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Discovering Muay Thai

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm a few years late since most of my friends have tried it years ago. Better late than never. After Via's stint with Tae Kwon Do which she loved, I decided to try out martial arts as exercise.

I was allowed to have a trial to see if I liked it. It was a great trial class because there were only 2 of us. The coach found gloves and handwraps for me to use. We start with warming up and shadowing. I could not get the hang of the jabbing and kicking routine but eventually got it by doing it slowly.

By the time we got to the actual workout of 3 minutes per set, I was thoroughly enjoying myself. I loved the kicking and the punching. After the workout, I felt so relaxed. Even my back pain seemed to disappear. 

 I paid my membership fee the next day and bought my gloves and hand wraps. Too bad my first session was cancelled due to Typhoon Glenda. 


Losing Patience

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

If you're a mom, you would have lost your patience with your child at least once or several times :) I know I have. I promised myself to never hit my child or raise my voice no matter how stubborn she got. Easier said than done. I have been pushed to the limits of my patience so many times and have given in to yelling and in a few instances, hitting. The hitting was nothing more than a light tap mostly on her butt or her hands, but it was still hitting. So when a couple of friends on Facebook shared this article on yelling at kids, I read with trepidation. I knew I would be guilty.

One Sunday, Via was particularly stubborn. Before going in a restaurant to eat, we went to the restroom. I wanted her to pee so she wouldn't say I need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the meal, especially when there is no bathroom in the restaurant and we have to go to the end of the mall. Well she wouldn't. "I'm not wiwi." Most of the time she is but just doesn't want to go. Well this time I lost my patience and swatted her butt. Another time she wouldn't take her antibiotics and spit it out when she did. Lost my temper and shouted at the top of my voice, "take your medicine!"

That night though, I saw the article again, it was shared several times, and remembered what I did that day. I sat down beside Via in bed and said that I was sorry I spanked her and shouted at her sometimes when she was particularly stubborn. Her eyes filled with tears. I knew then that her feelings were hurt. But the way children usually are, she was quick to forgive and said that we will remind each other whenever we forget and raise our voices.


Savor the Day

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The weekend is our time together, Via and I. And she always says, " I love doing things with you MommyThis the best day ever!" It so warms my heart.

These moments are sometimes spoiled during mealtimes. Via is a verrrrry slow eater and I eat very fast. I guess I just gobble up my food especially when I'm very hungry. Which is why I always end up, after patiently waiting for a few minutes, telling Via to "hurry up." Finish your food! Swallow!

Last Sunday, we had dessert at Coldstone Creamery. It's her new favorite ice cream. I had a piece of cake and coffee from the coffee shop next to it, Caffe Pascucci. As usual I finished first. After awhile I told Via to "Hurry Up."

She said to me,"Mom, why do you always tell me to hurry up? Let us savor the day!"

Of course that shut me up! Why DO I always tell her to hurry up when it's our time together? It doesn't matter what we do, it's that we are doing it together and I should not rush it. She's right! We must savor every moment together! We must savor every moment of our life! We must savor our Coldstone Creamery desserts too!

My daughter has been such a blessing to me, there are no words. I have become a better person because of her. I got to know myself because of her. And I am striving each day to better myself, especially when I see her imitating my behavior, my actions, my habits, my expressions.... Am I her role model? That scares me and it drives me to improve myself and be a better person.

p.s. - I had the velvet cake at Caffe Pascucci. It was so-so. Next time I'll try the chocolate one.


A Case of Bullying?

I was happy to know that two of Via's preschool classmates are also her classmates now in big school in Kinder 2. New students were all put in one class because the school had Kinder 1 so old students would have already formed friendships.

The first week of school, Via told me that a classmate pushed her friend Z. The next day, she said this same "dark skinned" girl kicked Z. [Btw, the "dark skin" is just her description of the classmate not to discriminate]. These incidents happened while on the playground during recess.  Friday of that first week was Parent-Teacher Conference day and I expected Z's mom would mention the two incidents to the class adviser. I didn't want to meddle since it was not my kid. I already chatted with Z's mom a few times and bullying was her top most concern since Z is kind of small for her age.

The second week, Via said this girl kicked their other friend J three times and gripped Via's arm very tight. She also borrowed Via's fan and broke it and borrowed her pen and "lost it" when Via asked for it back. I started to think this girl had a problem. At first I thought it might be normal pushing and shoving in the playground that were accidental. The next day, Via said this girl stepped on all of their toes and followed them when they moved away from her. 

That day right after school I got a call from Z's mom because she was now very upset. Z told her about the shoving and the kicking and stepping on toes as soon as she got in the car after school each day that it happened and it was evident that it was upsetting her. On the other hand, Via reported all the incidents to the teacher, the fan and the pen and the stepping on their toes. I didn't want to step in because every time an incident happened I asked what Via did and I was happy with the way she was handling it and she didn't appear to be bothered by it. But Z, when asked by her mom if she told the teacher, she said she did not because the teacher was busy. In any case, Z's mom asked me if I wanted to talk to the teacher or the guidance councilor to bring the matter to their attention. She had also already called the teacher to report it. 

I'm willing to give the girl the benefit of the doubt. She might not know how to ask to play with their group and the shoving, etc. could be her way of getting their attention. Still, it's better to let the school know that there is something going on so they could watch out for it, in case the girl really has a problem.

So yesterday we spoke with the guidance councilor and the assistant principal. They already took steps the last week talking to the girl and her parents and I was assured. The girl is a foreigner so that could be one of the reasons for her behavior, she felt that she didn't fit in maybe.

So it's wait and see for now. As long as it's not bothering Via and she's standing up for herself and handling it, I'll let her be.


Daddy's Home!

Daddy messaged me that he would be coming home for a couple of weeks which was totally unexpected. So we looked forward to that day, a Friday. Thursday morning, somebody was at the door very early. Sino ba yan ang aga ah! It was Daddy! He got confused because the flight was midnight. Good thing cos he got to  see Via's last day as kiddie crew at TGI Fridays.

Because it was very short notice, we didn't have anything planned. I just went on leave from work 3 days of each week he was here. We went to the malls (where else?), attended big school orientation and bought school uniform, played lots of badminton and we finally went to rainforest park in Pasig. That was fun! It's a nice place to spend an afternoon with kids. We will be back when the weather is cooler.

Before we knew it, it was time for Daddy to leave but we made the most of the short time he was here.


What's the meaning of...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My daughter is now in big school. Yay! She is in Kinder 2 and Mommy is so excited! Can't wait for Monday the first day of school. Everything needed on the school list is ready. I can't help na magtaas ng kilay sa ibang items pero na din. Some of these are two rolls of toilet paper, a box of tissue, liquid soap....etc. The emergency kit, they call it "grab kit" I understand. The others....sige na lang.

Before I get totally off track, I wrote this post because Via has been asking the meaning of words she comes across while reading or watching videos. It's great that she's curious but sometimes I really run out of answers. Words that I took for granted were a challenge to define using small words kids understand.


Lately, she took to watching magic's greatest secrets on YouTube and she started asking the meaning of words like
red carpet
bendable babe (yikes!)

So what words have your children asked you to define?


Goodbye Preschool! Hello Big School!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I always thought I would be proud of whatever my little girl accomplishes but I was surprised at the rush of pride that I felt when I read the email from her school.

"Congratulations! Just to let you know that Via has been chosen to do the speech for the graduation....."

Suddenly I'm oblivious to everything but the feeling of bursting pride. There are no awards given out at Via's preschool. The school follows the concept of all kids are special in their own ways. Instead, students who have performed well or excelled are given special roles during graduation. There are four special roles: two students for the leading roles in the musical production, one student to do the Invocation and one student to make the graduation speech.


Congratulations Via! Mommy and Daddy are so very proud of you!

Via has also been accepted at our chosen big school. It was all or nothing because we haven't applied anywhere else. So on to the next chapter!


Stay at Home Mom for a Little Time

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I always say, I would love to be a stay at home mom, to be hands on in taking care of my daughter, doing housework...mommy stuff. So I am for a time. Let me say that I love it! I won't say I was not exasperated at times or at the end of my patience but on the whole it was great.

In the morning we would make our breakfast together. That would be around 10am. I let her sleep late because she doesn't get enough sleep. Children  her age needs 12-15 hours sleep and she gets about 10 hours at the most. So we make pancakes or toasted bread and eat breakfast leisurely.

After breakfast if I have an errand we go out but not too long. Via tires easily and I don't want to have to carry her around. We would be home about 2pm then we have our lunch at home. I try to get her to nap after lunch but if she can't fall asleep then we play or watch a video or read. Dinner is at 6pm and bedtime at 8pm.

It was easy to fall back to the way I did housework before I had Via. I made sure I did a little bit of washing clothes, cleaning the house everyday so the housework won't piile up. I look forward to Monday, the start of school. I will be preparing her school snack and bring her to school :) 


December Na! How Time Flies!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

 Been a while since I posted here. So the Twerp turned 5 and will be going to big school next year. She was accepted at our first choice and there was no need to apply to other schools. Yay! 

We are both on vacation, not that we are going anywhere. Daddy only has Christmas Day and New Year off so we are staying put here in Manila. Doesn't seem like fun does it? I am looking forward to almost 3 weeks off work though and spending all that time with the Twerp. I have cooking, crafts and sports activities planned for us. 

In keeping with the simple and frugal living that I want for us, we made our Christmas tree out of leftover crepe paper. Via and I made it together. It's not great but we made it and had fun along the way including an exploding glue gun which promptly ended the activity. 

On the subject of Santa, now that she's really old enough to think for herself, I already decided to tell her that Santa is not real. I said Santa is just like Mickey Mouse. He's not real! I had thought she got the message. However.....

in school, the kids were asked to write to Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. So Via wrote:

Dear Santa, For Christmas I wish pony Reboodas. Via

I thought it was cute :)

The school had their Christmas Program at the Tektite Auditorium. Really serious business! Nobody was allowed backstage except the kids and production staff. Kids must be there at 9am while doors will open for the guests (parents) at 9:40am.

The program was a success! Why not? The audience were all parents and clapped madly after each number.The kids were their cute adorable selves, especially the nursery. And the surprise at the end? Photo op with Santa with a little something after the picture taking.

Via said to me after, "Why did Santa give me a lighting sword? I asked for Rainbow Dash." So I'm back where I started. Explain that Santa is not real.

I did buy Rainbow Dash and put on the gift tag "Merry Christmas Via, From: Santa (Daddy and Mommy). If she asks, the gift from Santa is actually from Mommy and Daddy, a bonus gift for being good all year.


Via Likes to Cook

Sunday, September 1, 2013

She started with pancakes.

"Mommy, I want to help."

Okay, I said. You can mix the batter. 

That was the beginning. As she helped more and more, she moved on the scooping the batter into the pan. Until she helped make the pancakes from beginning to end.

From then on, she would ask to help from time to time. Measuring the ingredients or peeling garlic, even chopping using the food processor.

Like all mommies, I jumped at the chance to nurture this interest. Our Sunday activity now is making lunch together. Last Sunday, we made Spaghetti with Meatballs. She had fun up to the point where the meat needed to be mixed by hand and make meatballs. She didn't want to get her hands dirty.

Today, we made Wicked Oreos. That super dessert from Flaming Wings. It turned out quite well although there was a minor explosion while heating up the oil. Some oil landed on her arms but she was fine after we ran cold water on her arms.


Pancake mix, oreos, pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream.

Prepare pancake mix as you would when making pancakes. Add the salt and baking powder. 

When you oil is really, really hot, dip one oreo in the batter, then deep fry. Add more but make sure they don't touch. When brown, scoop and place on paper towels.

When done, top with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Eat right away.


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