a pleasant surprise?

last sunday i received a text and a message in facebook from my dear friend, beejay, my tukayo (we share the same first name) asking me if i can go to their place come monday so we can meet up. 
imagine my surprise when i read that. i have not seen my friend since our college graduation which was oh-so-many years ago! (i graduated in 1999, so you can just do the math!) and to top it all off i know that she was very well on the family way and is due in several months. nevertheless, i was very excited to see my friend after a long time so i immediately inquired with our other friends if  they will be available for meet up on the said day. we were originally going to activefun by that time, but i told daddy to reschedule some other time since it is much important to go to beejay’s so i can see her and her growing tummy and also, for jared to see his ninang (godmother) for the first time.
amy is overseas so there is obviously no way she can come with us, meia can’t leave the house since no one will be available to look after her mum and same with sharon since her son paolo does not arrive home before 3pm. jackie, who works in manila, told me she will try to ask her boss if she can go on undertime but turned out she can’t.  the only one who confirmed is jhapon and we agreed to meet up and go to beejay’s together. so with jared in tow, and daddy on the driver seat, armed with my camera (since i plan to take loads of pictures with the very preggie beejay!) off we go to guiguinto.
being in beejay’s house does bring loads of memories. i remember my friend, soft-spoken, the very mahinhin (demure) type, what you’d call a dalagang pilipina, refined and ladylike (well compared to me who’s always been unladylike!lol!), sweet and thoughtful, the one who will always have something for you on your birthday (much to your surprise cause others won’t even remember it is your birthday!). i remember that even when she migrated to the states with her family, she will never fail to keep in touch, either with a surprise overseas call or an old-school snail mail (which i totally love!). she will never fail to send me letters and cards (there is one for every occasion like birthday, valentines and christmas!) and i soo look forward to receiving her mails (i will write a separate post about it). 
being in beejay’s place made me miss her more. i remember thinking just a couple of weeks back how i regret that my only pregnant friend is a thousand miles away, i would’ve love to visit her and i remember looking at jared’s unused stuffs and the ones he’s overgrown thinking to myself “i wish beejay is not so far away so i can give her jared’s stuffs and hand-me-downs.” so you can only imagine my delight when i found out she’s here. i quickly gathered the things i’d like to give her and put it on my johnson’s bassinet. too bad i was not able to take a photo of it…i was simply delighted with my handy work i can’t wait to give it to my friend and see her reaction.
when we got there, it was the older woman, who looked after their house while they are away, and david, beejay’s husband, who greeted us. as we settled in, we immediately asked about beejay and much to our chagrin, it turned out she didn’t really come for a visit and was left in the states since her condition prevented her from travelling! the joke’s on us and to think i was the one who spread the news about her arrival and is very excited to invite our friends to visit her! she got us on that one! i remember david doing a roll-call from a list, i am sure beejay provided, as we don’t really know each other and are meeting for the first time. it turned out that beejay has a little surprise for us…

glad to know that victoria secret’s not tested on animals
i enjoyed the chocolates + skippy with the rest of my family and am loving every bit of my victoria secret body mist and lotion (if only for it, i can forget the whole scam beejay’s pulled off!hehe!). the gifts are poor substitute for your presence but it is something i really appreciate..thank you! am only hoping we could see you soonest and remember our thoughts and prayers are with you always. we miss you my dear friend!
note: will insert a photo of my friend here once i got her nod:)
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weekend blog follower caravan #4

i have been procrastinating recently and was not able to post most of my blog memes, but here i am now with a little time in my hands to compensate for it…i wasn’t able to join the 3rd edition, so let me start with this weeks’ edition of weekend blog follower caravan
to all those who’ve followed me, welcome to my humble abode, am glad i am your follower now, if not, don’t worry, i will be sure to visit the link and follow each and every single one of you:)
this week will be the end of google friend connect followers and next stop will be e-mail subscriber, so if you are aiming to build your readership via e-mail, install those widgets now and don’t forget to hop on to pinay mommy bloggers’ to link up.
join me as i discover a lot of lovely mommy blogs around blogosphere. enjoy!
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indigo baby’s jar of hope

i have read good reviews on this product and have been wanting to try it myself so i requested this for our newly-established tradition family kris kringle last december. my brother bought it from sesou nature source at Php390 for a 30ml-jar.
in a nutshell:
  • this miracle salve is made out of blue chamomile and essential oils. 
  • an all-around concoction great for mommy + daddy burnouts, stress, insomnia, insect bites, motion sickness, inflammation, rashes, chicken pox, cuts and wounds
  • ideal for fussy babies +  helpful in teething, sore nipples + even breastfeeding!
  • best applied cold (so put it in the fridge when not in use)
my two-cents:
  • jared bumped his forehead a few days back and it was immediately swollen, i put this salve instead of ice and it worked, the bump is gone the next day!
  • since this is 100% natural, i have peace of mind applying it to any part of my son’s body
  • replaces a host of other baby ointments i was using for (like petroleum jelly and the likes)
  • i inhale a whiff (a la vicks vaporub) whenever i have colds and it’s very safe i can even have my son do that too:)  
  • the only downside is it is quite pricey for a 30ml salve, but really worth it since peace of mind and your baby’s safety is priceless, right? so, i give it my two thumbs up!
image from indigobaby
if you’d like to try indigo baby’s jar of hope, do hop on to indigobaby   to order online or to view their other interesting and all-natural products.
note: i was not compensated, either monetary or otherwise, in doing this review. i am simply posting it in the hope to aid other mummies like me out there, in their never-ending quests for earth-friendly, baby approved products:)
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what’s your sign again?

photo courtesy of http://www.suberic.net
i just have to ask you again since there has been a buzz about town recently about our zodiac signs’ movement due to the discovery of a 13th sign, ophiuchus, and the sign you’ve grown to love may no longer be your sign anymore. here’s a quick view of the updates:
 
Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20
the list now includes Ophiuchus, which was originally discarded by the Babylonians all those many years ago because they only wanted 12 star signs!
among the traits associated with the 13th sign are:
  • a seeker of wisdom and knowledge
  • many people are jealous of this person
  • tends to go for the more flamboyant in dress sense, favoring bright colors
  • authority looks upon him well
  • would make a great architect or builder
  • number 12 is this persons lucky number
 what say you? as for me, and my son, i was a virgo,am a virgo and will always be a virgo!
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grand baby company fair

                      what: grand baby company fair
                                   featuring all items for babies and toddlers
                      when: sm megatrade halls 2 + 3
                      where: save the dates, jan 28,29 + 30!
                      what’s in store for us mommies:
      • Get up to 70% Off on Selected items
      • Get a Free Swag Bag filled with freebies with P1,000 minimum single receipt purchase
      • Attend Learning Sessions with Experts and with Celebrity Moms
      • Free Photo Ops with mascots
      • Lots of Exciting Games and Surprises
      • Gymboree Play Area
                           Its shopping, learning and bonding with your baby rolled into one
                           so don’t miss it!
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