Monday, November 24, 2008

it's almost end of the year...

yeah. almost. i wish before the year end my planned unit improvement will finally start. hayyy..

it's almost end of the year...


yeah. almost. i wish before the year end my planned unit improvement will finally start. hayyy..

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

luneta dance craze...




complete with pink outfit and shoes with matching pink belt, she was all agog dancing to madonna's "like a virgin" in the middle of rizal park. somewhere near is a mentally challenged lady dancing to the beat also. she was running all over the whole place during the whole time. at the end of the day when we went home, we were darkened a little bit by the scorching luneta sun. good thing that later that afternoon, rain came in. we had our lunch at the chinese garden where there were small tables for picnic goers. there were even some geese, cats and duck inside the garden which made the day a lot more fun for ava. later that afternoon, she slept in her mommy's lap due to fatigue. we just waited for her to wake up. while doing that, we gulped all the food we had for the day. we had tuna sandwich, potato salad and pansit. we went home past five in the afternoon all worn out.




it's a blast...




there are lots of things to say... good thing i was able to trouble shoot the problem why i could not upload the pix. it's the pop up blocker after all. now i will be able to post all the pictures i want to share here.



first, i cut ava's hair the other day. i put some bangs which made her look like little dora without the back pack. hahaha. i'll post some pictures here sometime soon.


for now here area some of the pictures taken when we were in harbour square. the background is the jumbo palace.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

post halloween jitters...

halloween is over...

i wish i could post my recent pix here. i dont know what is wrong with blogspot but i could not post it here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

heavy heart...

how come I have heavy heart when I should be writing about the progress of my daughter? On the way to the office today, I thought (well, I usually have my own silent hours during the entire trip from home to the office and vice versa) about making a blog on the day to day progress of ava. But I can’t help it. I feel I am devastated with what happened this morning. But I am not gonna dwell into that as it would only make things worse and make my heart grow heavier.

And so I will make a blog for my daughter and not talk about those things. I wish I could take pictures and videos as well but my memory card was damaged a week ago. The last time I posted a blog, the posting for images is not working in blogspot. Although the video posting is quite okay, it is better to post pictures.

For almost a year now (well over a year actually), my blog has been boring. For reasons that one way or another I am already happy and don’t have anything to write at all. I am not saying that my life has been boring too but I have this natural tendency of not being able to write well if I am on happy mode. Well, maybe right for some reasons and sometimes wrong since i could write if I am compelled to write. And so I decided to write about ava since with her as the topic, I would never ran out of things to write.

The internet is not working today and so I am writing for the meantime in word format. I will just transfer it later when there is connection.

Thus, I am planning to change the title of my blog page to diaries for my baby ava…nice title ayt? JJJ

Lately, there are a lot of things that ava has been doing for the first time that I was not able to record or capture. Let me enumerate briefly.

At one year and six months, she is able to recognize all the alphabet including numbers. When she turned one year old and seven months, she is able to recognize primary colors.
When she was I think one year and five months, she can memorize all her flashcards and the pictures in it.
Lately, she can also memorize all the commercials on the tv. She even sings with the jingles. Of course, she’s a little bit blabber mouth or bulol but you can figure out what she’s singing. I hope she grows up to be a fine singer unlike us her parents.
my wife and our p.a. likes to watch telenovela’s and so she is also into it. She tries to sing along with the OST of Dyosa and I think she’s pretty good at it although she can manage to sing the last syllable of the words. Funny coz every time she does it she would quizzically look at us as if telling us that hey I can manage to carry a tune now.
well, she has tantrums too. Sometimes terrible tantrums that it would flare us up also and makes her vulnerable to spanking.

For almost a month now, I have been worried about the small little thing that has developed below her right eye. It looks like protruding skin and developing like a small wart you see in old people. What bothers me most is that it is beginning to spread out since I saw another one developing into wart-like skin near her nose. When my bonus will be finally given this week, for sure I will bring her to her pediatrician.

Lately, due to the opening of the clubhouse ( I think it was opened on 3rd week of September), it has been our family bonding every week end to go swimming. However, even during usual days, she would normally drag us downstairs to go to the clubhouse for swimming or just play in the kiddie play ground. Result? She’s like a native from Nigeria now. Literally auburn skin due to the sun. I too did gained some color. Hahaha. While the fact remains that ava would be the reason for swimming, deep inside I also like it. But not during high noon. Sometimes during weekdays, mabel and I swim at night before it hits 9 pm (it closes way too early).

But then most of the time I just bring her to the kiddie play ground. The play ground has slide, swing, climbs and a little house perfect for kids. Even the area has been covered with white sand to create an illusion of a beach inside the clubhouse. Looks great in the picture though. I haven’t taken any picture yet for reasons stated above but then I would definitely take pictures of ava in it and hopefully post it in the blog.

Some three weeks ago, she has her booster shots (I dunno what kind) but I was not able to go with her since I met Alice to get the bags ate lanie sent from the states. Accordingly, she added more than a kilo. Good news for her since during the last three or four previous check up, she’d normally add up some two pounds only. This morning, she was still asleep before I left the house. I think she added some more pounds now as her cheeks has become more pronounced and her arms and legs have become sturdy.

Ironies of ironies, this early morning when I was still in bed (well, not it bed actually since I slept on the sofa). Something fell and broke into pieces inside the rest room. At first I thought the sound came near the kitchen cabinet only to find out that it was from the rest room. It was the mirror after all. Notwithstanding some beliefs on bad omen and stuff like those, I wish to believe that there is no any untoward incident happening at all. I wish.

Auntie Nita together with Michelle and Mike arrived here last Sunday to apply for a job abroad and at the same time to while away I presume. I was able to bond with them last Wednesday and Friday. Actually, last Friday was Auntie Nita’s birthday. I met up with them in 168 Mall as they were there to buy stuff for their extended family back home. She was kinda sick that time and the day after that was their flight home. I later learned yesterday that she was confined in the hospital. I wish she is well by now.

As of this writing, nanay is still in new york living with manung eymard and ate lani. She left last September 5 and she is there more than a month now. Judging by the pictures she sent, I think she is enjoying here stay there. Last time we chatted on the internet, she sees over chloe if manung and ate lani are not around. Most of her day is occupied watching tv I guess after sending off chloe to her school and fetching her afterwards. She has pictures also of apple picking and some background of Disney characters. Well, it has been her dream to come to the land of milk and honey. Finally the burden given to me before that I will bring her to the states have been taken off already. Thanks to manung.

Last Saturday, we went to SM Sucat to have the passport picture of ava. We had a hard time though convincing her to pose for the camera as she was extremely shy to smile (well, lately, she has been a little bit shy of people probably because they have not been going down to mingle with other children). After some 10 minutes, we were able to convince her to give that elusive smile to the photographer. Mabel gave her a picture to tinkle with to divert her attention while the photographer would call her name. and that’s it. But then the picture wasn’t that great. I am not that satisfied. Well, since we only paid 60 pesos for the pictures. Unlike on the other studio were we initially inquired. It was like 200 pesos. Whoa. We hurriedly left the place to look for another photo studio.

While waiting for the picture, we spent the time in tom’s world were there are rides. After which, I bought a macaroni salad for her to eat. She liked it by the way. She was all seated and behaved during the entire eating. So unusual of her since she is normally naughty especially in the mall.

Then we went to the grocery store to buy some food for her for the entire week. Prior to that we passed by the toy and book store of SM and spend sometime reading with her nursery books much to her likeness. We ended up buying one of the abc books for her.



Office woes…


This section deserves another column (as if I am a columnist in a newspaper of national circulation). Last September 12, I turned two years older here in peza. Quite a milestone for someone like me who has been contemplating on transferring work from one to another for the past years. Not really I should say because all the while I’ve been contemplating also of moving out. But this time, moving our of the country to find a better job. I have come to the conclusion that if I am to transfer to another work, it would be outside the country only.

Get this. Before I strike the age of 35, I should be out of the country. And so I have two more years to go before that time comes. This early I am planning to take the IELTS to help me with my goal. I wish I could achieve this goal within two years. I am considering also taking GRE if it would propel my way to go out of the country for good.

Two options...

First, either I apply for a scholarship outside the country. It has downside though. I have to go back here in the Philippines and serve my corrupt fellowmen.

Second option is to apply for an immigrant visa somewhere in the first world countries and settle there for good.

I choose the latter.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

october feast...

it's october feast once again.

october feast...

it's october feast once again.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

pre-travel woes...

finally, i will be able to go out of the country.

the invitation for us to submit applications for screening for the International Training for Sustainable Development and Energy Management in Taipei, Taiwan came two months ago. I was saddened at first after presuming I did not qualify since I was not able to get an invitation from the organizers. Relief came two weeks after I got an invitation through courier. Geez, I tell you I could not contain the excitement and happiness after opening the letter.

And so past forward, I will be leaving on Sunday sans the approval of my visa which i will personally pick up tomorrow afternoon in Taiwanese Embassy. The training will be seven days and I am looking forward to my first trip outside the country.

Monday, September 01, 2008

september 1st...



it's the first of september. the christmas season beckons.

Friday, April 04, 2008

move in...

it's april 1st and it's my first day in my new condo.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

anticipating






anticipating here means loooking forward to the new house i am buying. yes, finally after more than a quarter of my life i am buying a house i can call my own. the unit that i bought is located at the corner end one and just beside the main gate.






Friday, January 18, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

my first stroller...

inherited from bel's apo (shanelle the daughter of avy), the crib looks good but has been on the sides for quite sometime now. in short, not functional anymore. so, anybody there whose reading this blog you may donate a new stroller for ava.

my two front teeth...



all i want for christmas is my two front teeth...but now, ava has already 7 teeth in all. when her teeth started coming out one by one, she would always have fever. not that high but it keeps her from having her usual dose of milk. now that her teeth are 7 and i think more are coming, she will loose her appetite for milk and eventually lose weight. i'm a bit worried that her weight has been declining drastically for the past months. i dunno. it must be the praning in me...

Friday, January 11, 2008

it's xmas...

our first christmas together as a family. it feels good to be complete!!!

it's xmas...



our first christmas together as a family. it feels good to be complete!!! we had a dress code as per the suggestion of mama lion. and so papa dragon and baby tiger were in red outfit.

bel's birthday...



bel's birthday was celebrated at home. we had her friends come over and shared over sumptuous dinner, ice cream, cakes, beef, salad and more...

balot's wedding...



finally, balot tied the knot. now, when would be my time? i dunno really. it depends on the my so called wife if she'll agree to marry me.

my first plane trip...



a trendsetter. barely 6 months and ava is on the sky already bound for iloilo to see her grandparents. i was not able to go with them due to budget constraints.

monthly birthday...



every 4th of the month, we never fail to celebrate ava's birthday. although not as grand as other birthdays, we see to it that we have something different on the table. pansit is a usual delicacy and sometimes cake graces our table also just like this one.

my first picture outside the womb...



right after she was delivered from the nursery, i took a picture for the first time. nothing beats the feeling of a true blue father.

my first picture inside....



when she was about two to three months in the womb. we had an ultrasound to ascertain ava's gender. i was on high heavens to learn that she would be a female after the findings showed that "85% female"

my first studio pix...



after ava's monthly check up, we went to Robinsons Pioneer to have lunch at KFC. We chanced upon a photo studio and so we had our first family picture together. looks like ava is geared to become a lavandera someday. as her favorite song goes "tiger, tiger lavandera. tiger, tiger lavandera. lavandera si tiger."

my first bite...



we were supposed to wait until she hits six months before we give her some solid food. but mama can't wait that long anymore. before she turned six months, ava was trying to bite her first solid porkchop of her life. as pamahiin would have it, she has to have something oily in her mouth during her first bite. and so is the oily porkchop all over her face after it.

my first shoes...



courtesy of chicco, ava's first shoes was bought in sm for 200 bucks. i like the color it matches most of her dresses. today, it does not fit already but we kept it for future use. who knows we might have another baby.

my first doll...



we named the doll pamela. it was durig the height of pbb season 2 that one of the housemates had a doll named pamela. the doll was given my ate doris from the states and it never fails to bring a smile to ava's face everytime she plays with it.

my pink bike...



good thing the bike is pink. otherwise, ava might be tomboyish when she starts to grow up as the toys she has are for boys. the pink bike was given to ava by the jonjon and marlon during her baptismal. to date, ava has started to use the bike as a substitute for the walker. i think she has been a little bit lazy the last few months that she hates it when you put her in the walker. with the bike, she loves sitting on it while watching mtv and myx (these channels literally make her behave).

my duyan...



my duyan it is. the hammock is the day babysitter of ava. she loves to sleep in the duyan during the day but prefers the crib or the bed during night time. during daytime however, the duyan is the daily fixture at the center of the house to give way to the sleeping ava.

high chair...



thanks to ninang shy. ava loves the color that she can't concentrate on the food she's eating anymore. she keeps on standing to look at the drawing on the back rest of the chair.

my walker...



look ma, i'm starting to practice my walking skills. although a bit reluctant at first to try the walker, ava finally was able to compose herself and ride the walker inside the house. while we tried to put her in the walker when she is not ripe for it (i mean not the right time yet), eventually, she was able to master her skills and manage to move around the house on her own.

my crib...



my crib. my home. my sanctuary. for the time being, the crib has been ava's home until she began to practice walking and riding her pink bike. the flower power toy tucked on top of the crib was bought from duty free shop in clark during one of my visits while the bed sheet used is a malong (a gift from ninong melvin during his trip in mindanao when i was in emb). the other colorful toy with rat hanging from it is one of the first toys we bought for her at puregold makati.

burlesk queen...



not a good sight to see when she grows up. :D she enjoys water a lot and cries so hard if the bathing session is done. smile reaches up to her ears everytime she touches the water day in and day out.

first roll over...



after so many months of waiting, finally, ava was able to roll over for the first time. posing for the first time after her roll over, she looks pretty cool with what she's doing. take a look...

birthday bash...



the bed scene. yeah, that was the place where i celebrated my 32nd birthday (quite old enough eh). i had the pleasure of having my friends around and of course my wife. ava did not make it to the venue though since she is still small and would be better if she stays at home. i had the entire week planned out for that day and i finally settled for a laid back birthday party. this time without wines and spirits anymore. just pure conversation and some good italian food.


what i got as a present was a memorable stolen plate from bed scene MOA branch. hahaha. some kind of eccentric gift though with some notes from my close friends.

august 2007..the tattoo



there are times in our lives that we feel we need to do something that will forever make a dent. i did just that weeks prior to my birthday. i had a dragon tattoo. for the longest time it has been my dream to have a tattoo but it did not materialize at all. finally, i gathered all my wit and courage to have the painful needle and ink work wonders on my back right portion.


see for yourself.

july 2007...


since i was not able to blog for half a year of last year, i'd like to post here some milestones in my life. highlights i should say. along with it will be pictures that will be the living proof of those crazy, turbulent, happy and contented times.

this was taken last july 17, 2007 during the baptismal of ava. along with us are the night mode sisters as ninangs.




it's 2008...


wow, it's been almost a year since i did my last blog. now i could say i am not really a true blue blogger because i do blogs if i feel like blogging. not a good attitude of a blogger i've read from the paper a while ago.

anyway, i just wanted to take a peek again at my page because i havent visited it for quite sometime now after i've settled down with my life. practically the whole year, i could say that i am happy with life and has been contented in the full sense of the word. the culprit? my daughter and my wife.

yeah. it has been a roller coaster ride for the year 2007.

i love it though. in the picture you will see us in our nrew year outfit. green is it!!!
welcome to the new year...