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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nobody woke me up when September ended! (September 2015 at a glance)

Wow, September was a very busy time for me! I even missed a few blog activities and I missed doing them. And yes, nobody woke me up when September ended! lol!

Well, not only because I was awake when September ended (because of my job), but also because my alarm clock (my husband) left to work abroad in on September 27th. Here are a few of the things that kept us busy in September, the weren't events but ang daming punta-rito, punta-don na nangyari.

1. Papers and documents.
Dane was one busy guy the entire September! He was busy preparing all the documents that he needed for work. He attended Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS), went back and forth to the agency so many times! That was a preparation for me and Nate also, an experience of a day without him before he left for KSA.

2. Meet ups!
Before Dane left, we made sure he has a good phone to take with him. Communication is very important so we needed to assure that his phone is good at handang sumabak sa laban. We bought an Asus Zenfone (64 GB) online via and it was incredible! It was a good phone, very reliable and we got it at a very reasonable price.
brunch with the Valencias :)
We also met with our friends and had a quick lunch in SM Marikina, so we could have a short chit chat about life and everything under the sun! lol.

Our family friend, Sarah, also went and slept over one weekend and we had a great time chatting. :)

3. Dates, dates & dates!
Well, not the typical dates where you dine at an amazing resto, have dinner with candlelight, no, not at all! hahaha! When you know your partner is leaving, you just want to make sure you spend more time and make great memories before he leaves.

So whenever it's my day off, we go out, just anywhere and spend time together. Or just buy the things that he needed abroad, with Nate, of course (can't leave, nope! lol!).

4. Buy this, buy that (Dane's stuff)!
I prepared Dane's stuff before he left, well, that's of course, my job, I'm the wife, right? haha! So we had a list of the things he needed to buy: powerbank, headset, new belt, medicines, a roaming number and other personal things that he may need. I'm glad we have all them complete before he left.

5. Photo sessions
Of course, why would I not do this when my husband doesn't come home 'til about a year or 2? So I made sure we had a family portrait before he left.

6. New haircut
I finally (after a few decades) had my hair chopped (and treated)! hahaha! Ok, I know I may sound OA to some but, since I got pregnant I didn't have any chemical put on my hair. My hair looked so dry, tangled and frizzy but I didn't care. I just don't want it. Until I finally decided to have it cut at least before Dane left to work abroad. And I did and had a completely new look.
thanks love! :)
7. Fellowship
We also had a fellowship at the church. It was composed or wives and moms, it was great, we had a great time over some games, food, and word of God.

8. See you again, love!
On Sunday, Sept 27th, Dane left at around 12nn via PAL to Riyadh, KSA to work. It wasn't easy but I'm glad I didn't cry a bucketful of tears! I know God will watch over us and will keep both of us safe until we meet again.
That's us, at the airport, before Dane left (bawal emo! lol!)

How did your September go? I'd like to hear from you! Ending my post with Green Day's Wake me up when September ends. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LDR, Day 3 of 730

I have mentioned this once before: Dane went abroad to work for 2 straight years. When I thought about it before, I'd feel really sad and lonely. But now, I'm able to start adjusting and not think about it that much.

Last Sunday, September 27th, Dane left for Riyadh, KSA at around 12nn. It was a bit sad but we didn't really cry on the airport. We're able to manage our emotions! lol!

Nate didn't care, he didn't know what was even going on, and there was even a time that he'd throw tantrums because we woke him up veeeery early! So he didn't even kiss Dane properly, never said goodbye, never gave his papa a hug! haha.

My post before he left. ♥
The first night was "nakakapanibago" for me. When I think about it, I get teary eyed. But I'm very thankful that I have a very good support group here at home. I have my mother and brother-in-law living with me. My brother and sister are also here to visit during their off, so it's not that sad.

And this was his last post. 
I'm thankful that Dane arrived there safe, and that day marked our first day of the veeery long distance relationship (LDR). We still have many days & months away but as long as there's internet and we can chat everyday, there's no problem for me.

Dane missed Nate so much and when I think of it, I feel really sad too. For now, we just have to stay strong and just think of the positive instead of the negative side of things. I'm glad he's connected online everyday. That's all that I wanted. I don't think I can stand a day without reading a single PM from him! lol!

Our greatest strength is God. I know that he will keep us safe even if we're away. And that we'll remain true to each other and be faithful. This is not just for us, this is for Nate and his future.

"May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other."
Genesis 31:49

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Manage your Child's Tantrums

Last Sunday, we had fun and learned so much during our quarterly women's fellowship. Women's fellowship is a church gathering for all moms and wives in our Cluster, which is Cluster one. This gathering is composed of 4 churches: Golden Shower (our church), Caloocan, Litex (QC) and Montalban (Rizal) church.

Our fellowship's speaker was Ma'am Mariette Bermejo and she talked about "The Godly Woman as the Light of the World". This of course is subdivided into 3 topics: woman in the family, the church and the community. We had some series of Q&A after the session and I made sure I ask the most important question for me at this time: it's about disciplining our children.

I wanted to hear what she's advise would be.

She's a mother (both spiritual & biological) and a grandma already.

I knew I asked the right person. So my question was:

When toddlers start throwing tantrums, do we deal with them with a soft or a strict tone? When do we spank?

Ok, before I tell you her answers, don't get me wrong. I asked this because, sometimes, when Nate starts getting mad, when I talk to him kindly, he wouldn't listen, minsan mas lalo pang nagdadabog, if I talk him with a strict tone, sometimes, he'd cry so loud, and he's just one so I'm not sure if I should start spanking him. Some people spank their children slowly at an early age.

So here's the answer that I got:

1. Just let them cry in the corner.
She said tantrums are absolutely normal. If they start throwing tantrums, it's better to ignore them and let them cry if they like to. I know some kids really just want attention and they do it by crying or throwing tantrums. She said to just let them cry, eventually, they'll just stop when nobody's watching.

What's funny is, she said, before she'd use to record her daughter's cry and plays it when her daughter starts crying. haha. And she'd stop crying when she hears her voice played on the cassette player! lol.

2. Don't use food to punish. 
She said some would use food to punish their little ones. "If you keep doing that, I won't let you eat your snacks/baon/etc". Punishing using food will just make them sick sometimes, in the end tayo parin ang mamomroblema. Which I completely agree, I've never tried punishing Nate by not letting him eat his food and I don't plan on doing that either.

3. Spank only when they can understand. 
She said spanking just hurts the child if they're too young to differentiate the good & the bad yet. She unless unless we're sure that they already understand good and bad, it's better not to start spanking.

4. Ask for God's wisdom. 
Of course, prayer and God's guidance is what we need in dealing with our upset youngsters.

So these, basically are the things that I learned from her. Which I will keep in my heart as Nate grows up.

How do you handle your child's tantrums? I'd like to hear from you! :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6 Years, 11 months together

Today marks Dane & I's 83rd month together. We started our relationship since we were teenagers. Now, we're already at our mid-20s.

I feel so old!!! lol!

This is us when we started (forgive the caption and my amazing bangs!)
This is us almost 7 years after. Me and my Bae Aldane! lol!
Well, truth is I'm a little sad because we may not even be able to celebrate our 7th year together.

Dane is set to leave by this month to work abroad.

Yes, so I finally said it here.

I'm sad, I'm worried, but I know God is in control.

This is not just for us, but for Nate most specially.

So HAPPY MONTHSARY MY ALDANE! hihi! I know you'll read this so I'll make sure to say the magic word: 


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Funny "PEN" moments

Pens, no matter how small they are – we all agree that they’re very essential. It’s like our unseen buddy at school! Haha! Funny how we need them so much but we don’t really realize it! They’re part of our lives since the day we entered school. How can we even imagine life without pens? Lol! I’m being OA right now but it’s true! Haha. You won’t agree? Let me show you how great a pen has become part a part of your life:

If pens can talk, this is what they’ll say: “I’ve been with you everywhere you go!”

1. "I once became your mighty jet toy!" (Please tell me I’m not the only one doing this!)

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2. "You used me as your boredom killer. I can still see how funny your angry face looks when you couldn't do it!" 
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3. "I once became a proof that you’ve grown up and 'matured'"
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4. "I made you feel like real mechanic, feeling like a repairman of some sort". 
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5. I can still remember how mad you were when I teleport to a different dimension. Yeah, that happened so many times! 
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6. “I was with you when you first wrote a love letter, when you signed your contract at your first job, when you left your work, when you married, everywhere!”

7. “Without me, you die!”

8. "Don't underestimate me, I've already saved the world!"

Hahaha! See? So we should love, take care and never lose our pens! lol! It's wonderful how pens evolve from a very simple ball point pen into a gel, mechanical, sign and twist pens! How cool is that?! My bag isn't complete without a pen! What's nice about them is that they also conquered the online world! haha.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Playhouse Review: Kids@Play SM San Mateo

Nate just recently turned 1 year and four months. I know, where did time go?

So since it was a Saturday, and it was my off, and Dane was busy with his practice at the church, and I want Nate and I to go home first, we left him and went to SM San Mateo! Lol.

I've been wanting to visit this place since I found this because I can see from the outside that they have lots of balls, I was sure, the first time I saw it, that Nate will love it!

Here's what they have in store for the kids: 

These are the different rooms inside their stations: They had a grocery store, a clinic (filled with scary dolls, lol!), a bakeshop and a salon.
True enough, Nate LOOOOVED the slides with all the balls in it, he never left it!
Nate and the kind attendant giving him the ball
It feels like we own the place! He's the only one roaming around! lol!
The slides and the small clinic

1. Depending on the hours that you go, you'll feel like your child is a VIP if you go there after peak hours. Since we were there at around 9pm, mukhang pinakyaw talaga namin ang buong lugar!!!

2. The place - the place looks clean and well maintained. Compared to other playhouses, this one is a lot smaller. The staff make sure to arrange them right away.

3. The staff - staff were very accommodating! Two of them were bisaya so I felt really confident talking to them in the vernacular.

4. The toys - they have little carts are small toys, most of them applicable for 3+ toddlers. There are some smaller ones so kids like Nate really needs to be guarded to avoid choking.

5. The theme - the playhouse portrays small village with a clinic, salon, grocery store, bakeshop and gas station. I like how they show children what a society is and what they can expect in a typical city.

1. Small - One of the staff told me that during peak hours, there are times na sobrang dami ng mga bata sa loob. We were fortunate that we didn't go there on a peak hour, or Nate would not have any place when the older kids play. I think the place can only properly accommodate about 20 kids max, together.

2. The computer station - There's a little corner with 2 monitors in the playhouse, not really against it but when I take my child to a playhouse, I wanted for him to be more "physical" so I think the computer games can just be a distraction to them. It's just nice to see kids running all over the place! :)

Php 90 for 30 mins, make sure to "always" bring socks for you and your kiddo, or pay additional Php20 for a pair of socks. :)

Kids @ Play SM San Mateo branch is located at the 3rd fl of SM San Mateo, Rizal

For play queries & party reservations, you may call the following:
Kids@Play SM Marikina Branch - Tel. No. 514.65.61
Kids@PLay SM Novaliches Branch - Tel. No. 514.72.94
Kids@Play Lucky China Town Mall Branch - Tel.No. 514.66.75
Kids@Play SM San Mateo - Tel. No. 245.41.12
image source: Rodeo Star Facebook Page
What's your favorite play place for your kiddo? Let me know in the comments below. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sundayvotion: God’s Compass

Psalm 119:105-112 King James Version (KJV)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

During World War II, small compasses saved the lives of 27 sailors 300 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Waldemar Semenov, a retired merchant seaman, was serving as a junior engineer aboard the SS Alcoa Guide when a German submarine surfaced and opened fire on the ship. The ship was hit, caught fire, and began to sink. Semenov and his crew lowered compass-equipped lifeboats into the water and used the compasses to guide them toward the shipping lanes closer to shore. After three days, the men were rescued.

The psalmist reminded God’s people that His Word was a trustworthy “compass.” He likened it to a lamp. In that day, the flickering light cast by an olive oil lamp was only bright enough to show a traveler his next step. To the psalmist, God’s Word was such a lamp, providing enough light to illuminate the path for those pursuing God (Ps. 119:105). When the psalmist was wandering in the dark on a chaotic path of life, he believed that God, through the guidance of His Word, would provide direction.

When we lose our bearings in life, we can trust our God who gives His trustworthy Word as our compass, using it to lead us into deeper fellowship with Him.

My insight: When the road is unusual and we think we don't know what to do, the compass will help us be able to get through. Many times in life, we are bombarded with so many problems, temptations and trials. Sometimes, we think that we can do this on our own, but we forget that it's God, and no one else can help us at all times. His word will always be our direction. Be blessed today!

Topic taken from the pages of our daily bread. I claim no credit for neither the images nor article posted. For more biblical inspiration, visit Our Daily Bread.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#Team Pakyas on National Heroes Day

On Monday, 8/31/2015, people were happy to have an extended rest on a Monday because of the PH national holiday - the National Heroes Day. I still have work since my clients's from the US but I don't work 'til 9PM MLA time so it still feels like I have a Monday holiday too, lol!

So I have my brother and sister stay longer at home for the holiday (they're both boarding and only go home during off), Angela, who's Nate's ninang, also went home for the holiday rest, I also invited Melisa of Seafarer's Wife Diaries and her toddler ZD to sleep over - there were many of us at home on Sunday evening! haha.

We are the #TeamPakyas! 
We all agreed to go and visit Timberland heights the next morning at around 6am, all was set, especially the alarm clock. However, we were tempted to watch Aamir Khan's 2014 movie entitled "PK". I'm glad I watched it, Aamir Khan always have amazing movies, they never fail me. If you haven't watch it yet, check the trailer, you might like it. It's about an alien who went to Earth and learned about many things, but most especially, in the end, it teaches about the importance of God in our lives and the effect of some religious practices to people. This may be a sensitive topic to some but to me, it's very enlightening. Here's the trailer, sorry it doesn't have subtitle! lol.

And of course, because Indian movies take about 2-3 hours to complete, we ended up sleeping at around 1am! Haha, 4.5 more hours to sleep to be able to hike to Timberland heights. 

To make the story short, I turned of the alarm when it rang at 5:15 AM, slept again, and woke up at 7:00 AM. Haha! Can't make it to Timberland heights anymore, but God gave us a good weather, we decided to still pursue going to Timberland. We had a nice time hiking, the place was good and as we went along, we started to be amazed at the wonderful scenery that we saw, didn't realize we're going up the entire time.

This was the farthest we could go, we gave up! lol!
However, since it's already around 10:30 when we left, even though the sun wasn't out, it still felt very hot at hindi pa kami nangalahati, nagsimula na kaming sumuko! haha. The toddlers were sweating and look sleepy, we were tired, napigtas ang tsinelas ko so Dane had to let me use one of his slippers and he had to walk half barefooted. We gave up, that was not a good time to continue when others are already going down. Yung makikita mong, andami ng pababa, ikaw paakyat pa lang?! haha. Maybe next time, we can try going there again, mas maaga, mas maganda.

pardon my selfie! 
This is why we called ourselves #TEAMPAKYAS. "Pakyas" is a bisaya word which means fail/failure/unsuccessful. Nevertheless, we still had fun and we had a great time. When time comes that we'll be able to make it to the top of Timberland heights, I'll blog about it again. Lol. 

We stopped by Columbary of Divine Mercy Shrine (at first time ko makakita ng libingan ng mga nakacrimate)
I'll visit you soon! :)
retreat! retreat! lol!

Did you have any unsuccessful plans before? How did it feel? 
How did you celebrate last Monday's holiday?

btw, this is Timberland heights, credits to
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