When Motherhood Gets The Best Of Us

Some days it’s hard being a mom. Some days it’s difficult to explain. But some days, well most days it’s just love. Motherhood is love.

Kuya Seth has learned the joy of playing with our neighbors. Since we moved to a new place, he discovered new friends and they play outside the house (but still inside the compound). He asks for permission before going outside “mama, can I play outside?” and we let him as long as: 1- he has supervision and 2- he doesn’t go outside the gate. Those were our rules, aside from the usual “no fighting”, “no crying”, etc. But the emphasis has been on the “no going out of the gate” part, for “someone might get you”, or “you might get into an accident”. Of course we don’t expect him to do as we say 100%. He is a toddler, after all.

Last week I was watching over Seth when he heard his playmate go outside their house. He was beaming with joy, as always, and asked mama the question, “mama, I hear my playmates! Can I please go outside and play?”. Mama said yes, and put on a pair of shorts and towel for him. I told him I had to change clothes first – he was super excited so I let him go with the 2 golden rules at hand. I was changing my clothes when suddenly the kids playing outside turned silent and I cannot hear them anymore. I ran outside to check (just by our gate), the “big kids” told me he was at the main gate. I ran towards the terrace so I can see him (I have not changed my clothes yet!!!) and shouted, “Seth????? Where are you???”.

He screamed at me and said, “hi mama!!!”. I literally held back my tears (I swear motherhood makes me emotional all the time!) because he was just there, by the gate, waiting for his friends. I asked him, “why are you there????” Seth answered, “I am waiting for Kyla, mom! She went outside. I told her I can’t go outside so I stayed here.”

 

There are days when I feel like I fail at being a good mother. Sometimes I feel like everything is just soooo tiring and I literally break down and cry. 😩😭 I mean being a hands-on-mom while pregnant is just not a good combination. But most days motherhood is love. It gets the best (and worst!) of us but I’d like to believe that moms, we do not lose heart. By God’s grace, we can do this!

Here’s an advance mother’s day greeting to all the mothers out there. Remember: Our labor is never in vain. ❤

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Of course I had to document it so I can be reminded of the “fruit of my labor”. 🙂
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And so I’m back!

Well, sort of. 😉 

I took a blogging hiatus for months now. I needed to re-think and re-focus on a lot of things. Taking a break from writing is very difficult but it’s a sacrifice I am most willing to do (with so much heartache, of course!) to be able to get ahead of things. 

Sometimes, all we need is to be invisible for a while to be able to see what was needed to be seen.

So yeah, I’m back! And I definitely have a LOT on my mind right now. Can’t wait to share them with you! 

Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers

Toddler years are the golden age of exploration for a child. It is at this stage where parents should be extra mindful in understanding their kid’s language – and it’s you, mom, who needs to guide your kids how to communicate effectively. 

To help parents navigate the toddler years (children ages 2 to 4 years old) – from tantrums, toddler behavior, hygiene, milestones, activities and more – SmartParenting.com.ph, the most credible parenting online resource backed by experts and a community of moms and dads, kicked off its annual signature workshops with the first leg, Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers on March 18, 2016 at Makati Diamond Residences. 

“Hopefully, parents will leave the workshop more confident about parenting their toddlers,” said Leah Nemil-San Jose, Smart Parenting’s editor in chief. “The work really starts at this age when it comes to raising bright and independent kids.” 
Michelle Tambunting, the co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool, discussed how to tame tantrums and doled out advice on parenting effectively in this digital age. 

Love this one. Michelle Tambunting talks about how we should put ourselves in our toddler’s shoes before reacting. Perfect advice for toddler moms like me!

A model mom of two toddlers, Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles, shared her experience on raising two boys. She spoke for Belo Baby, one of the major sponsors of the SP workshop, and spoke about how she found the perfect baby skin products for her boys, relying on Belo Baby because it has 100% certified natural ingredients.

The beautiful Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles shares why she trusts and loves Belo Baby.

Dr. Carmina M. Arriola-delos Reyes, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, gave an informative talk on pain and fever management when it comes to kids. 

Arceli Tan of Insular Life, ended the discussions with one the most important subject parents need to know, money. She talked about Financial 101 for all moms. 

After the talks, all participants were treated with sumptuous buffet, exciting raffle prizes, and gifts – thanks to Smart Parenting and its major sponsors – Insular Life, Belo Baby, and Calpol – and partner concessionaires –Smart Steps and Nature to Nurture. 

I am so glad to be part of this workshop. Being a mom to a 3 year old is really a journey. A beautiful, messy journey. The workshop definitely gave me a different perspective when it comes to taking care of my toddler. 

Hug a fellow mom today and say, “you are doing a good job. You are enough.”
Congratulations, Smart Parenting, for a successful workshop!

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Post Workout Eatout: Pastaholics

After running with a friend last time, we we were thinking of a place to dine and chill. Of course, we wanted a place which offers healthy dishes for (feeling) healthy people like us. My friend suggested Pastaholics, and having heard about the resto for a while, I of course did not argue. 
The funny thing is, we’ve been living in Fairview for a while now and I haven’t tried this resto -which is just a walking distance from where we used to live!

Situated along Dahlia Street, Fairview, Pastaholics is a small restaurant where people go to eat good food and chill. Pasta is one of their specialties (hence the name), but they also serve other salad, steak, pizza, rice meals and burger, too. 

Cute, cozy tables and chairs.

Since my friend and I just came from a run, and it was 7:00 in the evening when we came, we went with the healthy option.

Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the menu!
My order: Grilled Chicken Breast in Herb Pesto Sauce, with Veggies
My friend’s order: Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet in House Steak Marinade, with Mashed Potato

People also give reviews about their drinks (especially La Bella). Sadly, when we went there, they were out of the good drinks. They only had the Lychee drink. I asked if it was natural, they said it was powdered, so we just got water.

When we got there, there weren’t a lot of people yet. After 15 minutes, the seats and tables were full. There was just one server so she was coming back and forth the kitchen getting and giving the orders. When we needed water refill, we couldn’t locate the server. I even knocked on the kitchen to look for her. The place was small so that’s probably why there was just one server, but I think they could have done better by having the server visible at all times. Or maybe a bell at the counter would work to get attention. 🙂 

All in all, it was a good experience.. And I would recommend the place to you. Food’s tasty and healthy. It’s also a good place to celebrate events, too, since it’s cozy. It feels homey. 

  • Location: 2nd Floor, Dahlia Commercial Complex, Fairview, QC
  • Price: Approximately 200php per person (but if you’re not gonna order a lot 150 is good!)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm
  • Wifi: No
  • Contact Nos.: 023514908/+63 9162807527

    A Road Trip Kind of Anniversary: Bataan, Subic and Clark

    Last December 7th, Hans and I celebrated our fourth anniversary. Just like that, we’re on our fourth year! 

    Four years. Wow. I know what some of you may say we’ve got a long way to go. And we do have more to learn. So much more to experience. So much to understand. 

    But to still be married and in love with each other at this day and age for 4 years (we’ve been in a relationship for 7 years now- 3 years as bf/gf, 4 years as a married couple) is only through God’s grace. 

    I meant to do this post earlier but December was a very busy month for me (for all of us, I assume?), hence the late post. Nevertheless, here’s how the three of us – yep, Seth included- celebrated our special day. ❤

    It was a beautiful day. What made it more beautiful was it was my rest day (suprisingly, and I believe it was God because I didn’t request for that day to be my off). Hans and I didn’t plan anything because we didn’t know my schedule yet plus no one would be left to take care of Seth. So when we woke up and greeted each other (which Hans did better btw, he woke me up at 12 midnight to kiss and greet me) we both decided to do a road trip and just go somewhere near.

    So we both did our research: we live in the countryside (Central Luzon) so South would be too far. Hans said,”let’s go to Bataan!”. I of course seconded right away because anywhere with him is already a treat, going somewhere else is cherry on top (can I get an ‘awwww’, please? :p). 

    Yep. Unplanned road trips are the best. 

    At SCTEX, my favorite expressway in the PH to date.

    One thing about Hans and I is that we both love history. We love going to museums, doing long walks (maybe that’s just me lol) and long talks (oops that’s me again). 

    So first stop: Mount Samat National Shrine.

    My boys being..well, boys.

    Mount Samat National Shrine (Dambana ng Kagitingan) is located near the Summit of Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, Philippines. It was built to honor and commemmorate the Filipino soldiers who fought during World War II.

    Reminders while inside the museum

    Museums have this particular effect on people: they take you to where they want to take you. At Mt. Samat Museum, I was taken back to war time. I felt chills (literally), and Filipino pride. It was an awesome moment and I was glad I got to share it with my boys.

    Outside the museum is a cross where you can go to through a lift. Unfortunately, when we visited, the lift was under maintenance so we weren’t able to use it. We attempted to climb going to the cross but because Hans and I are both afraid of heights, we climbed only until we can, and took a picture there. 

    Oops.. Can’t go higher than that. Haha.
    Feeling carefree with my mini me!
    ❤❤❤

    But of course. A twofie with the hubby is a must!

    There are also shops around the shrine, as well as a field. Entrance fee to the shrine is 20php/person. It is open from 8am-5pm daily. 

    We arrived at the shrine around 11am so after our tour we were already hungry. Time for lunch!

    Next stop: Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an

    We used Waze throughout our trip. We had a little difficulty finding Loleng’s (although it can be found in Waze) because the streets were a little narrow plus there was a construction nearby. 

    But we found it! Yey!

    We learned about this place from Byahe ni Drew. Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is located in Barangay Binaritan in Morong, Bataan. According to the television show, Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is a humble roadside eatery run by a Filipina who used to work in a refugee camp. It has been delighting people with Vietnamese noodles for over 15 years.  

    Loleng used to work at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), where she learned to cook Vietnamese dishes. Her specialties are Hu Tieu, a savory noodle soup and Banh Mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with meat and fresh basil. You may read more about Loleng’s Hu Tieu-An here.

    I ordered Hu Tieu, which they sell for only 50php!

    Aside from the Hu Tieu, I also ordered Banh Mi, which they sell for 35php. They used traditional Filipino buns instead of the French buns. It is good for sharing.
    I can’t really remember this, my apologies! It’s a salad with vegetables and meat, and it was good too!

    Aside from Vietnamese dishes, Loleng’s also serve Filipino dishes like Lomi, Pinoy-style spaghetti, shanghai, and pancit palabok. I tried ordering pancit but I was told they only come in big sizes (bilao) and that it would take a long time, so I just ordered spaghetti for the little one.

    Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is open from 7am am to 9am, everyday.

    After Loleng’s, we also stopped by Subic Bay (near the Subic Bay Airport), and we just gazed at the beach. It was beautiful. We also did a stopover at Puregold Subic, where we bought Seth’s favorite “teddy bear cookies”.

    Last stop: Clark Picnic Grounds

    Nothing beats watching sunset to end the day! We stopped by Clark Picnic Grounds for a while to watch the very beautiful (albeit fast) sunset that day. We were able to catch the sunset but only for a short time because it started to drizzle. 

    That’s it! That was the most inexpensive, spontaneous anniversary celebration we’ve experienced. It wasn’t that extravagant, it wasn’t fancy.. But it was how we both wanted it to be: memorable, historical, and beautiful, like how anniversary celebrations should be.

    How do you usually spend your anniversary? Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share!