Jul 31, 2013

Thanks to God!

We were told this morning that we will be discharged later this afternoon. Thanks to God for blessing us with wisdom and patience that helped us through this stressful week.

Baby Aerin was actually doing well come Monday, but we were advised to stay to finish the antibiotic through IV since she couldn't take it orally.

To all my friends/cyber friends who prayed with me, thank you so much. It meant a lot to us. =)

I am planning to spend the whole week at home to make bantay. Sa Monday na lang ako babalik sa work. Sana everythibg will be ok na.

Jul 28, 2013

Prayers please!

I need a lot of them for my Baby Aerin. =(

After we were discharged from the hospital last Friday, she didn't take her medicines. The moment the medicine dropper touched her lips, she'll start throwing up. So that means, anything that was fed to her is also gone. Until today, ganyan ang sitwasyon namin. Natatakot na ako mga mare. Hindi ko na alam gagawin ko. =( Gusto ko na naman sya ibalik sa hospital kaso na trauma na sya sa ER kasi makailang ulit syang tinusok for the IV. I thought everything will be ok na kasi wala na syang fever and her cough has loosen up already. Hindi na sya hirap umubo. Ang kaso, dehydration naman ang kalaban ko ngayon.

Her normal intake of foods/milk during daytime ay 2-3 bottles of 7oz milk plus she eats rice during mealtimes. Ngayon,  nakakaisang bote pa lang ng gatas tapos pakonti konti na kain ng kanin.

Please help me pray for her fast recovery mga mare. Nahihirapan na akong nakikita syang ganito. I don't know what to do anymore.

I will really appreciate your prayers.

Maraming salamat.

Jul 26, 2013

EK: Swedish Massage

We took Angela out for a quick meryenda and to make bawi for our 2 nights in the hospital without her. And she has tons of stories to share. Nakakawala ng pagod yung mga kwento nya. Nakakatuwa that at her young age, she knows a lot already. I'm one proud mom! =)

After eating, we went straight to the grocery. Yan usually ang bonding time namin with Angela. We let her choose what she wants as baon for school. And then R made plans for the two of us after the trip to the grocery. We dropped Angela at home first. And we headed to....a SPA place!

I never really thought that we'll go for a spa. When he became a father, he became kuripot that we don't hit the spa anymore. Instead, he'll ask me to massage his back every now and then. Kaya I was really surprised when we reached the place. Sobrang stressed na rin ata talaga ang lolo mo kaya nakaisip magpamasahe. The spa place is simple. Walang masyadong kyeme yung interior design. May vibes pa rin naman ng mga mamahaling spa. May complimentary tea rin sila. Pero maliban dun, ordinary na ang lahat. Pero keber, masahe pa rin naman yun. =)

I went for a swedish massage. Sabi ko sa receptionist, yung light lang. Yung relaxing massage lang. I thought I was understood. Well, yung receptionist mukhang naintindihan ako. Pero nung masahista ko, hindi. Ang bigat ng kamay nya. If I was younger, kaya ko naman sana. Kaso lately kasi, mababa na yung pain tolerance ko. Kaya sobrang na-stress ako sa first part ng masahe until she hits a very sensitive area at the lower back. Napaaray talaga ako mga mare. As in masakit. Natakot rin siguro yung masahista kaya tinawag nya yung senior nila. To make the story short, yung senior nila yung nagpatuloy ng pagmamasahe. Hehe. Ok na rin. At least sigurado akong marunong yung nagmamasahe. Nag explain naman si ate na sanay daw kasi yung previous kong attendant sa mga hard massages. Well, she's not for me. Gusto ko lang talagang ma relax yung mga aching muscles ko for carrying Baby Aerin nonstop when we were at the hospital.

Ok na ako ngayon. I can have a good night sleep later. Baby is better.

O sya, lalaland is calling me. =)

Bukas ulit.

And we're HOME!

After three restless nights and earnest prayers, our little princess is almost back to normal. She was hit by pneumonia, again. And now I feel bad as I type this. Now I feel so bad. =( How could I allow that f*cking pneumonia to do a strike two on my little kid? Bad! 

on our second day at the hospital

But I still feel grateful to God for knowing better. He chooses our battle. And He gives it to us on a perfect time. Despite the pain I felt whenever I hear my little princess whimpers in agony when she tries to cough her phlegm out but can't. I still thank God. Because I know He was with us the whole time. 

Thank you, Lord!

And you may want to know the best lesson I learned from this experience. I should update my Philhealth membership data and include my two kids as my dependent. Grabe, I was told by our pediatrician that we could have saved 5 figures with Aerin's case. She didn't inform me of the exact amount because she thinks "5 figures" will make me upset na, much more by knowing the truth. And I am really upset to myself for being too lazy to drag my butt to the Philhealth office. Grrr! Sayang! 

Open ba ang Philhealth pag Saturday? I am going to update everything by Monday. Promise. Not that I am anticipating one more hospitalization, NO, I don't want that anymore, I just want to do it para I wouldn't regret like this. Di ba?

While we were at the hospital, I kept checking on Angela because I heard in the news that a 6-yr. old kid went missing in Imus. Baka yung mga bad guys andito na rin sa Imus. Nakakapraning na talaga ang paligid natin ngayon. Hindi ka na pwedeng makampante kahit nasa loob ka na ng bakuran mo. Kaya ako, I keep on telling everyone at home not to allow Angela to go out alone. I also always remind Angela not to get anything from strangers. I tell her everyday to bite the stranger's arms if he/she will take her plus scream at the top of her lungs. Di baleng OA ako sa reminders basta mabawasan lang ang agam agam ko. Sana makita na rin ang lahat ng mga nawawalang bata. They are too innocent and helpless para pahirapan ng ibang tao. Sana yung mga masasamang tao na lang ang mawala. Ok, enough.

I should go ahead, I need to shower before dumating si Angela from school. I need to take off from me some hospital's virus. Ewww! I should have done this earlier but I missed blogging. *wink

Jul 19, 2013

16 Ways I Blew My Marriage (By Dan Pearce)

16 Ways I Blew My Marriage (By Dan Pearce)

You know what blows big time?

The other night I was sitting with my family, most of whom are very successfully married. We were going in a circle giving our best marriage advice to my little sister on the eve of her wedding. It’s somewhat of a family tradition.

But that’s not what blows. What really blows is that I realized I don’t have any good marriage advice to give. After all, I’ve never had a successful marriage out of the two marriages I did have.

And so, when it was my turn, I just made a joke about divorce and how you should always remember why you loved your spouse when you first met her so that when times get tough, you can find someone new that is just like she was.

There were a couple courtesy giggles, but overall my humor wasn’t welcome in such a beautifully building ring of profunidity.

They finished round one, and for some reason started into another round. And that’s when I realized. Hey. I don’t have marriage advice to give, but I have plenty of “keep your marriage from ending” advice (two equivocally different things), and that might be almost as good.

It eventually came to me again, and what I said would have been such great advice if I were a tenth as good at saying things as I was at writing them.

And so, that night, I sat down and wrote out my “advice list” for my little sister. You know… things I wish I would have known or done differently so that I didn’t end up divorced (twice). After writing it, I thought maybe I’d share it with all of you, too.

I call it my “Ways I Blew My Marriage” list. Also, for the list’s sake, I am just going to refer to “her” instead of “them” even though they almost all were true in both marriages.


When I first dated the woman I ended up marrying, I always held her hand. In the car. While walking. At meals. At movies. It didn’t matter where. Over time, I stopped. I made up excuses like my hand was too hot or it made me sweat or I wasn’t comfortable with it in public. Truth was, I stopped holding hands because I stopped wanting to put in the effort to be close to my wife. No other reason.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d hold her hand in the car. I’d hold her hand on a star. I’d hold her hand in a box. I’d hold her hand with a fox. And I’d hold her hand everywhere else, too, even when we didn’t particularly like each other for the moment.

BONUS! When you hold hands in the winter, they don’t get cold. True story.

2. Don’t stop trying to be attractive.

Obviously when I was working to woo her, I would do myself up as attractively as I possibly could every time I saw her. I kept perfectly groomed. I always smelled good. I held in my farts until she wasn’t around. For some reason, marriage made me feel like I could stop doing all that. I would get all properly groomed, smelling good, and dressed up any time we went out somewhere or I went out by myself, but I rarely, if ever, cared about making myself attractive just for her.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d try and put my best foot forward throughout our entire marriage. I’d wait to fart until I was in the bathroom whenever possible. I’d make myself desirable so that she would desire me.

BONUS! when you trim your man hair, guess what. She returns the favor.

3. Don’t always point out her weaknesses.

For some reason, somewhere along the way, I always ended up feeling like it was my place to tell her where she was weak and where she could do better. I sure as heck didn’t do that while we were dating. No, when I dated her I only built her up, only told her how amazing she was, and easily looked past all of her flaws. After we got married though, she sometimes couldn’t even cook eggs without me telling her how she might be able to improve.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I wouldn’t say a damned thing about anything that I thought could use improvement. I’ve learned since my marriage ended that there is more than one right way to do most things, and that the imperfections of others are too beautiful to try and change.

BONUS! when you tell her what she’s doing right, she’ll tell you what you’re doing right. And she’ll also tell her friends. And her family. And the dentist. And even strangers on the street.

4. Don’t stop cooking for her.

I knew how to woo a girl, for sure. And the ticket was usually a night in, cooking a nice meal and having a romantic evening. So why is it then, that I didn’t do that for her after we got married? Sure, I’d throw some canned soup in the microwave or fry up some chimichangas once in a while, but I rarely if ever went out of my way to sweep her off her feet after we were married by steaming crab legs, or making fancy pasta, or setting up a candlelit table.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d make it a priority to cook for her, and only her, something awesome at least every month. And I’d remember that meat in a can is never awesome.

BONUS! candlelit dinners often lead to candlelit bow chica bow-wow.

5. Don’t yell at your spouse.

I’m not talking about the angry kind of yelling. I’m talking about the lazy kind of yelling. The kind of yelling you do when you don’t want to get up from your television show or you don’t want to go ALL THE WAY UPSTAIRS to ask her if she’s seen your keys. It really doesn’t take that much effort to go find her, and yelling (by nature) sounds demanding and authoritative.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d try to go find her anytime I needed something or wanted to know something, and I’d have both gratitude and manners when I did. I always hated when she would yell to me, so why did I always feel it was okay to yell to her?

BONUS! sometimes you catch her doing something cute that you would have missed otherwise.

6. Don’t call names.

I always felt I was the king of not calling names, but I wasn’t. I may not have called her stupid, or idiot, or any of the other names she’d sometimes call me, but I would tell her she was stubborn, or that she was impossible, or that she was so hard to deal with. Names are names, and calling them will drive bigger wedges in communication than just about anything else.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: Any time it got to the point that I wanted to call names, I’d call a time-out and come back to it later. Or better yet, I’d call her names, but they’d be names like “super sexy” or “hotness.

7. Don’t be stingy with your money.

As the main bread earner, I was always so stingy with the money. I’d whine about the cost of her shampoo or that she didn’t order water at restaurants, or that she’d spend so much money on things like pedicures or hair dye jobs. But seriously. I always had just as many if not more things that I spent my money on, and in the end, the money was spent, we were just fine, and the only thing my bitching and moaning did was bring undo stress to our relationship.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d tell her I trusted her to buy whatever she wanted, whenever she felt like she needed it. And then, I’d actually trust her to do it.
BONUS! sometimes she will make bad purchase decisions, which leads to makeup purchase she felt liLike that new gadget you’ve had your eyes on.

8. Don’t argue in front of the kids.

There was never any argument that was so important or pressing that we couldn’t wait to have it until the kids weren’t there. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist or super-shrink to know why fighting in front of the kids is a dangerous and selfish way of doing things.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I would never, ever, not even once fight in front of the kids, no matter how big or how small the issue was. I’d maybe make a code word that meant, “not with the kids here.”

BONUS! when you wait to fight, usually you both realize how stupid or unimportant the fight was and the fight never happens.

10. Don’t poop with the bathroom door open.

I don’t know why, but at some point I started thinking it was okay to poop with the bathroom door open, and so did she. First of all, it’s gross. Second of all, it stinks everything up. Third of all, there is literally no way to make pooping attractive, which means that every time she saw me do it, she, at least in some little way, would have thought I was less attractive.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d shut the damn door and poop in private.

BONUS! when she does think of your naked body, she’s not going to be thinking about it in a grunting/squatting position.

11. Don’t stop kissing her.

It always got to a point when I’d more or less stop kissing her. Usually it was because things were stressful and there was tension in our relationship, and so I’d make it worse by refusing to kiss her. This of course would lead to her feeling rejected. Which would of course lead to arguments about it. Other times I had my own issues with germs and whatnot.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d kiss her in the morning when she looked like people do in the morning. I’d kiss her at night when she’s had a long day. I’d kiss her any time I felt like she secretly wanted a kiss. And, I’d kiss her even when my germ issues kicked in.

BONUS! she feels loved when you kiss her. That’s bonus enough.

12. Don’t stop having fun together.

Age shouldn’t matter. Physical ability shouldn’t matter. Couples should never stop having fun with each other, and I really wish I wouldn’t have gotten into so many ruts in which we didn’t really go out and do anything. And, I’ve been around the block enough times to know that when the fun is missing, and the social part of life is missing, so also goes missing the ability to be fully content with each other.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d make a rule with her that we’d never stay home two weekends in a row.

BONUS! awesome stories and awesome memories come from doing awesome things. And so do cherished embarrassing moments.

13. Don’t pressure each other.

Pressuring each other about anything is always a recipe for resentment. I always felt so pressured to make more money. I always felt so pressured to not slip in my religion. I always felt so pressured to feel certain ways about things when I felt the opposite. And I usually carried a lot of resentment. Looking back, I can think of just as many times that I pressured her, so I know it was a two-way street.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d make it a point to celebrate the different views, opinions, and ways that she had of doing things. I’d find the beauty in differentiation, not the threat.

BONUS! authentic happiness becomes a real possibility. And so do authentic foot rubs.

14. Don’t label each other with negative labels.

Sometimes the easiest phrases to say in my marriage started with one of three things. Either, “you should have,” “you aren’t,” or “you didn’t.” Inevitably after each of those seemed to come something negative. And since when have negative labels ever helped anyone? They certainly never helped her. Or me. Instead, they seemed to make the action that sparked the label worsen in big ways.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I would learn to stop myself before saying any of those phrases, and then I’d switch them out for positive labels. Instead of “you should,” I’d say “you are great at.” Instead of saying “you aren’t,” I’d say “you are.” Instead of saying “you didn’t,” I’d say, “you did.” And then I’d follow it up with something positive.

BONUS! the noblest struggles become far more conquerable. And you don’t think or believe that you’re a schmuck, which is always nice.
15. Don’t skip out on things that are important to her.

It was so easy in marriage to veto so many of the things she enjoyed doing. My reasoning, “we can find things we both enjoy.” That’s lame. There will always be things she enjoys that I will never enjoy, and that’s no reason not to support her in them. Sometimes the only thing she needs is to know that I’m there.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d attend many more of the events that she invited me to. I would actively participate and not tell all the reasons why I’d do it differently or how it could be better or more fun or time better spent.

BONUS! go to something she knows you don’t enjoy and the gratitude gets piled on later that night, like whipped cream on a cheesecake.

16. Don’t emotionally distance yourself after a fight.

I never got to experience the power of make-up sex because any time my wife was mean or we got in a fight, I’d completely distance myself from her, usually for several days. Communication would shut down and I’d avoid contact at all cost. This never let things get worked out, and eventually after it had happened enough times I’d explode unnecessarily.

IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER: I’d let myself communicate my emotions and feelings more often, and I’d make sure that she knew I still loved her any time we had an ugly bout. Sure, we’d give each other some distance. But not days of distance.

BONUS! Fantastic make-up sex. Or at least that’s the theory.

I had lots more written out, but the list started getting super long so I’ll stop right there and maybe do a part 2. It’s amazing when you’ve had relationships end, just how much you learn and know you could have done differently, isn’t it?

My sister and her new husband will be amazing. Hopefully she’ll always be giving amazing marriage advice in the future and never have to hand out the “keep your marriage from ending” advice like I
get to.

I found this in my FB news feed and I just couldn't let it go until I share this to all of you. Amazing list, isn't it? I found myself agreeing with every words he said and would want to wish his future relationship more love and success. 


Jul 4, 2013

On Money Saving and Splurging

I was blog hopping early this week when I came across with Mommy Practicality's post about money saving tips. Oh, Boy! Both my husband and I work our asses off but NO! We don't have savings yet! I know, right? Should I start to panic? We have money in banks but those don't count as savings. They are for our daily expenses and to pay for our mortgages.

When we got married, I told him that every payday, I will save a certain amount both from our pay slips. Pero, waley! Hindi ko nagawa. We have too many monthly financial obligations that I always forget to set aside a little something for our piggy bank. That, or I am just too busy spending. =(

I wouldn't care less of our financial status if we were still single. My husband and I used to shop 'til we drop. We have experienced bar-hopping like there's-no-tomorrow. We traveled and traveled until we're dead tired. And that was us, before. We didn't care if we spend fortunes on silly things. But that can't be done today. Today, that we have a toddler to send to school and a tot to feed. Plus, a whole household that depends on our monthly income.

We had a major change with our lifestyle when we committed to a lifetime relationship with each other. We stopped drinking, oh, we still do but only when there's an occasion to celebrate. We don't shop anymore more than what we need, as in really really need. We prefer eating dinner on our own dining table so we can catch up from our daily activities. That being said, I was expecting for us to at least save a little since we spend lesser now. Or so I thought.

I dread not to be able to provide my daughters' need. I don't want them to experience anything else but a comfortable life. I know that's not too much to ask. I am not lazy. I am hell sure that I married a man that hates idling around. I am determined to fulfill their dreams and mine. I shall do something about it. It has to be now!

So, I listed early on my OPLAN IPON. Here it goes.

1. TALK TO EVERYONE AT HOME AND DISCUSS MY PLAN. This has to come first on this list. They have to understand the need to save for our future. And they have to support me on this.

2. TRACK DOWN OUR HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES. This should have been done ages before. But I am no good with numbers and balancing sheets. But I am determined to learn, even just the basic of monitoring our incoming and outgoing moolah.

3. STOP SPENDING ON UNNECESSARY THINGS. Period. Scratch anything on my grocery list that isn't necessary. And I should plan ahead before hitting a shopping mall. That said, I shall eliminate impulse-buying. I have to take note of that. And I shall inform hubby as well. He is more impulsive than me mga mare.

4. PRIORITIZE. I am one impulsive shopper. My husband, too. And now we shall learn how to prioritize. Period.

5. START SAVING NOW! As in now! I have received my payment for the last sideline I had this week. I promised myself not to touch it. I won't. Promise. That's a good start I suppose.

I'm crossing my fingers. I know I can do this. Right? Wish me luck guys!