Saturday, January 30, 2010

Buy a New LCD...or a New Wife?! WTF!

I was at work the other day when I received an email from a customer inquiring about how to get a new screen for his LCD tv. Apparently, his wife or soon-to-be-ex wife according to him, hit the screen with a hammer. I was not quite sure whether to laugh or to salute. I thought "a**ho**, perhaps you deserve that. You go girl!". I was tempted to reply: "what the hell did you do that drive your wife mad?!". And my officemates wanted me to answer: GET A NEW WIFE.





Nah...I re-routed the email so they (my co-workers) can answer it, even if I know the part number and the price. If I didn't, I may have just been exchanging letters to that guy, giving him lectures. :) hehe

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Exploding Bomb

Today, 10:02PM Manila Time, the bomb in me exploded.

Rewind, Thursday, 1/21/2010.
My life sounded like a tick bomb. I am counting down the days before Sunday afternoon. I do not want that day to come. Few days after the start of 2010, my dear friend Josh a.k.a Hephaestion talked to me about him planning to transfer to the new project that our company have. He said that it is just the perfect timing. All his plans for 2010 is finally falling into its respective places. With him transferring to the new project, he'll have enough time for his family, he can finally go back to school to finish his studies, and he would still be able to fly to Italy! I am so happy for him! He can accomplish all those things and it's not even mid-year. I was so happy until I finally realize "how about me?"

Fast-forward, Sunday, 1/23/2010.
Here comes the final ticking of my clock. 7 minutes before 1:00PM Manila Time. I can hear Spice Girls' "Goodbye, my friend, I know you're gone, you said you're gone but I can still feel you here...better keep it strong before the pain turns into fear...". I fought my tears back. No I am not going to cry. Jokingly, I said "What's with the song?". Josh naughtily smiled, "Testing our tear glands, I know mine isn't working anymore!". Spice Girls ended, but was immediately followed by Mariah Carey's "This is for my people who just lost somebody, your bestfriend, your baby, your man or your lady...". I logged out as soon as I saw the digital clock on my avaya hitting end shift. I was trying as hard as I could to leave the premises. But Josh volunteered to walk me out. I asked Jelly to come with us. I know it is not going to be a no-tear-formula :) I hailed the next jeepney I saw, said my last goodbye, gave my last hug and rushed to the waiting vehicle, not looking back. It was saddest time of my life after the death of my father. The tear I was holding back just started to drop. Thoughts came rushing to my head. There was a weird feeling of deja vu, my jaw was tightened, and I can feel the shortness of my breath. I knew I had to let it go. And just in time, I heard the radio played Through the Years. (No, we were not intimately involved! We're like sisters or even closer...). The words hit me like a cold stone "through the years when everything went wrong, together we were strong, I know that I belong..." I finally let it go. I fumbled through my phone and send him this message "F****ng jeepney! F*****g song! I failed testing my tear gland :( I'll sure look for you everyday, you bi*ch!!"

Josh: I'll send you the bucket of tears as soon as I'm done

Mother Quotes


Tri @ 9 months old


I saw pure love when my son looked at me, and I knew that I had to make a good life for the two of us...
- Suzanne Somers

DIAPER REVIEW: Pampers Comfort

Tri has been on diapers 24/7 since birth. During his first three months, he's using the EQ diaper. Affordable. But the quality isn't that good.

So hubby and I decided to switch brands and go for Pampers comfort. Reasonable price and just the right quality.

                               
Or so I thought.

It was last month, before Christmas, I noticed something wrong with the product. The adhesive tape on the left side seems to be getting detached from the waist band. I thought it was only because Tri has been so active lately, or maybe he is peeing too much and we have not paid that much attention to changing the nappies right away.

Two or three nappies, I can shrug it off. But 9 out of 10 nappies--there should be something.

So I called Pampers customer line. Boy--were they the nicest customer service ever! The representative, Liezel, told me that I have two options. 1.) have a refund or 2.) have a replacement. Both options were good and didn't leave me on a dead end. And Liezel was straight forward enough to tell me which one is fastest--get a refund. It will only take me 2 banking days to get my P400 back while the replacement product will take 10-15 days for me to get it. And my only requirement is for me to ship the remaining nappies.

You betcha--I opt for the refund. She just asked  couple of information and I'm all set.

2 days after, the carrier came and picked up the package and the day after that I got my control number, went to the nearest Western Union and got my P400 back. The money isn't that big amount, but the experience was okay. At least Pampers can stand behind their products.

Dada, however, shows distrust to them. He never bought Pampers again. Tri is currently on Drypers.

So far,so good...I hope :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mother Quotes



Tri and his spiky hair! :)




I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me "mommy."
-- Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dada's Got Strained Foot!


When I got home Thursday night last week, hubby was complaining about his right foot badly hurt.

I panicked. Thought it might be broken or something.

I forced him to go an ER.

He didn't. He is a big doctor-and-hospital-hater.

He instead produced a menthol ointment and a bandage.

I am pissed and kept on ranting while wrapping his foot. I hate it that he doesn't like doctors--of fear maybe, or of the cost of a single checkup. I really don't understand.

As I was finishing the bandage and putting on his socks, I noticed our little Tri walking around the house and went to one of the corners. He stayed there for a little while and went back screaming at me: "Mymy! Mymy!"

He was holding his Daddy's Reebok.

"Dada" he said, holding the shoe up.

I was dumbfounded.

He thought wearing socks means going out! It was cute. But that cuteness is just a mere minute I was not able to snap a photo! Grrrr...

It's ok, hubby's foot is ok now and he can now walk around even went back to the gym the day after.

Not Again!


Friday morning, as I was heading to work on my usual routine, I witnessed another snatching event.

It isn't safe anywhere, anymore right?

Right.

This time the victim was an elderly woman carrying like five bags of groceries. I didn't notice it first until I heard her screaming. I looked back realizing I was only three or four feet away. She's frantically screaming until a lot of people are looking at her and the snatcher.

And him--the snatcher around the age of 28-35, wearing yellow green shirt and checkered shorts--stepped back a little and walked like nothing happened. He was not able to get anything from the woman.

Fortunately. 

I felt clenching my fist--really hard as I watched the snatcher walk. His eyes were of a playful teenager who doesn't know what's fun and what's not. His jaw was tightened, with a sly grin. I thought I saw devil again.

I asked myself "why would you get some stuff that other people worked hard for?!"

"you've got a good firm body which you should be using for work instead of snatching!"

And I thought I saw myself dragging him on the edge of the street then pushing him off the road while hundreds of buses came rushing.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

The taxi driver was angrily honking.

I didn't realize I was watching him (the snatcher) walk by. And I didn't know I was staring at him that long eye to eye. That was the longest time I looked at someone in the eye with...anger.

How could our own policemen let these incidents pass? How could there be some people who are willing to hurt others to get what they need--even if they can actually get 'em the legal way? Why are there some bystanders like me who just let these things happen? Why am I not taught to defend others?

I calmed myself.

I thought of karma and how it attacks a person.

It's better off that way. At least nobody's hurt. Nothing stolen.

Thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mother Quotes

You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today's world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms.

 -Neal A. Maxwell


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Taking Good Care of Baby's Teeth

I recently blogged about Tri finally having interest in brushing his own teeth. But, it was never a smooth sailing journey to get him to do it.

The moment I saw the very first pearly white on his lower gum (about 7 months old), I've been the clean-freak mother (AGAIN!). I've started using the baby gum massager to brush his gums and his single tooth. He doesn't like it though. I remember he kept on sticking out his tongue! End up using the old fashion way--cleaning his mouth with a clean cloth damped in mineral water.

Here are some tips I'd like to share for a successful teeth cleaning:

1.) Start cleaning your baby's mouth even before a tooth starts to appear.

Baby's mouth should always be cleaned. Once a day would do, specially if he's too little for the cleaning. You may use the end of a clean cotton cloth damped in mineral water (why mineral water? for safety purposes--to avoid diarrhea or gastrointestinal diseases). Wipe the tongue to get rid of the white cheese-like color you see. Cleaning the tongue can also help in maintaining a pleasant sweet odor a baby's mouth should have.


2.) Once you see a tooth erupting, clean it! 

I've read an article from this site . It says it is wrong to think that since it's baby teeth, it's all gonna be replaced by the permanent ones, so it's okay if it's not cleaned all the time. The milk teeth serve as guide in lining up the permanent teeth. They will fall out eventually, yes--but not brushing regularly may increase the chance of your baby getting cavities or tooth decay which will result for them to fall out earlier than it should be.



3.) Watch the sugar intake. 

Babies that are formula fed, like Tri, should not be given milk to put them to sleep and leaving it for a long period of time (specially if they seem to be not feding anymore). The sugar content on the formula milk is the major cause of cavities on children today. If this is unavoidable, change the ratio of the milk and water (ex. 4 scoops : 8oz water, make it 3 scoops : 8oz water).



4.) Water.

Let your baby drink water every after meal. Water can easily wash off infant meals on your baby's teeth. But water alone cannot clean all the dirt, so start introducing toothbrush (1st step brush, one with the soft bristle).


5.) Baby toothpaste.

Baby tooth gel/toothpaste are widely available through local stores (Mercury Drugs, Watsons) and baby sections on department stores. Go for the brand Sansfluo. It is a non-fluoride tooth gel, safe to use for children 3 and below, even if swallowed. Since children around this age are still unable to rinse their mouth, it is still not advisable to use fluoride toothpaste. Studies have shown that fluoride intake on children at this age can cause spots on their teeth.

6.) Regular checkups.

A professional help is still the best option to achieve a nice set of baby teeth. It is recommended that parents bring their babies as soon as the you see the first tooth or not later than a year old. Expect a little of tantrums and a bit of embarrassment, but hey--what the heck!



I still have a year or two to chase Tri around the house and force help him to clean his teeth. A little messy, a little exhausting, but all the hard work will pay off.

Happy Brushing!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Today's Menu...

Menudo!

No, I am not talking about the boyband where Ricky Martin came from!

I was a little in-the-mood for cooking today. I asked hubby what he wants and go for Menudo.(It's a dish made up of garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, tomato sauce, pork meat and/or liver.

And here's what I made:



This is still in the process of cooking the meat and the vegetables. It's a festive of colors and flavors (if only my trusted Motorola phone can catch it! Grrr!)


And here's the finish product:




Some fried rice added for Tri's complete meal :)

He loved it! Look:




He's even trying to feed himself with a spoonful!

If my readers (if I do have...hehe) would like to try my simpler version of the Filipino menudo, here's the recipe:

2 red onions
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 kg of pork meat
4 medium sized potatoes (diced)
1 large carrot (diced)
2 bell peppers
1 275g of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of soy sauce
juice of 3 medium sized calamansi
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

For the meat:

1.) Wash the meat carefully.
2.) Slice 3 medium-sized calamansi.Remove the seeds then extract the juice.
3.) Marinate the pork in soy sauce and calamansi juice for about 30 minutes.

Getting the dish ready:

1.) Heat the oil on the pan.
2.) Saute garlic until golden brown then add the onions. Cook until the onions look transparent. Then add the meat only (set aside the marinade). Wait 'til the pinkish meat turns brownish in color then add the carrots, potatoes and bell peppers. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until both meat and vegetables are cooked well.
3.) Add the marinade and the tomato sauce, some salt and pepper to taste and grated cheddar cheese (optional) for added "umami". Put the cover back and leave it for another 10 minutes to let all the flvor blend.

Serve it hot with plain rice or fried rice.Makes 6-8 servings.

This isn't a bad dish at all for babies 1yr and up. Chunks of vegetables and a good splash of the tomato sauce with cheese over a plain rice is packed with nutrients. Plus, both parents and baby can enjoy a good dish together.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mother Quotes

"To the world you might just be one person,
but to one person you might be the world."

~ Author Unknown


I love you, son.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tri Look-Alikes

Which one do you think??? :D




Tri and Tommy?




Tri and Aang?

or



Tri and Zangief?

Uhh...I'd like to go for the second one :) hehehe

Let Us All Welcome 2010!

2009 have been--let's say, fair enough for me. Had a few mishaps but still plenty of blessings to be glad about. Had a little misunderstandings, but a lot of tender moments together. A lot of my moodiness, a lot of Tri's bubbly laughter. The yin and yang still present.

I would like to thank 2009 for the following:


#1. For the valuable shopping time we had (for the first time with our baby, Tri).

#2. For the 3-day vacation I had with my two sisters and my beloved little brother.

#3. For letting us travel all the way to Morong (my hometown) safely so I can be present on my sister's graduation day!

#4. For helping me and hubby on those tough days when nobody seemed to care for us.

#5. For letting us celebrate Tri's first birthday. Although it happened opposed to what I've planned, almost out of budget, last minute CHANGESSSSSSS (a lot was change!), without the presence of my family--I am still thankful that I was able to give my son a party.

#6. For my hubby's birthday party (small one) that his cousins prepared for him ( I didn't like the idea of it, really--with the beers and all that?!). Anyway, it is the way birthdays are celebrated in the Philippines.

#7. For introducing me to the world of blogging! :D


#8. For getting hubby back into shape. No more smoking. No more drinking. More workout.

#9. For letting us survive the deadly Ondoy and Pepeng. Though a lot lost their loved ones, lost their homes, lost their jobs...life has to move on.


#10. For the three pearly whites on Tri's gum! :)

#11. For helping me decide to switch from depo shot to the oral pill and making me feel how a normal body works (AGAIN!).

#12. For celebrating my 23rd birthday even without my Dad (in four years), but with all of my friends, my beloved son and my husband.

Thank you for the wonderful experiences 2009. I'll be facing 2010 stronger, more confident, more loving and a much more responsible person.

Welcome, 2010! We will have 525 600 minutes to face.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear


Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?


In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife


In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?


How about love? How about love?
How about love? Measure in love


Seasons of love
Seasons of love


Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan


Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?


In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died


It's time now to sing out
Tho' the story never ends
Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends


Remember the love
(Oh you got to, got to)
Remember the love
(Remember the love)
Seasons of love
(Measure measure you life in love)
Seasons of love
Seasons of love


Seasons of Love from RENT

Friday, January 1, 2010

Celebrating New Year's Eve, Kill-Joy Mom Version

New year's eve...hmmm...

I remember celebrating New Year's Eve when I was a little..err chubby kid. 10pm is cooking time and would mostly last until 11:30pm minutes before the grand countdown. 11:45pm I am all ready with my two hands on my ear and a scarf to cover my nose and mouth (firecracker smoke bad for lungs!). And by that time, my relatives in the house would:

1.) Open all windows and doors
- a Filipino superstitious belief which signifies the family allowing "luck" to enter the house.

2.) Blow their horns/Set all kinds of firecrackers in the street
- Old folks said this is to scare the bad spirit.

3.) Shake some coins to make a loud noise before tossing them
- Sign of prosperity.

4.) Wear Polk-a-dots.
- If we are still on the late 80's or early 90's, I think it is still fashionable!

5.) Jump.Jump.Jump.
- So we will grow taller.

6.) Decorate the house with round fruits.
- Round fruits means infinity (and beyond! :p)

7.) Gather around the table and pig out!

Uhhh...this ain't happening now. Again, I'll be stuck in the office 'til Sunday afternoon. I'll hybernate as much as I can. And again, I had been debating with myself whether or not to come to work today until the very last minute. But the working mom side won. My conscience said I need to provide for my family. I have bills to pay, a bagpack to buy for my little brother, food to serve for my own family and twenty-more-thousand-peso fee for my dental thingy. My mommy side tried to fight back, but freakin' workforce did not apporve my Leave request!! I can just not report to work and send a message to my bosses--but that would be unfair. My office mates had been offering for me to log out early so I can still go home, or even asked me to celebrate the eve with them--NO. My mind is fixed.

I wonder if Tri hates me now for not being with him today and being such a kill-joy... :(

Am I a kill-joy?