• Mommy Life

    How We Potty Trained Our Daughter

    I am so happy that Olivia is finally using her own potty! Her transition was pretty smooth and easy, many thanks to her very patient yaya. It’s indeed a great milestone!   I bought her potty last year, because I was expecting she could start early. Likewise, I was influenced by other mothers whose child is already potty trained as young as one year old (some even before they reach their first birthday).   However, it turned out the opposite in our case. The potty collected dust and was neglected for a year. Olive was just merely opening and closing its lid out of curiosity. In that regard, we just…

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    Musings

    I’m Officially Overweight, Now What ?

    Okay, I did not expect this to happen. In my 30++ years of existence, I’ve never thought I would reach this unusual milestone in my life. I am now technically overweight!   Well, I’m one point three kilos heavier than the normal weight. You may think that I am over reacting, but when you reach past 30 years old, every abnormality you experience in your body should be a cause for concern.   Numbers Don’t Lie   My weight registered 59 kilos during our last annual physical exam in April this year. My body mass index (BMI) was still in the “healthy” and “normal” zone. Yes, I’ve gained again, but…

  • Eats

    Hawker Food Experience at Shiok Shiok Singaporean Restaurant

    Hubby and I wanted to try something different to chow on since we frequently eat at either Chinese or Japanese restaurants. So one fine day, we found ourselves requesting our cab driver to drop us off at Nicanor Roxas Street corner Banawe in a quaint little restaurant called Shiok Shiok Singaporean Restaurant.   Charming Ambiance   We did not see Shiok Shiok before, probably because when its parking space is full, the entrance is not easily noticeable.   I was not able to take a photo of it from the outside, but it exudes a classic old fashioned Singaporean feel.   Once you enter the air-conditioned place, you’d be surprised…

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    Musings

    Something I’ve Pondered Post Father’s Day

    I have vague memories of what was it like to celebrate Father’s Day. My parents separated many years ago, and we have not seen him ever since.   Surprisingly, I don’t hold any grudges at him. We siblings did not make it a big issue or felt very affected by what had happened. It was unusually neutral. He did not make any effort to see us or make his presence felt, probably because he knows my mother would wage a war out of it. We moved on with our life, also with no effort on wondering where in the world he might be.   Growing Up Without a Father Figure…

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    Mommy Life

    Rainy Day Feels

    The scorching days are over. It’s officially the rainy season! Mother Nature is not kidding when she decides to end the hot days and suddenly give us very gloomy days.   Some coin this as the “bed weather” days, because it’s so nice to curl up in bed and snooze all day. It’s also great to drink your favorite hot beverage and just look out the window while the rain pours down.   During my younger years, rainy days unleashed my melodramatic side and wrote poems or pen an entry on my journal. When I was still single, I binged watch movies when VCD’s and DVD’s were still a thing…

  • Mommy Life

    Why Our Toddler Does Not Go To School Yet

    It’s back to school again for most students. Time for another year of fruitful learning and making memories. I remember to have skipped nursery school and started kindergarten when I was aged 6. My other classmates were one year younger than me, but I really did not feel alienated. I guess I developed academically (and emotionally) the same as my peers. The Generation of Toddler School Of course, I no longer recall what I did when I was still a toddler. I have no memories of being taught at that early stage of life on how to read, count or sing. Everything was learned by the time I started kindergarten.…

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    Musings

    Setting My (Mid-Year) Goals

    Goals may also mean aims, targets, objectives or plans. We set goals at work and also in our personal life. Normally, goals are being set at the beginning of the year or before a project could start. But, for me, goals can be made anytime of the day as long as you’d put your mind into it and resolve to do it until the end.   Sometimes, we can be guilty of setting plans and goals but usually don’t get to the finish them. We get inspired and excited at first, but sometimes, when old (and bad) habits kick in, we don’t really get to achieve the goals we had…

  • Others

    Cropital – Helping Our Local Farmers While Growing Your Investment

    As a mother working full time, I’ve been looking for other ways to earn something extra. I’ve started online selling before, but it didn’t go on full blast because my sisters and I sort of hibernated when we started having kids. That is something I’ve meant to get my hands on (again) in the near future. For now, I need to plan (and study) about it further.   I’ve looked online and read blogs on other means to earn something extra. I stumbled upon the blog post of SavingsPinay.ph wherein she provided a very informative and comprehensive guide on three crowdsourcing platforms in the Philippines — Cropital, FarmOn, PhilCrowd. You…

  • Mommy Life,  Musings

    What I Can Say About Motherhood

    Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies out there! Although this is a belated post, it’s still not too late to show appreciation and honor to all mothers in the world. Let’s embrace the greatness of motherhood!   Olivia is still too young to understand this special day, so I’m just happy and contented with her usual hugs and kisses for now.   What’s Motherhood ?   Motherhood is like love that’s really hard to define. It’s as if your heart has grown 1000 times bigger.   It has been two years since I’ve become a mother. When I found out I was having a girl, I was actually scared. It…

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    Places & Experiences

    Kidzoona at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf

    Kidzoona in Ayala Malls Cloverleaf opened late last year. One very hot Sunday afternoon, we decided to escape the scalding weather and made a trip to this indoor playground.   This branch is bigger than the one visited in Lucky Chinatown Mall. Its price is also a bit cheaper — 200 pesos for 1 hour, which already includes one guardian fee. If there would be an additional guardian, you will have to pay 100 pesos. Socks are offered for 30 pesos a pair.   As mentioned on my previous post on toddler playground tips, we checked if the place was too crowded to let Olivia play in. Thankfully, it was…

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