• Mommy Life

    Which Language to Speak with Our Kid? English or Filipino ?

    By the time Olivia has spoken her first word, I had an internal debate as to what language should I speak to her ? Should I engage her in English or Filipino? Should I enforce our entire household to speak to her in one language only so that she will not get confused ? English Only ? Social media added to the pressure in making English as a mother language to children. I become insecure how kids nowadays could speak English well (sometimes better than their parents). In birthday parties, I’d feel awkward because my daughter does not speak English like other kids her age. It makes me feel like…

  • Review

    Bahay Kubo and Other Filipino Books

    Olivia’s library is composed mostly of English story and educational books. I thought it will also be good if I put a variety to her bookshelf, so I got this idea of including Filipino books in her collection. I bought three books that I thought she would be interested in. “Bahay Kubo” I would have to give a huge credit to my daughter’s yaya who had taught her how to sing “Bahay Kubo”. It’s just adorable how she sings it, especially towards the end wherein she holds a very long note to the word “lingaaaaaaa”. She either repeatedly sings it on her own, or we could tell her to sing…

  • My pump yield of less than one ounce at 26 months of breastfeeding.
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    Yes, I Still Breastfeed My Two-Year Old

    I made the decision to breastfeed when I was pregnant with Olivia. My target back then was to breastfeed until six months and then the goal became twelve months. Twenty six months later (and counting), she is still breastfeeding. I Stopped Pumping at Work… I had felt a sort of separation anxiety with my breast pump equipment when I decided to stop pumping at work. The two-year routine had become a part of my system which I was reluctant to let go of at first. My body still wants to pump but my mind told me I have already done my best the past two years. I was afraid that…

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    When Our Toddler Says “Again!”

    When Olivia was two months old, I started reading a book to her. I was happy when she was responding in her own baby language or eliciting a toothless grin. I read the same book again in the succeeding months until I memorized every page and was reciting the story to her even without opening the book. Then, I grew tired of the book, so I decided to acquire different ones for a change. However, she did not like them. She still wanted the same old book I have read (and recited to her) over and over. Fast forward two years later, I’m now trying my best not to say…

  • Places & Experiences

    Kids Paradise at Fisher Mall

    Kids Paradise is an indoor playground located at the 4th level of Fisher Mall in Quezon City. It’s beside the School of Ballet Manila and facing the mini carousel. We decided to let Olivia play in here one Sunday afternoon. The place was not yet packed since most people were still taking their lunch. The rate of Kids Paradise is 150 pesos for one hour. It is already inclusive of one guardian. There would be an additional 50 pesos in case the other parent or guardian would like to get in. They sell a pair of socks at 25 pesos in case you forgot to bring a pair. What’s Inside…

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    Public Commuting Experience with My Toddler

    We have been commuting with Olivia since she was born. We have been booking Grab rides whenever we take her to the clinic, mall and party venues. It has been very convenient, but it also has becoming quite expensive. Since she was very young then, this is the only form of commuting we know. We did not ride the public jeepney nor take the train because of safety reasons. I honestly admire those parents who are able to commute with their child via public transportation. Then, I thought, if these gutsy moms can tag along 3 kids to ride a jeepney, why can’t I do it with just one child…

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    Letting a Toddler Play in a Playground

    When Olivia turned one, we are letting her play in a playground because we want her to experience a new environment, interact with other kids, find a new outlet to release her energy and practice her mobility skills. Since she is just a newbie, we still need to guide her as she explores this place. Let me share with you what I have learned so far about letting a toddler play inside a playground. Research about the place It’s good to plan ahead. Visit its website or Facebook page to be able to get a description on how it looks like. Read some reviews and other blogger’s experience or recommendation…

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    Mother-Daughter Bonding at Kidzoona Lucky Chinatown Mall

    When my daughter’s yaya took her vacation last Christmas break,  I thought about taking Olivia to Kidzoona during her birthday. Since her birthday is on the 26th, I assumed the place won’t be as crowded since Christmas was over. Unfortunately, it was still crazy packed! The venue had even reached its maximum capacity, so I decided we’ll go again next week. So a few days after the new year, we finally get to go. I was glad there were just a few kids playing, since it was already back to school and work for most people. Time for mother and daughter bonding time! The one in this mall is located at…

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    Why I Let My Toddler Create a Mess

    Little kids make all kinds of mess — liquid spills, food scraps, toys scattered all over the floor, pen and crayon marks and even stickers on floor or cabinets. As much as we wanted the house to be sparkling clean, living with a toddler makes it impossible. After arranging the toys and books properly on the shelf, thirty seconds later, the room becomes chaotic again. My daughter is part of the kid-nation of mess makers. She will open her toy bin and gleefully strew them all over the bed and floor. Then, she will get a book, go through the pages, and will grab another one, until all of them…

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