Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

'Tis The Season Kit QP by: ©2008 Laurie's Scraps
ABC by: Siva Designs

Here's our 12 gifts for you this Christmas:
  1. Happiness deep down inside
  2. Serenity at every sunrise
  3. Success in every facet of our life
  4. Family beside you
  5. Caring friends always around you
  6. A love that never ends
  7. Good health
  8. Beautiful memories of yesteryears
  9. A bright today, with so much to be thankful for
  10. A pathway leading to better tomorrows
  11. Dreams that come true
  12. and a great appreciation for whatever you do. myspace graphic comments

Monday, December 22, 2008

Gifts and more

Actually, as I write this post ... more gifts and noche buena baskets for Dad spread all over the sala (hindi na under the tree hahaha) ... came from different parts of the Philippines. I'm waiting for the spicy vinegar from Negros Occidental ... mukhang hindi yun ang ibibigay ni Cong. Cojuangco ngayon hehehe. There were also boxes of pears, oranges, grapes, fruit cocktails, and all-purpose cream. There's a styro full of different kinds of fish (coz Dad's been eating it for 2 years already), and also some goodies from Pampanga's Best. Not to forget ... boxes of red wines, too.

This year, some gifts under our tree are from Jason's suppliers. Contest sila ni Dad, paramihan ng gifts ... kaso wala ng tatalo kay Dad. It's always like this every Christmas. Actually, we are so blessed that we don't have to do the groceries for our Noche Buena, because it's already here at home. Tons of Noche Buena basket to fill even my birthday and Medya Noche.

Actually, nakikisali na sa paramihan ng gifts ang kapatid kong bunso, coz he have some in this tree as well from his officemates. Grabe, high EQ sila, they're going to open the gifts on Christmas day pa. Ang tindi ... kaso ako minsan low EQ lalo na if I saw Ferrero Rocher sa baskets saka chocolate chip cookies. My mom would wonder nalang bakit lahat ng basket may butas na. Not to mention ... my so adorable baby is always ecstatic whenever she's near the tree because of these gifts.

Ako, I never have too many gifts eversince I was born. Ewan ko, maybe sadyang kuripot mga kaibigan ko o wala akong kaibigan. Even hubby doesn't give me gifts anymore hehehe unless I asked for it. Ganun na ata talaga ang tumatanda.

Like I said ... hindi na ako umaasa pero if ever matanggap ko yung gusto kong camera bago matapos ang taon na ito, who cares kung wala ako matanggap na gift before! I got my family, hubby and Janna ... what else can you ask for?

Twilight Movie Date

Hubby and I made our last minute Christmas shopping for our inaanak yesterday. Since we are very early, there's not much people lining up the cashiers. But their are lots of people on cue at the gift wrapping section. I told hubby that will just buy gift wrappers and I'll be the one to wrap it.

After that, we ate lunch and headed to the cinema to watch Twilight. I've been keeping my excitement to Jason since he doesn't know that it's was a love story type of movie ...

Finally ... after waiting for almost a month ... napanood ko na din ang Twilight whoopee!

I love the movie from the start till the end. But a little disappointed that some great stuffs from the book didn't come out of the movie. My favorite scenes were Bella and Edward would have their time alone sitting up on trees .. grabe ... wish hubby and I can do that, too. Love it when Edward and Bella look at each others eyes ... it's so romantic. Like hubby said, "Parang Harry Potter naman yung Twilight" hmmm ... seems like somebody didn't like it hahaha!

I also ask hubby, "Labs, ano di mo naintindihan sa Twilight, tanong mo sa akin at sasagutin ko." and he said, "Labs naman, bat di mo sinabi na love story pala yun" hahaha! As if I told him, would he still watch it with me? I don't think so wahahaha!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Harry Potter Movie Trailer

Here's what I got from You Tube a while ago. The latest movie trailer of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Bad trip kasi... bakit sa July pa ipapalabas. Hmmm ... 1 year and 2 months old na si Janna nun, ma-aappreciate kaya niya kung isasama namin siya manood ng movie?

Coffee Break ver. 1.48

The first Christmas carol I've learned when I was a child is Sa May Bahay ang Aming Bati. I think every kid in the Philippines learned to sing this carol very well because whenever there were kids singing their carols from house to house, this is the first song they'll sing...
Sa may bahay, ang aming bati
Merry Christmas' na maluwalhati
Ang pag-ibig ang siyang naghari
Araw-araw ay magiging Paskong lagi

Ang sanhi po ng pagparito
Hihingi po ng aginaldo
Kung sakali't kami'y perwisyo
Pasensiya na pagka't kami'y namamasko

Then they will follow it with the song Noche Buena ... hahaha kabisado eh no?

Kay sigla ng gabi
Ang lahat ay kay saya
Nagluto ang Ate
Ng manok na tinola
Sa bahay ng Kuya
Ay mayroong litsonan pa
Ang bawat tahanan
May handang iba't iba

Tayo na giliw
Magsalo na tayo
Mayro'n na tayong tinapay at keso
Di ba Noche Buena
Sa gabing ito
At bukas ay araw ng Pasko.

And end it up with... thank you, thank you, thank you Merry Christmas po thank you!

View others first Christmas carols they learned here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tag Train #17

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1. What’s the most shocking news you’ve heard lately? Pigs in Central Luzon are infected of Ebola virus.

2. What key button on the keyboard you wished your life has and why? Insert ... to insert some things I missed in my life.

3. What’s your fondest memory as a pre-schooler? When I was awarded silver medalist when I was in kinder.

4. Have you ever cheated on exams? Yup, minor quizzes only ...

5. If you could stay at one age forever, what it will be? That would be the age when buying a pair of pants is not a problem at all because my waistline is only 24 inches ... 20 years old hehehe.

6. If there’s one person that you have to ask forgiveness from, who would it be? None, I already talked to all the people who I haven't talked to in years.

7. Which section or part of the mall you always head to first and why? Baby section ... coz I always buy something for my daughter whenever we go to the mall.

8. Have you ever been rushed to a hospital’s ER and why? Yes, when I was almost 2 months pregnant, on the eve of our 1st year anniversary. I was having an asthma attack and having a hard time breathing.

9. Do you get along better with guys or girls? both ... my cliques are mix of both guys and girls.

10. When was the last time you met someone new in person and who was it? A wife of Jason's colleague in UAP Capitol Chapter, Carol. We attend their son's christening last month and I finally met her.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Diaper bag

Since I don't have anything to blog about, I opt to blog about the diaper bag I bought for a friend for her baby shower, which we missed because Janna was confined in the hospital that time. And since we still have the gift here at home ... I think I'm going the blew up the surprise. At least she'll know that she won't have to purchase a diaper bag anymore. Hi Hazel hehehe! Just pretend you haven't read my post ok? And when you receive the gift, pretend you are surprised pa rin hahaha!

Before buying this bag, I asked my fellow N@wie, Morning, if she have stocks of Baby Couture bags for a baby girl. She told me that she only have stocks for baby boys ... all bags are in blue hehehe. So I thought, I'll just buy it at the mall. But since I don't have time to shop, I gave Sophie and Andie a try since they have a purple color for a diaper bag. Purple is Hazel's fave color hihihi. I texted fellow N@Wie Rhea, if the color is still available. And she said yes, and gave me a 20% discount for the bag. Nice thing about it is she delivered it right through our doorstep. Too bad, we were in the hospital when she went to our house. I haven't met her in person pa kasi hihihi. There will be next time, I suppose, di ba sis?

It comes with a changing mat and purse. It has lots of compartment for all your baby needs. I so love it. Even malaki siya sa paningin, hindi naman siya bulky.

Kung wala pa akong diaper bag, bumili din ako nito ... I love the color yellow diaper bag hehehe. Since dalawa na yung Baby Couture Bag ko eh wala ng reason pa para bumili ulit ako ng isa pa. Unless may magreregalo hehehe. The best thing about Sophie and Andie eh gawang Pinoy ito! Kaya grab yourself one of these. I'm sure you'll gonna love it as well.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I gave up...

... hoping to watch Twilight even before the MMFF starts. I'm sure hubby is more interested on watching Iskul Bukol The Reunion rathern than Twilight. Oh Edward Cullen, I'll just see you on DVD.

... wishing on receiving my super grand wish this Christmas ... the Canon 450D EOS is now officially out of my wishlist. It hurts a bit but I can't wish so hard for it, masyado ko inasam that I could have it before the year ends. Pero super duper malabo ko na siya makuha ... siguro hintayin ko nalang magkaroon ng Canon 500D hahaha! As if ... yung 450D nga malabo ko makuha, yun pa kayang higher model tsk!

... trying to lose weight ... but I'll try again next year hehehehe.

... making kulit hubby to buy me this and to buy me that ... napag-isip ko bibilhin ko nalang agad tapos saka na ako makikipag-argue. Sounds selfish no? hahaha! Joke lang labs ... para lang ibili mo na ako nung Crocs since yung Twilight books naman eh meron ng parating, you don't have to buy me the whole book set.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Coffee Break ver. 1.47

One of the happiest childhood memory of Christmas I had was when Dad and Mom would take us to Cubao to watch the moving Christmas display at COD. We'll be there by 5:00 p.m., eat an early dinner at Tropical Hut (wala pa masyado Jollibee that time hehehe!) and then we'll wait in line so that we'll have the best spot to watch the show.

I also love the effort of my mom and dad to give the presents we wanted from Santa Claus. From the time we're at home after hearing mass, we will find our gifts tucked under the tree and says that's from Santa ... but I wonder how come he have the same penmanship like Dads hihihi.

View other's Christmas childhood memories here.

Question of the Week #42 & #43

I know it's a bit late for last weeks QOTW #42 so I combined it with QOTW #43 para 1 post nalang hihihi.


1. I want to see you. Can you post the very latest photo of yourself? Or link me up with your latest photo.

Yup that's me, no make up, straight hair, full of allergies and very fat wahahaha!

2. Do you remember what last week was? What? Last week was very traumatic because Janna got hospitalized due to viral pneumonia. We have to stay in the hospital for 4 days for her to recover more.

3. Are you going to spend more money or less money than last year’s Holiday Season? I think we'll gonna spend a little less because some of it was already used on Janna's hospital bills.

4. Do you prefer your clocks/watches to be set on 12hr or 24hr time? 12 hours

5. Do you like the funny junk mails that friends or relatives send you? It depends on who is sending it ... but I don't usually read forwarded emails.

6. Have you ever fainted? Nope

7. What other capital city aside from your own country you’ve been to already? What was it? Sorry, I haven't gone into other places but here in the Philippines.

8. When you see a number between around 1900 and 2050, do you automatically think of years? Yup ...

9. How many hours of sleep do you get on average on weeknights? 6 hours

10. Santa can only give you 3 things this Christmas and each gift can only be $15 or less. What are you going to get? a dress, a pair of shoe and a bag.


1. Do you like to read a book that is in movie format before you view the movie, or afterwards? I always read the book first before watching the movie. Which reminds me that I haven't watched Twilight yet hahaha!

2. Have you ever had a dream about being a place you’ve never been, and days or years later, you end up there? Yup, and sometimes I'll ask myself "hmmm ... parang nangyari na to ah!"

3. How do you dream… in black-and-white or color? in color, sometimes blurry but in color.

4. How many personal ‘fantasy worlds’ exist in your head? hmmm ... two ... world of Harry Potter and world of Edward Cullen ... nyek!

5. What would you like to learn more about? Learn on how to handle a business. Hubby and I are planning that we should put up a business before Janna reached her school age.

6. What was the last family event you attended? Hmmm ... it's not a family event really but a family get together last November 2008 with my Tito Froilan and Tita Ella.

7. Have you told your Mom and Dad, lately, how much you love and appreciate them? Yup, especially when they helped us took care of Janna when she was hospitalized last week.

8. Too much to do, what do you do? Leave everything alone for a while and assess on what to do first and then the other.

9. Do you like to save ‘the best for last’? always ...

10. Pick an online friend. Only ONE. Tell me something about her. A link to her blog/site so we can take a peek! That would be Pittipat and Kris ... I've met both of them during our Discovery Weekend days. They are such wonderful people to be with. Can't wait to see them next month (sana matuloy ang meet!)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Julianna Alyssa @ 7 months old

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Milestones @ 7 months:
  1. Can now say "Ma-ma" for Mommy, ma-mam for water, didi for milk
  2. Can now crawl (grabe ang bilis!)
  3. Can sit down on her own. She practiced while she's in the hospital. By the time we went home, pag hiniga na namin siya ... she sits from her side tapos tinutukod niya yung isang hand niya bago maka-sit up straight.
  4. Can now cling on the edge of her crib. She's now starting to practice to stand up by grabbing on to handles of her crib. We're planning to lower her crib na kasi baka matuto na tumayo bigla sumampa sa crib at mahulog siya.
  5. Is now eating solid foods. Her pedia advised us to let her eat a teaspoon per feeding. But she can eat a tablespoonful already ... twice or thrice a day yun ha. Next week she will start to eat fruits.
  6. Mastered the use of her walker. Before she walks sideways, but now she walks straight. The best thing of all is that she never slides at all, she walks as if she's walking without a walker.
  7. Poses and smiles at the camera when you say "Posing!"
  8. We started putting on shoes while she uses her walker. Dati kasi walang kasya na shoes, pero ngayon meron na weeeeeeee!
  9. She now weighs 6.8 kg. and 7o cm. in height.
  10. Starting to make "beautiful eyes" when she laughs.
  11. Whenever she holds something, when you say "give", she'll give it to you back ... except when she's holding the remote control and our cellphone hehehe.
  12. Knows how to wave goodbye. Learned it after her hand was free of dextrose.
  13. Knows how to kiss mommy and daddy, with matching hawak pa both hands sa cheek yun ha.
  14. Loves to play thumping on anything that is shaped like a box. We're planning to buy her a toy drum set for Christmas hehehe.
  15. Doesn't like drinking in a sippy cup but rather drinks water from a glass. Sana di masayang yung sippy cup na binigay ng tito niya.
  16. Obeys when we say, "Come here, Janna!" or we say "No!"
  17. She can now recognize faces and names of the people around her.

I Love the Christmas Season ...

... but I also have reasons why I hate it in some ways.

During this season, my allergies are always present. Tomorrow, I'm going to attend a friends wedding, but here I am, too many allergies on my face, I can't put too much make up to cover it because it will only irritate it. So I have to deal with it, project with a smile and never worry I have redness on my face. Even I've took my antihistamine meds for a week, I'm still not allergy free ... kainis! Goodluck to me.

I always have asthma attack especially during dawn. It's what I call "ma-plemang Pasko" ... sounds ewwww but that's it.

Robbed out ... during the Christmas season, we are always robbed out of money due to Christmas shopping and gift giving. Oh well, that's one of the essence of Christmas ... give love on Christmas Day hihihi.

Pag dumadating din ang panahon na ito, napipilitan ka mag-reminisce kung ano ang mga magagandang nangyari sa buhay mo ng nakalipas na taon. Napipilitan ka din mag-isip kung ano ang pwede mo gawin sa susunod na taon. Di ba nakaka-stress yun?

After Christmas, I will be another day older, coz my birthday falls on the 30th. So before the year ends, I'll be 31 years young. Next year, wala na sa calendar ang birthday ko. Sissshhh! My biological clock is already ticking ... I wonder when will Jason plans on having another baby? All I know is NOT now but next time or soon ... but not now. Frankly speaking, ayoko pa din eh. Mahirap mabuntis ... pero kung si Jason ang magbubuntis ok lang hahaha.

Janna's Traumatic Hospital Experience

Night of Saturday, Nov. 29, Janna has early signs of cough and colds. I gave her NSS, nebulize every 6 hours para hindi na magtuloy-tuloy yung sipon at ubo.

Nov. 30, we went to FEU hospital's Pay Treatment Room to have a check on Janna, since her pedia's clinic schedule will be on Tuesday pa. The resident pedia told us that it's a simple cough and cold. The reason why she's crying when coughing is because her colds is dripping down her throat that makes it very itchy. Janna's pedia told us to have 1.5ml salbutamol and 0.5ml NSS to be nebulize every 6 hours.

Dec.1, she's doing ok but her cough is getting worst. And there are signs of asthma already because of the wheezing sounds. But still we continue what's precribed for her and she's still active like before. The night came, and she's having a hard time breathing. We went to the ER already because she's having fever, cough and colds already.

Dawn of Dec. 2, she's still in the ER under observation. She was given higher dose of salbutamol to lessen the wheezing. The ER Pedia doctor told us that she will be admitted already. Habang nagne-nebulize si Janna, yung resident pedia ba naman hanap ng hanap ng ugat kasi kailangan i-hydrate si Janna dahil mag-e-extract sila ng blood sa kanya. Siyempre Janna became so uncomfortable, she's crying a lot na. Nung wala siya makita, sabi niya sa assistant niya, "kailangan ko na mag blind shot dito" Jason told the doctor kung ok lang mag-rest muna ng konti si Janna bago nila insert ng IV para naman ma-relax ng konti dahil kanina pa iyak ng iyak. Sabi ba naman ng doctor, "eh di pumirma po kayo ng promisory note na ayaw nyo magpa-swero, para di ho namin sagutin kung ano mangyari sa anak nyo." Grabe nagpigil talaga si Jason ... tinawagan namin yung pedia ni Janna ... telling her na di namin gusto yung talas ng dila nung doctor na yun, at siyempre parents ka, alam namin kung ano makakabuti sa anak namin.

Pumayag naman si Dra. Ong (pedia ni Janna) na mga 4a.m. nalang lagyan ng IV si Janna. Before kami i-akyat sa room, nagpunta muna kami sa x-ray room para ma-x-ray si Janna. Then after that umakyat na kami. Janna slept on my chest the whole time dahil ayaw nya magpabitiw. Awang-awa na ako sa kanya pero I have to be strong for her or else magiging helpless din siya pag nakita niya kami na umiiyak. Pero hindi ko din napipigilan umiyak sa awa sa kanya.

Exactly 4a.m. pumunta na yung nurse to notify na dadalhin na kami sa treatment room sa pedia departpent for her IV insertion. Hindi nila ako pinapasok sa kwarto, I was outside the room waiting for them. Susmiyo umiiyak talaga ako... ang bata-bata pa ng anak ko nakaranas na ng dextrose. It was such a horrible scene. I could hear Janna crying a lot. Pero I'm glad magaling yung pedia na nag-handle sa kanya, sabi nung nurse assistant, isang hawak palang daw sa right hand ni Janna, nakita na daw niya yung ugat kaya daw mabilis yung insertion ng IV.

Pagdating namin sa room, nag-feed ng konti si Janna and fell asleep again. The nurses asked for a diaper to cover her hands para daw di magalaw ni Janna yung IV. Kaso pull-up diapers yung dala ko that time so hindi pwede. Pero dala ko yung baby legs niya, kaya yun nalang ang pinambalot ng nurse sa hands niya. At least nagkaroon ng purpose ang baby legs niya hehehe.

Noon time ng Dec. 2 extraction of blood naman. This time allowed na ako to stay sa room. Again, magaling nanaman yung pedia na nag-handle sa kanya, kaya konting iyak lang siya tapos, ayun tapos na. Eh si Janna kasi tuwang-tuwa din na sumasakay ng wheelchair, parang walang sakit. Hahahaha!

Dra. Ong told us, according to her X-ray and blood test, it's viral pneumonia. And we all thought it's just plain asthma attack. Good thing we decided to take her to the hospital. Wala naman major medicine taken orally ... puro nebs lang and Pro zinc everyday para daw makatulong sa kanya.

Nebulize every 4 hours for the 1st day. Puro tulog din naman ang ginagawa ni Janna since naka-aircon ang room niya plus di rin naman siya pwede mag-play dahil sa kanyang dextrose. Pero hindi din namin natiis, nung umuwi si Jason para kunin yung laptop at damit niya, dinala din niya yung walker ni Janna. Tinali namin sa isang corner ng bed niya yung walker para hindi niya mahila yung IV. Saka para hindi din siya ma-bored.

2nd day, every 6 hours na ang nebulize niya dahil konti nalang yung wheezing sounds niya. Saka wala na din sipon, little coughs nalang din. Saka medyo malakas din siya uminom ng water kaya siguro nakatulong na din yun. Pinabagalan na din ni dok yung drip ng IV niya para unti-unti na siya kumain ng milk.

3rd day, every 8 hours na ang nebulize, and wala na wheezing sound naririnig si doc. So nag-go signal na siya na uuwi na kami tomorrow morning. Hay salamat naman ... ilang gabi na din akong hindi maayos matulog dahil every 2 hours may intern na nagchi-check ng vital signs ni Janna, plus yung round the clock nebulize ni Janna. Saka alam na din namin na magaling na siya kasi malikot na siya ulit at tawa na ng tawa on smallest things.

4th day, ayun every 8 hours nalang ang nebulize niya, to continue na at home. Tuwang tuwa na si Janna, finally natanggal na yung IV sa kamay niya. At tumatakbo na siya sa buong room niya sa hospital sa tuwa.

Pagdating niya sa bahay, binigyan ko kaagad ng solids si Janna. Sa sobrang sabik, naka-2 tbps siya ng Cerelac in one sitting. Pagkainom ng water, natulog siya ulit. Walang hele, nung hiniga namin siya sa bed, tumagilid at natulog. I'm sure she missed her crib and she missed the house. And I'm sure she missed the people around her, kaya at home she's comfortable na.

Lesson learned: Wag dalhin every weekend sa mall ang babies lalo na pag hindi pa complete ang vaccine. You'll never know kung ano sakit makuha nila sa ibang tao outside your home.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy birthday Daddy! May you have many more birthdays to come. Wish you good health and wealth para matulungan nyo pa kami gabayan sa paglaki si Janna. We Love You!

Monday, December 08, 2008

I need...

... to buy a pair of silver shoes for my two-tone purple gown.

... to buy wedding gift wrappers.

... a pedicure

... to update my blog ... answer Coffee Break Q's and QOTW #42

... blog about Janna's traumatic hospital experience.

... think of a birthday present for y Dad's birthday (cake nalang dad hahaha)

... shop for gifts

Arrrggghhhh ano ba uunahin ko ... tamad mood naman ako ... saka less resources in hand pa. susmiyo!