we’re just pedestrians

aren't we all pedestrians?

aren’t we all pedestrians on life’s highway?

*photo taken with vistaquest mini toy camera

I <3 Serenitea!

patty, our ever efficient AP called and asked if anyone wanted to order some milk tea from serenitea. even if my wallet was screaming in protest with another purchase, (i still have to buy hubby dinner later) i said yes. it was serenitea for pete’s sake! i don’t to say no to good milk tea.

and hokkaido is ❤ with 50% sugar please!


what do you now, i got mine for free. after much protest of course from patty. birthday treat she said. so, you can’t say no to a birthday treat. 🙂

thank you patty for the happiness that is serenitea milk tea ❤

*photo credit from patty: twitter.com/woodycakes

a new toy

nothing makes me happy than having new toys! and the latest addition to my collection:

i have been itching to purchase a lomo cam, but for now, this will do. i’m saving up for the real thing: with film and all plus the other trimmings that go with it.

one test shot from the new toy:

from the office

let’s see how this fares once we go on our trip to HK this sunday! woohoo!

motherhood 101

one thing a mother dreads but has to go through is dealing with sick kids.

and that’s how my weekend went. caring for the eldest, K1 and the youngest, K3. draining and tiring would be an understatement.

k3 was a-ok even if he was running a 38 degree fever. appetite was still up, he was still active and noisy. we even had a small bonding moment with bubbles while k1 was sleeping.

now k1, was a different story. we’ll know for sure if something’s wrong with him, he’ll be all cooped up in his favorite sofa with his favorite pillow. what was scary was he was running an almost 40 degree fever. thank god he wasn’t convulsing. he was just, “limp” so to speak. my heart was breaking just seeing him there on the couch. he was only taking in water and gatorade. no appetite at all.

good thing come evening, fever went down to 38 degrees and from there, he was able to stand up, talk, and even watch a few cartoons.

the best part of this ordeal, come sunday, we were back to regular programming. the house was noisy again. my mom was complaining of the mess, the running up and down the stairs, the crying. it’s good to be home 🙂

and i couldn’t thank k2, who has been mommy’s helper even in his own little way. he’d rather focus on his trains than be bothered with his 2 sick brothers. oh, 4 year olds. 🙂

now i’m praying that this week would be fever free, cough and flu free. and i mean that for hubby and i.

why i don’t wear dresses

hands down i’m not the type to be caught wearing dresses on regular days. i’d wear dresses if the occasion calls for it (read: formal functions like weddings) if not, you’ll see me in jeans, jeans jeans.

but i don’t hate it to the point that i’d set the dress on fire if i come a few feet near it. it just don’t feel like wearing one. i do own a few pairs stashed in my closet, but they rarely see broad daylight.

one reason why i don’t wear dresses that often? i have this huge insecurity about showing off my legs. seeing some girls with skinny legs (hello insecurity!) makes me feel a bit sad. admittedly i am one of those girls who fall into the category of big boned. big bones = bigger legs. sad.

reason number 2: i feel that my skin isn’t that dewy or flawless enough to show off. don’t get me wrong, i don’t have any flaws or scars on my legs. being cooped up inside jeans every single day has its advantages too. i’ve been blessed as well from past pregnancies to have lesser hair growth on my legs. seems like after every shave or depilatories, some of the hair refuses to grow back. yay for me! haha

reason number 3: i don’t have nice shoes to match. how shallow! harhar.

reason number 4: floral doesn’t look good on me. especially if it’s head to toe floral. i can only wear floral tops period.

and i’ve run out of reasons.

maybe one day, you’ll find me in one of the rarest occasions wearing one. and maybe still wearing my chucks. imagine that, a mom of three in a dress with chucks.

that’s a nice thought. maybe i should check some of my dresses…

little mrs homemaker

since i have been tasked by my mother to prepare lunch and dinner every saturday and sunday (and if budget permits), it has been quite an adventure for me. and so far the food i have prepared have been a success! thanks to yummy.ph (hello self promotion!)

and how appropriate that one of my good friends sent an email that would help a lot with me being little mrs. homemaker!

14 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

by Country Living, on Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:45am PST

Save money and trips to the market with these tips and tricks from Rebecca DiLiberto’s Penny Saving Household Helper. You’ll be surprised how simple it is to keep food at its best.

1. Line the bottom of your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels. They’ll absorb the excess moisture that causes vegetables to rot.

2. To keep herbs tasting fresh for up to a month, store whole bunches, washed and sealed in plastic bags, in the freezer. When you need them, they’ll be easier to chop, and they’ll defrost the minute they hit a hot pan.

3. A bay leaf slipped into a container of flour, pasta, or rice will help repel bugs.

4. Stop cheese from drying out by spreading butter or margarine on the cut sides to seal in moisture. This is most effective with hard cheeses sealed in wax.

5. When radishes, celery, or carrots have lost their crunch, simply pop them in a bowl of iced water along with a slice of raw potato and watch the limp vegetables freshen up right before your eyes.

6. Avoid separating bananas until you plan to eat them – they spoil less quickly in a bunch.

7. Put rice in your saltshaker to stop the salt from hardening. The rice absorbs condensation that can cause clumps.

8. Stock up on butter when it’s on sale – you can store it in the freezer for up to six months. Pack the butter in an airtight container, so it doesn’t take on the flavor of whatever else you’re freezing.

9. In order to make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, place the container upside down in the fridge. Inverting the tub creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes food to spoil.

10. Believe it or not, honey is the only nonperishable food substance, so don’t get rid of the stuff if it crystallizes or becomes cloudy. Microwave on medium heat, in 30-second increments, to make honey clear again.

11. Prevent extra cooked pasta from hardening by stashing it in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerating. When you’re ready to serve, throw the pasta in boiling water for a few seconds to heat and restore moisture.

12. Keeping brown sugar in the freezer will stop it from hardening. But if you already have hardened sugar on your shelf, soften it by sealing in a bag with a slice of bread – or by microwaving on high for 30 seconds.

13. If you only need a few drops of lemon juice, avoid cutting the lemon in half – it will dry out quickly. Instead, puncture the fruit with a metal skewer and squeeze out exactly what you require.

14. If you’re unsure of an egg’s freshness, see how it behaves in a cup of water: Fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

we’ve done the rice with the salt shaker, and it really helps a lot! now to try the other tips!

ah-choo! :(

today’s not the best days ever. woke up with allergic rhinitis which meant tons of sneezing and nose blowing. boo!

can’t take claritin this early or else everyone here in the office will see me sprawled out cold on my desk. sleeping.

now i have to bear the sniffles and itchy nose, watery eyes and all that hassle.

hopefully after lunch this thing goes away.

and yeah, even my eldest is going through the same thing. 😦 (by any chance this is genetic?)

30 things before 30

i’ve got 8 months to go before i hit 30. and be placed in another age group. (oh lord!)

so i thought one night before going to bed, why not come up with something to do before i turn 30? what can 30 things can i do before turning another year older? some may be too shallow, some may be a bit materialistic, but hey, dreaming is free.

and so, here’s the list:

1. travel abroad – got that covered! leaving for HK on the 27th yay!
2. get advanced courses on jewelry making.
3. get into a sport (this will be a challenge)
4. get into a fitness routine. plana forma vs barre 3?
5. read 1 book a week
6. weekly habit of studying with the boys, especially kyle to prepare him for the big school.
7. travel within the philippines. explore your own country yo!
8. expand my cooking skills
9. update my wardrobe
10. start a new hobby
11. conquer my fear of heights
12. save up 1k every payday or more if budget permits
13. wear heels once a week
14. laugh more
15. bond with my parents more
16. organize my desk in the office
17. clean out my cabinet. let go of the old clothes, the ones that don’t fit anymore.
18. be more active in the kid’s PTA
19. be more firm with the nannies.
20. buy a new watch
30. get a tattoo (even just a small one) teehee!

i still have a long way to go, hence the blank spaces on the list. i might even add something i’ve never done before but just did.


my perfect bookshelf would be like this:

and how perfect it would be. now if i can amass that much books before this lifetime. (that perfect apartment isn’t so bad as well)

photo credit: http://sweethomestyle.tumblr.com/

post secret

i’m so tempted to send in my secret but then again, it’s so hard sharing a piece of you to others even if it’s anonymous.

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