Life Journal

My first tattoo

I’m kinda embarrassed to say I had my first tattoo at 40 years old. It was in my bucketlist for years, but I was searching for the right design, and it did not materialize until now.

It was a simple one, but full of meaning for me. A happy and worry-free boy looking up at his red balloon, with no worries for the future. I know this boy. I have high hopes for him.

I would like my future self to look back at this season of my life where I struggled, searched answers to my questions, and how I overcame it. I would like to look at this grown boy in the future, with deep fondness, and together we say, we did it. We overcame your weaknesses. This tattoo symbolizes my unconditional love for this boy. I see past his imperfections and just love him the way he is.

I see you. And I love you. My first tattoo is you, my son.

Tattoo Nebula

Isabella’s Baptism

Our little Isabella was baptized at 5 months old! It was a triple celebration since March 19 is also my husband’s birthday and the anniversary of his parents (my in-laws). A lot of friends and relatives also came, so its some sort of reunion after 2 years into the pandemic.

God bless you Isabella! May His love and grace be with you forever and always.🙏

Photos by Brewed Photo for Kids and Parties

Thank you 2021, next

2021 for me, was filled with mixed emotions. Many happy events, some sad, happened to me this year.

Though we were still stuck at home for almost half the year, there’s a new home we’ve been going to since April. Its the new house of my inlaws in a posh community, it has a pool so my kids have been swimming almost all year long 😅

Mid year I decided I cannot let the government control my life nor my kids’ lives anymore. It has become more apparent that Jolo is having developmental delays and I somehow blame it on the lockdowns. The kids were stuck at home for a long time but Covid cases were not improving. I cannot let my child be a victim of other people’s incompetence. Kids’ mental health is very much important, too. Jolo is now currently undergoing intensive behavior therapy and SPED.

We’ve been going everywhere where kids are allowed for almost half a year now. We’ve been to the beach, zoos, farms, amusement parks, malls, play gyms.. the list goes on. We go out every week, making up for lost time. I believe going out as much strengthen their immunities, since Covid and its variants are not going away anytime soon.

But just when I thought I was starting to move forward all over again came my biggest trouble this year. My elderly father was ICU’d for 2 months due to Covid. I hit rock bottom with my finances and now in dire straits getting up from it.

The unfortunate events made me questioned God several times this year. Why my son, why my father, why I have people depending on me financially. But He has given me my biggest blessing this year, the birth of my third child Isabella. I know I lack in so many ways, but still, I was given something I asked for in such a short period of time. I feel undeserving.

Goodbye 2021! You are memorable and I am thankful for you. My wish for next year is simple, to just be healthy and to travel again. Always wishing, always hoping in 2022!

Sophie’s Christmas Piano Recital

My child Sophia, she amazes me in so many ways. Piano, ballet, voice and swimming lessons.. and she’s even doing good with her school works. Wow, I want to be just like her when I grow up 🤩

Here is Sophie’s 2nd recital video. She just started taking lessons April this year. Proud of you always Sophie!

Ode to Joy and Jingle Bells

Piano lessons by Online Music Lessons Philippines


Our little Isabella has arrived! Born on October 4, 2021 9:18AM via CS. Weighs 7.2lbs and 50in long. Delivered by Dra. Elsie Pascua and her team at SLMC-QC.

Thank you Dra. for helping me conceive and delivering my bunso, for holding my hand when I was scared at the operating table. It was a bittersweet moment since I had to undergo CS operation when baby decided last minute to change position and became transverse.

Our 3rd and last October baby, happy birthday Isabella! Thank you Lord!🙏

Baby out at 9:18AM
Our first family photo
Baby Sab and daddy
Happy birthday Isabella!🎈

Maternity Shoot

This could be my last pregnancy, and I’m thankful beyond words I get to have a 3rd child, something I only dreamed about a year ago. As much as I would like to have more babies, I am always reminded of the adeno pain, and how I went through so much to have another child again. Plus I am now 40 years old. I would like my uterus to retire for good.

In celebration of my last pregnancy and 40th birthday, I did my first and last maternity shoot. I may not have the celebration I wanted for a 40th birthday, but I am thankful, blessed to be spending 40 years of existence with the people I love and treasure the most. I look forward to many more healthy, long and fruitful years spent with my family. ❤️

Photos taken at Bundle of Joy Studio

What? Why?

You are my biggest heartbreak Jolo. When I rushed you to ER at just 4 days old, when you had seizures in Taiwan at 1 year old, and now, you are suspected of autism at barely 3 years old. 💔 So many other issues about you but these are the major ones.

WHAT do you want from me, Jolo??? WHY do you keep on testing me???

See you soon

Our little Bella at 21 weeks, see you soon baby girl 😘

George & Vladimir

It was barely two weeks ago when we welcomed these 2 furbabies at home, George the British Shorthair (5 months old), and Vladimir the Russian Blue (7 months old). They are expensive cats, and we wouldn’t be able to get them if we were not given a good price. 😅 We named them after their bloodline 😉 Since then Sophie cannot seem to stop playing with them, esp. George! She’s growing up to be an animal lover like me, which is good of course. Jolo, on the other hand, doesn’t give them a care in the world.

We bought them a cat condo, but they still prefer to be in the cage. George is the outgoing one and Vladi is so reserved. I know they will warm up soon, Sophie keeps letting them out to the den to play with them.

Georgy and Vladi, lets have amazing years together with the kids, shall we? 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛

Sophie loves George!
Finding Vladi

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