Jan 4, 2010

Just Before Going Back to the Grind

by Linnor

Let me post the following pics (taken on the last month of 2009) for posterity :)  
 
November 29 - We checked out the CIS Bazaar in Marco Polo and took pics with the giant Christmas tree at the lobby.
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November 30 - Santa Claus, who we met by chance at Metro Ayala while we were panic buying for new shirts for Jake, posed for a pic with Jake.
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December 2 and 4 - While I was busily planning for the December events in the office, I juggled between that and being mom to Jake, who ended up sleeping either in Jerry's office or in Starbucks.
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December 4 - Our tree was finally completed. From outside our window, this looked as if it's a full-sized 6-foot tree when in reality, it's a 3-foot tree on a 3-foot high round table.  ;)
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That night, Jerry and I attended Globe's Pasasalamat Night at Marriott Hotel.  The event had a Las Vegas-theme with the ballroom decked with casino-looking paraphernalia complete with slot machines.  Luckily (pun intended), Jerry won an iPod Nano.
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December 5 - Jerry's birthday and posted separately here:  
http://www.arrezaph.com/2009/12/ginza.html
 
December 6 - We made time to attend the boys' Christmas fair in school.  This was Matt's last and Jake's first. :)
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December 11 - Our office outreach activity.  A separate event page was created for it here:   
G2iX Outreach Activity
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December 14 - Morph's Christmas dinner.  Pics courtesy of a colleague:  
Morph Christmas dinner

December 17 - Jake's K1 Christmas party.  It was amusing to watch the kids enjoy the games, the visit from Santa, and the giveaways.  However, when it came to eating, the mommies, including myself, ended up finishing the leftover pork barbecue, chicken and spaghetti. 
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This was the day we had the end of year business update meeting. This was also Junnie's 2nd day in Cebu so we decided to have dessert at the nearby La Marea.  Being the generous boss, Winston ended up paying for our warm brownie cups and cups of tea. :)
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December 18 - Our office Christmas party with a Back to (High) School theme.  I didn't have pictures of this event but my FB account has numerous copies tagged by colleagues:
G2iX High
The After-party 
G2iX Christmas Party 1 
G2iX Christmas Party 2009 
G2iX High School:  Christmas Party
Back to G2iX School:  Cebu Christmas Party

December 20 - We were invited to dimsum lunch (buffet) at the Shangri-la by Jerry's aunt. This was to host another aunt who was visiting from Taiwan.
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December 22 - We attended the compound's Christmas party.  By this time, Jake started running a fever.

December 23 - We all flew to Manila, viral infection and all and went straight to our Ortigas office for the kids' Christmas party:
G2iX Kids' Christmas Party

December 24 - We spent the afternoon at Bonifacio High Street where the younger kids played with their bubble "gun".  Early dinner was at Abe in Serendra and then we all heard the 8pm anticipated Christmas mass at Santuario de San Antonio.
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And on the way home, we drove and passed the long way to show the boys the festive Bamboo Organ church in Las Pinas (part of my early memories of Christmas).
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December 25 - Ma craved for Pepper Lunch for dinner after spending the afternoon at Rockwell. :)
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After dinner, we all went to Marriott Hotel at Newport where Ma played a round at the slot machine/s and won.  She treated us to coffee / tea after.
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December 26 - This day was mostly spent with the boys shopping in Greenhills as I sat in Starbucks reading and FBing since I wasn't feeling well.

December 27 - Lunch at Tootsie's, pictorials at the Lake Hotel, horseback riding, and snacks at Taal Vista Hotel. (Photo credit: Junnie)
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December 28 - I met up with my college friend Baby at the Chelsea in Serendra.
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December 29 - We went to the Technohub in Diliman where we had lunch at Le Ching and yummy halo-halo at Razon's. 
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Then, the rest of the afternoon was spent at La Mesa Ecopark boating, doing the zipline, biking, and hiking.
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December 30 - In the morning, we passed by Rizal Park since it was Rizal Day.
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Then lunch was at President Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown.  
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By mid-afternoon, we stopped at Sofitel for Jake's nap.
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By 7pm, I was already at Cyma in Alabang with my former high school classmates from De La Salle Zobel.  Four doctors, a celebrity (no it's not me, lol), and a magazine editor were among us. :)
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This brings my 2009 posts to a close. Succeeding posts will be for 2010.  
Happy New Year all!