#AnikasBaonToday: School Week Number 3

Hey hey!

How’s the week so far? I hope it’s okay.

Here’s a compilation of #AnikasBaonToday for school week #3 =)

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For Merienda: Honey Stars cereals, Cheese sandwich and hashbrowns; For Lunch: Chicken nuggets and rice with Oranges

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For Merienda: Mamon with cheese bread of Pan De Manila; For Lunch: Corned Beef, Broccoli and rice with Apples

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For Merienda: Nutella rolls, cupcake and biscuits; For Lunch: Chicken, scrambled eggs and rice and Oranges

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For Merienda: Apple pie and brownies of Mary Grace Cafe and biscuits; For Lunch: Skewered hotdogs and ham and rice

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For Merienda: Hashbrowns, Knick Knacks and Skyflakes; For Lunch: SPAM, rice with cheese

I have a couple of learnings that week.

One, for mommies like me na hindi kaya magdecide ng maaga ng babaunin ng anak for the whole week (nase-stress kasi ako), do not buy food in bulk. For the kids’ baon, best if you buy sa weekend for the Monday to Wednesday baon then buy again on Wednesday for the Thursday and Friday baon.

Two, check out the local bakeries like Pan de Manila, Red Ribbon and Goldilocks. Napansin ko lang kasi sila because these are the stores that I pass by. And then from then on, I stop by in different stores to check out ano binebenta nila na pwede ko ipabaon for Anika =)

Three, I have to accept that there are mornings na kahit anong gawin ko, wala akong ma-i-i-re na creativity. The more stressed you are pagandahin yung baon, the more wala kang maiisip. The best is to just let it go. Pagwala talaga, isalampak mo na lang ng maayos sa baunan then stick the picks on them =)

That’s it! =)

Study muna kami ni Anika, guys! Mwah mwah!

 

Dear Anika: When You Fight With Your Best Friend

Anika had this dress since she was 3 years old. Ngayon lang siya nag-kasya. Her Ninang Peachy gave her this dress. Sa sobrang tagal, she cannot remember also that she gave it. Lol.

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Dress: GINGERSNAPS; Sandals: SALT WATER

The other day, Anika told me that her playmate, who lives a few houses away from us, cried and was mad at her. I asked why because Anika considers this playmate her best friend. She was babbling so I asked Anika’s yaya what the kwento was. Apparently, they were playing with another girl who was also our neighbor. The best friend wanted daw Anika to go with her back to our house to play Shopkins. However, the other little girl is not being permitted to go far from their house so she cannot make sama with them. Anika told her best friend to stay with them na lang and play teacher teacher instead of going to our house. However, the best friend was insistent. She didn’t want to play teacher teacher. She wanted to play Shopkins at our house. Kawawa naman daw the other little girl so Anika tried to explain to the best friend that they’ll play na lang teacher teacher with the other neighbor instead of playing Shopkins. The best friend got angry at Anika. She cried and went home.

Yesterday, Anika called me. She was crying. When she arrived daw from school, her best friend went in front of our house and talked to her.

BEST FRIEND (who was two years older than Anika): My mom says I can’t be friends with you anymore.

Pinigilan ko sarili ko. I felt the hurt that Anika felt.

ANIKA: Why would her mom say that Nanay? I didn’t make her away naman.

I wanted to tell Anika that she will have so many other friends. And if totoo yung sinasabi nung bata, I don’t want her to be friends with that girl too.

However, I put myself when I was their age. Away bata ito eh. I have to give the mother of the best friend the benefit of the doubt. They were really nice people and I don’t think she will say that. Or she said something else pero iba yung understanding ng bata.

On the phone, I asked her how she felt. She said she was sad and mad. When I got home, I asked her to tell me about it again. Tinitingnan ko kung devastated siya. I was relieved na hindi naman.

ANIKA: And besides, Tatay said that I have naman my cousins and I will have more friends when we go to Canada.

Hanep.

I checked how she was because I want to know how she handles these things. Baka kako she’s like me when I was young na pag-inaway ng friend parang guguho na ang mundo. Anika was taking it okay naman. She was sad but hindi like super duper sad.

I talked to her.

ME: Do you still like her to be your friend?

ANIKA: Of course Nanay!

ME: They you can just write her a letter that you want to be friends again.

Ayun gumawa ng sulat. Dalawang sheets ng Grade 1 pad paper ang ginamit. It was sweet.

ANIKA: What if Nanay she still doesn’t want to be friends with me?

ME: Then she doesn’t deserve to be your friend, anak. Tatay is right. If she doesn’t want to be friends with you even after you wrote her a letter then it’s okay. You have so many other friends. You have your classmates and your cousins. You will also make other friends while growing up. So it’s going to be okay. You cannot force naman somebody to be your friend, di ba?

I was still observing her the rest of the night. I am happy that she’s okay. She’s not that affected. I am happy because ayoko i-asa ni Anika yung happiness niya sa ibang tao. This is a good start.

And this is also a nice opportunity para magsulat ulit ako ng Dear Anika.


Dear Anika,

Yesterday you were upset because your best friend didn’t want to be friends with you anymore.

I want to let you know sweetheart that this will happen again sometime in your life.

You will lose friends as you grow older.

Why?

Based on my experience, you lose them because though you guys are swak at a certain point of your lives, one of you outgrows the other. Hindi naman sabay sabay ang growth ng mga tao. Nag-iiba iba din ang gusto and trip nila.

You also will lose friends because there will be circumstances that will come that will prove if strong ba talaga your friendship or not.

I lost a lot of close friends too, if you wanna ask.

I lost a best friend because I decided that it was so toxic being friends with her. I couldn’t handle the galit-bati and all the intrigues. We haven’t even graduated High School yet pero pagod na pagod na ako maging friend siya.

I lost another childhood best friend to his wife. I tried for so many years pakisamahan yung wife just so I won’t lose him but, eventually, I decided that I cannot have that kind of person in my life. We parted ways. He chose his wife of course and I got over losing him as a friend.

I lost another close friend for reasons I am not sure of. Bigla na lang she cut her ties with me. I was going through a depression stage at that time so I didn’t have the strength and energy to ask why, try to explain and get her back. I was giving all my efforts in not killing myself getting better so I lost her.

Albeit that, I am okay.

Actually, I am better than okay because the very few friends that I have right now are the friends that I really want to keep. Eto ang mga friends that stood the test of time, distance and drama.

That’s life, Anika.

Life and you will deliberately/not deliberately filter the people who will belong in your life and that is okay. That is normal. But even if life has a hand with this, you still have the decision on the people who you will let stay with you.

So if you fight with your best friend and you still want her in your life, do something. There was a reason why you guys became best friends. Nothing petty should come between the both of you. You can give her time to be mad but after that, dapat okay na. Best friends understand each other. Best friends should think that neither one will deliberately do something bad to the other. Best friends forgive each other. Best friends do not let petty things ruin the friendship.

Pero if ever it won’t work out, then you guys are not really best friends.

And that is okay.

You will be okay.

Besides, I will always be here for you as your bestest friend in the entire world.

I love you.

Love,

Nanay

Tumatanda Na Yata Talaga Ako

I have to go see some doctors.

Before the chika though, outfit of the day muna.

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Dress: I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE I GOT IT; Shoes: CLN

There are old clothes in your closets that you definitely cannot part with, ano? I have purged my closets too many times but never ko ni-let ko etong dress na ito. It’s so old na that I cannot remember anymore where I got it. Fat or thin kasi maganda ang fit niya sa akin eh.

Anyway, I have to go see so many doctors.

First, an eye doctor. I have to ask if I can correct the grade of my eye through laser surgery. From 150 last year, 275 na ang grade of each of my eyes. I’m practically useless without eyeglasses or contact lenses. My friends have gushed about how happy they were about their laser eye surgeries that I want to try it na. I just need to ask the eye doctor a couple of questions like ano ang percentage of the probability na they would make an error and make me blind permanently. Mga morbid questions like that.

Second, I need to see my Gynecologist. I want to have a couple of tests done why hindi ako mabuntis buntis since we started trying to get pregnant four years ago.

Third, I need to see a Gastroentorologis or a Stomach Doctor. You see, when they did an endoscopy on me in 2006 (or was it in 2004?!), they found a polyp in my intestines. They removed it. They also tested it and it was benign naman. I was told to have an endoscopy every 5 years to check baka magka-polyp ulit. Beh, anong petsa na? I have never been to a Gastro since then! Nakakatrauma naman kasi yung labatiba nila eh! It was so scary and draining. Though, I felt I lost 10 lbs after kaka-jebs until maging clear colored yung jebs ko. Sorry. TMI. But I really have to have myself checked.

Lastly, my Annual Physical Exams laboratory results showed that I have very high T4 values. My T4 results was 147.10 nmol/L. The range is only 66 – 1.81 nmol/L. I asked my bilas if I have goiter. She said mataas nga ang T4 ko. She advised me to have a second opinion, a re-test so we can conclude if I have goiter.

Hay naku. When I was a dalaga, I had hyperthyroidism. When I tested for it during my pregnancy with Anika, wala na daw. Normal na. Kaya I was surprised bakit parang meron ulit ngayon.

The praning in me Googled the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The more ako na-convince that I have it. From this website, eto daw ang mga symptoms:

  • Fatigue or muscle weakness -YES! I FEEL TIRED ALL THE TIME!
  • Hand tremors -YES! MY HAND SOMETIMES NANGINGINIG!
  • Mood swings -AY SUPER YES! MY STAFF AND ALVIN CAN ATTEST TO THIS!
  • Nervousness or anxiety -SUPER! THOUGH NORMAL NAMAN SA AKIN YUN, I FEEL ANXIOUS ALL THE TIME!
  • Rapid heartbeat -YES! I HAD IT CHECKED VIA ECG, OKAY NAMAN DAW MY HEART.
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat -YES! I PALPITATE ALL THE TIME!
  • Skin dryness -YES! ANG SUPER DRY NG SKIN KO!
  • Trouble sleeping -YES! WELL, SOMETIMES NO BUT THERE ARE WEIRD NIGHTS THAT I COULDN’T BRING MYSELF TO SLEEP
  • Increased frequency of bowel movements – YES! I POOPOO A LOT!
  • Weight loss – AYUN LANG. DITO LANG SUMABLAY. HINDI PA AKO PUMAPAYAT. NEVER MIND THAT I FINISH LIMPAK LIPAK NA SERVINGS OF DESSERT.

Right after we report our Midyear Report this week, I shall spend time at the hospital to have all necessary tests made. Health is wealth eh. Especially now na nagkaka-edad na tayo. But I refuse to admit na tumatanda na ako. It’s all in the mind yang pagtanda. Sa utak ko, I’m still that 25 year old girl. Ako ay isang twenty five year old girl na madami na nga lang nararamdaman. Hahahaha!

I used to before but I don’t Google all my suspected sickness anymore. It scares the living shait out of me. Praning na ako. Ayoko na i-worsen pa yun.

Please pray for me guys, ayt? Let’s pray for everyone’s good health and peace of mind.

Amen.

Good night!

The SMART Launchpad Upload Stations

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Do you have what it takes to be the next Youtube sensation? Or you do have what it takes but you do not have yet the knowledge and expertise how to edit your videos and show them to the world?

I have good news for you!

Yesterday, together with my fellow Smart moms, I attended the launch of the Smart Launchpad at the Atrium of SM Megamall.

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L to R: Michelle of My Mom Friday, Moi and Neva of Manila Mommy

The launch was attended by Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Head of Wireless Operations for SMART who explained to us the principle behind Own It and SMART Launch Pad.

“Smart, recognizing the creative potential of Filipino youth as an untapped resource for new ideas and raw talent, encourages the use of YouTube and aims to break the aforementioned barriers experienced by the country’s digital generation. Smart continues to inspire change in the way the Filipino youth productively use technology and the Internet by empowering them with the tools to discover their passions, channel their creativity, and broadcast their talents to the world.

Smart recently unboxed its slew of digital innovations, including “Own It” campaign, a platform that encourages everyone, especially the youth, to share their passions to the world, giving them a voice larger than themselves.

Under this campaign, Smart unveiled Launchpad, a program to help budding content creators upload their own work on YouTube and broadcast it to the world via Upload Stations all over the country.”

YouTube online sensations Bogart the Explorer and Michael Josh of Gadget Match also talked about how they started making their videos and how the Own It campaign and SMART Launchpad can help aspire the youth to come out and show their talents via YouTube videos.

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Bogart the Explorer and Michael

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Ms. Katrina Luna-Abelarde (far left) with the guests and host of the day

I had to have my photo taken with Bogart. He really is so funny and down to earth.

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After the scrumptious lunch, we headed downstairs to the Atrium to tour the SMART Launchpad Upload Station.

The SMART Launchpad Upload Station in SM Megamall is the first ever Launchpad station in the country. Marami pang parating, I assure you. These Launchpad stations can serve as a place where anyone can capture their talents and create their videos on the fly. It serves as a venue to broadcast their innermost passions to the world, giving them a voice larger than themselves.

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The first step when you get to a SMART Launchpad Station is to register yourselves at the registration booth. You need to be a SMART Subscriber to be able to participate.

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After that, you can hang out already with your fellow Smart subscribers, collaborate and create your own videos, and upload in real time using Smart’s fast Internet connection and Samsung devices.

You can definitely try the different stations that can cater to your different needs and talent.

This is their recording studio. It’s so high tech and it’s sound proofed so you don’t need to become shy in recording your videos.

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Mommies Janice of Mommy Mundo and Neva of Manila Mommy “tried” being in a band. So cute!

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There is also a corner with this high chair, microphone and stand and a guitar. Pwede ka dito maging stand up comedian or a musician.

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I tried how it felt being on that chair. Ang sarap ng feeling. Gusto ko na kumanta agad agad. Lol. Hindi kasi ako mahiyain na tao eh. My advice to the new YouTubers, tanggalin niyo na yang shyness niyo. If you have the talent, i-broadcast na yan. Tingnan niyo nga ako. I don’t have the talent but I love singing so wapakels! I believe that if you love what you do, something good will definitely come out of it.

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Yey! Finally a photo with all of us SMART Moms present!

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There was also a station where a make up station was set up. Potential make up gurus can go there and shoot their make up tutorials!

This station naman is for those fashionista, tech guru or lifestyle icons wannabes. May props na so you don’t need anything else. Projection na lang ang kulang =)

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This SMART Launchpad in SM Megamall is only until today, Sunday. Here is the schedule of the other SMART Launchpad Stations at the SM Malls  and schools nationwide:

  • July 30-31 at SM MOA
  • August 7-8 at SM Baguio
  • August 13-14 at SM Clark
  • August 27-28 at SM Iloilo
  • September 3-4 at SM North EDSA

If you cannot visit the Upload Stations, you can visit smart.com.ph/Launchpad where they can directly upload and register their entries. Don’t forget to hashtag #OwnIt

Wait. There’s more!

Aspiring content creators will get the chance to participate in Launchpad Workshops where they will learn from industry professionals and top YouTubers. Smart subscribers can join the workshops by creating an account on YouTube, uploading original videos on their account, and registering online. Registration is open until September 15, 2016. In these learning sessions, they will know how they can make content creation into a profession with modules on building their own brand, monetizing their YouTube channel, and creating engaging content plans. By the end of the workshops, Smart will choose content creators to fly to Los Angeles, USA to collaborate with international YouTube stars.

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Good luck guys!!

To join and to read about the full mechanics, check it out here: www.smart.com.ph/launchpad

Share your passion to the world! Own It!

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For more information, visit the SMART website: http://smart.com.ph/corporate

And like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications

Lia’s Cake In Season’s Avocado Cheese Cake Is The Bomb!

Hindi na ako magpapaligoy ligoy pa.

Pumunta na kayo sa Kapitolyo, now na, and buy their Avocado Cheesecake!

Lia’s Cake in Season is located in 23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

I am thanking destiny because DMCI Homes built and are building a lot of properties around Kapitolyo. Kung hindi, I will not be able to know what Kapitolyo is and I will not be able to experience the different restaurants in the place.

Madaming winner na kainan dito muthers. I am surprised bakit hindi matataba lahat ng mga tao na nakita dun sa dami ng masasarap na kainan.

Anyway, I discovered Lia’s Cake in Season accidentally. Nasinagan ko lang siya while climbing into my car from a lunch out. I tried their Avocado cupcake and umikot ang mata ko sa sarap. I vowed to go back to try their Avocado cake and cheese cake.

I attended an event in Megamall yesterday. Kapitolyo was so near so I went to Lia’s.

You just need to look for their green sign board while cruising the East Capitol Drive.

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Their store is small. Mga 5 tables lang inside.

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They have different kinds of cakes. Pero ang best seller daw nila is the Avocado cake and cheese cake.

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I decided to but their Avocado cheese cake. Hindi siya mura. One whole cake costs Php 1,300 plus.

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This is the Avocado cheese cake.

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God, I swear I’ve never tasted anything like it in my entire 36 years on earth!

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On my first bite, napa-pikit ako sa sarap. That happens pala in real life.

The Avocado cheese cake was creamy and it tasted like Avocados made in Heaven!!!

The sweetness was just right. The combination of the graham crust with the cheese cake was perfect. The texture was so smooth, akalo mo imported na ice cream.

Hay naku. I can no longer find any words that can describe how delicious their Avocado cheese cake is. Ibang klase din talaga.

Binasa basa ko where how this Avocado cake was invented.

In 2004, Carlo Carlos (the owner) opened the store with then help of his mother (Lia) and his lola’s Avocado cake recipe which was with the family daw since the 60’s. Lumaki sila ng lumaki until their Avocado cakes, together with their other non-preservative cakes, became famous.

I am not surprised. Though I have not tried the Avocado Cake, I can vouch for their Avocado Cheese Cake.

I bought the cheese cake yesterday and one fourth na lang ang nasa refrigerator. If one fourth na lang ang nasa fridge, I gave one fourth of the cake to Janis when they came to visit yesterday (she also fell in love with the first bite) bale, I ate half of the Avocado Cheese Cake yesterday and today.

Pakshet.

Nevertheless, the calories are soooo worth it.

I tried also their Calamansi cupcakes. Okay lang. Pwede na. You don’t have to go all the way to Boracay for the Calamansi muffins. I also was able to try their Ube Cheese Cake. Had I tried it before the Avocado Cheese Cake, I will be amazed siguro. Kaso for me, nothing can top the Avocado Cheesecake eh.

Try niyo to believe it =)

LIA’S CAKES IN SEASON

Office hours: Mondays-Sundays (10am to 10pm)
Phone number: 633- 1937/ 09176605427

Follow their social media accounts:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/liascakesinseason
Instagram: @liascakesinseason
Twitter: @liascakes

 

So Nice This Day Today

Nice ano?

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Dress: COTTON ON; Denim Jacket: MANGO; Sneakers: KEDS;

… ng waterfalls sa Glorietta 2. Hahahaha!

I like my day today.

I was in Makati super early to beat the traffic because I was asked by my boss to attend the Meralco Power Up Finance Forum at Shangri La Makati.

I stayed at the Lobby Lounge and had breakfast there. I had this huge Adobo with kesong puti sandwich and cappuccino.

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I remember when I was still in Grade School. Wowa and I would have breakfasts in hotels before school. I remember feeling super grown up and fancy. Maybe that’s why I like nice things.

Hindi din.

Maarte lang talaga ako.

Lol.

I had a great lunch and a pretty dessert.

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As much as I like eating hard core Tapsilog sa streets (think Matys in Don Galo, Paranaque), I also love eating at hotels talaga. I like sit down meals better compared to buffet. I look forward to how the dishes will be presented. Tapos titikman ko kung kasing sarap ba niya yung ganda ng presentation.

I love hotels period.

Don’t even get me started on hotel toilets.

Anyway, I also won 3k worth of Rustan’s GCs.

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It was definitely a happy day.

And then when I went home, I had a Raclette dinner with Anika.

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ANIKA: Where’s Tatay? He’s missing all the fun!

True!

Osha mga bakla. We’ll go lie down and be lazy in our pajamas na.

Good night and have a nice weekend!

Lost Pencils, Heavy School Bags and Atbp.

My beautiful and smart baby girl was awarded Angel of the Week of her class.

Angel of the Week is an award given to a student in CSA who did an extra good job for the week.

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This was what was written at the back of the award.

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First, I just wanna say, like mother, like daughter talaga. I was also often awarded the Small But Terrible award back in my Grade School days so I totally get what that phrase means. Ibig sabihin, Anika and I may be small in size but magaling kami.

Second, I just wish teacher phrased the “terrible in helping teacher” part. Hahaha! Though I understand what she meant, mahirap i-explain sa ibang tao. Anika kasi is like a mother hen. She treats her classmates like her kids. She tells them to keep quiet and she tells them to follow what the instructions of their teacher are. I asked her bakit kaya teacher said “terrible in helping teacher”? She answered, “Hay naku Nanay! My throat gets itchy na nga shouting at my classmates to fall in line or to keep quiet pero they don’t still follow me and teacher.”.

Gets niyo na din? Hehe.

Lastly, two weeks ago, Anika told us that she was the president of her class. I just said a non-committal “Ah talaga? That’s great!”. Alvin made me Vice President kasi of their class. Iniisip ko baka nagiimbento lang si Anika na president siya para same kami. I didn’t want to burst naman her bubble so naki-“ride” na lang ako.

Totoo pala mga bakla. She’s the class president pala and I’m so proud that she’s doing her job diligently.

Yapak ko nga ang sinusundan ng batang ito.

Apir.

Next chika is I have three concerns with Anika and school.

One, she always lose her pencils in school. By the end of the week, either isa na lang or wala na siyang pencils in her pencil case.

“Anak, kinakain niyo ba mga pencils niyo in school?!”

She doesn’t know daw where her pencils go.

Kaloka.

Two, eto ang mas nakakaloka.

I have been bringing Anika to school as often as I can. I notice every time that even though stroller type yung school bag niya, she still has a hard time pulling or pushing it.

Ang bigat eh.

So the other night, I weighed it.

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Anika’s school bag weighs 40 lbs. I weighed Anika. She weighs 50 lbs.

I read from this certain health website that kids’ bags’ weight should not exceed 10% of their body weight otherwise it can alter the alignment of the kids’ posture and increase the strain on their spine. It can also cause fatigue and pain.

Compute, compute: Anika’s bag is 75% of her body weight!

Kahit na ba she brings a stroller bag, mabigat pa din eh. I tried pulling her bag all the way from the parking in CSA to her classroom, mabigat mga bakla. Ako na yun ha? Wala pa diyan yung mga times that she has to carry it up ng konti pagnadaan siya dun sa mga paakyat na walang ramp. And, wala pa diyan yung weight ng lunch box niya and her water jug.

Kawawa naman.

Ang akin lang, why doesn’t the school make na lang the kids leave the books in the classroom. They each have naman cubby holes. Then, let them bring na lang the books, notebooks and folders home if they need to study for it or if may homework or exams.

Di ba?

Anyway, my last concern is that the students were asked to bring 40 small or 20 big empty tetra packs for additional grade in their Science projects.

Nung una, I didn’t want to bring because I don’t let Anika drink too much of these juices kasi ang daming sugar. Forty talaga yung kailangan for this term eh. However, I saw that the parents in our class viber group were collecting tetra packs. Since competitive ako and I don’t like the thought na baka si Anika lang yung walang additional grade, I decided to bring na lang.

I bought forty pieces of juices and had my staff drink them all.

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Hehe.

It was either that or mangolekta ako sa trash ng kapitbahay ng mga discarded empty tetra packs.

Hay. We will be doing this for two more terms.

I know they will be recycling these or selling them for a profit to be donated to the less fortunate but sana the school has other options also how to help.

Like, bakit hindi recycled clothes na lang ang i-collect? Madami ako niyan. Then i-donate sa less fortunate din.

Or, bring small but not broken toys then i-donate sa Pedia Cancer ward ng mga public hospitals. I got this idea from my friend Eli. She shared something in FB na parang to bring these kinds of toys to the kids of the pedia cancer ward in PGH. Binibigay ng mga doctors and nurses yung mga small toys after mag-chemo ng bata para they have at least something to look forward to after the chemo session. I’m sure Anika and her classmates have a lot of toys sa bahay.

Di ba?!

Hindi kasi masyado nagme-make sense yung bibili ka ng tetra pack juices, uubusin para lang may madala.

So weird.

Kayo? Ano ang mga weird things that your kids’ schools make you do?

Where I Get My Bento Making Stuff

According to the hastag #AnikasBaonToday in Instagram, I already made 23 different kinds of baon for Anika.

23 days…

It has also been 23 days that I have been getting up earlier to do her baon.

I’m so proud.

I thought kasi sa una lang ako gaganahan since I’ve been always like that. Excited and over eager at first then will lose interest after a while. Pero hindi pala.

How I will decorate her baon actually is the first thing I think about the moment I open my eyes in the morning.

FYI, hindi madali maging creative while pupungas pungas ka pa ha.

Hehehe.

Thank you everyone who have been leaving nice comments on my IG and FB page.

  1. Opo, I enjoy what I’m doing.
  2. Simple lang talaga my designs because I am not an artistic person. Kaya nga ako nag-Engineering eh. Maarte ako pero hindi sa arts. Sa luho and katawan lang po ako maarte. Nevertheless, I am an example that anybody can try and make a nice set of baon for their kids. Whatever ang hitsura niyan, since it is made with love, magugustuhan yan ng mga bata.
  3. To those of you who are still asking, I got the stainless steel baunan from the Kids Section of Rustan’s in Alabang Town Center. They cost around 900 to 1k each. I don’t know the brand. The round Hello Kitty lalagyan is from Lock and Lock.

One day, Anika went home na may tira pa sa baon.

ME: Anika, ubusin mo baon mo everyday. Pinaghihirapan ko yan gawin every morning.

ANIKA: Nanay, eh di wag mo na lang po gawin.

Aba! Lekat tong batang ito.

She must have seen that I was about to get angry with her reply, biglang..

“Nanay, ayaw kasi kitang nahihirapan…”

Nambola pa! Manang mana sa Tatay.

I explained to her that I want to make her baon because I enjoy it. At the same time, I want to be sure that she’s eating while in school.

After that, nauubos naman na niya her baon.

Eto na.

The daughter of one of my office mates reads my blog so she knows Anika. She goes to CSA also and she sometimes see Anika during dismissal time.

One day daw when she passed by Anika’s school bus, nandun daw ang lola niyo. Namimigay ng baon sa mga bus mates! Meron pa daw kasamang “Here you go.. Here you go.. Here you go..” habang inaabot.

Kaya pala nauubos yung food!

I asked her yaya about this. While true daw that Anika shares her baon, nagbibigay din daw kasi ng baon yung mga bus mates niya. So parang share share sila.

Fine.

Okay naman pala kung ganun. I thought pinapamigay niya food niya kasi baka pagalitan ko kasi hindi nauubos. Hehehe.

Anyways, to those of you naman who are asking where I get my bento tools, eto sila mga muthers.

This Cookie Cutter Set I got from Gourdo’s for only Php 160. Hindi pala mahal sa Gourdo’s.

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These steel cookie cutters box set is also from Gourdo’s. I got them for Php 240.

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These punchers are from Daiso. Ang alam ko Php 88 each lang sila.

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I wanna thank Wowa for being supportive of my bento making. She read about it and found out that I need Nori. So binigyan niya ako ng limpak limpak na Nori from S&R.

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It was also super thoughtful of Wowa to compile photos and recipes of different kinds of bento online.

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I also want to thank the Bento Mommas for sending over all these bento tools! You guys should follow their FB and IG account. Ang dami niyong matututunan plus you will be able to keep track of their different bento sessions where you can join.

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I ordered naman these tools from @Bentoshopph. From Japan yan kaya naman fail na fail yung pag-order ko ng recipe book. Malamang Hapon din yung sulat niyan sa loob. Hindi ko na-anticipate. Nyar.

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So there you go muthers!

You do not actually need a lot of things. Basta may mga cookie cutters kayo, picks, silicon na lalagyan and dividers, I think you are good to go. Diyan muna kayo mag-umpisa then if you wanna take it to the next level, saka na kayo mag-buy ng more =)

Have fun in bento making! Share your bento ideas as well ha para pwede naming gayahin!

Have a nice day!

Weekend Chikka

Hey guys! I missed you all so much!!!

I had to check my blog when was the last time I wrote a new blog entry. Four days ago pa pala.

Kamote.

I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, mga kumares. I know pangit naiipon ang chikka. Nawawala ang momentum. But I can’t bring myself to blog na at night. Pagoda cold wave lotion na ang peg ko. Hindi na talaga ako mapakinabangan. And then I wake up at 4:30 am to prepare Anika’s baon. With that, I can’t blog na also during lunch time at the office. Nandun ako sa car ko natutulog. I feel so tired everyday.

Bakit kamo?

Lintek ang school work and homeworks ni Anika everyday! I know I have ranted about this already pero hindi pa talaga ako tapos! I can’t believe how busy kids are at school nowadays. I’m sure ganyan na ganyan din tayo nung nag-aaral pa pero, it all feels weird for me now.

I swear, exage. Sunod sunod ang short quizzes. Ang daming pinapa-memorize na prayers and songs. Naaawa tuloy ako sa bata. Though I pity her, I don’t show it. Baka gawin niya kasing excuse yun not to study. Instead, I encourage her to review. Pero hindi yung pressure levels. I had a change of heart when it comes to my strategy in reviewing Anika for her quizzes and exams.

I read this article kasi na nakapagpa-tagos sa puso ko.

There was this little girl daw. They had a test in school. After she answered, she went to the teacher to have it checked. Teacher marked one item wrong. The child got upset. She went back to her seat and changed her answer. She went back to her teacher. The teacher asked why she changed her answer. The little girl said that she is scared to bring home a test that doesn’t have a perfect score because her mom might get mad at her.

Ayoko naman maging ganyan si Anika.

Encouraging mudra na ang peg ko ngayon hindi na Tiger Mom. I assure Anika that as long as I saw that she studied hard, I will not mind mistakes in the test. Basta we know that she tried her best. Tama din naman talaga si Alvin eh. Though may weight talaga ang grades, hindi yan ang sole batayan ng success ng tao. When I look around, ang dami kong classmates before who didn’t excel in school pero ang bibig-time na ngayon. May factor pa din ang diskarte sa buhay and that is the thing that we should learn to teach our kids.

Anyway, everything I just does not matter last Sunday. We studied on a Sunday because it’s MT week. MT means Mastery Test. They have this twice in a term in Anika’s school.
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We started studying at 9am after breakfast and ended at 10:30 am.

We worked hard so Alvin took us to the mall.

Lelz.

This is what I wore.

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White Polo: UNIQLO; Shorts: FOREVER 21; Sandals: RENEGADE FOLK; Bag: TORY BURCH; Bracelets: CALL IT SPRING

Nice my new Tory Burch sling bag ano? 5k lang yan. Second hand kasi but it looks so new. Walang mga tama and it was well taken cared of by the first owner. It even came with the original dust bag.

Okay din to buy second hand high end bags especially if you are like me na nanghihinayang to spend limpak limpak for a bag. Tingin tingin din kayo sa paligid niyo especially diyan sa mga second hand bag stores and websites. You just have to be sure that the bags that they are selling are authentic.

I check The Bag Hub often. There are only three kinds of bags na inaabangan ko dun na ibenta ng mura: the Balenciaga Motorcycle bag, Mulberry Alexa and the Givenchy Nightingale.

I use them as motivation to work harder.

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I have been making abang for months kaso hindi talaga bumababa sa price na gusto ko. I need a miracle. But while waiting for that, life goes on.

Back to last weekend.

We missed the Ghostbusters movie showing time so we just had lunch and played at Timezone. I got addicted to the “Flappy Bird” type of game and the Crossy Road video game. Apart from being good at it, the machine spits out so many tickets in one game! Alvin and I eventually left me there because I didn’t want to leave.

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I only stood up nung naubos yung load ng Timezone card ko. I reloaded it to play more kaso I passed by the photo booth. The three of us hammed it up for the camera. Please do not mind Alvin’s poses. Hindi kasi siya sanay magphoto booth so when I said scary face, scary talaga ang ginawa niya. Para siyang nasapian. See first photo on the right column. When I said naman funny face, yan naman ang ginawa niya. See second photo in the first column. Siya lang ang natawa sa ginawa niya. When I said naman pa-cute, nagpa-cute face siya. See third photo in the first column. Yan pala ang pa-cute fez niya. Nevertheless, ang pogi pa din talaga ng asawa ko. He is ageing well.

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I also want to share that Call It Spring is on sale and there are so many flats and wedges there that are sooooo nice!

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This was the pair that I got.

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I was supposed to get a pair of wedges pero parang yun na lang kasi lagi ang suot ko. Maiba naman kaya I bought that. It was on sale for only Php 2,100. The original price was Php 2,995. I was satisfied with my purchase until my cousin-in-law from Canada told me that she saw the same pair in their mall for only around Php 1,800 when converted to peso. PLUS may additional pa daw na 40% off!

Shet. I wanna go to Canada. Wasakan ng wallet ang peg dun.

So there. Yan ang chikka ko for tonight. More to come pa. Standby lang ha?

Mwah! Mwah! Good night everyone!

Our First ToyCon Experience

ALVIN: Babe, ano ka ba! Hindi sila si Bioman!

ME: Ano ka ba?! Bioman kaya yan! Siya si Red 1 and yun naman si Pink 5!

ALVIN: Power Rangers yan! Hindi Bioman!

ME: Ah Power Rangers ba? Akala ko sila yung mga naka-sakay sa Voltez 5

ALVIN: Babe, hindi Bioman ang naka-sakay sa Voltez 5. Sino nga ba Voltez 5? Ah si Steve yung lalaki dun. Yung babae, ano nga ulit pangalan nun?

ME: Si Princess! Si Princess yun!

ALVIN: Anak ng pating! Hindi Voltez 5 yung princess! Voltron yun! Bakit ka ba na-invite dito sa ToyCon?!

Hindi ko din alam.

Hahahaha!

But Alvin, Anika and I had so much fun going around the ToyCon that happened last June 10-12 at the SMX Convention Center.

Let’s photo blog, shall we? =)

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Eto. Akala ko sila si Bioman. Power Rangers pala!

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Si Alvin nag-enjoy kasi ang daming girls na naka-tangga!

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Thank you so much Smart Communications for inviting us! =)