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Omigosh An Earthquake!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PhotobucketIt's what I fear most because we live in a high-rise building that's 40 stories and we live on the 36th floor. In the aftermath of the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, I live in fear of earthquakes especially since the Philippines lies along the Pacific ring of fire that have frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Well, we just had a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Manila (according to the news) early this morning. I woke up at around 1:20AM because I felt our bed swaying a little. I sat up in bed thinking that maybe I was feeling dizzy from waking up suddenly. The swaying continued for what seemed like a very long time. The Twerp did not stir neither did Via's caregiver, her Tita Neneng.

When I felt the swaying stop, I debated whether to go down to the lobby. I waited a few minutes, then the swaying started again. I was praying that it would not get stronger than what I felt was a hammock slightly swaying. It stopped again after what felt like several minutes, although I guess it must have only been a minute. I thought then it would be a very weak earthquake. I logged online to check if there were any news of the earthquake but I saw none online. It just happened after all! It took a while for me to fall asleep again.

I was so surprised when my friend Bex sent me SMS about the earthquake at around 6AM saying there was an earthquake and it was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Manila. I checked for news online again as soon as I got to the office and found out that the epicenter was in Zambales, a province about 5 hours away from Manila and that there were several aftershocks. So what should we do during earthquakes again? Here is a checklist I got from the Red Cross website. If inside the building like we were:

  • Drop, cover, and hold. Move as little as possible.

  • If in bed, stay there, curl up, hold on and protect your head with a pillow.

  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and make sure it's safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, take the stairs, not the elevator as there may be power outages.

  • Sprinklers and fire alarms may go off.

For more information, visit the Red Cross website.


Toddler Talk

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Twerp is quickly picking up more and more words everyday and it's a source of amusement for us. Not that we let her see how amused we are of what comes out of her mouth.

She can now tell you how old she is. How old are you Via? I'm two old, holding up two fingers. We hide our smiles, it sounds like she's too old.

When being shown how to do something, she will say: I'm do it!

She used to say Min if she wants milk, now she says it correctly, miLK, with such an emphasis on the "LK" like she's still practicing how to say it.

Of course she still cannot pronounce words perfectly so some words come out funny like:

Pluto = Plutol

Lion = Laynon

Water = Watah

Orange = Onen

In the building where we live, guards and storekeepers call out to her when she passes by, Hi Via! After she walks past and the person is behind her she would ask, "Who dat?" with her eyes going very big and round.

But it's not only Via that's a source of my amusement. Daddy who's Indonesian has picked up Tagalog after staying in the Philippines a few years. He taught himself using learning Tagalog apps for ipod/ipad. And he's picked up phrases from Filipino friends.

While walking in the street, we saw a traffic police flag down a motorist who apparently made a traffic violation. P said, Huli ka balbon! (means something like Gotcha!) I thought, huh? where did he hear that, I haven't even heard that expression before.

Or he would be telling me about his day, something that he found ridiculous, he would say churva talaga (means BS)! Wow, he's learned gay lingo!

I wonder how I would fare teaching myself Bahasa Indonesia. All I know until now is Selamat Pagi and Terima Kasih. People I know who have been in Indonesia though say it's easy as it's very similar to Tagalog. Hmmmm let's see then.


Mommy Moments - Restaurants

Friday, July 15, 2011

mommy moments

The restaurant that we frequent most is Shakey's. It's my favorite pizza and when I'm asked where I'd like to eat, more often than not I'd say Shakey's. Via now loves pizza and mojos.



P got me a Shakey's pizzanatic card since eat there so much as well as have pizza delivered at home.

Another restaurant we frequent is Cajun Red Rock. We love it there because of the good service. As soon as you sit down there's popcorn on the table. The manager also gives Via a toy balloon every time we eat there.



The Twerp is Watching Angelina Ballerina

Thursday, July 14, 2011


The Twerp's favorite show to watch right now is Angelina  Ballerina. Angelina is an 8 year old mouseling with a British accent who love to dance the ballet under her ballet teacher Miss Lily.  In the show, she wears a pink tutu and pink ballet slippers.

The first time Via watched Angelina Ballerina, she fell in love right away. We don't let her watch TV,  it was just that one time and it was a disaster. After that she wanted to watch TV all day. Telling her to stop led to a mega toddler meltdown. So once again, we stopped watching TV, all of us at home.

What I did was download Angelina Ballerina episodes and let her watch on the laptop. It's easier to control her viewing times that way.

Angelina Ballerina is a great show for preschoolers. It closely mimics real life issues about family, friends, school, tantrums and a child's dreams. Each episode has a message which I love. Btw, the voice of Ms. Lily is done by Dame Judi Dench.


TGIF with The Green Tomato

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Most everyone I know look forward to Fridays especially if they've had a tough week at work. My friends and I were especially looking forward to a get together after some of them came back from a trip to Hong Kong. We have a great system for traveling with friends. Everyone who's going on the trip put money in a "pot" which will be spending money of the group for the entire trip. Someone is assigned treasurer and does the budgeting. It works out great. Anyway, they had money left over and decided to treat the whole group to pizza to unwind after work.

We all met at our office cafeteria after work and ordered pizza from The Green Tomato.

Four Cheese with Cheddar, Mozzarella, Feta and Parmesan with Pesto. This is my favorite! So yummy and cheesy  :)


Margherita with fresh tomato slices and pesto. A little trivia, Margherita is what I wanted to name the Twerp but Daddy had other ideas. He was appalled! He said, how could I name our baby after pizza. Her name should mean something. So he named the Twerp and she ended up with very, very long name full of meaning :D


Pepperoni Feast with pepperoni, onions and bell peppers. Good, pepperoni is always good.


I brought along the Asti Martini my boss gave me last Christmas. It's been in my office drawer for so long.


We had a great time, talking about their recent trip and planning next year's trip. Voting is still open for Singapore, Taiwan or Hong Kong again. I voted Singapore because I want to bring the Twerp to Universal Studios. Crossing my fingers!


The Green Tomato, 6th Level Shangrila Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila



The Secret to a Long Life

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Twerp and I went to my Aunt's birthday last night. It was her 80th birthday. She is my father's older sister and has the same birthday as my father who passed away about 8 years ago. He wasn't even 70. I said to my cousin how most of the sisters were still alive and all the brothers have passed away. He said that women usually live longer than men. Well...maybe. Below is a photo of three of my father's sisters: the youngest, 70 (second from left); the eldest, 85 (third from left); and the birthday celebrant (right most).


I'm not sure about my cousin's theory but on my mother side, I had a grandfather who lived to be 99. His eldest daughter, my favorite aunt is now 96, still strong, healthy and in command of her faculties. There many aunties that are 85 years old and more.

So what's the secret to living a long life? For me, it's a combination of the following:

  • The lifestyle back then in their generation was much simpler and the kind of world they grew up in had less pollution, chemicals and processed food.

  • A strong faith. My aunt is like a rock in her faith and accepts anything that comes her. Nothing fazes her and she never worries or fears anything.

  • Being a giving person. She is not rich but gives generously of her time and money without expecting anything in return.

  • She is also humble, never putting herself forward or over anyone.

In a nutshell, clean and simple living with no fears and worries. What do you think is the secret to a long and healthy life?

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