November 26, 2007

Dear Santa

I know I have been good this year. And I promise to be better next year. So please give me something nice for christmas? Please?! Something like this:



Or if this is out of your budget, you can always get me this. Thanks Santa!

November 24, 2007

A lesson or two

Yesterday, we went grocery shopping. Wala na kasi fruits si EJ. He's been eating ice cream and chocolate chips the previous day. As much as I don't want to deprive him of sweets, of course I also don't want him to feast on sweets. Baka mabulok lahat yung anim nyang ipin..hehehe.

Anyway, I just rediscovered again this grocery store which has lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I used to go there when I was preggy. We used to live near the store. But we have moved apartments twice already so I have forgotten about this store.

Anyway, after buying the essentials we went around Male first. I wanted to stay at the park so EJ can play for a while before we head to Sala Thai (a new Thai resto which has become our favorite albeit a lil expensive) But I forgot that it was a Friday and the park was already swamped with Bangladeshi and Indians. So instead we went to an office store.

While waiting for hubby to pay nakita ko yung bagong boss ng kumpanya ng asawa ko na pumasok sa tindahan. So syempre binati ko sya. Kasama nyang pumasok yung panganay nila. Yung asawa nya tsaka yung isang baby naman nila nasa likuran nya. It seems may party silang pupuntahan and they were there to buy a gift for the celebrant.

So habang naghahanap sila ng mabibili, yung panganay nya may nakitang pink na pen. Sabi nya sa daddy nya "money please?" Ang akala ng daddy nya nakapili na ng gift yung anak nya. Eh, yung bibilhin pala ng bata ay para sa sarili nya. So sabi ng daddy nya: "how much is it?" Sabi naman ng cashier "18rufiyaa ($1.25)".

I thought bibilhin na nila kase mura lang naman eh. Aba! sabi ng daddy nya "put it back. It's not in our budget and we're supposed to buy for the birthday celebrant." Sabi naman ng anak nya "But I like it, dad!". "I know, but we're not here to buy for you. Now put it back", sagot naman ng tatay. I was looking at them with interest. Gusto ko kasi malaman ano ending. Kung iiyak ba yung bata or kung bibilhin nalang ng tatay kasi gusto naman ng anak nya at mura lang naman. Nagulat ako at sabi ng bata "okay, i will dad". I was pleasantly surprised. Ang bait ng bata at hindi nag tantrums. She really seemed to like the pen but realizing that she's not going to get it, she just put it back.

I've learned a lesson or two here. If it was me, I would have bought the pen already. Mura lang kasi tsaka gusto naman ng anak ko (and useful too). Na realize ko, andami ko pang dapat matutunan when it comes to disciplining a child.

Right now, medyo lenient ako. I should learn from what I saw. Imagine, ang tatay nya COO tapos simpleng pen ayaw bilhin?!

The child was being taught two things: the value of money and how to prioritize. At ang galing kasi yung bata walang angal sumunod agad sa tatay nya. Naisip ko din, kahit at this stage in my life, minsan nakakalimutan ko ang mga lesson na yun. Minsan kasi kung ano gusto ko, bibilhin ko agad. Kahit hindi naman importante. Pero hindi naman palagi.

Most of the time I am still able to stop myself from spending money on useless things. It's easy to spend the money. Sabi nga, ang bilis ubusin ng pera. Pero ang hirap kitain ng pera.

Naalala ko tuloy yung sabi ng dati kong boss. Live within your means, if possible live below your means so you have something when the rainy season comes.

Other people or most people live beyond their means. And I have a tendency to be like this. My father is like this too. He lives like a king, if he has money. He doesn't like to save. Good thing, my mom is the opposite. She constantly saves, saves and saves money. I am so lucky to have a mother who teaches me the value of money.

November 22, 2007

First foray

I've been tagged by J-Blogged.

Like her I don't have enough posts yet (and mostly it's all about mommyhood) but I will try. Here's how:

1. Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 keywords given below (family, friend, yourself, your love and anything you like).

2. Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

3. Don’t forget to read the archived post and leave comments.
Family: Mano Jeff
My Love: My Honey

So there. But I'm going to break the rules here and not tag anybody. Anybody interested just go ahead. Have fun you guys!

November 20, 2007

Nostalgia

On our way to the Jetty this afternoon, EJ and I witnessed our first ever parade here in Maldives. There was a drum and bugle corp and a battalion of high school students marching solemnly. I don't know why but I suddenly got teary eyed. Seeing the students in army and band garb, looking so fierce brought back memories from my high school days.

My high school days had highs and lows. It may not be the best time of my life but definitely it was the most fun! Looking back, I was at my best. You see high school days made me famous (as famous as you can get in a small town, of course). I was a band majorette (contestable) and battalion commander ( i didn't want to) to name a few. I remember, I took my position seriously. I attended all the practice and even practiced some more at home. Everytime there was a parade, I got so nervous and excited at the same time. Of course, I wanted to impress the townspeople. Not only did I dress well but I also performed well. I tried to be sweet and coy when I was a band majorette. And I tried to look ferocious when I was a battalion commander. Hahaha, I don't know why.

This afternoon I saw myself in those wide-eyed and naive students. I laughed fondly at their facial expressions because it suddenly dawned on me that I look exactly like them 12 years ago. So into the role!! Oh, high school days. How sweet!

November 18, 2007

Blog mind

Ahhh.....so many things to write, so little time to do it. My blogging mind is occupied with these topics yet I'm too tired to elaborate each =)

Yoga - We started this morning. The teacher/leader was quite amazed that I am flexible...hehehe. I vow to do yoga 3 times a week (the rest of the week I will run/walk) in line with my grand plan to look like Angelina Jolie. lol

Christmas - Still undecided where. But definitely we'll have kris kringle. I'll buy christmas decor at Sri Lanka.

Vacation on January - I am already excited about this vacation. It's only a two-week vacation but packed with places to see and visit. We'll also squeeze in a trip to Malaysia...can't wait!!!

2nd wedding anniversary - Ohh...how time flies. Seemed like only yesterday. We're still going to do the same thing we did last year. We went to the mall together then went separate ways to buy our outfit and gifts. Then later meet for coffee before heading to our dinner. After dinner we checked in the hotel.

So there. Maybe I'll find time to write more. Right now kase iniisip ko lagi how to lose lose lose weight!!! lol

November 15, 2007

Limbo

Today, I'm in point where I want to spank EJ. Before you sue me, read on first.

EJ just recently turned 15 months. He started walking last month and he's quite good at it now. You can even see the smug off his face. When you see him walking, his face seems to say "bleh, i can walk too". Don't get me wrong, I couldn't be happier.

Since he has mastered the art of walking, he is everywhere. And I mean literally. I have been warned but I gladly took the challenge. I said, bring it on!

So this morning we were playing in the bed. After a while he stood up and went to the dresser side. He started throwing all our toiletries and what-nots in this small gap between our headboard and wall. Even if it is difficult to retrieve those items back, I was cool. I just told him to stop it but without conviction. Satisfied with this first accomplisment, he went down the bed, went to a small table where his bottles are and started pushing them off the table. I was still cool. I just picked all the bottles and put it back in place. Bored with the bottles, he went to our cabinet, opened then closed then opened again the drawers. He started with the top most drawer and took his daddy's underwear (sshhhh....hehehe) and put it on his head. The rest he scattered on the floor and used to mop the floor! He then went on the other drawer where some important papers are. By then I told him to stop and blocked the drawer so he won't be able to open it. But he cried! Usually if he cries like this I just tell him to go look for his balls or cars and he's pacified. But not this time. He really wants to open the damn drawer!!! Of course I wouldn't let him. So he cried a pitiful cry. At that moment I wanted to spank him (but of course couldn't bring myself to) and laugh at the same time. Imagine, at this stage my baby's stubborn already. Cute eh?

Seriously though it got me thinking. Will I ever spank EJ? I still haven't decided if spanking will be part of my parenting style. I have yet to discuss this with my hubby also. But I also believe in disciplining a child at an early stage. I am just in limbo how to do it.

Calling all the moms!!!

November 13, 2007

Nothing much

I am happy that these past few days my life is in order. No depression, no anxiety attacks, no panic mode, no drama, no nothing. Just pure bliss.

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EJ's blisters are gone. The day it happened was like hell for me. But I am proud of my lil boy. After the incident, he wasn't moody or anything. He just went on his daily routine. I dreaded the day the blisters burst. But it was all for naught, because it seemed like nothing happened. He was his jovial and playful self. I am also thankful, it has not left any scar.

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I am (together with my running partner Mira) on my second week of running/walking every morning. It was difficult to wake up earlier than usual but I did it. The reflection on the mirror was more than enough to scare me into exercise. I don't know if I lost weight already (haven't bothered weighing myself lately) but I noticed that some pants and shirts are easier to wear. But the most important thing is that I don't get tired easily. This is very important because with a very mobile baby, I need to keep up with him.

~@~

Oh, we're going back to Sri Lanka by end of this month. Hubs has another meeting and we're tagging along. This time I hope we'll be able to visit more places and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. I would definitely check out the gym area.

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Christmas is just 'round the corner. We don't have any concrete plans yet. Going to the resort is impossible. Aside from it being overpriced, I'm sure there wouldn't be any rooms available. Maybe we can go to a nearby island (Hulhule) and celebrate it at the hotel. But I am sure it would be crowded. Not a good idea with a toddler in tow. So I guess we'll just celebrate it at home. Anyhoo, I just want to have a meaningful celebration. Bring on the champagne!!!

~@~

In case I won't be able to log in until then, Advance Happy Christmas everyone!

November 6, 2007

Feelings revisited

A conversation earlier this day triggered a sad, frustrating, and angry feeling which is actually best forgotten. But it was inevitable I couldn't escape. Only way out is to unload. I was on a roll. I was not ashamed. I vented out what was supposedly best kept secret. It was exhilarating!

But now that I have time to think about what I said, I feel like a bad person. I shouldn't have blurted out everything even if what I said were all true. In the end, karma works anyway.

I am upset with myself because I got carried away. I promised I'd only attract positive vibes. But I couldn't help myself. Words just formed sentences and I couldn't stop myself in time.

I just realized na iba pala ako pag nagalit. I keep it to myself and I don't forget.