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Sophie’s extracurriculars : Ballet and Kumon

Sophie is doing ballet again! She used to do ballet when she was 5 but stopped after 2 months due to various reasons. She lost interest when she stopped but last November something must have sparked her interest again, coz she asked if she can do ballet again.

I inquired in a different school, and her schedule fits, so we’re braving the traffic at Alabang Zapote Road everytime. Here she looks happier with her new teacher and new found friends. They are having a recital on May so we are looking forward to that.

Sophie in ballet

Btw, she also started her Kumon class last December, too. I wanted her to join Kumon for a long time but due to various reasons again, she was not able to. Now that she’s doing Kumon I realized how difficult it is for them, to do a worksheet on a daily basis but surely it would eventually pay off in the long run. It teaches a child strict discipline in studying. How I wish I did Kumon in my younger years, too.

Since she can read already, she’s doing Math in Kumon. Highly recommended if you want to teach your child responsible and independent studying.

Acts Manila Alabang

Kumon BF HOMES

Viral Scare

When the world welcomed the new decade with a big scare, the spread of Novel Coronavirus (read: SARS, Mers-Cov alike), I personally got the biggest scare of my life too.

Jolo had febrile convulsions twice due to high fever, and his breathing stopped after each convulsion. As in TOTALLY STOPPED that he turned blue and looked stiff and lifeless. We were in Taipei, Taiwan that time for a vacation, just a few hours before our flight back to Manila.

We rushed him to the hospital just near our hotel, Taipei Medical University Hospital. He was confined for 3 days, diagnosis : Influenza A, or simply, Flu. Imagine, its just a flu virus that almost took my son’s life away. It was by farthest, the most traumatic event in my life.

I am grateful for the doctors and nurses of TMUH. We may have difficulty in language but my son is alive and well because of them. I’m also grateful because we were still at the hotel when the incident happened. Timing is everything during emergencies. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if we were inside the plane when my son was losing his breaths.

What a challenging way to start the decade but we made through it, and for that I am thankful. 🙏

I heard a sad memory

I heard a song on the radio today and my eyes automatically welled up. It was not even a ballad or a sad love song.

You da one that I dream about all day

You da one that I think about always

You are the one that I make sure I behave

My love is your love, your love is my love

I loved this song by Rihanna back in 2012 and was playing on loop while I was bleeding and losing my first child. I lost the baby at 10 weeks. I have never felt such great sadness in my life.

I conceived Sophie a year after. 🌈

I’m thankful for this song. It reminded me of that saddest part of my life, and appreciate once again, the 2 little humans sometimes monsters sleeping beside me today.

I thank you God.

My 2019 : Year in Review

2019 has got to be my best year yet! I know I say this almost every year, but really, it just keeps getting better every year. Blessings after blessings came pouring in, and I am and always will be, counting and thankful for my life’s blessings, big or small. I will cap off this year citing the monthly happenings, good or bad, and other important events in my life.

January

My baby Jolo was baptized this month. Our first trip of the year was in Hongkong, with our new joiner, Jolo. My hair started to fall immensely, postpartum hairfall is real! This went on for the next 3 months.

February

We celebrated Valentines day twice in an amazing crabs restaurant called Ministry of Crabs. We also watched my favorite musical of all time, Phantom of the Opera, when it returned to Manila. Went to Bali, Indonesia for the first time with the family.

March

We went to Guam for hubby’s birthday! My best buddy in college got married so I was able to see my college friends and their families after such a long time. Sophia was also a flower girl for this wedding.

April

We went to Coron for the first time for my mother-in-law’s birthday. We also went to Auckland, New Zealand during the holy week break. My highschool class had a reunion in a posh restaurant called Flame in Discovery Primea. It was an unforgettable night reminiscing our highschool life.

May

We went to Osaka, Japan together with my parents and sister. It was their first time in Japan so this trip was extra special. Sophia graduated in preschool this month! She received an Achievement Award for ELA and Math and Values Excellence Award. I’m so proud of her!

June

We went on a European trip for the first time! This was our dream destination and we’ve been planning this for a long time already. It was heartbreaking that I had to leave Jolo and wean him from breastfeeding. My breasts were sore and painful for 7 whole days! Extended our trip to London, where we watched Aladdin the musical in West End.

July

We did not have a trip this month, but this month is unforgettable because Dylan Wang came to Manila! And Jolo watched a movie for the first time, The Lion King (but knocked out few minutes after it started). Our relatives from Canada had a vacation in Manila so Sophia got to see her little aunties again after almost 3 years.

August

We went on an overnight trip to Anvaya Cove to treat Sophia’s Canadian aunts. It was also my birthday month! Celebrated it simply just by dining outside. But we went to Shanghai a week after. It was Jolo’s first time to visit a Disneyland in Shanghai.

September

Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary this month. Sophia tried ice skating for the first time but she found it too difficult. We also went on a daytrip to Tagaytay, where we lunched at our favorite Balay Dako and visited an outlet shopping mall called Acienda. VW Pendy was my car this month as CRaVe went on a vacation, aka, casa.

October

It was Jolo’s first birthday! He had his first haircut, too! We had a double celebration at Shakey’s because Sophia turned 6 also this month! We had a trip a week after, to Florida and the Bahamas. Sophia completed her 6 Disneylands in the world! Oh, and Lee Seung Gi came to Manila for the first time! Not everything about this month was smooth though. I had to wear eyeglasses and tried physical therapy for my recurrent headaches and vertigo.

November

Jolo started walking on his own this month, at 13 months old! Sophia was a flower girl for 2 family friends weddings. We also saw a new musical called Cats. I also re-enrolled Sophia in ballet because I want her to be involved in sports again. Also, we found a nanny for Jolo because I had to go back to work. This time I tried Chiropractic therapy for my headaches.

December

I enrolled Sophia in Kumon, to enhance her Math skills. She also came home one day with a surprise, she received a Green Honors Certificate for the term, the highest honor the school gives! We also had a Christmas family photoshoot with beautiful photos at Concept Room Studio. Sophia watched a Disney on Ice again this year, she never misses a show every year since she was 1.

I do not have a lot of money (because I travel for memories!), I have dues to pay, and my kids needs and wants come first before mine. But I am beyond thankful for the providence and graces I receive constantly. I am always thankful for my family, I am reminded that I am blessed by simply having them in my life. 2019 has given me incredibly fond memories to keep and cherish for many years to come. 2020, lets go rock it!!! 🥳

Jolo is almost 1

Has it been a year again already?! Did I not give birth to this boy just yesterday? Time is too fleeting – my baby, whom I long to have again after almost 5 years, is fast becoming a toddler! I can still recall crying in the breastfeeding station while pumping so I can feed him in the NICU. And look at him now, a happy and active little boy, our daily ray of sunshine.

Like with her Ate Sophie, I’m torn between wanting him to be a baby forever, or waiting for him to grow older so he can be independent from me, and do amazing things he is bound to do.

My son Jolo, I love you always, in all ways my love! Doesn’t matter how much you grow, in my eyes, you will always be my baby. 😘

Jolo’s first 11 months

Dylan Wang Bench Funmeet

The day that Bench announced that Didi was the newest ambassador for Bench, I knew that sooner or later he would be coming. Months have passed, he was busy filming Ever Night 2, endorsements, photoshoots, Super Penguin, plus a new drama again. Didn’t think he would come anytime soon.

I was in the middle of my Eurotrip, in Amsterdam, specifically, when Bench dropped the bomb of Didi coming. Holy mother of surprises! This was it! It was morning when I checked the news, and I was literally floating the whole day! I had to be a VIP!

The VIP had 100 seats only, and it included a meet and greet! To become a VIP, I had to buy 20k worth of Bench products at their BGC flagship store for just 3 days, July 5-7. It was too sudden, the scheduled fanmeet would be July 20. I would be returning the night of July 6, and for sure good seats were already taken by then. So I asked my sister to shop for me on the first hours of the first day, so I could get a good seat.

I also booked a stay at Novotel Araneta, as I wasn’t sure if my baby would still breastfeed when I get back. Plus, I knew that parking at Araneta during concerts could get crazy, I did not want to waste too much time and energy. I’d rather waste it on the fanmeet.🤪

I was both nervous and excited on D-day! The last time I went to a fanmeet was 2012, and thought at that time I wouldn’t have another energy to fangirl that way again. But here I was again, fangirling to the best of my aging ability!😆

It was a 1 hour fanmeet, which included Q&A, games for lucky fans, and the poster signing for VIPs. I was a little dismayed with how the meet & greet turned out. I thought it would be after the show, where the VIPs stay behind, just like any other meet & greet. But it was included in the program, we all had to line up on stage to get our posters signed by Didi himself.

Oh Didi, if I was not entranced by his presence, our eyes connected as he smiled while he gave me the poster that he signed in front of me, which btw, I was caught in photo smiling from ear to ear I would not forgive the organizers of this fanmeet. Sigh.

Bench failed to disclose the mechanics of the meet & greet, so a lot of expectations were not met. We were expecting a proper meet & greet, have photo ops one by one, maybe some hi’s and hello’s. The bouncers and other security persons on stage were very strict about no phones and always almost pushed us to leave after getting the posters. The seating arrangement of the VIPs were bad too. Two bouncers were in the way of my vantage point my sister picked a bad seat, darn it. And the lucky fans who got to play with Didi on stage were not picked from VIPs as well.

Overall, though I was not fully satisfied with how it went, I honestly did enjoy. Not sure when I would be seeing him again, so its more than enough for me, really. Btw, Didi had a suprise rap while his song played over the coliseum, which was totally not part of the program, the host said. I was also expecting just 1 song from him I also met a nice youngster, my seatmate, and we’re already friends on FB. Also met several people on Viber group, who shared the same fangirling sentiments as mine.

Thank you Bench for bringing Didi to us! I hope its better next time Fangirl dream unlocked! Until your next fanmeet Didi! Or see you again somewhere in China 🥰

Team VIP
Ready to meet Didi boy!
Didi looking at our side
Phone call game
Stooop! The ball from moving
Fascinating his fans
He signed this in front of me!
Happiest ahjumma fangirl
Image by Bench

Marking my calendar: Seung Gi is Coming

OMG, is this the best year yet for fangirling or what?! Lee Seung Gi, yes, THE Seunggi that I followed in Korea and Singapore, whom I loved dearly 9 years ago, is finally coming to Manila! The prayers of PH Airens were finally heard!

He has gotten extra popular ever since Hwayugi, and this fanmeet of his is promo for his new drama, Vagabond. I still follow his projects, liked all his posts on IG, albeit times have changed. Newer and younger actors/ idols come along. Though not as crazy as I was before, I’m still a fan. I will always be proud of him, and what he has achieved throughout his career. Am I coming? THE HELL YES!!! Seunggiya, this noona is coming for you!!

*Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

Ahjumma fangirl mode ON

Its finally happening!!! #screeaaaaaamm

VIP seat, no less! I’m gonna be seeing you Didi! ❤️

Best advice when breastfeeding journey ends

Pat yourself on the back and move on. 💔

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