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A New Beginning

It has been a hasty days for the last couple of weeks. The house repainting, the packing of things and few bank errands that needs to be squeezed in less than two week before leaving for UAE. Up until our last few hours in Manila, I felt exhausted, blame it to the heavy traffic in Manila, I should have listened to my sister inlaw's suggestion to leave the house 7 hours before our departure. Normally, if there is no traffic it will only take 30 to 45 minutes drive from our place to the airport. When we arrived at the departure lounge, their was already a long cue for boarding. Thank goodness I was traveling with my kids, so we were able to use the

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A Great Man and the First Man I loved

If there is one great man I know, it's undoubtedly you Tatay. You brought me and my sister along for this Christian journey. You have taught me to pray and love God, to be honest, to be humble, to be forgiving, to respect and be compassionate to everyone. Those lessons have great impact in my life. You have modeled contentment by living a simple life. You were exemplary kind and responsible. I will never forget all the sacrifices you've made to give us a good life despite being a solo parent. You relinquished your own happiness for our sake. And that is soo precious to me. I thought I would have ample of time to show you that I am grateful of all the things

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April 8, 2015 | I wish it was all a dream

I thought it's gonna be a usual day for me and my sister. I never thought that it would be a painful day for us. I wish it was all a dream, that when I woke up I would still be able to embrace my father and see his smile full of life. God has it's reason, I may not comprehend it right now but I trust and believe that "tatay" is in a much much better place. I can only imagine him, seeing the face to face with our creator. You will be always be loved, and your memories will remain alive with us. I will forever miss you Tatay!
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The Piggy Back Ride

Lets transport back to the time when we were kids and your dad gave you a piggy back ride so you can see a parade or a performance on the stage because you are not so tall for you to see that. I guess most of us had that piece of childhood memory. On the other hand, our son Zian was not watching a parade or a performance, he simply want a piggy back ride while we are heading home from Zoe's school. The picture caught me once again after browsing my stack image on my phone. This is just a cool father and son bonding that's why it lands on this page.
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Sixth and Counting.

Six years ago, I took Mr. Z to be my partner for life and promised to give him my heart and walk with him hand in hand living, learning and growing in love together. I am so glad that we are celebrating our sixth years wedding anniversary and what makes it more special is that he is here with me to celebrate this memorable occassion. He works overseas that's why being home for our sixth is such a big deal. The past six years may not be a bed of roses, but I am glad that we have passed through rocks together. I know there are more to come, and I pray that as we sail through and learn life better our love triangle with

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Fun at Manila Ocean Park

I was browsing my posts and found out that I haven't blogged about our visit to Manila Ocean Park. The trip deserve a post and so here it is. It was sometime in January 2014, few days before husband flew back to work place when we visited Manila Ocean Park. It was all our first visit at the MOP. Yah, I know this is a very late post, but as we know, late is better than never. The boys especially our eldest Zoe was excited when he found out he's going to see shark. He was really looking forward to it that he got bored during the bird show which was our first stop. He turned his back from the birds, took his dad's phone

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The Family Gallery Wall

Hubby once told me to print out my landscaped photos, framed it and hang it on our walls. I was hesitant as I didn't like the idea so I immediately shrug it off. I am not yet too confident to display my works, I am just an amateur photographer. That was like a year ago, then suddenly I've been mesmerized by frame arts that I've been seeing from this site. And so to give our white boring wall a lift, I decided to have our family gallery wall. I am now hanging some portraits of our son which I took during the time I was still active in photography. As you know, just like what I've shared in my previous post, the photography in me

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Oh Hello Family Pic!

Finally our Family Picture for 2014. We manage to pose for our family picture before hubby went back to Kuala Lumpur. I'm glad that the kids cooperated with the photographer, they have enjoy our short photo session with Great Image.
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Excited for Christmas!

Tomorrow will be Christmas Eve! I am so excited about it, do you wanna know why? Let me share my excitement, first, hubby will be home for Christmas. Yes he will be flying back home few hours before Christmas, I hope the 3 and a half flight from Kuala Lumpur to Manila will not be delayed if not, he will surely celebrate Christmas with fellow passengers and airline crews on air. Second, my father will be celebrating Christmas with us after almost 15 years. This for sure will be a memorable Christmas for me and my sister. It’ll not be a grand celebration, I am only planning to cook simple recipe (oh I only knew a few). What matter’s for me is the presence of

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Visited Granny

In the past few weeks the boys and I together with my sister had visited our grandma, my boys' great grandmother. She has been in and out of the hospital because of diabetes and perhaps of old age.  Her  is spirit is strong but her body is weak. All day, she's only setting down and cannot walk by herself anymore. My sister suggested that we get her a knee scooter. After reading several knee scooter reviews, my sister and I decided to buy one for our granny. This will surely give here the freedom to  mobile herself. As she lives country side, she loves going out to breath some fresh air and catching up with the neighbors, relative and friends. Now We will be saving for

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My Health

photo from cbc.ca I always put the health of my kids first, and do whatever I can to make sure that they lead a healthy lifestyle. However, while paying a lot of attention to their wellbeing, I often forgot about looking after myself. Until recently, I ate nothing but junk food; did no exercise and smoked regularly, and after a meeting with a doctor, I realised that my lifestyle was responsible for me being out of shape. While I’ve pledged to eat healthily and start working out, I know quitting smoking is going to be tough. However, there are several ways in which I, and you, can kick the habit: Use things like electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and nicotine gums. If you want to quit,

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Thank You Mira!

She has been with us for more than three years. She’s a loyal helpline especially to my sister and later to my own family. For almost a year of trusting her our precious son, I find it hard to imagine life without her. She has been my son’s best friend and energetic play mate. She is an indispensable part of the family; since baby Z came, I was able to continue my online and offline works because she was there to stand in and make up for the house chores. Also sneaking out with hubby and friends would not be possible if she was not around to take care of the little ones. When I see her patiently taking care of my boys especially my

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Thank You My Dear!

To think that surprises are not his cup of tea, I was not expecting that hubby has something for me this Mother’s Day. In fact in occasions like this it’s me who insinuates such ideas. That’s why, before I turn in for the night, I’d like to share his effort in making me feel special this Mother’s Day. Thank you Bhe for some sort of surprise! Although there were some flaws with your plans, and you are out there in the spotlight miles away from me, somehow you have bolted that feeling in me. I’d like to say Thank You to my dearest husband for giving me the ticket to this occasion and for making me the mother of your offspring. How I wish you are

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A Priceless Reward Being A Mom!

While everyone is celebrating Mother’s Day, we had to bring baby Z to the paediatrician early this morning due to high fever. The fever that keeps on coming back bothers me and I’ve been nursing the little one for two days now. Perhaps it’s because of the sore eyes which he also has right now. Good thing he remains energetic despite his sickness. The little one is having roseola a mild illness cause by a virus called human herpesvirus 6 which is common to children 6 to 24 months of age. The doctor requested for a CBC test and while waiting for the CBC result the little one and his titas (aunties) went for a stroll while I stayed at the clinic utilizing the free wifi.

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Lighting for Our Home

To date, interior works for our tiny home is still in progress and I am still in the process of choosing the items that needs to be installed. Recently, I have been browsing IKEA’s website searching for the perfect lighting for the living and dining areas as well as the bedrooms. Oh by the way, I love everything in IKEA. How I wish we have IKEA show room here in Manila. I have to give two thumbs up to IKEA Malaysia’s online shop for bringing me closer to modern lighting designs and of course for the convenient window shopping. Hubby will be home in a few weeks time so I had to pick my choice so he could buy the item and bring it home.

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