Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekend Blast

Last weekend was our first swim for 2017. Heheh! Makigaya lang sa mga post ng mga tao sa FB about their firsts for this year. =P

Daryl and I decided to have a sleepover at Mama Belen's condo just so Jami will get the chance to go out that week. He was left in the house with Nanay so to ease the boredom and mejo maka refresh lang sa kanya, it was a great escape.


Hahahah! Please disregard Daryl, I didn't have an idea na naka nganga sya, until I saw the photo! Hehe wacky kung wacky talaga. Angelo was there too. He was the kid beside Jami. Super BFF silang dalawa.

We had some fun using an app Boomerang as well. I just don't know how to share it here in the blog but if you wish to check the videos, go follow me at @its_mommy_jen on instagram.

 Since we arrived late in the afternoon, we decided to skip the night and swim the next morning instead. Given the very cold weather today, ang hirap maligo without hot water. Hehe.

The next day, we woke up around 10am, had some bread and off to a nearby karinderya. Daryl wanted to bring me here since last year. He kept on telling me na okay daw dito, maganda daw etc. So I guess I'll give him this day to bring me to this karinderya. Hehe. Although madalas na namin nadadaanan to, I never get the chance to try their menus and hang out there at all. I think he and his friends ate there couple of times and they loved that there was a videoke and very small airconditioned room for those who wishes to sing their heart out.

We were able to buy our ulam the night before from this Karinderya so I pretty much got familiar with the place. It was maaliwalas so it's a really good start. We dined in for lunch time so well ventilated ang place. We ordered Sinigang na Buto-buto for me and Jami, Bagnet with Rice for Daryl and Hotsilog for Angelo. We decided to sit inside their airconditoned (very small) room for Jami's convenience. 


I would say their ulam is just normal. Mas masarap pa luto ng byenan ko but I was thrilled with their Mango Shake. Daryl insisted that I'll try their shake so I ordered one. 

Mango Shake for 55 pesos!
I was amazed. It has whipped cream kaya mejo nag iba ang lasa. I was amazed in a sense na with this serving, it's 55 pesos only! Hehe. Although if they could just make a longer straw to come with it, mas okay. Mejo malalim kasi yung lalagyan so it's better if they have a longer straw.

After we ate, we went swimming na agad. Mga excited lang talaga. 






I was so glad to see Jami swimming in the water kahit malamig ang weather. Mahangin that time but look at him, he's smiling and all. I kept on asking if he's feeling cold so we can stop na but he said he wasn't until I noticed that he's starting to chill so I said stop na talaga kami and he didn't throw tantrums at all. Ayan lang naman ang maganda sa batang yan, he knows how to compromise. Lol! =)

We had a 3 days weekend last week and I was hoping we could spend time in the mall - watch movies, dine out and shop but I guess, simple weekends like these do matter a lot. Just as long as everyone is happy, it's all worth it. =)


Thursday, January 12, 2017

#WiserMe2017

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Kinda late for my New Year's Goal but it's better than never! Hehe.

Anyway, just like everybody else who are so happy to start a new beginning, I am really positive that some of the goals that I missed in 2016 will have it's way to success this year. I can feel it! Charot! hehehe. But yeah, I know I can do it.

Last year, I have divided my goals in to 3. I had Financially, Family and Blog Goals. Click here if you want to read them.This year, I divided my goals in to 4 to make it more specific. I have Financially, Family, Relationship and Personal Goals. Under these Goals, I have listed down my sub-goals along with an official hashtag of #WiserMe2017. I saw the idea from ReigningStill blog and I found it really helpful to remind me of my one ultimate goal this year - to become Wiser.

So here are the sub-goals that I have written down on my planner and I can't wait to accomplish them this year. =)

Personal Goals

This is the first time that I'll have this category. It's sort of a self-improvement goals and I am very positive that I'll be able to achieve these for the year. =)


* Attend Workshops - This year, I am looking forward to attend baking workshops so I could accept cake orders for birthdays. I want to upgrade my skills and craft to make sure that I'll be able to deliver a wonderful cake to my future clients. I know how it feels to have an ugly cake on the most important occasion (during Jami's first birthday that's why I never get to include it on my post before) so I want to have a professional background first before accepting any. =)

*Hair Transformation - The last time I had my hair pampered was in June 2015. Imagine how long it was? Going 2 years na! Haha! It wasn't a necessity for me so I whenever I get the money enough to treat myself to a Salon, I always think that it could go a long way. Lol! So hinay - hinay lang, I know I could get it done this year. =)

*Vaccine - Last year, I was able to get myself a Flu (and my family) and Cervical Vaccine courtesy of our office's installment offer. It was deducted against our payroll and got the vaccine for less than Php2,000 per per shot.This year, I am looking to get another Flu shot for me and family.

*Loose weight - My target this year was to shed some pounds. My target was at least 20 pounds for the first 6 months. Mejo konti ba? I knew my capacity so I won't ask myself to become skinny. I know I will never be (ever since) so I am being kind to myself by just asking it to loose some pounds. Hehehe. =)

*Me-Time - From the time that I became a Mom, I never had a time for myself. I always want Daryl and Jami to be with me everywhere and every time. I guess what I want to achieve here is the chance to be able to restore my confidence. I don't shop for clothes anymore because (1) I no longer know my size (2) I am so worried that they will get bored that's why I am always in a hurry to fit the clothes kaya hindi ko na talaga alam ang size ko. Lol! Alam mo naman ang woman, when you say Me-Time, for sure shopping yan! hahahah.

*Read another book - I want to be able to read another book this year. I was never a bookworm so I don't pressure myself in reading more book this year. I actually prefer a financial book and I am eyeing the new book that Chinkee Tan just released. That's the "Raising up Money Wise Kids". I am just waiting for our budget to allow me to buy this book. =)

*Be Punctual - I lost a lot of money because I am not punctual all the time. I never get the chance to get promoted because of it. hehe! Well, I am late because I am lazy to go to work just like the old times (talking about dalaga times) but with some errands and small business that I am into. All I need is more of a Time Management to get them all sorted out. I started from January 2 and I am punctual for the last 10 days. Hahahaha! I know I could do this and my target will be until end of March to begin with. I want this to become a habit so I could pass this trait to Jami.

Well at this time, that's what I have written in my planner. If there's anything that I could think of along the way, I'll just add them here.

Family Goals

Last year we were able to hit 2/5 so this is really needs an improvement.

*Travel - Last year, we had the chance to travel to Boracay again for some beach time. We were really happy and now looking forward to have another travel. It doesn't matter if it's just within the country but syempre out of the country will be more than acceptable diba? Hahaha.

*Family Time - Weekends are family time. Regardless if we have a budget to go out or just hang out at home, as long as we are together, we are happy with it.

*Home Cooked Meals - Last year was a great year for my cooking skills. I was able to cook a lot and even prepared for the holidays myself. I want to learn more recipes that I can cook at home. It was actually hitting two birds in one stone because home cooked meals are healthier and cheaper. =)

*Staycation - I know I have written staycation last year as well but we weren't able to get one. It is a recycled goal since I want us to experience the night away from home but still be in the city. I am eyeing some sale vouchers around but it wasn't a priority so this could wait.

*Photoshoot - About a year ago, we had our first birthday and family photoshoot. I want to repeat the experience at least every two years. Photoshoot are kind of expensive you know. =D

Relationship Goals

Another category that I included this year is my relationship goals with Daryl and I. I want us to have our own time together without talking about Jami and the house, just the two of us.

*Eat Out/Date NightMovie together/Spa Together - Daryl and I seldom go out of our own. Madalas yan whenever he picks me up after work and we are hungry, saka lang kami nakaka kain sa labas pero yung tipong fast food lang lagi or cheap alternatives. That is mostly I go out at 11:15pm so we don't want a very heavy meal. Due to tight budget, we don't get to watch movies or even go to a spa at all. I want this year to be different. Yung tipong meron talagang date and time that we will go on a date together just like what we used to do before Jami.

*Cuddle and Kiss more often - I want us to increase the cuddle time and of course a kiss from when we got home or before we leave the house. We do but I want more! Char! hahahah.

*Complement more - One thing that we often forget is to complement our partners more. We used to when we were younger, pag bagong damit or bagong hair-do. I want to make sure that we still have that spark so when I noticed that he shaved his beard, I will voice out that he looks neat and pogi. Just those simple things diba? =)

*Understand each other more - Just like any other couple, we fight. There are times pa nga that we fight till we hurt each other so much but then I realized it wasn't right. For any small things that he does that annoys me, I am trying my best to breathe in and breathe out just so we won't end up with a cat fight. I know he does the same all the time. Hehehe =)

Financial Goals

It was a 2/4 for me last year so I am working really hard to at least have the chance to achieve most of them if not all. I pretty much have the same lists from last year including the School Fund for Jami's schooling and a Travel Fund.

*Beef up Emergency Fund - By the end of 2016, I was really happy that I get to save some. Mostly came from our profit in Baking. I was really glad that we started to save and that I am working on it to progress even more. Although the amount is very low, I set down a target amount for the next 6 months. I know that God will provide and give us what we deserve. =)

*School Fund - I am looking forward for this year since Jami will begin another milestone half way thru the year. I want him to start school and I have to allocate an amount to it. I am torn between a Barangay Day Care Center or a Nursery in one of a Private Schools. Whatever it is that we will decide on, I am looking to have at least some amount for his tuition fee or any school expenses. It's better that we're ready. My target is only Php10,000 until end of April 2017.

* Coin to Piggy Bank - Last month, Daryl and I started to save our coins. I have this plastic container that we are using now to put our coins. Most of the time, I would ask Jami to put all the coins in it. I can see he enjoys it at the same time, he's able to practice his counting. The reason we're doing this is so Jami would adapt into this habit of putting aside money. I personally wanted the money saved to go to his passbook.

*Travel Fund - Since we want to travel at least once a year, we have to have a travel fund. Honestly, I don't know where we'll get the money for it since we are a one income household at the moment. But then, any small amount saved will get big later on. Lol!

*More Sideline/Additional Income - I am still very active in baking and selling my goods. I have a reseller here in the office and she's in-charge of selling everything for a fee. I am really glad I was able to make this a dream come true. I have been wanting to bake since 2 years ago and to think that it was no longer just a dream is a big accomplishment for me. =)

*SSS Loan Update -I haven't been able to go to any SSS branch yet but I heard of their Loan Restructuring Program and I am looking forward to take advantage of that. My officemate who had the same case with me went in one of their branch and I heard that they offer a very good deal so I will surely allot a day to go to an SSS branch soon.

I am feeling good about this year although there were some mishap as early as now. I know that it's too early to get demotivated and that I could always control the end result if I'll do better in it. It will be a #WiserMe2017 so let's rock on shall we?!



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our New Years Eve 2017

First post of 2017, it is!

Grabe sobrang bilis ng panahon! I didn't even realize that year 2016 is ending. Feeling ko may hang over pa talaga ako and somehow, hindi ko pa alam ang goals ko for 2017. I have to jot them down and I am giving myself this first week of 2017 to decide on that. :)

So how was your New Year's Eve then?

It's the very first time that we get to celebrate New Year all by ourselves. As you all know, New Year's Eve is very important to me compared to Christmas as we never get to celebrate one due to the religion we grew up with. My family has some sort of a tradition with NYE which I really would like to pass on to Jami. I want him, just like me, to grew up with something to look forward to, excited and motivated to start the year right. The last two year were celebrated with family so I never get the chance to be the very person that's in charge of the preparation. Kung baga, taga hintay lang ako ng food na maluluto na. haha! This year was different so I was really excited and somehow went all out. Well, not really all out kasi I have a limited budget for it. Hahaha!

Our visitors of the day
I was originally planning to spend only Php2,000 for new year's eve pero I went all the way to Php 3,000. I was really surprised to see that the amount allocated for it was so much of what I am expecting. I was thinking na baka short pa ito but it wasn't. Sobrang daming leftover food that I have to put my fridge on full blast to accommodate all of them.

For the 3 of us adults who are spending the night together (Daryl, Nanay and I) I bet the food that I have in mind are way too much for us but the day itself, my younger brother came and celebrated with us so I started to think na mejo kulang yung food. I was thinking of cooking Baked Macaroni para maiba lang since we have Spaghetti's for couple of celebrations na. Besides, I love Baked Macaroni so I really have to learn how to cook it anyway. Nanay also asked if I'll cook spaghetti pa din so I thought I could cook at least half kilo. We were given Pansit by my sister who just live nearby. nearby. I asked Nanay to buy 13 kinds of fruits na din. My brother bought a big ice cream along with Barbecue from our neighbor.


We waited until it's 15 minutes before 12 midnight and prayed all together. Thanked God for everything that we received in 2016 and asked to be guided in the coming year. When the clock striked 12, we went put to watch the fireworks from houses nearby. My younger brother also brought his girlfriend and their kid with them so Jami was awake the whole time. They wer very busy playing together and it made me happy that he had something to do the whole time. =)

We ate somehow just right after 12 midnight and started packing for some food that my brother could bring home. This was where the struggle began. My fridge was too small to accommodate everything. Haha! But then, nakaraos naman. =)

Happy New Year everybody! May you have a blessed year. =)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy Holidays

It's 4 days before 2016 ends!

OMG! Sobrang bilis lang ng panahon grabe!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

Happy Holidays! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Keep Cool and Fresh this Christmas with The new Sharp J- Tech Inverter

Christmas is just around the corner and with it are the parties and gatherings you'd probably host or attend. And with every Filipino Christmas party tradition, good food and drinks never fail to make their appearance. But sometimes, the abundance of holiday favorites becomes a dilemma before and even after every party or shindig. I could surely vouch on that since we have a very minimal food storage. During Jami's Birthday party where we had a couple of guests, we never thought that the amount of food we planned doesn't fit to our storage specially those that requires to be refrigerated.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Some Plans failed 2016

2016 has 19 days left.

Wait what??

19 days??

Oh men! Time flies really fast. It's as if my mind is still in July when I was planning how to build our Emergency Fund. Well, thinking about it now makes me a little sad but then, I know that the change of priorities was a greater idea.

If you haven't read about my plan on building a small amount of fund to start with, I wrote about it in August. I actually read it again before I started this entry and I realized, what a great plan I had in mind. Unfortunately, the execution of the plan was the real challenge.

So what has changed? 

 Back in September, I thought about buying a gas range. My baking business was growing day by day that I am having a hard time accommodating orders that are coming. I have my maximum of 12 pieces Yema Cakes that I could bake from 7am-11am. Some days requires 24 pieces of Yema cake and as much as I want to commit, I was really having a hard time. My full time job got affected somehow and I have to even choose which is which. Of course I wouldn't want to quit my day job only because I am happy with it. But then, baking is where my heart is so I know I wouldn't want to give up on it too. The next option I have in mind was to buy a much bigger oven. I was using a Hanabishi 30L Convection Oven and that could only accommodate 6pcs of llanera. I was aiming to bake 12pcs in a batch to cut the time required for baking.

Decision. 

Finally, I have decided to buy a White WestingHouse Gas Range with 62L oven. I was so glad with the purchase although I was hoping it could accommodate one whole batch of Yema Cake. It wasn't but then it really helped with my baking. I was able to cut the labor time for making the cake with the help of my convection oven. With this new endeavor, I failed to save for my emergency fund further as I have to borrow money to make this happen. I also bought a stand mixer to go with the new oven since my hand mixer cannot keep up with the orders.

Failing to Think Ahead. 

Rather than using all of my savings to make this purchase, I decided to borrow money from a friend which ended up making my budget tighter. Because of this, I was so afraid to compute my weekly budget because I know it will surely go to negative and will only stress myself more. The first few months of having this new gas range helped me cope up with the bills and expenses. I knew I made the right decision. Although I invested money for my business without enough fund, I knew it was okay until sad events happened. Nanay had to be confined in the hospital making it hard for us to bake and deliver cakes as no one will look after Jami. I also let relatives to borrow money that ending up me having to shoulder some of the installment at some point. That took a toll on our expenses that I felt it will be really hard for me to come back up. I was paying for my own loan while paying for someone else too.


How Could I let this Happen?

I was blaming myself all the time although I couldn't say I had a depression. It was far from that and I am thankful I had my own family to stand on me on these events. I also had friends whom I could vent out too when it was too much to handle. I was thinking negatively that it will be really hard for me to go back on track. I knew how it felt having debts but I let it happen again. Jami's birthday came and that I had nothing. It was so sad that I had to incur more debts just to cover up the losses I had in the process.

Turning Point.

When Nanay recovered, I had the chance to start selling cakes again. Our 13th month pay came and I used it all to cover most of them. I know I don't need a new phone, a camera, new clothes or shoes. I know these things could wait. I could say I can finally see the light. I am 98% clear with debts and I could budget our money even more. I am now trying my best to plan our meals ahead of time to save more money than buying ready cooked meals or even fast food. With home cooked meals, I could save 100 pesos daily since I no longer have to buy food while in the office. I started listing down all of my expenses again and trying my best to separate my sideline's money to my personal money to avoid it being spent unnecessarily.

What Now?

Jami's about to go to school next year so I have to make sure I have funds for that. I don't want to incur any more debts. I am starting over with my financial journey in building the fund with a new strategy and I am hoping I could see it work in the coming days. Daryl also had the chance to undergo a training in Naia T3 and I was crossing my finger that we could hear a positive feedback after the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, goodies are so in demand so I am expecting a higher amount of orders in the coming weeks. With the new strategy that I am talking about, instead of taking off 20-30% to savings, I would lower it to 10% for now until I could fully recover. I have then decided to get all my baking profits into savings automatically which allow us a higher chance of saving more. With that, I'll be able to see the savings growing higher than usual. I am praying this could be done according to my plan before the year ends - or so I say, 2 weeks from now. =) Am I happy? Yes! Happier than ever. Thank God for all the struggles, I am standing up tall and proud this time. =)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jami at 3 years old

As a tribute to my baby boy for his 3rd birthday, I will be writing things about him so when this memories passed, I could read them all again. At this time, I could say that Jami was a pro communication wise. He talks a lot and can communicate the things that he likes or not.

He was also very active and would climb chairs to get the stuff that catches his interest. Although I let him be, I always remind him that he might fall or slip while still monitoring him. Once I was still sleeping, he woke up ahead of me. I smelled the scent of a manzanilla, I thought Nanay used it. Yun pala, he placed 90% of it on his hand and spilled it on our bed sheet.

There was also a time when he again, woke up before Daryl and I, I woke up and saw him holding my eyebrow pencil na kabibili ko lang, the caps are taken off. I panicked kasi baka naputol na yung pencil and yes, true enough. He left me with just a tiny bit of it. Not to mention the lipstick he used to write on our bed cushion.

I couldn't forget the day when I was taking a bath and Nanay was busy helping me out with the packaging of my Yema cakes that's due to be delivered the same day, he was watching TV while playing with the eco bag that he got somewhere. The next thing I heard was a loud bump and cry from him na para bang sobrang sakit ng nangyari sa kanya. I finished off immediately and ran to him. Nanay was holding him already while he was crying. I asked what happened and we can only assume that he put the eco bag on his head while he was on top of our cleopatra chair. When he was trying to take them off, he fell from the cleopatra dahil wala na nga syang makita due to eco bag covering his eyes. It was a very loud bump for me but he didn't get boo boo except when I saw blood inside his mouth. I panicked as I was worried na baka naputol yung teeth or something like that. I was relived to see that he had a wound on the left side of his mouth. He might have bitten that part when he fell.

Jami says a lot of things that surprises us everyday. Sometimes, I feel guilty that I underestimate his capability to understand my explanation then will be surprised that he knew better. So as much as possible, when he asks questions which I might add, often, I am trying my best to answer. He usually asks "Mommy, anong gagawa ni (who/what)?" Mommy, bakit hindi aandar yung isang gulong (of an 18 wheeler truck)". Paulit- ulit yan until I give an answer. I remember my elder brother and sisters stories, I knew now where Jami get that trait from. hahah! I remember a recent conversation he had with Nanay while watching a telenovela.

(While the actress was wearing only two piece)

Jami: Ganyan si Mommy eh!
Nanay: Ah talaga? Oh tapos?
Jami: Tapos... tinanggal nya yung (cupped his own breast referring to bra)
Nanay: Oh pagkatapos?
Jami: Tapos.. Si daddy..
Nanay: (got curious sa kung anong ginawa ni Daddy) Oh! Anong ginawa ni Daddy?
Jami: Secret!

Then they both laughed. I and Daryl even laughed when Nanay told me that conversation. Ang akala tuloy ni Nanay, we were having loving loving in front of Jami. Sabi ko, we never did that in front of him! Maybe he sees me changing from work clothes to my sleep wear or whenever we bath together. Hahaha! I can't believe he said that. Ever since I realized he's being observant and vocal on whatever he sees, I make sure he's not around when I change my clothes. Baka maikwento pa ako nito sa kapitbahay eh! Lol =D

At 3 years old, I haven't trained Jami to go potty training. I was able to teach him to pee in our bathroom but the poo part is another story. I know I have to do something about it soon before he goes to school.

I was thinking of sending Jami to school next year. He's 3 now so just before he goes 4 years old in October next year, I want him to start going to Nursery by June. That's so he could go to Kinder before he turns 5 then 1st grade when he's 6 years old. I was sick worry about the proper age to start schooling when I realized that I was suppose to be a teacher if I got the chance to finish my college so I reached out to my colleagues to consult. I am 100% sure now that I'll enroll him to a Nursery school next year and hoping we'll get a good start. I know we do! Jami's very sociable and sweet. =)

His eating habit has changed. I know I posted here in the blog that I was struggling to make him eat table food. After some time, he's now making a progress and is very well eating. I just have to make a step forward by making sure that he eats snacks in the afternoon and have our lunch prepared before he gets hungry. Although he eats really slow, I am still happy with the progress that he's making and hopefully make him eat more in the coming days. The sad part is, I am still getting some side comments that Jami is slim. Yes he is. How could he not? His daddy was his same type., Ang lakas kumain but never naging mataba. I know both of them have the same body type so I kept on explaining to them that he can never be as chubby as I am when I was kid. Just as like an old saying "Don't judge the book by its cover", Jami was really heavy kapag binuhat. As in really heavy, plus he's not sickly. He doesn't get colds and cough easily or even fever. I think that the flu vaccine we took in the office was a really big help as it gave a boost to his immune system so we'll definitely get one again next year.

Jami was a very active baby. There were times pa yan when he doesn't want to listen with everything that I am telling him specially if he was doing something na hindi pwede. Naku! Grabe lang, but as much as possible I am trying to lessen the "No". There were times when he insists on helping me make the sauce for Yema cake, I would have to make him help me by pouring either batter or flour  in to my pan. That gives him a satisfaction of him helping me out although it makes my production to slow down since I have to monitor him. Anyway, I know it was a great experience for him so I always let him be. =)


I can keep on going on with Jami's little antics but I limited it to these. I know I'll have many of these in the coming days and I sure enjoy every minute of it. Although there were days when he's being very annoying, (lol) I know I won't miss it for the world. I am really hoping that the progress we are making will continue for the better and praying that God will lead us to the right way of bringing up Jami.. with lots of love from Mommy and Daddy!  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Friso Four : A Combintation of Nature and Science

Being a millennial mom opens up a lot of opportunities. Information is now available online through blogs, forums, etc. Montessori, and other progressive schools are now everywhere competing with the tradional schools that most parents attended. Now, every parent has more choices to pick through to better decide the path for their child's future.

ice cream anyone?

Now that Jami is 3 years old, he became more physically, mentally and socially active. Although I could see that he's very independent, I still worry that he might get hurt in the process of learning new stuff. He's very insistent on buying his stuff for school like his bag, shoes, pen and papers, crayons and umbrella and - yes an umbrella, too. Instead of saying that he can't go to school yet, I try my best to use a positive phrase like saying "Yes, we'll go to school next year now that you're already three." I am not sure if he understands but at least I explained it in a way that he won't feel disregarded.

Now that schooling becomes a topic more often, I am now trying my best to understand the K-12 program, progressive, Montessori, traditional school, nursery, kinder and preparatory. Honestly, they are confusing but I know I'll get there.

One morning in Baler, Aurora
As physically active as he can get, he would always stand up on chairs, get on the tables, get his small stool on top of another chair and would sit down, I try to say "No" but I'm reminded that he is  trying to learn new stuff that surely would be more beneficial to him in the future. I was once a child who was curious of everything and I remember how it felt, the need to do the things that are "fun" or "interesting". Instead, of simply saying "no", I'll hear myself saying "Careful, you might fall" or just basically let him do it and watch him closely to make sure that accidents won't happen. I can only spend time with him after work or on weekends so I make sure that when he grows up, he would remember me as his Mommy who is very supportive of whatever he does.



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