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A Big Scare

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday night I got home late because I participated in the badminton tournament at our office. I was looking forward to a hot shower and snuggling in bed to continue reading Robert Ludlum's Covert One series. Via was watching The Last Airbender cartoon series for the nth time. I asked her if she took her meds, seretide puff and Montelukast. She had a couple of asthma attacks this month so she's on medication for 30 days to control it. As I asked her, I looked at the box of Montelukast at the same time and saw it almost empty. I said, "Where are your medicines?" She shrugged her shoulders and said, "Don't know." I told her to look for it, maybe under the table, maybe it spilled. That was when she said, "Well, I ate them all. They were yummy!" At first I just stared at her. Then what she said sunk in and shouted, " What?!!!!" She repeated that it was yummy.

I called Daddy immediately to ask what him what to do. He said calmly to watch out for vomiting, headaches, nausea, etc. (I don't know how he was so calm when it's his daughter! Doctors! Bah!) If it happens, bring Via immediately to the ER. I was reassured by his calmness though so I proceeded to take a shower. After my shower though, doubt crept in and I decided to bring Via to the ER just the same. I told Via to get dressed. 

It was almost 10 pm. We found a taxi and went to the ER in Medical City. We haven't been here in a while so I didn't know that the ER for children is now separate from the adults. Which is a good thing. We walked to the other side to the children's ER. We were immediately attended to. Via's vital signs were checked. Then we waited while they were contacting Poison Control. While waiting 2 more ER resident doctors chatted with Via as to why she took all the meds. She told them all the same thing, that is was yummy! After about 20 minutes, the first doctor came back and said that Montelukast was not high in toxicity. Via was to rest and drink lots of water to flush it out and that's it.

Whew! That's a load off my mind. I know Daddy was also not worried but I couldn't help myself. It would be different if her were here since he's a doctor but he's not. I felt better bringing Via to the ER. So we went home and went to bed. I was exhausted.

The next day, Via told me that while I was in the shower getting ready to go to the ER, she prayed to God that everything would be okay. At least that's the good thing. She is learning to trust and depend on God.


Kids Don't Lie

Sunday, July 24, 2016

At Via's classmate's birthday party yesterday during a Bring Me game...

Bring me 5 prettiest mommies!

Kids rushing, grabbing and dragging their mommies to the party host hoping to be one of the 5 and get a prize.

Via was just standing there ... watching.

I asked her, "Aren't you joining? Don't you want a prize?"She said, "No, I'll join other games."

Hmmmm she always joins games always dragging me in front for whatever games need mommies.

 Later after the party.......

I asked her, (because I couldn't let it daughter does not think I'm pretty!) Ha Ha Ha

Why didn't you join the prettiest mommy bring me game?.... What were you waiting for? Bring me the oldest mommy? (She always says I am the oldest Mommy among her classmates mommies)

Mom (her tone exasperated) you have short hair! How can short hair be pretty?!

Got it.


End of Summer - Wall Climbing and Food Trip

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

To close the summer vacation with a bang, Via and I went wall climbing with my friend Becky. She loved it! After doing the kiddie wall to test the waters, she immediately asked to do the adult walls and quickly progressed to the wall with auto bellay. I only made 3 or 4 climbs as I had an elbow injury which I did not want to aggravate. Via, however, went from wall to wall to wall...she couldn't get enough of it.


We also went on a foodtrip to Denlim's Kitchen in San Fernando, Pampanga, This was a yearly celebration with my friends. The trip was more than a year in the making as booking to Denlim's Kitchen was hard to get. He is usually booked a year in advance. It was worth it though. Via watched as Den Lim prepared each dish and asked lots of questions. Then she runs back to the table to tell us what the next dish will be.

To leave your mark at Denlim's Kitchen, write your name anywhere...... except the chopping block where one of our party wrote his name!  


Our Food:

Bread n Spread (the spread is with "puso ng saging")

Summer Salad (with pinipig, walnuts, apples, singkamas, etc.)

Mussels 420 (420, as explained to us is April 20 when it was first served)

Shrimp Corrito

Broiled Salmon with Asparagus

Pasta Socorro

Caveman Shank

The super finale, Pugon Wrap (this was my favorite of all...super crispy liempo with buro and slice of tomato wrapped in lettuce)

Here's Den Lim preparing Caveman Shank before serving. It was all good and so worth it!

Looking forward to our next summer adventures!


Summer of 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It seems to me that summer breaks are getting longer and longer. It's more than three months! I dread the time when Via's school decides to adapt the new school year from August to June. That will be 5-6 months break during the transition.

It's hard to find activities to occupy her during the summer. No matter what I have lined up, there are still days when there's nothing to do and she resorts to watching videos on YouTube. It's not like my own childhood when my Mother did not have to worry about how I would pass my time. I just spent the whole day outside the house playing with the neighborhood kids. It was a different time.

So what did she do this summer?

Guitar Lessons and Soccer Training


Swimming Lessons and Pilipino Camp in school

Badminton Training and Hip Hop Dance Workshop


Of course what is summer without going to the beach?

She learned to bike, attended birthday parties and visited Kidzania twice. I asked her which activity she enjoyed most in Kidzania. She said it was the Music Studio. She wants to be a rock star. Arrrgh!


She also finally got her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do and represented her school at the Ateneo Football Festival.


Whew! I never had that much activity in my time. The most was a Personality Development Course when I was in high school and swimming lessons in Grade 2.


Tough Question #3

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mom, why did you and Daddy have S-E-X?


Thought bubble: What the fudge should I say??? I have to answer the question. I can't just ignore it! Think! Think! I can't take too long thinking about it.....hmmmm.....

Me: Well Via, when two people love each other, one way they express that love is through sex.

Via: Don't say it! Why are you saying S-E-X?

Me: What's wrong with saying sex?

Via: Eeeeeewwww, it makes me want to barf! So why did you and Daddy have S-E-X?

Me: I already told you. Sex is something God created for a man and a woman to express their love for each other. But...only after getting married because if it is before marriage, it is a sin.

Via: Tell me the story of how you met Daddy again...

Okay... (anything to get off that topic) :)


Chef the Twerp

Saturday, January 2, 2016

We were in the grocery the other day and Via saw this Maya cake flour with the Frozen princesses on the box. She thought it was pancake mix and we just discovered our mistake when we got home. So instead....she wanted to bake a cake. We followed the recipe on the back of the box of the Maya cake flour.

Here's the Twerp's masterpiece. Tadaaa....

Maya cake flour mix was especially made for kids. The recipe at the back even indicated which steps were kid friendly tasks. It was her idea to put marshmallows on top. We will have it for dessert after dinner. I'm sure it's going to be yummmmy!


A Birthday Celebration

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's my birthday!
It's my birthday!
It's my birthday!

The Twerp was so excited about her birthday celebration. Of course the real celebration was visiting Disneyland but her celebration in school is also cause for excitement.

Instead of a birthday cake we got Mrs. Field's birthday cookie. After the candle blowing, everyone was encouraged to get a piece or two or three....


Like last year, we did not order the food but made it ourselves. She had the Fairy Pinwheel Bread and Fall Snack Mix. Both recipes were on Youtube as well which made it easy for us to re-create. I modified the Fall Snack Mix recipe to fit the occasion so instead of candy corns I got different colored jellies. It was tight but we made it to school on time.


She got lots of presents from her classmates which kept on coming days after her birthday. After soccer practice, we went to Kidzoona with her two bestest friends, Jiyeon and Samantha. She got a Nerf Rebelle from Jiyeon, something she's been hankering to get for months and a Barbie from Sam.



The Twerp is 7!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I gave Via a choice between a birthday party and a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. She chose Disneyland. What kid wouldn't, huh?  :)

We woke up around 4am to catch our 8am flight to Hong Kong. What with the spate of incidents at the airport lately, I had our luggage wrapped up in plastic and tape. I wrapped Via's Frozen backpack and taped the pockets of her jacket. How's that for paranoia? We made it to Hong Kong without incident.

We took the MTR to Tsing Yi, where we got scissors to cut away all that plastic from our luggage. From there, we had a hard time finding the right train to Sunny Bay. After going up and down the elevator between level 1 and 2 a couple times, I finally asked someone who said we should be at level 4. Duh! I saw a sign to go down to level 1 for Sunny Bay. Anyway....


We finally got to Hong Kong Disneyland where we waited for the bus that would take us to the Disney Hollywood Hotel where we left our luggage before heading on to the park. We got to the park around 12:30 pm and didn't leave until after the fireworks.


Everytime Via saw the coin stamping machine, Via just had to get a coin. She wanted to collect all of them. At 15 HKD per coin, it converts to about Php100 per coin. Expensive!

It was almost 10pm when we got back to our hotel. I was exhausted. My day started at 4am and it was nonstop going all day. The Twerp wrote this before going to sleep and she kept saying over and over all day and the next day, "Mom, thank you for bringing me to Hong Kong Disneyland."


The next day, we got up early to look around the hotel before having breakfast at Chef Mickey



At Chef Mickey, we got a photo op with the Chef himself. Via said, it's all Mickified, even the food!


We also went to the arcade which was free for guests at the Disney Hollywood Hotel. Even the parents had fun. I liked the shooting game.


Our second day at the park was truly exhausting, at least for me. Via did not want to sit and rest even for a bit. The only rest I got was when we had to use the toilet! We watched every show, every parade and got on every ride except the RC Racer ride. I told her, I am absolutely petrified of that ride. She said, "you're a scaredy cat Mom!" I don't care! I'm not getting on that ride!

Our favorite was the Runaway Mine Cars which was a roller coaster that went forward and back and forward again. We also loved Space Mountain and the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop rides.

Via did not want to leave without a dip in the piano shaped pool at the hotel. So even if it was cold, she went swimming. She said there was warm water coming out of holes spaced all around the pool so the water was not that cold.

Disneyland was truly a magical place for the Twerp!

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