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Deliberately Mom: Just When I thought I was done

Deliberately Mom: Just When I thought I was done: It’s 10 in the evening. The baby is sleeping. Yes! I place him in bed and give him a kiss good night. Finally, me time! Oh wait, his nails...

Just When I thought I was done

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It’s 10 in the evening. The baby is sleeping. Yes! I place him in bed and give him a kiss good night. Finally, me time!

Oh wait, his nails are getting longer. Let me get the nail trimmer. Snip, snip. Done! Finally, me time!

Oh wait, he’s got a little bite on his arm. Let me grab my first aid gel. Dab, dab. Done! Finally, me time!

Oh wait, there’s laundry on the floor. I might slip on a dirty shirt in the middle of the night. Fold, fold. Done! Finally, me time!

Oh wait, his books are all over the place! I can’t stand the disorder. Pile, pile. Fix, fix. Done! Finally, me time!

Oh wait, he’s stirring in his sleep. The baby wants a midnight snack. Nurse, nurse. Done! Finally, me time!

It’s 1 in the morning. I freak out. Only a couple more hours and I have to wake up for work! I fall asleep.

It’s 5 in the morning. My boy is still sleeping. Finally, me time! I rush to the closet and prepare my clothes for the day. I imagine the feel of a cold shower in the cold morning. I can’t …

Reef walking in Boracay (Helmet-Diving) 2012

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When I found out that I will be able to set my foot on the famous white sand of Boracay, I searched through the internet for the possible itinerary of my three-day stay. Reef walking is my first choice. I would love to do para-sailing but my wallet would not allow it. The rest of the days were left for capturing breath-taking sunsets and fun-filled moments on pictures.

Reef walking is one of the most popular water activities in Boracay. It allows you to walk on some of the most interesting reefs in the island. It’s also known by the name “helmet diving” because one has to wear a helmet with a hose connected from an oxygen tank, then descend a ladder to the seabed wherein you can view the ocean’s magnificent sea creatures. If you’re looking for a water adventure that doesn’t require swimming/diving know-how, then reef walking is for you.

The rate for this ranges from P 400 to P 600, still negotiable. Now, this is where one’s ”bargaining prowess” becomes useful. Thanks to Ms.Tessa. We…

SMILE Nicole!

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QUESTION: What do you expect of a librarian who is also a traveller?
ANSWER: Brings a book/magazine and reads wherever she goes (bus station, beach, flight...)

Hmmmm... how true

While watching the sunset as our plane take off at Caticlan airport, I am wondering on my next destination, where would that be? Hmmm.. would that be CDO, Mindoro, Palawan...then I remember Nicole Rudio who advised me just last week that I should try to visit Ilocos and she will tour me to Adams. (would that for free?!) Hehe! Sounds great! Hmmm... I'll be thinking about that!

I was reading Jodi Picoult's "House Rules" when I spotted the Cebu Pacific's magazine.


Hmmm... I should pose like this lady. Next time, I'll give it a try. Or maybe, I should tag along my sister, my personal and official photographer. With her,  I could pose like a pro and she can do magic!



As I flip through the pages, I started dreaming to go and visit many places. I'll start with the Philippines first. We…

Soul mate

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"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

Boy Crazy

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Were you ever told that raising little boys is tougher than raising little girls? If yes, is that true? I can only speak from the experience of raising one little boy. It’s CRAZY. It’s crazy wonderful of course! Then there are days that it’s my-back-hurts-and-I-can’t-get-up-crazy, or the more common please-stay-seated-and-let-Mommy-rest-crazy.

Then there are moments like this


Oh, boy! He just cracks me up. I love having a boy!

Moms and friendship

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It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on a night out with friends. “Let’s have dinner and drinks! Text text!,” some friends would invite. I’d answer “Sure!,” hoping the plans push through but somehow knowing they won’t. That’s what happens when new motherhood kicks in. Schedules revolve around the baby, especially if he’s breastfed. Guilt also enters the picture – I already spend my whole day away from my baby, why spend the evening away too?

No matter how demanding my day can be, I try finding ways to stay connected with my friends. Thank goodness for social networking sites and e-mail. Status updates are sometimes good enough to know what’s going on with them at least for a day. Text messaging makes me feel they’re just close by. While digital communication is fast and very current, it doesn’t compare to sitting down with a friend face-to-face. A couple of beers (or coffee, depending on the time of day) on the table, secrets spilled and shared over rounds of laughter… I still crave t…