Friday, December 26, 2008

What I did on Christmas Day

  1. Woke up at around 11:30 A.M. Slept at 4 A.M.
  2. Online all afternoon.
  3. Made Angel Hair Pasta with Tuna Pesto sauce. It was ok, not too salty. Not bad, but not spectacular either.
  4. Went to GMall with Ron & his parents. Had dinner at Gerry's Grill. I love the Dinakdakan, & the four seasons shake. We also ordered Chopsuey(more veggies please!), and chargrilled tuna belly.
  5. Planning to go to the Ob-Gyne tomorrow, since I had mild spotting this afternoon. Didn't feel any pain yet whatsoever. Hopefully everything is ok.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Headline #1

I know it's a gruesome headline, and I don't mean to be insensitive, but I just couldn't help it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Checkup today

I was especially anxious with my check-up with my Ob-Gyne today because I will have my first IE, to check the progress of my dilation. To my surprise, I'm already 2cm dilated. She asked me if I wanted to give birth earlier than my expected due date, and if so, she prescribed Eveprim caps to ripen my cervix. I don't know though, my mom told me to wait it out, since the baby's on-time anyway. I think a walkathon is better to speed up dilation :) Doc says it's ok, as long as there is someone to accompany me. And also, since i want to breastfeed she prescribed Prolacta capsules, & I should start taking these as early as now. Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The day that was...

1. Ron and I had Lunch with his parents at Hanoi, a local Vietnamese Restaurant, and also one of our favorite restaurants in Davao. Their fried spring roll is a must try. We also ordered crabs with garlic & butter sauce, sweet & sour lapu-lapu, steamed spring roll, and vegetables with noodles.

2. Ron had a busy day ahead of him so he dropped me off at my parents house after lunch.

3. My family & I went to Chimes Specialty Store in Gov. Sales St. I ended up buying my cousin, Janice's gift, and a tube of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for myself. Power Hub already has their own shop beside Chimes. It's heaven for gadget geeks, especially Apple lovers, and those looking to dress up their gadgets.

4. Another item that caught my eye at Chimes is a T-shirt that had the text, "Friends don't let friends drink alone". hahaha

5. We had dinner at "Banana Leaf" with Adrian (my brother), and his girlfriend Aisha.


To the sweetest, smartest, most adorable, & loving husband in the world! Happy Birthday Ron. Love you!!!

Midnight Sale Rush

And so began a very exhausting night of last minute gift shopping. Imagine a pregnant woman, all 180 lbs. of her & an additional 4 bags of gifts. But what actually hurt the most were my legs... Here I go again with all my complaining hahaha. It's my own fault that I didn't buy those gifts before I got huge. I'm really glad that it's all done (at least the gift search), I can't remember the last time I loathed shopping :). Hmmm I used to enjoy this activity immensely.
Anyway, Ron and I had dinner at Basti's Brew in Victoria Plaza. I have to admit, I really miss coffee. Instead, I had tuna pesto & strawbery shake(yummy), fuel for marathon gift hoarding. As usual I forgot to take pictures of the food and the place. I'm such a lousy blogger hahaha.

Christmas Wish List 2008 pt. 1

1. 2009 Moleskine planner

2. Mustela Newborn set (got good reviews from the girltalk forums & a bestseller at the babycenter website. Only available for pre-order online.)

3. Canon Selphy Printer (For the impatient shutterbug. Because I can't wait for my baby's pictures to be developed.)

4. Nokia E71, E63(not pictured) or E66 (Still undecided but gravitating towards the e71. My old phone needs to rest.). The difference between the e71 & E63 is that the latter only has 2MP while the e71 has 3.2MP. Also their bodies are different, e63 is made of plastic casing while the e71 has a light metal casing daw. Of course the E63 is cheaper than both the E71 & E66.

5. Canon Powershot G10 (14.7 megapixels! For family outings & trips, because my DSLR is sometimes just too big to fit in the diaper bag hehe. And the vintage look of this camera is quite charming.)

6. Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup( Also got good reviews from makeup artists. And they have a safe rating at the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety database website.I don't think it's available in Davao yet.)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Getting ready.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Christmas is only a week away. I haven't bought any of my inaanaks' gifts! I haven't even thought about what to give my husband for his birthday! I don't think I can withstand being in a mall for too long to look for gifts :( You see, as DDay approaches, it gets more & more uncomfortable for me: leg cramps, numb & puffy feet & fingers, lower back pain, frequent kicking (I swear to God, this kid is a kickboxer in utero!), & the frequent visits to the loo. Aside from the lack of gifts to give and increasing discomfort, I'm still concerned over my replacement at the office (esp. for the payroll) since my maternity leave will take effect next week. OMG, I can't believe I might be giving birth sometime in the next 3 weeks! Did I mention that Christmas is only a week away?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

32 things that change when you have a baby

A compilation from
1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.
2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid.
3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.
4. You respect your body ... finally.
5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.
6. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.
7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.
8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.
9. Your heart breaks much more easily.
10. You think of someone else 234,836,178,976 times a day.
11. Every day is a surprise.
12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)
13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.
14. You become a morning person.
15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.
16. You discover how much there is to say about one tooth.
17. You finally realize that true joy doesn't come from material wealth.
18. You now know where the sun comes from.
19. You'd rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you've been dying to have.
20. You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers.
21. You don't mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night.
22. Silence? What's that?
23. You realize that the 15 pounds you can't seem to get rid of are totally worth having.
24. You discover an inner strength you never thought you had.
25. You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule.
26. You give parents with a screaming child an 'I-know-the-feeling' look instead of a 'Can't-they-shut-him-up?' one.
27. Your dog — who used to be your 'baby' — becomes just a dog.
28. You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you'll be late.
29. You learn that taking a shower is a luxury.
30. You realize that you can love a complete stranger.
31. You find yourself wanting to make this world a better place.

32. If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, now you do!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Rocking chair & Balcony

~This is our Lola's balcony & rocking chair. We miss her so much.~


I really hate it when the people who claim to care for you, always put you down and make you feel bad about yourself.

What to pack for the Hospital

DDay is almost here, I'm on my 33rd week, & I have prepared a list of essentials to bring to the hospital;


1. Nursing nighties
2. Nursing bra, nursing/breast pads
3. robe, underwear
4. slippers, socks
5. pj’s, t-shirts
6. going home outfit
7. snacks
8. toiletries
9. towel
10. maternity pads
11. isopropyl alcohol

12. toilet paper/ wet tissues
13. jacket
14. face towel

15. breast pump
16. baby book


1. change of clothes
2. cell phones, camera/video cam, & chargers
3. magazines
4. snacks
5. Marriage contract photo copies
6. philhealth requirements

7. his toiletries
8. wallet, cash, atm
9. pen, notebook
10. Bottled water
11. ID’s (SSS, driver’s license, philhealth)

For baby:
1. going home outfit
2. receiving blanket
3. mits, cap, booties, tie side shirts
4. diapers (cloth & disposable)
5. bottles
6. cotton balls/ baby wipes

Other things to bring: garbage bags, dishwashing liquid, plastic spoon & fork, paper plates.

Did I miss anything?

Thanks Ma!

Like I said in my previous entry, this is quite a busy time for me & my hubby. Awaiting the arrival of our first born, the final stages of our house's construction( c/o a loan from Pop), who has the time to look for house accessories & fixtures, right? My mom, that's who! I know she's super busy as well, but she manages to sneak us into her schedule. She took care of the house's tiles, water closets, lights, cabinet handles, etc. I can't thank her enough. That's the difference between me & her, I can't even find the strength to go to the supermarket to buy fresh milk, & there she goes & buys all these stuff for the house. *sniff* I wonder how I will be as a mom? yikes! I do hope I'll be good enough.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


~Taken at Malagos Garden, Davao~

New Blog title

I changed my blog title to "Anticipation", as you may have already noticed. I've been inactive from the blogging circuit recently because of this. I am currently 8 mos. pregnant with our first child, a baby boy :). My husband and I are extremely happy, & excited. This is a very early Christmas gift from God, finally our prayers have been answered..

Another thing that's keeping us busy is the construction of our house. And the difficult thing is that it's due to be done around the same time that I am giving birth! Talk about busy!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Excerpts from the book "Uplifts" by John H. Hampsch

"We all make things--we make good, we make trouble, or we make excuses."

"Lending is better than giving--as in lending a hand versus giving advice."

"The silver lining is easier to look for in someone else's cloud."

"Dreams come true for those who don't oversleep."

"Think of work as something you get to do, not something you gotta do."

"What you have will do no good unless you do good with it."

"The key to triumph is its first syllable."

"Today is seldom too early, tomorrow is often too late."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tired Day

I have so much to finish, & yet when I look back at the day that passed, it seems that I didn't really accomplish anything in particular. Here's my "To-do" list for tomorrow:

  1. have truck pictures developed & deliver them to the insurance office;
  2. upload some photos & edit to post on my photography site;
  3. get a haircut;
  4. groceries;
  5. get better so I can go swimming again. (i feel so unhealthy lately)
  6. buy cellphone load (115)
  7. Have my picture w/ my Mom (during the wedding) developed & give to her.

Just last year I dabbled with digital photography(out of interest & boredom) & really learned a lot of pointers & tips. But after taking photographs, it takes me so long to actually look at them one-by-one, & make improvements. The result: a lot of un-uploaded,stagnant photos filling my 3gig only memory card. It's just that, when I do get my hands on the computer & the picture editing software, I'm so beat & it's late in the evening.

Hope tomorrow will be more productive.

Monday, April 28, 2008

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