a weekend to remember

everyone is always looking forward to the weekends for many varied reasons:

  • a quick break from school 
  • a respite from your otherwise frenetic and stressful schedule at work
  • some others, for a weekend out-of-town getaway 
  • and for working mummies – a time to bond with your babies + hubbies. just thinking and planning your lined-up activities gets you all bubbly and excited!

and in case you were wondering what’s a 24/7, stay-at-home mum got to do with free days weekends, i am here to bust the myth! most people probably have the wrong notion that when you were a stay-at-home mum, there isn’t really much fun looking forward to the weekends, since, technically, it is almost always like everyday-is-a-weekend since you’re practically at home everyday, right? i say totally wrong!

being at home virtually for 24/7, 7 days a week doesn’t make me feel less enthusiastic about the weekend. in fact, it is something i still appreciate very much. having worked for a 24-hour-operation company, with work schedule that requires me to be away even on weekends, i must tell you how much having all my time on weekends to myself and my baby means to me. gone are the sad days of dragging yourself up from bed, extricating your arms from your baby’s warm embrace on a warm saturday morning or afternoon (depending on my shift!) just so you can go to work on time. major heartbreak i tell you! a nightmare, i would never dare repeat!

and besides, being a full-time mummy and everything else in between, including an all-around maid, cook (which i am now, thanks to my bro, having a break from!), yaya, laundry washer, amongst others is no easy feat and can really take its toll on one’s energy, mood and enthusiasm. we do get tired too, and much like the rest of you, we needed a break too! and to be able to fully enjoy the weekend breaks, i try (and manage sometimes) to squeeze in all the dirty work during the weekdays just so we can afford a break over the weekend.

and what makes me super excited about the weekends, you ask?

it’s in making weekends something to remember. growing up i would always excitedly wait for the weekend because that is the only time my papa would come home from a week’s work in the city (yep, there is no MRT or LRT yet, to make the shuttle from bulacan to makati a breeze) and have meals with the complete family, not to mention loads of free time off from school. it was sort of like an unwritten rule in the house to never make any appointments or engagements over the weekends so we can just all stay at home all day. weekends are just fun and really something i look forward too. and i would like to hopefully rub some of that on to my son.

i look forward to a long, uninterrupted sleep on a lazy saturday morning wrapped in my baby’s embrace…
or sometimes, i look forward to just watching all our favorite pocoyo episodes, or in this case, the london

symphony harmonic orchestra, on a sunday afternoon.

soundtrippin’ sunday…

some other times even, i look forward to a weekend outing to a theme park

a christmas weekend at enchanted kingdom

or an afternoon of strolling in the mall and going to events + baby sales!

 at the cordlife photobooth, grand baby company fair

or visiting my parents’ grave, or, of late, strolling around the neighborhood on saturday afternoons 

it could really be something fancy one weekend, or something really ordinary the next. and what i really look forward to the most – simply spending time with my son and creating loads of memories of a weekend to remember!

how about you, what makes you excited about the weekend? click here to answer and you might just win you and a friend a P5,000-worth of fun and pamper package.

happy weekend mummies!

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Whatta Wonderful Week! #1

firstly, i would like to apologize for the delay in my posting for this blog hop, i should’ve posted this last monday, but childminding, amongst other things, got in the way..so without further ado, this is my entry to the very first whatta wonderful week blog meme! hosted by our very own, pinay mommy blogger, mommy trish.

last week, i finished two paid to post articles, which is now posted here and the one for bv posted here. i did metion that one of my 2011 resolution is to earn through blogging, so hopefully, slowly but surely i’ll be able to accomplish just that:)

i also went to the eye doctor last saturday; i was playing around with my son friday night when i felt something caught in my right eye, which instantly hurt my eye and made it watery. upon inspection, my bro, ken and sis, cel, found this little wood splinter or insect lodged in my eye (in between the eye balls and that pink soft part). my fears kicked into overdrive with my mind quickly reasoning “you can still do your childminding duties with one eye!). but just so i can stop fuzzing and worrying, i went to an eye doctor the next day to have it examined and, blessed be, it turned out to be a mole that i just wasn’t able to discover before now. weird, right?

on sunday, jared and i (with my sis, cel, in tow) went to the grand baby company fair and met jared’s ultimate favorite, pocoyo! apart from that we also managed to score some good buys and fantabulous freebies. (i will make a separate post about it!)

 

 here’s how we play this meme, straight from mommy trish’s post:

So how do you join every Monday? Simple: just share with us any positive and happy event/s that happened to you during the previous week, like a family trip you enjoyed, a new blessing or good news, a thoughtful deed from someone you know or love that really made your day, and anything that you learned that inspired or gave you hope. Feel free to share anything that really made your week wonderful! 🙂

Then grab any of the badges below to include in your post and to put in your sidebar or badge pages to help spread WWW.

joining is easy enough, ayt? unfortunately, the linky closed a couple of minutes ago, so i’ll make sure to post my entry asap next week to be included, and you must do the same:)
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enchanting kristmas!

where are we going? enchanted kingdom!
for christmas 2010 we decided to start a new family tradition of spending christmas day out and agreed to go to enchanted kingdom for our starters. we will be going with our cousin, dennis (jared’s godfather).
we woke up surprisingly early on the morning of 25th (considering we slept a bit late because of noche buena the night before). but even so, we were still late for the agreed departure time, what with preparations and all, and adding the hassle that is commuting on the biggest holiday of the year (which i do not want to relive here) to the fray! to cut the story short, we arrived in laguna a little before 4pm, dazed, frazzled, worn out and in my case, famished (i do not know what is with me and eating this days, i eat like an avid – maybe i’ll write a separate post on this)!
as expected, the theme park is packed today, with all the families taking advantage of the holidays from work and the off time from schools or the ex-pat aunt/uncle arriving from the states after so many years. needless to say, the day was spent plowing through lines upon lines since the moment we sent foot outside the park’s entrance.
with tita cecille

the theme park experience
for the entrance fee, i was contemplating on getting either a regular day pass (at P500 holiday rate, ride-all-you-can ticket) or the carousel special (at P150, includes free admission to the park grounds and unlimited access to the Grand Carousel, Bumbling Boulders, and Boulderville Express) since i will only be riding the ones where jared are allowed. they also have a junior day pass for chidlren 36-47 inches tall (at P320, with unlimited rides to all of the park’s ride). i decided on getting a ride-all-you-can tab in the end, and thought of passing jared to one my siblings when i feel the urge to ride the space shuttle perhaps:)
the enchanted kingdom marquee, with cuz, nok
jared + mum with the moon man
first destination for a mum with a baby whose been out for almost 6 hours now is the loo for the much needed diaper change and i was much relieved to find no long lines in the bathroom. the downside though is that they do not have these portable diaper changing pads (like the ones in malls) and i had to lay jared on the marble-topped counter which, of course, he despised that i have to change his diaper while he stands, quite a daunting job if you ask me!
now getting into the rides are probably the most time-and-energy-consuming task of the day, not to mention frustrating and irritating. apart from the very long queues, some rides even require you to pile up for an hour or two to take your turn. now imagine standing in a queue for an hour with a 14-kilo baby in your arms! i know right?!

the first in our itinerary is the grand carousel, which turned out to be one of the too few rides we were able enjoy. i was wondering if jared will enjoy this horsey ride. he’s had his first carousel ride not long ago and he had a grand time so i was betting he will enjoy it this time around. bu i think my little man was a little exhausted from the long journey and is stressed with all the noise, people and activities around him, that mid-way through the ride he was dismounting his horsey and i struggled to keep him still and we were the first to leave once the ride halted.


the next ride we queued for, with tito ken in tow, is the swan lake. kids have to be 33inches above to be allowed to ride, and jared easily passed that requirement. it will take us 1 hour to get to the start of the line, so says the sign at the beginning of the queue. because i really loved for jared to ride this, he will be delighted by the floating giant swan in the lake am sure, we waited for our turn, albeit impatient, only to find out, and much to our dismay we only found out when it was our turn to ride, that i can’t put jared on my lap while we ride, that he has to be sitting in between myself and my brother. i really had reservations about it, see my son is very young to be sitting on his own, strapped or not! and to think we will be sailing across the water while he’s doing it just simply made me decide against it instantly.  so yeah, that is one our off our expedition wasted! it’s only a good thing that while we were in line, fire eaters/dancers performed very near the place and we got a great view!


the dinosaur egg ride

the last of the rides we’ve managed to enjoy is this dinosaur eggs ride, but i think jared’s a little overwhelmed by the size of this kiddie ferriswheel, he wanted to undo his seatbelt halfway! maybe i should wait a little while longer before we will be riding again…. so we just stroll around after that and took some photos..

 i also tried my hand at some games too and managed to score a little blue crayon from a P50-dart game and little doggie stuff toys for a P50-ring-toss game.

being on my toes for almost 8 hours makes me really hungry, it always does! as i realized it now, i ate three times while in the park, first when we just arrived, before we started riding anything i asked them that we eat  because i was really hungry..all in all, i ate a hotdog sandwich + a large cup of iced tea, 2 slices of pizza and a bottle of mineral water, and dinner comprised of 1 cup of rice, a stick of pork barbeque and a bowl of soup plus a large glass of iced tea! i spent about P700 on my meals alone! enormous appetite right? if you have the same appetite i suggest you bring a few extra moolah, food here don’t come cheap. some people would  actually bring snacks and packed lunch and will opt to eat in their cars instead. 

tita isabel and the ferriswheel



and since i can’t join the other adults in the other rides like the space shuttle, the ferriswheel (which i’ve managed to ride with ken, right before the park closes, same with anchor’s away!), the flying fiesta (which is my favorite ride aside from the grand carousel) i just ambled through the park with my son and checked out the souvenir shops. i was careful not to splurge since i might end up buying stuffs i won’t be needing which is really way to bad for my budget. i bought a strawed tumbler for jared (which he personally chose) and a cute purple neck strap for my brand new digicam. my only regret is that i forgot i will be seeing my friends the day after and was not able to buy them any mementos from the place. too bad, really!

enjoying a downtime with tito ninong dennis

we took photos from all over the place and saw the fireworks (which i think jumpstarted jared’s fascination of fireworks altogether) too!

we didn’t leave until the theme park closed and i must say it was a worthwhile experience, tiring yet utterly enjoyable, i know even my son enjoyed it and for that i gave it my two thumbs up!  it is something we all love to do again, in fact my sisters are requesting we go back on jared’s birthday. hmm.. i guess am gonna have to think about it!


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parenTIN.tv – i love my family!

just a head’s up mummies, this event will be moved to february 06 from its original schedule of february 13, so update those organizers and don’t be left out..freebies are up for grabs for the first 100 attendees!

who:  dear ParenTIN members
what: I Love My Family!
when: February 13, 2011, 2-6pm
where:  Podium Mall
note:
and in line with the activities on this special day, there is a pre-event online contest that could qualify three lucky mummies for a total makeover during the event. for the mechanics, to learn more about the event or to become a parenTIN.tv member, do visit parenTIN.tv
see you there:)
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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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