Thursday, April 30, 2009

LP: Tulay

Ito ay kuha ko noong 2006 nung kami ay nagpunta ng Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte. Ang Patapat Bridge ay nakatayo sa gitna ng bundok at Philippine Sea. Kapag ikaw ay nakatayo dito, kita mo na ang dulo ng Pilipinas. Isa din itong alternatibong daan papuntang Cagayan, Tuguegarrao at Isabela. Ilang beses na rin nasira ang bridge na ito dahil sa hampas ng alon na galing sa dagat tuwing may bagyo. Ngunit sinisikap naman ng gobyerno na ayusin ito at panatilihin maayos ang paglalakbay ng mga taong gusto pumunta o dumaan dito.

Binubuksan ko ang tulay dito para makita natin ang lahok ng iba.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stick Figure Family

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Julianna Alyssa's Birthday Wishlist

Note: The reason why I'm doing this wishlist is because some of my friends asked me to do a list to give them an idea on what to give her on her birthday para daw magamit niya at di masayang. Ika nga nila, what's important is she's surrounded by the people who loves her. Gift is still a gift, and Janna love's ripping gift wrappers lalo na ngayon that she's more appreciative of the things given to her.

  1. Photo Album - I'm using King Jim, ring binded, refillable, self adhesive album. Yung square na malaki. Sorry di ko na alam ang dimension basta yung square na malaki. Naka 2 albums na ako with 30 pages na, yung February up to present hindi ko pa napapa-print and I'm expecting a lot of photos because of our trip in Laoag and her upcoming birthday party. Basta self adhesive, ring binded, at malaking album ok lang.
  2. Books - She loves books, although she's not that attentive pa when we read stories to her, but she loves looking at illustrations.
  3. Toys - she's still young, she loves toys every single day. She loves balls (I saw a bag of balls at Toy Kingdom, 100 balls ata yun hehehe), toys with wheels (boy ata si Janna), toys that makes noises (baby instruments will do like piano, xylophone, drums).
  4. She loves to swim ... an inflatable, safe, kiddie pool will do. And if we will not gonna use it for swimming, will gonna use it as her play area for her balls. oo gusto niya ng swimball.
  5. Clothes - she's wearing size 1T for shirts and onesies, size 1 for skirts and pants. (medyo payatot pa kasi) One size bigger for her will do :). She doesn't have denim shorts or denim jumpers (I'm still looking for a more affordable clothes for her coz she tends to outgrow her clothes fast.). She looks good on knee socks, too.
  6. Shoes - sa Pitterpatter size 20 siya pero sana may magregalo nung tumutunog or umiilaw para ma-encourage siya to walk hehehe. Wala pa siyang rubber shoes.
  7. She loves Tigger (but I love Winnie the Pooh) hahaha!
  8. She haven't gone to Disneyland ...
  9. She uses Angel's Breath for her cologne hehehe
  10. She doesn't have a hat for travelling ... I saw one in Enfant and it's so cute. Pero I saw one in Barbie din at half the price.
  11. A bike, parang lahat naman ata ng kids dumaan dun hehehe.
  12. Kaboodle or play mat - we need more than what we have right now. Janna needs more room to play hehehe.
  13. Educational toys (Leap Frog, Vtech, etc.)
  14. A Nintendo Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS, a new cellphone, Spa GC's ... ay para sa akin pala to hahaha! Erase! Erase!
Kahit wala sa list na yan ang ibibigay mo ok lang, actually kahit nga wala kang ibigay ok lang. Basta ang mahalaga andun ka at masaya lahat sa araw ng birthday ng baby ko hehehe.

12 days to go May 11 na, 17 days to go till her party ... grabe na to!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Julianna Alyssa @ 11 months old

This is an overdue post. We celebrated Janna's 11 month birthday in Laoag City. Feeling ko birthday na talaga yun kasi ang daming pagkain parang may fiesta. Tapos hindi naman nakisaman ang Red Ribbon dahil wala sila ng rectangle size na cake big enough to feed 50 persons or so. Kaya we opted to buy 3 chocolate rolls.

Janna's milestone at 11 months:
  • Her new tricks are as follows: clapping, flying kiss, a-line, sawsaw suka (yes, the sawsaw suka game), high five, give me five, waives goodbye, waives hello, putting her hands to her ear as if she's talking on the phone, eat-bulaga, kiss and hug.
  • Just learned how to walk, still a little wobbly but she can already do 2 steps at a time. The other day she did 4 steps.
  • Knows how to climb down our bed. She learned it while attempting to grab one of her toys. Ended up sliding from our bed, and she kept repeating it until she mastered it.
  • Eats a bit of rice with sabaw and minced pork or beef or mashed veggies. Actually, she's now eating table food little by little.
  • Can eat biscuit and chews it thoroughly before swallowing it.
  • Drinks 6 oz of milk every 2 hours.
  • Additional words she can utter: baby - she says baby when she wanted us to carry her, bow for blow (coz we're teaching her how to blow her candles for her birthday cake on May), e-lo for Hello, lay for Elay, eat-ba! for eat bulaga, wow for wow, wim for swim
  • Upper front tooth sprouting already.
  • She had her first time to swim in a pool on an inflatable on her 11 month birthday. She's a water baby. Loves to swim in the pool. Hubs and I decided to enroll her in swimming lessons by the time she learned how to walk properly.
  • First time to ride a plane on May 19, 2009. She loves flying and the next plane ride will be in July, hopefully with my in-laws.
  • Still a cruiser, doesn't use her walker anymore. She's more into pushing it not riding it.
  • Loves books... especially those with large illustrations.
  • Loves dogs, she shouts with glee when she sees one of our dogs peeking in our kitchen.
  • Loves to dance, any song she hears as long as she loves the beat, she'll dance. Even if she's drinking milk. May kasama pang head bang yun.
Less than 2 weeks and will be celebrating her 1st birthday. I'm getting excited already and at the same time a little bit nervous on the day of her party. Sana pumunta ang mga relatives and friends namin on that special day para ma-feel naman ni Janna the love they have for her.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For the 3rd Time...

... we are going to change venue again for Janna's birthday party on May 16. There's no way the kids will enjoy the party if they are all dripping of sweat and the adults are already getting annoyed of the whole scenario. I've been doing ocular inspection during the afternoon. From 3:00pm onwards, it really is too hot in our backyard. One way to minimize it is to rent a misting fan to cater the whole place or do the party at night. But unfortunately, it's quite too expensive to rent a misting fan and a children's party at night... I don't think so.

The family had a serious talk at dinner. And Dad suggested that the party should be held in a much comfy place for the kids to enjoy. So we decided to have a Jollibee party for Janna. Yes, a Jollibee party.

And now we need to find a venue this week to booked the place and revised the invites ... sayang yung mga print outs, hindi na magagamit tsk!

Any suggestions of a Jollibee branch within Quezon City na medyo malaki ang venue for parties? Need your help, desperate na kami huhuhu!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

First Plane Ride

Our flight was scheduled on April 9, 2009 at 6:10pm bound to Laoag. Since it was Janna's (and yours truly) first time to ride a plane, I asked Jason if we can go to the airport 2 hours before our flight schedule. We left our house around 2pm and reached NAIA Terminal 3 at 3:00pm. No traffic and whatsoever.

I was like a probinsyana when I first step at the airport. Susmiyo, ganun pala ang feeling ng nasa airport. It was huge ... akala ni Janna mall yun. She was clapping her hands when we were already inside. The place is really cold... hindi nagtipid sa A/C I must say.

Our flight was delayed for an hour and a half. Imagine how Janna and my niece, Elay were beginning to get cranky because we've been there for a long time. Though they love to stroll around. we brought their umbrollers, by the way. It's what the grannies told us to bring.

We stayed at Cinnabon to eat our meryenda and wait there till its boarding time. We took a lot of photo ops of Janna while standing up. She can now stand against a wall, and never sits until we said so. You can view the photos here.

while waiting for our delayed flight... hay!

I was afraid at first that Janna might not love flying. But I was wrong, she loved every second of it. She loves looking outside the window as she see the million lights of Metro Manila. She even screams when she sees the moon. You can view a video clip wherein she's laughing so hard whenever the air from the A/C lingers on her face.

We did join the mini games inside Cebu Pacific's plane. Unfortunately, mahirap pala sumali ng may hawak na bata. hahaha! Kasi nahihirapan kami maghagilap ng things needed for the "bring me" game lalo na kung nakikisingit si Janna sa paghalungkat.

I didn't like how our plane landed at Laoag's Airport. Akala ko nag-crash na kami eh. Kumbaga sa naglalakad, para kaming nadapa. Kaya pala Jason told me to hold Janna tightly kasi matindi daw mag-land ang Cebu Pacific ng eroplano, hindi daw swabe unlike sa PAL. True enough, even si Janna nagulat, napaakap ng ng di oras ang bata. Pero it's just a manner of seconds lang naman pero I didn't like it talaga.

minutes before boarding ... sabi ko kasi kay Jason wala pa kami picture
ni Janna outside the plane wahahaha!

pinilit na family picture kasi nauna na sa amin sila kuya,
hindi kami nakapagpakuha ng picture.

But it's was so different nung pauwi kami. This time, our flight was on time, and the plane is quite more colder than the forst one. And Janna and Elay loved this trip because they got photo ops with the pilot and the stewardess. You can view the photos here. A lot of people from the plane were playing with them kaya akala nila it's a playground on air hahaha. As usual, Janna had the same laugh whenever the A/C is turned on (addict sa malamig). Kaso while descending nung pa-land na sa Manila, medyo nakakabingi na that made Janna a bit uncomfortable. Pero she's so intelligent, what she did was she's like chewing something, as in close open yung mouth niya. Tapos she's looking at me and Jason biglang tatawa. Galing-galing talaga ng baby ko.

I really enjoyed our first plane ride. And I'm looking forward until my next plane ride. Hopefully, we can go to Bohol in October for our 3rd Wedding Anniversary with Janna.

And we're back!

Yes, we're back after our exciting and tiring vacation getaway in Laoag. Let me breath first coz I have so much to tell about Janna's first trip to Laoag ... that includes our first time to ride a plane hahaha. I'll be posting my kwento with pictures soon.

Oh by the way ... Janna turned 11 months old last Saturday ... and she celebrated it in Laoag. That marks 30 days to go before she turns one ... my gosh! 1 year old na baby ko. And I'm still not through with her party details. I should be working double time with her party details.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

MIA this week

Besides slacking a lot of updates and everything on this blog, I'll be in complete hiatus this week. The family is going on a vacation in Laoag City. But before I leave, I'll give you an update on what's happening in my life (as if somebody cares hahaha!)


Tita Cena passed away last Sunday, March 29, 2009 due to kidney failure. She died in the US because she works and lives there. She's one of mom's closest cousin, always mistaken her as her sister because they look alike. Will gonna miss her. May you rest in peace, Tita Cena.


Finally got the materials needed for Janna's DIY stuffs for her birthday. Actually, I've made some of the invites already and partially send them out to family and friends. I printed the invites in 5R photo size. It was my fault why I have to print it out in that size because I made the layout for her invites in 5R hahaha. I'll post pictures of it soon.


Besides Pet Society and Farm Town, I'm having another set of addiction ... Hatchling and Restaurant City in Facebook. I've been lacking sleep because of it kaloka!


Made an unplanned shooping for our Laoag trip. Good thing Mom shouldered all the expenses. She asked dad that she has to buy stuffs for the kids, so dad gave her ample amounts that can shoulder not only the two chikiting, but all of us. Hindi pa din ako nakabili ng swimsuit at shades ... nanghihinayang ako sa pera. So I gave it a go on the other things like Janna's slippers from Fisher Price. It's on sale, I got it for 50%. SIL even got one for Ellay. Same color nanaman sila but it's ok, kasi hindi naman lagi sila magkasama and hindi kasi maganda ibang color for the girls.

Mom also got them pants and maong skirts. Janna look so pretty on them. Will post photo soon hihihi.

Friday, April 03, 2009

LP: Paboritong Litrato

Maligayang ika-isang anibersaryo sa Litratong Pinoy.

Nahirapan ako maghanapng paboritong litrato ... dahil sa totoo lang madami ako paborito. Ang iba sa mga litrato na ito ay nailahok ko na sa iba pang site. Kung kaya't naghanap ako ng hindi ko pa nailalagay sa blog na ito. Nailagay ko man, eh malamang matagal na panahon na iyon.

Ito ang mga napili ko para sa linggong ito. At dahil panahon na ng tag-init, eto ay kuha ko nung ako'y nagtrabaho at tumira sa Laoag City. Dito din kami madalas magbakasyon noong mga bata pa kami dahil dito lumaki ang tatay ko.

Ito ay kuha ko noong kami ng mga pinsan ko ay namasyal sa tabing dagat. Ito ang karugtong ng dagat sa may bandang Fort Ilocandia.

Ito ang Paoay Church sa may Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Kami ng mga kasamahan ko ay nagkaroon ng site visit malapit sa lugar na ito. Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon ko na nakuhaan ko siya ng litrato.

Ito naman ay nataon kong nakuhaan nung galing kami sa Blue Lagoon sa Pagudpod. Wala ako magandang litrato ng Pagudpod pero umaasa akong magagawa ko yan ngayon Mahal na Araw dahil kami ay magbabakasyon doon muli kasama ng aking pamilya.

Ating silipin ang mga paboritong litrato ng iba kong kasama dito.

MM: Special Day

mommy moments

Here's my Special Day Mommy Moment ... Julianna Alyssa's Christening last July 26, 2008. She was 2 months and 3 weeks that time. At first, we planned on getting her baptized when she reached 5 months. But due to her colic attacks in her earlier weeks, the oldies suggested that we should let her be baptized as soon as possible.

It is definitely a special day for me and hubby because we were surrounded by all the people important to us to witness in welcoming Janna to the Christian world.